Countdown to 2020-Joe Biden Announces, Bernie Gets Booed, and Trump Prepares to Leave Office.

Joe Biden has finally announced. He’ll be running for president in 2020.

This is good news, folks.

It is still too early to issue a one hundred percent endorsement, but no one can deny that as things stand right now, Biden is the clear front-runner. The idea that it might be the one-trick pony Bernie Sanders is ridiculous. Democrats don’t want him, Republicans laugh at him, and the sane center will never accept him as more than just another screaming wingnut on the fringe. Biden is the former vice-president, his career and resume speak for themselves, and he doesn’t wear a blue clown suit around, nor look like an insane Mr. Rogers.

He also raised more money on the first day of his announcement than anyone else, including Bernie or Beto O’Rourke. 

Biden has started out forcefully. He is the first of the Democratic candidates to take aim at Trump directly, his poor character and incompetence. He’s saying that America deserves better, and there can be no doubt at all that he is right. For the way things would stand if we went with Bernie, in the immortal words of George R. R. Martin, winter is coming.

No one is going for it. Trump would pick his teeth with Bernie’s bones. In the recent Reuters survey, Sanders’ support fell to just 15%, nearly 10 points below Biden. And we’re the progressive party. What do you think the moderates and NeverTrump Republicans are going to feel about him? It is undoubtedly for this reason that Grant Woods, the old chief of staff of John McCain came on CNN to assure Americans that this is true. “Biden will beat Trump in Arizona,” he stated with utter confidence. “Bernie has zero chance.”

Currently, those people are siding with us, more and more. The longest-serving Republican in Iowa, State Rep. Andy McKean, flipped his voter registration card publicly at a press conference last week, saying he is now a Democrat because he won’t have anything to do with what Trump is selling.

How long will that last if he sees us all go crazy for socialism?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is doing all he can to pose as an anti-socialist crusader and frame the whole election as the Last Battle for American freedom (johnny-come-lately that he is; we’ve been fighting this battle for years). He allowed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s highly radical Green New Deal to go up for a vote, just to make the point so he could do it.

Their extremity will hurt us in the end.

It is very important to realize that the loud and highly internet visible Bernie Bros are masters at making themselves seem more numerous than they actually are. Their faction is far too radical both in policy and appearance.

We have chronicled the many failures of the Bern faithfully, on this site and many others, ever since 2015. Now that others are also vetting Bernie, we are soon to see him out of gas completely. This is good because if McConnell and his ilk succeed in painting them as our base it’ll be a disaster.

Joe Biden also has a far broader appeal than the white working class crusader Bernie Sanders, who was booed and heckled this last week at the “She the People” event, for name-dropping Martin Luther King (he celebrated that hero’s memory last year by insulting the legacy of Barack Obama) in a pathetic attempt to wipe out thirty years of running from racial issues using words and somebody else’s legacy.

Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren did fine. Bernie was booed off the stage.

One supposes women have not forgotten how he tried to hijack the Women’s Convention. He has never made women’s rights his fight, or those of people of color. He said “identity politics” did nothing but “distract from real issues”. 

Biden has a very good relationship with the African-American community, and his popularity with women has only increased since the Bernie Bot hitjobber Lucy Flores-who is shown in many pictures letting Bernie literally slob all up on her neck, as our Twitter coordinator pointed out recently- tried to do her nasty number on him over a hug.

Here's Bernie, getting up close and personal with Lucy Flores, who reviled Joe Biden for a similar hug.
Here’s Bernie, getting up close and personal with Lucy Flores, who reviled Joe Biden for a similar hug.
This speaks for itself. She didn't accuse Biden because what he did was wrong, she did it because it was helpful to the Bern.
This speaks for itself. She didn’t accuse Biden because what he did was wrong, she did it because it was helpful to the Bern.

Bernie can’t even make a sincere apology when it comes to his campaign being infested by Russians (his old campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called at Paul Manafort‘s trial), or about not telling his crazy supporters to not riot in the streets of Philadelphia while Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party Presidential nomination. He set it up so that he had to flip and flop, just for being economically successful. In the wonky world of cyber topsy turvy he created in 2016, having done well for yourself in life was practically a crime.

Now we know Bernie himself is a millionaire. You don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

Going forward, it’s quite clear what we’ve got to do- stand with Joe Biden and the other good Democrats running, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris, while utterly rejecting the whiny fake left and its nutty programs. We want to get someone in that nomination’s seat who can actually win. We do not need a new George McGovern. Look for Bernie’s unpleasantness and inflexibility to take center stage against Biden’s lifetime of service and achievement.

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Russiagate and Donald Trump-What Mueller’s Report Means, and Why It Matters.

Russiagate-What It Means, and Why It Matters.

Now that the Russiagate investigation seems to be winding down, and a conviction for the illegitimate president Donald Trump is not certain to appear as the light at the end of the tunnel, Republicans are gloating and he is acting vindicated, even before the report comes out. That is their prerogative, of course. But the proof is right there in the pudding.

The right-wing gloaters who say stupid things like “Their (us Democrats) narrative is breaking down” are far from correct when they do. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see him nailed to the wall, but that sure doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be. Trump both looks and is acting guilty and scared by the Russia investigation. A series of fresh disclosures on Tuesday showed that there is every reason for him to feel threatened by the shadow it has cast over his life, business and presidency. What we seek, solid information that Trump did indeed collude, probably sits in a deep crypt somewhere within the KGB building over there in Russia.

The truth has a way of coming out, though. Trump is too stupid and sloppy to hide forever. And when you are “Individual One” on the case of someone who’s already in prison and an international pariah, there’s a pretty good chance there are charges waiting for you somewhere. It’s against Justice Department regulations to indict a sitting president. But he won’t be in office forever.

Trump’s own conduct led to the investigation and has been the chief witness against him all the while. He’s deflected, minimized, rationalized, and flat out denied his role in all this, even as he called on Russia for help during the debates and got it. Robert Mueller will soon provide the voters with the information they need to decide what really happened, and even if Trump finds a way to block it, the damage is done already. It’s been done since the day James Comey was fired. We know who he is.

