Slime Doesn’t Pay


Corey Lewandowski had a $1.2-million offer from HarperCollins to write a book chronicling his time running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but the publishing giant backed away from the deal amid concerns about Lewandowski’s nondisclosure agreement, according to two sources familiar with the talks.

Lewandowski, working through a California-based representative named Robert Stryk, began soliciting offers for a book, tentatively titled “Let Trump be Trump,” from multiple publishers in March, while he was working as Trump’s campaign manager, according to one of the sources, a Republican operative.

A source in the publishing industry said Lewandowski’s representative received at least some interest from as many as five publishing houses, but that, in several cases, there was concern about how his nondisclosure agreement might affect any resulting book.

On Tuesday, Lewandowski said, “I’m not shopping a book deal,” and that he doesn’t have an agent doing so on his behalf. “I would negotiate my own deal if I was looking for one.”

He added: “There is no contract for me. I have never seen it.”

Have to make due with those Zucker bucks.

124 replies
  1. 1
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Shopping the book while he was campaign manager? Trump must not have been paying well.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    On the other hand, that “ex-Secret Service agent” puke Gary Byrne who wrote that smear book on Hillary Clinton is hitting the right-wing talk radio circuit – I had the misfortune to catch a snatch of an interview with him before I turned off the local radio station the other day. Some crime does evidently pay sometimes.

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    NotMax says:

    @Miss Bianca

    Some crime does evidently pay sometimes.

    See: North, Oliver. Also Reed, Ralph

    Among others.

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    Warren Terra says:


    Shopping the book while he was campaign manager? Trump must not have been paying well.

    Trump’s payroll, per person, is significantly higher than Clinton’s (though: a lot fewer people). Also: the pay for Trump’s staff had a large gender disparity (like 20% or more iirc). So: Lewandowski had great pay, yuuge, the best.

    On paper. Who knows if Trump actually pays the people he’s hire to staff his campaign. It would hardly be surprising or atypical if he didn’t!

    ETA my memory was too kind – the Trump campaign has a 35% gender wage gap!

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    redshirt says:

    I’m shopping a book where there are people living in a vampire world on top of a mountain and this mountain is awesome. They visit other mountains via hovercraft.

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    Eric U. says:

    @efgoldman: did CNN fire him already? Step up from wingnut welfare.

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    Jeff Spender says:

    Just got an email from Bernie. He’s fundraising for his DNC delegates. Says that they aren’t “establishment” and all those other buzzwords.

    As if Clinton’s are.

    So sick of that crap. Donate directly to his campaign to pay for his delegates! Because ours are workin’ folks. Yeah. Sure.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: Mushrooms?

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    Emma says:

    The Kindly Ones must have been offended. This is only the first step.

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    rikyrah says:

    Grift knows grift

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    Keith P. says:

    So CNN’s only choices were hiring Corey Lewandowski or rescinding the Roger Stone ban?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @redshirt: so, that’s *your* insider account of the Trump campaign, then?

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    NotMax says:


    The Vampire Flyeries?


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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    When Lewandowski says he was never shopping a book, surprise, surprise, he’s lying.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Jeff Spender: Seriously? He’s fundraising so his delegates can live it up in Philly for a few days?

    I also saw he published an op-ed in the NYT called “Democrats need to wake up”. I’m heartened to see that after a year after incessantly pro-Bernie comments in the NYT section getting uprated, that the clear majority of comments are calling Bernie out for being a sore loser and staying in the race after he’s lost.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @PsiFighter37: Bernie’s pulling a Nader, but faster: he’s destroying the legacy that was his for the taking five months ago over the same space.

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    hovercraft says:

    Well until that kicks in I read somewhere that CNN is paying him $ 500,000 for his new gig. I know that with a wife and four kids it’s going to be a struggle.

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    divF says:

    Frank Zappa got it right 43 years ago:

    I may be vile and pernicious
    But you can’t look away
    I make you think I’m delicious
    With the stuff that I say
    I am the best you can get
    Have you guessed me yet?
    I am the slime oozin out
    From your tv set

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    hovercraft says:

    Glad to provide you with inspiration.

