Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Didn't Drop Out, Now He Gets a Bigger Say in Democratic Platform

Ignoring calls to quit for the sake of "party unity," the democratic socialist gets to leave a bigger mark on the Democrats.

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Supporters of Hillary Clinton have been beating the "party unity" drumbeat for literally months now, arguing that Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) ongoing campaign for the Democratic nomination for president is hurting Clinton's chances in the general election, presumably against Donald Trump. 

But Sanders has plenty of good reasons for not dropping out, including the FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, the fact that Clinton has yet to clinch the nomination through pledged delegates alone, and Sanders' own promise to his devoted supporters that he would not concede until the final primary on June 14. As a long-time independent and essentially a Democrat-In-Name-Only (DINO), Sanders had nothing to gain and everything to lose by pulling the plug on his insurgent candidacy, especially since he continues to win primaries. 

Now it appears that Sanders' stubborness has paid off, as the Democratic National Committee is allowing him to appoint five people to the 15-person panel which will write the Democrats' 2016 platform. Clinton will appoint six people, and DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fl.) will appoint four. 

Some of Sanders' choices seem designed to infuriate mainstream Democrats —including radical academic Cornel West, who has fallen out of favor with the party's rank-and-file over his withering criticism of President Obama, and pro-Palestinan activist James Zogby, who is also the president of the Arab-American Institute. It should be noted that at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference this past March, Clinton gave a speech as forcefully pro-Israel as any of the Republican presidental hopefuls, while Sanders skipped the conference and instead delivered a speech from the campaign trail where he called for Palestinian "self-determination" and end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Sanders also chose climate change activist Bill McKibben, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison (one of only two Muslims in Congress and the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus), and Native American activist Deborah Parker

Clinton surprised no one by choosing six loyalists, as reported by the Washington Post:

Wendy Sherman, a former top State Department official and Clinton surrogate; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and a longtime Clinton confidante; Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez of Illinois; Carol Browner, a former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency; Ohio state Rep. Alicia Reece; and Paul Booth of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Wasserman Schultz named Clinton supporter Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.) as the chairman of the committee, and also appointed former CEO of Claire's Stores Bonnie Schaefer, and former Rep. Howard Berman (Calif.).

In another move that shows the DNC is willing to extend an olive branch to principled progressives who have bucked the party line, Wasserman Schultz also appointed Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) who memorably cast the only vote in Congress against authorizing the war in Afghanistan in 2001. Lee had argued that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) was written too broadly and could be used to justify the legality of any number of military actions that had nothing to do with al-Qaeda's attack on 9/11/01. History has proven Lee correct, as that particular AUMF has been used by both President George W. Bush and President Obama to take unilateral military action in a number of countries which we are not at war with. 

Though the inclusion of five hand-picked voices to represent his campaign is a huge win for Sanders, he is showing no signs of being willing to play nice with Clinton or the party just yet. In an interview with the Associated Press he said he condemns violence but that the Democratic convention could get "messy." He added, "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle. But that is where the Democratic Party should go."

Last night in California, Sanders accused the Clinton campaign of reneging on an agreement to stage one final debate in the Golden State, and also said in a statement, "I also would suggest that Secretary Clinton may want to be not quite so presumptuous about thinking that she is a certain winner. In the last several weeks, the people of Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon have suggested otherwise."

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  1. Note the group of antisemites and “environmental activists” he chose.

    1. BTW, just saw The Bernster talking on TV. I notice he refers to himself in third person, always a sign of overweening self-importance.

      1. Bob Dole agrees .

        1. And George Remus.

          1. Jimmie’s gettin angry!

            1. George likes spicy chicken.

    2. Those are some hateful watermelon asses.A wood chipper is to good for them.There’s so much wrong with these people one book could not cover it.

  2. It’s been hilarious watching proggies cackle about the sundering of the GOP during the Trump run, and now beg and scream that Bernie should back out quietly so as not to cause a fuss.

    1. And show how racist and hateful they are to certain groups of people.If your a Jew,’rich’,support oil ,gas and coal,don’t buy the ‘climate change’ B.S.,are a banker,stock broker,business man or women,gun owner,belive there is something very wrong with Islam or a Walter Williams type,your on the list.

    2. Self-awareness has never been the proggies’ strength.

      1. They are aware of you comrade.

    3. Bernie is using socialist spoiler votes to make the looter platform more looterly. That is the way communist clones moved the income tax from the communist manifesto to the US constitution in 55 years. The econazis go their agenda into the Dem platform by having Ralph Nader bleed off a stream of spoiler votes. It only takes 2% of the vote to change a major looter party platform.

