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Democratic Nomination

Glass Ceiling and Class Ceiling: Can Hillary Smash Both?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Now, as Sanders both stood aside and vowed to continue to fight for pocketbook issues, the power of electing the first woman president could start to command the excitement that it hasn't quite had until now.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This was an extraordinary week -- one offering a starkly different vision of America, and, by week's end, one less glass ceiling. Michelle Obama laid the first cornerstone of that vision. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn." The next night Bill Clinton gave us another first -- the first-ever speech about a nominee spouse by a man. He used it to present the "real" version of the "cartoon alternative" portrait of the woman he knows better than anyone else, saying, "She's the best darn change-maker I have ever met in my entire life." On Wednesday, the program came at Donald Trump from two directions. First, Michael Bloomberg demolished Donald Trump's core appeal as a successful businessman: "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us." He proceeded to openly question Trump's mental stability. "Let's elect a sane and competent person," he urged. And then President Barack Obama took the stage to complete this alternate vision. The contrast with Trump's convention could not have been greater. In one of his best and most important speeches, Obama offered an expansive, optimistic definition of America and made the case that we become more American by addition, not subtraction. The final night, before Hillary Clinton spoke, featured one of the most enduring and indelible moments: that of Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-American soldier Humayun Khan. "Let me ask you," he said to Donald Trump, taking an actual copy of the Constitution from his pocket and thrusting it forward, "have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy." It was the entire election, summed up in one image. Then Hillary Clinton took the stage, and made history moments later by accepting the nomination. "When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she said. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." But she had to do more than break the ceiling, and she did, laying out more policy details ("It's true, I sweat the details of policy,") than were put forth during the entire Republican convention. Yet she also noted what's at stake -- the sky might be the limit for America, but with Trump, there is no floor. "America's destiny," she concluded, "is ours to choose."

Hillary Clinton To Accept Historic Nomination For President

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton Thursday night will be the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party, capping a historic week ...

Bernie Sanders, Please Stay In The Race. America Needs You Now More Than Ever

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

We live in a world where Daily Banter writers are overjoyed a presumptive Democratic nominee isn’t indicted or at risk of jail time. Although Hillar...

It’s Official -- Bernie Sanders is Staying in The Race and Will Not Concede

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Contrary to the conventional wisdom saying that Bernie Sanders would never have been able to force a contested Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton ...

The #BernieorBust Mentality Is Destructive and Pointless

Matt Camarda | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Matt Camarda

It's unnerving to see diehard Sanders supporters saying they would never vote for Clinton. Doing so would not only threaten the nation (and the world) with a bigoted, misogynistic, and proudly ignorant conman, but it would completely destroy the revolution they claim to care so much about.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Father's Day-Since You've Been Gone

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Dear Daddy, Since you've been gone the world has gone a little mad. I miss you so, but there are things I'm happy you didn't have to witness. In 200...

Bernie Gets Burned By Warren And The Networks

Fred Lundgren | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Shame on Senator Elizabeth Warren. How could she appear on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show to endorse Hillary Clinton on the same afternoon that Bernie San...

Hillary Clinton's Private Server Contained Special Access Program Intelligence. Bernie Sanders Must Continue to Campaign

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The media at the moment seems to be enamored with Hillary Clinton's delegate count, even though she hasn't achieved 2,383 pledged delegates. Since Clinton won't have 2,383 pledged delegates before the Democratic Convention, and still faces an FBI criminal investigation, it's only prudent that Bernie Sanders continue his campaign.

No, Bernie Sanders Shouldn't Concede. He Can Still Win, Despite What Media Says.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It might seem blasphemous to many loyal Democrats, but once the media firestorm creates a new narrative, Bernie Sanders will easily surpass Clinton to become nominee.

Hillary Clinton Nabs Victory In New Mexico Primary

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Mexico on Tuesday, besting Bernie Sanders in a contest where she had held a substantial polling lead...

Chris Matthews is No Kingmaker - nor Queenmaker Either

Sue Wilson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Media
Sue Wilson

Why is MSNBC's Chris Matthews, and apparently the entire corporate media apparatus, colluding to coronate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee on...

Bernie Sanders Is Never Going to Roll Over

Taylor Gipple | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Taylor Gipple

The recent happenings at the Nevada State Democratic Convention have made abundantly clear that a significant portion of Bernie Sanders followers will never fall in line and support Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee.

Bernie, the Little Bird, and What May Be Our Last Best Chance to Get It Right

Tom Weis | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

Hillary represents timid incrementalism at a time when the people are restless for bold transformational change, and at a time when such dramatic change is needed to ensure our survival as a species. Fortunately, we have another choice.

The Case for Bernie Sanders Running as an Independent, If Clinton Is the Nominee

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If you fear Trump, you better vote Bernie Sanders. This sentiment goes for an independent run as well, should Bernie choose to win the White House in this manner. The time is now, and Sanders has come too far, to simply give up if Clinton "wins" the Democratic nomination.

Hillary Clinton Just Delivered A Brutal Blow To Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton dominated Tuesday's Democratic presidential primaries, dealing another significant blow to Bernie Sanders' chances of securing the par...

5 Key Takeaways From the New York Primary

The Conversation US | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

In landslide victories, Donald Trump won the New York GOP primary and Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary. So what do the New York results mean for the 2016 election?

A Clinton Presidency Would Not Be a Victory For Progressives

Dr. Milton Mankoff | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Dr. Milton Mankoff

Those intending to vote for Clinton over Sanders, therefore, have to face the reality that they will primarily be getting half-a-loaf: her foreign policy, the one area in which presidential power is largely unchecked by Congress.

Bernie Sanders Will Become Democratic Nominee Even If Clinton Leads in Delegates

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

An iceberg named Hillary Clinton threatens the system of honest graft that provides political power to so many establishment Democrats. Superdelegates and the DNC know that an irreparable fracture within the Democratic Party awaits, if Bernie Sanders isn't the nominee.

Don't Give Up on Bernie Sanders Yet

Taylor Gipple | Posted 04.03.2016 | Politics
Taylor Gipple

Don't think for a second that there isn't still a warm, glowing light at the end of a dark tunnel that is the election process. And that light is shining brighter than ever for Bernie Sanders.

Five Reasons to Fear Him

Thor Steinhovden | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Thor Steinhovden

Here are five lessons from the rise of Trump worth remembering as the Dems prepare for this fall's campaign.

It's Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

With Bernie Sanders now slightly ahead of Clinton nationally in the latest Bloomberg poll, it's time to reevaluate the meaning of pragmatism. Hillary Clinton might be ahead of Bernie Sanders in delegates, but Vermont's Senator has a monopoly on political momentum.

The Revolution May Not Be Televised, But Bernie Sanders Is Going All The Way

Tom Weis | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Tom Weis

Between now and March 26, voters who are feeling the Bern in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove the pundits wrong by propelling Sanders toward victory in Philadelphia. We need our strongest fighter in the ring this fall. That fighter is Bernie Sanders.

The Case for Writing-In Bernie Sanders If Hillary Clinton Is the Democratic Nominee

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I'm not saying writing-in Bernie, if Clinton is the nominee, will be perfect. However, as I've heard throughout this election, "don't let perfect be the enemy of the good."

Did George McGovern Cost Sanders and Trump's Opponents the Nomination?

John A. Tures | Posted 03.12.2017 | Politics
John A. Tures

After the chaos of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Senator George McGovern and his colleagues developed a series of reforms to the primary system, including getting rid of many "winner-take-all primaries" for his party.