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Beto O’Rourke Is the Sad Reflection of the Modern Democratic Party

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Everyone thinks that the current mascot of the Democratic party is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While she’s definitely the new de facto head of the party, I wouldn’t say she’s the mascot. I’d say that title belongs to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.

Hear me out.

O’Rourke represents the Democratic party in a way that is far more complete than any other person currently in its ranks. He’s a wannabe tyrant who wasn’t so tyrannical during his days running for Senate in Texas. During Thursday night’s debate, O’Rourke made a show of declaring that he was going to take people’s AR-15’s away, when not that long ago he was saying that owning them is a good thing and that Texans should be able to keep them if they bought them.

(READ: Fraud: Presidential Candidate O’Rourke And Texas Senate Candidate O’Rourke Disagree On AR-15 Ownership)

He’s also going to “force” the rich to allow poor people to live among them, and called getting a home next to a rich neighborhood a “right.” As I explained in response to this, the “right” O’Rourke described isn’t a right at all, but it does highlight the fact that O’Rourke is willing to say anything in order to convince people to vote for him, even if it’s a blatant lie.

It’s in these two stories that we see in O’Rourke the perfect modern Democrat politician.

The intensity of O’Rourke’s views changes with the political winds, even if that means his views must venture into radical territories. His stances aren’t original, they’re just the stances taken by the most powerful people in the Democratic party at the time. If tomorrow the most powerful people in the party become moderate about everything, he will too. He’s a statist first and foremost, as any good Democrat is, but the radical wave that has swept the Democrat party has convinced O’Rourke that he needs to push his views into the realm of despots with promises to ban this and force that.

He’s not even trying to doctor his language. He’s straight-up saying he’s going to take things from Americans that they have a right to.

To boot, he embraces radical environmentalist policies and radical immigration policies. He paints his opponents on the right with extreme accusations and does so during times when he shouldn’t be playing politics. O’Rourke demonstrated that he believes even a mass shooting in his hometown is the right time to start calling Donald Trump a racist and blaming him for the wrongs in the world.

(READ: When The World Saw Death, Beto O’Rourke Saw Potential Approval Points)

He just seems more out there when you consider the fact that he seems awkwardly out of touch thanks to his live feeds of himself getting haircuts, seeing the dentist, and changing tires. He does this because he saw younger Democrats doing it, and thinks this is the way to garner approval.

So let’s recap.

O’Rourke is a hollow politician with seemingly little in the way of principles and has positions that aren’t honestly come by. He’s out of touch the with the people but makes awkward moves to try to make it seem like he’s a man of the people. He freely ventures into radical territory in order to win the approval of people he thinks will help him reach the top regardless of what kind of effect it’s going to have on everyone else. He paints his opponents as neo-Hitlers and promises things he can’t follow through with in an attempt to score cheap votes.

Not to mention the fact that he’s a white man proclaiming that white men are the problem because they have too much power while running for the highest office in the land. We can add astounding cognitive dissonance to his list of nonsense.

O’Rourke is the Democrat poster child.

Repulsive extremism has taken the Democratic party from the inside, and it’s not working for it. O’Rourke embodies this awkward, sensationalistic, statism that it’s become and it’s people like him that are driving voters away from the Democratic party and straight into the waiting arms of Donald Trump.

As Erick Erickson wrote about O’Rourke, it’s almost as if O’Rourke is a Republican plant meant to sink the Democratic party:

Now, on stage at the Democrat debates, Beto is helping Democrats be defined as radical America hating gun grabbers. He insists the nation is racist and unrepentant in its racism. He insists the Democrats are going to grab everybody’s guns and the crowd goes wild.

This just provides fuel to the GOP fire that the Democrats are too radical to be trusted with power.

Beto is, two election cycles in a row, brilliantly helping the GOP and playing to their narratives. Given how much media attention Beto has been given and how many fawning profiles the press has written about him, it will be hard for the Democrats to distance themselves from him.

This is spot on. If Democrats want to begin to step back onto the path of being taken seriously, they’ll have to push O’Rourke away.

The problem is, O’Rourke is the reflection of the modern Democratic party now. To push O’Rourke away, they’d have to push away what they’ve become. Even getting rid of O’Rourke would be fruitless as another O’Rourke would just be along shortly.

