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WaPo: It’s not just Harris who’s hitting reverse on Medicare for All

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You’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but now Democrats appear to have developed a case of Bernie remorse. After rushing to out-socialist Bernie Sanders by unquestioningly embracing Medicare for All, the Washington Post reports that presidential candidates have begun singing a different tune. Kamala Harris might be carrying the melody, but she’s getting a lot of harmony from the rest of the choir:

The Democratic senator from California is hardly alone. The idea of Medicare-for-all — a unified government health program that would take over the basic function of private insurance — became a liberal litmus test at the outset of the presidential campaign, distinguishing Democratic contenders who cast themselves as bold visionaries from more moderate pragmatists.

But in recent months, amid polling that shows concern among voters about ending private insurance, several of the Democratic hopefuls have shifted their positions or their tone, moderating full-throated endorsement of Medicare-for-all and adopting ideas for allowing private insurance in some form. …

This unmistakable, if sometimes subtle, shift in tone stems in part from Democrats’ fear of giving away a newfound advantage over Republicans on health care.

After the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Republicans scored major political victories by vowing to repeal the initially unpopular law. But when the GOP seized control of Washington under President Trump and tried to follow through on those promises, they faced a powerful backlash from voters who’d come to rely on the ACA.

Now some Democrats warn of the perils for their party in taking a position that, to important groups of voters, could seem just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.

No kidding. However, this isn’t about the ACA at all. ObamaCare customers are a relative drop in the bucket in the US population. The problems with Medicare for All are related to the 150 million or so people who get their insurance through their employers, and who have a relatively high level of satisfaction with their coverage. The disruption of that system would be massive, and Democrats are starting to belatedly recognize that it would be massively unpopular too.

Medicare for All wouldn’t be “just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.” It would be orders of magnitude more disruptive. The fact that none of these candidates bothered to run the numbers before jumping on the Bernie bandwagon for this ridiculous proposal speaks volumes about their suitability for the nomination.

So who’s hitting reverse along with Harris? Cory Booker now wants to cast himself as a “pragmatist.” Kirsten Gillibrand, who co-sponsored Bernie’s bill, is now proposing a “public option” in ObamaCare instead. Even proud progressive Elizabeth Warren is “given herself wiggle room,” the Post reports, by talking about “a lot of different pathways” to get to Sanders’ overall goal — which is still, by the way, socialized medicine through Medicare for All.

In fact, Team Sanders is doubling down on wiping out all private insurance:

“The moment a person has to open their wallet to get health care in America is the moment that some people will be denied that right,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, chief of staff for Sanders’s campaign. “Anyone supporting plans that would leave millions without even basic coverage cannot claim to be standing for health care as a right.”

In the midterms, Democrats successfully ran on health care by portraying Republicans as the party that would strip health coverage away in its ObamaCare repeal. If Democrats stick with Medicare for All, imagine how powerful that message will be when Republicans apply it to Democrats, when it relates not to the 13 million or so direct ObamaCare customers but to 150 million working Americans. Their Bernie remorse is just getting started.

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Cory Booker Makes a Fool of Himself, Refuses to Accepts Trump’s Condemnation of White Supremacy

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks on behalf of Democrat Mike Espy, unseen, and his race in a special election to fill the final two years of a term started by Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran, in Jackson, Miss., Friday, July 20, 2018. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to temporarily succeed Cochran, and she is running for the seat. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

 

 

If you haven’t heard, a lot of things people in politics say are total baloney.

If you’re on Team A and Team B does something, go ahead and say it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened; if Team A does the same thing, look into the camera and — with a straight face — love it.

And if you say Team B must condemn evil — which makes you the good guy — and then they actually do it, therefore putting you in a pickle…for Pete’s sake, never let them obtain redemption. This is very important: You must reject their apology.

If — that is — you’re a giant goofball.

Just ask Cory Booker.

Here’s some of what the senator had to say as of August 4th:

It should be noted that his message was dumb; but that’s what he had to say.

And voilà — wish granted.

On Monday, speaking on the weekend’s abhorrent mass shootings, the President called out the evil of racist hatred:

“These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity.  We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror.  Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives.  America weeps for the fallen.

“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate.  In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.  These sinister ideologies must be defeated.  Hate has no place in America.  Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.  We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism — whatever they need.”

One might expect Cory to be delighted.

But appearing on CNN, he made clear it’s an “apology not accepted” situation as he excoriated the Leader of the Free World for not taking personal blame for the actions of the gunmen.

The host asked:

“Do you welcome [the President’s] acknowledgement?”

