tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2019 07:52 am
@engineer,
Oddly timed fun fact about Sherrod Brown that I heard on yesterday's NPR Politics podcast:
Sherrod Brown's father was the obstetrician who delivered Luke Perry, the actor who passed away a day or two ago.
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ehBeth
 
  2  
Reply Sat 9 Mar, 2019 07:13 pm
Iowa Poll: Not even in the race, Joe Biden leads herd of Democrats; Bernie Sanders close behind link under heading

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1QlnrvUwAAthSA.jpg
ehBeth
 
  2  
Reply Sat 9 Mar, 2019 07:14 pm
@ehBeth,
Quote:
Matthew Yglesias


To me key sentence here is “among those who say Sanders is their first choice, 40 percent say Biden is their second choice.”

Voters not seeing ideological “lanes.”
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 05:23 am
Opinion piece by BBC North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher on how Democrat candidates fared at South by Southwest. This is just the introduction, considerably more at link.

Quote:
South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, started 32 years ago as a music festival. This weekend it became a political confab, as nine Democratic presidential hopefuls descended on the central Texas city to make their pitch to convention-goers.

One by one, the candidates took the stage in Austin, most in one-on-one, hour-long interviews with journalists at a theatre better known for rollicking music concerts than high-minded political discussions.

How did they do? Here's a look at the biggest ideas and biggest weaknesses of those who showed up - and how they were received.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47504477
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 06:56 am
NPR is allowing the candidates to make their "opening arguments". Here is Kamala Harris. Worth listening to as well as reading.

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/14/702707072/in-her-pitch-for-president-kamala-harris-focuses-on-criminal-justice-inequality
engineer
 
  3  
Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 08:08 am
@engineer,
Cory Booker's opening argument: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/07/700552687/cory-booker-promises-to-bring-america-together-but-how
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engineer
 
  4  
Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 08:16 am
Looks like O’Rourke is tossing his hat into the ring. Seems like a great guy, just don't see what he's running on other than being a great guy. This article captured my thoughts on hearing he was running. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/beto-orourke-2020-campaign-president-why.html
ehBeth
 
  1  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 07:42 pm
@engineer,
thanks for the opening argument info and link Smile
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ehBeth
 
  1  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 07:43 pm
@engineer,
yup
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2019 11:56 am
Amy Klobuchar's opening statement: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/19/703570750/amy-klobuchar-runs-on-a-record-of-accomplishments-including-with-republicans
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engineer
 
  1  
Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2019 11:58 am
Bernie Sanders's opening statement: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/18/702708256/bernie-sanders-pledges-to-do-a-better-job-of-explaining-socialism
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Lash
 
  -1  
Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2019 03:21 pm
@engineer,
What do you think makes him a great guy?
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hightor
 
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Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 06:29 am
@engineer,
Is Betomania Real or Phony?

The advent of Beto O’Rourke’s presidential candidacy has Democrats arguing ferociously among themselves.

Quote:
Within days of his announcement that he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Beto O’Rourke shot up in the rankings in terms of money, media coverage and Google searches.

Then the knives came out — progressives, women, African-Americans and party loyalists all took a stab at him.

The response to Beto is polarizing the Democratic activist community. The overriding question for Democrats is electability: who can beat Trump is a matter of pressing concern and profound anxiety for at least half the nation. The wrong choice would be disastrous.

(...)

nyt

The readers' comments are interesting — pretty much the full spectrum of Dems are represented.
engineer
 
  2  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 07:50 am
@hightor,
I think Betomania is real and the evidence is the amount of money he's raised from small donors. There's liking a candidate then there's sending them money and they are sending O'Rourke money.
Lash
 
  0  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 04:25 pm
@engineer,
The facts are: he raised more from approximately half the donors Bernie did. The math is the pudding.
ehBeth
 
  2  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 05:32 pm
@hightor,
Quote:
who can beat Trump is a matter of pressing concern and profound anxiety for at least half the nation.


anyone can win if everyone listens to what Mr. Sanders has said - and everyone gets out to vote

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/bernie-sanders-town-hall-february-2019/h_5d45fe7b88e6ebcd90face7ffc8a3bc2

Quote:
8:08 p.m. ET, February 25, 2019
Sanders pledges to support the Democratic nominee — no matter who it is

Sen. Bernie Sanders said President Trump "must be defeated" in 2020, adding that he hopes all Democratic voters will support whoever the eventual nominee is.

“I pledge certainly to do that," Sanders said. "Trump has got be be defeated."
He said President Trump is trying to divide the American people.



____


given the above statement, the Sirota hire seems problematic

https://www.salon.com/2019/03/20/democrats-cant-afford-another-ugly-primary-campaign-in-2020-is-that-where-were-heading/


Quote:
To be clear, I'm not trying to single out Sanders for criticism here, nor am I covertly arguing on behalf of some other candidate. All the Democrats in the 2020 field need to remember the dangers of fighting so hard for the primary that they forget the real task: Winning the presidential election and ending the reign of Donald Trump. Sanders is the first to make a major move that signals a willingness to go negative. I doubt he will be the last. Unfortunately, once someone breaks that seal, other candidates often feel they have to go negative in order to compete. Things could get really nasty, really fast.

Democrats must keep their eyes on the prize. Most of the factors that led to Trump's flukish 2016 win are still in place: Voter suppression, Russian trolls, irresponsible social media, Fox News blanketing middle America with pro-Trump propaganda. The only thing Democrats can directly control, right now, is the level of rancor during the primary campaign. Trump could still win in 2020. Anyone who denies that in order to justify indulging in ugly internecine warfare is fooling himself. If that happens, we all pay the price.
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Lash
 
  -2  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 05:35 pm
Campaigns like Hillary’s and Gillibrand’s have sex abusers on staff and get caught trying to pawn them off on other offices, but it’s normal to be ‘concerned’ about Bernie hiring a guy who’s done nothing wrong.

Yeah.

Upsetting!
izzythepush
 
  4  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 05:55 pm
@Lash,
Lash wrote:

Campaigns like Hillary’s


Clinton isn't running. If you've really changed why do you still keep going on about someone who will never run again instead if who's sitting in the Whitehouse?

Why are you raking up old divisions of the past instead of looking to the future. I've noticed those who don't support Sanders stating they'd support him if he won and quoting what he's saying about party unity.

You asked why you're not allowed to change when so many others are. Of course you're allowed to change, and if you change I'll acknowledge it.

When I no longer am able to ask questions that begin, If you've really changed why, I'll concede that you've changed.
Lash
 
  -2  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 05:59 pm
@izzythepush,
No one here said a word about Clinton or gillibrand’s sex abusers on staff, so when those same people try to act as though Bernie, hiring some non-descript writer is some crime, I’ll remind them of the sex abusers they covered for.

It’s a logical comparison.
ehBeth
 
  2  
Reply Wed 20 Mar, 2019 06:03 pm
@izzythepush,
Is she seriously still going on about a Clinton?
 

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