Outsiders, Insiders, and The Long Game: Democratic National Convention 2016

This gentleman interviewed me at the DNC Convention. He also interviewed a bunch of others, and attended a far more diverse schedule of events than we delegates could. A well written overview, featuring me, which is of course, the best part.



The Outsiders

My brother dropped me off at the Pittsburgh Greyhound Station an hour before sunrise. The last time I rode the hound in the late 90s, the station at the corner of 10th and Liberty was drab and dirty and poorly lit and depressing, a murder scene from a gritty crime drama. Now it has flat-screen TVs, lots of places to sit, fluorescent lights, air conditioning, no smoking, well-stocked vending machines, Wi-Fi, and it’s mostly clean.

But the Greyhound riders are the same. The occasional old dude with all his belongings in cardboard box who looks like he just got out of prison is still there, and the rail-thin tweaker lady who is about to go nuclear because she misplaced her keys is still there. But most Greyhound riders are just average, broke Americans who can’t afford to fly: a mixed crowd of poor folks of all…

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Bernie no Matter what Party if Any: the time has never been better for a better choice

The latest NBC/SurveyMonkey makes a great case that:

1) We have the most unpopular and least trusted major candidates ever, and that

2) the time has never been better for a better choice.

42% Clinton

38% Trump

9% Libertarian Gary Johnson

5% Green Jill Stein

Note that without conservative Johnson and liberal Stein, majority candidates are tied at 47.

Note that with or without minor parties in, no candidate wins a majority of the vote, only a plurality. In such a case, the GOP House of representatives chooses POTUS.

I firmly believe that Bernie POTUS / Stein VP would beat all the other three, no matter who they ran with as VP. I also strongly believe that this would not occur ot with a Stein / Sanders ticket.

TheBern might beat all four no matter who any of them run with, but with Stein still in, her votes hurt him the most.


Consider that no candidate in our history (of any party) has raised as much money, or as high a percentage of their money, from individual citizens in small dollar donations as Sanders has.

And no third party candidate:

1) has received 46% of Democratic Primary support.

2) had the support of 64% of independent voters.

3) has polled nearly as well against both frontrunners the way Sanders does – 15 points above Trump, and beating Trump better than Clinton.

4) faced off against the most unpopular and least trusted major candidates.

The time has never been better for a better choice.

I’m with Bernie if he runs, no matter which stupid party if any he runs in.

Clinton won’t challenge Trump on any liberal position of substance.

She can’t win by tacking left, her only hope is to tack right. Because she has little support and almost no enthusiasm from the left.

Bernie can win by honestly being TheBern. It is huge problem; one our Democratic party had better deal with. But to do that, it will first have to admit the problem exists. And so far, heads firmly in sand.

So we must force their buried heads to notice us.

We do need to get Gary Johnson and Jill Stein into the debates. Here is why.

On Oct 27, 2012 I submitted the following to PennLive.com for publication. It never ran, and that is to bad. That single third party debate covered more important issues than all the countless Obama / Romney debates, watched by few outside those whose minds were already made up:


From: Steve Todd
Sent: Sat 10/27/12 1:13 PM
To: Jeanette Krebs, Patriot Editorial Page (editpg@patriot-news.com); Letters to Patriot Editor (letters@patriot-news.com); Patriot As I See It (asiseeit@pnco.com)
Subject: Letter/Op-Ed Request: Three’s a Crowd

On Oct. 23, I watched the Presidential Debate on C-SPAN. I reported live on my Twitter feed – @stevenwtodd. Mainstream Media barely mentioned this awesome debate!

Obama and Romney were invited, but did not attend. All other announced candidates – Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Jill Stein, Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, and Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson – gave a nice mix across the political spectrum.

