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Joe Biden Delivers A Decisive Blow to Bernie Sanders

by Oui Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 08:54:12 AM EST

The big losers are Mike Bloomberg (minus $500m) and a valiant Elizabeth Warren.

Well, at least Mike has proven the Democratic primaries can't be bought by a single billionaire ... it's teamwork that matters Mike!

The BIG winner is Joe Biden, the come-back kid who won over Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar to ride the wave of his SC victory. Biden got key delegates from all the states at stake on Super Tuesday. Experience, trust in the eyes of the voter and the DNC establishment made the difference yesterday.

More below the fold ...

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger


America will remain a nation wounded after the 9/11 attacks, stay militaristic, isolated and paranoid in a changing world. The US follows an antagonistic foreign policy build on capitalism of greed and destruction of competition. As my signature states, America and Europe are going separate ways and the planet will suffer.

Joe Biden has a path toward a delegate majority, thus the Democrats this summer will not be damaged by a brokered convention.

Bloomberg will exit, and hopefully Elizabeth Warren will join the Sanders campaign and if Sanders is wise, ask her to be his running mate. The long shot for Bernie Sanders to make the primaries still a delegate fight for the next 33 odd states.

Joe Biden is not a "moderate", he is as militaristic as Hillary Clinton was. The right-wing of the Democratic party has restored the status quo, Wall Street will get a boost as the United States of America is saved from Communism. (sic)

Bernie Sanders has been a candidate who touched the hearts and minds of many voters. His BIG prize was winning the state of California, as it appears now, that was just a consolation prize. Go Bernie Go ... you have done well .. a great person.

Results compared:
AL-AR-CA-CO-MA-ME-MN-NC-OK-TN-TX-UT-VA-VT

Dem primaries 2008
Obama : AL-CO-ME-MN-NC-UT-VA-VT
Clinton : AR-CA-MA-OK-TN-TX

Dem primaries 2016
Clinton AL-AR-CA-MA-NC-TN-TX-VA
Sanders : CO-ME-MN-OK-UT-VT

Dem primaries 2020
Biden : AL-AR-MA-ME-MN-NC-OK-TN-TX-VA
Sanders : CA-CO-UT-VT

FiveThirtyEight)

How Bernie’s 2020 Map Might Change Without The #NeverHillary Vote (Credit: FiveThirtyEight)

Planet earth global warming

Europe climate policy

Bloomberg Launches Beyond Carbon, the Largest-Ever Coordinated Campaign Against Climate Change in United States

My previous diaries on the Democratic primaries 2020 …

Sanders Heading To SC and Super Tuesday
Huge Win for Sanders In Nevada

More to follow ...

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by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 09:00:01 AM EST
Progressives plan to #BernTheDNC with mass nonviolent civil disobedience if democratic establishment rigs nomination

Dems have already rigged enough against Bernie. They can control their sheep, but will that be enough?

Onto the "Dumb and Dumber" election.

by das monde on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 09:30:07 AM EST
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Coronavirus Could Shake Up the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Officials at the Democratic National Committee have begun to plan for the possibility that their July convention in Milwaukee may be scuttled or dramatically upended because of the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast.
by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 09:36:06 AM EST
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Republicans don't need to do this test, because the time is whatever they say it is.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 06:29:24 PM EST
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Bloomberg will exit, and hopefully Elizabeth Warren will join the Sanders campaign and if Sanders is wise, ask her to be his running mate. The long shot for Bernie Sanders to make the primaries still a delegate fight for the next 33 odd states.

I wouldn't count on this at all. Bloomberg can do whatever he feels like and might just keep going. Billionaires are weird. Warren had countless opportunities to join forces with Sanders. She didn't run in 2016 when he urged her to go for it and neither did she support him in his own efforts. And for the whole decade of the 2020 primary I don't remember any significant attack on Biden from her while she lied about the Sanders M4A plan just yesterday.
In short

by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 10:00:21 AM EST
I'm not familiar with American indigenous snakes, however I understand the rattler warrens? 😊

In The Netherlands we have our own poisonous snake ...

