From left, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, talks before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
One thing that I’ve been speculating on for a while is that the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic party is not going to sit idly by while they get railroaded. After South Carolina, that attempt to stop Sanders has intensified, with Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out before Super Tuesday and endorsing Joe Biden. Couple that with the cluster in Iowa robbing Bernie of momentum, the fact that he was sandbagged after his huge NV win, and the constant media pushback on his campaign, Bernie’s supporters are feeling more and more isolated.
That’s starting to show on the campaign trail.
.@BernieSanders supporters have started booing reporters at rallies. One yelled at us in the pen as he exited in LA yday. Not at the same level but starting to feel Trumpian. And Sanders and some top surrogates have been going after "the corporate media" with increasing disdain. https://t.co/BxnnCGJY0S
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) March 2, 2020
The anger is real and it’s magnificent (well, if you are Republican at least).
I’m struggling to find the silver lining for Democrats here. If Bernie is the nominee, they are saddled with a socialist who won’t back down from praising communists and yells a lot. That’s almost certainly going to wear on the electorate and help Trump get re-elected. It could also cost them the House of Representatives.
But if they manage to make enough moves here to take the nomination out of Bernie’s hands, does anyone really think his supporters are going to back Joe Biden? I don’t buy it for a second. Some will, but if even 10% of them stay home, it could swing the election in November. And I see nothing the Democratic Party can offer as a consolation prize. They want a revolution, not for Bernie to get a cabinet position.
It’s an ugly scene and it’s only going to get uglier.