Category Archives: Democratic Messaging

Moving on from Sanders to Trump and the general election

Donald Trump and his taxes, a current focus of the Clinton campaign

Donald Trump and his taxes, a current focus of the Clinton campaign

Hillary Clinton has been practically ignoring Bernie Sanders for a month. She hasn’t been attacking Sanders over his scorched-earth efforts to tear down the Democratic Party from within. Clinton hasn’t even been calling on Sanders to release multiple prior years of tax returns, which any serious presidential candidate must do. Instead, because the delegate math now makes her the unstoppable 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Clinton has turned her attention to the general election and her likely opponent, Donald Trump. Yesterday, I decided to follow Hillary Clinton’s lead and attempt to just move on from the battles with Bernie to focus on Trump & the general election. I have to say, it’s very refreshing.

President Hillary Clinton is going to disappoint me, and that’s OK

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both imperfect.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both imperfect.

I’m astounded by the number of purity tests and “the perfect is the enemy of the good” sentiments coming from some Democratic Party primary voters this year. Do these voters insist on perfection from anyone else in their lives — their significant others, friends, bosses, co-workers or family members? Do they receive it? Has anyone in their lives never disappointed them? So why are voters expecting perfection and purity from their presidential candidates? I have no doubt that President Hillary Clinton will disappoint me sometimes, and that’s fine with me.

Bernie Sanders’ third party infiltrates the Democratic Party

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic Senators at U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic Senators at U.S. Supreme Court

Republicans must feel like they’ve dodged a bullet. We have written for years about the GOP Civil War, which threatened to spill out into the open and tear the party apart during the Republican National Convention this summer. That could still happen, but meanwhile, Republican leaders recognized Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee within hours of his Indiana primary win on May 3. Instead, it is now the Democratic Party that is threatened with civil war, as Bernie Sanders essentially runs a third party campaign against the Democratic Party, from inside the Democratic Party.

The secret weapon in this year’s elections

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump 2016

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump 2016

There’s a not-so-secret weapon looming in the likely 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Want to guess what it is? Here are a few hints: it’s very powerful, it exists in large numbers, and one of the presidential candidates is one. What’s the secret weapon?

Three reasons to vote against Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaking in Manchester, NH last February

Donald Trump speaking in Manchester, NH last February

After Donald Trump‘s big win and Hillary Clinton‘s near tie in the Indiana primaries last Tuesday, given the resulting delegate math, attention immediately turned to the likely upcoming general election between Trump and Clinton. While the criticisms that can be leveled against Trump are many, voters might become distracted if too many such charges come flying across the airwaves. In order to keep it simple, we have identified three areas in which Trump is most vulnerable to criticism and political attack in the general election:

Issue-based unity for supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Democratic U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, Edward Markey and others demonstrate for a full Supreme Court

Democratic U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, Edward Markey and others demonstrate for a full Supreme Court

Once again, the 2016 presidential primaries have been an emotional roller-coaster. The Democratic Party, while not engaged in open civil war like the Republicans, has certainly felt the sting. Nasty things have been said, hurt feelings have been felt. Therefore, while Hillary Clinton has all but won the Democratic Party nomination and Bernie Sanders has all but conceded, and the endgame is near, no one can expect Democratic Party unity overnight. Instead, Democratic voters should now focus and fight together on the issues that unite them against the Republicans. Here’s a partial list of such issues:

Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton: time to de-escalate

Hillary Clinton speaking in Durham, NC

Hillary Clinton speaking in Durham, NC

Last night’s New York Democratic Party primary was a defining moment in the sometimes nasty presidential nomination contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton won a decisive victory, with a margin as of this writing of some 16 percent and a net gain of about 33 pledged delegates. [Note: these results are subject to updates]. Coming at a time when Sanders needs to win virtually every state left by a landslide, his loss to Clinton in New York turns his nomination chances from “nearly impossible” to “pretty much unimaginable.” Perhaps knowing this, Sanders spent yesterday in Pennsylvania instead of New York, supposedly to campaign for next Tuesday’s primaries, but then reportedly left his press corps in Pennsylvania last night and exited back home to Vermont. So the question becomes, what happens now?

The Bernie Sanders tax fiasco

Presumably a pro-tax protester, 2010

Presumably a pro-tax protester, 2010

Why hasn’t Bernie Sanders released his tax returns for prior years? That’s the question an increasing number of people are asking. First, Sanders answered, “My wife does our tax returns. We have been a little busy lately.” Then, Sanders falsely claimed that “Of course, we have released them in the past.” On Monday, Bernie’s wife Jane gave an interview with Mark Halperin of Bloomberg TV‘s “With All Due Respect” that was beyond embarrassing on the Sanders’ taxes issue. Jane Sanders said, in response to various questions by Halperin: “I have to go back and find them,” “We haven’t been home for a month,” “When they’re due, I would expect them to come out,” “They’ve [the Clintons] been in office all these years, they have done it,” etc. In reaction to all of these delays and excuses by the Sanders, folks are starting to say the following things:

Bernie’s big mistake

Bernie Sanders campaigning in Franklin, NH

Bernie Sanders campaigning in Franklin, NH

Bernie Sanders is having a tough week. Instead of trying to capitalize on his Wisconsin primary win on Tuesday, Sanders has had to contend with the fallout from a New York Daily News editorial board interview last Friday that has been described as “pretty close to a disaster,” in which Sanders appeared not to know the substance or process of numerous issues, including his own pet issue, free college. Then, yesterday, Sanders added to his image as a candidate who may have lost his bearings when he said of Hillary Clinton, “I don’t believe that she is qualified” to be president of the United States. Sanders latest remarks were actually three mistakes in one:

What happened to Bernie Sanders?

Bernie Sanders in Franklin, NH

Bernie Sanders in Franklin, NH

Bernie Sanders said at the outset of his presidential campaign that “I’ve never run a negative ad in my life,” and that he would not do so against Hillary Clinton or other candidates competing with Sanders for the Democratic Party nomination. Since beginning his presidential campaign, however, Sanders and his staff have turned deceitful, cynical and hypocritical, resorting to tactics that would make even a Republican blush. Sanders’ run for the nomination is a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with much more of the latter. Here’s a partial list of Bernie Sanders’ campaign actions: