(LA Progressive) -- ere really are Republicans (and former Republicans) who want Bernie Sanders for President. I wrote about this phenomenon about a month ago, and at the time I only knew of two such persons. But Everett Clifford, who was part of the first article, assured me that there were others besides him, and he’s right. There are several Facebook pages called “Republicans for Bernie,” and I found what I hope is a representative sampling.
Why is this important? If Republicans want Bernie, this confronts the sure-to-come GOP claim that Bernie Sanders is unfit to be President because he is a “democratic socialist.” Thus far, the attacks on Bernie’s character and platform have been either lame or of little persuasive value to Republican voters. For example, a Superpac supporting Martin O’Malley, former Democratic governor of Maryland, asserted that Bernie was “soft” on gun control. This claim was made despite the fact that the NRA rates him anywhere from a D- to an F. Moreover, the gun nuts are still after him.