Election Recycling: In The Throws of a Honeymoon Edition

i_look_uncomfortable_because_i_have_something_in_my_pants Bush, in Iowa, goes positive, peaceful: "The enemy declared war on us. Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president. The next four years will be peaceful years." [NYT, WP, LAT, WT, USAT]

In first six months of this year, Democrats outraised Republicans by $20 million, for first time since 1992. KE04 raised more online last month than BC04 has since their site opened. Says former RNC chair, "John Kerry is still in the full throes of a remarkable honeymoon. The Democratic base is energized as never before, and they are opening their wallets as never before." [WP, LAT, WSJ]

Bush plans intensive campaign following Democratic convention, will lay out second term agenda of domestic policies including social security, college loans, the uninsured. Bush will visit Arnold in California. [NYT, LAT, WSJ]

Kerry campaigns heavily in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado; demographic shifts make region more attractive, receptive. "I have to start reading the papers," says resident. [WSJ]

Berger resigns as Kerry adviser due to investigation. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Santorum, Brownback, Hastert added to GOP convention roster. [LAT]

Some military families, facing redeployment, shift opinion of Bush. Former soldier: "My overall encapsulation is that the public will be overwhelmingly surprised at how many people coming back from Iraq will not vote for George W. Bush." Expert: "If you're in the Army, you feel the institution is unraveling all around you." [WP]

Parties, not campaigns, prepared to be chief fundraisers. [NYT]

Bush support appears dependent on jobs data. [LAT, USAT]

Democrats attack Cheney, Halliburton for work in Iran. [WP]

Poll finds Libertarian candidate could cut into Bush support. Pollster: "Those voters, without even knowing the candidate, are so upset with Bush they are willing to say, 'I'm going to vote for a Libertarian." [LAT]

Veterans to have active role in Boston. [NYT]

Kerry campaign intern complains bureaucracy, "risk-averse approach" limit effectiveness. [WP]

Poll finds delegates want Hillary in '08 should Kerry lose. [USAT]

In Nantucket, few care about Kerry. Also: "He was also given three dogs to stroke." [BG]

Arnold credited with bring "SNL" sayings to campaigns. [LAT]

[Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

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DHS photo (Every damn ICE pic looks like this)

Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019

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