And, even better:
It's kind of fun to watch people like James Carville, Anderson Cooper and Chris Matthews sound almost - almost - Reaganesque in attacking Bernie Sanders as a crazy Communist who'll do nothing but destroy the Democrat Party. Bloomberg did himself no favors with his performance in last week's Las Vegas debate, except his attack on Communism/Socialism was to the point and dead on target. Make no mistake; in no way are any of the aforementioned imbued with any sense of patriotism or love of the country as founded, for if they did, they wouldn't be liberals/Leftists. But it's delicious to watch them actually attack Bernie Sanders for policies that they themselves have always supported, just never out in the open, or at the very least with a carefully phrased and crafted message to swindle the low information voter into supporting it. Hoisting themselves on their own petards, so to speak.Example: the "Medicare for all" thing that the various candidates keep raising. It's not a simple expansion of Medicare to have it cover anyone who wants it; the scheme is meant to replace private insurance entirely with socialized medicine.
It is socialism, and it is the very damned same socialism that the Democrat party has been salivating over for forty years.
The Democrats have advocated socialism--quietly, in back-handed fashion--as long as I can remember. They have always wanted confiscatory taxes on the wealthy and they have always wanted government to "take care of the poor". They've always wanted government to run everything; they've always wanted to disarm the populace and place strict limits on our freedoms. I remember Nancy Pelosi talking about socializing...um! Basically, taking over!--petroleum production in the United States. That was more than ten years ago.
The problem with Bernie Sanders is not what he advocates. The problem with Bernie Sanders is that he can't win this election. The high muckity-mucks in the Democrat Party have figured out that regardless of what they do, Trump has a real shot at a runaway landslide of an election, and they are focusing wholly on damage control: not losing the House of Representatives. They're hoping to pick up a few seats in the Senate, but if all they can do is hold onto their control of the House they will count it as a "win" and move on. For the Democrat party, losing control of the House of Representatives in 2020 would be disastrous because they know that Trump's stated goal of draining the swamp will steamroller right over them and their carefully built edifice of government spending.
Their worry is that with Bernie Sanders as their nominee, "socialism" is the question being debated, and in the face of Trump's popularity it will lose because "socialism" is still a dirty word in America. The millennials who love the idea don't vote all that much; their participation in elections is always underwhelming and they have not been coming out in droves to nominate Bernie Sanders, no matter how much they love him. And meanwhile, the Democrats need to capture the vote of their traditional blocs: blacks, hispanics, women, blue-collar workers (especially unions) and Jews.
Blacks and hispanics, they're not all that keen on gays, and those demographics have seen their real incomes rise sharply with Trump in office. Women may or may not vote for Trump depending on a variety of factors, but the female vote wasn't enough to put Hillary over the finish line in 2016. Blue-collar workers--another segment that's seeing Trump doing things that benefit them, like getting rid of NAFTA and replacing it with something that brings manufacturing back to the USA, like standing up to China and negotiating a real trade deal that keeps jobs here, like taking action to lower energy costs, and on and on and on. Jews--Bernie Sanders just told AIPAC, a big Jewish organization that donates heavily to the Democrat party, that he wasn't going to attend their big meeting because they don't want to help the Palestinians. How is that going to play in the Jewish community? Even the hard-left "not really practicing Jewish" community? Some subset of the Jewish community will always vote Democrat no matter what, but Bernie Sanders is openly anti-semitic--what does that do to the Jewish vote?
Bernie Sanders is an old non-observant Jewish man who obviously prefers the fellow travelers in the Palestinian movement to his own ethnicity. He identifies as a socialist. He's not registered as a Democrat. He's running away with the nomination (at least so far) but the numbers are shit; turnout is low in Democrat primaries and Trump--who is running unopposed and has no need of being nominated!--typically has more primary votes than the Democrats do combined.
And so we come to the possibility of a Trump-Sanders election. The campaign ads write themselves; all Trump needs to do is to quote Sanders' own words in context: the glowing praise he's given to the communist dictatorships over the years. (One good one, paraphrased: "Sure, Castro killed a lot of people, but Cuba has a really good literacy program!" This guy is not exactly possessed of incisive wit. And that bit probably cost him half of the hispanic vote in Miami, by the way.)
And Bernie Sanders does not give Chris Matthews a tingle up his leg the way Barack Hussein did.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews is under fire after comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) decisive win in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazi invasion of France in 1940, with some on social media calling for the "Hardball" host to resign.They know Sanders is bad news for them. And so, they panic.
"I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940," Matthews said during MSNBC's live coverage of the caucuses on Saturday. "And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, 'It's over.' And Churchill says, 'How can that be? You've got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?' He said, 'It's over.'"