What To Expect From Centrists

I have made my thoughts known about what I think of so-called “centrists”……not a big fan of the term…but for those that missed my past posts…..

 
As an example I will use the civil rights fight John Clyburn (this will get me into trouble for attacking an icon like him)….this is about bowing to cash in opposition to progress……
James Clyburn is a Dixiecrat on almost every issue except segregation, and even then he repeatedly chided the Civil Rights Movement for “going too far.” His pivotal endorsement of Obama said more about Obama’s real political character than Clyburn’s. But say this for the Dixiecrats of old, they based their politics largely on conviction, debased convictions to be sure. Clyburn follows the money (He’s pocketed more than $1 million from the health “care” lobby alone). He is one of the premier transactional politicians of our time, a contract killer hired to protect the agenda of corporate America.
 
(Jeffery St. Clair)
He is an example and by NO MEANS a solitary figure….this is how progress comes to a halt….bowing to cash and lobbyist.
 
Cash buys even civil rights icons….so how can we get anything done in the nation?
 
When will this era of buying government come to an end?
 
To answer my own question….since I am an old fart….not in my lifetime….greed is more powerful than  allegiance to country and its people.
 
This has to end.
 
We need dedicated representatives….not toadies standing in the payday line at lobbying firms.
 
But that is a pipe dream as long as dark money is throwing in the direction of our politicians….federal funding is the answer.
 Corporation can give all they desire but t would go into a fund and not in the pockets of individuals….
 
Money has given rise to the idiocy of today…..and only the loss of that cash will stop the spread of the political cancer we are suffering with now.

A complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission accuses 18 super PACs—which dumped over $200 million into races from 2017 to 2020—of deliberately misleading voters by concealing their connections to the major party political action committees that financed them.

“Voters have a right to know when big money is flowing into their elections from D.C.-based groups hiding their agendas and funding behind fake names,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and chief of staff at Campaign Legal Center (CLC) Action, and former associate general counsel of the FEC, in a statement.

“The vast scope of this illegal concealment should prompt swift investigation and a firm crackdown by the FEC,” he added.

 
Even Progressives are not at all pleased with the antics of these Centrists….

House Democrats from both sides of the political spectrum are finding it hard to contain their annoyance at their 10 colleagues threatening to topple President Joe Biden’s entire agenda — for no real reason. 

The centrist group claims that Americans can’t wait a moment longer for the hard infrastructure upgrades, and that the bipartisan bill shouldn’t be used as a “political football.” 

 
I have been told by friends that I may be a bit too hard on the Centrists (Moderates)….but his says I am not…..
With Democrats clinging to just an eight-seat majority in the House of Representatives, even a small number of defectors can hold up the party’s legislative agenda. That reality was on vivid display last week, when nine moderate Democrats threatened to vote no on moving forward with Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution unless the House first voted to pass the Senate’s bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package.
 
We need a government of the best people….not the best people money can buy….and Centrists are owned by the dollars from Lobbyists and corporations.
 
In this political climate in the US Centrists are holding Progress up because they are paid to do just that.
 
As my earlier posts prove just how pathetic these people are…..and how the nation needs reps with balls and not those that worship money.
 
Why are Dems so ineffectual?
 
Easy answer….
 
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It is just that easy to explain.
 
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Centrists–The Brake Of Progess

The news keeps telling us about the ‘centrist’ that are searching for bi-partisanship…..my question is why?

For decades there has been no cooperation between the parties other than a few cases that is hailed as good……and yet nothing changes….so how good was the cooperation?

I have made my thoughts on Centrists known here on IST….

 
 
We have a new president with a progressive agenda (that title is debatable)…..and the Centrists are working to defeat anything he may try….especially on the taxation thing…..
 
Biden has an ambitious infrastructure plan….of course the Repubs in the Senate will fight any progress of this bill….
President Joe Biden set about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the difficulty of his task was made clear as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vowed to oppose the plan “every step of the way,” per the AP. Speaking in Kentucky, McConnell said he personally likes Biden and they’ve been friends a long time. But the president will get no cooperation from the GOP, which objects to the corporate tax increases in the plan and says they would hurt America’s ability to compete in a global economy. “We have some big philosophical differences, and that’s going to make it more and more difficult for us to reach bipartisan agreements,” the Republican leader said
This Biden plan is a jobs creator and yet Dems, those Centrists, will be a wrench in the works because they want tax cuts for the rich….

A small but potentially influential group of House Democrats on Tuesday threatened to oppose an emerging climate and infrastructure package if it does not restore a tax deduction that overwhelmingly benefited the richest households in the country.

The state and local tax (SALT) deduction was capped at $10,000 as part of the 2017 Republican tax-cut legislation, a change that prompted outcry from centrist blue-state House Democrats who represent the higher-income, higher-tax areas that were disproportionately impacted by the limit. The House voted to suspend the cap in 2019—a move opposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other prominent progressives—but the effort died in the then-Republican Senate.

Now, with Democrats in control of the upper chamber, several lawmakers are using their leverage in the narrowly Democratic House to try to force a full repeal of the SALT cap into upcoming legislation. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that 62% of the benefits of repeal would go to the richest 1%.

In a joint statement late Tuesday afternoon, Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) declared that they “will not accept any changes to the tax code that do not restore the SALT deduction and put fairness back into the system.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/31/centrist-democrats-panned-demanding-revival-major-tax-break-rich

Once again these ‘moderates’ are protecting the rich and the country be damned.

Then there is the Senate Dems, especially Joe Manchin, who is a so-called Centrists that will also block his parties plans to protect the rich…..

Senate Democrats need all 50 members of their caucus to band together to pass bills that don’t have any GOP support. So, in theory at least, any senator could constantly force the party to bend to their will.

In reality, though, only Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is using that power. He’s already blocked President Biden’s nominee to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, and he forced congressional Democrats to make changes to the economic stimulus bill before he would provide his needed “yea” vote. Manchin is also opposing proposals embraced by the Biden administration and most congressional Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and to mandate background checks for nearly all gun sales.

Why Joe Manchin Is So Willing And Able To Block His Party’s Goals

Just another example of just how badly the system is broken.

Only a handful in Congress are pushing for progress….the rest are trying to preserve the status quo….to protect the rich and the country is only a secondary thought.

This country will forever be locked in this downward spiral as long as these political cowards hold the power to put the brakes on progress.

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Nothing Changes With Democrats

The world owes Donald Trump thanks. But for him, our next president would be Donald Trump, and “moderate” Democrats – spineless defenders of the pre-Trumpian status quo and of the interests of the kinder-gentler wing of the ruling class — would have done even more harm than they did.

Needless to say, this is not how liberal media see it. As soon as the election was called, they went on the offense. Within a day or two, watching MSNBC and CNN became unbearable, worse even than listening to NPR or reading the drivel of most New York Times and Washington Post columnists.

Stephanie Rule, Claire McCaskill, Dana Bush and a few others were among the first to go on the attack, but within hours and with very few exceptions, they all followed suit – blaming not themselves and their politics, but the politics of leftists within the Democratic fold for the fact that the “blue tsunami” they were all expecting failed to materialize.

Damn Moderates

As I type the Dem candidate, Joe Biden, is winning the presidency….but to be fair it is not over yet……that is not over in Trump’s tiny mind…..

The Dems have proven that they remain spineless after 50 years of snuggling up to corporate cash…..gutless and spineless to the end.

The Dems are once again looking for someone to blame because they lost some seats……like in 2016 it was my fault because I voted Green that Hillary lost…..not that she was a horrible candidate that had NO feel for the voter just a sense of entitlement…like her crooked husband.

