Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bernie Sanders is now actively supporting DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's opponent in the primary.

Courtesy of Politico: 

Bernie Sanders says he is supporting the primary opponent of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

Sanders, speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview airing Sunday on "State of the Union," said, “well, clearly, I favor her opponent. His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz’s.” 

Tim Canova is challenging Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s 23rd congressional district, which holds its primary on Aug. 30. 

Sanders also told Tapper that if he were to be elected president, he wouldn’t want Wasserman Schultz leading the DNC. His remarks come amid a longstanding feud between Sanders and the Democratic party apparatus during the Vermont senator's run for the presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton. 

I think most of us are quite aware that there is a long standing feud between Sanders and Schultz, and his supporters have been calling for her to step down for months now. 

But let's be clear he is not simply calling for her to leave her post as the head of the DNC he wants her out of Congress completely. Where she has served since 2005.

That seems a little extreme to me.

And I think it just goes to prove that Bernie Sanders really holds a grudge, and I wonder what that means going forward after the Democratic convention in July?


  1. Caroll Thompson4:12 AM

    I am getting more and more pessimistic about our chances in November. And you know Trump's good buddy Roger Stone is going to send some trouble makers to the convention dressed up like Bernie supporters. Roger Stone is the one who organized the "riot" in Miami-Dade County that stopped the recount in Gore v Bush in 2000.

    I hope Clinton and Sanders find a way to unite before the convention. If Democrats are not united, Trump could easily win the election.

  2. Anonymous4:32 AM

    Should never have allowed him to run as a Democrat. He is no longer admirable - he's just a shit disturber of the worst kind in this particular election cycle.

  3. Anonymous4:35 AM

    Lots of Democrats, Hillary Dems (me!) included, want DWS out. She's the embodiment of everything that's wrong with the Democratic party. So while Bernie may be holding a grudge, his support for her opponent and ousting at the DNC is the right thing to do. It's just not something a typical candidate would do. I signed a petition at least 18 months ago requesting that she step down because she's a bad leader and she drags the Dems rightward.

    You've got to stop viewing everything through the Bernie Bad/Hillary Good lens- it's creating a confirmation bias for you. DWS needs to be replaced at the DNC and in Congress. And Bernie needs to GTFO of the race and work to elect Hillary.

    1. Anonymous6:27 AM

      Agree 100%. DWS is a hindrance to progressives

    2. Anonymous8:43 AM

      I, also, agree 100%. I've signed more than one position to get her out. And it had nothing to do with Bernie.

  4. Anonymous5:04 AM

    Bernie is a nasty old man.
    I remember I had to talk to him when I volunteered to lobby for votes to get the Family Medical Leave Act through congress, he was nasty and mean. Hell, the republicans who voted against it were at least civil to me.
    But his attitude goes farther back than that, he quit his precious communist party decades ago because he had a snit when he wasn't selected for the top spot within it.
    He's just an asshole who can't get along with anyone.

    1. Anonymous5:35 AM

      And Hillary is an avaricious whore.
      Trump is a sociopath.
      Sorry you don't like Bernie. I'll bet many of his colleagues are as bad or worse. And my father used to serve in the Congress, so I'm not naive.

    2. Anonymous6:39 AM

      Wow, just wow. You just cannot help yourself can you? Is Sanders then not an avaricious whore? He sold his "principles" to run as a Democrat, and is taking in all kinds of money and spending it on junkets to rome.

    3. Anonymous7:10 AM

      BINGO. Fuck Bernie. Independants' jump ship hero.
      Get the fuck away from the rest of loyal Dems.

    4. Anonymous8:53 AM

      @ 5:35am

      *ya* I could care less what your Daddy used to be, who your Mommy or Daddy were doesn't impress me at all. And once you are an adult it is ridiculous to try and get credibility through your parents names.
      BTW I don't like you either, and Hillary is not a whore, but what else can anyone expect from a Bernie Bro but a misogynistic statement.

    5. Anonymous9:04 AM

      As a GDI (god damn independent), Bernie hung out with the Democrats.

      If you didn't commit to a fraternity in Tuscaloosa, you were labeled a GDI, and some of us wore that label as a badge of HONOR.

  5. Anonymous5:40 AM

    Bernie sure knows how to alienate the superdelegates. Can't imagine any of them would switch their support to such a divisive jerk like him. True Democrats want unity not what Bernie is all about.

    1. Anonymous9:06 AM

      You are wrong.

      Bernie is campaigning his heart out and unity is not a DNC plank; it's a general election strategy.

    2. Anonymous4:57 PM

      Unity is for AFTER the primaries. They aren't over yet. It is insulting to the voters of the states that still have primaries left to tell them their votes don't count.

