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LoneStarMike

By Endorsing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders May Have Positioned Himself to Win The Presidency

Medium.com

Even though he has endorsed Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders has not conceded. In a conference call with delegates after the endorsement he said, “I am still officially a candidate. I have not suspended our campaign. I’m not going to suspend our campaign.” Bernie Sanders is still in the presidential race and may be better positioned than ever. Let me explain.

What would be the shrewdest political move Bernie could make right before Hillary’s career implodes? Ingratiating himself to her voters, of course. By endorsing Hillary, he broadens his coalition. If Hillary is forced to exit the race under growing controversy from her legal scandals, Bernie will be perfectly poised to take her place.

More at the link

Linda Thieman

Thanks for this, Mike. It is certainly an interesting point. If it happens, God bless the world.

NVPainter

YES! That is the news I was hoping to hear. Thank you, Mike!

Star Strider

Watching the morning news shows (GMA-ABC primarily) today, Trump has taken the lead in many important state preference polls over she-who-must-not-be-named. If the slide against Trump accelerates (as I believe it will), it could look very good for Bernie in the convention, considering that he’s always enjoyed a comfortable lead over Trump in the polls.

grapevines

Thanks Mike…I listened to the Conference call Bernie had with his Delegates, I’ve linked it below if anyone would like to hear it. Bernie starts speaking about 22 minutes in:
http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/bernie-sanders-conference-call-with-delegates-dnc-are-they-going-roll-call-plans-listen-full-audio/
Looks like they might have a Floor fight regarding the Rules as they want to eliminate Supers for the next election.
I also got an email last night from one of the Sanders delegates that I am helping fund which I’ll share with you. I found it particularly interesting what she had to say regarding her Delegate Credentials. Bernie also addressed that issue briefly at the end of his conference call. They’ll have lawyers there to help if need be.

“blo#stillsanders
Bernie has a plan.
As a delegate I am required to say that I will vote for the Democratic Nominee. Sanders is a Super delegate and he has many requirements as well. If you don’t follow DFL and DNC rules your credentials and voting rights can be stripped.

We got an extremely progressive platform passed including national decriminalization of marijuana, $15 minimum wage and ending the death penalty among other important issues.

Maybe I’m in denial, but I’m going to Philly to stand up for Senator Sanders! The Sanders delegation has a conference call with him tonight.
This campaign has had over 2100 shares, 113 donations from over 100 people. I am so appreciative for all the support I have received! This experience has been humbling. #notmeus

We still have a lot of work to do in Philadelphia. I will be there.
I trust Bernie. Besides, this isn’t about him anyway. It never has been. It is about US.
I let it out and had a good cry. Regardless, our movement marches on.”

That’s my bold in the Delegates quote.

Ellen North
Ellen North

My faith Berns forever – and I know that he never stops fighting for democracy and the people. I was wondering what he might yet pull out of his magical, unicorn-infested sleeve…

Ellen North
Ellen North

Dear LoneStarMike, shine on forever, in the reflected light of The Bern!

Linda Thieman

Thanks, LD, for this enormous amount of time-consuming work!

Raggedy Ann

Happy hump day, my friends!
Bernie was not a happy camper in that endorsement show yesterday. His face says it all and her fake smile was telling, as well. Here Bernie, chew on these nails for a while. Poor guy. Poor America. Poor us! She’ll never have my vote. Oh well, it’s not over until after the GE, so let’s all hang in there.
I am interested in these three organizations he alludes to. If they have any teeth at all, we might be able to bite someone in the butt to get things done for the good of all of us. If not, bend over, my friends. 😉
I’m not sure about that down-rate/suddenly on time-out strategy. It’s too much like a stab in the back when people can hide behind their keyboards and create havoc. If the TOP trolls can’t help themselves and come in here to bully and bring Liepar and the rest of us down to their level, don’t engage. Their strategy is to sound reasonable and make you seem unreasonable. Don’t engage. They’ll kick and scream. Don’t engage. It’s the only way.
Have a beautiful day, dear ones!

la58
LoneStarMike

I saw that and was going to post it, but you beat me to it.

I didn’t watch the “performance” yesterday, but I saw snips of it on other news shows last night.

I know it’s snarky, but I just don’t care this morning. (I hope the images work today.)

together

la58

Save that image, but next time have Bernie’s hand that’s in the back turned and flipping the two off.

