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Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.

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David Brock's newest media outlet goes after Bernie fiercely today.

David recently bought Blue Nation Review

The leading article today says that only Hillary can defeat Donald Trump. That of course goes against the many polls that have shown otherwise.

President Trump – Get Used to It Unless Hillary Stops Him

f Bernie were to become the Democratic nominee, he’d face an assault on his character the likes of which would make the attacks on Hillary look like child’s play. As I wrote yesterday:

Bernie will be turned into an aging cartoon Commie, a flip-flopping America-hater, a 60s holdover writing bizarre essays about free sex and child rape fantasies, a non-Democrat Democrat whose embrace of the NRA undermines his claims to purity, a politician who voted against the Amber Alert system, a draft dodger, and a man who thinks women’s rights are a distraction. There’s an entire library of fresh, juicy opposition research on Bernie Sanders tucked away in RNC headquarters, awaiting the mother of all oppo drops.

My friend and business partner Eric Burns made a fascinating observation today: Trump is the master at taking down other men, but clueless when it comes to competing with a woman. He made a mess of his exchange with Fox’s Megyn Kelly and put his foot in his mouth with Carly Fiorina. He’s been flailing with Hillary, claiming she lacks “strength and stamina” – perhaps one of the least believable political attacks of the entire cycle.

Trump eviscerates male opponents with a few tweets. He’ll have a field day with Bernie Sanders, and so will the GOP attack apparatus.

Have you noticed? David is already attacking Bernie so the GOP won't have to bother in case he wins the primary.

Isn't that amazing?

Here is more of David Brock's media which can and most likely will be used to attack Bernie Sanders.

Discover the Networks

Left-wing activist who was formerly a conservative journalist
President and CEO of Media Matters For America
Complains about the “undue influence” of the “right-wing media”
Founder of American Bridge 21st Century

See also: Media Matters For America

American Bridge 21st Century

Progressive States Network

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

After I read Brock's Blinded by the Right years ago, I had a kind of respect for him in spite of his ugly attacks on our side. His attack dog role against a good man right now is causing me to lose that respect.

Enough of the racism attacks toward Bernie OR Hillary. From Slate, featuring David Brock.

Now Slate is using the racist meme against Bernie Sanders. That is such a contrived argument, and it is not helping Hillary Clinton when it is used by her spokespeople.

That is a part of the primary that has made me the angriest. Neither of our candidates is now or ever has been racist at all.

Top Clinton Ally: "Black Lives Don't Matter to Bernie Sanders"

In 2008, when most black Democratic primary voters supported Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton argued that he couldn't win the general election because white voters didn't like him; she infamously said that Obama's appeal "among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans" was limited. Her campaign representatives and surrogates, meanwhile, suggested that there was something a little shady, un-American, and possibly even Muslim about Obama. Her campaign's belief seemed to be that white people would—and perhaps should!—be suspicious of a candidate who was too popular with black people.

This year, as Slate's Jamelle Bouie wrote yesterday, Clinton is facing a primary opponent who's popular with white voters but not black voters. A widespread protest movement, meanwhile, has helped put issues of racial justice at the top of many Democratic and liberal Americans' minds. It is under these circumstances that a longtime Clinton ally, the notoriously aggressive Democratic operative and pro-Hillary Super PAC founder David Brock, just declared disparagingly to the AP that Bernie Sanders' new TV ad is evidence that "black lives don't matter much to Bernie Sanders."

To be fair, there are a lot of white people in the ad ... literally thousands of them. White people everywhere, as far as the eye can see. Does that mean Bernie Sanders—who has made extensive though generally ineffective efforts to make inroads with black voters—doesn't care whether black people live or die? Eh, probably not.

Either way, though, it is heartening to see that Hillary and her supporters have made such personal progress in their understanding of the importance of black lives and black votes.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.

That pathetic article was written by the editor of the Slatest blog. That's sad.

Ed Rendell, Harold Ford suggest party might call on Biden to run if Bernie wins 1st 3 primaries.

Ed Rendell publicly suggests it's good Biden dropped out as he might be needed after March 1.

He suggests that it's a very good thing that the vice president will be available after the smoke clears on March 1 (which I gather is Super Tuesday).

I would like for someone with much knowledge of party primaries and general elections to please explain to me how the Democratic Party could just decide to run someone else against Bernie if he wins the 1st 3 primaries. I want a really good explanation because to me that would be simply outrageous.

