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Activist Monday: What Will DWS Do?

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Good Monday, Widdershins. The weekend proved yet again that there is no bottom to the depths #TheBernout is willing to sink to, in order to cling, bitterly, to his blind, self-deluded ambition to be President.

Not only did Mr. Sanders call Hillary “the lesser of two evils,” but he threw potshots at the chair of the DNC, as well.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said he supports Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Democratic opponent in her August 30 primary, adding that if he is elected president, he would effectively terminate her chairmanship of the DNC.

Sanders, whose campaign has engaged in an increasingly bitter feud with the DNC chairwoman during his presidential bid, said in an interview set to air on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he favors Tim Canova in Florida’s 23rd congressional district. Canova is supporting Sanders.

“Well, clearly, I favor her opponent,” Sanders told Tapper. “His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz’s.”

And…he’s raising money for her opponent, too. Because hell hath no fury like #TheBernout scorned; his apoplectic choler seems to increase in inverse proportion to his growing realization that he has, in fact, lost the nomination. It doesn’t seem to dawn on him that he’s once again, targeting a Democratic woman who is very popular with her base, and whom he most likely cannot defeat.

…Democratic activists and operatives say that Wasserman Schultz remains popular in her South Florida district — especially among Democrats — where she remains an active and visible presence, despite her national profile. The district is heavily Jewish, and she is the only Jewish woman to represent the state in Congress.

Wasserman Schultz has had only one Democratic primary, in 1992, when she first ran for, and won, a seat in the state House. She successfully ran for reelection, then state Senate, then Congress, without facing any Democratic opponents. Each time, she easily dispatched her Republican opponents in the strongly Democratic district.

Honestly, I don’t even know what to say to this latest series of nasty attacks, except that it seems clear why the oh-so-Independent Senator from Vermont has not accomplished one tiny piece of his agenda in the past 32 years. Because it certainly seems like he doesn’t know how to work with anyone that disagrees with him without throwing rhetorical bombs and making empty threats he is powerless to carry out (no, Bernie, you will NEVER be President, so saying that you wouldn’t re-appoint DWS doesn’t impress.)

But what will she do? Will she take action against Bernie? While DWS has firmly denounced his lack of apology about the chaos his supporters provoked in Nevada, she has not yet moved to retaliate against his latest petty attacks. In fact, she recently wrote an open letter about how awesomely unified the Democrats are. Oy vey ist mir, Debbie!

You can’t really blame the Democratic Party for not wanting to disturb the reality-challenged youngsters believing that if they just clap their hands, Tinkerbell Bernie’s dead campaign will come back to life. After all, they’ve shown they can’t be trusted to behave like grownups when they don’t get their way. But at this point, it’s just a matter of time till Bernie’s 15 minutes of fame are over. And when that happens, don’t expect Democrats to forgive or forget; and don’t expect Sanders to survive another term in Congress.

In the meantime, till that convention happens in Philadelphia, let’s stay strong for ourselves and Hillary. As Peter Daou of Blue Nation Review wrote,

So this is our admonition: a successful campaign requires our strength as well as Hillary’s. We are backing the candidate who has more conviction, stamina, and intellectual willpower than all her rivals combined.

A bumpy summer lies ahead. Polls will bounce around. Pundits will predict doom. Opponents will savage Hillary’s integrity. Lies and distortions will fly across social media. No one will be spared. Everything will be considered fair game.

But if we keep carrying Hillary on our shoulders, then long after we’re gone, women and girls will look back at this moment in history as an inflection point when the impossible become the possible.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

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69 Responses to "Activist Monday: What Will DWS Do?"

New post up.

Good post, stay strong Hillary supporters, try to ignore the BS in the corner.

@2 – Thanks, MsMass! He’ll be gone soon.

@3: Really, it can’t be soon enough but he’s still gonna get those final 15 minutes.

DWS just picked the members for the committee to draft the democratic platform, and she picked five of Bernie’s choices and six of Hillary’s. It looks like she is going out of her way to appease the Bernoid factor. We’ll see if it ends in getting a substantial amount of Bernoids to vote for Hillary. Meanwhile, I feel sorry for the other members of the committee having to deal with Bernie’s hacks who will no doubt be pushing for his horrible ideas.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/280941-sanders-names-cornel-west-keith-ellison-to-platform

Great post MB!

