#VettingBernie, aka a Timeline of Sanders Bull@#$%

A small collection of things either Senator Sanders, his campaign or his more vocal supporters have done recently. Either way, you can tell I’m not a fan of his.

Stuff is always being posted, so…feel free to check back for updates. They’ll mostly be at the bottom, in chronological order, but every once in a while we find something new. — the Management.

Also, I left the links exposed. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. This way it’s easier to see the link beforehand, and decide if it’s worth your time or not. I tried to use hard news sources where possible. — The Management, again. February 22, 2016.


THE TIMELINE

April 6, 1981: Bernie wins a shocking victory by only 10 votes to become mayor of Vermont’s largest city, Burlington.

Sanders was elected on a socialist platform and led a mayoral administration that he boasted was “more radical” than any other in the country.
And he had a vision. Sanders believed his work in Burlington could spread socialism throughout America.

1985: Bernie’s uh…mixed record (putting it nicely) when it comes to standing up to the military industrial complex.

In 1985, for example, protesters massed at the General Electric plant in Burlington, Vermont, where Sanders was serving as mayor. They were protesting the fact that the plant was manufacturing Gatling guns to fight socialists in Central America.
Jim Condon, now a Democratic state legislator in Vermont, was news director of a local radio station at the time and describes himself as an “old acquaintance” of the senator.
“There were protesters who were unhappy that General Electric was manufacturing Gatling guns at the plant, and so they would lock themselves to the gates and engage in civil disobedience. And so the mayor, Bernie, finally got cops to go in and arrest the protesters,” Condon told The Daily Beast. “The GE plant was one of the largest providers of jobs in the city. So it was economically important that the plant stay open and people who worked there went to work.”
When it comes time to make speeches, Sanders has slammed defense corporations for political gain.
“We know that there is massive fraud going on in the defense industry. Virtually every major defense contractor has either been convicted of fraud or reached a settlement with the government,” Sanders said in Iowa City last year at a town hall. “We need a strong military, it is a dangerous world. But I think we can make judicious cuts.”
But when those defense corporations come to his own backyard, he quietly welcomes them in.
The Vermont senator persuaded Lockheed Martin to place a research center in Burlington, according to Newsweek, and managed to get 18 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets stationed at the city’s airport for the Vermont National Guard.

April 28, 1985: In April 1985, the Los Angeles Times published a lengthy interview with Sanders in which he outlined his plan to spark “radical change.”:

If the mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, has his way, Kunin’s successor will be America’s first Socialist governor.
“Vermont is ripe for a third-party takeover, and I may be the one to pull it off,” said Bernard (Bernie) Sanders, 43, a Socialist, re-elected last month to his third term as mayor of Burlington.

And…

Leaning back in a plain wooden chair, his shirt open without a tie, his hair disheveled, his left leg in the air resting on a table with his lunch box and peace-sign coffee cup, Sanders rattled off his thoughts in rapid-fire, staccato fashion:
“I think from one end of this country to the other people are ripe for political revolution. Fifty percent of the people do not bother voting in the presidential and statewide elections. The vast majority of those not voting are low-income people who have given up on America. The whole quality of life in America is based on greed. I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.
“We are demonstrating in Burlington the peoples’ contempt for conventional old-fashioned Democratic and Republican politics. The good news here is that the two-party system and corporate establishment are not invincible.”

July 1985: Bernie goes to Nicaragua as a guest of the Sandinista Government, where he attended an event that one wire report dubbed an “anti-U.S. rally.”

The leftist Sandinista government was celebrating the sixth anniversary of the revolution that saw it take power from an American-backed dictator, Anastasio Somoza. Sanders was in a crowd estimated at a half million people, many of whom were clad in the Sandinistas’ trademark red-and-black colors and chanting “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die.”
Onstage, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the U.S. government of “state terrorism” for supporting the rebels who were seeking to overthrow him. The Sandinistas and the CIA-backed Contras would fight into the next decade, with allegations of human rights abuses on both sides. At the 1985 rally Sanders attended, Ortega vowed the Sandinistas would “defend the revolution with guns in hand.”
Sanders was being hosted by the Sandinistas as part of a delegation of American “solidarity groups.” He told reporters their decision to show “support” for the Nicaraguan government was “patriotic.”
“We want to show support for a small country trying to be independent, and we want to tell the truth to the American people when we return,” Sanders said.

July 1985: And just for clarification…

Sanders had earned his invitation to the celebration because he was a loud critic of President Ronald Reagan’s Central American policies. Burlington in the 1980s was a hotbed of opposition to the administration’s efforts to undermine the Sandinista government by financing Contra fighters, based in nearby Honduras. Reagan claimed the Sandinistas were communists and terrorists.
At a news conference that he and European socialists held in Managua the day of the celebration, Sanders repeated his criticism: “The real issue is a very simple one. Does the government of the United States of America have the unilateral right to destroy the government of Nicaragua because the president of the United States and some members of Congress disagree with the Sandinistas?”
During his visit, largely financed by the Sandinista government — Sanders paid his airfare — Sanders met with President Ortega and other officials. He sat down with the editor of an opposition newspaper, who complained of government censorship. And he walked through Managua’s slums, occasionally asking residents about the impact of the 1979 revolution on their lives.

And to make things real clear:

August 8, 1985: This happens.

No way that comes back to haunt.

December 1, 1987: Bernie says in a local interview that he despises Democrats, and that a JFK speech once made him sick. He also cracked on Jesse Jackson and Walter Mondale:

November 28, 1989: “Bernard” Sanders, now fellow at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School, writes a piece for the Harvard Crimson: Time for an American Glasnost.

If you’re familiar with Bernie’s speeches, this is not going to be surprising. It’s basically his typical one-note, it’s all about the Income Inequality argument, albeit far more angrier and idealized.

But let’s look at a couple of key passages:

This strongly suggest that, due to the power of incumbency, our system of representative democracy has broken down completely and that election to Congress is now tantamount to lifetime tenure — a House of Lords.

Says the guy who later ran for both Houses in that “House of Lords”. If you can’t beat ’em, join ‘em?

It is now widely perceived that the major political parties in our country, the Democrats and the Republicans, have no basic ideological differences and are, in reality, two wings of the same party — both dominated by Big Money.

And yet now, he’s running to be the nominee of one of those parties who has no basic ideological differences.

Like I said, this article is nothing new. It’s basically the same screed you’ll see on some pages of the Daily Kos.

But here’s the killer. Here’s the thing that (rightly or wrongly) will end Bernie’s shot at becoming President:

The news from the Soviet Union is breathtaking. Events which no one would have predicted 10 years ago are now occuring at lightning speed.
Glasnost; perestroika; free speech; open parliamentary debate televised before millions of viewers; the beginning of organized political opposition to the Communist Party; mass strikes and demonstrations by workers and ethnic minorities; serious publications dealing honestly with the nation’s sordid history which had been covered up for deades by official lies. And more.
Whatever the reason (and now is not the time to explore those reasons) enormous credit must be given to Mikhail Gorbachev and the current leadership of the Soviet Union for helping to bring about an extraordinary, non-violent revolution which is forcing citizens of the Soviet Union to rethink, in almost every way, the basic foundations of their na$ion.

Yes, that’s how he spelled it.

And now let me make a proposal, a proposal which will, undoubtedly, offend many readers — but which has to be made. In my view the time is now for a glasnost in the United States — a soul searching for our own basic truths, a major debate over our current values, an honest analysis of the real structure of our society and the creation of a mechanism to search out our dreams for the future.
The history of the United States and the nature of our society are very different from that of the Soviet Union. But if the citizens of our country believe that this nation does not exist under the blanket of the Big Lie, and that many of the most important issues facing our people are not openly and seriously discussed, they are sorely mistaken. We are told every day by the politicians, and the media how “free” we are. Unfortunately, we are not given the freedom to explore that assertion. We need a glasnost!

Tell me that even the most ham-handed, half-witted Republican Operative won’t take that passage and spin it to mean that Bernie is calling for a Communist Revolution.

Mind you, gentle reader…he’s not. I can’t stand Bernie and I know he’s not, but that’s not how middle-brow, low-brow America will see this.

To me, this piece was silly. But don’t be fooled. It will be spun…and spun out of control.

But go from that…just under a year later…to THIS

November 1990: NRA supports Bernie’s first campaign for the House of Representatives:

A few days before Election Day in 1990, the National Rifle Association sent a letter to its 12,000 members in Vermont, with an urgent message about the race for the state’s single House seat.
Vote for the socialist, the gun rights group said. It’s important.
“Bernie Sanders is a more honorable choice for Vermont sportsmen than ­Peter Smith,” wrote Wayne LaPierre, who was — and still is — a top official at the national NRA, backing Sanders over the Republican incumbent.

January 3, 1991: Bernie sanders sworn in as a member of the House of Represenatives:

February 6, 1997: Sanders co-sponsors the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Consent Act (with BP Apologist Joe Barton). He co-sponsored it and actively pushed it through Congress. This would be the infamous Sierra Blanca you may have heard about, where Nuclear Waste from Vermont was dumped in Texas near a Latino Community:

September 11, 1998: Sanders to Texas: “Drop dead”.

According to a Texas Observer article from the time — provocatively headlined, “Sanders to Sierra Blanca: ‘Drop Dead!’” — when activist Gary Oliver and others confronted Sanders to ask if he would at least visit Sierra Blanca, the representative offered a terse response.
“Absolutely not,” Sanders said. “I’m gonna be running for re-election in the state of Vermont.”

September 20, 1998: The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Consent Act is signed into law by Bill Clinton. Probably why the Clinton camp doesn’t talk about it much:

October 2, 2000: H.R. 3088: To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide additional protections to victims of rape. Alternate Title: Victims of Rape Health Protection Act.

Basically, the Bill helps Rape Victims find out of their attacker has a disease.

Bernie was one of 19 people to vote against it.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2000/roll505.xml

January 3, 2005: This happens. (Bigger things still to come…)

April 21, 2006: Hillary Clinton felt the bern…for a little while.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton shared her wealth in March, doling out $190,000 to Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere, according to a campaign report filed late Thursday.
Clinton’s political action committee, HILLPAC, raised $272,477 and spent $327,484 in March, according to the group’s filing to the Federal Election Commission.
A potential 2008 candidate for the White House, Clinton donated $5,000 each to the Democratic organizations in New Hampshire and Iowa — two states that play key early roles in presidential primaries. She gave the same amount to state parties in Michigan and Arizona.
Clinton spokeswoman Ann Lewis said the Iowa and New Hampshire donations were part of a larger effort to help Democratic candidates for governor in 2006.
The Senate Democrats’ campaign committee, the House Democrats’ campaign committee and the national committee each received $15,000.
Two congressmen trying to make it to the Senate also got boosts from Clinton. Rep. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the seat held by retiring Vermont lawmaker Jim Jeffords, received $10,000, as did Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee, who is campaigning for the seat being vacated by Majority Leader Bill Frist. Newly minted Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey also got $10,000.

Hm. Bernie’s is not the only regrettable name on that list.

And in case you don’t trust Fixed News…

June 6, 2006: Sanders votes to protect the Minutemen.

Here’s the actual vote record:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll224.xml

September 21, 2006: Bernie votes for the Community Protection Act of 2006. It was authored by James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Republican. Its purpose? To restore the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authority to detain dangerous aliens, to ensure the removal of deportable criminal aliens, and combat alien gang crime.

When Hillary says Bernie voted for Indefinite Detention, this is the bill she’s talking about. It passed the House but died in the Senate. (Guess where Bernie would be in four months?)

January 3, 2007: Bernie Sanders is sworn in as a U.S. Senator:

June 24, 2007: Bernie’s appearance on Lou Dobbs’s broadcast.

July 7, 2007: Bernie Sanders votes against Immigration Reform in 2007.

“What this legislation is not about is addressing the real needs of American workers,” Mr. Sanders said in a speech on the floor of the Senate in 2007. “It is not about raising wages or improving benefits. What it is about is bringing into this country over a period of years millions of low-wage temporary workers with the result that wages and benefits in this country, which are already going down, will go down even further.”
He made a similar comment at another point that year, saying that the bill would “end up lowering wages for American workers right now.” It was, he said at yet another point, a “bad piece of legislation” for laborers.

ThinkProgress put it like this:

“I frankly do not believe that we should be bringing in significant numbers of unskilled to workers to compete with [unemployed] kids,” Sanders said. “I want to see these kids get jobs.”
Studies have shown that immigrants actually create jobs for American workers. Researchers recently found that each new immigrant has produced about 1.2 new jobs in the U.S., most of which have gone to native-born workers. And according to the Atlantic, an influx in immigration can cause non-tradable professions — jobs like hospitality and construction that cannot be outsourced — to see a wage increase because the demand for goods and services grows with the expanding population.
But Sanders fails to see it that way, pointing on Thursday to the 36 percent unemployment rate for Hispanic young people. “You bring a lot of unskilled workers into this country, what do you think happens to that 36 percent?”
Sanders’ poor track record on immigration goes back further than just his presidential campaign. In 2007, he voted against a bipartisan immigration reform bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). At the progressive Netroots Nation conference earlier this month, Sanders said the reform bill would have allowed for low wage workers to enter the country who would “be competing against kids in this country who desperately need jobs.”
But Sanders did vote for the 2013 immigration reform bill, which also included guest worker programs and contained most of the same measures as the 2007 bill that he opposed.

So in 2013, considering a run for President, he voted for the Bill?

Still, at the end of the day…Bernie Sanders voted against Immigration Reform in 2007.

The record of the final vote is here:

October 1, 2o08: Sanders votes against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. (This is one of the things that came up in the March 7th Debate with Hillary, and led to her accusation about him voting against the Auto Bailout.)

January 15, 2009: Via Politico:

In 2008, Sanders voted for the standalone auto bailout, which did not pass. But he later opposed using TARP funds to bail out the auto industry because those funds were also earmarked for bailing out financial institutions — that measure passed.

Vox explained it this way. (Both are accurate from what I can tell):

Senator Clinton voted against a resolution of disapproval to release the second $350 B of TARP funds while Senator Sanders voted for this resolution. The vote failed and the resolution died, thus allowing the full TARP funding to be used by President Obama and his team when they took over. This is the vote she highlighted last night.

The Vox Story:

The Politico Story:

The roll call of the vote is here:

January 20, 2009: This happens:

Inauguration No. 2

April 2, 2009: Now a Senator, Sanders votes to allow Guns on Amtrak:

May 12, 2009: Yes, Virginia. Bernie voted to allow guns in National Parks. (I know, President Obama signed it, but it was part of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, and Tom Coburn knew that when he added this admendment.):

May 22, 2009: The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009 passes with that dang Coburn Amendment (See May 12, 2009). Thanks Bernie!

July 22, 2011: While on Thom Hartmann’s show, Bernie says this:

SANDERS: Brian, believe me, I wish I had the answer to your question. Let me just suggest this. I think there are millions of Americans who are deeply disappointed in the president; who believe that, with regard to Social Security and a number of other issues, he said one thing as a candidate and is doing something very much else as a president; who cannot believe how weak he has been, for whatever reason, in negotiating with Republicans and there’s deep disappointment. So my suggestion is, I think one of the reasons the president has been able to move so far to the right is that there is no primary opposition to him and I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting what is a progressive agenda as opposed to what Obama is doing. […] So I would say to Ryan [sic] discouragement is not an option. I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.

I can’t believe I didn’t add this earlier. Video below.

The Think Progress story:

September 7, 2012: Future Sanders surrogate Rosario Dawson apparently liked what she heard from Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention.

Dawson offered a more favorable reaction to Eastwood while speaking to E! News at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday (September 6).
“That was pretty trippy, actually. I didn’t think that it was so off, like I actually thought it was really good improv,” she explained.
Dawson went on to say: “As an actor, I was like, ‘That was well done!’ I can see for other people that being kind of strange, doing the question and answer kind of stuff, and I was surprised a bit by his position on some of the stuff, but I thought it was really great and really brave for someone to stand up and say this is my position on something, take it or leave it.”
The actress also stressed that she respects Eastwood a great deal, even if she disagrees with him politically.
“I appreciated a lot of his positions, I think he was very respectful in a lot of ways and I wish that that was more the case when people are talking about someone they want to vote for and someone they don’t,” the star said.
“I’m not always going to agree with the things that he’s saying, but I like the fact that he’s out there and making himself vulnerable to whatever it is because he cares.”

Remember, this is what Rosario thought was “respectful”:

“So Mr. President, how do you handle promises you’ve made?” he said to the chair. He then proceeded to rankle Obama for his administration’s proposal to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York, a plan from which he later backed down, and plan to end the war in Afghanistan, for which Romney has endorsed the same withdrawal timeline.
“I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question, you know, he says, “Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?” Eastwood said.
The crowd cheered hard, creating the awkward spectacle of a Republican convention roaring for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from the battlefield.
Eastwood also jabbed Vice President Joe Biden, calling him the “intellect of the Democratic party.” “He’s just a grin with a body behind it,” Eastwood said.
He attacked Obama for, of all things, riding in Air Force One. “You could still use a plane,” he said, “Not that big gas guzzler you are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that.”
“I can’t do that to myself,” Eastwood said several times to the empty chair next to him, pretending, apparently, that the president was telling Eastwood to go f*** himself.

December 14, 2012: The day of Sandy Hook, Senator Sanders continues to defend liability protection for Gunmakers on the Thom Hartmann Show.

January 20, 2013: This happens…again.

Inauguration No. 2

April 5, 2013: Repeated theme: “I’m not Obama’s biggest fan…”:

This one is minor in comparison, but worth noting.

October 18, 2013: Okay, first read this:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made the case for a broader progressive push in an interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday, saying his recent sojourn into southern states showed him there was still a Democratic base in a region usually known for supporting Republicans.
“I’ve been meeting with unionists, independents, progressive Democrats,” Sanders explained via satellite from Columbia, South Carolina. “And they are tired of being abandoned by the national Democratic party. They want some help, and they believe that with some help they can start winning in these conservative states.”
One cause for concern, Sanders explained to Schultz, was seeing many white, working-class voters in “low-income states” like Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina voting against their own best interest.