He got straight to the point:

“No. Reconciliation — the kind of healing that we need — starts first with someone standing up and saying, ‘I’ve been wrong. I’ve made mistakes. What I’ve said before has been unacceptable.’ So you can’t speak out of one side of your mouth about the need for us to come together as a country, but consistently do things that divide this nation and pit us against each other, that fuel racial bigotry and hatred. If he wants to show that he’s changed, then this is about reconciliation. Speak to how you have contributed to the hate and the division and the bigotry. … How you have said things that make people with violent instincts and violent intentions all the more likely to do the kind of heinous things. This is unacceptable. There is no repentance in this. There is no contrition in this. And there is no reconciliation from this President who owes the American people — someone who can’t even condemn Nazis — who owes the American people so much more than he’s giving.”


I don’t believe the above to be about the terror of the weekend. In my view, it’s pitiful politics. And I have thoughts–

Dear Cory:

A sizable chunk of what you just said is an example of “speaking out of one side of your mouth” while contradicting yourself with the other. Also, if I had to define American politics — that being our two-party system — with one word, it would be “division.” That’s what the Republican/Democrat system is. And every chance you get, you seek to create that very thing — as a left-wing congressman, you want to separate yourself from the Republican President, which does the same to your separate constituencies. This is your primary MO. The same goes for your run for the White House — in every debate leading up to the primaries, you must divide the candidates, with you being far away from everyone else. So goes your supporters versus theirs. “Division” is the only means by which you may bolster your party and protect your seat. For you to ever accuse another politician of engaging in “division” is both A) Stupid, given the nature of a binary political system, and B) Breathtakingly hypocritical.

Furthermore, bigotry means “intolerance for an opposing view.” You’re no stranger to that display.

Thirdly, to suggest the President of the United States — whoever he or she may be — could be personally responsible for what any crazed person might do is foolish.

Cory managed to wrap it up with a stepping stone to the Democratic nomination:

“We are seeing a catastrophic failure in presidential leadership right now. There can be no equivocation about that whatsoever.”

Back to something meaningful, in his speech about the very serious and dastardly killings, President Trump explained that the Justice Department will be partnering with “local, state, and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.”

Also on the docket as “just a few of the areas of cooperation” toward ending mass shootings: Stop the glorification of violence, reform our mental health system, and prevent the access to firearms by dangerous individuals.

Let’s hope those pursuits can make a difference.

But there is much else to be done in order to prevent the nation’s pending atrocities (like this). And absurd political posturing by a 2020 hopeful does nothing to help.

-ALEX

 

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WH Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Shuts Chuck Todd Down for Playing ‘Blame Trump’ Game With El Paso Tragedy

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While most Congressional Republicans wisely stayed away from national media interviews on Sunday in the aftermath of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney made an appearance on NBC News‘s Meet the Press for an interview with Chuck Todd.

Todd – fresh off of an interview with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) – began by asking Mulvaney if President Trump believed we had a white nationalism problem in America. Before Mulvaney answered the question, he condemned what he’d heard in the previous segments when Booker and the NBC News panel guests blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the shooting massacre in El Paso.

From the transcript:

Mulvaney: Chuck before I answer that, let me say this because I’ve been sitting here listening to this show. I heard the tail end of Booker’s thing, I heard most of the panel and I, I know this is a political show, but the level of rhetoric in the last twenty minutes, I hope someone else is bothered by it other than me. I mean, we’ve moved straight past any sympathy at all for the victims, straight past going into what caused this and trying to figure out who’s to blame.

So I’ll ask this question. Was Bernie Sanders responsible for, for when my friends got shot playing baseball? I don’t think that he was. Was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responsible when someone drove up to a DHS facility with a homemade bomb and an AR15 and tried to blow the place up calling it a concentration camp, the same rhetoric that she used, was she responsible? I don’t think that she was. If a person, if a member of this administration who someone on your panel, I couldn’t see their faces, called out today as a white national — if that person gets injured today, is the person on your panel responsible?

I am really really disappointed at the level of rhetoric. Do we have problems in this nation? Absolutely we do. Do we have white supremacists who are crazy and nuts and dangerous? Yes we do. By my goodness, gracious —

Not happy that Mulvaney had turned the left’s “incitement” tactics back around on them, Todd interrupted him and asked if he believed Trump’s rhetoric was a factor in the El Paso shootings:

TODD: So you don’t accept the fact the President’s rhetoric has been a contributing factor at all?

MULVANEY: I blame the people who pulled the trigger Chuck. Goodness gracious, is someone really blaming the President? These people are sick and until we address why people think this way, this young man and by the way, let’s say this, to be clear, we know nothing about the shooter in Dayton, so we’re talking about the shooter in El Paso.

[…]

This was a sick person. You can go and read the things that the person wrote, by the way now available to the world on social media, making the person famous. By the way if you do read that, what you said, hes felt this way for a long time from — even before President bush — excuse me President Trump got elected. So — but again, why aren’t we trying to figure out a way to bring the nation together this morning as opposed to saying, you know what, it’s the president’s fault —

Todd then regurgitated Democratic talking points about the President “stoking racial resentment” with his criticisms of The Squad and parts of Rep. Elijah Cumming’s Congressional district in Baltimore. Mulvaney wasn’t having it:

TODD: Well that’s my question for you, what is the President doing — but in fairness, Mr. Mulvaney, the President has spent the last month on Twitter stocking racial resentment in different ways and you can, you can try to rationalize that he was speaking about specific incidents but taking together these sick people as you’re describing, they hear what they want to hear. Does the president not have a responsibility to speak with a higher moral clarity when it comes to violence. A higher moral clarity when it comes to refugees.

MULVANEY: Right, Chuck , let me put it to you this way. Even if he did speak the way that you want him to speak, and I get the fact that some people don’t approve of the verbiage the president uses, I get that, alright, but even if they did, your point that you just made is absolutely right. People are going to hear what they want to hear. My guess is this guy is in that parking lot in El Paso, Texas in that Walmart doing this even if Hillary Clinton is president. In fact, he probably go out and blame Hillary Clinton for doing it. These are crazy people, sick people, and until we figure out why we are creating this many people like this in this culture, why we are giving them such wide sort of audiences on social media, why we are making weapons available to them when they probably shouldn’t get them. Let’s talk about background checks, something we have worked on in this administration. Those are the conversations to have. Not giving Cory Booker a chance to run for president this morning by blaming Donald Trump. That is really disappointing.

Todd then asked Mulvaney again if Trump accepted that white nationalism was a problem in America, and during Mulvaney’s answer he noted the political motivations behind Cory Booker’s attacks on Trump, which Todd didn’t like:

MULVANEY: So, yes he feels the same way that you do, he feels the same way that everybody watching the show, apparently with the exception of Cory Booker and some people on your panel, which is saddened and angry. And that’s where we are this morning as a country and that’s what we should be talking about. Not whether or not it gives one party or another a leg up in the next election.

TODD: It’s not about whether there’s a leg up in the next election, I think there’s a concern —

MULVANEY: No Chuck, that’s what the entire Cory Booker interview was about. He’s looking —

But even though Todd spent the entire interview questioning the motivations behind Trump’s attacks on The Squad and Rep. Cummings, he was not interested in talking about Sen. Booker’s (political) motivations in blaming Trump for El Paso. Shocker!

TODD: Look, I don’t want to get into his motivation, I’m just — there is other concerns here beyond politics and that is that this seems to — the president uses dehumanizing rhetoric and this person used invasion — you sort of put it on, saying some people don’t like his rhetoric.

Watch the full interview below:

It couldn’t have been easy for any Republican to go into the lion’s den when liberals were loaded for bear and ready to accuse them of “having blood on their hands”, but Mulvaney held his own and was not buying what Todd was selling and refused to take the bait. Good for him.

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Beto: Yes, Trump is responsible for El Paso mass shooting

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Tragedy does not bring out the best in some people. By some people, I mean politicians, especially those who are Democrats running for president. Since the mass shooting in El Paso Saturday began to dominate cable news coverage, candidates have rushed to deliver their own hot takes about private gun ownership. They are against it.

One Democrat candidate running to be the party’s nominee is from El Paso. Naturally, reporters flocked to Beto O’Rourke for his thoughts about the events of the day. A reporter boldly asked if President Trump “is at all responsible” for the mass shooting. Beto answered in the affirmative. President Trump is a racist, you know, so it has to be his fault. While he was at it, O’Rourke launched into a laundry list of standard Democrat talking points to justify blaming the president – Trump banned Muslims from America (it was a continuation of Obama’s travel ban, not a religious ban, for 7 specific countries), he called Mexicans criminals and rapists (the criminal element coming here illegally), and don’t forget the “send her back” chant at a campaign rally.

Beto blamed Trump while the real person to blame is the shooter. Him and only him. I’ll not use the alleged name of the murderer here. He was arrested and now he can work through the system.

O’Rourke was in Las Vegas with other 2020 Democrat candidates to speak to the AFSCME convention when the news broke. Backstage he told reporters about his sadness and choked up about lives lost and families affected by the deranged 21-year-old man from the Dallas area (allegedly). Beto canceled his campaign schedule and flew back to El Paso where his wife and children remain.

Fellow candidate Cory Booker is encouraging supporters to fight the “corporate gun lobby”, which is the NRA, a routine scapegoat for the left.

