Sanders supporters boo calls for party unity

The first day of the Democratic National Convention was marked by boos, shout downs, and loud protests on the part of Bernie Sanders supporters whenever a speaker called for the party to unite behind Hillary Clinton.  They even booed Sanders when he said that! [Read more…]

What to watch for at the Democrats’ convention this week

Now it’s the Democrats’ turn to have a convention, beginning today and lasting through Thursday.  Here are some things to watch for:

(1)  Both the Republicans and the Democratic contests featured an insurgent arrayed against the party establishment.  In the Republican case, the insurgent won.  In the Democratic case, the party establishment beat down the insurgent.  But his followers are not happy.  Though socialist Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton, lots of Democrats on the left are bitter about her victory.  They don’t like her moderate vice presidential pick Tim Kaine.  And they sure don’t like the revelations in those hacked e-mails about how the Democratic National Committee undermined Sanders to anoint Clinton.  (See post below.)  At the convention, will the left rally to Clinton’s banner after all?  Or what will they do? [Read more…]

Clinton picks Tim Kaine for vice president

Hillary Clinton picked former Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running-mate.  She could have picked someone from the left wing of the Democratic party, so as to placate Bernie Sanders supporters, but instead she chose a widely-experienced government official with the reputation as a moderate.  Perhaps her strategy is to reach out to those, including Republicans, who are alarmed by Donald Trump.

What do you think of her choice?  Does this apparent move to the center calm any apprehensions you may have about her?  Does this seemingly responsible pick make her seem more like the adult in the room, compared to the volatile and inexperienced Trump?  Or is this a choice that could backfire?  Might it cause many progressive Democrats, already frustrated with the way she shot down Sanders,  to turn to Trump, given his populism and his “revolutionary” shakeup of the establishment? [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton let off the hook

The FBI director scolded Hillary Clinton for her illegal e-mail set-up and her careless handling of classified information.  But then he said that no charges would be filed against her.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” he said,  “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges.”  Of course they do.  And one factor for administration prosecutors is that the violator of the statutes is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. [Read more…]

Trump vs. Clinton on religious liberty

At Donald Trump’s conclave with evangelical leaders, he notably dodged the religious liberty questions.  That’s understandable, since Trump supports the LGTB cause , the source of the current efforts to punish Christians and Christian organizations for holding to their religious beliefs about sexual morality.

But surely Hillary Clinton would be worse than Trump on religious liberty issues, wouldn’t she?  Maggie Gallagher thinks otherwise, after the jump.  She argues that if Clinton is elected, Christians could oppose her from the base of a major political party.  But if Trump is elected, both parties would have abandoned the issues, and Christians would have no political advocates.  Do you agree with her reasoning?
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The FBI’s interrogation of Hillary Clinton

The FBI questioned Hillary Clinton for over three hours on Saturday about her private e-mail system and whether or not it put government secrets in jeopardy.  That means the FBI’s investigation is drawing to a close, and we should know soon whether or not the former Secretary of State will be indicted.

Chris Cilizza, who discusses the situation after the jump, notes that she does not have the 2,383 pledged delegates necessary for the Democratic presidential nomination.  She has 2,220, which means she will need the super-delegates to put her over the top.  An indictment would threaten her nomination.  Then again, if she isn’t indicted, that will hurt her politically also. [Read more…]


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