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Will any Senate Dems *not* running for president please sit down?

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What hath Elizabeth Warren wrought? Eighteen days ago, the Democrat from Massachusetts launched her 2020 presidential campaign, to mild acclaim but mostly shrugs. Now the Senate appears to be emptying itself of her caucus members as they flood into the competition for the Democratic presidential nomination next year.

Last week it was Kirsten Gillibrand. She’s all over the news today too, after officially announcing the formation of her exploratory committee on The Late Show last night. She’d better hope her political timing is better than her comic timing:

Yesterday, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar dipped her toes in the water. She told the Morning Joe panel on MSNBC that her family was “on board, including my in-laws.” Mika Brzezinski even noted that others on the Senate Judiciary Committee have expressed similar ambitions:

BRZEZINSKI: All right and Senator Klobuchar some of the folks on the judiciary committee might have 2020 aspirations, are you one of them and will it impact your questioning today?

KLOBUCHAR: It won’t impact my questioning in any way, I have a very focused approach just as I did in the Kavanaugh hearings. But I will say that I have made very clear that I am looking at this, I think a few months ago I had talked about the fact that we just came off an election in Minnesota where we – I won in every congressional district including some rural districts that Donald Trump had won handily, that I think it is important to have someone who has some heartland sensibility. I also had said I wanted to talk to my family, so big news today, my family is on board including my in laws, showing some momentum. But I will make this decision on my own course regardless of what other candidates are doing, I think what America wants is someone that is going to make their own decisions, that’s not going to be influenced by every tweet out from the White House or what happens every single day in the news. I think they need a President that’s there for them in the long haul.

As a presidential candidate, Klobuchar would hardly stand out, even in contrast to her fellow Senate Democrats. She has the Minnesota curse of being relatively boring in public, plus the disadvantage of a relatively small base. The rumors of her being one of Congress’ “worst bosses” might actually be all the sparkle she will muster in a crowded field, although based on limited personal experience she comes across as genuinely nice in non-employment situations. (I worked with her on a 9/11 remembrance event a few years back, and didn’t get any hint of diva-ness at all. YMMV.)

Klobuchar would have to elbow out her Judiciary colleagues Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, at the very least, both of whom have larger constituencies and larger personalities. Harris will likely announce her next step over the weekend, while rumors of a Booker romance with Rosario Dawson can’t hurt his expected entry into the race.

The race kept expanding today, with Ohio’s newly re-elected Sherrod Brown going on a presidential tour to boost his standing as well:

Brown won a third term in November on the strength of a message he calls the “Dignity of Work.” He plans to use that motto for his forthcoming tour, which he announced Tuesday night on MSNBC.

It includes stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as a kickoff in his home state. The 66-year-old has yet to decide whether to join a 2020 primary field that is expected to include as many as a half-dozen of his fellow Democratic senators.

At least. Bernie Sanders hasn’t committed yet to a 2020 bid, but his desire to quickly mend fences over sexual-harassment allegations certainly makes it seem like he’s got something in mind for 2020:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is in damage control mode following allegations of sexual harassment in his 2016 campaign, as he weighs a second presidential campaign.

Sanders is seeking to make changes to his campaign team to show it won’t be run the same way as in 2016 to get the controversy behind him.

On Wednesday, he is set to meet in Washington with former staffers who allege they were harassed. That meeting will follow two public apologies from Sanders.

One has to wonder how bad the job is in the Senate that so many Democrats want out. (Answer: Cocaine Mitch, natch.) Who else wants in? Bob Casey Jr floated the idea of a presidential run back in November, and his Pennsylvania base could convince him he’d get to the head of the pack quickly as an antidote to Trump. Tim Kaine was the running mate on the last Democratic ticket and might decide he makes more sense than Beto O’Rourke. At times, it seems like the only member of the Senate Democratic caucus without designs on the White House is the one named Whitehouse. So far, anyway.

All of this Beltway interest in the job — and donor interest in Beltway candidates — opens up a real vulnerability for Democrats in what should be a high-potential cycle. Don’t forget former Senator and VP Joe Biden, who’s been in Washington since the Richard Nixon administration, too, who is leading early polling. Voters got fed up with insiders in 2016, and one could also argue the same in 2018’s midterm vote. Pairing up a Beltway darling against Trump gives the incumbent a lot of room to argue that he’s still the only person who can effectively take on the Washington swamp, regardless of what voters think of him personally.

With this many DC denizens crowding the field in the primaries, an outsider might have trouble penetrating well enough to give Democrats a better option — such as John Bel Edwards, or even John Hickenlooper, or another governor outside of the media/political elite bubble. Trump might yet luck out.

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Hawaii Rep. Ed Case apologizes for claim he’s ‘Asian trapped in a white body’

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Ed Case apologized on Wednesday for saying that he felt like “an Asian trapped in a white body,”and his spokesman claimed he was merely referring to what his Japanese-American wife “sometimes says about him.”

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Opinion: Karen and Mike Pence’s astonishing moral hypocrisy

Karen Pence, the wife of America’s vice president, Mike Pence will be teaching art at a Christian school in Virginia that bans LGBTQ children and requires employees to declare their religious beliefs. Like a real-life setting for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Immanuel Christian School insists applicants initial a pledge to “live a personal life of moral purity.”

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Beto O’Rourke hits the road as 2020 decision looms

Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke left for a road trip after being “in and out of a funk” amid calls from Democratic supporters across the country for O’Rourke to join the growing pool of Democrats running for the 2020 presidential election. CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reports.

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Freshmen Dems go looking for Mitch McConnell to pressure him on shutdown, end up at wrong office

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The funny part of this isn’t the wrong turn. The funny part is the idea that McConnell, of all people, might be cowed by a bunch of Democrats. It’d be like the Freedom Caucus showing up at Pelosi’s office and demanding she back a balanced-budget amendment. Think she’d be intimidated?

— A GROUP OF HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FRESHMEN marched outside in the cold, to the Senate on Tuesday to confront SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL in his Russell office. The only thing is he doesn’t work in that office. They quickly switched to go to his Capitol office. When they got to the Senate side of the building, they left McConnell’s office, almost went to the Senate floor, but then quickly pivoted back to the House side of the building. If they wanted, they could’ve waited on the floor for him, since they have those privileges.

Yes, everyone’s favorite frosh was part of the group.

From the Hill:

They decided they would then deliver the letter to the Senate GOP cloakroom and to McConnell’s personal office in the Senate Russell Building. The problem, however, was they didn’t have enough copies.

So Ocasio-Cortez requested the use of McConnell’s office copying machine.

The freshmen then marched in the direction of the Senate chamber to deliver copies to the Senate Republican cloakroom, encountering there some confusion over the correct entrance to the room.

They left a note signed by more than 30 House freshmen for him on his desk in the Senate, hoping, I guess, that he’ll read it and “run train” on the shutdown.

I don’t understand this even as political theater. I understand the urge to do *something* theatrical, especially among purple-district freshmen Dems like Katie Hill. They’ve begun their stints in Congress having been roped into a highly unpopular shutdown standoff. Reelection bids in purple areas are hard enough without something like this on your record. Their constituents are restless. A publicity stunt is an obvious way to show voters back home that they’re trying to resolve it.

But why would they want to shift the focus of their wrath away from Trump to a much less visible pol like McConnell? Deliver the letter to POTUS instead. Pose for photos outside the White House. You’ll get even more press. And you’ll help counter his talking point that Democrats have essentially abandoned this process and are unwilling to face him.

And why would they think this stunt might hurt McConnell? He’s running for reelection next year in a red state where the right-wing base is lukewarm about him. A chance to stare down Ocasio-Cortez by standing firm with Trump is practically a PR gimmick for McConnell 2020.

We’ll know that the shutdown has reached unacceptable limits of political pain for the GOP once Cocaine Mitch starts making noise about ending it. For now, he’s looking at numbers like this:

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Republican voters are still pretty dug in. (Democratic voters are extremely dug in.) But there are numbers of a different kind floating around too. At some point, the fear of angering righties by ending the shutdown without a wall will be surpassed by the fear of angering everyone else by not ending it. No one’s watching that more closely than McConnell.

Here are some other Dems in Puerto Rico recently, looking very concerned indeed about the shutdown.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

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Pelosi’s stunt is just more progressive de-platforming

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Allahpundit covered this earlier but I wanted to tag onto it as well because it seems pretty clear from the left’s reaction that what’s happening here is just more de-platforming of Trump. At the Washington Post, opinion writers Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman make this explicit:

Only several weeks ago, we had a national debate over whether Trump should be given a prime-time platform by all the major networks, simply because he asked for one. This was admittedly not an easy decision. It’s hard to say no when a president asks for time in the middle of a difficult national moment, which the shutdown very much is. But every producer and executive knew full well that Trump would not say anything new about the shutdown or utter anything designed to reassure the country. Instead, they all knew Trump would use their airtime to lie and demagogue relentlessly to the American people in service of a deeply polarizing policy goal — the wall — that he has never seriously justified, and that (again, we all know this) is really about keeping his base riled up for the coming legal battles he faces…

Until the shutdown is over, we shouldn’t pretend that we’re not in the midst of a crisis of the president’s making. The president will get to deliver his State of the Union sooner or later. But until he ends this crisis — or until Senate Republicans put it out of its misery for him, since he doesn’t appear to see any way out — he shouldn’t be afforded the opportunity to rub our faces in all the lies and bad faith once again, making it all that much worse.

In other words, to the degree it’s possible, don’t let him speak. And yes, that’s exactly what another Post columnist was suggesting last week when Trump asked for TV time. Maybe there’s something in the water over there?

As often happens at the Post these days, opinion writer Jennifer Rubin has a piece which sort of says the same thing. Her version is headlined, “Facing Trump’s tantrum, Pelosi takes away the TV.”

She fact-checked him in the Oval Office on live TV and passed spending bills to reopen the government, thereby reinforcing Trump’s responsibility for the shutdown. To top it off, she’s taking away the president’s TV. More precisely, in response to Trump’s nearly month-long temper tantrum, she has told him he won’t get his prime-time State of the Union address on Jan. 29…

You wonder why in the world Democrats ever considered replacing her. She knows she has power, she willingly and skillfully deploys it, and, as she has said, as a mother of 5 children, knows how to handle a toddler’s meltdown. She also knows what Trump craves most — attention and TV cameras.

All of the Post’s left-wing opinion writers seem very enthusiastic about this plan to take away Trump’s platform. That’s not really a surprise if you’ve been paying attention to the left’s behavior for the past couple of years. De-platforming is all the rage with college revolutionaries.

Of course, Pelosi doesn’t actually have the power to stop Trump from speaking. The president can hold a State of the Union-style speech anywhere he wants, minus the trappings and the Democrats. He could hold a speech it in the White House or at the San Diego border for that matter. But give Pelosi credit for trying.

If Trump were smart he’d lean into this resistance. Holding the speech in the White House in front of a select audience that applauds everything he says will feel canned and inauthentic, like a sitcom laugh-track. He’d be better off selecting a public venue and letting the resistance fill it with trolls in pink hats. Let the Democratic base finish the job Pelosi started. Let them scream and interrupt to their heart’s desire. Granted, Trump probably wouldn’t be able to finish his speech but the spectacle of him being shouted down would remind a lot of Americans what the far left is about these days.

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