Overall, he’s not too far off the mark here…until that last graph. This goes back to his eternal theme of raising only the concerns of the White Working Class, which is it’s own form of racial resentment toward Blacks and people of color.

Why is it only the white working class he’s on about? Robert Reich later said the same thing. (See January 21, 2016)

Well, people of color noticed, and they’re voting for Hillary accordingly.

November 19, 2014: H.A. Goodman calls himself a “Liberal Democrat”. In truth, he’s neither:

Rand Paul is my candidate in 2016, even though the Tea Party would consider me Joseph Stalin’s love child. I’m for immigration reform and believe that illegal immigrants benefit this country. I’ve written many articles criticizing Tea Party paranoia. I’m against demagoguery from people like Paul Ryan who unfairly target inner city citizens and I’m for the federal legalization of gay marriage and marijuana. I think Ted Cruz is a buffoon and that we should listen to Stephen Hawking over Senator “Green Eggs and Ham” on climate change. Finally, I’ve also written two novels about the evils of religious fundamentalism and political demagoguery.
On all these possible points of contention with Rand Paul, the reality is that he isn’t Ted Cruz or Lou Dobbs on these matters. Sen. Paul is a self-described “moderate”on immigration, much to the dismay of Tea Party Republicans. Paul’s recent Bill Maher interview shows he’s open to cleaner energy alternatives. Most importantly, Paul doesn’t abide by the right-wing rhetoric blaming poor people for their predicament, or claiming God wants people to do this or that. Congress at the end of the day has the power of the purse, so if President Rand Paul scares you on economic matters, simply remember that only Congress can repeal or alter government programs and decide on budgets.
I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life, but in 2016, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will be my choice for president. On issues that affect the long-term survival of this country; grandiose concerns like perpetual war that could send generations of Americans fighting and dying in the Middle East, domestic spying that could eventually lead to a police state, and numerous other topics, Rand Paul has shown that he bucks both the Republican and Democratic penchant for succumbing to public opinion, an overreaction to the terror threat, and a gross indifference to an egregious assault on our rights as citizens.
Yes, I’ll have to concede some of my beliefs and roll the dice as to whether or not he’ll flip-flop on issues, but Hillary Clinton and President Obama have changed their views on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization and Iraq, so I’m taking an educated gamble with Sen. Paul. Hillary Clinton alone has gone back and forth on enough issues to make the former Secretary of State a human version of Pong, so I’m not too worried about voting for Paul. Below are ten reasons this Democrat is voting for Rand Paul in 2016 and if my liberal membership card is revoked, I’ll live with that; I’m not an ideologue like Sean Hannity, I’m an American.

Of course, later he would flip to Bernie, and conduct his rampant Baghdad-Bob like writing for him…some of which is highlighted in this piece.

November 19, 2014: (Sigh) This:

Well, here’s what you got. What you got is an African-American president, and the African-American community is very, very proud that this country has overcome racism and voted for him for president. And that’s kind of natural. You’ve got a situation where the Republican Party has been strongly anti-immigration, and you’ve got a Hispanic community which is looking to the Democrats for help.
But that’s not important. You should not be basing your politics based on your color. What you should be basing your politics on is, how is your family doing? … In the last election, in state after state, you had an abysmally low vote for the Democrats among white, working-class people. And I think the reason for that is that the Democrats have not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests. I think the key issue that we have to focus on, and I know people are uncomfortable about talking about it, is the role of the billionaire class in American society.

June 10, 2015: Votes against the Export-Import Bank, and brags about it on his website:

Do I you what the Export-Import Bank is? It’s okay, neither do I. But here’s what Hillary Clinton said about Republican opposition to it:

“It’s wrong that candidates for president, who really should know better, are jumping on this bandwagon,” she said in New Hampshire. “It’s wrong, it’s embarrassing. … The idea that we would remove this relatively small but vital source of funding for our businesses to compete is absolutely backwards.”

June 30, 2015: Hasn’t released his tax returns.

Sanders, who has been rising in the polls in his bid for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Rodham Clinton, voluntarily released the first few pages of his 2014 federal and Vermont tax returns Tuesday at the request of The Washington Post.

But that’s it, and…truth be told, not even his whole tax return, the released 3-page document is missing Schedule C and Schedule A.

July 1, 2015: Not running against the President, huh?

At another point in the interview, he offered a sweeping criticism of Obama’s presidency, despite the fact that he believes history will be kinder to him than many of his Republican critics have.
After Obama won the presidential election in 2008 with a campaign that Sanders called “one of the great campaigns in American history,” Sanders believes Obama abandoned the movement that brought him to the White House.
“The day after he was inaugurated,” said Sanders, Obama said “thank you very much for getting me elected and I’ll take it from here.”
This is the reason, Sanders believes, that his most strident Republican critics have been able to gain a foothold. President Obama, he said, did not take advantage of the scores of new voters he brought into the political process to enact real change.

July 5, 2015: Said he’d let Churches that discriminate against Gays keep their Tax Exempt Status:

July 5, 2015: Bernie doubles down on his support for the Protecting Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. For the record, in both 2003 and 2005, when he was in the House, Sanders voted in favor of a measure to prohibit lawsuits against firearm makers. The second measure eventually became law.:

July 7, 2015: Yeah. Then this happened:

I come from a state where there is virtually no gun control. But the people of my state understand, pretty clearly, that guns in Vermont are not the same thing as guns in Chicago or Los Angeles. In our state, guns are used for hunting. In Chicago they are used for kids killing other kids or gang members shooting at police officers, shooting down innocent people. We need a sensible debate about gun control, which overcomes the cultural divide that exists in this country, and I think I can play an important role in this.

July 13, 2015: Latino activist says Bernie is more Pro-Latino than actual Latino Congressman:

(This is going to get real ironic come February.)

July 16, 2015: The old Interview, where Bernie despises Democrats, from 1987 resurfaces on Buzzfeed:

July 16, 2015: This:

Sanders: In many respects, the president was not strong enough on many issues. For example, he’s wrong on the trade issue, dead wrong. Also, the president made a mistake, that after his brilliant campaign of 2008, he essentially said to his most motivated supporters, thanks very much for electing me, but I’ll go from here on my own. I’ll sit down and negotiate with Boehner and Mitch McConnell and I really don’t need you anymore. Terrible mistake. Because the only way forward, to bring forth a progressive agenda, is to have the American people mobilized.

This is the second time he said the President abandoned us. The first time was July 1st.

July 18, 2015: The Black Lives Matter Incident at Netroots Nation:

July 30, 2015: Says Wall Street wants Immigration Reform to depress wages. Opposes plan to raise Immigration caps:

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2015/07/30/sanders-wall-street-wants-immigration-reform-to-depress-wages

August 6, 2015: Turns out that graphic of all of Hillary’s Top Donors being all Bankers and Fatcats, let’s just say it was selectively edited:

August 6, 2015: The Black Lives Matter incident in Seattle:

August 16, 2015: Says he will address racial divisions…while campaigning in mostly white Iowa:

August 16, 2015: After Staffer apologizes in letter form on behalf of the Sanders Campaign for the Black Lives Matter mess, Sanders Campaign says they did not apologize:

August 28, 2015: Warns the Democratic Party that they may not win without him:

October 5, 2015: Bernie apparently lied about being a longtime champion of Marriage Equality:

October 11, 2015: The Peaceniks of the world who think Drones are terrible should remember, Bernie supports them and would continue to use them as President.

In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Pressscheduled for broadcast on Sunday, host Chuck Todd asked the independent senator from Vermont if drones or special forces would play a role in his counter-terror plans.
“All of that and more,” Sanders said.
Asked to clarify, he added: “Look, a drone is a weapon. When it works badly, it is terrible and it is counterproductive. When you blow up a facility or a building which kills women and children, you know what? … It’s terrible.”
The Obama administration’s use of drones to target terrorist suspects has proved controversial, particularly with the political left. Sanders, a self-professed democratic socialist, has proven popular in such circles in the 2016 campaign so far.
Todd asked Sanders: “But you’re comfortable with the idea of using drones if you think you’ve isolated an important terrorist?”
Sanders replied: “Yes”.

October 21, 2015: Four stories of Bernie throwing shade (again) at the Obama Administration.

October 21, 2015: Bernie: I Wouldn’t Continue Obama Legacy. A repeat of the same story above, but still…damn:

October 21, 2015: Bernie Sanders Suggests He Won’t Campaign on Obama’s Record:

October 21, 2015: Sanders won’t take up the Obama mantle:

November 3, 2015: Via Buzzfeed.

Sanders is set to announce executive actions he would take as president on immigration, and has made a string of major hires of immigration activists focused on Nevada and the southwest. But as he tries to position himself to the left of Hillary Clinton on major issues, Democrats and activists aren’t sure immigration qualifies.

November 5, 2015: Commemorating the day Bernie actually became a Democrat…in one state:

November 5, 2015: Sanders campaign inks joint fundraising pact with DNC.

I point this out so when you later see how much money Bernie is raising for downballot Dems ($1000 total)…

November 23, 2015: Sanders’s health care proposals would dismiss the gains made under the Affordable Care Act and take the national debate over health care back to square one.

Sanders has said repeatedly that he wants to build on the health-care system created under the Affordable Care Act and to expand it to provide health insurance regardless of income or age. It’s clear that the provision in his bill to “repeal” ACA state exchanges was not just for the sake of repealing the law, in the way critics who oppose passage of ACA use the term “repeal.”
But the language of his legislation — all three times he introduced it — clearly stated that existing federal programs would be replaced with a new program that he sought to create. It wouldn’t simply increase current levels of coverage but would create a whole new health insurance system with new quality-control methods, a new standards board, and more.

Wait, Bernie wants to REPEAL the Exchanges?

December 12, 2015: Sanders slams the Paris climate accord, which has been called “President Obama’s biggest accomplishment.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is slamming the climate pact that nearly 200 countries are likely to agree on Saturday in Paris, saying it’s far too weak for the task at hand.
Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, said the agreement is a good first step in fighting climate change, but not much more.

Sounds like his GITMO nonsense.

December 15, 2015: Bernie rebuffs one of his own constituents on the F-35.

“In very clever ways, the military-industrial complex puts plants all over the country, so that if people try to cut back on our weapons system what they’re saying is you’re going to be losing jobs in that area,” Sanders said at a Q&A in New Hampshire back in 2014. “[W]e’ve got to have the courage to understand that we cannot afford a lot of wasteful, unnecessary weapons systems, and I hope we can do that.”
History has shown that Sanders has not had the courage to do that.
Immediately after he made those comments, an audience member pointed out that the F-35 fighter jet project had a lifetime cost of $1.2 trillion: “When you talk about cutting wasteful military spending, does that include the F-35 program?” the questioner asked.
The F-35 stealth fighter is untold billions over budget, years behind schedule, and plagued with embarrassing problems. There have been problems with its software, its sensors, and its gun (which won’t be able to fire until 2019). A few months ago a military spokesman said that the fighter jet “wasn’t optimized for dogfighting.” In fact, in a test battle with the 40-year-old F-16, the brand new F-35 jet lost.
“The F-35 will, in my opinion, be 10 years behind legacy fighters,” one Air Force official affiliated with the F-35 program told The Daily Beast about a year ago.
Sanders countered that the plane was “essentially built.” He acknowledged in his 2014 Q&A that while the F-35 was “incredibly wasteful,” it is now the “plane of record… and it is not going to be discarded.”
During his 2012 reelection campaign, Sanders ran against a Republican who opposed the F-35 as a waste of resources. Sanders was all for it. In a 2012 statement, Sanders made the point that the F-35 would have to be located somewhere, whether in Florida or South Carolina or Vermont. “I would rather it be here,” he said.
Some of his constituents would rather it not. Residents around the Burlington airport sued to block the placement of F-35s there, but were rebuffed by the courts. The F-35s are scheduled to be based in the town starting in 2020.
Sanders’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

December 18, 2015: Campaign Staffers broke into Hillary Clinton’s VAN/NGP Database, and downloaded 30+ files in violation of Campaign’s contract with the DNC:

December 18, 2015: Sanders Campaign sued the DNC:

December 18, 2015: Congress comes up with a Year End Compromise to fund the Government and extend the Zadroga Act, the bill that helps 9/11 First Responders.

Bernie votes against it.

Congress on Friday sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan a trillion dollar spending bill to fund the government through next September, which includes an agreement to reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
A 65–33 Senate vote on the measure was the last act that shipped the measure, combining $1.14 trillion in new spending in 2016 and $680 billion in tax cuts over the coming decade, to Obama.
The legislation earlier swept through the House on a pair of decisive votes on Thursday and Friday, marking a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican efforts to derail Obama’s regulatory agenda.
New York’s elected officials applauded the inclusion of the Zadroga Act, which extended federal health monitoring and treatment to Sept. 11 first responders through 2090.
The legislation also would pay an additional $4.6 billion into a compensation fund for victims and extend if for five years.

And later…

Republicans in the Senate were evenly split with 27 of them voting in favor and 26 against the bill. Presidential contender Marco Rubio was absent. Only six Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders, another presidential hopeful, voted against the measure.

It should be noted, he voted for earlier versions of the bill, but when it came to the final vote. He voted against it.

December 19, 2015: Bernie gets back access to the DNC Voter File:

December 27, 2015: Is pursuing Trump Supporters:

January 8, 2016: Takes a moment to trash Bill Clinton:

January 11, 2016: Catholic Parishoners want the U.S. Attorney to look into some iffy land deals on the part of Bernie’s wife:

January 11, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 1:

January 13, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 2:

January 13, 2016: Clinton hits Bernie on Guns, and draws some blood.(It’s kind of a stupid article but it covers the meat of what happened):

January 15, 2016: Lawsuit against the DNC still alive:

January 15, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 3:

January 17, 2016: Yahoo seeks comment from the Sanders campaign about his trip with the Sandanistas in 1985. It doesn’t get one.

In addition to inquiring about Sanders’ past support for nationalizing various industries, Yahoo News asked about Sanders’ presence at the Sandinista rally. This included a request for the campaign to confirm whether a report in the alternative weekly Seven Days that claimed the trip to Nicaragua was paid for by the Sandinista government was correct. The campaign declined to comment.

Even Hillary’s camp didn’t comment. Why bury Sanders when he’s doing such a good job of doing it himself?

January 18, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 4. 1 out of 4 ain’t bad…I guess:

January 19, 2016: Willing to fight Congress for Free Education for all, Willing to fight Congress for Socialized Medicine, Reparations for African-Americans? Can’t get it through Congress all of the sudden:

January 20, 2016: Oh wait, did I mention the part where he also trashed the Human Rights Campaign when they endorsed Hillary?:

January 20, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 5:

Protip. He didn’t.

January 21, 2016: Under the mistaken impression that the President gets to select which cases go before the Supreme Court:

January 21, 2016: Bob Reich, Sanders Surrogate says the Democrats have “Abandoned the White Middle Class” specifically:

January 21, 2016: Sanders manufactures himself some Hispanic support in Nevada. (It’s deep in the weeds, Inside Baseball stuff), but…given how Nevada turned out:

January 24, 2016: Iowa papers endorse Hillary. He trashes them as “The Establishment”:

January 25, 2016: When Bernie did not receive an endorsement from Planned Parenthood, campaign attacked them:

January 26, 2016: Sanders blocks Obama’s pick to run the FDA:

January 27, 2016: Yes, BernieBro goes after Michelle:

January 28, 2016: Bernie Campaign Staffers posed as Nevada Union Officials in order to talk to Union Members without permission:

January 28, 2016: Accuses Hillary of taking money from SuperPACs, while taking more money from SuperPacs than Hillary:

January 28, 2016: Claimed he received an endorsement from the Sierra Club. They actually endorsed Hillary Clinton:

January 28, 2016: Didn’t exactly tell the truth about the cost of his Single Payer Health Plan, or worse, didn’t understand how much it would actually cost:

January 29, 2016: Sanders Staffer apologizes for the BernieBros trolling. BernieBros trolling does not stop:

January 30, 2016: Bernie blurbs for book on how Obama ‘let progressives down’:

January 31, 2016: Sanders doesn’t care about Hillary’s damn emails…until he does:

January 31, 2016: Accused Clinton of…get this…turning out her supporters to vote in the caucuses:

January 27, 2016: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) prepares to introduce H.R. 4399, a bill to repeal the PLCAA in the House. We’ll get to why it features for Bernie in a second:

Wait for it…

January 27, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 6:

Wait for it…

January 28, 2016: Bernie quickly jumps to co-sponsor the Senate version of the bill, even though…well…see July 5, 2015 and January 13, 2016 for full context:

February 1, 2016: Iowa Caucuses.

February 1, 2016: Martin O’Malley suspends his campaign for President.

February 2, 2016: Bernie Campaign accuses the Democratic Party of losing votes. Iowa Democrats are not amused:

February 4, 2016: Put symbols of organizations on his Literature implying he’d received their endorsement when he hadn’t:

Then…

And this Factcheck piece also tells the story:

February 4, 2016: Questions Hillary’s integrity. Pretty rich coming in light of the previous entry:

February 4, 2016: New Republic starts to notice. Hey, this guy is tearing about the party and doesn’t give a fuck about party-building:

February 4, 2016: For example, his blurb on the Book about Progressive Discontent, the Sanders campaign STANDS BY IT!:

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Saturday stood by a book endorsement the Vermont senator wrote that suggested President Barack Obama had let progressives down, claiming that what the senator wrote is “absolutely true.”
Sanders penned the book endorsement for “Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama let Progressives Down” by Bill Press. “Bill Press makes the case … Read this book,” Sanders writes in a blurb featured atop the book’s front cover.
“Bill Press makes the case why, long after taking the oath of office, the next president of the United States must keep rallying the people who elected him or her on behalf of progressive causes. That is the only way real change will happen,” read Sanders’ full quote. “Read this book.”
On Saturday, Michael Briggs, Sanders’ spokesman, stood by the comment.
“What Senator Sanders said in that book blurb is absolutely true,” Briggs said. “The next president must do everything possible to reinvigorate American democracy and get working people to stand up for their interests. This country, under the outstanding leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, has come a very long way since President Bush left office.”
Briggs added, “The next president can try to achieve bold proposals because of the foundation they put in place. Obviously, telling someone to read a book doesn’t mean you agree with everything that’s in the book.”

