The anti-Bernie crowd has come roaring back: The Corporate Democrats; their wealthy donors; the smirking, neoliberal talking heads; the celebrities who don't want their taxes going up; the "misogyny" accusers; the op-ed writers who tell us that even the smallest of policy changes takes centuries to occur; the mainstream media that spends only 15 seconds covering Bernie's amazing first-day fundraising, before scurrying back to Trump-coverage; the Internet news article commenters, convinced that (a) every Bernie supporter is a Russian bot, and (b) Bernie is simply not electable - despite every poll showing he's the most popular politician in America; and, of course, Jeff Bezos's very loyal journalists & columnists at the Washington-Bezos Post.
Indeed, two of Bezos's "don't-tax-my-boss" propagandists were on the job Monday, when Bernie announced his candidacy, with one writing "Bernie Sanders is probably just another one hit wonder," and the other writing, "Bernie, your moment has come - and gone." (Thankfully, Bernie was having none of it, raising nearly $6 million-- from a quarter-of-a-million of his supporters--within the first 24 hours of his candidacy - far more than any other presidential hopeful.)
This reminds me of when, in 2016, the Washington-Bezos Post ran 16 anti-Bernie hit pieces in just 16 hours. That's how much the Establishment feels threatened by Bernie's "of, by, and for the people" agenda.
Yes, there is something sinister about this anti-Bernie crowd. Many of them, for example, participated in rigging the primaries against Sanders. And it's not just the "Bernie Bros" who know this. Elizabeth Warren knows it; Tulsi Gabbard knows it; Harry Reid knows it; and even former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile knows it. Republicans know it too, even Trump. It seems the only people who don't know this are the Hillary and Obama types.
Other anti-Bernie zealots scolded us like broken records, endlessly repeating, "It's not possible... it's not possible... it's not possible... pie in the sky... pie in the sky... pie in the sky." Well, those "no he can't" folks are, unfortunately, back.
And still others swore up and down, left and right, that Bernie had no chance to beat Trump (even though polls consistently showed him having a much better chance to win than Hillary); while, at the same time, exclaiming, "Only Hillary can beat Trump!!!" - after which, of course, Hillary promptly lost. These folks are back too.
Some (not all) Democratic candidates are appropriating Bernie ideas, and then corporatizing them. For example, declaring: "Yeah, I'm for Medicare-for-All, and so what I'll do is expand Medicare for a few people, and then do a bunch private sector stuff." (!)
And let's be clear, when they say they're for Medicare-for-All, we know full-well that they're not really going to fight for it in a full-throated way. They'll say the words alright, to get the progressive vote, but then they'll toss the idea into the public policy garbage bin, apologizing, "well, hey, we have to reach across the aisle and come to some sort of bipartisan solution." This tactic--appeal to progressives, then dismiss them, then pretend to be the "adult in the room"--is straight out of the Obama playbook.
(Special note: Elizabeth Warren, and probably Tulsi Gabbard too, will fight for progressive policies. The others? I'm not convinced. Support is one thing, but fight is another.)
So, what gives with all this rabid, anti-Bernie negativity?
Well, what most of these shameless demoralizers have in common, I suspect, is that they're financially secure, if not well-off. And so, they look at the policy agenda of Bernie Sanders, most of which is geared towards helping struggling Americans, and are either puzzled by it or disgusted by it. You see, one the biggest secrets in American politics today is that many (and probably most) liberal elites don't want their taxes raised to help build-up the common good. The common good means no more to them than it does to the Koch Brothers - at least, not if they have to pay for it.
Now, the liberal elite may support, in theory, equal opportunity for different genders and races; but they're not in favor of equal opportunity for the poor--the poor of any group--because that sort of thing would require them to pay higher taxes. No, when they think about equal opportunity, they're thinking about the African American kid down the street, in their gated community, "Oh yeah, Michael; he's good kid. He should have a fair college admissions process."
This sort of economically-deaf egalitarianism is why you see so many centrist Democrats looking at Bernie's proposals, like free public college (which would help lower-income groups of all genders and races), like deer caught in the headlights. "Good Lord," they utter in an astonished, dumbfounded way, "How the heck will we pay for that??" - which, of course, is code for, "I don't want to pay for that... and don't you dare touch my multi-million dollar estate for that!" Of course, they frame their reluctance as, "oh, that's just pie in the sky!" Or, as Amy Klobuchar put it: "If I was a magic genie and could give [free public college] to everyone and we could afford it, I would." (Meanwhile, of course, the uber-wealthy and the Pentagon keep pouring billions and billions into their respective treasure chests. We can't afford it? Bullsh*t.)
The liberal elite are telling us to go away. The plutocrats are telling us to be quiet. The op-ed writers want us to doubt ourselves. Corporate America wants us to give up. The scolds of political correctness demand that we be ashamed of ourselves, forever, at the first mistake.
We will not do any of those things. We will fight. As long as the financial predators of this country are running the show, with their campaign & Super PAC cash, we will fight.