Elizabeth Warren can be her own worst enemy at times, often suffering political defeats with only the person in the mirror to blame.
This was never more apparent than it as while Warren was suspiciously touting her Native American heritage on her rise to the top. Now, after a DNA test concluded that there was little to no evidence to support this wild claim, Warren has been forced to backtrack and to apologize to indigenous tribal members for her error.
Warren was goaded into that test by President Trump, by the way.
Despite this debacle, the Massachusetts Senator has risen to the top spot among 2020 Democrats at this early stage in the electoral race. She now faces another self-inflicted wound, however, as her Medicare for All healthcare plan continues to attract scrutiny.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s long-awaited “Medicare-for-all” funding plan projects the government-run health care system would cost a staggering sum of “just under $52 trillion” over the next decade, with the campaign proposing a host of new tax increases to pay for it while still claiming the middle class would not face any additional burden.
“We don’t need to raise taxes on the middle class by one penny to finance Medicare for All,” Sen. Warren, D-Mass., said in her plan — a copy of which was obtained by Fox News in advance of its release Friday.
Something was amiss, however, and Warren’s political colleagues were quick to point it out.
…the Joe Biden campaign said the “unrealistic plan” would leave only two options: “even further increase taxes on the middle class or break her commitment to these promised benefits.”
“The mathematical gymnastics in this plan are all geared towards hiding a simple truth from voters: it’s impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle class tax increases,” Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement.
Another 2020 road warrior put it even more bluntly.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh also blasted Warren’s plan Friday as a “total disaster.”
“There are 52 trillion reasons why this plan is a total disaster,” Murtaugh told Fox News. “Best of luck to the fact checkers who now have to clean up the mess.”
Warren had long touted her healthcare plan as the premier issue of her campaign, despite the longstanding concerns about whether or not the Senator had a plan to pay for it without taxing the middle class. This led to Warren taking a beating during the most recent Democratic debate, likely prompting her team to release this payment plan in response.
Given that this newly detailed plan is similarly being torn to shreds, Warren’s version of Medicare for All could be DOA.Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.
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Democratic Civil War Skirmish Erupts Over Biden’s Support for Pot Prohibition
Not only is Biden fending off attacks relating to his Ukrainian nepotism issues, but now for his antiquated beliefs on marijuana.
It’s no secret that the progressive posse is in a bit of a pickle, particularly as it pertains to their presidential aspirations for 2020.
The sheer glut of candidates that have been thrust into the mainstream is one of the most prominent indicators of the trouble on the left side of the aisle, as the Democratic Party struggles with a crisis of identity ahead of the “most important election of our lifetime”.
On one hand, the left hopes to somehow compete with incumbent President Donald Trump at the polls, for which they will need to focus on finding a candidate who appeals to centrist midwesterners and undecided baby-boomers.
But, on the other hand, the 2018 election has shown us that radical, hard-left candidates are the only way in which the Democrats can attract voters to the polls.
There may be no better example of this dichotomy than the case of former Vice President Joe Biden’s antiquated stance on marijuana prohibition, and rising radical star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) came under fire over the weekend after expressing skepticism for legalizing marijuana on a federal level during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, adding there has “not nearly been enough evidence” to determine if it acts as a “gateway drug.”
“The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug,” Biden stated.
This is, of course, not entirely true, and AOC took the opportunity to pounce on the former VP.
Ocasio-Cortez, a staunch support of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), took a veiled swipe at the former vice president, writing on Twitter that marijuana “should be legalized” following his remarks:
The freshman Democrat’s nominee, Sanders, also used the opportunity to tout his own plan to legalize marijuana.
“The criminalization of marijuana has been a disaster. We are going to legalize it, expunge past convictions and invest in communities of color that have been devastated by the War on Drugs,” he wrote…
Biden’s popularity is waning, and quickly, thanks in no small part to these outdated and archaic policy proposals.
Indecisive Democrats Have New Iowa Frontrunner in Mayor Pete
His national polling, however, is not quite so promising.
There are just too many Democrats running for the party’s nomination in 2020, and the fatigue of the race has many of the nation’s top politicians showing premature signs of wear and tear out on the campaign trail.
For instance, there’s Joe Biden; the former Vice President is longtime frontrunner for the nomination. Biden entered the race “late”, (at least, it was considered late at the time), and immediately rose to prominence. Now, after his son’s Ukraine scandals are back in the mainstream spotlight, “Sleepy Joe” is swiftly being sifted into 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th place in polling – depending on who you ask.
Radical, socialism-centric Senators Bernie Sanders and Liz Warren are surging as well, fending off newcomers to the race Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick, a former NYC Mayor and former Massachusetts Governor, respectively.
Biden’s collapse isn’t the only surprise out on the trail, either, with one long shot candidate now taking a surprising and solid lead in Iowa.
