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jcitybone

Chait joins in today’s Bernie bashing. Of course now that he has hired the former Clinton staffer for oppo research, I guess all will be forgiven

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/will-bernie-sanders-split-the-democratic-party-in-2020.html

Bernie Sanders has tried to assure Democrats he does not intend to run a factional splinter campaign in 2020. To that end, he has promised to endorse the nominee, and pledged he will not run a negative campaign, and to date has followed through on the latter promise. But then yesterday, his campaign announced two high-profile hires: speechwriter David Sirota and press secretary Briahna Joy Gray.

jcitybone
polarbear4

Hope it’s a mea culpa and not a sabotage opp

jcitybone

Probably Bernie is paying the best.

LieparDestin

Continuing my Gravel post in the last thread:

https://twitter.com/MikeGravel/status/1108276870766882817?s=19

LieparDestin

https://twitter.com/MikeGravel/status/1108441728275628032?s=19

Ive always had a softspot for his presidential campaigns.

polarbear4

Who is this guy? Do we know? If it’s not the real one, Twitter will ban him, right?

Sounds like a comedian, for real.

If it’s him, I love it! Whoda thunk? 2 Old white guys with the sharpest and most compassionate minds out there.

LieparDestin

I sure hope Its the real Gravel

If not, I still like his style:

https://twitter.com/MikeGravel/status/1108291419159085062?s=19

polarbear4

I LOVE him. Hysterical AND great points. Maybe he’ll even make a centrist think twice.

LieparDestin

Maybe its these kids running the account
Regardless, its as good as Peter douches

https://twitter.com/SamSacks/status/1108355733421203459?s=19

LieparDestin

while his record is nowhere near perfect in a number of aspects he will always have my respect for what he did with the Pentagon papers:

began printing large portions of the Pentagon Papers.[64] The papers were a large collection of secret government documents and studies pertaining to the Vietnam War, of which former Defense Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg had made unauthorized copies and was determined to make public.[65] Ellsberg had for a year and a half approached members of Congress – such as William Fulbright, George McGovern, Charles Mathias, and Pete McCloskey – about publishing the documents, on the grounds that the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution would give congressional members immunity from prosecution, but all had refused.[66]Instead, Ellsberg gave the documents to the Times.

The U.S. Justice Department immediately tried to halt publication, on the grounds that the information revealed within the papers harmed the national interest.[65] Within the next two weeks, a federal court injunction halted publication in The Times; The Washington Post and several other newspapers began publishing parts of the documents, with some of them also being halted by injunctions; and the whole matter went to the U.S. Supreme Court for arguments.[65] Looking for an alternate publication mechanism, Ellsberg returned to his idea of having a member of Congress read them, and chose Gravel based on the latter’s efforts against the draft;[6]Gravel agreed where previously others had not. Ellsberg arranged for the papers to be given to Gravel on June 26[6] via an intermediary, Washington Posteditor Ben Bagdikian.[67] Gravel used his counter-intelligence experience to choose a midnight transfer in front of the Mayflower Hotel in the center of Washington.[68]

On the night of June 29, 1971, Gravel attempted to read the papers on the floor of the Senate as part of his filibuster against the draft, but was thwarted when no quorum could be formed.[69] Gravel instead convened a session of the Buildings and Grounds subcommittee that he chaired.[69] He got New York Congressman John Dow to testify that the war had soaked up funding for public buildings, thus making discussion of the war relevant to the committee.[70]He began reading from the papers with the press in attendance,[69] omitting supporting documents that he felt might compromise national security,[71] and declaring, “It is my constitutional obligation to protect the security of the people by fostering the free flow of information absolutely essential to their democratic decision-making.”[71]

He read until 1 a.m., until with tears and sobs he said that he could no longer physically continue,[71] the previous three nights of sleeplessness and fear about the future having taken their toll.[6] Gravel ended the session by, with no other senators present, establishing unanimous consent[70] to insert 4,100 pages of the Papers into the Congressional Record of his subcommittee.

polarbear4

😊 plus he’s making up for bad votes.

