Inspection- How Bernie and Democrats Lose

by Ken Carman

 Sometimes it amazes me how shortsighted and, perhaps, intentionally clueless Democrats and the left can be.
 Re: Biden. The more I listen and watch the more convinced I become that having Hunter and Joe testify could be a GOOD thing, YES, this really has nothing to do with the case. YES, this is an all an after the fact spin that the king of corruption: long before he became president, wanted to stop corruption. YES, it COULD hurt the Bidens. But it only can if Dems and the left just sit back and let the bad spin happen: as they too often do. They’ve already stated they have no intent on lobbying the senators. Good going guys! Let Trump lobby all. The logical thing would be to take that testimony and make it boomerang back on Trump, his lawyers, his defenders. Show how the Trump family makes the Biden claims look like NOTHING. How Trump and company only wanted the appearance of an investigation. There’s so much low hanging fruit to have here for the taking.
 Am I surprised Dems are angling towards losing, acting as if they’re too good to take those golden, very ripe, peaches?
 UH…. NO.
 Of course that brings up Bernie.
 How in hell does that bring up Bernie? Well, actually, it’s more about his organization and some of his supporters than Bernie himself.
 So many of the talking heads are invested in telling us why Bernie would lose. So much relies on this obvious canard: “far left”/ “socialist”/ “Commie.” What are we doing to counter that? Why aren’t other candidates circling the wagons: something that rarely, if ever happened in the wild west and rarely if ever done during primaries? No matter who they target we’d be better off defending our own, or at not least piling on: not helping those all too willing to encourage us to pile on.
 I all too well understand every election we are told who will lose and why. All you have to do is think of Clinton, Trump, Obama, hell: Truman, to know often such wisdom is wrong. These pundit/pol crystal balls are broken more than not. Point that out, every time. The unexpected happens. Didn’t the past new president elections teach us anything?
 Like politically inexperienced virgins, too many progressives are too quick to get off blaming the media, the Democratic Party, the more inept than even Maxwell Smart, ‘all powerful,’ Kaos-like super villain Clinton ‘machine…’ blah, blah, blah. Recent example: Hillary said something bad about Bernie. SIGH. (How many mistakes is that again, Hillary?) Why give it anymore attention than it deserves: which is NONE? These are only three on a long list of how everyone and anything else is to blame for why Bernie didn’t become the candidate, or can’t, or won’t. A lot of it, by the way, is hate inspiring click-bait that helps… who?
 I’m not claiming there’s nothing to any of this, That would be silly, at best. I am saying blaming everything and everyone else is a shortcut headed towards defeat. It comes off as whining and self absorbed self defeat-ism. Two examples…
1. There are ways to get the media’s attention and media experts can help with that. Moaning and kvetching isn’t one of them, except to head towards defeat.
2. What the super delegate situation was was known long before 2016 and Bernie voted for some of that. Getting out there and helping Bernie compete for those delegates would have been a wiser choice than kvetching.
 I am a Bernie supporter. Like last time, I will vote for him in my state’s primary. But what exactly do we expect to achieve by constant moaning and kvetching? Does anyone actually think that a wise strategy to win? We need to be better at preplanning, getting around obstacles, and focus less on blame and highlighting what we think are conspiracies. How loudly we yell, how much we complain, doesn’t win primaries, doesn’t win elections. It can become no more than a reason to lose.
 I’ve seen a lot of pictures of huge rallies. Big rallies are good. Big rallies inspire people. But big rallies don’t assure votes. Big rallies do nothing to prevent some of those voters being tossed off the rolls by Republican election fraud tactics. I think the rallies should continue. But the Bernie organization, progressives and the Democratic Party could be more effective joining together in a giant effort to track down those tossed off the rolls and do whatever must be done to get them reinstated, to get the attention of the media how vicious and partisan that effort is. Greg Palast would be a great place to start, media-wise. Seems to me instead to often we just sit back and do what? Oh, “moan and kvetch.”
 ANY politician can do better responding and taking criticism. Especially Joe Biden. (Challenging Trump to a fist fight? Oi… head slap follows.) Bernie does very well with criticism. I wish some of his fan club did better. “Hillarybots?” Really? Yes, “Bernie Bros” is just as bad, and sexist.
 All candidates on our side need to do better, especially in the primaries. Political cannibalism is a victory devouring tactic leaving an absence of all hope; no bones about it.
 Don’t underestimate the constant pokes to encourage all this, like on Facebook. Blame it on the Russians. Blame it on Republicans. Blame it on my candidate or busters. Blame doesn’t matter. It’s a distraction. Take those efforts and post even more responses that we won’t let that deter us. That after the primary we are as one.
 In the end that’s the final cure, whether it be Bernie or other. Argue the issues. Cut the primary divisive crap: it only leads to losing. If one person does it that doesn’t make your candidate doing it right.
 Unless all this is what you want; then your purpose in reading this is obvious, isn’t it Troll?

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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