July 12, 2016

"Mr. Sanders... was in a bittersweet but resolute mood on Tuesday, according to his advisers, as he took the stage with Mrs. Clinton...."

"[H]e came around grudgingly to supporting her, the advisers said. But he was also determined to make a strong case against Mr. Trump and, in doing so, champion Mrs. Clinton as the only chance to defeat him.... One person close to Mr. Sanders said that the senator and his wife, Jane, were 'putting on a good face' on Tuesday, but that they were disappointed that his campaign had not been more successful after he gave it so much of his energy and rallied millions of people around his ideas.... Still, Mr. Sanders uttered the words that Mrs. Clinton needed him to say — 'I am endorsing Hillary Clinton.'"

From the NYT report "Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton, Hoping to Unify Democrats," by Amy Chozick, Patrick Healy, and Yamiche Alcindor. They include Trump's cutting reaction: “Bernie is now officially a part of a rigged system" for "endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-Wall Street, and pro-offshoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party."

56 comments:

Jon Ericson said...

So which "Unkown" are you?

David Begley said...

... Still, Mr. Sanders uttered the words that Mrs. Clinton needed him to say — 'I am endorsing Hillary Clinton.'" But only because Bernie lost the FBI primary.

Williams & Connolly destroyed the emails and even the FBI could not reconstruct or find the emails. That's the real story.

tim in vermont said...

Warren, Comey, Sanders. One by one they sell out to the power of the invisible people who baked in the Clinton nomination before the first primary vote was cast.

tim in vermont said...

Sell out? Maybe not, just knuckle under to the big money power.

Sebastian said...

"Trump's cutting reaction: “Bernie is now officially a part of a rigged system" for "endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-Wall Street, and pro-offshoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party."" Good line. But wait. Is he saying hawkish, free-tradish cons with retirement funds should vote for the felon?

rcocean said...

Trump has it absolutely correct. Bernie just proves once again that all the Left's talk about "imperial wars" and "rule of the 2 percent" or helping the working class is BS.

Liberal/Leftists always drop all their so-called principles to support a fellow Democrat - no matter how corrupt and illiberal they are.

rcocean said...

"hawkish, free-tradish cons with retirement funds"

Who the hell are they? If you can find any, you'll see that most are Nevertrumpers or voting Libertarian.

Unknown said...

Sanders got 80% of what he wanted on the platform. He's also pulling Clinton to the left which is great. Clinton capitulated on the minimum wage of $15.00 and a public option for healthcare. Those are two pretty big victories. Democrats have united. Can't say the same for Republicans.

tim in vermont said...

Hawkish free traders with a heavy investment in bank stocks definitely should vote for Hillary.

n.n said...

Offshoring and inshoring, too... and, of course, abortion rites, and channeling Mengele (i.e. Planned Parenthood et al). The scope of the unified Democrat Party's trans-social, trans-human policies is unprecedented. The opiates are that good.

tim in vermont said...

United behind a war monger who has made scores of millions off of bankers, the Saudis, in return for killing Keystone XL, the Russians, in return for a deal which allows them to lock up North American uranium.

The Democrats have sold out their values.

n.n said...

Illegal progressive wars. Opportunistic regime changes. Anti-native policies (e.g. refugee crises). Make abortion, not life.

tim in vermont said...

United behind a woman of limited understanding who thought killing Qaddafy was a wonderful plan. How many refugees have drowned this week trying to escape the "shit show" as Obama calls Libya, that she created?

But Bernie is a bombastic blowhard, so dear me, sell out everything we believe!

tim in vermont said...

Sorry, Trump is the bombastic blowhard. Bernie is just one more sell out.

readering said...

Trump's funny. He excoriates Sanders for falling in behind the Democratic nominee while also excoriating all Republican candidates who fail to fall into line behind his own candidacy. But since he does not really understand party politics, can't expect more from him. It's all about him.

n.n said...

Great plan. Creative destruction. Redistribute and inflate capital in order to compensate for progressive debt and economic misalignment. Can't they just "choose" or "plan" some more of the expensive native lives and reduce the divisor, and simultaneously increase Democrat revenue?

rehajm said...

