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Bernie has a rally in Greenville, SC today.

The Greenville News has coverage of his campaign swing in SC. https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/south-carolina/2019/04/18/bernie-sanders-spartanburg-greenville-sc/3514494002/

He has a rally in Houston on 4/24.

And 4/27 is Organizing for Bernie Day. The Bernie map is up, so you can find an event near you.

Vox digs deeper into Bernie vs. CAP/Establishment. https://www.vox.com/2019/4/19/18311253/bernie-sanders-clinton-center-american-progress-tanden


Look who delivers the “But.”


Sen. Bernie Sanders is making mainstream Democrats nervous.

But some of the presidential candidate’s supporters say it’s not because they’re worried Sanders can’t defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. It’s because he can, they say.

“Bernie right now has a better chance of winning than rest of field combined,” said Cenk Uygur, founder of progressive news network TYT and host of “The Young Turks,” who supported Sanders in 2016. Uygur has not decided whom he will back in 2020, but says he likes Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Uygur said the establishment’s concerns about Sanders raised in a New York Times article on Tuesday, will only make Sanders stronger.

Uygur’s point is that big money donors who back mainstream candidates will lose their positions of power in the face of a Sanders win. A political system corrupted by corporate cash and influence, he said, will finally fall if the democratic socialist who has proposed “Medicare for All,” free college education and a $15 minimum wage is elected.

“The people with the most money will lose all power, they will not be rewarded,” he said. “All their power is in giving money to politicians and controlling them. Bernie Sanders doesn’t want their money. They are going to fight Bernie Sanders harder than any Republican will.”

That could be a dangerous game: Attacking Sanders will “force everyone to rally around him,” Uygur said. “That’s why Bernie has always stood an excellent chance of winning. They can’t take away a small donor base. The more they attack him, the more he will raise.”

It’s certainly too early to tell where the race will end up, but for Sanders’ supporters, a replay of the infighting that happened in 2016 will not go over well.

“There will be no end to the fury,” Uygur said.

But Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of liberal blog Daily Kos said it’s not fear, “it’s frustration” that party insiders are feeling. He said in an email that Sanders is “a divisive person” who “roils the party.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

“roils the party”

damn right!

they have been a faction for decades

In Federalist 10, James Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community


TJ = Thomas Jefferson

“I am not a Federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” TJ

“For it is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and the impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shall thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle. Tom Paine


Wonder what his small donor haul will be? 🤔


Former Vice President Joe Biden will officially launch his presidential bid next Wednesday with a video announcement, people familiar with the matter told The Atlantic in a report published Friday.

The video will use footage shot two weeks ago outside his old family home in Scranton, Pa., roots he has often pointed to show his understanding of working-class struggles in America.

Biden has been unable to raise money so far due to a lack of an active campaign account. If he jumps into the race, he would enter the primary field far behind a number of other candidates who have hauled in millions int the first quarter of 2019 alone.


Wonder how many times he will say the words “hope” and change.”


This is a email from Biden

I just went to a Stop and Shop in Boston to stand with some of the 31,000 union members who are currently fighting against cuts to wages and health care for themselves and their families.

These are the workers who stock the shelves at your grocery stores. They ring you up when you’re filling your prescriptions at chain pharmacies around the country. The put some of your favorite American-made foods—from Campbell’s soup to Quaker Oats—on the kitchen table.

And right now, their wages and health care stand to be cut by a massive international retailer—who, by the way, has bought back billions of dollars of their own stock in the last five years.

Some people are afraid to say the word “union” for baseless political reasons. I’m not one of those people.

If you’re not either, then I’m asking you to join me by standing with these men and women—because unions built this country, plain and simple.

It’s time we told the truth about what unions have really done for America.

With the dues they paid, the picket lines they walked, the negotiations they sweated through, those union workers weren’t just standing up for other union workers.

The rights they fought for benefited every American worker.

Minimum wage. Overtime pay. The 40-hour workweek. Safer working conditions. The elimination of child labor, for crying out loud. The list goes on and on.

This country wasn’t built by a few Wall Street bankers, CEOs, or hedge fund managers. It was built by the American middle class.

