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Excerpt: "To paraphrase the words of that Scottish master Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice, men - and women - go often astray, or 'gang aft agley,' as they say in the Highlands. No one knows this better than Hillary Rodham Clinton."

DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaking in Washington, D.C. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaking in Washington, D.C. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

21 May 16

 

The Democratic National Committee chair has thrown fuel on the flames of infighting just as the party faces a critical November election

o paraphrase the words of that Scottish master Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice, men — and women — go often astray, or “gang aft agley,” as they say in the Highlands. No one knows this better than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Twice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Certainly, Hillary Clinton is angered by all of this, but the one seemingly more aggrieved — if public comments and private actions are any indication — is Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Hillary surrogate who takes umbrage like ordinary folks pop their vitamins in the morning.

As we recently wrote, “… She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates for Big Money, brought lobbyists into the inner circle and oiled all the moving parts of the revolving door that twirls between government service and cushy jobs in the world of corporate influence.”

And that ain’t all. As a member of Congress, particularly egregious has been her support of the payday loan business, defying new regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would rein in an industry that soaks desperate borrowers. As President Obama said, “While payday loans might seem like easy money, folks often end up trapped in a cycle of debt.”

In fact, according to an article by Bethany McLean in the May issue of The Atlantic, “After studying millions of payday loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that 67 percent went to borrowers with seven or more transactions a year, and the majority of borrowers paid more in fees than the amount of their initial loan.”

A recent editorial in the Orlando Sentinel notes that 7 percent of Florida’s population “must resort to this predatory form of small-dollar credit – nearly the highest rate in the nation…” What’s more, “Based on a 14-day loan term, the typical payday loan… had an annual percentage rate of 278 percent. Many lenders advertise rates of more than 300 percent.” Let us repeat that slowly… 300 percent!

So why has Wasserman Schultz been so opposed to the CFPB’s proposed rules? She has said, “Payday lending is unfortunately a necessary component of how people get access to capital, [people] that are the working poor.” But maybe it has something more to do with the $2.5 million or so the payday loan industry has donated to Florida politicians from both parties since 2009. That’s according to a new report by the liberal group Allied Progress. More than $50,000 of that cash has gone to Rep. Wasserman Schultz.

But we digress. It’s the skullduggery going on within the Democratic Party establishment that’s our current concern and as we wrote in March, Rep. Wasserman Schultz “has played games with the party’s voter database, been accused of restricting the number of Democratic candidate debates and scheduling them at odd days and times to favor Hillary Clinton, and recently told CNN’s Jake Tapper that superdelegates — strongly establishment and pro-Clinton — are necessary at the party’s convention so deserving incumbent officials and party leaders don’t have to run for delegate slots ‘against grassroots activists.’ Let that sink in, but hold your nose against the aroma of entitlement.”

Now Wasserman Schultz has waded into the controversy over what happened or didn’t happen last weekend when Sanders supporters loudly and vehemently objected to the rules at the Nevada State Democratic Convention. In truth, some behaved badly at the event and others made trollish, violent and obscene threats to Democratic state chair Roberta Lange via phone, email and social media. There’s no excuse for such aggressive, creepy conduct, and Sanders was quick and direct in apologizing for the behavior of the rowdies and bullies.

But there is a double standard at play here. Why, pray tell, shouldn’t the peaceful majority of Sanders people be angry at the slow-motion, largely invisible rigging of the political process by Wasserman Schultz and the Clinton machine — all for the benefit of Secretary Clinton?

Wasserman Schultz claims the party rules over which she has presided (and manipulated) are “eminently fair.” She told CNN on Wednesday morning, “It is critical that we as candidates, we as Democratic Party leaders, everyone involved needs to make sure that we can take all the steps that we need to, to ensure that the process is not only run smoothly but that the response from the supporters of both candidates is appropriate and civil.”

In response to the DNC chair’s remarks, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver talked to CNN, too, and said Wasserman Schultz had been “throwing shade on the Sanders campaign since the very beginning… Debbie Wasserman Schultz has really been a divider and not really provided the kind of leadership that the Democratic Party needs.”

The Nation’s Joan Walsh, a Clinton supporter critical of the Sanders campaign, concurs: “Once again, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz escalated a conflict that she should have worked to defuse,” she writes. “… Wasserman Schultz is not helping her friend Hillary Clinton with her attacks on Sanders. Just the appearance of fairness can go a long way in assuaging worries about fairness. Wasserman Schultz’s defiant rebuke to the Sanders camp has made it worse.”

So, too, has her abolition of the restraints that had been placed on corporate lobbyists and big money — now they can write checks bankrolling what doubtless will be swank and profligate parties during this summer’s Democratic National Convention. At The Intercept, Lee Fang and Zaid Jilani report that a number of the members of the Philadelphia host committee “are actively working to undermine progressive policies achieved by President Barack Obama, including health care reform and net neutrality. Some… are hardly even Democratic Party stalwarts, given that many have donated and raised thousands of dollars for Republican presidential and congressional candidates this cycle.”

This is a slap in the face to progressives calling for a halt to big money and allowing lobbyists to buy our elected officials. And it’s contrary to what Hillary Clinton herself has said about money and politics on the campaign trail. The Sanders movement has shown that lots of cash can be raised from everyday people making small donations. His supporters and all of us should be outraged that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and convention officials have kowtowed not only to the corporate wing of their own party but also to those high rollers who back the opposition and ideas antithetical to a democracy.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz is facing a primary challenge for the first time this year, her opponent a law professor, activist and progressive Sanders supporter named Tim Canova. But the primary’s not until late August, long after the Democratic National Convention. Unless she steps down now or Hillary Clinton has her removed, Philadelphia will be dominated by someone who represents everything that has gone wrong with the Democratic Party and Washington. At the convention’s opening session, Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be bringing the gavel down squarely on progressive hopes of returning the party to its legacy as champion of working people and the dispossessed.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Time for her to go.

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+153 # danireland46 2016-05-21 09:13
This is from an HRC supporter: "The Nation’s Joan Walsh, a Clinton supporter critical of the Sanders campaign, concurs: “Once again, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz escalated a conflict that she should have worked to defuse,” she writes. “… Wasserman Schultz is not helping her friend Hillary Clinton with her attacks on Sanders. Just the appearance of fairness can go a long way in assuaging worries about fairness. Wasserman Schultz’s defiant rebuke to the Sanders camp has made it worse.”

