Bernie Sanders, Phenomenon?
Bernie Sanders. Folks, I have to tell you something. Bernie Sanders is drawing record crowds. Portland, Seattle, and now Los Angeles. (interruption) What are you frowning at in there? (interruption) It is amazing, but wait. Let’s put this in perspective. Let’s go back seven years, shall we? Maybe eight years. At this time in the 2008 presidential campaign, everybody thought Barack Hussein O was a political phenomenon.
We thought the crowds, we thought the excitement and the cult-like atmosphere was unique to him. It turns out that Obama wasn’t a phenomenon at all. The phenomenon happens to be anybody who runs against Hillary in a Democrat primary. I mean, that’s the way I, your beloved host, choose to look at this. Bernie Sanders? Come on. Nothing against Bernie. He’s a nice old codger, and he’s an honest but insignificant little socialist from Vermont. A perfectly fine human being.
He’s wrong about everything, but he’s harmless. Bernie Sanders drawing record crowds? Barack Obama drew record crowds. What’s the common denominator? Hillary Clinton. I’m here to tell you that the big secret here, the thing that nobody wants to talk about. Maybe they figured this out on the Democrat side, I don’t know. But it sure seems to me that in this primary cycle and in 2008…
I mean, you got Obama. He came out of nowhere. Nobody knew who he was. I mean, he hadn’t made a speech. I’m not trying to put Obama down here. I’m trying to be honest and perspective. He is getting these record crowds, and we all thought, “Oh, my God!” “Oh,” we thought, “he’s Bill Clinton Jr. able to fool all these people with all these platitudinous speeches.” It turns out given what we’ve seen with Bernie Sanders that the common denominator is in the Democrat Party.
They’re gonna treat anybody this way who runs against Hillary, whoever is the first out of the box. It might have been Martin O’Malley, but he waited. It might have been Jim Webb, but he waited. I’m not denying that Bernie Sanders’ uber, extreme, off the charts left-wing radical liberalism is not a factor; it is. Because that’s what the Democrat Party has become. I’m not take anything away from him here, don’t misunderstand.
In other words, maybe the Obama phenomenon in 2008 wasn’t about Obama himself or anything about him, race included. If Bernie Sanders is drawing the same multitudes in 2015 that Obama drew in 2007-8, it means that the multitudes have nothing to do with any one person or the distinguishing characteristics of any one person. Rush is half right in noticing that the common denominator is HRC, but I think there’s another crucial half to the puzzle. Remember, there were other Democrats running in 2008 other than Obama and HRC, but Obama was the only one who could mount a serious challenge to her which did wind up beating her in the end. Likewise, there are other Democrats running other than Sanders and HRC, but so far, Sanders is the only one who is drawing huge crowds and is the only one who is close to a threat to HRC in the polls. The difference is that the campaigns of both Baraq Obama and Bernie Sanders openly challenged HRC from the populist hard left. Meaning that as it turns out, the allure of Obama wasn’t his half-blackness, because Sanders isn’t black. The attraction is that grassroots liberals don’t want the crony corporatist neoliberalism that HRC represents.
Remember what happened in the long run with Obama — He won the nomination and then the Presidency, but some time in between he started sucking up to the big money corporatist interests that orbit the Democrat Party in particular and also the ones that orbit both parties.