Thursday Reads: The End of the Primaries and The Hard Road Ahead

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Good Morning!!

So this is the new normal. Donald Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party. The candidate is wholeheartedly supported by white supremacists and KKK leaders. Serious politicians and journalists are referring to him as a tyrant in the making.

We’re being told this is unprecedented. I would argue that Ronald Reagan was close, but at least he had been Governor of California and had been involved in party politics for years. Trump is not a serious person by any stretch of the imagination, and he clearly knows nothing about politics or how the U.S. government works. His knowledge of foreign policy is limited to his own experiences as a businessman.

It’s well past time for the mainstream media to state bluntly what Trump’s campaign is about, but I don’t know if they will ever do it. The reason people are supporting Trump is because he represents and enables their racism, xenophobia, and misogyny. Period. Yet NBC News, a once venerable journalistic organization, chose to anchor its entire evening news broadcast from Trump HQ last night!

The "short-fingered vulgarian"

The “short-fingered vulgarian”

Mediaite: NBC Makes Curious Decision to Let Lester Holt Anchor Nightly News from Trump Tower.

Lester Holt interviewed Donald Trump in Trump Tower tonight, which is fine, but it came with the rather curious decision to anchor the entire NBC Nightly News broadcast from Trump Tower.

It’s not clear why this happened, but whatever the case, Trump Tower was visible in the background during Holt’s live reports on the news of the day, as well as the interior of Trump’s office during the interview….

Fun experiment: imagine how people would react if, say, a nightly network newscast anchored live from, say, Chappaqua.

You can read sample reactions from Twitter at the link. Many people wondered why Trump could not have walked the short distance to NBC headquarters at 30 Rock for the interview. It appears that the powers that be at NBC and MSNBC will continue to treat Trump as if he were on the verge of becoming king instead of running for president of a supposed democratic republic.

Also from Mediaite, Tommy Christopher explains what Trump is all about: Donald Trump’s Win Isn’t Some ‘Anti-Establishment’ Wave, It’s the Racism Stupid.

It’s all over but the crying, which will also be fun to watch, but even after all these many months of Donald Trump vanquishing foe after foe, the media still doesn’t get it. They still bang on about this anger at “the establishment,” and as a result, they are giving Hillary Clinton bad advice already. During CNN’s coverage of the Indiana primary Tuesday night, liberal commentator and Bernie Sanders supporter Van Jones became just the latest pundit to misdiagnose the Trump phenomenon, and connect it to Bernie Sanders. There is a similarity, but not the one Jones identifies.

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The same rebellion is happening in the country in both parties. The reason Hillary is still fighting is the reason that Trump won. There is a big, big discontent in this country and tonight for Bernie Sanders and we can say the same thing about Bernie, he shouldn’t be here either. I just don’t think that people get it yet. You got people sitting on a white hot stove in their houses right now and they are mad… I do think (Hillary) has got to, tonight, show that she’s got the message from both parties, the message from the Republicans, they’re mad and hurting, the message from the Democrats, they’re mad and hurting.

Jones is so close to being right, he even calls the anger “white hot,” but he just misses the absolutely crucial key to Hillary Clinton’s eventual defeat of Trump.

And even Van Jones can’t see it and say it. It’s all about racism and white male resentment. Read the rest and watch video at the link. The reason why Jones can’t point out the obvious truth is that his candidate–Bernie Sanders–is also appealing to white male resentment. The only difference is that Sanders is focused on hatred of Wall Street instead of hatred of people of color. But Sanders has been attacking our African American POTUS over the years and in this campaign.

As for “giving Hillary Clinton bad advice,” she doesn’t take advice from the media and she is already calling out Trump’s racism and xenophobia as well as his misogyny and ignorance of world affairs.

Now that it’s too late, “reasonable” Republicans and conservatives are saying they won’t vote for Trump no matter what. Massachusetts’ {Gag} {Choke} Republican Governor Charlie Baker is one of them. The Boston Globe:

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he will not vote for his party’s nominee Donald Trump and won’t support likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“The things he said about women and Muslims and religious freedom, I just can’t support,” Baker said. “At the same time, I do believe Secretary Clinton has a huge believability problem.”

Is that so. Maybe you should just focus on your own party’s nominee, asshole.

