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He's excellent in many ways!

The small-farm exemptions that exempt primarily family, local, direct-retailing agricultural endeavors from having to follow rules designed for Wal Mart scale farms are called the Tester-Hagan Amendment due to MT's Senator Jon Tester and NC's former Senator Kay Hagan. These two Democrats were the leaders in protecting family farms while also ensuring that the Food Safety Modernization Act could advance food safety practices on large scale produce farms in this country.

Unlike Hagan (who unfortunately lost her reelection bid a few years back), Tester also respects the Second Amendment in an entirely fair and consistent manner. And this consistency, while not always popular with some who would redefine the right to keep and bear arms practically out of existence, proved essential to Tester's successful reelection bid in his rural state.

Many Democrats could learn important lessons from Senator Tester: look out for the little guys, stand by your beliefs, embrace Constitutional rights even when doing so can be unpopular. I'm glad to hear that Rachel had him on, and will look for the clip.


I suggest a national legalize weed bill, stat!

Make the Repubs vote against that, so called libertarian-leaning ones included. Or maybe enough of them find a spine to have it pass the Senate. Win either way.


I'd like to see a more nuanced approach to 2nd Amendment issues

From afar (I'm in NC), the O'Rourke candidacy looked great to me overall. I was on-board with just about every approach to every issue he raised. As a potential VP pick for Harris or Warren, I think O'Rourke could be great. That he came so close to beating Cruz shows that he has widespread appeal.

But before any of these three candidates vie for the office of the President (or, perhaps, accept a VP slot in service to another Democrat), I think it's worth learning some lessons from the O'Rourke loss in TX, along with Abrams' loss in Georgia and many others (e.g. - my local Congressional race where DD Adams lost to Virginia Foxx).

All three of the losing candidates I mention above had endorsed a so-called "Assault Weapons Ban" as part of their platform. For reasons that have been hashed-out over and over again at length here in GD as well as our Gun Control & RKBA forum, AWB's are losing issues for Democrats. To summarize, for one, "Assault Weapons" are used in a tiny proportion of crimes. For another, AWB's violate both the letter and the spirit of the Second Amendment. Thirdly, AR-15's and similar rifles have been the most popular long guns sold in America for DECADES now. And a fourth big reason why AWB's are a losing issue for Democrats is that a significant plurality Americans (particularly Americans in TX, GA, and rural NC) just don't want them.

I think that O'Rourke, Abrams, Harris, and Warren (etc.) would all appeal to a broader constituency if they approached the gun violence issue by attacking the violence rather than the guns. A nice contrast to the losing races I mentioned above is Jon Tester's victory in MT. Tester has never embraced an AWB as a policy. Trump came to MT four times to campaign against Tester, and still he held on. The RKBA voting bloc in MT was certainly part of this victory, while these respective blocs in TX and GA certainly went elsewhere. In Montana, the failed Repub candidate, Matt Rosendale, just could not use the gun-issue cudgel against Tester successfully.

The 2020 election will be all about peeling portions of many constituencies and issue-based voting blocs away from Republicans in order to assemble a winning majority across the Electoral College range. While O'Rourke, Abrams, Harris, and Warren (etc.) all have said enough to alienate the gun fiends of America, a simple "we plan to respect the Second Amendment, enforce the gun laws already on the books, and find new ways to address actual violence rather than pursuing feel-good but ultimately ineffective and unconstitutional bans on particular hardware" would do worlds of good for them in attracting a number of voters who want the Second Amendment left as-is while we address more pressing issues of health care, economic justice, women's rights, etc. In fact, I think that such an evolution is essential for O'Rourke, Abrams, Harris, Warren, and any Democrat as they step to the national stage. They can take a cue from Barack Obama, who was smart enough to mostly leave gun control alone once in office.


Harris has already proven her mettle.

Harris' questioning of Kavanaugh thus far has been a lot of the reason why his nomination slowed and there was time for further questions to be raised. I look forward to her being in the lead during this next hearing.


Jamie Dimon's wealth was a gift from Uncle Sam.

Uncle Sam being "We, the People."

The failure by Holder to prosecute banksters is one of the worst aspects of the Obama Administration. The fact that Jamie Dimon is using his (illegitimate) wealth to taunt Donald Trump and his even more illegitimate wealth is small consolation here.


The little Ashe County Line stands tall!

Doing right in the northwest corner of NC:



No, he actually didn't.

I watched the debates. I recall Bernie saying "Enough with the damn e-mails!" or something quite similar.

Bernie ran for the nomination in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary. He did his best to win, but I never saw him demonizing Hillary Clinton back then. Why are you re-fighting this past primary via weak innuendo, in express violation of DU rules? It's not helpful, especially in a thread about Bernie showing support for Nancy Pelosi.

I'd rather build upon the common ground exemplified by the OP here.


The Democratic Party should have learned lessons of 2000

I have no qualm with noting that the Stein votes and post-Primary anti-Hillary rhetoric contributed to this awful state we are now in as a nation, rather like the "they're all the same" rhetoric and Nader votes contributed to the awful post-2000 reality. This is 100% true.

But the other parallels between 2000 and 2016 are equally disturbing. The Democratic Party put forth a wooden and out of touch candidate who ignored all calls from the left flank to engage with the voters, whether through VP selection, creative use of surrogates, specific campaign promises, or other ways to genuinely get out the votes in sufficient quantity. Al Gore and Hillary Clinton both are intelligent and dedicated politicians who failed to rouse enough voters. In both 2000 and 2016, this strategy did not work out too well. We need to own that. Might Gore or HRC have done better with a truly progressive VP candidate, sharing the spotlight with some fiery surrogates (whether VP or otherwise), and/or promising a few pie-in-the-sky progressive visions? I wish we could run the experiment again a few times to find out, and then live in the world where it works out better.

And yes, in both 2000 and 2016 a slim majority voted for the Democratic candidate. But a slim majority did not cut it in either case.


Viable options for fighting the Trump* SC nominee

It's way too soon to roll-over, scream "We're Fuuuuucked," or other defeatist nonsense. Here are two viable options Senate Democrats can take, maybe to derail the nomination, but certainly to fight as hard as they can.


Via Christian Finnegan on Twitter (@ChristFinnegan):

Dem senators, repeat after me:

“The President of the United States is under investigation for collusion with a foreign adversary and obstruction of justice. There can be no SCOTUS replacement until he’s been cleared.”

#2: Democratic Senators Refuse to Answer Roll Call Votes


How Democrats can shut down the Senate
If Democrats refuse to participate in roll call votes, the Senate will come to a halt for lack of a quorum.

What other potentially effective ideas for resistance do DU'ers have?


"Womp Womp." *

* Normally, I would never think to quote a hateful piece of shit traitor like Corey Lewandowski, but his horrid (when directed at a child) quote seemed so appropriate to instead direct at the Orange-utang here.


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