“Electability”–The Lie That Keeps On Giving

Do you watch the news? If so, how many times have you heard the term “electability” when reporting on the candidates for the 2020 cycle?

Between polls and electability the lies just keep giving for the MSM…..these are tools used to force certain candidates on the voting public…..the DNC is helping this deception by trying to limit the candidates the public has to choose from for their vote.

I like pundits that pretend to care about the process of voting…like Morning Joe on MSNBC he states….” it is not whether you are too liberal or conservative but rather that you have a message”…..what crap!

When Dems do have a message then they are attacked by the pundits as “socialist”…all the while they promote the useless candidates that have NO message other than being a Centrist with no plans and no guts…..

The myth of “electability” is horse manure!

Let’s be honest……the con of electability is nothing more than fanciful pundit thinking…..shows their prejudices….not a true look at reality.

Let’s look at the phenom of “electability”…..

When Ayanna Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council in 2009, she wasn’t the image of an “electable” candidate. In the 100 years of the Boston City Council, there had never been a woman of color.

Fast forward eight years, and “electability” in Boston looked pretty different. In 2017, six of the 13 councilors elected were women of color, and the Council is more willing to defy the mayor and push for progressive policies. It’s possible that, come 2020, the Council will be majority female and majority people of color.

Pressley won’t be there, though. She’s now in Congress.

In 2018, when Pressley ran against 20-year incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts’s 7th District, insiders didn’t think she had much of a chance. An informal poll of more than 50 local political insiders by WGBH found 81% expected a Capuano victory. Indeed, polling a month before the election showed that she was largely unknown to voters, lagging by 13 points. But Pressley won by 17.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/13/electability-astrology-pundits

There is one thing that all these pundits seem to overlook…..the “Center” that they are most concerned about is more progressive than they want to believe…..

Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.” Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand:

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/22/surprise-center-us-politics-very-progressive

Maybe it is time for the Democratic Party to grow a spine and stop running from radicalism…..they want progress then radical ideas will give the nation that change and progress they have been promised for years.

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Biden’s Our Man!

First, Not In My Book!

This is the slogan that the media is pushing on the voting public…..not by direct messaging but rather subtleties that cn be easily masked.

But is Biden the right person to lead the country?

OMG….IMHO…..NO.

Why?

He is a corporate stooge that will continue to let the corporations own DC……and keep the Middle Class floundering and make to a living…….

Being anti-Trump may be popular but it is not going to win the vote…..and his policies illustrate just how far in the pockets of the oligarchs……..

Let’s look at my favorite subject….foreign policy.

On the trail, Biden often speaks about his foreign policy credentials earned during his time in the Senate and the White House. Biden served as the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, and dealt with foreign policy during his eight years serving as vice president to Barack Obama.

“The purpose of our foreign policy is to defend and advance the security of our people, their prosperity, and the democratic values that define the United States. Those are the North Stars that a Biden foreign policy would look to,” the Biden campaign official said.

Biden’s speech will focus on three main pillars: “Repairing and reinvigorating” U.S. democracy, while strengthening democracies around the world; helping the middle class succeed in a global economy with a “foreign policy for the middle class”; and taking a leadership role to coordinate global action on global threats unique to this century, including climate change, mass migration and nuclear threats.

Biden also would challenge private businesses to engage in the discussion, and charge tech and social media companies to “make their own commitments to make our democracy more resilient, and also to deal with the way technology is being abused in other countries — for surveillance states facilitating repression and censorship, spreading hate, spurring people to violence,” the official added.

(ABC News)

In other words we will continue the adventurism and interventionism of the past….wars will continue…..and corporations (M-IC) will continue to run the nation for their profits.

The problem is it comes up short in two big ways.

First, it lacks any specifics about what the former vice president would do to reverse Trump’s foreign policy. The roughly 100-second video effectively boils down to “Trump is bad” without offering why “Biden is good.” (Biden will hopefully offer a bit more detail on how he would conduct foreign affairs differently than Trump during his speech later on Thursday.)

Second, it conveniently overlooks some of Trump’s successes on the world stage. For example, his administration destroyed ISIS’s physical “caliphate,” improved ties with Israeli’s government (though angering Palestinians), began peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan that seem to be bearing (some) fruit, and renegotiated and updated the North American Free Trade Agreement known as NAFTA.

(vox.com)

In other words a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for the status quo….the rich will get richer and the poor will fight the wars of aggression…..and quite possibly die.

Not what I am looking for….there are several candidates that would be better for the workers and their families….