The public overwhelmingly supports Medicare For All…..the Green New Deal….Minimum wage increase…..etc etc…..even FOX News is reporting that …..Election Day exit polling showing that 72% of voters favor transitioning to a “government-run healthcare plan.”

That is Progressive and yet the Centrist keep trying keep the health industry in the loop and profitable.  Once again these Centrist illustrate why Hillary lost and why they are becoming a political dinosaur that is due for extinction.

But the Centrists are whining and blaming….

In a heated caucus-wide conference call on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other centrist Democrats in the U.S. House reportedly blamed lost congressional seats on the redistributive agenda advanced by the party’s progressive members, with Majority Whip James Clyburn warning that running on “socialized medicine” will result in losing the two runoff races in Georgia that could give the party a Senate majority.

“Polls consistently show a majority of the U.S. electorate [is] considerably to the left of both party leaderships… on issue after issue—the environment, electoral reform, [and] Medicare for All,” said Jacobin’s Luke Savage, less than 72 hours before the Democratic Party establishment recycled its attacks on popular progressive policies following a underwhelming showing at the ballot box. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/centrist-house-democrats-attack-medicare-all-fox-news-poll-shows-72-voters-want

The Progressives in the House are pushing back on the attacks from the do-nothing Centrists…..

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not directly address comments made in Thursday evening’s House Democratic caucus call on Friday, but in an extensive Twitter thread the congresswoman discussed multiple reasons for rejecting centrist Democrats’ claims that the embrace of progressive policies led to lackluster election results for the party. 

Support for broadly popular policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All and relentless canvassing by progressives in the House—even when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign declined to campaign in key states—were among the factors which helped unapologetic progressives win elections this year, the New York Democrat tweeted, while centrist candidates lost or came close to losing. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/ocasio-cortez-dismisses-centrist-attempts-blame-left-dem-losses-calling-party-listen

This is why I like these Reps…they do not mince words and go to the heart of the problems.

Keep in mind that Progressives worked hard for Biden and if he does what I think he will and turn his back on them then they will make them, Centrists,  pay in 2022 and 2024.

The evident defeat of Donald Trump would not have been possible without the grassroots activism and hard work of countless progressives. Now, on vital issues—climate, healthcare, income inequality, militarism, the prison-industrial complex, corporate power and so much more—it’s time to engage with the battle that must happen inside the Democratic Party.

The realpolitik rationales for the left to make nice with the incoming Democratic president are bogus. All too many progressives gave the benefit of doubts to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, making it easier for them to service corporate America while leaving working-class Americans in the lurch. Two years later, in 1994 and 2010, Republicans came roaring back and took control of Congress.

From the outset, progressive organizations and individuals (whether they consider themselves to be “activists” or not) should confront Biden and other elected Democrats about profound matters. Officeholders are supposed to work for the public interest. And if they’re serving Wall Street instead of Main Street, we should show that we’re ready, willing and able to “primary” them.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/06/progressives-made-trumps-defeat-possible-now-its-time-challenge-biden-and-other

Centrists are pussies that have their corporate handlers best interest at heart not the people of this nation….and yet they blame everybody but themselves for their poor showings at the polls.

As usual Dems were cocky and overconfident and blew their advantage by embracing the wrong policies……by basically shrugged off all policies with the exception of “Beat Trump”……they, Centrist, need a message….something they have not had for decades…the Progressives have that message and maybe it is time to pull Centrists heads out of corporate asses and embrace some true issues.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

Since the Centrists will be in control we can look for NO progress on any issue that means anything to the nation.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

You asked for a policy-less DNC and now you have it…..

Do Not Bitch And Whine….this is what you wanted.

BTW…I will be cruising blogs and looking for those that supported Biden when they start bitching…I will be there to remind them that I TOLD THEM SO!

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2020–Centrists Are Running Scared

The media and their mouthpieces, the Dem centrists, have been lying and misinforming the voting public for over a year.