No one promised to cut my taxes. No arguing over who loves military actions more, without mentioning who pays for such passion. All said they would reduce the military and the drug war, with three promising to end the drug war. No arguing over who loves burning coal, gas and oil more, without a peep on how the planet will survive. Climate change was discussed by three of the four candidates. All would level the field to qualify for, and minimize private cash in, elections. Three want term limits, two enough to amend the constitution. Three would give our LGBT citizens equal rights; two want to amend the Constitution so corporations are no longer people. All would have vetoed NDAA and warrantless wiretaps, one calling indefinite detention the “definition of tyranny”. One called both the Democratic and Republican parties “militarist-corporatists”, a claim hard to dispute, given the actions and finances of both. None would allow drone bombing, one called the military-industrial complex “treason.”

Compare this to the discussions during the three Obama/Romney debates, to which only they were invited (Stein was arrested trying to enter one such exclusive function). Perhaps that fact lead Gary Johnson to say: “Whether Obama or Romney is elected, a heightened police state and military presence, and further monetary collapse, are givens.” [280 words]

Steve Todd

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End of July. Not one second sooner.

All the way to the Democratic Convention. Why? Watch my 3 minute video, and I’ll tell ya!

I’m raising money to #‎FeelTheBern, as:

Steve Todd, Bernie Sanders Delegate.

Please donate $10 or ?


via @gofundme


The Democratic nominee will be chosen at the end of July.

Not one second sooner.

Unless Hillary concedes to us earlier.

#FeelTheBern, with @BernieSanders

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Political Revolution and Our Special Persons

Tough but I think honest critique on all of “our team” of national elected figures, as exposed by this campaign.

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Sen Warren, especially. I haven’t lost as much faith in her as you seem to have. But I have lost some faith.

I did not know that Turner had endorsed HRC then came onboard. That buys her a little more in my book than it seems to have in yours.

I think we need to be willing to accommodate ‘calculated’ allies as Grayson. Few who bother to sacrifice their lives and souls for politics (and trust me, it takes all of you) will be as pure as TheBern. I admit that I am not.

Bravo on Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker. Although I generally approve of them both (as I do Obama) neither has The Revolution in their blood. It needed said, but prepare for liberal backlash; both are rightfully well-liked otherwise among us.

Well done. Very well done. So much so that I’ve re-blogged it.

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Bernie Sanders News Conference at the National Press Club, Highlights

“In this campaign we have taken on the entire Democratic Establishment…”

“We have received more individual campaign contributions – 7.5M – than any other Presidential campaign in history…coming from the working class of this country, averaging $27 a campaign contribution.”

“What the Political Revolution has shown is that we can run a political campaign without a Super PAC, and without being dependent on big money interests.”

“People know – whether your progressive or conservative – that a corrupt campaign finance system is undermining American democracy…they understand that when you have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality, yes, large profitable corporations and wealthy individuals are going to have to pay more in taxes.”

“It is virtually impossible for Sec Clinton to reach a majority of delegates by June 14…with pledged delegates alone. She will need super delegates…Convention will be a contested contest.”

“Many of the super delegates committed to Sec Clinton even before we got into this campaign. In other words, way back then, she was the anointed candidate.”

“While we have won 45% of the pledged delegates…we have won only 7% of the super delegates…we have won 73% of the state of Washington…Clinton has 10 Super Delegates, we have zero.”

“I would ask that the super delegates in those states where we have won decisive victories, or for that matter where Sec Clinton has won decisively, to vote in line with the wishes of their voters.”

“In every battleground state – where maybe the Democrat wins, maybe won by Republican candidate – we beat Trump by larger margins than Clinton [in addition to sweeping national polls for months].”

“What every person in Philadelphia who goes to the Convention understands is that we must have the strongest candidate…I think the objective evidence shows that I am that candidate.”

Full Speech

May 7 UPDATE: And Still, Some Democrats Don’t Get It

Here is a well-written and accurate description of the unfolding which is and will occur. Except the writer still takes the arrogant tone:

“Democrats are eyeing the day after the California primary as a likely time to end this.”

Good for ‘Democrats’. No one asked this Democrat; this former and current candidate, this regular supporter of Dem candidates at all levels, this currently-elected County Committeeperson.

This Democrat is eyeing the Convention as the next time to even evaluate our path forward. Same with hundreds of thousands, or maybe millions, of Democrats…including one Bernie Sanders.

