Bernie's New Book & What it Says About the Dem Primary

From POLIITCO

The Democratic primary according to Bernie Sanders

“This was on the surface, an absurd and undemocratic process,” he writes of New York’s early deadline to register for the closed primary, which limited the ability of independents to vote for Sanders or new voters to register closer to the primary date, a hurdle that many of Sanders backers were unable to clear.

In Arizona, where the Justice Department later investigated claims of voter suppression and the lack of polling places in predominately Latino neighborhoods, he describes a voting process that was “an absolute disaster and an embarrassment to the American democracy.”

Then there’s California, where the revolution finally expired on June 7. Sanders continues to lambaste the Associated Press for its story declaring that Clinton had enough delegates to claim the Democratic nomination — one day before the nation’s biggest state and a handful of others held their primaries. Such a move was, he wrote, “one of the more outrageous moments of the entire campaign.”

“It’s not clear to me why they did that, but I believe strongly that their action had a negative impact on voter turnout and hurt us,” he writes.

The article suggests he pulls his punches. Here's the bit they post on what he said about Clinton:

“Hillary Clinton was a key player in the centrist Democratic establishment, which had, over the years, been forged by her husband Bill Clinton,” Sanders writes. “The Clinton approach was to try to merge the interests of Wall Street and corporate America with the needs of the middle class — an impossible task.”

So, um, I guess it's not quite a 'tell all' piece.

Link to Macmillion Publishers info on the book:

OUR REVOLUTION
A Future to Believe In

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Lookout's picture

I don't get it. Calling Schumer highly qualified? How about highly corporate?

Then taking outreach director as a crumb of a leadership position. Go out and get us some voters and be good Bernie...

I don't think it's going to fly. I think the democrats dug their own grave when they cheated Bernie, and I'm sorry he can't say it plainly in his book and on the stump.

Then they make a big deal of Ellison (the war monger) as head of the DNC. Having a sitting rep as head of the party is crazy - there is no way you could be fair to a challenger. If there was hope for the democrats they would reach out to RFK, or Cornell West, or Bill McKibbin, or Nina Turner...to head the party and clean house.

Thanks MsGrin for the heads up on Bernie's book. I wonder what he hopes to accomplish with it's publication?

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Wink's picture

game is played.

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Bisbonian's picture

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

Not saying you didn't include the voters. Just clarifying the context.

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Bisbonian's picture

All the voters that I know, that vowed to take the fight all the way to the convention, did so. Some of them kept hanging on, even after the convention, just knowing that Bernie had some trick up his sleeve...magic words not said at the convention, not releasing delegates...a lot of false hopes.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

then so can a distinction between voters. I have no doubt some of the voters took it to the limit.

I voted Obama twice. And I feel polluted. When I say it, I feel like I have to apologize. That's the game. Hopefully, I've learned something.

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Bisbonian's picture

But now I understand what you meant. Thanks for clearing it up.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

If Bernie was engaged in some gamesmanship to stir up the waters, but have a safe retreat, I would have appreciated him saying so.
He said he would support the winner.
I assumed he meant the winner of a fair contest, played by the rules.
He went out there, outraged at how the middle class has been demolished.
Now, he backs Schumer.
Well, he is ok, but I am still outraged. And demolished.
I have respect for the life he has lived, the positive differences he has made.
Nevertheless, because he is a player in a game where I am merely a pawn, I will never spend a cent on a candidate for any office, anywhere, ever again.
Call me Berned.

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When Bernie saw that the election had been rigged against him then his promise to support the winner should have been voided.
This is why people ar upset with him, that and not taking it all the way to the convention.
He knows damned well that Schumer is in the pockets of the banks as well as many others in the DP.
How long have we been trying to change the direction of the DP?
Look at how many emails, phone calls and petitions we signed during the health care debate and other issues.
He has to realize that the DP has been captured by the banks and the corporations.
If he and Warren can get more people behind them to fight the republicans then I support what he is trying to do.
But look at how many democrats are saying that they will work with Trump even after his heinous cabinet picks
That shows the direction that Trump wants to take the country.
How in the hell can they want to work with his agenda?
And if they don't fight as hard as the republicans fought Obama, then I'm sticking with tptb wanted Trump to win in order to divide this country and while we are fighting each other they are passing legislation that will hurt us.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

Wink's picture

snippy answer telling her to Just. Shut. Up, you don't know what you're talking about. We've Berniesplained what Bernie is doing. You either buy it or don't.

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Bisbonian's picture

Well, thanks for being honest.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

more and more like a smug insider, privy to Bernie's long game plan for deliverance of in-the-dark, clueless progressives. "Just have patience and all will be revealed, because that's how the game is played." Eh? Who are you - Bernie's rabbi or shrink? I know how the game is played, and Bernie, at this point, has a very short shelf life.

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Wink's picture

It's time to make a move. Will be interesting to see if Dems have put the brakes on the Bern. He needs to be back on the road and it needs to be soon.

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we don't tell folks to Just. Shut. Up. around here. You either buy that or you don't.

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Wink's picture

over the top. Even for me. Just tired of losing to wingers.

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Anja Geitz's picture

And now that I know talking about it gets on your nerves, I'll be doing more of it.

*Wink*

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Thaumlord-Exelbirth's picture

You can't fix a rigged game by playing by its rules. You need to get out of they system to have any chance of fixing it. He chose not to do that, and screwed us all as a result. Instead of building an actual opposition party to start dragging everything back into alignment, he chose to be a cog, leaving us to do the work ourselves, and because of his actions, we have way more work to do. Time to move on from the Sanders fantasies and do the work he couldn't be bothered to do.

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Vermont Democratic Party

As an independent, Sanders worked out a deal with the Senate Democratic leadership in which he agreed to vote with the Democrats on all procedural matters, except with permission from Democratic whip Dick Durbin (a request that is rarely made or granted). In return, he was allowed to keep his seniority and received the committee seats that would have been available to him as a Democrat; in 2013–14, he was chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (during the Veterans Health Administration scandal).[126][127] Sanders was free to vote as he pleased on policy matters, but almost always voted with the Democrats.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders

“Bernie – out of office for the first time in eight years – went to the Kennedy School at Harvard for six months and came back with a new relationship with the state’s Democrats. The Vermont Democratic Party leadership has allowed no authorized candidate to run against Bernie in 1990 (or since) and in return, Bernie has repeatedly blocked third party building. His closet party, the Democrats, are very worried about a left 3rd party forming in Vermont. In the last two elections, Sanders has prevented Progressives in his machine from running against Howard Dean, our conservative Democratic Governor who was ahead of Gingrich in the attack on welfare.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/21/bernie-out-of-the-closet-sanders-..., quoting Vermont's Will Miller http://www.libertyunionparty.org/?page_id=363

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Bernie, I hardly knew ye.

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I knew about it before he announced he was running. The Vermont deal I learned about during the primary, though not from the source I linked. I don't remember where I learned about it.

I excused it because, as an Indie, he could not raise the money he needed to defeat both Democrats (his real competition in Vermont--though a Republican won the Governor's seat in Vermont) and Republicans.

However, I have learned other things since the primary that I haven't excused, though perhaps I should. He's a politician, but some of us made him a demi-god.

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Wink's picture

Dem leadership could have told him to go $h!t in his hat. I suspect the Dem party gets something in return. Like another blue seat that might not otherwise be there. As I see it no harm, no foul, just politics as usual. As for demigod, well... Bernie did something no other Dem dared do - take on Her Highness. He did something else, too. something no Dem has done since JFK, except Obama. He got people off their dead ass and out to the arena. We'll soon see that magic again.

