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Leu2500
Leu2500

The boo birds at She the People should have read this.

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humphrey

The link seems to be a bit erratic. Perhaps there is a better one available.

LieparDestin

I lost my signal several times but have the entire thing recorded, will upload to youtube asap.

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WindDancer13

Go get ’em, NIna!!! That is what I am seeing on Twitter….lies saying that Bernie did not march with MLK. (note: You do not have to be standing next to him to march with him or see him–as John Lewis said to imply that Bernie was not there.)

magsview

I was so disappointed in Lewis when he made those disparaging comments.

Torabs
Torabs

Lewis has become an establishment stooge through and through in his golden years. The hero of the 60s is no friend of progressives anymore, sadly.

WindDancer13

There were many who severely damaged their reputations in 2016 with the remarks against Bernie. How can any of them who seemed so courageous let themselves be used by a political party and candidate whose record most often opposed the very things they had stood for?

WindDancer13

Yeah. It was very disheartening. And Twitter is aflame because some Sanders’ supporters booed Lewis over this.

humphrey

Bernie is the most popular Senator.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/440665-sanders-klobuchar-among-five-most-popular-senators-poll

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are the only 2020 presidential contenders among the 10 most popular U.S. senators, according to a Morning Consult poll.

Sanders is the most popular senator, with 62 percent approval compared with 31 percent disapproval, according to the poll, while Klobuchar is the third most popular with 58 percent approval and 26 percent disapproval.

The top five are rounded out by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at number two, with 59 percent approval and 28 percent disapproval; Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) at 58 percent approval to 29 percent disapproval; and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) at 56 percent approval to 26 percent disapproval.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the senator with the highest disapproval rating, with 50 percent disapproval to 36 percent approval, and also the only one among the least popular senators with disapproval ratings of at least 50 percent. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who won a third term in 2018 by 11 points despite being hit with federal corruption charges in 2015, has the second-highest disapproval rating. The Justice Department dropped the charges in January 2018 after a mistrial the previous November.

jcitybone

Unfortunately, for Warren, she’s one of the five least popular. This explains why she is doing so poorly in neighboring New Hampshire. I like Warren a lot but I fear she’s going to get only the choir to go along with her.

jcitybone

Meanwhile Biden is meeting with a different audience.

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/25/joe-biden-presidential-bid-lobbyists-fundraiser/

OVER THE LAST few months, David Cohen, a Comcast executive who oversees the telecom giant’s lobbying operation, has cut big checks to Republican candidates while pushing to advance his company’s regulatory agenda.

On Thursday afternoon, however, Cohen will open his Philadelphia home to host Joe Biden, helping the Democratic former vice president kick off his bid for the White House.

Biden, who announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday morning, has depicted himself as the party’s standard bearer. But he’s planning to roll out his campaign at an event filled with others like Cohen, namely GOP donors and corporate lobbyists.

Like other Democratic candidates, Biden is launching his presidential bid with a pledge to reject federal lobbyist cash. But the lobbyists attending his Thursday fundraiser are either unregistered or registered with state entities, not the federal system. As The Intercept previously reported, Democratic contenders Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker have all leveraged the same loophole to collect cash from corporate interests while pledging to eschew funding from federal lobbyists.

Daniel Hilferty, a member of the Biden host committee, is the chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross. He is on the board of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade association working to defeat the progressive push for Medicare for All. In national politics, Hilftery has exclusively donated to Republicans this year, records show. The health insurance executive gave $5,000 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., along with smaller donations to other congressional Republicans.

Cohen, the event’s host, has donated to dozens of Republicans over the years. In the past, Cohen has spread his money around. For instance, last year he gave to both Senate Republican and Senate Democrat groups. During the 2016 election, Cohen donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, along with the Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania, a group that poured money into the state that year to elect Donald Trump. This year, however, over 90 percent of Cohen’s political spending has gone to Republican groups, according to campaign finance disclosures.

magsview

I guess we know which candidate MSDNC will be pushing!

humphrey

It is good to see that Bernie.s stump speech is evolving. I wonder how much impact that David Sirota is involved in this fact?

humphrey

David Sirota = Now: @BernieSanders’ speechwriter

WindDancer13

The Anointed One is also how Joe “Anita Hill” Biden sees himself and the DNC and moneyed interests will do their best to make his dream come true.

WindDancer13

The full discussion of which the above is an excerpt. This points out the fact that Joe “Anita Hill” Biden did not JUST vote for the Iraq Invasion, he was instrumental in seeing that it occurred. He did not JUST vote for the Crime Bill; he–working with Strom Thurmond–more than actively wrote and pursued it.

magsview
WindDancer13

Lol, time to start educating people about Obama’s true record. Then see how well that endorsement goes.

jcitybone

😞That would do wonders for party unity. Hopefully not true.

WindDancer13

Will wait for the clips:

magsview

That didn’t take long!

WindDancer13

No accident. Part of the plan to woo Trump voters.

magsview

Do you think so?

WindDancer13

I don’t doubt that it is quite possible. Joe “Anita Hill” Biden has been bragging about donations from Republicans and his very first endorsement comes from McCain.

I have been giving more thought to the words he used in his announcement: “veins bulging,” “crazed faces” and “bearing fangs.” In a 19th century or a romance novel, these words would set the heart a pumping in anticipation of what would follow. Fear.

However, what would these descriptions mean to a new-Nazi or white nationalist or white supremacist? I think these words would encourage them. They would believe that they are being effective. Isn’t striking fear in the hearts of others their very purpose?

I am not saying that this is deliberate, but the results are the same. If a gaffe, it is a very serious one.

Then again, it could be the English major in me (double major: English and journalism).

LieparDestin

I need to upload videos, eat and get a few minutes rest, but I will have a summary of my thoughts for you all soon.

WindDancer13

Nice! You really were in a good spot there.

jcitybone

Meanwhile on the party unity front.

magsview

I’m not really a fan of loyalty pledges, tbh. But if they’re all going to be pressured into signing that thing, I guess I’m glad Bernie was first.

I’m not so sure about that Indivisible group. I saw one tweet from them recently in which they asked the question, “Would you vote for a Republican if they stood up to Trump?” I mean, WTH?

WindDancer13

Joe “Anita Hill” Biden IS a Republican. So maybe the question is not totally off.

LieparDestin

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jcitybone

Well that didn’t go well. Not a good look on his announcement day.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/us/politics/joe-biden-anita-hill.html

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called Anita Hill earlier this month to express his regret over “what she endured” testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings that put a spotlight on sexual harassment of women, according to a spokeswoman for Mr. Biden.

But Ms. Hill, in an interview Wednesday, said she left the conversation feeling deeply unsatisfied and declined to characterize his words to her as an apology. She said she is not convinced that Mr. Biden truly accepts the harm he caused her and other women who suffered sexual harassment and gender violence.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose,” she said.

She said she cannot support Mr. Biden, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 oversaw the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, until he takes responsibility for what he did and is also troubled by the recent accusations of improper touching.

“The focus on apology to me is one thing,” she said. “But he needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw. And not just women. There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence.”

magsview

The tide seems to be turning. People questioning long-held beliefs on this issue.

WindDancer13

Of interest:

Panel rules Michigan’s congressional districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered

A three-judge panel has ruled that Michigan’s congressional and legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election.


The judges say the maps drawn by Republicans in 2011 violate Democratic voters’ constitutional rights, including by diluting the weight of their votes. They are giving the GOP-led Legislature until Aug. 1 to submit new maps. The new maps would need the signature of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And if the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic governor can’t come to a fair consensus – then the court will draw new maps itself.

LieparDestin

humphrey

This is Bernie”s excellent response to the prisoner voting issue.👍

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Leu2500
Leu2500

Not “can’t.” “Won’t”

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wi61

Now that Biden is in the weapons of mass deception will fall all over themselves anointing him as the front runner. I’m ok with that as the early front runner usually doesn’t make it to the finish line. Olé Joe will make plenty of bad comments to knock him out as we get closer. He will have his October surprise.

WindDancer13

Personally, I don’t think his surprise will come only in October. There will probably be at least one a week until then though.

wi61

I don’t doubt that at all, If Biden would be the D candidate for some reason the R’s will “save” something juicy for Oct 2020

WindDancer13

Lol, I am not sure they will have to “save” anything. He will probably provide it for them.

humphrey

Good time to post this again.

Biden Vs. Bernie: Who’s On The Correct Side Of History?

wi61

Could’nt resist this by Catlin

Caitlin Johnstone ⏳‏ @caitoz

Nine Reasons Why You Should Support Joe Biden For President

“Just vote for him, you insolent little shits. Who the fuck do you think you are, anyway? You think you’re entitled to a bunch of ponies and unicorns like healthcare and drinkable water?”#Joe2020

humphrey

I am glad that you did. Caitlin doesn’t mince words.😁

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WindDancer13

Oh, this is good:

Btw, am I alone in thinking Biden’s footage of the neo-Nazis in Chancellorsville could serve as a recruitment tool?

