Dampening the Bern….

A few weeks ago I was looking forward to casting my ballot for Bernie…I liked his focus on economic inequality, and thought the time was right for an old, cranky Jew to live in the White House…let the rest of the country experience the seders where, after the third glass of wine,  great-uncle Manny starts spouting off . And I thought it would be good for the DNC to be chastised, and a good showing for Bernie might nudge them away from centrist-DLC neoliberalism. But as the California primary looms, I’m having my doubts.
 
Stories like this have me concerned. Senator Sanders has run a great campaign, and the party has moved to the left. We owe him a great deal for that. But the way to cement those gains isn’t to piss off the presumptive candidate and the party apparat. I worry that he’s started to take his revolutionary rhetoric seriously, and he expects to sweep into the convention like a dyspeptic Joan of Arc, and be given the nomination by acclimation.  Not sure I want to encourage that. It’s a political fever dream, and one more likely to end wit him being burned at the stake on national TV. The best way for him to end things is to call Mrs. Clinton Wednesday morning, congratulate her on a great win, and offer to do whatever can he do to help in the general.
Otherwise, he’s going to be Nader redux, and his legacy will be the man who helped elect Il Douché president.  I  don’t want any part of that….
Is Lyndon LaRouche still running?
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About Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS. He currently edits Obitmagazine.com. View all posts by Steven Mirkin

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