For all their talk of wanting unity (which they define as doing exactly what they say), Sanders followers have been steadily talking down the DNC and Hillary and perpetuating the myth that Bernie Would Have Won (BWHW) and that he is the most popular politician in America.
One such Sanderista is a former journalist now full-time Sanders propaganda machine David Sirota who just spews out anti-Hillary and Democrat feeds all day long. I decided to respond with a few key points as outlined below and was deluged by inane comments by his increasingly cultish followers (mostly chanting BWHW).
(1) Sanderistas Believe the System, Not Voters Chose Hillary
They cannot conceive the notion that many Democrats, including myself, may have had reservations about Hillary and wanted another candidate but when compared to Bernie Sanders she was the best choice.
You cannot argue that by the end of the campaign Sanders did not have a fair shot at the voters, yet on the final Super-Tuesday Hillary won big in California, New Jersey and elsewhere.
(2) Sanders Would Not Have Won
Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald has a great analysis of this where we talks about the GOP opposition research notebooks on Sanders. He explains that Sanders’ supporters
ignored the fact that Sanders had not yet faced a real campaign against him. . . . I have seen the opposition book assembled by Republicans for Sanders, and it was brutal. And while Sanders supporters might delude themselves into believing that they could have defended him against all of this, there is a name for politicians who play defense all the time: losers. . . . .
In other words, the belief that Sanders would have walked into the White House based on polls taken before anyone really attacked him is a delusion built on a scaffolding of political ignorance.
Check out the article for the details, but it includes this gem:
Worst of all, the Republicans also had video of Sanders at a 1985 rally thrown by the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua where half a million people chanted, “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die,’’ while President Daniel Ortega condemned “state terrorism” by America. Sanders said, on camera, supporting the Sandinistas was “patriotic.”
Hillary simply got more votes – 16,914,722 to 13,206,428.
(3) Sanderistas Want a Participation Trophy for the Primaries
Sanders supporters whine about the Democratic Primary process being unfair (ignoring the fact that it allowed a non-Democratic to run) and delude themselves into thinking that is why he lost. Yet in the same breath, they claim they would have beat Trump in the fall since, of course, he would have played fair. Dream on.
If Bernie couldn’t beat Hillary, he wouldn’t beat Trump.
(4) Sanders is Not the Most Popular Politician in America
Morning Consult does regular surveys of Senators’ approval rating in their home state. Sanders has the highest approval rating of 75 percent, which when applied to a voting population of 504,976 is 378,732 approving voters.
The lowest approval in the survey is North Carolina’s Tom Tillis at 39 percent, which when applied to North Carolina’s voting population of 7,656,415 yields 2,986,002 approving voters – or 2.6 million MORE than Sanders.