Conventions Update–2020

I recent wrote a post about the two political conventions and their chances of cancellation…..just to refresh your memory…….https://lobotero.com/2020/04/01/how-about-the-conventions/

Since I posted that there has been more information…..

First the Dems……

“There are no plans to cancel the convention and we are not considering a rules change at this time,” Xochitl Hinojosa, the DNC’s communications director, said Monday after news reports that the party is in the process of devising backup plans. “Contingency planning is a routine part of preparations for any convention.”

There are nearly four months until the convention, many Democrats note. But planned walk-throughs of the convention site in Milwaukee have been delayed, according to multiple Democratic sources, and many convention organizing staffers are working from home.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/23/dnc-insists-democratic-convention-on-144714

The RNC is also planning to go forward with their convention…..

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday there is “no way” he would cancel the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled for August in Charlotte.

The president made that declaration to Fox TV host Sean Hannity. Trump’s comments came as the novel coronavirus continues its spread in the U.S. and around the world.

“We are definitely planning — it’s toward the end of August,” the president told Hannity. “Somebody was asking today, ‘Will you cancel your convention?’ I said no way I’m going to cancel the convention. We’re going to have the convention, it’s going to be incredible. . . I think we’re going to be in great shape.”

So much more…..
“We are fully committed to holding the Republican convention in Charlotte as planned and re-nominating President Trump. We have not had any substantive conversations about alternative scenarios,” said Richard Walters, the Republican National Committee chief of staff.
 
So these pigs will pray for the virus to subside they can get their candidate out there and some free press that does not involve the pandemic…..they could possibly be giving this virus another petrie dish, an new incubator, …..sad that politicians still have not grasp the severity of this disease and its consequences.
 
These “people” are acting irresponsible and should be replaced as soon as possible…..politics should never replace rational thought and the good of the people.
 
Dems have decided to change their date……
Joe Biden is getting his wish. Democrats on Thursday postponed this summer’s presidential convention by a month, reports Politico and the New York Times. Instead of taking place in July, the party’s four-day event is now scheduled to start August 17 in Milwaukee. The Republican convention is scheduled to start a week later in Charlotte, North Carolina. The challenging party typically holds its convention about a month before the party in power, notes the Hill, but the coronavirus pandemic has made that impossible. At New York magazine, Ed Kilgore notes that buzz is growing that the Democratic convention will “go virtual.” That option is seen as less likely for the Republican gathering, at least for now.
Anything for the dog and pony show……a waste of time and resources.
 
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Those Southern Democrats

In the last round of primaries my state of Mississippi voted for Biden (go figure)….but that was going to be a “gimme” for Biden.

The turnout in Mississippi was up 17% from last election and that was a surprise for me.

Southern Democratic voters are more conserv than most GOPers….why is this?

the website….fivethirtyeight takes a look at these voters….

From 1964 to 2008, three Democratic presidential candidates made it to the White House. All of them were southerners. Yet for the last half-century, the GOP’s Southern strategy eroded the Democratic Party’s stronghold on the South. States on the edges of the South — Virginia, Florida and North Carolina — have turned purple or a light shade of blue, but the heart of the South unquestionably remains Republican territory in presidential elections.

Nonetheless, Democratic voters in the South still exert significant influence on the party during the primary season. The states of the former Confederacy1 will elect a little over one quarter of Democrats’ pledged delegates in 2020 — six of them on Super Tuesday (Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia). And so as the 2020 Democratic primary contests move to the South, I figured it was worth a dive into what happened there in the 2016 Democratic primary, based on a 2016 survey of 3,668 Americans by the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics, of which I am the director.2 It illustrates the ways in which Democrats in the South are different from Democrats outside of the region — differences that may again come into play in 2020.

What Makes Southern Democrats Unique

The problem I see, especially in Mississippi is the voter has a tendency to vote against their own best interests.

Take Rep. Gene Taylor who was a staunch conserv Blue Dog Dem and voted with the feelings of his people only to lose his seat in 2010 and his only crime was he was a Dem and was linked to “demon” Pelosi….his voting record meant NOTHING to low information voters.

Now my state has a toadie sycophant that will be lead around by his genitals by the president and business.

So Biden’s win in the primary was not a surprise for the Mississippi voter will fall for every one liner and slogan that comes down the pike.

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Court Packing

Note:  I do not like FOX News I have gotten more accurate information from the back of a Fruit Loops box….than from this “news site”.

Something new from FUX News…..they are taunting the idea that if Dems win they will pack the court with liberal justices….you cannot like what the Repubes are doing now but that is somehow different.

