As Molly Ivins was wont to say, It’s okay to step on your dick occasionally, but you shouldn’t just *stand* there…
— Leslie Wimes (@womenonthemove1) May 7, 2019
— Jim Kessler (@ThirdWayKessler) May 7, 2019
And of course they’re baiting Dems nervous about the phantasm of ‘electability’, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong:
Republicans like their chances of keeping the Senate in 2020. But there’s one thing they think would all but seal the deal: Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee.
Some GOP incumbents are practically cheering him on, confident there’s no way a self-described democratic socialist could win a general election against President Donald Trump and that he’d drag other Democrats on the ballot with him.
“It would be good for us to have a nominee like that,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who is up for reelection next year and sounded downright giddy about the prospect of Sanders representing Democrats at the top of the ticket.
Trump and the Senate GOP have explicitly designed their 2020 strategy around Sanders, beating the anti-socialism drum incessantly and attempting to tether every Democrat on the ballot to what they call a creep away from capitalism and toward collectivism…
The strategy shows Republicans are much more comfortable talking about Sanders and tying other Democrats to his brand of socialism than they are in defending this year’s meager legislative agenda. But Republicans could be making the same mistake Democrats made four years ago, when Trump launched his presidential campaign and they began salivating over the prospect of a Senate sweep.
That misunderstanding of Trump’s appeal is now the subject of repeated examination by Democratic politicians and strategists…
It's a threat to the "heighten the contradictions" action squad, because the theory was this:
1. Trump wins
2. Trump discredits GOP rule
3. Bernie wins 2020 nomination, Dems become left party
If Bernie isn't the nominee the Jenga tower falls down. https://t.co/ktpsgYphHM
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) May 7, 2019