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CrowCityDem's Journal
CrowCityDem's Journal
June 28, 2016

Warren should attack Trump with this:

Trump is hitting her on her claim of Native American heritage, so she should return fire.

Donald Trump's family changed their name when they came to America, to hide their ethnicity, because of fears of the same brand of racism as xenophobia Trump himself is now peddling.

June 19, 2016

Bernie's vanity is costing us money. Literally.

We can argue all we want about the symbolic meaning of Bernie dropping out of the race and endorsing Hillary now, versus when he has no other choice, but there's an aspect of the story that I had forgotten, until I was just reminded of it.

Bernie Sanders is still receiving Secret Service protection. That's right. Bernie, the person who has all but admitted he is refusing to the say the magic words because of a discussion about the platform (which happens regardless) is costing taxpayers money by refusing to concede. Is this just another example of Bernie's ego getting the better of him?

I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that it's disgraceful that someone who knows he has lost is taking time and money away from the Secret Service that could be better spent dealing with actual threats.

June 14, 2016

The state of ".. or bust"

Now that we've had a bit of time for the hard feelings of the primary to settle down, and we've seen a glimpse into the future, I was wondering what the position of the "or bust" crowd is now.

We've just seen Donald Trump pull back the curtain, going full-on racist, fascist, and whatever other adjectives you thought could only exist in bad political movies. Trump is showing himself to be not just completely incompetent for the job, but a real threat to America's standing as the moral leader of the world. The way he talks, Trump will open up the floodgates of hatred in this country, taking us back to a time when anyone who wasn't a straight white man was the target of prejudice and exclusion.

Seeing what Trump is, how many of those "busters" are still holding out, saying it doesn't matter if Trump wins in the fall?

June 12, 2016

Sen. Warren Exposing Liberal Sexism

After Elizabeth Warren's endorsement of Hillary Clinton, we have seen an ugly strain of thought rising up among the 'progressive' left. Despite Bernie Sanders' position being that superdelegates should wait until the end of a primary to announce their support, and Warren doing exactly that, she is being viciously attacked for her endorsement of the Democratic nominee.

Her Facebook page and Twitter feed are being flooded with nasty comments branding her a traitor to the cause, which exposes an air of entitlement among some people, who feel that Warren owed it to them to do what they wanted.

More importantly, it exposes a startling degree of sexism among people who are supposed to be the most 'progressive' of us. Senator Merkely, Bernie's lone endorser in the Senate, has just flipped his allegiance and declared that he is supporting Hillary Clinton for President.

Where is the outrage? Where are the dozens of posts here calling him a sellout? Where are the hundreds of messages being sent to him that he has abandoned all of his principles?

This is the ugly truth we don't like to believe exists even among those of us on the left. One good Senator endorses the winner after the race is over, while another changes his vote to go with the winner, and it's the former who is facing pitchforks and torches.

It's sad, it's pathetic, and it reveals that 'progressives' aren't as righteous as they like to think.

June 8, 2016

Sorry Hobson; Bernie's Choice

As of this morning, one thing is clear; Bernie Sanders is now an afterthought.

He has lost the Democratic nomination by every metric, by every measure. He will not be the nominee, no matter how many phone calls he makes to superdelegates. The ship has sailed, and all that's left is for Bernie to decide how to disembark. He has two choices.

1) Shortly after the DC primary next week, he comes out and concedes he has lost, forcefully endorsing Clinton. If he does this, we can move on to the convention with respect for one another, and a serious and peaceful discussion can take place as to the platform. That is what Bernie says he wants, so this choice should require no thought.

2) He can continue to insist he's going to 'contest' the nomination in Philadelphia, looking with each passing day more and more like a sore loser who is more intent on proving he is right than actually enacting any of his goals. He will receive little to no attention from the media, other than the occasional scoff that he is still perpetrating the charade. If he takes this tact, the party will not be kind to him when the convention arrives, and the likelihood of getting concessions will be slim.

I will give Bernie a week or so to come to terms with this, but we will soon see whether or not Bernie thinks he is more important than the Democratic party, or the Presidency as a whole.

June 5, 2016

AP: Bernie non-viable, shut out in Virgin Islands


There were conflicting reports of a 7-0 or 6-1 split, but it looks now like Bernie gets absolutely nothing from yesterday.
June 5, 2016

Bernie feeding the "or bust" trolls


Tapper asked, “Is Bernie or Bust a palatable position?” Sanders said, “The idea that I can snap my fingers and have millions of supporters march in line––that is not what our effort is about.”

And if he’s not the nominee, he added, then the onus is on Clinton to “explain to those people why she should get their support.”

It's true that Bernie can't MAKE anyone vote for Hillary, but he can damn sure tell them it's the right thing to do, and it's what he wants them to do. That's what a decent person would do in his position.
June 4, 2016

The Sanders/Frank Feud

By now, we've all seen and heard enough of the animosity that apparently exists between the two camps, with Bernie going so far as to file papers trying to get Frank thrown off the rules committee at the convention. It was a petty move, but it's one that also speaks to the larger lack of political skill in Bernie's campaign.

One of the three core tenets of Bernie's campaign that he's been running on for a year is breaking up the big banks.

By his own admission, that can only be done through the Dodd/FRANK legislation. Barney Frank is the member of Congress who actually got a bill passed that would allow Bernie to live out his dream of crushing Wall Street banking, and his reaction is to attack him for supporting the other candidate. Without Barney Frank, Bernie's plans would be even more far-fetched, because there is no reason to believe a new Congress would ever pass a law even that tough, knowing what Bernie would plan to do with it.

Biting the hand that feeds, apparently, is Bernie's style.

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.

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