Open Thread for Republican Convention 2016 in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention starts this Monday, July 18, 2016 Through July 21, 2016.

From their site: 2016 Republican National Convention announces Freedom Plaza

Cleveland, OH – Centered between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field is Freedom Plaza, an open air gathering space unique to the 2016 Republican National Convention. Freedom Plaza will be home to a “Salute to America”; the cuisine and music of the South, East, West, and Midwest will be featured each day of the Convention. All Convention attendees are welcome to grab a drink, indulge in local fare, listen to some great music, and mix and mingle in the hours before and after each Convention session.

It will be a very interesting convention this year because no one knows what to expect. But the Cleveland Police are gearing up for the worst….

Cleveland Police Are Gearing Up for Mayhem at the GOP Convention

With the Republican National Convention imminent, the Cleveland Police Department is finalizing its security plan for what is expected to be a volatile few days. The city announced last Friday that it was updating its plan following last week’s mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, and though it shared scant detail, the Cleveland PD is set to be outfitted with plenty of heavy gear.

The RNC is designated as a National Special Security Event by the US Department of Homeland Security, which entitled Cleveland to a $50 million federal grant toward its security plan. According to bids the city has posted to its website and reports from local news outlets, so far Cleveland has spent the money on:

2,000 sets of riot gear
2,000 steel batons
325 sets of tactical armor
300 patrol bicycles, with accompanying riot gear
25 rifle scopes
10,000 flexible handcuffs

Other supplies include bulletproof helmets, pepper spray, two-point slings (used to carry rifles) and inmate mattresses. The Cleveland PD also asked the Chicago Police Department to loan it three bearcats, and Taser International is loaning the department 300 body cameras that can be attached to riot suits. The city also put out a bid for tear gas, according to the Washington Post, and it recently upped its protest insurance coverage from $9.5 million to $50 million. [more]

Here’s a fresh page for you to fill with comments about what is happening at the convention.


Charlie Pierce says: Welcome to the 2016 Republican convention: a four-day celebration of the ritual suicide of American democracy.

With balloons.

383 thoughts on “Open Thread for Republican Convention 2016 in Cleveland”

  1. @toniD:

    Hillary released a statement blaming the Russians for the DNC leaks too… claiming they are trying to influence the election… looks like HRC and her surrogates are already well on their way to restarting the cold war… and she’s not even in office yet

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  3. Mike Signorile ‏@MSignorile 7h7 hours ago

    Republicans are really afraid of Hillary’s America … via @HuffPostPol

    Lex Looper ‏@lex_looper 50m50 minutes ago

    Twitter is censoring the #DNCLeaks and there’s a mainstream media blackout. How strange…

    Trump is a Loser ‏@LosinDonald 24m24 minutes ago

    Revealed: Trump Campaign Manager’s Ukrainian Connection to the Panama Papers … via @fusion

    mitera ‏@greenmitera 6h6 hours ago

    mitera Retweeted MaryAlice Parks

    DNC rules committee refusing to let folks in to deliver petitions to get rid of Super Delegates. #DemsInPhilly

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP Jul 22

    Beginning to think Trump won’t release his tax returns because Putin claims him as a dependent.

    U.S. Reality Check @USRealityCheck

    Trump Tries to Stiff Small Business – Gets Nailed for $300,000 in Attorney’s Fees #USRC /pu

    The Hill ‏@thehill 3h3 hours ago

    Leaked email shows DNC chairwoman called top Sanders aide a “damn liar”

  4. POLITICO ‏@politico 3h3 hours ago

    Top DNC staffer apologizes for email on Sanders’ religion

    Zaid Jilani @ZaidJilani

    DNC votes to keep superdelegates, but sets some conditions

    The rule-making body of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday defeated an amendment brought by Bernie Sanders delegates to abolish superdelegates — the unelected party elites who make up 15 percent of all delegates and are allowed to cast a vote for the presidential candidate of their choice, unbound by the popular vote. But the rules committee did approve a compromise measure that binds some superdelegates to the results of their state primaries.

    The debate over the first amendment, which failed 108 to 58, pit insurgent Sanders backers against the party establishment.

    Advocates of the amendment argued that it would make the presidential selection process more democratic, ensuring that all presidential delegates are elected by popular vote. Opponents of the amendment argued that the superdelegate system ensured a greater diversity of voices and that there should be more deliberation before it is changed.

    “It’s been stated that if this resolution were adopted that it would pit elected officials or politicians against community activists who would be vying to become delegates to the convention,” said former Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia, an amendment backer. “As a politician and as a community activist in my community, all I can say is this is a silly argument to make!”


