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Will Bernie break our hearts?

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In the video grab above, Bernie Sanders leaves a Las Vegas hospital yesterday after what first was reported on Tuesday as “chest discomfort” during a campaign event and then later was confirmed to have been a heart attack. This bad news came after it was reported that Bernie had raised more money than did any other Democratic presidential candidate in the third quarter. Bernie’s campaign says that he is doing well and that he intends to participate in the next primary debate, which will be on October 15.

News of the apparent heart attack that Bernie Sanders had on Tuesday while campaigning his heart out in Nevada predictably raised the question of his age (he is 78 years old now, and if elected, would enter the Oval Office at age 79, making him the oldest president we’ve had).

Two stents were placed in one of Bernie’s coronary arteries, he was released from the hospital yesterday, and his campaign says that he intends to participate in the October 15 debate in Ohio.

Will this sink Bernie?

I don’t think so. It gives those who weren’t supporting him anyway a(nother) “reason” to justify their self-defeating snubbing of the most consistently progressive presidential candidate that we have, but those of us who steadfastly have stood by Bernie will continue to do so.

As long as Bernie does well in his public appearances and has no more significant medical incidents, I expect this to blow over. It’s early October, after all, and the first voting isn’t until February 3, when the Iowa caucuses take place — and this is the United States of Amnesia.

And I think it’s fair to ask the question if it’s OK to stigmatize someone for having had a medical event after which one can, with medical attention, live normally and capably for many years. I know that if I had a heart attack but most likely still had several decent years of life left, I wouldn’t want to be written off.

Good news for Bernie from this past week is that in the third fundraising quarter of this year, he raised more money than did any other Democratic presidential contender — $25.3 million.

Close behind him was Elizabeth Warren, with $24.6 million, and poor Uncle Joe Biden raised only $15.2 million — he was eclipsed even by Boy Scout Pete Buttigieg, who raised $19.1 million. (Unlike Bernie and Warren, the center-right Buttigieg [like Biden] takes contributions from Big Money, though, so don’t take that fundraising figure as grassroots support for him that doesn’t actually exist.)

If fundraising is a measure of excitement for your campaign — and I think that it is for those few who, like Bernie, don’t take money from corporations and lobbyists and other power players — then Biden should be shitting his Depends. (Ah, c’mon; I had to go there…)

On that note, Biden continues to drop in the polls. Right now his nationwide polling average is around 27 percent, and Warren is nipping at his heels, with an average of almost 24 percent.

Bernie is at third place, with 16 percent, and after Bernie, at a rather distant fourth place, is Buttigieg, with around 6 percent. (Poor charisma-free Kamala Harris, who yet has to make a compelling case as to why she should be president, is at fifth place, with around only 5 percent.)

As I’ve noted about a million times before, I expect Biden to tank, as he did when he ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008, and, as long as Bernie’s health holds up, I expect 2020 to be a race between Bernie and Warren.

It can’t be a direct comparison to the 2016 Bernie-vs.-Billary race, because while Billary only “found” progressivism rather late in the game during the 2016 cycle, this time around, from the get-go, Warren deftly has mimicked Bernie’s progressive angle while at the same time not pissing off the Democratic Party establishment hacks.

Warren, it seems to me, has a very good chance of winning this thing (the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, I mean).

Unfortunately, Warren also has a good chance of losing in November 2020 — I still believe that Warren’s No. 1 weakness is that she so easily can be painted by the Repugnicans as just another clueless, weak egghead from Massachusetts, as was Michael Dukakis in 1988 and John Kerry in 2004.

Perhaps only the increasingly obvious and absolutely undeniable mega-corruption of the unelected Pussygrabber regime (including a copious amount of treason) can overcome this “swiftboating” tactic that has worked pretty well for the Repugnicans in the past.

P.S. With his hectic campaign schedule and his famously impassioned speeches, one might wonder why it took this long for Bernie to have a heart attack. Just sayin’…

I’m thinking that Bernie might want to slow down. He has, I think, built up enough political capital that he can relax just a little, at least for a little while.

Biden should tank, so Bernie probably doesn’t have to worry about Biden, and Team Bernie should, I think, emphasize the fact that he was an avowed progressive decades before Elizabeth Warren, who was a Repugnican as late as the 1990s, decided to join the club.

It’s a fair criticism — it is true, and it is, to me, anyway, at least a bit concerning.

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Nutmeg the convenient ageist

Repugnican California goobernatorial wannabe Nutmeg Whitman has released a 1960s-themed television attack ad apparently calling her November opponent, Democratic former California Gov. Jerry Brown, old.

Funny, because Brown is 72 years old, while Repugnican presidential loser John McCainosaurus — shown here kissing Megalomaniac on the mouth in 2008, when she supported his campaign:

turns 74 years old in less than two full months.

I suppose that when there was talk that McCain might actually pick Nutmeg as his running mate, it was just fine with her that he’s a senior citizen, but now she finds the younger Jerry Brown to be too old.

In order not to be a hypocrite, I must point out that I routinely refer to Arizona’s fossilized U.S. senator as John McCainosaurus.

But McCainosaurus — er, McCain — is an ill-tempered, easily addled, “You damned kids get off my lawn!” kind of old coot. I remember my brother and I watching the McCain-Obama debates in no small part because we were just waiting to see if Mount St. McCain would really explode on live national television. (He never did, unfortunately, but he always seemed to be seething that he, the old white guy who, in his mind, had earned the White House, even had to debate this much younger black upstart, whom at one point he  heatedly referred to as “that one!”) 

McCain also wants to drag us back to the dark ages — you know, the days before all of those people who aren’t stupid white men started demanding their rights.

Jerry Brown, however, is a quick-witted, intelligent, progressive visionary — a quality that earned him the moniker “Governor Moonbeam,” which he and his supporters should embrace, not run away from, because we sure the fuck could use some vision right now, and not the “vision” of a fucking former CEO when it’s corporations, which were given full cover when the unelected BushCheneyCorp ran the show for eight long nightmarish years, that have run the state of California and the nation into the ground.

In general, I have a problem with the fact that so many older people refuse to step down after long careers and allow younger people to assume the reins — the way that it was done for them when they were younger.

But if someone in his or her 70s or 80s or even in his or her 90s wants to do a job and is able to do that job, I can’t see myself telling him or her, Forget it, gramps/grandma — you need to go out to pasture!

Not that Jerry Brown needs my help in defending him against billionaire bitch Nutmeg.

When asked about Nutmeg’s ageist attack ad, Brown replied: “Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties — I’ve been around a long time. I know stuff. Knowing is better than not knowing.”

And Brown further said of Nutmeg: “Were I a CEO and someone said, ‘You know what, I’ve never been in this company, I never saw the product, and I want to be a boss,’ I’d say, ‘Hey, why don’t you start at the bottom and work your way up?’ That’s the same way with government. You can’t wake up one morning and say, ‘Gee, I’ve got a billion dollars, and I want to be governor.’ You’ve got to learn something, because those people up in Sacramento are sharks.” 

Yup. And Jerry Brown knows how to swim with them, whereas Megalomaniac Whitman is just another one of them.

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