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polarbear4

They use machines, don’t they? I don’t trust anything coming out of Florida. But I understand that he may have truly lost. Such a shame. Wish he had been less mealy mouthed about Israel, though.
I like what he said:

“Life knocks us on our ass a lot of times. Everyone gets knocked on their butt a lot of times. The test of character is getting back up on our feet and this movement has been knocked off its feet time and time again.”
Sympathies to all of our Floridians. (CD)
And of course, the MSM will use it to bash our values.

NVPainter

However, Tim not only gave her the first primary challenge she’d had in over twenty years, he was definitely within striking distance. And this was with all that last minute coverage of how Bernie had abandoned him (was that used by the DNC as a diversionary tactic, or what?). It’s his first run for political office, against the (now former) chairperson of the DNC, and he did great!

So… if HC wins, DWS will get a cushy appointment of some kind as a reward, right? And who would be the next likely candidate? And running again in two years — he now has name recognition nationwide.

Although this isn’t the news we’d all like to hear, he’s in a great position to be the next Congressman from that district. (Bernie didn’t win his first couple of elections, either, after all.)

The race results that particularly disappointed me are Alan Grayson’s, even if they looked likely going into it. Murphy should have been a non-starter. And Rubio will probably wipe the floor with him. Grayson, however, could have really given Rubio a run for his money — he could certainly out-debate him, and Rubio can be a good debater.

polarbear4

oh, dang. didn’t know about Grayson. dang, dang, dang! How did that happen?

and hope you’re right about Canova in another run.

Creosote
Creosote

The other place made a turn and came out strongly against Grayson late last year or earlier. The coordinated word from party controllers must have gone to many venues.

NVPainter

I guess he just upset too many applecarts. One of the things I like about him!

I was surprised, reading the article above, to see ALL the candidates described as “lackluster.” That’s the last word I’d use to describe Alan Grayson.

polarbear4

The Real US Syria Scandal: Supporting Sectarian War

Gareth Porter, Common Dreams

…Could senior Obama administration officials have been unaware that a war to overthrow Assad would inevitably become an enormous sectarian bloodbath? By August 2012 a US Defense Intelligence Agency report intelligence warned that “events are taking a clear sectarian direction,” and that the “the “Salafist[s], Muslim Brotherhood and AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq]” were “the major forces driving the insurgency”. Furthermore, the Obama administration already knew by then that the external Sunni sponsors of the war against Assad were channeling their money and arms to the most sectarian groups in the field.

But the administration did nothing to pressure its allies to stop it. In fact, it actually wove its own Syria policy around the externally fuelled war by overwhelmingly sectarian forces. And no one in the US political-media elite raised the issue.

It took a remarkable degree of denial and self-deception for the Obama administration to believe that it was somehow acting to rescue the Syrian people from the bloodletting when it was doing precisely the opposite.

No matter how brutal its rule and its war tactics have been, a war to overthrow the Assad regime could only plunge the country into a terrible sectarian bloodbath. And the consequences of the sectarian war will continue for years into the future. The Obama administration’s failure to firmly reject that war should be viewed as one of the worst of the long parade of American transgressions in the Middle East.

NVPainter

It’s a horrible stain on us, that we helped create this, with such suffering and cost to the Syrian people. And another example of how HC’s experience shows just how bad her judgment is. But Obama chose to go along with it. What were they thinking???

phatkhat

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is what they were thinking.

polarbear4

took the $$$$$$$$$$$ right outa my mouth. 😉

NVPainter

… Bingo. Of course. ::sigh::

belle de jour

Until quite recently, The Huffington Post blithely ran a continuing series of fluff articles praising the sense of style of Assad’s wife – often front page, basically above the virtual fold. Then, one day, they all stopped; no explanation, no apology for before, no context whatsoever.

The brain trust does not start and end with the administration and its department analyses; they have willing partners to help spread the stupidity, in such a variety of seemingly innocuous ways.

NVPainter

Up until recently??? Even though we’ve been in an undeclared war against them all these years? Interesting.

polarbear4

‘The Mother of All Risks’: Insurance Giants Call on G20 to Stop Bankrolling Fossil Fuels

Lauren McCauley, CD

“Climate change in particular represents the mother of all risks—to business and to society as a whole. And that risk is magnified by the way in which fossil fuel subsidies distort the energy market,” said Aviva CEO Mark Wilson. “These subsidies are simply unsustainable.”

Lelibrul
Lelibrul

Well hopefully now when Business barks the powers that be will listen. Koch brothers the exception of course!

polarbear4

I just read this from a commenter at CD: “None of this really matters because Wasserman-Shultz will be going into the Hillary administration in a few months so a special election will be held which Canova will win.” (Imhotep)

Is this true?????

Benny

I wish…

Benny

Having said that, I’m not so certain that people will remember that he was within striking distance. It’s OK if you want to wait to concede the race, but it’s not OK to call your opponent a “corporate stooge.” We may think that about DWS, but it’s not politic either.

Lelibrul
Lelibrul

Fingers crossed!

NVPainter

I read that, too, which exactly confirmed what I’d been thinking and saying! (I said it above too.)

belle de jour

DWS winning was yet another exclamation point they needed to show who’s boss now. It was mostly important for its timing and its symbolic meaning, for showing how thoroughly Bernie has been neutered and brought to heel; it was not so important for her filling the position itself.

