Won't Stop, Can't Stop
There's an excellent new essay by Nathan Robinson in Current Affairs entitled Why Bernie Has to Win
Just as a preface and a matter of historical record, I'd like to note that Eisenhower was re-elected after a serious heart attack, LBJ had a very severe heart attack at 47 and maybe another right after JFK was assassinated and before he was sworn in as president. Cheney had 4 heart attacks and the fourth just before becoming VP and thereafter served for 8 years, and George HW Bush was diagnosed w/ irregular heartbeat in office. Biden had two brain aneurism surgeries. Warren still hasn't released her medical records. So make of all that whatever you want.
But here are some excerpts from the article:
I am already feeling strange saying this, because I am so grossed out by personality cults, and I hate the idea of lapsing into adulation of a politician, and I’ve always tried to maintain a critical stance on Bernie even if I clearly prefer him as the Democratic candidate. I do not love people I do not know, and I have never met Bernie, so I do not love Bernie.
But I also feel like this candidacy is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something incredible, and that if we don’t take it we’ll regret it, and that he knows that, and that he’s willing to destroy himself and shorten his life and give up whatever he might have wanted to do with his twilight years in order to accomplish the most serious political mission of any of our lifetimes. It has to be done, and he knows it. I don’t think he’s particularly glad that it’s fallen on him to do it, but it has. And so he will do it or he will die trying, and the rest of us need to do whatever we can to make sure he doesn’t have to die trying. If he’s willing to kill himself for this, if he’ll fight to the last breath, who are we to talk about the Questions and Doubts about Whether He Can Do It, instead of spending our time making sure that he does do it.
I actually feel like Bernie’s hospitalization is a sign that we have to do more to get him elected. He is the most effective possible weapon we have against Trump, and his presidency would be an opportunity for an unprecedented transformation of the political system. That was true in 2016, and Democrats botched the chance of a lifetime. Now, we have one last shot.
Ach, I'm not going to go on and on about it. It's an important article, so again: