The Democratic Debate Strategy? Viability. Viability. Viability.

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Hard times call for hard choices, and here are two hard asses ready to step in and take charge!   Damon  Killian   The Running Man

There’s an old saying on Wall Street, Never panic. But if you do, make sure you’re the first one to panic. And right now, the Democratic party is in full out panic mode over Bernie Sanders. But let’s not run too far into the woods just yet. Sanders is going to come out of Nevada with at most 55 delegates, and you need 1991 to get the nomination. There’s plenty of time for damage control.

But all of the candidates on stage whose initials are not BS (irony intentional) really need to get their shit together. There will be plenty of time on Wednesday to try to pound another stake through Bloomberg’s heart, but the candidates must spend the majority of their time attacking Bernie Sanders’ viability, and on two fronts.

The first assault must be on Bernie’s electability in the general election. Joe Biden is the logical one to carry this torch, but hell, the more people you have playing Twister, the more fun it is, right? Biden must hammer home this point, basically because it’s been his whole reason for campaigning in the first place! He, and he alone, is the one who can beat Trump to a pulp in November, right? Biden can make the case that the very word socialist will turn off older voters like me, and enrage and unify the Trump voters in a way that nothing but Hillary Clinton could match. Everybody else but Bloomie can pile on, talking about the ways that they’re viable where Sanders isn’t. From what I’ve seen, Sanders natural ceiling is between 32-35%. It’s time to start giving some of those new converts a reality check of things to think about.

But there is a second, and slightly trickier viability question that must be raised and hammered home. And that is Sanders’ viability to deliver on what he promises! Sanders is pulling a truly Trumpian move of promising the moon, only to blame somebody else later, when this shit fails to materialize. Who cares, you’re in, right?

Who is Bernie’s strongest base of support? People between the ages of 18-45. In other words, kids getting ready to go to college, those already in college, and those out of college buried under a mountain of student loan debt. Fuck me, who wouldn’t love to get a 4 year college degree for free, or to have their student debt wiped away with the stroke of a pen? But none of it is going to happen.

Because everything that Sanders is offering requires congressional approval to happen. And he ain’t gonna get it. Even if the Democrats retake the Senate, it won’t be by a margin that overrides a filibuster. Pete Buttigieg did an admirable job in the Nevada debates of calling out the main fallacy of Bernie’s Medicare-for-All proposal. Mainly that even the majority of Democrats oppose the goddamned thing! Every candidate up there must show that none of this is possible in the current Washington climate, and demand that Sanders provide actual, rock solid plans on how he’ll get it done.

Because, from this day forward, there are two critical steps that the Democratic party must accomplish. First, they must keep Bernie Sanders from having 1991 delegates when the last primary closes. And second, they must have somebody, anybody else within 500 delegates of 1991 when the last primary closes. Do those two things, and you’re home and dry.

Because if Sanders can’t win the nomination outright on the first ballot, with 1991 or more delegates, then there will be a second ballot. And in that ballot, the 535 or so Super Delegates are free to vote, and are unchained from any candidate affiliation. And since those Super Delegates are for the large part traditional and loyal party Democrats, they will push the second place finisher over the finish line. And when they do, Sanders can’t utter a peep, since it was Sanders himself that required these rules after the 2016 primaries.

So yes, Bernie is going to be an ongoing pain in the ass, and as he proved in 2016, he will stay in it until the bitter end. But Sanders is not unbeatable, although it will take some intelligence and planning to pull off. The Democratic candidates have spent more than a year arguing over their policy differences, everybody knows what they are by now. Now it is time for every candidate out there to do everything in their power to keep the one that none of them wants to get the nomination from getting it. Two simple steps, keep Sanders under 12991, and get somebody else close to it will do it. But somewhere along the line, and sooner rather than later, some of them are going to have to take one for the team, and step aside. Country before party, anyone?

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Corey
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Murfster…there’s no Democratic President that can enact their policy unless the filibuster is canned so let’s ignore that piece of BS. That said, Sanders needs to get on the record opposing the filibuster.

Or alternatively, everyone else but Warren needs to drop. Warren is the only credible threat to both Sanders and Trump. The moderates are more likely to lose (c.f., energizing the base and moderate troubles in so doing).

Joseph
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Hmm. You’d think that SENATOR Sanders would’ve proposed some sort of rule to permanently do away with the filibuster since taking his Senate seat in January of 2007. And yet, the filibuster remains for most legislative purposes.

p j evans
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Any changes he wants to make are going to have to go through Congress, and as long as Mitch is in power, nothing will change.

Denis Elliott
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I’m finally seeing more pundits talking about Democrats (voters) having things ass backwards as in trying to predict who will be electable instead of figuring how who most represents what they want in a President and can get the most of those things enacted once in office. ALL of those left in the race and even some who’ve dropped out are preferable to Trump – even (holding my nose) Steyer and Bloomberg. ANYONE but Bernie is going to have Trump/Russia agitating to the same assholes as last time to either vote for Trump/a third Party candidate or stay home and… Read more »
dana fairfield
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I really want to know. Why exactly do you think Bernie must be stopped?

Joseph
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I don’t know Murf’s reasons, but my primary (no pun intended) reason as to why Sanders should be stopped: He’s NOT a Democrat. He’s nothing more than an opportunist. And he’s made NO bones about it. Hell, even one of his top supporters, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez IS an actual Democrat. She doesn’t hide behind some nonsense moniker of “independent” (and in New York, you can actually run as the candidate of several parties; the man AOC defeated in the Democratic primary in 2018, Joseph Crowley, was the official nominee for both the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party in… Read more »
Corey
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So basically, “I don’t like because he’s not officially joined my club.” That’s not a terribly thoughtful reaction and quite frankly more childish than mature. Yes, I’m criticizing. I would think that support from progressives like AOC would negate that criticism as they are Democrats who support Sanders.

Please note: I support Warren this go-around.

dana fairfield
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A lot of people are saying Bernie must be stopped, but no one seems to be able to give a substantial reason.

michaelscott
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I’ve heard that same BS argument before and it is a distraction.
In this country we’re stuck with this crappy two-party system (more like one party). Plus, if Sanders ran as an independent, he’d get crap for siphoning votes from the Democrats.
I actually heard a “pundit” say Sanders isn’t actual Democrat and in the next sentence say he supported Bloomberg, who was a Republican until about 5 minutes ago.

dana fairfield
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I was one of the people who thought Bloomberg was a Republican. But then I looked him up and found out that for the vast majority of his voting life, he has been a Democrat. He only became a Republican to run against Giuliani for mayor of New York. He was a Republican for six years, but ran as an independent for his third term. Then he registered as a Democrat in 2018.

michaelscott
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So, basically Bloomberg will whore himself out to whichever party will allow him to get what he wants.
Shows how similar the two parties are.
Sanders has been consistent his entire career.

old grey dude
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The latest Texas Tribune poll has trump underwater in Texas 48-52 against a generic dem. When they polled head to heads, Bernie was closest at 45-47. That is in Texas, yes Texas. Bernie is not my first choice, but it is pretty clear he is viable against trump. His populist appeal of the little guy is not getting a fair deal is going to challenge trump base voters. Whether he can deliver as promised I don’t really care. If he wins he will appoint normal people to the cabinet, he will nominate normal judges, he will have executive orders that… Read more »
michaelscott
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Sanders didn’t REQUIRE superdelegates on the second ballot.
It was a concession to get them OFF the first ballot.
He (and I agree), believe that superdelegates shouldn’t exist at all and wouldn’t if the US was an actual democracy. Same goes for the electoral college.