Even without a smoking gun, the cat is out of the bag.

The cat is out of the bag too on Putin’s blatantly anti-American plotting. His element of surprise is gone and with it his only chance to do more than giving us a bloody nose. Realigning the world to suit Russian interests will never happen for him now. The spotlight is on and it will stay on. We know now that they never considered the Cold War to really be over, and we’re watching for their next move. They will never do this to us again.

For more than three years now, we’ve been blowing the horn of alarm as to what the Russians and other foreign actors online have been doing to our politics. From the Macedonians running the Facebook groups of Bernie Sanders to Tad Devine, Bernie’s manager, having been Paul Manafort‘s old crony and Ukrainian election fixing buddy, all of it was more real than any of us wanted to believe. Public awareness has been thoroughly raised worldwide, and that means something.

Trump has been hooked up with the Russians since the 80s, and the Steele Dossier claimed the Russians have been cultivating Trump for at least five years.-which deceased American hero John McCain took seriously enough to pass on to the FBI. Trump recently reviled him for this yet again, even in the grave.

Say what you want about Putin, but he’s the single most powerful man on Earth. He’s not just some slob like Trump. He’s not going to put years into coming up with a plan just to blow it on something as basic as a written order delivered by hand- which is what it would have taken for Mueller to take down Trump directly. We never expected we’d be able to prove that.

What we can prove is bad enough, though. Three of the top strategists opposing Hillary Clinton in 2016 had been doing Putin’s bidding in this regard for over a decade, on both sides of our political spectrum. Calling that coincidence requires a suspension of belief so enormous that the average adult won’t be able to stomach it. The eyes of the world are on it now.

So what’s it all been for? If it’s not going to end with Trump in handcuffs, was it really worth it? What comes next? These are all the questions Americans are asking themselves right now, and for once and all time, we say yes. To protect the sanctity of elections is to safeguard democracy itself.

Thirty-two people found themselves behind bars for the part they played in this, with more to come. The next time some trash can of a slob decides to get in bed with America’s worst enemy, they’ll have this to refer to when considering the consequences and weighing the cost. Most will turn back, and there will be a strong precedent to smash into bits the would-be traitors who decide to cross the line.

Paul Manafort may well die in prison, and he earned the right to. Nobody can take that away from him. Not even Donald Trump.

In the last analysis, we fought this battle for the noblest of reasons- pure patriotism. We had to be sure that Putin’s puppets couldn’t run away with the White House. The last thing we needed was a fragile, easily manipulated president allied with one of the most corrupt and brutal regimes in the world. Taking that on was the true goal, and we did it.

So be proud, Democrats! You stood up when the going was hard, you fought through some of the worst conditions anyone has ever seen, and the United States of America is better for it. In order to safeguard our rights and our democracy, the most vigorous political action has been and will be necessary. The Russiagate investigation showed the world just how vigorous we can be once we’ve decided to fight.

That alone makes the struggle worthwhile.

Bernie’s Foundation Crumbling- Campaign Alumni Address “Sexual Violence” In 2016.

Bernie Sanders is all bernt up!

Former staffers and alumni of the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign wrote a lengthy letter to Bernie’s office, wanting to set up a meeting with Bernie’s office to address the climate of “sexual violence” that took place during the 2016 primary season. They labeled the situation as it developed “untenable”, and “dangerous”. They made specific reference to a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity

More than two dozen women and men who worked on that campaign participated in the letter’s crafting.

“In recent weeks there has been an ongoing conversation on social media, in texts, and in person, about the untenable and dangerous dynamic that developed during our campaign,” they wrote.

It’s about time.

This letter is not only a huge nail in undead Bernie’s coffin. It is also solid proof of something we’ve been waiting a long time for; namely, that the 9 of 10 Sanders supporters who went on to vote for Hillary Clinton in November of 2016 have inside them the moral capacity needed to assert themselves and make their voices heard on this incredibly important matter.

We’ve been hoping for years for this because it had been getting really hard to keep respecting those who kept on supporting Sanders through it all.

For three years now, we who occupy the sane center of America’s political spectrum have been forced to watch as a new type of critter, the Bernie Bro, crawled up out of the primordial filth to start spewing all over the country’s national dialectic. You couldn’t get through ten posts on your Facebook timeline without seeing some line of anti-Clinton conspiracy hatred slathered somewhere around a #BernieOrBust hashtag.

Nor has this tendency generally improved; this is clearly evidenced by the recent torrent of Bro slander unleashed against Beto O’Rourke.

It has been so disgusting that I know many people who will not now even say they’re on the left at all. They’ll say only that they are moderates. That is because their revulsion to the psychosis that led Bernie supporters to riot in the streets of Philadelphia during Hillary’s acceptance of the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination is so total.

I hope that one day they will heal enough to allow themselves to be brought back around. We need them.

This is the end for Bernie Sanders. His revolution is over, and his foundations are crumbling. Revolution Messaging, his feared social media machine, works for Beto now. Tad Devine is burned up; he was the first witness called at Paul Manafort‘s trial. Bernie’s campaign manager and Trump’s campaign manager were linked inextricably both by fate and Robert Mueller. Chief strategist Jeff Weaver was one of the ones who signed the letter.

It’s over. Time to move on.

This taking of accountability by the mentally stable members of the Sanders campaign will be a big start in restoring strength and unity to the sane center, where the middle class in all nations live.

All of us have known many Bernie supporters who were great people, progressive in the true sense of the word, people who were willing to overlook his lousy resume because they felt the issues he was championing to be so important. In all fairness and sincerity, they were! Income inequality in America really is gigantic. The middle class really is disappearing, we really do need public healthcare, and Norway really does have an excellent system of government- a capitalist one, like every other civilized country in the world.

All of that was valid, and those people who fought for it and still voted for Clinton are honorable, good Americans, just like us. But they have been shouted down by the same people who’ve been trying to shout us down, that noisy, visible, and unruly pack of creatures known as the Bernie Bros.

