Archive for February, 2016

Monday Open Thread [2.29.16]

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Monday Open Thread [2.29.16]

As you may know, Donald Trump had himself a day yesterday. He repeatedly and pointedly refused to disavow the endorsements of David Duke and the KKK. Donald Trump’s biggest fan in all media, Joe Scarborough says this is now disqualifying, whereas the other racist things the Donald has said up until now weren’t apparently.

In a column for the Washington Post today, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked if “this is how the party of Abraham Lincoln dies.” Yes.

“The first question is why would Trump pretend to be so ignorant of American history that he refused to pass judgment on the Ku Klux Klan before receiving additional information?” he asked. “What kind of facts could possibly mitigate a century of sins committed by a violent hate group whose racist crimes terrorized Americans and placed a shameful blot on this nation’s history?”

Trump has repeatedly bragged about having the “world’s greatest memory” so it’s hard to believe Trump doesn’t know what the KKK stands for, he wrote. “The harsher reality is that the next GOP nominee will be a man who refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan and one of its most infamous Grand Wizards when telling the ugly truth wouldn’t have cost him a single vote,” Scarborough said.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [2.29.16]

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Sunday Open Thread [2.28.16]

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Sunday Open Thread [2.28.16]

Ezra Klein says that Hillary Clinton just showed us how she is going to run against Donald Trump:

Trump sets Clinton up for a much softer and unifying message than she’d be able to get away with against a candidate like Rubio, and you could see her previewing it in her South Carolina victory speech.

“Despite what you hear,” Clinton said, “we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”

Trump may be the only force in American politics able to make Clinton into a uniter and not a divider. The Clinton campaign has their hands full winning the Democratic primary. But if they had a vote in the Republican primary right now, they would be casting it for Trump.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [2.28.16]

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Hillary wins South Carolina by “overwhelming” margins

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Hillary wins South Carolina by “overwhelming” margins

All networks and the AP called it the second the polls closed. Exit polls show Hillary winning 84% of the African American voters, which makes up 67% of the primary vote in South Carolina. Hillary won across all age groups, young and old, though young voters (i.e voters under 30) made up only 13% of the vote in South Carolina, which is the lowest of all contests so far.

Update: Wow. Updated exit poll has Clinton up 87-13 among black voters, up 53-47 among white voters. Implies a 75-25 victory for Clinton.

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Saturday Open Thread [2.27.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [2.27.16]

Donald Trump is now against the First Amendment protections for a free press: “We’re going to open up those libel laws. So that when the New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”

Once more into the Fascist breach.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the global campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL.


In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights an initiative announced during his State of the State address to increase access to high-quality reproductive healthcare for women in an effort to improve opportunities for women and children.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.27.16]

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Bonini’s Double Negative Logic Fail and Copeland’s Trump Impersonation

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Bonini’s Double Negative Logic Fail and Copeland’s Trump Impersonation

About 50 people attended, and give them credit. It can take a willing suspension of disbelief to back a Republican candidate for governor, considering there are 126,000 more Democratic than Republican voters and there has not been a Republican governor elected since 1988, while the voters went with a Democratic streak of Tom Carper, Ruth Ann Minner and Jack Markell.

Bonini nevertheless told the crowd the race was winnable, arguing that Delaware is moving in the wrong direction and his campaign can put together a coalition of Republicans, unaffiliated voters and 30,000 to 50,000 persuadable Democrats to vote for him to try something different.

“The here-and-now needs some serious change. We need to lower taxes across the board, we need to reform regulations, the things we always talk about. You know why we talk about those things? Because they’ve never not worked,” Bonini said.

Except…They’ve never worked, and I’d love for Bonini to collect my standing $50.00 bet that that lowering taxes and cutting regulations has ever worked, but I know my $50.00 is more safe than a side of Broccoli on Colin’s lunch plate.

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – Why nobody is dropping

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – Why nobody is dropping

We are at the point in the campaign where everyone decides that the nomination is going to the guy in front of the pack, and there is no need to antagonize that person who is going to be a big shot-caller in the party, so they drop out. Except they aren’t.

Trump isn’t for obvious reasons. He is going to be the nominee.

Cruz isn’t because he is going to win Texas and if only Rubio would drop out, he’d have a clear shot at beating Trump. (Perhaps at the convention < - Best Case Scenario) Yes… I do think Cruz is narcissistic enough to blow up the GOP convention. It is the only thing I like about him.

