On the “insanity” of a Bernie Sanders nomination

posted at 5:21 pm on January 27, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Times are hard on the Democrat Ranch these days. There’s one bad story after another coming out about Hillary Clinton, her own left flank seems to be in full revolt and their only other choice is a socialist who seems to be very math challenged if you look at his tax plan. Now normally the Democrats can at least rely on their allies in the media to prop up their candidate even in the worst of times, but you need only look at this “endorsement” from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank to see exactly how far the mighty have fallen.

Milbank begins his piece by flat out saying that he adores Bernie Sanders. (That’s his word… not mine.) He then goes on to list Bernie’s many wonderful qualities, all of which seem to describe the ideal president for the Left. And all of that glowing adoration is strategically placed right before he drives a shiv right between poor Bernie’s ribs.

I agree with his message of fairness and I share his outrage over inequality and corporate abuses. I think his righteous populism has captured the moment perfectly. I respect the uplifting campaign he has run. I admire his authenticity.

And I am convinced Democrats would be insane to nominate him.

His rationale isn’t exactly a crazy one. Milbank fears that the nation’s traditional predisposition against voting for socialists could lead them to a disastrous loss, possibly even handing the White House to… (gasp) Donald Trump. So with that in mind, he needs to come up with a pitch to get people to go out and caucus for Hillary. But check out how he does it.

Hillary Clinton, by contrast, is a dreary candidate. She has, again, failed to connect with voters. Her policy positions are cautious and uninspiring. Her reflexive secrecy causes a whiff of scandal to follow her everywhere. She seems calculating and phony.

And yet if Democrats hope to hold the presidency in November, they’ll need to hold their noses and nominate Clinton.

That’s your idea of an endorsement? Dreary… unable to connect with real people… uninspiring… secretive… scandalous. This sounds less like a political column than an unhappy husband kvetching about his mother-in-law. But hey… you should vote for her anyway!

On the odd chance that you’re not familiar with the author’s work, just check out the titles of some of his recent columns. There’s no question which party Milbank supports and he simply loathes Republicans. But to his credit he at least doesn’t make any secret of it. We’re using to seeing the media cheering for the Democrats, but far too many of them try to hide it under the guise of journalism and an effort to pretend they are portraying both sides of the issues equally. Not Dana… what you see is what you get, which is rather refreshing.

Which brings us back to my original premise. When you can’t even get a rousing endorsement of the presumptive nominee from Dana, dark times have fallen on River City, my friends. But she can at least count on his vote this year, dreary, uninspiring and scandalous as she may be.


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i used the search function for “trump” to know if it was worthwhile to read it. yes, there is at least one mention.

His rationale isn’t exactly a crazy one. Milbank fears that the nation’s traditional predisposition against voting for socialists could lead them to a disastrous loss, possibly even handing the White House to… (gasp) Donald Trump. So with that in mind, he needs to come up with a pitch to get people to go out and caucus for Hillary. But check out how he does it.

eheh!

nathor on January 27, 2016 at 5:27 PM

In this year, I wouldn’t underestimate Socialist Sanders, who actually does better against Republicans than Criminal Clinton.

I remember when not a lot of people – in either party – thought that a ‘skinny, black guy with a funny name and the most liberal voting record in the Senate’ didn’t stand a chance against Her Imperial Royal Thighness.

It’s been a very unpredictable year.

Lime in the Coconut on January 27, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Democrats don’t have to “win”, nearly every GOP candidate is a Democrat or a conspirator with Democrats.

Sanders is like a pedophile – he is grooming the populace to bend over and take it.

batterup on January 27, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Where does dana live, how big is his house, who does he work for, how much does he make every year,how much is in his pension or 401k, what kind of car does he drive…..well dana under socialism you can kiss all your little private property goodbye and slave to feed the government….whats that you say? Its only for the little people, not the elites like you. Well, eff you.

jaywemm on January 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM

So they are going to recycle all that Edwin Edwards campaign literature: vote for the crook, it’s important.

rbj on January 27, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Prediction: Sanders wins IA caucus by 2.5%

ConservativePartyNow on January 27, 2016 at 5:32 PM

More GOP infighting. I like it.

Ned Pepper on January 27, 2016 at 5:33 PM

22044 on January 27, 2016 at 5:33 PM

New Ben & Jerry’s flavor tribute to Sanders: I Scream Socialist

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 5:33 PM

The reason he is big with millenials is because they have never lived in a world with the Soviet Union. They don’t understand what communism really is. They just think it is free stuff.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 27, 2016 at 5:38 PM

I met with Bernie in his Capitol Hill office about 20 years ago.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Fun poll up on Greta wire from Fox
Yes
Or
No

On are you going to watch the debate.

When I voted it was 87% no

Sweet

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 27, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Believe me, there is the same kind of catfighting going on within the Democratic party or what’s left of it, than the GOP.