Hubris - the arrogance of self assuredness, has DWS wrapped in its grip. She is so sure of herself, or so blinded by whatever reward HRC has promised her that she doesn't care how badly she hurts her party. SHE DEFINITELY HAS TO GO!
 
 
+164 # jimmyjames 2016-05-21 09:23
Debbie Shultz is a corporate shill just like Hillary Clinton. The old adage is true..."you can tell what kind of person you are by the company you keep". Every action and decision made by Shultz since the primary season began has been pro-Clinton, anti-Sanders, and helped the break up of the Democratic Party. If it wasn't for the threat of a Trump presidency, Hillary Clinton would not stand a chance in hell of winning the general election this fall. Even then, she may lose.
 
 
+119 # grandlakeguy 2016-05-21 11:13
Yes, it is time for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to go but it is also time for Hillary Clinton to go as well!
Hillary WILL lose with or without the departure of Schultz.
The painful truth that the DNC is choosing to ignore is that Hillary's record is absolutely toxic. The American voters have short memories and so many do not remember incidents such as her lies about coming under sniper fire in Bosnia and her vote to derail a ban on cluster bombs. Bernie Sanders was far too decent and overly polite to really address her past but Trump will find EVERYTHING that he can possibly use against her and create effective ads with that material.

At the time that Clinton voted to support the war on Iraq she made this public statement:
"IT IS TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO START THINKING OF IRAQ AS A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY'"
The video is easy to find. What kind of person equates the genocidal attack on a foreign country that has done nothing to us as a "BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY"?

Bernie Sanders is the candidate that will lead us to a better tomorrow...
It is not Trunp
and
It is not Clinton.
 
 
+80 # carp 2016-05-21 11:55
What kind of person equates the genocidal attack on a foreign country that has done nothing to us as a "BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY"?

A Neo conservative.
 
 
+42 # fletch1165 2016-05-21 13:49
And more recently Hillary announced she started thinking about the future generations just now, after Chelsea provided a grandchild. In other words no other children matter at all anywhere on the planet. Only now does she have an epiphany since she herself is a grandparent. Its too much for anyone to take. She's a calculating inhuman monster. Trump's splitting image. And DWS would rather have Trump than Sanders clearly.
 
 
+31 # lorenbliss 2016-05-21 21:36
@fletch1165: What if the One Percenters truly want a Trump presidency?

That way, the grandchildren and great-grandchil dren of the Bankers Plotters -- those who in 1934 schemed with Hitler and Mussolini to oust FDR, kill the New Deal and turn the U.S. into a fascist colossus -- will have at last fulfilled the ultimate, multi-generatio nal goal of the capitalist Ruling Class.

If this is what is happening -- and per Occam's Razor, it is the only hypothesis that explains each of the 2016 DemoPublican anomalies -- Sen Sanders is eerily cast by fate or karma in the same role as Gen. Smedley Butler, a heroic Marine twice honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor, who courageously exposed the plot.

But Butler would have failed -- and the U.S. become part of the Rome/Berlin/Tok yo Axis -- without the intervention of the Soviet Union via the U.S. Communist Party, whose comrades saw to it Butler's revelations were widely publicized and the plot thereby aborted.

Now we face a similar denouement. Hillary or Trump, the USian transition to fascism will be complete. Our freedom will have perished from the earth. Forever.

Yes, Hillary's fascism will be more immediately deadly. Her schemes of global conquest will undoubtedly trigger World War III and nuclear extinction. But Trump's fascism, with its anti-minority echoes of Nazi Germany, is ultimately just as deadly.

Who then will empower Sen. Sanders as Gen. Butler was empowered?

Who will save us from ourselves?
 
 
+16 # RLF 2016-05-22 05:14
Nice history Loren...Thanks!
 
 
+7 # grandlakeguy 2016-05-23 09:58
Perhaps this time the information highway known as the internet will save us.
The major problem however is the rigged voting machines and the apathy of the American people to that fact that our elections are no longer real.
 
 
+6 # Polisage 2016-05-23 11:08
Without Bernie, DNC vs. RNC is only a Punch and Judy show.
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2016-05-24 02:17
We are afraid to admit that our elections are stolen.

Is anybody aware that exit polls have shown Bernie ahead by wide margins (multiple times the normal margin of error) in so many states where the machine count made Hillary the ultimate winner that the liklihood of that happening is one in 91 million?

And what do we do? We just cancel the exit polls. That's right! Edison Research, the only company that has been selected by the media pool to do exit polling has announced
that exit polls have been cancelled in the U.S. A few people started to notice what was happening.

It isn't well known but at least since the last 3 elections only very early exit polling information was allowed to be publicized. After the machine count came in and was compared there have been such outrageous discrepancies that they have been "adjusting" the exit poll data to MATCH the machine counts. The exit poll data is supposed to tell us if the machine count is legitimate, not the other way around. We use exit polling data to determine if OTHER countries' elections are legitimate and have declared several to be fraudulent based on that data and have required new elections. But not here!

Now we won't have any checks anymore. Google exit poll discrepancies - Hillary Victory Fund - Chicago vote audit - South Carolina voting machine hack - Brooklyn registration stripping


https://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/democratic-primaries-426-exit-poll-anomalies-continued/
 
 
+28 # jsluka 2016-05-21 17:50
Neoconservative s also respond to global climate change and warming with the same idea; its just another business opportunity.
 
 
+21 # Linda 2016-05-21 20:26
Quoting carp:
What kind of person equates the genocidal attack on a foreign country that has done nothing to us as a "BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY"?

A Neo conservative.


A soulless Neo Conservative !
 
 
+52 # Merlin 2016-05-21 13:04
grandlakeguy 2016-05-21 11:13
“Yes, it is time for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to go but it is also time for Hillary Clinton to go as well!”

Right on guy.

This effort to remove Schultz is a distraction from the real problem, Clinton. We are not electing Schultz for President. Shultz is just the person running the sHillary show. Getting rid of her will not change anything that the DINO party has already set up and done during this election. A new DNC chair will be window dressing to mollify the Progressives. Nothing of importance will change but the face on the DNC. Bernie will gain nothing at the convention that has value with that “new face” banging the gavel.

