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A Millennial’s Take On Gen Z Humor

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I’m not going to pretend I have a full understanding of the age group known as Generation Z. The last thing I want to do is give off some “how do you do fellow kids” vibe. I’m not part of that generation and I’m not going to pretend to be in order to try to fit in or get their good graces.

What I can gather about their humor, for the most part, is that they’ve abandoned the idea that political correctness has to be a part of any joke being made. Watching some of their videos or listening to their back and forth talk can make one feel like they just walked into a living, breathing episode of South Park.

And as shocked and offended as we are, I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing.

As much as we rail against political correctness, we’re still soaked in it. My age group, the millennials, especially seem to be a slave to political correctness to the point where even comedy and jokes are completely out of the question unless it results in what Ben Shapiro calls “clapter,” or the act of pretending something is funny when really it’s just a political statement said in a humorous tone. The call to limit free speech polls far higher than it should. We’re so offended all the time.

This disposition toward society is the infected sore of years of politically correct programming. We can’t speak truths or even say jokes for fear that it would hurt somebody’s feelings. We’ve become humorless and are willing to allow lies and mistruths to thrive out of fear that correcting them would make you a social pariah.

Then enter Gen Z.

It’s a light intro, but from being a fan of Tik Tok to watching various Gen Z aged people give their opinions on various topics on YouTube, I’m consistently surprised at what I find. Their social commentary is crude and offensive, but very often spot on. They comfortably throw terms like “faggot” around and make jokes about Hitler. All while not remotely hating gay people and not remotely being fans of Nazism.

The darker the humor, the funnier it is. For Gen Z, what would be shocking for everyone else is fun for them.

In fact, it’s not the joke that seems to be the most fun part, it’s the reaction it gets from the easily offended.

But the most impressive aspect of it all is that because of their non-attentiveness to the politically correct, it has allowed them to see the proverbial man behind the curtain. Their social commentary is often laced with hard truths. They don’t dance around feelings, they cut right to the issue.

Many of my generation and older see this and immediately reach for the alarm. The ideas they espouse are considered “dangerous.” Take for instance BuzzFeed’s attack against 14-year-old YouTuber Soph. After watching a few more of her videos, I’m noticing that while her language and takes on things are biting, I didn’t disagree with a lot of what she was saying, and I can’t consider her to be the villain she’s painted as. Sure, there are things she said that are ridiculous and I expect that from a young teenager going through what I call the “prime dumbass years.”

But a villain? No. In my opinion, she is to 2019 what Matt Stone and Trey Parker were to the 90’s.

In fact, I found myself enjoying a lot of it because for the first time I felt like I wasn’t listening to carefully crafted and cautious commentary, I was listening to unapologetic realism laced with humor I was told by society was out of bounds and evil. It was like a mental itch being scratched.

But even among the right and those who are supporters of freedom of speech, I found many who were disgusted by this Gen Z approach. Fair enough. I don’t expect that many would throw Soph, or people like her a parade. Not everything she and the Gen Z crowd are saying would be considered wise by any account.

That said, I have to wonder if this isn’t good for us as a society.

I look around and see absolute fear when it comes to social expression. Humor has become a liability. Say the wrong thing and the mob will come for you. Make the wrong joke and you may be ruined for life. You may lose your job, or be deplatformed. Mark Meechan of the UK (aka Count Dankula) used his dog to make a Nazi joke and found himself facing a prison sentence. People like Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and Lauren Southern have been banned from various social media platforms for expressing the wrong opinion or engaging in unapproved activism.

I could list a ton more, but this is just one finger swipe of the icing that makes up the entire cake. Trying to list a sufficient amount would take an entire book.

Gen Z seems to stand defiant of the consequences and collectively throws a middle finger to the threat the mob presents. It’s a very “you can’t get us all” attitude. It makes the PC police seem very small by comparison, and groups like Antifa easier to laugh at, which is a blessing, seeing as how my generation has been trained to react with outrage toward this kind of thing. I have to appreciate it.