  5. Ari Melber MSNBC ‏@AriMelber Jul 22

    New: Judge Curiel clears path for lawsuit against Donald Trump, about Trump U., to continue

    Steve Weinstein ‏@steveweinstein 23m23 minutes ago

    Clinton and Sanders supporters come together

    Democrats vote to overhaul superdelegate system

    The Democratic Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a major shift in the superdelegate system Saturday night after a deal was reached between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters.

    The committee approved nearly unanimously an amendment that preserves the existing superdelegate role for elected U.S. lawmakers and governors, but will bind the remaining superdelegates — roughly two-thirds — to primary and caucus results.

    The new rule, which will still need to be formally approved by the DNC and won’t be in effect until the next presidential election, establishes a “Unity Commission” to make recommendations on the reforms.

    “The Commission shall make specific recommendations providing that Members of Congress, Governors, and distinguished party leaders remain unpledged and free to support their nominee of choice,” reads the new rules language, according to the Washington Post, “but that remaining unpledged delegates be required to cast their vote at the Convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state.”



    The State Department’s Wrongheaded Push for War With Syria via @thenation

    Ray Long ‏@RayLong 29m29 minutes ago

    How a stockpile of America’s nuclear weapons got tangled up in a Middle East crisis

    A little more than 100 miles from the territory held by the violent extremist group Islamic State, there is a little piece of Americana. It has an eight-lane swimming pool, a baseball diamond and housing tracts built on carefully manicured cul-de-sacs.

    The Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey has some other iconic American assets: several dozen B61 thermonuclear warheads.

    The base has been a linchpin in NATO’s southern flank for more than a half century, the staging ground for important U.S. anti-terrorism missions and the fight against Islamic State.

    Christopher Hayes Verified account @chrislhayes

    As I said for months, it was *always* apparent who the folks who work for the DNC favored in this race

    David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster 4h4 hours ago

    David Shuster Retweeted Christopher Hayes

    Not enough to say they “favored” @HillaryClinton. DNC folks took ACTIVE steps to help her and block @BernieSanders.

    Norm Clark ‏@Normsmusic 44m44 minutes ago

    Florida AG And Donald Trump Now Face Bribery Complaint Over Trump U Payoff via @LibAmericaOrg


  7. In the Memetimes

    Episode 4 – How do you choose your news?

    Jul 23, 2016

    Since the Fairness Doctrine was killed, the mainstream media has been turned into a revenue generating machine. Content is not designed to inform but to make you tune in to get the ratings to be able to charge more for commercials.

    All is not lost, new sources are appearing all the time. They come and go but some have taken root. Michele, Bill and Chris share their’s. What’s in your earbuds? Let us know.


    Thanks for the shout out guys!!

  8. My cousin put this graphic on facebook.
    His name is Peter Gallanis and his an author and a journalist.

  9. Storm is Coming
    1 hr ·

    “We have an electoral process. The DNC, by its charter, is required to be neutral among the candidates. Clearly it was not,” Weaver said, responding for the first time to the growing controversy. “We had obviously pointed that out in a number of instances prior to this, and these emails just bear that out.”

    Another member of Sanders’ staff, Rania Batrice put it this way: “Everything our fans have been saying — and they were beaten down for and called conspiracy theorists — and now it’s in black and white.”…/bernie-sanders-campaign-chie…/story…

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Served Class Action Lawsuit for Rigging Primaries
    This is the first of many consequences the Democratic Party will face for manipulating millions of voters

    On June 28, the Miami-based law firm Beck & Lee filed a class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    “There are essentially six legal claims we are asserting in this lawsuit on behalf of the composed class members,” said attorney Jared Beck in a YouTube video announcing the lawsuit. “The first is a claim for fraud—against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz—based on the revelations from the recent Guccifer 2.0 documents purportedly taken from the DNC’s own computer network.” The Guccifer 2.0 documents include internal memos in which the DNC broke legally binding neutrality agreements in the Democratic primaries by strategizing to make Hillary Clinton the nominee before a single vote was cast.

