Tag Archives: 2020

On educational systems — Bernie Sanders and Fidel Castro’s

In the last few days I’ve watched South Florida Democrats, politicians and plebes, howl with despair over Senator Bernie Sanders’ defenses of the Cuban educational system on 60 Minutes. Here are the disavowals by my House representative and the rep in my neighboring district: Continue reading

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Sobering:

Sanders’s advantage in Nevada was overwhelming, with substantial leads in nearly every demographic group, allowing him to set down a marker in the first state with a significant share of nonwhite voters. Sanders expanded the electorate by attracting relatively large numbers of first-time caucus-goers, providing momentum as the race shifts into a critical stretch over the next 10 days.

He prevailed among those with college degrees and those without; those living in union and nonunion households; and in every age group except those over 65. He won more than half of Hispanic caucus-goers — almost four times as much support as his nearest rival, former vice president Joe Biden — and even narrowly prevailed among those who identified as moderate or conservative. Despite attacks on his health proposal by the powerful Culinary Union, he won in caucus sites filled with union members.

One state, of course, and using the blighted caucus system, but I cannot deny the magnitude of the victory. Even moderate Hispanic Dems voted for Sanders. Continue reading

Democratic debate 2/19 — Ugh edition

10:12 p.m. To hell with the filibuster.

10:02 p.m. A steady, decent local journalist, Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent‘s up next as interlocutor, asking about climate change and Nevada. Good on him. Biden, to his credit, responds immediately. “I believe in science,” Warren says.

9:54 p.m. I don’t drink Coke or eat potato chips but I’m gorging on this trivial bullshit.

9:50 p.m. Damn, even Klobuchar hands Buttigieg his patronizing ass.

9:48 p.m. I kept thinking because Beltway people love sports crap that Bloomberg was being underrated so he could defy expectations. I’m not sure how he can recover from Warren’s attacks and his poor responses. Calling “Morning” Joe to the rescue!

I’m not sure how he can recover from Warren’s attacks and his poor responses.

9:45 p.m. BINDERS FULL OF NDAs

9:43 p.m. Warren’s response: “I hope you heard his defense: ‘I’ve been nice to some women.'” She insists on Bloomberg’s NDA policy.

9:40 p.m. Well. Bloomberg’s even worse than expected: snapping like a tortoise at moderators, getting defensive about his money, looking like a used condom in the glare of the lights.

9:38 p.m. Having wheezed enough about what he did to keep POC under scrutiny, Bloomberg sticks his head back into the tortoise shell.

9:36 p.m. “See how you’re doin’ compared to me,” Sanders throws back at the moderators about his healthcare. Well…his press secretary compared curiosity about a heart attack survivor’s medical records to birtherism.

9:34 p.m. About the MSNBC lighting: have you ever been sallow

9:32 p.m. “It targeted black and brown men from the beginning.” Elizabeth Warren explains the intent behind stop-and-frisk.

9:29 p.m. At last Bloomberg explains stop-and-frisk. He says it got “out of control.” Talking to “a bunch of kids” helped him reevaluate the crime rate. He sounds as if he regrets what we call the process instead of the consequences.

9:27 p.m. Mayor Bloomberg, awakening from a relaxing power nap.

9:25 p.m. Warren’s attitude is to approach platforms as if she were a kindly but stern professor armed with a Sharpie.

9:20 p.m. I’ll say this for Sanders: he will not stop, will not get off “message,” will not deal in nuance.

9:16 p.m. “Amy’s plan is like a Post-It note: insert plan here.”

9:14 p.m. I may not make it to the hour mark. Not because I hold an unsullied view of these things — go dirty, please! But nothing’s happening.

9:11 p.m. This is a bunch of bullshit — as usual. I feel filthy watching it. It’s gotcha questions about each other.

9:09 p.m. “Let’s put over someone who’s actually a Democrat,” Pete Buttigieg says, referring to Sanders and Bloomberg.

9:08 p.m. Sensing an opportunity to quash another white man, Joe Biden bulldozes vowels, crushes consonants, trips over periods — anything to stay ahead in the national stage.

9:06 p.m. Amy Klobuchar, voice shaking in earned righteous anger, spits back Bloomberg’s campaign memo purportedly saying women shouldn’t be onstage tonight. It has hurt him. He is trembling. He’s been coached about holding his temper.

9:04 p.m. Holy shit — Elizabeth Warren scotches any idea that she’ll be Michael Bloomberg’s running mate. She quotes the “horse-faced lesbian” line, calls him an “arrogant billionaire.”

9:02 p.m. “Mr. Bloomberg has policies in New York called Stop and Frisk. That is not the way to increase voter turnout,” Bernie Sanders says, truth bombing.

9:01 p.m. I’m a masochist. “Everything is on the line,” Lester Holt intones. Yes — I must start Thomas Bernhard’s Woodcutters, a novel that might’ve been read by former mayor Pete Buttigieg at most.

Reckoning with the rise of Bernie Sanders

Enamored with keeping the DEMS IN DISARRAY campfire lit and roaring, the Beltway press has rallied around Michael Bloomberg as story and debacle. But Bernie Sanders enjoys his best national poll numbers to date. And his numbers among POC under thirty-five remain impressive. Should he win the delegates and earn the nomination, I’ll support him in any way. Continue reading

Michael Bloomberg: a private citizen ‘he should remain’

“It is truly a devastating sight to watch liberals who have winced for years at Donald Trump’s issues on wealth, race and women allow fear, propaganda and influence mercenaries to push them into supporting a man who has his own issues concerning wealth, women and race,” Charles M. Blow writes in a NYT column denouncing the Michael Bloomberg candidacy. Continue reading

‘Strange, strange’ — Trump surrogates start attacks on Buttigieg’s sexuality

In news that will surprise not a soul, allies of the president will attack Pete Buttigieg for his sexuality.

Allies of President Trump have sharply focused attention on the sexual identity of presidential contender Pete Buttigieg in recent days, questioning in stark terms whether Americans are ready for a gay candidate who kisses his husband onstage.

The attacks are prompting blunt responses from Buttigieg’s allies and even his Democratic rivals, who call the remarks inappropriate and offensive. The exchanges were ignited by radio host Rush Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump last week and who framed his comments as an ostensible analysis of how Democrats feel.

“They’re sitting there and they’re looking at Mayor Pete — a 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. And they’re saying, okay, how’s this going to look, a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband onstage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s going to happen there?” Limbaugh said. (Buttigieg is 38.)

These comments offended a writer at The Federalist, and he responded in the high-minded manner commensurate with its title.

Meanwhile, Limbaugh’s comments quickly reverberated around right-wing circles; the Federalist, a conservative magazine, defended them as “not homophobic,” saying he was simply asking, albeit in an “uncouth” way, how voters would respond to a gay candidate.

Fortunately, Sebastian Gorka also kept the discussion courteous.

“Why is a homosexual man lecturing us about the sanctity of life in the womb? Just a little curious there. Strange, strange,” Gorka said. “I thought you’re supposed to stay in your lane as a leftist. You can’t comment on the lived experience of the other.”

Ah. Religious freedom. Freedom to keep presidential candidates from performing sodomy or, gasp, marry.

I hope the Buttigieg campaign understands what’s coming its way.