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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)

Senate passes defense bill including women in draft

The Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act 85-13, but some Republicans voted against it because it contained the requirement to register women with the Selective Service System. The proposal was not considered on the Senate floor, since it was included in the bill that emerged from the Armed Services Committee.

But the issue loomed large over the final vote. Heritage Action, the conservative advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation, deemed the defense policy bill a “key vote” that would count on its annual lawmaker scorecards because of the draft language.

“It is a radical change that is attempting to be foisted on the American people,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat, to my mind, makes little or no sense. It is at a minimum a radical proposition. I could not vote for a bill that did so, particularly that did so without public debate.”


I never thought I would find myself agreeing with Ted Cruz, but I do here, though probably not for the same reasons. My understanding is that in the 1980's, one of the main arguments against the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) was that it would mean women could be drafted. So they never passed the ERA, but now they want to draft us anyway? No dice! If they want to draft us pass the ERA first!
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Jun 14, 2016, 06:34 PM (9 replies)

POLL: Do we want Elizabeth Warren as Clinton's VP choice (by primary candidate)?

Someone posted a poll on this yesterday but didn't break it out by primary candidate. I thought it would be interesting to see how this question breaks down among supporters of both candidates.
Posted by democrattotheend | Fri Jun 10, 2016, 09:30 AM (42 replies)

One plus side of Hillary being the nominee

Is that it will be really amusing to see Bill Clinton compete in this: http://theweek.com/articles/474229/michelle-obama-vs-ann-romney-demeaning-cookie-bakeoff

Do the candidates' spouses actually bake the cookies, or just submit recipes? I am hoping the former. It will be nice and kind of ironic to see this sexist tradition (which, ironically, began when Hillary said that she "could have stayed home and baked cookies") get turned on its head.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jun 9, 2016, 06:30 PM (0 replies)

Did anyone save any newspaper front pages from Tuesday, June 7?

I hope it's okay to post in here.

I am trying to make one of my headline/front page collages like the ones I made for Obama's nomination/elections as a gift for a friend who is a long-time Hillary supporter with front pages about her clinching the nomination.

I downloaded all the good ones from yesterday from the Newseum site, but I didn't think to get the ones from Tuesday (probably because I spent Tuesday being mad about the premature announcement from the AP), and for some reason the Newseum didn't think that was a day worth archiving as historic.

So if any of you saved any pictures or PDF's (even better) from Tuesday, the day after the AP announcement, I would really appreciate if you would share them with me. PM me and I will give you my e-mail address.

Congratulations, BTW.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jun 9, 2016, 04:12 PM (12 replies)

NPR: Bitter Rivals To Allies: How President Obama Evolved On Hillary Clinton

Interesting read.

A lot can change in eight years.

Back in 2008, Barack Obama helped keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

Now he's endorsing her bid for president.

And he is likely to be one of her best campaign weapons.

"I've gotten to know Hillary really well," the president told Glenn Thrush on a Politico podcast. "She is a good, smart, tough person who cares deeply about this country."

Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jun 9, 2016, 03:49 PM (25 replies)

Poll: For Sanders Supporters ONLY: What should Bernie do now?

I have seen a lot of mixed opinions from my comrades here today, so I figured I would take a poll to see where everyone stands.

Please, no Hillary supporters voting in this. You can comment but don't vote.

This poll just deals with his public stance. It doesn't get into the technicalities of suspending versus ending the campaign, releasing delegates, etc.

If there is another option you think I should add let me know.
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Jun 8, 2016, 07:50 PM (109 replies)

Flashback: Hillary "took it to the convention" in 2008

As in, she did not release all of her pledged delegates, and she was formally nominated at the convention. That was one of the things she requested of the Obama campaign. I believe the way they did it - with her receiving some votes and then coming to the floor to propose nominating Obama by acclamation - was a compromise between the campaigns.

I liked the way it was done in 2008. In some ways, I would have liked it even better if they had done the full roll call. But the way it went down was also pretty exciting. It made the convention a lot more interesting than 2004, when everyone released their delegates beforehand and the Kerry campaign controlled everything (although they did introduce Obama to the world, so I guess they did a pretty good job).

I believe the prior practice of candidates releasing their delegates and letting the winning candidate control everything about the convention is relatively new. Conventions used to be contested and issues in the party platform used to be debated. From what i have heard conventions were a lot more interesting back then, and got more TV coverage. Now it is basically just an infomercial that the parties have to beg the networks to cover for an hour a night.

My point is, Bernie promising to "take it to the convention" does not mean that he won't endorse Hillary and that he will keep campaigning against her until the convention. He could mean that, but I think it is more likely that he intends to force a genuine debate about some of the issues in the party platform and maybe have his name placed into nomination. I think that would be good for the party, as it would make the convention more interesting, more democratic, and maybe get more media coverage.
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Jun 8, 2016, 07:10 PM (13 replies)

Does Hillary have any campaign events scheduled in DC (targeted at DC voters)?

If not, I hope she adds one. Not because she hasn't clinched the nomination - I concede that she has. But DC voters are the most loyal to the party of any voting entity in the country, and yet they rarely get any attention from national politicians. Politicians go to work there and they do fundraisers there, but they rarely venture outside the Northwest corridor (and maybe the small slices of the other corridors right near the Capitol) and address/interact with regular DC voters.

We know Bernie is going ahead with his scheduled rally at RFK Stadium tomorrow.

Obviously, the DC primary won't change the outcome of the race, and she Hillary will probably win it handily next week and in November. But I think it would be a nice gesture if she would add a campaign event in a place like Anacostia, to send the message to DC voters that she still cares about and wants their votes.

If any of the Hillary supporters here are connected to the higher-ups in the campaign, perhaps you can suggest this to them if you agree.
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Jun 8, 2016, 03:00 PM (5 replies)

I don't support taking it to the convention, but I salute Bernie for going on to DC

The residents of DC have limited voting rights and are usually ignored by national politicians despite being so close by. So while I see the writing on the wall, I am happy to see that Bernie is going ahead with his scheduled rally at RFK Stadium on Thursday. He will probably get slaughtered in the primary, but I salute him for trying for every last vote and not giving DC voters the short shrift.

It would be a nice gesture if Hillary would also do an event targeted at DC residents, especially in an underserved part of town like Anacostia, to make a statement that DC voters still matter to the party. I hope she will consider doing so.
Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Jun 8, 2016, 01:06 PM (2 replies)
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