Thursday Reads: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

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Good Afternoon!!

If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, have a good one!

I’m illustrating this post with portraits of unsmiling women by Amadeo Modigliani. Why, you may ask? It’s just a little symbolic protest of the constant barrage of “instructions” from the media on how Hillary Clinton should behave.

For months we’ve been hearing from various male commentators–and even from her very loud male opponent–that Hillary needs to stop “shouting.” As Lawrence O’Donnell condescendingly explained, with help from Chris Matthews, “the microphone works.” Hillary should speak more softly and modulate her “tone.” She’s not being “ladylike” enough for them.

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On Tuesday after Hillary swept five Democratic primaries, Howard Kurtz offered this:

Glenn Thrush agreed.

Britt Hume thought she looked angry.

And then there was Joe Scarborough:

Each of these men was resoundingly mocked on Twitter, but not one of them apologized. Instead they were defensive. They complained about being attacked for their helpful advice and provided examples of various negative things they had written about male candidates’ speeches. They refused to listen to women who tried to explain to them why such unsolicited advice is sexist. You can check out their timelines to read more.

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Every woman has experienced this kind of “constructive criticism” again again. It’s not helpful, and refusing to listen to women explain why is also sexist. Some examples at Vogue.

Samantha Bee had a great response. She tweeted a photo of herself frowning into the camera and asked for responses. Lots of other women tweeted back unsmiling selfies. Click on the link to go to Mediaite and see some of the responses.

Connie Shultz at The National Memo: Hey, Hillary: Smile, Girl.

You know, the world would be a happier place if a girl would just smile more.

Just ask the guys on Twitter.

Now, by “girl,” I mean a former U.S. senator and secretary of state who is likely to be the first female president of these allegedly united states.

As for “the world,” let’s narrow it down. We’re talking mean men who apparently spend much of their day breathing into paper bags because they’re not even allowed to ask a secretary to grab them a cuppa joe anymore without someone from HR signing them up for diversity training.

What? No more office wife? Evidence of hell in a handbasket right there. Just ask them.

So now we’ve got this Hillary woman going all presidential on us. She’s everywhere. Giving speeches. Declaring victories. Starring in one town hall after another. How much suffering must a good ol’ boy endure? ….

Some men hear what they want to hear, and too many men don’t want to hear from women at all. This is an unhappy century for them, and it’s only going to get worse. One grandmother barreling her way toward the presidency is bound to work up all kinds of other women who’ve had it up to here with the catcall mentality of men who measure our worth by our ability to make them feel better about their limited view of us.

Much more at the link.

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Of course the advice about smiling and speaking in a softer tone are only the beginning of the unsolicited advice pundits have for Hillary.

Amanda Marcotte: Stop “helping” Hillary: Sorry, guys, but Clinton doesn’t need to smile, whisper, or have John Kasich as her running mate.

Tuesday night, those who were lucky enough to be watching their primary coverage on MSNBC were treated to what may be a record-setter in scorching hot takes, courtesy of, who else, Chris Matthews. “I do think if you could ever find a way to put a ticket together that would actually end some of this mishegoss, to use a Yiddish word,” Matthews spun out before coughing up, and you could feel this coming, that he’d like to see Hillary Clinton pick John Kasich as her running mate

“If Hillary Clinton were smart,” Matthews said, with a certainty that is unique to men discrediting the intelligence of women who are, in reality, much smarter than they are, “she’d make herself the alternative” for Republicans who don’t want to vote for Trump by putting Kasich on her ticket.
“Of course, this doesn’t happen in American politics,” he added wistfully, “because American politics is so free of wonder anymore. It’s so predictable.”
Yes, he said this during the administration of the first black president, during a campaign that pits the first major party female candidate against a reality TV star who is winning his party’s nomination against the party leaders’ wills and while running a fascism-reminiscient campaign. But what we really need to get out of the doldrums is for a liberal Democrat to pick a running mate that stands against everything she and her party stand for.

Read the rest at Salon.

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Of course the big news is President Obama’s Supreme Court pick of Merrick Garland. JJ covered it thoroughly yesterday. Today the pundits are speculating about why Obama picked an “old white guy” instead of making a “truly progressive” choice. Of course Merrick is Jewish, so he would add to the diversity of a court that is packed with right win Catholics. Forward.com:

Merrick Garland grew up Jewish in Chicago suburbs of Skokie, worked his way to Harvard Law School and investigated the Oklahoma City bombing as a federal prosecutor.

