Bernie Backers Still in Battle Mode
In 1973, the New York Mets were in last place in the pennant race. Manager Yogi Berra, who was known to turn a phrase, came up with, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” And this year, Bernie Sanders fans are saying the same thing. Many fans have tweeted appreciation to Bernie. But that’s not all. Some will march.
Called “DC to DNC,” the march is planned to start July 15 in Washington (DC), ending at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), ten days later. See the facebook page here.
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So here we stand : a contested convention. Neither candidate has enough delegates to reach the number needed to be given the nomination, and everyone at the convention is stacked against Bernie and for Hillary. The Super Delegates, which are another tool to stop democracy, do not actually vote on which candidate they will put their vote behind until the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia during July 25th through July 28th. But the way the deck is stacked, it looks like they vote against Bernie and get behind Hillary. What Bernie needs is an ally. What Bernie needs is support. What Bernie needs are the people!
That is where we come in : We are marching from Washington DC to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA from July 15th to July 24th to support Senator Sanders and Democracy. We feel that the whole process is rigged and we demand open elections, we demand that voter suppression be stopped, and we demand that the DNC accept Senator Bernie Sanders as the Nominee for the next President of the United States!
Our votes will be our steps. They will hear our boots shake the pavement. This is what democracy looks like!
Bernie’s movement, or “revolution,” rests in the hands of millennials. But why has this crotchety old man become so popular with young people?
The fact that Sanders went as far as he did in the primary is in large part attributable to his dominance among millennials, who backed his bid in staggering numbers.
In fact, Sanders might be the most popular Democratic candidate ever among young voters, according to an analysis from Princeton professor Matt Karp.
How the youth were won: Sanders’ support among young people is nothing short of stunning, especially given where he started when the contest began.
More than a year ago, when the Harvard Institute of Politics conducted its first presidential poll of millennials, Sanders’ support stood at 1%.
Now, with the primary almost over, Sanders has won more than 70% of the 17 to 29-year-old age demographic, and carried the group in all but one of the 27 states where CNN conducted exit polling over the course of the primary cycle. . .
“This group of millennials came of age with their parents struggling and a Washington that was tone-deaf to their struggles,” John Della Volpe, the director of Harvard’s millennial poll, said in an interview. “And that’s the toxic combo that has created such negative feelings of this generation related to the institutions in Washington, D.C., with Congress, the federal government, Wall Street, the media, etc. And those are the elements in which Sanders is railing against.”
Now, we hear that Bernie has asked to meet with President Obama on Thursday. He’ll also meet with Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid.
In a statement late Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Clinton’s “historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children.”. . .
The two spoke on Sunday, according to sources familiar, though the White House declined to comment on the call. But apparently as part of the call, Sanders asked for another Oval Office meeting, following up on the one he flew in for just before the Iowa caucuses.
Earnest’s statement said that the meeting will be “to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America’s working families.”. . .
Sanders will also meet privately with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in Reid’s office on Thursday, a senior Senate Democratic aide said early Wednesday. Reid suggested last week during interviews in Nevada that Sanders should “give up” considering he was on track to lose in the Democratic primary fight. But on Tuesday, Reid declined to say whether Sanders should concede.