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Huge Win for Sanders In Nevada

by Oui Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 08:06:31 AM EST

[Update-1] Title change from "Amen!"

Nevada Caucus Results | NBC News |


Bernie Sanders for President!

Never ever heard any presidential candidate making such a pronounced statement on Middle East policy.

Bernie is an angry young man! Bravo!

More below the fold ....

Bernie Sanders releases new ‘proud to be Jewish’ video | JPost |

Anti-Palestinian Genocidal Billboard Ads in Downtown Tel Aviv | Tikun Olam |

One of Daniel Pipes` affiliate groups, the Israel Victory Project, paid for skyscraper-size billboards in Tel Aviv featuring images of Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh blindfolded, holding a white flag and begging for mercy on their knees, while Israeli helicopter gunships hover over a decimated Palestinian landscape.  The caption is: "You can only make peace with enemies who have been utterly humiliated."  This may rightly be called a Judeo-fascist version of the Final Solution.

(Photo credit: Haaretz)

Pipes' main claim to fame is his founding of the Middle East Forum, a pseudo-academic think tank designed to promote Islamophobia and pro-Israel propaganda.  The IVP website lists Pipes as its founder. He has voiced similarly genocidal views in the past favoring exterminating Gaza unless it ceased terror attacks against Israel.  Pipes also founded Campus Watch, which served as a template for the far more successful Israeli fascist group, Im Tirzu.  That group monitors professors and course curricula that do not adhere to a strictly pro-Israel orientation.  It urges universities to fire professors who cross its red lines.

Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, demanded that the advertising company remove the ads and they were taken down in the middle of the night, to the dismay of Pipes' group, which promised to bring the case before the Supreme Court.

Huldai's rationale for removing the offending billboard is interesting both for its content and how it denies any connection between that and Israeli values:

    The ad incites violence that is reminiscent of ISIS and the Nazis-among whom we don't wish to be counted.  Degrading the Other is not our way.

Group to sue Tel Aviv Mayor over removal of Billboard ...

Plenty of opportunity for Daniel Pipes and his gang to spread the hatred ...

Opinion We Were Right to Hang Billboards Showing Abbas and Haniyeh as Defeated Terrorists | Haaretz |

Daniel Pipes and David Horowitz Center prime sources to encourage and spread Islamophobia throughout the Western world ...

Rise of Populism Based on Terror and Islamophobia
How Xenophobia and Targeted Funding Sank Democrats

by Oui on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 01:03:35 PM EST
Yes, Israel wants peace -- after it gets rid of the Palestinians | +972 |

When absolute defeat is the goal, all means are justified. This was precisely what settler leader Uri Elitzur had in mind when he wrote his now infamous article -- in which he essentially advocated the genocide of the Palestinian people -- and which Ayelet Shaked, who was only months away from being appointed Justice Minister, shared on her Facebook page in 2014:

    The Palestinian people has declared war on us, and we must respond with war. Not an operation, not a slow-moving one, not low-intensity, not controlled escalation, no destruction of terror infrastructure, no targeted killings. Enough with the oblique references. This is a war. Words have meanings. This is a war. It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. These too are forms of avoiding reality. This is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people... What's so horrifying about understanding that the entire Palestinian people is the enemy? Every war is between two peoples, and in every war the people who started the war, that whole people, is the enemy. A declaration of war is not a war crime. Responding with war certainly is not. Nor is the use of the word "war", nor a clear definition who the enemy is. Au contraire: the morality of war (yes, there is such a thing) is founded on the assumption that there are wars in this world, and that war is not the normal state of things, and that in wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.

After we get rid of an entire people -- including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure -- perhaps then we will conclude that they have been "properly defeated" and we can finally make peace.

Tel Aviv mayor slams Netanyahu for 'inciting' against Israeli Arabs | Times of Israel - Jan. 2016 |
'Zionism is Nationalism, not Judaism,' a former Hebrew school teacher explains | Mondoweiss |

by Oui on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 11:11:36 PM EST
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    After earning a degree in mathematics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Elitzur moved on to become one of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook's closest disciples at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, an experience that would help shape his worldview.

