What went wrong for Bernie? Let’s start with his self-destructive 60 Minutes interview on February 24th. If there’s one thing that terrifies Democratic elites more than anything itself, it’s Bernie’s long history of sympathizing with left-wing authoritarians in places like Cuba and Nicaragua. So when he went on national television and praised Fidel Castro’s literacy program from the 1960s, you could literally hear the faces of party strategists smacking into desks all across the country. There’s an easy way for Sanders to handle this kind of question: “I was wrong to say anything positive about Fidel Castro, who was a brutal tyrant. But American foreign policy in these countries was still catastrophic and we should never side with dictators no matter what side of the political spectrum they happen to fall on.”
Easy peasy lemon squeezy right?
Not for this guy. He can’t do it. He can’t walk back a mistake. And it’s terrifying.
I hope this is obvious by now but there is zero conceivable political benefit to soft-pedaling your criticism of Fidel. Pro-Castro voters in America are like less than 1 percent of the electorate. As Andrew Yang might say: MATH.