Get More Smarter on Tuesday (July 12)

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TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► Today’s top story in politics is the long, long, long-awaited endorsement by defeated Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Hillary Clinton:

So ends the most bitter Democratic campaign rivalry since Barack Obama beat Clinton for the 2008 presidential nomination. Republicans have sought refuge from the unfolding catastrophe at the top of their ticket by playing up disunity between Sanders’ grassroots supporters and the “mainstream” Democratic party personified by Clinton. Now that Sanders has delivered this unequivocal endorsement, all but the most ardent Bernie supporters–in many cases “low propensity” voters anyway–should come back into the fold after an appropriate period of grieving and coping.

And yes, that’s bad news for Republicans. It’s true they don’t need more bad news. Sorry about that.

Donald Trump responds with a quixotic appeal to disaffected Sanders supporters:

Good luck with that! We’re just not foreseeing a mass exodus of Bernie backers to Trump.

► On the Trump side in Colorado news, defeated GOP U.S. Senate candidate Robert Blaha is taking his blowhard trademark rhetoric to the Make America Great Again campaign as Trump’s Colorado campaign co-chair. After Blaha made a big splash with his wild “out-Trumping” comments as a Senate candidate, this seems right as rain.

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► The Durango Herald’s Peter Marcus has a good story on the relatively thoughtful response of GOP U.S. Senate nominee Darryl Glenn, who is black, to the nationwide controversy over police shootings:

In the wake of recent shootings that have sparked nationwide protests – in which two black men were killed by police last week in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Glenn said “words are hard to find,” and then proceeded with a nearly 900-word statement.

In addition to highlighting the shootings by police, Glenn also underscored Dallas, where five police officers were killed last Thursday by a man who investigators say was motivated by the recent killings of black men by police. Glenn called the events “unspeakably evil.”

“With tragedy like this unfolding around us, we need to hold in our head two distinct thoughts at the same time: You can support and be grateful for your police and at the same time find the actions of certain individual police abhorrent,” Glenn said.

► Speaking of Darryl Glenn, he’s basically out of money. And incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet has over $6 million on hand.

► Have we mentioned that the Republican field game in Colorado is looking increasingly desperate? Well, there you go. It’s very nearly time to panic.

► Why did the VA hospital run so far over budget? We still don’t know, just like we don’t know why new fighter planes, ships, and missiles cost so much more than predicted. It must be a military thing.

► A new study from CU says many, but not all of the instances of “flaming tap water” are naturally occurring, not the result of fracking.

► In Garfield County, the GOP board of commissioners is upset about “green groups” meddling in their local business over oil and gas drilling. Hopefully this goes over better than the Planned Parenthood thing.

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► At some point, the feds are likely to change the classification of marijuana to something other than “just as bad as heroin.” How many years behind Colorado are they again?

ICYMI

► Fifteen Fort Carson “Soldier-Olympians” are headed to the Rio Olympics! That’s pretty cool.

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12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    Yo Zappy! Are you going over to the MAGA camp? You're the only one I can think of. 🙂

    • Voyageur says:

      Zappy would never go to Trump.   Maybe to his fellow "trade sucks" apostle Jill Stein.  But Trump, never.   Zappy has his hangups but there is not a drop of racism in him and Trump is racism personified.

  2. BlueCat says:

    Bernie or Bust Bitter Enders, the ones who insist Warren is a sell out for endorsing HRC, are now officially irrelevant. After all, if Bernie is also a sell out there's no Bernie left to "or bust" for. Apparently Bernie himself believes that the most progressive Dem platform in history is indeed a proud accomplishment and one that deserves his movement's full support for HRC and the Dems in the race for the WH, congress, and the Supreme Court and for the crushing of Trump.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-endorses-hillary-clinton_us_56e98f60e4b0b25c91841bdd

  3. Les Ismore says:

    Looks like the results for State House 10 have been certified with Edie Hooton edging Angelique Espinoza. Frankly the citizens of 10 would be well served by both of these fine women.

  4. Zappatero says:

    The  abject failure of the Policy and Politics of Austerity in Britain is complete:

    Cameron crept into government in 2010 promising to eradicate the deficit in a single parliamentary term. His government didn’t even come close. His government was “paying down Britain’s debts”, he declared in 2013: it actually added more debt than every Labour government put together (Sound familiar?-ed.) .

