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Axelrod: Biden’s Shameless Flip Flop Raises Questions About Whether He Can Win

It was one of the most rank, absurd, and disingenuous political moves I’ve ever seen.

Joe Biden for years has supported the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for most abortions. The current Democratic base, of course, would never abide such a thing, and basically all the other candidates oppose it. Biden got some grief for it. Then he got a lot of grief. So, he just changed his position.

This suggests to political operatives that the Biden candidacy is a poorly -oiled machine that has not thought things through. Such as former Barack Obama strategis David Axelrod.

“I think that this was a parable about Biden that goes to questions about his candidacy,” Axelrod said. “This underscores questions people have had about whether he can go the distance.”

Video || Cory Booker Ecstatically Dancing at a Purim Party in 1993

The Washington Post has an interesting piece today about how Cory Booker became close friends with a Hasidic rabbi during the early 1990s while he was Booker was studying at Oxford.

Booker, while remaining a Christian, became co-president of a Jewish group on campus. The two had a close friendship for two decades until falling out over the last few years.

From the piece:

The Jewish festival of Purim was in full swing: Music was blasting, family and friends were bouncing to the beat, and 6-foot-3 Cory Booker was laughing and dancing while carrying a 5-foot-6 Orthodox rabbi in a clown suit on his back.

It was March 1993 at Oxford University, where Booker, then 23, was studying for two years on a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The man on his back was Shmuley Boteach, an American rabbi who was his close friend and spiritual mentor during what Booker describes as a “profoundly shaping” period of his life.

“My spiritual life really took off at Oxford, and just so many things about that experience were profound to me,” said Booker, who credits the Rhodes program with nurturing the politics of “common ground” and “love” that he now espouses as a Democratic presidential candidate.THE PURSUITFirst in a series on the 2020 presidential candidates.

Booker’s intense and unlikely friendship with Boteach, who was sent by the ultra-Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic sect to establish a presence at Oxford, was a main pillar of his time in England, from 1992 to 1994.

The two men in their 20s seemed to be always together — often with Booker in a yarmulke and Boteach in a Malcolm X baseball cap — and were energized by each other’s outsize charisma and shared passion for religious study, according to interviews with them and more than a dozen people who were close to them at Oxford.

Booker, an African American Baptist, became co-president of the L’Chaim Society, an Orthodox Jewish student group started by Boteach.

They spent virtually every Friday evening together with other students studying and debating Torah and often eating “kosher soul food” cooked by Booker and by Boteach’s wife, Debbie.

Judaism became a lifelong passion for Booker, and he still quotes Torah passages he learned from Boteach, in Hebrew, from memory on the campaign trail. But after two decades, Booker, 50, and Boteach, 52, are no longer on speaking terms.

Sanders Backed a communist party During the 1980s

Some Republicans want Bernie Sanders to be the nominee, thinking he will be easily beatable.

But what if he manages to win? We already know that weird things happen.

Bernie Sanders is a hard lefty. We don’t know to what extent the extremist views he holds today are hiding even more extremist views he doesn’t talk about.

That’s why this article in the Washington Examiner is such cause for concern:

Bernie Sanders campaigned for the Socialist Workers Party in the 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns and was investigated by the FBI for his ties to the Marxist group.

Sanders has always played down the extent of his involvement with the party, which included radicals who praised the Soviet Union and Cuban communists, and has denied ever being a member. Asked in 1988 about his role as an SWP elector in 1980, he said: “I was asked to put my name on the ballot and I did, that’s true.” In fact, his ties to the party are deep and enduring.

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and United States senator from Vermont, now 77, often scoffs at comparisons between his brand of self-described “democratic socialism” and communism. In recent years, he has said he is merely interested in having the United States look more like Sweden, a social democracy with a broad welfare state but a well-functioning private sector.

But his personal files from his time as mayor of Burlington, from 1981 to 1989, archived at the University of Vermont, show that he supported and campaigned for the communist SWP and maintained a close relationship with its senior members. While Democrats campaigned for President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and Walter Mondale in 1984, Sanders spent the Reagan era supporting fringe Marxists with no chance of reaching the White House.

In 1980, Sanders “proudly endorsed and supported” Andrew Pulley, the party’s presidential candidate, who once said that American soldiers should “take up their guns and shoot their officers.” Sanders was one of three electors for Pulley on the Vermont ballot, stating in a press release: “I fully support the SWP’s continued defense of the Cuban revolution.”

Four years later, he backed and campaigned for the SWP presidential nominee Mel Mason, a former Black Panther, saying it was important for there to be “fundamental alternatives to capitalist ideology.” During the campaign, Mason praised the Russian and Chinese revolutions and said: “The greatest example of a socialist government is Cuba, and Nicaragua is right behind, but it’s still developing.”

“I think Bernie was pretty in-the-camp with us and other socialist organizations,” Mason told the Washington Examiner in an interview.

Gillibrand: I Wouldn’t Detain Anybody at All

Yes, actually, let’s just release everybody into the country. And then have another amnesty in ten years.

Also, let’s start advertising in Latin America: Come to the United States, tell a judge you’ll show up when you’re supposed to, and then forget about it.

Well, I guess, not too much different than what we’ve got going on now.

The race to the left on the Democrat side continues.

Video || Beto O’Rourke Forced to Do Self-Criticism

Man, it must be tough to be a white guy in the Democratic Party running for president.

I’ve even seen Pete Buttigieg, who’s a white married gay man, accused of being “privileged.” Whatever you think of homosexuality or gay marriage, I don’t think it’s particularly easy being gay.

Anyway, this below is painful to watch, as O’Rourke grovels after saying he was “born” to run for president. ” I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling is a public service,” he said.

No he wasn’t. He was saying the same thing Barack Obama said years ago at the outset of he 2008 campaign, when Obama said something to the effect of, “I can play in this league.” He was bragging, full of himself. Not discussing “public service.”

Beto also apologized for being white, for being a man, etc., etc.

I mean, is this worth it? And of course, it begs the inevitable question, If you are privileged, is it fair that you are running for president at all?

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading