Bernie Sanders is officially cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. After a number of his supporters in Nevada behaved very aggressively at the Democratic convention in that state over the weekend, throwing chairs, screaming at party leaders, and leaving vile and harassing voice mails for party officials, he says this today:
The Democratic Party has a choice. It can open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change – people who are willing to take on Wall Street, corporate greed and a fossil fuel industry which is destroying this planet. Or the party can choose to maintain its status quo structure, remain dependent on big-money campaign contributions and be a party with limited participation and limited energy.
I think he meant to say low energy there, don’t you? In other words, “nice party you’ve got here. Shame if anything happened to it!”
It’s not just the BernieBros. As Benjamin Franklin once said, fish rot from the head.
Politics ain’t beanbag, and all that, but seriously: who’s keeping anyone out of the party? It’s hardly exclusive: All you have to do is register as a Democrat! No one is keeping anyone out–all they have to do is check a box on their voter registration form.
Sadly, checking this box doesn’t mean you’ll win every election! Sometimes you lose. Sanders needs to let his supporters know that losing an election doesn’t make it unfair, undemocratic, or “rigged.” It just means that you lost.