Bernie Can Take His Demands and…

sides of bernieIn a New Yorker report on Bernie Sanders’ “demands” of the Democratic Party, John Cassidy writes (my emphasis):

The Sanders campaign is … pushing to reform the primary process. Sanders wants to get rid of superdelegates, end closed primaries, and allow same-day voter registration.

… without mentioning any names, he still took the Democratic Party leadership to task, saying that it “has turned its back on dozens of states in this country and has allowed right-wing politicians to win elections in some states with virtually no opposition—including some of the poorest states in America.”

Sanders continued, “The Democratic Party needs leadership which is prepared to open its doors and welcome into its ranks working people and young people.” …

Oddly enough, Sanders doesn’t lay blame at the feet of those with the greatest responsibility for his complaints: Himself, and his non-voting supporters. Bernie’s spent decades talking change instead of creating it, while his supporters sat happily on the sidelines waiting for his magical change train to arrive.

Those supporters held a meeting in Chicago recently (which BS was too busy to attend), and some of the quotes reported by the New York Times showcase the political, scratch that, absolute naiveté of many of them:

…if Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton after his decades as a progressive champion, it would amount to nothing short of “a betrayal of all of his principles.”

“I’m very frustrated by people who are like, ‘Vote blue, no matter who… I feel like we are being threatened with the boogeyman of the dream state and not confronting the actual difficulty that we have in front of us, which is we are being ruled by an oligarchy.”

“If we get Trump, then we’ve gotten the country we deserve… It’s not the fault of the Bernie Sanders supporters. It’s the fault of the Democrats for choosing Hillary Clinton.”

Of course it is, it’s ANYBODY’S fault but theirs; and yet, there’s this:

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What has Bernie Sanders ever done that makes him a “progressive champion”? Yes, he talks a good game, but after 40 years in politics he hasn’t got one signature piece of legislation to show for it. He doesn’t mentor, endorse, or bring up future progressive candidates; and he certainly doesn’t paint a realistic picture of government for his supporters.

Here’s what I gleaned from the Sanders’ supporters comments:

  1. They think compromise is a dirty word
  2. They are blind to Sanders’ own failures
  3. They accept no responsibility for, well… anything
  4. They do not believe that Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton are entitled to the same rights they are.

Now allow me to address these points:

  1. One of the greatest Liberals of all time, Ted Kennedy, achieved more for working class Americans than Bernie Sanders ever dreamed of. He did it by compromising. Kennedy understood that his constituents concerns might not represent those of all Americans, so legislating required give and take. Ted Kennedy sponsored 2,552 bills, and co-sponsored 6,967, or more than 9500 bills in his 48 years in the Senate, including:

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These are things Bernie Sanders has just talked about for 40 years.

An inability to compromise is Sanders biggest failing; he’s voted against some very important bills because he found one point he didn’t agree with, as The Peoples’ View recounts:

The most glaring instance of this occurred in 2003 where Sanders voted against the House bill that created the Amber Alert, a nationwide system that alerts the public when a child has been abducted…

The reason Bernie Sanders gave for his no vote was the fact that one of the add-ons placed on the bill would restrict the discretion of federal judges in crafting sentences for a range of crimes. [Sanders objected to two Amber Alert provisions: harsher sentencing for repeat sex offenders and a virtual child porn ban. Lead Stories, 3/16]

He has consistently voted against the Brady Bill because he felt the five-day federally mandated waiting period would be too long for Vermont residents.

He voted against Ted Kennedy’s comprehensive immigration bill because he didn’t approve of the guest worker program which he felt would drive down wages for low-income workers.

He voted against President Bill Clinton’s health care bill because it would cover 95% of the population rather than 100% through a single-payer system that Sanders was supporting.

And he was even one of just 19 members of the House who voted against a bill that required rapists to identify their HIV status to their victims because he was concerned it might potentially force innocent people to undergo testing.

Lack of compromise is not Sanders’ only issue; he refuses to look at the big picture. Five days to wait for a gun is too long? A rape victim should be left to wonder whether she or her child will develop aids? One hundred percent of people insured or none at all? That is not how government works, especially for a President who’s responsibility is to govern for all, not just those you agree with.