Remember the program that was laid out? “Disqualify him, defeat him, and unify the party later.” Getting rid of Schultz would fall under the 3rd part. “Unifying the party.” And should sHillary become President, rest assured, there will be a fine place in her organization for Debbie who “was thrown under the bus,” for that part of the unification process.
 
 
+23 # tigerlillie 2016-05-21 16:29
A great post, grand. I didn't even know that HRC had openly and publicly referred to the invasion of Iraq as a "business opportunity." Shameless and inhuman. I am afraid that DWS's actions are a direct manifestation of the real HRC, semi- hidden under her rhetorical masquerade as a decent human being. The nice thing about Trump is that at least there is no pretense, or maybe it would be more accurate to say that his token efforts to masquerade as a humane person are totally transparent.
 
 
0 # SHK 2016-06-07 00:04
The problem is that they have seemingly rigged it to try to assure a Clinton victory. All the females who are voting for her in the primaries and the females in the senate who are backing her, especially the two despicable Californians are committing political suicide as far as I'm concerned (being a Californian). I am so angry I cannot stand it. She has been forced on us by cheating and by stupid women so blinded by the possibility of a female president that they are backing the very worst specimen possible who will set us back decades, if not centuries. She will assure that the next time a woman is trusted to govern in this country will be sometime in 2100. I'm am hideously disgusted and discouraged. I'm 78, female and would love to see a woman in the White House running things. But NOT THIS WOMAN! She is the worst possible choice for this spot. The only thing worse is if Elizabeth Warren lowers herself to run with her. She might think that she could provide a corrective influence but I sincerely doubt a bulldozer could divert Hillary from doing what she d*mn well pleases. Oh mighty FBI, if you've got something USE IT NOW!!
 
 
+25 # grandlakeguy 2016-05-21 22:36
Debbie Wasserman Schulty served as the campaign chairperson for Hillary in 2008.
Why would anyone expect her to be impartial in serving as DNC chair?
 
 
+36 # hobe 2016-05-21 09:41
I agree. She has been a terrible corp owned democratic chairwoman. It is time for her to go. She keeps picking and promoting Republicans to run for senate and has done nothing to unite the party or recognize that the party today is more liberal. We still like Clinton but not her.
 
 
+24 # Linda 2016-05-21 20:38
Quoting hobe:
I agree. She has been a terrible corp owned democratic chairwoman. It is time for her to go. She keeps picking and promoting Republicans to run for senate and has done nothing to unite the party or recognize that the party today is more liberal. We still like Clinton but not her.


Do you really think DWS has done these things all on her own ? Don't be so naive ,Hillary is the puppet master pulling the strings ,not just DWS strings but all the establishment Dems who have helped to rig this primary are under her control!They are all bought and paid for !
 
 
-49 # bbaldwin2001 2016-05-21 09:55
I like Clinton as well. However, she is getting a raw deal to have to run against the clown man - Trump. It is too bad that one of these guys sitting on their hands won't jump in at the last minute and shake the whole mess up. I wonder what our friendly allies are saying about this mess.. Hmmmm...
 
 
+14 # HowardMH 2016-05-21 11:54
There were several commentators on TV last night discussing this exact issue. Every single one of them said that most foreign countries think the US is currently the laughing stock of the world. I totally agree and it didn't start in the last year with the campaign idiots either. It has been building now for at least 7 1/2 years.
 
 
+36 # desertprogressive 2016-05-21 12:39
I don't agree with the 7 1/2 years comment, but it has been a laughing stock of the world since 1980! 9/11 put the final nail in the coffin.
 
 
+25 # tigerlillie 2016-05-21 16:34
You don't think that Bush Jr. was the laughing stock of the world? Robin Williams skewered him brilliantly.
 
 
+17 # lorenbliss 2016-05-22 04:13
Actually we're the laughing stock only when the One Percent's front men are obvious dullards like Ronnie or George II -- court jesters elevated to the imperial throne as a sign of the boundless contempt with which our One Percent overlords view not only us, we the people, but the very notion of governance apart from the prosperity-gosp el-sanctioned divine right of corporate despotism.

The rest of the time, when there's no need for humanity to "misunderestima te" the malevolence of the One Percent and the jesters are replaced by cluster-bomb tyrants, USia is the terror of the planet, the most monstrous empire ever, like some hybrid spawn of Abrahamic demons and Pagan lords of chaos, a conqueror from the Abyss...or beyond.

But it was not seven and a half years ago nor even 36 years ago that USia became what it is today. It was exactly 52 years and six months ago, 22 November 1963, the murder of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy -- the coup by which our nation of humanitarian promise became the horror that -- should our species somehow manage to survive the next few decades -- mothers will invoke to frighten naughty children a thousand years hence.
 
 
+1 # Salus Populi 2016-05-24 12:01
I appreciate your historical view, but I believe that while JFK's blatant murder signaled the full blossoming of the Black International, the seeds were planted considerably earlier. When Korea was divided by a straight edge of a map after wWII; when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were carried out against a defeated Japan to intimidate Stalin; when the National Security Act set up the official death squads and American Stasi; when Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA overthrew Mossadegh on behalf of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and the U.S. fossil fuel industry; when the Dulles brothers, acting on behalf of United Fruit, overthrew Arbenz; when the Eisenhower administration undermined Vietnamese unification, or threatened a nuclear strike against non-nuclear China over Quemoy and Matsu; when the Lebanon coup took place with U.S. support; when a plane full of innocent passengers was blown up by the Guomindang with the knowledge of the CIA, in a plot to kill Zhou Enlai; when the first plot to overthrow Sukarno was exposed; when the CIA and MI-6, with Stalin's blessings, presided over the crushing of the Greek partisans by the royalists, or ensured the winning and installation of the "Christian Democrats" in postwar Italy; when Kennedy allowed the Bay of Pigs to go on, and sent the first "advisers" to Indochina, and allied with Tshombe to kill both Dag Hammarskjold and Patrice Lumumba; [continued next post
 
 
+1 # Salus Populi 2016-05-24 12:18
[continued] when his brinksmanship and macho posturing almost brought the world to nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis; when he forced Laos, until then a neutral nation in the Cold War, to abandon its coalition government in favor of a strongly right wing one, which precipitated war and bombing in that country ... all these preceded his assassination, along with such active atomic sneak attack plans as Operation Broiler and Operation Sizzler, the testing of radiation on human subjects in the Pacific, the refusal to sign a no-first-use agreement offered by Russia, the signing off on the brilliant idea of hiring the Mafia to kill Castro, and so forth.

