Ignore the media, ignore the opposition – states to come are Berning

During her victory speech Tuesday, Clinton blatantly attempted to woo Bernie’s supporters to her side, saying that if anyone has been waiting for the “right moment” to join her, now’s the time.

No, Hillary, I actually haven’t been waiting for the “right moment” to come join you . . . in fact, that moment will never come, for me and for many, many others. Bernie will hang in there until the convention, and we’ll hang with him – and joining any campaign other than that of Bernie Sanders is not now, and will never be, an option.  Not for me, anyway – not in this lifetime.

We have to reject the media – the same media that blacked out Bernie’s Tuesday night speech; we have to reject Clinton and her rabid fan base; we have to reject the pundits and the drooling class; we have to reject a whole boatload of people, people who haven’t bothered to do any real research and who haven’t bothered to really look at the truth, the possibilities for Bernie Sanders’ campaign going forward.  We have to reject the Dems’ fear-mongering over a potential Trump presidency if we don’t get behind Clinton, their pre-determined candidate de jour.  (One only has to see the recent ad from the Trump campaign to see what a Clinton nomination would look like, and it will make dick-measuring at debates look like civilized behavior.)  What, he’s out just because the talking heads say he’s out? They didn’t broadcast his speech Tuesday night, but expect us to believe that his campaign is doomed because of the strength of Clinton’s campaign, or because he just doesn’t resonate with the right voters?  They don’t acknowledge their bias in favor of the Clinton Machine from Day One, but expect us to listen to them now?  The media effect is an effort at a self-fulfilling prophecy – “a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior.”  Nice try.  Ain’t biting.

Like I’ve said from the start, Clinton is a leaky vessel.  She’s got an email scandal and attending FBI investigation swirling around her; she’s stepping in it pretty consistently lately, from nonsense comments about the Reagans being friendly to the crisis of HIV/Aids, to promising to put coal miners and coal companies out of business, to refusing – again and again and again – to release her Wall Street speeches.  In the best of circumstances, she’ll derail herself.  But with the Clinton hustle going on pretty steadily, I’m not counting on it.  I instead turn to the bloggers and wonks (in the world the mainstream media doesn’t inhabit) for good information.

Having said all that, I’m not a doom-and-gloom’er and I know that, particularly in this election cycle, anything can happen.  But even if nothing mind-blowing happens, Bernie can still make it happen.

Thanks to 34justice.com for this:

‘The 2016 Democratic primary effectively ended Tuesday night, with Hillary Clinton as the all-but-certain winner,’ the media has declared.  Bernie Sanders needed some wins, they tell us, and ‘his path to the nomination is now essentially blocked.’  Since Clinton is over 300 pledged delegates up on Sanders – more than twice as many as Obama ever was on Clinton in 2008 – the president of Clinton’s Super PAC insists that it ‘is all but mathematically impossible for Bernie Sanders to overtake her lead.’

The only problem with the media and Clinton campaign narratives?  They’re not true.

That’s not to say the results on Tuesday, March 15 weren’t disappointing for Sanders supporters, who were hoping for a repeat of Sanders’ historic upset in Michigan a week before.  But that result was always unlikely; Sanders wasn’t actually predicted to win a single state on Super Tuesday II . . . while it was a tough night for Sanders in terms of pledged delegates, it was a pretty good night for Sanders relative to projections, not to mention the massive polling deficits he faced mere weeks ago.

Sanders also still has a clear, albeit outside, shot at winning the Democratic nomination.  We’re only halfway through the primary calendar and he is likely to do well in upcoming contests . . . there are a number of large, delegate-rich states left, including New York and California, and a good run in the next round of primaries and caucuses would keep Sanders well within striking distance of Clinton.  Again, winning the nomination is definitely a long shot for him – he’d need to pull off more Michigan-like upsets to do it – but if Sanders supporters keep donating, phone banking, and otherwise volunteering their time, it’s also definitely still possible.

Despite these facts, the media and the Clinton campaign will be selling a different, inaccurate story.  It will be up to Sanders supporters to make sure that voters don’t buy it.

Thanks to U.S. Uncut for this:

Despite Bernie Sanders losing all five states in last night’s primary contests, he’s within striking distance of Hillary Clinton. And if Sanders wins the upcoming Western primaries, he could erase Clinton’s lead and become the new front-runner for the nomination.  At the end of the night, Hillary Clinton increased her delegate lead by about 100, still leaving Sanders plenty of room to eliminate her advantage in the 24 remaining states. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination, and as of March 16,Clinton only has 1,139 delegates to Sanders’ 825. Less than half of the pledged delegates have been selected thus far.  All of the states most favorable to Clinton have already voted, including the entire deep south, and the states most favorable to Sanders are still on the calendar. If anyone should be worried about their chances at the nomination waning over time, it’s Hillary Clinton.  Furthermore, it’s most important to note that going into these favorable states, Bernie Sanders only needs 58% of the remaining pledged delegates. And considering he picked up 67.7% of the vote in Kansas, 64.3% in Maine, and a thundering 86.1% in his home state of Vermont — shutting out Clinton entirely from the 15% delegate threshold — this is not as impossible as the doomsayers predict.  He also squeaked above the 58% figure with 59% of the vote in Colorado and 61.6% in Minnesota, and he scored a respectable 57.1% in Nebraska. He received 60% back in New Hampshire and has come in virtual ties in many other states outside of the South thus far, meaning he’s beaten the target a total of six times . . . What all this means is that Bernie Sanders is still well within striking distance of the nomination as more Sanders-friendly states take to the polls throughout the Spring. The primary season is only halfway over, and the remaining states are overwhelmingly favorable to Sanders in that they’re blue states with large populations of Democratic-leaning independents and voters under 45 . . . Many of the Western states are caucuses, where Sanders traditionally does well. Three of Sanders’ last four landslide victories — Kansas, Maine, and Nebraska — are caucus states . . . it should be noted that six of the top 10 cities that donate the most money per capita to the Sanders campaign are in Western states that have yet to vote.


And thanks to Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor and ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, Robert Reich, for these stirring words:

Bernie Sanders won Missouri and came very close to winning Illinois in today’s Democratic primaries, but lost Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida. Ohio is a big loss. Some attribute it to independents who decided to back Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Republican primary (and deliver a message to the Drumpf) rather than cast their votes for Bernie. (Independents had put Bernie over the top in Michigan last week.)

So where does this leave the Democrats? You’ll hear that Hillary Clinton is now unstoppable, especially given all the superdelegates she’s lined up. But:

1. That view underestimates Bernie’s support in important states that haven’t yet held primaries, like Wisconsin and California.

2. It also fails to acknowledge the groundswell of support he’s had so far in key states like Michigan and Missouri, and how close he’s come in others like Iowa and Massachusetts.

3. And that he has managed to do this on the basis of small donations averaging $27 each — meaning that he hasn’t had to compromise his principles.

4. Regardless of where the Democratic race goes from here, Bernie won’t drop out. He’ll take his delegates and his political revolution all the way to the convention.

5. He has already defined the core issue of the 2016 campaign – the necessity of reclaiming the economy and our democracy from the moneyed interests.

6. He has pushed, and will continue to push, Hillary Clinton toward positions consistent with that core concern – on issues ranging from free trade (including the Trans Pacific Partnership), to the minimum wage, banking regulation, the XL Pipeline, and getting big money out of politics.

7. Finally, the movement Bernie has spawned will continue beyond the convention – and even beyond the election. It cannot and will not be stopped.

Every so often a candidate comes along who’s a joy to watch, a joy to support.  That candidate is Bernie Sanders, the Bernie Revolution is going with its own self-fulfilling prophecy.