Hours after President Barack Obama endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the presidency — and hours before she was expected to do the same — progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren was getting hammered on her own Facebook page by fans of Bernie Sanders as a “sell out” who is no longer to be trusted.
Yes. This was not unexpected, but this doesn’t exactly make me Nostradamus either.
Warren took a similar beating to her reputation back in March when she failed to endorse Sanders before the Massachusetts primary, and you would think people would have prepared themselves for the inevitable. But — with Sanders carrying on his campaign for the foreseeable future, and despite some of his biggest boosters starting to pivot — some Bernie folks just aren’t ready to give up the fight just yet and they insisted on carrying on themselves.
Warren, was expected to make her Clinton endorsement on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show Thursday evening, but some people wanted to beat the rush and went after the senator while she was still smacking Donald Trump around like a greasy piñata full of decaying Trump steaks during a speech earlier this evening.
And to be VERY FAIR, about half of the comments were complimenting her on her expected endorsement as well as her Trump speech.
With that in mind, a sampling below with a warning that –if you have “sellout” in your “Things People Will Say When Elizabeth Warren Endorses Hillary” drinking game — we’ll see you sometime Sunday afternoon.
Enjoy your hospital stay.
…and the evening is still early.
Trump unleashes yet another maddening scandal as he opens the door to Saudi Arabian interference
I don’t often talk about how mad I am. I don’t often talk about how mad I am, because talking often about how mad I am prevents me from speaking clearly and rationally. I want to speak clearly and rationally. There is so much need for speaking clearly and rationally amid the endless streams of waste and filth polluting our public discourse.
But I can’t speak clearly and rationally at the expense of morality. Morality often begins with a feeling. The Gospels tell us of Jesus looking on the poor—he could hear and smell their misery—and he was “moved with pity.” But another way of putting it, another way of translating ?????????????, is that the rabbi felt compassion “in his guts.
What the Trump impeachment inquiry means for the rest of the world
Once again, the United States is experiencing the profound drama of Presidential impeachment proceedings. But, dissimilar from the past, this time the implications for the rest of the world could be large.
Consider the two modern predecessors to today’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump’s attempt to persuade Ukraine’s government to begin a criminal investigation of one of his leading Democratic challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.
The first was the slow-brewing crisis that began with a midnight break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. This impeachment went on for two years and consumed the American political system. It finally ended in President Richard Nixon’s resignation in August 1974. The second was the special counsel investigation of President William J. Clinton, who was impeached in the U.S. House of Representatives but acquitted by the Senate in 1999.
Cynicism may be the real threat to impeachment
Cynicism is to democratic politics what rust is to motor vehicles. Both are corrosive if left unchecked. Rust will destroy a vehicle, and cynicism, if it becomes endemic, will ultimately destroy democracy.
This thought struck me after some recent conversations with a few friends and acquaintances about the possible impeachment of President Trump. The cynical view of the process is that all politicians are corrupt in one way or another; they act based on self-interest and not in the public interest. In this view, Trump is no different; he is just doing what politicians do. This type of public cynicism may very well be the greatest impediment that Democrats face during the impeachment process. As David Brooks recently wrote in the New York Times, “it’s a lot harder to do impeachment in an age of cynicism, exhaustion and distrust” especially when Trump’s actions are viewed by many as “the kind of corruption that politicians of all stripes have been doing all along.”