Tomorrow is election day in California, where the state presidential primary matters more now than possibly ever in the history of person-kind. If Hillary Clinton wins, it's game over for Bernie Sanders and his many bros. If Bernie wins, it's going to be a long, pain-in-the-ass lead up to an even bigger pain-in-the-ass of a contested Democratic National Convention next month. Meanwhile, somewhere, a Donald Trump supporter will play victim.
To prevent such a dystopian near future, the Clinton machine is bringing in the heavy hitters. Namely, America's first black president — remember that joke? It dates from the 1990s, when everyone had a job, and actual black people were not yet actually president — is coming to San Francisco today.
William Jefferson Clinton himself will be in town this evening, paying a visit to the city's last bastion of working and middle class black people in the Bayview. He's scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m. at Joe Lee Rec Center on Third Street — but not everybody is happy about it.
[jump] While Bill barnstorms in Bayview, Hillary will be in Los Angeles. Bernie will be in San Francisco at 3 p.m., for an event in the Mission District with, among other people, Dr. Cornel West and Danny Glover.
Later, Sanders and his supporters, which apparently include Dave Matthews and Fantastic Negrito, will be playing a massive free get-out-the-vote concert at Crissy Field.
If you didn't know any better, you'd almost assume the two candidates were having a black-off. Bill Clinton appears to be going hard after (what's left of) the area's black community. He's hitting Antioch, Richmond, and Hayward before coming to Bayview.
Hillary has been cleaning up among people of color on the primary trail — which to some is odd, considering how Clinton's omnibus crime bill in 1994 expanded the drug war and hit communities already reeling from the war on drugs even harder.
Bayview activist and resident Ed Donaldson took umbrage, for one.
Anyway, go see Clinton if you like. If you don't like, you can see Bernie at Crissy Field.