Rubio isn’t because if only Cruz would drop out, he’d have a clear shot at Trump and although the primary voters don’t like him, the billionaires who propped up Jeb! do.

Kasich isn’t because he is now running for the VP spot.

Carson isn’t because all these books aren’t going to sell themselves.

The revised standings will be revised in about 200 days when we get to the convention:

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If Kasich makes it to Delaware….

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If Kasich makes it to Delaware….

…he’s got a large, overflowing even, Delaware leadership team. But the Delaware Presidential Primary is late this year: April 26. I am now taking bets on the fact that Kasich will not be in the race by then.

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 19-25, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 19-25, 2016

City Treasurer Henry Supinski has announced his retirement after 26 years in the post.  I don’t remember a single scandal during that time that was attributed to any problems in the Treasurer’s Office.  And, when you read the linked bio, pretty much all I can conclude is that this is/was a dedicated and effective public servant.  Politics abhors a vacuum, so a politician has rushed in to fill this one.  City Councilman Darius Brown has announced that he will not seek reelection to City Council, and instead will pursue the City Treasurer position. From the News-Journal article:

Brown, 34, said he will establish Open Checkbook, a program to show accountability for city expenditures; Money Matters, a program to provide financial literacy for constituents; and Economic Index to disseminate economic and financial data about Wilmington publicly each quarter to highlight the city’s progress compared to economic activity in the region, state and nation.

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The Republican Debate – Heaven Help Us

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The Republican Debate – Heaven Help Us

I’m not even sure what to say. When you don’t have one substantive candidate there will be no substantive discussion? Know why none of them can call out the others plans for health care, the economy, etc.? Because all of their plans are nonsense. That is the #1 reason none of them can take Trump out. In order to attack his policies, which amount to “It’s (fill in whatever position/plan you want) going to be great!”, they’d have to defend and explain their own policies. Watch the segment on health care last night. Not one of them had a policy. Not one.

Mr. Pandora and I were stunned by the end of the “debate” last night. If Dems need something to rally behind, here it is.

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Friday Open Thread [2.26.16]

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Friday Open Thread [2.26.16]

Taegan Goddard on last night’s disaster of a GOP debate: “The runaway winner of this debate was the Democratic party. If there are many more nights like this one, the Democratic nominee will have a much easier time in November. It was a truly pathetic mess.”

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.26.16]

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Carney Stampeded by Elephants on CSPAN

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Carney Stampeded by Elephants on CSPAN

Bipartisanship awesomeness is the bipartisanship of bipartisan bipartisanshipness. (Also, austerity rocks and will fix everything eventually.) What a goof. Renacci is a Partisan hack playing Carney for a fool.

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Coons’ Africa Convoy Charged By Elephants

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Coons’ Africa Convoy Charged By Elephants

No comment, except to say I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for Celia to work her magic with this. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE)convoy to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia was charged by elephants last week when they got too close to the baby elephants. Coons was on a fact-finding mention with […]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.25.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.25.16]

Chez Pazienza says the political press needs to grow a pair when it comes to Trump.

Nobody is willing to openly admit what most of us have been able to see for months: that if Donald Trump is the best the Republican party can do, and if he winds up becoming the nominee for president, we’re fucking doomed. The political press just keeps right on plugging along, pretending that while this is an unusual and surprising election season there’s nothing completely offensive and undeniably dangerous about it. Donald Trump is calling immigrants rapists and killers, he’s for banning all Muslims from entering the country, and he’s regularly encouraging his rabid followers to rough up protesters, and yet as a whole our nation’s political media is covering Trump’s rise as if it’s something to marvel at — or to hardly notice at all — rather than something to be utterly ashamed of. The job of the political press is to hold candidates accountable — but our political press for the most part isn’t doing a damn thing when it comes to Trump.

On Sunday, MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur tweeted out a depressing but not all that surprising incident that happened on the trail. She claims that at a campaign rally, Trump worked the audience by going after the media — not at all the first time he’s done it — and that led to the angry crowd hurling insults and threats at the press covering the event. According to Tur, at least one guy in the audience turned toward her and shouted, “You’re a bitch!” while another flipped the press gaggle off. In response to this, Chuck Todd fired off a tweet accusing Trump and his nutjob acolytes of engaging in “outrageous and dangerous behavior,” and saying that the “campaign rhetoric” needs to be “ratcheted back.” Trump singles out Katy Tur, accusing her of saying something negative about him, then whips the crowd into a frenzy against her until people are basically ready to tear her head off, and that’s just “campaign rhetoric?” No, it absolutely isn’t. It’s the frightening ravings of a would-be fascist dictator, one who refuses to behave decently or responsibly and who all the admonition in the world won’t stop. Remember, this is the same guy who responded to a protester being punched at a rally in November by agreeing that “maybe he should’ve been roughed up.” [...]