AND if it turns out this is legally acceptable, is it morally acceptable? Is this really what party leaders want to do?

I can't find Rendell's words in text anywhere so I transcribed them from the video at MSNBC during an interview by Andrea Mitchell. This portion starts about 6 minutes in.

Debate tone contentious over issues, not personalities

Sunday night’s debate exemplified how tight the presidential race has become on the Democratic side, due mostly to a surge in support for Bernie Sanders. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt discuss the debate’s biggest talking points. Duration: 7:37

Here is my take on the gist of their conversation.

Andrea Mitchell suggests if Hillary loses SC after losing NH and IA that the Democratic Party would start looking elsewhere. She suggests the only place to look would be the Vice President.

Ed Rendell replied like this: The VP by withdrawing by deciding not to run, held himself open to that contingency.

He goes to say that if Hillary Clinton has legal problems, he (Biden) is available.

He says if Hillary's legal problems continue, if Bernie wins SC on top of IA and NH it would mean a real race.

He further says they would have to see March 1 after the smoke clears. He says it's not likely to happen but it could be the eventuality and is certainly out there. By that I assume he means Biden would step in.

Harold Ford also spoke out on MSNBC about what might happen.

Instead of celebrating the rise of a new star, establishment Democrats are freaking out about the possibility of Bernie Sanders winning both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Case in point: former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford, Jr., who on MSNBC agreed with Joe Scarborough that establishment Dems could recruit John Kerry or Joe Biden to run if Bernie sweeps both early primary states.

SO...where are they going with this? Whose idea is it that Joe Biden is now free to step in if Bernie takes the 1st 3 states?

Do party leaders really think this is the way for the party to survive and thrive?

Or does it mean they've already gone down that road too far to change?

7000 for Bernie in Birmingham tonight.

Press Release:

Sanders Marks King Holiday on Civil Rights Tour in South, Addresses 7,000 at Birmingham Rally

“The vision he had for the future in many ways remains unfulfilled,” Sanders said. “If we are serious about remembering his legacy, we will continue the fight for racial justice, economic justice and for a nation in which all people live with dignity. We still have a long way to go.” Sanders also stopped at the Civil Rights Institute, a museum where he touched the bars of the Birmingham jail cell where King was held.

Sanders later addressed a packed nighttime rally at Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium. There were 5,700 supporters jammed inside. Another 1,400 braved unusual sub-freezing weather to watch on a jumbo TV in an overflow area outside. “There must be a mistake. Somebody told me Alabama is a conservative state,” Sanders said to loud cheers.

In his remarks at the rally, Sanders also invoked the memory of King. “To truly honor Dr. King we must fight to carry out his radical and bold vision for America. He saw the relationship between racism and economics and war. That was his courage.”

DWS opponent in FL 23, Tim Canova, just got a nice write-up in The Hill.

Meet Tim Canova from Florida.

Tim Canova

Too often elected officials represent special interests — not the people. Let's take back our country and restore democracy.
Florida, USA

From The Hill today:

In primary challenge, Wasserman Schultz faces unprecedented test

And now she's facing a primary challenge from a liberal Wall Street reformer who says she's a corporate shill detached from her district.

...Timothy Canova, a professor at the Shepard Broad College of Law in Florida's Nova Southeastern University, says Wasserman Schultz's positions on trade, criminal justice, consumer protection and drug policy reform — among others — are evidence that she's sold out to corporate interests at the expense of her constituents.

Canova calls DWS a "drug warrior", and called out her opposition to the medical marijuana petition that was on the ballot in Florida in 2014. We're trying again this year, have almost enough petition signatures, and more donors than before. There must be 60% yes votes, though, and that is tough enough without the Democratic party chair openly opposing.

More from The Hill:

And he's highlighting the fact that she was one of just 28 House Democrats to support the fast-track trade bill that's greased the skids for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a huge international accord that's a top priority of Obama but remains anathema to liberals in his own party.

Canova said the TPP would be an environmental catastrophe for South Florida, which "is really facing, in the long-term, an existential problem with climate change and rising oceans."

"In a democracy, you have to hold your officials accountable," Canova said. "I was hoping somebody would step forward and challenge her. Nobody else would, and that's really the basis of the challenge."

The Clinton argument "stripped to its essence".....by a fairly neutral observer.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Calling a foul in Clinton-Sanders primary fight

Stripped to its essence, the Clinton argument is akin to Sanders coming across a person driving a broken down Vespa scooter. "Here, let me get you into a reliable car," Sanders offers. But the Clintons counter: "Look! He's trying to take away your scooter!"

