The ranks of those seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination thinned out a little. As Ruth noted in "Go away John Hickenlooper," with no support and no ability to inspire, John Hickenlooper has dropped out of the race. Sadly, as Ruth notes, he's considering running for the Senate. If elected there, he would block any real progress for America. He would shoot down everything as "socialism!"
The only thing John brought was his war on socialism. He was the Paul Revere riding through the streets and shrieking, "The Socialists are coming! The Socialists are coming!"
Are they? Most rationale people don't believe so but when John offered Americans a choice between him or Socialism, America still took a pass on him.
.@Hickenlooper was a great mayor and governor, and helped shape the presidential race with his pragmatic viewpoint. He provided a valuable voice in this primary, bringing the ideas and solutions he successfully championed in Colorado to the national debate.
America's taking a pass on Michael Bennet as well. He hasn't taken the strong hint yet but althought he's not dropped out, voters have dropped him.
How bad is it?
REAL CLEAR POLITICS, in their poll coverage, provides a look at how the top 13 candidates for the nomination are polling:
|RCP Average||8/1 - 8/13||30.5||17.3||16.0||8.0||5.2||2.8||2.0||1.5||1.3||1.0||1.0||0.8||0.7||Biden +13.2|
|FOX News||8/11 - 8/13||31||20||10||8||3||2||3||3||2||1||1||1||1||Biden +11|
|Economist/YouGov||8/10 - 8/13||23||20||16||8||6||5||2||2||1||2||1||1||1||Biden +3|
|The Hill/HarrisX||8/9 - 8/10||31||10||16||7||4||4||1||1||2||1||2||2||1||Biden +15|
|Politico/Morning Consult||8/5 - 8/11||33||14||20||9||5||3||3||2||1||1||1||1||1||Biden +13|
|Quinnipiac||8/1 - 8/5||32||21||14||7||5||2||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||Biden +11|
|SurveyUSA||8/1 - 8/5||33||19||20||9||8||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||Biden +13|
See how poorly Bennet's doing?
That's because he's not even in the top 13. The most recent poll is the FOX NEWS one and Michael Bennet didn't even get 1%. He needs to drop out.
Less people supported Bennet in that poll than did not know who Joe Biden was. 2% of those polled said they'd never heard of Joe Biden. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders would win the presidency if the election were right now. The poll asks specifically about each of those in a match up against Donald Trump.
On the topic of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Alex Thompson (POLITICO) reports she's released a new plan, this one addressing Native Americans:
“The story of America’s mistreatment of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians is a long and painful one, rooted in centuries of discrimination, neglect, greed, and violence,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “Washington owes Native communities a fighting chance to build stronger communities and a brighter future.”
At over 9,000 words, the plan is more than double the length of any other proposal she’s introduced during her presidential campaign. That includes her ambitious plans to break up some of the biggest tech companies in the world, forgive over $600 billion in student loan debt, and revamp the federal government’s investment in rural America including a massive expansion of broadband.
Warren also announced she was partnering with Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), who endorsed Warren last month, on a legislative proposal that would confront unmet needs in Indian Country. Haaland is one of the first two Native women elected to Congress last year. There will be a comment period to allow tribal leaders and citizens to help shape the final legislation.
Washington is failing Native communities, and it's time to fulfill our obligations to Tribal Nations. Today I’m announcing ideas to ensure that tribal sovereignty and our trust and treaty obligations are binding legal and moral principles—not just slogans.
Bernie and Elizabeth are both engaged in a statistical tie with Joe Biden. This is especially surprising in terms of Bernie because the media has declared war on him for some time now.
The elite corporate media promoted the lies that led to the Iraq War & ignored the truth about Wall St fraud that led to the financial crisis. @BernieSanders is not wrong to distrust an elite media culture that helped create those disasters that ruined so many people’s lives.
On David Sirota, an e-mail to the public account said it was unethical of me to not note in a previous Iraq snapshot that David was a speech writer for Bernie.
I've never heard such a stupid and uninformed thing in my life. Keesha long ago dubbed this a private conversation in a public sphere. The community does not need a disclosure.
Many wish I wouldn't quote David.
If any sort of disclosure needs to be done it would be something like this, "We called out David many years ago and he threatened to sue us. He did not sue us because we had sourced our comments -- which were mainly about the member of Congress he used to work for (and the rude way that member treated Tina Richards, the mother of Iraq War veteran Cloy Richards)."
Because of that, the community is not high on David. When his wife Emily ran for Congress, we noted her from time to time here. And I have no problem with her and I have no real problem with David. He was mad, he let off steam. As far as I am concerned, it's over. I wish the community would join me in that but I don't control the community, I'm just a member like anyone else.
If I feel the need to call him out, I will. (And I have when needed since that exchange.)
In some snapshots, we have identified him as being with Bernie's campaign, in some we haven't. Though that might be an issue for you, the issue for the community is the one described above not his connection to Bernie's campaign.
The press was at war with Bernie in 2016 and they remain at war with him now. Think about how, before Joe Biden declared in April, the press refused to treat Bernie like the front runner -- even though he was. They will not rush to get behind Bernie.
That's for many reasons and I wish David would write or Tweet about that.
Bernie has called for Medicare For All and the press -- supported by so much of the for-profit medical industry -- drug companies, insurance companies, etc -- is not going to slit their own throats. When you watch the evening news on prime time or one of the 'news' programs on cable, count how many commercials airing are about drugs or about insurance. They have been bought and see Bernie as a threat.
Bernie was against the Iraq War. Not only does anti-war threaten the press but it also goes to the fact that he was right and they were wrong. They are so quick to pounce on everyone's errors -- even Joe Biden's -- but they've never taken accountable for how they helped lie us into war. Bernie is a threat to them because he is proof that their collective claim of 'no one could have guessed' is a lie. Anyone paying attention could have seen that the Iraq War was wrong and unneeded and that, if started, it would be a disaster.
Bernie has supported local broadcasters -- a long history of that. And to the consolidated media giants, that is a threat.
He stands for higher wages and they see that as a threat.
Everything Bernie is for, they are opposed to.
And, yes, that has directly impacted the coverage he receives.
We are not only taking on Donald Trump. We are not only taking on our primary opponents. We are taking on the health insurance and drug companies, the military and prison industrial complexes, the fossil fuel industry and more. But if we stick together, we are going to win.
His is a message of We The People and that's what so threatens so many. Bernie is a populist and the media has never liked populists -- not real populists.
Bernie could win the nomination and it scares the hell out of the press that this is a possibility because if he wins, it's not just without their help, it's also in spite of their efforts to destroy him.
The media has been attempting to destroy Bernie.
For those who are late to the party or don't get it, let's talk Beto for a moment.
Beto was a press darling. Then he declared his intent to run for the presidency. Shortly after, the press began tearing him down. What changed?
Beto was speaking out against the ongoing Iraq War. THE WASHINGTON POST felt the need to 'fact check' him and did so by deliberately misunderstanding what he said. But that was all it took for the press to declare war on the man they'd made a press darling only months before. If they'd do that to Beto over just the war issue, imagine how frightened they are of Bernie who concerns them over war, yes, but also over healthcare, over media consolidation, over fair wages, over . . .
Beto's trying to rebuild his campaign and he's seen some activity in the polls.
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