CNN Debate: You're a Frontrunner When Everyone Takes a Swing at You.

Actions speak volumes over words, and the punches thrown by the Democratic presidential candidates at Elizabeth Warren tonight scream, “She’s the frontrunner!”  I don’t give a shit how often they say, “Polls don’t matter!  I meet all kinds of people out on the campaign trail…blah, blah, blah.”  The rest of the crowd on that stage tonight…

Some Predictions About Tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate.

Safe Bets For Tonight: It’s hosted by CNN and NYT, so the questions to the candidates are going to suck. The moderators want this to become a professional wrestling match, so look for lots of questions crafted to spark fights among the candidates. I predict Erin Burnett will ask Warren and Sanders about how they…

Kamala Harris Calls For Abolishing The Filibuster To Pass The Green New Deal

A little while ago, I wrote about how the former U.S. Senate Majority & Minority Leader, Harry Reid (D. NV), gave the 2020 Democratic candidates a new litmus test when it gets to getting shit done once elected: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said this week that should Democrats take control of the upper chamber during the…

IA-04: Beto O'Rourke (D. TX) Helps JD Scholten (D) Defeat Trump's Favorite White Nationalist

Received this e-mail from former Congressman, U.S. Senate candidate and Presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), in support of JD Scholten’s (D. IA-04) congressional campaign: JD Scholten (D. IA-04) Steve King is Congress’ most out-in-the-open bigot. He’s well known for embracing the term “white supremacist.” This week, he told a packed club in Iowa that without “rape and…

“Where have you gone, Joe Centrist? America Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You!”

Since the first set of Democratic Presidential Debates, it’s been a rocky road for centrists.  The heavy weight champ of centrism, Joe Biden, took some hits.  And while some Biden supporters have been saying, “Well, it was just one poll!,” subsequent polls have shown that Biden has lost some steam.  And the other centrists in the…

You can't win the primary, Beto. But you CAN win the Senate. We need you

When Beto O’Rourke announced he would run for president, I was genuinely excited. He was my top choice. Yet Beto made a fatal mistake: He decided to engage in what he referred to as an “anti-media” strategy. In other words, he refused to go on national TV.  While his rivals held televised town halls that reached…

A few reflections on the state of the Democratic primary contest

in which I am making no commitment to any candidate, but am laying down several markers, at least as I consider my support. And I will preface this by noting my spouse is quite impressed by Buttigieg and has contributed to him (2x) and to Inslee (b/c of Jay’s commitment to the environment). First, unless…

The Beto Factor

Well, it’s official, he;s in. You gotta give the boy credit, we haven’t seen a tease like this since Salome refused to drop that 1,000th veil. And of course, being Beto, he’s carrying with him the immediate media coterie of both salvation preachers as well as pooh-pooh naysayers. Does Beto O’Rourke want to be the…

Beto is planning an 'extended' trip to Iowa

People don’t just go to Iowa to watch Scott Walker flail around in the corn. They go because they want to run for president. And it’s starting to look more and more like Beto O’Rourke is one of those people. Politico: Beto O’Rourke isn’t just headed to Iowa for a one-off campaign appearance with a…

'OPERATION DIVIDE THE LEFT': Recent assault on Democratic candidates traced to 200 suspect accounts

A team of analysts at Politico found a small group of 200 accounts—specifically these guys—drove a “disproportionate” amount of racist and negative disinformation, over a 30-day period, targeting four Democratic presidential candidates for 2020: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. In fact, between 2-15% of all Twitter mentions concerning these…

A comparison from history, just because

Candidate A served 8 years in his state legislature Candidate B served 6 years on his city council. Candidate A  served one term in the US House of Representatives, choosing not to run again. Candidate B served three terms in the US House of Representatives, then ran directly for higher office. Candidate A ran for…

Nate Silver tweets results of Daily Kos presidential straw poll

Election maven Nate Silver has taken note of our humble l’il community’s presidential preferences, which means we’re on the vanguard of … something. A Kamala Harris surge, maybe? x Pretty big drop for Beto in addition to a big gain for Harris in this Daily Kos straw poll, which is a pretty interesting cross-section of high-information…

Poll: Every potential Democratic candidate would defeat Trump

It’s very, very, very early, but so far it’s hard to find a Democrat running for president (or considering a run) who wouldn’t defeat Donald Trump were the election held today. That’s according to Public Policy Polling’s latest survey, which reveals that Trump gets just 41 or 42 percent support no matter which Democrat he’s pitted against: PPP's…

The “Beto Factor”

Sometimes it’s almost hard to wrap your head around. It was only 29 days ago that we all hit the bricks for the polling places in the midterms, and yet, here we all are, officially on “candidate watch” for 2020. And here, people bitched years ago about the great “sports overlap.” They had nothing on…

Tell Me Some Good News Folks or at Least Lie to Me.

I’m a Democrat, so I am prone to panic.  Yeah, redundant.  But I have been depressed lately because of multiple things going on in my personal life (health issue of a loved one for starters).  Therefore, here I am asking for some good news or lies from my Daily Kossacks about the state of the…

TX-Sen: DFA Wants To Make Lindsey Graham's (R. SC) Worst Nightmare Come True

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America in support of Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: I keep thinking about the hearings today. All of it. Dr. Ford’s bravery, courage and pain. Kavanaugh's outrage, centering himself as the “victim.” Senator Grassley’s gavel. Lindsey Graham’s unhinged tantrum. Ted Cruz’s sliminess. At one point, Graham…

TX-Sen: Watch Anti-Kavanaugh Activists Heckle Ted Cruz (R) Out Of A Restaurant

Can’t think of anyone else who deserves this more: x BREAKING. Activists just chased @TedCruz out of a fancy Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Believe Survivors!” Cruz has been friends with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee hearing his testimony. Fascists not welcome! #CancelKavanugh pic.twitter.com/7mx6Tc32za — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC)…