The Universal Notebook: Hillary vs. Bernie vs. Trump

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This presidential primary campaign season is threatening to suck the life out of America. I’m sure you’re as tired of all the hollering, hype, hokum and hatefulness as I am.

So if you’ve had a bellyful, please feel free to skip this week and come back next. I really just want to talk for minute to my fellow Democrats who are beginning to disappoint me as much as the GOP does.

I am one of the liberals Bernie Sanders lost. Don’t get me wrong, I will vote for Sanders if he is the Democratic nominee, just as I will vote for Hillary if she is. Any Democrat who can‘t make the same commitment might just as well give up completely and vote for Trump.

After I contributed to his campaign early on, Sanders lost me by going negative very quickly after promising not to do so. As a result of his revolutionary rhetoric, his supporters now include rioters and hecklers, just as Trump’s include bigots and thugs.

I also find Sanders to be a one-trick pony. After a few months his “the system is rigged” stump speech started sounding like a broken record. Tell me something I don’t know – like what your grasp of foreign policy is, what you will do with the military, how you will handle immigration reform, and why you have opposed meaningful gun control.

Sanders’ record on gun control is a big problem for me. He voted against the Brady Bill for heaven’s sake and in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, the law that granted gun manufacturers and dealers blanket immunity from lawsuits if they sell guns to criminals and crazies. I get that he represents a rural state with redneck voters who must be obeyed, but I had to hold my nose to vote for Mike Michaud because of his regional opposition to gun control and I will have to do the same thing if Sanders wins the nomination.

Sanders is not a saint and Clinton is not a devil, but lately that seems to be what the most ardent Feel the Bern-istas would have us believe. Conservatives have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to pin everything from megalomania to murder on Clinton. All they have come up with is a handful of dog dirt, but the vast right-wing conspiracy does seem to have convinced a lot of easily-led Americans that Clinton is dishonest. Frankly, I don’t know a politician who’s not.

I have come to see Sanders as a socialist voice crying “unfair” in the wilderness and Trump as a nationalist demagogue crying “America first” in the blue-collar suburbs. Clinton, even with all her baggage, strikes me as the voice of reason, the only responsible adult left in the presidential race. That’s why she appeals to pragmatic progressives.

Trump and Sanders would like us to believe they are outsiders, but Trump is Mr. Capitalist and Sanders is just as much a part of the political Establishment as Clinton is. Trump embodies the worst aspects of the American character – nationalism, isolationism, racism, sexism, elitism – just as Sanders expresses some of its best aspects – justice, equality, fairness, inclusiveness and community. But what bothers me about both men is the perception that they are uncompromising.

As President Obama said recently in his commencement speech at Howard University, “Democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right. This is hard to explain sometimes. You can be completely right and you still have to engage folks who disagree with you. If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral security, but you will not get what you want.”

When I read that Bernie Sanders’ supporters heckled former Rep. Barney Frank as a sell-out at the state Democratic convention, I began to realize they have become the Tea Party of the Left. I may believe everything Sanders says, but I do not believe he can govern without compromise or enact the revolutionary reforms he espouses.

Sanders is the American Revolution that never happens. Trump is World War III waiting to happen. That just happens to leave Clinton. I’d love to see her select Sanders as her running mate. Let them beat Trump together.

Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

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  • jack bauer

    It will be a joyous day in America when you take the opportunity to unfairly characterize President Trump on a weekly basis.

  • Queenie42

    I have been giving this a lot of thought. I will be voting D. We can’t afford to let our preferences get in the way. This is not about me, this is about Country. In a perfect world, Bernie would be President. This is not a perfect world, which makes it more important that we keep the “red phone” and other things out of the hands of neofascists, skinheads and other crazies.

