WASHINGTON, July 24, 2016 — “Give yourself to the Dark Side,” said Darth Vader to Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. “It is the only way you can save your friends.” And defeated Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders must be feeling a bit like Luke right now.
Today, the Democratic National Convention opens in Philadelphia, a day after DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned when hacked DNC emails revealed that she and other committee members conspired to assure Hillary Clinton’s nomination.
In one email, Amy Dacey, DNC chief executive officer, engages in a little anti-Semitic thought experiment. “He [Sanders] has skated on saying he has Jewish heritage,” said Dacey. “I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
Another shows Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel agreeing to give DNC officials advance copies of his Hillary articles – ahead of his own editors.
Sensing that the revelation gave tangible weight to the charge that America’s mainstream media is in the bag for Hillary, the Washington Post said it plans to modify its ethics guidelines.
“Our current policy doesn’t prohibit a reporter from sharing a story draft with a source, but we intend to tighten it to ensure that such instances are rare without dispensation from a top editor,” said the Post.
In other words, all agreements to write Hillary puff pieces must be arranged with a “top editor” at the Post and not some lowly newsroom typist.
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sanders said there was no question that “the DNC was on Secretary Clinton’s side from day one.”
But when asked if the DNC emails made him question his support for the Democratic Party’s rigged nominee, Sanders seemed to borrow from GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s dismissive GOP convention speech, in which he did not endorse Trump.
“What a campaign is about is not about Hillary Clinton. It’s not about Donald Trump. It’s about the people of this country,” said Sanders.
But as we all know, the “people of this country” are not candidates for president on this November’s ballot.
Meanwhile, the one-man rapid-response-team known as Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump tweeted, “The Democrats are in a total meltdown but the biased media will say how great they are doing. E-mails say the rigged system is alive & well.”
And in his speech accepting the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, Trump gave Bernie and his supporters a shout out, “I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders. He never had a chance.”
Disheartened Leland Vitter, a Sanders supporter protesting outside the Democratic National Convention venue in Philadelphia, told Fox News, “I’m going to wait to see where I think my vote will most hurt Hillary. I might even vote Trump.”
The latest CNN/ORC poll has Trump leading Hillary by 3 percent, the LA Times/USC poll by 4 percent.
It looks like Bernie’s angry Jedi are striking back.