Did you know this?
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
Bernie Sanders got so close to running a primary challenge to President Barack Obama that Senator Harry Reid had to intervene to stop him.
It took Reid two conversations over the summer of 2011 to get Sanders to scrap the idea, according to multiple people who remember the incident, which has not been previously reported.
That summer, Sanders privately discussed a potential primary challenge to Obama with several people, including Patrick Leahy, his fellow Vermont senator. Leahy, alarmed, warned Jim Messina, Obama’s presidential reelection-campaign manager. Obama’s campaign team was “absolutely panicked” by Leahy’s report, Messina told me, since “every president who has gotten a real primary has lost a general [election].”
David Plouffe, another Obama strategist, confirmed Messina’s account, as did another person familiar with what happened. (A spokesman for Leahy did not comment when asked several times about his role in the incident.)
Messina called Reid, then the Senate majority leader, who had built a strong relationship with Sanders but was also fiercely defensive of Obama. What could you be thinking? Reid asked Sanders, according to multiple people who remember the conversations. You need to stop.
I think it is important to remember that Bernie Sanders has been railing against those in power for his entire life.
We may applaud him when he is going after the Republicans, but we cannot forget that he has also aggressively gone after the Democrats as well.
Bernie Sanders is a rabble-rouser and bomb-thrower not a deal maker, and believing that he is capable of compromise in order to get difficult policies enacted is really an act of faith based on wishful thinking and not an examination of his time in the Senate.
Having said that if in fact, Sanders is our nominee, then we need to support him one hundred percent.
Which is exactly what Barack Obama intends to do as well:
“Obama will campaign his heart out for whoever the nominee is, and that includes Senator Sanders.”
However for those who are expecting an easy victory for Sanders in the general I think you are about to learn a terrible lesson.
I also would not expect the revolution that has been long promised by the Sanders campaign if he does win.
Washington does not respond well to revolutionaries and he may find himself isolated and completely ineffective for four years, and then easily defeated in 2024.
I hope I am wrong, I really do, but working with the evidence before me I do not see much reason for hope.