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Voters are Idiots

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Voters are Idiots

American voters are, first of all, Americans. So they are woefully ill-informed about policy, history, economics, and what they know about world affairs can be written on a tab of acid, while still leaving room for a couple of Grateful Dead Dancing Bears. All of that goes double for Trump voters: Anybody who still believes […]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.31.16]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.31.16]

Rebecca Traitor at New York Magazine has a lengthy and fascinating profile of Hillary Clinton, that is well worth a full read. But here is an excerpt:

There are a lot of reasons — internal, external, historical — for the way Clinton deals with the public, and the way we respond to her. But there is something about the candidate that is getting lost in translation. The conviction that I was in the presence of a capable, charming politician who inspires tremendous excitement would fade and in fact clash dramatically with the impressions I’d get as soon as I left her circle: of a campaign imperiled, a message muddled, unfavorables scarily high. To be near her is to feel like the campaign is in steady hands; to be at any distance is to fear for the fate of the republic. [...]

When I asked her why she thinks women’s ambition is regarded as dangerous, she posited that it was about “a fear that ambition will crowd out everything else — relationships, marriage, children, family, homemaking, all the other parts [of life] that are important to me and important to most women I know.” She also mentioned the unappealing stereotyping: “We’re so accustomed to think of women’s ambition being made manifest in ways that we don’t approve of, or that we find off-putting.”

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [5.31.2016]

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Memorial Day Daily Delawhere [5.20.2016]

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Honor our fallen today. They are the real reason we have this day.

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Sunday Open Thread [5.29.2016]

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Sunday Open Thread [5.29.2016]

Susia Cagle looks at the big problem with the story of Peter Thiel’s secret day in court and how the 0.1% are redefining the rules.

Last week Mr. Thiel revealed that he had funneled “in the ballpark” of $10 million to legal support for plaintiffs suing Gawker Media, most notably Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, who recently won a $140 million judgment against the company for defamation. Mr. Thiel made no secret of his grudge against Gawker, since the company’s Valleywag blog revealed his homosexuality in a 2007 post that lampooned the straight male culture of Silicon Valley more than Mr. Thiel himself. (Mr. Thiel is, notably, an investor in the tech site Pando, a media property that regularly insults him in more direct terms.) …

Portraying a $10 million investment in crushing one’s enemy as a charitable act of justice that will make the world a better place is galling. But students of history can hardly be shocked. Tech’s elite, lauded for their originality, are influencing media, politics and society at large with a kind of venture philanthropy, much as their industrial predecessors did more than 100 years ago.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [5.29.2016]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.28.2016]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.28.2016]

This is for Jason, from Jonathan Chait, to calm some Trump fears:

Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States would pose an unprecedented threat to the health of American democracy and possibly world stability. There is, however, an upside: Trump’s campaign is an absolute garbage fire. By all accounts it is the most organizationally and strategically inept campaign for a successful major-party nominee in recorded history. Ashley Parker and Maggie Haberman round up many of the details, but the basic story that emerges from their reports and others is that Trump has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. [...]

To the extent that running a competent campaign matters, it will hurt Trump very badly. Yes, he won the Republican primary by relying on a massive imbalance of media coverage and exploiting a divided, extremely large field that failed to coalesce against him. Yes, he tapped into deep strains of anger in the conservative base that fellow Republicans ignored. But he’s not a political savant, and he hasn’t abolished the rules of politics. He’s a reality-television performer who tapped into a deep vein of cultural resentment that appeals to a decided minority of the electorate. Fortunately, many of the same qualities that would make Trump epically dangerous in the presidency — his impulsive ignorance, blustering arrogance, and contempt for data — also make him unlikely to obtain it.

Emphasis mine.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized the sacrifices made by the American warriors who never made it back home.

In his weekly message, filmed at W.B. Simpson Elementary, Governor Markell highlights the World Language Immersion Initiative and announces its expansion.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [5.28.2016]

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Friday Open Thread [5.27.2016]

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Last night, Mein Fuhrer Donald Trump, was featured with his family in an hour long special called Meet The Trumps on Fox, who are obviously auditioning to be the US version of Russia Today to Donald Trump’s Vladimir Putin. This is what state-run fascist media looks like.

The special served as a decent preview of America’s dark totalitarian future. But there is good news! You can stop this. You can vote for Hillary Clinton. Yes you can. Yes we can.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [5.27.2016]

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Trump’s GOP to become a ‘Worker’s Party’

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Trump’s GOP to become a ‘Worker’s Party’

Workers should have a home in at least one U.S. political party, and the Democratic Party doesn’t appear to want the job. (*cough* NAFTA… *cough*…TPP…)

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Comment Rescue – Re Delaware’s Rep in Congress… what Puck said

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Comment Rescue – Re Delaware’s Rep in Congress… what Puck said

puck says: May 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm When you are the congressman from Delaware, being a corporate shill comes with the job. I understand that. But Carney goes above and beyond with his wholesale deficit-mongering and austerity preaching, buying into the whole Republican crackpot economic philosophy. I can understand if there are certain votes […]

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Robert Reich: How to like Clinton, for liberals who don’t

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Robert Reich: How to like Clinton, for liberals who don’t

The esteemed Professor Robert Reich via Facebook:

“Last week I suggested Bernie supporters do three things: (1) fight like hell for Bernie until he either gets or loses the nomination, (2) if Hillary gets the nomination, fight like hell for her, and (3) regardless of who wins the nomination or the election, continue to build a powerful progressive movement.

Several of you disagree with (1), saying Bernie has no chance, and his continuing candidacy is just hurting Hillary, so he should bow out of the race. I’ll get back to this point in a subsequent post.

