The Success of Bernie Sanders is Forcing Democrats to Admit They’re Socialists
For Republicans, Bernie Sanders is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is his surging popularity a huge embarrassment for the Democrats’ presumed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton, it’s also forcing them to admit that they’re socialists.
Back in 2008, Obama supporters and his fans in the media would go crazy when anyone called him a socialist. They would insist it was a smear, or to use Obama’s favorite word, a distraction.
But a funny thing has happened over the last several years. In spite of all he’s done, Obama wasn’t far left enough for many on the left. Now they find themselves faced with a choice between Hillary Clinton and a man who makes Obama look like William F. Buckley.
Guess who they’re more excited about. Politico reports…
The socialist surge
The rise of Bernie Sanders is proving awkward for the Democratic Party.
No one asked Bernie Sanders what he thought about the Greek referendum on Sunday, but he shared his thoughts anyway.
“I applaud the people of Greece for saying ‘no’ to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly,” Sanders said in welcoming Sunday’s vote, even as it rattled world markets and provoked predictions of economic doom. The statement didn’t just align Sanders with left-wing Europeans; it aligned him with lefter-wing Greek socialists who are too radical for some of those left-wing Europeans.
Democratic primaries have always featured liberal insurgent candidates, but perhaps none quite so liberal or insurgent as the socialist senator from Vermont. Sanders’ comments are a reminder of just how far the second-place Democratic presidential candidate stands from the American mainstream on some issues, and the looming reckoning Democrats face with their party’s leftward drift.
Bear in mind that these are the same far-left progressives who have been squawking for years about the Republican Party, saying that it has moved too far to the right.
Republicans, finally, are calling this what it is…
“Look, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the other Democrats in D.C., they’re for socialism. They just — they’re not as honest as Bernie is,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show last week. “Did you honestly believe we would live to see the day when a guy, an honest-to-goodness socialist, is running for president and doing — he got 10,000 people in Wisconsin to come hear him speak, he’s gaining on Hillary in the polls? This shows you how radical the Democratic Party is.”
In Wisconsin, where Sanders appeared last week before a progressive throng in Madison, the state Republican Party put up billboards featuring Sanders and Clinton riding together on a moped with the words “Left and Lefter” and “extreme policies.” Shortly before Sanders’ speech, Gov. Scott Walker took the unusual step of criticizing the long-shot Sanders, saying his approach is in “stark opposition to most Americans.”
It’s usually Democrats who play this game — as they did with Republican challengers to Mitt Romney in 2012, or with fringe characters like Todd Aiken. Now, it’s Republicans seeking to use the Sanders surge to portray Democrats as radical and out of touch.
The left-wingers who make up the lion’s share of our news media will try to rescue their preferred party the same way they did in 2008 but it’s going to be much more difficult now that Bernie has let the cat out of the bag.
Besides, it’s not their job to explain away the truth.
As Ace notes…
If so many Democrats are in fact socialists, what business does the media have swearing that they’re not socialists?
Here’s the bottom line…
— Aleister (@AmericanGlob) July 6, 2015