While there remain four candidates in the running for the Democratic nomination, it is obvious that there are really only two viable ones. Tulsi Gabbard should have dropped out long before, as she never stood a snowball’s chance. Mike Bloomberg, who won not a single state last night, announced he is dropping out this morning, and will be supporting Joe Biden. And, much as I hate to see her go, the time has come for Elizabeth Warren to remove her hat and announce her support for either Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. Yep, folks, for the next four months it will be the Bernie & Joe Show.
A few of my own thoughts …
I am sometimes saddened and sometimes angry that the people of this country, even some who are supposedly liberal-minded and forward-thinking, are still too cowardly to actually elect a woman as president. Why did Hillary Clinton lose? Sure, Trump with the assistance of Russia, Julian Assange, and FBI Director James Comey sabotaged her campaign. Sure, she had some baggage and she was lacking the ‘warm, fuzzy’ persona that people expect from a … woman. Despite the Trump/Russian interference, despite the Bill Clinton debacle, and even despite her faux pas when she referred to republicans as ‘deplorables’, Hillary Clinton won the election by nearly 3 million votes. If Hillary Clinton had been a man, if she had been “anatomically correct” for a presidential candidate, she would have swept the election and the electoral college, for she had experience, decorum, and intelligence. All she lacked was a penis.
And it disgusts me that on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote in this nation, we still cannot pass an Equal Rights Amendment to legally give women equal rights under the Constitution. Then again, we haven’t managed, after all these years, to pass an anti-lynching bill, either. We still refuse to place a woman in the Oval Office. Some churches in this country still teach that a woman’s place is in the home, barefoot and pregnant, subservient to her husband. Elizabeth Warren would have made a great president. Perhaps in another hundred years or so, the people of this country will accept that women are as capable as men of being leaders. Obviously, it isn’t going to happen in my lifetime.
Another thing that disgusts me about the Democrats this year, or perhaps I should say about the Democratic Party, is that they are so determined to squeeze Bernie Sanders out. Now, don’t get me wrong … I like Joe Biden just fine and will be happy as a lark if, by this time next year, we are talking about President Biden. However, I don’t like the hatchet job that the Party is doing on Bernie Sanders.
There may be good reasons that Bernie is not the ‘best man for the job’, as our friend Gronda notes in her post this morning. But, it should not be up to the Democratic Party to decide, nor the media. It should be up to We the People. That, my friends, is one of the principles upon which this nation was founded … that the people have the right to choose their leaders. Will the people sometimes make mistakes? Sure … that much is painfully obvious from the result we’ve lived with for over three years now. But, it is still the people’s right to choose, not a handful of people who control the Party.
I would very much like to see the media use their loud voices to educate and inform, rather than to try to tell us what is good for us. I’m willing to bet that more than half the people who are either registered Democrats or Independents don’t know the actual platforms of either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. They hear that label, “democratic socialist” and that’s all they want to know. They form their opinions directly from the opinions of whichever media personality they most like or most often watch. The media could play such an important role, but instead they pander to gossip and emotion.
I strongly suspect that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee, and as I said, I’m fine with that. I would love to see him pick Elizabeth Warren as his running mate, but I doubt that will happen. My next best hope is that he will choose Senator Kamala Harris, who is an intelligent, well-spoken woman who I might have even voted for, had she not dropped out of the running early on. It is time, folks, to drop those preconceived notions that a woman is “too emotional” or somehow just not qualified to sit in the Oval Office. If Biden selects Harris, perhaps in time she will be our first woman president. And about damn time, too!
So, folks, fasten your seat belts and prepare for the next four months of … The Bernie & Joe Show!