And while endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie back in February, Baker specifically called out Trump.

“I think there’s a certain temperament and a certain collaborative nature that’s fundamental to somebody’s ability to succeed in government, and I question whether he has the temperament and the sense of purpose that’s associated with delivering on that,” Baker said.

Despite those questions, Baker acknowledged on Wednesday that Trump would be the nominee.

“I give him credit for it,” Baker said. “He earned it fair and square, and congratulations to him.”

F**k you, Charlie. If that’s all you have to say about this nightmare for the country, you’re nothing but a coward. And besides you endorsed Chris Christie, who could very well be the VP nominee! Trump even said he’s “open to Cruz” as VP!

Former Oklahoma GOP Rep. MIckey Edwards was on Chris Hayes’ show last night, and he looked like he was going to a funeral. I can’t find the video right now, but he told Hayes that he wouldn’t vote for Trump even if he were the only one on the ballot. Other serious conservatives are saying they’ll be too busy to attend the Republican Convention in July, including candidates running downticket. We heard yesterday that George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush have no plans to endorse Trump. It’s likely Jeb won’t be supporting him either.

Here’s Michael Cohen at The Boston Globe: RIP GOP.

Indeed, the biggest near-term question for Republicans is: How bad will the damage be? How badly will Trump lose? How many seats will the GOP lose in the House and Senate and farther down the ballot in state legislature races?

But the bigger question — and it’s one that we may not know the answer to for months or years to come — is how will the Republican Party survive what’s happened to it over the past year?

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At one point, the Republican Party nominally stood on a platform of economic and social conservatism. At least that was the public face of the party. Today, with Trump at its helm, it’s a party of nativism, xenophobia, crudeness, and misogyny. Those elements were of course always present in the party — and are at the root of its modern political success. But they were generally hidden below the surface or utilized with dog whistles. With Trump, there is no mistaking the fact that what drives GOP voters is not conservative dogma, but rather resentment, anxiety, and fear, particularly of minorities, Muslims, and immigrants.

That post-2012 Republican Party autopsy that said the GOP must reach out to Hispanic voters if it wanted to win a national election again is dead and buried. Quite simply, the Republican Party cannot win national elections if it doesn’t find a way to broaden the party’s appeal. With Trump as the presidential nominee, that effort will be set back, perhaps a generation or more.

Even more searing than the electoral challenges, Trump has delivered a savage blow to the GOP’s conception of itself. Armed with a mere handful of endorsements from elected GOP officials, Trump has run a campaign aimed directly against the Republican establishment. And he beat the stuffing out of it. And by taking positions on everything from taxes and trade to transgender Americans and terrorism that run directly against decades of conservative orthodoxy, he’s left the Republican establishment with no clear ideological mooring. Is the GOP a party of small government conservatism or a party of nativism and white male resentment? For decades, Republicans tried to be both, and Trump has, with a single presidential campaign, exposed the fallacy that lay at the heart of the party — namely that its voters were only interested in conservative dogma insofar as it was married to those aforementioned feelings of resentment, anxiety, and fear. But when given a choice between dogma and dog whistle, they’ve chosen this year – overwhelmingly – to go with the latter.

We’ll just have to wait and see. It will likely be both interesting and horrifying.

I don’t want to spend much more time on Bernie Sanders, because he’s irrelevant now. Nevertheless, he’ll be with us at least until the end of the primaries, and that’s a good thing as long as he stops damaging the Democratic Party and its putative nominee. If he continues, it will keep Hillary in the news, and his supporters deserve the opportunity to vote for him.

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It appears that at least some efforts have begun to get Sanders to calm down and stop trying to elect Donald Trump. Yesterday Greg Sargent wrote about what some Democratic leaders have been telling him.

Top Democrats to Sanders: Don’t drop out. But tone it down.

…top Democrats I spoke with today don’t feel any particular sense of urgency about Sanders getting out of the race. However, they are gently urging Sanders to take into account just how much higher the stakes are, now that Trump is the nominee, as the Vermont Senator calibrates his approach to the final stretch of the Dem campaign.

