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Daniel Drezner on why Joe Biden isn’t running: “The only political reason for a Biden candidacy was an imploding Hillary Clinton, and she’s not imploding.”
Tonight is DEBATE NIGHT! Finally, after enduring two evil and lengthy GOP debates where we discovered that how exactly the Republicans intend to wreak their terrible will on the nation, we get the adults. The reasonable and rational party. The party committed to social progress, equality, opportunity and the Constitution. The party that solves conflicts with diplomacy rather than immature saber rattling. The party that actually paid attention during science and social studies class. The party that believes that climate change is a problem created by man and can be alleviated by man. The party that is not racist, or sexist, or bigoted. The party that stands for the 99%.
The Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, Pew Research says Democrats have become more liberal: “The share of Democrats who describe their political views as liberal has increased over the past 15 years. In surveys conducted this year, 41% of Democrats describe themselves as liberal, 35% say they are moderates and 21% say they’re conservative. In 2000, 43% were moderate, 27% liberal and 24% conservative.”
You know who gets credit for all this? Progressives and the Netroots. People like Markos Moulitsas and Jason Scott in the Howard Dean days who said “Damn straight I am a liberal.”
The advantage of being a small state is that most residents have easy and regular access to their representatives and public officials at events across the state, and many can speak of stories where they have run into various officials, like the Governor or the Vice President, in their local markets and movie theaters. The disadvantage of being a small state is that we do not really have our own state wide television station or news paper, and those media outlets that we do have, do not really put a premium on getting to know our candidates or public officials.
So I am going to use this Daily Delawhere space on occasion to highlight pictures of candidates and office holders either campaigning or performing their responsibilities. These photos can be provided by the campaigns themselves through social media, like Facebook or Instagram, or provided by others. In fact, I will put a premium on using photos provided through social media if only to encourage its use by our politicians. Some have become really really good at it. Others, not so much.
First up today, is Brad Eaby, candidate for Lt. Governor.
Here he is at the Apple Scrapple Festival recently. Photo from the Eaby campaign’s Instagram account.
The posting of this picture does not constitute an endorsement of the Eaby campaign.
First Read says time is running out for Joe Biden:
“More than 10 weeks have passed since that Maureen Dowd column floated the possibility of a Biden run, but he continues to run — or stand — in place. Now, it’s very likely this was decision weekend for Biden, and either we’ll hear a firm ‘no’ from him in the next 48 to 72 hours, or we’ll see the building blocks of an active campaign (website, staff hires). But what is unsustainable is continued inaction, because it won’t be helping his party (if the Democratic nominee needs to raise $1 billion to compete in the general election in this Super PAC Era, Biden still hasn’t raised a cent); it won’t be helping Hillary Clinton (see the latest CBS poll, which shows her leading Bernie Sanders by 24 points without Biden, but by a smaller amount — 19 points — with him included in the contest); and despite experiencing his highest poll numbers during this limbo period, it won’t be helping Biden himself, either (if you want to compete in the early states, build an organization to win, and simply meet the upcoming filing deadlines, you’ve got to jump in ASAP).”
“The 2016 train took off months ago. If Biden wants to catch up to his fellow Democrats, he’s got to hop on Air Force Two now. And if he’s not ready to make that move, he owes it to his party and its presidential frontrunner to end the limbo.”
Jonathan Chait says Republicans need Paul Ryan as their next speaker:
What actually separates the insurgents from the Establishment is not ideology but tactics. The insurgents refuse to accept the constitutional limits of their power, and believe that more frenzied assertions of their core beliefs, combined with a periodic willingness to shut down the government and threaten a currency default, can prevail over President Obama through force of will. The insurgents mistakenly interpret disagreements over means as disagreements over ends; when Republican leaders express reluctance to shut down the government over Obamacare or Planned Parenthood, the insurgents take this as actual support for those programs.
What makes Ryan so perfectly suited to bridge this divide is that he perfectly combines ideological extremism with methodological pragmatism.
So Ryan’s ideological bona fides are so strong that he and only he can convince restive and angry conservatives to delay ideological gratification until that 2017 when Republicans control the federal government and can descend America into the horror that comes from Republican policies. But Ryan still says no. LOL.
In this week’s address, the President spoke to the merits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for American workers and businesses.
Filling in as a guest host for the Governor’s weekly message, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi discusses economic development projects underway through the state’s Downtown Development District program.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, Reuters reports. In contrast, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “took in just $6 million for his presidential campaign from July to the end of September, a major drop to his fund-raising pace over a summer in which two Republican rivals dropped out because they lacked enough money to continue,” the New York Times reports.
Ted Cruz will be your Republican nominee.
And that’s all I got today, because I have a funeral to attend. Perhaps my colleagues can add something about the GOP in total disarray and chaos. The parties have switched places. It used to be that the Democrats were like herding cats and undisciplined, in a permanent state of total chaos and revolution; while the GOP had military precision, and their next in line always won the presidential nomination or leadership contest.
Sen. Bernie Sanders “is uninterested in going through the motions of typical debate practice,” Politico reports.
“While CNN is billing the event as a showdown, Sanders’ team sees the first Democratic debate as a chance to introduce a fairly niche candidate to a national audience. So his team intends to let him do what he’s been doing. Far from preparing lines to deploy against Clinton — let alone O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, or Jim Webb — Sanders plans to dish policy details, learned through a handful of briefings with experts brought in by his campaign.”
I think that would be a good thing. A detailed filled debate. No personal attacks. Quite a contrast to the GOP.
Not that it was much of a secret, since she attended the Jamboree in Sussex County (it is pretty rare for upstate politicians to do that unless you are running for something) and it has been rumored that she would run for some time. But now there is official paperwork. The News Journal says this will shake up the Lt. Governor race. I say it ends it.
But DD, there are now six candidates!?! How can you say it is over? Well…..
Nate Cohn: “Vice President Joe Biden has less support in the polls than Bernie Sanders and hasn’t raised a single dollar for a presidential campaign. Yet if Mr. Biden does decide to seek the presidency, he will pose a greater challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.”
I agree. Sanders draws big crowds, and he polls well in New Hampshire, a state he might win. But Sanders is polling behind Biden in every later contest (see polling inside). Biden seems to have the better electability argument on his side, at least in Florida (see polling inside).
According to Politico, it was Joe Biden himself who first talked to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, “painting a tragic portrait of a dying son, Beau’s face partially paralyzed, sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for president because ‘the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.’”
“It was no coincidence that the preliminary pieces around a prospective campaign started moving right after that column. People read Dowd and started reaching out, those around the vice president would say by way of defensive explanation. He was just answering the phone and listening. But in truth, Biden had effectively placed an ad in The New York Times, asking them to call.”
First, I am not sure if that is more or less crass than if someone else relayed the story or if the Vice President himself did it. Second, I do not believe that exact quote ever escaped the mouth of Beau Biden. I could see “Dad, you should run. You must run.” But not “The White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”
I mean, really?
When this story first came out back in August, I chucked that quote up to a hyperbolic fabrication or paraphrase on the part of Maureen Dowd, because she is known for that. But if Vice President Biden was the source of the story and quote, whoa boy. That means those words are Joe Biden’s creation. And that tells us that he is running and he is going to go extremely negative on Hillary.
And that will be a devastating end to his career.
If this whole story is true in the first place.
Mrs. Harper, the mother of the killer, stockpiled firearms because she feared stricter gun laws. She shared an apartment with her son. She was aware that he had mental problems, but chose to stockpile guns in her home because she feared the Obama administration was going to pass laws making it more difficult to get guns. She would seek the least restrictive gun ranges to take her son so the two of them could shoot as they desired, even while knowing her son had problems. She had purchased several guns just weeks before her son killed nine innocent people.
I want that woman arrested on 9 counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
The Progressive Democrats for Delaware have two interesting panels/meetings coming up. First, this Wednesday at 7 pm at the Del Dem HQ in New Castle, there will be an Education Panel Discussion featuring Mike Matthews, Kevin Ohlandt, Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, John M. Young, Vicki Bloss Seifred and Brian Stephan. The discussion will cover the huge issue of our state education policy: what’s being done, and what should be done.
Come November 4, the PDD will have a meeting that will feature a presentation on Citizens United led by Judith A. Butler. Attending the meeting in perhaps their first joint appearance as primary opponents will be Democratic candidates for Congress, Rep. Bryon Short and Sen. Bryan Townsend, both prime sponsors of SCR 6, calling for an Article V Convention to Amendment the U S Constitution concerning Citizens United. Since it is an issue on which they agree, I am not sure there will be much fireworks, but still, the PDD did a great job in getting both candidates together for this presentation.
Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr. calls out Republicans for their shameless pandering to the gun industry and commends President Obama for “politicizing” the latest mass shootings:
President Obama spoke some of the most important words of his tenure last week in response to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. “This is something we should politicize,” the president said. “It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.”
This is something we should politicize. His statement was remarkable for violating the etiquette as to what a leader should say after another slaughter by a deranged gunman and the conventional wisdom about how politicians have to pretend that they are not engaged in politics.
But Obama was forcing us to face reality. It’s politics that has rendered our nation powerless in the face of butchery. There have been at least 142 school shootings since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, and Congress has done nothing. It’s politics, as Obama said, that makes the U.S. “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months,” and politics that leads our learned legislators to pass laws barring the government from “even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths.”
…”Politicize” is the right word for another reason: We will not act until politicians start losing elections for opposing even the most modest gun safety measure. We will not act unless political parties that block action lose their majorities. Yes, I am talking about a Republican Party that has completely aligned itself with the interests of gun manufacturers and gun fanatics.
Dionne cites “the conclusion of a study released in August by National Journal: “The states that impose the most restrictions on gun users also have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, while states with fewer regulations typically have a much higher death rate from guns.” Dionne adds, “State laws could be even more effective if they were matched by federal laws that made it harder for guns to get into the wrong hands.” Here is that chart. It is huge, so I can’t really post it here to fit the page and at the same time have you read it. So go click on that link.