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'The Struggle Continues': Sanders Refuses to Bend the Knee


#1

'The Struggle Continues': Sanders Refuses to Bend the Knee

Jon Queally, staff writer

Bernie Sanders refused to concede the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination on Tuesday night even as he congratulated his rival Hillary Clinton on her primary wins and thanked his supporters for their determined commitment to the 'political revolution' he has championed throughout the hotly contested primary season.


#3

Yesterday, the struggle just hit a speedbump ... today, I wait to see where this road takes me, and how many are still on the path. #SeeYouInPhilly


#4

Let's do not accept this inaccurate reporting of the Wall Street Media!

It is designed to make us hang our heads in defeat! Superdelegates need to realize we are the only ones who can beat Trump.

And Mr/Mrs SuperDelegate:

It's Bernie or Trump
We will not accept War-Clinton at all! We know what she will do: WW-III.

Is that what you want? To lose another branch of government to the Repukes?


#6

Then Clinton will lose the General Election. If current poll trajectory continues showing Trump gaining from neck and neck with Clinton are right.

That's a pretty stupid gamble Superdelegates, when polls show Bernie Sanders beats Trump in a General Election by Double Digits. Play it safe, Dem Supers! Dump Clinton again like you did in 2008.

Sanders wins against Trump in virtually every poll by double digits.

Dump Clinton, Or else, one third of us may vote for the Orange Man with the funny hair.


#7

I composed this list of CA superdelegates a while ago. I know this lengthy post is probably not cool (or formatted in an aesthetically pleasing way) but it's late and I'm sad and, if you glean the organization, please call and explain what a mistake a HIllary nomination would be.

Pete Aguilar (909) 890-4445 DC:(202) 225-3201
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Steven K. Alari 213-239-8518
CA
DNC[4]
None
Shawn K. Bagley
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[12]
Karen Bass (323) 965-1422 DC: (202) 225-7084
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Xavier Becerra 213-481-1425 DC: 202-225-6235
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Ami Bera (916) 635-0505 DC: (202) 225-5716
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Rachel Binah
CA
DNC[4]
None
Barbara Boxer Bay Area: (510) 286-8537; Fresno: (559) 497-5109; Inland Empire: (951) 684-4849; Los Angeles: (213) 894-5000; Sacramento: (916) 448-2787; San Diego: (619) 239-3884; DC: (202) 224-3553
CA
Sen.
Clinton[3]
Jerry Brown
CA
Gov.
None
Julia Brownley (805) 379-1779 DC: (202) 225-5811
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
John L. Burton
CA
DNC[4]
None
Joe Buscaino (213)-473-7015
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[50]
Lois Capps (805) 730-1710 DC: (202) 225-3601
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Tony Cardenas (818) 781-7407 DC: (202) 225-6131
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Judy Chu (626) 304-0110 (909) 625-5394 DC: (202) 225-5464
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Jim Costa 209-384-1620 DC: 202-225-3341
CA
Rep.
Clinton[74]
Susan Davis (619) 280-5353 DC: (202) 225-2040
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Mark DeSaulnier (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Becca Doten (213) 833-6010
CA
DNC[4][89]
None[a][90]
Maria Elena Durazo
CA
DNC[4]
None
Jess Durfee San Diego Dem. Party: (858) 277-3367
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[93]
Mary Ellen Early
CA
DNC[4]
None
Maria Echaveste Berkeley School of Law: 510-643-9291
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[94][95]
Anna Eshoo 18th District - Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz
(650) 323-2984 or
(408) 245-2339 or (831) 335-2020; DC: (202) 225-8104
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Sam Farr 20th District - Monterey, Santa Cruz
(831) 424-2229
(831) 429-1976
(202) 225-2861
CA
Rep.
None
Dianne Feinstein
SF: (415) 393-0707; LA: (310) 914-7300; San Diego: (619) 231-9712; Fresno: (559) 485-7430; DC: (202) 224-3841
CA
Sen.
Clinton[3]
Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker
CA
DNC[4]
None
John Garamendi 530-753-5301 DC: (202) 225-1880
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Eric Garcetti (213) 978-0600
CA
DNC[107]
Clinton[108]
Tefere Gebre
CA
DNC[4]
None
Janice Hahn (310) 831-1799 DC: (202) 225-8220
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Pat Hobbs
CA
DNC[4]
None
Mike Honda (408) 436-2720 DC: (202) 225-2631
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Alice Huffman
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[51]
Jared Huffman (415) 258-9657 DC: (202) 225-5161
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Aleita Huguenin
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[133]
Matt Johnson
CA
DNC[4]
None
Andrew Lachman
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[151][152][153]
Barbara Lee (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
CA
Rep.[note 2]
None
Ted Lieu DC: (323) 651-1040 (202) 225-3976
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Zoe Lofgren (408) 271-8700 DC: (202) 225-3072
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Evan Low (408) 446-2810 SAC: (916) 319-2028
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[160]
Alan Lowenthal (562) 436-3828 DC: (202) 225-7924
CA
Rep.
None
Kerman Maddox
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[162]
Doris Matsui (916) 498-5600 DC: (202) 225-7163
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Mattie McFadden-Lawson
CA
DNC[4]
None
Jerry McNerney (209) 476-8552 DC: (202) 225-1947
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Bob Mulholland
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[179]
Grace Napolitano DC: 626-350-0150 (202) 225-5256
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Christine Pelosi
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[a][193]
Nancy Pelosi (415) 556-4862 DC: (202) 225-4965
CA
Rep.[note 2]
None
John Pérez
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[195]
Scott Peters 858-455-5550 DC: 202-225-0508
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Greg Pettis
CA
DNC[44][197]
None[197]
Lucille Roybal-Allard (323) 721-8790 DC: (202) 225-1766
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Raul Ruiz 951-765-2304 DC: (202) 225-5330
CA
Rep.
Clinton[198]
Linda Sánchez (562) 860-5050 DC: (202) 225-6676
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Loretta Sanchez (714) 621-0102 DC: (202) 225-2965
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Adam Schiff (818) 450-2900; (323) 315-5555 DC: (202) 225-4176
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Garry Shay
CA
DNC[4]
None
Brad Sherman (818) 501-9200 DC: (202) 225-5911
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Hilda Solis (213) 974-4111; (323) 881-4601
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[220]
Jackie Speier (650) 342-0300 DC: (202) 225-3531
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Christopher Stampolis
CA
DNC[4]
None
Eric Swalwell (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Mark Takano 951.222.0203 DC: 202.225.2305
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Mike Thompson (707) 645-1888 DC:(202) 225-3311
CA
Rep.
Clinton[3]
Norma Torres (909) 481-6474 DC: (202) 225-6161
CA
Rep.
None
Keith Umemoto
CA
DNC[4]
None
Juan Vargas 760-312-9900 DC: 202-225-8045
CA
Rep.
Clinton[229]
Maxine Waters (323) 757-8900 DC: (202) 225-2201
CA
Rep.[note 2]
Clinton[3]
Rosalind Wyman
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[235]
Laurence Zakson
CA
DNC[4]
Clinton[236]