So you Blurbed the book, pointed out the book, stand by its ideas…only sometimes…not??

February 4, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 7. Bernie Sanders and the five Black people supporting him (Killer Mike not highlighted for some reason):

February 5, 2016: Sanders Supporters are BANNED from Tinder. Yes, you read that right BANNED FROM A DATING SITE FOR CAMPAIGNING FOR BERNIE TOO MUCH!:

February 5, 2016: From Politico. Need I say more?:

February 8, 2016: The pattern continues. Sanders camp lawyers acknowledge ‘unintentional improper use’ of the American Legion’s logo.

February 8, 2016: Bernie hates candidates who take any money from Wall Street.

Except…you know…him.

Sanders has been an Independent while in Congress, but has caucused with the Democrats since he was elected to the Senate in 2006, helping them maintain their majority for eight years.
Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesman, said Sanders has “raised more money for the Senate Democrats than almost any other member of the Senate Democratic caucus” because he sees helping the party regain the majority as critical.
“He has in the past written letters and helped Senate Democrats elect Democrats. He thinks that’s very important to the country,” Briggs said.
Democratic debate: CNN’s Reality Check team inspects the claims
He got a hand from the party in 1996, when Rob Engel, then the political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, pushed a Democratic contender out of the race for the House seat Sanders held as an independent.
In 2006, when Sanders ran for the Senate, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pumped $37,300 into his race and included him in fundraising efforts for the party’s Senate candidates.
The party also spent $60,000 on ads for Sanders, and contributed $100,000 to the Vermont Democratic Party — which was behind Sanders even as he ran as an independent.
Among the DSCC’s top contributors that year: Goldman Sachs at $685,000, Citigroup at $326,000, Morgan Stanley at $260,000 and JPMorgan Chase & Co. at $207,000.

Yeah, I know what you’re going to say, but…remember…he still took the money.

February 9, 2016: The New Hampshire Primary.

I searched for a results screen, but this the best I could do.

February 10, 2016: Says his Revolution will increase turnout, thus improving his shot at overall electability. No evidence it’s happening, in fact, it’s down from 2008:

February 10, 2016: Bernie-Backing Union Super PAC Holds “Talking To Black Women” Session.

February 11, 2016: Complains about rules surrounding Super-delegates, apparently having slept through the 2008 Election when Hillary had more Superdelegates than Obama and still lost:

February 11, 2016: Actually has a sit-down lunch with Al Sharpton that his campaign made a lot of hay out of, and STILL didn’t answer his questions about race:

February 11, 2016: After Supporters go after Hillary for the “Superpredator” myth, turns out Bernie said “Superpredators” existed as well:

February 11, 2016: John Lewis endorses Hillary Clinton for President, is trolled by Bernie Supporters as a result:

February 11, 2016: Sanders: I’d ‘Absolutely’ Improve Race Relations More Than Obama:

February 11, 2016: Said President Obama lacks leadership:

February 11, 2016: The Federal Election Commission sends Bernie a letter highlighting numerous Accounting problems in his Financial Disclosures including apparently, maybe (we’re not sure yet) donations from Foreign Nationals:

4. Schedule A-P (see attached) discloses a contribution(s) from an individual(s) who has a mailing address outside of the United States of America. Please be advised that 52 U.S.C. § 30121(a) (formerly 2 U.S.C. § 441e(a)) and 11 CFR § 110.20 prohibit foreign nationals from making contributions in connection with any election for political office or in connection with any primary election, convention, or caucus held to select candidates for any political office.
If the apparently prohibited contribution(s) in question was incompletely or incorrectly disclosed, you should amend your original report with clarifying information.
If your committee follows the safe harbor guidelines outlined under 11CFR § 110.20(a)(7) for all contributions received from a foreign address to ensure that the sources of these contributions are not foreign nationals, please provide a detailed description of your procedures. These procedures must be used in all cases where a contributor or donor uses a foreign passport or passport number for identification purposes, provides a foreign address, makes a contribution or donation by means of a check or other written instrument drawn on a foreign bank or by wire transfer from a foreign bank, or resides abroad. A committee is deemed to have conducted a reasonable inquiry into the contributor or donor’s nationality if you seek and obtain copies of current and valid U.S. passport papers for U.S. citizens. No person may rely on this safe harbor if he or she has actual knowledge that the source of the funds solicited, accepted, or received is a foreign national.
If you have received a contribution from a foreign national, you must refund the impermissible contribution to the donor in accordance with 11CFR § 103.3(b). Please inform the Commission of your corrective action immediately in writing and provide a photocopy of your check for the refund. In addition, any refunds should be disclosed on Schedule B supporting Line 28(a) of the report during which the transaction was made. Although the Commission may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of a prohibited contribution(s), prompt action on your part to refund or provide clarifying information concerning these contributions will be taken into consideration.

February 12, 2016: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) says the Congressional Black Caucus did not endorse Hillary Clinton, even though he’s the only one who’s not:

Keith can also read this one if it helps (trust me, it won’t):

February 12, 2016: A dairy in the Daily Kos…THE DAILY FREAKIN’ KOS…is calling on Bernie to release his Tax Returns.

In October 2015, Bernie decided to disclose his unreported mortgage loans. He listed himself as the borrower. Three mortgages were listed in amendments to the 2013 and 2014 disclosures. It’s possible that the second mortgage on his DC residence was combined with the first but that isn’t certain. If the properties in Vermont and DC are primary residences, their value doesn’t have to be disclosed and without that information, his true net worth is unknown, in case anyone wonders about that. If the third property is rented, he needs to disclose its value and the amount of rental income.
For the sake of transparency, Bernie should release his tax returns, too, which would answer other questions about his finances. In 2012, there was endless controversy for Mitt Romney because of his refusal to release his tax returns. Bernie’s not in the same income category but he’s far from poor. And despite his resistance, Mitt Romney had already released his most recent completed tax return by this time, four years ago,.
Certainly, Bernie can do better than Mitt.

February 12, 2016: Campaign may have lied about a photo from his campaign saying he led a Civil Rights Demonstration. This is under some dispute:

February 12, 2016: Black people ask questions about Black people at a Black Community Forum. Bernie decides to not answer them:

February 15, 2016: Finally understands what’s going on in Flint, Michigan:

February 15, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 8. Threatening to write in Bernie in the General:

February 16, 2016: President Obama considers a Primary Endorsement:

February 16, 2016: Local activists say dirty tricks are par for the course when it comes to Bernie’s campaigns:

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-02-16/foes-past-and-present-say-sanders-uses-same-tactics-he-criticizes

February 16, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 9:

February 16, 2016: Hillary makes her speech on race:

February 16, 2016: Blacks in Vermont reveal how Bernie routinely ignored them:

February 17, 2016: Two Bernie Staffers used a false address to vote in New Hampshire. This is not Bernie directly but still…damn:

February 17, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 10:

February 17, 2016: Economic projections are based on 4.5% growth each year for the next ten years. Yeah. Right:

February 17, 2016: Killer Mike says a Uterus doesn’t make Hillary qualified to be President. Sanders dismisses the remark as gotcha politics:

February 18, 2016: The Editorial where Charles Koch (yeah, THAT Charles Koch) agrees with Bernie:

February 18, 2016: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) rips Bernie (rightfully in my opinion) for his Immigration Record:

February 19, 2016: Hillary is only supporting Obama to suck up to Black folks:

February 19, 2016: Bernie has done diddly for other Democrats, aka helping elect the Congress he says will help pass all of his magical ideas once he’s elected:

Hillary Clinton has raised $26 million for the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties so far this campaign. And Sanders? $1,000.
That’s no typo. Clinton is doing more to boost the party’s 2016 prospects than Sanders by the proportion of 26,000 to 1. (Or greater: That $1,000 “raised” by Sanders was technically provided by the DNC to open a joint fundraising account.)

February 19, 2016: Sanders Supporter tries to place obit of Hillary in the Nevada Papers. Gets visit from the Secret Service:

February 19, 2016: Sanders may have used bad Spanish Grammar in an unofficial ad (they say now) to reach Latino Voters in Nevada:

February 20, 2016: Sanders lists Will Ferrell as an Endorser…only he’s for Hillary:

February 20, 2016: Nevada Caucuses.

February 20, 2016: Famed Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta says she was shouted down with ‘English-only’ chants from a Sanders crowd. (Now, the coin is up in the air on this one. Sanders Supporters and Snopes.com are saying this did not happen. So far Huerta is sticking to her story, and there are reports of a second Witness to the incident):

February 20, 2016: Here’s your second and third witness of what happened from Evan McMorris-Santoro of Buzzfeed:

February 20, 2016: Sent out an email to supporters that they “Won the Latino vote by 8 points”:

February 20, 2016: Hillary actually won heavily Latino Districts by 20:

February 20, 2016: Bernie is hemorraghing cash, burning through nearly $35 million as he worked to try to match Hillary Clinton:

February 20, 2016: City Clerk turns over voting records as AG probes possible irregularities by Sanders staffers. I wish this hadn’t started as the result of a RW Video, but…here we are:

February 21, 2016: The man who decries SuperPacs, gets another one supporting him. This one has a website to track Superdelegates, and pressure them to support Bernie. Given the Senator’s rhetoric, he should refuse their help, right? RIGHT?:

February 21, 2016: Wow. Look. A photo of Bernie released of him getting arrested. Now, clearly it’s him, and clearly he stood with the CRM in those days, but it that’s the case 1) How did his hair grow out from the time he “led” the meeting and had a crew cut, and 2) Where’s he been for the last fifty years?:

February 21, 2016: After saying (repeatedly) that only his revolution could bring enough people to the polls to really get things done, after (naturally) electing him President (see above), he blames his loss in Nevada on low turnout:

February 21, 2016: As of the writing of this entry, the Press Release saying Bernie won the Latino Vote by eight is STILL UP ON HIS WEBSITE:

February 21, 2016: Bernie goes to a Black Church with Ben Jealous. It could have gone better:

February 21, 2016: Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says Bernie’s College plan would kill Historically Black Colleges:

Guess it’s not a coincidence, then, that this happened the same day:

February 22, 2016: Bernie accuses Hillary of copying his message, and…and once again…that she‘s’ improperly influenced by Wall Street donations to her candidacy:

February 22, 2016: Gun Maker Says It Has Immunity From Sandy Hook Families’ Lawsuit. Thanks Bernie!

February 22, 2016: This is going to make some people agree with him, but Bernie once argued for abolishing the C.I.A. Replacing it with…what exactly? The Republican Health Care Plan?:

February 22, 2016: The fact that I’m only discovering now that this exists, and there are over 12,000 signatures on it:

http://wontvotehillary.com

February 23, 2016: Bernie voted against GITMO Closure because it lacked a concrete plan. Well, it’s still open. How’s that working out for ya? Riiiight, “We look like hypocrites and fools to the entire world.”:

February 23, 2016: Revealing what we all (deep down) already knew, Karl Rove’s SuperPAC and other Conservative Groups run ads to boost Bernie and hurt Hillary:

February 23, 2016: Bernie Sanders’ campaign will clarify an incorrect fundraising email they sent Tuesday morning that claimed Hillary Clinton’s campaign was charging “some donors” $27,000 to attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Monday night.

February 24, 2016: Mentions…yet again…that he marched with King:

No mention of where he’s been for the last 50 years.

February 24, 2016: Bernie links Hillary to rising Poverty rates:

He said the 1996 welfare reform law that Mrs. Clinton supported as first lady helped cause the number of Americans living in extreme poverty to more than double from 636,000 then to 1.6 million today.
Mr. Sanders opposed the bill as a congressman from Vermont while Mrs. Clinton “worked hard to round up the votes for its passage,” he said at a press conference to draw attention to poverty issues.
“It’s a piece of legislation that I opposed because I thought it was going to hurt the weakest and most vulnerable among us, and what the record shows is that it did hurt the weakest and most vulnerable among us,” he said. “Secretary Clinton supported that legislation.”

Funny you should mention that, Bernie, because

February 24, 2016: Still waiting on them Tax Returns, Bernie.

Less than two weeks ago, diarist Mark Lippman called for Bernie Sanders to release his tax returns. Of course, without a flood of recs, his well-researched diary faded away. I suggest everyone read it.
As an added action, I’ve created an online petition for others interested in seeing Bernie and Jane Sanders Tax Returns to share with others.

February 25, 2016: Some analysis suggests Bernie’s Health Care Plan would hurt the poorest among us:

February 25, 2016: Sanders Campaign Says He Voted For Crime Bill Due To Weapons Ban That Wasn’t There.

First from Mother Jones:

The Sanders campaign has also been hammering Clinton over the 1994 crime bill that increased penalties for repeat offenders and added funding to build more prisons. “What he does not do is throw people under the bus when it’s politically expedient,” Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said on MSNBC earlier this month. “Whether it was in 1994 when then First Lady Clinton called African American youths ‘super predators’ to push a terrible crime bill or whether it was using coded language in 1996 to pass welfare reform, or whether it was throwing gay people under the bus with DOMA. That’s not what Bernie Sanders does. He stands tall with people even when the fight is not popular.”

Except that he voted for the Crime Bill he’s been hammering Hillary for. His reasons?

He sided with the majority of Democrats when he was a member of the House and voted for the crime bill that Bill Clinton signed into law.

But wait! There’s more:

The Bernie Sanders campaign explained the Vermont senator’s support for the 1994 crime bill on Thursday with a release saying he voted for the bill in part because it contained a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.
“The House version of the bill included a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons,” the release said. “Sanders had supported the ban since 1988.”
The House version of the bill, which passed the House that April and which Sanders has been criticized for voting for when he was a representative from Vermont, did not include an assault weapons ban.

He did ultimately vote for the Ban, but saying it was there in the House Version is a clear falsehood.

February 25, 2016: The Federal Elections Commission sends Bernie a second letter reminding his Campaign again about the not taking the money from Foreign Nationals:

3. Schedule A-P (see attached) discloses a contribution(s) from an individual(s) who has a mailing address outside of the United States of America. Please be advised that 52 U.S.C. § 30121(a) (formerly 2 U.S.C. § 441e(a)) and 11 CFR § 110.20prohibit foreign nationals from making contributions in connection with any election for political office or in connection with any primary election, convention, or caucus held to select candidates for any political office.
If the apparently prohibited contribution(s) in question was incompletely or incorrectly disclosed, you should amend your original report with clarifying information.
If your committee follows the safe harbor guidelines outlined under 11CFR § 110.20(a)(7) for all contributions received from a foreign address to ensure that the sources of these contributions are not foreign nationals, please provide a detailed description of your procedures. These procedures must be used in all cases where a contributor or donor uses a foreign passport or passport number for identification purposes, provides a foreign address, makes a contribution or donation by means of a check or other written instrument drawn on a foreign bank or by wire transfer from a foreign bank, or resides abroad. A committee is deemed to have conducted a reasonable inquiry into the contributor or donor’s nationality if you seek and obtain copies of current and valid U.S. passport papers for U.S. citizens. No person may rely on this safe harbor if he or she has actual knowledge that the source of the funds solicited, accepted, or received is a foreign national.
If you have received a contribution from a foreign national, you must refund the impermissible contribution to the donor in accordance with 11CFR § 103.3(b). Please inform the Commission of your corrective action immediately in writing and provide a photocopy of your check for the refund. In addition, any refunds should be disclosed on Schedule B supporting Line 28(a) of the report during which the transaction was made. Although the Commission may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of a prohibited contribution(s), prompt action on your part to refund or provide clarifying information concerning these contributions will be taken into consideration.

February 29, 2016: Well, reaching out to the Superdelegates is certainly going…well.

Backers of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders have launched a campaign to win over some of his rival Hillary Clinton’s most prized supporters — the superdelegates that can make the difference in a tight race for the party’s nomination.
But some emails, phone messages, and petitions sent by the Sanders boosters have backfired, upsetting superdelegates with their aggressive tone and leading many to dig in their heels for Clinton, according to interviews conducted by Reuters.
The drive to flip Clinton’s super delegates has not been sanctioned by Sanders’ campaign, his spokesman Michael Briggs said.

March 1, 2016: Keep #@$%ing that Chicken, Bernie:

Bernie Sanders is pinning his hopes for staying in the Democratic presidential race on working-class white voters, the same constituency that helped Hillary Clinton extend her 2008 campaign.
Sanders is trailing far behind Clinton in nine of the 11 states that are holding primaries or caucuses on Tuesday. Now he is looking further down the road to a set of states where minority voters who helped Clinton swamp him in South Carolina on Saturday will have a more diluted influence.

March 1, 2016: Politico (re)reports the truth. Bernie is not a Democrat. And more to the point, he never wanted to be one:

The biggest argument was over running as a Democrat. Over and over, Bernie Sanders said he didn’t want to. He’d spent his whole life purposefully outside the Democratic Party. He treasured his status as the longest-serving independent in Congress. Running as a Democrat wasn’t who he was. He didn’t want to do it that way.
His longtime consultant Tad Devine and the rest of the group came down hard: this is never going to have a chance of working unless you get over it. Suck it up, they told him.

March 2, 2016: Bernie Supporters turn on Elizabeth Warren for not giftwrapping Massachusetts to him:

March 3, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 11:

March 7, 2016: “Excuse me, I’m talking”:

March 7, 2016: Apparently Bernie was for the Auto Bailout, before he voted against it:

March 7, 2016: “White people don’t know life in a ghetto”?? Neither do most Black people, Bernie:

March 7, 2016: Remember how Bernie’s suddenly “for” pulling Immunity for Gunmakers now that he’s running for President? Well, not so much. He spoke out against the Sandy Hook Victims suit against the AR-15 Manufacturer:

Want the whole quote? Here it is!

COOPER: Secretary Clinton — actually, Senator Sanders, let me continue to follow-up, because Secretary Clinton mentioned the liability.
Right now, families of Sandy Hook victims announced that they are going to sue Remington, who made the AR-15 which was used in the Newtown massacre.
(APPLAUSE)
Now, they believe — those families believe that — that Remington, the distributors, the sellers — should be held legally responsible for how that gun — how their product is used.
Now, the lawsuit may not go anywhere because of the bill you voted for — legislation that prevents gun makers from being sued. Tonight, what do you say to those families?
SANDERS: Well, this is what I say, if I understand it — and correct me if I’m wrong. If you go to a gun store and you legally purchase a gun, and then, three days later, if you go out and start killing people, is the point of this lawsuit to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable?
If that is the point, I have to tell you I disagree. I disagree because you hold people — in terms of this liability thing, where you hold manufacturers’ liability is if they understand that they’re selling guns into an area that — it’s getting into the hands of criminals, of course they should be held liable.
But if they are selling a product to a person who buys it legally, what you’re really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America. I don’t agree with that.

So I’m guessing all that stuff about co-sponsoring Adam Schiff’s PLCAA Repeal is Bull@#$%?

March 8, 2016: This was an event that a supporter posted on the Bernie Campaign Webpage until someone at the Campaign itself got hip to it and…wisely…pulled it down:

March 8, 2016: Sanders files suit against Ohio secretary of state in push to allow 17-year-olds to vote. (Granted, its more complicated than that, but it’s not a headline you want to see blared across the Twittersphere.):

March 8, 2016: True, this did happen:

But this happened the same day…

She only won it by 70, and expanded her Delegate lead, but please let’s keep talking Michigan, shall we?

March 9, 2009: Wow.

March 9, 2009: Via Politico: The auto industry attack isn’t going any anytime soon:

“Her point is you can’t just be with the auto industry when it’s convenient,” campaign manager Robby Mook said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, following Sanders’ stunning upset in Michigan. “When the auto industry really needed Sen. Sanders, he wasn’t there. That is a fact that we believe voters need to know. We’ll continue to talk about it.”

March 9, 2009: A Koch Brothers funded group takes the time to praise the Bernie:

The group at the center of the Koch brothers’ vast political network is praising Bernie Sanders for opposing the Export-Import Bank and for his attacks on corporate welfare.
Freedom Partners put out the web video highlighting its common ground with the Vermont senator ahead of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate.
The video features a clip of Sanders responding to a question from the previous debate about why he opposed the Export-Import bank, a favorite punching bag of the Koch brothers. Sanders’ stance has put him at odds with many of his fellow Senate Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren.

March 9, 2016: Here we go again. Robert Kennedy Jr. has to put out a statement saying he did not endorse Bernie.

Robert Kennedy’s Tweet from March 9th.

March 10, 2016: Okay, this is a mixed bag. I’m one of those Democrats who’s not against the TPP or Trade in general, but at the same time, I recognize and respect that there are many Democrats who are. I also know that the Washington Post Editorial Board lives safe and warm in it’s own White Buburbanite/Geogretown Cocktail Party/Conventional Wisdom/Pro-Business bubble. That being said, their evisceration of Sanders’s trade stance (and more importantly, the bull@#$% numbers he uses to back it up) needs to be highlighted. So…

Via the Washington Post: Mr. Sanders peddles fiction on free trade:

Mr. Sanders’s populist rhetoric doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. His insistence, for example, that the North American Free Trade Agreement led to 800,000 job losses ignores analyses from unbiased sources such as the Congressional Research Service. “In reality, NAFTA did not cause the huge job losses feared by the critics,” a 2015 CRS analysis found.
Blaming freer trade for the loss of manufacturing jobs fails to tell the much bigger story of economic transformation that has swept the world over the past several decades. Technological change, automation, productivity improvements and other factors have eliminated old-school manufacturing jobs all over the world. Mr. Sanders cannot bring back the U.S. economy of the 1960s, and it would be harmful to try.

March 12, 2016:Sigh. #SandersLittleHelpers:

March 13, 2016: From Huffington Post: Jane Sanders Says Bernie Has Always ‘Been On The Right Side’ Of Immigration

Really? (See July 2007 to see if you agree.):

Jane Sanders, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said Sunday that opponents are distorting the facts when they say her husband came late to the issue of immigration.
“That’s not true,” she said in a phone interview from Phoenix. “Everything that Congress has been involved in, he’s been on the right side of the issue. And immigrants are dealing with the same kinds of economic difficulties that everybody has been dealing with.”

Again, replaying her husband’s speech from 2007.

“What this legislation is not about is addressing the real needs of American workers,” Mr. Sanders said in a speech on the floor of the Senate in 2007. “It is not about raising wages or improving benefits. What it is about is bringing into this country over a period of years millions of low-wage temporary workers with the result that wages and benefits in this country, which are already going down, will go down even further.”

Never mind that, according to Think Progress

Studies have shown that immigrants actually create jobs for American workers. Researchers recently found that each new immigrant has produced about 1.2 new jobs in the U.S., most of which have gone to native-born workers. And according to the Atlantic, an influx in immigration can cause non-tradable professions — jobs like hospitality and construction that cannot be outsourced — to see a wage increase because the demand for goods and services grows with the expanding population.
But Sanders fails to see it that way, pointing on Thursday to the 36 percent unemployment rate for Hispanic young people. “You bring a lot of unskilled workers into this country, what do you think happens to that 36 percent?”

So. Bernie’s always been on the right side of the Immigration debate?

March 13, 2016: Right.

“I think she understands that the momentum in this campaign and the energy is with us, and that we have a good chance to win a number of states on Tuesday,” Sanders said Sunday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

March 13, 2016: #SandersLittleHelpers:

March 14, 2016: Get the feeling that author Robert Kuttner is secretly praying for this to happen?

Here is a scenario that should keep Democrats awake at night.
Bernie Sanders keeps doing well in the big Northern and Midwestern states. On Tuesday, he wins Ohio, maybe Illinois and Missouri, which sets him up to be competitive in the big, late primaries, notably New York and California.
Those wins may not be quite enough to deny Hillary Clinton the nomination, but the momentum is clearly with Sanders. The contest goes all the way to the convention. If Sanders is denied nomination, there will be a lot of deflated and disappointed Democrats.
Clinton supporters may hope they will turn out in force in November, if only to stop Donald Trump. But there has to be more to it than that. A lot of the independents who went for Sanders could stay home, or even switch to Trump.

No, that doesn’t sound like a threat at all.

Remember, Bernie’s all about bringing people together, right?

March 14, 2016: Bernie (re)admits the truth. He’s not a Democrat. He’s only a Democrat for the Media attention:

During a town hall-style event in Columbus, Ohio, the independent Vermont senator said, “In terms of media coverage, you have to run within the Democratic Party.” He then took a dig at MNSBC, telling Todd, the network “would not have me on his program” if he ran as an independent.
Money also played a role in his decision to run as a Democrat, Sanders added.
“To run as an independent, you need — you could be a billionaire,” he said. “If you’re a billionaire, you can do that. I’m not a billionaire. So the structure of American politics today is such that I thought the right ethic was to run within the Democratic Party.”
POLITICO has previously reported that Sanders initially resisted running as a Democrat, but was convinced by his advisers that it was necessary.

March 15, 2016: Granted, this is not on the Campaign (they asked him to stop), but this is not a good look when you’re the self-appointed paragon of virtue:

The creator of a super-PAC allegedly supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been charged with securities fraud, The Center for Public Integrity reported Tuesday.
Cary Lee Peterson, who created the political action committee that collected nearly $50,000 from actor Daniel Craig, was arrested Sunday by the FBI.
He has been charged with two counts of false certification and one count of securities fraud, according to the Department of Justice.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million.
According to a government complaint against him, Peterson “defrauded investors by issuing false filings and press releases touting its purportedly lucrative — but wholly fictitious — business deals,” Yahoo News reported.
Peterson is expected to appear in federal court on Wednesday.
Brad Deutsch, the general counsel of Sanders’s presidential campaign, told the Center for Public Integrity that he was “not at all surprised” about Peterson’s arrest.
The Vermont senator’s campaign last year said in cease-and-desist letters that Peterson’s group was illegal and “causing harmful confusion for supports of Senator Sanders’ campaign,” according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Peterson originally launched the super-PAC in February 2015, calling it “Ready for Bernie Sanders 2016” but renamed it “Americans Socially United” because of federal rules that don’t allow political committees to use a candidate’s name without authorization.

March 15, 2016: So the Millionaire Class Bernie’s always railing against. Is he …one of them??

While the senator is indeed far less wealthy than many of his Senate colleagues — as well as his fellow presidential contenders — he is not exactly a man of modest means.
True, on the financial disclosure forms Sanders released after announcing his entrance into the presidential race, he lists no assets of his own, other than a $5,000 annual pension payment from his stint as mayor of Burlington, Vt. All of the investments itemized on the disclosure form belong to his wife, Jane, who worked as an educator and college administrator.

March 18, 2016: Bernie takes a look at Merrick Garland and decides that he could have done better.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said while he “strongly” supports President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Justice Merrick Garland, Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday night that he would make his own selection.
Sanders said Garland, who has served on the D.C. Court of Appeals for 19 years, is “probably not the most progressive” choice “but I will strongly support the president’s selection.”

And yet. (This is important, by the way):

If Sanders prevails in November, he said he would ask Obama to withdraw Garland’s nomination.
“I’m 100 percent prepared to support Judge Garland. I think he’s clearly very knowledgable and can serve ably on the Supreme Court, but between you and me, I think there are some more progressive judges out there.”

Ego much, Bernie?

March 18, 2016: No, this doesn’t seem staged at all.

After Jane Sanders engaged Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio in an unplanned debate over immigration, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took on the sheriff during a rally in Flagstaff, Arizona on Thursday.
Sanders described Arpaio as “un-American” and told rally attendees that the sheriff had “ambushed” his wife on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.
Jane Sanders visited Tent City, an outdoor jail in Maricopa County, on Wednesday, where Arpaio approached her after his own press conference. When Jane Sanders criticized the conditions in the outdoor jail, Arpaio told her that the conditions are similar to those soldiers experience when fighting overseas, according to the Arizona Republic.
He also declined to answer her questions about racial profiling, according to the Arizona Republic.
During his Thursday rally, Bernie Sanders railed against Arpaio and his interaction with his wife.
“She asked him about racial profiling, and he didn’t have an answer,” Sanders said, according to the New York Times. “She asked him about conditions in Tent City and other abuses that he has perpetuated, and he didn’t have an answer. You know what, he cannot have an answer, because what he is doing is un-American and uncivilized.”
“If elected president, we are going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship, whether Mr. Arpaio likes it or not,” Sanders continued at the rally.

No explanation in this speech of his vote in July 0f 2007…against Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

March 23, 2016:Bernie gets his ass handed to him in Arizona, so of course something must be wrong with the numbers.

March 23, 2016: Looks like someone wants to challenge H.A. Goodman’s post for most delusional Bernie Supporter, ever:

March 24, 2016: Bernie files suit against the Democratic National Committee…again.

Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign has officially served the Democratic National Committee (DNC) with its lawsuit over access to party voter files, it said Thursday in a court filing.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan had given the campaign a Thursday deadline to serve the DNC with the suit or risk having it dropped from federal court.
In the new filing, the campaign said the two sides “continue to engage in cooperative discussions in their efforts to resolve the pending litigation” and will keep the court updated on those discussions.
A source close to the Sanders campaign framed the latest development as a way to keep the door open for a lawsuit as the two parties wait for the results of an independent audit.
But the source believes the issue ultimately will be “resolved amicably.”
“We’re dealing with the DNC on an issue where we felt that they did not deal straight with us from the beginning, so the reason to keep this in place was to make sure Sen. Sanders is treated fairly in this process,” the source told The Hill.
“This filing is very procedural. We went through with it because the report is not yet complete.”

People who want the Party’s nomination, tend not to…you know…sue it.

March 24, 2016: Barney Frank, who’s forgotten more about the Economy than Bernie’s ever known, didn’t take kindly to Bernie’s interview on PBS the day before:

In the first place, both Senator Sanders and Mr. Kashkari continue to evade the biggest question. That is, how big is too big? The crisis which touched off when Lehman Brothers couldn’t make its payment, Lehman Brothers was about $650 billion in assets. We have banks four and five times that size
And the question is, does everybody have to be smaller than Lehman Brothers is today? But that would have consequences. Getting there would be a problem. By the way, it should be very clear, Glass-Steagall doesn’t do it. There is a disconnect between Senator Sanders insisting that the banks be broken down to the point where they won’t by their own size threaten, if they have too much debt, to undermine it.
And Glass-Steagall — Glass-Steagall would reduce — it wouldn’t do anything to Goldman Sachs and to Morgan Stanley, which are almost Glass-Steagall-ized themselves. But looked at Citicorp, or J.P. Morgan Chase, or Bank of America, Wells Fargo, even if they were subject to Glass-Steagall, they would still be well beyond the size that Lehman Brothers was.
There is just a disconnect between saying we’re going to do Glass-Steagall and getting the banks down to a size where, if there was a complete failure, you would get damaged by it.

March 24, 2016: Woman who played Civil Rights Icon, Rosario Dawson, disses woman who was ACTUAL Civil Rights Icon, Dolores Huerta, and…well…best to let her explain:

Hillary Clinton’s track record goes directly against what you and every other activist before and after you has fought for: the rights of the people based on the Declaration of Independence and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those are principles that Hillary did not uphold when taking away American citizens’ freedom by voting for the Patriot Act, twice; by not treating all men as equal when going against same-sex marriage until 2013; and when she sold out her own citizens by taking money from lobbyists and promoting the rise of the private prison complex. This has led to modern-day slavery for the impoverished, and especially for Latino and African American communities. She has put corporations and special interest groups before the people of this great country by voting to bail out banks and not her constituents. She does not uphold the sanctity of life when endorsing wars, condoning fracking or the death penalty.

This is right before she goes on to say (yes) that Bernie MARCHED WITH KING!!!

Also, this was just pure fiction:

The words “indefinite detention” did not appear anywhere in the bill Bernie voted for. The bill only applied to people awaiting deportation (“under orders of removal”), often for having criminal records.

Sorry, but the “words” may not be in there, but the intent was clear:

To restore the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authority to detain dangerous aliens, to ensure the removal of deportable criminal aliens, and combat alien gang crime.

Go ahead and scroll up to September 21st, 2006 for the link.

March 24, 2016: Bernie’s the only pure one out here.

“Do you think President Obama is the establishment? Or is fighting against the establishment?” Cenk Uygur, host of the daily liberal talk show The Young Turks, asked Sanders during a long interview with the Democratic presidential candidate.
Sanders effectively said the answer to Uygur’s question was yes.
“I think probably both,” Sanders said. “Do I think he has real views and real concerns, deeply felt? I think he does, you know, unlike some people who will go with the wind all the time.”
Sanders pointed to Obama’s continued push for a closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay as a place where the president is expressing values “he believes in in his heart and soul.” Sanders praised Obama for a commitment to criminal justice advocacy.

March 25, 2016: Bernie lays out his “Demands” for his endorsement of Clinton:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) insisted he’ll stay in the presidential race, but outlined conditions under which he would endorse Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton “if I can’t make it.”
Sanders, who badly trails Clinton in delegates for the Democratic nomination, said Wednesday that his chief priorities include making sure the party embraces his anti-establishment platform and expands its base.
“If I can’t make it — and we’re going to try as hard as we can until the last vote is cast — we want to completely revitalize the Democratic Party and make it a party of the people rather than one of large campaign contributors,” Sanders said in an interview on the progressive Web show “The Young Turks.”

Again. He’s not a Democrat. He ran as a Democrat for the Media attention. He does not like Democrats.

But let’s think about that. I’ve lost, but I demand you adopt the platform I lost with.

That’s so Bernie.

Anyway. Continue…

Sanders also listed policy demands he would make of Clinton, including a single-payer health care system, a $15 an hour minimum wage, tougher regulation of the finance industry, closing corporate tax loopholes and “a vigorous effort to address climate change.”
“I am very worried. I mean, I talk to these scientists. This planet is in serious danger. You can’t cuddle up to the fossil fuel industry — you’ve got to take them on,” Sanders said, alluding to Clinton’s ties to oil and gas companies.
He also expressed concern about Clinton’s consistency on policy issues.
“What we need is to create a movement which holds elected officials accountable and not let them flip” on issues, Sanders said.

Like you did with the PLCAA and the Sandy Hook Families, Bernie?

March 26, 2016: Bernie tells this to supporters in Madison, WI.

March 26, 2016: Dr. Sam Wang from Princeton puts it like this:

It is possible to put a probability on the outcome that Sanders has outlined above: less than 5%. It’s also possible to calculate how long he can keep saying there’s a path: until June 7th.

And, more importantly…

For national opinion to come into line with what Sanders needs, there would have to be a change from Clinton +9.5% to Sanders +12%. That’s a 22-point swing. To put that into perspective, that is about how much the Clinton-Sanders margin has moved over the last seven months, since the start of August. Going forward, opinion would have to start moving about three times faster. And for this to happen, Sanders would have to start to cut into Clinton’s support, which has stayed in the 50–55% range this whole season. Basically, her support would have to drop to 40%. That simply isn’t going to happen.

Please proceed, Senator.

March 27, 2016: Don’t stand so…don’t stand so…don’t stand so close to me:

March 27, 2016: This…was…actually…tweeted:

Okay, so. The Superdelegate thing is a scam…wait we’re going after them…wait, we’re going to threaten them.

March 27, 2016: Like I just said above.

After Superdelegate Congressman Rick Larsen wishes everyone Happy Easter on his Facebook feed, this is what happens to him:

Thank you Congressman, your work here is done. I just sent over a nice easter basket to Mike Lapointe (his Democratic opponent), and encourage the rest of you to do the same.
I will be actively supporting MIke Lapointe now that you have thrown your support behind “her”. You just stepped in a huge pile of doo doo, bro. I predict you will be history very soon.
Happy Easter. Too bad you don’t represent the people you serve! Mike Lapointe is the bomb and stands together with the people from Washington. He actually has courage…. You should take some notes.
You as well, for I am an American patriot. You are not. Your support for Hillary Clinton flies in the face of what our country stands for. You sir are a traitor to our values, beliefs, morals and ethics.
Happy Easter Rick Larsen. On this great day I will be donating a hearty $50 to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Since I am sure that’s who Jesus would vote for, just like the people of Washington did. Not Hillary.

Like I said if you can’t win the Superdelegates, threaten ‘em

March 27, 2016: Bernie Sanders Claims Momentum After Three State Victories.

“Momentum is with us. A lot of these super-delegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton,” said Vermont Senator Sanders on CNN’S State of the Union news program.

Uh-huh.

March 28, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 12:

Right. Now that she’s got more votes, more delegates, and all but a lock to win the nomination…yeah, let’s give it to Bernie.

March 28, 2016: Says the woman who could financially could survive whatever Trumpian Apocalypse she’s might bring on.

Hollywood legend and prominent Bernie Sanders supporter Susan Sarandon would sooner vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton if her candidate were to eventually lose the Democratic primary.
“I really want to be on the right side of history and this is a shot we’re not going to have in my lifetime to have a candidate that’s so morally consistent, makes decisions, whose judgment proves to be true but does it at a time when it’s not popular, when it’s not comfortable,” Sarandon told host MSNBC Chris Hayes on Monday. The left-wing activists and actress has been a longtime supporter of Sanders and has harshly criticized Clinton in the past.
“I think Bernie would probably encourage people to [support Hillary if he loses] because he doesn’t have any ego in this thing,” she said. “But I think a lot of people are, ‘Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to [vote for Hillary].’”

And…

March 28, 2016: Rachel Maddow, once the de-facto Communications Director for the Sanders Campaign on MSNBC, actually catches Bernie’s Campaign Manager, the ever raidiant Jeff Weaver, in a bit of a lie…

Rachel Maddow reviews reporting done in advance of Super Tuesday on how the Sanders campaign was increasing spending and staffing for those primary contests, facts that now undercut the campaign’s explanation that they weren’t really trying in those states they lost to Hillary Clinton.

Dang. When even Rachel Maddow is calling bull@#$% on your campaign, Bernie.

March 28, 2016: So, anyway…we’re in a distant second in terms of both votes and delegates, so we’ll just try to steal the Superdelegates, because…Democracy??

As the Bernie Sanders campaign accepts the reality that securing enough votes at this point to win the Democratic nomination outright is impossible, it has moved on to a new phase in its long-shot bid for the White House: hijack Hillary Clinton’s so-called superdelegates.

I suppose this is where the threats come in, right?

Sanders advisors are targeting these party leaders and elected officials who have outsized influence in deciding who gets to be the Democratic nominee, and whom Hillary Clinton moved swiftly and aggressively to lock down early in the race. Each one of their votes at the convention in July is weighted as heavily as those of thousands of voters.
Clinton has 469 of them in her corner. Sanders has just 29.
Sanders advisors argue that if they can come close to catching Clinton in votes by the time the time the primaries conclude in June — even if they fail to overtake her — they will be able to persuade these lawmakers and other Democratic dignitaries to reconsider their loyalties to Clinton.

Never mind she has more votes — wait, wasn’t having more votes your original reasoning for going after the Supers?

March 29, 2016: Susan Sarandon denies she said what she said:

But still cheap shots Hillary when she gets a chance.

Debra Messsing appropriately calls her out:

March 29, 2016: “We just don’t go after those votes… at the worst time in their life.”

Uh, Jane Sanders…say that again??!?

I’ll put it how my good Twitter buddy, Alan put it:

March 30, 2016: Short term memory:

Remember this was the vote that saved the American Economy as everything was sliding over the cliff.

March 30, 2016: Barney Frank on Bernie Sanders. Not impressed.

Barney Frank: I am disappointed by the voters who say, “OK I’m just going to show you how angry I am!” And I’m particularly unimpressed with people who sat out the Congressional elections of 2010 and 2014 and then are angry at Democrats because we haven’t been able to produce public policies they like. They contributed to the public policy problems and now they are blaming other people for their own failure to vote, and then it’s like, “Oh look at this terrible system,” but it was their voting behavior that brought it about.
Q: So it seems like you’re saying Bernie’s voters have a slightly unrealistic sense about the political process. And that this is driven —
Barney Frank: I didn’t say slightly.
Q: OK.
Barney Frank: Bernie Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years with little to show for it in terms of his accomplishments and that’s because of the role he stakes out. It is harder to get things done in the American political system than a lot of people realize, and what happens is they blame the people in office for the system. And that’s the same with the Tea Party. It’s “I voted for these Republicans, we have a Republican Congress, we voted for them, they took over Congress, they didn’t accomplish anything.” You gotta win at least two elections in a row.

And…

Q: I think that part of the argument that people like Sanders would make is that, the financial system is corrupt fundamentally and that we don’t want to merely make it slightly more stable —
Barney Frank: Well if that’s the case it’s even dumber than I thought. The financial system is people lending money to other people so they can do things. I do think that he overstates it when he says, “they’re all corrupt.” It’s simply not true. And by the way, when it comes to specifics, the only specific I have heard is Glass-Steagall, which makes very little change in the finance system.
I think he gets a pass from the media. Other than Glass-Steagall, what did he propose in 2009 and 2010 when he was a senator when we were dealing with this? The answer is nothing. Why haven’t you looked at his record?

March 31, 2016: Not only is Bernie not raising money for downballot Dems, he’s iffy on doing it in the future.

Host Rachel Maddow said rival Hillary Clinton has been fundraising for her campaign as well as the Democratic Party. Will the Sanders campaign begin this type of fundraising as well, Maddow asked.
“We’ll see,” Sanders said. “Right now, our focus is on winning the nomination.”

See November 5, 2015…

Full text:

SANDERS: Well, right now, Rachel, as you are more than aware, our job is to — what I’m trying to do is to win the Democratic nomination. And I’ll tell you something, I never in a million years, Rachel, would have believed that we could have, uh, received over six million individual campaign contributions averaging 27 bucks apiece, a very different way of raising money than Secretary Clinton has pursued.
So right now, we are enormously appreciative. You’re right, without that type of support, we would not be where we are right now. We would not be able to continue this campaign to the Democratic convention. So I am just blown away and very appreciative of all of the kind of support that we have gotten from grassroots America.
MADDOW: Well, obviously your priority is the nomination, but I mean you raised Secretary Clinton there. She has been fundraising both for the nomination and for the Democratic Party. At some point, do you think — do you foresee a time during this campaign when you’ll start doing that?
SANDERS: Well, we’ll see. And, I mean right now, again, our focus is on winning the nomination. Secretary Clinton has access, uh, to kinds of money, uh, that we don’t, that we’re not even interested in. So let’s take it one step at a time. And the step that we’re in right now is to win the Democratic nomination.”

March 31, 2016: There…there are no words:

March 31, 2016: Michael Tomansky pushes back against Susan Sarandon’s nonsense, and a Bernie Supporter…of course, finds out his address via Zillow and puts it on the interwebs.

So I see from Twitter that some genius has gone on Zillow and found my house. I think this must’ve happened in response to something I said on the Stephanie Miller radio show on Wednesday, discussing my last column, about how some people can afford to cast votes around their hopes and dreams while others vote to protect rights and gains that the other side wants to take away from them.
I don’t recall my exact words, but they were something to the effect that that idiot Susan Sarandon’s life isn’t going to change one way or the other no matter who’s president, and for that matter, neither is mine, not that I’m rich, but I make a good living, so my life won’t change, yadda yadda, which I suppose is what put the wheel in spin. So now people who want to know such things know what I paid for my house, and yeah, it’s kind of a lot, this being suburban Washington D.C., and I guess the point is supposed to be that I’m an out-of-touch elitist or something, just the kind of sellout you’d expect to support Hillary over Bernie.
So I have a nice house. So what? I earned it. I didn’t inherit much. Dad made a lot of money, but he lost a lot, too, always trying to outsmart the market. And he made a hell of a lot less than he could have. His funeral was like George Bailey’s funeral — I lost count of the number of grown men who came up to me crying, telling me about the mountains of legal work Dad had done for them over the years for free.

March 31, 2016: Bernie Sanders. DNC Hypocrite:

So far, the Hillary Victory Fund has raised $26.9 million with more than $22 million of it going to the DNC and the state party committees. Clinton has a formidable delegate lead but that doesn’t mean that Sanders still doesn’t have a chance. The Bernie Victory Fund is practically dormant. But the fundraising haul of $43.5 million in February and his goal to surpass that record-breaking effort for his presidential campaign in March means Sanders is in the race until the bitter end. And if he threads the needle, he very well could become the 2016 presidential nominee.
Now, here’s where the Sanders hustle comes in. While most people still assume that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, all that money she is raising for the DNC and state parties will go to helping said nominee in the general election — even if that ends up being Sanders. The master fundraiser who hasn’t lifted a finger to help his adopted party. The fiery campaigner who has hammered his opponent for raising the money to fortify the DNC for the general election. The person who stands to benefit enormously from Clinton’s big-money prowess without sullying his carefully crafted aura of campaign-finance purity.
If he doesn’t want to “[waste] my time going to rich people’s homes begging them for their campaign contributions,” if he really is “not even interested in” the kinds of money Clinton has access to, then he should forego all the money she has raised for the DNC and state committees if he were to become the Democratic nominee.
Sanders would need every dime of that money to fight the Kraken released on him by the Republicans. But given all that Sanders has said, wouldn’t it be the height of hypocrisy to capitalize on the money he’s so gleefully scorned? Sure would be. And not relying on it would be unbelievably stupid. Sanders is not stupid, even though his campaign rhetoric in this regard is.

March 31 2016: Hillary is sick and tired of being lied on by the Bernie Campaign (and by extension, Greenpeace). (Note: I’m sure her tone will be of most concern to folks reading the article.)

The moment was recorded by an activist, whom Greenpeace identified as Eva Resnick-Day, who sought to pressure Clinton about the roughly hundreds of thousands of dollars her campaign has received from individuals with ties to fossil-fuel industries.

Since, Companies are not allowed to donate, yadda-yadda. Not a distinction people make, which is what this activist is counting on, of course.

“Will you act on your word to reject fossil-fuel money in the future in your campaign?” Resnick-Day asked after thanking Clinton for addressing climate change in her campaign.
Apparently peeved, Clinton fired back flashing a frustration that had begun to show earlier in the rally when a large group of Sanders supporters interrupted her speech.
“I have money from people who work for fossil-fuel companies,” Clinton said.
As Resnick-Day tried to respond, Clinton interrupted her pointing her finger for emphasis: “I am so sick — I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me.”
“I’m sick of it,” she added before moving on to shake another hand.
The Sanders campaign has said that they will hammer Clinton for her ties to the fossil-fuel industry through campaign donations.

April 1, 2016: Well, true to his word, Bernie repeats the lie...

April 1, 2016: Bernie says he will win New York.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday predicted he will defeat rival Hillary Clinton in New York’s primary.
“We are going to win New York,” Sanders said on “CBS This Morning.”
The Vermont senator touted his huge rally in the South Bronx on Thursday night — reportedly attended by 18,000 people — as evidence he’s off to a “good start” in his home state.

April 1, 2016: Bernie thinks Hillary owes him an apology:

A top staffer for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Friday that Hillary Clinton owes her Democratic presidential rival an apology, after video circulated online of Clinton accusing the senator of lying about her taking money from fossil fuel companies.
“I think she probably owes the senator an apology for that because the senator is not lying about her record,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said on MSNBC. “He’s talking about her record. He’s talking about her practices. She obviously doesn’t like it, but that doesn’t make it lying because you don’t like it.”

April 1, 2016: I should make this part 13, but it is April Fool’s day, after all:

April 1, 2016: Huh. Isn’t THAT interesting:

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has collected more money than any other candidate in the 2016 race from employees tied to the 50 largest contractors with the Department of Defense— at least $454,994 in campaign funds over a 14-month period ending in February.
While Clinton’s haul is substantial, it is only one-third higher than the amount defense contractors gave to the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination. Despite advocating steep cuts in defense spending, Sanders’ campaign has accepted at least $310,055 in defense-related donations — more than any Republican presidential candidate — since the start of the 2016 campaign cycle.

April 1, 2016: Rosario Dawson officially declares membership in the disappointment caucus: “Says within 2 months of [Obama’s] presidency. people lost faith.

In her own twitterized words:

Or this Daily Kos piece:

Remember this is the same Rosario Dawson who slammed Dolores Huerta, and apparnetly cheap shotted the President today.

The same Rosario Dawson.

April 1, 2016: Rosario Dawson, going to the Susan Sarandon School of “I never said what you caught me actually saying”.

Oh just own it already.

April 1, 2016: For the record:

The Center for Responsive Politics, parsing Federal Election Commission reports, finds that workers in the oil and gas industries have given Clinton $307,561 so far — compared to, say, $21 million from the securities and investment industry, or $14.4 million from lawyers and law firms.
Put another way, the oil and gas money is two-tenths of 1 percent of Clinton’s $159.9 million overall fundraising. It roughly equals the amount Sanders raised every 16 hours in the first quarter of 2016.
The Sanders campaign has relied primarily on small donors, although it, too, lists more than $50,000 in oil- and gas-related donations.

April 1, 2016: “A dark turn for the Sanders campaign”

Too good not to print the whole thing!

When Bernie Sanders first announced his plans to run for president, he did so with the best of intentions — to raise the profile of issues that had long been ignored on the presidential campaign trail: wealth inequality, the role of money in the political process, and the increasingly desperate economic fate of the American middle class.
To a large degree Sanders has succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. He’s won 14 primaries and caucuses and garnered 6.5 million votes. But as it’s become increasingly clear that Sanders faces practically insurmountable hurdles to win the Democratic nomination, his campaign has taken a slightly darker and angrier turn.
The candidate who pledged last May that his campaign would not be about Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, but “about the needs of the American people”; the candidate who boasted he’d never run a negative political attack in his life; the man who said he would be “driven by issues and serious debate . . . not reckless personal attacks of character assassination,” has begun to run a very different race.
Sanders is increasingly embracing the tactics he once decried. Rather than trying to unify the Democratic Party behind its almost certain nominee, Hillary Clinton, he is ramping up the attacks against her. While once Sanders refused even to mention Clinton’s name, now he doesn’t go a day without hitting her.
And the focus of his attacks is always the same — that she is too close to Wall Street, that she has flip-flopped on trade, and that she was wrong on the Iraq War. In Ohio last month, he said, “I proudly stood with the workers! Secretary Clinton stood with the big money interests!”
In recent days Sanders has hit Clinton for taking contributions from oil, gas, and coal lobbyists. He regularly criticizes her for having a super PAC and for taking money from Wall Street. And last week he even attacked her for joining with George Clooney to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. Now he’s going after her for being a flip-flopper, which he says is “why a lot of people don’t trust her.”
At a rally in the South Bronx Thursday night, Sanders offered the same critique — laying out a litany of differences between him and Clinton. These attacks led to booing of Clinton’s name, something that Sanders once spoke out against but now allows to go on without reproach.
He went after Clinton for her Wall Street speeches and implicitly made clear that she was corrupted by these contributions — and that it’s the only explanation for why she disagrees with Sanders on his policy agenda. Sanders’ warm-up speakers went even further. Actress Rosario Dawson mentioned that Clinton is under FBI investigation over her e-mails (she’s not actually under investigation) — a topic that Sanders had famously once begged off discussing.
Make no mistake, these are legitimate attacks on Clinton, but they do contradict Sanders’ pledge to avoid personal attacks and character assassination. Sanders cannot regularly suggest that Clinton is bought and sold by corporate, moneyed interests and then say he’s running a campaign on the issues. He’s openly attacking her integrity. In a recent TV interview, Sanders even went after what he called the “corporate media” for not covering the issues he cares about, because, he said, mainstream journalists are taking cues from their corporate paymasters. In Sanders’ world, everyone but him and his supporters are tainted.
There’s also the much bigger question of why he is doing this. Sanders likes to tell his supporters that he has the momentum to win the Democratic nomination. But the simple fact is that it would take a miracle for Sanders to overtake Clinton’s wide delegate lead. As campaign stat guru Nate Silver pointed out recently, even in the most optimistic scenario for Sanders, he would still likely fall short.
While I understand the need to maintain a brave face for his supporters, Sanders is doing them and the party he wants to represent no favors not just by misleading them about his chances, but by increasing their dislike of Clinton. Sanders has said on more than one occasion that he thinks Clinton “on her worst day” would be an “infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.” I have no doubt that he believes this. Perhaps he should start acting like it.

April 1, 2016: Bernie praises John…Kasich??

John Kasich would appear to be Bernie Sanders’ favorite Republican left in the race, which, if the Democratic candidate’s comments Friday are any indication, does not really give the governor of Ohio much.
“I’ve known John for many, many years. You know, his virtue is he’s not crazy,” the Vermont senator said during a word-association segment on a Facebook livestream with “CBS This Morning” following his in-studio appearance on the program. “He’s a sane human being.”
Sanders and Kasich served in Congress together for a decade, from 1991 when Sanders entered the House to 2001, when Kasich left office.

And he had to say this about President Obama:

He also described President Barack Obama as a “brilliant man.”

Hmm. Brilliant Man??

The “brilliant man” you wanted to Primary? (July 22, 2011).

The “brilliant man” you said you’re not “the biggest fan of”? (April 5, 2013)

The “brilliant man”who’s FDA appointee YOU blocked? (January 26, 2016)

The “brilliant man” you said hadn’t closed the leadership gap? (February 11, 2016)

This wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that there are a lot of African-Americans in New York, and they’ll be voting soon…would it??

April 1, 2016: And now, we’ve got noted (and talented) Tax Journalist David Cay Johnston asking…where the hell are Bernie’s Tax Returns??

Bernie Sanders holds himself out to huge and adoring crowds as a model of personal, political and financial integrity. But when it comes to revealing his income tax returns, Sanders is as tricky a politician as Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
In this bizarre political year, Donald Trump has shown more candor than Sanders when it comes to his tax returns. That is an amazing and disturbing feat, given Trump’s penchant for exaggeration and just making stuff up, as I have been documenting since 1988. Understand that while Trump has fabricated an excuse for not disclosing any of his income tax returns, he was being more forthright than Sanders, who tries to pretend that he has disclosed his taxes.
What may surprise some is that of the five remaining Presidential candidates, only Hillary Clinton has been completely candid and forthright about her and her husband’s income tax returns, a policy of theirs that dates at least to 1992. Despite her singular transparency, news organizations routinely write, without citing any verifiable supporting facts, about Clinton’s perceived mendacity.
So what’s the issue? The Sanders, Cruz and Kasich campaigns have all distributed what they claim are tax returns; Kasich for seven years, Cruz for four, and Sanders for just one year, 2014.
But those proclaimed disclosures were neither accurate nor honest. None of those candidates has released even a single tax return.
What they made public instead was merely a summary known as IRS Form 1040. That form is no more a tax return than the Preamble is the Constitution.