Those closely following the delicate dance underway among the key players — the Clinton and Sanders campaigns; the White House; major progressive figures such as Elizabeth Warren — say there are several factors about Sanders that are worth keeping in mind. One is that Sanders is not the type of guy who responds to pressure. He has long been a bit of a loner figure in Congress and the Senate, they say, and does not mind being at odds with the Democratic establishment — indeed, he relishes that position, as we’ve seen by his year-long campaign against it.

At the same time, however, top Dems also believe Sanders has an unappreciated pragmatic streak that tends to surface after he has pushed the envelope as far as possible and gotten all he could in the process. For instance, Sanders pushed very aggressively to make the Affordable Care Act as much to his liking as possible, frustrating some involved in the bill’s progress, but in the end, he backed the ACA and advocated for it.

Sanders might do something similar again now. Having spent a year building a national constituency behind his unabashed economic progressivism and calls for reform to our rigged political system, which very well could have an impact beyond the Dem primaries, he could continue to engage in a spirited contest of ideas with Clinton, but without suggesting she lacks integrity, and without forcing a contested convention in the end.

I suppose anything is possible, but IMHO Hillary is doing the right thing by simply ignoring Bernie and focusing on defeating Trump in the Fall. I think we should follow her lead and just let him do whatever he’s going to do. His donations are dropping and even the media isn’t following him as much as before.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leading a discussion on gun violence prevention at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leading a discussion on gun violence prevention at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Meanwhile, Hillary is focusing on the general election.

Politico: Clinton plots swing-state ambush for Trump.

In recent days, the Clinton campaign has finalized a series of senior hires around the country, expanded the size of her central swing-state planning team in New York, and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been transferred to strategically important state parties from the Democratic National Committee. She’s also scheduled a series of public speeches and private meetings in states that will be crucial to her general election campaign.

Many of the moves had been in the works since early spring, when campaign officials began the process of hiring swing state operatives and more closely coordinating with state parties — the building blocks of the fall campaign’s field organizing infrastructure.

According to operatives and elected officials in eight battleground states, the switch flipped after Clinton’s 16-point win in New York last month — and Trump’s own romp there. In the days after that April 19 victory, some of Clinton’s state directors — who had previously operated only informally and without the campaign’s imprimatur — started meeting with local political leaders and planning the fall fight.

It’s all over but the grieving process for Bernie and his most fervent fans. Quite a few have already seen the writing on the wall and joined the Hillary bandwagon.

What stories are you following today?

 

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89 Comments on “Thursday Reads: The End of the Primaries and The Hard Road Ahead”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s a funny Sanders story my mom told me about this morning.

    Bernie Sanders campaign sues over poll opening late in Indiana primary.

    Bernie 2016 Inc., Sanders’ campaign operation, went to court late Tuesday afternoon seeking extended voting hours at a polling site just a mile west of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, which was considered a stronghold by the campaign’s local attorney, Jon Little.

    The suit alleged the polling place at the Goodwill Industrial Center, 1635 W. Michigan St., didn’t open until 7:15 a.m. — 75 minutes after voting should have begun….

    Russell Hollis, deputy director of the Marion County Clerk’s Office, acknowledged the poll opened late, but said it still opened before 7 a.m. A poll inspector, who had election materials and the key to the voting machines, experienced a child care issue, Hollis said.

    In a hearing that began after 5 p.m., Judge William Lawrence denied the request to extend voting until 7:30 p.m. The polls closed at 6 p.m., as scheduled.

    The ruling came down to the campaign’s inability to bring forth a voter who was actually denied the chance to vote, said Little, the attorney for the Sanders camp.

    Poor Bernie. Maybe he could have gotten one more vote in Marion County to help him with his more 300 delegate deficit.

    • bostonboomer says:

      And in Alaska, Bernie has angered the local Democratic Party leadership by taking a top-down (I thought he was a bottom-up guy?) approach to delegate selection for the national convention.

      State Legislator Calls Bernie Sanders Alaska Convention Move “Shameful”

      …the Sanders campaign is using a little known party rule to bar 222 of their own supporters from being Alaska delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this summer.

      It’s a move many party activists and at least one state legislator is calling “shameful” and “disenfranchising.”

      Basically Sanders bypassed a tradition in which all of the Sanders delegates go to the state convention and choose among themselves who will go to the national convention. Apparently Bernie wanted to choose them himself for whatever reason. So he picked the people he wanted and sent a form letter to the rest. Read about it at the link.

