163 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    July 24, 2016 at 9:07 am


  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    July 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Thanks Nerdy for posting this. I watched it yesterday and it was really good. I wonder if we will be seeing more of this in the coming months. I think that would be awesome and a good way to get the message out during the campaign.
    Good Morning all. GM Chips, Danny and family. Sending prayers and thoughts your way. Miss you much. Nerdy has done an awesome job for you and the TOD Family while you have been away. We can’t thank her enough. ((((hugs)))

    • 7 Betsy
      July 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      This video is really good, clear and should answer questions people have about the Wall Street and banks, etc. during the financial crisis. I wish, in a way, that this had been out a few years ago and played over and over again. I wonder if it would have helped.

  3. 8 JER
    July 24, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

  4. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    July 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Morning all. Thought you might appreciate a little update from the front lines. At our country fair, the Dem booth backs up to the Republican one (thank God there’s a curtain between us paid for by yours truly). Last night one of our volunteers told us that two Republican activist sidled up to her and said they were NOT voting for Trump. Hope this sentiment is widely shared among R’s.

    • 10 99ts
      July 24, 2016 at 9:41 am

      gm Jackie – I have so much trouble with the polls at the minute – perhaps people are just lying to the pollsters & are not yet prepared to say out loud that their nominee is not fit to be President. I just cannot believe that 40% (let alone more) of US voters would contemplate having Trump as President. Your update is muchly encouraging. I am still hoping for a 1964 dem majority.

    • 11 a4alice
      July 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

      thanks for the update Jackie – that is encouraging news. like 99 I’m really hoping that the polling is off and that people who are registered republicans are just not reporting correctly as Trump would be simply a dangerous president.

      And BTW Jackie thanks for your service in the booth. I know how challenging even doing booth work can be. 🙂

    • July 24, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Great work, Jackiegrumbacher. Thank you!

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      July 24, 2016 at 10:52 am

      *paid for by yours truly*

      Laughed out loud! Good thing you didn’t have to build a brick wall, eh? And thanks once again for the on-the-ground report, and all of your efforts, jackieG!

    • 14 amk for obama
      July 24, 2016 at 10:58 am

      “Hope this sentiment is widely shared among R’s.”

      Trust me, it is by many women.

  5. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    July 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

    It hate to link to Daily Kos, but this piece is a brilliant defense of Hillary Clinton that’s worth a read.

    The article discusses the history of negative perceptions of Hillary Clinton and links them to every time she has stepped into an activist role to fight for health care, run for Senate and make a bid for the presidency–each time, in fact, that she steps into what is considered a man’s role. We talked about this issue at our last progressive Dems meeting when our Latino organizer told us about the sexist resistance to Hillary she was encountering among some Latino men. She believes that if Hillary were a man with her credentials the Latino men would be ecstatic about her. That touched touched a raw nerve among women in the room who recounted their own experiences with society’s distaste of accomplished, assertive women. I don’t think we should be shouting “sexism” at every turn, but I think it’s important to recognize underlying subtexts for dislike among those who don’t know her and never bother to try.

    • 16 Don
      July 24, 2016 at 9:57 am

      I suspect Hillary will draw a lot of women to the polls just as President Obama drew a lot of African Americans to the polls and there is nothing wrong with that. Just like President Obama did before her, Hillary will explain her values and what she believes in. Personally I don’t believe that this election will be close at all but we still need to get out and register people and get them to the polls.

      • 17 amk for obama
        July 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

        Yup. I do the believe the real ‘silent majority’ is a majority of women, who are afraid to speak out publicly, but will speak so strongly privately in the voting booth. I am reiterating my prediction – the russian puppet wont get more than 35%, (which will be a majority of stupid white men.)

        • 18 jacquelineoboomer
          July 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

          I’ll second your 35 percent, amk, without wanting to jinx anything. I think Hillary’s going to win in a landslide, without wanting to jinx anything. 🙂

        • 19 99ts
          July 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

          My Mom always refused to discuss who she voted for. I am 99% sure she negated my Dad’s vote every election, but when he related his political views to all and sundry she smiled and agreed.

  6. 23 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Howdy-do Folks! Happy Sunday!

