(The following post is by blog contributor The Professor. Enjoy. )
Al Sharpton got his legs cut off from under him Thursday, when the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hilary Clinton. Sharpton, after having breakfast with Sanders on Wednesday morning, made statements that indicated he was going to endorse Sanders and urge other reverends to join him in the "revolution".
Sharpton, who, until several months ago, had his own show "Politics Nation" weekdays from 6 to 7 pm on MSNBC, is a self-proclaimed star, who super-novaed. First exposed at making several million dollars for which he paid no taxes, he then lost relevance after the events in Ferguson last summer. His "Politics Nation" was relegated to one hour early on Sunday mornings.
Sharpton had hoped to renew his importance by endorsing Sanders and co-opting the African-American religious leaders, and subsequently the CBC, into doing the same. He then would claim to be the leader of the African-American Movement for Sanders. Even if Clinton eventually won the nomination, he would have a seat at the table, demand to be a surrogate on the campaign trail for the nominee and claim influence over the eventual Democratic President. Now, that will not happen, because he will not confront the CBC head-on. In addition, if he now endorses Hilary, he will be just another follower.
This is huge for Clinton. She needs to trounce Sanders in South Carolina and Nevada. Then she has to put him away on SEC Tuesday and Super Tuesday to wrap up the nomination by early April.
To me, Sanders is playing the same game as Trump. Making promises he knows he can't keep, except he is praying upon the selfishness of young Americans (who all think they are just "awesome"), who believe there is such a thing as a "free lunch." In this case, free college and heath care and that somehow the $19 Trillion tab will be magically paid for by someone else. It shows just how ignorant and short sighted the youth of today are, that they do not know Sanders can not do this without a Congress ready to raise taxes to 50% or more, which Nancy Pelosi, let alone Paul Ryan, has said she will not do.
With reapportionment not until after the 2020 census, the Republicans will continue to control the House for at least 6 years of the next President's two terms. Please explain how Sanders is going to accomplish anything that Obama was not able to accomplish in 6 years of Republican control of Congress.
Sanders has made a living for the past almost 40 years holding office. He has accomplished nothing in his 28 years in the House and Senate The people of Vermont like their gladfly, so they keep electing him. He has done nothing for his state or the country, except build up a $250K per year pension, collect $225K per year as a Senator and received free heath care for him and his family.
By the way, has anybody noticed his new wardrobe: suits, ties, shirts, shoes, glasses, hairstyling and a tan. (How he got that in cold New Hampshire, I don't know!) The truth be known, if my ultimate choice is any of the remaining Republicans vs. Bernie Sanders, I will do all I can to help Michael Bloomberg win as an independent. At least he always delivered on his promises and never strayed from what he has told you he would do or accomplish, even if you don't necessarily agree.
By the way Bloomberg can use $2 Billion of his own money to run a campaign and it would amount to only 5% of his net wealth. If Trump on the other hand spent $2 Billion of his own money, by his own calculation, he would use up at least 25% of his wealth (probably more), which he will not do.
Bloomberg could be the first Jewish president, not a 74 year old Brooklynite Socialist, whose parents were rumored to be Communist sympathizers. I think Bernie knew that when he started, but he has started drinking his own Kool-Aid.
That's right. I was for Hilary in 2008 and I am for her now.