The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont is going nowhere fast in the Democrat’s primary race. Excerpts, with my comments:
With just four months until the first-in-the-nation caucuses, Sanders is in trouble. As he delivered his populist gospel to large crowds of camouflage-clad high schoolers, liberal arts college students, and trade union members across Iowa last week, a problematic narrative was hardening around him: His campaign is in disarray and Elizabeth Warren has eclipsed him as the progressive standard-bearer of the primary. He’s sunk to third place nationally, behind Warren and Joe Biden, and some polls of early nomination states show him barely clinging to double digits. He’s shaken up his staffs in Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s lost the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a left-wing group that backed him in 2016, to Warren.
Of course he has sunk to third place nationally, even though daffy old Groper Joe Biden may soon fall even farther and harder. It won’t help Bernie, though. A big part of what may be sinking Bernie, oddly enough, is his unusual candor for a loony old leftie: He has been saying that folks are going to be paying more taxes to pay for his leftist nutballery. A lot more. That doesn’t play well in Paducah, folks.
Sanders is in a locker room in Decorah wearing a suit he bought at Kohl’s, surrounded by three of his aides. The county where Decorah is voted 60-38 for Obama in 2008 and 46.4-45.6 for Trump eight years later. He asks a staffer about his jam-packed schedule. “We’ll be good,” the aide assures Sanders. “We’ll be good.” Sanders sits on a bench and crouches over with his hands on his knees.
The county here in question is Winneshiek county. I grew up in neighboring Allamakee County. It’s important to note the venue here:
About an hour earlier, Sanders entered a gym at Luther College to shouts of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” He delivered his rip-roaring stump speech to about 500 people inside and 150 more streaming outdoors, in a city with a population of only 7,850. But there was a slight twist: He gave a brief preview of how he would campaign against Trump.
Luther is a private college, a rather expensive one, and back in the day was a haven for uninformed idealists. The crowd Bernie played to at Luther is in no way representative of northeast Iowa’s population, which consists mostly of tradesmen and farmers. Winneshiek and Allamakee County have no major industrial centers; Decorah, where Luther College is located, is a town of about 8,000 people. Waukon, the county seat of Allamakee County, is about half that size. Bernie is going for a population he’s not likely to win.
I know these counties. I know the people who live there. Bernie’s not going anywhere with this crowd.
But here’s the real giggle line:
Another thing that Sanders doesn’t often do is talk in depth about his working-class background.
Sanders has never held an honest job in his life. He failed as a carpenter. He has a gift for polemics, which has enabled him to have a political career despite his overwhelming economic illiteracy. He even honeymooned with actual Communists in the Soviet Union, where he may well have been better off staying put rather than attempting to import his Bolshevism to the United States.
Thankfully, admiring crowds at Luther College aside, Bernie’s never going to be President, and that’s a good thing.