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Saturday Daily Delawhere, June 18, 2016

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The Caesar Rodney Monument, in Rodney Square in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Friday Daily Delawhere, June 17, 2016

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New Night in Newark. Photo by Phinonwoodside on Instagram.

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Thursday Open Thread, June 16, 2016

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Thursday Open Thread, June 16, 2016

Josh Marshall:

There’s no magic to Trump’s political showmanship. The magic we saw through the Spring was a unique bond, a sort of mindmeld of white backlash and derp Trump built on an inspired intuition into the mind of the base of the Republican party. Provocation and offense didn’t hurt Trump because … he was preaching to an audience that yearned for both as positive goods. Campaigning in front of a general election audience today it’s all working quite differently. Over the last two days I heard report after report from our team on Capitol Hill about Senators who were refusing to answer questions about Trump, simply walking away when asked about him, or in a growing number of cases, after his harrowing and unhinged speech on Monday, openly attacking him. [...]

A month ago Republican elected officials were unenthusiastically but resolutely rallying around Trump. Since then they’ve slowly been reduced to a public and political version of a family dealing with a hopeless addict or a degenerate gambler. They keep saying, insisting he’ll change, only to have him provide more evidence he can’t, won’t and has no intention to. Their very indulgence seems to prompt more unbridled behavior.

The disgraceful way Trump handled the hours after the Orlando atrocity seems to have confirmed for many Republicans that Trump will never change or pivot or whatever other phrase we’re now using. It’s not an act. It’s him. How this couldn’t have been clear months ago is a topic for the psychology of denial and wishful thinking. But now it seems clear. [...]

The question is how long this can last. Pretty much daily, major Republican leaders don’t just disagree with Trump but denounce him in pretty round terms, even as they remain at least nominal endorsers of his candidacy and accept him as the leader of their party. That is entirely unprecedented in modern American political history.

It doesn’t seem sustainable.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere, June 16, 2016

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Farming near Waples Pond. Photo by Hightide_or_Lowtide on Instagram.

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Wednesday Open Thread, June 15, 2016

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Wednesday Open Thread, June 15, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is slated to address supporters with a video live stream on Thursday night, his campaign confirmed Tuesday. He may announce a transition to a platform campaign to press for changes to the party primary process and platform. Hillary seems to be doing a very good job of consolidating the Democratic base on her own without Bernie’s help, so I am less concerned about an enthusiastic endorsement being made as soon as possible. Hillary has carved out some space for Bernie, Hillary and the DNC to negotiate and slowly tamp down the primary heat. Which is a good thing.

A new Bloomberg poll finds that Hillary Clinton has opened up a double-digit lead nationally over Donald Trump, 49% to 37%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson getting 9%. Take out Johnson, and Hillary leads 54-36. That is simply a massive landslide that would sweep the country blue and give us back the House with a 20-30 seat majority.

Very interesting: 55% of those polled saying they could never vote for Trump.

Said pollster Ann Selzer: “Clinton has a number of advantages in this poll, in addition to her lead. Her supporters are more enthusiastic than Trump’s and more voters overall see her becoming a more appealing candidate than say that for Trump.”

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll also shows Clinton leading by 12 points.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere, June 15, 2016

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Cape Henlopen State Park Sunrise. Photo by Campfire.Dreams on Instagram.

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Sen. Karen Peterson is Retiring

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Sen. Karen Peterson is Retiring

I just got word from a source that State Senator Karen Peterson has announced her retirement on the floor of the Senate. This is devastating news for progressives in this state.

Clearly, from the reaction, and from my sources, this announcement was unexpected. I wonder if Peterson tabling Senate Bill 190, which is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide for equal protection under the law to all citizens regardless of race, sex, age, religion, creed, color, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, had anything to do with it.

The filing deadline is July 12. There are no state representatives residing in her district. Literally none.

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Tuesday Open Thread, June 14, 2016

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Anderson Cooper opened up his show by naming the victims of Sunday’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub.

