I heard a story on the radio this morning about how polls say that Hillary Clinton would beat Trump in a general election but would lose to Cruz or Kasich.
Hmm. I thought about watching Trump in a general election against Clinton. I thought of all that he might say and do, in his bellicose Trump fashion. Maybe she’d win, but he’d fight from down in the mud; and she’d have to either take nasty assaults while somehow keeping her cool or get down into that mud with him.
I have no interest in seeing either of these things. On the other hand, President Cruz is not an outcome I can willingly accept.
I thought about Bernie Sanders, whom I support. He polls pretty well, last I heard, against all the Republican candidates. He has done very well in recent primaries. Could it be that though the word has been, for months, that Clinton is far more “electable,” Sanders could be as much so, at the least?
I brought these thoughts to Facebook (as we do), and a friend noted that “the combo of the DNC and the media still aren’t buying or willing to sell Bernie’s message.” Hmm. I am the media, and I “buy” Bernie, in part because he’s actually shown he cannot be bought.
But had I written about him? No. So I immediately contacted one of my editors—this one, as it happens, at a Judaism-focussed outlet.
“I know there have been several ‘Why I’m a feminist supporting Sanders’ pieces,” I wrote. “I don’t want to regurgitate them, but—can we put a new spin on it? Maybe something about how Sanders, who happens to be Jewish, reflects my Jewish (and feministic) values? I don’t even know if he’s a practicing Jew (probably not very; nor am I very observant); but he reflects my values as a Jew, a woman, and a caring human.”
She responded promptly (which is a fantastic quality in an editor, I must say). Unfortunately, the news was not good for my piece: “I think interest in Bernie is on the wane, sadly,” she said, “and the moment for that kind of post has passed.”
I like this editor very much. She is smart, communicative, and helpful. I got the clear sense from her response that it wasn’t that she did not agree with what I said but that she did not think it was timely or would attract attention.
But let’s revisit: My friend said the media’s not on board with Bernie. My editor said people aren’t reading about Bernie anymore. As Bernie himself might say, oy vey. This is a circle I’m not sure know how to break.
But there’s one thing I can do right now. As luck has it, I recently took the advice my Cousin Alan had been giving me for years and started a blog (though I still don’t know how to enable comments…working on it).
And so I am here to say: I am a feminist, and I support Bernie. I am a Jew, and I support Bernie (not because he is also a Jew but because what he proposes seems to me the most humane and ethical platform of any of the candidates, by far). I am not a Millenial, and I support Bernie (I’m Gen X and proud of it). I am not looking for boys. I am not failing to support women (in my activism as a breast cancer survivor and patient advocate, as well as in my life at large, damn straight I support women—and Bernie Sanders’ goals for healthcare). I am not a kid unaware of the ways of the world. I am all too aware of the ways of the world, and I want to make a bunch of them a lot more bearable for a lot more people. Therefore, I support Bernie.
I’m sorry that I’m not writing this for a huge media outlet. (If you are an editor at a huge media outlet and you would like me to write for you about Bernie, I will do so immediately and with enormous thanks for the opportunity.) I can’t force “big media” to write about Bernie, but I can do this. I can make my support known and encourage others to do the same. I can speak from my heart and state my views clearly, hoping to change the “business as usual” routines that are hurting so many of us—which is exactly what I’ve seen Senator Bernie Sanders doing for the many years of his career.