Sen. Bernie Sanders Can Win the California Presidential Primary with this Simple Trick

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My heart literally skipped a beat when I opened my mail-in ballot for California’s March 3 Presidential Primary Election last week. Despite the fact that the Democratic Party has opened up the primary to No Party Preference voters such as myself, none of the presidential candidates were listed on my ballot.

Instead, I was greeted with a rather ominous message:

“You are registered as a No Party Preference Voter. The party-nominated contest of President does not appear on this ballot. If you want to vote for President, contact an elections official. Otherwise, please turn over to begin voting.”

I panicked. I’ve been waiting three long years to undo the biggest mistake of my adult life, voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Voting for Sanders in the 2020 primary is a crucial step toward my rehabilitation. That vote, and my rehabilitation, now appeared to be in jeopardy.

Once my heart stopped going pitter-patter, I went to the Shasta County Registrar of Voters website, where there’s a link to request a second mail-in ballot from one of the three parties that have opened up their primaries to NPP voters: Democratic, Libertarian and American Independent.

If you’re in the same boat as me and the 4.8 million other Californian registered voters with no party affiliation, don’t hesitate to request a second mail-in ballot from the registrar online. The deadline for applying is Feb. 17. Your last chance to request a Democratic presidential primary ballot is at the polling place on Super Tuesday, March 3, just three short weeks away.

California’s 4.8 million NPP voters are not insignificant. At 25.5 percent of the electorate, they slightly edge out the 4.7 million registered Republicans who comprise 25.1 percent of the electorate. The 8.4 million registered Democrats take the lion’s share of the state’s electorate with 44.3 percent.

At stake in the Democratic Presidential Primary are 495 delegates, who will be parsed out to the top-performing candidates via a complicated formula that eliminates any candidate with less than 15 percent of the vote. Whoever wins will gain substantial early momentum in the race to unseat Trump.

There are several reasons why I prefer to not state my party preference on the voter registration form. First and foremost, I’ve been a working journalist since 1988, when objective reporting was still in fashion. Not being a member of any party gives me added credibility.

Secondly, in my experience as a journalist and an ordinary citizen, both parties have demonstrated that they’re hopelessly corrupted by big money interests, the so-called donor class that finances our elections. This applies to elections at the local, state and national levels.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly to me, the Republican and Democratic parties are collectively a War Party, unified in their assertion that the United States has not only the right but the obligation to unilaterally attack any county deemed to be a threat to American values, i.e. the values of the donor class.

A large number of NPP— “independent” is a more accurate descriptor—voters in California and across the country share similar views. In the 2016 presidential election, more than a few of us got fooled by Donald Trump’s phony populist appeal.

In my case, I was persuaded by Trump’s anti-interventionist rhetoric. Like Sen. Bernie Sanders, for whom I’d voted in the Democratic primary election, Trump seemed to understand that spending trillions of dollars on endless wars across the planet was bleeding America dry.

This was directly counter to the views of his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a proven war hawk during her terms in the Senate and President Barack Obama’s administration. As we learned in the summer of 2016, Clinton and the Democratic National Committee conspired to thwart the nomination of Sanders during the primaries. Apparently, it really was “Her Turn,” no matter what voters said.

What the DNC failed (and still fails!) to comprehend was Clinton’s widespread unpopularity with what used to be the Democratic Party’s historical base, the working class, who’ve been repeatedly kicked in the shins by four decades of neoliberal economic policies practiced by successive Republican and Democratic administrations.

Amid rising income inequality, it’s the working class who’ve had their jobs that have been shipped overseas or automated out of existence; it’s their sons and daughters who are being shipped home in flag-draped caskets, victims of our endless War on Terror.

President Bill Clinton initiated the Democratic Party’s embrace of Wall Street and corporate power to the detriment of its own constituents in the 1990s and the oligarchical group hug has only tightened in the interim. With her six-figure speeches given in private to such unsavory financial characters as Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton is the personification of neoliberal elitism. When she branded white male working class Trump supporters “deplorables,” she sealed her electoral fate.

I like beer. I admit I had a few before I filled out my mail-in ballot back in November 2016. My decision had more to do with my misgivings about Clinton rather than Trump, a protest vote that would be relatively meaningless since Clinton was a shoo-in to win California.

She did win California, but never have I been more wrong. The moment I filled in the bubble for Donald Trump remains an indelible blot on my soul.

I wasn’t shocked Trump won the election, and I admittedly had one leg on the Trump Train for the first few months of his administration. Naively, I hoped Trump would rise to the level of his office, tone down the divisive rhetoric and begin bringing the troops home.

Instead, in April 2017, while eating a “perfect” piece of chocolate cake with Chinese President Xi at Mar-a-Lago, Trump launched a cruise missile strike on Syria in response to false reports the Syrian regime had gassed its own people—a ruse that failed to fool Trump’s hated nemesis and predecessor, President Obama.

At least eight innocent Syrians were killed, and as Trump has since proven, our commander in chief is a spoiled rotten brat with a Twitter account, a joystick and the world’s largest nuclear arsenal at his disposal. There are more American troops now serving in harm’s way than when Trump took office, the potential for new conflicts is high and defense spending has been increased by billions every year, with bipartisan approval.

Trump’s trade wars have been a disaster for America’s small farmers and consumers, and have yet to spur a return of manufacturing to the United States. His singular economic achievement, the 2017 partisan tax cut for the rich, further exacerbated income inequality and added trillions to the national debt.

The economy remains in the hands of the neoliberals, Republicans and Democrats who put their need for corporate campaign donations over the needs of their constituents, at the local, state and federal levels. Their next bipartisan move will be to cut Social Security, Medicare and other social programs, because Trump’s tax cut for the rich jacked up the deficit and the debt. It’s called the austerity program.

Additionally, Trump is a climate-change denier and a denier of all sciences in general. He’s profoundly racist, sexist, xenophobic and transphobic. He has formed an unholy alliance with right-wing Christian evangelicals, including members of Bethel, our local megachurch, who’ve been rewarded with special status as victims of alleged religious persecution and the appointment of inexperienced right-wing judges to the federal judiciary.

Like a large majority of Americans, I’ve watched in astonishment and horror these past three years as Trump has destroyed political, institutional and societal norms one after another, aided and abetted by Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republican majority in the Senate.

The depths of Republican depravity were illustrated succinctly at the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. All of the senators swore to god to be fair and impartial jurors before the trial, but among Republicans, Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted to convict the impeached President on the abuse of power charge, was apparently the only one who takes such oaths seriously.

