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He and his supporters did it!
Now, as the next step in the nominating process approaches, the Withers want that next step to just… go away.
As President Obama said last week: “Bernie Sanders has earned the right through what he’s done in this campaign season to end this campaign on his own time, on his own schedule.”
And rather than end now, which he doesn’t have to do, Sanders has decided – AS IS HIS RIGHT – to go to the convention.
The Withers HATE THAT.
Yet, this is DEMOCRACY IN ACTION, and it is galling to these “liberals” because – as Phil Ochs noted: “Liberals are 10º to the left of center in good times but 10º to the right of center when it affects them personally.”
They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE democracy – until it fails to give them what they want WHEN they want it. Then they denounce democracy.
That is what every call for Sanders to drop out is doing.
Each such call is a demand to END FREEDOM OF CHOICE.
It is ANTI-DEMOCRACY.
This anti-democratic attitude does not bode well for a potential Clinton Administration.
Vote your conscience, not your fears.
Despite the media spin, after his meeting a few days ago with President Obama, Bernie Sanders clearly stated that he is in this race through to the convention. The video is barely 5 minutes long. See it if you have not seen it yet.
Sanders’ insistence that he will continue irritates the hell out of the Clinton contingent.
Sanders is talking democracy, and the Clinton crowd calls it sexist, egomania, insanity…
It is democracy. And even Pres. Obama, through his press secretary, said that Sanders has “earned the right” to make his own decision on whether or not to stay in.
So why is this a problem for the Clinton wing of the Democratic party?
Why, if Mrs. Clinton is the “official” Democratic nominee, does she even need Sanders to drop out?
What difference could his staying or going possibly make? This begs examination.
Simply put, If Clinton has the required number of delegates, as she claims she has, then what’s the fuss? All that will happen is that the convention will hold ONE public round of voting and she will be the nominee.
Cue the deluge of Red, White, and Blue balloons!
🎵 🎵 Happy Days Are Here Again! 🎵 🎵
Blow those horns! Shout! Scream! Cop a feel from the delegate nearest you!
But if this is what will happen, because Clinton has it locked up (right?)… why must Sanders drop out? Isn’t it worth it to the furious “Withers” to humiliate Sanders by making the grumpy sexist egomaniac sit through the whole Megillah, festooned with Clinton’s victory balloons? Does he not have this coming?
Let’s try to find out what is really back of this bizarre demand that a person who has lost… should quit. To that end, I will entertain an exercise in ratiocination.
What is it that is looming in the near future that Sanders will be involved with but that worries Clinton?
Certainly not the DC primary on June 14th. Piffle!
Is it the final California count, which is inching to a close?
These are minor things.
It simply has to have something to do with… the convention.
Something about the convention isn’t quite going “With Her”… What is it?
Let’s Examine the options.
THE CONVENTION PLAYS OUT
Let us say that – as was the case with candidates in the past – Mrs. Clinton, thoroughly convinced that she will be the next president, views the televised convention as the first big, splashy public moment in that presidency – rather than the simple insider nominating process it actually is.
In this case, the convention would assume a larger place in her mind than such a routine process actually holds. It will become crucial as part of a larger plan.
Clinton, clearly, sees an urgency in stage-managing the convention to salve her own needs, not the needs of the party and not the needs of the system.
A well-oiled coronation will provide Clinton with a Niagara of adoring video clips and sound bites for the coming general election, which in her mind she also has locked up, just like she locked up the nomination. But slick advertising will always be needed – and what is better than images of a cheering, weeping-for-joy throng at the convention?
So what, as things stand now, will the Democratic convention look like?
The delegates from the 50 states and the several territories will place names into nomination and then pledged delegates will be given alphabetically, state by state, territory by territory. You know the drill:
Each state/territory will have its moment in the sun, on national television:
“The great state of Wyoming, gateway to… Wyoming. Home of… Wyominganians… The state that Milt Kamen said does not really exist, DOES exist and casts its delegates – CLINTON 43 (cheers) SANDERS 55, (sustained cheers)!”
Oops. That doesn’t look so good on TV for Clinton, does it.
And on it will go. State by state, territory by territory.
A DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS
SANDERS! SANDERS! SANDERS! SANDERS! will ring out time and again, from each delegation because the democrats didn’t have a “winner take all” primary system (which you can bet the farm they WILL have by 2020).
At three minutes for each geographic location and its delegates, plus interstitial applause and spontaneous cheering, this first round of voting should take no less than three hours. On TV.
SANDERS! SANDERS! SANDERS! SANDERS! will be repeated over and over, as will the spontaneous peals of BERNIE! from the crowd.
For Hillary, who has already claimed the nomination and treats it as a fait accompli, this democratic process will not be just poor optics, it will be the death by a thousand cuts – even if she wins. But she won’t win because:
One by one, the states and territories will mete out delegates and after all that time – Clinton will have gathered more than enough pledged delegates to be declared, under the DNC rules, a “WEAK FRONT-RUNNER.”
Not the nominee. But a “WEAK FRONT-RUNNER.”
Yes, after the first ballot, Hillary Clinton will go down in the history books as the first American woman to ever be declared, by a “Major” Party… a WEAK FRONT-RUNNER.
More than three hours of this on international television, beamed around the world and even up to the International Space Station, and at the end of the voting Hillary Clinton, “presumptive” nominee will not have won.
No Balloons… and Happy Days Are not quite here yet.
At this point, Clinton’s claim to have the nomination all sewn up will evanesce, as it is revealed to be premature, at best – and arrogant for sure, since Hillary Clinton arrogated the convention’s responsibility by assuming the mantle of nominee, as though it were a $12,500 Armani coat.
And then following that first round of votes… but after an interminable break for talking heads all over the TV spectrum to say over and over what lousy optics this is for Clinton and how un-leaderly it seems – another round of votes will ensue.
Only, not right away.
More time. A meal break, during which Clinton will avoid the media – something at which she excels considering that as I write this in June of 2016 she has not had an open press conference since December 4, 2015. She will chew on a burger, and chew out her staff in one of her notorious fits of anger. You know what it is like if you saw Clinton bite the head off a Greenpeace representative who asked her a simple question.
For at this stage of the process, after the first vote and with no nominee selected, the Super Delegates we have heard so much about will vote. This is their moment. This is what Super Delegates were created for: To reevaluate the qualities that led the front-runner to be such a weak front-runner that the nomination is could not be given out on the first ballot.
These Super Delegates, there to protect the party from a weak candidate who only manages to scrape together a small majority, have the power to vote for whomever they deem strongest against the Republicans – and you can be sure that the cheering and demonstrations for each candidate seen during the initial vote will influence the process. It is meant to. That is participatory democracy at its finest. Liberals LOVE democracy and free speech right? Right?
And now, the arm twisting and horse-trading will commence. None of this will look good for the “presumed” nominee around the globe – or in outer space – ON TELEVISION.
Clinton may emerge as the nominee at this point, but only after floor fights and demonstrations and maybe with a smaller margin than she had imagined possible given her “inevitable” status. But get this part perfectly straight: if there is any screwing around with the process all hell will break loose, as it damn well should. Remember, despite unbelievable obstacles, Bernie Sanders has won the support of HALF OF THE DEMOCRATS. The other half loses sight of that at their own peril.
But the convention process – an open and democratic process – apparently does not assuage Clinton’s personal need to seem inevitable, a need so clearly evinced since last year when the DNC named Hillary and Hillary alone as their choice.
Long before a party nominee is selected, the process will show Clinton for exactly what she is: A WEAK FRONT-RUNNER.
Unless, DRUMROLL, Sanders retreats. Throws in the towel. Capitulates. If he does, then the convention becomes the Hillary Show, unfettered by democracy and untainted by the opinions, beliefs, and principles of half the Democratic party. Good luck with that in November. Keeping Sanders in may be bad for Hillary’s grandiose vision of her place in the world, but it is good for democracy and will be needed to maintain the goodwill of half the party.
And the hypocrisy is… after quashing democracy (if Sanders quits) or having failed to quash it (as seems the way it is going for her) and going the long way around, Clinton will speak of unity as though she were a Great Healer (the speech is already written, you better believe)
This is why, to Hillary, Sanders has to go. And why, to America, Sanders has to stay.