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Elizabeth Heng Shuts Down AOC’s Meltdown Over Critical Ad by Reminding Her Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during questioning at a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing on facial recognition technology in government, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A new ad from California Republican Elizabeth Heng’s “New Faces GOP” PAC that ran Thursday night during the Democratic debate has got people talking.

The ad, which was broadcast on a local ABC affiliate in the Washington, DC area, portrayed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as the “face of socialism.” It’s what happened next in the ad that outraged AOC and her online mob:

A dramatic ad targeting Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aired during the third Democratic debate on Thursday, comparing Ocasio-Cortez’s support for democratic socialism to the brutal Khmer Rouge communist regime in Cambodia.

The ad shows a picture of the young congresswoman bursting into flame to reveal a picture of a pile of skulls. The narrator of the ad, onetime Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, is the daughter of Cambodian immigrants.

“This is the face of socialism and ignorance,” Heng says in a voiceover as the picture of Ocasio-Cortez burns. “Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know the horror of socialism?”

Watch the full 30 second ad below:

Naturally, AOC’s default response was the play the race card:

The next day, the self-described “democratic socialist” continued to play the race card against Heng – who is not white:

Not only is Heng the daughter of Cambodian immigrants (which kinda disqualifies her from the white supremacy club), but the ad was paid for by Heng’s PAC, not any elected GOP official.

But AOC wasn’t done. Next on her list of people or things to sic her digital lynch mob on was Sinclair Broadcasting:

Ocasio-Cortez’s meltdown was largely responsible for the #BoycottABC hashtag that has trended on Twitter today.

If the leader of the so-called “Squad” thought her Twitter rant was going to get Heng to back down, she was wrong:

Later, Heng made it clear to AOC that facts don’t care about your feelings:

I’m sure it’s not lost on the many people reading this who have kept up with Ocasio-Cortez’s frequent unhinged rants against her critics that she is the last person in this country who should be complaining about making provocative comparisons to evil regimes. To this day, the woman who compared detention centers for illegal immigrants to concentration camps still believes what the United States is doing at the southern border is no different than what took place in Nazi Germany.

Beyond the bogus accusations of racism and white supremacy, what the freshman Democratic Congressman willfully ignored was the real point behind the ad:

My question is: How long will it be before Facebook and Twitter pull Heng’s video? They did it to her before when she ran for Congress last year in what Red State’s streiff speculated was more about “interfer[ing] in a federal election campaign” than a benign attempt to shield Facebook users from sensitive imagery.

Stay tuned:

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Watch: Democrats Harass Police at Houston Debates

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Democrats have gone off the deep end in their radicalism, and they show it in a myriad of ways. In Houston, during the Democratic debates, they showed it by harassing police officers.

As a video posted by Elijah Schaffer shows, Democrats stood behind a barrier as they shouted “f**k the police” at them. They also accused them of working with the KKK, and being “American Gestapo.”

One girl with a bullhorn is seen saying that the Houston Police Dept. works with ICE to deport illegals.

The blatant disrespect they show would suddenly take a back seat in the presence of a real threat. They themselves would call the police should a gunman show up and begin attempting mass murder.

And this yet another reason as to why I can’t take these leftist protesters seriously. They hate the police and compare them to the Gestapo, yet they want police to be the only people who are armed. It defies all logic Even more hilarious is the fact that many of the Houston police are Hispanic and black, yet somehow they work with the KKK?

Reporters say, however, that this group was relatively small and that most Democrats were carrying around signs that supported their favored candidate. The problem for all of them is that their favored candidate has more or less made themselves subject to the radicals in the party that behave much like the protesters here.

The Democrats need a reckoning if they’re going to make their party remotely approachable again, and it’s going to have to start by making sure that protesters like these are kept to the back of the room in a dark corner where nobody has to look at them. Every party has its radical weirdos, but only the Democrats have made theirs mainstream.

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Beto and His Gun Grabbing Allies Are Triggered by a Tweet and Show Why They Can’t Be Allowed to Have Red Flag Laws

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Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A rather pathetically desperate Robert Francis “Beta Beto” O’Rourke played to the cheapest of the Woke seats in the house last night on the subject of gun confiscation. Blithely tossing aside a position he embraced less than twelve months ago (see Brandon Morse’s Fraud: Presidential Candidate O’Rourke And Texas Senate Candidate O’Rourke Disagree On AR-15 Ownership).

This is Beto in full splendor last night:

He sort of strikes me as a middle schooler playing someone who wants to be a presidential candidate. YMMV.

This is such a juvenile statement that one is sort of amazed at the Beto fans who are hailing it as some kind of bold statement. First, there is absolutely no one on the right who has ever doubted the gun confiscation was the end game for this bunch. Their “common sense gun control” proposals are all simply entry points in order to a) prevent as many Americans as possible from being able to possess a firearm and b) building a registry for gun owners so that confiscation can actually be carried out.

This got him a response from a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Republican Briscoe Cain.

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This got an immediate an predictable response from Beto:

Given that Cain is an actual lawyer and O’Rourke is allegedly an English Lit major, I think it is safe to say that Beto jumped the shark here. But Twitter, being the Woke enterprise that it is, deleted Cain’s tweet proclaiming it to be a threat:

And, in a dick move so typical of O’Rourke, he went crying to the FBI:

His allies jumped on the faux outrage bandwagon:

There are two valuable takeaways from this episode.

First, if you read Beto’s tweet and examine the response of him and his fluffers you can see exactly how any so-called red flag law will be enforced. The same humorless, self-righteous, head-up-the-fourth-point-of-contact scolds that you encounter daily on Twitter and Facebook are going to go after your ability to own a firearm if they find any flimsy or, in this case, blatantly dishonest excuse.

Saying “Molon Labe, m-f-er” will, under the red flag regime, get you a visit from the cops and a court date.

The second point is that a lot of people didn’t say what Mr. Cain said, but they very much feel that way. I owned four pistols and eight long guns during the time I lived in DC. None were registered despite the requirement to do so because I don’t obey bullsh** laws. Someone coming to my house to try to “buy back” a firearm should probably visit with a search warrant. More to the point, if you think we are all so potentially dangerous that you have to confiscate our firearms in order to make you feel safe, why do you think we’d go along with that. We’re either dangerous, and we’re going to fight to keep our firearms, or we’ll meekly give them up which means we’re not dangerous in the least.

And there is a third takeaway, this is a fundraising scam:

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Video: Pelosi Gives Bizarre Hot Take on NC-9 Bellwether Race, Says Dem Who Lost Election “Won the Campaign”

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After Republican State Senator Dan Bishop won Tuesday night’s hotly contested special election for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, the spin from the mainstream media and Democrats was both predictable and hilarious.

The race had been billed as a bellwether race for 2020 for months in advance of election day. If Democrat Dan McCready won, it would be a repudiation of President Trump. If Bishop won, it would … mean nothing.

In the aftermath of Bishop’s victory, journalists and liberal commentators switched gears by saying the race contained a mixture of good news and bad news “for both sides.” Also, they asserted Bishop’s win was also a repudiation of Trump or something because the Republican candidate didn’t win the solidly red district by overwhelming numbers.

Like I said: Predictable and hilarious.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) gave what was perhaps the most bizarre spin on what happened when she spoke about McCready’s loss on Thursday, telling reporters McCready “won the campaign” but lost the election:

“I’m very proud of Dan MCready. He’s a great patriot, he’s an independent voice for the district he would have represented,” Pelosi said in press conference on Thursday.

The California Democrat said because MCready performed better than past Democratic candidates in previous elections, “he won the campaign. He didn’t win the election, he won the campaign.”

Watch:

As Bonchie noted the day after the election, the election was actually not good news at all for Democrats.

I speak from firsthand experience when I tell you the atmosphere in this state, in the district, was that McCready was going to win in spite of polls showing a close race. Bishop was the underdog. He was outspent. He had much less time to campaign for the seat than McCready. Bishop was hammered by Democrats and local (liberal) newspaper editorial boards for his support of Trump.

Democrats were mad as hell over the tainted results of the November 2018 race that led to fraud indictments against an ABM ballot harvester affiliated with the original Republican candidate Mark Harris. There was a lot going against Bishop, even in a district that had been in Republican hands since the mid-60s.