#8

I want you guys to pick up the phone and call the Supers on douggernaught's list right before this post. Give them a piece of your mind. Tell them only Bernie can guarantee a win against Trump in the General Election according to virtually every national poll.

TJ


#9

They really don't care, TJ. WInning isn't as important as a) preserving their power, and b) reassuring their cash cows that the gravy train is still on the tracks. They've succeeded again. It was interesting this year, but the outcome is no different than it ever is. Power wins.

The convention is pretty pointless. I remember in 84 and 88--the last time I was a delegate--and what happened to the Rainbow guys like myself. Totally shunted off onto the daytime soap opera schedule. Jackson threw in the towel quickly after seeing that. There was never going to be a voice given to us, and there won't be one for Sanders, either, and if it means that the Sanders supporters defect, they just don't really care.

There are two ways left to make this campaign count for something. You can help kick start a new party competition by supporting the Greens in large numbers (my preference) or you can try to organize a voter strike. Actually, you could also vote for Trump, which would be deliciously spiteful, but probably not especially wise.

That's it. That's all there is left. I know this feeling of getting kicked in the gut during primary season. I've been through it a half dozen times. It always sucks.


#10

So glad Bernie's going all the way.

I hope this infuriates the Clinton courtiers.


#11

Looking at Ralph Nader's struggles to get on the ballot, I think it's way too late to switch horses mid-stream, this late in the process. Bernie is still our Big Wheel in the Senate. The Greens have put out an invitation to cooperate with Sanders, but they can only get his name on 25 states, so with only a few months to fight intransigent state courts and election boards, Bernie will spend all his campaign time off-stage.

I think we need to know how many provisional ballots were issued to NPP (No Party Preference) voters in violation of California voting guidelines. Provisional votes are never counted. They were supposed to get a cross-ballot. We know from youtube that improper instructions were given to poll volunteers. If it's a big number, Bernie could contest the results in California, Nevada, Arizona and other states where votes weren't counted.

