Hold Onto Your Hats Kids . . . It’s Going to Be a Whirlwind Ride

Very soon, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Cory Booker, Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are going to be barnstorming the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

It’s going to be a sight to see.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 8:47 pm

    Elizabeth Warren met with loud heckling from the convention floor a few minutes ago. Bernie going to speak now, after five minutes of cheering by delegates when he was introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison.

    “No one is more disappointed than I am” at the result of the nomination process. But the struggle continues.

    “This election is about… the needs of the American people. This election is about ending the 40-year decline of the middle class. This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality…”

    Thanks President Obama for dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but notes that much more remains to be done.

    Says that “Hillary Clinton must become the next President of the United States.” No audible booing. Chants of “Bernie, Bernie!”

    Gives Hillary credit for supporting $15 minimum wage. Says she will change the Supreme Court to overturn Citizens United. Warns against sitting out the election. Talks about student debt and high tuition, says Hillary’s proposal for tution-free public colleges is good.

    Climate change- “Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists… she understands we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs transforming our energy system.”

    “This campaign is about moving to universal health care.” Hillary supports public option and Medicare opt-in. “She knows Medicare ought to negotiate drug prices… the greed of the pharmaceutical companies must end.”

    “It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues.” But there was “a significant coming together” on the platform, including a plan to break up the big banks and oppose the TPP. “We have got to make sure the TPP does not come before Congress in the lame duck session.”

    “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding President, and I am proud to stand with her tonight.”

    Bernie did say there will be a roll-call vote tomorrow night. Not a nomination of Hillary by acclamation.

    • #2 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 10:03 pm

      He did say roll call vote, didn’t he?


  2. #3 by Glenden Brown on July 25, 2016 - 9:24 pm

    Heckling Elizabeth Warren makes no sense – she and Bernie are peas in a pod. The Bernie or Bust People are not thinking strategically.

    • #4 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 9:28 pm

      Where was Elizabeth Warren when Bernie needed her? She has lost a lot of credibility with progressives. I actually could not hear what the hecklers were saying, and have not seen any reporting on it.

    • #5 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 9:38 pm

      Elizabeth Warren Heckled With Chants of ‘We Trusted You!’ During DNC Speech

      Nobody trusts her now. She has joined the ranks of the political establishment. Hillary didn’t make her the Veep pick, either.

    • #6 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 9:52 pm


      At first I was struggling to come up with anything, but it sounded like they were saying: “we want the Jew, we want the Jew”, but of course that’s stupid, so I thought AHA! It’s “we wanted you, we wanted you” which seemed much nicer. 🙂

      I can’t get your link to go anywhere Richard.

  3. #9 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 9:53 pm

    I’m actually filled with love for both Warren and Sanders right now. I thought it was a great evening.

    I don’t think anybody was heckling Warren. Even Bill Clinton was seen “Feelin’ The Bern”.

  4. #10 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 9:57 pm

    On MSNBC they interviewed several Bernie delegates, all of whom remain very skeptical of Hillary’s alleged support for all the things Bernie claims she now advocates. One said that half the convention attendees are there for Bernie and they are feeling left out.

    • #11 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 9:58 pm

      There were a lot of tears being shed on the floor.

  5. #12 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 10:06 pm

    It’s going to be up to Hillary Clinton to demonstrate that she is really on-board with helping the 99 Percent. If she gives the speech we want, her donors will demand a refund.

  6. #13 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 10:07 pm

    When you think about it, all this frenzy about the Russians trying to get rid of Hillary is hilarious. For forty years, the republicans have been accusing the democrats of being communists, and, supposedly Putin is courting the Republican nominee for president.

    As Bill Moyers might say, “you can’t make this stuff up”. 🙂

  7. #14 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 10:13 pm

    It looks like the strategy of the establishment Democrats was to get all of the progressive shit out of the way on the first night.

    That could backfire badly, if all we hear for the next three nights is sneaky push to the right, which I am totally expecting.

  8. #15 by Richard Warnick on July 25, 2016 - 11:09 pm

    Watching Colbert now. Opened with psychedelic musical number, “Death, Taxes, and Hillary.” “You must rejoice there is no choice.”

    Security really didn’t want to let Colbert on the podium in his “Hunger Games” costume. He got up there anyway, with an end run.

    • #16 by Larry Bergan on July 25, 2016 - 11:55 pm

      OMG! I’m glad somebody else saw that!

