Another in a series of disappointing steps backwards for Bernie Sanders, who, I find myself reminding younger people in particular, really has done some good things.
Since 2016, Bernie’s support for the Democratic Party has appeared unconditional, with no requirements for law-abiding and civil behavior, let alone any commonality with respect to policy. Here it also appears irrational.
Just what does Sanders imagine that “Trump’s agenda” is, as distinct from a Democratic agenda or a Washington agenda? Trump’s rhetoric is unusual, but there’s nothing particularly original about his “agenda,” insofar as you can find one. If there is some other distinction in Trump’s particular way of destroying the Middle East or bull-baiting Russia or China or Korea or Iran, it might be nice to know what that is. It is easy to criticize Trump about openness, but hard to do so from a Democratic Party perspective, given Obama’s persecution of journalism and the Party’s current lawsuit against publishing what it would have preferred to hide. Now that the Party has decided it can fly without a left wing, the usual Dem advantages with respect to domestic policy have mostly eroded, and mostly amount to rhetoric.
We have, collectively, spent a good deal of time swirling around the Democrats’ failure to address their election fraud in 2016, and far longer wondering why Democratic legislators vote over and over again for the policies that we call Republican and for agendas that Democratic candidates are happy to attribute to their opponents.
There is to date zero sign that Democrats will not support the agendas suddenly known as “Trump’s,” as usual. Sanders’ legacy deserved better, but whose fault is that?