  7. 26 amk for obama
    July 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Here is a party that brought murka to its knees with a near debt default resulting in a credit downgrading; whose treasonous ‘senators’ wrote to their sworn ‘enemy state’ against their own government and president; forced a government shutdown seriously enhancing security threats to its own citizens; who constantly violate the constitution and actually did nothing in the last several decades for their own base. Now they have anointed a 3rd rate huckster of a fraud with zero family values, who openly worships putin and actively seeks russian and mob money as their torch bearer.

    Really ‘white working class’ voters?. Stop cutting off your noses dicks just to spite the other party.

  8. 28 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 9:46 am


  9. 30 a4alice
    July 24, 2016 at 9:52 am

    morning TOD. Thanks Nerdy for all you are doing. Just got done listening to Kaine’s speech. Very good and what a good choice I think for VP.

  10. 31 amk for obama
    July 24, 2016 at 9:52 am

    well, at least the official bw paper seems to have seen the light. fiiiiiiiinally.

    Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy.


  11. July 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I’m really no fan of DWS but what a mess. I hope it all unravels to undermine and reveal wikileaks for what it is. And whoever made the decision to let Bernie run for POTUS in our party should be sent packing. They’ve already taken DWS’ speaking role.

    Democrats in Talks to Downgrade Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Role at Convention

    Democratic officials are considering as one possibility finding someone besides Wasserman Schultz to preside over the convention, perhaps by naming a new permanent convention chairperson to handle podium and administrative duties — though not to serve as chair of the Democratic National Committee itself, the source said.

    Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, a Clinton loyalist, is in line to become the convention’s permanent chairperson, according to an internal party document obtained by ABC News. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will serve as the honorary chair and could also take over some functions normally performed by the DNC chairperson.

    The party’s officials fear that giving Wasserman Schultz in a prominent role would lead to widespread booing on the convention floor from Sanders’ supporters and delegates.

    At the same time, officials are also concerned about fully replacing Wasserman Schultz in her role as party chairwoman in light of the Democratic primary challenge she faces in her Florida congressional district next month.


    • 35 Don
      July 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

      If I’m not mistaken President Obama wanted to get rid of DWS a long time ago.

      • 36 Dudette
        July 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

        Well I sure did.

      • July 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

        I don’t really care about DWS. It’s the whole manipulation by wikileaks, Trump-Putin that is so disturbing. How much of the underpinnings of this propaganda move will be discussed as opposed to the Dems-in-disarray narrative? I don’t watch TV punditry but I think we can guess.

    • 38 amk for obama
      July 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

      How its a mess if they are per-emptively fixing a potential problem?

      • July 24, 2016 at 10:04 am

        Because it sets up yet another big media frenzy a day before our convention. You think all the idiot salivating pundits are going to back off? I want 100% attention on all that is right with the Democratic Party.

        • 40 amk for obama
          July 24, 2016 at 10:10 am

          No, I don’t see the pundtwits will sway anyone with that idiocy. This is a party with veterans and adults in charge, not like the shitshow from the other side. They have got this. We need to just relax and enjoy it.

          • July 24, 2016 at 10:22 am

            What I’m trying to say, inartfully it seems, is that for me, I’m truly sick of Sanders and his cult. This breathes more live into them.
            End of story.

            • 43 mtmarilyn
              July 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm

              I so agree MetA. I am so sick of the Bernie folks. The facet that they think they can just join the party and take over really upsets me. Then they whine and bitch and say the partyis corrupt and corporate. Changes always need to be made but the threat they make and the fights they start take away from the big picture.

    • 44 Dudette
      July 24, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I will be happy for the change. Am anxious for the party to fix the issues and move on, so the focus can be placed where it should be: getting out the vote and defeating the GOP from top to bottom of the ballot nationwide.

      • 45 amk for obama
        July 24, 2016 at 10:11 am


        The kenyan doesn’t like dramas. He has got this.

        • 46 Don
          July 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

          “The Kenyan” I like that! I remember watching the Olympics as a kid and hearing the announcers calling the participants not their names but where they were from, like “The swede is in first place.” brings back good memories.

      • July 24, 2016 at 10:22 am

        So am I. Just wish it wasn’t happening at this particular moment.

  12. 49 99ts
    July 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

    There are no both sides in this editorial from wapo
    Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

    “The Republican Party has moved the lunatic fringe onto center stage, with discourse that renders impossible the kind of substantive debate upon which any civil democracy depends.”

  13. 51 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 10:09 am

    • 52 a4alice
      July 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Nice one! Funny, but also true. Although, I am much more encouraged since the inclusion of Kaine.

