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RNC still breaking fundraising records — but are they organized for victory?

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If money wins elections, Democrats might face a wipeout in 2020. The RNC broke fundraising records for the third month in a row, Bloomberg and others reported overnight, more than doubling the Democrats’ best showing this year. They are also adding cash to their coffers, an advantage that might — might — be more indicative of 2020 success:

The Republican National Committee raised $23.5 million in August and ended the month with $53.8 million cash on hand as it continues to stockpile money for the 2020 election.

It was the third consecutive month that the RNC raised more than $20 million, and the biggest August total in a non-election year for the party. The Democratic National Committee has yet to crack $10 million in receipts in 2019. Both parties will report their numbers officially to the Federal Election Commission on Friday. Fox News first reported the numbers Tuesday.

The fundraising differentials are astounding, but keep in mind some context, too. First, GOP donors aren’t distracted by multiple candidates in a competitive primary contest. Democrats’ funds are getting sprayed across a couple dozen presidential campaigns at the moment. The early merger between Team Trump and the RNC helps, too. However, part of the context is that Tom Perez and his team have done a terrible job of fundraising, which might also be a result of anger over the DNC’s efforts to tank the 2016 primaries for Hillary Clinton.

Democrats might be increasing the gap in other ways, too. Ronna Romney McDaniel thanked Democrats for helping boost donations over the summer:

“Thanks to boycotts from Hollywood liberals and the Castro brothers doxxing private citizens who support President Trump, the RNC’s fundraising hit record levels in August,” McDaniel said.

That was a reference to last month’s decision by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, to name and shame Trump donors publicly in San Antonio — a move backed by his brother, presidential candidate Julián Castro. It later emerged that some of the individuals also had donated to the White House hopeful.

McDaniel added: “The more Democrats demonize President Trump and his supporters, the more boots we can put on the ground to re-elect him. Between the President’s accomplishments and our grassroots infrastructure, Republicans are going to be unstoppable in 2020!”

What about the ground game? Bloomberg also makes reference to that in its report:

In addition to stockpiling cash, the RNC is developing its ground game and trying to expand the 2020 election map to New Mexico and other states, according to a party official not authorized to speak on its behalf. President Donald Trump held a rally in Albuquerque on Tuesday in an effort to drum up support in the state that was carried by George W. Bush in his 2004 re-election campaign, but has otherwise voted for Democratic presidential candidates since 1992.

Earlier this week, I spoke with an RNC official on background about the ground game, a subject of considerable weight in my 2016 book Going Red. In my book, I wrote about the Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI) launched by then-RNC chair Reince Priebus. The RLI was based on the same organizational model that Barack Obama built in 2008 and 2012, but within the party’s own control. Its purpose was to build up a grassroots, bi-directional organization that would not only produce superior data but also brand and candidate loyalty, effective feedback on messaging, and contextualization of agendas into the local communities.

According to this official, the RLI has transitioned into the Trump Victory Leadership Initiative (TVLI) but remains within RNC operational control. It still uses the Obama organizational model of community- and neighborhood-focused recruitment of volunteers and organizers. Because the TVLI is controlled by the RNC, its resources are available to down-ticket candidates as well as the Trump re-election campaign. The TVLI is now in twenty states, with more expansion on the horizon as resources increase.

This is “a permanent, data-driven ground game,” the RNC official told me. That matters, but so does buy-in from the candidate and the campaign. They insist that Team Trump has fully bought into the bottom-up organizational model and believe in its effectiveness. If so, that will be somewhat of a change from 2016’s campaign, and good news for Republicans hoping to keep Democrats out of the White House and out of a Senate majority as well.

Finally, the RNC official says that they see no evidence that Democrats are organizing in the same manner. The DNC doesn’t have enough resources for this kind of initiative, he says, which means it may be left to the nominee — who will have to spend lots of resources just to make it to a general election. That’s why Priebus built the RLI within the GOP in the first place, and it might be the edge Trump and Republicans need in 2020.

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Democratic fundraisers on Sen. Harris’ debate performance: ‘too much odd laughter and canned lines’

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Kamala Harris was on the bubble with some California Democratic donors before last night’s debate. Those donors were hoping to see her come out swinging last night and present herself as a serious alternative to Joe Biden. But according to CNBC, last night’s performance failed to impress:

Many of them were hoping for a repeat of the aggressive tactics she used in the first debate, when she took on former Vice President Joe Biden for his willingness to work with segregationists as a senator in the 1970s.

Now these sources say that these uncommitted contributors are still not convinced they can dedicate their expansive networks to her cause alone…

One source close to a political fundraising powerhouse in California, Harris’ home state and a region where she’s dominated in the fundraising game, said Friday that they had been having trouble convincing their donors to back her candidacy before the debate. The negative opinion didn’t change after the debate.

“I don’t think anything has changed and it’s been grim,” this person said. On the debate stage, this person noted that donors believe Harris is still “unclear about her message and strategy.” They liked the “Trump focus,” this person said, “but there was too much odd laughter and canned lines.”

Ouch! And there’s more including a New York donor who said of Harris’ performance, “She didn’t score any points.”

But she definitely seems to be having a good time. Earlier today Ed wrote about one of those awkward moments from the debate in which Harris seemed to be laughing too hard at her own joke. But it wasn’t the only time last night when her laughter seemed to disrupt things, including her own message. At the of a long, serious answer about foreign policy she made a reference to the Wizard of Oz that turned into another laugh-fest between her and 5’5″ George Stephanopoulos:

And after Andrew Yang proposed giving $1,000 a month to ten supporters, Harris could be heard laughing as Pete Buttigieg prepared to speak:

Kamala Harris is definitely having a good time. What she’s not doing is impressing the donors she needs to keep her struggling campaign going.

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Beto’s campaign cashes in: Selling “This is f***ed up” t-shirts

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As AP wrote about Sunday, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke addressed his “This is f***ed up” quote in response to learning of the Odessa mass shooting. He dropped the F-word during a live interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. I was so surprised to hear the word in a Sunday morning interview – even on a cable news network – that I quickly noted it on Twitter.

I know that in Trump’s America we are all supposed to be in acceptance of the coarsening of our language in political conversations. This is an escalation, though, for a presidential candidate to be so unwilling to self-censor, even in nationally televised interviews.

Foul-mouthed candidate Beto O’Rourke wears his f-bombs as a badge of pride and now you can, too. As America relaxes during a long Labor Day weekend, Beto’s supporters can hang out in a t-shirt with his latest crudely worded quote. The campaign began promoting it mere hours on Twitter after Beto’s appearance on CNN. The quote is repeated six times on a black t-shirt and “End gun violence”. For a smooth $30 you, too, can purchase one.

The proceeds will be split equally between Moms Demand Action – the gun control group formed by parents after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, and March for Our Lives – the gun control group formed after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting. Beto is all about confiscating guns and this works well for him. As has been pointed out, all of this sure is well-coordinated, as though it’s part of a plan for his floundering campaign to create some headlines and buzz, even if it is on the backs of shooting victims. For a candidate known for flying by the seat of his pants, his campaign wasted no time jumping on this.

The t-shirt is safe for progressive purchasers – it is printed by a union and made in the U.S.A. just in time for Labor Day sales. Think of all the cool skateboarders sporting such woke messaging on behalf of the O’Rourke campaign.

T-shirt sales have been used in this political cycle to raise money but not to exploit a tragedy. The RNC, the Trump campaign, and Kamala Harris’s campaign have all offered t-shirts for sale that used quotes or ideas that caused a buzz in the media.

It is not the first time a campaign has turned a viral moment into a T-shirt for sale.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, House Republicans’ campaign arm, started selling T-shirts showing Greenland as a part of the U.S. to raise money following President Donald Trump’s dispute with Denmark over a sale of Greenland.

