Ron Malone, Ohio Superdelegate, time for your closeup

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Ron Malone, Ohio Superdelegate, aka The Marion Mafia

There lies a great irony in the Clinton Democratic Party’s superdelegates sham. Superdelegates were created to give the illusion of overwhelming party support, a top-up of establishment game riggers just in case Hillary couldn’t earn a majority from pledged delegates alone. This of course does not work if Hillary loses to a majority of pledged delegates, as happened with Obama in 2008. Worse, if Hillary faces a determined opponent, like Bernie Sanders, who is both able to keep her from gaining a majority among pledged delegates, and forces a roll call vote of every single delegate in Philadelphia in July, those superdelegates become the swing votes.

Not a place any establishment game rigging superdelegate really wants to be. Especially not Ohio’s Ron Malone.

The grand poobah of what is known in ODP circles as “The Marion Mafia”, Malone leads a tight knit labor union establishment Sanhedrin that has lined its pockets every single election for the last 25 years with consultant fees, media buys, printing contracts, direct mail and robocall scams, via a patronage network so virulent, it is invulnerable to catastrophic Democratic losses statewide, which have become ODP’s core competence. As Ohio has suffered while state Democrats constantly lose, Ron Malone’s Marion Mafia keeps getting richer, lather rinse repeat, to the point John Kasich is a two term governor, after George Voinovich’s two terms, while the Ohio Statehouse has been rock solid GOP throughout, gutting public services as Malone counts his money.

Ohio Superdeleagate Ron Malone’s reign of total incompetence over the Ohio Democratic Party dates back to at least 1994, when Malone, via his perch at AFSCME, with the help of the Ohio AFL-CIO, force fed Rob Burch down Ohio’s throat as the ODP nominee for governor. Burch promptly gave Ohio government to Voinovich for two terms; Burch gained 27% of the vote statewide, nearly losing ODP its “major party” status under Ohio law, which would have bankrupt the party by removing it from the state tax return checkoff system.

Alas, ODP’s near death experience of 1994 was Ron Malone just warming up.

Malone hand picks the ODP chair at will, including rigging the 2005 ODP Chair race for Chris Redfern, whose chief claim to fame is losing the 2010 re-election of Ted Strickland to John Kasich, ushering in yet another 8 years of GOP total control. Redfern, unfazed, then rigged the 2014 gubernatorial primary for imploding unlicensed driver Ed FitzGerald, the only Ohio Democrat to come close to Burch’s catastrophic result. The aftermath of Redfern’s resignation after the 2014 disaster was Ron Malone at his game rigging finest; Malone bounced from one ODP chair candidate to another until landing on David Pepper, who can be counted on to keep the cash flowin’, because Pepper himself was a statwide ballot creation of the Marion Mafia. Via Malone, a direct line of rigged politics connects every Ohio superdelegate, including Sherrod Brown, whose campaigns Malone has run since Sherrod first combed his hair.

The ODP’s Malone Marion Mafia are 21st century capitalists at their core, who use the state apparatus to minimize (socialize) their risk and maximize (privatize) their return. Malone long ago left AFSCME to swim in the murky waters most parasites call home, creating some front “consulting” business (“Strategies Unlimited” LOL) that he won’t even dislose on his own LinkedIn page, because why bother marketing if the money is hard wired into your bank account?

Malone’s interest as a superdelegate isn’t Ohio, or the United States, or organized labor, or even the Democratic Party, it is his network of cronies whose mortgage payments, like his own, rely on a steady stream of presidential year contracts flowing through known, rigged, party structures with their names on it. Malone exemplifies the broader disconnect between labor union leadership, which rigs the game for Hillary, and the rank and file union members, who love Bernie Sanders.

Smile, Ron! Time for your closeup! I hear Philly is lovely in July.

