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This Trump-Ukraine “Whistle-Blower” Story Is Ridiculous and It’s Going to Blow Up In the Media’s Face Again

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You want to know why conservatives hate the liberal media and have no faith in many commentators on their own side? All you have to do is look at the reactions to this stupid story.

Yesterday, a supposed “bombshell” dropped via numerous anonymous sources that the much ballyhooed “whistle-blower” complaint against Trump involved him encouraging Ukraine’s new president to continue it’s corruption investigation into Joe Biden. To this point, we actually have no specifics saying Trump promised him anything after that request and you’d be remiss to ask why it’s wrong to ask an ally to look into corruption involving U.S. citizens.

Let me quote myself responding to the most fleshed out account of what is claimed to have happened. This was posted late last night.

As per usual, the media are losing their minds. Trump was pressuring an ally to conduct an investigation! It’s unheard of and unprecedented! Who could ever do such a thing!?

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the Obama administration when they were working with UK intelligence, including using foreign assets, to target Trump in 2016? That seems like much more of a big deal given the only real allegation here is that Trump asked Ukraine to keep an already occurring corruption probe going in which we have the target on tape admitting what he did. I was assured that what happened in 2016 was above board because the Obama administration had legitimate suspicions. You know who else has legitimate suspicions? President Trump, because again, its on freaking video.

But ask yourself this. Why is the corruption Trump was asking to be probed not the actual story here? Let me refresh your memory of exactly what we are dealing with.

Yes, that’s Joe Biden, on tape admitting he threatened to withhold $1B in loan guarantees from Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor that was close to taking down the company his son worked for. Seems pretty corrupt doesn’t it? Yet, the media yawned. They didn’t care at all. It was barely reported and the “fact-checkers” rushed to deliver half-true ratings, shilling for Biden as not being aware his son was a member of the board of the company. It was all predictable.

But Trump asks Ukraine to keep looking into the issue and amazingly, the media care. Not only do they care, they want him impeached for “treason” over it. Yes, that was an actual thing said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.

So to recap, being on video trying to extort Ukraine to protect your son is perfectly acceptable. Asking Ukraine to not drop their investigation into someone who tried to extort them to protect their son is impeachable. Does that make sense? No, it doesn’t.

And as to this “whistle-blower,” he’s not one at all.

No, what it means is that an intelligence official has no right to force declassification of presidential communications just because he disagrees with what was said. That’s not being a whistle-blower. It’s being a partisan. The constitution gives near total unanimity to the President in conducting foreign policy. That means if he wants to ask an ally to investigate corruption or risk straining cooperation, he’s entitled to do so. You can not like it and you can vote him out in 2020 in response. But the laws don’t suddenly change just because Donald Trump is president.

The hypocrisy being displayed in the mainstream reporting of this story is mind-blowing. But the hypocrisy is part of the grift.

Perhaps the only thing more frustrating though is seeing some on the right rush to Twitter to proclaim how terrible this all because that’s what a certain wing always does. And when this blows up in the media’s and their faces (again), they’ll insist it was all just an honest mistake. Rinse and repeat.

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Giuliani: I didn’t ask Ukraine to investigate Biden, and also, “of course I did”

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In what might be the smartest string of words in this two-minute faceplant, Chris Cuomo advises Rudy Giuliani, “Just be careful what you say.” Too late! Within about thirty seconds, Giuliani contradicts himself on whether he asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden as a representative of “my client.” His client in this case just happens to be the American head of state, the man who might be running against Biden next year for a second term.

Soooo … what was that promise Trump allegedly made to the Ukrainian president?

He explained to host Chris Cuomo, “I found out this incredible story about Joe Biden, that he bribed the president of the Ukraine in order to fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son.”

Cuomo asked Giuliani, “Did you ask the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?”

“No, actually I didn’t,” Giuliani responded. “I asked the Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the election of 2016 by the Ukrainians for the benefit of Hillary Clinton —”

Cuomo pressed him, “You never asked anything about Hunter Biden? You never asked anything about Joe Biden?”

Giuliani replied that “the only thing I asked about Joe Biden” was to get to the bottom of how it was that the prosecutor who had been appointed to investigate Biden dismissed the case against him.

“So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden,” Cuomo asked.

“Of course I did,” said Giuliani.

I’m not sure which part of this made me laugh louder — Giuliani contradicting himself within a 30-second span, or Cuomo’s later insistence that “I’m not biased!” Come on, man. That also applies to Giuliani as well, especially with this answer to Cuomo when he asked Giuliani to produce documentation to corroborate his allegations against the Bidens:

Giuliani questioned the motivations of the person who filed the complaint, saying they would be investigated by the intelligence community’s inspector general.

The conversation eventually returned to Biden, with the host questioning whether Giuliani could produce documents he had referenced to back up his allegations.

“Why would I give the enemy the documents? … You are not fair and impartial. You are totally biased and your network is a creature of a Democratic National Committee,” Giuliani claimed.

If that’s true, then what in God’s name is Giuliani doing on Cuomo’s show? Why bother showing up at all? It’s not as if CNN is the only outlet on which a Trump supporter can get any air time, after all. And it’s not as if there isn’t some smoke around the Bidens and Ukraine, either, including the use of official authority for personal benefit, as the New York Times reported in May:

It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.

The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.

Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.

In other words, it’s not as if Giuliani’s making this up out of whole cloth. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be the first time that Ukraine has had a White House yank its chain over some personal benefit to the top two American constitutional officers. One has to wonder if Ukraine’s leadership stays up late at night wondering what the heck a President Beto would need from them.

NBC’s Today show reminded us this morning that House Democrats had already taken an interest in Giuliani’s attempts at legal diplomacy on behalf of the Trump campaign. That’s not going to help Trump much in tamping down the speculation over the whistleblower complaint about his call with Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, especially after last night’s leaks that it had something directly to do with a Biden probe:

In letters to the White House and State Department, top Democrats earlier this month demanded records related to what they say are Trump and Giuliani’s efforts “to coerce the Ukrainian government into pursuing two politically-motivated investigations under the guise of anti-corruption activity” — one to help Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is in prison for illegal lobbying and financial fraud, and a second to target the son of former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump…

Lawmakers also became aware in August that the Trump administration may be trying to stop [military] aid from reaching Ukraine, according to a congressional official.

Actually, that sounds like Trump and Giuliani were employing Biden’s own strategy. That doesn’t make it acceptable, however; corruption is corruption, and the excuse that the other guy did it first isn’t exactly a “drain the swamp” response. This might swing a few more House Democrats into the impeach column over the weekend, assuming the complaint pans out for them — or assuming Giuliani keeps shooting his mouth off on national television. He’s going to talk Trump out of office if Trump keeps him around much longer.

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Trump Isn’t Bulletproof, But Even With The Ukraine Story He’s Far From Toast

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A continuously-developing story puts Donald Trump on the phone with a Ukrainian leader, telling that leader to continue investigations into corruption that include former Vice President Joe Biden. The reporting stems from a whistleblower report that the Washington Post got its hands on. Since the story originally broke, we appear to have confirmed Ukraine is the nation, and Biden was the intended target of Trump’s negotiation tactic (allegedly, continuing the investigation was a condition for improving U.S. relations).

Naturally, you have people on the right defending the President and people on the left (and some from the right) attacking him. Rudy Giuliani appears to be both trying to confirm the story while also saying it’s totally fine.

There are some who would lead you to believe that this is Silver Bullet v.263, which is totally guaranteed to take Trump out this time (they swear it!). Even if you were Trump skeptical, there are some facts here that must be taken into account:

  1. Every so-called silver bullet has failed so far.
  2. Trump’s base isn’t deserting him.
  3. The Democrats are not offering any reason to elect one of their own to replace Trump.

Think about this for a moment: Trump may actually be guilty of something here, but Trump is always suspected of being guilty. That is nothing new. The Democrats, however, are vowing to go to the extremes on every social issue, and those extremes don’t actually poll well. Primarily because they scare the hell out of most Americans.

Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate Biden for corruption vs.

  • Democrats outright claiming they’ll come into your homes and take your guns.
  • Abortion up to and just after birth.
  • Jacking up taxes.
  • Getting rid of Americans’ private insurance.
  • Making Americans pay reparations.

