Monday Reads: One More Day Until Hillary Clinton Makes History!

Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with supporters at a rally at Sacramento City College, Sunday, June 5, 2016,AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with supporters at a rally at Sacramento City College, Sunday, June 5, 2016,AP Photo/John Locher)

Good Morning!!

Hillary had a great weekend, winning the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico primaries by comfortable margins. She now needs only about 30 pledged delegates to reach a majority and clinch the Democratic nomination. That will happen after the votes come in from the New Jersey primary tomorrow night.

As you know, she will give her victory speech tomorrow night from her Brooklyn headquarters. Hillary Clinton will become the first woman ever to win a major party presidential nomination; and when she goes on to beat Donald Trump in November, she will crash through the highest glass ceiling of all–the presidency of the United States of America!

After our dreams were dashed in June 2008, I wondered if there would be another chance for a woman president in my lifetime. Well, here we are, with a very good chance of seeing that happen! I know you are all as excited as I am. I just cannot wait until tomorrow night! I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve wondering if Christmas morning will ever come.

Hillary Clinton concedes Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in June 2008

Hillary Clinton concedes Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in June 2008

NBC News: Hillary Clinton Edges Closer to Clinching Nomination After Puerto Rico Win.

Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rico primary Sunday, edging even closer to the delegate majority she needs to become the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.

A total of 60 pledged delegates were at stake in the island primary contest, which comes ahead of Tuesday’s crucial race in California.

Puerto Rico voters faced long lines and confusion over polling stations, many of which had closed since the Democratic primary in 2008. The island is also in the throes of an economic crisis after having accumulated more than $70 billion of outstanding debt.

Gov. Alejandro Padilla endorsed Clinton on Wednesday, calling her the best candidate to help the government out of the fiscal crisis.

Clinton also notched a victory in Saturday’s caucuses in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

She is widely expected to secure the Democratic nomination on Tuesday when Democratic voters in six states, including California, will head to the polls in the last multi-state primary day of the nomination race.

At a rally in Sacramento late Sunday, Clinton underscored the importance of that primary, telling the crowd: “I want to finish strong here in California. It means … it means the world to me.”

The Clinton Campaign’s main job today is to keep superdelegates from putting her over the top until after her speech tomorrow night.

Of course we still have to deal with Old Mr. Nasty, Bernie Sanders; but nothing he does after tomorrow will make any difference. He is going to find himself shunned and ignored if he continues his path of attacking the Democratic nominee. The man is on his last legs. Here’s what he looked like in California yesterday. Not very presidential.

Sanders may also face a serious challenge to his Senate in 2018. Joy Reid at The Daily Beast: Meet Al Giordano, the Man Who Wants to Take Bernie Down.

If Al Giordano challenges Bernie Sanders for his U.S. Senate seat in 2018, he will tick nearly all of the boxes Sanders checked during his surprisingly robust presidential run.

Nearly zero odds of defeating an entrenched Washington politician? Check.

Little chance of Democratic Party support? Double check! A decades-old history of lefty activism that casts him as a hippie-turned-politico? Check, check, and check again.

So why would he do it? Because in Giordano’s view, and that of his social media supporters, Bernie is losing ugly and hurting Democrats’ chances of prevailing against Donald Trump in November.

“I mean, what haven’t they touched?” Giordano asks, peering at me via a 6-by-4 inch Skype window from his home in Mexico City. “What part of the Obama coalition have they not alienated? It’s like they want to erase the coalition.”

Al Giordano

A little about Giordano:

Giordano, a bearded, graying, former reporter with the Boston Phoenix alternative weekly, cut his teeth as an anti-nuclear protester in the early 1980s while living in Rowe, a small Massachusetts town bordering Vernon, Vermont. When he wasn’t filing for the Phoenix, he spent his time protesting the twin nuclear power plants on either side of the state border: Yankee Rowe and Vermont Yankee. And he became close friends with the late leftie activist and anarchist Abbie Hoffman. He has spent the last 19 years in Mexico, where he runs an online newsletter, Narco News, and a school that trains journalists to cover social movements. His claim to fame is winning a First Amendment case against the Banco Nacional de México, which sued him, a Mexican reporter and Narco News for libel over a series of stories claiming a bank official was in league with Central American drug cartels.

Giordano recalls being an early Bernie Sanders supporter.

