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Bernie’s socialism was controversial in the ’16 primaries. In ’18, most of his ideas have been embraced by his prospective ’20 rivals. His people are rising within the DNC. Hillary Clinton didn’t just kill off her crooked political dynasty. Her defeat also killed triangulation. What’s the point of waiting around for decades, playing the long game, moving to the middle, trying to avoid taking a controversial stand or uttering an uncensored thought, only to lose twice? No Dem wants to be the next Hillary Clinton. They want to be the next Obama or Bernie.
The Overton window isn’t just open, it’s broken. There are few ideas that can’t be put forward anymore. Especially on the left. In tribal politics, moderation isn’t a virtue, it’s a vice. That’s the problem. The lack of boundaries is liberating. But everyone has boundaries. Even the guy with a Need to Impeach tour. He just has no way to set them anymore. Or point out that Trump isn’t literally Hitler. Neither does the rest of his political movement. You’re either an extremist or a sellout. And there’s always someone crazier out there to cry sellout.
Free health care, college education and jobs have already been done. Bernie ran on free college and healthcare. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris are already all over free jobs. What’s next? How do you out-Bernie him in 2020? Free homes, free cars and free drugs?
Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money. But at this rate, the Dems will run out of other people’s ideas even before they even manage to run out of other people’s money. And then the 2024 Dems will run on straight Communism.
-Daniel Greenfield (FrontPage Mag)