by William Skink
In my cynicism toward the Bernie Sanders campaign I articulated an assumption that was inaccurate, which Steve W. tried pointing out in a comment, but it got stuck in the spam filter. I just saw the comment today, so I wanted to bring attention to my error.
Here is Steve W’s comment:
William, I challenge your untrue assertion about Bernie Sanders. In your piece above, you wrote, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if Bernie Sanders took political advantage of this? He could start loudly and repeatedly calling for more debates, but he won’t.”
The above links demonstrate that Bernie Sanders has repeatedly (since last June,) and forcefully, called for more debates. In fact he’s petitioning the DNC to hold more debates. Please sign the petition and add your name to the formal demand of the people on the DNC Chair.
Bernie also protests the exclusion from debating Republicans, Greens, and others, that the DNC’s schedule contains.
One thing I like about reading you is I usually learn something new. That must be why it annoys me so damn much when I see you write completely unsubstantiated assumptions.
All humans do it. Some more than others, and I don’t think you are worse than most in fact I think you are better. But the information about Bernie’s stance on the DNC Debates is readily available. If you would only search it out before publicly making bad assumptions I doubt i’d be writing this.
I’m amazed at how little you know about Sanders, Mr Skink. This campaign is almost exactly like every campaign Sanders has ever run. If you spent a little time studying the man, his voting record, his amendments, his past campaigns, you would exhibit far more awareness about the current political situation.
Sanders is currently leading Hillary by double digits in both New Hampshire and Iowa and he’s cut his deficit in S. Carolina from about 40 to about 20 points and continues to close. He’s done that by following his long proven campaign strategy of not making personal attacks on his opponent. Now the fact that he tells people what his policies are and how they differ from Clintons policies might not be good enough for you, Mr Skink, but I can hardly see how you can argue with the results politically. What you call “…little interest in taking it to Hillary.” I call “kicking Hillary’s ass” by erasing her double digit leads in NH and IA and halving his deficit in SC.” All in about 3 months.
I think you should consider this article http://www.thenation.com/article/what-the-us-left-and-bernie-sanders-supporters-can-learn-from-jeremy-corbyn/
As for the Indonesian events, it’s all really hinky as far as the eye can see. It’s kind of 9 eleveny. n many of the ramifications and impacts.
Steve W. successfully challenged my untrue assertion about Bernie Sanders. Sometimes I’m lazy with my cynicism, so I appreciate Steve calling me out (sorry for not catching this comment earlier, Steve).
I think part of my obviously very cynical and sometimes inaccurate take on the Sanders campaign is the ever-increasing disillusionment two terms of Obama has produced. Because of that, I don’t allow myself to be hopeful for a Sanders presidency. I just don’t. I do need to at least be accurate, though.
I’ll put the cynicism on hold for a second and say I am increasingly hopeful Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House is terminal. The economic message of the Sanders campaign, and the narrowing of the polls, is encouraging in ways I’m sometimes weary to acknowledge.
I’ll leave it at that, mildly hopeful Hillary won’t occupy the command center of the sputtering American empire.