The State of New York holds a huge cache of delegates, and is currently Hillary Clinton's part-time home state, where she was once a senator and where her presidential campaign is now headquartered. It is also the home-base to many of her Wall Street super PAC donors...
Her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders (who was born and raised in New York before moving to Vermont) has been calling for a Democratic primary debate with Clinton in New York ahead of their April 19th Democratic primary election — but so far, Clinton has refused to agree to hold one.
Jeff Weaver, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, sent a letter on Sunday to his counterpart in the Clinton campaign, Robby Mook:
“It is difficult to understand your motivation. Can you please explain why New York should not host the April debate? Is the Secretary concerned about debating before the people who twice elected her to the U.S. Senate? Perhaps there is some tactical advantage you are seeking by avoiding a debate in New York, but I would remind you that Senator Sanders agreed to debate the secretary in New Hampshire when he was well ahead.”
Senator Sanders also made his appeal to Clinton while appearing on NBC's Face the Nation with Chuck Todd yesterday . . .
[* Editor's note: Please sign Bernie Sanders's petition to have Hillary Clinton agree to a New York debate before the election >>> https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/ny-debate Thanks.]
After first losing badly to the Black vote in Southern States, the Vermont
senator has recently crushed Hillary Clinton in similar landslide victories in
the States of Idaho, Utah, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska. As the Democratic
primary grinds on, and as more and more people get to know him better, the more
popular Bernie Sanders has become — even despite the stubborn reluctance of
the mainstream media, who have obviously favored Hillary Clinton from the very
beginning of the campaign — as have the
Democratic party's superdelegates (but that could change by July).
In February 2015 when the relatively unknown Sanders had first announced his bid for the presidency, Hillary Clinton had once led him 60% to 4% in the national polls. But as of March 2016, the most recent Bloomberg poll now puts Sanders ahead of Clinton by one percent (49% to Clinton's 48%).
But before New Yorkers vote this April 19th (to make Hillary Clinton our "first female president" and vote for Wall Street bankers), New Yorkers — if they aren't already aware — should first know how they were duped by Hillary Clinton when she first ran to be their senator.
Long before then, while she was still in the White House, the New York Times had already labeled Clinton a "liar". On January 8, 1996 they wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar."
But before getting into Clinton's 2000 senatorial campaign scandal, we'll briefly touch on a couple of other items first.
In a 2014 interview with Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton had said: "We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses..."
Politifact rated her statement as mostly false, writing: "A few weeks before they left the White House, the Clintons were able to muster a cash down payment of $855,000 and secure a $1.995 million mortgage. This hardly fits the common meaning of dead broke."
After leaving the White House, the Clintons had bought two multi-million dollar mansions. First they bought a $1.7 million mansion in Chappaqua, New York (pictured below) so Hillary could claim residency in the State of New York ahead of her 2000 Senate campaign. Then the Clintons later purchased a $2.85 million mansion on Embassy Row in Washington D.C.
As an aside: After leaving the White House, the Clintons had been criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them.
The first New York senatorial debate between First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Rick Lazio took place in Buffalo, New York on September 13, 2000. In her closing statement Clinton said: "I just hope New Yorkers will decide that it's more important what I'm for, than where I'm from." (The full Clinton-Lazio debate is at YouTube: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6)
FLASHBACK to November 8, 2000 — New York Times:
Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected senator from New York last night, ending a 16-month spectacle of a campaign and ensuring that a Clinton will remain in Washington after her husband, the president, leaves the White House on Jan. 20. It was the first time in the nation's history that a first lady was elected to public office. Mrs. Clinton soundly defeated Rick A. Lazio . . . With her husband wiping tears from his eyes as he stood silently behind her on the stage, Mrs. Clinton declared victory at 11:06 p.m., not even waiting for Mr. Lazio to finish conceding as she took the stage in time for the 11 p.m. news.
