This Bernie Sanders ad perfectly demonstrates what Bernie has but Hillary doesn’t
Vermont senator, self-described socialist, and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a 30-second ad that his campaign hopes goes a long way towards identifying what separates him from his primary challenger, Hillary Clinton. Take a watch:
Talk about sending a message, loud and clear! In under half a minute, the liberal Sanders outlined what differentiates him from former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton: A robust, homegrown, and readily identifiable Brooklyn accent.
The video’s underlying message is obvious: In Bernie, you have a candidate of principle — a man versed in the regional dialect of America’s premier city. A man rooted in his Flatbush upbringing, unafraid to drop his r’s and unwilling to compromise on the pronunciation of “coffee.”
With one quick ad, Bernie flashed his willingness to radically break up the dangerously monolithic and too-big-to-fail “short a” vowel system into more manageable, separate pronunciations of the ‘a’ in words like “badge” versus “bat.”
Outlining a straightforward foreign policy for ovah theah, the politician who once ran long-distance races in Prospect Park as a kid made it clear that he would promote America’s interests abroad with a distinctive, raspy vocal delivery, and unlike Hillary Clinton would remain proud of his staunch anti-Iraq War stance and unwillingness to distinguish between “farther” and “father.”
Although Sanders didn’t explicitly call out Hillary Clinton in his ad, the subtext was clear: Would Hillary, a supposed New Yorker herself, be willing to express herself with as thick and particular of an accent? Or is she too much a proponent of the establish to take a principled stance on the correct pronunciation of “daughter”?
We always knew Sanders was willing to challenge the status quo, and this only raises the stakes heading into the primary season.
As of press time, it remains to be seen whether the say-anything-to-win Clinton will rise to the challenge, channel her inner Chicago suburbs, and reference the time she “was with my liddle brudder watching da Bears at Swerski’s place by da Jewel on Westirn.”