Hillary makes history, Bernie makes burn list
Consider yourself served with a Bern notice. Or if you prefer, "Bern rate," quips NYT's Michael Tackett, as rumors swirl that Bernie Sanders plans a large layoff of campaign staff even as he vows to fight on despite primary losses (at 12,000+ shares). Former Dem candidate Howard Dean cautions the senator from Vermont that "You don’t get any points for carrying on or complaining about it ...You get points for sucking it up." So we all waited with bated breath for Sanders to take the stage in Santa Monica last night, we wondered to ourselves which route would he take: deferential or defiant? But as Michael Barbaro points out, "Revolutions rarely end with gracious expressions of defeat." Politico was no kinder to him, mining a minefield of anonymous aides to promise us a peek at what they're calling the "bitter last days" of Bernie's revolution. Not only is Sanders allegedly hooked on the hope that Hillary could be indicted before the convention, but he supposedly has one out for onetime friend Ohio's senior senator Sherrod Brown, who endorsed Hillary. "Just read political story of the moment, which illustrates how resentment is drinking the poison & expecting others to suffer," tweet-shrugs columnist Connie Schultz, who also happens to be married to Sherrod. If you were one of those expecting Bernie to drop out, that story will help you understand why he didn't -- although Karoli Kuns at CrooksandLiars.com rightly warns, "Factor in healthy skepticism for anonymous sources and staffers who want jobs. Still important."
So that leads us to Vox's Ezra Klein, who argues "It’s time to admit Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician" because, Klein writes, "she relied on a more traditionally female approach to leadership: creating coalitions, finding common ground, and winning over allies." If that line rubbed you a little raw, of course, Leah Finnegan at Genius knows how you feel: "She also had tupperware parties, handed out tampons to voters, breastfed stray babies, and drove the carpool!" Finnegan snarks. So with this landmark that's been 96 years in the making, where does that leave the Democrats? Locked in a touchy tango to broker peace between Clinton and Sanders, of course, which may in part be prolonged because it requires fancy footwork from Sanders himself to nudge his Berninators toward Hillary. "This is a difficult & delicate process. His movement can’t be inherited overnight," cautions WashPost's Philip Rucker. Delicate indeed, with the Post insisting Bernie Bros are out in full force harassing female reporters and the AP reminding employees to be vigilant after attracting their own backlash from Sanders supporters. "If there is a trophy for bad behavior, Bernie Sanders' supporters appear hellbent on taking it from Donald Trump's," reports WaPo's Callum Borchers. "Who knew campaign reporting was a hazardous gig?" muses Poynter's Kelly McBride.
Flipping the switch to the Republican race (or what's left of it?), Thomas Friedman wants to dump the G.O.P. for a G.N.P. -- as in, a Grand New Party: "Today’s G.O.P. is to governing what Trump University is to education," Friedman writes. "Friedman's argument also applies to the UK - we badly need a new center-left party, and a new center-right party," observes Trefor Moss at the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly, Donald Trump is planning a fundraiser with a dude who apparently moved a California factory somewhere south of the border (NBD!). "Trump fundraiser Bill Binnie hung up when I asked about his company moving plant to Mexico," reports Reid Epstein. Then there was that time Trump tried to raise money from Muammar Gaddafi's regime, because apparently even Libyan dictators have an easier time getting access to Trump than some members of the press. "We've reached the point where I read this and am, like, 'ehh, sounds like a Tuesday,'" admits AdExchanger's James Hercher.
No real word yet on who might make a good running mate for The Donald, but there's at least one person who's vocally in favor of a Democratic all-woman ticket co-starring Elizabeth Warren -- and that would be Harry Reid, who told the Post he hopes presumptive nominee Clinton can "find a role for her."