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Joe Biden Bombs in Iowa, Sending His Staffers and Surrogates Scrambling

Meanwhile, young Democratic voters are cheering his demise.

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For former Vice President Joe Biden, the Iowa caucuses were meant to be an anointment of sorts.

From the moment that he entered the 2020 presidential race, Biden has been seen as the de facto frontrunner, thanks to his exalted status among liberals and his close connections to Democratic deity Barack Obama.

Even as scores of women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate sexual conduct, and as his temper continued to flare in the faces of undecided voters, Biden was still considered to be the preeminent choice of the Democratic elites.  With a victory, or even a solid showing in Iowa, Biden would have essentially sealed the deal.

Instead, the former veep bombed, and his supporters have no idea what to do now.

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All day Tuesday, Biden aides appeared to soften the blow, on conference calls with donors and other surrogates.

But even Biden’s staunchest supporters were frustrated by the outcome of a fourth-place finish.

“Great guy but he’s a sh***y candidate,” one Biden ally said in exasperation. “The campaign lacks energy.”

Another longtime ally said Biden should turn his focus to the South Carolina firewall and performing well in Nevada.

“I’m thinking we should say f**k New Hampshire and head west and south,” the ally said. “He’s going to get smashed in New Hampshire. I think it’s time to actually build the coalition we’ve been talking about for so long.”

The youth wing of the Democratic Party loathes him as well, seeing Biden as a mere accessory to Obama, who needed the longtime centrist Senator as a liaison to the DC establishment.  Now that the party is turning hard left, Biden is simply out of touch with the new, progressive direction of the organization.

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2020

Bloomberg Misused Charity Funds Says Watchdog Group in IRS Complaint

Liz Warren’s savaging of the Big Apple billionaire may be the very least of Bloomberg’s concerns now.

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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg hasn’t had a terribly positive showing in the 2020 presidential primaries thus far, and it doesn’t appear as though that trend is going to be ending anytime soon.

The Big Apple Billionaire sits in the “moderate” slot of the Democratic Party, and likens himself to some sort of antithesis to President Trump; the flip-side of the same wealthy, NYC subway token.

The Democratic candidates already in the race, however, view Bloomberg as a late-arriving interloper whose purported sleazy behavior around women in the workplace should be an automatic disqualification for Mr. Mayor.

New reports from the IRS this week seem to indicate that Bloomberg has more trouble on the horizon as well.

A watchdog group lodged a complaint with the IRS Wednesday arguing that billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has used his charitable organization as a tool to build support for his presidential run, in violation of federal rules for such groups.

The conservative watchdog Government Accountability & Oversight – not to be confused with the U.S. Government Accountability Office – sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig saying that Bloomberg and his tax-exempt charity “may be operating in violation of the Internal Revenue Code.”

“Recent and numerous media reports lend credence to the idea that Michael Bloomberg’s charitable contributions have been and continue to be used to support his political campaign for president,” the letter, signed by the group’s executive director, Matthew D. Hardin, reads. “Even if these numerous assessments, standing alone, are not sufficient to give rise to an IRS investigation, the rest of the known context suggests a pattern of deliberate use of charitable, tax-exempt dollars for political purposes.”

Bloomberg’s only real chance at taking the Democratic nomination for 2020 was to slip into the centrist power vacuum left by a spiraling Joe Biden, who seems to have possibly righted the ship in recent days.

 

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2020

Biden Appears to Be Back In It as Bernie’s Lead Crumbles in Key State

Sanders’ recent praise of Fidel Castro may very well be to blame here.

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Joe Biden was a goner.  A has-been. An also-ran.

But, somehow, he seems to be gaining momentum, bouncing off of whatever was at rock bottom, and now appears to be clawing his way back into the 2020 presidential race.

Joe Biden (D) has retaken the lead in Florida from Mike Bloomberg (D) while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is rising nationally and dominating in several Super Tuesday state polls, continues to fail to gain traction in the Sunshine State, a St. Pete Polls survey released Thursday showed.

Taken February 25-26 2020, among 2,788 likely Florida Democrat Presidential Primary voters, the survey showed Biden retaking the lead in Florida from Bloomberg in a significant way, with 34 percent to the former New York City mayor’s 25 percent. That represents a seven-point jump for Biden and a seven-point drop for Bloomberg since the last poll.

The sudden skyrocketing of the former Vice President comes at nearly a perfect time, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders slipping away from the top spot ahead of the crucial South Carolina primary, and just a few weeks away from Super Tuesday.

Sanders’ slide in Florida comes after the longtime democratic socialist praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) continue to fail to make any significant strides in Florida, coming in a distant third place with 13 percent support. His failure to gain traction in Florida has been a reality but solidified following his controversial remarks on Fidel Castro’s Cuba, praising the literacy rates under his oppressive regime and proclaiming that the people did not revolt because the dictator “educated their kids, gave them health care, [and] totally transformed the society.”