Now that the voting has begun losers like Hillary Clinton are sniping at Bernie and other progressives…..I posted on her latest silly attack…..https://lobotero.com/2020/02/03/closing-thought-03feb20/

And now another centrist and loser, John Kerry, has tried to make the same case as Clinton…..

John Kerry has angrily denied claims that he might be plotting to enter the Democratic race at the last minute. The former secretary of State, who was the party’s 2004 nominee, spoke out after NBC reported that he had been overheard in an Iowa hotel talking about entering the race because of “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party—down whole,” reports Politico. An NBC analyst said they heard Kerry, who has been campaigning on behalf of Joe Biden, say “maybe I’m f–king deluding myself here” before noting that donors would have to raise “a couple of million” and saying he would have to stop making paid speeches and step down from the board of Bank of America.

Kerry tweeted that he is not planning to run for president, “and any report otherwise is f—ing (or categorically) false.” He later deleted the tweet and replaced it with one minus the expletive. The 76-year-old told NBC that its report was a “complete and total misinterpretation based on overhearing only one side of a phone conversation.” He added: “A friend who watches too much cable called me wondering whether I’d ever jump into the race late in the game if Democrats were choosing an unelectable nominee. I listed all the reasons I could not possibly do that and would not—and will not under any circumstances—do that.”

Shows how pathetic and afraid these corporate stooges are of the progressives…..and in turn it illustrates their utter disdain for the voter who may want a progressive over a do nothing Clintonian stooge.

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Biden Proves He Will Say Anything For A Vote

I have been saying that this country does not need another Clintonian candidate for the nomination. The media has decided that the best thing for the country is a spineless corporatist (Read….centrist)…this time it is Biden…..and to a lesser extent Mayor Pete.

But Biden will show his cowardice by saying that he might choose a GOPer as VP……

Joe Biden says he’s open to sharing the Democratic ticket with a Republican if he’s nominated, but there’s one problem: He can’t think of a suitable one. A woman at an event in New Hampshire on Monday told Biden that her 21-year-old son was wondering if he would consider a Republican running mate, CNN reports. “The answer is I would, but I can’t think of one now,” Biden said. “You know there’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now … they’ve got to step up.”

Biden has said he would prefer a running mate “of color and/or a different gender” and hasn’t ruled out former rival Kamala Harris or current rival Elizabeth Warren. “Whoever I would pick for vice president, and there’s a lot of qualified women, there’s a lot of qualified African-Americans. There really truly are,” he said Monday. “There’s a plethora of really qualified people.” There hasn’t been a president and vice president from different parties since the Civil War, although John McCain wanted Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2008, reports Reuters. Under pressure from his fellow Republicans, he chose Sarah Palin instead.

THis does nothing to help his case to be the Dem candidate to take on Trump…..he sounds like the babbling fool the president is….and do we really want another mindless toad as president?

Typical BS from a centrist……there is NOTHING courageous about Joe Biden.

Not to worry there is Mayor Pete waiting in the wings for Biden to stumble……yet another “corporate candidate”….but I do not trust this person and I am not alone…..

Hill.TV host Saagar Enjeti dismissed South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg‘s debate performance, saying the White House hopeful shouldn’t be taken seriously as a top-tier candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.

“Pete Buttigieg last night asked us all to take him very seriously, and unfortunately, it was revealed that he is a fundamentally unserious candidate,” Enjeti said Friday.

“Not only from his polling with African Americans but with his dated calls for change, while not actually changing anything,” he added, pointing to Buttigieg’s campaign fundraising tactics as a prime example.

Buttigieg was a top target on Thursday’s debate stage, facing criticism over his experience and fundraising practices.

Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had the most significant clash of the night after the Massachusetts senator made a passing remark about candidates who take big-dollar donations.