He won it anyway, and in the process flipped two counties that had gone for McCready in 2018.

This election does not mean that 2020 will be a cakewalk by any stretch for Republicans in 2020. It means there is a lot of work to be done between now and then in Congressional districts across the country. The fight is on.

But spinning McCready’s loss as a “campaign win” is about as pathetic as it gets for Pelosi. Stacey Abrams must be proud.

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Joe Biden Won the Contest For the Most Ridiculous Statement At Last Night’s Debate

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Last night, two bad teams got together to pillow fight on Thursday Night Football, yet if you decided to watch it instead of the Democratic Primary debate, congratulations. You made the right decision.

It was full cries of racism, lies about socialism, and Trump bashing, and as per usual, lots and lots of crazy policy proposals. On that front, a surprising candidate took home the award for the most ridiculous one. Yes, Beto O’Rourke wants to take your guns and Elizabeth Warren claims her bazillion dollar programs won’t raise taxes on the middle class, but Joe Biden said something last night that eclipses them all in terms of sheer insanity. Given he’s the supposed “moderate” in the race, that’s not a contest he’s supposed to be winning.

This is Joe Biden, so the first thing we have to ask is whether he even knew what he was saying. This is the same guy who can’t remember what day it is half the time and nearly had his eye explode on national TV. In other words, it’s possible he’ll walk this back.

For the time being though, let’s talk about how nonsensical this is.

Imagine world where “non-violent” criminals like drug dealers, financial scammers, and thieves carry no chance of incarceration. Heck, we don’t even have to imagine it. Just take a flight out to California and witness the chaos caused by the fact that shop-lifters aren’t arrested unless they steal over $900 (Prop 47). What’s that led to? People stealing $800 worth of stuff knowing they likely won’t be pursued and certainly won’t be jailed.

Now, take that outcome and multiply it’s effects by a million and you’d get what would happen if we stopped giving jail time to non-violent criminals. There would be zero deterrent to committing robbery, carrying out white collar crime, or bribing someone in power. The drug cartels would explode even more as nearly every part of their apparatus would no longer be subject to imprisonment.

I’m sure Biden will walk this back. Perhaps he already has. But what this shows though is just how bad he is at this. The guy’s teeth nearly fell out of his head last night as he garbled his words. He talked about record players in a bizarre answer at one point. Am I really supposed to believe this is the guy that’s going to out campaign Donald Trump? No doubt, he starts with major advantages which I’ve laid out before. He’s “ole Joe,” the comfortable, safe pick for a lot of moderates. But this campaign has barely started and if Biden somehow stumbles into the nomination, Trump is going to absolutely work him over. Whether that translates into winning in 2020, I don’t know because Trump has his own issues with voters. What I do know is that Democrats should probably be wishing for someone more capable to take on the incumbent.

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Fraud: Presidential Candidate O’Rourke and Texas Senate Candidate O’Rourke Disagree On AR-15 Ownership

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Failed Texas Senate candidate and failing 2020 Democratic primary candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is an odd duck and it shows. Between the weird videos of him doing random things like getting a dental appointment and his attempts at trying to be edgy — “trying” being the operative term here — he’s not coming off as a particularly stable candidate.

His stability issues aren’t helped by his apparent lack of consistency when it comes to the issues. For instance, his beliefs about people’s rights sat one way when he was trying to get elected in Texas, and another now that he’s running for President.

For instance, O’Rourke recently said that he wanted to institute a mandatory buyback program for your AR-15. It’s a move that will essentially force you to sell your gun back to the government and be paid for it with your own money. O’Rourke believes this will make us safer.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” said O’Rourke during the debate on Thursday, and even tweeted that phrase out for emphasis.

Funny enough, that wasn’t O’Rourke’s stance when he was trying to get elected in Texas. As discovered by Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra, during an interview on the Chad Hasty program in Texas, Hasty asked O’Rourke why people shouldn’t own AR-15’s. O’Rourke corrected him, saying that they should own them.

“To be clear they should have them, if you purchased that AR-15, if you own it, keep it, continue to use it responsibly,” said O’Rourke.

Confused? Don’t be. The simple answer here is that O’Rourke has been trying to appeal to the radicals that have taken ownership of the Democratic party, and as such, his sudden turnaround on AR-15 ownership isn’t a surprise. He’s just saying what needs to be said in order to appeal to what he thinks is his base.

