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Could Democrats do a MeGoven come 2020?…

Politico raises the question we’ve discussed here before….

Could a Left leaning Democrat repeat  the 1972  McGovern vs Richard Nixon elections?

In that one…..George McGovern, the Democrat LOST….BIG….

(Bernie Sanders or even Elizabeth Warren should NOT be the next Presidential nominee….)

I agree with the piece…

Democrats SHOULD NOT elect a hard left leaning nominee for President in 2020….Even with his problem’s?….Donald Trump or even Mike Pence would surely win another term…

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Four decades ago, Richard Nixon lived out the fantasy many liberals harbor about Donald Trump, stepping down in the face of possible impeachment over a slow-moving scandal long before his term was up. Before that happened, however, Nixon was reelected by a resounding margin, in large part because progressives made strategic errors that Democrats today appear hellbent on repeating.

In 1968, as in 2016, Democrats narrowly lost the White House after nominating a relatively moderate, establishment candidate instead of a more liberal alternative who had inspired a raging enthusiasm among younger voters. Democrats spent much of the next four years arguing about what direction the party should take. White working-class voters—traditionally a Democratic bloc—were sluicing away, and progressives, convinced the party needed to change both its policy direction and its coalition of supporters, demanded a new approach: a “loose peace coalition” of minorities, young voters and educated white Democrats, as strategist Fred Dutton wrote in his 1971 book, Changing Sources of Power. One year later, the party’s presidential nominee, the ultra-liberal Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, went on to lose 49 states in one of the most lopsided victories in American history.

We’re a long, long way from 2020, but it’s abundantly evident that Trump will again run a Nixonian campaign, tearing down his opponent and presenting himself as the champion of an aggrieved coalition that Nixon called the “silent majority” and Trump calls “the forgotten men and women” of America.

Consumed by internecine battles and the idea of opposition, Democrats run the risk of again nominating someone like McGovern who pleases progressives but steers a course too far from the country’s center of political gravity to win, even as Trump continues his funhouse mirror impression of Nixon as the avatar of white cultural-grievance politics….

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On the Bernie Sanders = Georeg McGovern thing….

Oh, and Bernie Sanders isn’t even a Democrats and Hillary Clinton beat him…..

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America’s Democratic Socialists…The Sanders awaking….

Politico’s magazine examines the Democratic Socialists of America, a group formed in 1982, that has grown with the focus on Senator Bernie Sanders  run for President last year…

The piece asks if they are the Democrats ‘Tea Party’ ?

The evolution of the Democratic Socialists began almost as soon as Hillary Clinton sewed up the nomination. Sanders does not affiliate itself with the DSA, but the DSA actively supported Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination. Once the Sanders campaign dissolved, the DSA became a landing ground for former volunteers in Bernie’s campaign, many of whom were registered Democrats.

“I already considered myself a socialist,” says Amy Zachmeyer, now co-chair of the DSA’s Houston chapter, “but didn’t realize there were so many of us until Bernie Sanders kind of made it OK to talk about being a democratic socialist.”

By signaling its willingness to compete within the Democratic Party, the DSA has attracted more than just out-of-work Bernie staffers. Even incumbent Democrats look at it with new interest. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, a Chicago alderman and member of the Democratic Party who joined the DSA last year, says he joined DSA once he recognized the organization had begun to embrace a kind of democratic socialist realpolitik.

“While they had the right analysis, they had the right values, [they] were not necessarily engaging in the electoral arena in a way that I thought was necessary if the left was going to win,” says Rosa. But starting last year, he “began to see a DSA that was much more focused on being a disciplined force to help elect leftists.”

Rosa is not alone: khalid kamau, a city councilman in South Fulton, Georgia; Mike Sylvester, a state legislator in Maine; and Nirva LaFortune, a city councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island, are among the elected Democrats who’ve joined the DSA.

And although it took the rise of a 76-year-old independent senator from Vermont to normalize socialism within Democratic Party politics, it was another event that kicked the DSA into high gear: the election of Donald J. Trump.

“If you look at our growth in membership, our big surges have been after big announcements by this administration,” says Margaret McLaughlin, the chair of Washington, D.C.’s, DSA chapter. “Like the Muslim ban, DACA. Charlottesville was huge.”

DSA leaders hope their bolstered roster and influx of new funds—along with the continued specter of the man in the Oval Office—will help position the organization to challenge the Democratic Party from the left. Currently, there are 25 DSA members running for office—from Seattle to Lakewood, Ohio, to New York City—and the group expects to endorse a larger wave of candidates for the 2018 midterms…..

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Some want Bernie Sanders to help them form a new party….

There are those who want the 76 year old Socialist/Independent Vermont Senator to start his own party …..

It just keeps getting crazier as this go along….

The guy is dancing with the Democrats….

Wants to lead them….(At least that’s the media angle…Actual Democrat voters haven’t given him the Presidential nomination, the DNC chair or much of any wins of his endorsed people in local races, but the guy is a BRIGHT Shinny object the emdia can’t resist)

And now a call for him thelp form his OWN party?

REALLY?

On Friday, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) celebrated his 76th birthday, a crowd of about 60 people gathered on the Mall. They were part of the People’s Convergence Conference, which centered on the specific political goal of drafting Sanders to lead a “People’s Party” — a new, independent force — into the 2018 and 2020 elections. Nick Brana, the former Sanders political aide who had given up on Democrats after trying to wrangle superdelegates in the 2016 primary, smiled and thanked supporters who were about to help him deliver “50,000 plus” signatures to Sanders’s Senate office.

“Two years ago, this was unthinkable,” Brana said into a megaphone. “The establishment media attacks us all the time. Three days after we launched, MSNBC was on our case! They had a whole panel discussion about how Bernie shouldn’t do it.”

Very few members of the media were on hand as the Convergence kicked off. Brana’s campaign, which Sanders has repeatedly (albeit politely) rebuffed, is the best-organized of several efforts to turn progressives away from the Democratic Party. It has the endorsement of Cornel West, perhaps the 2016 Sanders surrogate most adamant about leaving the party; and it has two clear narratives, which suggest that to stay inside the nation’s major liberal party is to accept permanent decline….

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Democrats warn Sanders about his supporters…and his future…

Democratic Senator’s and establishment types are increasingly uneasy with Sanders supporters efforts to co-op the Democratic party itself….

Supporters have increasingly looked to instill THEIR policy views on the party , thus re-running the 2016 Presidential Primary debate…

First…

For the hundredth time?

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat…

Nor does he want to join the party….

He HAS done things to help the party…

But maintains his independence ….

His supporters make NOT bones about wanting to TAKE OVER the party driving it to the hard left, something that would divide the party and be catastrophic for the party in  2018/2020 elections…

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Right now, Kamala Harris , the Democratic Senator for California is the flavor of the month for the national party…. Other Democratic senators are NOT happy that Sanders supporters are knocking her even as she expresses support for Sanders Single-payer health insurance bill that has NO chance of passage…

Prominent Democrats are increasingly riled by attacks from Bernie Sanders’ supporters, whose demands for ideological purity are hurting the party ahead of the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election, they say.

But it’s not just the outside agitators that Democratic lawmakers, operatives, and activists are annoyed with: They’re tired of what they see as the senator’s hesitance to confront his own backers, either in public or through back channels.

Tensions boiled over recently when a handful of Sanders loyalists bashed freshman Sen. Kamala Harris — a rising star in the party and potential 2020 hopeful — as an establishment tool. Democrats were also rankled that other prominent Sanders allies said support for single-payer health care should be a litmus test for candidates.

In response, Democratic senators and outside groups have begun telling Sanders and friendly intermediaries that if he wants to be a leading figure for Democrats ahead of 2020’s presidential election, he needs to get his supporters in line — or at least publicly disavow their more incendiary statements.

The confrontations, they insist, threaten party unity ahead of a critical midterm election cycle, when Democrats have a shot at winning the House and several governor’s offices.

“The Democratic Party has treated Senator Sanders exceptionally well. We collectively let him run in our primaries when he declared he wasn’t a Democrat — I count that as a great favor, and an opportunity almost no one else has ever received,” said former Democratic National Committee chairman Don Fowler, who has called for the independent Sanders to formally join the party….

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Yes …The 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination favorite DOES seem to be Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders out loud…With Eliaazbeth Warren sitting on the side…Joe Biden offically leads the early polling….Things HAVE already started …

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Bernie Sanders pushes Progressivism on Labor day….

The Vermont Senator continues his push for things he believes in on the day we are supposed to remember the fights for US Labor in America’s past…

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday called for rebuilding the American labor movement and implementing other progressive policies in an essay he penned to coincide with the Labor Day holiday.

