Approaching Reality

On Bernie Sanders



http://myrivercityblues.com/2015/07/06/bernie-sanders-is-not-eugene-mccarthy-if-anything-hes-an-electable-barry-goldwater/



Excellent, excellent write up on the Bernie Sanders lowdown. This guy just did my work for me, and he’s done it better than I ever could.

The point is that Bernie Sanders is a movement candidate, which is rare in American politics; but when political movements do happen, they are powerful and, indeed, revolutionary. Sanders is far from a protest candidate Eugene McCarthy, and he’s not just another Howard Dean either. A lot has changed even since 2004, and Bernie Sanders is not a standard cult of personality candidate.

Barry Goldwater is really the political model that is happening here, just on the Democratic side. Conservatives loved Goldwater because he defined what conservatives wanted in their politics: someone who was honest, and someone who would fight for their interests. It was not about Goldwater personally. Likewise with Bernie.



Sanders & Goldwater

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The Media is Not Normal



….. and Bernie Sanders is. That’s the reluctant conclusion perhaps that one staff writer with the Washington Post comes to, after conceding or acknowledging that Jon Stewart is hip with the public, and that the media is not. It’s an obvious reality to those in corporate media who can see past the DC. bubble.



See video. “Hillarity”


There are a lot of problems with the media, especially on cable news and in opinion editorials. For example, the fact that all their predictions are consistently wrong follows the law of propaganda nicely.

They ALL predicted in 2003 that Howard Dean would become the Democratic nominee.

They ALL said in 2007 that Hillary Clinton would become the Democratic nominee.

These are but just 2 examples of how they were wrong, but you can easily add a couple of zeros to that for all things political. In fact, the best indicator probably of what won’t happen is by listening to what the media says will happen.

Now, in 2015 they are all saying once again that Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee. So will a scandal then befall Hillary? Will she be so inept at relating to other people that she loses her support and places 3rd again in Iowa?* Anything is possible in election politics, however improbable some things may be.

Hillary has huge advantages going into this race, and yet I don’t feel like she’ll become the nominee. She just isn’t general election material. She’s not cut out to be a general election candidate for the presidency. It’s not that she can’t be the nominee, it’s just that she doesn’t fit the type … the type who pulls it off. If she becomes the nominee, it is her who will be defying the odds, not Bernie Sanders.** She has lacked the instincts to get to that point.***

Hillary is not gifted as a politician the way her husband is; she’s not even gifted to the minimal degree that most successful politicians are. She’s lucky she ran against a belligerent man for the US Senate in 2000, and got to ride the wave of her outgoing president-husband’s popularity.

Most Americans will agree with Bernie Sanders on the issues. Most Americans will relate to him being himself, and like that. Americans are parched for honesty and realness. Will Bernie win? I won’t say that he won’t. But he isn’t going to go away for the convenience of Hillary Clinton.

* In January of 2008 Hillary Clinton finished third in the Iowa Caucus, behind Barack Obama… and John Edwards.

** Long story short, Bernie is popular.

*** 1) I’m far from alone in believing that she missed her moment – which was 2004. As someone once asked John F. Kennedy in 1959 while he was preparing for his presidential run, why he was running for the presidency already, Kennedy answered “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” When asked, “Why don’t you wait your turn and play it safe?” He answered, “No. Others will come. They will forget about me.” Unfortunately, Barack Obama came to understand this phenomena of timing, which is why he announced he was running for President just 2 years and 1 month after becoming a United States Senator.
2) Hillary voted for George Bush’s Iraq War resolution. This was not a vote of conscience. It was a strategy to help her look tough on national security, and it backfired. She then doubled down on her mistake by standing by her vote during the 2008 presidential run. The strategy there was to be resolute and to not appear weak. Instead, she just appeared more wrong.
3) She voted for the Patriot Act. Again, she thought that going along with the herd was the bad ass thing to do, because we were going to war and had to make changes! This would not be the last time that she’d play reckless with the nation’s future for self-serving interests.

“For not going with the flow, and for challenging Hillary Clinton, the big fish many elites have tagged as their own, Sanders’s entry into the race was greeted with story after story whose message—stated or understated, depending on the decorum of the messenger—was “This crank can’t win.” The trouble with this consensus is the paucity of evidence to support it. “This crank actually could win” is nearer the mark. But having settled on a prophecy, the media went about covering Sanders so as to fulfill it.”
“The foregoing would be woeful enough even were it true that Sanders has almost no chance of winning, but it’s not true.”