AT: Any doubts that the Democrats are the top-down party and the GOP is the bottom-up party should be resolved by the latest round of criticism telling Bernie Sanders to stop behaving like anything other than a token opposition candidate, intended to provide cover for the inauguration of the successor to the throne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. After all, the only reason socialist/independent Sanders was allowed to run for the Democrats’ nomination was that he was expected to lose gracefully.
He hasn’t stayed on script. In fact, he’s been having the time of his life, and attracting wild support from Democrats as outraged at their party’s establishment as Trump supporters are at the GOP. And Bernie, who has been a nonentity in the Senate, never taken seriously by the Democrats with whom he nominally caucused, suddenly finds himself leading a movement that, however simplistic and nonsensical, gives the alienated base exactly what it wants: revenge and free stuff (they hope).