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A good article about what Bernie is trying to do to attract more older voters. He doesn’t have to win them, but does need to lose them by less. The silver lining as the article pointed out is that younger voters did outvote older voters in the 2018 midterms.


“Sanders needs to find a way to connect with longer established Democratic voters, and that’s older voters,” said Bhaskar Sunkara, a Sanders supporter who founded the socialist magazine Jacobin and is a former vice chairman of Democratic Socialists of America. “It’s tricky. Biden has higher perceptions of electability, and it could be hard to convince people they should be voting for Bernie when they’re already familiar with this other guy, and their main concern is getting Trump out of office.”

In the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll, Sanders leads Biden by 12 points among Democratic primary voters under 30, and Biden has only a 1-point lead among voters aged 30-44. But Biden leads Sanders by 44 points among seniors, 53 percent to 9 percent.

But none of those moves have made a significant difference so far among older voters, who tend to vote in larger percentages than the young. (In the 2018 midterms, however, Generation Z, millennials, and Generation X outvoted Boomers and older generations in raw numbers.)

Some of Sanders’ allies said he doesn’t need to win seniors outright to secure the Democratic nomination. He just needs to lose less of them.

“Our inability to win Democrats and older voters is clearly the reason we came up short. We always try to encourage young people to get out and vote, but young people just don’t vote in numbers that older voters vote,” said Longabaugh. “If he can continue to galvanize working-class voters, independents and younger voters, then he just needs to get a larger slice of some of the other constituencies.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

this is a problem with people who I know who are in 70s and 80’s — his age


It’s stupid. Both Orange Yahoo and Biden are in their seventies.



The movie Wall-E just came to my mind.

(if you’re never seen that movie, I highly recommend it)


Great movie, the result of corpratism, consumerism-pollution gone wild, we’re edging ever closer to that reality for earth.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Wonderful article by a journalist when she first met AOC

The journalist looks back at her first interview of AOC a year ago when she was just starting.

I’d be lying if I said I knew for certain at the time that Ocasio-Cortez would pull off the most consequential political upset in years, or assume the overlapping roles of activist, legislator, and global celebrity upon entering office. But it never felt impossible. On the contrary, I had never met a congressional candidate I could actually relate to.

A LITTLE MORE than a year ago, I was sitting across from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a Queens diner for an interview. She had just qualified to be on the ballot in her race against one of the most powerful Democrats in the country. This was before anybody outside of her immediate community in New York City knew her name. Nobody wanted a selfie with her. Most Americans hadn’t spent much time thinking about the idea of a Green New Deal, a 70 percent marginal tax rate, or an obscure congressional budget rule known as pay-go. She wasn’t the target of death threats and conservative hate-thirst, and up until two months before I met her, she was still going by “Sandy” and working at a Union Square bar.

I was there to talk to her for The Intercept’s initial profile on the race, “A Primary Against the Machine: A Bronx Activist Looks to Dethrone Joseph Crowley, the King of Queens.” A few days after the story ran, Ocasio-Cortez posted her first campaign video online — a year ago today — and it went instantly viral.

The Day I Met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez



Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is approaching digital advertising this time around in a whole new way compared to his 2016 strategy. A new ad targeting Iowa voters—released today on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—is just one example of how the campaign has prioritized creating videos that are of “TV-quality,” said Bernie 2020 digital communications director Josh Miller-Lewis.

The campaign has embedded a small team on the candidate’s campaign trail, which allows for the advertisements to be made faster and cheaper than if they were to be contracted out. “Our entire digital campaign is focused around telling these stories and highlighting the people and the movement,” Miller-Lewis said.

The campaign’s small video team is comprised of staffers the include a former employee of NowThis, a digital media company that prioritizes video content, those with backgrounds in creating political ads and employees from Sanders’ senate office. They travel with the candidate constantly searching for ad-worthy moments on the trail.

In part, the campaign’s digital ad strategy—”TV-quality” videos that tend to run much longer than the average 30-second ad (the new spot runs for more than three minutes) and tell an actual story—is a page out of now-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s playbook, whose campaign gained significant traction after her splashy intro video went viral.

She didn’t involve any consultants in the making of her film, and she wrote the script herself. Trying to chase that AOC methodology is on the minds of Sanders’ campaign. “What she did effectively is definitely part of the inspiration for what we’re doing,” Miller-Lewis said.


Bernie was actually #2. Warren was #5 (B). Beto at #7 (B-) was surprisingly better than not great Buttigieg and Harris at #9 (C) and #10 (C-)


Former Vice President Joe Biden is trailing most of his Democratic presidential competitors in a newly released ranking of climate records.