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Barney Frank moonlights from 6-figure bank board gig to co-chair DNC Rules Committee, who could have predicted

The Clinton Democratic Party, root and branch, is about to go on trial. Bernie Sanders is taking it to the convention in Philadelphia, not just to reform the DNC platform (as I suggested is a no-brainer), but to win the nomination for president. For Bernie Sanders’ delegates, it’s important at this point to take a look at just how rigged for Clinton this convention already is, just like every single step of this 2016 campaign has been.

First stop, the rules committee.

Barney Frank has been named co-chair of the Rules Committee in Philly. We all have a soft spot for Barney, but lately, Barney’s been a not so warm, fuzzy, big cuddly purple dinosaur, and instead he’s been squealing like a stuck pig now that we all realize he should have broken up the banks when he had the chance in 2008, instead of bending over for Hank Paulsen’s blackmail threats, just like Hillary Clinton did, and bailing the banks out. One $29 billion bank which took that oh-so-juicy-delicious 2008 TARP money handsomely rewarded Barney with a board seat almost immediately after Barney left the House.

Signature has not said how much Frank would be paid as a board member. On Wednesday, the bank, according to a filing, awarded Frank 1,913 shares of the bank’s stock, which at a recent $146, is worth nearly $280,000. But Frank was restricted from selling the shares until next March. According to the bank’s most recent proxy filing, the bank’s directors had an average compensation of around $375,000 paid in cash and stock last year.

Barney will tell us this is all on the up and up, nothing to see here, it’s just totally fine for the DNC Rules Committee at a contested convention in three months to be run, SIMULTANEOUSLY, by a sitting board member of a $29 billion bank which took TARP money Barney Frank himself hand-walked through Congress at the business end of a gun.

This is the point where a sane person would grab Barney by the lapels and kiss him like Al Pacino kissing Fredo in Havanna. Could you please wake up, Barney? It beggars belief that anyone at Barney’s level of decision making within the Democratic Party is so pathetically blind.

At a bare MINIMUM, if he were the least bit sentient, Barney Frank would resign his Signature Bank board seat if he plans to lord over the rules at a contested Democratic Party Convention in July. More appropriately, if anyone can get Barney out of his zombie walk for capital for fifteen seconds to the point the damned light bulbs go on in his head, Barney would resign from the DNC Rules Committee.

Get ready, Bernie delegates. It is so on.

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Buck up fam. A platform fight awaits.

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The language of the 2016 presidential campaign was written in the blood, sweat, and tears of autumn 2011. 99% and 1% are an idea. After the Occupy Movement scraped that idea into the American conciousness, thousands had been arrested. Many still rot in prison. The Occupy brand was in tatters, mocked, spit upon, one step this side of terrorists. No Democrat would be seen anywhere near anything remotely considered OWS.

The idea remained, and now, power is behind the idea.

Today, one year after Bernie Sanders announced what appeared at the time to be a flight of fancy at least as futile as kids pitching tents in public squares in 2011, Bernie leads over 1,300 delegates to the DNC Convention in Philadelphia this summer, with hundreds more on the way. During this Democratic primary for president, a fight over our ideas, no one’s been arrested, or pepper sprayed in the face, or dragged across the ground to a paddy wagon, or spent a night in jail. There have been no front line battles with hundreds of riot geared police on live national television. Bernie merely has gained, even via a hopelessly rigged electoral process…power.

When I hear folks complain, “it doesn’t matter what Bernie delegates are able to write into the Democratic Party’s platform in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton will never stick to it”, I wonder…are Americans so used to being powerless they can’t recognize when they do have power? My conversion from Clintonista to radical FDR Occupado is based in the Democratic Party’s crucial, indispensable role as game rigger in chief, and the realization that I played a part my entire career. If the party platform in 1992 said what Bernie Sanders’ platform says today, the Clinton Democratic Party wouldn’t have been such an easy pushover for capital.

