Will: Democratic Base Includes Government Union Workers Since ‘Their Livelihood Depends on’ It

Amidst all the discussions of the jockeying back and forth in the 2016 presidential race, Washington Post syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor reminded conservatives on Fox News Sunday of how the Democratic Party’s liberal base has been eroded and now largely has become almost desperately dependent on the votes of minorities and government works that all belong to public sector unions. 

Will’s comments were preceded by host Chris Wallace inquiring about how Hillary Clinton’s opponent and socialist Senator Bernie Sanders “is almost conceding that in most of the southern states with big, oftentimes majorities, if not a very big minority of African-Americans voting, that she's going to win” and instead focusing on less racially diverse states as his Super Tuesday targets. 

With a straight face as he made this witty but succinct observation, Will diagnosed what many see as the problem with Sanders’s campaign: “It turns out the faculty clubs and student safe spaces of American campuses are just not big enough to nominate a president.”

It was following that quip that Will really hammered home his point about the portions of American society that the Democratic Party relies on to ensure their collective survival:

The Democratic Party’s base consists of minorities and public employees, particularly teachers and AFSCME and all the rest. They are really serious about keeping control of the government because their livelihood depends on the government. It is a coalition of the dependent and, in fact, they do not take flings with people like Bernie Sanders.

USA Today’s Susan Page soon interjected, but not before Will concluded with another knock on Sanders and his devotion to the far-left that lives and breaths on college campuses: “If he could campaign from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Madison, Wisconsin, to Boulder, Colorado, to Palo Alto, he'd win, but there’s a bigger America out there.”

The relevant portion of the transcript from February 28's Fox News Sunday can be found below.

Fox News Sunday
February 28, 2016
9:53 a.m. Eastern

GEORGE WALLACE: George, pick up on that, because the Sanders camp is almost conceding that in most of the southern states with big, oftentimes majorities, if not a very big minority of African-Americans voting, that she's going to win. But they're saying in places like Vermont and Minnesota and Massachusetts and Colorado, that those four states, that they could win on Super Tuesday. Does that matter?

GEORGE WILL: No. It turns out the faculty clubs and student safe spaces of American campuses are just not big enough to nominate a president. The Democratic Party’s base consists of minorities and public employees, particularly teachers and AFSCME and all the rest. They are really serious about keeping control of the government because their livelihood depends on the government. It is a coalition of the dependent and, in fact, they do not take flings with people like Bernie Sanders. If he could campaign from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Madison, Wisconsin, to Boulder, Colorado, to Palo Alto, he'd win, but there’s a bigger America out there.

Curtis Houck
Curtis Houck
Curtis Houck is the Managing Editor of NewsBusters for the Media Research Center