As a man of faith, Romney said he had no choice but to follow his conscience—and for doing so was roundly condemned by his Republican colleagues, FOX News, right-wing talk radio hosts and Trump himself, speaking at, of all events, the National Prayer Breakfast.

It seems some Christians are more equal than others.

That’s why pundits are calling Trump a cult leader, and that’s where we are today. Every time you think Trump can’t go lower, he crawls under a snake, and a few more people jump off the train—or as in the case of former EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, they get thrown off.

By now it’s obvious to anyone but the most ardent Trump supporters that the train and its criminal conductor, given four more years, will inevitably go off the rails, if it actually makes it to the station in November.

Contrary to mainstream media spin, I think any of the remaining top contenders in California’s Democratic Presidential Primary are capable of beating Donald Trump, including Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden. Trump fatigue will be a major factor. When asked if their life would be better off without Trump in it, most voters will say yes. He’s easily the most encumbered incumbent ever to seek a second term.

But in my view, Bernie Sanders represents not only the best chance to beat Trump, but the best chance to transform the federal government back into an institution that promotes the general welfare of all its people—as intended by the Constitution—not just the billionaire class, the military industrial complex and right-wing evangelicals.

Sanders, the 78-year-old Independent senator from Vermont and self-avowed Democratic Socialist, sets Sean Hannity’s hair on fire by the mere mention of his name. Nevertheless, large majorities of the Democratic working-class base support Medicare For All, reduced college tuition, the Green New Deal and other progressive proposals put forth by Sanders.

How does Bernie propose to pay for it all? Simple. By fairly taxing the ultra-rich, ending the War on Terror and dramatically cutting the defense budget. It pencils out.

Those proposals aren’t necessarily in line with the Democratic Party establishment’s positions, and after the Iowa caucus fiasco, more than one commentator has noted the party once again appears to be thumbing the scales against Sanders as we hurtle toward Super Tuesday on March 3.

In that light, the fact that No Party Preference voters in California aren’t provided with a Democratic mail-in ballot—after the party itself opened the election to NPP voters—looks rather suspicious. Independent voters are far more likely to vote for Sanders, and apparently state Democrats have chosen to obstruct that possibility.

Yet, if California’s independent voters can learn this one simple trick—go to your registrar’s website and request a Democratic ballot before Feb. 17—they may just push Sanders, who has surged to the front in recent statewide polls, over the top.

Whatever the result is, it will by highly scrutinized now that California has been granted its long-held wish to have its presidential primary moved up early in the electoral cycle. All eyes will be on us.

If Sanders, the true champion of the Democratic working-class base, is thwarted once again by the Democratic Party establishment, the resulting disillusionment could lead to a second Trump term. What’s that popular definition of insanity? Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results?

If Sanders wins, his momentum heading into the spring and summer will be unstoppable. He’ll team-up with Elizabeth Warren and easily derail Trump in November. That’s exactly why California’s Democrats have campaigned for an earlier primary for decades: To make a difference in the national election.

Now that we’ve finally got the chance, let’s hope the Democratic establishment doesn’t blow it.

R.V. Scheide
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112 Responses

  1. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    RV, don’t feel bad about voting for Trump, California was always going to go to Clinton unless the DNC hadn’t sabotaged Sanders. In Wyoming, Trump was going to win Wyoming as sure as Clinton was going to win California, but I couldn’t stomach either one so I wrote in Mitt Romney which only makes me feel better.
    This year as I see Pete Buttigieg apparently come out of nowhere to lead the pack and now be attacked by the other Democrats, I wonder if Pete is the 2020 equivalent of the 2016 Sanders.
    I have long felt the first in the nation should not be Iowa and NH but California and Texas. Get rid of the pretenders early.

  2. Avatar James Montgomery says:

    He is a most attractive candidate, in many ways. It strikes me as problematic that he calls himself a democratic socialist, rather than a social democrat. There is actually a huge difference between the two.
    If he were not an advocate of gun control, I might vote for him. I know the urbanist Democrats do not get this, but this issue is the biggest source of their separation from the rural people.
    As a CA gun owner, I have seen what their agenda brings to responsible gun owners, and the rural people in general. Its just different in the country, and the Democrats have abandoned us.
    Nice analysis of the corruption of the 2-party system, by the way.
    Guess I’ll vote Libertarian.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      James — If you’re a prudent guy, so you can vote for Bernie for all of the reasons he appeals to you, and not worry about your guns. The Supreme Court is solidly 2A-friendly, and anything Bernie (or any other Democrat) wants to do in the realm of gun control is going to get deep-sixed faster than you can say “435 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019–0 in Germany.”

      But you live in California, so if you want to vote libertarian for POTUS, your throw-away ballot isn’t going to make a bit of difference, thanks to the electoral college.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:


        One of these days I’ll learn to stop composing and posting from my iPhone to platforms that don’t have an edit option. Not today, apparently.

        • Avatar James Montgomery says:

          You make a great point as to why to vote for Trump- The SC is barely 2A friendly, and any Democratic president could turn it back, depending on the longevity of justices. But of course you are right about the uselessness of voting in the presidential election at all, unless you are a Democrat. CA is sewn up by the big city voters. Whatever Los Angeles wants, the rest of us have to put up with.
          As to the so-called gun-violence epidemic, it is largely a product of media focus. More people are killed with hammers than rifles in the US, according to the FBI:

          That includes “assault rifles,” by the way.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Correction: More people are killed with blunt objects, including hammers (443) than with rifles (297) in 2018. 10,265 murders were committed by firearms of all types: 6,603 by handguns; 297 by rifles; 235 by shotguns; 167 by “other guns”; and 2,963 by “firearms, type not stated.” Some of the latter two categories were of course rifles of various types.

            As for “assault rifles,” the weird thing about those is how much they’re favored almost every time some @$$hole decides to go shoot up a school, government building, or concert. They also tend to favor suiting up in cosplay tactical body armor. It’s strange—there’s something psychological enabling about that gear when it comes to your average aggrieved sociopathic angry white male. Rarely nowadays do those nuts attack a school or a shopping mall with a hunting rifle. They always see it as a commando raid or something. Weirdos.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            I feel like I’m bringing a knife to a nuclear bomb fight.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      James, I don’t have any problem with a universal background check for all gun purchases. It’s hard to understand why allegedly responsible gun owner would reject such a measure.

      • Avatar James Montgomery says:

        We already have that in CA, and lots, lots, more, including use of the background check process to deny ammunition purchases to people without criminal records. There are over 800 gun laws on the books, and most gun owners I know just sort of assume they are in violation of some law or other. We simply no longer believe that the gun-controllers are only trying to stop the criminals.
        But I realize that the sides are drawn on this issue. Further debate is repetitive. I only commented so that you and others might see how many voters Bernie is losing by sticking to the party line.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Do what my gun friends do: stock up on ammo before the bill goes into effect! I agree the ammo issue is pretty screwed up.

  3. Avatar Semi-Retired says:

    Sanders is too extreme to ever be mainstream, likewise Warren. Biden is living in the past, all 3 seem angry, and they are very old, not that I want to age shame anybody, but how close are the aged to death and disease? There are way too many Dem candidates! I like Mayor Pete and will vote for him, he is the only one who seems middle of the road, maintains mostly a professional demeanor and has a chance to win the nomination, not to mention, is extremely intelligent. Years ago I registered as a Repub once…, so I could vote no on their leading candidate. RV, I see myself as an independent but these days I register as a Dem so I can vote against the Repubs! What troubles me most is if Sanders does not get the nomination and then decides to run as a third party candidate and then splits the vote. I certainly hope the Dems can come together and nominate someone who an unify the people against Trump and send him out of office!!! In the last presidential election I voted for Hillary because I saw her as the best opportunity to keep Trump out of office, sometimes you just have to choose the lesser of two evils. We all saw how that worked out. Come on people use your brains to get Trump out of office!

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Bernie won’t run as a third party candidate. He’s going to be the Democratic nominee. Many of Sanders’ proposals, such as Medicare For All, are popular with the mainstream.

      • Avatar Semi-Retired says:

        RV, medicare for all sounds nice, but the devil is in the details! What about people who don’t want government run healthcare? How will it be funded, more taxes? What about people who have already paid for medicare, will they get a free ride?
        These issues are all well and good, but the Dems just can not loose sight of the focus on defeating Trump!

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          We have the most expensive medical care in the world at over $10,000 per person per year—which most of us pay for out of our potential income—and for that we receive middle-of-the-road results and middling satisfaction. Most Western Europe nations pay about half of that per person, and achieve better results in the currencies of health and satisfaction.

          It pencils out on Day 1 that it’s cheaper and better, but we still have to keep answering the question: “Who’s going to pay for it?”

          We’ll pay, and it’ll cost us less. For-profit medicine is a f***ing abomination.

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          Private healthcare will still be available if MFA passes.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            The Culinary Workers Union—the largest union in Nevada—announced today that it’s not going to endorse any Democratic candidate. Instead, it’s going to push its platform. That platform includes preserving private insurance.

            It doesn’t speak well of the unions that they oppose Medicare for All because it would put their members who now have hard-won medical insurance on the same plane as everyone else.

            It’s a weird and ugly quirk of the human psyche that you value something more if others don’t have it—even if what you have isn’t as good as it could be, and is more expensive than it should be—because the inferior status quo makes you feel superior to others.

        • Avatar Chad Magnuson says:

          Medicare is a government run program that actually works very well.
          Having had “Cadillac “ coverage my entire life, and going on to Medicare since turning 65, I would call Medicare a “rolls Royce “ coverage.

          With Medicare, my coverage for part A and my supplement is approx $350 a month. A far cry from the $1400 a month as a union worker.
          Absolutely no change in my doctors or care givers.

          All Medicare for all does is take the private for profit insurance companies out of the loop.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Chad, my Cadillac is called the VA. This government run program has been my health care provider for 20 years and literally saved my life. I’ve had the opportunity to switch many times, and I stick with the VA.

  4. Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

    I’m trying really hard not to be terrified at the prospect of Uncle Bernie winning at the Democratic convention. I don’t think he will—I’m guessing it’ll go to a brokered convention, where he’ll have his rabid base of Bernie Bros, but won’t have the ability to convince people that He’s The Man.

    Don’t get me wrong. As far as policy goes, I’m right there with Bernie—more than I am with any of the other Democrats. I like nearly all of his positions, including the one that he probably shouldn’t say out loud: The Democrats kill themselves by atomizing the party into a thousand different competing factions of “We Specials of the More Aggrieved than Thou.” It should be about unification around economic parity. Everything else follows. Bernie gets that.

    My fear is that he’s the least electable of the leading Democrats. Yes, less electable than the gay mayor. I think being gay in 2020 America is FAR less of an impediment to winning the swing states than being a commie, which is how the GOP will paint Bernie up, down, and sideways.

    I have other misgivings about Bernie. He’s a grouch who gets even grouchier when he’s contradicted on a debate stage—I can imagine Trump getting under his skin and getting him to blow his top (though admittedly, it would be sweet to see someone unload on Trump and call him out as the narcissistic lying fool and petty tyrant that he is). Others have moved from Congress to POTUS and leveraged longstanding relationships to get things done. Bernie apparently has cultivated few close relationships as a Senator—I have serious doubts about his ability to work with others. The Socialist Bernie Revolution, I fear, is a pipe dream even if he manages to defeat Trump. And he’s two years older than baseball. Can we not nominate a damned-near octogenarian who’s going to die or go senile in office, please?

    There’s a lot at stake—maybe even the fate of our republic. The nominee should be the person who has the best chance of bouncing Tangerine Twitler. I’m not convinced it’s Sen. Sanders.

    • Avatar Larry Winter says:

      Steve, Trump wasn’t electable either. Electability is a gut feeling predicting how others will vote. Basing your vote on how others will vote is a crap shoot.
      You also are using a lot of terminology I’m assuming, that will be used against him in a general election. I bet you can’t name one Democrat that won’t get accused of being a Socialist commie by Trump anyway.

      But here’s what I see Sanders doing that no other Dem candidate is doing. Providing a new “American Story”. The Green New Deal is being equated to the old “New Deal” that went on to foster the “American Dream” that came crushing down in 2008. Young people are looking for a story they can buy into that provides hope for the future. That’s what AOC and the Gang are pushing along with Sanders.

      Even if Sanders loses, the “political revolution” that he and others are espousing won’t go away. There is a movement afoot, just as there was with the advent of the Tea Party. Theirs was a call to the better days of the past vs. a call for better days for future generations. Trump’s MAGA is delusional as is the existence of the fountain of youth. Sanders’ view taps into Obama’s winning slogan of Hope and Change. That’s been proven to be an electable mindset.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        I’ll enthusiastically support whomever is nominated at the convention, because the alternative is furthering the entrenchment of fascism in this country. I think winning in November so vital to our very survival that I give high consideration to electability.

