MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/blogs_and_articles/favicon.ico http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Party Unity Finally Comes to the Democrats http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/party-unity-finally-comes-democrats <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is annoying. I feel like I ought to have something to say about tonight's festivities, but I don't, really. The A-listers (Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders) all gave good speeches. Bernie held nothing back, giving a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton that showed him in his best light. Earlier in the day there had been some booing when Hillary's name was mentioned, but it seemed to die out as the night wore on, and in the prime time hour that was all most <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_michelle_obama_convention.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 20px 0px 15px 30px;">people saw, it was pretty much all sweetness and light. If the object was to show off a united Democratic Party to the nation, I'd say that Team Hillary did it.</p> <p>On the other side of the aisle, Donald Trump was doing his usual: doubling down on whatever he's been criticized about recently. In this case it was NATO: "We have to walk," <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-nato-we-have-to-walk" target="_blank">Trump said.</a> "Within two days they're calling back!...They will pay us if the right person asks. That&rsquo;s the way it works, folks." Republicans were almost universally appalled. During the Democratic speeches, Trump spent his time tweeting out his usual juvenile zingers. There's no point in highlighting them, though. It was just the workaday Trumpiness that I suspect even his fans are starting to get bored of by now.</p> <p>And...that's about it. Party unity proceeds apace among Democrats, while puerile insults continue apace in Trumpland. Tune in again tomorrow.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:29:48 +0000 Kevin Drum 310051 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Rips Donald Trump for Stoking "Fear and Hatred" in DNC Speech http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/elizabeth-warren-dnc-speech-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been one of the fiercest and most persistent critics of Donald Trump, and during her prime-time Democratic National Convention speech on Monday she continued her onslaught on the GOP nominee, blasting him for running a campaign of "fear and hatred" that is centered on stoking racial tensions.</p> <p>Speaking ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Warren was part of an opening night lineup that was intended to appeal to Sanders' left-wing supporters, a group of fans who started off the night by booing mentions of Hillary Clinton and chanting for Bernie.</p> <p>The anti-Hillary outcry was tempered over the course of the evening thanks to crowd-pleasing speeches from Sen. Cory Booker and Michelle Obama, and the convention audience was primed for a bit of Warren-style populism. She has earned a reputation in recent months for fiery speeches denouncing Trump, and she didn't hold back in Philly, comparing him to a late-night infomercial salesman. "He'll even throw in a goofy hat," she quipped.</p> <p>In her speech, Warren sternly warned that Trump is peddling a dangerous form of racial animus. "Trump thinks he can win votes by fanning the flames of fear and hatred. By turning neighbor against neighbor," Warren said.</p> <p>"That's Donald Trump's America," she continued. "An America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews.&nbsp;Straight against gay.&nbsp;Everyone against immigrants.&nbsp;Race, religion, heritage, gender&mdash;the more factions the better." She linked that "divide and conquer" form of racist politics to Jim Crow laws.</p> <p>The Massachusetts senator didn't just focus on attacking Trump; she made sure to take some time to appease the Bernie crowd, kicking her speech off by thanking his campaign for reminding politicians of core Democratic values. And she made sure to note that she isn't just a reflexive fall-in-line party Democrat. "I'm not someone who thinks Republicans are always wrong and Democrats are always right," she said. "There's enough blame to go around." She was unequivocal about her support for Hillary Clinton, while stressing her support for policies popular among the Bernie crowd&mdash;opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, a desire to see Citizens United overturned, and debt-free college&mdash;and linking those to Clinton's campaign. "Let's work our hearts out to make sure Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States," she concluded.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections elizabeth warren Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:40:00 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 310036 at http://www.motherjones.com Sanders Tries to Rally His Restive Backers Behind Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-dnc-speech-hillary-clinton <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Bernie Sanders urged delegates on Monday night in Philadelphia to rally behind the party's presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, after a tense opening day at the Democratic National Convention. "Based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States&mdash;the choice is not even close," Sanders said.</p> <p>The Vermont senator spoke for nearly 30 minutes and was often interrupted by sustained ovations from his supporters&mdash;as well as a handful of boos from hardliners who still oppose Clinton's candidacy.