The list goes on.

That doesn’t excuse Trump if he did break the law. That’s a pretty big no-no. Being President of the United States doesn’t grant you automatic immunity. However, the American people are going to weigh this against the many things Democrats say they want to force Americans to comply with. If you think that Americans will choose the Democrats over Trump, you fail to remember 2016.

Trump isn’t bulletproof by any means. He is vulnerable. Joe Biden could still give him a run for his money. Warren, if she managed to topple Biden, would have a maybe primary victory and the full backing of her party and many moderate voters to challenge Trump. He is beatable, and that won’t change. However, the Democrats are also extremely beatable, and right now they are doing a great job of beating themselves.

I don’t expect this story will do any more damage than other stories have. If it’s true, I don’t like that he’s done it and I don’t approve of the tactic. But, if it becomes like every other Trump silver bullet and doesn’t even hit him, much less land a devastating blow, then the people pushing these attacks are going to have to stop and wonder what they’re doing wrong.

Of course, even when they do that, they usually come to the wrong conclusions. That will be the difference between the Democrats and Trump in the coming year.

 

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NeverTrump Is So Disenchanted With Weld, Walsh, and Sanford That They Are Turning To Joe Biden As Their Savior

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It was only a week or so ago that people were asking what it said about Vichy Republicans that travel under the name NeverTrump that they were encouraging the candidacy of the likes of Bill Weld, Joe freakin Walsh, and Mark Sanford (for the Mark Sanford fans, I’d remind you that he got his ass handed to him in his primary election by Katie Arrington and, as a result, Sanford sat on his hands and allowed the Democrats to win that seat by less than a percentage point, so please don’t bore me with stories about his political acumen) as an alternative to President Trump in the GOP primary. What it said, in my view, is pretty obvious. The most prominent NeverTrumpers are widely viewed as quislings and no one who wishes a career in conservative or GOP politics is going to associate with them for fear that the stench will permanently attach to them. The very best this bunch can hope for is it damage President Trump in a primary so he gimps into the general election like George H. W. Bush and gets beaten by some Democrat third stringer. The worst they can do is actively support the Democrat nominee…wait, what did I just say?

Republicans opposed to President Trump are quietly preparing to support Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, backing that could materialize in the primary as he attempts to fend off a surging Elizabeth Warren.

Some Republican operatives active in Never Trump circles are discussing the timing and what form support for Biden might take. Groups such as Stand Up Republic, co-founded by prominent Never Trump Republicans Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn, could target disaffected GOP voters in key micro-battlegrounds with finely tailored advertising in a bid to boost Biden in the Democratic primary.

Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, a Florida GOP operative who backed Jeb Bush in 2016 and has been close to Sen. Marco Rubio, attended a Biden campaign event last weekend, sitting on the front row stroking her dog Chacha. Biden turned to her and said, “I’ve got to sort of genuflect in this direction here because I’m afraid of her. No. I’m embarrassing her, I know — that’s my intention. We’ve been good friends for a long time.”

But Biden isn’t looking terribly strong right now. My gut feeling is that his current 20-something percent polling is his ceiling and as other candidates drop, their support will not go to Joe Biden. What happens when Elizabeth Warren gets the nomination (this is my prediction though I think Biden would be a much more difficult race for Trump)?

“Never Trump means what it says: Never Trump. Under no circumstances can you embrace that man coming back to the White House,” countered Jerry Taylor, who runs the Niskanen Center, a centrist Washington think tank that has become a gathering spot for anti-Trump Republicans. “Most Never Trump Republicans that I traffic with are of the mind that any electoral outcome that doesn’t return Donald Trump to the White House is a good outcome, save for the wild card of Bernie Sanders.”

It’s time to call this nonsense exactly what it is. The NeverTrump people are not conservatives and they are not Republicans. They petulant little kids who are engaged in virtue signaling in the short term. Their conceit is that if they contribute to a Trump defeat that the GOP that remains after the defeat will call upon the people who contributed to that fiasco and give them leadership positions and lucrative consulting contracts. It’s not going to happen. If they persist in this they will be ridiculed and ostracized as the assclowns and quislings they are regardless of Trump’s fate in 2020.