        I’m not saying I can’t be wrong about Sanders. I hope I’m wrong about electability being a factor at all—I truly hope the great majority of voters wake up to Trump being an existential threat, and that they’ll overwhelmingly vote for anyone but Trump.

        I want to think that we’ve gone to an extreme and there’s a backlash brewing—I take it that’s what you believe—but just don’t trust the voters anymore. I don’t think right-wing voters today are stupider and more gullible than conservatives who backed the Nazi in the 1930s, but I think they’re every bit as resentful and reactionary, and I think they’ll come out in force for Trump. He’s a bubbling cesspool of paranoid fears and petty resentments, and his base identifies strongly with those fears and resentments.

        Witness Trump’s threat that he has the tough people—soldiers, cops, bikers—on his side, and if they get stirred up, it’ll be very, very bad. Doug doubled down on that threat, saying that the implicit violence would be well-earned because of the hatred coming from the left. (Echoing: “The Jews….they deserve what they’re getting because they’re greedy, swarthy, and un-Aryan.”) And Doug, if you believe him, is nowhere near the authoritarian-thug end of the conservative spectrum—the people with bumper stickers that read: “Kill an environmentalist before they kill you” and such. Doug paints himself as a moderate—a moderate who seems to think that when the conservatives start shooting liberals, it’ll be because the libs have it coming.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          Thanks for putting words in my mouth again…never get tired of it, do you?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I don’t want to put words in your mouth, so here they are, from a discussion of Trump threatening that he has all tough bad-asses on his side, and if they’re motivated, it will get very, very bad.

            “I believe he is warning us that if the hatred from the left against Trump and his supporters continue, that the right will start to push back. As I said, it was a warning…not a threat.”

            Excuse me if I read that to mean that the problem is the hatred coming from the left, and if it continues Trump’s military, police, and biker militia supporters will be justified in getting tough with the complainers. Because the left has it coming.

            It’s not a warning to invoke the possibility of your tough guys cracking down on your critics. It’s a threat, and that’s the genesis of fascism. And again, you put the blame and responsibility for that simmering fantasy on the left’s criticism of Trump.

            That’s a sick and twisted might-makes-right worldview, I don’t mind saying once again.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          “…furthering the entrenchment of fascism in this country”
          “…winning in November so vital to our very survival”
          “… Trump being an existential threat”

          Good grief, Steve. Little overly dramatic there? Trump will be gone in a year or 5 years. If he gets reelected, it’s not the end of the Union. We have a wonderful Constitution with plenty of checks and balances. No president has the ability to be a fascist or dictator.You can stop clutching your pearls.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Trump and the Republicans in Congress seem intent on getting rid of those checks and balances. The imperial presidency has never been so strong as it is following Trump’s acquittal by the Senate. It’s not at all difficult to find conservative wonks who fear that very thing.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Oh, heck no! I don’t mean to imply it would be the end of the Union.

            In fact, Trump would probably proclaim it the beginning of a new 1000-year Reich.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Gentleman, all this talk about putting things in each other’s mouths is making me horny.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      I watched both Mayor Pete and Bernie being interviewed by Chris Wallace back to back on Sunday morning. Mayor Pete came across as a skilled communicator, giving cogent and smart answers, where Sanders completely avoided all questions and instead just spouted his bumper sticker talking points.
      Semi-retired made the comment that Mayor Pete seems middle of the road. I guess that shows just how far left the Democrat party has become. Mayor Pete is far from middle of the road. Obama could never be nominated in today’s Democrat environment. He would be considered way to conservative.
      Sooner or later, Sanders is going to have to give details about his policies…and that will hurt his chances. Democrat leaders are in full panic right now.

      I agree the likely outcome is a brokered convention, with the leadership attempting to oust Sanders. Hillary has been making the rounds lately…saying she still has that ‘urge’ to run. ‘ya never know…

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Actually, Doug, you’ve got the dynamics of Obama’s first campaign backwards. Obama ran on “Hope and Change,” it was a populist left campaign that encouraged a massive turnout of the Democratic base. Obama betrayed that base by immediately moving to the center before he even took office. Obamacare is a Republican program! LOL. Obama ruled as a centrist, but since, oh, let’s just say half, the Republican Party is racist, they never noticed.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Steve, are you sure you’re not talking about Larry David? Bernie will eat Trump alive on stage. It won’t even be close. Bernie is the one the right wing radio hosts fear the most. He’s got the base. His base is bigger than Trump’s base. If the Democrats screw the base again, by shutting out Sanders or not adopting his policies, they will lose, period. Bernie doesn’t have to be the guy, but electing a Republican lite is a losing proposition.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        You think? Is Bernie eating everyone alive in the current debates?

        From what I’ve observed, Pete and Amy are the best debaters. Bernie is repetitious and cranky, Liz is up-and-down, and Joe is a dumpster fire.

        I might agree that Bernie is where it’s at if the Demos want to win the popular vote by as wide a margin as possible—think of all those young coastal elites coming out to vote! (Including the Bernie Bros who threaten that they won’t vote for anyone else.)

        I worry about the Rust Belt’s swing states. Will blue collar workers be motivated to vote for a Jewish Yankee Socialist? And since I’m opening my kimono all the way by voicing that distasteful concern: Will they come out to vote for a gay dude who was mayor of a liberal university town?

        I may be irrationally concerned about those issues—after all, Rust Belters voted in droves for a black guy. But that guy was a Rust Belt native, and he über-motivated African-Americans Rust-Belters to vote. Who in the pack of Democrats can replicate that?

  5. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    My thoughts on Elizabeth W.: I’ve soured, and now favor Amy K. Why? It was Warren’t proclamation that she’ll nominate the Secretary of Education of her choice, but let a transsexual high school student interview the nominee, and have veto power over the nomination.

    That’s just silly on the face of it. Worse, it shows poor judgement—a grasping pandering mentality on steroids that’s off-putting. Worse, it’s exactly the kind of fractioning of the party into a thousand competing factions of perpetual victimhood that doesn’t sell in the rust belt swing states, where life is hard for everyone and getting worse.

    A GOP strategist summed it up: You don’t win in Walmart America by campaigning on boutique issues.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Someone from the DNC whispered in Liz’s ear a couple of months ago, and now she’s lost her way. I still think she’d make an awesome VP, or President, if she can reclaim her message.