There is a new Democratic front-runner in Iowa, and his name is Pete Buttigieg.
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a clear lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, climbing to 25% in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers. That marks a 16-point increase in support for Buttigieg since the September CNN/DMR poll. This survey comes on the heels of other recent polls that have shown Buttigieg joining the top tier of the Democratic primary race in Iowa.
Behind Buttigieg, there is a close three-way battle for second with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15%. Since September, Warren dropped six percentage points and Biden slipped five points, while Sanders gained four points.
Buttigieg may be gaining ground in the early voting state, but his national polling numbers aren’t exactly thrilling.
According to Real Clear Politics, Buttigieg is polling at 8% nationally; good enough for 4th place among the litany of liberals, but still 18 points behind former Vice President Biden.
Harris Campaign Nearly Kaput After New Polling Numbers in New Hampshire
Harris has shown no signs of possibly bowing out of the race anytime soon, despite it becoming fairly obvious that she has no need to continue.
As the Democrats continue down the winding and ever crowded path to the 2020 election, the time for brevity and efficiency grows ever nearer. The sheer number of candidates still vying for the nomination is untenable, and has been for some time, leading many to believe that a mass culling is on the horizon.
There are less than a handful of candidates remaining who truly have any shot at securing the nomination and, despite all of the previous hype surrounding her candidacy, Senator Kamala Harris is no longer one of them.
A new poll from one of the most important early-voting states has fairly well sealed her fate this week.
The RealClearPolitics average of New Hampshire polls similarly shows a tight race: Biden and Warren are tied at 19.7 percent, Sanders is at 19.0 percent, and Buttigieg is at 11.3 percent.
As for the bottom-tier, Quinnipiac finds Kamala Harris posting her worst polling result of 2019 in New Hampshire a couple weeks after the California senator fired her campaign staff and closed campaign offices in the state in order to redirect her diminishing resources to Iowa.
Meanwhile, Tulsi Gabbard is showing a pulse at 6 percent in the Quinnipiac poll (the Hawaii congresswoman has the support of 10 percent of independents but only 1 percent of Democrats who intend to vote in the primary):
Harris began the race as a fiery and prominent candidate who relied on her ability to draw race into the conversation in order to score political points. This ethnically-charged angle was certainly not sustainable, however, and Harris quickly fell out of favor, as we see here.
There has been no indication from Harris or her campaign that the Senator will dropping out of the race anytime soon, despite this clear and obvious sign that her presence is no longer a contribution to the conversation.
Clinton Claims She’s ‘Under Pressure’ to Enter 2020 Race, Despite History of Failure
This is likely just an excuse for Clinton to enter and soil the 2020 Democratic race.
Like a bad penny, it looks as though Hillary Clinton is bound to keep turning up, time and time again.
The already-failed presidential candidate and former First Lady has been unabashedly hinting at a possible run for the oval office in 2020, both on social media and during her recently heavy spate of public appearances. At one point, after being dared by President Trump to enter the race. Clinton went so far as to emit a “don’t tempt me” – a sure sign that the former Secretary of State has at least considered such maneuver.
Of course, the Democratic Party itself isn’t enthused about the prospect, after Clinton’s rigging of the 2016 primaries was outed by the work of Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
Despite the obvious reticence of her own party, Clinton continues to edge closer to the inevitable.
From her recent appearance on BBC Radio:
When asked about her future in politics, Clinton said, “I feel a sense of responsibility partly because you know my name was on the ballot, I got more votes, but ended up losing to the current incumbent in the White House who I think is really undermining our democracy in very fundamental ways. And I want to retire him.”
When asked if she is absolutely ruling out a 2020 run, Clinton said, “I, as I say never, never, never say never. I will certainly tell you. I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
This pressure is, of course, uncorroborated and possibly a complete farce meant to serve as an excuse when Clinton inevitably enters and ruins the 2020 Democratic race.
Tulsi Gabbard Gets Big Polling Bump Thanks to Clinton Kerfuffle
This is yet another clear and concise message to Hillary Clinton: The Democratic Party isn’t interested in what you’re pathetically peddling.
For many within the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton is a cursed figure that was theoretically banished after her rigging of the 2016 primary was exposed by Wikileaks. The former Secretary of State certainly doesn’t see it that way.
Clinton has instead inserted herself right into the center of the fray, consistently dropping hints about a late entry into the 2020 race and attacking the candidates and ideologies that don’t fit into her corrupt globalist world view.
Her most recent target was Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who Clinton alleged was being “groomed” by the Russian government to act a a spoiler within the Democratic Party – possibly by launching a third party bid for the presidency.
Gabbard has vehemently denied this nonsensical attack, of course, and even threatened Clinton with legal action over the insinuation.
Tulsi Gabbard really doesn’t want folks to forget Hillary Clinton’s comments. The Gabbard campaign is demanding Clinton hold a press conference where to “verbally retract” her comments. pic.twitter.com/nxAQHxjCTM
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) November 11, 2019
But there is a silver lining for Gabbard.
