One sees on Facebook statements made and I have had friends say that if Bernie Sander is not the Democrat nominee, they will stay home on election day. What they expect this to accomplish other than putting a Republican in the White House and damaging the country for a generation, especially if the Supreme Court thrown to the far right for a generation or more. Such anger and willingness to harm the country, not to mention, ultimately themselves, is irrational to me. Indeed, it is more what one would expect from logic free Christofascists rather than progressives. A piece in Salon looks at this irrational hatred and the damage it is doing to the cause these liberals claim to support. Here are excerpts:
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This might seem like an indication of what we already know — that the former secretary of state is an extremely polarizing candidate, whose very name is treated as a curse word or a reason to break out the Holy Water during the Republican presidential debates. The New York Times’ Mark Leibovitch earlier this year that “divisive” has become almost associated with her very name: “Clinton has worn the polarizing badge more than any other politician since the word came into its unfortunate vogue.” But as Leibovitch argued, Hillary’s status as a divider is less a product of her politics than our own.
Leibovitch compared the phenomenon to “Bush derangement syndrome,” a term coined by Charles Krauthammer to describe “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay —the very existence of George W. Bush.
The biggest difference here is that before Krauthammer labeled Bush’s critics deranged, George W. already had three years of policies behind him. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, hasn’t been in the Oval Office a single day, and her presidency is already being treated by some as an unmitigated disaster. What’s more, even members of her are getting in on the action. In a recent column for Salon, self-avowed millennial progressive Walter Bragman that Clinton isn’t just a bad candidate — she’s a threat to the future of the Democratic party itself — and compares her to the second coming of Reagan, a corrosive force that will destroy the foundation’s of American progressivism.
We’ve clearly moved past derangement. This is the time of full-on Hillary hysteria.
You’ve heard all of this before, of course. Hillary Clinton isn’t trustworthy. She isn’t “relatable” or “real.” (However we happen to be defining those words today.) Her so-called likability problem is ancient news by now — the same nebulous idea that has dogged her all the way back to her time as First Lady. But while these criticisms would be perfect for your anti-Hillary poker night (“B-23 — ballbusting!”), they’re also indicative of just how much the aversion to her candidacy — even among those on the left — is removed from the realm of policy. Even in Bragman’s takedown of Clinton, he with her image: “Hillary’s personality repels me (and many others).”
Clinton has continued to occupy that same space for the better part of three decades now, a one-woman culture war who plays the political game the same way the men around her do. But unlike those men, Clinton is chided for being “disingenuous” and a “political insider.” Everyone else just gets to do their job.
If America as a whole has a complicated relationship with the former First Lady, one segment of the population stands out. Research from the Wall Street Journal this November that Hillary hysteria is coming from one major sector of the population — white men. “Sixty-four percent, compared with just 26 percent who see her in a positive light,” the Journal’s Aaron Zitner . “That’s a gap of 38 points.”
And while Clinton critics could point to her deficit among white men as reason to worry about her electability in the general election, Zitner also notes that “Republicans are in such [dire] need of minority-voter support that they can lose in 2016 even if Mrs. Clinton under performs Mr. Obama among white voters.”
The response from many among Sanders’ to Hillary Clinton’s continued success in the polls is to refuse to vote for her in the general election, as if the only thing worse than a Republican presidency is four years of another Clinton. But instead of folding our arms like a pack of third graders who have been told recess is cancelled, Sanders supporters should hold Hillary Clinton accountable to the right things, instead of quibbling about how much we just don’t like her, make her a better candidate.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters might accuse Clinton of sounding like a Republican, but we’re the ones who are doing the GOP’s dirty work for them.
Having been active in politics for over 25 years, the reality is that one rarely finds the "perfect candidate." Instead, one has to choose the better choice from the field of candidates. Childish foot stomping and screams that one is taking their toys and going home accomplishes nothing. Indeed, all it shows is the immaturity and irrationality of those throwing the conniption fits.