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    Quote Originally Posted by Theleviathan View Post
    Perhaps the reactions you're seeing are not a good representative sample of the people who will actually be voting.
    I mean I don't really follow super far left people on twitter or social media and generally have the main establishment players who are far more partial to Biden. If he's making them cringe he's doing poorly. The reality is, what I expected with Biden is coming to pass. Warren is closing in on him and the more beatable he looks the more his aura of "electability" is shaken. Warren is now viewed as a legitimate frontrunner and she's leading most of the early states. Once Biden is no longer ahead nationally, he's going to have serious issues. Whether that's in the coming months or when he loses the first few primaries that he's behind in. He has serious issues. And the polling reflects that. We've seen much larger frontrunners with bigger leads ultimately lose and he's going to have issues.

    His biggest problem is that it's basically him and then two progressives immeidately after. Every poll has Sanders and Warren as the other canidates in the top 3. Nationally it's Biden, Warren, and then Sanders. The big issue with that is he probably doesn't want to pick one of them off too early because then he just raises the next one and runs the risk of them consolidating support from the left. The rest of the field is a little too weak and disjointed to mount a serious challenge. Buttegieg and Harris are polling at a 3rd of Sanders right now who has been stagnant while Warren surged and everyone else is 2% or less.

    He's in a very unfortunate position where he has to play keep away from two popular challengers and he can't press too hard on one or it might strengthen the other.

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    Statements on twitter from various usally reliable sources are that AOC, followed by the rest of 'the Squad' will be endorsing Sanders on Saturday.

    https://twitter.com/WaPoSean/status/1184300037653831681

    (Former Sanders Delegate Endorses Sanders should not be huge news, but given her incredibly elevated profile, it is.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Statements on twitter from various usally reliable sources are that AOC, followed by the rest of 'the Squad' will be endorsing Sanders on Saturday.

    https://twitter.com/WaPoSean/status/1184300037653831681

    (Former Sanders Delegate Endorses Sanders should not be huge news, but given her incredibly elevated, it is.)
    I expected a WWE Heel Turn endorsement of Trump while the nWo music starts playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalak View Post
    I expected a WWE Heel Turn endorsement of Trump while the nWo music starts playing.
    While dancing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Interesting thing, post-debate I noticed...

    After about 750 votes were cast in a DailyKos poll, the early runaway winner of the debate in that poll was Elizabeth Warren, who had over 50% of the vote.

    Of the next 6000 votes cast, 3000 were suddenly for Andrew Yang, who now leads the poll with 46% of the vote. Based on what he did on stage, that makes zero sense. What does make sense is the tech guy has a lot of bots voting for him.
    Yang's weird in that his hype just doesn't reflect any polls whatsoever. Nationally he's at 2.4% which puts him in 7th and less than 1% ahead of the 10th ranked canidated. Then he's not even in the top 10 for Iowa, not in the top 5 for NH, 7th place in Nevada (and there nobody is even at 1/3rd of any of the top 3), and then he's 9th in South Carolina which tells me he has no real prospects at a Southern strategy like a Biden could pull off. Tangibly he's basically no different from O'Rourke who everyone left for dead and a tiny step up from people like Klobuchar and Castro who have no chance at all.

    Buttgieg I kinda see because he's at least slightly broken from the bottom of the pack and has made some gains and has real fundraising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Statements on twitter from various usally reliable sources are that AOC, followed by the rest of 'the Squad' will be endorsing Sanders on Saturday.

    https://twitter.com/WaPoSean/status/1184300037653831681

    (Former Sanders Delegate Endorses Sanders should not be huge news, but given her incredibly elevated profile, it is.)
    It's important in the sense that Congressionally the Squad is seen as the next wave of progressives and it makes a statement that the youth and far left views Sanders as a clear choice. Though there is the chance Ayanna Pressley who is from MA might break and go for Warren. Also having AOC touring for him will be very powerful. Also there is a perception that Bernie is an old white guy who hasn't been as agressive on women issues and minority issues as some others, so having some of the most visible female POC's in Congress pushing for him is going to have an optical impact imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Statements on twitter from various usally reliable sources are that AOC, followed by the rest of 'the Squad' will be endorsing Sanders on Saturday.

    https://twitter.com/WaPoSean/status/1184300037653831681

    (Former Sanders Delegate Endorses Sanders should not be huge news, but given her incredibly elevated profile, it is.)
    I think this is good news for Biden. If he can keep Warren and Bernie playing tug of war over the more left leaning voters he could definitely win. Warren was surging but if this boosts Bernie most of his gains will come from people who currently support her. I don’t see many centerist Dems being swayed to vote for Bernie because of The Squad’s endorsement.

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday.
    House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also profanely disparaged another Democratic House member in the hourlong tape, which also reveals other political scheming and has thrown the GOP-controlled Legislature into disarray at a fragile moment when their majority is at stake.
    The tape has uncorked the biggest Texas political scandal in years. Democrats filed a lawsuit accusing Bonnen — the third-most powerful Republican in the Texas Capitol — of breaking campaign finance laws during the June meeting with the head of a conservative group called Empower Texans, which has spent lavishly in pursuit of pulling the Legislature far to the right on issues such as abortion and guns.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-gop...161015269.html

    I think we're getting a clearer reason of why Texas GOP is in so much trouble.

    This last line makes me blink, though:
    Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, remained largely silent after the tape was released, making Bonnen's future unclear. He is coming off his first term as House speaker and the Texas Legislature won't meet again until 2021.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robotman View Post
    I think this is good news for Biden. If he can keep Warren and Bernie playing tug of war over the more left leaning voters he could definitely win. Warren was surging but if this boosts Bernie most of his gains will come from people who currently support her. I don’t see many centerist Dems being swayed to vote for Bernie because of The Squad’s endorsement.
    True enough, but I'm wondering what sort of move this is on the ladies parts. Early bid for a future run using Bernie as a platform? And for that matter why are you endorsing a white guy over a woman who could be the first female president. No offense to senator Sanders, but how does it look when you are already in the 2020s and you have yet another old white, albeit Jewish, male as the head of the US? By now other older countries have had women as leader, why is it that we, once more, have women endorsing a guy when the woman that is running has almost the same platform. Jeeze!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspellmaster View Post
    True enough, but I'm wondering what sort of move this is on the ladies parts. Early bid for a future run using Bernie as a platform? And for that matter why are you endorsing a white guy over a woman who could be the first female president. No offense to senator Sanders, but how does it look when you are already in the 2020s and you have yet another old white, albeit Jewish, male as the head of the US? By now other older countries have had women as leader, why is it that we, once more, have women endorsing a guy when the woman that is running has almost the same platform. Jeeze!
    - Probably got something to do with that it is about the ideas and not gender.

    - Also, "Almost" ain't the same. Some folks will be able to just throw their support behind "Almost". Some folks will not.

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    Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is no longer considering running for one of Arizona’s seats in congress, he said on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station Tuesday.

    Schilling, an outspoken conservative, hinted in an August radio appearance that he was “absolutely considering” moving back to Arizona and running for a Democrat’s seat. President Donald Trump quickly endorsed the idea.

    But since that interview, he’s apparently faced pushback.

    “The things that have been said and done to my wife and kids since I announced interest in running” are not worth it, Schilling reportedly said.
    Reading this just made me laugh.
    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/curt-sc...004513394.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    - Probably got something to do with that it is about the ideas and not gender.

    - Also, "Almost" ain't the same. Some folks will be able to just throw their support behind "Almost". Some folks will not.
    Since AOC was a former delegate for Bernie, she is likely predisposed towards him - even if things are otherwise equal, her history with Sanders tells us which way she is probably going to lean.
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    On the upside, it looks like I won't have to profile him.
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    On this date in 2014, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively, who hits particularly insane levels of anti-gay rhetoric, possibly beyond any of the many terrible examples of it we have discussed in CSGOPOTD profiles. You see, Lively wrote a whole book about how the Nazi party was populated by “butch” gays who wanted to wipe out the “femmes” and all of the other undesirables in the Holocaust. Lively also runs Abiding Truth Ministries, which the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as an anti-gay hate group, and was sued in a lawsuit for his involvement in pressuring Uganda to pass their rigid anti-gay laws that criminalize homosexuality to be punishable by death. Lively also referred to President Obama the Anti-Christ, claimed he’s secretly married to a gay Pakistani man, claims that God once smote a Scores strip joint that burned down, and insists that a cadre of gay rights activists are plotting to assassinate him. For whatever reason, Lively decided to run for Governor of Massachusetts again in 2018, and proving how insane Republican voters are becoming, 36% of them voted for Scott Lively in the GOP Primary against incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Baker. Still, it remains highly unlikely that Lively will ever be elected to any office.