      Barney Frank was right. Bernie alienates even the people who are on his side.

      • At this point I don’t see him talking about details of platform issues and his surrogates keep hinting at indictment of Hillary. Shameful! All the money is going to his top people whilst the rest get very little, his payroll is an example of what he rails about.

        Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

        This was one of several flaws in Sanders’ legislative proposals. He also refused to eliminate for-profit health facilities, which have higher costs and worse outcomes in general. And Sanders refused to introduce a Senate companion bill to HR 676, The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. That legislation, sponsored in the House by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is the gold standard for single-payer.
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        Apparently, Bernard Sanders is ONLY for his legislation and makes excuses as to why he didn’t or why he blocked a bill. Hints of narcissism there and control issues. Explains why he swears and storms out of interviews that don’t do as he says.

        I am a supporter of HR 676 and looked to see if he offered support and couldn’t find any and now I see why. It is all about Sanders’ ego and not about the health care of the American people. 😦

        • Fannie says:

          That gets me too. There he was telling Hillary and the world in his first debate that he was tired of her damn emails. Then he puts his wife on the payroll and sends her out to inquire about her emails, and the FBI, and how she is the anointed one.

          I give up worry about Sanders…………..and thinking the way BB does, let’s follow Hillary’s lead, and ignore Bernie Sanders.

    • Jslat says:

      I am so over the Bern. “Bern Fatigue Syndrome” has set in. Only remedy is to focus on Drumf now. I think that Hillary is handling both men brilliantly!

    • Joanelle says:

      Great post, ove the Trek picture!
      You said: “Many people wondered why Trump could not have walked the short distance to NBC headquarters at 30 Rock for the interview.” Simply because it was raining, his hair would get wet!

  2. Jslat says:

    Also loved this one. Sixteen Conservatives and One White Guy.

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    http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/republicans-sorted-field-voted-for-the-one-running-on-the-white-platform-8272785

    Also, Scarborough says he won’t vote for Trump if he doesn’t change. Where did the love go, Joe?
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/05/joe-scarborough-trump-vote-222834

  3. Jslat says:

    That whole NBC /Trump Tower /Holt interview is stinky. You’re right on that mess.

  4. bostonboomer says:

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  5. quixote says:

    Mike Cohen in the Boston Globe is great. And I’m happy to hear people who know their onions, like him and Nate Silver, say that the short-fingered vulgarian hasn’t got a chance.

    I hope so.

    But my desperately pessimistic streak is saying, “Assume nothing. We’re going to find out how popular bigotry is.” Judging by the Democrats’ and Left’s skewy treatment of Clinton, misogyny is highly acceptable. And racism is A-OK too, so long as it’s not called that. Cloak it in fear of job loss, terrorism, weirdness, whatever, just don’t call it by its name. The Drumpfster-fire may have broader appeal than he already has, which is appalling enough.

    On the plus side, Hillary is a genius who seems to be able to stay a step ahead of just about everybody. Including me. So maybe I just need to take pills for the pessimism.

    • gp says:

      I’ve learned that I should never underestimate the power of hate. Hatred and prejudice sells. Trump has a really, really good shot at being President. I don’t buy that he’ll get annihilated and all those down ticket Republicans will lose because of it. They are all loathsome and don’t understand how to govern. If they lose it will be their own fault.

  6. gp says:

    So if Trump gets crushed as the other idiots they could have nominated would have gotten it will be all Trump’s fault for the Republican party being a cesspool of freaks, Ayn Rand crazies, lunatics, racists, xenophobe’s, war mongers, and last but not least misogynists. They have been fomenting this crap for decades! Decades! Is Trump responsible for lying us into war in Iraq? Is Trump responsible for the fiasco in Flint? Is Trump the reason that Oklahoma, Louisiana and so many of the so called “Red” states are completely bankrupt?

    Now Trump is an asshole and is clearly taking advantage of the situation but he isn’t the one who has been called poor people “Welfare Queens” etc. since at least the mid-70’s. The Republican party and the citizens of the USA are the one’s responsible. I remember people making fun of Al Gore because he was/is an intelligent man. I remember people electing W. not once but two friggin’ times. People to this day still think that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We have to just face reality. Until the American population wakes up and starts getting clued in and involved in our governance then bad people will continue to wreak havoc.

