The Democratic Party's Far-Left Candidates


The Democratic Party is moving further to the political left, and adjectives like Socialist are no longer being avoided.  Some of the candidates who are being enthusiastically promoted by the party are indistinguishable from communists.  For years, the Democratic Party platform has been completely out of sync with the American mainstream, even though it has the reliable support of the national news media.  But some of the newcomers have ideas that are really odious.


Subsections on this page:
Previously-unknown candidates appearing from nowhere
Cory Booker
Kamala Harris
Kirsten Gillibrand
Amy Klobuchar
Howard Schultz
Bernie Sanders
Robert F. "Beto" O'Rourke
Julia Salazar
Pete Buttigieg
Michael Avenatti
Andrew Gillum
Julián Castro
Bill de Blasio
Cynthia Nixon
Jay Inslee
John Hickenlooper
Andrew Yang
Eric Swalwell
Stacey Abrams

Related topics on other pages:
Joe Biden
Elizabeth Warren
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal
The Socialist Democratic Party platform
Liberals are out of step with America



Previously-unknown candidates appearing from nowhere

How Does a Straight White Male Democrat Run for President?  Of the nine candidates officially running in the Democratic presidential primary, only one is a heterosexual white man.  And that guy, former Rep. John Delaney, generally polls somewhere between zero and 1 percent.  But of the 17 Democrats reportedly still pondering a presidential bid, all but one is a straight white man.  It's hard to chalk that up to coincidence.  Clearly, the women and minority candidates sensed that the water is warm for them, and the straight white men appear to be worried that this is just not their year.

The Democrats' Nomination Contest Promises Great Fun for Conservatives.  This may be the election cycle where we watch identity politics destroy itself live on stage.  It'll be the greatest show on earth.  With multiple declared candidates, the 2020 election season is now underway.  And there couldn't be more hype for the forthcoming Democratic primaries, which will feature candidates with plenty of flaws trying desperately to prove their woke credentials.

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for January 21, 2019.  This week in the clown car update:  Lots climbing in, one getting out.  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and California Senator Kamala Harris are both In and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. Jr. is Out.  Plus a few more no-hope longshots considering a run.

2020 Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Once Worked For Anti-LGBT Group, Railed Against 'Homosexual Extremists'.  According to a new report by CNN's Andrew Kaczynski, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — who just announced her intentions to run for president in 2020 — once touted her work for an anti-LGBT organization and railed against "homosexual extremists."  Gabbard's prior comments are in sharp contrast to her more recent record in support of LGBT rights and seem to stem to work she did with her father.  Gabbard's father, Mike, was an anti-LGBT activist in Hawaii and ran a political action group that promoted traditional marriage.

Two Obscure Dems Enter Presidential Race.  Technically, Elizabeth Warren is "exploring" whether to run for president.  For all intents and purposes, she's running.  Now, she's been joined by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.  Gabbard announced her candidacy yesterday; Castro entered the race today [1/12/2019].

The Limits of the Invisible Primary.  Elizabeth Warren launched the 2020 cycle on New Year's Eve when she announced the formation of her presidential exploratory committee.  She'll be traveling to Iowa this coming weekend.  Meanwhile, Kamala Harris is about to embark on a national book tour.  Julian Castro is set to announce his candidacy January 12.  The Atlantic says Washington governor Jay Inslee will run on climate change.  (He's against it.)  John Delaney, Richard Ojeda, and Andrew Yang are already in the mix.  Bernie, Biden, Bloomberg, Beto, Booker, Bennett, Bullock, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Schultz, and Klobuchar may soon join them.

Michelle Obama is the Democrat 2020 frontrunner, even if she doesn't want to be.  Sales records for her memoirs confirm that her candidacy would combine the slobbering media and Democrat love affair for her husband with the steroid of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

More about Michelle Obama.

The Democratic Party's Alt-Left.  The Democratic Party has an alt-left problem, and no one at CNN seems to care.  The DSA has been aggressively pushing its members to run as Democrats, and they're winning.  Here are three that embody what's going on:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Summer Lee, and Sara Innamorato.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, of course, the poster-girl for the new zeitgeist.  That unclean spirit is the wind of "democratic socialism," which is the rage among the Trump "resistance."  But Ocasio-Cortez isn't the only young woman scoring big in the Democratic Party for the DSA. Two others are here in my backyard of Western Pennsylvania, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, who defeated longtime state reps Paul and Dom Costa.  The Costas (they are cousins) were classic Western Pennsylvania Democrats, expected to hold their seats for life, until they were beat soundly in May in the primary by Lee and Innamorato, both of which now run unopposed in the general election and will glide into the state house as elected socialists.  Well, actually, as "democratic socialists" who ran as Democrats.

Democrat Candidate for Governor Is Dead Broke, Owes $77,522 in Credit Card Debt, and Wants to Run Georgia Economy.  Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams became the first black female candidate to win a major party primary for governor in May.  Stacey Abrams was the guest of honor at the Democrat "Way to Win: 2022 Victory Party" at the party's annual spring conference.  Abrams and fellow Democrats want reparations for blacks and free college for all kids.  It's a socialist's dream.  Stacey wants to run the Georgia economy.  But she is deeply in debt.  Stacey owes $96,512 in student loan debt and $77,522 in credit card debt.

November is coming
November Is Coming.  If you don't show up in November, these will be your new leaders in Congress:  [Illustration]  Impeachment proceedings?  Non-stop subpoenas?  More appeasement of China and Iran?  Marxists in Congress?  Start mobilizing your family, your friends, your colleagues now.  It is our mission to send these Communists packing in November.

Note:  Keith Ellison is running for Attorney General of Minnesota, not for re-election to Congress.

Cory Booker

Booker announces legislation to pave path for slavery reparations.  Sen. Cory Booker announced a bill Monday [4/8/2019] to form a commission to recommend reparations for slavery, taking the reins of one of the most intriguing and controversial agenda items from the 2020 campaign.  Mr. Booker becomes the highest-profile lawmaker to sign onto reparations legislation, saying it could solve persistent racism and discrimination that have been built into the system for decades, leading to disparate outcomes for all black Americans.  "This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country," he said.

Cory Booker goes nuclear.  In a break with his Democratic opponents and the leftists dominating the debate in the House, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is an unapologetic supporter of using nuclear energy to displace carbon fuels. [...] His pro-nuclear power stance runs contrary to other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are skeptical of nuclear energy.

Cory Booker blames flooding in the Midwest on lack of empathy.  Senator Cory Booker got his sanctimonious platitudes mixed up yesterday [3/18/2019] in an on-air interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.  The topic was "hate" and the unspoken target beyond obvious, so perhaps secure in the knowledge that there would no probing challenges coming his way from MSDNC, he put his brain on auto-pilot as he activated the synapses, leading to his store of vaguely profound-sounding empty banalities.

Sen. Cory Booker Vows That as Commander in Chief He Will Put Transgenders in the Military.  Sen. Cory Booker vowed on Sunday [3/17/2019] that if he is elected president he will put transgenders into the United States military.  Booker was speaking at an event in Davenport, Iowa, and was asked by an individual in the crowd about "LGBTQ rights."

Sen. Cory Booker Plans for Government to Give $46,215 to All 18-Year-Olds in 'Lowest Income Bracket'.  Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) is proposing a plan — the American Opportunity Accounts Act — that he calculates will provide $46,215 to every 18-year-old in the lowest income bracket by giving them annual subsidies in a federally managed savings account.  Booker cited his plan in a Tweet he sent out this morning [2/20/2019].  "We must close the wealth gap that's undermining equal opportunity in our country," Booker said in his Tweet.  "My baby bonds will help level the playing field by creating a savings account for every U.S. child — to invest in themselves through things like paying for higher education."

Cory Booker Says The Earth 'Can't Sustain' People Eating Meat.  On Tuesday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had a pointed response to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is a vegetarian and was quoted saying that the earth "can't sustain" people eating meat. [...] Booker co-introduced the Green New Deal, which had its own problems with cows.  He stated: ["]Climate change is a pressing and serious environmental and economic crisis that threatens the way of life for our kids and grandkids.  This challenge must be met with a commitment from the federal government that is commensurate with the level of commitment we saw in this country during the original New Deal.  And that's exactly the type of determination this proposal brings.  Communities of color, low income communities, indigenous communities and our family farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and I'm particularly encouraged that this blueprint addresses climate change in a way that promotes both economic and environmental justice."

Spartacus Compares Bovine Flatulence Regulation to Defeat of Nazis and Moon Landing.  Cory "Spartacus" Booker rallies his presidential coalition to advocate for the Green New Deal by comparing bovine flatulence regulation to the U.S. moon landing and defeat of World War II Nazism.  The over-their-head irony is that "Nazism" is technically national socialism; which is exactly the current point of political advocacy within the Spartacus coalition.

Cory Booker makes himself look the fool, again.  Sen. Cory Booker made himself look the fool yet again this week while questioning judicial nominee Neomi Rao.  At Tuesday's [2/5/2019] confirmation hearing, the Jersey Democrat senator went after Rao with the clear suspicion that she's some kind of religious bigot, asking first:  "Have you ever had an LGBTQ law clerk?"  Her reply exposed Booker's total lack of preparation:  "I have not been a judge, so I don't have any law clerks."  He fell back to asking if anyone now working for her is LGBTQ — and she humiliated him again:  "To be honest, I don't know the sexual orientation of my staff.  I take people as they come, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation."

Vacuous Gasbag Joins the 2020 Clown Car.  Just what we need.  Yesterday Spartacus Booker declared that he is a candidate for President.  Unlike vapid lightweights Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, this preening, vacuous gasbag actually has executive experience.  He served as the Mayor of the Murder Capital of New Jersey.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker declares bid for presidency.  New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, on Friday [2/1/2019] said he will seek the Democratic nomination for president with a sweeping call to unite the nation around a "common purpose."  The 49-year-old Democrat, the second black candidate in a primary field that's already historically diverse, made his announcement in an email and video on the first day of Black History Month.

Booker calls for legalizing marijuana as he launches 2020 bid.  Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) is calling for the legalization of marijuana as part of his 2020 presidential campaign.  Booker discussed criminal justice reform and the need for "changing our drug laws," including "ending [the] prohibition against marijuana" on the radio-syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show" on Friday [2/1/2019].

Kamala Harris

Moving toward the center?
2020 Democrat Kamala Harris: 'I am a gun owner ... for personal safety'.  Sen. Kamala D. Harris, a 2020 presidential hopeful, said while campaigning in Iowa on Thursday that she owns a gun for personal protection and distanced herself from some of the more radical gun control proponents in her party.  "I am a gun owner, and I own a gun for probably the reason a lot of people do — for personal safety," she told reporters, calling it a necessity given her profession.  "I was a career prosecutor," she said.

Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes Giving Families Making Less Than $100K, a $6K Tax Credit.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in a speech to Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network on Friday proposed giving families making less than $100,000 a year a $6,000 tax credit which they can draw from each month.  "I have proposed what economists have described as what would be the largest tax cut in a generation for working families who make less than $100,000 a year," she said.  "What I have proposed would be for families that make less than $100,00 a year, they will receive a tax credit of up to $6,000 that they can collect at up to $500 a month."

The Editor says...
Why draw the lines right there?  Why set the limit at $100,000 and the payoff at $6,000?

Harris Donor's Past Raises Money-Influence Questions.  "My whole life," Kamala Harris told a crowd gathered in Oakland, Calif., for her presidential announcement, "I've only had one client:  the people."  The California progressive will soon deliver some iteration of that same message at a swank fundraiser hosted by Angelo Tsakopoulos, a multimillionaire with ties to corrupt politicians, a longtime patron of the Clinton family, a man who once bragged that staying in the Lincoln Bedroom was his proudest moment.  Harris will leave the campaign trail to headline the April 1 fundraiser hosted by Tsakopoulos in Sacramento.  The lieutenant governor and daughter of the real estate developer, Eleni Kounalakis, will also attend.  The dinner runs between $1,000 and $2,800 a plate, according to the Sacramento Bee.  And the meal raises an awkward question:  Are wealthy donors with questionable pasts a political liability in an increasingly progressive Democratic presidential primary?

What Got Into CBS? Hosts Grill Kamala Harris Over Paying for Things, Federalism.  The journalists at CBS This Morning are not, generally speaking, tough on Democrats, especially the 2020 presidential candidates.  When they offer tough questions, it's often from the left.  That's why it was so surprising on Tuesday [3/26/2019] to see the show's co-hosts grill Kamala Harris about the costs of her policy proposals and even the concept of federalism.  Harris this week announced a plan to give each teacher a $13,500 raise.  Rather than just fawn over the idea, co-host Bianna Golodryga wondered, "But the big question is how are you going to pay for it?" After the Democratic Senator dodged the question, co-host Gayle King asked it again:  "How did you come up with a figure of $13,500 and I'm still not sure how you're going to pay for it."

Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?  Last month Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) told a painfully obvious lie about listening to Snoop Dogg and Tupac while smoking weed in college (she graduated many years before either of them released their debut albums).  Even her own father told her to cut it out.

More Than 120,000 Californians of Color [were] Sent to Prison on Harris's Watch.  While serving as California's top cop, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) oversaw the incarceration of at least 127,000 Black and Hispanic Californians, data obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.  These data, based on reports from and a request to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), almost certainly undercount the total number of individuals who were sent to prison while Harris served as state attorney general.  Still, they reveal that at least 44,172 black offenders and 83,370 Hispanic offenders were newly admitted to California's prisons between 2011 and 2016, compared to 48,761 whites and 11,182 "other"-identified individuals.

Kamala Harris Says She Would Not Execute Someone for Committing Treason Against the United States.  In an interview broadcast yesterday by National Public Radio, Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) said that she would not impose the death penalty on someone who committed treason against the United States.  Harris takes the position that the death penalty should never be used as punishment for any crime.

The genius of Elizabeth Warren.  Did you know that Kamala Harris is not a huge fan of President Trump's proposed border wall?  Oh, my yes.  And not only that.  She thinks that with his presidency we have arrived at "an inflection point in the history of our nation" and that "the American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line."  She is also — get this — against "leaders who bully."  The California senator's remarks at the January kick-off rally for her 2020 campaign were typical of what we have been hearing from Democrats with presidential ambitions: a lot of guff about unity and the power of love and the real magic that has been inside our hearts all along.  You can't blame Democrats for sticking to this sort of thing.  It's exactly what Barack Obama did in 2008, when he talked about "the fierce urgency of now" (as opposed to 500 years ago, I guess, which is hard to be urgent about even if you are a historian) and made some very grandiose and occasionally somewhat moving speeches.

How Kamala Harris dealt with a scandal as DA.  In 2010, a crime lab scandal rocked San Francisco's criminal justice system.  The city's district attorney at the time was Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), now a 2020 presidential candidate.  Michael Kranish reexamines the 2010 case, interviewing Harris on how she takes "full responsibility" for the failure and shedding light on how she might conduct herself in the White House.

If you miss Hillary Clinton, you're going to love Kamala Harris.  If you miss Hillary Clinton, then you're probably already swooning over Kamala Harris, the freshman senator from California who announced her candidacy for president on Martin Luther King Day.  She is expected to be one of the best financed and most formidable candidates in the large and growing field of Democrats seeking the nomination.  If you're not one of the odd people who hike the trails of Chappaqua hoping to catch a glimpse of the Dowager Empress but are wondering what to make of Harris, try this:  she will run as the slightly more charismatic, somewhat less corrupt Hillary Clinton, pantsuits and all.

Kamala Harris gains momentum among Democrats with proposal to legalize prostitution.  Decriminalizing prostitution — an idea gaining momentum among some Democrats, including at least one 2020 presidential contender — may one day be traced back to the hookers plying their trade under the elevated train along New York City's Roosevelt Avenue.  That open-air market of prostitutes and johns in Queens, undeterred by the constant threat of arrest and incarceration, has been cited by New York state lawmakers mulling whether it's time to wave the white flag in the war on the world's oldest profession.

More than a million paid out in California state sex harassment suits, and Kamala Harris recalls nothing.  Kamala Harris, who's running for president on a vehement #MeToo platform as a Democrat, sure has a lot of memory problems.  It's not just the $400,000 the state had to shell out based on the disgusting sex harassment behavior of her top lieutenant, Larry Wallace, her handpicked director for the division of law enforcement at the state attorney general's office, which is quite a whopper in itself.  It's the $700,000 in more California taxpayer payout money for the sex-harassing activities of her other lieutenants.  The Los Angeles Times reports that it did a search of public records and found that the total payout tally was $1.1 million.  I am going to assume that includes the $400,000 payout from Harris's wingman Wallace, although the report doesn't say.

Kamala Harris mischaracterizes San Francisco policy she backed that reported arrested undocumented juveniles to ICE.  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris this week mischaracterized a 2008 policy she supported that led to undocumented minors who were arrested for suspected felonies being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement before they had been convicted of crimes.  Speaking to an audience in Iowa Sunday on Political Party Live a podcast about Iowa politics, Harris was asked by host Misty Rebik about a CNN KFile report detailing Harris' public support for a citywide policy enacted by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom of reporting juvenile undocumented immigrants arrested by local police to ICE.  The decision revoked a previous policy of non-reporting.

Kamala Harris calls for decriminalizing sex work, insists Trump is racist.  Presidential candidate Kamala Harris made some bold statements in an interview on Tuesday, calling for the decriminalization of sex work and labeling President Trump a racist.  "When you're talking about consenting adults, I think that yes, we should really consider that we can't criminalize consensual behavior, as long as no one is being harmed," Senator Harris, D-Calif., told The Root.  "But at the point that anyone is being harmed or exploited, then we have to understand that's a different matter."

Kamala Harris Says The Country Needs A President Who Can Prosecute Trump.  Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris said the U.S. needs a president who knows how to prosecute President Donald Trump, citing her former job as state attorney general Sunday [2/24/2019].  Harris, a 2020 presidential candidate, was in Bettendorf, Iowa, speaking to a group of supporters, when she said, "we're gonna need a fighter, and we're going to need somebody who knows how to prosecute the case against this president," pitching herself as the ideal candidate to defeat Trump in 2020 to the audience of around 500.

Kamala Harris Would Have Government 'Give Middle-Income Households Cash Payments of Up to $6,000 a Year'.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) on Thursday night [2/21/2019] tweeted out a story by PBS News Hour that said her tax plan included a provision to give up to $6,000 per year in cash payments to middle-income households.  The PBS story was headlined:  "Why 2020 Democratic candidates are pushing more progressive tax proposals." [...] One paragraph in the story said:  "Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is sticking by the tax plan she proposed last fall.  It would give middle-income households cash payments of up to $6,000 per family.  The payments would be offset by repealing the 2017 GOP tax cuts and creating a fee on large financial institutions."

Whiny feminism on display.  The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has barely commenced, but already Margaret Sullivan, the Washington Post's media columnist, is whining about "sexist" coverage of female candidates. [...] Sullivan notes that Kamala Harris' "long-ago love life has been parsed."  I assume she's referring to the story of her affair with Willie Brown, the then-married California power broker who got Harris appointed to two commissions.  Sullivan offers no explanation as to why this story should be off-limits.  Instead, she conceals the reason why it shouldn't be — the fact that the "love life" in question involved the most powerful figure in Bay Area, and arguably California, politics.  Is there any reason to believe that, if a male politician's rise had been aided by a powerful female lover, the media would ignore it?  Certainly not if the male politician were a Republican.

No, people sit in jail because they are criminals.
Sen. Kamala Harris: 'Poor People Sit in Jail Because They Don't Have Money to Pay Bail'.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) sent out a Tweet on Monday [2/18/2019] calling for reform of the bail system because she says it causes poor people to remain in jail awaiting trial while a wealthy person charged with the same offense can get out on bail.  "It's long past time to address bail reform across the country," Harris tweeted.  "Too often, poor people sit in jail because they don't have the money to pay bail, while someone with the same offense but money in their pocket gets out.  "This is a serious injustice," said Harris.

Sen. Kamala Harris: 'It Needs to be Repeated:  Ripping Babies Away from Parents to Put Them in Cages is Inhumane'.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) sent out a Tweet on Wednesday night [2/20/2019] featuring a video commentary by Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, condemning the policy of separating the children of illegal aliens from their parents when they are caught crossing the border.  "The trauma these children experience will live on for decades to come," Harris said in her Tweet.  "It's absurd that it needs to be repeated:  ripping babies away from their parents to put them in cages is inhumane."

The Editor says...
Senator Harris presumably has no problem with "ripping babies away from their parents" in an abortion clinic.

Kamala Harris [was] Literally Speechless When Asked About Jussie Smollett Hoax.  She said it was a modern-day lynching; she said it without evidence; now that the evidence disproved her assumptions, she has nothing to say.  2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris was literally speechless when confronted by reporters about recent revelations that "Empire" star Jussie Smollett may have staged a hate crime in order to allegedly gain attention.  Upon initially hearing about the alleged hate crime, Harris accepted it at face-value despite the obvious holes in Smollett's initial story.

Jussie Smollett:  A Case Study in Modern Liberalism.  The noose thing was a clever touch.  As my observant young colleague, Matt Miano, pointed out to me, Smollett was photographed approximately a year prior to his "noose attack" alongside Sen. Kamala Harris at a protest in Los Angeles.  Kamala Harris sponsored an "anti-lynching bill" in the Senate in late 2018 to make lynching a new federal crime.  The bill had always previously stalled in the Senate, because it was seen as an unnecessary political gimmick, meant to remind people of historical black oppression in the South.  Murdering people with a rope has always been a crime under state law.  In the wake of Smollett's faked "noose assault" in Chicago on Jan. 29, Harris's anti-lynching bill unanimously passed the Senate on Feb. 14.  Imagine that!  And who was one of the first Democratic luminaries to jump in with outrage and sympathy for poor Jussie Smollett following the alleged assault by the evil MAGA headdress-sporting bleach purveyors?  You guessed it.  Senator Kamala Harris.

Brit Hume Takes On NBC Reporter And Obama Adviser Over Kamala Harris Coverage.  Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume took issue with the way several reporters covered the Kamala Harris campaign — and defended himself when NBC's Kasie Hunt and former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes fired back.  It all began with a Saturday tweet from CBS political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, who posted a video of Harris trying on a rainbow-colored sequined jacket — apparently at the behest of CNN national political reporter Maeve Reston.

Democracy also dies in a boutique with Kamala Harris.  Sen. Kamala Harris, who's running for president, has quite a back-up crew for her photo ops as she campaigns in South Carolina.  The girls on the bus not only covered the news, they joined in the fun.  A video posted by CBS News political correspondent Caitlin Huey-Burns shows her press buddy CNN correspondent Maeve Reston picking out a new jacket for Harris, the star of the show, to try on in front of a mirror in a South Carolina boutique.  Squeals and giggles followed.  As Harris staged a shopping trip with the cameras on, the whole chick moment, politicians and press united, was captured by Reston's buddy on Twitter.  The women's vote is now assured!

Female 'Journalists' Go Clothes Shopping With 2020 Dem Hopeful Kamala Harris.  Female 'journalists' went shopping in South Carolina on Lady Street with 2020 Democrat darling Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Saturday and even helped her pick out a sequin jacket to buy.  CNN reporter Maeve Reston posted a video of Kamala Harris trying on the sequin jacket and bragged that fellow NBC reporter Ali Vitali named it the "Mardi Gras Jacket."

CNN: Clothes Shoppers for the Rich and Famous.  In 2016, Hillary was the candidate of the liberal press.  Who will be the anointed candidate next year?  Kamala Harris is a good bet.  She features Hillary's leftist politics along with a "minority" look, probably a requirement in the next Democratic nominee.  She is also considerably better looking than Hillary.  So the press loves Kamala Harris.  Can reporters take the affair too far?  This morning, Harris went clothes shopping in Columbia, South Carolina — an early primary state.  Reporters helped her try on clothes.  Seriously.

Why some African Americans are questioning Kamala Harris's blackness.  Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is running to become the first black female president.  But in the early days of the campaign, she's had to answer questions about the "legitimacy" of her "blackness." [...] Harris has had some different life experiences than many black Americans.  Her father is a Jamaican immigrant; her mother is a Tamil Indian immigrant.  Her husband is a white man from New York.  While she was born in Oakland — a city with a rich history of African American activism — Harris spent her early childhood in Berkeley, Calif., and worshiped at a Hindu temple in addition to attending black Baptist services.  She attended high school in Montreal before returning to the United States for college at Howard University, a historically black college.

Kamala Harris Packed California Prisons for Peddling Pot.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) admitted in an interview this week to using marijuana, an act that landed thousands in prison while she was California's Attorney General and opposed legalization of the drug.  The drug use admission to the "Breakfast Club" came as part of Harris' attempt to erase the reputation she earned as a California prosecutor.  She is now calling for legalizing marijuana as a first step to end the War on Drugs, but opposed marijuana legalization during both her 2010 campaign for Attorney General and 2014 re-election campaign, when she notably lost support from the marijuana industry after she laughed at her Republican opponent for supporting legalization.  Under Harris's six-year tenure, hundreds were sent to state prisons for marijuana-related offenses, crime records show.

The Woman Behind the Kamala Harris Presidential Campaign Is Ann Richards's Granddaughter.  California Senator Kamala Harris had what many consider a boffo kickoff last week for her Democratic presidential campaign — a huge rally in Oakland, the most widely viewed CNN candidate town hall ever, and kudos from pundits.  While Harris was everything her handlers could hope for — poised, polished, prepared — there's always someone behind that kind of success, someone who helped plan and pull together the events, a strategist with a steely vision.  In this case, it was a Texan with a political pedigree:  Lily Adams, the 31-year-old granddaughter of Texas icon and former Governor Ann Richards, and daughter of former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Mainstream Media Working Hard to Shore up Kamala Harris — is She the Female Obama?  It seems like virtually every major Democratic politician in the entire country is at least considering running for president, and a bunch of them have already officially entered the race, so why is the mainstream media pushing Kamala Harris so hard? [...] She has been dubbed "the next Obama" or the "female Obama" by many on the left, and just like we witnessed in 2008, the mainstream media can't help but gush about how wonderful she is.

Yes, but there's already a female Obama.

Harris: No Reason to Have Assault Weapons in a Civil Society.  During a CNN-sponsored town hall in Iowa Monday night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) said there is "no reason" to have assault weapons in a civil society.  "We have got to have smart gun safety laws in this country, and we've got to stop buying this false choice.  You can be in favor of the Second Amendment and also understand that there is no reason in a civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers," Harris said.  Harris, one of the many Democrats running in the 2020 presidential primary, held a town hall in Iowa where a pastor asked what she would do to tackle gun violence.

Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian.  It wouldn't be fair to accuse presidential hopeful Kamala Harris of supporting state control over the means of all production.  To this point, the junior senator from California is focused only on the energy, health care, auto manufacturing and education sectors.  Good candidates prioritize.  In this age of hyperbole, I sometimes worry about overusing words such as "socialist" and "authoritarian."  Yet if we accept that an authoritarian is a person who favors or enforces strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom, I'm not sure how anyone watching Harris' campaign kickoff this week could maintain that her policy positions do not fit that description.  For starters, here are some of the things that Harris believes the state can ban at the expense of your personal freedom:  private health insurance, your car, affordable energy, political speech, your guns and for-profit colleges.  Of course, the media, complicit in normalizing these hard-left positions over the past decade, treat her agenda as the centrist option for voters.

Kamala Harris Wants to Be Your President!  She Thinks ICE Is the KKK.  Kamala Harris compared ICE to the KKK during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to be the new director of ICE.  He has been serving as the Acting Director.  Vitiello had once referred to the Democratic Party as "liberalcratic" or "NeoKlanist" and Kamala brought that up to humiliate him.  He explained it was wrong to make those comments and he was sorry he offended people.  He wasn't referring to the KKK, he explained.  Kamala didn't care since she was leading up to something quite different.  The presidential hopeful wanted to make a comparison between ICE and the KKK.

Harris and progressives are pitching Medicare-for-all.  Will she or won't she?  Is Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) really going to run on Medicare-for-all the hard way — not as a buy-in for people who want to, but as a ban on private insurance?  On Monday [1/28/2019], when Harris sat down for a CNN town hall discussion, the answer seemed to be yes, she's doing the Full Bernie.  On Tuesday there were rumors she'd walked it back.  And by Wednesday, maybe the walkback was itself being walked back?

"The Next Obama"? Why Is The Mainstream Media Working So Hard To Promote Kamala Harris?  It seems like virtually every major Democratic politician in the entire country is at least considering running for president, and a bunch of them have already officially entered the race, so why is the mainstream media pushing Kamala Harris so hard?  According to Real Clear Politics, Kamala Harris has not gotten more than single-digit support in any of the 11 major polls for the Democratic nomination that have been conducted so far.  And at this point, her average of just 5.0 percent support in those polls puts her in fourth place in this race.  But if you listen to the mainstream media, they are constantly using terms such as "leading contender" and "frontrunner" to describe her.  In recent days she has been getting more media attention than all of the other declared Democratic candidates combined, and that makes one wonder what is really going on behind the scenes.

Willie Brown says Kamala Harris threatened him with indictment after their affair that helped launch her political career.  A week after Sen. Kamala Harris announce that she was running for president, on a weekend when the California Democrat held a big rally in her hometown of Oakland, the former mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown, confessed that Harris was once his mistress.  Brown, 84, also stated that he used his influence to essentially launch her political career.  In a weekly column Brown does for the San Francisco Chronicle that was focused on Harris' presidential run, he spoke of an extramarital affair he said he had with Harris.

Kamala's town hall notes:  I'll take away your doctor, your guns, your wealth, your free market, your wall.  Any questions?  Instead of moderating her political positions going into the 2020 presidential election so that she can appeal to more Americans, Democrat candidate Sen. Kamala Harris has chosen to go full left-wing.  During a CNN town hall Monday evening [1/28/2019], the California congresswoman endorsed plans to eliminate the fossil fuel industry and the private healthcare market.  All that in just one night.

Kamala Harris Walks Back Call to Eliminate Private Health Insurance.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), 2020 presidential candidate, walked back her call for eliminating private health insurance and replacing it with a single-payer, government-run "Medicare for All" program less than 24 hours after she made her inflammatory remarks.  Harris inflamed controversy on Monday night during a CNN town hall in which she suggested that she would eliminate private health insurance for millions of Americans and replace it with a "Medicare for All" socialized medicine program.

Kamala Harris' plan to eliminate private insurance.  California Sen. Kamala Harris — who has announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election — voiced support for a Medicare-for-all system that would potentially eliminate the entire private insurance market.  A Medicare-for-all system would extend coverage of the government-run program — which currently only covers the elderly — to everyone.

Flipping, flopping, backtracking:  Kamala Harris just isn't ready for prime time.  Just one day after she formally announced her presidential bid in Oakland to big crowds and applause, Kamala Harris is already on her back foot, flip-flopping on a major campaign stance right out the gate.  Monday, she said this, causing a lot of murmuring among Democrats who distanced themselves from her sweeping pie-in-the-sky proposals.

Kamala Harris vows to get rid of private health care plans: 'Let's eliminate all of that.  Let's move on'.  California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, speaking during a town hall Monday night [1/28/2019], vowed to eliminate all private health care insurance for approximately 150 million Americans if she is elected president.  Asked by CNN host Jake Tapper if people who like their current health care insurance could keep it under Harris' "Medicare for All" plan, Harris indicated they could not — but that, in turn, they would experience health care without any delays.  Her statements appeared to be a full-throated call for single-payer health insurance, as opposed to merely expanding Medicare, and a dramatic embrace of the kind of proposals advocated by Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Kamala Harris Was Right About Medicare for All (And That's Why It Won't Work).  Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall the other night — not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but describing it accurately.  Asked on Monday night if the "Medicare for all" plan that she's co-sponsoring with Sen. Bernie Sanders eliminates private health insurance, she said that it most certainly does.  Citing insurance company paperwork and delays, she declared, "Let's eliminate all of that.  Let's move on."

Democrats distance themselves from Harris' call to eliminate private health plans.  The emerging 2020 presidential campaign has deepened the Democratic party's divide over how the government should cover all Americans, further exposing the differences between those who want a total overhaul of the health care system and those who prefer a more incremental approach to fix it.  Sen. Kamala Harris of California renewed the party's debate over single-payer health care in a CNN town hall Monday [1/28/2019], saying she's willing to end private insurance, which more than 170 million Americans use.  "We need to have Medicare-for-all," said Harris.  "Who of us has not had that situation, where you've got to wait for approval and the doctor says well, 'I don't know if your insurance company is going to cover this.'  Let's eliminate all of that.  Let's move on."

Kamala Harris's Identity Ticket.  Now that first-term Senator Kamala Harris has formally announced for the presidency in 2020, she has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination.  This stems not from anything in Harris's relatively slight résumé, other than her "identity" and a hard-left stand on most issues.  Harris checks almost all the critical boxes.  Barring a particularly toxic skeleton in the closet or a major campaign error, she will likely end up President Trump's opponent in 2020.  Harris identifies as both an African-American (her father is Jamaican) and Indian-American (her mother hails from the subcontinent.)  Being half Native American and gay would be a bit better, but among the current crop of possible Democrat candidates, none identify better as far as Democrats are concerned.

Willie Brown admits it:  Kamala Harris slept her way to the top.  Kamala Harris, that vaunted self-righteous feminist candidate who's using her 'year of the woman' chops to challenge President Trump in 2020, has a little problem:  She slept her way to the top.  You know, the mistress thing, not exactly moving on up based on hard work or merit, that little advantage of good looks (President Obama called her the 'best-looking' state attorney general), employed to their optimal practical use.  Her political patron, former lawyer to pimps, Mayor of San Francisco, and State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, admitted he helped her get her political start, writing in his bloggy San Francisco Chronicle column: [...]

Kamala Harris Announces She's Running for President.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States on Monday, joining what is shaping up to be a crowded fray in the double digits. [...] Harris, who is the second black woman to serve in the Senate, announced her bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signaling she will make civil rights a focal point of her campaign.

Sen. Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential bid.  Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced on Monday [1/21/2019] that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the third senator since December to enter what is likely to be a crowded Democratic primary field.

Seven Key Facts About Democrats' Top 2020 Contender.  [#1] Kamala Harris's career received a boost from a patronage job in dubious circumstances.  In 1994, then-outgoing Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) appointed Harris to a state board with a $72,000 salary.  The Los Angeles Times reported:  "Harris, a former deputy district attorney in Alameda County, was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown's girlfriend." (Brown was married but separated.) [...] [#3] Kamala Harris was accused of using her state office to attack political enemies and reward friends.  Harris was sued by conservative groups for forcing them to disclose donor information that the IRS allows them to keep confidential.  She was also sued by a healthcare company that claimed she imposed undue restrictions when it tried to buy another company because she wanted to help her ally, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Left decides Kamala Harris is a cop — but she's running anyways.  Any Democrat seeking to unseat President Trump will have to achieve at least one of the following: mobilize the base to achieve Obama-level turnout and enthuse the Left, or successfully splinter off ideological agnostics and the suburbs that defected from the GOP in the midterm elections.  Candidates like Julian Castro or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will probably focus on the former, while Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, or Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would emphasize the latter.  But most candidates will likely require a blend of both to beat Trump.  This is where Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will have a problem.

Kamala Harris' record as 'progressive prosecutor' facing new scrutiny as she eyes 2020 run.  As speculation grows over U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris's presidential aspirations, the California Democrat's record as a prosecutor and state attorney general are attracting new scrutiny.  The perception that Harris, 54, acted as a "progressive prosecutor" during her tenure as the district attorney of San Francisco and then California's attorney general contradict her actions, a University of San Francisco associate law professor argues in an op-ed piece.  "Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state's attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent," Lara Bazelon writes in the New York Times.

Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know about Kamala Harris.  [#6] In her first speech on the Senate floor, Harris declared, "An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal."  She later avowed the belief that illegal immigration is "a civil violation, not a crime."  This classification applies to only a portion of those in the country without permission.  First, entering the country illegally has criminal penalties.  Overstaying a visa is considered a civil violation, not a criminal one, with deportation as the appropriate penalty.  But reentry without permission after deportation is a crime, as is, in most cases, working in the United States without legal residency, since it almost always involves some falsification of documents or lying on work forms under penalty of perjury.

What to Expect from a Kamala Harris Presidency.  Democrats have always had schizophrenia when it comes to candidates from poor upbringings.  On the one hand, they need such people to run for office and appeal to voters from poor upbringings.  On the other hand, incredibly wealthy people like Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein still run the Democratic Party.  Few survive the Scylla and Charybdis of identity politics.  You have to show that you are part of an oppressed group and that the oppressor groups can trust you with their support and not get burned.  Harris dances this line perfectly.  She went to Howard University for her undergraduate work, guaranteeing her bona fides in the black community.  She plays to a key donor class, LGBTs, because of her history as California attorney general.

Pocahontas and Krazy Kamala shamelessly pander for Nutroots support.  The "Netroots," derisively — and accurately — called the "Nutroots" by some, is a group of hard-left activists who provide the ready foot soldiers when the left goes to electoral war.  So would-be 2020 Democratic presidential candidates appeared before them, each trying to appear more insanely left-wing than the others, in an attempt to curry favor with the certifiably politically insane.  Most prominent among them was Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Caucasian-American pretending to be an Indian-American, and Senator Kamala Harris, an Indian-American who prefers to emphasize being African-American.  Senator Cory Booker was also there, almost as an afterthought, probably for comic relief.

Deserve?  Based on what?
Sen. Kamala Harris:  Black women deserve bigger role in Democratic politics.  Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday black women deserve to have a bigger voice in the upper echelons of the Democratic Party and launched a preemptive strike against those that might try to criticize her vision as "identity politics."  Mrs. Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, is thought to be laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2020 and told liberal activists gathered in New Orleans for the annual Netroots Nation conference that the Democratic Party must become more diverse.

Kirsten Gillibrand

A Reckoning Is in Store for Democrats.  Kirsten Gillibrand, who has done and said absolutely nothing to merit consideration as president, has launched and sunk down the slipways and beneath the waves — her candidacy has attracted zero support.  Most of the other candidates are equally unprepossessing.

Being 'Not-Trump' is not enough.  [Scroll down]  Gillibrand, meanwhile, has stirred herself up into a warlike anti-Trumpism. 'Will you be brave,' she shouted in a recent speech, 'Will you do what it takes to defeat President Trump... Will you fight like your life depends on it, because the truth is it does.'  By the end you're is unsure if she is asking people to vote for her or to stockpile ammunition.

Gillibrand: 'I Support Getting Rid of the Electoral College'.  Friday, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) voiced her support of eliminating the Electoral College, something many Democrats have supported since President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

What If You Launch a Presidential Campaign and No One Shows Up?  Starting your rally in a place where Hillary Clinton won 80% of the vote isn't brave.  It's cowardly.  Gillibrand would have shown more courage by going back to her old district where Hillary only won 54% of the vote.  But instead her campaign threw up a giant American flag and then brought out two illegal aliens.  "Our next president will lead with bravery.  Our next president with be Kirsten Gillibrand," declared Monica Sibri, an illegal alien who won't be able to vote for Gillibrand.  It was a balmy spring day in the Big Apple with sunshine and a high of 60.  The NYPD, out in force, had roped off blocks to accommodate the crowds of the brave expected to turn out on Trump's doorstep.  The actual audience barely filled half a block according to photojournalist Pamela Hall.  The Washington Times estimated that the turnout amounted to 1,000 people.

A Brief Survey of 2020's Psychotic Democratic Roster.  [Scroll down]  Then there is the thoroughly insubstantial Kirsten Gillibrand, who has never held a position longer than politically convenient.  Now she is so pro-illegal immigration that she even wants to reward illegal aliens' law-breaking with Social Security.  This woman's character is as ephemeral as a puff of smoke.  She also sounds like a little girl who never developed an adult voice, rather like Ocasio-Cortez.

Gillibrand's laughable 'be brave' talk exposes the hollowness of her entire candidacy.  Most successful politicians, like most lizards, are masters of camouflage — adjusting their, ahem, principles to fit new opportunities, all the while hoping nobody's paying attention.  But here's where Gillibrand is different:  She's rubbing America's nose in her hypocrisy, and doesn't seem to care who notices.

Whatta Bunch of Phony Baloneys.  [Scroll down]  In many ways, Kirsten Gillibrand is the worst power-hungry phony of them all.  She changes her beliefs every ten minutes, as soon as the Left adopts a new position antithetical to hers.  As Women's March arose in 2017, she muscled in to be photographed with Jew-haters Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, praising them to the heavens.  As #MeToo arose, she emerged to play a lead role in shaming Al Franken into resigning from the Senate, Gillibrand self-righteously also attacked the Clintons, saying that Bill should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky mess.  Yet, for two decades after Lewinsky Gillibrand continued allying tightly with the Clintons.  She boasted that Bill had campaigned for her in 2006, and she got Bill to keynote a fundraiser for her in 2009.  Only after Hillary lost in 2016 did Gillibrand suddenly step on them to stand higher.  Meanwhile, amid her #MeToo posturing and moralizing, Gillibrand protected a male staffer in her own office, her personal chauffeur and Guy Friday, even as women in her office complained bitterly that he engaged in ongoing misogyny, rape jokes, and sexual innuendos.  Only after the full extended story broke in Politico did this phony finally fire the creep.

2020 contender Kirsten Gillibrand backs third gender classification at federal level.  New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 candidate, endorsed federal implementation of a third gender listing for Americans who identify as non-binary.  Speaking at an LGBTQ-focused meet and greet in New Hampshire on Friday [2/15/2019], Gillibrand emphatically said "yes" about recognizing "X" as a third gender marker.  Palana Belken, a transgender woman and organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, asked Gillibrand the question and applauded her quick answer.  According to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the U.S., non-binary is an "adjective describing a person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman."

The Editor says...
"Insane" is not a gender.  If you "identify" as the opposite sex, that doesn't change your chromosomes.

Kirsten Gillibrand Gets Awkward While Preaching At Church.  Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) got awkward last week while preaching at Al Sharpton's National Action Network's King Day Public Policy Forum on Martin Luther King Jr.  Day.  "We will wear the belt of truth because we know the truth," Gillibrand yelled to the crowd while making awkward gestures.  "We speak truth to power.  We will put on the bright breastplate of righteousness because we know right from wrong."  "And we will not forget it," Gillibrand continued.  "We will hold that shield of faith, as Dr. King said, faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.  So hold on to that faith tightly."

The Editor says...
Ordinarily the separation of church and state people get very upset when Republicans deliver campaign speeches in churches, but when Democrats do it, that's okay.

Amy Klobuchar

Being 'Not-Trump' is not enough.  Klobuchar has been presenting herself as a kind, motherly figure who has transcended her humble, troubled origins, uploading a quirky campaign video made by her daughter and talking about her father's history of alcoholism.  The image of a good woman who rose from nothing is clearly intended to be set against the image of the boorish son of privilege now in the White House.  But since Klobuchar has been dogged by charges of workplace bullying it is hard to imagine this homely act taking off.

Amy Klobuchar joins Kamala Harris, desperately trying to 'victim up'.  Like her rival Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar is out poor-mouthing herself as a identity-politics pioneer who rose up through inconquerable barriers and impossible discouragement as a woman, and for that now deserves the right to rule us.  Here she is speaking to Chuck Todd, telling us all how tough she had it: [...] It doesn't get more fake than that, given that Klobuchar grew up in the 1970s, back when little girls were being told rather loudly by Gloria Steinem and the entire establishment that they could be anything they wanted to be.

