JLBB wrote: ↑
2 weeks ago
Political suicide for the country, a country full of desperate and unsatisfied voters who are unfortunately economic illiterates for the most part. Electoral suicide? Only if you consider choosing the candidate with the best chance at winning the presidency and fitting the zeitgeist electoral suicide.
Find it hard to respect a party that would pick a Bernie over a Yang or a Bernie at all, ultimately the party will get what they deserve. Unfortunately there’s no going back to normal after an implemented Bernie agenda.
President Sanders would be limited in his power. There are other bodies such as the Congress, the supreme Court, the state and local governments (which are often required to implement federal policy), and the permanent bureaucracy including the FBI, CIA, etc. There is no prospect of Sanders turning the USA into the USSA or anything "to the left of Scandinavia" which you keep bringing up as if it's either plausible or a bad thing. What he might do is be able to modestly tilt things.
The above doesn't apply to Trump, as there is no internal ideological diversity among Republicans. They universally support Trump on all issues with maybe a 2% or 3% disagreement rate, and thus he can implement a lot of his destructive agenda at will. Many Republicans, such as Lindsay Graham, have no ideology to speak of, they just support whoever happens to be powerful. We're now seeing the legacy: less credibility overseas, children in cages, decreased environmental standards, record federal deficits, etc.
How are we going to go back to normal after an implemented Trump agenda allowing coal mining companies to dump their debris into rivers?
Iran recently bombed an American base, injuring over 100 American troops, and the world unanimously told the USA to stand down. Trump's friends, Putin, Duterte, Kim Jong Il, etc, did not stand with Trump against Iran. How are we going to go back to normal after Trump has implemented his agenda of politically isolating the United States?
Sanders in contrast will have to compromise significantly to pass laws with either Democratic or Republican support.