The whole Russia hysteria that storms through the Western world (Swiss newspapers are full of Anti-Russia rhetoric) is at the bottom line a big Anti-Sanders campaign. The Democrats to not want to acknowledge the epic failure of their neo-liberal candidate Hillary Clinton so they do everything to invent and pad out Trump as a “Manchurian candidate” that was voted in by fraud and manipulation by a foreign power. This focus on Russia’s alleged interference will allow to keep Trump’s neo-liberal achievements and continue on that path but present an illusion of change to the public — especially to the liberal-left — when Trump is gone. The Russia hype is a (desperate) smoke screen to hide the failures of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party on one side and prevent focusing on Trump’s real sins: dismantling of environmental regulatory bodies, tax cuts for the rich, increased military spending … i.e. the full spectrum of Trump’s hard-core neo-liberal policies. Focusing on real issues would demand that the Democrats would reverse such decisions once in power.
Hillary Clinton’s loss against one of the weakest opponents in history and Sanders popularity in addition clearly demands that the Democrats nominate Sanders in 2020—or at least correct their party program massively to the left. Such a step would be the most logical conclusion. But the Democrats showed soon signs that a correction of the neo-liberal path was not a goal. Favouring Tom Perez over Keith Ellison was a clear indicator that the Dems did not have any aspiration to change the elite-run party to more grass-root participation. In other words, the «consultant-ocracy»*, making sure that the interests of the 0.1% of society always come first, was not challenged.
With the Russia frenzy occupying the minds of the public the Democrats have a useful alibi to not take steps to move the party line to the left and address real issues like environment, climate change, demilitarisation, education, poverty and all other topics that demand a clear rejection of neo-liberalism.