The Trump campaign sold a “Fredo unhinged” shirt mocking CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s altercation with a man who had called him “Fredo.”

And after the first Democratic presidential debate, the Kamala Harris campaign started selling “that little girl was me” T-shirts – a reference to a debate between Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden about school busing.

O’Rourke is known in Texas for foul language on the campaign trail. His speeches during his 2018 run against Ted Cruz for a seat in the Senate were frequently peppered with f-bombs and other language that his supporters lapped up. The rest of America now knows this is his schtick. It’s his way of showing how sincere he is about issues, however misguided the delivery of his thoughts may be.

Beto O’Rourke is a foul-mouthed gun-grabbing socialist who never met a government program he didn’t like. The Beto O’Rourke running for president is much more authentic than the one who ran for the U.S. Senate in Texas. No wonder he has refused to drop out of the presidential race to come back to Texas and run against Senator John Cornyn in 2020.

You can follow me on Twitter: @penguinponders

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Backlash: Actor calls for blacklisting Trump’s Hollywood donors

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RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr., RNC Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale will host a fundraiser in Beverly Hills on September 17. The Hollywood Reporter noted that it will be Trump’s first trip to Hollywood since making some pointed remarks about the entertainment industry on the heels of recent mass shootings.

“Hollywood is really terrible,” he answered. “You talk about ‘racist.’ Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing, with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Actor Eric McCormack responded to the article by calling for names to be published of everyone in attendance. He wants to “be clear about who he doesn’t want to work with”, you see.

McCormack, born and raised in Canada, was quickly reminded about the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. (He holds joint Canadian and U.S. citizenship.) Lists in Hollywood based on political differences bring up memories of the Cold War and McCarthy’s pursuance of Communists in Hollywood. Isaiah Washington, former cast member on Grey’s Anatomy, tweeted with a question to the CEO of Twitter – Is McCormack’s tweet good for society?

The actor was criticized for sounding like a fascist, too.

It isn’t surprising that McCormack tweeted such nonsense. His membership in #TheResistance is well-known. He’s best known for his role in NBC’s Will and Grace from 1998 to 2006. In 2016, NBC brought the show back with the specific intent to criticize President Trump and his administration. The show’s creators actually thought that resisting Trump’s presidency was a good idea and a great reason to do a reboot of the once popular show. They were wrong.

I watched a few of the shows of the series reboot but it was basically unwatchable. The writing was bad, the jokes were usually non-existent, and there was really no reason for a conservative to watch. It was a shame, too, because I enjoyed the original show, back in the day. Back then it was fresh and a little edgy with openly gay characters but most of all, it was funny. The dialogue was clever and quick-witted. Everyone was subject to good-natured jabs. The reboot was completely one-sided – ugly remarks aimed at Trump and his administration, and Republicans in general. Fortunately, the show was cancelled this summer after three seasons. The show’s ratings steadily dropped each season. It turns out that Americans don’t want such blatant partisan politics in silly sitcoms during primetime viewing hours. Bringing back a show from the 1990s just because Trump won the 2016 election and Hillary was Hollywood’s candidate of choice didn’t work out so well. Just ask the creators and stars of Murphy Brown about it.

Bipartisan political jabs do still work, though, in sitcoms and the reboot of Roseanne is a great example of that. The show was hugely popular but the liberals couldn’t stand it and then Roseanne Barr was caught up in a Twitter kerfuffle of her own making.

Freedom of speech is a one-way street for liberal Americans. Trump knows this and uses it to his advantage. His politically incorrect speech worked to his favor in 2016.

Trump’s fundraiser in Beverly Hills is during Emmy week. There will be numerous events for the television entertainment industry to celebrate itself. The Trump re-election campaign is clever that way. His trip to California will take away some of the spotlight from Hollywood. There is also a fundraiser scheduled in San Francisco – the belly of the liberal beast – on September 17.

