Tuesday Reads: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The World of Peace and Harmony, Prinsa S., Kathmandu, Nepal Age:13

The World of Peace and Harmony, Prinsa S., Kathmandu, Nepal
Age:13

Good Morning!!

Today the Republicans will caucus in Nevada, and Donald Trump will probably win. The Republican leadership is slowly moving through the stages of grief as they come to terms with the likelihood that the clowniest clown in the clown car will be at the top of their ticket in November.

Politico: GOP wakes up to Trump nightmare.

Establishment Republicans are reckoning with something they thought would never happen: That it might soon be too late to stop Donald Trump.

With the controversial businessman the clear front-runner heading into Nevada and next week’s Super Tuesday contests, there’s an emerging consensus that the odds of dislodging him are growing longer by the day. Whispered fears that Trump could become the Republican nominee have given way to a din of resigned conventional wisdom – with top party officials and strategists openly wondering what the path to defeating him will be….

”World Peace from Nagasaki Megami Bridge: Tamako and Maria” by 47 children of 175 members of Club Kids Peace in Tomachi Elementary School.

”World Peace from Nagasaki Megami Bridge: Tamako and Maria” by 47 children of 175 members of Club Kids Peace in Tomachi Elementary School.

Lately they are telling themselves that if only the weaker candidates would drop out maybe Rubio or Cruz could win.

The biggest hurdle confronting the mogul’s four rivals is that they continue to divide support among themselves. In each of the three contests that have been held so for, the anti-Trump field has fractured, making it impossible for any single contender to surpass him. A similar dynamic could play out again in Nevada, with Trump failing to win a majority of support but still earning more than his opponents.

While the field has winnowed somewhat in recent days, the compressed nature of this year’s Republican primary calendar means there is precious little time for the anti-Trump field to consolidate. Should Trump notch his third consecutive win on Tuesday, some foresee him steamrolling through Super Tuesday a week later, when a quarter of the party’s delegates are awarded. A batch of newly released polls show him with sizable leads in several of those states, including Massachusetts and Georgia.

“Either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio would have a shot at the nomination, but I don’t see how they can stop Donald Trump while both of them are splitting votes,” said Al Cardenas, a former Florida Republican Party and American Conservative Union chairman who had supported Jeb Bush. “I don’t see either senator, both of whom have strong-willed backers, dropping out any time soon. Maybe after March 15, but will that be too late to stop Trump?”

It should be funny to see the GOP panicking, but I dread having to watch the repulsive spectacle that the presidential election would be if Trump were one of the candidates. The primary race has already been way beyond disgusting.

If We Could Just Join Hands

If We Could Just Join Hands

Washington Post: GOP candidates make intense 11th-hour arguments in Nevada.

Front-runner Donald Trump delivered a broadside against competitor Ted Cruz, telling thousands in Las Vegas he thinks the Texas senator “is sick.”

“There’s something wrong with this guy,” said Trump.

For his part, Cruz spent significant time Monday seeking to explain the ouster of his spokesman for tweeting a story that falsely accused White House hopeful Marco Rubio of insulting the Bible. And when the candidates weren’t directing their fire at each other, they used scattered appearances on the eve of Tuesday’s caucuses to assail Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

So raucous was this day that Trump stopped short at one point in his talk to bemoan the very delegate-selection he was in Nevada to tap.

“Forget the word caucus,” he told a crowd of some 5,000. “Just go out and vote, OK?” At another point, he said, “What the hell is caucus?”

This is the kind of idiocy that we have to look forward to this fall.

Prize-winning poster by middle school student Daniel Mendoza

Prize-winning poster by middle school student Daniel Mendoza

Ted Cruz tried to steal some of Trump’s thunder by promising to deport 12 million undocumented immigrants. The Dallas Morning News:

Ted Cruz said…that he would use federal immigration officers to round up and deport all 12 million people in the country illegally — a markedly tougher stance that he has struck in the past.

“Yes, we should deport them,” Cruz told Fox host Bill O’Reilly. “That’s what ICE exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws, that apprehends them and deports them.”

The toughening stance comes after a disappointing, if narrow, third place finish in South Carolina on Saturday, with immigration hardliner Donald Trump strengthening his grip on the race.

“There’s no change here,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said late Monday by email. “Cruz has been very clear: people who are here illegally should be deported. That is the law today. Period. They broke the law, they face the consequence. ICE exists for that purpose and they should continue to do their job. And on top of that any law enforcement that encounters those here illegally should follow the law and deport them.”

