Five million Sanders supporters still say they will vote for Gary Johanson. Probably because he says he is 73% aligned with Sanders. Bernie's a socialist and cares most about inequality. Libertarians care nothing about inequality. Johnson's not quite a pure libertarian, but he still hates every one of Bernie's economic policies.
Ajuma Baraka, Jill Stein's pick for VP thinks Bernie Sanders has a commitment to "normalized white supremacy" and his supporters form an "ideological prop [for a] capitalist-imperialist settler state." The Russian Green Party considers Jill Stein herself to be Putin's "accomplice" in the repression of domestic human rights. She has celebrated Putin's propaganda network in both Moscow and New York.
Of course, Putin loves Stein because [Read more...]
It's a little confusing. The Bernie-or-Busters (BoBers) have gone bust. Bernie's with Hillary, and they're basically ghosts—no longer part of the real world. But as in Ghostbusters, they can still wreak havoc, and even threaten the world, thanks to their partners in crime flooding out of Trump's "portal" in Cleveland.
Don't get me wrong. Most Bernie supporters are terrific. But the BoBers have gone over to the darkside with Darth Nader. So who ya gonna call?. [Read more...]
Bernie's a hyper-smart political strategist. So he knows (and says) Trump would be an "unmitigated disaster." And he knows that lots of his supporters (22% according to Bloomberg) are planning to vote for Trump, even though Bernie says "I will do everything in my power and work as hard as I can to make sure that [Trump] does not happen" (April 7). Still Bernie will not say to his supporters "Don't vote for Trump, vote for Hillary."
There's something weird about Mr. Speak-the-Truth not speaking a truth he feels so strongly about. What's going on? [Read more...]
"I am pretty good in arithmetic," Sanders said on June 7th, "and I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight." He's no quitter, and after another two weeks of fighting his very, very steep battle of arithmetic, today he announced his answer. "It doesn't appear that I'm gonna be the nominee."
I guess he checked wikipedia, subtracted 12.7 million from 16.5 million popular votes and figured he was a bit short, seeing no more primaries before the convention. So maybe it's time he started helping the Democrats instead of the Republicans? [Read more...]
Not necessarily, and I sure hope not. But …
“I’m sure he’s very angry. … He’s even more competitive than I am. He couldn’t stand to lose a pickup basketball game in Burlington. He doesn’t apologize. He doesn’t back down. It’s not in his nature. This is going to be a hard transition for him.” — Howard Dean (almost Bernie’s twin*)
Robert Reich is telling Bernie’s army of trolls to “Get a grip,” and “tone down negative characterizations of Hillary.” [Read more...]
To win Michigan, Bernie sent out the tweet shown below. It implies that Clinton caused the ruination of Detroit, supposedly by backing NAFTA.
Besides Toyotas (not under NAFTA), Bernie also “forgot” automation, white flight from Detroit, the rise of manufacturing in the South, and Bush’s great Recession. That’s a lot to forget when accusing the likely Democratic candidate for president of destroying a major American city along with its working class. None of this had anything to do with Hillary. [Read more...]
In 1986, Sanders ran for Vermont governor against the state’s first woman governor, Madeleine Kunin. He lost badly. Had he done better, he would have caused Kunin to lose to a Republican. That would have been just fine with Bernie.
Catherine Hill, a Marxist feminist, explained his motives and tactics in her 1989 Master’s thesis. Bernie’s intentions are fine, but first, here’s how he could turn the country over to the Republicans in 2016. [Read more...]
What’s his plan? A revolution? He’s too smart for that. Does he care more about beating Republicans or beating the Democratic establishment? Here’s the information you need to grasp the epic nature of this struggle.
Karl Rove's super-PAC, American Crossroads, spent $100 million trying to defeat the Democrats in 2012. According to Steven Law, Crossroads CEO, “American Crossroads and Bernie Sanders helped Nevada caucus-goers see right through Hillary Clinton ... that one-two punch [Crossroads and Sanders] shaved Clinton’s 50-point lead a year ago to a slim, single-digit win.” Sanders Keeps Silent:The Daily Beast asked the Sanders campaign for a comment on this. The campaign did not respond. [Read more...]
Catch-up from previous post
The 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago is now underway. Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy (now assassinated), the peace candidates, have won a huge majority of the popular vote. President Johnson has dropped out and Vice President Humphrey and Ed Muskie are the party-establishment’s choice. More than 10,000 demonstrators have shown up to protest the inevitable, and face 28,000 police, national guards and federal troops. (see previous post)
The Worst Day – for Protesters
According to CNN, “The worst day of protesting was Wednesday, Aug 28, and was dubbed the “Battle of Michigan Avenue.” Protesters were stopped in their march to the convention site and the media recorded graphic violence on the part of the Chicago police. [Read more...]
It was different then. We weren’t worried about hedge-fund bankers, but rather about a war that would drag 2.7 million of us to Vietnam and kill 58,000 Americans. But the political revolution started the same way, with students shocking the Democrats in the New Hampshire primary. They didn’t get their man nominated in ’68, but as we’ll see later, they returned to do that in ’72. And then … stay tuned …
We took down LBJ; he flew in 5,000 federal troops
Before the Revolution
Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) had passed the Civil Rights Bill in 1964, and the war-on-poverty legislation—Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, VISTA, Job Corps, the Community Action Program, the Education Act, and the Voting Rights Act—came close on its heals. All this in less than two years. What made this possible? [Read more...]
We want to know what you think. On Feb 4 in New Hampshire, Bernie said Hillary was part of the establishment because of taking contributions from Wall St., the drug companies and other special interests.
Hillary accused Bernie (YouTube exact time link) of saying she had been “bought,” and continued “I just absolutely reject that, Senator, and I really don’t think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough. If you’ve got something to say, say it directly. But you will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received. … So I think it’s time to end the very artful smear by you … Take the poll. [Read more...]
Is the Democratic nomination really up for grabs? True, Bernie could still win if his momentum continues after a near-tie in Iowa, but right now the delegate count is 385 for Hillary to his 29.
Yes, Hillary won in Iowa, but Sander’s supporters are jubilant and hoping a win in New Hampshire [Read more...]
While endorsing Clinton, the NY Times said Sanders had “pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left.” Everybody says that, but nobody knows. He likes to sound very left and she doesn’t. Both have their reasons. Obama half explained these reasons when he endorsed Hillary. “Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose.” That was the smart thing for Bernie to do, and it’s good to see his views getting a lot of air play.
Hillary has also been playing it smart. But all politicians say and do things for strategic reasons. They have to, or they would not be politicians for long. For example, Bernie voted against the Brady (gun control) Bill several times (to the delight of conservatives), but he claims this was for strategic reasons. You just can’t be sure what’s talk and what’s strategy. But there are two things you can tell for sure. [Read more...]