A “save the date” invite shows that the president will visit the Bay Area region on Sept. 17 for an event at an undisclosed location hosted by RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr., RNC Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. Though polls show that Trump is unpopular in solidly blue California, where Republicans account for less than a quarter of the state’s registered voters, Dhillon predicts that Trump’s events will sell out quickly.

“Every presidential candidate who has the potential to raise money comes to the Bay Area, and I expect he’s going to have a series of very successful fundraisers here,” Dhillon told POLITICO, “because there are millions of Californians who support him.’’

Let’s hope Dhillon is right. California went completely Democrat in 2018, including Orange County, once a solidly Republican oasis. The Trump fundraising swing through California also includes an event in San Diego on September 18.

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DNC Red Alert: ‘People generally are feeling Trump is beating us on all fronts right now’

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That’s not a quote from the DNC itself in my headline but it is a quote from this Daily Beast story summarizing the mood among some Democrats who are becoming concerned about the party’s ability to compete for swing voters in the general election.

Jim Zogby, who co-chairs the DNC’s ethnic counsel, a group that represents people across different ethnic, racial, national origin, and religious identities, says he has been pushing Perez and other party leaders to expand its outreach to voters in the same areas that Trump successfully captured: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and—a Democratic sore spot in post-2016 politics—Wisconsin…

“I am frustrated beyond belief at the sheer neglect of the constituencies I represent,” he added…

“There’s a general unease right now among operatives and others who believe the DNC is not doing enough to build out the infrastructure before the next election,” one DNC member said, who requested to speak anonymously about internal party conversations.

“There’s a deep concern that while we’re turned inwards, the Trump campaign is already out there talking to general election voters.”

Zogby points out that showing up in swing states and holding traditional DNC outreach events targeting specific minority groups is actually off-putting to Irish, Italian, Polish, Arab and other groups who might be swayed to vote blue, but who feel left out by the DNC’s approach. Zogby believes the reason Joe Biden is doing well in polls is that he’s out there speaking to those groups.

Meanwhile, State party chair of Ohio David Pepper told the Daily Beast Trump is “absolutely carpet-bombing Ohio online.” He added, “We can’t wait until next May to make the case if he’s already talking to them now.”

Another unnamed DNC source reveals there are ongoing concerns about the battleground states that haven’t spilled into the public eye. “People generally are feeling Trump is beating us on all fronts right now,” he said.

One factor that is clearly at the base of some of this concern is fundraising. In June, Politico reported that the RNC has substantially outraised the DNC despite the fact that the DNC was hosting debates on television:

The Democratic National Committee raised $8.5 million in June, the month of the party’s presidential debates in Miami — less than half of the $20.7 million the Republican National Committee pulled in during that time period, disclosures show.

The DNC also spent almost as much money as it raised — $7.5 million — during that time and finished the month with $9.3 million cash on hand. Meanwhile, the RNC is building a large war chest during the lead-up to 2020 and had $43.5 million cash on hand at the end of the month.

The RNC had another $20 million fundraising month in July, while the DNC raised just $7.7  million.

If you look at the party totals for the year, the situation is pretty bleak for Democrats. The DNC has raised $50 million this cycle (through August) but only has $9 million cash and still has $5 million in debt. By contrast, the RNC has raised $117 million and has $46 million on hand with zero debt.

Of course, what would probably help Democrats is not having 10+ candidates who are taking in millions in donations and leaving the party itself uncertain about who will be leading the charge against Trump next year. At the moment, 10 candidates have qualified for the next Democratic debate on Sep. 12. That will at least put all the remaining candidates together on one stage. However, the way the DNC set up the rules means all of the candidates who qualify for the Sep. debate also qualify for the Oct. debate. However, candidates who failed to make the Sep. debate could still get in for the Oct. debate. In other words, the numbers could go up rather than down:

Extending the September criteria to the October debate instead of setting new parameters could allow struggling candidates who missed the first fall debate to stay in the race for an extra few weeks to try to make it onstage in latter fall debate.

And while the DNC clown car continues to pack the stage with candidates, the RNC continues to pack coffers with donations and is spending that money to promote the president in battleground states.

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Alyssa Milano announcement: Fundraising to flip Rust Belt states in 2020

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Never mind the huge protests in Hong Kong that I cannot look away from on my television screen, never mind the political stories in America from the campaign trail, never mind a potential economic recession lurking, actress/activist Alyssa Milano has an ANNOUNCEMENT. I know it has to be important because she typed it in all caps. She also used red light emojis.

What is it now, Alyssa? Oh. It’s a new vanity project being funded by other people’s money. It’s “her” #2020Fund but you can pay for it.

Milano is partnering with Movement Voter Project, which will match $1 million in donations. She is targeting Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in the 2020 presidential election because above all else, the bad Orange Man must be defeated. The money raised is to fund grassroots efforts in these states for voter engagement projects.

“Let’s start working together now on something we can all agree on: defeating Trump in the three states where he just barely won in 2016,” Milano said in a video on the fund’s website.

“These organizations empower youth, immigrants, women, people of color, and communities facing the worst of Republicans’ horrible policies,” she wrote on the website. “They fight tirelessly on the issues AND Get Out The Vote.”

She has a “brilliant new strategy” to stop Trump in these swing states and wants you to know about it. She’s counting on support from all the usual suspects because identity politics is a totally new idea for Democrats. Yes, she sounds that naive. Bless her heart.

The organizations in Michigan for which Milano will be raising money include Detroit Action, Michigan Liberation and Mothering Justice Action Fund. The Pennsylvania organizations for which she’s fundraising are 215 People’s Alliance, Pennsylvania Stands Up and Pennsylvania Student Power Network. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin-based organizations are Black Leaders Organizing Communities, Leaders Igniting Transformation Action Fund and Voces de la Frontera Action, Inc.

She calls this fundraising initiative the “most compelling strategy” to defeat the “orange-haired guy”. Wait. I thought his skin color is orange. I’m so confused. The appropriations from the money raised are vaguely described. It includes supporting volunteers, hiring staff, and canvassing neighborhoods. Translation: they have to raise money to pay for “volunteers”.

The missions of the organizations that will receive money from the fundraiser in Michigan sound just as vague as they intersect with standard grievances of those in perpetual victimhood. “Birth justice”? This is the pro-abortion crowd.

Detroit Action fights for political power and racial and economic justice for working-class Detroiters.

Michigan Liberation is dedicated to leadership development and the creation of campaigns to advance racial, gender, economic and criminal justice reform statewide.

The Mothering Justice Action Fund advocates for affordable child care, birth justice, earned paid sick time, family medical leave insurance and raising the minimum wage.

According to Morning Consult, Trump’s approval numbers in Michigan are down 20 points, down 17 points in Pennsylvania, and down 20 points in Wisconsin. Trump has some campaigning to do. Look for him to be in these states often between now and Election Day 2020. As a matter of fact, he is in Pennsylvania today to tour a petrochemical plant.

I’ll end with this tweet from Milano. Monday was her daughter’s fifth birthday. She takes the opportunity to ask for yet more donations – this time for UNICEF. Her daughter is cute, if not a little bored, like most five-year-old kids.

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Kamala Harris Is Already Fundraising Off the Mass Shootings

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This is just gross.

Kamala Harris, who got demolished in last week’s Democratic debate, is now fundraising off the dead less than 24 hours after two mass shootings took place. This was sent out before we even had any real facts about how the guns were obtained.

Disgustingly, the subject of the email was “No More Thoughts and Prayers.”

The names of the dead had not even been released yet before Harris’ campaign pushed this email out touting her ability to take action as President. This mimic’s Beto O’Rourke’s egomaniacal media blitz this morning, where he blamed President Trump for the shootings and riffed on how racist he is.

