HomeBernie Sanders12/14 News Roundup – Sanders Blasts Trump’s Billionaire Cabinet, Electoral College Intelligence Briefings, #NoDAPL & More
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Hi LD, Thanks for posting the news roundup this morning. I have been receiving invitations to RSVP for a live streaming event tonight with Bernie Sanders and Keith Ellison speaking.
The site link (I hope it shows up as a link) is https://ourrevolution.com/


The continued examples of ineptness coming out of the DNC and $Hillary’s campaign still shock and surprise this cynical old soul. smh


You and me, both. She and her minions will spend the rest of her life defending her lost campaign.

I have to commend Bernie. He has archived this failed Democratic campaign catastrophe and is looking to the future. I’m still grieving and doubt I’ll reach the seventh step: acceptance and hope. The next 4 years are going to be harrowing.


We lived through Reagan, we can live through this. Through honesty and conviction comes hope.


Love your spirit, Spunky!

Have to say, though, the whole thing reminds of that joke–“It’s all fun and games, until the wild dogs start tearing you apart.”

Or something like that. I’m probably saying it wrong… :O)




Get rid of those regulatory barriers and nirvana will come! Totally like the space program!


Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates thinks Donald Trump has the chance to be like JFK during his presidency.

Gates told CNBC Tuesday that he thinks Trump has the opportunity to establish “American leadership through innovation,” adding that a lot of Trump’s message since his candidacy has been about “where he sees things not as good as he’d like.”

He continued: “But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,” Gates continued, “I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation.”

Gates has recently spoken to the President-elect on the phone about the “power of innovation,” he told CNBC, adding that “he’s sure” there will be more conversation on the matter in the future. The conversation was the first time the two had ever spoken, he said.

“Of course, my whole career has been along those lines [innovation],” he said. “And he was interested in listening to that.”


Bill, Bill…..


Garrison Keillor seems to think Keith Ellison is Not Good Choice for DNC Chair

But Juan Cole (from Informed Comment, Middle East Expert) Does. He thinks Ellison could even be a contender for 2020. Here’s some rationale from his blog.

Keillor is quick-witted and generally insightful, but why he chose to be so wrong, and wrongheaded, on this issue is probably a mystery that would stump even the great sleuth Guy Noir. (see http://www.citypages.com/news/garrison-keillor-says-keith-ellison-lackluster-black-muslim-is-wrong-for-dnc-chair/406052705)

So here’s a counter-proposition for Mr. Keillor to consider. If the Democratic Party had been less dynastic and had run Keith Ellison as its presidential candidate in 2016, Ellison would have beaten Trump. And, moreover, if the Democrats were smart they would try to convince Ellison to run in 2020.


But Ellison can? Ellison can.

Ellison is substantially to Clinton’s left and those factory workers in Youngstown know that he is their champion. The AFL-CIO is jumping up and down over the moon with enthusiasm for him. He has been at the forefront of the struggle for the right to unionize, the right to strike and the right to be paid a living wage. Maybe you think the white working class is racist. It may be in the deep South and the West, but most of those states weren’t decisive in the presidential contest. It isn’t in the Northeast and the Midwest, where its votes matter:
“In Democracy Corps’ combined interviews for 2012, Obama won white non-college voters in New England by 51 to 42 percent, tied Romney in the West North Central states by 47 to 46 percent and trailed by only 7 points in the Mid-Atlantic by 44 to 51 percent.”

Ellison, being to Obama’s left on workers’ issues, has the potential to do even better than Obama among white workers in the Midwestern states that Trump narrowly won, and he certainly has the potential to get them out to vote in much larger numbers than Sec. Clinton did.
There is one person on the political horizon who could put back together Obama’s winning coalition. It is Keith Ellison. You couldn’t imagine Hillary Clinton winning North Carolina. Ellison at least certainly could, putting together the liberal whites of the Research Triangle Park with an enthusiastic African-American vote. Ellison could handily win Michigan and of course Minnesota and Wisconsin. The blue firewall did not hold for Clinton but it would, for Ellison.

Read the rest here.

Sorry, Garrison Keillor: Keith Ellison for President could have beaten Trump, and still Can


Hoo boy, did y’all see this? Haven’t even read it yet.

Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance

“Daily Kos publisher and Vox Media co-founder Markos “Kos” Moulitsas, an influential voice in liberal politics, published a blog post (Daily Kos, 12/12/16) that captures just how terribly leading Democratic pundits are taking Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat. In the wake of this loss, some of the more hardcore Clinton partisans have chosen, in lieu of self-examination and internal criticism, to simply lash out at the voters they failed to win over.

