Sunday, March 27, 2016

"The Party Elite Loves Hillary, The People Love Bernie"

Quote from a Sanders fan. Never mind that so far more people have voted for Hillary in the primaries than for Bernie. (And certainly nevermind that the Democratic Party elite might have a good point and/or know what they're doing.)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders scored three wins in Western caucus contests, giving a powerful psychological boost to his supporters but doing little to move him closer to securing the Democratic nomination.

That's my impression of the Sanders campaign in a nutshell: making Bernie's supporters feel great about themselves, but not actually accomplishing anything. A fuzziness about reality: "Math, schmath, we're winning!"

No, not really.

And who exactly are his supporters? Well, not most African-Americans, that's for sure:

I get the impression that the core of Bernie's support are overprivileged young white hipster doofuses. I'm reminded of a remark from decades ago in reaction to someone saying that Simon & Garfunkel made protest music: the answer was: this is "safe, synthetic protest." As with Simon & Garfunkel back then, so with Bernie's campaign now: you get to feel like a radical without having to go to any "bad" (ie: black) neighborhoods.

I also get the impression that African-Americans have unfortunately had a lot of experience with smiling white men trying to sell them a bag of crap, and that the older they are, the more experience they've had with it and the more able they are to see it coming.

And I continue to get the impression that I can do math much better than most people.

And I continue to be amazed at this unfounded, inaccurate, irrational hatred of Hillary among many of Bernie's young white hipster doofus supporters. Well, they're young. Probably most of them are too young to remember how, when Hillary's husband Bill was President, a Republican special Prosecutor tried and tried -- for five years -- to dig up some dirt on Bill, and how after 5 years, all he could come up with was that Bill had lied about getting a blowjob, and how the Republicans impeached him anyway because the lie about the blowjob was all they had, and how Newt Gingrich resigned as Speaker of the House as the Republicans geared up for the impeachment, because otherwise the story was going to get around about how he was cheating on his 2nd wife while leading the witchhunt against Bill for cheating on his 1st wife, and how the Republicans' first choice to replace Newt, Robert Livingston, withdrew his candidacy for the office of Speaker after it became public knowledge that he too had had extra-marital sex -- in short, maybe these young Bernie supporters are too young to see how they've been hoodwinked by a Republican smear campaign against the Clintons and how they lack "character," a smear campaign which is not just without substance but astonishingly free of substance, and yet somehow still not completely ineffective, even across party lines.

Bernie's not too young to remember all of this, he was in the House when Ken Starr began those 5 years of investigation and he was still in the House when they impeached Bill.

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