Florida Democrats blasted Sanders’ praise of the dictator, including Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), who called the remarks “absolutely unacceptable,” and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL), who stated that she hoped Sanders would “take time to speak to some of my constituents before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant like Fidel Castro”…

The battle between Bernie and Biden is a near-perfect metaphor for the ongoing civil war within the Democratic Party, with the youngest voting bloc preferring the radical Vermonter to the aging, moderate former veep.

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2020

New Poll: Trump CRUSHES Sanders in Head to Head Vote

A new Rasmussen Poll finds that Trump is now beating Bernie Sanders in a head-to-had vote.

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A new Rasmussen Poll finds that Trump is now beating Bernie Sanders in a head-to-had vote as the Democrat primaries continue to show Bernie Sanders in the driver’s seat for the Democrat nomination.

The latest Rasmussen Report national survey sees Trump at 50% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Sanders’ 43%. Seven percent said they are undecided.

“The incumbent president wins 84% of the Republican vote and leads 49% to 39% among voters not affiliated with either major party,” Rasmussen wrote. “Sanders captures 75% of Democrats, but nearly one-in-four Democratic voters (22%) opt for Trump instead.”

Rasmussen insists that Sanders’ socialist views are beginning to get noticed at long last, and voters are showing that he is just on the verge of losing his leading edge.

“With Sanders’ views getting a wider airing in recent days due to his front-runner status, these new findings suggest that’s true,” Rasmussen wrote. “Just two weeks ago, 51% of all voters considered it likely that any of the announced Democratic candidates could defeat Trump in the upcoming election. ”

As Dan Bongino noted, the metrics seem to be lining up in Trump’s favor:

1). At President Trump’s rally in Ohio, nearly half of attendees were either Democrats or independents. Twenty-three percent identified as Democrats, while 20.9% identified as independents.
2). At Trump’s rally in Wisconsin, the majority of attendees (57.8%) were not Republicans.
3). At Trump’s rally in New Jersey, 26.3% of attendees were Democrats, and 10% didn’t vote in 2016.
4). At Trump’s in New Hampshire, 25% of attendees were Democrats, and 17% didn’t vote in 2016.
5). At Trump’s rally in Arizona, 18% of attendees were Democrats, and 26% didn’t vote in 2016.
6). And at Trump’s rally in Las Vegas, 18% of attendees were Democrats, and 32% didn’t vote in 2016.

The Democrat primaries may be going Sanders’ way, but the general election appears to be Trump’s to win.

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2020

Bernie Still Battling a Bombing Biden, Says ‘Conventional’ Race Can’t Win

Biden’s purported pull in The Palmetto State may have something to do with Sanders’ sudden interest.

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The general consensus earlier this week seemed to be that Joe Biden was essentially done for, at least in terms of his viability in the 2020 race.

The former Vice President came in strong, making a rather large impact on the field during his first few months on the campaign trail.  Then, somewhat predictably, “Sleepy Joe” began to underperform.  He was often confused.  He made bizarre and archaic references that no one seemed to get.  His temper flared.

And then there’s that whole business about Ukrainian natural gas companies and his son Hunter.

Biden is back on the tongue of Bernie Sanders this week, however, perhaps as an attempt to whittle away at the former veep’s purportedly strong pull in South Carolina.

Bernie Sanders is going after Joe Biden, warning that a “conventional campaign” like the former vice president’s won’t defeat Donald Trump.

Speaking at a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Sanders called out his opponent by name, knocking Biden for voting for “terrible trade policies like NAFTA” and the Iraq War. Sanders charged that “you’re not gonna bring working people into the political process when you voted for a terrible bankruptcy bill.”

Sanders and Biden are vying for an edge in South Carolina. While Biden remains in the lead in surveys of the state and said during Tuesday night’s debate he plans to win the primary, Sanders has been gaining ground after a series of wins across the three previous primary states.

In North Charleston on Wednesday, Sanders told the crowd that with their help, “we are going to win South Carolina.”

If Biden can’t pull out a win in The Palmetto State, or at least a competitive second-place showing, it’ll be curtains for the longtime politico’s hopes of taking back the White House.

And, what’s more alarming for the Democratic Party:  This would mean that Bernie Sanders is now a shoe-in.

 

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So Far, Black Voters Not Much Interested in 2020

According to recent polls, the current crop of Democrat candidates for president are seriously underperforming with black voters.

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According to recent polls, the current crop of Democrat candidates for president are seriously underperforming with black voters.

According to a poll by BlackPAC, more than one-third of the registered black voters surveyed expressed a desire for “someone else” to run for president.

Black voters are still overwhelmingly supportive of the Democrat Party, but they just aren’t excited by any of the Democrats running in the primaries.