Amy Klobuchar calls on Trump to publicly defend Muslims after mosque attack.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that President Trump should be defending Muslims publicly after the white nationalist terror attack last week that killed roughly 50 people at two mosques.  "At the very least, he is dividing people," the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told CNN of the president.

Whatta Bunch of Phony Baloneys.  [Scroll down]  Then Sen. Amy Klobuchar, representing "Minnesota Nice."  Remember how nice she was during the Kavanaugh hearings?  So nice!  We were told that is why she is running for President:  Not because she is another power-hungry egomaniac, but because she is nice — and this is a time that America, riven by political partisanship, needs a leader who is just-plain nice.  And then we find out that she actually is an insane sociopath.  She throws solid items around her office in fits of temper, and her staffers need to duck for dear life.  She demeans her underlings and forces them to recite their failings to other people.  She sabotages the efforts of staffers who depart when they seek to get new jobs.  And she will eat her salads with a comb and then make her staffers clean the comb.  Nice?  Baloney!

The Anger of Amy Klobuchar.  Amy Klobuchar has a problem.  Apparently it's been an open secret in Washington and Minnesota, but because she didn't have much of a national reputation, the press lacked occasion to expose it.  But when she made a name for herself during the Kavanaugh hearings, suggesting that a presidential campaign was likely, the press had the necessary occasion, and now we all know about it.  Her problem is rage, easily uncorked, and directed not at the various forces that might thwart the needs of her constituents, but at the people — many of them young — who work for her.  During Klobuchar's first senatorial campaign, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees decried her "shameful treatment of her employees" in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office; in March of 2018, Politico reported that she had the highest staff turnover in the Senate.  But it has been the recent reporting of BuzzFeed News, HuffPost, The New York Times, and others that has provided the vivid and ugly details of what apparently lies behind those facts.

Hillary Clinton Is Not a Candidate.  She Looms Over 2020 Anyway.  Senator Amy Klobuchar seemed quite clear when she revealed the first state she would visit as a presidential candidate:  Wisconsin.  "Because, as you remember, there wasn't a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016," she said.  "With me, that changes."  Many Democrats took it as an unmistakable swipe at Hillary Clinton, who lost that battleground state after never appearing there during the 2016 general election campaign.  The jab ricocheted across the internet, enraging Clinton admirers and earning Ms. Klobuchar attention as a Midwesterner willing to speak hard truths.  But behind the scenes, Ms. Klobuchar of Minnesota sprang into damage control mode, firing off an email to Mrs. Clinton.  In a phone call that soon followed, she apologized and said her off-the-cuff remark had been misinterpreted, according to people familiar with the episode.

The Amy Klobucahr Experience.  In today's [2/23/2019] New York Times Matt Flegenheimer and Sydney Ember perform the proverbial deep dive on the experience of working for Minnesota's own presidential candidate, Amy Klobuchar.  The The [sic] Amy Klobucahr Experience is not pleasant.  Klobucahr's Minnesota nice thing is a facade.  You probably wouldn't want to work as a direct report for Klobuchar.  The story does not come as a great shock.  It has been out there for a while.  The Times adds depth and specificity to previous reports.

NYT: Amy Klobuchar Ate with Her Comb, Then Made Staff Clean It.  The New York Times provided a new exposé Friday about allegations that Democratic presidential contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is cruel to her staff — and it includes a somewhat groteqsue episode involving a comb.

The NRA Wrecks Klobuchar After She Uses Aurora Shooting To Push Gun Control.  Three things are certain.  Death, taxes, and Democrats using a tragic shooting to push for "sensible" or "common sense" gun control laws that are really just slow plays to confiscation.  The latest up to bat is 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who played the same tired tune during a campaign stop in Eau Clair, Wisconsin.  The Minnesota Dem decided to use the recent shooting in Aurora, Illinois, as a soapbox to stand on.

Amy Klobuchar shoots herself in the foot with comments on the Aurora shooting.  Only a week after launching her presidential campaign decrying global warming during a snowstorm in Minneapolis, the woman who wants to claim the mantle of a "moderate" Democrat has beclowned herself with a nonsensical statement.  Even worse, as a veteran prosecutor — county attorney (D.A.) in the most populous county in Minnesota, responsible for all criminal prosecution — she missed a point squarely within her area of purported professional competence.

Klobuchar Says She Can Be 'Tough' on Staff in Response to Mistreatment Reports.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) responded to reports that she has mistreated her staff for years following the announcement that she would be entering the Democratic field for president by saying she can be "tough" on employees because she has "high expectations."  "Yes, I can be tough, and yes I can push people," Klobuchar said Sunday afternoon at Boom Island Park just outside downtown Minneapolis.  "I have high expectations for myself, I have high expectations for the people that work for me, but I have high expectations for this country."

Prospective Dem candidate Amy Klobuchar's treatment of staff led to rebuke from Harry Reid: report.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is expected to launch her 2020 presidential campaign on Sunday, but is facing an early crisis over a wave of accusations that she has mistreated staff — with her conduct reportedly getting so bad that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told her to change her behavior.  Klobuchar is expected to announce her 2020 run in Minneapolis on Sunday.  But that announcement was overshadowed this week when HuffPost reported this week that Klobuchar has such a bad reputation over her treatment of staff that a number of potential staffers have withdrawn from consideration to manage her campaign because of it.

Klobuchar's opening pitch sidetracked by staff horror stories.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pitching herself for the White House as the commonsense Midwestern answer to President Donald Trump — while former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.  The run-up to Klobuchar's expected presidential campaign launch on Sunday was sidetracked by former aides, speaking anonymously for fear of retribution, who described a toxic office environment including demeaning emails, thrown office supplies and requests for staff to perform personal chores for the senator.

'Klobuchar's Wrath': Minnesota Senator Once Hit Aide After Throwing Binder.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) regularly left employees in tears and at one point hit an aide with a binder after throwing it in anger, according to former staffers who spoke to BuzzFeed News.  The Minnesota senator's former staffers suggest she ran an office "controlled by fear, anger, and shame," BuzzFeed reports.  Based on interviews and emails reviewed by BuzzFeed, Klobuchar "demeaned and berated her staff almost daily, subjecting them to bouts of explosive rage and regular humiliation within the office."  Several staffers said employees were frequently left crying due to Klobuchar's anger, which involved yelling, throwing papers, and, in one case, accidentally hitting an employee with a binder.

Amy Klobuchar Reportedly Can't Get a 2020 Campaign Chief Because of Reputation For Mistreating Staff.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will announce this Sunday whether she is running for president.  But one new report asserts that the Minnesota senator has had quite a bit of trouble getting someone to run her 2020 camapign — thanks to a reputation for mistreating her staff.  According to HuffPost, at least three people have pulled out of consideration from running Klobuchar's presidential campaign.  Klobuchar, according to the database Legistorm (via The New York Times), has the third most staff turnover of anyone in Congress.  From 2001-2016, she was ranked No. 1 in that dubious category.

Howard Schultz

Being 'Not-Trump' is not enough.  The saddest example of a not-Trumper is Howard Schultz, the blissfully blinkered overpriced coffee baron who has surrounded himself with so many yes men that he thinks America craves a shambling technocrat.  He claims that a 'silent majority' of Americans are socially and economically liberal and dislike Republican and Democrat extremism.  Sometimes a silent majority is nothing more than a figment of the imagination.  Pressed on what he will do, and how, Schultz has cheerful buzzwords such as 'civility', 'honesty' and 'results' which are as effective in political rhetoric as they would be as chat-up lines.  The most charitable explanation for his campaign is that he has confused the feelings of his advisers for the feelings of the nation.

Run, Howard Schultz, Run  — Don't Give In To Democrat Bullies.  Starbucks tycoon Howard Schultz had barely gotten the words out of his mouth about a possible independent bid for president before an angry Democratic mob descended on him.  He should ignore them. [...] Advisors said that the ferocity of these attacks took Schultz by surprise.  They shouldn't have.  This is standard operating procedure for today's Democrats.  So far at least, the attempt to bully him from the stage hasn't deterred him.  He's even showing some Trump-esque spine when it comes to responding to attacks.

The bad news for Democrats about a Howard Schultz run for president keeps getting worse.  As I mentioned yesterday, a poll showed that Democrats have good reason to be very, very afraid of a Howard Schultz candidacy. [...] Their screeching isn't confined to just words.  They've wheeled out their big slime machine, a PAC led by the founder of the George Soros-bankrolled Media Matters, to dig up and "reveal" dirt on Schultz in a bid to destroy his campaign.  Thus far, they're failing miserably.

A republic, not a giant H.R. department.  Democrats are vexed over Schultz.  Spoiler alert:  They consider him a spoiler candidate akin to Ralph Nader in 2000 or Jill Stein in 2016.  In a close race, he would siphon votes from the Democratic Party's nominee and hand the election to President Trump.  Schultz offered a rationale for his candidacy in USA Today on Tuesday:  People seemingly want choice untainted by the Republican or Democratic Party brands.  He noted that 66 percent of likely voters in a recent No Labels/HarrisX poll say "neither party is really representing my needs or interests."  Moreover, a Gallup poll found that 57 percent of Americans believe the country could use a viable third-party.

How many people do what Michael Moore demands?
Michael Moore Says To Boycott Starbucks Until Howard Schultz Drops Out.  The prospect of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz running for president as an independent against candidates like Kamala Harris has scared the living daylights out of leftists, who fear he may split the vote in President Trump's favor.

The Democrats Lose Their Minds.  I'm not a Democrat — in case you haven't noticed — but Howard Schultz is. [...] He's from Seattle, holds liberal positions on, as far as I can tell, every issue, and has donated gobs of money to the Democratic Party and to the last two Democratic presidents.  But Schultz is also a democratic capitalist who attributes his phenomenal success — his fortune from Starbucks is around $3 billion — at least in part to America's culture of entrepreneurial risk-taking, minimal government interference in commerce, individual responsibility, and rule of law.  He worries that the Democratic Party, radicalized by the presidency of Donald Trump, is in the process of abandoning support for the very aspects of American life that made his life possible.

Howard Schultz 'freaked out' by Democratic backlash to independent presidential run, rethinks effort.  Howard Schultz is getting burned, like a bad cup of Starbucks coffee and it may force him to rethink his presidential aspirations. [...] Schultz has been the recipient in recent days of an angry backlash by leading Democrats after he announced he was exploring running as an independent last Sunday [1/27/2019] during a 60 Minutes interview.  Schultz once described himself as a lifelong Democrat but said he now may break with his old party because he feels it has moved too far to the left on spending and taxes, while promoting programs that will saddle future generations with enormous debt.

Obama appointee claims Howard Schultz owes his success to ... government housing projects.  Like him or not, Howard Schultz is a perfect 10.  On the famous Forbes billionaire's list (Full disclosure:  I once helped compile it), Schultz got a ranking of '10' in terms of how he acquired his Starbucks wealth.  A ranking of '1' reserved for someone who completely inherited his pile and isn't doing a thing to increase it.  A '10' is reserved for someone who started at the absolute bottom with significant disadvantages, broke the shackles, and soared to the top.  Schultz is in that tiny club with a '10,' and in America, that's the highest status one can get, the biggest kind of American success story.  Only in America... and yes, he did revolutionize business.

If Democrats Hadn't Embraced Crazy, Howard Schultz Wouldn't Be A Threat To Them.  He's just a man, one who happens to be very wealthy.  A very wealthy man who is considering using a slice of his substantial fortune to run for president of the United States. [...] Skipping the party process will allow Schultz to make his case more directly and won't require him to try to shift back to the middle like Democrats will after having spent their primary process veering to the left.  But it also means no infrastructure in the states to get his name on all 50 ballots.  The parties didn't construct this to make it easy for people working outside it to win.  The hurdles Schultz faces can be overcome with money, which he has.  Democrats know this and they're scrambling to try to convince him not to do it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's misplaced criticisms of billionaire Howard Schultz.  Note to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:  Americans, by and large, don't care if billionaires have billions of bucks.  Americans, by and large, aspire to become billionaires themselves — or millionaires, or otherwise financially independent — and therefore don't have a problem with a country that gives the freedom to meet those economic goals.  Hating wealth, hating the wealthy — those are socialist things.

Howard Schultz:  Democrats Are Too Far Left.  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent presidential bid, said today's Democratic Party has moved too far to the left, a position hardly likely to win over leading Democrats who already fear that a Schultz candidacy could throw the election to President Donald Trump.  In a spate of interviews Tuesday [1/29/2019], Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, took shots at several policies promoted by Democrats' leading lights.  "I respect the Democratic Party.  I no longer feel affiliated because I don't know their views represent the majority of Americans.  I don't think we want a 70-percent income tax in America," the billionaire told CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin, referencing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposed marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hires ex-Obama aide as communications advisor as he mulls running for president in 2020.  Howard Schultz has hired ex-Obama aide Bill Burton as a communications advisor as the former Starbucks CEO mulls running for president in 2020, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.  Schultz's team has been speaking with potential staffers as the former Starbucks chairman debates whether to run for president as an independent, the sources added.

At least Mr. Schultz has run a successful business, unlike the last Democrat president.
Trump: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz 'doesn't have the guts' to run for president.  In an interview that aired Sunday night on the CBS show, Schultz said he was considering mounting an independent bid for president.  The businessman, a Democrat, blasted his party and the GOP for what he called a "reckless failure" of constitutional responsibility.  And he targeted the president's social media habits.  "I think, like most people, I've become bored with President Trump and his tweets," Schultz told CBS.

Democrats take aim at Starbucks to 'school' Howie Schultz.  It's pretty obvious that's what's going on, a huge plan of personal and professional destruction just one day out the gate of Schultz's 60 Minutes interview, where he said he was merely considering running for president in 2020.  The Democrats' motive is fear — Schultz is a liberal but not the kind of rigid, lockstep, groupthink far leftist seen in their stable of candidates, and worse still, he's likeable and charming, even to Republicans, so he must be irresistible to a lot of the Democrats they expect votes from.  But Schultz says he'd go as an independent, which raises the specter of a Ross Perot-style candidacy that could split the national vote three ways.  For whoever the Democrats' way-too-far-left candidate is, that means going down in flames against President Trump.  So now they've started their pushback, and already it's an ugly spectacle.

Why Starbucks' Howard Schultz Couldn't Run As A Democrat.  Democrats are worrying about former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz running as an independent for president in 2020.  They say it will only help President Trump.  But the only reason this lifelong Democrat is thinking about an independent bid is because the Democratic party has moved so far to the left.

Starbucks' Howard Schultz:  America Exists for Immigrants, Not Americans.  Starbucks investor Howard Schultz wants to get elected president and to amnesty at least 11 million illegal migrants in the United States.  But his justification for the amnesty includes no rules or principles that would prevent his huge amnesty from expanding into an open-borders policy which would benefit investors at the expense of white-collar and blue-collar Americans, said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigraiton Studies.

Top Democrats fear Howard Schultz is a Perot or Nader who could help re-elect Trump.  Top Democrats were apoplectic Monday about what they fear will be a spoiler campaign by Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, after he said he is "seriously considering" running for president as an independent.  Many Democrats on Capitol Hill said Schultz's campaign would only split the anti-Trump vote and deliver Trump another victory in 2020.  "It would be hurtful.  History shows it would be hurtful," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in an interview Monday [1/28/2019].  Hoyer likened Schultz to Ross Perot, who helped spoil a second term in the White House for then-President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Democrats uneasy about potential Howard Schultz bid.  or a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid — or even hostile — responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says Donald Trump is not qualified to be president.  Howard Schultz, the billionaire former CEO of Starbucks, tells Scott Pelley he believes Donald Trump is not qualified to lead the U.S. and that politicians in both parties are failing the American people.

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The candidate who gets the most votes in the Electoral College is the one who's qualified to be president.

Ex-Starbucks CEO Could Get Trump Re-elected.  Before there was Jill Stein, there was Ralph Nader.  Before there was Nader, there was Ross Perot.  None won.  All argued that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party were basically the same, and the only way to make real change was to ditch them both.  Each was blamed for siphoning off enough votes to throw the presidential elections.  These days, the difference between the parties is starker than it's ever been in modern times.  Yet here comes Howard Schultz, a billionaire who feels that he might be the answer to American politics, and that he'd run for president as an independent.

Bernie Sanders

What Bernie Sanders' tax returns say about his faith in socialism.  Self-described Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane released 10 years of tax returns this week.  The returns show a pretty typical picture of Americans in the top 5 percent of earners, until they became 1 percenters in 2016.  Yes, they itemized their deductions where they wrote off expenses like home mortgage interest of over $37,000 in 2009 and their state and local taxes in amounts of anywhere from $20,000 to over $216,000 in 2017.

Why Crazy Bernie will lose in 2020.  Fifteen months from now, Democrats will nominate their least electable (with the possible exception of Kamala Harris) candidate for U.S. president, who will then go down in flames.  This is not just because he's a Castro-loving nut who traveled to Russia to bond with his fellow commies in the 1980s — voters have short memories and will forgive or ignore history that ancient.  And Democrats themselves would not lose sleep over the irony of pitching Crazy Bernie after years of collusion delusion.  The specific reasons for Crazy's pending loss (if he lives that long) are as follows.  First:  Crazy is too old for change or rebranding.

A Reckoning Is in Store for Democrats.  Bernie Sanders will be 79 on the next Inauguration Day, and he was too far left for the Democrats four years ago, when they lost to Trump, and he is still moving left.

Bernie Sanders donated less than one percent to charity first year he made over one million dollars.  Sanders released 10 years of tax returns Monday, revealing that he earned an average of $280,975 per year from 2009 through 2015, and that his income skyrocketed to $1,062,626 in 2016 due to sales of his best-selling book, "Our Revolution."  Sanders reported $10,600 in charitable contributions in 2016, making up slightly less than one percent of his reported income and falling under the $21,365 average charitable contribution for Americans who earned $250,000 or more that year, according to the latest available IRS data.

Bernie Sanders tells Fox News town hall that he won't pay his 'fair share' in taxes unless he is forced to.  Conservatives have let rich lefties off the hook for too long for their insistence that they will follow their own moral guidelines only when forced to.

Bernie Sanders, the millionaire socialist with three homes.  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is in the spotlight this week with headlines about his large personal fortune.  For most of the 77-year-old Vermont socialist's political career, this is not a sentence you would have ever expected to encounter.  He grew up respectably urban poor and his career before politics was pretty ragtag.  As a municipal politician he set an example of relative austerity and closeness to the public:  the townhouse in Burlington, Vt., that he still owns is nothing special.  During his time in the U.S. Senate he has been famous for being the poorest member, or nearly the poorest, of that body.  And he is surely still very near the bottom of the league table.  But on Tuesday [4/9/2019], as Sanders was preparing to release 10 years of personal tax returns, he could have savoured the pleasure of reading a New York Times headline declaring him "Bernie Sanders, Now a Millionaire."  I suppose we all recognize that there is something quaint about that word, which the elderly Sanders himself still flings around as a pejorative.

Sanders Admits He's A Millionaire.  On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed some very bad news for his campaign:  he's a millionaire.  Sanders, who has been pressured to turn over his tax returns for the last ten years, finally acquiesced, announcing he would do so — and admitting that he is, in fact, worth more than a million dollars.

3 Bernie Sanders policies now embraced by the Democratic field.  For years, Sanders has made passionate pushes to increase the minimum wage.  He recently reintroduced legislation to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.  "While the official unemployment rate is relatively low, too many workers in America today are making wages that don't pay enough to make ends meet.  Workers and their families cannot make it on $9 an hour or $10 an hour — or even less," Sanders said in a statement in November, claiming it would give 40 million workers a raise.  "We have got to raise the minimum wage in this country to a living wage — at least $15 an hour."

Sanders calls for ban on state right-to-work laws.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who's vying for the Democratic nomination for president, called for a federal ban on so-called right-to-work laws in a Monday [4/8/2019] speech.  Speaking to the International Association of Machinists at the union's conference in Las Vegas, Sanders said as president he would push legislation in Congress to prohibit the laws.  Right-to-work laws bar unionized workplaces from negotiating contracts under which all members who benefit from the contract must contribute dues.  Twenty-six states currently have right-to-work laws on the books.

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Someone should tell Bernie Sanders about the Tenth Amendment.

Bernie Sanders:  Murderers and Rapists Should Vote from Prison.  The ACLU launched its bid to push for criminals voting from prison.  In the radical 2020 primaries, some candidate is bound to sign on to a leftist proposal, no matter how insane.  And usually Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders or Beto O'Rourke will take the lead in that regard.  So no real shock that Bernie jumped on this one.

In Iowa, Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote from behind bars.  While Iowa struggles on whether to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison sentences, Sen. Bernie Sanders said people convicted of felonies should never lose access to the ballot box in the first place.  At a town hall meeting in Muscatine's West Middle School gymnasium Saturday [4/6/2019], the Vermont senator was asked whether the imprisoned should have the right to vote.  Only his home state and Maine allow felons to vote from behind bars.  "I think that is absolutely the direction we should go," he said.

Why is it taking Bernie Sanders so long to release his taxes?  Bernie Sanders has effectively been running for president steadily since, at least, 2015.  And over all that time — which now spans two campaigns for president — we've seen exactly one year of his tax returns.  In the 2016 campaign, Sanders released the two summary pages of his 2014 returns only.  He said he would release a more robust tax history if he became the Democratic nominee, which, well, didn't happen.  By contrast, Hillary Clinton released eight years of returns — spanning 2007-2014 — in August 2015.

Can't Any Democrat Here Play This Game?  [Scroll down]  They gab on the talk shows, appear on the cable town halls, join in calls to tear down the Constitution.  None commands authority.  With one exception:  Bernie Sanders.  Who isn't even a Democrat.  But he looks more like the Democratic frontrunner every day.  He is second to Biden in national polls and leading in some states.  He has raised the most money and has the most donors, a solid core of supporters, and a simple but comprehensive message of economic and social equality.  The party's establishment is leery of him.  In these times, that might be an advantage.  Born a year earlier than Biden, Sanders is nevertheless more in sync with the moment.  Not just because his fans include so many Millennials.  Thinking dialectically, as Sanders does, the Vermont senator's democratic socialism is the antithesis to the thesis of President Trump's nationalist populism.

Sanders slapped with his own collusion logic after Vermont GOP calls to see all investigative material from wife's scandal.  The Vermont GOP demanded Sunday [3/31/2019] that Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders release "all investigative material" related to the investigation of a land deal connected to his wife.  Sanders, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has called for release of the "whole [...] report."  Attorney General William Barr released a summary indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.  "I call on you to apply this same standard of transparency to yourself.  Under your proposed standard, surely you would agree that all investigative material related to the criminal bank fraud investigation involving you and your wife should be released," Vermont GOP chairwoman Deborah Billado wrote in a letter to Sanders Sunday.

The Democratic Party Is Radicalizing.  If you want to understand just how radicalized the Democratic Party has become in recent years, look at the ascent of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  A self-proclaimed socialist, Sanders served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and was then elected to the House in 1990 and the Senate in 2006.  It's hard to overstate just how left-wing Sanders's views have been, at least by the standards of American politics.  Sanders has been a consistent defender of regimes led by anti-American dictators like Daniel Ortega and Fidel Castro.  He took pains to separate his brand of socialism from the "totalitarianism" of the Soviet Union, but on a 1988 trip, repeatedly drew contrasts between the Soviet system and the United States that cast his own country in an unfavorable light.  In the 1970s, Sanders called for the nationalization of entire industries and 100 percent taxation on those making more than $1 million.

Bernie Travels First Class.  I wonder if at the outset of his career back in woodsy Vermont Bernie Sanders — Crazy Bernie, as we say — ever imagined that years later at the age of 77 he would be running for president, have developed a taste for private jets, be the master of three homes, and run on a platform that included Medicare for All, Free College for All, and a Minimum Wage of $15 an Hour for All, that and the rest of the Green New Deal with no hint of how he would pay for it.  No one is making a very big issue of it that Crazy Bernie has already rung up a tab of trillions of dollars that the taxpayers will have to pay somewhere down the road.  There was a day when we chuckled about Limousine Liberals.  What do you call Bernie?  A Sybaritic Socialist?  Sure he still dresses like a rag doll, but his transportation is another matter.  He does not fly first class.  He flies private jet, and lounges about in his three homes, all tended to by his wife who just bankrupted a minor university.  I wonder if she is paying off any of that university's debt that she rang up.

Sen. Bernie Sanders hangs transgender pride flag outside his office.  The trans pride flag was created in 1999 and first flown at a Phoenix LGBT pride celebration in 2000, according to Point 5cc, a trans awareness website.  The flag was designed by Monica Helms, an openly transgender American woman.  Helms said the pastel colors represent male and female.  The white stripe is for intersex people.

The Growing Sewer of Hate of Ilhan Omar.  On Sunday [3/24/2019], the first day of the AIPAC Policy Conference, our organization, The World Values Network, took out a full-page color ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar for her antisemitic remarks.  The headline read:  "Blah Blah, The Jews Control The World With Their Money, Blah Blah," showing Americans that Omar's antisemitism is classic and her statements a repetition of age-old canards.  We actually dug up those canards from classic antisemitic tracts, and the resemblance was striking and frightening.

FEC Complaint:  Bernie Breaking Federal Law by Employing Foreign National.  The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign is violating federal election law by employing foreign nationals in advisory campaign positions, according to a newly filed complaint to the Federal Election Commission obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon.  The complaint points to the employment of three individuals, including Maria Belén Sisa, an illegal immigrant from Argentina who is in the United States under the protections of DACA and has been named deputy national press secretary for Bernie 2020.  Sisa, who collected a salary from the Bernie 2016 campaign and also made financial contributions to it, recently made headlines when she questioned whether American Jews, including her own boss Sanders, were loyal to the United States.  Both the work for the campaign and contributions are "direct and serious violations" of federal election law, the complaint argues.

Bernie Sanders:  Need To Do 'Better Job' Explaining How Socialism Leads to a 'Vibrant Democracy'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is running again to be president of the United States, and although he lost the Democratic nomination in 2016, he hopes to earn the mantle this cycle and bring his brand of socialism to power.  One thing he hopes to do better on the road to the White House is to do a "better job" explaining socialism.

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Hey, Bernie.  Maybe you should go to Venezuela and tell everybody how lucky they are.

Sanders Institute suspends operations amid criticism over donations.  The "nonprofit" think tank founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife and son is closing up shop after drawing criticism over the donations it's been receiving.  The Vermont-based Sanders Institute is looking to suspend all operations by May — "so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety" — now that the Independent state lawmaker is running for president, his wife explained Thursday [3/14/2019].  The decision was reportedly made in late February after Sanders launched his campaign.

Bernie Sanders gets stitches after run-in with shower door.  Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign says the Vermont senator has been treated at a walk-in clinic for a minor injury while campaigning in South Carolina.

Bernie Sanders in the 1970s urged nationalization of most major industries.  Bernie Sanders advocated for the nationalization of most major industries, including energy companies, factories, and banks, when he was a leading member of a self-described "radical political party" in the 1970s, a CNN KFile review of his record reveals.  Sanders' past views shed light on a formative period of his political career that could become relevant as he advances in the 2020 Democratic primary.

Bernie 2020 has Democrats petrified.  Don't look now, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is rising in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls and is once again drawing both large crowds at campaign stops and Bernie Bros back to their keyboards.  And just like in 2016, Sanders is already giving many Democrats and their allies heartburn.  Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) recently said Sanders should not be allowed to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, because "[h]e's not a Democrat."

Aides try to make socialist commissar Bernie Sanders seem human.  Turns out Amy Klobuchar isn't the only Democratic presidential candidate with a revolting personality.  Aides are reportedly struggling to put openly socialist Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders through some kind of charm school. [...] They're trying to Clintonize the old-line socialist, making him into an oleaginous snake-oil salesman, in a bid to get him more votes.

This Bernie Sanders Attempt To Make Inroads With Black Democrats Was Brutal To Watch.  If there was a point of weakness with Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 bid, it was his weakness with black voters.  I think black voters like what he had to say, but they weren't going to defect and toss their lot in with him. [...] So, with the Left obsessed with diversity, especially concerning young women of color, you'd think his first swing at trying to nab a solid chunk of the black Democratic vote would go well.  There's no Clinton.  The party has lurched further to the Left.  He should be fine, right?  Nope.  When asked on The Breakfast Club on 105.1 FM what pieces of legislation he helped pass that benefitted black Americans, Sanders couldn't name a single one.

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Slogan is Incredibly Stupid, Perfect for Progressives.  "Not me.  Us."  Vermont Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has decided this ode to collectivism will be his slogan for the 2020 presidential campaign.  Surely, many will argue this phrase simply means that he will be representing all of "us" Americans and his presidency would not be about him, but a deeper dive shows that he captivates the entirety of the progressive mindset with these three words.

