Activist Monday: Why Voting for Hillary Clinton is the REAL Revolutionary Act
Posted April 25, 2016on:
Good Monday, Widdershins. It’s the day before yet another Super Tuesday, and according to the AP, #FeeltheMath should be clear even to the most reality-challenged Sanders supporter shortly.
Factoring in superdelegates, Clinton’s lead stands at 1,941 to 1,191 for Sanders, according to the AP count. That puts her at 81 percent of the 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination.
At stake Tuesday are 384 delegates in primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. This group of contests offers Sanders one of the last chances left on the election calendar to gain ground in pledged delegates and make a broader case to superdelegates to support him.
Yet it appears Clinton could do well enough Tuesday to end the night with 90 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination, leaving her just 200 or so shy.
The Sanders campaign knows a tough battle awaits in those five states and says it will reassess its campaign after Tuesday. If Sanders fails to win significantly in the latest primaries, he won’t have another chance to draw closer in a big way until California votes on June 7.
Clinton is on track to already have hit the magic number of 2,383 by that point.
And that, my friends, should be that. Once the magic number is hit, Sanders has no ground to stand on whatsoever. Hillary will have far more primary wins, millions more votes, and all the delegates she needs. Even better, she will have won honestly. Hillary didn’t steal any voting lists; she hasn’t refused to release her tax returns; she didn’t accept millions of dollars in questionable donations; she hasn’t been smearing Bernie’s character with memes from KKKarl Rove. She has run an issues-based campaign. As usual, the most scrutinized woman in the history of our country has been transparent and followed all the rules…and unlike in 2008, this approach has paid off. She will be the nominee, and there’s nothing Bernie (aka #TheBernout) can do to stop it.
Perhaps now it’s time to examine why Sanders’ “revolution” has failed to resonate with those whom it would presumably have helped the most: Women, non-whites and those whose incomes are less than $50,000/year. These last are “the poor” that he claims don’t vote, and that’s the latest reason he’s given for losing so badly against a girl, who has, like, cooties and stuff. Unfortunately for #TheBernout, the poor do vote; it’s just that they vote for Hillary, not him.
It’s not clear that larger turnout among poor voters would have actually helped Sanders against Clinton, however.
Sanders has lost Democratic voters with household incomes below $50,000 by 55 percent to 44 percent to Clinton across primaries where network exit polls have been conducted. (He has lost by a wider 21 percentage-point margin among voters with incomes above $100,000, and by 9 points among middle income voters.)
Yes, ahem. It doesn’t seem he won either the 99% OR the 1%, when you look at it that way. Let’s recap: poor people, non-whites and women are all supporting the “establishment” candidate over #TheBernout. He has to be the most unsuccessful revolutionary “leader” in the history of revolutionary leaders.
So what is the secret of his epic fail? Sanders as a brand has a lot of problems, of course; but deep down, I think it’s because instinctively, people know who the real revolutionary is in the race: Hillary Clinton.
The fact is that Hillary’s dominance in the 2016 field is completely unprecedented in the history of Presidential politics. No woman has ever been so close to the Presidency before, and at this point, I don’t see anyone who can stand in her way. If elected, Hillary will be someone whose very presence in the White House would signal a revolution in our thinking so profound, it’s hard for us to even imagine all the ramifications.
For example: We are all aware of the North Carolina governor’s signature of a bill that excluded transgender individuals from Constitutional protection…and oh by the way, there was something in there about bathrooms too (this was a completely side issue, and not why the LGBT community reacted so strongly). The signing of this hateful bill has, rightfully, become an utter financial and public relations disaster for the state.
North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law is already costing the state’s tourism industry millions of dollars.
The bill, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last month, prevents local municipalities from passing anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The bill also requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. The backlash has been swift as several musicians and groups have canceled events in the state while cities have blocked state-funded travel there.
Officials from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau said on Monday that Raleigh has lost over $3 million as backlash to the law has grown. Seven events have been canceled in Charlotte following passage of the law, resulting in a projected loss of 1,635 hotel rooms and $226,857 in direct spending over the next four years, according to data from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
At this point, it’s common wisdom that these laws are discriminatory, anti-constitutional, and deserving of financial retribution. I can’t help but rejoice about this, the way I did about the Supreme Court legalizing equal marriage. And yet…for decades now, conservative pro-deathers have, state by state, been chipping away at a woman’s right to health care for her entire body, not just the top half of it. Where are the boycotts? Where is the financial retribution? Where is the outcry against the religious insanity that provokes this fervid activism?
Don’t get me wrong. Bills and laws discriminating against a woman’s right to choose are routinely called out as “wacko” by certain female-friendly news outlets, but there’s no ensuing boycott of any of these states. I know that some of them are already poor enough that this tactic wouldn’t be effective, but what about Texas? What a big, fat target for pro-choice activists to use as an example! There’s a huge amount of sports and tourist income that could be leveraged against the legislature passing laws like this…but somehow, it never happens, because a woman’s right to health care for her scary lady parts is considered “a distraction.” Yes, sexist pig #TheBernout actually called it that! And here’s what Our Girl had to say:
Clinton slammed Sanders for — in her assessment — suggesting that Trump’s comments were a distraction from the “serious issues” facing America.
“To me this is a serious issue, and this is a very serious discussion,” Clinton said while campaigning on the campus of SUNY Purchase College.
She acknowledged that Sanders supports a woman’s right to choose, but said that abortion rights groups Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed her because “I have led” on abortion issues.
“I know that given what is happening in states across the country, we need a president who is passionate about this,” Clinton said. “Seeing it as a top priority because women’s health is under assault.”
“This is a fundamental constitutional right and we cannot think it is anything other than really serious,” she added.
Sure, #TheBernout votes the right way on supporting a woman’s right to choose…but is he a leader? No. Hillary is. Hillary has been committed to making abortion “safe, legal and rare” for decades, which is why it was a no-brainer for the women’s rights advocates listed above to endorse her. Do you see how she frames it? “A fundamental constitutional right.” No one else would dare to be as bold, and no one else would be as credible, making such a statement. Clearly, with Our Girl behind the biggest megaphone in the world, the priorities of the Democratic Party would shift dramatically – and furthering the rights of women would be at the top of her domestic policy agenda. All of a sudden, the 51% majority would be treated with the respect and attention they deserve.
This is an almost unimaginable paradigm shift for our country, and by extension, the world. Democratic voters know it instinctively, and it’s worth stating out loud: Electing not just any woman, but Hillary Clinton, our tireless and brilliant advocate for women’s equality, would be a body blow to the patriarchy.
To me that sounds like a revolution. How about you?
This is an open thread. (Nice tribute to Prince by The Boss below – love the purple lighting. Oh…can’t believe he’s gone.)
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