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Why did President Obama push Clinton to concede?

I understand that he believes strongly in the peaceful transition of power, but it seems odd to me that he thought it was such an emergency for her to concede the second the networks called Pennsylvania. It seems out of character for him to push her to concede so soon instead of letting her do it on her own terms.

I don't think it was about preserving his legacy, because his legacy was much more threatened by a Trump presidency, and Bill Clinton's legacy wasn't negatively affected by Gore contesting the election in 2000. If anything, pushing her to concede threatens his legacy by pissing off a lot of her supporters.

I get the peaceful transition of power thing, but it was not necessary for her to concede the second the networks called the election to ensure a peaceful transition of power. Given the shock of the results, it would seem reasonable to want to wait and make sure the projections were correct. It would be one thing if he pushed her to concede the next day or even a few hours later, but to call her so soon after the projections to push her to concede is really strange.

I am ruling out any theory that suggests he didn't want her to win. If that were the case he would have given the expected endorsement at the convention and left it at that, instead of going all out for her.

Something seems really off here.
Posted by democrattotheend | Sun Nov 27, 2016, 08:54 PM (13 replies)

So let me get this straight

During the campaign, Hillary was the "most corrupt candidate ever", so corrupt she "shouldn't be allowed to run." But now that he won, Trump says that despite his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her, he is not going to do so because he "doesn't feel strongly about it." Shouldn't a candidate who ran on a promise to "drain the swamp" feel strongly about bringing someone so corrupt to justice? If he really thinks she committed crimes, he ought to follow through on his promise to have her investigated. And if he doesn't think she's really so corrupt, then he ought to apologize for lying about her and encouraging his supporters to yell "lock her up" and inciting hatred against her for over a year.
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Nov 22, 2016, 06:22 PM (6 replies)

For once, I kind of agree with Kellyanne Conway

The other day, Kellyanne Conway criticized the "precious snowflakes" on college campuses who are staging vigils and hiding in safe spaces with cookies and play dough since last Tuesday, and as a slightly older millennial (and a Bernie supporter in the primaries) I have to agree with her.

What bugs me is not the protests, which I think are a good thing to a point, but the crocodile tears of many of these students who didn't vote for Hillary in the first place. People like the young woman I spoke to in Pennsylvania canvassing for Hillary a few months ago, who said she understood the arguments about Trump but planned to vote for Jill Stein because it was her first vote and she wanted it to be for someone she really liked. I am hopeful that I may have convinced her, but there were so many others like her who couldn't suck it up and vote for someone who wasn't perfect and are now needing play dough to cope with the result of their inaction.

When I was in college, I was all out for Howard Dean, whom I began supporting during my senior year of high school. It was the first presidential election I was really involved in and my first presidential vote, and I took it pretty hard. But I got over it, and not only voted for Kerry but organized a trip to Ohio for a few of us to volunteer. I skipped the College Democrats party on election night so I could travel to Philadelphia to volunteer. I wasn't super excited about or inspired by Kerry but it was what I felt I had to do to try to defeat Bush, who wasn't even as much of a threat to our continued democratic existence as Trump.

Unfortunately, too many in the younger half of my generation were too precious to "settle" for a candidate who wasn't perfect. How many of the kids out there protesting now actually voted for Hillary? Even among those who did, did they spend half the energy they are spending on protests now volunteering for her? Probably not, because she wasn't revolutionary enough, didn't "inspire" them enough, yada yada. They are too young to remember 2000 and ome are even too young to remember how bad things were last time Republicans were in charge in Washington. They will soon find out, and the precious snowflakes are in for a rude awakening.
Posted by democrattotheend | Sun Nov 20, 2016, 07:08 PM (24 replies)

I voted against her before I voted for her

I'm proud to report that I sent my ballot this morning. I had to vote absentee because I am volunteering for voter protection in a swing state. I live in a safe blue state so my vote won't matter much, but I was proud to cast my vote for the first woman president of the United States.

It took me a little while to decide which party to vote for (I live in a state with cross endorsements). I considered voting for Hillary on the Women's Equality Party line because I thought that would be nice symbolism, but ended up sticking with Working Families because they do good work holding state politicians accountable from the left, and some of the people who are active with the party are people I used to work with in labor.

I briefly considered leaving the Congressional ballot blank because I really don't like the anti-worker Democrat we nominated, but held my nose and voted for him because it could be a competitive district, although polling by our local paper suggests otherwise.

Technically, I have voted against Hillary Clinton twice before, in 2008 and 2016 in the primaries. Both times, it was more of a vote for her opponent than against her, and when I cast my vote today I was actually really excited to vote for her. Not quite as excited as I was to vote for President Obama, but I definitely felt like I was casting my vote more for Hillary than against Trump.

Let's go make herstory!
Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 12:07 PM (4 replies)

***IOWA: Clinton 44 Trump 43 (Loras College)***

Don't know anything about this pollster but it was a live interviewer poll of 500, conducted 11/1-11/3.

Hillary Clinton 44 percent
Donald Trump 43 percent
Gary Johnson 3 percent
Jill Stein 3 percent
Undecided 7 percent

Posted by democrattotheend | Sat Nov 5, 2016, 11:46 AM (20 replies)

What's the deal with the Javits Center event?

My friends and I signed up last week when it was first announced but have not gotten any more information. Is it actually open to members of the public who sign up, or are they only picking some of those who signed up to attend? Has anyone gotten any details?
Posted by democrattotheend | Fri Nov 4, 2016, 01:19 PM (7 replies)
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