  6. Anonymous5:46 AM

    This is just ONE of the reasonsa great deal of Dems want her gone.
    Do a little fucking research, she's reprehensible, and has done a lot of damage to the DNC.

  7. There are a lot of us who would like to see DWS gone. She broke with Dems to support fast tracking trade agreement approvals (that stays in effect for six years and will apply to trade deals we haven't even heard of as yet), she is co-sponsoring legislation to prevent Elizabeth Warren's CFPB from regulating the PayDay loan sharks, she's also sold out to Comcast et al to undermine Net Neutrality, and she's opened up the Dem party in ways it never was before to big money interests. You don't have to be a Bernie Sanders supporter to want the Dem party to move toward being the party that's accessible to and is representing the people, and DWS is actively opposing that. I'm supporting her opponent as well, and see him as someone who will support EWarren's efforts, not oppose them.

    1. Anonymous4:59 PM


      No one that supports Elizabeth Warren can possibly support Debbie Wasserman Schultz. They are polar opposites.

      The only way to justify both is if you are a "stupid fucking child" who is a totally clueless newbie voter.

  8. Murphy6:18 AM

    As chair of the DNC Wasserman -Schultz is supposed to be neutral in the primary contest. It is obvious that she and the inner circle have been in the bag for Clinton since before ANYONE declared a run. There are millions of loyal, enthusiastic Democrats who are supporting Bernie, why demonize us for wanting more for our country than another family dynasty, like the Bushies? Hillary, though very qualified, is just so comfortable with dictators and the 1% that she inspires no enthusiasm from much of her party. Bernie supporters have just been looking for a fair chance w/o the machinations of Wasserman-Shultz and her cronies. Love Bernie or not, he deserves our respect for addressing issues that affect everyone on the planet and that Clinton and the orange IIDouche are happy to ignore.

    1. Anonymous6:46 AM

      Why do you demonize Hillary? There are 3 MORE millions of HER supporters. Do THEY not count? I have news for you. Bernie does not inspire your same blind faith from a lot of the rest of us because we actually want answers on how he will achieve what he says he will. Sorry, but I don't think he is all rainbows and unicorn farts. Clinton has a lot more knowledge and experience than Sanders and will continue President Obama's policies. To use your words,,,"Love Hillary or not, she deserves our respect for addressing issues that affect everyone on the planet..."

    2. Anonymous8:18 AM

      "Loyal enthusiastic Democrats" will support the nominee of the party. If you don't, you're neither loyal nor a Democrat, just like St. Bernie.

    3. Anonymous8:55 AM

      You are correct, she shouldn't have played favortes and Bernie's hackers should have been criminally charged. I am still so pissed off that she let that slide with a "boys will be boys" attitude instead of having them arrested on federal charges.

    4. Anonymous9:42 AM

      As someone who has become more liberal with age, I started this process with an inclination to like Bernie. However, as the campaign has gone on, I see more and more about him that I don't like.

      I live in NY and know what Hillary has done to promote growth and business in my part of the state. I've seen what she's accomplished in the Senate and as Secretary of State.

      I'm still trying to figure out what Bernie has actually accomplished during his 35 years of elected office.

    5. Anonymous2:27 PM

      @ anon 9:42 am
      He named two post offices.

  9. Crystal Sage6:59 AM

    Here we go again. Bernie at odds with someone other than who he should be targeting: Donald Trump. I could not care less whether DWS is showing favoritism towards Hillary or not, after all, Hillary IS the democrat in this primary race. Bernie is an interloper who was allowed to run as a Democrat because he posed a threat as a Nader-like third party candidate if he was not allowed on the Dem ticket.

    He is nothing more than a spoiler who managed to capture the angst of a lot of young people and disappointed Democrats who expected Obama to work miracles with a recalcitrant Congress. As if Bernie would do better after alienating people on both sides of the aisle.

    Wake me when the last primary is over and Hillary is the nominee. I believe that all the bluster from the Bernie-or-Bust crowd will dissipate after they recover from their convention hangovers.

    1. Anonymous9:29 AM


      Really? A democratic socialist is an interloper in a presidential primary???

      You can't give Hillary credit for running an awesome campaign and her acknowledgement that Bernie has every RIGHT to run in a pre-general-election primary?

      Are you one of those people who equates Bernie with Ralph Nader? I have seen that comparison bandied around the internets and it's wrong on several levels.

    2. Anonymous9:56 AM

      @ 9:29am
      I agree with the interloper statement made by the original poster since Bernie is already running for his Senate seat as an Independent again. It's quite obvious that he is only using the Democratic Party and has not joined the Democratic Party. But that's Bernie with his "what's in it for me" lifetime attitude.

