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  • Sherrod Brown, Amy Klobuchar score high on electability; Elizabeth Warren, not so much

    01/22/2019 7:35:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 2, 2019 | Harry Enten
    Now that the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination has officially started, one of the big issues that will likely come up is which candidate is the most electable. One way to find that out is to see how the different possible candidates have done in the past. Of course, it's difficult to compare candidates when they run for different offices in different years. There are, however, six potential 2020 Democratic contenders ran who ran for the US Senate in 2018. The big takeaway from those results: Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sherrod Brown of Ohio are above-average candidates...
  • Kamala Harris, the Democrats' dishonest, authoritarian candidate

    01/22/2019 6:54:05 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner - Editorial ^ | 1-22-2019 | (Editor in general)
    (snip) Look only at her two years in the Senate and two relevant data points pop up. First, there’s her recent attempt, along with Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, to apply an anti-Catholic religious test to a judicial nominee because he belonged to the Knights of Columbus. This was too much even for her fellow Democrats to bear — not a single one objected to a resolution that implicitly rebuked Harris and Hirono for their behavior. The second relevant point is Harris’ conduct during the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings. No, not the contentious second round of Kavanaugh hearings involving sexual misconduct...
  • Trump campaign pushes forward while shutdown drags on

    01/22/2019 12:07:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 21, 2019 | Betsy Klein
    One month since the start of the shutdown, the Trump 2020 campaign is chugging ahead with staffing and organization -- and even fundraised off the paralyzed federal government. But the shutdown may yet prove to be a drag on the campaign and help set the tone for the race, depending on how long it endures and how it gets resolved. The campaign's internal efforts have carried on as normal, in contrast to the chaos of a "rudderless" White House, as it was described by one administration official. "The campaign has more autonomy and direction than the White House," said one...
  • John Kerry on Trump: This is the ‘walk-away presidency’

    01/20/2019 8:59:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    KPAX-TV ^ | January 20, 2019 | CNN News
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry says President Donald Trump’s actions on the international stage do not help the United States and show he is not a negotiator. “This is the pull-out, walk-away presidency, and it is not enhancing the interest of the United States of America,” Kerry told David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” airing on CNN on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. “This President is not negotiating; he doesn’t negotiate. This is a man who claims to be the world’s greatest negotiator. What is he negotiating?” Kerry said, citing Trump’s decisions to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan,...
  • Trump won the night. Schumer, Pelosi lost.

    01/10/2019 4:25:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Sumter Item ^ | January 10, 2019 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a whole. Speaking from the Oval Office for the first time during his presidency, Trump embraced our country's tradition as a nation of immigrants, declaring "America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation." He then offered a cogent explanation for why he believes we face what he called "a humanitarian crisis - a crisis of...
  • Trump backer arrested after fracas at Warren rally in Iowa

    01/07/2019 10:19:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Star Tribune . ^ | January 7, 2019 | The Associated Press
    STORM LAKE, Iowa — A Minnesota supporter of President Donald Trump is facing a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a weekend altercation at an Iowa rally for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photos from Warren's rally Saturday in Storm Lake show 58-year-old Randal Thom, of Lakefield, Minnesota, carrying a sign that read "Keep America Great" — which was a reference to Trump's "Make America Great Again" 2016 campaign slogan. Police say Thom was involved in an argument with supporters of the Massachusetts senator that turned physical, and that some punches were thrown. There were no injuries and no one else was...
  • Is Elizabeth Warren The Democrats’ 2020 Version of Jeb Bush?