BernieConventionRevolutionThe key point of the word “Occupy” is quite literal. Similar to the word “seize”, as in, when a revolution seizes the reins of power. Human beings have to occupy public space or capital will. That means in order to fight capital you have to fill the space available to you with your own body, your own voice, your own power.  Nearly 2,000 delegates can fill a lot of space; physically, politically, ideologically, and in the words to which they agree in a party platform. It would be an abdication of power for Sanders delegates to leave Philadelphia without representing their Bernie voters in a fight over the platform, a fight over ideas.

This movement is older than Bernie Sanders, and will live much longer than Bernie Sanders. It is a movement of ideas. If you can get those ideas in writing, at a national convention of one of the two major political parties in the United States, and force a candidate to run for president on them, you do so. Period. FDR didn’t conjure the American Dream in one election; he led the country, over many years, to a different idea of what America could be.

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If Hillary wants Bernie Sanders supporters, first stop is the DNC platform

After New York last night, let’s be honest, it will take something close to a miracle for Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2016. No reason to stop fighting for that miracle! Weird things happen, especially this year.

However, as a strong Sanders supporter, and a former (now repentant) Clintonista Dem, I’ve been paying close attention to the #BernieOrBust sentiment, largely because I’m as far away from voting for Hillary Clinton right now as I have ever been. Since this primary got competitive, Hillary has only further proven her enslavement to Wall Street and big money. She campaigns against Citizens United, while lapping up its largesse like a champ. She’s actually proud of it. That’s wrong, and she knows it. There’s a different way to raise money, Bernie Sanders is doing it that way, Hillary could do it that way too. She chose not to.

The problem this year for Hillary, unlike for Obama in 2008, is ideological, not personal. I do not believe a single thing the woman says. Her track record is neoliberal Washington Consensus surrender to capital, for decades. That light bulb ain’t goin’ off, expecially not for folks like me, filled with the zeal of the recently converted. A huge chunk of Bernie’s support isn’t from the Democratic Party, in fact, they are first time voters. If Hillary wants our (my) support in the fall, she has to prove she is running to do what Bernie Sanders would do, not just say it.

Bernie voters need to see some regret from Hillary. We need her to acknowledge that she has made grave mistakes to help rig the game for capital, not just on Iraq, but ideologically across the board. We all made these same mistakes one way or another, by surrendering to this sick system of exploitation; we all thought it would work. It doesn’t. Neoliberal Washington Consensus free market bullshit is just a con, only the 1% benefit, the rest of us get taken to the cleaners, generation after generation. The middle class is nearly gone. Hillary knows how Clinton era policies produced this result. She’s many things, but dumb ain’t one of ’em.

Growing up Catholic, you learn a lot about forgiveness, grace, mercy. How do you prove you won’t do something terrible again? How does Hillary prove she won’t just revert to her neoliberal factory settings upon election? Her words aren’t enough. We need action.

The first step is obvious; the DNC platform. If Hillary wants Bernie supporters to believe she stands for their values, Hillary should run on those values as the platform of the Democratic Party. Speaking only for myself, the ONLY way I will support Hillary Clinton is if the entire Sanders platform is adopted by DNC convention as the Democratic Party platform. That shouldn’t be hard, since that’s what Democrats used to stand for! All of it. Glass Steagall to begin with. Wall Street speculation tax. Tuition free public college. Single payer Medicare for all. Ban on fracking. Carbon tax. Repeal Citizens United, and commit to raising money without superpacs. You know, stuff Democrats are supposed to do. Make it Hillary’s platform, you got a shot at the Bernie supporters.

Sanders delegates should force this fight at the convention. If nothing changes, Bernie heads into this convention with close to half of all delegates. If this really is a revolution, the definition of revolution is seizing the reins of power. Sanders delegates in Philadelphia can seize the reins of the rules and platform committees and demand that Hillary Clinton run on our values.

It’d be a start.

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That time Tim Ryan put Tom Sawyer into a free trade drunken stupor

ClintonTradePolicyMeme“We need a guy dancing in a sombrero,” I said.

“What about one of those Chinese boats, what are they called?” he responded.

“And some Chinese-sounding music!” I shot back.

“Mariachi music, too.”

