The Bizarre Bernie Sanders Moment Appears to be (Mercifully) Ending

The man who once proclaimed how bread lines & soup kitchens were actually a good thing, seems to be heading to pasture.

In the time since his predestined defeat to the candidate who went from being “the first woman president” to “the only person in the world capable of losing badly to Donald Trump,” Bernie Sanders has tried desperately to maintain the wave of socialist energy he created amongst a new coalition of college aged ideologues and the MoveOn/Netroots/DailyKos/Democrat Underground fringe. Even his own website proclaims,

“Together we’ve crushed expectations, set records, and laid the groundwork for a political revolution.”

But as is so often the case with failed revolutionaries, it’s hard to keep the dream alive when your own party puts you out to pasture. And just a year since announcing this glorious groundwork, it seems that ground is giving way:

According to a report in Politico, "Our Revolution," the group put together by former operatives for Bernie Sanders's campaign, designed to keep the "progressive" community engaged and pave the way for a potential 2020 Sanders re-run, is falling apart, and has become nothing more than a snarky Twitter account with a valuable contact list…

Two dozen sources "inside the organization" told reporters that board members are concerned that Our Revolution is hoarding money and refusing to help out progressive candidates in contested races, while its lead, Nina Turner, is trying to launch her own political career.

And that’s not all. Fundraising is now cratering, taking in 66% less than it did just a year ago. It’s gotten so bad that the Bernie bros are openly considering the creation of a Super PAC just to get money flowing again. That news would be shocking to anyone who only listened to Bernie’s words (which include some serious denunciations of Super PACs and the influence of big lobbying money in politics) and never paid attention to how rarely his actions conform to his rhetoric.

If the campaign of 2016 taught us anything, it is that there exists a staggering amount of willfully deceived voters who will believe Bernie’s free puppies and lollypops routine; therefore any attempt to count out the staggeringly hypocritical socialist from Vermont in the looming 2020 Democrat primary would be unwise. But these lean days in Our Revolution do portend some rough days ahead for the would-be leader of America’s plunge into democratic socialism.

In fact, to keep his movement afloat, Bernie himself may have to descend from one of his wealthy estates, traveling in one of his luxury cars to remind all of us peasants what poured from his lips just a few short years ago:

“You know, it’s funny. Sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is when people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing! In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”

Ah, the promise of soup kitchens and bread lines. If that doesn’t ignite a fire of renewed interest in what Bernie’s tired socialism offers America, I don’t know what would.

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etbass
etbass

@BenjaminD

How did it work out for the USSR? How about for Europe now? They have steadily seen their political, economic and military power fade the more and more they slide into socialism. They will take longer to get to Venezuela than Venezuela did because they started out in a much better position. They are also adding it in piecemeal style, so the bad results don't come all at once.

You are correct about debt driving the collapse. Socialism will work if you have big enough guns and enough money. Sooner or later, every socialist government runs out of money. The income can never keep up with the new promises and the decrease in productivity that occurs when you remove the ability of people to work themselves ahead in life. Production reverts to the bare minimum and eventually economic problems result.

Venezuela was propped up by oil revenue. The USSR ran a con game until they bled all of their conquests dry and ran out of money. The United States has socialist components currently. Those are also the biggest economic problems that we have. Adding more to it will only make the problems worse, not better.

etbass
etbass

Bernie's movement is most likely fading because it is being swallowed up by the entire Democrat party. There is no need for a separate movement within the party when the entire party is on board of his socialist agenda.

Diogenes
Diogenes

Sanders has always been a joke to the reasonably minded. Glad he's fading away, but no mistake about it--he'll still have scores of opportunities to show his hypocrisy scores of times before he's gone.

Teagen2015
Teagen2015

"Weekend at Bernie" has been on life support for some time. He is living proof there is communication with the hereafter. What a putzola. If Sanders was scratching his head,
his hand would go to sleep.

JASmius
JASmius

Weekend Bernie's star may be fading, but that of his commuwackadoodlism isn't. The former just means that the latter is still in search of its elusive "right socialist". And there will always be more candidates for that role. There may not be any such thing as a free lunch, but "He'll pay you next Tuesday for a hamburger today" will never lose its larcenous appeal.