Few things show the their difference in understanding politics than comparing Bernie's livestream and Clinton's glass ceiling speech.
— Mike Caulfield (@holden) June 17, 2016
Unlike the Blogmaster, I was not impressed by Senator Sanders’ “My dream will never die, screw the rest of you” non-concession speech this evening. Of course, I am a Hillbot, and more important, have been a Democrat all my life, good times (and candidates) and bad. So, yes, I am biased against the old crank who shows up at the block party without an invite, doesn’t bring so much as a bag of store-brand chips to share, harangues everyone he can corner, pisses off the people who’ve been doing the grunt work for years and encourages the malcontents and youngbloods to pull stupid stunts. If I wanted to listen to a cranky old alte kacker yarp on about how he was the only pure operative in the entire world, I could’ve stayed in the Bronx — and he could’ve stayed in Brooklyn. Okay, he’s “excited a new generation” and “moved the discussion leftward” (for some tightly defined values of excitement and leftward). At this point, he’s just leaching attention away from our real enemies, who happen to be in charge of the Republican party.
Why you didn’t see Bernie during the marathon Democratic gun filibuster https://t.co/YIvG7LYO5w
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) June 16, 2016
Before Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) headed to the floor yesterday to begin a marathon gun safety speech, his office reached out to members of the 46-member Democratic caucus. By the end of it, early Thursday morning, Murphy announced that the Democrats would get votes on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation to prevent people on the terror watch list from buying guns, and his own legislation to expand background checks. Thirty-eight of his fellow senators joined the filibuster, allowing Murphy to rest, reading comments from the Internet or describing mass shootings in their own states.
Not among them: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The runner-up in the Democratic presidential primaries was in Burlington, Vt., ahead of a simulcast speech to supporters today. (He is not expected to concede.) He’d been in Washington the night before the filibuster began, for the Democratic luncheon and a meeting with Hillary Clinton, but he was not able to return to the city…
Sanders, who opposed the Brady Bill that expanded background checks and waiting periods, has since come into sync with the Democratic caucus… On Wednesday, he tweeted in support of the filibuster…
He sent a tweet — what more do you expect? One thing Bernie does have in common with Donald Trump, apart from their mutual unwillingness to release tax returns: He can’t be arsed to do anything that doesn’t immediately redound to the greater glory of His Own Magnificent Personage.
— Ryan Jackson (@RTJackson77) June 16, 2016
Besides not being in the #filbuster, Sanders tried to drop CT Gov Malloy from convention leadership bc Malloy criticized him on gun policy.
— Amy Fried (@ASFried) June 16, 2016
In the meantime, Dem-leaning voters have already started consolidating behind Clinton. pic.twitter.com/dos4LHejYU
— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) June 17, 2016