No politician today claims to be more authentic and yet is more of a fraud than Bernie Sanders. The great Post Office renamer has built a career of giving speeches about the things he wants to do. His tactic is to stake out a position so far to the left that no one will work with him and then pretend to be an isolated progressive who is pointing in the right direction while everyone else is a sellout.
Of course it's all fake.
The money that Bernie used his way to break the $1 million mark and buy his way into the 1% came from the $27 donors he touted during his campaign. Other campaigns were funded by billionaires. But the folks paying for Bernie’s private Delta 767 with its menu of herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine were ordinary people who would never be allowed to fly on it.
So it's time for Bernie to showily disavow political dynasties.
Sanders on not endorsing his son, who is running for Congress in NH: “Levi has spent his life in service to low income and working families, and I am very proud of all that he has done. In our family, however, we do not believe in dynastic politics.”
Sanders and Our Revolution aren't backing Levi Sanders who is expected to do very poorly. Some view that as a tactical strategy. But Bernie has always favored a political dynasty of his stepkids.
Bernie’s stepdaughter is running for his old job as mayor of Burlington.
Carina Driscoll, the daughter of Bernie’s wife, Jane Sanders, will run as an independent. It’s an ironic designation considering that running for your stepdad’s old job is about as independent as Jeb Bush and Chelsea Clinton. Her office is two doors down from her mom’s Sanders Institute operation.
Our Revolution, Bernie’s dark money fake social welfare organization, has endorsed her and sent out a fundraising email for her. People for Bernie also endorsed Carina. Her brother, who runs the Sanders Institute, used his Twitter account to promote her campaign. She’s even reusing her stepdad’s slogan.
Burlington College was raided by the Sanders clan. Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, is under FBI investigation for allegedly lying about the school’s finances on a bank loan application. The debt broke the college, which had to shut down under the crushing burden of the loan, while Jane walked away with $200K.
Carina did pretty well during her mother’s mismanagement of Burlington College. The Vermont Woodworking School got $500K from Burlington College. It was among the college’s most expensive programs with a budget over 10% that of Burlington. That’s some rather pricey woodworking.
Why did a struggling college need to spend all that money on a woodworking school?
“This was a sweetheart deal for Carina Driscoll, Jane Sanders’ daughter,” Carol Moore, Burlington's final president, said. She accused Carina's school of “gouging the college.”
Bernie had paid his wife, $80,000 for “consulting and ad placement” in his congressional campaign. What’s her expertise in ad placement? Jane was a community organizer with a degree in social work who married Bernie and honeymooned with him in the USSR.
Mother and daughter had teamed up for a series of ad buying firms, including, Sanders & Driscoll, Leadership Strategies, which listed two of Jane’s kids, and handled ads for her husband’s campaign.
These days, Jane Sanders has branched out into founding the Sanders Institute whose mission is to “revitalize democracy by actively engaging individuals.”
As long as those individuals are members of the Sanders family.
The executive director of the Sanders Institute is Dave Driscoll, Carina’s brother, and Jane’s son.
So Bernie has built a very cushy setup for Jane's kids and his stepkids. He seems to have much less use for his son.
The family dynamics of Bernie's weird relationships are not something that I want to get into. Family is complicated. But Bernie is lying about political dynasties. He's building one.
And the fact that it's Jane's kids that benefit, not Levi, raises questions as to whether Jane, who is under FBI investigation, isn't really the brains behind the rambling, inept politician who can hardly string a coherent sentence together.
If Bernie Sanders really wants to prove he doesn't believe in political dynasties, all he has to do is pull support from Carina and dismiss family members from the Sanders Institute. That won't happen.
Bernie is a fraud and a hypocrite. He isn't fighting for the people. Like so many politicians, he's fighting for his own clan.