...said that the senator and his wife, Jane, were 'putting on a good face' on Tuesday...

My father said in the 45 years he's known of Bernie and Jane from Burlington he's never known Jane to put on a good face.

khesanh0802 said...

No honor among thieves.

mockturtle said...

he's never known Jane to put on a good face.

Well, it's the only one she's got.

Michael K said...

" Democrats have united. Can't say the same for Republicans."

Or for Venezuela after Chavismo.

holdfast said...

Does she have RBF too? So sad.

The Cracker Unknown said...


""[H]e came around grudgingly to supporting her, the advisers said. "

Laugh out loud funny. Bernie's dumb but he's not that dumb. Time to cash in and cash out.

The Cracker Unknown said...

I bet Bernie's net worth doubles in the next four years. You don't do this without some serious greasing.

tim in vermont said...

If the party says that it is going to be a war mongering fool, get in line. That's party politics, even if it is decided during the invisible primary.

Achilles said...

You knew this was coming. Bernie is attached to his life at the government teat. He would rather get a bunch of money from goldman sachs than actually have a spine.

R&B was right about him.

damikesc said...

Yes, wrestler A loses the match to wrestler B, as the boss designed. They then travel to the next town to perform again.

TreeJoe said...

Bernie just proved his absolute inability to be a leader or President of the very platform he promoted.

This capitulation is embarrassing. Or should be. It doesn't matter if it was "begrudging". You should never "begrudgingly" endorse a candidate when you yourself were not a compromise candidate. It just shows your inherent weakness.

shiloh said...

"One person close to Mr. Sanders said that the senator and his wife, Jane, were 'putting on a good face'"

Just like Hillary did for Obama (8) years ago. Shocking!

Also breaking ... water is wet.

ok, ok, not really breakin' as it occurred 9/10 hrs ago and Althouse grudgingly posts w/a negative spin.

As always, consistency is all I ask and AA never disappoints!

rcocean said...

Limbaugh has a great take down of this. Check it out.

Sebastian said...

""hawkish, free-tradish cons with retirement funds" Who the hell are they?" Regular GOPers, you know, the sort of people who used to like Ronald Reagan. Anticommunist, take it to the bad guys, open up foreign markets, WTO and NAFTA promoting, pro-capitalist folks. People who liked both Milton Friedman and Jeanne Kirkpatrick. (Who dat?) There are still a few around.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

When Donald Trump is nominated by the Republican Party next week, he will also officially become part of the rigged system.

tim in vermont said...

Make you feel better about Hillary, Mark?

mockturtle said...

My mother [as usual] was right about Sanders from the onset: A career politician pretending to be otherwise.

MayBee said...

The platform, as Bernie described it, is insane

sane_voter said...

Bernie could have run as the Green part nominee since they offered it to him. They are on the ballot in states totally 339 EV, and look to be on all of them except Indiana. But no, he sold out.

sane_voter said...

party

cubanbob said...

Sanders is 74 years old. Why take one for the team? At his age you can croak 15 years from now or next week. The best part of old age with enough of a retirement is supposed to be the ability to tell the world to FU. He blew that. And for what? A crooked fascist? He would have garnered a lot more respect if he endorsed the Green Party. He is still a Senator and the Democrats in Congress will still need him so he had nothing to lose by not endorsing Clinton. Sanders has a brother who is a Labor MP in Britain. Even though the current Labor Party head is an old school Bolshevik and doesn't have a prayer of becoming PM he is still hanging tough in spite of demands he step down. Lesson to Sanders ought to be stick to your (albeit misguided) principles (especially when you have nothing to lose) and gain respect.

narciso said...

the irony is he was beat 'like a red headed stepchild' by the sheer weight of money in politics, and it took 150 million to do it, Trump by contrast was outspent 6-8/1 in the gop primaries and still prevailed,

Unknown said...

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN0ZS2MO

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton extended her lead over Republican rival Donald Trump to 13 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday, up from 10 points at the end of last week.

The July 8-12 poll showed 46 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, the former secretary of state, while 33 percent supported Trump, a celebrity real estate developer. Another 21 percent did not support either candidate.

