Finally Bernie Bros Have a Reason to Love Obamacare
In my last post I looked at the mischief Obama’s post partisan illusions have caused-in concert with Mitch McConnell’s obstruction-has caused. What I don’t get is why after eight years McConnell was still playing Lucy to Obama’s Charlie Brown.
Till the end, alas, Obama-who was a great, transformational President, who I miss everyday-never stopped trying to kick McConnell’s football.
He refused to inform the public over Russia interference because McConnell refused to cooperate and accused him of being a-partisan. For Obama that’s the political equivalent of calling someone a child molester.
Obama, as we also saw in the last piece-linked just above-had the chance to do voter registration at ACA sign ups and backed down totally-because it made Republicans very mad.
So Obama was a great President-but he had that one blindspot-post partisan America. It was a great speech in 2004. Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the real world as one meeting with Mitch McConnell should have made clear.
But while Obama deserves his criticism, I reserve me true scorn for the Bernie Bros. Who always hated Obama much more than Mitch McConnell.
“2009: The year the Democratic Party died”
Give me a break. You’re claiming Obama and the Dems are party of Herbert Hoover and not George W. Bush and the GOP?
The level of obstruction made it impossible for ‘fixing everything’ as Ryan Cooper so blithely demanded they do.
It’s very simple. Just like with Russian hacking-Obama deserves criticism for not acting more forcefully without Mitch McConnell’s buy in, but McConnell deserves true scorn reserved for someone more loyal to this party than the country-wether dealing with the worst recession since the Great Depression or interference of a hostile foreign power.
In the final few months of the Dem primary, when it was clear Hillary was going to beat Bernie by a mile, a Bernie Bro at Salon wrote a piece ‘Bernie or Bust.’
“Hear this, Sanders supporters — you don’t need to back Hillary: You have every right to say “Bernie or bust”
“Bernie backers want change, not the status quo that Clinton offers, so they have no obligation to her in November”
As Masha Gesen has argued, a big part of authoritarianism is the idea that literally anything is preferable to the status quo.
Hopefully, Senate Trumpcare-aka The Much Worse Care Reconciliation Act-goes down to ignominous defeat. Though that is far from guaranteed, and Mitch McConnell may be an evil turtle but he’s also very clever.
If it does pass we have Bernie or Busters like author Brogan Morris to thank. And it’s perfectly true, Senate Trumpcare is not the status quo.
The status quo of Obamacare empowers Berners at the state level to push hard for single payer. But if Obamacare is emaciated, there won’t be the funding anymore for single payer experiments at the state level.
If Trumpcare passes, the single-payer bills in New York, California & elsewhere will go up in smoke due to lack of Medicaid funds.
— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) June 26, 2017
Bernie Homer says ‘doh.’
Here’s another SJC ruling that moves us away from the ‘status quo’
There was literally a 'Bernie or Bust' piece in Salon that argued if not Bernie wait till 2020-what's one lost SJC Justice?
— mike sax (@evilsax) June 26, 2017
It's not. If you're a white hetero male.
— Liz Lawless ? (@LizWill99) June 26, 2017
Take a bow Bernie Bros.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
I can use any help I can get at this point-volunteers or supporters who live in NY 2. Donations whatever your zip code. These days we can’t just support a local Dem we need a Dem Congress. Which is why I’ve donated few hundred to Jon Ossoff.
Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House-$5 or $10 can do so much.
If you feel that you can’t I, of course, understand-who is rich these days? But please do me one favor: ask yourself privately, mentally, if you really can’t spare $5 dollars. If you can honestly say you can’t, no worries.
We can have a Dem Congress, we must have a Dem Cogress, and we will.
Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.