Asked about the incident at a campaign event in Las Vegas, the New Jersey senator expressed that he’s “had enough” of these tragedies and criticized leaders around the U.S. for failing to stand up to the “corporate gun lobby” and the NRA.

“In this election, we have to have leaders who are willing to stand up and say, ‘I’m not going to let this issue be determined by what the interests of the corporate gun lobby are and the NRA,’” he said. “Because this is a uniquely American problem, a uniquely American problem that we have such mass slaughter in our communities like this, that happens regularly.”

The talking point used by Democrats is “we must act now.” Elizabeth Warren used those words.

Kamala Harris repeated a pledge she put forward earlier in her campaign – she will give Congress 100 days to act on gun control and then if Congress fails to meet her demands, she will sign an executive order putting into effect universal background checks, pulling the licenses of gun shop owners who violate the law, and banning importation of assault weapons. The Washington Examiner has a YouTube video of her explanation of how she’ll grab guns, sending law enforcement door to door to do so.

Nancy Pelosi released a statement. The Speaker of the House directly pointed her finger at Republicans in the Senate and blamed them. Her response was the worst, other than Beto’s diatribe, in blatant politicization of a tragedy. She is the most powerful woman in America and next in line for the presidency should anything happen to the president and the vice-president. The country deserves much better than her inability to rise above brazen partisanship in times like this.

“Today’s horrific mass shooting in El Paso breaks the hearts of all Americans. Our prayers are with the friends and families of the victims and the entire El Paso community which has been devastated by this brutal act of terror and murder. We are grateful for the courage and heroism of our brave first responders who kept people safe and cared for those in need, and whose swift action brought the suspects into custody and prevented further harm.

“Too many families in too many communities have been forced to endure the daily horror of gun violence. Enough is enough. The Republican Senate’s continued inaction dishonors our solemn duty to protect innocent men, women and children, and end this epidemic once and for all.

“We will continue to insist on commonsense steps to keep our families and our communities safe. May it be a comfort to those grieving the loss of their loved ones that so many Americans mourn with and pray for them at this difficult time.”

Governor Greg Abbott issued a measured, sincere statement. He sounded like a responsible person in charge.

“Today, the El Paso community was struck by a heinous and senseless act of violence. Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to the entire community in this time of loss. While no words can provide the solace needed for those impacted by this event, I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in offering our prayers for the victims and their families. The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are assisting the El Paso Police Department as they conduct their investigation. We have deployed troopers, special agents, Texas Rangers, tactical teams, and aircraft to the scene in a support role. The state of Texas will do everything it can to ensure justice is delivered to the perpetrators of this heinous act.”

Later, Governor Abbott called for a focus on “memorials before we start the politics.”

It is a tax-free weekend for shoppers preparing children to return to school. Back-to-school items such as school supplies, clothing, backpacks, and the like can be purchased without state sales tax to give families a tax break. The shopping mall and WalMart were packed with shoppers on a sunny Saturday. There were some true heroes, like this member of the military who happened to be there and rushed to get some kids to safety.

While Alyssa Milano was quick to scold WalMart on guns sales, she was quickly corrected on her ignorance.

The people of El Paso responded in a big way to the call for blood donors. El Paso is a strong, community-oriented city. It’s a safe city, too. It is listed as the safest city of its size. The murderer traveled from north Texas to do this. Praise the heroes.

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Four Pinocchios for Cory Booker

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I didn’t happen to catch the last pair of Democratic debates because I was on vacation and there was a rerun of Battlebots on or something. But if I had bothered to tune in, it seems I would have caught a bit of a whopper from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Or was it? The claim in dispute had to do yet again with the 2016 elections. As I’m sure you all recall, Donald Trump managed to pull off what most considered a rather shocking win by carrying the state of Michigan by roughly ten thousand votes.

Booker had an explanation for that. It was the Republicans suppressing voter turnout and the Russians doing whatever the Russians supposedly do to help Donald Trump. Generally, when a Democrat tosses out something dodgy, most of the media fact-checkers tend to give them a pass because they’re too busy vetting the President’s Twitter feed. But this time the WaPo actually stepped up to the plate and put that claim to the test. It didn’t go well for Booker. (The Hill)

The Washington Post gave Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) four “Pinocchios” after he said during this week’s Democratic debate that President Trump won Michigan in 2016 because black voters in the state were suppressed by “everybody from Republicans to Russians.”

“We lost the state of Michigan because everybody from Republicans to Russians were targeting the suppression of African American voters,” Booker said on Wednesday night during the second of two Democratic debates in Detroit.

Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes over 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It marked the first time a Republican had captured the state since 1988.

