Bernie hammered Clinton on $15 min wage – but said today he is willing to work w/ Trump on going from $7.25 to $10. https://t.co/ZhhagExJN9
— Edward M. Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) November 17, 2016
Sure, Hillary was a Wall-Street-Whore-Corporatist-Shill when she suggested haggling for a mere $12.50 hourly wage in those areas where the cost of living didn’t meet NY/San Francisco/Seattle standards as a bargaining tactic… but if it’s a (fellow) man, even a Republican, well, whole diffrunt kettle!… as ever with the More-Leftist-Than-Thou boys. CNN reports:
President-elect Donald Trump will find himself with an unlikely ally if he makes good on his promise to be an economic populist challenging corporate America, Bernie Sanders said Thursday.
“If Mr. Trump has the guts to stand up to those corporations,” said the former Democratic presidential candidate, “he will have an ally with me.”
The willingness on the part of Sanders, a longtime democratic socialist, to work with Trump on a series of economic issues underscores the unorthodox and strikingly populist message that Trump used during his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton.
Sanders, speaking with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor sponsored breakfast, said he is ready to embrace Trump on a handful of campaign promises. Those include protecting Social Security and Medicare, negotiating for lower drug prices, raising the minimum wage to $10, imposing tariffs on companies that ship jobs overseas, and re-regulating Wall Street by re-establishing Glass-Steagall…
Because if you can’t trust a notorious liar and deal-breaker like Donald Trump, who can you work with?
… By embracing Trump’s left-leaning stands, Sanders is hoping to make progress on issues of long-standing concern to the Vermont senator…
Foremost among those issues: What’s in it for Bernie?
… Sanders, who is promoting his new book, “Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In,” during a series of appearances across Washington, is stepping into the leadership vacuum of the Democratic Party.
He said it was not productive to look backward, waving off a question about whether he could have defeated Trump if he had won the Democratic nomination with a “who knows?” response…
The Sanders Revolution cannot fail — it can only be failed. Though St. Berie is far too humble to say so himself… explicitly.
… “At the end of the day, my candidacy ended up being helpful to her — if we believe candidates should not be anointed,” Sanders said. “I’m happy to say my campaign brought millions of people into the political process, the vast majority of whom ended up voting for Hillary Clinton. I think it played a very positive role.”…
“Does that mean she and I are going to agree on every issue?” Sanders said. “Frankly, we are not going to agree on every issue, but her voice is important to be heard.”…
Big of him, nu?
… Even as Sanders offers to work with Trump on the populist components of his economic program, critical differences remain…
But on a series of bread-and-butter issues, Sanders said that Trump’s campaign spoke to the concerns of the working class and promised to work with the President-elect “if Mr. Trump was sincere.”,,,
And Sanders knows this about sincerity: Once you learn to fake it, you’re golden!
Of course, we don’t know the Sanders family’s financial position — like Trump, he broke with tradition by refusing to release his tax returns while running for the presidency — but unless he’s got some as-yet-undiscovered expensive vice, a Senator with three properties and a wife sufficiently professional to earn a half-million-dollar golden parachute will no doubt stand to benefit from Trump’s proposed tax breaks for the prosperous.
And it’s true that, right now, Bernie has a book to sell (and a foundation — “Our Revolution” — to shill).
But I think what’s really driving St. Bernie into President-Elect Smallgloves’ greasy embrace is a new-found taste for media adulation. After all those years as a back-bench oddity, his countrywide campaign to keep That Woman from becoming president, no matter how terrible the alternative, has introduced him to a whole new market of ‘low-info voters’ with pet causes to promote and money to throw away.
Senator Sanders is already eliding the difference between his lifelong ‘democratic socialist’ “proudly” Independent status and his short-lived campaign as a Democratic
carpetbagger presidential candidate. I’m sure he’s envisioning happy years of green-room adulation, as he explains to the Media Village Idiots that — despite his own speechified wishes! — the greater good requires him to bow his snow-white aureole and back-stab the actual Democrats striving to mitigate the Republicans’ worst assaults on women and people of color (even the working-class ones). He’ll feel very badly about it, of course, but (as the talk-show bobbleheads nod along) sometimes sacrifices have to be made (mostly by other people, coincidentally)…
There is zero about Trump's history, policies, or appointments that suggest he will do anything other than be a shill for big business https://t.co/PTW6vraWOh
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 17, 2016