The final nail in Bernie’s coffin

Remember all that talk months ago about Bernie Sanders being popular enough to run independent?

Don’t rule it out: Bernie Sanders (slightly) leaves door open for Green Party run with Jill Stein

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:

History, made! Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination

Then this happened:

Sanders endorses Clinton as Dems join forces against Trump

Then, this happened:

Here are the latest, most damaging things in the DNC’s leaked emails

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?

They re-elect Wasserman-Schultz.

Out of a little over 700,000 people in that district, 21,000 were so outraged with her they voted against her.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nancy Pelosi on Economic Development

Remember that one time when Nancy Pelosi claimed we’d lose 500 million jobs every month until we passed Obama’s Stimulus package?

Just to be clear, there are only about 300 million people in the United States. Although Factcheck went to great lengths to cover Nancy on this one, she did it more than once.  Nancy was never one to let obvious facts get in her way.  Or, for that matter, common sense.  “You have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”, “I was for it before I was against it.”  The list of stupid Pelosi quotes and actions is long.  Really long.  However, the good people of this town continue to vote for her in huge margins:

That’s San Francisco.  These voters could care less that the person they are voting for can accomplish simple math, has any comprehension of the congressional process, or for that matter, apparently will send the US to war without any clue whatsoever why we are going.

Now, these same people whine a lot about term limits.  Let me put this as clearly as I can.  If you are willing to vote for very stupid, corrupt people, repeatedly, for decades, what difference does it make who the candidate is?  The problem to me is not not “term limits”.  Every Representative is limited to two years.

The problem is the voter.  Until they actually think, we’ll just get younger Nancy Pelosi’s, or worse.

Sheila Jackson-Lee’s two Vietnams?

Two Vietnams, living side by side in peace?

Just curious, how many Vietnams do YOU think there are?

How many Vietnams are there?

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SPOILER:

According to Wikipedia, there is only one Vietnam. That’s not really a new thing, it’s been that way since 1975 when the US pulled out and let the communist North Vietnam invade the South.

That speech by Sheila Jackson-Lee was possibly the most embarrassing speech by a Congressperson in 2010.

Immediately after that speech, she had to defend herself in a local election. She got about 70%. In 2012, after her people had a chance to consider the intelligence of their representative and make their opinion known, 75% voted for her anyway. By 2014, when apparently more people had a chance to ponder what was representing them, she only got 72% of the vote. So, the impact of being really ignorant of stuff fifth graders know pretty well is you gain 2 to 5% percent in Houston.

Sheila Jackson-Lee has given the world a profound amount of inane comments and very obviously racist opinions. But, that’s apparently what the people of TX-18 want.

Houston, you have given us a problem.

This will be a thread on my blog. I don’t blame the very stupid politicians in office as most people want to do. I blame the people that put them there. Politicians are not Illuminati or assigned by some deity. It is you, the voter, who puts them there. And, in this case, and many others you’ll see here, it’s the voter that ignores the obvious and votes for them regardless of what they do as an elected official. So, don’t blame the party, don’t blame the media, don’t blame some generic label like “good ole boys”. It’s you, the voter, who’s 100% at fault. In TX-18, there are about 650,000 people. The most votes Jackson-Lee has ever gotten as 146,000+ in 2012. In the last race she got 76,000+. That means less than 12% of the voters determined what the other 88% got.

If you don’t vote, you get what you deserve and you can’t blame it on anyone else. Period.

Now you’ve got a good idea where I’m coming from on politics. Keep reading at your own risk.