Bernie Sanders has blowout wins – and the Clinton coalition is gearing up for scorched earth

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Michigan, Utah, Idaho – and now Washington and Alaska – have been blow-out wins for Bernie Sanders.  Are his supporters idiots?  Nope.  Do we believe he can win?  Yup.  Do we know that Clinton and the establishment media is going to pull out every dirty trick in the book to beat this Vermont Democratic socialist back?  You bet.  Do we care?  Not a bit.  You know why?  I’ll tell you.

Clinton isn’t the only one facing a “glass ceiling.”  President Obama had a glass ceiling, and he crashed right through it.  Bernie Sanders has a glass ceiling as well:  The Establishment.  That Establishment includes the mainstream media, the Clinton coalition, career Democratic politicians, even civil rights icons who know Bernie Sanders is the real deal but choose, instead, to downplay his contribution to keep a seat at the table.  This is what Bernie Sanders, and his supporters, have been up against.  But we don’t care – because we know that all Bernie Sanders wants to do is help people in this country.  He has no other motivation, no other agenda, nobody’s buying him, and he has earned his seat at the table with his consistent hard-line commitment to us.

But Hillary Clinton is coming for Bernie, make no mistake.  The Clinton machine doesn’t take losing lightly; just ask the Obama campaign from 2008.  Clinton is very adept at dirty politics, and very practiced at deception.  This ain’t her first rodeo.  As noted by the Huffington Post in an article entitled “Like Obama in 2008, Bernie Sanders is Experiencing ‘Dirty Politics’ from Clinton’s Campaign,’ in 2008, the Obama campaign investigated the same types of voting irregularities we’ve seen this cycle:

David Plouffe, in a succinct statement appended to a released quotation from his boss, Barack Obama, said the Obama campaign was investigating more than 200 reporters of irregularities in Nevada.a

‘We currently have reports of over 200 separate incidents of trouble at caucus sites, including doors being closed up to thirty minutes early, registration forms running out so people were turned away, and ID being requested and checked in a non-uniform fashion. This is in addition to the Clinton campaign’s efforts to confuse voters and call into question the at-large caucus sites which clearly had an affect on turnout at these locations. These kinds of Clinton campaign tactics were part of an entire week’s worth of false, divisive, attacks designed to mislead caucus-goers and discredit the caucus itself.’

. . . Sound familiar? Every single one of the voting irregularities Plouffe complained about in 2008 have been experienced by the Bernie Sanders campaign . . . While David Plouffe complained of ‘200 separate incidents of trouble at caucus sites,’ Bernie Sanders has also witnessed the same Clinton campaign strategy, without the support of anyone within the Democratic Party. At least Barack Obama had part of the Democratic establishment backing him, while Bernie Sanders is viewed as an outsider to many establishment Democrats.

Clinton is really just dusting off her 2008 tactics against then-candidate Obama and tilting her dish toward a new target.  In 2008, she painted Obama’s ideology as naive, belittled his foreign policy experience, tried to play up the “experience gap” between the two of them (with her, of course, as the expert, and he the fledgling).  She race-baited, joined Republicans in working the “guilt by association” angle – she basically went full-on “kitchen sink.”  In all of these scenarios – in 2008 and today – she has denied and attempted to conceal her own nefarious associations and actions, has perched in her glass house while gleefully lobbing stones.  In 2008, Obama’s campaign head David Plouffe said that Clinton was “one of the most secretive politicians in America today” based on her refusal to release her tax returns.  Today, it’s her Wall Street speeches and cronyism with Wall Street hucksters and secret emails.

There have been allegations, already, of voter suppression, of shady dealings with caucuses, with coin tosses and lost ballots.  This all has Clinton’s grubby little paws all over it – and if the past is the best predictor of the future, the Clinton gang is going to do whatever it takes to pull this out; and as we know, ethics don’t figure into it.  But Clinton & Co. didn’t count on Bernie Sanders, on his rock-solid integrity, his lack of an Achilles heel, his supporters’ unyielding and undying support, and – of course – the money that keeps on rolling in to support him.  They didn’t think that, once again, they’d be facing a candidate with such rock star qualities that Bernie is at times eclipsing even then-candidate Obama in his magnetism.  They didn’t count on Bernie’s refusal to buckle under to the Establishment’s message that it would be best for him to drop out and cede the race to their chosen nominee.  They didn’t count on his pledge to take this race to the convention, to fully and finally challenge the Establishment that has attempted time and time again to derail his campaign.  They didn’t count on running against a gentlemanly, above-board candidate who has managed to put massive dents in the Clinton brand without resorting to low-blow tactics.  They didn’t count on the kinds of blow-out wins we’re seeing.  And the Clinton camp sure as hell didn’t see the bird coming.

 

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I’m not a religious person, and I don’t believe in “signs from above.”  But when that little bird lighted on Bernie Sanders’ lectern at a recent rally, it seemed prophetic somehow.  Of all the places it had to go, that little bird made it into that venue and clearly chose where it wanted to land.  It’s like nature itself dropped by to give Bernie props.

Many people are saying the bird was a sign from above, but what I think is that it’s one more peculiar twist in this race that the Clinton camp didn’t count on, couldn’t foresee, and can’t even begin to guard against.  As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The good man is the friend of all living things” – and that is what the Clinton camp can never overcome.