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DNC Scrambles To Change Debate Threshold After Gabbard Qualifies

On a CNN panel on Monday, host John King spoke with Politico reporter Alex Thompson about the possibility of Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard qualifying on Super Tuesday for the party’s primary debate in Phoenix later this month.

“I will note this, she’s from Hawaii,” King said of Gabbard. “She’s a congresswoman from Hawaii; American Samoa votes on Super Tuesday. The rules as they now stand, if you get a delegate, you’re back in the debates. As of now. Correct?”

“Yeah, they haven’t, I mean, that’s been the rule for every single debate,” Thompson replied. “And the DNC has not released their official guidance for the March 15 debate in Phoenix, but it would be very obvious that they are trying to cancel Tulsi, who they’re scared of a third party run, if they then change the rules to prevent her to rejoin the debate stage.”

And indeed, as the smoke clears from the Super Tuesday frenzy, this is precisely what appears to have transpired.

“The Gabbard campaign said it was informed that it would net two delegates from the caucuses in American Samoa, which will allocate a total of six pledged delegates,” The Hill reports today. “However, a report from CNN said that the candidate will receive only one delegate from the territory on Tuesday evening.”

“Tulsi Gabbard may have just qualified for the next Democratic debate thanks to American Samoa,” reads a fresh Business Insider headline. “Under the most recent rules, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii may have qualified for the next televised debate by snagging a delegate in American Samoa’s primary.”

“If Tulsi Gabbard gets a delegate out of American Samoa, as it appears she has done, she will likely qualify for the next Democratic debate,” tweeted Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel. “We don’t have new debate rules yet, but party has been inviting any candidate who gets a delegate.”

Rank-and-file supporters of the Hawaii congresswoman enjoyed a brief celebration on social media, before having their hopes dashed minutes later by an announcement from the DNC’s Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa that “the threshold will go up”.

“We have two more debates– of course the threshold will go up,” tweeted Hinojosa literally minutes after Gabbard was awarded the delegate. “By the time we have the March debate, almost 2,000 delegates will be allocated. The threshold will reflect where we are in the race, as it always has.”

“DNC wastes no time in announcing they will rig the next debates to exclude Tulsi,” Journalist Michael Tracey tweeted in response.

This outcome surprised nobody, least of all Gabbard supporters. The blackout on the Tulsi 2020 campaign has reached such extreme heights this year that you now routinely see pundits saying things like there are no more people of color in the race, or that Elizabeth Warren is the only woman remaining in the primary. They’re not just ignoring her, they’re actually erasing her. They’re weaving a whole alternative reality out of narrative in which she is literally, officially, no longer in the race.

After Gabbard announced her presidential candidacy in January of last year I wrote an article explaining that I was excited about her campaign because she would severely disrupt establishment narratives, and, for the remainder of 2019, that’s exactly what she did. She spoke unauthorized truths about Syria, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, she drew attention to the plight of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and said she’d drop all charges against both men if elected, she destroyed the hawkish, jingoistic positions of fellow candidates on the debate stage and arguably single-handedly destroyed Kamala Harris’ run.

The narrative managers had their hands full with her. The Russia smears were relentless, the fact that she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was brought up at every possible opportunity in every debate and interview, and she was scoffed at and derided at every turn.

Now, in 2020, none of that is happening. There’s a near-total media blackout on the Gabbard campaign, such that I now routinely encounter rank-and-file liberals on social media who tell me they honestly had no idea she’s still running. She’s been completely redacted out of the narrative matrix.

So it’s unsurprising that the DNC felt comfortable striding forward and openly announcing a change in the debate threshold literally the very moment Gabbard crossed it. These people understand narrative control, and they know full well that they have secured enough of it on the Tulsi Problem that they’ll be able to brazenly rig her right off the stage without suffering any meaningful consequences.

The establishment narrative warfare against Gabbard’s campaign dwarfs anything we’ve seen against Sanders, and the loathing and dismissal they’ve been able to generate have severely hamstrung her run. It turns out that a presidential candidate can get away with talking about economic justice and plutocracy when it comes to domestic policy, and some light dissent on matters of foreign policy will be tolerated, but aggressively attacking the heart of the actual bipartisan foreign policy consensus will get you shut down, smeared and shunned like nothing else. This is partly because US presidents have a lot more authority over foreign affairs than domestic, and it’s also because endless war is the glue which holds the empire together.

