And Then You Have This Idiot

Jesus christ:

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin called for a new “war on drugs” Tuesday to combat the opioid crisis striking his state of West Virginia, eagerly adopting the language of the now much-criticized Nixon-era push to curb illicit substance use.
“We need to declare a war on drugs,” Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” when asked what President-elect Donald Trump should do to combat the situation.

And maybe a slogan! Like, say… “JUST SAY NO!.” And commercials… I have an idea! An egg in a frying pan representing your brain on drugs. And maybe we can DARE our kids to not do drugs. We should probably gut the bill of rights to fight this war. And mandatory minimums.

Also was a fan of when he said when he was a kid, they didn’t have this kind of problem with these drugs. Oxycontin was introduced in 1996, when Senator Manchin was 39.

But he’s a real American, because he ended the interview wishing Jake Tapper a Merry Christmas.

A Whiter Shade of Fail

These sweet dears:

The day started early for a group of about 100 people who gathered outside City Hall to rally on behalf of the Equality Coalition, many carrying placards supporting Sanders or slamming the Democratic National Committee.

Cory James, 22, of Flint, Mich., said that while he hadn’t yet given up hope that Sanders could pull a convention “surprise,” he said he could never vote for presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

“The Democratic Party doesn’t represent me anymore,” James said. “It represents corporate interests, that’s all.”

Joel Bradshaw, 39, bused down from New York on Friday carrying his “Bernie flag,” anxious to lend his voice to the downtown demonstration.

“If Hillary wants to be queen, we’ll bring the guillotine,” he said.

Bradshaw said he was not advocating violence, only a “loud voice.”

Almost as soon as the Equality Coalition left City Hall on its long march down Broad Street, another large group took its place.

A mix of Sanders supporters, opponents of the U.S. drug war and anti-media activists, the crowd joined in a thunderous chant of “Feel the Bern!” At one point their voices drowned out traffic cop whistles and car horns along the busy traffic circle.

It’s like a less organized Phish concert.

And She’s Gone

She didn’t even have time to get the “Et tu” out:

The controversial chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced she would resign at the end of her party’s convention this week, a victim of her toxic relationship with peers and a trove of embarrassing internal emails.

“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals [of winning the presidency for Hillary Clinton] is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Wasserman Schultz said in a written statement. “As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans.”

Donna Brazile, a Democratic Party stalwart, will serve as interim chair. Brazile, who briefly served as chair in 2011, is a CNN contributor, and must forgo that contract to take the reins of the DNC. And she’s still subject to a party vote this week in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to her in a statement: For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back. This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful.”

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also issued a statement: “I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie.”

The Berners got their scalp, so we can hopefully expect less madness this week.

LOLOLOLOL who the fuck am I kidding. They’re probably already bitching she didn’t resign effective today. I see you all felt very strongly about Nina Turner. So Castro is who you all like?

Moving on Out

Don’t have any problems with this:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, faced rising pressure to resign her position on Sunday after a hack into the party’s internal emails revealed she and top aides had actively attempted to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential bid.

Ms. Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, was meeting with advisers behind closed doors at a hotel here, a day before the party’s convention was set to begin.

Asked if Ms. Wasserman Schultz intended to resign, the D.N.C. communications director, Luis Miranda, said he would not comment on the record and swiftly got on an escalator.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request about whether her team was seeking the chairwoman’s resignation.
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But on the eve of Mrs. Clinton’s nominating convention, some prominent Democrats, including friends of the Clintons, have begun to openly call on Ms. Wasserman Schultz to step down and spare the party of a distraction this week.

“In politics, you need to not only to know when to draw your sword, but also when to fall on it,” said James Carville, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons.

Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan was even more blunt: “She needs to resign before it gets worse.”

Ms. Wasserman Schultz has already been stripped of her speaking role at the convention, according to a senior Democratic official, and the daily job of gaveling the sessions in and out has been turned over to Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio. The moves were taken by many in the party as a barely veiled signal that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign wanted Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s resignation.

I saw another story in which people were suggesting that Julian Castro could take over the position. What about Nina Turner?

The Whiniest Revolution Ever


I really did spend much of this campaign pretty neutral- if anything, I thought I was tougher on the Clinton team most of it than the Sanders campaign. I liked the Sanders camps enthusiasm and I like his positions on many things (who doesn’t!), but eventually I decided it just wasn’t realistic and that we would be better off with Clinton. Having said that, we are now to the point that I am just fed up TO HERE (raises good arm over head).

