Sanders Campaign for the next Week…“THEY CAN’T ORDER ME TO STOP DREAMING.”…

That slogan on a tee-shirt seen on Carlos Frank-Estrada, a 27-year-old photographer at a Sanders rally in California…..

Bernie Sanders isn’t gonna be the Democratic nominee…

He knows it…

At some point he HAS to let his supports deal with that reality…

THAT is only fair…

The question is what it will take for Sanders to be satisfied with some sort of moral victory short of the nomination. This week, he was given five slots on the Democratic platform committee, which will allow him to influence what the party stands for—presumably an important goal. Sanders is also thought to be interested in reforms to the nominating process that he has derided as “rigged.”

But while his aides have occasionally alluded to these sorts of goals, Sanders continues to behave like a candidate who still believes he can win. On Monday, he criticized Clinton for turning down one last debate; on Tuesday, he sought to wring an additional delegate out of Kentucky by challenging the vote count in one district. His speeches give about as much critical time to both Clinton and Trump, and his crowds boo both with equal vehemence.

Is Sanders—the onetime liberal gadfly whose views few of his colleagues heeded—simply enjoying the spotlight’s validating glow for as long as it lasts? Or is he as delusional as some of his dead-ender fans? It’s impossible to tell.

The question is whether there is someone close to Sanders who can say to him what Gore said to Dean.

I asked Howard Dean, Sanders’s fellow Vermonter and onetime insurgent Democratic presidential candidate, whether he approved of the way Sanders is conducting himself these days. “No,” said Dean, who has endorsed Clinton. But he said he understood.

Near the end of Dean’s 2004 campaign, he told me, just before the Wisconsin primary, he had started to realize he was going to lose, and he was bitterly angry about it—the unfairness of the process, the way he’d been treated. Late that night, the phone rang in his hotel room in Milwaukee. It was Al Gore, the former vice president, who had endorsed him.

“I ranted and raved for 10 or 15 minutes,” Dean recalled. “And when finally I stop for breath, he says, ‘This is about the country. It’s not about you.’ That stopped me in my tracks.”

Dean quit the race the next day. Accepting defeat, he said, was a process. “Having been there, it’s a gradual landing you have to bring yourself into,” he said. The question, he suggested, is whether there is someone close to Sanders who can say to him what Gore said to Dean……

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Open Thread for May 25, 2016…Hillary and Donald…

Interesting Morning today…..

Donald Trump gets 1, 237 delegates , something NONE of us ever thought would happen….

Trump’s campaign manager says it will be easy to beat Clinton, because his boss tricked the Republicans with his hardline policies that he will cast aside along with just about everything else he has said up to now….

Trump says he’d debate Bernie Sanders…For a Price…$1 Million  for Him or Charity …Oh, by the way he NEVER wrote the check for the Vet’s charity until the media called him on it….

Hillary Clinton has the ole email ball and chain back….

The State Dept. Inspector General says she should KNOW better than to use personal email like Colin Powell and other Sec’s of State have….

And she shouldn’t have used a personal server even though NO ONE actually told her or it was against State rules….

The Libertarian guy Johnson is polling at 10%….

And Donald Trump IS STILL NOT gonna release his tax returns so far…..

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Barack Obama won’t have trouble campaigning FOR Hillary Clinton…

Hillary Clinton will have her Husband Bill , Sen Elizabeth Warren and hopefully Bernie Sanders pushing for her in the November election…

But her best supporter will be the current Democratic President Barack Obama…And the President right now has  MUCH higher approval numbers than Clinton or Donald Trump….

It may not be Obama’s campaign…

But you can be sure he’ll out there returning the favor Hillary Clinton did for him after losing the nomination to him in 2008….

Hillary Clinton will have a not-so-secret weapon in her quest for the White House: President Obama.

Obama’s approval ratings have been marching upward since the start of the year.

He retains immense popularity with the Democratic base, including vital groups such as young people, with whom Clinton has struggled. And experts also say that there is no one better positioned to unify the party behind the former secretary of State as her long and sometimes bitter struggle with primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) draws to a close.

If Obama could run for a third-term, “he’d be reelected in a walk,” said New York-based Democratic strategist Jonathan Rosen. “He can play a huge role in bringing the Democratic base and independents, together to unite behind her candidacy.”

That could be particularly important given evidence from the primary season that suggests Clinton has failed to thrill some parts of the Obama coalition, even while she has drawn strong support from other blocs. She has struggled mightily among younger voters, for example, even while beating Sanders by huge margins among African-American Democrats….