  6. Avatar Anita Brady says:

    “Independent voters are far more likely to vote for Sanders, and apparently state Democrats have chosen to obstruct that possibility.“
    Sorry, RV. It is the GOP of CA that have the trick for obstructing non-party members from voting in their primary. They simply don’t allow it.

    If your aren’t registered in the Democratic Party (That seems to be your choice), I do not think you are being asked to do too much by having to request a Democratic primary ballot. Simple way to avoid that would have been to suck it up, and even with its pitfalls, register as a Democrat.

    Bernie is (and never has been) a Democrat but seems determined to run for President by using the party for his convenience. He has (and had) other options. Then he whines and whimpers when obstacles are set in his way. He hasn’t got a prayer of standing up to the Trump Machine.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I held my nose and registered Democrat as soon as Trump was elected. I also took a vow of no more cross-over support for any Republican until the “Party of Trump” cult is extinguished and replaced by a conservative party that reflects the moderate “do your thing and just leave us alone” rural libertarian values of my western Colorado family. I don’t expect the GOP to rid itself of its theocratic authoritarians who now own the party anytime soon.

      I’ve voted for Brian Dahle in the past and had offered to ring doorbells for him should he ever decide to challenge Doug LaMalfa as a Republican or Independent—an offer that I’ve since rescinded. I’m not voting for his wife, either—not that it makes any difference. I don’t expect that’ll happen again in my lifetime. I don’t see our current political tribalism going away for a long, long time—unless it goes away in the manner in which it went away in 1930s Germany.

    • Avatar Larry Winter says:

      Anita, Bernie running as a Democrat provides a mutual benefit. How would the Democrats fare with Bernie as a third party? Rhetorical question. Whines and whimpers? Should we describe your opposition to the behind the scenes scheming between the City of Redding and Bethel as merely whining and whimpering? Get over it and start your own church to compete? Of course not. Rigging elections should be called out wherever and by whomever.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      “… GOP of CA that have the trick for obstructing non-party members from voting in their primary.”

      Anita, non-party members should not be allowed to vote in party primaries. The goal of a primary election is for the PARTY to nominate a candidate to represent the PARTY. Why should a Democrat or Independent voter have a say in who a GOP candidate should be? I am a member of the Elks Lodge. We don’t allow the Lions Club to vote for our officers.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Doug sez: “Anita, non-party members should not be allowed to vote in party primaries.”

        Should not be allowed by whom, Doug? Democrats, Libertarians, and American Independents allow “No Party Preference” independent voters to vote in their primaries. Republicans don’t. Each party decides for itself and informs the California Secretary of State.

        You think Republicans should be deciding for everyone?

        Man, authoritarians in libertarian clothing. They’re everywhere these days.

        As I went walking, I saw a sign there
        And on the sign, it said “No Trespassing”
        But on the other side, it didn’t say nothin’
        That side was made for you and me
        —Woody Guthrie

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          If it is a Republican primary…it should be Republicans nominating a candidate. Not independents. Why should Independents be allowed to choose a candidate of any particular party? Republicans aren’t deciding for everyone, they are deciding for Republicans.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            You Republicans can do whatever you want, as far as I’m concerned. You guys can cede the choice in your primary to a committee of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and James Woods. You can have Clever Hans the Mathematical Horse make the pick by clomping his hoof in front of the candidate of his choice. Knock yourselves out.

            But you stated, excluding no one: “…non-party members should not be allowed to vote in party primaries.”

            Again, who are you to decide that for the Democrats, or any other non-Republican party?

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            The Democrats can do whatever they want…I couldn’t care less. They set the rules, they can have a high school transgendered student deciding a nominee if they wish. As a member of the Republican party, I agree with the GOP stance of not allowing Independents to vote in the primary.

            The comment, “…non-party members should not be allowed to vote in party primaries.” I was specifically talking about the GOP…sorry if I didn’t make that clear.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        There’s only one reason the Democratic Party has wisely chosen to let NPP voters vote in their election. To build the base for the battle in November. And Bernie is the base.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Anita, I’m happy to announce my Democratic Presidential Primary mail-in ballot came in the mail today. Wow! I put the order in Thursday. But you’re right. The party has the right to choose who votes in their elections. They also have the right to choose who runs under their banner, and they let Bernie run twice now. He captured the base last time in the primaries, got screwed by the DNC and Clinton, and still campaigned vigorously for Hillary. He has already captured the base this time, and if the Democrats screw with him this time, the result will be the same. A Trump win. Sanders doesn’t have to be the candidate, but without his policies, you lose the base. That’s the one thing Trump has shown us: Don’t lose the base.

  7. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    It’s true that NPPs will need to request a 2nd Ballot in order to vote for a Democrat on March 3. And in Sen. Sanders case, he’s generally known as an Independent in off-year Presidential races. So, this can be confusing to voters who see him as a Democrat. But, it also will confuse voters who want to vote for a certain local candidate who claims to be running as an Independent. Again, if NPPs want to vote for a Democrat on March 3, they’ll need to request the 2nd Ballot; then you have a choice of Libertarian (those who tend to want to do away with all regulations and let life be laissez-faire). Or, American Independent Party (those who tend to be very Right on the political spectrum, like George Wallace-former KuKluxKlan member).
    And for those who think they’re registering as an Independent, there’s no such political party in CA).
    Or Democrat ( those who tend to believe in a democratic society, a woman’s right to choose, fosters equality for all and just happens to be the majority at the State Capitol where all our laws are presented, discussed, debated and voted on. So if a politician isn’t in the majority party, she/he often, if not all the time, are spinning wheels in their comfy seat in the Assembly & the Senate). NPPs might want to consider re-registering as a Democrat, then they have a better choice at election time.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Hey Frank, my Democratic ballot came in the mail already! Impressive!

      A side note I couldn’t squeeze into the story: According to an LA Times investigation, 800,000 people have registered for the American Independent Party, and two-thirds of them thought they were registering as NPP and had no idea about AIP’s KKK roots.

  8. Avatar Larry Winter says:

    Nice write-up RV. My views are in line with yours, almost to a T. I’ve been an Independent but switched over for the primaries. I’ve been following the Berniecrats of Shasta County on Facebook and they’ve been letting people know about the registration requirements for awhile now.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Good for the Berniecrats Larry. I was kind of embarrassed. I teach full time and haven’t been keeping up with Facebook or the news, so my ballot surprised me! Fortunately, my new ballot came in the mail today!

  9. Avatar Cathy Darling Allen says:

    RV, I won’t comment on the partisan debate content of your article, but this line I must object to:

    “There’s no guarantee it will be actually counted.”

