Open thread March 3, 2020 Dan Crawford | March 3, 2020 6:49 am Tags: open thread Comments (9) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Ryan Grim, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept observes that probably the more educated voters who supported the recent two dropout candidates, were originally drawn to them because they realized that Biden was absolutely not up to the task of beating Trump in the General Election.
And when Buttigieg and Klobuchar now tell them how wonderful Creepy Joe is, they are not so likely to be convinced.
Looks like mild aphasia in action:
Maybe not. Saying “God” is possibly too divisive and plenty of scholars think “the thing” is faithful to the ancient texts anyway.
Biden is on top and will probably be the Democratic Party nominee. Looks like a done deal. He even won Massachusetts.
Bernie underperformed relative to his performance in 2016 in most states. He probably moved too far left for most voters to support him, but still Biden win is a big, big surprise.
538 (fivethirtyeight)/Nate Silver – lost again. He had Sanders leading in 9 of the 14 states. Oops.
As Biden voted for the Iran war, now the only hope for progressives is Coronarovirus 😉
The coronavirus will have absolutely no effect on the election. Pay attention to These people……
“The Alabama primary was called for Joe Biden early, part of a general sweep through the southern states that was central to the 72 hours in which he became the unquestioned frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden brought out enough voters to outpoll Bernie Sanders by 63 percent to 17. Meanwhile, ominously, the president* piled up 708,000-odd votes in a primary in which he had no particular opposition at all. Both results may directly impact the long-shot re-election campaign of the state’s Democratic senator, Doug Jones, because the Republican Party seems prepared once again to light its own head on fire.
To oppose Jones, former Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is trying to win back the Senate seat he gave up to become a White House punching bag. Unfortunately for this grand design, Alabama Republican primary voters decided to exercise their independent streak again. From AL.com:
With 85% of precincts counted, Tuberville held onto a slim 33.6%-31.4% lead over Sessions. Neither man was anywhere near the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. That’s because three-term U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne of Fairhope was in third place with 24.5%. Former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, the Republican nominee during the 2017 special Senate election, placed a distant fourth.
In short, Sessions will now have to go through a run-off with Tommy Tuberville, whose only qualification for political office in Alabama is the nine years he spent coaching football at Auburn. (He beat Alabama six years in a row, which makes his showing Tuesday night all the more remarkable.) There followed two more coaching stops and, most recently, a transformation into a more-MAGA-than-thou politician.
As a candidate, Tuberville enlivened the debate by crusading against those communities in Alabama plagued by sharia law, and that’s not a typo, either. From the Washington Post:
Trump hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the primary, and he isn’t expected to; in the 2017 primary, he endorsed Luther Strange, who lost to Roy Moore. Still, this month, when Tuberville started his tour, he made sure to get Trump’s name on the bus. Then, during one of his first stops, he said that communities that practice sharia law make it so “you can’t drive through a neighborhood.”
“Why?” he went on. “Because terrorism has taken over.”
So the Republican runoff will be conducted between one guy that the president* considers an ur-turncoat and another guy who thinks the president* is a gift sent straight from god, and that isn’t a typo, either.
‘“God sent us Donald Trump,” Tuberville says in a television ad that began airing this month, “because God knew we were in trouble… “They told me we got more Middle Easterners coming across the border than we do Mexicans,” Tuberville told a gathering of Alabama Republicans in June. “This was before the caravans started coming. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said they’re coming all over the Middle East. They’re coming across the border, and they ain’t leaving. They’re coming for a reason. Folks, they’re taking over, and if we don’t open our eyes, it is going to be over with.” ‘
The idea of Biden becoming the next President is as big a joke as the idea of Trump ‘s second term. The guy voted for Iraq war.
All the Democratic candidates proved to be exceedingly weak, the second rate politicians. Probably with the exception of Tulsi.
And none of them can win unless the “anybody but Trump” vote is large enough.
Trump in 2020 put himself in the position similar to Hillary in 2016, the position of hated militarist, staunch neoliberal, and the obedient Empire servant. And he knows that (that’s why his efforts to get a peace with Taliban.)
The strength of the “Anybody but Trump” vote is the only hope for Dems now.
“Probably with the exception of Tulsi.”
Yeah. She was a weak, third-rate GOP candidate.
After she leaves the House she will spend a year or two at Fox News and her next election she will run as a Republican.
well, it’s a little too simple to say “Bernie moved too far left, given that we have no reason to have faith in the voting system, or in the voters.. their ability to resist propaganda.
that said, i don’t think Bernie is too far left exactly as that he is unnecessarily scaring the people with money by proposing very high cost fixes to everything. i know that sounds too far left, but you should be able to get the leftish bits without the scary proposals. sorry, no details from me. in any case it is more likely that it is Bernie’s too-far-left that gets him the votes he does get.
as for the “ancient document” i’m not so sure that “endowed by their creator..” is too scary for a politician to say. or if it is, we are in even more trouble than i thought.
as for “men and women”… yes, we are in more trouble than i thought.
“men” and “he” have been gender-inclusive for millennia. if so much of the electorate is going to go crazy if a politician does not say “men and women” or “he or her” we can forget making progress on anything actually progressive.
[no, millennia is not the name of Trumps wife.]