The Bernie & Joe Show

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!

43 thoughts on “The Bernie & Joe Show

  1. did you support Sarah Palen for president? After all, she’s a woman you know. I’m curious and I suspect if you didn’t, the notion of having a woman for president for many who claim that this is what they want is actually more along the lines of whether the candidate shares similar political agenda as the person wanting to elect her and not gender at all. If you want a woman president but don’t support a female republican, this just proves my point.
    think about it.

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    • I never said I would support just any woman based solely on the fact of her gender, Scott. I think it’s time we judge women on their abilities and experience rather than on gender. Sarah Palin didn’t run for president, she was John McCain’s running mate in 2008, but no, I would not have voted for her because she was not qualified. Her lack of intelligence is stunning. I did vote for Hillary Clinton who had the education, the experience in almost all areas, and the intelligence to understand how to get things done. I would happily have voted for Elizabeth Warren, for the same reasons. I would not have voted for Tulsi Gabbard, and I would have been hesitant to vote for Amy Klobuchar. I would have voted for Kamala Harris. I vote based on qualifications, not solely on gender. A number of well-qualified women have failed in their bid for the presidency only because they were women. That is an archaic attitude that proves we are still stuck in the 19th century. It is still a man’s world, and women still face misogyny and are fighting an uphill battle. I’ve seen it first-hand.

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  2. Yes. It’s gonna be fun. But the primary process is way too long. They’ve been running for Presudent over a year already. It’s like an Orwellean permanent election cycle. The media pump it all up, and it’s a divisive process . I hope the Dems can survive it all. I’m not sure if I can.

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    • I agree! The entire election season actually lasts a full four years these days, and we are sick and tired of it by the time the primaries even begin. Especially disgusting is that the current resident of the Oval Office has been spending his time (on taxpayer dollars) campaigning rather than working every since he stepped over the threshold of the Oval Office. Sigh … like you, I’m not sure i can survive it. I’m not even sure I want to.

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  3. Yep, it’s the Bernie and Joe show. I agree Jill, the people should decide this. And, I think they will. Clearly, many on Super Tuesday voted for Joe because they think he’s got the best shot at beating Trump. And right now, that seems to be the number one goal of the Democratic Party as well. This thing is not over though. We have lots of contests left, and Joe will have to bring his A game to the party. By no means does he get a coronation. Not yet. He’s got to earn it!

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    • I was definitely pleased by the Super Tuesday turnout, but my concern is … will we see the same thing that we saw in 2016 where on November 3rd, a large chunk of dems will stay home because their ‘man’ didn’t get the nomination? Or … vote third party, which as we both know is a throw-away? Sigh. I wish I had more confidence. Joe, Bernie … I don’t even much care WHICH … just as long as it ain’t Trump!!! Sigh.

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  4. one look at the pic’s nuff: biden is no illiberal Dood, but reflects upon a WHOLE different set of real hinder-values, than the much cleaner, simply clean Bernie:

    the other chap biden would make many corrupt deals such as what the dumbass clinton has all subscribed-to, simply. insane, biden is, another “jr” like romney like fruhm a dallas tv series from the outdated terribly backward 70s.

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  5. I am beginning to wonder about WE THE PEOPLE. We had an opportunity to place fully qualified, distinguished, younger, fresh-thinking men or women in position to take the nomination and instead WE THE PEOPLE have once again picked old farts.

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  6. Don’t forget that Hillary received 3 million more votes than what’s-his-name. It was strange that the millennials didn’t turn out to support Bernie. He has little or no cred within the Democratic Party because he only joined it to get some money to run his campaign. He was an “Independent” before that — and that’s why he would be an ineffectual president. Biden strikes me as the strongest candidate: he knows where the skeletons are buried and he can play the political game — which, sad to say, is the game he must lay to get anything done.

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    • Nope, I never forget that, and mention it as often as I can! 😊 Had it not been for so many gerrymandered districts, we would now be talking about President Clinton’s chances for re-election. Only 2 or 3 states that I’m aware of have re-drawn their district maps to be more fair. I suspect you are right and that Biden will ultimately be the one, and I’m fine with that. I just hope he can muster some enthusiasm, and that he’s up to the onslaught that is sure to come. Trump has already said he is going to constantly bring up Biden’s son Hunter and his role at Burisma. It’s a non-starter, nothing illegal at all, but Trump’s base will eat it up. Sigh. It’s all wearying.