And unions built the American middle class by standing up for the common good of every American worker.

Today, we’re standing up for them. Join me by adding your name and showing your support for the thousands of workers fighting for their wages and health care today.

I’ll see you on the picket line.



omg. And while I’m standing here, let me give a wink to my real donors who don’t want you to get the minimum wage, those who don’t let you write off student debt in a bankruptcy, and on and on.


Hear you, this email needs a SNARK TAG added to it!



The most frustrating part of the piece, however, delves into Biden’s motivation for running. Is it, perhaps, because he has visionary ideas about how to change the country? Does he have fresh policy plans to cure America’s woes? Shockingly… that is not what comes up in the piece:

The primary, Biden believes, will be easier than some might think: He sees a clear path down the middle of the party, especially with Bernie Sanders occupying a solid 20 percent of the progressive base, and most of the other candidates fighting for the rest. And the announcement comes at a moment when many in the party have become anxious about Sanders’s strength, with some beginning to wonder whether Biden might be the only sure counterweight to stop him from getting the nomination. A Biden spokesperson declined to comment.

Was 2016 fun for you? Are you excited about the idea of doing it all over again? Then boy do we have a candidate for you! (It’s Joe Biden.) Look. Should Sanders be handed the Democratic nomination with a bow on top? Absolutely not. Progressive and moderate voters alike deserve a robust primary cycle that ideally forces Sanders and every candidate running to clarify their positions, defend their records, and present a clear game plan for defeating Trump in the general election. What they don’t deserve is a name-recognition heavyweight entering the race just because he’s wanted this for a long time:

He wants this. He really wants this. He’s wanted this since he was first elected to the Senate, in 1972, and he’s decided that he isn’t too old, isn’t too out of sync with the current energy in the Democratic Party, and certainly wasn’t going to be chased out by the women who accused him of making them feel uncomfortable or demeaned because of how he’d touched them.

Very cool. The piece goes on to report that what seems to be his primary motivation for delaying his announcement is a cynical calculus as to whether he could push through the already-mounting pile of indictments against his candidacy. Just look at this:

If all this uncertainty seems extraordinarily last-minute for so high profile a candidate, that’s because it is. Biden still had not officially made up his mind when the accusations from the women came out weeks ago, and his staff has been scrambling to get ready. Also: He doesn’t have any money to pay for any real campaign operations, since he doesn’t have an active campaign account. He’ll be hoping for a show of force, raising a few million dollars in the first few weeks. Without that, he couldn’t even pay for setting up a rally.

Oh yeah, and his team is reportedly also hung up on whether to launch with an homage to Rocky at the Philly Art Museum or in Charlottesville. Here’s a very rough outline of the plot of Rocky: Rocky is an upstart boxer who gets a shot to challenge the world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. In the end of the movie (spoilers) he loses, but does so with panache and gains a lot of fans. Then in Rocky II, Apollo (who is still the heavyweight champion, or the establishment favorite, if you will) is so mad about losing face to Rocky that he forces a rematch and loses. If we’re searching for storylines between the Democratic primaries in 2016 and 2020, Rocky maybe wasn’t the best one to pick, because Biden sure isn’t the hero in this story.


If anyone is Rocky Its Bernie in Rocky IV. Bernie V Biden- Dem Establishment(Drago)


Rhetorical question, right? LOL.



Over a poor cell phone connection from New York City where he is now a freshman at Columbia University studying physics and math, Williams explained how he and his high school classmate David Oks were listening to the popular left-leaning podcast Chapo Traphouse when they heard about Mike Gravel’s 2008 campaign. After looking him up and watching clips from the debates Gravel participated in, they decided to reach out to the senator through his website to see if he would be interested in running again. It was a bit of a shock when Gravel called them back immediately.

“The first time I spoke to him he said, “Do you know how old I am? You gotta be crazy,’” Williams laughed. “But we were like, ‘look we don’t think you should be president — that’s not the point of this campaign. The point is that there’s a market for your message. Let us prove it to you.’”

But the campaign’s most extreme departure from current political discourse within the Democratic party may lie in its foreign policy positions.