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Your reply about Sanders and demigods this point can lead only to debating about why Sanders ran against Hillary. Been there, done that, have less than zero interesting in continuing. So, I'll say only that some conjectures about his reasons for running might make him seem like a demigod, while others would not. And, ultimately, conjecture is only conjecture, anyway.

Turning politicians into demigods harms both us and the politicians on whom we inflict our idolatory. At best, it tends only to delusion and/or disappointment. I did that to Obama in 2008 and thought I had learned a hard lesson then, but I did even worse the very next chance I got, with Sanders. I hope I have finally learned better. Being in reality is almost always preferable to being in unreality, which sooner or later, is harmful in one way or another. I like facts. I especially like knowing the difference between facts and my own opinions and beliefs, even my very strongly held opinions and beliefs. However, speculating or rationalizing about politicians for whom we can no longer vote also does not seem like a productive use of time or adrenaline.

Accepting that people on this board are always going to have various views about Sanders, some good, some bad, some almost neutral, seems to be a good thing for me. The alternative seems to be continuously re-tilling the same quarter inch of topsoil about Sanders for many months or more, which will not improve a single, real-life situation, even the tiniest bit. I prefer the first option.

From a recent post of mine, in response to someone else's post about Sanders' alleged motives:

We all learned valuable things from his run, like how much money can be raised from small donors in the face of opposition from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Let's remember those things as we think about ways to move forward.

As for working within the Democratic Party: Whether Sanders is authentic about believing in working within the Party or not doesn't seem relevant. Ifyou, thinking independently of Sanders, believe that changing the Democratic Party from within is more than a dream, go for it, with my blessing. If you think it's a pipe dream, I agree with you and maybe that is a basis for us and people like us to work together.

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Totally agree with your comment. This 'demi-god' expectation imposed by some on Bernie and others kinda makes me think about various complaints voiced regarding Occupy, which was a grass-roots movement having no official leadership and generally/overall demanding a government working for the people, unlike the more typical group making limited and specific demands regarding specific and limited policy goals, this forming the substance of the complaint I heard most frequently aimed at them, because the general movement apparently wasn't what people expected or were told in the media was 'right' and, in my opinion, was therefore often misunderstood. (Likely by myself, as well, lol.)

But patriotically risking arrest, police brutality - citizens literally placing on the line their lives, limbs and sacred honour - in standing up to demand democracy, members of Occupy, in raising public awareness and in standing their ground in peaceful protest, chopped out from their side of the sunken pit-trap a giant step toward daylight for those coming after and made the Greeds very nervous indeed, having shown that the American people, like others, once informed and roused, have not yet had the guts entirely ground or propagandized out of them, despite all efforts over the decades by TPRB.

Pardon the cliche, but Occupy members did it their way and as an organic people's movement, and it helped us all, even if it may not have been the way in which all others might have done it - these others, after all, being free to form their own protest groups and in turn to protest in their own ways. It would be silly, though, to reject the beneficial advances made in any non-violent manner or to discourage such efforts because made in a manner not being one's own preferred method.

Similarly, Bernie's insistence on his campaign being about 'not me, us' and explanations that change had to come from pressure applied by The People, not from the top, (although a Presidential ally would have made things ever so much better) seemingly wasn't really absorbed by those hoping for a one-man saviour.

And the effect is reflected in various people's remarks about tossing away their most valuable and trustworthy ally on the political inside because he remains true to his character in doing what he's done all of his life, as shown in his record, and had strategically and - at great personal cost - lived to fight another day and in another way to most effectively continue fighting for democracy and the people from the inside, his Dem Presidential nomination run having caused one of the corporate parties to blatantly and arrogantly publicly expose their own massive corruption and pathology in cheating the people of choice and incidentally ruin the effectiveness of the whole long-running two-party trade-off scam forever. And with rather a lot of Clinton-related bodies falling dead along the way, as seems to have been the case throughout their careers. (Can no one rid me of these turbulent whistleblowers? Why can't we just drone him?)

