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Democrats Continue to Soil Themselves Over the Possibility of Voting on Impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads a statement announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

For being such a layup, Democrats sure continue to refuse to take the shot.

As we enter almost a month of impeachment fever, the House is currently in the midst of an “impeachment inquiry” led by Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s proven himself time and again to be a complete hack. If you have reservations about how fair such a process is going, congrats on being more perceptive than the media, who see no issue with Republicans being frozen out of the matter. Imagine their reaction if Republicans had done that to Democrats on Benghazi, for example.

But aside from the game playing going on, one of the more stark realities that’s being made clear is just how scared Nancy Pelosi and her party are of actually having to vote on impeachment.

Take this line put out by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who leads the Democrat Caucus, over the weekend.

Wait, what? A vote is “cosmetic and procedural?” Who knew that actually having to follow the Constitution to enact the privileges and special powers of impeachment was just cosmetic? A lot of future Republican majorities are going to be glad to hear that.

Secondly, how can he know a majority back an inquiry without a vote? Just because they say so with nothing on the line? The logic is ludicrous, which means George Stephawhatever did nothing to push back on the claim.

Here are the facts. Impeachment inquiries, if we are talking about the use of special subpoena powers (which Democrats claim they now have), do not just happen by decree. If they did, every majority in the House throughout history could have just said they are having one and used it to harass and tie up any administration. If they want the ability to compel witnesses and document transfers, they need to actually vote on impeachment or, at the very least, they have to vote on the rules involved in an inquiry.

There’s another reason they are terrified to vote, though. It’s not just that they don’t want their moderates to have to go on record. They also don’t want to allow Republicans any power to rebut what they are doing. By not having an official inquiry, they get to make the rules in committee. The moment impeachment is officially brought to the fore, Republicans will get several tools to use themselves to fight back.

So what’s really going on? This isn’t an impeachment inquiry at all. It’s another useless, partisan committee investigation led by a known liar who’s already been caught orchestrating this entire matter. If we had a media worth anything, they’d be intellectually honest enough to report that.

Republicans should continue to demand a vote and neither they nor the White House should provide Pelosi with anything in the meantime. If they want to impeach, then impeach. Enough of the word games and abuse of power.

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Trump Co-opts Louisiana Gubernatorial Election To Gauge Impeachment Crisis

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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Louisiana is a deep red state with a deep blue governor.

John Bel Edwards, despite his pro-life views, has been a classic Democrat while in office. He has threatened to cut everything from nursing homes to LSU football in an effort to get taxes raises. He forced through a partial renewal of an expiring tax and dared to call it a tax cut. He passed a teacher salary increase that was just enough to put good money in the coffers of the teachers unions while the teachers themselves end up only seeing somewhere between $12-50 per month in increased pay.

Meanwhile, the state’s population is shrinking as jobs flee and the citizens follow them. There is virtually nothing to keep many young, college-educated workers in the state, and blue-collar workers have watched Edwards’ allies sue oil and gas jobs out of the state and manufacturing jobs shut down.

Morning Consult, meanwhile, has President Donald Trump with a +15 net favorability rating, and the lowest number you can find in any poll as far as approval goes is 54%. Among Republicans, his favorability is 94%.

With a gubernatorial race coming up this Saturday, and with every major candidate in the race making their support or relationship with Trump a central issue, it’s becoming a race to watch if you want to see the effect of the all the impeachment talk going on in Washington D.C.

Clearly it’s important to Trump that the Republicans make a strong showing since both of the major Republican candidates have publicly expressed their support of him. He put out a call to Republican voters last week to be sure to vote for either of the Republicans – Congressman Ralph Abraham or Eddie Rispone – and announced over the weekend that he would be in the state this Friday, the day before the election, to rally voters. Mike Pence was in the state for a rally last Friday, and Donald Trump Jr. will be in the state today.

This type of push, when there are two Republican candidates and a Democrat going into a jungle primary means that Trump isn’t just interested in beating Edwards. He’s using the state’s Republican turnout as a gauge of support for him.