Even if a person is so nakedly partisan and deluded as to think these acts are the fault of someone other than the shooters, now is not the time to mouth off in order to score political points. Yet, that’s exactly what these 2020 candidates are doing. They are fundraising and attempting to gain media exposure standing on the dead bodies of the victims. It’s obscene.

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Beto’s new fundraising appeal… for Ilhan Omar

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Well, this is an interesting turn of events. Just when you think that Beto O’Rourke can’t go any further over the edge to attract some attention to his campaign, it happens. He sends out a letter to solicit donations to his 2020 presidential campaign and asks his supporters to send along some money for Rep. Ilhan Omar, too.

Beto’s second-quarter fundraising total was not good, to describe it as kindly as I can. So, what does he do? He sends out an email to supporters asking for donations, which is completely normal. Here’s the twist – he also asks for donations for Ilhan Omar because of the “send her back” kerfuffle. Atta boy, Beto. The empty suit never misses an opportunity to virtue-signal.

The candidate who was once touted as the next Kennedy to govern from the Oval Office has hit such a thick brick wall in his run for the 2020 Democrat nomination that he is now glomming onto a radical, anti-Semitic freshman lawmaker for fundraising purposes. Beto, you magnificent Bastard.

To be clear, his ability to embrace his own general incompetence is a sight to behold. At this point, he is just riding whatever wave still exists for him and his desperation makes for some interesting moves. The man has nothing to lose. His only job right now is running for president. Who knows? Maybe he’ll end up on someone’s vice-presidential preference list.

Now, Beto is classy, you see. Just ask this Reddit member.

As Beto said, these racist chants don’t happen by accident. They are the product of a president who sees our diversity as a weakness. The logical end result of dangerous, Islamophobic, racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the White House.

Last night was a new low for this president. Today we’re doubling down in our resolve to elect more strong leaders like Ilhan to the House, and replace Donald Trump in the White House. That’s why your contributions, especially today, are so important.

The Act Blue site for donations explains that each donation will be split between O’Rourke and Omar.

Ilhan Omar is a public servant who has shown us what leadership looks like in the face of some truly hateful words and actions. Right now, it’s important for us to stand with her and show we’ve got her back. That’s why we’re asking you to split a donation between our campaigns today.

It’s amazing, isn’t it? The Democrat who has been the most vocal in her anti-Semitic remarks since she’s been in Congress – one who was the core reason for a watered-down anti-hate resolution in the House – is portrayed as a martyr in Trump’s America.

Democrats, especially in Texas, are not thrilled with Beto these days. They see him failing to catch on as a presidential candidate and wonder why in the world he didn’t just run against John Cornyn for his Senate seat. O’Rourke admitted to a reporter that Chuck Schumer “checked in” with him just last week. But, that call wasn’t really about the Senate seat, he said. Wink, wink.

Beto did an interview with Jemele Hill in which he admitted how poorly he performed in the first Democrat debate and the challenges he faces in the upcoming one. He talked about his poor poll numbers, too.

Robert Francis O’Rourke bought into his own publicity when he ran against Ted Cruz. O’Rourke was a back-bencher in Congress with no legislative accomplishments of his own yet he felt entitled to a seat in the U.S. Senate. Since he did better than any Texas Democrat running in a statewide race in recent years, he then decided he’d try to fail up and skip another Senate run in favor of a presidential campaign. The Democrat running for president from Texas that everyone in Texas expected to run for president, Julian Castro, ate Beto’s lunch during the first debate.

Beto really has no lane in which to run in this Democrat primary. He is unabashedly socialist in his ideology but so are other candidates. He adjusts his positions according to the political winds of any given day. His last attempt to capture lightning in a bottle on the trail was with his stunt of campaigning for president in Mexico.

Looks like Beto’s counter-jumping and skateboarding across the stage days have met their expiration date. We’ll see what happens during the second date. Lucky for Beto that he won’t be sharing a stage with Julian Castro this time.

