The Democrats Badly Need A Bernie 2.0

While the highly experienced Secretary Hillary Clinton would have made a far better president than the real estate fraud, aka Putin plant — Senator Bernie Sanders could have more easily beaten the Donald.

Among Democrats there were far more anyone-but-Clinton voters than anyone-but-Sanders voters. And in the end, in the key battleground states, it was those anyone-but-Clinton Democrats that tipped the election to Trump, silly folks who either couldn’t bring themselves to vote for the lesser of two evils or who couldn’t distinguish between Sanders’ authentic message and Trump’s bull crap.

So now the Democrats seem to be whirling in circles as to what to do next. Sure Senator Sanders has the genuine message that fake Trump tries to emulate, with freakish success among his loyal followers one may add. But even if the Democrats can keep Hillary out of sight during the next general election, Bernie will be too close to his expiration date to risk him as the Democratic candidate for president, but not his protégé.

What protégé you ask? And therein lies the answer to the Democratic riddle of who’s up next. Right this very instant Bernie needs to find a politically clean younger man or women who is of identical belief in his bones, and mentor and promote the heck out of him for the 2020 presidential cycle. A delay, even for a year, in starting this process very well might be too late. The name recognition game takes time.

So, Bernie, get busy and find you a most perfect, young stand-in.

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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