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CrowCityDem's Journal
CrowCityDem's Journal
June 3, 2016

Bernie Needs To Go Away


Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is seeking a demonstration permit for the day before the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia.

The Sanders campaign wants to hold a "traditional Bernie campaign rally" July 24 at FDR Park in South Philadelphia, campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said.

If you needed more proof that Bernie is in this all for himself, and has little to no interest in actually helping the Democratic party win the White House in the fall, here it is. Blatant evidence that Bernie is going to try to steal some of the spotlight for himself, and make the convention as much about him as the actual nominee.

For months, Sanders fans have been asking why so many were complaining about him not being a Democrat before he needed to be for a run. THIS is why. Because he is still trying to give the party the finger, even when any good or decent person would be helping lead the charge to defeat Trump.

Bernie has lost every ounce of my respect.
June 2, 2016

If Weaver is right, Sanders might not speak at the convention

Last night, the detestable Jeff Weaver was on Hardball. He said something truly frightening:

MATTHEWS: So you will ask for a speaking opportunity on Monday or Tuesday night while you’re still running on Wednesday night, that’s all I’m asking, is that the way it looks, right now?

WEAVER: Of course, Senator Sanders should have a prominent speaking role at the convention that would be ludicrous….

MATTHEWS: Even though he’s still a candidate going into Wednesday?

WEAVER: Especially because he’s a candidate going into Wednesday. He’s a candidate for President of the Unites States.

According to Weaver's words, Bernie Sanders expects to be given a primetime speaking slot on Monday or Tuesday night of the convention to use as a final bludgeon to try to wrest the nomination away from Hillary Clinton.

I'm sorry, but there is no way that the DNC would, or should, ever let Bernie on that stage unless and until he has conceded that the race is over. The convention is not a place for a campaign speech. If Bernie is intent on trying to flip delegates on the floor on Wednesday, he cannot be given a speaking slot before that.

This is another example of Sanders' ego inflating to the point where it will burst. There is not much that could make the convention more of a disaster than watching Bernie on all the networks still screaming about being the better candidate 48 hours before Hillary gives her acceptance speech.

It simply can't happen.
May 31, 2016

Barney Frank on MSNBC Just Now:

Barney Frank let it be known that he will not be harassed into submission by the Sanders' campaign. Not only did he aggressively fight back against the notion that he couldn't be impartial in adjudicating the rules (including explaining the very limited role the rules committee holds), he let fly a damning criticism of Bernie.

It was, if you pardon my paraphrasing, "Senator Sanders didn't realize black votes matter."

Ouch. Burn.

May 30, 2016

Sorry Bernie, these facts don't lie:

The only way he can win is to have it handed to him on a silver platter. Democracy!
May 27, 2016

"The Center": Where is it?

Over and over, it seems that you can't bring up Hillary's name around here without being told that she's actually a Republican, and that she's far to the right of the political center.

That is such a distortion of the truth, but it leads me to a question for the people who actually believe that:

Where is the political 'center'?

Hillary shares most of her goals with Bernie, just with a more realistic focus on what can actually be done. She shares most of her governing philosophy with President Obama, who eight years ago was considered the most liberal nominee in decades.

I can already predict that responses will, as they often do, point to Richard Nixon as proof Hillary is really a Republican. I'm talking about TODAY. In today's political climate, what does Hillary have in common with the toxic human beings that ran on the Republican side, who want to destroy every bit of progress this country has made over the last century?

If all you have to point to is the way in Iraq, and the intervention in Libya, keep this in mind: a Democrat got us involved in World War II, a Democrat dropped the atomic bomb, and a Democrat got us involved in Vietnam. The idea that the Democratic party has been against using the military as a tool is a pure fantasy. Even Bernie voted to make regime change in Iraq our official position.

Do we have to ignore the reality of where the country is to declare Hillary to be anything other than what she is; a solidly left of center politician?

May 27, 2016

Bernie Supporters Suing To Change CA Rules


The release continued, "The activists are seeking sweeping injunctive relief in their suit, including provisions to force 58 counties to segregate ballots already cast by unaffiliated voters; to allow "re-votes" by those voters for presidential primary candidates; and to extend the state's voter registration deadline -- which passed on May 23 for eligibility to vote in the June 7 primary -- until election day itself."

Look, it's one thing to not like the way a primary is set up, but to go to court and sue WHILE THE ELECTION IS GOING ON to change the rules is such a blatant slap in the face of the 'democracy' Bernie fans keep talking about. Do overs? Segregating people's votes?

This is disgusting behavior.
May 25, 2016

Bernie: He owes us an answer

Bernie Sanders has spent much of the last month and a half openly complaining to anyone who will listen that the problem with the primary process is that not enough people are able to participate. He practically demanded that the party open every state's primary, despite not being in control of them.

Last night, for the second time, a state that Bernie won by a large margin in a caucus held a non-binding primary. And for the second time, there was a massive swing in support, and Bernie lost.

Bernie is famous for saying "we win when voter turnout is high". Nebraska and Washington have now proven that to be a lie.

If Bernie honestly believes in what he says about opening up the system, he owes us an answer for why he is silent on caucuses, when it has now been twice proven that he only won some of his biggest victories because of a system that makes voting too hard for most people.

He can't remain silent anymore. We must demand he address this issue.

May 24, 2016

Bernie sure makes it seem he thinks Hillary is as bad as Trump


He brushed aside questions about whether he would campaign for Clinton in the fall, cutting off NBC’s Kristen Welker when she tried to ask.

This has been Bernie's way of doing things lately. He continues to rattle his sabre against Hillary, against the DNC, and threaten to sue everyone who he perceives as being against him. But when someone dares to ask him a question, he walks away like a petulant child. He can't even do the usual political spin and use it as a pivot point. He literally walks away and refuses to acknowledge the question was asked.

It should be a no-brainer for anyone running as a Democrat, or even an unaffiliated progressive, that they will campaign for Hillary in the fall. I find it extremely telling, and quite troubling, that he refuses to say anything concrete about helping her.
May 24, 2016

Sanders is filled with contempt for everyone who doesn't agree with him.


Unfortunately, Sanders is also injecting one of the most wrong-headed and frankly embarrassing aspects of lefty thought into our discourse: The tendency to dismiss people who disagree with you as dupes who have been misled by a shadowy cabal of evil masterminds who brainwash the masses in order to perpetuate economic injustice.

This is the premise of Sanders’ “political revolution” argument: That the only reason voters hadn’t backed a socialist in the past is they never really had a chance to.

Sanders is butting up against empirical reality here, which has disproved his theory that a democratic socialist would win if only given a chance. But instead of revising his theory, he’s digging in, making increasingly convoluted arguments to explain away what is quite clearly just a straight-up debunking of his theory of politics.

Sanders likes to portray himself as the champion of the little guy, but his theory of politics is elitist. His rhetoric paints everyone who disagrees with him is either a sell-out or a dupe who doesn’t know what’s really good for them. And that, in turn, is breeding paranoid, vindictive behavior from Sanders and his camp, who are unwilling to accept the possibility that he lost the primary in a fair fight.

In reality, most people who disagree with Sanders are not bamboozled or corrupt. In most cases, they simply have different priorities or values.

There has certainly been ample evidence of this thinking around here, where the very idea that Hillary is a left-of-center politician, let alone a progressive, is routinely laughed at and derided.

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