Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?
Patrick Martin in “Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination” takes a much needed CLOSE look at the history and realpolitik behind Bernie Sanders.
In the kabuki that is America’s corporate-captured political establishment’s and corporate media’s greased slide to fascism, US Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has stepped onto the stage to do his bit for the continued confusion and manipulation of us, the bewildered and fleeced herd of citizenry.
Sanders had been Vermont’s only House Rep since 1990. In 2006 he became a US senator. In 2012 he declared himself an independent and a democratic socialist rather than a Democrat.
Sanders wants Americans to believe that he is an enemy of Wall Street.
Sanders has caucused with the Dems in both House and Senate, received the same “treatment” as the rest of the Democrats with committee assignments, etc. As of this year, Sanders is a ranking minority member of the Budget Committee. Sanders has been backed by Wall Street politicians, significantly star best friend to WS, Charles Schumer, who backed his election in 2006. In 2012 superstar BFF to Wall Street, Barack Obama, traveled to Vermont to campaign for him.
Sanders is not a REAL independent. He is also, asserts Martin, NOT a REAL socialist.
He is a member "in good standing” with the Democratic National Committee since his running as a Democratic Party candidate is okay with it. It issued a statement welcoming him into the race. Sanders will have access to the debates. His appearance on the ballot will not be challenged by the DNC.
If Hillary Clinton proves vulnerable, assures Martin, there is the possibility that Elizabeth Warren will late in the kabuki game step onto the stage with Sanders. They will keep the progressives in the corporate Democratic Party pen if Hillary can not.
Sanders will play straw man. Warren is ready to play straw woman.
Al Sharpton plays a convenient and rewarded straw man. Dennis Kucinich played the role in the presidential elections of 2004 and 2008 for the Democrats. Look at how he was rewarded.
Sanders asserts he is against the advantages of millionaires and billionaires in our system. But instead of running as a third party candidate, as a Dem Party candidate he will be taking orders from the DEM PARTY BILLIONAIRES. WTF???
His focus, according to Martin, is on economic inequality, money dominating the campaign process, and climate change dangers.
As far as foreign policy is concerned, Sanders has denounced the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
What about the perpetual and ever-escalating wars? What about going after Obama in this dimension?
Sanders has identified the big problem we all know. The 1% is economically raping the 99%.
Sanders, of course (????), has hired a Democratic Party strategist, Tad Devine, who worked with Dukakis, Gore and Kerry. Hmmmmm. None of them winners. Devine has declared that Sanders must not be seen as a Ralph Nader spoiler! Well, that will be tricky, since he is volunteering to “spoil” main candidate Clinton’s chances -- supposedly.
Martin Patrick asserts that even if Sanders ran as an independent for President, he would still be a “capitalist politician”. He has been one since 1990.
Patrick maintains that in his 16 years in the House, Sanders voted 98% of the time with the Democrats. He supported Clinton’s war against Serbia in 1999. He voted for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force after 9/11 which was used as the basis for the invasion of Afghanistan and all the dimensions of the gobsmackingly murderous and mendacious “global war on terror” including the droning assassinations of the ever-popular amoral Obama.
Sanders approves of the sanctions leveled against Russia and the coup in Ukraine. Sanders is a FERVENT supporter of Israel according to Martin. Martin also stresses Sanders is “stridently chauvinistic” when it comes to trade and immigration.
As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs during the scandal over conditions at VA hospitals, Sanders worked with Republican John McCain to INCREASE PRIVATIZATION of VA care.
Martin points out that the press declares Sanders an assuredly non-winner for President but it will play "respectful" to him.
Mike Bloomberg’s Bloomberg News concluded that “Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign may be USEFUL for the Democrats.” Again, Sanders can help Clinton address leftish issues with him as her safe “straw man”.
Other press commentaries noted that Sanders has been reluctant to criticize either Clinton or Obama, a sign that he is himself conscious of the task he has been assigned, to give the Democrats a “left” face without challenging the Wall Street consensus or damaging the presumptive nominee. Even when directly questioned about the tens of millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation from companies with issues before the Clinton State Department, Sanders declined to engage.
Another round of "Lucy and the football," Progressives?
We have a new Lucy.
[cross-posted on znet]