  14. 53 FoxfireTX
    July 24, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Good morning TOD. My biggest concern is that apparently not all of the emails have been dumped yet. Worse could come during the convention. Hopefully they can get this under control. From what I’ve read, none of the “ideas” were acted upon but try telling that to the Sanders supporters. To them, it is just confirmation of their “rigged system” argument.

    While I was concerned about Trump’s position on international affairs which is more in line with Putin’s, after what I read last night I becoming increasingly concerned. Paul Krugman had a piece a couple of days ago entitled the “Siberian Candidate”, and Josh Marshall at TPM has been doing a ton of work on this. He has an excellent article here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing

    He had a ton of tweets last night with more details if you’re interested. https://twitter.com/joshtpm What concerned me most is that apparently Trumps debt load in the last year has gone from $350 mil to $650 mil and he’s not getting it from US banks who will not lend to him. Without his tax returns, no one can track where the money is coming from. But it has to be overseas.

    I simply cannot comprehend a potential president with so many conflicts of interest. And he has NOT committed putting his businesses and assets into a “blind trust”. It is mind boggling.

    • 54 hopefruit2
      July 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Here’s my take on this Firefox. Unless the DNC emails contain information about HRC molesting a child, stealing from a bank or murdering someone….this email stuff is is a nonstory and bullshit distraction. Saying “negative things” about a political opponent on email is par for the course…Anyone care to look at Sanders’ or Trumps’ emails?

      Trump & Wikileaks’ collusion with a Russian dictator to influence a US election is by far a bigger and more dangerous thing than HRC or DWs could have ever said about Sanders on email.

      • 55 nospin
        July 24, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        “Unless the DNC emails contain information about HRC molesting a child, stealing from a bank or murdering someone….this email stuff is is a nonstory and bullshit distraction.”

        worth repeating

  15. 56 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

  16. 57 a4alice
    July 24, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Just got done reading Stonekettle Station’s assessment of Kaine pick and how uplifting this is for Clinton campaign. Bob tweeted it last post – thanks bob for the heads up! 🙂

    If you have any bummed out bernie people in your time lines that you are talking to you might want to encourage them to read this.

  17. 59 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

    10:30am on the East Coast

  18. 61 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Hat tip for Bernie today

  19. July 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Happy Sunday TODers

    GM Nerdy and thanks for keeping us informed.


  20. 70 amk for obama
    July 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

    bernie is on board. rest is all media bs shiny object distraction. eyes on the ball, folks.

  21. 74 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

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  23. 84 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

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  25. 88 4morefor44
    July 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    if you don’t subscribe to his newsletter, you might consider doing it (he’s offering a special rate right now). excellent thoughts i have not seen elsewhere on what’s happening now and where we’re going:

    • 89 cd4biden
      July 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      How do you subscribe to his newsletter?

      • 90 4morefor44
        July 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        you go to that site and there’s a bunch of donation options. i think $70 is usual amount needed but he sometimes runs special deals, like right now.

        • 91 cd4biden
          July 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm

          I did that back in April and never received any newsletters.
          However, I did it again after posting my comment above and I just got a newsletter in my inbox. This time when I went to the website there was a separate box that appeared to subscribe to his newsletter. So maybe that’s why it worked this time. Thanks, 4more, for your help.

  26. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    July 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Let’s R/T this widely, because it’s so important. Keith announced a while back that he even moved out of a Trump-owned building in protest!

  27. July 24, 2016 at 11:12 am

  28. 95 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 11:16 am

    • 96 CEB
      July 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Almost made me throw up my breakfast. The ugly that is outside and inside MUST quickly be assigned to the maggoty dust bin of a sad time in our history.

  29. July 24, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Good morning, TOD!

    “The mayor of a Massachusetts city has denied a request from police officers that a Black Lives Matter banner be removed from City Hall and replaced with one that says “All Lives Matter.”
    The sign above the main entrance to Somerville City Hall has been in place for nearly a year.”

  30. 98 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not speak at or preside over the party’s convention this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee’s impartiality during the Democratic primary.
    The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday rescinded Wasserman Schultz’s position as convention chairwoman, instead naming Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as permanent chair of the convention, according to a DNC source.

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      July 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Can ya see me dancin’ over here? So glad we won’t have to see her at the convention. I used to like her – liked the way she came around to President Obama – but no more. She handled so many things wrong this cycle, and those are only the ones we know about, so goodbye DWS.

