Joe Biden has already served his purpose: he drew enough support from Democrats to block the path of Bernie Sanders to the nomination.
Everything Bernie Sanders is, Joe Biden is not. Bernie has integrity. Bernie has ideas. Bernie has passion. Bernie mobilizes the progressive base. And Bernie wants true change that helps workers.
Biden lacks integrity (he lies, easily and routinely). Biden has no new ideas (he just promises a return to the Obama years). Biden has no passion (hence Trump’s telling nickname for him, “Sleepy Joe”). Biden wants to squash the progressive base. And Biden wants no change (indeed, he’s on the record as telling big donors that nothing significant would change in a Biden administration).
The DNC now has its dream candidate: a figurehead, a man known for plagiarizing the speeches of others, a man who’s been in the pocket of banks and credit card companies, a man facing a credible sexual assault charge with a creepy video record of putting his hands on women and even young girls in ways that cause obvious physical discomfort to those being touched. Biden’s response? In part, he made a joke out of it. (His joke was that a child gave him “permission” to touch him, which was wrong on several levels.)
Again, the DNC knows Biden’s faults and weaknesses. But party power brokers support him anyway. Why? Because he’s a man with no spine, someone who can be shoved around to support the agendas of those doing the shoving.
Biden’s campaign promises to inhibit changes of substance. And for the DNC and the donor class, that’s the very definition of victory.
I remember him running for president in 1988. It was a disaster. He plagiarized speeches and lied about his college record. To be specific, he claimed he graduated in the top of his college class, with three degrees, on a full scholarship, while winning an award from the political science department. The truth was he graduated near the bottom of his class, with one degree, on a half-scholarship, while winning no such award. When it comes to talking about his record, Biden’s got more than a little of Trump in him.
Biden has never done well running for president — until these last eight days, when victory in South Carolina led the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to go “all-in” on him. Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar conveniently dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden (no collusion here, people!), and other prominent democrats quickly followed suit in singing Biden’s praises. Rumor has it Barack Obama was involved behind the scenes, making phone calls, twisting arms, getting the corporate tools to line up behind his former vice president (not that they needed much convincing).
In a way, it worked too well. Biden vaulted ahead on Super Tuesday and is now the front runner and presumptive nominee. The DNC, and Daddy Warbucks Mike Bloomberg, are pledging undying love and lots of money. Even Kamala Harris, the little girl who was so, so hurt by Biden’s opposition to school integration, is now a big Biden booster. What happened?
The answer is obvious. A cold, cynical, corporate DNC decided Biden was the best man to stop Bernie Sanders. Stopping Bernie and stomping on the progressive base of the Democratic Party is the paramount goal of the DNC. And they are likely to achieve this goal.
What the DNC doesn’t really care about is defeating Donald Trump. Good thing too, since Joe Biden can’t do that, and the DNC knows it. Assuming he’s the nominee, Biden is going to be humiliated in the general election. His weaknesses, which are legion, play to Trump’s strengths.
People are hiding this harsh reality from Joe Biden. And maybe he’s hiding it from himself as well. I really don’t want to get into signs of Biden’s cognitive decline, for even if he were sharper, let’s say the Joe Biden of 2012, he’d still lose to Trump, and badly.
I’m sure the DNC is already generating excuses for the post-election press conferences in November. They’ll say things like Bernie hurt Biden by staying in the race too long. They’ll claim Russian interference again in Trump’s favor. Perhaps they’ll say the economy was too strong, or they’ll blame millennials for not voting, or they’ll condemn the electoral college, and so on.
The real reason will be staring back at them. Joe Biden is exactly the wrong candidate to go up against Donald Trump, but no matter. Four more years of Trump is far better than a principled progressive agenda advanced by a man of integrity like Bernie Sanders.
Did I mention the DNC is cold, cynical, and corporate?
Feeling my own pain, I watched last night’s Democratic debate from Nevada, which I have to say sparkled in the first hour as Elizabeth Warren tore into Mike Bloomberg for his racism and sexism. Indeed, all our regulars took their shots at the billionaire, but I thought Warren landed the most telling ones. Throughout the proceedings, Bloomberg largely looked bored; perhaps he was mentally counting the billions he’d saved under Trump’s tax rebate for the richest.
Anyhow, I somehow endured the entire two hours, though the dishonest questioning of Bernie Sanders by the panel put me on edge. Basically, they hinted he was an un-American socialist-communist who’d soon collapse from another heart attack. It was that bad.
Here’s how I see the candidates and their performances, post-debate and in alphabetical order:
Joe Biden: I think he profits the most from Bloomberg being on the stage, because Uncle Joe no longer has the worst record. As the other candidates went after Bloomberg, Biden could wax nostalgically about the good old days under Obama. He did OK.
