Has Bernie Sanders Reached the Point of ‘Peter Principle’
What is the Peter Principle anyway? According to Wikipedia “The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by Laurence J. Peter in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and “managers rise to the level of their incompetence.””
So, how does this relate to Bernie Sanders? To get a measure of how he performs in his current role, we have to go back to Netroots Nation. At Netroots Bernie Sanders and Martin O’malley were confronted by Black Lives Matter activists and were put on notice that the black vote would have to be earned. Although O’malley initially stumbled, he recovered immediately following the event and met with activists afterward.
So, what about Bernie? Bernie stumbled badly, he angrily reminded the protesters of his civil rights record, he was flustered, he left the stage, and he neglected to meet with Black Lives Matter activists, opting to instead send a staffer. Ouch.
Every campaign and candidate has a stumble or two, but they rally and come up with solutions to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Not so with the Sanders campaign.
It was in Seattle. Bernie was speaking at an event to a crowd of like minded folks that resembled the crowd from the Regatta event that launched his campaign. http://www.cc.com/video-clips/l7uzqg/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-democalypse-2016—bernie-sanders-kicks-off-his-presidential-campaign
Bernie Sanders was interrupted by not one, but TWO black women. Black women determined to call out the City of Seattle on the gentrification and White Supremacy that envelopes their lives in a coccoon of fear, pain, jail, poverty and death. Was Bernie’s immediate reaction empathy? Not really. Not only did he seem to lack empathy, but his grassroots used to occasion to falsely accuse the two young ladies of assaulting him… His internet army suited up for battle, cargo pants and chinos pressed and ready, iPads charged and they got into formation. This was war. How DARE those black women accuse them all of personally being white supremacists? Though that never happened, they went out to fight anyway, searching for black people who dared use the internet to tell Berniesoblack jokes, who questioned Bernie’s record, who did not care if Bernie marched with MLK. I even recieved a letter of my very own in the mail..
But I digress. How does this relate to the Peter Principle? I’ll tell you. Leadership. Bernie lacks the leadership ability to keep his grassroots from becoming a hindrance to his campaign’s ability to grow his coalition of voters. Bernie says nothing as his grass roots supporers harass John Lewis, random black people, Hillary supporters and any news organization that did not say he won the debate.
Bernie is no leader. Bernie is no manager. Bernie is no executive. Bernie will not be President.