Bernie And Elizabeth
I like Bernie. He’s a fundamentally good person and has been fighting for progressive causes longer than anyone else. I also believe that Bernie said what CNN and Elizabeth Warren are saying he did at that December 2018 meeting, or at least, I think that was the subtext.
Bernie’s not a sexist. He has a history to back it up, ranging from videos of him advocating for a women running for president, a video of him encouraging young girls at a school to run, and documented meetings of him even encouraging Warren to run in 2016. It’s also very reasonable that in the wake of the defeat of a prominent women politician, the most qualified candidate in history in fact, in favor of Donald Trump, it’s quite possible for someone to come away with the thought that perhaps America truly isn’t ready for a woman president, and that perhaps we should try a few more men out before we nominate a woman again.
Both things can be true.
Now, I don’t think Bernie was so overt as all that in conveying this sentiment to Warren. I’m sure he was well-meaning, well-intentioned, and meant no disrespect, but that’s clearly not how Warren saw it. I have a feeling many women can relate to the well intentioned sexism and misogyny of good friends. To her credit though, she kept quiet about it for over a year, a testament to that friendship, and even now, she clearly doesn’t relish criticizing her friend. One things for certain though, she’s had it with tiptoeing around the elephant in the room. Last night she made the most persuasive argument for a woman president we’ve ever seen, even stretching back to 2016. Much has been said about her motivations. I have no doubt while Bernie himself has been nothing but cordial, his supporters trashing Warren for months played a part in this as well. Something about Bernie being able to dish it out, but not being able to take it? I read an article recently critiquing Warren for sticking with her talking points while in the same breath applauding Bernie for doing the same thing. I think that illustrates perfectly why this occurred.
Bernie could’ve diffused this easily, saying that at that meaning frank discussions were had about the necessity and the cost of beating Donald Trump. The defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 left me, like many others, incredibly disheartened and perhaps I was overly cautious in my estimation about whether Elizabeth running was a smart idea. While I never said a woman couldn’t be president, I apologize if that’s the sentiment Elizabeth took from it. I never meant it that way, and clearly I’ve been proven wrong.
Honesty is the best policy here, especially with regards to progressives. Sadly, that’s not what happened here, and it’s really too bad. It’s okay for Sanders to make some mistakes. I think he knows that, but he realizes that his supporters and the media don’t, and so he flat out denied it, and his fans have come out in droves to back him up. Here we are still talking about it. Maybe that’s what they’re afraid of? Their demigod being proven that he’s only a good man. That’s why they can’t let this go.
Anyway, I hope this isn’t a protracted rift. Bernie and Elizabeth need each other, and if this continues, they both lose and CNN wins. Booooooo.
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