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Response to brooklynite (Reply #56)

Wed May 6, 2015, 09:15 AM

57. Shifting may be the wrong word... In *absence of Warren", we are choosing Bernie now who is running

 

We still "support" Warren, and if she were to run, we'd have to decide whether Warren or Bernie would have the best chance of winning. I would love either one of them as president. Why I chose to work for Warren is that I thought she might have the best shot at winning.

Warren would have the following advantages:
1) As a woman, she would force the media to focus more on the issues when comparing her as a candidate to Clinton, instead of playing the identity politics cards that were played in last election (voting for or against a woman as a candidate or voting for or against a person of color as a candidate), which served to distract us from looking at the issues and getting some more solid commitments of what "Hope and Change" would really translate to in terms of later deeds in office.
2) Bernie as a person who has had a lot more public view of his view and interaction with Thom Hartmann on the weekly town hall he does, could be more exposed to "gotcha" politics by the mining of his show's comments that the right is sure to do.
3) Warren's focus has been on the financial issues and other issues that are populist at their core that few other politicians have taken. Bernie has also stood strong on these issues, but he's also stood strong on many other issues, and has spoken out as a "socialist". This could be manipulated to make it harder for some independents and Republicans to support him.

However, since Bernie's been starting to run and speak I'm noticing a few things:
1) Rather than being a potential liability for the right looking for quotes to hang Sanders with, I think the Thom Hartmann show has served Bernie well in that he's far more prepared than many other candidates in going out and speaking honestly to everyone he talks to. It is also very hard for the media to manipulate him with questions in to a corner, since Bernie's used to responding to a wide variety of unrehearsed questions on Hartmann's show. And he's shown this skill in the many interviews he's done already.
2) I think Bernie is looking very strong in his ability to project an honest politician that doesn't need to parse words because he doesn't have to "think" so much about what kind of things he's going to talk about and his positions on issues when talking to people on the stump. I think many voters out there of all persuasions have been waiting for a long time for a voice in politics like this, where voters, no matter what their voter persuasion is, feel that he's being honest with him, and even if they might disagree with him on some issues, on many of the core populist issues, they will like his more unique positions on those, and they will feel more comfortable that they know where he stands and where he's going to go in office. That will get him more votes from "non-left" voters than the media will want to give him credit for.
3) I don't think Bernie will let the media play the identity politics card when debating issues with Clinton. He will try to keep them focused on issues and hasn't fallen in to the traps they've tried to put before him to have him "attack" Clinton. Hoping he can help keep it that way. America wants to see politicians that take stands strongly on the issues they've felt neglected. I think they're tired of the manipulation away from this that we've had for too long with both parties and the media in recent elections.
4) He seems prepared for the "socialist" label that keeps coming at him and hit Obama. Obama never deserved this label, as he was far from being a socialist anyway. And Bernie defines more specifically what kind of socialist he is, that given the opportunity to do so, I think many of those that aren't off the right wing deep end, will start to understand. Perhaps at some point someone will note that the Koch Brothers who have funded the corporate Republican Party and the corporatist elements in the Democratic Party like the DLC, that they helped fund and put people in to begin with, were in fact more tied to COMMUNIST rather than socialist regimes when their father Fred Koch was heavily tied to Joseph Stalin, in building their infrastructure and building the Koch's fortune and empire. And if that gets out there, Bernie will note that he's NOT a communist (which wasn't and isn't democratic, unlike states like Denmark, etc. that Sanders points to as a model now). So, perhaps the Republicans and corporate Democrats like "commies" more than Sanders does, even if Sanders is a "socialist".

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