There was NO WAY Bernie was going to be allowed to get to the White House, no matter how many supporters or voters he had. Keeping voters away from the polls by devious means and skewing the vote machine counting procedures (owned by the power players in the party) would take care of that, if nothing else worked. The counts in New York and in California were skewed against Bernie right from the start. In fact, the final Democratic primary count from California has not yet been publicized in the media. Hillary's win was announced before the polls here even closed--and the word went out that it would be "weeks, perhaps longer," before California's mailed-in votes would be counted--but no matter, Hillary had already won, anyway. And, just like that, no matter how many of those yet-uncounted votes were for Bernie, they were already being discounted as unimportant.
The fix was in for Hillary from the start, and the DNC pulled every string and every dirty trick in their playbook to bring it off.
The only way to change this skullduggery would be for both of the corrupt major parties to be done away with. I wish Bernie would run as a 3rd party candidate--but that suggestion will of course be met with horror and consternation -- "OMIGOD! YOU CAN'T LET TRUMP WIN!" And so, we are stuck in the muck -- and will stay that way as long as we let the wealthiest among us dictate our candidates and our lives.
NEW LEAK FROM WIKILEAKS PROVES WHAT SANDERS' SUPPORTERS HAVE SAID ALL ALONG
A new leak of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee appears to support the long-held suspicions of some Bernie Sanders supporters that the DNC was working against him.
WikiLeaks released the 19,252 emails Friday, which came from "seven key figures" in the DNC, including communications director Luis Miranda and national finance director Jordon Kaplan.
One email from May shows CFO Brad Marshall suggesting that they use religion against a certain possible atheist with a Jewish heritage:
From:MARSHALL@dnc.org To: MirandaL@dnc.org, PaustenbachM@dnc.org, DaceyA@dnc.org Date: 2016-05-05 03:31 Subject: No shit
It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
The email doesn't mention Sanders by name, and Marshall told The Intercept that he was likely referring to "a surrogate," not the independent Vermont senator himself. He did not elaborate on who such a surrogate could be. (It's also unclear how this referring to a "surrogate" would make it a less questionable tactic. )
Another email shows national press secretary Mark Paustenpach suggesting an anti-Bernie "narrative" for a story.
"Wondering if there's a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess," Paustenpach wrote in a May email to Luis Miranda. He lists several examples of such "messiness" and concludes by saying, "It's not a DNC conspiracy, it's because they never had their act together."
While the WikiLeaks database is searchable, Heavy.com has compiled a comprehensive list of some other intriguing emails about the DNC's treatment of Sanders, including committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz writing that it's "silly" to speculate about Sanders ever being president and Kaplan referring to him as obnoxious.
In an ironic twist, one leaked email revals deputy communications director Eric Walker mocking Buzzfeed for writing that the DNC had bad cybersecurity.