Only in America could a corrupt billionaire (Bloomberg) challenge another corrupt billionaire (Trump) for the Presidency and it be called Democracy.
The need to get rid of Trump is driving Democrats to find candidates like Bloomberg or a ‘moderate’ despite Democrat grassroots wanting Bernie.
Bernie is surging in the polls, is surging in donations and has won both of the last State primaries, yet the establishment is doing everything to stop him.
In 2016, the Democratic establishment strangled off Bernie in a rigged primary process and enraged the hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised Bernie supporters.
The problem for the Democrats is that they still don’t know why they lost to Trump.
Democrats like to point to the Russian interference in the 2016 election to explain Trump winning, but I think blaming Russia for ‘hacking’ the US Election is deeply counter productive.
Firstly, it’s just outrageous that the Americans who have committed coups, electoral fraud and mass deceptions on 81 other nations over the years are in any position to lecture or complain about interfering in other peoples elections.
Secondly, it allows the Democrats off the hook. Instead of acknowledging they ran a terrible candidate in Hilary and fielded neoliberal policies that hurt the very workers they had simply assumed would vote for them, the Democrats can avoid scrutiny of their own rigged primary process, the manner in which Bernie Sanders was unfairly treated and their hollow policies by blaming it all on Russia.
Newsflash to the Democrats – Trump didn’t win because of Russia, he won because you failed to appreciate how your embrace of neoliberal globalisation hurt the very voters you needed the most.
One estimate puts the budget of Russian interference in the election via social media advertising at $250 000. With all due respect for American Democracy, if you can influence an election with a mere $250 000, you have way bigger problems than Putin.
We can scream racist and sexist as much as we like at Trump voters, but when Trump wooed Union families, women and the working poor in such huge numbers, something else needs to be examined as the reason this malignant orange tumour of a human being has been forced upon us all.
The free market globalisation that the Democrats embraced has robbed the domestic working classes of their dignity and economic ability to survive. We’ve seen this working class cultural backlash in BREXIT, Scott Morrison’s win and Corbyn’s loss. Bernie Sanders understood this which is why he would have been able to woo those voters Trump needed back to the Democrats and beat Trump, but the vile corruption within the Democrats (who played to the elites within the Party) robbed Sanders of his nomination in a rigged system set up to prevent a populist left winger ever winning the candidacy.
More than any other Political President before him, Donald Trump has understood, harnessed and manipulated cultural political resentment in a manner that has tapped into deep seated economic anxieties caused by free market globalisation.
This union members who voted Barack twice and then voted in Trump aren’t racist, they’re the working classes who feel burnt by the Democrats for embracing neoliberalism.
Trump gave them hope that someone, even a racist sex offender, might hear their economic pain.
Trump is a master of negative populism and plays to the worst angels of our nature.
Winning the popular vote in America means nothing if you can’t win in the Electoral College and in those states Trump needs to win 2020, he is competitive.
Those working class voters in those States are the ones the Democrats must win over to defeat Trump, and I think Bernie Sanders offers those working class voters the best policy line up to convince them to vote Democrat this year.
You counter negative populism with positive populism, you offer hope instead of fear. Free education and free health care rather than punitive walls and draconian deportations.
You counter Trump’s hate not with Warren’s policy geekery or Biden’s passive progress, you beat Trump’s hate with Sanders hope.
The danger to Bernie is that the same corporate gatekeepers and Billionaire Plutocracy that rules the Republicans dominate the Democrats as well. Someone like Sanders who is such a threat to private health and private education interests at the cost of the Military Industrial Complex will never be allowed anywhere near power so the Democrat establishment will do everything to kill his candidacy off again.
The question isn’t can Bernie beat Trump, he can and will, the question is will the corporate interests who control the Democrats allow Bernie to be the candidate?