Bernie or Bust! You did it! You Won!
What’s that? Incoming message from Bernie himself?
But, but, here is my point, and this is where there is going to be division within the Democratic Party. It is not good enough for someone to say, “I’m a woman! Vote for me!” No, that’s not good enough. What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry. In other words, one of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics. I think it’s a step forward in America if you have an African-American head or CEO of some major corporation.
You know what? Go jump in a lake.
That is a completely unfair representation of literally everything that Clinton worked on. Before you made your endless, shrill, contentless talking points, Clinton had worked on many substantive policies that did all the things you asked for. Sure, she often got work done by making the hard choices you are too cowardly to, but she got the job done. Clinton supported greater regulation for banks—you gave a speech complaining it wasn’t good enough. She has long supported affordable healthcare, and was famously involved in the Clintoncare push in the 90s. (The link, as an aside, proves that while her credentials on caring are good, the Clintons did not handle things well. But if that’s your standard, Bernie, when was the last time you did more than bluster in front of a crowd?) While her plan cut an unorthodox path—and one that is fair to criticize on its merits—she was not shy about “standing up to big oil”. Clinton’s progressive credentials bear the tarnish of having actually had the principle to not just fight for Americans, but win.
You want to know why Clinton lost? It is because millennials didn’t show up. We didn’t turn out because we got the idea that she was some sort of hard-right Republican. I CANNOT FATHOM WHERE WE HEARD THAT! Sanders, because you are a spineless, extremist career politician, you have chosen to mistake passing legislation for selling out the middle class. And shame on every would-be Clinton voter who mistook that for principle and didn’t vote for Clinton. Shame on you, Bernie, for encouraging the idea that finding a path to workable legislation is the same thing as selling out the working class.
Because you know what actually is selling out the working class? Torpedoing the liberal coalition. But keep at it! You got your movement now! Your job is secure and you have the boogieman you desperately need in the highest office of the land. Do I think you did that on purpose? Not for a second. But do I think it is awfully convenient for you? Definitely.
Because you know what? All those things you list that you say you are for? Rights for black people, equal pay for women, and protections of LGBT folks? Those are identity politics. What you mean is that as long as you get to put your far-left policies first, you’ll let us sit in the back of the bus and come along for the ride. But if there aren’t enough seats, well, we can walk.
At least someone will benefit from a Trump presidency, bro.