Not my words but your wisdom!

(How many of the Bernie Fans are in reality, Planted by the Republican Party)?

 Bernie Sanders is not President Barrack Obama!

Even the president said so!

The words of a reporter, that also has little like of the Clintons?

Eric Zorn Contact Reporter Change of Subject

In my heart, I #Feel The Bern.

I believe in universal health care coverage, generous minimum wages, an extension of the public education model through college and tight leashes on big banks, all of which are being advanced by the Democratic presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and symbolized on Twitter

by the hashtag #FeelTheBern.

I admire Sanders’ comparative purity and integrity, his inspiring rhetoric, his boldness, his idealism.

And I like how he has moved the party to the left

and drawn greater attention to the problem of vast income inequality.

But in my mind,

I #FeelTheCrash.

The Republican attack machine has been relentlessly pounding Clinton while saying little about Sanders.


Anyone wonder why?

If and when the GOP goes after Sanders, it will be with commercials pointing out that the portion of his vision

that isn’t even half-baked

is pure fantasy;

that his plans rely not only on him being elected president

but also on a coast-to-coast progressive revolution at the ballot box that would give him control of Congress;


that he has almost no foreign-policy experience.

All over a choral bed of ”

socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist.”

I think through the political ramifications of Sanders at the top of the Democratic ticket in November,

and “The Bern”

(supporters’ shorthand for exhilaration over Sanders’ refreshing candidacy)

becomes heartburn.

He’s a 74-year-old secular Jew who identifies as a democratic socialist.

None of that bothers me as a liberal voter,

but there’s enough ageism, religious bigotry and reflexive horror at the idea of socialism among the broad electorate that,

if he wins the nomination,

Sanders would probably lose every state — even his home state of Vermont.

I argued, correctly as it turned out, that Obama could win because of his significant ethnic constituency, his youthful buoyancy and his hopeful, unifying center-left message.

Sanders has none of that.

Accordingly, his will be the fate of all movement candidates whose presidential bids are fueled by the passions of true believers — think

Ron Paul, Ross Perot, Jesse Jackson, George Wallace, George McGovern, Ralph Nader and so on.

He’ll fall short.

The only question is whether he’ll fall short after a noble effort and some early successes in the nominating process, which begins with Monday’s Iowa caucuses,

or whether he’ll make it to November and cause a clean sweep for Republicans.


Long before Bernie Sanders, there was Eugene Debs