Few people outside of Vermont had heard of Bernie Sanders until he was elected to the senate in 2006. He certainly wasn’t a household name but most people knew himas that kooky old Socialist. When he announced his candidacy for president, it didn’t cause much excitement. Little did we know that it would be a two person race and he would seriously challenge Hillary Clinton.
Clearly she has won. Even if you forget about those superdelegates she easily has enough votes. You can’t blame him for wanting to stay in the race. After all, that’s what she did in 2008. What puzzles me is that he is upping the rhetoric and clearly doing the party and her campaign harm. So what does Bernie want? I have several theories.
One possibility is that he wants to push his extremist views regardless of the consequences. This is similar to what we saw with the Tea Party. They gleefully ousted candidates who could win for nut jobs that said they weren’t a witch and a woman’s body “shuts down” in the event of a rape.
Perhaps he wouldn’t mind a Democratic loss. The shattered party could be rebuilt and march arm in arm to a socialist utopia. If this is the case, I wonder who will lead it. He will be seventy-eight and Elizabeth Warren would be seventy next time around. Besides, few revolutions are led by geriatrics.
He may have been afflicted with Palin Disease. The primary symptom is a desperate desire to stay in the limelight after achieving a measure of fame.
Maybe it’s another political malady, Trump Disease in which a towering ego causes a loss of judgment.
My best guess is that he may just be a crotchety old geezer. I recognize it since I am in the early stages myself.
All of these may be right or all be wrong. I just don’t know.