On the one hand, the WaPo fact-checker makes a valid point as they go through their full analysis. If Booker wants to claim that those specific factors are what cost Clinton Michigan, it’s up to him to provide supporting evidence. He failed to do that so they dinged him on it.

But figuring out why any particularly close race went the way it did, in the end, is also pretty much an impossibility. If five thousand fewer Trump voters had shown up and five thousand more Clinton voters turned out, it would have gone the other way. In a state where more than 4.5 million people turned out to vote, you’d have to be a mind reader to divine the answer.

Was it because Hillary never bothered to show up and campaign in the state? Was it Trump’s rallies and promises on economic factors that impacted Michigan voters in a very direct fashion? Hell, it could have been the weather. Or, as the WaPo analysis points out, it might just have been the fact that black voter turnout went back down to 2004 levels instead of the inflated numbers who showed up for Barack Obama, while white turnout was slightly higher.

But the fact remains that you can’t even pin down the fact-checker’s explanation and say that’s the definitive reason. The one thing we can say for sure, however, is that the Democrats got caught with their pants down in Michigan in 2016 and they’re not going to be so casual about it next year. If Donald Trump wants to pull that miracle off twice he’s definitely going to have to work for it.

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Debate night two winner: Kool-Aid

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There was one exchange last night that really captured my attention. I wasn’t able to watch the entire Democrat debate on CNN Wednesday (a blessing, I know) but one back and forth between Senator Cory Booker and former Vice-President Joe Biden was something to see. Criminal justice reform was the topic and while pointing out Biden’s boast that every major crime bill since the 1970s has had his name on it, Booker punched up by questioning Biden’s track record.

After Booker took a shot at Biden’s very long record in Congress where he didn’t solve all the troubles in the world, Biden pointed to Booker’s own record with Newark’s police force during his time as that city’s mayor. He clapped back at Booker for hiring “Rudy Guiliani’s guy” in 2007 to deal with Newark’s police department troubles. When he began a laundry list of grievances against Booker’s time in office and the police department’s policies, he referred to Booker as “the president” then corrected it to “the future president”, which was just an odd slip of the tongue given they are both vying for the job. No one really thinks Cory Booker will ever be president.

“This is a crisis in our country because we have treated issues of race and poverty, mental health and addiction with locking people up and not lifting them up,” Booker said, turning to Biden. “And Mr. Vice President has said that since the 1970s, every major crime bill — every crime bill, major and minor — has had his name on it.”

Biden was promoting his new plan and Booker was making the point that after more than 40 years of not getting it done, it takes some nerve from Biden to question another candidate’s ability to make the changes that Democrats want in criminal justice reform.

Biden spoke first, focusing on all the changes he wants to see in the criminal justice system, including prioritizing rehabilitation over prison and giving prisoners more housing and education opportunities.

Biden has evolved on criminal justice alongside other major leaders in his party. But in a field of younger candidates, and in the age of Black Lives Matter, he has still been reluctant to apologize — or even explain the context — for pushing laws that many activists and reformers believe led to a huge national spike in the prison population.

After noting Biden’s involvement in past crime bills the Democratic Party now disavows, Booker calmly pressed on: “This is one of those instances where the house was set on fire and you claimed responsibility for those laws. And you can’t just now come out with a plan to put out that fire. We have got to have far more bold action on criminal justice reform.”

Sure, Booker can claim he’s worked on criminal justice reform in the Senate but it is a fact that true reform has been ushered in by President Trump in the form of the First Step Act. That was not the brainchild of Senator Booker or of the Obama administration. Funny, neither man acknowledged President Trump’s success.

Booker was feigning amazement that Biden is running on his record. What else does a career politician have to run on, though? Biden had clearly been prepped for this debate and was determined to show he can take a punch and return one. At this point in the primary race, it is crucial that Biden showed he has staying power and isn’t too old and tired for the job. Booker chastised Biden for continually bringing up former President Obama, but, again, that is his calling card to be in the race. Without Barack Obama, Joe Biden would be just another senator who doesn’t know when it is time to retire. We all know he’d still be in the Senate and still historically wrong on all the big issues.

But then he turned serious. “We have a system right now that’s broken,” Booker shot back, saying that he inherited troubled cops in a department facing decades of challenges. He contended that the head of the New Jersey ACLU said he put in place national standard-setting accountability.

Biden, rocking forward on his toes, tried to jump back in — another indication that he was ready this time. But Booker wouldn’t allow him out of his grip.

“And if you want to compare records — and I’m shocked that you do — I am happy to do that,” Booker said. “Because all the problems that he is talking about that he created, I actually led the bill that got passed into law that reverses the damages that your bills that you were … bragging, calling it the Biden crime bill up until 2015.”