April 2, 2016: Bernie challenges Hillary to more debates, then balks at any of the times offered by the Hillary Campaign.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused the campaign of her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), of playing “political games” by failing to hammer down a date for a debate ahead of New York’s April 19 primary.
“The Sanders campaign needs to stop using the New York primary as a playground for political games and negative attacks against Hillary Clinton,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement on Saturday. “The voters of New York deserve better.”
Clinton’s camp claims to have offered three possible dates for the New York debate — April 4, April 14, and April 15 — and been rebuffed each time.

April 2, 2016: Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

The credentials chairman for Saturday’s Nevada Democratic Convention decides on her own leak classified information to the Sanders Campaign.

The Hillary Clinton campaign has sent a letter to Clark County Democratic Party officials demanding the removal of the credentials chairman for Saturday’s convention that will choose delegates to the state convention next month who could go to Philadelphia this summer.
The board met last night and the situation boiled over with the credentials chief, longtime activist Christine Kramar, refusing to leave the room. Here’s part of what happened, another reminder that these things are run by volunteers and can be, ahem, messy Kramar had not been removed as of Saturday morning, and a meeting was scheduled between Sanders and Clinton reps to try to resolve the issue.
Kramar is accused of releasing confidential Clinton information to the Bernie Sanders campaign, as you can see from the letter (below), written by nationally known election lawyer Marc Elias.

Here’s the letter:

Clark County Democratic Party Executive Board
Chris Miller, Chair
6233 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
chrisisademocrat@gmail.com
Re: Removal of Christine Kramer as Credentials Chair
Dear Chair Miller:
I write as general counsel to Hillary for America to request the immediate removal of Christine Kramar as Credentials Chair of the Clark County Democratic Convention to take place this Saturday, April 2. Throughout Hillary for America’s attempts to engage with Ms. Kramar regarding the credentialing of convention delegates and other matters, Ms. Kramar has publicly engaged in a series of egregious, disruptive and biased behavior that irreparably undermines her credibility to administer a fair and successful convention on Saturday.
First, in an email sent today, March 30, Ms. Kramar exposed confidential Hillary for America (“HFA”) campaign information and data by unilaterally adding a representative of Senator Sanders’ campaign into a chain of email correspondence between HFA, the Clark County Democratic Party and the Nevada State Democratic Party. As you know, the confidentiality and propriety of data is paramount to any campaign. Ms. Kramar’s carelessness — or worse — in exposing HFA’s data is plainly unacceptable and must not be tolerated.
Second, in another email sent today to both campaigns, Ms. Kramar engaged in a series of unwarranted and inexcusable personal attacks against HFA representatives, and frivolously accused HFA of engaging in unethical practices in its preparation for Saturday’s convention. Indeed, it is apparent from Ms. Kramar’s email that she is advocating for positions in her role as credentials chair based on candidate-specific grounds, rather than making impartial decisions that are in the best interest of the tens of thousands of Clark County Democrats who turned out to caucus last month and who wish to participate as delegates to the Clark County Democratic Convention. Ms. Kramer’s behavior is at odds with the values of Nevada Democrats and the spirit of the primary campaign between Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.
In her latest email to both HFA and the Sanders campaign regarding the credentialing of delegates, Ms. Kramar issued HFA an ultimatum: either the county convention proceed on Saturday under the terms agreed upon by both campaigns or the convention be delayed for further discussion and resolution of various credentialing rules. To be clear: it is and always has been HFA’s position that the Clark County Democratic Convention proceed as scheduled and under the agreed-upon rules and procures. However, it is my strong belief that Ms. Kramar’s behavior demonstrate that she is not suited to administer the convention in an impartial way according to those rules and procedures. As a result, I respectfully request that this board immediately relieve Ms. Kramer from playing any role related to the credentialing of delegates or any other party procedures to take place at this Saturday’s county convention.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if it would be helpful to discuss this matter further.
Very truly yours,
Marc E. Elias
General Counsel to Hillary for America

April 3, 2016: Never mind those Tax Returns.

Appearing on CNN’s State of The Union, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stalled off questions about releasing his income taxes for the past eight years, saying his wife does them and “we’ve been a little bit busy lately.”
Host Jake Tapper pointed out that rival Hillary Clinton has posted her returns for the last eight years online — leading to considerable criticism about her income — but Sanders has yet to post his.
“I’m kind of surprised that you haven’t gone further on transparency. You released the summary page of your 2014 tax returns,” Tapper said. “Hillary Clinton has posted on her website the last eight years of her personal returns, all of the returns. Before the New York primary will you match her? Will you post your full returns for the last eight years?”
Sanders brushed it off, saying his wife was responsible for their taxes and that there wasn’t anything “exciting” in them.
“You know who does our tax returns? My wife does our tax returns,” Sanders began. “We’ve been a little bit busy late lately so we will get out as much information as we can but there ain’t going to be very much exciting in that. I get a salary from the United States Senate, you know, so there’s not going to be anything new in it that there hasn’t — that people haven’t seen for the last many years, but we will get it out as soon as we can.”
“But nobody has seen them at all, I guess, is the point. And whether or not there’s anything exciting in them,” Tapper replied before being abruptly cut off by Sanders.
“No. That is not true, that is not true,” Sanders replied.

That’s a lie, by the way. He’s released summaries only, no returns.

“Of course, we have released them in the past! Our financial situation, to the best of my knowledge, has not changed very much, but we will get out all of that information as soon as we can.”

We’re still waiting, by the way.

April 4, 2016: With surrogates like these…

Actor Tim Robbins on Monday afternoon rallied supporters of Bernie Sanders on the eve of the Wisconsin Democratic primary.
Robbins sought to address Democrats who “feel Bernie in their hearts but are supporting Hillary with their pragmatic brains,” saying that “these are not bad people.”
“We’ve all been fed a steady stream of simplistic propaganda that furthers the establishment’s narrative that Hillary’s the presumptive nominee,” Robbins said during a rally in Green Bay.
“And if we were sheep, if we had gotten in line, there’d be no problem now,” he continued, saying “establishment figures would get elected” and figures like Sanders would be “marginalized.”
“Times have changed,” Robbins said. “We are done with compromising our ideals.”

But you’re not done losing, apparently.

April 4, 2016: Bernie surrogate Nina Turner compares Hillary supporters to people who supported slavery:

April 4, 2016: Bernie’s Interview with the New York Daily News Editorial Board, and…well…

…damn.

April 4, 2016: Bernie Sanders. Railing against Wall Street on the campaign trail but still profiting from its biggest corporations.

With such an anti-Wall Street platform, one would think that Sanders didn’t own any stock at all. But not only does Sanders own stock, he actually is invested in several industries that he’s heavily criticized.

April 5, 2016: If one is a supporter of the Democratic Party, this can’t be a good thing:

Bernie Sanders’s campaign manager insisted Tuesday that the Vermont senator will win the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton at the party’s convention this summer.
“I think what this campaign is looking for and what the senator is looking for is going into the convention and coming out with the nomination,” Jeff Weaver said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“When we arrive at the convention, it will be an open convention, likely with neither candidate having a majority of pledged delegates,” Weaver told host Chris Cuomo.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a memo published Monday evening that Clinton has built a “nearly insurmountable lead” among delegates and “the Sanders campaign’s path forward relies on overturning the will of the voters.”

April 5, 2016: Even Halperin has to call out the double-standard, and this is a guy who knows his double standards!:

Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin called out the media for a “double standard” when it comes to Bernie SandersTuesday, arguing that his opponent Hillary Clintonwould be “creamed” if she gave answers as bad as Sanders’ in his New York Daily Newseditorial meeting.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/halperin-on-bernies-nydn-interview-hillary-would-be-creamed-if-she-gave-answers-this-bad/

April 5, 2016: Hey, the Panama Papers are out. Let’s attack President Obama over trade policy, because…you know…Democrats:

“We now know, as a result of the ‘Panama Papers’ released by an international consortium of investigative journalists, that more than 214,000 entities throughout the world have been using a law firm in Panama to avoid paying taxes.
“At a time of massive income and wealth inequality in the United States and around the world, the wealthiest people and largest corporations must start paying their fair share of taxes. Children should not go hungry while billionaires use offshore tax havens to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
“The Panama Free Trade Agreement put a stamp of approval on Panama, a world leader when it comes to allowing the wealthy and the powerful to avoid taxes.
“I was opposed to the Panama Free Trade Agreement from day one. I predicted that the passage of this disastrous trade deal would make it easier, not harder, for the wealthy and large corporations to evade taxes by sheltering billions of dollars offshore. I wish I had been proven wrong about this, but it has now come to light that the extent of Panama’s tax avoidance scams is even worse than I had feared.
“My opponent, on the other hand, opposed this trade agreement when she was running against Barack Obama for president in 2008. But when it really mattered she quickly reversed course and helped push the Panama Free Trade Agreement through Congress as Secretary of State. The results have been a disaster.

You tried blaming, Hillary for this but as you recall…she wasn’t the President when this happened. Barack Obama was…

You remember Barack Obama, the guy you wanted to primary in 2012.

“The American people are sick and tired of establishment politicians who say one thing during a campaign and do the exact opposite the day after the election.

Like you and the PLCAA/Sandy Hook Lawsuit?

Like you and Immigration Reform?

Like you and…oh, !@#$ this. This whole list is that.

“It is time for real change. As president, I will use my authority to terminate the Panama Free Trade Agreement within six months. My administration will conduct an immediate investigation into U.S. banks, corporations and wealthy individuals who have been stashing their cash in Panama to avoid taxes. If any of them have violated U.S. law, my administration will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

April 6, 2016: Welcome back to New York, Bernie:

No, I reckon they haven’t forgotten.

April 6, 2016: Campaign dividing the party claims Hillary, by having the temerity to…you know..win, is dividing the party:

A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned late Tuesday that rival Hillary Clinton is running a divisive campaign that is hurting party unity.
“Don’t destroy the Democratic Party to satisfy the secretary’s ambitions to become president of the United States,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told CNN.
“We want to have a party at the end of this that we can unify,” he added.

I’m just going to assume he hasn’t read any part of this timeline.

April 6, 2016: Still hates the party he’s running for the nomination of:

Bernie Sanders might be running for the Democratic nomination, but his campaign isn’t exactly working in tandem with the party.
In the negotiations leading up to the April 14 CNN/NY1 debate in Brooklyn, the Sanders campaign initially requested that neither the New York State Democratic Committee, nor the Democratic National Committee be involved in any aspect of the debate, a source with knowledge of the discussions told POLITICO.
Ultimately, the issue was resolved, and the DNC will have the same level of involvement as in previous debates, though the state party will not participate in the debate.

April 6, 2016: While campaigning in New York, congratulates UConn.

Did I mention that UConn beat the New York Team to win said championship?

April 6, 2016: Sexist, Homophobic (yet Female) Conservative Judge gets relected in Wisconsin. Why? Because too many Bernie voters did not fill out their ballots for anyone but Bernie.

Wisconsin’s luckless Democrats, gerrymandered into a minority and unable to retire Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), went into Tuesday night hoping for a breakthrough. They saw a decent chance to defeat Rebecca Bradley, a conservative justice appointed to the state Supreme Court by Walker. Her opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, nearly won a seat on the court in 2011, before late-counted ballots from conservative Waukesha County did her in. And Bradley took a crucially-timed hit when reporters and the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now revealed far-right newspaper columns, with impolitic fulminations about gay rights, from her college years.
Bradley won the election, a surprise to Democrats. This morning, some progressives picked a culprit: voters who cast ballots for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and left the rest of their ballots blank. According to exit polling conducted by the independent group DecisionDesk and BenchMark Politics, perhaps 15 percent of Sanders voters skipped the Bradley-Kloppenburg race; just 4 percent of Hillary Clinton voters did the same.

Now, Bernie did endorse Kloppenburg, at his final rally in Wisconsin, but still…the numbers are galling.

We are going to get the country we deserve. One way or the other.

April 6, 2016: The Washington Post publishes this misleading story:

The Washington Post article he referenced pulled together numerous interviews in which Clinton said Sanders was ill-prepared for an interview with the New York Daily News and questioned his commitment to the Democratic Party. In those interviews, Clinton didn’t explicitly say Sanders was unqualified for the presidency.

Wait for it…

April 6, 2016: And it ain’t even Christmas.

Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that Hillary Clinton is not “qualified” to be president, a sharp escalation in rhetoric in the Democratic primary.
“Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous,” he told a crowd in Philadelphia. “And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am ‘not qualified’ to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don’t believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC.”

April 6, 2016: And now the story will have legs.

April 7, 2016: Congrats Bernie, you’ve even got the White House saying she’s qualified:

Asked about Sanders’ claim that Clinton was “unqualified” for the presidency, Schultz said Clinton “comes to the race with more experience than any non Vice President” in recent campaign history, according to a White House pool report.
He added that President Barack Obama was “fortunate” to have Clinton serve as his secretary of state and was “proud of that service,” according to the pool report.

April 7, 2016: It’s like…every Surrogate of Sanders has a playbook on how to reach Black Voters…then does the exact opposite of that.

Yes, we don’t ask the first BLACK PRESIDENT to be the one to apologize for WHITE SLAVEHOLDERS, THOM!!!

April 7, 2016: So, it’s the Media’s fault that Bernie said what he said.

“This is not the type of politics that I want to get in, I know it’s what the media loves,” Sanders said in reference to Clinton and Sanders trading barbs. “It is not the type of politics that I want to get in, but let me also be very clear. If Secretary Clinton thinks that I just come from the small state of Vermont, we are not used to this, we will get used to it fast.”
Sanders vowed that his campaign would not “get beaten up and lied about.” He later pivoted to saying voters should question Clinton’s qualifications after she raised “millions of dollars from Wall Street.”
“I don’t think I have to explain to the American people what Wall Street did to this economy,” Sanders said. “Are you qualified to be president of the U.S. when you’re raising millions of dollars from Wall Street, an entity whose greed, recklessly and illegal behavior helped destroy our economy?”
Sanders added he respects Clinton, though.
“What I just said is that she has attacked me for being unqualified. And if I am going to attack for being ‘unqualified’ I will respond in kind,” he said, adding he hopes to move away from personal attacks.

Technically, he’s right. The Media did foment this. But:

A) He didn’t have to respond and call Secretary Clinton unqualified.

B) He didn’t have to…well…do this (see next entry).

April 7, 2016: Let’s go on Late Night Television and make it worse:

April 7, 2016: Jane Sanders joins in on the fun.

Now, Bernie has also decided to risk whatever goodwill potential First Lady Jane Sanders has accrued by deploying her to further gaslight Democratic voters. On last night’s Rachel Maddow Show, Mrs. Sanders repeated the whirl of lies and spin that the Sanders campaign is using to justify Bernie’s attack on Hillary, and even tried to say he didn’t actually call her unqualified:
What Bernie tried to do last night was to shift to unqualified, how? Unqualified in the issues. That if you’re going to talk about somebody not being qualified, then let’s talk about why. What he did was say that if I was going to say that she’s unqualified, it’s because of her support for trade deals that have been terrible for our country. It’s because she supported and didn’t have the judgment for the Iraq war or Libya.
Yeah, no. Bernie didn’t say “if I was going to say she was unqualified,” he said she is not qualified. Over and over again. It’s on video. As for that CNN reportthey’re talking about, no one from the Clinton campaign is quoted, directly or indirectly, saying anything like that. That was CNN’s word.

April 7, 2016: And Politifact has to explain to Bernie supporter that no, he didn’t retroactively win Nevada:

Nevada has a total of 43 delegates it sends to the Democratic National Convention in July.
Eight of those are so-called “superdelegates,” made up of elected officials like Sen. Harry Reid and other party powerhouses who get to independently decide which candidate to support. (Four currently support Clinton, one supports Sanders and three are neutral so far.)
Of the remaining 35 delegates, 23 are so-called “district-level delegates” who are allocated based on February caucus results in each of the state’s four congressional districts. Clinton won 13 of those, while Sanders won 10.
The remaining 12 are delved out during the state party convention in May.
Of that 12, there are five pledged “party leader and elected official” delegates and seven “at-large” delegates awarded proportionally, so whichever campaign has a majority of supporters at the state convention will win the odd-numbered delegate from those groups.
Ideally, the process is supposed to look something like a Matryoshka doll — smaller amounts of delegates at each step of the process, but retaining the same proportions of the initial February caucus. Initial estimates from February had Clinton winning 20 delegates and Sanders taking 15.
But that didn’t happen at the Clark County (Las Vegas) convention in early April, as the Sanders campaign had 2,964 delegates show up compared to 2,386 for Clinton.
In February, Clinton won a total of 4,889 delegates in Clark County but less than half of those showed up for the county convention.
Accusations flew from both campaigns about questionable practices before, during and after the county convention, with the Sanders campaign claiming party officials tried to “depose a neutral official,” and Clinton surrogates like Nevada state director Michelle White upset with a “number of irregularities” in the convention process.
Leaving those accusations aside for the moment, the practical outcome is that Sanders now has a larger number of delegates (2,124) attending the state convention in May than Clinton (1,722).
That means they’ll be in a position to pick off a few of those remaining 12 convention delegates.
Based on the numbers, it’s likely that Sanders will be able to flip delegates and go from a projected 20–15 deficit to a more narrow 18–17 delegate split. (This count doesn’t factor in the superdelegates, who are also tilted toward Clinton.)
For Sanders, that’s not “winning” Nevada.