Those Bros are the ones who revealed the side of Bernie he didn’t want you to see.

The one who said women would prefer to stay home.

The one who said that Planned Parenthood is the establishment.

The one who voted to get lighter prison sentences for rapists.

The one who penned rape fantasy essays in the ’70s.

The list goes on ad nauseum, but one thread remains the same. This is a man who never, ever, in his whole twenty-eight years in the Congress, did a thing to champion black issues, women’s issues, LGBT issues, or really any issues except ones directly concerning white men like him. He also renamed two post offices.

Remember those last set of 2016 Democratic primary debates? Both presidential contenders were fiery, and passionate, which was only to be expected in what had, until that point, been a highly issues- focused and progressively driven primary. But once Bernie started losing, he got out and out rude. Rather than taking the opportunity to renounce the extremities of misogyny committed by his supporters, his performance gave weight to the concern Paul Krugman expressed back then: “Bernie is becoming a Bernie Bro.”

During the debate, Sanders interrupted Clinton again and again, at one point even throwing out a long “excuuuuse me” while wagging his finger. When not interrupting, he sat there smirking and making faces while Clinton spoke. At one point, he was seen muttering a sarcastic “OK.”

Imagine how this would play out in a general election! Imagine how Trump would beat us over the head with this!

We have just finished seeing the end of the Year of the Democratic Woman. Nearly a hundred women across America just won midterm elections. And women have for years now been dragged savagely through the mud by the maniacal supporters of Bernie. If the choice was Trump vs Bernie, how better than to thoroughly demoralize them? What a win-win for Vladimir Putin.

During the election, one of our contributors was told that they hoped she was gang-raped, due to her refusal to support their chosen master. And on the subject of rape, look at what Bernie himself wrote on the subject! Just don’t look right after lunch. They might as well have invited Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby.

Quoth St. Bernard,

“A man goes home and masturbates, to his usual fantasy- A woman tied up, a woman on her knees, a woman abused. A woman enjoys intercourse with her man- as she fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.”

“Have you ever looked at the StagManHeroTough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like ‘Girl of 12 raped by 14 men’ sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?”

It’s clear Bernie knows to what they are appealing, at any rate, and why not? He always has the answers, to everything!

Watch for the moniker ‘Rape Fantasy Bernie’ to join the ranks of Lyin’ Ted and Little Marco. This is all to say nothing of the other baggage he comes with; the list is so long it’s taken over a dozen articles for this organization even to begin touching it. Here’s a timeline compilation on Bernie’s bull from Medium; if you’ve got three days to spend reading, knock yourself out.

It would be the biggest disaster in the history of the Democratic Party, Nixon vs. McGovern all over again.

We have always known and believed that most of his supporters are not the kind of people to permanently turn a blind eye to all this, and it’s a big relief to see them start asserting their awareness. They should know that they have compromised themselves severely over the years by remaining silent while all this went on for basic political reasons, e.g. they didn’t want to hurt Bernie. They should be commended for finally realizing that in this issue, Bernie has hurt himself and that the topic has needed addressing.

They should be deeply commended for putting this plan into action, and actually writing that letter. Sexual violence. That’s heavy.

Last year, Millennial Democrats addressed it ourselves, when anti-Semitic organizer Linda Sarsour invited Sanders to be the keynote speaker at the Women’s March. There was an outcry over that so huge that Bernie backed out as fast as his legs would carry him so that people would stop talking about this.

The choice of Bernie Sanders was an insult to every woman everywhere.

This year, Chicago won’t have the Women’s March, because they found out what Sarsour really is. Until she is gone, there is no Women’s March. A California Women’s March has been canceled as well, this time because of racial issues that have never been addressed by these rabid supporters of Bernie Sanders.

Just as we wrote last year, we need to Occupy the Women’s March, but that’s another story.

Perhaps after he fails to change, and they come to understand he’s been this way for sixty years and isn’t changing, they’ll make the next logical step, and come back over to our side, where nothing but welcome awaits them.

The next words are for all sane supporters of Bernie Sanders- Come back to us. We will embrace you.

By all means, go ahead with your plan to convert and reform Bernie, and the climate of “sexual violence” that takes place around him. If you succeed, it’s the best thing for America and the human race. Every person who becomes a champion for the rights of women, and everyone else, has done something to promote a better world. This would also mean we get to look forward to hearing him take full public accountability for six decades worth of chauvinism.

He’d better get started.

Our predictions for your success, however, are sadly not very bright. We Democrats have been trying to reason with Bernie for many years, but the kind of guy who said JFK made him nauseous is not likely to align precisely with traditional liberal and progressive goals. If and when he fails to achieve in this, the modest task that is his charge, give us a call.

This is being written on New Year’s Day. 2019 is here, and the halfway point of the Trump presidency will be crossed in just under three weeks. The end is in sight. We need to win next year and rid the country of Donald Trump.

Let us now come together once and for all to pick a leader who can guide us through the storm. And let us realize, once and for all, that Bernie Sanders is not it.

Making Tyranny Great Again-Trump Spends Week Assaulting Democracy.

Trump is a threat to our democracy.

Ever since the first few weeks that Trump took office, in which he created worldwide pandemonium by announcing via Twitter that citizens of seven countries were banned from traveling into the United States, America has seen itself disgraced by the conduct of its 45th president time and again.

Things have reached the point where it’s becoming normal. The bar of expectations set by our citizens for our leaders is having to be lowered by the day, and that is very dangerous to our democracy.

Most recently, it’s been his decision to start stripping people who criticize him of their security clearances, starting with former CIA director James Brennan.

Axios recently tweeted that Trump has become enamored with the unchecked powers of the presidency. “What he enjoys most about this job is finding things he has absolute power over,” said one source who’s worked closely with Trump.

Sources recently told Mike Allen that Trump  “got a kick out of pardons, that he could pardon anybody he wants and people would come to him to court him and beg him.”

60 former CIA officials have signed a letter responding to the removal of Brennan’s security clearance, pointing out that “The country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”

Of course it will, but that is not what Trump cares about.

Trump’s attack on John Brennan is meant to distract us from his crimes, starting with the fact that he and his crew are almost certain to be proved guilty of agreeing to conspire with a shady Kremlin plot to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

Even at this minute, he is aiding and abetting Putin’s attack on the election by denying it was happening. He’s still doing it.

Meanwhile, his old campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial drags on, because the jury is still deliberating. Why? There is enough evidence against that guy to throw him in the can for a million years.

The jurors must be at least as aware of it as we are, which is what makes it fishy that they’re still in there arguing with each other about it. T.S. Ellis, the judge, who has been threatened himself, says they’re scared. Who can blame them?

All the while, Trump is talking about how sad it is that a guy who stabbed America like Manafort did is on trial at all.

Not very democratic of him, but that’s the kind of guy he is.

The bottom line is that democracy is an impediment to Donald Trump. He does not find it useful, so he holds it in contempt. To him, the natural order of things involves debauched old white guys on top of every power structure, shouting orders and bossing everybody around.

Democracy has been in the process of rejecting this worldview for more than a hundred years. So why respect it? It’s an albatross around his neck.

If he can manage to whip up a sort of spit-polished authoritarianism, some form of rule that would retain a veneer of democracy while skewing the contest to ensure its result, that would be ideal for Trump, and also for his right-wing nationalist buddies all throughout the world.
Trump wants Erik Prince to build him his own private army. he was talking about building him a private spy network a few months ago. They want to privatize the war in Afghanistan.
He’s been talking up his dictator buddies, like Putin and Kim and Maduro, right from the start. As long ago as 1989, he was making public statements deploring the “lack of control” the Soviet Union had over its people. He wants to do whatever he wants to do, and he can’t  completely disregard the rights of others because he lives in a democracy.
How then to get rid of it?
In the clouded and foggy mind of Trump, these notions are not well conceived. They are murky impressions at best, addled further by the dementia Omarosa says he’s got. But other authoritarian leaders, like Putin, understand them very well and would like nothing better than to see them take place here.
America is the center of the current, liberal world order that has given us everything since the conclusion of World War Two, a struggle over these same ideas that nearly finished us. In order for that to change, America must abandon its values. That is why Trump, a man who values nothing he can’t stain his T-shirt with, was so favorable a candidate for other despots to support.
Going forward, we have got to come together strongly to affirm that we will not give up our values for anyone or anything. That is what the Resistance is for. Preservation of all we have in America depends on our success.

Tad Devine Of Sanders Campaign Spotted In Photo With Key Manafort Aide.

Top consultant to the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign Tad Devine, hanging out with Paul Manafort and Konstatin Kilimnik.

Tad Devine, a former senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign, was in the news recently for the first time in a while. He was spotted in an old 2006 photograph enjoying himself with his then-coworker Konstantin Kilimnik.

In the picture, Kilimnik, a Ukrainian native, is pictured in an office setting with Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and other key players in Manafort’s consulting firm at the time. One of those players was Tad Devine.

Kilimnik is known informally as “Manafort’s Manafort“, and has been a figure of interest in the Russia investigation from the start. He is believed to be back in Russia now, and he is considered to have strong ties to Russian intelligence.

Tad Devine is a figure of great interest in the Russiagate investigation, in our opinion. We’ve been expecting the special counsel assigned by the Justice Department to look into Russian meddling in our 2016 election cycle, Robert Mueller, to get around to him sooner or later.

If Manafort is the key to understanding exactly what the Russians were doing for Trump, Kilimnik is the key to understanding what Manafort did for the Russians. Devine is the key to what the Russians were doing for Bernie. He is by far the most likely connection between the Russians and the Sanders campaign.

Although it has been very hard for Sanders followers to face this, it is our opinion that Devine too was working with the Russians and that Sanders most likely knew he was getting help from Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. That help came in some very strange ways.

By the time the Fourth of July rolled around in 2016, the Federal Election Commission repeatedly contacted the Sanders campaign with warnings that hundreds of his donors exceeded the $2,700 contribution limit, and that hundreds more may have been foreign nationals illegally giving Sanders money.

One of the letters they wrote him flagged more than 1,500 questionable donors. Soon after, Tad Devine was paid almost a million dollars in one month by the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Devine has known Manafort and Kilimnik for many years. He was Manafort’s right-hand man in Ukraine right alongside Kilimnik, at a time when all three were the property of Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine, whom in turn was the property of Putin. They were over there fixing elections for him.

More than a decade before Russia was accused of surreptitiously trying to tilt the presidential election toward Trump, the records show that Manafort, Devine, and Kilimnik were all encouraging Russia to hone its efforts to influence global politics. They were busy developing techniques they might use to help that process along.

They used these techniques to fix the 2004 Ukranian elections on behalf of Yanukovych, but they were so blatant in their corruption that the Orange Revolution began and overturned the crooked and invalid vote. Yanukovych was defeated in the second vote.

None of this mattered to Tad Devine, however, who kept right along working for Yanukovych.

Even after his rival, Viktor Yushchenko, barely survived a poisoning attempt, obliging him to “campaign with his face half paralyzed and a catheter inserted into his back to inject painkillers into his spine”, Devine’s conscience did not serve him well as a guide. He decided to hang around.

We know that the Russians had been plotting to interfere for more than a year before the election took place. The Steele Dossier said the Russians have been cultivating Trump for at least five.

It is a very convenient coincidence that three of the top strategists who ran against Hillary Clinton has been doing Putin’s bidding in this capacity for longer than a decade.

Last Thursday afternoon there was a meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the subject of Russian meddling into our 2016 election cycle.

During it, Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, said that Russian operatives targeted both liberal and conservative voters in its disinformation campaigns during the 2016 election.

Democratic committee co-chair Sen. Mark Warner (VA) asked the panel if they had any doubt that Russia had attempted to interfere in some aspects of the 2016 election. Alexander said not only did he have no doubt, he could get very specific.

“Senator, I think what they were trying to do was drive a wedge within the Democratic Party between the Clinton group and the Sanders group,” said Alexander.