You simply cannot get more “establishment” than Hillary Clinton. Only a handful of arch-feminists still believe that she isn’t simply because she is a woman and the establishment is all male. Nobody else really believes in any way that she is going to challenge the status quo. She wants to be President because Bill promised her she would be, in order to get her to not divorce him after Monica. Now she simply thinks she is entitled to the office.

Democratic voters value inspiration above all. They want the music, not the words. They are basically utopians, so they are always looking for the knight in shining armor who will save America from whoever it needs saving from. This is why they almost NEVER pick the candidate whose turn it is, unlike the Republicans (this is such an insane year in the GOP precisely because it’s the first election since 1952 when it isn’t anyone’s turn).

The one time the Dems went with the establishment guy it was Walter Mondale, and he lost 49 states.

It’s a reasonable bet that the same fate awaits them if they nominate Hillary. I actually think they have a better chance of winning with Bernie.

rockmom on January 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM

New Ben & Jerry’s flavor tribute to Sanders: I Scream Socialist

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 5:33 PM

good one.

or

They have a new Bernie Sanders cocktail…

you mix vodka and prune juice.

it’s called a “Trotsky”

Senator Philip Bluster on January 27, 2016 at 5:56 PM

I remember when not a lot of people – in either party – thought that a ‘skinny, black guy with a funny name and the most liberal voting record in the Senate’ didn’t stand STOOD a chance against Her Imperial Royal Thighness.

My bad.

Lime in the Coconut on January 27, 2016 at 5:57 PM

rockmom,

Where’s the proof of that infighting, and that it’s genuine–not merely for show or “me too”? That’s how it works: Wendy’s puts out the 4 for $4 meal deal, then BK puts out the 5 for $4, then McD’s puts out the Pick 2 for $2, then Carl’s puts out a 4 for $4.

Dems ran a woman and a black guy in 2008, so Repubs me-too it in 2012 with a black guy, and a black guy and a woman in 2016–plus new Chipotle Sriracha sauce mayo with not one, but TWO uber white lah-tee-nos (actually, three with Yeb!).

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 5:58 PM

it’s called a “Trotsky”

Senator Philip Bluster on January 27, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Down the hatchet!

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Sanders will be the next president. Quote it and take it to the bank. This country elected Obama twice and would elect him a third time if he ran again. Sanders will get the entire Obama voting block once Hilary voters rally behind him. Whatever drop off there is in less Black voter turnout will be more than made up for in the turn out by idealistic youths and previously disenfranchised socialist/communist sympathizers. Also, if you don’t believe socialist/communist organizers can drum up minority votes in a hurry, you should go back and study the civil rights movement.

KingOfTheRoad on January 27, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Down the hatchet!

axe-is of evil?

Senator Philip Bluster on January 27, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Times are hard on the Democrat Ranch these days. There’s one bad story after another coming out about Hillary Clinton, her own left flank seems to be in full revolt and their only other choice is a socialist who seems to be very math challenged if you look at his tax plan.

It’s always interesting to see how the right views the left. Rather hyperbolic, frankly.

Tlaloc on January 27, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Unlike Republicans, democrats are very pragmatic. They don’t care how bad a candidate is, if they think that candidate has the best chance of keeping the White House, they go with that person. On the right, the GOP says, no matter how popular Donald Trump is, we don’t want to have anything to do with him. For them it’s principle, it’s image, it’s policy, it’s whatever. Winning is secondary.

But on the left, winning is everything. The democrats say, Hillary is a liar, a cheat, warmonger, a crony capitalist, a rapist enabler, and just an overall horrible human being – but, since she is our best chance at keeping the White House, Hillary full steam ahead.

This is why conservatives lose elections, and the left wins them.

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Senator Philip Bluster on January 27, 2016 at 6:02 PM

I yield the remainder of my time to my good colleague from the great state of Vulgaria.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Rather hyperbolic, frankly.

Tlaloc on January 27, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Spot on. The right frankly views the left as rather hyperbolic. You made sense, in spite of yourself. Good job.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Democrats Should Draft Sebelius for President

dsdumpling on January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Poll of dumb ideas.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 27, 2016 at 6:14 PM

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

You may be right but the effects generally catch up and results begin to matter at some point. I thought it would be now based on Obama’s record but it may take more for senses to be gained considering the millennial and X-gens aren’t as smart as previous generations.

Nixon gave us Carter, one term of Carter gave us Reagan, Reagan gave us Bush, one term of Bush gave us Clinton, Clinton Gave us Bush, and Bush gave us Obama. Obama should give us an extreme nationalist/ conservative or we’ll need another term of someone like Sanders to emphasize disastrous results.

tej on January 27, 2016 at 6:20 PM

I blame Owsley.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 6:20 PM

KingOfTheRoad on January 27, 2016 at 6:01 PM

My prediction, too. God help us.

pannw on January 27, 2016 at 6:28 PM

They have a new Bernie Sanders cocktail…

you mix vodka and prune juice.

it’s called a “Trotsky”

Senator Philip Bluster on January 27, 2016 at 5:56 PM

LOL I may have to steal that. It’s what Bernie would want me to do.