“I can’t help but feel that might have been directed at me,” Buttigieg said, before defending his fundraising practices and noting that Warren also took money from large donors before launching her presidential bid.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also ripped Buttigieg over his fundraising strategy, comparing him to fellow contender, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“My good friend Joe, and he is a good friend, he’s received contributions from 44 billionaires. Pete on the other hand, is trailing, Pete,” Sanders said from the debate stage. “You only got 39 billionaires contributing.”

The attacks come amid a renewed focus on Buttigieg, who has ascended the early state primary polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

(thehill.com)

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That True Obama

Remember back in 2008 and the Dem nominee, Barack Obama, was  labelled by the Right as a secret socialist….basically because of his acquaintance with some radical people of his past.

Then there was the 8 years of his presidency and the media of the Right did all they could to drive the narrative that he, Obama, was a socialist that was coming to take away your guns, your freedoms, etc…..remember those days?

Plus for those 8 years I wrote almost weekly that Obama was no progressive…..definitely not a socialist……that in fact he was nothing more than a corporatist candidate like Clinton…..of course I was not very popular with those people enamored with the Obama candidacy…….

Fast forward to 2020….Obama has made it known just how “center” he really is…..

Barack Obama spoke at a Democratic Unity Fund fundraising event Thursday and, unsurprisingly, called for Democratic unity. The former president said the party needs to “chill out” about the 2020 field and focus on defeating Trump instead of fighting over “relatively minor” differences, CNN reports. “Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates, but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process,” the former president told around 100 high-dollar donors at the Silicon Valley event. “The field will narrow and there’s going to be one person, and if that is not your perfect candidate and there are certain aspects of what they say that you don’t agree with … I don’t care, because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high,” Obama said

Obama has rarely commented on the 2020 candidates, and aides say he won’t be doing so again this year, the New York Times reports. He warned against “purity tests” and said Democratic differences were minor relative to the goal of defeating Trump and a Republican Party that has taken “a sharp turn away from a lot of the core traditions and values and institutional commitments that built this country.” He spoke in favor of a wealth tax, saying: “That’s one area where I guarantee you where you will get Joe six-pack and the single inner-city mom agreeing. They would like to see a little bigger share of the pie and you know, the rent is too damn high.”

That was good advice to the Dems…..after all they all want the same thing….to beat Trump……but what I originally saw as some good advice turn ugly (at least for me)……

As we gear up for next year’s presidential race, the only political class in the United States that may be as terrified of losing power as the Republican Party is that of centrist Democrats. Former President Barack Obama embodied this fear in his recent remarks at an event for wealthy liberal donors when he said, “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.” It was a not-so-veiled reference to the rising chorus of demands for a “Medicare for All” health care system, a climate action plan like the Green New Deal or taxes on billionaires that redistribute some of their obscene wealth.

Obama’s statements prompted a backlash on Twitter under the hashtag “#TooFarLeft,” with people asserting that if their demands for drastic solutions to solve our many serious problems are seen as too far left, then so be it. It was the second time in the last few weeks that the former president, who still enjoys a great deal of popularity, admonished leftist activists. At an event in late October, he said, “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff … you should get over that quickly.” He was referring to what an older and more conservative generation of Americans have denounced as “cancel culture” on the left.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/21/ok-obama-time-cancel-radical-centrism

But to get back to the morons that still think Obama is a socialist…..it has been reported that he, Obama, would work against Sanders it he was the nominee…..wait is not Sanders an actual Democratic Socialist?  Yes he is.

President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.

The former president reportedly said if Sanders held a strong lead in the Democratic primary, he would speak out to prevent him from becoming the nominee.  

A close adviser to Obama told Politico he could not confirm whether Obama would stand up against Sanders.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/472090-obama-privately-said-he-would-speak-up-to-stop-sanders-report

All I can say is that I thank Obama for proving what I said all those years ago correct…..his policies were Clintonian and is NO way a socialist…that is an insult from mental midgets that have nothing but a slogan.

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That Mayor Pete News

After the last debate the MSM has a new favorite Dem candidate after Biden….Mayor Pete Buttigieg……is the fair hair child (for now)…..