“I did support him when he first ran for [Burlington] mayor,” he says of Sanders. “I did support him when he first ran for Congress, and then the year he won. I supported him as a journalist and got my newspaper to endorse him.” But he says he cooled to Sanders after the Newt Gingrich-led “Republican revolution” takeover of the House in the 1994 midterm elections. Back then, Sanders was still distancing himself from Democrats, including liberal stalwarts like Barney Frank and Steny Hoyer, who were, in Giordano’s words, “giving Gingrich hell.”

Read the rest at the link.

Democrats in Puerto Rico are blaming the Sanders campaign for the long lines at a vastly reduced number of polling places during their primary yesterday.

Puerto Rico Democrats managed to give Hillary a big win anyway. Here’s what one Clinton voter had to say:

Trump News

Republicans are getting very nervous about their presumptive nominee, according to CNN:

Top Republican officials and donors are increasingly worried about the threat Donald Trump’s attack on a judge’s Mexican heritage could pose to their party’s chances in November — and about the GOP’s ability to win Latino votes for many elections to come.

Trump is under fire for repeatedly accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University, of bias because of his Mexican heritage. Those concerns intensified Sunday after Trump said he would have the same concerns about the impartiality of a Muslim judge.
House and Senate GOP leaders have condemned Trump’s remarks about Curiel, while donors have openly worried that losing Latino voters could doom them in key down-ballot races. Other important party figures, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich, are urging Trump to change his combative, confrontational style before it’s too late.
Veteran Republican strategist Rick Wilson warned this weekend that GOP leaders who have endorsed Trump “own his politics.”
“You own his politics,” Wilson wrote in a column for Heatstreet, adding later, “You own the racial animus that started out as a bug, became a feature and is now the defining characteristic of his campaign. You own every crazy, vile chunk of word vomit that spews from his mouth.”

The GOP’s deepest fear: A Barry Goldwater effect that could last far longer than Trump’s political aspirations.

Goldwater, the Arizona senator who was the 1964 GOP nominee and a leader of the conservative movement, alienated a generation of African-American voters by opposing the Civil Rights Act — opening the door for Democrats to lock in their support for decades. Republicans fret that Trump could similarly leave a stain with Latino voters.

Of course, Trump is just saying in plain language what Republicans have been dog-whistling for decades. Here’s conservative writer Kathleen Parker: The GOP surrenders to the dark side.

With the surrender of House Speaker Paul Ryan to the Trump crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Republican Party stands for.

Mr. Ryan’s endorsement of Trump, which appeared in an op-ed the speaker wrote for his hometown paper — rather than before a gaggle of reporters and newscasters with his arm draped around Mr. Trump’s shoulders — was a white flag from the establishment opposition.

In his op-ed, Mr. Ryan explained that though he doesn’t support all of Mr. Trump’s ideas (brave!), he’s confident that a President Trump would support the House agenda. Moreover, Mr. Ryan felt that his endorsement was needed to maintain a Republican majority in the House.

In other words, he caved, as most everyone knew he would after a respectable period of resistance.

The party has to stand united, after all. Because, as the Geico guy would remind us, that’s what they do.

Next likely to fall will be evangelical Christian leaders, who are scheduled to meet with Mr. Trump on June 21. The expectation is that Mr. Trump will promise to pick conservative Supreme Court justices who would restore the nation’s social order to a pre-Roe v. Wade, pre-gay-rights version.

If the purportedly devout can accept the ungodly Trump as the nation’s leader, then there really is nothing sacred. But, by God, he’s better than Hillary Clinton, clamors the crowd.

Newt Gingrich objected to Trump’s attacks on a federal judge overseeing a fraud case against Trump “university” and became the latest Trump enemy.

Donald Trump jabbed Newt Gingrich on Monday after the former House Speaker criticized the presumptive GOP nominee for attacking the federal judge overseeing the Trump University lawsuit, saying his critique was “inappropriate.”

Appearing on “Fox and Friends,” Trump said he’d heard Gingrich’s comments about him and “was surprised at Newt. I thought it was inappropriate what he said.”
Gingrich, who has drawn scrutiny as a potential vice president pick, joined a chorus of top Republicans rebuking Trump for repeatedly accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University, of bias because of his Mexican heritage. Those concerns intensified Sunday after Trump said he would have the same concerns about the impartiality of a Muslim judge.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Gingrich said “I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning was, and I don’t care. His description of the judge in terms of his parentage is completely unacceptable.” And on “Fox News Sunday,” he said that it was “one of the worst mistakes Trump has made,” adding: “I think it’s inexcusable.”