This is evidenced in a lot of things. O’Rourke was only too happy to use the shooting in El Paso to accuse Trump of all sorts of things when the spotlight was inevitably put on him since El Paso is his hometown. Where the world saw death and blood, O’Rourke saw a political opportunity and took it.

It’s a disgusting moment, but it highlights that O’Rourke is an opportunist who will say what he thinks will get him approval points.

It also makes him a complete fraud whose true beliefs aren’t really clear to the people.

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Following The DOJ’s Rejection of McCabe’s Appeal, CNN Colleagues Worry His Presence May Undermine Network’s ‘Journalistic Credibility’

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In the wake of Thursday’s bombshell news that the DOJ has rejected fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s appeal of the decision to recommend charges against him, his new employer, CNN, is in a bit of a quandary.

The looming charges stem from a 2018 DOJ Inspector General report that found McCabe had lied under oath on three occasions.

Although the network knew when they hired McCabe as a contributor last month that an indictment was a possibility, they likely felt the chances were remote. Now that the odds have increased significantly, some of his colleagues aren’t so happy.

A current CNN on-air personality, who spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity, said, “It’s hard to see the justification for hiring him initially since it was publicly documented he’s, best case, a liar. How will CNN handle it if he’s also soon indicted?”

This person also told Fox that “it erodes our journalistic credibility to have so many highly anti-Trump, former Obama DOJ/security officials without a semblance of balance.” This was a reference to the network’s hiring of Obama administration officials such as Samantha Vinograd, Jim Sciutto, Asha Rangappa, Juliette Kayyem, James Clapper and now McCabe.

Does CNN actually have any journalistic credibility or balance?

A second current CNN on-air personality who wishes to remain anonymous told Fox that “many liberal-leaning staffers feel McCabe is “somewhat of a freedom fighter” who was “unfairly targeted” by the Trump administration.” But this person feels that McCabe “made some colossal mistakes and the fact that he f—ing lied under oath, I have no sympathies for him. How will [CNN] have him on weigh in on anything related to integrity?”

Integrity? CNN?

This source added:

CNN would “stand by McCabe until they can’t” and said network producers have kept McCabe out of situations where he could be “undressed” on-air by pundits with opposing views.

McCabe’s colleague also pointed out that CNN doesn’t typically refer to him as a “law enforcement analyst,” instead opting for the simpler label “correspondent.”

Apparently, McCabe does have some supporters at the network, one of whom is their top legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, whom they trotted out yesterday after the news broke. Toobin said, “Andy McCabe is a CNN contributor. He’s a colleague and a friend to many of us who work here. This is an extremely unusual prosecution. Andy McCabe had the right to speak to reporters. That is beyond dispute. As deputy director of the FBI, he had the right to speak to reporters. He also has an impeccable record as one of the most honored and successful FBI agents of his generation.”

With all due respect to Jeffrey Toobin, McCabe did have the right to speak to reporters. However, he did not have the right to lie about it.

McCabe is entitled to due process under the law as all Americans are, except for President Trump or anyone associated with him. But the IG report seems pretty straightforward. And, as I see it, McCabe’s involvement in the FISA application process and his role in the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation against Trump may bring further trouble his way.

And just maybe, it wasn’t such a wise move for McCabe to have sued the FBI and the DOJ in August over his firing. It’s never a good idea to bring a lawsuit against an organization which holds power over one’s future in their hands.

DePauw University professor and frequent CNN critic Jeffrey McCall spoke to Fox and said:

CNN made a questionable move by hiring McCabe in the first place and needs to keep him off TV while things play out.

With this latest development, the move looks even worse. McCabe has credibility issues, and that is a problem for a news channel that has had its professional practices challenged of late. At the least, it would behoove CNN to suspend McCabe from his contributor position until the legal process has worked its way out.”

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Bloodshed in Houston: The Winners and Losers of the Democratic Debate

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The Thursday night showdown between the top candidates in the Democratic Primary provided very few surprises, but a lot of in-fighting and a little bloodshed was still visible on the stage.