Raggedy Ann

I read that, which prompted my comment. I can’t link to anything with my iPad cuz I’m tech-challenged. Thanks for linking it!

la58

Have you been to Apple support and gone to the forums. It’s help me a few times.

NVPainter

Thank you for the link! It’s a thoughtful analysis that explains a lot. Poor Bernie — he’s been through so much. As hard as the campaign had to have been, I wonder if this may have been one of the hardest things he’s ever done.

belle de jour

Thanks for this link; if it weren’t so heartbreaking and infuriating, it would almost be comical how obvious it all is.
I thought he looked like he was in a hostage video. The fact that he had to wipe his mouth off after all that stuff came out of it is understandable.

Ellen North
Ellen North

Yup, a man of stainless integrity was forced to endorse an obvious psychopath for President in order to retain any ability to still try to work for the public interest against the corporate/billionaire machine he actually beat out of the Dem nomination, under all of their cheating and other dirty work.

That would, I’d think, be the most most painful and degrading thing he’s ever done – but he did it for the good of his country and people, which have always come first with him.

LoneStarMike

Ralph Nader to Jorge Ramos: Bernie’s endorsement set Hillary up for ‘political betrayal’

Fusion

Bernie Sanders took the stage earlier today to finally endorse Hillary Clinton, his speech left many questioning the authenticity of his support. Was Sanders really finally backing the presumptive nominee? It often sounded like he was touting the success of his own campaign more than he was showing support for Clinton.

In an interview with Jorge Ramos, political activists and author Ralph Nader suggested there was, in fact, a strategy behind Sanders’ endorsement, and called the speech “brilliant.”

Nader said that listing off the many promises Clinton has made on issues like student aid, immigration reform, and minimum wage, Sanders was actually making a self-serving move.

“He set her up for political betrayal, which would allow him to enlarge his civic mobilization movement after the election and after she takes office,” he told Ramos. “So I think it’s a very astute endorsement.”

More at the link, including a short (1:31) video of Ramos’ interview with Nader.

Raggedy Ann

Because underestimating Bernie will always be a mistake.

NVPainter

Well, that’s an interesting take. I just thought he was going through his/our issues one at a time, so it would be on record, that if we were stronger together, this is what we’re together about. Then we can hold her feet to the fire.

It’s always been about us, not him.

eve

I really don’t think she-who-cannot-be-named is too bright. I didn’t have the heart to watch the whole NH event but reading Bernie’s speech he surely did put her in a box claiming all the things she had agreed to.- on the one hand necessary to help his supporters feel more comfortable but at the same time laying the groundwork for holding her feet to the fire.
And it also makes sense that If she-who-cannot-be-named self destructs, a now safely “in the fold” Bernie Sanders, is in a far better place wrt fending off a DNC Joe Biden play to replace Clinton with another centrist.

Raggedy Ann

I agree with you, eve. He definitely put her in a box. If she can manage to be elected – since many of us will be voting third party it’s a crap shoot – we MUST hold her feet to the fire, loudly and clearly.

polarbear4

How? We’ve done our best to hold feet to fires and it’s gotten us being flipped the finger as the austerity and war continues.

Raggedy Ann

By not giving up or giving in, polarbear4. The people must be in the streets. The tejadists did it – so can we. It takes work and commitment. Are we willing to commit to the work?

polarbear4

I’ve been in the streets, whenever i am able. Was part of the Occupy camps (we had to move a lot) almost every day (usually with my dog) as a peacekeeper and a legal observer. They even put up a small tribute to Bodhi, my dog, as the “most dedicated peacekeeper.” So sweet.

I march for all kinds of things. I can’t make it to Philly, though. I busted it for Obama in 2008.

But my question still stands, because look where we are. Yes, perhaps we got the questions a wider audience, but the world is fast coming under a destructive, corporate lockdown, and all of our efforts don’t seem to be able to change it.

Raggedy Ann

dear, dear polarbear4. I understand where you are coming from. I am a child of the 60’s and I protested my way through many events in the late 60’s early 70’s. I wish I could have been at Occupy – I live streamed it everyday. Thank you for being there. I cannot go to Philly either because of distance and, mostly, funds.

I know it seems impossible, but we cannot give up or give in. We must continue to be heard. Someday, it will work and our voices will be the loudest getting the best results. It doesn’t come easy, though – look what just happened to us and Bernie. The establishment is dug in and will not give in easily. They will have to be forced from their perch.

