Bernie Sanders: Please DON'T undermine your campaign speeches with too many policy specifics
This column by Gail Collins, Cornering the Anger Market, makes some excellent points. It's a wake-up call to all Democratic candidates who think they can capture the voters' attention with specific step-by-step plans. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have been the most successful at stoking the voters' fear and loathing.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump is shrewd enough to NOT strain his audiences' intelligence by boring them, or going over their heads, with any specific plans or details. “I'm gonna build a huuuuuge wall and make those dirty Mexicans pay for it!” “Take that Muslim bitch's overcoat away from her and throw her out in the snowbank!” The audience goes into an orgasmic frenzy of hatred, and they don't even have to comprehend any big words or listen to any boring details.
Bernie Sanders is just as skilled at dialing into the public's anger, and he doesn't even have to scapegoat poor people, minorities or refugees. “Congress does not regulate Wall Street … WALL STREET REGULATES CONGRESS!”
“[Wachovia, an American bank later acquired by Wells Fargo] aided Mexican drug cartels by laundering billions of dollars in their cash. Yet the total fine for this offense was less than 2 percent of the bank’s $12.3 billion profit … and no one went to jail. No one went to jail.”
“If you [financial barons] do not end your greed, we will end it for you.”
All right! But then Bernie takes the wind out of his sails by following up his rhetoric with step-by-step details on how he's going to accomplish this. NO!!! Damn it, Bernie, this is America! Most voters don't give a fuck about (or comprehend) the derivatives market, reinstating Glass-Steagall, yada yada. Huh??? Do what now? Oh look, something shiny!
The follow short comedy clip should be a constant reminder for any politician who might forget who his/her audience is, and how to communicate with them:
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