Bernie Sanders refunds cover

OK, so I’m going to do something a little bit different. I talked a lot about the Republican National Convention last week but I didn’t write as much as I had originally planned. Let’s make up for that during the Democratic convention taking place this week in Philadelphia. What I’m going to do is watch the speeches and come back here at certain points to give some thoughts on their content and presentation. Although Michelle Obama’s speech seems to be getting most of the rave reviews, and if we were going in chronological order also came before Bernie’s, I’m going to start with Senator Sanders.


Bernie Sanders Sells Out at DNC 2016:

As I turn this on, I’m reminded of how fucking stupid some Bernie supporters are. The dude is a politician and he believes he has a lot of politicking left to do. This was always going to be the outcome, especially when you consider that the DNC was actively working against him. I’m pretty sure he would have lost anyway, but it’s still a disgrace.

This crowd is not being very respectful about letting the guy speak, but it’s because they’re cheering him. I guess when you consider the way they treated others last night, this is an improvement.

He repeated the “$27 average donation” line, which produced this brilliant tweet…

He’s now moving into his “historical” rant about all his campaign acheived. Yes, they have things to crow about but at the end of the day, they lost. History is filled with loser, though, so perhaps I’m off-base.

I almost feel bad for her. Almost.
I almost feel bad for her. Almost.

Now he’s attacking the media. OK, he has a point there.

Moving on to address wealth and income inequality, which are at historically high levels right now. I’m not really sure how to fix that, but it’s not healthy for society, especially if it keeps getting even worse. The sad thing is, Bernie’s delivery is whack. He makes a political novice like Donald Trump seem like Bill Clinton in his prime.

According to Sanders, Obama pretty much saved the world during his presidency.

I think he just played a game where he tried to name the most minority groups he could think of off the top of his head. I’m pretty sure I could have done better, but props for the Sikh shoutout.

[A]ny objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.

I don’t believe that statement is true, but I laughed as you twisted the knife deeper into your supporter’s backs, Bernie.

Here comes the personal story from America that never really moves the needle very much, in my opinion. It seems cheap.

Now, Hillary’s name is getting booed all to hell hahaha. They also chanted some shit, but I can’t make it out.


I also agree with him on Citizens United, but then again I am someone who is deeply troubled with the current state of campaign financing. Honestly, they would still find ways around any sort of restrictions, so it’s useless on some level. But shit as it is now is broken. Politicians have to spend a large chunk of their time fundraising. That’s not good for a wide variety of reasons.

Moving on, he starts talking about the importance of the Supreme Court, which is very true. In terms of substance he’s making a good case for why Bernie supporters shouldn’t sit this one out. He’s not exactly doing it with style, though. I don’t like the way he does public speaking.

We’re into climate change, education, and other more specific policy areas where there’s a pretty big gap between her and Trump. The thing is, a lot of people are casting a vote for Trump just to stick it to career pols like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I’m not sure how much this would move the general electorate, but it’s not really for them. He’s out there to bring his people around to Hillary as much as he can.

He blabs on for a minute then moves into talking about how progressive the Democratic party platform is thanks to his “coming together” with the Clinton team. The only problem with this is that the party platform doesn’t really mean jack shit. Big victory there, Bern.

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight.

And with that, the speech ends. I was impressed with the content of the second half, but the actual presentation and skill kinda sucked. Still, credit where credit is due. I think he might have brought some of his people back around to the Democrats. We’ll see if that plays out or if many of them are simply too disillusioned by the entire process.

  1. As Jim aka Mister Metokur aka our lord and savior aka the kwisatz haderach said this fool sold out and sold out so hard it hurts and therefore apparently never stood for anything. Granted I never stood for much as far as what I’d vote for in the existing situation except the dismantling of everything Shillery stood for. However at least I stood for that much up front.

      1. That’s about all that post I made has going for it to be honest, what a drunken ramble. I need to go the hell to bed and get offline when I’m that wasted.

        1. I’m more for voting for destroying both sides. I align with the republitad platform more, but the problem is, the republitards themselves don’t.

  2. “Of fucking course Bill Clinton is sitting up there with some hot blonde MILF he probably nutted in right before they came out.”

    Navy blue dress: Check
    Way better arms than Hillary: Check
    Way more likely to induce a boner: Check
    No Kankles: Check

    Kinky sex with better looking woman: Affirmative.

  3. It’s said every man has his price. Looks like Hillary and the DNC found Bernie’s. I admit to feeling a little sorry for his supporters, though. Poor bastards.

    I laughed at his ‘objective observer’ endorsement of the Haggard Queen, though. By all means, vote for a woman who views laws as something to be skirted around and public office as a mechanism to enrich oneself, even if it’s detrimental to the country you’re supposed to be working for.

    Sad. Now I really, really want Trump to curbstomp Hillary in the election.

  4. The man’s getting an airplane, I would have expected his performance to be a little more polished in exchange for an entire aeroplane. Those things are not cheap!

  5. “As I turn this on, I’m reminded of how fucking stupid some Bernie supporters are. The dude is a politician and he believes he has a lot of politicking left to do. This was always going to be the outcome, especially when you consider that the DNC was actively working against him. I’m pretty sure he would have lost anyway, but it’s still a disgrace.”

    Ralph, you gotta realize this isn’t any kind of indication of their intelligence, so much as what I call “True Believer” syndrome. once people become believers, they’ll buy any implausible thing and rationalize anything. To them there are 2 outcomes: Sanders is a sellout false god (the smarter ones will come to this conclusion) or he’s working a secret plane to bide his time.

    Nothing is more dangerous than the believers. A guy who’s crooked will actually be able to weigh the benefits of his actions to screw you over, a believer will do it because they know what they’re doing is right, even if it hurts them in the long run. I think CS lewis has a quote about it.

    1. Found it:

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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