</p> <p>"It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues&mdash;that's what this campaign has been about," Sanders said as he wrapped up his speech. "That's what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns, and we produced by far the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party."</p> <p>He ended with praise for Clinton's work as first lady and as a senator. "I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care," Sanders said. "I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children."</p> <p>He continued, "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight."</p> <p>Sanders' speech came at the end of a combative day at the DNC. In the afternoon, the Vermont senator had addressed many of his 1,900 delegates at a ballroom in a downtown convention center, but when he urged them to support Clinton in the fall, he was repeatedly <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-speech-philadelphia" target="_blank">interrupted</a> by boos, a sign that the unrest within his faction of the party had not been quelled by the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.</p> <p>This time, Sanders made a more direct appeal to delegates and voters watching at home who were considering sitting out the election. He didn't just talk up Clinton and the party platform, he attacked Donald Trump repeatedly, outlining the policy areas&mdash;reproductive rights, climate change, and minimum wage&mdash;in which a victory by the Republican would set back his political revolution.</p> <p>"If you don't believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights, and the future of our country," Sanders said.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:28:46 +0000 Tim Murphy 310026 at http://www.motherjones.com Michelle Obama Rebukes Trump Without Mentioning His Name http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/michelle-obama-rebukes-donald-trump-without-mentioning-his-name <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Michelle Obama delivered a powerful rebuke to Donald Trump at the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday night, without invoking his name. Building a narrative arc around her daughters' upbringing and maturation in the White House, she delivered a prime-time speech asking the crowd to choose a president who will be a good role model for the nation's children.</p> <p>"With every action we take, we know our kids are watching us," she said. "This election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives."</p> <p>Obama described leadership as people coming together to help their children&mdash;and without saying his name, she drew a contrast to Trump's style of leadership. "Police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe; people lined up in Orlando to give blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club," she said. "Leaders like Tim Kaine who show our kids what decency and devotion look like. Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling."</p> <p>She continued:</p> <blockquote> <p>That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to this stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation but kept on hoping and striving and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves...And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.</p> </blockquote> <p>The idea of the president as a role model to children is already one that the Clinton campaign has hit on during the campaign and will likely continue as an attack on Trump through election day. (The Clinton campaign recently released <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrX3Ql31URA" target="_blank">an ad</a> showing young children watching Trump swear and mock people on television, absorbing his style of insulting others.)</p> <p>Obama ended her speech with a call for Democrats to roll up their sleeves and get to work to elect Clinton. "In this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best," she said. "We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated and cynical. We need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton president of the United States of America. So let's get to work."</p> <p>Watch her speech:</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="344" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdrumblog%2Fvideos%2Fvb.416261761736915%2F1361417537221328%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=630&amp;show_text=false&amp;appId=218542588205838&amp;height=344" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:56:07 +0000 Pema Levy 310046 at http://www.motherjones.com Bernie Sanders' Former Staffer: "No One Stole the Election From Us" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/tweetstorm-bernie-sanders-former-press-secretary-amazing <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today, there's one group of attendees who are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-democratic-convention-chaos" target="_blank">reluctant</a> to say they're #WithHer. For many Bernie Sanders delegates, the senator remains the only choice, or, as a few of them suggested in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-rally-hillary-clinton-trump-video-philadelphia" target="_blank">video interviews</a> with <em>Mother Jones</em>&mdash;they'd rather vote for Donald Trump. Especially in light of a recent hack into the DNC's internal email servers that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/us/politics/dnc-emails-sanders-clinton.html?_r=1" target="_blank">revealed negative comments</a> against Sanders, some Bernie supporters appear to believe that Hillary Clinton had swindled them in a rigged system.