Can Bernie win a general election? There is a sad lesson to be learned about the difference between winning a primary and winning a general election.
We need to remember the election of 1972. It was the first election I was old enough to vote in (previous presidential election you had to be 21 to vote).
In my very first election, the California Primary, I eagerly cast my vote for the darling of the far left, George McGovern. McGovern was a good guy. He would have been a good president. Kind of like Bernie. I was so pumped up for McGovern.
1972 was the last year that California, with our huge delegate count, was winner-take-all, and when McGovern carried our state, with my first little vote in the mix, it put him over the number to clinch the delegate count.
All of us young, long-haired college students were so thrilled and excited!
Of course, McGovern went on to face Richard Nixon, up for reelection — the president who, up until Trump, was the most corrupt in history and, just as Trump would do to Bernie, Nixon carried 61% of the vote and 49 states.
Bernie has a good message; I supported him in 2016 (after Elizabeth Warren declined to run) when the country was looking to shake things up and he could have won, but right now the country is looking to stop the shaking.
So I am supporting Elizabeth Warren, the candidate who offers very similar ideology and policy ideas, but with far more technical knowledge, pragmatic, realistic strategies, but who does NOT terms like “socialist” and “revolution” that scare people, and that aren’t even accurate, but which Trump will tattoo on Bernie’s forehead with a branding iron and pound relentlessly into the airwaves with Russian-funded ads.
April 12, 2017