“Our job is to bring our people together around a progressive agenda that works for all, and not just the few,” Sanders wrote in an essay posted on Medium. “Our job is to create an economy based on human needs, not the greed of the billionaire class.”

Sanders said that Labor Day is a time for people to “pledge our continuing support to protect workers’ rights which have been under fire for decades.” He added that it should be easier for people to join labor unions.

“It is not a coincidence that the decline of the American middle class virtually mirrors the rapid decline in union membership,” he wrote. “As workers lose their seat at the negotiating table, the share of national income going to middle class workers has gone down, while the percentage of income going to the very wealthy has gone up.”

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and potential 2020 presidential contender also urged lawmakers to make wealthy individuals and corporations pay their “fair share” in taxes, raise the minimum wage, invest in infrastructure and establish a single-payer health care system….

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Sanders Single Payer Medicare litmus test for Democrats…

US Senator Bernie Sanders the guy who ain’t a Democrat  (And IS an independent Socialist ) is fronting a bill for a single payer Medicare health insurance program for America….

It’s counter to the Republicans Repeal Obamacare….

There is NO chance the bill will pass the present GOP majority Congress and White House…

But Kamala Harris , the rising star on the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination early list has thrown her support behind the Sanders effort, as has Cory Booker….

Democratic nomination basic’s are you run to the left, THEN move back to the middle…A lot of Democrats running in the 2018 Midterms simply cannot support Sanders efforts due the cost factor that would be thrown back at them from a Republican opponent…

It worked for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama…We see what happened to Hillary Clinton….

So one would imagine that Sanders is gonna get some Democratic support on his bill….

For NOW….

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for all plan has become a key test for Democrats with 2020 presidential ambitions.

Sanders, who energized liberals with his improbable run at the White House last year, is poised to introduce a long-awaited single-payer bill when Congress returns to Washington this month. The liberal icon insists it’s not a litmus test for the Democrats, but he’s actively seeking endorsements. Outside liberal groups are watching closely, with some hinging their own endorsements on a candidate’s support for the Sanders health-care model.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who’s said to be eying a 2020 run, threw her weight behind Sanders’s bill this week, highlighting the sense that potential candidates want to get on the right side of their base –– and do it early.

The issue poses a dilemma for both Democratic leaders and presidential hopefuls, who are walking a fine line between appeasing their liberal supporters without alienating the more conservative-leaning voters they’ll need to win back power in the House, the Senate and the White House.

Spokesmen for several Democrats with possible presidential ambitions, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar(Minn.), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, did not respond to a request for comment on their stance on single-payer.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), all potential White House contenders who have voiced support for single payer in the past, haven’t said if they’ll endorse Sanders’s bill. Their offices were also silent this week.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another possible candidate, referred to Booker’s interview with Vox in April. He said then that “I believe, ultimately, in ideas like single payer or Medicare for all,” while adding that “I don’t know how we get it done in this environment.”

They will face no lack of pressure to try, as liberal groups are already pushing for candidates to get on board….

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Sen Kamala Harris will join Sanders effort on a single-payer healthcare bill…

She join’s Sen. Cory Booker and others in a doomed effort, under a Republican  majority Congress ,to approve Sanders “Medicare for All”  legislation….

The push has political postives for Democrat going into the 2020 Presidential nomination campaign…

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California Senator Kamala Harris (D) announced during a town hall on Wednesday that she would support Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” bill, which would institute a single-payer health insurance system.

“I intend to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris announced Wednesday at a town hall in Oakland.

“It’s not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint,” she said.

The decision to co-sponsor Sanders’s bill is Harris’s first instance of publicly supporting single-payer.

In July, Harris said, “as a concept” she supported single-payer, but that lawmakers still needed to “work out the details.”

Sanders said earlier this week that he was building support for his “Medicare for All” bill.

“You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All,” Sanders said. “When the people are saying we need healthcare for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.”

The former presidential candidate’s backing for the policy has raised questions about whether he and his supporters might launch primary challenges against Democrats who do not back a single-payer plan.

Sanders on Wednesday tweeted thanking Harris for her announcement as well.

“Thank you Kamala Harris for your support. Let’s make health care a right, not a privilege,” he tweeted….

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Bernie Sanders as the Ralph Nader reincarnation?

