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Obviously we know where Bernie falls. The article identifies Harris, Gillibrand, and possibly Brown as more on the fighter side with Biden, Beto, Bloomberg, and Klobuchar more on the healer side. For me, anybody on the healer side gets eliminated from consideration right off the bat.


Senator Cory Booker glided into the state first, offering himself as a herald of peace in a northern Iowa church that advertised “radical hospitality” on its marquee. As a rainbow cracked the frozen sky outside, Mr. Booker spoke of restoring “grace and decency” and erasing “the lines that people think divide us — racial lines, religious lines, geographic lines.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren arrived soon after, still thrumming with the energy of a weekend announcement speech in Lawrence, Mass. Having vowed there to “fight my heart out” against government corruption and corporate power, Ms. Warren roused the crowd in snow-blanketed Cedar Rapids on Sunday not with bounteous optimism but a call to arms.

“This is the time,” she said, “to take on the fight.”

In the space of a weekend, the two Democrats mapped the philosophical and temperamental fork their party must navigate as it challenges President Trump in 2020. Down one path, Mr. Booker’s, lies a mission of healing and hope, with a campaign to bind up social wounds that have deepened in the Trump era. The other path, Ms. Warren’s, promises combat and more combat — a crusade not just to defeat Mr. Trump but to demolish the architecture of his government.

As much as any disputation over policy, this gulf defines the Democratic presidential field, separating candidates of disparate backgrounds and ideologies into two loose groups: fighters and healers.


I agree jcitybone. Not that I don’t need any healing! lol But I really don’t think I’ll be getting any from those you mentioned.


Also Tim Ryan from Ohio is pondering. Moulton is a New Dem. Ryan hasn’t joined any caucuses but is definitely on the moderate side. Both can claim opposition to Pelosi as speaker.

The potential candidates keep a comin.


Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is thinking about running for president, he told BuzzFeed News in an exclusive interview.

The Democrat, best known for being a vocal critic of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, spent the 2018 cycle mentoring and endorsing Democratic candidates nationwide, work that has taken him through early presidential states like Iowa and made him a rising Democratic star. He is fresh off a trip to New Hampshire, where he spoke to Democrats in Bedford last weekend.

“I’m thinking about running for president,” Moulton told BuzzFeed News. “I’m not definitely running, but I’m going to take a very hard look at it. A very serious look at it. Because I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership, and we gotta send Donald Trump packing.”

Asked what he would bring to the field that isn’t already there, Moulton pointed to his four tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. “I think it would be valuable to have a commander in chief who’s had to make life-or-death decisions before. I think we need someone who you know, for whom standing up to a bully like Donald Trump isn’t the biggest challenge he or she has ever faced in life,” Moulton answered. “And I think we need leaders who are focused on the future. Who are respectful of the past but are ready to turn the page, and chart a bright new course for this country.”

He also signaled he wouldn’t lose his flair for pushing back against his own party, something he’s done since he won his seat in Congress in 2015 by knocking out a nine-term incumbent Democrat. “I’m a proud Democrat, and I’m proud of my party, but that doesn’t mean that I’m afraid to disagree with it. That doesn’t mean I’m afraid to stand up to our party establishment when I think we need change.”


all these people who know they are not going to win are just showing their own entitlement. “I’m going to spend tens maybe hundreds of thousands of your dollars either to enhance my name recognition, my future, or to dilute the field“ (pick one). And most of them will likely burn some of their own, too, without blinking an eye.


And another. This one is close to Dem House leadership. He’s cochair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the Democratic policy agenda and nominates Democratic Members for committee assignments. He is not a member of any of the House idealogical caucuses.


Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told CNBC he expects to make an announcement “soon” about whether to run for president in 2020.

He has already added staff and offices in some key early states as he builds out a national campaign infrastructure.

“It’s just making sure that we find the right moment when we’re ready to go,” Swalwell said of his 2020 plans last week. “But right now I see nothing but green lights.”


He better run on M4A, GND, and national legalization of pot. Otherwise, he’s wasting his time.


Be afraid bankers, be very afraid


Barely a month into the new Congress, financial lobbyists in Washington are already strategizing how to handle the star power of rookie Democrat lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Democratic Socialist and Wall Street critic joined the 60-member House Financial Services Committee in mid-January and more than a dozen lobbyists interviewed by Reuters say the 29-year-old activist and former bartender is too high-profile to ignore.

Richard Hunt, chief executive of the Consumer Bankers Association, said he had not encountered a lawmaker like Ocasio-Cortez in more than 20 years in Washington. “She has the ability to influence unlike a lot of other freshmen.”

Waleed Shahid, a former campaign aide and a spokesman for Justice Democrats, the progressive group that recruited Ocasio-Cortez, said her ability to raise public awareness about complex issues had caught the establishment’s attention.

“She can really explain what is happening with Wall Street in a way the public can understand it, and that’s why Wall Street is terrified.”

Speaking to Reuters, Ocasio-Cortez did not rule out listening to industry concerns to arrive at responsible regulation, but said “they have more than enough sympathetic ears” on the committee.

“We also saw in 2008 just a lot of advocacy for policies that were at its core totally irresponsible. But they were dressed up as conservative fair-minded measures,” she added.

Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff for Ocasio-Cortez, whose Twitter handle is @AOC, had his own message for the industry: “@AOC is here to hold Wall Street accountable, not be your buddy,” he Tweeted on Wednesday in response to this story.


I hope the MSM starts telling us what every politician’s former employment was. I’ll take “bartender” over a whole lot of them.


LOL. Clinton fans not amused by Klobuchar’s slight dis of the Clinton 2016 campaign


Typical centrist. All about celebrity and hurt feelings (easily).


Typical also, that what they are objecting to is the telling of truth.

I recall that the Clinton campaign only scheduled one primary season visit, and that was just before the vote when it became apparent that she was in trouble.

Which makes the failure to campaign there at all during the general election even more damning.

But she lost because “Russians!”


Yes! How, exactly, is it “dissing” or “insulting” to point out mistakes Hillary made?


Chris Cilizza, CNN, explains it this way:

We’re going to be in Iowa and Wisconsin. We’re starting in Wisconsin because, as you remember, there wasn’t a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016. With me, that changes. … I’m going to be there a lot.”

If you don’t get the reference, it’s to this: Hillary Clinton lost Wisconsin to Donald Trump in 2016, the first Democrat to lose the Badger State since 1984. Clinton believed the state was in the bag, and didn’t campaign there during the general election race. Not once.

As Clinton explained in her campaign memoir “What Happened”:

“If there’s one place where we were caught by surprise, it was Wisconsin. Polls showed us comfortably ahead, right up until the end. They also looked good for the Democrat running for Senate, Russ Feingold. We had 133 staff on the ground and spent nearly $3 million on TV, but if our data (or anyone else’s) had shown we were in danger, of course we would have invested even more,” she writes. “I would have torn up my schedule, which was designed based on the best information we had, and camped out there.”

The failure to visit Wisconsin became, for many Democrats, symbolic of the fatal flaw of Clinton’s campaign: She simply took the industrial Midwest for granted — and watched as Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and with those states, the White House.

(My note: she sent Bernie and just about anyone else, and she was supposed to have one joint rally with #44, but got cancelled when the Orlando shooting happened. I think she just took Wisconsin for granted, period)


While a few voices have emerged since Clinton’s stunning loss questioning her campaign’s strategy in the Midwest, most Democratic politicians — particularly those with an eye on being the party’s 2020 presidential nominee — have avoided directly criticizing the way the former secretary of state ran her campaign. That reticence is usually explained in two ways: 1) Talking about what Democrats did wrong in the past isn’t any way to solve beating Donald Trump in the future and 2) Clinton — and her husband — remain major figures within the Democratic Party, and crossing them isn’t a very good idea.

Which is what makes Klobuchar’s purposeful calling out of Clinton and the campaign she ran all the more intriguing.

In case you think — and I know there are some of you out there! — that Klobuchar didn’t really mean to send a signal that she was a clear break from the Clinton way of doing things, consider that Wisconsin’s presidential primary is currently set for April 7, 2020. That’s more than two months after the first votes are expected to be cast in Iowa. So, there’s no real reason to go there this early, except as a symbolic way to demonstrate that Klobuchar won’t take the Midwest for granted — as she is clearly implying Clinton did.

The swipe:

In truth, the Clinton swipe may be a sort of necessary byproduct of the broader Klobuchar pitch to distinguish herself from the rest of the growing 2020 field: I may not be the best-known or best-funded candidate, but I know how to win in the place that the best-known and best-funded candidate couldn’t the last time around.

Klobuchar announced on the Mississippi River in the middle of a Midwestern snowstorm to drive that point home. Just in case you missed the overt symbolism of the backdrop, Klobuchar drove it home in the speech itself. “On an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi, in our nation’s heartland, at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said.

All campaigns are fought amid the specter of the last race, particularly when that last race was a losing one. What Klobuchar did is acknowledge the specter in the room, made clear that she believes Clinton made a very big mistake and pledged not to repeat that error.

It’s a clear strategy. But is it one that pays off?

A broken clock is accurate at least once a day. Cilizza is often wrong, but in this instance, he’s reading the Establishment tea leaves of the past.

The Establishment has been fawning all over Klobuchar today. At the moment, it doesn’t concern me because I’d rather they do that than continue to make Ilhan Omar the story when she spoke about the AIPAC money influence in politics. The establishment still hasn’t gotten used to the newbies who aren’t taking direct lobbyist funds for their coffers.


As you all know Wi went for Bernie in the primary, $Hillary shunned WI and never showed up to convince Bernie voters’ to vote for her, People any where hate to be taken for granted and With $Hillary being a no show here that turned into Dems ignoring her at the polls.



Good for Beto. El Paso march for truth at 5pm today


I saw his 15 min speech. It was a good way to troll Trump. However, I didn’t hear much in the way of POTUS ambitions in it. He may surprise us, but I don’t expect he will announce a run. I see him supporting the Dem Party, possibly a cabinet position, maybe VP at the outset. I don’t see him running for a senate seat either because he favors more immigrants to be granted asylum and most Texans in the rural counties supported Trump’s plans for a wall.


Hillary may have won, after all. She wanted to elevate Trump in the primaries, thinking he would be so awful that no one would vote for him. Instead, he’s our president now, and it is very likely that a Democrat will win in 2020.

And due to Trump’s presidency, tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of people are newly engaged. The trouble is, not having paid much attention to politics or to how America operates in the world, they tend to believe one of the best propaganda machines in the world and they line up with people they like, partly because of media influence.

I wasn’t really aware of how far gone and how powerful the media is until this election, and reading what people believe on Twitter.

At any rate, if a centrist or even a fauxgressive wins, Hillary will have won, just 4 years and a lot of suffering later.

p.s. I am glad more people are involved and I hope they stay involved and dig more deeply into the machinations and history in Americ




Opinions on the “Green New Deal” run the gamut from calling it “a bold, ambitious vision” to warning that it represents “the first step down a dark path to socialism.” A fairly common critique, though, is that it is unrealistic in whole or part; and that’s a view that crosses political lines. Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointedly referred to the proposals put forward by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey as “the green dream, or whatever they call it” in an interview with Politico.

Producers of oil, natural gas and coal – those squarely in the GND’s crosshairs – may be tempted to draw comfort from, or mimic, Pelosi’s offhandedness. I think that would be a mistake.

There are two reasons why dismissing the GND as unrealistic would be an error. First, to do so would be to merely state the obvious. A 14-page set of non-binding resolutions encompassing everything from getting the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions to overhauling the nation’s transportation infrastructure and even implementing a federal job guarantee is plainly not what you would call ready-to-go legislation. And while AOC’s many critics may deride her as inexperienced, surely even they don’t think she’s unable to count how many Republican senators there are right now.

Rather, the GND is a set of sketched-out goals; a flag to rally support around for what its authors surely know will be a multi-year, and grinding, political battle. As ClearView Energy Partners put it in a report on the GND – coming as it does from a master of social media in our increasingly clickable political culture – this is about “counting likes (not votes).” By marrying environmental objectives with issues related to economic insecurity, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey are attempting to recast the doom-laden threat of climate change as an opportunity for economic and national renewal – a stance that mixes FDR liberalism with dashes of America First populism.



Public school teachers in Denver began their first strike in 25 years on Monday, over base pay for educators and funding allocation.

The strike comes after more than a year of failed negotiations between the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) and Denver Public Schools (DPS).

Hundreds of teachers took to the Denver streets on Monday morning, many carrying signs and chanting, according to video footage of the strike.

Students also walked out of a number of high schools to join the picket lines.


From Vox, via the Next Big Idea newsletter… “Why are Millennials Burned Out? Capitalism.”

It’s an interview with author Malcolm Harris about his new book “Kids These Days”. He is a millennial himself, and the interview is an interesting read for sure. The guy is smart, and makes a case for revolution. I definitely put the book on my must read list.


Interesting that this is coming from Think Progress


With a presidential bid underway, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is pivoting on weed, saying Monday morning that she supports legalizing marijuana and smoked weed in college.

Asked during an interview on morning radio show The Breakfast Club about whether she supports legalization, Harris said, “Look, I joke about it, half joking — half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

As is customary for presidential candidates, Harris was also asked on Monday whether she’s ever smoked weed. She said she had, in college, adding, “I did inhale. It was a long time ago, but yes.”

“Listen,” she said, laughing, “I think [marijuana] gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy in the world.”

The Harris who was cracking jokes during the Monday morning interview is basically unrecognizable compared with the Harris of just a few years ago.


The Breakfast Club could have been holding this discussion…before Kamala goes to meet with more WS bankers for donations and “advice” for regulations.

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Hope you guys will click on his tweet and read the entire thread. Quite illuminating.


Apologize, nancy.


No surprise here!


T and R, LD!! Hope this finds you and JD well. 🙂


Double post.

Short thread follows.




Well that didn’t last long.


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