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Socialism? Why Not? These 2020 Dems Already Have Mountains of Cash

According to the Washington Examiner:

The 2020 Democratic field is running hard to the left as the Democratic Party celebrates socialism. But several of the candidates can well afford taking down capitalism at this point, because they’re already multimillionaires and have incomes in the top 1 percent. 

Former Reps. Beto O’Rourke and John Delaney, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are among the wealthiest Democratic presidential candidates. Other hopefuls have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in book royalties and speaking fees.  The former Texas representative co-founded an El Paso web and software company in the late ’90s, but much of his wealth comes from his wife Amy O’Rourke. She is the daughter of real estate tycoon Bill Sanders, who Forbes estimated is worth around $500 million. 

Warren, who proposed a wealth tax on households worth more than $50 million, reported in a Federal Election Commission financial disclosure filing that she and her husband have investment accounts and other financial assets worth between $4 million and $11 million. That doesn’t include her three-story Victorian home in Cambridge, Mass., valued at nearly $2 million in 2015.

Soaring Democratic 2020 Candidate Pete Buttigieg’s Dad was a Marxist

Well, he wouldn’t be the first president raised by Marxists. Know what I mean?

Pete Buttigieg presents himself as a “capitalist.” His policies, while not exactly Marxist, would be an assault on capitalism, like those of most members of the 2020 field.

Meantime, Buttigieg has raised $7 million and was third in a recent Iowa poll.

Buttigieg, who is gay and has a husband, also wouldn’t be our first homosexual president. That would be James Buchanan, who we were told in grade school was our “bachelor” president.

Anyway, back to ButtiDad.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who spoke fondly of the Communist Manifesto and dedicated a significant portion of his academic career to the work of Italian Communist Party founder Antonio Gramsci, an associate of Vladimir Lenin.

Joseph Buttigieg, who died in January at the age of 71, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s from Malta and in 1980 joined the University of Notre Dame faculty, where he taught modern European literature and literary theory. He supported an updated version of Marxism that jettisoned some of Marx and Engel’s more doctrinaire theories, though he was undoubtedly Marxist.

He was an adviser to Rethinking Marxism, an academic journal that published articles “that seek to discuss, elaborate, and/or extend Marxian theory,” and a member of the editorial collective of Boundary 2, a journal of postmodern theory, literature, and culture. He spoke at many Rethinking Marxism conferences and other gatherings of prominent Marxists.

In a 2000 paper for Rethinking Marxism critical of the approach of Human Rights Watch, Buttigieg, along with two other authors, refers to “the Marxist project to which we subscribe.”

In 1998, he wrote in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education about an event in New York City celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Manifesto. He also participated in the event.

“If The Communist Manifesto was meant to liberate the proletariat, the Manifesto itself in recent years needed liberating from Marxism’s narrow post-Cold War orthodoxies and exclusive cadres. It has been freed,” he wrote.

Democrats Give Up on Impeachment

Looks like they’re stuck with President Trump until at least January 2021.

According to the Washington Post, which reported the following, no doubt with great sadness:

House Democrats conceded Monday that the possibility of impeachment proceedings against President Trump is over, at least for now — marking a dramatic retreat in the wake of the conclusion by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia in the 2016 election.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of her leadership team agreed in a Monday night huddle that the caucus needs to stop talking about collusion with Russia because it was distracting from their legislative agenda, according to three people in the meeting or familiar with the discussion.

Notably, two Democrats in the room who brought up concerns about the nationwide focus on their high-profile probes — Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) — are from opposite sides of the caucus: one a liberal, the other from a Trump district. Both argued that the House needs to megaphone pocketbook issues that won them the majority. 

“Based on Barr’s reporting of the Mueller report . . . there’s a sense that there’s less discussion about impeachment,” Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said before the leadership meeting. After the huddle, when asked about his comments, he added: “We need to focus on . . . the promises we made during the campaign.”

Yes, please, let’s just discuss the issues! Green New Deal, socialism, from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs, etc.

Then Democrats will have to deal with Trump until January 2025.

Trump Can Now Ride the Mueller Report Straight to Reelection

From a piece I have running Monday on the NBC News website:

The news that special counsel Robert Mueller found no proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is much worse for Democrats than it appears. Because the vehicle for destroying President Donald Trump has crashed so spectacularly that Trump will reconstruct it into the campaign bus that will deliver him victoriously to the White House on his second Inauguration Day.

Trump’s opponents will try to characterize the report as a detail that can now be discarded as congressional committees and various local prosecutors race to produce damning information. But they’ve already bet on the wrong horse. The Mueller report will simply trample everything else, smashing and discrediting — whether justifiably or not — all other probes hurled Trump’s way.

Worse for Democrats, Trump, who tweets from the hip and produces all kinds of unreliable, errant missives, begins to look credible. “Witch hunt,” he regularly exclaims at dawn from the White House residence. Now, that formulation, drilled into voters’ heads, begins to look like a potentially apt description of the opponents Trump has said are trying to thwart his agenda and unfairly delegitimize his election.

Trump, lo and behold, was right. 

You can read the rest of the piece here.

Economic Models Point to Trump Landslide

Trump landslide? Huh?

It could happen. The bottom line is that things are going well. And the current situation is not like that faced by George H.W. Bush in 1992, when people were ready for a change — President Trump will have only been in office for less than four years on Election Day.

If anything, Trump’s outrages will matter less this time around. People elected him when few could imagine him as president. Not they can imagine it.

According to Politico:

President Donald Trump has a low approval rating. He is engaging in bitter Twitter wars and facing metastasizing investigations.

But if the election were held today, he’d likely ride to a second term in a huge landslide, according to multiple economic models with strong track records of picking presidential winners and losses. Credit a strong U.S. economy featuring low unemployment, rising wages and low gas prices — along with the historic advantage held by incumbent presidents.

While Trump appears to be in a much stronger position than his approval rating and conventional Beltway wisdom might suggest, he also could wind up in trouble if the economy slows markedly between now and next fall, as many analysts predict it will. And other legal bombshells could explode the current scenario. Despite all these caveats, Trump looks surprisingly good if the old James Carville maxim coined in 1992 — “the economy, stupid” — holds true in 2020.

“The economy is just so damn strong right now and by all historic precedent the incumbent should run away with it,” said Donald Luskin, chief investment officer of TrendMacrolytics, a research firm whose model correctly predicted Trump’s 2016 win when most opinion polls did not. “I just don’t see how the blue wall could resist all that.”

New Top Bernie Sanders Aide Applauded Venezuela’s Chavez

Many people don’t fully appreciate what’s going on here.

Bernie looks sort of benign, like a cranky Jewish grandpa from Brooklyn. But what he is, is a hard-core socialist. Ironic that the media believe democracy is imperiled by Donald Trump while they think an extremist from the left who honeymooned in the Soviet Union will respect democratic norms.

According to the Washington Examiner:

A left-wing journalist just added to the staff of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., once celebrated Hugo Chavez’s leadership in Venezuela, claiming that “his brand of socialism achieved real economic gains.” 

The Sanders campaign announced Tuesday morning that David Sirota would be joining as a communications adviser and speechwriter, further solidifying Sanders as the socialist alternative in a growing field of 2020 candidates. 

In 2013, Sirota wrote a lengthy defense for Slate on Chavez’s reign in Venezuela shortly after the dictator’s death, which he called an “economic miracle.” AD    Restoring free speech and academic freedom on campusWatch Full Screen to Skip Ads

“When, by contrast, a country goes socialist and its economy does what Venezuela’s did, it is not perceived to be a laughing matter — and it is not so easy to write off or to ignore. It suddenly looks like a threat to the corporate capitalism, especially when said country has valuable oil resources that global powerhouses like the United States rely on,” Sirota wrote.

Beto O’Rourke Raises More Than $6 Million in 24 Hours

Well, he’s not qualified, he’s an overgrown child, and he strikes me as a phony. But he’s well on the way toward being nominated by the Democrats to run for president.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, got more bang for his buck after announcing his run for president than his 2020 Democratic rivals, raising more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours of his campaign.

O’Rourke, who served in the House from 2013 to 2019 and ran a closer-than-expected Senate race last year, announced Thursday he was joining a growing group of White House hopefuls.

The campaign said Monday it raised $6,136,736 entirely online and from all 50 states.

That amount set a record for 2020 Democratic candidates, narrowly beating Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who raised $5.9 million in his campaign’s first 24 hours.

O’Rourke is even more annoying with his penchant for “inspiring” generalities and self-indulgence than Obama was. In fact, he is officially the most annoying person in the Democratic presidential field.

Although Joe Biden has yet to get in.

White House Believes it May Have a Chance with Jewish Voters

It’s possible. Getting the Jewish vote has been one of the Holy Grails for Republicans for years, but now that anti-Semitism has become so prominent within the Democratic Party, maybe my fellow Jews will rethink their allegiances. According to the Washington Examiner: After displays of alleged anti-Semitism by Democrats and deep divisions within the party over… Continue Reading

Gillibrand Aide Stayed on the Job After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

What happened to always believe the woman? According to the Washington Examiner: The military adviser to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 presidential candidate who has been an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement and a campaigner against sexual misconduct in the military, kept his job despite allegations he sexually harassed a junior female aide.  Abbas… Continue Reading

Geriatric Squad Off to Big Lead in Early 2020 Democrat Poll

Bernie Sanders leads the pack of potential Democratic 2020 candidates with 28 percent of the vote, followed by Joe Biden with 17 percent and Elizabeth Warren at 12 percent, according to a new poll by Zogby. Between the three of them, they have 57 percent of the vote. Their average age on Inauguration Day 2021… Continue Reading