Bernie San­ders and the ghost of Hil­lary Clin­ton Many Demo­cratic vot­ers want to make it up to him for his 2016 loss

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passed. A mercy choice rarely ends well.

Pre­dictably, though, this im­pulse to fight the last war may well lead the Democrats to nom­i­nate Mr. San­ders, a prospect that must de­light Pres­i­dent Trump. A race be­tween an avowed so­cial­ist and an un­abashed cap­i­tal­ist would put their two very dif­fer­ent visions for the coun­try into bold re­lief.

The guy who sang com­mu­nism’s praises upon re­turn­ing from his hon­ey­moon in the Soviet Union ver­sus the guy whose self-made global com­pany con­sid­ered build­ing a mon­u­ment of cap­i­tal­ism — a ho­tel — in the new says, “I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller.”

Trans­la­tion: Sorry not sorry that I made ma­jor bank. He clearly learned from Mr. Trump to un­apolo­get­i­cally em­brace his wealth and not run from it, as Mitt Rom­ney did in 2012.

“If you write a best-sell­ing book, you can be a mil­lion­aire, too,” he added.

Trans­la­tion: While we’re still in this vile cap­i­tal­ist system, we might as well ex­ploit it. It’s funny how real money changes things. In an at­tempt to save so­cial­ist face, he re­it­er­ated his shop­worn call for a “pro­gres­sive tax system which de­mands that the wealth­i­est peo­ple in this coun­try fi­nally start pay­ing their fair share in taxes.”

As if they don’t al­ready, the top 1 per­cent pay ap­prox­i­mately

Ac­cord­ing to cur­rent polling, Mr. San­ders is lead­ing the sprawl­ing Demo­cratic field and com­mand­ing the fund-rais­ing game, hav­ing raised $18.2 mil­lion so far.

43 per­cent of all fed­eral in­come taxes.

Now that Mr. San­ders is in that evil 1 per­cent of earn­ers, he should set the stan­dard by writ­ing a check to the U.S. Trea­sury above and be­yond what’s re­quired of him. If he thinks his earn­ing group is un­der­taxed and not car­ry­ing its freight, noth­ing stops him from pay­ing more. Come on, Bernie: Put your money where your mouth is. Now that you’re one of them, show them how pay­ing one’s “fair share” is done.

He won’t, of course. In fact, at a re­cent Fox News town­hall, Mr. San­ders re­jected the sug­ges­tion he pay the higher tax rates he ad­vo­cates: “I pay the taxes that I owe,” he said flatly.

The loud­mouthed so­cial­ists al­ways want you to pay more, but them? They never pay more to the gov­ern­ment than what’s due. Even when they’re mil­lion­aires. Es­pe­cially when they’re mil­lion­aires.

After all, they’ve got a rev­o­lu­tion to carry out, and that re­quires money — to which Mr. San­ders (and Mrs. Clin­ton and Mr. Obama) can now at­test.

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