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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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Bernie Sanders will help Democrats rally against Medicare/Medicaid cuts

 By Meteor Blades   @ Daily Kos
ESSINGTON, PA - JULY 27:  Senator Bernie Sanders exits the stage after addressing the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont delegation breakfast at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 27, 2016 in Essington, Pennsylvania. The convention officially began on Monday and is expected to attract thousands of protesters, members of the media and Democratic delegates to the City of Brotherly Love.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders doing the Democratic Party job of persuading congressional colleagues to help organize nationwide pre-inaugural protest rallies over potential cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other health matters Republicans are likely to take up in Congress come January.

In what Tim Fernholz at Quartz calls the Democrats’ “first major gesture of opposition” to the incoming Trump regime, Senator Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Bernie Sanders have put their signatures on a letter to congressional colleagues Wednesday that might have come as a surprise to many of them. It encourages them to join with Sanders to help organize pre-inaugural rallies in their states to rouse opposition to a Republican-driven budget bill “that will severely undermine the health needs of the American people.” Leftover money from the Sanders campaign will fund the organizing effort.

The expected budget bill provisions, as you see in the full letter below, are a direct attack on Medicare and Medicaid, the three say, and will likely include hikes in prescription drug prices and a threat to nursing home care for millions of Americans.

Called “Our First Stand: Save Health Care,” the resistance rallies are slated for Sunday, Jan. 15. Here’s Fernholz:

Sanders, whose run for the Democratic presidential nomination this year emboldened the left wing of the Democratic party, has seen his cachet rise in a party looking for leadership following Hillary Clinton’s defeat in November. Amidst the recriminations and a messy race to head up the party’s national committee, it hasn’t been clear who would be the face of Democratic opposition to Trump. Now, we have an answer.

While Sanders’ harsh critique of the millionaire and billionaire class turned off professional Democrats who benefit from the global economy during his primary run, the election results have convinced party leaders that they need to better articulate how their economic policies will lead to broadly shared prosperity.

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The DNC Chair race is NOT Ellison’s…Update 12/14/16

Politico continues to follow the race for the chair of the Democartic natioanl Committee….

For a while it appeared that Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota had all but locked up the position with support from Bernie Sanders , Elizabeth Warren and the likes of Chuck Schumer…..But Sanders is looked at by some as a the (Progressive) guy who hurt Clinton’s changes in the primary , so they are loath to be rewarding Sander’s with influence since he has been an ‘on and off’ Democrat….

So it seems that groups of Democrats, who will vote on the selecttion, are not happy with Ellison …..The finding that President Obama isn’t backing Elllison has also given even more people pause….

Tom Perez, the current Obama Admin Labor Sec has indicated that he will joing the race…..He joins South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley  already decalred candiadtes for the spot….

The actual vote isn’t until Feb. and Donna Brizille is currently holding the job…..

“Ellison is not the front-runner, Ellison has no chance at all,” said Tennessee committeeman William Owen, giving voice to that view. “I’m a Hillary person. Bill Clinton said, ‘I’ll be with you till the last dog dies,’ and I’m the last dog. I will not vote for Keith Ellison, I will not vote for a Bernie person. I think they cost Hillary the election and now they’re going to live with Donald Trump. Donald Trump asks, ‘what do you have to lose?’ Nothing, except life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

California committeewoman Susie Shannon’s take on Ellison, however, is more representative of the ascendant progressive wing’s view.

“He’s the co-chair of the [Congressional] Progressive Caucus and I’m a progressive, so just at the outset he had my ear,” she said. “He has his finger on the pulse of some of the things where the priorities are a bit askew.”

Ellison’s endorsements span the party, not only from liberal groups associated with Sanders’ presidential campaign, like Our Revolution and Democracy for America, but also from heavyweight, Clinton-supporting senators such as Schumer, Harry Reid and Amy Klobuchar. He’s also popular with organized labor: the AFL-CIO endorsed his bid last week, even amid rumors Perez was strongly considering getting in the race.

Still, interviews with state party officials reveal a widespread reluctance to coalesce around a polarizing candidate more than two months before votes are cast. One sign of the unsettled race: North Carolina party officials have gone so far as to circulate an informal preference survey to other Southeastern state voters.

