Editor’s Note: We intended to write today about Governor Brown’s “trailer bill” for “streamlining affordable housing approvals,” but the text of the bill keeps changing, so we’ve decided to wait for the final version, which is expected this week.  

The Bern

In the meantime . . .

The Merry-Go-Round usually doesn’t comment about national politics, and we lack even the most basic of credentials entitling us to endorse a candidate for the Democratic party presidential nomination.

Nevertheless, as the primary season ends, we can’t resist giving a tip o’ the hat to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Honest.  Passionate.  Principled.

Those are the adjectives applied over and over to Senator Sanders by pundits and voters during the campaign.

Commendable qualities all.

Of course, the Senator’s more recent behavior has earned him a new set of epithets: Uncompromising.  Irascible.  Curmudgeonly.

Traits that raise him even higher in our estimation.

As our regular readers know, to us politics is theater, not theology.  The Inner Ring, Washington-style, may be clamoring for Bernie to yield the floor, but, like Jefferson Smith, he’s convinced that lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.

We can only fantasize that Hillary Clinton now will burst out of the cloakroom shouting, “Every word that man said is the truth!  Expel me, not him!”  But what we would have paid to have watched the Bern take on the Donald in a series of debates.

Ah, well.  There’s always Elizabeth Warren.



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2 Responses to Bern-out

  1. Bill2 says:

    Hmmm. Very brief blog this week. Though Bernie said many things that I agree with, I certainly understand that what politicians say are seldom what they do, or are allowed to do. It would be of interest to your readers to review the campaign promises and messaging for the past four presidents and see if they were able to deliver on those promises. I suspect they haven’t. We pay so much attention on who is running for President, when what matters is the Senate and Congress. If Congress is against something, it will go no where. So, I do hope that we can gain some traction with Congress and realize that no matter who they are and how long they have been in office, they are a part of the problem. Office term-outs are needed.

  2. carol says:

    Bill2: I think that is exactly Donald Trump’s point. Since “what politicians say is seldom what they do, or are allowed to do”, he feels he can say anything he feels like saying at the moment, since he knows he probably won’t be able to do it anyway.. Especially if it is something so outrageous that no inaugurated president would be able to persuade the Congress to go along. This is actually true transparency–much more than Hillary. Hillary speaks in such vague generalities I have no idea what she will do, or try to do, but she knows the playing field better for having been a senator. The “Stop Trump” movement is just a distraction.
    Given the current predicament of Judge Aaron Persky, I wish there were term limits for elected judges.

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