Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Saying the superdelegates should follow the popular vote in a state confuses the reason why there are superdelegates in the first place. It also confuses the principles of direct democracy with representative democracy. The party nominating process is not a direct democracy -- and there's no reason it should be

What Bernie Sanders Means When He Says ‘It Will Be a Contested Convention’

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/05/02/1522281/-No-Bernie-the-superdelegates-won-t-bail-you-out-because-you-didn-t-get-more-votes
No Bernie, the superdelegates won't bail you out

Why Bernie Sanders still isn't likely to win a contested convention
The road ahead for the Bernie Sanders campaign has been difficult to discern of late. . . . 

Why Bernie Sanders is lobbying superdelegates — even though they won't save his campaign

On Bernie's claim that he's "more electable" (He's not!)

He has never been asked to account for his relationship with the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party, for which he served as a presidential elector in 1980. At the time, the party’s platform called for abolishing the U.S. military budget and proclaimed “solidarity” with revolutionary Iran. (This was in the middle of the Iranian hostage crisis.) There’s been little cable news chatter about Sanders’ 1985 trip to Nicaragua, where he reportedly joined a Sandinista rally with a crowd chanting, “Here, there, everywhere/ The Yankee will die.” . . .

The Clinton campaign has also ignored Sanders’ youthful sex writings. Republicans are unlikely to be so decorous. Imagine an ad drawing from the old Sanders essay “The Revolution Is Life Versus Death.” First it might quote the candidate mocking taboos on child nudity: “Now, if children go around naked, they are liable to see each others [sic] sexual organs, and maybe even touch them. Terrible thing!” Then it would quote him celebrating girls who defy their mothers and have sex with their boyfriends: “The revolution comes … when a girl pushes aside all that her mother has ‘taught’ her and accepts her boyfriends [sic] love.” Finally, it would remind viewers that Sanders was one of 14 congressmen to vote against the law establishing the Amber Alert system and one of 15 to vote against an amendment criminalizing computer-generated child pornography. . . . It takes no special political insight to see that Republicans will try to make Sanders seem like a sexual weirdo. Will it work? I have no idea, but there’s no shorter route to the frightened lizard brain of the American electorate than dark talk about children and sex.  

One could go on and on in this vein. My colleague William Saletan has already written about how support for Sanders’ positions tends to fall apart when people hear the details—particularly if they learn their own taxes would go up. As the nominee, Sanders would have to address his former opposition to public schools and praise for parents who believe that it is “better for their children not to go to school at all than for them to attend a normal type of establishment.” He’d have to explain whether he still feels that sexual repression causes cancer, whether he still opposes the concept of private charity, and whether he still supports the public takeover of the television industry.  

One also assumes Republicans would, in keeping with Karl Rove’s playbook, try to hit Sanders where he’s strongest—on issues of financial integrity. They’d probably do it by going after Jane Sanders, who has been accused of trying to defraud the Catholic Church on a land deal she undertook as president of Burlington College. (After being forced out of that job, she received a $200,000 golden parachute.) If you think this can’t blow up, remember that Hillary Clinton never personally profited off of Whitewater, the land deal that became a pretext for endless investigations of her and her husband. . . . 

Here's a question I ask myself, Why in the world would any Sanders supporter consider switching to Trump? And what does it say about that segment of Sanders' support?


This is what I call setting a pretty low bar for expectations

All Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has to do to win the White House this fall is prove “he’s not Adolf Hitler,” a campaign surrogate said Monday. . . .

What Trump said about Bill Clinton (and his accusers) in 1998

Trump: Bill Clinton Is a ‘Victim’ of ‘Unattractive’ Women
And now? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/03/donald-trump-played-the-woman-card-he-s-still-holding-the-rape-card.html
Donald Trump Played The Woman Card. He’s Still Holding the Rape Card.
Trump on "man sexism" (grab your barf bag)

Uhhhh  . . . oh - kay

Trump: I Have More Foreign Policy Experience Than 'Virtually Anybody'

The wheels are coming off the Cruz campaign

Ted Cruz Snaps At Young Heckler: You'd Get A Spanking In My House!

