May 19, 2016

Bernie Sanders and his campaign: Will the real Bernie Sanders please stand up?


Defined as “a situation, person, or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities”.

Paradox also seems to define Bernie Sanders and his campaign.

This morning my daily newspapers, the local East Bay Times and the national edition of the New York Times, pointed to an evolving paradox with Bernie Sanders and his campaign.

So which is it?  

Hillary Clinton is unmistakably part of the Democratic establishment.  Is Mr. Sanders softening his attack on Mrs. Clinton, or plotting to harm her essentially assured candidacy?  The New York Times reported that (unnamed) advisers to Mr. Sanders said he “held out hope of capitalizing on any late stumbles by Mrs. Clinton or any damage to her candidacy, whether by scandal or by the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump.”

Scandal?  I wonder what new juicy Clinton tidbits Mr. Sanders and his campaign are attempting to dig up.

True, it is not mathematically impossible for Mr. Sanders to win the Democratic presidential nomination.  Not quite impossible.  But darn close to impossible.

At the same convention, not all of Sanders’ supporters that were asked to attend showed up, and others were ruled ineligible to participate.

If Sanders’ supporters … surely not all, but some of them, anyway … are going to turn to violence and death threats to get Sanders’ political platform message across; if Sanders’ supporters fail to show up when desperately needed by him; how can Sanders count on his supporters?  Will Sanders’ supporters also fail to show up to vote in November, if indeed Sanders were to be the Democratic Party presidential nominee?

I am not supporting any candidate running for President, nor did I support any who have dropped out of the race.  However, it does appear the only presidential candidate Mr. Sanders is helping right now is, ironically, Donald Trump.

Too bad Mr. Sanders is so overcome by his own opportunistic desires he can’t see that.

Mary Rae Fouts

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