Let me begin by saying, I am supporting Hillary Clinton for President.
This is a not vote of calculation, a resignation for the “lesser of evils,” nor a desire to help “break a barrier.”
I believe the former New York Senator and Secretary of State to be the most knowledgeable on the issues, to have a stronger understanding of the levers of the office, and to possess the greater wisdom of the limits of the position’s power.
In short, she is more qualified for the job than the Honorable Senator from Vermont.
And he is honorable.
In fact, the best compliment I could give him in this: he is so honorable that were he from almost any other state he would be the most popular radical professor at that state’s flagship university. I think Bernie Sanders would never compromise a single value of his.
And should he ascend to the highest office in the land, that very quality would undo him.
But those two topics topics will be detailed in later entries. I have made my support of Secretary Clinton and my opposition to Senator Sanders known to avoid acting disingenuously as a sort of impartial voice for what I am attempting to do next.
I have a series of questions for Sanders’ supporters that apply to the practical workings of the presidency as an executive office. They are not “gotcha questions” nor do they require an arcane understanding of constitutional procedure.
I am moderating this thread, so any bullying, name-calling, or simply posting the links to the opinions of others will not be put into the feed (however, links backing up your own thoughts are fine.) That being said, strong passionate opinions contained in your answers is not only acceptable but also encouraged.
- If he wins the office, who would you like to see him appoint at State, Defense, and Treasury?
Those are the big three, and define the inner workings of the office
It’s safe to assume that if you are a Sanders’ supporter, you have a pretty strong idea of what his cabinet should look like. I realize few people in this country have an in depth knowledge of the great minds many presidents have access to, so I don’t need you to name actual candidates (although that would be great.) But looking back over the years of appointments, who are figures that most represent the values you would like to see in those three positions?
Be careful about naming Elizabeth Warren to anything. She is much stronger a champion for progressive values where she sits.
- What do believe his legislative strategy is for moving those appointments through a Senate that will either still be Republican or bitterly divided?
You might get help from Senators Graham and McCain who still believe elections have consequences and Presidents have a right to pick the people with whom they want to work. However, you will also have others like Rubio and Cruz who will be coming out of a defeat and positioning themselves for a return from the wilderness in 2020 by blocking almost any genuinely progressive or dovish figure.
In fact, with Cruz, it won’t matter whom Sanders’ picks. The Texas Senator will be merely trying to give Sanders an early shit sandwich to demonstrate the limits of his presidential power.
And he won’t be alone.
Here’s a bonus question: Sanders is told that he can have Stiglitz at Treasury, but that the votes won’t be there unless a party-neutral-Henry-Kissinger-type and a former conservative Democratic Senator (such as Sam Nunn) are given State and Defense respectively.
He takes the deal. Is he betraying his principles?
- As president, one of Obama’s greatest failures was his inability to be the head of his party, and governorships around the country are indicative of that failure. If Sanders is elected, what do you believe his strategy will be to rebuild the grassroots of the DNC apparatus particularly in The Deep South?
Nothing had a more damaging effect on both the midterm elections and the expansion of The ACA than the seizure of state governments by ALEC, The Kochs, The Club for Growth, Grover Norquist and their various proxy Tea Party organizations in the course of the last eight years. North Carolina and Wisconsin are particularly egregious examples.
Who do you think Sanders’ gal or guy should be at The DNC to begin the long struggle to take back the rights of not only labor but also a citizens’ ability to litigate against corporate interests?
Both have taken a terrible beating in this new millennium.
I look forward to your answers.