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Does Hillary Clinton have a higher disadvantage being a woman running for President?

The Washington Post gets a few ‘expert’s’ to gather to discuss the question of ‘honesty’ in the campaign race for President….

While Donald Trump and increasingly Bernie Sanders tend to make promises that most Americans and the Media KNOW are not realistic….Clinton is dogged by her past….Neither has the breath of experience Clinton has for the job of President…Neither even care…

And  none of their past issues have stuck like the Clinton’s email issue (which highlights Clinton’s less flashy campaign style). ..Which the media has used continue its coverage of the presumptive Democratic nominee in terms of ‘Honesty’ and ‘Secrecy’….(Trump’s Taxes?…Sanders can STILL get the nomination?)

Could THAT be a invisible excuse for some to not come to terms with Hillary Clinton as a possible first American woman President?

Both Sanders and Trump seem to be using all kinds of excuses to blunt Clinton’s advantages and Clinton has just begun to rise to media exposure job that she has not wanted to do, but must…

Her candidacy raises questions as to whether any woman can be president of the United States, whether female presidential candidates can ever overcome voter stereotypes and media narratives that question women’s suitability for the White House.

Clinton is the most experienced candidate in the field, but campaign rivals Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are leveling attacks against her that she’s not qualified for the job. In doing so, they’re playing into a longstanding narrative that women lack what it takes to succeed in the male-dominated world of politics. The fact that two less-experienced male candidates are leveling this attack against her is telling. Neither Trump nor Sanders feel compelled to shore up their own credentials or justify their own relative lack of experience because they don’t need to; they benefit from a gendered double standard where men are automatically presumed qualified for public office and women are not….

This week’s YouGov/Economist poll finds that Clinton and Trump are rated equally poorly when it comes to perceptions that they are honest and trustworthy. Less than one-third of voters view both Clinton and Trump as honest and trustworthy, while 57 percent do not view either candidate as holding these traits. These ratings may indicate perceptions of honesty and trustworthiness may have relatively little influence on outcomes this year, since no candidate appears to have an advantage. However, if women are held to a higher standard of honesty and integrity, Clinton’s honesty problem may actually have more detrimental effects than if she were a man….

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Paul Ryan isn’t in a hurry to back Trump…Who he doubts is a true Conservative…

Several people here at the PDog are dismissive of Paul Ryan NOT endorsing Donald Trump being his parties Nominee for President….

There feeling is that Ryan will bend to Donald Trump’s will….

In an interview with Politico?

It seems that Ryan IS NOT gonna bend at all to Trump….

It seems that Ryan also seems to be upfront in expressing doubts that Donald Trump could even win come November…..

AND….

GOP House Speaker Ryan seems to be positioning HIMSELF to being the leader of the Conservative Republic if and when Donald Trump LOSES come November to Hillary Clinton….

Trump’s vision of a smiling speaker at his side, mouth shut and domesticated — just like Chris Christie.

Ryan, who made peace with Trump earlier this month but remains wait-and-see on the question of whether to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee, sees his 2016 job as ensuring that the party doesn’t become a Cult of Trump — he wants to replace id with ideas.

The sooner Trump gets it, the quicker he’ll jump on the unity bus, a relaxed but adamant Ryan suggested during a 45-minute interview last week for Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.

“When people go to the polls in November, they are not just picking a person … they’re also picking a path,” said Ryan, who spoke repeatedly of unity with the front-runner — while refusing to bet on a Trump victory this fall.

“I think this is a ‘we,’ not just one person,” he added. “I very much believe in a type and style of politics that may not be in vogue today but, I still think, nevertheless, is the right kind of politics.”

Asked whether Trump is a conservative “at his core,” Ryan punted.
“You should ask him those questions,” said Ryan. “I’m not the person to be giving you the breakdown of Donald Trump. That’s not my job and responsibility.”

OK, how about Trump’s prospects in November against Hillary Clinton?

Sure, Ryan allowed, he’s got a chance — and he predicts the rise of “Trump Democrats.”

But when I pushed him, asked whether he would bet his own money on a Trump victory, he demurred. “I’m not going to — I’m not a betting man,”

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Trump attacks ‘Mexican’ judge?…. in Trump University lawsuit…

More Carzy Donald Trump stuff….

Only he would go after a judge RACIALLY who is handling a case against HIM….

