In the aftermath of Saturday’s crushing victories for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Rodham Clinton in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington states, a passage in yesterday’s Seattle Times may be more telling than the Democrat leadership might care to acknowledge.
The Times report about Sanders’ huge win in the Evergreen State included this: “The Sanders triumph went against the advice of Washington’s top elected Democrats, who largely backed Clinton. From Bainbridge Island, Gov. Jay Inslee posted a ‘selfie’ on Facebook of him and his wife, Trudi, who both caucused for Clinton. A majority of the super delegates have said they back Clinton, including Inslee, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and all six Democrats in the state’s U.S. House delegation.”
Just how out-of-touch are Washington’s top Democrats with the grassroots they’re supposed to represent? Sanders just clobbered Clinton, yet Inslee, Cantwell, Murray and this state’s Democrat members of Congress are all on the Hillary hayride. Sanders activists argue that Evergreen State “super delegates” need to reassess their positions, as noted by the Seattle Times.
And what does that say about their attitude toward the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution? Yesterday, Clinton launched yet another anti-gun diatribe in the New York Daily News that, whether she meant to or otherwise, was rather revealing about the disparity of law enforcement in certain New York neighborhoods.
“If you’re a parent in Brownsville, Mott Haven or a handful of other New York neighborhoods,” Clinton wrote, “you live every day with the fear of gun violence harming your family. If you live in Manhattan, however, the city’s as safe as it’s ever been. As others have observed, life in New York can feel like a tale of two cities.”
Clinton reiterated her long-standing gun control agenda. She wants to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects the firearms industry from junk harassment lawsuits. She wants to implement so-called “comprehensive background checks,” which criminals routinely ignore because they get firearms through illicit or illegal means. She also wants to close what she calls the “Charleston loophole” that allows a firearms transfer to proceed if the National Instant Check System hasn’t responded on a delayed check.
What Clinton and the gun prohibition lobby would like is for an open-ended delay on background checks. That kind of scenario could leave law-abiding citizens hanging indefinitely when they try to exercise their Second Amendment rights, activists argue.
Sanders supporters have legitimate concerns that the deck is stacked against their candidate. The senator from Vermont is very popular with millennials and a lot of older liberals. Clinton has a high negative in the trust department, and yesterday’s report in the Los Angeles Times that the FBI is setting up interviews with some of her “closest aides” as they continue the email investigation could not be good news for the Democrat front-runner.
The message Sanders offers is probably not one that conservatives and gun owners will ever warm up to, but he’s got a big following in the liberal community, and they shouldn’t have to worry about being run over by the Clinton campaign bus. A lot more people than ever expected are obviously “Feeling the Bern,” and it could get hotter as the campaign continues and the convention approaches.
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