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.

Obama and Scalia and Trump

I don’t trust Obama.  I think he’s morally bankrupt.  Just thought I’d get that out of the way to avoid any confusion from this point on.

That being said, the death of Antonin Scalia has thrown a major wrench in the 2016 presidential election.  The ramifications I expect, and do understand I’m not a paid commentator or live in north Virginia for the most part.

  1. Obama will use this to push his agenda, not in an effort to show respect to the Founding Fathers.  I expect Eric Holder will be a major consideration, if not the out-and-out expected nominee.  He’s wildly liberal, he’s from Chicago, he’s black, and his religion is questionable at best.  And, he has an open contempt of the US Constitution, at one point arguing that international law trumps Constitutional Law, a point Obama has often cited in his support of global warming mandates.
  2. There will be a bloodbath in the confirmation process unlike anything we’ve ever seen.  The problem being that since 1997, the sitting Democrats still in office argued that they had no  Constitutional expectation to confirm any Presidential nomination to the Supreme Court.  And, as recently as 2007, Chuck Schumer spoke at length that the Democrats should not support any Bush nominee because it was an election year.  Which at the time, it wasn’t.  Being as this one is, that makes Schumer and the rest look remarkably hypocritical, which I doubt they really care.  They know their voters will support them anyway.
  3. This will change the course of the Republican primary.  Donald Trump has enjoyed a political free ride this election cycle.  No matter how crazy he acts, people have laughed and voted for him.  NOW, it’s serious.  NOW, a moderate Supreme Court judge could tilt the balance to the liberals for a while on some issues.  NOW, gun control becomes realistic.  NOW, those whacky liberal tendencies Trump has mean something.  Advantage Cruz and Rubio.
  4. Trump’s sudden scorched-Earth attacks on Jeb’s brother could NOT come at a worse time.  Iraq was litmus for conservative and liberal extremes.  There is no in-between.  There was no N0-Fly zones for a decade.  There was no Bill Clinton shooting million dollar missiles at camels in a desert.  There was no Iran/Iraq chemical warfare the United Nations sanctioned both Iran and Iraq over.  None of that exists with those two groups.  It ALL started when George W. Bush invaded Iraq for no real reason.  Either you supported it, or you were lied to.  The Republicans for the most part supported it.  The Democrats, Hollywood, and left media all were suddenly “lied to”.  Nancy Pelosi, who supported it before, suddenly had no clue what she was voting for and had been lied to once the two took sides.  Trump has suddenly taken up with the liberals in a huge way in his attacks on George.  He’s 100% in the liberal camp on this issue.  I don’t think most Republicans want to take the chance that his judicial nominee would have that philosophy.  People who take things like this seriously have to be walking away from Trump right now.  I know I have.  He has no chance with me in the primary now.  South Carolina, in five days, will tell us for sure what’s going on.  One week before South Carolina, Trump has a 20 point lead.  I bet it shrinks.
  5. Lastly, although the Constitution is clear how this works, look for MOST people to completely disregard the Constitution when arguing how the other guy is ignoring the Constitution.  I hope my readers here read a little more than that.  The President nominates, which Obama can do at any time he wishes.  The Senate confirms, which any Senator can, or can not do, at any time.  There is no time limit and just because the President nominates does not guarantee the nominee HAS to be confirmed.  Just ask Harriet Miers, Robert Bork, or Douglas Ginsburg.

Quickie update, change that to Loretta Lynch.  She’s perfect for Obama.  Wildly liberal, openly shows preference to Muslims ( promising to prosecute anyone who disparages Muslims ), female, and socialist Democrat ).  Loretta openly opposes MOST of the Constitutional Amendment.  Notably gun control, obviously freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  As Attorney General, her credentials are impeccable.  Perfect.  Expect her nomination the first day the Senate convenes in order to maximize conflict in an election year and further polarize this country.