As a leftish political type, I find a lot of things to like about Bernie Sanders. The United States ought to have a public healthcare option, and he’ll push one through. American kids ought not to go get themselves killed for the benefit of wealthy sheikhs and princes in foreign oil-rich countries, and he’ll put a stop to this. Bernie has a history of being pro first amendment, pro second amendment, and pro fourth amendment, and I like all those things.
Unfortunately, Bernie’s campaign is making a lot of very serious mistakes. I’d like to talk about some of them here, partly because I am probably the only democrat many of my readers ever get exposed to, and partly out of frustration that nobody else is putting these particular pieces together and talking about them. There is still time for some of these mistakes to be fixed, but time is short, and I have no faith that anyone in his campaign is thoughtful enough to self-criticize their behavior so far into a turnaround victory. Time will tell.
Failure to Appeal to The Masses
Bernie did not have a bad time in the 2020 Iowa caucuses, but he had a tie with an establishment pseudorepublican named Pete Buttigieg. If you don’t know who Buttigieg is, just imagine Hillary Clinton, changed from a bitter old bulldyke into a younger gay man. Buttigieg has famously come out against a health-care plan, is pro-war, and will do nothing to keep large corporations from continuing to censor the internet. Bernie could have (and should have) won, and his failure to appeal to the broad masses of Iowans is a major reason why he didn’t.
In 2016, the dems in Iowa had a turnout of 171,000 caucus goers. In 2020, the dems in Iowa had a turnout of 176,000. That’s not much of an improvement. Bear in mind that in 2008, when Barack Obama was stomping the shit out of Hillary Clinton, the turnout in Iowa was 240,000 people.
What got people out for Barack Obama was his crossover appeal. Obama appeared before republican and independent groups, and asked for the chance to be their man in Washington D.C..
It should be noted that once elected, Obama kept his promises about gun control (Trump has already banned more firearms than Obama has, and he also engineered the “red flag” rules). He even allowed conservative scumbags like (Mormon) Mitt Romney to scuttle his attempt at expanding public healthcare.
Has Bernie appealed to anyone outside his base? Well, outside of a couple of appearances on Fox News, which a lot of non-democrats enjoy watching, he hasn’t done much. In fact, Bernie staffers have proven themselves to be insufferable faggots, who jerk themselves off in the press about putting their political opponents in gulags. Candidate Sanders has yet to make any denunciations of these morons, so he comes across as either approving of their lunacy, or too weak to police his own ranks. I don’t fault any independent types for failing to cross over for him. As a democrat, that makes me want to stay home, too.
Failure to Exterminate Pocahontas
Bernie has another problem in Elizabeth Warren, a phony populist with a long track-record of lies and corruption. For the republicans in my audience who don’t know her, she’s basically the democrat version of Ted Cruz, 2016. She’s a complete hack who somehow maintains an “outsider” appearance, despite being in the pocket of every corporate interest that has so far managed to grab a piece of the democratic party. Bernie should have taken the dumb bitch to wounded knee at least a dozen times, but he has instead coddled her. She returned the favor in Iowa by siphoning off a large chunk of his support.
Compare Bernie’s camp (the populist democrats) with the intraparty competition (the corporate democrats) and one does not see the same problems. Buttigeig (the democrat version of Marco “foam party” Rubio, 2016) is the corporate democrat frontrunner, but he came in so far ahead of his own peers, Biden and Klobuchar, that they weren’t able to siphon off delegates from him. Joe Biden sounds like he’s having a stroke, every time he opens his stupid mouth, so this explains his poor performance.
As of the time I’m writing this, the New Hampshire primary has yet to be counted, and already I see Bernie staffers beginning to talk about Tulsi Gabbard “stealing” the primary from their man. As a Tulsi fan, I can tell you that most of her voters wouldn’t have even shown up to the primary if she hadn’t appeared. Tulsi plays the Obama game, appealing to independents and republicans for support. In contrast, I don’t see any of Bernie’s people going after the fake featherhead who actually is spoiling his chances.