      • 100 Betsy
        July 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        I stopped liking her when she set those debate dates and when she supported payday lenders who prey off of poor people. Sorry DWS, but you made some very poor decisions, and now your political life is over. If you lay down with dogs, you get flees.

  31. 102 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2016 at 11:31 am

  32. 103 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • July 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      A NON-STORY! Delegates have always been responsible for paying all or most of their convention expenses. So tired of Bernie’s folks implying that long established procedures/rules are brand new, directed at Bernie/them, in 2016. If they had been previously active in the party, they’d know this!

  33. 105 4morefor44
    July 24, 2016 at 11:35 am

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  35. 109 Allison
    July 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

  36. 114 GGAIL
    July 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD. There will never be another President like Barack Obama. What a good man.

  37. July 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

  38. July 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    From her tweet, to God’s ear… Note, there were no real problems in Cleveland last week; my overwhelming concern has been for the possibility of paid provocateurs infiltrating Philly protests. Praying hard for peace this week…

  39. 119 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2016 at 11:55 am

    OFFS …..

    Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would have preferred another person for vice president, but the choice was up to Clinton. But, he said, Kaine was not the choice he was hoping for.

    • 120 Don
      July 24, 2016 at 11:59 am

      This is why Bernie Sanders and his followers can go fuck themselves, as opposed to being a good soldier for the Democratic which Hillary was after Barack was the Democratic nominee, this guy goes out and shows the world his ass. What a fucking piece of work.

    • July 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Sanders demonstrates, once again, how of an IDEOLOGUE he is. He so gets on my nerves… I hope his Monday speech is vetted. I don’t trust him for a minute.

    • 125 Obama Grandmama
      July 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      I read on here yesterday that the Sanders group wanted Nina Turner to be VP. That is wrong on so many fronts. Why should the loser pick for the winner? Why should we chance the election further by doubling down on a first with two instead of one women? Why should HRC have to have someone who bad mouthed her for months be her partner in governing vs a well qualified person much more able to help? The BS group is full of BS.

      • 126 Dudette
        July 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        They can want whatever the hell they want. Hillary would never havelet then choose her VP pick and, most certainly, it wouldn’t be someone who has bad-mouthed her for months.

      • 127 nathkatun7
        July 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        Nina Turrner? You mean the one who couldn’t win the position of Secretary of State in Ohio? Are these Sanders people serious?

    • 128 COS
      July 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Tim Kaine backs up his progressive credentials with action; Sanders not so much.

    • 129 nathkatun7
      July 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Tim Kaine has done more for poor people than Bernie Sanders has.

  40. 130 a4alice
    July 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    allright off to today’s chores. Chips where ever you are: (((((chips)))))

  41. 132 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

  42. 133 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  43. 134 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    • 135 susanne
      July 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      thank you dudette– not sure why this has to be pointed out, but so glad you’re doing it 🙂

    • 137 nathkatun7
      July 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Great tweet Dudette! Bernie Sanders should be grateful that the DNC allowed him to run as a Democrat. As U.S. Senator, (just as he did when he was a member of the House of Representatives) Sanders identifies himself as an Independent.

      • 138 Dudette
        July 25, 2016 at 12:33 am

        Thank you Nath! I was shocked that they let him stand for the primary in the first place. The man admitted he was only there for the headlines & fundraising.

    • 139 nospin
      July 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      good response Dudette. And that refrain is what should be repeated time and time again.

      Sharp as a pin retort to pop the hot air out of that halfway deflated balloon.

  44. 141 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:24 pm

  45. July 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Going after Romney voters.

  46. 144 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Foot in mouth disease is not exclusive to GOP

  47. 149 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    When Bernie Sanders goes to read his speech tomorrow (?), I hope the replace the one he gives to one written FOR HIM by sensible people of the DNC, if not, he might come with some “rogue” rants speaking like Ralph Cramden of NJ as if he were the nominee, or the PERFECT CANDIDATE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

  48. 152 hopefruit2
    July 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    That’s pretty much the bottom line here.

  49. 153 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  50. 154 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  51. 155 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  52. 160 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  53. 162 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I hope Colin Powell comes out soon with an endorsement.

  54. 163 jacquelineoboomer
    July 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Love Philly and here’s a nice story, pre-convention, on some of its street art (which I also love).

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