It’s official: the Democratic Party is no longer the party of the people. It is now the party of the government.
With support for self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders growing, the Washington Free Beacon is now reporting that after years of denouncing socialism, even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is ready to embrace the Vermont senator as the Democrats’ candidate to take on President Donald Trump this November.
Nancy’s shocking turnaround
During the 2016 election, Democrats regularly faced questions about embracing socialism. Those questions were renewed this campaign season, especially when Sanders took the lead in the Democratic primary.
When Pelosi was recently asked if she would be comfortable with Sanders leading the charge for Democrats, she stated simply: “Yes.” But while it was not exactly a ringing endorsement, it is far more support than Sanders has received from the California Democrat in the past.
For instance, only last year, Pelosi did an interview with 60 Minutes during which she hinted she could never get behind a Sanders candidacy.
“When Medicare was done by the Congress at the time, under Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan said, ‘Medicare will lead us to a socialist dictatorship.’ This is an ongoing theme of the Republicans,” Pelosi told CBS.
She went on: “However, I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
But it appears things have changed since Pelosi gave that interview. With dozens of open socialists in the Democratic Party now, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow “Squad” members, it seems Pelosi is bowing to the pressure.
Whatever Pelosi may think, it’s hard to overstate how dangerous a Bernie Sanders White House would be. While he has never been able to energize anyone outside of his base, the hatred for Trump is so out of control in this country that many Democrats are now clearly willing to embrace socialism if it means getting rid of the current commander in chief.
Perhaps the Democrats’ plan is to remove Trump first, then more or less sit on Bernie Sanders for four years and make him a one-term president.
Indeed, it is hard to imagine that if Sanders does pull off the upset, a more moderate Democrat wouldn’t primary him in 2024. Sanders could wind up with more resistance within his own party than even Donald Trump has seen.
We are far away from that happening, although we will have a much clearer idea of just how close Bernie is to the nomination next week, after South Carolina’s primaries on Saturday and more than a dozen other battles on Super Tuesday, March 3.