For John, BLUF: One does have to know the game one is playing. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From New York Magazine, by Reporter Jonathan Chait, 10 March 2020.
Here is the lede plus one:
Four years ago, Bernie Sanders put up a surprisingly strong fight against Hillary Clinton on the strength of his support among white working-class voters...It is not only that President Trump is playing four dimension chess, to the Democrats' two dimensional game. One suspects the President doesn't care who he is playing against, except maybe Tulsi.
... who proceeded to desert Clinton in November... [T]he left quickly [concluded that]... the Democrats had failed to offer the kind of progressive radical alternative Sanders stood for, voters instead opted for Trump’s reactionary attack on globalism. In order to win them back and defeat Trump, Democrats needed to reorganize themselves as a radical populist party.... The second Sanders campaign has shown conclusively how badly the left misunderstood the electorate.... White working-class and rural voters have swung heavily against him.... The factor that actually explains 2016, as some of us chagrined liberals insisted at the time, was Hillary Clinton’s idiosyncratic personal unpopularity. It turned out large portions of the public, even of the Democratic electorate, simply detested her.... Clinton hatred allowed Sanders to draw more than 40 percent of the primary vote, and Clinton hatred allowed Donald Trump to narrowly win....
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff