Hillary Clinton embraces Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the DNC who conspired against Bernie Sanders’s campaign.
In back-to-back weeks, the two major US political parties held their presidential nominating conventions. Intended to be unifying celebrations, the events highlighted the worst aspects of each party. Republicans shed all pretenses and emerged from their 20-year hate cocoon as full-blown, fear-driven neo-fascists, embracing despotic strongman Donald Trump. Democrats revealed the full extent of their corruption, shrugging their shoulders over leaked emails showing that the party operated essentially as an arm of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to undermine progressive populist Bernie Sanders.
Rather than making earnest attempts at unity, establishment Democrats spent their week seemingly doing everything they could to push Sanders supporters away. Perhaps the chief offense came when Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has long held the ire and distrust of Sanders supporters, was rewarded with a position in Clinton’s campaign just after stepping down as DNC chair over the email controversy. In the face of such disrespect, not even Sanders’s own calls for unity could prevent many of his supporters from walking out of the DNC. Continue reading
Sanders’s refusal to attack his fellow candidates lead to an iconic moment in the first debate, seen as a win for Clinton, when Sanders said the country was tired of hearing about her “damn emails.”
If you aren’t following the 2016 presidential election closely, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s only one party in the race. With dozens of candidates and at least half a dozen potential frontrunners – including Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina – Republicans have dominated mainstream media headlines and defined the national political conversation.
Not that anyone would notice, but there are still three Democrats vying for their party’s nomination. Unfortunately, the Democratic National Committee has opted for a policy of hiding them from public view. Not every Democratic candidate agrees with this policy – least of all Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has repeatedly called for more debates and whose insurgent candidacy desperately needs mainstream exposure to pose a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton.
If the country winds up with President Trump or President Cruz in 2017, much of the blame can be put on the shoulders of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the DNC. Continue reading