With the punitive glee of a medieval executioner, Moulitsas proclaimed: “Be Happy for Coal Miners Losing Their Health Insurance. They’re Getting Exactly What They Voted For”:

For example, why should we weep for the retired coal miners who will now lose their health insurance thanks to the GOP majority—despite the best efforts of coal-state Democrats to change the outcome?

Yes, this will be a terrible outcome for a group of people who have really drawn a shitty lot in life. But how sorry should we be for this crowd? Coal country swung hard for Donald Trump, winning 70 to 80 percent of the vote in some of these counties.”



I read there was a similar sentiment at The New Republic about Kos blowing his gasket at coal country voters who went for Trump. TomP reported on it yesterday and it’s at TOP. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/13/1610705/-Sicial-Media-Editor-at-The-New-Republic-Rips-Kos-a-New-One-on-Twitter

The Trump presidency will be awful for miners and a number of other working class and poor whites. It should make you angry. It should make you sad. If it makes you gloat instead, then look in the mirror the next time you want to know why your political philosophy doesn’t attract more people. Coal country may have voted for Trump, but it’s right about one thing at least: Liberals won’t save it.

I think the Orange Satan is still in the HIL bubble. Very contemptuous of working class folks, just like Trump’s picks for his cabinet are of government.

I saw a glimpse of a focus group conducted by the Hart Group on behalf of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn. It was on MTP Daily on MSDNClinton. Of a dozen people in that group, over half had voted for Bill Clinton and/or Barack Obama in the past. The results have not been published yet. But the quick takaways They voted for Trump because they wanted complete change. Bernie often said that voters were looking for something bold. Obviously the Dems did not and stuck their heads in the sand. The other reasons had to do with Obamacare (ie insurance vs real care) and jobs (economic security).


14 billion and counting, that’s really disgusting. This Cabinet has so much in common and fully comprehend the struggles of ordinary Americans every day. Yes America the 1% have nothing to worry about they will become even more rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of us and the environment over the next 4 years.


Watching the Our Revolution stream of supporting Keith Ellison for DNC chair. Two former Clintonistas are supporting him–Hilary Solis, former US Secy of Labor and Randi Weingarten of the AFT. Randi got riled about the final count for POTUS, but she says that Keith understands to go to neighborhoods and talk to people. And that Keith can fundraise like Bernie did–small donations are great!

I love a sign that someone has reads “Keith and Bernie, Kickin’ Ass for the Working Class!”


A new website announced at this event: http://OurRev.us/Keith-for-DNC

Bernie is making it clear that this is not a personality contest that the media may want this to be. All of the DNC Chair candidates are good people. But the DNC’s job is to transform the Dem Party, and the painful truth, under Obama, the party has lost a lot of political ground. R’s control 2/3 state houses, 900 legislative seats have been given over to the R’s.

Bernie then goes on his general spiel about income inequality, climate change denial, and cuts to SS/Medicare. The status quo is not working. Now is the time to revitalize the party and welcome people that have not been welcome in the party, embrace new energy. (Are you listening Markos?–my edit)

Bernie says Keith will fight for workers, rights of women, LGBTQ community, climate change. He is a leader, knew from day 1 TPP was bad for America. He feels comfortable in the real world and will bring the real world into the Dem Party. 600,000 people have signed petitions to urge Keith to run, Bernie urges for more signatures–his goal is 1 million.

Keith is up next.


Keith asks the crowd, are you ready to step up for the workers who take care of your children and cook your food? Now is the time.

We have to accept that Trump will be POTUS soon. Trump will have the “richest” cabinet ever. Trump is picking people who have no experience to running the depts, who are against regulations that help people. Trump has the nerve to attack a steelworker on twitter.

Keith says we have our work cut out for us. But what will we do for ourselves? We need to reset at the grassroots level. We need to reclaim our nation.

Keith is proud to have the support of labor, CWA, DFA, United Nurses, AFT, steelworkers, IBEW, and gives a shout out to those of us watching on the stream. Need to use technology for gatherings and for generating ideas.

Main message should be for the workers, respect, equal rights. State legislatures are important because that is where voting takes place and affects democracy.

Keith points out how to work on unity–recognizes the work already done, but 3145 county strategy is needed. Stand tall for the small. Make use of creativity–not micromanage.

My opinion–Keith is on fire tonight!


Keith suggests discarding “rust belt” as a term, use “industrial midwest” instead and look to models to organize (CA is a good example).

Keith suggests using the Party Platform from the summer as an organizing tool.

Bernie gets another round of applause.

Keith asks for your signature and get a few others to sign the petition–Keith for DNC chair.
He suggests not to reject the Obama voter for voted for Trump and ask them how they assess the effectiveness of the new POTUS. Invite them to a conversation. Reframe the conversation, try to gain some empathy.

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