Kevin Drum's article about Bernie supporters and their indifference to the rest of the Democratic ticket is yet another reason why I am not a Bernie supporter. I think we have to have strong parties; in my view the Democratic Party is progressive but not progressive enough. Yet I still vote the Democratic ticket.
Apparently Bernie Democrats are interested in voting for Bernie; the rest of the Democratic ticket can go fly a kite.
In my view in the United States because it permits the kind of race predicated on an ideal that will be impossible to achieve, a "bridge too far" for the Democratic party. Bernie likes being a purist; if someone takes money from a Super-Pac that has an agenda, they are a sell-out. This is Bernie's attack on Hillary.
In my view Bernie's "single payer" myths are simply a "dog whistle" inviting purists among Democrats to finally vote for their great prize," a president who will bring us a single payer health care system. How that is to happen is never detailed; the early leaks of what Bernie meant by "single payer" see his plans more a slogan than an achievable goal.
As someone who devoted a crucial part of his career to developing a proposed "single payer" system by the New York Department of Health, for the late Governor Mario Cuomo, who then was considering a run for the presidency. At the last moment Governor Cuomo backed out.
I will never forget the headline in the Albany-Times Union the next day after Governor Cuomo's announcement:
"Governor, we could have been contenders."
Two years later Mario Cuomo was defeated by a moderate Republican.
Why did Governor Mario Cuomo back out in 1992? My theory is that key political backers among the Democrats warned Governor Cuomo that he was walking into a Republican buzz saw. The party of Lincoln was now headquartered in the American South and much of the Midwest, states in the U.S. that have been taken over by an extreme political fundamentalism.