[Ed. – Guy Benson has a good question. It’s not as though intra-party rivals in a primary season are that worried about thematic consistency. They could criticize Bernie now and change their tune later. But, as Benson says, no one seems to be touching this.]
Have you ever heard of ‘Sierra Blanca,’ as it relates to Bernie Sanders? Neither had I. Neither had hardly any voters, I’d wager. Well, expect that to change, sooner or later. Tim Miller, a hardcore anti-Trump conservative, is adamantly opposed to Democrats nominating Sanders. He’s written a piece outlining a somewhat obscure episode that he anticipates would be used as a powerful cudgel to clobber Bernie in a general election. Out of pure curiosity, I clicked the link in one of his tweets, and…wow:
(1) In 1998, then-Rep. Sanders cosponsored a bill that would allow Vermont and Maine to dump their nuclear waste in a poor and largely Latino town in Texas called Sierra Blanca.
(2) A Texas Observer article in 1998 covered protestors [sic] from Sierra Blanca confronting Rep. Sanders and being given the stiff arm. The story’s headline was “Sanders to Sierra Blanca: Drop Dead.”