Family of the black adder. As far as natural habitats in concerned, America is the best! Europe and The Netherlands are too cultivated. We profess to have the best milk cows. 😉

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 11:01:35 AM EST
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True ... Elizabeth Warren was too occupied with Mike Bloomberg.

The progressives lost Maine and Massachusetts to Joe Biden ... joining forces would not have given the win to Conservative Joe. See my info above, those two states should have gone to Sanders or at least the progressive combination.

Warren takes aim at Biden: A 'Washington insider will not meet this moment'

While former presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke rallied around Joe Biden in Dallas, Elizabeth Warren provided a sharp dose of criticism instead, calling the former vice president a risk to the Democratic Party and the country.

"I respect his years of service," Warren said Monday night during a rally in Los Angeles. "But no matter how many Washington insiders tell you to support him, nominating their fellow Washington insider will not meet this moment."

"Nominating a man who says we do not need any fundamental change in this country will not meet this moment. Nominating someone who wants to restore the world before Donald Trump, when the status quo has been leaving more and more people behind for decades, is a big risk for our party and our country," Warren said in her strongest critique of the former vice president in this race so far.

Don't nee to look far for a progressive combination ... consensus is how European parties work together. Not easy, but better than the red states and blue states stalemate in U.S. Congress.

#WarrenEndorseBernie Trends on Twitter as Centrist Democrats Rally Around Biden | Haaretz |

Does America want to recede to the Clinton or Obama era? A too great a risk to take .... leave it to the DNC to repeat their historic mistakes.

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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 11:34:39 AM EST
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Working Families Party: "Warren Is a Progressive and Will Work to Ensure We Have a Progressive Nominee" | The Intercept |

Related reading ...

Late deciders and black voters break for Biden | CNN |

When Sanders and Warren join force (or vice versa), the Biden bounce may yet become a dead cat bounce in market terms.

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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 11:46:34 AM EST
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by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 11:15:21 AM EST


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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 11:55:27 AM EST
Across the 12 states in which exit polls were conducted, Biden won 47% of Democratic primary voters who made their choice in the last few days - close to double his level of support, 26%, among those who decided earlier.

The gender gap was wider among more liberal voters, with 45 percent of liberal men backing Sanders compared to 23 percent for Biden. Liberal women, meanwhile, split at higher rates for Biden and Warren.

Mike Bloomberg's campaign in doubt as $500m Super Tuesday gamble fails

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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 01:47:15 PM EST
Netanyahu addresses AIPAC, not interfering in US democracy ... of course!

A timely boost for "anyone but Bernie Sanders" motto ...

Where is the outrage over Netanyahu interfering in the US election | Mondoweiss |

"We were all reminded a few days ago that there are forces who seek to break our alliance," said Netanyahu, "Last year, those who came to AIPAC were accused of dual loyalty. This year, AIPAC was accused of providing a platform for bigotry. These libelous charges are outrageous."

Netanyahu wasn't the only Israeli official to attack Sanders at the conference. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said, "We don't want Sanders at AIPAC. We don't want him in Israel. Anyone who calls our prime minister a `racist' is either a liar, an ignorant fool or both."

Israeli Government Most Racist, Extremist In History | Tikun Olam - May 2015 |

Xenophobia, Israel, Alt-right and the Jewish Question

NY Times: Collusion Trump Transition Team with UAE/Israel

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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 02:40:17 PM EST


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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 03:16:26 PM EST
No, Warren's flip-flopping is at the core of this.
by StillInTheWilderness on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 03:11:44 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 04:09:12 PM EST
Warren reassessing campaign after disappointing Super Tuesday | The Hill ~

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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 04:13:07 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 05:27:22 PM EST
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It's nice to see that big money is a necessary but not sufficient resource for electability...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 05:38:35 PM EST
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Bloomberg may have bought just what he wanted:  a crippling and probably fatal blow to both Sanders and Warren.  He may not have been trying to buy the Presidency for himself at all, just a return to BUA in a world where BAU guarantees disaster.

