Clinton claims huge superdelegate haul

Guess there’s no reason to track them this cycle:

At the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis, where Clinton spoke on Friday, senior Clinton campaign officials are claiming that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination. They come from current and former elected officials, committee officeholders, and other party dignitaries.

The campaign says that Clinton currently has about 130 superdelegates publicly backing her, but a person familiar with recent conversations in Minneapolis said that officials are telling supporters and the undecided in the last few days that private commitments increase that number to more than 440—about 20 percent of the number of delegates she would need to secure the nomination.
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Pre-Labor Day Reflection: The State of the Presidential Race — Democratic Primary

Presidential primary races follow a somewhat predictable path.  We are nearing the end of the first stage of the race for both parties — the stage in which candidates enter the race or decide not to enter the race (or leave the race when their initial efforts as a candidate prove underwhelming).   Time is starting to run out for candidates to enter the race as the last time a candidate won their party’s nomination while skipping the early primaries is 1968.

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A Musical Interlude

This week, I’ve been reading some of the European articles on Donald Trump. Let’s just say that they’re unimpressed. Very offended by his words on Mexican people. And yet, across Europe and in the Mediterranean, there are thousands of dead: all people struggling to escape war and oppression and make it to Europe. A wall going up in Hungary. All incongruous. Better we should follow JT:

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The Democratic Debates

The schedule has been set by the DNC for most of the presidential debates.  The participants at this writing will be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb.  The first four are:

  • 13 October in Nevada and televised on CNN.
  • 14 November in Des Moines, Iowa, with CBS, the Des Moines Register and local television station KCCI as media partners.
  • 19 December in Manchester, New Hampshire, with ABC and WMUR as media partners.
  • 7 January 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina, co-sponsored by NBC and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

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Two Views of Foreign Policy

Living in a swing state, the local coverage of national news events tends to get comments from both sides of the aisle.  Yesterday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba was one of those events that placed the approaches of the two major parties to foreign policy in crystal clear perspective.

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It’s the money, kids

Right now, people are looking at polls, but there is another issue to be considered: the money. We know that there are regular contributions, with legal limits, and dark money, with no limits.

If you want to see how much money is being contributed to campaigns, click this link, and download Greenhouse. Then, on any website, when you see a candidate’s name, you’ll see how much money they are taking in by cycle. It’s AWESOME! You’re welcome.

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Bernie Sanders’ Black Problem

Last weekend, Bernie Sanders drew more people to events in Seattle and Portland than all the other candidates in both candidates combined for all events over the same time period. We’re talking more than 25,000 people in Seattle and Portland, and then again a few days later in Los Angeles. You may have heard that at an earlier Portland event, Sanders was unable to speak due to the stage being taken over by a BlackLivesMatter activist. BlackLivesMatter is not really a Bernie Sanders problem, but he does have a major black problem.

Polls from last night indicate Bernie Sanders currently besting Hillary Clinton in the NH primary 44-37, which is outside the margin of error. It’s been my estimation that Bernie can beat Hillary in both Iowa and New Hampshire, and probably will. But because of his “black problem”, he cannot win South Carolina or other states where the black vote is the deciding factor. Details on the issue after the jump. Continue reading »

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CBS says they are changing convention coverage

But it’s not clear at all what they are actually doing differently:

CBS News will overhaul its coverage of the 2016 Democratic and Republican conventions to emphasize participants “on the ground” rather than chatter in the network’s skybox, CBS News President David Rhodes said.

He said his bias is toward coverage of what they are doing and saying as opposed to putting resources into the “air-conditioned skyboxes” above the convention floor that typically showcase network reporters and analysts.

Traditional keynote speeches and other major scheduled events will be aired, he said.

So what exactly is CBS changing? Interviewing newsmakers somewhere other than the convention? Doesn’t sound so groundbreaking to us…

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Why The Donald is Creaming the GOP

Below is a video from this morning’s Up with Steve Kornaki. It’s Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who was on The Apprentice for three seasons making mincemeat of Beltway insiders, politicos and pundits alike. It’s spectacular.
She’s right in everything she says. After the jump, more analysis.

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The Uncomfortable Defense of Donald Trump

Sadly, I must defend Donald Trump’s comments on Megyn Kelly. Trust me, this hurts me more than it does you. Basically, The Donald felt that he was treated unfairly by Kelly, and his step over the line was to intimate that she had her period. Thus, the misogynistic idea that monthly flow makes women stupid, confused, angry and all the rest of the lies that men have used against women over the years.

It used to be that it was a thing. That the fact that women bled regularly and men didn’t meant they could be treated differently in business environments. As in: don’t hire women because they’ll get pregnant and leave. Mothers miss time from work for their kids. Etc.

BUT let’s compare his ACTIONS toward women compared to the rest of the Republican field, and to the Republican platform. When you do, you’ll see that if actions speak louder than words, The Donald comes off better than all the rest of them. Sad but true. Continue reading »

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