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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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DEGOP Responds: “but, but, but…Bill Clinton got a blow job”

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DEGOP Responds:  “but, but, but…Bill Clinton got a blow job”

This statement from Charles Lammot DuPont Copeland is simply pitiful.

“Hillary Clinton has been running for President for at least a decade, and today she finally made it official. Since she re-emerged into the spotlight, voters have been reminded that the word “scandal” is synonymous with “Clinton.” As the Clinton record is examined over the months to come, voters in Delaware will become very familiar with the troubling practices of Clinton, Inc. We look forward to seeing how Clinton answers for her countless ethical issues, conflict-of-interest allegations, and hypocrisies on key issues.”

It does chart out the 24/7/365 smear campaign the GOP is going to run against her though. So points for honestly, I suppose.

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DL Approval Ratings: Coons Rides High

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DL Approval Ratings: Coons Rides High

A senior elected official said to me at an event over the weekend that these Delaware Liberal polls are hurting the state of Delaware. He says staffers obsess over them, and that is distracting to the pressing state business that these staffers or employees must take of. This person said, somewhere a Social Security check is not being cut because there is a poll about John Carney.

So I apologize to the people of Delaware, but the polls must go on. To be honest, I was surprised how positive this poll was for Senator Coons, given his recent vacillation over the Iran Deal. To be clear, Senator, to side with the Republicans over the Iran Deal makes you one. You either are in the Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran caucus, or you are not. And voting for the Corker Bill means you want war, not a deal that will prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

Regardless, 59% approve of Senator Coons’ job performance, 23% strongly. 38% disapprove.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [4.13.15]

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Fort Delaware, on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River, near Delaware City.

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This is a pretty damn good announcement video.

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Better than her sitting on the couch in her Washington home in 2008. It hits all the key themes, principles and demographics. The right positive tone. Very good. My only complaint? Her logo. They really needed to contact me for graphics advice.

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Happy Birthday Jason330.

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Our illustrious founder is a half a century old now. Jason has had some iconic moments, like using his bare chested torso as a petition, encouraging all to sign his body so as to lobby for open government back in the halcyon days of Progressives in Delaware. I however cannot find a picture of that. But here is a picture of Jason celebrating in front of a disgruntled conservative’s sign downstate right after President Obama’s election in 2008.

Happy Birthday Jason. Here’s to many many more.

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Sunday Open Thread [4.12.15]

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Sunday Open Thread [4.12.15]

New York Times: “He defeated her in a grueling Democratic nomination battle. Then she pursued his agenda across the world as secretary of state. Now, the delicate relationship between Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama is about to get even more complicated.”

“For months, Mrs. Clinton and her team have pored over Mr. Obama’s poll ratings, policies and constituencies, seeking to solve a central riddle for the campaign she is about to begin: How can she run for president as her own person, without criticizing the sitting president she served — while her Republican opponents will be working to demonize them both?”

Dan Balz: “Her every step will be analyzed for signs of change or continuity. Has she learned from her loss to then-candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries? If so, what? Does she act entitled or hungry? Has she shifted on foreign policy issues since she was Obama’s secretary of state?”

On Twitter, Hillary has been quite glowing about the President’s accomplishments, especially in the areas of Equality and Obamacare. She may go more hawkish on ISIS, but she will term it as doing more. I think she knows that it will hurt her on the left flank to create too much distance between herself and her former boss. That was the lesson of 2000, and the Clintons then thought Gore should have used them much more. She will not now agree with Al Gore on being her own candidate.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [4.12.15]

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Photo by Kristopher Arnold on Flickr.

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Saturday Open Thread [4.11.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.11.15]

A new Bloomberg National poll finds that 72% of Democrats and independents said it would be a good thing for the Democratic Party if Hillary Clinton were to face a “serious” challenger for the presidential nomination. Well, it seems that she will have at least three challengers. Whether they are serious depends on three things: 1) Hillary’s performance; 2) the voters; and 3) the challengers themselves. Remember, Hillary is riding high in the polls not because of some accident. The Democratic base overwhelmingly wants her to be their nominee, while, contrarily, they want a serious challenge for her. This is probably because a serious contested and drawn out battle between Obama and Clinton in 2008 strengthen Obama and prepared him for McCain in the fall. Well, there is no Obama on the scene, and the conditions are not there for an Obama to emerge this time to challenge Clinton.

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The Weekly Addresses

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Vice President Biden fills in for his boss this week, and he talks about the President’s plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students.

Governor Markell highlights ongoing efforts both in Delaware and across the country to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This is personal for me, because through this program, my cousin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is on the Autism spectrum.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.11.15]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.11.15]

Rockwood Park by Van Luvender on Flickr.

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President Obama Acquires Superpowers in Jamaica. Can now shoot Rainbows from his Hand.

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Fitting for the best President for Equality since, well, ever.

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Friday Open Thread [4.10.15]

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Friday Open Thread [4.10.15]

Hillary is running. She will formally announce her presidential candidacy via social media at Noon EST Monday, while she’s en route to Iowa to begin a brisk early-states tour. Thus, no tedious announcement that she is thinking of running, and then setting up an exploratory committee, and then officially announcing. She is just announcing and then jumping right into campaigning. That is good.

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Draft Biden

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This post is worth it just for the above picture. But anyway there is apparently a Draft Biden movement, I suppose apart from the Plan B movement waiting in the wings that the Vice President and Delaware Democrats already have fermenting just beneath the surface. Indeed, little birdies have told me that Delaware Democrats, whether they are official staff, in leadership positions or prominent rank-and-file have been told that when it comes to the Presidential race, they are not for Hillary, they are for Joe. At least that is what they are supposed to say publicly. But I digress.

