To The Daily Sun,
The 2016 presidential race has been a great learning experience in countless ways. Voters have come to the hard realization both political parties are private entities, not public. Both operate in their own best interests. No matter the outcome of primaries or caucuses, the powers that run those organizations demand the ability to pick the candidate they believe has the greatest chance to win the national election. That may be the one with the greatest popularity, but not always. Both parties have greatly different processes created over the decades from actual election outcomes.
This election cycle has exposed bare the differences between the two parties. Both Democrats and Republicans have experienced two, very popular candidates running from the outside. It was clear from the start Bernie Sanders never had the support of the Democratic Party bosses, neither did Donald Trump. It is easy to understand why. Both men are interlopers, running on party tickets to which neither belongs.
Sanders has been a lifelong, independent, spouting over-the-top, socialist dogma Democrats have spent their history avoiding, while Trump has been a member of the "chameleon party" being any color best for his business empire. Both Sanders and Trump know they could never win win as third-party candidates, no matter their popularity.
Democrats were never in much fear of Bernie Sanders, no matter the huge crowds at his rallies or his string on impressive wins. Democrats had experienced their near-death experience in 1972 with George McGovern. McGovern was a very popular but controversial candidate within the Democratic Party, much the same as Sanders is today. McGovern went on to hand Democrats their most humiliating defeat in history. He won just two states, with only 19 electoral votes.
Even on Sanders best day it was clear the 500 democratic super delegates had hardly budged their support from Hillary. The super delegates are the Democrats "stone wall" to preventing highly popular (McGovern-like) candidates within a party to be nominated if they are not seen by party leaders as the candidate most likely to win the general election. Bernie Sanders was never going to win the nomination, no matter what. George McGovern had seen to that.
The Trump experience for Republicans will reshape their nominating process going forward, the same way McGovern's huge loss reshaped Democrats thinking about elections. It won't be long before Republicans have 500 super delegates who can prevent people like Trump from hijacking its party from the outside. Trump will be a wake-up call. It is very possible Trump could go on to lose in a massive landslide. Polls already show him down 14 percent to Hillary.
Even more unbelievable is that potential outcome (could occur) after one of the worst eight-year stretches for our economy in modern history, with a Democrat at the helm. A Democrat who jettisoned 20 million from the middle class while directing policy that has produced record wealth inequality in 2016. That another Democrat could be elected in a landslide defies the most common of common sense in that backdrop of performance. This thinking is identical to that the Greeks, Brazilians and Puerto Ricans recently took to sovereign bankruptcy.
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