By Todd Smith | The Caledonian Record
Last week Bernie Sanders turned down the nomination for U.S. Senate from Vermont Democrats after the “independent” won primary support from over 90-percent of registered democrats.
The move is in keeping with Sanders’ long-time strategy of organizing his supporters to vote in the primary of the party he won’t belong to, in order to give him the Democratic nomination for re-election.
Then he politely declines the nomination he organized people to deliver to him. That way no real Democrat can get on the ballot and jeopardize Bernie’s chances of winning in November as an “independent.”
This is the same “independent” who sought the presidential nomination of a party he technically refuses to belong to, and may well do so again (when he’s 78). When Bernie first joined the national race for President, though, his handlers wanted to make clear that he caucuses with Democrats — thereby softening the association with history’s prominent Socialists like Lenin, Stalin, Chairman Mao, Guevara, and Chavez.
That was shrewd, because in a land of individual rights and personal liberty, a candidate pitching a system in which all property is owned and administered by government might not jibe.
But at least for now he’s only running for a third term in the U.S. Senate. And Vermonters apparently don’t mind re-distributionist political philosophies.
It’s also pretty clear Bernie has no plans to stop masquerading as an “independent” even as the lifetime politician was a recent chair of the Democratic Senate Caucus Outreach Committee (which you can bet won’t encourage anyone to run for office as an “independent”).
Whatever one may think about Bernie Sanders’ “democratic socialism” agenda, the myth of his “independence” has long since succumbed to his lust for the easiest path to a lifetime job in Washington as America’s fiercest apostle of democratic (small d) socialism.
Over the past months Bernie held a handful of spaghetti dinners and local rallies around the state to remind voters what the absentee senator from Vermont looks like. He used the opportunity to ask recipients to make a $3 donation to his campaign. Even with no serious opponent, Bernie apparently believes that his $6.9 million war chest might not be enough to put him over the top. So he wants more, especially from people who can’t afford more than $3.
Then, facing no reelection threat here at home, he disappeared around the country with his cash to urge voters in other states to elect Bernie-clones, running on the ticket of the party he won’t belong to because he’s an “independent.”
Bernie Sanders will never make anyone’s list of Great Statesmen, but the millionaire sure ranks on top of our list of Great Self-Serving Hypocrites.
Todd M. Smith is the publisher of the Caledonian Record, where this editorial first appeared. He lives in St. Johnsbury.