Speaking of old times, Jesus, as I get older I wish I could change my mind more often. The past year has been really good in that respect. On Bernie, though, nothing changes.
Wombaticus Rex » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:46 am wrote:Your assessment is dead on; he's about as serious as Ben Carlson.
Nobody on his staff seems to think this is a serious bid for anything but raising his national profile to increase his clout in DC. It's a PR campaign; it is not a presidential campaign.
Edit: I want to state things strongly and clearly. The cynicism of this bothers me.
Bernie Sanders is going to spend the next 12 months promoting Facebook memes about "inequality" -- forgive me if I don't think being an info-warrior means much in the filter bubble echo chamber that is Big Blue -- and all of those memes will feature his fucking face. Bernie Sanders is working with a ghostwriter on a book. If not for the seriousness of the issues he is discussing, this would be Herman Cain level shit.
Bernie Sanders is going to be fundraising for a campaign he not only knows he won't win, but won't even seriously pursue. He is going to burn donations from idealists until it's time, inevitably, to get in line and support Hillary 2016.
Well, not nothing. At the time, I thought Bernie's main role was a spoiler against Warren -- I definitely changed my mind on that front.
Wombaticus Rex » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:46 am wrote:So who is he really campaigning against? Elizabeth Warren. He's doing the Clinton family a big favor with this. And I get to spend a whole year watching people praise him for his courage and vision and message.
Whatever. Hopefully I get some contracts out of it, right? Let it burn, let it burn.
I managed to avoid any political work since then, which is a glorious turn of events and I'm grateful for it every day.