The “mensch” of a jurist with a most un-Jewish sounding name and a sterling reputation for fairness won a coveted spot on the Washington D.C. court of appeals and rose to lead that prestigious court.

After twice being passed over for the Supreme Court, he is now aiming to become an unprecedented fourth Jew on the nine-member top court.

“He’s a total mensch,” said Jay Michaelson, a Forward columnist who once clerked for Garland. “He really wanted to get the law right.”

Garland’s first cousin, Marty Shukert, an urban designer in Omaha, Nebraska, said it was “almost dreamlike” to see Garland nominated by President Obama.

Garland called the nomination “the greatest honor of my life,” in a carefully scripted roll-out to the nation.

Recounting his Jewish family’s battle with persecution, Garland made an emotional pitch for the job he has coveted for decades.

“My grandparents left the Pale of Settlement…in the early 1900’s, fleeing anti-Semitism and hoping to make a better life for their children in America,” Garland told reporters in the Rose Garden, flanked by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

As the headline of the story says, Garland seems like a real “mensch.”

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Josh Lederman at the AP: Analysis: Obama Dares GOP to Let Clinton, Trump Pick Justice.

By nominating an uncontroversial 63-year-old judge, President Barack Obama handed Republicans an unwelcome election-year proposition: Give in or risk letting Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump pick a Supreme Court justice the GOP might like even less.

Obama’s selection of appellate judge Merrick Garland landed with a bang the morning after primaries in Florida, Ohio and other key states made clear that Clinton and Trump will be their parties’ presidential candidates, barring extraordinary circumstances. Obama described Garland as an evenhanded consensus-builder, all but daring Republicans to block him and face uncertain consequences from voters.

Republican leaders dug in on their insistence that the next president get to choose the replacement for the late Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and high court’s most provocative member. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it “an issue where we can’t agree.” ….

Republicans loathe Clinton, but they recognize that if she wins the presidency, she could nominate someone far more liberal than Garland, who’s regarded as a centrist. At the same time, the GOP establishment is extremely wary of the unpredictable Trump and desperate for an alternative.

A Democratic victory at the presidential level could be accompanied by a return of the Senate to Democratic control, further complicating Republicans’ ability to prevent Democrats from getting their way. Republicans are fighting their toughest Senate races this year in states like New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Illinois where Democrats are hoping independent-minded voters will be turned off by the GOP’s hardline position.

Brian Beutler calls Garland an “old white guy” and opines that Obama isn’t playing 11 dimensional chess. He just made a mistake in not choosing someone who would make all the progs happy.

Did you hear about the story that PBS News ran about the Tilly family, first-time voters working for Trump in North Carolina?  Please go to the link and watch it. PBS did not notice that a woman they featured prominently while she phone-banked for Trump had white supremacist tattoos all over her arms and hands. Gawker did notice. Here’s a photo of Grace Tilly.

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From the Gawker story:

Above, you see Grace phone banking for Donald Trump, with the Celtic Cross tattoo on her right hand. Despite the tattoo being in plain view of PBS’ cameras, the story never acknowledges that it is interviewing a walking white power billboard. The Anti-Defamation League explains that the Celtic Cross is one of the most “commonly used white supremacist symbols.” Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow at the ADL, tells me:

The Celtic Cross is an ancient and revered Christian symbol typically not associated with extremism at all. However, one particular version of the Celtic Cross—a squarish cross with a thick circle intersecting with it (also known as Odin’s Cross), has become one of the most popular white supremacist symbols around. In the past 20 years, its popularity has done little but grow, thanks to its use as the logo by Stormfront, the largest white supremacist website in the world.

And on her hand, Grace has a large tattoo that reads “88,” which according to ADL is “code for Heil Hitler.” See that photo at Gawker. So far, PBS has reacted to the Gawker story.

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On Tuesday night we learned that the Sanders Campaign plans to try to convince superdelegates to vote for him at the Democratic convention. Yesterday they announced plans to poach delegates that are pledged to vote for Clinton. It’s hard to remember now that only a couple of months ago, Sanders was supposedly running a clean, positive campaign. Time reports on a call with reporters hosted by camapaign manager Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ and strategist Tad Devine:

Although the Democratic pledged delegates are bound to a particular candidate based on state Democratic votes, Sanders senior strategist Tad Devine suggested there is some leeway there. Devine pointed to the Carter campaigns 1980 victory and their worry about holding onto pledged delegates. The Carter campaign was “deeply concerned about the defection of pledged delegates” to Ted Kennedy, Devine said.

