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Trump people look to counter 2020 Democratic Presidential prospects early…

Several Democratic senators thought to already running in the 2020  Presidential nomination sweepstakes are coming into the crosshairs of groups working with the Republican National Committee …..

The names include Sanders, Gillibrand, Warren, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy….But does NOT include the possible two top names Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, though Harris has already attracted the attention of Republicans…

Of course no one knows who the Republicans President will be come 2020….Will it be Donald Trump or maybe Mike Pence, eh?

Allies of Donald Trump have begun plotting to take down or weaken potential Democratic challengers in 2020, including several who will be on the ballot in next year’s midterms.

The 2018-focused work ranges from a major donor-funded super PAC designed to blemish Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s image, to a full-scale effort to defeat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown outright before he gets the chance to take on Trump. Beyond that, after months of monitoring dozens of potential challengers, Trump allies are building research files and crafting lines of attack on Democrats seen as most threatening to Trump and who will be on the ballot next November.

The patchwork push is less organized than past efforts orchestrated by presidential reelection campaigns. But it’s beginning to resemble Republicans’ successful attempt to drag down Hillary Clinton before she announced her 2016 run. Plus, with Trump under siege from Democrats and Republicans — and with his team wary of a GOP primary challenge — it’s more confirmation that Trump allies are already maneuvering for a bruising 2020 campaign.

The bulk of the early preparations underway focus on seven possible 2020 Democrats who are up for reelection in 2018. Within the Republican National Committee and Trump-aligned outside groups in recent months, operatives have regularly met to discuss plans for constructing the research material, money and staff they’ll need to chip away at Democratic White House hopefuls’ reputations in 2018 and 2020…..


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Another post about the 2020 Democratic Presidential Sweepstakes…

Gonna be a LOT of these folks….

Politico /Morning Consult is out with the results of poll asking the respondents if they where familiar with a lot of people that pundits THINK might be the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination Sweepstakes ….

Except for Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, who are Democrats and Bernie Sanders, who is not….(These are ALL over 60, 2 are over 70)

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The rest of the field is long and virtually unknown….

“All bets are off when it comes to the composition of the 2020 Democratic primary,” said Morning Consult Co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This early polling indicates that many of the names being floated in Washington still have a lot of work to do in terms of building national profiles.”

A handful of heavyweight party elders, however, would enter a campaign as known quantities: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). At least three-quarters of voters surveyed said they had an opinion on Biden and Warren.

All will be septuagenarians come November 2020, including Sanders, who wasn’t included in the name-ID battery but could decide to mount a second bid for the Democratic nomination. The poll also didn’t test Martin O’Malley — another 2016 also-ran who told CBS News this week he “certainly feel[s] compelled to continue to look at” running again — but the former Maryland governor failed to gain any traction or broad name-ID during his presidential campaign.

The next tier of potential Democratic candidates are younger but little-known. Among the senators who have been mentioned as potential candidates, only Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — the former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer — has name identification that exceeds 70 percent. More than a third of voters, 35 percent, said they have never heard of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — a former governor and national party chairman who was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee last year.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) may be a social-media sensation, but 46 percent of voters said they have never heard of him. And four other senators — Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) —have majorities saying they have never heard of them.

Among the governors, only New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has significant name-ID; just 30 percent of voters said they have never heard of him. But that number is 50 percent or greater for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

The figures are similar for a number of other potential candidates tested in the survey: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger and Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz…..



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2020 Politico Democratic Presidential choices….May 2017

It’s NEVER tooooo Early  to Early do start doing Democratic wish lists for the nomination….

But actually the serious ones HAVE to be getting their ducks in a row and setting up scheduled trips, position papers and honing their speeches…..Oh, and aiming for running money….

Most pundits would have Sanders and Warren on the top of their list but this Dog has keep his top as Cory Booker….

The lists will have on them those that will not be serious contenders , but will be happy to have been mentioned anyways…


I can already hear your complaints: It’s too early to talk about the 2020 presidential primaries! But the prospective candidates don’t think so. Joe Biden’s teasing. Senators and governors are road testing. And with the Trump presidency perpetually mired in scandal, no one on the Democratic bench is hesitating.

