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The REAL Reason Hillary Clinton Skipped Netroots Nation 2016? She’s Not Stupid.

Hillary Clinton snubs Netroots nation

Even though Hillary Clinton has no events on her public schedule for Friday or Saturday she is skipping this year’s Netroots Nation in St. Louis and  is sending a video message in her stead that will be aired at the national progressive conference Mary Rickles, a spokeswoman for conference confirmed.  Clinton’s absence from the conference, which has had 3000 attendees the past two years and begins is particularly notable given her struggle to win over disaffected Democrats who believe the party will, under her leadership, move away from the left.

So why did Hillary skip?  The answer may lie in what Netroots Nation has become itself and its recent tradition of not only allowing protests of featured political speakers but helping them.  While a stop  in St. Louis for Netroots could have helped Clinton to ingratiate herself with the left, she would have risked being heckled or more.

Originally called the YearlyKos the conference was first held in in 2006.and featured such prominent Democrats such as Harry Reid, Howard Dean, and Barbara Boxer,  In 2007 Seven of the eight major Democratic Presidential candidates attended the Convention in a debate moderated by bloggers. The candidates were Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson. This conference was the one and only time Hillary Clinton attended and she refused to join John Edwards and Barack Obama’s pledge to stop taking money from Washington lobbyists.

In 2008 the conference was rebranded to Netroots Nation to better reflect the growing influence and membership of the “netroots“as a whole rather than just Daily Kos and its then that many say the focus started to shift from political, policy, and foreign issues to more social issues and the demographics shifted to a much younger more “social justice warrior” type audience without adult supervision.

In 2013 Nancy Pelosi was booed by the audience in San Jose, California for saying that Edward Snowden had broken the law by revealing information about the NSA’s surveillance programs and for defending Barack Obama on the issue.

In 2014 at Netroots Nation in Detroit, MI a group of protesters interrupted Vice President Joe Biden’s speech, vocalizing their dissatisfaction with the Democratic administration’s policy of deporting undocumented immigrants. 

At the 2015 conference held in Phoenix, AZ protesters repeatedly confronted Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland during a town hall discussion demanding the Democratic presidential candidates address issues like discrimination and police brutality.

Chanting, “What side are you on, my people, what side are you on?” and “Black lives matter,” the protesters led by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Heather Cronk and Angela Peoples of GetEqual, moved to the front of the ballroom about 20 minutes into the event as Mr. O’Malley discussed proposed changes to Social Security. They remained there, heckling the candidates and posing questions, until organizers shut down the event, one of the centerpieces of the annual conference. There was much speculation afterwards that the Netroots Nations staff knew well in advance that the protest was going to happen and did nothing to stop it and actually helped the protesters.

In light of Netroots Nations past record, is it really surprising that more and more politicians have opted out of attending over the years?  Instead of creating dialogue, a real dialogue between attendees and politicians Netroots Nation has helped foster a culture of shutting them down and off its own stage by special interest groups and alienating the very people they should be talking with.  Not shouting at.  

At this time, this close to the November 2016 Presidential election the last thing Hillary Clinton needs is a Black Lives Matters protest and scene in front of a progressive audience, many of which supported Bernie Sanders in the first place.

You can say what you will about Hillary but she isn’t stupid.  A videotape message is much harder to shut down and try to make look like a fool.

Well played Hillary.  Well played.

 

Oscar Nominee Snubs and Surprises: Max Max: Fury Road Leaves Them In The Dust

Tom Hardy

“Mad Max: Fury Road” was showered with honors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, picking up Oscar nominations for best picture and best director.

There will be sex best picture nominees to join Max: “Bridge of Spies”, “The Revenant”, “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Martian,” “Brooklyn” and “Room.” Notably not among them: “Straight Outta Compton” and “Carol,” both of which were pegged to make the cut by awards handicappers.

The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, drew 12 nominations in total — the most of any film — with Leonardo DiCaprio honored for his wounded frontiersman and Tom Hardy for his villainous supporting role.

With 10 nominations, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” was the second most-honored film, although most of its support came from technical areas, like film editing, costume design and makeup and hairstyling. Behind “Fury Road” came “The Martian,” with seven nominations – although its director, Ridley Scott, was prominently snubbed – and “Spotlight,” with six, including nods for its director, Tom McCarthy, and two of its supporting actors, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

The acting fields were filled with familiar faces. As expected, Cate Blanchett came away with her sixth best actress nomination for “Carol.” Jennifer Lawrence, now a four-time nominee, this time for “Joy,” joined Ms. Blanchett in the category. Also selected were Brie Larson from “Room,” Charlotte Rampling from “45 Years” and Saoirse Ronan from “Brooklyn.”

DiCaprio, picking up his fifth acting nomination, will be competing against the reigning best actor winner, Eddie Redmayne, who picked up a nod for “The Danish Girl.” Voters also backed Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”) and Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”). Surprisingly Tom Hardy and his pouty lips was not nominated for MMFR.

Other SNUBS this year include Johnny Depp for his portrayal of Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass”.  Charlize Theron for her one armed ass-kicking convoy leader in MMFR, and Harrison Ford whos last turn as Han Solo will go awardless.

Here’s the complete list for the 88th Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

DIRECTING
Adam McKay – The Big Short
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Body Team
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

ORIGINAL SONG
“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3” – Youth
“Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

ANIMATED SHORT
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

ORIGINAL SCORE
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario