U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) doubled down on yesterday’s Super Saturday victories by winning the Maine Democratic primary by a tremendous margin. After handily besting Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in both Kansas and Nebraska, swing states that could give the Democrats vital votes in November’s electoral college, Sanders hammered home Maine to win the weekend. After winning in Maine, Bernie Sanders brought the pain on the debate stage in Flint, Michigan, giving Hillary Clinton her sharpest jabs yet. While Clinton stuck to her tired talking points about gun control and Sanders’ supposed “unrealistic” reforms and “one issue” focus, she got hammered with numerous examples of her past flip-flops and quasi-scandals. On social media, consensus appeared to be that Bernie Sanders had delivered his best debate performance to date, making Clinton look scheming and hostile at the podium.
After winnin’ Maine and bringin’ the pain, Bernie Sanders is in an excellent position to do well in Michigan on March 8. Putting cracks in Hillary Clinton’s facade is the best thing Sanders can do: As more voters grow disillusioned with Clinton’s stagnant but well-lacquered candidacy, the establishment will begin to withdraw its support. Though the establishment remains ideologically loyal to the Clinton machine, it is increasingly apparent that the future of the Democratic Party is at stake.
Each time the mainstream media blatantly favors Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s image and brand suffers. Each time a vaunted Democratic figure like Howard Dean tries to subvert the spirit of democracy to aid Hillary Clinton, the Party suffers. When Bill Clinton and the mayor of Boston commit election fraud to encourage more voters to cast ballots for Hillary, the Party suffers. The establishment’s shameless bias in favor of Hillary Clinton is hurting the Democratic Party’s future viability.
Though the party establishment lined up in droves to support Clinton early on, Sanders’ unexpectedly strong performance may soon convince some establishment figures to begin switching sides. By winning the majority of Millenial voters, Bernie Sanders has proven that his views are the future of liberalism. Elected Democrats who want to remain in office will have to appeal to growing numbers of Millenials…and these voters will want to know why their Representatives and Senators did, or did not, Feel the Bern.
Even if Hillary Clinton can win the presidential nomination through sheer brute force of mainstream media and Democratic Party bias, her victory will not protect her self-interested endorsers. Many will fall to “Berniecrat” challengers in coming elections. As Bernie Sanders grows more popular, more Clintonian Democrats will be swept from office in 2018, 2020, and 2022 by more progressive challengers. After tonight, many Clinton endorsers will be re-strategizing. Seeing Bernie Sanders’ unexpected strength, they will begin defecting to the side of progressivism.
Fellow Berners, stay strong! Do what you can to assist in Michigan. If we win Michigan, the defections will begin in earnest.