One of Bernie Sanders’ greatest advantages in the race is that many of the most unlikable hypocrites in America despise him.
By Hamilton Nolan
The Guardian (1/31/20)
Even in our pitifully broken semi-democracy, rich people shouldn’t be in charge. The math is against them. There are, by definition, comparatively few rich people, and many middle- and lower-class people. In a two-party system where one party represents the interests of the rich and the other party is meant to represent the interests of everyone else, logic says that the rich people party should lose most of the time, based on sheer numbers. The political power of plutocrats should be arbitraged out of existence as parties seek a larger base.
Instead, though, Republicans control the White House and the courts, most state legislatures and half of Congress, business lobbying is a billion-dollar industry, and all the teachers are still waiting for the day when the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber. Why?
Any sane and moral political party should want to do everything possible to make Sanders’ vision become a reality. The alternative is not a fresh flowering of centrism. It is something much, much worse.
Yes, our electoral system is in substantial ways anti-democratic, and the influence of money in politics is pernicious, and Republicans suppress the vote in earnest. But those things have been true forever. They are a given. The job of capitalizing on the enormous demographic disadvantage that the upper class faces in the class war falls to the Democratic party. The Democratic party, however, has never had any interest in really capitalizing on it.
Now, Bernie Sanders is threatening to make the class war reality by winning the Democratic presidential nomination. His biggest obstacle is not the Republican candidate – a rich, evil cartoon man who is a perfect foil for Bernie’s analysis of what plagues us – but the Democratic establishment. In their eyes, he is an existential threat to their traditional approach of determining their stance on moral issues by finding a point halfway between “What’s right” and “What the Koch brothers are advocating via attack ads.”
You can sense their panic, rising like tree sap. …
Bumbling, Fact-Free, Dark-Money Anti-Bernie Attack Ads Backfire
If you are gonna’ lie and launch empty personal ad hominem attack ads beware: They trigger more donations to Sander campaign.
Keep it up corporate dems!
Katie Halper: Debunking The Tired Old ‘Bernie Bro’ Myth
Rising / The Hill (2/1/20)
Katie Halper, Co-Host of the Rolling Stone podcast Useful Idiots, debunks the ‘Bernie Bro’ myth as her best media screw-up of the week.
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