I appreciate it because, at this time, the scale is currently tipped toward a hard left, social justice lunacy that is tearing society apart both figuratively and literally. Gen Z is, perhaps unintentionally, applying the correct amount of pressure to tip the scale back ever so slowly. It’s injecting the idea into society that being offensive is okay, and even warranted at times. It’s weaponized desensitization, and we desperately need it in a time when we’re so sensitive about everything.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. I suspect even members of Gen Z would read this and laugh off the idea that they’re doing anything political at all, that they’re just having fun, and fair enough. However, from my millennial perspective, I have to admire the effect it’s having at this time.

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Barr’s Pick To Lead Russia Collusion Investigation Has Been On The Case Since At Least October

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It turns out that John Durham, the prosecutor chosen by Attorney General William Barr to lead the probe into the origins of the Trump/Russia Collusion investigation isn’t so new to the case after all.

Real Clear Investigations’ Eric Felten published an excerpt from former FBI General Counsel James Baker’s October 3, 2018 closed testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. Baker is currently under criminal investigation for possible illegal leaking of classified information to the press.

During questioning by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), it was revealed that John Durham is the prosecutor assigned to Baker’s case.

The following partial transcript (via Real Clear Investigations) from Baker’s October 3, 2018 testimony shows how this was discovered.

Note: David Corn is the Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones. He was one of the first journalists to write an article about the Steele Dossier in October 2016. Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, the FBI received various versions of the dossier from different sources. One of those came from David Corn.

Rep. Jordan: Tell me about your relationship with David Corn.

Baker: David is a friend of mine.

Jordan: Tell me about that. A close friend? Long-time friend?

Baker: Long-time friend.

Jordan: When did you first meet Mr. Corn?

Baker: I don’t specifically remember. A long time ago, though.

Jordan: Years ago?

Baker: Years and years and years ago, yeah. Our kids carpooled together. We carpooled with them when our kids were little

Jordan: Prior to the election of – Presidential election of 2016. How many times did you talk with David Corn in the weeks and months prior to election day?

Baker: I don’t remember.

Jordan: Is it fair to say you did talk with Corn?

Baker: Yes, I did, but I just don’t remember how many [times].

Jordan: So did you talk to Mr. Corn about anything that the FBI was working on? Specifically the now infamous Steele dossier?”

Baker’s lawyer, Dan Levin: (interrupts) One second. (Levin and Baker speak privately.)

Levin: I cannot let [Baker] answer these questions right now. You may or may not know, he’s been the subject of a leak investigation which is still – a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department. I’m sorry. I’m cutting off any discussion about conversations with reporters.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): You’re saying he’s under criminal investigation? That’s why you’re not letting him answer?

Levin: Yes.

Jordan: There is an ongoing investigation by whom?

Levin: The Justice Department.

Jordan: I mean, is the inspector general looking at this or is this—

Levin: No. It’s Mr. John Durham, a prosecutor…I don’t want him talking about conversations he’s had with reporters because I don’t know what the questions are and I don’t know what the answers are right now. Given that there is an ongoing investigation of him for leaks which the Department [of Justice] has not closed, I’m not comfortable letting him answer questions.

This particular excerpt from Baker’s testimony was disclosed in January, and at that point, the name John Durham would have been meaningless to most of us. It is good news that John Durham is already familiar with at least some aspects of the case. I would even say it’s likely he’s been working on the larger investigation for longer than the public has been led to believe.

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Report: Long Island University-Brooklyn to Drop “Blackbirds” Nickname Because … Racism

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The war on so-called “offensive” college monikers continues, and the latest example comes from Brooklyn.

The New York Post reports:

Long Island University’s athletic programs merger between its Brooklyn and Post campuses is creating unrest.

Alums of LIU Brooklyn are upset that as part of the two programs being melded together — Post is Division II and Brooklyn Division I — the Blackbirds nickname is going to be dropped beginning next fall. The three new nicknames being suggested after polling students and alumni, according to an email obtained by The Post, are the Sharks, Eagles and Falcons. The Blackbirds nickname dates back to 1935.

