Time to say bye-bye, Bernie

Dear Editor:

Bernie Sanders needs to have his plug pulled.

Yo, Bernie! While I count myself among those who embrace your progressive agenda, I also understand that denial is not just a river in Egypt. You’ve been there, you’ve done that. Yo, Bernie! It didn’t work. Didn’t work then, and it won’t work this time around. Get over it. Many of your supporters already have, but you clearly have not.

Bernie, baby! You need to understand that running again is a huge mistake, on so many levels. Running yet again seriously risks you becoming the next Ralph Nader (translates: Al Gore election spoiler). While you are not likely to attract that many votes, you are likely to attract enough votes to dilute voter support for any viable Democratic contender, making the horrific outcome of Trump’s re-election more likely. So far in his first term, the Trumpster has yet to discover war. Let’s keep it that way. Please, Bernie.

Months ago, two Vermont daily newspapers ran a “please don’t do it” editorial, amid all the statewide “Will Bernie run again?” speculation. His previous run for the presidency was ultimately sabotaged by a Democratic National Committee hierarchy strongly aligned with Hillary Clinton. Throughout that futile campaign process, those Vermont newspapers reported, Sanders missed dozens of Senate votes on bills that might have benefited Vermonters and the state’s struggling and virtually nonexistent economy. In the run-up to the 20016 campaign, candidate Sanders was missing in action, or worse yet, AWOL in terms of looking out for Vermont.

As the papers’ pleading “Don’t Run” editorial noted, Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate to represent the interests of Vermont, not to once again claim his seat under the klieg lights at CNN’s endless candidate debates. Now pushing 80, Bernie has had way more than his proverbial 15 minutes of fame.

Hang it up, Bernie. Your time has come. Your time has gone.

Tom Walsh


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