All we have to do is be ready for anything – ANYTHING.

polarbear4

Admire your optimism, RA. Puts a smile on my face. :O)

Raggedy Ann

Thank you, pb – I couldn’t get out of bed if I couldn’t be optimistic. 🙂

Linda Thieman

Remember what some dear man named Bernie always said in his stump speech–10 years ago, the thought of legalized gay marriage was barely on the radar and now it’s completely legal, according to a ruling by SCOTUS. Of course, there is still push back and we are still fighting to not have it chopped away at (like what has so frequently happened in terms of a woman’s right to control her own body), but this is how progress works!

Raggedy Ann

Hear, hear!

eve

thank you for being part of occupy!!!!!!
it made a difference a big difference – it’s just continuing to percolate even now.
these things take time and I think are catching on…
hoping anyway 🙂

polarbear4

always welcome and thanks for all you do, too.

CaptainPoptart
CaptainPoptart

No disrespect meant to OWS, and thank you for your participation in the movement, PB4. But that is only part of the answer. Like RA I protested in the late 60s and all we got was the war on drugs and Nixon’s MIC/PIC. Even Bernie’s announcement of parallel organizations will bring only some limited electoral gains.

IMO we need to add the economic weapon of targeted boycott to our arsenal. That is the one way we can attack the profits of the oligarchs, which is the only language they understand. One of the successes of the 60s was the formation by Cesar Chavez of the Farm Workers Union, which heavily depended on the boycott for its success. This is a tool we need to learn to use in our struggle which will greatly help. But by all means we need to stay in the streets until they finally listen to our needs in a fair and just society. In solidarity.

polarbear4

I agree boycotts are great and the bad publicity that goes with them.

We successfully saved part of the Spirit Bear forest in BC, with a boycott as part of the overall effort. And Chavez was awesome. I’m boycotting Driscoll’s right now, after reading a poster at GOS (pen something). A few others.

What ones are you thinking of? My point was not to praise OWS so much as to admit that we are not making much of a difference. I, too, was a Vietnam protestor and many things since. Climate, peace, etc.

So where are you turning to boycott? Good to see you here. :O)

CaptainPoptart
CaptainPoptart

My comment was more of a general one. I simply think boycotts are a good idea and don’t see much talk about them in the on line forums I hang out on. I’d like to see more discussion of the tactic and specific targets we might have.

I support (through my 401k) the divestiture of fossil fuels movement, but most of the rest of what I do is fairly personal. For example I still won’t buy a Papa John’s pizza although that movement is several years old, and I won’t spend a dime at Walmart over their treatment of their employees. Try in general to support small independent business whenever possible. Things along that line.

But I am interested in taking it to the MSM to get fairer coverage of all progressive issues, just not sure how to go about it, and am looking for ways to do so. Wasn’t aware of the Driscoll’s boycott – wassup with that?

polarbear4

That’s great, Cap. I don’t go to Walmart, either.
Right now, I could only find something on Driscoll’s for WA state, but I read comments by a farmworker at GOS, saying it’s a full boycott–labor conditions and pay, iirc, so I haven’t bought them.
I just hope we can stay united and not let this opportunity to shift things dissipate.

gustogirl

One of the problems with boycott is that the big corporations also learned something from the 60’s/70’s protests.

It’s hard to find the corporate provenance of any particular product. I have been boycotting General Mills since their Swiftboat push. But the other day I got a recall notice about some Wondra flour I’d bought. Turns out it’s a a General Mill product.

Doesn’t say that anywhere on the label. I’m not even sure General Mills is the ultimate parent company. There’s been a lot of consolidation going on.

But they are cagey and never state the parent company. Besides, there are now parent companies of parent companies – so you have no idea what not to buy. They can also easily change names to add to the confusion. I always thought it was General Mill

    s

but the website is for General Mill. Just look at the huge list of products we boycott because they are Koch brothers. I can’t remember them all but no longer buy Vanity paper napkins or Dixie products. Who knows whether I”m buying any of their synthetics that are used in other products? l

So boycotts will do little to dampen the ultra big multi=mega international conglomerates, but are probably still effective against smaller producers, like Driscoll berries.

gustogirl

Formatting didn’t work for me. Meant to say I thought the original was General Mills plural but the website is General Mill singular.

CaptainPoptart
CaptainPoptart

You make some valid points, but nobody said it would be easy fighting the large conglomerates. Nor is it necessary to avoid every product or product component to have success.

