An Ideologue's Blunder

Presidential Candidates And Politicians Attend National Action Network Annual Convention

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — What is an ideologue?

According to the dictionary, it’s “an adherent of an ideology, especially one who is uncompromising and dogmatic.”

And next to that definition, there ought to be a picture of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Go take a look at Bernie’s ratings by various special-interest groups and you’ll find a lot of 100s and zeroes. There’s not a lot of gray area in most of his positions, and that’s a big part of his appeal.

Voters like fighters and principles better than compromisers and deal-making.

But as we saw Monday night during a CNN town hall, adamancy can get ideologues in trouble.

Senator Sanders was asked a variation of the famous 1988 debate question that helped sink presidential candidate Michael Dukakis: if his wife were raped and murdered, would he “favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?”

“No,” Dukakis replied calmly, launching into a dry recitation of his death-penalty position.

And when Sanders was asked if he’d support giving the surviving Boston Marathon murderer the right to vote from prison, he also couldn’t bring himself to express disgust for the killer before delivering his heartfelt argument that denying voting rights to anyone – even a mass murderer - would send us down a “slippery slope.”

Really?

What about people serving time for treason, shall they be allowed to vote too?

I get it, Sanders is troubled about voter suppression.

But all he did the other night was suppress his own future voter appeal.

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