Bernie, buddy, you’ve really got to stop. You as president is just never going to happen. Stop trying to make it happen.
Now, I’m not saying any of this from a place of malice, at least I don’t want to be — I thought your first campaign brought a lot of very important ideas back into the public discourse. But you’ve got to understand it was the ideas that were important, not you.
To make this as clear as possible, Bernie, you would not be a good president, and you are not going to win the election. For starters, you have articulated no strong foreign policy in your platform, instead zeroing in almost solely on economic issues. During your last campaign, you had to be pestered to provide a stance on anything besides inequality, and, while inequality is a huge problem, there’s a lot more going on that we need you to worry about.
You tread more in populism than policy and can’t ground your high-minded ideas in the difficult and incredibly divided reality of American politics, instead leaving them floating somewhere up in the clouds. It’s not that I don’t like some of your ideas, it’s that you are not going to be the person to implement them and you need to stop trying to be.
The movement you started is pushing forward concrete policies and fascinating new takes on the role of government against a rising sea of resurgent nationalism and poisonous misinformation. They are young, they are diverse, they come from all walks of life and they are putting up an amazing fight you should be proud of. So please stop stepping on their toes.