The simple truth, as depressing as it might sound to the survivors of 2016, is that anyone who wants to be president must make moves now. Beyond building a network of donors and volunteers, over the next 3½ years, those hoping to make it to the White House need to sell themselves to primary voters as leaders. Leaders of principle. Leaders on issues. Leaders in partisan warfare. Leaders in building consensus.

How can they do that? Some have likened past primaries to an NCAA basketball tournament bracket, with candidates trying to elbow out competitors with similar bases of support. But with so much unsettled about the Democratic Party’s ideological future, in the wake of 2016’s bitter primary and shocking general election defeat, we can’t yet narrow the camps into four easily definable categories.

Instead of brackets, think of this preliminary phase of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary as a mad scramble to earn “badges” of distinction. With every badge, presidential aspirants win points from primary voters casting about for leaders they trust to both fight for what they believe in, and fight to win.

What badges are potential Democrats trying to earn, and who is best positioned to claim each prize? Here is how the nascent field is shaping up…..


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The 2012 Senate races……Lugar, Nelson, Gillibrand, Dewhurst……

Ben Nelson, Lugar Begin Cycle With Healthy Cash Totals

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( Roll Call File Photo)  Sen. Lugar (R-Ind)

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) began 2011 with more than $2 million in the bank and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) had more than $1 million, according to year-end fundraising reports that began to trickle in ahead of Monday’s filing deadline…..


Poll: Gillibrand’s Standing Among Democrats Improved

Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D) approval rating is at its highest point since she became a Senator.


Republican candidate hopes early start nets him Hutchison’s Senate seat

Michael Williams will need the time to get ahead of David Dewhurst – the expected frontrunner in the GOP primary.…

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Wins for Democrats – thanks to Biden, Schumer, Gillibrand, Jon Stewart and Shep Smith…..Talkandpolitics…

Just a passing thought regarding the current lame-duck session that just ended, with all its big achievments and surprisingly huge wins for the Democrats. I’m just feeling a bit hesitant to give that much credit to the President for the whole thing, as this is not really about him at all. He was just as passive, weak and non-confrontational as he has been from the beginning.

The true heroes and winners of the DADT, the START treaty and the 9/11 first responders bill are a serious of other people taking matters into their own hands and acting with force. VP Joe Biden, NY-Sen Chuck Schumer, NY-Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Comedian Jon Stewart and FOX News anchor Shep Smith. These people were the driving forces. Good on them.

And this might prove to be a new and productive way forward for the Democrats in governing the country. The president is a supporter and facilitator, a brilliant man, but no leader. And his boring foggy speeches ruin the moments of emotion and progress. Better let the others take the spotlight.

Another factor in the lame-duck was the fault of McConnell’s no-strategy on all issues available. Security and 9/11 backfired heavily, as one might have expected. A huge block refused to obey the strict party discipline and the idea of four full years of blocking the government, even all non-partisan stuff included. This is not the time for such silly and irresponsible games. And the new crowd of grassroots debt-focused senators, that will probably challenge and weaken the binary agenda of McConnell in the 112th Congress even further. Good for the government, and good for the country……


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Ford and Gillibrand vie for Highclass Money…….

Forget all that Bull you heard about Harold Ford Jr. and the moneyed class…..now that this race seems for real…it turns out that both of these people are traveling in the same circles……

The Dog was really pissed that the left and their media have labeled Ford...the ‘Rich guy’…well that isn’t so….politicans…especially ones in New York travel to the money…...

From left, Marc Lasry and Andrew Tisch back Kirsten Gillibrand. Steven Rattner and Orin Kramer back Harold Ford Jr.

Take a look at the four guys above…they are all white….and they are all rich…..and they have been apporached by Ford and Gillibrand…so lets stop the ‘Ford is the rich guy bulls*#t’…it ain’t true…….

Both of these people need money to campaign..that’s the reality…….

Moments after arriving at an Upper West Side duplex for a gathering of Democrats two weeks ago, Orin Kramer, a hedge-fund manager, was surrounded by angry supporters of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. One by one, they demanded to know why he was encouraging Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, to run for Senate in New York.

“He is not a real New Yorker,” one person who was there said. Another warned that a Ford candidacy “would only hurt the party.” Sarah Kovner, the former Clinton administration official who hosted the event and is a staunch backer of Ms. Gillibrand, was especially blunt: “We don’t need this primary,” she told Mr. Kramer, according to people who heard the conversation.

