Why the Bernie supporters lost their seats

Apparently, a group of Bernie supporters were denied entry to the convention last night. (Supporters, not delegates. The delegates remained.) These supporters are quite upset about it.

But let’s step back a bit and think about it.13631489_562587023923545_9030153240511055177_n

The way to win elections is to have four nights of a convention with no protests — with unity. Free advertising on TV for four nights! Democrats needed to put on our best image.

Some Bernie supporters are complaining that the whole primary system was unfair because the DNC leadership had already chosen a candidate years ago. But that’s what always happens. There’s always an insider. Eight years ago, it was also Hillary Clinton. That time, she lost. Obama got more votes. And then Hillary’s supporters showed up at the convention, didn’t protest, and cheered on the nominee because they were Democrats who knew what was best for the party and the country.

On Monday, a bunch of Bernie supporters (upset with the fact that he had lost) disrupted speeches, argued with other attendees, and showed the party to be at war with itself. Or was it with itself?

Let’s face it, Bernie was not a Democrat. He became one, ran, lost, conceded, and then announced that he had resigned as a Democrat and is now once again an Independent. He bolted from the party even before the convention was over.

He is no longer a Democrat. He is no longer in consideration for the nomination.

So now a bunch of people dedicated to someone who isn’t even a Democrat and is not in consideration for the nomination want admission to the Democratic convention? For what purpose?

The Democratic convention is not a place for non-Democrats. And after the way the Bernie supporters disrupted Monday’s convention, you can see why they weren’t exactly welcome.

The key is this: If you really care about the Democratic party and what it stands for, and especially if you realize how important this election is, then you look after what is best for the party (and America).

You don’t get to crash and disrupt my party and then get mad when I ask you to leave.

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4 thoughts on “Why the Bernie supporters lost their seats

  1. Surely no one expected him to remain a Democrat? I assume he would have, had he won the presidency, but he didn’t. He’s not a Democrat. There’s no need for him to be part of the party, now.

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  2. And the complaints about the signs being confiscated. Well, if I go into a concert or other event that is essentially entertainment, I don’t get to carry in a sign that says “somebody sucks!” or for or against their own personal pet peeve.

    And the barricades. Um, people have been babbling for weeks on social media that they planned on rioting and storming the convention hall. This is my surprised face that the police planned for that. There have been some ugly clashes (and cops, quit going after cell phones, you can’t stop it and you look like a dick trying to.) But, what is missing is the cops in full riot gear and people on their knees in zip-tied.

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  3. Four nights without a protest? I didn’t know that was possible, but I’ve lived most of my life in Austin, we don’t have family picnics without a protest.
    Sounds diffficult. How do you know when to start looking for a place to park without the protesters? You judge by the size and frequency of the clusters of protesters.

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  4. What was annoying was they were loudly protesting that they weren’t being heard. That is delusional on a couple of levels. First we got almost everything that Bernie supported other than antifracking and antiTPP. So obviously Bernie had huge input into the platform. Second and what was so annoying was some of the delegates were wearing tape over their mouths but shouted non-relevant protest chants during really inappropriate times. Either remain silent or take the idiotic tape off.

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