Monday, January 25, 2016

Don't Worry About Us Bernie, We are Very Excited over HRC

Besides citing cherrypicked polls

Bernie has taken to claiming that there is no excitement among Hillary supporters-which shows he's never spoken to any Clinton supporters.

"In an interview with the Washington Post published Sunday, Sanders, who has routinely turned out bigger crowds than the former secretary of state, charged that Clinton’s campaign is “desperate” and that excitement for her candidacy “does not exist and will not exist.” Two hours after the story published, Clinton drew a crowd of more than 900 in West Des Moines and aides gloated that they were seeing plenty of enthusiasm."

"While addressing large crowds in Iowa's liberal northeast corner on Saturday, Sanders read off national polls that found him beating Republicans by larger margins that Clinton. He also compared himself to President Barack Obama, who in 2008 faced attacks from Clinton about the pragmatism of his agenda and his lack of experience. Like Obama, Sanders said he believes Iowans won't be swayed by those arguments."

No, Bernie, you are no Barrack Obama. Do not flatter yourself.
I guess different things fire people up. Some get fired up by a purely aspirational message of things we all agree would be great to do if had the votes for it. 
I get excited thinking about the last 7 years of Obama, what he's accomplished and how he's set up a framework for Democrats to build on in finance reform, in healthcare, on the environment, and on raising wages-like when he raised the ceiling on overtime pay. 

Emoprogs were contemptuous of Al Gore's 'practical idealism' but as a track record it as a lot going for it.

Indeed, Obama himself has come around to much of what Hilary said in their 2008 campaign.

"She is better in “small groups” than big ones, he remarked, and he agreed that her first campaign appearances showed her to be “rusty” — comparing them to his God-awful first debate of the 2012 campaign. “[S]he’s extraordinarily experienced — and, you know, wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out — [and] sometimes [that] could make her more cautious, and her campaign more prose than poetry,” he told me.

"This, from a president who has been governing in prose, especially during his second term. In fact, Obama’s experiences in office have brought him around to Clinton’s hardheaded view of the presidency, first forged during her eight years as first lady. “I think that what Hillary presents is a recognition that translating values into governance and delivering the goods is ultimately the job of politics, making a real-life difference to people in their day-to-day lives,” he said, echoing the very critique Clinton makes of Sanders."

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Delivering the goods is the key. I don't see why that is supposed to be less inspiring. You don't just want to run on stuff but actually get it done. 

The more I think about it, the more clear it is that it's very tough based on campaign promises to figure out what a President might do in office. Some have tried to compare Bernie to transformational Presidents like Lincoln and FDR. 

But neither of these great, truly transformational Presidents ran highly aspirational campaigns.

FDR ran on cutting government spending and balancing the budget. Lincoln ran on not freeing any slaves. 

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