“Left to its own devices, the DNC wasted a lot of time on petty infighting, and the tone for this stuff was set — the emails from last summer were the tip of an iceberg of time-wasting distractions,” said John Eastwood, a committee member who represents the Democrats Abroad group, referring to the publication of internal emails that led to the ousting of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in July. “It’s always easier to pull a string than to push it, and we need leaders who can set a strong example of integrity and respect.”

Harrison and Buckley can’t match Ellison’s imposing roster of endorsements but they have their own bases of support within their politically connected, early-voting home states, and have growing lists of backers from elsewhere…..

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Open Thread for November 26, 2016… Early 2020 Democratic Presidential prospects?

Yea It’s early…..

And unless a mircle happens with the recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania ?

The White House will be occupied by one Donald Trump if he doesn’t quit or get kicked out…..

So?

I’m asking….

Who would the Democrats be looking to early to run for the Presidedncy in 2020?

Here’s some people  floated by others….

Bernie Sanders. Just after Trump was elected, the self-described “democratic socialist” from Vermont was asked if he’d run in 2020. “We’ll take one thing at a time,” he responded. “But I’m not ruling out anything.” Sanders’ unlikely 2016 surge won him national recognition and popularity across party lines, especially with young voters. But Bernie will be 79 in 2020, older than any major party nominee in America’s history. This obviously presents concern; though at 70, Donald Trump is already older than any other President beginning his first term.

Elizabeth Warren. The progressive populist has so far denied interest in running, but she has a sizable following and a definite lane — which would open up significantly if Sanders chose to sit out. Many fear the Democrats would be unlikely to nominate another female candidate following the misogyny that led to Clinton’s defeat, though the Massachusetts Senator could be the best choice to override that.

Cory Booker. Here’s a reality TV star who’s actually highly qualified to run for President. Booker’s time as mayor of Newark, NJ was chronicled on the Sundance Channel series Brick City and — to make him even more viable as a 21st century candidate — he’s especially adept at social media. He hasn’t been vocal about a Presidential run, but that could be because of his current duties, serving in the U.S. Senate.

Sherrod Brown. Representing the swing state of Ohio, this Senator could likely make a study campaign run, albeit without the name recognition of those just mentioned. His name floated around as a possible Vice President choice for Hillary Clinton this summer.

Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Senator filled Hillary Clinton’s seat when she was named to Barack Obama’s cabinet. Her name recognition is growing, often around her activism to raise awareness of sexual violence on campuses.

Julian Castro. The Obama Cabinet member comes with a compelling American dream narrative and serious comparisons to the man who appointed him. He was raised in a low-income San Antonio neighborhood by a single mother, only to become mayor of his hometown by his mid 30s, and later, like Obama before him, enjoyed a breakthrough moment by giving the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic convention….

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Amy Klobuchar

One of Clinton’s more vocal congressional supporters, the Minnesota senator’s name is a regular in future presidential speculation too.

Like President Obama, she’s a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and has spearheaded work to curb sexual assault in the military along with Gillibrand and others. She’s very popular in her home state and has a background in law enforcement as a county prosecutor.

Along with Gillibrand and Warren, Klobuchar, 56, is part of the group of women who could attempt to succeed where Clinton fell short in breaking the presidency’s glass ceiling.

Al Franken

A less common pick, the former Saturday Night Live cast member could be an interesting foil to the reality show superstar turned President Elect.

Franken, 65, has sought to ditch the “funny man” reputation since he arrived in the Senate, but has started to open up a bit more recently as he stumped for Clinton and bashed Trump.

Some are buying into the early speculation, with the “Draft Al Franken 2020” super-PAC registered on Wednesday.

Martin O’Malley

O’Malley served as the odd man out during the Democratic primary, taken far more seriously than Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb but unable to get past the low single-digits in the polls.

But many Democrats saw O’Malley’s bid as a low-risk test drive for a future candidacy, as the 53-year-old former Maryland Governor staked out a number of progressive positions and sought to position himself with one foot in either camp of the party.

He’s now angling for a post atop the DNC, which could put him at the center of the effort to reshape the party.

Kamala Harris

The newly-minted incoming senator for California has drawn comparisons to the rise of another young, black Democrat—Barack Obama.

A presidential bid would be on an ambitious timeline for the 52-year-old Harris, who would be just a few years into her first term in the Senate as the body’s first Indian-American senator (her mother is Indian and her father is Jamaican). But she has drawn praise for her progressive tenure as the state’s Attorney General and had the field almost entirely cleared for her 2016 Senate bid….

