Time for Gordon MacRae again. It’s been a while…
1. The mark of a poor loser. No doubt about it, the Democratic Party losers are terrible at that accountability thing. Now it’s Bernie Sanders. Before him, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar blamed sexism for their own inadequacies; Harris and Cory Booker blamed racism. Sanders has all sorts of villains, anything to avoid admitting that he and his campaign have been talking irresponsible, undemocratic nonsense for months, indeed years…
- The “corporate media”
- The Democratic Party establishment
- His own youthful (read naive, deluded and ignorant) supporters, who just don’t vote as often as old people.
Maybe this is Presidential conduct now. Obama blamed everything he could on President Bush, and his followers blamed every critique on racism. President Trump is hardly any better at accepting accountability. The all-time winner, or rather all-time loser who beats them all at blaming others for losing is Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps the single most persuasive reason to leave up all those Robert E. Lee statues and memorials is to remind current leaders and future generations of the general who, as his battered, bleeding and defeated troops returned from the field of battle after Pickett’s Charge, one of the worst debacles in U.S. military history, met them saying, “It was all my fault.”
I could respect a leader like that. Are there any?
The “corporate media” bit also is annoying. A Facebook friend, mainstream media bias-denier used Bernie’s lament yesterday to mount a false dichotomy, saying that conservatives blame left-wing media bias while the Left blames the “corporate media.” Sanders indeed received negative coverage, but not because “the corporate media” fears his brand of social justice. The progressive mainstream media is desperate to defeat Trump, and to preserve the Democratic Party, and any idiot can see that running a pro-Castro, Soviet Union rationalizing Marxist would be toxic to both objectives. Even running a deteriorating dementia victim is a better bet, though not an especially good one. Fox News loved the idea of Bernie running against President Trump.
2. The mark of a coward. Sanders declined to address his disheartened supporters last night after Joe Biden pretty much ended his hopes of prevailing at the Democratic National Convention by winning decisive primary victories. Before the results were called for the Western states of North Dakota, Idaho, and Washington, the Sanders campaign announced that Bernie would not be addressing his supporters that evening.
Yecchh, and shame on him. The people who worked for Sanders so hard deserved to get a thanks and an exhortation. Maybe he should have asked Elizabeth Warren to stand in for him.
Long ago I directed a troubled musical revue at a D.C. hotel. The producer was a meddling drunk, and opening night was a disaster. I actually walked out of my own show and was contemplating hara-kiri in the lobby until the final curtain. A good friend in the cast came out and read me the proverbial riot act, reminding me that I was the leader, and that my performers needed to hear from me then more than ever. I gathered up my bitterness, put it away, and told them that they had done all they could, and that I would fix everything, somehow. (And I did. The show ran for four months. Getting rid of the producer—I threatened to sue her— helped.)
3. The mark of an asshole. Last night, President Trump endorsed Tommy Tuberville, the former college football coach who won the most votes in last week’s Republican primary for the Senate seat in Alabama. Tuberville is now in a runoff against Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general and GOP Alabama Senator. The President treated Sessions wretchedly when he was the AG, blaming him for the Russian collusion investigation because Sessions recused himself on the matter, which, as a member of the Trump 2016 campaign, he had to and should have.
The President’s appointment of Sessions as a quid pro quo for his endorsement was unethical and incompetent from the start. Perhaps unfairly, Sessions had a reputation for being racially biased, so his appointment recklessly fed into Big Lie #4: “Trump Is A Racist/White Supremacist.” Moreover, the accusation that the Trump campaign had some kind of unholy alliance with Russia had already been floated: Trump (and Sessions) should have known an investigation couldn’t be avoided. As Robert E. Lee would say, this was all Trump’s fault, but he continues to blame Sessions.
4. The mark of an idiot…On the subject of life incompetence, meet Donnie Snider, who’s feeling blue. The former Canadian forklift driver from Canada spent the past three years tattooing his entire body turquoise. It’s even the wrong color for the Blue Man Group. “I thought it would be neat,” he explained. He says he did it to improve his self-esteem.
5. The mark of someone who needs to read some history. Two of Elizabeth Warren’s mourning staffers wanted to have something to help them forever remember her campaign, and to point to with pride, as King Arthur sang in “Camelot,” before they go to sleep upon their cot, that once there was a fleeting bit of glory, called Warren’s Shot, or Plot, or something that rhymes with snot.
So they decided to get tattoos. Senator Warren had chosen “Liberty Green” as the official color of her campaign, and, like all colors, it has a “hex number,” the number a graphic artist designates in painting applications. The idea was to tattoo the “Liberty Green” hex number onto their skin, resulting in this, on their forearms:
That they didn’t realize what such tattoos suggest is another indictment of our miserable educational system and the historical literacy of young Americans…and, perhaps, the degree of ignorance it required to think Warren had any business running for President of the United States.