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Cory Booker Ends White House Bid Less Than One Month from Iowa Caucus

Booker’s campaign team just simply couldn’t find a way to inch over the Iowa threshold.

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It is crunch time for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, with the all-important Iowa causes now only a stone’s throw away.

Iowa has long been one of the first “official” contests of any general election, and, as such, allows the nation to gauge just how well the in-fighting of the candidates has gone so far.  Will the frontrunners hold up to the scrutiny that they have faced so far?  Are the pollsters completely and utterly full of it?  Can a dark horse candidate pull off the upset?  The answers to questions such as these could be answered in the coming days.

That’s why it is almost essential for any candidate with any inkling of a shot to win it all stays in the race until Iowa…even if it means doing so on a shoestring budget or without any endorsements to speak of.  Only the truly despondent find themselves unable to inch across this threshold.

Cory Booker’s campaign just couldn’t seem to eek it out this go-round.

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“It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,” Booker wrote to supporters in an email. “It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory.”

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” the senator added. “So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.”

His departure now leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining African American candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

The battle for the Democratic nomination looks like a two-sided one as it stands today, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders inching ever closer to usurping perpetual frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden by the day.

 

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2020

Bernie Pulls Massive Crowd in Washington, Heavily Cementing Frontrunner Status

It will soon become difficult for the Democratic establishment to cheat Sanders out of the nomination without raising suspicions.

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In some ways, it certainly feels as though the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination will be more dramatic than the general election that it precedes.

Incumbent presidents have been historically tough to beat, and the ferocity of the Trump support base certainly isn’t going to let their Commander in Chief down without a fight.

Within the Democratic Party however, there is a boatload of intrigue, uncertainty, and conspiracy abound.  Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist from Vermont is on the top of the pile currently after being cheated out of the nomination by Hillary Clinton back in 2016.  On the rise is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, however, whose close ties to the aforementioned former First Lady have some of the Sanders faithful concerned.

Bernie has already pulled out a near-win in Iowa despite the contest being marred by the failure of a new vote-gathering app, predictably won the New Hampshire primary, and is about to seal the deal with a resounding victory in Nevada.

And, if his draw in Washington is any indication of his popularity, Sanders could be coasting into the nomination in no time.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) drew a massive crowd of over 17,000 to his rally in Tacoma, Washington, Monday evening, which featured actor Tim Robbins, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and the indie rock band Portugal. The Man.

His campaign is calling it “the largest rally any presidential candidate has held in Washington this cycle.”

“This is the kind of energy a campaign needs to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Bernie 2020 Washington State Director Carin Chase said in a statement.

“Our campaign has the grassroots support and momentum we need to expand the electorate here in Washington and complete the political revolution Bernie started in 2016,” Chase added.

Sanders won’t only need to defeat Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, and the other candidates vying for the nomination; he’ll need to somehow stymy the Democratic establishment’s attempts to usurp him as well.

No amount of indie rock bands will help him there.

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Bernie-Bloomberg Feud Hits Primetime as Mayor Mike Qualifies for Debate

Bernie has been lambasting billionaires on the campaign trail for years. Now he’ll have his chance to take one down live, on national television.

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It’s almost too perfect:  A democratic socialist leading the pack of 2020 candidates as a New York City billionaire rises to challenge him.

This sums up the internal struggle of the Democratic Party quite efficiently, as former Mayor Mike Bloomberg attempts to gain a foothold in the Democratic primaries with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders siting pretty atop the national polling.  Sanders will also be taking home a major win in the Nevada caucuses, further elevating his shot at the nomination.

But Bernie is ups against the might of the Democratic Party itself, having already been usurped by Hillary Clinton’s collusion with the DNC back in 2016.  Bloomberg, who is now apparently cavorting with Clinton and her cronies, has taken aim at Sanders this week and their feud is about to hit the main stage.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Sanders has 31% support nationally, up 9 points since December, the last time the poll asked about Democratic voters’ preferences.

His next closest contender has 19%. But that second-place rival is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. With this poll, Bloomberg has qualified for the Nevada debate, despite not being on the ballot there for Saturday’s caucuses.

Bloomberg is no angel, however, with a number of past remarks of his coming to light this week – many of them insensitive toward minority groups within American culture.

