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US political media is going absolutely stupid about the 2016 election.  The latest Brain Wave from the nincompoopery is puffing a Biden/Warren run.  In short: not going to happen.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Aug 25th, 2015 at 09:13:32 PM EST
Yes, people seem baffled by it. If Warren was going to jump in, she'd have done it already.  She'd be a perfect fit for Bernie and would lend credibility to Clinton.

But Biden? He's a good guy, but he's ever gonna be competitive with either of the two front-runners.

this sounds like a media led narrative entirely devoid of actual facts

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 26th, 2015 at 02:02:16 AM EST
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What makes Biden a good guy?

This Warren thing is a pretty strange obsession in the chattering classes. She seems to have no interest in offering up up her integrity and human dignity just to keep the bezzle alive for a few more years. And good for her.

This whole process is fascinating. Imagine a Sanders - Trump contest. Most of all that would be a complete rejection of the opinion elite who imagine that for all practical purposes they are the people. Similar in scale to the Greek no vote.

by generic on Wed Aug 26th, 2015 at 07:50:14 AM EST
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A Trump-Sanders race is my favorite. Sanders would win according to recent polls. Aside from early polls, how many think Latinos will forget and forgive what Trump has been saying. And how would the electorates in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California respond to adds showing Trump advocating a fence around those states? Who thinks Trump would come close to getting even 40% of women voters? The other great advantage of such a match-up would be to show the bankruptcy, irrelevance and impotence of the currently dominant MSM and the elites that control them.

Every nation has their own norms of expression, and, within those bounds, Trump is a US expression of the  character type Mussolini represented for Italy. Same easy ideological flexibility, same bloated ego, same strutting posturing and nationalistic posing, same self-absorption, etc. But I don't think the US electorate will be as receptive now as the Italian was then.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 at 08:42:57 PM EST
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The US elections are leading the world in educating the electorate for new standards of political dysfunction and circus. Their 2016 election is surely breaking new grounds for dumb posturing. The circus with Trump, Hillary, another Bush (and a bunch of clowns that would had been laughed off even by Foxnews 15 years ago) might have been a fat dream of the same Fox-ish friends that same time ago.

I have seen this educative process in several countries in various flavors. The elections have almost nothing to do with what voters would really prefer. The media and political elites are in full control, even if they may seem clueless.

by das monde on Wed Aug 26th, 2015 at 09:10:14 AM EST
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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton: Candidates Are Related, According To Genealogists
MyHeritage.com's genealogy site Geni.com researched Donald and Hillary's families and found they are actually related through shared English ancestors.

Geni discovered the first Duke and Duchess of Lancaster are their 18th great grandparents. John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, married Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, and John and Katherine are Donald and Hillary's shared 18th great grandparents. [...] "Their 19th great grandfather is King Edward III so there is precedent for ruling a country, it's in their genes..."

One more irony for the Tea Party... Jeb Bush is similarly related to  the British royals as well.
by das monde on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 at 02:45:56 AM EST
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What an Actual Leader Would Say
I stand here, not to praise you, but to acquaint you with reality, at least as well as I am able. Perhaps that means I should be killed or at least run out of town. But if that's so, then so be it. I am tired of living a life other than my own - the pre-scripted, advertiser-generated life that is shoved before my eyes day by day. And I suspect that some of you are tired of it as well.

Please allow me to begin by pointing out that all the fights from all the platforms this election cycle will concern trivialities - Team Red versus Team Blue - and competing varieties of fears - terrorists versus outlawed unions versus less free stuff versus whatever works in your little corner of the world. At most, these are fights over personalities - He's an arrogant ass, she's a conniving witch, and so on  - all of which really come down to, "My opponent is scarier than I am."

[...] once we get past all the publicized fears - some real, but most imaginary - the dialog we're having, if we care to admit it, is mostly self-praise. We laud our great "democracy," even though not one in a thousand can define it. Or we brag about our wonderful "freedom" but avoid defining it, knowing that our definition wouldn't stand up to the test. Freedom is "what we have," and further questions are evidence of stupidity, bordering on treason.

by das monde on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 at 02:56:16 AM EST
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