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    redshirt says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: No, a book. You interested in mushrooms?

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    Mike J says:

    Race night in Renton! No wind, race abandoned on 3rd leg (second gybe leg) while I was leading, but we had been floating in one spot for half an hour.

    Still, even when we were just floating, we were out in the sun, on the lake. Better than sitting in front of a computer. Here’s a shot of race night wrapping up one night last year.

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    redshirt says:

    @hovercraft: Just don’t sink below 1000 feet.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: No, I was asking if you were on them. Have you ever read any Kenneth Roberts novels?

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    Calouste says:

    @PsiFighter37: I’m not sure whether Kim Jong-Bernie is fundraising so his delegates can live it up in Philadelphia rather than say one of his senior advisors.

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    Kenneth Roberts novels

    Liked Arundel.

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    redshirt says:

    @NotMax: *Lets Arundel burn.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Jeff Spender: @PsiFighter37: @Villago Delenda Est:
    Some of us who were never big fans of his now feel vindicated, the guy is an asshole who thinks only he can lead America back to it’s former greatness. Way back when I even pushed back at the media comparing him to Donald (despite my reservations about him), now his delusions of grandeur are more and more reminiscent of Trump. Republicans mocked Obama as the messiah, but now we have found the two men who actually believe that they are.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: Roberts did historical novels based out of NE – often Maine. He was good on accuracy. Check him out. Revolutionary era.

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    Mike J says:


    Just don’t sink below 1000 feet.

    Hovercraft don’t fly, They never get more than few feet off the ground.

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    Pseudonym says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: No, the hovercraft is full of morays, not morels.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Jeff Spender:
    This seems irregular. Aren’t delegates supposed to travel to the convention on their own dime?

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    Elie says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Bernie has a problem. He really loved the adulation more than the content of what he was driving. He is missing it really bad and there is no substitute. How very sad for him — He could have really done some things, led some things but it doesn’t look like that was what he was about. He was a petit narcissist — oh maybe not on the scale of Trump, but basically a smaller, starter Trump psyche. His career is over — rather than just beginning a new phase as it could have been…..

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @NotMax: Northwest Passage is my fave. OTOH, I was talking to a Mainer.

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    James E Powell says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Sanders wants to hurt the Clinton campaign, no doubt. There is no other reasonable explanation for what he and his campaign are putting out.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Pseudonym: I have steak and red wine.

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    Elie says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Yes, but it doesn’t strike me as too awful to help some of them out (I guess)… Given his FEC problems I would want to make sure that the funds are actually going there…

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    gwangung says:

    @Jeff Spender:

    So sick of that crap. Donate directly to his campaign to pay for his delegates! Because ours are workin’ folks. Yeah. Sure.

    Wouldn’t it have helped if he had set aside a bit from his campaign fundraising earlier to take care of that?

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    Elie says:

    @James E Powell:

    I don’t think he really “sees” Clinton anymore. He is just missing his adulation fix…. sad…. Looking at him I think that he is depressed.

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    Not a novel, but ever read Francis Parkman’s Montcalm and Wolfe?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Wait, Kenneth Roberts characters did mushrooms? Not any of the ones I remember!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Elie: The thing is that I think he’s always been an asshole. There’s a reason he had a bad reputation amongst congressional Democrats, even though it wasn’t publicized much. And the more you read into his life story – the itinerant who fled Brooklyn after graduating from UChicago and moved to the white hippie paradise of Vermont; the stories about getting kicked out of a commune because he was a freeloader who never stopped complaining; having a child out of wedlock under some unclear circumstances; not holding any kind of meaningful job outside of politics – and he only got into elected government when he was already in his late 30s/early 40s; his unsavory deals with the NRA; his wife’s sketchy background (degree from a diploma mill and tanking a local college)…the media has tanked politicians like him for much, much less in the past. But I suppose there’s a reason Bernie got as close as he even did, and Trump got the nomination – it’s because the media has completely abdicated its job. I think Samantha Bee is the only person who bothered taking a closer look at the less savory side of Bernie Sanders…Stephen Colbert has had him cameo so many times that it makes me wonder if he’s lost touch a bit now that he’s gone mainstream (but not mainstream enough, judging by the ratings).

    Idiocracy indeed.

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    Jeff Spender says:

    @Elie: I can’t imagine how he’s going to use his campaign money to pay their way. How is he going to disburse the funds to them? How will his campaign track the expenses? Will he be paying for the accomodations? The food? The travrl expenses?

    I have a feeling there may be issues here.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: Actually he had been on that running something for Americans for Prosperity in the Koch network, but was so toxic they fired him.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    I believe it’s kosher, remember back when Cruz was trying the second ballot strategy for the convention, paying travel room and board was one of the enticements he was offering. Drump of coarse called it an illegal bribe so I’m sure it’s allowed.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @PsiFighter37: He said earlier today, when asked why he hasn’t conceded, that democracy isn’t about winners and losers. That may or may not be true, but elections certainly are.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @NotMax: I have not. Should I?

    @Miss Bianca: No, more like hot buttered rum and lobsters.

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    Mike J says:

    @hovercraft: It’s absolutely allowed. Usually it’s the local Dem party that throws fundraisers etc to send their delegates to the convention. Yet another downside to not being tied into what the local party is doing. You shouldn’t have to rely on a national campaign.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @redshirt: Careful, you’ll summon you know who…

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    gwangung says:

    @Mike J: Ah. So it’s something the Sanders people COULD have done…if there were on the ball and knew what they were doing…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: That’s the issue. Most of his delegates can’t afford to and have been complaining that the travel and especially lodging costs in Philadelphia that week are just another DNC obstacle to keep Senator Sanders from prevailing for months. Apparently the campaign thinks it can raise enough funds to cover the costs for these folks. If he can’t turn his delegates out he won’t have the bodies to do whatever it is he thinks he’s going (to be allowed) to do at the convention.

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    daves09 says:

    do not due-St. Birdie is slowly sinking back to Bernie Sanders, Vermont crackpot, and it’s hard to give it up.

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    dmsilev says:

    Speaking of grifting, this is hilarious. Apparently the Trump campaign has, besides hitting up UK legislators for cash, also been sending fundraising emails to Members of Parliament in both Iceland and Australia.

    And remember, this is the new, improved, professional Trump campaign.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Mike J: Nice!

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    Recommend it for history buffs. French and Indian War period. Written in the 1880s, so the style is quaint.

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    @Villago Delenda Est:
    Sanders still has a ways to go. Yes, he’s rapidly entering ‘People who used to think he was a force for good now see him as destroying what he claimed to support’, but Nader is all the way up to ‘Complaining that white men are oppressed by not being allowed to use racial and gender slurs.’

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    Doug R says:

    @Pseudonym: My hovercraft is full of eels

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    dmsilev says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I’ve certainly heard of local party organizations, at the county level say, running fundraisers to help cover travel expenses. But how does that work within the framework of a national campaign; is that sort of thing an allowable expenditure? Serious question; I have no idea.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Works for me!

    @Adam L Silverman: Who, this guy? Or Ms. Rettig?

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    Mike in NC says:

    Creepster Lewandowski will enjoy a few months on the CNN payroll before he bails to rejoin Organization Drumpf. Part of the Art of the Steal scam that Donny Rotten has run for decades.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    i wonder why these people wanted to be delegates if they didn’t have money to go to Philadelphia.

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    Jeff Spender says:

    @Mike J: I know that my state and county party does not raise such funds. I don’t know if it is because of state law or party policy, but we do not pay for the delegates.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dmsilev: I have no idea either. I just found it interesting that you had all these people working really hard to become delegates to the national convention without every stopping to think before hand about the logistics of getting to and participating in the national convention. Then when they found out, they complained.

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    Pseudonym says:

    @Doug R: I’m glad someone got it (and perhaps even found it funny?)

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    Anne Laurie says:

    My personal suspicion is that Lewandowski jumped ship at least in part because he was close enough to Trump to see how bad the campaign finances were — when you’ve got a family, a dependable half-mill from CNN in the hand is worth more than “wait’ll we’re in the Oval Office, imagine all the goodies you can demand” in the mouth. (Dana Houle, who did this stuff for a living, has said on Twitter that Trump appears to be paying even his top staffers as ‘contractors’ instead of ’employees’, which saves Deadbeat Don money right now but could bring the IRS down on him later.)

