Debbie Wasserman Schultz was not the problem with the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton was. Throwing her under the bus doesn’t change a thing. The Democratic party is corrupt, and that corruption comes from Hillary Clinton and her Wall Street acolytes.
As the leaked DNC emails prove, the party machine stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders.
Bernie may forgive Hillary, but Bernie’s supporters will not.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Hillary bragged that the Sanders campaign had not forced her to change her positions on anything.
Then the stacked Democratic platform committee and refused to adopt an anti-TPP plank.
Now Hillary has selected Tim Kaine as her running mate. A pro-life, pro-TPP, Wall Street shill.
There is nothing here for progressives to be enthused about, much less support.
Hillary has, in effect, told progressives to Go Fuck Themselves.
Not surprisingly, progressives are returning the sentiment.
Berners are flocking to Jill Stein, the Bernie of Bust movement is in full gear, and many progressives are buying into Progressives for Trump as a way to ensure that Wall Street Democrats are defeated up and down the Democratic ticket, making way for progressives to take over the Democratic party.
Bernie has to put on his loyal Democrat face if he wants to wage his revolution from within the Democratic party. He cannot admit that the best case scenario would be for him to support Hillary and for her to then lose. His nemesis would be gone, her ability to stack the party leadership would never arise, and Bernie and his progressives would be heirs to the party machinery nationally and across the country. We would sweep the midterms against the Republicans, winning enough statehouses and legislative chambers to assure control of reapportionment in 2020. A true progressive would be nominated and elected in 2020 and the Democrats would control both houses of Congress as well as the presidency.
The alternative, with Hillary being elected, will mean we lose the 2018 midterms, lose control of reapportionment in 2020, the progressive revolution is stymied for 8 years, the Democrats lose control of Congress for another decade, and the likelihood of a Democrat winning in 2024 is virtually non-existent.
Bernie believes that the future of his political revolution is from within the Democratic party. He believes it would be easier to change the party into a democratic socialist party than it would be to grow the Greens into national contention. He knows that a significant number of rank-and-file Democrats mindlessly vote for the party. And he knows he must be perceived as having helped rather than hurt Hillary to avoid the establishment blaming Bernie if she loses. The best thing that could happen would be, of course, that Hillary is defeated, leaving Bernie and his progressives the major force in the party. But he can never admit as much.
Voting for Trump is only helpful in those states where he might be able to defeat Hillary, so called “battleground” or purple states. Purple states include or may include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico. North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
But for Sanders voters in red sates, those carried by McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012. there is nothing to be gained by voting for Trump, as he will carry those states against Hillary with or without Sanders voters. Same with deep blue states like California and New York. Hillary will comfortably carry such states, so a vote against her is wasted. Might as well help Jill Stein.
Sanders supporters in deep red or blue states have the opportunity to make a profound difference to the American political landscape by voting for Jill Stein of the Green party. While the likelihood is minimal that such votes would do anything to affect the outcome of races in those states, the cumulative effect of a wave of Green party votes could operate to help the party reach the threshold of 5% of the vote to qualify the party for federal funds.
Writing-in Bernie accomplishes nothing at all. Most states that provide for write-ins do not even count them unless the write-in candidate has declared his or her candidacy.
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