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Well, Hillary Has Won, But The Struggle Does Continue

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I have restrained myself from further comment on the primary process for about two months until these last two days. But here's what I wrote Monday night:

I for one do not think Bernie has lost yet.

I am convinced of the utter sham of the American politicojournalistic process, of course. I am something like an ambassador, constantly encountering and engaging visitors from many nations here in my little blues-tourist enclave in Mississippi, and crudely, the reaction to this year's primary campaign is that America is a feared laughingstock.

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My German friends are most sensitive to this, coincidentally.

But I am a revolutionary, and I do not think the Convention is absolutely beholden to nominate Hillary, who no matter what an ass Trump makes of himself is going to win by only a fairly close margin.

Business-as-usual doesn't require large margins, just majority support. Just like a proxy vote for a corporation's board members.

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Bernie:

A. Is squeaky-clean and scandal-free.
B. Whatever one can say about his personal political self-identification, is a 26-year member of Congress in both Houses. He is a professional politician. Thus,
C. Would positively eviscerate Trump in debates. And,
D. Is favored in every poll by 10-15% over Donald Trump in a general election.

That last one-- the electability math-- has to be giving the insiders who are trying like heck to rig the Convention in favor of Mrs. (War-)Business-As-Usual fits.

They have to be considering the scenario that if Bernie Sanders was to win in a Democratic landslide, he could be talked into something like Democratic-style moderation.

Or even that the Republican Party is really going to implode anyway, and the Democratic Party is going to claim both Houses in the heady popular joy of repudiating The Donald, who has turned the American political process into an uber-trashy reality show.

They have to be considering the possibility-- still very possible-- that Hillary, Trump, or both, will be indicted before the Democratic Convention. Prosecutors may or may not be able to be bought off or scared off.

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Y'ever know a prosecuting attorney? They tend to be bulldogs when they get a case in their teeth. Can you say K-e-n-n-e-t-h S-t-a-r-r?

Here's how it works, I think. Obviously, if Trump is indicted but Hillary is not, at least for the duration of the election campaign, then Hillary will win in a semi-landslide. Bernie would be out in such a scenario.

But if HILLARY is indicted before the Democratic Convention, Bernie undoubtedly claims the nomination. If the prosecutors really have balls and indict a NOMINATED candidate for President of the United States (I am unaware of such a president, er, I mean precedent), then the Democratic Party will have to very quickly initiate some sort of procedurally permitted process to replace her as nominee with Sen. Sanders.

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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 40 years. I was at MayDay, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall on my birthday, April 25, 1971.

I bear the scar on my left shin from a neoNazi jackboot, when I was one of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who bounced the NSWPP from Flamingo Park at the Republican National Convention of 1972. My father fought the Nazis in the North Atlantic and Anzio, and I met their spawn in Miami.

My formal education has been first-rate. I wouldn't trade my degrees for Harvard ones. I was raised in the finest private Catholic and Episcopal high schools.

Elementary School: Gibbons Hall, Asheville, North Carolina

High Schools: Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lenox School for Boys. Graduated with honors 1968.

College: Middlebury College, 1968-DNG

1984-86: University of Oregon, B.A., Journalism and History, Departmental Honors in History, 1986.

I was also captain of the U of O bowling team, 1984-1986. High game 299.

1997-2000: Oklahoma State University. M.A., History, 2000, plus the school-teaching curriculum. Mentor: Dr. Ronald Petrin.

This was my second great self-reinvention attempt. In both, I got the degrees, but neither worked. After both, I went back to truckdriving and the blues. and now the latter makes my living. I just am not a button-down enough fellow ever to be a schoolteacher or general-purpose news reporter. But I think and analyze, and so I write...




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