9 Reasons the Media Should Declare Bernie Sanders a “Message Candidate” and Move On
Bernie Sanders’s critical loss to Hillary Clinton last evening in NY signals he is no longer a viable but a “Message Candidate” now.
Even though Bernie means well, he is, in essence, tricking younger and impressionable voters into believing his “political revolution”. Like I said, the idea behind his message is great, but we all have to understand that the Vermont Senator is still a politician. He is still making claims that he could not keep. He is still raising and collecting money for his campaign, and using up their money for a message that most people are already aware of. It is his prerogative to say whatever he needs to say to convince people to vote for him and/or give to his campaign. So, people should really be aware of this and really question whether he can actually deliver what he praises.
2.At this point, there’s really no path to his nomination. He needs to win YUUGE in the remaining states in order to just tie with Hillary Clinton. This is possible, but almost nearly improbable. First off, many people, like me, think highly of Mr. Sanders, but we just don’t believe he is the one to change anything in the current political system, let alone the whole country. Second, he’s not running against Joe Schmoe from the middle of nowhere, where Bernie can just rack up his spending and rhetoric in the last quarter of the race and suddenly defeat his opponent. Bernie is running against Hillary. She is no slouch in campaigning, debating, and/or strategically attacking her opponent(s). It’s very unlikely that Senator Sanders is going to have a “last minute” spurt to overcome Hillary’s big lead in delegates to beat her for the nomination.
3.He’s a one issue candidate. We’ve all heard this one before. The only reason why he’s made it this far is because of his “one issue” message, albeit a great one. Some people say that this “one issue” affects all other issues in politics. We’re all pretty sure that money affects many things in politics and in many areas of our lives. But, to say that it affects “everything” is just questionable. For instance, we cannot defeat ISIS and put an end to terrorism by putting Wall Street Executives in jail. I know…not a great example here, but the point is that not everything could be solved by eliminating Wall Street and Big Money Lobbyists’ money in politics. Certain issues are definitely more complex than just money and require different skill sets, knowledge, and experience to deal with.
4.Bernie Sanders has been a politician for over thirty years, holding various political offices at the state and federal levels. What has he actually accomplished? He is dubbed the “Amendment King,” where he was able to shuffle a few million dollars across a couple of departments in the government, and he changed the names of some bills and national properties. His accomplishments are not very significant or resounding by most people’s standards.
Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was passing a VA Reform Bill, which gave our Veterans higher pay, with better service from the VA. However, most people don’t know the reason why the VA bill came into law was because John McCain co-sponsored the bill, and this bill was on the Senate floor for a long period of time. The bill had to be passed within a looming deadline, and if the Senate could not pass this piece of legislation, then Congress would look like totally incompetent fools, who could not get anything done for our Veterans. Additionally, everybody in Capitol Hill was just tired and wanted to go home.
5.His policies all sound and look great on paper (i.e. – tuition-free college, single payer healthcare, etc.) but there is no“”beef” in his proposals. Sure, everybody wants to go to college for free and receive free healthcare, but how is Senator Sanders going to make all of this work? His answer is always “XYZ (European) country (or countries) have these programs. Are you telling me they can do it, but we can’t?” Well, here’s a newsflash…I’m sorry but America is not like any of those countries. Those countries don’t have as many people as we do, and they don’t face the same problems we do. For instance, there’s a yuuge population disparity between Denmark and the US. In addition, we have more land to protect on top of all the additional mouths we need to feed. Running America is just a lot more complex and more expensive than running a country like Denmark.
6.Despite saying he’s running a positive and clean campaign, Bernie cheers Paul Song’s ”corporate whore” statement and does nothing against the dollar bill throwing shenanigan to pervade his campaign. (We all know that the Vermont Senator denounced the “corporate whore” statement afterwards, but he did allow it during the Washington Square Park rally.) I’m certain that most people would say that these attacks against Hillary are unnecessary and are personal. Not only does he allow his supporters to conduct such shenanigans, be he also runs negative ads against the Democratic frontrunner, purporting how “certain candidates” who receive money from Wall Street and special money interest groups should not be elected into office.
7.Senator Sanders is not a Democrat. So, chances are that he will have a very difficult time getting the majority of the super-delegates’ votes. I will quote one of his fervent supporters on this point. She states that “[Bernie is] not a Democrat. He ran as one to get media attention and donations. He said so, repeatedly.” As we can all see, this man is an opportunist. Smart and strategic, but still an opportunist.
8.His electability poll numbers are based on current conditions, without the tons of GOP attacks aimed at him. If one knows anything about modern political history, a very similar scenario happened to Michael Dukakis in 1988, where he ran against George H.W. Bush, and we all know who won that election. Michael Dukakis started his General Election run against Bush Sr. with double digit leads in the polls. However, after months of attacks from the GOP and some silly mistakes on Dukakis’s part, he lost the election to George H.W. Bush, who then ran a mediocre administration from 1988 – 1992.
9.Although most people would disagree with this, they’ll have to admit, at some level, that Bernie Sanders is the basically the flip-side of Donald Trump. They both don’t really have any “beef” in their policies, and they both are running on the same message…that Washington insiders are bad and the political process is rigged. They both appeal to most angry White voters, and they both use emotions to drive their campaigns and get votes. The only big difference is that Donald Trump has actually accomplished things in his life (i.e. – his businesses, buildings, and investments), and he is actually WINNING right now against the other Republicans in the nomination process.
I’d like to emphatically state that Bernie Sanders is a good man, with a super message. I’d vote for him over Trump any day of the week. The media should definitely continue to cover his message, but declare him as a “MESSAGE Candidate” and move on already because, in actuality, Bernie Sanders is, in fact, a “message candidate” right now. Stop trying to let people believe he still has a probable chance. He’s pretty much finished in his Democratic Nomination Campaign, and if he wants to continue to spread his message, then he should really tone down his negative attacks against Secretary Clinton. In fact, start directing them towards the GOP.