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Headline: Bernie Sanders Is Surging. What Happens Next?
Subhead: Leading Clinton in New Hampshire and increasingly in Iowa, Sanders now has to focus on challenging her nationally.
Associate Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
When he entered the race in May, political observers largely wrote off Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as a “fringe candidate” for the Democratic presidential nomination. Few thought he would present a serious challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton.
But Sanders has now surged ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire by an average of more than 10 points. In recent weeks, several polls in Iowa also show him leading Clinton in the Hawkeye State.
While early caucus and primary polls are not always a reliable indicator of the state of the race, it is safe to say that Sanders’ platform of fighting economic inequality is resonating among more and more Democrats and the party’s enthusiasm for Clinton is waning, giving Sanders ample opportunity to paint himself as a foil.
Sanders’ campaign will have to look beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, as he still trails Clinton nationally -- though he is closing the gap, with a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday showing him within 10 points of Clinton.
To paraphrase the Rolling Stones song, "Time is on his side, yes it is!"
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 11:38 PM (1 replies)
But there are unique circumstances when you have a world famous spouse and where she needs to be seen to be running on her own record and abilities, not her husband's, and where Bill being the larger than life guy that he is, would distract attention from her. You would think, though, that when she returns from a grueling three day campaign trip, that she would want to have his support and company, and he would want to be there for her. It would be some quality, private, together time if they baby-sat their grand daughter together. One year old grandbaby tucked in bed by 8 p.m. latest, open a bottle of wine and decompress with a loving spouse after a grueling week? All marriages have their ups and downs, but there are times when it's all about spouses just being there.
Headline: Bill Clinton rocks out in the Hamptons while Hillary baby-sits
Wow! What a guy! Your spouse gets home from an exhausting 3 day campaign swing
for President. You make the PR appearance to pick her up, but then take off to party hearty in the Hamptons.
Here's the spin Chelsea puts on her parents' separate activities:
Dad is "out with some friends" - not exactly an accurate a description as "rockin' out with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen," etc. and it's not like he & his wife are even staying together - Bill's out in the Hamptons; HRC is in Manhattan. And it's also not like there isn't a full-time Nanny and Chelsea & Marc couldn't have gone to their posh evening at The Palm unless HRC was able to babysit.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 10:29 PM (8 replies)
I keep hearing how many Super Delegates have "pledged" to Hillary. Yeah, right! It may come as a shock to the Clinton camp, but a Super Delegate pledge does not constitute any kind of binding legal contract. Nor is it even a religious or morally binding promise like a marriage vow, i.e., I pledge thee my troth and will cling only unto thee, forsaking all others till death do us part. Here's the real deal, and it ain't good news for Hill.
Ohlemacher, Stephen. “Superdelegates are flocking to Obama.” Associated Press. February 23, 2008. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080223/D8V007M80.html
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 03:24 PM (1 replies)
Enough! with her commitment to enforcing American Exceptionalism on third world countries in the holy name of endless profiteering and endless bloodbaths. Let's elect a statesman, not a warrior.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 07:36 AM (0 replies)
GETTYSBURG — The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee elected Marcel Groen as its chairman on Saturday, ending months of uncertainty that fractured the state party's leadership.
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“They're all important,” said Groen, 70, who will serve as chairman through at least June 2018.
Groen, who has been active in Democratic politics since 1971, said he wants to involve more rank-and-file party members in the candidate endorsement process and encourage potential rising stars. As Montgomery County's Democratic leader, he was instrumental in the party's takeover of county government in 2012 for the first time in nearly 150 years.
Groen, a partner in the Fox Rothschild law firm, is the son of Holocaust survivors from Amsterdam who emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 9.
“When I got off the boat, I spoke no English,” he said Friday.
The Post-Gazette article gives additional background on today's meeting in Gettysburg and the issues involved in this change in leadership. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2015/09/12/Pennsylvania-Democrats-select-Groen-as-party-chair/stories/201509120155
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 12, 2015, 06:09 PM (1 replies)
These comments following the article at the OP link speak for me:
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 12, 2015, 03:40 AM (114 replies)
Rest in peace, Rosa Maria Feliciano - you died far too soon.
Beginning of the link:
On Sept. 11, 2001, Isaac Feliciano dropped his wife off at the subway so she could get to her job at Marsh & McLennan, in the south tower of the World Trade Center. Then, he headed to work himself — at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where he's worked for the past 21 years. When the plane struck the tower, even as far away as he was, Feliciano was still able to see the damage firsthand.
(Read the whole report at the link)
End of the report
"When I cross the bridge every morning, I see the city and it just doesn't look the same anymore. I just see that new tower there, but I can't see myself going there for no reason at all."
Whatever the name given to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, there is just one name that matters to him — and just one site he wants to keep visiting.
"Her name is Rosa Maria Feliciano," he says. "She's buried here, so Green-Wood Cemetery is ground zero for me."
Posted by Divernan | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 01:59 PM (0 replies)
For those who don't know him, Sestak is a retired Navy 3 star Admiral and former U.S. Congressman who is running for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.
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Posted by Divernan | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 11:14 AM (3 replies)
Can Hillary Clinton avoid the fate of Mitt Romney? Five ways to recapture her cool
Posted by Divernan | Wed Sep 9, 2015, 07:39 AM (1 replies)
If you read her books, you know that her mother had a miserable childhood - basically was abandoned, and then married a man who was so controlling and abusive that if HRC came home with A's from school, he belittled her by belittling any school which gave her an A. Her father was physically abusive as well.
Some kids with abusive parents get in to trouble, others double down and try twice as hard to win parental approval, i.e, love. It's not what you DO(getting an A), it's the end results (parental approval) - we see this in people who will do anything, justify anything if it results in a win. Winning isn't the most important thing - it's the ONLY thing.
Some of you may have studied Maslow's research with rhesus monkeys - particularly the study where cloth covered wire cones with a false monkey face on top were equipped with nursing bottles w/ the nipple protruding from the middle of what would be the chest area.
Infant monkeys were removed from their mothers and paired with one of these "cloth mothers". Then Maslow introduced pain to the equation. The babies would receive electric shocks from the mothers, or short, sharp knives were placed around the nipple so that the babies would be cut when they tried to nurse. The results? The more pain the babies received from the faux mothers, the tighter the babies clung to the mothers. Their instincts were that parents were supposed to comfort and nurture them.
The findings from this experiment were used to demonstrate and explain why abused human children still clung to their abusive parents. In particular, it influenced enlightened judges/social workers from deciding whether or not to return children to abusive parents based on asking the child if they wanted to go home.
Is it so surprising that a child growing up placing satisfying his/her parental source of love above all else, no matter how much abuse or rejection, then stays in an abusive marriage? But he's/she's my husband/wife. He/she is supposed to love me. It must be my fault.
The following NYT excerpt was originally posted in the Hillary Clinton group:
Posted by Divernan | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 10:23 AM (2 replies)