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One Out, One In

Just a couple of days ago the first Dem had to take his leave from the 2020 campaign trail…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/09/say-good-bye-3/

But not to worry…..the number of candidates has not changed even with the departure of Swalwell…..but how can that be?

On Monday, the crowded 2020 Democratic field was thinned by one when Eric Swalwell dropped out. On Tuesday, yet another candidate made up for it by joining the race. Tom Steyer, described by NBC News as a “billionaire activist,” made it official with this campaign launch video. His two big themes: climate change and curbing corporate influence on politics. Steyer had publicly ruled out a run in January, saying he wanted to instead keep his focus on helping impeach President Trump. Steyer, who made his money as a hedge fund manager, funds two political organizations—Need to Impeach and Next Gen America. The Washington Post expects him to lean heavily on both in an attempt to get 65,000 donors in a week in order to qualify for the second Democratic debate later this month.

“The other Democratic candidates for president have many great ideas that will absolutely move our country forward, but we won’t be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy,” says Steyer in a statement. “As an outsider, I’ve led grassroots efforts that have taken on big corporations and won results for people.” The 62-year-old Californian amassed a $1.6 billion fortune through his Farallon Capital hedge fund, which he sold in 2012. One apparent reason for the change of heart about running in 2020: His backers tell the Post that he’s been unsatisfied with the current crop of Democratic candidates. Trump has previously dismissed the pro-impeachment figure as a “weirdo.”

I had not heard this news before my friend and reader of IST Doug of https://findingpoliticalsanity.com/  I appreciate him keeping me on my toes.

Like Doug said this should put the subject of impeachment in the forefront for that is about all Steyer has to say.

I am still waiting for the herd to thin and we can actually get down to issues and stop all this celeb worshiping.

Will this madness ever cease?

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Say Good-Bye

The 2020 Dem field has 25 or so candidates and as of yesterday there is one less….24 and counting…..

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is ending his presidential bid, becoming the first candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary field to exit the campaign. Swalwell announced his decision Monday, the AP reports. He had signaled that he would consider bowing out of the presidential race if he was in danger of missing the cutoff for the next nationally televised Democratic debate, which is based on separate polling and donor qualifications.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock missed the threshold for last month’s debate but was ahead of Swalwell in the competition for this month’s televised Democratic faceoff before the four-term California congressman exited the primary. If Swalwell seeks another term in Congress, he already has a challenger ahead of next year’s election in his liberal-leaning district: Democrat Aisha Wahab, a city councilwoman in Hayward. Another candidate appears ready to fill the void: Tom Steyer, a billionaire who has funded political causes—including calling for President Trump’s impeachment—has told staff members he’s going to enter the presidential race as a Democrat, per CNN.

I said that the lesser known candidates would start dropping after the first debate….but I thought Swalwell would go a little deeper into the process before cutting and running.

And the beat goes on.

The Tulsi Effect

MY pick for a Dem candidate made me proud in the debates….she made damn sure that the US Military was on that stage as well as the subjects that the media wants to talk about……

While the rest of the candidates at the first Democratic debate tonight have been doing their best to out-socialist each other, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been trying to keep the country out of war.

When asked whether she would rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—first negotiated by the Obama administration and withdrawn from by President Donald Trump—Gabbard gave an unequivocal yes, while warning about the dire consequences of war.

“War with Iran would be worse than war with Iraq,” said Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran. “Donald Trump and his chickenhawk cabinet—Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and others—are creating a situation where a spark would light a war with Iran. Trump needs to get back into the Iran deal, swallow his pride, and put America first.”

Tulsi Gabbard Wrecks Dems With Powerful Anti-War Debate Answers

MSNBC would have rather stuck with immigration and health care and their favorite term “socialism”…almost as popular with the DNC as it is with the GOP….and the MSM is there as well.

One of my favorite op-ed writers, Maj. Danny Sjursen, wrote a piece for the American Conservative about Tulsi’s performance on the debate stage….

Democrats, liberals, progressives—call them what you will—don’t really do foreign policy. Sure, if cornered, they’ll spout a few choice talking points, and probably find a way to make them all about bashing President Donald Trump—ignoring the uncomfortable fact that their very own Barack Obama led and expanded America’s countless wars for eight long years. 

This was ever so apparent in the first two nights of Democratic primary debates this week. Foreign policy hardly registered for these candidates with one noteworthy exception: Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard—herself an (anti-war) combat veteran and army officer.

