My guess is that the challenge Bernie Sanders is wrestling with right now is locating each of his supporters individually and throttling all of them for their insane response to the Black Lives Matter activism.
Apparently the logic of Sanders’ supporters is that if they trash, demonize and verbally assault the BLM activists, Sanders will capture the Black primary vote next year. And if that’s not enough, perhaps insult them by insinuating that they’re doing Hillary’s bidding under some grand conspiracy theory.
Sanders of course knows better than this. You can almost hear his head exploding. I like Sanders and want him to win. But even if I were not a supporter, I’d still feel for him. The job of controlling an overly rabid base is a harrowing exercise in needle threading. Come down too harshly and you lose their support. Don’t do enough and the damage they do may be irreparable.
Imagine how Black voters feel each time they read one of the slams on Facebook or in blog posts. Call me crazy, but I think they’re driven away from Sanders, not towards him. I thought the purpose of supporting a candidate was to win him votes, not cost him votes. Silly me.
If things don’t change, there’s a very real possibility that the primary campaign next year unfolds this way: Sanders wins by slight margins in Iowa and New Hampshire, then fails to break single digits in South Carolina and is out of the race before the Florida primary. At which point the demonization of Blacks by Sanders’ supporters begins anew.
Of course, there’s always the possibility this obscure blog post will go viral, be read by all Sanders supporters, and magically cause them to get their heads out of their collective asses.