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After two years, its mass approaches infinity.
That elephant's name, my fellow citizens, remains Bernie Sanders.
Crowding out the light on the sets of MSNBC and CNN, looming large in the hallways of Congress, hovering like a benevolent spirit over all of the breathless coverage of AOC, the elephant remains two years after it appeared, its broad back a rock-solid base for AOC's and Warren's tax proposals, its existence literally the only reason why so many of the Democratic hopefuls support the idea of Medicare For All, while the others will claim that their disagreement is little more than semantics.
But of course Bernie Sanders is no elephant. It is only this deafening silence that makes him so. He is a human being and a senator and someone who has spent his entire long life fighting for the well-being of working-class, middle-class, and poor Americans, not for party power structures or Wall Street or political donors.
Elephants in the room are funny things. The point of the saying is that the thing that makes them elephants is always, in the end, so simple and clear and obvious. What could so easily make this dreaded elephant turn back into a senator?
Just this: Bernie Sanders is the clear philosophical leader of the Democratic Party. We can thank him for this discussion, finally, after decades of silence, of higher taxes on the rich and corporations. For a higher minimum wage. For college education for all Americans who want it. For a spirit that is awakening in this country of citizens wanting a party, and then a government, that will work for all of us and not just for a handful of millionaires and billionaires.
Perhaps a simple thank you would suffice.
Instead, around every Democratic candidate's announcement, around every discussion of Medicare For All (which is being discussed by the mainstream at all for exactly one elephantine reason) around every little chat with Chuck Todd about "how the race is shaping up" lies this massive and ever-more-obvious silence.
Did Kamala Harris get 20,000 people to show up for her rally? Would Joe Biden be an instant front-runner because of name recognition? Can you think of anyone else who could get 20,000 people to a rally? Do you know of anyone else who would be an instant front-runner if they announced? Is there anyone else who would champion ending private health insurance as "boldly" as Senator Harris? Anyone? No?
Even the artful way they have of mumbling "…or like Bernie Sanders… mumble mumble…" occasionally to assuage the yawning obviousness of it all and to show that see, we are saying his name, there's no elephant to see here folks… It just makes the elephant grow ever larger.
If all of these pundits and Democrats can't even acknowledge Senator Sanders as an elder leader and inspirer of the current movement, which is simply obvious; if they can't even mention the most clear front-runner and America's most popular senator, the very originator of massive amounts of what the entire 2020 race will be about regardless of who the nominee turns out to be, then we must ask, well, why not?
The answer to that question isn't too hard to see. Bernie Sanders, massive elephant that he is, inspires the very same wild fear in all Democratic beltway insiders that has gripped Howard Schultz, the shameless egotistical billionaire so terrified of paying higher taxes that he is openly threatening to blow up the Democrats with his money if they don't stop talking about it.
The fact that these people are so afraid of a Sanders candidacy that they won't even just give him his propers as they move on and yet are so utterly comfortable with everyone else is really all we need to know, isn't it?
I don't only mean this philosophically and politically. I also mean it strategically. We are going to win with the real deal. Someone committed, for life, to the working class and to changing this country for the better is going to win. Period. Someone who has fought for this for decades, not for two years.
Bernie Sanders is the candidate to take on Donald Trump and beat him. And badly. Bernie Sanders is the candidate to make the Democratic Party and the US government work for all of us and not just the few.
Senator Sanders, I implore you.
TLDR: Bernie 2020!