“My point is that a frontrunner in a process like this needs to continue to win if you want to keep hold of delegates,” Devine continued. When pressed by a reporter, Devine said there was no plan “at the moment” to try to sway pledged delegates.

Weaver said that Sanders is doing Clinton a favor by staying in the race–because Bernie will protect poor fragile Hillary from Donald Trump.

“Were this contest to end, you know, by Secretary Clinton, or us getting out—certainly if the Secretary were still in the race, she could expect months and months and months of immediate, and vicious, and very personal attacks from the Trump people,” Weaver said. “So I don’t know if that’s necessarily healthy for her.”

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WTF?! The people who said all along that the superdelegate process is undemocratic now want to win with their votes? And on top of that, they want to usurp the voters’ choices by stealing pledge delegates?

It’s just breathtaking. Here’s a great Greg Sargent interview with Hillary’s chief strategist Joel Benenson as an antidote: Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist: Sanders can’t win, and we’re ready to take down Trump. Read the whole thing at the WaPo.

What stories are you following today? Please post your thoughts and links in the comment thread and enjoy the rest of your Thursday.

 


96 Comments on “Thursday Reads: St. Patrick’s Day Edition”

  1. ANonOMouse says:

    Excellent post BB. Thank you. I’m already more than a little steamed over how Hillary is being treated and finally women are beginning to stand with each other. Until we stand together nothing will change.

  2. dakinikat says:

    I love Modigliani’s portraits of women! Howie and morning Joke need to be sent to a blackboard to write “I will not be a sexist pig” about a million times.

    I think this judge sounds great!

    • bostonboomer says:

      I think he sounds fine. Hillary will have more opportunities to appoint justices.

    • Fannie says:

      I watched him, and I thought the same as you two. This judge deserves to have a hearing, and is well qualified, and isn’t try to create laws, but live by the laws of this land.

      The frigging anti-government republicans paid for by we the people, need to be put in a chair writing Article 2, Section 2 of Constitution, that they took an oath to, let them write it a million times, with Snot in the morning.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    Hillary returns fire after Trump’s barking dog ad

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Thank goodness we have a few days off before the next primaries.

  5. janicen says:

    I can’t even express how much I love this post, especially…

    …and refusing to listen to women explain why is also sexist.

    It’s one thing to be sexist, some of that results from conditioning, but refusing to make any attempt to understand it is just as sexist.

    Re Sanders campaign: The fact that Sanders’ advisors and managers would all be out of work if he quits now is a point that can’t be overlooked.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Good point about Sander’s folks being out of work. I hadn’t really thought about that.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I also was wondering if the whole delegate/superdelegate strategy is just Devine trying to convince Bernie his delusions are not far-fetched. Gotta protect that 6-figure salary, amirite?

      I hope I’m not repeating myself here – but does Bernie really think the Dem party leaders will choose him – a non-Democrat – over an historic choice like HRC who is winning the popular vote by miles? Does he really not see the horrible optics in that? Gosh – that wouldn’t turn off women would it….sheesh. And he refuses to raise even one dime for the party!!

      • Mr. Devine echoed those sentiments. “We agree we are behind, but we also think we are going to win this game,” he said. “We are just not intimidated by the numbers.”

        Substitute ‘reality’ for numbers and the picture clears.

  6. Fannie says:

    Where in the hell to these men get off thinking that Hillary has asked them for advice? Why are they so damn alarmed about her voice tone, her facial expressions, and raised eyebrows? We know why, because she is delivery the vote like no other before her!

    Maybe we ought to get them boys some nice soft cushions to sit on their big white asses, while they gather around the boys club.

    • jackyt says:

      As long as they obsess about style, they can avoid dealing with content… and no one deals with content like Clinton. She is the only candidate, bar none, whose content bears scrutiny. All the deflection, derision, dismissal, dissembly is aimed at obscuring the content.
      The only way white male supremacy survives is to shut up women, of all colours and ethnicities. I, for one, believe some species should become extinct for the greater good… and I’m not talking about cockroaches!

  7. dakinikat says:

    Good Goddesses! Bernie supporters are the Bagdad Bobs of 2016!

  8. purplefinn says:

    I like this response to the “smile” advice:

    stephanie banghart ‎@stephaniebang

    #smileforjoe because my grandma’s priest always used to tell me to smile. It was creepy then and it’s creepy now.

    We’re so threatening when we aren’t smiling.

