Sunday 21st of July 2019

pete...

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The circus for the next Democrat president hopeful is on. 


24, no less, candidates have put their hat in the ring. The TV ringmasters have thus decided that only 20 of them will be allowed to throw mud at one another in various streamlined debates. In the case of Presidential hopefuls, having a large number does not mean quality. All it means is having more sausages to prick. This of course is going to be entertaining as batshit. 
And Trump, the clever clumsy heavyweight on the other side — the champion of the unwahsables, the deplorables and of the warmongeringables — will shoot them with sharp funny tweets as they fall off from their own perch for having smoked weed or not.

I took a Gusmocratic short cut and weeded out all the hookies, ninnies, and other geniuses from the past — and obviously taken out the old guys who have passed their used-by-date and could show signs of debility any minute before the final contest. You remember Reagan in his last Presidential days… This would be a bad start.

One character shows more promises than all the other combined. He has the Jack (John) Kennedy looks, the pleasant youth and is more honest, including in his relationship.


Pete is a Christian (as all the US Presidents have to be)

Pete is gay (and not afraid of being overt) and married to his husband.

Pete used to be a soldier (knows courage)

Pete used to be in army “intelligence” (knows the CIA tricks)

Pete is a Rhodes scholar (he is a great orator)

Pete support universal healthcare (who would not except scrooge privateers)

Pete wants to genuinely reduce income inequality 

Pete is really pro-environmental policies (who would not, except Ghengis Khan)

Pete wants cooperation between the Democratic Party and organized labour

Pete wants universal background checks for firearms purchases

Pete is a great negotiator

Pete supports the Equality Act (it does not mean everyone has to be gay)

Pete wants to preserve the DACA program for children of immigrants

Pete supports reforms that would end gerrymandering (one person, one vote)

Pete would overturn the Citizens United v. FEC decision (corruption of electoral process with cash)

And Pete would abolish the Electoral College (Hillary would be pleased).

Pete did a popular sterling job as the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana


This is a handful of policies that could upset a “popularly led” Trump re-election. 

All the other Democrat candidates are too close to the swamp — are shy Democrats or conservatives in disguise.

At this stage I can't see how the Democrats can win unless they support Pete…

Pete Buttilieg that is. He should change his name to Smith or Jones… Easier to say. 

Or Boot, as in boot Trump… Okay Bootiligue will do…


There you have it. Of course Trump can still push his daughter to take the job...
In this case, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (already mentioned on this site) of Hawai might do. Woman vs woman...

the list...

The debate will be broadcast in prime time on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo and be streamed online for free on a variety of digital and social platforms. 

Here are the participants: 

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado 

Former Vice President Joe Biden 

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey 

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio 

Former Representative John Delaney of Maryland 

Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York 

Senator Kamala Harris of California

Former Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado 

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington 

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota 

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas 

Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio 

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont 

Representative Eric Swalwell of California 

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts 

Author Marianne Williamson 

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

 

See more:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-debate/democrats-name-20...

justice to operate independently in 2020...?

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said that if elected, he would leave the Justice Department to operate independently of the White House during any potential criminal investigations into President Donald Trump.

"Nobody is above the law and prosecution decisions should have nothing to do with politics and should come from the DOJ itself, not from the Oval Office," Buttigieg told CNN's Jake Tapper in a preview of an interview to be aired Sunday.

Buttigieg's remark comes in contrast with his Democratic rival Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who said if she was elected the Justice Department would have "no choice" but to charge Trump with obstruction of justice if he were to finish his term without being impeached. Harris, a former California attorney general, told NPR that former special counsel Robert Mueller had essentially set the stage for criminal charges against Trump, and only a Justice Department policy barring prosecuting sitting presidents got in the way.

Harris, along with a chorus of other candidates from Sen. Elizabeth Warren to former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, has called for Trump's impeachment. Buttigieg has also advocated for impeachment inquiries, but focuses more on beating Trump in 2020.

Buttigieg has also called for criminal inquiries into Trump if he finishes his term in 2021 without impeachment, but the South Bend, Ind., mayor did not go so far as to dictate what the conclusion of those inquiries would be. He also told The Atlantic that he would be hesitant to order his attorney general to directly pursue charges against Trump.

"I would want any credible allegation of criminal behavior to be investigated to the fullest,” Buttigieg told The Atlantic on Wednesday.

Trump has also recently come under fire for telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that if a foreign agent were to offer him dirt on an opponent, he would hear it out. Buttigieg told CBS' Margaret Brennan in an interview segment published Saturday that any American who receives foreign election help should "just call the FBI".

"And by the way, this isn't hypothetical. This isn't theoretical," Buttigieg said, referring to Russian offers of opposition information to members of Trump's inner circle in 2016.

Speaking with Tapper, Buttigieg specified that that criminal investigation would be conducted by an independent Justice Department without micromanaging presidential oversight.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/15/buttigieg-justice-trump-136584...

 

 

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a democrat herring, now named warren...