  7. William says:

    If the media for once focused on issues and specifics, Hillary would win easily. But the media is notorious for doing everything possible to focus on sideshows and carnival events. For example, in 1988, the media spent all its time on flag burning, Willie Horton, and Boston Harbor. In 2000, it was Gore “saying” he invented the internet; Gore sighing during the debates. In 2004, it was swiftboaters; and Kerry saying “I was for it before I was against it.” So they’ll have more of that this time, everything but analyzing actual policy proposals.

    It is beyond upsetting when one realizes that Trump’s “plans” are no more sophisticated than that of a child on the playground. His economic agenda essentially involves bullying and threatening other nations to give us good trade deals; and putting business people in charge of things. Internationally, he will bully other countries to be frightenied of us, so they will do what we want. And that’s it, really. Meanwhile, Hillary has immense command of complex nuances, and how the various issues intertwine. The media utterly, completely, ignores all of that, in favor of talking about her laugh, her character, various comic book misrepresentations of what she said. I used to wait for the media to finally start talking about real things that mattered, but then I realized that they never would. In a nod of affirmation to the dumbest and most unknowledgeable would-be voters, they develop this absurd equivalence between thoughtful analysis and illogical stupidity, and they set them aganist one another as if both are worthy of consideration.

  8. dakinikat says:

    I would just like to say that I’d like to characterize this election year as white straight men throwing temper tantrums because they can’t get their way.

    Great post BB!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thank you!

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Here’s what all those “white straight men feel like”

    • ANonOMouse says:

      If only the “White Straight Men” could have had this to choose from they could have kept it the way it’s been for the past 240 years!!

      • bostonboomer says:

        How did they do that? LOL!

        • ANonOMouse says:

          I don’t know but I loved it. And I do appreciate Obama for breaking the cycle of white-straight-men, but we still need a Woman POTUS. This Straight Man President thing is sort of like this years strain of Flu, it has run it’s course. Time for Hillary.

          And BB, have you noticed how aggressive Elizabeth Warren is being with Trump? She’s behaving a lot like a VP!!!!

          • I’m beginning to think it was a good idea she didn’t endorse Hillary. She could sway a lot of the BorB Bros by ginning up the anti-trump vote. So far, I’ve not heard The BerningBush say he’ll support Hillary, only that he’ll work against the repubs. He needs to get off his high horse, endorse Hillary, and cede the anti-trump charge to EW.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Yes she is, but I’d rather see her start actually supporting Hillary and telling Bernie to tone it down. There is no way Warren will be VP, and she wouldn’t want it. She is already in the leadership in the Senate and she’s very powerful. Hillary needs her there and Massachusetts needs her there.

          • Fannie says:

            Yes, I can’t wait, com’ on, get on the train with Hillary.

    • Fannie says:

      I been thinking 3rd graders for some time now.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    A very good but depressing piece at Vox about how the media will “lift Donald Trump up and bring Hillary Clinton down, until they are at least something approximating two equivalent choices.”

    http://www.vox.com/2016/5/5/11589262/2016-general-election-is-going-to-suck

    It’s the “both sides do it” doctrine.

  10. Waiting for integrity says:

    When you mentioned white male resentment, this remark by Tucker Carlson in 2008 came to mind:
    “Whenever she appears tough I think it’s good for her. I think she actually is tough. But the one thing we learned from the Lorena Bobbit case is, there’s a great deal of resentment among women aimed at men.”

    I think you hit the nail on the head regarding racism also.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Tucker Carlson also said: “I have often said, when she comes on television, I involuntarily cross my legs.”

    • gp says:

      Wait. What? So Lorena Bobbit was physically assaulted, raped and cheated on by her husband on numerous occasions and after being raped by him one time she took revenge and this is indicative of how women feel about men in general?

  11. Jslat says:

    Paul Ryan is not ready to support Drumf yet. He says, “he wants Trump to unify “all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” and then run a campaign that will allow Americans to “have something that they’re proud to support and proud to be a part of.”.

    Does the expression ” Lipstick on a Pig” apply here?!