    Upon assuming office, he committed “to ensuring our whole country shares in rising prosperity”: his government presided over the longest fall in wages and the most protracted economic stagnation for generations. After the last general election, his chancellor introduced three fiscal rules: a welfare cap, a national debt falling as a proportion of GDP, and a budget surplus by 2020. The first two were broken by March; the budget surplus was ignominiously abandoned by George Osborne at the beginning of July.

    Osborne himself was less consistent on austerity than his supporters or his critics (like me) have often admitted. But his potential successors now call for his economic strategy to be abandoned, a confession of failure. His business secretary, Sajid Javid, advocates a fiscal stimulus that could mean raising the deficit from 3% to 5% of GDP. All that misery; all that stagnation; all that bloodcurdling rhetoric about the disastrous consequences of Britain not cutting its deficit. 

    Democrats who hold to the thought that their unrequited bipartisanship and false notion of shared sacrifice will do anything other than receive the praise of Conservative Op-Ed page editors should extinguish it forever. And removing it from their official web page is a good idea, too, even if it is a "tough decision".

    • Zappatero says:

      as if on cue:

      The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated outlook on the country’s long-term fiscal future on Tuesday. The budget outlook projects that the national debt will grow at a faster rate than the CBO projected in last year’s outlook, and some Republicans have already seized the news to attack programs that support low- and middle-income Americans.

      Shortly after the CBO published the new data, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) said in a statement, “These debt projections portend a horrible fiscal legacy,” and specifically expressed alarm about “insolvent Medicare and Social Security programs.” Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) also singled out Social Security and Medicare in a statement that claimed, “We’re past the tipping point in this debt crisis.”

      Republicans are dying to cut Social Security and Medicare. But even they know not to act on their abiding principle by themselves: they need compliant Dems to finally eliminate what they couldn't stop 80 years ago.

  5. BlueCat says:

    Republican internal polls must be telling them that they're in far worse shape than the public polls are saying. Internals can be more reliable in the right hands, pros (rather than homers) who know exactly what they need to be looking for and what's extraneous. I remember when Bennet was down in the public polls for a time and his people reassured me his internals said he was fine. He was.

    Anyhoo, pretty sure that's why they just won't let go of the HRC investigations even after Republican FBI Director Comey's clear message that there is no indictable there there. Not even close. 

    They must be convinced that, regardless, it's their last and only chance to avoid annihilation. What but utter desperation could account for their trying to reintroduce Monica Lewinsky into the mix? 

    They must be in full throwing everything they can think of against the wall and hoping something will stick mode.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/monica-lewinsky-hillary-clinton-emails_us_578508bee4b07c356cfe8018?section=

  6. itlduso says:

    Denver Ppst is reporting new CO poll from Harper Polling.  Clinton 45; Rump 38.  Bennet 46; (not John) Glenn 40.They note that Harper is led by a former RNCC polster and that the firm has a B minus rating for accuracy.

    • Voyageur says:

      Closer than I like on bennet/whatzzizface considering the total obscurity of the later.  Let's see how he does when the $6 million man hits him with an ad blitz.  On Clinton, I'd like to know when it was taken.  If she is up 7 after the FBI beatdown, that's great. 

    • BlueCat says:

      I think HRC's numbers and the missing numbers (HRC's and Trump's only add up to 83% and little more in polls with one or both third party candidates) still reflect reluctance of Bernie's supporters to say that they will support her.

      That should start changing now that Bernie has made clear his strong support. For most of his supporters, reality is setting in, a lot of it very good. Most will see that Bernie has real influence and of course that's only in the context of HRC as our next President, a Supreme Court with two or three justices of  a Dem President's choosing, a Dem Senate to support those choices and headway toward getting Bernie, Warren and all the other Progressive Dem Senators a partner in a Dem majority House eventually to send a Dem President some good legislation to sign. Hard to do but at the very least blocking bad R legislation under those circumstances will be easy. And of course a lot can be accomplished even with a Dem President and majority liberal Court.

      Trump's numbers have remained remarkably static whether in primary or general polls. Hard to see where he pulls more from.

       Also hard to see where the extremist Glenn pulls more votes. As the election gets closer I think  Bennet's lead will grow.

      I think closer to the election the numbers will get better on both fronts.

      • itlduso says:

        I agree that Clinton will do better as the election nears. It's hard to imagine today's undecideds going for the Rump wild card.

        I am confused why the national numbers are close when Clinton is doing about 25 points better than Romney with college educated whites.

        keep registering Dems!!

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