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  7. Word
    Jerry Roll on March 4, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    Politics, isn’t it grand. Sorry but it’s me, me, me, across the board. Both parties. I’m still going to my part and vote Libertarian. Gotta get a third party in this mix, somehow. But I digress, I have seen this scenario floated about in the media. If Bernie’s people think he has been screwed over by the DNC, again. They will: 1) not go vote 2) vote Trump to try to give him a landslide victory. All to prove that the Biden view on the Democrat Party is not what is need at this time. The platform needs to be further left. There are some pretty smart people who follow this blog. What is your opinion on that scenario? I’m not a Democrat so I really can’t get a gauge on it. Thanks and keep up the great work. Don’t necessarily agree on some of these posts, but they have given me pause to think on a few.

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    • Well, my friend, at least if you are voting for a third-party candidate, that’s one less vote for the madman in the Oval. I agree that we need to break free of the two-party system, and when Jeff and I first started talking about our project, that was the direction we planned to go. But … the system as it is structured now, will not allow a third party candidate to win an election, or really even come close. Ross Perot came the closest, and he wasn’t even close. So, a vote for any third-party candidate in the current state of affairs, is s throwaway.

      As to what Bernie supporters are likely to do … the challenge is to convince them to vote for Biden in the general election. We cannot have a repeat of 2016, else you will be saying “Heil Trump” or something similar by 2024. No, I’m not being over-dramatic … I truly believe this. So, I will be doing everything in my power, and hopefully many others around the nation will, too, to convince the Bernie and Warren supporters that their vote counts and that they have a choice, for we are at a crossroads, and that if they let us down, the fate of the nation is on their shoulders.

      Thank you for that … yes, I do have a really sharp bunch of readers/friends on both sides of the big pond, and I love the feedback I get via comments and the occasional email. When you said I have given you pause to think on a few occasions, I truly am honoured, for I know that you and I don’t agree on much when it comes to politics. I still love ya, though!

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    • Please please please vote Biden! I know he’s not ideal, actually he’s the worst possible candidate against Trump, but we all need hope and votes to get the madman out of the white house. If not then our country deserves what we get… 4 more years of insanity. Think about it and don’t throw away your vote, every last one counts as Bernie supporters will most certainly stay home out of protest against a corrupt system.

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  8. Jill, I like Warren better than Sanders, but will vote for Bernie if he is the nominee. She is prepared and showed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that she could get a major initiative passed.
    With that said, I hope Joe Biden is the nominee. He has a lengthy track record of collaboration and has more good will than any candidate. If you want to see the kind of person Biden is, watch him console Meghan McCain just before her father’s death on The View. The other key is Obama used Biden abroad given his depth of global experience. Right now, the US is less trusted because its current president is untrustworthy. We need a decent person with integrity. All three Dem candidates have that. The current incumbent does not. Keith

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    • I like all three: Biden, Sanders, and Warren. There was a point, early on, that Biden was my favourite of the pick. The thing, though, that I see in Sanders and Warren that I don’t see in Biden right now is fire, passion. He seems to be just going through the motions. The one debate I did manage to watch, Elizabeth Warren had it … I could feel her passion through my laptop … it was almost palpable. However, I would be happy enough with Biden. He has something that we need more now than ever — credibility. I would trust Joe Biden in a way that I have never for a moment trusted Donald Trump. I just want to be able to believe what our government tells us, and we cannot believe a single word right now. I want to go to bed at night not dreading to wake the next morning to more horrific news. I want to like this country again.

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    • Hi Keith, the sad truth of the matter – a party divided is a party lost. My opinion for what it’s worth, Super Tuesday was the day our Democratic Party handed the election over to Trump rather than Bernie.
      Our entire political establishment both left & right breathed a collective sigh of relief as centrist candidates united around Biden to defeat the working man’s candidate who only wanted what the rest of the world already have: dignity of a living wage, universal health care, domestic employment, fair & equitable tax structure, environmental preservation etc etc.
      Warren is smart, but selfish. If she wanted to fight for progressive issues as she claims, she would have bowed out gracefully to endorse Bernie. Now she is simply an institutionalist unwilling to change the system, bowing down to her party’s agenda. She will play the role of spoiler, diving the progressive, young, socialist votes away from Bernie, as shown in yesterday’s polls. Biden will most likely achieve plurality to become the party’s candidate.
      Biden is warm and fuzzy, appeals to the moderate vote, is certainly more electable that a socialist democrat… but he’s also suffering from early stages of dementia and can’t string sentences together. He’s not the best candidate against Trump, and neither is Bernie.
      I really thought the party would promote Buttigieg as he was young, smart, had the political chops to challenge Trump. Now that Biden’s our guy, old age and fond memories are not enough to defeat a united Republican populist front. Biden’s campaign does not embody the passionate, motivated grassroots support Bernie or Trump has, his shallow platform is simply not enough to win.
      I hope to god I’m wrong, but the writing is on the wall. 😦

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      • 1EarthUnited, we should start with the premise that there are no perfect candidates. I will add Bernie exudes passion both ways, so take a peek at Gronda’s blog with her concerns over Bernie. I will vote for Bernie if he is the nominee, but a key concern of mine is he is too aspirational when picking out items in the store, forgetting there is a cash register. We have $23 trillion in debt which is expected to be over $35 trillion by the end of the decade. Plus, we have infrastructure need – sadly no candidate is talking about this.

