Bernie Sanders Was Not, And Is Not, A Democrat–So He Deserved Nothing From Democratic Party


It comes as no surprise to long-time readers that any complaints from Bernie Sanders over his treatment by the Democratic Party is simply laughable to me.   After all Sanders only became a Democrat to run for the party nomination in 2016 and shortly after the November election left the party.  That sums up his most irksome behavior.

And since the Democratic Party is designed–as any political party is–to reflect the beliefs and policy directions of the members and push forward party candidates there could be no room for a hijacker in the ranks.  That is about as plain and simple as I can make it.  (That and the fact I like math to add up which Sanders’ policy proposals did not accomplish–nor did his delegate counting.)  Sanders was simply trying to find any place from which to make his points that he has never been able to convincingly sell even in Congress.  The Socialist ticket would not allow him a national stage from which to make the same tiresome points over and over, and so tried to force Democrats to do his bidding.

Bernie Sanders campaign staffers this weekend are all in a patchouli-scented lather over what they say is now evidence that the Democratic National Committee offered them a less favorable fundraising deal than Hillary Clinton’s team received.

Well, yes!  Why in hell would the Sanders forces think that some outsider who was too self-righteous to call the Democratic Party home for all those years prior to his whim for the nomination would be granted anything more than having his name spelled correctly in press releases?

The issue of whether the party was playing favorites in 2016 was talked about often and let there be no misunderstanding.  If one wants to use the party for election purposes then plan to toil in the fields and work to make inroads at the chicken dinner party gatherings and work side-by-side when policy goals of the party require votes.  Do not show up days shortly before a candidacy is to be announced with your membership dues!  And when you do bring a damn comb and use it!

The real world of politics was not foreign to Sanders and that is what makes his low-regard for the party even more distasteful.  He may get a renewed sense of self after some of the headlines are read and half-understood by some of his followers, but the fact remains that he was never a team player and then got pissy when he found out there are rules in politics that must be adhered to.

I never drank Sanders’ Kool-Aid and truly found his populist message as troubling as any other that was employed in 2016.  Unfettered populism is one of the troubling outcomes from this past election season.  

There will now be a whole series of renewed grievances that will find their way into news columns and debated by pundits.  But they are meaningless to those who grasp what party politics means–and that is after all the way we elect people to high offices in this land.

And so it goes.

3 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders Was Not, And Is Not, A Democrat–So He Deserved Nothing From Democratic Party

  1. THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts. According to my parents, the person who initiated this ” revelation” was the most vicious Clinton hater who used her stint on CNN ( Dona Brazile ) to spew her hatred of Hilary Clinton, day in and day out, during the Obama/Clinton primary in 2007. So, my Mom wasn’t surprised at all. Dona Brazile will never be forgotten. After 10 years, my parents have never forgotten her and her name.

  2. onevote

    Your view is a lot different from other Democrats I know. Sanders ran as a Democrat, and honorably followed the rules The Democratic Party had made for him to follow, but apparently not the DNC/Hillary camp. To them, rules are for the little people to have to worry about.

    Sanders indeed brought many Independant voters into the Democratic fold, and Hillary would not have won the popular vote without their support. Some Sanders supporters could not in good conscience vote for Clinton after seeing what the DNC/HRC had done to them in the primary. So you would they could have figured out that shitting on the constituency that amounts to being a majority portion of the Democratic base would not bring them votes.That and using most of the money the State Parties raised, then sending it off to Brooklyn via DC. Sure didn’t help Wisconsin Dem candidates.

    “Liberals,” if they are actually liberal, are tolerant and open to other ideas. “Identity” politics is all supposed to focus on a particular demographic, only the only ones they loathe to consider are related to class and economics. That’s what the dreaded “populist” people care about. When you have those successful 1-10% of people controlling nearly all the collective wealth, you don’t live in a democracy, and masses of people are forced to suffer.

    While I appreciate Donna Brazile’s revelations, I don’t believe they go far enough to assuage mistrust of many Party people to help with creating a real party unity. Tom Perez appointing Brazile to the Rules Committee certainly is not a move directed at any real unity:

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  3. Solly

    onevote is right on! Deke, as an ol’ country boy, I thought you’d know about when you’re in a hole, stop a’diggin! Especially right outside the East Isthmus ivory tower next to the lake. You’ll get all wet, with the high water table and everythang. After 18 months of you telling Bernie supporters they are naïve, stoopid, don’t belong and should shut up, I would think last November’s results would have chastened you. Alienating the 45% of Americans who are independents doesn’t make sense. You don’t fill a big tent by subtraction rather than addition and inclusion. Thank god we don’t live in a state where only registered partisan voters can vote in the primary. Hill didn’t win because she didn’t motivate and inspire the working people or earn their trust. Instead of pressing the flesh in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, she took August off to attend $10,000 a person fundraisers. Because you know, we can never have too many redundant TV commercials, no need to actually campaign. I didn’t get a single post card, phone call, or any other contact from the Clinton campaign. Perhaps the Clintonistas that have they undies in a bunch should look in the mirror.

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