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The Creation of the Clinton vs the Progressives Narrative

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The Creation of the Clinton vs the Progressives Narrative

It is fascinating to watch and of course Mark Halperin would be at the tip of the spear of this bullshit. According to him and his interlocutor here, Hillary Clinton is “terrified of the left”. Setting up this narrative of Clinton vs “The Left” is all about demonizing “The Left” and its ideas in a way that Halperin would never do for the Tea Party — who are demonstrably dangerous. Which might be why he feels that he can do this — there’s no downside to him for taking sides against “The Left”. He won’t be the only one, of course, but this is the first I’ve seen of this narrative in the wild this cycle.

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Saturday Open Thread [4.18.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.18.15]

Dana Milbank:

Also of note is that the partisan polarization occurs even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate. “In order to have an understanding of the ideology of your party and the opposing party you have to have a lot of information,” and “that’s something that just doesn’t happen for the majority of the electorate,” said Westwood. “However, most people understand their side is good and the opposing side is bad, so it’s much easier for them to form these emotional opinions of political parties.”

This leads to a grim conclusion: The problem with politics isn’t Washington but the electorate. Members of Congress, most of whom come from safely gerrymandered districts, are behaving in a perfectly rational way when they avoid cooperation with the other party and instead try to build support within their own tribe.

It’s the Fox News problem. Back in the day, there was a balanced media that punished extremism. But for 20 years now, there has been one channel dedicated to ideological news. That has led to having half the electorate being ill informed and rejecting any compromise, because their news anchors rejected reality and any compromise by not punishing extremism. So now you have a political party that rejects reality and compromise and does not punish extremism. The electorate is part of it, but Milbank has to look at HOW the electorate got uninformed.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama speaks about his commitment to combatting the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe.


Governor Markell celebrates volunteerism in the First State during the annual Week of Service.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.18.15]

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3.30.15 Carousel Park

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Friday Open Thread [4.17.15]

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Friday Open Thread [4.17.15]

Nancy LeTourneau on the dynamics between Hillary and Obama as we come up to 2016, because, if you haven’t already noticed, Obama is no lame duck and he will not leave the stage until his time is up, and Hillary is not running from him, she is running towards him.

The modern-day precedent has typically been set by presidents who found themselves embroiled in scandals during their second term – which contributed to their lame-duckness (Reagan with Iran/Contra, Clinton with impeachment and Bush with Iraq/financial crisis). The dynamics will be very different this time around.

And so it should come as no surprise that – as Chozick, Haberman and Martin point out – Hillary Clinton has decided to run on President Obama’s record rather than triangulate between he and Republicans.

Rather than run from Mr. Obama, she intends to turn to him as one of her campaign’s most important allies and advocates — second only, perhaps, to her husband, the other president whose record will hover over her bid…

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, said that she “is proud of what was accomplished, both as President Obama’s partner on critical issues of national security, and on the progress made on the domestic front” and that “a campaign would be about laying out her own vision for tackling our toughest challenges.”

Given the current political dynamics, that is a very good move.

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I’ll Just Drop This Here

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On Thursday, the House voted to repeal the estate tax which would… increase the deficit by $269 billion over a decade.  

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DL Approval Ratings: KWS: The Democratic Tom Wagner.

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DL Approval Ratings:  KWS: The Democratic Tom Wagner.

62% strongly disapprove of Insurance Commissoner Karen Weldin Stewart’s job performance. An additional 19% somewhat disapprove, giving us an overall disapproval score of 81%. This is no surprise. Delaware Liberal readers have never warmed to the elected official who puts the Insurance in Insurance Commissioner. That is what happens when you succeed a true consumer advocate in Matt Denn and then go on to coddle insurance companies. 14% approve of her job performance.

So finally, we have a poll on New Castle County Excecutive Tom Gordon. I have included Mr. Gordon for the first time, because I find it likely that the man may just be our next Governor. Let’s face it: Beau Biden is not going to run. So that means we will get a primary between Carney and Gordon (which will be a proxy war between Carper and Biden), and in that race, I have to put my money on Gordon. So let’s find out what our readers think of the job he is doing this time as County Executive.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.17.15]

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Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse, Delaware

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Thursday Open Thread [4.16.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.16.15]

A new Bloomberg poll finds Americans “are becoming more optimistic about the country’s economic prospects by several different measures. President Obama’s handling of the economy is being seen more positively than negatively for the first time in more than five years, 49% to 46% — his best number in this poll since September 2009.” But the survey “also reveals that about three-fourths of Democrats and independents, along with a majority of Republicans, say the gap is growing between the rich and everyone else — and a majority of women want the government to intervene to shrink it.”

