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One reason black folk be staying mad all the time ...


Charles Blow: Joe Biden Is Problematic

Joe Biden Is Problematic
No amount of growth or good intentions will change this fact.

All five of these things are simultaneously true:

Joe Biden is the Democratic front-runner and may well be the nominee. He is by far the favorite candidate among black voters. He was a loyal vice president to Barack Obama, and the two men seem to have shared a deep and true friendship. He, like the other Democratic candidates, would be a vast improvement over Donald Trump.

And, Biden’s positioning on racial issues has been problematic.
Biden could have taken responsibility for his comments and addressed the question directly, but he didn’t. Instead, he gave a rambling, nonsensical answer that included a reference to a record player. But, the response ended in yet another racial offense in which he seemed to suggest that black people lack the natural capacity to be good parents
His language belies a particular mind-set, one of a liberal of a particular vintage. On the issue of race, it is paternalistic and it pities, it sees deficiency in much the same way that the conservative does, but it responds as savior rather than with savagery. Better the former than the latter, surely, but the sensibility underlying the two positions is shockingly similar. It underscores that liberalism does not perfectly align with racial egalitarianism, regardless of rhetoric to the contrary.
Furthermore, it’s not what Biden says in prepared remarks that’s problematic, it’s what he says off the cuff and under pressure that to me reveal an antiquated view on racial matters and racial sensitivities.


Trump goes after Joy Reid this morning and DU promptly joins in with multiple threads trashing her

throughout the day for not being nice enough to one particular presidential candidate - and telling us why her opinion doesn’t matter.

Coincidence? I think not.

Patterns and themes ...

NBC: Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard

A few months old, but still very relevant ...

The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020.

An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016. Several experts who track websites and social media linked to the Kremlin have also seen what they believe may be the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign of support for Gabbard.

Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line. The CIA has called RT and Sputnik part of "Russia's state-run propaganda machine."

All three sites celebrated Gabbard's announcement, defended her positions on Russia and her 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and attacked those who have suggested she is a pawn for Moscow. The coverage devoted to Gabbard, both in news and commentary, exceeds that afforded to any of the declared or rumored Democratic candidates despite Gabbard's lack of voter recognition.


A sure sign that Mueller delivered and Democrats kicked ass today:

The number of “concern” threads here about how “frail” and “ineffective” and “complicit Mueller was, how the Democrats blew it, and what a dud the hearings were.

Transparent as hell.

I see the "Harris is too racist" threads are dying down and the "Pelosi's too weak" threads are back

And the beat goes on ...

Biden said something that Harris and lots of other people said was hurtful. Biden apologized

“for the pain or misconception that I caused.”

So why are people still attacking Harris and others for saying she found his words hurtful after he admitted himself that they were?

It’s really time to let it go, people.

What happened to all of the "Nancy Pelosi is weak" and "Impeach NOW or ELSE!" threads?

A couple of weeks ago, this board was inundated with them. Now, Poof! Gone.

Where’d they all go? Did Speaker Pelosi do or say something that got folks off her back?

Or is there only so much “outrage” to go around and someone else said or did something that shifted all of the fire and ire toward them?

I can't help noticing for every OP complaining about busing as a discussion issue, there seems

to be two OPs talking about Harris’ position on busing - and that more often than not, the complaints and the “Harris on busing” OPs are all coming from the same people.

It’s breathtaking how many here seem to falling for and are even (unwittingly, I’m sure) promoting the ratfucking.

C’mon people! Wake up. You’re being played!
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