It is basically official. Biden will be the straight-talking, blue collar, non-Clinton alternative to Ms. Clinton. So what if he is polling at 12% to Clinton’s 72%? He has always wanted to be the President of the United States and you have 0% chance of making the shots you don’t take.
Would he be a good President? Well, what’s your criteria? He would be better than any of the Republican alternatives, to be sure. Would he be better than Hilary Clinton? I guess we’ll be able to hear him make the case for why he would. In the process I only hope that he doesn’t load up the GOP with a lot of ammunition to use against her if (when?) he falls short.
Support for candidates who voted for the health-care law has improved dramatically in recent months, a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday shows. The survey found respondents almost exactly split on the question of whether they would be more or less likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supports the Affordable Care Act, with 34% saying they would be more likely to vote for the candidate and 36% saying they would be less likely to do so. Some 27% said it would not make a difference.
In November, during the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, just 21% said a candidate’s support for the law would make them more likely to vote for them, compared to 37% who said it would make them less likely to do so. A much larger percentage—40%—were indifferent. The hardcore 36-37% opposed to the law and thus opposed to anyone who says anything good about the law stayed basically the same, with all change come from those who were indifferent, who now love the law enough to say it will make it more likely that they will support a candidate who supports Obamacare. That is a 14 point net swing. That is huge for only four months. Imagine where we might be in another, or July….
One of the things I value about Delaware Liberal is our community. This isn’t the first time I’ve reached out, and I doubt it will be the last. As I type this I am awaiting a call back from my father-in-law’s senior living apartment’s service coordinator. It’s decision time, which means I’m scrambling for information.
My father-in-law took a fall about a month ago. He seemed okay, and we were fortunate he was given a visiting nurse. I LOVE Medicare! Then yesterday, my phone rang. It was the EMTs calling. My FIL had fallen and was completely disoriented. He was refusing treatment and the EMT called me before they had to call the police – because my FIL HAD to go to the hospital. Of course, he did. I spoke to my FIL on the phone – Luckily, he recognized me – but he still refused to go to the hospital. I told him I was on my way over, then called my husband. By the time we got there the EMTs had finally gotten him on the stretcher. He’s now at the hospital and we’re awaiting test results. Those that have come back have indicated he has shingles, a UTI, occasional cardiac atrial fibrillation and has suffered a series of mini strokes. The hospital expects to keep him for three days.
So, here’s where I’m at, and where I turn to DL for advice.
Here are the results for Republican Senator Christine O’Donnell, oh wait, I’m sorry, Chris Coons:
Strongly Disapprove – 47%
Disapprove – 24%
So a grand total of 71% disapprove of the neocon coward. 27% approve. 2% had no opinion or were ‘meh.’ Chris, if I wanted a neocon reactionary I would have voted for the witch. If I wanted a spineless shadow craver I would have cloned Tom Carper. My God, it just occurred to me. We have elected the short version of Joe Lieberman.
Our 62 District Strategy Chart is updated as I have removed Rep. Darryl Scott and added Sean Lynn’s name there as candidate in the Democratic column. City Councilwoman Dorsey Walker has filed to primary Senator Bob Marshall in the 3rd Senate District. Does Senator Marshall retire, or face a much tougher primary this time around then he experienced last time. Representatives Bryon Short, Kim Williams, Larry Mitchell, and Earl Jaques have all filed for reelection. And Democrat Jeff Porter of Tavistock has filed to challenge Representative Debbie Hudson. Good. I was afraid I might have to run against her just to get a Democrat into the race.
There is also a bit of a joke in the chart. A joke I now hope to turn into a reality…
Also, will Delaware’s most popular politician really not be on the ballot in 2016?
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll “underscores the degree to which the contest for the GOP nomination in 2016 is as wide open as any in the modern era.” Meanwhile, CNN is out with a somewhat confusing abortion poll.
In one week, he has expressed an opinion about the Ukrainian crisis that should have come straight out of the mouth of Dick Cheney. And now he votes against a well qualified nominee because he is scared of something, though it is not precisely clear what. This is despite the fact that he faces no opposition for reelection. And even if he did, and his opponent championed this vote to approve this nominee as a reason to defeat Senator Coons, all he had to do is say that Adegbile is well qualified for the position and that his representation of Mumia was on constitutional issues after he was already convicted. And even still, is he not principled enough to stand up for the AMERICAN and CONSTITUTIONAL notion that every citizen, no matter what they are charged with, no matter their alleged crime, deserves a day in court and deserves representation by legal counsel? Is he that chickenshit to deny this basic right?
Apparently so. We Delawareans desperately need to replace him in the Senate, for he does not possess the skill, principle or fortitude for the job.
Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of U.S. Senator Tom Carper?
Disapprove — 67%
Approve — 26%
Meh — 7%
Our Delaware Democrats in Congress need to wake up and realize it is no longer 1995. Or 2005. Democrats without any spine, courage or principle are not in fashion. And it doesn’t win you elections. Senator Tom Carper prevented the Senate from taking up the minimum wage bill this month, adding to the long list of deeds where he has thwarted the Democratic majority or undermined a Democratic President. He should be condemned. The Carper contagion is not contained to one man, either. The supposed scholar Chris Coons has been infected. His two sins this week are legion and will be the subject of another post today.