Marco Rubio is still the GOP “establishment’s” chosen candidate, but it’s difficult to see how he has much chance against Trump.

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Here’s Paul Waldman at The Week: Donald Trump is about to do terrible things to Marco Rubio.

As bullies go, Donald Trump is unusually skilled.

When Trump decides to go after you, he considers carefully both your weak points and the audience for his attack. So when he decided to pummel Jeb Bush — apparently for his own amusement, as much as out of any real political concerns — he hit upon the idea that Bush was “low energy,” something Bush had a hard time countering without sounding like a whiny grade-schooler saying, “Am not!” More than anything else it was a dominance display, a way of showing voters he could push Jeb around and there was nothing Jeb could do about it. With a primary electorate primed by years of watching their candidates fetishize manliness and aggression, the attack touched a nerve.

And now with the Republican race effectively narrowed to three candidates, the one Trump hasn’t bothered to go after too often — Marco Rubio — must prepare for the mockery and rumor-mongering that will surely be coming his way from the frontrunner. Whether he can withstand it could go a long way toward determining how this race turns out.

Until now, Trump has been relatively soft on Rubio. But with the increasing possibility that Rubio could be the greatest threat to Trump winning the nomination, he’s almost certain to go after him. If the past is any guide, Trump will throw a bunch of different attacks Rubio’s way until he happens upon one that seems to resonate; then he’ll stick with it as long as it works. Trump is already dabbling in Rubio birtherism (though he doesn’t seem quite committed to it), but eventually he’ll find a line of personal criticism with just the right note of cruelty and derision….

Rubio may have avoided Trump’s wrath up until now, but that won’t last. The only question is what brand of contempt Trump will heap on him. It might be some kind of attack based on Rubio’s ethnicity, or it might be the same kind of you’re-a-girly-man insults he used on Bush. That could be effective, since Rubio does look like he didn’t graduate high school all that long ago. He could go after Rubio’s occasionally shaky finances, which Trump surely looks on with utter contempt, since as far as he’s concerned, not being rich makes you a loser.

To be honest, the insanity is really getting to me today. I can barely stand to read about these clowns anymore, much less actually watch them spew their hateful nonsense on TV. That’s why I’ve illustrated this post with art by children and adults about world peace.

Our world our future, Tongbram Mahesh Singh

Our world our future, Tongbram Mahesh Singh

A couple more links on Nevada:

Time: What to Watch at the Nevada Caucuses.

LA Times: Four big questions await answers Tuesday in Nevada’s Republican caucuses.

On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders is starting to look really desperate. Yesterday, instead of campaigning in South Carolina, where the primary is this Saturday, he came to Boston and then held a rally at another university–U. Mass Amherst. The appearance in Boston was billed as a “press conference,” but Sanders didn’t take questions. He just gave a variation of his stump speech with some more mean-spirited than usual attacks on Hillary Clinton thrown in. NBC News reports:

BOSTON—Just two days after losing to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Nevada caucuses, Senator Bernie Sanders launched a broadside against his rival, aggressively emphasizing differences between himself and Clinton on issues of campaign finance and trade policy.

“What I intend to do over the next number of weeks is kind of contrast my record to Secretary Clinton’s” Sanders began as he addressed the press at Boston’s International Association of Ironworkers, Local 7.

Keeping true to his word, the Vermont senator — who boasts of having never run a negative campaign — dove into a litany of contrast points he sees between himself and Clinton, launching some of the most direct swipes Sanders has taken at his competitor during this campaign season.

“I am delighted that Secretary Clinton month after month seems to be adopting more and more of the positions that we have advocated, that’s good,” he said.

“And in fact, she is beginning to use a lot of the language and phraseology that we have used,” Sanders added, joking that he saw a TV ad and thought it was him speaking despite Clinton’s photo being pictured in the spot.

Sanders hit Clinton hardest on her use of a Super PAC— the pro-Clinton Priorities USA – and used the group to tie her to Wall Street and big donor influences.

Nothing new there–just the same tired old smears and innuendo.

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The headline in The Boston Globe this morning is kind of pathetic if you know anything about where most of the delegates are going to be won.

Bernie Sanders’ path to the nomination runs squarely through Massachusetts.

The Democratic primary could be effectively decided within the next two weeks, if Hillary Clinton’s campaign gets the outcome they’re looking for. With more than 1,000 delegates up for grabs, early March will be do-or-die for Bernie Sanders’ campaign….

“On Tuesday, March 1, we’re going to make history here in Massachusetts,” Sanders told a crowd Monday at UMass Amherst. “This great state is going to lead us forward to a political revolution.”