It was spring, 2002. I sat in a darkened edit suite, editing a cartoony ad with one of Tim Ryan’s friends who fancied himself a filmmaker. It was less than two weeks out from the primary that would end Akron Congressman Tom Sawyer’s career.

Tim and I had met in New Hampshire while he was a law student, and I was running the NH Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign in 1998. By 2002 Tim Ryan was a new state senator running a penniless, in debt, campaign for Congress, being outspent 10-1 by incumbent Sawyer in a newly redrawn district to succeed the legendary Jim Traficant. We’d spent months doing the only thing we could with so little money…standing on street corners holding signs. Local boy hustling the grassroots, that was our angle.

Leaked Sawyer polls were telling us Tim was down 17 points (sound familiar?). We cobbled together a few nickels for some positive intro ads, but we needed at LEAST one hard hitting TV ad, airing for at LEAST a few days, at LEAST on local Yougstown TV, and it had to be on trade. Sawyer was the Ohio poster child of the entire 90’s litany of Clinton free trade policy, with a half dozen citable votes in favor of fast track, NAFTA, GATT, PNTR, you name it. Tim Ryan had to make that stick.

Begging labor for help, I walked out of a meeting with labor leaders at the local Building Trades hall with $24,000 of independent expenditure money. After a few all nighters in that edit suite, we had the ad – 30 seconds of comic bashing of Sawyer’s trade voting record with cartoonish mocking that pre-saged the dankest memes of today. “Sawyer put our jobs on a fast track south of the border, and on the slow boat to China”. I was pretty proud of that line.

Would it be enough? The ad aired maybe 30-40 times on just a few local stations. But it was so sticky, we would call the phenomenon “viral” today. A gut punch arrived right before the election, while the trade ad was airing; we got another leak of another 17 point Sawyer lead, kinda how Hillary had a poll two days ago showing her with a 21 point lead in Michigan.

Sawyer lost to Tim Ryan by 14 points. The pundit class declared Sawyer’s free trade voting record was the reason. The ashen look on Sawyer’s face as local TV caught him heading to his election night party is still seared in my memory. For at least a year after, I would get reports of Sawyer wandering Ohio like a hobo, going through the motions of previously scheduled public appearances, visibly lit up like a Christmas tree.

I expect the entire Hillary Clinton staff has this same look on their faces today, as trade turned what had been a 21 point Clinton lead in the 2016 Michigan primary into a Bernie Sanders victory, practically overnight. Today, Tim Ryan is one of Hillary Clinton’s top Ohio endorsers, ignoring how he himself got elected in the first place.

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The greatest con of the Clinton era was free trade

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The 1%’s astroturf, 1994 style

My collection of political bumper stickers includes this pointless piece of corporate astrotruf, which I picked up during the fall 1994 lobbying effort to win Senate confirmation for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which created the World Trade Organization. Picked it up in the boiler room which was set up in one of the Senate office buildings, where I helped coordinate lobbyists’ visits to Senators. Never saw this thing on a car’s bumper.

I was that deep in the bourgeois soup.

I was a newly minted Clintonista lawyer and political operative, fresh off the 1994 GOP landslide, during which I worked for the Ohio Democratic Party coordinating the East side of Cuyahoga County for soon to be destroyed US Senate candidate Joel Hyatt, and catastrophic Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rob Burch (who got 27%). Adrift like all my fellow former campaign staff, I road tripped to DC to network into a gig, any gig. Hundreds of Democratic Congressional staff were about to be unemployed; not the best market to be job hunting that November.

Thus, I found my way into my first astroturf campaign for the vampire squid. Always ready to exploit labor, the GATT lobbying effort needed “volunteers” to schedule the most powerful lobbyists in DC into Senators’ offices; my neo-Marxist leanings now would spit at such an “opportunity” with contempt. In November, 1994, I was eager to get business cards and hand my resume out to the titans of industry who came and went thru the windowless conference room on Capitol Hill, desperate to squeeze one last lame duck vote out of a Democratic congress which by then had completely surrendered to Washington Consensus neoliberal free market fundamentalism. Repeal of Glass Stegall was still 5 years away.