    Elitzur became involved with the settler movement in the early 1970s and was among the founders of the religious Gush Emunim group, which, following the Six Day War, urged the government to approve Jewish re-settlement in the West Bank. In accordance with his beliefs, Elitzur set out to establish the settlement of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Related reading ...

Religious Land Ideologies and Violence: Gush Emunim and Hamas | A Thesis - 2009 |
Leap of Faith: Israel's National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Int'l Crisis Group |

by Oui on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 11:13:02 PM EST
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Mike Bloomberg will sell his company if he's elected president, top campaign adviser says
"There will be no confusion about any of his financial holdings, blurring the line between public service and personal profiteering."
< eyebrow >
"I don't think it's unusual or untoward for Someone of Resources and Substance to go into public service, just as Franklin Roosevelt did," O'Brien argued, when asked about criticisms of Bloomberg's wealth.
as distinct from "a rich guy."
by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 03:15:10 PM EST
The Manchurian jew CASE CLOSED
Since he was off-camera when he said it, some guessed that it was another candidate who said it. But as NBC's transcript corroborates, the words came from Bloomberg. And the transcript further confirms that he said "What am I, chicken liver?" - not "chopped liver," the more familiar form of the minimizing expression. On a night when seemingly nothing went Bloomberg's way, even that choice of idiom opened him up to critique. When The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey live-tweeted the line, several kibitzers replied that Bloomberg erred and should have said "chopped liver."

archived oy gevalt!
chopped livah

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 09:53:13 PM EST
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POLITICO Playbook: The Dem ad campaign aimed at taking down Bernie
THE BIG TENT PROJECT -- a Dem 501(c)(4) group aimed at boosting moderates -- has $1 MILLION to spend in South Carolina and Nevada to bash Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.). The group's executive director is JONATHAN KOTT, a former top aide to Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.). (C4s don't have to disclose donors, so we won't know who is behind this.)

WILDING, et al. vs. DNC SERVICES CORP., d/b/a/Democratic National Committee and DEBORAH WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, 25 Aug, 2017 Order of Dismissal

Nor do these Plaintiffs' donations to the DNC or to Bernie Sanders's campaign create standing. The act of donating to an organization does not, of itself, create a legally protected interest in the organization's operations.
by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 05:17:10 PM EST
Marching Orders

Netanyahu trial set to begin March 17
"The start of the trial will come two weeks after Israel's third election in a year happens on March 2"

Netanyahu Boasts That He Destroyed Free Speech in America by Juan Cole [!]
omitting Cardin, Rubio legislation by name; "free speech" cursory reference to NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware black laws or New York Times Co. vs Sullivan, because 71% of Americans oppose reparations for descendants of American slaves. Also "women and minorities" cause célèbre from Hollywood.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, is the main instrument of such Israeli policy pushes in the United States, and has never been forced to register as the agent of a foreign state, as U.S. law requires.

National Public Radio is funded in part or in whole by USA government.
NPR | Where Iowa Falls In The Big Picture Of The 2020 Election chit chat

MARA LIASSON: ...In Ukraine. Bernie Sanders - you don't even need to do the research part of oppo research because his policy positions are opposed by big majorities of Americans. He wants to ban fracking and somehow win Pennsylvania. Even a majority of Democrats don't want to end private health insurance. Majorities of voters don't want to get rid of ICE or decriminalize border crossings.  ...
by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 07:34:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 09:19:16 PM EST
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"fifty years behind the South"

ahem. What's the "workers" snooze from The Nation this week?

by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 09:50:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 01:05:42 AM EST
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can't buy this publicity

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 01:08:55 AM EST
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slow, very slow moving "influencer" missed train
that left 15 years ago, needs another decade (possibly forever) to discover GOS is an equal opportunity gangland experience.
by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 11:57:42 PM EST
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Here's another one, graduate of the Naomi Wolfe-Bernie Levy School of Social Capital.

