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.