Activist Monday: Trying To Get Bernie’s Point
Posted February 8, 2016on:
Good Monday, all! It’s the day before the New Hampshire primary, and we know it’s not likely to be a happy day for fans of Hillary. Still, according to 538, if she loses, it might not be as bad as we think.
…Clinton might be more credible in claiming a moral victory if she were to lose by a margin in the single digits. Her husband, Bill Clinton, declared himself “the comeback kid” in 1992 after losing the New Hampshire primary to Tsongas by 8 percentage points. And the media bought it because Bill Clinton outperformed expectations; charges of marital infidelity in the lead up to the primary had caused Clinton’s poll numbers to tumble.
So a lot will come down to how the press interprets the margin in New Hampshire. Sanders needs to come out of the Granite State with some serious momentum. He has an incentive to run up the score.
I suppose we will see whether Hillary’s support there is stronger than it appears to be. It certainly was in 2008, when she pulled out a surprise victory against Barack Obama even after a devastating loss in Iowa. However, Obama was from Illinois, not Vermont, as Sanders is.
And speaking of Sanders…I’ve heard some people say that hey, he’s made his point, but now maybe it’s time for him to step down. But frankly, I’m not sure what his point actually is. Is it just me?
Here are a few things that make me feel his quest is more about self-aggrandizement and enrichment than revolution.
- Bernie’s running as a Democrat. This is a huge red flag. Bernie isn’t a Democrat, and never has been. Why is he choosing to run for President, masquerading as something he isn’t? Isn’t that rather, oh I don’t know, lacking in integrity? He could have gone the third-party route and run as an Independent, which he actually is. But then, whatever high moral message he professed to be spreading would have reached fewer people – including the whiny brogressives who, disappointed in their former idol’s feet of clay, are looking for a new bright shiny object to worship. Isn’t it nice to have access to all those Hillary Haters who could not possibly lower themselves to vote for Our Girl? Isn’t it nice to have access to ALLLLLL their money? Isn’t it nice to let them swarm the Internet like the poisonous insects they are, stinging and biting at all those who dare support the warmongering criminal Clinton over their sainted Bern Bern?Imagine Bernie’s campaign without all of these boosters helping him to gain some legitimacy as a potential Democratic candidate. He would be an annoying gadfly, a spoiler – but not the big deal he is now. Is this really a coincidence, folks?
- What actually is his message? I’m pure and good, everyone else is bad and indebted to Wall Street? Follow me and the billionaires will lose? Okay, I’ll bite. What are his plans to do crash the oligarchs’ party? Yelling and pounding your fist doesn’t exactly intimidate these people, and frankly, they don’t care how much you post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.And, if Bernie’s not indebted to billionaires and Wall Street, then why isn’t he taking public financing? I don’t believe that “small donors” BS any more than I believed it when Barack Obama said it – and turned out, he was lying. Just sayin’ that I’ll bet there are more than a few bundlers (Republican ones) in that woodpile than Bernie would admit.
- What are the ethical standards that would satisfy The Great Sanders? This bar seems to be changing all the time. All of a sudden, it is not okay that Hillary took large speaking fees? Why not? Was any other Presidential candidate subjected to this type of purity test? (Uh, no.) There is nothing more American than making money, and yes, Hillary’s made a lot of it. I fail to see what on earth the fuss is all about, and Kathleen Parker feels the same way.This latest tempest in a teapot makes me wonder if Bernie is not just a socialist, but a communist, favoring an income limitation on all Americans. I actually wouldn’t mind some income redistribution myself, but till the day that ALL Americans are held to this standard, it’s absurd to claim Hillary should be the only one to adhere to it. Gee Bernie, what’s in YOUR wallet?
I hope you have found these ruminations entertaining and/or distracting, as we bite our nails through the second Democratic votefest this year. I personally am hoping that Hillary gets a lot closer than the polls indicate, as she did in 2008. You never know, my friends!
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