Hillary And The Damage Done... In Down Ballot Races
Is it fair to point out that Hillary used anti-gay demonology as a tool to reach her goals? You be the judge by watching the video of her above sticking to her conservative principles and keeping in mind what she told an NPR audience just before she turned 50: "I feel like my political beliefs are rooted in the conservatism that I was raised with... I'm very proud that I was a Goldwater Girl."
Ever since Bernie started raising money for 3 outstanding progressive women running for Congress-- Zephyr Teachout (NY), Lucy Flores (NV) and Pramila Jayapal (WA)-- he Hill-bots have been out in force, putting aside, momentarily, no doubt, that Bernie is an NRA shill, for the message that he's homophobic. Since they have no video of him actually being a bigoted homophobic monster like the one of Clinton above, they came up with the twisted logic that because he's supporting these three progressive-- 100% pro-gay-- women he's anti-gay because 2 of them have gay opponents.
The Washington Blade, which endorsed Clinton back in February, covered the manufactured "news" under this deceitful headline: Sanders raising funds against gay congressional candidates.
[T]wo of these three candidates are seeking to defeat openly gay contenders seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Congress. As of right now, a total of seven lawmakers serving in the Congress are openly gay, lesbian or bisexual, or slightly more than 1 percent of the legislative body. That’s short of the estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population as a whole who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Transgender people make up an estimated one-third of one percent of the U.S. population, but no member of Congress, nor any member of a state legislature, is openly transgender.)The more conservative Clinton started in politics as an active Republican and has admitted, as recently as just before her 50th birthday, that her agenda is rooted in her conservative upbringing and that she's proud that she campaigned for Barry Goldwater. She was also president of the Young Republicans at Wellsley College. Nonetheless she has been trying to paint Bernie as less of a Democrat, despite the fact that while she was fighting for the racist right-wing Republican agenda, he was the president of his college's chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality and was arrested in an anti-segregation rally. He is more a Democrat in every way-- unless you define "Democrat" as being in cahoots with the party's corrupted Beltway elite, in which case no one beats Hillary.
Teachout is running against Will Yandik, an openly gay farmer and Livingston deputy town supervisor who recently had a child with his same-sex spouse. Their primary is on June 28, weeks after the presidential contest on Tuesday.
Jayapal is competing against two openly gay candidates: Joe McDermott, a former member of the Washington legislature and now a member of the King County Council, and Brady Walkinshaw, a member of the Washington State House. Their primary is set for August 2, some time after the Washington presidential caucuses for Democrats, which took place on March 26, and the Republicans, which is set for May 24.
Both McDermott and Walkinshaw told the Washington Blade they objected to Sanders’ endorsements of their opponents at a time LGBT people aren’t proportionately represented in Congress.
McDermott [who has endorsed the more conservative Clinton despite the fact that she lost the caucus' in his state 73-27% and failed to win even a third of the vote in his own county] called Sanders’ endorsement out-of-state interference in a race that should be decided by people of his district n Washington State... Walkinshaw said Sanders’ effort is undermining efforts to seat an openly LGBT and Spanish-speaking person as a representative in Congress.
Lately she's been whining that she raises money for down-ticket candidates and he doesn't-- another in an unending stream of Clinton lies that has made her into a despised and mistrusted figure among voters who pay attention. Her downticket exertions were primarily to win super-delegates for herself and the small amounts she has donated to congressional candidates, didn't go to any congressional candidates but to the corrupt, ineffective and incompetent party bosses at the DCCC, DNC and DSCC. Chuck Schumer, for example, isn't using DSCC money to defeat Republican Senator Pat Toomey, but using all of it earmarked for Pennsylvania to defeat the popular primary candidate Joe Sestak, who is the best-suited to defeat Toomey, and replace him with an unpopular Schumer puppet, Katie McGinty would would stand virtually no chance against Toomey. That's the Clinton vision for helping downtick races.
Bernie's political revolution has encouraged hundreds of thousands of dollars in small contributions to flow directly to progressive candidates-- like these at the Bernie Congress ActBlue page-- while Hillary has given money to the DCCC to push conservatives garbage candidates from right-wing incumbents who reflexively vote for the Republican agenda (like Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN), Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ), Brad Ashford (Blue Dog-NE), Scott Peters (New Dem-CA), Ami Bera (New Dem-CA), and Sean Patrick Maloney (New Dem-NY) to the motley collection of New Dems and Wall Street shills being pushed by Steve Israel, like non-Democrats Monica Vernon (IA), Randall Perkins (FL) and Mike Derrick (NY) as well as conservatives in bitter primaries against progressives, from Salud Carbajal (CA), Val Demings (FL) and the aforementioned DINO Monica Vernon (IA) to Harry Reid puppet Jacky Rosen (NV), Bryan Caforio (CA) and Bill Golderer (PA). Needless to say, the DCCC is not supporting progressives like Zephyr Teachout, Pramila Jayapal or Lucy Flores. With the tiniest handful of exceptions, the DCCC, like the DSCC, only supports corrupt conservative candidates. And of course, the venal, self-serving party bosses abhor independent-minded candidates like Teachout, Jayapal and Flores.
Democrats are better off if Clinton stops financing corrupt conservatives from her wing of the party. Please consider helping progressives win congressional seats by tapping on the thermometer below: