Bernie Rises, Bloomberg Falls. We’re All Exhausted AF
This week on democracy-ish, Touré and Danielle discuss the circular firing squad that is the 2020 Democratic primary.
Right-wingers have been smearing liberals as commies for years. Why are some Dems running red-scared?
Will the eventual Dem candidate’s veep have bleep-all to do with anything?
Why is the Democratic party compelled to show their math, when Republicans don’t seem to care who pays for an ineffective wall or a new branch of the military?
Another week, another Democratic debate.
“It was a total shit show,” says Touré of Tuesday night’s standoff in South Carolina. It was the candidates’ last chance to make their case to voters before that state’s primary on Saturday (and all-important Super Tuesday just 48 hours later).
“It was probably the worst debate of them all. It's hard when people talk over each other to understand what they want to say,” he adds.
Danielle thinks it’s equally difficult when the moderators “clearly took Xanax beforehand.”
Speaking of being sedated: there seemed to be a consensus that everyone on the debate stage wants to legalize –– or at least decriminalize –– marijuana.
“That was the only highlight –– everyone is getting joints,” says Danielle.
Because the Trump era seems to bend time even when we’re sober, Touré says that it feels like a year ago when he was waking up at night in cold sweats, terrified that Michael Bloomberg will buy the 2020 election. But in reality, it’s been just over a week.
Based on Bloomie’s dismal performance in the last two debates, Touré is no longer afraid that the former mayor of New York will ride his billions all the way to Milwaukee.
Danielle doesn’t think he can win with ideas or policies, but she does believe that his boundless money is still a threat. If Bernie doesn’t win a clear majority of delegates, what happens?
“The superdelegates will come down from the mount and decide this thing for us,” says Touré.
But what if Bloomberg buys them off? It seems like a conspiracy theory –– and yet ...
“We need to think that everything is a possibility at this point,” Danielle says.
Read on for our hosts’ takes on just a few possibilities –– the good, the bad and everything in between.
Episode Highlights — Bernie and the S-Word
A ‘red’ herring
Since our president is such a fan of Roy Cohn and ‘50s nostalgia, it was only a matter of time before Trump revived the “red scare.”
This week, a video surfaced of Bernie in the ‘80s discussing the upsides of Castro’s regime in Cuba: universal healthcare and decent public education.
“These are actually good things. If they can do it on this tiny island, we can do it in America. That's not radical,” Touré says.
But right-wing reactionaries seized on the opportunity to paint him as a communist sympathizer.
Despite the fact that Bernie’s brand of Democratic socialism is worlds away from Castro’s dictatorship, our collective lack of civics literacy makes it easy to raise the specter of McCarthyism “and scare the shit out of people,” Danielle says.
“Donald Trump plays to our ignorance.”
Even moderate Democrats find it irresistible. They differentiate themselves from Bernie as being definitely not socialist, she adds.
“They're just throwing words around that they know terrify the American people without actually explaining anything.”
Touré agrees, pointing to the many quite socialist aspects of our economy: a limited choice of utility companies, for example. In certain sectors, government regulation is necessary –– and that makes sense to most voters.
“But when Bernie talks about making college free and healthcare available to everybody, people freak out,” Touré says.
The cold war vs. the kids
Touré is disappointed to see the freakout flag flying high at MSNBC, of all places.
Though he’s since apologized for his comments, Chris Matthews compared Bernie’s win in Nevada to the fall of France to the Nazis.