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Algernon Moncrieff

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538: Our Way-Too-Early 2020 Democratic Primary Draft

Our Way-Too-Early 2020 Democratic Primary Draft

In this week’s politics chat, we check in on the Democratic presidential field for 2020. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): Today’s chat is going to be a crazy one. It’s too early to make any bold claims about how the 2020 Democratic primary field is shaping up, but potential candidates are already making maybe-I’ll-run-for-president moves. So, it’s time for … 🎈FIVETHIRTYEIGHT’S 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DRAFT!!!🎈

We’ll do six rounds. The goal is to pick the eventual 2020 Democratic nominee, but you also get points for having people on your team who do well but don’t win. (We’ll figure out how to judge this later/never.)

Nate has all our names in a hat and is having a neutral nonparticipant randomly pick the draft order …
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Dec 27, 2017, 08:07 PM (48 replies)

DNA Testing (to find your history, etc.)

Did you do it? Were you happy with the results?

23 & Me? Ancestry? My Heritage? Someone else?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Dec 18, 2017, 05:14 PM (73 replies)

Paul Ryan might leave Congress in 2018. Why do you suppose that is?


Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker. He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP. In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Dec 14, 2017, 10:25 PM (21 replies)

If one of these women from the Senate would run for President in 2020, who'd have your primary vote?

We have 16 women Democrats in the Senate- obviously I couldn't fit them all on the list. Unlike some other parties I could talk about....
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Dec 12, 2017, 12:10 AM (36 replies)

If you subscribe to Sirius XM, contact them now


Seth Rogen is taking a stance. On Friday, the comedian and actor announced he was cancelling a Sirius XM press tour that had been planned for next week, in protest of the radio network recently bringing back the right-wing provocateur as a regular host on its conservative Patriot Channel.

“I was supposed to do a press tour on @SiriusXM on Tuesday but I’m no longer doing it because I can’t bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon,” Rogen tweeted. “Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And f— Steve Bannon.”

My subscription is due for renewal soon; I just told them if they hire Bannon, I'm done.

Just me - they don't care, but if enough others do it - they'll think twice.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 10:15 PM (33 replies)

It's time to end the Olympics

The doping.
The absurd amount of money that is spent preparing the venues
The rotting of the venues after the games
The petty rivalries.
The constant worries over terrorism (and in the case of the upcoming games in South Korea, the constant worry about North Korea).

The corrupt IOC.
The Ryan Lochte story
The Tonya Harding story
Larry Nassar
Corrupt judging

I'm over it. Whatever is going to be spent to prepare LA, there have to be better ways to spend the money.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Dec 5, 2017, 04:12 PM (88 replies)

So..net neutrality is about to end

I'm guessing that means unlimited access internet is going to cost a helluva lot more. Any thoughts on what a DUer should do in the brave new world?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Nov 21, 2017, 11:53 PM (1 replies)

The "calm before the storm" refers to....

What does he mean?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Oct 6, 2017, 06:43 PM (31 replies)

Never Again became Oh Well

Mother Jones

On May 1, Charlton Heston came to Denver and made a much-discussed speech where he said, “We have work to do, hearts to heal, evil to defeat, and a country to unite. We may have differences, yes, and we will again suffer tragedy almost beyond description. But when the sun sets on Denver tonight, and forever more, let it always set on we the people, secure in our land of the free and the home of the brave.” Say what you will about that speech, but as far as predictions go it was spot on. It’s a fait accompli. There were more shootings. We mourned and then did nothing because we seem to have accepted that occasional mass murder is the cost of America.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Oct 2, 2017, 10:42 AM (1 replies)

Would we be better off if kids pledged allegiance to the Constitution

...instead of the flag?


I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America

And to our rights, endowed by our Creator

One nation, united, with liberty and justice for all

Maybe the next generation should focus on what the nation is really about. Not stars and stripes; not Bald Eagles; but the ideal of representative government, freedom, and tolerance.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Sep 27, 2017, 07:26 PM (39 replies)
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