Let me be one of the first to come at you with 2020 election news (is that a heavy sigh I hear?)……no need to worry about the Repubes for if Donald makes it 4 years he will want to extend his autocratic rule….that leaves the Dems.
Who will be the man/woman of the hour? Sanders? NO! Warren? She is making a case and extending her exposure…so maybe. But let’s look outside the “popular” Dems shall we?
One school of thought among Democrats is that they should borrow from the book of Trump and go with more of a celebrity than a traditional politician in 2020. Well, how about a little bit of both? At the National Journal, Josh Kraushaar makes the case for Al Franken as a viable contender. The 65-year-old Saturday Night Live alum seems to be finding his groove in the Senate, having emerged as one of the “most aggressive and effective questioners” of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Expect that to continue with Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. Franken, though, has learned to balance his toughness with levity, and his authentic self is emerging after years of keeping things closer to the vest, writes Kraushaar.
True, his “deeply liberal politics” might not fly with moderate voters, but Franken has done something that Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have not: proven he can “win support outside the most progressive precincts.” He easily won re-election in 2014 while other Democrats struggled nationwide, and he did so with the support of working-class residents in rural areas—a group that propelled Trump to victory. In fact, he shares some of the president’s views on trade issues, having fought for tariffs against Chinese steel. “This is Al Franken’s moment in the spotlight,” writes Kraushaar, “and if he chooses, he could parlay his good fortune into a bid for the presidency in 2020.” Click for the full column.
Why not? We have had a former actor and have a reality star….so why not a former comedian?
Only a matter of time before the news cycle starts naming names and bombarding the viewer with endless mind numbing coverage….I just wanted to one of the first…..you may hate me later…LOL
We had the Taiwan “China-Gate” last week…..and now that it is starting to wind down….not much more can be said….not much that would make any sense that is…..what could the MSM find to replace the phone call?
Don’t hurt yourself….they have already found a replacement “story” to analyze and speculate until they have that semi-orgasmic experience…..
The media is expecting a very large field of Dems for the 2020 election…..and they have found a way to start this conversation…the one that NO one else would like to have right now.
The new story is VP Joe Biden…..he made an unofficial official almost statement…..
Fans of Joe Biden memes, rejoice: The vice president has hinted at a 2020 White House run—though he may have been less than 100% serious. After presiding over a Senate session Monday, CNN asked Biden if he plans to run for office again, and he said: “Yeah, I am. I’m going to run in 2020.” Asked what position he was going to run for, the six-term senator said: “For president. What the hell, man.” The AP notes that Biden, who will turn 78 in 2020, had a slight smile when he spoke, and he walked the remarks back a little when asked if he was joking. “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committing to anything,” he said. “I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”
How long do you think they will milk this piece of nothing?
Bernie has lost his position as the head of a progressive movement…he did that the minute he endorsed Clinton and quickly on his coat tails was Warren….all in the name of unity……balderdash….
Millennials come out hard for Bernie….and if the establishment thinks that these endorsements will appease these voters in the name of unity….then I do believe they are mistaken.
There was a hard campaign to discredit Bernie by the neolibs, mostly Clinton supporters who masqueraded as media pundits….but they may have played a dangerous game with these voters….
We have been told a story about the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, a story perpetuated almost exclusively by centrist Democrats vehemently opposed to his progressive agenda.
This story has many variants, but each features a central component: The Sanders campaign, the narrative goes, is merely masquerading as an ambitious political revolt dedicated to improving the material conditions of the public. In reality, contrary to its facade of progressivism, the Sanders campaign has largely served as a vehicle through which angry white males can freely express their fury at the expense of Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and the rest of the liberal political class.
Source: The Millennial Revolt Against Neoliberalism | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
These voters may well look for an alternative and I do not mean the Trump camp…..
After decades of silence the young have found their voice….they just need to keep shouting….do not them wear you down…..a better world is possible.
For months now we have been bombarded with all sorts of fuzzy and warm anecdotes about Clinton….in 2008 she sold herself as a tough no nonsense politician and that was a losing battle….this time around we are sold on the idea that she is warm and fuzzy where family is everything and that society needs to be more woman friendly…..this time around the “warm and fuzzy” sold her to the voters and now she is the Dems official candidate for president of the United States.
Even through the convention the powers that be keep selling her as this idyllic person all warm and fuzzy….her hubby gave a romance novel of a speech about their meeting and courtship….and most other speakers kept going along the same lines that she has been taunting since the beginning of the primary stuff…..
All that is just great but is it possible that she and her cronies have pushed that fairy tale too far?
Hillary Clinton already can be congratulated on accomplishing a major feat: She’s made it clear that a woman can be president, writes Dilbert creator Scott Adams on his blog. That glass ceiling is gone, whether she wins or loses in November, and “that’s a big, big deal.” But Adams thinks Clinton risks a big strategic mistake related to the concept of “selling past the close.” It’s the idea that “once the sale is made, you need to stop selling, because you have no chance of making things better, but you might give the buyer a reason to change her mind.” She’s already won this argument and thus there’s no need to keep hammering away at it. And yet she keeps doing so, which could alienate undecided male voters in a big way.