      It remains to be seen if the LP will stick to its guns and continue to tear out bad laws with a spoiler vote wrecking bar or become yet another antichoice prohibition-republican-tea-constitution-fascist party.

  3. Why somebody who isn’t a member of the Dem Party would give a shit about Dem Party unity is a mystery.

    1. It’s a venerable and noble institution of our dying republic.
      Once gone, we will not see its like again.

      Hail SMOD.

    2. I’m much more concerned about all the incest-themed porn videos that are going around. What the hell is up with that?

    3. It’s like the LP, where only televangelist infiltrators care a rat’s ass for the “big tent” circus. We’ve got our 2%. Let the looters change their platforms to suit our voters. Let ’em eat flakes!

  4. the DNC is willing to extend an olive branch to principled progressives who have bucked the party line, Wasserman Schultz also appointed Rep. Barbara Lee

    Barbara Lee? Principled? Seriously?

    1. Come now, read what was written. “Extended” doesn’t mean actually gave or surrendered control; an “olive branch” is hardly definitive; “principled progressives” don’t exist.

  5. Wasserman Schultz named Clinton supporter Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.)

    I am pretty sure he will scream in protest that “This committee is a shameless partisan witch hunt!!“…. and then someone will whisper in his ear, “not now”, and he’ll shrug and go to sleep.

    1. Heheh….Cummings.

    2. And then write abstract poetry.

  6. The Dark Side is strong with these people.

    1. DOUBLE RACIST!

      1. I do like Chinese food though.There’s that.

        1. I do like Chinese food though.There’s that.

          Racist and a cultural appropriationist.

  7. It’s kind of interesting that he waited pretty late in the game to grow a pair. If he’d bull-dogged her in the first debates instead of rolling over and playing dead, he might have had a better shot.

    1. Yep. The “sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails” was a real foot shot.

      1. To be fair, Bernie doesn’t really know what this “email” thing is. All correspondence should be delivered by unionized government employees, goldarnit!

        1. Think of all the messenger jobs!

          1. Opening envelopes, stealing and snorting the contents, going postal when a colleague starts poaching swag out of YOUR stash of mailbags…

    2. Still…..his reluctance to withdraw gracefully….is bringing a delightful flavor of consternation to the Clintonistas!

      It’s schadenriffic!

  8. I read some of Bill McKibben’s stuff in Rolling Stone years ago. Not sure why he’s bothering with politics, since he apparently believes the earth will heat up beyond human habitability sometime next week.

    1. Yeah, hasn’t McKibben been betting on a short-term apocalypse for about 15 years?

      1. He’s been Ehrliching pretty hard for a long time now.

      2. Verbifying Ehrlich is a good call.

        1. it’s sort of an onomatopoeia to people who don’t get the reference.

  9. Go Bernie Go

    And take Hillary and Trump with you. Hell, take all of DC and don’t stop there, you pie-eyed piper!

  10. Bill McKibben? Fucking hell.

    At least the committee has a rapper on it.

  11. Sorry, Bernie. Nobody needs more than 1 candidate when there are children starving.

    1. +1 candidate just to fuck with him.

      1. +1 candidate to rule them all.

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  13. including radical academic Cornel West, who has fallen out of favor with the party’s rank-and-file over his withering criticism of President Obama, and pro-Palestinan activist James Zogby, who is also the president of the Arab-American Institute. It should be noted that at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference this past March, Clinton gave a speech as forcefully pro-Israel as any of the Republican presidental hopefuls, while Sanders skipped the conference and instead delivered a speech from the campaign trail where he called for Palestinian “self-determination” and end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

    Sanders also chose climate change activist Bill McKibben, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison (one of only two Muslims in Congress and the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus), and Native American activist Deborah Parker.

    So again, have to give credit where credit’s due, but as commenter John noted, Bernie Sanders has forced the question upon Democrats: If everything you believe to be true is true, why NOT socialism? I suspect with Sanders’ picks controlling 33% of the Democratic Party platform, we’re about to find out.

    1. So their platform will say the world is going to burst into flames in 10 years, only it will be stated in such socio-gobbledy-gook that no one will be able to understand what they are trying to say.

      1. Dem news presstitute articles have been saying the sky is on fire for decades. Realclimatescience finds and reprints those articles by the basketful.

  14. Gotta admit one thing though. Dem establishment is giving the DINO a lot more than the GOP establishment has ever given the Pauls

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  16. This might be more of a Bernie win if the Democratic Platform actually meant squat.

    “We hold it in the same high regard as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.”

    I.e. “Stick it under bulletproof glass and show it to the tourists.”

  17. isn’t sander’s success in a corrupt system evidence of his own corruption?

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