You can almost hear certain people say under their breath that "It doesn't matter if I undermine his support, he wasn't going to be elected anyway!"
If there are so many progressive and liberal leaning Americans then why is it that we can't ever rally behind a progressive candidate? What is amazing is that if so few people vote republican then how do they still manage to win?
Progressives and lefties stay home! That is the biggest thing. After that it is divided we remain conquered same old same old. We can't be adult about elections it seems. Some want their candidate and even though they know that there is no real chance of that person getting elected, they keep undermining the leading candidate who is closest to what they want even if it helps the republicans whom no progressive wants. We sing out proudly about preserving the principle of voting for just your own particular guy - realistic or not - while republicans opt instead for the big tent >>> Anybody just not a lib platform. If the names were changed, freaking Satan would get more republican votes than would Jesus. Jesus being way too liberal about helping the poor and Satan being a big advocate of trickle down helping the rich helps the poor economic thinking.
Republicans aren't all that picky. They know the stakes involved and do what is necessary to win. Progressives and lefties know the stakes and then split off in self defeating separate voting blocs based on one issue and willingly sacrifice any advantage for the not a republican front runner.
They know their guy can't win but they try to take down the left's best chance candidate anyway. The pretense being that they want to bring attention to some specific issue? So trying to make the front runner look bad is the way to do that? Baloney. They seek free publicity for themselves and some issue and say the hell with the rest, it doesn't matter.
So by the time of the election and progressives and lefties get disheartened. Some folks will say the front runner is not perfect but he should be perfect. Meanwhile knowing full well that this is a national election that requires broad appeal not the narrow focus of some small progressive group seeking to gain membership for themselves with free publicity.
Think about it, could any candidate espousing only narrow views on the major issues actually appeal to the majority of voters? Is it because special issue progressive groups are starved for media attention that they jump at the chance to get exposure for their issue even if they know it will make the front runner progressive candidate look bad?
Yeah it is. Is a petition of 8,000 signatures by one group really that big of a news item? Did Bernie have to be targeted for this and only Bernie once again? Why must the most progressive candidate be held to a standard that no other candidate is held to and before he is even nominated? What about Hillary's foreign policy record? This petition sounds almost ridiculous when it is directed at her. Just like before, progressives target only Bernie. Did Bernie have to take a hit recently as if he hadn't already had a long record of civil rights stretching back years?
Narrow focus progressives can and are seriously attempting to undermine Bernie in the minds of people who don't know him that well. Those people do know the Clinton name though and they will choose that over republicans (if it comes down to that) but they might have chosen Bernie had they been given a fair chance.
This petition comes before Bernie is even the nominee. That means it ends up doing the work for Hillary and only Hillary. If it had come after the nomination that would have at least been more of an election issue. To target only Bernie before the nomination process makes it an issue between Hillary and Bernie and Hillary slides on by without a hitch on it. Yet look at her record on foreign policy. Doesn't that strike people as odd?
Why do progressives target their front runner? I think it comes down to professional progressives struggling to keep their paychecks coming in and their groups name alive in the blogs. This was a just another cheap shot which gets a bit of publicity and is just as reckless as has been other cheap shots recently. Bernie's record is far better than Hillary's yet only Bernie gets targeted yet again.
Divided we stayed conquered.
To paraphrase an old nursery rhyme -
Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies (posers)
we all stayed home!