No, Bernie, Just No

I love Bernie, I really do, but what the hell is he smoking if he believes something like this:

Trump is a 100-percent political opportunist, who has no political views other than how he can win elections. Today, if he is a racist and a sexist, tomorrow he may be a great civil rights champion — if he thinks it gets him five more votes. He has no core values.

Come on now. A great civil rights champion, really? The guy wouldn’t know how to pretend to care about civil rights for all the money in the world. I agree he’s an opportunist but he does have core values, albeit not very nice ones.

I have stopped understanding Bernie a while ago.

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5 thoughts on “No, Bernie, Just No”

  1. Bernie, in talking about the Florida governor’s race, also continues to demonstrate why he does poorly with black voters:

    “I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American.”

    Amazing how many different kinds of people he manages to alienate in one sentence. Some people will be pissed that he’s saying race was the reason they didn’t support Gillum. Then he’s pissed others off by saying “not voting for someone because they’re black isn’t racist.” Would’ve been much less offensive to just say race had nothing to do with it (although I don’t think that’s true, not that racism is the only reason to not vote for Andrew “Abolish ICE” Gillum.”)

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    1. State orders machine recounts for Governor, U.S. Senate, 4 other races

      Florida ordered mandatory machine recounts in three statewide elections Saturday for the first time in state history.

      Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued a one-page order directing all 67 counties to conduct a machine recount of all votes cast in the races for governor, U.S. Senator and commissioner of agriculture.
      he state placed a “machine recount indicated” banner in red letters below the first unofficial returns in all three races.

      Republican Ron DeSantis led Democrat Andrew Gillum in the race for governor by .41 percent. Republican Rick Scott led Democrat Bill Nelson in the Senate race by .15 percent. Democrat Nikki Fried led Republican Matt Caldwell in the agriculture commissioner race by .06 percent.

      Detzner also ordered machine recounts in razor-close contests for a Tampa state Senate seat and for House seats in Volusia and Palm Beach counties.

      All machine recounts must be completed by 3 p.m. next Thursday. Detzner will then order manual recounts if two candidates in any race are separated by .25 percent or less, and if the total number of undervotes and overvotes in any race is greater than the separation between the two candidates in a race.

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  2. Bernie isn’t known for sponsoring legislation and getting bills passed. He’s been in the Senate forever, and is the junior legislator from Vermont. That’s why I had no hesitation about voting for HRC in the general election. Anyways, they can put forward progressive bills, and have them promptly shot down by the Senate. Or vetoed (I literally can’t think of anything that would pass with veto proof majority coming out this next Congress that would be progressive.)

    I don’t think that person he’s talking about is going to notice all of these failed bills Democrats propose which die quickly. It would be nice, but I’m very cynical.

    What’s the last bill he proposed during this session?

    Trump is defined by his deep and abiding hatred of the civil rights movement. You don’t pick someone who literally was too racist to be a federal judge in the 1980s to be your AG otherwise.

    And also I don’t particularly care whether he’s an opportunist or a true believer. It’s not a meaningful distinction. He’s done way too much for anyone to believe in an about-face.

    Do you think history cares Wallace’s reasons?

    After the election, aide Seymore Trammell recalled Wallace saying, “Seymore, you know why I lost that governor’s race? … I was outniggered by John Patterson. And I’ll tell you here and now, I will never be outniggered again.”[note 1]

    In the wake of his defeat, Wallace adopted a hard-line segregationist stance and used this stand to court the white vote in the next gubernatorial election in 1962. When a supporter asked why he started using racist messages, Wallace replied, “You know, I tried to talk about good roads and good schools and all these things that have been part of my career, and nobody listened. And then I began talking about niggers, and they stomped the floor.”[21]

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