The Republicans are not going to be able to control Trump. He’s turning their party into a train wreck, and they deserve it.

So . . . what else is happening? What stories are you following today? Let us know in the comment thread and have a great day!


121 Comments on “Monday Reads: One More Day Until Hillary Clinton Makes History!”

  1. ANonOMouse says:

    Great Post BB…….We’re all as excited as you are about tomorrow June 7th, 2016. The day the Democratic Party will elevate the First Woman, to be Nominated for President of a Major Party, in the History of the United States. Hell, we couldn’t even vote 96 years ago.

    As for the picture of Bernard with his shirt tail hanging out….the only thing missing in that photo is a stain on his shirt tail. He’s FINISHED, THROUGH, say goodnight Bernard!!!!

    • bostonboomer says:

      He looks like a dirty old man. Ugh. He doesn’t even deserve to be in the Senate. So undignified.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I can’t imagine why Jane or someone doesn’t do a once-over on him before he goes out in public. It’s really sort of sad, but gives us a tiny window into how discombobulated and lackadaisical Bernie and Jane really are.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Hi y’all – that picture is hilarious! The expression on the woman’s face is priceless.

      Poor Bernie – what a schlump. Looks like he came out of the porta-potty and forgot to tuck his shirttail back in.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Not only that, but who in his right mind would wear black trousers and big, black shoes to campaign outside in southern California in June?
      Puts me in mind of Nixon walking along the beach in his wingtips.
      So clueless.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Quote from the Joy Reid story on Al Giordano:

    “I felt that he was using the south Bronx as a prop,” Giordano says. “Not a single person from the south Bronx was mentioned from that stage [or] given a speaking role. Nothing [was said] about the history of the neighborhood and how it picked itself up by the bootstraps and cleaned itself up when the state, federal and city authorities would do nothing. And this is a guy who’s saying he’s got a movement, who is a democratic socialist, but is completely ignoring what was going on there. And I knew at that moment that the people in the neighborhood would just roll their eyes and vote against him. Which is exactly what happened. The Bronx was the best percentages in New York State for the Clinton campaign.”

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Ashley Banford read the whole letter on her show on CNN, today.

    • Fannie says:

      I am so upset. Didn’t we just go through this rich kid in Texas with affluenza defense, that killed four and walked away because of his parents “richness”.

      So what we have here is a case where the father gives his son permission for 20 minutes of action because he’s really the victim on campus? WTF?

      When will courts accept the fact that RAPE is torture? I am getting tired of these jackass judges who refuse to do their jobs. Instead they are pouring wine for the men, and tossing away women like they are chopped liver! I’d luv to throw a pile of shit at this judge.

    • palhart says:

      I just finished reading the rape victim’s letter and began choking up at her conclusion, so brave, so intelligent, so compassionate for other girls/women, so able to write about her experience. When will it not matter what the rapist’s social class, awards, titles, or prestige school or university for purposes of sentencing?

      At 9, I was reading our town’s newspaper and for the first time came across the word “rape.” I didn’t, as of yet, understand Webster’s definition. The taking, the force, the disregard for women. I began the decades’ long fear of being raped. As always, I think hers could have been my experience, and my experience yet.

      I’m glad she survived to become the eloquent writer and spokesperson that she is, and we all need.

    • NW Luna says:

      That sadistic spoiled rich kid and his enabling twisted father should be locked up and the key thrown away. They are both still incapable of understanding the torture inflicted on this brave and strong young woman.

  3. Oh BB. Do you think Bernie will finally shut up and disappear? I swear I don’t know what is going on outside of my room. I can’t even breathe sometimes…the crying is so deep within. I don’t know.

    I only want all the election crap over and done with, move on to the election night watching the results (seeing Hillary win of course) because I don’t think that I can handle anymore of this shit.

    Love you all.

    >

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Hang on JJ!! It will get better! And don’t worry about this election. Hillary is going to win the Democratic Nomination and she will be our Next POTUS. Rest easy, Feel Better. Get Better. Peace!

