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May 18 2016
Bitter, Democratic Party Of Loss Comments (0)

It's not just Clintonistas sensing bitterness in Bernie Sanders—Mother Jones asks the question:

The one thing I do keep wondering about is what happened to Bernie Sanders. Before this campaign, he was a gadfly, he was a critic of the system, and he was a man of strong principles. He still is, but he's also obviously very, very bitter. I wonder if all this was worth it for him? By all objective measures he did way better than anyone expected...

The writer, Kevin Drum, closes on a note of what sounds like genuine concern:

Usually these things fade with a bit of time. Politics is politics, after all. But for Bernie, it's always been more than politics. I wonder if he's ever going to get over this?

I know that people have been reminding everyone of the rancor in the Hillary/Obama race. I don't buy it. That was genuine at the time, and got angry, but there was always the sense that both were party loyalists. That isn't a bad thing, that is a marriage to the system in order to make it work for one's principles. So, when the contest wound down, Hillary didn't drop out, but she changed her rhetoric. Then, when it was over, she gave a gracious, unifying speech at the Democratic convention and she campaigned for Obama, even going on to work for and with him, closely.

That is not going to happen with Sanders. He is not a party loyalist. He despises the party, now probably more than ever. I would venture to say his advisors actually have him believing his campaign rhetoric—it's not that he lost, it's that the system was rigged against him. If it were, it never would've allowed him to come so close.

At any rate, I'll be surprised, very pleasantly surprised, if Sanders politely pulls out after California (a month after he should have) and begins an effort to get his supporters to vote for Hillary over Trump. Right now, the question isn't how Hillary 2008 he will be, but how Nader 2000 he'll be. Hopefully, as little as possible.

P.S. I've said before and I'll say again: Hillary is no shoo-in, even against Trump. Trump is very persuasive to a lot of angry and in some cases reckless, and in many cases conspiracy-minded gullibles. Recent national polls are almost pointless (he's within a the margin of error behind Hillary, but he also just clinched his nomination, and we also know that national polls are not what elect presidents, the electoral college is), but still, they do show that Trump is anything but out of the question. Even President Obama appears to be taking the possibility of Trump as his successor very seriously, rushing out regulations before a May deadline so Trump can't simply undo them.

 
6-PACK/politics — Fanning Out: 1st Gay Army Secretary + Mayor Sean Strub + Meghan McCain Brands Hillary Clinton TRULY EVIL + Sanders Takes Oregon + Is The Sanders Campaign Selling A Fantasy? + Mexico Prez Pushes For Gay Marriage! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureEric Fanning has been confirmed by the Senate as the first out gay Army Secretary.

*widget boy cultureActivist Sean Strub was unanimously confirmed as mayor in Milford Borough, Pennsylvania.

*widget boy cultureMeghan McCain claims Hillary Clinton is “truly evil,” will vote Trump, says Hillary “is responsible ... for getting people killed.” Um, your dad is John McCain, hello???

*widget boy cultureSanders takes Oregon, a rare closed-primary win for the senator.

*widget boy cultureTalking Points Memo argues that the Sanders campaign is ginning up his supporters' threatening actions by lying to them: He can't win, it's not rigged, stop pretending.

*widget boy culturePresident Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico is pushing for country-wide marriage equality there, embracing rainbow imagery.

 
May 17 2016
Hillary Clinton Wins KY Democratic Primary; Bernie Looks Good To Win OR (Polls Closing 8 p.m. PT) Comments (0)

Hillary Clinton appears to have eked out a win in Kentucky, by as few as a couple of thousand votes.

ImageUnfortunately, turnout was characterized as light. Fortunately, it was also characterized as uneventful.

I have to believe a lot of Kentuckians figure this thing is over and didn't bother. I doubt that was the case in Oregon, where Bernie would naturally have a lot more support, and I doubt that will be the case in California, which as we know is filled with political animals. These are generalizations, but so are lots of other truths.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for her to win by so little, but better than losing.

Trump is already harassing Hillary for winning a rigged primary. “Rigged”—this coming from a man whose personality could best be described as one of those morbidly obese, chuckling fat cats found in 1800s political cartoons.

Welp, math (in the primaries, in the electoral college) is on Hillary's side, but we're going to have to hope that people suddenly decide they like such a hated school subject!

On another note, Bernie's statement regarding the deplorable behavior of some of his followers in Nevada is as deplorable as the behavior itself—he can't even bring himself to say it was wrong for people to act like Tea Party nut jobs? Come on, Bernie, you're better than that. Demanding that we respect the people barking “bitch” at Sen. Barbara Boxer? Nope.

So much for Bernie's supporters who said he would bow out gracefully eventually and help be a uniter. Not happening.

 
6-PACK/politics — Virginia Republican Caught One-Handed! + OR & KY Get Their Chance At Cat-And-Mouse With Hillary & Bernie + Sanders Supporters Threaten Delegates + Trump's GOP Is Little, Like His Hands + Nancy Pelosi GUARANTEES It: No POTUS Trump! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureNutty Virginia Republican congressional candidate posts screenshot that outs him as a porn buff ... then claims he was researching viruses on the sites!