    • Riverbird says:

      The first time I recall being told to “smile” by a strange man was when a photographer took my picture in elementary school. I didn’t feel like smiling, so finally he snapped the picture after asking me “Do you have a boyfriend?” Of all the photos of me as a little kid, that scowling one is my favorite.

      • janicen says:

        My first time was when I had a part time job working in a fast food restaurant. I was emptying the trash in the dining area and an older man came up to me and told me I would be so much prettier if I smiled. I looked at him and said, “I’m emptying trash.” and I turned and went back to my work.

  9. bostonboomer says:

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  10. RalphB says:

    Bernie’s campaign is now about one step ahead of Ben Carson’s in grifting for cash. Since he can’t win now, that’s what he’s really doing in milking his young supporters.

  11. janicen says:

    Bernie FINALLY conceded MO to Clinton. At last the NYT can declare her a winner of 5 states rather than 4 as they have been reporting.

    Pretty classy of Bernie, two days after she beat him.

  12. mablue2 says:

    This is just bizarre. Who does the booking at MSNBC?

    What type of producer sits around these days and says “You know who we all want to listen from: Michelle Bachmann”. She’s on Hardball and just sabotaging the show.

    • bostonboomer says:

      OMG. You have to break the habit. They’ve gone over to the dark side.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Joe Scarborough wrote a column in defense of telling Hillary to smile.

      Actually, she smiles all the time. But have any of these men ever sent a tweet in the middle of a Sanders speech telling him not to shout and be angry?

      • mablue2 says:

        Joe Scarborough is a complete moron, and a terrible writer. I can’t believe WaPo let Harold Meyerson go and replaced him with this imbecile. The guy is on MSNBC all day and how has a column in a major newspaper to explain the stuff he said on his TV show. This is bizarre.

        Joe says all this dumb stuff and Mika sits next to him like a bubble head doll.

      • NW Luna says:

        I feel like carving a smile into Joe’s body.

    • Fannie says:

      I know, I just about flipped out, and thought that maybe we do need to reminded that we never ever want to vote for anyone she endorses, and sure the hell not Trumphy. Then she blamed the Ad on Hillary, and said Hillary was killing generation of coal miners families. Good God Almighty, Coal is not clean energy, and I wonder if she would care to visit some of those cemeteries full of young boys, and men, and fathers, dying from Black Lung Disease.

      She’s horrible.

      • NW Luna says:

        My grandfather died of black lung disease.

        • Fannie says:

          So sorry Luna. I understand, I connect via the McCoy’s of Kentucky…..it’s sad. I was really glad that Hillary talks about these generations of miners, it’s not like they are out of site and out of her mine. She talks about jobs for these people. She really cares.

          But so many in the media, and republicans for a long time, keep saying she is not honest, and you can’t trust her, and don’t vote for her just because she is a woman…..

          Every time I talk to the family there, that’s what I hear. I keep telling how she is qualified, and what good things she is doing, but it’s ingrained now. I don’t know what else to say to them. Know what I mean?

          • jackyt says:

            Ask for a list of the lies she’s told. When you ask for specifics, they may realize there are none.

  13. bostonboomer says:

    Bernie-Backing Liberal Group Apologizes For Saying Hillary “Won The Confederacy”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/progressive-democrats-of-america-bro-out?utm_term=.ufV7L5OGo2#.dswKB2zmoY

    It wasn’t much of an apology though.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I don’t think Iowa, OH, MO, IL, MA, NV were part of the confederacy. And I don’t think that the AA’s and Latinos in the South that turned out in large numbers for Hillary appreciate having their vote aligned with the Confederacy. Florida & Ohio were huge wins for Hillary because they’re both Purple States and both are very important in the GE. Hillary won by 15% points in Ohio and 31% points in FL. Bernie might win in the caucuses in the West, but he won’t beat Hillary by 31% in any of the remaining States.

      • Fannie says:

        I swear, Bernie and Camp spend a lot time apologizing. They really have gone too far, calling her witch, and F…her, stealing this, lying about that. Just keeps happening over and over and over.

  14. janicen says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Hilarious comment there from someone who posts (without references) that Bernie’s better and he will win because Hillary gets her votes from states with the least educated people! Not only is that a veiled slap at those with lower incomes (and quite likely against “minorities”) but it conflates education with intelligence. That Berniebro’s tuition money (trust fund) has been wasted.

