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TPM Blog Josh Marshall - The Whole Story (Pennsylvania PPP Poll)

This part of the write up from the latest PPP poll out of Pennsylvania tells you basically where the entire race currently is ...

Pennsylvania is a great microcosm of the issue Clinton faces in winning over Sanders fans. Among people who support Sanders in a head to head match up with Trump, only 72% support Clinton in the general. 10% would go to Trump, 6% to Stein, 4% to Johnson, and 9% are undecided. If Clinton could win over even just half of those Sanders supporting hold outs her lead over Trump would go from a tenuous 41-40 to a comfortable 47-40. Whether it's possible for her to do that time will tell.


Some Closing Thoughts on the Democratic Primary - Kevin Drum

Kevin Drum Jun. 8, 2016 1:38 AM
Mother Jones

A few random thoughts about tonight's election results:

Hillary Clinton won a majority of the pledged delegates, a majority of the superdelegates, and a majority of the popular vote. If you can't stand her regardless, that's fine, but a clear majority of Democrats preferred her to Bernie Sanders. Nothing rigged, nothing corrupt, nothing unfair. That's just the way it goes sometimes.

I'd love to see her choose Jeff Merkley as her running mate. I've never thought it was fair that Oregon gets all the cool senators. They should share.

But Sherrod Brown is out of the running, I guess: "Aides say Sanders thinks that progressives who picked Clinton are cynical, power-chasing chickens—like Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of his most consistent allies in the Senate before endorsing Clinton and campaigning hard for her ahead of the Ohio primary. Sanders is so bitter about it that he'd be ready to nix Brown as an acceptable VP choice, if Clinton ever asked his advice on who'd be a good progressive champion."

I find Sanders' bitterness very sad. It's not that it's unusual: presidential primaries often get pretty nasty, and the losers frequently take it personally. But Bernie accomplished a helluva lot. He wanted to move the Democratic Party to the left, and every hack in the party is now keenly aware that young voters bought Bernie's message en masse—young voters who, in a few years, will be middle-aged voters that form the core of the party's base. Sanders has taught the hacks not only that it's safe for the Democratic Party to move to the left, but that it's going to whether they like it or not. How many losing candidates can say they accomplished that? Reagan in 1976? Who else? Bernie may have lost the primary, but he won the more important battle. He should be proud as hell.

Continued at Mother Jones

In a speech of striking stubbornness...

Hillary Clinton Made History, but Bernie Sanders Stubbornly Ignored It - The New York Times


Revolutions rarely give way to gracious expressions of defeat.

And so, despite the crushing California results that rolled in for him on Tuesday night, despite the insurmountable delegate math and the growing pleas that he end his quest for the White House, Senator Bernie Sanders took to the stage in Santa Monica and basked, bragged and vowed to fight on.

In a speech of striking stubbornness, he ignored the history-making achievement of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who became the first woman in American history to clinch the presidential nomination of a major political party.

Mr. Sanders waited until 15 minutes into his speech to utter Mrs. Clinton’s name. He referred, almost in passing, to a telephone conversation in which he had congratulated her on her victories. At that, the crowd of more than 3,000 inside an aging airport hangar booed loudly. Mr. Sanders did little to discourage them.


“It’s a blown opportunity to build bridges that are going to be extremely important in the fall,” said David Gergen, an adviser to four presidents, both Democratic and Republican. He worried that Mr. Sanders was becoming “a grumpy old man.”

The raw math is brutal and indisputable: Mrs. Clinton has not just crossed the threshold of 2,383 delegates needed to secure the nomination. As of Tuesday night, she had succeeded in winning a majority of pledged delegates, a majority of the states that have held primaries, and the popular vote.

This would be the time, under normal circumstances, for a primary rival to acknowledge insurmountable odds, salute a prevailing opponent and begin the work of stitching together a divided political party.


ICYMI Benchmark Politics- Pollster roundup of the 4 most interesting races today.

Benchmark Politics ‏@benchmarkpol 11m11 minutes ago

In case you missed it - Pollster roundup of the 4 most interesting races today.



Hillary Clinton Is One of the Most Ethical (and Most Lied About) Political Leaders in America

Note: This article has received nearly a quarter million 300,000 shares since it was first published in January, making it one of the top five most shared positive pieces about Hillary of the entire cycle. It has been updated to reflect developments in the 2016 race.

Democrats are sick and tired of the endless lies about Hillary, the character attacks, the distortions of her record, the contorted caricature portrayed in the media. They want an unfiltered connection to Hillary without the prism of GOP-style talking points and false frames.

By Peter Daou
April 12, 2016

If the headline of this piece blows some minds, you can thank three decades of relentless lies and smears by the conservative attack machine and its mainstream media enablers, who have labored to create an aura of corruption around Hillary Clinton. Hillary’s detractors on the right, left and center reel off a laundry list of unsupported accusations with an air of absolute authority, as though it is simply a given that she is a terrible, horrible, no-good human being.

And that is precisely the intention: Taint her through innuendo and guilt-by-association, throw enough dirt at her that voters develop an instant negative association with her name. Accuse, accuse, accuse until the accusation becomes the reality, and may the truth be damned.

Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and billionaire conservative moneymen like Paul Singer have spent inordinate sums to paint a malignant picture of Hillary, using sophisticated propaganda techniques to render her toxic to the American electorate.

Sadly, many on the left imbibe and regurgitate these fabricated narratives, spewing falsehoods and filth at Hillary with gleeful abandon. They are joined by mainstream media operatives with personal vendettas like Maureen Dowd and the Morning Joe crew, whose venomous words reveal more about their own failings than about Hillary.

Continued at Blue Nation Review

Barbara Lee: “To paraphrase Neil Armstrong: It’s one big step for women, and an even bigger step for

“To paraphrase Neil Armstrong: It’s one big step for women, and an even bigger step for America,” said Barbara Lee, who has been working through her eponymous foundation for 20 years to help women advance in politics. “Nominating a woman for president represents a tangible shift in the culture of American politics. Seeing more women in office changes the way leadership looks and sounds.”

Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, the deep-pocketed group that helps elect female Democrats, noted that it’s been almost exactly 100 years since the first woman was elected to Congress in 1917 – Jeannette Rankin from Montana. More than 300 women have been elected since, and Clinton and her supporters are building on their work, Schriock said.

“If it was easy, it would have happened long ago,” Schriock said. “Things are getting easier, but a lot of groundwork needed to be laid. A lot of elections needed to be won.”

Women are still dramatically underrepresented in the Congress and statehouses across the country, and advocates hope that Clinton’s ascension will help close that gap.

Hillary Clinton makes history - MSNBC

Obama Is Eager to Hit the Stump for Hillary Clinton and Shred Donald Trump

President Obama last week in Elkhart, Ind., where he laid out an argument against the Republican economic agenda and, without naming him, an indictment of the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump. Credit Zach Gibson/The New York Times


WASHINGTON — President Obama, after months of sitting on the sidelines of the rancorous contest to succeed him, is now ready to aggressively campaign for Hillary Clinton, starting with a formal endorsement of her candidacy as early as this week.

The White House is in active conversations with Mrs. Clinton’s campaign about how and where the president would be useful to her, according to senior aides to Mr. Obama.

Advisers say that the president, who sees a Democratic successor as critical to his legacy, is impatient to begin campaigning. They say he is taking nothing for granted.

“I want us to run scared the whole time,” Mr. Obama told a group of donors on Friday night in Miami.

It has been decades since a second-term president enjoyed the popularity to make him a potent force on the campaign trail and also an invitation from the candidate running to succeed him to be a major presence there.

Full Article at NYT

"Two years ago, my son was killed by a mass shooter..."

"Two years ago, my son was killed by a mass shooter. I’ve never spoken about it publicly until now." —Caryn Michaels


The last two years have been the hardest of my life.

My son Chris was just 20 years old when he and five others were murdered in a shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. One moment, he was just a sophomore English major, grabbing a snack with friends at a deli near campus — in the next, his life was stolen from him without warning.


The media often refer to tragedies like my son’s death as “random” acts. But gun violence has become all too commonplace. Every year, 33,000 Americans — each one of them someone’s son or daughter — are killed by guns. That’s more than three times as many gun deaths as in any other developed country. And there is nothing random about our nation’s inaction.


Hillary has spent her career working to end gun violence. She has brought the issue

front and center as a presidential candidate, and I truly believe she’ll make it her mission to address it as president. That means standing up to the all-powerful gun lobby, enacting comprehensive background checks, and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other dangerous individuals.

And we can’t wait any longer.


I will do anything I can to keep other families from going through the unimaginable pain we’ve been through. That’s why I’m speaking out now, and it’s why I’m putting my faith in Hillary.

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Political commentary: State of the Democratic Primary Race

I leave it to the viewer to assign which character represents which candidate.

Clinton looks to shore up support among younger Latinos in California

Hillary Clinton meets with Californians at Los Angeles Mission College Culinary Arts Institute in Sylmar, Calif. on June 4. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

By Abby Phillip June 5 at 6:00 AM
Washington Post

OXNARD, Calif. — Most of Albert Magana’s friends are evenly split between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his social-media feed.


In a state like California, that trend is an acute problem for Clinton. The state’s 15 million Latinos are about a third of the Democratic electorate, and they are much more likely than any other minority group to be younger — prime targets for Sanders’s message. The median age for Latinos is 27, compared with 34 for blacks and 43 for whites, according to the Census bureau.


“Immigration is at the center of this presidential campaign,” Clinton said at Mission College as she sat at a lunchroom table sandwiched between two undocumented DREAMers. “This is very personal to me.”

Quietly, she began weaving a story of how she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and through her church, volunteered to babysit the children of Latino migrant workers.

At the end of the day, a ramshackle bus carrying the workers would fly down a dirt road, and the children would run out to greet their parents.

“I remember so vividly watching that and thinking, they’re just like our family,” Clinton said. “I used to run and see my father when he came home from work. I know what that feels like.”

“I never forgot that,” Clinton added, wistfully.

Her campaign believes that the key to making inroads with Latino voters is in closing this information gap.

“It’s more just a matter of letting folks know her history,” said California Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Clinton supporter. “I remember going to speak at UCLA, and I mentioned she’s been doing this for the longest time; they couldn’t remember.”

Complete article at Wash Post

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