Stop using GOP talking points re: healthcare – you already “pay for it”

Call private health insurance costs “taxes in everything but name.” Analysis: Americans already pay a "gigantic" hidden health-care tax, economists say. The question of who will foot the bill for Medicare-for-all is almost beside the point. https://t.co/12fott4Bqf — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 16, 2019 To some economists, the question is moot: Americans already pay a massive…

musings on various topics

at the close of the 2nd of a 3 day break from teaching. It is hard not to be angry and even worse at what is happening right now in Northern Syria. As I told my students, the current occupant of the Oval Office broke no laws in the decisions he made — that is,…

Marco Rubio attacks Elizabeth Warren over her brilliant defense of gay marriage

First, Elizabeth Warren’s brilliant response to a recent question about “traditional” (i.e., noninclusive and oppressive) values: x Elizabeth Warren's pro-equal marriage putdown is the best thing you'll see today pic.twitter.com/rfCQ7RzpkN— The Independent (@Independent) October 11, 2019 QUESTIONER: “Let’s say you’re on the campaign trail …” WARREN: “I have been … [laughter]” QUESTIONER: “… and a supporter…

The Test Of Joe Biden's Toughness and Electibility Is Now.

Whether Joe Biden supporters like it or not, now is the testing of Joe Biden’s thesis that he is the best Democrat to defeat Trump.   Yes, I am not a Biden supporter.  Check that off.   But Trump had decided to crash the Democratic primary process, and his main target is Joe Biden.  Instead of waiting…

Tiger Beat Outlines Joe Biden's Super Tuesday Fortress Strategy.

According to Tiger Beat, the Biden campaign is building a Super Tuesday fortress strategy.  There are far more delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday than in the first four contests (1300 delegates Vs. 155).  A number of the states on Super Tuesday have high concentrations of black and more moderate voters, so Biden is…

Elizabeth Warren Vs. Mark Zuckerberg: Break Up Of High Tech Giants.

Once again, you can judge someone by their enemies.  Seems Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a fan of Elizabeth Warren.  Zuckerberg’s thoughts on Warren’s goal to break up high tech giants like Facebook: “You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies … I mean,…

Good grief, New York Times—Trump is not a 'populist' like Warren

Signaling that it's going to work hard to elevate Donald Trump during the upcoming presidential campaign, The New York Times recently suggested that Trump and Elizabeth Warren are politically similar because both offer up a version of “populism.” They just do it from different perspectives, the article posited. Specifically, the Times dissected speeches that each…

Warren selfies now available at your local airport

Well, if you’re lucky enough to share a gate with her, anyway. I can’t imagine this can go on forever — what with Secret Service protection being what it is — but boy is it charming for the moment. It’s also an effective strategy for showing she’s not only a tireless advocate for the common people, but approachable…

Trump can't stop obsessing over Elizabeth Warren's crowd sizes

Master projectionist Donald Trump isn’t buying estimates of Elizabeth Warren’s crowd sizes. According to the Warren campaign, she drew a massive 20,000 supporters to a rally in New York on Monday, but Trump believes that number is more inflated than the turgid muskmelon atop his shoulders. Politico: “Certainly, if I went to Manhattan, if I…

NBC/WSJ Poll: Biden in Lead, But Warren Support Continues to Grow.

NBC/WSJ latest polls shows that Biden is still in the lead (31%,+5 points since July), but Warren support continues to grow (25, +6 points since July). There is the usual breakdown of who is supporting who.  I think you can guess that Biden is getting most of the moderate and black voters, while Warren gets…

Another biz news freakout over Elizabeth Warren's candidacy

On Tuesday, CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted that he’s been hearing a lot of doom and gloom from Wall Street executives over the possibility that Elizabeth Warren could — gasp! — actually win the presidency: “Look, I’ve got to tell you, when you get off the desk and you talk to executives, they’re more fearful of her…

Biden Signals How He Will Take On Warren And Sanders In Tomorrow's Debate.

Not that Warren and Sanders had not already figured this out, but CNN reports that Biden will obliquely criticize Warren — and IMO Sanders — with the line “We need more than plans” from the eventual Democratic nominee.  According to Biden, you need someone who knows how to get things done and has a proven track record…

From 538: Debates Raised Warren's Favorability Rating.

There is an article up at 538 that shows Warren improved her net favoribility rating among Democrats after the two debates. Warren is popular, de Blasio is underwater 2020 Democratic candidates ranked by their net favorability ratings among Democratic respondents, according to an average of national polls conducted Aug. 1 through Aug. 25 CANDIDATE SHARE…

Elizabeth Warren is drawing big crowds, and Trump is freaking out about it

Behold! The frailest, most insecure little snowflake you’ll ever lay eyes on: x They do stories so big on Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all. Fake News! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019…

New Iowa Poll Has Elizabeth Warren Leading The Field With 28%, Biden & Sanders Both Get 17% Each

Breaking: SHAZAM! Iowa:Warren 28%Biden 17%Sanders 17%Buttigieg 13%Harris 8%Booker 3%O'Rourke 3% Change Research poll, caveats apply, please read all fine print, all wagers finalhttps://t.co/zAXhmsvbf3 — David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) August 15, 2019 Here’s some more info: Elizabeth Warren’s early investment in Iowa is paying off. A new Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows the senator opening…

Warren essentially tied with Biden in new Economist-YouGov poll

It’s not just the Daily Kos straw poll that shows Elizabeth Warren surging. At least one poll has her in a statistical dead heat with our ostensible frontrunner, Joe Biden. The Hill: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by just 1 point in a new Economist–YouGov weekly tracking poll. Biden sits at 21 percent support in…

Democrats… be Democrats!

This will not be the first or last time you read or hear the next few lines today, “You know—I don’t understand why anybody does (sic) to all the trouble of running for President of the United States, just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn’t fight for,” said Senator, Elizabeth Warren….

“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…

Dem insider: 'The inevitability of Joe Biden is over'

I’ve been loath to criticize Joe Biden for a couple of reasons: I like him, more or less. He has a certain avuncular charm, and he’s definitely not an evil guy. Maybe he's a little out of touch and backward-looking, but he’d be a marked improvement over Orange Palpatine. He could very well be our nominee,…

Kamala, Joe, and Kumbaya

A 45-second answer to complicated issues is never enough to make a rational choice, and that was the amount of time afforded each candidate during last night’s debate in Miami. California Senator Kamala Harris took the opportunity to do something with her time that the other candidates missed, she took control. She corralled the boys…