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From Ryan Grim

FOR THE BERNIE Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, the Joe Biden presidential transition is what losing looks like. It is also, for better or for worse, what incremental progress looks like. Whether it’s enough to match the scale of the overlapping crises or to stave off a midterm wipeout remains to be seen, but a comparison to the transition of President Barack Obama reveals the distance the party has traveled over the past 12 years.

In October 2008, Michael Froman emailed John Podesta, who oversaw Obama’s transition, a list of Cabinet and personnel suggestions directly from his Citigroup email account. Froman, who led Obama’s transition in the winter of 2008-09, would go on to become Obama’s U.S. trade representative, and his October recommendations would prove far more prescient than his bank’s forecast on the subprime lending market; nearly all of them landed where he suggested.

Froman was part of the Rubinite wing of the Democratic Party — named for Bob Rubin, a longtime Goldman Sachs executive who served as President Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary, who groomed a generation of Wall Street operatives, including Froman as well as Rubin’s Treasury Department successor, Larry Summers. Rubin spent his post-government years at Citigroup, including as chair of the firm as it ran aground, destined for a bailout.

Biden’s version of the transition has raised howls for some of his picks, including Neera Tanden, the controversial head of the Center for American Progress, and Brian Deese, whose time at investment firm BlackRock has drawn opposition from some climate activists. But in almost every spot so far named, Biden has chosen a person more progressive and less entrenched with Wall Street than the official who held the same position in 2009 under Obama.

The comparison exercise may do more to reveal the weakness of the early Obama administration, and its reliance on the Rubin wing of the party, than to testify to the strength of Biden’s. And there are exceptions. On national security and foreign policy, Biden has hewed closer to Obama’s approach — and he has backtracked from Obama’s vow to bar lobbyists from his administration, putting an Apple lobbyist on his VP vetting committee. But Biden, when faced with choices so far, has at least made the least bad one on the table, especially when it comes to economic policy.


Whiplash. That’s what the conflicting and abundant news about Covid is giving me.

Yesterday the Pfizer representative said that “We do not know if a person who has been vaccinated can still transmit the virus.”

Also yesterday, another Pfizer rep said that the amount of vaccine that will be available in December is not the number in the media reports, but half that number.

Earlier this week another drug company rep said that he didn’t know how long the immunity that a vaccine recipient gets would last. All they could be sure about is that it will last 2 months because there have been no long term tests.

“Operation Warp Speed” seems to be an operation that is bereft of solidity.

Speed is its virtue. Profit is its motive.

It was designed to give Trump another tern but the Pharma execs didn’t want that to happen. Hence, no announcement until after the election.

Now it looks like it may have a limited good effect for the few people who get it.

Nevertheless, all the media is echoing the company line, “Light at the End of the Tunnel.”

That Light is a maybe as far as I’m concerned and Meanwhile the virus rages on.

Please set me straight if I’m misreading the situation.


I agree wholeheartedly, NYCVG.


I said it a while back that the race was on the get Billions from the tax payer for the first one to “develop” a vaccine


I read about what one of the Moderna test patients went through,

Four hours of body aches cured by a common pain reliever.

That’s the extent of the side effects Susan Froehlich endured after taking two shots of an experimental Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. And she would “absolutely” do it again if needed.

“I woke up with a horrible stomach ache and headache, and it was like I was at the beginning stages of a bad flu,” Froehlich told CNN during its global coronavirus town hall Friday night. “And so, I didn’t have anything to take for it at the time, so I was in a lot of pain until about four hours later, when my husband woke up and I had him go get me some Naproxen.”

“All those symptoms went away. If I had had Naproxen right away, I think those symptoms would’ve abated more quickly. But my muscles hurt, my joints hurt, my bones hurt, my jaw hurt,” she said. “But it was for such a short time.”

First of all, as far as I know, Naproxen is not a “common” pain reliever. I was prescribed it once after some surgery I underwent and it was so hard on my stomach that I had to quickly switch to good ol’ ibuprofen. It’s not available here OTC.

Second of all:

She and her husband, Dr. Thomas Froehlich, who treats cancer patients, received the first dose August 21 of either the vaccine or a placebo. Participants in the blinded study weren’t told which.

After the second dose September 18, she said she woke up in the middle of the night 12 hours later in pain. “Every part of my body was hurting for about four hours,” she told Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Now, personally, I’ve never had anything even close to experiencing side effects like that after a vaccination. Have you??

And how long will her ‘immunity’ last? It doesn’t seem clear to me.


My flu shot this year set off some side effects of nausea and other digestive tract ails, but no fever, nor lasting pain except a sore arm, which is to be expected. First time in years. Some ginger, soda water, and a bit of cannabis made me feel better.

Spring Texan
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I’m more optimistic than this. I do think it’s actually good news. I suggest listening to the guys at the podcast This Week in Virology.

I’m not optimistic about much else at all, certainly not about Biden, and a vaccine won’t solve the economic devastation, but I’m optimistic on the vaccines.


That’s great to hear, Spring Texan. I’ve never been an anti-vaxxer before, but this one worries me, so I’m glad to hear your optimism.


I hope Warnock and Ossoff are listening too.


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This is the second day in a row I’ve seen Faiz tweet out something for Bernie. Does this mean that Bernie has taken him on as part of his outreach team? (Bernie is still on the Dem leadership team – outreach- and was recently re-elected to that post).

I believe Bernie was on Ali’s show this morning.


Does anyone believe this is GOP bullshit? And why would the media believe it?


A cheap ploy to make it seem that the Dems dont have show up for this election. I guarantee that the R’s will show up to vote in force to vote in Jan.


Thank you, that explicates better what I was attempting to communicate.


A lot of orange maggot dimwits will stay home. Hopefully, enough to cost the GOPukes the seats.


Have my doubts but hope your right




Economic progressives have a bigger message: A simple college education shouldn’t mean a life of debt slavery, basic medical expenses shouldn’t lead to bankruptcy, public institutions deserve to be well-funded, and a home shouldn’t absorb the bulk of one’s income. Student loan forgiveness, if enacted properly and swiftly, would erode the economistic consensus that austerity is the only option.

The opponents of student loan forgiveness aren’t afraid that it won’t work; they’re afraid that it will work. If more people reap the benefits of student loan forgiveness, allowing them to enjoy freer lives with more chances for economic advancement, then other progressive and social democratic policies are going to be more appealing. Medicare for All, rent control, higher taxes on the rich to fund public schools, and union membership will become more popular, and more candidates like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will get elected to Congress.

Student loan forgiveness would not be a cure-all for the inequities of US society. But it’s a doable thing that can lead to other progressive economic reforms down the road, at a time when the pandemic and four brutal years of the Trump regime make these more desperately needed than ever. Let’s hope a Biden administration doesn’t listen to these bad-faith critics.




Lady Soul’s brilliant cover of a great tune of Otis Redding’s.😊🎶