Tom Nichols, The Federalist: I have been thinking about Peter Wehner's piece in the New York Times yesterday, in which he talks about the sadness of losing friends over Donald Trump's candidacy. I have not -- yet -- lost any friends over Trump, but it's possible. Unlike Wehner, I am less concerned about it. The Trump campaign is a test of character, and many Americans are failing it. Put another way, if my opposition to Trump is going to cost me friends, then all I can say is: So be it. read more
Battered by four defeats in Tuesday night's primaries, Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off hundreds of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning the June 7 California primary. The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after Hillary Clinton's victories widened her delegate lead and left her all but certain to win the Democratic presidential nomination. "We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around the country," Sanders said. "We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country; 40 of the states are now behind us." read more
Bernie Sanders had just arrived at the rally, and missed the incendiary remark entirely. Many on the senator's campaign had never even heard of Dr. Paul Song, the speaker who had just commandeered news coverage of a massive Washington Square rally in New York by referring to "corporate Democratic whores."
Nevertheless, by the next morning, the campaign was forced into full scramble mode. Cable coverage of the 27,000-person rally was eclipsed by reporting on the furor surrounding the comment, requiring a Sanders response. After first resisting an apology, the campaign settled on disavowing the remark with a tweet.
Another day, another lost news cycle.
Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that Hillary Clinton is not "qualified" to be president, a sharp escalation in rhetoric in the Democratic primary. "Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous," he told a crowd in Philadelphia. "And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am 'not qualified' to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don't believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. I don't think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC." read more
Bernie Sanders will surpass Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates and emerge as the nominee at a contested convention, his campaign said Tuesday. "We've mapped out a path to victory in our campaign in terms of delegates -- pledged delegates -- and we don't have to win everywhere, but we do have to win most of the states coming up," Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told MSNBC on Tuesday. "So there's no one state that's a must-win, and as we look forward we're gonna be able to accumulate the delegates we need to get the pledged delegate lead by the end of this primary and caucus process." read more