Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Bernie Sanders has frequently said that the “corporate wing” of the Democrat party sees him as an existential threat. Yesterday, he was on ABC’s This Week with aging Clintonite muppet George Stephanopoulos and, true to his nature, that very claim came up.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS CHIEF ANCHOR: You’ve also called yourself an existential threat to the Democratic establishment. I guess that includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in the House and the Senate.
Don’t you need their support to win in November?
One of the big pictures that Vice President Biden was just making is that he can help make sure Democrats hold on to the House, take back the Senate and that you’re going to be a burden —
SANDERS: Look —
STEPHANOPOULOS: — for House Democrats and Democratic Senate candidates come November.
SANDERS: That’s absolutely untrue.
You know, the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, a group called Third Way, attacked me and they said we are existential — I’m an existential threat to the Democratic Party. And what I said is, yes, I’m an existential threat to the corporate wing of the Democratic Party.
For too long, the Democratic Party and leaders have been going to rich people’s homes, raising money, and they’ve ignored the working class and the middle class and low-income people in this country. That has got to change.
We got to open the doors of the Democratic Party to millions and millions of people who are trying to get by on 12, 13 bucks an hour, who can’t afford health care, can’t afford child care, who can’t afford to send their kids to college. Those are the people we have to start paying attention to.
I have known Nancy Pelosi for a very long time. I’m part of the Democratic leadership of the United States with Chuck Schumer. It is my view that every Democratic candidate for president, no matter who wins this nominating process — clearly, I hope it’s me — we’re going to come together because we all understand that Donald Trump is the greatest threat to this country, in the modern history of this country. That he’s a fraud, that he’s a liar, that he’s undermining American democracy.
We’re going go have Democrats coming together, but the trick is, which candidate can reach out and bring new people into the political process, who can create the excitement and energy for young people to come in? I think that’s our campaign.
Sanders is right. Both major parties are infused with all manner of grifters and rent-seekers who don’t believe in much beyond their next paycheck and who hold their party’s base voters in utter contempt. If you ever look at the ranks of NeverTrump, keep in mind that they all had nice, safe sinecures within the GOP before Trump, now they are on the outside and that is what has them angry, not Trump. In fact, there is very little difference between our NeverTrumpers and the Democrats impassionately pleading for voters to support Biden. In fact, even our grifters know that there is more money to be had in a Biden win than in a Trump reelection:
Joe Biden wins the coveted Bill Kristol endorsement, and thousands of Democrats re-tweet and cheer.
This is a perfect representation of what the Democratic establishment is. It’s exactly what it needs to be destroyed. https://t.co/o2hf6WgUkP
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 2, 2020
The difference being is that the Democrats are obedient little Bolsheviks beneath the skin. They talk a good game about independence, but they are lying. You simply don’t see any Democrats color outside the lines. Where we had the Tea Party in 2010 and, finding that insufficient, elected Trump in 2016, we’ve at least gained some ground. When was the last time Democrat voters ejected a member of the Democrat House leadership from power?
The Swamp Creatures on the Democrat side of the divide understand this as well
We're all getting a little sick of Sanders and his "corporate wing" of the Democratic Party BS. What he means is the non-socialist part of the party. What he means is the heart and soul of the party. He's frustrated because in 4 yrs he's not been able to expand his base at all https://t.co/tRPiHyRwBg
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 1, 2020
What is at stake for the Democrat party in 2020 is more sacred than merely winning the Presidency. What is at stake is control of the power, the money, and the patronage that comes with being the nominee and, if successful, the president. Even if Sanders loses in November, he would still have control of the party for at least four months if not four years. It would be his people who take over key positions in the DNC. He, like Hillary Clinton, would be the face of the Democrat party until 2024 (assuming the actuarial tables don’t decide otherwise).
That is why, unless Sanders arrives in Milwaukee with enough pledged delegates to win on the first ballot, there is no way the Democrats will ever let him have the nomination.