Yes, the Spice Cabinet – 6 individuals that I hold to be of little to no worth in their chosen professions, who still would still manage to have value in other enterprises. In the case of Bernie, it’s as meme fodder.
With just two candidates left – well, three, but Gabbard is not to be mentioned – the Dems really look like they’re in some desperate need of counseling. While Biden is taking the majority of states, Bernie is holding strong along the Left Coast. And the two camps truly and viscerally hate each other.
It’s a bit of flame war already between the #NeverBiden and #NeverBernie sorts, with some regional partisanship, i.e., the Left Coast vs. Everyone Else, thrown into the mix as spice. for this upcoming shit sandwich.
Yeah, it looks like the Dems need some serious help if they want to avoid the chaos of a contested or brokered convention. And this is only made harder for them since the DNC was “forced” to strip 1st round voting privileges from the Superdelegates in the wake of Hillary and the DNC’s use of them against Bernie in 2016. Hence, it’s going to be hard for them to avoid the nightmare.
And that’s just the start of this messy. messy, messy political divorce. Biden, who is the one that the major players in the DNC want to be nominated, is positioned to be on the sharp end of the BernieBros’ and #BernOuts’ petulance, much as Hillary was in 2016. Much like Bernie, if the DNC can’t once again shut him out, will be faced with all the more moderate Democrat voters who won’t be likely to vote for a Socialist.
So, no matter whether they install Biden as their nominee or if Bernie manages to get it this time around, the Dems are going to go into the general election in a weakened state … and their leadership knows this. That’s a large part of why they’ve been pushing their campaign of hatred against President Trump so hard. They’re hoping hate will trump Democrat voters’ internecine factionalism.
It’s more than a bit funny that the mad socialist, Bernie Sanders is, himself, feeling the “Bern.” Then, Socialism is great fuel and hypocrisy and equally good accelerant. Bernie’s self-immolation was almost guaranteed. 😉
What’s happened is that Bernie’s campaign staff – which unionized – is in extended arguments with their “management” over the pay and benefits that his campaign’s field staffers get. The staffers have complained that their salaries of $36,000 annually ends up being less than $15.00 / hour when the numbers of hours a week they work on average are factored in.
A letter that the campaign’s union planned to send to Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir which read in part that workers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages. Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
The letter states that field organizers are working at least 60 hours a week, which lowers the average per hour pay to $13 an hour.
“Many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result,” the letter said.
Even a proposal from the campaign director, Faiz Shakir that recommended raising their salaries to $42,000 per annum was rejected, largely because the proposal didn’t also include Bernie paying for 100% of the staffers’ healthcare costs.
Yep. Ol’ Bernie really should have known that, if he’s going to run on forcing higher wages for low-end personnel and free healthcare for all, he was going to have to fut the bill for them same for the partisans actually working for him.
Oh! And just to add more fuel to his own pyre, Bernie’s response to this rebellion as of July 19, 2019 was to reduce staff hours to ensure everyone makes $15 an hour.
Sometimes you’ve got to wonder about Bernie Sanders – wonder to the point of thinking long and hard about revising one’s opinion of Hillary’s DNC stealing the 2016 Democrat Nomination from him. This is one of those times since Bernie made it clear that he wants the Felon Vote.
The question was stark: Would you support enfranchising incarcerated people like the Boston Marathon bomber or convicted rapists?
The answer Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont gave was starker: Yes.
“I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” Mr. Sanders said during a town hall-style event on CNN this past week. “Yes, even for terrible people.”
It was a response that seemed designed to appeal to criminal justice advocates, to say nothing of people of color, who are disproportionately incarcerated.
It also immediately touched off the latest policy debate of the Democratic primary: Among the candidates asked about the issue recently were Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Kamala Harris of California and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., all of whom signaled, with varying levels of intensity, that they did not agree with Mr. Sanders.— Bernie Sanders
Yes, that is Bernie’s Folsom Pledge – to grant convicted murderers, rapists, pedophiles, terrorists, and any all other felons the “right” to vote while they’re imprisoned for their various and sundry heinous crimes.
Then, Bernie has always had a problem with the Black Vote and this is the sort of implicit pandering that might be needed to get him some of it.
What Could Go Wrong?
Let’s forget for the moment that allowing the worst and most vile individuals who have been rightfully cast out of our society to have a say in our society is deeply offensive to America’s normative majority. Let’s also forget for the moment anything and everything about federal elections. While important, the impact of the convict vote on these things is secondary to other, more critical concerns.
No. Focus instead more firmly upon where and when these convicts – overwhelmingly (73%) Democrat – could have a real impact and cause real harm. Focus on the State, County, and Local elections.
Imagine, if you will, the great harm that incarcerated felons could do in those elections, especially ones for: Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, District Attorneys, Prosecutors, and/or Judges. Remember, these are elections with a much smaller electorate and, hence, the population of a prison there could and likely would greatly impact the outcome(s).
Bernie Needs To Stay In His Lane
Voting, be it for offices within each state or for elected federal offices is a matter that is wholly within the purview of each state. The federal government can only step in to prevent certain broad abuses, e.g., denying the “right” to vote based on race (15th Amendment), sex (19th Amendment), or advanced age (26th Amendment). As such, it is grossly inappropriate for any Presidential candidate to weigh in on this matter and to use it as a plank in his campaign’s platform.
The rampant hypocrisy of Democrats is well established. Yet, even with that bar having been set, Bernie Sanders manages to go that stumbling step further into out-of-touch surrealism.
I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.— Bernie Sanders
Just pause a moment or two and reflect upon the cluelessness, self-unawareness, “privilege,” and rank hypocrisy of that statement by America’s best-known and best-positioned Socialist.