You see, after all of this cockamamy Clinton chaos, Gabbard has seen a potent pop in the polls…particularly in the early polling state of New Hampshire.
A new CNN poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire and released this week shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) with 5 percent support from likely voters in the state, which is scheduled to hold the nation’s first Democratic primary on February 11. That level of support is good enough to put Gabbard in fifth place, trailing only Sen. Bernie Sanders (21 percent) of Vermont, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (18 percent) of Massachusetts, former vice president Joe Biden (15 percent) and Pete Buttigieg (10 percent), the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Tied with Gabbard at 5 percent are Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
The CNN poll is perhaps the best signal yet that Gabbard—whom Hillary Clinton nonsensically smeared as a “Russian asset” two weeks ago—is experiencing a bit of a polling bounce, especially in New Hampshire. She’s risen by 4 percentage points since the same pollsters’ July survey while Biden has fallen by 6 points and Sen. Kamala Harris of California has fallen by 9 points. Nationally, Gabbard has experienced a small but noticeable bump in her poll numbers in recent weeks too, though she continues to sit in the third tier of Democratic hopefuls.
This “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” logic has fully cemented Hillary Clinton’s status as a persona non grata within the Democratic Party, and should serve as a warning to the former First Lady that she is far from welcome in the 2020 race.
But, given what we know about Hillary Clinton, it is unlikely that this message will resonate.
Poll of Democrat Voters in Swing States Could Be Bad News for Warren and Sanders
A poll last week taken of Democrat voters in swing states finds less appetite for the far, far left ideas of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
A poll last week taken of Democrat voters in swing states finds they have less appetite for the far, far left ideas of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders than the media exclaims, a report says.
The New York Times-Siena College poll from last week shows that swing state Democrats are looking for a more moderate candidate that the extremists represented by socialists Warren and Sanders.
The poll asked preferences of Democratic voters in six battleground states — Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. At a 62 to 33 percent-rate, most answered that they prefer candidates who “promise to find common ground with Republicans” over candidates who “promise to fight for a bold progressive agenda.”
Polls like this have buoyed candidates such as Joe Biden and newly minted candidate Michael Bloomberg who present themselves as the “moderate” candidates despite their left-wing policy ideas.
Fifty-five percent of respondents also said that they prefer “more moderate” candidates to the thirty-nine percent who wanted “more liberal” ones.
Results like this seem bad for the far=left candidates such as Warren and Sanders.
According to the New York Times:
The divisions go beyond ideology and ambition: Older, nonwhite Democrats and those without college degrees strongly favor Mr. Biden. But younger Democrats of all races prefer Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, while those with college degrees overwhelmingly prefer Ms. Warren. “
This result does not bode well for the Democrat Party.
If the Party nominates a moderate, it may cause hard-core liberals to stay home on Election Day in 2020. On the other hand, even more moderates may refuse to vote in 2020 if the Party picks a hardcore leftist.
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Clinton Pokes Nose into 2020 Race to Call Warren and Sanders’ Tax Plans ‘Disruptive’
This, coming from the woman who got caught rigging the 2016 primaries.
There is a serious air of discontent surrounding the 2020 Democratic primaries, and it is now breeding desperation within the party itself.
Those who have so far thrust themselves into the election spotlight have done little to invigorate the progressive party. There is a 4 way tie at the top currently, and none of those involved can match the favorability of President Donald Trump – even while he faces the threat of impeachment.
Smack dab in the middle of this quartet are Senators Liz Warren and Bernie Sanders, of Massachusetts and Vermont, respectively, and whose views border on socialism outright. Their success would be seen as a massive leap to the left for the Democrats, and the old guard is none too happy about it.
Failed 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton issued a warning on Wednesday, asserting at the New York Times‘ DealBook conference that both Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) plans to hike taxes on the ultra-wealthy would be “incredibly disruptive.”
Clinton appeared at the DealBook conference this week and dismissed both Warren’s and Sanders’ plans to tax the wealthy, suggesting their proposals are “complicated” and would not work in the long run.
“I just don’t understand how that could work, and I don’t see other examples anywhere else in the world where it has actually worked over a long period of time,” Clinton said.
Both Warren and Sanders have unveiled radical redistribution plans as key features of their presidential platforms. Warren’s “Ultra-Millionaire Tax” targets individuals with more than $50 million in assets, levying a two percent tax, which goes up to three percent for those with more than $1 billion in assets. However, her $52 trillion Medicare for All plan increases the taxes on the ultra-wealthy, “asking billionaires to pitch in six cents on each dollar of net worth above $1 billion.”
Of course, Clinton doesn’t speak for a vast majority of the Democratic Party at this point, after being shunned for her role in a scheme to rig the 2016 primaries.
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