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Breaking…Democratic Senate Leader Schumer brings Sanders and Baldwin on board his team…

Chuck Schumer proves why he deserves to lead the Democrats in the Senate….

He keeps the old timers Sen Patty Murray and Dick Durbin in power and adds new in coming Senator Tammy Baldwin an Asia -American Army Veteran Woman from the MidWest to compliment the addtion of the partties poster guy for the left Bernie Sanders and Joe manchin a ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat …

I’d say Schumer covered ALL the bases….

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has been named assistant Democratic leader, avoiding a fight with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for the minority whip job. Senate Democrats elected Chuck Schumer as Democratic leader. He’ll be followed in the leadership hierarchy by Durbin, Murray and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, senators said….

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It appears the US Senate will where the fight against President Trump and the Republican will most effectivly fought in the next few years….

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Senator Warren will be a vice chairwoman of the conference while Senator Sanders will serve as chairman of outreach….

Sanders will serve as the top Democrat on the Budget Committee as well. And in a key change that could impact the confirmation of Trump’s nominees for the Supreme Court, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California…

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Democratic Progressive’s look to cleanse the Democratic party…

Mirroring the action by Conservatives for the past few years….

Democratic Progressives are back to fight  this years Presidential primary fight….

Seeking to turn the party MORE to left and challenge Democrats who might work with a President Trump….

The protests that have roiled American cities since Election Day aren’t going anywhere. But rather than Donald Trump, the first political casualties they claim may be establishment Democrats.

Leaders of the groups organizing some of the first outbursts of direct action in response to Trump’s surprise election are making plans to take to the streets through January’s Inauguration and beyond. In frantic behind-the-scenes phone calls, text messages and Slack chats, they’re also planning to channel the energy unleashed last week into electoral politics, starting with Democratic primaries, to build what one organizer called a “tea party of the left.”

“Our big goal is to support primary challenges against those Democrats who negotiate with Donald Trump,” said the organizer, Waleed Shahid, a veteran of Bernie Sanders’ campaign who is working for a group called AllofUs, launched in September. The approach mimics that of the tea party, which has used insurgent primary bids to unsettle establishment Republicans and drive the Republican Party rightward.

“It gave people in the Republican Party who are upset with the establishment an identity,” Shaid said. “You could be a tea party Republican. We think there’s a lot of power in that.”

Progressive groups are planning to combine that tactic with direct actions like marches and sit-ins to more seamlessly merge an anti-Trump protest movement with electoral politicking….

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Democratic Progressives lost in this year’s Presidential primaries to the establishment Hillary Clinton….

The US Senate Democrats are going to be led by NY Senator Chuck Schumer….

The  US House Democrats will be led by Nancy Pelosi…..

Just like the Republicans  who even with Trump going to the White House are led by establishment people in Congress…

Ah, the 1960’s are coming back…..

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Democrats Must NOT forget the Working class white voters either….

For all the talking in Democratic circles about the Hillary Clinton loss….

One thnig should NOT be forgotten….

She lost states that Obama won….

She lost those states by small margins….

But she lost them nevertheless….

On a conference call with supporters late Monday, President Obama congratulated Clinton on a “history-making” race, but he called on his party to assess what went wrong and retool at a grass-roots level.

“We have better ideas, but they have to be heard for us to actually translate those ideas into votes and ultimately into action,” Obama said.

Meanwhile, Clinton addressed congressional lawmakers on a separate conference call, acknowledging the impact of her loss.

“No one is sorrier than me,” Clinton said, according to a Democrat on the call. “Heartbreaks don’t heal overnight, and this one won’t.”

Clinton noted that the election is one that should be studied, and she urged lawmakers to fight for the party’s values harder than ever. She said she is “grateful” that “in the end our vision for America earned more votes.”

Yet, Democrats this week are beginning to strategize about how to regroup in the new Trump era, which has left them locked out of the White House and out of power in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Calls for new leadership and ideas have prompted several Democrats to put their names forward to lead the party.

On Monday, the country’s first Muslim lawmaker and a prominent liberal voice in the House, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), announced that he would run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee….