Maybe other people believe that, had they been in Bernie's position, they might have done better to spit defiance at the Dem coronation and lock themselves out of the political process and any corporate media coverage enabling them to continue to publicly promote what could and should be done for the people by any government actually of, by and for them - but if Bernie had done so, would any of this democracy stuff still be an issue outside sites like this, the way this whole selection debacle was run?

Does anyone seriously believe that appeals to Obama's Justice Department regarding long-officially-accepted voter suppression and other electoral cheating would have resulted in an electoral investigation involving actual Justice being done, had Bernie run Indie anyway, following the rigged Dem nomination, as some have suggested?

That the corporate media would have done anything except use this defiance-spitting to more successfully discredit not only Bernie but - most importantly - the freaking survival issues Bernie had long recognized and publicly introduced during the nomination process as essential, which otherwise would have, as usual, gone officially unmentioned, especially in terms of needing to be immediately and productively addressed, and which the corporate Dems denigrated as undo-able fairy dust and unicorn poop?

That this defiance-spitting and the resulting ensured political freeze-out would not have destroyed Bernie's previously demonstrated and amazing effectiveness at working even with members of a particularly recalcitrant Republican Congress to achieve some public good for at least some of America's most vulnerable?

Diplomacy is essential to civilization and good governance; Rambo-style macho bluster might work in the movies but actually would not build the most suitable political atmosphere either at home or abroad. Especially when dealing with a powerful, international Mafia-style government organization while playing for the chances of life on the planet.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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Or at least pre-tea party.

The place is notoriously "decorous" to the point of people on the floor referring to their "good friend" , who is actually their bitter enemy. That's been true for a very more than a century, going back to very early on. In fact, there are of points of pride in being sincerely sarcastic in being saccharinely nice to people you hate.

It's a form of local diplomacy. If you call your opponents out, as Ted Cruz does, no one will ever work with you again. The senate does not tolerate bomb throwers, they prize a false sense of collegiality to keep tempers in check. Ted Cruz is a bomb thrower and he's angered all of the other senators by saying what he thinks.

Sanders understands that he has to work with these people, contemptible as many may be. If he publicly says the things we might want him to say, particularly outside of a campaign, no one will ever work with him to get anything done.

We can gnash our teeth at this, but it is how politics works. Manipulating other politicians to get what you want is a skill, he's been very good at it in terms of his amendments. In order to manipulate them much more, he needs very visible public support. At this moment, he doesn't have it.

However, if he can drive mid-term turn out and make it clear that it is progressive populism that turns out progressive voters to take back the senate, he will have much more power and a better position from which to negotiate in the next congress.

Unfortunately, the momentum he had was lost when he was "defeated" (cheated) by HRC and her toadies. But it's hovering in the background, people are now having second thoughts about HRC and he's going to work to persuade them that his was the necessary path, not that of Clinton.

However, if he starts throwing too many bombs, the collateral damage will ostracize him and cause people that might be persuadable to become enemies, or to tune him out.

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sojourns's picture

nor does he have to be vocal about his support, feigned or not.

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"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
John Cage

comment about Bernie and the conditions in which he is forced to work - thank you.

People calling for his head, accusing him of 'betraying' his ideals or supporters, speculating about why, why, why is Bernie doing what he is doing simply refuse to comprehend that he is forced to work with the hand he got. Congress is dominated by repubs and dinos; if Bernie wants to get some of his policies worked into the legislation, then he is doing what he can to do so, and that does include interacting in a decent manner with others.

I could understand being disappointed if Bernie was not a senator and simply said 'ta ta, see ya later,' but he continues on as usual.

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dfarrah

Wink's picture

Sorry to inform many here that "the process" isn't always clean and neat. Or pure. Bernie doing what he's doing to live to fihjt another day. If some find that "selling out... " oh, well...

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*snort*

Yeah, we've REALLY come a long way with that strategy for the last 40 years. Maybe the next time we are all in the voting booth, we can sprinkle some