On top of what Anne Laurie mentioned earlier, with all the dipshits whining that as Independents they can’t vote in the closed Democratic primary and how closed primaries are a scourge against democracy, etc., ad nauseum, this (via C&L) is the kind of shit that wants me to put the collective campaign in a box, weight it down, and throw it in the East River:

The Bernie Sanders campaign has sent a letter of complaint to the DNC on the eve of the New York primary about Hillary Clinton’s joint fundraising committee — an FEC approved committee to raise money for the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and downticket races.

The complaint comes just one day after a protest at George and Amal Clooney’s home in California which ended with Bernie Sanders’ supporters throwing one-dollar bills at Hillary Clinton’s motorcade as she left. Clinton was attending a fundraiser for the Hillary Victory Fund, which is her joint fundraising committee.

The Sanders campaign “is particularly concerned that these extremely large-dollar individual contributions have been used by the Hillary Victory Fund to pay for more than $7.8 million in direct mail efforts and over $8.6 million in online advertising.” They further allege that this improperly benefits the Clinton campaign “by generating low-dollar contributions that flow only to HFA [Hillary for America] rather than to the DNC or any of the participating state party committees.” (Full text – PDF)

In a press call earlier today, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook pointed out that the Hillary Victory Fund is structured the same way as the Bernie Victory Fund, with the only difference being that he has chosen not to raise funds for his. They further pointed out that the agreement between downticket candidates, the Clinton campaign, and the DNC is permissible under FEC regulations and that all allocations of expenses are being made in accordance with the rules set forth by the FEC.

A good democrat knows to make sure they are registered and registered for the right party. Even fledgling Democrats who have been registered their entire lives as Republicans and switch over can figure this out:

I had intended to register independent, but when I got there to do it, I had a moment of clarity- there seemed to be no point leaving the Republican party in protest and joining the unwashed masses. If I really was going to protest, it made no sense to not commit to the opposition party. Besides, as a Republican all these years, I never had any problem voting for libertarians, Democrats, etc., I don’t see why being a Democrat will change anything. And, the 2008 election really is the most important election of my lifetime- the basic foundation of our country has been under assault for a while, now, and I want to vote in the Democratic primary as a Democrat, not as someone with no party affiliation. I want to send a message, and as small as this gesture (which should appropriately be interpreted as a middle finger to the GOP and not as a sloppy wet kiss to Nancy Pelosi) is, I want it to mean as much as possible. There is now one less Republican in WV, and one more Democrat.

That guy quoted above is not the sharpest tack and sometimes a little slow on the uptake, and at the time was a full fledged drunk. But somehow that whiskey soaked moran managed to figure shit out.

A good democrat raises money for downticket races. A good democrat doesn’t spend the entire primary creating faux controversies to weaken the party and party structure. A good democrat doesn’t run around tellking half the states they don’t matter or count. A good democrat doesn’t do what the fucking Sanders campaign has done the last couple of months.

It took me a while, but I am now to the point with the Sanders campaign and their bullshit where I was with the Clinton campaign in 2008. So you got that going for you, Berners.

*** Update ***

Predictably, state parties are fucking pissed:

Here’s the Virginia Democratic party:

“The Democratic Party of Virginia relies on a strong Democratic National Committee, which is made possible through joint fundraising committees like the Hillary Victory Fund. There’s no path to the White House without Virginia and in order to keep it blue, we rely on strong partnerships to bolster our efforts.”

Seriously, shut the fuck up Bernie.

Crossing a Line

Bernie just crossed one:

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.”

That’s kind of an unforgivable bit of rhetoric given what is at stake in 2016.

As a side note, I guess this is just a microcosm of how Hillary is where she is. Even with all her faults, she’s a prize fighter. She just rope-a-dopes her opponents, let’s them punch themselves out, and moves on- think of the 11 hour hearing. Yeah, it’s bloody and ugly and hard to watch, but it works.

I’m Pulling My Hair Out Right Now But I will Try to Remain Calm

It looks like the rocket surgeons in the Debbie Wasserman Schultz era DNC are ready to tap into the people’s anger at the establishment. Wait, what?

The Democratic National Committee has rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees.

The decision was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government activists who saw it as a step backward in the effort to limit special interest influence in Washington. Some suggested it could provide an advantage to Hillary Clinton’s fundraising efforts.

“It is a major step in the wrong direction,” said longtime reform advocate Fred Wertheimer. “And it is completely out of touch with the clear public rejection of the role of political money in Washington,” expressed during the 2016 campaign.


We’re going to lose in November and we will deserve to.