Hillary’s optics, arrogance, ego, neediness will do her in sooner or later.
For her, it is not enough to win. Everyone else has to be wiped out. Now, where have I heard that before?
“He was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” – Ann Richards on “W”
And Chelsea’s “experience”? As IAC notes in her corporate profile:
MORE THAN HALF THE PEOPLE ON MY FACEBOOK FRIEND LIST HAVE SUPERIOR, MORE IMPRESSIVE, MORE ACCOMPLISHED WORK HISTORIES.
Is America a Meritocracy?
Privileged Persons like Chelsea Clinton bear witness to the scandalous truth: We live in an aristocratic kleptocracy. Most people work their asses off for little reward (51% of us make less than $30k) while a few have it made for no justifiable reason. In exchange for attending just a few meetings per year and signing, here and there, a few documents they rarely even read, Board members pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from each board they sit on. And “sit” is what they do for the rest of the time, by the pool, on a horse, or on a yacht, as the checks come rolling in…
Will the Sanitation workers see such a future for their own daughters?
Is This The America We Want or Need?
Do not buy their over-the-top scare tactics about terrorism or about how your life will immediately collapse if they themselves cannot be johnny-on-the-spot to nominate “caring,” “progressive” Supreme Court Justices. Other than as a tool of manipulation, they don’t give a damn about the Court – and if you don’t think SCOTUS is a crony capitalism whore-house look into their “vacations” and their spouse’s vocations.
And aside from the court, what are we to expect from the corporatist Crony Capitalist’s choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? EPA? The Education Department? These appointments have a greater effect on our day-to-day life than the Supreme Court does. Crony Capitalism is what poisoned the water in Flint.
Clearly, CRONY CAPITALISM is THE issue of our time.
Remember this when Hillary Clinton’s campaign talks about “breaking down economic barriers” or equality and opportunities for “the children.” Does she mean YOUR children? Will your children have people lining up to offer them no-show 6-figure income jobs? Even as their daddy rakes in a taxpayer funded pension of $450,000 a year?
Don’t elect anybody from any party who’s in it for the sake of building a dynasty – even if it’s a dynasty gussied up as a “foundation.”
Look for candidates who live by the same rules you live by.
America is supposed to belong to all of us, not just the entitled scions of a few money-grubbing families who have no goddamn idea what life is really like in modern America.
How many months is that I have been asking Clinton supporters about Honduras?
Not ONE knew anything about this – even while touting her experience as Secretary of State.
What I have heard is bigoted crap like this:
“I want someone with a womb in the White House at least one time before I die,” Mrs. DeBose said.
Experience? Here’s a victim of Mrs. Clinton’s experience:
“As is well known, she supported the coup d’etat in my country, which has sunk a very worthy and bleeding land further into abject poverty, violence, and militarism. She is part of those who consider only some lives to be legitimate, obviously not rebel women and women of color that live here and who do not, at least not all, fit in with imperial interests.”
Shame on all the low-information, prejudiced voters who let something as inane as body organs or religion be the deciding factor.
And you are so damn PROUD of it. Proud of being shallow and a bigot…
You have ceded all moral authority over people who support a candidate only for being a white male xian. Or opposed Pres. Obama because the other candidate was white. You are cut from the same cloth. You are sexist. Just sexist as someone who will not vote for any woman.
That makes you hypocrites, plain and simple.
If you are a member of the restricted TIME FOR A WOMAN clan, try learning about ISSUES not GONADS, as many other voters have done.
Look up Honduras and see the beast you support based only on gender.
(And, no, I do not support Sanders because… I want someone with a foreskin in the White House at least one time before I die. See how you sound?)
All the cheap “combover” jokes, all the giggles about his wives, all the silly stuff distracts from the core fact: This man has NO MEANS OF SUPPORT other than this campaign.
He is running because of personal desperation – which is why he persists and persists.
He has no other job.
Like “W” before him, he has failed at everything he’s ever done.
This is the end of the road for him.
