DNC Apologizes to Sanders and His Supporters

The Democratic National Committee is offering its “deep and sincere apology” to Bernie Sanders, his supporters and the entire party for what it calls “the inexcusable remarks made over email,” the AP reports.

“The statement from incoming interim party leader, Donna Brazile, and six other officials says the comments in the emails ‘do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process.’ The statement wasn’t signed by the outgoing DNC head, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

Democratic National Convention: Monday

Democrats will try to move past the controversy of their ousted party chair with speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Politico: “Trouble started early Monday, when Wasserman Schultz’s debut at the convention proved disastrous… There were also signs that Sanders’ supporters will not be accepting Clinton’s nomination quietly — and that Sanders’ camp was not actively trying to shut down some disturbances.”

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FBI Suspects Russia of Trying to Help Trump

“The FBI suspects that Russian government hackers breached the networks of the Democratic National Committee and stole emails that were posted to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks on Friday. It’s an operation that several U.S. officials now suspect was a deliberate attempt to influence the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump,” the Daily Beast reports.

“The theory that Moscow orchestrated the leaks to help Trump, who has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and practically called for the end of NATO, is fast gaining currency within the Obama administration because of the timing of the leaks and Trump’s own connections to the Russian government, the sources said on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and developing quickly.”

Sanders Urges Booing Supporters to Back Clinton

“Hundreds of supporters of Bernie Sanders drowned out the Vermont senator with boos Monday as he tried to make the case on the first day of the Democratic National Convention that his fans would need to vote for Hillary Clinton in order to defeat Donald J. Trump.” the New York Times reports.

“At a meeting filled with Sanders delegates, Mr. Sanders tried to convince those gathered that Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, was dangerous and a threat to the Constitution and that, as a result, they needed to vote for Mrs. Clinton… However, his words were immediately met with loud boos which lasted several seconds even as he tried to continue his speech. The senator then paused and waited for people to quiet down. But as he spoke, many continued to sign loudly and shake their heads.”

Right Track/Wrong Track Question Is Complicated

Amy Walter: “Another long-standing rule in politics is that it’s hard for the incumbent party to win if Americans think the country is ‘headed in the wrong direction.’ However, for the last 10 years a majority of voters have said they think the country is on the wrong track. President Obama won re-election in 2012, despite the fact that the ‘wrong track’ number averaged between 57-65 percent from 2010 to 2012.  Moreover, the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found Obama at 51 percent job approval, even as the wrong direction number jumped 21 points.”

“People are unhappy. But, that doesn’t mean that they are unhappy about the same thing. Or, that they blame the same person/organization/things. This is the tight wire act for Clinton to perform. She needs to acknowledge the anxiety/anger/frustration out there, while also putting forth an agenda that people believe is both appealing and do-able. A ‘we’re all in this together’ message is a tough sell when so many Americans believe that major institutions from Wall Street to government to big business are ‘rigged’ against them.”

Why Sanders Hold Outs are a Problem for Clinton

“New data and analysis shared with FiveThirtyEight from Catalist and SurveyMonkey shows that, before the 2016 primaries, Sanders’s supporters voted less frequently than other 2016 voters, and they were less reliably Democratic than Clinton supporters. In other words, it’s not a matter of Clinton simply coaxing Sanders supporters back into the fold — many were never in the fold to begin with. That could increase the difficulty of the task facing Clinton.”

Wasserman Schultz Won’t Open Convention

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Sun Sentinel that she won’t gavel her party’s national convention to order on Monday afternoon.

Said Wasserman Schultz: “I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention.”

She added: “I stepped down the other day because I wanted to make sure that having brought us to this momentous day and to Philadelphia and planned the convention that is going to be the best one that we’ve ever had in our party’s history that this needs to be all about making sure that everyone knows that Hillary Clinton would make the best president.”

Democrats Off to a Rocky Start

James Hohmann: “The Democratic National Convention was supposed to be the flawless, slickly-produced one where the establishment struck back. Now, it threatens to devolve into a mess, maybe not as untidy as Cleveland but probably not the celebratory coronation that the Hillary Clinton campaign has spent the seven weeks since California’s primary trying to orchestrate.”

“Stepping on the message of unity and competence, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned under pressure Sunday. She was forced aside after the emergence of thousands of internal emails that angered various constituencies within the party.”

“But the Florida congresswoman did not go quietly or without a fight. It took pressure from the White House – including a phone call with President Obama – to get her to finally see the writing on the wall. Two reliable sources say Wasserman Schultz was trying to make top aides take the fall, rather than take personal responsibility. Until the end, she struggled to understand what a lightning rod she’s become.”

Sanders Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her Up’

“It’s not just Republicans that want presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in prison,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of ‘lock her up,’ ‘Hillary for Prison’ signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention.”

Trump Would Win If Election Held Today

The latest FiveThirtyEight forecast shows that if the election were held today, Donald Trump would win 285 electoral votes compared to Hillary Clinton’s 253.

Clinton still narrowly leads the polls-only forecast for Election Day, which adjusts for Trump’s convention bounce, 276 to 261.

Nate Silver: “It’s not Trump’s convention bounce per se that should worry Dems. That’s pretty normal. It’s how it became so close to begin with.”