And now they’re working to install a corrupt, right-wing warmongering dementia patient as the party’s nominee. And from the looks of the numbers I’ve seen from Super Tuesday so far, it looks entirely likely that those manipulations will prove successful.

All this means is that the machine is exposing its mechanics to the view of the mainstream public. Both the Gabbard campaign and the Sanders campaign have been useful primarily in this way; not because the establishment would ever let them actually become president, but because they force the unelected manipulators who really run things in the most powerful government on earth to show the public their box of dirty tricks.

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  • Democratic candidates, welcome to War Club. The first rule of War Club is: You do not talk about War Club. The second rule of War Club is: You do not talk about War Club….

  • “The establishment narrative warfare against Gabbard’s campaign dwarfs anything we’ve seen against Sanders, and the loathing and dismissal they’ve been able to generate have severely hamstrung her run. It turns out that a presidential candidate can get away with talking about economic justice and plutocracy when it comes to domestic policy, and some light dissent on matters of foreign policy will be tolerated, but aggressively attacking the heart of the actual bipartisan foreign policy consensus will get you shut down, smeared and shunned like nothing else. This is partly because US presidents have a lot more authority over foreign affairs than domestic, and it’s also because endless war is the glue which holds the empire together.”

    It is really striking how the American (snicker) Free Press has been even more hostile towards Gabbard than Sanders.

    And it shows how the true Third Rail of American politics is not Social Security, Medicare For All, or any of those other welfare state promises Sanders is making.

    The true Third Rail of American policies is the American Empire.

    And, at the end of the day, Sanders does support the American Empire and the propaganda narratives that it weaponizes against official “enemy” nations like Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, etc.

  • Unable to comment on ” Stutter ” so I am commenting here where the reCaptha works.
    It made perfect sense to the corporate mind. Cater to the massive bucks of Wall Street and the War Machine, befuddle the dim, sappy, declining middle class with pleasant, polite, high-minded blather, and cut the poor, ill, elderly, and immiserated dead. They have no money to give. They don’t matter.
    Between the glib, ingratiating, snakeoil poster boys for faux progressivism, Clinton and Obama, the transition was made. The Party became the toy of the Big Kahuna donors of the Oligarchy while its traditional electoral base–ordinary, working people–like tipsy, seduced debutantes, surrendered and embraced the two Prom Kings it adoringly permitted to fuck them.
    You can read this fine article here:
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/53074.htm

  • Ms Johnstone your link for today: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/03/05/stop-calling-it-a-stutter%E2%80%8A-%E2%80%8Ahere-are-dozens-of-examples-of-bidens-dementia-symptoms/
    Has been totally unavailable from my computer. There have been somedays when the connection was slow or the server unavailable but this is the first time it never worked at all. Crazily the Rutherford Institute was available today after being denied for years. The reCAPTCHA here works, but todays does not.

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  • 503 error repeatedly today!

    • Repeatedly yesterday too. I assume someone who doesn’t like the tone of discussion here is trying to hack the site…unless CJ’s geeks have identified a glitch.

  • Repeated 503 Errors today.

  • Latest rant. Biden? Really Blacks?

  • Trump is getting re-elected, no matter what Americans think and do, can’t believe one could be this naive. Votes are not even counted in America and Presidents are selected not elected.

    One Trillion Percent, Americans will see Trump as the next president. Trump is a RED HEAD with Royal German Blood. Tulsi, Bernie, Bloom etc etc do not have the DNA to be president.

    American lives are controlled off World..Stop wasting your life in a Drama called Elections….SERIOUSLY

  • The DNC has one goal: power. They’ve decided – regardless of Dem votes – that their most likely course for the White House flows through Biden.
    They will do whatever necessary to make that happen, including keeping Tulsi off stage.
    Let’s be honest, Biden is a tottering old fool. How much worse would he look when starkly contrasted with Tulsi’s energy on a stage?
    They won’t let that happen.

    • Let’s see how candidate Biden looks after his first debate with President Trump. Trump won’t even have to break a sweat.