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Jimmy Carter: Shouldn’t there be an age limit on the presidency?

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This could have been an entirely self-effacing moment — or it might be Jimmy Carter’s message to the Democratic Party. “What will it take to convince you to run for president?” asked the moderator of a town hall at the Carter Center last night in Atlanta. Carter laughed off the comparison to Grover Cleveland’s two non-consecutive terms, but then turned more serious in questioning whether 80-year-olds would be up to the job, let alone 95-year-olds:

“I hope there is an age limit,” he said as the audience laughed. “You know, if I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties that I experienced when I was President.” …

“So the things I faced then in foreign affairs, I don’t think I could undertake them when I was 80 years old. So 95 is out of the question. I had a hard time walking when I came in,” said Carter, whose birthday is on October 1.

Some of us remember the Carter presidency and think he wasn’t all that up to the task at 52, either, especially in foreign affairs. Carter turned the Iranian hostage crisis into a daily soap opera and appeared baffled and impotent when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. But we digress, while CNN connects the dots:

Age has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the 2020 campaign. President Donald Trump, who is 73 years old, became the oldest first-term President when he was inaugurated, and the top three Democratic contenders — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 78; former Vice President Joe Biden, 76; and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 70 — would also be among the oldest first-term presidents in history.

There is a difference between age and frailty, however. For all his other real and perceived faults, Trump is clearly vital and active. So is Elizabeth Warren for that matter, the youngest of the four septuagenarians. Even Bernie! appears not to have slowed down at all despite already nearing Carter’s suggested age limit. Health and vitality matter more than age itself, it would seem, although it’s not clear whether voters by and large completely agree with that. They might be wondering why both major parties will ask them to choose between aging Boomers for the second cycle in a row rather than offer a fresher pick.

For Joe Biden, the question is of frailty more than age. That’s the issue at which Team Trump took aim with this video yesterday, via Jeff Dunetz and Allahpundit:

Nevertheless, The Hill reports that Senate Democrats are praying that Biden wins the nomination, even if he sleeps through Election Day. They’re worried about what a Warren or Sanders nomination will do to down-ticket races, let alone their chances of winning the presidency:

Yet a number of Democrats privately acknowledge that if Warren or Sanders wins the nomination, it will create immediate tension within the party.

The two progressives are to the left of many of their colleagues, and some of their best-known proposals, such as “Medicare for All” and free college education, do not have widespread support within the Democratic caucus.

If Warren or Sanders wins the party’s presidential nomination, there will be pressure in the Senate to adopt their proposals. And there could be tensions between a nominee and senators who do not back their proposals.

Another factor is the race for the Senate. Some Democrats think it will be easier to win races in conservative-leaning states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia if Biden is their nominee and not Warren or Sanders.

There is no age limit on the instinct for self-preservation. Voters, however, might have other ideas if it comes down to old 60s-style socialists or the rough-mannered incumbent already in place.

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Biden: My child-care tax credit will add 720 million women to the work force!

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Only 720 million? Why not just promise a gazillion? Joe Biden tried selling his child-care tax credit plan yesterday by lamenting that the US tax code provides deductions for racehorses but not for child care. His plan, Biden promised, would put into the workforce six times as many adult women as actually exist in the US at the moment.

It’s tough to get this much wrong in so short a time, but here we are:

You get a tax break for [a] racehorse, why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? It would put — it would put seven hundred and twenty million back — million women — back in the workforce. It would increase the GDP, to sound like a wonk here, by about eight tenths of one percent. It would grow the economy.

Even before we get to the math, the current tax code actually does provide deductions for child care as well as dependent care. The child has to be younger than 13 and the benefit is capped at $3000 for one or $6000 for two or more. Biden’s tax credit would give more cash and apply it up front rather than as a deduction, so it’s different — but it’s hardly the gamechanger Biden’s selling. And yes, the tax code actually does provide “tax breaks” for a racehorse investment as well as child care.

But the gaffe here on math is even worse than Guest suggests. According to the BLS, the US has 125.7 million women age 20 or older, with a 59.0% participation rate. That’s below the participation rate of 71.7% for men of the same age bracket, but it’s the highest participation rate for adult women in six years. During the Obama administration, the adult female participation rate fell from 61% when Biden and Barack Obama took office (in the middle of the Great Recession, no less), dropped below 59.0% for good in July 2013, and finished up at 58.3% when Obama and Biden left office in January 2017. August’s 59.0% is the best of the Trump administration so far.