For me he is way to much a Corporatist candidate…….I want us to stop using the term “Centrist”……they are not so they are however owned by the corporations and money…….and as his favoritism grows more and more history comes rolling out of the woodwork…..

For instance in 2010 Mayor Pete is caught on camera praising the Tea Party……

South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing backlash over a resurfaced video from 2010 in which he offered words of praise for the right-wing Tea Party movement and expressed a desire to find common ground.

During an October 2010 forum in Indiana hosted by the Tea Party-affiliated group Citizens for Common Sense, Buttigieg—then a candidate for Indiana state treasurer—told the audience that “there’s some, especially in my party, who think the Tea Party’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.”

“But there are many others who believe that the Tea Party’s motivated by real concerns about the direction of our government, and the responses of our government to citizens,” Buttigieg said. “And above all a frustration with business as usual. That is what motivated me to run. And so while we may come from often very different perspectives, I believe we might find that we have a lot in common.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/19/disqualifying-buttigieg-faces-backlash-praising-right-wing-tea-party-movement

In the beginning I could see the need for the Tea Party but then it became co-opted by bigots, Xenophobes, etc……it gave us the biggest cowards and liars…Gohmert, Meadows, Scalise, so on and on…..and look where these slugs have brought the country to……it is disgusting.

Sorry I digress…..back to Mayor Pete……

One of the biggest problems for Mayor Pete is that his appeal to black and brown voters is just not there….I mean he cannot even get an endorsement from a fellow city employee…..

The senior black member of the city’s Common Council has endorsed Joe Biden for president instead of South Bend’s own Pete Buttigieg. Oliver Davis prefers Biden’s experience to his mayor’s, Politico reports. “When you’re flying in the middle of a storm, you want to make sure you have steady, experienced leadership,” Davis said, adding that some backers at home thought Buttigieg should remain in office in Indiana longer to gain experience before running for president. Davis also appeared miffed that Buttigieg didn’t consult him and other black council members before launching his campaign, especially given his weak support among black voters nationally: “Don’t you think that you would take some time to talk to us in town before you lift off?” Davis ran to succeed Buttigieg this year but was defeated by the mayor’s choice.

Davis’ decision doesn’t reshape the race, but it highlights the difficulty Buttigieg is having in drawing support from people who aren’t white. A Quinnipiac University poll shows less than 1 percent of likely black voters in South Carolina support him, per the Washington Post. A major reason could be that Buttigieg is gay; black Americans are much less likely than whites to endorse same-sex marriage, Pew has found. But experts and analysts say there are so many factors in this election that it’s more complicated than that, per NBC. “The true Pete Buttigieg test, the one he’s unquestionably failing, has to do with the résumé and the issues,” one political scientist said.

I have been saying all along the Mayor Pete was nothing more than a corporatist candidate…his issues lean toward protecting the wealthy corporations rather than the country……as a support to my belief…..

Why has Buttigieg flipped from being a putative progressive to being perhaps the most conservative, pro-corporate Democrat remaining in the field? A good place to start would be to follow the money.

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, the fourth-largest town in Indiana, is the shiny new object in the race to become the Democrats’ candidate for president in 2020. Coming from almost nowhere, he’s finished first in several recent Iowa polls.

Superficially, there’s a lot that’s appealing about Mayor Pete: He’s articulate, quick on his feet, can speak in full paragraphs—sometimes in Norwegian—and projects a sense of optimism. But when you scratch below the service, it’s hard to find Buttigieg’s core convictions, and and he now appears to have put himself up for sale to corporate interests

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/22/pete-buttigieg-just-shill-corporations-and-donor-class

He may be a corporate favorite but until he can pull the wool over the eyes of black voters like the Clinton machine has done then he will be just another “also ran”.

