Unleashing the Genie

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The day before the Democratic National Convention and then today when it convened, unity is not a word you can use to describe Democrats.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned for the past year talking about starting a political revolution. His fans took his message to heart. Those who felt  the Bern are far from ready to cede the battlefield and admit defeat.

Hundreds marched on Sunday through the streets of Philadelphia chanting, “We won’t vote for Hillary.” Those protests continued in the streets today.

This morning while speaking to supporters, Uncle Bernie was heckled and booed every time he mentioned the name of the soon-to-be-anointed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

The ire of Sanders’ supporters was enough to push Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz out of any role at the convention and resignation effective Friday as the party chair.

We are talking a small number either. Sanders garnered the support of 43% of the vote during the primary season.

As soon as the convention was gaveled in this afternoon, the chants on the floor began with the delegation from California in support of Uncle Bernie. This even though Sanders has asked the delegates to accept that Clinton will be the nominee and to show respect and not stage floor demonstrations.

Each time anyone mentions Clinton’s or Kaine’s name the rallying cries around the Sanders campaign go from a low growl to loud howl. Uncle

Bernie let the genie out of the bottle. Now the age old question returns: How do you get the genie back in the bottle?

Although Sanders ceded and has endorsed Clinton, technically if enough SuperDelegates change positions and vote for Uncle Bernie, he could be the nominee instead of Clinton.

When Sanders and Massachusetts Senator and liberal darling Elizabeth Warren address the convention tonight, can either of them qualm the savages on the floor and soothe the beast ready to rumble?

With respected and trusted Democratic strategist Donna Brazile assuming the Chair in place of Wasserman Schultz, the DNC released an apology to Uncle Bernie within the hour of the start of the convention, hoping to quell the uproar on the floor.

But – will it silence the vocal opposition from the floor during prime time?

From the Cornfield, like it or not, want it or not, Uncle Bernie may get his revolution after all.

Once released, you can’t just put the genie back in the bottle with a twitch of the nose.

Is America Ready?

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Americans are asked over and over, “Is America ready…” for the first black President, the first woman President, the first Catholic President, the first Mormon President. the first Socialist President?

The list goes on and on.

What seems not asked this election cycle is whether America is ready for its first Jewish President?

Also not being asked is America ready for someone who gives an answer to the God and faith question that is more like that of an agnostic?

With both questions it is the same person, who happens to be giving the Democratic front runner a race for the finish line.

That candidate is Bernie Sanders, who happens to also be an avowed Democratic Socialist.

When asked by The Washington Post about God and faith, Sanders responded, “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”

Sanders, like so many of us today, does not participate or belong to a particular organized religious body. He was born and raised Jewish, but is not practicing.

When appearing with Jimmy Kimmel, Sanders responded this way when asked the God question, “I am what I am. And what I believe in, and what my spirituality is about, is that we’re all in this together.”

A very passionate man is rallying thousands of young people, who are also more ambiguous about God and faith. If he can do as Barack Obama did and turn the enthusiasm into actual voters, he very well could be the Democratic presidential nominee.

Sanders would, if elected, fill out the answer to three of those questions – first Jewish, first Socialist and possibly first agnostic President.

From the Cornfield, the questions remain.

Is America ready for the first Jewish President?

Is America ready for a non-traditional, perhaps agnostic, President?

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-finally-answers-the-god-question/2016/01/26/83429390-bfb0-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html

Maintained, No Gains

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Less than one week now before Iowans brave the cold to caucus and select who they want to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

The state of the race remains unchanged today following a live, televised town hall where each of the three Democratic wannabes faced voters in Des Moines.

All three – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – solidified the support of their supporters. All three proved strong and passionate. All three seemed comfortable in their own skins.

None of the three, however, said anything so pronounced to move the needle or persuade the many, many undecideds to move into the column of support for this candidate or that candidate.

Bernie and Hillary remain in a statistical tie. Martin keeps hanging on, hoping for a miracle.

A revolution was called for, yet again, by Bernie. Experience and deserving the nomination was the clarion call of Hillary.

For now, beyond the support already garnered, it remains unclear whether the people will rise up or whether people will answer the cry.

From the Cornfield, all three candidates did well last night. But, no candidate won the battle. That will not be settled until Monday.