Just watch. It’s powerful.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere, June 14, 2016

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Festival season in Wilmington and New Castle County has begun! The Greek Festival was last week, and the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival is this week. This is the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, on Broom Street in Wilmington. Photo by kvo_de.

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Monday Open Thread, June 13, 2016

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Josh Marshall
on the political fallout from the Orlando Massacre. Don’t be so sure it helps Trump.

There appears to be a general consensus – met with glee by Trumpites and frustration by Democrats – that the atrocity in Orlando will be a boon to the campaign of Donald Trump. It will ‘change the narrative’ and play to Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration and general claim to be the only one tough enough to protect Americans. Put me down as skeptical about that assumption. [...]

Trump’s tweets [yesterday] morning were slashing but they were also preening, self-congratulatory and manic. There are ways to effectively politicize a tragedy. Trump appears psychologically incapable of doing so. He does sound ‘tough’ at some level. But far more he seems unsteady, erratic and self-obsessed.

[Trump's speech today] will hurt him rather than help him. Because Trump is Trump. Most people have little appetite for a self-congratulatory and wildly politicized screed the day after a horrific attack.

Some of you might be saying, You’re being naive: fear sells. You’re missing my point. Of course it does. But Trump’s emotional instability, his temperament largely prevents him from effectively selling it. More than benefiting from a climate of fear, I suspect he is driving home what already worries voters, what is already his singular vulnerability: he lacks the temperament and emotional stability to be president.

The other part of equation is Clinton. [...] When pollsters ask whether she has the temperament to be president and whether she is ‘tough’ and a leader she consistently and even today gets very high marks. That means she’s well positioned to withstand hard attacks on this front. The same polls show that voters overwhelmingly believe Trump lacks the temperament to be president. If he acts now like he always acts he will confirm doubts and fears that are already at the forefront of the public mind.

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Monday Daily Delawhere, June 13, 2016

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A Mark Russo Creation, via Delaware Apparel.

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Hate is Hate

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It doesn’t matter if the killer hated gays, or was inspired by ISIS, or if it was both (and it probably was both).

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Sunday Open Thread , June 12, 2016

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Sunday Open Thread , June 12, 2016

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) joked at a conservative Christian event that he prays President Obama’s days will be “few,” the Huffington Post reports. Said Perdue: “We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says: ‘Let his days be few and let another have his office.’”

Perdue did not continue, but Psalm 109 is a death wish for one of David’s enemies. It continues: “Let his children be fatherless; and his wife a widow. Let his children wander about and beg; and let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes. Let the creditor seize all that he has; and let strangers plunder the product of his labor. Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him; nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children. Let his posterity be cut off; in a following generation let their name be blotted out.“

Hey Republicans, you want to know why Trump “happened” to you, it is because you act like Senator Perdue. Trump happened because you all are Trump.

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Clinton’s First General Election Ad.

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People always complained that Hillary’s campaign did not have a central theme. It does now. This is a great ad.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere, June 12, 2016

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the crippling economic crisis harming 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico.

In his weekly message, Governor Markell recognizes the progress Delaware has made in ensuring all people have the opportunity to be productive members of our community.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere , June 11, 2016

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Storm is abrewing in Fenwick Island. Photo by Delaware Apparel.

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Friday Open Thread, June 10, 2016

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Matt Yglesias says the Warren endorsement of Hillary matters:

An early endorsement of Clinton by Warren could have helped the former Secretary of State in the primaries. This late in the process it can’t possibly make a difference, since Clinton has already won. But where it can make a difference is in persuading Bernie Sanders’ supporters to get over their campaign-season anti-Clinton feelings and hop on board.

That’s because, like Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Warren is very popular with Sanders supporters, including Sanders supporters who say they won’t vote for Clinton in the general election.