April 8, 2016: There. Was that so hard?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday morning said that Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president, just a few days after listing numerous reasons he felt she was not qualified for the job during a Wednesday campaign rally.
During an interview on NBC’s “Today,” co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Sanders if he believes Clinton is qualified given what he now knows. Sanders has defended his remarks by noting that he was reacting to a Washington Post headline that said Clinton had questioned whether he was qualified for president.
Sanders initially deflected the question, mentioning that he was responding to the Washington Post headline and arguing that the Clinton campaign has used a more negative tone recently.
“Well, what I now know is that after we have won six out of the last seven caucuses and primaries and in national polls — couple of them — we are now in the lead, the Clinton campaign has changed its tone,” he said. “And I think they were pretty public about it. And that is when we come here to New York, they’re going to be a lot more negative. And that’s what you’re seeing from their surrogates and from the tone of their campaign.”
Guthrie asked Sanders if he overreacted to what Clinton said.
“Here’s the truth: I’ve know Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I respect Hillary Clinton. We were colleagues in the Senate,” he responded. “And on her worst day, she would be an infinitely better president than either of the Republican candidates.”
“She’s qualified?” Guthrie asked.
“Of course,” Sanders replied.

April 8, 2016: There, was that so hard…part 2.

Has Sanders tacitly joined the “Bernie or Bust” movement? Could he somehow try to imperil Hillary Clinton’s chances in a general election by doing less than what is necessary to try to swing his national following — particularly young voters — behind Clinton, if she wins the nomination?
Nah. I just can’t see it.
In an interview with me today, senior Sanders adviser Tad Devine left no doubt: Not only will Bernie Sanders support Clinton if she is the nominee; he will also do everything possible to make sure the next president is a Democrat, even if it isn’t Bernie Sanders.
“Bernie has said he’s going to support the nominee, and I’m sure he’ll do everything to make sure that the next president is a Democrat,” Devine told me. “We believe Bernie will be the nominee, and we hope Clinton will give us the same kind of vigorous endorsement.”

She won’t have to, but still…

April 8, 2016: Still hasn’t learned “Separation of Powers” despite having served in the Congress for 30+ years:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that if elected president, he would overturn laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that critics say discriminate against the gay community.
“As president of the United States, I would do everything I can do to overturn those outrageous decisions by Mississippi and North Carolina,” he said on ABC’s “The View.” “We have gone too far as a nation. God knows we have seen so much discrimination in our history.”

April 8, 2016: Paul Krugman has had quite enough, thank you:

The easy slogan here is “Break up the big banks.” It’s obvious why this slogan is appealing from a political point of view: Wall Street supplies an excellent cast of villains. But were big banks really at the heart of the financial crisis, and would breaking them up protect us from future crises?
Many analysts concluded years ago that the answers to both questions were no. Predatory lending was largely carried out by smaller, non-Wall Street institutions like Countrywide Financial; the crisis itself was centered not on big banks but on “shadow banks” like Lehman Brothers that weren’t necessarily that big. And the financial reform that President Obama signed in 2010 made a real effort to address these problems. It could and should be made stronger, but pounding the table about big banks misses the point.
Yet going on about big banks is pretty much all Mr. Sanders has done. On the rare occasions on which he was asked for more detail, he didn’t seem to have anything more to offer. And this absence of substance beyond the slogans seems to be true of his positions across the board.
You could argue that policy details are unimportant as long as a politician has the right values and character. As it happens, I don’t agree. For one thing, a politician’s policy specifics are often a very important clue to his or her true character — I warned about George W. Bush’s mendacity back when most journalists were still portraying him as a bluff, honest fellow, because I actually looked at his tax proposals. For another, I consider a commitment to facing hard choices as opposed to taking the easy way out an important value in itself.
But in any case, the way Mr. Sanders is now campaigning raises serious character and values issues.
It’s one thing for the Sanders campaign to point to Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street connections, which are real, although the question should be whether they have distorted her positions, a case the campaign has never even tried to make. But recent attacks on Mrs. Clinton as a tool of the fossil fuel industry are just plain dishonest, and speak of a campaign that has lost its ethical moorings.

And.

Holding people accountable for their past is O.K., but imposing a standard of purity, in which any compromise or misstep makes you the moral equivalent of the bad guys, isn’t. Abraham Lincoln didn’t meet that standard; neither did F.D.R. Nor, for that matter, has Bernie Sanders (think guns).

I’m trying not to repost the whole article, but if you want to read more:

April 8, 2016: Ugh. Sanders Campaign makes an ass of itself…while dealing with the Vatican:

A senior Vatican official accused Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of showing a “monumental discourtesy” in his lobbying for an invitation to a church-sponsored conference on economic and environmental issues for political purposes.
Sanders, whose foreign policy experience is under attack by rival Hillary Clinton, on Friday said he was “very excited” about being invited to the meeting hosted by a pontifical academy. It will put him at the seat of the Roman Catholic Church just four days before the New York primary.
The head of the academy said Friday that Sanders sought the invitation and that put an inappropriate political cast on the gathering.
“Sanders made the first move, for the obvious reasons,” Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which is hosting the conference Sanders will attend, said in a telephone interview. “I think in a sense he may be going for the Catholic vote but this is not the Catholic vote and he should remember that and act accordingly — not that he will.”

April 8, 2016: A game of “No I didn’t”/”Yes you did” breaks out between Vatican Officials:

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was invited to speak at an April 15 Vatican event by the Vatican, a senior papal official said on Friday, denying a report that Sanders had invited himself.
“I deny that. It was not that way,” Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo told Reuters in a telephone interview while he was traveling in New York. Sorondo, a close aide to Pope Francis, is chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which is hosting the event.
He said it was his idea to invite Sanders.
A Bloomberg report quoted Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, as saying that Sanders had broken with protocol by failing to contact her office first.
“This is not true and she knows it. I invited him with her consensus,” said Sorondo, who is senior to Archer.
An invitation to Sanders dated March 30, which was emailed to Reuters, was signed by Sorondo and also included Archer’s name.

If you look carefully at what Sorondo said…Archer never denied signing the letter. She just said what he did was discourteous.

Obviously Archer is not a fan, and Sorondo is, and Sorondo is doing major CYA for his guy.

Which could be the point, since he’ll be in Italy when New York hands him the ass-whuppin’ he deserves.

April 8, 2016: Bernie still needs to watch Schoolhouse Rock:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that if elected president, he would overturn laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that critics say discriminate against the gay community.
“As president of the United States, I would do everything I can do to overturn those outrageous decisions by Mississippi and North Carolina,” he said on ABC’s “The View.” “We have gone too far as a nation. God knows we have seen so much discrimination in our history.”

Yeah.

You can’t.

The best you can do is appoint a Solicitor General to challenge the law in court. Otherwise, you’ll need a Congress.

You remember Congress, right? The thing you’re not campaigning or raising money for?

April 8, 2016: Philly Inquirer did their own interview with Bernie. Needless to say, they came away unimpressed.

…anger alone solves little. This would still be a segregated nation if Martin Luther King Jr. thought black people’s anger at being treated like second-class citizens would be enough to get a Southern president to push for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In fact, angrily focusing on Clinton’s negatives has drawn attention to inconsistencies in Sanders’ narrative. He lambasted Clinton for taking donations from people in the oil and gas industry, but he has accepted funds from them, too. Neither amount — $54,000 for Sanders compared with $308,000 for Clinton — is more than a drop in the millions in campaign contributions they have received.
Sanders never misses a chance to criticize Clinton for voting with the majority that gave President George W. Bush authority to attack Iraq in 2002. But four years earlier the senator had voted in favor of a resolution that said, “It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.”
Obviously, somewhere along the way Sanders changed his mind about regime change in Iraq. Clinton, too, in retrospect says voting for the Iraq war was a mistake. But instead of fighting the last war, she is ready with a plan that addresses the situations that exist in Syria and Iraq today. Sanders, in comparison, mostly decries war in general, providing more detailed answers only when pressed.
Similarly, he only reluctantly admits that trade pacts have also created jobs for American workers by opening new markets to U.S.-made goods. He admits that trade agreements in place now will have to remain so until and unless they can be renegotiated. Yet his stump-speech rhetoric suggests a quicker, easier solution.

April 9, 2016: The Washington Post Editorial Board, not my favorite bunch of people, calls bull@#$% on Sander’s claims about the Panama Papers:

The evidence, however, suggests that the truth is pretty nearly the opposite of what Mr. Sanders claims — and our source for that is the Panama Papers themselves.
Data culled from the documents by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and presented in several charts on the group’s website, show that the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specialized in setting up offshore accounts and shell companies for wealthy people, has been steadily reducing its activity in Panama for about a decade. As it happens, the decline began about the time the Bush administration and Panama began discussing a free-trade pact — and accelerated after the deal took effect during Mr. Obama’s first term.
Specifically, the number of offshore incorporations fell from 4,741 in 2005 to 835 in 2015. Most important, as of last year Mossack Fonseca appeared to have nearly completely ceased incorporating the least transparent form of company — known as “bearer shares” — which often don’t need to register an owner’s name.
The Panama Papers consist of 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. The papers apparently implicate a number of high-profile global figures in potentially illegal financial activities. (The Washington Post)
Even before the free-trade deal, Panama was under pressure from both the United States and Europe to clean up its tax-haven act; the pressure intensified after the financial crisis of 2008. The Obama administration, backed by members of Congress, made it clear the free-trade deal — which Panama badly wanted, to match a deal between its Central American neighbors and the United States — hinged on a separate agreement granting U.S. tax authorities more access to Panama’s financial system. The United States particularly insisted on plugging the “bearer shares” loophole. Panama agreed and changed its laws accordingly — before the free-trade agreement reached the Senate and Mr. Sanders nevertheless voted “no,” claiming, wrongly, that it would make the tax haven “worse.”
In response to our questions, the Sanders campaign didn’t address the data, but said the administration had missed an opportunity to completely “eradicate” the Panama tax haven. To us, it looks like the Obama administration’s diplomacy resulted in real progress, and that if anyone’s entitled to say “I told you so” about that, it would be Ms. Clinton.

April 9, 2016: Bernie continues to forget he’s running against Hillary Clinton and not Bill Clinton:

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticized Bill Clinton’s public argument with Black Lives Matter protesters, calling his words “unacceptable.”
Clinton came under fire last week for defending Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “super predators” back in the 1990s when confronted by protesters at a event about the crime bill he signed in 1994.
“I think that the president owes the American people an apology for trying to defend the indefensible,” Sanders said.
Bill Clinton said the day after the altercation that he “almost wants to apologize” for the incident, which some saw as a revival of a racially charged term that Hillary Clinton has apologized for.
Sanders was speaking at an event at the Apollo Theater with guests Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte, Erica Garner and Nina Turner.
Sanders voted in favor of the ’94 bill and has said during the campaign that parts of it, especially provisions to address violence against women and weapons, were too important to vote down. He frequently addresses unequal incarceration rates.

April 9, 2016: Bernie Supporters use a Public Transportation Meme on Social Media. Senator Claire McCaskill (correctly) calls Bull@#$%:

April 9, 2016: Sanders Supporter Creates Superdelegate ‘Hit List’; Superdelegates Not Amused.

This week, a Sanders fan named Spencer Thayer created the “Superdelegate Hit List,” a website to compile and share the contact information of superdelegates, so they can be persuaded. It is not affiliated with the Sanders campaign, but a campaign spokesman didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
So who wants to help start of a new website aimed at harassing Democratic Superdelegates? PM me. #FeelTheBern pic.twitter.com/HVfwISXdP0
— SPENCER THⒶYER (@spencerthayer) April 4, 2016
Thayer, who answered questions over email, later changed the name simply to “Superdelegate List.”
“The intent of the branding was to parody the famous Clinton Hit List, this was a tongue–in–cheek attempt at parody which I thought would encourage resharing,” Thayer said. “The branding began to detract from the campaign’s purpose, so it wasn’t a hard decision to make the change once it was clear it wasn’t working.”
Thayer’s goal with the site was to make it easier for voters to get in touch with superdelegates.
Master list of super delegates from superdelegatelist.com
Super Delegate Hit List/Screen shot by NPR
“The superdelegate system is rigged to protect establishment politicians and shut down populism,” Thayer said. “Superdelegates, by their very nature, diminish the value of the vote by giving an elite constituency of representatives, party leaders, and even lobbyists extra power. The Superdelegate List exists to help voters challenge this undemocratic system. Contacting our elected representatives and party leaders and holding them to account is an American tradition. This is the only way to keep the voter base from being patronized or ignored.”
Superdelegates have been hearing from Sanders supporters for months — and it’s not always pleasant. Akilah Ross Ensley is with the Young Democrats of America, and she’s a superdelegate who plans to support Clinton. She has to check her professional Facebook page several times a day to deal with all the messages and posts.
“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Ensley reads from a recent Facebook message she received. “Maybe you will do some soul searching and have some integrity and think about the decisions you’re making and its implications.”
Ensley said she’s been called names, and there have been expletives.
“They said, you know, you should go to hell,” said Ensley, describing another message. “How dare you vote against your own interests as an African-American woman. I expected you would be smarter than that.”
When Clinton-backing super delegate Joyce Elliott heard she was on, what at the time was called the Superdelegate Hit List, she was taken aback.
“That is, that is very interesting,” Elliott said after laughing uncomfortably. “As far as I know, this is probably only the second time I’ve been on a hit list, and the other one was not pleasant.”
Elliott is a state senator in Arkansas and the last time she was on a hit list, it was over legislation she had introduced. That time, she said, the FBI got involved. This list isn’t as scary. Although, she has heard from 20 or 30 Sanders supporters trying to get her to switch.
“Some of them will tell me, you know, how awful Hillary is, therefore, I should support Bernie, and then tell me how great Bernie is,” said Elliott, who has known the Clintons since the 1970s. “And that’s the kind of thing I think that is not helpful.”
For Ken Martin, the chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, the flow of messages is constant — 20 a day, he said. His state went for Sanders in its caucuses, and the pressure to switch from Clinton to Sanders is intense.
“Someone received my cellphone number, and they posted that, and so I’m getting calls on my personal cellphone from people all over the country,” Martin said.
When Thayer, the creator of the superdelegate list, was told people were feeling harassed and unpersuaded, here’s what he said:
“It’s likely that most callers are actually polite. If a few people contacting superdelegates are being obscene they’ll of course drown out reasonable voices and harden opinions. However, it’s useful to look at what’s causing some of the anger and outrage we’re seeing.
“Voters know they are being disenfranchised by superdelegate influence and these privileged voters are a reasonable target for frustration. And, let’s be honest, if superdelegates aren’t prepared to deal with the public, they shouldn’t be party officials.”
But all this freelance lobbying may be unnecessary. It has been the tradition of superdelegates, even in contentious primaries, to ultimately vote at the convention for the candidate with the most popular votes and pledged delegates.

April 10, 2016: Not letting the “qualified” thing go, are we?

“The point that I was making, which is absolutely correct, is that if you look at where she is getting the money from Wall Street, another powerful special interest, she voted for the war, she cited Henry Kissinger, in a sense, as a model for her,” Sanders said. “I think those issues will tell the American people that in many respects, she may have the experience to be president of the United States. No one can argue that. But in terms of her judgment, something is clearly lacking.”
In a separate interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sanders again took a swipe at Clinton and her qualifications as president.
“I have my doubts about what kind of president she would make,” he said.

April 10, 2016: Popegate won’t go away either.

Okay, so…first:

On Friday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced that he was “very excited” about having just received an invitation to speak at a small, invitation-only scholarly conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences conference celebrating the 25th year anniversary of an encyclical “Centesimus Annus,” written by Pope John Paul II on the evils of capitalism.
Francis is not expected to attend the conference, which will take place April 15 and 16 with around 30 participants, including Bolivian president Evo Morales and Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa. Francis will be traveling to Lesbos, Greece, on the 16th to shed light on the Syrian refugee crisis there.
The Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told The Daily Beast that it wasn’t the pope who personally invited the politician. “The invitation was made on behalf of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, not by Pope Francis,” he said. “There is no expectation that the pope will meet Mr. Sanders.” He then added that he could not completely exclude the possibility, but that nothing was on the agenda at the moment.

And remember when I said…??

If you look carefully at what Sorondo said…Archer never denied signing the letter. She just said what he did was discourteous.
Obviously Archer is not a fan, and Sorondo is, and Sorondo is doing major CYA for his guy.

Well..

Sorondo later toned down his initial comments telling CNN the invitation should not be seen as an endorsement of the senator’s nomination. “It does not signify any support of the campaign,” Sorondo said. “We want to establish a dialogue between North America and South America so we thought to invite a [U.S.] politician. The President of Bolivia will also be there. Perhaps the others (candidates) would have been interested but they did not request to come.”
He also confirmed to CNN that Sanders had reached out to the Vatican first. “He has expressed an interest many times in the Pope’s encyclical and it’s clear that he has an interest in studying it,” Sorondo said. “It might have that effect, but we are not looking to support the campaign.”
The Monsignor expressed dismay that there was such a fuss about an invitation to a conference few people would have even heard about. “I don’t know what is the problem,” Sorondo told National Catholic Reporter. “We have two presidents from Latin America, and we don’t have a problem. And we have a problem because we invited one candidate to the White House of your country? It’s a little impossible to understand.”

Because we’re having an election, and you just let one of the candidates in our election pretend he had some sort of stamp of approval from the Holy See, even though he didn’t…even though you kinda lied about him inviting himself…which he did do apparently.

April 11, 2016: The persistent delusions of H.A. Goodman — Part 13: Bernie Sanders Will Become Democratic Nominee Even If Clinton Leads in Delegates.

April 11, 2016: Still waitin’ on them Tax Returns!

Jane Sanders tells Mark Halperin and Campbell Brown on “With All Due Respect” that voters can expect the Sanders campaign to release full tax returns, with the latest returns expected to come out as soon as they are due. Sanders will not seek a tax extension, like she says she has in previous years.

I can promise you…we’ll never see them.

April 12, 2016: Even Tom Hayden’s had enough:

I intend to vote for Hillary Clinton in the California primary for one fundamental reason. It has to do with race. My life since 1960 has been committed to the causes of African Americans, the Chicano movement, the labor movement, and freedom struggles in Vietnam, Cuba and Latin America. In the environmental movement I start from the premise of environmental justice for the poor and communities of color. My wife is a descendant of the Oglala Sioux, and my whole family is inter-racial.