[The] key exchange came at the end of the [2000 senatorial] debate when Lazio interrupted Clinton mid-sentence, walked across the stage with a campaign finance pledge in hand, and urged her to sign it. Clinton awkwardly tried to shake Lazio's hand as he towered over her, his finger wagging in her face. In the hours and days after the debate, Clinton's team worked mightily to turn this interaction to her advantage ... Clinton is now preparing for a second presidential campaign ... Though some societal attitudes have no doubt shifted in the past decade and a half, the Republican presidential nominee — who will likely be a man — would do well to pay attention to how charges of sexism shaped Clinton's first race ... Charges of sexism—from the press, campaign surrogates, or even candidates themselves — are a fixture of modern American politics ... Most campaign consultants now train candidates to avoid Lazio-like missteps ... The men who want to take on Clinton will need to be careful to steer clear of sexist tropes that will repel female voters and could rebound to boost Hillary ...
Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary Clinton's chief of staff for the 2000 senate campaign who would go on to head Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Obama said: "Whether it was during the Lewinsky scandal or whether it was when Lazio was bullying her, people seem to like the damsel-in-distress sort of thing. Which is sad to me, but it helped her as first lady in '98 and it helped her in 2000 certainly. When she has been quote-unquote victimized, she's been more beloved."
October 30, 2015 — Politico: "Clinton allies shout ‘sexism’ at Sanders. The Vermont senator is suddenly on the defensive, an unaccustomed position for a progressive who describes himself as a feminist." (Yes, when you can't win on the issues, then play the "victim card" as a political strategy to defeat your opponent — a tactic that Clinton has obviously honed over the years; but so far, it hasn't worked very well against Bernie Sanders — and may have even back-fired on her this time.)
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And then, there are the Clintons...
The 10-minute video (embedded below) has been buzzing around the blogs for months. It shows Peter Paul's side of the 2000 New York campaign scandal, which involves allegations that Hillary Clinton had committed numerous federal election law violations and lied about them to cover them up — all culminating in what might be felonious conduct.
Peter Paul makes a strong case, but the mainstream corporate media continues to do its best to bury what might have been the largest election fraud in US history. This is one of the most shocking exposés on the blatant corruption surrounding Hillary Clinton.
The video includes exclusive home videos, archived news clips and audio recordings that expose the illegalities that elected Hillary to the Senate (such as contributions that were made during a fundraiser where the singer Cher performed) and the obstructions of justice that has kept Hillary Clinton out of prison.
Instead of voting for Hillary Clinton, Millennials might rather send a wake up call to the spineless incrementalist Democrats that they better get on message (and soon!) — or else the party elites are going to get the same treatment from them that the GOP got from their Tea Party.
But maybe a "President Trump" just might be what is needed to spur the establishment Democrats — people like Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and superdelegate that has endorsed Hillary Clinton, rather than his own senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, who overwhelmingly won the state 86.1% to 13.6% against Clinton.
It's way past time when people like Dean start actually being real progressives for a change — rather than the centrist/corporate shills they've been since the days of Bill Clinton. The old guard (like Dean) within the Democratic party will slowly be dying off — and when they do, they can take their old and worn and failed ideas with them.
But for now, it might be a very good time for the DNC to take a real hard look at who their largest voting block is now — and who it will be in 2024. Millennials may not want to wait for another 8 more years before real change can take place. Today they want Bernie Sanders; but not only because he's the only honest candidate currently running, but also because he is real gift.
But so far, many Americans have just been too blind or stubborn to realize that yet. And come April 19th, the country can only hope and pray that New Yorkers are wide awake and Feeling the Bern.
And as for those Millennials (those "kids" who are in their 30s at this point), they were raised in the information age and will NOT be satisfied with "business as usual" — because many already see Hillary Clinton as a career criminal. As one can see from the list below (that she calls the "right-wing conspiracy"), there is just too damn much to keep ignoring!
