The wisdom of John Cole at Balloon Juice:
Not really, though. I don’t like a lot of what I am seeing out there, with people predicting the end of the world if Sanders wins. First off, the primaries are FAR from over, and anything can happen. And I am not saying that in a “miracles happen Bernie can be defeated” way, but in a “we don’t know shit yet because this is soo early in the game.”
Second, this is what being in a coalition means. My preferred candidate is Warren, but should she lose and not become the nominee, I am still going to support the Democratic nominee, because Trump is a monster and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ain’t getting any younger.
So calm down. I think a lot of people are working themselves into a lather and painting themselves rhetorically into a corner. Anyone we nominate will be better than Trump. Literally anyone. The bar is that low. Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire autocrat and a fascist who oversaw some pretty fucking outright racist policies as Mayor, but EVEN HE is better than Trump, and by a wide fucking margin.
So buck up. Just keep supporting the person you like, work on getting out the vote, and do what you can to take our country back.
I am old enough to remember the landslide of 1964 when Lyndon Johnson, running in place of the murdered John F. Kennedy, swept away the divisive and war-mongering Barry Goldwater, who was supported by what proved to be a minority in the country who would seek vengeance through other means. Four years later they gave us Richard Nixon by exploiting the fear of Others after LBJ hammered through the civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965. Thus was born the Southern Strategy that helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1980 even after we thought the GOP was doomed after Watergate. I remember 1972 when Democrats went with George McGovern, the Watergate break-in was that year’s version of “fake news,” and we re-elected Nixon in a landslide surrounded, as William Manchester noted, by happy felons. And I remember 1984 when we thought we had Reagan on the ropes with the symptoms of old-fogyism creeping in to his speech and actions, only to be swept away when Walter Mondale couldn’t even win his home state of Minnesota.
In all three cases there was a huge reality gap between who the backers of certain candidates thought should win and who actually won. Barry Goldwater never stood a chance; neither did McGovern or Mondale. And while every election is different, it is helpful to remember that even as Mr. Cole points out we are up against the worst and most dangerous opponent of this or any lifetime in the history of the country, he has a very good shot at winning. We must choose wisely because as much as we believe the Republican Party has tainted and self-destructed by following this tinpot valour-covered narcissist over the edge to the rocks below, the same can be said for the Democrats if they don’t choose someone who can see beyond November 2020. Both history and the actuarial tables have taught us valuable lessons.