The #FeeltheBurn Crowd, gets burned

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The #FeeltheBurn Crowd, gets burned

I can’t imag­ine how Bernie Sanders vot­ers feel today.

If you were a Bernie bro the home stretch of this sea­son had promise. Your man was still fight­ing even after Don­ald Trump had clinched and unlike Trump, Hillary had not man­aged to secure enough bound del­e­gates to win the nom­i­na­tion mean­ing that the superdel­e­gate who by the rules were com­pletely free regard­less of past pro­nounce­ments or media state­ments to vote for what­ever nom­i­nee they wanted.

Fur­ther­more with the FBI inves­ti­ga­tion still hav­ing over her and polls con­sis­tently show­ing Bernie beat­ing Trump, there was always the chance that the tide at the con­ven­tion would turn.

There was HOPE!

And more impor­tant than hope, as long as Sanders did not con­cede they had leverage.

As long as the threat of a move to Bernie at the con­ven­tion existed, Hillary Clin­ton was forced to enter­tain pro­gres­sive choices for VP, to give lip ser­vice to your issues. To very pub­li­cally be a sis­ter to the left.

That lever­age ended the moment Sanders left the race and endorsed and the ulti­mate express of that loss of lever­age is the pick of Tim Kaine.

Once Bernie was out the fix was in (and not just in terms of VP with no alter­na­tive Demo­c­rat as a threat sud­denly Bill Clin­ton was meet­ing with Lynch, the FBI was cry­ing “care­less” but unwill­ing to enforce the law and sud­denly Jus­tice was unin­ter­ested.) and you pro­gres­sives could be tossed under the Clin­ton bus, and iron­i­cally thanks to the Wik­ileaks dis­clo­sures you know that has been the desire from day one.

In one mes­sage dated May 5, 2016, with the sub­ject line “No s – t,” the chief finan­cial offi­cer of the Demo­c­ra­tic National Com­mit­tee, Brad Mar­shall, plot­ted how to por­tray Sanders, who was raised Jew­ish in Brook­lyn, as an atheist.

It might [make] no dif­fer­ence, but for KY and WVA can we get some­one to ask his belief,” Mar­shall wrote, appar­ently refer­ring to Sanders and upcom­ing Ken­tucky and West Vir­ginia primaries.

Does he believe in a God. He had skated on say­ing he has a Jew­ish her­itage,’’ Mar­shall asked.

I think I read he is an atheist.”

This could make sev­eral points dif­fer­ence with my peeps. My South­ern Bap­tist peeps would draw a big dif­fer­ence between a Jew and atheist.”

The chief exec­u­tive offi­cer at the DNC, Amy Dacey, responded with a sin­gle word: “Amen.”

Or to put it another way, Putting aside my own feel­ings as a Con­ser­v­a­tive Catholic or opin­ions on Hillary’s options, do you really believe, dear Bernie fans, that a “pro-​life” sen­a­tor and gov­er­nor with a reli­gious back­ground and an affin­ity for the trade deals you despise, a for­mer DNC chair, the ulti­mate insider, a straight white male, would be the Demo­c­rat choice for VS if they actu­ally cared what you think?

You may have have “felt the burn” before but now you really know what it is to be burned

Well there’s always Dr. Jill Stein & the Green Party.

Exit ques­tion for Bernie fans: Given these facts how jeal­ous are you of the Never Trump folks. They at least had a cham­pion who was will­ing to go before the con­ven­tion and at great risk to his polit­i­cal future not endorse. Who will be your cham­pion at the Demo­c­rat Convention?

Update: added DNC quote


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I can’t imagine how Bernie Sanders voters feel today.

If you were a Bernie bro the home stretch of this season had promise.  Your man was still fighting even after Donald Trump had clinched and unlike Trump, Hillary had not managed to secure enough bound delegates to win the nomination meaning that the superdelegate who by the rules were completely free regardless of past pronouncements or media statements to vote for whatever nominee they wanted.

Furthermore with the FBI investigation still having over her and polls consistently  showing Bernie beating Trump, there was always the chance that the tide at the convention would turn.

There was HOPE!

And more important than hope, as long as Sanders did not concede they had leverage.

As long as the threat of a move to Bernie at the convention existed, Hillary Clinton was forced to entertain progressive choices for VP, to give lip service to your issues.  To very publically be a sister to the left.

That leverage ended the moment Sanders left the race and endorsed and the ultimate express of that loss of leverage is the pick of Tim Kaine.

Once Bernie was out the fix was in (and not just in terms of VP with no alternative Democrat as a threat suddenly Bill Clinton was meeting with Lynch, the FBI was crying “careless” but unwilling to enforce the law and suddenly Justice was uninterested.) and you progressives could be tossed under the Clinton bus, and ironically thanks to the Wikileaks disclosures you know that has been the desire from day one.

In one message dated May 5, 2016, with the subject line “No s–t,” the chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee, Brad Marshall, plotted how to portray Sanders, who was raised Jewish in Brooklyn, as an atheist.

“It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Marshall wrote, apparently referring to Sanders and upcoming Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.

“Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage,’’ Marshall asked.

“I think I read he is an atheist.”

“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and atheist.”

The chief executive officer at the DNC, Amy Dacey, responded with a single word: “Amen.”

Or to put it another way, Putting aside my own feelings as a Conservative Catholic or opinions on Hillary’s options, do you really believe, dear Bernie fans, that a “pro-life” senator and governor with a religious background and an affinity for the trade deals you despise, a former DNC chair, the ultimate insider, a straight white male, would be the Democrat choice for VS if they actually cared what you think?

You may have have “felt the burn” before but now you really know what it is to be burned

Well there’s always Dr. Jill Stein & the Green Party.

Exit question for Bernie fans:  Given these facts how jealous are you of the Never Trump folks.  They at least had a champion who was willing to go before the convention and at great risk to his political future not endorse.  Who will be your champion at the Democrat Convention?

Update: added DNC quote


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