The supporters of Bernie Sanders were ruthlessly taken advantage of by the Russians, who used their genuine zeal and idealism as a hammer for smashing Democratic unity to bits. They were duped by false information that came from within the Kremlin itself, and thus unwittingly became Putin’s other puppets.

The man who was in the best position to act as a conduit between the headquarters of the Sanders campaign and the Kremlin was Tad Devine.

This picture provides a vivid reminder of what Democratic activists on Facebook and Twitter have been warning everyone about in the direst of terms since 2015, namely, that the Bernie Sanders campaign was just as lousy with Russian entanglements as the Trump campaign was.

Tad Devine may well hold the final piece of the puzzle as to how the whole rotten Russian conspiracy was put together. As Robert Mueller continues his journey to this discovery, our prayers will be with him.

2018- The Year of the Democratic Woman!

The Year of the Democratic Woman!

Seven Democratic women won their primaries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, a promising sign for Democrats.

Emily’s List, the political action committee for pro-choice Democratic women recently did a piece headlined with the words, ‘The 2018 Election Looks Like Women’s Work‘.  The organization said to Vox that since Trump’s election last year, it has heard from more than 20,000 women expressing interest in running for elected office.

The group had to knock down a wall in its Washington office to make room for more staff. That’s impressive.

That so many Pennsylvania women are running and winning matches the current political trend. More than twice as many women are running for Congress nationwide in 2018 than in 2016. They’re winning their primaries in large numbers, and the overwhelming majority of those women are Democrats.

“In the three districts that the Democrats have a good chance to pick up- Pennsylvania 4, 5, and 6- the nominees are women,” said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, in an interview.

Madonna cited the #MeToo movement and the Parkland shooting as primary motivations for many women running for office. In Pennsylvania, a number of female candidates made gun control a top priority.

“Throw in the unpopularity of Trump with Democratic women, and you’ve got a mixture that brought women (candidates),” Madonna said.

Women voters, in total, were one of the smartest demographical blocs in 2016, and the disastrous result of that election has galvanized them to action in record numbers. They have taken the country by storm.  The Blue Wave is going to end up landing a lot of women in Congress.

Meanwhile, a string of high-profile departures of prominent Republican women threatens to leave the House with fewer Republican women next year. This also indicates the national trend very well.

Women are disgusted with the Republican Party. They are flocking from it in droves. The endless scandals of sexual abuse that their candidates lug around like baggage have made it harder and harder to turn a blind eye; remember Roy Moore? And the worst of them all is currently the president.

The words and actions of Donald Trump have been so ugly towards women over the years that it’s really impossible to overstate. Stormy Daniels comes to mind.

She recently went public with the full story of intimidation, bullying, and misogyny that she was put through by the slob who is now our President. It’s typical of him. It seems like women have had enough.

Michelle Obama said to Trump voting women who voted against Hillary Clinton that they “voted against their own voice”. It seems as though many have started to figure that out.

The movement of women towards politics this year has not been restricted to candidates. Experienced female political operatives also are getting active like never before.

Their goals are to raise money and awareness, energize volunteers and give female candidates a hand with everything from fundraising to figuring out how to balance childcare during campaigns.

It’s too early to tell how the movement will change Washington in the long term. But it’s clear that a transformation has already begun. In dozens of interviews with TIME, Democratic women talked about what caused that metamorphosis.

In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the theft of the presidency from Hillary Clinton, the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described pussy grabber. And in 2018, they’ve become candidates on the front lines.

We have these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives, diving headlong into the mix and bringing new vitality to a Democratic Party whose need for them is greater than it’s ever been before. A great deal depends on us being able to free this country from the grasp of the criminals who are running it now.

Going forward, we can help this along by making sure our support is felt. We can ask women to share their stories with us and listen when they do. We can make it a point to seek out their perspectives.

We asked for leaders, after 2016, and these are the human beings who have stepped up. Now it’s 2018, and the midterms are nearly upon us.

We’re going to stand behind them every way we can.

Democracy Aflame- Trump Almost Fires Robert Mueller.

Stick up for Robert Mueller

The New York Times reported Thursday evening that President Donald Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller last June. Mueller is the Special Prosecutor assigned to investigate Russian interference in our 2016 election cycle. He is also the best hope we have of getting out of this mess in one piece.

In June, Chris Ruddy, a close Trump friend and Mar-a-Lago member, said after a visit to the White House that he’d overheard a discussion about the president considering firing Mueller.

Ultimately he decided not to go through with it, after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit instead of carrying out the order.

That seems like a pretty thin line of defence against something of the same type actually happening in the future.

This news is very big. It means that Trump drove us up to the brink of a constitutional crisis and took a good long think about driving us right over the edge.

The pretext he’d planned to use was that Mueller had once been a member of his golf club who quit over an argument over fees.

The kind of ridiculous insanity displayed by that line of reasoning has been the hallmark of Trump’s time in office. It’s that kind of thinking that’s got him going around poking at the North Koreans. He does not seem to grasp the idea of consequences. To Trump, regard for the law or the social contract is something for poor people and losers. But while he will not be around much longer to suffer for these decisions, the rest of us will.

In America, we have always had the time to stop and take a look at what we want our futures to look like, and how we want our lives to go. We choose a path, and we stick to it as well as we are able.

If things keep on as they have been, that is going to go away forever. To millennials, who must soon adapt to the post-Trump America, this is of the utmost concern.

This is the way that democracy dies. People stop caring about it. They cease to understand why it is valuable. And by the time they wake up to the fact, it is often too late.

Plato observed that political regimes follow a predictable evolutionary course, from oligarchy to democracy to tyranny.

Oligarchies give way to democracies when the would-be elite classes become decadent and develop interests apart from those they rule.

Democracies give way to tyrannies when mob passion overwhelms political wisdom and a populist autocrat seizes the masses.

The one constant is that the tyrant never starts out looking like a tyrant. On the contrary, in a democracy, the tyrant most commonly arises in the guise of the people’s champion. To this man, every trust is given. He’s the one man who can make everything whole again.

We all know who this reminds us of.

