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Taking Mitchie Down


Trying to be grateful here.

So much has happened in just 20 days.
So many things to be worried about.
So much sleep I'm not getting because I'm waking up at 3:00 a.m. and worrying what ELSE can happen.

But then I think about all of the things that HAVE happened. Things that, sure, I never would have expected to happen if things had gone differently in November, but I find myself unbelievably grateful that they have happened at all.

1. My kids and I, watching the Senate votes on CSPAN as though they are episodes of a reality show (which they kind of ARE, but...)

2. "Watching" the audio feed of the 9th Circuit proceedings on CNN the other day, and feeling relieved that so many insanely intelligent people are part of our judicial system in this country! (AND WOOT! They just refused to reinstate the ban!)

3. Watching the "debate" between Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz with my family and wondering how much of the audience for CNN is really "woke" now.

4. The in-depth stories from Rachel Maddow. The many wonderful segments from Samantha Bee. The many excellent guests and clever POVs from Trevor Noah and The Daily Show. Dozens of hilarious monologues from Stephen Colbert. And of course, the gleeful, unflinching satire from SNL.

5. Realizing once again that democracy is not a spectator sport. Women's March? Done. Huddling soon. Donating to any and all races where it might make a difference. (If you haven't already, check out Jason Kander's initiative: https://www.letamericavote.org)

6. I am especially grateful for social media. Pretty sure 2004 would have worked out very differently if we'd had Twitter, because it's a great way to "parse" a story.

7. And of course I AM absolutely, completely, overwhelmingly grateful for everyone here at DU. I truly believe if we hang together and keep our focus, we definitely got this.

What are YOU watching on January 20, 2017?

Sure, there's a Facebook Live Freedom Concert (?), but I want to have my TeeVee machine on and pointedly NOT tuned to the Orange Horror.

What strikes your fancy? Binge-watching GameShow Network? I'm leaning toward a Law & Order:SVU marathon myself, but want to know what everyone else is planning.

Does anyone else wonder what Trump voters were voting FOR?

The footage of the enraged shopper yelling at retail workers. The racist rants of the woman in line at JC Penney. The angry dude screaming at the other people on the Delta (?) flight. The epithet-filled comments on so many Facebook posts.

It's like the country picked up a big rock on Election Day, and unearthed a metric shit ton of ugly maggots.

It's pretty clear that many of these people feel entitled to something they weren't getting before. Something that they still feel strongly that Twitler is going to get for them despite all evidence to the contrary. What was it, exactly?

A more peaceful planet?
A more secure retirement?
A better job?
A better life for their kids?

No, I haven't listened to a bunch of Trump stump speeches, but other than saying HE'S a great businessman and really smart, did he actually promise anything to his voters other than a wall and locking up Hillary?

Potential Hamilton Electors slate

What about Romney/Cuban?

A legitimate Republican who's worked with Dems. And a legitimate billionaire. Supreme Court will still be a loss, but we have a more moderate (and Russian-free) administration.

Where is the support forum for the LA runoff?

538 is claiming that Kennedy wins but I'm wondering if anyone here has a different opinion? 51-49 is still possible, right?

I don't think this is about math.

Yeah, I'm a little fired up. I've been looking at the delegate totals (using NYT and Politico primary maps showing delegates awarded to date), and I'm having trouble making the numbers add up in 28 of the states that have voted so far.

For example, Minnesota:

Bernie won 61.6% of the vote, but received 49 delegates (versus a total of 57 delegates in a proportional system).
Hillary won 38.4% of the vote, but got 42 delegates (compare to 38 delegates in a proportional allocation).

Then there's Wisconsin:

Bernie took 56.6% of the vote, and should have ended up with 54 delegates in a proportional system. He got 49.
Meanwhile, Hillary, although she received only 43.1% of the votes cast, was awarded 45 delegates instead of the 41 she should have received.


In New York, Hillary's take of the 291 delegates definitely exceeded her percentage of the votes.

With 58% of the vote, Hillary should have gotten 169 delegates. Instead, she got 178.
Bernie, on the other hand, got 108 delegates instead of 122 delegates that his 42% of the vote should have earned.

A similar scenario played out with the 252 delegates at stake in Texas.

It's easy to see why Hillary ended up with 165 delegates, because that does reflect her percentage (65.20%) there.
But Bernie, with his 33.20% of the vote, instead of being awarded 84 delegates, ended up with only 73.

I could go on. (Actually, I kind of did: I made a whole spreadsheet so I could understand why the numbers are so off.) What I finally realized is that someone needs to explain why enough votes have been moved from Bernie's column to Hillary's (in at least 28 states), so that instead of 1276 delegates, Bernie has 1149. And why Hillary, instead of having 1301 delegates right now, has 1386.

I'm sure I'm not the first one to notice this vote "misplacement," and how it has led to Bernie "trailing" by 268 delegates.

What do you want to bet that the gap would be under 50 if the delegates were awarded proportionately? Do you think the media would be ready to pull the trigger next Tuesday (before the polls close in CA) if the difference was less than 40 or 50?

Makes you wonder...

But, yeah, let's talk about the Orange One and his plans for giving the press corps a wedgie.

Please, please, please check the math, check my numbers, send me links.

These are the 28 states I looked at:
Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia Wisconsin, Wyoming

Does anyone think charges will be brought against the dark money supporting Prop. 32 in CA?

Who would bring those charges? Is it an FEC violation or would it be litigated by the state? Would there be any chance at all of the Koch Brothers being culpable? It's easy to see that operatives farther down the food chain would be held responsible, but wouldn't it be fantastic if parties like the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove were actually found guilty as well?

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