Michael T. Hertz: A substantial part of the Bernieites will either sit out the election, vote Green, or write in Bernie. The independents will vote Trump or follow the Bernieite lead. Democrats will vote Clinton reluctantly.
Robert Nelson: Hitler, Mussolini and Franco all had ethnic scapegoats — Jews, Roma and Slavs. Today, Trump’s scapegoats are Muslims, Mexicans and Asians. Gay bashing remains a unifying theme for all fascists, bridging nearly a century of right-wing ideology.
Joseph Palermo: The budget deficits Trump criticizes were the result of the reckless high-end tax cutting that have been a Republican fetish since Ronald Reagan. And Trump’s promise of more tax cuts and more de-regulation were some of the speech’s biggest applause lines.
Richard W. Behan: The Superdelegates were meant to judge and identify the most electable of the various candidates, and to counteract the pledged delegates—well-meaning amateurs—should that become necessary.
Richard Eskow: The third shadow is that of Trump himself, a bloated bleached-blond Narcissus transfixed by his own silhouette. “He worships at the altar of a stagnant pool,” says an old Dylan song, “and when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled.”
Richard W. Behan: Hillary will take office because she gamed the nomination process brilliantly, but she was victimized by classic tragedy. In the most bizarre political season in memory, she was the right person in the right place at the wrong time.
Peter Dreier: If Woody Guthrie, America’s most revered troubadour for social justice, were still alive he would no doubt be celebrating his 104th birthday today by writing songs about Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, the physically handicapped, and other groups and about the growing Black Lives Matter movement against police racism.
Stephen Fox: I don’t see a way Clinton can win without Bernie Sanders as her running mate. As repulsive as that has sounded in the past, this might be an inexorable truth, which may become clear to Clinton as time goes on, especially as her credibility woes and legal baggage increase.
Joseph Palermo: If anyone would have told me when I awoke that morning that Liz Cheney would be personally handing me a frisbee I wouldn’t have believed them.
Robert Reich: Bernie has shown that it’s possible to win elections without depending on big money from corporations, Wall Street, and billionaires.
Joseph Palermo: And what was the alternative for Bernie at this point in the election? To sweep up his 1,900 delegates, walk out of the Democratic convention, and run as a third party in a doomed and ultimately symbolic campaign?
Larry Wines and Geo. McCalip: Plenty that isn’t being discussed is crucial for understanding and acting — between now and the conventions, and into November, and probably into January when the House of Representatives may decide the election.
Mario Solis-Marich: This week Speaker Ryan will be on CNN in a desperate attempt to save his currently vulnerable congressional seat. While it is clear that this is a free reelection commercial from the perspective of the Paul Ryan campaign, CNN’s motivations are yet to be seen.