It’s fun to see the Sanders campaign in open war against Human Rights Campaign. Self-destruction apparently has no limits.
Shades of Bern in 2016, calling Planned Parenthood part of the Establishment when it endorsed Clinton rather than him.
This time, unfortunately, Bern is promoting an endorsement from Rogan, a high profile homo- and transphobe. Add this to Bern’s own endorsement of Cenk, and a pretty ugly picture comes into focus.
After the fiasco of his endorsement of Cenk, one would think Bern would be smarter than to accept and promote Rogan’s endorsement of his campaign. One wonders about his campaign staff: who is giving him consistently bad advice?
Walker Bragman’s whatabouts don’t distract from the real damage Bern’s promotion of Rogan’s endorsement does to his credibility as an inclusive candidate. The problem isn’t MoveOn or Obama or anyone else.
The problem is Bern.
What does Bern’s shift to the right mean for his “democratic socialist” credentials?
I wonder what AOC, Justice Democrats, and the international woketariat think about Bern’s online surrogates and extremely online broincels taking shots at Human Rights Campaign for daring to challenge the Vermont revolutionary’s embrace of transphobe Rogan?
I wonder how AOC feels — as a Bern surrogate — sharing the stage with Joe Rogan?
Tulsi’s close ties to Putin will damage her frivolous lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Even though it will never go to trial & she’ll never see a penny or ruble out of it, Gabbard would never want to submit to a deposition. Too many skeletons could fall out of her closet (e.g., Assad, Modi, etc.).
According to Jacobin magazine, the “libertarian moment” is over. Libertarians would certainly oppose the dictatorship of the proles. So come the revolution, they would be crushed by the Jacobins. But the libertarian moment is not over yet. As long as there are teenage boys whose libidinal urges fixate on Ayn Rand, there will be libertarianism in American.
Dementia-riddled President asked to apologize over his empty-headed comments on brain injuries. Can’t make this up.
Bern has apologized to Biden for Zephyr Teachout’s scabrous op-ed, sending extremely online Berners into the despair of “betrayal.”
Berners are crying out “let Berners be Bros!”
It was a crude political hit. Bern got away with it in 2016, but not in 2020. People are on to his tactics, farmed out to surrogates.
The damage to Bern’s campaign has been done. His surrogates are like the Houston Astros of politics.
Teachout basically functioned as Bern’s Giuliani, making the similarity between Bern and Trump too obvious. The Vermont revolutionary had to apologize.
It’s not easy to get a rigid 78 y/o ideologue to apologize for a political hit. The blowback against his campaign must have been immense.
Berners like Brie, Shure, Day, and Bragman will eventually blame Neera Tanden for either making Teachout write her op-ed or for forcing Bern to apologize.
One of his staff should lose their job over this, but they won’t. Which makes his apology appear disingenuous.
Muppies. Millennial Urban Professionals. The extremely online ones (i.e., writers for Jacobin/Splinternews type outfits) are buying brownstones in Bushwick from their trust funds.
Trump’s biggest feuds of 2019 were with reality and with his crippling paresis.
AOC risks damaging her brand the longer she associates with Bern’s losing campaign. For example, she’ll be held accountable for the misogyny and homophobia exuded by Bern’s online acolytes.
John Kasich say Democrats should avoid hard left candidates. The thing is, Bern and Warren aren’t hard left. They use the rhetoric of class struggle, but they are basically Right deviationists. Bourgeois socialists. Millionaires.
Bern’s online support is more left wing and, frankly, unhinged. But they’ll have no influence on policy.
Interestingly, support for the Vermont revolutionary is low among black voters and voters earning <50k
Bern appeals to the aristocracy of labor and those occupying intermediate class positions. Neither of these groups are particularly revolutionary. Lumpenproles remain with Trump.
Class struggle will continue as it has since 1848: predator capitalists on one side and xenophobic, economistic proles on the other side.
It is no surprise that Michael Moore prefers Trump over Biden. So does Walker Bragman.
Without a theory of needs, woke culture analysis remains superficial (i.e., idealist, bourgeois). It can nag from the sidelines, shame on Twitter, but will have no effect in reality.
White supremacists are as ubiquitous in the military today as heroin was during the Vietnam War era.
Fruitcake has a longer half-life than uranium.
Jane Lynch is correct.
Nonetheless, Ellen and Jane Lynch are officially class enemies. Modern day kulaks!
Wine cave-gate blew up in Warren’s face. She thought she could pick up love from Berniebros/brosettes w/ the winecave stunt. Now that we know she held her own winecave fundraiser, she’s destroyed her campaign.
Which shows that many political attacks are self-referential.