And, there may be signs that Republicans are more motivated in this election cycle. In 2015, Democrats had a major advantage in the early voting turnout. As of Friday, Republicans were almost neck and neck with them. Much of those numbers came in before Trump’s rallying cry, and Louisiana’s voters have several motivating factors to get them out of the polls. If Trump makes this election about him, however, that will affect Election Day voting, which could make or break Louisiana Republicans’ efforts to dethrone Edwards.

Trump sees this as a chance to use Louisiana as a bellwether. Our weird election calendar means that we have a gubernatorial election the year before the U.S. has a presidential election. Normally, being a deep-red state would make that fact meaningless. But being a deep-red state with a Democratic governor makes it a more interesting election cycle, because the Republican in power needs his base motivated if he has any hopes of staying in power. If they aren’t motivated now, how motivated will they be in sixth months or a year when the impeachment inquiry has been going on (assuming proceedings haven’t begun yet)?

On the one hand, there comes a point when the Democratic Party has cried “Wolf!” enough to make voters stop paying attention. On the other hand, constant negative coverage from a media that wants impeachment proceedings as badly as Democrats do will have an effect on the morale of voters. The Trump team wants to see which of those scenarios is taking hold in Louisiana by making the gubernatorial election about the president.

It’s a risky play, though, and could hurt the party. Edwards is polling dangerously close to not needing a runoff, and if enough Republicans in the state decide they don’t care about Trump, then they would simply stay home. That would be bad for Trump and Louisiana. On the other hand, if Trump does successfully motivate voters, he can point to this race as a sign to keep doing what he’s doing.

Polls will close at 8 p.m. (CT) in Louisiana, and not too long after that, we’ll see if Trump has something to worry about.

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House to vote on resolution condemning Trump for “go back” tweets this afternoon

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Yeah, once the Squad decided they were going to start handing the GOP soundbites on this matter, I think Pelosi’s mind was made up about holding this vote ASAP and moving on to something else. Her attitude towards Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar is a mirror image of her attitude towards impeachment: She thinks Democrats are on track for victory next fall so long as they can refrain from handing Trump free turnout fuel for the right. If the election is a referendum on Trump then Dems win, Pelosi thjinks. If it’s a referendum on whether Democrats are wild-eyed radicals, Trump wins. All Pelosi strategy flows from that.

In fact, all things being equal, I wonder if she’d prefer to skip this vote and just let Trump’s “go back to your home countries” tweets speak for themselves. But she can’t do that; the indirect rebuke Omar received by the House for her “dual loyalty” comments a few months ago requires that Trump be rebuked at least as harshly. So they’re going to put this resolution on the floor today, enjoy a moment of Democratic solidarity, and hopefully pivot to other business.

You’ll find the complete draft text at the last link. Key bit:

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There’s a series of quotes from Reagan in the “Whereas” section extolling immigration as well. Will that entice the House GOP into voting for it? Ah, no:

“I believe this is about ideology,” says McCarthy. “This is about socialism versus freedom.” That’s the message Trump’s aides have been pushing as they scramble to clean up this mess, that Trump’s objection is fundamentally about the Squad’s leftism, not their race. Whether his aides actually believe that is a separate question:

Indeed, numerous campaign officials and White House allies were disappointed with Trump’s Sunday Twitter attack on four progressive congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

Several advisers and allies expressed concern that the president was undoing months of campaign work to frame the upcoming election as a choice between an America-loving, pro-capitalist president, and a Democratic Party beholden to fringe socialists who hate America and despise capitalism. The comments also had the ancillary effect of uniting a fractious Democratic Caucus that had spent the week engaged in intraparty squabbling between party leaders and the progressive members that Trump was going after.

“I’m disappointed he injected himself [in] Dem on Dem violence,” said a Republican who speaks with Trump regularly. “Anything the president does that distracts from the larger and broader issue is always a gift” for Democrats.