ClintonTradePolicyMemeI look back now at this bumper sticker exactly how I look back at my work with new Labour in London during the first election for London mayor in 2000, and feel nothing but a fool. After the GATT vote succeeded, I did network into another “gig”; another volunteer “opportunity” interning at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Even met some folks who today are on TV at MSNBC, like Lawrence O’Donnell, who at the time was chief of staff of the Senate Finance Committee. For a few months, I felt engaged, self-actualized, worth something. I was even proud of my work on the GATT vote, putting it at the top of my resume. Never saw a single nickel out of any of it.

Take a look around today and see what GATT and its fellow Clinton Free Trade Con Jobs have done to this country, to Ohio alone. A lot of us bought it, hook line and sinker. I’m not sure there ever has been a con job more spectacular, with more proof that it was a con, than the notion that “free trade” agreements like GATT do anything but rig the game for the top 1%, in perpetuity.

The rising tide never rose, and never will.

Never lifted all our boats, and never will.

Just bought a bunch of yachts for billionaires who don’t pay taxes.

And in 1994, I volunteered to help make it happen. No zeal like that of the recently converted.

The presidential primary in Ohio this March 15 is one of the first real chances for Democratic Party voters to turn the corner on this con; visibly, definitively, and with consequence.

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Bernie Sanders opens CSU office today in the belly of the exploitative beast

ClevelandStaterBerkmanHouseOne does not simply un-Feel The Bern. Your eyes start to see exploitation all around you, all day, every day; exploitation that’s always been there, now visible in stark relief. As the Bernie Sanders campaign opens an office today across the street from Cleveland State University, ahead of Ohio’s March 15 primary, the event will be surrounded by a stinking exploitation so foul, it’s boiling over.

Like so many Vikings, I fought like hell to become a masters student in international relations at CSU. I learned last year this degree includes the grotesque practice of charging students tuition for the required privilege of working for free. And now we’re learning that’s the tip of the Dickensian iceberg.

CSU President Ronald Berkman, fresh off last year’s revelation that he flies private jets the 150 miles between Cleveland & Columbus, now wants CSU to pay for his new house. His third. The $1.2 million mansion in Shaker Hts. just wouldn’t do for a newly single divorcee, so CSU ponied up for a pimp pad downtown at The 9, the better for Berkman to bachelor with.

Alas, the bachelor pad was too small for all the glitterati that simply must be wined, dined. Maybe that’s why we are so exploited at CSU; our poor board was cramped at Berkman’s pad while deciding to tie unpaid intern labor to credit hour requirements.

One wonders which CSU board member felt so cramped while being entertained at Berkman’s bachelor pad they were moved to hit the real estate listings. Hey Napier, is that your foot under the table? Personal space alert! Was it Bob Rawson, Berkman’s former Shaker Hts. neighbor, Jones Day King of The Universe longing for the plush lawns of The Heights to mingle his toes in while sipping the champagne?  Morty Levin, whose family name festoons half the buildings on campus? Maybe Lord of All He Surveys Dan Moore, who “currently serves as chairman of seven companies, each with its own proprietary edge: Soundwich, Inc.; Team Wendy LLC; Impact Armor Technologies LLC; Sleep Optima LLC; Tennessee Iron Products, LLC; Polyfill, LLC; and NatGasCar, LLC. He serves as director of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp (NASDAQ), Cleveland, Ohio, and Invacare Corporation (NYSE), Elyria, Ohio.”

An online petition is circulating to protest Berkman’s housing service. Some of the comments…

I’m STILL paying on loans for a Masters degree to be a teacher making $33K/year, barely getting by in my little home with interest to pay and THIS guy gets a free home, HELL NO!

