The Berning at Waterloo

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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8 Responses

  1. North says:

    Great post over all. I think it’s a tch too hard on the hoary old Democratic Party by refusing to give the party’s social culture and, yes, their politicians and leadership partial credit for repelling an outsider insurgency unlike a certain other party but they are adults, they can take the slap.

    And yeah, Bernie just kind of Bernied. I don’t know why I was surprised.Report

  2. Stillwater says:

    The little bit of last nights debate that I saw was filled with Bernie sniping from the cheap seats over Biden’s voting record in the Senate, which seemed both petty as well as ineffectual: he was *still* trying to score purity points even as his campaign is packing up the van and heading home. And in a nutshell, I think, that’s what was wrong with Bernie’s approach to politics. He seems to think punishing people for past mistakes/policies is sufficient to win converts to his otherwise impossible “revolution”. It was and is punition all the way down and back up.

    My hope after last night is that Bernie drops out.

    I liked the audiencelessness of the debate structure, though. It prevented both guys from grandstanding for applause lines. That’s always a good thing!Report

  3. Aaron David says:

    Well, at this point, Bern! should drop out. Not to clear the way for Joe, but to get free of the coming disaster. “Oh sure, he spent 10 minutes making Joe reset his mental computer live on TV as the former VP tried to figure out a way to get around past stances on cutting Social Security before opting for the straight up lie…” And that is going to happen all the time from here on out. At least, when Sloppy Joe isn’t in Swearin’ and Fightin’ mode. (and that is the best, most polite description of someone in early stage dementia.)

    Not having an audience is kinda like those movies where they are just acting in front of a green screen. It just doesn’t come off right. Seriously, it was the JarJar Binks of politics. No feels.Report

  4. Wellington, or is turning him into one of the Seven Sisters part of the ABBA theme?Report