“We need to end our foreign policy consensus,” Williams explained. “Some major points of difference we have with even candidates like Sanders and Warren are on foreign policy — our positions are extremely, and I would say radically, anti-war and anti-imperialist.”

Despite explicitly intending to lose the race, Gravel’s candidacy has its sights set on winning over a battle of ideas that has been raging within the Democratic Party. These positions include closing all military bases abroad and bringing home every troop stationed in other countries, proposing massive cuts to the military, changing the Department of Defense’s name back to the Department of War (in order to accurately reflect its purpose), establishing a Department of Peace, ending all foreign arms sales, and committing to international justice — to name a few.

“Our foreign policy positions are structured around reshaping and ending all of our murderous wars of choice abroad,” Williams told Truthout. “We’re not under the impression that any of these policies are likely in the near term, but we do believe that by bringing them up and talking about them we have the chance of pushing Bernie and Warren to the left and getting them to adopt some of these things in their own platforms.”

Of course, online videos and live tweets are not going to have nearly as much of an audience as a nationally televised debate will. However, Williams explains, the point of Gravel’s campaign is not only to push the national conversation to the left, but also to energize the left base of the Democratic party. This is a contingent that pays a disproportionate amount of attention to the news cycle and spends a lot of time on Twitter.

“It’s my hope that this campaign ends up doing a lot of things similar to the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016,” Williams said. “There was a real diaspora of people who leapt out from it and ran for office or became activists or whatever else — it’s really my hope that that’s where we end up from this.”


Bernie knocks Harris out of first in the WaPo pundit ranking.


This week, it’s mostly about Bernie.

The two other B’s who might conceivably win the Democratic nomination, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, also made news — Biden for continuing to lead all comers in the polls, despite not formally being in the race, and Buttigieg for continuing to make history as the first viable openly gay presidential candidate in history. But my attention — and, notably, President Trump’s — was on Bernie Sanders.

The democratic socialist from Vermont made headlines by surviving a trip to the lion’s den: a Fox News town hall. Far from being ripped to shreds, he emerged in something resembling triumph. Politely grilled by Fox journalists Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Sanders came off as strong, confident and passionate. His highlight-reel moment came when the audience was asked whether anyone supported his Medicare-for-all health-care plan, supposedly anathema to Republicans. Hands shot up across the room.

For Sanders, going on Fox was a smart move. In the Rust Belt states that gave President Trump his victory in 2016, there are tens of thousands of voters who chose Sanders in the Democratic primaries and then opted for Trump in the general. Trump needs to keep their loyalty if he is to have any chance at reelection, but these are not dyed-in-the-wool Republicans. Biden might be able to connect with white working-class voters. So might Sanders.


I’m one of those white working class voters in the Midwest. I asked myself this question in 2016 when I decided to support Bernie. Whom do I trust to carry thru and fight for all the issues we care about assuming a win? It was Bernie over $hillary then and its still Bernie over the field in 2020 now.


If you actually click on the link and view the rankings you will see that the perceived rankings and the movement within it are a delusional exercise in the minds of”the ranking committee” .

About the only thing that they got correct is the fact that Bernie is in first place.


Well if they’re going to get one thing right.





Well isn’t this special? First they buy their ambassadorship now they want to buy the primary.


A group of five former ambassadors who served under former President Obama are lining up behind Pete Buttigieg, giving the South Bend, Ind., mayor a jolt of institutional fundraising support amid his meteoric rise in the Democratic presidential primary.

The Obama diplomats — Timothy Broas (Netherlands), John Phillips (Italy), Tod Sedgwick (Slovakia), David Jacobson (Canada) and Bill Eacho (Austria) — raised millions of dollars for the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012.

The ambassadors are now planning a fundraiser for Buttigieg in Washington, D.C., in May.

Jacobson is also planning a Chicago fundraiser, putting Buttigieg’s fast-rising campaign in position to tap into Obama’s deep network of wealthy donors.