  • Chew H Bird

    As far as the gun control issue you have with Sanders, would you also want to include Ford and Ryder and culpable in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing? How many tragic events have been carried out through the use of vehicles? It is how something is utilized that is important (in my opinion). People have been smothered by pillows but I don’t see any protesters in favor of registering three days in advance to purchase a pillow…

    Regardless of citizen frustration with the three major candidates, we have reached this point because the actions of their predecessors have failed, overall and in general, to stimulate an economically viable system, imposed a plethora of laws that make no common sense, implemented an insurance system that has failed to contain costs, and imposed regulations on our education system that detract from the process of teaching and learning.

    So now we have three choices that I consider to be not qualified through either their actions, their verbiage, or the reality of their dreams. We reap what we sow and in this case I have a very sour taste happening regarding our three primary options.

    • EABeem

      I don’t buy the cars kill argument. I might blame the explosives manufacturers though.

  • Just Sayin’

    As someone who does support the idea of gun control in this country, I can understand why Bernie’s past support of guns via legislation bothers you. But on the flip side, let me ask you this:

    How many uphill battles do you expect him to fight at once?

    He’s a Socialist running on the democratic ticket. He eschews any sort of big money or corporate support. He’s fighting against a heavily biased DNC and the Clinton Dynasty. I could go on.

    You yourself wrote an article not that long ago about gun control and the comments section -exploded- out of control with vitriol, anger, ignorance, and people putting words in your mouth. That article proved that there are few issues that get a stronger knee-jerk reaction than the issue of gun control and you should know the kind of reaction that would get. Trying to make that a part of his platform for president would have been political suicide.

    I’m all for finding a sane solution to firearms in America, but there are more pressing issues. Income inequality and the lopsided division of power in this country are ruining many, many more lives than guns do at this point in time. I’m willing to support a president who prioritizes on the things that matter most, and one who isn’t beholden to corporate interests is more likely to be able to make the kind of meaningful change we need to see.

    As I’ve said before, I’m quite likely to vote for the nominee this year, whoever it is, but I can’t help but feel that the party is taking a huge risk for having backed Clinton from the get-go and marginalizing Sanders. Regardless of any other issue, he consistently polls better in matchups against Trump than Hillary does, and I can’t help but think that it’s both foolish and very risky to ignore that.

    • EABeem

      I guess I no longer believe the polls. I believe pretty much what Bernie believes, but I have not seen much evidence that he can enact his ideas. That said, I will support him if he is the nominee. Better that he be a VP.

      • Just Sayin’

        Taking things on faith in a presidential election isn’t a good way to make an informed decision. Just Sayin’.

        • EABeem

          Taking what on faith? I will only have one choice once it is determined who the Democratic candidate is.

          • Just Sayin’

            You no longer believe the polls, you said it yourself. You’re not talking one poll which you have some reasonable doubt about the methodology of, you’re doubting the polls in general. There have been quite a few that show Sanders advantage over Clinton when matched against Trump.

            If the GOP have done one thing in the last decade, it’s to show us the perils of cherrypicking what facts to believe according to what fits your own preferred narrative. Yes, you’ll vote for the nominee, but at the moment you’re speaking out on behalf of Clinton, and as someone who writes a regular column in the paper, your voice carries more than many people’s.

            I find it quite disappointing therefor, that you turn your back on the available information. I realize this is an opinion column, and you are not obligated in any way to present all the facts, but that kind of voice isn’t one I’m interested in listening to.

          • EABeem

            If you only want to listen to opinions you share, welcome to the echo chamber. If the polls had been correct, Mitt Romney would be president. The fact that I have reservations about Bernie’s ability to 1) win the nomination, 2) win the presidency and 3) effect the changes he supports is all academic at this point. He can’t win the nomination, therefore he can’t win the general election and he can’t effect the changes he supports.

          • Just Sayin’

            Mathematically, he still can win the nomination, any claims to the contrary are either misinformed, blatant lies, or made by people who believe that the DNC’s corruption takes him out of the race and are willing to sit back and let that happen. Simply put to anyone who respects the truth: the fix isn’t in yet.

            I’m happy to hear opposing viewpoints, and while the polls are certainly not the final word, cherry picking your sources and ignoring facts is how you end up in the echo chamber, and I’m not the one doing that here.

      • LLPVT

        “… I believe pretty much what Bernie believes, but I have not seen much evidence that he can enact his ideas.” And you believe Mrs. Clinton can??? Given the stockpile of material republicans have to use against her, I’d be surprised if they let her pardon a turkey. If you think Mr. Obama is facing an obstructionist congress, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

  • John Flaniken

    Thank you, EAB. You have helped me put in words my impression of the Democratic race. I see post after post, column after column calling Hillary a liar and a crook, I never see those opinions backed up with any evidence. I have no reason to believe she is a liar or charlatan. At least as you point out, she is no more so than any politician. I really believe she has a vision for a better country, a country that works together as a community, to borrow a word from her. She also has the chops to get it done.

  • justanotherfakename

    Edgar, you seem to be suggesting that only Democrats should bother to read your column this week, sorry, but public freebie newspapers don’t work that way. Regards the mess at the Nevada Dem convention, a little perspective from cooler heads at the Real News Network: “the credentials committee of the convention ruled that 64 Sanders people were not eligible to be seated, essentially. And that was enough
    of a margin, not to get into the weeds too far, that was enough of a margin to give the Hillary Clinton forces an edge. Now, I have to point out that all this fight was over essentially a couple of delegates. So you have to wonder why the Clinton forces were so intent on essentially crushing, this is my view, and the Sanders view, crushing the attempt by the Sanders people to participate and essentially have more, more votes there. And so my view is that they were either trying to put down the hammer on the Sanders campaign, or they are a little bit concerned about the momentum of the Sanders campaign going into June, into the final primaries, and they didn’’t want the narrative out of Nevada to be that in fact Bernie came out of that convention with more delegates.And what ensued–and then I’ll wrap up and see if you have questions–what ensued was a lot of yelling and screaming, waving of signs, people protesting. There was no violence at the convention. I looked at those videos. There was no violence at the convention.

    JAY: The reason you’re saying that is because the Democratic Party
    leadership, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has accused the Sanders supporters
    of threatening violence.

    TASINI: That’’s correct. And not only that, the media narrative has
    been that the convention itself was violent. Now, I want to say right
    away that I do agree with Bernie and the criticism of people who then
    went online–. The state party chair’s phone number was posted, and she
    got a lot of threatening and vile and disgusting threats by people,
    including death threats. And that to me is just completely unacceptable.”

    So there you have it Edgar, a bit of actual journalism, no violence at the convention, and if you’d like the link to the whole interview, I can provide it, and situation was caused by cheating by the Clinton forces, the powers that be at said convention, and it is unacceptable when a handful of folks get so upset about the Clinton cheating that they threaten violence.

    • EABeem

      Better tell Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver, because he seemed to think the Nevada convention got out of hand.

      “What happened in Nevada, I think, is an aberration in large part driven by the way that that party handled itself,” Weaver continued. “We’ve been involved in conventions all across this country, in states from one end of the country to the other. Nothing like this has happened and so this is really anomalous, but this is really tied to what happened in Nevada itself.”

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-dem-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/05/bernie-sanders-supporters-violence-convention-223295#ixzz49EN5HX4G
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      These days, everyone not only has their own opinions, they have their own facts. I will buy that there was no violence if you will admit that there was no cheating. Sanders just got out-maneuvered.

      • EABeem

        Oh yes, and read up on all the nasty emails sent to the Democratic party chairperson by Sanders supporters. It ain’t pretty.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-nevada-dem-chair_us_573b4b8de4b0aee7b8e7dfa2

      • justanotherfakename

        I tried to write you a reply, and I never use vulgarity, or even get upset, I just explained myself and provided a link to Bill Moyers. I guess your Hillary protectionists didn’t like my facts as much as your ahem…facts, because my post was disallowed. I hope you have a good weekend. I usually enjoy your opinion pieces, but think you are being a bit over defensive about a candidate who is wallowing in corporate cash.

        • EABeem

          In my experience, comments are only edited out if they contain obscenity or threats. Sometimes it can also be a matter of posting links to copyrighted material I believe, but I have nothing whatsoever to do with that. There seems to be a disagreement about who did what to whom in Nevada. I’m just saying I have been disappointed that Bernie has not taken the high road and that some of his supporters seem to think it’s mote important that he win than that a D win. It’s just not.

          • JohnQCitizen

            Edgar, just so you know, I have had multiple posts deleted and I do not use obscenity or threats. Your editor decides what he will or will not allow. I will be surprised if this comment makes it!

    • Paul Proudian

      Sorry, no. “Clinton forces” did not cheat. To the extent anything was undemocratic at the Nevada convention, it was the Sanders campaign’s attempt to manipulate delegate selection in their favor after Clinton won the actual caucus vote among the rank and file. Which is ironic – Team Sanders basically did what they’ve been (falsely) accusing Clinton supporters of doing. Here’s a rundown from veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, who was in attendance: https://www.ralstonreports.com/blog/sour-grapes-revolution-rocked-paris-hotel

      • Ted

        Interestingly, you cite Jon Ralston, a “veteran reporter,” yet, what he wrote about what was blown up to be the major “event” at the convention, in fact, was false.

        “Reporting on the Nevada Democratic state convention in 2016, Ralson claimed that a chair was thrown. NPR, which had considered Ralston to be very reliable, originally picked up the claim, which was carried by mainstream media, but removed it after his credibility came under question.[10] Snopes, a website that documents and debunks urban legends and rumors, identified Ralston as the source for the rumor of Sanders supporters throwing chairs, and said there was no evidence to support it.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Ralston

        • Paul Proudian

          Not sure what your point is. Are you merely trying to discredit Ralston, or are you suggesting that Bernie’s Nevada supporters didn’t disrupt the convention, threaten convention officials, and intimidate invited speakers because their attempt to overturn the results of Nevada’s caucus was stymied?

  • Ted

    “Tell me something I don’t know – like what your grasp of foreign policy is, what you will do with the military…”
    War and Peace: https://berniesanders.com/issues/war-and-peace/

    “…how you will handle immigration reform…”
    A Fair and Humane Immigration Policy: https://berniesanders.com/a-fair-and-humane-immigration-policy/

    “…and why you have opposed meaningful gun control.”
    This is a grayer area for Sanders, but to say that he “opposed meaningful gun control” is misleading:

    “Clinton said Sanders ‘has been largely a very reliable supporter of the NRA.’

    “This is a stretch. Sanders won his congressional bid about 25 years ago thanks at least in part to the NRA, and has voted against major pieces of gun control legislation. However, he has also cast votes for gun control and has received low marks from the NRA for the past 20 years.

    “Neither the gun lobby nor gun control advocates claim Sanders as their own.”
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/apr/14/hillary-clinton/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-has-been-largely-ve/

    Calling Bernie Sanders a “one-trick pony” is both disingenuous and a bit lazy. He has weighed in on the major topics. However, right now, the class warfare that both the Republican and the Democratic Parties are waging on the American people is what is at our throat. The ruination of the economy by Big Banks, the exploding cost of health care/insurance, the crushing debt of college, the lack of real wage increases in 30 years, the sense that we’re no longer all in this together – all of these things are addressed by Sanders’ “one-trick pony” campaign. Luckily, more and more Americans are getting a clue.

    “The Democrats are a class party…” Thomas Frank
    http://billmoyers.com/story/author-thomas-frank-talks-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-and-his-new-book-listen-liberal/

    • EABeem

      Trump is not a Republican and Sanders is not a Democrat. They are both partisans by convenience. Of course Bernie has weighed in all kinds of topics, but he seems to lack a firm grasp. I don’t think he will be the nominee, I don’t think he will win if he is, but I will vote for him because I won’t have any other choice. I prefer Clinton.

