Dan Morain

Sanders endorses Clinton; a Republican stands up to Trump

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At the California delegation breakfast Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., compared the California Democratic Convention to the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland: “They had Scott Baio. We had Michelle Obama.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders urged the Californians to back Hillary Clinton, even as he called for a continuing revolution, as he sees it, and said “no state will play a bigger role than California.” Later, on the convention center floor, Sanders urged that Clinton become the Democratic presidential nominee by acclamation.

Quite a contrast with Ted Cruz’s call to “vote your conscience,” rather than endorsing Donald Trump.

Taking flak

Sacramento Republican Doug Elmets, former aide to President Ronald Reagan, feels so strongly that Donald Trump is a danger to the nation that he will speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday in support of Hillary Clinton.

For his display of backbone, Elmets is getting flamed by Trump backers. Many are too crass to print. A sampling: “Traitorous.” “Sleeping with the enemy.” “Putting millions of Americans at risk from ISIS.”

He’s also getting some nice notes. “As a lifelong constitutional conservative,” said one, “I want to thank you for involving the Hamilton Rule and endorsing HRC. You are not alone.”

What, you might ask, is the Hamilton Rule? Alexander Hamilton refused to vote for fellow Federalist John Adams. As explained by Tom Nichols in the Federalist a few months ago: “Better to lose to a true enemy whose policies you can fight and repudiate, rather than to a false friend whose schemes will drag you down with him.”

Sanchez watch

“No, I do not,” Rep. Loretta Sanchez said Tuesday in Philadelphia, when The Sacramento Bee’s Christopher Cadelago asked if she had a moment to answer a question. That’s progress. On Monday, Sanchez dashed off without acknowledging Cadelago’s existence.

Our take

Editorial: Rep. Adam Schiff said Donald Trump stood to benefit the most from the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, and Schiff suspects Russia is the culprit. Congress must get to the bottom of the creepy email hack.

Editorial: Civic groups must reboot as Kevin Johnson gives way to Darrell Steinberg.

Jeffrey Levine, former ambassador to Estonia: Donald Trump threatens NATO allies, emboldens Vladimir Putin.

Betsy Imholz: Give patients protection from surprise medical bills by approving AB 72 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda.

Angie Schwartz: H.R. 5456, the Family First Prevention Services Act by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., would undermine California foster care reforms.

Their take

The Mercury News: Charles Munger Jr. happens to be appalled by legislative secrecy and happens to have the money to try to fix it.

Raleigh News & Observer: Global warming and climate change are trends that are getting harder and harder to deny.

Dallas Morning News: The International Olympic Committee’s executive committee proved too timid to enact the comprehensive ban of Russian athletes sought by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Hillary Clinton has come out against the free-speech protections enshrined in the First Amendment, also known as Citizens United.

William Kristol of The Weekly Standard: Donald Trump and Paul Manafort may be Vladimir Putin’s chumps. Will other Republicans sit by as the whole Republican party becomes Putin’s party?

Alexandra DeSanctis in The National Review: Tim Kaine can’t seriously be considered a Pope Francis Catholic, given that Pope Francis has consistently and unflinchingly spoken out against abortion in no uncertain terms.

Syndicates take

Ruben Navarrette: Latinos get played again by Democrats.

Kathleen Parker: Democratic and Republican conventions are night and day.

Dana Milbank: Hillary Clinton leaves her party’s liberal wing high and dry.

David Brooks: Dear Hillary, if you fail to beat Donald Trump, you will go down as America’s most hapless political loser and be vilified forever for enabling an era of American Putinism.

Overheard

“He has always been an ass. I’ll say that. I left out the last part,” former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner said of Donald Trump, showing admirable restraint, in response to a Fox interviewer’s question on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia about old campaign donations from Trump. Weiner, aka Carlos Danger, resigned in 2011 amid a sexting scandal. He was wearing orange pants at the convention Tuesday.

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