The Kool-Aid reference was the best. Not because of Booker’s lame comeback to Biden, but because of the company’s Twitter game. Cory Booker said to Joe Biden that Joe didn’t know what he was talking about. He did that by bringing in an alleged saying from the hood (it might be fake, like his friend T-Bone). “Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community,” Booker said, “that you’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor.” Kool-Aid took that gift and produced Twitter gold.

Look, Cory Booker scored some points for bravado against Biden. Both men had something to prove and both probably did it. Biden is at the top of the polls and it is for Booker to move the needle in his poll rankings. He’s at 1.6% nationally, according to Real Clear Politics. Biden is at 32%. Booker will need more Spartacus moments to prove he’s worthy of remaining in the primary going forward.

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Cory Booker Scolds Democrats for Pitting Democrats Against Each Other…At a Debate

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The whole point of a presidential debate is to see who has the most gumption, best record, and sharpest mind. While it can be tedious, it does expose us to certain things that American people may find important. It’s an actual chance for candidates to expose each other’s records in a live setting where without the safety of a controlled narrative.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, however, seemed taken aback that CNN would do something so heinous as making Democrats battle it out to see who is best qualified to lead the free world.

“The person that’s enjoying this debate most right now is Donald Trump, as we pit Democrats against each other while he is working right now to take away Americans’ health care,” Booker said.

Booker seems to be trying to go for the image of being the sensible one in the room, but it didn’t stop him from tearing into Biden with the rest of the 2020 pack, specifically on immigration. In the end, Booker is just as guilty of creating division amongst the Democrats as everyone else.

Trump’s Communications Director Tim Murtaugh couldn’t help but notice that too.

Booker has struggled to make a name for himself among the Democrats. While he’s highly recognizable, he’s not said or done anything memorable enough to bump is standing in any significant way. He’s constantly pronounced among the winners from debates but continues to put forth lackluster performances and forgettable quotes.

This line about debates making Democrats look like a house divided seem pretty whiney, however. The whole point of the debates is to stand out by being better than your opponent. If Booker is suggesting debates don’t happen and a different forum is crafted where Democrat candidates don’t argue with each other over how to lead the nation, then I’m curious as to how he suggests that happen.

The alternative is just narrative crafting with each Democrat giving a speech about a subject in turn on stage. If that’s the case, then we’re not going to learn much.

More importantly, if Booker is aiming for this kind of thing, then it doesn’t speak well to his willingness to be asked hard questions or come up against opposition. If he wants a kinder, gentler session then he’s not ready for the responsibility of leading the nation against other world powers who won’t be inclined to be gentle and fair.

He definitely won’t get kindness and gentleness from Trump.

In his efforts to look like the level-headed guy in the room, Booker just exposed his hand as a weak candidate.

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Popcorn time: No more Mr. Nice Biden?

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Joe Biden’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take, er … being the frontrunner any more. The former VP promised to come out swinging in the next debate, telling reporters yesterday that “I’m not going to be as polite” when attacked by his fellow Democrats. If his opponents want to dig into history, well, Biden’s totally up for that too, starting with Kamala Harris:

“I’m not going to be as polite this time,” Biden told supporters at a fundraiser in Detroit on Wednesday evening, according to a pool report. “Because this is the same person who asked me to come to California and nominate her in her convention.”

The former vice president hinted that he would cash in on his warning from earlier in July that he has “all this information about other people’s pasts.”

“If they want to argue about the past, I can do that,” Biden said at the fundraiser. “I got a past I’m proud of. They got a past that’s not quite so good.”

Harris isn’t the only one who’ll be seeing Biden’s evil campaign twin on stage. After Cory Booker attacked him for “mass incarceration” following the 1994 Crime Bill, Biden reminded audiences of Booker’s record as mayor in Newark. Policing got so harsh on minority communities, Biden noted, that the Obama administration had to take control of it:

On Wednesday, asked by NAACP panel moderator April Ryan if his views have evolved, Biden said the focus of criminal justice needed to shift from “incarceration to rehabilitation” — a solution that Booker, speaking to reporters after his earlier NAACP appearance, called “inadequate.” He described Biden as “an architect of mass incarceration.”

After Biden left the stage, he responded emphatically to Booker’s second day of criticism by trying to turn attention to his tenure as mayor of the troubled city of Newark, before he became a senator.

“Cory knows that’s not true, number one. Number two, you know the significant portion of the incarceration that occurred before the crime bill was written,” Biden told reporters before taking a shot at police practices during Booker’s tenure.

“His police department was stopping and frisking people, mostly African American men,” he said, leading the Obama administration to intercede. “We took action against them; the Justice Department took action against them, held the police department accountable.

“He objected to federal interference. If he wants to go back and talk about records, I’m happy to do that. But I’d rather talk about the future . . . I challenge him or anyone else to tell me how he has a better plan than I have for moving from here.”