Trump showed unexpected strength in industrial Midwestern states, where he lost by fewer than two percentage points to Clinton. That represented a sea change and a narrow miss for Democrats, especially when compared with Mitt Romney’s nearly eight-point loss to Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

“We must champion the challenges of working families and give voters a reason to show up at the polls in 2018 and beyond,” Ellison said.

In a news conference on Monday, Obama also acknowledged that Clinton’s loss marked the erosion of Democratic support in parts of the country that he had won, in part because her campaign believed that the path to victory would not go through predominantly white and working-class corners of the electoral map that helped win Trump the White House….

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“How are we losing these elections?” asked Sanders, who lost out on the party’s presidential candidacy to Hillary Clinton. “Something is fundamentally wrong and what I’m trying to do right now is bring about structural changes in the Democratic Party so that it becomes a grassroots party.”

The key solution was to transform itself into a party that “feels the pain of working-class people, of the middle class, of low-income people, of young people.” And the way to make that happen was for people to get “heavily involved in the political process.” “When millions of people stand up and fight back we will not be denied,” he added….

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Democratic Progressives want the party Chair….

If they do get it?

The Republicans will own the American Governemnt for a LONG Time….

Hillary Clinton WON the popular vote on Tuesday…..

THAT is gotten forgotten by many…..

She LOST the South and MidWest…..

And NOT by much…..

Sure people are pissed at the old timers in the Democartic National Committee …..

But…..

Any attemps by the Far left wing of the Democartic party to go farther left is NOT gonna get back the states that Hillary Clinton lost….

Yea…..Bernie Sanders is back at it again folks…..

A move to get  a possibly younger person who CAN appeal to working class white’s in the South and MidWest while holding on the Clinton/Obama supporters is a MUST…..

In the wreckage of Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss, liberal lawmakers and advocacy groups have started plotting a major overhaul of the Democratic National Committee, with the aim of using the staid organization to reconnect the party with working-class voters it lost to President-elect Donald Trump.

Much of the talk since Tuesday’s election has focused on selecting a new chairman, with the most frequently mentioned successor being Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who backed the primary bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

On Thursday afternoon, former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) offered his service for a second tenure as DNC chairman, saying on Twitter: “The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again.”

In an interview, Sanders said he is lobbying for Ellison and argued that the DNC needs to be reoriented so that it becomes less of an insiders’ club “preoccupied” with raising money and more of an advocate for the concerns of the working class.

“You can’t tell working people you’re on their side while at the same time you’re raising money from Wall Street and the billionaire class,” Sanders said. “The Democratic Party has to be focused on grass-roots America and not wealthy people attending cocktail parties.”

Sanders acknowledged the need for the party to continue its function as a fundraising vehicle but suggested a model akin to his presidential campaign, which raised much of its money from small-dollar donors….

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Nothing I say in the comments above should be seen as being against the Left of the Democartic party standing WITH current Democrats to counter moves by Trump or the Republicans to take apart gains across the board made by President Obama….

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Senator’s Sander’s and Warren want Hillary Clinton to embrace the Left….

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She won’t…..

Like Barack Obama, she will TRY to do things she has ALWAYS wanted to do….

But NO Democratic President can cater to the left/Progressive wing of their party…..

First of all the House will probably remain in Republican Paul Ryan’s hands….

With Trump gone?

The Rightwingnuts will be out for political blood as they have been since their numbers increased in 2010…..

It is true that in recent years the political middle has diminished in Congress….But the Right has gained a stronger foothold in the States and THAT has had an effective block on some of the efforts by President Obama….

Those same politic’s will come to President Clinton….

But she will be in a weaker place than Obama who had majorities in both houses of Congress in his first two years….

There are House and US Senate election coming in 2018…..

Democrats will have MORE seat to defend….

The way I see things is Hillary Clinton will have just a year to move on somethings before she will be handicapped by her party members in Congress worried about defending their seats….

I further see Paul Ryan as being the leader of the Republican party….

Despite all the noise about Donald trump after the election?

Ryan is gonna be the guy….

Trump doesn’t do policy……

Ryan will be the leader , having to deal with an ANOTHER Democratic President and Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer who was Senator Hillary Clinton’s mentor in the Senate….

No…

I’m sure that Hillary Clinton after defeating Bernie Sanders in the primaries and having Elizabeth Warren not run against her at all isn’t gonna let either of them tell her how to run things….

Not with the political chess game she will have play keeping the US Senate after 2018 and not losing her 2016 gains in the House 2 years later….

