Great defeats in politics often come from the inside out, and are rarely caused by a better competitor, social or legacy media, critics, government interference or intervention or a strong adversary.
Defeat is caused by uninformed but well-meaning friends and relatives; misguided but over-enthusiastic colleagues; poor judgement; pushing good ideas too far; failing to stop bad ideas sooner; failure to inspire followers to focus on the larger, achievable goals; and perversely-intentioned, known individuals blinded by the limelight who believe that all the attention to them is – finally – a real confirmation of their unworkable, unrealistic, unaccepted ideas after being ignored by so many for so long.
Someone better find a hook or a net soon.
Bernie is coming perilously close to providing the crucial, politically lethal ammunition Trump’s people have yet, but need to, find. If Bernie keeps running and talking, come January 20th, 2017, Bernie will still be the cranky, old, overzealous, failed geezer from Vermont, and we’ll be calling Donald Trump, Mr. President.