[…]

On March 25, a group of 12 former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni met with the school’s president, Kimberly Cline, to address their concerns after repeated attempts to speak to the administration. But Cline told them they were getting rid of Blackbirds for a few reasons, according to a source who attended the meeting.

They didn’t want to diminish Post in the merger. Cline also said the school has heard that the Blackbird is an offensive racist mascot. The group also asked Cline why not include Blackbirds and Pioneers as part of the ballot, but she said a marketing firm the school has consulted suggested to wipe the slate clean.

This is just … crazy. I have never in my life heard anyone, not even militant social justice warriors, say that the name “blackbird” is racist. I mean think about it: The bird is black.

That is why it’s called a “blackbird.”

Oh well. The blackbird may be on its way out at LIU-Brooklyn but we can still enjoy this cute video made a few months ago of the mascot high-fiving and posing for pictures with students of all colors on campus:

He can even make a basketball shot from half court!

RIP, Blackbird.

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Report: Long Island University-Brooklyn to Drop “Blackbirds” Nickname Because … Racism

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The war on so-called “offensive” college monikers continues, and the latest example comes from Brooklyn.

The New York Post reports:

Long Island University’s athletic programs merger between its Brooklyn and Post campuses is creating unrest.

Alums of LIU Brooklyn are upset that as part of the two programs being melded together — Post is Division II and Brooklyn Division I — the Blackbirds nickname is going to be dropped beginning next fall. The three new nicknames being suggested after polling students and alumni, according to an email obtained by The Post, are the Sharks, Eagles and Falcons. The Blackbirds nickname dates back to 1935.

[…]

On March 25, a group of 12 former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni met with the school’s president, Kimberly Cline, to address their concerns after repeated attempts to speak to the administration. But Cline told them they were getting rid of Blackbirds for a few reasons, according to a source who attended the meeting.

They didn’t want to diminish Post in the merger. Cline also said the school has heard that the Blackbird is an offensive racist mascot. The group also asked Cline why not include Blackbirds and Pioneers as part of the ballot, but she said a marketing firm the school has consulted suggested to wipe the slate clean.

This is just … crazy. I have never in my life heard anyone, not even militant social justice warriors, say that the name “blackbird” is racist. I mean think about it: The bird is black.

That is why it’s called a “blackbird.”

Oh well. The blackbird may be on its way out at LIU-Brooklyn but we can still enjoy this cute video made a few months ago of the mascot high-fiving and posing for pictures with students of all colors on campus:

He can even make a basketball shot from half court!

RIP, Blackbird.

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—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–

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Latest Q Poll Shows Several Democratic Contenders Beating Trump in Pennsylvania

Quinnipiac University released their latest presidential poll for the key swing state of Pennsylvania today, and the results showed several of the Democratic contenders outpolling President Donald Trump, and Biden and Sanders continuing to dominate the primary contest.

The poll was conducted from May 9 through 14 using live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. A total of 978 Pennsylvania voters were contacted, including 431 registered Democrats. The overall margin of error was +/- 4.2 percentage points, and the portions of the poll directed at the Democrat primary voters had a margin of error of +/- 6.2 percentage points.

As I wrote earlier today, the Democratic primary field is a crowd of twenty-three candidates so far, but about half of those candidates have been polling at 1 percent or less in surveys over the past few months. This trend held with this Q poll for Pennsylvania:

Joe Biden 39%
Bernie Sanders 13%
Kamala Harris 8%
Elizabeth Warren 8%
Pete Buttigieg 6%
Cory Booker 5%
Beto O’Rourke 2%
Amy Klobuchar 1%

All other candidates were listed as getting less than 1 percent. It’s entirely possible that some of them received zero votes from poll respondents.