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Old Toon from The New Yorker circa 1950?

At this stage, we cannot establish a connection between Elizabeth Warren's (née Herring) first husband and Earl Warren (the subject of the cartoon) — the American politician and jurist who served as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969) and earlier as the 30th Governor of California (1943–1953). Earl Warren was the last Chief Justice to be elected rather than be chosen, thus "could be impeached".

We know that Elizabeth Warren wants to impeach Donald Trump...

 

Pundits rolled their eyes on New Year's Eve when Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic US senator from Massachusetts, announced she had taken the first steps to run for president.

She was too schoolmarmish, too serious in her focus on policy over personality, especially in the face of bombast from President Donald Trump.

Her decision to take a DNA test to find out whether she had Native American ancestry became a blunder when tribe leaders denounced her.

Conventional wisdom declared that Ms Warren was destined to be a back-of-the-pack candidate, overshadowed by alpha males such as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, and far less interesting than people of colour such as Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Julian Castro.

And, if you wanted a wonk, there was Pete Buttigieg, the multilingual Harvard and Oxford-educated mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who had the added credentials of being gay and a military veteran.

Nevertheless, to quote the expression used about her tactics on the Senate floor, she persisted.

And now, Senator Warren is rising to the top of the presidential pack, seemingly by being herself.

In recent weeks, she's scored the kind of achievements that scorekeepers track in successful candidates.

There have been profiles in Time Magazine and The New Yorker.

The latter declared:

"On many economic issues, Warren has been remarkably prescient. She has spent decades warning Americans about the pernicious effects of income inequality, predatory corporations, and consumer debt, and about the failures of our financial system — issues that are at the heart of the 2020 Presidential campaign".

The profile went on:

"Now, as one of 23 candidates seeking to become the Democratic nominee for President, Warren is betting that the energy behind her ideas can appeal to enough swing-state voters to get her into office".

 

Read more:

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-18/elizabeth-warren-rivalling-bernie-sanders-joe-biden-2020-race/11215394

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's ex-husband co-founded a DNA testing company and wrote one of the first computer codes for making genetic comparisons. 

Jim Warren's career involved him in the kinds of genetic testing that Elizabeth Warren controversially invoked this month to prove that she had Native American ancestry. 

One of the two other co-founders of his testing company, FamilyTreeDNA, has worked with Carlos Bustamante, the Stanford University geneticist who administered a DNA test at Elizabeth Warren's request. 

Bustamante, a Stanford University geneticist, conducted the test, which Elizabeth Warren used to respond to President Trump's "Pocahontas" taunt and his mockery of her previous claim to be a Native American while a professor at Harvard Law School in the 1990s. Warren's roll-out of the test results was widely seen as a sign that she is running for president in 2020. 

Rather than using a commercial service to conduct her DNA test, Warren hired Bustamante, 43, who appears in the video explaining the test and in a scene in which the Massachusetts senator telephones his office and asks to speak with him. Warren received considerable criticism for the test, which found that her Native American heritage stretch back six to 10 generations, making her between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American.

 

Read more:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress/elizabeth-warrens-ex-hu...

giving most people what they need...

There has never been a Donald Trump honeymoon. Nor any meaningful period of national unity under the 45th President's leadership. 

He is the most unpopular president in modern American history, with poll approval ratings consistently in the low-to-mid-40s. 

He has driven wedges between the United States and its two great neighbours, Canada and Mexico, and between the United States and its historic allies in Europe.

And yet, Mr Trump must be considered favoured to win re-election in 2020.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-19/beating-donald-trumps-re-election...

 

Gus: the only candidate that can topple Trump from his perch is not any of his "twins" on the Democrats side. Most of the Democratic candidates are on the same page as Trump in regard to war, social issues and the "economy", except Pete and Bernie.

We know that Bernie is "too socialistic", thus the only alternative would have to be Pete Buttilieg. Just give him the stick so he can a) ignore Trump and b) replace the Trumpo bombast with more humanitarian policies and c) do a far more unifying job that the rabid Donald. Pete is young and willing to give most people what they need. 

Trump would make mince meat of most of the other candidates, while he would have to be less clowny and more cautious when having to deal with opposing Pete in debates...

Hopefully Pete would also do what has to be done to protect the planet from global warming.

why we need a "lightweight" president...

 

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In the end Mayor Pete will fall victim to what so far has delivered him to the presidential jamboree—the paper chase of credentialism.

Without Harvard, Oxford, McKinsey, and Afghanistan on his resumé, Mayor Pete would look more like an overly bright Jeopardy! contestant than a presidential candidate. (Alex Trebek: “He’s the mayor of a midwestern city and in his spare time he wants to be president. Let’s give a big welcome for Pete Buttigieg….”)

But with so many golden tickets in his background, after a while, when voters ask about what it will take to cut the $1 trillion blown on Homeland security or the best way to lower carbon emissions, they will want to hear more than Pete’s self-directed love songs. Whitman said, “I and this mystery, here we stand,” but he wasn’t running for president.