  • It might help if she had a $$[few million] lying around so that she could “donate” her way in?

    Criminy.

    • millions is passe, takes a billion these days. the corrupt dnc playing calvinball.

  • Ron Paul is James Franco. Tulsi the the guy to James’ left. “First time?” It’ll make more sense when you watch the movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbEbD1Z_tNQ

  • “Don’t get mad ….. Organize!”
    Or rather….. Get Mad AND Organize!
    “Anger can be power, Know that you can use that!” — Joel Strummer
    ——-
    You now know that you can laugh hard whenever they talk about Democracy or Freedom.
    You now know that you can laugh hard with they start talking about a “Rules based Order”
    We know that their Rules, their Democracy, their Freedom are all illusions.
    It is good to understand the world around you and what is an illusion and what, if anything, is not.
    That knowledge makes you more powerful, more effective.
    ———-
    Knowledge is power. Today we have more knowledge than we had yesterday. A big thank you for that knowledge goes out to Rep Gabbard and Sen. Sanders, because they are the ones who revealed the illusions by challenging the system. That thank you also goes to the millions of people who’ve supported change. If everyone just sat at home and watched American Idol or the NCAA playoffs and did nothing to challenge the system, then today we would not have this Knowledge. Today we would not have the power that the Knowledge gives us.
    Today we have a clearer understanding about what we must do to change this corrupt system which is threatening to kill us all. We will be more powerful in tomorrow’s fight because of what we’ve gained in this fight.
    ———
    “Don’t Get Mad, Organize” — Joe Hill, labor organizer
    “Those who make peaceful change will make violent revolution inevitable” — Pres. John F. Kennedy

    • I hadn’t seen the following in a few years, but I found it while researching the above.
      This is a speech given by President Kennedy. This is a little less than six months before he was assassinated and had his brains blown out over the trunk of that car in Dallas.
      This is more reflective of the America that existed before the rise of the deep state. This is the America that was mortally wounded by those bullets in Dallas.

      • “Truly, as it was written long ago: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth.” Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning — a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

        No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue.”
        ——–
        It is quite obvious that John F. Kennedy would be a pariah in today’s Democratic Party.

        • obama gave pretty speeches, too. kennedy helped joe mccarthy when it counted. if saying stuff like this was assassination worthy, carter would have been assassinated with his “inordinate fear of communism” remarks.

  • Hmmm, we need a new word. Perhaps BernieVirus or DemocracyVirus or something like that.
    Last week, we were told that the stock markets were crashing because of “CoronaVirus”. Stock markets were in freefall because those human rights violators in China had let some people slip through their chains and escape and now the CoronaVirus was spreading around the world.
    Today, little or nothing has changed in that.
    What did change overnite was that the computers announced that the man once known as The Senator from MasterCard had done surprisingly well against the evil Socialist Sanders who dares to run on what was mainstream Democrat policy in the 1970’s.
    Today, the markets are soaring. CoronaVirus is still the same threat that it was yesterday. No miracle cure has been announced. We are not all saved. But, the markets feel that it seems that the oligarchs can be saved from the BernieVirus. 2% of us can die from CoronaVirus, but the BernieVirus might be showing signs of being contained.
    The reaction of the markets tells us that Money is far more worried about BernieVirus than CoronaVirus.

  • The good thing about this is that more and more people realize that casting a vote is futile.

    No doubt, we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the return of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because I have seen more than enough bs.

    • That’s the message that every oligarch wants you to absorb and memorize. Casting a vote is futile. Please don’t vote. All Resistance is Futile. There is no alternative. Voting is futile. Please don’t vote. Please don’t organize. Please don’t even try to resist. Resisting is futile.
      ———
      Thank God Noah didn’t think that way. After all, if Noah had gotten depressed and not put all of that futile, crazy work into building that Ark, where would we be?

  • The electoral charade that is ongoing in the US reminds me of the words of the late George Carlin.So true.

