It’s Time for Bernie Sanders to Stop Lying; He has No Chance to Be Nominee


A couple of weeks ago, while watching a scene from “Game of Thrones,” I had a Bernie Sanders moment.  The High Sparrow, a cultist religious figure played by the brilliant actor Jonathan Pryce, stands alone in the Red Keep where Jamie Lannister (aka “The Kingslayer”) played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, stays watch over the lifeless body of his niece/daughter (I’m not explaining) Myrcella (spoiler alert: a character still alive in the books! And this season features characters dead in the books but still alive on screen).  The two talk and Jamie makes a veiled threat of harm to the High Sparrow, or perhaps kill him, for reasons I won’t get into (watch the show!) when suddenly dozens of young men who are in the Sparrow’s camp creep out from the corners of the room leaving Lannister hopelessly outnumbered.

The High Sparrow is a old man, disheveled white hair wearing tattered clothes convinced of his own virture and righteousness.  His minions would blindly do anything he asked in a second. Remind you of anyone?

“Does he remind you of Bernie Sanders?” I asked my wife, who laughed and agreed.  And I’m not the only one.

The High Sparrow and Bernie Sanders insist they speak the truth.  But neither does.

It’s high time that Sanders and his campaign operatives stop insisting there’s a path to the nomination.  There isn’t.  There are not enough pledged delegates left to capture the nomination.  The Sanders campaign would need super-delegates to switch en masse for this to happen.  It’s not.  In fact, Sanders lost a couple of super-delegates to the Hillary Clinton camp last week.  Its’ entirely possible that New Jersey — where Secretary Clinton leads by a huge majority — will put her over the top for the nomination well before the polls close in California; she’s 89 delegates away now and there are a couple of small contests before the June 7 primary in several states.  It’s over.

I’m tired of hearing the system is rigged and that the Democratic Party is corrupt.  The Nevada Convention serves as a excellent example of Bernie supporters (they weren’t all delegates in the room) of being….oh what’s the word….complete assholes.  And the Sanders campaign lied about what happened on CNN.  Here’s Politifact’s take on that event:

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Nevada Democratic Party leaders “hijacked the process on the floor” of the state convention “ignoring the regular procedure and ramming through what they wanted to do.”

Caucuses and delegate math can be incredibly confusing, and the arcane party structures don’t reflect how most people assume presidential selection works.

But the howls of unfairness and corruption by the Sanders campaign during Nevada’s state Democratic Convention can’t change the simple fact that Clinton’s supporters simply turned out in larger numbers and helped her solidify her delegate lead in Nevada.

There’s no clear evidence the state party “hijacked” the process or ignored “regular procedure.”

We rate this claim False.

The third parties who know Bernie best are the media in Vermont who’ve been covering him for awhile or covered him in the past.  From a couple of recent columns by these writers, I get the sense Bernie doesn’t have the temperament to be commander-in-chief and is more like Donald Trump in his management style than like Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama — he’s not going to get stuff done by being a bully.

But take a gander at these columns, one here at SevenDays, an independent Vermont publication, and the other here by a former editor of the Burlington Free Press published in the Lansing, MI CityPulse.

From SevenDays:

According to some who have worked closely with Sanders over the years, “grumpy grandpa” doesn’t even begin to describe it. They characterize the senator as rude, short-tempered and, occasionally, downright hostile. Though Sanders has spent much of his life fighting for working Vermonters, they say he mistreats the people working for him.

As a supervisor, he was unbelievably abusive,” says one former campaign staffer, who claims to have endured frequent verbal assaults. The double standard was clear: “He did things that, if he found out that another supervisor was doing in a workplace, he would go after them. You can’t treat employees that way.”

Like several others quoted in this column, the campaign worker would speak only on the condition of anonymity, saying that to do otherwise would constitute “career suicide” in a small state such as Vermont. But others echoed the former employee’s story, saying the senator is prone to fits of anger.

Bernie was an asshole,” says a Democratic insider who worked with Sanders on the campaign trail. “Just unnecessarily an asshole.”

“He yelled in meetings all the time,” says one of Sanders’ former Senate staffers. “He’d yell, ‘I don’t want to hear excuses! I want to get it done!'”

And from the CityPulse column by Micky Hirten:

Here’s my problem with Bernie Sanders. With few exceptions, I agree with his positions on issues. But I don’t like him or his political temperament. He’d be an awful president.

I followed him carefully when I was editor of the Burlington Free Press in Vermont. Sanders was the state’s sole congressman, lived in Burlington, and would periodically visit with the newspaper’s editors and publisher.

Considering that the Free Press’ editorial positions were very liberal, reflecting the nature of a very liberal Vermont community, one might think that meetings with Sanders were cordial, even celebratory.

They weren’t. Sanders was always full of himself: pious, self-righteous and utterly humorless. Burdened by the cross of his socialist crusade, he was a scold whose counter-culture moralizing appealed to the state’s liberal sensibilities as well as its conservatives, who embraced his gun ownership stance, his defense of individual rights, an antipathy toward big corporations and, generally speaking, his stick-it-to-them approach to politics.

After discussing his favorite issues — corporations, government reform, health care and the like, I asked about his unwillingness to endorse his fellow progressives. He said it wasn’t his role. I suggested voters might expect him to weigh in. He disagreed, clearly annoyed at the persistent questioning. Finally I suggested that he had a larger moral responsibility to the progressive movement.

At which point he jumped out of his seat, told me to go f*** myself and stormed out of the edit board meeting. OK, maybe my persistence bordered on hectoring. But I felt he ought to provide an honest answer. My suspicion was that he resented others for assuming his mantle of progressive leadership and wouldn’t acknowledge them.

