Don’t Worry About the Democratic Presidential Polls – The New Yorker

To say that it’s too early to understand how the field in 2020 is going to and up is a great understatement. Even later in the game then the article States we were completely wrong about who everyone thought would be either the nominee or the president. We don’t have a president Giuliani or Jeb Bush or Fred Thompson for that matter. What we have is a President who defies what we see in the polls. I truly believe that some people are just plain embarrassed of supporting this man and will not tell posters. So the numbers mean very little right now. Joe Biden has the the recognition that no one else has. For those of us who follow politics closely most of the names are household once but for those who just sit back and let things fall as they may either it’s easy to say Joe Biden or they really have no opinion.

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Soon after Joe Biden entered the Presidential race, polls showed him to be far ahead of his Democratic competition, including Bernie Sanders. But Biden’s initial lead has dwindled.

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Would Buttigieg be the first gay president? Maybe not. – NBC News

I read what the historians say in the article and I find it preposterous. Basically they claim that MD 18th and 19th century there were confirmed bachelors who had sexual relationships with men but the historians say they were not gay! I think we’re dealing with semantics here because the word gay came out after Stonewall but homosexuality, pansies and the other slurs that were used in those time periods were aimed specifically at the people we now call gay.

Mayor Pete says that the odds are we had a gay president in the past. We’ve had 45 presidents and approximately 4.5% of the population identify themselves as gay. You do the math.

Historians like history to stay etched in stone and so therefore I think that they may be close-minded to what is a pretty obvious tell in a couple of our presidents intimate lives. I’m not going to be here outing any president and nor did mayor Pete, I think it was the historians who did it in the article.

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NBC has announced the positions for the Democratic candidates for the upcoming debates – NBC News

I know where you’re placed on the debate stage is Paramount. So the DNC is helping the front-runners stay in their positions. I would have preferred a more random approach but then of course my favorite candidates Peter Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris will be close to if not right in the middle of the stage. I guess I was correct when I first saw the lineup. The first night of the debates will spark a lot of interest even though Biden and Sanders are not there. Elizabeth Warren will be center stage and she will be the star of the event Shirley propelling her if she has a good performance and I know she will. On the second night having both Peter Buttigieg and Kamala Harris close to Biden and Sanders will help them engage better with the supposed front-runners. I think that this will allow their styles to come through to the American people. I am so looking forward to this and I hope that all of you will either view at home or join viewing parties that are being organized by the different candidates across the country.
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Polls show Trump approval rating softening among GOP, independents – TheHill

I bring up Watergate on my blog a lot. It’s the only thing that I have to compare to the craziness that we’re going through right now. The one thing that I can tell you for sure is that John Dean’s testimony caused the downfall of Nixon.

At the time of his testimony in front of the Watergate committee Nixon had approval ratings in the mid-forties. Sound familiar? Within a year his approval ratings plummeted to 21%. just like a rats jumping a sinking ship the GOP followed suit. So reading that the GOP and independent voters are starting to soften on Trump is very telling.

I watched the whole testimony of Michael Cohen today in front of the House oversight committee.what was fascinating to me and two other observers of the body politic is that as much as the GOP members of the committee attacked Michael Cohen they never defended Donald Trump. You would think that allegation after allegation that were flung to the committee members from Michael Collins testimony would have been at least given some window dressing of making an attempt to defend the leader of the GOP. But nobody did.

Look, I am more than aware that politicians are politicians and you can’t ask a lepard to shed their spots. to me the reason that President Clinton was never convicted by the Senate was because his approval ratings were soaring. That’s not the case anymore for Trump. It never was the case for Trump to be honest. He has had the worst approval ratings of any president in his first year in office. And even worse he’s had historically high disapproval ratings.

Do I think today was the wooden stake in his heart, no. But it’s the beginning and with a democratically LED house we are going to see more and more of these hearings chip away at the fake veneer of this presidency.

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Trendline amongst Republican voters on Trump’s approval. Screenshot from thehill.com

Bill Clinton Boosts Democratic National Convention Night 2 Coverage – Variety

This is from the Associated Press:

RATINGS: Democrats had nearly 5 million more viewers Tuesday night than Republicans did for the corresponding night of their convention last week. That’s from the Nielsen company’s measurement of the six biggest commercial networks that showed the convention from 10 p.m. until its close. For a second straight night, CNN led the way with 5.93 million viewers, followed by NBC’s 5.28 million. After winning last week with the Republicans, Fox News was sixth and last.

The National Party conventions are infomercials. And the Democrats are winning the infomercial War. Let’s hope it translates into votes in November. Below is the article by variety about how Bill Clinton help boost the ratings on Tuesday night.

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http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/democratic-national-convention-tv-ratings-night-two-bill-clinton-speech-beats-rnc-1201824474/

I took this picture before the California primary in late May in Inglewood California.

Democratic Party Reverses Course, Will Release Platform Document

I will preface this by saying that A party’s platform is rather irrelevant after the November elections. And most of the time the platform is only relevant to a party opposing party. So this fight over what is and what is not going to be in the platform of the Democratic Party is only useful for Donald Trump or the nominee of the Republican Party. The most important thing that would have damaged the Democrats in November was Bernie Sanders unreasonable stance regarding the israeli-palestinian conflict. The Democrats were able not to include that language in this draft. We need to keep pressure on the Democratic party to make sure they don’t buckle in on this issue. Donald Trump will say that the Democrats not the friends that Israel needs in a region filled with enemies.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democratic-party-reverses-course-will-release-platform-document_us_577295fbe4b017b379f761ac

Republicans aims to regain control of House floor from Democratic sit-in – CNN

The Optics of it all. This is pure genius on the part of the Democrats who started the sit-in. And what’s most ironic is that they’re holding the house hostage that wants to vote on a bill that will remove fiduciary responsibility from people that handle your money. The only people in the world that want this bill to go through are the banks. To make it simple this law was passed under President Obama’s administration and it says that if you handle someone’s money you must handle it responsibly. The banks hate this because acting responsibly is not in their nature. So now the eyes of the nation are looking at a cell phone transmission from the floor of the house and in half an hour speaker Ryan will call the house to order to vote on a bill that only the banks want. This is going to set them up for 30 second commercials over and over again between now and November. This is a nightmare for Paul Ryan. And nobody deserves nightmares more than Paul Ryan.
This is why the Republicans no longer call the Democratic Party by its name and only say the Democrat Party. Because this is democracy at work at its finest.
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/22/politics/john-lewis-sit-in-gun-violence/

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Chicopee, Mass. ‘superdelegate’ Debra Kozikowski backs Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential run | masslive.com

Bernie Sanders supporters say that the super delegate system is not rigged. This proves it is not. This lady waited until all primaries were over and is backing the person that has won the most pledged delegates. The system is not right, end of discussion.
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http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/massachusetts_superdelegate_de.html

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Debra Kozikowski, vice chairwoman of the Democratic State Committee, is among the 25 unpledged, or "super delegates," Massachusetts will send to the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Sanders: ‘The Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention’ – CNN

The caption at the top of the CNN article makes Bernie Sanders look more ridiculous than ever. It states that “Hillary Clinton will be clinching the Democratic nomination for president in the next few days”. And this man is talking about late July. Back a year ago when Bernie Sanders announce to run for president I had a good opinion of him. I have completely lost that opinion and now find them kind of reprehensible. Naming a Palestinian sympathizer to be put on the platform Committee of the Democratic National Convention was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I’m sure you have your own moment when Bernie Sanders became untenable. Please feel free to share those in the comments section.
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/04/politics/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-convention/

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