This is not to blame Kennedy in particular for his aggressive policies, as at least he had the sense, courage and humility to change course radically when he saw the results of those policies -- which is, in my view, what led to his assassination.

But just as Rome wasn't burnt in a day, the devolution of the U.S. into one more lesson in the ultimate failure of empire and terror was the project of generations and more than half a century, even leaving out the pre-WWII genocides and bellicose "American exceptionalist, " evangelical manifest destiny crap.

I do agree with you that Nov. 22, 1963 was a major benchmark on the road to fascism.
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2016-05-24 23:34
I recently listened to an audio book The Devils Chessboard about the Dulles brothers.

http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Chessboard-Dulles-Americas-Government/dp/0062276166?ie=UTF8&keywords=The%20Devils%20chessboard&qid=1464154392&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

This crap goes WAY WAY back to a time of WWII, and before I was born. The book was very illuminating in a discouraging way.
 
 
+34 # wrknight 2016-05-21 13:21
Quoting bbaldwin2001:
I like Clinton as well. However, she is getting a raw deal to have to run against the clown man - Trump. It is too bad that one of these guys sitting on their hands won't jump in at the last minute and shake the whole mess up. I wonder what our friendly allies are saying about this mess.. Hmmmm...

Having spent the last 6 weeks travelling about Spain, Italy, France, Austria and even Liechtenstein, those with whom we have talked think that Americans have lost the bubble. And I tend to agree.
 
 
+51 # Doc Mary 2016-05-21 13:59
I have a number of friends overseas and they are very worried about "Mussolini Strong Man" Trump - but they are also worried about Clinton's propensity to involve the US in other nations' affairs (i.e., "regime change"). Pity the Democratic Party saw Sanders as a threat rather than an opportunity.
 
 
+29 # Blackjack 2016-05-21 16:08
I second that, wrknight, and can add Germany and Portugal to the list. Most started realizing how stupid the U.S. electorate is when GWB took office. Neither Trump nor HRC will produce a different perception from our allies.
 
 
+22 # Linda 2016-05-21 20:35
Quoting bbaldwin2001:
I like Clinton as well. However, she is getting a raw deal to have to run against the clown man - Trump. It is too bad that one of these guys sitting on their hands won't jump in at the last minute and shake the whole mess up. I wonder what our friendly allies are saying about this mess.. Hmmmm...


Canada ,France ,Australia and I am sure other countries as well are all hoping Bernie Sanders wins . They know Hillary and they want nothing to do with her arrogant, hawkish,soulles s self ! They like the guy with a heart and soul and good judgement Bernie Sanders !
 
 
+71 # NAVYVET 2016-05-21 09:59
I'm convinced that nearly all the phone call(s?? Were there really more than one?) had to have been concocted by opponents of Bernie Sanders in an attempt to discredit his followers--of whom I am one. I'm quite a lot more elderly than some, so I've been witnessing the craven slime of agents provacateurs all the way back to the early civil rights actions of the mid-1950s, in my college days.

In those days we nicknamed agents provacateurs and other sneak political enemies "goon" squads. I now feel distressed when people call them "trolls", after re-reading most of my Terry Pratchett Discworld novels, in which some of the most likeable and charming of his protagonists are trolls made of stone named Cliff, Mr Diamond, etc., including an ex-felon who was nicknamed Detritus in his early juvenile delinquent years, but who can solve quadratic equations when he's chilled out. Pratchett's trolls, you see, are stupid in warm climates, but put them near a glacier or into an ice house and in ten minutes they become geniuses. I'm a little bit like that myself. Like so many who grew up in Florida, my brain boils away in hot weather, but comes alive and creative below 40 degrees. Some historians -- I'm not kidding! -- have concluded that this explains why so much idiotic nonsense has emerged from below the Mason-Dixon line. So, how about reviving "goon"?
 
 
+19 # tigerlillie 2016-05-21 16:38
Navyvet, I am so glad that our local goons have taken a hike. It seems to me that more people of varying opinions are commenting now, which I am glad to see.
 
 
+12 # jsluka 2016-05-21 17:54
Lets follow Navyvety's line, and all start referring to trolls as goons.
 
 
+16 # Linda 2016-05-21 20:52
NavyVet , Did you see the video of Barbara Boxer at the Nevada Convention goading the Bernie supporters and on her way out she is blowing kisses at them and pegging fingers.
Yup the Democratic party is off the rails, they will do anything to hang onto that golden goose they see Bernie is a threat to them becoming millionaires a hundred times over !
 
 
+64 # Charles3000 2016-05-21 10:00
Taking her out in the primary will be the best way...
 
 
+1 # karenvista 2016-05-24 02:26
Quoting Charles3000:
Taking her out in the primary will be the best way...


She's already announced her retirement a while back. That's why she did what she did.
 
 
+82 # Charles3000 2016-05-21 10:03
The Clintons need to go too...both of them. Their time has past. HRC will go down in either the convention or the general. Either way, the Clinton neoliberal/neoc on/3rd way will be gone and good riddance.
 
 
+56 # grandlakeguy 2016-05-21 12:00
Another quote from Hillary Clinton:

"MY POLITICAL BELIEFS ARE ROOTED IN THE CONSERVATISM THAT I WAS RAISED WITH"

It is so clear that the Democratic party has been infiltrated and infected with stealth Republicans such as Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (remember Joe Lieberman?). Just like their real Republican allies they have absolutely no qualms about rigging the system, depressing voter access to the polls and far worse.

It is time to fumigate the party of FDR and tell these posers to return to the Republican party from whence they came.
 
 
+27 # tigerlillie 2016-05-21 16:41
Bill Clinton's impersonation of a Democrat made him one of the most destructive president' s ever, in my opinion.
 
 
+70 # turtleislander 2016-05-21 10:11
When I read about these cretins running the DNC I feel weary and borderline despair. So tuned out and one supposes drunk on power and money. Every arrogant and self satisfied gesture by hillary and dws and their ilk probably produces another Trump voter.
 