    The second claim filed is for negligent misrepresentation, a legal theory based on the first claim of fraud. The third claim alleges the DNC and Wasserman Schultz participated in deceptive conduct in claiming the DNC was neutral during the Democratic primaries, when there is overwhelming evidence suggesting favoritism of Clinton from the beginning. The fourth claim of the lawsuit seeks retribution of any monetary donations the DNC to Bernie Sanders‘ campaign. The fifth claim alleges the DNC broke its fiduciary duties during the Democratic primaries to members of the Democratic Party by not holding a fair election process. The sixth claim is for negligence on behalf of the DNC—for not protecting donor information—as hackers broke into the DNC networks, potentially compromising their personal information. [more]

  10. The Cranky Lawyer ‏@eleebeck Jun 28

    #DNCLawsuit filed. Documents available for download here Click on the hyperlinked number “1”

    daveweigel ‏@daveweigel 16h16 hours ago

    BREAKING-ISH: Sanders delegates got enough votes on superdelegates amendment to force a minority report vote on floor, if they want to.

    daveweigel ‏@daveweigel 12h12 hours ago

    Democrats vote to bind 2/3 of superdelegates to state results, encourage same-day registration

    Anonymous ‏@YourAnonNews 12h12 hours ago

    While we certainly don’t like @realDonaldTrump we certainly don’t like @HillaryClinton either. A must watch!

  11. It’s a start but not enough…..

    DNC strips Wasserman Schultz of convention speaking slot

    Democratic National Convention officials have stripped party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of a speaking slot at the event next week, according to CNN.

    The move is in response to emails leaked late last week by WikiLeaks.

    Approximately 20,000 DNC emails were shared with the public. A number of them paint staffers, including Wasserman Schultz, in a negative light by suggesting they were biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    Wasserman Schultz had not responded publicly to the news as of Saturday evening. [end]

    Update: Now she won’t even preside over the convention.

  12. Bernie Sanders Lovers
    2 hrs ·

    It’s Our Turn!

    “Well, I think I told you a long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair operation – that they were supporting Secretary Clinton. So what I suggested to be true 6 months ago turns out in fact to be true,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    “I’m not shocked by it, but I’m disappointed.”

    Bernie Sanders Delegates News Conference

    Senator Bernie Sanders delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia held a news conference on Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s selection of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate. They also discussed other issues including the role of superdelegates and caucuses.

    Watch video here:

  13. Bernie Sanders’ Supporters shared Ed Watson’s video.
    1 hr ·

    Trying to distract you with the Russians, Who cares who did it?

    Ed Watson
    2 hrs ·

    The Russians did it !!! That’s the Clinton Campaign’s Spin on The DNC conspiracy to discredit Bernie Sanders.

  14. Charlie Pierce:

    Even the Smart Reptiles Don’t Write This Stuff Down


    PHILADELPHIA, PA–Someday, I will have to compile a list of the blog’s most important maxims. Chief among them would be the political advice of Martin Lomasney, the old political boss of Boston’s Ward Eight known as “The Mahatma” for his ability to turn out his troops, living or dead, on election day. “Never write when you can speak,” Lomasney warned. “Never speak when you can nod. Never nod when you can wink.”

    Almost a year ago, at the New Hampshire state Democratic convention, Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz was vigorously booed because it was perceived (rightly) that she had played shenanigans with the debate schedule in order to help the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton. This was a year ago. The campaign of Bernie Sanders was just beginning to catch fire. They–and she–had a year to correct the problem that exploded at the end of last week, when WikiLeaks, aided immeasurably by Russian hackers (who may or may not be in the employ of the Russian government), dumped a small mudslide of 20,000 internal DNC emails onto the Intertoobz. The documents confirmed pretty much that the DNC had both thumbs, its feet, and a sack of potatoes on the scale over the past year.

    Just one email can stand for the whole bunch–not only as an exemplar of what the DNC was all about, but also about how much smarter than the DNC brain trust Martin Lomasney is—and Lomasney’s been dead since 1933. The email, per The Intercept:

    It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.

    Amy Dacey, the DNC’s chief executive officer, replied, “Amen.”


    Who thinks like this? [more]


  15. Bernie’s favorability ratings are still climbing… Too bad he does not have the nerve to run Green/Indy…

  16. She doesn’t give one single droplet of shit what any of us think about anything… Anyone who does not believe she will shift hard right next week is a moron…

  17. Tim Canova for Congress
    3 hrs ·

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned from the DNC and now it’s time for her to step up and debate me or drop out of our House race. Her interests lie not with her constituents, but rather in the interests of corrupt special interests groups and herself. It’s time for a change in South Florida.