Pigs on Two Legs Turn on Each Other.  [Scroll down]  That Bernie wants to take things away from rich people and redistribute them to the poor in his view should negate the now bothersome fact that, in the new leftist lexicon, he is otherwise just an old white, and rather affluent career politician, still barking at the class-struggle moon.  Recently leftists have castigated Bernie for daring to run again in 2020, a gambit that would certainly drain support from a new generation of more deserving identity politics progressives.  Or as National Review editor Rich Lowry recently put it, "In the language of the modern left, the straight, cisgendered Sanders is burdened by his utter lack of intersectionality."

Bernie "Hires Illegal Immigrant" To Be His Potty-Mouthed Press Secretary.  How will the Bernie campaign handle the employment status of their "illegal immigrant" press secretary, Belen Sisa?  Also, does she plan on talking to the media with this mouth?

New spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders won't be able to vote for him in 2020 — she's an illegal immigrant.  Bernie Sanders' newest deputy national press secretary won't be able to cast a vote for her boss in the 2020 presidential election.  That's because Belén Sisa, a millennial Arizona left-wing activist who joined the Democrat's staff this week, claims to be an undocumented immigrant who is protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

CNN Accused of Colluding with Democrat Operatives During Bernie Sanders Town Hall.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participated in a town hall event that aired on CNN Monday as part of his campaign for the 2020 election — but some online sleuths have discovered that the audience may have been stacked against him.

Bernie Sanders staff shake-up:  Top strategists leave his presidential campaign.  In a major shake-up to Bernie Sanders' just-launched presidential bid, some of his top strategists have left the campaign.  Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh and Julian Mulvey, partners in a political consulting firm who all played leading roles in Sanders' 2016 campaign for the White House, are parting ways with the senator, citing creative differences.

Elizabeth Warren's mission impossible.  Sen. Bernie Sanders shattered expectations when his campaign raked in a record-setting $5.9 million dollars from 299,000 small donors immediately following his announcement.  The Vermont socialist, far from fading into the background, appears poised to be the 2020 Democratic frontrunner.  This is bad news for Liz, whose class-warfare, eat-the-rich rhetoric is targeted to the same base of support.

The identity-politics police come for Bernie Sanders.  Bernie Sanders catalyzed the Democratic Party's post-Obama move to the left.  He nearly beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries, and may have even been a stronger candidate against Donald Trump in the general.  Now he's back, and the party's surging left wing is conflicted.  At one level, it's thrilling for the left:  If the self-proclaimed democratic socialist were elected president in 2020, it would represent a truly historic swing in the country's political orientation.  No one would be as committed to the party's new, socialist-inflected policy agenda than the guy who came up with much of it in the first place.

How the Socialists Will Steal Election 2020.  The key to understanding how socialists posing as progressives are trying to take over Election 2020 is understanding exactly who Senator Bernie Sanders really is.  Everyone who can read or write knows Sanders is a lifelong socialist who made it rich riding on the coat tails of Capitalist America.  What some folks may not know is that he's in the race merely to make Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden et al look good.  He's there to frighten folk into voting for a progressive rather than a socialist — never knowing that they are one and the same thing. [...] As shopworn and doddering as Sanders is, this is not the first but the second time the Democrats sent him out to the voting public as a Straw Man.

Bernie Sanders isn't a Democrat, and that's irking SC Democrats in his run for president.  Bernie Sanders is running for president again, seeking the Democratic nomination in South Carolina.  Just don't count on all Democrats giving him a warm and fuzzy welcome.  The fact that Sanders, an independent democratic socialist senator from Vermont, isn't a full-blown member of the Democratic Party is irksome to some, especially those trying to make South Carolina competitive in a red state.  When talk first surfaced of Sanders' second run becoming a reality, the Rev. Joe Darby of the Charleston NAACP and the influential Morris Brown AME Church tweeted:  "Sorry — i plan to vote for a Democrat."  Darby told Palmetto Politics that Sanders is using the party "as a means of convenience."

Bernie blows his big chance to explain socialism in Venezuela.  Bernie Sanders, 77, who's been defending socialist Venezuela for years, and who'd now like to be our president, has some explaining to do. [...] Venezuela's crisis is very much a crisis of socialism.  When you expand the state as much as Venezuela did, as rapidly as Venezuela did in the past decade, the private sector dies.

Bernie Sanders, It's Over.  Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent.  But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over.  Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him — she had amassed nearly 4 million more votes — he continued to undermine her all the way up to the party convention.  Without a doubt, he helped elect Donald Trump.  Recall this scorched-earth attack, at a rally when Clinton had all but clinched the nomination:  "Are you qualified to be president of the United States when you're raising millions of dollars from Wall Street, an entity whose greed, recklessness and illegal behavior helped destroy our economy?"

Here's the Full 1985 Interview Where Bernie Sanders Praised Castro, Slammed Reagan, and More.  Independent Vermont Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gave a lengthy interview in 1985 in which he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, defended Nicaragua's Sandinista government, and slammed then-President Ronald Reagan as a liar.  The interview originally aired on August 8, 1985 on Vermont's Channel 17/Town Meeting Television, and followed then-Burlington Mayor Sanders' visit to Nicaragua, where he attended a rally at which Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega railed against the United States government.  The video resurfaced during the last presidential campaign when Buzzfeed posted it in June of 2015, and given Sanders' decision to run again in 2020, will likely be circulated again.  [Video clip]

Dems Tell Bernie To Kiss His 2020 Bid Goodbye After He Sympathizes With Venezuelan Dictator.  It would appear that the nation's most famous democratic socialist is already shooting himself in the foot, making it hard for him to reach his 2020 presidential goal.  According to Politico, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is refusing to label Venezuela's ousted President Nicholas Maduro as a dictator.  On top of that, Sanders will give no acknowledgment to the nation's interim president Juan Guaido.  During a Tuesday interview with Univision, the Vermont socialist refused to acknowledge Guaidó as the legitimate leader of the country.  When asked if he was, Sanders simply answered "no."

DNC to ask Bernie Sanders to affirm he's a Democrat.  2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will be asked next week to sign a piece of paper affirming he's a Democrat.  The Democratic National Committee is expected to brief the campaigns of declared candidates as well as contenders who have formed exploratory committees in the coming days.  This year, the briefing packet will include a "candidate affirmation form," a DNC official told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday [2/20/2019].  "Candidates who have officially announced their candidacy will have a week to return a signed copy of the affirmation form to the DNC," the official said.  "As any additional candidates enter the race, they will be provided with the same information and will be required to return the form in the same time frame."

One Last Grift for Bernie Sanders.  Comrade Muppet puts on a good show, but if you want to know where his heart is, go to berniesanders.com, where you'll find a Bernie Sanders swag store and a donations link and precious little about what the candidate thinks and believes.  Sanders has been around long enough to appreciate that Democratic presidential campaigns are made of rage and money, with ideas way back there somewhere near the caboose.  Fresh ideas don't pay the mortgage on second and third homes, either, which must be of some interest to a man with Senator Sanders's real-estate portfolio, relatively modest senator's salary, and light professional résumé.  To the very limited extent that Senator Sanders is a man of ideas, he is — not that he'd ever admit it — a man of Donald Trump's ideas.

Lifestyles of the rich and socialist:  Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., entered the 2020 presidential race this week promising to transform America with a left-wing vision of economic and environmental justice.  But the self-described democratic socialist's high-end income, multiple houses and fondness for air travel have already opened him up to criticism that his lifestyle doesn't always match the rhetoric.  Sanders has pitched himself as a grassroots economic populist, focusing on income inequality and higher taxes for the rich.

Bernie Sanders Jumps Into A Very Crowded Field Of Far-Left Democratic Candidates.  When Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he was running for president, the only surprising thing was how much competition he'll have on the far left.  The current crop of 2020 candidates is so liberal, in fact, that it makes the Barack Obama of 2008 look positively right wing.

Bernie and Burlington College.  Bernie Sanders said Tuesday [2/19/2019] he's running for President again, and we trust this time no one will sell his chances short.  Having come close to winning the Democratic nomination in 2016, the Vermont socialist should get the scrutiny he dodged last time.  Among 2020 contenders, only Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden rival Mr. Sanders for national name recognition, and only Mr. Biden is beating him in the polls.  Mr. Sanders ended 2018 with some $9 million in his Senate campaign fund, another advantage in a crowded field.

Bernie Sanders Officially Enters 2020 Race.  Following a litany reports teased an imminent announcement, only to be denied by his staff, Bernie Sanders has finally officially thrown his hat into the ring, officially acknowledging his plan to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination during an interview Tuesday [2/19/2019] with Vermont Public Radio.

Bernie Sanders announces he's running for president.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he is running for president — launching a second bid for the White House after the self-described socialist's strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. [...] An enthusiastic progressive who promotes Medicare for All and free college tuition, Sanders stunned the Democratic establishment in 2016 with his spirited challenge to Hillary Clinton.

Sanders Throws Hair in Ring for 2020.  Sanders, a socialist "independent" who's not even officially a Democrat, was born in Brooklyn in 1941 and honeymooned in the Soviet Union in 1988, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of his beloved Communism.  His current geriatric possible rival for the nomination is former Delaware senator and Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, who was born in 1942.

Robert F. "Beto" O'Rourke

Beto's Top Advisor Quits Campaign.  Poor little Bobby Francis O'Rourke.  His 2020 presidential campaign's top advisor just quit and took her deputy with her today [4/20/2019].  BuzzFeed News reports that Becky Bond, a progressive activist who has been with "Beto" since his 2019 senate race, has left his presidential campaign.

Beto O'Rourke says he's returning campaign contribution from Chevron lobbyist.  Beto O'Rourke was confronted by an angry voter in New Hampshire Friday morning [4/19/2019] over a contribution he accepted from a fossil fuel lobbyist.  The exchange between O'Rourke and the woman unfolded during a town hall at a tea cafe in Somersworth, N.H., after it came out that the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful received a $250 donation from a Chevron lobbyist based in New Mexico on Mar. 29.  The Texas Democrat has repeatedly fundraised on the basis that he has no ties to special interest groups.

Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete.  The Buttigieg boom has also benefited from the stumbles of our previous political shooting star, Beto O'Rourke.  Was it only weeks ago that the press began swooning for O'Rourke like a drunken conventioneer, writing about him with the same frequency it does for Buttigieg today?  The things that once seemed so appealing about O'Rourke to the press — the generalities, the platitudes, the offhanded charisma, the rolled-up sleeves — seem off-putting now.  The clearest sign of the press corps' O'Rourke infatuation was its routine reference to him by his first name in its stories — something it has moved on to doing with Buttigieg.  Such shameful and transparent familiarity.

O'Rourke Compares Service in Congress to Charitable Giving.  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke likened his service in Congress to contributions to charity on Tuesday [4/16/2019] when responding to a critic of his low charitable giving.  The former Texas congressman has taken heat over his 2017 tax return showing he and his wife Amy gave $1,166 out of their $366,455 adjusted gross income that year to charity, a giving rate of just 0.3 percent.  A town hall questioner at the University of Virgina asked O'Rourke why her sister, a recent college graduate, made far less than he did but gave more to charity.  "I've served in public office since 2005," he said.  "I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, my state and now, of my country.  There are ways that I do this that are measurable.  And there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable."

Beto O'Rourke Says His Campaign Sacrifices Make Up for Miserly Charitable Donations.  Fake Hispanic Beto O'Rourke was confronted at a town hall about his miserly campaign donations and responded in such a narcissistic fashion, I suffered a Barry Obama flashback.  According to his tax returns, since 2008, the Irishman O'Rourke has donated less than one percent of his considerable income to charity.  In 2017, he earned a healthy $366,455, but his reported charitable donations totaled just $1,166.  In other words, he donated less than one-third of one-percent to charity.  Over the last ten years, the Irishman O'Rourke reported an average annual income of $340,613 but "donated an average of just $2,430 to charity per year during that time, or 0.7 percent," reports The Washington Free Beacon.

Beto O'Rourke was asked why he doesn't donate much to charity.  He responds that his 'sacrifice' is running for office.  Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke and his wife don't give that much of their income to charity, but he says that's OK since he's spent so much of his life running for and holding public office.  Here's the background:  Recent analysis of tax documents from 2020 Democratic presidential candidates puts O'Rourke at the bottom of the list of Democratic donors to charity.  In fact, the O'Rourkes reported donating only $1,166 out of $370,412 in 2017.  That's 0.3 percent.  When asked about the paltry percentage at a recent campaign event in Virginia, the Texas Democrat countered by saying that he gives in ways that can't be quantified on a tax return, like running for president.

Beto O'Rourke Donated Just 0.7% of His Income to Charity Since 2008.  When it comes to raising money, former congressman and failed Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is a force to be reckoned with.  However, when it comes to charitable giving, O'Rourke's personal contributions are far from generous — typically less than 1 percent of his total income.  O'Rourke earned $366,455 in 2017, according to his tax returns, which he posted on his campaign website on Monday [4/15/2019].  That same year, he reported charitable donation of just $1,166, or 0.3 percent of his total income.  That's even less than rival Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand reported giving to charity on her 2018 tax return.  Gillibrand, who earned $217,634 last year, donated just $3,750 to charity, or 1.7 percent of her total income.

A few kind words from National Review:
'Beto' and Other Names in Politics and Life.  Beto O'Rourke, the ex-congressman from El Paso, has decided to run for president.  He is being teased for jumping on counters, to talk to voters in diners.  He is also being teased about his name:  "Beto."  What's he trying to get away with?  He's no Hispanic.  He's Robert Francis O'Rourke. [...] As a rule, people have a right to the name of their choice, I believe.  They also have a right to the pronunciation of their choice.  Again, this is a rule:  We could think of exceptions, as to almost any rule.  Incidentally, O'Rourke pronounces his name "Bet-o" rather than "Bait-o."

Beto O'Rourke accuses Trump of 'incitement to violence' against Ilhan Omar with 9/11 tweet.  Democratic White House hopeful Beto O'Rourke accused President Trump of inciting "violence against Congresswomen Omar."  The former Texas congressman's comments came at a campaign event in South Carolina on Saturday [4/13/2019] after Trump tweeted a video of remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  O'Rourke said that the video tweeted by Trump on Friday [4/12/2019] is another example of the administration targeting women and minorities.

The Editor says...
The Trump administration has criticized a loudmouth Muslim Congresswoman who appears to be disloyal to the United States.  Islam has declared war on the U.S. long ago, and the Congresswoman has chosen to stand with Islam.  The attack on New York City and other sites on 9/11/2001 was an act of war.  Nothing that Mr. Trump said could be construed as incitement to violence, except by a poorly-educated simpleton.  As another U.S. President once said, "You are either with us, or with the terrorists."