    Also, Lewandowski’s mean as a snake, but cunning in his way; when I saw the Politico story, my immediate guess was that he’d figured out how little he actually had to offer a ghostwriter right now, unless he had juicy stories from his own past & those weren’t liable to be flattering. As a CNN commentor, he may figure that he’ll have many more anecdotes to share by, say, October — and if Trump should actually win, he’s still The Guy Who Knew Him When.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    Am I mis-remembering that Trump forced his people to sign some NDA that they could only talk about him – at any time in the future – with Trump’s approval? It’s kinda hard to sign a book deal with something like that in the background, isn’t it?

    Maybe it only applied to volunteers?

    Donald Trump’s campaign requires volunteers to sign a contract that forbids them from criticizing the Republican presidential front-runner, his family members, any Trump businesses or products, or his campaign. The six-page contract, reviewed in full by the Daily Dot, theoretically lasts for the entirety of a volunteer’s life.

    Legal experts say, however, that the contract’s non-disparagement clause would likely never hold up in court.

    The tight control of volunteers stands in stark contrast to not only American political-campaign norms but also Trump’s reputation for speaking his mind.

    The contract first came to light late last week after Trump campaign emails indicated that some prospective volunteers were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to make calls for the campaign from Trump Tower in Manhattan.

    Trump’s “Everything I Touch Turns to Crap” touch seems to continue to be his super-power…


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    Doug R says:

    @Pseudonym: do you want to come back to my place bouncy bouncy

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    Calouste says:

    @Amir Khalid: Working out you will not have the money would require some basic math skills (rather than just finding out that your creditcard was rejected). As amply demonstrated in the last few months, even basic math is a step to far for a lot of Bernie cultists.

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    Mike J says:

    @Jeff Spender:

    I know that my state and county party does not raise such funds. I don’t know if it is because of state law or party policy, but we do not pay for the delegates.

    They can throw the fundraiser where attendees contribute to the delegate.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: Deserting coward libelz!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Amir Khalid: Bernie probably promised them it was going to be free, just like everything he proposed during his stump speeches.

    Sorry, that was like dunking on a 3-foot tall hoop…had to be done.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    I’m not sure whether Kim Jong-Bernie is fundraising so his delegates can live it up in Philadelphia rather than say one of his senior advisors.

    A lot of the, let’s call them politically inexperienced, Sandernista delegates didn’t realize they’d be required to pay their own way — and that Philly hoteliers wouldn’t offer special DNC discounts, either. There’s already been embarrassing moments at some of the state conventions when certified Sanders delegates didn’t show up, for one reason or another; it will look really bad if the national media reports from Philadelphia that Senator Sparkle Pony can’t win any of his floor protests because the people responsible for “his” votes aren’t on the floor. (And if local TV stations do a bunch of late-summer-no-big-stories “human interest” spots about Sanders delegates holding bake sales or GoFundMe drives, somebody will remind voters that Bernie could afford lobster sliders on his private jet to Rome.)

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    Tripod says:

    Trump’s lawyer is claiming Hillary killed an ambassador. So she’s got that going for her. I’d like to think it was with her bare hands, while Bill watched. Though I think he meant BENGHAZI!!

    Mike Ditka is punchy and word slurring these days – not the guy you want doing a live infomercial pitch. He also shows up soused to everything.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Miss Bianca: Now you’ve typed her name…//

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    I’m just depressed the Bernie people are still around and gumming up my Facebook feed. Still.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: I don’t think most of them had any idea what being a delegate entailed.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Anne Laurie:
    How many delegates can travel to Philly on the US$600,000 Bernie spent to stalk the Pope?

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    Jeff Spender says:

    @Mike J: I mean, I’ve always gotten the feeling that around here we expect them to take care of it themselves. It’s a position that they’re elected for–have to campaign for to some extent. I think we expect them to know what they’re getting in to.

    And if they can’t, well, that’s why we have alternates.