  • Charles Martel

    A vote for Sanders is a vote for a moderate communist. A vote for Hillary would be a vote for one of the most corrupt, incompetent and dishonest limousine liberal Marxists of all times. Vote Trump the capitalist who has not spent an entire career as one of these political elitists.

    • todiscus

      Senator Sanders is a democratic socialist. Clinton is a capitalist. Trump is a fascist.

      • Charles Martel

        I call Sanders a moderate communist (socialist) because he won’t exterminate millions of citizens, but his re-distribution of wealth and big government policies are the same. The Clintons were broke when Mr. Bill left office. Now, they’re worth $200m from contributions that have favors attached to them if the “crony capitalist”, Hillary, wins the presidency (God forbid). You obviously are a Leftist if you think Trump is a fascist. Did you even listen to the Kuhner monologue? Not likely, you just like to throw around misguided accusations without any basis in facts and then think that I’m just going to wilt like most panty-waisted progressives. Not going to happen.

        • todiscus

          from Chris Morris on Trump, from quotes by the fascist: Bigot. Racist. Nativist. Separatist. Sexist. Brazen foe of women and women’s rights. Opponent of gay and transgender rights. Sworn antagonist of organized labor. Union buster. Denier of climate change. Tool of the gun lobby. Fomenter of mob violence. Adversary of the free press. Mocker of the poor, the homeless, and the handicapped. Builder of walls. Known organized crime associate. Chronic petitioner for bankruptcy protection. Warmonger. Birther. Slumlord. Thug. Bully. Constitutional know-nothing. Foreign policy ignoramus. Economic imbecile. Tax dodger. Draft dodger. Reality TV buffoon. Political novice. International laughingstock. Power-mad rogue. Loudmouth. Megalomaniac. Liar. Opportunist. Billionaire. Demagogue.
          A man who has always served himself before his country.

          • Charles Martel

            Who’s Chris Morris? My vote will cancel yours. Go Trump!

          • todiscus

            Well, he doesn’t know who you are either.
            Back your loser.

          • Charles Martel

            “A man who has always served himself before his country” and Hillary & Billary have made $200m since leaving office.
            She’s a shining example of integrity and honesty. See:

            http://www.conservativefreepress.com/presidential-campaign/clinton-campaign-received-millions-from-shadow-banks-she-called-risky/

          • todiscus

            No, I don’t chase pasted lying right wing urls. Escape the echo chamber bubble, Mr. Martel. You can find a source with some credibility. And I don’t expect a shining example of integrity and honesty or have much time for the followers of a crazy nut job.
            The problem isn’t that Donald Trump is a narcissistic, lying, racist, misogynistic bully. The problem is that the suckers don’t care. The latest example is the evangelicals deciding to support the thrice married, serially adulterous liar.

          • Charles Martel

            You throw out ad hominem attacks with no basis in reality. Perhaps you’re a product of the participation trophy and safe spaces on college campuses generation? Trump is a no nonsense, politically incorrect, America first alpha-male and that’s what you can’t accept.

          • todiscus

            Perhaps, you’re delusional.

          • Kevin McCarthy

            The guy’s screen name (Charles Martel) is the first clue about his laughable self-importance and his delusional view of the world. The second clue is his reliance on the opinions of similarly situated narcissistic cowards to assert his “facts.” Finally, he has a history of using fake videos and/or substantially doctored ones to “substantiate” his arguments. He’s not worth the effort.

          • Charles Martel

            Name one fake video, genius.

          • Kevin McCarthy

            Under your former nom de plume “Kafir911” you posted videos of dubious authenticity but most notably you posted one in response to the comments section under a Forecaster column entitled: “The Right View: Obama’s Lawlessness Shocking on its Face.”

