Category: Politics and Law

Where We Go From Here: Renewing the Democratic Party

Tensions have been high since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Presidential Election in November. People are coping in a number of ways. Denial, anger, bargaining have all been present in the public discourse.

But it is time to move forward. The Trump Administration is preparing for the transfer of power and, just as importantly, narratives are being set that will carry us forward to the mid-term elections and to our collision with Trump in 2020. In the meantime, tens of thousands of local and state elections will take place throughout the country each year.

Charting a course forward necessarily involves a post-mortem on the campaign of the Democratic nominee and the choices of the Democratic elite and the Democratic National Committee. It’s not “sour grapes,” or “crying over spilled milk,” as I’ve heard from both Clinton and Trump supporters. It’s not about Bernie Sanders or any other individual in the political establishment. It is about how we learn and move forward together as a party.

How To Talk To a Donald Trump Supporter, Part 1: Immigration

I can’t believe it’s come to this, but here we are. Late September and we are gearing up for the first of three Presidential Debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Undoubtedly, the results of these debates are going to become topics of vigorous debate on Facebook, around the water cooler, and when you visit your family and talk to that one Uncle of yours.

This is no laughing matter. As things stand today, this race is far too close. 

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The #BernieOrBust Movement Should Be Over

The Bernie Sanders Campaign is one of the best things to happen to the Democratic Party in a quarter century. The insistence of the #BernieOrBust movement helped give Sanders leverage to influence the Democratic Platform and to continue to have a platform with which to give a voice to the 13 million voters in the political revolution. But the general election is now upon us, and it is a time to be practical. #BernieOrBust voters must now throw their support behind Clinton to defeat Donald Trump; and hold her accountable every day of her Presidency.

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Democratic Nomination is not Clinched; Sanders OK to Court Superdelegates;

A quick explainer today as there is an incredible amount of nonsense and misinformation flying around the internet with the false news that Clinton has “clinched” the Democratic nomination for President.

In short: superdelegates have not voted yet, and should not be included in any media outlet’s delegate tracker. Nonetheless, they still exist and it is valid for either candidate to make the argument that they are the better nominee for the party and to court them.

Inevitability Changes Voters: Clinton and Trump are Now Unstoppable

There is a certain something to momentum in politics.

I’m not talking about the kind of momentum that you hear about most of the time, when a candidate goes through a couple of states that favor them demographically (like Sanders in the Northwest or Cruz through the Bible Belt). Bur rather, I’m talking about the kind of momentum you get toward the end of an election when it begins to look like a nominee is inevitable, and when people in their primaries start looking forward to the general election.

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If Bernie Sanders Represents the Will of the Voters, Superdelegates Are Duty-Bound to Support Him

If Sanders and Clinton both fail to secure 2,383 pledged delegates, then the superdelegates, including the ones who came out early for Clinton, must be held to task and it must be demanded that they evaluate their votes to make sure that they are following the will of the voters and the best interests of their party. Superdelegates aren’t voters — they’re insurance.