This is horribly bad news for Republicans.

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College Remedial Courses And The State Test

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College Remedial Courses And The State Test

Even though I know there are unique and deserving circumstances, I can’t help but wonder how kids needing remedial courses are even accepted into college, especially University of Delaware which touts itself as highly selective. Okay, I don’t really wonder. Remedial courses are a cash cow for colleges so I understand why they offer them.  Having parents/students pay for non-credit courses makes achieving a degree take longer than four years which adds another semester, or two, in tuition and room and board fees… Cha-Ching!

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes (Plus One Anti-Fave): March, 2015

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes (Plus One Anti-Fave): March, 2015

Quality over quantity this month.  Or maybe I get more jaded as the year goes on.  Good stuff’s still really good, though.  Unless you’re Jason330…

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DL Approval Ratings: Simpler Neutralizes Opinion

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DL Approval Ratings:  Simpler Neutralizes Opinion

So for the first time ever, Delaware Liberal readers are neutral or have no opinion on someone or something. 50% said that they were either neutral, had no opinion, or didn’t know enough about Republican Treasurer Ken Simpler to have an opinion on him one way or the other. And that is logical, since Treasurer Simpler has not done anything yet publicly, nor has he been the typical annoying and grating Republican. 35% approve whatever it is that Simpler is doing, 24% do so strongly. 15% disapprove.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.16.15]

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Harrington DE Train Station

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.15.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.15.15]

Jason is always fond of London’s odd gambling market, which you can find a bookie to bet on everything it appears. And the reason he is fond of it is because, to him, it is a true indicator of polling intention, because people are betting their real money on whether a certain candidate can win. And sure, you can put money down on an outlier candidate with high odds, but that candidate better have a realistic shot for the nomination and the Presidency. For example, if you put money on Ben Carson, you are a fool.

Hillary is by far and away the odds on favorite. Some outfits have her as an 11/10 favorite, or 5/4, or 6/5, or even money at 1/1.

Jeb Bush is next in line as a 7/2 favorite, or 4/1, or 5/1. Marco Rubio’s odds fall in a range between 7/1 and 11/. Scott Walker’s odds similarly range from 7/1 to 12/1 (though most have him in the double digits behind Rubio.

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DL Approval Ratings: Auditor Doesn’t Do His Job, and He Gets Low Ratings. Imagine that.

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DL Approval Ratings: Auditor Doesn’t Do His Job, and He Gets Low Ratings.   Imagine that.

64% of Delaware Liberal readers disapprove of Auditor Tom Wagner (R). 51% strongly disapprove of him. Only 28% approve. That he continues to get reelected will be one of the unanswerable mysteries of life. Kinda like how the Charcoal Pit is considered a good place to eat.

Here is the remaining schedule:

Wednesday — Treasurer Ken Simpler (R)
Thursday — Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart (D)
Friday — New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon (D)

Treasurer Simpler’s results should be interesting. He’s hasn’t really done much yet to approve or disapprove of, and he is not said anything overtly annoying or overly Republican yet.

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DL’s GOP Presidential Fantasy League – Division 2 seats still available

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DL’s GOP Presidential Fantasy League – Division 2 seats still available

Division 1 is fully booked. (Me, Pandora, Steve Newton, Prop Joe and AQC) will be facing off for the big money.

Division 2 is filling up. (Delaware Dem vs…? You?)

Here is how it works. The league is open to 5 players per division. Division 2 is a $5.00 buy in (entertainment only/winner take all). Each player will each draft 4 candidates from the list compiled by Delaware Dem. Your team will accrue points based on the number of days they are in the race for the Republican nomination. So, for example, Rand Paul announced on April 7th. If he makes it all the way to the convention (July 18 2016) he will have been in the race for 469 days, netting his team 469 points. If John Bolton never enters the race, he will have been in the race for 0 days netting his team zero points.

If Division 2 fills up over the weekend, we’ll try to have the draft on Monday via live chat or something.

Who is in?

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.15.15]

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Beth.Shalom.Wilmington

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.14.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.14.15]

Nate Cohn: “Mr. Rubio’s struggle to break through is a powerful reminder that winning a presidential primary is not just about skill as a politician. It’s about positioning, and Mr. Rubio, at the moment, is in a much worse position than many assessments of his political talent would suggest. In basketball terms, he’s boxed out.”

