A (revealing?) local take on Bernie
From Seven Days (Vermont's independent weekly):
Historically, the relationship between 7D and Bernie is best described as "No Love Lost." Bernie refuses to grant interviews to local press, which antagonizes certain reporters into critical coverage. (Note: I have no problem with this). So it's no surprise that the overall tone of this one is somewhat snarky (though it ends on a high note), and even I admittedly bristled at a few characterizations that uphold the 2016 narrative. For example:
But the man simply couldn't let go of 2016
No mention of Herself and Her supporters, whose bitter acrimony still pervades and drives political discourse these days.
And he still complains about the unelected superdelegates who, in his view, tipped the primary toward Clinton.
Well, it's true, isn't it?
As his campaign convoy steered east from Lake Michigan toward Lake Erie earlier that day, Sanders chose to publicly reignite an old feud with a top Clinton adviser.
Emphasis mine. Perfect example of the slant Seven Days always applies when reporting about Bernie. And there's more of this throughout.
Nevertheless, all of the above aside, the article does a thorough job "exposing" the (disappointing to many, unsurprising to perhaps more and more of us) fact that this campaign will not (because it can not) usher in a political revolution. When you read the whole article, a clear picture emerges: everything about it is SOP. Exchange "Bernie Sanders" with "Any Democratic Candidate," in other words. Seven Days' prejudice aside, it's hard to see how his campaign hasn't already fallen in line:
The Sanders campaign was quick to monetize the [Tanden] dispute
Sure, he's not monetizing the latest Twitler Cheetolini dumbfuckery in the name of "Resistance," but the tactic is the same.
Rather than answer her query, Sanders moved on to the next questioner and then the next and the next. "OK," he said five minutes later, standing up at the table and looming over the local notables. "The advantage of having a number of people make comments and ask questions, you can kind of lump 'em together...And then the senator launched into his stump speech.
This seems a far cry from the Sanders of 2016. Typical politician pivot.
At every stop, the senator described the president as a "pathological liar" — and in most places he threw in "racist," "sexist," "homophobe" and "xenophobe," for good measure.
Though Sanders claims his campaign is one of "optimism" and "love," his stump speech has grown darker than ever.
Emphasis mine. If you don't agree with my previous "typical politician" assertion (fair enough), it's hard to deny that this approach is straight out of the DNC playbook. There's no reason for Bernie to choose this route save one.
And there are a few other tells, including:
"We've gotta try to educate folks about the role that they're playing."
Huh. Who does this sound like?
Unlike his first foray into national politics, when he was largely ignored in the early months of the race, Sanders is already a main attraction.
C99 discussed this at some length in a different essay last week. Why is Bernie suddenly headlining in the MSM? Things that make you go, hmmmmmmm.
It's a meaty article, and if you have time, I encourage you to read the entire thing. There's also some evidence (whether it's veritable is up for debate) that at least one of his stops included an audience plant.
As Linda Richmond would say, Discuss.