More shambles: Signs grow that Democrats are disintegrating
The Democrats have just effectively wrapped up a grand primary of two big contenders - that of the flaming hot socialism/communism of the Bernie Sanders camp, and the slightly sanitized version of the same from the rest of the large clown-car field, the latter finally consolidated around weak Joe Biden. Biden doesn't actually stand for anything, but he has the old Obama establishment behind him.
And for a lot of Democrats, that's not satisfactory, particularly as Biden continues to show himself to be a man beneath the office he seeks, stumbling, gaffing, losing his thoughts, getting frustrated, drifting off and sounding for all the world like an addled old man who belongs at the dog tracks. That's on top of Biden's mile-high political baggage -- everything from sex harassment and handsiness with the little girls, to bona fide corruption. And he's gotten very, very rich while in public office.
So it's no surprise that the talk continues of getting someone else, someone the Democrats can at least be excited about. The coronavirus crisis has enabled that new trend to emerge - that of Democratic governors, not garden variety pols. The coronavirus has enabled them to move front and center, and the calls for bringing on one of them, Andrew Cuomo, to the top of the ticket, keep coming.
They really are different in kind rather than degree from what Democrats have had on offer for the past few elections. A couple things stand out: One, that they are governors, not Senators, not talking head pols whose main qualification is their speeches, and whose only experience lots of talk, lots of left-wing extremism devoid of any real-world experience, and a low-achievement record in the Senate. Think how many senators the Dems have put on offer to their voters since Barack Obama changed the political model from Bill Clinton-style compromise and moderation (and note that Clinton had been a governor) to the screaming leftist senator model proposing extremism -- first in the Hillary Clinton that followed him, and then Liz Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and a couple of others. They all ended uniting around super-senator himself Joe Biden, not just a former senator but as a former vice president, the president of the Senate.
The emerging governor model is not only apparently pragmatic (although if you look close, it isn't - the one-party blue state stagnation and social disintegration still needs to be answered for), who with the coronavirus era, show signs of taking actual charge. There's also something else pretty interesting about them - instead of the Trump-derangement-syndrome of the senators, they're actually winning points paradoxically by praising President Trump. We see this in California's Gov. Gavin Newsom, and in New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The old-tyme pol behavior of allies of convenience is a big difference from the TDS we see elsewhere among the Democrats. Here's Gavin Newsom's rather unexpected remarks just yesterday:
"I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has," Newsom told CNN's Jake Tapper. "And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly."
"The fact is, every time I've called the president, he's quickly gotten on the line."
So now we got three factions in the Democratic Party going on here -- the Bernie-ites who can't win but won't go away, the Obama-ites of Bidendom, and now the blue-state governors who refuse to scream about Trump.
This doesn't sound as though it's going to work well for the Democrats' presumptive nominee, Joe Biden, who's supposed to be socialist like Bernie, yet also supposed to whip up hate against Trump to rouse the Democrat base, while his potential rival governors in the wings are praising Trump and Democrats are responding well to that. Bernie is staying on in the race in the hopes that Biden will flame out or die of a heart attack or be hauled off by the whitecoats or something, leaving himself with the second biggest delegate tally. That undercuts Joe as much as the blue-state governors praising Trump does.
There's also a fourth factor, which is the actual disintegration of the Bernie Sanders campaign, which has to happen, given that it's unlikely Sanders, no matter what he anticipates, is not going to be the nomineee.
One part of the disintegrating Sanders base is returning to its thug roots, and with more organizational experience now, hazing and harassing other leftists, such as the pro-Biden Alyssa Milano, turning into a Castroite repudiation mob.
Here's one of the milder tweets from the Bernie-ites, responding to an article she tweeted, urging Sanders to quit the race:
It gets worse, given the known familiarity with violence and antifa of one part of the Bernie bros.
Meanwhile, another part of Camp Bernie is doing something even wilder as reality sets in that Bernie won't be the nominee and they seethe as how it seems to have been rigged: Some 15% of them are going straight to Donald Trump. For Democrats, that's a problem, given that they are running old Joe, true or not, as a centrist. It's not taking on a certain part of the extreme left.
Bottom line: Democrats are all over the map, taking stands at one extreme, only to watch new factions pop up on another. It's about par for a party that stands for nothing. Look for more factions to emerge in this strange brew of leftist stances, one bubbling up after another.
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