Bernie In Iowa

We are only a few short days from the opening salvo of the 2020 elections….Iowa.

This post begins with something for all those that are deathly afraid of a Sanders presidency…….a Letter From Iowa….

I rode back out to Iowa to observe and even participate on behalf of Bernie Sanders’ progressive-populist candidacy in this state’s pivotal first-in-the-nation presidential Caucus. It’s a pivotal moment. A recent Des Moines Register poll has Sanders in lead among Iowa Democratic Party Caucus-goers. CNN just released a poll showing Sanders to be the national Democratic front-runner, three points ahead of ridiculous right-wing Joe “Never Called me Boy” Biden, whose corporatism Bernie has been politely calling out.

The corporate-Democratic Party leadership is in something of a panic. If Sanders wins Iowa and/or New Hampshire, then, under one possible scenario that frightens the party’s capitalist managers, he might well break through the bumbling, deeply conservative mediocrity Biden’s Black voter “firewall” in South Carolina and then roar towards the nomination through Nevada and the “Super Tuesday” (March 3rd) primary states.

A Letter From Iowa

Even Trump has a worry about Bernie…..

Hillary Clinton isn’t exactly bursting with Bernie love—and for President Trump, that could be a bonus. In a recording of a private 2018 dinner, Trump says Clinton might have been harder to beat in 2016 if she had chosen Bernie Sanders as her running mate, Newsweek reports. “Had she picked Bernie Sanders it would’ve been tougher,” says Trump. “He’s the only one I didn’t want her to pick.” Heavy delves deeper into the recording, which includes smatterings of table talk: “But I think Bernie, because all of those people that hated her so much, who voted for me, you know I got 20% of Bernie votes … because of trade. Because he’s a big trade guy … He basically says we’re getting screwed on trade and he’s right.”

“I’m worse than he is,” Trump goes on. “But we can do something about it … I don’t know, he could have, I don’t know.” Saying he didn’t want Clinton to choose Sanders, Trump considers the counter-argument: “Now then you say, people say, ‘No it would have been easier because then, her sort of establishment normal Democrats would have come to me.’ … She may have lost a lot of votes too.” (Hear it here and start at 54:00, though Trump comes in closer to 55:00). The recording—which was released by lawyers for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas—looks like it was made secretly on a cellphone. Parnas’ attorney says it was made by Parnas associate Igor Fruman.

There is more bad news for Bernie haters……look like he is having a good few weeks in Iowa….(please I am not saying he will be the nominee only that the early news is looking good for him…regardless what the MSM wants you to believe)…..

With only nine days to go in Iowa, a New York Times/Siena College poll of likely caucusgoers has a new frontrunner—and he’s no moderate. The survey of 1,689 registered Iowa voters puts Bernie Sanders in the lead at 25%, ahead of center-left hopefuls and a high-profile liberal. The poll has Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden sparring at 18% and 17%, respectively, while Elizabeth Warren—who led in an October poll with 22%—has slumped to 15%, and Amy Klobuchar is stuck at 8%. The Sanders surge is reflected in other recent Iowa polls, which CNN crunches down to Sanders at 21% and Biden 19%, followed by Buttigieg (17%), Warren (16%), and Klobuchar (7%).

But Iowa polls can be unreliable at this stage, partly because the caucus process involves two voting rounds at each site, per Politico. What’s more, almost 40% of voters in the Times poll said they might be persuaded to switch to another candidate. And 55% say they’d prefer someone who’s “more moderate than most Democrats,” compared to 38% itching for a more liberal candidate. But if Sanders wins Iowa and New Hampshire, where he also tops the polls, he could gain powerful momentum. “Bernie’s authentic,” says an Evansdale voter. “Pretty much everything he’s saying—I can’t put it better than he can.”

Not to worry if Bernie is not your candidate….the corporate stooge candidates are not far behind….and the corporate media will be doing all they can to see the Bernie is not the nominee….so do not worry the status quo will win.

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Bernie–Most Electable

Well this news ought to scare the shit out of old conservatives that still are afraid of the Red Menace…Bernie is a socialist…..and yet his popularity is growing…….contrary to the narrative on the Right.

There is a news report that has come out as we get closer to the beginning of the beauty contest we call the run for the nomination…..