            Conveniently for you, your comments have since been deleted (in hopes of erasing your past, perhaps?), but the responsive comments have not. Your comment accompanying the video was something to the effect that you had proof that Obama was advocating for a “one-world” dictatorship. This was the video you posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewt-G2seL5k. You affirmed that Obama’s speech was accurately and truthfully portrayed in this video even though you were shown a video of the full speech from which your highly edited clip was taken.

            My comment back then is just as relevant today:”That clip that you’ve posted is an abominable piece of anti-Obama wingnuttia. It’s so appallingly dishonest that it really doesn’t merit any further discussion except to say that if you insist that it is an accurate representation of Obama’s speech then anything and everything you say about anything and everything is complete and total BS. That you are evidently so willing to lie blatantly to support your political perspective does a real disservice to anyone else sharing that perspective. Frankly, they should be the ones taking you to task. It shouldn’t go unremarked that you of course do it anonymously. Aside from an apology, about the only the only thing you can contribute here is affirmation of the depravity of anti-Obama hatred.”

            Have a nice day.

          • Charles Martel

            Well, detective, you certainly have a lot of free time on your hands. The bottom line is this: I despise liberals/socialists/
            progressives/Marxists/communists which Bernie, Hillary and Obama are to their cores. I’ve been asking myself lately, as much as I love this country, would I risk my life to go into the military to defend it with the likes these political elitists in charge? Would I defend our depraved culture and lack of values? The answer to all questions is an emphatic, NO….
            unless we could get all the Leftists to move to Cuba where they would be quite comfortable. Then, I’d be the first to sign up.

          • Kevin McCarthy

            Maybe it’s time to change your screen name again. Cowardice, treason and delusional self-aggrandizement aren’t exactly endearing traits.

          • Charles Martel

            Coward? Have to be careful with all he jihadists Obama is letting into the country. Treason? Leftists are seditious and treasonous by nature. Self-aggrandizement? How is that the cased if I use a screen name?

          • todiscus

            Not much of reputation here, right.

          • todiscus

            “wingnuttia!” I like it.

          • todiscus

            thanks. I haven’t paid enough attention to him to remember him.

        • todiscus

          Trump: filed for bankruptcy four times, being sued for phony Trump University, all his casinos went out of business, 50% Republicans hate him, he insults and hates women (70% hate him), he’s a racist, hates all minorities, is vulgar, rude and disrespectful, 97% percent of what he says is lies, diagnosed as a psychopath and narcissist, nobody trusts him with nuclear codes, accused of rape by a wife, his entire clothing line was made in China, he’s a bully not a negotiator, clueless about international affairs, etc. Back him to the limit, sucker.

          • Charles Martel

            And, you, no doubt, want Hillary for NerO’s third term. Now, that’s a wise choice.

          • todiscus

            And you, no doubt, have a limited imagination.

          • Charles Martel

            Maybe my imagination is limited like Hollywood actors pretending to be someone else. But, my background and knowledge are based in facts, not fiction.

          • todiscus

            Right. You don’t have that reputation here.

  • LLPVT

    Since Clinton supporters have repeatedly sidestepped rules in favor of their candidate (Brooklyn voter registrations gone missing, husband Bill campaigning inside polling locations in Massachusetts, to name a few …I saw it myself at both my local caucus and the Maine state democratic convention), I have no doubt they twisted the rules in Nevada and beyond. Indeed, it would be out of character if they didn’t. Never mind what this or that reporter said. Watch the raw footage from the convention yourself: the Sanders supporters were steamrollered.

    Mrs. Clinton lies as readily as she draws breath. I might respect her just a little if she would be honest for once and admit to changing her position on any of a dozen issues, because ideals can and do evolve over time. Instead, she continually drones, “Look at my record, I have always believed …” when there is ample evidence that her past and current positions bear little resemblance to one another on numerous issues, including same-sex marriage, the Iraq war, the Keystone pipeline, free trade agreements, gun control, fracking, campaign finance, criminal justice, banking regulation… the list seem endless. Anything she says tends to suit her political convenience at the moment, and little else. If her Goldman-Sachs speeches and private email server were all so innocent, why does she continue to shield their secrets when she is asking us to trust her with the the safety and security of our nation? I see no reason why any reasonably well informed person should support her and plenty of reasons why she is not to be trusted.

