Bern Notice     There is the age-old quote, often connected to Democrats, regarding their ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. With the clown car of Republican contenders and the Democrats having the most qualified candidate for the White House since perhaps Thomas Jefferson. Her saddlebags are filled with campaign contributions, as the only truly recognizable candidate in the race, Hillary Clinton. 2016 appeared to be the year the first female would choose what rug would be going into the Oval Office.     Fearful of eight years of a Hillary presidency, Fox News and their rightwing brothers on hate radio are doing what they have been doing to the Clintons for the last three decades, creating scandals, knowing that even if nothing sticks, the average American is too busy to pay attention to what is really going on. If one screams, “fire,” in a crowded theater long enough, people are bound to think there is smoke somewhere.     Now something strange is happening. The well-oiled Clinton machine, that should have learned its lessons after getting beaten by Barack Obama in 2008, looks like a jalopy pulling out of the starting blocks. It wheezes and lurches, dripping oil on the pavement, and backfiring. No one seems that excited about her candidacy. Certain members of the media even seem a wee bit hostile towards her, cynically nitpicking everything she does.     That is not to say that a new set of mechanics won’t be sent out to get that engine roaring again or that she will rediscover her mojo. With enough time and money, the American people can be made to be excited about almost anything, like a new iPhone, soccer, a Melissa McCarthy movie, the next Nickelback album, Mitt Romney, or a third failed Bush presidency.      In fact, her current strategy is to lie low and to quietly raise huge Scrooge McDuck-like piles of cash from big donors, Wall Street insiders and Hollywood. After all, it is early. What does she have to worry about? There is no Barack Obama out there to challenge her nomination.     Hit Hulk Hogan’s Real American music. Okay, that music would probably be a bit out of character for her opponent. Think of something an elderly person might listen to in a coffee shop as he finishes off his bran muffin and prune juice, looking forward to his morning constitutional. Think Music that does not anger the blood.     Meet Bernie Sanders. He is no Barack Obama. Obama, when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2008, was a handsome man from the hip and happening city of Chicago. Bernie Sanders comes from parts unknown. Okay, Vermont, but it might as well be parts unknown. I guarantee you 95 percent of Americans could not find the Granite  State on the map. Oops! New Hampshire is the Granite State. Vermont is the Green Mountain State. Proves my point.     Barack looks like he was born to wear clothes. Bernie looks like he slept in his and possibly spilled his lunch on them. Barack always looks well groomed. Well, what is left of Bernie’s white hair looks like it is staging a sagebrush rebellion. Barack had the energy of youth. Bernie looks like every one of his town halls and campaign rallies are going to end with a campaign spokesperson saying, “The Senator has time for one last question before he takes his nap.”     Barack didn’t want to give up his Blackberry, Bernie, his pony express. Republicans have implied that Hillary Clinton is too old to be the president. The almost 74-year-old, Sanders has probably mistaken her for one of his grandchildren a time or two. The last time Bernie had his finger on the pulse was probably when the Lindy Hop was in style and Al Jolson had a new talkie at the bijou. Bernie-mania is running wild. Okay, not really running wild. No one wants him to break a hip, but how about power walking wild. Hillary has the brand name, the money, the social and political connections, and the media behind her. Bernie has a punch card at Subway.     Yet, something strange is happening. Liberals have not been this excited since they were asked to be “clean for Gene.” Bernie is packing the halls and taking no prisoners.  He is far ahead of where Barack Obama was at the same point in his first run for the presidency. His campaign is a snowball building up momentum and size.     While Hillary has to write checks, Bernie has people, really armies of people, volunteering. He had 10,000 rabid voters show up in Wisconsin to hear him speak a few days back. That is not a fringe candidate’s crowd. That is a cannon shot right across the bow of the Hillary ship and the mainstream Democratic Party. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh love to claim that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are wild-eyed liberals.  Any examination of their economic policies shows them to be moderates. Wall Street and the big banks have prospered under them. The trend that started under Reagan of the rich getting richer and the poor, poorer continue under them.     Bernie Sanders is a real liberal politician, the kind of liberal politician that school children have to go to museums to see.    “If you look to your right, kids, you will see what used to be called a liberal. They believed that government could solve some problems and help improve people’s lives. While we don’t know what killed them off, some people think a comet or they hugged the wrong tree or possibly too much blood loss due to their bleeding hearts. By the late 1980s they had disappeared from their natural habitat.  