Here’s what I think about Bernie, his influence on 2016, and his influence on 2020. I think he does attract white people who think like him, that fixing economic issues will fix race ones. I think that’s wrong. But I don’t think those people are the people who wouldn’t vote for a Dem if Sanders doesn’t get the nomination.
He attracts attention from people who like to make noise about the Democratic party. Some of those people wouldn’t vote for a Dem no matter what. This year, he’s attracting a lot of Republicans who have time to screw with the Democratic party because Trump isn’t really being opposed. But not only are these people not going to show up in the general, they’re not going to show up in the primaries. Here in Texas, you can only vote in the primaries as either a Republican or a Democrat. So, if they want to vote for certain GOP primary candidates, they will have to participate in the Republican primary.
Apathy and the belief that Clinton would win allowed a bunch of people to stay home or protest vote in 2016. Voter suppression helped in the final stretch, but if people had turned out like I think they will this year, it wouldn’t have mattered. I don’t think most Bernie supporters are going to throw a fit after the nominee is announced, because, even though they have a preferred candidate, we all have one, and most of them are going to act like most of us and vote for the Dem in November.