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/05/politics/paul-ryan-donald-trump-gop-nominee/

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Paul Ryan thinks he’s in charge

      • Jslat says:

        Thank you Mouse…a visual was definitely needed! Let’s say Lipstick on a Male Chauvinist Pig”!

        BTW as soon as Drumf heard, he started punching at Ryan. It only gets better!

  12. ANonOMouse says:

    “US officials who have been briefed on the investigation say that the FBI has found no evidence that Hillary Clinton broke the law with her private email server.”

    This is not only going to disappoint Trump, Bernie ass will be a little chapped over this too! He was so hoping for something that might put him back in the race. Bye, Bye Birdie!!!

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/05/05/email-scandal-crushed-fbi-finds-evidence-clinton-broke-law-private-email.html

    • quixote says:

      So why is the url “email-scandal-crushed-fbi-finds-evidence-clinton-broke-law-private-email”

      They should be more careful. Someone with the research skills of Bernie’s campaign staff could just stop there and not even bother to read even the headline this time….

      The way these things work, the url is based on the first title entered. Then when it changes, you have to manually edit the title. Politico must have had a story ready to go about Hillary’s Monster Scandal™ — and then the FBI handed them no story.

      I’d say that’s actual evidence of media bias, when you’ve decided on the title ahead of the news conference.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That was Politicus USA, a liberal site, not Politico.

        • quixote says:

          Well then, what was Politicus doing jumping to headlines ahead of the data??

          Makes it worse if they’re officially liberal, doesn’t it?

    • jane says:

      Good! I think that Hillary needs to be elected. If we have a woman POTUS, then the republicans will never be able to take the vote away from women, which I believe they want to do when the timing is right.

    • Jslat says:

      Conservatives are not going to accept that. They will start howling that the administration is “protecting” her.

  13. bostonboomer says:

    Paul Ryan is in the Most Difficult Predicament of 2016

    Speaker Paul Ryan’s bombshell in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is “just not ready” to support Donald Trump as his party’s standard-bearer indicates he’s more interested in protecting his long-term future than bowing to short-term pressures. But Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP is just one reason why Ryan’s predicament is the ultimate political Rubik’s Cube of 2016.

    It sounds counter-intuitive, but for the sake of his political future, Ryan might rather Republicans lose control of the House than keep their majority in November.

    Each day, it’s more apparent this isn’t the Speaker’s job Ryan signed up for. Not only has Ryan fared no better than John Boehner at marginalizing the GOP’s Freedom Caucus to break a budget impasse, but Trump’s overthrow of the party means there is virtually no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, Ryan’s job could be even more impossible in the next Congress and could crush the former vice presidential nominee’s national GOP viability.

  14. Here are two interesting comments below a post at TPM by teacherken about a column in The Nation by Katha Pollet.

    “Inland
    May 05 · 05:26:34 PM

    Just one point about Sanders being 74 and “you are who you are”: I don’t think Sanders is capable of growth. It’s not just that he’s got the same ideas that he had in 1960 of breaking up banks and distrust of capitalism and big statist solutions, it’s that he never progressed past the stage of slogans even as he failed to broaden his areas of concern.

    Some cheered competition to Clinton as a way to make her a stronger candidate. Anyone think that Sanders is a stronger candidate than he was last May? That he’s showing growth; that he’s becoming more adept as a candidate? Or are we seeing the same speech over and over unless someone grabs his mike and a movement to a more and more explicitly negative, “I’m Not Her” message?

    amitxjoshi Inland
    May 05 · 05:36:11 PM

    That’s an interesting point. I didn’t quite think of it in these terms, but it’s true. Someone had posted a transcript of a radio talk Bernie gave some 40 years ago. Many things have happened since then, but Bernie’s stump speech hasn’t!

    Of course, many of his supporters like this about him: his constancy is his strength, his commitment to principle. I like it, too.

    But I have always found it troubling that no nuances, no change in priorities has troubled his mind in 40 years. Hell, if nothing else, as he has watched things either not change or get worse, you’d think he’d feel the need to come at it from a couple of different angles! I mean, if your message hasn’t caught on for 40 years, maybe you need a different approach?”

