RANT: bro-gressive white male privilege bubble
Not so sure a socialist Jewish man who wants to raise taxes on everyone to pay for free college would have faired in Middle America, either. Fox News would have had a field-day with the S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-M scare tactics. Bernie’s poll numbers would have quickly tanked once the right-wing machine kicked into high-gear against him.
But watching the Benghazi hearings and the Presidential debates between Hillary and Trump confirmed my belief that Hillary, not Bernie, was best equipped to fight the Republican machine. She’s a pro and made of steel. And the GOP knew it, which is why during the primaries, Repubs propped up Bernie to hurt Hillary. Divide your enemy is politics 101. Worked with Nader, why not Bernie?
Point is – the GOP would have treated Bernie’s socialism like they did Obama’s birth certificate or Hillary’s e-mails. Two issues Trump harped on endlessly (he’s a great manipulator/propaganda artist).
Sadly, according to Nate Silver, Hillary wins the electoral college if the election had been held before Russia hacking/fake news/FBI/Comey. And yet Hillary still won the popular vote by 3 million. “Unpresidented” in almost every way possible. Too many abuses of power that undermined our democracy to prevail through.
At the end of the day, it’s always hard for a party to win after 8 years in power [Gore/Bush/Nader]. But I have a special thanks to the almost 8 million 3rd party voters that could have made all the difference in swing states Trump won by with less than 1%.
You just couldn’t vote for the most progressive platform in history, could you?
PS: Hillary won the popular vote in the primaries as well so STFU.