There are many ways to describe Bernie Sanders. He’s a socialist, he’s crazy, he’s wild-eyed, dangerous and a million other labels fit the bill.
For one senior adviser to Sanders, the term “liberal” simply doesn’t fit. Tad Devine, senior strategist and media adviser to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, refused to label the dedicated socialist as a “liberal,” but instead, insisted that he is a “progressive.”
On CNN, Devine was asked if he would consider Sanders to be the most liberal candidate.
“Senator Sanders likes to point out that he is the most progressive candidate, points that out a lot frankly in this campaign. Is he the most liberal?“ host John Berman questioned.
“Well, you know, it’s funny, somebody asked me that question earlier,” Devine said. “I’ve never heard Bernie describe himself as a liberal.”
“Would you?” Berman pressed.
“No, I would describe him as someone who is very progressive in terms of his political philosophy,” Devine responded. “He gave a speech at Georgetown and described his political philosophy of being a democratic socialist, okay? He’s been very open and honest about his views.”
“So why not just say, ‘I’m the most liberal?’”
“Listen, he just doesn’t feel that word applies to him,” Devine responded, appearing a bit testy. “He’s not running away from the progressive philosophy.”
Throughout the campaign, Sanders has criticized Hillary Clinton for her willingness to frequently change her position on issues and embrace a “moderate” label in the not-so-distance past.
Only in the “progressive” world can the English language be so easily manipulated. Up is down, left is right and “liberal” is not “progressive.”
The left loves to hedge their terms with varying descriptions. Obama’s not a “socialist,” he just believes in government-centered economics and the redistribution of wealth.
Bernie Sanders is not a “liberal,” he just crusades for far-left social causes and promotes an economic viewpoint that places government at the center of all Americans’ lives.
But, apparently, these are not “liberal” positions….