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Here is my anxiety. If Bernie wins the nomination over Hillary, then he will be ruthlessly blasted by the right wing billionaires. The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, corporations, and others will dig out his socialist past and embellish it, twist it, distort it in clever endless TV ads. They will use the "C word"...communist at every turn. These guys have tons of money and no scruples. They will destroy him. He will continually be on the defensive. And Trump or Cruz wins.
On the other hand, lets assume he weathers that storm and manages to get elected largely because the millennials came out to vote in huge numbers. But will his message resonate with enough other voters to give him control of Congress...both the House and the Senate? I just don't think so. Remember that President Obama had a short period with nominal control of both the House and Senate (until Ted Kennedy died). But once that control was lost Republicans made the filibuster the rule of the day. Just about everything was filibustered. Obama was continually forced to compromise on his agenda, and every time he compromised he was blasted by the liberals who elected him. Some called him a wuss. Probably now they would use the new word in vogue...pussy. The upshot was that when the 2010 midterm came along, many of the millennials, Asians and other marginalized people simply blamed Obama and stayed home on election day. They gave Congress back to the crazies in 2010. Only the African American community supported him all the time.
That's my worry. Many young people supporting Obama at the time did not have the patience to even begin to understand how laws are made or not made, how the Senate and House rules can stymie legislation, how compromises are necessary to achieve anything. So disillusioned and upset with the process, they stayed home in 2010. Some liberals even called Obama evil...a liar.
The same thing could happen to Bernie Sanders, if elected if he cannot deliver on his many promises, especially things like free college tuition. On that note though, I shouldn't single out Bernie. The ruthless Republicans will certainly do the same thing to Hillary. They hate her as much as Obama, but she has been battled tested and more politically savvy perhaps than Sanders. I think she will be tougher.
My question is, would Bernie Sanders be able to hold his new base together until the 2018 election, and even more importantly until the 2020 election when the census will demand more gerrymandering? That's my feeling of anxiety. Will the millennials and others support him in state elections as well as Congressional elections for four full years? If Bernie doesn't play his cards well in those four years to keep his base of supporters enthusiastic and committed, 2020 could be a repeat of 2010 and 2014.