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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:49 PM

California's presidential party is over, and here are some lessons

The presidential campaign has lumbered off, not to come back again this year except for the occasional fundraising event.

Votes from Californiaís Tuesday primary are still being counted, but the results at the presidential level will not change. Donald Trump cinched the Republican nomination weeks ago, and won the GOP vote in California. Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination, also unofficially, the night before the California vote, and defeated Bernie Sanders among those who cast Democratic ballots here.

People may ignore what happened in this state; California is so reliably Democratic in the presidential general election that Trumpís assertion that he could be competitive here in November prompted open laughter.

But there are lessons for November from the California contest. Here are a few.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-presidential-lessons-california-20160612-snap-story.html

Interesting observation about the crowds at Sanders events. Bernie "... became the political equivalent of the Grateful Dead, drawing a band of traveling supporters to multiple events." Could explain a lot.

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Reply California's presidential party is over, and here are some lessons (Original post)
Zorro Jun 2016 OP
pat_k Jun 2016 #1
msongs Jun 2016 #2
pat_k Jun 2016 #3
Zorro Jun 2016 #7
pat_k Jun 2016 #8
kpola12 Jun 2016 #4
MoonRiver Jun 2016 #6
Yavin4 Jun 2016 #5
BobbyDrake Jun 2016 #9
Yavin4 Jun 2016 #10

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:57 PM

1. Perhaps post selected excerpts for those who don't have subscription.

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Response to pat_k (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:10 PM

2. open to view, no subscription needed nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:16 PM

3. They give you free access to a limited number articles.

I've reached my quota for the month. Others may have too.

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Response to pat_k (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:31 PM

7. Delete your cookie

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Response to Zorro (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:41 PM

8. ok

will give it a shot.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:21 PM

4. It's just so easy to write off 2.5 million votes.

With a 400,000 vote difference it amazes me how arrogant some can be. I've read it over and over the results are in nothing can change. My goodness.

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Response to kpola12 (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:24 PM

6. Some are good at math, some not so much. eom

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:21 PM

5. Attending rallies is not the same as being engaged in a real movement

There's a lot more hard work and organizing involved to make a movement take flight. Going to a rally does none of that.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:17 PM

9. Exactly.

 

Musicians and profession sports routinely fill stadiums, but that doesn't mean I think Justin Bieber or Lebron James should be made President.

Going to a rally makes the attendees feel good about themselves, because they "did something," but that something turns out to be not as significant as they think. The Grateful Dead analogy is pretty on-point too, because when you have nothing better to do than go to a rally, you probably have nothing better to do the week later when it's one town over, and the week after, when it's just a short ride away.

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Response to BobbyDrake (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:32 PM

10. "have nothing better to do"

if you want a real movement, there's always something to do. Like voter education. Making sure that the ballots are correct. Arranging transportation to the polls, etc. Going to rallies one after another is wasting time.

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