Over the course of 12 minutes, Donald Trump used a campaign rally in San Diego on Friday night to lace into the judge overseeing a lawsuit over Trump University, calling him a “hater” and speculating about his ethnicity.

“The trial is going to take place sometime in November. There should be no trial. This should have been dismissed on summary judgment easily,” Trump said. “Everybody says it, but I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel.”…

Trump has repeatedly attacked Curiel and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, claiming the former is “Spanish” and the latter is out to get him for electoral gain.

At Friday night’s rally, he got more specific, telling the crowd he believes Curiel — who was born in the United States — is Mexican.

“The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great, I think that’s fine,” Trump said, according to the LA Times. “You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs, OK?”

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The judge Trump is going after was born in Chicago, Illinois ….Which isn’t in Mexico at all….He previously worked for the US Attorney’s Office in Soutrhern California where he tried  drug smugglers working across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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A judge overseeing a lawsuit filed against Donald Trump regarding his closed real estate education program called Trump University has ruled parts of internal documents, including “playbooks” regarding running the enterprise, should be released as part of the case.

The playbooks, which include ones from 2009 and 2010, detail how the venture worked, how Trump University events were run and how to sell programs to customers…

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Hmmmm?….

One might say the judge wasn’t happy with Trump’s public dissing the court?

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The Trump campaign ain’t gonna spend Trump’s money….

Folks?

Donald Trump didn’t go much into his money to get the Republican Presidential Nomination…

The guy does NOT like to spend HIS money….(Who knows how much he has???)

It looks the ‘Donald’ is trying to the ‘arm’ on the very SAME Party regulars he ran AGAINST?

Image THIS?

A supposily BIllionaire crying to the GOP for MONEY….

AFTER calling the party loser’s!

The same guy who said he’s ‘self-fund?’

Pure Trump…..

And the GOP WILL do the ‘deal’ for their own butts…..

The guy is about Donald J. Trump….

NO ONE ELSE

Donald Trump’s campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won’t have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months.

The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it’s consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states.

“They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments told the Examiner.

That’s a far cry from Trump’s public insistence that he signed a fundraising agreement with the RNC in order to help the party, not himself. “The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit,” he said last week. “‘Cause I was very happy to continue to go along the way I was.”

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Still, Trump allies have suggested that the RNC is going to take advantage of the real estate mogul. “I don’t think the RNC is 100 percent committed,” a GOP donor told CNN. “If Donald Trump’s seven points down in October, they’re going to put that money toward Senate races and House races.”….

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Word is that if Trump don’t look good come the early fall?

Money is gonna dry up for Trump and move to down ballot races for the GOP…..

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Bernie Sanders request for dropping 2 DNC heads denied…

Bernie Sanders AGAIN isn’t gonna be the Democratic nominee….

But he sure is acting like it…

In the last few days he has demanded that DNC head Debbie Wasserm-Shultz be canned along with two other senior DNC officials….

All three are supporters of Hillary Clinton who in little  more than a week WILL BE the Democartic nominee…..

The nominee gets things when they win the primary race….

The loser does NOT….(Even if they are trying to hold their supporters out as leverage )

Senior Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials have rejected a request from Bernie Sanders’s campaign to change the leadership of two crucial committees at the convention.

Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, co-chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Commitee, dismissed a request to remove Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank as co-chairmen of the convention’s platform and rules committees, respectively.

The campaign’s complaint, they wrote in a letter to Sanders lawyer Brad Deutsch, failed to allege a violation of the convention’s rules governing the conduct of elections or delegate selection.

“Having carefully reviewed your challenge, we find that it fails to meet the criteria for the foregoing reasons and pursuant to the Regulations and Bylaws Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Reg. 3.4(G)(i) we are compelled to dismiss it,” they wrote to Deutsch….

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More Trump Crazy Stuff…What California Drought?…Where?

Donald Trump REALLY just lives in different World than the rest of us…

Comments like this are to make sure Hillary Clinton wins California come November, Right?

California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record.

But Donald Trump isn’t sold. The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters in Fresno, Calif., on Friday night that no such dry spell exists.

Trump said state officials were simply denying water to Central Valley farmers to prioritize the Delta smelt, a native California fish nearing extinction — or as Trump called it, “a certain kind of three-inch fish.”

“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump told thousands of supporters at the campaign event….

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Marijuana Growers in California worry about Alcohol distribution companies…

It appears that the same companies that deliver wine, liquor and beer are working with lawmakers in California to MAKE Marijuana growers go thru them to sell their product….