This poll was conducted before Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, the most recent Democrat to announce he was running, got in, but when a far more recognizable candidate like O’Rourke is struggling for oxygen at 2 percent — not to mention the embarrassing zero percent for several of the senators and governors — his entry seems unlikely to shake up the race.

Quinnipiac pollsters also asked about match-ups between Trump and six of the Democrats, with five of the six beating Trump:

Biden 53%, Trump 42%
Sanders 50%, Trump 43%
Warren 47%, Trump 44%
Buttigieg 45%, Trump 44%
Harris 45%, Trump 45%
Trump 46%, O’Rourke 44%

Biden was also the runaway favorite response to a question asking which candidate had the best chance of beating Trump, with 61 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats choosing him. Sanders was next with 6 percent, Harris and Warren both with 3 percent, Buttigieg 2 percent, Booker and O’Rourke with 1 percent, and the rest of the field tied at that embarrassing statistical zero.

The former Vice President also swept the questions asking who would be the best leader (Biden 45 percent, Sanders 11 percent, Warren 9 percent, Harris 5 percent, Buttigieg 4 percent, Booker 2 percent, Klobuchar and O’Rourke both at 1 percent, everyone else less than 1 percent) and who has the best policy ideas (Biden 23 percent, Warren and Sanders 18 percent each, Harris 6 percent, Buttigieg and Booker 2 percent each, Klobuchar and O’Rourke 1 percent, everyone else at less than 1 percent).

Pennsylvania voters were generally very positive about the economy, with 71 percent rating their state’s economy as “excellent” or “good,” and 77 percent assessing their own personal financial situation as “excellent” or “good.”

When asked if they were better off financially than they were in 2016, 54 percent said better off, 22 percent said their financial situation was the same, and 21 percent said worse off.

In 2016, Trump won Pennsylvania with 48.18 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 47.46 percent.

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DUMB BUT FASHIONABLE: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Lindsey Graham to Resign

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On Tuesday, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a trending-on-Twitter call for Sen. Lindsey Graham to quit Congress.

And why? Because Lindsey told Donald Trump Jr. not to yap it up to investigators.

Last week — just a day after Mitch McConnell’d given the Mueller probe the ol’ “Case closed” — news broke that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr had subpoenaed the President’s son.

Therefore: Not so closed.

Apropos, speaking to reporters Monday, Lindsey offered some advice to Trump Jr.:

“You just show up and plead the Fifth, and it’s over with.”

He said enough’s enough:

“This whole thing is nuts. It’s over.”

Some across the aisle are claiming Lindsey’s call to Jr. to keep his beak shut amounts to a heinous act of obstruction worthy of gettin’ the congressional boot:

In fact — like a shirt on top of a shirt on top of a shirt in the 80’s — Dems tellin’ Lindsey to take a hike is downright trendy:

By the way, Politico reports that Don Jr. will indeed be interviewed — for as many as four hours:

Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, ending — for now — a heated fight within the GOP over the Republican-led panel’s Russia investigation.

Trump Jr. will be interviewed behind closed doors for up to four hours, according to a source familiar with the situation, after Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) subpoenaed him to follow up on his earlier testimony.

Trump Jr. is set to appear in mid-June, and the questioning will be limited to five or six topics, the source said.
The agreement came together at the last minute, according to the person. The original deadline to respond was Monday at 5 p.m. About an hour before that deadline, a committee aide reached out to Trump Jr.’s representatives and said the panel would extend it to Tuesday at 5 p.m., giving the two sides more time to negotiate.

Trump Jr.’s lawyers were prepared to send to Burr and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel’s top Democrat, a letter saying he wouldn’t testify and arguing that he wouldn’t submit to what they cast as an inquiry with no end in sight, according to a copy of the letter viewed by POLITICO.

Advice to Politico: Don’t begin three paragraphs in a row with the same two words.

Back to fashion and the brigade against Lindsey continuing as senator: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t wanna miss the action. So here she is, like a cool kid:

Politics loves nothing so much as a pile-on. Democrats saw a shot at putting Lindsey at the bottom, so they went for it. Nice goin’.