  15. bostonboomer says:

    Transcript of Bernie’s interview with NPR in which he refuses to day if Hillary is qualified or whether he will campaign for her–and other irritating things.

    http://www.npr.org/2016/05/05/476767525/transcript-nprs-interview-with-bernie-sanders

  16. palhart says:

    No one has gotten into the details of how Trump will force Mexico to build the wall; of how Obamacare can be repealed when the Supreme Court has upheld it twice; of how he will ban Muslims with the outrage of millions of Americans; of how he will bring all the transported jobs back to America. What pie in the sky! And that goes for Bernie too.

    The Republicans are too weak to stand up to power. If he’s elected president (heaven forbid), they’ll fall in line for all his insane ideas. Trump’s supporters will be disappointed if he loses the general or if he’s elected and his plans hit obstacles, or maybe when some in Congress grow a spine. Hillary and Democrats down ticket must win.

  17. Gilbert MonDragon says:

    Well, It seems Rachael Maddow is going to interview Sanders, “AGAIN,” tomorrow night.
    Just caught her breathlessly pumping that interview and I had to change the channel lest I tossed my dinner at the TV.

    I used to like her when she was Air America but her bias this election cycle for all things Sanders has really soured me on her brand.

    • Fannie says:

      She’s done that before. Would it be fair for me to say, she’s got to help the old keep his energy up?

      • Fannie says:

        I don’t think she is going to talk him into stopping his campaign. But maybe she know something we don’t.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I was watching her show tonight, but I shut it off after she announced she’s going to Burlington to interview Bernie AGAIN. Bernie and Jane are practically regulars on MSNBC now.

    • Ron4Hills says:

      Rachel was in the tank for Obambam in 2008. I used to listen to her on Air America. Rachel and Randi Rhodes both took every opportunity to dog Hills an pump up Barry.

  18. Fannie says:

    Wow, Rachel Maddow show was excellent tonight. She put forth info on the IndyMac Bank, and Steven Mnuchin, who was hired by Trump as Finance Chairman of his campaign. Here is a clip of protestors going to his 23 million dollar home in L.A.

  19. janicen says:

    Yay! I got in! Got my laptop connected to internet at my in-laws house where I’ll be staying for a couple days. Had my knee surgery today and no surprise, there was more wrong than what showed up on the MRI so the recovery is a little more challenging but all issues have been addressed and I’m a little loopy on pain meds. Thanks for asking, bb.

    There’s a recliner in the family room here so I watched an assload of various news shows talking about the Trumpster dumpster. So many Republicans saying they are going to sit this one out and Bill Kristol was calling for someone to run as an independent just to keep Trump from winning. When it was pointed out to him that it might hurt Hillary and actually help Trump, he pretended not to understand.

  20. bostonboomer says:

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  21. Earlynerd says:

    It looks like BlueNationReview is still experiencing a denial of service attack. It’s been about 5 hours so far, still can’t get in:

    I think it’s highly probable some of Sanders’ more deranged fans are behind this, like the disruptive protest in the tweet BB posted and the stepped-up obscenity and hatred in the coordinated tweet barrages. Sanders needs to stop his anything-goes attacks against Hillary Clinton NOW, they are feeding this.

    • janicen says:

      Wow. You have to wonder WTF they could be thinking? They can’t silence all of us forever.

      • Earlynerd says:

        No one in the media calls them out on this kind of thuggery, so they get cultural permission to unleash all that pent-up sexism they’ve barely been holding in.

        This is what’s so familiar from 2008: women who violate stereotype, either of the culture in general or the workplace, are attacked with outright bigotry; when management or the media or their social group allows this and even in many cases, joins in, the attacks increase with insane ferocity, because bigotry been given a pass. I’ve seen this dynamic so often in the gender-segregated majority male places I’ve worked – it’s what makes being a Hillary supporter at once necessary and painful.

  22. Earlynerd says:

    Seems fixed now. Still scary.

  23. Jslat says:

    Protestors were at Hillary’s East Los Angeles rally yesterday afternoon.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clintons-cinco-de-mayo-la-rally-festive/story?id=38917455

  24. Here’s an article at Politico, glowing with enthusiasm for Elizabeth Warren’s fundraising efforts for down-ticket dems. I guess it’s Only Corruption If Clinton Does It (OCICDI).

  25. Ownaa says:

    I looked everywhere for more information about the FBI email thing but there’s isn’t a lot to help me calm down about it. Beside the article you sighted is there any other source