So much for the rise-above-it strategy. But is it too early to abandon that as the smart way to protect his lead? After all, while RCP’s polling aggregation does show a decline in Biden’s polling, he’s still way out in front:

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Biden’s nearly rebounded to his pre-announcement level of support even after the debate took some of the wind out of his sails. That still leaves him nearly 15 points ahead of a three-candidate knot consisting of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Harris, whose fortunes have also begun sliding a bit since her debate bump. How much sense does it make to fight Harris on her terms, let alone Booker, whose current RCP aggregate is 1.6%?

Of course, Donald Trump has rewritten conventional political wisdom about punching down, but Biden’s no Donald Trump. His advantage in 2020 is posing as the Democrats’ eminence grise, the man who can unite everyone and return America to normalcy after its populist convulsions of the past four years. Getting into a fight over whether he or Booker is the biggest racist may be lots and lots of fun for Republicans, but it’s not going to do much for the kind of brand that Biden would need in a general election.

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Cory Booker Proves He’s a Real Man by Wanting to Physically Assault Donald Trump. But He’s Also MLK & Luke Skywalker

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In my opinion, Cory Booker is sort of the Michael Avenatti of our current congressional landscape. He seems intent upon posturing in really goofy ways and wholly unaware of how he comes across.

But maybe I’m wrong.

Judge for yourself.

On Tuesday, Farticus (here) revealed a private urge: the compulsion to commit violence against one Donald J. Trump.

He admitted the dark urge to Seth Meyers on his eponymous nightly NBC gig.

Cory wanted everyone to know he’s a man.

YEAH! HUAH!

And also, that Donald Trump’s a meanie:

“Donald Trump is a guy who — you understand, he hurts you. My testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that. This physically weak specimen.”

What would’ve happened if a congressman had gone on national television and said that about President Obama?

How might it have impacted a politician trying to attain Oval Office glory?

I’m thinking their plight would’ve been less than optimal afterward.

But the media, so far as I can tell, believe where Trump is concerned — as the song in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom says — “anything goes.”

Cory continued:

“But you see what I’m talking there? That’s his tactics, and you don’t beat a bully like him, fighting him, on his tactics, on his terms, using his turf. He’s the body shamer. He’s the guy that tries to drag people into the gutter.”

He’s mixing the high stakes of America’s future with something as asinine as criticizing a person’s fitness level? And didn’t Cory himself just call Trump “out of shape”?

The senator went on to share a story — he was in Iowa campaigning when a former Stanford tight end put his arm around him. The athlete asked Cory to punch the President in the face.

The New Jersey politician used it as a teachable moment for all of us.

Here we go…

Cue the inspirational music. Cast the best Lincolnish light on Cory…

“This is a moral moment in America. And to me, what we need for our next leader — especially after the time for moral vandalism that we’re in right now — is we need a leader that’s not going to call us to the worst of who we are, but call us to the best of who we are. In this moral moment, we need to not to talk about necessarily what we’re against, but what we’re for, and the best way of looking at this is just our history.”

Isn’t he neck-deep in talking about what we’re against?

The goob is all over the place.

Back to his 2020 presidential moment: A montage would be good about now. Maybe some military shots. Footage of protests…families…some people saying the Pledge…

“The gardens of our democracy have never been free of the weeds of bigotry, hatred, demagoguery. Every generation has had them.”

Someone should tell Cory that bigotry means “intolerance for an opposing view.”

Booker compared Trump to integration-opposing Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

Something Cory may not know: George was a Democrat.

Do it, Senator:

“How did we beat [racists] before? We beat Bull Connor, for example, in Birmingham, not by bringing bigger dogs and bigger fire hoses and matching his demagoguery with more, but these were incredible artists of activism that called to the moral imagination of a country. That called us to a revival of that civic grace, that pulled black folks and white folks and more folks together. That relegated that demagogue to the ash heap of history.”

“That demagogue,” it should be observed, was also a Democrat.

But I’ll give Cory points for two things:

  • The ol’ use of “us” versus them. To all those aspiring to electoral greatness: Use “us” as if you were part of the good guys in some far-removed event, and contrast that against the baddies. Example: Even though you’re on Earth and living in 2019, if you run for office, say things like “We beat Darth Vader by using the Force.” Suddenly, voters think of you as Luke Skywalker, even though you had nothing to do with it.
  • Cory’s notion of bringing the races together. That’s genuinely a good idea, and something Democrats don’t seem to much mention.

So how do we triumph over the Dark Side? Like this:

“We will not beat Donald Trump by trying to be more like him, but by showing that we are not like him. We are not weak morally, we are not weak mentally, we’re a strong nation, and we’re a nation that unites.”

