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“I’m Not Sure I’m A Democrat Anymore,” Democrats Move Too Far Left.

A Washington Post reporter tweeted during the Democratic Debate last night that someone said they aren’t sure they are a Democrat anymore because the party has moved so far to the left.

The data proves it. Time and time again we see polling data showing that the Democrats have taken a far left turn in the past 10 years, so much so that movements like #WalkAway have started to emerge and regular people are shocked by what is being proposed.

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MAYBE, but WILL He?

(I would like to see him go after "Nasty Woman" Kamala - this label would destroy her.)

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BIDEN WARNS RIVALS:
I COULD ROAST YOU!

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Democrats can save their presidential-nomination process by giving voters real debates

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Published: July 7, 2019

Let’s scrap the no-talent show, argues Brett Arends

Perfect. Just perfect.

It turns out that Kamala Harris is no big fan of federally mandated “busing” to integrate schools. The California senator pointedly refused to back the policy under questioning last week.

Yes, the same person who slammed Joe Biden during the previous week’s Democratic presidential debate — or “debate” — for not supporting it, either.

I’m sure the candidates will now thrash out alleged “nuances” between their positions, but the drive-by hit at the debate wasn’t about nuance. Harris implied there was a gulf between her and Biden. And the sound-bite format let her get away with it without any real Biden comeback.

Could anything illustrate better just how these so-called debates are turning our presidential elections into an absolute farce?

They’re not debates. They’re “America Lacks Talent” — an unreality show. They’re about people swapping canned sound bites and hoping one of them goes viral on YouTube.

They don’t help select the best nominee. They insult the voters, they weaken our democracy, and they may end up costing the Democrats the 2020 presidential election.

This is the very process that helped Donald Trump emerge from a crowded field as the Republican nominee in 2016. Really, Democrats? This is your plan?

Here’s a radical, but simple, idea. Scrap all these phony group debates and replace them with something straightforward: a series of real debates, one on one.

One hour. Two candidates. One winner.

The Democrats have too many candidates to fit into a single night. Over two nights, they still have too many people on stage for anyone to say anything. So make the candidates go toe-to-toe and truly test each other.

I don’t want to hear 20 people producing prefabricated lines. I don’t want to hear people wheeling out a “joke” or a stunt that they practiced with their staff. I don’t want to hear Marianne Williamson channeling Lily Tomlin from the TV show “Grace and Frankie.”

I want to see Harris and Biden hammer each other for half an hour apiece.

I want to see Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren fight it out directly for the liberal wing of the party.

I want to see Mayor Pete debate pretty much anybody.

And I want to see people actually be required to back up their attacks — and their proposals.

You want free, universal health care for “undocumented” immigrants (“Mexicare, if you will)? OK. Defend the idea. Defend the risks. Defend the costs. Explain how it would work. And explain how it might win, or lose, Wisconsin.

I want real answers. I don’t want a show of hands. What is this, fourth grade?

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Plant-like?  Eric swallows hard... and Leaves

Swalwell becomes first Democrat to drop out of 2020 race

Swalwell becomes first Democrat to drop out of 2020 race

Rep. Swalwell drops out of the race after failing to gain traction in the crowded Democratic primary. Swalwell canceled an earlier 4th of July event, prompti...

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Sanders campaign workers demand $15 hourly pay...

According to The Washington Post, some members of Sanders' campaign team have been lobbying to raise their wages so that they make the $15 hourly rate that the Vermont senator has frequently called for both on the campaign trail and in Washington D.C.

The Post obtained a draft of a letter that the campaign's union planned to send to Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir which read in part that workers "cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages. Given our campaign's commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team."

The letter states that field organizers are working at least 60 hours a week, which lowers the average per hour pay to $13 an hour.

ROUND TWO: Biden to face off against Harris in Detroit debate...
Marianne Williamson on 'Woo-Woo' Rep, Plan to Save America...
Anxious Dem Govs Urge 2020 Field Not To Veer Left...

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CLOWN SHOW # 2

Dems Round 2: Harris Wilts, Biden Survives, Gabbard's Pantsuit Wins

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Night Two of the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates was expected to be a fireworks display between former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and CNN did its best to light the fuses early on. Sadly -- for the viewers who didn't want to be bored, anyway -- all of those fuses were duds.

The following is my assessment of the painful display, using some of my live tweets from the evening rather than having to type more. Thank you in advance for indulging me, dear readers.

The first ten minutes of Wednesday's debate was mostly a snooze-fest of Biden and Harris delving into real or imagined details of their respective health care plans. Even they seemed bored by it.