    3. Crystal Sage12:55 PM

      I stand with my characterization of Bernie as an interloper. I think Bernie proves that every day. Instead of running his campaign as he did in the beginning, he is now turning his attacks against DWS as if she is the reason he has not won the nomination. He started a great movement but it has devolved into a childish pout against a "rigged" primary season. Funny how he never complains about the vote being rigged in the states he wins. We all know that there are real problems with the primary elections. Hopefully, the Bernie supporters will work hard within the party to make changes before the next election.

      But they won't.

  10. Anonymous7:05 AM

    OT Good:

  11. Anonymous7:35 AM

    What a uniter that Bernie is (NOT). The Democratic Party might have been better served to have said NO to him as a candidate under their flag. And I'm an independent.

    It almost seems as if Queen Jane is running this 'candidacy'. What's in it for her? Seem familiar?

  12. Anonymous8:05 AM

    you can chalk up Hillery's loss to Trump to the superdelegates that were bought and paid for before the first primary vote was cast, some of you die hard Hillary supporters just cannot see that the fix was in, well, there are a ton of us out here that saw that and the more you pound us with Queen Hillary's coronation and scream for us to get out, the more you make us turn to anyone but Hillary to vote for. you can thank, DWS and the supers for trumps presidency.

    1. Anonymous9:54 AM

      What a fuckin insulting comment to all superdelagates. So you think everyone who doesn't support Sanders has been bought and sold by the Clinton campaign? I'm still waiting for my check. Fuck you, Paulite or republican.

    2. Anonymous9:57 AM

      "the more you make us turn to anyone but Hillary to vote for"

      The children I work with in second grade will often make decisions that ultimately hurt them because they didn't get everything exactly their way in the first place. In most cases, the consequences to them are unpleasant but insignificant.

      If you vote for 'anyone but Hillary' because you are pouting about your feelings being hurt, then you are sacrificing YOUR DAMN COUNTRY.

      My second graders will eventually learn to look at the bigger picture and make informed decisions that may not be their first choice but are ultimately for the greater good.

      I suspect you're long past learning that important lesson.

      I am a supporter of Hillary but, if Bernie won the nomination, I would never consider voting for anyone else but the Democratic candidate because I know there is simply too much at stake to allow Donald Trump to win the White House.

    3. Anonymous9:57 AM

      Hillary won't lose to Trump, many republicans will not vote and a percentage will vote for Hillary.

  13. Anonymous8:08 AM

    Hillary Clinton: Bernie Sanders Has The Right To Stay In The Race

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declined to take the bait when asked if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is helping presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump by continuing his campaign.

    “Senator Sanders has every right to finish off his campaign however he chooses,” Clinton told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” Sunday.

    Clinton acknowledged that she faced a similar decision when she ran for president against then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in 2008 and stayed in the race until June.

  14. Anonymous8:13 AM

    Clinton Shrugs, Sees Benefits In Trump's Personal Attacks

    She's just weeks away from wrapping up the Democratic presidential nomination, and friends, aides and supporters describe a candidate who isn't particularly rattled by what she expects will be Trump's increasingly direct attacks on her marriage and husband's personal indiscretions.

    In fact, Clinton believes that she can turn Trump's deeply personal assaults to her benefit, they say, particularly among suburban women who could be crucial to her hopes in the fall. Her plan is never to engage in any back-and-forth over the scandals. Instead, she'll merely cast him as a bully and talk about policy.

    "I don't care what he says about me, but I do resent what he says about other people, other successful women, who have worked hard, who have done their part," she told an audience in Louisville, Kentucky, this month.

  15. Anonymous8:15 AM

    The guy can't even support someone else without being a traitor? You Clinton suck ups are real communists.

    1. Anonymous8:56 AM

      The real communist is Bernie, except he had a tantrum and quit when he didn't get to be their king.

    2. Anonymous9:33 AM

      The Clinton constituency hating on Bernie took the 4chan bait.


    3. Anonymous9:44 AM

      Sorry pal, but when you try to control someone's free choice on who to support politically, then you are a communist, but I wouldn't expect a communist to understand that. It's like the last person to know he is a bigot, is a bigot.

    4. Anonymous9:55 AM

      Anonymous9:33 AM,

      Right /s. And the Sanders constituency hating on Clinton has been little angels.

  16. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Go Bernie! Shultz is a republican in dems clothing.

  17. lwtjb9:16 AM

    What exactly is Bernie's grudge and against whom? That's the part I don't understand. Anyone out there who can explain that? He seems mad at the whole world but his immediate target keeps changing.

    1. Anonymous9:58 AM

      Everyone, Bernie hates everyone but himself. I don't even think he likes his wife.

  18. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz is a corporate Democrat who has the support of the credit card & payday loan banks and she will do whatever she can to aid them. This is not the person many of us want running the DNC as it makes difficult to tell the difference between the two parties.