One of the components of the Koch Bros empire you referenced is Georgia Pacific. Making their products toxic to the American public will at the very least require them to rebrand, which is a very expensive proposition and only occurs when a product line is doing poorly or losing market share. This is the very object of an economic boycott.

So to take your example of General Mills, it is perhaps not required that we boycott all of their products, but simply take a portion of them and hit them hard. This will cause economic hardship and that is the point of the exercise. It is more important that we make a convincing argument as to why the boycott is necessary and then execute it for the portion of the output we can affect. But we have to use the leverage we have as consumers to effect change.

eve

you have been right so far, polarbear4, However! there are so many empowered young people who thanks to Bernie have joined what may now be a real movement. e.g. Shailene Woodley who is doing a caravan expedition across the country from California to the convention rallying delegates to attend the convention. someone posted this video on TPW yesterday, I think, but in case anyone didn’t see it, wow.

eve
polarbear4

yes, i loved this and hope that many can join in!

I’m looking for a schedule for when the caravan picks up and all the stops. Sounds like they will be stopping many places and it will be a great experience, for those that have the time and can raise the funds.

Raggedy Ann

Thanks for this link, eve. I love Shailene Woodley and admire her courage. This is how we begin to dismantle the establishment.

belle de jour

Agree with most of this… all of which should and could have been accomplished without a formal endorsement. Thanks for posting!

grapevines

There’s been a lot of talk on the twitter tweets this morning that he was forced to do it or he and his 1900 delegates would be blocked from attending the convention by the Rules and Credentials committees…true or not..who knows? The DNC certainly has done everything in their power to block his nomination too date.

I really wish he hadn’t endorsed. At least he hasn’t formally conceded yet, which he emphasized in his conference call with his delegates last night.

belle de jour

Ugh. I expected them not to ‘invite’ or ‘allow’ him to speak inside the convention if he didn’t endorse, but I did not think it was possible to block delegates before at least a vote was taken.

That said, at this point, almost nothing would surprise me – no dirty, fixed-party maneuvers could ever be too low – on the way to the throne.

grapevines

When Howard Dean was running the Credentials Committee disallowed/challenged a large number of his delegates from even getting in the door…no badges, no getting inside.
The DNC knows he’s planning on taking a challenge/Motion too the Superdelegate Rule to the Floor of the convention for debate/vote….he can’t do that without having the large contingent of credentialed delegates present..inside.

I’m sure those kind of tactics will be in full operation mode in Philly, in spite of Bernie’s endorsement.

I don’t trust them, DWS is a snake and they DO know how to play the “game”.

belle de jour

Sincerely hope there will be a massive pack of Bernie volunteer lawyers on call for entry denials.

I think most of the interesting action is going to be outside the facility. If Bernie was not allowed in to speak, I was hoping he would deliver a barnburner on the streets of Philly. How I wish that I could be up there, on the streets, when it all comes to a head!

Am also hoping the organizers have structured it as an alternative convention… earning camera time to demonstrably blow the Unity claim fiasco out of the picture.

Ellen North
Ellen North

Except that since this is for the people, I’d question the writer’s phrasing – ‘self-serving’ to try to get a little democracy in America, along with some public funding paid in by the public to actually benefit the long-suffering public, rather than having virtually everything funneled off to serve the .1%? And ‘touting the success of his own campaign’ rather than listing things desperately needed by the trampled and impoverished non-top-20% American? But I suspected that Nader was misquoted by a corporate media type until we got to the ‘political betrayal’ bit. How is it a betrayal to fight for the good and to fight fairly for a nomination, even against massive cheating, voter suppression and the betrayal of the people to corporate gain?

On the other hand, corporate media dishonesty does extend to literal misquoting…

LoneStarMike

Clinton’s anti-Trump campaign crusade presents red flags

The Hill

Lifer TV pundits and columnists still living in the world of Campaigns 101 think she’s doing just dandy against a Republican candidate who can’t help but self-sabatoge. [sic]

But in a year of populist outsiders captivating voters sick and tired of Beltway BS and platitudes, savaging the Donald as the beginning, middle, and end of your playbook no longer has the markings of a winner.

This is a lethal mistake: and that’s coming from a progressive journalist waving no Pom Poms for the former Secretary of State.

[…]

Reporters and Clinton supporters are inundated with one anti-Trump email after the other, complemented by “big” speeches about how “Dangerous Donald” is on foreign policy and Atlantic City speeches on his smoke and mirrors business record.

