Old adages seem to apply quite often in the murky world of politics. Take “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
All but two major players have now dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary. Sen. Bernie Sanders is head-to-head with Former Vice President Joe Biden. Now, some very serious problems for the Democratic Party are looming on the horizon, which the mainstream media seems oblivious to.
Two columns on the opinion page of Thursday’s Post by David Byler and the News and Observer covered the Biden/Sanders race, but clearly ignored the Tyrannosaurus in the room. It’s obvious the Democratic Party cut deals with the dropped out candidates to throw their support behind Biden. The “rubbed salt in the wound” is that Sanders’ supporters also see this minor detail. To state that they’re livid is a monumental understatement. This is déjà vu all over again.
Assuming that Biden goes into the Democratic convention ahead of Sanders, which looks likely, remember that hell hath no fury like Sanders supporters scorned twice.
Can of worms? This could turn out to be more exciting than the Democratic convention of 1968, when Chicago was nearly burned to the ground. I see two possible scenarios as an outcome. One, Sanders’ followers leave in rabid anger and either stay home on election night or vote for Trump out of spite for the Democratic establishment.
The other scenario is for Sanders and the gang to split off and run on a third-party ticket. Then, you’re possibly talking about a Trump landslide rivaling Ronald Reagan versus Walter Mondale in 1984. Just as bad, the vast majority of nationwide down ballot tickets, including dog catchers, will go Republican.
Bring the popcorn.