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the Clinton campaign needs to somehow paint Trump as mentally unstable

without coming out as saying he's mentally unstable. Plenty of republicans have said it, like Lindsey Graham who straight out said he's nuts.

I think framing him (accurately) as mentally unstable could be very effective. And although it's probably not a good idea for Clinton to say it, her surrogates and superpacs can go that route.

From The New Yorker's devastating profile of Melania Trump:

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They call out other fudges: Melania has claimed to have won first place in the Look of the Year contest; her Web site states that she obtained a degree in architecture and design from the University of Ljubljana when in fact she dropped out in her first year. Let’s assume, for a moment, that Melania does have Donald’s ear. Imagine the game of geopolitical telephone that might ensue after a state dinner, with each of them trying to persuade the other how he or she killed with Xi or Netanyahu.

“Do you speak any Spanish?” Barbara Walters asked Trump in November. “No,” he replied. “This is an English-speaking country, remember?” It must be a bizarre feeling to be Donald Trump and to have a multilingual son who, at one point, spoke English with a Slovenian inflection. (“He has an accent?” Larry King asked, in puzzlement, when the family appeared on his show in 2010.) Trump had no problem lumping Columba Bush, who came to America legally, with other “Mexican illegals,” or mocking Jeb Bush on the ground that he “speaks Mexican.” (Trump retweeted both comments.) Yet Melania’s speech suggests that she hasn’t entirely dropped Slovenian. And Trump’s in-laws, who don’t speak English, spend a significant portion of the year in New York, helping with Barron. Running parallel to Trump’s belief in American exceptionalism is a sort of personal exceptionalism: the rules, even if he makes them, don’t apply to him.

Melania is as imperial as her husband, if not more so. Most aspiring First Ladies chase accessibility to the point of absurdity—Teresa Heinz Kerry called herself an “African-American” when she spoke to black audiences—but Melania positions herself as aspirational, playing ice queen rather than soccer mom. Not only does she never joke about her husband; she is entirely self-serious. The most un-American thing about her is that she is discreet about her weaknesses. She doesn’t attempt to bond by deprecating herself. She makes no apologies for her twenty-five-carat diamond (a gift from Trump for their tenth anniversary), her formal life style (“He’s not a sweatpants child,” she has said, of Barron), her multiple houses (“Bye! I’m off to my #summer residence #countryside #weekend”). Nor does she brook any challenge to her grasp of the issues. In 2011, after Donald joined the birther movement, she went on “The Joy Behar Show”:



Most Democratic voters do NOT want Bernie to drop out.

An excellent piece by The New Yorker's astute John Cassidy:

Why Bernie Sanders Is Staying in the Race

Donald Trump more or less wrapping up the Republican nomination on Tuesday night, the fact that Bernie Sanders also scored a big victory in Indiana was somewhat overlooked. The Vermont senator overcame a sizable deficit in the opinion polls to finish ahead of Hillary Clinton by almost seven percentage points in a heartland state that she carried in 2008. It was his biggest upset since he won in Michigan, in March.

In a series of interviews on Wednesday, Sanders confirmed that he will stay in the Democratic race until at least June 14th, when the final primary will be held, in Washington, D.C. Sanders also said that he would try to win over Democratic superdelegates who are currently committed to his opponent, a strategy that could extend the contest until the Party Convention, in Philadelphia, at the end of July. “I think we have got to make the case that the superdelegates, who in many cases were onboard Hillary Clinton even before I got in the race, that they should take a hard look at which candidate is stronger against Donald Trump,” Sanders said to NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “And I think we can make that case.”

Sanders’s determination to press on is causing consternation in the Clinton camp, and in the Democratic Party establishment. Eager to avoid alienating Sanders’s large body of supporters, most Party figures have avoided publicly calling on him to quit, but some are citing Trump’s victory as a reason to unify behind Clinton. “If wants to stay in and discuss the platform, that’s obviously his right,” Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who served in Bill Clinton’s Administration, told the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. “But at this point, we’re on the verge of a choice between someone eminently sensible and qualified, and someone who is a real wild card. It’s a little frightening having him out there trying to take down the sensible candidate.”

In the weeks ahead, the calls for Sanders to wrap up his campaign are likely to become more explicit. He seems certain to ignore them, and he has at least four reasons to do so. First, most of his supporters want him to keep going. Second, he still has a (very) slim chance of obtaining the nomination. Third, there isn’t much evidence that his dropping out would affect the result in November. And fourth, back in 2008, Clinton herself did something very similar to what Sanders is doing now, extending her primary contest with Barack Obama well beyond the point at which most commentators had concluded that she had no chance of winning.


Since the primary season began, Sanders has won more than nine million votes and finished ahead of Clinton in eighteen states. (Clinton has won more than twelve million votes and won twenty-three states.) Sanders continues to attract large crowds—on Thursday he will be campaigning in West Virginia—and he seems likely to win more primaries in the coming weeks, including in West Virginia, on May 10th, and Oregon, on May 17th. If he were to end his campaign now, many of his supporters would be furious, and even some Democrats who aren’t necessarily backing him would be disappointed. According to new poll from NBC News/Survey Monkey, fifty-seven per cent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners want Sanders to campaign until the Convention, and just sixteen per cent think he should drop out now. Eighty-nine per cent of Sanders’s supporters said they wanted him to keep going until July. More surprisingly, perhaps, twenty-eight per cent of Clinton’s supporters agreed.