</p> <p>But after Sanders' attempt to rally support for Clinton this morning led to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-speech-philadelphia" target="_blank">boos and protests</a>, Sanders' former national press secretary, <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders" target="_blank">Symone D. Sanders</a>, took to Twitter to reject notions that the senator had been cheated. "I worked there," she tweeted. "No one stole the election from us." Check out her tweetstorm below:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Look, people are well within their rights to have passions and opinions. That is how we create change in this country. We need the passion!!</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757690297983918081">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">But let me be clear - NO ONE STOLE THIS ELECTION! Team Sanders we did AMAZING WORK. But we lost. It's a hard reality for some.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757691066455887872">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">It was a hard reality for me. Because I fought hard. Now, we won some great battles, but the reality is the system didn't cheat us.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757691630388387840">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Now the contents of the leaked emails show individuals were definitely biased, but 7 folks on an email didn't "steal" the election.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757692232640126976">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There are other qualms. Other valid arguments, but a stolen election is not one. I worked there. No one stole the election from us.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757692799949168640">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">It's clear individuals didn't honor their oath &amp; now, folks are questioning the integrity of the process. Completely understandable.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757693857828048896">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Folks like myself have a duty to call it what it is &amp; then do everything we can to make it what it should be. That's the beauty of our party</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757694356203667456">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So...lets take the passion and fervor and yes anger some feel and resolve to do all we can to contribute to making our party better.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757695661496238080">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">No doubt we have work to do, but the beauty of all this is....we all have a chance to get in this game and play.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757696211830902789">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Senator Sanders has said the political revolution will roll on! He's noted we have work to do this fall and that we have a job to get done.</p> &mdash; Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/757696564135596032">July 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:55:31 +0000 Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn 310021 at http://www.motherjones.com Sarah Silverman Just Went After The #BernieOrBust Crowd Hard http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/07/sarah-silverman-just-killed-it-dnc <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sarah Silverman, comedienne extraordinaire, kicked the tires and lit some fires on the opening night&nbsp;of&nbsp;the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A Sanders supporter, Silverman hit the stage to say why she would vote for Hillary Clinton "with gusto." She then departed from her prepared text to take a sharp shot at the #BernieOrBust&nbsp;crowd. Here it is:</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="344" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdrumblog%2Fvideos%2Fvb.416261761736915%2F1361376350558780%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=630&amp;show_text=false&amp;appId=218542588205838&amp;height=344" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Media Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:02:47 +0000 Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn 310041 at http://www.motherjones.com We Asked Bernie Sanders Die-hards, "Who Will You Vote for in November?" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-rally-hillary-clinton-trump-video-philadelphia <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OAYZIqKwLE4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders booed the mention of Hillary Clinton's name on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. "Only you! Only you!" <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-speech-philadelphia" target="_blank">chanted some of his delegates during a speech</a> by the onetime presidential hopeful, who pleaded for party unity. "Immediately, right now, we have got to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said in a special speech to delegates Monday afternoon, "and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine."</p> <p>In the streets, the atmosphere was no less restless and no less resistant to Clinton's likely nomination. I wanted to know from Sanders' most die-hard supporters&nbsp;who gathered around Marconi Plaza for a rally: If Sanders doesn't get the nomination, how will you vote in November?</p> <p>Those who responded ranged from voters who had, grudgingly and with a heavy sense of grief, swung their support behind Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, to others who said they would simply vote for Trump.