 
+1 # SHK 2016-05-23 03:07
"Every arrogant and self satisfied gesture by hillary and dws and their ilk probably produces another Trump voter." WHY doesn't it produce another BERNIE voter!!!??? What's wrong with the Dems that they don't understand that Bernie is the real deal??? He is what a Democrat ought to be—forget what he calls himself. Look at what he does! He is as close to FDR as we'll ever get. Why don't people see that? There are many more of us than there are of the millionaires! We must convince the hoi poloi that Bernie is the best thing for us that has come down the pike in decades! Forget Hillary. Champion Bernie! Call him what he is: an FDR democrat—of, by and for the people! It's the way we can win. Stop talking about HRC and her wannabe DWS. Talk about the Bern and his similarity to FDR. Even if they just studied him in school everyone knows FDR took us out of the depression and got us through WWII. We have to hope the FBI takes care of her for us, but women (and I am one) are so blinded by the desire to have a woman president they don't understand that one of HRC's ilk will put us back in the stone age! They won't let another woman anywhere near the White House for centuries! Forget HER. Stick with talking up Bernie. Sometimes any talk is better than being ignored to people like Hillary. Ignoring her will be like a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West!!!
 
 
+3 # turtleislander 2016-05-23 19:42
I hope it does produce more Sanders voters! I hope they are not buying the mainstream crap. It's just to show how alienating and counterproducti ve her arrogance is.
 
 
+2 # karenvista 2016-05-24 02:32
Because the primary elections are being stolen (see my comment above.) That's why Bernie wins the caucuses and precincts with paper ballots and Hillary wins most of the machine counts.
 
 
+52 # mcafeetr 2016-05-21 10:12
Should Hillary prevail one can only speculate as to what white house position awaits Ms. W-S.
 
 
+34 # turtleislander 2016-05-21 11:50
[quote name="mcafeetr" ]Should Hillary prevail one can only speculate as to what white house position awaits Ms. W-S.[/quote

That is too horrible to contemplate.
 
 
+10 # Linda 2016-05-21 21:00
AQuoting mcafeetr:
Should Hillary prevail one can only speculate as to what white house position awaits Ms. W-S.


Ambassador to Israel ! She would love that job or SOS !
I would love to duck tape her arse to a missile and send it ?????? Guess where ?
 
 
+1 # karenvista 2016-05-24 02:34
Quoting mcafeetr:
Should Hillary prevail one can only speculate as to what white house position awaits Ms. W-S.


Secretary of State like her mentor.
 
 
+77 # tenureme 2016-05-21 10:18
This article exemplifies my frustration of recent years. Every time I look hopefully left I see a discouraging right.

DWS has completed the Democrats' final transition to Republican lite (begun by Bill Clinton and the neoliberal DNC crowd two decades back)... militarism and corporatism as a feigned display of "progessivism", all done in the relentless pursuit of power at the cost of party and country (just like the Republicans). Can you hear Wellstone's sobs from the grave?

As a local union president I got a first hand look at my "union's" insider cronyism, political vote-rigging, and abandonment of any vestige of political activism once I was permitted a look behind the curtain of insider winks and nods. The institutional inertia felt like Jupiter's gravity. That union's main function now is to act as a shill for its insurance affiliate... would-be could-be progressives with no purpose or direction other than their own cloistered self interests.

Is there any doubt that a revolution is necessary? And, personally, I don't mind if a few chairs get tossed. Death threats to family members?... no, but other displays of "unseemly" rowdyism?... absolutely.

DWS is a poster child (along with HRC herself) for why so many millions of true progressives - including me - will have a hard time pulling the lever for HRC this fall. Left, right, what's the difference if none are truly left? (I give $10 to Bernie every time I see DWS' or Claire McCaskill's face on the news).
 
 
+88 # MEHoyer 2016-05-21 10:21
The Democratic Party would be much better off if it spent a little time apologizing for the biased way it has run this primary season instead of trying to demonize Sanders and his followers for being angry. Every thing that they do just adds insult to the injury.
 
 
+16 # Linda 2016-05-21 21:10
Quoting MEHoyer:
The Democratic Party would be much better off if it spent a little time apologizing for the biased way it has run this primary season instead of trying to demonize Sanders and his followers for being angry. Every thing that they do just adds insult to the injury.


I think it's way too late for apologies ,they went to far Barbara Boxer goading Sanders supporters doing her Rah rah Hillary on the mic in Nevada then blowing kisses at them and pegging them the finger on her way out .No I think those who were there or saw the video that I saw of the blatant cheating that went on and the disrespect they showed Bernie supporters then having the gall to call them rowdy ,,no they won't be voting for Hillary . Actually a few Hillary supporters may change their minds as well because there were some of them who actually took Bernie supporters side on the issue of not treating them fairly !
 
 
+28 # nice2bgreat 2016-05-21 10:31
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It's one of those things.

Debbie Wasserman-Schul tz should go because she is an incompetent and a partisan. And for these reasons she should be denounced and rebuked during removal.

However, DWS is completely competent as a partisan; in that, she has what it takes -- exactly as the chairperson of the Nevada Democratic Party is a competent partisan.

But the damage is already done.

While it's the right thing to do and would be nominally satisfying, removing DWS, offers no remedy to what has already been done.

What has been revealed, through damaging effect, has long been known; that the D-Party, the new (and now, long time) corporatist party is corrupt; and that apologist, lemming Democratic-Part y voters are as much a problem as the originating mouthpiece.

What has been done has no clear remedy.

So to suggest that removing DWS as DNC Chair -- which ought to be a first order of business, which the D-Party might just do just to satiate the Berners through the election -- will be satisfactory is just wrong.

Wasserman-Schul tz's banishment will be just a ploy, and her political brazenness (on behalf of Clinton), as well as her loyalty to Clinton will be rewarded down the road.

So, what is really gained (from the perspective of Berners) by accepting the Trojan-Horse appeasement-offering?

DWS's removal ought be accepted -- similarly to a pre-sentencing speech from a guilty defendant to family-members of murder victims -- without altering sentencing.
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+30 # nice2bgreat 2016-05-21 11:16
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The point is, that removal of Debbie Wasserman-Schul tz ought be a matter of course and Party justice -- a recognition that she has failed miserably at fairly attending her duties of a legitimate Party -- and not at all a "concession".
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+31 # dquandle 2016-05-21 13:48
On the contrary, Wasserman-Schul tz is highly competent. Its just that her competence lies in the field of destroying democracy and subverting human rights and dignity, for corporate neocon power and for empire. She, like her mistress Hillary, are harpies and parasites, feeding on, and gleefully ending the lives of actual humans, for profit and power.
 