magsview

I haven’t verified this info, fyi, but:

https://twitter.com/twogenevdabs/status/1108499546257178624

LieparDestin

Yes its true thats one of the things I do not like about him (there are several others) but at the same time he is great on war/peace & pot. Three very important issues lol. But yes absolutely godawful on pipelines, without him there may not have ever been a Trans-Alaska pipeline that has spawned many more

polarbear4

“warming” stripes

https://twitter.com/ed_hawkins/status/1108397691199983616?s=20

I thought it was one of those designer color things. Ha ha

LieparDestin

jcitybone

Rubin doesn’t like Beto either. Second column in three days going after him. I’m curious to how she will react to Biden. She seems to like Warren but as a Never Trumper she is probably in Biden’s camp

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/20/warren-did-her-homework-why-has-everyone-else/

O’Rourke is from Texas, is a natural schmoozer and performer, and is lacking definitive solutions to much of anything. He’s more likely to say “We should consider that” or “We should have a conversation about that” than to actually have an answer and tell you what he wants to do. He has been on a city council, served three House terms and lost a Senate race.

The sad reality is that O’Rourke is in a much better position to win the nomination than Warren right now. He’s a perfect fit for the celebrity political era in which we live, has lots of free time to campaign, can raise gobs of money and hasn’t yet to be seen losing a one-on-one confrontation with the president. His main problem is the nagging sensation that there might be no there there.

Maybe this would seem a tad goofy, but it would be no more preposterous than picking a president who entered the race without coming up with a detailed, thoughtful policy agenda for grave national problems. O’Rourke feels the need before giving his answers to hear what everyone has to say. (Any student slacker worth his salt will recognize a good stall and an excuse to peek at others’ answers when he sees one.) He appears to think voters will come up with the ideas rather than look to the professional politician running for president for thoughtful responses to their questions. (When he asks what they think, clever ones might retort, “We should have a debate about that.”)

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Maybe Rubin is committed to “Que Malo” Harris?

I would expect her to be holding out for a Biden entry, but if that takes place it may be more of a “flash in the pan” than Harris’ launch.

polarbear4
orlbucfan

Good. I’m glad he’s back with the Bernster!

wi60

The war for lack of a better word against Bernie is on, even more once Biden’s in. Our Media AKA as the weapons of mass deception will go all in against Bernie and try to convince anyone that will listen that Bernie’s to extreme to be president and cant beat Trumpcorp.Then theirs Faux news that will chime in with their BS. Its gonna be a long hard fight for us Berners. I expect that corporate America and their paid off Dems to pull every dirty trick possible to prevent Bernie from winning the nomination. Hopefully Bernie can attract the voters that will become eligible voters by 2020 and we will need a majority of them to turnout in a big way. Some polling has the R’s more energized than the D’s. They must not have liked the beating they took last year so their engaged now.

polarbear4

Machines too. Both parties love the new hackables. I wonder why. Even Wyden questioned it.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

WaPo is relentless today. I’m a little unclear here. The Guardian articles were clearly before his connection to Bernie’s campaign. He wrote for Capital & Main but didn’t write anything negative there so no need to disclose I guess. The rest were tweets and blogs. Is that journalism? Also I’m sure that any vitriol will be scrubbed now that he’s working for Bernie. Maybe he was hired because he’s a good writer. Yeah I’m sure Bernie will be less authentic because he delivers a speech written by a kindred thinker.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/a-bernie-sanders-supporter-and-journalist-had-a-secret-he-kept-from-his-readers/2019/03/20/063aabee-4b26-11e9-b79a-961983b7e0cd_story.html?utm_term=.63c8a0378638

Sirota’s undisclosed connection to Sanders is a breach of journalistic ethics. The basic rule is that journalists are supposed to be free of any personal or financial relationship with those they cover or comment on, even an “informal” relationship, as Sanders’s campaign has described Sirota’s pre-hiring role. Alternatively, reporters are obligated to at least disclose such relationships so that readers or viewers can evaluate the integrity of the reporting for themselves.

Sirota, 43, not only didn’t mention his relationship with Sanders’ campaign but apparently sought to erase his long history of attacks against Sanders’ opponents. Just hours before his hiring by Sanders was announced, Sirota deleted about 20,000 or so of his tweets. He suggested that the timing of the mass deletion was coincidental, telling the Atlantic that his account was scrubbed by an “autodeleter” that periodically and automatically removes his posts.

