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Feelin’ the Bern … (or, A bad year for Party Establishments )

Uploaded: Feb 10, 2016
Four months ago had someone asked me whether I was 'Feeling the Burn' I would have assumed they referred to the results of eating at the Wednesday night taco trucks. Apparently I misunderstood.

In a country of over 300 Million people I find it absurd that there aren’t qualified candidates for president without a coronation of family dynasties as President, whether Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush. Hillary is effectively running as an incumbent running for the third term of Bill Clinton or third term of Barack Obama – or both – due to her close personal proximity to their respective policies over the past 12 years. She owns that perception. She’s starting out as a vision of old news.

This contrasts with Bernie Sanders: fresh news. While I’m concerned that he doesn’t address the many other issues facing us, he comes off as honest. It’s the Brooklyn street honesty I grew up with. Dissing him shouldn’t be about his age: he’s only 6 years older than Hillary.

Hillary’s current lack of traction, and Bernie’s and Donald Trump’s ascending popularity reflects dissatisfaction with the courses set out by both parties. I wonder if this is the harbinger of a generally a bad year for incumbents.

Michael Bloomberg is the class act in the room. Experienced in running a city under fire, won three mayoral elections in a city of 8.4 million with rainbow of constituencies and interests; a successful entrepreneur; technically savvy; a philanthropist. (He’s also a helicopter pilot: I’d really like a ride with him.)
Democracy.
What is it worth to you?

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Posted by office worker, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights,
on Feb 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

"Blumberg is the class act in the room." But what about Bloomberg? (sorry, had to) Seriously, if you like Bloomberg as a republican centrist, you should probably like both the centrists from 2008 (HRC and Obama.) Everyone else is out farther: Sanders is a liberal, and all the GOP are pretty much reactionaries. (Trump?!?!?) Anyone who calls Obama extreme hasn't been paying close attention - he has yet to raise the minimum wage, close Gitmo, withdrawal from Afghanistan, take on the Wall St Banksters, etc.. He did pull us out of the Bush Great Recession, though... Mega points for getting us out of that disaster.


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Posted by Yupster, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven,
on Feb 11, 2016 at 9:31 pm

》》》 Hillary’s current lack of traction What lack of traction? 17 republican candidates and nary a one has beat her in a head to head poll. Not a one. Trump loses by ten.


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Posted by Menlo Voter., a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Feb 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

They all suck.


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Posted by Laura, a resident of Portola Valley: other,
on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Stuart, thanks for bringing up politics. I've been thinking of doing more of it too. Time to remember how to communicate with people who think differently. It's good skill, and we can all use more practice. That said, I've felt the Bern, but I also like Trump at times too!


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