Whether Sanders would have won where Clinton failed is a question that will give progressives sleepless nights for a long time. The Vermont senator's wife, Jane Sanders, said in the days after the election that he would "absolutely" have had a better chance of vanquishing Trump. But, she added, "it doesn't matter now."
Behind the scenes, Sanders partisans believe that his platform would have had a greater appeal to voters in the Rust Belt states that Clinton lost. They also think he could have energized young voters, as he did in the primary, which could have offset Trump's unexpected strength.
But the sniping frustrates some Democrats allied with neither camp, who see it as self-destructive and pointless - even as they also agree there is plenty of blame to go around.
"Hillary Clinton deserves all the blame she gets for the candidate she was and the campaign she ran," said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity to speak candidly. "But it is incredibly disingenuous for Bernie Sanders and his team to suggest they would have done better. He couldn't win the f--king primary!"
To suggest that Sanders would have done better in the general election against Trump is to buy into the argument the "white working class" voters were more concerned about economics than racism and bigotry. I say that is pure bs. "White working class" voters are in better shape than any other working class voter in the country, because they get first choice at everything, regardless of their ability. THAT'S A FACT!
They ONLY way Democrats would have won in 2016, and the ONLY way Democrats will win in the future is if people who are not racists, bigots and misogynists get involved and stay involved in politics AND FRICKING GO VOTE! Even with 49% of registered voters not voting at all, more people who actually did vote, voted for Democrats than voted for republicans. THAT'S A FACT!
Republicans have fixed, rigged or whatever term floats your boat, House districts such that they are guaranteed to win those elections, regardless of what Democrats do, other than become racists, bigots and misogynists. The House districts were structured the way they are for a reason. And it has nothing to do with economics for "white working class" voters. It has everything to do with bigotry for "white working class" voters. If Democrats continue to deny that, they will continue to lose elections, EVEN to characters such as Donald Trump.
Yes, the primary campaign Bernie Sanders ran hurt Hillary Clinton. Why? Because most of what Sanders campaigned on in the primaries were the same lies the press and republicans have been promoting for 25 years. Where Sanders disagree with Clinton on policy was and should have been fair game. But to build a campaign on lies and the ignorance of young people who can easily be swayed by promises of free stuff in disingenuous, at best.
We, Democrats, need to jump naked with the reasons we are losing elections. You hear people talking about how many House and governors seats Democrats have lost since Obama became president. WHY did that happen? No, Obama was not and is not perfect. No one is. Especially ANY republican that comes to mind. The truth is that rather than the election of O being a post-racial demarcation point in our history, it was when racists came out of the woodworks to oppose racial progress. The republican congressional caucus made a pact with the devil to sabotage the entire country in order to make Obama a one-term president. ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION! More attempts were made on Obama's life than that of any previous president. The CURRENT president-elect, who said with his ownself's mouth that he has never felt a need to ask God for forgiveness, promoted the notion that President Obama was not a US citizen, was a Kenyan Muslim and had perpetrated the biggest scam on the USA than ever before in our history. A sitting member of Congress shouted out at a State of The Union Address that the President of the United States of America was lying in his speech. The First Lady was called an ape.
NONE of these things have anything to do with "white working class" economics! They have everything to do with "white working class" racism. PERIOD!!!!