All you could ever want right over there. --->>>
Here, it's The Billionaires Strike Back Week. First things first, though.
With less than 3 months to go until the first votes are cast in the 2020 Democratic primary, the lineup for next week's debate is set, and 10 candidates have made the cut. https://t.co/nBQK58CbP4— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 14, 2019
Candidates who met the polling and fundraising requirements set by the Democratic National Committee are former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; billionaire businessman and activist Tom Steyer; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Regrettably, IMO, no Julián Castro.
Last week the Democratic former San Antonio mayor’s team slashed staff in two early states. Last month he threatened to end his White House bid if he didn’t raise $800,000 in the final 10 days of October -- a goal he narrowly hit.
His campaign insists he’s not exiting the race now, but staying afloat with months to go before February’s Iowa caucus will be a tall task. The debates, in a sense, have been one of the few places for Castro to make his mark on the national stage in an attempt to boost his campaign’s poll numbers and fundraising.
Now with that no longer an option, his campaign is suggesting that it no longer sees having a national platform as a must. Instead, it’s staking its hopes on a strong finish in Iowa, Nevada, and his home state of Texas.
His voice -- and notably his debate points scored against rivals -- will be sorely missed.
While Castro has targeted Nevada and Texas in large part because he hopes he can appeal to their diverse populations, Iowa’s Democratic electorate is overwhelmingly white. And if Castro were to finish in a strong position in Iowa, he’d need to quickly pivot to New Hampshire, the second primary state, which is also disproportionately white and where he recently shuttered his campaign.
Perhaps in a nod to the challenges he has faced as a candidate of color in the first two primary states, Castro said over the weekend that the order of the primaries should change.
In Cedar Rapids, @JulianCastro tells @CBSNews "we can't say to black women oh thank you, thank you, you are the ones empowering our victories," and "then turn around and start our nominating contests in the two states that have barely any black people in them." pic.twitter.com/HH1qDiXyP3— Musadiq Bidar (@Bidar411) November 11, 2019
This was in stark contrast to his good friend Liz Warren's "I'm just a player in the game" retort to Amy Goodman, at the Environmental Justice forum last week. Plenty of people were quick to play the race card; Castro, in pointing out the hypocrisy of the Democrats' primary schedule, just exposed the party's unawakened bias. That's too much to unpack there for this blog post, however, so I'll leave it to further rumination on your part, reader, and that of others.
W/r/t to Castro: if Michael Bloomberg or Deval Patrick or, for that matter, any of Bennet or Bullock or Delaney or Messam or Sestak or Williamson actually believe they have a path to -- or even a perceivable mathematical chance at reaching -- the White House, then round those percentages up to the nearest whole number, add them together, give them all to Julián, and he'd have a rightful, righteous shot at being the first Latino president. Ifs and buts, candy and nuts, Merry Xmas.
I still say he's Warren's veep if she wins the nom. Biden or Sanders will tap a woman of color.
-- Nowhere is the pale alabaster blandness of the Hawkeye State more evident than in the 'surge' of BootEdgeEdge. "The strong vanilla flavor of his political porridge". I just threw up, and not a little, and not just in my mouth.
-- Since we're taking our Zofran, let's check in with Hillary Clinton at the funny farm.
“I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about (running for president in 2020)”.
"Doctor, I recommend increasing her dosage of tiapride."
-- Jokes aside, let's get Hillary in the hot tub with Bloomberg and Patrick. It's not as if they're taking any votes away from Bernie, after all.
Now with all of these new shitlibs crowding in to replace the ones that are dropping out, there are some Berners fretting about super delegates and second ballots at the convention and Bernie getting robbed again. I can all but guarantee if that happens, then what is happening in Hong Kong right now -- and for that matter Bolivia, and France, and Chile, and a few other places -- will look like a Gay Pride parade compared to the streets of Milwaukee next summer.
-- I really do like North Korea's way with words. A 'rabid dog' that needs to be 'beaten to death with a stick'. I wouldn't go that far -- I like dogs -- but Biden is surely a 'doddering old mummy with a skull full of dumpster juice'.
.@AndrewYang is holding a rally Dec. 6 in Dallas, his campaign confirms. Local supporters have been advertising it in recent days: https://t.co/N7uxxwSNsd— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) November 13, 2019
--Once again wrapping a snarky Update with good news from the best candidate.
Bernie's immigration plan: Abolish ICE, make DACA recipients legal
Bernie's Green New public housing plan:
Dubbed the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, the proposal aims to transform the entire stock of public housing in the US, 1.2 million units, into energy-efficient homes powered by onsite renewable energy. Authors say the bill would create about 240,000 jobs per year and reduce greenhouse emissions equivalent to taking 1.2 million cars off the road.
Corporate media can black him out all they like. His message is getting through anyway, and it is resonating with people.