Hillary Clinton’s #basementdwellers

Yesterday the hashtag #basementdwellers gained a lot of traction on social media after leaked audio of Hillary Clinton speaking to donors about Bernie Sanders’ supporters appeared online.

While Hillary Clinton never actually used the term “basement dwellers” exactly, she came pretty darn close.

“Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession and they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education, and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves, and they don’t see much of a future,” Clinton said. “I met with a group of young black millennials today, and, you know, one of the young women said, ‘You know, none of us feel like we have the job that we should have gotten out of college, and we don’t believe the job market is going to give us much of a chance.’”

While I’m not nearly as outraged as many Bernie Sanders are regarding Clinton’s comments, I’m not one bit surprised. After all, this is the same candidate who referred to many of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”

Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution: The Bolsheviks vs. the Mensheviks?

I haven’t seen the official coverage for Senator Bernie Sanders’ new group, Our Revolution. It was supposed to launch today. But from this article in Politico from yesterday it looks like internally there is a struggle over control and direction:

The revolution is already tearing itself apart.

Less than a week before its official launch on Wednesday, Bernie Sanders’ new political group is working its way through an internal war that led to the departure of digital director Kenneth Pennington and at least four others from a team of 15, and the return of presidential campaign manager Jeff Weaver as the group’s new president.

Weaver shrugged off the suggestion that the group was already falling victim to a caricature of liberal infighting.

“This is an organization that’s a couple of weeks old, and every new organization has to find its footing,” he said.

There isn’t an aide closer to Bernie and Jane Sanders than Weaver. But he became a lightning rod for the criticism of the younger generation who felt that he was curt, dismissive, and overmatched. So when Jane Sanders asked Weaver, who was already involved as a legal adviser to Our Revolution, to take on a greater role early last week — before the ABC News story — Pennington and others immediately protested. They issued what amounted to an ultimatum: him or them.

“A majority of the staff quit as a result of Jeff joining,” said one person familiar with the situation, who added that they had joined with a promise from Bernie and Jane Sanders, and executive director Shannon Jackson, that Weaver wouldn’t be running it and had asked for this promise specifically.

They claim as well that there was a specific argument about fundraising strategy.

Weaver said he had a vision that included more traditional — not just grassroots — fundraising, the person familiar with the situation said.

Our Revolution is aiming to have a long term impact on races all the way down to the most local. They say they’re hoping to start this year, getting the voters activated by Sanders involved in Senate, House and other campaigns.

But Sanders himself has yet to campaign for any candidates whatsoever aside from one rally for Eric Kingson — a New York House hopeful who subsequently lost his primary to the Democratic party’s favored contender.

Sanders’ attempts to get his work for other candidates off the ground has already been sputtering. Around the time he campaigned for Kingson, for example, Zephyr Teachout specifically asked him not to come and campaign for her until he ironed out his eventual endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Although I agreed with much of Senator Sanders agenda, I never thought he was a good manager and feared that his race was another example of a cult of personality. Particularly when reading the comments and ideas put forward by his most ardent followers. It looks like some of my concerns are coming to fruition. But I wish him well in his endeavor…but it seems like a disorganized mess at the moment:

Weaver said he is optimistic.

“Millions of people voted for Bernie Sanders, hundreds of thousands volunteered, millions donated,” he said. “People are very excited about continuing the work that was done on the campaign and making sure we bring Bernie’s progressive vision to reality.”

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders gets booed for urging his supporters to support Hillary Clinton

Watch as Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders gets booed by his own supporters after he called on them today to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine.

As many of you know I was a strong and proud supporter of Sen. Sanders’ presidential campaign, but I can’t support this kind of behavior. While I appreciate the disappointment so many of Sen. Sanders’ supporters feel at the lengths the Democratic establishment went to hinder Sanders’ campaign, there will come a time when the Democratic establishment is held accountable for their undemocratic behavior.

This election is too important to “sit it out” or vote for a third party candidate, because we can’t allow Donald Trump to win this election and turn our country into the worst version of itself.

Don’t Like How The Democrats Pick Their Presidential Candidate?

So over the past 9 or 10 months of the primary season there has been a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth on how the Democratic Party selects their candidate for president. Many people and a candidate have complained about the rigged process and the unfairness of super delegates and closed primaries and caucuses and debates and such…on and on and on…although these things have been a known quantity in one form or another for decades.

Now let me repeat part of this with emphasis added: “…how the Democratic Party selects “their” candidate for president”. And let me stress one more time: CANDIDATE

Should the process be reviewed? Are there places for improvement? Sure, without a doubt. But be careful what you wish for…

The one overreaching complaint of course is that the process isn’t democratic (well it is within the party but for the overall population not so much…but that’s how it should be). But compare the American process for selecting a candidate to the British process of actually electing the next leader of their nation, the Prime Minister!

First, the Conservative Party holds the majority in Parliament. Three Conservative Party members wanted to be Prime Minister…so a primary was held to narrow the field down to two. Did the great population of Great Britain vote in the primary? No, it came down to the 329 Conservative Party members of Parliament…they voted the first round:

Britain is on course to get its second female prime minister, after Conservative lawmakers chose Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom on Thursday to fight a runoff contest for leadership of the country’s governing party.

May received 199 votes in a ballot of Conservative members of Parliament, while Leadsom received 84. Justice Secretary Michael Gove got 46 votes and was eliminated from the race.

Incredibly democratic so for, hey?

So the Conservative Party has their candidates…what about the other parties? Well they get no say whatsoever. None, nil, nada. So who gets to vote? Well the 150,000 members of the Conservative Party:

Some 150,000 Conservative Party members will now vote by postal ballot on the two candidates, with the result announced Sept. 9.

The winner will replace Prime Minister David Cameron…

Wait, what? No other parties get to put forward candidates? Labor Party can’t vote? Wha?

So despite the fact that millions of Americans got to vote for the Democratic candidate for president…it’s not democratic…well compared to what? A nation that is sometimes held up as an example of the democratic process is going to elect their Prime Minister on the backs of 150,000 members of one single party just because they currently hold the majority in Parliament. Suppose we had something like that here and now in the US. Would you want Rep. Paul Ryan’s cabal selecting your next president.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!