 
+20 # alliqat 2016-05-21 16:05
Quoting dquandle:
On the contrary, Wasserman-Schultz is highly competent. Its just that her competence lies in the field of destroying democracy and subverting human rights and dignity, for corporate neocon power and for empire. She, like her mistress Hillary, are harpies and parasites, feeding on, and gleefully ending the lives of actual humans, for profit and power.

Damn.......that was spot on and I'm asayin' AMEN!
 
 
+10 # librarian1984 2016-05-21 20:53
She may be good at the mechanics of dirty politics but she does not have on camera skills, so to speak. It's easy to tell she's lying. A truly talented pol would have us thanking her as she gave us the shaft.
 
 
+54 # cymricmorty 2016-05-21 10:35
The Democratic party of Wasserman-Schul tz (and thus HRC, no matter what she says) has nothing but scorn for the millions of struggling working people their party is supposed to stand for. Wasserman-Schul tz's cynical claim that predatory loans of up to 300% are necessary for the working poor to access capital perfectly illustrates her contempt for the "little people." This is actively adversarial to Elizabeth Warren's sensible and viable Post Office bank plan which would provide basic services including short term loans with small interest.

Most working people I know are struggling and when bound to the endless cycle of payback of these loans (and people often end up with several loans as they fall ever more behind), people in an already precarious position can easily end up outdoors.

In its current state, the Dem party is doomed unless it can somehow shake off the Third Way. Sanders Dems and Independents can then keep the reformed Dem party or form another, a fearsome thought to the smug elitist Dems.

http://americablog.com/2016/04/debbie-wasserman-schultz-plays-sides-payday-lending.html
 
 
+49 # RMDC 2016-05-21 10:48
The Clinton's seized control of the Democrat party in the 90s and made it over in their own likeness -- neo-liberals and neo-conservativ es. The same thing happened when Rove took over the Republican party. Rove lost his control and the republican party is in a mess. Thank god!

Now it is time for the Clinton's to lose control of the democrats. Wasserman-Schul tz is only a symptom of the Clinton corruption. Her career has been tied to theirs. They all must go. A defeat of Hillree is the sure way to push the Clintons out. This defeat can come at the hands of Sanders who is a good candidate. Or it can come at the hands of Trump who is a bad candidate. But change needs to come, no matter who is the agent of change.

American politics needs to free itself from the tyranny of the family controlled political parties. Change is always a risk and it is hard. Obama offered a safe change and we got nothing. Sanders and Trump offer risky change. I'm willing to take the risk.
 
 
+38 # Blackjack 2016-05-21 10:50
The job of the DNC Chair is to offer all candidates a fair shake. DWS is self absorbed to the point of corruption. She has grabbed onto HRC's coattails in order to keep herself in the public eye so that she will be ensured a place in an HRC administration. HRC cannot imagine not being President because after all, she believes she has paid her dues, it's her time, and it's a woman's time. DWS is doing everything in her power to help her toward the goal of presidential coronation because she cannot imagine herself out on her ass as DNC Chair and as FL House Rep. How can anyone think the woman card is a good idea when these two women are the ones at the helm of the Dem ship?
 
 
+26 # librarian1984 2016-05-21 12:02
The two of them are going to set women back a fair ways, as a matter of fact.

Years from now, little girls will say: Hey, maybe I can be president too! Does that mean *I* have to go to jail like President Hillary and her cellmate Debbie, Mommy?
 
 
-66 # ericlipps 2016-05-21 10:58
Quote:
wice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.
The mighty wind, and the bag it fills.

I'm sorry, but Bernie Sanders' increasingly shrill campaign just doesn't move me.

As Obama taught us all, great speeches and cheering throngs don't make for a great presidency. Actions do, and I have little confidence that Sen. Sanders could deliver on his promises even if he were somehow elected president.

As for his followers, I fear their behavior in Nevada is nothing more than the mask coming off. They were willing to be civilized as long as it looked as though their hero might win the nomination, but now that it doesn't, they're throwing tantrums and issuing threats of physical harm to party leaders who won't jump aboard the Sandwagon.
 
 
+33 # nice2bgreat 2016-05-21 13:39
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You are likely a pain in the ass when a restaurant screws up your order.

To fault the Sanders delegates -- likely through false reporting -- for standing against real injustice is typical of D-Party (see/hear no evil) apologist lemmings.

And all that other disparaging bullsh!t isn't even worth addressing, except to point out that the "throwing [of] tantrums and issuing threats of physical harm to party leaders" has nothing to do with not jumping aboard with Sanders and everything to do with the corrupt D-Party and its manifestation at the Nevada convention.

Also, one can only imagine how shrill people of your ilk would be if Bernie Sanders used the enormous arsenal available to him against Hillary Clinton.

The claims of sexism and "only helping Republicans" wielded at every turn despite Sanders' kid-gloves says it all.

It likely matters not that people like me have already voted for two women for President and would have supported Elizabeth Warren. We are still "Bernie Bros" for not standing along side your corporatist liar Hillary.

That true leftists won't play dumb as Clinton morphs progressive during election season may be frustrating for the D's Seeking Vagina to break the glass hymen.

But to many, Presidential politics is not the same as high-school/col lege-fraternity fun, to laugh and game.

The D-Party apparatchik holding Hillary's hand as she cackles her way through the D-Party primaries is upsetting to voters who actually value democracy.
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+15 # fletch1165 2016-05-21 14:28
You evidently know normal Hillary and Trump supporters when I know NONE. The pot calling the kettle black. Go ahead and embrace your criminal business as usual laissez-faire mass murderers. You won't be popular with anyone who has actual morality. That much is clear. So why post this nonsense here instead of FOX news where it belongs?
 
 
+19 # alliqat 2016-05-21 16:03
People like you are why so many of us Bernie supporters refuse to vote for SHILLary. You want her...she's all yours. We want nothing to do with her.
And all we see is people like you throwing tantrums and being chicken little like in you blubbering about tRump. Don't want tRump.....vote Bernie. Vote SHILLary, you get tRump. ALL ON YOU!
 
