Sanders is stirring up a sickening sense of deja vu

After the South Carolina primary four years ago, on Feb. 22, 2016, I wrote:

“Are Republican voters really choosing as their standard-bearer a man who preaches such hatred and spews such vitriol?

“No, they aren’t — at least not yet. But they may get Trump anyway.

“The good news is that only 32.5 percent of South Carolina Republicans voted for Trump. The bad news: Trump may not need the support of a majority of Republican voters to secure the nomination.”

We now see a mirror image of this happening in the Democratic race. Sanders has only 29 percent support in polls, but the fragmented field prevents any one candidate from emerging as the alternative — much as the crowded field of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and the rest split the anti-Trump vote in the Republican primaries

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