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    Tripod says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    A lot of those bozos are on to the next shiny object, and it’s going to be hard to get them to show up for anything. County, state, national convention, whatever. It’s a losing campaign. No-shows happen.

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    Jeff Spender says:

    @Tripod: Like that shiny lawsuit against the DNC about rigging the campaign that relies on the honesty of a Russian hacker.

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    lgerard says:

    Harper Collins is Rupert’s book company

    They aren’t going to publish a book by a CNN “contributor”

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    Anne Laurie says:


    Bernie probably promised them it was going to be free, just like everything he proposed during his stump speeches.

    Nah, the fact they’d be paying their own freight was in the fine print, as required by DNC statutes. But a lot of the BernieDreamers are complaining they didn’t read the fine print, because who does that any more? And besides, how were they to know all the available hostels & campsites would’ve been booked up months in advance, or that the local authorities would be issuing stern warnings about ‘no camping out in the convention lobby’ and ‘sorry, our free-meals program can’t even keep up with the local food-challenged residents, much less take responsibility for the political equivalent of a Phish concert’? It’s just not faaaaaaairrr!

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    nutella says:

    @James E Powell:

    Sanders wants to hurt the Clinton campaign, no doubt. There is no other reasonable explanation for what he and his campaign are putting out.

    Hurting the Clinton campaign is his method for damaging the Democratic party.

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    RaflW says:

    I’ve just been reading a bit about this. It sure looks like some Trump campaign moran (probably one of his kids, since there are about 6 paid staffers total, right?) probably bought a hot, hot! prospect list off of some Russian cheap-ass hacks (who mostly hustle fake Russian brides).

    I most love the idea of hitting up a Left-Green Icelandic MP:

    At least three prominent Icelandic politicians have received an e-mail from US presidential candidate Donald Trump asking for money to fund his campaign.

    Leader of the Left-Green Alliance Katrín Jakobsdóttir was one of those to receive the e-mail yesterday afternoon, in which Trump pledged personally to match any donation made in the next 48 hours from his own pocket.

    “I’m fighting back against Crooked Hillary and her pathetic cronies, as well as the dishonest liberal media, and I need your help,” reads the e-mail.

    ETA: The part about the Trump match is also surely pure fiction.

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    RaflW says:

    In awesome if mostly very symbolic news, Utah now seems to have the first transgender person ever to be on a general election ballot for a US Senate seat. Congrats to Misty Snow! I’ve been (loosely) following her highly improbably campaign for a couple weeks.

    It is Utah, so the GOPer is a shoe-in, but having an openly trans person on the Dem ticket for a high office is remarkable. She apparently doesn’t make that much a of a deal about being trans. I hope she is bracing for the garbage the RW nutjob religious freaks will sadly now uncork.

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    Suffragete City elftx says:

    Thanks for the Mel Brooks link. I ended up watching several from that show. Just wow at the directors who were on it!!

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    i wonder why these people wanted to be delegates if they didn’t have money to go to Philadelphia.

    Because they’re from that branch of the post-Woodstock generation that expects to “follow the tour” for their favorite band. It’s not about having show tickets, maaaan, much less planning in advance for the costs of travel/food/lodging… they pile into an acquaintance’s beater, show up a day or three in advance of the big concert, and hang around the stadium selling drugs or hand-made tchotches or just panhandling, going to local churches hoping for free food & maybe floor space at some goodhearted local’s home. It’s an expected minor pestilence around major American cities during the summer tour season — like a week-long outbreak of an annoying but mostly harmless swarming pest.

    The people young enough, footloose enough, or silly enough to consider this adventuresome instead of alarming very often overlap with the potential-voter group most interested in what Bernie Sanders had on offer. (Young Mr. Sanders seems to have been a political version of the breed until he lucked into his first political job in Vermont.) As with so many other aspects of the Sanders campaign, the disjointure between ‘a campaign’ and ‘a crusade’ has been grinding.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Ah, so they’re like the political version of Deadheads? Got it.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @RaflW: Isn’t it still illegal for foreigners to contribute to US candidates? US citizens living abroad can contribute, of course, but it’s hard to imagine that exception applying to members of foreign governments.

