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Member since: Tue Mar 17, 2015, 12:56 PM
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I am a disgruntled former DU member. Most people here are fine, but the site is ruined by zealous Hillary supporters. DU took my money and put my account on everlasting review. Cowards. Dishonest cowards.

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Is this about the primaries?

I don't know. It wasn't about the general election, as I thought. Maybe it belongs here.


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I hope Hillary Clinton wins, and I hope every last Democrat, right down to the sleaziest corporatist turncoat bastard, wins as well. If they don't, Bernie Sanders will get the blame, just as Ralph Nader got the blame.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/enormous-drop-hurt-down-ballot-dems-wisconsin

This article purports to explain how the Democrats failed to stop a right wing nominee for the state supreme court because Sanders supporters just voted for Sanders and left the rest of the ballot blank. It amazes me how Bernie has the effect of making good, sensible Democrats suddenly lose their minds and ignore everything on the ballot but his name. He must have some kind of mind control going on. Secret brain waves broadcast from the mother ship? He made hoards of Democrats ignore down ballot candidates and issues.

Just as Nader made Democrats lose their minds and vote for him. I guess he is to blame for all the other Democrats who voted for Bush, also. Might as well blame him for the whole thing. No sense blaming our party for offering us Tweedle Dee and then following up with Tweedle Dum.

So get out there and vote for every Democrat you can, regardless of how far down the ballot you have to go, and without any respect to the fact that some of them are as bad or worse than the Republican candidates. Hold your nose, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and do what has to be done.

How will the blaming go?

I hope Hillary Clinton wins, and I hope every last Democrat, right down to the sleaziest corporatist turncoat bastard, wins as well. If they don't, Bernie Sanders will get the blame, just as Ralph Nader got the blame.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/enormous-drop-hurt-down-ballot-dems-wisconsin

This article purports to explain how the Democrats failed to stop a right wing nominee for the state supreme court because Sanders supporters just voted for Sanders and left the rest of the ballot blank. It amazes me how Bernie has the effect of making good, sensible Democrats suddenly lose their minds and ignore everything on the ballot but his name. He must have some kind of mind control going on. Secret brain waves broadcast from the mother ship? He made hoards of Democrats ignore down ballot candidates and issues.

Just as Nader made Democrats lose their minds and vote for him. I guess he is to blame for all the other Democrats who voted for Bush, also. Might as well blame him for the whole thing. No sense blaming our party for offering us Tweedle Dee and then following up with Tweedle Dum.

So get out there and vote for every Democrat you can, regardless of how far down the ballot you have to go, and without any respect to the fact that some of them are as bad or worse than the Republican candidates. Hold your nose, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and do what has to be done.

Progressive candidates abound in Oregon primaries.

Watching TV ads for the primaries in Oregon means being bombarded by the term "progressive" over and over again. They are not afraid of the P word here. One Portland mayoral candidate is openly gay, and his TV ad shows he and his partner walking their dogs around the neighborhood. Oregon is very different than other places, and the primaries here are just as different from the primaries in other states. Not all other states, but most.

The White House correspondents dinner

I saw something on TV today that gave me pause and made me think about how our country has "evolved"over the years. It seems the dinner is such a hot event that wealthy people and celebrities gobble up all the tickets, so actual journalists who cover the administration cannot get in. So it's mostly bullshit, lots of rubbing elbows among the rich and famous, photo ops with celebs, etc.

The general election is going to be so easy!

Two reasons.

First, Hillary Clinton is so qualified, has been around so long, knows so many people, has served in so many capacities, etc. She has so much more relevant experience.

Second, Hillary Clinton is a wonderful person, warm and friendly, kind and caring, compassionate, etc. She opposes all the horrible, mean things the Republicans have done to us, and plan to do in the future.

This is all so obvious. Trump will be lucky to get a hundred votes. I don't see how we can lose. Happy days are here again!

