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.

The ‘Hillary Standard’

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Return with me now to those topsy-turvy days of the 1990s. Scandal plagued the Administration of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.

The explanation was clean and clear. It was a “vast right wing conspiracy.” Hillary noted that all the rumors, the investigations into Whitewater, her husband’s infidelity could all be blamed on this conspiracy.

Fast forward now to 2016. Sitting down on a Saturday evening with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, her newly announced running mate, Hillary, the soon-to-be-anointed Democratic presidential nominee, told CBS’s 60 Minutes that there was one standard for all other politicians and then there was a “Hillary Standard.

This happened before the news broke of a new email scandal involving the Democratic National Committee. That scandal, the Clinton campaign immediately blamed on Russia attempting to insure the election of her Republican rival Donald Trump.

Here in her own words, Hillary explains the standard that she, and she alone, is held, which is different than for others.

I often feel like there’s the Hillary standard and then there’s the standard for everybody else. And for whatever reasons — and I don’t want to try to analyze the reasons. I see it. I understand it. People are very willing to say things about me, to make accusations about me that are — I don’t get upset about them anymore, but they are very regrettable.

Many people agree there is a different standard for Hillary and everyone else. But those believe the standard is that Hillary is allowed to be above the law while everyone else must follow the law, pointing to the scandal over her private email server while Secretary of State.

Yes, there is reason to believe that Russian government hackers did break into the DNC servers. Yes, that same evidence is based on those hackers hitting across government services and many companies in the US of A.

There is no evidence, at this time, however, linking the release of scandalous emails by WikiLeaks as a means by the Russian government to get Trump elected President.

So what do you think?

Is Hillary Clinton more harshly judged than other politicians? Are all the accusations made about Hillary as she said, “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth“?

From the Cornfield, sorry, I do not see it.

I do see basis for why 68% of Americans do not trust Hillary.

New Email Scandal

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As if soon-to-be-anointed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has not been plagued enough over email, she now has to contend with a new scandal involving emails of the Democratic National Committee.

You think the Republicans were in disarray and not united – what about the Democrats as they ready to convene Monday in Philadelphia for their national convention.

Wikileaks released some 20,000 emails hacked from the servers of the DNC earlier this year. Those emails prove that as has been charged from the beginning that the DNC was in the pocket of Clinton and working to prevent Democratic Socialist turned Democrat Bernie Sanders from usurping Clinton’s claim to the throne.

Sanders supporters, which were 43% of the primary vote, have taken to the streets in Philadelphia demanding the head of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

President Barack Obama called to thank Wasserman Schultz for her term as chair, without calling on her to resign immediately.

Clinton released this statement:

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What amazing to me is that in Clinton’s statement, even though she must have the support of those who “feel the Bern” and want nothing to do with Wasserman Schultz, Clinton said that Wasserman Schultz would continue as her honorary chair in her quest to win in all 50 states.

Sounds like a slap in the face to those supporters to me. Already 40% of Sanders’ supporters have said they would not vote for Hillary.

Sanders, appearing this morning with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, expressed his displeasure with the shenanigans to defeat him by the DNC, but said he would work to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Just a short bit ago, Wasserman Schultz released a statement saying she would preside over the convention, banging the gavel to open and close the convention. She said she would resign at the end of the convention.

Yet earlier this morning, it was announced that Wasserman Schultz would not be speaking to the delegates. It was also announced she would not be opening and closing the convention.

Wasserman Schultz in her statement said that she wanted to speak and would speak to the delegates as she convened the national gathering.

It was announced a short bit ago that long-time political operative Donna Braszile, Co-Chair of the DNC would run operations between now and the election. Brazile has maintained her neutrality throughout the primary season. She is also well-respected for her integrity.

Like the private email server Clinton maintained and used while she was Secretary of State, this latest email scandal is not going away. The difference is the current scandal has Democrats marching in the streets. The older scandal has Republicans dancing in the streets.

Will Democrats find a way to unite? When Sanders speaks can he assuage his supporters and rally them to “Stand with Her?

The Clinton campaign is resurrecting the tried and trued “vast right wing conspiracy” with a twist on the latest email scandal. This time around it is “the Russians are coming!

You got it.

The Clinton campaign says that the Russian government hacked the DNC email server and released the incriminating emails to get Trump elected this fall.

It worked in the past, so why not this time around?

From the Cornfield, what looked to be a rather boring convention as usual from the Democrats is turning out to be a barn burner – and it has not even begun yet.

Will Wasserman Schultz open the convention?

Will Wasserman Schultz be blocked and removed rather than allow her to continue or to address delegates?

Stay tuned. The day is still young.

A Ticket Worth Voting For?

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This election cycle is not your usual Grandpa’s election.

Where once polished politicians were necessary or were sent packing, this year there is an anger in the land that’s boiling over. There is a bad taste in the mouth of voters for the same-old brown bag lunch of doing business like we have always done business.

This is why Donald Trump is the presidential nominee of Republicans, upsetting the Establishment.

This is why a Democratic Socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, preaches political revolution and won over 40% of the primary vote.

But one has to wonder if soon-to-be crowned Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is hearing the people. Or is she deaf like Sergeant Carter screaming, “I can’t hear you!

Today she stood for the first time in a rally in Miami, Florida with her new vice presidential pick, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. She touted his credentials and qualifications, labeling him a progressive, when his voting record is one of a moderate.

In any other election year, this would be an ideal ticket.

Here in the Cornfield and across the heartland, people are fed up with career politicians. There is no way they will hold their nose and vote, no matter which party, where the ticket is a status quo slate.

To be honest, if I were to choose a ticket out of the four candidates of the two major parties, I could see me, in a normal year, voting for either a Mike Pence-Tim Kaine or Tim Kaine-Mike Pence ticket.

Talk about experience, qualifications and a record of reaching across the aisle for the good of the country, that ticket would have it.

But this is an election of outrage at the same old, same old.

Compared to the top of tickets where we have the two most disliked presidential candidates ever, where both have major trust and integrity issues, the second spot slots are filled by two men (yes, not politically correct) who both have no problems with the integrity issue.

I wonder did Hillary hurt, rather than help herself, by picking Kaine, a safe choice, rather than an Elizabeth Warren or trying to drag Uncle Bernie kicking and screaming to Blair House?

From the Cornfield, hold on tight, it is going to be a bumpy ride between now and November.

And remember Pence-Kaine or Kaine-Pence. LOL 😛

‘I Can’t Hear You!’

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Summing my best inner Sergeant Carter, “I can’t hear you!

This seems to be the outlook of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Establishment.

For the uninitiated or too young to remember, Sgt. Vince Carter was the Marine drill sergeant who when barking out an order or pronouncement to Gomer Pyle and the rest of the platoon would always bark back when they would answer, “Yes, Sergeant,” “I can’t hear you,” drawing out the hear.

Hillary and her supporters seem to have the same issue with their collective ears.

But she is not alone.

Listening to the media and chattering class, most of them continue to be deaf to what the American voters are saying.

Never mind that over 40% of Democratic voters this primary season went for Uncle Bernie Sanders’ political revolution.

Never mind that the Republican voters tonight hear from their new nominee, Donald Trump, accept the nomination to be President of the United States.

Never mind that every step along the way, the Republican Establishment was upended.

Never mind that every pronouncement from the talking heads and the media was wrong as Trump made his way to Cleveland.

Never mind that there is a real anger in the heartland toward business as usual and following conventional wisdom.

Next week Democrats gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Democratic National Convention to crown Hillary as their nominee.

Already surrogates for Hillary and officials of the DNC are talking about how the Democratic Convention will show Trump how a convention should be conducted – how scripted – how the Establishment does it.

Like the journalists and pundits, the Democratic Establishment led by Hillary Clinton do not get it.

They refuse to see what happened during their own primary season when an avowed Democratic Socialist packed in larger crowds than the presumed heiress to the throne of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

They refuse to hear the cries rising and raising the rafters from those who feel the Bern.

Americans in both Republican and Democratic camps, sitting at home, not at the conventions, are summing their inner Paul’s asking, “Can you hear me now?

Indiana Governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence called it right last night when referring to Clinton as the “Secretary of Status Quo.

That is exactly what the American people – no matter political affiliation or without any affiliation – do not want – the status quo.

From the Cornfield, will Clinton take the ear plugs out and hear what Americans are saying?

Or will Trump continue to upset what is supposed to be and win the Oval Office?

Could a double-punch from Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green’s Jill Stein throw the election into the House of Representatives to decide?

Is anyone listening?

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.

Benghazi – No New Answers, No Objectivity

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is at this moment continuing to answer questions from the House Select Committee investigating the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

After listening all day to nearly 10 hours of testimony, so far, what has been revealed are no new answers and no objectivity.

The biggest issue at this point in time I see is the road block set up by the lack of objective questioning and unobjective defense from both Republicans and Democrats.

Everyone has stated that what is being sought is the truth. Yet, from what I have witnessed today, truth continues to be elusive in large part due to the defensive and offensive positions drawn by members from both sides of the aisle.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, a Republican, has stated that truth is paramount and there is no aim of bringing Clinton down in a partisan witch hunt.

Ranking member Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings has stated that he wants the truth and nothing but the truth.

Subsequently today, both have seemed to be closed-minded and not interested in the truth. Their rank-and-file members have followed their lead.

Republicans have come across as out-to-get Clinton, even though the GOP members have raised some interesting and some needed questions.

Democrats have mostly come across as being too quick to buy in to the “gotcha meme” about Republicans and too quick to throw up walls of protection for Clinton, while downplaying the need to find the answers to necessary questions.

But not all partisans are being so partisan.

For example, Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has raised and solicited some good inquiries. Clinton, however, has not been so open in answering the questions from her fellow Democrat.

Before this evening is over will we really know anything we didn’t know before?

It is doubtful.

From the Cornfield, yes, there are lingering questions.

Yes, there continues to be a lack of transparency – not just from Clinton, but the Administration of President Barack Obama.

But –

Republicans have latched on like a snapping turtle waiting for a thunder clap with their eyes shut.

There will be no answers.

There will be no truth.

There will be no solace for the victims’ families and loved ones.

Until our politicians put aside the partisan rancor and put on the glasses of objectivity, we may have to wait for history to provide the answers we need.