Cannot locate a copy of AMZN terms and conditions of employment. Cannot locate Bal'more, home of Mike's school of public health, on a map of union busters. Cannot locate a copy of any "NDA" (gag rule or NC clauses) attached to his own employment contract.
by Cat on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 12:16:42 AM EST
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@ewarren rallies "suburban women swing voters"

"I used to teach contract law and I thought I would make this easy," Warren said. "All that Mayor Bloomberg has to do is download it. I'll text it. Sign it, and then the women, or men, will be free to speak and tell their own stories."
"and minorities" in de back holla kiss my ass.
by Cat on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 01:15:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 01:32:03 AM EST
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UK #DemDebate suggestion box

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 01:44:55 AM EST
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retrieved 02.19.20 by activating Investopedia, "United States Imports Only 25% of Its Drugs" hotlink to Bloomberg citation in the text. ubn warned.

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 12:38:01 AM EST
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hoo? The NBC Five are Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston.
by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 12:48:33 AM EST
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Soros to referee.

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 01:15:01 AM EST
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thread alert:
"I'm confused. Census takers don't typically take _anyone's name, do they? This sounds like it's mostly about birth certificates. Are they considered to be part of the census? What am I missing here?"
You must be new here or a super-dedicated subscriber to APsplainin.
Every Census survey requests head of household name, name (s) of household members, address, DOB, "race or ethnicity". Now wonder 71% of Americans are opposed to reparations for descendants of US slaves. They got here before 1808.

THANK GOTT the citizenship question will not rise again. CENSUS 2020 household email addressed surveys are going to be GREAT!

When will census records be available?
"According to the "72-Year Rule," the National Archives releases census records to the general public 72 years after Census Day. ..."
Availability of Census Records About Individuals [PDF 150KB].

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 12:23:41 AM EST
Q & A not very clear what the format is :-)

Mayor Bloomberg getting a well-deserved beating! After tonight he may well change party registration ... again. The mayor will not make the public privy to a number of nondisclosure contracts ... transparency mayor, you are in the political arena.

Candidates going after one another turns messy. VP Biden may well profit by sitting back and making some good points.

Health care issue won't be solved or get clarity tonight. Too many variables and big numbers flying around without any foundation.

Will skip next hour and go to sleep instead.

by Oui on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 03:05:15 AM EST
Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in House Democratic primary | CNBC |

Former longtime CNBC correspondent and anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has launched a challenge in the Democratic primary against freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Caruso-Cabrera, who became a CNBC contributor when she left the network in September 2018, serves as a member of the board of directors for financial services firm Beneficient. She will take a leave from her role as CNBC contributor for the duration of the campaign, a CNBC spokesperson said.

According to a filing late Monday, she will run as a Democrat in that party's primary in the 14th District. Caruso-Cabrera is known to be a skeptic of government and a proponent of free markets.

    Caruso-Cabrera apparently plans to make that fight with a more conservative philosophy than AOC. While the sitting congresswoman is a proud democratic socialist who backs Bernie Sanders, MCC has named Ronald Reagan as her favorite president and even published a book on small government in 2010 titled: "You Know I'm Right: More Prosperity, Less Government."

"I am the daughter and granddaughter of working class Italian and Cuban immigrants," Caruso-Cabrera said in a statement. "I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful career and I want everybody to have the opportunity that I've had. That's why I'm running."

Caruso-Cabrera spent more than 20 years with CNBC, serving as a co-anchor of "Power Lunch" and as the network's chief international correspondent.

"Liar, liar pants on fire."

You stated Republican President Reagan was a great president  ...

