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Campaign 2016, or, putting toothpaste back in a tube.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Campaign 2016, or, putting toothpaste back in a tube....
Once again, a bunch of suicidal Daesh terrorists blew up 30 people, thousands of miles away from our shores, and the Republicans lost their shit.

Cruz blamed Trump. Trump threatened to nuke Daesh back to the stone age. Everybody on the right blamed Obama, who unfortunately picked this week to make a personal appearance aimed at normalizing relations with Cuba- something his twelve predecessors hadn't had the cojones to do.

Remember when moments like this united the United States? I don't recall anybody criticizing Dubya for being in an elementary classroom, continuing to read My Pet Goat, even after word of the hundred-times-more-carnage of 9/11 began occurring on our own soil.  We put politics aside for days, weeks, months.  Now, within minutes of any terror strike anywhere, everything is unfair game. Somebody, somehow, is going to blame this on Hillary's insecure email server. Or something.

And then there's the only real obstacle to Mrs. Clinton becoming the consensus candidate for people with brains: Bernie is falling behinder and behinder, but blames it on a vast moderate conspiracy to keep him from getting media coverage. His supporters are also emphasizing that, yes, he's losing, but not by as much as he was expected to be losing by, so the party should keep wasting resources fighting him and not Teapublicans for as long as possible.

Sorry, dude; my tin foil hat's out at the cleaners, and this isn't second grade soccer. You don't get a trophy for coming close to winning.

The saddest part is how he's sucking the youngest voters in.  There's a meme going around which depicts it:

Never mind that this puts Bernie in the Joan Collins role in that episode, where both Kirk and Spock finally admit, begrudgingly, that Edith Keeler must be stopped for the needs of the many.  There's a closer ST:TOS parallel to the Bern's lure of the young- who are being told to live their dreams, trust their feelings, and demonize their elders:

That's famed defense lawyer Melvin Belli playing the Friendly Angel, but his modern-day clone's motives are likewise questionable.

- Why did this Gorgon support a law that insulates gun manufacturers from lawsuits from the parents of Sandy Hook?

- Why did he oppose a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2007, before Obama's election made the right lose its shit-  bill which, if passed with bipartisan support (remember that?) might have ended all this talk of walls and total immigration bans?

- Why does he complain about a lack of media coverage, while refusing to appear at the traditional March AIPAC convention that every other Presidential candidate on both sides attended and got press coverage for?

(I think I can answer the latter one. He prefers his friendly-angelic rallies to places where hard questions might get asked. He may also have been trying to assuage the more anti-Semitic of the Bernie Bros, who have a problem with his Jewishness when it gets in the way of their Hamas Revolutionary Struggle.)

If he comes from behind, I will support him 100 percent. I hope his current supporters will be similarly inclined if their votes are needed to stop this toxic train wreck barreling down on the right-hand platform.
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bktheirregular From: bktheirregular Date: March 23rd, 2016 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
There are days when I think that the only sensible general-election contest would be between Sanders and Clinton; both are wildly imperfect people, but when the last two men standing on the GOP side are a cruel, selfish, power-hungry opportunist and a cruel, egotistical, disingenuous demagogue ... what the hell happened to politics in America?

I get asked by colleagues here in Athens to explain how Donald Trump is even a thing in America. I don't have an answer for them.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: March 24th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That reaction, coming from a country where riots and general strikes are virtually planned out weeks in advance? Says much about the hellhole WE'RE going down.
bktheirregular From: bktheirregular Date: March 24th, 2016 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Believe it or not, things have actually gotten calmer in Greece - of course, my office moved so it's about six blocks further away from Parliament, so we're not at protest ground zero any more, but the biggest disturbance of the peace I've personally encountered since New Year's was a brass band.

(I am not making this up.)

My personal theory is that the current public impression is that the current radical-leftist government is hearing what the discontented public has to say, and presenting it to the international community, rather than making shady deals in smoky rooms and then camshafting the general public. Like the brawling hasn't stopped, but it's going on at a higher level than the street these days, and the government's absorbing the beating instead of simply delivering it.

Put another way: the local glaziers haven't been nearly as busy in the center of Athens in the past year or so. Also, the marble steps in front of the hotels near Syntagma Square and the Parliament building used to be smashed to rubble every time there was a riot, with the pieces being thrown by rioters at the cops. Three years ago, they were basically either completely smashed, or under repair. Now? Those steps are not only intact, but weather-stained.

Of course, the economy's still a horrible mess, but the vibe's not the same at all.

Still and all, I truly hope that the US can avoid a breakdown like what Greece experienced...
angledge From: angledge Date: March 24th, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a Bernie supporter. I'm actually a Bernie delegate to the Denver County Democratic Convention on Saturday. I'm pretty sure he's all but eliminated at this point, but I'm glad to see him still campaigning.

If (when) Hillary is nominated, I will support her whole-heartedly. I like Bernie better than her, but I like her ZILLIONS of times better than any GOP alternative, obvs.

I wish that this primary season could open a conversation about the Democratic Party's nominating process. In general, but also specifically in the case of Colorado, the superdelegates seem very undemocratic.
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