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The rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders moves into a new phase where Clinton hopes to soothe tensions and move the party towards unification and eventually instill enthusiasm among Sanders’ loyalists. It won’t be completely one-sided and no candidate will get their own way – and she’ll likely have to concede more ground on trade, financial services, as well as labor issues.
If Clinton wants to get a head start on beating Donald Trump in the fall, she and Democratic party chieftains need appeal to him and his most fervent followers who toil outside the traditional boundaries of the Democratic party. As we’ve noted before, look for Senator Elizabeth Warren to play a central role in brokering a deal in the coming days.
Bad week for Trump and the timing couldn’t be worse. Party leaders are admonishing him to avoid controversy and focus on policy issues - and fast. With the Democrats uniting - and with five months to go to election day - they fear that they’ll be dragged down with him if he doesn’t pivot away from his sideshows and focus on what Americans care about.
EXTINGUISHING THE FLAME
Sanders hasn’t sacked his campaign, but he is sure to shortly. With DC being the only remaining primary and Clinton’s grip on the nomination all but assured, his campaign has begun laying off staff as a large majority of superdelegates are expected to go public with a Clinton endorsement.
Sanders will meet with President Obama this morning and Minority Leader Harry Reid later in the day -who along with Warren will work to convince Sanders to exit gracefully. Sanders says he’ll remain in the race until next week’s DC primary – but the reality of flipping over 400 superdelegates is starting to sink in...