    It was on this date in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, that we published our first two "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profiles of the U.S. House Representative from Idaho's 1st Congressional District, Raul Labrador, who pretends to support Latino voters and immigration reform, but does nothing of consequence on the issue to actually make those reforms happen. Less than nothing, really, when you consider he also has defended some of the more racist and xenophobic remarks of Iowa Congressman Steve King. Labrador also whipped up sentiment against Hillary Clinton, particularly by spreading conspiracies about the Benghazi investigation. As numerous reports from investigators surfaced to indicate the GOP were trying to direct the investigators to harangue Sec. Clinton specifically, Labrador denied any and all partisan bias the Republicans in the House Oversight Committee had. Labrador also isn’t above throwing out red meat to Republican voters, like the time he spoke at CPAC and made a irther joke, saying he was "born in Puerto Rico, is an American citizen AND HAS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO PROVE IT". Labrador has consistently moved to defund Planned Parenthood, and long before the Center for Medical Progress released their bogus "sting" video to whip up outrage, Labrador was claiming that Planned Parenthood's "main business" was abortion (when it's less than 3% of their actual budget). Rep. Labrador has appeared publicly with ACT! for America, an anti-Muslim group, at rallies where Islamophobia has been whipped up to the point of warning of Sharia Law takeovers, has made it a point to remind people on social media that Sept. 11th is also a time to "Remember Benghazi, too", and after voting for the 2013 Government Shutdown, then voting to not reopen the government, telling the astounding lie that the Republicans “never asked for a full repeal of Obamacare”. Labrador has argued against the minimum wage during the greatest era of income inequality our country has seen in almost a century, arguing that if people feel like they aren't being paid enough, they should "apply for a manager's job instead". Adding to his own legacy, Raul Labrador had quite possibly one of THE WORST sound bites at what few GOP town halls that have been hosted in 2017. On March 7th, Rep. Labrador was trying to quiet an already testy group of constituents who were grilling him over his vote for Trumpcare, when he gave the positively ludicrous response that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare!” The boos. THE BOOS that drowned him out. Good lord, that was the dumbest possible thing he could have said. And yet… Raul Labrador thought that he should move on from serving Idaho in Congress for a fifth term, and instead, announced a run for Governor of Idaho to replace the departing Butch Otter in the governor’s mansion... three days after he embarrassed himself completely. It did not pay off, as Labrador was defeated in the Republican Primary in that race by Brad Little, the Lieutenant Governor of Idaho by 9,000 votes. He is, for now, out of elected office, and we hope he remains so. We will set aside his profile at this time, and go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 791-40, since this was established in July 2014.)



    John James

    Welcome to what is the 791st original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be profiling John James, who will be a 2020 challenger for the U.S. Senate seat in Michigan held by Senator Gary Peters. This is only a year removed from James’ unsuccessful 2018 U.S. Senate campaign against Debbie Stabenow, where he lost after getting a respectable 46% of the vote. And while it might be refreshing to see an African American Republican candidate who is also a veteran… some of the details on how James campaigned in 2018 make him noteworthy for this blog.

    In July of 2018, James campaigned along side conservative radio personality, fanatical NRA supporter, alleged pedophile, and admitted draft dodger Ted Nugent, who referred to James as his “blood brother. Not exactly the company you’d want a veteran to keep. Meanwhile, Donald Trump endorsed him because “he saw him on TV and said ‘HE’S A STAR!’” (Probably a Fox News appearance.)

    Fast forward to October of 2018, the Trump-endorsed James ran an ad that featured a shot of a school bulletin board, and for whatever reason… there was a swastika on it. He was forced to apologize, but folks began to have some serious questions about what was going on with the James campaign… which led to a Detroit Metroit Times investigation that showed that his campaign had taken cash from anti-immigrant white supremacists and hate group leaders.

    Which, kind of starts to establish a pattern that he’s either oblivious to the fact that he’s being propped up by bigots, or that he just doesn’t care.

    As 2020 approaches, and scandal begins to surround the Trump presidency… big surprise, John James has begun trying to scrub his social media accounts from any association he’s previously had with Donald Trump. While in some, it’s cropping out Trump logos, in others, he’s deleted videos where he promised to “support the Trump administration 2000%”. This double-turn is especially sad, given that as of February of 2019, Trump was considering nominating John James to be the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. (even though he has zero foreign policy or diplomacy experience).

    Still, John James is now being supported by a completely DIFFERENT kind of hate group, the anti-gay Family Research Council, and we’re starting to wonder if the argument that can be made these days is that any Republican can be linked to a hate group or fringe militia group without much effort.

    But John James’ associations make him an empty suit just looking to exploit any opportunity to advance his own career, and he is indifferent to whomever is looking to use him as a puppet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    At the end of the article it mentions the real reason he's ended his political aspirations is that perhaps he's been hired to manage the Phillies. Are the Philadelphia Phillies that desperate for a manager they're willing to accept all his baggage?

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