The Truth about Sanders

Interesting off-the-record conversation with a media professional who noted that a well known liberal editor was wary about appearing too supportive of Sanders and insufficiently enthusiastic about Clinton. The reason? Doing so would “jeopardize (this person’s) status as a member of the club.”

That’s pretty much all you need to know about Sanders. Some marginal ultra-left pundits might claim otherwise, but elites (and those who aspire to move among them) know perfectly well where he stands and what he stands for: and it’s not with them. We can either help them do their job in marginalizing him or work to build the movement coalescing behind him.

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2 thoughts on “The Truth about Sanders”

  1. Glenn Fritz says:

    Sanders himself is wary of jeopardizing his own status as a member of the club.

    Sanders doesn’t want to be known as the “Nader of 2016” so he will also tread lightly on the party.

    What price will Sanders be willing to pay to maintain his own club member status?

    The wrath of Democrats is to be studiously avoided by all left leaners who intend to have a politically relevant future beyond the Democratic Nominating Convention when party rhetoric conventionally shifts to the right, and more so after January 20, 2017.

    Smart move by Sanders in disavowing complicity in his campaign’s recent “verbal trespass” faux pas. The “movement” seems to not have yet penetrated into the campaign to the same extent as the pro-Zionist movement has.

    Or maybe it’s just not a “movement” the anti-war, pro-peace left is welcome to participate in.

    Will a gathering broadening-of-issues movement demand that Sanders appeal to it for their support, or will a narrowing-of-issues movement be lead by Sanders?

    How will these left factions conciliate? Will silence in the face of Zionist violence be the price of a place in the Sanders campaign?

    There is a difference between a campaign and a movement that electoral neophytes failed to distinguish between in the 2008 Obama campaign.

    1. john.halle says:

      Much of this is well taken. I will try to find time to respond to these and other objections raised to the basic position I’m taking some time within the next two or three days.

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