So my resolution to stay away from political blogging is wavering, mostly because Teh Dumb is running rampant. I’ll try to keep it short.
Bernie Sanders’ Achilles heel in his lack of financial transparency. His entire campaign is being the poor, rumpled, sincere (if abrasive) dude from Real America™ who tells it like it is and fights for the little guy. He’s battling those corrupt Democrats who take money from corporate interests and betray the Working Class™.
Except he is none of those things any more than his Democratic colleagues in Congress are what he accuses them of being.
The simple answer to anyone exhorting you to worship at the Altar of St. Bernard is to say – when he releases ten years of full tax returns, plus files all campaign finance reports for 2016 (and preferably for his last senatorial campaign), then we can talk.
Until he comes clean with these basic documents, he is not walking his own walk.
Pound this like a drum. You will never convince the anti-Democrats. They are political nihilists who want to destroy the Democrats and have seized on Bernie the same way they seized on Obama as their vehicle to glory. But it may get through the confusion of the rest and will set a very reasonable bar for him to jump for future electoral consideration.
It is clear, it is impersonal, and it can be applied equally and without prejudice to anyone who wants to claim a public office under the Democratic banner.