With Trump, we have a glimpse of what this sort of evolution looks like: A vulgar right-wing populism has emerged out of a maelstrom of anti-establishment hysteria from both sides of the political spectrum. Trump has been trying to play the part of a strongman fascist, right here in America. He views Mueller as a threat and wants him gone.

He began to argue for Mueller’s firing just days after his appointment to investigate the president’s 2016 campaign for collusion, the source said.

The revelation comes right as Mueller’s investigation appears to have intensified. Members of his staff in December finished an initial round of interviews with all of Trump’s senior White House staff.

In an impromptu press conference on Wednesday, Trump said that he himself may speak to Mueller’s team in the next “two to three weeks.”

Clearly, this is a terribly ominous sign.

Lawyers involved with Mueller’s investigation know that too.

“It’s one more brick in the wall,” said a Washington lawyer representing another senior Trump aide in the Russia probe.

Vast numbers of Americans have already made preparations to protest if Trump’s firing of Mueller becomes reality, a reaction similar to the public response after Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. On that infamous evening, Nixon ordered the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox. It ultimately led to his impeachment, but not before doing much to complete the ideological cleaving of America.

A report by the National Constitution Center summed up how well the whole scheme worked out for Nixon.

“Within hours of executing this Saturday Night Massacre, a firestorm of public protest erupted that led to the appointment of a new special prosecutor, the subpoenaing of dozens of additional damning tapes, the drafting of impeachment resolutions … and the ultimate unravelling of the Nixon Presidency.”

After the Saturday Night Massacre, the percentage of Americans who believed that Nixon should resign jumped from 19% to 38%, and reached 57% within six months. These kinds of low numbers are also reminiscent of Trump; it would be interesting to see how many of us currently think Trump should resign.

There’s a very real chance that if Trump pulls this he will get away with it because people cannot possibly be more disgusted with him than they already are. His base would cheer him on.

We also can’t be lulled into believing that this Congress will have the same sort of stomach and decency as the one that prepared to oust Nixon. Democrats hold neither house. And these Republicans have acted without conscience at every vote. There is not a sound reason to trust them.

Going forward, we will need to keep the closest possible eye on this and sound the alarm every way we can. Trump will do this if he thinks it will save him.

And besides. Nothing screams out the necessity for a blood-feud like golfing fees.

Back then, Chris Ruddy said during an interview with Politico that “It(the firing of Mueller) could trigger something well beyond anything they ever imagined.” 

It is to be hoped that those words are never put to the test.

The Senate Inquires- Spoiler Stein Under the Gun on Russia.

Two different Senate committees probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have formally requested documents and material related to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign.

Jill Stein played a gigantic role in denying the presidency to Hillary Clinton, who Putin hated, blamed for all his domestic woes, and was determined to ruin.

Any Democratic activist present on Facebook for the 2016 election cycle will tell you. There were people online among the Green left and the Bernie or Bust crowd who you simply could not talk to.

They were so full of hatred and lies for Hillary Clinton that you really had to be there to understand. It was as if they were living underwater. It was only after we learned about what Russia had been doing that any of it started to make sense.

Stein posed as the true progressive champion during the campaign, reaching out to Bernie Sanders supporters with a message declaring Clinton more dangerous than Trump. It stands to reason to conclude that her votes came from the left side of the political spectrum.

Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin were the three Rust Belt states that Trump was able to steal from Clinton. In each state, the difference between Trump and Clinton was less than the total Stein received.

This is clearly the role she was meant to play, and is probably why she was at that famous luncheon with Putin, Manafort, Flynn and the rest two years ago this month.

And so it came to pass that the left fringe of American politics cost the Democratic Party the White House, for the second time in sixteen years.

It struck a younger me as being very odd, that even though the Greens had a set of goals that were so similar to ours, we always ended up at odds. In 1999, I read their platform, agreed with most of it, and cheered for Ralph Nader– in the early days.

I wanted to see the Greens get their 5% of the vote and make it onto the ballot in all 50 states. It struck me as democratic. Democracy is a magnificent, vital, living thing, evolving according to the will of the collective- It all struck me as a worthy underdog cause to root for.

But then, Nader kept campaigning in Florida, and other swing states, in a race so close that a few hundred votes in Florida ended up deciding it. Nader got nearly 100,000 votes in Florida. He ruined us.

I remember that I couldn’t understand it. Couldn’t he try for his 5% in less crucial areas? He had only to win popular votes, not electoral ones. Why was he not out in California, where the Green Party’s base- and an eighth of America’s citizenry- might have easily given that to them, while still remaining comfortably blue?

Why would any man of sense and progressive values possibly be so foolhardy as to risk the coming to power of another Bush? It only made sense under one scenario- that he was not fully sincere, and that he valued power over policy.

When we found out Karl Rove’s PAC had been paying to run ads for his campaign in swing states in 2004, nobody was really surprised.

But how does this tie into the Russian plot? Why have Robert Mueller’s investigators become interested in the Green Party and Jill Stein?

It reads like a grocery list.

“The Russian embrace of Jill Stein was anything but subtle,” said Andrew Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Russian state propaganda outlets like RT had a field day with her strident attacks on the U.S. political establishment, and they seemed to work hand in glove.”

Even her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, has been known for years as someone on the fringes of pro- Russian conspiracy theories. He has repeatedly appeared on infamous Holocaust denier Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad radio show.

In one broadcast on July 19, 2014, the topic of discussion was the recently downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which was reportedly taken down by pro-Russian insurgents.

“Someone wrote about three weeks ago that we should expect false flag, a major false flag operation in eastern Ukraine that’s going to be blamed on the Russians. And that’s exactly what has happened,” said Baraka at the time.

For all these reasons and probably others we don’t know about yet, Stein has been a Kremlin favourite since her first run as the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2012.

Her radical base and her love of castigating our government seem to have made her a choice selection to the Russians, whose strategy all throughout Europe has been to finance and incite both ends of the radical spectrum.

They seek to add polarity to our liberal Western atmosphere to destabilize it and take at its expense. Radical groups like the Green Party are their bread and butter.

