DanteGabriel

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  1. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Republicans who continued their career despite marital infidelity: Newt Gingrich, Mark Sanford, David Vitter. Gingrich, Henry Hyde, and Robert Livingston all prosecuted Clinton's impeachment in the House while carrying on their own affairs. And let's not forget that the party who thinks government should be small enough to fit in your bedroom because Jesus commands it, is now rallying behind a serial philanderer casino mogul who habitually bragged about all the women he's had affairs with. Wikipedia has a list of federal political sex scandals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_political_sex_scandals_in_the_United_States
  2. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    It's satisfying to read, but I am worried that liberals are throwing these red meat attack pieces at each other. I liked this column from Dahlia Lithwick:
  3. MLB 2016: Chia Pet Un-Safe Zone

    And Jackie Bradley Jr's hit streak ended, and Clay Buccholz remained Clay Buccholz. An accursed night. But, my friend's choral group sang the national anthem at Fenway that night, so that was nice.
  4. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Okay, after reading this, I think there is little daylight between our positions. I was pretty pro-Bernie at the beginning of the cycle, but if I think hard about it I probably cast my vote for him with the expectation that he still wouldn't win the nomination and that Clinton would be the horse I'd have to back in November. I did misunderstand your position because in your post that I replied to, it seemed like you were excusing Bernie's duplicity in the service of keeping his campaign going past the point where victory was plausible. I thought "little lies in the service of a greater goal" are how a person ends up with a reputation like the Clintons. Indeed, I expect no one to prove that Bernie is a superhuman creature that never lies, because no one, not even the Sainted Senator from Vermont, survives as long as he has in politics without... rhetorical flexibility.
  5. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    I don't doubt the reaction to Palin was supercharged by her gender, but dropping Gs has nothing to do with the response she got for her infamous remarks about Putin rearing his head in Alaskan airspace or her inability to name a newspaper she reads.
  6. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    I'm glad you put "status quo" in quotes, because I'm starting to think it's a misleading term. Things never stand still. They are always changing in one direction or another. Obama has been a disappointment to many progressives, and sometimes with good reason. But in terms of awareness of gender and racial injustice, I think the country has evolved in a much more progressive direction than it would have under McCain or Romney. That's not to credit Obama for all the progress that's been made, but he has at least been supportive of these changes, and I believe the President's stance on issues does help frame perception and debate for the general public. At the very least a President can oppose or veto regressive legislation. Where would same-sex marriage or transgender rights or increased scrutiny on police misconduct be under a Romney administration and a Republican Congress? So I don't believe Clinton would have a status quo presidency, because society will change one way or the other in her time. If she's pushed by an active and constructive progressive wing of the party, hopefully headed by Sanders and Warren, she can help continue the direction we've been going in. I think Clinton supporters and detractors can agree she's always got a finger in the wind. I think progressives' best bet for change now is to get Clinton elected and press her from the left and convince her that there is a viable coalition to support the things they want. And they have to fucking get involved and campaign and find good candidates and vote during midterm elections. ETA: Sorry Simon, there is no way I can take seriously any comparisons between Obama and Palin's speech patterns. He was a constitutional law professor for fuck's sake. His use of colloquial speech is nothing like Palin's word salad of resentment and ignorance. It's fair to say there was an element of misogyny to the criticism she received, but my God she's an awful dingbat.
  7. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    I'm having trouble remembering the last male politician to have so much attention focused on how he laughs. Hillary Clinton cackles! Might as well call her shrill and hysterical while we are at it.
  8. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Simon, I'm still curious to hear how the DNC has lashed against Sanders. Was it before or after they gave him five seats on the platform committee?
  9. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    It's strange to me that, after making a strong and well justified feminist critique of Clinton's behavior towards women who accused her husband of sexual assault, you would turn around and characterize a fairly well-established criticism of gender imbalance as "whining." I don't think you would have appreciated it if I'd responded to your previous post about believing sexual assault victims by calling it whining.
  10. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    What has the DNC done to lash against Sanders?
  11. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Remember kids, when Bernie lies about still being able to win, it's just because he's so devoted to a glorious cause. But when Clinton backs out of a debate that has no upside for her and only strengthens her opponents, it is because she is awful and evil.
  12. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    To me, Secretary of State tenure is a big deal. Even though she was too interventionist in her tenure, I think direct foreign policy experience is valuable since foreign policy is an area where the President gets a lot of leeway. Can you acknowledge that the alienation and demonizing is going both ways? That Bernie attacking the legitimacy of the Democratic Party and referring to Clinton as the lesser of two evils is counterproductive to the aim of defeating Trump? What have Clinton and the DNC done lately to villainize Bernie? As far as I can tell, they're ignoring him (besides letting him name 1/3 of the platform committee, those bastards!). Meanwhile you have Bernie supporters going Gamergate on a popular liberal Democratic Senator from California, and Bernie's utter douchebag of a campaign manager mansplaining away her complaints by telling her she couldn't possibly have felt threatened. My favorite development of recent days, though, has to be the proliferation of Vince Foster attacks from the theoretical progressives in my social media feeds, who are performing the incredible mental gymnastics of appropriating a vile and discredited anti-Clinton smear from 20 years ago, just as it was repopularized by Trump. Fuck those people.
  13. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Ignore the quote box above, fucking forum update strikes again. Following up on Simon's question, whence comes this idea that, if Clinton were to drop out or be forced out, Biden would pick up the nomination? I see no mechanism in place to do that.
  14. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    Well I think it's worthwhile to distinguish between a resume and accomplishments, and while Clinton has the best resume of any candidate in a long time, it's fair to point out that she didn't sponsor much major legislation as a Senator and that her SoS tenure was a mixed bag. But who among the candidates this year has accomplished much? Certainly doesn't seem like Bernie got a lot of legislation passed either. What passes as an "accomplishment" in a political environment characterized by unprecedented obstruction and appalling laziness and fecklessness in Congress? To my memory, the accusation that Clinton hasn't accomplished much smacks a lot of the double standard that often exists for women, that they have to work harder to be accepted as competent.
  15. US Election: Saint Bernard the obstinant

    How about the SCHIP, which provided health insurance to millions of poor kids, or getting an agency formed within the Justice Department to specifically address violence against women? What are Bernie's accomplishments?