Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roman fever

I'm starting to become all things not-Bernie, but really, somebody needs to stop him before there's nothing left:

The whole Bernie-goes-to-Rome thing has been a shambles, to be honest. The campaign got Sanders a back-door invite which surprised and irritated the academy president, not to mention stepping on the roll-out of Amoris Laetitia, the Pope’s new teaching on the family. Then they did it again, taking a private jet to Rome to speak on the idolatry of money in the middle of a make-it-or-break-it primary in New York, and arriving in Rome on a day when the Vatican would much rather be talking about Francis’ meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew in Lesbos about the European refugee crisis.

As if that weren’t bad enough, Sanders showed up with his family in tow, undercutting the high-minded moral message he was supposed to be delivering, and Oh, sweet Jesus, did they really put his logo on a picture of the Pope?! All this in service of a message that won’t impress or inspire anybody who wasn’t going to vote for Sanders to begin with.

Setting aside he had only 10 minutes to speak, and he mostly re-hashed his stump speech, when will Americans understand that the whole world is not a backdrop for them?  That's my take-away from this:  Bernie Does Vatican City.  It's the Ugly American redux.  And for what?  The Catholic vote in New York?

But of course flying a private jet to Rome with his family for a ten-minute speech, and flying right back again, is not a patch on Hillary's Goldman Sachs transcripts, or something.  I mean, I don't really care anymore, but every charge and counter-charge has become so useless and petty and meaningless.  Bernie is so pure he flew to Rome on the wings of freedom, but Hillary is so evil just the fact she has any investments proves Wall Street/Satan owns her immortal soul.

Feh.  Really, the worst part of this, for me, is the Ugly American part of it.  Are we really that obtuse?


  1. I wonder if the people who run the Sanders campaign really believe some stunt like this is going to win them "the Catholic vote". Lots of people on the left figure Catholics are a bunch of simple minded sheep who would see something like this and vote for whoever. I'd read someone who knew Bernie from the beginning of his career say that he was really bad at the kissing the babies style of campaigning, I don't think kissing the Pope is going to work out for him.

    I'm sad because until he announced his candidacy I really, honestly respected and liked Bernie Sanders, that's been eroding, badly ever since.

    Let's hope this is the low point of his campaign, not him helping to elect a Republican in November.

  2. The debate on Thursday was unnecessary if it was intended by Team Bernie to persuade Democrats in New York to vote for him. Only 3% of Dems remained undecided at the time. I hope this was the final debate between the two, because we'll learn nothing new from more debates. Sanders believes the back and forth gives him the advantage, but I don't see it.

  3. 538 has moved Hillary's chances of winning NY to 99%.

  4. I hope Sanders drops out after the NY primary, but I fear he won't. He's loving the adulation of the crowds too much, and he doesn't give a damn about the Democratic Party. I've had my problems with the party, and I was never in love with either candidate, but now is the time to get together. Sanders is not now and never was a team player.

    Thanks for a place to vent where I won't get flamed for what I write. I posted on Facebook about Dr Song's "corporate Democratic whores", and comments are still coming in defending Song and Sanders.