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Democratic Party Shows Who They Are…

Democratic Party Shows Who They Are…

And it isn’t pretty. Since I last wrote about this process, Bullock (who?), Swalwell, Ryan, Inslee, Hickenlooper, Gillibrand, de Blasio, O’Rourke, and Harris have dropped out. Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has jumped in, and the stage is set for another debate on December 19th.

To qualify for the Los Angeles debate, a candidate must hit 4 percent support in at least four DNC-approved polls, which may be national surveys of primary voters or single-state polls in the four early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada. Alternatively, they can hit 6 percent in two early-state polls.

In addition, candidates must have received donations from at least 200,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 800 unique donors in 20 states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia.

Of the remaining candidates, 6 have met that mark as I write this. So, let’s review and update the Circular Firing Squad, in poll ranking (per the New York Times) order.

Candidates who made the cut have DNC Ouroboros over their photo. Net worth, per Forbes, added to show that, despite claims to be the party of the middle class, their candidates are very, very far removed from said middle class.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Age: 76

Net Worth: $9,000,000

Joe just gets worse & worse. I still think this is his to lose, but damn, he is trying hard to lose it! From sucking on his wife’s fingers as she introduces him to talking about the joys of kids on his lap & people playing with his leg hair, Joe just keeps falling into the ‘really creepy uncle’ zone. I can’t understand why anyone thinks he is a good candidate. And this is before any reports on his interference in Ukrainian politics on behalf of his creepier son Hunter come to the fore… If Biden is the nominee, he’ll be one of the weakest, most vulnerable, in modern memory.
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Age: 77

Net Worth: $2,500,000

Bernie Sanders is still the nutty uncle-by-marriage, isn’t he? He is so disconnected from economic reality that he doesn’t seem to get that he is the people he seems to hate the most. 

Well, not exactly – he did change his rant target from millionaires to billionaires once he became a millionaire. So there is that.

Bernie still isn’t a real threat – he is polling at around 18%, but we have not seen a single vote cast, and that was his weakness in 2016.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Age: 69

Net Worth: $12,000,000

The shine seems to have worn off of the only real contender to Creepy Uncle Joe.

Her absurd claims about ‘Medicare for all’ are being laughed at by her own party. Her ‘I have a plan’ line is played out – if you have a plan, you need to tell someone, sometime. People are just not interested in ambiguity these days.

Interestingly, her own party stopped buying the ‘Native American’ lie. With Harris dropping out, the left is complaining that all the remaining December debate candidates are white.

Oops.

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg

Age: 37

Net Worth: $100,000

Mayor Pete is clearly doing something wrong – he should have at least one more zero on that… He is also fumbling on race issues. The media managed to not fully cover the protests in South Bend over a white cop shooting a black man in June. He then managed to claim a bunch of black support that he didn’t have, using stock photos of Africans in the process. And just last night, a white BLM protester disrupted a meeting, stealing the microphone from councilwoman Sharon McBride…who is black. And somehow the ‘not gay enough / in the right way’ nonsense persists too.
Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Age: 77

Net Worth: $53,400,000,000

$53.4 billion. Just to be clear about that.

So, the former mayor of New York, known best for soda taxes, anti-2nd Amendment activities, and changing the law in NYC to get himself a third term as mayor. He also changed parties to the Republicans to become mayor, switching back in his second term.

Bloomberg owns his own media group, who doesn’t actually report on him at all. Which is nice. I do the same thing – my blog doesn’t report on me either. The difference is that I am not a presidential candidate.

Bloomberg is another statist who thinks he knows how to best live your life, and wants to control how you do that. He’s pretty much scum.

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Age: 58

Net Worth: $2,000,000

I honestly have no idea about her. Seriously. She made some headlines early, both for being ignored, and for mistreating her staff.

So, I looked up some articles on her. Seems that is about it. She mouths the current mandated pabulum, and mistreats staffers. And somehow is in the debate, despite raising $2 million less than Yang, and being tied with him in the polls.

I don’t get it, but then I am not a Democrat.