I’m not alone in my opinions about Sanders. Chris Graf, long-time Associated Press bureau chief in Vermont, in an article published Sept. 30 in, had this to say about the senator.

“Bernie has no social skills, no sense of humor, and he’s quick to boil over. He’s the most unpolitical person in politics I’ve ever come across,” Graf said. Others who have covered Sanders agree.

Republicans will continue to control the House after the 2016 election. The Democrats have a chance to regain control of the Senate. Split government again. That the parties are unwilling, or at least unable, to work together accounts for the public’s astounding low opinion of Congress. Add a president as unyielding as Sanders to the political mix and we may look back at the current Congress as the good times.

Which is too bad, because Sanders’ positions are really good, progressive and would help Americans. He’d just be really bad advancing them.

So when the High Sparrow makes his next appearance on the Game of Thrones, let me know if you get the Bernie Sanders vibe too.

Hurry George R.R. Martin and finish the next book!

George R.R. Martin at ComicCon (photo by Dan Chmielewski)

George R.R. Martin at ComicCon (photo by Dan Chmielewski)


  19 comments for “It’s Time for Bernie Sanders to Stop Lying; He has No Chance to Be Nominee

  1. Reality Is Not
    May 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Coco Puffs is on FB looking for riders to Irvine Meadows. After all parking is a whopping $10
    and even in the Prius gas costs money……..

    Hey Ryan, can you ask Daddy to help Greg out???

    • May 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

      I blocked Greg on Facebook a long time ago. I’m sure he can find his way to Irvine to hear Bernie give the same speech again. Carpooling is encouraged for the Bernie speech.

  2. Ltpar
    May 20, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    To determine who is the best liar, between “The Bern” and “Crooked Hillary,” one would have to flip a coin. Truth is a word neither of them comprehends. If Hillary is indicted before the Convention, Bernie would stand a pretty good chance of getting the nomination. With two losers like Bernie and Hillary, how can Democrats expect to win in November? It will be an interesting Fall.

  3. junior
    May 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Dan – Will you be attending the Bernie rally in Irvine?

    • May 21, 2016 at 10:41 am

      I’ve heard the speech before. It’s the same one everytime. No I won’t. His speech won’t change my mind about who the best qualified candidate for president is.

  4. Reality Is Not
    May 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Trump is coming to the Amaheim convention center that Coco Puffs hates so much. Maybe we can see him and his ilk out there protesting. Of course Ryan will have to ask Daddy for the day off……….

    Tough talk at the OJB from Ryan and Zinger, but, one should take note, they never answer the question if Ryan works for his Daddy. Hey, Ryan there is NO SHAME in working for your Fathers company, after all the kindest man in Anaheim works for his Daddy too:
    Mayor Tom Tait!

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    May 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

    it will be interesting to see if Trump attacks Kris Murray’s efforts to condemn his speech and past statements. If Tait had made the same proposal, Greg, Vern and Cynthia would be demanding sainthood

  6. Rintrah
    May 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    The personal attacks on this page are one of the reasons I mistakenly(?) believed this was an undercover Republican blog. Several sources have advised me that this actually a closed group of insiders actively enjoying their social interactions. I sense a bit of the new OJB, but more of the Old… the ghost of Pedroza walks these virtual corridors!

    • May 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Yeah, believe that. Republicans are ripped here. I hype Dems. I prefer Hillary to Bernie, Loretta to Kamala, Lou to Joe. But i don’t ban people wildly Billy like the New OJ does nor do I edit comments the way the old OJ did.

    • Whats A Name
      May 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Is this Ryans Daddy?

      Look. Cantnor and Zenger have made a carreer out of sounding important. But the truth is they are a couple of guys who hide behind fake names: Reality Is; Roddy whatever.

      I hope Zinger runs for D4 council. He is a washed up know it all. He was FIRED from the county! What do you have to do to be honored that impossibility?

      As for beer boy, simply answer if you work for your Father. As posted there is no shame in that, Mayor Tait rode his Daddy’s coattails too and he is mayor!

      Personal attacks?? me thinks lying anonymous cowatds like Paul (Henry Lipton) Lucas, David (Roddy) Zenger and The biggest wussy Ryan (Reality Is) Catnor should call Greg Diamond and say we are: “cowards”, “feckless losers”, “wannabees”, “political ninjas”, “frightened children”. All names the 290 pound Vegan assigned to others using handles.

      Who knows maybe he’ll give a pass and a lumpia (meat free of course)!

      • May 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

        I deleted another Henry Lipton comment the other day. Thanks for reading Paul!

        • May 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm

          Keep reading “Henry Lipton”. Im not posting your lewd comments

          • May 25, 2016 at 7:39 am

            another love letter from Henry Lipton this morning. Keep reading

  7. junior
    May 22, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Love it !!!!

    Bernie Sanders Says Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Be Gone From DNC If He’s President
    He also endorsed her primary challenger.

    • May 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Bernie isn’t a Democrat. He shouldn’t be dictating what the party should do

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    May 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    $6 for a bottle of water at the Bernie event; feel the Bern indeed. What’s the profit margin on that?

  9. Pinky
    May 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I guess the shittybattery on Coco Puff’s phone died. Live blog has one post. Event is over.

    • Felt The Bern, It Was A Rash
      May 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      It wasn’t hard to spot Crazy Greg among the 1250 people there. The plaid shortsleeved shirt, knockoff Birkenstocks, and the childish chants…………..

      Or you could backward the line of people with missing ears. Apparently he would talk your ear off!

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