The supporters of Bernie Sanders, who isn’t a Democrat, are continuing their identity politics push which could actually hurt the Democratic party which is searching for more votes….

Could Al Gore’s trouble be a bad history repeat?

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  @ The Washington Post….

Things could go well for the Democrats in next year’s midterm elections — if they don’t Bern out.

President Trump is woefully unpopular, feuding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other Republicans. The GOP can’t manage to repeal Obamacare or do much of anything. Voters say they’d like Democrats to run Congress.

But here come the Bernie Bros and sisters to the Republicans’ rescue: They’re sowing division in the Democratic Party and attempting to enact a purge of the ideologically impure — just the sort of thing that made the Republican Party the ungovernable mess it is today.

Bernie Sanders’s advisers are promoting a “litmus test” under which Democrats who don’t swear to implement single-payer health care would be booted from the party in primaries. Sanders pollster Ben Tulchin penned an op-ed with a colleague under the headline “Universal health care is the new litmus test for Democrats.” Nina Turner, head of the Sanders group Our Revolution, told Politico thisweek that “there’s something wrong with” Democrats who won’t “unequivocally” embrace “Medicare-for-all.”

That notion — not just taking a stand but excommunicating all who disagree — is what Republicans have done to themselves with guns and taxes, and it would seriously diminish Democrats’ hopes of retaking the House next year…..

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The Democratic Socialists of America got a chance to step away from the Democratic Party…

During their get together yesterday the group forwarded up an amendment to break from the umbrella of the Democrat’s …

They didn’t…

But as a Washington Post piece points out ….

With Bernie Sanders as the poster guy and Donald Trump as a foil?

A LOT of their views have become the Democrats’s rallying cries….

On Sunday, Democratic Socialists of America got a chance to break away from the Democratic Party. A resolution laid out all of the reasons, from the reported 57 percent of voters who want a third party, to the rapid success of the 2016 presidential bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to the laughable unelectability of the Democrats.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the Democratic Party has become a toxic brand and a failed party,” the resolution read. “The D next to a socialist or progressive’s name places them at a major disadvantage on Election Day. Why tie our strategy to a sinking ship?”

The resolution failed — easily so. While the judgment of 697 delegates to a socialist convention might not seen like a major Democratic Party development, it was telling of something that frequently gets lost.Democrats, for whom self-flagellation starts at birth and continues after death, have been moving as steadily left as Republicans moved right in 2009, when they last lost power.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice joined President Trump at a rally in Huntington, W.Va., Aug. 3, to announce that he is leaving the Democratic Party for the Republican Party.(The Washington Post)

That story can get lost in the more easily told narrative of Democrats in disarray. Last week provided plenty of material for that narrative, with the third major intraparty brawl of 2017 overabortion rights, and the decision of Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.), who’d become a Democrat to seek his first-ever political office, literally embracing Donald Trump as he switched back to the GOP. A Quinnipiac poll, otherwise larded with good news for Democrats, found that just 40 percent of Democrats had heard of their freshly announced platform, called “The Better Deal.”….

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Progressives vs Cory Booker/Kamal Harris/Deval Patrick?

What is the common denominator about the below Democratic possible 2020 Presidential candidates?….(And a repeat of 2012’s nomination race ?..that has been playing out since)

Yea….

The Week is out with a Ryan Cooper piece that alleges that the Democratic Bernie Sanders types aren’t gonna be happy with any of the above….Cooper makes this a left vs establishment thing MOSTLY…NOT Color?

The people that wanted Keith Ellison might be fighting against ….Again….

The above ….

Hmmmm?

Oh, yea…..

People of the color of the above ARE the support ya need to win the Democratic Presidential nomination, of which one ole’ Joe Biden is in the lead….RIGHT NOW….

…’there are quite substantive reasons why a leftist might not trust any of those candidates. The probably accurate perception that all three candidates are being groomed by the same big-money donors that clustered around Hillary Clinton will only deepen the divide, because it suggests that — like pro-union rules, or the public option in ObamaCare — any adoption of Sanders-style proposals are mostly bait to be cast aside when it comes time to actually pass something.

If they want to win over the left — and Harris, who has expressed at least mild support for tuition-free public college (for families with income less than $140,000), a $15 minimum wage, expanded Social Security, and Medicare for all, would probably be the most credible person to attempt this — they need to first explain their recent history.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, they need to make a symbolic rhetorical break with the despised donor class. The left generally likes Elizabeth Warren because she ferociously criticizes Wall Street and corporate abuse. Adopting a harsh anti-economic elite line will reassure young Sanders Democrats that anti-establishment policies aren’t just window dressing. Meanwhile, steps like refusing to take PAC money and running mostly on small donors will signal independence from the donor class (and as Sanders discovered, might actually lead to a gusher of campaign cash).

But if they just want to have a retread of the 2015-16 primary, the center could just try to win dirty. The left, they might say (working hand-in-glove with sympathetic columnists), just doesn’t like minority or female candidates because they are racist and sexist….

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Bernie Sanders goes after Trump voters…..

Gotta give it to the guy…..

He’s putting shoe leather on efforts to drum up support AGAINST the Republican’s effort to get rid of the healthcare law ….

And he’s doing it among Trump and Republican support area’s….

Sanders seems to have moved on something his adopted Democrats need to jump on a bit faster….For 2018 /2020 it is NOT just about Trump….It’s working on the hearts and minds of those who fell left behimd America’s changing demographics….

When Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally on Sunday afternoon to stop the Republican effort to dismantle Obamacare, he didn’t wait long to bring up President Trump.

“I am more than aware that Donald Trump did very well in the state of West Virginia, I got that,” the Vermont senator told a crowd inside a hotel ballroom. “Donald Trump told the people that he was going to be a champion of the working class,” he said. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but I suspect most of you already know it, Donald Trump was not telling you the truth.”

If Democrats want to win back the White House, Congress, and hundreds of seats lost in state legislatures, the party may need to convince voters who pulled the lever for Trump of this fundamental argument: The president is not their champion, and never will be. Sanders, who posed a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary while running as a self-described “democratic socialist,” is doing his best to persuade them.

West Virginia was the senator’s first stop on a day-long, two-state trip to campaign against the Senate Republican health-care bill. Next up was Covington, Kentucky, a city near Cincinnati, Ohio, where Sanders called the health-care bill House Republicans passed in May “the most anti-working class legislation that I have ever seen,” adding that “the Senate bill, in many respects, is even worse.”….

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Democrats running for President 2020 will need a STRONG Black vote…

That is bad news for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren….

Last year in the primaries Hillary Clinton kept the black vote to win the nomination from media darling Bernie Sanders….

Warren has never made much of inroads with blacks who probably don’t much know who she is….

Most black voters aren’t into hard left Democrats ….

Black voters are looking for a President that plays to THEIR basic needs….

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama owned their vote for two terms each…

Hillary Clinton had the black vote last November….But new analysis has shown that Hillary did NOT get that extra vote from blacks that went to her husband and Obama…

With Sanders and Warren NOT the idea politicians to get that extra black vote above the black vote that always goes Democratic?

Democrats should be searching for someone who CAN light the black, hispanic, main, and yes the left parts of the Democratic party if they want to mount a SERIOUS effort to get the Presidency back in 2020…..

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Joe Biden?

Black voters have his­tor­ic­ally ral­lied be­hind one Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate. In 2008, Barack Obama’s abil­ity to break Clin­ton’s lock on Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters was the main reas­on he up­set the front-run­ner to be­come the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee. Bill Clin­ton’s and Jimmy Carter’s per­son­al his­tory woo­ing South­ern black voters were key factors in their out-of-nowhere nom­in­a­tions in 1992 and 1976. Back in the 1980s, Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates cur­tailed cam­paign­ing in black com­munit­ies be­cause Jesse Jack­son’s cam­paign was so pop­u­lar with Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans. Since 1976, the can­did­ate backed by black voters be­came the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee in sev­en of the nine con­tested nom­in­a­tion battles. (John Kerry com­fort­ably won the back­ing of black voters in 2004, though he nar­rowly lost their sup­port to John Ed­wards in South Car­o­lina—when the nom­in­a­tion fight was still com­pet­it­ive.)

The les­son of re­cent polit­ic­al his­tory is that the Demo­crats who are the darlings of white pro­gress­ives—the so-called “wine track” can­did­ates—usu­ally fall short. In 2004, Howard Dean was un­able to broaden his co­ali­tion bey­ond young voters and the most lib­er­al ele­ments of the party. He only won 108 del­eg­ates. Bill Brad­ley filled the pro­gress­ive void against Al Gore in 2000, and didn’t win a single primary. Obama shattered that mold in 2008, but only by for­ging a rare al­li­ance between “beer track” Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters and the more pro­gress­ive elite wing of the party.