Ted Cruz is losing ugly

Poor Carly: http://www.salon.com/2016/05/02/watch_carly_fiorina_fall_off_the_stage_after_introducing_ted_cruz_as_your_next_president_of_the_united_states/

Theocracy watch

Rafael Cruz: A vote for my son is a vote “according to the word of God” 

23 toddlers have shot people with guns this year


More: http://www.vox.com/2016/5/2/11566276/gun-violence-toddler-shootings

And more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/making-it-easy.html
America is in the grip of a sustained rise in the suicide rate . . . [read on]

Ann Coulter, misogynist

Ann Coulter attacks Obama for nominating a woman to lead West Point 

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Monday, May 02, 2016


Two challengers begin to accept that their options are coming to an end

Inside Cruz’s camp, confidence crumbles

Support for Cruz Among Delegates Softens 

Needing to Win, Ted Cruz Trails Donald Trump in Indiana by 15 Points, Poll Finds

Chuck Todd Hammers Cruz For Dodging Every Question: 'This Is Exactly What People Hate' 

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/oh-ted.html

Not going to happen

Despite losing five of the last six Democratic primaries — including a crucial loss to Hillary Clinton in New York — Bernie Sanders isn't ready to call it quits. In fact, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Sanders told reporters he expected the Democratic National Convention in July to be "a contested contest." "It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone," he said. "She will need superdelegates to take her over the top."  He therefore urged superdelegates to switch allegiances if their vote doesn't coincide with the outcome of their state's primary. . . .

More: http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/05/01/bernie-sanderss-fund-raising-plunges-amid-campaign-woes/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Bernie Sanders’s Fund-Raising Plunges Amid Campaign Woes

Life after Bernie

Where Does the Bernie Sanders Movement Go From Here?

More: http://www.salon.com/2016/05/02/dont_say_bernies_revolution_is_dead_why_the_real_work_of_making_change_in_america_starts_now/

Working as planned

Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races

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Sunday, May 01, 2016


It's been a while since we ran a segment on "the kind of people they are" (thanks to AG for some of these links)

Orlando woman plans to take her gun into Target bathrooms to protect herself from transgender people 

Virginia's KKK Leader Explains Why The Klan Supports Donald Trump 

Ted Cruz’s Father Suggests Placing Atheists in ‘Camps’

Journalist Julia Ioffe published an exclusive article interviewing Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump in GQ on Wednesday. . . Since the article appeared, she has been exposed to a slew of frightfully violent anti-semitic attacks from Trump supporters . . .

Racist Trump Supporter Arrested For Threats Against Obama Had Pipe Bombs, Weapons 

Much of Trump’s success stems from his unique ability to manipulate the very same tendencies that lead many people, most notably on the political right, to embrace faith-based religion. . . .

Trump ally Roger Stone gets his own "TKOPTA" section

Trump ally and dirty trickster Roger Stone called for Bernie Sanders to be shot for treason

Roger Stone Fears An Assassination Attempt On Obama To Stop The Elections

Trump proxy Roger Stone to publish book alleging the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. to jump-start Hillary’s rise to the White House 

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/tweet-o-day.html

Trump says, the heck with party unity


Hilarious: ask Republicans if they'd be willing to run as Trump's VP -- and what do they say?


You know how some people look and act like aliens in human skin?

"Mister Trump always says nice things about people, just because he's a good person." [read on]

More: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/01/megyn_kelly_unloads_on_trump_spokesperson_katrina_pierson_for_defending_her_candidates_constant_flip_flopping/

[NB: Yes, that's a necklace made of bullets she's wearing.]

Hillary reaches out to Sanders supporters


Hillary says Trump won't get much support from them


Bernie deserves a spot at the convention, and it will be the biggest stage he has ever had. But here's why that makes some Dems nervous


Why is Berniemania such a polarizing issue within the left?


Happy May Day!


The Benghazi committee is a pathetic joke. But now they've descended into real absurdity

After two years, $6.7 million in taxpayer dollars, and an 11-hour grilling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was widely derided as a failed partisan hatchet job, the Select Committee is now relying on callers to right wing radio shows as witnesses . . .

Too evil even for Fox World?


Bonus item: Obama's jokes at the WH Correspondents dinner -- with a little dash of Larry Wilmore


More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/05/highlights-from-president-obamas-mic-drop-whcd.html

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Saturday, April 30, 2016


The story of the day

Trump's strategy against Hillary Clinton: Misogyny, misogyny, and if that doesn't work, misogyny

Trump’s strategy for beating Clinton among female voters: Humiliation
Donald Trump's sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton reveals how he really feels about women  

More: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/29/elizabeth_warren_lashes_out_at_trump_he_wears_the_sexism_out_front_for_everyone_to_see/
Elizabeth Warren lashes out at Trump

The story of the future: anti-Trump protests. They're going to grow and grow

Protesters Clash With Police, Block Trump’s Motorcade Outside California GOP Convention

More: http://www.vox.com/2016/4/29/11535528/trump-orange-county-violence

This is a man who thinks he can be president

"Yes, but the problem with Pakistan, where they have nuclear weapons -- which is a real problem. The single biggest problem we have is nuclear weapons, you know, countries with them. And it's not only a country, you have nine countries right now with nuclear weapons. But Pakistan is semi-unstable. We don't want to see total instability. It's not that much, relatively speaking. We have a little bit of a good relationship. I think I'd try and keep it. It is very much against my grain to say that, but a country -- and that's always the country, I think, you know, we give them money and we help them out, but if we don't, I think that would go on the other side of the ledger and that could really be a disaster. At the same time, if you look at India and some of the others, maybe they'll be helping us out, because we're going to look at it. We have many, many countries that we give a lot of money to and we get absolutely nothing in return and that's going to stop fast."  