Beto O'Rourke's 3 Lies That Will Cost Him the Election.  [#3] Trump Put Kids in Cages:  This is the biggest lie of the bunch.  Before we destroy it, we'll acknowledge that under President Trump, immigrant children have been separated from their families.  That's the closest thing to a tinge of truth in Beto's statement.  Here's the real breakdown.  The separation of families at the border is a law that was written by Democrats, signed into law by President Clinton and then upheld by Democratic judges in the 9th Circuit.  It isn't President Trump's policy at all, and anyone who paid any attention would know that this practice happened under Obama's 8 year reign.  The change that President Trump introduced was to get rid of the actual cages.  Maybe you've seen a picture circulating of children in chain-link cages?  That was under Obama's Administration.  It was Donald Trump who ended that practice.  Beto isn't stretching the truth on this one.  He's telling as big a lie as there is.

Inside Beto O'Rourke's Million-Dollar Apartment Deal With A Campaign Donor.  The month before he launched his Senate campaign against Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke offloaded an El Paso, Texas, apartment complex that he valued in financial disclosures at between one and five million dollars.  The buyers were Patricia "Isha" Rogers and her husband, Steve Santamaria, public records show.  Rogers is an old family friend and campaign donor for both Beto's and his father's political campaigns.

Being 'Not-Trump' is not enough.  While Trump has been cold and boorish, O'Rourke has tried to seem warm-hearted and sensitive.  Trump shouts.  He listens.  Beto's arms windmill, his eyes are doleful and his mouth is overflowing with right-on sentimentality.  Asked if he would back attempts to mandate that when babies survive abortions they should be kept alive, for example, he said Americans should trust women to make decisions for their own bodies, as if this was a profound answer to the question and not just blather.  Hearing clichés spout from him like water from a broken dam makes you wish that he had never left his youthful edgelord days, when his poems about godlike cows and genitals did at least express some kind of personality.  If you had a slim chance of securing the nomination you would think you would do something to stand out a little:  draw attention to neglected issues, for example, or offer original policies.

Robert 'Beto' O'Rourke to Farmers:  Give 'Fair Share' of Crops for Climate Change.  Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke proposed Friday in Iowa that the U.S. "allow" farmers to give up their "fair share" of crops to fight climate change.

The Editor says...
The farmer's fair share of his crops is 100 percent.  The farmer owns all of his crops, his animals, his tractors, and his buildings.  Socialists either misunderstand, or they abhor, the concept of private property.

Also posted under Everything causes global warming.

Don't Worry, Israelis:  Beto Knows What You Want Better Than You Do.  Nearly a month after Beto O'Rourke announced his candidacy for president, the Texas Democrat has yet to articulate any meaningful views on policy.  His campaign is a series of empty platitudes, lacking any substance.  To the extent that O'Rourke discusses actual issues, he just calls for debates or national conversations to determine what to do, no matter the subject.  Interested in concrete solutions to the problems facing the American people?  Do not look to O'Rourke, who, during six years in the House of Representatives, sponsored no major legislation and only passed three bills.  Even liberal and leftist publications have castigated O'Rourke for his lack of specifics, arguing he has no clear agenda or ideology.  As the Atlantic reported last month, while the candidate wants to offer hope that America can rise above its partisanship and hateful politics, "he hasn't landed on how he'll propose to actually make that happen."

WaPo Gives O'Rourke 'Three Pinocchios' for Claim U.S. Has Spent '27 Years' in Iraq.  The Washington Post's fact checker gave Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke a "Three Pinocchios" rating for claiming the United States been involved in Iraq for "27-years."  O'Rourke has repeatedly denounced America's "endless wars" since announcing his campaign for president last month.  The "political math" utilized by the Texas Democrat to measure the length of those wars, however, caught the Post's attention as inaccurate.

O'Rourke: Netanyahu A 'Racist' Prime Minister, Defies Prospects Of Peace.  Democrat presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke had harsh words for Israel's prime minister at a recent rally.  While speaking in Iowa City Sunday, O'Rourke slammed Benjamin Netanyahu's policies in Israel by saying the prime minister defies the prospects of peace in the region.  Netanyahu is up for reelection and Israeli voters are set to head to the polls Tuesday [4/9/2019].  O'Rourke called America's relationship with Israel "one of the most important on the planet," which must transcend a "racist" prime minister.

Beto O'Rourke's Israel Comments Are Astoundingly Bad And Only Help Antisemitic Radicals.  Former Texas Congressman Robert "Beto" O'Rourke has proven he's willing to jump in radical camps when it comes to various issues, but the latest one falls in line with a problem of antisemitism that the Democratic party has been having lately.  To be clear, I'm not accusing O'Rourke of being an antisemite himself, but he seems to be playing right into their hands.  According to O'Rourke Israel is too in league with Republicans and following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu down a bad path because, as O'Rourke claimed, Netanyahu is racist.

Reality bites Beto after high-flying kickoff.  Between the prom proposal from a young admirer, the long lines for photographs and the conservative tracker recording his every word, Beto O'Rourke had all the hallmarks of a top-tier candidate during his latest swing through Iowa.  Yet by the time he left the state on Sunday, it was also clear that the euphoria that greeted O'Rourke's entry into the race three weeks earlier has started to subside.  The inevitable slog of competing in a packed Democratic primary is underway, and O'Rourke has not yet drawn the wave of national adulation from the left that his Senate run against Ted Cruz last year received.

Beto O'Rourke compares Trump administration rhetoric to Nazi Germany.  Democratic 2020 contender Beto O'Rourke on Thursday [4/4/2019] compared President Trump's rhetoric regarding immigration to that of Nazi Germany.  Speaking to reporters in Iowa, the former congressman — in response to a question about how he would address attacks from Republicans — called out "the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals but as animals and an infestation."

Democrat Beto O'Rourke Calls Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu a 'Racist'.  Democrat presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "racist" on Sunday, telling an audience in Iowa that the U.S.-Israel relationship must "transcend a prime minister who is racist."

Beto O'Rourke Is Fauxbama.  "Let us be clear: we will not be defined by our fears or the smallness of our differences; we will instead be known by our ambitions, our aspirations and the resolve, the creativity, the service and sacrifice by which we will have achieved them," O'Rourke says on Twitter, delivering the kind of pre-chewed pablum Obama could have delivered, and probably did.  It's possible to get excited about this kind of thing, but it takes some doing.  "Whatever our differences — where you live, who you love, to whom you pray, for whom you voted in the last election, let those differences not define us or divide us at this moment," O'Rourke said at his El Paso campaign kickoff.  "Let's agree going forward, before we are anything else, we are Americans first."  As if anyone was saying we were Hungarians first.

FEC: Beto O'Rourke Funneled $110,000 in Campaign Funds to His Web Development Company.  Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke funneled roughly $110,000 in campaign money to a private web development company he and his wife owned at one time while he served as a congressman, according to FEC rules.  O'Rourke's campaign, Beto for Texas, donated money to Stanton Street Technology Group in several different election cycles.

Why Beto and Buttigieg Pretend to Be Kennedys.  The generation of politicians that immediately followed John F. Kennedy — John Kerry, John Tunney and even Republicans like John Lindsay — tried so hard to emulate JFK that they enacted impersonations:  fastening the top button of their suit jackets to flap in precisely the same patterns as his, chopping the air with their hands like he did, extending their necks to mimic his chin-in-the-air stance at the lectern.  In more recent years, such candidates felt freer to adopt their own mannerisms but their political posture remained pure JFK:  that of the young and earnest outsider, alone on the stage, a prince suffused in a golden aura of charisma.  Now, as the 2020 contenders emerge from the wings, the Kennedy ghost is alive again, mostly in the person of former Texas Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke. [...] He even shares Bobby Kennedy's first two names.

Beto O'Rourke:  Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Will Make Angel Families 'Demonstrably Safer' in U.S..  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, says giving amnesty to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens will make American citizens — and specifically, the Angel Families who have lost loved ones to illegal alien crime — "demonstrably safer" in the United States.  During a town hall in Iowa this week, O'Rourke was asked about the thousands of Angel Families who have lost children, parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends to crimes committed by illegal aliens living in the U.S.

Also posted under Lies about immigration.

Beto O'Rourke:  As President I Would 'Absolutely' Sign Slavery Reparations Bill into Law.  Wednesday [4/3/2019] MSNBC played a clip of 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Beto O'Rourke at the Nation Action Network's convention.  O'Rourke was asked if he would sign Sheila Jackson Lee's bill which would consider reparations proposals for Africans-Americans.

Amateur Hour in the Democrat Primaries.  Former Texas Congressman Robert O'Rourke, known as "Beto" did diddlysquat in Congress and lost his recent senatorial race to Senator Ted Cruz.  O'Rourke was arrested for burglary and leaving the scene of an accident in the 1990s.  He is known for writing erotic verses about cows, and eating dirt after his loss to Ted Cruz.  (I would have eaten crow or humble pie, but not dirt.)  Beto fed his wife feces telling her it was avocado.  That says much about him and his wife.  Evidently, Beto thinks of himself as a wit and he may be half right.  He supports abolishing the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court, and will consider reparations.  He has apologized for many zany and dumb statements, even for being born.

AP offers correction after reporting Beto O'Rourke spoke 'in his native Spanish'.  The Associated Press faced backlash on social media Monday [4/1/2019] after writing that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spoke "in his native Spanish" at a rally in El Paso, Texas.  Although O'Rourke speaks Spanish, he a fourth-generation Irish-American whose full name is Robert Francis O'Rouke.  The AP report originally wrote:  "O'Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers."

Robert Francis 'Beto' O'Rourke:  El Paso Safe Because of Immigrants, Asylum Seekers.  Former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) on Saturday formally kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign, declaring at a rally in El Paso, Texas, that immigrants and asylum seekers make the border town safe.

Beto Goes Full Leftist In Campaign Launch Tour.  Back when he was running to unseat Ted Cruz, O'Rourke appeared to walk a fairly careful line, sticking to a more moderate approach on some issues so as not to scare off the independents and right-leaning centrists he would need to win a statewide bid the Lone[ S]tar State.  Now that he's running for national office, all bets are off.  Beto is free to be Beto and he was out there pounding away at some of the hottest liberal takes in the 2020 race.

Beto O'Rourke confronted by black voter on opposition to reparations.  Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke was confronted by a black voter for his opposition to "traditional reparations" for slavery.  "Why should I, as a black man, vote for you when you oppose reparations?" O'Rourke was asked at a campaign event at USC on Friday, which was posted online Wednesday [3/27/2019], according to Mediaite.  A day after O'Rourke announced he was running in the Democratic primaries earlier this month, the Associated Press reported he was not in favor of compensatory payment to descendents of slaves.

Loser grievance culture grips the left - and empowers the losers in the Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  Well, then there is our third loser, Beto O'Rourke.  Now he's treated like the crown prince of Texas, despite suffering a significant defeat at the hands of Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race.  Remember, he had the whole landscape of the media behind him and spent all this money.  But Beto has issues grasping reality.  "You have a president, who, in my opinion, beyond the shadow of a doubt, sought to however ham-handedly collude with the Russian government, a foreign power to undermine and influence our elections," he said to supporters.

Still Dreaming of Watergate II.  [Scroll down]  Naturally, the grand prize goes to the vapidest person ever touted as a presidential candidate in my 63 years as an observer of American politics, Beto O'Rourke.  Just before the revelation that there would be no further indictments, Beto asserted his knowledge "beyond the slightest doubt" that the president was guilty, in effect, of high treason — that he would only escape the death penalty because the United States and Russia were not at war.  (But neither were they when Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953.)  And the day Trump was completely cleared of the collusion suspicion, O'Rourke declared that the investigation of Trump must continue.

It's already clear who the Democratic presidential nominee will be in 2020.  If you read or watch political news these days, you've probably already realized the Democrats' presidential nominee next year will be Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke.  So great was the media's adulation over that campaign launch this month that his selection seems preordained.  So, you have to wonder why Democrats are going through the painfully divisive and expensive process of staging primaries to determine who will actually face President Donald Trump in 84 weeks.

Hunt for Blue November:  Democrats would sooner destroy America than lose to Trump in 2020.  Perhaps in other less delusional periods of American history, Beto the marionette, who gesticulates as if his strings were being yanked by an epileptic after a tasing, would be seen for what he is.  Exactly what that might be is hard to nail down, but it is certainly not presidential material.  Yet the fact that so many Democrats and media have worked themselves into collective hysteria over this guy, whose most notable career moves to date are marrying an heiress, writing exceptionally bad poetry and losing to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race, speaks volumes as to how shallow the Democratic bench is, where a host of other unlikely players include Elizabeth 'Pocohantas' Warren and Bernie 'the multi-millionaire Socialist' Sanders.

Delusional:
Beto O'Rourke:  Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt, Trump Sought To Collude With Russia.  Is this really from today, not from the campaign trail in Texas last year?  I can't believe any Democrat would have the stones to double down on collusion the morning after we find out that not only won't Trump be indicted for conspiring with Russia, none of his inner circle will either.

The man certainly has a propensity for emotional outbursts.
Beto O'Rourke:  If Mueller Report Is Held, America May Not See 244th Year.  Democrat 2020 candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke warned from the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday night there may not be another year of America if the Mueller report is not made public.  "Republicans and Democrats should do whatever they can to make sure their constituents, the American people, can read that report, form their own judgement, make their own decisions, and that the truth comes out," O'Rourke said at a campaign stop in South Carolina Friday [3/22/2019].

And a Bronx Bartender Shall Lead Them?  [Scroll down]  The vaporous Beto, who appears to be totally free of any policy positions beyond all-we-need-is-love, is a current favorite among Democrats for reasons known only to themselves.  After decades of covering politicians, I thought I would never encounter an emptier suit than Florida's Charlie Crist.  But Beto is about as light as Charlie.

Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, there is Beto.  I don't particularly care that in 1988 the young Robert Francis O'Rourke posted some erotic verses about cows [...] online.  I didn't even know until yesterday that there was such a thing as "online" in 1988.  Nor am I going to get all worked up about his weird murder spree fantasy story, which is the kind of thing stupid teenagers write every day.  But what I do want to know is whether he actually took a handful of green feces, put it in a bowl, and served it to his wife once, telling her that it was avocado.  Asked by a journalist recently to confirm the anecdote, which had been reported by a supposed friend of the candidate, he responded that while he didn't remember this happening it "sounds like the kind of thing I would do."  Come again?  If you fed excrement to the mother of your children, I feel like you would recall.  I almost certainly think she would.  If there was ever something to lie about as a politician, this is it.

