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Obama to young progressives: Get over being woke

Former President Barack Obama has a message for the "politically woke" crowd that has become prolific on social media in recent years: Get over it.

Obama called out young progressives for being too ideologically rigid and judgmental during an interview Tuesday moderated by "Grown-ish" star Yara Shahidi at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.

"This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly," the two-term Democrat said. " The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain things with you."

Obama said he has particularly noticed the trend on college campuses he has visited with his daughter Malia. He described it as a "danger" that is "accelerated by social media."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/30/barack-obama-tells-woke-youth-get-over-quickly/4095362002/

Doug Jones is the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent. But he doesn't seem to care.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Donald Trump is beloved in Alabama: It’s the state that hosted his first major political rally as a presidential candidate, then voted for him by a nearly 30-point margin.

But the state’s freshman Democratic senator, Doug Jones, couldn’t seem to care less. Easily the most vulnerable Senate incumbent on the ballot next year, Jones is talking and voting as if he’s totally unburdened by the fact he represents one of the most conservative states in the nation.

Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court? Jones said Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford was "credible and courageous" and voted against the judge. The president’s border wall? Jones is “happy to defend” voting against Trump's national emergency using military funds to build it. As for impeachment? The senator is plainly troubled by the president’s conduct and sounds open to the possibility of voting to oust him.

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“It is hard to argue that the president is doing anything at this point other than leveraging his office as the commander in chief of the greatest nation on earth with a lesser country to try to extract a promise from them to do something that’s going to help his political campaign,” Jones told POLITICO in an interview, when asked about Democrats’ ongoing impeachment investigation.

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/23/doug-jones-democrat-alabama-trump-055034

Great article. I think he's realistic and knows he's likely going to lose, so that's why he doesn't bother moving to the right.

Democrat Edwards will face runoff in Louisiana governor's race

Source: Politico

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, fell short of the majority of the vote needed to clinch reelection in Saturday's all-party primary and will face Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in a one-on-one general election next month.

Edwards was unable to pass the 50 percent threshold; he received 47 percent of the votes cast, according to the AP, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Rispone, meanwhile, held off a fellow Republican, Rep. Ralph Abraham, 27 percent to 24 percent, to capture second place and earn a head-to-head shot against Edwards on Nov. 16.

The outcome of the primary sets up a potentially very competitive general election. While pre-primary polls showed Edwards with significant leads over both Republicans in possible runoffs, GOP candidates combined for more than half the vote on Saturday.

"Over half of Louisiana voters went to the polls today and cast a ballot for someone other than John Bel Edwards," noted Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, who added that Rispone "will unite Republicans and all Louisianans who want to build a better future for their state."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/12/democrat-edwards-will-face-runoff-in-louisiana-governors-race-000285



Updated.

If Hillary Clinton had won and took office, do you think she would have renominated Merrick Garland?

Or do you think she would have nominated her own pick to the Supreme Court? Also, since the Senate Republicans retained their majority, do you think Mitch would have help up the vote for four years? That might have been a lot to do, there would be huge backlash.
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