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Nyle DiMarco and Bernie Sanders at the WHCD...

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Bernie and I at #WHCD!! He hugged me after I encouraged him to consider Deaf Education!

Thank you @people.
Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 09:51 PM (2 replies)

Grace Parra at the WHCD...

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 09:40 PM (6 replies)

RIP PRINCE. It's a purple rainy day...

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 09:32 PM (2 replies)

Cher Just Declared Twitter War On Trump With These Damning Tweets


— Cher (@cher) April 24, 2016


— Cher (@cher) April 24, 2016
Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 02:17 PM (7 replies)

So why exactly would Trump make America great again?

And Donald Trump's clothing line was produced in China & Mexico...
Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 02:00 PM (0 replies)

The Republican Platform

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 01:54 PM (2 replies)

Now here's a CEO who gets it!

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 12:20 PM (34 replies)

Bernie Sandals..

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 12:16 PM (6 replies)

Dear Democrats: Stop Bullying Sanders Supporters into Backing Hillary Clinton

Democrats are setting themselves up for a crushing loss in November unless Clinton backers stop bullying Bernie Sanders supporters. Here’s why.

Neither candidate will clinch the nomination before the convention
After losing four out of five primaries on Tuesday, the overwhelming question from Hillary Clinton supporters is whether or not the legions of voters backing Bernie Sanders will fall in line, accept Clinton’s inevitable coronation, and vote for her to stop Donald Trump from becoming president. This is an unfair and illegitimate question, and completely ignores why Sanders was able to activate so many people across the country and nearly 9 million people thus far to vote for him.

That question of whether or not Bernie Sanders’ voters will support Clinton ignores the fact that out of the remaining 1,016 pledged delegates, neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders will reach 2,383 pledged delegates before the Democratic National Convention in July. Almost half of those delegates will come from California alone.

This is significant, as Sanders is steadily closing in on Clinton’s polling edge in the state, cutting her lead down from double digits to just two points. As such, he has a very good chance of winning the state, given that California’s primary allows independent voters to vote in the Democratic primary. In terms of pledged delegates, Sanders may very well be within two percentage points of Clinton at the DNC if he wins 60 percent of the remaining pledged delegates. This is not an unlikely scenario, given the favorable outlook of the remaining states.

In other words, Hillary Clinton will only be the Democratic nominee if superdelegates tip the scales for her on the first ballot. Assuming Clinton already has the nomination locked up, with over 1,000 pledged delegates still at play in states mostly favorable to Sanders, is unrealistic and naive. Democrats’ bullying of Sen. Sanders supporters to betray their candidate and vote for his rival is premature and divisive.

The Democratic Party desperately needs new blood
By attempting to turn the Democratic primary into a coronation for Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party leaders have shown they aren’t interested in cultivating new leaders or increasing engagement among younger voters. The fact that the Democratic establishment’s only choice to lead the party in 2016 is the candidate who lost the last contested primary eight years ago speaks volumes.

Establishment Democrats have a bad habit of running loser candidates. In Wisconsin, moderate Democrat Tom Barrett, who lost by 5 points to Scott Walker in the 2010 gubernatorial election, was the state party’s top choice to run against Gov. Walker after activists successfully triggered a recall election. Despite Barrett’s establishment endorsements from Bill Clinton and Rahm Emanuel, he lost by an even wider margin to Walker in the recall election.

In fact, aside from re-electing President Obama in 2012, Democrats have been losing badly across the nation for six consecutive years. There are only 18 Democratic governors currently in office, the fewest in over a century. Only 43 percent of all state legislators across the United States are Democrats while 56 percent are Republicans — a trend of waning Democratic power at the state level continuing unabated since 2012. If anything, Democrats should be welcoming Sanders’ supporters and their ideas into the party if they’re interested in having any hope for future elections.

Current Democratic Party leaders are fresh out of ideas
Democrats currently holding office have shown little in the way of strategy for how to enact progressive policy victories. As US Uncut reported earlier this week, leading Democrats in Congress, like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are actually aligning with the pharmaceutical industry to fight their own president’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices. And even though they’re bending over backwards to elect Hillary Clinton, Congressional Democrats have no strategy or will to retake the House of Representatives.

Even if Hillary Clinton, who is running as a “progressive who likes to get things done” is elected, how does she plan to get things done with Republican majorities in the House and Senate? And if the Democratic Party’s leader in the House is already scheming against a Democratic president, how does Clinton plan to even rally her own party to pass meaningful legislation?
Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has brought new blood and new ideas to the Democratic Party, and manages to fill arenas full of supporters and break voter turnout records in many of the states he’s won. Sanders is the first Democrat to bring New Deal policies back to the Democratic Party since the Clinton-led corporate takeover of the Democratic Party in the nineties.

These policies — like tuition-free public universities, universal healthcare as a human right, and a massive investment in millions of new public sector jobs — motivate young people and independent voters to register as Democrats and vote for Sanders. If Democrats want to keep the White House in November, they should push Hillary Clinton to adopt as many as possible.

Hillary Clinton and the DNC have no interest in bringing in new blood or new ideas

In January, the party chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, appointed dozens of Clinton supporters and advisers to the three standing committees of the Democratic Party convention. Of 45 potential members submitted by Mr. Sanders, she appointed just three, according to Mr. Sanders’s campaign.

More here:http://usuncut.com/politics/democrats-dnc-bullying-sanders/
Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Apr 29, 2016, 10:17 PM (92 replies)
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