Tagged: Bernie Sanders

‘A candidate is being beaten’

Talk of uncertainty in an era without bubonic plague is a bit much. Uncertainty is surely a relative thing.

It is more likely the case that it’s never been a better time to be bourgeois or bohemian, social formations that thrive on uncertainty and change. The notion that “everything that is solid melts into air” (Marx) expresses the historical condition of possibility for both.

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Mr Clinton punctured the caricature of Ms Clinton that Fox News Republicans and the Berniebros cling to like a favorite childhood blanket. He laid out the choice clearly: one can either choose reality or infantile phantasies.

My guess is Mr Sanders would like to walk back the “Goldman Sachs speeches” gambit. It was a moment of desperation and weakness in his otherwise highbrow campaign.

Democratic convention, Act 2

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Roll call.

Utah, the beehive hairdo state! …

History made: Ms Clinton is the nominee, Mr Sanders departs the stage gracefully.

Cecile Richards’ appearance at the convention is a giant middle finger to Carly Fiorina and Fox News, and the Colorado Springs mass murderer who was inspired by both.

Lena Dunham and America Ferrara deal themselves in.

As this goes on, Berniebros are holding a cry-in at the media tents.

A Queens congressperson accuses Mr Trump of being a real life Bobby Axelrod (of Billions).

Howard Dean reenacts “The Scream” and appears tame compared to Mr Trump.

Bill Clinton spins an effective yarn, at odds with the meta-narrative of Mr Trump and Berniebros.

Glass ceiling smashed.

It’s over.

True Sanderista

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Not feeling the bern? As Ms Silverman said: “put some cream on it.”

Mr Sanders is a politician, not a martyr. He achieved what was achievable.

In his speech, Mr Sanders tried to save the nation. He also tried to save his supporters from themselves.

The point of politics is to get into power and stay in power. One can’t change anything standing outside, luxuriating in self-righteousness.

Only a small group of Berniebros, the rump of which is at the DNC, continue to nurse their hurt feelings. Calls of “sellout” directed towards Sanders and Warren are signs of emotional disturbance. However, their numbers do not justify the coddling pleas they are receiving from Democrats and rational people more generally. Let them vote Trump or Stein in November. Let them bathe in the pure waters of self-righteous self-pity. And let them don hairshirts during Ms Clinton’s Inauguration.

Democratic convention, Act 1

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Mr Sanders is learning first hand how politically naive his most fervent supporters are.

One person’s tantrums are another person’s heteroglossia.

Al Franken brings the comedy.

Sarah Silverman brings the rationality.

Can I just say, to the “Bernie or Bust” people, you’re being ridiculous.

Mic drop.

Mr Booker shouts, Berniebros bark.

FLOTUS announces candidacy delivers the goods.

Ms Warren questions what kind of a man Mr Trump is. Berniebros heckle.

Bernie endorses over tears of supporters.

It’s over.

Tamborine

The long, expensive national nightmare of the House Republican witch hunt is over, producing a finding that a risible in its obviousness.

Mr Trump urging on supporters who have no clue about Brexit and can’t locate the UK on a map.

As a philosopher once said: today was a good day.

A Washington Post poll shows that only 8% of Berniebros will back Mr Trump, down from 20% in May.

Now that Ms Warren, the real star of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, has endorsed Ms Clinton and is campaigning with her, Mr Sanders has lost most of his leverage. The best he can hope for is a speech in primetime on the Tuesday of the convention.

Only twitter can cause twitter outrage.

Have you heard?

If Mr Sanders fails to endorse Ms Clinton he will undermine his chances to become chairperson of the Senate Budget Committee when the Democrats retake the Senate. Moreover, he’ll lose any influence he might have over Democratic Party policy position at the Convention and otherwise.

As an experienced politician, Mr Sanders will make the correct political decision.

Mr Sanders most intractable supporters behave as if they were participants in a cargo cult. They will lash themselves, tear at their hair, and suck their thumbs in despair when he endorses Ms Clinton.

Betsy on the roof

The NRA would endorse a dictator as long as s/he kept America’s promiscuous gun laws in place.

Venezuela’s President Maduro blames the US for the current economic chaos in his country. If that’s true, Mr Maduro is best CIA agent. Ever.

At least Mr Maduro won’t be pelted with eggs (there are none).

Fossil fuel dependent socialism is a political and ecological dead end.

The Sanders campaign has run out of ideas and is running out of time. The candidate must now decide whether he wants to lose like a winner or lose like a loser.