Hey there, all you Bernie fans! I love him too. Kamala Harris looks good? I agree. You think Elizabeth Warren could do great things? Me too. Does Beto O’Rourke look like he could beat Trump? Yes. There are lots of democrats seeking to be president, and there are a lot of good reasons to choose most of them. But we only get one.
So I suggest you throw your support 100% behind the candidate who I don’t think can get the nomination. Jay Inslee.
What??? Why would I suggest you not only support, but vigourously support the guy I think won’t even get the nomination? Let me tell you.
Whatever democrat does get it, will probably be pretty good on the issue of climate change. Maybe even very good. RELATIVELY SPEAKING.
They will acknowledge it’s real, it’s man-made, it’s dangerous, and we need to take steps to reduce emissions. They’ll keep it short and move quickly on to the next issue. Let’s be realistic: except for maybe Bernie, I haven’t heard democratic candidates give it much more than lip service. And none of them, really not even Bernie, fully understand HOW deep is the shit we’re in already.
So whichever person that turns out to be — whether it’s Kamala or Elizabeth or Bernie or Beto or whoever — I want them to feel the sting of having been burned on their tepid response (except maybe Bernie), even before they get that nomination. I want their inadequate lip service to be thrown in their faces — hell, make that a bitch-slap. They need it, every bit as much as Diane Feinstein needed the bitch-slap she got from a bunch of kids too young to vote.
And don’t tell me Bernie is so good on it that he doesn’t need the bitch-slap. I know that already. What he can’t deliver is the climate change bitch-slap to the other candidates. Only one person can throw the gauntlet in their faces: Jay Inslee.
If you love Bernie, keep Jay in the race so when the bitch-slaps come, the only ones left standing are Jay and Bernie. If you love Elizabeth, give her the bitch-slap she desperately needs, not just to get the nomination and the presidency, but to do right by us when she does.
Whoever gets the democratic nomination, needs to hear Jay Inslee’s voice loud and clear, right on their heels.