Since voters first legalized medical marijuana with Proposition 215 in 1996, competing interests have tried to take control of the chaotic market.

Bills or citizen initiatives that would have clarified the rules of the business or make recreational use legal have been stymied, partially because the divided industry never came together to endorse any one of them.

Growers have long complained that dispensary owners held all the power because they could get licenses and operate openly, while the cultivators who grew the product and drove it to market were widely seen as outlaws.

As late as July 2014, the seven-member board of the main growers association in the state consisted of four retail operators and only one full-time grower. No one wanted to publicly state he or she grew pot for a living.

“The growers association was run by dispensaries,” said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the group, now called the California Growers Assn. and under grower control. “We were sharecroppers. So yes, there is a lot of bad blood.”

While Colorado built its regulated industry largely from scratch, California — the cradle of the marijuana movement — is struggling to redesign a makeshift system that people have been cobbling together, mostly underground, for half a century.

For some veteran growers in the North Coast, the requirement to sell to distributors looked like the corporate seed to their destruction. They would operate like the alcohol industry, where Budweiser and Miller have ruled since Prohibition, where beer, bourbon or wine makers can sell their products only through state-licensed brokers, who then sell to stores.

While prices for marijuana have sunk to all-time lows, new players would be taking a bite out of increasingly thin margins….

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Hillary Clinton responds on email concerns…’it was still a mistake. If I could go back, I would do it differently….’

Instead of doubling down on circling the wagons?

Hillary Clinton tries to get AHEAD of things by GOING to the MEDIA something she wouild have NEVER done in the past….

She admits she made a mistake….

She doesn’t dismiss people’s concerns, but adds that she HAS done a WHOLE LOT of GOOD things besides this mistake…

She reminds people that the only other choice they have in this election is Donald Trump….

Her initial response, delivered in an interview Wednesday with Univision’s Marie Elena Salinas, was robotic and rotely defensive — not to mention inaccurate on several points.

To her credit, Clinton (and her team) realized that what she had said wasn’t enough. So she set about trying to fix it. She called in to Chuck Todd’s “Meet the Press Daily” on Thursday and offered this up:

….’I said this many times, it was still a mistake. If I could go back, I would do it differently. And I understand people have concerns about this, but I hope and expect voters to look at the full picture of everything I’ve done and stand for. And the full threat posed by Donald Trump. If they do, I have faith in the American people that they will make the right choice.’…..

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Bill Weld may NOT be the Libertarian VP choice after all…

Gary Johnson might want him on his ticket….

But the party people DO NOT seem to agree….

It was supposed to be a stroke of genius: Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian nominee for president and the party’s leading contender in 2016, announced that William Weld, the two-term former Republican governor of Massachusetts, would serve as his running mate.

The idea was clear and appealing. The pair would comprise a powerful two-governor ticket just as the leading Democratic and Republican contenders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, rate as historically unpopular. The hope was they could emerge as a true third-party alternative.

But here in the corridors of the Rosen Centre Hotel and Resort at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, it could all fall apart as anti-authoritarian Libertarian Party activists, loathe to be defined as “Republican-lite,” are increasingly and loudly critical of Weld, who joined their party only weeks ago.

Johnson seems to sense his dream ticket could be in trouble. The former two-term governor of New Mexico was booed at a convention forum on Thursday for calling Weld “the original libertarian.”

“A big hurdle for us is surviving this weekend and being the nominees,” Johnson told POLITICO in an interview on Friday. “Anything is possible. Bill is the first one that recognizes that.”

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What Trump Presidential Campaign Organization?

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Donald Trump FIRMLY believes in doing things HIS WAY…..

 Those staffer’s who have trouble with that get shown the door….

Never mind that most the Grand Old party , that he has knocked, is now dependent on his campaign to help them….

Trump and his operation hasn’t lifted a finger ….

It has been pointed out that despite Trump’s rants AGAINST the Republican party….

He PROBABLY isn’t helpinbg his cause by ignoring the struture of the party….(The same people who YES, where so dead set against him…)

Oh, yea?

All that party unity stuff?

Maybe the people that the polling guys talked to…

But NOT ALL of the law makers that Trump would NEED should he actually become President…

Running in the General Election is NOT the same as running in the Primaries…

To complement its lean operation, the Trump campaign has begun relying on the Republican National Committee for everything from opposition research to communications help and voter data.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump expressed confidence that the R.N.C. could take over for what he has not done himself.

