KJ’s Preview of DNC 2016: Let the Games Begin!

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As we enter the first day of the National Democratic Convention, I hope you have your popcorn ready.

This promises to be the biggest exercise in hypocrisy since Michelle Obama’s National Diet Plan.

Thehill.com reports that

The Democratic National Convention is off to a rocky start – and it hasn’t even officially begun.Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation the day before the convention opens is the big news Monday morning.

It follows the release of embarrassing emails between DNC officials that appear to confirm the suspicions of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s supporters that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC tipped the scales during the party’s primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee.

The resignation overtook Clinton campaign’s planned rollout of running mate Tim Kaine, crowding out a highly anticipated joint interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, and will again raise questions about how unified the Democratic Party can be in November.

The good news for Clinton is that Wasserman Schultz resigned. By the end of the week, the Clinton campaign can only hope that the news about the embattled chairwoman has faded.

One Clinton ally said Wasserman Schultz meant well, but, “she turned out to be the ultimate pain in the ass.”

“Every single time the campaign started to gain their footing, she would do something else to set us back,” the Clinton ally told The Hill on Sunday. “And it wasn’t helpful. It became an annoyance.

“Her mere presence would have been a thorn in the side,” the ally continued. “So this is helpful for all sides.”

Frustration over Wasserman Schultz and the DNC boiled over earlier this summer, when there were rumblings that she could be dumped before the convention in the name of party unity.

Sanders supporters have been angry with Wasserman Schultz and the DNC for some time, and believe she has repeatedly undermined or slighted their candidate.

Wasserman Schultz pushed back against the murmuring that she should be replaced, and it appeared she would survive until Friday, when Wikileaks released its emails – including one in which DNC staffers seemed to discuss using questions about Sanders’s faith against him.

Sanders welcomed Wasserman Schultz’s resignation on Sunday, which came after he again called for her to quit on the Sunday morning news shows.

He called her resignation “the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party.”

Nina Turner, a top spokeswoman for the campaign, separately cheered the selection of longtime Democratic strategist and DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile as interim chairwoman.

Brazile was widely praised by Sanders supporters as a fair and steadying presence during the primaries.

“We believe in you,” Turner tweeted. “Thanks for being fair and transparent!”

All eyes will be on Sanders on Monday night, when he is scheduled to speak to delegates.

And eyes will also be on Wasserman Schultz, who has said she will not quit until after the convention. The Florida lawmaker also plans to open and close the convention, and says she will speak to delegates at some point this week.

That risks a divisive and embarrassing scene like the one that unfolded at the Republican National Convention last week when Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) was booed off stage.

“It’s shocking to me that she would still be speaking,” said Democracy For America spokesman Neil Sroka, who supported Sanders during the primaries. “That’s not helpful for unity. When you resign, you resign.”

Sanders supporters also say Wasserman Schultz’s resignation should be only a starting point.

They say the Wikileaks scandal revealed deeply ingrained institutional problems within the national party that won’t be resolved overnight.

“My concern is that those leaks fundamentally undermine the integrity of the party,” said Jacob Limon, the Texas state director for Bernie Sanders’s campaign.

“If you’re a Democratic candidate and you want to run for office you’re assuming you’ll get a fair deal and that Democrats will facilitate even-handed elections,” he said. “If her resignation will start healing the Democratic Party, I’m all for it, but we still have to restore the integrity of the party.”

The hashtag #DNCleak was being used Sunday night be Sanders supporters to call for more changes at the DNC, including the removal of staffers.

The Clinton and Sanders campaigns have been working for months to come to terms on an alliance that would cement Sanders’ legacy in the Democratic Party and encourage his fervent base of grassroots liberals and young voters to throw their support behind Clinton.

Before the email leak, there were signs of progress. Now the question is whether the latest episode will tear that band-aid off.

Sroka called Wassersman Schultz’s resignation the “first step in a long process.”

“This was the only acceptable response to those revelations,” he said. “It was helpful to demonstrate that the party understands the importance of bringing in 13 million folks who supported Bernie Sanders into the Democratic Party and will help bring the party closer to unity and to enthusiasm and the fight ahead.”

One Democratic strategist predicted that Wasserman Schultz’s resignation would help the party unify.

“There will still be a little bit of messiness,” the strategist said. “But she might have been the greatest contribution to party unity in the end.”

Bernie Sanders supporters have experienced and are experiencing what we older Americans used to refer to in the 1970s as a “reality check”.

As the DNC leaked e-mails showed, the Establishment Democrats were never going to allowed the Socialist Senator from the tiny New England State of Vermont any sort of opportunity to be their Presidential Candidate.

As the overwhelming majority of us said and thought from the beginning of the Democrat Primary Campaign, the fix was in for the wife of Monica Lewinsky’s boyfriend to be the 2016 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate.

For this tarnished political party, which threw morality, ethics, and the God of Abraham Himself out the window decades ago, it  was”easy peasy” to give Hillary the gold mine and ol’ Bernie the shaft.

Now, that their hypocritical political corruption has once again been revealed, they are scrambling to minimize the damage before they begin today’s week-long dog and pony show.

Actually, though, when I think about it, this convention will resemble a police line-up, more than a dog and pony show.

At least dogs and ponies possess a certain nobility.

In the case of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, nobility, along with the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, took the last train for the coast, as Don McLean sang in hit classic hit song, “American Pie”.

This year’s Democratic Convention will feature a pantheon of “picked-upon”, “abused, “marginalized” individuals…and that’s just the professional politicians.

According to the New York Daily News,

The mothers of African-Americans killed by police or in gun violence, including Eric Garner’s mom, will be among the headlining speakers at the Democratic National Convention.

On Tuesday night, following a keynote speech by former President Bill Clinton, seven members of “Mothers of the Movement,” a sisterhood of moms who share the singular tragedy of having lost their sons to cops or guns, will address the Philadelphia summit.

Scheduled to speak are Gwen Carr, the mother of Garner, who was killed in an illegal police chokehold on Staten Island; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman; Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who found hanged in a Texas jail cell after she was arrested during a traffic stop; and Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, whose shooting death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police in 2014 set off riots across the nation.

Pardon me if this is a crude question to ask…but, isn’t the purpose of a Political Party’s National Convention to convince the overwhelming majority of American’s that your Presidential Candidate will keep this country safe and prosperous?

How does featuring the mother of an out-of-control thug who was killed while attacking a police officer whom he had shoved into his car and was charging at to finish the job, show that Hillary Clinton possesses the sound judgment and principled character befitting the Office of President of the United States of America?

#BlueLivesMatter, too.

So, if you are in the Philadelphia Area, try to get in to see this debacle of a Political Convention…if you can.

Good Luck succeeding in that, though. You would have to breach the “Security Wall” that encompasses the area around the Wells Fargo Center and “Xfinity Live!.

While the Democratic Party does not want a Security Wall at America’s Southern Border to keep those who would break our laws and enter illegally for the possible purpose of disruption and destruction, these wealthy Liberal Professional Politicians who run the Democratic Party have no qualms about protecting themselves with an impenetrable  wall of their own.

Hypocrisy abounds. Irony is embarrassed.

As I have always said,

Isn’t it funny how those among us who claim to be the most tolerant, are actually the least tolerant of all?

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

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