Eventually, some member of the media is going to get hurt when Trump singles them out for a scathing rebuke. Back in January, he tore the head off a poor camera operator in the middle of a Trump rally for the unforgivable sin of not moving the camera to show the size of the crowd. (As if the people covering the rally work for Trump and are therefore required to take orders from him.) When Trump went after him, the crowd followed suit and launched into the same kind of mass tirade Katy Tur was on the receiving end of. And yet, again, not only does the media not take steps to protect its own people, it otherwise behaves as if Trump isn’t a threat to the public and America as a whole. Granted, the easiest way to correct itself on both counts would be to simply stop covering Trump, but given his status as ratings and page-view catnip that’s just never going to happen. Barring that then, the political media should be willing to take a stand and at every turn portray Trump as he is: a dangerous, megalomaniacal demagogue.

I have been thinking something for a while, but have been unwilling to put it into digital print, or say it out loud, but I think I will now. American politics has faced dark and dangerous and chaotic elections before. 1968 brings to mind a very good example. Then you had two political leaders, RFK and MLK, assassinated, and protesters and supporters of candidates beaten. It could happen again. This is not a prediction, or a “Round them up” hyperbolic call to arms that I am infamous for. It’s just a gut feeling I have that something violent is going to happen to change this presidential race Either a protester is killed at a Trump rally by a mob of Trump supporters, maybe even upon Trump’s orders, or maybe Trump himself will be shot at or assassinated.

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BLM Protests Clinton

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BLM Protests Clinton

Black Lives Matter protest a Hillary event.

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Make America What…Again?

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Make America What…Again?

20% of Trump Supporters reject the Emancipation Proclamation. Another 17% “aren’t sure” if freeing the slaves was a good idea. That is how big the stakes are in this election. If Democrats are unmoved by our eventual candidate, we will be empowering the worst Americans, and validating everything that is base and disgusting about this […]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.25.16]

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White House considers Nevada Gov. Sandoval for Supreme Court | PBS NewsHour

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White House considers Nevada Gov. Sandoval for Supreme Court | PBS NewsHour

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/white-house-considers-nevada-gov-sandoval-for-supreme-court/ Trollbama? Trying hard not to lose it  my @$$ of at McConnell and the GOP if this is legit.

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Red States Dominate Shooting Death Stats

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Red States Dominate Shooting Death Stats

The correlation is pretty obvious. While murders are fairly evenly distributed (per 100k of population), suicides put red states way over the top. Ergo: Conservatism + Guns = Fear = Despair = Time to Meet Jesus. (click for a larger picture)

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Obama comes out swinging on SCOTUS appointment fight

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Obama comes out swinging on SCOTUS appointment fight

Read this. You will agree that, even with the most advanced diamond tipped drilling equipment, Obama’s carapace of cool can not be penetrated.

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It’s Time I Got Off The Fence – My Presidential Endorsement

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It’s Time I Got Off The Fence – My Presidential Endorsement

Here’s where I began. Before Bernie Sanders entered the primary I was fine with Hillary Clinton. Basically, I knew what I would be voting for (warts and all). Nothing anyone says about her is new to me. That doesn’t mean I agree with her on everything. It just means that I was open to supporting a Sanders’ nomination. I even wrote a post about it and commented on it extensively.

I’m going to be really honest here. Many of the comments from Bernie supporters on this site concerned me.  I heard a lot about why social issues weren’t important and would have to wait – suddenly incrementalism was A-okay.  That surprised me, and concerned me, since Dems are going to desperately (and I mean desperately) need the votes of black and brown people, women, non-Christians, the LGTB community, and other minority groups in November. Not to mention that every time I asked for reasons to support Bernie I received a host of reasons to not support Hillary. Basically, I wasn’t comfortable with the strategy of “My candidate doesn’t suck as much as your candidate” comments. And boy, there were a ton of those. To me, that shows a weakness of your candidate.

Guess you’ve already figured out who I’m going with. I’d already admitted weeks ago I was leaning towards Hillary. The time since has merely strengthened my stance.

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