Mike Bloomberg: Mayor Mike is a mega-rich old white guy consumed by his own ego and smugness. He didn’t even bother trying to connect with people. Money is his connection.
Pete Buttigieg: Mayor Pete is mega-poor young white guy consumed by his own ego and smugness. As he got into a few tussles with Amy Klobuchar, I found myself rooting for Amy.
Amy Klobuchar: She’s good when she’s delivering prepared lines, but she faltered when asked about her inability to name the president of Mexico. She was both defensive and disingenuous, not the best combination.
Bernie Sanders: Bernie is always Bernie. Consistent passion on behalf of workers is his sweet spot. He hit a home run as he talked about socialism for the rich and rugged individualism for the poor.
Elizabeth Warren: Something about the presence of Bloomberg lit a fire under Warren. She had someone to torch, and she hit the target. She also brought her remarks back to people of color on several occasions. Perhaps her best debate performance yet.
As usual, the mainstream media was awful. Did you know capitalism is the religion of America? Apart from Bernie, the candidates professed their belief in capitalism as if the almighty god of America is Mammon. Then again, our money says “In [this] God We Trust.” In all seriousness, there’s something truly unseemly about all the money-grubbing in these debates.
Of course, you already know what was missing in this debate. There were no questions on foreign policy. None on America’s wars. None on the military-industrial complex. None on Iran or North Korea or Venezuela. There were questions on trade that involved China and Mexico, but that was about it. But at least climate change was discussed.
Most revealingly of all, the candidates were asked if the candidate with the most delegates should be the party’s nominee, even if that candidate lacked the requisite number for a first ballot win. All the candidates said, “let the [rigged] process play out,” meaning let the establishment’s super-delegates determine the winner, except for Bernie, who is likely to be the candidate with the most delegates who gets screwed by the DNC this summer.
And there you have it. Time for a third party and a true political revolution, Bernie.
Tom Tomorrow has the perfect comic to sum up America’s recent Democratic primaries for president:
How can Bernie Sanders be electable when he keeps winning elections? A paradox for sure.
Of course, the whole argument against Bernie Sanders is as dishonest as the primary process is long. Let’s imagine Bernie Sanders gains the nomination and then defeats Trump in November. Is Bernie going to become a dictator and enact all his “crazy” socialist ideas by fiat? Surely, mainstream Republicans and Democrats in Congress are just going to roll over and approve all of Bernie’s “radical socialist” agenda. Right?
If Bernie were to win, he’d obviously face strong opposition from establishment elites, who would oppose and try to block everything he’d try to do. That said, the rich and privileged obviously don’t want to bother with such battles; they’d rather just nominate a “safe” centrist, or, even better, a person from their own ranks, like Mike Bloomberg. You can count on Bloomberg acting to protect Wall Street and the 1%. He’s got billions of reasons to do so.
As Bloomberg is foisted upon us by the lapdog media, other centrist candidates continue to fight for whatever money is left to sustain their campaigns. Mayor Pete is flitting from fund raiser to fund raiser (shaking more money trees in wine caves?); Elizabeth Warren is making appeals to party unity (good luck with that); Joe Biden is straining to remain relevant (no more malarkey?); and Amy Klobuchar is seeking any traction she can find in a campaign characterized by market-tested bromides (“I know you, and I will fight for you,” a variant of Bill Clinton’s “I feel your pain”).
The best way to judge the candidates is by the enemies they make, which is why I strongly support Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard. Yes, Tulsi is still in the running, perhaps only until Super Tuesday on March 3rd, but her message against regime-change wars and the military-industrial complex is much needed.
Go Bernie. Go Tulsi. We need leaders who are unafraid to speak truth.
Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire — as well as Iowa — and what headline do I see at NBC News?
Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner — and moderates may be too divided to stop him
Why is it necessary to “stop” Bernie Sanders? What is so radical about Medicare for all, free college tuition, student debt relief, a higher minimum wage, and tax reform that benefits workers?
The next few months are going to be hard to endure for any American with a brain. For example, Chris Matthews at MSNBC equates Bernie’s democratic socialism with hardcore communism and suggests Bernie’s policies could end with him being executed in Central Park. No — I’m not kidding!
In another delusional MSNBC video, Bernie’s supporters are compared to Nazi Brownshirts:
So, the reality is that Bernie Sanders not only has to defeat “moderates” like Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar (a strong third in New Hampshire). He has to overcome the Democratic National Committee and the mainstream media, especially MSNBC.
Speaking of MSNBC and its negative and cynical coverage of Bernie, not all voters are fooled:
As one reader commented on our Facebook page, “OMG exactly the same tactics as in UK [United Kingdom] over [Jeremy] Corbyn followers. Trotsky rabble, Corbineestas, etc.”
Well, if you can’t beat ’em, smear ’em as a red, as dangerously radical, or alternatively as thuggish Brownshirted fascist Bernie Bros.
