Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bernie Delegates Fault Him for not Preparing Them for What to Expect

They fault him for not preparing them for the reality check waiting in Philly. They really went there still thinking they had a chance.

"A handful of Bernie Sanders’ delegates are placing part of the blame for Monday night’s revolt on the Vermont senator, saying his campaign did not properly communicate with the legions of politically inexperienced delegates who went into the convention with unrealistic expectations."

"The first night of the Democratic National Convention was a raucous scene in which boos overwhelmed speakers at seemingly every mention of Hillary Clinton’s name, creating the image of a party in chaos."

"The discord was partially fueled by the leak of a trove of emails showing that the Democratic National Committee actively tried to undermine Sanders during the primary — evidence that vindicated seething Sanders supporters convinced the system was rigged against them."

"But it was also the result of some dumbfounded delegates who went into the convention thinking Clinton didn’t have the nomination sewn up, and that there was still a path for Sanders."

"The first day proved to be a rude reality check."

“The Sanders campaign was doing an excellent job on negotiating on the platform and the shape of the convention, but it could have been a lot better in preparing the delegates,” said Daraka Larimore-Hall, a Sanders delegate from California. “People had all kinds of misunderstandings of what to expect at the convention.”

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Speaking of which, some Berners still don't seem to understand:


He is-or was-a friend. Doubt we could have a civil conversation today. 

In other news, Bernie reveals he's still an independent. 

"Do you consider yourself a Democrat?"

"Right now, I am a Democrat obviously and we’re going to fight as hard as we can to transform the Democratic Party. So that’s where I am right now."

"Right now?"

"No. It’s fair to say that’s where I am and that’s where I’ll stay."

"Does that mean you're going to be changing your website?"

"No. I was elected as an independent from Vermont in this cycle and I will certainly stay that way for the next two years."

"And then when you come back, it will say D-Vt?"

"If I come back. You’ve gotten me elected already and you’ve got me running. But we’ll see."

So maybe he doesn't run in 2018.

I do like this comment by Bernie on how essential it is to defeat Trump:

I’m Jewish. My father’s family died in concentration camps. I will do everything I can to rid this country of the ugly stain of racism."

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