Senator Bernie Sanders is now the political center of gravity in the 2016 Race for the White House. First to be drawn into his orbit was poor, hapless old school campaigner Martin O’Malley- he of rolled up sleeves, plain speak & humble beginnings. Martin veered left hoping to avoid the center-right juggernaut, Hillary Clinton. The former mayor of Baltimore & governor of Maryland got too close to the Bern Galaxy.
Once in that gravitational pull, there was no turning back. He tried to find room for himself in a comfortable orbit. He eventually crashed and left the race. Poor Marty still may not know what happened.
Next came Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Clinton Machine (allegedly) worked with DNC operatives to clear the field for the former Secretary of State. It was “all systems go.” Except for Marty & old man Bernie. Neither of whom seemed to warrant much concern for the former 2-term senator of New York. (Message!)
What appeared to be a satellite flickering in the distance turned out to be a huge sun, upon closer inspection. That sun started drawing crowds & growing in power. The pull was soon too great to resist. HRC began to sound just like Bernie. Parroting his platform & talking points as her uber-rich donors screamed: “Don’t go into the light!”. She went from “political reality” to soaring rhetoric of better days ahead nearly overnight. The former Senator & First Lady is now running a Bernie Lite campaign- less filling, but we can get it done.
The former Senator & First Lady is now running a Bernie Lite campaign- less filling, but we can get it done.
Distant galaxies felt the pull, as well. First to shift was the savvy Donald Trump. If he has a super power, it’s the ability to sniff out a trend. After beating the drums of xenophobia & racism to snap up Fox News’ cultivated following, the real estate mogul pivoted. He started talking about universal healthcare. This (temporarily) placed him to the left of Hillary. A proud moment for the DNC, no doubt.
Republicans seem to be hitting the lefty talk pretty hard. John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz among others have shown signs of drawing closer to the Bern Galaxy.
That’s what I think.