It's a sad day indeed when people ignore reality in favor of entrenched assumptions. Here is my thesis: Hillary Clinton represents (just about) everything that is wrong with the Democratic Party. Here is my defense, by way of The Atlantic (first) and CounterPunch (second):
"Most Democrats regard the Iraq War as a historic disaster. Clinton voted for that conflict. That hawkishness wasn’t a fluke. She pushed for U.S. intervention in Libya without Congressional approval and without anticipating all that has gone wrong in that country. She favored U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war as well. Why haven’t Democrats concluded that she has dangerously bad judgment on foreign policy? She certainly hasn’t done anything to distinguish herself in that realm."
-- From "‘Hillary 2016’ Has Never Made Sense for Democrats"
"Wall Street’s and the Democratic Party’s old guard preference, Hillary Clinton has high negative ratings both nationally as well as within the party itself. She rates 51% “unfavorable” nationally as of February 7, 2016, worse than the 32% negative opinion registered in September 2011 and the 45% registered a year ago. CBS News found last October that 14% of Democratic voters declared they wouldn’t vote for her, with another 27% expressing strong “reservations” about her, and those numbers are likely to increase with her nasty attacks on Sanders."
-- From "Why Hillary Clinton Spells Democratic Party Defeat"
I am also surprised that INDY has endorsed HRC. The point made above that Bernie's long-term, principled, Progressive position will be more bullet-proof against Trump (or any other GOP nominee) is accurate. Imagine a Trump-HRC debate.....he'll just repeat "she lied" over and over again and, unfortunately, people will believe it. Sanders is also the best candidate to sweep Congressional Democrats into the House and Senate on this election cycle.
Your endorsement of Clinton makes all of your other endorsements suspect in my mind. The political revolution that Bernie is talking about means that we need to start nominating and electing true Progressives (How can you tell a liberal? They think they're a progressive because the progressive label isn't as tainted as liberal. Real Progressives want radical change.) Oh, and as far as electability, the Real Politics polling average has Bernie beating Trump by 3 more points than Hillary and Bernie beating Cruz by 9 more points.
IndyWeekly, what an utter disappointment. Regarding your Hillary Clinton endorsement, "they brush past her mostly impressive tenure as secretary of state, including her push for the sanctions that led to the Iran nuclear deal. (Libya, where Clinton pushed for an intervention that did not go especially well, is probably the biggest blemish.)" Are you kidding me?!?!? HRC is a drone warrior who shows no remorse for the thousands of civilian noncombatants killed by drone strikes. She hailed the collective punishment of the Iranian people with sanctions, their only crime being Iranian and thusly viewed by Democrats as less than pawns in a global rhetorical game in which they posed no real threat to Americans. She pushed for the surge in Afghanistan. She pushed for American war against Libya. She supported Israel's crimes in Gaza.
I have served in combat: It's a total bust. Hillary is a hawk, and you can bet your bottom Yankee dollar she'll try to out-hawk any Republican. For God's sake, I hope ANYONE who backs her has the misfortune of worrying for the physical or psychic loss of a son or daughter sacrificed on her pyre of American military interventionism.
And Roy Cooper. Are you out of your minds? Why not enable Kafkaesque pols who drip the blood of the accused onto state-run crime "laboratory" microscope slides for political gain? Identify one instance in which Cooper showed the moral conviction to stand up for the rights of either the criminally accused or those convicted of crimes (who, despite their convictions, are entitled to the state's protection while in custody). No, Roy Cooper, much like Florida's Bob Graham, is a tough-on-crime gangster who supports the death penalty, and who allowed the crime lab to make it up as they went along so they could get convictions no matter what.
I'D stay home before I went to the polls and pulled the lever for these candidates. Makes me think Rupert Murdock went and purchased the Indy for God's sake.
Overall good candidates selected. I like some of Bernie's ideas but realistically, they will never get implemented with current Congress or even a more evenly split Congress. Pragmatically and with an eye towards SCOTUS, Hillary is a more workable choice now. Chris Rey intrigues me but I do not think he is electable state-wide in this election. He will be in a better position during the next round. Ross has best chance against Burr in a "red" leaning state in a post AA President election.
I don't always agree with the Indy's endorsements (Mike Nifong during the Duke / LAX incident had to be the worst), and I think they dropped the ball this time with Bernie.
But kudos for calling out the two county commissioners who did not strongly oppose 751 South. We finally have a chance to hold Howerton and Page accountable for their actions during that time.
Based on Howerton's and Page's poor judgment regarding this issue they should not be allowed to have a say in how Durham manages the incredible growth we're going to see over the next 6 years. That's going to effect me a heck of a lot more than whether it's Bernie or Hillary.
PUT BERNIE ON THE COVER TOO!
This is supposed to be independent media, not Fox News or MSNBC. Many people are upset about HRC being on the cover and endorsed by the Indy Weekly. Be the voice of the people. If you want to save face and still consider yourself "independent", you MUST put Bernie on the cover of this weeks issue.
Whoever the next President is will be severely hampered by Congress.
Hey, maybe we should pay as much attention to the Congressional races as we are to the Presidential race? Just a thought . . .
The NC Senate race is, at this point, at least as important as the Democratic primary. The Attorney General and Governor's races are also absolutely critical. Pay attention!
I love Bernie and what he has to say. Unfortunately, he is running for President---not King. Our political system was designed for incremental change, not wholesale overhaul. There is no way he can pull off the agenda he is promoting. If you think Congress obstructed a mild mannered polite African American just imagine what will happen to a loud outspoken Jewish man with a Socialist label.
Hillary has her flaws but she will be able to get some things done because of--not in spite of--her connections. We all love Bernie but it is time to abandon the Pollyanna mentality and be pragmatic: there is too much at stake.
For an updated pt-by-pt comparison see Updated Snapshot: Hillary/Bernie
The cover and defense of Clinton are completely defeatist and sad. I used to think local, "independent" media was about the truth, in contrast to mainstream corporate entertainment. We need a new, reliable progressive media source in the Triangle.
Amazing how Bernie Sanders is being hammered by NPR, the other Hillary Clinton campaign headquarter for his "uncomfortableness" with African-American voters all morning long. If you are trying to misunderstand a person, there is always a way. I had no problem to understand what U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders wanted to convey during the recent democratic debate. Then a journalist laughed in a slightly descending way about the former NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) President Ben Jealous comparing Sanders with MLK: “I recall the words of the late great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus,” Jealous said in a press call organized by the Sanders campaign in February. “And that brings me to why I'm here today. Bernie Sanders has been a principled, courageous, insistent fighter against the evils that Dr. King referred to as the giant triplets of racism, militarism and greed.”
Personally, I am wondering when we see again courageous thought-leaders like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, Jr. in the African-American community. I keep being surprised how easily the African-American community can be misled.
NNPA Black Press: "It’s easy to celebrate Dr. King’s preaching every January; it’s another to support a politician like Sanders, who dreams as he did. That requires revolutionary resolve. Bernie Sanders promotes policies that are logical extensions of where Dr. King was headed before he was silenced in Memphis: the gap between the very rich and everyone else, a livable minimum wage, universal health insurance, protection of the environment, and reins on corporate greed. Sanders seeks to lead a peaceful political revolution of the magnitude of Dr. King’s Dream, at the end point of which “justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Somebody needs to tell Democrat voters, especially Blacks, who see Secretary Clinton, not Senator Sanders, as the practical way to realize The Dream. Apparently Dr. King – in the form of Bernie Sanders – is still way ahead of his time."
Because of your misguided article, I just donated $1000 to Bernie.
Fight the irresponsible media, take a personal stand folks.
Come on Indyweek. Hillary? Really? That is a disgrace. Hillary is purchased and you know this. Hillary loves Wall Street who is mostly responsible for the banking collapse. Bernie is the only possibility of turning this country around and stopping the oligarchy in the making. He is the only one that truly cares. Hillary is like a robot because her only passion is winning, and not helping us. Bernie is the only that actually seems like he wants to help us. Thanks for making it clear that I should stop reading Indyweek. Sounds like you have been purchased too!
Donald Trump is more liberal than Hillary Clinton. That the Indy endorsed Mrs. Clinton is a disgrace.
Update to Snapshot: Hillary/Bernie
under Policy diffs only...
Bernie's are longer (beats Trump by more, helping other Dem candidates) based on head-to-head general election polls since 2/10/2016
Some Republicans have switched...
Why this Reagan Conservative Voted for Bernie
We have the Liberal Plutocratic Party and the Conservative Plutocratic Party. They both serve the same master. Who's more likely to protect us, a multi-millionaire corporate lawyer or a sub-millionaire social democrat?
You said "Her goals beyond that are unclear." about Rosemary Stein. Actually, her goals are very clear if you did the research on her. http://drrosemarystein.com/positions.html She is also exremely qualified http://drrosemarystein.com/about.html
I realize the Indy believes that HRC is the "safe" pick, even though she's uninspiring and has no real intention of driving actual progressive change. However, the counter to that would be the clusterF that is the GOP. With that much disarray, now is actually the best time to put up a real candidate. Bernie is unassailable from a personal standpoint, as opposed to HRC. This makes the Trump-Sanders debate much more winnable.
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