Clint Watts, an NBC News analyst who has been tracking Russian election interference at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said that Russia’s intelligence agencies “sought to play both sides of the political spectrum to elevate Trump and turn down turnout for Clinton.”

Added Watts, “On the left politically, they sought to dissuade Bernie Sanders voters from turning out to the polls and increase turnout for Stein.”

Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and an NBC News analyst, said that Stein “most certainly influenced the outcome of [the 2016] election, given the outcome was decided in three states and by 78,000 voters.”

Despite receiving only 1.07 percent of the national vote total, her showing in the crucial states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan was greater than Clinton’s margin of defeat and arguably denied Clinton an Electoral College victory.

It was Ralph Nader and the 2000 presidential election all over again.

I think about that picture of that gala banquet in December of 2015, and in my mind’s eye, I just keep seeing that cunning look on Stein’s face as she held up her champagne glass.

It was the look of someone who feels they’ve finally made it. Someone who, at long last, is getting the importance and recognition they have so long felt unduly denied, is loving it- and doesn’t want to think about the Faustian bargain made in the process.

In this world, there comes a time when we all have to realize that the sum of our choices defines who we are. Time to wake up, Jill. Reality has arrived at your front door. You are out of time.

Third Party Spoilers- The Nader Effect.

The political atmosphere of America has reached the highest level of polarity it has seen in decades. Pew Research found that 50 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Democrats find discussing politics with opposing party members to be “stressful and frustrating.”

This state of affairs has given rise to great unrest. In turn, that has led some to believe that the nightmarish 2016 electoral cycle created momentum for a third-party challenge in 2020.  It seems a likely year to successfully make some waves. It is not unfair to observe that a third party’s traditional goal has been to make waves in the United States.

In recent history, several of those waves have been tsunamis.

During the summer of 2015, the editor of Millennial Democrats found that a simple Google search of the very word “nader” would instantly direct you to a Wikipedia article called “The Spoiler Effect”, which since the year 2000 has also been known as The Nader Effect.

These terms are used to describe the ghastly effect third parties tend to have on crucial elections. The United States has now had five Presidential races in a row that were absolutely key. As a result, third parties have had the chance to do more and more harm to causes they claim to advocate.

They ruined us in 2000. They hurt us in 2004. In 2008 Nader was the most hated man on Planet Earth. And in 2016, Nader passed the Spoiler’s Torch to Bernie Sanders, eager as his 2012 Green Party successor Jill Stein was to secure that role for herself. Bernie and Ralph, of course, are old friends.

No third party has ever managed to get a candidate of their own elected. What they have done, though, is to pull off dramatically awful effects on major elections, and therefore the political foundation of the country. They cause the major parties real harm. They sometimes get them to adapt and to change. But much more often, they bring the candidates they have the most in common with crashing down. To the overwhelming detriment of everyone.

Third-party candidates can impact the national outcome if they capture just the right percentage of votes in the right states, which is precisely how Ralph Nader was able to do such harm to the Democratic Party in the year 2000.

He insisted, against the dictates of all reason or common sense, upon campaigning for crucial swing states such as Florida, the state that cost Gore the election, by 537 votes. As the Greens are a left-wing party, they compete for votes with Democrats.

For this reason, the 97,000 votes that Nader won make it clear that George W. Bush would never have made it to the White House without him.

GOP strategists knew it, too, which is why they were paying to run swing state ads for Ralph Nader in 2004, slandering John Kerry on his behalf. Nader, who has made a career out of complaining, was strangely silent on this repugnant issue.

Barbara Perry is the director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and co-chair of the center’s Presidential Oral History program. She made a crucial point last year when she said that Bernie Sanders supporters leaning toward supporting Jill Stein over Hillary Clinton have to ask themselves an important question: “Are you willing to accept that your third party vote may help someone you utterly disagree with?”

The answer, sadly, usually ends up being yes. Stein and the Greens were invaluable to Trump against Clinton. It’s essentially certain that why she was at that famous meeting with Putin and Paul Manafort was to discuss her party’s part in ruining the chances of Hillary Clinton. And Nader is said to have been secretly jubilant at the knowledge that he’d ruined the chances of Al Gore.

Revelations came out last month about the ways the Russians used Facebook ads to hurt Hillary Clinton. Politico reported last month that some of the ads explicitly endorsed Jill Stein, and Bernie Sanders.

Left-wing third-party energy is all but completely limited to out of touch white leftists with no real interest in or ability to organize beyond their immediate circles. They tend to adopt a fanatical and uncompromising stance on every issue, and they tend to lack diplomatic finesse.

They call themselves progressives, but this is a misnomer.  In order to call yourself a progressive, you have got to demonstrate you can make progress. That takes cooperation and communication. All or nothing will not suffice.

We realize there are good people out there who share many views with us, people who would like to be allies but not formal members of the Party. We would like to thank those people for what help and support they are willing to offer. But we ask that they keep out of our way.

Progressives of every stripe have got to realize that their best chance of seeing their goals achieved is to give all the support they can to Democrats. Those are the folks who’ve been looking after the people of this country, ever since Franklin Roosevelt passed the New Deal. This is why we have spent the last hundred years getting rid of all the racist reactionary elements out of our apparatus.

When Barry Goldwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he carried the South because of it. Lyndon Johnson continued to push through civil rights legislation, although he was warned that in so doing he would lose the South for Democrats for a generation, a prediction that proved more than accurate. Didn’t matter. It was the right thing to do, and so we did it. It was a big part of how Democrats became the People’s Party.

The next election is going to be even closer than 2016 was, in all these battlegrounds. The bitterly divided parties, the high degree of partisan and ideological polarization, and the people confused and bewildered. Moving forward, we have got to pour light on this strategy.

Third parties cannot work in the United States. What will work is to highlight and draw enthusiasm toward exactly what we’ve been doing. The Democratic Party is currently in the process of continuing our decades-long transition towards a nationwide, liberal, labor oriented coalition. We will not let ourselves be distracted from this goal by the pipedreams and fantasies of third-party Utopian dreamers. We have a good idea of where we’re going. And we’ve got a decent plan as to how to get there.