  • Tulsi was (and still is) the candidate that could accomplish two things that the establishment will not tolerate:
    1) She had crossover power, with appeal to libertarians (including some Republicans) — a problem for the divisive political machine which maintains their power and donation income from dividing the people.
    2) She’s a true and credible peace candidate in a time when our economy depends on an ever-expanding military empire, fed by anti-Russia Cold War propaganda.
    When she announced, I knew she would be targeted, marginalized, misrepresented for these very reasons—but I never imagined the extent that the US power elite would villain-ize her. Instead of too early, perhaps Tulsi’s candidacy was too late.

  • “All this means is that the machine is exposing its mechanics to the view of the mainstream public.”
     
    This may be a revelation to you , Caitlin, but the vast majority of your readers and, even more so, the commenters who type comments on your articles, are ALREADY fully aware of the “mechanics” of the political “machine” of the D and R parties. IMO, what they are less aware of is how the election cycle literally directs the herd to vote for an Elite-chosen candidate in carefully-spaced Novembers.
     
    I think you might agree that you and I — part of the 99.9% — have absolutely no real power in the so-called western democracies except to live our daily lives and, every four years or so, pull a lever, push a button, or mark a ballot. If we get really, really pissed about something the 0.1% have done, we can protest in streets literally constantly, if we so desire.
     
    In theory, because the 99.9% have this right to vote and, also in theory, that they can vote for Gabbard or their good neighbor — people who are “free” to stand as candidates for perhaps a few hundred or thousand powerful positions in governments — positions that collectively “set policy” and enact laws by which the population must abide.
     
    Therefore, the 99.9% are in reality-land, for more than 99.9% of their lives, the equivalent of the audience in a movie theater–a movie theater that we live in and, through their computers or newspapers or TVs, etc., watch what I call “The Real Life Movie”.
     
    Because the Corporate VIPs in The Greatest Nation In The World tightly control the VIPs of many other nations by means which are now in-your-face obvious even to cadavers, the US’s real life movie is arguably the most important for us to watch, and watch I do. In particular, I watch what I am allowed to watch in the so-called election-cycle that now completely covers the period of time between the brief moments (what, 5 minutes every four years?) in which people are allowed to enter a voting booth and vote.
     
    For the Elite in each nation, as difficult it is to accept, this 5 minutes is THE moment of the Elite’s ultimate vulnerability. Should the 99.1% vote for the, from their point of view, “wrong” candidates, the 0.1% just might end up in the audience rather than be running the show. And THIS is why all of what we are seeing now in the very late lead-up-period to the herd’s voting moment to has to be very carefully managed by the Elite.
     
    For example, by exercising total control over their wholly-owned MSM, the Elite select the candidates for public office that the 99.9% are literally allowed/forced to see ……….. in the MSM, anyway. Ever ask yourself just exactly WHY there are so many, so expensive, so-called “polls” and “focus groups” leading up to elections? Again, the herd can vote for Gabbard or their neighbor, if they want …………… but the Elite know that, if they play their cards right with their MSM, weekly or even daily polls (whose results– WHO’s “AHEAD” TODAY?– are trumpeted incessantly) and focus groups, the 99.9% is not going to do that. The Elite know that with what amounts to near-absolute certainty. They know that the vast, vast majority of voters are going to vote for either the persons already occupying the positions of power, or the candidates that the Elite place in front of the MSM cameras, or write or talk about in their MSM newspapers, poll results, web sites, etc. The reality is that the Elite spend literally hundreds of billions of printed-out-of-thin-air USD, 24/7/365×4-forever, to control EXACTLY for whom the 99.9% will vote during its 5 minutes of ultimate power every four or so years. Amazing.
     
    I’ve watched approximately 14 re-runs of the US’s The Real Life Movie. The screenplay and “ending” is always the same, but the actor playing the leading role changes at least every other showing.
     
    IMO, during this latest inter-voting period to time, the “show” being put on by the Elite is the most entertaining of my life. For one of the latest examples of magnificent AmeriKKKan political discourse is D-candidate Warren’s referral to Bloomberg as “a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians”. If that doesn’t make you LOL, nothing will.
     
    I wake up and hop out of bed every day in gleeful anticipation of what I am about to see. Who did the US attack, torture or assassinate today? What horrible speech did a US president or ambassador to the UN deliver today? What will be the Elite’s Biggest Lie today? How horrible will Julian Assange be treated today? What brainwashed zombie will I run into today and what sounds will come out of its mouth?
     