According to FUX News……(I apologize for my bitchiness but occasionally I get my fill of the lies and disinformation spread by a certain group and lash out)……

On Feb. 8, just before America’s first-in-the-nation primary, Demand Justice, the left-wing group dedicated to transforming our courts, hosted a New Hampshire forum for Democratic presidential candidates, along with the abortion-focused groups NARAL, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the All* Above All Action Fund. These groups were able to attract all the viable Democratic presidential contenders with the exception of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Let’s give the event hosts credit for a forum that gave us a chance to hear from the candidates on the subject of the courts, a topic that has rarely come up during the debates. They did voters a service, however unintentionally, by revealing just how dangerous it would be to our judicial system to elect a Democratic president in 2020.

The leading contenders made it clear they would advocate changing the very structure of the Supreme Court in order to advance their liberal ideology — or, to use the more familiar term, packing the court. Consider as a historical reference point Franklin D. Roosevelt’s notorious proposal of 1937, which would have authorized the expansion of the Supreme Court to as many as 15 justices. Although Democrats dominated Congress at the time, enough of them had the statesmanship to recognize a blow to our judicial system when they saw it, and accordingly blocked it.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2020-democrats-pack-supreme-court-carrie-severino.amp

To help out with this let’s go to something other than FUX News….

Though the Constitution provides that a Supreme Court shall sit at the apex on the judiciary, our founding document is silent about how many justices sit on the Supreme Court. A 1789 law established a six-justice Court, and the number of justices ebbed and flowed during the 19th century — swelling to 10 justices under President Abraham Lincoln before settling into a nine-justice configuration under President Ulysses S. Grant.

After a reactionary Supreme Court struck down several New Deal policies, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed expanding the Court to as many as 15 justices — although this proposal did not fare well politically, to say the least.

https://www.vox.com/2020/1/31/21115114/court-packing-supreme-court-tom-steyer-mitch-mcconnell

There you have it…..both sides of this proposal…..(at least you have both sides here….IST is your one stop reading most of the time)……..

Personally I do not like the idea that a judge has a gig for life….and have written how we can have justice and end most of the partisan BS……https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/those-supreme-court-judges/

There is a solution to this but it would require logic and rational thought and we know that is not possible in DC at this time.

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DNC–The Idiocy Of Perez

The head of the DNC is a Clintonian slug and I have not thought he would do anything to help Dems get elected…..and in 2020 it has been proven in Iowa…..

Perez has weighed in on the caucuses in Iowa and the chaos it has given birth to……

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee called on Thursday for a “recanvass” of the results of Monday’s Iowa caucus, which was marred by technical problems and delays, per the AP. ”Enough is enough,” party leader Tom Perez wrote on Twitter. He said he was calling for the recanvass in order to “assure public confidence in the results.” With 97% of precincts reporting, Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are nearly tied. The Hill explains that a recanvass is different from a recount: It would require “a hand audit of caucus math worksheets and reporting forms to ensure they were properly tallied and reported.” Perez still wants results to be reported in the interim.

The caucus crisis is an embarrassing twist for state party officials after months of promoting Iowa as a chance for Democrats to find some clarity in a jumbled field. Instead, after a buildup that featured seven rounds of debates, nearly $1 billion spent nationwide, and a year of political jockeying, caucus day ended with no winner and no official results. At issue is an app that the Iowa Democratic Party used to tabulate the results of the contest. The app was rolled out shortly before caucusing began and did not go through rigorous testing. A coding error yielded problematic results Monday. And backup phone lines for reporting the outcomes were jammed, with many placed on hold for hours in order to report outcomes.

The chaos has petitions being passed around to Perez to step down….it may not be his fault directly but he is the head of the DNC so he has to fall on his sword for the good of the party.  But will he?

Calls for Tom Perez to step down as the head of the Democratic National Committee grew louder Tuesday in the aftermath of the Iowa caucus fiasco in which party mismanagement of the process delayed the results from Monday night’s contest and left the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in disarray.

“The Iowa caucus debacle is so insulting to the candidates, their volunteers, the caucus-goers, and the DNC’s own process,” tweeted HuffPost senior reporter Zach Carter. “Tom Perez has to resign.”

Multiple petitions on Change.org called on Perez to relinquish his position as chair of the DNC. One of the most popular ones had over 13,600 signatures at press time. #ResignTomPerez trended on Twitter overnight. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/04/tomperezresign-dnc-chair-under-fire-iowa-disaster-favoritism-billionaire-oligarch

I agree Perez needs to go….I never thought he would do anything good for the party except keep the party glued to corporations…the same thing Clinton made “popular”…..

I read a letter by a self-identified as a centrist…asking Perez to do the right thing and step down…..

Dear DNC officials:

I come from a long line of Democrats. My grandparents survived the Great Depression because of FDR’s New Deal, and both of my parents were loyal Democrats as well. In my adult lifetime, I proudly registered as a Democrat at age 18, in the 1990s. Since then, I have become extremely disillusioned, watching the Democratic Party become more and more corporate-funded and corporate-aligned to the point where I do not recognize it anymore.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/04/open-letter-dnc-american-centrist

Perez needs to go before the elections get into full swing…..but sadly we are saddled with him….and sadly he will lead Dems to defeat in November.

