Charles Blow in a recent column for the NYT criticized the “Bernie or Bust” ethos as smacking of “petulance and privilege.”
I was once feeling some kind of “Bern,” but now, not so much. After repeated debates, I’ve felt a sense of supreme hollowness to Mr. Sanders’ words. Or, once you scratch the surface, there’s not much else there.
I don’t say that Mrs. Clinton is a much better candidate, but I for one will support her if she becomes the nominee. There is no way any progressive or liberal minded person should abandon the eventual Democratic nominee, whoever it may be, given what is possible in a seemingly impossible election season.
As someone who views education as an important issue, which is not the case with a majority of Americans, I am used to disappointment. Even President Obama, the man who was supposed to bring all sorts of change to Washington, has been outrageously disappointing as far as education is concerned. Mrs. Clinton will most likely be just as disappointing, and Mr. Sanders might be a hair less disappointing. But I really don’t know how he would fair on education policy because he hasn’t mentioned it. Sure, we’ve heard that college should be free; yet, very little has been said about K-12 policy, which is my personal focus.
Given the politics of education, no candidate who has any realistic chance of winning the White House will be remotely satisfying. It seems as if the entire political world inhabited by elected officials is infiltrated by the reform carpetbaggers and charlatans anyway. So, likeminded folks like myself, regardless of the future President, are always trying to crash the party.
We’ve never really been invited, and I don’t suspect invitations will go out even with Bernie as the MC.