The problem for Clinton is, Trump isn’t as dull, plutocratic (at least optically), and as standard Republican as Romney. More, importantly, the 2016 voter is a lot angrier and willing to roll the dice than four years ago.

More at the link

LoneStarMike

Glass houses

belle de jour

I wonder if anyone has come out with a Hillary line of flip-flops for the summer…

Ellen North
Ellen North

Hillary’s already got an Imelda-sized closet-full of those – probably holds a patent on flip-flops specially designed for kicking voters in the teeth.

belle de jour

Excellent. They could have one of those devices embedded like the musical ones they have for opening a gift card… only when a HillaryFlop toes you in the teeth, you hear her maniacal cackle.

Until Flop chimes in from down below on the other foot, assuring you teeth kicking was never really Flip’s position or intention in the first place.

Ellen North
Ellen North

The alibi being, too busy flipping votes at the time, no doubt?

belle de jour

Votes, issues… there are a thousand ways to wear out Hillary flip flops.

I kind of picture them as incredibly overpriced and extremely unflattering, like almost everything else she wears.

Ellen North
Ellen North

And probably slated to be auctioned off on the White House front lawn…

HappyinNM
HappyinNM

This comes down to the fact that she wants to be president because she wants to be president. She has no goals; no aspirations; no plan. She didn’t look happy yesterday as Bernie ticked off the parts of his platform she supposedly agreed to. So, all she has is—-she’s not Trump. Either am I. Vote for me.

belle de jour

She has always given the impression that all of those so-called ‘issues’ – all of those pesky, unwashed little people, and all those silly, mortal laws – have just been an annoyance in her way.

Linda Thieman
dear occupant
dear occupant

Good Morning travelers, I found this header posted at JackPineRadicals;

Right now, every non-troll on JPR is pissed/sad/grumpy. Great potential for any of us to do stuff that will later look/feel stupid; so think before you post:
Relax: this site will never endorse Hillary. Or Trump.
Be nice. Or at least, don’t be mean. People with the same goals can disagree on how to achieve them.
Revolution is a process, not an event. 13 years passed between the Boston Massacre and the British surrender at Yorktown. 6 years from John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. We won’t win NOW, but we will win; let’s figure out how, together.

I understand many of you did not listen to her speech yesterday, and trust me I understand why. But Bernie’s persistence and tough negotiation got her to promise an awful lot in her first 100 days if she’s elected including a full throated rejection of the TPP. , and as far as I know that is the first time in a long time she’s commented on the issue. She’s now personally on record, despite the rejection in the platform committee.

My view after some reflection, is having Bernie on the inside will pay enormous dividends for us and the issues he campaigned on. I believe he will make her life a living hell and ask us to join him, if she starts to waffle and lie as she is known to do on her ‘promises’.

Revolution is a process, not an event.

Is what happened yesterday the ideal outcome, the dream that so many of us had? Nope, nope, absolutely not. But I believe Bernie is doing and will do everything he can to advance the cause and move the ball forward with the power that he has now, which is much greater because of US, than he had before this all began. We all have our part to play, and I will not criticize, shame, guilt or argue anyone into submitting to a decision that is anathema to their convictions. I’m not here to change any minds, it’s not how I roll. Bernie got us here, against all odds and he has my profound respect for doing so.

We won’t win NOW, but we will win; let’s figure out how, together.

NVPainter

Revolution is a process, not an event.

Thank you for pointing this out, dear occupant!

It doesn’t magically happen, like turning on a light switch. It means putting yourself out there, all of us putting ourselves out there, and working for the future, though we can’t know now how things will turn out.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about two of my ancestors who were Minute Men. They had no idea how things were going to turn out — and one of them never came back from the war. But they wanted a better future for their children, and their children’s children, and all those who would come after them. They were practical idealists, which is what we all need to be now.

I’d like to think that they’d be smiling at Bernie for picking up their torch and continuing the Revolution. And I’m looking forward to hearing more about these organizations Bernie is setting up!

Ellen North
Ellen North

Thanks for the much-needed pep-talk, but as much as I hate to point this out, this is the woman whose recorded speeches and documented actions, when posted on DKos or elsewhere, have been converted to lying right-wing smears according to her TOP supporters and others. And Hillary lies like a doormat even in the face of the evidence…

Edited massively because I made a mess of the first sentence, lol.

