Messy caucus: ‘Bern’ burned despite encouraging Nevadans to register with no ID

Sanders Twitter No ID needed to register to vote

Sanders continued to remind Nevadans they need no ID to register to vote as the state’s ‘First in the West’ caucuses got underway. (Snip: @BernieSanders on Twitter)

As the day for Democrats’ caucus in Nevada approached, Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) appeared to be earnest about competing with the only other Democrat in the running, Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Personally, I think Sanders has primarily been a means of creating the illusion Mrs. Clinton actually has competition.

At any rate, Sanders reminded potential voters they didn’t need an ID to caucus or to register to vote. Is that really a problem? Consider something that makes Nevada unique. Furthermore, there are a number of quirks about the Democrats’ contest worth considering.

Nevada, according to Pew Research, “has the nation’s largest share (8%) of unauthorized immigrants in its state population.”

You’d think the state unemployment rate would be low, right? If a state needs to import workers, there must be a shortage? That isn’t the case. Nevada has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Ironically this places legal immigrants in a position to compete with undocumented labor just as US citizens do. I’m still waiting for a Republican to point that out to immigrants who spent money on lawyers, time on completing forms, and complying with and abiding by federal law. I’m not holding my breath on that one. No one seems to care about federal law anymore unless we’re dealing with the unrestrained power of IRS.

If you follow Sanders’ Twitter account [@BernieSanders], you’ll see a sharp contrast to the elbows and knees approach Republican contenders are taking in a real primary competition. Sanders has criticized Mrs. Clinton for her Wall Street ties, but not much else. It’s obvious he’s not willing to damage his so-called competitor, because there is a long paper trail the former secretary of state left for exploitation by any valid competitor.

Going into the Caucus, Sanders and Clinton were polling neck and neck. The final results matched most polls, with Clinton taking Nevada by a margin of approximately 5 percent according to the Associated Press.

Clinton and Sanders

2016 Democrat frontrunners Hillary Clinton (left) and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Snip from video: David Pakman show [https://youtu.be/vq7-vAY-oBQ])

Because of the criteria Democrats use to select a nominee, however, Sanders hasn’t a hope, and I suspect that is one reason he isn’t lobbing hard balls at Mrs. Clinton. Thus far, this early on in the season, Sanders only has 69 delegates while the longtime politico who served as First Lady in a scandal plagued administration has 497. There’s a real quirk in this tally, however.

In actual pledged delegates, there’s only a difference of one. Sanders has 51 and Mrs. Clinton has 52. The whopping advantage Mrs. Clinton holds is because of super-delegates—Dems let politicos cast a vote on a far more expansive scale than Republicans. This gives party power brokers the lion’s share of control over who wins the nomination, one reason Dems’ claims about your right to vote are smoke and mirrors.

Sort of a nod, I guess, to the philosophy of redistribution Democrats apply to almost every policy they undertake.

A fan of Sanders announced the senator has been endorsed by Spike Lee, a result perhaps of Sanders’ efforts to attract voters with black complexions the Clintons normally have laid claim to.

Sanders does have one idea a Republican should adopt. Sanders has proposed removing marijuana from the federal controlled substances list and returning power over the plant to the states. Cannabis should never have been put on the federal register to start with—it’s an herb. The money the US wastes going after pot users could better be applied to going after meth cookers because they can blow you up if things go wrong and the substance is definitely an environmental pollutant. Criminalizing pot smokers really is counterproductive considering all the substances, including legal drugs, a person can select for whatever purpose he chooses to use them.

Sanders’ loss in Nevada was no big deal. The Democrats’ nominee, in my opinion, was anointed the moment President Barack Obama won his second term. I believe the Clintons are bent on a dynasty akin to US royalty and Democrat voters may well yield to that.

Ironically, the concept of removing royalty from rule in what became the Republic was a driving force in the secession of the colonies from England. Should another Clinton take the White House, we will continue to regress.

Republicans are holding caucuses today in Nevada where the process for both parties has been anything but coherent. Why the state is included as an early state in the process makes no sense.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 23, 2016)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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