If Sanders’ political revolution is going anywhere on Super Tuesday, it will have to be in states like Massachusetts, where he has a demographic advantage [meaning lots of white liberals]….

As of Monday night, Clinton leads Sanders in pledged delegates 52 to 51, after votes were cast in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Clinton is expected to trounce in South Carolina, where she has the strong support of black voters. Polls also show strong leads for the former secretary of state in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia—all of which vote March 1.

But even if Sanders wins in states with lots of white people–like Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado–there no way he will win enough delegates to compete with Clinton. I just don’t see a path to the nomination for him when he’s polling so badly with people of color.’

Poster by Lianwei H. Chengdu, Sichuan, China age 17

Poster by Lianwei H. Chengdu, Sichuan, China age 17

I actually think it’s time for Clinton supporters to begin showing empathy and compassion for Sanders supporters–especially the young ones who really don’t understand how politics works. They are going to have broken hearts soon, and we need to help bind their wounds and make them feel welcome in the party. I don’t think we should start telling Bernie to quit–let him go on as long as he wants and let his followers vote for him.

More stories to check out:

Pew Research Center: Majority of Public Wants Senate to Act on Obama’s Court Nominee.

New York Times: Seas are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries.

Washington Post: ‘Slaps on the wrist’ for white men who watched friend throw black man onto train tracks.

Politico: Spike Lee backs Sanders in radio ad.

Politico: Ben Carson: Obama was ‘raised white.’

Gawker: Hot Mic Captures Trump Chatting With Morning Joe Hosts: “You Had Me Almost As a Legendary Figure.”

Media Matters: 8 Things Trump And Morning Joe Hosts Discussed When Cameras Were Off.

Digby: When is MSNBC going to do something about this?

Mass Politics Profs: Warren Won’t Endorse Sanders.

AP: Gun maker seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Newtown shooting. (Thanks to the bill Sanders voted for.)

Politico: Bernie’s Spring Break Blues. “When Bernie Sanders will need college students the most, they’ll be watching Netflix and partying.”

So . . . what stories are you following today?


44 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Sigh . . .

    Vox: Donald Trump said he wanted to punch a protester in the face, and the crowd cheered.

    “You know what I hate?” Trump said to a cheering crowd. “There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing out punches, and we aren’t allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They used to carry them out in a stretcher.”

    Contrary to Trump’s claims, CNN reported that the protester was not fighting the crowd or the security guards.

    “Here is a guy throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming at everything else when we are talking, and we are not allowed — you know the guards are gentle with him, he’s walking, like big high-fives smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face,” Trump said.

    So manly.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Chicago Tribune: Kalamazoo shooting details only deepen the mystery.

    As details emerge about the night authorities say Jason Dalton has admitted gunning down six randomly chosen victims in and around Kalamazoo — attacks apparently carried out over hours during which he also ferried passengers around town as an Uber driver — any hint as to why remains stubbornly elusive.

    A prosecutor said Monday that Dalton picked up fares for the ride-hailing service after the first shooting Saturday that left a woman seriously wounded and probably got more riders after the two subsequent shootings that proved fatal. But none of the shootings appeared to be connected to fares. Uber officials acknowledged the company received complaints about Dalton’s erratic driving that day, and said that company policy is to contact the driver when alerted to unsafe driving. But they would not say whether anyone at the company spoke to Dalton.

    Dalton, meanwhile, appeared briefly in court by video link and was charged with six counts of murder, which carry a mandatory life sentence. A judge denied bail for the 45-year-old former insurance adjuster, who Kalamazoo police Det. Cory Ghiringhelli told the court had admitted to investigators “that he took people’s lives.”

  3. Riverbird says:

    You’re right about not telling Bernie to quit. There’s a real danger of turning off his supporters so they decide to drop out of the political process or go for some third party candidate. Letting any Republican candidate win by default in November would be terrible for all Americans.

    I’m glad Hillary has a strong opponent in the Democratic primary. Assuming as I do that she will win the nomination, no one can say she coasted to victory unopposed.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      “There’s a real danger of turning off his supporters so they decide to drop out of the political process or go for some third party candidate.”

      If you’re reading the same sort of BS I’m reading from the Bernie supporters you know that most of them are already threatening to not vote or to vote for a 3rd party candidate. I’ve seen very little disrespect from Hillary supporters toward Bernie supporters, but I’ve seen a lot of disrespect from the Bernie supporters, And the mansplaining and the derogatory comments about Hillary have been ridiculous.