There have been false sightings here and there, but the last one was found frozen in a grocery store cooler clutching a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia and a photograph of FDR.”     Bernie Sanders is a living, breathing liberal. So, liberal that he served in the Senate as an independent, not a Democrat. He has even called himself a socialist. Not the Vladimir Lenin kind, but the western European, nobody shaves their armpits, big government is great, free health care, free education, let’s wear a banana hammock to the beach kind.     Now every American is a wee bit of a socialist, even those that want the government to keep their hands of their Social Security. It is all a matter of degree. But no politician says they are. Bernie does.     Being called a socialist in our society is akin to being labeled a child molester, or a murderer, or someone that watched every episode of According To Jim. Bernie has never hidden his socialist light under any bushel basket. He did not get the memo or cared what others thought. He might be  the only politician on the left with a spine.     He might look like he should be driving his oversized caddy to the nearest early bird special, but Bernie is causing some waves.     Clinton and Sanders are in a dead heat in New Hampshire and roughly a little over a third of Democratic voters are in the Vermont Senator’s camp. If Bernie can chip into Hillary’s stranglehold over women and minorities, which would be extremely difficult, he could win the Democratic nomination. Yet, as Hillary learned when it came to Barrack, it is almost impossible to stop a moving train.     In all probability, much like Mitt Romney four years ago, the Clinton team and “friends of Bill” will be able to chip away at her opponent’s momentum with a media blitz, working the media and friendly reporters, and plain old cash. Bernie seems almost oblivious of this thing called cash.      Yet, Romney ultimately lost because he could never capture the enthusiasm of his base.  If the Party of Jefferson and Jackson is going to win in 2016, they need to get the Obama voters that did not show up to the last two off-year elections. That involves enthusiasm.     The real question is why hasn’t the Democratic Party, with the exception of Obama, been able to capture this energy to get voters to the polls. Bernie Sanders has everything going against him in a cosmetic, youth driven culture.     Democrats seem to always be able to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.  We will see if it is true in 2016. The Democratic Party has been put on notice. Bernie notice that is.  
Bern Notice     There is the age-old quote, often connected to Democrats, regarding their ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. With the clown car of Republican contenders and the Democrats having the most qualified candidate for the White House since perhaps Thomas Jefferson. Her saddlebags are filled with campaign contributions, as the only truly recognizable candidate in the race, Hillary Clinton. 2016 appeared to be the year the first female would choose what rug would be going into the Oval Office.     Fearful of eight years of a Hillary presidency, Fox News and their rightwing brothers on hate radio are doing what they have been doing to the Clintons for the last three decades, creating scandals, knowing that even if nothing sticks, the average American is too busy to pay attention to what is really going on. If one screams, “fire,” in a crowded theater long enough, people are bound to think there is smoke somewhere.     Now something strange is happening. The well-oiled Clinton machine, that should have learned its lessons after getting beaten by Barack Obama in 2008, looks like a jalopy pulling out of the starting blocks. It wheezes and lurches, dripping oil on the pavement, and backfiring. No one seems that excited about her candidacy. Certain members of the media even seem a wee bit hostile towards her, cynically nitpicking everything she does.     That is not to say that a new set of mechanics won’t be sent out to get that engine roaring again or that she will rediscover her mojo. With enough time and money, the American people can be made to be excited about almost anything, like a new iPhone, soccer, a Melissa McCarthy movie, the next Nickelback album, Mitt Romney, or a third failed Bush presidency.      In fact, her current strategy is to lie low and to quietly raise huge Scrooge McDuck-like piles of cash from big donors, Wall Street insiders and Hollywood. After all, it is early. What does she have to worry about? There is no Barack Obama out there to challenge her nomination.     Hit Hulk Hogan’s Real American music. Okay, that music would probably be a bit out of character for her opponent. Think of something an elderly person might listen to in a coffee shop as he finishes off his bran muffin and prune juice, looking forward to his morning constitutional. Think Music that does not anger the blood.     Meet Bernie Sanders. He is no Barack Obama. Obama, when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2008, was a handsome man from the hip and happening city of Chicago. Bernie Sanders comes from parts unknown. Okay, Vermont, but it might as well be parts unknown. I guarantee you 95 percent of Americans could not find the Granite  State on the map. Oops! New Hampshire is the Granite State. Vermont is the Green Mountain State. Proves my point.     