A life-long democratic socialist and an Independent U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders was an interloper in the Democratic Party’s primary selection process. Sure, Sanders could just as easily have interloped into the Republicans’ extended debates and primaries, but likely realized he’d be just an asterisked afterthought in that long-running hate fest.
So he piggybacked onto the Dems. Raised tons of cash and ran surprisingly well. Influenced Mrs. Clinton. Liberalized the Dems’ platform. All to the good. And, eerily hearkening back to the Democrats in 1968, as Gene McCarthy, Bobby Kennedy, and George McGovern challenged LBJ, Hubert Humphrey, and the Vietnam War.
With Vietnam’s mad mayhem an ever-nagging national nightmare, the legacy of the Siege of Chicago and Nixon/Agnew’s consequential triumph that dark November should help convince the Bernie-or-Bust folks that trashing Hillary Clinton and the DNC might help trigger a Donald Trump victory.
Rock Hall, MD