But the pro­spect­ive 2020 field for Demo­crats is over­whelm­ingly white and un­abashedly pro­gress­ive. Demo­crats have all but ceded the South, with only three Demo­crat­ic gov­ernors left in the re­gion. And the party’s in­creas­ing pro­gressiv­ism doesn’t ne­ces­sar­ily res­on­ate with Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters, par­tic­u­larly the older gen­er­a­tion who found little to like in Bernie Sanders’ in­sur­gent can­did­acy.

Look­ing at 2020 polling is fool­hardy, giv­en how much could change be­fore the cam­paign heats up, but it is in­ter­est­ing to see the early dis­par­ity between white and black Demo­crat­ic voters in as­sess­ing lead­ing pro­gress­ive can­did­ates. A Pub­lic Policy Polling sur­vey con­duc­ted last Decem­ber showed that the two pro­gress­ive icons—Eliza­beth War­ren and Bernie Sanders —polled at 48 per­cent among white Demo­crats, but just 27 per­cent among Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans. Cory Book­er, the only Afric­an-Amer­ic­an can­did­ate tested, got the back­ing of 10 per­cent of black voters and 4 per­cent of white Demo­crats.

Choos­ing a nom­in­ee who will ex­cite Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters will be crit­ic­al for the Demo­crats in the gen­er­al elec­tion. With Obama off the bal­lot in 2016, Afric­an-Amer­ic­an turnout de­clined markedly, even with the high stakes of last year’s pres­id­en­tial elec­tion. It’s a key reas­on why Clin­ton lost nar­rowly in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wis­con­sin. There’s no sign that Afric­an-Amer­ic­an en­gage­ment will re­bound in a post-Obama era, even as the Demo­crat­ic base is agit­at­ing to be part of the anti-Trump res­ist­ance.

It’s hard to see some of the most-buzzworthy Demo­crats such as Sanders, War­ren, and Al Franken fit­ting that bill. All hail from ho­mo­gen­eous states with small Afric­an-Amer­ic­an pop­u­la­tions….

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I have been pushing Cory Booker as the lead in 2020 Democratic Presidential sweepstakes running….

If Bookers numbers among black and white Democrats does NOT improve?

He won’t be the answer….

Right now?

Kamal Harrtis is being talked up….Although a lot of people do not know who she is….

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What is Bernie doing?

Remember?

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

He ain’t on the Democratic team roster….

Bernie Sanders has embarked on a “Come Together and Fight Back” tour with with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. But he’s not really helping on that first part.

Over the last few days, Sanders’s has at times offered some odd comments for a guy pushing for Democratic unity.

To wit:

But the most puzzling development this week is Sanders’s decision to keep Georgia special election candidate Jon Ossoff at arms-length. Sanders hasn’t endorsed Ossoff, and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he seemed to suggest Ossoff’s progressive bona fides were in question.

“If you run as a Democrat, you’re a Democrat,” Sanders said. “Some Democrats are progressive, and some Democrats are not.”

Sanders qualified this by saying he didn’t know much about Ossoff, so perhaps it should be taken at face value — that he truly doesn’t know enough to make a decision about him. But it’s an odd statement to make about a guy who has been running in such a high-profile race and in whom Democrats have invested so much money and blood, sweat and tears….

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Bernie Sanders may not be a Democrat but the party welcomes his help….

I have often repeated here the fact that Senator Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat…

Sure he hangs with Democrats in the Senate and Senate Minority Leader Schumer has appointed him something within the Democratic Senate Caucus…But ….The guy still isn’t registered with the party…He still hasn’t turned over his mailing list to the party….And he’s still talking about stuff that isn’t even gonna happen even with a Democratic President and Congress…

But ole Bernie has his followers IN the Democratic party…

As that party move past a painful lost last November it IS not shutting Sanders out of it’s efforts to regroup…

Sanders for his part is moving to work with the party regulars …

Of course, he will always make sure he gets some media attention by pushing  his socialist agenda…

As long as the party needs his followers they’ll feature him….

Why NOT?

It’s about rebuilding the Democratic Party…NOT Bernie Sanders….

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While misgivings remain about giving too much leadership to a politician who technically isn’t a Democrat, a clear warming trend is on the rise.

“It continues to drive me a bit nuts that he continues to register as an independent but the bottom line is that he is a good Democrat,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who supported Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary and openly worried then about Sander’s allegiances to the party.

During the primary, some Democrats worried that Sanders, a self-described “Democratic socialist,” was pushing the party too far to the left.

Others mocked him for being a one-issue candidate who championed what they called “unrealistic” proposals like free college tuition.

And he angered some Hillary Clinton allies for staying in the race too long and cutting into her message and campaign coffers.

At least some Clinton supporters think Sanders deserves a part of the blame for Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.

And in recent weeks, former President Bill Clinton told new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez that he didn’t want the Democratic Party “to be simply the party of Bernie,” according to a source familiar with that conversation.

An aide to Clinton refuted the characterization, saying the former president has always said the strength of Democratic Party is its inclusiveness. An aide for the DNC didn’t respond to a request for comment.

What ever bitter feelings exist, many other Democrats say Sanders is key to rebuilding the party.

“If you are concerned with labels, you might bristle at the notion of a registered Independent jockeying for control over the direction of the Democratic Party – and there were certainly some in the party apparatus that expressed precisely this sentiment during the 2016 campaign cycle,” said Lynda Tran, a Democratic strategist.

“But if you’re focused on policy ideas over party labels you might welcome the inclusion of his voice, and frankly other voices too, at a time when the Democratic Party is under intense attack and working on the path forward….

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Early Iowa poll has O’Malley ahead of Booker for 2020 Democrat’s….

It’s way tooooo early…..

But my money is on NJ US Senator Cory Booker actually being the front runner RIGHT NOW of Democratic  Presidential sweepstakes players……..

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Donald Trump is only in his second month in the White House, but already one Democrat is polling his party’s Iowa caucus-goers ahead of a possible 2020 run for the presidency.

The leadership PAC of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey of the first-in-the-nation caucus state earlier this month, according to a copy of the results obtained by POLITICO.

The poll, which shows O’Malley at 18 percent of Democratic caucus-goers in a field of nine potential candidates if the contest were held today, also asked the Iowans about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “Not sure” got 32 percent of the vote.

O’Malley — who ran against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the 2016 nomination before dropping out on caucus night after earning less than 1 percent of the vote — was joined at the top of the poll by Booker, who was at 17 percent. Klobuchar, who represents a neighboring state and who’s been a frequent visitor to Iowa over the years, got 11 percent. All other candidates were under 10 percent.

A number of high-profile potential 2020 candidates were left out of the poll, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sanders…..

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Bernie Sanders isn’t making some Democrats happy….

First….

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

He adopted the party to run for President…

He isn’t doing that anymore….

The Democrats are trying to settle on a new Democratic National Committee Chair….

Sanders has his choice….

The Obama people, who are Democarts have theirs….

The people running for the DNC job say it isn’t about the just passed Presidential nomination choice of Hillary Clinton or Sanders….

So…..

Bernie Sanders dissing Joe Biden or ANY Democrat against his choice of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) against Tom Perez does not make some Democrats happy, even if Sanders does have his supporters…

Sanders’s recent swipe against former Vice President Joe Biden has angered Democratic party officials, who are accusing the onetime Democratic presidential candidate of refighting a bitter primary season that ripped the party in two.

The independent senator from Vermont has also infuriated supporters of Tom Perez, a top contender for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, after an unprovoked attack against the former Labor secretary.

Sanders, who backs Perez rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for DNC chairman, has shaken up a race that has until now featured few fireworks.

The DNC campaign changed this week after Biden endorsed Perez for chairman. Sanders let loose, saying that it’s time to move beyond the “failed status-quo approach” of Biden and Perez.

The remark has elicited a furious response from Perez’s supporters, who accuse Sanders of relitigating his Democratic primary fight with Hillary Clinton when the party needs to unite behind a new leader.

Sanders’s critics are firing back, noting that he isn’t even a member of the Democratic Party.

“It is very concerning that Bernie Sanders is so intent on taking over a party that he’s not even a member of that he’d insult the beloved vice president — and really the president — about a failed status quo approach,” said Texas Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, a Perez supporter and one of 447 DNC members who will vote in late February to elect the next chairman.

“This is coming from a man who is not even a member of our party,”….

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