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/04/donald-trump-doesn-t-know-we-invaded-iraq
During a two-part interview with buddy Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump tried to show off his foreign policy mojo but wound up revealing how truly ignorant he is on the subject. . . . O'Reilly did, however challenge Trump on policy. "You did not mention Afghanistan in the address. …What exactly will you do about Afghanistan?" [read on] 

In the general election against Clinton, you'll hear a lot about how Trump opposed the Iraq war (which Clinton supported). Just one little problem with that


Trump tries to win over Sanders supporters who won't support Clinton


More: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/29/donald_trump_thinks_he_can_win_over_disaffected_bernie_sanders_supporters/

Indiana is a crucial battleground, and Cruz thought an endorsement from Governor Mike Pence would help him. But not THIS endorsement

"I'm not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming primary … I particularly want to commend Donald Trump ... I urge everyone to make up their own minds."

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/04/mike-pences-endorsement-yeah-whatever-ted 

Money talks

“The Clinton campaign is no longer airing advertisements in the Democratic presidential contest, according to ad-spending data from SMG Delta, reflecting how the campaign is pivoting more and more to the general election,” NBC News reports.  Meanwhile, Politico reports Bernie Sanders is scaling back his ad spending in Indiana.


Sanders Campaign Drops Lawsuit Against DNC 

There really isn't any doubt about this any more, is there?

Jim DeMint Admits Voter ID Intended To Elect Republicans 

The war against climate scientists


What millennials want


Bonus item: Late night humor

“According to a new poll that just came out, fifty percent of Republicans say they could support Donald Trump. The other fifty percent are a group calling themselves women."  ---Conan O'Brien  

“If you’re looking for somebody to come to the defense of one Republican who’s being attacked by another, you should probably ask somebody else.”  
---White House press secretary Josh Earnest, being questioned about John Boehner referring to Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

"Today Carly Fiorina was announced as Ted Cruz's running mate. Fiorina said it's always been her lifelong dream to lose twice in the same election."  
---Jimmy Fallon  

“We are basically one month away from Cruz holding his own Republican National Convention at a Hooters in Texas.”
---James Corden  

"To all those lawmakers out there who are so obsessed with who is using what bathroom and what 'plumbing' they got 'downtown,' news flash: you're the weirdos."  
---Stephen Colbert

Interviewer: “Can Hillary Clinton really pick a woman as her VP?”  Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn: “There is some precedent for having a running mate of the same gender.”  

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Friday, April 29, 2016


Hillary puts out an actual "Woman Card." Look, there was no way a campaign against Trump wasn't going to be centered around gender. He's made it that. Embrace it and prepare for battle. Trump says it is about women who support Hillary only because she's a woman -- I think it's more about men who support Trump only because she's a woman. This vote is going to show the biggest gender gap in history


More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/trump-clinton-women-problems 
Donald Trump’s Problems With Women Voters Are Worse Than You Think

“With the nation on the verge of a presidential election between the first woman to lead a major party and an opponent accused of misogyny, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are digging in for a fight in which he is likely to attack her precisely because she is a woman,” the New York Times reports.  “Mrs. Clinton’s advisers say they are confident that such comments will galvanize Democrats — and infuriate nearly any woman who has ever had to work harder than a man. But they also recognize that Mr. Trump has proved adept at reading the electorate and at dominating news coverage — and that Mrs. Clinton must parry his attacks without overplaying her hand or further eroding her standing with male voters, whom she has struggled to win over in the Democratic primary.”

Clinton's VP options


Looks like a truce between Hillary and Bernie 

The signs are everywhere this morning: The Clinton and Sanders camps are now signaling how the Democratic primaries might wind down without too much noise, contentiousness, disruption, and anger. . . .

A possible unexpected benefit of Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his VP

What I love about this impending decision is how much it will bug Donald Trump....It is only a matter of time before Trump makes another disparaging remark about Fiorina. When he does, watch Trump's numbers crater in Indiana and Nebraska. Then California really comes into play. After all, Fiorina is a familiar face with Republicans in California for her efforts against Barbara Boxer in 2010. . . .  

You know what? Republicans REALLY HATE Cruz

Asked about Cruz during an appearance at Stanford University on Wednesday, John Boehner called him “Lucifer in the flesh,” according to the The Stanford Daily. . . . “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,”

More: http://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11526258/john-boehner-ted-cruz-republicans

The GOP, a failing brand

The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view. . . .

