Because of the tumult over the WikiLeaks revelations showing how the DNC worked to undermine Bernie Sanders’ candidacy in the Democratic primaries, few people have noticed the controversial guest that Sanders has invited to the Democrats’ convention.
Spanish newspaper ABC reported on July 22 that Paul Bustinduy, secretary of international relations of Spain's far-left, anti-Semitic party Podemos, is Bernie's guest.
Although Podemos came in third place in the June 26 Spanish national election, it is a political force to be reckoned with in Spain. Podemos had joined an alliance with other mostly leftist groups in a coalition called United We Can -- this was the name Podemos ran under. The alliance included the United Left, whose main component is members of the old Spanish Communist Party, which on its own has little support in Spain.
Composed of old Communists, Trotskyists, independent revolutionaries, Basque and Catalan nationalists, leftist urban intellectuals, and former supporters of the Socialist Party annoyed at what they perceive as its continuing compromises, United We Can models itself on the Marxist Greek party Syriza. Syriza brought the Greek economy to near total collapse.
To call Podemos blatantly anti-Semitic would not be a false accusation...I wouldn't call Bernie antisemitic in the traditional sense of the word (i.e. someone who hates Jews qua Jews). But I would call him a Zion-loather, which places him in the same company as some of the vilest people of our time--or any time.
Update: We learned from the WikiLeaks revelations that--quel shockeroo!--the system was rigged to shaft Bernie from the get-go. (Meanwhile, Hillary insists, in a breathtaking feat of implausible denial, that she was out of that particular loop. Hey, me too, Mrs. C.!)
Despite the dirty double dealing, Bernie is set to stand at the podium tonight and reiterate his support for the woman who was the beneficiary of this outrageous corruption.
While many last week joined the "Ted Cruz is a skunk for withholding his endorsement of Trump" pile on, at least Ted had the gumption to stick to his guns.
Bernie, on the other hand, has shown himself to be as pathetic, and as servile, as he is gumptionless (if one may be allowed to coin a mot juste).