Robert Scheer interviews Max Blumenthal about the “lesser of two evils” approach centrists in the Democratic Party have been pushing for decades.
The Clinton Machine Will Do Anything to Stop Bernie
MSNBC is no longer a news channel. It is a channel where the corporate Democratic strategists talk to each other and try to convince the rest of us that what they want to be true is true.
Morning Joe was devoted today to everything about every candidate in New Hampshire except the front runner, Bernie Sanders.
Early in the program, MSNBC posted a chart showing Sanders as the front runner and his steady line as the front runner in New Hampshire. So, was the conversation about Sanders? Of course not. It was about Buttigieg and Klobuchar. According to the panel, the campaigns of Klobuchar and Buttigieg were taking off. They are the “candidates on the move.”
John Heileman had to try to make Sanders’ steady lead sound like it was a negative. He said that Sanders was in the lead, but he was just “sitting there.”
Scarborough (who helped Trump get elected) talked about Biden being in the “second tier” in the polls. If, he added, you BELIEVE IN THE POLLS. Morning Joe and the panel have been touting polls for months showing Biden leading, but all of a sudden, when he’s in fourth or fifth place, Joe has to add “if you believe in the polls.”
(Note: I would just like to add that Scarborough and the dreadful Mika were at Mara-la-go AFTER the 2016 election. Their break with Trump came after he outed their adulterous affair.)
O.K. then, we have the panel trying desperately to rehabilitate Biden, just like always. They tried to make excuses for Biden’s lack of ability to raise money at the grassroots. Well, one said, he is old school. He “can’t raise money online.” Adrienne Elrod (one of the Clinton mean girls who is still incapable of expressing anything but contempt and resentment at Bernie Sanders because he dared DARED to run against Clinton) had to add that Biden didn’t really “plan to run well” in Iowa, i.e., he didn’t really try. (This is the best excuse she could come up with?)
Elrod then adds that Biden also doesn’t expect to run well in New Hampshire, already trying to dampen expectations before the primary. Talking about the Biden campaign, she says “they want to move on.” Want to move on? Where the hell to they expect to move on to? Where do they expect to win? This is the man that @MSNBC pundits have been telling us was the front runner for months.
Then, MSNBC shows us a Biden campaign ad (when was the last time they showed us a Bernie campaign ad?) and say that the problem is that Biden isn’t being allowed to be Biden. In the ad, Biden contrasts what are supposed to be his best contributions to history, with the most trivial things Buttigieg has ever done. The panel argues that this ad and these little episodes with Biden, where he acts like an entitled ass, are to be blamed on his campaign not letting him be himself. The Dreadful Mika has to add that Biden would never respond with contempt and derision if he was in a room with a former Mayor (like Buttigieg) who was touting his accomplishments. Jesus. We are supposed to believe that the ad made by his campaign, approved by him is “not Biden.” Those little episodes (pointing fingers at the chest of voters, telling one she’s a liar, acting like a pathetic old man pretending to be a hard ass) are not Biden. That’s ignorant. Those episodes are Biden. That’s what he is, a resentful, entitled, defensive old man who thinks he’s owed being president. (Remind you of anybody?)
Then, Morning Joe announced their guests for the morning, James Carville, David Plouffe, Klobuchar and Bennett. A progressive is in the lead in New Hampshire. Any Progressives? Hell no, a show full of people who despise Bernie Sanders and everything he stands for.
Then, we must hear about Bloomberg and how he is “driving Trump crazy.” What evidence is there for this? Who’s ass do they pull this stuff out of? Everybody on the panel agrees. Oh, they slobber, Bloomberg is “tougher” than Trump, “richer” than Trump. Bloomberg’s money will be the “great equalizer” in the race. When was a rich man running against another rich man ever considered a “great equalizer?” Joe Scarborough obviously enjoys bragging about how much more money Bloomberg has than Trump.
(Note: This is where we are folks. The obvious delight with which Scarborough describes Bloomberg’s wealth just tells you everything about him.)
