As you know, one of my maxims is: "Always predict the worst and all of your surprises will be happy." For this reason, I have predicted an independent Sanders run. The purpose, of course, would be to elect Trump.
For a brief moment, I allowed myself to contemplate the possibility that we would be granted a happy surprise -- that Bernie Sanders would drop out with grace and attempt to unite the party. But now this...
Bernie Sanders is staying in the Democratic presidential race after meeting with rival Hillary Clinton, the party’s presumptive nominee, for nearly two hours at a Washington, D.C. hotel on Tuesday night.
Sanders and Clinton met at the Capital Hilton just blocks from the White House to plot a way forward after the Democratic primary season came to a close on Tuesday.
Neither took questions from press after the meeting. They were whisked away in black cars behind the protection of legions of security guards and campaign aides.
Still, Sanders has refused to concede the race. He hoped to extract concessions from Clinton on the Democratic platform and other issues during Tuesday's confab, their first face-to-face meeting in months.
Earlier in the day, despite being hours away from losing his ninth contest out of the last 12, Sanders issued a series of demands ahead of the meeting.
He called for a replacement to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman with whom his campaign has often feuded, an end to superdelegates, more open primaries, and the most progressive platform in the party's history.
How dare this man try to "reform" the Democratic party when he is not himself an actual Democrat?
Sanders said in November that he would run in all future elections as a member of the Democratic Party.
However, when Sanders’ Senate campaign committee renewed its registration with the Federal Election Commission in October, it listed its party affiliation as “independent.”
The FEC continues to list that campaign committee and Sanders himself as independent and not affiliated with the Democratic Party.
The DNC will probably give Bernie what he wants in terms of the platform, as they did with Ted Kennedy in 1980. I certainly hope they do not offer up the head of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Bernie's main goal seems to be remaking the primary system, with an eye toward allowing the Republicans to rig elections.
Sanders also called for open primaries -- in which independents could vote for Democratic candidates -- and for doing away with superdelegates, the party officials and leaders who are free to vote for the candidate of their choice at the convention. And he argued for same-day voter registration.
All of this is music to the ears of Roger Stone, Karl Rove, and other GOP manipulators.
Given the undeniable fact that Republicans love to tinker with Dem primaries, and given the undeniable fact that Sanders could never prevail in a general election
, I'm starting to think that the Bernie campaign offers an argument in favor of the superdelegate system. Yes, I know that just a few days ago, I called for scrapping that system. As Ron Moody sang in Oliver
: "I'm reviewing...the situation..."
What's particularly galling here is the hypocrisy of Bernie Sanders -- for he is a superdelegate himself
, despite not being a Democrat (his protestations to the contrary notwithstanding). And who made this possible? Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Bernie and the FEC.
Uh oh. Looks like he's in trouble
He says it so well:
A Hillary supporter posted the following to Reddit...
To the cult-of-Sanders nutjobs: Thank you for handing the primary to Hillary. You really made her supporters (like me) job easier. You are not only the reason Sanders lost, but so many people ended up ROOTING for Sanders to lose. Congratulations. Your cult-like zealotry, childish immaturity and smug ignorance really destroyed a guy who actually had some pretty noble goals and his campaign. You did close to nothing but weave conspiracy theories, frame lies and distort and bury information. Many of you losers probably didn't even vote, yet you had the loudest and most obnoxious voices. I sincerely hope most of you fedora-wearing, vape pen puffing, wannabe intellectual, wannabe marxist clowns fade back into the rat holes you dwell in, /r/conspiracy and the other shitholes around the world wide web.
Okay, the phrasing is a bit awkward; a rewrite would have helped. Still, I loved that "fedora-wearing, vape pen puffing, wannabe intellectual" remark...
In unrelated news...
We have additional indications that Orlando mass-murderer Omar Mateen -- despite his last-minute pretensions -- was not a political terrorist but a lunatic whose rage stemmed from a conflict over sexual identity. He didn't visit Pulse simply to case the joint but was actually a regular
A law enforcement source said Omar Mateen's wife, Noor, is telling FBI investigators she tried to stop her husband from committing the attack. Investigators have interviewed her twice and given her a polygraph test. She told them the couple had been to the club at least once before.
Club patron Jim van Horn said Mateen was a regular. "Everybody knew his name. Omar," van Horn said. "He used to come in the bar on the weekends sometimes, he would be there, sometimes he would miss a couple of weeks and then be in again."
The FBI has been speaking with the owners of other clubs in the area, including Michael Bass, who operates the gay club "Revere." He said he received a Facebook friend request from Mateen three days before the shooting.
Not only that
Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen visited online gay chat rooms despite expressing outrage at the sight of two men kissing and making inflammatory comments about gays, law enforcement officials said.
Investigators don't know whether he visited the chat rooms for personal reasons or for surveillance before carrying out the brutal attack early Sunday at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50 others.
Oh come on. A future mass murderer visits an online gay chat room for reasons of surveillance?
Not bloody likely.
The gunman's first wife, Sitora Yusufiy, said she was not sure about his sexuality.
"It doesn't surprise me that he might be gay. And it doesn't surprise me that he was leading two totally different lives and was in such deep conflict within himself," she told CNN's Don Lemon. "I hope people can truly understand that this is one insane person that did such a tragic thing."
By the way: Am I mistaken, or are the second-amendment fundamentalists unusually quiet? They're not silent -- they never are, nor should they be. But even they
must be wondering how a rage-addicted loon like Mateen was able to acquire an automatic rifle, a concealed carry permit, and a job working for a security firm that guards federal facilities. Did you know that G4S runs security for Area 51?