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John Lewis Disses Bernie Sanders’ Civil Rights Record

By on 2.11.16 | 3:38PM

Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis doesn't think much of Bernie Sanders.

After the Congressional Black Caucus' PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton, a reporter tried to ask Lewis about Bernie's civil rights activity, but the veteran Congressman wasn't having any of it:

Well, to be very frank, I'm going to cut you off, but I never saw him, I never met him. I'm a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the freedom rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery, and directed their voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.

Obama is the Meanest, Most Polarizing Figure in American Politics

By on 2.11.16 | 9:59AM

In a speech before the Illinois General Assembly, marking the 9th anniversary of the launch of his presidential campaign, President Obama decried the meaness and polarization in American politics:

It’s been noted, often by pundits, that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better since I was inaugurated. In fact, it’s gotten worse. That there’s still this yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics, which is why in my final State of the Union address and in the one before that, I had to acknowledge that one of my few regrets is my inability to reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics.

True to form, Obama detaches himself from the meaness and polarization as if he has no part in it. The fact is that President Obama has set the tone for American politics over the last decade and he is the meanest, most polarizing figure of them all.

Memo to Bernie: It Isn’t The Economy That’s Rigged

By on 2.10.16 | 11:30PM

Earlier today, Emily explained how Hillary Clinton leaves New Hampshire with more delegates than Bernie Sanders despite losing by more than 20% of the vote.

Bernie is fond of saying how the economy is rigged. Well, it isn't the economy that's rigged. It's the Democratic Party that's rigged.

Should Bernie win most of the primaries and caucuses, but Hillary ends up with most of the delegates anyway, Bernie and his supporters will soon learn their party is Democratic in name only.

Carly Fiorina is The Greatest Mystery of the 2016 GOP Race

By on 2.10.16 | 3:51PM

After getting only 4% of the vote in New Hampshire last night, Carly Fiorina has bowed out of the 2016 GOP race.

The failure of her campaign is the greatest mystery of the entire presidential race. A strong showing at the GOP undercard debate last August in Cleveland propelled her to main debate stage the following month where she served Donald Trump a cold dish after he had disparaged her appearance in an interview.

For a couple of weeks, Fiorina enjoyed a bounce but it be short-lived. She did get some increased scrutiny about her time at Hewlett Packard. But if her tenure at HP was in fact fatal to her campaign then what of Trump's four Chapter 11 bankruptcies? Or is it that Republicans still aren't ready for a female presidential candidate? The possibility cannot be discounted.

Putting gender aside, Fiorina is clear, concise and rational. But that's evidently not what Republican voters want this year.

Thoughts on Bernie Sanders Kissing Al Sharpton’s Ring

By on 2.10.16 | 2:42PM

Hours after his triumph in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders flew to NYC to have breakfast with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's in Harlem.

Politics, particuarly presidential politics, compels candidates to make nice with unsavory people. Sharpton is a particularly unsavory character who ought to have been shunned out of polite society decades ago. But the Democratic Party is such that any Democrat who wants to be President must have Reverend Al's blessings. And Bernie Sanders needs the African-American vote in South Carolina and elsewhere south of the Mason-Dixon. So what choice does he have?

Yet with all that, one would think that Sharpton's anti-Semitism would give pause to someone of even nominal Jewish identity. I can think of no public figure that has done more damage to relations between African-Americans and Jews (outside of Louis Farrakhan) than Sharpton.

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire, but Hillary Clinton Gets All the Delegates

By on 2.10.16 | 2:19PM

Last night seemed like a runaway success for "outsider" candidate Bernie Sanders. He beat Hillary Clinton by a solid twenty points, in every single demographic. He made it next to impossible for Hillary Clinton to say that she's won the "hearts" or "minds" of New Englanders, and while he's definitely had home court advantage, he performed better than even he could have reasonably expected.

