By Tank Murdoch

(TNS) In recent weeks we have seen the Democratic establishment dramatically step up their attacks on Marxist Sen. Bernie Sanders as he continues to rise in the polls and excite the far-Left faction of the party.

Two-time failed presidential contender Hillary Clinton unloaded on Sanders in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published earlier this month with correspondent Lacey Rose, who asked about comments the Democratic insider made about Sanders in an as-yet-unreleased Hulu documentary exploring the 2016 campaign.

“In the doc, you’re brutally honest on Sanders: ‘He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,’” Rose said, quoting Clinton. “That assessment still hold?”

“Yes, it does,” Clinton responded.

Next, a report surfaced claiming that former President Barack Obama could ‘intervene’ in an effort to stop Sanders.

“Former President Barack Obama has remained mostly silent through the early stages of the Democratic race to unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election but that may soon change, friends and associates tell FOX Business, as avowed socialist Bernie Sanders gains in national polls and seems poised to obtain front-runner status,” Fox Business reported.

“He has recently grown even more wary of Sanders as the Vermont senator appears to be gaining momentum in polls and the Democratic primaries begin to heat up with the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary both in February.”

Now, as reported by one of the Left’s establishment magazines, The New Republic, Democratic insiders are launching an all-out assault against Sanders as they panic over his steady and, thus far unstoppable, rise in the polls, even as Joe Biden flounders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign flags.

But interestingly, The New Republic story doesn’t focus on Sanders’ political ideology, which is less socialism and much more Marxist/Communist. Rather, it focuses on maintained the Democrat foreign policy status quo, which is pretty much the same as the Republican Party status quo — endless interventionism, something Sanders has always opposed (and something that President Donald Trump is attempting to back away from):

Of all the differences between Sanders and the rest of the Democratic frontrunners, one stands out: He rejects the Democratic foreign policy consensus—and, more importantly, the specific people who have stewarded it for decades; the other candidates do not. Sanders is neither a radical anti-imperialist nor is he a committed pacifist. For the most part, his views seem to be much more moderate than his critics suggest. But he is clearly a natural skeptic of American power—and in Washington, such skepticism is so rare that it often passes for radical. The person who has perhaps done the most to guide Sanders’s foreign policy platform during this election is his primary foreign policy aide, Matt Duss. Unlike nearly all the other campaign advisors hired by the rest of the field to help craft their foreign policy platforms, Duss is an outsider and another natural skeptic of American power.

Elizabeth Warren is the candidate whose foreign policy language most superficially resembles Sanders’s; she, too, promises to do good, or at least fewer evil, things with American power. But on this subject, even more so than on others, personnel is policy: Her team is made up of the sort of people who have been in charge and would be in charge in any other conventional Democratic administration. 

CNN’s recent look at her foreign policy beliefs described her campaign as attracting “a number of career diplomats who say Washington, as one adviser described it, is in urgent need of a ‘substantial rethink’ of how it conducts foreign policy.” But the people assigned to do the rethink are largely the ones who did the first think. Nearly every participant at that CAP event could slide seamlessly into a Warren administration.

Her top foreign policy aide, Sasha Baker, is a “former deputy chief of staff to ex-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.” Another adviser is Ilan Goldenberg, “former chief of staff to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in the Obama State Department.” And Jarrett Blanc, “former coordinator for the Iran nuclear implementation at the State Department and acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under President Barack Obama.”

Warren could well repeat these mistakes if she fills her administration with the same kind of people who staff her campaign. But it seems doubtful that Sanders would do the same, considering the sort of people advising him now. …

That is perhaps why party insiders are trying so hard to stop Standers, while ignoring the other Democratic candidates. Warren’s domestic agenda may pose just as much of a threat to business leaders and insurance company executives as Sanders’s, but it will (they imagine) be easier to stop in Congress and the courts. For The Blob, a Sanders presidency could mean being frozen out of power. For the rest of us, that may be the most compelling argument for his candidacy.

One of President Trump’s unrealized 2016 campaign pledges thus far is his desire to get us out of the endless, unwinnable quagmire in Afghanistan, while bringing some semblance of order to the unruly Middle East.

The fact that he hasn’t been able to extract us from Afghanistan yet is less of a failure on his part than it is a victory on the part of the same interventionist foreign policy embraced by the establishment in both political parties.

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Sanders isn’t loathed for his Uber-Left-wing domestic agenda nearly as much as he is for his desire to refocus American power in the same way that Trump wants to. Both are outsiders who seek to upset the diplomatic and foreign policy status quo that has cost our country trillions in treasure and thousands of lives, with no end in sight.

This also helps explain why the Deep State is so eager to get rid of Trump. Endless war equals billions in profits for the military/industrial/diplomatic complex, lucrative power appointments, and influence.

Sanders, like Trump, wants to tear all of that down. That’s why the Democrat establishment is now full-bore in attack mode to stop him. Plus, they don’t think he can beat Trump.

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