      • bostonboomer says:

        Hillary will win, and Bernie will be permanently sidelined. He could have ended up with a movement and powerful positions in the Senate, but he decided to turn his campaign into a dumpster fire instead. His reputation is shot to hell.

    • Fannie says:

      Get your calendar out and your markers………..color that the best evah for Hillary, because she is bringing in the voters. The coming together is starting, for the highest ranking job of this country, where our Hillary Clinton will be Commander in Chief! Equality, at last.

  4. Enheduanna says:

    I’m sort of surprised Newt got on Trump’s bad side – but then again I’m not surprised. I really thought Newt was going to be the V.P. pick. Guess it’ll end up being Cristie?

    And if Bernie doesn’t concede tomorrow it will ruin what little is left of his legacy. I just don’t even have the words to express my disgust with his behaviour – and the fact that it’s directed toward the first woman in the history of this country nominated by a major political party to run for President. He’s completely oblivious of the millions of women and minorities backing Clinton and I think that is the result of his white male privilege. I didn’t used to think he was sexist/racist but now I actually do think he’s got some blind spots there and certainly unexamined privilege.

    • Fannie says:

      Newt is no better than Trump………inappropriate ashol just like Trump. While his wife was dying from cancer, he was screwing with Callista, and impeaching Clinton for a blow job. Come to find out the whole damn republican party was pretty much doing the same thing Newt was.

      He deserves nothing of honor.

  5. Caro says:

    I hope you will all help me bombard the media with demands that they highlight the historic event that will happen tomorrow, with no reservations about what she needs to do or how she needs to act.

    They must simply highlight how important this milestone is in American history.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Why can’t Sanders admit defeat? He’s looking more and more foolish as he denies Hillary’s victory

    Amanda Marcotte

    http://www.salon.com/2016/06/06/why_cant_sanders_admit_defeat_hes_looking_more_and_more_foolish_as_he_denies_hillarys_victory/

    My guess is he doesn’t like to be beat by a girl.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Today in History: June 6, 1968

    On this day in 1968, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was a Democratic senator from New York, and previously served as US Attorney General under the administration of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. After his brother’s assassination in 1963, Robert briefly served as Attorney General under his successor Lyndon Johnson, despite the personal animosity between Kennedy and Johnson. Kennedy was the Democratic front-runner for the 1968 election until he was shot by Sirhan the night he won the California primary. Sirhan’s motives were supposedly due to his anger over Kennedy’s support for Israel.

    Kennedy’s last words after he was shot were
    “Is everyone all right?”

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    We’re in the Final Countdown

  9. dakinikat says:

    Obama Is Reportedly Eager To Go After Trump And Poised To Endorse Clinton

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-campaign-trail-trump-clinton

    President Barack Obama is champing at the bit to counter presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on the campaign trail and endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton, The New York Times reported Monday.

    Anonymous White House aides told the Times that Obama was “particularly enthusiastic” about the chance to go after Trump.

    “He has indicated he wants to spend a lot of time on the campaign trail, so when it’s time to do that, we’ll go out guns ablazing,” Jennifer Psaki, Obama’s communications director, told the Times.

    The paper reported that Obama’s endorsement of Clinton could come as early as this week, depending on how the former secretary of state performs in Tuesday’s primary contests. Aides told the publication that the White House already was having “active conversations” with Clinton’s campaign about how best to use Obama on the trail.

    Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, told the newspaper that it was “hard to imagine a more convincing advocate for her.”

  10. dakinikat says:

  11. Delphyne49 says:

    Watch it and prepare to cheer!!

  12. pdgrey says:

    Hey, I’m still out here. I have not been well. Slowing me down but always love to read the post and comments. It makes me feel better every time. Just wanted to let you know I am here with you on Tuesday Night!!
    I love every laugh and great link you send me.

  13. ANonOMouse says:

    Now the question that is on all of our minds, WHO WILL BE HILLARY’S VP CHOICE?

    • janicen says:

      I’m still thinking it’s Tim Kaine. About a month or more ago he said he wasn’t interested but he’s been named on the short list and he’s been a lot more visible lately. I follow him on twitter and he’s been making the rounds. Virginia is a crucial swing state. Dems have been mobilizing and organizing like crazy here.

      • William says:

        Janice, what do you think of Kaine as a VP choice? He seems like a safe choice, but not too inspiring. On the other hand, it seems that they don’t want to pick someone who is a Senator from a state where there is a Republican governor, and most possibilities are thus eliminated. Kaine won’t excite anyone, but if he is solid and articulate, he could be a reasonable pick.

        • janicen says:

          Tim Kaine has developed a lot as a candidate and campaigner. I felt the same thing about him, William. As well, he was a little conservative about reproductive rights. But in 2013 I saw Kaine speak at the event when Terry McAuliffe launched his gubernatorial run and I was shocked at how polished Kaine was. He was fit, trim, dynamic, and had the whole room eating out of his hand. He’s a Harvard Law grad and he is really strong as a speaker. As well, he’s leaned way more to the left than he once was. He was also a great gov of VA when he served in that office. He’s very popular here.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I’m beginning to feel like it may be Corey Booker. I’ve read that Harry Reid is willing to let Warren go, but I just don’t see that happening. I like the idea of Julian Castro, but as we’ve discussed here he may not have enough experience. He’s 41, I think that’s a bit young, but then I feel that way because I’m a bit Old! But he was the Mayor of San Antonio before joining Obama’s cabinet. I don’t think she can go to the old guard because she definitely needs someone younger, imho. That’s why I’m leaning toward Corey. He’s was the Mayor of Newark for 7 years, he is a U.S. Senator and he’s 47, which is about the right age, plus it leaves the Democratic Party with a future once Hillary serves TWO TERMS AS POTUS. By then Julian Castro will be just about the right age to be a VP choice, so will his brother, Joaquin.

        • William says:

          ANonMouse, it is all very interesting. Booker might be a very good choice, but the other day, he said that he was unequivocally committed to finishing his Senate term in NJ. People change their mind, but that was a pretty strong statement. Right after that, his odds of being the pick went from 17-1 to about 23-1, which of course does not mean that he couldn’t be the ultimate pick. Castro is still the betting favorite, and has been for months. But I just don’t think that he brings help to the ticket; and I do worry about his knowledge, particularly regarding foreign affairs. Unfortunately, because of the Senate situation, Hillary doesn’t have a lot of great choices. I’d pick Sherrod Brown, give up the Senate seat, and ffigure that he’d be so good on the campaign trail, that it would pay off in winning several other Senate seats. But he apparently really doesn’t want to run for VP.

        • janicen says:

          Booker would be great, but we would potentially lose a Senate seat. NJ has a Republican gov. Even though NJ doesn’t have the gov appoint a replacement, they hold a special election and Christie would be running it. I would like Booker, but I’m doubtful.

        • Fannie says:

          It’s not up to Hillary to say, but I can see Elizabeth Warren as Senate Majority Leader.

        • Joanelle says:

          I hope it’s not Booker. I was not impressed with him here in NJ

    • janicen says:

      The other advantage is that we have a Dem Governor who would appoint Kaine’s replacement. Other Senators and Congresspeople considered are in states with Republican Govs.

      • bostonboomer says:

        There was an article in the Globe a couple of days ago about how MA could get a Dem to replace Warren. I didn’t read it though. She would be a great attack dog, but I’m not sure that would be a good idea. Let’s face it, MA is guaranteed to be blue. I’ll let Hillary decide; I’m sure she has thought it through very carefully.

    • Fannie says:

      Possible that Kamala Harris might be the one for VP………delivering California for her, and the fact that Loretta Sanchez is holding close in run with her, she could take Kamala’s position, and Kamala could move on up to help deal with Supreme Court. We need democrats all over the board.

  14. Jslat says:

    Hillary will be on Rachel Maddow tonight.

  15. ANonOMouse says:

    THE AP HAS JUST DECLARED HILLARY CLINTON THE PRESUMPTIVE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE.

  16. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s something very interesting. I just saw on twitter that Sanders’ motorcade had to pull over yesterday while he took a call from President Obama. Whatever he said changed the mood of the campaign from cheerful to sour.

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  17. Jslat says:

    T-rump tells his surrogates to attack judge and reporters. On CNN 3 of his surrogates did just that! Here is link to article about today’s conference call.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-06/trump-orders-surrogates-to-intensify-criticism-of-judge-and-journalists

  18. janicen says:

  19. Jslat says:

    I hear glass breaking!

  20. Jslat says:

    New thread