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How will Bernie fair with so many younger, more radical little Bernies in the race?

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Who feels the Bern? Apparently, a majority of the aspiring 2020 Democratic nominees for President do because they’re all singing the same basic song. Tax the rich. Give to the poor. Tax the rich some more. Give to everyone else.

The socialist mantras being created every other day by Democratic candidates put the grandfather of radical progressivism in a pickle. Or maybe he’s putting them in a pickle. Either way, there’s only so much room for hyper-leftism to make its mark on the Democratic nomination process and Senator Bernie Sanders’s entry into the fight means the far left is getting a little too crowded for comfort.

So far, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand have attempted to stake their claim to the far-left mantle. Meanwhile, Senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar appear to be backing away ever so slightly from that mantle, though only in a way that lets them plant their flags slightly outside of the far-left while reaching into their territory when it’s convenient. That’s the state of the Democratic race to be the chosen one taking on President Trump.

Many Democrats feel Sanders should have been the nominee in 2016. His supporters have a clear edge because his attempt to prevent a Trump presidency was thwarted from within the Democratic Party itself. They hope he’ll be their Mitt Romney, who arguably won the 2012 GOP nomination because he missed on opportunities to do so in the past. That experience with running a national election campaign was sought after for some reason, though one can also argue that someone who loses so badly isn’t likely to win on the bigger stage of a general election. But to Sanders’s supporters, he’s different. He wasn’t beaten. It was stolen from him. He could have stopped Donald Trump if the DNC hadn’t interfered. That is, at least, the story they’re going with.

So far, nobody has emerged in the middle for Democrats. Even insinuating that someone is a moderate is an insult to their hyper-leftist bonafides. Whoever gets the nomination will, of course, take the traditional trek to the mushy middle for the general election, but getting the nomination itself seems to be a battle over which socialist concept smells the least realistic and most damaging to the nation. Whoever can hurt capitalism the most is likely going to get the nod from the rabid progressive base.

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Sanders is going to be an instant frontrunner and will benefit from so many women in the early mix, but when the field gets reduced down to two or three viable candidates, Sanders could be in trouble. I can’t see Democratic primary voters taking Booker, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, or Warren seriously in the long term, but Harris and likely candidate Beto O’Rourke could definitely give Sanders a run for his money. They’re the little Bernies who have the potential to raise serious money against the small-donation army Sanders brings into the race.

One thing you won’t see are attacks on Sanders. They covet the organization he’s built, the clout his endorsement would bring, and his army of donors. They will not directly attack the Senator and will likely get word out to their super PACs to focus on forcing everyone else out of the race instead of attacking Sanders directly. The theory will be that Sanders won’t be able to sustain when it comes down to two or three people, especially if the remaining competitors are the young, attractive “next-gen” socialists who could make Sanders their spiritual guide.

In short, the Democrats are a hot mess of socialist candidates trying to out-Bernie Bernie. We’ll have to wait to see how the fray goes, but expect it to be contentious once it gets going. If Joe Biden enters too, this could be a real mess. Grab your popcorn.

 


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Democrats hang all hope on a public release and a bad interpretation of Mueller report

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Republicans are dancing in the virtual streets of social media today after Attorney General William Barr released a letter summarizing the report he received from special counsel Robert Mueller on his 2-year Russian election interference investigation.

Despite the President’s Tweet, Democrats are pointing out a single line in the document. While there was no collusion, Mueller’s report states that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the obstruction of justice issue.

But, as House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows pointed out, exoneration is not the responsibility of the investigator.

Now, Democrats are ramping up their calls to release the entire report to the public. Their hope is that Barr’s letter does not properly characterize what the Mueller investigation found. If it has enough evidence to point to collusion or obstruction of justice in the eyes of the general public, that would be nearly as good as actual indictments.

Their two roadblocks, of course, would be the public release of the government, which the President has called for, and evidence that can be pinpointed and spun in a way that makes it appear as if Mueller was either close to having enough evidence or chose to ignore the evidence in his decision to not recommend indictments.

It’s unclear whether the report will actually be released despite the Democrats’ calls and the President’s Tweet. It’s up to Barr, which most assume means it’s up to the President himself. If there’s evidence in there that can paint him in a negative light, it’s very possible the Attorney General will hold back on releasing it.

A third option, which has already been floated, is for Democrats to subpoena Mueller to testify about the investigation before Congress. This would given him an opportunity to describe the evidence they found in the investigation without the report itself being released. It would be one of the most well-watched testimonies in history, even bigger than Michael Cohen’s testimony last month, because most people have never heard Mueller say anything. He has been very reticent throughout the investigation and has condemned the handful of leaks that hit the press from his team.

For now, the Trump administration and his supporters can breath a sigh of relief. How long that lasts will depend on what’s in the report itself. If there’s not enough to publicly demonize the President or those close to him, then we’ll likely see a release. If there’s more fodder for controversy and ammunition that can be used in the 2020 election, Barr’s summary may be all we ever see.

Democrats are latching onto anything they can in order to justify their loud accusations and false conclusions they made before the report deflated them. Watching mainstream media and Hollywood cry may be the most enjoyable part of all this.

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Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tax lien actually matters

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Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs tax lien actually matters

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a tax lien against her for a failed business venture from 2012. She owes $1,877.56 in unpaid corporate taxes. No big deal, right? Things happen.

I would actually be in the camp who’s currently calling this a nothingburger except for one major point. She still hasn’t paid it. It’s not an insignificant amount, but it’s also not an amount that needs to linger for years, and especially not for two weeks after an aide said she would be paying it immediately. Why didn’t she? Why are lawyers looking it instead?

But on Thursday, her aide Corbin Trent said that the Congresswoman’s lawyers were looking into the matter.

It’s one thing to say, “Oops,” and get it paid. It’s another thing altogether to say, “Oops,” then not get it paid, then get lawyers involved in the matter. This isn’t something one would consider contestable; she started a business venture, it failed, now she owes money. As a member of the House of Representatives, and as a socialist who believes in taking people’s money and redistributing it, she should be willing to pay off her debt to the government as quickly as possible.

This will go down as one of the many peculiarities about the Congresswoman that she’s probably going to blame on conservative media. After all, socialism and personal responsibility don’t usually go hand-in-hand.

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Joe Biden is considering Stacey Abrams as his running mate. Why hasn’t he declared yet?

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Joe Biden is considering Stacyy Abrams as his running mate Why hasnt he declared yet

The Joe Biden saga keeps getting stranger every week. While most anticipate the former Vice President is going to run for President in 2020, he still hasn’t announced despite most of the major candidates who were expected to run have already made their announcement. Now, a report that his staff is considering asking former Democratic contender for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams continues to add fuel to speculation while also making this whole thing even more strange.

In 2016, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the rare move of announcing his Vice Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, before securing the nomination. It was a desperate move at a time when his prospects for defeating Donald Trump were fading and it didn’t work out. Biden’s alleged move is very different. He’s ahead in the very early polls even before the first debate, let alone the Iowa caucus. Yet speculating about a potential VP seems out of place, just like everything else in this whole debacle.

My theory is he’s trying to minimize the potential attack channels by cautiously field-testing everything first. By gathering data without officially announcing a run, he has the luxury of riding the speculation train as long as he can. He would be the instant frontrunner if he were to announce, but if history tells us anything, frontrunner status rarely means much. Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner from beginning to end in 2016, but even then the speculation of a late run by Biden was appealing to many Democrats.

Biden likely fears being the early frontrunner will generate fatigue for his name being tossed around so often. It’s still early; at this point in 2015, only one major GOP candidate, Cruz, had officially announced his run. Biden wants to ride the speculation as long as possible knowing once he’s officially in, he’s open to attacks. Just as his old boss President Obama did in 2008, some lesser known high-energy candidate could sneak up on the frontrunner and knock them off quickly. In 2015, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were early frontrunners before being embarrassingly tossed aside by Trump and the other candidates.

Whether or not Biden selects Abrams, and if she’s willing to take the nomination, this type of speculation allows him to stay in the news while people continue to hold their collective breath about a future announcement.

Bottom line, he’s running. He’s been running for a while. The fact that he’s not official yet only plays into the fundraising he’s missing, which he’ll be able to make up quickly once he announces. All in all, the Democratic race is turning hilarious.

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