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Slate: "Bernie Blew It"

Sanders wasn’t going to be the Democratic nominee, but he still held a good amount of leverage in the form of his voters. After a tough primary, they were hesitant to back Clinton, a fact apparent in the polls. Clinton stood ahead of Donald Trump, but not by much: Her lead was weakened by the party’s unbridged divisions. By holding off on a concession and an endorsement, the Vermont senator was keeping this leverage in reserve ahead of the Democratic National Convention. It made sense.

Still, it was a risky move. Whatever influence or leverage Sanders had was tied to his voters. As long as they stuck with him—and didn’t move to Clinton—he could make demands and win concessions on items like the Democratic Party’s platform, a key object of his rhetoric over the past month. But if his voters moved without his endorsement, either pushed by fear of Trump or support from other Democrats, then the value of his support would fall accordingly.

Which is what happened. In his nonconcession speech, Sanders told supporters their “major political task” was to “make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly.” It turns out that was the message that landed.

In the most recent poll from ABC News and the Washington Post, Clinton leads Trump 51 percent to 39 percent, expanding her previous lead by 5 points, as Trump has seen a complete collapse in his support. And what’s driving the move toward Clinton? Democrats and independents who supported Bernie Sanders. In May, 20 percent of Sanders supporters said they would back Trump over Clinton in the general election. In June, that number is down to 8 percent. Overall, 81 percent of Sanders backers have rallied to Clinton, surpassing the 74 percent of Clinton supporters in 2008 who fell in behind Barack Obama. By any measure, the Democratic Party is unified.


Shark population off Huntington Beach increases dramatically

“I’ve seen more white sharks this year than I have in the previous 30,” said Lt. Claude Panis of the Huntington Beach Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division.

Prior to 2015, authorities never had to keep the public out of the waters off Huntington Beach because of shark activity. Since then, however, there have been three closures, including one earlier this month after several large sharks were seen in the water about 150 yards off of the coast.
A woman swimming off Newport Beach was bitten by a shark on Memorial Day and survived. While it’s unclear what species bit the woman, Lowe said it was most likely an adult great white over 10 feet long, based on the severity and size of the swimmer’s wounds.


California Election Results - June 7, 2016

(D) 100% precincts reporting
Hillary Clinton  55.8%
Bernie Sanders 43.2%

Full California local and statewide results here:

Kos: Best Hillary vs. Sanders video of the year


This is pretty funny. And hits really close to home. This is basically me and my husband, minus the birdseed.

My Pictures from Hillary's Joyful Westminster CA Rally Yesterday!

I have never attended a political really before. I have been involved politically for decades, attending tons of protests and been an abortion clinic escort, but this is the first time I have gone to a rally just to hear a politician speak. I live in Southern California, national politicians rarely come to a blue state whose voting outcome is usually no mystery, and since I live in red Orange County, if they do come, it is Republicans to fund-raise. But then I heard about Hillary coming to Westminster, CA. It had been announced on short notice Thursday night as an added stop via text message to supporters in the area. I live only 10 minutes away so I decided to skip out of work early and go.

In the parking lot I saw this colorful Hillary supporter with her Hillarymobile:

Everyone was buzzing about her game-changing foreign policy speech the day before that eviscerated Trump. People had lined up for hours in the hot sun, waiting patiently single file. When I got there the line was winding way down the street and as it grew, people feared they'd never get in because it was a small venue, the Westminster Rose Center. Once they opened the doors, it took about an hour to get in because of having to go through bag search and metal detectors. I was happy I finally got in and was enjoying the air conditioning, even though it was standing room only. The crowd was very diverse. This venue was in an area called Little Saigon, with a large Vietnamese-American population.

Before Hillary started to speak, we were entertained by an amazing traditional Vietnamese drum quartet from a local high school, and several celebrities spoke, including gold medal figure skater Michelle Kwan. Sorry about the picture quality, but it was hard to hold my phone steady in all the excitement and moving crowds.

It was surreal seeing Hillary in person. I have never seen Hillary so relaxed and energized. They took away the podium the other speakers had been using so that she had room to move around the stage; all she had was a wireless microphone, no teleprompter or notes. At one point her mic went out and she joked that "I know I shouldn't shout..." (hearkening back when Bernie suggested she was shouting when talking about gun control!) Her Trump U comments ("he is gonna Trump U!" brought a roar of laughter. The crowd was incredibly enthusiastic and repeatedly cheered and clapped. After she finished her speech (she spoke for about 30 minutes) she went down into the audience and shook hands and took selfies for people as the crowd surged forward to all try to get near her. She took a lot of time to do this and looked like she was really enjoying herself. The people loved it, but the Secret Service agents clearly were not happy with this part, as you can see from the pictures. Even though I was about three rows of people back, I reached my hand through their heads (I'm pretty tall with long arms) and shouted her name. Hillary heard me and reached through the heads, smiled at me and shook my hand! So cool!!

Thank you BootinUp for finding the full video of the rally! http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1107&pid=154313 (Hillary does her hilarious Trump U bit at about 19:30)

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