Ocasio-Cortez faces 13 challengers - but can anyone unseat her?

by Oui on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 09:45:43 AM EST
a Reagan Democrat, Oui. Sadly, this authoritarian government doesn't force them to wear stars or glory pinned to their sleeves.
by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 02:36:06 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 at 05:03:45 PM EST
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Never amazes me that the corporate media even spends time repeating this moment over and over ...

Net worth of former NY mayor Mike Bloomberg is in excess of $64bn ... to illustrate the wealth of California billionaires, their total worth increased from $233bn in 2009 to over $700bn last year.

What was the 'smart' statement by Mike Bloomberg: "the socialist Bernie Sanders is a millionaire with three houses." Geez whiz ...

The right-wing outlets are going bats on social media, repeating the fearmongering of mayor Bloomberg, telling the viewers "Bernie Sanders wants communism ...".

'Cheap shot': Sanders fires back when Bloomberg goes after 'socialism'

Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist's ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite.

Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to "throw out capitalism" -- something that he said resulted in "communism" in other countries. Sanders called the comparison "a cheap shot."

"The best-known socialist in the country is a millionaire with three homes," said Bloomberg, who is worth an estimated $64.2 billion.

Sanders, who is worth an estimated $2.5 million [income from book sales], explained that he has a home in Washington, D.C., where he works as a senator, a home in Burlington, Vt., and "like many in Vermont, I have a summer camp."

by Oui on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 02:00:51 PM EST
#DemDebate is a big meh in morning prints by the paid literatti. Lil Mike's epic fail serving sappy ripostes to "rivals" on stage disappoints fans, vindicates Trump proles. Indeed, "Trump won the debate" velocity approaching sonic innerboob force.
by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 02:45:07 PM EST
Let Rome Burn

< wipes tears >

by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 04:42:04 PM EST

Who won the Nevada Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

by Oui on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 09:56:20 PM EST

Moving right along: The youngsters are beginning to rationalized a "brokered convention" for the nomination THE LIKE OF WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN IN MODERN AMERICAN POLITICS. (no) The injection of 771 SUPERDELEGATES selected by DNC Corp d/b/a Democratic National Committee at any point in the ballot rounds appears new only to them, which adds to excitement of "popular" votes just as panic of deportations invigorates Census 2020 response rate.

by Cat on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 12:31:50 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 05:50:23 PM EST
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Morning Consult poll smoke
by Cat on Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 at 01:58:17 AM EST
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Over 1,200 IBEW members call on Union leadership to recall Biden endorsement | Common Dreams |

Nevada's Culinery Workers Union can propel a presidential candidate to victory

Early results from local Nevada Caucus see Sanders getting the Union votes!

Entrance poll preference for health care a good sign for Bernie Sanders

Issues by priority for voters: Health Care - Climate Change - Inequality - Foreign Policy.

by Oui on Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 at 09:40:06 PM EST

Bernie Sanders leading in initial preference as Nevada caucus begins | CBS News Live |

by Oui on Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 at 10:41:02 PM EST
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New 'progressive' Israel lobby group is led by heroes of AIPAC | Mondoweiss - Jan. 29, 2019 |

Last year we reported that the leading Israel lobby group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC, was panicked by the prospect of progressives abandoning Israel, and the fracturing of Democratic support for the Jewish state has only continued apace since then. Now a new lobbying group featuring a number of AIPAC pals has jumped onto the stage. The New York Times reports that the new group, the Democratic Majority for Israel, is led by Democratic Party loyalists who are trying to maintain the party's solid backing of Israel by keeping progressives in the tent.

The Democratic Majority for Israel's launch video seeks to package Israel [video has been pulled from public viewing - Oui] yet again as a progressive cause. Its speakers reel off their political values: "women's rights, LGBTQ rights, safeguarding the environment, worker's rights, health care as a fundamental rights, voters' rights," till Ann Lewis chimes in, "And I believe in United States support for Israel."