NVPainter

I think you’re right. And if Bernie had campaigned for Canova, they would have made him pay for it, just when he’s in a position where he should be able to do more.

wi62

hope so

NVPainter

Thank you for getting this started, mag! I wish everyone a wonderful day, in spite of the news from Florida. I do think we can find silver linings… but I’m really, really sorry that Alan Grayson won’t be in his Congressional seat come 2017. We need him in office.

phatkhat

Grayson was the victim of a vicious smear campaign, which ended up losing him a lot of high-profile progressive endorsements, like DFA and MoveOn. Perhaps Murphy paid Grayson’s ex to stir the pot at such an opportune time, who knows? But, according to the Grayson kids, Mom was a nut case, and they CHOSE to live with Dad after the divorce. Sorry, too, that Dena also lost a close three-way race. (Four, but one took almost nothing.)

polarbear4

Yes, thanks, mags! :O)

polarbear4

Some good news from Florida!

Celebrations Abound as Angela Corey, ‘Cruelest Prosecutor in America,’ Ousted

Reviled Florida State Attorney Angela Corey lost her reelection bid on Tuesday night, prompting widespread celebration as the woman The Nation once suggested was “the cruelest prosecutor in America” was ousted. …

Nadia Prupis CD

Fleur de Lisa

I just read an article about her the other day – that she’s responsible for a county in her district being one of the handful responsible for most death penalty prosecutions in the country. Good riddance!

phatkhat

She was also the prosecutor who sent the woman who fired a warning shot because her abusive ex was coming after her to jail. She’s a racist pig. Lipstick and all.

polarbear4

So let’s be clear about this. They are asking the FBI to investigate their opponent. Ya know, this really and truly sets me free.

This has to be one of the lowest, slimiest cruelest things you can do, regardless of who their opponent is.

belle de jour

It is transparent, petty, retrogressive and desperate.

When discussing the democratic party machine and its current cogs, I find myself needing several new words for “shameless.”

wi62

I’m going with disgusted with or disgusting

Fleur de Lisa

Hey, readers! Sorry I vanished after the tech-challenged readers’ circle on the 17th :-(. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks nursing and worrying about my dear hubs. We’re both back to work and normal life, so I’ll be looking for suggestions for the next book (nonfiction this time) and scheduling a date soon.

polarbear4

Glad to hear that you are both back to health, Lisa. And that you are going to continue the book club. Maybe I’ll actually get a book read one of these days.

NVPainter

I’m glad you’re both back to health, too! I’m sorry I missed the circle… I’m up to my ears for the next month and a half, but I look forward to actually reading a whole book again soon!

polarbear4

So here are 3 candidates that OR is happy they won:

“The three candidates who won last night — Dwight Bullard in Florida, and Martín Quezada and Juan Mendez in Arizona — ”

and i think Japal and Teachout elections are still to come.

Fleur de Lisa

Japal and Teachout already won their primaries and are running their general election campaigns.

wi62

Some good news but a long hard battle ahead

Creosote
Creosote

Do you mean Pramila Jaypal, in Washington State, who’s running for retiring rep Jim McDermott? If so, she seems to be doing very well. Strong candidate!

JoshL
JoshL

Most Orwellian post ever:

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/31/1565567/-Contrary-To-What-You-Hear-Hillary-Is-More-Popular-Than-Just-About-Everone-Except-Obama

Clinton has great ratings compared to those of evil people (like Mitch McConnell). Hooray! Except not all evil people. Apparently, Mitt Romney actually had much better favorable (a full 13 points better) than Clinton at the same time in the Presidential campaign. On September 31, 2012, Romney’s ratings stood at 43.3 favorable to 44.8 unfavorable (or -1.5). Clinton’s are currently at 40.5 favorable to 54.9 unfavorable and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll has her at -21 (38 favorable to 59 unfavorable). So unlike what the linked story says, Clinton is actually a remarkably disliked candidate, and the most disliked Democratic candidate in over two decades.

Fascinating isn’t it? I wonder how Clinton would be doing if her opponent was Mitt Romney and not the Donald?

JoshL
JoshL

That’s August 31, 2012 not September. Excuse the mistake.

belle de jour

Thanks for reminding me why I no longer bother with that place. You can practically hear the writer convincing himself to invest in pork bellies and go short on corn – because dang it, that’s the way the market’s gonna go this time!

I think even Mittens could beat Hillary.

Benny

Except the 47% comment. I keep thinking HC has said something similarly coded. But maybe she hasn’t. We won’t know as they employ noise diffusers at their fundraising events.

belle de jour

Noise diffusers + her coquettish transcripts winking at Wall Street. ‘No’ doesn’t really mean no, you sillies!

Even the wing-nuttiest repubs I’m surrounded by at the moment – who are going to saddle up & ride through the garbage pails with the orange opossum – would vote for a slick, heathen Mormon weasel like Mittens over Hills. If you add that to the ‘moderate’ repubs distraught with Trumpster, I think they could have formed an unholy union to take her.

NVPainter

Oh, I am very, very sorry for you having to be in such company. That could be depressing (or angering. Or both).

NVPainter

If Clinton was running against Romney…. She’d probably be doing absolutely horribly. That’s a pretty sad thought, isn’t it?

polarbear4

As TTIP Falters, Campaigners Warn Against Democracy-Wrecking Sister Deals
Massive ‘toxic’ sister deals continue to threaten Europe and globe
Lauren McCauley, CD

The primer explains:

TISA considers all regulations to be trade barriers. This means that it has serious consequences for things that have little to do with trade, affecting areas like labor rights, banking regulation and whether public services like electricity and water are run for the benefit of the people or by profit-making multinational companies. […]

Much of the danger in TISA lies in the fact that it turns many public services into commodities to be run for the benefit of business, rather than in the interest of people who need services like electricity, healthcare and transport. TISA signatories will have to treat foreign multinationals from TISA countries with at least as much favor as local companies, even if local firms are much smaller.

emphasis mine.