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How to beat the Bernie blues

Jamie Stiehm on

The Democratic Party, to hear some tell it, got crashed by outsider Sen. Bernie Sanders, a crusty Vermonter and "democratic socialist."

Party insiders swear there's no way Sanders, the field front-runner after three contests, can beat President Donald Trump. They know these things, just as they knew Hillary Clinton would beat Trump in 2016. They also crowned Joe Biden, with no mojo, before a vote was cast in 2020.

"I've got news ... They can't stop us," Sanders vows, speaking of Democratic and Republican party establishments.

Guys, enough tears already. It's not even March yet. There are many miles to go before we sleep. Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada are small states. Texas, California, Massachusetts, Virginia and 10 other states "speak" next week on Super Tuesday.

Here's the haunting specter: Brooklyn-born Sanders facing Trump, a Queens native, in a mighty matchup between borough boys of New York.

Unlike Clinton -- brittle and reserved -- Sanders would give as good as he got in the debate ring with Trump. Make no mistake; Sanders is a formidable candidate with his own odd charisma.


Call me Elizabethan; I favor Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But there's something about Bernie, consistent as a grandfather clock. For a large swath, biblical anger is part of his charm, gathering for a November storm.

Righteous indignation sells in an era of rising economic inequality, markedly among young voters. That's just a fact, ma'am. Sanders galvanizes supporters such that Democratic elders wonder why they let a wild-eyed revolutionary (inspired by Cuba) join their primary race in the first place.

What hath they wrought? And now Russia, too? The nation's spies think Russia is on Sanders' side.

Yet another New Yorker in his 70s recently entered the fray, running hard for the Democratic nomination with almost all the money in the world. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of the Big Apple, got bitten at his debate debut. Befuddled on race and gender grounds is not a good look.


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