Here I want to address those of you who disagree with (2). As I understand your arguments, they fall into four categories….

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Thursday Open Thread [5.26.2016]

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Thursday Open Thread [5.26.2016]

Alan Abramowitz: “Perhaps the key lesson that we can learn from the results of the 2008 battle between Clinton and Obama is that Sanders supporters probably do not have to love Clinton in order to vote for her in the general election. They merely have to like her as well or better than Trump, and that should be a very easy bar to clear.”

“Trump has far less appeal to Democratic voters in 2016 than McCain had in 2008. According to the 2008 ANES data, McCain was viewed favorably by 23% of all Democratic identifiers and leaners and unfavorably by 58%. In contrast, according to four recent national polls… Donald Trump is viewed favorably by only 5% to 12% of Democratic voters and unfavorably by 82% to 89%. And while these polls did not provide data on Trump favorability among Clinton and Sanders supporters, it seems unlikely that he is viewed more favorably by Sanders voters, who tend to be, if anything, further to the left and more suspicious of billionaires than Clinton supporters.”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [5.26.2016]

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Blevins Endorses Townsend

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Blevins Endorses Townsend

State Senator and President Pro Tem Patti Blevins (D-Elsmere) has endorsed her down Kirkwood Highway colleague State Senator Bryan Townsend today. This may not seem like a rather large deal, given that they are fellow upstate Democratic Senators. But Blevins is a further signal that the Dem Establishment is lining up behind Townsend now that their favorite, Bryon Short, is out. So in that case it is.

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Daigle Drops Out of Crowded 7th RD Democratic Primary

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Daigle Drops Out of Crowded 7th RD Democratic Primary

I am sorry to see this, but it is expected given incumbent Bryon Short’s return to the race after his own withdrawal from the Congressional race.

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Clinton/Sanders Democratic Delegation Fundraiser June 2!

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Clinton/Sanders Democratic Delegation Fundraiser June 2!

To be delegate to the Democratic convention can be an expensive proposition. You have at least five nights in a hotel at at least $150 a night, and that is being, pardon the pun, conservative. I, as a Hillary supporter, have donated personally to a Bernie delegate, because she is a friend and because, if you need help to participate in our party democracy, you should get it.

In that vein, Rebecca Faye Powers and Mona Parikh are hosting, and the Progressive Democrats are sponsoring, a fundraiser for those delegates, whether they are Bernie delegates or Hillary delegates, who need assistance. Rebecca Faye Powers knows the Bernie delegates who are in need, and Drew Fennell knows the Hillary delegates who are in need. Whatever is raised at this fundraiser will be divided evenly between those on each side who need help.

So please join us all on next Thursday, June 2 between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at the Ernest & Scott Taproom, 902 N. Market St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.25.2016]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.25.2016]

You know what will bring unity among Sanders and Clinton supporters: the sacking of DWS. And it looks like some Democratic Senators are actually contemplating sacking her BEFORE the convention, which will give Bernie a literal scalp to crow about.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party’s national convention in July. Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton worry Wasserman Schultz has become too divisive a figure to unify the party in 2016, which they say is crucial to defeating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November.

Wasserman Schultz has had an increasingly acrimonious relationship with the party’s other presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and his supporters, who argue she has tilted the scales in Clinton’s favor. “There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,” said one pro-Clinton Democratic senator.

A senior Senate Democratic aide said, “There’s a strong sentiment that the current situation is untenable and can only be fixed by her leaving. There’s too much water under the bridge for her to be a neutral arbiter.” Another Democratic senator who supports Clinton said Wasserman Schultz will hurt her chances of rallying the liberal base in the fall.

“We need to get this figured out and come together,” said the lawmaker. “Hillary’s got the nomination. She needs Bernie’s energy. It’s time for her to accommodate. It’s time to pick hard-nosed people to cut through things and figure out a deal. “They need to know this is their party,” the lawmaker said, observing that if Wasserman Schultz were to be replaced as party leader, young liberals may become more enthusiastic about the ticket.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [5.25.16]

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The Deliciously-Ironic Demise of Ken Starr

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The Deliciously-Ironic Demise of Ken Starr

I can’t make this stuff up. We all remember Ken Starr. The self-righteous, lip-pursing prig/special prosecutor who took great delight in preparing an ‘ independent report’ designed to get Bill Clinton impeached, and designed to provide every salacious detail the prudish prig could produce. The man reeked of moral rectitude. As the Huffington Post reported: […]

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When liberals don’t vote, these guys vote in your place

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When liberals don’t vote, these guys vote in your place

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.24.2016]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.24.2016]

Jesse Berney at Rolling Stone looks at Trump’s donations to veterans groups:

He claimed to have raised $6 million for the various charities — $5 million from others, $1 million from himself. That’s real money when it comes to nonprofit budgets.

Only… he didn’t.

Trump being Trump, we’ll probably never know how much money he raised that night. But his campaign manager has admitted it wasn’t the $6 million Trump claimed.

Trump, who went to a rich kids’ military boarding school, got multiple deferments to get out of Vietnam, and has said he likes troops who “didn’t get captured,” loves to fashion himself a champion of veterans. That’s what his counter-event that debate night was all about: selling himself as a generous friend of the men and women who serve our country in the military.

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Can the Dem tent be big enough to cover both the exploiters and exploited?

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Can the Dem tent be big enough to cover both the exploiters and exploited?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now the poster child for transparently terrible, 1% loving Democrats….and for good reason, as the esteemed Bill Moyers notes: “… She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates […]

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