</p> <p>"We're tired of being put in a corner," said Gail Gouveia, from Massachusetts. Gouveia won't vote for Clinton and remains undecided. "I was surprised the way people caved in," she said, "and said they were going to vote for Hillary."</p> <p>"I am so anti-Hillary," said&nbsp;LaShanda Parker, who entertained voting for Trump over Clinton. "Pick your poison. Do you want to get shot in the foot, or in the head?"</p> <p>Watch the full video above.</p></body></html> Politics Video Elections Hillary Clinton Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:18:23 +0000 James West 310006 at http://www.motherjones.com Georgia Court Says It's Legal to Film Video Up a Woman's Skirt http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/judges-view-your-skirt-public-space-ladies <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a win for folks who believe women's bodies are public property, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a supermarket employee who followed a customer around the store, secretly recording a video of the view up her skirt. Citing a "gap" in Georgia's criminal statutes, Judge Elizabeth Branch and five colleagues ruled earlier this month that "upskirting" is permissible under current law.</p> <p>"It is regrettable that no law currently exists which criminalizes [the appellant&rsquo;s] reprehensible conduct," Branch wrote.</p> <p>Security footage from a Publix store in Houston County, Georgia, shows employee Brandon Lee Gary stooping down behind a woman and aiming his cellphone camera underneath her skirt as she picked an item from the supermarket shelves. Then he did it at least three more times. Upset after catching him on the floor behind her repeatedly, the woman left the store. She later returned to complain to the store's manager, according to the <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/taking-upskirt-pictures-not-crime-8474669" target="_blank"><em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em></a>. Gary later admitted to police officers that he<strong> </strong>was responsible for the video recordings.</p> <p>Following the June 2013 incident, a local judge convicted Gary of criminal invasion of privacy, deciding that "there's no more blatant invasion of privacy than to do what [Gary] did," according to the <a href="http://efast.gaappeals.us/download?filingId=3ceb67d2-cb67-4922-bd6c-b11c5eeb73ed" target="_blank">appeals court rulin</a>g. But in Gary's appeal, the court examined whether his conduct was actually criminal under the state's invasion-of-privacy law. The statute forbids "any person, through the use of any device, without the consent of all persons observed, to observe, photograph, or record the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view."</p> <p>On July 15, the court ruled 6-3 that the space underneath the woman's skirt did not count as a "private place." In a <a href="https://efast.gaappeals.us/download?filingId=3ceb67d2-cb67-4922-bd6c-b11c5eeb73ed" target="_blank">four-page meditation</a> on the meaning of "place," including definitions from the <em>Oxford English Dictionary</em> and <em>Webster's New World</em>, the majority determined that the relevant location<em> </em>meant the supermarket, and not the space concealed by the woman's clothing. The recordings, according to six judges, were taken in a public place.</p> <p>In an angry dissent, Judge Amanda Mercier slammed her colleagues' decision, arguing that the legal understanding of "private place" should include places on an individual's body that are "out of public view," and which people can expect to be "safe from casual or hostile intrusion or surveillance."</p> <p>"We have decades of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence setting forth limitations on law enforcement&rsquo;s ability to merely pat down an alleged suspect on top of their clothing to protect the sacrosanct bodily privacy of even those who are accused of violating criminal laws," Mercier wrote. "But today, with the stroke of a pen, we are in effect negating the privacy protections from the intrusions of fellow citizens."</p> <p>Georgia isn't the first state to give a pass to fans of "upskirting." Similar rulings have been handed down in <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/us/massachusetts-upskirt-photography/" target="_blank">Massachusetts</a>, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oregon-upskirt-idUSKBN0LB03D20150207" target="_blank">Oregon</a>, <a href="https://news.vice.com/article/court-ruling-makes-taking-pictures-up-womens-skirts-legal-in-texas" target="_blank">Texas</a>, and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/upskirt-photos-legal-dc_n_5966406.html" target="_blank">District of Columbia</a>.</p></body></html> Politics Crime and Justice Sex and Gender Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:05:55 +0000 Madison Pauly 309991 at http://www.motherjones.com Hugh Hewitt Says the Kremlin Is Blackmailing Hillary Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/hugh-hewitt-says-kremlin-blackmailing-hillary-clinton <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Speaking of Republicans and Hillary Derangement Syndrome....</p> <p>Jonah Goldberg writes today that the conventional wisdom about the DNC email leak is that Russia engineered it in order to help Donald Trump, <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/438318/do-russians-want-trump" target="_blank">its preferred candidate:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>But there&rsquo;s another theory <strong>with wide currency out there.