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"The 'Never Bernie' apocalypse is coming, Dem insiders warn"~~New York Daily Post's Hatchet Job

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The use of this logo in no ways implies any affiliation with or even any concurrence with the New York Daily Post. There aren't many graphics available to illustrate the paper, and this seemed better than a photo of the printing plant or the bizarre covers concerning Jeff Bezos being "blackmailed" by the National Enquirer. The original story by Jon Levine, from which this discussion is extracted, is here:

The 'Never Bernie' apocalypse is coming, Dem insiders warn

https://nypost.com/2020/02/01/the-never-bernie-apocalypse-is-coming-dem-insiders-warn/

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About this so-called "Never Bernie" movement, some of my publisher and editor friends, plus the vast group of liberal brethren, friends, and armchair pundits, would be quick to say "Don't give it Oxygen."

I, however, believe this sort of thing must receive the light of day, and like turning on the lights makes the cockroaches scatter, which then come back, but if exposed, at least we know what they look and sound like.

Nobody in my state of New Mexico that I know of thinks or speaks like these so-called Democratic insiders....

Do remember that journalists doing this kind of hit piece, or "hatchet job", as it used to be called, can always hide behind the illusion that they were just reporting the news. Also remember that the NY Post is a tabloid with a daily circulation of 230,634; and that in 2017, the New York Post was reported to be the preferred newspaper of U.S. President Donald Trump, who maintains frequent contact with its owner, Rupert Murdoch.

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Democratic insiders warn that large swaths of voters could stay home, or even defect to Trump, if Sanders snags the nomination. An insider working with Mike Bloomberg's campaign agreed: "I think that there is a real 'Never Bernie' sentiment among both donors and moderate, centrist Democrats, or what I would call regular Democrats. Bloomberg and Pete and Biden represent the heart and soul of the party their supporters are not as apt to support someone like Bernie."

He is surging in Iowa, and in New Hampshire, another recent poll gave Sanders a 15-point lead.

Among insiders there is near-universal belief that Sanders' card-carrying socialist credentials could create enormous problems with suburban and older voters, both of whom tend to be wealthier than the general population. While millennials are evenly split between socialism or capitalism, only 39 percent of Generation Xers and 32 percent of Baby Boomers held favorable views of "socialism," according to a November 2019 Gallup poll.

Sanders was the first socialist elected to Congress in decades when he arrived as a freshman Representative in 1991. He moved up to the Senate in 2007. He has always worn the baggage like past praise for Fidel Castro, and his Soviet honeymoon on his sleeve. With few major legislative achievements, he was largely dismissed as a Senate sideshow until his breakout performance in the 2016 Democratic primary.

"For Democrats to win, the election must be a referendum on Trump and not a debate about socialism," Michael Kempner, a longtime Democratic donor who has cut checks for Biden and Buttigieg, told The Post. "The vast majority of Democrats and the nation do not believe in socialism."

The rumblings appears grassroots for now. Multiple party grandees contacted by The Post insisted there was no organized "Never Bernie" movement and they would honor pledges to support whoever ended up on top of the ticket.

"There's nothing coming from the DNC, party leaders or those who are in the loop. Donors get moody all the time," former DNC chair Donna Brazile told The Post.

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