The Riddle of Russiagate, The Meaning of Manafort.

Although Paul Manafort is a name America has heard a lot this past year, for the last 19, he’s been nothing but an obscure political hack who spent a lot of time working for dictators outside America. The story of his infamy spreading wings is not a very pleasant one. A shadier web of deceit, greed, and treason is hard to imagine, and it’s hard to see through all the unsettled muck. It’s been a while now since last November, though, and things are clearing up, leaving us with some very large questions.

So why Manafort? He hadn’t been seen in United States politics since Bob Dole’s desiccated campaign in 1996. Every question we ask about him seems to raise twenty more. How does a guy go from a 20-year nobody, to the head of a Presidential campaign?

And why would the Trump campaign stick its neck out by hiring such a suspect figure?

The ostensible reason given is that Manafort’s old partner Roger Stone did not like Corey Lewandowski, Manafort’s predecessor, and pulled his name out of a hat. But the latest Manafort revelations have left many speculating in other directions. Russian money found its way into the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director assigned to look into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election, seems confident Manafort may have had something to do with it. His investigation of Manafort now spans 11 years.

Given Manafort’s contacts with shady political figures in Russia, and the massive amounts of money he reportedly was paid by them over the years, this seems logical. Increasingly, Paul Manafort has come to be seen as the key to solving the riddle of Russiagate.

It seems clear he owes money to Russian oligarchs, who sent him in to act as a go-between.  It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that one of the biggest red flags here was when Manafort was able to continually make his presence felt in the Trump team long after he was technically fired. If Trump is innocent, why would he have let Manafort anywhere near the door after they fired him, knowing what kinds of people he was in bed with?

Manafort was a principal at the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, which had close links to the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, and is one of the first lobbying and political consulting firms of this kind.  According to Riva Levinson, one of his former colleagues, Manafort took a “mercenary” approach to lobbying the US government on behalf of international clients accused of killings, rapes and other atrocities,

In that role, in 1989, he had no qualms about doing business with the “murderous dictator” of Somalia, Levinson recalls in a new memoir, Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President.

“Arrogant, narcissistic, egotistical, brilliant – all of that I can handle in Paul,” Levinson writes. “But it is Paul’s mercenary attitude that puts us at odds.” Those same awful traits are what endear him to his masters.

Back in 2004, Victor Yanukovych’s presidential bid was looking like a disaster, but he was Putin’s man. Manafort was brought in to save it, and he did. He’s had a place at their feet ever since.

On August 19 of last year, while Manafort was at the head of the Trump campaign, the New York Times reported that Manafort’s name was listed in a secret ledger of cash payments from the ruling pro-Russian party in Ukraine, along with the details of a failed business venture with Russian billionaire Oleg Victor Deripaska. He submitted his resignation shortly thereafter.

For his part, Manafort was most likely motivated by a desire to “get whole” with Deripaska, who he’d lost money for in 2007. At this time, a private-equity fund was set up by Manafort in the Cayman Islands, Pericles Emerging Market Partners.

In 2008, Deripaska transferred $18.9 million to Manafort through this fund so that it could purchase Black Sea Cable, a Ukrainian telecommunication company. Manafort botched it, and then refused to answer his phone. The oligarch requested the “winding down of the partnership.” The petition alleges that when Deripaska asked for an accounting of the investment in 2013, Manafort did not respond.

As of last year, however, he was trying to work something out. Emails exchanged between Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, his contact in Ukraine (the Ukrainians refer to Kilimnik as Manafort’s Manafort, e.g. the key to solving the riddle of Manafort), make it clear Manafort has been trying to get back in the billionaire’s good graces, and was willing to trade on his position as Trump’s campaign manager to do so. The arrangement they made has had very grave consequences for Planet Earth.

The deal was for Manafort to help Russia subvert the United States election, in order to weaken the candidacy of then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The plan was simple: Manafort getting paid, Trump getting power and attention, and Putin getting his claws into all kinds of things while Trump looked aside.

Remember how Trump was seething at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011, after Obama roasted him on the “birther” conspiracy back in April of 2011? Stupid as it was, the birther conspiracy is believed to be the issue that pushed the new President out in front with the alt right base. That incident gave Trump the edge he needed over the many other Republican candidates in the field last year.

Now that Trump has been elected, and proven himself a total incompetent, the reasons for it all are very clear from Putin’s perspective. Russia, the second strongest geopolitical force on Earth, is being given a free hand. From our perspective, it’s like playing a chess game, in which you get an extra queen, but are not allowed to make any moves.

America has become starstruck and celebrity obsessed. Trump was the latest in a series of celebrity politicians. For a Republican Party softened for the blow by 120 years of continuous decline, he was just right. Perhaps plans for a Trump run were discussed as early as that fateful 2013 trip to Moscow.

The next year, when Russia illegally seized Crimea, President Barack Obama applied economic sanctions against Russia as a result. This made it very difficult for Putin and his oligarch buddies to do business in the USA. Because of this, they were not happy with Mr. Obama, or with Hillary Clinton.

Close attention should be paid to the importance of the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration at the time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. They put a crimp in the high-priced lifestyles of Russian governmental officials, and gave them a clear and simple motive in so doing.

“This is a serious matter and there are real concerns about the pro-Kremlin interests engaged with the Trump team,” said Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook. He was right, of course, but at the time nobody listened. Any political activist who was online in 2016 could have told you the same. Everybody’s listening now.

So what can we learn from all this? What is the meaning of Manafort? His presence should have tripped alarms immediately. It should have been noticed that an absentee political operative, who’d spent 20 years outside of America making dictators rise and fall, had waltzed back onto our scene and taken the reins of a major presidential campaign. But it wasn’t, and now we are living with the consequences. A hard look needs to be taken at what it says about the state of our radar systems, if a criminal like this can make it through them.

For the Democratic Party, at least, the way forward is clear. We support Mueller, keep public focus on Manafort and Russiagate in general, and wait for our chance. Our day to show the difference between us, and this, will come.