CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 21, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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DOUBT FROM THE LEFT: AT PROGRESSIVE GATHERING, HINTS OF ANXIETY ABOUT OBAMA… On a host of issues from National Security Agency surveillance to Wall Street reform to foreclosure assistance to the Keystone XL pipeline debate, attendees at Netroots Nation expressed dismay about the compromises and slow pace of progress that have so far marked the Obama administration. – CNN’s Peter Hamby
ROMNEY SWAG: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday continued to defend his appearance with President Barack Obama last year following Superstorm Sandy. “I said to some of my Republican friends in the aftermath of this, like well what did you expect me to do when the president showed up? Do you want me to wear my Romney sweatshirt when I was standing with him? What exactly did you expect me to do?” Christie said at a conference on volunteering and service.
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end the week more than 1.5% lower as investors fear the Fed will wind down stimulus later this year.
On this day in 1788, the Constitution was ratified. Which state's passage validated the seminal document?
When the 1988 presidential election rolled around, the Republican nominee was fairly obvious: Vice President George H.W. Bush.
Bush carried the Reagan mantle in the 1988 race (Remember "Read my lips: no new taxes"), and he easily won the Republican nomination. Bush carried 41 states and won nearly 70% of all Republican primary and caucus votes.
The Democrats, however, had a competitive primary.
Although Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who won 30 primaries and caucuses, ended up winning the nomination, four other Democrats - Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, Dick Gephardt and Paul Simon - won at least one state in the primary battle.
One of Dukakis' most vocal challengers was Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader from South Carolina, who, after running for president in 1984, was experienced at campaign politics. In total, Jackson won nine states plus Washington, D.C. and secured nearly 30% of all Democratic votes.
Jackson, however, was never able to break through Dukakis' hold on the nomination, especially after the Massachusetts governor won both the Colorado and Wisconsin primaries in April.
For finishing second to Dukakis', Jackson was given a high profile speaking slot at the nominating convention, a venue the civil rights leader used to deliver a soaring address on poverty and civil rights.
"Wherever you are tonight, you can make it," Jackson told the audience. "Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but the morning comes. Don't you surrender. Suffering breeds character, character breeds faith. In the end faith will not disappoint."
Dukakis went on to lose to Bush in the 1988 general election.
But what if Jackson had been able to stop Dukakis'? What if Jackson had won the Democratic Party's nomination? Could he have defeated Bush?
We reached out to our followers on Facebook and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of Bush.
Brian McDowell: Bush would have beaten Jesse Jackson by a much greater margin than he beat Dukakis by.
Ahmad Kablawi: George H.W. Bush
David Larson: I'm Liberal, but I believe Bush would win. I don't even like Jesse Jackson.
Razi Khawaja: H Dubya
Susan Bailey: Sorry, short of hearing from God, I would have voted for Bush.
Tom Paine: I believe Bush would have won by the same or probably even larger margin than he did over Dukakis. I am not commenting on the merits or deficiences of either man but simply how progressive Americans were as a whole were in that time. I do not believe there is a viable scenario in which Jackson could have won. What would have happened if he had won is a whole other topic.
Linda Chell Rooney: Rocket science this is not. Jackson did not/does not have the so-called "charm" or charisma of a Barack Obama. He was never going to be president, ever.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Scott Brown to hit campaign trail
Scott Brown will be back on the campaign trail Monday in Massachusetts – not for himself but for the fellow Bay State Republican who hopes to take a page out of the former senator's political playbook. – Paul Steinhauser
Leading Drudge: PAPER: NSA agency can snoop without warrant
The National Security Agency may keep the e-mails and telephone calls of citizens and legal residents if the communications contain “significant foreign intelligence” or evidence of a crime, according to classified documents that lay out procedures for targeting foreigners and for guarding Americans’ privacy. – Ellen Nakashima, Barton Gellman and Greg Miller for The Washington Post
Leading HuffPo: Christie Hit
Republican county officials are now joining with their Democratic counterparts to question the cost of New Jersey's special U.S. Senate election. The Boards of Chosen Freeholders in Bergen County and Monmouth County on Wednesday publicly questioned how they will be able to pay for the costs of the Aug. 13 special primary election and Oct. 16 special election without the state giving counties the money upfront. – John Celock
Leading Politico: Inside the border deal that almost failed
Sen. Chuck Schumer spent Tuesday privately urging President Barack Obama and the entire Democratic caucus to just be patient — a border security deal they could accept was still within reach. But after a testy, 45-minute call that night with a lead Republican negotiator of a possible compromise, Schumer could no longer follow his own advice. – Carrie Budoff Brown and Manu Raju
Leading The New York Times: White House Offers Stealth Campaign to Support Immigration Bill
President Obama’s staff, aiming to quietly secure passage of the first immigration overhaul in a quarter century, has turned a suite of offices into a war room on Capitol Hill. – Michael Shear
The political bites of the day
- In spite of NSA monitoring, Obama to meet with civil libertarians -
PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING: “The president looks forward to hearing from members of the board about their areas of focus and discussing recent developments, including the disclosure of classified information. The president believes that PCLOB (Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board) can be an important part of the national conversation on these issues. But in the coming weeks, the president and members of his administration will begin meeting with a range of stakeholders on the subject of protecting privacy in the digital era.”
- McConnell bellicose on state of free speech -
SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IN A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE: “Last June, I stood here and warned of a grave and growing threat to the First Amendment. That threat has not let up. Our ability to freely engage in civic life and to organize in defense of our beliefs is still under coordinated assault from groups on the Left that don't like the idea of anyone criticizing their aims, and from a White House that appears determined to shut up anybody who challenges it.”
- Eighteen mayors call for limiting use of food stamps to buy soda -
BALTIMORE MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I think mayors are very pragmatic and we have to deal with the issues on the ground. We know the epidemic of obesity. It is about health and economics. We want to make sure that we are setting the tone in the nation to provide a road map for a healthier country.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
When New Jersey's state constitutional convention ratified the Constitution on June 21, 1788, it became the ninth and deciding state to ratify it.
In order to become the founding document of the United States, the Constitution needed to be ratified by nine of the first thirteen colonies. New Jersey approved the document by a vote of 57 to 47.
The five states that ratified the Constitution after the document had been approved were Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Because Vermont did not ratify the document until 1791, the Constitution took a surprising four years to be approved by each state.
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