    01/06/2019 8:21:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 4, 2019 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Handicapping presidential elections nearly two years in advance may be a fool’s errand but that’s exactly what those seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020 are being forced to do. That’s why Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first big name to formally announce her intentions on New Year’s Eve, more than 13 months before the first votes are cast in Iowa. Warren has had a rough recent few months after an attempt to put the controversy over her claims to Native American ancestry via a DNA test turned into a fiasco in October. The test hurt her among tribal groups that...
  • Before you run against Trump, you have to run against Hillary (if you’re a woman)

    01/04/2019 1:27:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2019 | Annie Linskey and David Weigel
    Just hours after Elizabeth Warren announced her plans to run for president, a question began surfacing about a possible weakness. It wasn’t derived from opposition research into some facet of her life. It had nothing to do with her policy ideas. It was the question often asked of female candidates and rarely of men: Is she “likable” enough to be president? Others put it another, potentially more devastating, way: Is she too much like Hillary Clinton to be the nominee? It’s not just the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who may feel compelled to come up with an answer. The 2020...
  • As Warren Announces 2020 Run, Feminist Writer Trashed Her And Virtually The Entire Democratic Field

    01/03/2019 5:35:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 31, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    When it comes to feminism, you think a bunch of over-educated, humorless, eeyores that ruin almost everything with some needless lecture about how x, y, or z is a construct of the so-called patriarchy. It’s a cornerstone of the liberal elite. And yet, there are a few voices that are sick of feminism’s intellectual torpor, the man hating, and the inability to create a coherent agenda. In fact, the same could be said for the Democratic Party as they prepare for the 2020 election. Camille Paglia is a feminist, a left-winger, and is not afraid to shoot inside the ship....
  • Trump won’t lose in a long shutdown

    01/03/2019 4:38:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2019 | Henry Olsen
    We’re into Day 13 of the partial government shutdown, and there’s no end in sight. Common wisdom says the longer this lasts, the worse the politics will get for President Trump. I disagree. Trump isn’t likely to suffer politically because he’s not doing anything his supporters find objectionable. A Quinnipiac poll last month found that 43 percent of Americans, including 86 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents, support building the wall. Support for the wall is so high among Trump supporters that even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said this week that he supports it while blasting the president’s...
  • Elizabeth Warren Made One Mistake and Will Never Be President Because of It

    01/02/2019 11:46:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The Portland Mercury ^ | January 2, 2019 | Katie Herzog
    Elizabeth Warren would have made an excellent president. Warren, who announced her intention to run for the presidency this week, spent much of her career before entering politics in law, which she taught at universities around the country, including UT-Austin, Harvard, and Penn. Particularly expert in bankruptcy, middle-class personal finance, and consumer protection, since entering Congress in 2013, Warren has spent much of her time pushing for better regulation of financial institutions. She was, for example, essential to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP), a federal agency designed to protect Americans from unfair, deceptive, or predatory financial...
  • Warren hires Iowa aides, including top Sanders and Obama alums, ahead of visit

    01/02/2019 11:22:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WISC-TV ^ | January 3, 2019 | MJ Lee and Gregory Krieg, CNN
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who announced on Monday that she is exploring a presidential run, is quickly assembling a robust and experienced team to lead a campaign in Iowa -- an early signal of the outsized importance of a strong showing in the state. Emily Parcell, who worked as then-Sen. Barack Obama's Iowa political director for the 2008 caucus and as a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton in the state eight years later, has signed on with Warren, along with Janice Rottenberg, according to two sources. Rottenberg was an Ohio organizer for Clinton in 2016 and ran the Iowa Democratic...
  • Mitt Romney’s op-ed crystallizes all the reasons the old GOP establishment has been pushed aside

    01/02/2019 6:38:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2019 | Henry Olsen
    Mitt Romney’s op-ed Wednesday in The Post is being widely praised by the usual suspects in Never-Trump Land. This should be your first clue as to how wildly out of touch the senator-elect is with Republican voters. What are some others? Let’s start with the article’s premise that President Trump’s character is more important than his accomplishments or principles. Most Republicans simply don’t accept this argument. Many instead see Trump’s pugnacious and sometimes crude talk as an essential part of his virtue — he fights while other Republicans cower. Others would prefer he tweet less and do more, but still...
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks Mitt Romney If Accepting Trump’s Endorsement Was A Mistake

    01/02/2019 5:25:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 2, 2019 | David Moye
    The senator-elect wouldn’t say why he didn’t have a problem when Trump was falsely accusing Barack Obama of being born in Africa. Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) may have criticized Donald Trump in a Washington Post op-ed, but he apparently didn’t have a problem accepting the president’s endorsement during last year’s Senate race. During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Jake Tapper pressed the onetime Republican presidential candidate on whether that was a mistake. Tapper pointed to a Twitter message from 2016 ― two years before Romney accepted the president’s endorsement in 2018 ― in which Romney seemed to reject the idea...
  • Atkins: Elizabeth Warren, the Dems’ Jeb Bush

    12/31/2018 7:54:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | December 31, 2018 | Kimberly Atkins
    We’ve seen it before: a highly-recognized political name coming out early to kick off a presidential bid, banking that the candidate’s big fundraising chops and a carefully assembled campaign apparatus will scare away potential opponents, lock down front-runner status, and ultimately secure the nomination. But the last time, when that candidate was a Republican named Jeb Bush, it didn’t turn out so well. Elizabeth Warren’s nearly half-decade flirtation with the presidency has finally produced a presidential exploratory committee. She used to be the one potential Democratic challenger that Hillary Clinton was worried about, last time around. Now, with the energy...
  • Democrats' quest to topple Trump gets real in January. Here's why.

    12/29/2018 1:13:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 28, 2018 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    January will mark the beginning of a cavalcade of Democratic presidential hopefuls who are preparing to officially launch their campaigns early in the new year, according to multiple advisers and aides working for the prospective candidates. Running for president has become a two-year endeavor, and, even though everyone says they hate it, candidates invariably get sucked into the presidential primary-industrial complex and rush to Iowa and New Hampshire as quickly as possible, lest they get left behind. The calculus that goes into that decision turns out to be pretty simple and comes down to one thing above all else: money....
  • Government shutdown is bound to last into the new year. Democrats are starting to game out an exit.

    12/28/2018 11:26:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | December 28, 2018 | Li Zhou
    The government is seven days into a partial shutdown, and pretty much everyone has thrown up their hands until the new Congress is sworn in after the new year. Democrats are growing increasingly confident that President Donald Trump’s immovable demand for $5 billion for his southern border wall is going to land him with the blame, and indeed, polling is already starting to suggest that could be the case. Democrats are now weighing their options for a way to end the shutdown — something they plan to make one of their first orders of business after they take control of...
  • Latino Support of Trump Remains Strong (evangelicals and veterans)

    12/27/2018 9:55:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KDWN-FM ^ | December 27, 2018
    <p>Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party.</p> <p>The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he's been heartened by the president's steps to protect religious groups and appoint judges who oppose abortion rights. More important, Gonzalez sees Trump's presidency as part of a divine plan.</p>
  • Trump: Democratic oversight of my administration could amount to 'presidential harassment'

    12/27/2018 5:27:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 25, 2018 | Kevin Liptak
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Democratic attempts at oversight in the coming Congress could amount to "presidential harassment." Speaking from the Oval Office, Trump again denied any collusion between his team and Russia when he was questioned about the investigative powers Democrats will assume come January. "It's probably presidential harassment and we know how to handle that. I know how to handle that better than anybody," Trump said. "There's been no collusion, after two years," he added. Trump has used the term "presidential harassment" multiple times in the past to refer to the investigation into Russian interference in the...
  • Trump: The Best President I Didn’t Vote For

    12/26/2018 11:38:37 AM PST · by entropy12 · 44 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 26, 2018, 12:01 am | David Catron
    He has presided over two years of remarkable success. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I was afraid his obviously improvised campaign, imprecise explanations concerning how he planned to achieve his policy goals, and unsettling antics presaged a disastrous one-term presidency if he somehow managed to win. Unlike Bill Kristol and his ilk, however, I never considered voting for the execrable Hillary Clinton. So, knowing that Trump would win my deep red state anyway, I voted for what’s-his-name from New Mexico. Predictably, I was surprised when Trump won. But that was nothing compared to the astonishment I experienced when it...