The case for Bernie Sanders is that he is the unity candidate.

The Vermont senator is unique in combining an authentic, values-driven political philosophy with a surprisingly pragmatic, veteran-legislator approach to getting things done. This pairing makes him the enthusiastic favorite of non-Republicans who don’t necessarily love the Democratic Party, without genuinely threatening what’s important to partisan Democrats. If he can pull the party together, it would set him up to be the strongest of the frontrunners to challenge President Donald Trump.

Sanders breaks from the pack in constructive ways on foreign and monetary policy, where the president has an unusual amount of freedom to act. And in the legislative arena, where any president is going to be sharply constrained, he stands the best chance of getting the left on board with the sure-to-be-disappointing compromises that will be necessary to advance the ball at all on important issues.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/1/7/21002895/bernie-sanders-2020-electability

Bernie seems to be holding in there…..he has the young vote….but does that mean those will actually vote if he is not the nominee…..

Here is a thought….many of the supporters of RFK after his death switched to support George Wallace….could we see a repeat of that type of switch in 2020?

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My How Biden Dances

Ever since Biden entered the 2020 race there have been shots at him for his war vote in 2001…..and ever since he has been trying to make it like he voted yes but started opposing the war after that.

It gets sillier every time he starts the backpedaling…..

But he continues the lies and the MSM lets him get away with it.

While Biden and his surrogates like John Kerry continue to falsely claim that he was not for the Iraq invasion, the Sanders camp has rightly highlighted more documentation, including video, of his support for the Iraq invasion after it happened, like his statement about Bush at the Brookings Institution in July 2003: ‘The president of the United States is a bold leader and he is popular.”

But it’s the tip of the iceberg. That address to Brookings (video) itself contains brazen pro-war falsehoods, with Biden claiming that Saddam Hussein ‘violated every commitment that he made. He played cat and mouse with the weapons inspectors. He failed to account for the huge gaps in weapons declarations that were documented by UN weapons inspectors and submitted by them to the UN Security Council in 1998, and every nation in that Council believed he possessed those weapons at that time. He refused to abide by any conditions.’

It’s a pack of lies. The Iraqi government released a massive amount of information in 2002, it agreed to allow the UN weapons inspectors in well before the Congressional vote that authorized war — a vote that Biden has claimed was justifiable to give Bush a stronger hand in getting inspectors into Iraq. Additionally, the prior weapons inspection regime, UNSCOM, was ended in 1998 not because Saddam Hussein kicked them out, but because Bill Clinton ordered them withdrawn on the eve of his scheduled impeachment vote to make way for the Desert Fox bombing campaign.

Biden’s Pack of Lies About the Iraq War

He continues to pile lie on top of lie…..he is a Neocon in liberal clothing…..Learn Stuff!

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January Dem Debate for 2020

6 candidates and nothing was settled……no winner everybody stayed on their talking points…..but there were some good foreign policy questions and answers…..

With less than three weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, six Democratic White House hopefuls are debating at Drake University in Des Moines. Three of them—Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, will soon be serving as jurors in President Trump’s impeachment trial. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer are also taking part in the CNN/Des Moines Register debate, which is the seventh Democratic primary debate. There will be three more next month. Some highlights:

  • The first question was on Iran, the Guardian reports. Asked why he would be best suited to serve as commander-in-chief amid rising tensions. Sanders pointed to his vote against the Iraq war in 2002, when he warned it would lead to ” unprecedented levels of chaos in the region.” Biden, who voted to authorize military action, said that vote was a mistake but defended his record, saying: ” The man who also argued against that war, Barack Obama, picked me to be his vice-president .”
  • Buttigieg—the youngest candidate on stage, and the only veteran—said his generation was the one suffering the consequences of the 2002 votes. “There are enlisted people I served with barely old enough to remember those votes,” said Buttigieg, who will turn 38 next week.
  • “We have to get combat troops out” of the region, said Warren, though others, including Biden and Buttigieg, called for keeping a small number of US troops in the Middle East, the AP reports. “We’ve turned the corner so many times we’re going circles in these regions,” Warren said.
  • Biden, asked whether he would meet North Korea without preconditions, said “No” and criticized Trump’s handing of dictator Kim Jong Un, CBS reports. “We gave him everything he’s looking for: legitimacy,” Biden said. After the former vice president noted that Kim had once called him a “rabid dog” that should be beaten with a stick, Sanders quipped: “But other than that, you like him?”
  • Warren defended her vote in favor of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, while Sanders argued against the “Trump-led trade deal” and vowed to vote against any trade deal that did not address climate change.
  • Sanders denied telling Warren in 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency. “Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States,” he said. “Go to YouTube today. There’s a video of me 30 years ago talking about how a woman could become president of the United States.”
  • Warren sought to defuse the conflict, saying “Bernie is my friend and I’m not here to fight with Bernie,” the New York Times reports. She added: “The only people on the stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women: Amy and me. And the only person who has beaten an incumbent Republican any time in the past 30 years is me.” Sanders told her he defeated a GOP incumbent in 1990, leading to a brief back-and-forth over whether her “30 years” remark was accurate.
  • On health care, there was a split between those who support Medicare for All and those content with expanding ObamaCare, reports the Guardian. Biden and Klobuchar accused Sanders of not being candid about the costs of Medicare for All. “I think you should show how you’re going to pay for something, Bernie,” Klobuchar said. She argued that the idea of Medicare for All is so impractical that the “debate isn’t real.”
  • Steyer, who has had the least speaking time of any candidate, argued that health care costs are so high in America because corporations “own the system.” “We’re not negotiating against those corporations,” he said. “We have corporations who are having their way with the American people and people are suffering.”
  • Sanders argued that college tuition should be free and student debt should be canceled, while Buttigieg and Steyer—a billionaire—said the children of the wealthy should not be going to college for free.
  • On impeachment, Biden said it is “irrelevant” whether Trump would be harder to beat if he is acquitted in a Senate trial. Warren, asked how serving as a juror in Trump’s trial would affect her ability to campaign, said: “Some things are more important than politics.”
  • Sanders called climate change a “national crisis” and rejected Klobuchar’s claim that the candidates all had similar plans. “If we as a nation do not transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, not by 2050, not 2040,” he said. “But unless we lead the world right now—not easy stuff — the planet we are leaving our kids will be uninhabitable and unhealthy.” Steyer said he would declare an emergency on his first day in office.
  • Buttigieg, asked about his lack of support among black voters, admitted that he wasn’t “perfect” on all the issues but said ” the black voters that know me best are supporting me.” He added: “The biggest mistake we can make is take black votes for granted. I never will.”
  • In closing statements, Klobuchar said she could bring the country together and “end the noise and the nonsense.” Warren said she had a “heart filled with hope,” while Biden said another four years of Trump would be an “absolute disaster” for America. “This is the moment when we have got to think big, not small,” said Sanders. Steyer accused Trump and other Republicans of “kicking the American people in the face,” and Buttigieg described himself as a unity candidate urged people who are used to “voting for the other party but right now cannot look your kids in the eye and explain this president to them” to join him, CNN reports.
  • Warren appeared to reject a handshake from Sanders after the end of the debate, leading to a brief exchange.

The American voter is hitting that plateau of weary….this debate did nothing to change anybody’s mind on whom  to vote for……

Me?  I still have my candidate and as long as she is in this I shall support her….do I have an alternative?

Not really.  That will be a decision for another day.

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The Last Dem Debate

Before the voting begins….this time there will be only 5 candidates on the stage……it will be mostly corporatists with a liberal and a radical thrown in…..but the one thing they all have in common…..they are lily white.

The lineup for Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Iowa is set, and this time it’s a manageable list: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren. Notice anything different from the previous debates? As NPR points out, this lineup lacks even one person of color. The last debate included Andrew Yang, but he failed to make the cut this time. As such, this is the “smallest, whitest” debate yet, per Politico. Warren, for one, is making an issue of it. “We started out with such an importantly diverse field, a field that had lots of different voices, lots of different perspectives,” she said last week, after the lineup was official.