      • List of X says:

        You’ve not been paying attention then – calling Bernie supporters clueless, sexist, misogynist, BernieHos, whitesplainers, suggesting that young women support him only because that where the guys are – the conversation hasn’t been the nicest one on either side.

        • bostonboomer says:

          First, Gloria Steinem’s remarks were taken out of context and Bill Maher kept interrupting her when she tried to explain that that wasn’t what she meant. He didn’t allow her to finish. Nevertheless Stenem apologized publicly.

          “BernieHos” is a new on on me. I’ve never seen it, but I don’t agree with it. But many of Bernie’s supporters–and even Bernie himself have made sexist remarks and demonstrated overt and unconscious misogyny. That has to be responded to. You can’t say that a former first lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State is nothing more than “a uterus” and expect to get no push back. And Sanders defended that.

          As I said in my post, I have a lot of empathy for the younger Sanders supporters. I’ve been through what they are going to go through a number of times in my life. It’s painful. I think the ugliest attacks on Hillary have come from the older men who also behaved very badly in 2008. They are mostly in their 40s now. They aren’t the majority.

          But here’s an example of what a number of Bernie supporters are doing, and it is not going to help Bernie at all.

          Sanders supporters use email to attack Indiana super delegates

          Indiana will have 92 delegates at the Democratic National Convention. Eighty-three of them will be chosen in the May primary and they must support the winner.

          Nine of them are super delegates who are free to support either candidate. They include Cordelia Lewis-Burks, who plans to support Hillary Clinton.

          “You and the rest of the super delegates are making a huge mistake,” Lewis-Burks reads from an email sent to her by a Bernie Sanders supporter.

          She’s received more than a dozen such emails in recent days. The messages are personal.

          “Well, I’ve been called some terrible names and derogatory names as far as race is concerned,” said Lewis-Burks, who is African American.

          The Sanders supporters who are sending the emails believe their candidate could win a majority of primary votes and yet lose the Democratic nomination because of the super delegates.

          Lewis-Burks shared some of the more mild messages. “I am appalled that you think you can ignore the will of the people,” says one.

          “You might as well be a Republican,” said another. “And, yes, that is an insult,” Lewis-Burks added.

          “You have been bought and sold by the Democratic Party just like Hillary has been,” another email reads.

          Another suggests that voting for Clinton is “throwing your vote away.”

          Lewis-Burks, who is vice chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, says she stopped responding to the attacking emails.

          She says most of the emails are coming from out-of-state. Keep in mind that superdelegates are uncommitted and can change their minds. This is not the way to convince them to do so.

          • List of X says:

            I do not claim that every Sanders supporter is a perfect gentleman or lady, and I don’t intend to justify any of this nasty stuff (and there’s a lot more, as Skydancing is documenting so diligently :). My point was that the insults are going both ways, and there are assholes on both sides.
            As for Steinem, I just watched the video, and it did not look like she was taken out of context. Maybe she was trying to make a joke and it didn’t come out as she thought?

        • ANonOMouse says:

          I’ve not seen Bernie supporters called sexist or misogynist UNLESS their comments are sexist or misogynist, and I’ve read a lot of that sort of talk. I’ve read Hillary called “sleazy”, “skanky” a “criminal” and other assorted garbage. I’ve never seen the term “whitesplaining”, but I have seen the term “mansplaining” which is exactly how the male Bernie supporters talk to commenters they believe to be women. In fact I’ve had a number of men converse with me as if I was a 10 year old girl and frankly I resent it! I’ve never read “BernieHos” but I have read BernieBros from both Bernie supporters who identified themselves as such and Hillary supporters who addressed them as such and frankly I don’t see that as an insult as Bernie supporters regularly call Hillary supporters HillaryBots. I have chalked a lot of it up to youthful Bernie supporters who simply can’t control their exuberance, but calling Hillary “sleazy” and “criminal” is not exuberance, it is shameful behavior.

          As far as I’m concerned Hillary has been the recipient of more trash talk, bad mouthing, insulting crap, including being asked in debates/town halls by Bernie supporters about her “honesty” and her “integrity” than any other candidate in my memory. But with Bernie Sanders ongoing assaults against her honesty and her integrity, why should I expect more from his supporters.

  4. janicen says:

    It’s not up to us to tell Bernie to quit but I’m wondering when the media will start. I think it was after Super Tuesday that they started calling for Hillz to quit in ’08, wasn’t it? I wonder if Bernie will get the same treatment.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I think they’ll try to keep him going so they can continue to bash Hillary.