Now primary debates are more show than substance; this has long been the case. Still, to watch the first night’s Democratic primary debates, it was possible to forget that the United States remains mired in several air and ground wars from West Africa to Central Asia. In a two-hour long debate, with 10 would-be nominees plus the moderators, the word Afghanistan was uttered just nine times—you know, once for every two years American troops have been killing and dying there. Iraq was uttered just twice—both times by Gabbard. Syria, where Americans have died and still fight, was mentioned not once. Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, courtesy of a U.S.-supported Saudi terror campaign didn’t get mentioned a single time, either. 

The Tulsi Effect: Forcing War Onto the Democratic Agenda

Tulsi got some international recognition for her oppositipn to endless war……

….debate among half of the announced Democratic Party candidates to become their party’s nominee for president in 2020 was notable for its lack of drama. Many of those called on to speak had little to say apart from the usual liberal bromides about health care, jobs, education and how the United States is a country of immigrants. On the following day the mainstream media anointed Elizabeth Warren as the winner based on the coherency of her message even though she said little that differed from what was being presented by most of the others on the stage. She just said it better, more articulately.

On the following day traditional conservative Pat Buchanan produced an article entitled “Memo for Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi,” similar to a comment made by Republican consultant Frank Luntz “She’s a long-shot to win the presidency, but Tulsi Gabbard is sounding like a prime candidate for Secretary of Defense.”

Democratic Party Candidates for 2020: Who Won the Debate? Tulsi Gabbard Let the Genie out of the Bottle

After the first debate nothing has change for me….Tulsi is still my choice of the Dem candidates.

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He Is So Sorry (In More Ways Than One)

First I would like to say Congrats to the USA Women’s Soccer team for they won the World Cup by beating the Nederlands 2-0…..and yet the big story on MSNBC was the Open being played in Ireland….as if many Americans care.

It is 2020 cycle and the media has got to have a scandal or two and the entrance of Biden into the field of candidates gave them that fodder to exploit…..

It was his support for busing and the work he did with Dixiecrats……but now all is well for he has apologized……

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the US Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some, the AP reports. “Was I wrong a few weeks ago?” Biden asked a mostly black audience of several hundred during the first day of a weekend visit to South Carolina. “Yes, I was. I regret it, and I’m sorry for any of the pain of misconception that caused anybody.” Biden’s comments came as he and rival presidential candidate Kamala Harris were set to circle each other while campaigning Sunday in South Carolina, the first Southern state to vote in next year’s primary and a crucial proving ground for candidates seeking support of black Democrats.

Biden defended his record on racial issues and reminded voters of his ties to former President Barack Obama, whose popularity in South Carolina remains high. The former vice president and the California senator probably will be pressed on their tense debate exchange over race and federally mandated school busing. Though the issue is not at the forefront of the 2020 primary, it could resonate in a state with a complicated history with race and segregation. Without naming Harris, Biden on Saturday referenced what he characterized as expected attacks from other campaigns eager to take him on. “I’m going to let my record stand for itself and not be distorted or scared,” Biden said. He recalled his support of Obama’s criminal justice reforms and pointed out areas in which he disagreed, such as the three-strikes policy that led to longer sentences for repeat offenders.

And the heart felt (sarcasm) apology came only 2 or 3 weeks after the news was brought forth.

Seriously?

Does Biden NOT see how pathetic this apology is?

I mean he lost some points in the polls after the debate and has been defending his actions ever since and now it is time to offer the apology.

This is a political calculation has nothing to do with how he truly feels other than wanting votes.

Do NOT be fooled by this idle gesture.

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Time For The Exit Stage Right

I predicted that after that first Dem debate that there would be a exit of some of the candidates for they will find it harder to find donors

Well it appears I was sorta right…..we may have our first exit…

After last week’s debates, the winnowing of the Democrats has begun—and while former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper insists he is staying in the race, an exodus of campaign aides is underway. Six aides, including campaign manager Brad Komar and national finance director Dan Sorenson, have confirmed to ABC that they are moving on. Sources tell Politico that the aides urged Hickenlooper last month to consider dropping out gracefully and running for Colorado’s Senate seat instead. He only raised $1 million in the second quarter of 2019, about as much as he raised in the first 48 hours of his candidacy. Hickenlooper is likely to qualify for the July Democratic debates but without a major breakout moment, few expect him to meet the requirements of 130,000 donors and 2% support for the September debates. He is polling at around 1% and sources say he currently has only 13,000 donors.

The first and not the last….