Has Bloomberg divested all his $$$ from fossil foolishness yet?  I know he's done a lot of good work on climate but I wonder if his $$$ is still supporting the fossil fools.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 06:38:38 PM EST
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Absolutely.

Bloomberg is a "bit player" in the assemble cast of characters, representing the opposition party which presents little to no opposition to the ideology of CAPITAL, or its current bankrupt scion, DJT.

Each candidate accumulates CAPITAL through generations of exploitation (read: youth vote) to dispense as sympathetic platitudes and philanthropic anethema (read: gifts) to the dispossessed polity (read: vanishing middle-class "family" wealth). That is the "cost of doing business" in his caste. Their individual, trivial demonstrations of largesse are not intended to "transform" government or "liberate" antagonists from patronage.

Proving the point: After the NV debate, Bloomberg did gratuitously offer to divest ownership of Bloomberg Media, if elected. And while duly defending grotesque advertising expense to acquire votes, Mike like his competitors improvised cavalier apologies for past performances of "blue" state common causes. His function for the DNC machine has been only to spoil lingering doubt about that corp's market power and dissemble "progressive" ambivalence about CAPITAL equity. So Mike peeled off the low-hanging fruit in Bernie's "revolution", prime working age cohort indoctrinated by Biden's Boomers. So what?

"Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park"

In any event: Not a single POTUS since FDR (and even he is an ambiguous figure of antitrust politics) has altered the course of industrial policy from boom to bust, or cyclical disaster, that afflicts folklore concerning so-called representative democracy.  Congress operates with impunity, predictable incumbency, and power of the purse. Every POTUS is a figurehead of concerted legislative priorities of successor generations which guarantee the scale of disturbance to BAU will not recur. They are private, personal now. And those anonymous voters who endorse that "leadership" simply are not prepared for even the most mundane disruption of BAU much less Sanders' tepid re-configurations "public assistance" (read: democratic socialism). I cannot help but be disappointed, again, by the determination of the uniparty to foil such a modest challenge to their last breaths.

by Cat on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 10:09:52 PM EST
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With less than 25% of the delegates selected to date, Biden leads Sanders by 453 to 382, hardly a decisive lead. However winning Texas is big for Biden, and the endorsements by Bloomberg, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar will help consolidate the centrist vote behind him in the coming primaries.

Without Warren standing aside in his favour, it is hard to see how Sanders can regain the initiative, although he will continue to poll well in the more liberal states. His problem is that those states are generally not the swing states a Democratic nominee needs to win to win the Presidency.

If a Democrat can't win California in the general election, they can't win anything anyway, so winning California does not increase perceptions of Sanders' "electability." Still, it is a sad commentary on today's Democratic party that their top three candidates are all in their 70's and their top two will be well into their 80's if the win a first term.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 04:10:41 PM EST
The elders troika of Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko comes to mind. Perestroika next in the US?
by das monde on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 05:26:36 PM EST
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Only if USians come to realise they are no longer top dogs in the world, or, in other words, not in this century...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 05:41:44 PM EST
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Also California is still a mess and might narrow the gap somewhat once all the votes are counted and the Russian hackers have had their say. Time is short, but Biden is a terribly weak candidate. Sanders has to go scorcchingly negative though, which is not really his strongest suit. Maybe the DNC forget to re-rig the debate rules and Tulsi gets to come?

Also post-mortem:

by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 05:52:53 PM EST
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Latest update: Biden 548, Sanders 484 - a v. slight narrowing of the gap


Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 06:27:58 PM EST
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See the map I added to diary ... crucial states Sanders should have won: MA-ME-MN and OK was borderline.

I understand in CA there is still vote counting.

SC and VA with the US Naval base plus the deep South were beyond the reach of a progressive candidate.

There are many voters who will not vote for Joe Biden ... as I have written in the 2016 presidential campaign, the DNC persists in a wrong analysis and tipping the scales. Is the capitalistic mindset to defraud and corrupt many aspects of society? Is this the new norm Sanders-Warren are battling against?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 06:50:04 PM EST
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Another title for this diary would be, "DNC Takes Decisive Step Toward Trump Reelection".
by rifek on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 04:18:59 PM EST
Yep.  Biden will go down in flames.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 06:39:44 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 09:40:27 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 06:20:22 PM EST
Warren team considers ending campaign | Politico |

As results from Super Tuesday states rolled in Tuesday evening, the mood inside the Warren team turned grim, with two staffers even sniping at each other on Twitter.

Others began referring to the campaign and her team in the past tense, with one talking about little girls one day carrying "the torch that Elizabeth Warren lit."



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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 08:10:14 PM EST
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Money gone, PAC gone, campaign gone. Hope it was worth it.
by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 08:17:38 PM EST
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beyond the Black Belt: Fredo mediates.


"She's making a language point here."

Letter from Birmingham Jail, Aug 1963

m'k.

by Cat on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 04:44:33 AM EST
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ho ho ho

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 10:18:58 AM EST
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Savor the transcript: This Hilary speaks Dixiecrat loud and clear. < wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 10:33:35 PM EST
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Kick the Republicans out of the White House and restore We The People.



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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 07:56:39 PM EST


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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 07:59:13 PM EST
The new ad is fun:

I'm sure Obama is thrilled.
by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 08:40:26 PM EST
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Reading between the lines as I have followed the stocks movement over the last 10 days and Tuesday's downturn. Major stocks were in correction territory and indicis fell below 200 day average. 💬😎

Dow soars more than 1,100 points as market rallies off Biden win, UnitedHealth pops 10%



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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 09:28:24 PM EST
by generic on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 09:51:09 PM EST


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by Oui on Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 10:17:31 PM EST


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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 12:23:28 AM EST


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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 12:28:28 AM EST
Corbyn and Labour had the Blairites ... Sanders had the Clintonites! Liz Warren has a great support from advisors from the Dem Clinton era. That's the definition of Conservative or status quo. Obama didn't deliver on hope and change for the African American community and the Middle East. Obama's biggest mistake was appointing Hillary Clinton and the R2P clan in the State Department. Foreign policy was Obama's weakness and he left major decisions to VP Biden and HRC. Kerry tried to mop up the mess .. did the best he could. Now we have to look forward to another poor choice? I will never vote for a Republican. If Liz Warren folliws her ethical self and advocated policies, her choice wouldn't be difficult.

So sad!

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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 07:53:37 AM EST

And in an act of supreme bravery refuses to decide between Sanders and Biden.

by generic on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 04:11:10 PM EST
by generic on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 04:23:09 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 04:44:39 PM EST
Although the MoE is really on the individual numbers and you can't just take two and say that the difference is twice the MoE.
by generic on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 04:58:40 PM EST
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Wait, obviously the numbers are not independent so the above is wrong.
by generic on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 09:15:04 PM EST
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You know, I used to hate goodbyes. Whenever I taught my last class or when we moved to a new city, those final goodbyes used to wrench my heart. But then I realized that there is no goodbye for much of what we do.

When I left one place, I took everything I'd learned before and all the good ideas that were tucked into my brain and all the good friends that were tucked in my heart, and I brought it all forward with me -- and it became part of what I did next. This campaign is no different. I may not be in the race for president in 2020, but this fight -- our fight -- is not over. And our place in this fight has not ended.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 05:59:25 PM EST
Sitting On The Fence ...



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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 06:32:12 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 06:34:19 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 06:43:02 PM EST
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Liz Warren took her time and waited ... waited ... until she could endorse the winner ...

On June 6, the Associated Press and NBC News stated that Clinton had become the presumptive nominee ...

Elizabeth Warren Endorses Hillary Clinton on Rachel Maddow Show | NBC News - June 9, 2016 |

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a hero to liberal progressives ideologically aligned with Bernie Sanders' anti-Wall Street rhetoric, endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday night on MSNBC's the Rachel Maddow Show.