“They built, over years and years, staffs in every state — you can’t do that, or you can’t do it very well, if you’re doing it all over the next few months,” Mr. Trump told reporters on Thursday in North Dakota. “You can’t do that over a period of just a short while, because we have November coming up very rapidly. It’s going to be very soon.”

Yet officials in battleground states have complained for weeks that the Republican committee has not delivered the promised resources for field organizations.

Mr. Trump has also been dismissive of data analytics, suggesting in interviews that his showmanship and rallies will continue to be effective. He has suggested that he will compete in new states, despite the scant resources he has devoted to the traditional Republican map so far. And he has been adamant to aides that he intends to try to compete in New York, which no Republican has captured since Ronald Reagan, and has held discussions about hiring an additional pollster for the state.

Despite his and his aides’ talk of unification, Mr. Trump himself has so far proved unable and unwilling to rally the entire party around his candidacy. On Tuesday, he deliberately attacked Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico — a Hispanic rising star and head of the Republican Governors Association — in her home state, saying she was “not doing the job.” And he hit Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, calling him a “choker” and mocking his gait, saying he walked “like a penguin.”

Mr. Trump, who lent his campaign money during the primaries, has begun fund-raising for the general election, and there are signs that high-dollar donors are willing to help, especially by donating to a super PAC supporting him. But there are several such groups, and the campaign has yet to unofficially sanction one, leaving some donors confused about which super PAC, if any, they should support….

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Donald Trump is probably NEVER gonna be comfortable with working with a large decentralized staff….(He did not during the primaries and made sure he didn’t spend a nickel more than he had to…)….It’s NOT his style of moving soley at a whim or on his own….This fact is another reason that Trump would have SERIOUS problem adapting to running the American Government where power is defused and shared…..

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Some Sanders supporters want Hillary Clinton gone even if it’s for emails …

The NY Times focuses on the California Democratic Presidential Primary….

Several Sanders supporters upon being asked about Clinton?

Say they don’t really care how Sanders beats her….

Even if she gets in trouble with her email problems….

They dislike her so bad that they are finding rational’s to accept Trump over her….

Maybe dislaike isn’t the right word?

Donald Trump is a showman….

Increasingly so is Bernie Sanders who I have heard is discribed as that Grand father that is fighting for you….

Hillary Clinton the piece mentions is so ‘cool’ that some people do NOT want her, looking at her experience to work witin the system as a hinderance …..

There are some Americans whgo seem to want a showman to deal with a their government , even if that person will run into a brick wall as President….

“A dark side of me wants to see what happens if Trump is in,” said Mr. Vizcarra, who works in information technology. “There is going to be some kind of change, and even if it’s like a Nazi-type change. People are so drama-filled. They want to see stuff like that happen. It’s like reality TV. You don’t want to just see everybody be happy with each other. You want to see someone fighting somebody.”

Jackie Becerra, 28, an executive assistant who lives in Lake Forest, also said she was leaning toward voting for Mr. Trump if Mr. Sanders was not the Democratic nominee. She said that she doubted Mr. Trump would keep his promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and that, even though his proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the United States made her “nervous,” she did not believe he could stop people from coming into the country based on their religion.

“Everyone is like: ‘Trump has these terrible social issues. He hates Muslims and he hates the L.G.B.T. community,’ ” she said. “But our world is big enough that he’s not actually going to implement any of those changes in a realistic way. But what he will do is potentially audit the federal government, and he will try to break up some of the banks and try to at least influence government that way. However, with Hillary, it will just be a complacent, run-of-the-middle-of-the-road presidency.”

Such thinking worries Pete Navarro, 65, a lawyer in Los Angeles who supports Mr. Sanders but said he planned to vote for Mrs. Clinton if she was the eventual Democratic nominee. “I think it’s a mistake to demonize Hillary Clinton,” he said. “I think that just serves Republican purposes. It’s chopping your nose off to spite your face.”

Yet the email investigation keeps coming up in conversations with Mr. Sanders’s supporters, who are all too aware of Mrs. Clinton’s delegate lead and increasingly desperate for an equalizer….

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The Republican efforts to hurt Clinton with the email scndal HAS helped them …Of  THAT…There is NO doubt…

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Senate GOP majority leader on Trump…’You don’t get to do anything you want to’…

Senate GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does a little flexxing against his parties incoming Presidential nominee , who DOES seem to be pushing the idea that HE, and ONLY HE, will RUN America the way HE wants to….(I don’t thing Trump actually understands how the place he rants against IS ran….)

