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Assault on America, Day 50: Is Bernie Sanders the wave of America’s future?

Bernie Sanders
“Feel the Bern 2020, a crystal-clear vision of America’s socialist future!”

Oh wait, maybe not. You see, the “revolution” that was novel and kind of quirky-interesting in 2016 will be crusty and stale by 2020. Bernie Sanders run for president…again? Didn’t he learn his lesson against Hillary? After America witnessed the utter primary insanity in the last cycle and then suffers through what promises to be an even crazier intra-party kook-fest next year, Sanders will fade into the background like the shadow off a gravestone. By then he’ll have been supplanted by younger and nuttier and more electable Democrats atop the liberal food chain.

Everyone figured Bernie (one of a few politicians to ever achieve lasting political stardom using only his first name, perhaps equaling Hillary! (Clinton) or Jeb! Bush) would give it another go four years after coming so close, but when Sanders officially launched the other day it was still a little jolting.

Max Greenwood reported the dumbfounding news at The Hill, “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced on Tuesday that he was jumping into the 2020 presidential race, putting to rest months of speculation over whether he would once again seek the Democratic nomination after an unsuccessful bid in 2016.

“’I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,’ Sanders said during an interview on Vermont Public radio. ‘And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of — a belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics, in town meetings — that's what I'm going to carry all over this country.’

“’We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward,’ Sanders added.”

Forward? Doesn’t Bernie mean backward? The “revolution” he’s referring to certainly seems more akin to the Bolshevik Revolution than anything resembling the American ideal. The bold assemblage of patriots who persevered through the horrific freezing temperatures and starvation at Valley Forge and eventually captured the British at Yorktown weren’t exactly scrapping for Bernie’s familiar themes of Medicare-for-all and universal college tuition.

No, they fought for freedom from tyranny, not to impose it on the liberty-loving citizenry. Bernie didn’t quite fit the bill in 2016, though it’s not to say he didn’t distinguish himself from his fellow Democrat fools along the way.

Conservative leader Richard Viguerie labeled Sanders one of three “message carriers” in the party primaries (along with Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on the Republican side). No one in their right mind accepted Sanders’ “message” back then but there’s no question he ran as an outsider in a faction dominated by the establishment Clintons and their minions at the Democrat National Committee (especially chairwoman at the time Debbie Wasserman Schultz and longtime party honk Donna Brazile, who together all-but cooked the results in Hillary’s favor).

Not even an official member of the Democrat party, Sanders was always treated as the borderline nutso fringe senator in Congress, an oddity who somehow gained membership with the elites by winning in tiny and eccentric Vermont. Not many took it seriously when Bernie declared his intention to run against Clinton. Sanders received more scrutiny once the other legitimate Democrats (former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley) left the race but ruling class party heads grew concerned when he started winning statewide contests against their establishment favorite.

To them, Bernie was too white, too old, too regionally limited and too…male? How dare he challenge Hillary Clinton when the woman was predestined to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling? Heck, Hillary herself said the main difference between she and her fellow Democrats -- and her former president husband -- was… she’s a woman!

Remember? Here’s a refresher:

CNN’s Anderson Cooper
: Secretary Clinton, how would you not be a third term of President Obama?
Clinton: I think that’s pretty obvious. I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had up until this point, including President Obama.

Despite Clinton’s ingrained gender advantage Sanders came within .2 points of Hillary in Iowa (49.8 to 49.6) and trounced the anointed one in New Hampshire (60.1% to 37.7%), causing more than a small kerfuffle among the devoted Democrat flock. It was only after Clinton won big in South Carolina a few weeks later (73.4% to 26%) that Bernie’s fatal weakness was exposed. For a Democrat party that relies heavily on the African-American vote, Sanders couldn’t compete when he appealed only to the pasty white socialist set.

Clinton subsequently pulled off a series of impressive victories in states with large black populations and maintained a steady lead in the all-important (to Democrats) “superdelegate” category. When it came down to it Sanders never had a chance to win the nomination despite coming close in the overall popular tally and causing a stir among the vast swaths of humans who hated Hillary so much they’d entertain the notion of voting for a “senile old coot” like Bernie.

Sanders developed kind of a cult following in the process. Largely due to his unorthodox political aesthetics, wild hand gestures and thick New England accent, Sanders endeared himself to those searching for something -- anything -- to spare them from having to listen to Hillary Clinton every night on the evening news for four years.

Comedian Larry David further popularized Sanders with his over-the-top impersonations running weekly on Saturday Night Live. Bernie morphed into a sympathetic character as soon as it was evident he couldn’t win no matter what he did. When Donald Trump began drawing clear of the Republican field the liberals’ desperation was all the more intense. Could Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump?

The pundit class snickered and guaranteed it -- and so did the elite creatures in the DC swamp; the voters thought otherwise. The rest is history.

In addition to Sanders’ questionable mental stability, his age is also bound to come up (as it will with Joe Biden, long past Social Security eligibility himself). Not too long ago, Bernie conceded his late stage of development would be a factor. David Siders reported at Politico back in October, “Sen. Bernie Sanders … agreed with Joe Biden — a fellow septuagenarian — that age will be an issue if he runs for president in 2020.

“But he added, ‘I’m very blessed with my health.’

“’It’s part of a discussion, but it has to be part of an overall view of what somebody is and what somebody has accomplished,’ Sanders, who is 77, told POLITICO. ‘Look, you’ve got people who are 50 years of age who are not well, right? You’ve got people who are 90 years of age who are going to work every day doing excellent work. And obviously, age is a factor. But it depends on the overall health and well being of the individual.’”

Sanders was born on September 8, 1941. Right off history buffs recognize Bernie took his first earthly breath about three months before Pearl Harbor was bombed. He’ll be 79 on Inauguration Day, 2021. But hey, 80 is the new 60, right?

If elected Sanders would recite his oath of office at approximately the same age Donald Trump would complete his second term. Will Bernie add to his potential appeal by promising to serve only one term? And what about the #MeToo accusations against his staff from 2016? Sanders was said to look the other way at some pretty inexcusable behaviors, the kiss of death in today’s watch-everyone-all-the-time Democrat party.

Here's thinking Bernie Sanders will never be president. The fact he’s frequently mentioned as one of a few likely frontrunners in the 2020 Democrat presidential race is a poor reflection on a party that’s quickly slipping its tether to reality. How low will the Democrats sink? Time will reveal.

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