    1. Anonymous10:00 AM

      And Bernie is one of those career politicians that shifts in the wind to get attention. After he shilled in WV for big coal he lost ALL credibility.

    2. Anonymous10:03 AM

      And Bernie is one of those career politicians that shifts in the wind to get attention. After he shilled in WV for big coal he lost ALL credibility.

    3. Anonymous10:50 AM

      If Sanders shifts in the wind as you state, why are so many of you Hillary-Trump supporters complaining that he gives the same old speech with the same ideas when he is campaigning?

    4. Anonymous12:42 PM


      Get real.

    5. Anonymous12:53 PM

      What, Wasserman-Shultz might find out there are consequesnces for collusion and stacking the deck?! Unheard of I say!

  19. Anonymous11:11 AM

    I had to dig these outta the wayback machine.?!

    A little more background on DWS,
    besides her PayDay Loan support.

    From: Sun, Mar. 09, 2008

    FL-18, FL-21, FL-25:
    Wasserman Schultz Wants
    Dem Challengers to Lose

    Sensing a shift in the political climate of the traditionally solid-GOP turf of the Miami area, Democrats have lined up three strong challengers -- Miami-Dade Democratic Party chair Joe Garcia, former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez, and businesswoman Annette Taddeo to take on Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, respectively.

    While there is an enormous sense of excitement and optimism surrounding these candidacies, some Democratic lawmakers, including Florida Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kendrick Meek, are all too eager to kneecap these Democratic challengers right out of the starting gate in the spirit of "comity" and "bipartisan cooperation" with their Republican colleagues.


    Democrats torn between party, GOP allegiances

    South Florida Democrats in Congress find themselves balancing their party interests and their relationships with GOP colleagues facing Democratic challengers.

    1. So. What kind of "Democrat" undermines their own candidates to ensure the re-election of the Republican incumbents? Doesn't sound like a Democrat to me. And certainly doesn't sound like anyone that should be in charge of the DNC.

  20. Anonymous12:12 PM

    If Bernie hates the Democratic Party so much and doesn't like the rules, why didn't he just run as an Independent?

    1. Anonymous4:51 PM

      Good question. He doesn't seem to have any qualms against the chair of the american socialist party.

  21. Anonymous3:39 PM

    Why shouldn't he? I mean, aside from her shady manipulations of the system to game it for her best bud, Hillary?

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz has worked to protect the pay day loan companies. That is in complete opposition to both Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. She worked to weaken and block legislation that would curtail their stranglehold on low income citizens.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz also brought in a lot of big money 1%ers into the Democratic primary process. In other words. she's trying to make the Democrats into Republicans when it comes to money in politics. Something else that both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are against.

    But Hillary is for.

    So big money, lobbyists, blocking legislation that would help the little people to protect the big money elites.

    She has no business being in charge of the DNC unless the Democrats want to change from being the party of the working class to being the party of the 1%ers. In other words making there essentially no difference between voting Republican and voting Democrat except maybe on abortion.

    You don't show your love for something but defending it no matter what. You show your love by protecting it, ensuring it remembers and maintains it's roots and if it strays, you point out the problems and work to fix them. If that is the case, Bernie is trying to get the party back on track and Schultz and Clinton are trying to turn it into Republican Lite.

  22. Anonymous4:21 PM

    What a fucking whiner! Bernie needs to grow the fuck up! He is as thin skinned and vindictive as Trump!

  23. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Geez...invasion of the Bernie Bro Trolls!

  24. Anita Winecooler4:49 PM

    "The system is rigged" hmmmm.... what other philosopher said those words?

    1. Anonymous5:32 PM

      "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they still aren't out to get you."

  25. emrysa7:53 PM

    As he should... the whole reason she got the job as dnc chair was because she actively supported and campaigned for hillary in 2008... she's not real likely to be an objective person in that position.

    1. emrysa8:53 PM

      Bill Moyers always knows what time it is:

      Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!

  26. I live in Debbie's district now (used to be in Frederica Wilson's district before the lines were redrawn).

    I'm a bit disconcerted that Canova wants to take out a dem who is sitting in one of the safest FL seats for dems. If we want anything to get done in congress, we need more Ds in the House, not replacing one D for another. And while you can certainly bring up this or that vote where DWS voted more the R side, her overall record has been overwhelmingly D party line.

    I also am concerned that he moved here in (apparently) 2012 and did not run for city council or state senator or representative (God knows the FL legislature could use a guy like him!) before leaping into a U.S. house run.

    What I see from my point of view is a guy moving from California, who doesn't know Florida or South Florida, and moves into literally my town, not to participate in the betterment of his local community but to 'pick off' my U.S. representative, and that doesn't sit well with me, despite any criticisms you - or I - might have about that representative.


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