The passion and energy of the mostly young people who are supporting Bernie Sanders is exciting for Democrats to watch ... unless, you are an old-timer like me, who as a young man campaigned with energy and passion in 1972 for yet another left-of-center senator from a small state (though not Democratic Socialist), George McGovern.
We knew he could win! We were committed, we gave what money we could, even forgoing beer and groceries. We worked tirelessly and ... he won only the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
Bernie supporters, I’ve been where you are. I doubt you will change your minds, it’s not in the playbook when you are relatively, new to politics, passionate about your candidate, pretty sure of yourself (at least I was at 24). But it is pretty clear to me that a Sanders candidacy could end up where my guy, McGovern did.