Adams contrasts the situation to President Obama’s eight years ago. Generally speaking, once the public was sold on the idea that a black man could be president, he moved on to topics other than race. Clinton, on the other hand, “keeps selling,” he writes. “And that’s an enormous persuasion mistake.” Adams makes the scientific case that the testosterone levels of men watching the convention are surely dropping—literally. The festivities are likely making them unhappy, even if they’re unsure why, and eventually they’ll make the association. After all, they’re observing a celebration of their “permanently diminished” role in society. All of which leaves him “wondering if this will be the first time in history that we see a candidate’s poll numbers plunge after a convention.” Click for the full post.
Maybe now the Dems will lay off the syrupy crap and get down to talking about solutions…..if not she may have turned off the voter….I mean after all she is not that likable….she cannot afford to lose any more likability.
Not with my help!
The conventions are over and it is official we have our two candidates or so they want us to believe……but to answer my question….Damn! I hope not…but then I am not so thrilled about our other choice (that is if you believe there are only two choices…I do not)…..
I cannot support Clinton for many reasons and I read an article by a Bernie supporter on why he cannot support Clinton……after reading I found that 6 of the reason were my reasons for why I do not support Clinton…..
Based on her foreign policy, Wall Street support and general judgement, this Bernie backer can’t back Hillary
1. The Iraq War. Sanders was on the right side of history. Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War, using the same intelligence reports as Clinton and Bush. He also foreshadowed the dire consequences of Iraq. In contrast, Hillary Clinton voted for Iraq and now calls her vote a “mistake.”
Source: I’m a Bernie Sanders voter who will not support Hillary Clinton: Here are 10 reasons why – Salon.com
There are a wide rift between true progressives and Clinton….she can try and spin it anyway she wants….she is NO progressive…..she is a war hawk….a neoliberal. But why would thinking progressives not support Clinton?
The “lesser-of-evils” argument might not work for independent voters this year.
For those who hope for swift unity in the Democratic Party, there are reasons to believe it won’t happen if Hillary Clinton is the nominee.
While there are serious policy differences between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, a deeper fault line must be acknowledged between their supporters.
Certainly the two candidates remain far apart on issues that matter to progressives and independents — fracking, the TPP, tuition-free public colleges, universal single-payer healthcare, racist policing, militarism in the Middle East — to name just a few. Indeed, based on policy and political strategy, many independents and Democrats see Clinton as more like a traditional Republican. Many even see it as indicative of privilege if one supports Clinton over Sanders, given the current state of the economy and the environment. Many intelligent progressives see the two candidates as representing different social classes.
Source: The Deeper Reason Many Intelligent Progressives and Independents Will Not Support Hillary Clinton — Medium
Then there is all those young people that Sanders brought out to the streets…..the Millennials…..they will be looking for an alternative…..that is if they vote…..best thing Clinton can do is try to keep these people in the vague cloud and hope for the support she needs.
The Dem convention is in full swing……and there is an important question that needs an answer……What’s a Democrat anymore?
Ever since the election of Bill Clinton I have asked the question…what is a Democrat anymore? Bubba was not the Dem candidate that I would have wanted…he was wrong then on so many issues but the party fell in line with him and his DLC cronies in a fight to regain footing in a country going ever more conservative……and the party has been changing into a party of big business and neoliberalism…..the party is not about moving the country forward but rather winning elections with vague promises of a better world that have seldom come true….
I still to this day ask the question and have very few answers that make sense, at least not to me…..and Politico has asked the same question…..
The GOP isn’t the only party having an identity crisis in outsider-friendly 2016. We asked six big thinkers to sit down and hash it out.
Where does the Democratic Party go from here, and what will it look like years from now? Can it win back the white working class? Should the party even try to—or is it better off embracing diversity in a country on its way to being majority-minority? These are just some of the questions Politico Editor Susan B. Glasser and chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush asked the six smart thinkers we called together last month—Democratic campaign veterans, writers and one sitting Cabinet member—for a spirited conversation about the future of their party.
Source: What’s a ‘Democrat’ Anymore? – POLITICO Magazine
I am still fighting for a definitive definition of what a Democrat really stands for…..and yet it remains unanswered….and this election is doing nothing to convince me of their sincerity….
I am thinking GREEN……more on that after the convention….
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The big news over my weekend was not the announcement of Kaine as VP…that was sorta predictable….no the big news was that Wasserman-Schultz finally got called out on her blatant support for Clinton…she was making sure that Clinton would be the Dem nominee over all others….
Her campaign is blaming everybody but Wasserman-Schultz for her downfall….but the best was from her manager….
It comes on the heels of “changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian,” Robby Mook told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that’s disturbing,” he said.
I think we are looking at the center point of a Clinton foreign policy…..counter Russia at all points.
This should please all her war hawk buddies….It will make for a new arms race and the beneficiaries will be the M-IC.