I Think I Have Found Bernie Sanders 2.0

A few days back I suggested that what the Democrats need to do is to find a Bernie Sanders 2.0, a young up-and-comer who can project Bernie’s passion and sincerity for doing right by average Americans. And in fact Bernie needs to start right now promoting such a protégé to run for the presidency in 2020.

I think I have found just the perfect candidate for that role. But I doubt whether or not the Democratic establishment is going to get excited, at least initially, over my pick.

So here I am watching Chris Hayes on MSNBC as the moderator of Bernie Sanders in Trump country — McDowell County, West Virginia. Chris is sharp as a tact, very articulate, knows the issues inside out, can be very serious when appropriate but still maintain a winning personality, has national TV exposure 5 nights a week and is pretty much on the same page as Senator Sanders.

All that would need doing would simply be for Chris and Bernie to make this current West Virginia town hall type forum a weekly occurrence all around the country, until others begin to see the potential for Bernie 2.0 in Chris as I see him — a sort of campaign gig right up to the day of the election.

Now of course there are some high huddles that must be cleared. First off Chris would have to be convinced that he should become a pol and Bernie must be convinced to take a back seat to Chris as his promoter and mentor. Don’t know how this part would work out. But I know what the campaign slogan would look like — Bernie Sanders goes all in with Chris Hayes.

Come on all of you Chris and Bernie fans out there run with this idea. Let’s get the ball rolling, right now! Believe me, folks, after four years of the Donald’s lying bull crap, the public will be hungry for a smart, genuine young leader like Chris Hayes. It would be so sweet that if after years of Trump bashing the press, it becomes someone of the press who defeats him.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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