Donald Trump has proved to be casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's "perfect little puppet" | Mondoweiss |

"Democratic Majority For Israel" Group Launches Anti-Bernie Ad: "A Great Guy, But He Just Can't Win"

Pro-Israel Super PAC to stop running negative ads against Bernie Sanders | MEYE |

My earlier post - DNC vs Bernie: The Knives Are Out.

by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 07:50:32 AM EST

No historical parallel ... the incumbent Republican of 1972 got booted thru a threat of impeachment by an excellent U.S. Congress. Today Congress failed in their duty and responsibility to impeach President Trump, thus the voters, "We the People" must act in 2020. Grassroots and the Bernie Sanders movement filled with lots of energy and ambition.

by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 09:20:12 AM EST
by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 04:30:50 PM EST
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That could only be said by someone who knows nothing about propaganda: what it is, how it works, why it works.

One could read Bernays or:

tl;dr -- People accept the first thing they hear that fits their preconceptions and any truthful or accurate refutation only goes to support their acceptance of the first thing they hear.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 06:55:48 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 09:10:41 PM EST
I don't know about all that.

However, CNN reported first- and final-round counts by comparison to poll smoked projections. I reckon, Buttijugs is still counting on superior accuracy of the poll smoke PLUS Shadow app results to rustle up 15K more voters? Perhaps three (3) more delegates?

by Cat on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 10:35:19 PM EST
Character trait ... bs Pete, a poor loser. I didn't like his reaction on the night of the NV caucus when results indicated he would end in a solid 3rd place. Is Pete Buttigieg a reincarnation of Gary Hart ... every defeat was a win. 😎

by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 11:01:47 PM EST
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self-servin summa Log Cabin --got dissemblin' in his blood! Like most of the GOP, just loves them some confusion.

NV DEMS Delegate Selection and Caucus Materials / Early Voting Process

The Nevada State Democratic Party will respect the first choices of early vote participants and only realign an early vote participant if their first choice is not viable on Caucus Day.

Determining Viability Threshold
When determining viability in each precinct, the Permanent Precinct Chair will add the total number of in-person attendees to the total number of early vote participants from the precinct.Viability will be determined using this formula:

(Early Voters + In-Person Attendees) X (Viability Percentage for the precinct)

CAUCUS MATH/Step 3: Viable Candidates
MayoPete got one (1) pity delegate, and that's all she wrote.
by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 01:04:59 AM EST
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Turns out, the "plague" of irregularities isn't Sanders' problem. Butajudge disputes Biden's 2nd Place delegate allocation. What a creep. Reminds me of Obama's objection to Alice Palmer.
"Currently our data shows that this is a RAZOR THIN MARGIN for second place in Nevada, and due to irregularities and a number of unresolved questions we have raised with the Nevada Democratic Party, it's unclear what the final results will be," Buttigieg's deputy campaign manager Hari Sevugan said in a statement.
Nearly 75,000 people cast votes during four days of early caucus voting -- almost as many Democrats who participated in Nevada's 2016 caucuses. Their votes, cast at sites anywhere in the [?] county, had to be routed by the party back to the voter's home precinct and added to the in-person votes cast Saturday by their neighbors.
What a hoot: Between voter ID disqualification, GOTV absent(ee) ballots,  fin/tech "rigging", and SUPERDELEGATES, USA is sooo not ready for a national scale, proportional vote GE.

CNN popular vote (88% precincts in 16 counties reported), 26/36 delegates pledged, of which 18 to Sanders (35,512 and still growing)
First Round
16,062 JB : 13,646 PB
Final Round
17,169 JB : 14,948 PB
margins: both barely "viable", 2nd-5th prefs should explain δ PB; -195

by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 02:55:31 AM EST
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USAToday precinct and delegate accounts reporting method no resemblance to CNN. It appears, no popular vote recorded. m'k.
by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 08:56:30 AM EST
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Nevada caucus results - 87.6% IN

Bernie Sanders increased his support to 47.1% (35.512)
Joe Biden at 20.1% (17,169)
Pete Buttigieg at 13.6%

Pete's moment of fame, he claims he was the only candidate to have beaten Bernie Sanders 😣 ... the Iowa caucus. Let him be!

by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 09:23:35 AM EST
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CNN figures 96% precincts reported, by county. USAToday tabulation variance, duly noted.

