I admit to being an unabashed supporter of Bernie Sanders. I do not care that he’s a Democratic Socialist. I believe the country needs a balance between Socialism and Capitalism, and the loss of that balance is why we currently face a historic gap in wealth between the fat cats at the top and everybody else in the middle and at the bottom. I also admit to sometimes watching MSNBC and frankly, Chris Matthews is starting to bother me more than just a little. I’m tired of his cheerleading for Hillary Clinton and his near absolute blindness to Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, is climbing in the polls in Iowa. Recently, CBS reported that he was “neck and neck” with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. He has repeatedly had to switch to larger venues to accommodate larger crowds as he travels around the country on speaking engagements. He’s pulling in the biggest crowds of any candidate on either side. His people just booked the 16-thousand seat Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for a rally on August 10th. And yet, while watching MSNBC, and Matthews in particular, one feels that Sanders is irrelevant. That the Republican primary is a done deal for Hillary Clinton, and that Bernie is just wasting our time. Much like Barack Obama, in 2008.
How disappointing that MSNBC, which is flailing around trying to decide what to do about its ratings problems is blind to the fact that not everyone wants to watch an outlet that sometimes acts like a cheerleader for Hillary Clinton. There are other candidates, and Bernie Sanders is among them. He is speaking to issues that Clinton refuses to touch. His message is obviously resonating with an increasing number of people. But not Chris Matthews, who apparently has personally anointed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, a fact which was all too obvious during last night’s roundtable discussion on MSNBC, following the Republican debate. How sad. How boring.
Okay, so Hillary looks good in the national polls, but does that mean there aren’t two sides to the story? Could Bernie Sanders possibly have a chance and if nothing else, doesn’t that make this race far more interesting?
Flash! Headline in the Huffington Post! “Almost Every Major Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Challenging or Defeating Clinton and Republicans.”
What is it about Sanders that Matthews finds so objectionable? Is it Bernie’s Socialism, or could it be his position on the corporatocracy, that uber-wealthy individuals and corporations have purchased our democracy and shut it down? That Democracy is all but dead in America, and that Matthews, doesn’t want to talk about it, because once you get that real the political ballgame Matthews and so many other beltway insiders like to play becomes all but irrelevant. It’s the elephant in the middle of the room and in refusing to discuss it, they are making themselves and their shows irrelevant while Bernie Sanders, who has gotten beyond the same old political “newspeak” continues picking up support. As does Donald Trump, and his traveling “Bullworth” roadshow. Do you suppose this could be at least part of the reason MSNBC’s ratings are in the toilet?
This won’t be over until the fat lady sings, and at this point, she isn’t even reaching for her throat spray.