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Category: Hillary Clinton
Posted: 07/27/16 00:11

by Dave Mindeman

My respect for Senator Sanders has only grown during this convention. Although some of his supporters have been less than cordial during the process, Sanders himself has done everything possible to change the dynamic of division.

He has been gracious and fair and looks like he will be a powerful surrogate on the campaign trail.

But we need to also acknowledge that Hillary Clinton has treated him and his support base with the utmost respect. In some extreme radical cases, much more than they deserved.

The Clinton campaign did compromise after compromise on the platform. They modified the rules to give the Sanders candidacy equal footing. And during the roll call vote, her campaign simply ignored the usual celebration when a candidate goes over the top - they even ignored the traditional maneuvering to allow a certain near and dear state of the candidate to put up the final delegates for the nomination.

Instead, they went through a systematic roll call. Allowed every state and territory to record their vote - and then allowed Vermont to end that roll call. And only after every single vote was tabulated did Bernie move to make Clinton the official nominee.

Keep in mind that Sanders was much farther behind in delegate count than Clinton was in her contest with Barack Obama.

But Bernie played his part in this drama to perfection. He gave a gracious speech on the first night. He spoke to his delegations and attempted to help them understand the reality of the situation. And he left the Democratic stage with his dignity and movement intact.

Hillary and Bernie treated each other with respect. Yes, there is still some tension (how could there not be), but they worked it out as adults. Not like that sandbox battle in Cleveland between Trump and Cruz.

The Sanders supporters will obviously take longer to embrace all of this. I think everybody gets that. But, thankfully, it looks like most Democrats are willing to move together into November.

It would seem Trump has become the best Democratic party unifier we could have asked for.
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For Darlene Miller, Kline Is All She Has

Category: John Kline
Posted: 07/24/16 13:24

by Dave Mindeman

John Kline's unendorsed candidate to replace him, Darlene Miller, is getting his help. Here is a commercial running for her....

A bit bio - a bit business - a bit conservative credentials.

Miller has been getting hit by Jason Lewis as the RINO in the race. And since she has never held or sought public office before, she is an unknown.

But John Kline is supporting her, although her fundraising hasn't reflected much of that help. She seems to be behind in the polls with Lewis leading. John Howe hasn't been very visible.

But this race is about turnout. The primary voter will consist of the hardcore faithful and Kline will be the key for Miller in that regard.

Still, it doesn't help that the Pioneer Press ran a story that featured her company's (Permac) workplace safety and environmental violations.

A Pioneer Press review of public records shows the company has had to pay fines for almost two dozen workplace safety and environmental violations in the past decade.....Permac also pleaded guilty in 2008 to several misdemeanors related to disposal of toxic waste.

This race has been remarkably quiet, spending wise. But I am sure the mailboxes are getting stuffed and the phone calls are frequent.

But, for Miller, it becomes all about how much Kline is willing to do. She doesn't have much else.
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VP Candidate - It Is About What They Offer The Campaign

Category: Hillary Clinton
Posted: 07/23/16 15:57

by Dave Mindeman

There is this Democratic tendency to have big arguments over little things.

The selection of Tim Kaine as the Democratic nominee for Vice President is one of those.

Kaine isn't perfect by any means. He has some labor issue problems. He is personally against abortion (although Planned Parenthood gives him a 100% rating and Cecile Richards vouches for him). He has voted for Fast Track and said positive things about the TPP. He hasn't been pure on banking.

I'm sure we will hear more of that over the next couple of days.

But let's look at the reality. If Tim Kaine is Vice President, he will no longer be involved in legislative policy. Oh, he might cast a vote in a 50-50 tie in the Senate - which is a possibility. But it won't be his vote - it will be a Clinton administration vote. He doesn't get to decide.

If anything, the idea that he would be out of the Senate and not a voting factor should be a positive for liberals to factor in.

I'm not an ideological purist. I don't believe that there is such a thing really - not in someone who wins elections. My concern is overall policy. What an individual Senator feels about an issue is much less important than what an administration and Congress is able to negotiate -THAT CAN PASS!

As a person, I like Tim Kaine. He is genuine. He is humble. He is concerned about others. He is everything Trump is not. That is important to me.

I am not concerned about how Tim Kaine votes, but rather what he can offer the campaign. He is not going to speak about his own issues anymore. He speaks for the campaign. What is important is that he articulates the campaign message, not what he personally thinks about abortion.

He and Hillary seem to get along very well. He has a very compelling personal story. He has a great family.

In a Vice Presidential candidate, those are the things that matter.

Let's move on and work to win.
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