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The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism

The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism

By Glenn Greenwald (01.31.2016)
@ http://theintercept.com/2016/01/31/the-bernie-bros-narrative-a-cheap-false-campaign-tactic-masquerading-as-journalism-and-social-activism/

The concoction of the “Bernie Bro” narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic – and a journalistic disgrace. It’s intended to imply two equally false claims: (1) a refusal to march enthusiastically behind the Wall-Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ideology or political conviction, but largely if not exclusively by sexism: demonstrated by the fact that men, not women, support Sanders (his supporters are “bros”); and (2) Sanders supporters are uniquely abusive and misogynistic in their online behavior. Needless to say, a crucial tactical prong of this innuendo is that any attempt to refute it is itself proof of insensitivity to sexism if not sexism itself (as the accusatory reactions to this article will instantly illustrate).

It’s become such an all-purpose, handy pro-Clinton smear that even consummate, actual “bros” for which the term was originally coined – straight guys who act with entitlement and aggression, such as Paul Krugman – are now reflexively (and unironically) applying it to anyone who speaks ill of Hillary Clinton, even when they know nothing else about the people they’re smearing, including their gender, age or sexual orientation. Thus, a male policy analyst who criticized Sanders’ health care plan “is getting the Bernie Bro treatment,” sneered Krugman. Unfortunately for The New York Times Bro, that analyst, Charles Gaba, said in response that he’s “really not comfortable with referring to die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters as ‘Bernie Bros'” because it “implies that only college-age men support Sen. Sanders, which obviously isn’t the case.”

What do you think of the current Democratic party?

The elections of 2012 were, for the most part, satisfying.

I do feel I need to be careful here. (I don't get around to posting too often here. And I'm not sure if this will upset people. It's not my intention.)

The man I preferred for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination is former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

I came across a report that he's considering leaving the Democratic party over the latest dealing with whether this current Democratic president will bring about some cuts to social security. That, of course, is viewed by many (including myself) as a betrayal of the long-established platform of the Democratic party.

Here is what I want to ask.…

Elections aside … how do you feel about the current Democratic party?

It's a question for which some may feel the answer is complicated. But whatever your response … I'd like to read it.

With me: I'm not happy with this Democratic party. I won't vote for a Republican at all; simply because there is nothing there that I respect, and there is nothing there for which I'm willing to vote … not even a "decent Republican" (by comparsion to the party-at-large). I take consideration of voting outside the two parties for candidates. I figure I need to seek ones who are more progressive. My vote went to re-electing President Obama, reluctantly, and my vote for U.S. Senate went to my state's Green party candidate. (For 2012, my home state colored blue on both levels.)

Again … I wonder what people are thinking of the current Democratic party.
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