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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sanders-scores-platform-concessions-from-democratic-national-committee/2016/05/23/e9ee8330-20fc-11e6-aa84-42391ba52c91_story.html “Sanders also named Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, among his most prominent elected backers, author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and Native American activist Deborah Parker.” He also appointed Cornel West and Congressman Keith Ellison. Preview Open

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With Hillary’s growing negatives, will Democrats feel they must nominate someone else to avoid a massive defeat? In the past few days Hillary’s negatives have exceeded Trump’s, and Trump now leads in the latest poll. (I had expected this to happen, but not till late June or July; and to be fair, Trump has likely gotten […]

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As part of another project, I’ve compiled county-level socio-economic data for the American West (the 12 mainland states on or westward of the Rocky Mountain line). This includes things like employment levels, per capita income sources, ethnic mix and religious affiliation, derived from the US Census, Bureau of Economic Affairs, and the Association of Religion […]

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Trump’s support is from a loud, obnoxious and generally unthinking minority of about one-third of those claiming to be Republicans.The other two-thirds don’t like Trump, don’t want Trump and generally, I suspect, detest Trump as an ignorant, lying, con-man. Why do the Trump fans support him when it is clear Trump would lose big in […]

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I am of Eastern European descent, so I think I have a pretty good understanding about the systemic flaws of socialism for someone of my age, though I never had to live in it (everyone else in my family did). But I still get lectured to by my peers who don’t have that background on […]

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Okay, okay, accepting the truth about Hillary while believe Sanders can win the general election doesn’t fully qualify as coming to their senses, but this article on Salon was amazingly harsh and truthfully brutal about Hillary’s chances. In an average of national polls, Bernie Sanders is less  than eight points from Hillary Clinton, after being over 50 points […]

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While we’re all mulling over Iowa’s results for the Republican primary, I’ll direct your attention to the tie on the other side of the aisle. We’ve all been following the legal troubles of Hillary Clinton, but I’ve been following the Sanders campaign for a while now, and I think last night’s outcome means Clinton will win […]

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Well well. National Review has created quite a tempest in the teapot with its “Against Trump” issue. Personally I say huzzah. But Mark Krikorian makes an interesting point at the Corner – if Trump wins do we vote for him? He states “But such a decision [to vote Democrat or to abstain entirely in November] means you think […]

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“For in democracies which are subject to the law the best citizens hold the first place, and there are no demagogues; but where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up. For the people becomes a monarch, and is many in one; and the many have the power in their hands, not as individuals, but collectively. Homer says that ‘it is not good to have a rule of many,’ but whether he means this corporate rule, or the rule of many individuals, is uncertain. At all events this sort of democracy, which is now a monarch, and no longer under the control of law, seeks to exercise monarchical sway, and grows into a despot; the flatterer is held in honor; this sort of democracy being relatively to other democracies what tyranny is to other forms of monarchy. The spirit of both is the same, and they alike exercise a despotic rule over the better citizens. The decrees of the demos correspond to the edicts of the tyrant; and the demagogue is to the one what the flatterer is to the other. Both have great power; the flatterer with the tyrant, the demagogue with democracies of the kind which we are describing. The demagogues make the decrees of the people override the laws, by referring all things to the popular assembly. And therefore they grow great, because the people have an things in their hands, and they hold in their hands the votes of the people, who are too ready to listen to them. Further, those who have any complaint to bring against the magistrates say, ‘Let the people be judges’; the people are too happy to accept the invitation; and so the authority of every office is undermined. Such a democracy is fairly open to the objection that it is not a constitution at all; for where the laws have no authority, there is no constitution.”

–Politics, Written 350 B.C.E, Translated by Benjamin Jowett

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clinton-biden-sandersMatthew Yglesias at Vox is way more optimistic about our prospects than we ever allow ourselves to be here at Ricochet. Or rather, he’s freaking out about how good our prospects are, which makes me wonder why we’re quite so down:

The Democratic Party is in much greater peril than its leaders or supporters recognize, and it has no plan to save itself.

Yes, Barack Obama is taking a victory lap in his seventh year in office. Yes, Republicans can’t find a credible candidate to so much as run for speaker of the House. Yes, the GOP presidential field is led by a megalomaniacal reality TV star. All this is true — but rather than lay the foundation for enduring Democratic success, all it’s done is breed a wrongheaded atmosphere of complacence.

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The NEA has endorsed Hillary Clinton, before any primary debate can take place. But public school teachers are using Twitter to voice unhappiness with their leaders. Their complaint? The NEA did not give Bernie Sanders a chance! The largest labor union in the country (three million strong) is in turmoil over its leaders’ failure to […]

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source Sanders has reached Obama-07 levels of popularity, and there’s a significant chance he’ll be the Dem nominee. He stands great chances to win in Iowa and New Hampshire, and get big bumps from these wins. I don’t see his supporters switching to Clinton, but as the scandals continue I can see Clinton supporters looking […]

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How can an Independent run in a primary unless he is actually a member of that party? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck . . . Or is this Hillary’s strategy? Let the Bernie momentum build up, and when he gets too close, KABOOM! Hillary calls the DNC, and makes them kick […]

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Over in the Huffington Post H.A Goodman has a piece titled: Almost Every Major Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Challenging or Defeating Clinton and Republicans. Here’s Why. On the exact same site that Mr. Goodman wrote in, there is a page for the 2016 Democratic Political polls. On average Sanders is 38 points behind Clinton. And […]

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