But will it change anything? Not likely. Another day, another goofy move. In the end, you can’t punish a lawmaker for touting a constitutional right. And you can’t make Donald Trump Jr. say somethin’ he doesn’t wanna.

The Dems’ wail for Lindsey to resign will be no more effective than Alexandria’s angry call to arms against cow farts (see the video below). And they’d better watch out — Lindsey’s got some fire of his own (here and here).

Either way, another day, another Dumb. And the war to put to rest — or resurrect — a dying Mueller investigation continues.

-ALEX

P.S. In my headline, the word “dumb” refers to a call for resignation, not to Alexandria.

 

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NEW: FBI Was Informed of Secret State Dept. Dossier Meeting BEFORE Submitting FISA Application

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Last week, The Hill’s John Solomon, a long-time Washington investigative journalist who has followed this story closely, reported twin bombshell reports about a previously unknown meeting between dossier author Christopher Steele and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec. (I wrote about the details here and here.) Among other things, Steele had revealed that his client was “keen” to break the story before Election day and that he had leaked to the media. This prompted Kavalec to write a memo to inform the FBI of what she had learned. She sent her memo via email to the FBI on October 13, 2016, eight days before the FBI submitted their application (for a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page) to the FISA Court.

Conservative group Citizens United, through a FOIA request, obtained copies of Kavalec’s memo and notes last week. However, the documents had been so heavily redacted by the FBI (who had retroactively classified them) that it was impossible to determine who the recipient was.

In fact, only one sentence of the memo was left unredacted, which said, “You may already have this information but wanted to pass it on just in case.” There was also an attachment which Solomon’s sources said was “information Steele shared with Kavalec that she felt needed to be transmitted to the bureau.”

He reported that multiple sources have confirmed that Kavalec’s email was received by Special Agent Stephen Laycock, who was Kavalec’s normal point of contact on Eurasian counterintelligence matters. At the time, Laycock was the FBI’s section chief for Eurasian counterintelligence that same day. (He currently serves as the assistant director for intelligence under Director Christopher Wray.)

His sources further told him that Laycock immediately forwarded the email to the FBI team in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation, which was led by Peter Strzok.

So, this information was received eight days before FBI officials swore to the FISA Court that they “had no derogatory information on Steele” and presented his bogus dossier as the basis of their application for the warrant.

Solomon was unable to determine what happened to the email after it had been received by the Strzok team.

He wrote:

The email exchange means FBI supervisors knew Steele had contact with State and had reason to inquire what he was saying before they sought the warrant. If they had inquired, agents would have learned Steele had admitted to Kavalec he had been leaking to the news media, had a political deadline of Election Day to get his information public and had provided demonstrably false intelligence in one case.

Current and former FBI officials told me it would be a red flag for an FBI informant on a sensitive counterintelligence case such as Russia to go talking about his evidence with another federal agency without authorization.

Solomon spoke to Kevin Brock who had served as the FBI assistant director for intelligence. Brock said:

The State Department’s email in October 2016 ordinarily should have triggered the FBI to re-evaluate Steele as a source. This is quite important. Under normal circumstances, when you get information about the conduct of your source that gives rise to questions about their reliability or truthfulness, you usually go back and re-evaluate their dependability and credibility.

It doesn’t always mean immediate discontinuation of the source. But there are policy requirements that you exercise some form of prudence, and conduct further vetting to determine whether this source can be utilized going forward. This is particularly true if the source’s information is being used in an affidavit or some other legal process.

When the FBI contracts with an informant, the individual is required to undergo “admonishment” training, where they learn the “rules” of the game. For example, they are forbidden to speak to the media and they must receive authorization from the FBI before speaking with people from other government agencies. Despite signing such an agreement on February 2, 2106, Steele broke both of these rules and was fired on November 1, 2016. By then, Solomon points out, the FBI had already used “Steele’s intelligence as the main evidence to secure the FISA warrant against the Trump campaign.”

