Class Warfare Blog

February 24, 2020

Why the “Bernie’s a Socialist! Bernie’s a Socialist! Campaign Will Fail

Quite a few establishment defenders are claiming that if Bernie Sanders is nominated by the Democrats to run for president, that the GOP will wage war based upon Bernie being a Socialist! A Commie! and wipe the floor with him.

That approach really would have worked in this were the 1950’s or the 1960’s, maybe even the 1970’s. Back them everyone knew that capitalism was the best system and the USA was the champion at capitalism. (U . . . S. . .. A . . . U . . . S. . .. A . . . !) But right now, there are huge swaths of this country who have been decimated numerous times by “capitalism.” For example, the big banks caused the largest economic recession in the history of the world in 2008 and who gets bailed out by the capitalist government of the U.S.? Answer: the big banks, which are now bigger than when they were just “too big to let fail.” ordinary people lost their homes and jobs in the millions.

So, the old aversion to socialism is just not there. Conservatives seem to conflate socialism with communism, which is why they are the same thing but have different names . . . ? If Bernie were a communist, he might have a problem.

Bernie is not even really a socialist. A more accurate categorization would be he is a social democrat. I think Bernie has clung to his self-description as “a socialist,” which he might have been at one time but is not now, because it is a clear way to say “I am not like those other politicians.” This will actually help him in the general election.

Think about this. when Donald Trump entered the race for the GOP nomination (with the other dozen and a half plus candidates) how many people thought his chances at the nomination were “good” or even “possible”? If you think back, most people, even while enthralled by the chaos and hijinks of his campaign, thought his chances of getting the nomination were “slim to none.” But win the nomination he did and then, what did people think his chances were of winning the general election against a seasoned, experienced campaigner like Hillary Clinton? Most thought he had no chance, his campaign was too disorganized (at least it appeared to be so). But Ms. Clinton couldn’t have been a more stalwart defender of the status quo and she lost.

If the Dems were to nominate another icon of the status quo, Joe Biden maybe, they would lose again. But if Bernie and Mr. Trump go head to head, who do you think will capture the “anti-status quo” vote this time? Mr. Trump often tackles the status quo but in strange ineffective ways that maybe affect one at the gut level, but don’t really effect positive changes. Bernie promises changing the status quo in favor of the down trodden. He has all of the favoritism Mr. Trump has bestowed upon the rich (tax cuts, environment deregulation, oil drilling leases on public lands, etc.) and the well connected (pardons for his friends, loosen rules for his friends, etc.) to show that Mr. Trump has proven that he has no poor or even middle class friends and that we can expect no favoritism from him.

Bernie is not some shy, wilting flower that will wither under a Trump attach. If Trump thunders “Bernie’s a socialist!” Bernie will respond, “Yes, and you are a liar and you are fat. So what?” End of controversy.

Hint: Trump already has locked up all of the voters who would not vote for a milquetoast socialist, so the Bernie is a Socialist! Campaign will win him no new voters.


  1. I believe you are right. The labels make no difference any more, it’s the policies that each candidate brings to the table that would determine who will win.


    Comment by Bazinga — February 24, 2020 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  2. Steve, it got me thinking when you said. “But if Bernie and Mr. Trump go head to head, …” What if they don’t go head to head. This could be a strange campaign when Trump declines any face to face anything. He might stonewall and use rallies and twitter, and TV; he loves TV! This fucher is crazy. GROG

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    Comment by grogalot — February 24, 2020 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

    • He’s not going to debate. He’s a coward, and has already signalled that he’s going to refuse.

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      Comment by john zande — February 24, 2020 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

      • Since breaking THE LAW is his modus operandi, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when he decides to break tradition, protocol, and common practice.

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        Comment by Nan — February 24, 2020 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

        • In the past I’ve explained away his “supporters” as simply ignorant fools, but what that orange stain of a man is doing is now so overt, so in your face, so out in the open (the purges, for example, at DNI) that anyone who actually still supports him is also mentally ill. They literally want to see everything burn.

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          Comment by john zande — February 24, 2020 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  3. Hope you’re right. The US cannot survive another 4 years of this diseased narcissist.

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    Comment by john zande — February 24, 2020 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  4. It isn’t just Trump that will be the problem. The media will drag him down. It’s already started. Just before seeing your post I catch a headline on the CNN site : “Bernie Sanders’ disastrous answer on ’60 Minutes”.

    It seems unfair. It is unfair. But there is nowhere left to drag Trump down to. Everything bad he’s done and said is out there and it won’t even be news if more and worse come.

    But Sanders is fresh meat for the media who will hold him to the standards we used to hold Presidential candidates.


    Comment by James Cross — February 24, 2020 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  5. The problem for the Democrats is that life in America is pretty great.


    Comment by John Branyan — February 25, 2020 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  6. Bernie makes a lot of big promises, but will not be able to realize any of them, since the Republican will likely have the Senate majority or a big enough minority to obstruct him at every step. And his “revolution” is not going to materialize either – and it better not, because I don’t see how people armed with Twitter accounts and sarcasm are going to win a revolution against the people with all the guns.
    Biden seems to be promising nothing except being president instead of Trump, but it would probably be hard to motivate the Republicans to come out to vote against him, as they would be motivated to vote against Sanders, and were motivated to vote against Clinton.


    Comment by List of X — March 6, 2020 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

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