Worse yet, Harris was stammering and defensive, even as the debate wore on and the other candidates were targeting Biden. As I noted:

It was quite obvious that the strategy of every candidate not named Joe Biden was to attack Joe Biden. Whether they were asked to or not, most of the candidates would invoke the former vice president in the first sentence of their early answers, attempting to get a pile-on going.

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Businessman Andrew Yang handled the spotlight better than most of the candidates and generated some applause, but still isn't going to be around long.

On a night when most of the people on stage kept trying to force sound bite applause breaks and failing miserably, the most impressive may have been the one who just kept being herself: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Hitting the stage in a stunning white pantsuit that immediately spoiled Yang's plans to set himself apart by not wearing a tie, Gabbard distinguished herself by not seeking to run as far to the left as she could on every issue, as most of her opponents have the last two nights.

Gabbard was mostly calm and thoughtful in her answers, but when it came time to battle, the combat veteran in her emerged ever-so-slightly:

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Gabbard's claim to fame in this debate was that she was the least insane of all of the people on stage, both personally and policy-wise.

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Is John Delaney the Lone Sane 2020 Democrat Candidate?

John Delaney’s outright rejection of radical policies was a welcome sight at the Democratic debates.

Moderate former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., who sparred repeatedly against progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in Tuesday night’s debate, released a statement blasting the two senators just moments before the second round of Democratic debates is slated to begin.

“I don’t understand why anyone goes through the trouble of running for president if they either can’t explain how their plans work or can’t honestly debate their ideas without reverting to accusing people who disagree with them of reciting Republican talking points,” Delaney said in a statement. “The media should ask Senator Sanders and Senator Warren why they’re so scared to debate the merits of their plans.”

. . . Delaney’s attacks on the extremism and “fairy-tale economics,” which are fast becoming mainstream in the Democratic party, did not stop there. Delaney dismissed the Green New Deal, arguing that it “ties its progress to other things that are completely unrelated to climate.” He protested Warren’s proposed wealth tax, calling it “arguably unconstitutional.” Though his polling numbers have been consistently low, it is clear that Delaney struck a chord with voters who are tired of the same old socialist spiel. Appearing on Fox News Wednesday morning, Delaney confirmed that his campaign gained a tenfold increase in donors after the debate.

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DEM MSG: "You're Disgusting!  Try to be as Good as we are!"

Tucker: Democrats have refused to learn from 2016 defeat

Kirsten Gillibrant is running to be "Virtue-Signaller in Chief"

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Interesting Analysis: "None of the Dems connect like Trump," says Rush

Limbaugh tears into 2020 Dems in 'Hannity' exclusive

 

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CONFUSION? Still time for Biden?

DEMS IN DISARRAY...
OBAMA EXASPERATED...
ALARM OVER NEGATIVITY...

The two rounds of Democratic presidential debates, rather than bringing clarity to the primary or culling the field of 24 candidates, have instead laid bare the fragility of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as a front-runner and showcased the divisions over ideology and identity in a party that appears united only in its desire to defeat President Trump.

Having failed so far to dominate the debates, Mr. Biden tried on Thursday to quell liberal resistance to his candidacy by other means: He charged, in Detroit, that certain attacks from the left on his record and his policies amounted to attacks on former President Barack Obama and his legacy.

After nearly 10 hours of nationally televised and often contentious candidate forums, the Democratic hopefuls and their voters are plainly torn over how best to take on Mr. Trump and how aggressive a program they should embrace, particularly on health care and immigration.

And far from coalescing around a possible nominee, Democrats are also sharply divided over what kind of standard-bearer would best bridge the larger generational, gender and racial differences shaping the party in the 2020 race.

“I don’t think anybody is currently perceived as both appealing and low-risk,” said Diane Feldman, a veteran Democratic pollster who said she saw Mr. Biden as having largely given up his advantage on the risk front. “He is still more moderate, he is still of a different generation and those things carry some advantages for him. But he may not still have the ‘low-risk choice’ advantage.”

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The rising tension over Mr. Obama’s legacy, most notably the Affordable Care Act, is a new crack in the party’s orthodoxy, as an ascendant progressive wing that favors transformative change raises questions about the incremental policies of the former president. After a few candidates used the Detroit debate to demand that Mr. Biden account for Mr. Obama’s record on issues such as deportations and free trade, Mr. Biden was joined by some of the former president’s advisers, who chastised the critics for committing political malpractice.

“The more time we spend attacking President Obama and his record and the less time we spend on what Donald Trump is doing to this country only serves to help one person — Donald Trump,” said Stephanie Cutter, a former top Obama campaign aide. “Everybody on that stage needs to keep that in mind.”

David Axelrod, the architect of Mr. Obama’s political ascent, said Mr. Biden would be wise to “lean in” on his ties to the former president and to “confront those who are attacking the Obama policies.” But Mr. Axelrod added that Mr. Biden and the other center-left candidates in the race have so far proved unable to make a compelling, affirmative case for what he called “a reality-based candidacy” that was at once uplifting and pragmatic.