2. Sanders’ supporters have ranted about Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees, and lumped her in with the 1%. Oddly enough, they haven’t uttered a word about Sanders’ refusal to release his tax returns. Who knows, maybe he’s a millionaire, or pays no taxes; they don’t seem to care. Nor do they care about things like Sierra Blanca (Or as the Institute For Social Ecology calls it: The Texas-Vermont-Maine Nuclear Dump), or the FEC Probe into possible illegal campaign donations (639 pages of them). Everything Bernie does is A-Okay because free stuff. They never ask themselves: “What has he actually accomplished?

3. Let’s be clear: We have a Republican controlled Congress because too many Americans sit home during midterm and local elections. Many of us were Independents when there were actually moderate, rational people in the GOP. That was a long time ago. The Republican Party is so blatantly against the average American today that politics IS black and white. If you can’t decide if you’re a Democrat or a Republican today, then quite frankly, you’re an idiot.

bernie ass4. We keep hearing how the DNC is undermining “the will of the people” because Bernie Sanders didn’t get the Democratic nomination. Here’s a News Flash: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. That’s the will of the Democratic people.

Bernie Sanders has done nothing for the Democratic Party other than bad mouth it. He is a Democrat of convenience and would have gotten nowhere without them; now he bites the hand they held out to him. Democrats do not want open primaries, where Republicans can sabotage the nominating process. There’s Sanders’ bigger picture problem again. As the Congressional Black Caucus wrote in a recent letter to the DNC:

“Allowing independent or Republican voters to participate in the Democratic primary would dilute minority voting strength in many districts across the country.”

why bernie lostAs for Super Delegates, they have always voted the will of the Democratic voters. In 2008, when Barack Obama took the lead in the popular vote, the Super Delegates switched their support from Hillary to him. He won by a mere 46,000 votes. This election, Hillary Clinton leads the popular vote by 3.7 million. (So much for the coronation bullshit.) Democrats need Super Delegates for one YUGE reason: They are a fail safe against someone like Trump coming in and destroying everything the party stands for.

Bernie Sanders has reneged on the agreements he made with the DNC when he chose to run as a Democrat. He focused almost no attention on down ballot candidates until he started taking heat for it. Even then, as the Peoples’ View reported in April (my emphasis):

Rather than use the joint fundraising account that Sanders had opened with the DNC for the sole purpose of helping to elect down-ballot candidates, Sanders opted instead to send out an email to his supporters, asking them to make a special contribution that would go toward three candidates that Sanders had selected to help join him in his movement.

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What’s odd about this is that it appears, at least initially, that Sanders won’t be using any of his existing campaign funds to help the candidates but will instead be relying on an entirely new batch of contributions.

For a campaign that has $17 million on hand as well as an already established means for raising funds, it seems strange for the campaign to go out of its way and use a third party vendor while claiming to be supporting these candidates in their upcoming races.

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While Bernie Sanders hoards the six million contributions his campaign had collected and refuses to use his joint DNC account, Hillary Clinton is out raising money up and down the Democratic ballot regardless of whom the Democratic candidates may be supporting.

Yes, that’s right: someone like Lucy Flores may very well be receiving campaign help from Hillary Clinton’s Victory Fund via the Nevada State Democratic Party even though she’s gone on record as supporting Bernie Sanders. Because to Hillary Clinton, it doesn’t matter who these Democratic candidates support now, it’s that they win at all costs come November.

Hillary Clinton is working toward a party win in November; Bernie’s only concern has been that HE win in November.

bernie lostBernie Sanders has not had the political grace or personal character to congratulate Hillary Clinton on winning the Democratic Primary. He also refuses to acknowledge the historical significance of a major political party nominating a woman for President.

Democrats owe Bernie Sanders nothing. In this writer’s opinion, he can take his demands and… well, you know.

Mainstream Media Still Obsessed With Trump

One of the wealthiest guys in America continues to get all the free coverage he needs.

