For those of you who may have thought Bernie Sanders might have an easy path to the Democratic nomination for POTUS by simply working within the party to secure the nomination, perhaps it’s time you starting looking at the line of attack that will be coming from the Hillary Clinton camp (via her surrogates mostly, of course).
First there was the notion that this first generation American; son of Polish immigrants, might have a negative view of immigrants, as offered by Clinton surrogate, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) speaking tointerviewer, Larry King:
In an interview that will air Tuesday with Larry King on ORA TV’s PolitiKING, Gutiérrez, who is backing Hillary Clinton for president, first failed to remember Sanders’s name before blasting him for not doing enough to push immigration reform.
“We’ve got the socialist; uh I can’t remember his name. Bernie Sanders,” Gutierrez said. “I don’t know if he likes immigrants because he doesn’t seem to talk about immigrants. But sooner or later, he’ll tell us. I hope he likes immigrants. I haven’t heard him say anything. He’s been kind of quiet and silent.
You might notice he got also got a nice little “socialist” shot in there as well. Then, this morning, Missouri senator, Claire McCaskill took her turn on the MSNBC morning political talk show, Morning Joe by (surprise – surprise) hitting Sanders with the “socialist” label again.
“I think the media is giving Bernie a pass right now,” said McCaskill on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I very rarely read in any coverage of Bernie that he’s a socialist.”
“I think Bernie is too liberal to gather enough votes in this country to become President, and I think Hillary is gonna be a fantastic President,” said McCaskill.
Now I am not compelled in the least to “defend” Bernie against this line of attack except to say that Bernie need make no apologies for his stellar voting record on immigration reform while serving with Rep. Gutierrez in the US House or since moving on to the Senate. As for the socialist labeling, I find it very gratifying that poll after poll continue to show that Bernie’s economic agenda is supported by vast majorities of Americans – including Democrats, Independents, and Republican. Now this obviously begs the question, if Bernie’s policies are accepted by a majority of Americans AND a more recent poll indicates that nearly half of Americans today would vote for a Socialist for president, who exactly are the Clinton camp trying to reassure by this line of attack on Sanders. Perhaps the oligarchs their policies and voting records have promoted and protected?
More to the point, however, I am hoping that those who read this page and hear these attacks on Bernie Sanders become more aware of the critical need to reach out to as many people as we can to join the political revolution that is so necessary at this time in our history. Greens, Socialists, Independents, unaffiliated activists, 1st time voters, disaffected Democrats, young, old, working poor, and all who understand that the status quo is not working for the average American; we must come together not only to help wrest the nomination from the grip of the entrenched moneyed interests of the New Democrats but to recruit and elect as many truly Progressive new members of congress as we can.
Now, there are voices on the left who are working just as hard to keep their constituencies away from Bernie just as there are in Hillary’s camp. They are labeling him a sell-out or a sheep dog trying to move would be leftist activists into the Democratic fold. On one hand this is totally understandable as they are working hard to remain true to their principles and values and see any venturing into the corporate political machine as a slippery slope. However, I am still hoping that at some level they will see that only by working together where we are able will there ever (short of a violent revolution) be a better opportunity to achieve real change in the political structure in this country. Make no mistake, this will require great sacrifice as those who are proud Greens and Socialists will be asked to pledge allegiance to the Democratic Party for at least long enough to help Bernie secure the nomination. However, if we are successful, the entire landscape in American politics will be changed. Is it possible? Bumble bees can fly, right? Is it probable? Far from it, but I would love to be proved wrong.
I am proud to be a part of the Bernie Sanders Revolution. Are you?
Peace,Chad (The Left) Shue