Dan Morain

Bernie Sanders’ backers last gasp; California Dems live large

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Befitting their standing, California Democrats massed at the downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, the center of much activity, and the place for political glitterati. Karl Rove, Chris Mathews, George Will, John King and many others checked in and hung out.

It’s a long way from the world’s largest indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio, where California’s Republican delegates stayed, bravely battling norovirus and enduring hourlong bus rides to convention activities in Cleveland. Here, the talk of the leaked emails, a shake-up in Democratic leadership, and Tim Kaine. Our ex-Hoosier, Erika D. Smith, returns to Indy to tell us about Mike Pence’s Indiana.

Take care

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee’s soon-to-be ex-chairwoman, once again showed that the e in email stands for evidence.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters were indignant about emails leaked to WikiLeaks showing the DNC tilted toward Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary. In one email, Wasserman Schultz dismissed a Sanders comment in an email to a staffer: “Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.” For her transgressions, Wasserman Schultz will step down as DNC chair this week.

The emails are interesting but hardly a shock. In fact, Sanders wasn’t a Democrat until this election. And DNC leaders no doubt favored Clinton, who has a better chance than Sanders of beating Donald Trump in November.

Wasserman Schultz’s departure will placate Sanders supporters to a point. On Sunday, Donna Smith of Progressive Democrats of America and Norman Solomon of Bernie Delegates Network announced their intention to attempt to nominate an alternative to Tim Kaine as vice president.

Solomon said he wished Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown or Labor Secretary Thomas Perez would allow their names to be placed in nomination. That’s not happening. They all hope to have a future in the Democratic Party.

Take a number: $75

In his latest Indiana campaign finance report, Republican vice-presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence disclosed using $75 in campaign money on June 16 to renew his National Rifle Association membership. Perfectly legal, no doubt. On June 13, the NRA gave the Pence for Governor account $1,000, his filing shows. That’ll be a down payment for what the NRA will spend on the Trump-Pence 2016 presidential campaign.

The NRA takes a much dimmer view of Hillary Clinton’s veep, Tim Kaine of Virginia. The NRA spent $713,155 in a failed attempt to block his election to the Senate in 2012, the Center for Responsive Politics reports. The NRA should have blocked him when it had the chance.

Our take

Editorial: Hillary Clinton has survived many political campaigns, but in Donald Trump, she faces a candidate like no other.

Editorial: Tim Kaine has strong credentials and will appeal to moderates.

Erika D. Smith: The real story of Mike Pence’s Indiana isn’t quite so happy.

Dan Morain: Donald J. Trump wouldn’t be good for the nation, but he’s good TV, if you like reality TV. Democrats underestimate him at their peril.

Andrew Malcolm: In every election cycle, polls show that attack ads are almost universally denounced by voters as unfair and distasteful. But here’s the problem and the reason they survive: They work.

Bill Whalen: California should host all national party conventions.

Foon Rhee: Punishing the needy hurts us all.

Doug Haagland: The Child Protective Services system demands confidentiality from the people it serves, while it works furiously to cover its own actions. A closer look at Dustin’s case makes this point.

Their take

The Mercury News: The challenge for Hillary Clinton is to address the frustration and anger that drive people to Donald Trump but tackle those problems with ideas that are more humane and at least remotely doable.

Kansas City Star: If Hillary Clinton presents a sincere plan at the convention to move America forward, she can start to build that support. Fear of Donald Trump is not a sufficient campaign platform.

Debra J. Saunders of The San Francisco Chronicle: Donald Trump’s America is no shining city on a hill.

San Diego Union-Tribune: R.I.P., GOP. This is the Grand New Party. R.I.P., governing. This is a party of one.

Miami Herald: Donald Trump’s angry, divisive, dark and, frankly, frightening acceptance speech was pure Donald, unfortunately showing little growth from when he started on this journey.

Taylor Batten of The Charlotte Observer: If Donald Trump had given Ivanka Trump’s speech, he would have come out of his convention on a roll.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Donald Trump’s résumé wouldn’t make the short pile if presidents were hired in the conventional way. But as this Republican convention demonstrated, they aren’t.

David French of the National Review: Donald Trump’s speech makes it official: It’s Democrat v. Democrat in 2016, given Trump’s overwhelming emphasis on the ability of a national leader to transform American lives.

Syndicates’ take

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Donald Trump seeks victory by scaring the country to death.

Michael Gerson: Donald Trump is cultivating a state of panic.

David Brooks: The dark knight.

Trudy Rubin: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn adds to confusion of Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Dana Milbank: Morning in America it wasn’t.

Paul Krugman: Donald Trump, the Siberian candidate.

And finally,

Because he has told us so, we know Donald Trump is highly intelligent and well educated. But in two two tweets from his huge Twitter account attacking Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine as her veep, Trump used the words, waist, there and was when he meant waste, their and were. For added measure, he added an extra e to the word judgment. As Clinton says in her ad, “Our children are watching.”