I think you’re dreaming, unfortunately, unless Bernie undergoes a fairly drastic makeover after the nomination. I would be delighted to be proven wrong because I really like Bernie, but the fact is that Sanders is a significant threat to the 1%, and the 1% will spend whatever it takes to persuade a majority of everyone else that he’s a threat to them, too, and will do it with the kind of vigor and aggressiveness such as perhaps has never been seen in American politics.
I’m not just talking about TV ads telling people not to vote for Bernie. I’m talking about vast networks of fake astroturf organizations suddenly “uncovering facts” about Bernie’s allegedly scary past and scary plans and exploiting every avenue of communication to make them known – social media, books, videos, blogs, anything and everything. All well funded by dark money and well coordinated by the kinds of PR organizations that specialize in covert disinformation campaigns.
Anyone who thinks I’m exaggerating should think about what happens whenever serious discussions come up about meaningful health care reform, especially if single payer is mentioned. Suddenly we have “death panels”, and stories about people in the UK going blind from lack of health care and dying in the streets in Canada because they’re on wait lists. Sure the ACA was passed, but the ACA isn’t true reform, and much of it was practically written by the insurance lobby. The same strategy is being used against climate science, and was also successfully used for a long time against tobacco opponents. But with Bernie as a viable presidential prospect, health care reform is just one of many different threats to the 1%, and the attacks would be unleashed on an unprecedented scale.
The only way I can see Bernie being elected is if he drastically and persuasively moderated his platform and moved his agenda massively to the center, but this would effectively negate much of what he stands for. But he’d still probably be way better than Hillary.