So any notion that Flowers would be scared off running for reelecton was foolish, as he officially declares today that he is running for reelection, despite two expenses scandals and an idiotic confrontation with the Governor. Some Democratic Party operatives say that Flowers is an underdog in the primary. Those Democratic Party operatives are idiots. No, it is going to be VERY difficult to defeat Chip Flowers.
It usually starts as spring dawns in an election year. The retirements. Always there is a surprise. Last time, the surprise was Terry Schooley. This year, this might be it:
I have decided not to run for reelection this year.
The obligations of my family and career outside the General Assembly have changed, and it is apparent to me that I will not be able to provide my constituents with the level of service they require and deserve beyond the end of my term this year. If you do this right, it is the fullest part-time job you will ever have.
This is total BS, and unfortunately, totally not surprising.
Florida’s State Attorney is pursuing 60 years behind bars for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman who fired a “warning shot” in the direction of her estranged husband and his two kids.
First Read reports on the Texas party primaries last night (which are as ridiculously early as Delaware’s are ridiculously late):
“Yet if the GOP establishment largely won the battle last night, the Tea Party has already won the war. Every Republican running for office — up and down the ballot — did so by running hard to the right and hard against President Obama (even in races that have nothing to do with the president)… And in another example of how the Tea Party has already won the war, just check out the tweet that Sen. Lindsey Graham — another establishment Republican facing a Tea Party primary field this year — fired off yesterday regarding the situation in Ukraine: ‘It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression.’”
“Bottom line: Establishment Republicans have figured out how to survive (for the most part) in these primaries, but the question is whether this has been good for the party in the long run.”
Let me give you a hint: it will doom them in national elections, it will guarantee a Ted Cruz or Rand Paul nomination, and will result in a 400 electoral vote landslide by President Hillary Clinton. Now, some would say that is bad for the party. I disagree. I think Republicans love their base to be outraged so that they can be bilked. Nothing better for that than 16 years of Democratic control of the White House.
UPDATED: Good Morning Suckers – You are paying Mike Castle’s flood insurance premiums, and you are going to keep paying them
Mike Castle can sleep in his beach house soundly knowing that you are on the job heavily subsidizing his choice to live next to the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean totally risk free. You feel good about yourself, right? Castle deserves his sound sleep.
Actually, I’m not crazy about the set up. I happen to think that people who decide to live in flood plains should shoulder the risk of that reckless behavior. It is the one area of common ground I had with teabags, and it was the one positive outcome from the Democratic Party’s adoption of austerity mania. We can’t afford to cover Mike Castles flood risk, nor should we have to. For a while it looked like we were going to get out from under having to pay Mike Castle’s beach house flood insurance premiums, but now it looks like that ain’t happening
Here are the results for Auditor Wagner:
Approve – 59%
Disapprove – 26%
Meh – 16%
Looks like another freep poll, but that’s ok. The Republicans have so little to be happy about in Delaware that it is good to throw them a bone once and a while. I am not sure what there is to approve of regarding the job performance of the Auditor. But doing nothing is what Republicans really like and do best.
Alright. Now have at Senator Carper.
In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, McCain (R-Ariz.) said the “blatant act” by Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stand,” even as he acknowledged that the United States does not have a realistic military option to force Russian troops to withdrawal.
And that, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with the Republican Party war hawks led by John McCain and Lindsay Graham. Their foreign policy vision essentially boils down to this formula:
TOUGH TALK AND THREATS + ? = PROFIT
Where profit can either figuratively mean policy success (i.e. regime change, or Russian withdrawal from the Crimea) or literally mean profits for defense contractors. Republicans resort first and always to military threats whenever a crisis occurs, because they truly believe it is the only way to 1) express and demonstrate the greatness of America and our strength, and 2) it is the only way to achieve American foreign policy goals.
And yet, even John McCain, the belligerent war monger that he is, admits that we cannot go to war with Russia. So what is the point in threatening a military option? If you cannot back up a threat, doesn’t that make you appear even weaker?
Democratic Treasurer candidate Sean Barney will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Progressive Democrats for Delaware tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 5 at 7 pm. The meetings are held at the Delaware Democratic Party Headquarters at 19 East Commons Boulevard in New Castle, which is off Rt. 141 next to the News Journal building, south of the I-95 interchange.
Here are the results for IC Stewart:
Not surprising. Conservatives dislike her because she is implementing Obamacare. Liberals dislike her because she is in the pockets of the insurance industry. Both dislike her incompetence.
I tried to come up with a phrasing of the Coons Doctrine which captured Senator Coons’ claim that the United States must constantly demonstrate Bushian levels of breathtaking and ill-conceived belligerence on a world wide scale, or else be perceived as pussies. I think I only partially captured it.
We’ve seen this idiotic foreign policy doctrine promoted before. Usually it is territory covered by cretins like John Bolton and Dick Cheney. To hear it promoted by our blue state Democratic Senator is truly startling. Coons appears to be taking former Ct Senator Joe Lieberman as a foreign policy godfather. If it is true and Coons is guided by Lieberman on foreign policy and Carper on domestic policy – I can’t help but wonder what good he can possibly be to his Delaware constituents?
That isn’t to say that Christine O’Donnell would have been better, but at least O’Donnell would have been a one termer. Coons, being a Democrat, has a lifetime sinecure in the Senate. Let that sink in as you consider the fact that Coons laments the fact that we didn’t go to war in Syrian.