Trump’s initial series of tweets on Sunday did refer to “Progressive” Democratic congresswomen but he wasn’t focused on ideology. His point, a la his famous comment last year about “sh*thole countries” at a White House meeting, was that immigrant malcontents like Omar have no right to criticize the way a country as great as America is run until they clean up their own countries, and cultures. If all he wanted to say was that progressives hate America, he could have said that without bringing national origin into it. As Bill Kristol drily noted this morning on Twitter, it’s curious that progressives’ foremost modern idol, the extremely white Bernie Sanders, somehow escaped this “go back where you came from” critique from Trump whereas Omar and three native-born but dark-skinned Americans like AOC, Tlaib, and Pressley did not.

But the official party line from On High is that Trump is certainly not racist. Let any Republican member of Congress who dares conclude otherwise tremble at the thought of the primary they might endure for it.

I don’t know why he keeps coming back to their “filthy language,” an objection which even his most devout fans won’t take seriously coming from him. Just stick to their ideological sins. And if he’s going to quote that poll about AOC and Omar, he should at least describe it accurately. It was a poll of whites without a college degree — an important group and the core of Trump’s base, but not at all a fair sample of all Americans. Unless he thinks whites without a college degree are the only group whose opinion he should care about. Which, maybe he does.

Stand by for updates on the floor vote. It won’t be straight party-line, I expect: The few remaining GOP moderates, like Will Hurd, will probably cross over. But it’ll be mostly party-line. Exit question via Jonathan Last: If Republicans are afraid of criticizing Trump on this because it’ll break the party if they do, what do they make of the fact that … the party is already partly broken and seemingly on its way to being fully broken in time? “[I]f you disagree with President Trump on whether or not your political opponents should ‘go back to their own country’ then as of right now you are out of step with your party,” notes Last. “And that bill will come due eventually.”

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Dem candidate Seth Moulton: “If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor”

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A leftover from last night. Frankly, per progressive orthodoxy, it’s borderline racist to suggest that Abrams *isn’t* governor. She won her election, after all. Just ask her. She’ll tell you. Repeatedly.

Karl Rove looked at Abrams’s claims of voter registration shenanigans in an op-ed published a few days ago. She was quiet about the law used by her opponent, then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, to “purge” the rolls of inactive voters during her years in Georgia’s legislature, he notes.

Then there’s Georgia’s “use it or lose it” law. Passed by a Democratic Legislature and signed by a Democratic governor in 1997, it says that if a voter hasn’t shown up at the polls or had contact with election authorities (say, by signing a petition or updating an address) in three years, the state must notify him that he’s at risk of becoming “inactive.” If he then doesn’t return a postage-paid card or participate in either of the next two federal elections, he’s purged from the rolls. It’s at least a six-year process.

Mr. Kemp’s office removed 1.4 million names from the rolls starting in 2012, erasing a backlog he inherited. Still, active registrations grew from 5,033,307 when he was elected in 2010 to 6,428,581 last fall, a 27.7% increase. Much of this bump came after Mr. Kemp implemented automatic voter registration for Georgians who update or apply for their driver’s licenses. For her part, Ms. Abrams never worked to repeal the use-it-or-lose-it or exact-match law during her decade in the Georgia legislature. In fact, while she criticizes Mr. Kemp for reducing opportunities for early voting, she not only voted to require him to rein in early voting, but co-sponsored the 2011 law.

Registration of black voters actually increased by 31 percent in Georgia during Kemp’s tenure as secretary of state, noted Mark Hemingway in a piece last month, and overall turnout in the tight Kemp/Abrams race was enormous for a non-presidential year. It’d be fair for Abrams to say that, win or lose, her showing in a red state like Georgia was impressive, evidence not just that a black Democrat can win in the south but that she’s a candidate with a national future.