    Etc. Now, THIS is Entertainment that no Netflix movie will ever match!
     
    (Can you imagine what Mr. Putin is anticipating when he gets out of bed and then sees whats going on that day in the US Elite class? What would YOU be thinking if you were in Mr. Putin’s slippers? Would you be “entertained”?)

    • A good summary of our dystopia! This type of analysis is what explains to me why millions of people die after great revolutions such as was the case with China and Russia. I think it has been proven in our system that nothing really changes, the elites own and control everything no matter what and if any slightly left leaning idea starts gaining traction then the push back is swift and overwhelming by the ruling class. Now, on the other hand, the Russians and Chinese worked out pretty swiftly that you can shut down the ruling elites and consolidate the reordering of society by means of a bullet, lots of bullets actually. Admittedly a severe policy but definitely proven to work everytime. If our elites wish to avoid this outcome then they need to get smart and start addressing what needs addressing. How do you placate an angry person? Giving them something of genuine value usually does that. We shouldn’t have to ask to be treated fairly and with respect but we do. It’s a very dangerous strategy keeping tens of millions of people permanently disgruntled. It won’t end well!

  • “They’re not just ignoring her, they’re actually erasing her.”

    The way I see it, the problem is not the political system we are in but the people believing in democracy and elections and taking part in this circus by casting their vote.

    If it is democracy, it is democracy by the rich people for the rich people in which others are fed with lies.

    Mr Chris Hedges describes it well:

    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/class-the-little-word-the-elites-want-you-to-forget/

    And it is worst than ever because we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His return because I have seen enough bs.

  • There is one advantage Tulsi Gabbard has over the frontrunners. She is young. She will be back in 4 years and again in 8 years. She is slowly gaining name recognition. I believe this is just a prelude to what we will see in the future. Perhaps she will be seen much more favorably in the years to come. A new generation is moving into the halls of power and her name is prominent against AOC. She will probably be continually marginalized like Ron Paul but we can hope.

  • No, you guys don’t get it. America is so progressive, that they’re going to nominate a person with a mental disability as the leader.

  • There is simply “no intent” to allow any of “the People’s Choice” to ever get in power again, hasn’t been since NIxon and Agnew, who, I believe, were seen as “cooler heads” after a disastrous Johnson, direct member of the “Congressional Military Industrial Complex”, which he was, yet Nixon, et al, was no less a power-monger than his opponents.
    We, the American People, won’t regain control of government, “State” has ensured this, by debt, war, and sanctions, along with owning the press, murder of truth, as Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and others, merely assassinated, have long proven out.
    As a retired Marine, I am dedicated to getting Mr. Assange both free, and recompensed, for the crimes of State, against him, and can only hope the “rest of journalists” take heed, from the words of the U.N. investigator, turned from the false narrative, to a major, strong advocate.
    I have little care about the elections, we, “America” can’t win at this stage, far too many have “drank the koolaid”, I fight idiots every day, who counter my words, with statements from “the news”, and deny truths that are obvious, even taken from “the news.
    The fight must center on Julian, until he is free, it must then center on the exposure of the lies proven and exposed regarding Douma, and the OPCW, we have to fight one fight at a time, with all our vigor and money, we must not lose Julian, he is a key stone, to breaking the hold the State has on the minds of the world, over. Then, the OPCW leveraged into lying, is the next “keystone”, because it too, is exactly on target, directly charging with lies, and the leverage, the willful destruction of any who challenge the false narrative.
    I feel strongly, for what has been done by the DNC, but also by the RNC, and Ron Paul is no longer a foil, of great power, who once, kept alive the notion, we could control our own elections.
    I’ve been fighting this fight since 62, and it’s only got “bloodier” ever since. We need “deep state blood in the water” before we ever begin to think, we might overcome their lies, and their leverage power of hegemony.
    God Bless you and your work,
    Semper Fidelis,
    John McClain
    GySgt, USMC, ret.
    Vanceboro, NC, USA

    • Two questions. First, just exactly HOW are, say, 10,000 motivated individuals going to get Julian Assange out of Belmarsh prison? Second, just exactly WHERE are these idividuals going to transport Assange so that he will not be re-captured by UK or US “authorities”?

