I am loath to get in the middle of these testy exchanges, but I have to speak up. Swithin, you keep using the "unicorn" label to go after Sanders supporters, but I don't think you got the original intent of the usage of that word by darkblue. It wasn't that he was calling Bernie "holy/sacred" or "infallible" but that he was saying that Sanders was as "rare as a unicorn", for whatever reason, perhaps for his stance against big-money donors or his open espousal of socialists ideals, both of which are extremely rare in the modern American political sphere. Unicorns are known for being rare. They are not, as far as I know, usually ascribed infallibility or holiness, which seems to be the attribute you have bestowed on it.
Just my 2 cents. There are critical remarks to made about all of the candidates, but if you are disingenuous about it, it kind of sabotages your point of view in the eyes of others.
Thanks for your POV, Larry. I'm sorry that people insist on bringing up these sensitive political threads, but if they must start these threads, I will certainly help populate them! Darkblue chose that word carefully and went on in that thread (as I recall, I think it's gone now) to emphasize Bernie's uniqueness. He made him sound almost infallible -- he may even have used that word, although I don't remember exactly.
That word -- unicorn -- is actually the essence of my thesis. Trump's supporters think that Trump is a rare and unusual creature because of his stances; Bernie's supporters think the same of their candidate. (In some case, they actually seem to have similar stances, for example, as regards old-fashioned American protectionism and fear of the global market. And on their simplistic "a chicken in every pot" approach to the issues.)
Bernie's supporters persist (as Trump's supporters do) in positioning their candidate as"rare as a unicorn," meaning he's not a typical politician. My point is that Bernie is most definitely a typical politician. Each candidate may have his/her unique features, but they are all politicians, and Bernie and Trump are (for me) at the top of the list.
As far as sabotaging my point of view in the eyes of the others -- there is no arguing with Sanders or Trump supporters. That may be the real unicorn-like feature of those two candidates and their supporters -- an unprecedented inability to accept disagreement.