Mr. Kramer, a top fund-raiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in New York, stood his ground. Mr. Ford, he told guests, “is a friend, and I will be supportive of him.”

Mr. Ford has given himself 30 days to decide whether to challenge Ms. Gillibrand. And that has touched off a war for the city’s richest donors, especially those on Wall Street, as both camps race to nail down financial support and demonstrate the breadth of their Rolodexes.

Ms. Gillibrand’s top fund-raisers recently called an urgent meeting to map out a strategy for fending off Mr. Ford.

Were have these people been ….asleep?

This is what the Dog is a afraid of……Having watched Martha Coakley squander a huge lead…..We now see Gillibrand doing the same damn thing……worst of all we see that Chuck Schumer is losing numbers in the polls because of his instance on hiding Gillibrand from the voters and a primary fight…….This whole thing sucks!

Mr. Ford, a vice chairman of Merrill Lynch, is promoting himself as unabashedly pro-business, calling for a big reduction in the corporate tax rate and for exempting many businesses from payroll taxes, while Ms. Gillibrand has expressed misgivings about a bank tax proposed byPresident Obama that is opposed by Wall Street firms.

Mr. Ford had just acknowledged his interest in the Senate seat, and Ms. Gillibrand wanted to rally her biggest fund-raisers. At one point, a member of the committee asked how many of the nearly 80 people in the room had donated to Mr. Ford when he ran for Senate in Tennessee. Half the people in the room raised their hands, according to a participant who attended the meeting.

Ms. Gillibrand was unknown to much of Wall Street a year ago when she was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton after she became secretary of state. What some executives did know gave them pause: She twice voted against the federal bailout of banks during the financial crisis.


With Mr. Ford still undecided, many of his backers are unwilling to speak publicly on his behalf, for fear of alienating a sitting senator. But at least three major Democratic fund-raisers have indicated they will support him if he runs: Steven Rattner, the founder of the private equity firm Quandrangle; Kenneth B. Lerer, the media investor who co-founded The Huffington Post and Mr. Kramer, who helps manage the hedge fund Boston Provident, L.P.

“In the event that he is a candidate, he will be my candidate,” Mr. Kramer said. “The appetite for change that helped produce Barack Obama’s presidency is even deeper today.”

The Dogs …..feelings…. exactly……

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Sen. Gillibrands House members problem…….

Over at The Albany Project, robert harding points out that Senator Gilibrand has a few NY City House members behind her……. just a few (only half of the state’s 28 House members, in total, have come out for her)…..and not one memeber of the House from Long Island…….hummmm?

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Burris, Corzine and Schumer………..

Well they are all democrats…..but that’s were it ends……..Roland Burris (D , IL) is thinking about changing his mind and running for re-election…..Jon Corzine, the New Jersey Governor is asking …….why won’t Christie answer his Freedom of Information requests on Christie’s actions and dealings as US Attorney in New Jersey?………and Chuck Schumer is on a roll……….Gillibrand, Sotomayor, Democratic senators elected, and the confirmation of the new US Attorney for the Southern District…….

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Burris, Corzine and Schumer………..

Well they are all Democrats…..but that’s where it ends……..Roland Burris (D , IL) is thinking about changing his mind and running for re-election…..Jon Corzine, the New Jersey Governor is asking …….why won’t Christie answer his Freedom of Information requests on Christie’s actions and dealings as US Attorney in New Jersey?………and Chuck Schumer is on a roll……….Gillibrand, Sotomayor, Democratic senators elected while he did the recruiting………

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Maloney will not run for the US Senate…….

Making a smart choice, Carolyn Maloney has taken herself out of the race for the US Senate from New York ( doing exactly the same thing as Carolyn McCarthy, in staying in a safe House seat ). She leaves Kristen Gillibrand, the rookie Senator, with clear sailing for the democratic nomination, and the seat for the full six years. Senior Senator Schumer has to be happy. He has gotten his way, and is done laboring behind the last New York junior senator,  Hillary Clinton, who stole almost all of his thunder for the past few years……..The voters of New York City will not really be happy……but what the heck?

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