  • Johng, Who will survive the virus?

    • Oops, the captcha thing made that double-post. It’s a real question. March in the rest of the world ex. Iran/Korea/Italy will be like January in China.
      So most of the rest of us can picture ourselves in Wuhan this May.
      Does your community have assembly-line human cremation services?
      Italy and Iran don’t.

  • That’s simply the nature of tyranny. Change the rules to keep power. Gang rape is democracy in action. What a bunch of suckers, believing their vote matters in the least. Don’t vote. Take away their authority. Force them to openly demonstrate their evil. We can govern ourselves, or be governed by monsters.

  • The brainwashing media completely shut her out for not spouting policy points from Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto disguised as social justice. She was probably the only one that would have defeated Trump.

  • “Sooner or later, all our games turn into Calvinball.”
    –Calvin

  • They did it to Ron Paul.
    They did it to Bernie in 2016.
    They have been trying to do it to Bernie in 2030, but Tulsi is a lot more dangerous to “the powers that shouldn’t be” than Bernie is. Tulsi can roast almost any (and maybe any) opponent in a debate, whereas Bernie can not. (Look how she demolished Kamala Harris in one go.)

    I will bet dollars to donuts the DNC has been warned by the warmonger industry and the “intelligence” community that if they let Tulsi get anywhere near the nomination that they will be in a morgue sooner than they wish.
    There is trillions in continuing the warmongering, and there is too much chance that Tulsi might put an end to it.

  • I people started killing DNC leadership in the street i think i would be OK with it…

  • Grandfathers are battling for the Democratic Party Nominee.

    The Democratic Party runs a contest between three candidates who all qualify for a nursing home. On election day, Joe Biden will be 78, Bernie Sanders 79, Michael Bloomberg 78. Are they the future of the Democratic Party? At least Joe Biden often seems out of it. Compared to these grandfathers, US President Donald Trump looks like a youngster with 73.
    One of the hopefuls of the Democratic Party, Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. from Hawaii, is systematically discriminated against not only by the corrupt Democratic National Committee but also by CNN, MSNBC, and all the other mainstream media outlets. She was even slandered as a “Russian agent” because she has met with President Bashar al-Assad from Syria. She calls for the end of America’s endless wars and the improvement of Russian-American relations. These all seem anathema for the war hawks in the media and the Democratic party.
    As it seems, not only is Gabbard sidelined but also Bernie Sanders. All the remaining candidates are rallying behind the corrupt Joe Biden to steal the nomination from Sanders, such as 2016. If this what going to happen, Sanders should run as a third-party candidate or call on his young voters not to vote for Biden. Why doesn’t Tulsi Gabbard run for the Green Party?
    As it looks like, the Democratic Party will “install a corrupt right-wing warmongering dementia patient” as Caitlin Johnstone describes Joe Biden.

  • “You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain…”

    She should be Queen of the Universe!!

    GREATEST QUOTE EVER RE HRC…

    The fact that the DNC & MSM black her out tells you everything you need to know about the ‘Democrats.’

  • So will Mike Bloomberg and Senator Warren drop out of the race? Is the DNC hellbent on destroying the democratic party forever? The politics here are a real shit show. At this rate why bother to have an election at all? Heads they win; tails we lose!

  • The DNC and the mass media have been so high-handed about trying to cram the warmongering criminal Joe Biden down our throats, no matter that he will most likely lose to Trump, that I say Bernie and Tulsi ought to join forces and form a new progressive party, not to win this time round, but to make sure the corrupt Clintonite Club of Corporatists and Warmongers does not prevail… even in theory. I have no idea how those manipulators managed to resurrect the dead corpse of Jackass Joe within less than a week to convincingly win at least 8 of the 14 states during “Super Tuesday” but their trickery should not go rewarded with the prize being the White House.//////////

    Bernie and Tulsi voters, I suggest you all just stay home in November (since the insiders are NOT going to let your picks have the nomination) or vote for anyone but Jackass Joe. Yeah, Trump would win but at least he’s a known quantity whom we know is not allowed to make presidential decisions on his own in any case. The Deep State does that for him, just as they’d do for Jackass Joe. The Deep State doesn’t want the wars ended or the gravy train of graft and corruption to stop delivering the goods solely to the 1%. They simply won’t allow Sanders or Gabbard to make even a predictably futile attempt at reform. All Millennial Snowflakes for Bernie, be aware, this was just one of many boots to the face you’ll get from the establishment over the course of your life in the most exceptional country on Earth.////////////

    • ” I have no idea how those manipulators managed to resurrect the dead corpse of Jackass Joe within less than a week to convincingly win at least 8 of the 14 states during “Super Tuesday” but their trickery should not go rewarded with the prize being the White House.”

