Yes, I realize that it’s probably too late to save the Democratic Party from itself, and that a massive shift in public opinion would be needed for Sanders to catch up to and pass Clinton’s delegate count after last Tuesday’s debacle. Still, I know that we have the nation’s opinion leaders here on the SDMB, so I am going to make a last-ditch appeal to reason.
Here is an excellent article laying out the reasons why, although the conventional wisdom would say that Clinton is much more electable than Sanders, the calculations become very different given that the GOP is likely to nominate a very unconventional candidate. Sanders’ strengths are precisely those needed to oppose Trump, and his weaknesses are ones that Trump is ill-prepared to exploit.
Trump is a bully. When attacked by a bully, you have to respond with righteous indignation or be seen as weak. Nobody does righteous indignation like Bernie Sanders.
Trump thrives on personal attacks. Against Clinton, all he will have to do is spew a bunch of crap about emails and Benghazi and Whitewater. Since the perception of being unethical is a real problem for Clinton, she will have to respond, but in the time it takes her to factually rebut one attack, Trump will have flung five more at her. Bernie, on the other hand, has no ethical skeletons in his closet. All Trump will be able to do is yell “socialist socialist socialist!”. This gives Bernie an opening to say “Well, what I mean by that is…” and lead Trump where he fears most to go, into an actual discussion of real issues.
Conversely, Trump’s own history is a target-rich environment for ethical attacks, and Sanders is much better positioned than Clinton to mount those attacks without fear of successful counterattack. A Trump-Clinton race would likely devolve into a six-month pissing contest. Clinton herself might very well win, but the sheer ugliness of the race would drive down voter turnout, hurting the Democrats’ hopes down the ticket.
Now consider the legitimate arguments against Sanders; he has little foreign policy experience and some of his policy proposals seem dubiously realistic. Against a mainstream Republican, those are problems. Compared to the Donald, he comes out way ahead on both counts.
Think about it. Tell your friends. It may not be too late.