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Otto Lidenbrock

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After a three week break Republicans are back to talking about Hunter Biden and Burisma

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Mon Mar 2, 2020, 12:51 PM (17 replies)

I've made my mind up to vote for Joe Biden on Tuesday but...

...just as the political obituaries were premature after Iowa and New Hampshire, I know the campaign can't and won't get carried away with the win tonight. We have 48 hours to go until the path becomes clearer one way or another. Enjoy the next few hours and we move on!
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:19 PM (4 replies)

I wish Bernie spared as much nuance for the Democratic Party as he does for Fidel Castro

Asked about his past backing of Fidel Castro’s communist government in Cuba during an interview with 60 Minutes, Sanders began by saying, “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba,” before adding, “but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”

Bernie on the Democratic Party over the years:

In a 1985 letter newly obtained by HuffPost in which Sanders debated running for governor, he wrote: “Whether I run for governor or not is really not important. What would be a tragedy, however, is for people with a radical vision to fall into the pathetic camp of the intellectually bankrupt Democratic Party.

Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders once said that he was "physically nauseated" by a speech made by President John F. Kennedy when Sanders was a young man, because Kennedy's "hatred for the Cuban Revolution [...] was so strong."

"Kennedy was young and appealing and ostensibly liberal," Sanders reminisced in a 1987 interview with The Gadfly, a student newspaper at the University of Vermont. "But I think at that point, seeing through Kennedy, and what liberalism was, was probably a significant step for me to understand that conventional politics or liberalism was not what was relevant."

In the same interview, he also criticized Jesse Jackson's decision to try and affect change by "working within the Democratic party" and offered some pointed remarks about Walter Mondale.

Sanders told The Gadfly that endorsing the Democratic ticket in 1984 and "campaigning for Mondale [...] was a very difficult thing to do."

"When I'd go around talking about Walter Mondale I would say that if elected president, I felt, Walter Mondale was going to be a pretty bad president," explained Sanders. "Now sometimes you may have to make painful decisions."

"If you go around saying that Mondale would be a great president, you would be a liar and a hypocrite," concluded Sanders. "That is not what I was saying."

Sanders's remarks about Kennedy, Jackson, and Mondale are in keeping with the Independent senator's long history of criticizing the Democratic Party.

In a Rutland Herald article published the following year, Sanders explained the crucial difference between himself and Jesse Jackson: "'Jesse believes that serious social change is possible within the Democratic Party. I don't.'"

And in a 1989 op-ed in the Burlington Free Press, Sanders lambasted "the corporate-controlled Democratic and Republican parties," and praised the National Organization of Women "for supporting the need for a progressive third party in this country."

"Like millions of other Americans, NOW understands that the Democratic and Republican parties are intellectually and morally bankrupt," Sanders wrote.

"We do not have an effective national political movement which is prepared to fight for power," argued Sanders, "and which challenges the basic assumptions and priorities of the corporate-controlled Democratic and Republican parties – two political parties which have no substantive ideological differences and are, in reality, one party – the party of the ruling class."

“I am not now, nor have I ever been, a liberal Democrat,”

“They have no ideology. Their ideology is opportunism.”

In an op-ed in the New York Times in January 1989, he called the Democratic and Republican parties “tweedle-dee” and “tweedle-dum,” both adhering in his estimation to an “ideology of greed and vulgarity.”

"I think that nationally, the party has on issue after issue sold out so many times that if you go before the people and say, 'Hey, I'm a Democrat,' you don't usually generate a lot of enthusiasm."

In November 2011, Sanders criticized Democrats for their response to the Budget Reform Act of 2011, saying the super committee to develop a deficit reduction plan shouldn't look at cuts in social security or Medicare.
"My suggestion was literally to the Democratic leadership, simply change the name of the party from the Democratic Party to the Republican-lite versus Republicans and say, 'Yeah, we're bad, but we're not as bad as these guys,'" said Sanders on the Thom Hartmann Program.

It's the Democratic Party that embraced the platform of Civil Rights as a Human Right. It's the Democratic Party that formed Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP etc. It's the Democratic Party that pursued a system to expand healthcare. Remember the flack Hillarycare got? It's the Democratic Party that has worked to renew and strengthen the Equal Rights Act. For greater Women's Rights. Embracing, defending and strengthening LGBTQ rights. It's the Democratic Party that listens to science!! Think how much progress we could have made on the subject of Climate Change if Al Gore was elected in 2000.

I believe we are also the party who self-reflects. The Democratic Party is not perfect. But virtually every major, new social progress made in policy legislation in the post WW2 era has been enacted a Democratic Party Administration. We've made mistakes but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:07 PM (8 replies)

Why is it taking so long to get the full results in from Nevada?

It's been 36 hours since the first results came through and yet according to his live tracker there's still 4% worth of data to declare?

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Mon Feb 24, 2020, 09:24 AM (5 replies)

Biden is going to reclaim his support lost to Bloomberg

This is the first time a national audience saw Bloomberg in person, unfiltered and vetted. He didn't do well.

The idea of Bloomberg pumping hundreds of millions on ads made him go above Biden. Biden had his name smeared by Republicans during the impeachment inquiry and trial. He was damaged. But tonight he fought back.

Clearly support for Bloomberg is support for his video editors.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Thu Feb 20, 2020, 12:14 AM (24 replies)

Staffer of "progressive" senate candidate posts meme comparing Pete to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Mon Feb 17, 2020, 05:22 PM (42 replies)

Exclusive: Republicans snooped on Democrats' House polls

BEHIND THE SCENES … CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON pay lots of money to get an edge on their opponent. They have research teams, conduct detailed and pricey polls and dispatch trackers across the country to catch members of the other party in unscripted and damaging moments.

BUT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE NRCC walked across the street to the DCCC’s headquarters on Capitol Hill to stake out some Dem candidates, and stumbled upon what they consider a quite fortuitous find. Dems say it represents tactics that are totally out of bounds, and downright creepy.

THE DCCC was holding a polling meeting with the blinds wide open, all their information on display for passersby to see. The meeting was billed as part of their Red to Blue program -- the GOP seats Democrats are trying to flip. The NRCC aides snapped photos, and you can see their photo document here.

REPUBLICANS SAY THEY GLEANED a wealth of valuable intel on the state of key House contests. For example, the NRCC learned that Democrats’ internal polling shows the special election in California’s 25th District -- Katie Hill’s former seat -- as just a 4-point race, with Republican former Rep. Steve Knight trailing Chrissy Smith 30-26. They also had slides that appeared to show the DCCC’s favorites in contested Democratic primaries.

THE NRCC AND DCCC have disagreed on where to draw the line when it comes to opposition research. The Republican committee, for example, has declined to sign an agreement to not use hacked information in its campaigns.

THE NRCC AND DCCC have both had quite colorful cycles. The NRCC seems to delight in invective. Just Thursday, the NRCC Twitter account was at war with a local Buffalo reporter, and called Rep. LUCY MCBATH (D-Ga.) a “lyin’” “hypocrite” and suggested she endorsed MIKE BLOOMBERG for president because he spent money on her behalf in 2018. The DCCC, meanwhile, fired much of its senior staff last summer after a POLITICO report about lawmakers’ concerns about diversity at the top of the party committee. The DCCC has far outraised the NRCC.

You can see the data here:


This particular race is interesting - CA25:

Christy Smith (D) - 30
Steve Knight (R) - 26
Mike Garcia (R) - 13
Cenk Uygur (D) - 5

Carpetbagging, misogynist Cenk not doing well.

Most importantly the underhand tactics the republicans will use is disgraceful. We have to be vigilant as a party. Leaked polling is lightweight compared to what they will have up their sleeves.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:52 PM (6 replies)

Longest serving federal judge, appointed by President Johnson, retires at 98

A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98.

U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was known for favoring lenient sentences and rehabilitation. He retired this week after moving his remaining cases to his fellow jurists in the federal court based in Brooklyn.

He was the longest-serving incumbent federal judge, the newspaper reported. He spent nearly 53 years on the bench.

Weinstein, who was appointed in 1967, was the last federal judge named by Johnson. Weinstein said he often pushed for the shortest prison sentences possible so people could try to build a better life.

“We need to rule from a place of love, not hate,” he told the Daily News.

Weinstein moved to Brooklyn with his family when he was 5. He enlisted in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served on a submarine where he helped sink a Japanese cruiser.

He graduated from Brooklyn College and enrolled at Columbia Law School after World War II. He contributed research and briefs to aid future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s argument in the the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling.

In his retirement, Weinstein said he plans to spend more time with his wife, Susan Berk, and work with one of his three sons on a book about Jim Crow laws.

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Thu Feb 13, 2020, 05:02 PM (5 replies)

Why is Steyer still in the race?

Steyer has been in the race longer, actually appeared in person at debates, townhalls and forums. Whereas right now a vote for Bloomberg is a vote for Bloomberg's video makers.

But Bloomberg's money is making a mark. He is climbing quicker and higher than Steyer's money ever took him. In the battle of the billionaires it is evident Bloomberg has a path to the nomination with much bigger name recognition and elected office history.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Thu Feb 13, 2020, 03:41 PM (14 replies)

Bloomberg shows the foolishness of arguing over wine caves & purity. Voters just want to beat Trump

And now Bloomberg who is a billionaire has momentum. He doesn't give a damn what others say because he is only focusing on Trump. He is running a shadow general election campaign while the others were arguing with each other. Voters, the rank and file folks, who are not obsessed with every petty little detail. Most voters are not political obsessives. They will support whoever the democrat is but are seeing Bloomberg take the fight to Trump and like it.

Am I happy that a billionaire ex republican is being seen as some sort of "if in emergency break glass" candidate? No. But it wouldn't have come to this if he didn't sense democrats were tying one arm behind their backs. You can afford to search for the purest candidate when the presidency is an open seat, but when you're running against a sitting president, voters want someone who has a clear path to win. Many voters clearly see him as:

a) someone for whom money is no object so he can match and beat the Trump campaign financially
b) someone who can't be tarred as a socialist
c) someone who has held elected office as Mayor of the biggest city in the nation so he has worthy experience.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Tue Feb 11, 2020, 09:15 AM (6 replies)
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