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

Age: 44

Net Worth: $1,000,000

Somehow, Yang isn’t in the December debate, despite polling & raising more money than Klobuchar and Steyer. Yang has also been the most disregarded of the field, with people getting has name wrong, and occasionally leaving him off lists of candidates completely. Yang is also, from my perspective, one of the only adults in the room. He isn’t falling all over himself to promote the latest leftist fad, he is trying to bring reasoned thought to the process. Yeah. Doomed. I wanted to also highlight his support of other candidates, because he thinks they have something to say, and he wants them top keep going. Rare, yes. Foolish, yes. Honorable, hell yes.
Cory Booker

Cory Booker

Age: 49

Net Worth: $1,500,000

Not sure why Booker is still here. He has been so vastly overshadowed by literally everyone that he really needs to drop this foolishness.

He is also one of those decrying the inherent racism that led to Harris dropping out. Of course, like the others on the same page, he misses that the racism he sees is inherent to the DNC…the people who didn’t support Harris.

At least Booker isn’t Castro or Williamson. So he has that going for him. 

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer

Age: 62

Net Worth: $1,600,000,000

He wasn’t even a candidate when I did the first of these…

I know next to nothing about this guy. Bernie hates him (billionaire), but that’s meaningless. 

He supports the usual nonsense, and is polling way low – less than 1%. And yet somehow he managed to qualify for the December debate. Must be the money? No, because Bloomberg is way richer, and has not yet qualified. 

If you asks the Bookers and Castros of the DNC, it’s because he’s white.

Julián Castro

Julián Castro

Age: 44

Net Worth: $700,000

So, despite looking like the demented Santa Clause in Coco, Hard Rock, & Joe, Castro has managed to remain a candidate.

Not a viable one, but yeah, a candidate.

Castro has stood out by supporting Harris’ claims that the Democratic voter base is racist, and by basically sucking at this whole ‘basic human knowledge’ thing. He is the twit who proclaimed he would back federal funding to secure abortuions for trans women.  Who are, biologically, men. And thus incapable of having an abortion. 

Castro needs to drop this insanity before he says something even the shills in the media can’t ignore.

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard

Age: 38

Net Worth: $500,000

Well, Gabbard got interesting. Accused by no less than Hillary Clinton of being a Russian asset. That was whitewashed later to be ‘Republican’, but the record remains – Clinton accused Gabbard, a Major in the Hawaii National Guard, of being ‘groomed’ by the Russians. Gabbard lashed back, calling Clinton “queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long”. Love it.

Gabbard is also not seeking reelection, to focus on the campaign, an honorable move rarely seen.

Otherwise, Gabbard is in favor of the usual stuff, but, like Yang, seems to actually think, not just blather platitudes.

It would be nice to see her have some primary success, but sadly I don’t expect it. She is out-polling and out-fundraising Steyer, and not in the December debate.

Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet

Age: 55

Net Worth: $15,000,000

Who? Another one that joined late, Bennet is a US Senator from Colorado.

Apparently, his campaign began as a ‘viral’ response to Ted Cruz…which kind of tells you all you need to know about the level of quality expected by the Democratic Party.

Usual positions, usual nonsense, basically another also-ran. Honestly, he is not even in the running for a veep slot.

John Delaney

John Delaney

Age: 56

Net Worth: $200,000,000

Somehow, still in the race. The $200 million net worth might be helping here.

Still, he is interesting. He is opposed to the current DNC pot of fairie gold, Medicare for All. Even if that opposition is based on the fact that it would see Trump reelected.

Otherwise, there isn’t much here. Still trying to be a centrist, and appeal to more than just the rabid base, and still polling at less than 1%. I think the real take away from this campaign is that the Democratic voters don’t want actual inclusion.

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson

Age: 66

Net Worth: $1,500,000

In some ways, she is the Platonic ideal of the California Candidate – not fully aware of what policies she supports could do to people and their ability to live free. With a huge dose of pop-spirituality on top. 

Williamson supports the usual nonsense, plus repariations. Her political experience consists of losing an election in CA33 as an independent. Williamson is a surprise in the race – I really expected her to not make it this far.

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick

Age: 63

Net Worth: Undeclared/Unknown

Where are the Democrats demanding Patrick’s tax returns? Oh, right, only applies to Republicans.

So…Patrick wasn’t in the race in the first version of this. He entered November 14th, because he was ‘uneasy’ about the candidates. Which makes sense. You have a serial groper, serial lier, and several 1% types in the lead – admittedly core DNC constituencies.