Fallon on January 27, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Yes, let’s make sure by all means to vote for the party, and not for the person not their character or skills.

Thanks Dana Milbank, for so clearly allowing the mask to fall and reveal your reptilian self for all to see.

orangemtl on January 27, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Jazz, I think Dana meant “dreary, uninspiring and scandalous” in the good way.

Magicjava on January 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Neat chart of politics:

http://xkcd.com/1127/large/

Tlaloc on January 27, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Lol! Its their dishwashing liquid…..let them soak in it.

Indiana Jim on January 27, 2016 at 7:08 PM

So,,Dems, what is it going to be? An admitted socialist, who is likely a communist or a corrupt, mean, lax on national security opportunist?

Techster64 on January 27, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Obama didnt run on a “im going to massively increase taxes” meme like Sanders is openly doing. Even stupid minority voters dont want to pay more in taxes, and just taxing rich people doesnt give sanders anything close to what he wants to do…..

Indiana Jim on January 27, 2016 at 7:13 PM

And on top of everything else, Milbank is okay with the party he loves so much being able to only field a senile socialist and a dreary crook. Where is the storm-the-barricades passion expected from the left?

bartbeast on January 27, 2016 at 7:17 PM

And on top of everything else, Milbank is okay with the party he loves so much being able to only field a senile socialist and a dreary crook. Where is the storm-the-barricades passion expected from the left?

bartbeast on January 27, 2016 at 7:17 PM

All our pointing and laughing at the GOP clown car nomination has been pretty exhausting, frankly.

Tlaloc on January 27, 2016 at 7:19 PM

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

It may be even simpler, gots to keeb that gravy train running. The vast majority of parasites vote Dem, legal or not. and they do vote!

A.T. Tapman on January 27, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Tlaloc. Nice try. At least they need a car to carry the candidates. The dems could fit theirs in a barrel, thats about to go over niagara falls…..

Indiana Jim on January 27, 2016 at 7:26 PM

At least they need a car to carry the candidates. The dems could fit theirs in a barrel, thats about to go over niagara falls…..

Indiana Jim on January 27, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Yeah, having a small focused group running for the nomination (with a clear frontrunner) is such a chore.

Tlaloc on January 27, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Lol. $2 goes toward the brainloc GED fund…

Indiana Jim on January 27, 2016 at 7:50 PM

KingOfTheRoad on January 27, 2016 at 6:01 PM

I fear the essence of your prediction–the election of an openly declared socialist as President–will be proven true soon enough. But not in 2016, and not by Bernie Sanders.

There are still enough people in this country who remember the Cold War, as someone else noted, who know better than to vote for a avowed collectivist like Bernie.

Thing is, those of us who remember the Cold War are getting older, and our ranks will inevitably be replaced by the Worst Generation, who have been taught that the world runs on their feelings and that socialism is a morally superior form of government.

Eventually, the Millenials will learn, as did way too many people in places like Cambodia, North Korea, and Russia in the 20th Century, that utopian societies dedicated to equality of result and fairness always devolve in to tyrannical hellholes. I hope the cost of that education is not too high for our children and grandchildren.

MidniteRambler on January 27, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Milbank is making a distinction without a difference. The Democratic base is basically socialist, it’s merely a question of degree and the timing as to when socialism is achieved. Sanders is a socialist, and Clinton is a dreary, uninspiring socialist.

grumpyank on January 27, 2016 at 8:12 PM

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

True, but the tactic is beginning to kill them down ticket. How many more statehouses can the democrats lose? We are about to find out. This was supposed to be the year the dems took back the senate, remember? If they don’t manage that, based upon the upcoming races in 2018, the dems could be facing a 60-40 split against them in the senate.

And in 2020 Louisiana will go solidly red after the new democrat governor reminds everyone there why they don’t like democrats.

The dems have a great ground game – and their commitment to winning at all costs is admirable. But the long game is catching up to them, and despite the stupid party doing what they normally do, they won’t be able to be stupid enough to stop it. Remember, the young generation who takes awhile to quit voting democrat has been able to experience the stupidity of democrat policies at a much earlier age than many of their predecessors. They will turn GOP much earlier as a result.

Zomcon JEM on January 28, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Yeah, having a small focused group running for the nomination (with a clear frontrunner) is such a chore.

Tlaloc on January 27, 2016 at 7:38 PM

A “small, focused group” being a lying crook and a senile socialist, yeah that’s quite a focused group alright.

A clear frontrunner? Who would that be? Hillary? What makes you think she won’t be under indictment? Certainly not because she’s innocent….

If it’s Bernie, then good luck trying to convince people that he understands economics or human nature….

Hank_Scorpio on January 28, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Not Dana… what you see is what you get, which is rather refreshing.

Get your point, Jazz, but I regard it as about as refreshing as leaving the bathroom door open just to make sure everyone gets a refreshing whiff of that particularly foul stench.

RL on January 28, 2016 at 9:59 AM

I met with Bernie in his Capitol Hill office about 20 years ago.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Yes, yes, and….?

Are we/am I missing something?

RL on January 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM