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Fractured Democratic Party Turns to Bernie Sanders for Help

Written by Philip Hodges

The media obsess over how divided America is politically as a way to exhort voters to favor compromise and ‘bipartisanship’ in government. They of course blame Trump for the current partisanship, which the media view as one-sided – the Democrats being the victims of Trump-led Republican tyranny. The media act like Obama never issued executive orders and never strong-armed anyone on the other side of the aisle.

Part of the media’s narrative in order to break up the Republican Party is to point out the stark rift in the GOP, with the ‘establishment’ on one side and the Freedom Caucus on the other. The healthcare showdown was a perfect spectacle of this.

Going along with this narrative is the feud going on in the White House with the ‘globalist’ Kushners on one side and the ‘America-first’ Bannons and Conways on the other.

All that may be going on, but the media don’t talk about the division in the Democratic Party. People may have been led to believe that Trump’s win united the Democratic Party. It has to some degree – their filibuster of Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation comes to mind. But there’s still division. There’s still a struggle for them to find their identity.

Hillary’s supporters largely blamed Bernie Sanders for her devastating November defeat. They don’t view him as a real Democrat. He is after all an Independent and identifies as a Democratic Socialist. Many in the Democratic Party view him as too far to the left in order to be a member of their party.

But some are starting to warm up to him, considering that he hit it off with a lot of young Democrat voters. Here’s The Hill:

While misgivings remain about giving too much leadership to a politician who technically isn’t a Democrat, a clear warming trend is on the rise. 

“It continues to drive me a bit nuts that he continues to register as an Independent, but the bottom line is that he is a good Democrat,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who supported Hillary Clinton during the Democratic presidential primary and openly worried then about Sanders’s allegiances to the party. 

During the primary, some Democrats worried that Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was pushing the party too far to the left. 

Others mocked him for being a one-issue candidate who championed what they called “unrealistic” proposals like free college tuition. 

And he angered some Clinton allies who felt he stayed in the race too long and cut into her message and campaign coffers. 

They’re mad that he stayed in the race too long? I thought they were all for giving people an equal voice and for ‘free elections’ and all that. I guess they want to be able to control elections more in the future in order to more accurately ensure a certain outcome. That is what they tried this time, and they failed miserably. The Hill continued:

“If you are concerned with labels, you might bristle at the notion of a registered Independent jockeying for control over the direction of the Democratic Party — and there were certainly some in the party apparatus that expressed precisely this sentiment during the 2016 campaign cycle,” said Lynda Tran, a Democratic strategist. 

“But if you’re focused on policy ideas over party labels you might welcome the inclusion of his voice, and frankly other voices too, at a time when the Democratic Party is under intense attack and working on the path forward.”

“At the end of the day, Bernie Sanders may be a registered Independent, but he has always caucused with Democrats and there is no question he continues to enjoy strong support among many members of the Democratic Party,” Tran added. 

The DNC has sought to harness energy from Sanders and unite the party after last year’s divisions. 

Considering the animosity the Party’s establishment and its supporters have towards Sanders, they must be pretty desperate to be warming up to him to capitalize on his support.

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