Patrick is one of exactly two current candidates with executive experience. The other being fellow late-comer Bloomberg. His policies are the stock DNC script, and the campaign website is really vauge. Not sure what he thinks he brings to the game, but I wouldn’t expect him to go far.

So who is the Democratic Party? Rich. White. Ready and willing to embrace people who should have been #metoo’d out of the party. Ready and willing to embrace liers, grifters, and people who believe in demonizing the American people and their beliefs. The DNC of today is not interested in leading by example…or leading at all. They are interested in ruling. And that is something we should all find wholly unacceptable as Americans.
Democratic Party Shows Who They Are…

Candidates For The Circular Firing Squad

It is still April, and about 20 candidates have tossed themselves into the ring for the dubious honor of being the 2020 Democratic nominee. Dubious, since history shows that presidents who have Trump’s numbers at this point are reelected. Pretty much always.

Dubious is also appropriate because the increasingly totalitarian base of the Democratic Party is demanding purity over electability. And that never ends well – for anyone.

Despite the increasingly radical stance of the left (CNN is even breaking ranks over letting incarcerated felons vote), there are a lot of centrists in the field. Red meat for the grinder? Maybe. I think this is another example of the inner party not knowing their base anymore. The GOP has this same problem – but the GOP base isn’t as insane as the Democratic Party base.

The first hurdle for these 21 candidates is in June. In order to qualify for the first debate, they need to poll at 1% support in at minimum three approved official polls for either the national level or the first four primary states and they need to receive donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. I can support that – it weeds out the likely also-rans fast, and lets the DNC focus on protecting Biden.

For the format, each of the candidates, as of April 26 is listed in alphabetical order, with a brief explainer of who they are, and my take on their chances in the second paragraph. Each photo is the same width, and the logos may be sized to not cover the photo. All photos and logos come from the Wikipedia 2020 Election page. About those logos – some interesting color choices in there. A lot of darker colors instead of the official DNC blue. That’s different. The fonts are mostly standard, nothing too wacky. Interesting is the candidates whose teams don’t include a designer who understands that SVG is the way to go. There are far more than I expected in 2019. It isn’t a political statement, but it does seem out of touch in the design realm.

So, to each of these poor saps, good luck. The fix is probably already in for Biden, so the rest of you are running for VP. Unless Clinton or Michelle Obama enters the race…then it becomes anyone’s guess who the DNC will pick.

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It is still April, and about 20 candidates have tossed themselves into the ring for the dubious honor of being the 2020 Democratic nominee. Dubious, since history shows that presidents who have Trump’s numbers at this point are reelected. Pretty much always.

Dubious is also appropriate because the increasingly totalitarian base of the Democratic Party is demanding purity over electability. And that never ends well – for anyone.

Despite the increasingly radical stance of the left (CNN is even breaking ranks over letting incarcerated felons vote), there are a lot of centrists in the field. Red meat for the grinder? Maybe. I think this is another example of the inner party not knowing their base anymore. The GOP has this same problem – but the GOP base isn’t as insane as the Democratic Party base.

The first hurdle for these 21 candidates is in June. In order to qualify for the first debate, they need to poll at 1% support in at minimum three approved official polls for either the national level or the first four primary states and they need to receive donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. I can support that – it weeds out the likely also-rans fast, and lets the DNC focus on protecting Biden.

For the format, each of the candidates, as of April 26 is listed in alphabetical order, with a brief explainer of who they are, and my take on their chances in the second paragraph. Each photo is the same width, and the logos may be sized to not cover the photo. All photos and logos come from the Wikipedia 2020 Election page. About those logos – some interesting color choices in there. A lot of darker colors instead of the official DNC blue. That’s different. The fonts are mostly standard, nothing too wacky. Interesting is the candidates whose teams don’t include a designer who understands that SVG is the way to go. There are far more than I expected in 2019. It isn’t a political statement, but it does seem out of touch in the design realm.

So, to each of these poor saps, good luck. The fix is probably already in for Biden, so the rest of you are running for VP. Unless Clinton or Michelle Obama enters the race…then it becomes anyone’s guess who the DNC will pick.

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