It's opening night at the Democratic Convention. And what was supposed to be Hillary Clinton's sparkly coronation is turning into a bit of a nightmare.
For even as Clinton prepares to accept her party's nomination, what was supposed to be a show of unity, and a bright contrast to Donald Trump's dark and divisive rally, is threatening to become a noisy show of disunity.
With the fate of the convention, and maybe her own fate, in the hands of the man she defeated.
For this is the night Bernie Sanders will address the convention, and is expected to urge his supporters to support Clinton, and focus their efforts on stopping the dangerous demagogue Trump.
And this can only make that job even harder.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday. The Florida congresswoman's resignation -- under heavy pressure from top Democrats -- comes amid the release of thousand of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.
The e-mails that prove he was right when he accused the Democratic establishment of being biased against him.
And of course Debbie Wasserman Shultz, who is still insisting on addressing the convention...
Even though anything she says will be greeted by a chorus of boos louder than those Ted Cruz received.
Because she will put herself before the interests of her party, and the need to defeat Donald Trump.
And sadly so are some of Sanders' supporters who are already marching in the streets.
A large, impassioned crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters — chanting “Hell, no, D.N.C., we won’t vote for Hillary” — marched on Sunday afternoon to the site of the Democratic National Convention, promising a week in which the party’s divisions will be on vivid display in the streets.
And saying things like this:
Pasu Tivorat, of Sacramento, who wore a Guy Fawkes mask, an anarchist’s symbol, said Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton were equally bad choices. “If we nominate Hillary, then she can continue to abuse her base,” he said. “Every progressive idea we come up with they throw under the bus.”
“I’d rather watch the D.N.C. burn,” he added.
Even though Bernie, who has every right to be angry at the way he was treated, is urging his supporters to focus on the real enemy...
.@BernieSanders: "Most of my supporters understand Trump has got to be defeated" #ThisWeek https://t.co/bCfWE3Rsvt— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 24, 2016
While building the movement that will bring about the real change we need.
And of course I'm with Bernie.
For his political revolution will continue. By the time the 2020 election arrives the new generation will be powerful enough to seize control of the Democratic party, clean house, and set course for the future.
But in the meantime everything must be done to stop Donald Trump from seizing power.
And flush him into the sewer where he belongs.
Because he is a fascist, he is a bigot, he would roll back the rights of women, extinguish the rights of LGBT Americans, do nothing to fight climate change, turn the U.S. into a police state.
And by appointing right-wing extremists to the Supreme Court, would determine the course of justice for the next twenty years.
So progressives do need to unite, and not be fooled by messages like this one.
For there will be no revolution unless that bloated demagogue is defeated.
Only the fires of a fascist hell...
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