This soap opera of a primary season which I call As the Bern Turns is coming to a close and the question in my mind is whether the disappointing results make for a rerun. While As the Bern Turns showed yes, you can raise oodles of cash from the public who given the chance would rather reach in their pockets than have the creepy oligarchs continue to control the candidates. One puppet string has been cut. Can we make it two?
The media and their toadies, the paid pundits eager to suckle any teat no matter what the source, showed that they a.) Can be seriously wrong both long term (the results both in election and philosophy) and short term b.) The result of each primary, c.) The motivation of the whole class of people supporting Bernie. Sure Bernie is part of the reason for their support but the main thing, as in its racist, fascist counterpart of the Donald’s, the majority is sick and tired of the lies and partial mistruths used to support the oligarch’s manipulation.
The reality is the system is not working and anyone young enough to consider the future seems nothing but the void. Some of the older people see this too but in that age bracket, the majority remains clutching their turtle tucked into the shell philosophy.
And like all the other soap operas out there our political one is chock full of hypocrisy. When Barack Obama out maneuvered Hillary Clinton in the initial caucuses and then the state conventions that followed the consensus was that it was brilliant. When Ted Cruz lost some of the initial caucuses and then won many of the state caucuses his team was also heralded as loaded with good tacticians. Bernie, on the other hand, has been minimalized in the presentation by the media for his victory in the caucuses and then vilified for attempting to win more delegates in the state conventions. And what’s with Hillary anyway? Through two campaigns she’s lost caucus after caucus, this supposed field general with that huge political operation – the best money can buy.
In contrast with the disdain the media showed the caucus process the day of voting in primaries was praised which not so coincidentally Hillary won the majority of. It is easy for a known establishment figure to do well in the day of voting primaries as some of the states require registration and/or registration in that political party as far as a half year in advance to vote in such primaries. A less than completely recognizable politician name just gaining traction 3 or 4 months before the primary may have his or her potential supporters that can vote in the primary election limited to those in the party that made up their minds several months in advance.
In the case of Democrats or Republicans this early registration early party preference is the manipulation of the elite. Such shenanigans limit the will of the majority which either the Democratic or Republican Party isn’t. The largest political group remains those who declare themselves as Independents and yet they cannot vote in most primary elections but their support in a general election is seriously coveted.
Combined with this undecidedly undemocratic approach the nouveau candidate may have to deal with the opposition of the establishment. As the voters in a closed primary with advanced closed registration are the mostly establishment voters in the crowd we see the nouveau candidate has a diminished pool of potential supporters.
The old line about fighting with one hand tied behind your back? That’s how this soap opera plays out.
An example of the media commenting on As the Bern Turns:
“Even though they were attempting to get more delegates than the caucus results in the state suggested they deserved, they attacked the process as unfair.”
“But as he has lagged in votes, he increasingly has questioned the legitimacy of the process and encouraged his supporters to feel disenfranchised. The result is a toxic mix of unreason, revolutionary fervor and perceived grievance.”
“What is particularly galling about the Sanders camp’s complaints of disenfranchisement is that Mr. Sanders has benefited or tried to benefit from a variety of sketchy quirks of the nominating process. He has claimed support for his cause in caucuses, which are quite exclusive, but he complains about closed primary elections, which are more inclusive. In Nevada, his supporters were trying to game the rules to get more delegates and got upset when they did not succeed. As veteran Nevada politics reporter Jon Ralston put it, “Despite their social media frothing and self-righteous screeds, the facts reveal that the Sanders folks disregarded rules, then when shown the truth, attacked organizers and party officials as tools of a conspiracy to defraud the senator of what was never rightfully his in the first place.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/after-tensions-explode-in-nevada-its-time-for-sanders-to-be-honest-with-his-supporters/2016/05/18/f17c2468-1d2d-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html