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Monday, June 6, 2016

Game Time

Well, they're finally calling it for Hillary... so after tomorrow's primaries we should be full on into the general, whether or not Bernie wants to continue tilting at windmills. Sounds like Obama's ready to get off the sidelines, too... so it's game-time!

Fortunately, with her recent speech HRC finally seems to be hitting her stride.

If you missed it here it is:

Here's an excellent profile of HRC that gives you a sense of who she is. If you Sanders supporters want to feel like you have to hold your nose and vote for the "lesser of two evils" it's fine with me, but in reality I think Hillary is a smart, hard working, experienced politician who shares our basic values. I think we could all lay off the cynicism a bit if we wanted to.  Just sayin'...

While HRC seems to have found her mark, Trump's been having a harder time lately.

It doesn't help he doesn't have a campaign operation to speak of. (I found the examples contrasting how a normal campaign would operate to Trump's instructive.)

Perhaps Trump thought the primary was the hard part, but if so he was very mistaken.

Josh Marshall on Trump's ongoing meltdown.

This is starting to get good!

P.S. I hope that Bernie will gracefully bow-out of the race tomorrow night and throw his support to Hillary... we need to be on the same team here! So I don't really want to get on his case too much, but I have to include this bit from Jonathan Chait who puts his finger on something that's been bugging me about Sanders' rationale for staying in the race so long:

3. Pledged delegates don’t count because of superdelegates. When presented with Clinton’s insurmountable lead in pledged delegates, Sanders notes dismissively that pledged delegates alone are not enough to win (i.e., “Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14. Won't happen. She will be dependent on superdelegates.”). 
4. Superdelegates also don’t count because of pledged delegates. The superdelegate system, he has charged, “stacks the deck in a very, very unfair way for any establishment candidate.” Or, alternately, “The media is in error when they lumped superdelegates with pledged delegates. Pledged delegates are real.” 
The nomination is won by adding up pledged delegates and superdelegates. Clinton has a large lead in pledged delegates, and an even larger lead in superdelegates. You could rely entirely on one or the other, or change the weights between them in any fashion, and Clinton would still win. Sanders simply refuses to accept the combination of the two, instead changing subjects from one to the other. Ask him about the pledged delegates, and he brings up the superdelegates. Ask about the superdelegates, and he changes to the pledged delegates. It’s an infinite loop of bullshit.

I guess his obstinance is part of his appeal, but it's certainly wearing on me. Hopefully we'll be turning the page on this chapter soon...

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