"I'm ready. I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States -- and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House," Warren said.

Warren, who has made banking reform the centerpiece of her political career and has been mentioned as a potential running mate, said she has not talked to Clinton about her vice presidential choice. Warren laughed off suggestions of being vice president and said she loves the work she currently does.

But when asked later a hypothetical question that if she were vice president, does she think she could step in and be commander-in-chief if needed, Warren responded: "yes, I do."

Will she stay in the fight and join Bernie Sanders in the coming primaries??

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by Oui on Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 09:03:07 PM EST

Di Shvue

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by Oui on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 07:46:46 AM EST
A perfect one-two punch ...

Bernie Sanders in the White House and anyone but Netanyahu as PM in Israel. Optimisme and Hope for Change.



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by Oui on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 07:52:18 AM EST
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Creepy Uncle Joe! (Look it up on youtube, before they remove them. Which they will, being pro-democrat.)

It's going to be the meme-est election ever!

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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 11:29:40 AM EST
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Fell Apart in the Fall, and It Never Recovered
Throughout 2017 and 2018, she and her advisers believed that Sanders would survey the landscape and decide that his biggest contribution could be as kingmaker in a primary, one that would be fought out on terms that he himself had established, with nearly every candidate embracing Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and a robust role for government that would have been unthinkable just four years earlier, before his 2016 campaign put it all on the map.

When Warren and Sanders got together at her apartment in October 2018 for what would become an infamous meeting, Sanders still hadn't decided whether he was going to run but was laying the groundwork nonetheless. It wouldn't be her last miscalculation.

Am I supposed to believe that? Sanders just kept running after 16 as if the campaign never ended, but he was just doing so because he was bored?

by generic on Sat Mar 7th, 2020 at 12:05:14 PM EST

That might be as good an explanation as any of what happened. Never Twitter name search.

by generic on Sun Mar 8th, 2020 at 12:18:17 AM EST
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In the words of the foremost poet of our age: Normal campaign hires Clinton staffers, doesn't feel good and changes. Many such cases!
by generic on Sun Mar 8th, 2020 at 01:47:35 PM EST
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by generic on Sun Mar 8th, 2020 at 04:31:54 PM EST
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Missed the best bit:

by generic on Sun Mar 8th, 2020 at 06:16:28 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 7th, 2020 at 11:14:35 PM EST
by generic on Mon Mar 9th, 2020 at 10:14:36 AM EST
It's a regular occurrence for a general practitioner acquaintance with a preponderance of elderly patients to administer the clock and other tests indicating dementia with the patient unwilling to forfeit driving. I suppose an unwillingness to forfeit the presidency is just as typical.
by Andhakari on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 10:27:37 AM EST
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Including the present WH occupant.
by Bernard on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 07:09:56 PM EST
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"Joe Biden Delivers a Decisive Blow to Bernie Sanders US Democracy".  FIFY.
by rifek on Mon Mar 9th, 2020 at 07:55:35 PM EST
Not sure how much agency Biden had, honestly.
"<s>Joe Biden</s>The assembled forces of reaction Delivers a Decisive Blow to <s>Bernie Sanders</s> US Democracy"

US democracy now hinges on whether enough old people heed CDC advice and stay home tomorrow.

by generic on Mon Mar 9th, 2020 at 09:56:57 PM EST
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Mixed html and BB code up again, but you get my meaning.
by generic on Mon Mar 9th, 2020 at 10:09:54 PM EST
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Bull 🤥

    As Biden's campaign seeks to keep him away from open microphones and limit his public appearances, serious questions are being asked about Biden's mental health and his decades of right-wing positions and policies. Nathan Robinson, editor-in-chief of Current Affairs, discusses Biden's record on criminal justice, the climate crisis, women's reproductive rights, war, and trade. Robinson accurately predicted Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton and he argues it will all happen again if Biden is the candidate in November. His latest article is titled, "Democrats, You Really Do Not Want To Nominate Joe Biden."

Bernie on Fox News talks "radical" ...



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by Oui on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 07:23:08 PM EST


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by Oui on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 08:01:19 PM EST

How payroll taxes work

Payroll taxes are withheld from workers' wages and are used to fund government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.

For Social Security, employee wages are currently subject to a 6.2% tax up to $137,700. Workers also pay a Medicare tax of 1.45%.



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by Oui on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 08:22:15 PM EST


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by Oui on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 09:34:57 PM EST
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They will get a lot of help from DNC Senate and House, whether or not Trump crushes Biden in the GE.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 02:00:00 AM EST
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Good job DNC.

by generic on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 11:45:51 PM EST
by generic on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 02:41:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 02:05:01 AM EST

IT'S OVER ... SIGNING OFF :-)

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by Oui on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 08:10:27 AM EST
Elections: Where Hope Goes to Die | Tikun Olam |

Developments today in Israeli and U.S. elections combined to make me absolutely miserable.  On top of that Seattle, where I live, is one of America's premier Coronavirus hot spots.  It is spreading like wildfire, but there is a preternatural calm in the city: road traffic is down, restaurants and stores are half-full. It's as if the town was waiting for the other shoe (or an anvil) to drop.  Like I said: depressing.

I know that's not an auspicious way to begin a blog post.  So I hope you haven't fled yet and will persevere.  Perhaps we can somehow comfort each other in the midst of our misery.

In another round of Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders was soundly trounced virtually everywhere.  A Big Blue Wall has descended, like Churchill's Iron Curtain, on Democratic America.  The voters have spoken. They have turned their back on progressive politics and thrown in their lot with an addle-brained middle-of-the-road, uninspiring, corporate shill.  Personally, I don't think Biden can beat Trump (barring any unforeseen disasters that rise to the level of national catastrophe).  He isn't even as strong a candidate as Hillary was in 2016.

I have decided that I cannot vote for Biden in the general election.  It might matter if there was any chance of Trump carrying Washington State. But there isn't. And given our Electoral College system, the popular vote counts for little in these elections.

As I've written before, I have been voting in elections since 1970. In that span, I've felt forced to vote for the least-worst candidate many times.  I'm not going to do that this time.  This country had a chance to vote for someone who rose far above the usual level of mediocrity and compromise among candidates, and they shunned him.  I cannot cover my eyes and cast such a vote again.

Bernie, the Green New Deal ... read the plan!

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by Oui on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 08:54:32 AM EST


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by Oui on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 08:55:07 AM EST
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Congratulations Dummycrap "leadership".  You've delivered a Biden nomination and consequently four more ears of Der Drumpfenfuehrer, and Turtle Man Mitch still in charge of the Senate.
by rifek on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 03:27:56 PM EST
I mean apparently Sanders only needs 56% of the future votes to still win and Biden's brain situation is rapidly deteriorating. If the DNC just goes for it and stops all Biden events they'll win, if they don't there is still a good chance of some impressive senior moments.

by generic on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 04:06:00 PM EST
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Sanders defeats Biden in North Dakota
"Sanders received 53 percent of the vote, while Biden got just under 40 percent"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 11th, 2020 at 08:33:09 PM EST
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The leadership of the Democratic party certainly had something to do with this, but voters did as well. This wasn't a stage-managed inevitability campaign like 2016 and 2008, and prior to South Carolina the chattering class was giving up on Biden entirely, and he was collapsing in the polls.

Once again everyone was wrong. He was bailed out by unexpected turnout and unexpected voter support. And things turned for him so suddenly that it seemed pretty clear that his support had been underestimated from the start. For whatever reason lots of people chose Biden.