Problem is, Andrew Gillum could say the same thing. The “Stacey won” shtick is designed to lend Abrams a special mystique, part victim, part hero, in which she expunges an alleged injustice first by raising awareness about voter suppression and second — and more importantly — by getting elected to higher office. The idea that she’s the rightful governor of Georgia is basically an extended campaign commercial for a presidential, or vice-presidential, or second gubernatorial bid. That’s why it’s jarring to hear other presidential candidates like Moulton take up her cause. In the abstract it’s understandable: By name-checking her he’s signaling that he cares about voter suppression too and intends to make it an issue if he’s nominated. But in practice he’s promoting a potential rival candidate, one much more formidable than he is.

If she jumped in, one wonders how, and whether, the rest of the field would dare attack her. The fact that they’ve uniformly endorsed the crankish idea that she’s the “real” winner of the Georgia race shows how terrified they are of being seen as racially insensitive. To defeat her would be to re-victimize the party’s most well-known victim. Amends must be made for the debacle in Georgia; nominating her might be the only way. Until she’s a candidate herself, though, touting her victimhood is among the pithiest ways members of the 2020 field can advertise their wokeness. I may be a white guy but I’m not one of those white guys, Moulton’s saying to lefties who aren’t that keen on white guys.

Anyway, hopefully our racist country will eventually rise above its prejudices and consider a qualified black candidate not just for statewide office but for the presidency itself. May we all live to see that day!

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Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans would vote for a socialist, lowest of any trait tested

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Luckily for progressives Bernie’s going to finish third or fourth in the primaries, thus sparing them from having to face this reality in the general election.

Any poll on socialism is immediately met with the criticism, “What do you mean by ‘socialism’?” People define it in different ways. A right-winger might tell you that the welfare state is socialism; a left-winger would tell remind you that even someone as progressive as Elizabeth Warren continues to define herself as a capitalist. Earlier this week we had a poll in which 57 percent of the public declared “socialism” to be incompatible with American values and yet in the same poll 58 percent said they supported universal health care. Is that a “socialist” goal or not?

But here’s the bottom line: Regardless of how you define “socialist,” Bernie Sanders defines himself that way. It’s his brand, to the point where he’s resisted identifying as a member of the Democratic Party lest that brand be diluted. He’s gonna have to wear it and let people judge him for it. And for many that judgment won’t be kind.

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Until recently, “atheist” was the worst trait a candidate for office could have that’s reasonably common across the general population. Even Muslims tend to be more appealing to voters. Socialism now enjoys that distinction, though, despite the recent prominence of Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The most striking thing about Gallup’s numbers to me is that socialism’s not only rock bottom in terms of public support, it hasn’t gained any support even though every other trait tested has. (Two weren’t tested in 2015.) You would expect Bernie’s 2016 insurgency and the rise of AOC to have helped mainstream socialism, especially at a moment when Americans are growing more willing to vote for candidates who break from the traditional mold. But that hasn’t happened — and this isn’t the only survey to show it. In March, a poll from NBC found just 25 percent of Americans willing to say they’d be “comfortable” with a nominee who’s socialist. That was *down* two points since October 2015. The Overton window might be moving towards socialism among the commentariat (isn’t it always?) but not among the genpop.

Look at the partisan numbers, though, and you’ll see that the story with socialism isn’t necessarily that the trend line is flat but that it’s being tugged in opposite directions at the same time, creating an appearance of flatness:

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Four years ago, 59 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Republicans said they’d be willing to vote for a socialist, a net divide of 33 points. Now they’re at 74 percent and 19 percent, respectively — a net gap of 55 points. As in so many other things, the parties are becoming more polarized around the issue. The Overton window *has* moved towards socialism, quite a bit, on the left but the backlash on the right is keeping it static across the population. Meanwhile, independents have held steady at 49 percent both in 2015 and now, suggesting that this will be a liability for Sanders to some extent as nominee. I wonder if the right-wing backlash to “socialism” is a pure reaction to its growing popularity on the left or if it’s being driven in an outsized way by the person of AOC, who’s become a lightning rod and an avatar to Republicans of what a DSA-led future would look like. What if Ocasio-Cortez has become a liability to Bernie?