      • NW Luna says:

        I think you’re right.

      • List of X says:

        I think they want him to continue to run because a prolonged fight (even with a rather predictable result) is better than no fight.
        But this should have no impact on Hillary-bashing: they’ve bashed Hillary before Sanders and will keep bashing her long after Bernie is out. If anything, without Sanders to attract some of the bashing and with Clinton remaining the only target, it would only get worse.

        • List of X says:

          “better for the headlines than no fight “

          • bostonboomer says:

            Yes, true. But I don’t see why Bernie Sanders feels the need to attack Hillary personally. It makes me sad, because in the past I’ve always admired him. I’m sorry I was wrong about him.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            I wish it only made me sad. It pisses me off that Bernie never stops implying that Hillary is corrupted because she has a Super Pac and because there are Wall Street donors to her campaign. I could say a lot more about how I feel concerning Bernie becoming a “democratic socialist” and running as a Democrat all the while implying that the Party and Hillary are corrupted by Wall Street, but I’ll refrain because I don’t want to offend any Bernie supporters.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      The MSM won’t encourage Bernie to step away, especially since the MSM, MSNBC and Sirius Progressive Radio are partly responsible for making him into a contender and this into a contest. He’s had much more free publicity than Hillary and MSNBC’s been touting him as some champion of civil rights a phenomenon for months. They’re not going to back away from that anytime soon.

    • Valhalla says:

      The media won’t tell him to quit but I predict they will soon start reporting that Clinton and her supporters are telling him to quit. I am very cynical (obviously!) but the media will do anything to counter Clinton and anything to gin up ongoing controversy. Not that Clinton would ever do that — she was in fact the model for transitioning her supporters in ’08 — but that will be the media’s narrative.

      Al Giordano, who BB mentioned on another thread, often tweets about being kind to Bernie’s supporters, especially the younger ones (he believes the worst of the BernieBros aren’t his younger supporters at all, but the hard-core progs over 40 or so).

      I think the best way to approach them is to take a cue from Hillary herself and remind them that they may not be for her, but she’s for them no matter what.

      Of course, a lot will depend on how Sanders himself handles it.

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  7. bostonboomer says:

    Good op-ed by Jill Filipovic:

    There’s a strong feminist case for Hillary Clinton

    http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2016/2/theres-a-strong-feminist-case-for-hillary-clinton.html

  8. Fannie says:

    Oh Lord, on CNN, let’s talk about Sanders Camp is bringing up all his civil rights record, Hillary has none, she was working as a Goldwater supporter. Hell, anybody knows she was young then, and under the influence of her family, and the Sanders camp say no they are about the same age. Give me a break, Michael Nutter is counteracting her claims, but this is the kind of stuff that the media loves to feed into.

    And no they don’t have the same record. The party Bernie Sanders belonged to was the Stagg Party, where he attended so many, that it influence his thinking that women wanted to be raped by gangs of men. Lordy.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      When Hillary was a Goldwater girl she wasn’t even old enough to vote. And Bernie’s activism in the Civil rights movement lasted about 3 years. He was not an activist for the Gay, black or Latino community ever. And Bernie and Hillary are not the same age, he is 6 years her senior. She won’t be the age he is right now until she is half way through her second term. 🙂

    • NW Luna says:

      Bernie & civil rights, riiiiight. Funny how no one every saw him, while they did see Hillary and Bill.

      • List of X says:

        I don’t know how accurate people’s memory of events that had happened 50 years ago, but then there’s his arrest record for a civil rights protest. And even the photos of his arrest are available.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Yes, he was arrested one time, and no one has disputed it. But an activist getting arrested once in a demonstration in the early 1960s is nothing to write home about. Also too he went to the March on Washington in 1963 along with about 250,000 other people.

          Good for him. But that’s not some kind stellar record of supporting the Civil Rights Movement. For those of us who do remember those days, it’s pretty minor. And that was pretty much the end of his activism on Civil Rights as far as I can tell. He wasn’t even active in the peace movement. That’s fine, but he and his supporters acts like his early activism in Chicago is a reason for Black people to vote for him for POTUS in 2016.

          Hillary Clinton was working down South by the early 1970s and that’s when she met John Lewis. She also was fortunate enough to meet Dr. King when she was very young–I think while she was at Wellesley. She hasn’t made a big deal out of it because it was just something she wanted to do and she did it.

          Here’s James Clyburn (who says he has nothing against Sanders, but that Sanders’ higher ed. proposal will hurt traditionally Black colleges.)