Although the FBI had fired Steele, they continued to receive his information through DOJ official Bruce Ohr, whose wife, Nellie Ohr, worked as a researcher at Fusion GPS. She focused on digging up dirt on Trump and his family.

Solomon said he was unable to learn any information regarding two email exchanges about Steele between Kavalec and FBI officials which occurred “on Sept. 29-30, 2016. They have been redacted, except for a single phrase “Thank you Kathy.” Congressional investigators want to know if the earlier exchange resulted in Kavalec learning in advance of Steele’s work for the FBI, or was a further tipoff to the FBI of Steele’s intention to visit State, a department where he had offered pro bono information in the past.”

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Ohio School Closed After Finding Enriched Uranium There.

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Who knew all the Iranians had to do to get some enriched uranium was to go to a public school in Ohio.

In what can only be described as a @#$%^& moment a school in Southern Ohio was closed for the remainder of the academic year being enriched uranium was found in it. According to Newsweek

An Ohio school has been forced to close for the remainder of the academic year after enriched uranium was discovered inside. Neptunium 237—a byproduct of nuclear reaction and plutonium production—was also detected inside Zahn’s Corner Middle School in the town of Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati, WLWT reported.

Both substances are radioactive, and extended exposure to them can cause cancer.

The middle school serves about 320 students, and officials have been working to determine the source of the contamination and establish its extent. They have not ruled out a longer school closure.

Scioto Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Burkitt made the decision to close the school on Monday. “Even the last couple of hours have been very hectic. There’s just not a playbook in how we deal with this. We’re kind of writing the script as we go. We’re not going to take any chances on someone’s child. We just won’t do that,” Burkitt told WLWT.

Scary just does not cover this adequately.

Even though there was a uranium enrichment plant just 2 miles from the school, Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, that facility ended enrichment of uranium back in 2001. Even if it was still up and running, how in the hell do you just misplace this very radioactive material that could harm anyone near it? This is incredibly troubling.

If this material can just appear in schools how hard would it be for a rogue government or terrorist organization to come across some of this?

Hopefully, they figure out how this happened and make sure this never happens again.

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Democratic Clown Car Primary Officially Largest in Modern American History

With the latest addition of — hang on, I have to Google it, ok it was Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — in the Democratic presidential primary contest, it’s officially the largest primary field in modern American history. That’s not necessarily an advantage for the Democrats.

With Bullock’s announcement yesterday, he became the 23rd Democrat to throw his hat in the ring, joining former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar…and some other people polling at 1 percent or even lower.

Add in President Donald Trump, running for re-election, and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, challenging Trump for the GOP nomination, and this crowd of 25 far exceeds the presidential primary candidates we’ve seen in years. That’s true going back to at least 1980, according to Bloomberg.

The 2016 Republican primary seemed overwhelmingly large at the time, peaking at 17 candidates in July 2015. This Democratic group passed that point back in April of this year.

The Democratic primary is likely to remain a clown car for some time to come. As Bloomberg noted, primary fields have not historically narrowed until the first month or so of the election year.

There is also little incentive for any of the candidates to drop out early. Running for president brings opportunities like book deals and media appearances, and positions one to be considered for the vice presidential slot.

And while it’s true that the plethora of choices may energize some Democratic voters, the party is facing huge risks from this chaotic crowd. They desperately want to defeat Trump — a rich, old, white man they frequently attack as racist and sexist — and have spent years messaging to women and minorities that only the Democrats care about their issues.

But despite a diverse primary field that includes a wide variety of ages and races, the first major party openly gay presidential candidate, and a number of accomplished female candidates, the solid frontrunners remain two more rich, old, white men: Biden and Sanders. Buttigieg is gay and checks another diversity box as one of the youngest candidates (I believe he’s the first millennial presidential candidate), but he’s also still another white guy.

