Look at her. She’s frozen in shock from that headline. Me too, Meg. Me too.
OK, so I’m going to put my cards on the table and issue a few caveats that might not mean anything by the time we reach the end of this Meghan McCain piece. Hell, I’m probably already up shit creek just for saying “Bernie Bros.” But as other Pajiba writers have noted, we all want this flagrantly racist and authoritarian administration gone, and we all support progressive policies like a dramatic overall of our healthcare system and long overdue improvements for the middle class worker. Affordable child care, more robust labor protections, lower higher education costs, etc. Where we differ greatly is on who can achieve those goals and by what methods, and it’s great that we have a place to write through those opinions.
Unless you follow me on Twitter, where I’m practically screaming my political views into two bullhorns duct-taped together, I’ve kept my opinions to a minimum in these posts outside of the general disregard for the Republican Party and the shit-goblins who enable them even if they do look weirdly attractive today in a Kim Wexler pony tail. (NO. No, Mike. Bad.) So here’s the bottom line: Elizabeth Warren is my top candidate by a country mile, but if it comes down to a choice between Bernie or Biden, I will easily choose Biden. Why?
Because Bernie and his campaign have been a toxic cult of personality for going on five years now, and he loses in a general election when the GOP hits them with their massive oppo file. (Are you familiar with Bernie’s views on naked kids? You will be if he gets the nom!)
For the record, I do not think all Bernie supporters are bad. But inevitably, the very smart and generally good people that I know get their feelings hurt whenever I call out the toxic fringes of his base. If you’re not out here doxxing reporters, calling Mayor Pete a gay rat face cheater, or accusing anyone who doesn’t “Feel The Bern” of being centrists who want to murder the poor and bomb the Middle East, then I’m clearly not talking about you. Although, I do have to wonder why you feel attacked if you’re not engaged in the same activities as the worst of Bernie stans. Unless… you agree with those actions?
Anyway, during Monday’s The View, the panel grappled with Biden’s extremely surprising win in South Carolina. Polling suggested he would win, but this primary has been so nuts, that nobody saw him winning so demonstrably, and in a way that made both Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar drop out of the race before Super Tuesday. Christ, Pete won/basically tied the first two primaries, and he’s out! Notably, both candidates are backing Biden because it doesn’t take a math major to see that if the “moderates” — which is a stupid-ass term, but here we are — consolidated, they would easily crush Bernie.
Outside of the Bernie-friendly conditions of the Nevada caucus, he’s yet to break 30% of the vote. Which means 70% of voters, not the “DNC,” real-life human voters want someone that’s not Bernie Sanders. Sadly, that someone hasn’t been Elizabeth, but I’m an adult who spends a depressing amount of time repeatedly teaching my kids how to react when you don’t get what you want. You gotta roll with the punches.
On that note, as Meghan somehow correctly notes whle initially taking a very dumbass swing at universal healthcare, Bernie Bros are going to be out of control now that they’re faced with the growing prospect of a Joe Biden nomination. Via Raw Story:
“I think when you’re talking about Bernie Sanders completely remaking and reanimating not just our health care system but the United States of America as it has existed since its incarnation, people get very nervous right now,” said McCain. “I think going into Super Tuesday, I stand by the fact that it’s going to be a cage match. This is his Alamo. This is his last chance to become president. He and his supporters are the dirtiest thugs I’ve ever seen on social media. They’re not going to let this go, they’re not going to go out easy. And the argument between the AOCs of the party and the more traditional Democrats, I think it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.”
This is where I very politely disagree with Dustin’s assessment of Democrats following Klobuchar leaving the race.
We bicker. We fight. We stab each other in the eye with a f**king knife and yank each others’ hearts out and squish them in the palm of our hands, but at the end of the day, we all come together like a family.
That is happening to a degree. We are seeing candidates drop out and coalesce around Biden, but more specifically, not around Bernie. In fact, Warren finally went after him yesterday, which isn’t surprising considering Bernie’s disciples are now accusing her of sabotaging the race against him and/or running to be Biden’s VP. (She’s not going to be his VP. They hate each other.) It’s one thing to have primary spats. It’s an entirely different thing to go scorched earth on every single person, including your closest ally, because your primary goal isn’t to defeat Donald Trump, but to destroy the Democratic Party.
And how do I know this? Because the acolytes who hang on Bernie’s every word are letting us know exactly who they are:
Oh—the Berners in fact, are willing to stay home and re-elect Donald Trump. Interesting. https://t.co/3UyRmYpGkP— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 28, 2020
Here’s Part 2 of the panel discussion on South Carolina, which jumps right into Meghan going off about Bernie Bros if you’re pressed for time and/or can only handle small doses of The View before the voices start. Dark, dark voices…
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