Consider yourself forewarned: The item I am attaching to this brief blog post contains some rough language, but the underlying message is spot on.
It comes from former Bill Clinton political adviser — and creator of the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid” — James Carville.
Carville warns that the Democratic Party is squandering its chance of defeating Donald John Trump later this year if it nominates a non-Democrat, a socialist in the form of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Carville says he is “scared to death” of the party’s future if it marches down the far-left side of the highway upon which Sanders is traveling. I happen to concur with what Carville is asserting.
It is not unrealistic to believe that Trump could win re-election in a 40-state landslide if Democrats are foolish enough to nominate Sanders, who Carville said isn’t even a Democrat. He is an independent who represents Vermont in the Senate. But there he is, sitting at or near the top of the Democratic Party field.
Carville knows how to win these elections. He helped steer Bill Clinton to victory in 1992 in impressive fashion. Clinton won with a substantial Electoral College majority and a strong plurality among voters in a three-way race that included the late Ross Perot running as an independent candidate.
So, when Carville urges his party, the Democrats, to look more pragmatically at a nominee, someone who tacks more to the center than to the far left fringes, then I believe he is onto something.