Sen. Bernie Sanders made his entry into the 2020 Democratic Presidential race official yesterday with a pair of interviews that were frankly sad for the way they illustrated how far off the leftward cliff the Democratic Party has leaped.
Just a few years ago, Sanders made many populist points that sounded similar to some of Trump’s points, about both parties being beholden to Wall Street and ignoring the problems of working Americans. He was even realistic enough to admit that “Medicare for All” would be too expensive to implement. You could easily imagine that after Trump’s win, he might have even sought out Trump to work on issues of mutual agreement.
Sadly, Trump’s victory sparked the “Resistance” epidemic and the mental hysteria that’s gripped the party ever since. Democrats were so furious at Trump for beating Hillary Clinton that they absolutely refused to work with him or even acknowledge that he's President. They took their mindless opposition so far that they now reflexively oppose anything he supports, even building a border wall they once voted to fund. In the midterms, they elected politicians so radical, they couldn’t even applaud a child who beat cancer if she was introduced by Trump.
Thanks to that mass attack of partisan delirium, socialist Bernie Sanders actually now finds himself not far enough to the left for today’s Democrats. So in his opening interviews, he introduced Bernie 2.0. This Bernie not only embraces Medicare For All, but also the “Green New Deal” and a $15-an-hour national minimum wage, among other proven disastrous policies. And to appeal to the rage-based base, he has to parrot all the by-now cliched attacks on Trump, which he did, ranting that the President is “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction” (pardon me while I try to control my laughter at a socialist denouncing authoritarian government.)
Unfortunately for Bernie, he’s been left behind not only by people who are so far left that they make a old-style socialist look like Ronald Reagan, but also by the era of identity politics. He implored fellow Democrats, “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”
Talk about the kiss of death in today’s Democratic Party! Paraphrasing the Rev. Martin Luther King will get you nowhere with this crowd, which is obsessed with the color of people’s skin and to heck with the content of their character. Bernie can try to out-socialist the new socialists, but there’s no way he can overcome the fact that he represents everything the modern Democratic Party leadership and activist branch disdains: he’s old, white, straight, male, wealthy and Jewish.
Incidentally, if you think my implication that the current Democratic leadership is tolerating anti-Semitism is somehow unfair, then read this excellent op-ed making the same point in detail. It’s written by female Muslin immigrant, Dr. Qanta A. Ahmed.