*widget boy cultureDemocratic primaries in Oregon and Kentucky will either help dispatch Bernie or help prolong his highly successful but, at this point, zombie campaign.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of which, Bernie could very well win in both Oregon and Kentucky, which would look lousy for—but wouldn't change—the presumptive nominee.

*widget boy cultureSome Sanders supporters are resorting to death threats toward delegates over their votes. This is the left-wing Tea Party, plain and simple.

*widget boy cultureFor all the talk of the new voters Trump is bringing to the GOP, he isn't, actually.

*widget boy cultureNancy Pelosi gets cocky: “Donald Trump is not going to be president of the United States. Take it to the bank—I guarantee it.” Refers to eventual Dem nominee as “she.”

 
May 16 2016
6-PACK/politics — Elizabeth Warren Taylor Swift-Boats Trump + Obama: IGNORANCE IS NOT A VIRTUE + Warren Called POCAHONTAS + Could Georgia Go Blue? + CIA Aided In Mandela's Capture + Target Targeted By Anti-Trans Nuts! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Warren blasted Trump in a commencement speech (natch), and also quoted ... Taylor Swift?! “Haters going to hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

*widget boy cultureBarack Obama also took on “anti-intellectual” Trump in a commencement speech: “Ignorance is not a virtue.”

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of which, Trump branded Warren “Pocahontas,” showing his morphing from “caveman-lite” to “presidential” isn't going well.

*widget boy cultureGeorgia is coming close to flipping blue for the first time since the last Clinton ran in 1992.

*widget boy cultureA former CIA operative has gone on the record saying that he, and the U.S., helped South Africa locate Nelson Mandela—who was then imprisoned for 27 years. Ick.

*widget boy cultureInsane religious zealots are taking over Targets to protest the company's hardline stance on allowing people to pee in whichever restroom they feel more comfy: 

 
May 15 2016
6-PACK/glaad media awards video — Mariah Carey, Caitlyn Jenner, Aziz Ansari, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton @ The GLAAD Awards! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureDiane Sawyer, producer David Sloan & Caitlyn Jenner accept award for THAT interview: VIDEO.

*widget boy cultureNashville's Connie Britton decries passage of the Tennessee bill that allows therapists to deny treatment to LGBT people: VIDEO.

*widget boy cultureMariah Carey thanked God for Lee Daniels, flashed her big-ass diamond and invented a new definition for LGBTQ: VIDEO.

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 10.11.25 PMMariah vamps. (Video still via GLAAD)

*widget boy cultureAlex Newell had the unenviable task of singing “Hero” to Mariah Carey in real time ... and she smiled: VIDEO.

*widget boy cultureAziz Ansari goofs up, then presents to Jim Obergefell after finding out he can't also sing “Hero”: VIDEO.

*widget boy cultureLaverne Cox shows why she is the hostess with the most-est — she was really on: VIDEO.

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6-PACK/politics — Trump's Tax-Return Dodge + Trump's Bleak Prospects + Billionaire-On-Billionaire Love + Will Ryan Roll For Trump? + Anti-Trans Goon Clueless On Where People Should Pee + Bernie Madness In NV! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump is the first presidential candidate since 1976 who has refused to produce his tax returns. Hillary's ad (above) underscores his diarrhetic lies on the topic.

*widget boy cultureThe electoral map is bleak for a Republican seeking the presidency. WaPo thinks it's downright daunting for Trump. Experts think Hillary will get 300+ electoral-college votes.

*widget boy cultureOgre-like Vegas moneyman Sheldon Adelson has pledged $100 million to help elect fellow revolting billionaire Donald Trump POTUS. (P.S. He loves Gingrich ... veep?)

*widget boy cultureSpeaker Ryan will likely roll over for Trump, but for right now, he's saying GOP unity could take a while ... won't answer if Trump is someone his kids could look up to!

*widget boy cultureFamily Research Council stooge Travis Weber is so sure he's against Obama's directive on trans people ... yet has no idea which bathroom they should use.

*widget boy cultureSaturday's Nevada Democratic convention devolved into chaos, with Sanders supporters booing Barbara Boxer and disrupting the proceedings:

 
May 13 2016
6-PACK/politics — Obama Administration's Free-To-Pee Decree + Skelos Nephew Arrested (Too) + Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Succeeds + The Stigma Of Being Pro-Hillary + Bernie's Weak In California + Why Warren's Dinging Trump! Comments (0)

*widget boy culturePresident Obama will issue a decree stating that every school must allow students to use whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity. Not a law, a threat.

*widget boy cultureThe nephew of disgraced NY politico Dean Skelos (who's off to jail) was arrested for grabbing a reporter's wrist, injuring her and damaging her phone.

*widget boy cultureThe House GOP has won an anti-Obamacare lawsuit that will not knock the wind out of the program, but will ... raise insurance rates for the poor. Great work.

*widget boy cultureThe stigma of being with her: “I’ve been called a '$hill' more times than I can count.”

*widget boy cultureBernie's hobbled going into California—parted ways with state director, low on cash, no new ads.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Warren thinks she's gotten under Donald Trump's skin because of “... the idea that he has to be held accountable; I don't think he likes that.”

 


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