    My office takes the right to vote, and the right of every vote to count, very seriously. I hope this remark was only about timing, as the election is getting close, just 22 days away.

    I’d encourage folks to make sure that their marked ballots are either returned to an official drop box by hand, to a polling place on election day, or if mailing them, make sure they are post marked no later than election day, March 3.

    Please let me know if timing wasn’t the issue – I’d welcome the conversation about other concerns.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Yes, Cathy, it was about timing. I should have been more clear about that, and I apologize if anyone was mislead. I’ll send in a correction.

      To readers: by timing, Cathy is referring to the fact that it takes time to count provisional ballots, which generally aren’t in the election night results. They are counted in the final result, which sometimes isn’t completed until weeks later. Your vote still matters, it’s still counted, and it still counts–especially if the race is close!

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Cathy, the best fix is to just delete that sentence, which should occur any second.

    • Cathy, at R.V.’s request we’ve removed the sentence in question that you quoted.

  10. R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

    Private healthcare will still be available if MFA passes.

  11. Avatar Candace says:

    On page 7 of my “County Voter Information Guide” it talks about “Get The Ballot You Want”. I received the guide in my mail a couple of days before I received my mail-in ballot. The guide I received shows 5 different methods to re-register (Phone, Fax, Email, Online or mail-in postcard on the back of the guide) along with two different deadlines, Feb. 18 and March 3, depending on which method you choose. I’m a registered Democrat and my County Voter Information Guide is labeled DEM – BT4. Do not all registered voters get a Voter Guide? Sounds like maybe not? Or maybe people get it and simply toss it aside as unimportant as I typically because do but didn’t this time. Dunno. Anyway, R.V., love the graphic! ( and yes, like or dislike his policies, Mayor Pete is indeed a centrist.)

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Well Candace, you’ve busted me! I had two guides and a ballot and I opened them all at the same time last week. I’ve been teaching full-time and haven’t been keeping up with the news! There were all kinds of stories about this in January, and as you noted, it’s all over the voter guides. I have to admit, this early primary caught me off guard! Glad you liked the column!

      • Avatar Candace says:

        R.V., Oh no! My intention wasn’t at all to bust you, I honestly was wondering if for some reason only some folks got certain things (it’s why I included that I’m a reg. Dem) in the mail and if that was indeed the case I thought the extra info might help someone vote their preference. Truly sorry if it came off that way.

  12. Avatar Candace says:

    R.V., I forgot to say, “Great column!”.

  13. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Great article R.V. At this point I am planning to vote for someone I think will win against Trump, not someone I feel would be the best choice. My decision is based on what I hear from people who get their information from Fox News or talk hosts like Rush Limbaugh. Appealing to people’s prejudices and fear will play a part in this election. I’ve abandoned the notion that most people are rational and thoughtful.

  14. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    R.V. — I’m not anti-Sanders, even though I have reservations about his age, temperament, and likability. Plus, I think it’s time for a female POTUS, and there are two highly qualified women who are still in the race. But if Bernie wins the nomination, I’ll gladly support him.

    Still, I’m puzzled when Bernie Bros get incensed about the Democratic Party establishment undermining Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic nomination. Why shouldn’t they? Sanders isn’t, and has never been, a member of the Democratic Party. He caucuses with the Democrats, but holds himself apart, as if he doesn’t want to get labeled as anything other than a maverick.

    Shouldn’t we expect both parties to favor their own?

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      The first female POTUS will be Nikki Haley, mark my words

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Steve, the fact that you agree with Bernie’s platform is all you need to know. I think Warren will find her way, but I think Amy Klobuchar has a certain charisma. With Bernie’s platform I could see a two women team!

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        Warren is done. She will drop out soon. When 60-70% of your support is white women…you are not going to get anywhere dismal performance in NH for her

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Still make a great vice president.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            As John Adams said to a letter to his wife about the vice presidency, “…”the most insignificant Office that ever the Invention of Man contrived or his imagination conceived.” So yeah, she would make a good VP. A do nothing position. Warren and Biden together had fewer votes than 3rd place Klobuchar in NH. Warren will be no help as a VP candidate.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Here’s the thing: Neither Bernie nor any other Democrat is going to be able to pass much of their agenda in a split Congress….and even if the Demos take over Congress, there’s a good chance that the now-politicized SCOTUS will eviscerate anything like Medicare for All that might be signed into law.

        So I don’t really care how my beliefs map onto Bernie’s platform, or those of any of the other Democratic front-runners. Trump has to lose in order for this lurch toward authoritarianism to come to an end. I want the most electable Democratic candidate to come out on top. I’m not convinced that’s Bernie (even though I’m aware of the potential parallel with Trump’s unexpected win).

        The last two Democrats who won presidential elections were likable, somewhat folksy moderates. Algore and Hillary both won the popular vote, but didn’t resonate with Rust Belters in part because both were kind of annoying—Gore because he was a p**** (excuse the teen-speak of my youth), and Hillary because she came off as entitled to it. I don’t think Upper Midwesterners will come out to vote for grouchy, holier-than-thou Bernie.

  15. Avatar KathrynMcDonald says:

    Doug Cook. Look just at today’s news from the DOJ. Our institutions are not holding.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Like I said, you think he can’t go lower, then he crawls under a centipede.

      • Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

        I’ve been reading about censorship in China, which is worse than I thought. One of my biggest fears is that Trump will declare an emergency and institute censorship here.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          Oh good grief..

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Yeah, Doug. So far-fetched, on this day when we learn that AG Barr is stepping in to reduce the sentencing recommendations of Trump’s criminal gang members, prompting four career Justice Department prosecutors to resign en masse. The objective is likely to save Trump from having to pardon them all.

            The most corrupt, self-serving-authoritarian administration in history. History will judge its crimes as worse than Watergate and the Teapot Dome Scandal.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            yes Steve…I got it, everything Trump does is a scandal. there are child rapists and murderers that don’t get a 10 year prison sentence. Big deal, the AG decided to lower a out of proportion sentence.

            Kathryn think that the president will or may declare an emergency and institute censorship. Where does that come from? That has as much reasoning as if I said one of my biggest fears is that Trump will invade Canada. You can’t just pull these thoughts out of mid air. there has to be some scintilla of reasoning behind irresponsible statements like that.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Don’t worry about Doug, Kathryn, he doesn’t what he’s talking about, ever. Censorship already exists in the United States. For example, Republicans and Democrats have passed legislation limiting participation in the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement in 24 states and the feds have joined in now. These laws will ultimately be found un-Constitutional but are nevertheless in effect.

