A major U.S. political party is being torn to shreds by an ideological rift so deep it may as well be a chasm… and many now say publicly they will REFUSE to support that party’s nominee in November.
And it’s good news for conservative voters.
The GOP looks practically harmonious compared to the Democrats. Even the so-called “Never Trump” movement has quickly shut up and fallen into line, with Mitt Romney abandoning his behind-the-scenes attempts to recruit a third-party candidate or even run himself.
On the Democratic side, however, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is waging a battle that he now knows he can’t win… but cripples former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she tries to pivot toward the general election.
“It’s very clear now that the longer they stay in this race the more damage they’re doing,” Ken Martin, chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer Labor Party, told The Washington Post.
But he’s doing it anyway, and this “slash and Bern” approach to politics, which is far more divisive to Democrats than anything Trump has done with Republicans, is threatening to tear the party in half.
Forget “Never Trump.” Many Sanders supporters now say openly they could never vote for Hillary Clinton!
What’s the real goal here? Sanders has been consistently upfront about it all along – and it’s not winning a primary or even an election.
It’s a socialist revolution, and when you look at it in that context it’s easy to see why he won’t pull out of the primary, “suspend” his campaign and support Clinton.
Instead, he and his army of young supporters are trying to hijack the Democratic Party and turn it into something else entirely – a fanatical anti-bank, anti-corporate, anti-business party that accepts no compromise.
Even in defeat, he’s quietly gathering delegates. He could soon have nearly 2,000 of them – and he’ll use them to wage open war against the party and Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
“We are going to fight as hard as we can on the floor of the Democratic convention to make sure that we have a progressive platform that the American people will support,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News.
His supporters aren’t standing down either – and they’re not shy about their real goal.
“We want to have progressive values and socialism on the convention’s agenda, rather than slip back into centrist Democratic thinking if she gets elected,” Tick Segerblom, a state senator in Nevada and a Sanders supporter, told The New York Times. “I think there could be some chaos at the convention – at least outside, with a lot of anarchists, socialists, young people.”
And that leads to a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation that could cost the Democrats for years to come.
anders has received almost 10 million votes in the Democratic primaries so far. That’s nearly as many as GOP nominee Donald Trump.
If their platform is simply cast out at the convention as too radical, it could lead to a permanent schism within the party and even an independent challenge.
But if they cave and allow Sanders and his team to set a socialist agenda, they can kiss middle-of-the-road politically independent Americans goodbye – because they want nothing to do with this bankrupt left-wing political philosophy.
Either way, it could spell doom for Democrats in November — and that may be why party insiders are resigned to defeat: Longtime Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders went so far as to say that Trump would beat Clinton “like a baby seal.”
— The Horn editorial team