The divisions that Trump’s candidacy has driven between factions of the Republican Party and the country at large are “nowhere near the most divisive period in American history,” the Senate majority leader said in a segment to air on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

“But what protects us in this country against big mistakes being made is the structure, the Constitution, the institutions, no matter how unusual a personality may be who gets elected to office,” the Kentucky Republican said. “There are constraints in this country. You don’t get to do anything you want to, so I’m very optimistic about America.

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We’re in for a LOT stories about how Hillary Clinton could lose to Trump….

For the last 6 months ALL the stories where about how Trump was gonna get rolled over by Hillary Clinton….

Now we get the opposite….

Politico is out with a piece pointing to how Hillary Clinton could GIVE away a good amount of the states that OTHER pundits say ARE her’s….

There is gonna be a LOT of second guessing on Hillary Clinton’s efforts…

It’s a terrifying moment for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in. Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of Clinton, or at worst only a few points behind. During the insanity of the Republican primary, it was easy for them to believe that Trump could never be president—that in a general election, mainstream voters would regard him as an absurdity. But Clinton remains a shaky candidate with historically high negatives, an email scandal that keeps getting worse and a stubborn primary opponent whose supporters may yet become a midsummer nightmare in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Republicans, seemingly in all-out civil war just weeks ago, have quickly fallen in line. Democrats are resigning themselves to a tough, ugly, painful and expensive street fight.

The numbers offer some reassurance for Democrats—but also some bad news.The reassurance is that the recent polls probably don’t mean much. Trump’s current surge is likely driven by Republican voters coalescing around their nominee, and Clinton will almost certainly get a similar bump when Bernie Sanders lets go and Democratic voters return to the fold. Most pundits believe 2016 is still Clinton’s race to lose.

Here’s the bad news: There is now a clear path for her to lose it.
If you drill down enough, it’s clear there are at least four paths to a loss, and any one of them poses a real risk for a candidate likely to follow her usual careful, calculating playbook. The cold math of a potential Clinton defeat is not to be found in national polls, but in the Electoral College—and within each state’s unique demographics and culture. Trump won’t dramatically remake the political map, but he doesn’t need to. He just needs to squeeze a little more out of certain voters in certain states, while Clinton draws a little less.

If Clinton pushes away some of her potential supporters; fails to energize others to vote; and fires up Trump’s base by pandering to her own—well, she just might be able to make the numbers work out for him. If he does pull off the election of the century, Trump’s path to 270 Electoral College votes will begin with 164 practically in the bank, from 21 solid-red states generally considered sure things for the Republican nominee. And here’s how Clinton could push more than enough additional states onto Trump’s side of the ledger—Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan—one mistake at a time.

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The above linked piece IS whimsical in my view….Several of it’s assumtions are simply NOT gonna happen….

But one assumes the Clinton people in Brooklyn will add it to the collection of advice pieces they see EVERYDAY…

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Democrats ready their Sanders give back….

Bernie ain’t gonna win the Democratic nomination…

After a coulpe of weeks he’s just gonna be a Senator from Vermont , that has a ’cause’….

I’ve been saying that Bernie Sanders HAS helped the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton up to a point….

The Dem’s aren’t dumb…

They ARE gonna payback Bernie for his noise and galvanizing of young voters FOR the PARTY with a batch of legislation  to offered up in Congress….

The stuff HAS LITTLE chance of going anywhere with Republican majorities in the Senate and House , as has been  pointed out….

But the action  could find a few supporters and go a long way to pull the Sanders supporters back to vote come November ….And let Senator Sanders be able to stay HE got the Democrats to see things HIS way….

Until recently, many in Washington have seen election-reform issues as too dry and process-oriented to galvanize the public. But the surprising success of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, whose central thrust is that loose campaign finance rules give special interests too much influence, helped change that. And polls show huge majorities of Americans think moneyed interests have too much sway in Washington. Last month, hundreds of activists were arrested after holding a sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in support of campaign finance reform and voting rights.

“I think people are really disgusted with their political system,” Sen. Tom Udall, who is helping put the package together, said in an interview. “It’s built to the level that you’re hearing the term ‘rigged’ … you’re hearing the term ‘corrupt’ used a lot more. I think it has built to a point where people really want to see something done about this.”

The package, which was first reported by National Journal Wednesday, is still being put together in a process helmed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will take over next year as the Senate Democratic leader. But several reform measures introduced in recent years by Democrats offer a picture of what it will likely include….

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