"Don’t underestimate me,” warns Bernie Sanders who will, as the AP reports:
... jumpstart his campaign on Tuesday with a kickoff event - complete with free Ben & Jerry's ice cream - in Burlington, the place where he won his first election by beating a longtime incumbent Democrat by 10 votes to become mayor.
For Sanders, raising the money for a legitimate campaign presents both a challenge and an opportunity. He has, so far:
... raised more than $4 million since announcing in late April that he would seek the party's nomination. He suggested in the interview that raising $50 million for the primaries was a possibility.
But he will be running against a candidate who proposes to raise $2.5 billion.
Sanders, however, may be able to make this vast disparity into an advantage of sorts. It could work if, as one suspects, there is a growing unhappiness over the coziness of the political class with the sources of big money.
"I'm not going to have a super PAC in this campaign," Sanders said. "I don't go to fundraisers where millionaires sit around the room and say here's a million, here's $5 million for your super PAC. That's not my life. That's not my world. And I think the American people are saying that is not what our politics should be about." He said the money he's raised so far has come from more than 100,000 individual donors, giving an average of $42 each.
Forty-two bucks … about the cost, one suspects, of a single shrimp served on a little paper-thin cracker at one of those political money raising soirees.
As former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley emerges as perhaps the most significant threat to Hillary Clinton in her quest for the Democratic nomination for president, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation may be trying to downplay O'Malley's connections to the organization.
Martin O'Malley's team is teasing supporters in the lead up to an announcement about whether he will run for president of the Untied States. The opening line of an afternoon email to supporters reads, "Is he in or is he out? Will he run or won’t he?"
"At a time when so many Americans are struggling to get by, Governor O'Malley is considering some bold plans for the future. But, while some tough decisions still need to be made, we can tell you one thing," the message reads.
David Axelrod has some advice for Hillary Clinton: stop doing what you're doing. Of course, Axelrod, a political professional, put it a little more gently today in an interview with CNN.
But his message remains clear: Clinton should meet with voters (something she's hardly doing), be honest (a constant Clintonian struggle), and throw caution to the wind (something her month-long presidential campaign clearly hasn't even bothered to try).
Hillary Clinton wants you to wish her a Happy Mother's Day -- and maybe send a few dollars her way, as well. Often, organizations that support politicians or candidates (such as the Democrat or Republican National Committees) will solicit such greetings for holidays and special occasions. But in this case, Hillary Clinton's own campaign isn't leaving it to chance.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has a smart op-ed about the Garland attack by former federal prosecutor George Parry. He points out the left’s agonized reaction to Garland—We’re for free speech! But these people using free speech are horrible and hateful!