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2016 Postmortem

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Tue Jul 26, 2016, 07:17 AM Jul 2016

Bernie Sanders Just Showed Us What a Mensch Looks Like [View all]


Bernie Sanders Just Showed Us What a Mensch Looks Like
Only a charisma-free, 74-year-old, Brooklyn-born Jewish socialist from Vermont could have brought the political revolution this far.
By D.D. Guttenplan
Today 1:18 am

Bernie Sanders takes the stage on the first day of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016. (Photo by Riccardo Savi)

This is what a mensch looks like.

Al Franken couldn’t do it. Elizabeth Warren couldn’t do it. Cory Booker didn’t even come close to doing it. Even Sarah Silverman, may her light ever shine, couldn’t quite do it. Only Bernie Sanders, a charisma-free 74-year-old Brooklyn-born Jewish socialist from Vermont, could have gotten the political revolution close enough to take off to change the national conversation, expand the boundaries of political possibility far over to the left, and demonstrate conclusively the immense power of Americans united against the gilt facade of Citizens United.

Only Bernie Sanders had the power, and the wisdom, not to walk out but to deal himself and his supporters in to negotiate the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.

And having gotten so close—heartbreakingly close. Close enough that many of his own supporters booed him just a few hours ago for daring to point out the F**king Obvious fact that the stakes for themselves, their children, and their country were simply too high to stay home and sulk—only Bernie Sanders could have landed that plane carefully, even delicately, on prime time, with both wings intact and more or less right on schedule.


My own view is that Sanders might not have made it without Michelle Obama. Before she came on, I thought the best speech of the night was given by a man who has actually been dead for over a year. But not even Mario Cuomo outshone Obama. In the quiet tones of a woman in her own kitchen, the first lady reminded the convention how far this country had come: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” When she reached the line about watching her daughters, “two beautiful and intelligent young black women,” playing on that White House lawn with their dogs, a lot of us were crying. And while other speakers praised Clinton and were booed for it, no one dared disrupt Michelle Obama.

Her soaring message made an odd lead-in for Elizabeth Warren—the first speaker of the night to acknowledge how much remains to be done (and, implicitly but unmistakably, how much the Obama administration has left undone). Warren was lethal on Trump, but otherwise pedestrian; those who think she’d have won the nomination in a walk got no help tonight.

But what she did perfectly was to set the stage for Sanders, who after a brief medley of his campaign speeches—including, to my great delight, the call-and-response for $27—gave it to us straight: “If you think you can sit it out, take a minute to think about the Supreme Court justices Donald Trump would appoint—and what that would mean to civil rights and civil liberties.” Sanders made it clear he was taking this election personally—and would continue to strain every sinew to put his former opponent in the White House.

Because, as Bernie has always told us, this isn’t about him. Because he’s a grownup—and he knows what’s a stake. It can’t have been easy—especially after those (new) damned e-mails. I just hope Hillary is grateful. Hell, if she wins I hope they erect a huge statute of Bernie on the Mall. Pointing his finger. Paid for by public subscription. At an average donation of… $27.
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yeah, he's great Shankapotomus Jul 2016 #1
+1 baldguy Jul 2016 #2
Not with motivational posts like yours. nt Xipe Totec Jul 2016 #5
Ugh! SammyWinstonJack Jul 2016 #21
Again I will ask Highway61 Jul 2016 #26
Why this is incorrect. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #3
Yeah, but they didn't. TCJ70 Jul 2016 #4
Name one who babylonsister Jul 2016 #6
I already did. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #7
Who are you even talking babylonsister Jul 2016 #9
Your article stated much more than that. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #12
So who is this Geither you're touting babylonsister Jul 2016 #19
He is the only one for the job. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #20
Who. Are. You. Talking. About.? babylonsister Jul 2016 #34
Geithner has no message for the average person marions ghost Jul 2016 #33
There were some who COULD have but DIDN'T BOTHER Armstead Jul 2016 #10
Myopic to the point it holds no basis in reality. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #13
It's not myopic Armstead Jul 2016 #14
It absolutley is myopic and false with no reflection of reality. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #15
Let's say he didn't run...What do you think this election would be? Armstead Jul 2016 #17
It would be as it is now. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #22
Seen this movie too many times Armstead Jul 2016 #24
Exactly my thoughts..N/t Bonhomme Richard Jul 2016 #40
You can't spell "believe" without "lie," after all. BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #11
"I hope Hillary is grateful" No, that's nonsense. Patronizing nonsense. BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #8
The reason he signed on was the party hasn't been "representing" for some time. Ford_Prefect Jul 2016 #16
The reason he signed on is that the Democratic Party has national infrastructure. BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #30
Really? angrychair Jul 2016 #37
You have no idea what 'it is not about Bernie' even means. pangaia Jul 2016 #38
I cried often last night.. mountain grammy Jul 2016 #18
Love this post. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #23
Has Hillary decided that she now needs the 13+ million votes SammyWinstonJack Jul 2016 #25
+27 (nt) klook Jul 2016 #27
Kudos, Bernie! lillypaddle Jul 2016 #28
My hat is off to Bernie! His work and journey are not finished, although this page is done. Akamai Jul 2016 #29
I dont agree rtracey Jul 2016 #31
It's Cory. auntpurl Jul 2016 #32
his close friends rtracey Jul 2016 #36
So what? pangaia Jul 2016 #39
yea,,,, His delegates on the Floor heckling and booing Cryptoad Jul 2016 #35
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