"He’s too old.
Subjective and lazy.
Then there’s the canard that he’s some sort of traitor, sellout or sheep dog. More bullshit. This particularly specious whine is advanced by the bitter, callow victims of identity politics. He did his best from inside the democrat machine. Had he run as an independent, he would’ve wound up square dancing in the margins with Jill Stein.
Instead, he built the most monolithic and authentically grassroots movement in contemporary political history. If you’re still sniveling about your 28 bucks, grow the fuck up. He was your best shot and he still is. That’s why you ponied up.
What I saw was a party independent, lifelong democratic socialist choose to make an earnest attempt because he felt an obligation to address the insanely imperialist and economically unjust paradigm his country had become about. He saw a vacuum of leadership for genuine progressives, the kindest majority, and he rolled the dice.
I saw a principled man with the gravitas of historic integrity get chewed up and puked out by a shamelessly corrupt party. They saw him as a threat too late. Late enough to slam on the brakes so hard, they showed their ass. I saw a party so sunk in the avaricious ritual of decapitation of their enemies that they didn’t just take his head off….
They guillotined their own queen.
If you’re thinking of all the votes he cast that you vehemently disagree with or all the controversies from his past, don’t bother. I’m well aware. He’s light years ahead of any potential contender by any metric.
It’s cheap to criticize him for not standing up to the cabal that swept the legs out from under him. That cabal has been his office for decades. It’s what he knows. He’s on record opposing almost every evil piece of legislation foisted by it for over thirty years.
He’s still doing it.
Raging polemic coverage of Sanders from both sides tells me one thing. They are still very afraid. That is my point here. Why he is worthy and why he should be taken seriously. He still strikes fear into the hearts of the robber barons. They hate him. They wouldn’t have undermined so goddamn hard to cheat him. They wouldn’t still be tripping over their pudenda so awkwardly to smear him if they weren’t still so desperately sweaty.
He would have won.
Ok, so, like most Berniecrats, I'm more enthused with the "movement" (such as it is) than the man himself, but he Still brings a $h!t Ton more to the table than any Dimocrat you can name, and that's evidenced everywhere he speaks. If Bernie did nothing else in 2016 he got people off their dead asses and out running for Office in 2018. Ten Dimocrats (including a few Berniecrats) running for Congress in two districts near me that otherwise would Not be running. "Why are you running for Office this year?" "Bernie." Point being, love him or hate him, and I know most here aren't fans, Bernie is the one history books will mention as the spark that lit this candle, the old guy that started the "revolution" to end the Beltway bull$h!t, replace Blue Dogs with progressives. How many Berniecrats get themselves elected remains to be seen. We had one here until Dylan Ratigan came out of nowhere to enter the race. I suspect he's "one of them," here to make sure the Berniecrat loses. He's done his job well. And, there's a whole bunch of that from sea to shining sea. But, as the author of that piece notes, "that just shows they're scared $h!tless."
Woke. More people now more woke. We can thank Bernie for that.