This Is How Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

"Sure, I'll friend you on Facebook, Bernie."

“Sure, I’ll friend you on Facebook, Bernie.”

The day Bernie Sanders lost my vote was last Sunday during the debate with Hillary Clinton before the Michigan primary, which he narrowly won.  Good for him and next Tuesday is the Ohio primary.     On most issues my heart is with Bernie, but because of his inelegant ineptness on race, my vote will be with Hillary.

I don’t have an overarching political/philosophical preference for Clinton over Sanders and there’s no great policy position between the two which moves me to favor one over the other.

In a general election the Republicans and their well-oiled attack machine would blast Sanders into unrecognizable tufts of hair, broken glasses and brain matter. Hypothetical polls in March how he fares well in hypothetical matches against Trump or Cruz don’t impress me in the least. Sanders hasn’t convinced me he can win in November.

There are two Independents in the Senate who caucus with the Democrats. One is Angus King and the other is Sanders. Which begs the question why is Bernie Sanders running as a Democrat when he isn’t one?

Sanders isn’t a Democrat and has never supported the Democratic Party until he decided to run for president as a Democrat. Yet he still maintains his status as a declared Independent in the Senate. Good for him for remaining independent even if he has ideologically contaminated himself by throwing in with a political party he’s always held in low regard if not outright disdain.

Sanders could have run as an Independent but he wanted the advantages, ballot access, higher profile and being taken seriously that comes with being on the Big Stage with the first team. I’m really baffled why Hillary hasn’t nailed Bernie on his 11th hour conversion. It looks so calculated and it is.

What it comes down to is while I don’t like Hillary Clinton so much more than Bernie Sanders, I’ve begun to like him a lot less when he says stuff like this during the debate in Flint, Michigan:

Hillary Clinton, seeking to cement her lead among black voters, released statements from the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis on Tuesday criticizing Bernie Sanders for saying white people “don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto.”

The Vermont senator, who has struggled to persuade blacks to support him, made the statement during a debate in Flint, Mich., on Sunday. The CNN moderator Don Lemon asked both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders to describe their “racial blind spots.”

“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto — you don’t know what it’s like to be poor,” Mr. Sanders said. “You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car.”

The remarks provoked an immediate online backlash from people who pointed out that many whites also live in dilapidated housing and in low-income neighborhoods.   Mr. Sanders clarified his statements on Monday in comments to several reporters in Detroit.

“What I meant to say is when you talk about ghettos traditionally, what you’re talking about is African-American communities,” said Mr. Sanders, standing near his campaign’s chartered plane.

On Tuesday, the Clinton campaign released statements from Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Mr. Martin, and Lucia McBath, the mother of Mr. Davis. The two black teenagers were killed in separate shootings in Florida that became racial flash points.

“Senator Sanders is wrong to suggest that the concept of the ghetto is inextricably connected to black America,” Ms. Fulton said in the statement. “We need a president who understands black families don’t all live in ghettos — and who has a plan to end the racial violence that too often plagues families like mine.”

Putting aside the Clinton campaign enlisted the mothers of two murdered Black youths to zing Sanders, he comes across as a classic, condescending White liberal wringing his hands over those poor, poor Black people suffering in the ghetto.

If I had to put my finger on the one thing that bugs me about Bernie, his cluelessness on race would be it. Even his “what I really meant” follow-up was full of shit. When you’re talking about ghettos you’re traditionally talking about is African-American communities?

The Hillary and Bernie Show rolls on and on and on….

Says who? Says you, Bernie! Here’s what Merriam-Webster says:

plural ghettos also ghettoes

  • 1 : a quarter of a city in which Jews were formerly required to live
  • 2 : a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure

You can find a ghetto in many places including Jewish ghettos like those in Poland during WWII or spread across Europe in the 17th century designed for one purpose:  to keep the Jews trapped in poverty and hopelessness.    Ghettos aren’t confined to bombed-out neighborhoods in Detroit.  You can find a ghetto in the Appalachian hills in West Virginia or a trailer park in Columbus, and I guarantee there will be a lot of White faces wondering what you’re looking around there for.

Sanders has a problem with race as how people of color experience in 2016:   He doesn’t know much about it.  I’m told by Sanders supporters he’s the best candidate for real progress being made, but I’ve grown weary of Bernie’s shoot-from-the-lip remarks about Blacks.   At this point in his life he doesn’t get it, can’t get it and won’t get it that he doesn’t get it.

Trump has made a series of stupid quips over the years  well he gets along with “the blacks” and  that’s him doing Shit Donald Trump Says.  However, Sanders is so awkward and forced when he says anything about Blacks it comes off like he’s never met any before he ran for president,   It’s taken as fact Trump is a pompous and conceited con man, but that’s his schtick.  Sanders seems to want to emulate the Trump swagger and be sanctimonious while doing it. That’s just aggravating.

I fail to see why its asking too much to expect an actual Democrat running to become the de facto leader of the Democratic Party.   I wouldn’t call Sanders a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) but…oh wait…yes, I would.

When you want all the benefits without paying any of the dues, it’s hard to trust Sanders is a Democrat or will stay a Democrat should he fail to win the nomination. He’ll just go back to being the same independent Socialist who has always held the Democrats at arm length until he needed their legitimacy to run for president.

There’s a name for that sort of slick move: opportunist. Sanders is working a hustle and I’m baffled how  Clinton gets slammed as an insincere panderer while Sanders gets a pass.    For these reasons and more,  it comes down to  Hillary didn’t win my vote so much as Bernie has lost it.

“…and how many Black people do you know, Senator?”