ANALYSIS — Basking in the glow of a New Hampshire victory, Sen. Bernie Sanders may quickly learn the lesson from the late Gen. George S. Patton that “all glory is fleeting,” thanks to a new Gallup survey released Wednesday that revealed 53 percent of Americans “would not vote for their party nominee if they were” a socialist.
The man Sanders so wants to replace, President Donald Trump, doesn’t have to lose any sleep over this, since it is clear he’s a capitalist. But Sanders, an avowed “Socialist Democrat” who honeymooned in Moscow and currently rides at the head of a voting base often referred to as the “Free S— Army,” doesn’t have that traction.
The Gallup poll, taken Jan. 16-29 among 1,033 adults, reportedly found 53 percent of the respondents saying they wouldn’t vote for the nominee, even if they were “generally well qualified” if they also happened to be a socialist.
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Only 45 percent said they would vote for a socialist for president.
“For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”—Gen. George S. Patton
This comes as the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll finds President Trump’s job performance approval rating hovering at 50 percent, which isn’t bad for a man who has endured a three-year impeachment effort. To demonstrate the political divide in the United States, 48 percent disapprove of the president’s job performance, Rasmussen said.
Sanders came out of New Hampshire with his head held high, and that may be bad news for the Democratic National Committee, which seems to be very nervous that the socialist icon is sharing the leadership position with the former mayor of a small city in Indiana.
When push comes to shove, Bernie Sanders is no George Patton, much less Donald Trump. Under the current president, unemployment has reached all-time lows even among minorities, the economy is strong, the military is stronger and—by his own words during the recent State of the Union address—the Second Amendment is secure.
When was the last time a sitting president declared during the SOTU address, “So long as I am president, I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms?” The reaction from Democrats, which was seen on live television by anyone watching, was a collective frown and/or yawn, while everyone else in the House chamber was cheering.
Trump may drive people nuts with his tweets. He may repeat himself at rallies. He may lack diplomacy, or at least appear so. But in three short years, he has brought balance to the federal courts by filling more than 180 vacancies. He has actually fulfilled campaign promises. He hasn’t apologized once for being an American.
Sanders is heading for Nevada with Pete Buttigieg running alongside virtually tied, and ahead by one delegate, so this race is still up for grabs. And according to an article at Slate, a fair number of Sanders’ supporters are going hardcore, that is, they will only vote for Bernie, and if he’s not the nominee, they’re apparently not voting.
All of this creates a dilemma for the DNC. If Sanders earns the nomination and doesn’t get it, his faithful go away. If he is the nominee, his Democrat Socialist handle will likely doom his campaign, and may just rub off on any Democrat running for a lower office.
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