FYI, Ronald Berkman makes almost $600K including bonuses, enough to buy a lavish home in the CLE market with CASH on one year salary. Why is CSU shelling out more $$ for his housing allowance?

hey mr. President, want to help me with my rent?

Our university has been hijacked by corporatists whose soul ambition is profit. Their ponzi-scheme style administration will no longer be tolerated and we, the students and faculty need to actively stand up and resist.

I can’t really think of a place more ripe to Feel The Bern than across the street from CSU. The office opening is today from 5-7pm. I have a class at 6; might be late for it.

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Hillary Clinton OH Primary director running a “write the law – as YOU see fit” weed cartel attempt simultaneously

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Aaron Pickrell, an Ohio Democratic Party and Ted Strickland veteran, was announced yesterday as Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor for the March 15 primary in Ohio. Pickrell at the same time is running yet another Ohio weed monopoly attempt, called ARC Reaction, modeled almost exactly as Issue 3’s Responsible Ohio cartel last year.

Pickrell declined to comment on the plan.

ARC Reaction proposes putting together an “industry table” that would fund and craft the initiative. “Write the law — as YOU see fit. If this table is first to the space, we take the lead in crafting the initiative AND the regulatory framework for implementation. Guided by polling, we will work with the table to find the best strategy that fits electorally and from a lobbying perspective,” it says.

Ohio watchers know the entire Hillary Clinton Ohio apparatus has spent at least the last two years concocting a constitutional monopoly attempt to legalize marijuana in Ohio. Their first shot at their weed cartel in 2015 failed miserably, due largely to the monopoly. Listen to Hillary’s highest levels of Ohio political apparatchiks plot and scheme fake twitter game rigging below.

The same apparatus is at it again, as if no one is paying attention.

Not a single reporter who commented on Pickrell’s Clinton gig mentioned Pickrell’s weed cartel gig, despite every single one of these reporters knowing about both Pickrell’s current weed cartel, and the sordid tale of how the LAST weed cartel oozed up out of the same rigged Ohio Clinton ODP stew.

How on earth does Hillary Clinton expect Bernie Sanders’ voters to support her as the nominee when her team in Ohio is rigging the game, explicitly, for their own profit, WHILE she’s on the primary ballot March 15? Hillary can parrot Bernie’s words all she wants, actions speak much louder. And in Ohio, right now, Hillary’s actions reveal she is a game rigger to her core, extending to every single hire, across the entire Ohio consultant class, with the unmatched arrogant expectation no one will give a damn that the Clinton crowd is rigging the game right in front of our eyes.

 

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Hillary Clinton’s “single issue” is the force behind both Donald Trump & Bernie Sanders

MoneyMouthOccupyAt the height of Occupy back in 2011, a friend and I stood in Cleveland’s Public Square marvelling that Americans would ever care so much about campaign finance, which is what the OWS message boiled down to. It is morally wrong in a democracy for the richest 1% to purchase the power to lord over the 99%. To Hillary Clinton, this is a “single issue”, and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is only about that “single issue”.

The problem is Donald Trump is blowing the Republican Party to smithereens based on that exact same “single issue”. Trump’s appeal has two core sources, the most obvious being thinly veiled racism, which is why I could never support Trump absent an about face. But Trump’s stronger appeal is the self-funding of his campaign. Voters convinced the economy is rigged against them by a corrupt system of campaign finance value both Trump’s experience within that rigged system, and his refusal to participate in that system while running for president.

Bernie Sanders’ strongest appeal is precisely the same as Trump’s. Bernie isn’t self-funding, he’s crowd funding, at $27 a pop. The effect, however, is the same – two campaigns (at the moment) totally free of the cancerous influence of big money in politics. To voters seeking revolutionary change in American government, campaign finance isn’t a “single issue”, it is how EVERY issue gets rigged against them. So important, voters will ignore all else, including a ridiculously racist fantasy about a wall, or a label like “democratic socialist”.