Others may want to run.
He HAS TO.
He’s likely mired in debt again and this is the only way out.
That makes him a cornered animal. Meaning: dangerous
Beware of any candidate who has no other options
If I had to isolate one personality characteristic most common in Social Media, it has to be FEAR.
Fear is not evident in everyone (especially not in those on my friend list!) but it sure is out there and running wild. Fear of damn near everything is bad enough – but mostly in chats I have observed a strange fear of being WRONG about something. For example, one person on Facebook just BLOCKED me after sending a snotty message because I DARED to mention that contrary to her assertion, New York’s Lincoln Center is not located on 68th Street. This demonstrable fact upset her. Why? I have no idea, but her reaction is not atypical.
I recently listed FBI stats in a NY Times comment section (the lowest form of Social Media) showing that terrorism in the USA is mostly non-Muslim. “Uh, NO!” came one brilliant reply from a master of forensics.
I have repeatedly asked Hillary supporters to give me one reason SHE should get any votes. If a specific reason is ever cited, a rare happening, it always turns out to be wrong – which I gracefully explain using a new invention called FACTS. Invariably, these facts are dismissed with a wave of the phrase “you are a hater!” and then I am usually compared to a lower bodily orifice. Why? Because a cherished belief turned out to be wrong. To Hillary supporters, merely correcting their mistakes about her record is like asking a jesus-christer if Mary really was a virgin.
BEING WRONG IS NOT A SHAMEFUL THING
Acknowledging an error, and acknowledging ignorance, is the first ESSENTIAL step in the process of LEARNING. Yet time and again we see people who have false beliefs which they cling to in spite of facts. This is evidence of fear, and when fear takes hold, facts mean nothing.
We are ALL ignorant concerning many things. How could it be otherwise?
Does anyone seriously think they know everything? Yet the words “I do not know” seem to be the most difficult things for many people to string together. Rather than say “I do not know”, they will fabricate “facts.” Then, they cling to the fabrication with religious zeal. They simply cannot tolerate being wrong. This is where the lie that 99% of terrorists are Muslim comes from. Prove this is wrong, which is easy, and all hell breaks loose.
Why is this? I don’t know many more things than things I do know. How could it be otherwise? Yet people go to war over the supposed SHAME of being wrong about something. They not only refuse to acknowledge an error, they double down. They act just like Bush/Cheney/Powell on the subject of WMD (and STILL people insist that there WERE WMD even though “W” once slipped up and admitted otherwise.)
Think of Donald Drumpf clinging to his demonstrably erroneous belief that thousands upon thousands of Muslims over in Jersey City cheered on 9/11/01. Or that Paris is a city in Germany.
This is part of Drumpf’s appeal to a generally disturbed public. He is simply incapable of acknowledging a mistake. And he is cheered for this ignorant intransigence as though it were an asset. He also must be keenly aware that if he does say he was wrong he will lose his most ardent – and ignorant – supporters. They would turn on him faster than Drumpf can bankrupt a casino.
Putting fear-based people in positions of authority will always lead to death and destruction on a global scale. Until America rids itself of fear, people exactly like “W,” who live in constant fear (as do most dry drunks), will hold a deep appeal to voters. Look at the millions of deaths and the widespread destruction “W” caused in his panic over supposed “evil doers” he saw everywhere.
This is not Bush’s fault, nor is it Drumpf’s fault. Sick people will always elect other sick people. It is inevitable. And the sickest among us will never seek help, for in our culture “YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED” is a deep, deep insult. When you break a leg, is: “YOU SHOULD GET THAT X-RAYED” an insult? No, nor should it be.
Sick people whose addiction is fear will never let go of that fear. They need it. They are accustomed to it. It is in the warp and woof of their personal fabric, planted there ages ago and nurtured with all the loving care an addict always give to their drug of choice.
This fear is nothing new. 1919 was a year of monumental fear in America – and that is when this book was written. It sure resonates today.
I wrote an introduction to this new edition, putting it all in its historical context. If we want and desire true happiness and freedom, we need to beak the cycle of fear. Fear-based people will only spread fear in the Home of the Brave.