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jcitybone

Not a site to which I would normally link, but I did like the closing sentence.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/bernie-sanders-will-eat-beto-orourke-for-breakfast-kennedy

I understand the appeal of almost every politician, and I also understand why most of these preening weenies want to be president, but for the life of me I do not get the attraction to Beto O’Rourke.

Hating Ted Cruz does not qualify you for the presidency, nor does the ability to fundraise off that near universal disdain in a unicorn election. The only reason Beyonce and Oprah gushed over him was the off chance Democrats could’ve taken back the Senate to impact Supreme Court nominees. That’s pretty much it!

Beto O’Rourke speaks in annoyingly pert platitudes like some mediocre yoga instructor who promises to “build a movement”. I’ve seen “wild, wild country” and I know how these “movements” end, and it’s usually in the toilet.

Bernie will eat you for breakfast.

jcitybone

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2019/03/15/time-beto-will-need-substance-match-style

O’Rourke’s style as a campaigner will serve him well in Iowa and New Hampshire. He is plainly comfortable in a crowd. But he will have a hard time avoiding substantive, detailed policy questions from journalists as well as from his competitors for the Democratic nomination.

For example, what does he mean when he says, “We can ensure that every single American can see a doctor?” He wouldn’t embrace a clear path to universal healthcare in a meeting with our editorial board in October and passed on three opportunities to answer the question clearly.

Similarly, what does he mean mean when he says “We can begin by fixing our democracy and ensuring that our government works for everyone and not just for corporations”? Is that an indication he’ll launch a significant regulatory agenda?

wi61

Technically everyone can see a Dr. by going to the emergency room. What we want is a health care system that covers all and also preventative care as well. To many people avoid the DR. due to costs where early detection along with care will cut costs.

jcitybone

Sean Patrick returns the favor. He endorses his fellow New Dem Beto after being endorsed by Beto in the NY AG race. Maloney’s third place candidacy went a long way to making sure that Zephyr Teachout lost the race by splitting the upstate vote. More gobbledygook about inspiration, vision, and youth, and a definite whopper about “real experience.”

At least Gillibrand has endorsed M4A and the GND.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-beto-2020-new-york-gillibrand-20190314-story.html

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who announced her 2020 campaign two months ago, remains without a single endorsement from the New York congressional delegation.

Maloney, who represents Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester Counties, issued a heartfelt endorsement statement, in which he recalled jogging with O’Rourke on the Washington Mall while the Texas Democrat was still representing the Lone Star State’s 16th district in the House.

“Through many long conversations, and during our years together in the House, I grew to know and love him and his family,” Maloney said. “He has a heart the size of Texas, real experience, and a vision of that strong, united and youthful America that once led the world — and that can again inspire and motivate millions.”

jcitybone

Orton’s response was great and shows that they were quite prepared for this,

https://splinternews.com/wow-look-at-all-these-great-ideas-bernie-had-1833304847

CNN’s KFILE has a new story out today about the early career of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s currently hovering near the top of Democratic primary polls while he’s making his second run for president. The premise of the story is that the Sanders of the 1970s was much more radical than the Sanders of today, to which I say: Wow, cool!

But to his credit, Sanders’ campaign didn’t exactly back away from his previous views when confronted with them. “The record shows that from the very beginning, Bernie anticipated and worked to combat the rise of a billionaire ruling class and the exploding power of Wall Street and multinational corporations,” campaign spokesman Josh Orton told CNN. “Whether fighting to lower energy prices or expand access to capital for local development, Bernie’s first priority has always been — and will always be — defending the interests of working people across the country.”

jcitybone

In an article about those poor besieged moderate Dem representatives who are struggling with the popularity of AOC etc., the first quote is an example of what not to say and the second quote is a good response.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/15/house-democrats-moderates-2020-aoc-1220643

“I’d like to think that the Republican Party is not run by a bunch of folks that subscribe to be nationalists, like Steve King does,” added Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), who defeated then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Orange County, the Reagan-era GOP stronghold. “So while Steve King’s views don’t represent the entire Republican Party, those on the far left of the Democratic Party do not represent the mainstream caucus.”

Omar’s recent comments about politician’s support for Israel — seen by many as anti-Semitic — has put some Democrats on the defensive. Asked about the Democratic divisions on display last week, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.), who won a Chicagoland district Trump carried by 4 points, dismissed the controversy.

“I’m home every weekend and have the opportunity to talk to folks about health care and lower prescription drug costs. And so, quite candidly, this ends up as a Washington conversation,” said Underwood, “and not a conversation we have in the Illinois 14th.”

magsview

“I’m home every weekend and have the opportunity to talk to folks about health care and lower prescription drug costs. And so, quite candidly, this ends up as a Washington conversation,” said Underwood, “and not a conversation we have in the Illinois 14th.”

What does that even mean?

Does it mean that no-one she talks to over weekends brings up the cost of health care? (If so, who exactly is she speaking to??) Or does it mean she doesn’t actually speak to “folks” when she’s home every weekend? Having “the opportunity” to talk to “folks” doesn’t necessarily mean she actually DOES “talk to folks”!

Even my conservative acquaintances are always griping about the costs, and lack of transparency on prices, related to health care.

I hate fb so much, but went on the other day and saw a young lady I know in her early 20’s (who works two jobs) talk about how she just got a threatening letter from our local hospital related to what they claim is an outstanding bill.

She’d not expected it for a bunch of reasons, called the hospital to make arrangements, but was told pay it all now, or else! But she doesn’t have the spare $900 right now.

Her post set off a HUGE flurry of replies with lots and lots of people recounting their own personal stories related to health care-related bills and stresses. She really hit a nerve! A lot of the responders said they don’t even dare go for health care any more – one young lady said she’d been taken to a hospital recently because she went unconscious and it turned out to not be a huge problem, but now she has a $5,000 bill to pay. Tons of horror stories! People are really struggling.

humphrey

I think that you are interpreting the quote wrong mags. I think that she was referring to the brouhaha concerning Ilhan Omar not healthcare.

magsview

Ahhhhh, thx Humphrey. Too late to delete! 😉

jcitybone

I’m not quite sure what to make of Yang

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/14/andrew-yang-is-running-president-havent-heard-him-you-will-soon/?utm_term=.36df677bcd8c&utm_source=reddit.com

But this week, Yang, an entrepreneur and veteran of the tech industry, became the latest — and, perhaps, least likely — Democratic presidential candidate to meet the requirements necessary to appear in the party’s first debate in June.

It’s quite the coup for an insurgent, little-known candidate running in his first-ever campaign, and it may reveal as much about our current political juncture as it does about Yang himself. The 2016 election blindsided the establishment and blew up its ideas about who can run for office — and it also may have paved the way for another neophyte to wind up on a crowded debate stage, next to a half dozen senators and a former vice-president.

Yang announced Monday that he surpassed 65,000 donors, the Democratic National Committee’s threshold for participants in the first two debates. A party official said the DNC won’t announce the slate of debaters until at least two weeks before the event.

The milestone capped an improbable month-long run. In that time, donations to his campaign flowed in from around the country, his rallies got more crowded and his Twitter following more than tripled, from 40,000 to more than 130,000 in 30 days, propelled by a rabid online fan base known as the Yang Gang.

He thinks, as all politicians must, that the more people hear from him, the more they’ll support him. On Rogan’s show, Yang, who founded Venture for America, held court for nearly two hours, discussing the threat automation poses to working Americans. He explained that, as president, he would institute a value-added tax on tech companies to pay all U.S. citizens over the age of 18 $1,000 per month, a dramatic expansion of the social safety net that would guarantee tens of millions of Americans a $12,000 annual income.

“I will take solutions from anywhere,” he said. “It’s not left or right, it’s forward.”

Yet, much of his platform would be at home on the wish lists of die-hard liberals — a fact that makes his sudden support among the alt-right even stranger. An article on The Verge documented Yang’s meme-fueled rise to ironic hero status among the 4chan set of the fringe right wing and the all-out white supremacists, as both groups have projected their views onto an obscure candidate.

“White nationalist supporters have been able to pick and choose statements from Yang to support the idea that he’s uniquely concerned with halting the decline of the white race,” wrote Russell Brandom in that piece.

polarbear4

iirc, there are trade offs with other parts of the “social safety net.” i.e., giving up social security income. But it’s good to have a conversation about UBI.

magsview

I’m not quite sure what to make of Yang

I’m with you jcitybone. I see a certain amount of enthusiasm for him on twitter, not totally sure why, but I have seen UBI be mentioned. I’ll ask next time I see sometime rooting for him.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/14/course-college-admissions-rigged-rich-whole-economic-system

The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children.

The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.

It’s crucial that everyone who is not a wealthy movie star, hedge fund executive, or corporate CEO—that is, 99 percent of all Americans—sees this college admissions scandal for what it really is: a microcosm of the larger, corrupt system that works against working people, squashing their chances for advancement.

This system is the reason that rich people and corporations got massive tax breaks last year while the 99 percent got paltry ones. It is the reason the federal minimum wage and the overtime threshold are stuck at poverty levels. It is the reason labor unions have dwindled over the past four decades.

This system is the reason we cannot have nice things. Despite all that land-of-equal-opportunity crap, the rich ensure that only they can have nice things, starting with what they can buy legally and illegally for their children and rising through what they can buy legally and illegally from politicians who make the rules that withdraw money from the pockets of working people and deposit it into the bulging bank accounts of the fabulously rich.

jcitybone

Looks like Tad is angling for a job on Biden’s campaign. So many of these people are such opportunists.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/434174-the-memo-bidens-nice-words-for-republicans-may-doom-white-house-hopes

“I don’t think he is going to sound like a centrist,” said Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic strategist. “He is going to sound like a progressive on the issues and a reasonable guy when it comes to comity.”

Devine also drilled down into the specifics of the primary calendar, noting that the first two contests — in Iowa and New Hampshire — could be amendable to Biden’s appeal. In New Hampshire, particularly, the primary electorate typically includes a large number of independents, especially if there is not a competitive primary on the other side.

orlbucfan

Devine can have the old relic all to himself. Ugh!

magsview

I’d be * cough * rather surprised if Biden hired him.

But I do see some truth in what Tad said. Biden WILL probably sound like a progressive, but we know he’s not.

polarbear4

I never thought of it as possibly being based on this on conscious assumption.

polarbear4

“unconscious assumption”

magsview

Insightful. That part about the illegal wars having reduced the perceived value of Muslim lives.

magsview

polarbear4

magsview

Is it noon or midnight??! I’m agreeing with Haberman?

polarbear4
magsview

I’ve been seeing some people (not too many) defending Beto by saying, “Aren’t people allowed to evolve??”.

wi61

If he’s taking the same approach as Walker as far a Public unions go look out. Walker destruction of the public unions in Wi has lead to teacher shortages and severe OT for correctional workers in WI. Now Evers has to try to clean up the mess.

jcitybone

Can you imagine Jane silently gazing?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/us/politics/beto-orourke-wife-amy.html

Beto O’Rourke, the charismatic Texas Democrat and former member of the House of Representatives, announced his presidential campaign in a video on Thursday. The three-minute clip quickly racked up thousands of shares, with some viewers excited by the prospect of his out-of-nowhere political rise. But others were put off by how his campaign deployed an age-old trope in American political theater — the silent, supportive wife.

Throughout the video, Mr. O’Rourke’s wife, Amy, sat quietly by her husband’s side, periodically grasping his hand as he outlined his campaign vision.

She occasionally smiled. And gazed.

magsview

I found it somewhat off-putting, but I couldn’t put my finger on why, decided I was being contrary and put it out of my head. But those hands of his! Very distracting.

jcitybone

I didn’t realize that he signaled his support for the GND. Hopefully, it’s just not more rhetoric. Looking forward to his debating Inslee in this area.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/15/beto-orourke-friend-fossil-fuel-industry-climate-change

O’Rourke wants to be everything to everyone. To take a look back at his career, that’s an invitation he’s extended to the fossil fuel industry. With just about 11 years to begin rapidly transitioning the US off of fossil fuels – per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – an O’Rourke presidency is not a risk the US or the world can afford to take.

As an analysis by the not-for-profit news site Capital and Main has shown, his six-year record in Congress – representing a solidly blue district – included siding with Republicans more than his fellow Democrats did, including on some key climate votes.

O’Rourke voted twice to lift a longstanding restrictions on crude oil exports. The decision was a boon to the world’s most dangerous industry, making the reckless exploration of reserves in the Permian and Appalachian Basin profitable and helping to set the US on the path to becoming a net exporter of fossil fuels; two years after the vote, exports had tripled.

He voted with the Republican party as well to encourage more natural gas exports, and to stop a Democratic bill to ban drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. And as recently as October, O’Rourke voiced his support for an all of the above energy policy that’s out of step with scientific reality, repeating a fossil fuel industry talking point that indefinitely continued oil and gas production is a way to “help us meet some of the challenges of climate change”.

To his credit, O’Rourke announced on Tuesday his support for a Green New Deal at an Iowa campaign event, and his intention to “reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, to get to net zero emissions”. The next several months of his campaign might see him evolve on these issues still farther. Yet if he really is committed to that goal, it’s a wonder why he has yet to take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, being circulated by the Sunrise Movement and other Green New Deal advocates. The pledge bars candidates from taking campaign donations from fossil fuel industry employees of amounts greater than $200 – low enough to include grassroots donations from the industry’s blue collar workers in his home state, to whom a Green New Deal would ensure a just transition, and yet high enough to exclude patronage from those companies’ homicidal executives. After initially joining during his Senate campaign, O’Rourke was found to have violated it by accepting generous fossil fuel industry donations and was removed.

The kind of lofty rhetoric about the threat of climate change that O’Rourke is fond of will not cool the planet. But O’Rourke’s friends in the fossil fuel industry will do everything in their power to warm it. If he wants to live up to his ambitious talk on the climate crisis, he will have to be willing to do battle the companies doing the most to further it.

wi61

I hope he’s not turning into another Manchin?

polarbear4

humphrey

Well that is one way to cover things up.

humphrey

polarbear4

humphrey

There are Russians under my bed! LOL

jcitybone

Putin is going to be cowering when Amy gets a hold of him!

humphrey

Quite the trio!

humphrey

In case you can’t make it out the 3 are Donna Shalala, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Adam Kinzinger’

polarbear4

With Dems like these….

humphrey

The human costs of a failed regime change war!

humphrey

No doubt more casualties yet to come!

humphrey

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polarbear4

Fallon does O’Rourke.

humphrey

I wonder if he will include this in his resume?

humphrey

It will take more than this to stop Bernie!

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/15/bernie-sanders-shower-door-1223545

Sen. Bernie Sanders cut his head on a glass shower door on Friday morning and received seven stitches, his campaign announced.

But the 2020 candidate was given a “clean bill of health” and will attend all of his previously scheduled campaign events over the next couple days.

Arianna Jones, a Sanders spokeswoman, said “out of precaution, he went to a walk-in clinic” to have the cut checked out.

“The senator has proceeded with all of his scheduled events — joining a group of approximately 20 local clergy for breakfast this morning — and looks forward to joining a roundtable with South Carolinians this afternoon to discuss how we can provide high quality affordable health care for all,” she added.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

Oh my!

humphrey

MSNBC a bastion of hard hitting news.🙄😏

https://twitter.com/sianoresist/status/1106237460110024704

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced 4 campaign events between tomorrow and Monday.

Tomorrow is a town hall at University of San Francisco, Sunday a town hall and later meet and greet in Fremont, CA and on Monday a town hall in Las Vegas, NV.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TulsiGabbard/events/

magsview

Just throwing in another city out there for school strikes day (Dublin):

magsview

Gotta tell ya, these images of the kids protesting is getting me all emotional. I sure hope we figure out, as fellow human beings, how to avoid ecocide.

polarbear4

I was at mine! Don’t know how to do photos yet. It was fun. I got a Bernie 2020 sweatshirt from a local artist. The kids were great. I want to enlist teachers so we get an even better turnout next time b

Weird, though. As usual, I was probably too emotionally invested in talking to two young women. Both of them said they wanna see who the last two candidates are or something. I thought anyone at the climate March would be for Bernie. One of them said she so didn’t want Kamala to have to debate Bernie because she didn’t necessarily agree with all her policies but she kind of wanted her to be president because she was a POC woman. I told them my view—- Bernie is the only one who will be serious about claimant healthcare etc. – – the others are posers. I wish I’d said that Warren and Tulsi are pretty genuine too. I was shocked. And now I’m worried. Why would young people be saying they Want to vote on identity if they’re serious about climate?

magsview

This was only a matter of time with the way the so-called settlers have been building on the West Bank.

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