It's technically accurate, but practically false. And that's an awful campaign slogan.

Not only that, Clinton knows better. She was attacked in 2008 in fliers distributed by the campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama on the issue of universal health care, prompting her infamous news conference scold, "Shame on you, Barack Obama!"

But before saying that, Clinton asked a compelling question: What purpose does it serve for Democrats — who all believe in the concept of universal health care — to criticize one another over the precise details of how that idea is achieved? Or, to quote Past Clinton, "Since when do Democrats attack one another on universal health care? I thought we were trying to realize Harry Truman's dream."

Well, apparently since polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show Sanders treading close behind — and in some cases, ahead of — Clinton.

I don't think there was any real awareness among the party leaders, including the Clintons, of the shifting of power from the party establishment to the activists.

I would not feel so strongly about this except for the fact that the Democratic Party allowed a think tank to take over and run those out who were the traditional members of the party. It was done deliberately and for financial purposes.

This article was written about a year after the Dean campaign brought the rise of the "netroots", and there was a way that the people of the party could actually make their voices heard.

From an article by Matt Bai in October 2005 edition of the New York Times

Some were recognizing back then what the next battle would be.

What Dean's candidacy brought into the open, however, was another kind of growing and powerful tension in Democratic politics that had little to do with ideology. Activists often describe this divide as being between "insiders" and "outsiders," but the best description I've heard came from Simon Rosenberg, a Democratic operative who runs the advocacy group N.D.N. (formerly New Democrat Network), which sprang from Clintonian centrism of the early 1990's. As Rosenberg explained it, the party is currently riven between its "governing class" and its "activist class." The former includes the establishment types who populate Washington -- politicians, interest groups, consultants and policy makers. The second comprises "Net roots" Democrats on the local level; that is, grass-roots Democrats, many of whom were inspired by Dean and who connect to politics primarily online, through blogs or Web-based activist groups like MoveOn.org. The argument between the camps isn't about policy so much as about tactics, and a lot of Democrats in Washington don't even seem to know it's happening.

It's about policy now for sure.

Bai points out that it was not really clear that the Clintons were understanding this.

Assuming that Clinton is serious about a 2008 campaign, it's never too early to begin redefining her image in the minds of independent and conservative voters. And the thinking among her closest advisers holds that unlike other prospective candidates with conservative leanings, like Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana or Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia, Clinton doesn't have to worry about winning over more liberal base voters; she's an icon of the left, and short of climbing into a tank and invading a country all by herself, she couldn't do much to change that. By this theory, Clinton gets to have it both ways: her consistent centrist record will convince general-election voters that she is not the archetype they thought she was, and Democratic-primary voters will forgive her more conservative positions because, in their minds, she is saying such things only to make herself "electable." It's a strategy so elegant that even Karl Rove would have to smile in appreciation.

The only peril in this formulation is that it assumes, reasonably enough, that Clinton and her advisers have a firm grasp of the fissures and alliances that are now beginning to change the party's traditional landscape. And it's not clear that they do

There have been huge economic changes in the nation and also in the minds of the people who are living in these times of such great inequality. I don't think the DNC was ready or willing for these changes, and I don't believe the Clintons really understand yet.

I am not sure what is going to happen in the next few weeks and months. But the activist voices are getting louder.

Those voices are not going away.

FL Dem leaders want FL Progressive Caucus shut down for criticizing DSCC choice.

This is a problem. Conservative Democrats just can not go around demanding liberals be shut down because they criticize other Democrats.

FL centrist Dems want progressive FL Dems out because they criticize party leaders.

Celeste Bush, chairwoman of the St. Lucie County Democratic Executive Committee, emailed party leaders across the state advocating to the "de-certification" of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, which like other Democratic clubs and caucuses must be reauthorized by party brass every few years.

Her strongly worded email came a day after the Progressive Caucus held a conference call with reporters promoting the possible Senate candidacy of outspoken liberal Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando over the announced candidacy of moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter. Bush listened in on the call and seized a chance to defend Murphy, her congressman. The seat is expected to open once Republican Sen. Marco Rubio launches a presidential bid next week.

....."This action runs counter to our Democratic Party's very existence," she wrote. "We cannot have 'so called' Democrat leaders aggressively attacking an elected Democrat or any Democrat running for office. A Democratic leader is just that -- a leader of Democrats -- not just some Democrats that fit a preconceived notion of what constitutes a Democrat."