 
+1 # lark3650 2016-05-24 16:52
Quoting ericlipps:
Quote:
wice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

The mighty wind, and the bag it fills.

I'm sorry, but Bernie Sanders' increasingly shrill campaign just doesn't move me.

As Obama taught us all, great speeches and cheering throngs don't make for a great presidency. Actions do, and I have little confidence that Sen. Sanders could deliver on his promises even if he were somehow elected president.

As for his followers, I fear their behavior in Nevada is nothing more than the mask coming off. They were willing to be civilized as long as it looked as though their hero might win the nomination, but now that it doesn't, they're throwing tantrums and issuing threats of physical harm to party leaders who won't jump aboard the Sandwagon.
The display of frustration by Bernie Sanders supporters at the Nevada convention was just that...a display of frustration provoked by the Chairperson Roberta Lange and Barbara Boxer.
I suggest you look up the definition of democracy or read the constitution. Descent is democratic.
 
 
+33 # djnova50 2016-05-21 11:16
As I have written in a comment to a different article. Bernie, as well as his supporters, has the right to be angry with what the DNC has done during this campaign season. You can read what Bernie said at the link below:

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/statement-nevada/

DWS, HRC, and the DNC has done much to sabotage Bernie. I won't be voting for Hillary Clinton no matter what. She does not deserve my vote.
 
 
-40 # mjcamero 2016-05-21 11:20
I'd like her to go as well, but this entire article and most of the letters have the stench of a campaign in an endless search for a scapegoat for their loss. Time to get over it and funnel our rage agains trump. The conspiracy theories will get you nowhere.
 
 
+26 # cymricmorty 2016-05-21 11:50
Giving in to the Third Way and neo's will get us nowhere. This is where I draw the line.
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+21 # Jim Rocket 2016-05-21 12:05
"Conspiracy facts" are more like it. Don't be too confident that the Hillary and Debbie will beat Trump. He can't be defeated in the normal way. Calling him "dangerous Don" has already backfired. It makes him sound cool. If I was a superdelegate who cared about winning the election more than kissing butt I would be ready to shift my vote at the convention - if Trump hasn't self-destructed by then.
 
 
+16 # fletch1165 2016-05-21 14:31
Almost no one here is voting for either neocon Trump or sHillary. What conspiracy theory? Shut off the TV/idiot box and stop being brainwashed by open fascists. How about learning the actual verified truth and stop bullshitting? Government experts are liars. Only experts with nothing to gain and not on a corporate pay roll can be trusted. Its basic common sense. You're the one living a fairy tale. Born yesterday or something. A kid 12 years old knows more than you in 5 minutes of researching evidently.
 
 
+18 # QueenBee62 2016-05-21 11:50
This woman should have been gone when she stupidly refused to reschedule the Democratic candidate debates to a night other than Saturday. She has shown herself to be incompetent and completely tone-deaf to the need to unite, rather than divide, Democrats. She has no business heading the DNC.

The question is how to get rid of her before the Democratic convention. The article says Hillary Clinton has the power to remove her. Really? That's news to me. I would think it would be the people who put her in charge, whoever they are. If it is true, though, then Clinton supporters should actively campaign and press Clinton to remove her, and do it NOW. It would go a long way to restoring some faith in the Democratic Party, as well as create good will toward Clinton.
 
 
+12 # DaveEwoldt 2016-05-21 16:45
As far as I know, the leader of the Democratic Party, which is Prez Obama, appoints the DNC chair. While I kinda doubt that DWS was his personal choice, he can remove her, but I don't know if anyone else can.
 
 
+5 # trusted commenter 2016-05-22 02:08
Correct. Some of the reasons are noted here. http://www.politico.com/story/2011/04/wasserman-schultz-to-lead-dnc-052605 Additionally, I believe DWS has a personal affinity with Clinton but none with Obama. http://www.businessinsider.com/report-tensions-between-obama-and-debbie-wasserman-schultz-2014-9 Nevertheless he's endorsed her in the upcoming Congressional primary, which probably will determine the winner in November because the district is strongly Democratic. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/274443-obama-endorses-wasserman-schultz-in-primary
 
 
+8 # jimbo 2016-05-21 12:41
Hillary desperately needs Bernie voters, assuming she wins the Democratic nomination, to beat Trump. Problem is, with me, the tactics she is using pissed me off, just as do the tactics used by republicans that are underhanded and nasty. At this point I will not vote for Hillary, and I will continue with this approach until direct action is taken by Hillary to prove to me that she and the DNC demand fairness. So far they are failing, and I expect them to continue failing, because in a fair fight Bernie will win. I think Hillary will be a good nominee, but I won't tolerate corruption and that's what Hillary is riding on now, in my opinion.
 
 
+13 # fletch1165 2016-05-21 14:36
She got a W-2 form from Goldman Sach's. She is a Goldman Sach's employee. The horse is already out of the barn and across the country thousands of miles by now.
 
 
+16 # alliqat 2016-05-21 15:54
Quoting jimbo:
Hillary desperately needs Bernie voters, assuming she wins the Democratic nomination, to beat Trump. Problem is, with me, the tactics she is using pissed me off, just as do the tactics used by republicans that are underhanded and nasty. At this point I will not vote for Hillary, and I will continue with this approach until direct action is taken by Hillary to prove to me that she and the DNC demand fairness. So far they are failing, and I expect them to continue failing, because in a fair fight Bernie will win. I think Hillary will be a good nominee, but I won't tolerate corruption and that's what Hillary is riding on now, in my opinion.

Lost me with the "hillary being a good nominee" but the rest is pretty much spot on....
 
 
+9 # Merlin 2016-05-22 04:48
alliqat 2016-05-21 15:54

Lost me with the "hillary being a good nominee" but the rest is pretty much spot on....

I second your thoughts.
 
 
+9 # desertprogressive 2016-05-21 13:18
It's time to evaluate other voting system, and do away with the rigged system in the U.S. If it requires a constitutional amendment, so be it.

As a starting point, this site lists pros and cons for each alternative system.

http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/voting-systems

The 'Majoritarian' system 'First past the post', is the U.S. system, so I didn't include those options.

