Dan Morain

Sanders’ backers disrupt, as do Russian hackers, perhaps

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Can this campaign get any weirder? Dave Barry has something to say about the Russian hackers. Seriously. We question whether Bernie Sanders’ backers want a Donald Trump presidency.

Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took turns taking bites out of Trump and trying to build up Hillary Clinton, important given her dismal poll numbers.

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you this country isn’t great,” said Michelle Obama, who will be among Clinton’s most powerful weapons in the next four months.

Added Sanders, “If you think you can sit out this election, take a minute to think about the Supreme Court justices Donald Trump would nominate.”

Taking it out on Padilla

Bob Mulholland, a Hillary Clinton superdelegate, shrugged off the chants, boos and jeers from the Bernie Sanders supporters at the opening breakfast for the California delegation Monday.

“This is kindergarten,” said Mulholland, who has been coming to Democratic conventions for decades.

Sanders’ backers shouted down California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, one of the more soft-spoken politicians you’ll ever meet, as he talked about the importance of voting.

Rep. Barbara Lee, an Oakland Democrat and one of the most liberal elected officials in the country, uttered something about Clinton and was drowned out for the duration of her speech – and she’s not soft-spoken.

There even were boos for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who recounted battles dating back to before many delegates were politically aware. In 1982, for example, California Democrats declared that a family is whatever people determine it to be.

“I don’t consider it to be discourteous, even if it’s intended to be,” Pelosi said, graciously, of the jeers.

Democrats fight, Mulholland noted. Edward Kennedy refused to shake President Jimmy Carter’s hand at the end of the 1980 convention. How, exactly, did that turn out for Democrats?

Take a number: 68 percent

A CNN poll shows 68 percent of voters doubt Hillary Clinton’s honesty. But wait, there’s more. A CBS poll shows 31 percent have a favorable view of Clinton. And that’s not all. Gallup finds 38 percent of voters have a favorable view. There’s more, but it’s bleak.

Our take

Editorial: Hey, Sandernistas, are you trying to elect Donald Trump?

Editorial: The International Olympic Committee passes the buck on Russia’s doping.

Editorial: Keep Sacramento sidewalks safe for everyone.

Dan Morain: Loretta Sanchez bumbles like a fox. In any normal year, she would be an also-ran. But 2016 is not a normal year.

Daniel Weintraub, among our regular columnists: Rate hikes show rising health costs and Obamacare’s flaws.

James P. Steyer’s Soapbox: Petty politics hurts children.

Their take

L.A. Times: The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has yet to find anyone selling “baby body parts.”

Charlotte Observer: The NBA makes clear: We’re falling behind, North Carolina.

Dave Barry of The Miami Herald: Russians evidently inserted themselves into Democratic politics. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to flog this email controversy to its logical conclusion, which ideally from a journalism standpoint would be global thermonuclear war.

Debra J. Saunders of The San Francisco Chronicle: The public has grown tired of the Clintons flouting rules and getting away with it.

Jim Geraghty of The National Review: WikiLeaks blows up the party’s hopes for a smooth convention week.

Syndicates’ take

Eugene Robinson: Can Democrats not self-destruct?

Michael Gerson: Republicans have ceded the ground on faith.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton can lock down Latino and black voters.

Paul Krugman: Delusions of chaos.

Trudy Rubin: The dangerous doctrine of Donald Trump.

Tweet of the day

Shawn Hubler @ShawnHubler “Raise your hand if you know who’s running California today? Not @JerryBrownGov. Not @GavinNewsom, either. Anyone?”

Said the kid in the front row: “I know, I know.” Tom Torlakson, superintendent of public instruction.

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