Classic Greek tragedy lives on today in real life. Lacking the moral fortitude demanded of a leader, Bernard of the 40 acre wood, has abdicated or abandoned many opportunities to lead. How many times? Recounting his numerous failures is unnecessary. Such a recital will either dismay or enrage those who loved or loved Bernie, the unbrave.
Those of you who think Bernard Sanders is "Mr. Right" or perhaps He Who Should Be President, please read no further. Your ears and eyes may bleed after reading this essay.
Pondering an appropriate subtitle for this essay, the following were considered:
The Camel's nose is under the tent (no reference to K. Harris)
The writing is on the wall (a la the curse of Babylon)
Lay down, roll over, and let me do it again
So many options.
Editor's note: In order to circumvent internet censorship, today's Caitlin Johnstone essay has been replaced with an op-ed by Snooty McCentrist of the National News Conglomerate. NNC: Obey.
Some time around the end of last November we started to see a few articles like this:
Waiting for Obama
With typical quotes like these:
Publicly, he has been clear that he won’t intervene in the primary for or against a candidate, unless he believed there was some egregious attack. “I can't even imagine with this field how bad it would have to be for him to say something,” said a close adviser. Instead, he sees his role as providing guardrails to keep the process from getting too ugly and to unite the party when the nominee is clear. There is one potential exception: Back when Sanders seemed like more of a threat than he does now, Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him.
I remember reading those headlines at the time, thinking, if he steps in to stop Bernie publicly, it will destroy his legacy. And if there is one thing Obama cares about, it's his legacy.
If it were, Warren's faltering voters would all go to Sanders, not Klobuchar, and Biden's certainly wouldn't go to Sanders. It's class versus identity, and the good angel over my shoulder hopes class wins out. Policy wise Biden is a long way from Sanders, not a 180 degree difference but close to it, but Biden grew up working class and it shows, gaffs and all. People feel that in a gut reaction kind of way.
I listen to the conversation on truthdig between Robert Scheer and Max Blumenthal and think it is very interesting, as it explains a lot of Max Blumenthal's experiences while grwoing up and living in Washington DC with his parents Sidney and Jaqueline Blumenthal, He was a journalist, an advisor to Bill Clinton and confidant to Hillary Clinton, alos employed to the Clinton Foundation.
...but that was in another country; And besides, the wench is dead.
It was really irresponsible of him to run when he had polio.
Our history would be so much better if he had just told everybody he couldn't handle the duties of the Presidency due to illness, and told the Democrats to run J. Hamilton Lewis. After all, Lewis was so much more electable and had so much more chance of beating Hoover.
From the WSJ
Mike Gravel Endorses Tulsi Gabbard — and Bernie Sanders
Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel may have left the race for president, but he’s not going away.
After he endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Tuesday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign said Wednesday he had endorsed her bid, and released a statement from him.
Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born November 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born September 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president.
Informational post. Please feel free to treat as an unofficial open thread.