Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders

I think that says it all in comparing the start of the Dem convention last night to the GOP's last week.

The were many trying to spin the Dems as in just as much turmoil as the GOP last week as it's all about false equivalence for the Beltway media.

Reince Priebus was personally gloating about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

True, her having to step down before the  convention was not ideal. But after a false start in the morning-where DWS was booed and finally realized she has to be the one to take the hit here, unfortunately-things went better than Dems could have dreamed under the circumstances.

And if Reince and Sean Spicer want to compare conventions the place to start is Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders.

Ted Cruz snubbed Trump in what would become the most remembered moment of the RNC convention.

Bernie has been slow landing the plane it's true. He was slow to admit it was over, slow to endorse, and getting to unity was looking bad yesterday as he was booed by his own supporters in calling for unity and support for Hillary Clinton.

But he got there and he landed the plane right. Yes, he was slower than losing Dem opponents usually are. But then his candidacy was different too.

I don't think it was necessarily different in a good way totally. Yesterday what might have upset his recalcitrant Berners was when he said 'C'mon, this is the real world.'

He had told them the whole time that there is no real world.

One great comment by a delegate of his was 'He can't just feed us all this Mountain Dew and then send us to bed.'

"Iowa delegate @chris_laursen: “Bernie basically fed us a bunch of Mountain Dew and now he wants us to go to bed. It’s not going to happen.”

Still most Bernie supporters are already with her as Bernie's rapid response coordinator hastens to point out.

And I think his speech last night did a lot to bring around or start to bring around a number still on the fence.

"Defeated presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday moved to push past a sharply divisive Democratic primary as he urged unity behind Hillary Clinton, saying that the choice in the general election “is not even close.”

"Speaking to an emotional crowd that included many vocal Sanders supporters, the Vermont senator vowed to do "all that I can" to help Clinton reach the White House, offering a strong defense of her progressive bona fides.

“This election is about which candidate understands the real problems facing this country and has offered real solutions — not just bombast, fear-mongering, name-calling and divisiveness,” he said at a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. “We need leadership in this country which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger — not leadership which insults Latinos, Muslims, women, African-Americans and veterans — and divides us up."

“By these measures,” he continued, “any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close."

"Those remarks were met by a mix of both cheers and chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" from Sanders' supporters, some of whom had tears in their eyes during his speech."

"But Sanders vouched for Clinton aggressively, arguing that on issues from health care to education to climate change, she is committed to progressive ideals, in stark contrast to her Republican opponent."

"I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years," he said. "I remember her, as you do, as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children, for women and for the disabled.

"Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight," he added.

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I have to give him credit here. He did what he needed to do.

It is amazing that folks are trying so hard to pretend this endorsement is somehow hesitant. He's saying EXACTLY what was necessary."

If you doubt that Bernie did what he needed to do, listen to Donald Trump:

"Bernie Sanders totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton. All of that work, energy and money, and nothing to show for it! Waste of time."

Say this for Bernie as well. If you look at his career, he's been about Dem unity for a long time. He was for Al Gore not Ralph Nader in 2000.

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