    Mission Accomplished at DNC, Clinton Hires Wasserman Schultz for Top Post

    Clinton responds to party chair’s resignation on Sunday by thanking “longtime friend” for her service at DNC and immediately naming her as honorary chair of her own campaign

  18. Trump Is ‘Completely Uneducated About Any Part of the World’: Andrea Mitchell Blasts Trump During Segment on ‘Meet the Press’

    When NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning to discuss Donald Trump’s recent conversation with the Washington Post’s editorial board, she told host Chuck Todd that Trump “is completely uneducated about any part of the world.”

    During the segment, Todd played for Mitchell an audio clip from Trump’s interview with the board during which Trump was asked about his opinions regarding using nukes against the Islamic State. Instead of answering the question directly, Trump began talking about how he responded to his political rivals’ attacks against himself before concluding with, “This is a very good looking group of people here. Could I just go around so I know who the hell I’m talking to?”

    “He cannot stick to a subject. It is remarkable,” Mitchell told Todd. “And when he doesn’t know something, he just changes the subject, makes it all about himself.”

    “On national security it’s a very noticeable — especially to your ears and mine,” Todd responded. [more]

  19. toniD says:
    July 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm
    I Know Nothing ‏@jvgraz 4h4 hours ago
    Replacing DWS with Donna Brazile is like replacing Bush with Cheney.
    There ain’t nuthin’ like the overreach of hyperbolic analogy to spoil the credibility of a writer.

  20. Two Middle East locations hit 129 degrees, hottest ever in Eastern Hemisphere, maybe the world

    The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, surged Thursday to a blistering 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius). And on Friday in Basra, Iraq, the mercury soared to 129.0 degrees (53.9 Celsius). If confirmed, these incredible measurements would represent the two hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters and weather historian Christopher Burt, who broke the news.

    It’s also possible that Mitribah’s 129.2-degree reading matches the hottest ever reliably measured anywhere in the world. Both Mitribah and Basra’s readings are likely the highest ever recorded outside of Death Valley, Calif.

    Death Valley currently holds the record for the world’s hottest temperature of 134.1 degrees (56.7 Celsius), set July 10, 1913. But Weather Underground’s Burt does not believe it is a credible measurement: “[T]he record has been scrutinized perhaps more than any other in the United States,” Burt wrote. “I don’t have much more to add to the debate aside from my belief it is most likely not a valid reading when one looks at all the evidence.” [more]

  21. Robert Reich
    10 hrs ·

    This article in today’s Times might as well be titled: “With Bernie Out of the Race, Democrats No Longer Have a Purpose.”

    The movement lives on. But if the Democrats aren’t going to accept it, we’ll need a third party that does.

    The long-term goal must be to create a multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition of the bottom 90 percent, to reclaim our economy and democracy from the moneyed interests. Nothing else is possible — not racial justice, not reversing global warming, not taking on the military-industrial-congressional cabal — until this is achieved.

  22. Robert Reich
    10 hrs ·

    This week’s essay: Does Hillary Get It?

    Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment?

    I worry she doesn’t – at least not yet.

    A Democratic operative I’ve known since the Bill Clinton administration told me “now that she’s won the nomination, Hillary is moving to the middle. She’s going after moderate swing voters.”

    Presumably that’s why she tapped Tim Kaine to be her vice president. Kaine is as vanilla middle as you can get.

    In fairness, Hillary is only doing what she knows best. Moving to the putative center is what Bill Clinton did after the Democrats lost the House and Senate in 1994 – signing legislation on welfare reform, crime, trade, and financial deregulation that enabled him to win reelection in 1996 and declare “the era of big government” over.

    In those days a general election was like a competition between two hot-dog vendors on a boardwalk extending from right to left. Each had to move to the middle to maximize sales. (If one strayed too far left or right, the other would move beside him and take all sales on rest of the boardwalk.)

    But this view is outdated. Nowadays, it’s the boardwalk versus the private jets on their way to the Hamptons.

    The most powerful force in American politics today is anti-establishment fury at a system rigged by big corporations, Wall Street, and the super-wealthy.

    This is a big reason why Donald Trump won the Republican nomination. It’s also why Bernie Sanders took 22 states in the Democratic primaries, including a majority of Democratic primary voters under age 45.

    There are no longer “moderates.” There’s no longer a “center.” There’s authoritarian populism (Trump) or democratic populism (which had been Bernie’s “political revolution,” and is now up for grabs).

    And then there’s the Republican establishment (now scattered to the winds), and the Democratic establishment.

    If Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party don’t recognize this realignment, they’re in for a rude shock – as, I’m afraid, is the nation. Because Donald Trump does recognize it. His authoritarian (“I’ am your voice”) populism is premised on it.