Toggle CNN first/second round popular vote columns: Headline candidate clearly gained by preference shifts from non-"viables".

Butajig --America's Guaido-- picked up one (1) more delegate from the fall out!

PB strokes (2). No change to Sanders (18) and Creepy Joe (7) delegates although both acquired modest gains in popular vote. I count final round 97,648 PV TOTAL cast --
BS 34% PV, (CNN) 46.8% DEL
JB 19% PV, (CNN) 20.4% DEL
PB 17% PV, (CNN) 13.9% DEL
EW 11% PV, 0 DEL ...

27/36 DEL pledged. No clear path to distribution of the final 4% precincts, 9 delegates < checks watch > by tomorrow night. To judge by CNN running report by county, Mayo unlikely to overtake JB from trailing 2nd pref returns. Significant Sanders, Biden leads in the laggards.

by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 05:49:02 PM EST
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Winning mood, I trust Bernie will get a Nevada victory bump in the polls ahead of Super Tuesday. Leaving fellow candidates, DNC leadership and establishment pundits in anguish behind.

After RussiaGate and failed Impeachment bid, the political pundits of the Democratic establishment woke up to a new reality and political landscape of a massive grassroots campaign of angry Sanders voters. At last someone who feels and expresses the daily sores of workers who can't make ends meet and are still neglected by their representatives in Washington DC.

Doing the math of addition and subtraction, these pundits (nitwits) think all must be done to stop Bernie Sanders. A repeat of the 2016 primary campaign and the cheating by the DNC to tilt the scales in favour of their candidate Hillary Clinton. All that had to be done was to send the invitations for her crowning. All is being repeated as I read many commentators of renown and the leading contributors to the establishment media. For the sake of the American people and for the fate of Europe, I hope the Bernie movement has enough momentum to carry Sanders into the Democratic Convention with a large lead in delegates.

He is the man to beat, and fixing the game will not be tolerated by the voters, whether they are Democrats, Independents or voted for Der Trumpf the last time. Let the primary campaign run it's course, don't move the goal posts.

Let the voters decide ... America is supposed to be a democracy. Bernie is attracting large crowds, and a vigorous campaign with many volunteers knocking on doors on his behalve.

Moderate Democrats Should Join Forces If They Want to Beat Sanders | Washington Monthly |

If Nader had not been in the race, the vast majority of those votes would have gone to Gore, the argument goes. He may have run as a champion for progressive values, but he ultimately set progressives back by putting a conservative in the White House.

Unfortunately, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar are all playing the Ralph Nader role in the 2020 Democratic primary. Each of them is unintentionally causing something they are trying to prevent--the ascendance of Bernie Sanders as the party's nominee.

[Damn ... this is such a losers mentality similar to the attack ads by the Dems4Israel lobby group - Sponsored by AIPAC - Oui]

It's not their fault, really. None of these above candidates could know that in a crowded field--in which Sanders was not the perceived frontrunner--their bids would boost Sanders. But that is what's happening now. After coming in a close second in the Iowa caucuses and winning the New Hampshire primary, Sanders is surging in the polls and holds a sizable over all of his rivals.

But a closer look at the early states that have voted shows that he's not exactly winning ...

[Skip this part as these "arguments" don't hold water and are not worth to be quoted - Oui]

The campaigns could also merge their staffs, resources, and ground games to the extent possible. Combining Biden's resonance with black voters, Klobuchar's Midwestern appeal, Buttigieg's campaign strategy, and even Bloomberg's billions to support one candidate would create an extremely formidable campaign. Of course, all of these candidates can spend weeks or months arguing over who deserves to lead the ticket, but this is not the time for selfishness.

