Politics as usual

The party powers that be would not allow Sanders to become Democratic nominee–proving yet again, that personal integrity is an impediment to political appointment:

Sanders is the rare politician who is not a schmoozer or a pleaser or a prevaricator. Throughout this campaign, and indeed throughout his career, he has said what he meant and stuck to it.  See:  Bernie Sander’s Struggles continues

A new report from Election Justice USA: Democracy Lost, a report on the fatally flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries finds that 184 pledged delegates were lost by Sanders due to election fraud and irregularities, and if this had not happened in critical states like Massachusetts and New York, it could have “substantially changed the media narrative surrounding the primaries in ways that would likely have had far reaching consequences for the Senator Sanders Campaign.”

While the selection of Tim Kaine as Clinton’s VP, signals an ‘all clear’ to finance.  Apparently it will take another 2008 style financial meltdown to clean house.  See:  Hillary’s choice: Why Tom Keene isn’t a ‘Safe pick:

When Sanders on Monday threw his might behind Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, he reassured his supporters that the party platform would now include breaking up the big banks and a 21st-century version of the Glass-Steagall Act. In fact, the wording is much vaguer than that. Here’s the relevant section from the Democrats’ platform:

Democrats will not hesitate to use and expand existing authorities as well as empower regulators to downsize or break apart financial institutions when necessary to protect the public and safeguard financial stability, including new authorities to go after risky shadow-banking activities. Banks should not be able to gamble with taxpayers’ deposits or pose an undue risk to Main Street. Democrats support a variety of ways to stop this from happening, including an updated and modernized version of Glass-Steagall as well as breaking up too-big-to-fail financial institutions that pose a systemic risk to the stability of our economy.

It’s a topsy-turvy world when Donald Trump advocates reinstating the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act to separate people’s deposits from speculative transactions first, while Hillary Clinton and her VP pick did not. And will not if they get to the White House.

Consensus on Kaine is that he’s reliable (read: won’t upstage Hillary), checks all the boxes (read: won’t rock the political boat) and speaks Spanish (read: has foreign policy credentials). Republicans like him. More importantly for Hillary’s mindset, he’s no Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (read: won’t derail her mega-fundraising drive, so the Wall Street crowd can now freely open their checkbooks into the homestretch).

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