Apparently he won’t be gone soon. I just saw something on the news about the Dumb-and-Dummercrats giving BS a big say in the party platform! For Unity, or some such.

Say it ain’t so. Anybody else heard this? After the way he’s behaved, I just want him to disappear. Watching him spreading BS all over the Convention is going to be more than I can stand.

Hmph. I see by socalannie #5 that it’s not just a bad dream.

Aw geez…Cornell West??? o_O

@8, I wonder why DWS felt she had to cave to Bernie this way? Is it to show she’s “neutral” or was she blackmailed by Bernie or one of his supporters?

Cornel West and Keith Ellison? FF’S, why? Sanders is losing — and he’s a wolf in Dem’s clothing since he’s willing to tear the Party apart just to satiate his sense of self-importance. His tantrums and demands should simply be ignored.

I’m not worried about Cornel West. He’s gonna find out what it’s like to run into a brick wall named Elijah Cummings. I’d love to see it.

DWS is going to ignore Bernie and his surrogates, continue her job and will be replaced in January 2017 as is usual. She’ll also tromp that guy running against her.

Good post madamab. I had trouble loading the WD site all weekend (I’m sure it’s on my end). It seems better today.

GAgal said: I’m not worried about Cornel West

Yeah, but he’s great theater and the media folks will crowd around him whenever he wants to hold forth on…well anything.

Hillary says no to Fox debate. Cue Weaver whining 3..2..1..

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hillary-clinton-declines-fox-news-debate

@15: Oh he was already on Tweety’s show.

Shinners! Sorry for my recent absence.Kid Unit is graduating soon, had to chaperone a bunch of idiot high school kids this weekend, all the while trying to hold on to this job piece and deal with elders in the familia and my second job, AMEN FOR JOBS!!

I will be fully on top of it after June 7 (coincidentally, my kid unit’s graduation date).

Everything that is happening is B.S. (pun intended, great job, MadamaB!) We, as famously called by the Big Cheeto himself–Hillary Holdouts—knew the rules and were abiding by them lawfully and acceptably. Until, May 31st, of course. Two states that Hillary won the popular vote (Florida and Michigan) we were considered 1/2 a vote. And the meeting allowed us to make our case. Which, by powers that be by Rockefeller (???) and Howard Dean came to be known as the day that sh&t got real. That day is not here for these Bernouts.

Hillary should not breakdown nor give in. She is not in Obama’s position in 2008: she HAS the delegates and she HAS the popular vote!

LOL! Trump doesn’t believe in climate change calling it “a total hoax,” “bullshit” and “pseudoscience.”.

But he believes in it enough that he wants to build a wall to keep the sea out at his golf course in Ireland.

BTW, heard the great Native American “Brown Person” (holla!) poet and writer, Sherman Alexie on NPR today talking about his new book called “Thunder Boy”…and during my googling the googles to rehear the broadcast interrupted by swerving 18-wheelers on I-4 (ugh!), I found this gem and YES TO GAWD he is right:

Why do you think the question of free speech vs. “political correctness” is on the public’s mind these days?

Internet communication is making people more impulsive. That said, it’s also because we brown folks are sick of this sh-t and we exercise our power. That makes old power structures uncomfortable—and that’s conservatives and liberals. You can see that dynamic with Sanders vs. Clinton, where brown folks are hanging with Clinton.

Why do you think that is?

Because the government has actually worked for us. So I’m one of the brown folks for Clinton.

http://time.com/4292771/sherman-alexie-part-time-indian-thunder-boy/

SM@17: What’s the old commercial say? You deserve a break today…

@19: Great comment and linked article.

Fredster, my olds mind is between a Burger King ad, a Miller Time beer commercial, but the go to is “Calgon, take me away!!”

LMAO Fredster, now I remember, it was Mickey Ds:

@23: Yep! 🙂

@22: I remember Calgon!

I once tried a nice, relaxing, soothing bath with one of their products. The thing was though that it made the water and tub slick enough that I almost slipped getting out of the tub. Never tried that again.

