Daily Archives: April 16, 2019

Bernie is kicking ass

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes part in a Fox News town-hall style event with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Monday April 15, 2019 in Bethlehem, Pa.
Associated Press news photo

Bernie Sanders schools Faux “News” hosts during a town hall last night in Pennsylvania, one of the states that Billary Clinton lost in 2016 (and that Democratic presidential candidates had won since 1992) that Bernie probably will win in 2020 if the Billarybots can’t take him down again this time (and they probably can’t).

Bernie Sanders was a hit with the audience at a Faux “News” town hall last night — demonstrating that yes, with his socioeconomic populist message he can — and would — get many of the blue-collar voters that “President” Pussygrabber has appealed to — and he’s polling well, as well as raking in the campaign cash (more so than any other competitor for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination).

In the Morning Consult nationwide poll of 2020 Democratic presidential preference taken from April 8 through April 14, Bernie was at 23 percent, putting him at No. 2, to Joe Biden’s 31 percent, with Kamala Harris coming in at third place, with 9 percent. (In that poll, Pete Buttigieg was up to 7 percent, which is good for an upstart like he; if he keeps climbing, he’ll eclipse Harris and make it into the top three.)

Morning Consult also asked respondents to choose only from those candidates who formally have announced their campaigns, which wouldn’t include Biden, and in that poll (also taken April 8-14), Bernie was No. 1, with 35 percent, with Kamala Harris at a distant second place with 12 percent (and Mayor Pete with 9 percent).

If Biden doesn’t run after all, or if he implodes early on (a distinct possibility), the nomination is Bernie’s, I think it’s safe to say.

Therefore, of course Bernie has come under attack from those who call themselves Democrats but who feed freely at the corporate trough, such as those of the so-called Center for American Progress, a Billary Clinton-aligned “think” tank that uses the term “progress” in its name while it takes big money from the likes of Wal-Mart and has self-interested slimebags like David Brock doing its bidding.

There are plenty of “Democrats” who personally benefit from claiming to be for the common American while carrying water for corporations, sure that they indefinitely can have it both ways and keep the gravy train on track.

Billary Clinton probably was the last of these “Democrats” who could get away with it at the level of presidential politics, anyway. (But, then again, she didn’t really get away with it, did she? I mean, she doesn’t sit in the Oval Office, does she?)

Bernie’s being, ironically, an actual Democrat threatens these “Democrats'” privilege, and so of course they savage him in order to try to preserve their privilege.

As Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi notes:

The satirist Ambrose Bierce, author of the Devil’s Dictionary, once defined radicalism as “the conservatism of tomorrow injected into the affairs of today.”

What Bierce wittily captured — that today’s radicals are tomorrow’s normies — means that at any given moment, the current political establishment will be fighting off the inevitable.

The Brahmins of today don’t battle with ideas, because as Bierce pointed out, their belief systems are usually regressive and unpopular, only they don’t know it yet. The battle is almost always waged instead over personality, because while certain “radical” ideas may be unstoppable, individual politicians are easily villainized, delaying change — a little. …

The practice of painting dissident challenges as selfish, hypocritical acts — as opposed to the selfless altruism of corporate-funded candidates — has been going on forever. Long before [Bernie] Sanders was framed as a thin-skinned, cranky narcissist who’s “all about himself,” Dennis Kucinich went through the same thing. …

Back when Sanders didn’t seem like a threat to win anything, he got much of the same. He was dismissed as a geek and a wallflower who’d be defined by whether he chose to be a help or a hindrance to the real candidate, [Billary] Clinton. …

It wasn’t until Sanders started piling up delegates that he began to take on the villainous characteristics for which he is now infamous. After he won primaries in 2016, suddenly reporters ripped him as a divisive narcissist with three houses who was the ideological mirror of Donald Trump, boasting racist, sexist and violent followers.

This was all part of the age-old technique of focusing on the person instead of the ideas or the movement behind them. Sanders wasn’t winning in 2016 because Bernie Sanders is some great stump act — he isn’t. A fair portion of his support was coming from people who were fed up with both parties even before he decided to run.

The easiest way to avoid dealing with uncomfortable truths is to create an ick factor around the politician benefiting from them. That was Sanders in 2016 and it’s still him, mainly. …

Covering personalities instead of political movements only delays things for a while. Sooner or later, the conservatism of tomorrow arrives. You can only delay the inevitable for so long.

Indeed, the Clintonian “Democratic” Party is a relic; the people are on to “Democrats” who pretend to care about them yet who live high on the hog at the people’s expense by selling them — us — out to our corporate overlords.

The jig is up — again, Billary was the last (as in the previous and the final) “Democrat” who could milk anything out of the Clintonian game of bait and switch (I mean, she at least “won” the party’s presidential nomination) — which is why I’ve wondered if the Clintonian “Democrat” Joe Biden hasn’t jumped into the race yet because even he knows this.

(Or, like how a smug and cocky Billary had thought that Barack Obama was no threat to Her Majesty’s Inevitability in 2008, perhaps Biden cockily sees himself as inevitably winning the 2020 nomination, which I don’t see him doing, as he’s a political fossil while Bernie, despite his age, represents the future.)

Bernie Sanders probably would have defeated Pussygrabber in November 2016, but now that so many of those who voted for Pussygrabber know that his populism is bullshit (as was Billary’s), Bernie probably has an even better shot at defeating Pussygrabber now.

Not only does Bernie have his 2016 experience under his belt, but the irrelevant, obsolete Billarybots are politically weaker now than they’ve ever been before, and their self-serving smear tactics are being called out publicly, something that didn’t much happen in 2016.

It’s over for the Billarybots, but sleazebags don’t part with their undue power quietly. They throw tantrums, which we can expect to see all the way through President Sanders’ inauguration and even beyond.

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