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Thank you jcitybone!

I left a couple of comments this morning at the bottom of yesterday’s thread-an interesting TOP straw poll and a good Bernie diary over there as well (including a shout-out from phatkhat).

Bernie is in Reno tonight.

The winnowing of the 2020 Dem field will begin in 3 months

The Democratic National Committee announced this morning that ABC-Univision is slated to host the third set of debates on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 (if enough candidates make the threshold to require two nights of debates).

But here’s the hitch: To qualify for the third round of debates, candidates must hit 2 percent in four qualifying polls released between June 28 and Aug. 28.

That’s up from the current polling threshold of 1 percent.

And they will need to raise money from 130,000 unique individual donors — up from 65,000.

To understand how that new polling requirement will winnow the field, only nine Democratic candidates have hit 2 percent or above in just one of the last three qualifying national polls (Fox, Quinnipiac, Monmouth).

Those nine: Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Klobuchar, Booker and Castro.



I agree there are far too many candidates, but I am bummed that this will make it totally impossible for Mike Gravel to participate. To be clear, I favor Bernie and Elizabeth, but Gravel has a necessary point of view that the DNC/MSM would really like to bury. So does Gabbard, for that matter, but she also has so much weird baggage that I’d rather hear the message from Gravel.


Did you see the straw poll over at TOP that I linked to at the bottom of yesterday’s thread? Gravel was in second place (behind Bernie) last I checked.

I’d love to see Gravel go off on foreign policy in a debate!


I still like Inslee even if he doesn’t make the cut.



Unfortunately there are a boatload of crazy X-Tian Fundie religious cults in that state that are screaming about the start of the End Times. 🙁




He repeated what he’s been saying all along: he did not exonerate the orange imbecile, and he threw it into the laps of Congress which has the responsibility to begin impeachment. Hear that, Pelosi?



But, but, he’s the ‘safe’ choice!

We ain’t got time for safe.


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