And I need to start sleeping more. One of these years…

Dro

Ellen North
Ellen North

Don’t pretend very plausibly either… of course, they’re thinking “Who else are they going to vote for? We didn’t let many corporate media-watchers know about Bernie or Jill, either.”

LoneStarMike
NVPainter

I love how he brings things back to the issues, which his interviewers are always trying to avoid. They always try to make it about personalities and the horse race, but he avoids the bait so adroitly.

polarbear4

Good morning! And thank you LD.

Two things on my mind today. First, how FDR “emerged from the contested 1932 convention to win the presidency,” from mahaganapati.

Second, does anyone know how much influence a Dem precinct committee person has? Can they truly make a difference in getting Berniecrats on the downtickets?

Thanks.

HappyinNM
HappyinNM

I don’t know about other states, but in NM you’re just a vote. You get to attend the county and state conventions. And you get to vote. Your only influence comes from your mouth. You have the opportunity to talk to other precinct representatives to convince them to vote your way. Also, it’s fun. Lots of activities with people equally interested in the political process. I eventually burned out, but had lots of fun and learned a lot while I was involved.

polarbear4

Thanks! You probably have to support the party’s presidential nominee, right?

belle de jour

(I know you may not have meant it to, but your question made me chuckle.) 🙂

polarbear4

Always glad to supply a smile :O)

(and i do it, quite frequently, w/o meaning to. ;))

belle de jour

Sigh. Your comment just reminded me, yet again, of the absurd lengths the democratic party has gone to in alienating so many people who would have enthusiastically added to their ranks and supported the decent nominee.

Ellen North
Ellen North

Who needs votes when you can manufacture your own?

HappyinNM
HappyinNM

This is hard to answer because I don’t know your state’s process, and I don’t know what stage of the process they’re at. During the conventions I referenced, you can vote for whomever you want. However, all it does is determine the order the candidates are listed on the ballot. Bernie must have done well in NM this year (at least with the insiders), because he was listed first on the primary ballot.

Don’t worry about what you may think is expected of you. Just go to whatever events you can and get to know as many of your state leaders as you can. Then you’ll learn all the inside info, and even gossip if you know the right people.

I think you think you will be going to the national convention and be expected to support TPTB. I may be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. In NM, those who get to go to the national convention are major insiders, usually also super-delegates.

polarbear4

Thanks, Happy. :O)

Yes, I will not be going to the national convention–they have already been picked and we had a fundraiser for the Berners (Bernie Prom).

I got an email saying we had a lot to do before November. I’d be glad to help with Berniecrats before then, but I’m wondering if they are thinking of a big push for Hillary.

I’m a little afraid to even go until after the general, but I guess I will go to the next one I’m invited to (not to the one this Sunday).

Thanks for all of your info!

KayCeSF
KayCeSF

This is a fun article to read, with a lot of details about that contested convention, as I’ve just finished Traitor to His Class by H. W. Brands. It’s a must read if you want to read about FDR and how he dealt with issues in his Presidency. I’m so glad I read it, and I learned so much!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqsT4xnKZPg

polarbear4

Thanks!

KayCeSF
KayCeSF

😀 …. Okay, now I notice this video is in error. I have no idea why, I was able to view it when I posted it. So sorry.

polarbear4

I’ll google it.

loneaudience
loneaudience

This might be a good suggestion for the Reader’s Circle.

jcitybone

Great tweet from Zephyr Teachout! I received an email from Zephyr’s campaign yesterday inviting me to a fundraiser next week in a Manhattan apartment. The special guest is going to be Steny Hoyer (not the first Dem that would come to mind as a special guest at a Teachout fundraiser). Given her outstanding performance in her primary, in which she handily beat her opponent, and in which the two Dems far outpaced the two Republicans running in their primary, I think the establishment Dems are going to get behind her big time. She will be a great addition to the House.

magsview

Some NY Democrats are probably regretting not getting behind Zephyr vs. Cuomo by now!

Cuomo says it’s ‘too early’ to commit to Democratic push in State Senate

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s “too early” to say whether he supports a full Democratic takeover of the New York State Senate, the latest steps in an awkward, years-running dance in response to reporters who know the Democratic governor doesn’t actually want his party-mates to control the state’s upper chamber.