      Black box voting machines. Tulsi’s securing America’s elections act would have done away with them.

  • Actually, l think the corrupt DNC is playing a more sinister game than what It appears we are seeing now. Anyone who’s paying attention is well aware of the obvious cognitive decline of Joe Biden including I’m sure, Biden himself which rules him out of ever being the president. But being by far the most popular establishment democrat makes Biden critically important to winning enough votes to deny Sanders a majority because do you think Bloomberg would get those votes if Biden wasn’t running? Once the defeat of Sanders is locked in, l expect Biden to announce that he is standing down due to ill health and he will be endorsing Bloomberg as the nominee because after all, Bloomberg spent a lot of money on this but only because he knew what he was buying! The DNC will have achieved their aim of maintaining the status quo. Who cares about beating Trump? Certainly not the DNC. I doubt they’ve even given much thought to beating Trump because that’s not their game is it?

    • Very well said. It’s a big club (big enough for two fake parties in fact) and you ain’t in it!

    • Johng, Who will survive the virus?

    • JOHNG, Earlier today (March 4, 2020) it was reported that Bloomberg is standing down. He has not endorsed poor demented Joe Biden (as did the other dropout Dems!!), so where does this shit-show go from here?

      • Bloomberg dropping out makes no difference because l believe at a contested convention the Dem super delegates can install anyone they want even if they haven’t been in the running. They could choose Michelle Obama or god forbid Hillary Clinton if they want! The only thing they need right now is for Biden to keep going. The real nightmare scenario other than installing Bloomberg would be for Biden to choose Hillary Clinton as his VP running mate and somehow miraculously beat Trump then step down early in his term to make way for President Hillary! But l’m venturing into the realm of comedy now. That could never happen in America, a beacon for freedom and democracy the world over, admired and loved by everyone, could it?

  • Thank You for this Caitlin…It’s been painful for those of us who get it…The Corrupt Establishment and their Media Talking Heads fear her Integrity and Courage to Speak Truth to Power…Feeling the Pain of Corporatist Dictatorship…Uninformed Media Sheep Vote Against Their Own Interests…Sad…

    • Some of them do, and also there are Black Box voting machines. Tulsi wanted to get rid of them and return to paper ballots. Motive and opportunity. I think she’s at 3-5% and even as high as some states like NH, but they stole her votes and gave to Zero Charisma flash in the pan Klobuchar and WARren the backstabber and possibly a percent or two to Deep State Pete.

  • “All this means is that the machine is exposing its mechanics to the view of the mainstream public.”

    And the public are staring inertly at the exhibition with minimal discernible interest or capacity toward getting upset about the display. They vacantly agitate over the same essentially pointless tropes they did yesterday, just as programming and repetition has habituated them to.

    I’ve sought to inject the Assange issue into a number of media discussion topics with acute relevance to the issue but not directly named as such. Crickets!!! Mainstream outlets are not providing articles directly referenced to Assange and thus no ordained space for discussion of his plight. The readerships obediently stick to the titled program and avoid attempts to explore verboten deviations.

    Everyday people with awareness of critical events such as the Assange travesty should be descending in hordes upon all available media discussion/comment space to push critical mass on the ‘unspoken’ subjects to a level where the drones are forced to stretch their response spectrum toward those banned items.. However it seems the aware people are all in places like this simply sharing their grumbles with each other and staying politely out of the way of the masses. Comfortable, but fatal.

    • You were right up to a point – but to declare that “the aware people are all in places like this simply sharing their grumbles with each other” etc. simply isn’t true. We’ may not be bashing our heads bloody against a wall every day, but we’re certainly not “staying politely out of the way of the masses” or of arrogant pricks like you, for that matter.