      They wouldn’t even let him up there with Nancy Pelosi. What could he have possibly done. That was great television!

    • #17 by Larry Bergan on July 26, 2016 - 12:00 am

      The psychedelic segment was crazy and I thought I was going to hit the floor when he got on the chair and started yelling, “lock her up”!

      Colbert is great!

  9. #18 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 8:45 am

    This morning on MSNBC I saw a new Trump/Pence ad for “make America great again” that was pretty good. A paid campaign ad, too, not just something on Twitter. Can’t find it online yet, but if I do I’ll post a link.

    • #19 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 10:17 am

      Here it is, a great ad with an optimistic message – except it’s from a super-PAC called Rebuilding America Now, not the Trump campaign.

      Donald Trump, Man of Steel

      If only we could believe Trump knows how to put Americans to work building up our infrastructure.

      • #20 by Larry Bergan on July 29, 2016 - 1:29 pm

        “Rebuilding America Now”, huh?

        It’s got one of those three words that guarantees it’s a fake grass roots organization. Citizens, Americans, and Families are always a dead giveaway.

  10. #21 by Larry Bergan on July 26, 2016 - 8:50 am

    Both of the Colbert segments are up now.

    Hungry For Power Games: Democratic National Convention Edition.

    Welcome to the DNC: Death. Taxes. Hillary.

  11. #22 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 10:25 am

    This is funny. But my takeaway from Michelle Obama’s speech was, “My family is living in the White House – is America great or what?” There are still over 3 million underwater mortgages, something they won’t talk about at the DNC.

    Michelle Obama

  12. #23 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 10:36 am

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump is outflanking Hillary on the LEFT. Josh Marshall is amazed.

    Trump’s very peculiar and unprecedented appeal to Bernie Sanders’ supporters

    I’m on the Trump campaign’s press list and during last night’s convention, I was getting bombarded with emails warning that Clinton and Kaine were betraying Sanders’ position on banks, trade, and immigration.

    …Trump’s appeals bear out a shift in the American electorate toward economic nationalism and populism. There is no way that in the past a Republican, seeking to assemble a majority in November, would try to outflank his Democratic opponent on the left, but that’s what Trump was trying to do with these press releases.

  13. #24 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 2:08 pm

    Looking for confirmation of this from another source…

  14. #26 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 2:44 pm

    Unconfirmed, who knows what happened this morning?


    The DNC decided there would not be a floor vote but the delegates would vote at breakfast. They voted this morning and HRC did NOT have enough votes so they said they would vote this afternoon again at 4. SHE GETS DO OVERS.

    Then they said they would be voting at 3 and this was after they had all left. We have been furiously trying to get the word out to Bernie’s Delegates this is coming DOWN! Now we are told THE VOTE WILL BE AT 3:30 AND THEY CHANGED THE LOCATION AGAIN!! (No we do not have location) are share this message with #superdelegates and any individual delegate TAGGED that you know! It is CRAZY out there right now and Bernie delegates are being strong-armed by the DNC.

  15. #28 by Larry Bergan on July 26, 2016 - 5:35 pm

    I don’t know. I’m watching a live feed of the convention floor and there aren’t any riots. I wonder if somebody was starting a rumor about the vote going for Sanders.

    • #29 by Richard Warnick on July 26, 2016 - 8:09 pm

      I have never been to one of these political conventions. Have no idea of the procedures. Not sure why they would hold a morning ballot when the official roll call vote was supposed to happen later.

  16. #30 by Larry Bergan on July 26, 2016 - 9:47 pm

    It’s pretty strange. Bernie Sanders gave a WAY better speech supporting Hillary last night then anybody except Bill Clinton tonight. Howard Dean usually excites me, but I didn’t see the passion. Barbara Boxer was awful.

    Bill Clinton was very good. The RNC always has a huge cloud of stench hanging over them, but this time, we have the DNC cloud. It’s there, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.

  17. #31 by Larry Bergan on July 27, 2016 - 3:38 am

    This is interesting.

    At least for now, Hillary’s VP doesn’t think the TTP is the “gold standard” either.

