Okay, I opened up comments – for now – so can someone please explain to me, what would be the purpose of a debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? They both appeal to largely the same people, albeit on opposite ends of the spectrum. They appeal to people who think “the system” is somehow “corrupt” and who want to stick to to everyone in the center, which is about 80% of the electorate.
They both advocate for causes that the majority of Americans really don’t care about: Bernie is obsessed with income inequality and single payer, neither of which anyone cares about, except for people who obsessively listen to far left talk radio, and Trump used right wing talk radio to decide what his positions on the issues would be. The strongest supporters of both candidates – who are the only ones likely to watch, since it will look much like a Jerry Springer Show – will each believe their guy won. See, here’s the thing about both extreme left and extreme right. They don’t really care about policy; they care about “fighting.” They care about landing blows on the other side. So, when Sanders has Trump, he wins in the eyes of the Stans, and we all know about the right wing; any time any Republican says anything negative about liberals, they become demi-gods to those batch it crazy loons.
And I’m sure the subject will turn to Hillary at some point, and they will both take shots at her, but so what? She’s been taking shots for 30 years and she’s a front runner for president; I think she can handle it.
I just don’t see where such a debate helps anyone. I know, the dumbest pundit on the Internet, Jim Hoft, thinks it’s a “genius idea” on the part of Trump and he imagines nothing but Hillary-bashing going on, but again, who cares? It’s too early for any of that to stick and at this point, there is no way viewers won’t be seeing Darrell Hammond and Larry David going at it. And Trump will be going after Hillary for another five months, anyway, so one small ding in early June isn’t going to make much difference.
The only thing I see with this is tarnishing Bernie’s legacy, such as it is. If he does agree to do this, it makes him look like a clown, taking the dare of someone Martin O’Malley rightly called a “Carnival Barker.” If he wants to cement is legacy as a “revolutionary,” that won’t do it. His name recognition is still only in the low 80s; does he really want to get to 100% by doing what would be a reality show with Donald Trump? He can’t win the nomination, not that something like this would help him with California, anyway. So, again, I ask; what’s the point?