Hey, Mr. Feffer, while I applaud your colorful turns of phrase, you're acting in complicity with the MSM by dismissing Mr. Sanders as a loser before the contest course is run.
And as one who has made a career of predictions, I shudder when political analysts (lacking expertise with tools of prophecy) endeavor to do likewise. I contest this prediction:
"Before that happens, of course, we’ll have to endure a very ugly election followed by four years of foreign policy as usual. The United States will continue its drone attacks, its selective interventions, its costly alliances. Meanwhile, America will continue to implode structurally, the population becoming even further polarized politically and economically. The essential choice — to refocus national energies on rebuilding the economy at home or to wage endless conflict overseas — will be put off until 2020."
Mother Nature won't be just sitting idle over the next 4 years. With record volcanoes exploding, record storms eviscerating coastal regions, record droughts alternating with record floods... very little will conform itself to past standards of normalcy.
In short, all logic-based bets are off.