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I would rather lose this election to a reality-show buffoon than give another mandate to a neolib/neocon Democrat, and if that's incomprehensible to you, google "more effective evil." If Bernie doesn't win the Democratic Party nomination -- and he probably won't, unless the superdelegates come to their senses en masse, California comes to its senses en masse, and a court orders a timely, effective remedy for rigged votes in New York -- I'm voting for the Green Party nominee. Whether that's Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein is up to them.
Obiter dicta: Judicial Watch's FOIA suit for Hillary's emails is due to be decided in June. If any of the emails suggest a witting tit-for-tat in the recurring pattern of large contributions to the Clinton Foundation (or large speaking fees to Bill) and State Department weapons-sales approvals, well ... have fun defending her against that, Hillary supporters. Don't worry too much, though. You have the conglomerate media and their corporate advertisers on your side. They'll probably sweep it under the rug, along with Hillary's subversion of democracy in Honduras and her wholesale destruction of Libya.
That is so seriously misguided. How about you Google "The switch in time that saved nine," and study up on how the Supreme Court effectively stymied progressive legislation for decades. Then consider a modern day Supreme Court with a young 6-3 or 7-2 conservative majority.
Think closed primaries are unfair? Wait till you see a serious effort to restrict voting rights around the country. Abortion rights? Access to contraception? Regulation of businesses? Environmental protections? Rights of unions and union members? Access to federal courts? States right?
Good luck changing American in anyone's lifetime after that precedent is set down over the next 30 years.
Hey, do you face any immediate consequences from Trump getting elected, or do you live in a liberal enclave that will be essentially unchanged? If the latter, then maybe your opinion doesn't matter so much.
I hope I am wrong, but Bernie increasingly looks and feels like Ralph Nader.
Show me any evidence of anyone throwing chairs. Seriously, this is misinformation. The only video out there - of a well captured event - is a man lifting a chair and then being hugged by Bernie supporters.
As for "violent" Bernie supporters at the NV Convention, where is the evidence? There were a lot of people and law enforcement present - were there arrests? The problem here is that Bernie supporters were angry when the the NV Democratic party played around with the rules. (Have you seen the videos with the voice votes?) People were justifiably angry. It's sad to see that misinformation and disinformation rule the day.
However, she is not going to win without making some effort to entice Bernie supporters. Saying we need unity then soliciting Bush superPacs? That's not going to do it. Dismissing the ~45% or so of democratic primary voters who voted Bernie as losers, without offering them any acknowledgement of their concerns, is a recipe for failure. We know what happens when younger voters don't show up, and when 85% of them supported your opponent, perhaps you need to make some changes to get them on board.
Clinton won the Democratic primary in Nevada and was awarded 20 delegates to Sander's 15.
At this point, I want to see him endorsing other progressives and raising money for their campaigns, since he does have so much influence at the moment. I think he has only endorsed three members of congress so far, and he refused a joint appearance with progressive socialist senatorial candidate John Fetterman in PA who stated he was one of the first politicians to endorse Sanders and was surprised when Sanders wouldn't even agree to have him up on stage at one of Sanders' own rallies.
And all because, sadly, as it so often turns out in these situations, while their current object of semi-mass veneration was standing on his perfectly lit stage, and feeling the warm and righteous bern of it all, the Clinton juggernaut was out glad handing for votes, one grubby hand at a time, like they've been doing for decades. And of course that includes the glad hands of Wall Street, the financial world and big business as well, but also communities like Harlem, for example, where Hillary raised funds for the largest lead abatement program in the city's history. Their list is quite long and impressive. And voters remember those things. Great stage lighting and slogans, not so much.
Think deja vu Bern or Busters.
@9 brings up a valuable point. The "injustice" of party rules pales in comparison to what the Republicans have planned. Angry young white male Bernie supporters will never be in the situation that black people and immigrants will find themselves in if the Voting Rights Act is further demolished, if Republican gerrymandering worsens, if ID laws and closing polling places continue. A Trump presidency means an end to every progressive dream ever -- abortion rights, contraceptive rights, gay rights, civil rights. All of which were accomplished by concerted political action the likes of which Hillary excels at and Bernie has never had any interest in. Just ask Barney Frank (who is an actualfacts progressive hero): https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2…
It reminds me of the incident with his wife, Jane, one of the fewest of the very lucky few who are occasionally invited up onto the beautifully lit set of "Feel The Bern!" (a tragic-comedy loosely based on Don Quixote, but with a less sympathetic main character). Unfortunately, his dutiful wife made the terrible mistake of trying to stand next to Sanders during one of his rousing stem-winders, forcing him to stop mid-sentence, turn to her and dismissively snap "Don't stand next to me!", and then physically push her away and behind him. (20 second video link below). Real classy, Senator.
So yeah, that's why people like me are annoyed and condescending toward those who won't shut up about how kind, selfless and noble Senator Sanders' is, and how their equally selfless and noble conscience makes voting for the great man on the stage their only moral option. He's a solitary Joan of Arc-like figure, only obviously enjoying the burn far more than she did. And if the rest of us do end up like her, so be it. You will not be compromised. You will hold your breath until you pass out before letting that happen.
Snapping at Jane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV2Itjvt…