Good morning all, hope you had a great weekend. I have quite a few links/videos (and apologies if its something you’ve already posted over the weekend) so I’ll get right to things with an article and then everything else will be in the comments. Look forward to seeing you there!
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post published a desultory piece this morning (4/20) about Bernie Sanders’ supposed “curious” behavior. He mentioned how strange he found it that Sanders didn’t endorse Ossoff for the Georgia special election; that Sanders still didn’t call himself a Democrat; and that he had the audacity to reiterate the notion that Trump didn’t win the election, but rather the Democrats lost. He even criticized Bernie because he (gasp!) “differed” from DNC chair Perez on some points.
Blake’s article could be summed up as follows: why isn’t Bernie doing and saying what the establishment wants?
It is not curious, but it is bemusing, that Blake and other establishment pundits and politicians still somehow expect Bernie to fall in line, and still don’t get why he won’t. The most telling moment might be Blake’s take on Bernie saying he didn’t endorse Ossoff because he didn’t know much about him. Blake says it’s odd, because Democrats have invested so much “money and blood, sweat and tears” in Ossoff.
The Democratic party’s argument during the election was “we must stop Trump, so fall in line”; their argument now is, apparently, “we must stop Trump, so fall in line.” Blake’s piece says, “we must stop Trump, so why isn’t Bernie falling in line?”
It didn’t work then; and it won’t work now. Especially because it’s so obvious that their real message is, “we’re in charge, so do what we say.”
The establishment understanding Aaron Blake’s piece represents is the real problem. Their tragic inability to grasp Sanders, or the movement he inspired; their continued attacks on it, and him; and yes, their unanimity in lining up behind the second-least liked candidate in history – that is what gave us Trump. Their ongoing inability to acknowledge their mistakes, or their complicity, is what could keep him and his oligarchy in power.