“His central problem is that Jeb Bush has found considerable support from the party’s mainstream conservative and moderate donors in the so-called invisible primary — the behind-the-scenes competition for elite support that often decides the nomination… Mr. Bush’s pre-emptive bid to build elite support has denied Mr. Rubio the opportunity to consolidate the center-right wing of the party. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a big problem if Mr. Rubio were a favorite of the conservatives skeptical of Mr. Bush’s candidacy, but the field is full of candidates who are equally good or better fits for many conservative voters.”

He’s not running for President. He is running for Vice President.

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It’s Not About Gay Wedding Cakes. It’s About A National Religion

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It’s Not About Gay Wedding Cakes. It’s About A National Religion

Take a good long look at this story.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.– Brittany Cartrett recently learned some bad news from her doctor about her pregnancy. She miscarried around five or six weeks along.

“So we made the decision to not do a D&C and to get a medicine. So he said I’m going to give you this medicine, you’ll take it, and it will help you to pass naturally so that you don’t have to go the more invasive route”, said Brittany Cartrett.

The doctor’s office called the Milledgeville Walmart to fill the prescription but they were told no and they were not given a reason.

“So we found another place to fill it but I still had to go up there to get another prescription so when I went up there she asked if I had any questions about this prescription I said no I don’t but I do have a question about the other one. And she looks at my name and she says oh, well…I couldn’t think of a valid reason why you would need this prescription“, Cartrett said.

The drug in question is Misoprostol, which can also used to induce abortions. [emphasis mine]

Everyone okay with a pharmacist overruling an actual doctor’s orders and diagnosis? Everyone okay with a pharmacist deciding, without examining you (not that they would even be capable of that) or knowing your medical condition, if you have a “valid reason” for the prescription decided upon by an actual doctor?

Republicans knew what they were doing making this about wedding cakes and photographers – they knew most people would shrug at cakes, flowers and wedding photos while missing the end game. These pharmacist “conscience clauses” are simply another way to achieve the same end. Religious Discrimination.

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Carly Fiorina gets whats coming to her

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It’s brutal

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DL Approval Ratings: No one lives in the Middle but Tom Carper

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DL Approval Ratings: No one lives in the Middle but Tom Carper

45% strongly disapprove of Senator Tom Carper’s job performance. An additional 21% somewhat disapprove. Only 31% approve in any way, somewhat or strongly, of the Senator. These are not unexpected numbers. When you play both sides of the aisle, both sides of the aisle will grow to dislike you. The middle ground the Senator seeks to never move from (but if he has to he will move right) is not the place you live at in politics. It’s the place you come to to compromise with those on other side. If you start out in the middle ground, then you have no where to go but to the right.

This is why liberals strongly dislike Tom Carper. And it will probably never change.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [4.14.15]

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The old Christiana Inn, on Old Baltimore Pike in Christiana.

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How many of them are there?

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How many of them are there?

It’s the early 1980’s. You are a Sci-Fi fan. That means you loved the Star Wars and Star Trek movies. Remember V? As in V: The Original Miniseries and V: The Final Battle and then V: The Series that lasted for one season. It was a show about human-looking aliens arriving on Earth, allegedly in peace. They had a bargain for the Earth: they would cure cancer and give humans their technology in exchange for allowing them to use some of Earth’s natural resources to manufacture a chemical that would save their home planet’s environment. Or Something.

But they did not come in peace. They came here to harvest us for food, and to take all of the Earth’s water. Oh yes, and they were not humans. They were not even mammals. They were lizards. There is a scene, shown in the promo above, where two shuttle craft land at an industrial plant, and out come untold hundreds of Visitors. A plant worker asks “How many of them are there?”

That’s how I feel about Republicans running for President.

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The DNC had some ‘Game of Thrones’ fun last night.

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The DNC had some ‘Game of Thrones’ fun last night.

Last night the fifth season of Game of Thrones premiered on HBO. So the DNC decided to have a little fun and portray each of the Republican candidates as a family House in the fantasy series. Some of these are quite good.

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Monday Open Thread [4.13.15]

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Monday Open Thread [4.13.15]

Steve Benen:

[T]he kickoff told us quite a bit about the kind of campaign Clinton intends to run, and the key differences from her previous candidacy. There’s also increased clarity Clinton’s rationale: “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” As one-sentence summaries go, that’s not a bad pitch. But as yesterday’s developments unfolded, I found myself thinking about history.

The historical angles Benen thought of for Hillary’s candidacy: 1) The opportunity for the first woman president; 2) an instant intra-party frontrunner without precedent; 3) Clinton brings a unique resume to voters (she would be the first president to be both a cabinet secretary and a statewide officer since 1856); 4) Parties usually struggle to win three in a row (Since 1952, it has only been done once, twice if you consider 2000 a win for the Democrats that got stolen, which I do).

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