Long rumored as a possible candidate who will have the backing of the VoteVets organization, Sean Barney officially announced his congressional campaign this morning. It appears from his announcement email that Mr. Barney intends to focus most of his campaign on foreign policy and I applaud Mr. Barney for devoting a lot of his announcement for standing up for the Syrian Refugees, joining Bryan Townsend, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Bryon Short in accepting the refugees after they complete the vetting process.
I wonder though, if Mr. Barney intends to focus his campaign entirely on foreign policy. Starting out this way though, is smart, since it is his base of support.
Donald Trump “met privately on Monday with black pastors and religious figures at Trump Tower in Manhattan, trying to confront skepticism about his candidacy and project sensitivity about minority concerns,” the New York Times reports. Said Trump: “There was great love in the room.”
Politico: “Instead of endorsements, many black pastors issued Donald Trump demands for an apology for his treatment of racial minorities at a closed-door meeting at Trump Tower in New York on Monday.”
So demands for apologies equals great love. Personally, I believe these pastors and religious figures were fools to meet with him in the first place. You meet with Trump, you validate Trump, no matter what you say to Trump, because Trump will say you love him. And that is all the media hears.
I know Governor Elect John Carney is committed to pissing his pants over Syrian refugees, but will he address the real terror cells? Will he fully vet the bloodthirsty savages from the hotbed of religious fanaticism known as North Carolina?
Glenn Thrush says Ted Cruz is running the best GOP campaign: “The fundamentals are in place for a big winter push. Cruz’s fundraising has been near the top of the field ($26 million as of Oct. 15) and his campaign has an efficient 50 percent burn rate with about $14 million cash-on-hand.”
“After prematurely announcing the endorsements of 100 black pastors — prompting several to protest they were not, in fact, supporters – Donald Trump’s campaign abruptly cancelled a press conference with the group scheduled for Monday afternoon at Trump Tower,” Politico reports.
“The botched endorsement rollout represents an embarrassing setback for a campaign struggling to combat the perception that its candidate is racially divisive.”
The pastors, as a group, said that they had only agreed to meet with Donald Trump, but were not endorsing him. To a narcissistic egomaniac fascist like Donald Trump, this is a huge… YUGE personal insult. How dare they not endorse him? What kind of idiot pieces of trash do they have to be to not endorse him? I mean, my God, the Donald gave them the great, no YUGE opportunity to meet his august presence.
Michael Tomasky says I have been right all along in my pronoucements that Ted Cruz will be the 2016 GOP Nominee.
Cue the scary-minor-key power chord: Ted Cruz is within the margin of error of Donald Trump in Iowa. It’s Trump 25, and Cruz 23, but as we will see further down, other numbers from the poll suggest that Cruz is well positioned to win what might now be a two-man race in the Hawkeye State.
This is just awesome news. One can now begin to see how this may all be shaping up. I tweeted it last Friday. Trump becomes the crazy, not-really-electable, neo-fascist candidate—the choice of a good chunk of the base, but one the establishment can’t live with. Marco Rubio, the guy the establishment is most comfortable with, becomes the establishment candidate—but by definition that will make him unacceptable to a sizable chunk of the base. And so emerges Cruz—the “compromise” candidate! (That the scenario of Cruz as compromise candidate is not at all implausible is one stark measure of what Trump’s presence has done to the GOP.)
Cruz is now running—and smartly, it must be said—what you might call the “Donnie Jr.” strategy. Be like Donald, but not as… Not as out there. Not as openly racist. Not as extreme. Differentiate where principle absolutely demands, as Cruz did on the question of religious ID cards for Muslim Americans, which Cruz ruled out as Trump did not. But basically, be the acceptable Trump.
Multiple civilians and police officers were reportedly injured after Colorado Springs, Colorado officers responded to reports of an active shooter at a local Planned Parenthood location.
A reporter on the scene for The Gazette, the city’s local newspaper, tweeted confirmation from the Colorado Springs Police Department that at least three officers were wounded in the shooting, along with multiple civilians. It was not immediately clear if there were any fatalities.
Timothy Egan at The New York Times writes about Donald Trump’s rhetoric in the race for the Republican nomination:
Take him at his word — albeit, a worthless thing given his propensity for telling outright lies and not backing down when called on them — Donald Trump’s reign would be a police state. He has now outlined a series of measures that would make the United States an authoritarian nightmare. Trump is no longer entertaining, or diversionary. He’s a billionaire brute, his bluster getting more ominous by the day.
Hundreds of volunteers crowded into Mountaire Farms’ Selbyville warehouse on three assembly lines Nov. 23 to pack more than 7,000 boxes for families in Sussex County and other Delmarva locations. Starting with fewer than 300 boxes more than two decades ago, the event now serves thousands. Photo by Ron MacArthur.
In this week’s address, the President wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and reflected on America’s history of welcoming men and women seeking a safer, better future for themselves and their families.
Governor Markell acknowledges the giving spirit of Delawareans, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Each and every day, we have the opportunity to bring a little joy and cheer to friends, family and even to strangers,” said Governor Markell. “So, this holiday season, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your giving spirit—it keeps Delaware moving forward.”
Several white supremacist terrorists shot 5 people at an ongoing Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis last night. According to a police report today, two suspects have been arrested. It is what Trump has started.
White supremacists are obviously already inclined towards hatred and violence, but in other ways they are just like anybody else. They’re suggestible. They can be incited. They can take cues from political leaders and feel as if those cues grant legitimacy to their beliefs and actions.
So, when a Black Lives Matter protester gets beaten down and choked at a Trump rally and called a nigger and a monkey, and the candidate (who also happens to be leading in the polls) says that he probably deserved this treatment, it certainly seems like it could influence a few white supremacists to show up armed at a Black Lives Matter rally looking for trouble. Sending out racist tweets only strengthens this impression.
It’s really a matter of leadership. Trump has chosen to be the leader of a group that has a lynch mob mentality. I don’t think there is any doubt that he’s been encouraging and condoning this kind of behavior, even if he hasn’t told anyone to start shooting people.
When a police officer “fears for his life” he basically has a blank check to bypass District Attorneys, hearings, juries, judges and sentencing hearings and skip directly to the execution. That is why 70 people were killed by cops in Chicago last year and all but one were found to be justified. That test for deadly force is much too low. I understand that police work is hard and dangerous, but it is supposed to be. Police are supposed to be carefully screened and trained to be able to contend with the difficulties and danger of the job. Police work is only easy in a police state.
CHICAGO (AP) — The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.
It would be utterly humiliating for the DEGOP ticket to be topped by Lacey Lafferty. A complete disgrace. An utter travesty, and an intolerable burden for down ticket Republicans. But Copeland alone doesn’t have the juice to get Bonini to unquit the race. So my sense it that Copeland, Simpler and Burris triple teamed Bonini who will be getting some pay off, like a piece of pizza, or a root-beer float, in exchange for being the candidate to lose to fellow GOPer, John Carney.
The great paradox: Americans hate government, want it do a lot, and they are satisfied with the job it is doing. Pew Research surveyed 35,071 Americans between June and September of 2014 and compiled information about their religious and political beliefs. A majority of the American public supports the government playing a major role in a wide range of areas and issues. And when asked about whether or not the government is doing a good job in each of those areas (rather than the more general question about overall trust in government), the ratings are relatively high. Of course there are some differences on how Democrats and Republicans rate government performance in these areas. Come inside to find out more.
Senator Tom Carper matched Governor Markell’s approval rating of 61% in Morning Consult’s job performance polling of all 100 U.S. Senators Delaware Tom Carper over the last few months. 22% disapprove of the CEO of Carperdyne Systems.
Senator Coons has a lower rating, but still relatively high, at 58%. 23% disapprove.
Jeb! Bush is down to fourth (or lower) in most polls and seems to be about done. His style of pretending to be the grownup in the room is so 2008. The 2016 GOP primary voters have made it abundantly clear that they have no need for a grownup, pretend or otherwise. Anyone who thinks […]
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Hillary Clinton is better-trusted on dealing with the terrorism threat, with her biggest edge over Donald Trump.
“By 50% to 42%, more Americans say they trust Clinton to handle the threat of terrorism than Trump, who leads the Republican field and responded to the Paris terrorist attacks by calling for heightened surveillance of mosques and redoubling his opposition to allowing Syrian refugees to settle in the U.S.”
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