    “Trump’s campaign is running outside the box! It’s yooge and classy (and illegal)!!”



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    Aleta says:

    @dmsilev: I’m thinking some jokers could have signed the MPs up on the plump strumpet’s campaign website for a chuckle.

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    Elie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    He’s stuck and he is depressed. No way out — he missed the brass ring and there is no substitute. Grief is all that is left — and deep internal rage which becomes depression…

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    Aleta says:

    @Anne Laurie: The gaggle that raves together stays together ?

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    GregB says:

    In 2012 NH elected an openky transgendered person to the NH. Shortly after the election it was found that she had served time for a felony fraud conviction and didn’t disclose during the election.

    She stepped down pretty quickly.

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    Groucho48 says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if many of Sanders delegates were ready to pay their way when it looked as though he had a chance, but, now that he doesn’t, are thinking there are better things they could do with that several thousand dollars. So, if Sanders wants to make any kind of splash at all at the convention he’s going to have to try to scrape up some expense money for them.

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    nutella says:


    And possibly some of them were enthusiastic supporters early on when Sanders was talking issues and a bit less enthusiastic about his switch to the (alleged) weaknesses of the primary process.

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    Splitting Image says:


    Speaking of grifting, this is hilarious. Apparently the Trump campaign has, besides hitting up UK legislators for cash, also been sending fundraising emails to Members of Parliament in both Iceland and Australia.

    And remember, this is the new, improved, professional Trump campaign.

    This would be hilarious in its own right, but in any other election, low-information voters wouldn’t have spent months having the word e-mail scandal driven into their lizard brains as a disqualifying characteristic in a Presidential candidate. This time they did. Nice going, Donnie.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Aleta: Yeah, well, it’s cute when it’s teenagers/20-somethings, but after a decade or so on that circuit, anyone who hasn’t aged out… has other problems. Or has found a niche taking advantage of the younglings.

    I’m just afraid the Sandernistas at the DNC convention are going to give the Very Serious Media Village Idiots waaay too much ammunition. Like the Occupy encampments — it was a valid idea, and as a whole the movement certainly changed some individuals’ lives & also ‘the converstation’ around money & politics. But — even apart from the wilfull idiots of the anarcho-syndicalist vein, every big Occupy camp-out put more pressure on the local charities that already had trouble keeping up, while ‘enticing’ local addicts & people with (other) mental-health issues. There were brutal stories afterwards, and instead of ‘fragile people who fall through the cracks do terrible things’, the right-wing conventional wisdom is ‘look at the kind of monsters who support those crazy communist ideas’.

    The Bernistas have the right to make holy fools of themselves for the cameras, but I wish they’d find the wisdom not to do so. Or at least that their St. Bernie would discourage them, if only for the sake of his own reputation!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: Ralph has gone totally off the reservation into the wilderness, then. It’s bad enough he has the blood of over 4000 servicemen and women, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis on his hands, but now he’s gone into batshit insane country.

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    Groucho48 says:


    That, too.

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    Cat48 says:

    Bernie wants the platform written to his demands. If he gets that, he will move on to his next demand. He originally had several and based on the Washington Post and New York Times editorials, the platform completion won’t calm him.

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    SectionH says:

    um, I have been skipping some comments. Just wondering if we’re talking about the stupid Bernie Corbyn or the Jeremy Sanders now.

    I get Tweedle Dumbs confused.

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    dogwood says:

    Bernie isn’t going to cause Clinton much trouble this time around, but he might just do her in in 2020. Running for office has always been a way to make money by putting the family on the payroll ala Trump. But it was pretty small time in Vermont. He’s got a huge email list now and the money is big, so he’ll be back to fleece the rubes.

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    @dogwood: No, I don’t think so. Bernie is 74 years old and he already looks tired. This was his last realistic shot at becoming President and he failed, and that’s why Bernie is pissed.

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    dogwood says:

    @The Thin Black Duke:
    That wasn’t my point; he’ll be back for the limelight and the money, not to beat Clinton in the primaries. His efforts will do a lot more damage to her in the general than this time around.