If you can spare five minutes, compare how favorably the parties rated different candidate traits in 2015 versus how they rate them now in the table above. Four years ago, more Democrats said they’d vote for an evangelical Christian (66 percent) than a socialist (59 percent). Today it’s the opposite, with socialism at 74 percent and evangelical Christianity at 71 percent. Republicans are getting less comfortable with Muslim candidates, dropping from 45 percent willing to vote for one in 2015 to 38 percent now, while Democrats are becoming more comfortable, from 73 percent four years ago to 86 percent now. I wonder if that’s an “Ilhan Omar effect.” The numbers willing to vote for a gay candidate are also interesting in light of Pete Buttigieg’s popularity: Republicans willing to vote for someone gay are steady at 61 percent, but independents are up big from 73 percent to 82. Democrats, however, have actually slipped a tiny bit, from 85 percent to 83. What explains that?

For any Sanders fans tempted to despair at these results, here’s something to cheer you up: There’s evidence lately that Trump has slipped a bit among his base of whites without a college degree. That’s supposed to be Bernie’s strongest demo too. If he can figure out a way to become nominee he may have more opportunity than other potential nominees in siphoning off votes from POTUS.

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Cher: We’re not really going to let murderers and child molesters vote from prison, are we?

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Nine days ago she was freaking out about Trump dumping illegals into her hometown. Last night she was freaking out about Bernie Sanders wanting to let felons vote.

Literally the only good thing that will come from this election cycle is watching Cher turn into a Republican. In real time, on Twitter.

This ideological journey can only end with her performing at Trump’s second inaugural. What more apt anthem could there be for the Make America Great Again crowd than “If I Could Turn Back Time”?

In the meantime, though, having sinned against wokeness not once but twice recently, she came under pressure last night from her lefty fans not to cross Bernie. In due course she deleted her tweet and began apologizing:

So she *does* think felons should vote, or just nonviolent felons? Or all felons minus bombers and child molesters?

We need clarity because apparently We As A People are about to have a national conversation about the injustice of child molesters not voting, thanks to Bernie Sanders and the left.

I feel like it’s a bad sign for progressives that CNN anchors, normally so quick to take sides against Trump, are themselves sufficiently weirded out by this idea that they’re handing the RNC footage like this to post.

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Report: Bernie’s campaign planning to “lean directly into” message about letting prisoners vote

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Via the Free Beacon, this isn’t going to work out for him long-term but there’s some strategic sense to it medium-term. Remember what Bernie’s big liability was in the 2016 primaries: He was strong with young adults, strong with the white working class, but weak with black voters. He can’t afford to be that weak again. He’s been trying to show off his wokeness in different ways this time but he remains a class warrior at heart, which is why he still looks warily at redistributing wealth along racial lines in the form of reparations.

Prisoner voting is one way he can try to atone, in two senses. One, as NBC’s reporter previews in the clip below, is by highlighting the racist origins of disenfranchising prisoners after the Civil War. The other is signaling his commitment to voting rights generally. Democratic candidates are eager to show black voters how seriously they take voter suppression, which is why you can’t find one who won’t happily vouch for Stacey Abrams’s dubious claim that she’s the “real” winner of Georgia’s gubernatorial election. Bernie is one-upping them here: It’s easy to go to the mat for ordinary citizens but those who really care about voting rights will do it for convicts.

“Yes, I did get to speak to some voters, but I do want to say Bernie Sanders just wrapped up an event and he is not backing down from the issue at all,” Brewster said. “I spoke a to senior campaign official who told me this is something the campaign plans to lean directly into. They see this as an opportunity to educate people on the Reconstruction era of restrictions on felons’ ability to vote.”

“This is something that this official told me that really is going to expand on with hard substantive policy as they go to South Carolina,” Brewster continued.

