Saturday, August 22, 2015

Brilliant Greenery


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  1. Here's to Howard Dean! And Bernie Sanders too...

    Read about it here! [Click] 2,800 in Greenville, 2,700 in Columbia. (Not bad considering the relatively small sizes of those cities.) Sumter and Charleston on Saturday.

    --Alan

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  2. I am honestly beginning to wonder if Bernie might campaign in Fresno; I think Bill Clinton did once, a long time ago--but most Presidents and presidential candidates either fly over or fly past Fresno. There are more than a million people in the urban area alone, and the Democrats among them are starved for attention. Even the Republicans would appreciate it, I think. The city of Fresno voted for McGovern back in the day. People were ready to line up to see Obama, local government officials were talking about what issues they would like to raise with him when it was announced he would visit this area. Air Force One came in, Obama hopped into a helicopter and flew out to a newly planted pistachio orchard in the next county for a photo op with some dry dirt, and skedaddled. People were very let down.

    --Alan

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    1. Alan, I hope you won't mind, but I just shared your worthy post (anonymously) with Nick Carter at Bernie HQ. Maybe they'll add Fresno to the itinerary! I'll let you know what response I receive. :-)

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    2. I certainly don't mind, listener. I am still shocked that Obama ignored the local and regional officials waiting to greet him at the airport. But presidential campaigns ignore California because it is assumed the state will vote Democratic, and they ignore the Central Valley because they assume it will vote Republican and isn't choc-a-block with exuberantly wealthy Democratic donors or movie stars. It has been called the Appalachia of the West. I repeat that if Bernie should gain access to the California Democratic primary ballot, I will re-register as a Democrat (as I was for almost fifty years) so that I can vote for him. I don't have any more big fights left in me unless they are truly existential, but I don't yet have *all* the fight beaten out of me, and I have been waiting for someone like Bernie since the 1960's. I just might not be alone, and at long, long last it seems that young reinforcements are arriving. You may forward this post as well.

      --Alan

      P.S. Fresno has Bernie-sized event venues...

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    3. California presidential primary election 2016:
      Certified list of candidates: 31 March
      Last day to register to vote: 23 May
      Vote: 7 June

      --Alan

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  3. Also, I left a few messages on the last thread, Alan. Seems everyone else is busy these days!

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    1. 1) When you want the best, you get the busiest, hein?

      2) Daytime highs in the high 90's, nighttime lows in the mid 60's. Humidity from 20% to 64% depending on the time of day.

      3) I am hoping for an overflow crowd in North Charleston.

      4) If Bernie should have a campaign envent in Fresno I would attend (a first for me) if it should not be during my weekend to work at the rural hospital.

      --Alan

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  4. 600 in Sumpter, SC.

    --Alan

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  5. Mea culpa--it seems the Bernie event in (North) Charleston will be at the Convention Center (capacity several thousand) rather than the Coliseum (right next door), maximum capacity 14,000. Originally it was going to be at the Longshoremen's Hall; then a high school gymnasium. Hmmmmm...I will have to see how may folks turned out for HRC.

    --Alan

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    1. I have been unable to find much information about turnouts for HRC in SC. I found one number--about 175--for her main campaign appearance in Columbia a while back. I found a bunch of "on the road with Hil" photos from what must be the same trip, and the photographer seems to have purposely avoided showing the sizes of the crowds. The very few photos that actually showed attendees just showed small portions of the meeting spaces. I had the impression that she is hard pressed to attract more than something in the low hundreds, and there was a lot of commentary on how she alienated SC primary voters in 2008.

      --Alan

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  6. All right--3,150 people turned out for Bernie in Charleston; not overflow, but standing room only. Darned if things might not be changing; I figure the Internet must have a big role in it.

    Yesterday I was reading a comparison of Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders; the general consensus was that Bernie was more skillful campaigner than Howard, and more accustomed to the workings of Washington. I forget the characterization of Howard, but Bernie was characterized as "the stern uncle." Yeah, that seems to fit! But it was Howard (and the Deaniacs) who broke the trail. The comment that Bernie can talk for an hour without mentioning foreign affairs was interesting; talking about domestic affairs is historically a winner in US elections. So I looked up what Wikipedia and one or two others had to say about Bernie's positions on foreign affairs, and they seemed pretty reasonable to me. Hmmmmm...here are links:


    Similarities Aside, Bernie Sanders Isn’t Rerunning Howard Dean’s 2004 Race [Click] This is the article I read the other day.


    Bernie Sanders Is Not Howard Dean, Or Any Other Previous Candidate [Click] This quotes from and expands upon the article above.


    From Wikipedia: "Both the NAACP and the NHLA [National Hispanic Leadership Agenda] have given Sanders 100 percent voting scores during his tenure in the Senate." Can't beat that.

    I read a polling report a week or so back that indicated that the majority of Democrats polled thought HRC would be the nominee--but only about 30% thought she was truthful. That can't be good. And there are reports that some big donors are refraining from funding her campaign at this point.

    And now for dinner.

    --Alan

    Oh--and 20K people turned out for Trumpenstein in Alabama. Whoever among the sixteen dwarfs wins the nomination, Trump can probably derail him or her in some states.

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  7. Title [Click]m Like Bernie, Jeremy Corbyn does not attack political opponents. Good! It worked for Calvin Coolidge, who sought to cultivate friends and to avoid making enemies.

    --Alan

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  8. Well, I mangled that link, didn't I? But it should still work.

    Alan

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