“For me the particularly hard day was the day that (Sen.) Kamala Harris … was dropping out of the race because of money and that same day a billionaire bought his way onto the debate stage,” she said, taking a jab at Steyer. Yang and another nonwhite candidate, Cory Booker, have been pushing for changes in how the party determines who qualifies for the debates, which involves a combination of polling and fundraising metrics. Tuesday’s will be the seventh of 12 such contests. After Tuesday, the next one will be Feb. 7 in New Hampshire

This could be an interesting debate….we have Pete sniping at Biden, Warren pushing on Bernie and Steyer is in there….

I am hoping that we will finally have a foreign policy debate after the actions committed by the president…..but we will just have to wait and see…..

As usual I will offer my analysis of the evenings entertainment tomorrow……my candidate will not be representative but at least she is still plugging away and her support seems to be holding.

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Biden And Mayor Pete

Seems the media has found the two most favorite candidates to promote…Biden which is not surprise and Mayor Pete which is a bit of a surprise until you look deeper and see that he, Pete, is of the same ilk as Biden….both are Corporatist….big money Dems….

To listen to them both and one can see that the Corporatism and militarism are going hand in hand….

Eager to hedge their bets, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg have offered merely tactical critiques of President Trump’s decision to kill Qassim Suleimani. In sharp contrast to Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders, the gist of the responses from Biden and Buttigieg amounted to criticizing the absence of a game plan for an atrocious game that should never be played in the first place.

Many journalists have noted that only in recent days has foreign policy become prominent in the race for the 2020 nomination. But what remains to be addressed is the confluence of how Biden and Buttigieg approach the roles of the U.S. government in class war at home and military war abroad — both for the benefit of corporate elites.

Let’s be clear: More than 50 years ago, when Martin Luther King Jr. bravely condemned “the madness of militarism,” he was directly challenging those who included the political ancestors of the likes of Buttigieg and Biden — Democratic politicians willing to wink and nod at vast death and destruction, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, equivocating while claiming that the war machinery would operate better in their hands.

Biden and Buttigieg Are Showing How Corporatism and ‘the Madness of Militarism’ Go Together

Foreign policy has been sadly missing from most of the Dem debates but I have the feeling that the next on before the primaries begin will be a focused foreign policy.

Maybe then we can find some light between the so-called “centrists”…..I think not but I am open to the possibility.

Just a side note if one is thinking of a Biden vote…..40m years ago he wanted to cut social security…..

As early as 1984 and as recently as 2018, former Vice President Joe Biden called for cuts to Social Security in the name of saving the program and balancing the federal budget. Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders highlighted Biden’s record on Social Security in prosecuting the case that Biden isn’t the most electable candidate. The issue could be raised again in Tuesday night’s debate.

After a Sanders campaign newsletter continued the attack on Biden’s Social Security record, the Biden campaign complained to fact-checkers at Politifact that his comments were being taken out of context. Placed in context, however, Biden’s record on Social Security is far worse than one offhand remark. Indeed, Biden has been advocating for cuts to Social Security for roughly 40 years.

And after a Republican wave swept Congress in 1994, Biden’s support for cutting Social Security, and his general advocacy for budget austerity, made him a leading combatant in the centrist-wing battle against the party’s retreating liberals in the 1980s and ’90s.

https://theintercept.com/2020/01/13/biden-cuts-social-security/

And this is the guy that pretends he is a progressive….

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2020 Dems–Another One Bites The Dust #12

AS the season for voting we are witnessing more and more candidates dropping out of the running…..most recently it was Williamson…that is until today……one of the media’s favorites in the beginning Corey Booker is calling quits….

The Democratic field got smaller again on Monday: Cory Booker is out. The New Jersey senator, who has struggled in the polls and with fundraising, told supporters that he’s suspending his campaign, reports Politico. Booker said his campaign just didn’t have the money to “scale up and continue building a campaign that can win,” per the Washington Post. Booker’s exit means the Democratic field has lost another person of color. Tuesday’s debate in Iowa, for example, will feature six candidates, all of them white.

“I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone,” Booker wrote in his email to supporters. “I still believe that,” he added. “I will carry this fight forward—I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year.”

The closer we get to the start of the voting the whiter the candidate field becomes…..

As the tradition of IST we walk Booker to the campaign exit with the music of Queen…..

Still a big field waiting in the shadows….just people of color seem to be running for the hills.

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