The New Democratic Party
In case you don't recognize her through the plastic surgery, Onassis sunglasses and the mob wife blouse, this is Sen. Barbara Boxer at the Nevada "Democratic" convention two Saturdays ago flipping off Bernie Sanders supporters. This is the same woman who claimed she was "fearing for (her) life" and was getting threats from Bernie bros.
Gee, she doesn't look all that scared to me. She must have been putting on a really brave front, that poor little lady
One is at a loss to conceive what possible reason Boxer would've had to be at the Nevada convention when her home state is in California. That is, until one digs and discovers that Boxer's daughter Nicole is married to Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony. Ah, family. It was central to the life of Il Cosa Nostra so why shouldn't it be to machine Democrats?
Hell, the political relationships in this nest of vipers are so incestuous that when Boxer broke the news she wasn't running for reelection, she did it through her grandson and Hillary's nephew Zach instead of the mainstream media. Nothing like keeping it in the family, eh?
And lest you think this is an isolated incident, keep in mind this is how machine Democrats such as Boxer, the Clintons and Barack Obama think of the more progressive and liberal wing of the Democrat voter base. Liberals smiled and turned the other cheek when six years ago Obama sniped at critical liberals at a $30,000 fundraiser held in the Connecticut gated mansion of a guy named Rich Richman. Not long after that, Obama sent his press secretary Bob Gibbs out to spew more vitriol at the "professional left." It's notable that liberals, many of whom being Occupy veterans, have suffered more withering criticism from the Obama administration than the Teabaggers ever had.
Hillary's ghosts are coming home to roost as liberals with long memories are dredging up speeches in which she called African American youth "super predators" while pimping for her husband's 1994 crime bill that saw the beginning of the rise of the private prison industry, a ruinous war on drugs and the United States being the most jail happy nation on earth.
As he was eight years ago during his wife's first failed presidential run, Bill Clinton is still a snarling, factually-challenged right winger, only this time around, he's beginning to resemble a sloppy gone-to-seed WWE wrestler during a trash talking. His conduct last month to critics of his crime bill showed just how willfully misinformed and racist he truly always was and still is, which you would think would wake up the droves of black voters who are still clumping around Hillary as if she was Eleanor Roosevelt.
They didn't call him "Slick Willie" for nothing. If nothing else, the 42nd president knew how to run a campaign and he resorted to every dirty trick in the book as if his runs were orchestrated by none other than Karl Rove and Lee Atwater, The House of Cards couple silenced virtually every woman who came out to say they'd been raped or harassed by Bill because in national politics even basic human dignity is trumped by political primacy.
There's always been something despicable and rotten about the Democratic party going back to the early 19th century when they were entrenched in the south and actually tore this nation in two over the right to own slaves. Then in 1789, they founded what would be Tammany Hall in New York City, the legendarily corrupt political machine that cynically courted both Irish and African Americans to stuff ballot boxes. In Tammany's heyday, patronage, jobs and career advancement were bought and sold like any other commodity on the same Wall Street that very thickly butters the Clinton bread. In Tammany-era Manhattan, no one, from the Mayor to the meanest beat cop, got a job unless the Tammany bosses said it would be so. If anyone got out of line, they'd use their attack dogs known as "ward heelers", those enforcers at the lowest rung of the political ladder.
Tammany's been dead for nearly a half a century but the Democratic Party's tactics have only gotten more vicious yet more sophisticated. Plus, Tammany's influence was restricted to Manhattan (then, after consolidation in 1895, Brooklyn and its much coveted docks that Manhattan lacked). Now, instead of actual assassination of crusading politicians, activists and journalists, the new Democratic Party gets even by character assassination on social media. And their reach is seemingly limitless.
Now, instead of seeing stuffed ballot boxes, we're seeing the exact opposite but all to the same ends. We're seeing voter rolls purged, party affiliations mysteriously changed (which, typical of the corrupt and utterly worthless MSM, are spinning as tens of thousands of deliberate but inexplicable acts), legitimate Bernie delegates rejected (most infamously in Nevada), and easily hacked voting machines being used in the very same states in which Hillary's done the best. And then there's the super delegate system that's transparent only in its corruption, a Plan B that had been put in place by party insiders and corporate lobbyists and enacted before a single vote had been cast in the Iowa caucus.
And now, the fix is in in California, in which voters are having mailed to their homes mailers that are generated and disseminated through official channels giving them erroneous and incomplete information, which has prompted a lawsuit by two civil rights attorneys. (Note: If you're in California and are politically unaffiliated yet wish to vote for Bernie Sanders in the June 7th primary, you need to get a crossover ballot, which the mailers from the CA Secretary of State deliberately and conveniently left out).
But they never counted on Sanders dogging Blue Dog Hilary's every step and never imagined the old man would win 21 states by this time. They thought, at most, Hillary would face a stiff challenge from another machine Democrat or failing that, Donald Trump, the Republican leader since he announced his candidacy nearly a year ago. Bernie's populist candidacy, with tens of millions of voices amplifying his message, merely brings the Clinton corruption into greater relief than it would if it had victimized a lesser machine Democrat.
And now we're seeing precisely the same exact tactics you would expect of Republican operators and even Teabagger thugs who lie, slander and libel their opponents when they face the slightest opposition. Machine Democrats like Boxer, the Clintons, Wasserman Schultz and others snarl at the last of the real liberals who cry foul at their obvious corruption with the sloppiness of a junk yard dog with rabies. And I refer you again to the lead image of Barb Boxer flipping off Bernie supporters because that is the perfect image of the establishment Democrats' attitude toward those who are vainly trying to keep them honest.
Yes, we should compare the Clinton Machine to old Tammany Hall because, while the tactics are more high tech and only marginally less violent, the motivations and viciousness remain in full force.
(Addendum: Constant reader and fellow New York native CC informs me the actual consolidation of Brooklyn with Manhattan, indeed, the consolidation of all five boroughs, took place in 1898, not 1895 as I had stated. This was the culmination of a two decades-long push to unify the five boroughs and some steps toward annexation and consolidation were made in 1895 and before. This, however, is my error and I own it.)