(Worth noting: Men fared slightly worse over the same period. Their labor force participation rate started at 75.2% in February 2009 and declined steadily all during the Obama-Biden administration. It’s been below 72.0% since May 2015.)

So how many adult women are not already in the US labor force? BLS puts it at 51.6 million as of August. It’s tough to get 720 million out of that number, and even tougher to find it among the 2.5 million adult women counted as unemployed but in the workforce. By the way, the female unemployment rate is at 3.3% now, more than a full point better than it was when Biden and Obama left office (4.4%, although it was 6.8% when they first took office, too).

By the way, the Trump administration has done a pretty good job of growing the adult-female workforce. They have added 2.3 million more adult women to the workforce since taking office in January 2017. That growth in 2.5 years nearly equals the eight-year growth in the adult-female workforce during the Obama-Biden administration (2.9 million).

Basically, Joe Biden pulled this number from the time-honored political source known as one’s own backside. There’s no way of knowing how many women would enter the workforce with an $8,000 tax credit for child care, but it’s not going to be 720 million, and likely won’t be 720 thousand or 72 thousand either. It’s an idiotic argument buttressed by fantasy numbers in the head of a candidate who had eight years to solve the problem he’s highlighting now as if it just suddenly occurred to him.

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Warren captures big endorsement from former Bernie supporters

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Elizabeth Warren has officially received the warm embrace of democrat socialists – she scored the endorsement of the Working Families Party. This is a slap to Bernie Sanders, who received the party’s endorsement in 2016.

Warren had a really good day Monday. Not only did she get the bragging rights of the Working Families Party endorsement but she also held a campaign rally to roll out her latest policy on fighting corruption in government. The rally was attended by more than 20,000 people – Warren is now in the Trump universe of huge crowds and mega-rallies. Ironically, the only other candidate that scores those kinds of numbers is Bernie Sanders.

The location of the rally was Washington Square Park near the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. That fire in 1911 killed 146 people, mostly immigrant women workers. It led to union organizing and labor reforms. Warren calls for that kind of mobilization of working-class people. Warren doesn’t call herself a socialist, as Bernie does, but she justifies her calls for heavy-handed government take-overs of private industries as all in the name of what is best for the little people. Socialist policies kill free markets and entrepreneurial spirits as they keep working people under the thumb of corrupt leaders. Sounds like a labor union to me.

The Working Families Party may not be a major political party nationally but this endorsement sends a strong message to Democrat primary voters. There are active chapters in New York, Connecticut, Oregon, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Nevada, West Virginia, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and Illinois. The Working Families Party of New York was organized in 1998 by labor unions and community organizations. It’s early for such a notable endorsement to be made, and a blow to the Sanders campaign.

Warren is on the rise in polls and essentially fighting Bernie for second place after Biden. Biden, Warren, and Sanders are the only three candidates with a shot at the Democrat nomination, at least for now. Some early endorsements by elected officials are beginning to shift a bit as the top candidates shake out in the polls. Biden has remained the frontrunner since he announced his candidacy. The same happened in 2016 with Trump in the Republican primary but the certainty of Biden’s nomination is in question.

Biden is proving to be a really bad candidate on the campaign trail. He may have been able to brush off criticism in the early days of his campaign as the result of being rusty and out of public office for a couple of years but he sure hasn’t improved. It is impossible to not note that he is not energetic or passionate in his speeches to supporters. Elizabeth Warren, in contrast, is like the Energizer Bunny. She bounces on stage, she runs through crowds, she almost yells while delivering speeches, and is always fired up. She has the energy that Biden lacks and frankly, that Hillary Clinton never had in 2016.

Warren’s anti-corruption initiative is all about big structural change, you see. She used the example of Frances Perkins who fought for labor rights after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and became FDR’s labor secretary, the first female Cabinet member in U.S. history as the way forward. One persistent woman. For Warren, like Hillary, persists is the message. (Warren is getting advice from Hillary.)