Bernie Sanders’ supporters are already concerned with the possibility that the Democratic Party could attempt to cheat them again, and Bloomberg’s sudden rise is certainly on their radar in this regard.

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2020

Upset Poll: More Americans Identify as Republicans Than As Democrats

A new Gallup poll finds that more Americans now identify as Republicans than they do as Democrats.

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A new Gallup poll finds that more Americans now identify as Republicans than they do as Democrats, but independents make up the dominant group.

Both of these outcomes are bad news for Democrats because it means that the Democrat Party has lost its lock on the minds of most Americans.

There was a day when Republicans were the political minority and most Americans leaned toward the Democrat Party. But that started shifting in the 1980s when conservatism began to rise. And now, the Democrat Party is the minority segment of the voting population.

This does not mean that liberalism is currently losing the political argument, mind you. It only means that most voters no longer assume that the Democrat Party is their political home.

According to Gallup, 30% of Americans now identify as Republicans. But only 27% identify as Democrats. But the larges group is the 42% of registered voters who say they are independents. This is not new as independents have made up the largest category of American voters for decades.

However, this is a shift, nonetheless. In past decades, the Democrat Party has enjoyed the comfort of having more voters identify with them than with the GOP.

What this really means is that the Democrat Party has so strayed from its roots that many of its former members have drifted away from thinking of themselves as Democrats. On the other hand, the number of those who envision themselves as Republicans is holding strong.

With Democrats losing their voter registration advantage, that means they simply cannot count on getting out their voters because many just aren’t inculcating the party’s message or catching excitement for Democrats.

This may also seem to say that the GOP can count on their voters more in this, the era of Donald Trump.

In another bad sign for Democrats, the poll found that the so-called independents lean Republican (48 percent) instead of Democrat (44 percent).

This is an interesting turn of events considering the decades of strength for Democrats that stretches back to the 1940s.

The BIG question is this: Is the Republican Party smart enough to ostracize its Mitt Romneys and capitalize on this budding strength?

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Bernie Set to Win Nevada Handily, Setting Up Nasty Fight in Democratic Party

This is the sort of news that the Democratic establishment was fearful of.

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Bernie Sanders is going to win the Nevada caucuses, barring any sort of wild scheme or scam perpetrated against him.

The numbers coming out of The Silver State are downright definitive at this point.

A new Las Vegas Review-Journal/AARP Nevada poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic presidential field in Nevada, where the third contest of the Democratic primaries will be held in one week.

The poll found 25 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers support Sanders, 18 percent back former Vice President Joe Biden, 13 percent favor Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and 11 percent support former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. Both former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar have the support of 10 percent of likely caucus-goers, and 8 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

Republican polling firm WPA Intelligence conducted the telephone survey on behalf of the Review-Journal and AARP Nevada in the days after the New Hampshire primary, February 11 to 13; the poll has a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.

This is putting extreme pressure on the Democratic Party, however, as the old guard within the organization are terrified of Sanders running away with the nomination.  There could certainly be some sort of resistance forming within the party as we speak, concocting a plan to purge Bernie from the primary, (as there was in 2016), but his supporters will sniff it out.

That is a messy proposition for the Democrats as well, given how the alienation of Sanders’ supporters cost the left the 2016 election wholesale.

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Campaigns Warn Nevada Caucuses Could Be Chaotic, Piquing Paranoia in Camp Bernie

If Nevada turns out anything like Iowa, the Democrats will have a serious problem on their hands.

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Just what the Democrats need:  More turbulence.

That imbued sarcasm was certainly purposeful, as the left’s chances of retaking the White House in 2020 continue to flounder thanks to their own shortcomings.  The party is far from unified at this point in the race, with still too many candidates vying for the limited attention span of the liberal voting bloc.  On top of that, the once-hidden struggle between the party’s base and it’s establishment elites is on rare, public display, as any and all efforts are being exhausted in order to fend off Bernie Sanders.

In Iowa, where the caucuses were meant to clarify the direction of the Democrats, chaos ensued.  A voting “app” metaphorically soiled its pants, with results not official for several days after the polls closed.

Now, candidates are preparing for similar chaos in Nevada.

