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Michael Moore on Kamala Harris


Kamala Harris! Biden could’ve swung right (Susan Rice), but he swung left. Kamala is one of the most progressive Senators in the US Senate and will, as Shaun King says, be the most progressive Vice President in the history of the United States. She is and remains one of the first co-sponsors of Bernie’s Medicare for All bill. In fact, go down the list — she checks nearly every box on Bernie’s platform: Living Wage, Choice, LGBTQ+ equality, peace, child care, etc.

It says a lot about Biden that after she rightly confronted him about race in that first debate that he held no grudge, no animosity. In fact, he might say it gave him pause and a chance to consider how his friendship with segregationist Senators might have been hurtful to people of color and that, even at this age, he can change, he can do better. As progressives, isn’t that at the core of what we stand for? Isn’t that the change we are fighting for? Our belief that America can do better and that our fellow Americans will join us in this movement for a more just and equitable society? Kamala Harris is one more step in that direction.

I’ve met her a few times and I can tell you (and you know I won’t BS you on this because I pretty much despise all politicians), she’s sincere, she has heart, she’s on our side. No, she’s not you or me. But we’re not on the ballot. WE are the movement, which in the long run is what is going to get us what we need. We keep building that movement, we will succeed. And one of our missions in 2020 is to crush Trump, reclaim the Senate and bring down the system of greed, racism, misogyny and white male privilege that gave us Trump — because that, my friends, is what has thrown us into the mad, dark hole we’re in. Our movement is on fire now, tens and tens of millions of us in the streets, at the polling sites, at home, organizing online, young people at the forefront, Black America once again saving us and forcing us to be what we say we are but never were. This is our moment.

And it is now the daughter of two immigrants, born in the last ten weeks of the Baby Boom (but seemingly with the soul of a millennial), possessing skill and smarts, a woman of color who could and did obliterate Bill Barr at a Senate hearing — she and we have a chance in 83 days to do something the entire world is desperately waiting for us to do. Good on you Joe Biden, congrats Kamala, onward!

How many calls for Joe into swing states will you make before election day?

Your vote in this poll is a commitment to make this many calls for Joe and Kamala. Voter contact will make the difference!


On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you that Joe picked Kamala?

10 being most excited, 1 being the least?

This is what happens in a tie.

...unless we win back 3 state delegations in November.

This is the partisan majority by state. As of last year, the majority went to Democrats after Justin Amash switched to Independent, so the total number is 23-26 Democrat to Republican.

That's nice info, but who cares? The count would come into play if a presidential election ended with no candidate reaching 270 electoral votes. In that case, the House would select the president, with each state receiving one vote. Note that should this occur with the 2020 election, it is the House elected in November, 2020 that would take the vote. The partisan distribution by state could be totally different after the next election, of course.

Expect Trump to pull all the stops, if there is serious controversy in the EC, the House may be the decider for who becomes president. We need 3 more states to make sure it goes the right way if that happens, and I have a feeling we can pull it off -with PA just needing one more seat, and opportunities in states like WI, OH, FL and elsewhere.

Biden's VP: who will it be?

With the news that Whitmer met with Biden last weekend, do you think he is going to pick her? Or is it still up in the air? Again, this is who you think will be the vp, not who you want to get it. I personally think the Whitmer trip was a red herring, there were charter flights into Bidens town from IL, RI and GA, among others -so I'm not sure Whitmer was the only one she met with.

Who do you want Joe Biden to pick for VP?

I'm split between Duckworth, Whitmer and Bass. I guess I'm leaning Whitmer based on the fact she has had governing experience.

Another "who will be vp" poll

Question: Police supposedly called off July 4 in NYC. Any news on the effect that had on crime?

I know I saw somewhere that it had a mostly positive effect, so if somebody has that and can share it, I would be so incredibly, absolutely grateful.

Atlantic: What Would Happen If Trump Refused to Leave Office?

This is an increasingly relevant article as we near November. Great read.


Refusal to leave office is rare, but not unheard of. In the past decade, presidents in democracies such as Moldova, Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Gambia have refused to leave office, sometimes leading to bloodshed. In 2016, Joseph Kabila decided not to step down after three five-year terms as the president of Congo, announcing that he would delay the election for two years so that a census could be conducted. His decision was met with mass protests in which 50 people were killed by government security forces. Still, he followed through and an election took place in 2018. He left office thereafter.

Adam Serwer: The first days of the Trump regime

Elected officials in the U.S. have also refused to step down, albeit from lower offices than the presidency. In 1874, a Texas governor locked himself in the basement of the state capitol building after losing his reelection bid. The saga began when Republican Governor Edmund J. Davis lost the 1873 election by a resounding 2-to-1 ratio to his Democratic challenger, Richard Coke, and claimed that the election had been tainted with fraud and intimidation. A court case made its way to the state’s supreme court. All three justices, each of whom had been appointed by the incumbent Davis, ruled that the election was unconstitutional and invalid. Democrats called upon the public to disregard the court’s decision, and proceeded with plans for Coke’s inauguration. On January 15, 1874, Coke arrived at the state capitol with a sheriff’s posse, and was sworn in to office while Davis barricaded himself downstairs with state troopers. The next day, Davis requested federal troops from President Ulysses S. Grant. Grant refused, and Davis finally stepped down three days later.

CA Progressives want Bass, Lee or (Nina)Turner as VP

Bass is reasonable and on the shortlist, Lee is less likely but amazing, and Turner is just an insane proposition.

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is one of progressives’ picks to be Joe Biden’s running mate in the Democratic presidential campaign.
2of3Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is one of progressives’ picks to be Joe Biden’s running mate in the Democratic presidential campaign.Photo: Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images
Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (left), shown with former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and activist Jim Hightower in 2018, is one of progressives’ picks to be Joe Biden’s running mate in the Democratic presidential campaign.

California Sen. Kamala Harris is widely believed to be on Joe Biden’s short list for vice president, but a group of Bernie Sanders supporters in the California Democratic Party wants the nominee-to-be to pick either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or one of two other Black women instead.

Lee, Los Angeles Rep. Karen Bass and Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator, would make excellent running mates, Sanders delegates to the Democratic National Convention wrote in a letter to Biden that was obtained by The Chronicle.

“In order to meet this historic moment, Democrats must select an exceptional progressive vice presidential candidate who will both inspire the 90 million Americans who did not vote in 2016 to cast a ballot this November and lead America into a new era of equality, compassion, and economic justice,” the Sanders backers wrote.

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