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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 31,291

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Why in God's name would Elizabeth Warren run for President?

In just two years, Senator Warren has:

- become a de facto leader of America's FDR Democrats; hell, they call us the Elizabeth Warren Democrats now!
- been appointed to a leadership position among Senate Democrats, usually reserved for members with significant seniority
- had hundreds of thousands of Americans, many organizations, and at least one major newspaper beg her to run for President
- had two major political organizations, MoveOn and DFA, actually set up infrastructure to draft her for President in Iowa in NH

And now Wall Street itself is advertising Warren's utility to working Americans by overtly threatening the Democratic Party unless they can get her to STFU!

In just two years!

Here's my questions: has any Democrat in memory gone so far, so fast? Could Warren have done any better if she'd done anything different?

At some point I expect that Warren will throw her hat into the ring for 2016. But for now... why would she?

"In my opinion, she is the prototype of a person we would want to be president of the United States. She has a very well-defined set of values and unlike many politicians, she actually sticks by those values and fights to implement them.

In short, it don't get no better."

- Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Keep on keeping on, Senator Warren!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:57 PM (59 replies)

When should good Democrats take a position on the TPP?

As some on DU know, I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and I'm looking for advice on how to be sensible and/or reasonable. I'm reading conflicting things about when I'm supposed to have an opinion about the TPP. Can y'all help me figure out it out?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 05:04 PM (17 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: Naïf, or Hater?

From what I hear, Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig the deal in the upcoming trade talks. So the question is, Why are the trade talks secret? You’ll love this answer. Boy, the things you learn on Capitol Hill,” Warren said. “I actually have had supporters of the deal say to me ‘They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed...

Think about that. Real people, people whose jobs are at stake, small-business owners who don’t want to compete with overseas companies that dump their waste in rivers and hire workers for a dollar a day—those people, people without an army of lobbyists—they would be opposed. I believe if people across this country would be opposed to a particular trade agreement, then maybe that trade agreement should not happen.

-Elizabeth Warren

Recent photo of Senator Warren:
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 12:47 AM (22 replies)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Is No Sen. Barack Obama.

From the most-entertaining contributor on BlueMassGroup.com, our Bay State's flagship cautiously-left-of-center web community:

Don’t Let The Hillary People and The Republicans Fool You, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Is No Sen. Barack Obama. She’ll Win Over Reagan Dems. Establishment Scared to Death

So now the Hillaryites (disguised as pro Liz Warren people or disinterested Dems) say Liz should not run because the country will view her as another Barack Obama. A first term fluke senator who suddenly becomes the flavor of the week among the shallow ignorant self-impressed dominating the “progressive” wing of the party can not be paraded in front of the American people again. Just ain’t gonna work.

Don’t buy it. Just the old folks doing their devotions to the Blessed Hillary. They know they blew their chance eight years ago but hubris makes them believe the seas should be parted for her candidacy.

Screw them.

Face it folks, making Barack Obama President in ’08 was like putting One Direction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. Like them, Barack is a manufactured boy band who plays to a much larger audience. With Liz it’s more like a young Aretha just walked in the room.


I invite you to click through and read the entire screed, it's quite good.

(If I don't respond to posts, don't take it personally: I've become naughty lately and am writing bad things that need to be hidden. Until I have a chance to introspect a bunch, I'll be holding back a bit.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 10:13 PM (22 replies)

There is no way to reconcile the TPP with helping working Americans

The TPP is yet another awful assault against the 99% by the wealthy and their paid help in Congress and the White House. It is simply inconsistent with Democratic values.

If Democrats want voters to vote for them, they should stop these attacks. And you Democratic voters who encourage and/or enable those who exult in this garbage need to think about what you're doing to our country: you are helping to create more despair, hunger, and homelessness. Please reconsider.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 11:14 PM (284 replies)

Will you people stop whining about the TPP already?

Last time I checked, it was secret, so you can't possibly know what's in it.

Besides, it's still being negotiated. They're saving the best parts for last.

And if it's not perfect, we can improve it later.

Why don't you people wait until it's passed and you've seen what we've actually done to you before complaining?


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:59 AM (62 replies)

Why is it so very important to Clinton supporters that

everyone else believe that nobody else could possibly run and win the Democratic nomination?

So many threads are the same, basically:

Her name is Hillary, candidate of candidates:
Look on her works, ye Proles, and despair!

It's at the point where criticism of Hillary or praise for a potential Democratic opponent is labeled as subversive "ratfucking" by many in that crowd - and this is even tolerated (usually) on DU.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 22, 2015, 12:15 PM (40 replies)

"The other kids did it too"

We've been teaching our teenager, for more than a decade, that this is not an excuse. My guess is that most other parents do the same.

Why is this a bull@$%& excuse for child's behavior, but perfectly acceptable for a national political figure?

Another thing I'll just never understand, I suppose.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 21, 2015, 09:45 PM (16 replies)

Reuters: Democratic support for Hillary drops 15 points since February

Many Democrats want independent Clinton email probe: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid-February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll. Support from Democrats likely to vote in the party nominating contests has dropped only slightly less, to a low in the mid-50s over the same period.

Even Democrats who said they were not personally swayed one way or another by the email flap said that Clinton could fare worse because of it, if and when she launches her presidential campaign, a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

The polling showed that nearly half of Democratic respondents - 46 percent - agreed there should be an independent review of all of Clinton's emails to ensure she turned over everything that is work-related.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 20, 2015, 08:16 AM (254 replies)

Personally, I think if we vote the same people back into office

we'll get better results than we got before.

No, really

Good night.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 19, 2015, 12:07 AM (55 replies)
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