Organizers behind the Draft Biden 2016 super-PAC have launched an online store around a “I’m ridin’ with Biden” logo depicting the vice president sporting aviator sunglasses while behind the wheel. [...] The group has 20,000 signatures toward their goal of 30,000 by the end of April for an online petition urging Biden to launch a 2016 White House bid, they said. They added that they plan to organize in early-voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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DL Approval Ratings: Negative for Carperdyne Model 3000X

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DL Approval Ratings: Negative for Carperdyne Model 3000X

29% strongly disapprove. 26% somewhat disapprove. That is good enough for an overall majority (55%) disapproving of your job performance, John Carney. And the reason you’ve got that here is because you have our conservative readers voting against you because you are a Democrat. And you’ve got liberals voting against you because you are Carperdyne Model 3000X. Your programming has you continuing to try to find “common” ground with Republicans, which to them means you cave and they accept. You vote with theRepublicans against a Democratic budget and you or any elected Delaware Democratic officials dares wonder why the rank and file Democrats don’t like you.

Here’s a clue. You ran as a Democrat. You were elected as a Democrat. You better vote as a Democrat. You better act like one too. All the time. Or you won’t be around much longer.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.10.15]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.10.15]

Cochran Grange, on Middletown Warwick Road in Middletown. The Greek Revival house was built in 1840. It was the home of former Governor John P. Cochran, who served as the 43rd Governor of Delaware from 1875 to 1879.

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Thursday Open Thread [4.9.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.9.15]

Roger Simon: “There is a poison pill inside the Republican Party and if its presidential hopefuls keep swallowing it, they are going to choke off their chances for the White House. The religious right has managed to convince some potential candidates that it is extremely powerful. It has convinced the more gullible ones that they must grovel, kowtow and genuflect before it. This is nonsense. As I have written before, the religious right has not gotten the nominee it has wanted since Ronald Reagan. It is a paper tiger. And by taking the poison pill that the religious right offers, the potential candidates risk alienating the rest of the nation.”

But that’s not what the right wing is saying. They are telling this frightened cowards of candidates that they cannot ever hope to win without them. On Monday, Iowa’s Steve Deace was talking to the Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats about the necessity of opposing marriage equality. Vander Plaats, who has previously said that “You cannot run away from the heart of God and expect God to bless the country,” told Deace that Republicans are hurting their election chances by not standing firmly enough against gay rights. Vander Plaats insisted of Republicans that “They’ll never win again without this base.”

Has the base not been with the GOP in 2008 and 2012? The religious right loved Sarah Palin and they turned out for her, and she and they got destroyed in a massive landslide for Barack Obama. The religious right was with Mitt Romney because they wanted to get rid of Obama in 2012. They all believed, seriously believed, that Romney would win and they were devastated when he did not.

I always love this instantly revisionist denial that Republicans and conservatives go through when they lose. I guarantee you that when GOP Nominee Ted Cruz loses 49 states to Hillary, the religious right will say he was not conservative enough and that is why he did not win.

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New Castle County Job Fair Tomorrow

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DL Approval Ratings for Matt Denn: Most Popular Statewide Dem?

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DL Approval Ratings for Matt Denn: Most Popular Statewide Dem?

54% of our readership strongly approves of Attorney General Matt Denn. Another 15% somewhat approve, bringing his overall approval rating to 69%, which may be the highest this time around statewide for Democrat. 19% disapprove. Last year, Beau Biden proved pretty popular, besting the then Lt. Governor. I wonder if that will change this time around. And yes, I will ask a poll question on the favorability of the former Attorney General and potential Gubernatorial candidate next week.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.9.15]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.9.15]

The walls of Henry Clay Mill, now part of the Hagley Museum, in Henry Clay Village. The mill was built in 1815.

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The Little Bastard is Guilty

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A federal jury in Boston has just found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of multiple charges related to the Boston Bombing. You see, terrorists can be tried in civilian courts, Republicans.

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Hans Reigle to Run for Congress

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Hans Reigle to Run for Congress

Who?

Hans Reigle, man. The former mayor of Wyoming. The town in Delaware, not the state. Hey, you guys should know who he is since I mentioned him as a Republican possibility back in the Delaware Game of Thrones series. Here is what I said:

Former Kent County GOP Chair Hans Reigle has also been mentioned as a potential candidate, but I’d imagine he’d been only viable if it were a free for all without Copeland.

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George “I Hate the Gays” Parrish to run for Insurance Commissioner

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George “I Hate the Gays” Parrish to run for Insurance Commissioner

Sussex County’s former Clerk of the Peace, George Parrish, is running for state insurance commissioner as a Republican. The last we heard of this theocratic idiot was when he announced that he would perform civil union ceremonies even though he believed they were discriminatory towards heterosexuals somehow. Here is what he said back then:

“As I have reviewed all my legal options, administrative options and political options, I have determined that I took an oath in support of the Constitution and the rule of law should prevail,” said Parish, who lives in Long Neck. “It’s because of that and because if I were to resign, liberal Gov. Jack Markell would have the opportunity to appoint a potential liberal to succeed me and that’s unacceptable to George Parish because Sussex County voters should be the source of deciding and electing the next clerk of the peace of Sussex County.” [...]

Parish favors a constitutional amendment that would define marriage in Delaware as between a man and a woman. [...] He believes Delaware’s new law is discriminatory against heterosexuals.

So now the 74 year old former Clerk of Peace wants to be Insurance Commissioner. Hey, I want a change at that position too. I just don’t want an old bigot who likely opposes Obamacare to be that change.

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