Yep, Bernie’s thinking about South Carolina and has been for awhile. That’s always a key early state but could be make-or-break next year. Remember that Sanders essentially tied Hillary in Iowa in 2016 and then blew her out in New Hampshire, which neighbors his home state of Vermont. He followed up by finishing within five points of her in Nevada. All of that showed his surprising strength against someone who was supposed to be a walkover winner in the primaries. Then came South Carolina. Result: Hillary 74, Sanders 26. Fully 61 percent of the Democratic primary electorate in SC was black three years ago and Clinton utterly crushed Bernie among that group, 86/14. She never looked back and he never got free of the perception that he was a candidate for whites, a bad thing to be in a party whose nominee depends heavily on minority votes.

South Carolina will be even more daunting for him next year than it was in 2016. He’s facing two formidable black candidates in Kamala Harris and Cory Booker as well as Barack Obama’s vice president. I don’t think Sanders expects to win but it would be a coup if he was competitive for black voters with the other top-tier candidates, especially if he manages to duplicate his 2016 success in Iowa and New Hampshire by winning there. Piling up early victories and performing respectably with black voters would shatter the narrative that he’s a “white candidate” and give him all sorts of excited “the new Bernie is unstoppable” press from political media. Enfranchising prisoners and emphasizing the Reconstruction-era beginnings of the policy is part of his plan to put South Carolina in play.

But Republicans are waiting for him:

Citing a white supremacist who murdered black men and women as a notable beneficiary of Sanders’s policy is a smart way by Graham to blunt the racial appeal of the policy. The fact that the very white Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was chosen as a sort of poster boy for felon enfranchisement at last night’s CNN town hall is also bad news for Bernie. The media has already tracked down one Boston bombing survivor who, of course, does not think the man who tried to kill him merits a say in setting national policy. I’m sure Bernie doesn’t care, though. (Not yet, at least. He’ll worry about this in the general election.) If this helps him in South Carolina and other southern primaries, it’s worth it.

There’s one other reason I think Sanders is interested in pursuing this today. It may have surprised him last night when, instead of hedging on this idea like Kamala Harris did, upstart Pete Buttigieg flatly disagreed with Bernie and said that felons shouldn’t vote. He’s taking heat for that from the left, of course, partly because it’s a sin against wokeness but partly because various polls lately show Buttigieg cutting into Sanders’s young liberal base. If this boutique issue can be used to bludgeon Buttigieg and convince lefties that he’s a fake progressive, Bernie will happily put it to use.

Here’s the NBC report followed by “The Five” debating Sanders’s idea. Gutfeld thinks Bernie wants felons to vote because most will happily vote Democratic, especially for the man who gave them their ballots back and who’s preaching free sh*t for everyone.

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Bernie Does His Best to Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, and Dodge a Simple Point from Lindsey Graham

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As highlighted earlier today by Sister Tolja, the CNN town hall produced some very silly moments from 2020’s Democratic candidates, though one of the sillier ones involved a moment with Sen. Bernie Sanders who said he believed felons should get to vote.

“But, I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” said Sanders, just getting warmed up. “Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, not gonna let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not gonna let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope. So, I believe that people who commit crimes, they pay the price. When they get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right the vote, but I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

Naturally, many considered this to be a step too far. Those who abandon societies rules in such a massive way shouldn’t be able to help decide how society operates. They surely didn’t.

A conversation could be had about what kind of felons should be allowed to vote — a great deal of non-violent drug offenders come to mind — but Sanders made it clear that even the most terrible people still serving time should get the opportunity to help decide how our society should operate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t take this lightly as not long ago, a young man shot up a church filled with people in Charleston South Carolina, Graham’s own state. The shooter left nine dead in his wake. Graham publicly pointed out who Sanders was supporting getting the vote on Twitter.

“[Bernie Sanders] supports allowing rapists, murderers, and terrorists – like the Boston bomber and Dylan Roof, the individual who massacred 9 church-goers in Charleston, to vote from prison,” tweeted Graham.

Graham wanted an explanation from Sanders.