Proportional Representation
More representative as seats are distributed according to vote share
-Single Transferable Vote Additional Member System
-Party List PR

Mixed Systems
Combines the features of majoritarian-st yle systems and Proportional Representation
-Additional Member System
-Alternative Vote Plus

Majoritarian Systems
Highly Disproportional
-First Past The Post
 
 
+33 # Doc Mary 2016-05-21 14:22
I was there. No chairs were tossed. There was no violence.

The Sanders supporters were cynically denied a voice while their votes were openly and deliberately stolen. I have no doubt that the Nevada state convention committee was under orders to "save Nevada for Hillary" - which they did - gaining a whole 6 votes in Philadelphia.

And at what cost?

This was NOT the wild and crazy bunch of radicals depicted in the news. When the chair of the committee used a voice vote to approve a hastily written new set of rules - that gave the chair the power to deny the usual right to a vote count, and also the power to deny motions from the floor (right after she refused to accept petitions with as many as 900 signatures) - the group started chanting "Roberts Rules of Order" (which were presumably in effect UNTIL the new rules were approved). Oooh, how radical and scary! Imagine! Roberts Rules of Order!

Portraying hardworking and earnest Sanders supporters as "violent" because some nitwits left rude comments on the chair's voicemail was, again, both wrong and stupid.

Nevada needs to elect a Democrat to replace Harry Reid, and the presidential race is predicted to be close in the state. Come the fall, when they might want those enthusiastic volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls, I think they will have cause to regret having been so heavy-handed in May.

I hope the DNC shows more sense in Philadelphia.
 
 
+17 # tigerlillie 2016-05-21 16:57
Wonderful post from an eye witness. Oh the horrors of those vile protesters chanting "Roberts Rule of Orders."
 
 
+17 # lfeuille 2016-05-21 17:26
DWS is a manifestation of the problem with the Democratic establishment, not the problem itself and simply replacing her with someone else, who many be a little less crass, but is still wedded to the corporatist agenda will not unify the party when her favored candidate is just as bad. Hillary did not protest the not so subtle bias of the DNC under DWS. She would not be the presumptive nominee without it. Many, including me, cannot support her, not only because of the dirty tricks campaign, but also because of what that campaign was about - more trickle-down and war.
 
 
+12 # StuBones1960 2016-05-21 21:49
I think this election could well be the beginning of the end of the two party system as both the GOP and the DP fracture. I truly hope so.
 
 
-13 # Robbee 2016-05-22 00:26
the gentlemen doth protest too much! - # Merlin 2016-05-21 13:04
grandlakeguy 2016-05-21 11:13
“Yes, it is time for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to go but it is also time for Hillary Clinton to go as well!”

- you don't throw out the baby with the bathwater!

if hill had not! decades-long progressive credentials! - if hill had not! preference to rump! - by no less than bernie! - warren! - and reich! - well! maybe? - but if hill survives bernie's challenge? - which should last until the DNC convention! - i pray! - then! - okay! go hill! - or! as say bernie! - warren! - and reich! - go hill!
 
 
+9 # Billy Bob 2016-05-22 09:57
"you don't throw out the baby with the bathwater!"

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No you don't. Apparently, you elect Hitlery. She can just BLOW THEM UP for profit.
 
 
+4 # Texas Aggie 2016-05-22 06:06
The main reason that HRC needs to see her go is that as long as she is in power, there can be no healing with progressives and HRC stands to lose in a big way to Drumpf. If HRC really wants the support of progressives, and she needs that in order to win the general election, she needs to do something to show that she deserves support. That something necessarily includes but is not limited to showing DWS the door.
 
 
+12 # jcdav 2016-05-22 06:33
TOO LATE. DWS has inflicted the damage necessary to split the party by being blatantly biased to her former employer HRC and loyal to the Clinton Machine and Wall St.. We now will hopefully see TWO Democratic parties and two Republican parties ( courtesy of DT) Perhaps it would shake out like this- from right to left: Nationalist/fas cist Party (formerly Tea Bag Republicans), Corporatist Republicans, Corporatist Democrats, Progressive Democrats. This is a LONG overdue evolution. GO BERNIE!
 
 
+8 # jim.baker@netcourrier.com 2016-05-22 06:42
There is nothing new about DNC Chairs (or RNC chairs for that matter) being close to rich people and vested interests. That seems to be the reasons that most of them are chosen. Some of them, like Bob Strauss, for example, did a good job of putting the Democratic Party back on track, but they rarely even remotely ressemble Democratic voters. The leadership of the Democratic Party is among the symtoms of the current state of affairs, but not the disease.
 
 
+6 # Dave K 2016-05-23 00:14
If you have a few extra dollars consider sending them to Tim Canova who will run against DWS. It is important that she be defeated in the upcoming election.
 
 
+6 # lark3650 2016-05-23 08:54
I used to watch DWS on C-Span years ago when she and Kendrick Meeks and Tim Ryan ranted and raved about the cronyism in government. Now, she is a part of that cronyism. She sold out to the establishment just like Howard Dean.
 
 
0 # SHK 2016-06-05 01:34
I am so very very furious that Bernie Sanders is being treated like this. For one thing, I am a 77-11/12ths years old today. I am a woman for another. I am furious that women—Clinton, Wasserman-Schul tz, Barbara Boxer, et alia—are behaving so terribly, i.e. illegally, okay BITCHY, toward the one decent being—a man, specifically Bernie Sanders—in this election. It is unconscionable. It is despicable. It is giving women, at least a certain kind of women, a very terrible awful but well-deserved bad name. Not only am I furious—I am deeply ashamed and discouraged. Do these women understand what they are doing??? The honorable, qualified, straight up candidate is a MAN. Can they not see that their actions are going to make it impossible for women to be trusted in government by many, many, many people for an enormously long time. They are setting us BACK! They are NOT advancing our cause! What is WRONG with them that they can't see that???? I have female friends who are ardent Bernie supporters. But I also have other friends who say they are tired of waiting so they will vote for Hillary knowing full well she will screw things up for women for decades, maybe centuries. Stupid & selfish. One said she was too old to wait any longer. So she is going to help wreck the country to be able to see a woman in the presidency. I can't describe how selfish, stupid, ridiculous & anti-feminist that actually is. So anyone who has that idea, PLEASE FORGET IT THIS MOMENT.
 

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