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Dems Run To The Center

That is the lie from the MSM……that this country is a center left or center right country…..I disagree and I have written about this lie extensively….

https://lobotero.com/2011/06/27/centrist-vs-independent/

https://lobotero.com/2016/08/26/why-political-parties-are-unnecessary/

https://lobotero.com/2016/10/11/independents-the-lie-that-just-keeps-giving/

And then my favorite lie from the MSM….”electability”……

https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

I bring all this up because we are in the throes of another election to pick a Dem nominee then the president and the media is doing all they can to elect Joe Biden….they give a whiff of not being biased by focusing on the front runners but with caveats…..

The media has its darling, Joe Biden, a ‘moderate’ that is in the same vane that lost twice and yet they are embracing and pushing a return to the past…..

Clinton lost in 2016 mainly because she ran a poor campaign. In retrospect, though, in view of all the nefarious things she stood for and all the political currents she embodied, it was bound to be tough going for her even with an opponent as preposterous as the one she had.

Democrats ought to take that lesson to heart. But Democrats will be Democrats and so many of them are hellbent instead on doing just the opposite.

Their moderation has become so extreme that Clinton, along with some of her unreconstructed supporters, have lately been floating feelers about her running again. Seriously!

Worse by far – not just because it is far more likely to happen — leading Democrats and their toadies on the cable news networks are still pushing the idea that only Joe Biden, the doddering dufus himself, can guarantee a Trump defeat.

First Lose All the Moderates

Personally I do not think that centrists/moderates/ whatever we want to call the spineless in the party will not win the White House in 2020……

I keep hearing that the Democratic primary is coming down to someone who’s “electable” versus someone who has “ideas.”

This is pure nonsense. Beating Donald Trump requires getting out the vote. And in order to get people to turn out and vote, a presidential candidate has to be inspiring. Which means big ideas, a vision of an America that could become a reality if we all got behind it, a sense of where we need to be heading.

Don’t be fooled. This primary is not a contest between someone who’s electable and someone who has big ideas. Big ideas are essential in order to be electable.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/09/please-note-2020-election-wont-be-won-democratic-centrists

The Mainstream media is picking the candidate for the public and so far they are winning the hearts and minds of the voter for Joe Biden…..

I refuse to let them do this to me….how about you?

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Come In The Water’s Fine

That would be the political water…….

Last week it was Bloomberg threatening to enter into the race as a Dem because Biden’s support was waning……god forbid we don’t need another spineless centrist…..

This week we have yet another centrist threatening to enter into the race….Gov. Patrick from Mass…….

After ruling out a White House run late last year, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is now having second thoughts, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times, among other outlets, that the Democrat believes there is room for a candidate who can unite both the liberal and moderate wings of the party and could make an announcement later this week. A friend tells Politico that top Democratic donors who are “terrified” of Elizabeth Warren and have doubts about Joe Biden have been reaching out to Patrick in recent weeks. “Deval wants this,” the source says. “He regrets not having done it. His wife was ill. But since then, she has gotten better. But the field has gotten worse.”

Patrick—the first black governor in Massachusetts history and the third in US history—served as governor from 2007 to 2015. The Chicago native also served as chief of the Justice Department’s civil rights division under Bill Clinton, the Chicago Tribune reports. If he enters the race at the last minute, it will shake up the February primary in New Hampshire, where the deadline for filing to run is Friday. A Quinnipiac poll released Monday shows Biden at 20% in the state, followed by Warren and 16%, Pete Buttigieg at 15%, and Bernie Sanders at 14%. One of the Times‘ sources says Patrick told Biden last week that he was considering entering the race.

I was hoping that the DNC after spending so much time to protect the centrists and make them the darlings of the MSM would weigh in on later entries……I mean they spend so much time trying to eliminate the “progressives”….so far they just smile and say “the more the merrier”……

The DNC has done all they can to marginalize progressives and protect the centrists…..which to me is crapping on our democracy….

