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Hillary Clinton only needs 17 percent of remaining delegates to clinch nomination

Bernie Sanders has a problem.

Remember those superdelegates, the Democratic Party leaders and elected officials who can vote for the candidate of their choice? The ones Sanders' supporters have been complaining about for months? It turns out, to have a shot at beating out Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, he needs them.

A lot of them.

Sanders needs the delegates who remain uncommitted, as well as more than 200 of those who have already publicly endorsed Clinton. Mathematically, Sanders cannot win the nomination without that support.
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Clinton won the Guam caucus on Saturday and now needs just 17 percent of the delegates at stake in upcoming contests to clinch the nomination. That means she could lose every single contest by a landslide and still be the nominee if all of her superdelegates continue to support her.


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-only-needs-17-percent-of-remaining-delegates-to-clinch-nomination/

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Sanders (and some of his cyberspace supporters) have berned a lot of bridges with the Superdelegates. He will never get enough of them to flip.

Obama Thanks His 5th Grade Teacher on Teacher Appreciation Day

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, President Obama tweeted his thanks today to his fifth grade teacher, along with a photo of his fifth grade class.

"To my 5th grade teacher Ms. Mabel Hefty and the educators who inspire our young people every single day: Thank you," Obama wrote.

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The president expanded on why his fifth grade teacher, Ms. Hefty, had such a lasting impact on him in an email sent to the White House email list last year.

“The first time she called on me, I wished she hadn't. In fact, I wished I were just about anywhere else but at that desk, in that room of children staring at me. But over the course of that year, Ms. Hefty taught me that I had something to say -- not in spite of my differences, but because of them. She made every single student in that class feel special,” Obama wrote.

"She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President. This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher," the president continued.


http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-5th-grade-teacher-teacher-appreciation-day/story?id=38850063

Great picture of Obama with his 5th grade class and Ms. Hefty at the link!

Petty? Using campaign cash for family vacations is a felony.

Sanders brought his wife, 10 stepchildren and their kids on an all expense paid Roman holiday in a chartered Delta jet--all covered with campaign cash.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3542360/Bernie-Sanders-takes-private-flight-Rome-speak-Vatican-conference-burning-gallons-fuel-just-hours-attacking-Hillary-Clinton-climate-change.html

(Cross-posted from GDP) Kos: Delusion sets in at Camp Sanders

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"When we arrive at the convention, it will be an open convention, likely with neither candidate having a majority of pledged delegates," Weaver told host Chris Cuomo. 

There are two candidates. No one else has delegates. By definition, someone will have a majority of pledged delegates. What that candidate won’t have is a majority of all delegates, including the supers. But who cares? The only count that matters is pledged delegates. And if Sanders stages the biggest comeback in anything history to win a majority of pledged delegates? Kudos to him! He will have earned the nomination! 

But pretending that 1) we’re going to have a brokered convention, when the math literally says it’s impossible, and 2) pretending that the super delegates would abandon Clinton for him despite his historical and current antipathy toward the Democratic Party is simply delusional. 

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http://m.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/5/1510862/-Delusion-sets-in-at-Camp-Sanders?detail=email1&can_id=ad31a2e2debc6b615c4f6fd212476c6b&source=email-delusion-sets-in-at-camp-sanders&email_referrer=delusion-sets-in-at-camp-sanders&email_subject=delusion-sets-in-at-camp-sanders&link_id=1

Posted in GDP: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511661949

Kos: Delusion sets in at Camp Sanders

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"When we arrive at the convention, it will be an open convention, likely with neither candidate having a majority of pledged delegates," Weaver told host Chris Cuomo. 

There are two candidates. No one else has delegates. By definition, someone will have a majority of pledged delegates. What that candidate won’t have is a majority of all delegates, including the supers. But who cares? The only count that matters is pledged delegates. And if Sanders stages the biggest comeback in anything history to win a majority of pledged delegates? Kudos to him! He will have earned the nomination! 

But pretending that 1) we’re going to have a brokered convention, when the math literally says it’s impossible, and 2) pretending that the super delegates would abandon Clinton for him despite his historical and current antipathy toward the Democratic Party is simply delusional. 

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http://m.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/5/1510862/-Delusion-sets-in-at-Camp-Sanders?detail=email1&can_id=ad31a2e2debc6b615c4f6fd212476c6b&source=email-delusion-sets-in-at-camp-sanders&email_referrer=delusion-sets-in-at-camp-sanders&email_subject=delusion-sets-in-at-camp-sanders&link_id=1

CNN on Townhall: Hillary Had "Moment of the Evening" & Her Stopping Trump Answer was "Home Run."

The moment of the evening came when Clinton was asked about her support for the death penalty. The question came from Ricky Jackson, who spent 39 years in prison and was on death row before being exonerated. Face to face with Jackson, Clinton appeared off her game and at a rare loss for words. She managed to state that she wanted to keep the death penalty "in reserve" for crimes like terrorism and mass killings.

When moderator Roland Martin followed up by asking Jackson if he was satisfied by Clinton's answer, he affirmed that he was. 
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When asked to name three specific ways in which she could help stop Trump (a question Sanders faced too), she answered it well. She reminded people that she is the only candidate to have received more votes than Trump, that she is well-tested on the political battlefield, and that she is uniquely qualified as a former secretary of state to make the case for a president with sound and serious judgment. Home run.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/14/opinions/cnn-democratic-town-hall-ohio-reyes/index.html

Another great night for Hillary!

Samantha Bee on the Flint Democratic Debate

Axelrod backtracks on Hillary criticism, says she was on "right side of history" on TARP vote.

Enraging as was the greed and connivery on Wall Street, the collapse of the financial system almost certainly would have ushered in a second Great Depression. Had GM and Chrysler not received support from TARP when they did, they likely would have folded before the Obama administration ever had a chance to meaningfully intervene.

Presidents are often faced with galling, imperfect choices, particularly in these times of deep polarization and divided government.

Hillary was on the right side of history with her vote, even if she crossed the line in her retelling of it. Bernie was wronged in the debate, but his vote raises questions about how a political "revolutionary" would deal with the realities of governing.

I should have made this point, as well.

The character of some arguments simply can't be captured in 140 characters.


http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/11/opinions/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-auto-dustup-opinion-axelrod/index.html

Samantha Bee Rips Bernie's Interrupting & Hand Waving!

The whole video is gut busting funny, but she addresses Bernie's interrupting and his finger starting at the 2:00 mark:



And of course, there's this classic bit she put together making fun of his hand waving:

NYT: Who Won the Debate? Hillary Clinton Is Given the Edge

Commentators and pundits shared the opinion that there were no campaign-altering moments, though Mr. Sanders, who was on the attack throughout, occasionally seemed to lose his cool and stumbled a bit when discussing race. Mrs. Clinton managed to stay on her game and stirred excitement by taking some shots at Donald J. Trump. In the end, Democrats were most satisfied that their candidates mustered more decorum than the Republicans.

“I think Hillary Clinton got the better of it tonight. Counterpunched better in key moments. Sanders better on God, fracking and closing statements.” — Dante Atkins, contributing editor to the liberal website Daily Kos

“Clinton came prepared to the CNN debate and more than held her own, preventing Sanders from the clear victory he needs to change the trajectory of the race ahead of Michigan’s primary on Tuesday.” — Alex Seitz-Wald, MSNBC political reporter

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/us/politics/who-won-the-debate.html?_r=0
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