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Hillary’s Statement on Brexit Vote

Organized Labor Endorses Hillary

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Progress for LGBT Americans: We Stand Together

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Top Business Leaders Endorse Hillary

Lets make one thing clear: Democrats are not anti-business. Sanders and his gang of anarchist extremists who invaded the Democratic Party like an aggressive cancer spend every waking hour bitching about “corporations” (most likely, because they post that anarchist shit on social media and then wonder why they can’t buy a job). Mainstream Dems are not affiliated with Sanders’ anarchists and we don’t share their extremist views. Mainstream Dems are business owners, entrepreneurs, career professionals, and employees who appreciate our jobs. Now, enjoy this list of top business leaders endorsing Hillary Clinton (from Politico):

· Miki Agrawal, Founder and CEO of Thinx

· Dan Akerson, Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors

· Richard Anderson, Executive Chairman, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

· Stewart Bainum Jr., Chairman of Choice Hotels International

· James Bell, Former Interim CEO of Boeing; Former Corporate President and CFO of Boeing

· Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce

· Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and CTO of Airbnb

· Jeff Brotman, Co-Founder and Chairman of Costco Wholesale Corporation

· Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

· Robert Burt, Retired Chairman, CEO FMC Corporation; Former Chairman Business Roundtable

· Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers

· Brook Byers, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

· Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group

· Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb

· Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Services, Inc.

· David Crane, Former CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.

· Erroll Davis, Retired Chancellor, University System of Georgia

· Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia

· John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers

· Margot Dorfman, President and CEO of U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

· Candy Ergen, Co-Founder, DISH Network

· Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and CPO of Airbnb

· Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix

· Reid Hoffman, Partner at Greylock

· Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox

· George Hume, President and CEO of Basic American Foods

· Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm

· Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm

· Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi

· Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises

· Robert Johnson, Chairman, The RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television

· Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, and Former CEO of Avon

· Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunrun

· David Karp, Founder and CEO of Tumblr

· Ellen Kullman, Former Chair and CEO of DuPont

· Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television

· Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment

· Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO of Box

· Peter Lowy, CEO of Westfield

· Monica Lozano, Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media

· Rob Marcus, Former Chairman and CEO Time Warner Cable Inc.

· William L. McComb, CEO (retired) of Liz Claiborne & Fifth and Pacific Companies, Inc.

· Rebecca Minkoff, Founder of Rebecca Minkoff

· Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis

· James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International and Chairman, MGM Growth Properties

· Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor

· Mark Pincus, Co-Founder of Zynga

· Laura M. Ricketts, Co-Owner, Chicago Cubs

· Gary Rodkin, CEO (retired) of ConAgra Foods

· Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

· Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet

· Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder, Director and former CEO of Costco

· Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and Co-Founder, Yelp

· Walter Ulloa, Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications Corporation

· Wendell P. Weeks, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Corning Incorporated

· Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Co-Founder, 23andme

Trump: Too Dangerous for America

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Hillary: Trump Should Keep His Tiny Hands Off The Economy

And a major rating agency agrees.

Scott Walker Gives Republicans Reason To Feel Better About Their Nominee

Because he basically told them they don’t have to nominate Donald Trump! From The Capital Times via TPM (my emphasis):

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is following House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) lead in urging delegates to the Republican National Convention to vote their conscience on Donald Trump, according to The Capital Times.

Walker, who was critical of the presumptive nominee during the GOP primary, told reporters that he agreed with fellow Wisconsinite Ryan’s advice that delegates should follow their gut.

“I think historically, and not just this year, delegates are able, are and should be able to vote the way they see fit,” Walker said, according to the paper.

Walker said he would follow the rules of the Wisconsin GOP and cast his vote for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who won the Wisconsin primary and whom Walker endorsed before the senator dropped out.

John McCain: From “Maverick” to Milquetoast

Washington “insider” Sally Quinn once said of Arizona Senator John McCain:

Most people really like John McCain. I mean, he’s an extremely likable person, and he’s very admirable in many ways. One is that he says what he believes and he will cross the party line whenever he thinks that the Republicans are not on the right track.

In fact, disagreements with his fellow Republicans earned McCain the mantel of “Maverick”, something he was able to play on in past campaign ads:

I angered the big spenders in Congress by opposing their pork projects and calling for ethics reform. I don’t like the business-as-usual crowd in Washington, but I love America. I love her enough to make some people angry.

Obviously, those days are over. Facing bigger and bigger opposition with each re-election contest, McCain has gone from “maverick” to milquetoast.  In a 2007 Vanity Fair piece, author Todd Purdum said of McCain’s campaign for the 2008 GOP Presidential nominee:

mccainJohn McCain has spent this whole day, this whole year, these whole last six years, trying to “fix it,” trying to square the circle: that is, trying to make the maverick, freethinking impulses that first made him into a political star somehow compatible with the suck-it-up adherence to the orthodoxies required of a Republican presidential front-runner.

Fast forward to 2016, and McCain is no longer trying to walk that fine line; he’s now full bore suck-up. He lies as frequently, and as easily, as his Republican comrades. The Washington Post reports McCain has joined his party’s 2016 Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in trying to blame the Orlando shooting on President Obama:

mccain trump“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” McCain said.

“He pulled everybody out of Iraq, and I predicted at the time that ISIS would go unchecked, and there would be attacks on the United States of America,” he said. “It’s a matter of record, so he is directly responsible.

BUT, as Green Eagle reminds readers:

The agreement to remove US troops from Iraq was made not by Obama but by George W. Bush. When Obama was elected, he tried to renegotiate the agreement, but the Iraqis would not agree.  So, not only was McCain guilty of a contemptible smear of Obama, it was a lie too.

In fact, here’s McCain’s 2010 tweet about troop withdrawals:

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Unfortunately for McCain, he must now resort to kissing a lot of GOP butt for any chance of winning re-election this time around. Just so happens, Donald Trump’s big one is planted right in front of his face, and the “maverick” is puckering up big time.

So far, Trump has insulted McCain for being a POW, called McCain’s daughter “angry and obnoxious” (even idiots are right some times), and called for McCain to be primaried out. For his part, McCain has called Trump’s statements on national security issues “uninformed and dangerous“, and his praise of Vladimir Putin a sign of “profound ignorance“. But hey, WHO CARES? There’s an election coming up! So, McCain has tucked his tail between his legs, and endorsed Trump as the GOP nominee. That’s a risky move for the Arizona Senator, as the Wall Street Journal reported:

… McCain, who has had his own conflicts with party leaders in the past, this year has come down firmly on the side of party unity… a position that could be problematic in a state that is nearly 30% Hispanic…

Democrats believe Mr. Trump’s call to build a wall on the border with Mexico and deport all illegal immigrants will prod unprecedented numbers of Hispanic voters to turn up at the polls in mccain2November…

A Washington Post-Univision News survey in February found 80% of Hispanic registered voters nationally had an unfavorable view—and 72% a very unfavorable view—of Mr. Trump.

In May, Real Clear Politics showed McCain leading his Democratic challenger Ann Kirkpatrick in the Arizona Senate race by only 2.4% in the polls. This month, Public Policy Polling shows Kirkpatrick leading McCain 43% to 41%. The Democratic Senate hopeful released this statement Thursday regarding McCain’s Orlando statement:

ann kirkpatrick arizona“Elected leaders have a moral duty to work together to root out terrorism and keep Americans safe. But today, we saw John McCain cross a dangerous line in comments that undermine our Commander in Chief on national security issues — at the very moment the president was in Orlando to comfort victims’ families. It’s difficult to imagine the old John McCain being this reckless with something so serious. John McCain has changed after 33 years in Washington.”

He certainly has. Harry Reid summed it up by calling McCain’s statement:

mccain gop puppet“…just the latest proof that Senate Republicans are puppets of Donald Trump.”

There is one thing Democrats of every demographic can thank Donald Trump for: The number of Republicans, such as John McCain, who could very well go down with his Titanic style campaign.