Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has a really BS-laden article of how the Dims are in the same position with Preznint Stupid as they were with Nixon during the 1972 election with McGovern as the standard bearer.
Tiger Beat is assuming that the Dims are split into two hostile factions: Sanders’ Bros and Hillary’s Bots:
Consumed by internecine battles and the idea of opposition, Democrats run the risk of again nominating someone like McGovern who pleases progressives but steers a course too far from the country’s center of political gravity to win, even as Trump continues his funhouse mirror impression of Nixon as the avatar of white cultural-grievance politics.
See what Tiger Beat did there? It’s a BOTH SIDES within the same party. This is really sloppy punditry.
Tiger Beat forgets issues the Bros and the Bots held in common like the minimum wage and (this year) on single-payer healthcare (Medicare for All). This year, Dims have united behind both progressive candidates and moderate candidates whenever they had a chance to pimp-slap our Fascist-in-Chief.
There is greater consensus amongst Democrats than there is amongst Republicans, but TBotP doesn’t go there: it upsets their intellectually lazy argument.
And, if you want to talk about a party splintering, just recall that the GOP falls into four main branches: Greater Wingnuttia, NeoCons, Y’all Qaeda, and The New Confederacy (which also is isolationist); the Ayn Randians might even be splitting off from Greater Wingnuttia, too. Preznint Stupid cannot get three out of the four on his side, he now has a record to run against, and none of the branches really trusts the other branches.
And let’s not forget that former Preznint Steve Bannon is actively gunning for incumbents, too. The snake eats its tail.
The article drones on and on. Parallels do exist, Nixon and Trump are similar in many psychotic ways, but with more than three years to go and no one yet has emerged as the opposition candidate, this is really punditry at its worst.