So we've got 47 days to sway these Super Delegates who vote on July 25th. Is that right? I guess I was saying it wrong before. They vote on July 25th?

47 days. A lot can change in that time period.

Hang Tough guys. Let's let Bernie decide what to do. He's been up against the wall his whole life and knows how best to handle it.

TJ


#12

In our nation's history, political movements have generally taken decades to reach their goals. The convention in Philadelphia is the next step in the process, but it is not the end. Bernie himself has said for years (many of us have heard him on Thom Hartmann's program for over a decade) that one person does not make a movement and the people must be involved. He feels that the Democratic Party must be taken over by Progressives, and only millions of people being actively involved will achieve it.
The odds are that Clinton will be elected President, and it is our duty to pressure her to support Sanders' policies through demonstrations, general strikes, and whatever means possible. At the same time Progressives must organize, take control of the Democratic Party, get some of our candidates elected this year and 2018, and get a true Progressive nominated for the Presidency in 2020.
Any political movement is a marathon, not a sprint. We have just begun the race and it is our duty to take control of our own destiny. I am very old and will not see the results of this movement by the people, but I have confidence that the younger people in the movement will see a better America than we now have.


#13

Actually, I've been giving some thought to the idea of a voter strike, especially given how insane and archaic the electoral system is, starting with the electoral college, partisan control of the election, questionable machines, voter disenfranchisement, etc. Not sure how this would play out, but worth some consideration.


#14

I agree.


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#16

It's not over yet:

http://www.gregpalast.com/california-stolen-sanders-right-nowspecial-bulletin-greg-palast/

Peace
Po


#17

If Clinton is elected, it will not be a victory for women. It is not a victory to have a female in the WH who is an unapologetic warmonger; it is not a victory to have a female in the WH who murders women and children through wars, invasions and sanctions; it is not a victory to have a female in the WH who cannot tell truth from lies; and it is not a victory to have a female in the WH who enthusiastically embraces Israel's apartheid and genocide. Clinton's election will not be a victory for women or feminism – rather, it will mean the death of more women in foreign lands, and the death of feminism and all progressive movements.


#18

Mature thoughts, thanks. Though I cannot bring myself to vote for Clinton, the reality is that whoever is president, our movement is much stronger thanks to Sanders. Whoever is in office will have to deal with us. We need to keep strengthening our coalitions and fighting on every issue while supporting progressive candidates.

Bernie has shown us the way and given us a model. It is up to us to expand it and not give in to hopeless cynicism.


#19

I don't think a nominee selected by superdelegates is legitimate, be it Hillary or Bernie. If neither candidate has the requisite number of delegates it should be up to the Convention to decide, through debate and compromise. If it takes days of roll call votes to do it, so be it. Bernie should walk out unless this selection process is changed, taking his real followers with him. If the superdelegates determine this nominee the Democratic Party will set a precedent that will haunt it in the future, the party hacks and lobbyists will be in the saddle, further distancing the nominee from the people.

I know this is not going to happen, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't.


#22

What amazes me is that the two "presumptive" nominees for President are both under indictment, but nobody seems to care. What has happened to this country?? For the first time in decades, a candidate has risen that not only has the best interests of ALL the people, but is fighting honestly for those ideals he believes in. I've been a lifelong Democrat, the only Blue in a family of Reds, and was always proud of that. But now, as soon as the election is over, I'm switching to Independent. I'm sick of this. Go Bernie Sanders!!


#23

Oh I see you do not much care about democracy process , you just want to infuriate people ...

From perspective of Sanders , this is pretty much the only thing which I dislike about him. Reason to stay in the race now is only his personal ego.


#24

Bravo to Bernie Sanders whose integrity remains intact! Now we will have to listen to that voice and endure Clinton's smarmy deceit and lies.......

The next phase of this struggle will be in Philly and after that all over America! The issues Sanders has voiced and led us on, are still our issues and must be addressed - No Justice, NO Peace!

There will be no BS "party unity" or accepting the lies and manipulations of the Red Queen or Dem establishment swine that undermined/sabotaged the political processes over the last months - no unity except from ignorant blind people who lap-up the Klinton Koolaid. The corruption will not be accepted or ignored, but exposed and fought with every fiber of our being. Our issues have never been addressed or voiced without deceit by the "presumptive" nominee, and I will never support that failure or a history of lies and service to the 1%. Never Hillary, Never lesser evilism!
Bernie or Bust! STILL the direction, still the candidate, still our issues, still our fight!
Bernie or Bust it all up!