    “In five, ten years from now,” Trump says, “you’re going to have a worker’s party. A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.”

    Speaking at a factory in Pennsylvania in June, he decried politicians and financiers who had betrayed Americans by “taking away from the people their means of making a living and supporting their families.”

    Worries about free trade used to be confined to the political left. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, people who say free-trade deals are bad for America are more likely to lean Republican.

    The problem isn’t trade itself. It’s a political-economic system that won’t cushion working people against trade’s downsides or share trade’s upsides. In other words, a system that’s rigged.

    Most basically, the anti-establishment wants big money out of politics. This was the premise of Bernie Sanders’s campaign. It’s also been central to Donald (“I’m so rich I can’t be bought off”) Trump’s appeal, although he’s now trolling for big money.

    A recent YouGov/Economist poll found that 80 percent of GOP primary voters who preferred Donald Trump as the nominee listed money in politics as an important issue, and a Bloomberg Politics poll shows a similar percentage of Republicans opposed to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision.

    Getting big money out of politics is of growing importance to voters in both major parties. A June New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 84 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Republicans want to fundamentally change or completely rebuild our campaign finance system.

    Last January, a DeMoines Register poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers found 91 percent of Republicans and 94 percent of Democrats unsatisfied or “mad as hell” about money in politics.

    Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to move toward the “middle.” In fact, such a move could hurt her if it’s perceived to be compromising the stances she took in the primaries in order to be more acceptable to Democratic movers and shakers.

    She needs to move instead toward the anti-establishment – forcefully committing herself to getting big money out of politics, and making the system work for the many rather than a privileged few.

    She must make clear Donald Trump’s authoritarian populism is a dangerous gambit, and the best way to end crony capitalism and make America work for the many is to strengthen American democracy.

  23. Firedoglake
    2 hrs ·

    “I’m a life-long Democrat and life-long disappointed,” said 47-year-old Bill Frantal of Indiana.

    Don’t miss Rania Khalek’s first report from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


    It’s Official — Bernie Sanders Is Staying In The Race And Will Not Concede

    Contrary to the conventional wisdom saying that Bernie Sanders would never have been able to force a contested Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton has less than 2,383 pledged delegates. Thus, Bernie Sanders has recently confirmed his desire to continue, as stated by Time:

    Bernie Sanders Vows to Continue ‘Political Revolution’ in New York

    But that did not stop the Vermont Senator from defiantly promising to continue the political revolution in a town hall on Thursday, giving a glimpse into his possible future role in the Democratic Party in which he campaigns for progressive candidates across the country.

    Speaking with the cadence and conviction of a viable candidate in midtown Manhattan, Sanders again did not concede the nomination…and did not endorse his opponent.

    Here’s the video of Bernie’s address from last week and there’s also no concession; only a reassurance to millions that his campaign is alive and well.

    Therefore, progressive media and pundits should refrain from their gleeful calls to end Bernie’s campaign. Vermont’s Senator is taking his political revolution to Philadelphia and he’ll continue to run for the presidency.

    Why would he stop?

    Would you end your presidential campaign if your opponent faced on ongoing FBI criminal investigation? [more]

  24. Emma Vigeland ‏@EmmaVigeland Jul 22
    Still culling through these @wikileaks
    docs. Level of contempt for
    @BernieSanders is palpable in just about
    every email. #DNCHack

  25. @johnson:

    Like Michele (memetime Ep. 3), I also remember all those Friday “Brunch with Bernie
    segments with Thom Hartmann
    good to Hear cent again.

    I liked the history and origin given in Episode 2 of the Pledge of Allegiance , and the definitions of Democracy, and Republic.
    It’s like i’m back in the classroom again, and this time I luv it.

  26. Never fails… The quickest way to gauge a hidden opinion from a cagey target is to provide an overly exaggerated message that has a kernel of truth to it… Responding to either the truth or the exaggeration with more vigor, or ignoring that kernel of truth entirely, betrays their hidden opinions about that truth every single time…

    People who say “the messenger belies the message”, almost invariably, would prefer the message not be delivered… “Bernie is a Socialist” – “Snowden and Manning are Traitors” – “Assange is an exiled fugitive from rape charges” – “DNC leaks are part of a Russian plot”… Even if every single one of those distractions were true, it does not change the validity of the content of their data…

    Political communication is always rife with deception and ulterior motive. In the end the “why” and the “how” of a message does not matter more than the validity of the message contained within, and are usually only highlighted by people who want to distract from that message.

    An honest broker does not quibble over the chaff if the wheat is pure.


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