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Nate Silver: Hillary is winning the states that look like the Democratic party

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511747813

Nate Silver: Clinton is winning the states that look like the Democratic party

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/clinton-is-winning-the-states-that-look-like-the-democratic-party/

“Secretary Clinton cleaned our clock in the Deep South, no question about it,” Bernie Sanders said during Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn. “That is the most conservative part of this great country,” he continued. “But you know what, we’re out of the Deep South now. And we’re moving up.”

I have a few problems with this line of argument, which seems to imply that Democratic voters in the Deep South don’t reflect the larger Democratic electorate. (The remarks Thursday night echo previous comments made by Sanders and his campaign.) Consider Sanders’s reference to the term “Deep South,” which traditionally describes Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina: These are five of the only six states, along with Maryland, where at least a quarter of the population is black. Given the United States’ history of disenfranchising black voters — not to mention the importance of black voters to Democrats in November — it’s dicey for Sanders to diminish Clinton’s wins there.

But the Deep South isn’t Sanders’s only issue. His problems in the rest of the South are what really dooms him. Clinton’s largest net delegate gains over Sanders came from Texas (+72) and Florida (+68), two states that are within the South as the Census Bureau (and most other people) define it. Clinton also cleaned Sanders’s clock in Virginia and North Carolina. Overall, Clinton gained a net of 155 delegates on Sanders in the five Deep South states, but she also added 211 delegates to her margin in the rest of the region.

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In addition to being important to the Democratic Party’s electoral present and future, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas are quite diverse. They’re diverse ideologically — Miami and Austin aren’t exactly “the most conservative part” of the country — and they’re diverse racially. They contain not only a substantial number of African-Americans but also Hispanics and, increasingly, Asian-American voters.

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But overall, the math is pretty simple. Sanders is winning states that are much whiter than the Democratic electorate as a whole, Clinton is winning states that are much blacker than the Democratic electorate as a whole, and Clinton is winning most of those states that are somewhere in the middle, whether they’re in the South (like Virginia) or elsewhere (like Ohio or Nevada). That’s why she’ll probably be the Democratic nominee.

Why isn't it racist to dismiss or discount the importance of Democratic votes from the "deep south,"

knowing that the majority of Democrats in the deep south are African Americans?

If you were with them, looking them in the eye, would you tell them their votes didn't matter because they were from the South?

Why is it okay to essentially do that in a debate speech?

“Look, let me acknowledge what is absolutely true: Secretary Clinton cleaned our clock in the Deep South, no question about it. We got murdered there. That is the most conservative part of this great country. That's the fact,” Sanders said. “But you know what, we're out of the Deep South now. And we're moving up. We got here, we're going to California, we got a number of large states there. And having won 7 out of the last 8 caucuses and primaries, having a level of excitement and energy among working people and low-income people doing better.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-dem-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/04/bernie-sanders-deep-south-conservative-222000#ixzz45vu9XHZP
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Bernie Sanders slams campaign surrogate who called out ‘Democratic whores’

Source: New York Daily News

Bernie Sanders condemned the word choice of a campaign surrogate who used the term “Democratic whores” just seconds after mentioning the Vermont senator’s chief rival, Hillary Clinton.

Paul Song, a health care activist and staunch Sanders supporter, used the controversial phrase during a Wednesday stump speech to decry politicians who accept money from pharmaceutical companies.

Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo,” he told the crowd in New York City’s Washington Square Park. “Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.”

Sanders disavowed the comments Thursday after critics slammed the phrase as sexist, demeaning and offensive.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sanders-slams-surrogate-insult-democratic-whores-article-1.2600764



Sanders said that using the word "whore" was inappropriate and insensitive, and that there's "no room for language like that."

It would be nice if he could set an example for that awareness around here.

Bernie's introducer went there. He called out Hillary -- and immediately referred to

"democratic whores."

This is nothing less than hate speech against a woman candidate.

Young people are used to hearing this word used loosely. But Bernie knows that when women over 40 were growing up, this word had only one meaning. And that meaning in itself was a gendered slur against women who either had become trapped in the sex trade -- or who simply engaged in sex as freely as many men did.

But Bernie thanked his introducer for his words.

This underhanded slur is despicable and both of them should apologize. But I don't expect many of his youthful supporters to understand how deeply offensive his use of this word is, in the context of discussing his woman opponent.

ON EDIT: There exist perfectly good English language words with the same meaning as "corporate whore" that don't carry the misogynist toxins of the word "whore." They include the words "sell-out" and "shill." If that's the point you're trying to make, use those words instead and you won't be dipping your pen into toxic misogynistic ink.

http://bluenationreview.com/speaker-at-bernie-nyc-rally-refers-to-corporate-democratic-whores/

UPDATE: BNR has reviewed the speech delivered by Dr. Paul Song. Song was clearly speaking about Hillary Clinton before he spoke these words:

“Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma.”


Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. [boos] Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. [cheers] Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores [cheers] who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.”

The inference is hard to avoid.

UPDATE 2: Bernie thanked (yes, thanked) the speakers who introduced him for their “great introductions” — including Dr. Song, who referenced “corporate Democratic whores” and Hillary in the same context.

Malawi's fearsome chief: a woman on a mission to protect children (who used to be a secretary)

What an amazing story.


http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/03/malawi-fearsome-chief-terminator-child-marriages-160316081809603.html

Thirteen years ago, Theresa Kachindamoto could not have conceived of ever leaving her job of 27 years as a secretary at a city college in Zomba, another district in Southern Malawi.

She had no desire to return home to Monkey Bay, a stunning cluster of mountains in Dedza District around Lake Malawi. Although she had the blood of chiefs - Malawi's traditional authority figures - running through her veins, as the youngest of 12 siblings, a woman, and a mother of five, Kachindamoto never expected to become a senior chief to the more than 900,000 people.

But when the chiefs called, she says, they told her to pack her bags and go home to Dedza district, as she had been chosen as the next senior chief.

She was told that she had been chosen because she was "good with people", and that she was now the chief, "whether I liked it or not", she recalls.

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Joe Biden: "I would like to see a woman elected." And then: "Hillary is overwhelmingly qualified."

Bernie may rue the day he ever said she was unqualified. And all because he didn't bother to read beyond a misleading headline, since she never said that about him -- he just thought she'd said "quote unquote" he was unqualified.

http://mic.com/articles/140348/joe-biden-i-would-like-to-see-a-woman-elected#.72VAM6h2P

Asked whether he wanted to see a woman elected, Biden responded, "I would like to see a woman elected."

The vice president's staff then attempted to cut off discussion of the 2016 race, but Biden insisted he had "no problem" with discussing it — while making clear he would not go down "that rabbit [hole]" of offering a formal endorsement.

"The president and I are not going endorse because we both, when we ran said, 'Let the party decide.' But gosh almighty, they're both qualified," he said. "Hillary's overwhelmingly qualified to be president."

On the verge of the primary, the NY Daily News has given HRC a very strong endorsement.

This follows the New York Times endorsement in January and is well-timed to impact the primary on the 19th.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/vote-hillary-clinton-article-1.2598171

Daily News Editorial Board says Vote Hillary Clinton: Her plans to give working- and middle-class Americans a fighting chance at rising incomes are far superior to Bernie Sanders'

On April 19, New York Democrats will have unusual say over the party’s nominee. They have in Clinton a superprepared warrior realist. They have in opponent Bernie Sanders a fantasist who’s at passionate war with reality. By choosing Clinton, Empire State Dems would powerfully signal that the party has gotten real about achieving long-sought goals.

Clinton is unsparingly clear-eyed about what’s wrong with America while holding firm to what’s right with America.

She fully understands the toll that adverse economic forces have taken on the country.

She is supremely knowledgeable about the powers a President can wield to lift fortunes in need of lifting.

She possesses the strength and the shrewdness to confront the tough politics of advancing an ambitious Democratic agenda in the White House.

Still more, she is a cauldron-tested globalist who had the spine to give Obama a thumb’s up for taking out Osama Bin Laden and who is far the wiser about the use of American power, having served as secretary of state and seen the consequences of the war in Iraq.

These truths about America’s most well-known public figure are long past debating among Democrats, above all in New York, the state Clinton represented in the U.S. Senate.

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Here are the transcripts of the complete interviews with both candidates.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/transcript-hillary-clinton-meets-news-editorial-board-article-1.2596292

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/transcript-bernie-sanders-meets-news-editorial-board-article-1.2588306

Daily News Editorial Board says Vote Hillary Clinton: Her plans to give working- and middle-class

Source: New York Daily News

On April 19, New York Democrats will have unusual say over the party’s nominee. They have in Clinton a superprepared warrior realist. They have in opponent Bernie Sanders a fantasist who’s at passionate war with reality. By choosing Clinton, Empire State Dems would powerfully signal that the party has gotten real about achieving long-sought goals.

Clinton is unsparingly clear-eyed about what’s wrong with America while holding firm to what’s right with America.

She fully understands the toll that adverse economic forces have taken on the country.

She is supremely knowledgeable about the powers a President can wield to lift fortunes in need of lifting.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/vote-hillary-clinton-article-1.2598171



This is an unqualified endorsement of a great candidate, and a clear explanation of why Bernie didn't make the cut.

The NY Daily News has given Hillary an extremely strong endorsement.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511716298
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