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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 87,242
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 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:
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
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 21, 2016, 08:34 PM (35 replies)
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.
That pathetic article was written by the editor of the Slatest blog. That's sad.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 21, 2016, 06:58 PM (12 replies)
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.
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?
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 19, 2016, 07:28 PM (113 replies)
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:27 AM (35 replies)
Meet Tim Canova from Florida.
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.
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jan 17, 2016, 04:26 PM (5 replies)
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!"
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.
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 16, 2016, 09:12 PM (108 replies)
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.
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.
The Democrats statewise or nationally under DWS are making a serious mistake in demanding we all toe a handpicked line.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 12, 2016, 01:02 AM (37 replies)
From the You Tube link:
Uploaded on Dec 1, 2011
Here is his Twitter feed.
I was so happy to see someone credible running against her that I donated as soon as I heard about it.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jan 8, 2016, 01:14 PM (16 replies)
Bernie Sanders: I Oppose Charter Schools
At a meeting in New Hampshire Bernie said the following:
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)
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 5, 2016, 06:39 PM (71 replies)