I think this elegantly expresses why I like Bernie so much. My current opinion:
I THINK HILLARY WOULD MAKE A GREAT PREZ. BUT I THINK BERNIE WOULD BE BETTER.
I thought about my personal feelings and uneasiness with Hillary yesterday when I was listening to Cameron Esposito joke about it, unable to hide how frustrated she is that Bernie is doing so well (starts at 43:43):
…I think she is Presidential! Presidential. Did she have some shit go on in her voting record? Yeah. She’s fuckin’ presidential. Has she like… made some alliances with corporate America? Yeah – she’s fuckin’ presidential! It’s as if you live in a world where there has never been a president when you talk about Hillary Clinton having some bad shit on her voting record. […]
[There’s a great bit about keeping Michelle Obama on as First Lady.]
I’m so furious about this, but you know why? … I like her. I think she is presidential, I also think she is relatable. To me she is relatable, because people shit on her because of the way that she looks, and people don’t take her seriously because of the way her voice sounds, and people don’t think she could be president because she is a fucking woman. And that is exactly what it’s like to be a female comic. So when I look at her I’m like “Yeah baby, you go. You fucking go! You get us that sit-com girl!”
I relate to her. Obviously also, there are ways I don’t relate to her. She’s a politician! You’re not supposed to actually be able to relate to politicians and Bernie Sanders is a cool dude. He’s a fucking cool dude. I hope that Hillary, when she wins, appoints him to like a pretty cool, responsible position where he tells people not to do shit, but he cannot be president. You are deluding yourself if you think he can be president. He will not be president, there will not be a president Bernie Sanders.
If he is the nominee [this set was before the Iowa caucus results], and Donald Trump is the nominee, take a minute. Actually imagine that debate. Like Bernie… he’s got some great points on the issues. He’s also talking about an America that will never happen, like where each of us gets a pony. And that pony stops wars… with health care! And global cooling! It’s like, those are not actually things a president can do. Like the things that he wants to do are not things that one person can do. As a country, I’m glad we have him so we can listen to him, so we can realize where we are fucking up so we can all be better, but you can’t have a president in office and suddenly everything is fucking different and there’s no special special interests and oil runs in the streets cause it’s free! Cars are made of sugar dust! None of this is real.
So he would say his magical thinking, and then Trump would say his magical thinking. But Trump’s magical thinking is scarier. And also, Trump is better at delivering his magical thinking…
Legit Trump jokes follow, then Cam digresses into general republican craziness, then Hillary comes in and saves the day, which is a great bit. Her final button is that with a Clinton candidate women would 100% guarantee the democratic victory in the general election. The issue is that her thinking seems panicked about Bernie’s chances like Hillary is right now. I’m not saying Clinton supporters are one-issue voters. Not at all. That’s a very silly thing of which to accuse them. Some, maybe, but the true die-hards out there like @cameronesposito have many great reasons to prop up a potential Clinton presidency: Limitless experience. Proven policy-making and negotiation skill. Continuing/strengthening Obama’s legacy and policies. And you know what? It IS enough that Clinton is a woman. We desperately need a female president.
Here’s where I disagree with that thinking. Why not give pure liberalism a chance? Bernie’s policies are different and super hopeful and “unrealistically” utopian. But it can work. Woodrow Wilson, The Roosevelts (all 3 of them), JFK, LBJ, etc. Boosting the federal government’s role in taking care of its citizenry has documented power to send waves of progress deep into the future.
“But Bernie’s ideas will die in this congress.” SO VOTE IN A BETTER CONGRESS WITH ME. My view is simply this: Don’t settle on conservative moderate Hillary Clinton when we have a true liberal bastion in Bernie Sanders. In the (50% likely) event that Hil gets the nom? I will canvas, call, and GOTV for her. Until then, I remain hopeful.