Bauer: Bernie as nominee worrying Dems' leaders

Monday, February 24, 2020
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Bernie Sanders (smiling)A conservative activist says the Democratic establishment is having a "nervous breakdown" over the prospect of nominating Bernie Sanders, the self-described "democratic socialist," to carry its banner against Donald Trump in November.

The Bernie Sanders campaign continues to gain momentum toward what it hopes will be the Democratic presidential nomination for the Vermont senator. Sanders notched another victory over the weekend at the Nevada caucuses, beating second-place Joe Biden by more than 27 points and picking up nine delegates to Biden's two. While Barack Obama's former VP is favored to win in South Carolina on Saturday, Sanders is leading the Democratic polls in the Super Tuesday states of California and Texas.

Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families says the Democratic establishment is having trouble dealing with the distinct possibility Sanders may be their presidential nominee – and it's not because they disagree with him.

"The Democratic Party increasingly is becoming a socialist party," says Bauer. "What they are upset about is that he doesn't obfuscate about the fact that his policies are socialist. He's proud of it; he appeals to the base of the party by saying I'm the socialist."

Sanders didn't make things any better for the Democratic Party on Sunday when, during an interview with Anderson Cooper for CBS's 60 Minutes, he defended Fidel Castro's socialist Cuba:

Sanders: "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"

Bauer points out that boasting about socialism and a socialist agenda isn't the playbook that the left has been using for decades.

Bauer, Gary (American Values)"[They're usually] talking about helping people and nice-sounding things and compassionate-sounding things – and it's only later that you figure out that what they're doing is growing the power of government while they're lessening the power and the liberty of the individual," he tells OneNewsNow.

"So yes, they're having a nervous breakdown about it. But if they're too obvious in preventing him from getting the nomination, you could see the Democratic Party splinter in ways that could change American politics for decades."

According to RealClearPolitics, even some MSNBC journalists are "panicking" that Sanders' campaign is rolling along toward the nomination.

Dems' socialist agenda a gift to GOP

A record number of Republicans have filed to run for Congress this year – and a former GOP leader in Texas sees that as an indication that Americans are afraid for the future if the country falls into socialist hands.

According to Fox News, a record number of candidates have filed to run for office in the House and Senate in 2020, breaking the last election cycle's history-making numbers. But unlike the Democratic surge in the 2018 midterms, this congressional boon is being spurred by Republicans who are energized by President Trump and his impeachment acquittal and who believe the president needs fighters like them in the House to quash Democrats' socialist schemes.


"This is all very good news – and I think there's a lot of enthusiasm," says Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. "Americans are afraid for the future of their children if it goes into socialist hands."

According to Adams, it even goes beyond socialism.

"We're talking about a communist deal in this Green New Deal. We're talking about a communist deal when we're talking about Medicare for All," she exclaims. "This is a very frightening thing – and people are motivated not just because they're enthusiastic about the economy and the president, but also because of fear of what the Democrats want to drag us into."


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