Matt Taibbi’s latest piece in Rolling Stone attempts to explain why Bernie Sanders would make a great President, and his argument is a good one. Despite the media’s relentless attempts to distract voters from real issues, Bernie Sanders is amazingly sticking to his script of focusing on matters that, well, actually matter. Amazingly, this also appears to be resonating with the public, who may finally be coming to terms with the fact that their electoral system is almost corrupt beyond repair.
Here’s how Taibbi summarized Sander’s heroic campaign:
Sanders is a clear outlier in a generation that has forgotten what it means to be a public servant. The Times remarks upon his “grumpy demeanor.” But Bernie is grumpy because he’s thinking about vets who need surgeries, guest workers who’ve had their wages ripped off, kids without access to dentists or some other godforsaken problem that most of us normal people can care about for maybe a few minutes on a good day, but Bernie worries about more or less all the time.
I first met Bernie Sanders ten years ago, and I don’t believe there’s anything else he really thinks about. There’s no other endgame for him. He’s not looking for a book deal or a membership in a Martha’s Vineyard golf club or a cameo in a Guy Ritchie movie. This election isn’t a game to him; it’s not the awesomely repulsive dark joke it is to me and many others.
And the only reason this attention-averse, sometimes socially uncomfortable person is subjecting himself to this asinine process is because he genuinely believes the system is not beyond repair.
Taibbi should be commended for attempting to focus the election narrative on substance — it really isn’t easy given the shit show we’re exposed to on a minute by minute basis, and it is incredibly difficult to remember what the hell the process was actually supposed to be about in the first place. As Taibbi concludes: “More than any other politician in recent memory, Bernie Sanders is focused on reality. It’s the rest of us who are lost.”
It goes without saying that literally any Democrat would be better than the feces throwing monkeys masquerading as Republican presidential candidates, but Sanders really could be a modern-day Franklin D. Roosevelt. The other Democrats are fine, but no one seriously believes Hillary Clinton would be a great moral leader, or that Martin O’Malley would be remembered alongside Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy. Sanders, on the other hand, really is a special candidate regardless of whether you agree with him or not.
Either way, Sanders won’t get elected unless people believe he has a chance of actually winning. Despite the condescending media coverage, he appears to be making the case that he can quite well.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.