Checkmate: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/checkmate-for-senate-repubs

Open vs. closed primaries: the pros and cons


How much did closed primaries hurt Sanders? http://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11528764/closed-primaries-bernie-sanders 

Those fired Sanders staffers are moving on

Former Sanders Staffers Launch Pac to Elect Progressive Candidates

More: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/28/this_is_what_the_revolution_looks_like_former_sanders_staffers_are_launching_a_new_pac_aimed_at_midterm_congressional_elections/

Teen birth rates are at an all-time low


No, the media doesn't like Hillary much


Drudge World vs Fox World


Bonus item: Amy Schumer on our crazy gun laws


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Thursday, April 28, 2016


Donald Trump, who is already despised by women in record numbers, decides that the way to get on their good side is to suggest that Hillary Clinton is an incompetent candidate who is only running because she's a woman. As if that has made her path oh-so-much-easier. Yep, the ladies will LOVE that one

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Mr. Trump said.

Donald Trump runs for president of the He-Man Women Haters Club

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/04/27/his-gender-gap-just-went-up-to-80-percent-twitter-reacts-to-trumps-clinton-comments/
‘His gender gap just went up to 80 percent': Twitter reacts to Trump’s Clinton comments 

In the latest installment of "Trump's minions saying stupid stuff" we bring you Tana Goertz, a senior adviser to Donald Trump. . . . She says that women vote for Hillary Clinton, because they 'they’re just going in [to the polls] and saying 'I guess I should vote for her because she’s a woman.' 

Hillary takes him on

"Deal Me In": Hillary Clinton Plays The Gender Card 

More on the theme: How hawkish is Hillary?

I understand that Ted Cruz feels that he needs to do something to shake up the dynamic of a race in which Trump seems to be pulling away. But . . . CARLY FIORINA?

Ted Cruz, who will not be president, picks Carly Fiorina to be America's next not-vice president

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/04/media-weighs-carly-fiorina

Trump tries to "do Presidential" by giving a "serious" foreign policy speech. All that it shows is how little he understands about foreign policy. Clinton will tear him up in debate

The Trump Doctrine

More: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/27/trumps_foreign_policy_nonsense_an_incoherent_mess_that_closely_tracks_the_gop_mainstream/
Trump’s foreign policy nonsense

Donald Trump Just Declared War on the Entire Foreign-Policy Establishment

Illogical, illegal and astounding

So how did Trump do? That depends on your expectations. For a guy who never uses a teleprompter, not bad. By normal standards, though, he sounded about like a sixth grader reciting a speech from note cards. On content, it was the same deal. Compared with normal Trump, it wasn't bad. By any real-world standard, it was ridiculous.  

Fact-checking his speech is sort of pointless, basically a category error. Trump is a zeitgeisty kind of guy, and that's the only real way to evaluate anything he says. In this case, the zeitgeist was "America First"—and everyone's first question was, does he know? Does he know that this is a phrase made famous by isolationists prior to World War II? My own guess is that he didn't know this the first time he used it, but he does now. Certainly his speechwriter does. But he doesn't care. It fits his favorite themes well, and the only people who care about its history are a bunch of overeducated pedants. His base doesn't know where it came from and couldn't care less.  

So: America First. And that's about it. Trump will do only things that are in America's interest. He will destroy ISIS, crush Iran, wipe out the trade deficit with China, eradicate North Korea's bomb program, and give Russia five minutes to cut a deal with us or face the consequences. Aside from that, Trump's main theme seemed to be contradicting himself at every turn. We will crush our enemies and protect our friends—but only if our friends display suitable gratitude for everything we do for them. We will rebuild our military and our enemies will fear us—but "war and aggression will not be my first instinct." We will be unpredictable—but also consistent so everyone knows they can trust us. He won't tell ISIS how or when he's going to wipe them out—but it will be very soon and with overwhelming force. He will support our friends—but he doesn't really think much of international agreements like NATO. . .  [read on]

Lindsey GRAHAM takes Trump's speech apart, with real humor


More: http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/04/lindsey-graham-donald-trump-foreign-policy-222549

Donald Trump: cause AND effect

Exit Polls Show Bitterly Divided GOP

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/04/27/the-coming-struggle-over-policy-between-donald-trump-and-the-gop/
The coming struggle over policy between Donald Trump and the GOP
Trump has NO IDEA how government actually works


Trump's candidacy could put control of the House in play -- but not if the Dems don't work at it


Bernie goes all in on California

Sen. Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning California . . .
More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/04/bernie-sanders-fires-hundreds-of-staffers.html
The Vermont senator’s team has turned to the task of pulling the party platform to the left and reforming the nominating process. 

Bonus item: Pictures say a thousand words. Make that two thousand


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