What Bernie has done is extraordinary and magnificent. And he ain't going to fade away.

No politician with that donor list and that big a megaphone would fade away.

He started with nothing against someone who was running with all the advantages of an incumbent.

He has raised more money from individual donors than anyone. Ever.

He has won 19 primaries. He will win more.

He has energized millions of voters.

He has influenced the debate more than any other candidate.

I happen to think it is the beginning of a movement or revolution or whatever you want to call it; one that can be traced back to Occupy, but that remains to be seen.

One thing I'm sure of: Bernie won't fade into oblivion after the convention.

If I lived in a swing state, I'd absolutely feel it was my duty to vote for Hillary

I'm not telling anyone else what they should do with their vote and I'm not saying I will or won't vote for her, but Trump really is that bad. At a minimum, basic sanity is a fundamental job requirement. She is. He isn't.

My expectations for a Hillary presidency couldn't be lower, but the prospect of trump, and those in his wake, in the White House, is inconceivable.

I understand sore losers. I don't understand sore winners

Mostly because it shows they care less about their candidate and the goal of getting said candidate elected than punching on the candidate losing and those supporting that candidate.

It's petty. It's dumb. And the irony of those who supported Hillary to the bitter end in 2008, excoriating Bernie supporters for sticking with him now, is glaring.

Hillary supporters are insisting that there's no difference between Trump and Sanders

They couldn't be more full of it. They keep promulgating the disgusting lie that Bernie might be the talking yam's running mate. This dog shit is made up out of whole cloth. It's delusional. And yes, DU Hillary supporters are doing it. Just go to a certain forum.

Bernie has done nothing but excoriate Trump in the strongest possible language.

I think much of Trump's appeal is his stupidity.

Stupid people find it a comfortable fit. He's saying what they think. Of course his hateful (stupid) bigotry is another thing that appeals. Hateful bigots find it a comfortable fit.

Yes, Trump is stupid. His language and syntax have long displayed that. Yes, stupid people (of privilege) go to Wharton. Yes, stupid rich people get even richer.

I'm sick of hearing that he's smart or canny. He is not.

And sorry, but there are a lot of stupid people.

Republicans introduce "Improving child nutrition" bill that takes food from 3.4 million kids

Republican Representative Todd Rokita (IN-4) is probably best known for despising humanity. Specifically, he despises the kind of humanity that isn’t white and doesn’t have a considerable amount of wealth. He made a tiny dent of a name a couple of years ago by looking like an out-of-touch and heartless jackass during Paul Ryan’s infamous War on Poverty hearings. At those hearings he questioned the validity of a single mother who had pulled herself up from homelessness to get work and take care of her family with the help of public assistance. Yes, it was as abhorrent as it sounds. Not one to let go of trying to kick people when they are down, Todd Rokita has introduced H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016.

A child nutrition reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003) introduced on April 20 by Rep. Todd Rokita, chair of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, includes a provision that would severely restrict schools’ eligibility for community eligibility, an option within the national school lunch and breakfast programs allowing high-poverty schools to provide meals at no charge to all students. If this bill becomes law, 7,022 schools now using community eligibility to simplify their meal programs and improve access for low-income students could have to reinstate applications and return to monitoring eligibility in the lunch line within two years. These schools serve nearly 3.4 million students. Another 11,647, schools that qualify for community eligibility but have not yet adopted it could lose eligibility.

The law would raise the Community Eligibility Provision of the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act from a 40 percent threshold up to a 60 percent threshold. What this means is that communities would need to have 60 percent of its population living at or below the poverty line in order for their school to be able to apply. The provision is used to simplify the process of getting children who need free lunch.


Charlie Pierce translates the "zombie-eyed-granny-starver" for us:

The big news this afternoon is the chat that CNN's Jake Tapper had with Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin.

Being fluent by now in zombie-eyed granny-starver-speak, I would like to offer my services as translator.


"I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now…"I thought about this two days ago. I thought, actually, this thing was going to go to June 7 at the very least—probably to a convention—and so this is all pretty new for us. The bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee. I don't want to underplay what he accomplished. ... But he also inherits something very special, that's very special to a lot of us. This is the party of Lincoln and Reagan and Jack Kemp. And we don't always nominate a Lincoln or a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln- or Reagan-esque—that that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide, vast majority of Americans… And so, I think what is necessary to make this work, for this to unify, is to actually take our principles and advance them. And that's what we want to see. Saying we're unified doesn't in and of itself unify us, but actually taking the principles that we all believe in, showing that there's a dedication to those, and running a principled campaign that Republicans can be proud about and that can actually appeal to a majority of Americans—that, to me, is what it takes to unify this party."

Let's run all that through the trusty ZEGS-2000 Universal Translator and see what comes out.

"I'm going to come around on the vulgar talking yam, but I need a few weeks of completely undeserved approval to make sure my media-cultivated image as a serious person stays nice and shiny."

Thank you for your attention.


And Ryan's endorsement will come sooner rather than later, as he's meeting with yam-man next week.

(Hat tip to Atman who said much the same thing in an op yesterday- albeit not as colorfully)
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