“What did one woman — one very persistent woman — backed up by millions of people across this country get done? Big structural change,” Warren said. “Social Security. Unemployment insurance. Abolition of child labor. Minimum wage. The right to join a union. Even the very existence of the weekend.”

She called President Trump “corruption in the flesh” but she admits that he didn’t start corruption in government.

The Working Families Party endorsement is a nod to a “mass movement” to turn the United States into a socialist wonderland. Their early announcement of an endorsement is meant to send the message that voters can’t sit on the sidelines in the primary.

“Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she’s got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many,” said Maurice Mitchell, the Working Families Party’s national director. “We need a mass movement to make her plans a reality, and we’re going to be a part of that work.”

Her anti-corruption plan is extensive, as you might expect from a policy wonk. She envisions lots of bans on lobbying and restricting elected officials from stock purchases, for example. There are a lot of don’ts. She wants automatic tax return disclosures of all federal candidates and officeholders.

The irony is that Warren was delivering this speech – meant to get the attention of working people, especially women – in an area where the median income is well above that of most working-class people.

Warren’s take-on-the-elites speech happened in the wealthy and highly educated neighborhood of Greenwich Village with a median household income of $120,000

Sanders’ Iowa state director, Misty Rebik, responded to Warren’s endorsement.

Warren has plenty of support from educated, upper income women. I’m not so sure that this event moved the needle with the big demographic she needs to crack – African-American voters. That group is in Biden’s camp right now. This primary race continues to be between the safe choice to beat Trump – Biden, or the swing from the rafters with big change candidates, Warren and Sanders.

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She’s Free, Freefallin’: Kamala Harris Places ‘a Distant Fifth’ in New Presidential Poll … in California

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New Democratic presidential polling information for California from an Emerson University survey shows Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) all firmly in the top tier with numbers in the double digits. But for home state Sen. Kamala Harris? The news is not good.

The Hill reports:

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are tied for first place among Democratic primary voters in California, while home-state Sen. Kamala Harris (D) is running in a distant fifth, according to a new poll.

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Tech entrepreneur and political newcomer Andrew Yang notches 7 percent support in the survey, with Harris following at 6 percent support.

That is a four point slide for Harris since the last Emerson poll that was taken in late August.

The Emerson poll released Tuesday was also taken after last Thursday’s Democratic debate, which shows that much like the second debate, she didn’t do herself any favors with voters in her own state.

Harris isn’t doing any better in national post-debate polls, either:

Just how bad is the California polling information for the Harris campaign? Very bad:

The survey is a sign that Harris may face a difficult battle in her home state’s nominating contest, a delegate-rich election that carries more significance than ever because of an accelerated primary schedule that places it on Super Tuesday, when voters in a dozen states will cast their ballots for the Democratic nomination.

“Senator Kamala Harris is in trouble in her home state. If she is unable to gain momentum in Iowa or New Hampshire, come Super Tuesday she might have a similar fate to Sen. Marco Rubio in 2016, when he was unable to win his home state of Florida and dropped out of the race,” Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball said, referring to Rubio’s 2016 loss to President Trump in Florida’s Republican presidential primary.

The Hill also notes that there has never been a candidate who lost their home state in a primary who ultimately won the presidential nomination.

That the Harris campaign has been in a freefall over the last two and a half months is not new news, but the fact that her numbers are in the basement in her home state is a very troubling sign for her campaign. There is no other way they can spin it.

Assuming she qualifies for the 4th Democratic debate next month, you gotta think at this point that she’s only staying in the race to put herself in contention for a veep slot.

Earlier this month, Harris told a Fox News reporter that in spite of the fact that she was polling in the low single digits she should still be considered in the “top tier.” She is in the top tier only in her own mind at this point.

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Biden Claims Proposed Child Care Tax Credit Would Bring 720 Million Women Into the Workforce; Watch

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Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to supporters at the Workers’ Presidential Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday and touted his proposal for an $8,000 tax credit to pay for childcare costs. He said:

You get a tax break for a racehorse, why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? It would put 720 million women back in the workforce. It would increase the GDP, to sound like a wonk here, by about eight-tenths of one percent. It would grow the economy.