From the Latinos for Hillary FB page, and all too familiar face :

@25, Fredster, I never got to try the Calgon :(, but the commercials are campy gold goodness 🙂

@28: SM, my mom used the stuff religiously in her baths. So I decided to give it a try that one time. That one experience was enough for me..

@18 Have you ever seen the documentary “You’ve Been Trumped”? I just happened to catch it last year. I’ll see if I can find a clip.

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/youve-been-trumped-2012

I’m guessing the Calgon bath stuff (and they still sell it – I just checked!) is much better than this bath item.

Here’s a clip. Trumps people turned off water to these people’s houses and pretended he had no idea what happened. His machinery built huge berms that blocked their view of the sea, so their houses would not be visible from the golf course. His plan was to buy them out and destroy the houses but they refused to sell.

Bath salts are good for your skin. Especially Epsom salt, Your body absorbs the magnesium. Epileptics recommend it because magnesium is good for preventing auras and seizures. I’ve been giving laker Epsom salt foot baths, which is also helpful for his poor deformed feet.

I like an occasional bath with some good smelling salts. I remember that Calgon stuff from my childhood. My grandma loved it. Also Jean Nate! Remember that?

annie said: I remember that Calgon stuff from my childhood. My grandma loved it. Also Jean Nate! Remember that?

Blasts from the past!

@17, SM, enjoy the graduation and all the folderol. It goes by so fast!

Bernie makes absolutely no sense. Look at the two quotes:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be “messy” as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added, “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.”

“I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it’s going to be messy,” Sanders said. “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic Party should go.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:0ecb9841c6694638bb745f04a4f87ebd

@37: Thank you for that advice Bernie considering you aren’t even a Democrat!!!

That man is so digging his own grave and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

@37, yeah, that’s some mixed up sh*t. Funny about Tommy Chong. I wonder if he’s still supporting Bernoid?

THIS VIDEO of women coming through on election day November 8, 2016. Two days before my bday. I see women coming with their inner instinct in power of the vote come through. I see women, rich and poor, of all backgrounds, just say, EFF THEM! And let their inner Alexis Carrington come to the voting booth as in this YouTube video.

Was Alexis called a bitch? YES. The smarter, vilified, better prepared and dressed? YES. Whatever, if we’re all bitches, harridans, whatevers-that-bleed-from-their-wheverevers…come at me, BERNIE-BROs and Trumpies, aka Trump-babies!

Here is my inner diva bitch voting for Hillary. Because guess what?? We’re all voting for her. Let them be shocked, shook and voting for our girl 🙂

@31 I sometimes buy the Morton’s kosher sea salt, it’s that one or the one ones from Badia … the best for simple seasoning. THE BEST.

Barney Frank calls BerningBum out for his opposition on the Puerto Rico refinance package:

The question is, if the price of any help for Puerto Rico in the current situation is an oversight board of some kind, what’s better?” he said. “It’s that kind of an approach — state an ideal, refuse to deviate from it in the interests of something that’s [doable] — it’s an explanation of why he has virtually no support from his colleagues.

“People talk about how Ted Cruz doesn’t have any support. Sanders doesn’t have any more either,” Frank said.

Interesting piece (except inequality only means rich/poor to Bernie)

http://the-orbit.net/blackskeptics/2016/05/22/white-male-led-revolution-american-inequality-say/

Did y’all see there is a new movie out titled The Meddler? Starring Susan Sarandon…

@45, saw that. We won’t be seeing it.

My sisters and I still say “Calgon, take me away,” when our had it has had it, even though, we never used their bath beads.

@45, saw that, betting this is Sarandon’s philosophy regarding the movie which shall remain nameless, “The movie should be panned by all the knowledgeable reviewers because it is so good we wouldn’t want people to see it because it is revolutionary and only those worthy of the revolution should know the truth.”

Watch Meeeka almost…ALMOST find her voice, as Joe says CNN has been kissing up to Trump for months. Hilarious.

@33, Jean Nate! LOL, I haven’t heard that in decades.

How about, “Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache,” that they gave away on the game shows. Was it “Truth or Consequences,” or “Let’s Make a Deal”?

