21 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-22-20

  1. This will be when Bernie gets the beaten out again.


    “Politico: Bloomberg Already Brokering The Second-Ballot Convention Vote To Oust Bernie”

    ““There’s a whole operation going on,” one strategist tells Politico’s David Siders, but that might be a function of cash over common sense. A day after his embarrassing performance on the Nevada debate stage, Michael Bloomberg is still building an operation to take the nomination away from Bernie Sanders. Rather than beat him in the primaries, though, Bloomberg’s aiming at the second ballot at the convention — and trying to convince everyone else to play along:

    Mike Bloomberg is privately lobbying Democratic Party officials and donors allied with his moderate opponents to flip their allegiance to him — and block Bernie Sanders — in the event of a brokered national convention.

    The effort, largely executed by Bloomberg’s senior state-level advisers in recent weeks, attempts to prime Bloomberg for a second-ballot contest at the Democratic National Convention in July by poaching supporters of Joe Biden and other moderate Democrats, according to two Democratic strategists familiar with the talks and unaffiliated with Bloomberg.

    The outreach has involved meetings and telephone calls with supporters of Biden and Pete Buttigieg — as well as uncommitted DNC members — in Virginia, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and North Carolina, according to one of the strategists who participated in meetings and calls.

    With Sanders’ emergence as the frontrunner in the presidential primary, Democrats in those states have recently raised the prospect that the democratic socialist could be a top-of-the-ticket liability.

    So, the disaster of the Wednesday night debate hasn’t dissuaded Bloomberg from competing for the Democratic nomination at all, as everyone pretty much assumed. Perhaps more surprisingly, it hasn’t convinced Bloomberg to abandon his call for other candidates to drop out of the competition, but at least he’s not making that an immediate demand now.”





  2. Too late. 🙂


    ““Shock Wave”: LA Times Troubled By Trump’s “Flipping” Of The 9th Circuit”

    ‘If it’s not “the economy, stupid,” as James Carville famously exhorted, then it’s the judiciary, smarty-pants. Those two issues turn out Republicans and conservatives more than any others in presidential elections, and it’s a sure bet the latter is why reluctant conservatives rallied to Donald Trump in 2016 — well, most of them, anyway. And Trump has delivered in both areas, but especially on judicial appointments.

    His biggest triumph — shared by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — could well be the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the famously far-left appellate panel. The Los Angeles Times calls Trump’s ten appointments to the Ninth Circuit a “shock wave” that has flipped the court:”


    Trump’s legacy, remaking the federal judiciary into a more conservative, constitution adhering entity. Nice. 🙂

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  3. It’s time to retire Old Joe please….

    I’m not saying that to be mean either. It’s just time.



  4. Like I said…..

    Blago knows stuff……. 🙂


    “This naturally should have people asking: Why?

    In my opinion, it all comes back to Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Obama’s former Senate seat. Soon after Obama’s victory, negotiations began for Blagojevich to appoint an Obama-approved candidate to fill his seat. Obama even provided a list of suitable candidates. At the top of the list was Valerie Jarrett. But, as previously mentioned, Blagojevich didn’t just want to give away the seat to someone. He wanted something in return: a position in Obama’s cabinet. Unfortunately for him, at the time, he was politically unpopular and the target of a federal corruption probe, and being wiretapped by the FBI. The chances of him getting picked for a cabinet position were slim. Jarrett also eventually decided to follow Obama to the White House as an advisor.

    When the Senate-seat-for-sale scandal broke, Obama denied having any contact with the governor about his Senate seat, and his transition team conducted an internal investigation, which obviously cleared him of violating any laws–because what other conclusion would the Obama transition team come to? However, the criminal complaint and sworn testimony during Blagojevich’s trial contradicted Obama’s statements, as did media reports at the time. Obama advisor David Axelrod also accidentally revealed that Obama spoke directly with Blagojevich about the Senate seat–though he later claimed he misspoke.

    Blagojevich even wanted Obama subpoenaed to testify in his trial. One government witness in the trial testified that Obama sent intermediaries to negotiate on his behalf about who should be named to fill his former seat–directly contradicting Obama White House claims to the contrary.”

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  5. Interesting clip I spotted this morning of Sanders on the campaign trail boasting about how he and his supporters/movement would roll over the opposition from Republicans “and” from the Democrats. That will further endear him to the D party, I’m sure.

