I see the Strib this morning has a front-page article all-but-openly longing for controversy, clashes, and chaos, that they can headline tomorrow. Uh, hopefully they’ll be disappointed.
I just learned, on April 16, that the DFL does have a candidate in 31B, Sue Larson. I will post a link to a website or whatever when that’s available.
TFA has actually been in something of a decline, the past couple of years. It remains a problem, though.
So Mack must be planning on running again, despite her very well-publicized and embarrassing “incident,” or is angling for a job with some right-wing propaganda mill. Perhaps both.
I saw it. cf. Sen. Reid furious rooftop solar got screwed in Nevada thanks to Kochs.
I have to share this effective bit of satire: “Scalia Better Off In ‘Less Advanced’ Court.”
American government, including SCOTUS, has always been disproportionately conservative. Addressing that is extremely challenging (though always worth pursuing anyway, in any way possible), because it’s so much easier to block lasting, positive change than it is to make it happen. The chances of constitutional amendments (much less a constitutional convention) to, for example, term-limit SCOTUS justices (the best argument I’ve seen is for 16 years), or change the composition of the grossly anti-democratic U.S. Senate (say, one per state, the other fifty apportioned by total population), unfortunately appear to be infinitesimal for another decade at the very, very least.
I’m not too worried about partisans costing us the White House by sitting out in a snit if they don’t get their man or woman on the ballot. You may recall that the purity crowd was going to teach us all a lesson by not voting Obama in 2012, as he had strayed from the perfect path far too often, and it didn’t make a damn bit of difference.
I have no intrinsic problem with fact-based stuff like this. Just pointing out, this polling came out today:
“On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton leads with 59% to 26% for Bernie Sanders and 7% for Martin O’Malley. Our last national poll without Joe Biden in it was in July and at that time we found Clinton leading Sanders by 35 points at 57/22. These numbers suggest not a whole lot has changed in terms of the overall contours of the race since that time…
Bernie Sanders does on average 6 points worse than Clinton in comparable general election match ups.”
The Hillary-bashing that has come to dominate #FeelTheBern online clearly is not extending his support. It might be time to shift tactics.
Trudeau supports Keystone XL, but will presumably not be as fervent about it as his predecessor was.
It’s satire. Pretty good, if you ask me.
Commenting hasn’t worked properly here for a long time. They do show up as pending, and we upload them manually, as additions to the texts of the posts. What with us being volunteers, not full-time bloggers, it can be a while before that happens.
I think a really fundamental matter is often not being noted. (That could be because I’m wrong about it, but I’m going for it anyway.) Anyone can look at Walker for about five seconds, or listen to him for maybe thirty, and tell what a corrupt, despicable little sleaze he is. It’s so obvious that I suspect even conservatives pick up on it at some level. (Except, unfortunately, in Wisconsin. Too drunk, I suppose.)
The other big humiliation bomb here was dropped on Villager corporate media. Every cycle its pundits get all worked up about what great candidates conservative GOP governors of blue/purple midewestern states supposedly are. When’s the last time one even came within a light-year of the nomination? Has it ever happened? (Of course most of those pundits are paid to spew nonsense. But I figure in many cases it comes naturally.)
My own thought when I saw this is that there probably was a spike in blacks moving to MN, from elsewhere in the U.S. and from abroad, who are not yet employed. The claim that African-Americans in Minnesota are worse off than in Mississippi, which the Strib put right near the top as I recall, is what spiked my skepticism meter. That wouldn’t happen all of a sudden, and it would have become plenty evident before now.
They’ve backed off on filing complaints, and will pay the fines. Which I think a lot of people will take as pretty much an unspoken admission that the Sixth Commandment was indeed being violated.
Quinnipiac has a long and inglorious history as the most erratic of the major pollsters. Just all over the place, cycle after cycle, and of late they’ve been exhibiting a considerable skew in favor of the righties.
That being said, maybe Ohioans do love Kasich. As far as I know the Koch machine doesn’t, for his pro-Medicaid expansion stance among other things, and they could go into Ohio if they wanted and knock that approval rating way down in a hurry. We know how that works.
Mac, the following mini-rant is absolutely not directed at you, or at the majority of Bernie supporters who I know to be cool and righteous. I just find myself ruminating along these lines too often, and I have just GOT to get it off my chest.
The poll showing Sanders ahead in New Hampshire is very, very iffy, commissioned by a right-wing outlet and done by an organization affiliated with an institution run by Andrew Card.
Which brings us to my huge problem with much of Bernie’s online support. Gleefully passing along every hit piece they see, responding with extreme sensitivity to even the mildest criticism or effort at correction, trolling everywhere they can…basically, they’re acting like Tea Partiers. That is, making it about their own obsessive, embittered, petty narcissism, rather than directing their energies in constructive and worthwhile ways on behalf of Bernie’s candidacy, or for that matter anyone or anything else.
Is Hillary my dream candidate? Of course not. Not in a thousand years. But she’s very likely going to be the next president, and I would like to see Dems get behind her and aim for a big wave election, top to bottom, on that basis. Thankfully, there will be plenty of time to get that together, when Bernie and the others drop out and endorse Hillary next March, after getting crushed on Super Tuesday.
I am open to being convinced that Bernie can win the general, and becoming a supporter on that basis. But it’s going to take a lot of convincing. Does the guy look presidential? Sadly, that matters. More than just about anything else, in fact.
The sad reality, and I don’t like it a damn bit better than any other progressive does, is that barring a literally miraculous change in the voting habits of young people we’re at least – at the very, very least – ten long years away from any kind of progressive takeover of federal governance. Left activists would do well to be aware of that, and steel themselves accordingly. Enjoy the wins we do get, which we deserve, and be aware that really better days are going to take a while, yet. That’s just the way it is.
You deserve a lot more than “brownie points” for watching that. I couldn’t do it unless unless I was generously paid. That that miserable drivel is considered worthy socio-political discourse by much of the populace, in contemporary America, both infuriates and saddens me.
“Probably a toss-up?” I assume you’re concerned about overconfidence. That’s valid.
Presumably you noticed whose mug adorns the top of the Think Progress article. It notes that Kline is expected to whip against A+, which probably isn’t going to pass anyway, though some version of more state control likely will.
Kline’s purpose in the House is to block things in his committee. When the real players get together to try to actually do something, he’s dross.
I’m waiting to see, if he does run again, whether a high and tight, boot-camp haircut will be part of the new mix.
That was part of the state government finance bill, which Dayton signed, while noting he would nonetheless work to have the part of it that targets Rebecca Otto’s office removed during the special session. I couldn’t find any indication that he plans to go after the anti-PCR crap as well. I suspect the longer term plan is to reinstitute it in 2017, when we’ll likely have majorities across the board in state government again. May have to deal with another roadblock, though, in DFL legislative leadership, if you know what I’m saying.
Yeah, right/wrong direction does suck, now that I went and looked. I don’t remember what I saw, that had me thinking otherwise.
– The only thing I see that could – might – lead to a GOP presidential win is a really sharp, serious, recession, beginning late 2015/early 2016. I’ll start worrying about that when Krugman and Stiglitz start predicting it.
– I totally support the right of the purity-martyr/concern-troll types (I’m not saying you’re one) to continue to dominate left social media, however relentlessly and repetitively. I think they play an important role. But I must note that they were proved wrong, very wrong, in 2012. Not that many have ever admitted it, that I’ve seen.
– I don’t think the national mood is “Angst and Ennui.” My data for that include POTUS approval, right-track/wrong-track, and consumer confidence. None of them scintillating, but all solid, all things considered. And most of the non-political people I interact with are not going through their days in anguish and despair, whatever you may see on AlterNet or wherever. They’re not unhappy, by any means.
– Elections now are all about one thing: whether Dems can get our voters to the polls. In presidential years, we generally do. And note that since the last sweet Dem wave in 2008, by November 2016 there will have been eight more years of demographic movement leftward, as so many Republican base voters aren’t with us any more.
This is well-argued.
I’d say right now that there’s at least an 80% chance that Hillary Clinton will be the next POTUS, and quite possibly by the largest popular vote margin since 1984. And she can most definitely raise the money.
Based on her photo, Catharine Richert is a young woman, early 30s if that, and it’s therefore statistically unlikely that she’s a g*d-damned Republican. But she could be. Whether she is or not, the thing is that MPR is corporate media – far better than most, but absolutely corporate nonetheless – and anyone who does a corporate media fact-check has to promote false equivalence, with the constant implication that the left has to twist things as much as the right in order to make a case.
Which is wrong; the facts indeed have a “liberal bias.” Most people really are better off in more progressive states, and/or when there’s a Democrat in the White House. Global climate change really is established fact. Bill O’Reilly really is a pathological liar. And so on and so forth.
Which means anyone with a job like Richert’s has a hard row to hoe. By promoting false equivalence (and Brett Neely, at MPR, does the same thing in the “Daily Digest”), one inevitably ends up looking like a fool, in the eyes of intelligent, knowledgeable people. But, they could find different jobs – pretty easily, in fact, in the liberal Minnesota metro.
Completely off topic, you certainly nailed it, about turnout, in your comment on OG Goldy’s predictions post at DKos, just before the election. I had no idea it would be that bad.