Wednesday, May 03, 2017

For Better Or-- More Likely-- Worse, Hillary Still Walks Among Us


If you thought Hillary and the Clintons and-- more importantly-- whatever hybrid vision of governance they stand for, was going away: surprise! She's back, reminding millions of people what's so horribly wrong with the Democratic Party as to make an Obama voter switch to Trump. She's says it was Comey and Putin and she's got a point but does that adequately explain why her approval ratings were so jaw-droppingly bad all through the election. Too many people looked for a lesser of two evils and-- amazingly-- picked Trump. The country we live in!

David Axelrod seemed unimpressed with Hillary's excuse-making when he appeared on CNN's New Day this morning. He told Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota that "it takes a lot of work to lose to Donald Trump... Jim Comey didn’t tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention. Jim Comey didn’t say, 'Don’t put any resources into Michigan until the final week of the campaign.' One of the things that hindered her in the campaign was a sense that she never fully was willing to take responsibility for her mistakes, particularly that server. She said the words 'I’m responsible,' but everything else suggested that she really doesn’t feel that way, and I don’t think that helps her in the long run. The fact that she was in a position to lose because of the Comey letter is something that deserves some introspection."

For those wondering if the resistance to Trump will continue to grow and gain momentum or start dying off and losing ground going into 2018 and 2020, remember, Hillary now says she considers herself part of the resistance. How's the for the ultimate buzz kill that's remind everyone about how repulsive and corrupt the Democratic Establishment is and how Hillary kept Wasserman Schultz in place at the DNC to make sure Bernie wouldn't get a fair shot in the primaries.
A recently-released transcript of Florida court documents has revealed that the Democratic National Committee’s first line of defense in their motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them by defrauded Bernie Sanders supporters is to state that they are under no contractual obligation to provide the American people with real party primaries.

Yes, really. That’s their Plan A. In order to avoid a situation where they could be forced to return some of the small-dollar campaign donations of Sanders’ base, representatives of the regulatory committee for the Democratic party have tacitly admitted in a court of law that they are running a fake political party using the lie of legitimate primary elections to manufacture political engagement, and that democracy is officially dead in America.

“[T]here is no right to-- just by virtue of making a donation, to enforce the parties’ internal rules,” said DNC attorney Bruce Spiva. “And there’s no right to not have your candidate disadvantaged or have another candidate advantaged. There’s no contractual obligation here.”

Mr. Spiva is of course referring to the charge that Sanders supporters were defrauded of millions of dollars when they poured donations many of them could barely afford into the campaign of a candidate that the DNC was actively conspiring to sabotage, in gross violation of the Impartiality Clause of their own charter. Rather than trying to deny that this act of sabotage took place, the DNC is instead arguing that it is perfectly within its rights to obstruct and favor any campaign it wants in order to ensure the nomination of the candidate that it prefers.

From the DNC Charter

...[T]he DNC and the Clinton camp were colluding as early as 2014 to schedule debates and primaries in a way that favored her, or then-DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile acting as a mole against the Sanders campaign and passing Clinton questions in advance to prep her for debates with Sanders can truthfully say that this Impartiality Clause was adhered to. It wasn’t. And, according to Mr. Spiva, that’s because it didn’t need to be.

...The elites of the Democratic party are trying to have it both ways. They’re trying to maintain the system which obstructs independents and third parties from finding meaningful purchase within the political process, while at the same time ensuring that no democracy is happening within that rigid two-party system. They’re trying to maintain the “A vote for a third party is a vote for the Republican!” narrative from one side of their mouths while saying “It’s our party, we can rig the primaries however we want!” from the other. If Americans want to say that they live in a democracy, the major political parties can’t have it both ways. Either change the system so that other parties are viable, or give the people the ability to choose the nominees of the only two parties they’re able to choose from. Both of these would be ideal, one would be workable, but right now they have neither. Calling America a democracy is a joke.