Tuesday’s question was posed after an event in Niagara Falls, where Cuomo broke ground on a new, state-subsidized hotel. Specifically, Cuomo was asked, “are you supporting a full Democratic takeover of the State Senate this fall, and does that include the [Independent Democratic Conference] coming back to the mainline conference?”

This should be a no-brainer for a Democratic governor. He could have said “yes,” “absolutely” — even “duh.” Or, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, something like, “Of course, and I’m excited to work with them to improve the lives of working people, protect a woman’s right to choose and ensure that New York remains a progressive leader in this country.”

This is what Cuomo actually said: “It’s too early for any political conversation like that. Right now we have a Democratic convention coming up for Hillary Clinton, and that’s what I’m focused on.”

p.s. Does NY really need another hotel so badly that it needs to use taxpayer money to subsidize one?

jcitybone

Cuomo is right up there in the running for my most disliked Democrat

dear occupant
dear occupant

Geez, how far the rotten apple has fallen from the majestic tree. I grew up in NY while Mario Cuomo was Governor, he had a profound influence on me as a kid and it was from him I learned what being a Democrat stood for. NY deserves better, much better.

LoneStarMike

Jill Stein Appeared on Fox News, Made Their Heads Explode

The Humanist Report Duration 14:35

Green Party presidential candidate appeared on Fox News, and the liberal policies she discussed nearly made their heads explode. We break down the exchange in this segment.

The first 8 minutes are part of her interview on FOX with the last 6 minutes being the breakdown of the interview. The FOX news hosts were pretty hard on her, but I thought she really held her own.

KayCeSF
KayCeSF

Those women struck at her like a 3-headed cobra. She did very well under the circumstances. I don’t know why should would bother going on that network, especially that particular show “FoxBusiness.”

loneaudience
loneaudience

I’ve seen this twice now and love it. Stein did hold her own and obviously knew what she was talking about. They tried to best her but she clearly won.

belle de jour

And a little sweeter because she outfoxed them right there in their own den of crazy.

magsview

A coherent argument from Emmett Rensin that makes the case that supporting Hillary Clinton is a different kind of ‘hero worship’

But rather than savoring the victory, several prominent members of the media spent the day ferreting out pockets of resistance, searching for Sanders supporters—from delegates to journalists to private Facebook users—who did not accept their candidate’s embrace of a system he had vowed to dismantle, and holding them up as sore, petulant losers, for public mockery.

Let us set aside, for a moment, that these holdouts represent a considerable minority of Sanders voters. Let us set aside that their already small numbers will dwindle over the next few months. Let us set aside that Clinton partisans have spent the better part of a year accusing Sanders’s overwhelmingly young base of juvenile hero worship only to treat it as even more childish when those same supporters show signs of breaking with their purported hero. After all, the grievance was never with any particular attitude of young left-leaning Democrats, so much as those voters insisting on a hard price for their support.

Let us set aside also the fact that Clinton and her supporters won, and won handily, and there is something strange in looking at a major symbolic milestone in that victory and ridiculing every little place it’s not complete; that for all the talk of sore losers, these may be the sorest winners in the world.

I want to ask a more basic question: What is the relationship between candidates and constituencies supposed to be?

snip

One alternative, of course, is the politics of teams above values, a politics where voters do not select representatives so much as leaders, where principle plays a role but a role subordinate to loyalty; that is, a politics of deference and trust. The goal is to win. The goal is to believe that your support is not something to be won, but to be given as a precondition to the attention of the powerful. This is the style of politics that cannot fathom refusing to follow the direction of a leader. This is the style of politics that cannot fathom abandoning that leader, no matter her shifting values, no matter her past, no matter how much these things may contradict your own purported dreams. You win first, then you trust your leader to deliver.

Some might call this style of politics hero worship. But hero worship, as we’ve been told, is only for the petulant and the childish.

I probably pasted in more than I’m ‘allowed’, if so, I apologize Newsweek!

belle de jour

Over at the Seventh Planet, it seemed as though Hillary supporters were constantly, blindly and desperately engaged in transference and projection as both attack and fallback defensive mode.

Ellen North
Ellen North

You fight with the nothing you have…

Benny

Bernie was on the CBS Morning Show. One of the interviewers was very pointed and snarky, such as ” What took you so long to endorse and what did you get?” Legit q’s, but the tone was condescending. As usual, Bernie took it all in good stride.

He was asked what he didn’t get in the process (between HC and his campaign negotiations). With a laugh, “The Presidency.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-sanders-explains-why-supporting-hillary-clinton/