Fight on, Farticus Skywalker. Use the Farce.

-ALEX

 

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Booker: Testosterone makes him feel like punching Trump in the face

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Who really believes that Senator Cory Booker’s testosterone level is so strong that he has to fight the urge to punch President Trump? Is it just me or does everyone else in America look at Booker and chuckle when he talks about his high level of testosterone? Sure, maybe actress Rosario Dawson, his girlfriend, buys into it but come on.

Yet, here we are. In Trump’s America, a sitting senator and candidate running for president can freely admit his desire to punch the president in the face on national television and it is just a normal interview. Booker was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night. The irony is that Booker goes on to virtue-shame President Trump as the one perpetuating hateful speech. Self-awareness is hard.

At first, Booker tried to sound like a reasonable man as he described a conversation with a supporter, a former fellow Stanford University football player, at a campaign event in Iowa. The gentleman told Booker to “punch Donald Trump in the face.” Booker claims his reaction was, “Dude, that’s a felony man.” (Forgive my skepticism about a man who refers to himself as Spartacus.) Instead of trying to continue to rise above thuggish attacks, Booker claims his testosterone level makes him want to do the very thing he knows is a felony. It’s as though he can’t let the supporter sound more manly than himself. Or something.

“Donald Trump is a guy who you understand- he hurts you and my testosterone sometimes makes me want to fee like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that,” Booker laughed. “Physically weak specimen, but do you see what I’m talking about here? That’s his tactics and you don’t beat a bully like him, fighting him on his tactics, on his terms, using his turf. He’s the body shamer, he’s the guy that tries to drag people in the gutter.”

Clueless Booker calls Trump “the body shamer” as he shames Trump for being out-of-shape and old. You can’t make this stuff up. Does he not hear himself? Though the show’s audience cheered, Seth Meyers looked “visibly uncomfortable” as Booker went on to call President Trump a “physically weak specimen”. Booker is all about “this moral moment”, you know.

Booker said bigotry and demagoguery has always existed in American politics, but that notorious Southern Civil Rights era politicians including George Wallace, and Bull Connor weren’t defeated with “bigger dogs and bigger fire hoses,” but instead by “artists of activism” who drew upon the American sense of morality.

“How did we beat them before? First off, don’t mistake strength for — ‘to be strong you need to be mean,’” Booker said. “We need to be as a party, in this moral moment, we need to talk about not what we’re against, but what we’re for.

I disagree with just about every policy stance that Cory Booker takes yet this snippet stands out. He slams America’s criminal justice system as “one of the most shameful” on the planet. Well, now. That’s going some, isn’t it? Would he prefer the justice meted out in the Middle East? China? Russia? North Korea?

Booker said the country has “one of the most shameful criminal justice systems on the planet” and that was what drove him to run for Senate after serving as the mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. He complained many in the Democratic Party just want to beat Donald Trump in 2020, but he said the priority should be to aim higher.

Booker fails the leadership test. He reacts instead of leading with policy ideas and actionable plans. Even his physical threat to President Trump is following in the footsteps of another old white guy – remember in March 2018 when Joe Biden threatened President Trump physically when he said he’d “beat the hell out of him?” That was a cringe-worthy kind of remark, too.

It can be noted, too, that Booker followed Biden’s lead and described President Trump as worse than George Wallace. Biden did it last Friday and by Sunday, Booker repeated the slam on two Sunday morning shows.

Joe Biden, the former vice president now among candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination, said Friday in widely reported public remarks that Trump was “more George Wallace than George Washington.”

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker took up the theme during Sunday morning appearances on CNN’s “State of the Union” and the CBS program “Face the Nation.” On the latter program, in response to a question from host Margaret Brennan, Booker said he considered Trump as being worse than simply a racist.

“(H)e is somebody that is using race like a weapon to divide our country against itself,” Booker said. “He’s been using it since before he became president as a way to accelerate his gaining of political power. And the language he uses is actually language — tired old tropes that have been used by demagogues all throughout our country’s history. From the know nothings who were fighting against Irish and German immigrants, literally using some of the same language, to some of the same tactics that George Wallace was using for his own political power, literally calling his opponents communist and the like.”

It’s all more name-calling by the people chastising others for partaking in it. This is why so many Trump supporters are willing to ignore any crude language that may come from President Trump – his opponents do the same, or in some cases, worse than the president. Their own language is uncivil and can incite violence, just like what they complain comes from Trump. And as for the claims of racism, the party of identity politics has come to a point where the standard attack has now morphed into calling the president worse than George Wallace. It’s not just standard racism, it’s next-level racism. It was bound to happen.

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