Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race a few weeks back. He quickly endorsed his friend Joe Biden for President. He even joined him for a joint live stream soon after. When told some of his supporters may not vote for Biden, Sanders called such an action irresponsible.
There are some things no one can take away from Bernie. It was his candidacy in the 2016 election that sparked a real progressive movement on the left. His policies such as Medicare for All and Free College have become the only talking points in the Democratic Party.
In the first few debates of the 2020 Democratic primaries, all candidates talked policies supported by Sanders. Every Democrat on the stage had to tell if he or she supported Medicare for All. How many times were candidates asked if they supported any one of Mayor Pete’s or Senator Kloubuchar’s policies?
From 2016 to Super Tuesday on March 3, 2020, Bernie became the ideological powerhouse of the Democratic party. All other candidates moved around his positions and policies.
It is fascinating how the world can change in a single day. Two months later, Bernie is firmly in the Biden camp and talking like a cheap DNC hack paid to defend Biden.
The Legacy of Bernie Sanders
Progressives of this era will always have a special place in their hearts for Bernie Sanders. His legacy belongs with the progressive left, not the mainstream media and Democratic establishment.
The mainstream media would rather have the Sanders story buried in the ground and never to be mentioned again. Unhinged pundits like James Carville and geniuses like Chris Matthews would never like the progressives to be ever spoken of again. The entire DNC establishment is happy to keep losing to Republicans rather than defying their paymasters and actually allow progressives to shine.
No, the Sanders legacy lies with the progressive left.
However, some of Sanders’ recent statements and fast-tracked schmoozing with his good friend Joe Biden is a little too much for progressives to digest.
First, there is nothing wrong with Sanders and Biden being friends. We all have friends with views opposed to our own. The world would be a boring place if progressives were only friends with other progressives.
However, Bernie Sanders cannot expect his supporters to be friends with Joe Biden as well. Calling progressives who don’t vote for Biden as irresponsible, Bernie is tarnishing the goodwill he has with the progressive left.
Why is Bernie Changing Gears?
Ralph Nader is reviled amongst political elites because he dared to challenge the Establishment. However, the American public generally regards him as an iconic and respectable figure. If America had a truly fair political establishment, Nader would be a far more influential figure.
Bernie, like Nader, has shifted the discourse towards his ideology. However, he doesn’t have the same political will to take on the Establishment. Unlike Nader, Bernie truly believes that Trump is the greatest problem haunting America, not the avaricious political establishment.
This is why Bernie is quick to endorse Biden. Bernie has accepted the mainstream media and DNC establishment narrative that stopping Trump is the only goal that matters. Any progressive would point to the contrary and say that Trump is only the symptom, not the problem itself.
Sanders is naive if he is under the impression that supporting Biden would earn him goodwill with the media. Joy Reid would never accept Sanders and neither would any other vapid news show host or pundit. Bernie Sanders should remember his home lies with the progressive left. Furthermore, he should stop telling progressives to shut up and vote for any Democrat in November if he wants to keep his goodwill and legacy untarnished.