Sanders Derangement Syndrome (part I)

Interesting how a strain of what might be called Sanders Derangement Syndrome seems to have taken hold of even some of the brightest lights of the left. Seems to be worth documenting.

Example 1: Here’s Vijay Prashad, usually cogent and clear thinking  in a piece republished in today’s Counterpunch.

“What Corbyn and Sanders have suggested is that their campaigns are neither about winning governmental power nor about being able to change the policy direction in the U.K. and the U.S. In Iowa, Sanders came out with plain truth: ‘No matter who is elected to be President,’ he said, ‘that person will not be able to address the enormous problems facing the working families of our country.’ Why is this so? ‘The power of corporate America, the power of Wall Street, the power of campaign donors is so great,’ said Sanders, ‘that no President alone can stand up to them. That is the truth. It is not just about electing Bernie Sanders for President. It is about creating a grass-roots political movement in this country.'”

Notice that this is a transparent misrepresentation of Sanders’s position: Sanders says that “It is not just about electing Bernie Sanders for President. It is about creating a grass-roots political movement in this country.” (my emphasis)

But according to Prashad:

“Sanders (has) suggested is that (his campaign) is neither about winning governmental power nor about being able to change the policy direction in the . . . U.S.”

Is it not obvious that Sanders said the exact opposite of what Prashad is attributing to him?

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