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CNN: Warren, Hickenlooper visit Clinton's house during VP meetings

This is interesting. I didn't know Hickenlooper was even under consideration.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper were at Hillary Clinton's house Friday during a series of meetings as Clinton finalizes her choice for a vice president.
Warren left the house an hour after her car dropped her off at the stately home on Whitehaven Street near Dupont Circle in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Clinton is meeting with people Friday at her home to go over her running mate selection process, a source familiar with the process said. Campaign chairman John Podesta, who is heading Clinton's VP vetting process, and campaign vice chair Huma Abedin were also in the house during the time of the meeting.
Clinton personally likes Hickenlooper, aides say, and he is seen as someone who could help deliver Colorado, a crucial battleground state.


Posted by democrattotheend | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 05:14 PM (20 replies)

Reading Bernie's book is making me sad all over again

Tonight, on my way home from work, I stopped by the public library to borrow a copy of Hillary's 2014 book, Hard Choices. The library had the audiobook available electronically, but she only read the first few chapters herself, and having some other woman read the rest got weird, so I wanted to get the actual book to read.

On a whim, I decided to see if they had Bernie's book too, and they did. So I checked that out too, and since it had an earlier return date I started reading that first. What was I thinking? I was ready to move on from the primaries, but reading his book is making my heart break all over again.

It's not that I dislike Hillary or think she won't be a good president. I think she has a lot of strengths she will bring to the presidency, and I was prepared to support her even before today. I was happy to see Bernie come around and endorse her this morning. But reading his book is making me feel like we missed an opportunity to elect an extraordinary man who has fought for decades to open up the political process to working people and never lost sight of his humble roots. The story of how Bernie defied the odds to get elected in Vermont in the face of vigorous opposition from both major parties and from corporate interests is pretty incredible, and it makes me sad that we couldn't achieve a similar upset on a national level.

I wish I had read the book earlier, because I think it shows that he is a lot more pragmatic than we give him credit for, and I probably could have used some of the information in it when I talked to undecided voters who agreed more with Bernie but were afraid he couldn't win or would be too rigid to compromise and get things done.

I don't mean this post as an attack on Hillary at all. I am going to finish reading her book after I finish Bernie's, and hopefully that will make me feel more excited about supporting her.

Stupid me for reading Bernie's book now of all times.
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Jul 13, 2016, 01:02 AM (11 replies)

Warren Will Speak on 1st Night of Democratic Convention - means she probably won't be picked for VP

This seems like bad news for those of us who were hoping she would be picked for VP.

“In an apparent sign that Senator Elizabeth Warren will not be named Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Ms. Warren was invited by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday to deliver a prime-time address on the first night of the Democratic convention this month — a marquee speaking slot but one that is earlier than vice-presidential picks typically appear,” the New York Times reports.

“Such nominees usually speak later in the convention week to build anticipation for the top of the ticket.”

“Two Democrats briefed on the invitation to Mrs. Warren, however, cautioned that Mrs. Clinton had not yet made a decision about a running mate and that asking Ms. Warren to take the stage on the first night did not preclude her from being tapped as the vice-presidential nominee.”

Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Jul 12, 2016, 09:19 PM (18 replies)

Nice tweet from Hillary today

Thank you, @BernieSanders, not just for your endorsement, but for a lifetime of fighting injustice.

It's sad to see so many Bernie supporters bash him on Twitter. He always said he would support the eventual nominee, so I don't see why people are surprised.
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Jul 12, 2016, 03:46 PM (1 replies)

TRANSCRIPT of Bernie's endorsement speech

I decided not to read it now because I don't want to cry at work, but here it is, for anyone who wants to read it.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.

I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.

During the last year I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak to more than 1.4 million Americans at rallies in almost every state in this country. I was also able to meet with many thousands of other people at smaller gatherings. And the profound lesson that I have learned from all of that is that this campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate who sought the presidency. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.

Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Jul 12, 2016, 01:24 PM (15 replies)

NYT: Would Donald Trump Quit if He Wins the Election? He Doesn’t Rule It Out

This is a bizarre article in the New York Times suggesting that Trump might win the election and then decide not to take office, using the publicity to boost his businesses.

Presented in a recent interview with a scenario, floating around the political ether, in which the presumptive Republican nominee proves all the naysayers wrong, beats Hillary Clinton and wins the presidency, only to forgo the office as the ultimate walk-off winner, Mr. Trump flashed a mischievous smile.

“I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he said minutes before leaving his Trump Tower office to fly to a campaign rally in New Hampshire.

It is, of course, entirely possible that Mr. Trump is playing coy to earn more news coverage. But the notion of the intensely competitive Mr. Trump’s being more interested in winning the presidency than serving as president is not exactly a foreign concept to close observers of this presidential race.

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:14 AM (3 replies)

Brexit? Maybe Not. (Politico)


LONDON — In the run up to Thursday’s seismic referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU, David Cameron made two specific pledges: He would carry on in office regardless at 10 Downing Street and there could be no turning back. “Out is out,” he warned.

Three hours after the result was announced, the prime minister resigned.

So could, just possibly, Out become In?

In dining rooms across London and Brussels, anxious Remainers — the “48 percent” that wanted to stay in the union — are gaming out various scenarios.

The politics and the legalities of an exit from the EU are so unclear and unprecedented that the thought isn’t entirely wishful. Just mostly so. Anything, in theory, is possible.

Here are six possible scenarios to stave off Brexit (and probably give right-wing UKIP leader Nigel Farage an aneurism):

It seems none of them are very likely, but it's an interesting article.
Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 06:01 PM (0 replies)

Politico: Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump's convention

A slot at the Republican National Convention used to be a career-maker — a chance to make your name on the big stage and to catch the eye of the Republican donors and activists who make or break campaigns.

In the year of Trump: Not so much.

With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking. Only a few said they were open to it, and everyone else said they weren’t planning on it, didn’t want to or weren’t going to Cleveland at all — or simply didn’t respond.

This seems strange to me. Even if the presumptive nominee is not favored to win, up and coming politicians don't usually shy away for fear of being linked with a loser. Obama became an overnight star after the 2004 convention despite the fact that Kerry lost. But I guess Trump is so polarizing that Republicans are afraid that speaking at his convention will link them to his racist views (which some of them probably secretly agree with).
Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 05:27 PM (11 replies)

Any thoughts on the primary to replace Steve Israel (NY-03)?

I hope this is okay to post in here now that it's not just about the presidential primaries.

As you may know Steve Israel, who represents New York's 3rd Congressional District, is retiring, and I am having a hard time choosing between his potential replacements. I would appreciate if anyone familiar with the race or any of the candidates could share some insight. Here is my take so far on the candidates.

Jonathan Clarke
He seems to be the most progressive of the candidates, and I would prefer to give my vote to a fellow Bernie supporter. As far as I can tell, Clarke is the only one who fits that bill. I also like that he has dedicated a portion of his law practice to pro-bono, which is pretty rare for a small firm on Long Island.

My main hesitation is that he doesn't really have much of a campaign structure, and he is such a long shot that voting for him almost feels like voting Green in the general. I really wish we had instant runoff voting. If so, I would rank him #1. I may vote for him as a show of support, but if it's close between some of the other candidates I might vote for one of the others (see below).

Anna Kaplan
Strong second choice, and I may end up voting for her because she is my favorite of the candidates whom I think has a realistic shot. She has an interesting personal story (Jewish, fled Iran at age 13 due to persecution). She would be the first Iranian-American elected to Congress. She is endorsed by EMILY's List and NOW, and I have gotten flyers from her emphasizing a higher minimum wage, paid family leave, and equal pay for women. She supported Hillary in the primary, which is a bit of a negative for me, but not a dealbreaker. The way I see it is that Hillary had endorsements from Democratic elected officials all over the ideological spectrum, so it doesn't really say much about a candidate. But if a candidate supported Bernie, it almost guarantees they will be progressive and willing to buck the grain.

Jon Kaiman
He seems to have the most union endorsements, which is a plus for me. On the other hand, he is very focused on seniors, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but as a 30-something I want to make sure he is also committed to representing all age groups. Hard to tell how progressive or not he is.

Steve Schwartz
Endorsed by Rep. Israel. Doesn't seem that progressive on paper but he did say some things I liked at the League of Women Voters forum. I just read that he was endorsed by SEIU 1199 - that is a positive for me.

Tom Suozzi
He has been around for a while in New York politics, and just feels too establishment for me. But I am open to being persuaded otherwise.

I would really appreciate additional insight into any of these candidates, including who is favored to win and whether it is expected to be close.

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 01:30 AM (10 replies)

Weren't Hillary and Bernie supposed to meet tonight?

Has there been any word on the outcome of the meeting? Did either candidate release a statement or talk to reporters afterwards?
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Jun 15, 2016, 12:15 AM (7 replies)
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