Opinion by: Krystal Ball
Times are dark. The world is troubled. Something called “black rod” is destroying our greatest ally. Let’s indulge if you will join me in a plausible fantasy of sorts. You ready? What if Bernie Sanders
Bernie SandersSanders points to ‘costly blunders’ in years since 9/11 attacks Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank MORE won Texas?
Yes. Yes. I know it’s a bit irresponsible. Usually, I chalk Democratic dreams of a blue Texas to the same sort of thinking that brought us the inevitability of the coalition of the ascendant and 100% certainty that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOnly Congress can end the China trade war quagmire Trump blasts Bolton: ‘He made some very big mistakes’ Trump seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes MORE was going to lose. But a new poll has got my heart beating and mind racing and I just can’t resist.
Univision just did a big poll of Texas including those general election hypothetical matchups that all of the pollsters have warned you about and here’s what they found. None other than the O.G democratic socialist, Medicare For All championing, class warfare waging Bernie frickin’ Sanders beating Trump by 6 points. That margin was better than any of the other candidates including Mr. “electable” Joe BidenJoe BidenCan we trust polls in 2020? Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas North Carolina race raises 2020 red flags for Republicans, Democrats MORE and Mr. Texas-is-my-home-state Julian CastroJulian CastroKrystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Biden, Sanders and Warren lead Trump in new Texas poll Biden holds 12-point lead over Sanders in national poll MORE. Remember, not only is Sanders a self-described democratic socialist but he is also calling to end all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, ban fracking, and ultimately eliminate fossil fuel use altogether. And this is Texas!
The same poll also looked at the dem primary. Here they found Sanders in 3rd trailing Biden and Beto *but* a deep dive into the demographics revealed why Sanders may be running so surprisingly well in the general election in Texas. He has a secret strength with Latinos. Looking at Latinos nationwide, Sanders has the highest favorability rating of any candidate at an impressive 67%. So it all begs the question: can Bernie Sanders mess with Texas? Sorry. Couldn’t resist.
If there is any state that typifies prototypical “’Murica” where the trucks and the guns are big and the social safety net is oh so small, it’s Texas. And that is precisely the place where we are told Sanders brand of politics should be a complete utter disaster. After all, chamber of commerce type conservatives love nothing more than to opine on the great virtues of Texas. The low taxes, the low regulation, delightfully paired with a low investment in education, health care and really anything else that might be of use to their working-class citizens. Texas is the Reagan republicans dream come alive in America…I mean minus Austin. Ya know, let’s just not talk about those pinko commies in Austin.
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I’m not saying that Paul Ryan would weep if Bernie Sanders won Texas but it’s definitely possible. I don’t care whether you love him or hate him if you are a democrat the thought of Sanders and his democratic socialism winning in Texas should absolutely delight you.
I mean honestly, the fact that this poll is even remotely plausible should destroy every Clintonian, third way, DCCC myth about who is “electable.” This whole notion that to win back rural America we’ve got to bury deep down what we actually think about things. That “being responsible” means allowing millions to languish with low wages and inadequate health care. That we can get away with ignoring or actively screwing working people if we just engage in the right woke virtue signaling.
So I’ve made a list of demands. Just a few things that I believe must happen out of fair play if Bernie does in fact go on to win Texas. Consider this a living document to be amended and expanded between now and 2020. Feel free to leave your own ideas in the comments of course. Ok here’s what I’ve got.
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Now, this is just a start and frankly, it seems like the absolute bare minimum that should be required of the establishment. Because in reality, the fact Sanders could win Texas is proof that FDR style class centric-economic populism is not only just it’s also a winning strategy. And y’all have been standing in the way of progress for far too long.