- Vince Foster´s death
- Whitewater investigation
- Clintons Legal Defense Fund
- IRS abuses
- FALN terrorists
- Campaign finance investigation
- Senator Clinton
- Senate rules violations
- Presidential Candidate Clinton
- Madam Secretary
- State Department scandals and cover-ups
- Classified emails
- Clinton Foundation and conflicts of interest
The Delegate Count
The map at this link shows the national county-by-county breakdown of the Democratic Presidential primaries as of March 28, 2016. Counties won by Hillary Clinton are shown in gold and those won by Bernie Sanders are shown in green. The first candidate to reach 2,383 delegates will win the nomination. The current pledged delegate count currently stands at:
- Hillary Clinton: 1,252
- Bernie Sanders: 1,015
(For some reason, these results haven't yet been updated by Google.) When you include superdelegate endorsements:
- Hillary Clinton: 1,722 (470 superdelegates + 1,252 pledged delegates)
- Bernie Sanders: 1,044 (29 superdelegates + 1,015 pledged delegates)
CNN just showed an update of actual pledged delegates:
- Hillary Clinton: 1,252
- Bernie Sanders: 1,015
The Nation reports:
- Hillary Clinton: 1,251
- Bernie Sanders: 1,012
But either way, there are a total of 4,763 delegates up for grabs — and so far Bernie has now won 15 state contests to Clinton's 20 — so it ain't over until it's over. There are still about 2,000 more outstanding pledged delegates still available as the election moves forward — all the way until Washington DC votes last on June 14th. Then the following month (July) is when the superdelegates cast their votes at the DNC convention. The biased media always counts them in the final tallies beforehand, but they aren't actually committed until the convention, and they can vote anyway they choose at that time.
Today in the Washington Post they report that last Saturday Bernie Sanders' campaign hosted a block party to open its Brooklyn field office — not far from Clinton’s national headquarters. Sanders plans an aggressive push in New York, modeled after his come-from-behind victory a few weeks ago in Michigan. And he intends to barnstorm the state as if he were running for governor. His advisers, spoiling for a brawl, have commissioned polls to show which contrasts with Clinton — from Wall Street to fracking . . . and that a group of pro-Clinton senators recently considered writing an open letter to Sanders saying the time had come for him to end his campaign. But when two Clinton allies, Sens. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Barbara A. Mikulski (Md.), caught wind of the idea, they persuaded their colleagues to nix it, according to two people familiar with the letter.
Judging by the tone of this article at the Washington Post, its sounds a lot like similar posts on this subject in the media and on cable TV news. The Clinton campaign wants Bernie Sanders to get out of the race, claiming that any further "attacks" by Bernie could weaken her in the general election in their forgone conclusion that she becomes the Democratic nominee, and wants us all to be focused on Donald Trump as the "real" common enemy — and the Democratic party machine/superdelegates wants to get Bernie's supporters on Hillary's side long before the convention in July. This ploy is so transparent because in truth, they are just more concerned about losing the primary to Bernie now, than they are about losing the general election to Trump in November. Bernie can beat Hillary by July, and still have plenty of time to campaign and debate Trump before November.
And why is Clinton so afraid to debate Sanders in New York before they vote?
* Another Washington Post article compares Bernie Sanders vs Hillary Clinton in 2016 to Michael Dukakis vs Jesse Jackson in 1988 (Bernie endorsed Jesse Jackson that year.)
Will it be Bernie-or-Bust? Will New Yorkers vote for an honest candidate this time around? Or will they elect Hillary Clinton again, only to leave us with a President Donald Trump? America waits while it holds its collective breath.
And to all New Yorkers on Social Security: Just like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders also wants to expand Social Security benefits for everyone who is retired or on disability. Hillary Clinton does not. Her plan only mentions low-wage women.
From the full transcript of Bernie Sanders's recent interview with the L.A. Times editorial board on March 27, 2016: "We’re not gonna give up until the last vote is counted."
So naturally, that includes New Yorkers too ;)