Bernie’s Brand Is Crisis

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You may have heard that Bernie’s senior strategist Tad Devine filled the same role for failed candidates Gore and Kerry. But let’s talk about his successes.

You hear that right. Tad Devine‘s winning candidate caused literal riots in the streets in Bolivia and several incidents locally called “wars”. Devine’s employer in Ukraine wound up signing a highly unpopular deal with Russia instead of the EU, triggering the Orange Revolution, and fleeing to the Motherland with several billion dollars from the Ukraine treasury.

An award winning documentary was named for a phrase Devine coined in Bolivia, “Our Brand Is Crisis”. A decade later Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton brought the story to the masses:

So here we have an election whose message was driven by fear, distrust in the government, accusations of fraud, polarizing division, hyperbolic statistics and empty financial promises. The same methodologies used in Bolivia are in play in the Sanders campaign. Even Russian state media and right-winger sites like Brietbart are welcome sources if it makes “the establishment” look bad.

The far left needs to pause and examine the credibility of its sources.

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Some words on the subject from Devine himself.

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  • As I have commented several times, the thing that worries me about Sanders is that despite being a Senator he may not be sufficiently conversant with how power and influence are wielded. Reagan was a disaster because – lacking a brain of his own – he was manipulated by those around him. (And he was selected for just that reason).

    Bernie may be too naive for his own (or the country’s) good. He may, in other words, be the best amateur politician when the office requires a professional. And he would not bring similar well-meaning amateurs into power. The professionals would swamp him. And being surrounded by professionals when you’re an amateur could be worse than being a professional and picking which fellow professionals would surround you.

    • There is actually a body of research that would support the contention that such a configuration actually tends to produce the best decision making. The amateurs tend not to be “captured” by ossified option sets and the experts are able to draw effectively on their considerable information stores to “fill in” the details.

      That said, I am not optimistic that this is what would occur in this situation. My view, what you are looking at are simply different manifestations of what one might term the boomer consensus. The principal axis of political contention, though all parties to the political process scrupulously avoid addressing it, is the intergenerational. In the main, what is debated is simply which flavour of policy will put the interests of the boomers ahead of everyone else.

  • Naturally, in the current system Sanders doesn’t fit in. Wall Street and its corrupt financial shenanigans is anathema to him. That’s why he is attacking it.

    But Sander’s message is larger than the man himself. He has pierced the capitalist armor that envelopes the White House and the Capitol complex. He has provided the ignition needed to spark the minds of millions of young Americans into believing a better world is possible.

    The American Elite has been put on notice.

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