A couple of hours before President Obama offered a boffo revival of his 2008 campaign persona during a boisterous rally at the University of Wisconsin, Sen. Bernie Sanders was analyzing why the president was in a political pickle in the first place.
Sanders, the independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, speaks warmly of Obama. But unlike the man in the White House, Sanders actually is a socialist and believes devoutly in grass-roots, class-based politics.
He's been a pisser at least as long as I've known of him and been shaking my head at his kookie commie stuff when he was the Mayor of Burlington.
Burlington is a beautiful town, the closest approximation to a city that Vermont has. It's a college town with lots of beautiful young people in their hemp dresses and Birkenstocks and hippie hair.
Burlington appears to be Welfare Central. You want some free money? Go to Burlington. You will immediately have home health care aides and motorized wheelchairs and aid for women to have multiple babies by multiple, absent fathers. Workers of the world, unite! (And then immediately begin your licentious behavior on the public dime!)
But I'll tell you what, Bernie: After watching this country piss away who knows how many trillions of dollars on fake wars and torture and asshole searches, I'm a convert to your commie ways. If we're going to spend the money, I'd rather outfit everyone with a complimentary, government-approved Hoveround and free foot baths and home health aides to give back rubs.
Give 'em hell, Bernie!