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Marianne Williamson rescued a fellow candidate’s dead campaign

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Let’s face it, few people know who Mike Gravel is, much less that he is a Democrat running in the 2020 presidential primary. He announced his candidacy in April. Unlike most candidates, though, he asked supporters to donate as little as possible to his campaign, not as much as they could spare.

All Gravel wants is the opportunity to qualify for the DNC debates. His first appeal was simply to meet the requirement of 65,000 individual donors. To qualify for the first debate, the candidates had to also poll at 1% or higher in 3 DNC-approved polls. Gravel didn’t qualify for the first debate but he’s hoping to do so for the second debate. He’s hit the donor requirement and announced it on Twitter Friday.

Yeah, the tweet is a little odd but frankly, so is he, at least as a candidate. He served in the U.S. Senate representing Alaska from 1969-1981. Gravel is 89 years old now. He ran for president in 2008 as a Democrat and then he joined the Libertarian Party. Now he’s running as a Democrat again. His whole reason for running for president is to get onto the debate stage and try to push the party’s candidates even farther left. No, really. That’s the goal. He calls his campaign a protest campaign, not a true campaign. He just wants to get on the stage and deliver his message. Then, he’ll drop out.

As the campaign got really close to reaching the 65,000 donor threshold, an incentive was offered – how about a signed rock? I told you he’s a bit odd. In the South, we call it “eccentric”.

Gravel admitted he didn’t have the number of donors needed to qualify for the second debate on July 5. He asked for suggestions for where to donate his leftover funds.

This is 2019 and things are weird. Fellow candidate Marianne Williamson came to Gravel’s rescue. She sent out a fundraising appeal for Gravel in order to keep his hope alive. And, just like that, he’s alive as far as the requirement for 65,000 donors goes. It’s the polling requirement that is the sticking point.

Why did Marianne Williamson help out Gravel? It may be their common foreign policy goals.

Still, Williamson’s pitch for Gravel is an interesting if probably not very consequential example of how she intends to, as she put it in the first debate, “harness love” to win the nomination and beat Trump. But it wasn’t an accident she chose the eccentric 89-year-old Gravel for this beneficence. She cited him as an example of the “diverse and provocative voices” the campaign needs. If you aren’t familiar with Williamson or with Gravel, you should understand that when it comes to foreign policy (Gravel’s signature issue and the entire rationale for his teenager-driven sorta-campaign) these two candidates make Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren look like neocon warmongers.

Williamson, a longtime proponent (along with her friend Dennis Kucinich) of a cabinet-level Department of Peace, is for deep and permanent defense-spending cuts and a complete reorientation of international relations to focus on conflict prevention. For Gravel, opposition to military interventions has been the one consistent strand of his long and winding political career, dating back to his publication of the antiwar classic Pentagon Papers in a version edited by lefty icons Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. I don’t know how Gravel feels about some of Williamson’s more ethereal preoccupations, but they are in fact natural allies, if only in the challenge they pose to mainstream views of America’s role in the world.

The Gravel campaign is now tackling the requirement on the polling threshold. He says he has been ignored by pollsters.

The campaign hammered the DNC over the polling qualifications, saying it is in talks with national party leaders and has retained counsel over the issue.

“The campaign has retained counsel and is currently in talks with the DNC over the validity of the polling method of qualification, given that well over half of DNC’s approved polls methodically and consistently excluded Sen. Gravel despite the campaign’s documented, repeated outreach to both pollsters and the DNC for inclusion,” Gravel’s campaign manager David Oks said.

“If the DNC were to exclude us, the campaign is also developing contingency plans that would allow us to spread our vital message. We kept our receipts, we have retained legal counsel. Our goal in this campaign has always been to shift the conversation, and we will persist in doing so.”

The bar is set higher to qualify for the third and fourth debates so Gravel’s time is limited whether he makes it to the second debate or not. He said from the beginning when he drops out, he’ll endorse the most liberal candidate. In the meantime, he will continue to work towards ending the American “Empire”.

