I apologize for the number of press articles….I am re-doing my War Room, as my daughter has called the den, and it is more daunting than I had anticipated…..I promise to be back soon with more original stuff……please bear with me……
After the landslide win the GOP had in 2010 they set about trying to re-write the act of voting….and for the most part have been very successful…….they hid the attack on voting rights under the guise of Voter IDs and went in through the back door once they got that approval from an uneducated electorate…….
And then SCOTUS help the GOP with iots gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 2 years ago……
Noe the Dems have found a backbone and is trying to overturn what the Court has done……
But will they be successful? thoughts?
Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation.
The media has been pushing the term “Populism” for almost a year……both the GOP and the Dems have their own brands of populism……and 2016 may be the populists movement election……or maybe not……..
I have watched the Dems go from the Clinton centric BS to one of class issues……but is it a winning strategy for 2016?
In my mind I think NOT! Why? When the campaigns gear up for the final push to the vote the propaganda boyz and girlz will go all out to make any topic like inequality as some sort of plot from days past….
Of course situations can change by election day and all bets will be off……but for now I do not think the Dems have a winning strategy as of yet……(Believe me I do hope I am wrong on this)…….
Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You. – NationalJournal.com.
Since she left the SecState position she has been crowned as the next Dem nominee for the presidency……..everyone is crowning her with the exception of FOX and few thinking people could give a sh*t what FOX reports……and then there are those that have stepped up on the Left to challenge her, like Bernie and Chafee.
People like Bernie but pretty much dismiss him outright…..the problem there is that his issues are right on point with the thinking of most American….hard to say if that will translate into a victory but it will make debate on fiscal issue so much better.
Then there is Lincoln Chafee…..since his announcement most people have been snickering under their breath at the thought of him taking on Clinton. Personally, I think they are wrong. No, he will not be the Dem nominee but he will make her life a misery as long as he can especially on her vote for the original Iraq invasion……..
In the vote to authorize the Iraq war, precisely one Republican senator came out against it. His name was Lincoln Chafee, now a Democrat running for president, and that vote is why he “could prove Hillary’s most intriguing challenger,” writes Peter Beinart at the Atlantic. Beinart doesn’t think Chafee has a prayer at winning the nomination, but Chafee will go after Clinton with the argument that anyone who voted for the war—as she did—doesn’t deserve to be president because of the mess it has unleashed.
“He will talk about the collapse of Iraq and the rise of ISIS in a way she can’t,” writes Beinart. This may not be a problem for Clinton in the primary because national security isn’t a big issue for Democratic voters in this election. But it is for Republicans, who blame the Obama administration for bungling the war’s aftermath. For Clinton, “if there’s one policy question that could prove dangerous, it’s Iraq,” writes Beinart. “On that subject, Lincoln Chafee is the canary in the coal mine. If Hillary can’t find an effective answer to his attacks, it may be a sign of trouble ahead.” Click for his full post, or to read about a more unusual campaign platform from Chafee.
God yes…..he is a super long shot……..but he has the capacity to give Hil Hell during the debates for as long as he can stay in. And that is what I like about him and Bernie both……they will be superb debaters against Hillary’s positions and her changes on her positions.
So begins another week and the list of candidates keeps expanding……the newest candidate is not yet another Repub but rather this time it is a Dem……….here we have Hillary, then Bernie and now O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland…..
But what are his chances? What does he bring to the table?
Martin O’Malley, a former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, announced his long-shot bid to win the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton this morning. “Today, the American dream seems for so many of us to be hanging by a thread,” the 52-year-old said in Baltimore, accompanied by his wife and four children. “It does not have to be this way. This generation of Americans still has time to become great. We must save our country now. And we will do that by rebuilding the dream.” A sampling of coverage:
- Washington Post: “He is banking, boosters say, on the prospect that Clinton’s widespread support will crater as more voters assess the baggage she brings to the race and that O’Malley—a two-term governor with string of progressive accomplishments—will emerge as the most credible alternative.”
- Baltimore Sun: “Analysts give O’Malley little chance capturing the nomination, and speculate he is angling to raise his profile for a future run—or perhaps a Cabinet post.”
- CNN: “The treatment of Freddie Gray, which sparked a national dialogue about police conduct toward racial minorities, drew renewed scrutiny to the controversial zero-tolerance policing strategy that O’Malley advocated for as mayor—part of an aggressive strategy to crack down on crime.”
- Politico: “The run-up to his launch here could hardly have been worse, complicated in recent weeks by unrest in the city where he served as mayor and the unexpected early momentum of another Hillary Clinton challenger: Bernie Sanders.”
- New York Times: His resume “might be irresistible” to Democrats—in any other year. It’s “unclear whether Mr. O’Malley can aggressively raise funds without a devoted base of support, which Mr. Sanders can draw on, or a raft of major donors, which Mrs. Clinton enjoys. His aides have declined to say whether he has a single backer who would be willing to contribute millions of dollars to a ‘super PAC’ to keep him afloat.”
Personally his chances of securing the Dem nomination are slim to none…..but at least there are challengers to Clinton’s inevitability……..maybe this will bode well for some good debates….we can only hope.
It’s Thursday and a day to celebrate! Hump Day is behind us and the end of the week approaches…….
As boring as I am finding the early days of the 2016 election it is about to get more interesting.
No secret that I like Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders and have been hoping he would do the right thing and run against Hillary……..and as they say hope springs eternal…….
Today is the day!
Hillary Clinton will have at least one challenger over her left shoulder for the Democratic nomination: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, will announce his candidacy on Thursday, reports Vermont Public Radio. The 73-year-old will focus on three main issues: income inequality, climate change, and campaign finance reform, a longtime adviser tells Politico. The plan is for a low-key announcement, followed by a splashier kickoff in Vermont in a few weeks, and then trips to the early-voting states.
“Sanders’ basic message will be that the middle class in America has been decimated in the past two decades while wealthy people and corporations have flourished,” writes VPR. Expect him to press Clinton on where she stands on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade pact that he opposes as bad for working-class America. Sanders should have company soon in nudging Clinton leftward: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to join the race in May, reports Reuters.
My guess is that this will keep Warren from a trip to the primaries…….and the Dems need someone who is truly on the Left….plus will wait and see the “dirty” the scared Right digs up on Bernie….I know the first place they will go…..but I will remain silent to see if they are as smart as they think they are…….
The fun has begun!
The fun that is the 2016 election season.
In case you were unaware the presumptive Dem nominee does have at least one opponent……at least for now…..
Chafee was the sole GOP “NO” vote for war in Iraq in 2002……he has since changed parties and is now a Dem…….we could chastise him for not staying in his party and fighting for change…..or we could read about his critique of Clinton…..
Me? I prefer to read something interesting…..so should you………
Lincoln Chafee’s Clinton Critique Is Actually Compelling | The American Conservative.
Please stop using ‘progressive’ to describe Democrats……
When Bill Clinton was elected I told anyone that would listen that the country was in for a good thumping…..but as usual NO one listened.
My problem was is popularly called a “centrist” Democrat…..what crap! Look what that type of politics has done to the country and now they are asking for another shot at governing…….I say NO way!
But the American people are so scared at being labeled that they will turn a blind eye to the crap that has happened in the last 20 years.
Yes a Repub would be worse but why do Americans have to settle for Bad or Worse? Progressives are coming on……..they are leading the way…..
6 Surprising Ways Progressives Are Actually Kicking Butt in Congress | Alternet.