FiveThirtyEight reviewed four decades of primary polls and came to the conclusion that early polls actually are an indicator of success. Name recognition is obviously a factor early on, but another study they did showed that adjusting for name recognition did not significantly dilute Biden or Sanders’ support.

Democrats want a candidate who can beat Trump. Hillary Clinton failed in 2016 because even though the majority of Republican primary voters had preferred another candidate over Trump, and many still had reservations about him leading up to the general election, she was viewed as so unlikable and extremely liberal that conservative voters could not stand voting for her. Sanders poses a similar risk, with his long history of openly advocating for socialism.

Is Biden the strongest candidate the Democrats can put up against Trump? They might not have much of a choice, and there’s not much they can do about it now. The underhanded interference by Clinton loyalists to influence the 2016 primary has left a bitter taste still in many party activists’ mouths, and there’s no way they could alter the debate qualification or primary voting and caucus rules now without risking a rebellion.

This crowded primary field is also robbing Democrats of some of their talent for other major offices. With so many current and former governors and senators running for president, it makes it difficult if not impossible for them to run for re-election or for another statewide seat, due to the demands of the presidential campaign trail and the laws in some states about running for multiple offices.

For example, several of the current presidential candidates have the name recognition and infrastructural resources to make them potentially strong challengers against the incumbent Republican Senators in their states. Control of the Senate in 2020 is of critical importance beyond which party wins the presidency, and the Democrats are leaving a number of key races to lower tier contenders.

UPDATE: Perfect timing. Just a few minutes ago, Texas Sen. John Cornyn’s campaign emailed an excerpt from a Texas Tribune article noting that Texas Democrats were already fretting about the lackluster campaign of Cornyn’s Democratic challenger, MJ Hegar:

Beyond a barrage of fundraising emails, [Hegar] has kept a low profile, not holding any public campaign events and doing only a handful of media appearances — all things one would expect as a candidate looks to establish early momentum in a nationally watched race.

“It’s concerning,” said one Democratic strategist unaffiliated with any of the declared or potential candidates. “At this time two years ago, Beto was criss-crossing the state. The question I’m seeing now is where exactly has MJ Hegar been?”

As the article notes, several other Democrats, including Houston Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, former Congressman Chris Bell, and State Sen. Royce West, are considering competing in the primary to take on Cornyn in 2020. None of these people have the name recognition or fundraising network that O’Rourke or Castro do, either in Texas or nationally. In fact, I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say they may not even reach O’Rourke or Castro’s level if you added them together cumulatively.

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Omar Responds to Failed Dem Congressional Candidate Who Said ALL Omar and Tlaib Critics Are “Islamophobic”

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Florida Dem Pam Keith, a former candidate for both the U.S. House and Senate. Screen grab via WPLG.

When last we left you, Florida Democrat Pam Keith spent her early Friday morning letting the world know that the “GOP = white supremacy Sharia.” A couple of hours later she was still on a roll, demanding that women participate in a sex strike against conservative men because abortion reasons and stuff.

Because Ms. Keith, a failed primary candidate for the U.S. House and Senate, does her best ranting in the early hours of the morning, she spent her Tuesday morning waging a Twitter war on anyone who dared to speak against freshman Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13).

She spent the next several tweets attempting to defend Tlaib’s most recent anti-Semitical remarks and concluded by saying that the “attacks” on Tlaib were “coordinated and with specific purpose of intimidating her and unleashing the kind of hatred that Ilhan received. I am just calling that CRAP OUT!”

As Sarah at Twitchy documented extensively, the pushback was swift, with many Twitter users correctly pointing out that Keith’s passionate defenses of Omar’s and Tlaib’s well-documented anti-Semitism effectively made her an enabler of anti-Semitism herself.

One person who weighed in on Keith’s comments, however, agreed wholeheartedly with her assessment:

Looks like Keith has a new bestie, which could be a problem for her if she decides to run for Florida’s 18th Congressional District seat again. A portion of that district is in Palm Beach County, which has a large Jewish population.

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