Elizabeth Warren as Hillary's running mate is a terrible idea. Warren has repeatedly proven that she has tremendous power to impact policy in the Senate. She will not have that power as Hillary's Vice-President. Technically the Vice President has 2 duties - to cast the tie-breaking vote in the event of a Senate deadlock and to watch and certify the official vote count of the U.S. Electoral College. The unspoken duty of the vice president is to agree with the President and to support the president's policies. Vice president sounds good but it's a lame duck position, little more than window dressing, and will only serve to muzzle the brilliant Elizabeth Warren and the economic and social justice policies for which she stands. Warren and Clinton are not on the same page politically except in the area of reproductive choice. Economically and environmentally they are most definitely NOT on the same page.
No question the Democratic Party is split, between old school democrats — the party or die and that dreadful Debbie Wasserman Schultz — and new school democrats — we need to change the party, money out of politics, humanity and earth first. As per the narrative, if the party is split, Trump cannot be defeated. As per the narrative, that’s why Bernie needs to drop out and drop out now. Oh for heaven’s sakes. Bernie is staying in for one reason and one reason alone – “ I am going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change."
No question Hillary needs progressives to win. She knows it and the party knows it. Ergo the DNC, which is and has been firmly behind Clinton from the beginning, has offered Sanders a position of real structural power crafting the democratic platform. This is absolutely unprecedented. In case you didn’t know, the 2016 drafting committee of the democratic platform came into being as a result of negotiations between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns and Democratic National Committee leaders. The committee will be composed of five members chosen by Sanders, six chosen by Clinton, and four by the dreadful DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Bernie is not going to turn his delegates over unless the progressive agenda he supports, and has never waivered from, is solidly represented in the platform.
The narrative tells us the way to unite the party is to forget our differences — political differences that have devolved into a vicious personal attacks — and unite behind Clinton. People are incredibly angry – and well they should be. No one likes voting for the lesser of two evils and historians are in fact going to look back on this election season and call it rigged. I agree to disagree with people who think it wasn’t, but I’m not particularly interested in a vicious I’m-right-you’re-wrong kind of fight. I’m more interested in strategizing for the future. I’ve said all along I will vote for Clinton if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination and because of this Sanders supporters hate me. As a Sanders supporter I’m been roundly hated by Clinton supporters and because of the vitriol from both parties I’ve pretty much stayed out the conversation for almost a year because the smack back wasn’t worth it. However, the idea of a Trump presidency is so appalling it makes it hard to breathe. I do not for one-minute think the country would better off with the anti-choice, racist Trump as president, rather than pro-choice, inclusive Clinton, and I think the perspective that it would be, is in some instances remarkably childish and in others, smacks of liberal elitism.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan
Lefty, feminist, progressive, pro-choice, pro-humanity, pro-environment, anti-corporation, resister.....