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THE DEMOCRATS CAN'T HAVE A NICE PEACEFUL HAPPY CONVENTION
The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start on Monday with a protest on the convention floor from Bernie Sanders delegates. Following leaked DNC emails that showed party leadership pushing for Clinton, Sanders supporters who were already uneasy are in full-blown revolt.
As speaker after speaker strode to the dais and urged delegates to back Clinton, pro-Sanders delegates chanted "Bernie!" and "No TPP!" a reference to the multinational trade deal that Sanders railed against. The unrest quieted a bit as the evening wore on, but tension simmered below the surface as pro-Sanders delegates scrawled messages on convention signs and vented their frustration to reporters.
Sanders himself pleaded with his delegates with a text message at the last minute not to "engage in any kind of protest on the floor." Too bad his delegates and protesting supporters outside didn't seem to get the memo:
THE GOP CAN'T (FINALLY) WIN PENNSYLVANIA
Brandon Finnigan of Decision Desk HQ has a fascinating analysis of the Republican Party's chances of winning Pennsylvania in November, teasing apart the electoral map to show which counties are likely to support Trump as well as which voters could potentially be persuaded. Trump's target audience? You guessed it: white, low-income and less-educated voters.
But here's the catch ... Trump will have to stop being Trump to make Pennsylvania happen.
Given that Trump hasn't stopped talking about Ted Cruz and John Kasich since the GOP convention, does anyone see that happening?
National Review: Why Trump Can Win Pennsylvania
CONSERVATIVES CAN'T HAVE A PARTY
BuzzFeed's Katherine Miller has a devastating piece headlined How Donald Trump Broke the Conservative Movement (and My Heart), analyzing the end of a Republican Party that fights for limited government and conservative ideology with Trump as the proverbial nail in the coffin.
There’s a way to look at Trump’s fundraiser — and his candidacy — that offers clarity: This is the end of the conservative movement. Trump is the grinning skeleton in the crowd; what he reveals about other people is the most important thing about him. And what he has revealed is how conservatism isn’t sacrosanct, how precarious ideology is, how little people need to accept something in the name of partisanship. “That’s when I know it’s over,” Junot Diaz writes in a story about a breakup. “As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”
A few more bites:
“[L]et me be clear - NO ONE STOLE THIS ELECTION! Team Sanders we did AMAZING WORK. But we lost. It's a hard reality for some.” - Symone Sanders, former national press secretary for the senator’s campaign, via Politico