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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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Green New Dud

Lots has been writing, argued, debated and lied about when the climate is brought out in polite circles (that excludes deniers and the network they worship)…..

The Dems have been pushing a Green New Deal….well true progressives that is…..and there have been some attempts to calm the rhetoric around climate.

Then there is the worthless attempt by Pallone of New Jersey……

Broadly, Pallone’s climate plan—which came after 15 committee hearings about the human-caused crisis—aims to enable the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050. It would direct all federal agencies to use their existing authorities to meet that goal, and includes provisions for the power, building, transportation, and energy sectors.

The proposal would require states to develop plans to meet the 2050 target that must take into account the needs of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. It would also establish a first-of-its-kind National Climate Bank to help states, municipalities, and companies transition.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/27/extremely-disappointing-new-analysis-offers-scathing-critique-top-democrats-clean

It is a dud……this does little but help the industries that profit from exploiting the climate for profits….

The draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation (CLEAN) Future Act—largely seen as a “competing plan” to the Green New Deal—was announced earlier this month by the committee’s chair, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). Crafted after 15 committee hearings, the bill (pdf) aims to ensure that the United States achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050.

In a joint statement with Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Pallone said Tuesday that “every day, communities across the country are paying the price for inaction through record wildfires, flooding, and drought, and Congress cannot afford to simply watch from the sidelines.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/28/green-new-dud-not-green-new-deal-climate-groups-denounce-draft-bill-house-democrats

Just another attempt to be doing something while doing NOTHING substantial.

But for those that need a simpler explanation to why this is not a good deal then please click on this analysis….https://1bps6437gg8c169i0y1drtgz-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Pallone-Energy-Report-Final.pdf

You truly want some true action on climate change?  Then use a Tried a true technique of presidents……Executive Order.

Not long lasting but it would be a start….and the planet will thank you.

This Dem proposal is weak and a worthless waste of time…..but can we expect from them?

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Pro-Choice And The Dems

The Christmas countdown has begun!

Okay before we go through exercise let me state that this is only an observation into the issue of abortion….I am not advocating for one side or the other….this is only my thoughts on the whole issue of abortion from Roe v Wade to today.

My personal opinion in a full disclosure I believe that a woman has a right to her body and government should have NO say in this decision.

The Dems since the beginning have a history of dropping the ball on many issues and abortion is one of them…..

America’s pro-life movement is surging, and not just because of conservative activists—at least according to a detailed New York Times piece about the abortion rights movement’s fragmentation along political, financial, and cultural lines. “It’s really, really complicated and somewhat controversial where the pro-choice movement lost,” says a Rutgers University professor versed in abortion history. With Midwestern and Southern states passing 58 abortion restrictions over six months in 2019, many pointed to years of steady work by conservatives to win state legislatures, pressure judges, and, as the Guardian noted in June, gerrymander districts to win state legislatures. But interviews with over 50 people on the pro-choice side tell another story.

They say national pro-choice leaders had become overly confident, relying too much on President Obama’s abortion protections and assuming Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood was riven by internal discord and apparently didn’t realize the funding problems faced by independent clinics, which perform some 60% of America’s abortions. By one account, pro-choice leaders in swanky New York and California zip codes had lost touch with red-state America. Now Democratic Party presidential candidates are pushing back with ardent pro-choice stands, but polling shows America is still only moderately pro-choice. “I hope they continue doing what they are doing,” says one active conservative. “We’ll run the table in 2020.” Click for the full Times piece

Dems always drop the ball matters not on the issue….they have done so with civil rights, voting rights, etc etc……they get a win and then they are satisfied and move on and leave their win vulnerable to attack from the Right….

They, the Dems, dropped the ball in yesteryear and they are still dropping it as I type.

This issue could be the “sleeper” issue of 2020……

Forget impeachment. Forget Medicare for all, global warming, and income inequality. The sleeper issue of the 2020 campaign is none of those. It is abortion — and it could tip the balance in three swing states to favor President Donald Trump.

Abortion may not be on everybody’s “hot issue” list, but it remains so for the people who head the Catholic Church in the US. And while US Catholic bishops don’t sway a huge percentage of Catholic voters, they just might influence the Catholic voters who count.

An estimated 51 million adult Catholics live in the US, about one-fifth of them in the midwest. When the bishops talk, a key group of swing voters listens: White Catholic voters helped deliver Trump victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016. He won these three crucial swing states by a total of fewer than 80,000 votes.

The Sleeper Issue That Could Swing the 2020 Election

I wish I could say something nice about the Dems but they leave a bunch to be desired….as the Dems of today illustrate….they are bought and sold in the political slave markets of DC.

Democrats are great with big ideas but they SUCK at the art of politics.

Enough said?

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