    • Greg,

      I think that many of us who’ve been paying attention for many years have been silenced in the MSM comments sections and social media feeds because the tech companies have done the bidding of the establishment and censored our voices.

      For decades, I was very active on a number of blogs and newspaper comments sections, but recently, I’ve either been banned or had them try to “verify my identity” (which I refuse to do) in order to maintain an account. At no point in time have I ever threatened anyone or even used curse words. When I’ve been censored, it was **always** because I was stating objective facts and backing them up with links. Like many others, I’ve been almost completely silenced online.

      Freedom of speech and anonymity are crucial in any society. Censorship is our #1 threat at this moment in time, IMHO. We must fight this with everything we’ve got. Assange is one of the worst cases of injustice, but there are thousands out there who’ve been silenced by the government via their control of the media and tech companies.

  • Don’t let the early numbers discourage anyone.
    On Super Tuesday, the early numbers are from the KKK South.
    The late numbers are from California, which is much bigger.

    So of course, the pro-war, pro-death, pro-torture corporate media pumps up the early numbers, and after the headlines saying “Biden leads” tonight, the story that says “Sanders leads” will be on the bottom of page 12 tomorrow.

  • “Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” — Pres. Kennedy.
    The oligarchs may think they have thinks under control for now. But, all this ever does is just add to the pressure. The oligarchs think that they can get away with this for this year, and just maybe they can. The argument to vote for evil Democrat corporate scum who bomb, kill and torture over Trump is still a powerful one. So, that may get just enough votes for the evil Democrat corporate scum who bomb, kill and torture to win an election.
    But, the pressure gauge on that boiler is rising after they just duct-taped shut the relief valve. This didn’t solve the problem for the evil Democrat corporate scum who bomb, kill and torture. Just delayed it. And made sure that when the explosion comes it will be a whole lot bigger.
    “Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” — Pres. Kennedy.

  • i like Gabby–shes got balls–also intelligent and dedicated. The Donald should consider her or Cynthia McKinney as VP running mate–that would simply destroy the deep dark tumbling state–it would leave them mumbling incoherently about the need for traditional American values and security– to protect from all of the nations we have destroyed, on behalf of Israel–our most trusted ally!

    • Trump has done more for Israel than any president in US history. Please pay attention.

  • There has been ballot tampering in Maine. The elections are screwed up. Too many towns did not get enough ballots. Unacceptable.

    • I don’t get the deep blue states of Minnesota and Maine going for the loopy, corrupt, warmongering neocon Biden rather than for the progressive Sanders or the peacenik Gabbard. I can see the uber-conservative South favoring the reactionary Biden in a primary, but those states are not going to vote Democratic in November, making it dysfunctional for them to decide the nominee in lopsided primaries. If the DNC really wanted the most competitive candidate in the general–rather than a Wall Street/MIC puppet, their not-so-secret conspiracy would NOT be to block Bernie at every possible turn. Ef ’em, they’re power hungry but stupid; however, you the people will be the losers.

      • I missed noting that even ultra-liberal Massachusetts went decisively to mean and crazy Jackass Joe. Just a few days ago, Bernie was leading the polls in MOST of these states and predicted to win all of the 14 except maybe three, or at most four, Southern states. The media must have spewed some powerful poison against him in the last few days. Apparently, all the red baiting and accusations of Russia, Russia, Russia collusion worked again… like a charm. In the generals, all you Trumpers be sure to call out Jackass Joe for being a pinko commie who is a slave to the will of Badass Vlad. Seems the American public believes the accusation every time. Must be our superior education system.

        • Black box voting machines. Hence Tulsi’s Securing America’s Elections Act to return to paper ballots. The Russiagate crowd was like **crickets**.

      • Priceless post there, Realist.

  • Congresswoman Gabbard listened well to everybody at the town hall in Austin Monday night. She focused well. See photo, please. She’s real.
    John telling Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, at Austin town-hall meeting, on Texas Independence Day, that we need 6 billion doses of chloroquine to treat coronavirus in the US.
    Tulsi gave Jenny a hug and said she was “glad to see her there”.
    http://www.johndayblog.com/2020/03/six-billion-doses.html

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