With Bernie Sanders the people’s choice for winner of the Democratic primary in terms of political organizing and campaign contributions, the powers-that-be in the DNC are putting out a call for establishment figures like Hillary Clinton or Michael Bloomberg to join the race. Not being ‘reported’ by the establishment press is that these same kingmakers 1) weighted the Democrat’s choice against Mr. Sander’s and towards Ms. Clinton in 2016 and lost and 2) chose Joe Biden as their ‘heavyweight’ candidate for 2020.

The idea, popular on the American left, that winning against Donald Trump is all that matters, runs up against the fact that these DNC kingmakers have a less than stellar track record when it comes to winning elections. Not only is Ms. Clinton one of the most enthusiastically despised people on the planet— more so than Donald Trump even after his impeachment was announced, but Michael Bloomberg was a Republican for the entirety of the wildly misguided American war against Iraq. Why isn’t he running as a Republican?

The DNC Versus Democracy

I have written and let my readers know just how little I think of the DNC……https://lobotero.com/2019/08/14/dnc-not-a-fan/

And yes I think that the DNC is corrupt it can be bought by the highest bidder…ergo the candidates can be bought…..time for NEW leadership of the Democratic Party.

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Those Damn Dem Centrists!

2020 election is in the wings and all efforts are being played.

Pundits are screaming for a centrist candidate for the Dems…..a centrist will be inclined to protect the corporations that own the news these days.

Personally, I do not think centrtists do anything to help the situation…they are more likely to feed the partisan BS that has crippled this country for damn near 4 decades.

Let me illustrate my opposition…..

https://lobotero.com/2011/06/27/centrist-vs-independent/

https://lobotero.com/2014/07/29/centrists-the-bane-of-politics/

Who are the centrists?

For those that are not sure who is who in the Democratic field….watch for their election strategy…..

I hate the term “centrists”…….. they are “corporatists”…… meaning they will do what it takes to keep corporations in control of government…..

In his book Failed States, preeminent linguist Noam Chomsky described the significant gap between the policy positions of the U.S. electorate and their elected “leaders” as a “democracy deficit.” That gap, he concluded, is the product of the deceptive manner in which “elections are skillfully managed to avoid issues and marginalize the underlying population…freeing the elected leadership to serve the substantial people.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/08/step-one-closing-democracy-deficit-stop-referring-corporatists-centrists-or

What is this strategy?

Democrats voting strategy: 1). Vote blue, no matter who   2). Refuse to discuss voting records, donor history   3). Yell at anyone discussing voting records, donor history   4). Refuse to support any progressive candidates   5). Wonder why Trump wins re-election   6). Repeat in 2024……. 2028.

It is a false allure of centrism that the MSM is pushing on the viewing public……

Nancy Pelosi is worried about 2020. As, of course, is every Democrat, but Pelosi has an analysis of the challenge the party faces that is striking in how tentative it sounds, even frightened. Here’s what she told The New York Times over the weekend:

Sitting in her office with its panoramic view of the National Mall, Ms. Pelosi—the de facto head of the Democratic Party until a presidential nominee is selected in 2020—offered Democrats her “coldblooded” plan for decisively ridding themselves of Mr. Trump: Do not get dragged into a protracted impeachment bid that will ultimately get crushed in the Republican-controlled Senate, and do not risk alienating the moderate voters who flocked to the party in 2018 by drifting too far to the left.

“Own the center left, own the mainstream,” Ms. Pelosi, 79, said.

It wasn’t that long ago that Pelosi was supposed to epitomize the left’s radicalism, a “San Francisco liberal” who filled every heartland American with rage and disgust. Now she’s telling the Democratic Party that the path to victory is by limiting conflict with Donald Trump and offering a sedate policy centrism.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/06/fearful-democrats-and-false-allure-policy-centrism

If you want more of the same from your Dems then vote for those damn centrists…..Biden, Mayor Pete, Harris, Booker, etc etc…….and please stop attaching the “progressive” label to these corporate toadies.

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