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Bernie Bros See Beto as Another Obama and That’s a Big Problem

Bernie Bros See Beto as Another Obama and That’s a Big Problem

“Socialists generally regard Obama as a failure”

The war between Bernie Sanders supporters and fans of Beto O’Rourke is real. Despite their similarities, people on the left are engaging in a battle over purity, and only the most “real” progressive will do.

My colleague Kemberlee Kaye described the struggle in a recent post:

Bernie Sanders Supporters Wage War on Beto O’Rourke

According to a report by NBC, Sanders supporters are already putting the heat O’Rourke, attempting to paint him as a less than committed ideologue.

Sanders, a self-described socialist, was the clear left-winger in the 2016 election, but in the two years since Trump was elected, Democrats have wholly abandoned any guise of centrism in a race to prove who is the truest, most leftist progressive.

From NBC:

The main line of attack against O’Rourke is that he isn’t progressive enough — that he’s been too close to Republicans in Congress, too close to corporate donors and not willing enough to use his star power to help fellow Democrats — and it is being pushed almost exclusively by Sanders supporters online and in print.

It’s been the first flashpoint in what promises to be a politically bloody primary — one that has drawn responses from foot soldiers in the Obama and Clinton wings of the party — as Democrats begin to focus on who has the best chance to deny President Donald Trump a second term in the Oval Office.

In a recent column for New York Mag, liberal writer Jonathan Chait wrote about this conflict and highlighted the core issue:

Why the Bernie Movement Must Crush Beto O’Rourke

The rise of Beto O’Rourke poses an obvious threat. The Texas congressman has replicated aspects of Sanders’s appeal — his positivity and refusal to accept PAC money — while exceeding it in some ways. Sanders is charismatic in an unconventional way, the slovenly and cranky but somewhat lovable old uncle, while O’Rourke projects a classic handsome, toothy, Kennedy-esque charm that reliably makes Democrats swoon. Hard-core loyalists find the contrast irksome. “Reading Karl Marx is cool,” said Nomiki Konst, a Sanders loyalist and candidate for New York City public advocate, to NBC. “Doing a livestream while you’re doing your laundry is a gimmick.” The comment sums up the left’s well-grounded fear that Sanders’s hard-core ideological appeal can be easily disarmed with personal charisma…

The frequently invoked comparisons between O’Rourke and the 44th president explain both O’Rourke’s wide appeal within the party ranks and the mistrust he has inspired on the far left. Socialists generally regard Obama as a failure; Sanders often critiqued Obama implicitly, sometimes explicitly.

O’Rourke’s burgeoning image as the next Obama is the very reason socialists reject him. “I think they are suspicious of Beto because he has taken oil and gas money, he’s becoming the darling of big donors, and Obama likes him,” says historian Michael Kazin. “Beto is a lot like Obama, true;” writes Breunig, “it’s perhaps time for left-leaning Democrats to realize that may not be a good thing.” Of course, given that 95 percent of Democrats approve of Obama, this message has fairly limited utility as a line of attack.

Establishment Democrats would probably be just fine with another Obama, but that’s not good enough for the party’s far left base. They want Bernie’s socialist revolution, which they don’t believe Beto will deliver.


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Bernie has bigger problems then Beto, think Michelle and Kamala

We’re in the era of personality cults, and Obama is an excellent example. He had no accomplishments, yet was elected President. Of course, he had the MSM on his side (or up his…), and the vast majority of Dems who will pull the “D” lever for anyone, regardless of qualifications (or disqualifications). Some may point to Trump as another example, but he wasn’t only famous, he had solid accomplishments in the business world.

Obama was a nominee that ran counter to the trend of the past thirty years. Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush were all executives, not legislators. I thought that US voters were getting smarter and electing people who had actually ran something in their career. Politicians do two things: attend meetings and make speeches. Executives make things happen.

By electing Trump, we went back to the trend. Hillary had done nothing in her life to qualify her as Chief Executive. I’m hoping that trend continues. All the talk of Oprah, Michelle, Bernie, and Beto being the nominee I think is a good thing. With the exception of Oprah, none have accomplished anything.

I hope the eight-year (failed) experiment in electing Presidents solely on charisma was enough to convince the American voters that empty suits and empty chairs do nothing to advance our national interests. What concerns me more is a Democrat who has name recognition, charisma, and accomplishments other than holding office.

“Socialists generally regard Obama as a failure”

The socialists and I finally agree on something…

Bernie needs a melanin transfusion STAT. When the party that wants America to be just like Africa votes they choose color over competent. Throw in a vagina with melanin and The Bern is done for.

Robert Francis O’Rourke is perhaps not “Beto” after all. According to Wiki:

“Cisco” and “Pancho” are both nicknames given to men whose Spanish name is Francisco, which in English is “Francis.” or Frank. [Pancho is also clearly associated with the Spanish name my friend Alphonso, was nicknamed “Pancho” – likely as a result of all-day Saturday movies in my childhood in the early ’50s which cost a dime and almost always included a Cisco Kid feature.]

Although both Pancho and Cisco are clearly identifiable as Mexicans, throughout the entire series they spoke to each other in English, with Pancho speaking a thickly accented and very tortured English [calling The Kid “Seesco”] , as if the two of them were not both fluent and comfortable in Spanish. [Today, I suppose these movies would be banned as racist]. While the character’s real name is never mentioned on the TV series, most fans and followers from the movie series in the 40’s and the books know that he is Juan Carlos Francisco Antonio Hernandez.

Strangely enough, I have never heard of a famous American named Frank called “Cisco” and the cast of characters on 4077 M*A*S*H* never used that nickname for Father Mulcahy. But now we know that an Irish-American politician from El Paso is attempting to be Mexican by adopting a Spanish nickname. Any gimmick to get votes, I guess.

It is probable, but not clear, that Pancho or Cisco were originally named after the famous Mexican revolutionary general whose nom de guerre was Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

So “Cisco” is obviously far more appropriate for O’Rourke than “Beto.”