April 12, 2016: More family members come out of the woodwork to cheap shot Hillary:

Hillary Clinton’s ties to financial institutions like Goldman Sachs would limit her effectiveness as president, Larry Sanders, the older brother of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said in an interview aired Monday evening on CNN. And unlike Clinton, he suggested, the senator from Vermont holds the same policies and principles he has held for much of his adult life.
“Hillary Clinton — Bernard has been very careful to say he respects her, she’s very bright,” said Sanders, who is the health spokesman of the Green Party of England and Wales, in an interview with CNN’s “Amanpour.”
Emphasizing that he was speaking for himself and not for “Bernard,” as he calls his brother by his full name, Larry Sanders remarked that Clinton’s “background of being in the same team with people like Goldman Sachs and all the rest of those people, whose greed has brought us to a very sorry path, I think that limits her effectiveness.”

April 12, 2016: At an event called “Brooklyn Berners”, the last dying embers of my respect for Rosario Dawson have just flickered out.

April 13, 2016: Granted, this is random Dude Bro, but…

This would be the same Marrisa Johnson of the Seattle Black Lives Matter disruption. (No relation…that I know of.)

April 13, 2016: This. Oh, dear Lord…

And immediately after…

Full quote: “Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma.”

Song apparently apologized:

But he still said “Democratic” whores. He wasn’t just talking about Hillary Clinton. He was talking about all of us.

April 14, 2016: Sanders campaign sleeps on it, and decides what Dr. Song said was “inappropriate”…via Twitter:

April 14, 2016: Oh…my…God, these people are just like Trump. They will literally say ANYTHING:

Jane Sanders: Clinton may be short delegates
Jane Sanders weighs in on her husband’s Wednesday rally in Washington Square Park, why the campaign is hopeful about the upcoming New York primary, why she thinks Hillary Clinton won’t have enough pledged delegates going into the convention and what she thinks about superdelegates.

April 14, 2016: Bernie continues to deny that he has a Black people problem.

Bernie Sanders has a problem with the Democratic primary process.
On Comedy Central’s “Nightly Show,” the Democratic presidential candidate complained that southern states vote early in the calendar, suggesting it as a reason he trails Hillary Clinton in the primary.
“People say, ‘Why does Iowa go first, why does New Hampshire go first,’ but I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality as well,” Sanders told Larry Wilmore after he was asked Wednesday if the primary system is rigged. “We started off this campaign having to run in the Deep South,” he said. “We didn’t do all that well — it’s a conservative part of our country. But since we’ve been out of the South, we’re doing pretty well.”
It has become a recurring talking point for Sanders. After winning Utah in late March, Sanders told supporters, “We knew from day one that we were going to have, politically, a hard time in the Deep South. That is a conservative part of our country. But we knew things were going to improve as we headed west.”
Large victories — first in South Carolina on Feb. 27, then in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia on March 1 — have helped propel Clinton to a lead of about 250 pledged delegates, according to an Associated Press count.
But does Sanders’ argument hold up?
Evidence suggests his losses in the South are more clearly traceable to Democratic divides over race, and not the dominant conservative political ideology of the region, a force that has little practical effects on the opposing party’s nomination process.
Exit polls show that Sanders lost big among the disproportionate share of black voters in the region, who constituted more than one in five Democrats nationally in 2012. Clinton overwhelmingly won African Americans — by 86 percent in South Carolina, 80 percent in Texas, 85 percent in Georgia, 89 percent in Tennessee, 91 percent in Alabama. (In 2008, Barack Obama, the preferred candidate of the left, won the Deep South by large margins against Clinton.)
Meanwhile, Sanders also lost across ideological groups in each of those states — spanning self-identified “very liberal,” “somewhat liberal” and “moderate” Democrats. (“Conservative” Democrats were too small in number to be meaningfully evaluated).
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon called Sanders’ argument “strange.”

April 14, 2016: Great news for the Sandy Hook Families. Bad news for Bernie.

A Connecticut judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the manufacturer and seller of the weapon used in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 can proceed.
The gun companies had sought to dismiss the lawsuit filed by nine victims’ families and a survivor, which names Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, model XM15-E2S; as well as the distributor and seller.
Gunman Adam Lanza used the firearm to kill 20 children and six adults at the school in Newtown, Conn.

Wonder which side Bernie will come down on this week?

April 14, 2016: And now, Bernie is raising funds against openly gay Congresspeople.

Following criticism that he hasn’t aided candidates down ballot from the presidential race, Bernie Sanders has announced three congressional hopefuls he supports — and two of them are seeking to defeat openly gay contenders.
In a fundraising email on Wednesday, Sanders announced he has endorsed three U.S. House candidates who support him in the presidential race and are seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Congress.
Sanders declared support for Lucy Flores, a former Nevada Assembly member running in Nevada’s 4th congressional district; Pramila Jaypal, a member of the Washington State Senate running in Washington’s 7th congressional district; and Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University running in New York’s 19th congressional district.
The candidate makes the endorsements amid criticism he hasn’t aided other candidates seeking office despite having raised $140 million this election cycle. An unprecedented amount comes from small donors, whom Sanders often says have contributed a average of $27 to his campaign.
According to the Huffington Post, the fundraising email isn’t the first time two of these three candidates have worked with the Sanders campaign. Both Flores and Jaypal introduced the presidential candidate during rallies in their respective home states of Nevada and Washington. Flores also appeared in an advertisement for Sanders that ran before the Nevada caucuses.
But two of these three candidates are seeking to defeat openly gay contenders seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Congress. As of right now, a total of seven lawmakers serving in the Congress are openly gay, lesbian or bisexual, or slightly more than 1 percent of the legislative body. That’s short of the estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population as a whole who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Transgender people make up an estimated one-third of one percent of the U.S. population, but no member of Congress, nor any member of a state legislature, is openly transgender.)
Teachout is running against Will Yandik, an openly gay farmer and Livingston deputy town supervisor who recently had a child with his same-sex spouse. Their primary is on Tuesday, the same day as the presidential contest.
Jayapal is competing against two openly gay candidates: Joe McDermott, a former member of the Washington legislature and now a member of the King County Council, and Brady Walkinshaw, a member of the Washington State House. Their primary is set for August 2, some time after the Washington presidential caucuses for Democrats, which took place on March 26, and the Republicans, which is set for May 24.

April 14, 2016: Bernie…just…can’t make up his mind…about Gunmakers and Liability.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) struggled to explain his position Thursday on whether Sandy Hook families should be able to hold the manufacturer of the AR-15 gun used in the 2012 massacre liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Sanders voted for a 2005 law that grants immunity to gun manufacturers for injuries caused by their products.
Since then, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act has been used by gun manufacturers and retailers to quash hundreds of lawsuits filed by victims of gun violence. The law is deeply unpopular among Democrats, and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) voted against it.
“They have the right to sue, and I support them and anyone else who wants the right to sue,” Sanders said in the CNN Democratic debate.

Completely contradicting his position of March 7th of this year, but go on Senator.

But “if a gun shop owner sells a weapon legally to somebody and that person then goes out and kills somebody, I don’t believe it is appropriate that that gun shop owner who just sold a legal weapon to be held accountable and be sued,” Sanders added.
The weapon used in the Sandy Hook mass shooting was purchased legally by the shooter’s mother. So, what Sanders was saying is that he believes the Sandy Hook victims should have a right to sue — and lose.
When Clinton pointed out that Sanders voted five times against the landmark Brady gun-control bill, Sanders retreated to a position more often used by pro-gun advocates, namely, that government must “make certain that guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them.”
And while Sanders said he supports a ban on military-style automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” he insisted that the gun industry plays no part in America’s epidemic of gun violence.

April 15, 2016: He doesn’t claim an endorsement from the Holy Father, but it’s real stinkin’ close:

April 15, 2016: Bernie Dude Bro continually claims that they’re not doing anything wrong as YET ANOTHER MAJOR NEWSPAPER WRITES ABOUT HOW AWFUL THEY ARE!!

Shawn Bagley thought he knew what he was getting into when he was elected to become one of California’s so-called superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, and energetic debate with other activists was part of it.
What Bagley had not anticipated was being jolted out of bed by a 2 a.m. phone call from an angry Bernie Sanders supporter. The caller accused Bagley, a retired produce broker from Salinas, of stealing democracy from the citizenry.
“Why is Bernie Sanders letting these people loose on us?” said Bagley, a Hillary Clintonbacker who says he was branded corrupt, immoral and thickheaded over the course of some 200 social media posts and phone calls from Sanders fans. “He lost my vote at 2 a.m.”
Sanders supporters are known to be a spirited bunch. But as their frustration mounts over their candidate’s failure to significantly cut into Clinton’s lead, no small number of them are lashing out in ways that are not particularly helpful to his campaign.

April 15, 2016: Washington Post points out that Bernie is great at sloganeering, but not so great at…you know…GOVERNING:

Even when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is making a good point, his dull sense of the reality of governing — which involves policy details, practical constraints and trade-offs — shines through.
The insurgent presidential candidates pressed Hillary Clinton on global warming at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate. He had some decent things to say about the issue. Lowering carbon dioxide emissions should be a national priority. The best way to do that is with a carbon tax, a policy that Sanders supports. He repeatedly asked Clinton whether she favors a carbon tax, and she ducked the issue. He is right to push this policy. She is wrong to avoid it.
But Sanders does not appear to understand why that is. In addition to calling for a carbon tax, he railed against fracked natural gas and stood by his call to eliminate nuclear power. When a moderator pressed him to explain how he would eschew these energy sources and meet the nation’s energy demands without burning more dirty coal, he said that the transition would not happen overnight and that he would invest in things such as rooftop solar.
Sanders ignores or misunderstands the underlying logic of a carbon tax, his own policy. A key benefit of a carbon tax would be that it induces the economy to reshape itself. Fuels that emit carbon dioxide become more expensive. Cleaner energy sources get cheaper. Consumers and businesses respond to these price signals in the goods and services they buy, in the energy infrastructure they build, in the amount of electricity they use, in the number of miles they drive, in the types of appliances and cars they purchase, and their behavior shapes how the country decarbonizes. By enlisting the ruthless efficiency of markets in the battle against climate change, the costs of transitioning onto clean energy are minimized.
But this process might lead to results that Sanders would not like. Perhaps the most cost-effective way to transition onto clean energy is to use fracked natural gas for a while and keep nuclear plants running for decades longer. Perhaps not. A carbon tax allows politicians to set an emissions-reducing policy and get out of the way. But Sanders does not want to get out of the way. It is not enough simply to reduce greenhouse emissions. The country must transition the way he wants it to. No nuclear power. No fracked natural gas.

April 15, 2016: Massimo Faggioli. Historian and Theologian, who writes about the Vatican, in response to DudeBro who thinks the Pope “snubbed” Bernie.

April 15, 2016: Bernie arrives in Italy (to not meet with the Pope)…with his whole family in tow.

Directly following his Thursday evening debate with Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders traveled from New York City to Rome on an overnight flight to attend a Vatican-hosted conference on the urgency of building a “moral economy.”
The Vermont senator was joined by all four of his children and four grandchildren, as well as his wife Jane. A small group of staff, Secret Service detail, and members of the press were also accompanying him for the trip on a chartered plane.
Sanders is expected to land midday on Friday and address the conference around 4 p.m. local time. Other speakers for the conference include former Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa and climate change activist and professor Jeffrey Sachs.

And in case you were wondering. Yes DudeBro, YOU PAID FOR THE TRIP!!!

The trip was organized and paid for by Sanders’ campaign.

April 16, 2016: Remember that part where Bernie said he’d release all his returns? He didn’t.

Sanders runs as a reformer, as Mr. Transparency, and with good cause rails about the damage done by Wall Street. Yet he does not walk his own talk. His failure to be forthright and release full returns back to 2007 — when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont — erodes the likelihood that other Presidential candidates this cycle and in the future will release their own full returns.
He is giving aid and comfort to politicians who want to hide their tax returns because what is in them really does matter. He is undermining the future of our country, but seems oblivious. Why does he not recognize that our republic is undermined when politicians — be they reformers, exploiters of weak financial integrity laws or crooks — reveal little or no tax information?

April 16, 2016: Because Bernie Bro remains Bernie Bro.

While many in the crowd did not identify as Democrats, their sentiment could raise doubts that Clinton, should she win the nomination, would be able to unite the party around her.
“There is no chance in any galaxy of anywhere, anywhere,” Diaz Love, a 28-year old protester and Sanders volunteer, said when asked if she would ever vote for Clinton. “Between her and Trump, I believe that choosing between a criminal and a bigot is choosing between two evils and I don’t want to participate in that.”
Tom Sliwowski, one of the organizers of the event and a devout Sanders supporter, led the protesters in a march around the home. The group banged pots and pans in hopes of disrupting the event.
“We did this to draw the public’s attention to this fundraiser,” Sliwowski said. “This is complete corruption. This is evident of obvious bribery that is happening in our political system.”
Sliwowski, along with other organizers at the protest, are members of Movement for Bernie, a group of active Sanders supporters hoping to help the senator from Vermont and prevent Clinton from winning the nomination.
Protesters throughout the crowd echoed Sliwowski when he vowed never to vote for the former first lady.
“I would never vote for Hillary Clinton in my life,” Sliwowski said. “Because what Bernie has done is, he has awakened the political consciousness and shown us we don’t have to pick between the lesser of two evils.”
That was not an uncommon feeling in the crowd.

April 16, 2016: Bernie Millenial decides that losing by 2.4 million votes means she’s actually winning.

Although I intend to vote for those running for Congress in my area, I am not as confident when it comes to the presidential ticket. I am likely to leave that column blank. Here’s why.

Not that I care. This is a person helping the Republicans nominee. Remember that.

This is a person who claims to support Bernie, but will not vote to support those goals once Hillary is the nominee. Remember that.

April 16, 2016: Oh my God what is Bernie’s position on the Sandy Hook Gun Maker Lawsuit?? Because I can’t tell anymore!!

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Sunday said Sandy Hook victims should be able to sue gun manufacturers for the 2012 elementary school shooting that killed 20 students and six adults, backtracking on previous comments.
“Of course they have a right to sue, anyone has a right to sue,” the Vermont senator said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sanders in an interview with the New York Daily News last week initially said the Sandy Hook family members should not have the right to sue gun manufacturers for damages.
“No, I don’t,” he said, in response to a question from the editorial board.

April 16, 2016: Seriously Bernie?? SERIOUSLY???

George Clooney, whom you’ve unleashed your supporters on, is currently doing more to support Congressional Democrats than you are.

Think about that.

April 18, 2016: Senator Kristen Gillibrand really thinks Bernie doesn’t know what the [BLEEP] he’s talking about on guns.

Gillibrand, a 49-year-old mother of two young sons not prone to public expressions of emotion, began to cry in mid-sentence. “It’s so crippling — I mean, I sat down with a mother last week in Brooklyn, and she lost her 4-year-old baby … she took her kid to a park,” she said. “Every mom takes their kid to a park. And she took her kid to a park and the kid was killed, a baby, a 4-year-old. … [Sanders] doesn’t have the sensitivity he needs to the horror that is happening in these families. I just don’t think he’s fully getting how horrible it is for these families.”

And before you rip on her too much:

But Gillibrand says her whipsaw transformation was genuine. Her mostly white, semi-rural district outside the state capital closely resembles Sanders’ Vermont, and Gillibrand says she’d simply never seen the impact of guns in big cities. She took her first step away from the NRA by introducing a gun-trafficking bill at the behest of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s police commissioner, Ray Kelly.

April 18, 2016: George Clooney rips Bernie…finally.

But after hosting two big-ticket fundraisers with his wife, Amal, that reportedly raised $15 million in support of Hillary Clinton this weekend, Clooney is defending that haul by drawing attention to a big difference in how the former secretary of state and her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, are bringing in cash.
That difference is not where the money is coming from, though Sanders likes to point out that his financial support comes largely through online contributions with an average of $27, while Clinton is frequently attending swanky parties with wealthy backers from places like Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
The Sanders campaign even put that message in an ad that ran in California this weekend, while Clinton was there raising money.
What Clooney pointed to is that Clinton has been bringing in millions of dollars, not just for her campaign, but also for Democrats running in House, Senate and other local races.
“It’s going to the congressmen and senators to try to take back Congress,” Clooney said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “And the reason that’s important, and the reason it’s important to me, is because we need — I’m a Democrat. So if you’re a Republican, you’re going to disagree, but we need to take the Senate back.”
He argued that would lead to a Supreme Court justice who could overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision that gave rise to superPACs, which Clooney said would help eliminate the need for such fundraisers that he agreed were odious.

April 22, 2016: Still losing, and still making demands.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview broadcast Friday that he would wait to see what Hillary Clinton includes in her platform before deciding how actively to campaign for her in the fall if she is the party’s nominee.
The senator from Vermont, who has vowed to stay in the race until the Democratic convention, was asked by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC whether he would try to persuade his young supporters to back Clinton in the same fashion that she supported President Obama after losing the nomination to him in 2008.
“Well, first of all, I’ve got to find out what her platform is, what the views are that she is going to be bringing forth, to what degree she will adopt many of the ideas that I think are extremely popular and I think very sensible,” Sanders told Mitchell.
He described the process as “a two-way street.”
“I want to see the Democratic Party have the courage to stand up to big-money interests in a way that they have not in the past, take on the drug companies, take on Wall Street, take on the fossil fuel industry, and I want to see them come up with ideas that really do excite working families and young people in this country,” Sanders said.

In his defense, he does seem to realize that the end is near…

On the other hand, he really either has no clue how to unite the party, or doesn’t give a shit about it.

Following up on that point…

April 22, 2016: ‘The primary is over. There is no path, and there is no math,’ says a Florida Democrat.

“I think it would benefit the Democrats to have Bernie drop out sooner rather than later and ask his supporters to coalesce behind Hilary,” said a Wisconsin Democrat, who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously. “He stands no chance of winning the nomination at this point, and the Democrats can show a united front while the Republicans are so deeply fractured.”
“Bernie made his point,” added one Colorado Democrat. “It’s time to bring the party back together. The longer he waits, the more damage he does. The question is whether or not he cares. The rest of us do.”

More to come…