The more the Democratic establishment pushes Bernie away, the more passionate his supporters get
It seems that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has finally had enough. The Bernie Sanders campaign is under attack by the Democratic Party establishment, based on a data-breach done by members of the Sanders campaign against Hillary Clinton.
Whether or not this breach was truly harmful to Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic Party establishment is using it as an opportunity to further discredit and belittle the Sanders campaign.
While the merits of this data-breach are not unworthy to discuss, one should be sober enough to realize that the Democratic Party establishment has never liked Bernie Sanders. Figureheads like current DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz have never taken Bernie seriously, and have done little to support and give equal footing to his candidacy. Scheduling national debates on Saturday for example clearly favor Clinton.
It’s not a conspiracy theory, you can see the Democratic establishment has always preferred Hillary (the establishment Democrat) as their favorite to be the nominee. The recent “controversy” is over Sanders’ campaign stealing information about Democratic voters. This of course led to a blockade by the DNC against Sanders, barring him from accessing their own national voting records. It has since been lifted.
Whether or not you take this seriously, what should be noted is this flare-up has only reinforced Sanders supporters that the national party is working exclusively on Clinton’s behalf.
One of the main reasons Sanders became an independent is because he did not see eye to eye with the Democratic Party establishment. The Sanders campaign has always been scoffed at by the party establishment. Clinton has more connections and fundraising efforts by the national party and the Clinton name carries huge weight in the Democratic Party.
The establishment of the Democratic Party does not want Bernie to be the nominee, and has blatantly tried to use this data-breach to undercut Bernie’s campaign. While Bernie and Hillary can play nice at the Debates (with Bernie’s apologies) this rift is not going to heal anytime soon.
Progressives have always held the suspicion that the Democratic Party was working more for Hillary, and it seems this new split has only emboldened the Progressive wing. Within the past day alone, the Sanders campaign raised over a million dollars from its small donor base. The more the Democratic establishment pushes Bernie away, the more passionate his supporters get.
The ultimate problem of the Democratic Party is that it lacks any basic understanding of how the Sanders campaign is working. It does not rely on the approval of the party establishment, but on the voters.
What will come of this divide is hard to say, but it seems likely that the distrust of progressives toward the party establishment will only grow in the aftermath of this data-breach issue. The breach is not itself the real issue, rather it’s the constant effort by the Democratic establishment to advance Hillary over Bernie in the primary.
We should expect a greater divide, as neither progressives nor establishment truly work on the same page. Hillary is the establishment candidate, Bernie is not. This fact alone makes it tough for Bernie to gain an equal footing in Democratic Party circles.