Campaigns said they still have not gotten the party to offer even a basic explanation of how key parts of the process will work. Volunteers are reporting problems with the technology that’s been deployed at the last minute to make the vote count smoother. And experts are raising serious questions about an app the party has been feverishly assembling to replace the one scrapped after the meltdown in Iowa.

“It feels like the [state party is] making it up as they go along,” said one Democratic presidential aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the process. “That’s not how we need to be running an election.”

And that’s not all.

Adding to the challenge is the complexity of Nevada’s caucuses. Unlike in Iowa, where caucuses are conducted in one evening, Nevadans have the option of voting early. At sites across the state, Democrats can rank their top presidential choices on a paper ballot.

On Saturday, caucus day, Democrats can gather at one of about 2,000 sites to vote for their preferred candidate. If their first choice doesn’t get enough backing, voters can throw their support behind someone else, a second round of voting known as “final alignment.” Early voting preferences will be treated the same way, as though the voter were attending in person.

The Democrats certainly don’t wish to suffer another event like Iowa, as their supporters are already quite wary of the process unfolding before them.

 

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Pelosi Says America Not Strong Enough to ‘Withstand’ Trump’s Second Term

Here comes the hyperbole.

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Nancy Pelosi has been a fountain of hyperbole as of late, after finally being coaxed out of her shell on impeachment…and then promptly failing to remove President Trump from office.

Madam Speaker remained reluctant on the possibility of impeaching Donald Trump for months after the Robert Mueller-led RussiaGate dropped, despite a cacophony of outrage from the more radical members of the Democratic Party.  Call it what you will – cognizance, reticence, or common sense – Pelosi just wasn’t on board with the idea of Trump conjuring a Senate acquittal in time to use that momentum in the 2020 election.

Now that she was badgered into pushing forward on impeachment, and taking a big loss in the process, the House Speaker has been forced to stay the “resistance” course, and is now cheapening her legacy with wild and untenable claims of our nation’s impending destruction.

From a recent CNN interview:

Pelosi said, “I can’t even envision a situation where he would be reelected. But we are not—we don’t take anything for granted.”

She added, “As I say, we have to have our own vision for the future. But everybody knows that we must be unified and making sure that he does not have a second term. Our country is great. The American people are wonderful. We’re a resilient country. We can withstand one term. But the destruction that he would do to the courts of our country, and the environment where he says I’m not going to use science as any basis for decisions on the environment. When he says, Article 2 says I can do whatever I want. He must be defeated.”

Pelosi’s insistence that there is no “situation” in which Trump retakes the White House sounds an awful lot like the laughs that were shared by Republicans and Democrats alike when Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for President.

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Hillary’s Back in a Big Way as Bloomberg Veep Rumors Emerge

Then, all at once there was a loud and exasperated sigh coming from the left side of the aisle.  

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For months there has been speculation as to whether or not Hillary Clinton was going to suddenly enter the 2020 presidential race.

It’s the perfect storyline for the Democrats:  They lose to Donald Trump in 2016, only to have the “resistance” tell them that they’re being terrorized for following three years.  Then, the woman who fell to Trump rises again to be his foible in a politically crafty move that puts her back into the West Wing.

The only problem is that this fantasy exists only in a tiny fragment of the Democratic Party, in the shallow end of the pool where the Clinton-ites still stick to their story at all costs.  The rest of the party has shunned Hillary, believing that her performance in 2016, (which included a rigging scandal), is sure to doom the their chances at defeating Trump in 2020.

Hillary has appeared unfazed by this glut of criticism, and has already begun to show signs of a possible entry into the race.  Now, we may have found her avenue.

Mike Bloomberg is considering making Hillary Clinton his running mate, a source close to his campaign has told Drudge Report.

Polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be a formidable force to take on Trump in the race for the White House, the source said.

Former New York City Mayor and Democratic candidate Bloomberg is said to be considering even changing his official residence from New York to Colorado or Florida – where he also has homes – because the electoral college makes it difficult for US president and vice-president to reside in the same state.

Then, all at once there was a loud and exasperated sigh coming from the left side of the aisle.  

If this is the route that Bloomberg goes, it will absolutely disintegrate whatever unity the party had going into the nomination process, as former Clinton believers splinter off to be with Her.

It’s not as though this was a totally unheard of possibility, however:

 

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