But while Bernie may have earned all the accolades, Hillary Clinton - not Bernie Sanders - will come away with most of New Hampshire's delegates

And you thought politics was fair? Shame on you.

Though Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in a landslide over Hillary Clinton, he will likely receive fewer delegates than she will.

Sanders won 60 percent of the vote, but thanks to the Democratic Party’s nominating system, he leaves the Granite State with at least 13 delegates while she leaves with at least 15 delegates.

Christie Expected to Drop Out of GOP Race

By on 2.10.16 | 1:05PM

Chris Christie might have landed the knockout blow to Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations. But he will not have his hand raised in victory.

After a sixth place finish in New Hampshire behind Rubio and no spot on the debate stage on Saturday in South Carolina, Christie has cancelled all scheduled campaign events in the Palmetto state and has returned to New Jersey where he is widely expected to formally end his presidential campaign today.

Christie sealed his fate with Republicans the moment he embraced President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. His attacks on Obama during the debate made Republican voters doubt he was so blunt with the President in the days leading up the 2012 election.

I don't think Bridgegate was as much of a factor. There is no evidence to suggest that Christie had any involvement there. But he did hire the staff people involved and that does reflect on his judgment thereby giving Republican voters at least a reasonable doubt.

Bernie Received Nearly 50,000 More Votes Than Trump in NH

By on 2.10.16 | 10:24AM

There's no question that Donald Trump won big last night in New Hampshire besting John Kasich by greater than a 2:1 margin. New Hampshire could very well be the first domino in Trump winning the GOP nomination.

Yet it must also be noted that Bernie Sanders had a even more triumphant night. Not only did he beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points, but he also received nearly 50,000 more votes than Trump. If you combine Trump and Kasich's numbers, Bernie still beats both of them by nearly 5,000 votes.

Yes, Sanders is their next door neighbor. Fair enough. Let's remember that Democrats and Republicans can vote in either primary. I wonder how many Republicans in New Hampshire voted for Bernie Sanders yesterday.

Now all of this could very well be but a footnote if Bernie is unable to triumph in Nevada and South Carolina. But let us say for argument's sake it ends up being Bernie vs. The Donald this November. I believe Bernie would trounce Trump convincingly in New Hampshire and also beat him in the states Obama won in 2012. In which case, say hello to President Sanders.

Bernie & The Donald Win Decisively in NH

By on 2.9.16 | 10:16PM

Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump won in New Hampshire big, very big tonight.

With just over 40% of the vote, the socialist Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by 20 points while Trump won the GOP primary by greater than a 2:1 margin over John Kasich (34% to 16%). Jeff Lord is no doubt ecstatic. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are fighting for third place. Chris Christie will finish 6th with 8% of the vote and won't be invited to the debate in South Carolina on Saturday, but he did plenty of damage to Rubio. Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson finished with 4% and 2%, respectively.

Is this the beginning of Trump running the table? Maybe so. Especially if Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Bush are all bunched up. But I think Yoko Ono is going to put a stop to Trump using "Revolution" at his campaign rallies. I And what about Bernie? Tomorrow, he kisses Al Sharpton's ring. Will it be enough to take the black vote in South Carolina?

Hillary Clinton, Old Person, Required Staffer to Create Printouts of Classified Emails

By on 2.9.16 | 5:03PM

Apparently, Hillary Clinton's troubles with technology extend even further than her famous tussle with the fax machine, revealed in the first set of FOIA'ed emails the State Department released several months ago. She also has a lot of difficulty with printers.

According to a batch of email released to Judicial Watch, Hillary Clinton not only received classified information on her Chappaqua bathroom server, she often asked for said emails to be printed out so that she could review them without all of the distractions attendant to technology. Or, of course, she's just old and needed things in their paper versions. Bifocals and pixels don't mix, you see.

Hillary Clinton forwarded two emails that included “foreign government” information to a top State Department aide and asked for the messages to be printed out, according to correspondence obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.