    What to Make of VP Pick Tim Kaine’s Reversal on TPP

  18. #33 by Richard Warnick on July 27, 2016 - 8:49 am

    Chris Hedges lays out the sad truth of just how screwed we are:

    It’s a system where corporate power has seized all of the levers of control. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, or Exxon-Mobil, or Raytheon. We’ve lost our privacy. We’ve seen, under Obama, an assault against civil liberties that has outstripped what George W. Bush carried out. We’ve seen the executive branch misinterpret the 2001 authorization to use military force act as giving itself the right to assassinate American citizens, including children. I speak of Anwar al-Awlaki’s, 16 year-old son. We have bailed out the banks, pushed through programs of austerity. This has been a bipartisan effort because they’ve both been captured by corporate power. We have undergone, what John Ralston Saul correctly calls, a corporate coup d’état in slow motion, and it’s over.

  19. #34 by Larry Bergan on July 27, 2016 - 9:56 pm

    Joe Biden gives a hell of a good speech!

    I’m not excited about Kaine.

    Obama used the word fascism and demagogue (Trump) in the same sentence. Good for him!

  20. #35 by Richard Warnick on July 28, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Bernie Sanders Left Delegates With No Way to Fight but Boo

    Bernie didn’t give them a chance to debate the party platform on the convention floor. That was a mistake.

  21. #36 by Richard Warnick on July 28, 2016 - 2:36 pm

    I just unsubscribed from MoveOn.org because they are now going to do GOTV for Hillary.

    Tomorrow is #DemExit day. Utah Democrats change your party affiliation.

  22. #37 by Richard Warnick on July 28, 2016 - 7:42 pm

    DNC just finished with the unwinnable wars halfway around the world segment. Filled the stage with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans while audience waved USA signs and mindlessly chanted “USA! USA! USA!”

    Brian Williams noted that “sadly” some protesters were yelling “No more war” faintly in the back of the hall. “Sadly,” he said.

    • #38 by Larry Bergan on July 29, 2016 - 7:09 am

      Leon Panetta really got the “No More War” treatment, making for a very awkward moment, while Brian Williams “sadly” saw himself in imaginary battle again.

  23. #39 by Richard Warnick on July 28, 2016 - 8:32 pm

    HRH Hillary Rodham Clinton comes on, to “Fight Song.” Following intro by Chelsea and a video about her career before 2008.

    Now we shall find out if Hillary is actually going to advocate any of the things that Bernie says she is now committed to.

    Thanks Bernie for “putting economic and social justice issues front and center where they belong… your cause is our cause.”

    Points out that many Americans haven’t had a raise since the crash. “There is too much inequality,” she says.

    Brief mention of the cost of pharmaceuticals, as part of a discourse on how she pays attention to policy details. No promises though.

    Talking about the economy now. “We are the party of working people. But we haven’t done a good job…” Now promising good jobs for all. “I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives.”

    Promising to get money out of politics. Constitutional amendment to get rid of Citizens United.

    Won’t let Wall Street take down Main Street again.

    Brief mention of climate change, and jobs in renewable energy.

    Advocates minimum wage to be a living wage, expanding Social Security. Equal pay for women. An economy that doesn’t only work for those at the top. Jobs program in first 100 days.

    Promises to “liberate” millions from student debt.

    Promises child care and family leave.

    Corporations and the super-rich will pay their fair share. The 1 Percent “is where the money is.”

    Now playing the fear of Trump / commander-in-chief card.

    “Can’t afford to have a President who is in the pocket of the Gun Lobby.”

    Talking about Trump again. “Bigotry and bombast… empty promises.”

    Just when I thought Hillary would not make any policy promises, she came up with some, albeit interspersed with plenty of empty rhetoric in a surprisingly long speech.

    Balloon drop!!!

    What I did not hear: Anything about the TPP, fracking, ban on fossil fuel extraction on our public lands, breaking up TBTF banks, or reinstating Glass-Steagall.

  24. #40 by Larry Bergan on July 29, 2016 - 7:00 am

    I got a reprieve when my power went out halfway through the speech.

    I woke up this morning with the feeling, these were the types of people you’d hang around if you wanted to make the big bucks. I mean Kaine has this, “I just made a fortune” look on his face all the time.

    I think Bernie Sanders knows that and that’s why he’s had a difficult time cracking a smile after giving his support for Hillary speech.

    We have the wrong candidates. God help us. 🙁

  25. #41 by Larry Bergan on July 29, 2016 - 7:32 am

    The “USA” chant started meaning “STFU” sometime during the Bush administration. It hurts me to see it spill over to the democrat side.

  26. #42 by Richard Warnick on July 29, 2016 - 9:37 am

    Michael Steele said the last night of the DNC was the best Republican convention he ever saw. However, Hillary delved into the progressive agenda a lot more than we expected– especially given the shunning of Bernie delegates all week.