          The real censorship is on the private side of the equation. The supposedly liberal big tech companies were censoring veiw points from the left long before they started booting neo-Nazis off the web. They do this by altering algorithms to benefit mainstream points of view.

          Then of course there mainstream media, where the politically point of view runs from FOX News to MSNBC, the latter of which is often called MSDNC. That is to say, from the far right to the center. The left point of view is completely left out of mainstream media.

          So yes censorship exists in the USA.

          • Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

            I stopped worrying about Doug’s inanities a long time ago after I wasted a lot of time arguing with him in R-S comments. But thanks, R.V.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      The biggest threat to our institution is what happened with the spying of members of the Trump campaign by our government. The lying to the FISA Court, the editing of documents, leaving out pertinent information. Reducing the sentencing of a person convicted happens all the time. Not a big deal

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        It’s such not a big deal that four prosecutors quit. The origins of the Mueller case have already been investigated once, no spying. The totally corrupt AG Barr has ordered a second investigation. It won’t turn up anything of significance either.

        Sooner or later Doug, the revelation that you’re supporting the most crooked person every to hold the office. Probably later.

  16. Avatar Sue says:

    Do you think any of these Dem candidates can possible beat Trump? He’s like Teflon Don and everything thrown at him boomerangs back like lightening! Even liberal new sites are starting to realize he will be in the White House 4 more years! Forget the man and just look what he’s fine for America, Jerusalem, NoKo, etc etc etc. This movement is worldwide!

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Trump is toast Sue. He will not be re-elected. Here’s why: You know what’s scarier than socialism? Right-wing Christian fascism. That’s all Trump has, that’s his base. It is anti-intellectual to the core, the 21st century equivalent of the 19th century’s Know Nothing movement. Anyone who staid awake through Econ 101 knows America has a mixed capitalist/socialist economy, it’s in our constitution for crying out loud, so ignore these hair-on-fire conservatives who want to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. America is not stupid enough to tolerate this much longer. Add in Trump’s habitual criminality, and it’s easy to see any of the top performing Democrats will defeat him handily in the fall. Bernie’s base is way bigger than Trump’s base and he his not beholden to big money donors. I can tell you right now the Trumpsters are terrified of Bernie if right wing radio is any indication.

      • Avatar Sue says:

        You just keep telling yourself that; there obviously is a very passionate group here on ANC that believes everything you write. But believe what you want; my truth will prevail and it’s going to be EPIC! Let me be the first to tell you; I plan on being a very poor winner this November! Stock market getting ready to hit 30k….anyone else shopping for a new car?

        • Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

          My 401-K is doing very well but I still intend to do everything I can to support the Democratic candidate. I value freedom more than my stock portfolio.

          • Avatar Sue says:

            Kathryn I agree with you; I also value my freedom more than my stock portfolio. Isn’t it nice that we have more freedoms than any country while reaping the financial benefits of our Fab President’s policies??? We also have upped our contributions to our political party. RNC is out raising the DNC bigly; I encourage you and others within your party to keep giving and to give more, “come on Man”….catch up!

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Sue loves her 401K and does not support the rule of law. Always a great combination.

    • Avatar Chad Magnuson says:

      Who would vote for an IMPEACHED president?
      Any of the democrats now running will beat trump in 2020.

      It’s one thing to be embarrassed by the criminal trump.
      Now we need to be embarrassed for his supporters.

      The hype from his rallies, the right wing talking points that democrats will throw Bernie under the bus are all right wing nut job propaganda.

      People will not be conned a second time.

    • Avatar Rita Sanders says:

      Your writing style is suspiciously familiar. How do you feel about Dillard’s department store?

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:


      • Avatar Sue says:

        Only been to Dillard’s once while in Reno, looking for a dress for a wedding. I’ll be heading to Yuma soon (to check out that BEEEEEEEEAUTIFUL WALL); they have a Dillard’s there, maybe if I have time I’ll go shopping. I’ll have to be bored outta my mind to go; cause shopping not my thang!

      • Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

        LO from me too. I haven’t thought of the Dillard’s commenter in a long time.

  17. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    “He’s like Teflon Don and everything thrown at him boomerangs back like lightening!”

    I started getting dizzy-sick and totally lost track of how many metaphors were being mixed.

    • Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

      Mixed metaphors are forgivable coming from someone who recognizes them. Trump’s traitorous behavior is not.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Actually, the only people who fear Trump’s boomerang are Senate Republicans. Like all habitual criminals, Trump will be caught. This shit is adding up. He may stroke out all on his own.

  18. Avatar Kathy says:

    Thank you RV for another great article.
    Also happy to hear that the VA has worked well for you.
    I’m still not sure whom I will vote for in the primary. In the last election I wrote in Bernie. There was just no way I could vote for Hillary.
    Biden needs to leave and go home and I emailed that message to the DNC months ago.
    Whoever gets the nomination Democrats will back and vote for. We want our country back.
    Save the Middle Class!

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Another example of Trump’s stable genius: He risks his entire presidency sending Rudy Giuliani to dig up dirt in Ukraine on … Joe Biden? He figured Biden was going to be the top guy? Not a very good read of the electorate.

      • Avatar The Old Pretender says:

        Now Barr is appointing a committee to accept that dirt. Great shame, but it should be expected from a particularly hysterical breed of conservative “Father Coughlin” Catholic. As a former altar boy, I approve this message.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Kathy, why do you believe the Democrat party of today is for the middle class? Nothing could be further from the truth. The Democrats have abandoned the Middle Class. As the Democrats have shifted from class politics to identity politics they have ignored the working class in favor of emotional rhetoric about groups they think will vote for them. But, by doing this they have turned their back on people in the rust belt and what elitist urban liberals call “flyover country” Take the recent election. Clinton didnt lose because of Russia or emails, she lost because she ignored the working class areas of the upper midwest. Bill even told her she made a mistake not hitting Penn. , Wisc, Mich. And Ohio hard. She , and her party, have chosen too narrow a focus, social justice, and forgot what their bread and butter was, and it has cost them nearly every level of govt.

      Just look at what Sanders is proposing, that his policies will cost millions of jobs, increase taxes, eliminate union members negotiated health benefits. Not exactly what the middle class wants. If you believe that Sanders will save the middle class, you are sorely mistaken.