Biden tied for last place with former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) with a grade of D-minus, putting him behind other White House hopefuls like Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

The rankings, released by Greenpeace on Thursday, took into consideration factors such as statements, legislative records, published plans and responses to a survey. The report card looked at the 19 candidates who have so far qualified for the first Democratic primary debate in June.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) took the top position with an A-minus. Inslee is running primarily on climate action as his presidential platform.

Booker and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) both earned grades of B-plus, putting them just behind Inslee to round out the top three spots.



Here’s some hard hitting journalism from The NY Times: Years After Beau Biden’s Death, His Father Bonds With Voters in Pain” How about a story about why he sucks on environment policy and everyone is going to be in a world of pain if he’s elected.




Hard to understand.


Latest YouGov poll: https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2019/05/29/elizabeth-warren-democratic-front-runner

This is a bunch of poll questions, really, but it’s quite interesting. It’s showing overall support for Biden going down, Warren going up, Bernie beating Biden with “Dems considering one candidate” (which is considerably more restricted than David Sirota makes it sound — I like Sirota, but his tweet today strikes me as cherry picking) and Biden doing better with others.


This person gave water to those crossing the border.


Good one, Bernie.



MSNBC is so awful! Grrrrr



Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has brought on a team of six South Carolinians to manage his campaign in the state, spearheaded by former Charleston City Council member Kwadjo Campbell.

Joining Campbell on Sanders’ state campaign team is Jessica Bright, who was political director for U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham’s upset victory in the Lowcountry’s 1st Congressional District last year; Michael Wukela, a veteran S.C. communications adviser; field organizer Ernest Boston Jr, an alum of Sanders’ 2016 campaign; and political strategists Raymond Corley and Isaac Williams Jr.

“We’re very excited to have a team that isn’t just experienced, energetic and talented, but is also very much rooted in the Palmetto State,” Campbell said. “That was a deliberate decision when we were putting together this team and I am absolutely convinced it was the right one.”


Another great Dem.


Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have pledged the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

“After thoughtful deliberation, I have decided to veto Assembly Bill 186,” Sisolak said in a statement.

“Once effective, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact could diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests and force Nevada’s electors to side with whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, rather than the candidate Nevadans choose.”



Bernie Sanders announced this week that his campaign is working on a new policy proposal that might, in his words, “move to an economy where workers feel that they’re not just a cog in the machine — one where they have power over their jobs and can make decisions.” According to Jeff Stein in the Washington Post, the policy will have large firms issue a portion of their stocks to an employee-owned fund. This fund would issue dividends to the workers and might also give them a say in the firm’s governance through their positions as shareholders.

This is a bold and exciting plan, one that fits together with a host of policy ideas we can broadly term “investment fund socialism.” Bernie’s ideas have already been compared to the Meidner Plan in Sweden and Matt Bruenig’s proposal for an “American solidarity fund.” But with respect to its technical design, what he has alluded to is quite different from these plans — and is much more similar to the inclusive ownership fund plan currently being debated and developed in the United Kingdom.

Yet by challenging capital’s basic control over the investment function and instead aiming to socialize it, something that would be crucial for a transformative program of democratic socialism, they each confront a similar set of political obstacles. To be successful, the question of the political viability of these plans needs just as clear-eyed an assessment as our consideration of their economic feasibility and desirability.


I’ve been worried about his bringing this out now. I have a close relationship who is somewhat representative of tech and investment in the bay area and they’re already a little uncomfortable with free college and even M4A. and this person supported him in 2016.

I know you don’t want to be too worried about what others think, but there’s something to be said for timing. This one might’ve been better after he’s elected.


And there it is.


oh gawd……

Daou’s back on the gravy train.


Really, Peter? I was wondering why we hadn’t heard from him in a while. So he’s been remaking himself as a “progressive”. Color me skeptical!

I agree with the sentiment expressed, but I do not trust Daou at all. Not a bit. Too much Clinton support there, and bashing of actual progressives like Bernie.


Trump apparently said this less than an hour ago:

“The sound of American warplanes is the righteous sound of American justice,” Donald Trump said.



DT sick.jpg

That quote is no longer on the page. It was there earlier; I saw it, too. I have not found any other references to it; WTF? Somebody mess up bigtime?




Bernie gets on the impeachment train. I think this was a difficult decision for him.


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday called for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, becoming the tenth 2020 presidential hopeful to do so.

“I believe the Judiciary Committee should begin impeachment inquiries,” Sanders said at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nev. “That is inquiries, not impeachment, to determine whether or not Trump has committed impeachable offenses.”

“This president is not above the law, no president is above the law, this president must be held accountable.”

Sanders also warned that pursuing impeachment could play into Trump’s hands.

“But here is the danger, which I think is why Nancy Pelosi and many people are struggling: it may well be that Donald Trump wants to be impeached because he knows that in the Senate… there are 47 Democrats and not all of them today would impeach Trump,” he explained.

“The challenge will be to walk down two paths simultaneously… we cannot make ordinary Americans think we have forgotten that they are working longer hours for lower wages, that they can’t afford healthcare, that their kids can’t go to college, that climate change is a huge issue.”


Wow, look at the ratio on this one! (with damn good reason)


More natural gas isn’t a “middle ground” — it’s a climate disaster

For Democrats, support for natural gas has always been a signifier of moderation on climate policy. President Obama encouraged natural gas production and proudly took credit for the emission reductions it produced when substituting for coal. It was en vogue during the Obama years to refer to natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” a fossil fuel that could help reduce emissions while truly clean alternatives were developed.

To this day, there are “centrist” Democratic groups pushing the line that embracing natural gas (and nuclear, and carbon sequestration) is the “moderate” road forward on climate change.

No one knows yet what Joe Biden meant when he promised a “middle ground” on climate strategy a few weeks ago (he’s expected to release some policy shortly). But the first thing I thought of when he said it was natural gas. Biden is likely to try to signal that he’s a centrist by embracing natural gas’s role as a bridge fuel.

It’s a beguiling strategy for Democrats who are fearful of being seen as too liberal. But I’m afraid it’s a dead end.




I had not realized how far our MSM was gone until this year, in their ignoring the protests in France, in Venezuela, and now this. Probably more.


iirc, Haiti.



In fact, allegations of offering “free stuff” have been used to attack Sanders by his critics in both parties. He has been upfront about the need for a middle-class tax increase for years.

The right’s reaction to Sanders is a reminder that opponents of Sanders and Medicare for All, in many cases, either do not understand the issue or are intentionally misleading their audience. Neither is acceptable.

What is important for the single-payer movement, advocates say, is to educate the public about what these numbers mean in the context of our current health care system.

The primary appeal of single payer is actually that it provides cost savings by reducing administrative waste, ending corporate profits from insurance companies, and taking profit out of the system. It is the only proposal for universal health care in the United States that can substantially lower costs for individuals.



The authors of the Times story, Alexander Burns and Sydney Ember, are both political campaign reporters. I don’t know either of them (and they did not respond to an email asking for comment), but according to their bios, neither has much experience covering foreign affairs in general or Latin America in particular. To make the case that Sanders was an extremist in the 1980s, they offer a brief and fundamentally ahistorical summary of Nicaragua’s decade-long Contra War, then use that as a basis for a flawed foreign policy analysis.

Predictably, it resonated with other people whose sole knowledge of global politics comes from things they’ve heard in Washington. This week, New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait went after Sanders on the basis of the story and a testy follow-up interview, in which the senator told Ember that her focus on one rally chant suggested she did not understand the context of the war or US policy in the region. Chait declared that “she had just written a long New York Times story touching on” the events, and thus “surely knew” what she was talking about.

I’m a frequent contributor to the Times. Much as I’d like to say that writing a story for the paper automatically makes you an expert on all related matters, that isn’t how it works—especially if you’re covering a topic far from your area of expertise. That’s a problem here, because what happened in Nicaragua in the 1980s lies at the heart of Donald Trump’s United States. Not knowing the past means not understanding what’s happening today.

Reading the Times’ coverage of the Sanders trip, it isn’t hard to understand how people who built their careers funding murder not only stay out of prison but keep reacquiring power. The burned bodies and dead children are hidden behind expert comment from fellow supporters of war criminals and gauzy talk about a “traditionally assertive global role.” Trump hires the old war criminals while posing, falsely, as an antiwar isolationist. Questions of morality are set aside. History is just a mine for gaffes.

Trump launched his campaign by promising to literally seal off the United States from the consequences of its century of Central American interventions. He has made the vilification and abuse of people from the region a cornerstone of his presidency. Political desks are going to spend the next 17 months sorting through the views of the people who want to challenge him—people who, like Sanders, had their views even more directly shaped by the region’s recent, bloody history. How can we rely on that coverage if the journalists don’t even know what that history is?





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