The establishment’s desperation is obvious. Go Bernie!
Bernie Sanders, it’s now clear, won the Iowa caucus vote. The predictable response of Tom Perez, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC): Hey, it’s time to stop! Let’s count the votes again! Maybe we can come up with a new total where Bernie doesn’t win.
Incredibly, the corruption isn’t even hidden anymore. It’s entirely in the open. The DNC will do anything to stop Bernie Sanders. Not because he won’t win against Trump. No — it’s because DNC members won’t be able to protect their perks, power, and privileges with Bernie as the Democratic candidate for president. Because Bernie simply won’t play their game. In a system rife with corruption, Bernie is as incorruptible as they come.
Again, the DNC would rather lose to Trump in November than win with Bernie. It truly is that simple.
Meanwhile, Tulsi Gabbard, who’s running strong in New Hampshire while calling for fundamental reform of the Democratic Party, is being treated as a non-person by the DNC. No appearances on CNN. No special rules for her so she can appear at the DNC-sponsored debate on February 7th. But of course the DNC can make special rules so that billionaire Michael Bloomberg can and will appear in that same debate.
The Democratic Party supposedly stands for diversity. Tulsi is a woman of color and a serving officer in the Hawaii Army National Guard. Bloomberg is a conservative “stop and frisk” white oligarch who endorsed George W. Bush. And who does the DNC favor in its quest for diversity?
Again, incredibly, the corruption isn’t even hidden anymore. It’s crystal clear — and damning.
What is to be done? Support Bernie and Tulsi. Condemn the DNC and its corporate bosses. And if some corporate tool becomes the nominee this summer, as is likely, think back to these days when it became so obvious (yet again) that, once again, the Democratic establishment is only truly determined when it’s out to screw its own progressive base.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders had a winning message and Hillary Clinton didn’t. But Bernie’s message favored the working classes, not Democratic donors, so he was blocked and then sidelined. Even so, Bernie loyally campaigned for Clinton, who lost to a political novice, celebrity TV host, and lifelong con man.
In 2020, Bernie Sanders has a winning message and the other leading candidates (Biden, Warren, Buttigieg) don’t. Bernie’s message still favors the working classes, not the Democratic donors, so efforts are underway to block him again.
Consider Tom Perez, head of the DNC, and his selections for various committees for the convention. They are the usual suspects: Clintonites, Obama followers, members of the military-industrial complex, big pharma and insurance companies, and so on. Here’s a useful and funny video from Jimmy Dore that breaks it down:
Polls project that Bernie will win Iowa (Feb. 3) and New Hampshire (Feb. 11). What will the DNC do next to torpedo Bernie’s chances?
Small wonder Bernie advocates for a political revolution. But we’re not going to have one of those in America, not with the Democratic-Republican Party in charge.
A few more items. Consider these two articles at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR):
Corporate Media Are the Real ‘Sanders Attack Machine,’ by Julie Hollar
It’s Media—Not Bernie Sanders—That Have an Antisemitism Problem, by Alan MacLeod
The latter article details the mainstream media’s efforts to paint Bernie Sanders — who, if elected, would be America’s first Jewish president — as an anti-Semite! Here’s an excerpt:
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he’s Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism—but that doesn’t matter.
So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading “the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades” (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders’ own actions or words, the national press has associated him with hatred of Jews by attacking those around him. Throughout 2019, for example, Sanders supporter Rep. Ilhan Omar was constantly labeled antisemitic across the media for comments she made about the undue influence of the US/Israeli lobbying group AIPAC on American politics (e.g., New York Times, 3/7/19; Wall Street Journal, 7/12/19; Washington Post, 8/20/19).
Fox News (1/9/20) claimed Sanders would be “the most anti-Israel” president ever, conflating criticism of Israel and/or the Netanyahu administration with antisemitism.
Of course, corporate Democrats aren’t just against Bernie Sanders. They’re against any candidate that threatens their privileges and power. This includes Tulsi Gabbard, who is being boycotted by CNN even though she’s polling well in New Hampshire. Consider the following:
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii says she’s still waiting to hear from CNN about why she wasn’t invited to take part in a series of town halls the cable news network is holding next week in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.
“We have reached out, I think, more than once, and we received no explanation. I don’t even think we’ve gotten a response to date about why they’re excluding the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, the only woman of color in the race,” the four-term congresswoman and Iraq War veteran said Tuesday in an interview with Fox News.
Could it be any more obvious? The fix is already in. It’s always in. The Democrats will do anything and everything in their power to block real change.
I know it’s unlikely, but I would love to see Bernie/Tulsi create a third party and run against Trump and whichever corporate tool the Democrats nominate. Please, Bernie, if the DNC screws you again, don’t be a “team player.” Give us a real choice — and pick Tulsi or someone like her as your running mate.