...This is what happens when a political party places money above all else; they find themselves in a situation where they’re making politically catastrophic admissions rather than lose a few dollars. I was active in a lot of Bernie forums during the primaries, and the gut-wrenching stories I saw shared by participants there were what got me involved in this political commentary gig in the first place. There were people who could not afford to donate to a political campaign, but they found ways to do it anyway in the desperate hope of creating a more economically just future. Bernie received donations from people living out of their cars. From unemployed people with kids who could have used the money for groceries but chose to try and invest in a better world for their children. The DNC is now openly admitting that it took actions to make sure that that money went to waste, all so that they won’t have to give it back to these people who so desperately need it in the exploitative corporatist nightmare that the DNC has helped create.
Even after Anthony Weiner was exposed as a dangerous sociopath, Clinton chose to cling to her favorite aide, Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife. Did Hillary lose the election because of that terrible, lunk-head decision? Are the country-- and the world-- now stuck with Donald Trump because of that fateful decision? The American people very clearly did not want Weiner and Huma anywhere near the White House and didn't want crooked political hack Debbie Wasserman Schultz anywhere around it either. Who in their right mind would? I released this album and eponymous song by Rochester-based psychedelic rockers New Math in 1981 on my label, 415 Records, and, I admit, I wasn't thinking about Hillary at all at the time.

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At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huma Abedin is not why Hillary lost. Washerwoman-Schitz and Donna Brazile are part of the reason, the Party corruption is part of the reason.

But the largest factor in Hillary's loss is HER!self.

The war between the fossils of the fuel industry and the investor class remains in force. It didn't -and won't- end just because Trump won. Obama's recent paycheck for speaking to Wall St. tells me that the investors aren't done with the Democrats. It remains to be seen if Wall St is done with Hillary, but I'm thinking they will continue to back her in case she rises to the top of the slop bucket again. But she shouldn't rest on that laurel. She's now a two-time loser.

At 5:56 AM, Blogger Daro said...

C'mon, DWT. Counter-think! What we need is MORE Hillary. There can't be enough of dangling that broken puppet in our faces to help force more Progs to finally spit out the current DNC in disgust. Reform won't happen until the Left has its nose rubbed in the doggy doo enough for us to scream, break down, sob and kick Pelosi et. al. in the teeth.

I just saw DWS stand up and defend Obama's $400K speaking fee. Lady. Obama don't need that kinda help...

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:11, the money will continue to $upport democraps as a hedge against progressivism and New Dealism among the more enlightened left. They'll never be done with either side of the money party until that entirety is moot electorally.

5:56 and everyone, it's pretty clear that $hillbillary and her money backers are trying to rehabilitate her rep and that of the democraps whose 35 year policy debacle is what lost the election that Bernie would have won handily (IMO).

I'm getting that familiar whiff of stench that tells me that $he is going to run again in 2020 if $he lives that long. The Rs are blindfolded and galloping headlong into a rock wall with their crusades to kill people here that are not rich and all over the world who are not christian nor white nor racists nor right wing reactionary neo nazis. So there will be a big opportunity for the lesser evil party to win big after a period of misery caused by the Rs' misanthropic policies.

Sorry to say, american voters are not yet smart enough to distinguish between overt evil and thinly veiled evil, so $hillbillary and all her billions have a very good chance to get elected in 2020 so they can faithfully serve wall st. and war st. and write new FTAs (TPP, TTIP and more) and pretend to care about health CARE while serving health INSURANCE.

There is at least one wild card in this. Will the mushrooming debt cause the american dollar and economy to collapse before then? And will that trigger wars and/or martial law?
If the R tax cuts pass, there might be only a couple of years before this happens. Might preclude the next election.

At 8:08 AM, Blogger Daro said...

Hillary won't run again. They won't let her. There's a new flavour in town. Corey Booker. Learn to curse his name. He's like the policy love child of Obama and Hillary. MSNBC and CNN are already fawning over him. To paraphrase an old cereal commercial:
Not too black, not too white; just right!

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Anon said...

Booker is the result of a tawdry Wall St,PhRMA + charter schools 3-way.
New Dems love him!

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Even after Anthony Weiner was exposed as a dangerous sociopath, Clinton chose to cling to her favorite aide, Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife."

This is pretty low and you should apologize for it. Women are allowed to have an independent existence from their husbands. Progressives should not need to be told this.

More generally, people are not their spouses. It spouse-of-X is a crook, that doesn't make X a crook. Ditto for whatever Weiner is.

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Daro said...

Please, stop her. It's like an endless re-run of Sunset Boulevard. For pity's sake..

Hillary Clinton to launch political group as soon as next week


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