Unsurprisingly, no one in our landed punditocracy sees the funding similiarities between Trump and Bernie. When the biggest advertisers for the last 30 years on television news are fossil fuels, banks, pharmaceuticals, the military industrial complex, AND the superpacs rigging this system, pundits on the air aren’t just blind, they’re paid to be blind. Voters know that, too.

Last summer, I thought Donald Trump won the nomination when he said, in the first debate, he paid Hillary Clinton to be at his wedding, and she “had no choice” but to attend. Bernie Sanders needs to find that clarity if he’s going to prevail over the same rigged game Trump has just vanquished with his win in South Carolina.

Losing Nevada yesterday is another reminder how tough this fight will be…not only is the GOP more ripe for the picking than the Democratic Party’s bloated establishment, Bernie didn’t have a 30 year head start like Trump, nor a “small loan of $1 million” from his pappy, nor is he a billionaire who himself has rigged the game for his own personal benefit his entire life, like Trump. Trump’s self-funding has a flip, negative side, too. Bernie would do well to run against that, right now, as follows.

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The gloriously pathetic launch of Hillary Clinton’s Ohio primary campaign

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200 Buckeyes feel the Bern at Lakewood Office Opening January 9

On January 9, well before anyone knew Ohio’s March 15 primary would matter, a motley crew of Bernie Sanders supporters opened a campaign office in Cuyahoga County, without a single nickel from the Sanders campaign. The crowd of 200 spilled into Detroit Ave. occasionally stopping traffic, Nina Turner gave a stemwinding keynote, a random clown showed up to make free balloon sculptures for a diverse and energetic crowd of new political actors activated for the first time in their lives. The spectacular success spurred more offices opening across Northeat Ohio fueled by nothing but the Bern being duly felt by thousands of Buckeyes.

The Hillary Clinton Ohio effort, embarrassed by the showing, and by US Congressman Tim Ryan saying to Politico he had no idea where to send Hillary’s Ohio people, leapt into action. The result? Team Hillary Ohio opened their own office down the street yesterday, Feb. 14, featuring Kent Smith and Matt Zone standing in front of a mirror to make the “crowd” look bigger.

Kent Smith, a mirror, and a heart pillow.

Kent Smith, a mirror, and a heart pillow.

Every camp following boot licking elected official in the state is gettin’ pistol whipped into action. Mirrors are appropriate, as Ohio is mirroring the New Hampshire Clinton campaign.  There’s a reason Hillary’s election night crowd in NH was so loud, after losing by 22 points. That crowd wasn’t NH voters, it was nothing but career ladder climbers, from every corner of America, flown into New Hampshire (as even Tim Ryan was) to astroturf their way to 38% of the vote, watching their White House staffer dreams go down the tubes. The noise was more a plaintive wail than a cheer.

Packing the house at the Hillary office opening in the same suburb (Lakewood) as the Bernie office, were Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone, notable now for his utter silence on Tamir Rice’s murder, whose family married into the Lee Fisher family, and is as establishment Clinton as they come. Nickie Antonio, a Lakewood State Rep. candidate who is Hillzin So Hard at the moment she can barely see straight, and Tom Bullock, a Lakewood councilman known only for playing the game to keep getting elected up the ladder. A gaggle of known consultants and gig searchers joined Kent Smith, everyone’s favorite Cuyahoga hanger on, to pose in front of the mirror with a heart pillow.

Smith’s emergence as chief Clinton Cuyahoga game rigging astroturfing pinch hitter surprises no one. Smith has spent every minute of the last 25 years attempting to run for this, run for that, licking every possible boot he can (especially former county prosecutor Bill Mason’s boots), until finally receiving the blessing of current county executive, money laundering senior fleecing pimp Armond Budish for his vacated state house seat. Yay Kent!

There is no there, there. Not in Ohio for Hillary Clinton. As the Sanders campaign continues to rely on a movement of thousands of Ohioans, the Ohio Clinton effort begins with the usual suspects jostling with Kent Smith in front of a mirror. Nothing could more accurately depict the lay of Ohio’s landscape ahead of the March 15 primary.

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