    African-American editor (50s) who is no longer with us told me once that she disliked Sanders essentially because he wasn’t a ‘real’ Democrat (I believe her words were something like “He’s not a Democrat”); he was only using the party structure to have a foundation to run for president. Valid point from a loyal party perspective, I suppose.


  6. Noonan on the debate:


    … It was hands down the best presidential primary debate of the cycle and maybe in decades. It was riveting. The veterans on stage were on fire and at the top of their game.

    It is being called a very bad night for Mike Bloomberg. It was not. It was a catastrophe. The only question is whether it is recoverable. Can he turn it around in the debate next week, and after? Is it possible to recover from a night so bad?

    The mystery is the surprise of it. What were the mayor and his aides and advisers, professionals of high caliber, thinking? He was on mute and seemed not to anticipate what was coming. …

    … What should he do now? From our Department of Unasked-For Advice: Show candor and humility. Admit he blew it and ask for another chance. His competitors were good and he was unprepared. “I tanked and I’m asking for another look, I’ll see you next week.”

    To me, Elizabeth Warren won the night. She was good, hot and sharp right out of the box. Standing next to Mr. Bloomberg she tried to freak him out by constantly shooting up her arm to speak, almost waving it in his face and getting in his psychic space. It was as if she was saying, “You nap, buddy, while I show you who’s in charge.’ …

    … Ms. Warren is a bit of a mystery too—a great political athlete whose candidacy the past six months lost steam. But she is a highly disciplined performer and she has thought it through. She took off the table the issue of what the female candidate wears by wearing the same uniform each day, like a guy. She took hairdos off the table by having one and never changing it. She took her age off the table by having more energy than a 40-year-old on Adderall. I always thought she’d slip into the space between Bernie the socialist and the moderates, hold on and rise. That she’d be a lefty but a less doctrinaire one. Then she fell into banning private health insurance and suddenly was doctrinaire. And if you want doctrinaire why not pick the real thing, the socialist?

    … (but back to Warren’s debate performance) It was kind of fabulous. Someone on Twitter caught her essence: “She shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.”

    Mr. Sanders was alive, forceful, Bernie-esque. He did nothing to harm himself with his followers, if that is possible, and tried hard to make himself look inevitable.

    Joe Biden came alive. Mr. Bloomberg got his Irish up. Or maybe columns like this one, saying he’s over. Anyway his Hibernian was heightened and his performance was “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” We nod with respect.

    Pete Buttigieg made a mistake in patronizing Ms. Klobuchar for forgetting the name of Mexico’s president. “Are you trying to say I’m dumb? Are you mocking me here, Pete?” He lectured a senator who is a generation older than he, more accomplished and a woman. It revealed a certain Eddie Haskell smarm. …

    … The Democratic race is better with Mike Bloomberg in it. The party’s got to have that fight about socialism and start it now, however long it takes. But he and his people had better get serious. It’s not only a money game, politics, it is a human game.

    But the debate was a reminder: You never know what’s going to happen. You make your guess but you never know.

    The surprise of politics—it’s a thing that can still make you feel romantic about it.

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  7. I hadn’t thought about it before (which I suppose is the point), but Warren’s approach of wearing essentially a female “uniform” day after day and sporting a practical, never-changing hairstyle has helped focus her image on what she says, not so much what she wears or who’s done what to her hair.

    It was always painful to watch Hillary rolling out in some really (let’s just say) odd “outfits” and age-inappropriate hairstyles (remember the braids??) in 2016.

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  8. Melting down. 🙂



    “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews drew a comparison Saturday between the expected victory of Bernie Sanders in Nevada and Nazi Germany’s then-shocking defeat of France in 1940.

    Matthews was on air for MSNBC’s coverage of the Nevada caucuses, a race Fox News has projected as a commanding win for Sanders.

    Matthews came on after Democratic strategist James Carville went on a diatribe against Sanders, and as the MSNBC host made reference to that, he invoked the historical episode when the Germans overran the Maginot Line and forced France to surrender in the middle of World War II.

    “It looks like Bernie Sanders is hard to beat right now,” Matthews said. “I’m with Carville all the way in terms of the dangers of what lies ahead in November. They’re sitting on so much oppo research on Bernie.””