</strong> It&rsquo;s most articulate and forceful subscriber is Hugh Hewitt. Because Hillary&rsquo;s private server was almost certainly hacked by the Russians, we should assume that they know literally everything Hillary has sent or received over it. Most intelligence and cyber security types seem to agree. <strong>Hence, Hugh argues, Hillary is &ldquo;compromised.&rdquo;</strong> They have leverage over her.</p> <p><strong>So far, I&rsquo;m pretty much with Hugh.</strong> But here&rsquo;s what I don&rsquo;t get. If the Russians have so much leverage over Clinton, why don&rsquo;t they want her to be president? This morning, Hugh dangled a theory that the Russians were yanking her leash by showing they have the goods on her. They saved the server emails <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_putin_smirk.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 20px 0px 15px 30px;">for later (or for blackmail), but released the DNC emails to brush her back, or something.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is lunacy. For starters, keep in mind that there's no actual evidence that anyone hacked into Hillary's private server. Second, even if the Russians did hack her server, they only "have something" on Hillary if she actually <em>did something</em>. Both Hewitt and Goldberg seem to think it's so obvious that Hillary is up to her armpits in corruption that they don't even have to make an argument for this. <em>Of course she's concealing mountains of double dealing on her server.</em> And the Russians are keeping all this secret so they have leverage over President Hillary when the time comes.</p> <p>This is, of course, nuts. It's nuts to so blithely assume Hillary's corruption. It's nuts to think the Russians would keep their intel secret instead of simply releasing what they have and ruining her chances of winning. It's nuts to think that Hillary would even run for president if she knew she had some kind of huge bombshell that was likely to blow up on her.</p> <p>It would be one thing if this came out of the fever swamps. And I know my readers will all tell me that Hewitt and Goldberg <em>are</em> part of the fever swamp. But they're not. Whatever else you think of him, Goldberg isn't even all that extreme in his conservatism. Hewitt is, but he's also a smart guy who's relatively restrained by radio jock standards. They're both pretty mainstream conservatives.</p> <p>But one of them is willing to make up a completely batshit argument, while the other says he's "with Hugh" and is only willing to concede that he doesn't think his case "is quite as compelling as he makes it sound." If these guys are wondering how Donald Trump captured their party, all they have to do is look in the mirror.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:56:53 +0000 Kevin Drum 310011 at http://www.motherjones.com Bernie Sanders Can't Figure Out Why His Supporters Don't Like Hillary Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/bernie-sanders-cant-figure-out-why-his-supporters-dont-hillary-clinton <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>MoJo's ace reporting team tells us what happened when Bernie Sanders addressed his delegates at the Democratic convention. At first, when he talked about the platform and the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-speech-philadelphia" target="_blank">things went fine:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>But when he tried to rally the delegates on behalf of Clinton, his audience became restless. "Immediately, right now, we have got to defeat Donald Trump, and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine," Sanders said. His delegates shouted their protests and booed, forcing Sanders to pause before continuing in his remarks. Sanders called Trump a "bully and a demagogue" who "has made bigotry the core <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_bernie_mic.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 25px 0px 10px 30px;">of his campaign." Still, the boos continued. "She does too!" delegates shouted. Others yelled, "Only you! Only you!"</p> <p>Sanders declared that Trump poses a danger to the country's future, but he could not win over the crowd. "She has ruined communities!" one woman shouted. "She has ruined countries!" Sanders pointed out that Trump "does not respect the Constitution of the United States." Delegates kept on chanting: "Not with her!" and "We want Bernie!"</p> </blockquote> <p>Our reporters say that Sanders "looked a bit surprised by the intensity of the Clinton opposition." I can't imagine why. This is one of the big problems I had with him back during the primary. It's one thing to fight on policy grounds, as he originally said he would, but when you start promising the moon and explicitly accusing Hillary Clinton of being a corrupt shill for Wall Street&mdash;well, there are some bells that can be unrung. He convinced his followers that Hillary was a corporate warmonger more concerned with lining her own pockets than with progressive principles, and they still believe it. And why wouldn't they? Their hero told them it was true.</p> <p>Hillary is no saint. But her reputation as dishonest and untrustworthy is about 90 percent invention. Republicans have been throwing mud against the wall forever in an attempt to smear her, and the press has played along eagerly the entire time. When Bernie went down that road, he was taking advantage of decades of Republican lies in the hopes of winning an unwinnable battle. He was also playing directly into Donald Trump's hands.</p> <p>I don't know. Maybe he never realized how seriously his young followers took him. It's possible. But he really needs to do something about this. Tonight's speech would be a good starting point.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:23:07 +0000 Kevin Drum 310001 at http://www.motherjones.com