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From Bennet of all people


Sen. Michael Bennet said Thursday he wouldn’t allow his own vice president’s children to make foreign business dealings like those made by Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, as he laid down a warning for Democrats seeking to impeach President Donald Trump.

“I think it’d be better not to have that kind of an arrangement, and it’d be better not to give speeches to Goldman Sachs,” Bennet said in an hourlong interview in POLITICO’s newsroom. “It’d be better for people just to be public servants.”

The Colorado Democrat, who is seeking his party’s presidential nomination, also suggested that Biden will need to show that the Ukraine flap will not be a political weakness against Trump in 2020. Trump has made unsubstantiated charges that Biden interfered in a Ukrainian investigation into a company that had his son on its board of directors. Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens in a phone call earlier this year.

Bennet, who’s running as a moderate alternative to more left-leaning candidates in the Democratic primary, defined what he saw as a key difference between himself and Biden’s candidacy: “His view of the world is that if we just get rid of Donald Trump, we’re all going to go back to normal and I just completely disagree with that,” he said.

“Trump, in my view, is a symptom of a lot of problems,” he said.


Bennet comes out with some good stuff sometimes. Complex fellow.


He is not all that complex. He is simply a tool of the establishment. He does not a even a remote chance of winning the primary.(With his impressive less than 1% polling average at RCP.) His candidacy is based on fighting against M4A and other progressive proposals.


His candidacy is based on fighting against M4A and other progressive proposals.

That part definitely not good one bit.



When Joe Biden told an audience that Mike Pence “is a decent guy,” Pence had already been vice president for more than two years. After the comment drew fierce criticism, Biden responded that he’d said it “in a foreign policy context”—an odd effort at damage control, given that Pence has publicly backed every one of President Trump’s countless abhorrent policies, whether foreign or domestic.

Now, with impeachment in the air and the remote but real possibility that Trump might not end up running for re-election, Biden’s attitude toward Pence and Republicans overall should get a closer look.

That he could call Pence “a decent guy” after loyally serving as Trump’s highest-ranking henchman illuminates a lot about Biden’s style—and substance. His praise of Pence’s purported decency was not atypical. Biden has long praised racist Republican senators and defended his past collaborations with them.

And Biden has been effusive in expressing warmth toward the notorious man who preceded him as vice president. “I really like Dick Cheney for real,” Biden said while speaking at George Washington University in October 2015. “I get on with him, I think he’s a decent man.”

Such statements speak volumes about Biden’s standards of decency and about his suitability to be the Democratic presidential nominee. At a time when elected Republicans in Washington have amply shown themselves to be depraved sycophants to Trump—no matter how viciously vile and deadly his policies—Biden still wants to pretend that those GOP stalwarts can be brought into the fold of democratic civility, from the current vice president on down.

Insisting that “history will treat this administration’s time as an aberration,” Biden contended during a campaign swing in Iowa a few months ago: “This is not the Republican Party.” He went on to cite his bonds with “my Republican friends in the House and Senate.”


Biden sure is a senile crook and beneath contempt. Dickhead Cheney is “decent”? JHCOAC!


I might add that Warren has Madeleine Albright as a foreign policy advisor.


Yah, heard that recently. Was flabbergasted.



In the latest episode of our Useful Idiots podcast, Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper chat with guest Nathan Robinson on why we can’t ignore the differences between presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — even when they appear unified on the debate stage. Robinson expands upon his recent piece for Current Affairs, in which he argues a Warren nomination would actually be “very worrying.”

“Plans are nothing without building a movement,” Robinson tells the Useful Idiots hosts, “if there’s no movement behind you, then you can have the best plans in the world but all you’re going to have is the White House, and that’s it.”



“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert had Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the hot seat on Thursday night and quizzed him on whether the middle class will face tax hikes to fund Medicare-for-all similarly to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“Senator Warren was on here last week and I asked her about her plans for Medicare-for-all and I’m going to ask you the question that I asked her… at the risk of being accused of trumpeting Republican talking points,” Colbert warned Sanders. “Is there an increase in taxes on the middle class to pay for Medicare-for-all, or rather, where would the tax burden go to pay for that?”

“Under my legislation… nobody in America will pay any more premiums,” Sanders responded. “No more co-payments, gone. No more out-of-pocket expenses, gone. Nobody will go bankrupt… because of medical bills, that is gone. Nobody in America under my bill will pay more than $200 a year in total for their prescription drugs.”

“Now having said that, is health care free? No, it is not,” the 2020 hopeful continued. “So what we do is exempt the first $29,000 of a person’s income… Above that, in a progressive way with the wealthiest people paying the largest percentage, people do pay more in taxes.”

Last week, Colbert attempted to ask Warren the same question, but struggled to get a direct answer from her.


She came off like a flake, too.


Good point.

Warren’s breathless, bright-eyed (and bushy-tailed?), nervous energy makes her come across as a bit of a zealot at times. Plus I feel like I don’t see the real person inside, can’t get through her energy shield.


I thought the interview went well for the most part. I thought the spoiled brat part was funny and Bernie laid the specifics of the taxes going up slightly but no copay,deductibles premiums etc. Also liked the part where he said its NOT FREE as so many of the R’s accuse him of otherwise.

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