Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

The big thing about this election is how strongly both the Democrat and Republican bases have pulled to the outside of their respective parties.

On the Democrat side we have Bernie Sanders threatening to block the party’s coronation of Hillary Clinton (if the FBI, or her poor health, doesn’t get there first). Heading into today’s round of primaries their share of elected delegates is too close to call, and the only thing that gives Mrs. Clinton an edge is her satchelful of “superdelegates” — party apparatchiks whose support is deliberately made independent of the electorate.

On the Republican side there is, of course, Donald Trump, who just keeps winning. The GOP strategy for a few weeks now has been to try to divide the vote to keep him from getting to the delegate count he needs, but now desperation is setting in, and it seems the party is increasingly willing simply to set aside the popular vote and do whatever it takes to block him at the convention.

What’s amusing here is the extent to which democracy itself is increasingly being exposed to the “wire-pullers” as an intolerable inconvenience, and to the people as a sham.

Magna est veritas, baby. Looks like it’s starting to prevail, a bit.

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18 Comments

  1. JK says

    I actually read this yesterday;

    http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/storm-clouds-darken-over-2016/

    And especially this embedded:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/republican-contention-chaos-213725

    Posted March 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  2. Doug says

    Malcolm,
    Seems like more than a little truth is outing.
    Maybe it is “The truth in a time of universal deceit, is a revolutionary idea” ?

    Posted March 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm | Permalink
  3. The truth has always been great, Malcolm. But it hasn’t always swayed the hoi poloi. What sways them these days, it would seem, is so-called “free shit” and agitprop. I doubt that truth even makes the top ten swayers for the shallow information crowd.

    I will, however, keep my fingers crossed.

    Posted March 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  4. BTW, Doug, I responded to your comment about Cool Hand Luke (at “Well, Right“), but I neglected to mention that I’m glad, “We were already good.”

    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm | Permalink
  5. JK says

    http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2016/03/16/youre-kidding-right-senate-republicans-demand-ted-cruz-apologize-mitch-mcconnell/

    Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    Ah, the old Walk To Canossa. Don’t see that one happening anytime soon.

    Posted March 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  7. Whitewall says

    The Senate leadership is really looking for a way to continue to hack off the base. That DC bubble must be some thick stuff.

    Posted March 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  8. Musey says

    You know what Doug? We have something in common. You put the superfluous comma in exactly the same place that I do. I do see it when I read it later.

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 3:23 am | Permalink
  9. Musey says

    So, to take it further, when you write:

    “Musey your full of shit”, it doesn’t quite come off.

    It’s easy.

    “Musey, you’re full of shit”, is what you meant. The apostrophe is replacing the missing letter. You are full of shit.

    The word “your” is possessive, I think, as in, your house, your car, your purse. your ghastly, patronizing personality.

    I’m not having a go. My daughter tells me that most of her friends don’t know the difference, and everywhere you look clever people make the same mistake. It’s starting to appear in newspapers because journalists don’t know either.

    But the people who write here do know, and much as I disagree with what you write, you make sense and you are coherent. So you may as well be told, and if you don’t like it I’m sorry because, to me, there is no greater weakness than trying to win an argument by pointing out another’s grammatical errors.

    In my defense, I don’t mind being told. My grammar is awful and I’m not having a go at you. Feel free to have another swipe at me if I have offended you.

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 4:42 am | Permalink
  10. JK says

    Dateline: 17 MAR 2018 – 1018 Zulu [CDT]

    Updated 43 mins ago
    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria.

    http://abc13.com/news/us-officials-isis-targeting-christians-minorities-/1249778/

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  11. JK says

    (Apologies Y’all, I should point out that, when my computer adjusted to leap forward being on a Arkansas network it wasn’t the time affected rather the year).

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  12. Malcolm says

    Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria.

    He’s mighty quick on the uptake, that one. Makes ya proud.

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  13. rather the year

    Huh?

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  14. He’s mighty quick on the uptake, …

    That could be the answer to the perennial question, “Why the long face, John?”

    4685d1168824914-john-kerry-jokes-long-face.jpg

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  15. Whitewall says

    A man who knows he belongs in prison sometimes wears a long face. A guilty conscience.

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  16. What about a woman who knows she belongs in prison? How does HRC manifest her guilty conscience? Or doesn’t she have a conscience (most likely)?

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  17. Whitewall says

    HRC is a megalomaniac I believe.

    Posted March 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  18. Doug says

    Mistake%2BDepartment.jpg

    The essence of the Pavlov Oligarchy.
    And the Pavlov Republican’s are already feasting on their own vomit. They aren’t even waiting to choke on it till after the elections.

    Posted March 18, 2016 at 10:33 am | Permalink