Found here. Short version: Bernie Sanders won, and got less delegates than Hillary Clinton. Because of super-delegates. A mighty useful thing, a super-delegate…
Found here. Short version: the FBI said that they were going to likely not resolve the server thing until after the convention. Because stuff like this – or the San Bernardino shootings, and yes: he made that analogy. Twice – you gotta take your time on. …And in a normal election cycle that would have blown up the news. Ach, well.
Found here. Short version: …well, Bernie Sanders won all three last yesterday. It won’t matter in the slightest, because of the way that Hillary Clinton has locked down Democratic super-delegates, but he won ’em. I look forward to the day where I might possibly be able to enjoy that.
To wit: she has never cracked the cover of the Constitution, apparently.
um, ok. Clinton (2:19 mark): “There’s also a Constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” https://t.co/PZBzCoh3ca
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) February 24, 2016
This elementary mistake was brought to you in the context of a discussion on the Second Amendment, of course. Because believing too strongly in gun control apparently causes neurological damage. And yes, I know that sounds harsh, but I keep seeing anecdotal evidence to support that…
PS: For the benefit of anybody who might have wandered in here: ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. It’s certainly not a Constitutional amendment, like, say: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Hillary Clinton should win it. Period. That’s the bright line. It doesn’t really matter if Bernie Sanders gets close; he’d need to win outright for it to matter in the larger meta-narrative.
So if Bernie Sanders does win, it’s big news. If he doesn’t, it’s not. Simple as that, really.
Well, isn’t this interesting.
The AFL-CIO will not endorse Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, according to a report from The Huffington Post.
Many of the nation’s top unions have thrown their weight behind Clinton, but AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told members the federation is staying out of it.
This is, of course, not so much good news for Bernie Sanders as it is horrible news for Hillary Clinton. At a guess, the AFL-CIO is hedging its bets. If Sanders wins, the union’s decision to stay out will look like a tacit support of him; but if Clinton wins, well, what can she do? She still needs the organization for the general election. It’s win-win! (more…)
Hillary Clinton does still have better odds to get the nomination, but between New Hampshire and the super-delegate fix being in there’s a nontrivial chance that her election campaign will implode on its own. There’s also a nontrivial chance that she gets indicted, honestly – or that the head of the FBI ends up resigning because Hillary Clinton doesn’t get indicted, which would be almost as practically useful, from the point of view of a partisan political hack such as myself*. So, preparations will be made in case Bernie Sanders somehow gets the nomination. Contingency planning is rarely a bad idea, after all; better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it…
*Yes, of course I want to see the woman indicted. She’s guilty as Hell. But if the opposition decides to give me a five-pound sledgehammer instead of a ten-pound one, what am I supposed to do? Not swing it?
Found here. Short version: Hillary Clinton is doing unto Bernie Sanders what Barack Obama did unto her. Also: I despise Commies. But you knew that already. God knows I’m hardly shy about expressing that opinion…
Found here. Short version: it’s a fun, yet cruel, graph! Or is it fun because it’s cruel? You make the call.
Good for Democrats, that is. Megan McArdle:
Last night, on the other hand, Clinton decided to stop mucking about with vague promises to bring Wall Street to heel. Instead, she claimed that she was a financial regulator of rare foresight and rarer steely will, hated and feared by the denizens of New York’s financial district. Presumably we are supposed to see that $675,000 she was paid by Goldman Sachs to make three speeches less as a warm gesture between close friends, than as the bags of gold left outside the city gates for the Visigoth king who is threatening to sack the place.
Megan is naturally enough torn between hostile appreciation for Hillary Clinton’s chutzpah-saturated hypocrisy, and weary resignation that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are all that the Democrats get. To which I would add: those two are all that the Democratic party leadership deserves, too. But, fortunately: they’re not really what America as a whole deserves – including ordinary, decent Democrats*.
*Like my mother.
Found here. Short version: …ain’t that a coincidence? So do I.