Molly Ball, The Atlantic, May 26, 2016: This Is How a Revolution End
This thread is supposed to be about Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders : “I believe that if we win here in California, and if we win the other five states that are voting on June 7, we’re going to go marching to the Democratic convention with a hell of a lot of momentum. I believe that if we do well here in California, we’ll march in with momentum and we’ll march out with the Democratic nomination!”
Ball notes the shout-outs and signs from the army of the fervent Bernie supporters, the "Sanderistas", at his rally.
"The game is rigged!"
“The delegate system is corrupt.”
“It’s a tool of the 1 percent, the powers that be. It should be abolished.”
“Smash the patriarchy!” “Eliminate the 1%!”
Clinton is “owned by the billionaires.”
“I would vote for Trump...At least he’s challenging the status quo."
Ball offers her view of the revolution.
"Sanders and his people have their own sets of rules. All you have to do is unskew the delegate counts, they explain, take out the superdelegates, imagine they all vote for Sanders, imagine certain primaries had been conducted according to different rules. Angry memes about missing votes and stolen precincts ricochet around social media. Did you see what happened in Nevada, when the party, Sanders’s supporters claim, changed the rules to keep them from getting more delegates at the state convention?
"The Sanders movement has become impervious to reality. Some have even called into question the nature of reality itself: “Bernie Sanders’ ‘political revolution’ is political only inasmuch as thought is political,” a self-described “metamodernist creative writer” named Seth Abramson wrote in the Huffington Post a few days ago. “By the very nature of things—we might call it perceptual entropy—the impossible, once perceived, enters a chain of causation whose natural conclusion is realization.” By this logic, Abramson reasons, Sanders is actually winning. It’s, like, the Matrix, man, or something."
Molly Ball further notes that the vast majority of Sanders supporters will in fact vote for Hillary in the general election. And some are turning away from Sanders...“I was very loving toward Bernie Sanders until about a week ago, but now he’s working to elect Trump,” said one Bernie supporter not happy with the way Bernie is clinging to false hope.
However, for the 25-30 percent of the highly passionate Bernie supporters, that passion has turned to hate, where hate for Hillary is even more pronounced than hate for Trump. Is this what Bernie has planned...a revolution underpinned by hate for Hillary, hate for the Democratic Party, hate for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, hate for the "establishment" whatever the hell that is?
I suppose in Bernie Sanders mind, that may be okay. Or as Molly Ball asks: "Is Sanders—the onetime liberal gadfly whose views few of his colleagues heeded—simply enjoying the spotlight’s validating glow for as long as it lasts? Or is he as delusional as some of his dead-ender fans? It’s impossible to tell."