2020

Resign Rather Than Run?

Jul
03

Really I don't recall an earlier period with so much opposition from the president's own party. Will we be talking reelection or resignation?

  • Hundreds Of Former Bush Officials Form New Super PAC To Help Elect Joe Biden (HuffPost)
  • A Group Of Conservative Political Strategists [the Lincoln Group] Is Urging Republicans To Vote For Biden (WBEZ)
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Someone’s Listening

Jun
24

Good news from our friends and neighbors up north:

Biden’s emphasis on Milwaukee, meanwhile, reflects [campaign manager] O’Malley Dillon’s insistence that reclaiming Democrats’ Upper Midwest “Blue Wall” isn’t just about white voters in small towns. In 2016, Clinton won Milwaukee County by an even wider percentage margin than Obama managed in 2012. But her raw vote total in the state’s most Democrat-rich county fell about 39,000 votes shy of Obama’s — far exceeding her statewide deficit to Trump.

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2020’s Secret Recipe

Mar
04

Just mix Liz’s results with Bernie’s and only then compare with Joe’s (more here).

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Media’s Out-of-Focus Focus

Feb
11

We’re only a couple hours away from actual election results in New Hampshire so speculation might seem as unnecessary as premature. That said, my general impression at least for the past few days is that the focus is on Bernie, Buttigieg and Klobuchar (for some reason) while ignoring or downplaying Elizabeth Warren. You hear this on radio, you hear and see this on tv. Even in newspapers and even in articles focusing on Warren (here’s an example from NYT), the best they can say is,

“... [S]ome veterans of losing campaigns wonder if her best 2020 moments have passed.”

So I guess the Media consensus is, it’s ‘Liz the Write-off’. (Hope not.)

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Step by Step, Drop by Drop ...

Dec
22

So (highly blacked out) emails have been released to the Center for Public Integrity indicating involvement by the Trump administration in halting funds to Ukraine.

I wasn't that old when Nixon was impeached but I do recall it was a slow, graduated process, where more and more details continued to come out. That's what I think we're witnessing here as well.

Update (12/29/2019): Drip, Drip, Drip... Incredible article in today's New York Times, "Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion" (link).

Update (1/27/2020): Drip, Drip, Drip... New York Times again, "Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says" (link).

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Wrong Side of History

Dec
13

Yee Gads, these people have the world upside down. The British election results -- Boris Johnson and all -- aren't a model for our own election next year. Rather they're a reflection to a certain extent of what happened here in 2016. In both cases, the wrong guy won. That's not going to happen next year.

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Warren Town Hall (Chicago)

Nov
30

Warren town hall rally at the Broadway Armory. First picture is of Warren speaking to the crowd and the second picture is part of the crowd.

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NPR's Mara Liasson Can't Get the Joke

Oct
15

Why can't Mara Liasson just go back to Fox? In today's episode of 'All Things Considered' her perspective was entirely GOPer certified. All she could come up with while discussing the political chances of Elizabeth Warren was doom for the lefties:

"...there is a real undercurrent of worry that she is too far left to beat Donald Trump in a general election."

She then proceeded to misrepresent Warren's policy goals claiming they were "2-to-1 unpopular with general election voters". Yeah, right. And then to show her complete bias, she refused to take Warren's joke at the LGBTQ forum for what it was, namely a joke -- despite the burst of laughter from the audience.

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Leave What?

Jul
16

Trump's totally confused. If you're not happy with how things are going, you don’t leave this country -- you take it over (through something called ‘popular sovereignty’). Dude's gonna find out soon enough.

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