Cross-posted in Magnana Mouse.
In the future, historians will write about the Bernie phenomenon and its influence on the eventual Donald Trump crowning. The story of the Sanders supporters will fill near countless pages alongside the tales of the Ralph Nader cult that ended up deciding the 2000 Presidential election for George W. Bush.
Historians will write at long lengths about the young idealists who followed Bernie Sanders (Wikipedia) into the Blue Tent after they lost the 2016 Democratic primary. They passionately marched with him into the halls where the Democratic platform he chiseled with Hillary Clinton and other loyal members of the Democratic Party was held fast.
Most of Bernie’s supporters were loyal to the actual progressive charge forward, and joined Sanders in supporting the Clinton campaign to achieve these lofty goals. Bernie shook off Tad Devine and muzzled Jeff Weaver, and stopped allowing the Right to work through him directly.
Unfortunately for all of us, historians will also have to write about the right wing campaigning using Bernie’s “revolutionary anti-establishment Do-it-yourself spirit” to herd low-hanging low-info voter fruit into a binder used to suppress their opposition’s vote. Sanders’ campaign was riddled with right wing agents provocateur.
Whatever you want to call them, Karl Rove’s America Rising (Open Secrets) spent over $300M campaigning in the Democratic primary, and this pawn was a valuable piece in their play to defeat Hillary Clinton. Exactly how this shady campaigning operated will be documented in detail by future historians.
Making it even more interesting is the current development happening in Trump Tower — the Reich’s braintrust. Hawaiian Congressperson, Tulsi Gabbard was a strident Bernie supporter (HuffPo) throughout the primary. Resigned from the Democratic Party to protest against it and endorse Sanders, she became a warrior who railed against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party like a Boss. Everyone outside the Bernie campaign saw her for the Right Wing operative she was — a wolf in the Democratic hen house.
She pulled off the con for a solid long while. But, when it broke under its own weight, it shattered and sprayed like projectile vomit. Gabbard joined outright with President-elect Trump, joining him at Trump Towers to kiss his ring and consider accepting one of his cabinet positions (CNN).
The PR Think Tanks behind and housing the Republican party corpse is a TIGHT fleet of ship. The 4th Reich’s rise was a flaming sprint around a marathon runner. It will make for a full section in a book store in the coming years.
If our planet survives Trump.