“I am all in with Mayor Pete. No one else. I don’t see anyone else who comes close,” said Eacho. “His ability to come across as authentic, honest, and trustworthy; his ability to connect emotionally with the American people, are qualities I have not seen in the other candidates. And of course I like the way he frames important issues. He is all about making progress without a flame-thrower approach.”

under lining by me


As if this isn’t enough.

Buttigieg plans aggressive fundraising push in California


Democrat Pete Buttigieg is planning a series of 11 fundraisers over three days in California next month, as the rising presidential candidate looks to seize on interest from eager donors to power his campaign.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., will appear at two events in San Diego on May 8, three in Los Angeles the next day, and six in the San Francisco Bay Area the day after that, according to a schedule obtained by POLITICO.

The fundraisers range from more casual gatherings — a “happy hour grassroots fundraiser” in Los Angeles and a “coffee and chat with Mayor Pete Buttigieg” in Palo Alto, with guests pledging $100 to $1,000 — to a meeting of Buttigieg’s “national investment circle” in San Francisco on May 10. Donors at that level also gathered with Buttigieg in South Bend the weekend that he launched his presidential campaign, according to the schedule.


The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California; Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.


It’s a long ways to February. I remember a certain $23M+ dollar man that the establishment favored but the voters didn’t.


Buttigag is about as experienced as a piece of dog poop for the position of POTUS.


Mayor to Mayor Bernie kicks Butti’s arse.


Bernie Wins The Rust Belt Back From Trump Live On Fox News


The Bernie team just announced on Slack that phonebanking has started.


After about the fifth person saying how great this ad is, I finally watched it. It really is really good.

This is the funniest shit ever.
The United Bitches of America.https://t.co/TtswPApYxM

— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) April 16, 2019




Are the warlords keeping BRICS in mind when they sanction, impose tariffs and invade?


Texans, you have another chance to see Bernie. He’ll be in FT Worth on the 25th. Since the event is at noon, there might be more events in the works.

I'm excited to announce that our campaign is heading to Texas! Join us in Fort Worth on Thursday, April 25, at 12 pm for…

Posted by Bernie Sanders on Friday, April 19, 2019



WTF: Buttigieg Floats Compulsory National Service to Foster “Social Cohesion”


Ummm, isn’t that a socialist* idea

*using the 1930s Nazi/Communist-scare definition that is currently being resurrected.






Let’s hope so.




I haven’t read his books but this thread has a link to an article by Jeet Heer on which sounds like a very interesting author.

9. Anyways, here are my deeper reflections on the life and work of Gene Wolfe (RIP). Perhaps of interest to anyone who cares about Catholicism and/or science fiction. @ebruenig @michaelbd @DouthatNYT @MichaelSwanwick @neilhimself @pnh @EllenDatlow https://t.co/r6xz3vMup1

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) April 19, 2019



For some reason, I can’t edit. And I keep having to log back on today. Anyways, it’s what sounds like, not which.


Actually it’s “someone who.”


OK. I give.

Why do ⁦@SenWarren⁩ and ⁦@AOC⁩ and @IlhanMN⁩ and ⁦@RepRashida⁩ say that Congress must open an #impeachment inquiry?

They’ve read the #MuellerReport.

They’ve read the Constitution.

They’ve swore an oath… and they are respecting it. https://t.co/zr70dGRg8H

— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) April 19, 2019


I still wonder if it’s wise, and see as a political move more than a deeply felt conviction.

Maybe that’s cuz I’m watching GOT. lol.


Debunking All The Assange Smears

Here it is, the comprehensive debunking of the 27 most common smears against Julian Assange. This is an ongoing project, so if there's anything missing or inaccurate just let me know. #FreeAssange #ProtectJulianhttps://t.co/ZKGwFkh5p0

— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) April 20, 2019



Hoping the lead tweet shows up.

Noam Chomsky says they overplayed it and are likely handing him a second term.

— John McNally ✝️ (@john_mcnally) April 20, 2019



Here’s what he was answering.

Dems are gonna move to impeach Trump based on an FBI/CIA conspiracy theory that was just resolutely debunked by the elder statesman prosecutor who they'd previously declared would *prove* the conspiracy theory. Whenever you think we've hit rock bottom, the bottom always falls out

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 20, 2019




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