 

Read more:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/19/requiem-for-a-lightweight-the-ma...

 

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Meanwhile:

 

The Trump presidency thus has benefitted from the intellectual work of political scientists who yearned for strong party government, conservative constitutional scholars who elevated a dubious theory of a unitary executive to a fashionable legal theory, and a philosophical-journalist line of scholarship that disassembled a belief in objective truth. These were intellectual trends emerging well before Donald Trump became president. In fact, these trends constructed Donald Trump and made is presidency possible.

Trump is simply the latest in a lineage of politainers advantaged by the new rules of journalism. His mastery of the new celebrity, entertainment, for-profit news industry gave him the ability to overcome the strong party government that had been constructed by the political science community. He and interested groups also exploited the weaknesses in party governance by capturing the GOP. Once elected, Trump continues to benefit from the journalism and partisan trends, but also from the powerful intellectual forces creating the modern presidency. These trends are not going away when Trump is no longer president. They are forces that have produced Trumpism, nourished Trumpistas, and which make challenging the power of the current president so difficult. Trumpism is a feature of contemporary America politics, with or without Donald Trump as president.



https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/20/the-intellectual-origins-of-the-...


All the other Democrat candidates are part of the "trumpism" syndrome...

but not so much that you will notice a thing...

 

From Naomi Klein

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It is true that Biden has had a bad week. But if Biden implodes, there’s a phalanx of other candidates, recently seen hopping from one $2,800-a-head Wall Street fundraiser to the next, all with variations on the same reassuring message: I’ll change things just enough to fend off the pitchforks and to save you from the social embarrassment of Trump, but not so much that you will notice a thing.


“It is important to rotate the crops,” David Adelman, a financial industry lawyer, told the New York Times. He was ostensibly explaining why he had co-hosted a fundraiser for Beto O’Rourke, but in doing so, he also summed up precisely how Wall Street sees Washington: as its plantation. It engineers the seeds, plants them, then reaps what it sowed.


These forces, and the think tanks they finance, want the Warren and Sanders camps at each other’s throats, demoralizing and weakening each other. Because that’s exactly how the progressive bloc stalls or shrinks enough for Biden (or some newer political GMO crop) to walk away with it.

The current political map is confusing, there is no doubt. Progressive vote-splitting is a real possibility down the road — but so is vote-combining, and the more progressive voters there are, the more viable that prospect will become. There are multiple routes by which a progressive majority spread over several candidates can be translated into a Democratic ticket that is more progressive than any we’ve seen in nearly a century, maybe even ever.

There are also multiple ways that the historic opportunity of this progressive surge can be lost. And that loss begins with scarcity thinking, trying to tear each other down, and fooling ourselves into believing that it’s 2016 all over again. When in fact, we are somewhere we have never been before.

Read more:

https://theintercept.com/2019/06/21/bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-prog...

 

 

The best candidate could be Pete because, read from top...

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg:


Trending: Up


The small-city mayor passed a major test. He scored big with his answer on Republican hypocrisy on faith and immigration; and he showed uncommon vulnerability with his contrition on the recent South Bend police shooting.

 

Read more:

https://nypost.com/2019/06/28/the-winners-and-losers-from-night-two-of-t...

the new york post is showing its hand...

yesterday's cover

 

today s cover

 

The New York Post, a Murdoch paper, is full-on for Trump... One could not expect any less sarcasm from NYP front pages so soon. Note the low derogatory "Immigs"...

 

Buttilieg is still the best bet to beat Trump. So the Trump supporters will do anything to darken his character. Pete will have to be resilient but he has the ingenuity to be...

pessimism of the intellect...

 

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You know, Joe Biden is clearly, I believe, the worst candidate among anybody with a ghost of a chance of winning the Democratic nomination next year. And you know, Kamala Harris is also a corporate creature. So if we don’t want those lobbyists—And by the way, most of the superdelegates are simply elected Democrats, so they’re establishment people on the whole. If we don’t want them to have power over the nomination, we should also move forward now to make sure that the billionaire class doesn’t have power over who is the frontrunner. And while Joe Biden is sinking from where he was, he still has a lot of money, a lot of clout, a lot of friendly corporate media behind him. And that’s, I think, where activism kicks in. You know, if people organize effectively, we can change the news, we can change history, not just learn about it later on.

I should add one other thing. That the odds structurally are against progressive, genuinely left progressive candidates from being nominated for the presidency. The odds were also against this young activist named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And the structure of the rules in New York preregistration requirements and so forth, made the conventional wisdom that this powerful guy named Joe Crowley was simply going to walk back into Congress, and we know the history. That was changed because people had— not to coin a phrase, it’s an old phrase— they had “pessimism of the intellect.” That they brought to bear not only their optimism of the will, but their organizing to change what had been forecast, and bring about a much better result.

 

Read more:

https://therealnews.com/stories/will-dem-party-superdelegates-prevent-a-...

 

 

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