Maher on Dem Debates: Obama ‘Is Not Woke Enough Now’

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher criticized Democratic presidential candidates for their attacks on President Obama during their debates. Maher mocked the notion that Obama, a person who is still hugely popular among Democrats, “is not woke enough” and suggested this would help President Trump win re-election.

Maher said, “The Democratic candidates went after the president hard. Unfortunately, the president was Obama. … The guy with the 97% approval rating among the Democrats, his shit is not woke enough now. Trump saw that, he called Putin. He said, I got this one.”


POLL: BIDEN STILL IN BIG LEAD...

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Flamed by Tulsi, Support shrinking for "Nasty" Harris

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2020 Democrat Steve Bullock On Democrat Debates: I Saw Trump’s Re-Election Becoming More Likely With Every Passing Moment

It’s no shocker that President Trump is on the way to a second term if this keeps up. Democrats are embracing immensely unpopular policy positions on health care and immigration. It’s a full-blown clown show. Democrats want open borders. Sorry, when you push decriminalizing border crossings and giving health care to illegal aliens, that’s open borders and something that a supermajority of Americans oppose. They also oppose Medicare for All if it replaces private insurance, which it will. There’s no getting around that either. Hundreds of millions of plans will be gutted. The debate on the Left is whether to do it now or later. Oh, and this will lead to the mother of all tax increases for the middle class. These two points are the core of the 2020 Democratic agenda. 

Yet, it was the unprecedented Obama bashing that occurred during CNN’s second debate that was really surprising. The most popular Democrat in recent memory was being torched. A far left-wing agenda, plus this—it’s no wonder why some in the Democratic Party running for president realize that Trump is going to win if they keep this up. One was Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (via The Hill

 

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Review of Dem candidates

Michael Knowles | The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special Ep. 62

 

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Marianne Williamson: ‘I Didn’t Think the Left Lied like This’

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Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) revealed that she did not think the left was “so mean” and “lied like this” until she ran for president as an outsider candidate.

“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”

Williamson accused the left of lying about her use of crystals and “crystal gazing,” telling Remnick that there has “never been a crystal on stage” at any of her events and “there is no crystal” in her home.

She accused those on the left of also falsely accusing her of having told AIDS patients not to take their medicines or implying that “lovelessness” causes diseases and “love” is “enough to cure their diseases.”

“I’m Jewish, I go to the doctor,” Williamson said, ripping those on the left for labeling her as an anti-science candidate who does not believe in modern medicine.

Williamson has in recent weeks criticized the “political-media industrial complex” and warned Democrats that nominating a conventional or establishment candidate to go up against President Donald Trump in 2020 could be disastrous.

Williamson will not be at the third debate next week in Houston. Though she has met the 130,000 unique donor requirement for the second round of debates, she needs three more qualifying polls (2%) to qualify.

Criticizing the nominating process, Williamson recently said on MSNBC that there should be a “deeper conversation than just the horse race” and wondered why so few polls approved by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were released prior to September’s debate deadline.

She added that she is not dropping out of the race, though, because she could qualify for the October debate and her campaign is about “consciousness and inspiration.”

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Third Dem Debate Reaction: Guns Bad, Biden Incoherent, Betos Gun Moment

... But Andy Yangbang & Amy Clowncar scored well in Drudge's post-debate Poll - Harris did poorly

  • YANG       34%  39,333 votes
  • WARREN   7%    8,211 votes
  • SANDERS  5%   5,289 votes
  • O'ROURKE 4%   4,671 votes
  • KLOBUCHAR  17% 19,164 votes
     
  • HARRIS - "the worst candidate"  2% 2,059 votes
  • CASTRO      3%    3,436 votes
  • BUTTIGIEG 5%    5,548 votes
  • BOOKER      3%   2,923 votes
  • BIDEN        22% 25,295 votes
 

Joe Biden’s Age, Declining Mental Faculties Take Center Stage During Thursday Night Democrat Clown Show

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Bill O'Reilly's Debate Take: Beto is a Clown, and Warren is a Con

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DEM DEBATE: JOE USES RECORD PLAYER? & Castro vs Biden on what he "forgot"

Glenn and Stu rank Joe Biden's performance in the latest 2020 Democrat Debate, and go through his gaffes -- from claiming kids need to listen to the phone...no the TV...no wait, the record player -- to claiming he's the Vice President. And then Julian Castro questioned his mental state by confronting Biden about being forgetful. Ouch.

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A GIANT HOLDING PATTERN - but Warren "underperforms... does not break out"

The First REAL Fight Night: Warren's Blown Opportunity | Ep. 860

 

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