      • roofingbird says:

        Lead and other toxic substances. No, lets not conflate ed levels with the other problematic areas centered around learning. No one will ever perform this investigation. It’s too complex and no one who might be held accountable wants to know. We already know that some of the worst toxic areas in the US are attendant to poverty pockets. Have we gotten rid of Snyder yet? Has he resigned in abject shame? Honestly, I was stunned that Flint, incorporated in 1855, was using the old lead pipes. I know there are still issues with lead solder in pipes and faucets from the ban in 1989…but the pipes themselves? If not replacement, why isn’t it mandatory to have filters in every house? In CA we have arguments over whether we can use lead flashings on a roof. Every old town that has lead pipes from the Victorian age is subject to the dumbing down of it’s residents. Ok, done ranting. Don’t tell me though, that we aren’t wondering a little at some of the thought processes at work this election.

        • janicen says:

          The house, HOUSE!, I grew up in has since become an EPA clean up site, along with most of the rest of the town, because of lead in the soil that was dumped into creeks and into the ground by a nearby brass coupler factory. Just a few years ago they removed all of the huge maple trees and vegetation and scraped away six inches of soil. That wasn’t enough so they had to come back and take six more inches of soil. I think about my younger brother who would spend hours in that soil making roads for his toy cars in my dad’s horseshoe pits, and the behavioral problems he had in school. It didn’t affect his IQ, he was wicked smart, but he was erratic and sometimes violent. He died ten years ago from leukemia.

          We all ate vegetables out of my mom’s garden. When we would make a sandwich, we would just go outside and take a leaf of lettuce right out of the garden. At age 64 my dad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his parotid gland. Oddly enough, my childhood BFF’s dad (who lived a block away from us) had that same kind of “rare” cancer. There’s even a FB page now where people from my town post all of the ailments they and their relatives have had to deal with. Lupus is one of the main ones along with numerous cancers. Be grateful that CA is so strict. That fucking lead is a menace.

          Speaking of CA’s tight restrictions, 5 years ago, I bought some bronze curtain rods and rings from Pottery Barn. I remember being surprised that there was a warning label inside the box saying, according to CA code number blah, blah, blah, be sure to WASH YOUR HANDS thoroughly after touching these curtain rings. You know I did. The rest of the country could learn a lot from the people in CA.

        • Fannie says:

          Lordy, I grew up in the St. Thomas Housing Projects in New Orleans, no doubt it was full of toxins………….I am glad I got out of that, and moved to California. You know I worked the fields in California, and that was full of toxins. Glad I got out that too. Then I dropped out and decided on a rural lifestyle, and lived it for years. Only to coordinate three counties for the March Of Dimes, because so many kids in the area were born with spina bifida. I think toxins from the larger cities were dumping in rural areas, as well in the rivers (much like Bernie Sanders who voted for dumping toxins in latino community in Texas).

          Now here I am in Taterland, and they don’t any regulations! Any you know I do my gardening every year, and we don’t use any chemicals. I just hope the seeds that we do buy are free of toxins.

          I think Erin Brockovich is our hero, she really woke us up to PG& E, and poison in the water systems.

          I have couple friends right now that are suffering from cancers, and it’s really had an effect on my thinking. They weren’t smokers, or drinkers, and lived very out door lifestyles.

  15. NW Luna says:

    Love the illustrations of unsmiling women. Even as a kid, I hated being told to smile. You don’t get to order my face around.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Exactly. It’s an intrusion into your personal space.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      My entire life I’ve received the exact opposite comment and sometimes complaint from men. “You smile too much!” or “why do you smile so much?”. I wanted to say, because I’m a lesbian, but instead I’d just say, because I’m happy, which is the same thing. 🙂

  16. List of X says:

    I don’t think Hillary should listen to the “smile more” advice, because even if she does smile more, the same people who criticize her for not smiling will instead criticize her for “forced smiles” and “faking emotion”.
    As for Clinton/Kasich ticket to bring back the sense of wonder to politics, that’s not thinking big enough. Why not ask her to pick a unicorn as her running mate?

  17. Ron4Hills says:

    Caught a snippet of Mourning Joke on the radio in the car and with Weakened-at-Bernie’s about out of gas, Mika Brzezinski has taken to shilling for Donald Trump directly.

    I wonder if she could be convinced to start using her husband’s last name. I only say that because I think her father has been embarrassed enough. She should really be embarrassing someone else at this point. Zbigniew is an old man.