Wisdom can be found in many places. I was watching Professional Bull Riding today, and the announcer (didn’t catch his name) dropped this pearl of wisdom:
Professional bull riding is not a sport based on hope. It’s a sport based on belief.
I caught his meaning. When you’re preparing to ride a bull, you can’t “hope” you’re going to stay on its back. You have to believe you’re going to do it. And even when you believe, often the bull is still going to win.
What does this have to do with Trump and the Democrats? Consider Trump as an intemperate bull. Sure, he’s ageing, but he’s got plenty of kick left. How do you “ride” this bull and defeat him? Not by bringing a weak case of impeachment that you know is going to fail in the Senate. Not by giving Trump several big victories, such as a massive defense budget and a new trade bill, so-called NAFTA 2.0. Not by offering only the most tepid objections to his warmongering with Iran.
Consider the DNC and its preferred presidential candidate, Joe Biden. Is a corporate Democrat who’s both compromised and fading really the best candidate to ride Trump out of office? As Joe Biden himself might say, give me a break.
You can’t hope you’re going to ride Trump out of office in 2020. You have to believe it. And you have to give the American people a candidate with some balls, with firm and principled beliefs, a bull rider like Bernie Sanders or Tulsi Gabbard.
Hope may have been important to Barack Obama’s success in 2008, but it’s not going to defeat Trump in 2020. To ride that bull, you have to believe.
Yes, there was yet another Democratic Debate among the remaining presidential candidates. I gutted my way through most of it, gritting my teeth every time Mayor Pete opened his mouth to spout pious bromides. In no particular order, here’s my quick take on the remaining seven candidates who made the debate stage:
Bernie Sanders: Passionate. Bernie remains committed to a progressive agenda that will truly change lives for workers in America. His consistency of vision is his biggest strength.
Joe Biden: Angry. I may be biased, but when Joe tries to match Bernie’s passion, he comes off as angry instead. There’s just nothing new here.
Elizabeth Warren: Competent. Warren is always prepared and is capable of delivering a memorable one-liner, especially her quip that she’d be the youngest woman elected to the presidency. But she may be the candidate least equipped to match Donald Trump in a debate.
Amy Klobuchar: Milquetoast Moderate. Klobuchar is trying to present herself as the level-headed voice of reason between Trump’s followers and the “radicals” on the side of Sanders and Warren. This has been tried before (anyone remember Hillary?), and it didn’t work out so well.
Tom Steyer: Earnest. He’s putting his money where his mouth is. I just don’t see him being a serious contender for the nomination.
Andrew Yang: Revelatory. Yang had his best performance in this debate. He’s shown an ability to think on his feet, and his answers are unconventional and thoughtful. I hope he stays in these debates and wins more support.
Mayor Pete: Wine Cave. Poor Mayor Pete. He’s so desperate to appear serious and important. But he’ll sell his soul for the big money (not that he’s alone here), including a big fundraiser in a wine cave, which led to the best line of the night, by Andrew Yang, when he quipped about those who are so willing to “shake the money tree in the wine cave.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a compelling choice for president in 2020. She’s principled, she’s against America’s disastrous regimen of regime-change wars, and she’s got the guts to criticize her own party for being too closely aligned with rich and powerful interests. She’s also a military veteran who enlisted in the Army National Guard in Hawaii after the 9/11 attacks (she currently serves as a major and deployed overseas to Iraq during that war).
What’s not to like about a female veteran who oozes intelligence and independence, a woman who represents diversity (she’s a practicing Hindu and a Samoan-American), an early supporter of Bernie Sanders who called out the DNC for its favoritism toward Hillary Clinton …
Aha! There you have it. Back in February 2016, Gabbard resigned her position as vice-chair of the DNC to endorse Sanders, and the DNC, controlled by establishment centrists like the Clintons as well as Barack Obama, have never forgiven her. Recently, Hillary Clinton smeared her (as well as Jill Stein, Green Party candidate from 2016) as a Russian asset, and various mainstream networks and news shows, such as “The View” and NBC, have suggested (with no evidence) she’s the favored candidate of Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Think about that. Hillary Clinton and much of the mainstream media are accusing a serving major in the U.S. military of being an asset to a foreign power. It’s an accusation bordering on a charge of treason — a charge that is libelous and recklessly irresponsible.
A reminder: Tulsi Gabbard enlisted in the military to serve her country in the aftermath of 9/11. What did Hillary Clinton do? Can you imagine Hillary going through basic training as a private, or serving in the military in a war zone? (Hillary did falsely claim that she came under sniper fire in Bosnia, but that’s a story for another day.)
Tulsi Gabbard is her own person. She’s willing to buck the system and has shown compassion and commitment on the campaign trail. She may be a long shot, but she deserves a long look for the presidency, especially when you consider the (low) quality of the enemies she’s made.