Election Recycling: Veep-Veep, Veep-Veep Edition

is_there_a_package_gap Democrats embrace Edwards, sigh of relief heard across America. Kerry: "I've seen John Edwards think, argue, advocate, legislate and lead for six years now. I know his skill, I know his passion, I know his strength, I know his conscience, I know his faith." Edwards: "I was humbled by his offer and thrilled to accept it." Kerry informed plane painter on Monday. Ticket to focus on plight of middle class. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ, WT, BG, USAT]

Republicans unleash prepared attack: "Senator Edwards delivers his pessimism with a Southern drawl and a smile, but his message of a divided America rings hollow in the ears of an optimistic America that is united in meeting the tests of our times with strength and hope." Inexperience likely target. BC04 official: "No amount of smiling and charisma will make up for the fact that Kerry's chosen a vice presidential candidate who does not really have vice presidential credentials, and it will hurt the ticket." [WP, NYT, WP, LAT, WT, WT, BG, USAT]

Kerry did not get to a short list; had 25 contenders, each with 30-page profile. Cahill: "He always wanted to have multiple possible choices. In his mind it wasn't a question of narrowing and narrowing. In his mind it was fully evaluating a lot of different alternatives." Johnson: "We talked about Republicans, we talked about businessmen, we talked about academics, we talked about people in the nonprofit sector." Edwards' performance at Bilderberg conference was helpful. [NYT, LAT, WT, BG]

Trajectory of Edwards, a self-described "nice" guy, heavily dependent on his drive. Rahm Emanuel: "He's got a touch. You can just see it... that is an invaluable asset." Harkin: "This guy's got boundless energy, and he's willing to put himself in the thick of things." Daschle: "As soon as he came to the Senate, he became a star on the team... a center of gravity almost instantly." [NYT, WP, LAT, USAT]

Kerry mostly praised for selecting alter-ego, a safe choice. Analysis says selection is indication of confidence; a page from Clinton's book. [NYT, LAT, BG, BG, USAT, USAT]

Media frenzy played into Kerry's hand. Andrea Mitchell knew Monday night. Joint appearance set for "60 Minutes;" NY Daily News sends NY Post congratulations note with Australian wine. Wilner: "It drove us all nuts, but it worked for him - that's for sure." [WP, NYT, LAT, LAT, , WSJ, USAT]

One of the wealthiest tickets ever. Republican strategist: "A billionaire has picked a millionaire." Kerry-Edwards expects fundraising boost. [NYT, LAT, WT]

Apart from trade, Kerry, Edwards take similar positions. [WP]

Ticket of former rivals follows Reagan-Bush, Kennedy-Johnson. [WP]

Business groups, executives hostile to Edwards due to trial lawyer history. [WP]

Attention turns to North Carolina voters. [NYT, USAT]

Owners of Kerry-Edwards domains seek thousands of dollars. [WP]

9/11 Panel disputes Cheney's assertion he has access to more intelligence regarding Iraq, al Qaeda. [WP, NYT]

McCain in fresh Bush ad: "[Terrorism] is the great test of our generation, and he has led with great moral clarity and firm resolve. He has not wavered, he has not flinched from the hard choices, he was determined and remains determined to make this world a better, safer, freer place. He deserves not only our support but our admiration. That’s why I am honored to introduce to you the president of the United States, George W. Bush." [WP]

Hillary subs for Kerry at NEA convention: "There's a reason that the majority of Americans did not vote for George W. Bush the first time around. And, boy, do we have more evidence about how right we were." [NYT, WT]

Clinton still attracting huge crowds. [WP]

Shrum won fight for control of Kerry campaign, brings message of populism. [WSJ]

Recommended attack slogans: "Real Men Don't Need Facts! Bush/Cheney '04" and "John Kerry - On Your Side. (You Decide - Either side is fine with me.)" [WP]

527s behind most negative ads. [WSJ]

Election attention increases criticism of media. [LAT]

[AP Photo/Edwards Family, HO, Files]

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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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