About those Super Delegates…

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Jumping In With Both Feet


I was thinking about the super delegate issue this morning and I’d like to offer my two cents.

District and At Large Delegates are, in essence, Citizen Delegates to the National Convention. They are elected from the rank and file based on their presidential preference. That is, they aren’t just a group of uncommitted Democrats who are forced to vote in line with a particular percentage of the vote. They are people who have worked hard on behalf of their chosen candidate and were elected to the National Convention BECAUSE they are going to support their candidate. No Clinton supporter is going to be elected a Sanders delegate, and vice versa. That is, a Clinton delegate’s vote is theirs to give. Like super delegates, they have declared their allegiance in advance of the convention and even though no vote has yet been cast at the national convention, we still count them, even though…

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Time to make a move

On June 24, 2005 I posted my first blog entry:
CaptureWow. That was nearly 11 years ago.

There is much at this blog that captures and catalogs the twists and turns of my life. From political activism, a keen interest in science and critical thinking, home life, hospitalizations, the passing of beloved pets, and even more beloved family. Along with the joy, there is also a lot of pain and regret here, and I’d like to leave that pain behind.

The time has come to shutter this blog.

I turn 60 this month and this particular flip of the odometer seems an ideal time to make a fresh start.

Going forward you can find me at Jumping In With Both Feet. I hope you’ll join me.

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Tomasky: “If this were two men…”

It’s always the woman’s job to make nice, right? Michael Tomasky is having none of it.

It’s All Over but the Shouting: Hillary Clinton Crushed Bernie Sanders

As for the popular vote, she led it by a lot coming into Tuesday night: 10.4 million to 7.7 million, a nearly 2.7 million-vote difference, or 57 to 43 percent, numbers that we call a landslide in a general election. She may have added a couple hundred thousand to that margin tonight. Depending on what happens in California and New Jersey, this could end up being close to 60-40.

So forgive me for being a little confused about why these margins give Bernie Sanders such “leverage” in what we presume to be his looming negotiations with Hillary Clinton over the future of the party of which he’s not a member. It is “incumbent” upon Clinton, he told Chris Hayes on Monday on MSNBC, “to tell millions of people who right now do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics, who have serious misgivings about a candidate who has received millions of dollars from Wall Street and other special interests.”

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On the other hand… the media’s expectations of these people hinges so greatly on the personality types they establish, and that the media just accept them. No one expects Sanders to be a team player because he’s a guy (emphasis on guy) who has always agitated outside the system. Whereas everyone expects Clinton to behave properly because she’s a woman (emphasis on woman) who has always been the type to do what’s expected of her.

If this were two men, the onus would clearly be on the one who’s behind to play ball and do the responsible thing. But I can’t help suspecting that the media are going to put the weight on her in these next few weeks: Will Hillary accept Bernie’s conditions?

She shouldn’t accept conditions. But she absolutely should take steps to mollify his voters. She’s going to have to. However, she should do it like someone who’s ahead 57-43 should do it. She should say: Sure, I’ll adopt a couple of your positions. But I have a couple of conditions of my own. If I hear the words “Goldman” and “Sachs” coming out of your mouth one more time, if I see any more fund-raising appeals that paint me as the harlot of Wall Street, the deal is dead, and I’ll call Chuck Schumer and make sure that you don’t chair the Budget Committee if we retake the Senate, but instead you have the post-office renaming subcommittee. And I may drop some of that oppo I have on you that I’ve never used. You know the stuff I mean.

Works for me!

Now THIS is voter disenfranchisement

I just found out about this yesterday when Reno Gazette Journal political reporter  Anjeanette Damon put out a request on Facebook to hear from east Sparks voters. It is an outrage that all voters but Republicans in my commission district are being shut out from electing our county commissioner. The law USED to be if there were only candidates from one party, the top two moved to the general election so ALL the voters could decide. As it stands now, the Republicans will determine two races in northern Nevada. This is wrong. We aren’t talking a party primary here. We are talking the general election.

This needs to be challenged!

Not a Republican? You can sit out this Washoe Commission race

May as well enjoy the ride

“I can’t fly the plane; I can’t change the weather — falling asleep, you’ll either wake up and things will be fine or you won’t,” she said. “Early on, back in Arkansas, we would fly on anything. I flew on crop dusters. I flew on planes that were so small you felt like you were putting on a pair of pants. I’ve been on planes where doors have flown off … I think [all that] set me up for just knowing that, once I put myself on the plane, I was just going to have to take a deep breath and hopefully enjoy it. I find that very true for a lot of life.” ~ Hillary Clinton, during her recent interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush

I am gobsmacked

Bernie Sanders’ interview with the New York Daily News editorial board is a stunner.  Jaw-droppingly bad for Bernie.  For someone who has been calling for years for the prosecution of the banksters, the breaking up of the banks, he has no real plan or process in mind as to how that can actually been done. And it gets worse from there.

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I don’t know how anyone can read this transcript and think Bernie Sanders is really prepared to be President of the United States. By his own admission, actions he has demanded for years, breaking up the banks, for instance, he has no actual plan or legal knowledge as for how it can be accomplished.

A number of times in the interview, when pressed multiple times for ‘how’ he would do what he says he will do, he either backs down, or says legislation will be passed, or worse, he hasn’t really thought about it.

In so many areas, it is clear that he has not thought his policy proposals through, or worse, would just sort of wing it (as in the case of what he would do with captured terrorists).

As Melissa McEwen writes at Shakesville:

He cannot provide details on how he will enact his proposals; he admits he has not studied relevant law; he exhibits aggressive disdain for a candidate who does know these things, and in fact treats her admirable ability to navigate these processes and institutions as a disqualifying feature; and he believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, that he can single-handedly inspire a revolution that will defeat entrenched Republican obstructionism.

This should be very worrying indeed to Sanders supporters, who want and expect Sanders to actually deliver on his promises. The fact is, he can’t. He doesn’t know how.

 

I read the Nevada Democratic Delegate Selection Plan, so you don’t have to

Regarding Saturday’s county conventions and the shift in national delegates: No change has occurred to the number of national delegates who will be elected at the Congressional District level at the state convention in May. Per the 2016 Delegate Selection Plan, the 23 district level delegate ratios WERE determined on Feb 20th. The will of the caucus goers has not been overturned.

Nevada is a caucus/convention state. Accordingly, delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated so as to fairly reflect the expressed presidential preference or uncommitted status of the caucus participants in each district. Therefore, the national convention delegates elected at the district level shall be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the caucus vote won in that district by each preference, except that preferences falling below a 15% threshold shall not be awarded any delegates or alternates. (Rule 13.B)

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District Delegates are allocated as follows: NV-01: 2 males, 3 females; NV-02: 3 males, 3 females; NV-03: 3 males, 3 females; NV-04: 3 males, 3 females for a total of 23 district-level delegates, who are elected by each district at separate break-out sessions.

At stake at yesterday’s county conventions were the national delegates who will be elected by the entire convention: the 7 At-Large and 5 Pledged PLEOs (Party Leaders and Elected Officials) – these are not the super-delegates. Again, from the Delegate Selection Plan:

The pledged PLEO slots shall be allocated among presidential preferences on the same basis as the at-large delegates.

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At-large delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated among presidential preferences according to division of preferences among convention participants, provided that no person participating shall automatically serve by virtue of holding a public or Party office. (Rule 10.C) (Rule 9.D & Reg. 4.18)

These are the only delegates affected by yesterday’s ratio swing in Clark County. At this point, Hillary Clinton still holds the pledged delegate count lead in Nevada 18-17. Hope this clears things up.