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.”
See also A Final Response to “Bernie would have won” Version 1.0, which includes these tidbits:
In the Primary:
- Sanders stated that a 90% tax is not too high. Of course, he was referring to the top earner’s marginal tax rate, but this is a complete nonstarter for voters. He has since distanced himself from that remark, but Trump obviously wouldn’t let it go.
- Despite painting himself as untouched from “dark money,” Sanders all through the primary took extensive illegal campaign donations, with the FEC filing hundreds of pages of complaints against him in February and March. The amount of “unaccounted” money ultimately reached 10 million dollars.
- 27 years in Congress with no real signature accomplishments, often cited as an ineffective legislator. In Congress, Sanders passed only three pieces of legislation, two of which was renaming post offices. “He’s been there for 30 years and you didn’t do anything! All talk, no action!” Sanders did make impacts on existing legislation through small roll-call amendments, but these achievements are hard to campaign on and it’s unlikely that many people would actually care about the “amendment king” title except people already sold on Sanders.
Before he was mayor:
- Sanders’ could not hold a steady job until age 40, essentially living off of the government. Take a look at Sanders’ barren resume prior to running for mayor. How could he paint himself as anti-establishment when his only steady job has been government work? Stories like this would be everywhere.
- Sanders ran on the Liberty Union Party ticket in 1971 on a platform that contained the legalization of all drugs, including heroin, where he remarked that “If heroin were legal, at least we’d know the dimensions of the problem, and be able to deal with it rationally.”
In his time before he was mayor, Sanders was also an on-and-off freelance writer and submitted several essays IN HIS THIRTIES to the “alternative” newspapers Vermont Freeman and Vanguard Press. Here is just a sampler of his remarks from the essays available to us:
- The “women fantasize about being gang raped” essay
- The “cervical cancer is caused by lack of orgasms” and “age of consent laws are a social construct” essay
- The “toddlers should run naked and touch each other’s genitals” essay
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.