    • janicen says:

      She is, Ron. She’s embarrassing herself.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I’m glad I didn’t watch that this morning, I’m still a bit steamed from watching Rachel interview Bernie Sanders in what was billed as his “first national interview since the Tuesday Primaries”. They left off the part about him losing. In that interview he explained to her how he’s going to win in the west and NY and how he’s going to convince Super Delegates to back him. He actually believes he’s going to blow her out across the west. He may beat her in much of the West, but he’s not going to have the blowouts he’s expecting. He’s delusional.

      • Ron4Hills says:

        I thought the whole discussion of recounts was unseemly as well.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          Apparently it’s not unseemly if that’s your only shot at winning.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          What Bernie doesn’t seem to understand is that the word PARTY means something. Super Delegates don’t represent their State, they represent their PARTY, a PARTY that most of them have belonged to and worked for throughout their political careers. Had Bernie wanted to become a member of the PARTY he could have run as a Democrat from Vermont, but he didn’t. His choice committee jobs didn’t come to him because he was a Democrat, they came to him to keep him batting for the home team in times of trouble. But, as we now know, and what many of us knew from the beginning, Bernie used the Democratic Party, which to my mind is a Donation-in-kind from the Establishment, to be able to run for POTUS. He’s a monumental hypocrite and every day that passes his hypocrisy becomes more exposed.

          http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/articles/2016-03-16/now-bernie-sanders-is-betting-on-the-establishment-and-the-superdelegates

      • janicen says:

        He’s not going to win NY.

        • bostonboomer says:

          No way in Hell will he win NY. That’s a pipe dream.

          • janicen says:

            The Clintons visited Buffalo, NY right after the impeachment because they knew that was a safe place for them. My late Aunt Doris and some of her friends went to the event. Doris said the huge crowd went absolutely nuts when Bill and Hillary walked in. Doris said Hillary turned to Bill and you could read her lips saying, “I don’t believe this!” Both ends and the middle of NY State love the Clintons.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            A poll out this morning for NY

            New York Dem Presidential Primary Emerson Clinton 71, Sanders 23 Clinton +48

      • quixote says:

        Right. Clinton outpolls him by over 40 points in NY. By 12-15 in CA.

        But he’s gonna win ’em! Yessirree Jimbob!

        Oh, and he’s also registered to keep his Vermont Senate seat. As an Independent.

        Just at a casual glance, he’s either being a tad “inauthentic” there or somebody needs to get him some Zoloft and a comfy armchair.

      • NW Luna says:

        He’s going to blow himself out in the west and NY. Feel the fizzle!

    • Prolix says:

      I’m wondering if she couldn’t use some counter-genus to describe her embarrassing existence because I’m not sure she qualifies within species. I’m not sure she has opposable thumbs.

      I caught just a few minutes in a doctor’s office this morning. She was unloading on her former BFF Elizabeth Warren as someone cutting a deal with Hillary because Warren hadn’t called Hillary a shill for Wall Street by demanding the release of speech transcripts.

      Drunk Mika actually gloated around the table, strutting her non-existent journalistic creds, by saying, “I’m not sure I would have taken the interview.” Lord have mercy! How can a human be that deluded!

  18. Ron4Hills says:

    Back in 1984, little known State Senator John Kasich spoke at my graduation. He was a friend of my best friend’s dad, and my friend and his dad asked him to speak. Ever since I have watched his career. He has always scared me because he is very very skilled at sounding very very reasonable and bi-partisan, while pursuing the same draconian agenda as all the rest of them.

    The thing is he is pretty conservative, but his sheep’s clothing has crushed him in this hyper extremist GOP era.

    Now he only scares me because he is morphing into Garry Shandling. Not sure when that started but the transformation is almost complete.

    • janicen says:

      Interesting, Ron. Two of my FB friends from high school, both liberals, one supports Hillz one supports Bernie, commented about how Kasich was the most reasonable of the Rethugs. That is until I posted a link saying that Kasich was the most anti-choice of the entire Republican field. I had to snap them back into reality. He is a tricksy one that’s for sure.

  19. roofingbird says:

    Bernie is giving rallies in Spokane and Vancouver WA this week. Spokane is the home of Spokane Rising, an active pro-environment anti-fracking group that has been working to stop the oil trains going to the dock in Vancouver for shipment. It was weird to hear he is going to speak at Hudson’s Bay high School, my alma mater. Vancouver is an Oregon property tax escaping bedroom community right across the river from Portland, It’s where the WWII shipyards are and the Tesoro Oil protest occurred in Jan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IrGvRgdOgI. I have to tell you, as with the Warm Springs Tribe here, he has been really working the native population.