Democratic Primary

Who Wants de Blasio?


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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is considered one of the most boring mayors in NYC history by his constituents. If you’re not inspired and excited over Joe Biden, well here comes de Blasio.

de Blasio is not a fan of the press, which is not unusual considering his “local” press is in New York City. But, he holds a belief that the media is supposed to be his ally and when they report facts he doesn’t like, then they’re misleading or inaccurate. He also likes to boast of accomplishments that are not his and often for those that don’t even exist. Does that sound like another New Yorker you know?

Neal Kwatra, a Democratic operative who has worked with de Blasio since his Council days said, “Early on there was an imperiousness. It continued that way. He sort of sees reporters as almost colleagues and fellow operatives in the game of politics and there’s a little bit of ‘I know better than you.'”

de Blasio, a liberal in a very liberal city, won a second term in 2017, yet his constituents are mocking his presidential run.

Queens Assemblyman and Democrat Ron Kim said, “I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy behind his actions and I think in a place like New York people see right through it.”

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted, “On the bright side, if DeB gets elected prez, we New Yorkers will lose his undivided attention a year ahead of schedule.”

Tina Fey said, “Me doing stand-up is like Bill de Blasio running for president, except I would figure it out because I’m not the worst.” How about that. Tina Fey and Donald Trump agree on something. After de Blasio’s announcement, Trump, the worst president in the history of any nation you can think of, said de Blasio was a “joke” and the “worst mayor” the city ever had. Some people point out good things that have occurred during his two terms, like crime being at a record low, but nobody really believes that has anything to do with him, which is much like the success of the nation’s economy not having anything to do with Donald Trump.

Many New Yorkers believe there are several issues in their city that need resolving before de Blasio runs for president. There’s not really a good reason for Bill de Blasio to run for president except that Bill de Blasio wants to be president.

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Riden With Biden


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Former Vice-President Joe Biden is officially in the race for president, which he has been leading in the polls for months. Some have criticized him for starting his campaign by focusing on Trump’s defense of the Nazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville. How do you criticize a guy for criticizing a guy for defending and supporting Nazis? Even his campaign logo has been criticized for being goofy, which truly does fit a guy like Joe Biden. The goofy logo didn’t deter him from achieving the biggest first-day haul of the 2020 campaign, raising $6.3 million in the first 24 hours.

Biden is the candidate Trump fears the most, who responded to Biden’s criticism of him defending Nazis and reaffirming that he thought there were “fine people” on both sides. “Fine people” don’t march with Nazis. Trump, who is three years younger than Biden, also criticized him for being old.

Biden faces obstacles much tougher than a poorly designed logo that makes his name look like “Jo.” He has a long political record dating back to the 1970s to contend with. In the past, he supported a mass-incarceration crime bill that’s now harshly criticized by liberals, he was a pro-life Democrat, he was against busing, and he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the one issue we keep hearing about is the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings that put him on the Supreme Court. Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time has been criticized for the treatment Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, was treated during the hearings.

Biden called Hill recently to discuss her concerns. She says the call left her “dissatisfied.” She said, “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.” Perhaps Biden may have seemed more contrite if he had expressed concern over the past 30 years for the way she felt, instead of waiting until he was gearing up a presidential campaign.

Biden refuses to apologize for the way he personally treated Hill. He told The View, “If you go back to what I said, and didn’t say, I don’t think I treated her badly.” But is that true? Biden refused to call supporting witnesses who also accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

The Washington Post writes, “Interviews with a dozen people with firsthand knowledge and a review of the written record and interviews published with participants over the past three decades reinforce that Biden failed to use the powers afforded to Senate committee chairmen to conduct a judicious and thorough inquiry into Hill’s allegations. He did not give full consideration to witnesses whose allegations seemed to corroborate her testimony or curb the attacks and innuendo leveled at her during the hearing. ”

If this was Donald Trump, the controversy would be pushed aside for the next controversy. Even though Biden is prone to gaffes, he’s probably not going to attack POWs, Gold Star families, or mock the handicapped so this controversy may stick for a while, though it’s still eight months until the first primary.

Biden is a Democrat which means the bar is higher for him. A Democrat has to account for being too touchy/feely with women by invading their personal space and rubbing their shoulders while a Republican is allowed to brag about “grabbing them by the pussy.” A Democrat needs actual policy proposals full of details while a Republican can say he’ll replace Obamacare with “something better” and we’re going to build a wall and Mexico will pay for it. A Democrat must know every detail about pending legislation and memorize the Constitution while a Republican is allowed a lifeline when asked how many branches of government there are. Democrats are attacked for conducting opposition research on their opponents while a Republican can invite Russians into his campaign headquarters. While Republicans will put an accused assaulter on the nation’s highest court, a Democrat is still facing tough questions 30 years after allowing a harsh hearing for an accuser.

We’re also in the #metoo era which means this issue won’t be let go any time soon, and it shouldn’t.

Biden is goofy, clumsy, awkward, gaffe-prone, and lousy with accepting responsibility. And if he’s the party’s nominee in 2020, I’ll be voting for him.

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Scary Berners


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A whole bunch of bad stuff went down at the Nevada Democratic Convention over the weekend.

Supporters for Bernie Sanders disrupted the proceedings by throwing chairs and later threatening the state chairwoman in a fight over delegates. They’re threatening to take the fun all the way to Philadelphia to. So much for unity.

Sanders has said he doesn’t support the violence or death threats, but he’s not actually doing anything to reign in his supporters. If you’re going to demand Donald Trump to calm his people down, you should do the same when your crowd gets chair-throwing happy.

He could at least tell his supporters to stop calling Roberta Lange, the chairwoman of the state party, with death threats to her and her family. They could also stop giving out her private phone number.

Bernie Sanders is not going to be the Democratic Party’s nominee. That doesn’t mean he should drop out as many of Clinton’s supporters are suggesting. The man has a right to take his campaign all the way through California to the convention in Philly. His platform is important and the party needs to listen. That said, his supporters should realize Bernie isn’t going to win, demand his voice in the platform, and support their party unless they want to see three more John Roberts on the Supreme Court, or worse, three Gary Buseys.

If you’re going to live by “Bernie Or Bust,” then bust is exactly what you’re going to get.

I can’t support candidates. I can’t give them money. I can’t campaign for them. That said, I’d really like one of those Bernie shirts. Not because I’m on Bernie’s team (I’m not on Hillary’s either). I just think they look cool.

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A Presidential Candidate That Comes Extra Crispy


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I’m not saying Martin O’Malley is to blame for what happened in Baltimore. I’m saying it’s going to be really hard to run for president right after your city burns down in a riot. The same concept kind of applies to why I didn’t get remarried right after my divorce (or since).

I am glad to see another candidate in the Democratic primary. I really don’t like coronations.

I doodled this out very early this morning. I hate to say it but I like the rough better.

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