    Poised and Confident, Hillary Clinton’s DNC Speech Lays Out a Progressive Agenda

    “Democrats are the party of working people,” she said at one point, then raising many issues that Sanders campaign on. “I believe that our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should. That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And we’ll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!”

    She didn’t stop there. “And I believe Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again,” she said. “I believe in science,” she continued, to laughs. “I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs… Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign.”

    “If you believe that we should say ‘no’ to unfair trade deals,” Clinton continued, citing perhaps the hottest-button issue for Sanders delegates, opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “join us.” And then she mentioned Sanders again by name and a key issue, college affordability.

    “Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all! We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt,” she said. “It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can’t refinance theirs.”

    And as she closed, she once again implored everyone who shares these goals to join her campaign. “I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we’ll ever pull together again. But I’m here to tell you tonight—progress is possible.”

    After Trump cited Hillary’s previous “never ever” position in his speech last week, I suppose her speechwriters decided that “progress is possible” might be better received.

  27. #43 by Richard Warnick on July 29, 2016 - 10:40 am

    Today is #DemExit day for Utah and most of the nation (some other states have to wait until after their primaries are over). The link is to the Washington Times because right-wing media are covering this despite the blackout in most of the corporate media.

    #DemExit begins as Hillary Clinton coronation draws to close

    “I think she has work to do, and I think the party has some work to do to convince us that not only are they going to live up to that platform the party passed, but that they’ll work with us,” said Donna Smith, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America.

    10 reasons why #DemExit is serious: Getting rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not enough

    [N]ow that the latest leak of DNC emails proves that Sanders supporters have a legitimate right to feel cheated, #DemExit increasingly seems like an appropriate response to a rigged system.

    #DemExit Gathers Steam: Enraged Over Hillary Clinton’s Nomination, Progressives Threaten to Leave Democratic Party in Packs

    Rather than help elect Clinton, who is viewed as essentially dishonest, untrustworthy, and warmongering by a large section of Americans, these registered Democrats would prefer voting for third-party candidates like Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson.

  28. #44 by Richard Warnick on July 29, 2016 - 10:48 am


  29. #45 by Richard Warnick on July 29, 2016 - 11:27 am

    To Win, Hillary Should Be Like Bernie, New Poll Suggests

    But some progressives are worried the Democratic Party sees a more fiscally conservative pitch as its ticket to the White House.

    Or the super-delegates could have, I don’t know, CHOSEN Bernie and gotten the real deal!

    • #46 by Larry Bergan on July 29, 2016 - 1:35 pm

      Do we get to know which super delegate voted for who, or is that a secret?

      • #47 by Richard Warnick on July 29, 2016 - 2:55 pm

        The Utah super-delegates told us how they planned to vote. Don’t know how they actually voted. I heard on TV that the Utah delegation was one of the most pro-Bernie delegations.

    • #48 by Nathan Erkkila on July 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      Which is exactly why they cannot be allowed to win no matter what the cost.

  30. #49 by Larry Bergan on July 30, 2016 - 8:30 pm

    This is shameful, if it’s true.

    It wouldn’t surprise me.

    The person who put this video up says she can’t verify the white noise machines, but you have to wonder.

    Eden McFadden FYI another delegate said these were white noise machines then later said they obstructed noise going out. Apparently they could be some new addition to their sound system but remember- this video was always about showing us being kept out, our seats being blocked, and in credentialed seat fillers taking up our section. Focus on the issue and not a possible error on electronics. When interviewed I always said I couldn’t confirm the machine??

    While Publicly Seeking Unity, the DNC is Censoring a Convention and Silencing Dissent

    This is sickening. 🙁

  31. #50 by Larry Bergan on July 31, 2016 - 8:46 am

    But wait!

    Did you read the part at the first of my last link that said:

    The superdelegates are casting the deciding votes this week. Bernie Sanders, although issuing an endorsement of Clinton earlier this month, hasn’t conceded the race nor released his delegates and so he could become the nominee.

    The UNITY, DAMMIT! convention is over. The supers haven’t voted yet. Everything’s going to be OK.

  32. #51 by Larry Bergan on July 31, 2016 - 9:08 am

    This would be funny if it wasn’t true.

  33. #52 by Mainly farce.. on August 9, 2016 - 8:37 pm

    With any luck their plane will crash..

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