Elrod says that Bloomberg is “still the most electable” candidate for many Americans. Again, who’s ass did she drag that out of? What evidence is there for that? She would rather choke than say such a thing about Bernie even though there is much more evidence that the same statement about Bernie.
The panel ended with a discussion of the “fear” that the populace has about the current crop of candidates. What they are communicating is that they have a deathly “fear” of Bernie Sanders. All of them know that Sanders and his people would never let them get near the White House if he was elected. That’s what they are scared of.
I can’t watch MSNBC anymore. The only reason for watching is to document the almost complete slide into corporate Democratic promotion as the Party and the party elite face the terror of people, real people, exercising their rights and fighting for their rights.
Turn over to CSPAN and you can watch Bernie giving a speech in New Hampshire. The reason the corporate media doesn’t ever show you Bernie unless they have to is that they are terrified people will see what a real candidate is like, a candidate who believes in what he is saying, a real person, fighting, perhaps giving his life, to fight for regular people, for the changes that will give regular people an opportunity to take some benefit from a society they contribute so much to. Please listen to Bernie Sanders. Please stop listening to MSNBC and CNN.
You can hear an interview with the author by listening to the program “On Contact,” by Chris Hedges, RT Television. 2/1/20.
Flint, Michigan is not the only community to have drinking water problems. Especially in small towns, the EPA exempts water systems from adequate testing.
This documentary details the effects of the Chernobyl disaster locally. Unsafe nuclear reactors still operate. Tourists called “stalkers” pay money to be sneaked into the most unsafe areas for a thrill. Some people from small villages have moved back to contaminated areas. There has been a rise in tourism to this area because of the HBO series.
Morning Impeachment Thoughts
Van Drew and the Trough
Five aides to Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the only Democrat to come out against impeachment, have resigned. Van Drew announced that he will not vote for impeachment.
In a letter of resignation the staff members told the Chief of Staff: “Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.” “Over the past year, Trump Republicans have sided with special interests over the needs of working people,” they said. “Worse, they continue to aid and abet Trump as he shreds the Constitution and tears the country apart. They have refused to grapple with how the President of the United States has jeopardized our national security for his own political advantage.” “Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.”
It should be a serious subject for discussion just how craven men and women will become to hold onto a position in Congress. One only has to think of the enormous increase in the personal wealth of Mitch McConnell to understand just how much money these man and women expect to make from their positions of public service.
As I used to tell my students when I taught Criminology – they don’t come to public office and become corrupted, they go into public service because they are corrupted and plan to become more so.
The Republicans Cannot be Shamed
I have a little clue for CNN and MSNBC. Both cable news networks have shown clips of Lindsay Graham asking members of Congress to wait and weigh the evidence before deciding on impeachment when Clinton was the object. They then show video of Graham proudly proclaiming that he is not an objective juror in the Trump impeachment.
Trying to point out the hypocrisy of Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell or any other Republican is a waste of time. THEY DON’T CARE.
The Republican party is trying to install a one-party religious state in this country. They are fighting what to them is a holy war against the rest of us and against democracy. They cannot be shamed or embarrassed. They cannot be reasoned with because they are trying to colonize reason and use it for themselves and their own power.
Appeasers like Joe Biden, Cory Booker and Buttigieg are our worst enemies. They encourage people to believe that when Trump is gone (if he ever is) things will return to “normal.” But “normal” is what got us Trump. The Bill Barr’s, the Mitch McConnell’s, the Jim Jordan’s, will still be there. The Fellowship Foundation will still be there.
Those who don’t see the fight and won’t engage in it, must get out of the way and be left behind.
All you have to do is read this book to see how Robert Mueller was either a Chickenshit (See book by Eisinger) or part of the project to cover up the Trump/Russia collusion. Neither alternative is a good one.
Announcement of Investigations ………………………………………………………………………….83
Investigating the Bidens and 2016 Election Interference …………………………………………98
Announcement of Investigations Raised Alarm ……………………………………………………126
The President’s Scheme Was Exposed