If You Bernie-ites Don’t Believe Me, Try Barney Frank

Thanks to a commenter on this blog, I was reminded of a segment from MSNBC’s Hardball that featured Barney Frank—last summer—who made many of the points about the Sanders-Clinton race that I have been trying to make lately. I would ask—no beg—all sincere progressives who don’t like Hillary Clinton and are enamored of Bernie Sanders to watch the six-minute segment below and read Frank’s essay (“Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Bernie“) and then think about what is at risk if Republicans win this fall:

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  1. King Beauregard

     /  February 17, 2016

    My big short-term problem with Sanders is that he is misleading his supporters pretty excessively on what they can expect of a Sanders presidency. Dude is being fundamentally dishonest.

    My big long-term problem with Sanders is that he reinforces the concept that the Democrats are no better than the Republicans; the core concept of his presidential bid is that Bernie, and only Bernie, can save the country. The reality is that almost all the saving is a matter of voting Republicans out of Congress, and as such Bernie’s presidency would not only be an unnecessary element but inconsequential to the process.

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    • I hate to say this out loud, but I have thought about this for a while now. As much as I agree with Bernie on so many things, there is sort of a Ted Cruz quality about him, without the dirty campaigning and gross demagoguery. A lot of people like to compare Bernie to Trump, but despite some tiny overlap on trade issues, he is the anti-Trump. Sanders actually knows things about government policy and how government works. That’s why he reminds me of a secular version of Ted Cruz. What I mean is this: Cruz, to me, is a true-believer who thinks God has anointed him for this moment to save the country from the infidels. He’s not just an opportunist who is doing this for the hell of it. He really believes this is his moment in history. I can’t help thinking that same thing about Bernie Sanders, except it is the people who are anointing him.

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      • King Beauregard

         /  February 18, 2016

        I can’t see how Bernie looks at the current situation and says “yep, this is the time we can get single payer passed”, but perhaps he’s saying, “this is my last chance to be President of Single Payer”.

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      • I can’t believe you can say that with a straight face and not think that Clinton hasn’t simply assumed the throne up until this point. You act so cowardly that Clinton is going to lose and it will be the end of the world, yet all indications are that Clinton will slide into the White House quite easily and she’s known it for some time. Get a grip on yourself.

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  2. Anonymous

     /  February 18, 2016

    So very true. And if Ted Cruz is indorsing Bernie, we in trouble. Drop out Bernie……please!!

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  3. King Beauregard

     /  February 18, 2016

    More of Sanders making promises he can’t keep: a 5% economic growth rate.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/02/18/the_sanders_campaign_is_living_in_an_economic_fantasy_world.html

    In “Parks and Recreation” lingo, I would much rather have Ben Wyatt as president than Chris Traeger; I’ll take sober realistic analysis over great hair and a winning smile.

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