Bernie Sanders

The Sanders revolution loses some of its appeal to the young

Featured image There is evidence that young voters have started to outgrow Bernie Sanders. Allysia Finley of The Wall Street Journal presents it in this piece. It’s true that young voters still prefer Sanders to Joe Biden. But Sanders’s margins are down from 2016 and so is youth turnout in relative terms: Mr. Sanders won 74% of those under 30 in last week’s Michigan primary, according to exit polls. But that was »

The Sanders effect

Featured image It’s good to see Bernie Sanders’s “revolution” crushed, even if it’s by a sympathetic escapee from Madam Tussauds who doesn’t have his heart in it. Of course I’m talking about Joe Biden. His motto ought to be the skin is too damn tight. As it is, his motto seems to be: no enemies to the left. It is the motto that served Alexander Kerensky so poorly in connection with the »

Biden rolls on

Featured image Not long ago, the Democratic primaries scheduled for tonight looked like big deals. Few were worried about the coronavirus and it wasn’t clear whom the Democrats would nominate. Now, the Democratic primaries deserve brief mention, at the most. I will briefly mention them. There are three that haven’t been postponed — Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. In Arizona, they are still voting. In Florida, Joe Biden has won big, as expected. »

Old timers struggle to keep epidemics straight

Featured image Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debated tonight on CNN. The opening topic was, of course, the Wuhan coronavirus. Biden began by presenting a list of ideas for dealing with the pandemic. Sanders agreed with Biden’s ideas, but insisted that we need to address underlying problems in our health care system and economy that contribute to our vulnerability. In other words, though Sanders didn’t utter them, we need socialism. Biden countered »

The good news for Joe Biden [UPDATED]

Featured image The good news for Joe Biden isn’t just that he is now almost certain to become the Democratic nominee for president. It’s also the fact that, unlike Hillary Clinton, he will become the nominee cleanly. He will defeat Bernie Sanders fair and square. Thus, Sanders and his supporters will have nothing resembling a legitimate grievance when Biden wins. The question, of course, is whether the lack of a legitimate grievance »

After last night

Featured image We have quickly settled into the new conventional wisdom to account for the sudden rise of Joe Biden from the walking dead to the top of the former heap of Democratic presidential candidates. Biden will be the Democrats’ 2020 nominee for president. What is to be said? Below I offer a few arguable — even when clichéd, they are brief! — observations. 1. The Sanders crowd still represents the throbbing »

Sanders Don’t Know Much About History

Featured image Scandinavian history, that is. Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist and has demonstrated a lifelong devotion to Communist regimes in the USSR, Cuba and Venezuela. But now that he is running for president, he deflects accountability by claiming that by “socialist” he means countries like Sweden and Denmark–countries which are not in fact socialist and which have, in many ways, more conservative policies than we do. Bernie finally was called »

For Sanders, is it “win or go home”?

Featured image Less than two weeks ago, when South Carolina Democrats went to the polls, it was “win or go home” time for Joe Biden. Failure to win that primary would surely have been curtains for Biden’s faltering campaign. Biden won big. However, he still faced something close to “win or go home” just a few days later, on Super Tuesday. Biden needed a few more wins to stay afloat, and he »

Useful idiots, Sanders edition

Featured image The late Paul Hollander wrote Political Pilgrims: Travels of Western Intellectuals to the Soviet Union, China and Cuba when the Cold War was still raging (it was published in 1981). It remains a valuable historical study of the phenomenon of political tourism to totalitarian countries by high-minded residents of free Western societies. Hollander briefly observes in the preface that “the pilgrimages to the Soviet Union are a thing of the »

Whom should Warren endorse, if anyone?

Featured image Earlier this week, Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race. Unlike other recent dropouts — Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Michael Bloomberg — Warren hasn’t endorsed anyone for president yet. Ideologically, Warren is more closely aligned with Bernie Sanders than with Joe Biden. However, it makes little sense for her to endorse Sanders. For one thing, Sanders looks like a loser now. A good showing in Michigan would change »

Another Question the Media Won’t Ask

Featured image As Paul notes below, the “objective” media is falling all over itself to explain Elizabeth Warren’s collapse as the result of sexism, despite the mountain of evidence that voters (including women voters in her home state) just don’t like her. Reminds me of the old story about the dog food company that spent millions hiring marketing consultants to determine why their dog food wasn’t selling, and after a lot of »

Bernie Sanders’s paranoid style, Part Two

Featured image In this post, I addressed claims by Bernie Sanders’s campaign and other leftists that the “establishment,” worried sick about the Vermont socialist’s early successes, is conspiring to deny him the nomination. Finding no evidence of conspiracy, I concluded that if Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic nomination, it won’t be because he was conspired against, but because not enough Democrats want to nominate a socialist, especially an old male socialist who »

Bernie: What’s Wrong With Cuba?

Featured image This is the kind of thing that explains the stop-Bernie movement in the Democratic Party. Sanders is a Communist, or, best case, a Communist sympathizer. I am so old, I can remember when The Manchurian Candidate was fiction. The latest comes from NPR. I take it that this is one more instance of the mainstream Democratic Party lining up in lockstep against Sanders. NPR interviewed Alan Gross, who was for »

Why did MSNBC sack Chris Matthews?

Featured image Earlier this week, Chris Matthews announced on his MSNBC show “Hardball” that he was quitting. He then walked off the set. Later, we learned that the network forced him to resign. Why? One explanation is that Matthews made female guests on his show and some female employees “uncomfortable” with sex-charged banter. But reportedly, Matthews has been doing this forever. It’s true that an obscure journalist recently called Matthews out for »

Bernie Sanders’s paranoid style

Featured image Bernie Sanders’s campaign has been sounding the alarm. The “establishment,” worried sick about the Vermont socialist’s early successes, is conspiring to thwart his movement of “working people” by denying him the nomination. President Trump has echoed this theme. Indeed, his campaign claims, absurdly, that Sanders is the victim of a coup. It’s true that establishment Democrats are worried about Sanders being the Democratic nominee. It’s also true that socialists are »

Bernie’s Wealthy Bros

Featured image At Front Page, Daniel Greenfield analyzes the source, by zip code, of donations to the Bernie Sanders campaign: Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Their employees are three of the top 4 Bernie donors. Apple is in fifth place. These dot coms are not exactly organizations known to employ members of the proletariat. *** Geographically, Bernie’s top dollar zip code is 94110 in San Francisco. The average household income in this part »

Bernie’s own private Denmark

Featured image Whenever Bernie Sanders’s socialism comes up in the Democratic debates, he deflects criticism by saying he favors something along the lines of Denmark’s model. Sanders’s debate rivals almost invariably let this answer pass. (I think Pete Buttigieg tried to take it on in the last debate but couldn’t get the floor.) In reality, the policies Sanders advocates bear little resemblance to those of Denmark and other Scandinavian countries today. They »