It remains unclear how long Sirota advised the Sanders camp before his hiring. Neither Sirota nor Sanders’ representatives responded to multiple requests for comment on Wednesday.

Sirota’s vitriolic tweets and blog posts also appear to be at odds with the ethos of the Sanders’ campaign, which has stressed that it will “respectfully engage” other Democratic candidates. His hiring as a speechwriter also appears to be an acknowledgment that Sanders, whose extemporaneous public remarks have been a sign of his authenticity, will at times be scripted like other politicians.

polarbear4

You notice this person steers clear of dates and of the numerous times the Guardian has firmly stated that David did nothing wrong as relates to them.

Also, vitriol spewed = votes cast, statements, etc., of the candidates. I guess he could have been super spick and span and told Twitter that he helped Bernie do whatever, but considering that these people are the same ones that are fine with Brock and others planting stories and more, it seems like just another breathless smear opp.

They are being very dishonest in their accusations, so of course we are mad.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Just the WaPost warming up for its next 16 negative articles on Bernie in 16 hours.

jcitybone

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-bernie-sanders-ucla-20190320-story.html

Andrew Lewis, 31, said Sanders’ decision to make a union rally his first California stop sent a message.

“If any successful Democratic candidate is going to go far this cycle, they need to reengage labor, they need to embrace labor, and they need to be out here at things like this,” said Lewis, a political organizer who attended in solidarity with the strikers.

Sanders’ 10-minute remarks before a crowd of hundreds gathered in Westwood Village also included snippets of his policy platform, including a pledge that “great public universities, like the University of California or the University of Vermont, will become tuition-free.”

The visit comes soon after the Sanders campaign said it would unionize its staff, the first presidential campaign in history to do so.

“It is important to walk the walk as well as talk the talk,” said Jeff Weaver, a senior campaign aide, noting the senator’s longtime support of unions.

Campaign employees will be represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, which represents 35,000 workers in retail, healthcare and other sectors in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere on the East Coast. Weaver said negotiations will start soon.

“I anticipate they will be extremely collegial and will come to very quick and mutually agreeable conclusions,” Weaver said.

polarbear4
magsview
polarbear4

It’s so blatant. But more than not still believe.

magsview

Hmmm, things seem to have changed in some way..

https://twitter.com/MoveOn/status/1108431265110417409

humphrey

It is quite obvious that MoveOn is anti-semitic. Nancy Pelosi should immediately craft a resolution condemning them. /S

magsview

Any thoughts jcitybone?

https://twitter.com/f_thumb/status/1108488501845245958

I believe in a single-payer healthcare system that puts people over profit, a Green New Deal, abolishing ICE/private prisons, cancelling student debt and debt-free college. As a 24 (going on 25) year-old queer person of color, I also believe in increasing representation and visibility in Congress. Looking forward to your questions, AMA!

https://www.reddit.com/r/WayOfTheBern/comments/b3i3ac/im_kenny_belvin_im_a_democratic_socialist_running/?st=jthubx5w&sh=079f494f

humphrey

Well he couldn’t pick a better target as the seat is now held by Eliot Engel.

polarbear4

Damn! Why are we so subservient and WTH with Bash cutting off our support for no war? Hoping to find that clip.

https://twitter.com/hollypearlgray/status/1108471091067011074?s=20

polarbear4

Good for Beto!Not enough, But good for him.
And he’s an AIPAC guy.

Waiting for the outrage. Should be interesting to see if they will be quiet or if establishment will come out against Beto like they did Ilhan.

https://twitter.com/theintercept/status/1108491970668843011?s=20

polarbear4
LieparDestin

Wonder if this weasel has anything to say or if its all reserved for Omar:

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/434997-dem-apologizes-to-constituents-for-omars-remarks

A freshman House Democrat apologized to his Jewish constituents during a district town hall this week for comments Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) made questioning U.S.-Israel policy that critics considered anti-Semitic.

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish, said he was “horrified” and “sad” when Omar recently said pro-Israel groups “push for allegiance to a foreign country,” a comment many Jewish lawmakers said invoked the myth of dual loyalty to the United States and Israel.