Stunning attack on Sanders

Some people are parsing the Sanders tax returns and trying to make an issue of anything and everything they find. Basically, Bernie's tax returns illustrate that he lives like most middle class Americans, but he's being cast as a "millionaire" and whacked about the head and shoulders for taking a mortgage deduction, and so on, and so on. This is from people who claim to be Democrats people who should recognize what it means to live on a middle class income, people who should know the difference between how rich people live and how the rest of us live. The most significant thing is the way they use these attacks to deflect attention from the fact that one of our candidates is a real, actual multimillionaire, lives the life of a rich person, hobnobs with the rich and famous, has a big foundation as a sideline, does business favors for wealthy friends, all the typical stuff. This is so much like the attacks on John Kerry, where a genuine war hero was portrayed as a phony.

Here comes the latest anti-Bernie meme.

I can see it coming. There have been multiple posts predicting that Sanders supporters who are not registered as Democrats will flood the polling places, stand around, object when not allowed to vote, complain, cause confusion, slow things down, etc. Their purpose in doing these things will be to allow for complaints about cheating and disenfranchisement when Bernie loses. Of course there will be some people who think they get to vote in the Democratic primary even though they are not registered as Democrats, and some of them will make noise and cause trouble. All it will require is a few hundred such incidents and we will see charges of Sanders Anarchists trying to foul the process. So get ready because it's coming, whether or not it causes any real problems. Kind of like the Vatican trip.

Sanders is pandering!

Not to Catholics, as his detractors insist. "Oh, look! He's sucking up to the Pope!" Sorry, but way off the mark, not even on the target. Sanders is "pandering" to people who think Pope Francis may represent an opportunity to use organized religion as an agent for social change. Don't worry. Nobody thinks the church is suddenly all progressive on all issues, ready to ordain women priests, etc. But the Vatican seems willing to facilitate discussion concerning climate change and possible solutions. So a bunch of people from around the world show up to discuss climate change and related issues, and Sanders jumps at the chance to participate, to speak with like-minded people, to promote possible solutions to a significant problem. So, yes, that is pandering, but not pandering for Catholic votes. He might be pandering for environmental votes, but that should not upset the Clinton campaign, since they probably have the majority of all 28 environmental votes, anyway.

What interests me is the way so many Clinton supporters cannot wrap their heads around the idea that Sanders would go to the Vatican meeting without a promised photo op with the Pope. Sanders was even called "irresponsible" for leaving NY to go off on a junket. Now the Clinton camp is criticizing him for using campaign funds to travel when he should be in New York, eating spaghetti in an Italian neighborhood or something like that. I guess he's incompetent because he doesn't even know how to pander correctly. Now they're accusing Sanders of faking a papal endorsement, and then saying, "We never said that!" They go to remarkable lengths to discredit this old, irrelevant, socialist who is not even a real Democrat, who poses no threat to the mighty Hillary Clinton juggernaut, etc. Hunting mosquitoes with a 12 gauge, I would say.

Of course, if Hillary Clinton had gone to the Vatican, well... I don't even need to explain, do I?

Under President Clinton, we're going into Syria.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-dem-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/04/hillary-clinton-blames-obama-for-libya-syria-mess-221995

I'm sure we all know how Hillary Clinton threw President Obama under the bus, then turned the bus around and ran over him again. No big deal, as far as I'm concerned. If that's the nature of their relationship, it is what it is. But Clinton continues to insist she was right about Syria, that we should have intervened, and it sounds very much as if we're going into Syria when she becomes president. She is advocating so forcefully for "doing something" that it sounds almost like a promise. I will be very surprised if we don't establish a no-fly zone, and I will be equally surprised if our planes don't tangle with Russian planes. Well, won't that be fun?

Double talk on tax returns vs. speeches

I listened to Hillary Clinton talking about tax returns and speech transcripts. She released her tax returns, so that's the standard, what all candidates should do. She didn't make public her speeches, so that's the standard, the thing candidates don't do. The truth is, neither tax returns nor speech transcripts are required, so neither candidate should be "demanding" either of these things. They both poke and prod each other on this issue, but I don't know if it's legitimate.
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