The Republican blogger GOPlifer looks in his crystal ball.
There remains a significant possibility that the party exercises its own revolt at the convention; a revenge of the establishment. This ‘Red Wedding’ scenario could see the party purge the insurgents entirely, putting someone like Rubio at the top of the ticket and giving the far right the finger. There is only one reason to do this – because Bernie Sanders is winning the Democratic nomination.
If Clinton is sailing away with the Democratic nomination, the Republicans have no reason to risk the damage of a purge. No Republican is going to beat Clinton and Republican insiders generally understand this. If Clinton is the nominee then they have every reason to let Cruz (but not Trump) take the nomination and lose in a landslide.Look, I get that Bernie appeals to idealists. But here's the problem. He has no practical sense of how to implement the change he advocates, except somehow touchy feely stuff that the voters will rebel and everything will change. Well, the voters DID rebel and we got the Tea-party. Plus Dems never come out in the midterm elections.
A Sanders nomination changes the logic. That race becomes not only winnable, but a near-lock for any Republican who isn’t a raving idiot. Republican insiders will be alienate Cruz’s supporters, daring them to sit out the race and elect a socialist. Sanders is just what Republicans need to restore a little pragmatism to their electorate.
Moreover, he has some policy proposals that do not make sense. He has no clear road map on his single payer health care plan, he proposes across-the-board tax increases. And frankly I don't see him winning in South Carolina or other states.
So, what? If he's the nominee I'll vote for him, but he's just not going to pull in the disaffected and sensible Rs, and there aren't enough progressives to win the presidency.
If Bernie loses the nomination, he can take his marbles and go home, and his supporters can be spoiled children and do likewise, and we get another republican. Oh, that worked SO WELL with Nader and Gore, didn't it?
Or, he can throw his weight behind Hilary and they can work together to make sure a D is in the White House. He's already pulled her leftward, which is good.
And, the same thing vice versa.
The Dems have to come together--no circular firing squads. Goal number 1: a Dem in the white house. Goal number 2: as many Dems down-ticket as possible.
Alas, the Dems have a proven record of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Get out the vote!