          Clyburn also rejected criticism from Sanders allies that Clinton is “pandering” to African American voters ahead of the South Carolina vote. The primary will be the largest test to date of the candidates’ strength among African American voters, who make up a majority of Democratic voters in the state. Clinton is polling far ahead of Sanders in South Carolina.

          “I guess you always try to find where the sweet spot on anything might be,” Clyburn said, but that does not mean that outreach to the crucial black vote equals pandering. And Clinton’s résumé shows she has not come lately to issues of racial justice, Clyburn said, citing her work in the 1970s on behalf of juvenile offenders and children in the South.

          “She wasn’t running for president,” at the time, Clyburn said. “Who was she pandering to back then?”

          Actually, it was Sanders himself who accused Clinton of pandering to Black voters in an interview with BET of all places.

          • janicen says:

            When I was at the phone bank yesterday, we were making calls to people who live in the city of Richmond, the majority of whom are black. There was a middle aged black woman making calls and it was interesting listening to her chat to people she was calling. I gathered from her end of the convo that the black community views Bernie as a Johnny-come-lately to the cause of civil rights. It sounded like they think he’s only into it now because he’s running for president while Hillary has been into it (civil rights and the betterment of minorities) for a long time.

          • List of X says:

            I was specifically responding to the comment that no one ever saw Sanders during the civil rights movement. He obviously wasn’t a major figure in that movement, but his participation in the movement is a verifiable fact.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          Well I was detained during the Civil Rights movement for trying to join a sit in at a lunch counter. And I was roughed up by a police officer at a sit in protest during the peace movement. I participated in Gay Pride marches in the South over 30 years ago when you could die just for being there. I’ve escorted at PP. So what? None of that makes me a Civil Rights icon or a Gay rights Icon, or a Vietnam Era Peace Movement icon, and I certainly wouldn’t allow anyone to try to paint me as one. Bernie’s civil rights era participation was minimal and certainly isn’t worthy of the attention he and his supporters have brought to it anymore than his support of gay rights. No one in the LGBT community thought of him as a activist, because he wasn’t and his supporters need to stop trying to paint him as some legend.

  9. dakinikat says:

    I really do not look forward to hearing that awful Trump for almost another year. I’m looking forward to getting rid of the increasingly shrill Sanders campaign and supporters. It’s weird. Most of the woman don’t say much but whoa the men! I’m seriously wondering about guys I’ve known for ages! What is with all this white make anger and aggression? It’s gone ballistic. And the continued attacks on Beyonce are beyond me!

    • NW Luna says:

      Again we see that you can tell a lot about the candidates by the behavior of their supporters.

      I’m really tired of men ignoring facts and thinking that insulting their candidate’s competition does anything to support their own position.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Well how dare a woman think that she should be POTUS!!!!!! Doesn’t she know that’s a mans job? The hatred directed at Hillary by the male supporters of Sanders is ridiculous. Me thinks perhaps we’re seeing some he-man, woman haters who never thought they’d live to see the day that a woman had a shot at being POTUS. It will get worse!!!!

      As for Beyonce, she dared to publicly embrace and affirm her blackness and her personhood and her struggle, that just pissed off the members of the all white boys club who lusted after her. And it gave their wive, who were already jealous of her, a reason to hate her even more. GOOD FOR BEYONCE!!!!!

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Mitch Landrieu and mothers of men shot by police speak about Hillary Clinton in SC church.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/videos/2016-02-22/when-church-and-democratic-politics-collide-in-south-carolina

  11. jackyt says:

    It may be a podunk newspaper and a backwater story, but this guy is a feminist!

    http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news-story/6330154-b-c-mayor-wears-one-suit-to-every-council-meeting/

    On another note: I’ll be very interested to see if Sanders acts with a fraction of the integrity and class that Clinton did in 2008. She cared enough about her party and her country to pick herself up, dust herself off, and campaign vigorously for the person assigned the nomination. She had the most primary votes of any candidate ever, and was passed over because of Obama’s superdelegate support! Where was the outcry about the ‘rigged game’ then?

    • NW Luna says:

      2008 was definitely rigged. The caucus experience in my area was so bad I haven’t been to one since. I’m armoring up for this year’s.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      I can’t picture Bernie showing up in New Hampshire for a “Unity Rally; especially because he’s not a Democrat. Oh, but he is a narcissist.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    I didn’t realize there is another CNN Dem town hall tonight. Dakinikat is going to put up a live blog. It starts at 8PM ET.