Celeste was equally critical when Dean was Chair. She even sent emails demanding Florida Democrats not give to the DNC.

Now she is comparing the Florida Progressive Caucus to the Tea Party.

"They're looking for purity in their Democrats," Bush said, comparing progressives to conservatives in the GOP. "They have a lot of single issues, just like the tea party does, and they think everybody needs to check that box, so to speak. That's just not the way people are."

The head of the Progressive Caucus, Susan Smith, wrote a letter to Patrick Murphy about how his supporters are advocating against the progressives.

Florida Democratic Party, a Picture Of Congenital Dysfunction

Yesterday, I learned your supporters have organized an effort to eliminate the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. In all honesty, I have to tell you that I was shocked by this news and even more dismayed by the implication that you support this effort.

I am writing to you directly so that you will know that our aim is not conflict, but debate. We do want to hold your feet to the fire on core democratic principles, but we are not attacking you personally. We don’t want a war, we just want a primary.

The truth is that we have some serious concerns about your record on Social Security, Medicare and other key issues that Democrats hold dear. Given your sudden switch from Republican to Democrat just in time to run for office and your past support of Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, we believe those concerns are justified.

.....Soon after you were elected to Congress, you told CNN, “we have to look at cuts across the board. We’re going to have to look at Defense. We’re going to have to look at some structural changes to some programs like Social Security and Medicare.” And when you coauthored a letter with congressional Republicans, you pledged only to protect “current beneficiaries” of Medicare and Social Security.

You can see why we are concerned. You have plainly said that you would support cuts to Social Security.

The Democrats statewise or nationally under DWS are making a serious mistake in demanding we all toe a handpicked line.

Meet Professor Tim Canova who just announced run against DWS in Florida. Video.

From the You Tube link:

Uploaded on Dec 1, 2011

Andrés Arauz, COO of the Banco Central del Ecuador, and Timothy Canova, Professor of International Economic Law at the Chapman University and a member of Sen. Bernie Sander's Advisory Committee on Federal Reserve Reform, sit down with New Economic Perspectives to discuss lessons from the financial crisis.

The conversation spans origins of the crisis, deregulation, public jobs programs, financial crises in Latin America, derivatives, the Euro crisis, the dangers of a currency union without a fiscal union, debt forgiveness, an international common unit of account, monetary vs. fiscal stimulus, democratizing central banks, failures of quantitative easing, and campaign finance reform.

Here is his Twitter feed.

Tim Canova

Too often elected officials represent special interests — not the people. Let's take back our country and restore democracy.
Florida, USA

I was so happy to see someone credible running against her that I donated as soon as I heard about it.

Bernie: “I’m not in favor of privately run charter schools."

Bernie Sanders: I Oppose Charter Schools

At a meeting in New Hampshire Bernie said the following:

I’m not in favor of privately run charter schools. If we are going to have a strong democracy and be competitive globally, we need the best educated people in the world. I believe in public education; I went to public schools my whole life, so I think rather than give tax breaks to billionaires, I think we invest in teachers and we invest in public education. I really do.” – Bernie Sanders (Quote begins at 1:48:32)

Video of the town hall. Go to one hour and forty-eight minutes on the video to hear his quote.

Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 07:56 PM (7 replies)

This part....Wow, Bernie.

Bernie Sanders Attacks Hillary Clinton Over Regulating Wall Street

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont laid out in a fiery speech Tuesday his plan to break up “too big to fail” commercial banks and pointedly attacked Hillary Clinton for taking speaking fees from the financial industry and, in his view, for not going far enough in her plan to regulate Wall Street.

The criticism of Mrs. Clinton was some of Mr. Sanders’s strongest to date, and came after he had frequently refrained from such direct attacks.

“My opponent says that as a senator, she told bankers to ‘cut it out’ and end their destructive behavior,” Mr. Sanders said of Mrs. Clinton. “But, in my view, establishment politicians are the ones who need to ‘cut it out.’ The reality is that Congress doesn’t regulate Wall Street. Wall Street and their lobbyists regulate Congress. We must change that reality, and as president, I will.”

Mr. Sanders said that Mrs. Clinton was “wrong” to oppose his plan to reinstitute the Glass-Steagall Act, which would legally separate commercial banking, investment banking and insurances services. And the senator implicitly criticized Mrs. Clinton for being a patron of bankers when he pointed to their huge campaign donations and noted that they “provide very generous speaking fees to those who go before them.”

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