The historical evidence cuts in favor of nominating a more moderate candidate.

It wouldn't have been an easy choice, but in hindsight, it may have been the right one. Of course, leadership entails doing what's difficult, especially when it is hard.

The moderate Democrats running for president are at a similar crossroads now. If Pete, Amy, Joe, and Mike truly believe that any one of them would be a better nominee than Sanders, they must decide whether they'd rather let things play out on their own and watch Sanders win, or set their egos aside and join forces so that one of them has a real chance.

Analyzing the Nevada primary where the voters changed corners and allegiance in the caucus. The bigger winner in the 2nd and up to the final vote was Bernie Sanders, far ahead of Biden and Buttigieg. The losers were Warren and especially Klobuchar and Steyer lost out. I assume the Steyer votes changed to Sanders and Klobuchar votes went to Buttigieg and Biden. Is there a record of first round voters who did not participate in the next rounds once their candidate didn't meet the threshold?

Senator Bernie Sanders to stump in S.C. following caucus win

by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 08:16:39 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 08:32:03 PM EST
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With 7 Candidates Debating In South Carolina, The Stage Is, Umm, Getting Larger? | ABC News |

We're at the point in the election cycle -- after three states have voted -- that the debate stage is supposed to shrink, not grow. But apparently the 2020 Democratic field didn't get the memo. After six candidates debated in Nevada last week, seven have now qualified for this Tuesday's showdown in South Carolina. The debate will reunite the six debaters from last week's heated fracas and also welcome philanthropist Tom Steyer back to the stage.

After three voting contests in which he has either outright won the state or done extremely well, Sen. Bernie Sanders is now the top candidate voters are considering supporting, with 46 percent listing him as a possible choice. Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't too far behind, though, with 38 percent considering him, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a bit behind Biden at 32 percent. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are within striking distance too, but the remaining two candidates -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar and billionaire Tom Steyer -- have a bit of catching up to do.

by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 09:11:09 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 09:12:03 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 02:30:00 AM EST
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It's all about MOMENTUM and winning! See the step-change Joe Biden suffered as the first three primary results were taken into account. The detailed forecasts before Super Tuesday are worthless. The trend is clearly in Sanders' favour. Amazing!

Who Will Win The 2020 Democratic Primary?

I could imagine some pundits reacted after Nevada ... it's OVER!

From the link in the underlying charts for all the states of Super Tuesday, the projected winner IS ...

The entrance of Bloomberg is the exit of Buttigieg, Warren and Klobuchar. According to FiftyThreeEighty projection, for the delegates it will become a three person race of septuagenarians. The future of America's new generation in their hands ... or Trump's.

by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 05:30:47 AM EST
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Super Tuesday (March 3) has 1,357 delegates on the table.  Sanders is leading by double digits in the biggies: Texas (228 delegates) and California (415 delegates.)  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:19:34 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:13:03 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:54:10 PM EST
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Nevada election workers gagged by state Democratic Party

Doesn't ewarren have experience teaching contract law?

by Cat on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:29:07 PM EST
The irony in all this is that to escape from the clutches of the baby boomer leadership of the democratic party, millennials are supporting a guy who is a pre-boomer.

Another possibility would be to find a 50-ish left winger in the Senate, but they don't seem to exist...

by asdf on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 04:26:05 AM EST
No, the people around that age are mostly sane!

Two septuagenarians for the toughest job in the world?

Americans deserve better.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 04:05:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:23:02 PM EST
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Catharsis. After near impeachment, Nixon was pardoned by Ford ... a grave error in judgement.

After the Republican Senate "pardoned" the evils of Trump, the American voter will have a chance to overrule a failed U.S. Congress by voting for integrity in November 2020!

by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 06:03:15 AM EST
US Congress impeaches self

Besides unpersuasive, "subjective" House evidence, R/WH propounded one argument against conviction: taking Trump off the ballot is an abuse of House impeachment power.

