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Sanders storms ahead as Democrats confront their worst nightmare - and it’s not Donald Trump

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Bernie Sanders has been a cross between an enigma and a bad joke in Washington DC for his entire political career. The disheveled intellectual, who colleagues would invite to cocktail parties just so they could crack jokes behind his back (“What’s the most optimistic thing Sanders has ever said? It can’t possibly get any worse!”). Today, however, nobody is laughing. The independent senator from Vermont is now the life of the party – the Democratic Party, that is.

Less than a week away from the Iowa caucuses, Sanders has pulled far ahead of his fellow presidential wannabes at 39 percent; Elizabeth Warren inhabits the next closest galaxy at 21 percent, while Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden are light years away, dodging space junk at 12 and 11 percent respectively.

Is this sudden surge in Sanders’s popularity a reflection of dissatisfaction with the lackluster field of candidates, or is his message of social equality beginning to strike a chord with the electorate? Whatever the case may be, the establishment movers and shakers must feel like they are trapped in 1989 Hollywood comedy ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ as they try and figure out what to do with a ‘dead candidate walking,’ at least as far as defeating Trump in November is concerned. So now the media jackals are piling on, trying to drag Sanders back to Earth.

Parents must be able to get childcare without struggling to pay rent or buy food.Children must have the best possible head start in life.We are going to finally guarantee universal, quality, affordable childcare in this country.

In a strategy disturbingly similar to the one they have deployed against Donald Trump and his base of ‘deplorables’, the media has gone on the offensive against Sanders supporters.

“When Mr. Sanders’s supporters swarm someone online, they often find multiple access points to that person’s life, compiling what can amount to investigative dossiers,” wrote The New York Times this week in a lengthy article entitled ‘Bernie Sanders and His Internet Army.’ “They will attack all public social media accounts, posting personal insults that might flow in by the hundreds. Some of the missives are direct threats of violence...”

Sanders is no more to blame for the behavior of his Twitter followers, however, than he is for winning the support of super-popular podcast host Joe Rogan, who has........

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