    Trump is, indeed, a nightmare incarnate, but Clinton isn’t appreciably better. America is in pretty sad shape if these two are the best we can muster. In good conscience, I couldn’t vote for either of them.

    • Paul Proudian

      You saw the Clinton campaign violating caucus and convention rules? Really? What happened? Did you report it? I’m not aware of anyone else who has made such accusations, which is odd since so many Bernie supporters were in attendance.
      Also, do you have any evidence the Clinton campaign tampered with voter registrations in Brooklyn? It’s generally assumed the missing registrations hurt Hillary more than Bernie. Do you know something the rest of us don’t? I assume you count yourself among the “reasonably well-informed” people that you insist can only support Bernie. Please illuminate the Clinton-supporting ignoramuses among us.

  • Dorette Amell

    “When I read that Bernie Sanders’ supporters heckled former Rep. Barney Frank as a sell-out at the state Democratic convention, I began to realize they have become the Tea Party of the Left.” Mr. Beem, as you said…you were not there, I was. There was, regrettably, a contingent who interrupted Frank at the beginning of his speech. Sanders’ supporters were among those who shouted down the offenders. Frank began to speak and was evenhanded with the remaining hecklers and given round after hearty round of applause by the majority…who, by the way, were overwhelmingly there to support Senator Sanders. Barney Frank is a man of rare wit and charm. He is a marvelous surrogate for Secretary Clinton. Mr. Beem, if you don’t choose to support Senator Sanders, that is your right, but the Maine State Democratic Convention was not a Glenn Beck rally. Not even close.

    • Ted

      Thanks for this info.

      I fear the media, and it isn’t without justifiable cause. There is so much mis-information and plain laziness coming from all corners that it’s damned near impossible to discern the truth, and therefore, to have a well informed citizenry.

      We’re in trouble, and the state of our news media is a big reason why.

      • Dorette Amell

        You are welcome.

    • EABeem

      Thank you. Here’s what the BDN reported: “Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts endured heckling throughout his speech on behalf of Clinton, ranging from yells of “sellout” to “go back to Massachusetts.” Probably not Clinton supporters heckling him, so who? Also, having written for publication for close to 50 years I have found that eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable. We all perceive according to our interests, needs and desires.

      • Dorette Amell

        Hi Mr.Beem, I stand by what I wrote and am not one to offer a blanket apology for rude behavior based on whatever personal bias I might harbor…Here is a bit of what I wrote “There was, regrettably, a contingent who interrupted and jeered Frank at the beginning of his speech. Sanders’ supporters were among those who shouted down the offenders. Frank began to speak and was evenhanded with the remaining hecklers and given round after hearty round of applause by the majority…who, by the way, were overwhelmingly there to support Senator Sanders. Barney Frank is a man of rare wit and charm. He is a marvelous surrogate for Secretary Clinton.”

    • retiredannie

      I was there, too. There was a lot of heckling going on by Sanders supporters. Chellie Pingree was booed, too. I sat in a row along the side with other Clinton supporters, while the rows in front were Bernie supporters. I was told to keep quiet by Bernie supporters in front of me. FYI: whoever is the Democratic nominee has my vote; just hope it’s Hillary.

      • Dorette Amell

        I am sorry that you were told to keep quiet and glad that you will vote.

  • retiredannie

    Another great opinion piece and it’s close to perfect – fun to read, full of pragmatic observations and . . . . well, right on. Thank you, EAB. Especially liked your last paragraph.

    • EABeem

      Thanks. If Sanders doesn’t stop trashing Clinton, he won’t be on the ticket or in the administration. Someone needs to tell him it’s over.