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  1. 9 days ago on Ted Rall

    Sheesh, and you claim to know about Democratic Party elections.

    Sanders won as an Independent for his elections as Burlington Mayor & his 1990 & 1992 Congressional wins. Starting in 1994, he ran as a Democrat in the primaries to make sure he consolidated votes on the left. Then, he renounced his affiliation & ran as an Independent in the main elections. He’s continued to do this for his Senate races.

    It played well with people in Vermont, but when he tried to run on the national stage, some Democrats thought it was cynical. He’s effectively a Democrat, imo.

  2. 9 days ago on Ted Rall

    “As far as Mrs Clinton, there are e-mails in the public domain that make it clear that the party was working for her.”

    No. There aren’t. There are emails from June of 2016 that show some DNC staff were annoyed that Bernie didn’t bow out, even though he had been mathematically eliminated. Bernie had allies in the DNC, too. Unless you’re in your 80s, you can spare us the “smoke filled room” nonsense.

    The big challenge to any newcomer is organizing in 50 states to gather signatures to get on the ballot. It takes years of building up networks within the party to have people on the ground ready to support you. Even billionaire Bloomberg couldn’t astroturf his way on to all the ballots.

    Contrary to your delusions, the primary elections & caucuses are transparent. You’re as anti-democracy as any Trumper.

  3. 9 days ago on Mike Lester

    More like =/= “Forgot what Rudy looks like”

    Just in time, too!

  4. 15 days ago on Mike Lester

    C’mon Mikey, that story fell apart quicker than some of Rudy’s marriages. The guy who claims he received the laptop says he has a medical condition that prevented him from recognizing the person who gave him the laptop. No, he’s not blind.

    There’s no reason to think it’s anything but 100% fabrication. It’s barely worthy of Jacob Wohl, let alone Russian disinformation ops.

  5. 15 days ago on Ted Rall

    Legally, I can tear down my house. Asserting that legal right isn’t evidence of me tearing down my house.

    Democrats have been nominating whoever wins the primaries since before we were born.

  6. 15 days ago on Ted Rall

    The party asserted their right to pick nominees. Primary rules are not open to government or outsiders dictating how they pick nominees.

    There is no evidence that any rule or vote was changed to help Clinton. You’re as bad as the QNutz.

  7. 15 days ago on Ted Rall

    People don’t vote for all sorts of reasons. A lot of people aren’t politically engaged. If Sanders actually engaged a large portion of those voters, he’d have beat Clinton in 2016. His diminished base in 2020 says a lot of Democrats weren’t really attached to hasessage.

  8. 16 days ago on Ted Rall

    There’s an argument to be made about Republicans being much more ruthless about claiming a “mandate” & pushing back on the incrementalism of mainstream Democrats over the last few decades.

    A lot of progressive policy was implemented between FDR & LBJ. Republicans successfully created a coalition of social conservatives, tax haters & bigots to push back. Too many blue dog Democrats abandoned labor in order to win in places like West Virginia & Nebraska.

    If you’re aware of the history, Democrats are clearly moving left over the last decade. I’m all for demanding them to be more ruthless about pushing policy when they have the power. But, it’s not happening if 3 out of 51 Democrats in the Senate are blue dogs. Figure out how to get progressive wins in places that bought into the ‘Government is the problem, not the solution’ mindset.

  9. 16 days ago on Ted Rall

    Ted’s problem is he doesn’t want to work within our political system. I like & respect people who do the work to get actual progressives elected. I have no use for the “your vote doesn’t matter” crowd who have magical thoughts of protests in deep blue enclaves forcing red state politicians to vote for M4A. I have no use for hard core revolutionaries who don’t think the worst sort of people become Komissars of the Proletariat.

  10. 16 days ago on Ted Rall

    Conflating a legal argument in a court case with what happened in reality is the kind of stupid thinking that results in actual progressives losing.

    There were primaries & caucuses held across the nation. Some were not open to random interlopers to cast spoiler votes. Go figure. Getting a Democratic primary ballot isn’t that hard. Organizing your base & motivating them to vote is hard, especially when you’re a down ballot candidate who doesn’t have millions of dollars or national media coverage like Bernie had.

    I have respect for people who actually understand the process & do the work to elect candidates like Cori Bush & Marie Newman. I don’t have respect for morons who engage in magical thinking about revolutions.