“As a young congressman, I’ve got to tell you I’m sorry,” Rose told a crowd organized by the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, according to Jewish Insider.

“You sent me to Congress to take responsibility. You sent me to Congress to have your back,” he continued. “And I failed you. Because I know that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments really caused you all a lot of pain by bringing up anti-Semitic tropes.”

Rose is a member of the freshman Democratic class. But he represents a Staten Island district that had long been held by Republicans until the 2018 midterm elections. Rose is expected to be a top GOP target in 2020.

Rose said he would “work as hard as I can to make sure that these comments are not made again.”

“I am not satisfied with what I’ve seen thus far. I’m not,” Rose said. “To equate Jewish organizations with the NRA, of course I’m upset. Of course I’m not satisfied, and I don’t know any who are either. That’s why the first thing that I said is that I’m sorry. I’m sorry because I couldn’t protect you from this. And that takes a lot to say.”

LieparDestin

Beto should take notes from Gillum on more than just his centrist habits:

Gillum launches voter-registration campaign

Former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Wednesday launched a voter-registration campaign to try to turn the key battleground state in Democrats’ favor in the 2020 presidential election.

Gillum officially launched Bring It Home Florida in Miami Gardens on Wednesday evening. The group, named after his signature campaign slogan, is being promoted as a grassroots organization that “empowers everyday people to fight for Florida’s future.”

Bring It Home Florida seeks to boost voter registration in the state in order to help elect Democrats to local, state and federal offices.

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“Are you ready to flip Florida blue? Better yet, are y’all ready to flip the United States of America blue?” Gillum asked the crowd during the launch.

“I just can’t wait for the image of us rolling them right on out of the White House and back to whatever planet they may have come from and rolling in whoever the Democratic nominee, and I mean whoever the Democratic nominee is for president of the United States,” he said. “We have the ability to do that, Florida.”

Gillum called on Floridians to urge other voters to join their efforts.

“It is time up for showing up on a voter’s doorstep three weeks before an election. It is time up for waiting until we get into an election year or waiting for a nominee to get to the hard work of registering and engaging voters,” he said.

polarbear4

Great, except he’s going to be pushing hard for an establishment candidate. But I can’t argue against getting people registered.

humphrey
polarbear4

Is she dissing the trans twitter?

humphrey

NO!

polarbear4

I see she’s saying people complaining about trans exclusivity can get people banned easier. Dah.

magsview

Looks like his twitter account is now protected.

humphrey
polarbear4

Good to get this Front and center now.

humphrey
polarbear4

It’s all NEO liberal to me, anymore.

polarbear4
humphrey

I see that they have added to the original tweet.😁👍

https://twitter.com/JonesCamacho/status/1108470306497331201

humphrey
polarbear4

No wonder he likes North Korea. We are becoming like them. All military, no domestic.

Virginia Lawler
Virginia Lawler

I first learned of you as spokesman for Sen. Sanders on a recent talk show. CNN or MSNBA, but I don’t remember which. Whichever, I thought you did a good job. Will hope you have many more opportunities to highlight his personal history and persistence in a lifetime of working for us all.

humphrey

Hmmm! That explains a lot about the coverage.

https://twitter.com/NatalieElsberg/status/1108561669167476736

polarbear4

Wow. Forget all the nice things I said about this guy. I am probably not going to read his journal again.

https://twitter.com/TeodroseFikre/status/1108563454703607808?s=20

There are all kinds of replies to the Washington Post article pointing to the guardian more than once telling them they were wrong and asking them to retract even.

I’m not sure what happened, but there is a segment of the black community on Twitter that is mad because he doesn’t specifically support reparations, even though none of the others do.

magsview

I unfollowed him last night. I’m tired of all of his accusations of sheepdogging.

humphrey

This video gives you a good introduction to Mike Gravel

It is about 5 minutes long but well worth it!

WindDancer13

Thank you! I did not watch the 2008 debates…sanity issues (the retaining of), so I did not see him. Wow!

humphrey

I am not one of his fans, But was this really a question? The smile on her face says a lot.

https://twitter.com/RachelGlasberg/status/1108565141568872448

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