Defeatism Leads to Defeat

I am confessing right off the bat that this will be one of my less original blogs. Caitlin Johnstone, a writer and pundit I seriously admire, has already gone into this in more detail than you’re going to see here.
Still, I am going to add my two cents worth, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.
These words were actually spoken, on air and in public, by Bill Maher, who I used to think of as a pretty smart guy. “I’m sick of hearing that Democrats need to excite the base; Trump excites the base. It’s the fatigue, stupid. Let’s make it hard for Donald Trump to play on voters’ fears and let the fatigue win the election for us. We’ll get to the revolution, but remember: put on your oxygen mask before assisting your child.”
That was part of a much longer spiel in which he said we should all get behind Joe Biden even though nobody is enthusiastic about him.
The logic is bizarre. We do have candidates in the race who get people excited. Bernie and Tulsi. Even Elizabeth Warren gets people more excited than Joe Biden, and she’s not really very exciting at all.
Let fatigue win the election for us? When has that ever happened. When has just coasting, and taking no chances, ever won an election? When has it ever won a sporting event, or a war, or the heart of the one you desired? It is not a winning strategy. It is the opposite.
It’s what the Democrats tried in 2016. Hillary didn’t get people excited, even her rabid supporters were urging us to vote for her by saying “a turd sandwich beats a bunch of ground up razor blades.” And, as we all can confirm just by a quick glance at the news, she is not president. She never became president.
The way I see it, there are three candidates on the D side who get people excited. Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Andrew Yang.
Yang, with no record at all of elected office, is probably not a good choice. He should run for congress somewhere first, and work his way up.
I’d be happy with either Bernie or Tulsi as the nominee.

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2 responses to “Defeatism Leads to Defeat

  1. Dennis Watson

    Tulsi gets you excited but I don’t think the general public is quite so enthousiatic. Bernie is the man. I think Warren would do better than Tulsi, but I may be mistaken.

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