What a pleasant way to select a president. A bevvy of candidates, each with his or her compelling personal history. Each possessing a different persona, honed by past accomplishments and reflective of various genetic lineages. But wait, among this glorious diversity, one thread runs through them all - they all ring the progressive bell, some louder than others, some more resonant, but all stem from calculations based on the Blue Wave, the one Bernie, you and I worked for.
By watching replays of Bernie’s stump speeches, a candidate can gauge the response and adopt the right words. Thus, we have many hitch-riders of the progressive wagon aiming for that winning sound bite, the Bern. At heart, they may be Clinton neo-liberals, like Kamala Harris, or even Republican light, like Beto O’Rourke. Or they could be a blank slate, like Amy Klobuchar. Why can’t anyone change his mind, you say? Of course they can; but new converts should learn, not lead.
So I have come up with a simple test, based on the supposition that no one else is confident of raising millions from small donors the way Bernie did. Therefore, the centrist hitch-riders will hedge their bet by not overtly upsetting the big money. And who are the biggest of big monies? Big Pharm., AIPAC, Wall Street, Extraction industries, health insurance, and ISPs. These six constitute my test.
Here’s how it works: When you have cornered a candidate, at a Town Hall, say, lower the boom with an air-tight question critical to the interests of the big six. If the candidate hem and haw, evade the question or equivocate, you have your test result: a big fat “F”
Fun, ain’t it?