Sanders did indeed answer Graham but answered a question Graham never asked. Instead of directly addressing Graham’s point, Sanders went on about a social justice issue involving incarceration rates for black people, voter suppression, and prison population.

None of which had anything to do with answering why someone like the Charleston shooter should get to vote.

“South Carolina has a higher incarceration rate than any country on Earth. African Americans are 27% of the state population but 60% of the prison population. Our racist criminal justice system disenfranchises millions. This is quite simply voter suppression,” tweeted Sanders.

Criminal justice reform is definitely necessary, but Sanders offered nothing of the sort. What he did offer, however, was a nice fat chunk of potential voters to support him.

At this time, there are currently 2.3 million people in prison. Far too many, to be sure, but imagine what would happen if the left managed to court all those people into voting for them. While not all of them are as horrible as the Charleston shooter, a great many of them are people who have zero compunction to live in a functioning society where they, hardened criminals, don’t benefit.

Sanders either doesn’t seem to have thought about this, or he has thought about it and he’s just looking for votes regardless of what kind of decisions they would make if hardened criminals could become voters.

In that light, he’s either irresponsibly short-sighted or he doesn’t care about you and this country, and just wants power for himself.

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Kamala Harris: Let’s have a conversation about letting the Boston Marathon bomber vote

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For cripes sake, if you’re going to waffle your way through an answer to this question, at least serve up a tastier waffle than a trite, vaguely condescending dismissal about having a national “conversation.” In fact, don’t waffle at all: You should be able to formulate a firm position on whether incarcerated felons should retain their voting rights or not. Join Team Bernie in the conviction that voting is a sacred privilege of citizenship and prisoners remain citizens no matter how evil their actions. Or join Team Buttigieg in the belief that choosing to plant bombs in a crowd means you forfeit certain civil rights, like getting to choose the next leader of the free world.

Or at least muddle through with some compromise position in which nonviolent felons get to vote but the violent don’t.

Harris has a special problem in answering questions about prisoner rights, though, because she’s a former prosecutor, which is both an asset and a liability to her. It’s an asset among centrist Dems and potentially in the general election; you can imagine some “return to law and order” pitch at Trump’s expense. But it’s a liability to progressives who want to hear contrition from her for, among other things, locking up nonviolent drug offenders. However she answered on the Boston bomber question would have been treated as a small proxy for that — if she’s Team Bernie then she’s pissing away her tough-on-crime cred but if she’s Team Buttigieg then clearly she hasn’t made as much “progress” on how to treat convicts as she claims. As you’ll see, she shrewdly used the question to emphasize her commitment to voting rights generally, which you would think would have given her enough cover to say, “But Bernie’s wrong in this case.” The fact that she decided to punt shows you how insecure she is about her record as California’s AG vis-a-vis the left.

Says Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland massacre, “Should my daughter’s murderer be allowed to keep the rights that she’ll never have?” Maybe CNN can ask her that one next time she’s on.

In a better world she would have said what she really feels, which is that Bernie must have a head injury to insist on making terrorist voting rights a hot topic in the Democratic primary. But that’s his blessing and curse as a politician, that he seems to feel obliged to state his honest opinion when asked a policy question even when it’s a gift-wrapped Election Day present for Trump.

Two clips here, one of her answer on prisoners voting, the other of her answer on gun control. Jazz mentioned the latter earlier but you should watch the clip to see how far Harris goes. She talks about issuing an ultimatum to Congress to do what she wants on gun-grabbing or else she’ll do it via executive order. That’s a direct descendant of Obama suddenly deciding after five years in office that he could grant temporary amnesty to DREAMers because Congress wouldn’t act legislatively and Trump deciding after two years in office that he could appropriate funding for the border wall via emergency declaration because Congress wouldn’t give it to him. We have presidential candidates, credible ones, openly vowing to dictate to the national legislature what U.S. policy will be and expecting — correctly — that that’ll appeal to voters in what’s supposed to be a republic. It’s a nightmare in the making.

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