They appear to have not asked Luis Miranda, the DNC’s communications director, who says herein that: “We’re working with BOTH OF OUR campaigns…”

Hmm…they must have accidentally only asked other Democrats. Like maybe former PA Governor Ed Rendell, who says herein: “But somewhere along the line, particularly after June 7, they will come in and take over the convention.”

Keep on your toes, Berners. No one will ‘take over’ our Democratic convention as long as I am a Democrat. But as we say:


#FeelTheBern…which has very little to do with electing Bernie Sanders, per his words and ours.

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“People from Both Ends of the Political Spectrum Come Together to try to Keep Fracking from Coming to Their Towns”

Derry Environmental Advisory Committee to Screen

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm
Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA

Admission is FREE !!!

New York State has banned fracking completely and Maryland has a moratorium on it until October 2017, but Texas has banned towns from banning it. This is the varied political landscape on this method of drilling for natural gas called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the United States. Pennsylvania is in the thick of it, with thousands of wells already drilled. In March, two families in Dimock, PA, received a $4.24 million judgment of negligence on the part of the gas company they say contaminated their wells, and some are hoping this will increase the groundswell of activity against fracking.

Fracking isn’t just about chemicals being injected underground and accidentally being released into wells along with methane gas, it’s also about what’s happening above ground. In a short documentary film to be shown by the Derry Environmental Action Committee, Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water, residents of Pennsylvania and other states with heavy fracking talk about their experiences having their wells contaminated, but also about things like having high-volume truck traffic going past their homes (50 to 60 miles per hour) and having wells drilled just outside their yards and lowering their property values dramatically.

Some argue that natural gas is a bridge to tide people over from coal to renewable energy sources in the future, but studies are finding that fracking is causing more damage than expected, for example, by releasing much more methane into the air than was originally thought and by causing earthquakes. In the 50-minute film, people from both ends of the political spectrum come together to try to keep fracking from coming to their towns, disturbing their peace, and marring their environment.

One of the film’s executive producers, Mark Lichty, will answer questions afterward. For more information, contact DEAC at DerryEAC@gmail.com.

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Steve Todd’s 2016 Liberal Voting Guide

1) Bernie Sanders for POTUS. The only liberal candidate for this office, in my opinion. Here’s my opinion on that race:


2) Joe Sestak for Senate. Here is why:


3) Josh Shapiro for Attorney General. I can also live with Stephen Zappala. Please do not vote for John Morganelli.

4) Auditor General and Treasure are uncontested. Both good guys.

5) If you are in PA Senate District 15 (Dauphin County except southeast and Perry County), please re-elect Rob Teplitz for State Senate. He is the incumbent, and has generally done what I like. He has an opponent who has no chance to beat the GOP challenger, who will be loaded with cash.

6) If you are in CD15 (Charlie Dent is your Congressman), please vote for all 5 Bernie Sanders Delegates to the Dem Convention. I am one of them (yeah, me!), then…

7) If you are in CD15 (Charlie Dent is your Congressman), please write in KAREN FERIDUN as your sixth delegate choice. I know she will stand for all liberals hold dear at the Convention; she is a friend of mine, the head of Berks Gas Truth, if you follow the fracking battles.


8) If the ballot question to extend judges retirement age to 75 is on there, vote NO. We need new voices on our courts, and this is the GOP’s effort to keep older Republican judges on the bench, as PA now has a heavy Dem voting advantage. They may remove that initiative question, but if it is there, please vote against it.

9) If you are in the 106th Legislative House District (John Payne is your Representative), please, please, please do NOT write in Tom Mehaffie on the Democratic side. He has blanketed our district Dems with postcards instructing us how to do so, but offering not one reason why we would. And for good reason: He is neither a Democrat, nor a liberal leader. The whole flyer thing is as deceptive as it is a huge waste of cash. But then his owners Mike Musser and Kevin Sidella have cash to burn, as exemplified by his huge billboards in what is essentially an unchallenged race.
Fiscal prudence? Even Rs gotta wonder.

That’s it. Happy voting!

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