EyeRound
EyeRound

Yup! It’s good.

WindDancer13

How many subway stairs could have been fixed with the $100 million in donations to Cuomo so young mothers are not killed trying to navigate them?

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to open his formidable fundraising network to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has raised millions of dollars during his campaigns over the years, has indicated to associates in recent days that he will be opening his vast and powerful fundraising network exclusively to Joe Biden, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.


Cuomo’s support could be a game changer for Biden. While the former vice president has consistently led Democratic primary polls, he has been aggressively courting donors in a bid to catch up to an already crowded primary field that has a head start in the fundraising game. New York State Board of Elections data show Cuomo has raked in $100 million in campaign contributions since he first ran for governor in 2010. At least 80 percent of his backers have given him $10,000 or more, records show.

Cuomo’s wealthy donor network spans the country and the business world. Past donors include movie mogul Steven Spielberg, Walmart heiress Alice Walton and hedge fund titan Steve Cohen. Cuomo also has received support from companies such as Cablevision, real estate giant the Durst Organization and Canadian real estate firm Brookfield Asset Management.

Also of interest (from the same article):

Some are amassing the support of party bundlers. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has at least two dozen Democratic fundraisers for his 2020 campaign, with many of his bundlers formerly being supporters of former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, CNBC first reported. Sen. Kamala Harris reportedly has more than 100 bundlers backing her campaign for president.

WindDancer13

What most people fail to understand:

jcitybone

The first gaffe of many more to come.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/bidens-re-offends-anita-hill-at-the-worst-possible-time.html

How Biden handled this mess raises a number of questions. There are ways to send back-channel feelers in this sort of situation that will give an indication whether engagement of the principals is a good idea. Instead, it sounds like Biden more or less cold-called Hill. Beyond that, given the “sorry for what you endured” thrust of the “apology,” Biden and his staff should have realized in advance that the odds were low that Hill would respond in a gratifying way. Indeed, the possibility that she would angrily reject the communication and redouble her criticism of Biden should have been carefully game-planned. And above all, why didn’t Biden either take care of this chore months ago, or wait until his long-planned launch was consummated? Why run the risk of exactly what happened?

It’s quite possible that this latest revival of one of Biden’s least-successful moments in politics won’t resonate much right away with regular voters; after all, all sorts of recent reminders of Biden’s “baggage” haven’t budged his levels of support in the polls. But it was important for Biden, the putative front-runner, to convey to the chattering classes of politics a sense, on this of all days, that his “baggage” had been left behind, and that the candidate’s past habit of committing gaffes had been left behind as well. Earlier today I wrote an analysis with with this headline: “Biden’s Strategy for Winning the 2020 Nomination: No Early Stumbles.” Little did I know we’d see one before the sun went down.

WindDancer13

Maybe it would have sounded more sincere when he wasn’t running for president….but that would have been before 1998. Although, that would have still given him a bit less than seven years to think about it.

jcitybone

Even worse than Trump

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/joe-biden-weed-war-drugs-candidate-2020-827319/

One group in particular has been vocal about its dissatisfaction with Biden as a candidate: marijuana legalization advocates. In a statement sent to Rolling Stone, Erik Altieri, the executive director of the marijuana reform organization NORML, criticized Biden for his “abysmal record when it comes to marijuana law reform, ending our failed war on drugs, and addressing mass incarceration.” “Biden’s views are far out of step with the American public and he holds the worst record on cannabis related policy of any individual currently running for the Democratic or Republican nomination,” Altieri said.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project, agreed, stating that Biden “has historically been one of the most aggressive drug warriors in Congress” and does not appear to have reversed or even softened his stance on marijuana, despite the majority of the Democratic candidates vocalizing their support for legalization. “He‘s very out of touch on this subject compared to other candidates,” Tvert says. “Quite frankly, he seems to be a bit more out of step on this issue than President Trump,” who has reportedly said that he would sign legislation ensuring states have the right to determine whether or not to legalize marijuana.

Leu2500
Leu2500

After 2 years, people still don’t realize that you can’t trust a damn thing Trump says?

Also, if you think Trump is good on drugs, then you find the see his speech today.

jcitybone

Well Trump does have allies with investments in the marijuana business so there’s that. In any case, the fact that Biden is compared with Trump on this issue is not great.

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