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    Zinsky says:

    Wow! Lewandowski was considering writing a sycophantic, toady book massaging and re-inflating Donald Trump’s grossly over-inflated ego – Imagine that! Stroking this soiciopathic narcissist’s ego is the last thing this old world needs! I would consider purchasing a book titled “Let Trump Be Worm Food” or “The Donald Takes A Long Dirt Nap”, however.

    @redshirt: Your proposed novel sounds strangely like “The Passage” by Justin Cronin.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: So “I can’t talk about that” is the new “it’s a clvstvrfvck”?

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    Applejinx says:

    @Cat48: No, he wants his name on it, and that’s what he can’t have.

    That, and there is still a real chance Clinton will fleece the rubes instead of the more risky path of leading them. The closer she sticks to Warren, the less likely that is. Warren gives a much more honest take on Hillary than Bernie could possibly give: it’s impossible for him to admit whether she’s doing the right thing because she WILL not do it in his name (that’s stupid to expect).

    Warren only cares that Hillary will do the right thing, and that’s why she didn’t endorse her for all that time: it wasn’t a given. Looks like that die has been cast, thankfully. I believe it. Warren’s support is worth more than a million poor people with bernie stickers on their cars.

    Hillary would happily sell out a million poor people for not agreeing with her, but Hillary is not going to sell out Warren for siding with her. The loyalty is not to America but to political allies and the important allies now are not on the right wing.

    Those who get mad at impugning the motives of the great Hillary: so sorry. My support is conditional. If Hillary betrays Warren’s trust I’ll be more pissed than ever–but I think that is unlikely. I refuse to call it impossible, look at how she ran against Obama. People grow, and people can fail or make the wrong call. Hillary is incredibly complacent and insulated as are all DNC Democrats and most of this blog. This time it’s not a fatal flaw.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @Anne Laurie: Why do I get the sense that Sanders delegates are expecting a kind of Woodstock-cum-Burning-Man tent city experience on Penn Park?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Your reflexive suspicion towards Hillary strikes me, and a lot of other people here, as baseless, over-the-top and irrational. If she really wanted to “fleece the rubes”, which I’ve seen no reason to believe is uniquely true of her, she could just as easily be using Warren now for camouflage. Or, who knows, maybe Warren’s actually in on the game and is conspiring with her.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @redshirt: The mountain would have to be awesome to make up for all the vampires.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: I’m surprised he didn’t steal a page from the Scientologists & make contact for a billion years.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Anne Laurie: I have a 2nd cousin who spent a year following the Dead & selling pinwheels at the concerts. He’s a respectable businessperson now.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Aleta: Saw them at Shakey Knees music fest back in early May. Had never heard of them before! Very good set. Want to see them again.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @boatboy_srq: They’re gonna make one, man!! Power to the People!

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    cmorenc says:

    Leave that poor Lewandowski boy ALOOOOONE. Very alone.

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    Josie says:


    look at how she ran against Obama

    You and I must have been watching vastly different primaries.

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    Shell says:

    Bernie wants the platform written to his demands. If he gets that, he will move on to his next demand.

    Like the blackmailer who can’t be paid off.

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    Capri says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I lost all respect for Nader early when he tried to roll my mother. My mother was a chemistry teacher for years, and when she retired she and another retired teacher joined forces to form a small radon detection company in PA. This was right about the time radon testing became mandatory when houses were sold. She got a letter out of the blue from a Nader’s environmental protection non-profit, (robo)signed by him that told her that if her company donated to his non-profit they would be listed as a green-friendly corp., but if they did not they would go on their “dirty business” list. It was very slimey.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Capri: That dovetails with the Ralph I have come to know & despise.

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    Bitter Scribe says:

    What? You mean a book about how wonderful Trump is wouldn’t sell? I am shocked.

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    J R in WV says:

    I knew a guy who was selling ice cream and pop-sicles out of a truck for the summer after our freshman year.

    He went to a rock festival with a truck load of ice cream and frozen stuff – he sold it all, and woke up after Woodstock without enough money to buy gas to get home… and no recollection of what happened to the ice cream! But he was sure he had a great time!

    I bet he did, too.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @J R in WV: That’s a classic Woodstock story!

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