Nothing I present here will stop Clinton from following up on Obama’s efforts for Immigration reform, Abortion rights and other things…..

But she is gonna have to walk a tightrope…..

After Obama won in 2008 Democrats where strutting around saying the Republican party was done for….

2 Years later the Democrats lost their majorities in the House and Senate….

Hillary Clinton will be well aware  of that….

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Those Wikileaks Clinton Emails ain’t bad at all….

The more of the email leaks dumped out?

They more that show a campaign in the traditional sense moving thru issue and problems and solving them….

There has been NOTHING damaging to the Clinton campaign…

Indeed the leaks do Hillary Clinton a favor by showing her to NOT be devious ..But instead a cautious politican , who has a sense of what the reality of public and private politics is…It also has show a daughter keeping tabs on her father and Hillary Clinton warning bankers, the one who have given her campaign money, to get their act together….

These are NOT bad things ….

Jullian Assunge  (And his Russian connection it seems) have played themselves from relevance in this….

Here’s how Clinton put it in that 2013 speech, and be prepared, I’m going to quote her at length: “Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching … all of the backroom discussions and the deals … then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position. And finally, I think–I believe in evidence-based decisionmaking. I want to know what the facts are.” Clinton is speaking an essential, uncontroversial truth about how things work in a democracy. And yet, for much of the public–and too much of our media–her sentiments are perceived as shifty, further evidence that she can’t be trusted, as if a willingness to compromise were a sign of weakness, not a necessary strength.

As for the rest of the emails, there are the occasional screw-ups and embarrassing moments of candor, but–as with the WikiLeaks dump of the State Department’s diplomatic cables–the most striking thing about them is the careful, intelligent way in which the Clinton staff goes about the business of politics. There is substantive consternation about how to deal with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on Wall Street, a careful massaging of where to come down on Warren’s proposal for a new Glass-Steagall law to regulate banking. Clinton and her advisers believe that Sanders is being too simplistic…

Watching the deliberations unfold, I found myself thinking, Boy, Assange has done a public service. It’s good to know how policy develops in a political campaign.

Some on the left will find Clinton’s attempts to flatter and find common ground with her Wall Street audiences offensive–her willingness to take money for these speeches was a big mistake–but if you look at the content of the talks, Clinton is essentially warning the bankers about the public’s belief that they have behaved badly, while calling for more “transparency” and reform, a message her audiences may not have wanted to hear…..

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Someone ‘Incredibly Enthusiastic’ about voting for Hillary Clinton explains why….

 By Ian Reifowitz   @ Daily Kos…
She’s the one that I want. To be president.
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Meh.

Apparently, those three letters sum up how a good number of Americans, in particular younger voters, feel about the prospect of voting for Hillary Clinton. Tina Nguyen at Vanity Fair put it as follows: “the majority of millennials, nearly all of whom disagree with Trump’s positions, are not sufficiently excited by the Democratic alternative to do anything about it.”

Granted, it’s just one survey, but look at the numbers from Quinnipiac’s poll conducted September 8 to 13. Almost half of those under age 35 say they’re voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Other polling—along with Clinton’s performance among younger voters in 2008 as well as in the primary contest against Bernie Sanders—show similar problems for her.

I don’t want to focus too long on the numbers, but these kinds of figures tell me that younger Americans are probably the group with the highest percentage of persuadable voters. It’s not likely that many people saying they’d vote for Trump at this late date in the campaign are going to end up voting for Clinton. However, voters who think Trump is an unqualified bigot—and about two-thirds of those ages 18 to 39 said they did in a recent poll—should be voting for Hillary. Yet many are not. So, what are we going to do about it?

We who do support Secretary Clinton have a number of options. We can wallow in pessimism; we can get angry at those who, it seems to us, just won’t see reason; or we can try to persuade them. I think you know which is the most productive.

Separate from the fact that it is true, it is strategically important to talk about how dangerous Donald Trump is. Doing so will motivate some of our voters—and of course much of our energy should go to making sure our voters go to the polls. But others have already gotten that message about Trump—yet for them, it hasn’t translated into supporting Hillary. They need a reason to turn their vote for ‘not Trump’ into a vote for Hillary as opposed to a third-party candidate, or no one at all. I’m voting for Hillary, and not just because she’s not Trump. Here’s why….

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