To the surprise of nobody paying attention, Hillary whupped Bernie last night in the New York primary. Reading your comments on my Sanders post yesterday, it sounds like some of you think that the Sanders campaign is on the verge of tearing the party apart. But that’s not how my fellow Democrats in New York feel — quite the opposite, in fact:
WASHINGTON (AP) — As New York voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say they have been energized by the primary battles within their parties.
Two-thirds of Democratic voters say the contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has energized the party. But GOP voters hold the opposite view, saying their party has been divided by the sparring among front-runner Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
My anecdote on this involves running into my 20-something neighbor at the polling place. I’ve known her since she was little. She’s a Republican, due to a combination of bad parenting and poor lifestyle choices. She voted for Kasich, because she thought he was the only non-crazy choice, but she clearly wasn’t happy about the choices on offer.
Like most New York Democrats, I’m perfectly happy with the choices, have no real concerns about the party falling apart, and I’m enjoying watching the Republicans crumble. I like the fact that we have a contest that gets us free media coverage – why should that fucker Trump get all of the attention? As far as I’m concerned, the minor dust-ups on the Democratic side are nothing like the foundation-shaking disaster we’re witnessing on the Republican side. If we have a “fight”, then we get attention. It’s that simple. If what we’re fighting about is the details of how to get people better healthcare, a better retirement, less college debt and better paying jobs, what the hell is wrong with that? Yeah, there’s some nastiness, but remember that Republicans are fighting over how many hard-working immigrants to throw out of the country, how best to deny women abortions and birth control, and how to make sure that millions of people lose insurance they gained through Obamacare.
Keep that in mind when worrying about what some dumb Bernie Bro said on fucking twitter.