David said...

The Rebel sells out.

It's an old story.

rcocean said...

"There are still a few around."

Yeah, in Palm Springs and the old folks homes.

narciso said...

you think you have something there,


http://www.thelasttradition.com/2016/07/unindicted-crooked-hillary-lead-over.html

Terry said...

Death camps. Prison work camps. Re-education camps. Death by bullet, death by bomb, death by fire, death by disease, death by starvation. How many of their fellow human beings did socialists kill in the 20th century? 100 million? 200 million?

Terry said...

cubanbob said...
Sanders is 74 years old. Why take one for the team?


Because for guy who calls himself a democratic socialist, Bernard hates and distrusts the actual people and is terrified that the common folk might make public policy. See his remarks on the Germans electing Hitler. He is a fucking hypocrite.

mccullough said...

Back to obscurity for Bernie.

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Rusty said...

ritmo must be devastated.

Brando said...

This isn't news, though I figured he'd wait until the convention to do this where he could get maximum attention and a big speech out of it. I suppose he's coming out early now that the platform was drafted for his leftist goodie bag, so he can save face and say that his candidacy was about moving the party (and its ultimate nominee) to the left. This way, he can pretend not to be a sellout.

The thing is, Hillary's lip-service to leftism is about as convincing as Trump's lip-service to rightism--both are known for turning on those who trust them, and put themselves and their ambitions first, so all of this is pretty meaningless. Sanders though can at least claim some symbolic victory, and now by endorsing Hillary he can avoid looking like Ralph Nader. If she loses to Trump, it won't be due to Sanders.

For Trump's part, he would do well to knock off this attempt to appeal to the Sanders Swampies--first, because leftist agitators aren't going to support him (the fact that he's not much of a conservative doesn't mean they'll go for him) and second because he has a better shot at consolidating conservative votes (many conservatives will back the devil they don't know over the devil they do--Hillary is at least promising leftism).

I'd figured a Cruz-Sanders race would have been a stark, open choice of two clear and distinct directions for the country--unapologetic conservatism vs. unapologetic democratic socialism. Now, Trump/Clinton is two grifters of no set ideology doing a wily pantomime that ultimately will say little about what the people want in this country.

damikesc said...

See his remarks on the Germans electing Hitler. He is a fucking hypocrite.

Indeed. Because it took the higher-ups in government to put Hitler in power. He was never going to win that position in an election.

Kevin said...

"Sanders got 80% of what he wanted on the platform."

Hahahah. She'll wipe her ass with that. They all do.

Gusty Winds said...

Bernie should refund the 10 Million $20 bills he was given.

Brando said...

"Hahahah. She'll wipe her ass with that. They all do."

A platform isn't worth the paper it's printed on. But I think Sanders just wanted something to save face with, so his supporters wouldn't think he just folded.

Though fold he did--clearly, all his problems with Hillary are going by the wayside in the service of supporting Team Blue this fall.

Terry said...

damikesc said...
See his remarks on the Germans electing Hitler. He is a fucking hypocrite.

Indeed. Because it took the higher-ups in government to put Hitler in power. He was never going to win that position in an election.


Sanders has made several references to Hitler being popularly elected. He once said that the election of Hitler is what made him take up poli sci as his college major.
Why does Sanders assume that if the elites had their way, they wouldn't have chosen Hitler? In the early 30s, many of the elites in the US thought that Germany was a model for the US. In Germany in 1932, the alternative to fascism wasn't social democracy, it was Stalinism.
At any rate, the idea that the people make mistakes unless their betters explain to them how they should vote is self-serving bullshit. How many of Sanders generation believed that Vietnam was a mess not because the commies were taking it over, but because the US tried to stop the commies from taking it over?

sostander said...

Bernie supporters are going to hold a "fart-in" on the floor of the Democrat convention because capitalists and politics as usual stinks. Oh brother.

Nichevo said...

See, Brando, there you go again. Oh yeah, Trump is a grifter, just like the Clintons and Obamas. Sure, just like Bush and Cheney, eh?

You don't even know what mud will stick! You just keep flinging it.