Gravel has launched an ad against Joe Biden that runs on MSNBC. As I said, he’s all about his message and clearly, he is over Joe. Enjoy.

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Williamson puts Vogue magazine in its place in the best possible way

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Is there a better presidential candidate running for the Democrat nomination than Marianne Williamson? No. No, there is not. I’ll tell you why I’ve come to this conclusion. She’s so very entertaining and she’s not afraid to speak truth to power. In this case, the ‘power’ is a very powerful women’s fashion magazine. It is the gold standard of such publications.

Marianne Williamson is using her Instagram account to strike back against a major slight from Vogue. The whole kerfuffle began with a very favorable article published on July 1. The subjects of the piece are the five women in elected office who are running for the Democrat nomination. The interview reads as you might expect from a very liberal publication. It is full of fluffy feel-good sops to the women in elected office seeking the highest office in the land. Fair, enough. There is even a photograph of the five women together, looking all congenial and supportive of each other.

One female candidate who is not in elected office, though, didn’t appreciate the exclusion from the group. Marianne Williamson had a few things to say about it.

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You might have noticed who’s not in this picture. And let’s be clear why it matters: the issue is ethical responsibility on the part of the media. The framers of the Constitution did not make Vogue magazine the gate keepers of America’s political process, here to determine who and who is not to be considered a serious political candidate. The framers themselves determined the qualifications for the presidency: that someone was born here, is over 35 years old, and has lived here for 14 years. If they had wanted to say more, than they would have. They didn’t say more for a reason: they were leaving it to every generation to determine for itself the skill set it feels is necessary to navigate the times in which they live. President Franklin Roosevelt said that the “administrative aspects of the presidency are secondary,” and “the primary role is moral leadership.” If we’re going to free this country to be all that it can be, then first we have to free ourselves from the thought forms dictated to us by a corporate/political/media establishment. It is the people and the people alone who should decide who will be their president, unburdened by the insidious influence of an elite on patrol. Period. Full stop. #bigtruth marianne2020.com

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“The framers of the Constitution did not make Vogue magazine the gate keepers of America’s political process, here to determine who and who is not to be considered a serious political candidate.” Take that, Vogue. While no one expects Marianne Williamson to be on the debate stage squaring off against President Trump as the Democrat Party’s nominee, she is as deserving of magazine space, too.

In order to make herself perfectly clear, she went back to her Instagram account and she took matters into her own hands. She put herself into the group shot of the women candidates by photobombing herself above them, in a frame on the wall. It’s perfect.

I’ve written about Williamson here, starting with an article that I thought would probably be the only time I would write about her, in all honesty. Then she got into a tiff with Meghan McCain and that was amusing. The truth is, she’s hanging in there and even Republicans are egging her on, as Jazz wrote about recently. Support from Republicans is puzzling until you think about it. She’s fun to watch because of the words that come out of her mouth and because she’s not a politician. She says whatever comes to mind and she isn’t interested in sounding like all the others. Hey, who does that sound like? Maybe she’s the Donald Trump of the 2020 election, without the final victory.

Williamson has met the benchmarks to qualify for the second debate (s) scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Detroit. She’s working on staying around for the third debate, too. She’s all about the love, y’all.

She’s the Eat, Love, Pray candidate for 2020. She’s a 66-year-old Houstonian who speaks with an odd accent. I remember her from long ago when I watched the Oprah show. Like Dr. Phil, she was exposed to the masses, at least the female masses, thanks to Oprah. I thought she was a New Age kook then and I think so now but she’s different and adds some fun to a very boring and horrible line-up of Democrat candidates running for president. I read that Vogue justified Williamson’s exclusion due to the fact that the other women are already in elected office and between them have 40 years of experience. That struck me because if that’s to be justification, then what does that say about Joe Biden’s candidacy among the others? He’s got that all on his own. It just seemed like an odd explanation for me.

I hope Marianne manages to hang in there a long time. I can use the chuckles.

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