@49, Joe #socklessdeadintern Scarborough is so deficient in self awareness, I bet there’s no reflection when he stands in front of a mirror.

omigosh! Did anyone see the latest kos post? Sophie posted it next door and said the 4 horsemen must be coming. I can’t believe kos has changed so much:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/5/23/1529938/-11-reasons-why-Bernie-Sanders-lost-this-thing-fair-and-square

Hey all! I love how the blog has gone all 80’s retro today. Gen X representing!!!

SM77 and Annie, please forgive me for not congratulating you earlier on your spectacular children. I’m so thrilled for you both!

Yes, we women, men and trans will be pouring into.the voting both on Election Day to cast our ballots for Our Girl. It will be a moment we’ll never forget! And I agree, DWS will only pay lip service to #TheBernout. She’s letting him self-destruct at this point. The man-child can’t help it.

Madamab, thanks for always laying out the facts so neatly and helping us remember this: “let’s stay strong for ourselves and Hillary.”

By Peter Daou today: “Magically Make all Hillary Bashers Disappear”:
http://bluenationreview.com/magically-make-all-hillary-bashers-disappear/

That is a beautiful post, Jules70. I often take comfort from how strong Hillary has always been in the face of the overwhelming negativity arrayed against her.

Madamab, what you said @ 55 is true for all of us, I think. Good that we have a place like this to band together. 🙂

@54: I loved this from the BNR piece:

Hillary-bashing is one of the ugliest permutations of American politics and the most toxic part of the 2016 election. It pervades the national media — just watch Morning Joe for five minutes and you’ll understand. [bolding mine]

And if you really want to get ill watch #drunkmika just dogging Hillary every chance she gets. Meeka darling, you wish you were a quarter as good as Hillary is. Trouble is, you never will be.

Bernie asking for a recanvass of the votes in Kentucky. He’s hoping to pick up one delegate yet to be allocated. The state will pay for this. If it was a recount, his campaign would have to pay.

http://bigstory.ap.org/042a334061664e0ca202ccfe0a2ffab6

@58…that’s just incredible. He has no shame!

@58, and it is a thumb in the eye of Alison Lundergan Grimes since she is a Hillary lifelong friend. He’s hoping against hope there will be a change of a vote or two so he can crow that the election was rigged, just like the primary is, just like life is — and he might be right about life being rigged against old crackpots who are stuck in the 1960s when Fidel was his Huckleberry.

Has karma finally caught up with Ken Starr? It seems he failed to investigate sexual assault cases at Baylor. I hope another one bites the dust. They’re adding up – Gingrich, Livingston, Hastert, now Starr. I think I’m forgetting someone.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/05/24/kenneth-starr-reportedly-to-be-removed-as-baylor-president-amid-football-scandal/

Whoooweee! #Rallypossum! LSU got away from Tenn in the SEC tournament.

I’m hoping some of these protesters in Albuquerque are Bernie brats.

MSNBC interviewing a woman and sez she’s a Bernie supporter. Ah, keep it up y’all.

@58-60: You know the sweet irony would be they conduct the recount and add 50 or 100 more votes for Clinton! 😛

Life is indeed rigged – but not against white men from Vermont who have a good education! I’d love to see faux victim Bernie deal with REAL discrimination…being a woman, being non-white, being gay…the list goes on and on.

The State Department Inspector General has released a report critical of Hillary’s email use. There is no link to the report and here is the entire article on CNN.


(CNN) — A State Department Inspector General report faulted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not complying with policies for email preservation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Wednesday.

The report, which was provided to lawmakers, states, “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon’s statement on the report:

“While political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own partisan purposes, in reality, the Inspector General documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other Secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email. The report shows that problems with the State Department’s electronic recordkeeping systems were longstanding and that there was no precedent of someone in her position having a State Department email account until after the arrival of her successor. Contrary to the false theories advanced for some time now, the report notes that her use of personal email was known to officials within the Department during her tenure, and that there is no evidence of any successful breach of the Secretary’s server. We agree that steps ought to be taken to ensure the government can better maintain official records, and if she were still at the State Department, Secretary Clinton would embrace and implement any recommendations, including those in this report, to help do that. But as this report makes clear, Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email was not unique, and she took steps that went much further than others to appropriately preserve and release her records.”

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