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Expressing outrage over Bernie's "hypocrisy" for taking DSCC money

While you're simultaneously holding fat cat fundraisers in Mexico City, New York and London?



Bernie has now raised $5.2 million since the polls closed last night

That's in under 20 hours.

We can speak as loudly as the billionaires.


Photo: Bernie's Homemade Hippie House in the Woods

More great pics here;


Hillary Clinton sounded a lot like Bernie Sanders after losing to Bernie Sanders

Strains credulity.


Clinton moved in on Sanders’s territory Tuesday night.

In this campaign, you've heard a lot about Washington and about Wall Street. Now, Senator Sanders and I both want to get secret, unaccountable money out of politics. And let's remember — let's remember — Citizens United, one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in our country's history, was actually a case about a right-wing attack on me and my campaign.

A right-wing organization took aim at me and ended up damaging our entire democracy. So, yes, you are not going to find anybody more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform than me.

Curbing the influence of money in politics hasn’t been a major theme of Clinton’s campaign, for obvious reasons. Outside groups have raised $48.1 million to promote her candidacy, according to fund-raising data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.


Bernie can win Massachusetts. Here's why.

No, it's not because Vermont borders Massachusetts. It's because of New Hampshire. More specifically, it's because of Cheshire, Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. All border Massachusetts and are widely considered, in many ways, Boston suburbs. The media is out of Boston, and lots of folks commute to Boston and environs. All three went overwhelmingly for Bernie. But that's not all. Massachusetts has a ton of colleges, Bernie has been advertising there for some time and the zeitgueist is very different from 2008 when Hillary won by a large margin. The Berkshires are natural Bernie country and there is an affinity between Berkshirites and Vermonters.

Bernie raised 2.5 million dollars last night. Do you understand what

a huge political earthquake this is? Oh, and he would have raised more but we, his donors, broke the internet.


Bernie Sanders took a few moments in his victory speech Tuesday night to make a small request of his supporters: “Please help us raise the funds we need, whether it’s 10 bucks, 20 bucks, or 50 bucks,” he said.

The response was so overwhelming that his website buckled under the traffic. Between the close of the polls and 12:30 a.m., his campaign brought in $2.6 million.



Bernie Sanders and the African American vote.

This is ANALYSIS, not advocacy, and I'm not trying to dampen enthusiasm for Bernie, just expressing what I see.

Bernie Sanders is not a natural fit with the AA electorate. His past civil rights activism is a minor factor if it is a factor at all. AA voters are more conservative and religious than white voters. Bernie is a pretty secular Jew. Hillary is a religious Protestant, like the vast majority of AA voters. Religious voters are less likely to vote for someone widely considered to be secular. It's harder to know if his being Jewish is a factor that works against him. AA voters like the Clintons. They feel comfortable with the Clintons. And I put that in the plural because Bill is a big asset here. Bernie is an outsider to AA voters. I don't see that changing significantly.


Among black Protestant voters, about six-in-ten (62%) think Clinton will be a “good” or a “great” president, while 36% say this about Sanders.



But Bernie is still a big factor. His influence on the Democratic Party isn't going away. He now has a lot of clout.

Clinton Campaign to Host Fundraisers in Mexico

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to hold fundraisers in Mexico on Wednesday.

The former secretary of state will not herself take part in the two events, which are slated to be held in Mexico City one day after the New Hampshire primary vote, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Her campaign treasurer, Jose Villarreal, will instead host the events.

Ivan Zapien, a Wal-Mart lobbyist who relocated to Mexico along with the company in 2015, will also be present to co-host the fundraising dinner.

Alejandra Rangel Smith, an academic from Mexico, will be in charge of the fundraising breakfast at her house.

According to the Hill, Mexico City is not “a common destination” for hopefuls interested in overseas fundraisers.

The donors are required to assert that they are US citizens.


Millennials are showing up.

I suspect they are energized and will continue voting in impressive numbers. The meme that young voters won't show up needs to be trashed.

In honor of Bernie and Vermont: Victory may be fleeting but it sure is sweet

This was originally called Poor Man's Pudding or Working Man's Pudding. It's Quebecois in origin, but popular in Vermont, Northern NH and Maine, where there have traditionally been a lot of people of French-Canadian origin. Originally it was made with maple syrup but as that hasn't been a product that poor people can afford for a long time, there are a lot of good recipes where brown sugar forms the basis of the syrup used. In Quebecois it's known as Pouding Chomeur. Made with either Brown sugar or maple syrup, it's addictively delicious and wicked sweet. Serve with unsweetened whipped cream.

This is my favorite recipe for Pouding Chomeur:

1 1/3 cups dark amber maple syrup
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (5 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of mace
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish. Line the bottom of the dish with a piece of parchment paper and butter the paper. In a medium saucepan, boil the maple syrup over moderate heat until reduced to 1 cup, about 6 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat, whisk in 3 tablespoons of the butter, then pour into the prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, salt and mace. In another small bowl, whisk the whole egg and egg yolk with the buttermilk and vanilla. In a large bowl, beat the remaining stick of butter with the sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients in 2 batches, alternating with the liquid ingredients; beat until the batter is smooth.

Evenly dollop heaping tablespoons of the batter on top of the maple syrup. Bake the pudding for 35 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe using brown sugar
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