Mainstream Democrats constantly argue that their party must move toward the center, the right, in order to win elections. Republicans never argue anything similar, yet win elections. Go figure.
The big news this week is that the corporate media has finally discovered something the rest of us have known all along.
It’s increasingly clear, 39 days before the Iowa caucuses, that Bernie Sanders has distinct political strengths that could help him win the 2020 Democratic nomination. @melbournecoal looks at why Bernie may prevail. https://t.co/mAepUwPvaR— Patrick Healy (@patrickhealynyt) December 26, 2019
Sanders chances have largely been static, but 'Dem insiders' don't understand the left, or how Warren and Sanders had different bases even as she rose. https://t.co/8PDn706KJ8— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) December 26, 2019
Now begins the time when we will see the unhinged ad hominem smears and attacks on Sanders come into full fruition. The comparisons of the UK's election, and Jeremy Corbyn's losing to Boris Johnson, was the early skirmishing.
How the campaign to smear Bernie Sanders as anti-Semitic helps real bigots https://t.co/hKFXJksbzJ— Generic Old White Guy (@PDiddie) December 23, 2019
"Hey, it worked over there; let's try those lies over here. Oh wait, Bernie is Jewish? Well, that'll be a bit of a heavier lift."
More to blog on this later. Moving on for now.
As #Bernie2020 runs on unions and living wages for all, #Bloomberg2020 kicks off campaign using incarcerated women as slaves to call voters for 66 cents a day.— rafael (@rafaelshimunov) December 24, 2019
For Democrats who believe money is the most important political variable, who don't know or don't care that the private prison industry is just indentured servitude, where the prisoners are paid slave wages ... Bloomer is your guy. Congratulations. Business as usual.
This view has been surging among young Democratic voters since @SenSanders 2016 campaign. Sometimes losing campaigns have legacies. The Sanders 2016 campaign created more policy legacies than any losing campaign I’ve seen. https://t.co/ARq64V6FH4— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) December 23, 2019
Like Trump, Mike Bloomberg can't be bought. But for those Democrats looking for an after-Christmas bargain, you can still get Pete Buttigieg for a big discount.
“If you want to get on the campaign's radar now before he is flooded with donations after winning Iowa and New Hampshire, you can use the link below for donations” - Buttigieg bundler to potential donors. Pretty brazen stuff.— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) December 22, 2019
From @jonathanvswan: https://t.co/BPW4JDKkgy
2010 Clip: #PeteButtigieg pledged not to take money from Wall Street banks while running for state treasurer.— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) December 22, 2019
“It creates a conflict of interest. It creates an appearance...like pay to play.” -#MayorPete pic.twitter.com/P4DazTcJzh
“Buttigieg started off this race saying he was all in for Medicare for All. And then he flip flopped...it does raise the question about whether big money is over influencing his decisions.” -@JulianCastropic.twitter.com/z3GSzuPtGv— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) December 23, 2019
You have to be pretty oblivious to his craven hypocrisy to still be supporting this little fellow after his overexposure the past couple of weeks.
Which may be why Andrew Yang has been easing up to fourth lately. Where does he grow from here is his big question. If Warren and Biden keep slipping, I suppose we will find out.
This has been the underlying contradiction of @ewarren’s corruption warrior campaign—she did the same exact private, wealthy donor fundraisers she now denounces 5 minutes before running. It casts doubts on her core convictions on big money in politics https://t.co/es4qOoKwlO— Jordan (@JordanChariton) December 21, 2019
Old Joe seems to be acknowledging that he has a family problem.
MAGA and Conservatives Troll Biden Family Christmas Photo on Twitter: 'Where's Hunter?' https://t.co/sKnHGWsAgO— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 25, 2019
What an upstanding son you raised @JoeBiden ..At a strip club in DC, workers suspected Hunter, who has a history of alcoholism and addiction, of smoking crack in a VIP room in late 2018. https://t.co/nYqAyUv3YV— By-Tor🌹 (@BrianArizona) December 23, 2019
If Biden is nominated, 2020 will be rerun of 2016. It will be nothing but scandals and epithets and vitriol and venomous spew between the two factions. And Trump will win.
But at least some Democrats want to focus on the primary issue.
A court ruling last week putting the Affordable Care Act further in jeopardy may provide the opening Democrats have been waiting for to regain the upper hand on health care against Republicans in 2020.
At the most recent Democratic presidential debate, candidates largely avoided discussing the lawsuit or Republicans’ years-long efforts to dismantle Obamacare, and instead continued their intra-party battle over Medicare for All.
But Senate Democrats, Democratic candidates and outside groups backing them immediately jumped on the news of the federal appeals court ruling -- blasting out ads and statements reminding voters of Republicans’ votes to repeal the 2010 health care law, support the lawsuit and confirm the judges who may bring about Obamacare’s demise.
“I think it’s an opportunity to reset with the new year to remind people that there’s a very real threat to tens of millions of Americans," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said in an interview. "We Democrats are always striving to improve the system, but, at a minimum, the American people expect us to protect what they already have."
It's more than possible -- likely, IMO -- that the Democrats cannot do anything to prevent Obamacare from being dismantled by the SCOTUS. Which is why every single Democrat running for Congress needs to be asked: "What will you fight for if Obamacare is struck down?"
Ask this question now, before you vote in the March primary. Again, I believe the only acceptable answer is Medicare For All. Anything less means that sick Americans will die because of the cost considerations of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, medical collection agencies, and all of the rest of our glorious healthcare capitalists who value profits over people. The politicians who are fine with that are the problem.
Closing this Update with more embedded Tweets and a Libertarian news item at the end.
The guy who played Robin Hood just endorsed the Sheriff Of Nottinghamhttps://t.co/84WMOApgCh— Ron Placone (@RonPlacone) December 21, 2019
After promising behind closed doors to “intervene” if Bernie starts winning early states, Obama is now touting Warren to big donors. https://t.co/Cs4Dfp5CF9— 29 U.S.C. § 157 (@OrganizingPower) December 23, 2019
“We should be dangerous to injustice... We should be dangerous to a system that treats us less than we deserve." –@AOC pic.twitter.com/7wCwqrkqUo— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 22, 2019
Here's the full image of my new cartoon on #M4A, for those who prefer not to follow an offsite link. pic.twitter.com/Ixoz6VwNei— Terrence Nowicki, Jr. (@TerrenceNowicki) December 20, 2019
And IPR passes along the holiday message from Vermin Supreme, who's running for the Libertarian nomination for president: "I dream of a world of holidays without cages" (it appears to be the same message he posted in 2018).