Indeed, those surveyed seem to feel that the party became so obsessed with impeachment that they stopped working on issues that blacks care about.

According to Politico:

The Democratic Party maintains an overwhelming share of black support, with 70 percent saying they will vote for the party’s presidential nominee in November. Yet more than one-third of all black voters surveyed expressed a desire for “someone else” to run. Given the option to vote for the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump or a third-party candidate, Trump and the third-party candidate each received 12 percent of support.

“Black voters are extremely anxious right now about what’s happening in the country,” said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, citing the large percentages of survey participants who also expressed dissatisfaction with the economy and direction of the country. “It matters not the age category or people that live in rural or suburban communities. People are paying attention at a really high rate.”

Black support for President Trump is higher than any previous modern president, but blacks are still overwhelmingly on the left side of the aisle.

[T]he president and Republican Party as a whole remain very unpopular with black voters, as 76 percent of them disapprove of the president‘s performance and nearly 80 percent support his removal from office. Of the black voters who reported contact with the Trump campaign, 57 percent said it negatively influenced their willingness to vote for the president. Nearly a quarter of voters said defeating Trump was most important to them in November.

Still, the poll did show that black support for Democrats is not quite at the 93 percent support seen during the Obama era.

The Democrat Party desperately needs to keep blacks in thrall to the Democrat plantation, though. Even a ten percent loss will lead to electoral disasters all up and down the ticket. And while we may not be able to expect any great wave of blacks voting for Republicans, we could see more blacks staying home for 2020. And that would hurt the Democrats just as bad.

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Trump Blames Adam Schiff for Leak of Damaging Info on Bernie Sanders

The Democratic Civil War is real, and President Trump isn’t afraid to talk about it.

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As the 2020 Democratic primary lurches ever forward into the year, there appears to be a new focus among the left wing establishment:  Stop Bernie Sanders.

The Vermont Senator is a radical figure in the party, having only recently identified as a Democrat for the purposes of presidential politics.  Before that, Bernie was just about as independent as it gets, and he has the long voting record to prove it.

The younger pockets within the progressive movement are enamored with Sanders, and they’ve come out in droves to support him.  It is this enthusiasm that has Sanders atop the 2020 field currently, but it frightens the party elders.

You see, Bernie’s democratic socialism is no match for incumbent Republican President Trump’s all-caps CAPITALISM, and the Senator stands no chance of defeating the Commander in Chief come November.

As such, there are a number of conspiracy theories floating around out there as to what the Democratic Party is willing to do to stop Sanders, including one that the President himself seems to put some stock into.

President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that Democrats who don’t want Bernie Sanders to win their party’s presidential nomination tried to hurt the senator’s chances by leaking information about Russian activities promoting his campaign. Trump gave no evidence for his claim.

“Bernie is probably winning — looks like he’s winning and he’s got a head of steam,” Trump said during a news conference near the end of his two-day visit to India. “And they maybe don’t want him for obvious reasons. … So they put out a thing that Russia is backing him.”

Trump accused California Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House intelligence committee, of leaking the information to the media. Schiff has denied the allegation.

The information in question has to do with intelligence showing that the Russian government is working nefariously to bolster Bernie Sanders’ campaign, as they believe the Vermont Senator cannot defeat Donald Trump.

 

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Sanders’ Previous Comments on Southerners Take Center Stage in South Carolina

Sanders insists that he’s running an inclusionary campaign, but southerners aren’t so sure about that.

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When it comes to gaining the trust of the American electorate, politicians must be careful not to pigeonhole themselves into certain demographics.  Even more importantly, these same elected officials would do well to not exclude anyone either.

Such is the trouble with a long career in the political arena:  You are bound to have said something unkind or offensive at some point in your past, and those comments are going to make their way back into the spotlight every time you reach for the next rung on the proverbial ladder.

In Bernie Sanders’ case, just ahead of the South Carolina primary, one of the Vermont Senator’s previous insults of the southern people is coming back to haunt him.

Bernie Sanders, who suddenly is surging in the polls in South Carolina’s looming primary, once complained that too many southern states hold early primaries — griping that the calendar “distorts reality.”

The resurfaced remarks could prove awkward for Sanders as he hopes to further cement his front-runner status with a strong performance in the nation’s first-in-the-South primary this Saturday.

In a taping of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” in April 2016, Sanders, I-Vt., made the dismissive comment as he alleged the nominating process was “rigged” — after Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly defeated him in most southern primary contests.

“Well, you know, people say, ‘Why does Iowa go first, why does New Hampshire go first,’ but I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality as well,” Sanders said, adding that he performs better in more “progressive” states.

Sanders is on top of the 2020 Democratic race as of this moment, with only a few real opportunities left for the remainder of the field to catch up to him.  Should he take South Carolina handily, there could very well be no stopping him.

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