A few days ago Bernie Sanders did a town hall on CNN. Normal, right? CNN is reliably leftist and thus should be friendly to the socialist candidate in the sycophantic way they have perfected for such purposes.
However, the Bernster was to get a bit of a surprise. CNN is trying to back the right, well, far left, horse. One they think will win in November 2020, and that’s not Bernie according to Dem smart money. So the network stacked the audience with Dem pros and operatives not friendly to the communist-loving codger from Vermont. CNN execs figure they can now cast Bernie to the wayside, as there are much more photogenic socialists to take his place. See ya, gramps.
The soon-to-be octogenarian Leninist couldn’t catch this break. But, this isn’t the first time Sanders has been on the wrong side of Dem power players.
I was on the ground at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016 when, through Clintonista machine chicanery like superdelegates, Sanders was robbed of the nomination. I generally caroused at the sumptuous Dem establishment hospitality suites, duh. Met a lot of Sanders delegates at the Philly dives I also frequented. They were mad as hornets that Bernie had been shafted at the convention. Their collective anger at Hillary Clinton far exceeded their ire at Trump. A few claimed they would vote for him.
The day before the nomination I even ran into the senator as we were both coming out of Reading Terminal Market. He did not look like a happy camper. Three years later and, to quote Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again.
Getting the nomination aside, he’ll actually do relatively well in 2020. He won’t receive the nod but he might decide who does. A candidate with a solid following of about 30 percent like he has can call the tune when the rest of the multitude has to split up the remainder. Nevertheless, this time his 1960s brand of radical socialism will lose to millennial-driven pop socialism.
But that’s okay. He can then comfortably retire to one or all of his three well-appointed homes. Would a good socialist have it any other way?