Remember all that talk months ago about Bernie Sanders being popular enough to run independent?
That was on Salon. Jimmy Kimmel had a lot of fun with it. A LOT of Bernie’s supporters were talking it. He was just that popular. Then. But, first this happened:
Then this happened:
Then, this happened:
Pretty rough, it verified every conspiracy theory the Sanders’ supporters had claimed the entire election, and worse. Debra Wasserman-Schultz had targeted voters using religious stereotyping, had insulted Sanders’ staff, and had pretty much made sure that any chance Bernie had of making a comeback were squelched in primarily the Kentucky primary, where questions about missing ballots were never resolved. Bernie was robbed! So, what do the Bernie supporters in Florida 23 do?
Out of those 700,000 people, 28,000 thought she was doing such a fine job they supported her.
A little over 650,000 didn’t even bother to vote.
That is a remarkable 7% turnout.
I’m not sure what statistically is the worst participation rate in a state level race is, but this has to be close. Debra has to be incredibly relieved that she has reduced her congressional district to the most apathetic voters in the nation. If even 1 in 10 had voted, she probably would have lost her job.
Two takeaways from this remarkable election:
- I don’t want to hear anyone, and I do mean anyone, living in the north Miami area complain about their government. Shut up. Don’t do it. You all totally abdicated your right to complain. When a crowd not much bigger than a high school football game bothers to even vote, the whole district is at fault. You guys, for lack of caring about the government you expect to babysit you, have once again returned Debra Wasserman-Schultz to represent you. And even worse, represent the US as a Member of Congress.
- Bernie Sanders’ political career is now officially dead. I know he had more support in the spring than the 3% voter turnout he produced. His supporters got screwed as bad as you can get in the presidential primary. They were so outraged they apparently just gave up. Do the world favor, stay home in November. If Wasserman-Schulz is your idea of what you want representing your current values, just stay home. I know who you all would be voting for anyway and it won’t do the country any more good than Wasserman-Schultz has.
Truly pathetic. And people wonder why we keep sending these losers to Congress, and then complain about them once they are there, when they don’t even bother to vote in the first place.