Bernie Sanders framed himself as the man who could change Washington. He described himself as the so-called “organizer-in-chief,” a novel phrase implying a federal politician unwilling to fight for the presidency can turn the balance of power. Given his organizing isn’t being geared towards general strikes, policy concessions, or pressuring his alleged rapist friend Joe Biden to drop out of the race, but rather allowing his own aides to sheep-dog his supporters into a pro-Biden Super PAC, you can see how the mighty have fallen.
As reported by The New York Times, several of the progressive senator’s key campaign staff — including his former campaign manager Jeff Weaver, his senior adviser on Latino-outreach Chuck Rocha, his digital strategy and fundraising expert Tim Tagaris, and 2016 campaign advisers Shelli Jackson and Mark Longabaugh — have all joined a new big-money effort to somehow convince young, progressive, Latino and “blue-collar workers” into voting for Biden. This is ironic considering Sanders is a notorious critic of PACs, Super PACs, and corrupt donations from “the millionaires and billionaires.” The kicker? Biden and Weaver’s new effort is called The Future To Believe In PAC, which is based on the 2016 Sanders campaign motto. Talk about a downgrade in integrity.
“The senator is not supportive of Super PACs, and he is not supportive of this Super PAC,” Weaver told the Times. “He certainly would prefer we had not done it through a super PAC. Each of us has to make our own decision about how to move forward. Given the short time frame until the general election, this was the most efficient way for the Sanders movement to lock in some of the gains progressives have made.” Weaver failed to elaborate on what these “gains” amount to, especially since herding supporters via an unaccountable money machine should at least offer some promises on paper. As it stands, it’s just the Biden platform with the face of Bernie silently whispering “I.O.U.” It’s hardly a convincing case.
Likewise, Sanders completely refused to comment on the PAC, referring the press to a separate statement from his spokesman, Mike Casca, desperately trying to make the case he’s “always opposed Super PACs” and that “this is an effort completely independent of him and his…