The Dem field was just weak, and the weak candidate with high name recognition beat the other weak candidates.

by Zwackus on Thu Mar 12th, 2020 at 12:21:56 PM EST
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Voters are terrible, but I'd argue that the whole thing was vastly more rigged than even 16. We had more than a year of unceasing non-campaigning. They loaded the campaign full of minor characters that all dropped out before the voting even started. In thee end there were no debates at all. Apparently something like 60% of Biden voters in South Carolina thought he supported m4a. That is an indictment of the Sanders campaign, certainly, but it is understandable in a way. No one who set down with Biden in the last year thought that guy had any chance at the presidency. The NYT endorsed girlpower instead. Yet here we are.
by generic on Thu Mar 12th, 2020 at 03:56:15 PM EST
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I think we will have to agree to disagree, because our perspective on the matter is so completely different. There were a plethora of candidates, yes, and all of them were auditioning to be the centrist Biden alternative -- not to eat Bernie's lunch. There were enough debates that anyone who wanted to pay attention had the option to pay attention. Sure, it would have been nice to have one between South Carolina and Super Tuesday, but I really don't think that was a deliberate decision, in large part because nobody was expecting such a total reversal of the field in those three days. But there had been a debate just a few days before Super Tuesday, and again, anyone who was looking to the debates to care had the opportunity to do so. But the election was not decided by people who were eagerly watching the debates to make up their mind, it was decided by people who had already made up their mind before the campaigning started.

2016 we had "Hillary IS THE NOMINEE and she has everybody's support wrapped up and HOW DARE YOU even think of challenging her" for a full year before the first primary votes were even cast. I'm not quite sure how that seems less rigged than what happened this year. The events of this year can be very easily explained as "a bunch of people who mostly agree try to take the crown from Biden, and when they realize they're not going to succeed they give up and support him."

Sanders has been running on building a revolution, and I'm sad to say that if you can't build a revolution big enough to win some Democratic primaries then you damn well can't build a revolution big enough to win the general.

by Zwackus on Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 12:52:09 AM EST
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a segment of all eligible, registered, vocal, and likely voters are invested in DNC block grant marketing to the bitter end. They don't wear armbands at exit poll--they may not cast a ballot-- but the money they donate to DNC media advertising saves or creates jobs for propagandists whose sole function is dressing their clients' preferred candidate each election in the garb of institutional knowledge and authority prescribed by pulp fiction. Regardless of majoritarian rules. File in ##Misplaced precision.

Only immigrants aged < 21 y.o. are incredulous, and they keep comining.
by Cat on Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 05:52:07 AM EST
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It may seem like a quibble, but I disagree that Sanders, or frankly Corbyn, were weak candidates. They both have an excellent record on policy, excel in some formats while being weaker in others and inspire a significant minority into enthusiastic activism. However, both of them are lousy revolutionaries. Of course, nothing in Sander's policy proposals is in and of itself revolutionary and ruling class interests would certainly concede most of his demands to head off a real revolutionary threat, as indeed happened in post war Europe, they don't see a revolutionary threat except the movement around Sanders/Corbyn so they close ranks and crush it. (Or maybe not, FDR was nearly couped and Peron, who saved capitalism in Argentina was literally couped).
The thing with revolutions is, of course, that most of them fail.

My argument as to how the primary is even more rigged than the last one is rather simple: In 2016 the forces of reaction openly concentrated behind Hillary, there were of course a lot of little conspiracies and fraud, but nothing really demanded a big conspiracy. Compare with the coordinated strategy before Super Tuesday: Everyone dropping out and literally all of them except two minors endorse Biden. The dying Warren campaign getting propped up by a Super PAC to make it past Super Tuesday (and getting dropped right after), they even bothered to buy off Yang with a CNN gig and then did a concentrated presumptive nominee media Blitz in the three days leading up to the election. There were also constant changes to the rules about who gets to attend the debates.
It is also noticeable that there were no significant attacks on Biden. despite opposition to his bankruptcy bill being the origin story for Warren's political carrier, since Kamala Harris went after him on busing, and then walked it back the next day. And I wonder if the story at the time, that she ran out of money because of mismanagement and nepotism was the whole truth. She might have wanted the job a bit too much to be reliable.

by generic on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 01:23:47 AM EST
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A good point from another thread: After the video above Julian Castro turned from a rising star to a Gabbardlike clown in the media.

by generic on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 04:56:58 PM EST
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SOCIALIST DISTANCING!



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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