  19. Avatar Candace says:

    R.V. I’m guessing you’re familiar with Slavoj Zizek? Anyway, if you’re not familiar with him (or are but are not a fan) he recently wrote an interesting article on the subject of an “ideological civil war and 4 party system brewing in the US” and how it relates to Bernie Sanders. You can look it up at if you’re interested.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Candace, that is a very interesting article and probably is most likely true.
      Sanders will lead one party, he already has The Squad with him. Warren and her supporters will join him.
      Bloomberg will lead the other party, he has the money, and will be joined by Pelosi, Biden, Amy and Pete. Vice president will be either Amy or Pete.
      Trump will lead one party followed by his dying off, they are old, white evangelists.
      The religious Right that are against the immoral actions of Trump and have, while siding with him, stated their displeasure will be the fourth party. They will be the weakest because they have no apparent strong leader.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        There are some truths to that article…look, this is actually fairly simple to break down. The way it used to work is that the GOP and Democrat parties would sit in a room and decide their platform. They decided what the issues are that are important to their constituents. Once decided on a platform, they looked for a candidate that could fulfill the platform and agenda. It is all bass-ackwards now. Now candidates jump into the race and the parties are adjusting their platform to conform what the candidate wants. Hence the radical split in ideology. Is this way better? I don’t think so, it definitely adds a confusion factor. The problem the Democrats have right now is with the ridiculous proportional delegation rules, no single candidate will jump ahead in delegate count. This will cause a likely brokered convention…and a Trump reelection. I disagree with you Bruce about the GOP. The Republican party is as strong as ever, as united as ever

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Bloomberg is going to buy the nomination and 2020 will be two old rich white guys from NYC battling for the president spot.
          And Doug the GOP is falling apart especially if Trump loses.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            The most amazing thing about that, is that the Democrats will go all in supporting a billionaire buying the nomination. The best thing the Democrats can do is have Biden and Warren drop out as soon as possible. They are repeating the mistake that the Republicans made in 2016. None of the candidates thought that Trump could win the nomination, so they all stayed in too long when Trump with only support in the mid 30’s was able to garner the nomination. The moderate vote for the Democrats are being split, while Sanders far left wing is all in with him.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I don’t know a single Democrat who supports Mayor Mike. I don’t know any NYC residents, so I can’t say there aren’t any….but almost everyone I know is flip-flopping between Mayor Pete, Sen. Amy, and Sen. Liz. (The Bernie Bros are steadfast in their devotion.) In addition to Mayor Mike, I don’t know anyone who’s excited about Uncle Joe or That Other Billionaire. I do know one guy who’s still hot for Gabby, probably solely because he’s hot for Gabby.

            I’m hearing a lot of hope for an Amy/Pete or Pete/Amy ticket, or Amy/Liz or Liz/Amy ticket, or any permutation of those candidates. I think there’s a deep concern among many that neither Bernie nor Joe can beat Trump, for very different reasons. Bernie because nobody other than radical liberals like him. Joe because it’s possible he’s losing his marbles.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            I was watching MSNBC today, new talk of a Bloomberg/ Hillary ticket… hilarious

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Steve, you may not know any Democrats that support Bloomberg but a lot of Democrats/Liberals, including yourself, have voiced “anyone but Trump”.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Doug sez: “The Republican party is as strong as ever, as united as ever.”

          Eight years ago the GOP nominee was Mitt Romney, a moderate Westerner who belongs to a religion that many white Protestant evangelicals refer to as a non-Christian cult. Today, Romney is persona non grata—demonized and marginalized for following his conscience instead of falling in line—and the white evangelical authoritarians have wrested full control of the party away from the moderates.

          The Republican Party of today bear no resemblance to the Western libertarian Republicans of my Colorado family and my childhood. Romney is the last of a dying breed. The current GOP cares nothing about protecting our form of government. It only cares about consolidating and retaining power, by any means necessary.

          Doug is right—the GOP is now the United Party of Trump. Republicans have circled the wagons around Trump’s vulgarity, paranoia, vindictiveness, pettiness, vanity, meanness, arrogance, greed, and proudful ignorance. All of those facets of his personality, added to his wealth and celebrity, speak to the party’s groundlings and rabble. It’s no longer a functioning political party—it’s a cult of personality.

          All you need for proof of that cultishness is to listen to Sens. McConnell and Graham make soulless, shameless excuses on behalf of Trump. But if you want more, look to the post-impeachment purging of those who dared to testify truthfully, and to Trump’s ongoing efforts to undermine and interfere with the Department of Justice. Toward the goal of consolidating and exercising power, literally nothing is impermissible.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Candace, I always take everything I read from RT with a grain of salt. Think of it as 3 parties. The Republicans, the Democrats and the people. Both parties are responsible for exposing the American people to labor arbitrage, i.e. both parties allowed corporations to move their capital to the lowest wage countries on the planet, to the detriment of a majority of their constituents. The Republican Party’s mistake in blindly following a criminally insane president is that they’ve put all their bags in right-wing evangelical Trump base’s basket. These people are otherwise normal folk who don’t believe in objective truth. They are a minority in America, even though it might now seem like that here in Shasta County. That’s the slice of the “people” the Republicans have, that’s their base. The Democrats, on the other hand, have allowed Bernie to run now, twice. Obviously, his base is way larger than Trump’s. Everyday people are tired of being shafted by the rich, no matter which party is doing the shafting. It’s time to see the other side of the people’s revolution.

      • Avatar Candace says:

        R.V., These days I take most things I read with a grain of salt ( within reason). Just thought it was an interesting take. Seemed like a pretty fair assessment to me. Then again you’re much better versed in the machinations of politics than I. I’m working hard at educating myself in order to have better informed opinions instead of knee-jerk reactions to things I think I instinctively know but after closer inspection (trying to use an open mind) may indeed not. At 63, I’m still a work in progress trying to figure things out. That said, I just cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.

  20. Avatar Richard DuPertuis says:

    Hoo, boy! As assistant inspector at a Shasta County precinct poll for this election, I can feel the heat of public response coming in the door. Because of this article, I shall be prepared. Thanks, RV.

  21. Avatar Common Sense says:

    What will KEEP the Orange Guy in Office is if the Bernie Supporters do Not vote for Biden when he wins the Nod! If they simply don’t show up and vote then Trump Will Be there for ANOTHER 4 years. Time to Adult up for all those that don’t like Biden.

    He’s not my Favorite but at this point…..if he’s the winner…’s time for some Chicken Dinner! Beats the pants off another 4 years of this Stable Genius! The Guy that didn’t know that Americans die of the Flu Every year….the guy that didn’t know his own Grandfather died of the FLU!

    I see a Biden/Harris Ticket!