The Big Bern

Once upon a time, when America was a semi-sane country, Presidents were elected because voters liked their policies or their haircuts.

Those days are sadly gone. Now, people—OK, just White people —are supposed to vote for candidates to demonstrate their lack of hatred for the specific demographics that the candidates come from, be they women, Blacks, Jews, or gays. 

Vote Hillary to prove you're not a misogynist (even though Hillary is an extremely unlikable bitch), vote Obama—and now Carson—to prove that you think all Black people are wonderful all the time (and if you don’t, you're a fucking r**ist scumbag!).

This is certainly the implicit tone of the recent Salon article, Is America ready for a Jewish president?: The Anti-Semitism Facing Bernie Sanders, where the idea of voting for Sanders is presented as a way for evil White Christians (and post-Christians) to finally get over the centuries and centuries of racism and anti-Semitism of their ancestors:

[T]he simple fact that Sanders is Jewish may become an issue regardless of how closely he identifies with his background. Although the most recent poll studying American prejudices in presidential campaigns found that an overwhelming majority would be willing to vote for a Jew (91 percent), the number wasn’t always that high. Back in 1937, only 46 percent of Americans said they’d be willing to vote for a Jewish presidential candidate; 30 years later, that number had only increased to 82 percent.

If you ask me, 91 percent being prepared to vote for a member of a semi-invisible minority that has enormous elite power and a massive track record of distorting the financial, cultural, and political sectors to serve its collective ethnic interests is ridiculously high—yet more evidence that White, non-Jewish Americans lack healthy racial awareness—but apparently this is way too low for Salon, which is clearly pushing the idea of turning elections into weird purification rituals for stupid, guilt-tripped Whites:

In the end, it will be impossible to determine whether a Jewish presidential candidate can win in this country without actually testing that hypothetical scenario in the real world. As such, perhaps it would be best to prepare for such a candidacy by establishing a set of rules pertaining to how Jewish candidates should be treated. Three immediately come to mind:

First, unless a Jewish candidate has said or done something to call their loyalty into question, charges based on the idea that they are somehow “dual” in their sentiments need to be dismissed out of hand as anti-Semitic... Additionally, we must be especially wary of arguments that are based in legitimate positions but can be used as a cover for anti-Jewish hatred. Anti-Zionist rhetoric can bleed into anti-Semitism when it disproportionately singles out Israel in comparison to other countries, compares Israel to Nazi Germany, or attacks Israel in general rather than singling out specific government policies... Finally, we must accept that Christian privilege defines our political life in ways that have yet to be fully appreciated.

Although Salon is trying hard to construct a watertight container for their political blank check to all Jewish candidates, it is already leaky in the case of Sanders, who, despite his supposed left-wingism and having a "role in American politics [that] is much more importantly defined by Vermont liberalism than anything else," has consistently voted in ways that serve Jewish interests both on Israel and vetting the Fed.