It’s almost like the last 15 years or so have been a failure for the Democrats. But don’t take my word for it — take Bernie Sanders’. At an event Wednesday, the socialist independent senator and rumpled Clarence Darrow impersonator from Vermont told an audience that “the last 15 years or so has been a failure” for the Democrats.
From Conservative Tribune:
The remarks came during an appearance in Jackson, Mississippi at (of course) a “forum for economic justice” honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death, during which The New York Times speculated he was trying to court black voters.
“The business model for the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” Sanders told the crowd during a question-and-answer session.
“Now what happened, people sometimes don’t see that because of the charismatic individual named Barack Obama who won the presidency in 2008 and 2012.
“He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant man, but behind that reality over the last ten years Democrats have lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures all across this country. And you’ve got significant numbers of states like Mississippi where the government, the legislature, the senators, are all Republicans.”
The rest of Sanders’ answer, fortunately for conservatives, proved that Sanders still doesn’t get why the last 15 years have been a failure for the Dems.
“Now how does this happen at a time when the Republican agenda is the agenda of the billionaire class and is at war with working people?” Sanders told the audience, dragging out a straw man big enough it’s usually found only out in the field, scaring off crows.
Of course, nothing he said in his remarks regarding the former president was necessarily untrue — at the state level, the party’s lilt to the left during the Obama/Pelosi years resulted in a complete failure for the party, no matter who was installed in the White House. But then again, this is a party that’s proven itself more than willing to eat itself over concepts like privilege, identity and the defining-down of what constitutes “white supremacy.”
While some in their midst seem to be able to identify that the last 15 years has been a total failure, they still can’t figure out the why of it all — and with months to go until the midterms, that should be the most disturbing thing to Democrats of any stripe.