Bernie Sanders wins the Nevada caucuses. Democrats hardest hit.

That Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses is a one-line story: Bernie won in Nevada.

The real story is the absolute horror that establishment Democrats are experiencing as they realize that Bernie momentum leaves them with only two choices at the Democrat party convention in July: Yield to the passionate base and anoint Bernie as their candidate, despite the probability (although, sadly, not the certainty) that he will lose spectacularly; or they can override the passionate base and, in a backroom deal, give the nomination to someone else, yielding to an equally spectacular schism in the party as the Bernie Bros get angry.

Here’s the straight news portion of this post: As of this writing, Bernie Sanders is the undisputed winner of the Nevada caucuses. Although counting is going slowly, his lead in the districts counted is so complete that Bernie is already declaring victory, as are most in the media:

It's unlikely that this will change when all of the precincts have reported. Not all is rosy, though, because Bernie’s win was apparently unaided by the minority voters who are essential to a Democrat victory in November:

Now to the fun part of this post, which is seeing establishment Democrats (all leftists but none as left as Bernie) terrified that they're watching their party implode. And no, this is not a re-hash of Republican concerns in 2016. Back then, while the establishment disliked Trump’s style, his message was mainstream and consistent with American values through the end of the 20th century. Bernie, on the other hand, is charting an entirely new direction for America.

Zac Petkanas worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and worked for Harry Reid. In a tweet he later deleted, he stated "We are watching Trump win re-election in real time. Just a disaster." He deleted that tweet after pushback, but continued to worry.

Chris Matthews, the last of the vaguely old-style, blue-collar Democrats, compared Bernie’s victory in Nevada to the Nazis overrunning France in 1940 because he’s unstoppable – and that's a bad thing for the Democrats:

James Carville, who’s no fool, warns that Sanders is a “clear, defined frontrunner,” but that the problem is “it’s obvious he’s never been vetted in the press”:

Even Joy Reid is getting seriously worried:

No article about the dread experienced on the left would be complete, of course, without a nod to the anger that the NeverTrumpers are feeling. Having abandoned all their allegedly conservative principles simply because they don’t like Trump’s style, they’re now faced with a party that apparently has gone full socialist (and no American candidate should ever go full socialist).

Although the markets are volatile right now as they try to predict what will happen with the Coronavirus, I’m willing to suggest one stock purchase: Buy popcorn stocks, because July’s Democrat convention should be one heck of a show.

The Democrats have a Hobson’s choice: Either they stick with Bernie, who currently does not appear capable of defeating President Trump; or they do what they did in 2016, which is to deny the nomination to Bernie, risking a massive, possibly violent, implosion within the Democrat party. After all, while the anti-Bernie elites are too refined to take to the streets, Bernie’s Bros will have no compunctions.

That Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses is a one-line story: Bernie won in Nevada.

The real story is the absolute horror that establishment Democrats are experiencing as they realize that Bernie momentum leaves them with only two choices at the Democrat party convention in July: Yield to the passionate base and anoint Bernie as their candidate, despite the probability (although, sadly, not the certainty) that he will lose spectacularly; or they can override the passionate base and, in a backroom deal, give the nomination to someone else, yielding to an equally spectacular schism in the party as the Bernie Bros get angry.

Here’s the straight news portion of this post: As of this writing, Bernie Sanders is the undisputed winner of the Nevada caucuses. Although counting is going slowly, his lead in the districts counted is so complete that Bernie is already declaring victory, as are most in the media:

It's unlikely that this will change when all of the precincts have reported. Not all is rosy, though, because Bernie’s win was apparently unaided by the minority voters who are essential to a Democrat victory in November:

Now to the fun part of this post, which is seeing establishment Democrats (all leftists but none as left as Bernie) terrified that they're watching their party implode. And no, this is not a re-hash of Republican concerns in 2016. Back then, while the establishment disliked Trump’s style, his message was mainstream and consistent with American values through the end of the 20th century. Bernie, on the other hand, is charting an entirely new direction for America.

Zac Petkanas worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and worked for Harry Reid. In a tweet he later deleted, he stated "We are watching Trump win re-election in real time. Just a disaster." He deleted that tweet after pushback, but continued to worry.

Chris Matthews, the last of the vaguely old-style, blue-collar Democrats, compared Bernie’s victory in Nevada to the Nazis overrunning France in 1940 because he’s unstoppable – and that's a bad thing for the Democrats:

James Carville, who’s no fool, warns that Sanders is a “clear, defined frontrunner,” but that the problem is “it’s obvious he’s never been vetted in the press”:

Even Joy Reid is getting seriously worried:

No article about the dread experienced on the left would be complete, of course, without a nod to the anger that the NeverTrumpers are feeling. Having abandoned all their allegedly conservative principles simply because they don’t like Trump’s style, they’re now faced with a party that apparently has gone full socialist (and no American candidate should ever go full socialist).

Although the markets are volatile right now as they try to predict what will happen with the Coronavirus, I’m willing to suggest one stock purchase: Buy popcorn stocks, because July’s Democrat convention should be one heck of a show.

The Democrats have a Hobson’s choice: Either they stick with Bernie, who currently does not appear capable of defeating President Trump; or they do what they did in 2016, which is to deny the nomination to Bernie, risking a massive, possibly violent, implosion within the Democrat party. After all, while the anti-Bernie elites are too refined to take to the streets, Bernie’s Bros will have no compunctions.