Barack looks like he was born to wear clothes. Bernie looks like he slept in his and possibly spilled his lunch on them. Barack always looks well groomed. Well, what is left of Bernie’s white hair looks like it is staging a sagebrush rebellion. Barack had the energy of youth. Bernie looks like every one of his town halls and campaign rallies are going to end with a campaign spokesperson saying, “The Senator has time for one last question before he takes his nap.”     Barack didn’t want to give up his Blackberry, Bernie, his pony express. Republicans have implied that Hillary Clinton is too old to be the president. The almost 74-year-old, Sanders has probably mistaken her for one of his grandchildren a time or two. The last time Bernie had his finger on the pulse was probably when the Lindy Hop was in style and Al Jolson had a new talkie at the bijou. Bernie-mania is running wild. Okay, not really running wild. No one wants him to break a hip, but how about power walking wild. Hillary has the brand name, the money, the social and political connections, and the media behind her. Bernie has a punch card at Subway.     Yet, something strange is happening. Liberals have not been this excited since they were asked to be “clean for Gene.” Bernie is packing the halls and taking no prisoners.  He is far ahead of where Barack Obama was at the same point in his first run for the presidency. His campaign is a snowball building up momentum and size.     While Hillary has to write checks, Bernie has people, really armies of people, volunteering. He had 10,000 rabid voters show up in Wisconsin to hear him speak a few days back. That is not a fringe candidate’s crowd. That is a cannon shot right across the bow of the Hillary ship and the mainstream Democratic Party. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh love to claim that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are wild-eyed liberals.  Any examination of their economic policies shows them to be moderates. Wall Street and the big banks have prospered under them. The trend that started under Reagan of the rich getting richer and the poor, poorer continue under them.     Bernie Sanders is a real liberal politician, the kind of liberal politician that school children have to go to museums to see.    “If you look to your right, kids, you will see what used to be called a liberal. They believed that government could solve some problems and help improve people’s lives. While we don’t know what killed them off, some people think a comet or they hugged the wrong tree or possibly too much blood loss due to their bleeding hearts. By the late 1980s they had disappeared from their natural habitat.  There have been false sightings here and there, but the last one was found frozen in a grocery store cooler clutching a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia and a photograph of FDR.”     Bernie Sanders is a living, breathing liberal. So, liberal that he served in the Senate as an independent, not a Democrat. He has even called himself a socialist. Not the Vladimir Lenin kind, but the western European, nobody shaves their armpits, big government is great, free health care, free education, let’s wear a banana hammock to the beach kind.     Now every American is a wee bit of a socialist, even those that want the government to keep their hands of their Social Security. It is all a matter of degree. But no politician says they are. Bernie does.     Being called a socialist in our society is akin to being labeled a child molester, or a murderer, or someone that watched every episode of According To Jim. Bernie has never hidden his socialist light under any bushel basket. He did not get the memo or cared what others thought. He might be  the only politician on the left with a spine.     He might look like he should be driving his oversized caddy to the nearest early bird special, but Bernie is causing some waves.     Clinton and Sanders are in a dead heat in New Hampshire and roughly a little over a third of Democratic voters are in the Vermont Senator’s camp. If Bernie can chip into Hillary’s stranglehold over women and minorities, which would be extremely difficult, he could win the Democratic nomination. Yet, as Hillary learned when it came to Barrack, it is almost impossible to stop a moving train.     In all probability, much like Mitt Romney four years ago, the Clinton team and “friends of Bill” will be able to chip away at her opponent’s momentum with a media blitz, working the media and friendly reporters, and plain old cash. Bernie seems almost oblivious of this thing called cash.      Yet, Romney ultimately lost because he could never capture the enthusiasm of his base.  If the Party of Jefferson and Jackson is going to win in 2016, they need to get the Obama voters that did not show up to the last two off-year elections. That involves enthusiasm.     The real question is why hasn’t the Democratic Party, with the exception of Obama, been able to capture this energy to get voters to the polls. Bernie Sanders has everything going against him in a cosmetic, youth driven culture.     Democrats seem to always be able to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.  We will see if it is true in 2016. The Democratic Party has been put on notice. Bernie notice that is.  
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