        Biden will help us heal internally and externally, as we are less trusted as a nation because our president is untrustworthy and more interested in self-dealing. Obama asked Biden to help on foreign matters for a reason.

        I do like Pete, so hopefully Biden will honor what he said. I also like the mind of Andrew Yang. I would have preferred Warren over Bernie, as she does her homework, but I will vote for the Dem candidate as our democracy, country or planet cannot tolerate four more years of a king. Keith

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  9. I had hopes for Warren but she’s been hammered by the press and her own party. Bernie has some great ideas but the US isn’t ready for them. Plus he feels like our Corbyn – a protest politician. Biden feels like his best days are behind him. In the UK the front running woman for the Labour Party is completely unelectable due to her views. So many better female options but they are not socialist enough for the majority of the party.

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    • I did too, but … I also realized from day #1 that it was highly unlikely. This nation is so bigoted in so many ways … it sickens and disgusts me. Ah well … at this point, we must satisfy ourselves with that ultimate goal of removing the madman from the helm of this sinking ship. Biden for sure lacks … fire, passion. Elizabeth and Bernie both have that in abundance. Which one of the many woman looking to replace Corbyn are you talking about? I haven’t kept on top of it, except to notice that there are a bunch of women seeking it.

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  10. I liked Warren, and I will even readily admit that Warren’s candidacy really helped me confront some biases I had about women running for President in particular. That may be a topic for a post at some point. But anyway, I agree that we the people should determine who wins the nomination. By that measure, they should also abolish superdelegates and determine the nominee by a national popular vote. If Democrats favor a national popular vote to determine the presidency, I don’t see why we can’t do the same to choose our nominee.

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    • Somehow, I have trouble picturing you as having biases against a woman president, for you are a very fair man. ‘Twould make for an interesting post, to see how Warren changed your view. I am 100% with you as re the superdelegates, and I also think that the Electoral College has proven to do the exact opposite of what the Founders intended. They intended it to be a safeguard in case the people foolishly elected a madman, but instead, the people elected a qualified woman and the Electoral College put the madman in office! Sigh.

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      • Warren absolutely changed me. In short, having two similarly passionate candidates talking about similar things (Warren and Sanders), but only labeling one of them (Warren) as “shrill” and “abrasive,” was an epiphany.

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        • Isn’t it a sad state of affairs that in this, the 21st century, much of the nation still thinks women are inferior. Sigh. I wonder if humans will ever learn. Not in my lifetime, obviously.

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  11. It’s frustrating. Hillary would have made a damn good president, in my view. Let’s hope the Biden (or perhaps Bernie), will pick a female running mate. They’re both so old, it’s questionable they’ll finish their first term, and then at last that glass ceiling will be broken.

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    • You are so right, my friend. Hillary had the experience, the intelligence, and the strength to have been a great president. It’s about time this nation came on into the 21st century … or even the 20th … and stopped imposing such superficial criteria such as gender on our leaders! I believe that if Biden is the nominee, as seems likely at this point, he may pick Senator Kamala Harris for his running mate. A good choice all around … a woman, a minority, and a younger person to carry on if something should happen to him. We need some younger blood in our tired old system.

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      • The DNC has hinted that Stacey Abrams will be Biden’s running mate, as she would capture the urban black votes. Warren is a possibility, but not the party’s first choice – she wanted to regulate the banking industry & wall st. Also she wanted to impose a wealth tax on millionaires/ billionaires. Democratic establishment are rich and powerful Washington insiders, and they want to keep it that way.

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  12. I completely agree with you – while I really wanted Warren to get the nomination, as I think she would be amazing, if Biden gets it, he should have her as his running mate. She would be SO good (and then if something happened to him, she’d get the gig 🙂 )

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    • I can think of nothing better than Warren as his running mate, but I don’t really look for it to happen. I do think, though, that he may pick Kamala Harris, who is very sharp, part African-American, a woman, and considerably younger, so it might be a winning team!

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  13. Here in England our Head of State is Great Lady, and we have had 2 female Prime Ministers, one of whom was a true Stateswoman. And some say that England is old-fashioned.
    I am not certain that putting men that old in the White House is a good idea.
    Love and Hugs Jill. 🌹🌹🌹

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