Shows the limits of the class war/class enemies trip Bern and Warren have been on.
It’s good that Joe the Plumber still has stans.
Let’s face it. There’s a homophobic undercurrent to the current Pete hate, especially from Berners and Warren stans.
They are a nasty lot, mocking Biden’s stutter long before the loathsome Sarah Sanders did so.
Amazing how Berners and Warren stans are unnerved by Buttigieg.
Tulsi is running for present.
In the Kremlin, Trump’s codename is Baba Yaga.
Reporters are like fiction writers. They must constantly invent new storylines. Unlike fiction writers, they must produce content on deadline.
So Trump as LBJ 2.0 is a foreseeable plot.
Christianity Today overlooked the Trump-Hicks tryst, but the quid pro quo from bozo was one sin too many.
The retirement of David Letterman devastated the late-night TV landscape.
M4A is DOA. Everyone knows it.
Smart candidates will move out of this sackgasse rather than fighting for the best parking spot in it.
Can’t see anyone voting for Trump because he’s better spoken or more coherent than Biden. MAGAts vote for him because he’s a bigot and appeals to their cultural ressentiment.
Biden appeals to proles because he speaks to their moral decency. Trump can never be morally decent.
AOC simply isn’t helping Bern. The age contrast is not flattering.
When Bern and Warren wage their petite guerre de classe against billionaires, they always mention Bezos or Bloomberg, but never Oprah. I wonder if this is strategic/tactical since they poll rather low with black voters or if they view Oprah as an “exceptional” billionaire.
Jacobin has circled the ideological wagons against Warren, going so far as to attack her daughter. The more sophisticated Marxists at the publication must know this was highly undialectical. But the quality of leftwing writer has deteriorated from the days of the Partisan Review.
Bernie stans have one goal: to destroy the Democratic Party “Establishment,” including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, etc. Anything that stands against Bern must be razed to the ground.
People are upset that Trump flacks keep appearing on MSNBC and CNN. You have to realize these media types travel in the same circles. I went to one of Al Sharpton’s National Action events and one of the speakers was Bill O’Reilly (with whom the Rev was quite chummy). These presenters are not as hostile to each other as we are to one political branch of them.
Distance from necessity breeds indifference to necessity. That’s a simple, objective reason.
The more the campaign is about NDAs and tax returns, the more politics is trivialized and the more ridiculous Democrats look.
Populism will be the reason why we can’t have a nice Democratic President.
Tis weird that a candidate like Buttigieg, who has no apparent path to winning the nomination, is under such vicious attack from surrogates of other candidates who also lack a clear path to victory (i.e., Sanders and Warren). I suppose their outrage needed a new outlet after Beto quit.
It’s trendy to call Buttigieg a racist these days. So I wonder what to call this:
I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality,” Sanders said during a taping of “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central earlier this month …
As the field is weeded perhaps Klobuchar will attract more media attention. She doesn’t cry about lack of attention like Castro and Booker.
Darling Nikki Haley is definitely running and has just locked down the vote of the Confederacy.
Clinton wouldn’t have cut food stamps. But Berniebros/brosettes said there was no difference between Clinton and Trump.
So much for their political wisdom!
Pelosi puts her boots on the necks of Kremlin-affiliated Republicans.
Pence misses his old names: Son of perdition. Little horn! Most unclean!
Homeland is basically the Trump Russia/Ukrainegate + Tulsi Gabbard.
Trump’s 2016 promise to bring the troops home won him accolades from disappointed Berniebros/brosettes, who said HRC was an imperialist warmonger ala Kissinger.
The bros/brosettes are silent about Trump now, but still maintain he was better than Clinton in their tweetstreams.
Drones are not a topic of polite conversation unless it turns to the topic of Amazon delivering the Collected Works of Lenin via airborne tech.
Such is life’s irony.
Imagine Cotton Mather or Torquemada with facial recognition technology. A truly terrifying thing.
Goldens represent bourgeois/suburban respectability; German shepherds are working class canines; mutts are the surplus army of canines (i.e., lumpenproles).
Biden was bashed for saying he got things done with Dixiecrats of yore.
I doubt anti-black/anti-brown proles can become a key demographic within a Warren or Sanders “coalition” without extreme dialectical massaging.
To mix OK Boomer and OK Millennial metaphors: Bern is soft on white supremacy.
Sadly, Bern failed to integrate Burlington schools while he was mayor.
Why is Bernie’s surrogate Cardi B selling product for a billion dollar corporation (Pepsico)?
Re Warren: A century ago, unions fought to limit the workday to 8 hours.
What’s the justification for keeping children in school for 10 hours? (as per Warren’s plan).