His remarks can be heard in the clip below.

Another blunder by the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Nearly every time Biden speaks, he commits another gaffe. Democrats seem to be slowly coming around to the fact that he will not be able to beat Trump. Although Biden has managed to maintain his lead in most polls, there are signs he is losing ground to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday questioned 506 Democratic primary voters between September 13-16 about their level of enthusiasm for each candidate. Warren led the field at 35%, Sanders came in at 25% and Biden at 23%. In March, Warren was at 20%, Sanders at 28% and Biden at 33%. (Enthusiasm for Kamala Harris stood at 22% in March and has fallen to 13% in September.)

All of this is to say that primary voters are watching and they’re noticing.

Here are some responses to Biden’s comment on Twitter:

Joe think he’s running to be President of China maybe?

When you want to divide by two, but end up multiplying. And still get it wrong.

Democrats routinely count the recently deceased. Honest mistake.

That 720 million women number is AFTER Joe cures cancer. #MakingSenseWithJoe

Yikes! The US population is 330 million but Joe Biden says a child tax credit would put 720 million women back in the workforce.

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On Tuesday, the Trump campaign released a video montage of Biden’s recent stumbles. It’s a collection of his greatest hits interspersed with journalist commentary. Watch the video.

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Castro endorser switches teams, cites need to “narrow the field”

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The rats are abandoning a sinking ship. Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro swung big in the last televised Democrat debate and missed. Bigly. Now he has lost an endorser – from Texas, no less.

Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) was interviewed on CNN’s State of the Union and made a big announcement. The lawmaker said he is ditching Team Castro and is suiting up with Team Biden. Worst of all, Gonzalez didn’t talk to Castro about his decision before he went on and told host Jake Tapper about it. Yikes! He justified his snub by saying he had spoken to Julian’s twin brother, Joaquin, who serves with him in the House.

You can watch the interview HERE.

When asked about what he thought of Castro’s aggressive, condescending dust-up with Biden during the last Democrat debate, Gonzalez brushed the behavior off as “fair game” in a political debate but admitted that Castro’s delivery “could have been better.’ When asked why he decided to make a change in endorsements, Gonzalez said that Biden’s been a statesman.

What struck me during the interview, though, was Gonzalez mentioning more than once that he thinks Biden is mentally sharp and in great health. “He’s sharp.” He also said that he’s met with Biden and he’s met with President Trump and Biden is in better health than the president. Tapper didn’t push him any further on that point. I would have questioned Gonzalez’s assumptions, though, as we see that Trump keeps a full schedule while Biden has taken a slow pace on the campaign trail.

Gonzalez said it isn’t just the polling that compelled him to choose Biden. He noted that candidates have to be able to raise money to go the distance in a campaign.

Biden is polling at the top of the Democratic field, and Castro is trailing well behind. González, in explaining his switch, noted that Castro was “polling in the low single digits.” He said everyone has to face reality. “If you’re polling in the low single digits and you’re not raising resources, it’s clearly a recipe for disaster.” “We need to be cognizant of that as a Democratic Party, wanting to defeat Trump.”

Gonzalez was quite clear that his top priority is to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. This makes him one of the Democrats that looks at Biden as the safe choice. It is his “number one goal.” He isn’t concerned about Biden’s gaffes or less than stellar performances on stage. “It’s easy to get off-track in the heat of a debate.”

The endorsement switch must be particularly painful for Castro – he only had three Congressional endorsements and one was his twin brother.

Gonzalez had been one of three Texas Democrats in Congress to back the former San Antonio mayor and U.S housing secretary, along with Dallas Rep. Colin Allred and the White House hopeful’s twin, San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro. He was also a rare backer from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Gonzalez is right, though, the field should be narrowing. At this point, the real possibilities for the nomination are Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. Julian Castro hasn’t captured the imagination of Democrat primary voters. That candidate seems to be Elizabeth Warren. Biden is the safe, familiar choice, and Sanders has his loyal BernieBros from 2016. Warren is the candidate who has risen from the rest of the herd and has even overtaken Bernie in some polls. The candidates like Castro in the race are simply running for vice-president at this point, or maybe a position in the cabinet, if a Democrat wins in 2020.

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