What was HUAC Rev. Chairman Mr Manage Schiff's rationale for prosecuting Art. I, II: "The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box. We cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won."

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 06:21:57 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:04:10 AM EST
The Democratic elites still in a Cold War mindset ... hey guys, Communism of the Soviet Union fell with the Berlin Wall in 1989. Putting up new walls like Republican firebrands of the Tea Party and Donald Trump? Tell the Floridians the US wishes to open borders, not only to the best baseball players, but to all Cuban people. The era of planned assassinations of the Cuban leadership have gone, the gambling casino's and mob protection rackets are outdated today.  

Buttigieg responded:

    "So, this is part of what I'm getting at. When I say that in our one shot to defeat Donald Trump, we should think carefully about the consequences of nominating Senator Sanders. I don't want as a Democrat to be explaining why our nominee is encouraging people to look on the bright side of the Castro regime when we are going into the election of our lives. We need to stand against dictatorship everywhere in the world."

Democrats hammer front-runner Bernie Sanders over his Fidel Castro defense | CNBC |
Fact-checking Bernie Sanders' claim on Cuba literacy under Castro

by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:46:56 AM EST

Pete Buttigieg plagiarizing Obama's speeches ...

Pete Buttigieg appears to mimic Barack Obama almost exactly in campaign speech video comparison | The Independent |

Accept, Pete "forgot" the merits of the Obama Presidency: even-handed treatment of Israel and Palestine, the Iran Nuclear Deal and the opening towards Castro's Cuba!

by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 11:59:01 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 12:08:35 PM EST
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Guaido started with a poor hometown reccord. He sabotaged himself and lo-no name recall last fall with flaky homophobe polling. Reviving this PR, while lip-synching Obama's ratched Reagan stump scripts, is not going to get him votes.

In SC, Buttigieg faces black voters wary of a gay candidate

He's lost the six he had. And I'm pretty sure Biden didn't pick them up.

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 07:48:44 PM EST
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Bernie Calls AIPAC "Platform of Hate," It Calls Him "Odious," "Shameful" | Tikun Olam |

Godwin's Law says, essentially, that any rancorous argument will eventually come down to one party accusing the other of being Nazis.  We've just discovered that it holds true in political punditry as well.  Two of MSNBC's stalwart media personalities, Chuck Todd and Chris Matthews, have resorted to bizarre historical comparisons of Bernie Sanders and his supporters to Nazi "Brownshirts" and the Nazi invasion and conquest of France in 1940.

Chris Todd faced a certain degree of criticism for his Brownshirt comment.  But perhaps because he was only quoting a right-wing blogger (approvingly) and not speaking the offending word himself, he had a certain level of defense.  However, Matthews can claim no such cover when he announced to his audience on caucus night that the primary race for president was over.  He then quoted the French general charged with defending France during the Nazi invasion, who told a stunned Winston Churchill, that the battle was over and France had been overrun.  The MSNBC pundit then went on to compare Sanders' steamrollering over his opposition to the Nazi blitzkrieg which overran France.  Let's also not forget that the self-same Matthews earlier made the equally daft claim that should Sanders win the presidency, there would be executions "in Central Park" as there were supposedly "under Castro" (this claim is obviously absurd and invented).

Bernie Sanders says he's proud to be Jewish. Will Jewish voters care? | The Forward |

by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 12:39:13 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 03:04:59 PM EST
Pretending that race-, sex- and red-baiting voters was eradicated from American polity 150 years ago hasn't eradicated race-, sex-, and red-baiting.

Social media reveals that American ppl will need a few more generations of talk therapy to heal the STAINS.

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:12:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:40:40 PM EST
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CNN 100% precincts reported.

USAToday delegate variance, duly noted, accounting for all 36.

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:53:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 12:19:15 AM EST
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Vlad declares victory and moves on...

Will he ever get enough revenge for Kosovo?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 10:57:38 AM EST
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