A debate featuring Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren front and center, surrounded by Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, and Beto O’Rourke, the ABC News event was well-run and did a good job of clearly setting the candidates at one another without goading them into fistfights. The result was a lot of civil disagreement and a little bit of bitterness, all tied together with discussions of policy and the direction of the election cycle.

Here are the winners and losers of the debate. As always, this is from a neutral/objective viewpoint and not through the lens of a conservative perspective.

The Winners: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders

It should come as little surprise that the highest-polling candidates are such because they are the most talented politicians, but what makes this top three so appealing is that Warren and Sanders tag-teamed Biden and couldn’t break him. Essentially, Warren and Sanders are the same, and they showed it in the way they responded to questions. This also became the early hurdle for Biden, who actually weathered the storm very well. He did not get frustrated, and maintained his talking points without sounding robotic. Sanders, clearly thinking to rekindle the hot moment from the last debate, used the “I wrote the damn bill” line again, but to substantially less effect than last time. Biden side-stepped the line, and Klobuchar would actually later say that while Sanders did write the bill, she actually read it, and used that to score a point over Biden.

As things stand right now, Sanders is likely going to go down in history as always the bridesmaid and never the bride. He will end up endorsing Warren, who was the stronger of the two socialists on stage.

Runner-up: Corey Booker

I will say this about Booker: He was the most human person on the stage tonight. His sense of comedic timing and his East-Coast-But-Still-Somewhat-Folksy mentality played very well on a stage beset by in-fighting. Booker just naturally seems like a nice person, and one you might want to have a drink with. He doesn’t stand a chance, of course, but he is working all the right angles and in a different world, his views on charter schools (as described tonight as opposed to previous nights), the black community, and the need to work with Republicans to get things solved makes him the best candidate the Democrats have.

The Losers: Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke

These three are so much alike it’s scary. Both Castro and O’Rourke try to claim some sort of deep emotional tie to the Hispanic community, and Harris continues to try to be black as opposed to a cop. It isn’t working for any of them.

O’Rourke is still pushing gun-grabbing and talking about the problems with Donald Trump’s racism… and he does all this while being a rich, white male. If he was trying to be a walking contradiction, this is perhaps a little too-on-the-nose of him. He could very easily step aside and offer his support to a woman or person of color, but instead he chooses to run a race he has no shot at winning (which he knows, but he’s too committed to the role now).

Castro speaks very little Spanish, has been a career politician rather than a well-in-tune member of the Hispanic community and went after Biden in a very fierce and very unappealing way. I can’t say that this debate hurt Castro, considering he is only polling at about two percent, but it sure didn’t help him.

Harris is trying to hard to tell African-Americans that she’s just like them, and it’s just not working. Ever since Tusli Gabbard took some well-aimed shots at her, Harris has been very quiet and somber since then, and she isn’t looking to try all that hard to win these voting groups.

The Also-Rans: Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg

Kudos to Yang for offering Americans $1000 per month if people just signed up online and got selected. It was a bold move, but it happened at the beginning of the three-hour debate, and everyone had forgotten about it by the end of the debate. He didn’t really stand out, save for a quick exchange about the nastiness of all the in-fighting, which Castro rudely responded to.

Klobuchar had some good points, but she is just not a very exciting candidate and it still shows. Buttigieg, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to know what he wants to be when he grows up.

Overall, the debate wasn’t terrible, though at three hours long, it was a bit much.

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There Is a New Book Titled “The ABC’s of AOC” Coming Soon and the Jokes Just Write Themselves

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Via Twitchy I learned of a new book coming out October 1st that is titled The ABCs of AOC.

On Amazon, the book is billed as “an inspiring, educational, and giftable book about the representative taking Congress–and the media–by storm”:

This empowering and informative book is the perfect conversation starter for young people interested in government and activism, and the ultimate gift for anyone who wants to learn more about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

From Advocate to Feminist, Grassroots to Queens, and Revolutionary to Zeal, The ABCs of AOC introduces readers to values, places, and issues that relate to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s life and platform. A clear and engaging explanation of each term is paired with a stunning, contemporary illustration that will delight readers. This is an alphabet book like no other!

Here’s what the cover looks like:

As I noted in the headline the jokes on this book just write themselves. As did Twitter users:

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