And while Warren’s support is less significant than Obama’s in this regard, it carries more weight than Obama’s with a small but potentially influential group of thought-leaders and ideological activists. Anti-Clinton Bernie fans who also like Obama are basically confused about where the various politicians stand. Warren is different. Ideologically speaking, she’s considerably closer to Sanders than she is to Clinton or Obama. Specifically she is the most prominent enemy of Wall Street and big banks in American politics, and if she says progressives should get over Goldman Sachs speeches and back Clinton that carries weight.

Not everyone is happy about it. I had to unfriend someone on Facebook who called Warren a “sellout c—” for endorsing Hillary. And if you look at Warren’s Facebook page, you will find similar if not identical sentiments. I am thankful beyond words that our Sanders supporters here at DL are nice and reasonable people. ;) And I am thankful that the vast majority of Bernie’s supporters are reasonable people, who, in the end, will come aboard and unite as one campaign.

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Friday Daily Delawhere, June 10, 2016

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Assawoman Bay by Jessica Nowacki Photography via Delaware Apparel.

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Obama Endorses Hillary, First Campaign Appearance next week

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Following a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he is willing to work together with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. “I look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent,” Sanders told reporters outside the White House. “I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure Donald Trump does not become President of the United States.”

The Vermont senator, however, stopped short of endorsing Clinton, telling reporters he had no intention of dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination just yet.

About 20 minutes ago, both the Clinton campaign and the White House released the above Obama Endorsement Video and announced that the Obama-Clinton duo will have their first joint campaign appearance on June 15 in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area.

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Thursday Open Thread, June 9, 2016

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Ed Kilgore sees two conditions that would need to be present before the GOP resorts to the nuclear option of dumping Trump:

The first would be a widespread abandonment of Trump by the very party opinion-leaders who have been climbing aboard his bandwagon in the last few weeks — a mass exodus on the “off-ramp” Graham is talking about. The second and more important development would be a radical change in the rank-and-file sentiment — which was strongly evident long before Trump appeared to have nailed down the nomination — opposing any kind of “coup” against the primary results.

Yeah, dumping Trump won’t work because they you will piss off all those voters who elected him the nominee in the first place. You need them to vote this fall to keep Republicans across the land in office. If they stay home: Boom. Democrats sweep everything. The Republicans are in a no win situation of their own making and I am getting the popcorn:

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [6.9.2016]

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I hope Trump is the GOP Nominee….

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….because we are going to destroy him in ways never before imagined.

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Open Thread for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Open Thread for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

So that’s it. It’s over. Pardons of course to the residents of the District of Columbia who get to vote next week, but it’s over. Hillary won a rather commanding double digit victory in California, won close races in South Dakota and New Mexico, lost a close race in Montana, lost a caucus in North Dakota, and scored a Maryland-style blowout win in New Jersey. In so doing, she clinches majority leads in the popular votes, in states/territories won, in pledged delegates, in all delegates. By every single metric there is, she is the nominee.

And I hope everyone takes a minute, to reflect on that. We have just nominated the first woman Presidential candidate to lead our party in American history. What took us so long? It is a historic moment that will be remembered by our great grand children. It will be in the history books. Indeed, we are living in an era right now that will be spoken of in 100 years with awe. The election of the nation’s first black President followed by the election of the first woman President. Stop and appreciate it for a little bit.

I fell asleep before Bernie’s speech last night, but I have seen it described as a deescalation of tensions if not the beginning of a stand down. Senator Sanders is due to meet in Washington tomorrow, at his request, with the President of the United States and Senator Harry Reid. I expect that during both meetings with Obama and Reid, Bernie will be offered incentives to bow out gracefully now. Everything from certain platform concessions, changes to the primary process, and declarations that he will be the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Wing of the party, and encouraging him and Jane to form a progressive campaign organization that will elect mini-Bernies across the land. Where there are carrots, there are also sticks to make it apparent to Bernie that if a graceful exit is not achieved, there will be consequences. But let’s be positive and not speak of that right now. I choose to believe that Bernie, after resting and reflecting after some much need sleep, will do the right thing.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [6.8.2016]

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