    And they’re smartly keeping their powder dry until Bernie clinches it. Unless Bloomberg steals it, of course…


  9. Kizzie,

    In national politics, it’s not. Especially when it’s a pattern of falsehoods and embellishments, which it clearly is. This isn’t just Joe being Joe anymore. This is a man losing his memory due to advanced age.

    Joe is having difficulties, and it clearly shows It’s time for his family to say enough and bring Joe home to live out his golden years that remain. That’s the loving thing to do at this point.

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  10. Last one out…. kill the lights…..


    “EU Summit Collapses as Members Fail to Fill $81 Billion ‘Brexit-Size Hole’”

    EU wants more money for European Defense Fund, Green Deal”

    “A summit of top European Union leaders failed on Friday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of government left the conference without an agreement on how to fill the hole created in the bloc’s budget by Britain’s exit. The leaders of 27 EU member states had gathered in Brussels to finalize the trillion-dollar-budget for the next seven years.

    “Unfortunately we have observed that it is not possible to reach an agreement,” said Charles Michel, chief of the European Council, EU’s executive arm. “European budget is a very difficult topic and very difficult negotiation especially after Brexit and the gap it has left, between €60 and €75 billion,” he added.”


  11. The violence continues to come from one side.


    “Indiana Couple Charged With Running Boys Off Road Over Trump Flags on Their Bikes”


    “FOX 5 in New York reported:

    Indiana couple drove boys with Trump flags off road: police

    A northwestern Indiana couple allegedly used a car to force two teenage boys off a road, angered that the twin brothers were riding bicycles adorned with flags supporting President Donald Trump, before ripping one of the sibling’s flag from his bike, police said Friday.

    Hobart police said Snapchat videos helped officers secure charges against Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, in connection with a July 22 incident.”


  12. AJ – It certainly does seem that Biden is having some problems. I was just pointing out that that one mistake is an understandable one. But yes, he should retire from public life.

    Considering how stressful a life in politics must be, why do these older people want to put themselves through all that? It means that everything you do or say is going to be closely scrutinized, and about half of the people, give or take, are going to dislike or even hate you.

    The only reasons I can think of are a genuine desire to serve the people, or a big ego.

    (I’m pretty sure that there was another reason, but I forgot it as I began typing that last sentence. The two I gave were numbers three and one, so it was one of the original thoughts that I forgot.)

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  13. Agree, Kizzie (5:24). I honestly have no idea how some of the older candidates keep up with that kind of demanding schedule and under so much constant pressure. But some are ‘younger’ for their age than others. I have to give kudos to Sanders & Warren (& Trump, for that matter) for their energy. As one piece recently put it, Biden is not a “young 77.”

    Still, I do think age is something of an issue that voters should consider.

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  14. The DNC and the media need to consider whether any of the “centrist” candidates would do better than Sanders. Maybe four years ago, Biden was an answer but I agree he’s aging before our eyes. Sanders is the only one who can generate enthusiasm and a get out and vote mentality. In terms of polling, he’s the only one who consistently out polls Trump. Interestingly, in Nevada about 30% of his supporters never voted in a caucus before. He attracts people who normally don’t vote and thus his support may be under polled. Finally, voting age millennials outnumber baby boomers for the first time — it may be time for a generational change and Carville, Matthews etc may be forced to hear “ok boomer”:


  15. Well, the numbers didn’t work so well for McGovern, who had countless “boomers” walking precincts for him (and wasn’t nearly as far left as Sanders).

    Still, Sanders can’t be counted out in a contest against Trump just yet. Either way, I suspect it will be closer than many think.

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  16. I really dislike that “Okay, Boomer” thing, but I also really dislike the dismissing of millennials as “snowflakes”.


  17. The ‘generation gap’ — I think it was probably more pronounced in the 1960s-70s than it is now, but there certainly are similarities. It’s largely a phenomenon of modern western culture, I suppose.

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  18. … And perhaps especially in times when there are significant cultural changes going on. Among today’s cultural tidal waves: the rise of social media, same sex marriage and climate change as a “cause” that is almost religiously embraced by many of the younger generation (as the anti-war and civil rights movements were embraced by the generation of the ’60s and ’70s).

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