Rush Got it Right: Democrats Decide to Lose with Biden, Keep Establishment in Power

Rush Limbaugh [Editor’s note: Rush Limbaugh nailed it two weeks ago (3 March 2020), which I meant to share here but missed. So I’m making it up now. Because Biden has lost it, he’s merely a placeholder until the Milwaukee Convention, where (I anticipate) Hillary or Michelle (or both) will replace him. By weakening the economy with a political pandemic, they are counting on Google for around 15,000,000 votes to give themselves a shot at it, where they will explain the upset–should they succeed–as the American people’s enthusiasm for a…

Arun Gupta, Trump Beats Biden

By Arun Gupta, Jacobin The Democratic Party establishment has united behind the candidate who has failed at running for president for 32 years. Defender of banks and drug companies, Joe Biden is the swamp creature of Donald Trump’s dreams. oe Biden may have pulled off a miracle on Super Tuesday, but he is a desperation candidate for Democratic National Committee (DNC) honchos. For a year, they flirted with Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar and Mike Bloomberg, and they even considered Elizabeth Warren in the hopes that someone,…

Sputnik International, The Biden Bet: How Could Hillary Clinton Claw Her Way to the Presidency?

Sputnik International  The 2020 election cycle in the United States has been rife with partisan infighting and power plays, and produced speculation galore. One of the biggest rumours thus far is whether the Democratic heavyweight Hillary Clinton will enter the fray again. Joe Biden’s once-moribund presidential bid came back from the dead in the past week, but there has also been an increasingly growing flow of questions regarding his mental health from his detractors. A three-page medical report, which did not include a cognitive functioning test, stated that he is fit for…

Matt Taibbi, To Rebound and Win, Bernie Sanders Needs to Leave His Comfort Zone

MATT TAIBBI  Current and former staffers say Sanders has run a great campaign — except when it comes to taking on Democrats like Joe Biden by name. Can he fix that? A former aide to Bernie Sanders tells a story about the old days, when the little-known House Independent used to crisscross Vermont holding town hall meetings. “It was morning to night, and we’d hit every corner of the state,” the aide recalls. “They would go on and on. I’d say to him, ‘Bernie, it’s okay if we leave a little bit…

Jeff Cohen, Did Chris Matthews Reveal What the Democratic Establishment Really Fears?

By Jeff Cohen ainstream news outlets keep pounding home the same message — that the “Democratic establishment” or “Democratic moderates” are worried sick that Bernie Sanders can’t beat Trump. They worry about a Trump landslide, and a “down-ballot disaster” in Congressional races. Democratic insiders, we’re told, fear a re-run of 1972 — when progressive antiwar candidate George McGovern lost 49 of 50 states to Richard Nixon. Given our divided electoral map, with nearly 40 states safely blue or red, such a scenario in 2020 is thoroughly absurd. That didn’t stop now-ex-MSNBC host Chris…

Matt Taibbi, Russia Isn’t Dividing Us — Our Leaders Are

MATT TAIBBI A last-ditch effort to derail the Sanders campaign fails as voters finally reject the Russia con, The latest act in the comedy began Friday, just before voting opened in the Nevada Democratic caucus. The Washington Post ran a story — sourced, I’m not joking, to “people familiar with the matter” — explaining that Bernie Sanders had been briefed that “Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest.” Sanders was quick to see through the gambit. “I’ll let you guess about one day before…

Joe Garofoli, Bernie Sanders wins big in Nevada, rolls toward California with momentum

Joe Garofoli  Sen. Bernie Sanders scored an easy win in the Nevada caucuses Saturday, giving him momentum going into California’s Super Tuesday primary and putting him potentially on a path to the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders held a lead of roughly 2-1 in the popular vote in Nevada over former Vice President Joe Biden, in second place, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in third as the caucus results were slowly tabulated. Sanders was supported by a broad coalition of voters in the most racially and ethnically diverse…

Steve Feinstein, The Rise of Democratic Idiocracy

By Steve Feinstein   As the 2020 campaign season heats up, the candidates are staking out their respective positions along the political continuum, looking to occupy precisely the right slot, the one that will appeal to a winning swath of voters come November. President Trump has chosen his position: He’s taking the “Make actual day-to-day life better for people by strengthening the job market, reducing taxes, making energy more plentiful and affordable, reducing the negative economic impact and civil disruption caused by rampant illegal immigration, improving our national security by rebuilding…

Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey Valentine’s Day 2020 Bernie Sanders has won the popular vote in both the New Hampshire and Iowa presidential primary contests in considerable part by presenting himself as an opponent of war. Following the criminal assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani last month, Sanders was the most vocal of the Democratic presidential aspirants in criticizing Trump’s action. His poll numbers have risen in tandem with his stepped-up anti-war rhetoric. He has repeatedly stressed his vote against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, reminding voters in the…

Mike Bloomberg for Years Has Battled Women’s Allegations of Profane, Sexist Comments

By Michael Kranish, The Washington Post   s Mike Bloomberg celebrated his 48th birthday in 1990, a top aide at the company he founded presented him with a booklet of profane, sexist quotes she attributed to him. A good salesperson is like a man who tries to pick up women at a bar by saying, “Do you want to f—? He gets turned down a lot — but he gets f—– a lot, too!” Bloomberg was quoted in the booklet as saying. Bloomberg also allegedly said that his company’s financial information…