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Bernie Sanders celebrates his win of the Nevada caucuses yesterday while campaigning in San Antonio, Texas, which votes on “Super Tuesday” on March 3. “I think all of you know we won the popular vote in Iowa,” Bernie told the crowd in San Antonio. “We won the New Hampshire primary. And according to three networks and the AP, we have now won the Nevada caucus. In Nevada we have just put together a multi-generational, multiracial coalition which is going to not only win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country.” Nonetheless, all of Bernie’s competitors for the party’s presidential nomination said in the debate last week that they’d be A-OK if party insiders chose the nominee instead of we, the people.
It was great watching the insufferable losers, especially Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, eviscerate each other during the Wednesday Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, but to me, the most telling moment of the debate came at the end.
That’s when the candidates were asked if they would support the candidate who won the most pledged delegates — the delegates that you must win democratically in the primary elections and caucuses — or if they’d be OK with the voters’ wishes being overturned at the party convention in July — where, if a candidate gets a plurality of the pledged delegates but not an absolute majority of them, party insiders — the so-called “super-delegates” — can vote for a candidate who didn’t win the most pledged delegates but whom they want to see get the nomination nonetheless.
In other words, fuck democracy. Fuck the people. What do we, the people, know?
Here is the transcript of that portion of the debate:
TODD [the insufferable Chuck Todd, one of the moderators]: Guys, guys, we are at the end here. …
We are less than two weeks away from a national primary. And I want to ask all of you this simple question. There’s a very good chance none of you are going to have enough delegates to the Democratic National Convention to clench this nomination, OK?
If that happens, I want all of your opinions on this. Should the person with the most delegates at the end of this primary season be the nominee, even if they are short of a majority? Senator Sanders, I’m going to let you go last here, because I know your view on this.
So instead, I will start with you, Mayor Bloomberg.
BLOOMBERG: Whatever the rules of the Democratic Party are, they should be followed. And if they have a process, which I believe they do…
TODD: OK, I’m trying to do this yes or no to make it fast.
BLOOMBERG: … everybody else — everybody can…
TODD: So you want the convention to work its will?
TODD: Senator Warren?
WARREN: But a convention working its will means that people have the delegates that are pledged to them and they keep those delegates until you come to the convention.
TODD: Should the leading person?
WARREN: All of the people.
TODD: OK. All righty. Vice President Biden?
BIDEN: Play by the rules.
TODD: Yes or no, leading person with the delegates, should they be the nominee or not?
BIDEN: No, let the process work its way out.
TODD: Mayor Buttigieg?
BUTTIGIEG: Not necessarily. Not until there’s a majority.
TODD: Senator Klobuchar?
KLOBUCHAR: Let the process work.
TODD: Senator Sanders?
SANDERS: Well, the process includes 500 super-delegates on the second ballot. So I think that the will of the people should prevail, yes. The person who has the most votes should become the nominee.
TODD: Thank you, guys. Five noes and a yes.
So all of Bernie Sanders’ competitors are just fine with the “super-delegates” simply overturning the will of the voters. They wouldn’t feel the least bit guilty being handed the nomination by the “super-delegates,” knowing that we, the people, through our votes, had chosen someone else.
This is all that you need to know about Bernie’s competitors: They’re craven, selfish, power-hungry pieces of shit. All of them: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, of course Repugnican-turned-“Democrat” billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and even supposed “progressive” Elizabeth Warren — none of them would respect the democratic process, but instead would be A-OK with stealing the nomination from Bernie Sanders even if he had won the highest number of votes.
This is the deal, though: The Democratic Party already is pretty fucking wobbly. One good push — which brazenly subverting the will of the voters a second time would be — and the party will collapse. Of that I have no doubt.
I already changed my party registration from Democrat to independent after the Democratic Party hacks, the DINOs, fucked Bernie Sanders over in 2016. If they fuck him over again, what tiny amount of support I have left for the Democratic Party will evaporate entirely.
Don’t get me wrong; I support the progressive ideals that the Democratic Party used to stand for. I oppose the self-serving, Repugnican-Lite, corporate-ass-licking turncoats who are the Democratic Party establishment hacks who have run the party into the ground. The party no longer stands for the people, but stands for those who only use the party to further their own greedy, selfish, power-hungry ends, trying to use the party label as cover for their very vile existence.
As they say, I didn’t leave the party; the party left me.
So here is the deal: Right now, fivethirtyeight.com, after Bernie’s blowout win of Nevada yesterday, gives Bernie a 46 percent chance of winning a majority of the pledged delegates, which would deny the “super-delegates” the chance to steal the nomination from him.
Hopefully, after Bernie’s blowout win of Nevada — and Politico notes that “Bernie Sanders didn’t just win the Nevada caucuses,” but that “He crushed the rest of the primary field, closing in on another early-state victory and proving an ability to broaden what was once believed to be a narrow coalition” — Bernie will continue to win big in the subsequent states and thus will win a clear majority of the pledged delegates.
But if Bernie should win a plurality rather than a majority of the pledged delegates — which fivethirtyeight.com right now puts at about a one-in-two chance — we, the people, must make it crystal fucking clear to the Democratic Party establishment hacks that if they steal our democratic voice from us again by simply anointing a candidate we did not choose, we will burn what’s left of the Democratic Party to the fucking ground.
And total destruction is what the Democratic Party would deserve if it dared to brazenly autocratically subvert the will of the voters, of us, the people.
From the ashes of the Repugnican-Lite Democratic Party, we, the people, could build a new, actually progressive, actually democratic party that actually represents us and our best interests for fucking once.
P.S. Note that fivethirtyeight.com gives loser Pete Buttigieg less than even a 1 percent chance to win a majority of the pledged delegates, but Buttiboy, bitter and sour because he’s not winning — we truly are seeing his (and the other candidates’) true colors now — will continue to attack Bernie viciously.
It’s a good thing that, generally speaking, attacks on Bernie only help him. (Just ask Elizabeth Warren and Billary Clinton; after they smeared Bernie like the Repugnican-Lite jokes that they are, he only went up in the polls.)
It’s too late, Petey Boy — you have had ample opportunity to make your “case” to the people as a pro-corporate, centrist sellout, and the voters just aren’t that into you.
Deal with it.