Who anointed Beto O'Rourke to be our political saviour?  He did.  One of Beto's favorite books is The Hero's Journey, an overview by the literary theorist Joseph Campbell of Campbell's theory of heroic myth. [...] A lot of Beto O'Rourke's more puzzling decisions, like his choice to run for president, make sense once you learn that he is a fan of Campbell's work.  He sees himself as a hero, anointed for greatness as if by divine or supernatural forces, and he feels a deep conviction that he is destined for bigger things.  This is why, in the fawning Vanity Fair profile that heralded his presidential announcement, Beto made numerous references to film and literary epics.  Famously, of his run for president, Beto said, "Man, I'm just born to be in it," a statement of his own sense of anointedness that sounds less like a serious assertion of political purpose and more like the kind of faux profundity that a teenager would say after a gurgling bong rip.

Beto O'Rourke grilled by Penn State student: 'When am I going to get an actual policy from you?'.  A student at Pennsylvania State University confronted Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke this week for giving potential voters "platitudes and nice stories" instead of solid policy proposals. [...] "When am I going to get an actual policy from you instead of just platitudes and nice stories?" the student asked.  Mr. O'Rourke responded by saying he's running his campaign on issues such as criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization and universal health care.

'He's Apologized For Being Born': Bloomberg Takes On Beto's Unusual Campaign Approach.  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg poked fun at Democrats running for office Thursday night [3/21/2019] while explaining his reason for not jumping into a crowded presidential race.  One of the prerequisites for running in 2020 is the need to go on an apology tour, Bloomberg said during a Bermuda Executive Forum in New York.  The billionaire businessman gave former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke as examples of politicians willing to prostrate themselves.

Major Obama Fundraisers and a Former Obama Aide Embrace Beto for 2020.  What Beto O'Rourke lacks in policy chops, he seems to make up for in fundraising abilities.  During the 2018 midterms he amassed a war chest of $80 million dollars.  After officially launching his 2020 presidential bid, he raked in over $6 million in 24 hours.  Now Beto has attracted some of Obama's top funders and a former Obama aide.

A Brief Survey of 2020's Psychotic Democratic Roster.  [Robert F.] O'Rourke, who has zero accomplishments as a Texas congressman, has captured the hearts of some mindless citizens and millions of Hollywood dollars, to which effect he got close to beating Ted Cruz in 2016.  But he has a creepy history of weird behavior:  he was part of a hacking conclave, he eats dirt, he plays vicious pranks even on his wife, and he wrote about running down happy children when he was a teen.  He was arrested for burglary, for a DUI, and for leaving the scene of an accident.  The Democrats don't care about such things, since the Kennedys were guilty of all that and much more.  But clearly, this man is not presidential material.  His only stated policy is to legalize marijuana and invalidate all arrests for crimes related to use or sale of it.

More Commentary on O'Rourke.  [Scroll down]  He's NOT a strong supporter of gun rights but believes in relaxed restrictions on immigration, marijuana, LGBTQ rights, protecting DREAMers, impeaching and indicting Trump, and taking a knee by pro athletes during the anthem.  He also supports single-payer universal health care, abortion, and gay marriage.

Beto Just Can't Stop Leaping On Countertops To Deliver Speeches.  For some reason, Robert "Beto" O'Rourke just can't stop leaping onto counters and tables in restaurants and coffee houses to deliver speeches as he tours the country on his 2020 presidential campaign.  The 46-year-old Texas Democrat does it so often, it's become a thing, as in a memey thing on the interwebs.

The 4 Contradictions of Beto O'Rourke.  [#3] Debt = bad, domestic spending = good.  O'Rourke last night [3/19/2019] not only doubled down on his previous criticisms about the size of federal deficits and debt, he did so while denouncing overseas wars, occupations, and nation-building: [...] Does the once and future New Democrat blame anything else besides war for the size of deficits and debt?  Yep:  Tax cuts.  That was it, last night at least.  Meanwhile, he's out there touting a Medicare expansion program that in his own words would be "measured in the trillions of dollars."

Robert Francis O'Rourke, Reloaded.  Like Mr. Obama, who said he could "probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I'll hire to do it," Mr. O'Rourke seems to suspect he's the smartest man around.  In his Senate race, he made a point of not hiring consultants or pollsters.  He could pull that off in Texas — though he lost the election — but running for president is a bigger enterprise by orders of magnitude.  To win, Mr. O'Rourke must build a team of smart people and listen to them.  That requires leadership and management skills that may be beyond the reach of a punk-rock musician turned web-services small-business founder turned politician — unless he changes tack.

Disturbing Details Emerge On Bizarre Behavior From Beto O'Rourke, Report Says.  A new profile piece from The Washington Post on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke documented multiple instances of highly disturbing behavior from the failed Senate candidate, including eating dirt and taking poop from his kid's diaper and putting it into a bowl and telling his wife that it was an avocado.  The piece specifically focused on Beto's marriage to his wife Amy, who indicated that she was not exactly thrilled to be in a marriage that was so heavily involved in politics.  Buried deep in the article was a paragraph that documented his "'Psycho'-style scares in the shower," and another bizarre incident from their marriage.

Stick a Fork in O'Rourke.  No one has ever heard or seen anything like this candidate:  a hyperactive limb-flailing imbecile, babbling compulsively in a torrent of extremist nonsense barely couched in comprehensible syntax.  No idea is too stupid to be endorsed in terms of absolute finality:  "If we do not abolish all fossil fuels within twelve years, everything on the planet will be dead.  The scientists are 100 percent united on this.  Just as Americans of the past had to fight at Normandy, we have to fight this now, and save our planet."  It does not require an immensely sophisticated political scientist to see that there are a few problems with that sequence, as there are with all Beto's sentences, and with his much more numerous and even more idiotic non-sentences. [...] The media of America will not allow this asinine mockery of a presidential campaign to go another week before it picks up this wild, scrawny, noisy, incoherent nincompoop and shreds him.

Keywords:  oaf, lout, boor.
Baristas to Beto O'Rourke:  Come On Man, Get Off Our Counters.  When Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke arrived for a campaign stop at Beancounter Coffeehouse in Burlington, Iowa, he hopped right up on the shop's counter and addressed the masses below.  During a visit to Narrow Way Cafe in Detroit, Michigan, O'Rourke grabbed a microphone and scrambled up onto the counter.  At Sing-A-Long Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, Iowa?  You bet he got up on that counter.  Critics have accused O'Rourke of running on a vague political platform.  But there's one platform the Democratic hopeful openly stands on: the sturdy countertops of Midwest cafes.  After a week of stump speeches from a perch next to the cash register, Beto's countertop habit has become a meme.  And some of the nation's baristas are asking him to please get down from there.

'Beto' O'Rourke Not Sure if He's 'Bi-Cultural'.  Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke said this weekend that he is not sure if he is "bi-cultural."  "I live in a bi-cultural community.  My folks and their parents and generation that preceded them were from all over Europe so I don't know if I would consider myself bi-cultural if you're asking US and Mexico, but I'm very proud to live in a bicultural community," O'Rourke reportedly told reporters days after formally entering the 2020 presidential race.

Beto's jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics.  One great question surrounding Beto O'Rourke has been whether he could replicate the massive fundraising totals he mustered in the Texas Senate race last year.  On Monday [3/18/2019], O'Rourke put any doubt to rest, announcing that in the first 24 hours of his campaign, he had raised a staggering $6.1 million.

Keywords:  weird-o, pagan, fruitcake.
Report: Beto O'Rourke Ate Dirt with Fabled 'Regenerative Powers' After Losing to Ted Cruz.  A new report on 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's marriage to real estate heiress Amy Sanders O'Rourke reveals the former Texas congressman indulged in some bizarre cuisine following his failed U.S. Senate bid in Texas.  O'Rourke, who in January launched a five-state road trip across the Southwest, found himself eating dirt told to possess "regenerative powers" during one stop in New Mexico, according to the Washington Post.  The newspaper said he also brought some of the dirt back home to Texas for the family to eat, as well.

Beto chows down.  Breitbart reports that, after being defeated by Ted Cruz, Beto made his way to New Mexico, where he ate a portion of some kind of magic dirt supposedly possessing "regenerative powers."  It appears that he also took some home for the family.

AP debunks Beto O'Rourke claim that world has just 12 years to combat climate change.  The Associated Press has thrown cold water on an increasingly popular Democratic talking point:  That the earth has just 12 years to stave off climate doomsday.  "There is no scientific consensus, much less unanimity, that the planet only has 12 years to fix the problem," said the AP in a Monday fact-check.  The wire service weighed in after former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke made the 12-year claim as he kicked off his run for the Democratic presidential nomination last week in Keokuk, Iowa.

O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left.  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) has faced sharp backlash from progressives in the days since his presidential campaign launched to great fanfare last week.  Left-leaning Democrats have criticized O'Rourke for a string of comments made in a Vanity Fair story preceding the opening of his campaign and in his subsequent days on the trail.  Some of the remarks — such as O'Rourke's statement to Vanity Fair, referring to the presidential race, that he was "just born to be in it" — have fanned complaints that the Texan is blinded by "white privilege."  Others have brought charges of sexism or male privilege.  O'Rourke's nonchalant quip that his wife cares for the couple's three children "sometimes with my help" irked a number of the former Texas congressman's critics, who saw it as belittling.

The unbearable lightness of Beto.  Beto O'Rourke is the Democratic front-runner today because he stands for nothing.  In the first 24 hours of his presidential race, the former congressman from El Paso raised $6.1 million.  That's a record haul, and to date, it is the most meaningful objective measure of support in the crowded Democratic primary field.  Polls this early measure only name recognition.  Beto is the front-runner.  The question is why.  The answer is bleak.

Whatta Bunch of Phony Baloneys.  Let's start with Beto the Skate-o. [...] Turns out that this guy is the Most White Privileged Male in the whole country!  How many Americans know this about "El Beto"?
  [#1]   Mom was stepdaughter of President John F. Kennedy's Secretary of the Navy.
  [#2]   Mom was a business owner.
  [#3]   Dad was a county commissioner, county judge, tight with the Texas Governor, and was Texas state chairman of two Presidential campaigns:  Jesse Jackson 1984 and Jesse Jackson 1988.  (Run, Jesse, Run!)
  [#4]   Once Dad got to know Jesse Jackson and all his backers really well, Dad switched parties and became a Republican. [...]
  [#5]   After two years at a public high school in El Paso, "Beto" was moved to The Woodberry Forest School, a foo-foo, high-falutin' private all-male boarding school in Virginia whose alumni include, oh, the brother of George W. and Jeb Bush, the actor Randolph Scott, a former National Security Advisor, a boatload of Congressmen, a bunch of powerhouse corporate CEOs, and a New York Times film critic.
  [#6]   Then he went to my alma mater, Columbia University, where he co-captained the crew team.
  [#7]   He graduated college in May 1995 and was arrested in May 1995 for burglary back in Texas.  Was locked up.  Seven months later the charges were dropped. [...]
  [#8]   Three years later the "Kennedyesque" Beto was arrested for driving while intoxicated, fortunately not on a bridge.  He crashed into a truck so hard that the impact sent his car careening across the center median and into oncoming traffic — and he then tried racing to get away without being caught by the cops.

Why Beto is a Beta.  Beto O'Rourke is about to launch a presidential campaign off the back of a failed Senate bid.  He's not the first to do so — Abraham Lincoln famously followed exactly that path to the White House.  But nobody else is Lincoln, and Beto is hardly anyone at all: as a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination, he's the 'not' candidate.  He's not the most electable.  He's not the most left-wing.  He's not a woman or a minority.  He's not the most wonkish candidate. [...] But he's not particularly experienced either, of course, after just three terms as a congressman and another six years before that as an El Paso city councilman.  O'Rourke's advantage lies mostly in the fact that he's the most photogenic male on the Democratic side.  That and a bit of self-delusion is all it takes for some voters and many pundits to convince themselves that he's the next Bill Clinton, the center-left's Goldilocks: left-wing but not too left-wing, appealing beyond the blue base, and a youthful star on the rise.

Beto O'Rourke, The Ultimate Limousine Liberal Gen Xer, Announces For Prez.  [Scroll down]  In other words, 2020 contender Beto is getting a heavy lift from the media.  Expect this to continue throughout the election, unfortunately.  Of course, perhaps his candor and coolness is a double-edged sword — a selling point that makes profiles of him oh-so-colorful that media ilk just can't resist churning them out, and a cringey furtherance of limousine liberal stereotypes that make him far too mockable on Twitter.

For Latinos, 'Beto' O'Rourke is just another privileged white guy trying to manipulate them.  I've distilled it down.  And that's basically the refrain I've heard from dozens of Latinos who — unlike the news media, run by white liberals who are fascinated by other white liberals — refuse to go loco for Beto.  They're concerned that Robert Francis O'Rourke, 46, who on Thursday joined an already-crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, is trying to put one over on Latinos by tricking them into thinking he's one of them.  Or, at the very least, they think that his strategy, or that of his handlers, is to come across to Latinos as a simpatico who connects with them the way that Bill Clinton — whom writer Toni Morrison mischievously dubbed "our first black president" — connected with African-Americans.  At least until Barack Obama came along, and the Clinton machine tried, and failed, to destroy him.  So is that the deal?  Is O'Rourke aiming to become America's first Latino president?

Beto O'Rourke says nothing in his past will hinder 2020 run.  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office.  The former Texas congressman — who has become known for his propensity for using the "f-word" — also promised again to clean up his language, despite breaking such past vows.

Beto O'Rourke:  Ban AR-15 Sales in America.  During a weekend interview presidential hopeful Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke said AR-15 sales should be banned in America.  This is a continuation of the anti-Second Amendment campaign O'Rourke conducted in his failed 2018 Senate bid.  For example, in February 2018 interview with CBS News O'Rourke supported banning bump stocks and made clear his belief that AR-15s ought not be sold in America.

Reuters Journalist Withheld Damaging Info About Beto O'Rourke Until After Senate Race.  Reuters bragged Friday [3/15/2019] about its scoop that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke was once involved in a notorious hacker group, but revealed in the process that one of its reporters willingly sat on the story until after O'Rourke lost his Texas Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz.  Reuters' Joseph Menn reported exclusively Friday morning that O'Rourke, a former member of Congress and the latest Democrat to join the 2020 presidential race, had a secret membership in an infamous hacking group.

Beto:  Sorry About All That Kid Murdering Stuff.  Yesterday [3/15/2019], Ed looked at recent revelations about newly minted presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's early history as a "hacktivist" with the Cult of the Dead Cow.  Since any crimes he committed with the group are long since past the statute of limitations, he has little to fear there.  But some of his published writings from that period are also coming to light and leading to questions.  Most notable thus far is a short piece of fiction that involves the narrator murdering a large number of people, including children that he runs down with a car.  The political press reluctantly asked him about it during one of his many campaign stops in Iowa and O'Rourke at least owned up to it.

Weirdo O'Rourke.  The former El Paso congressman's spastic "Hey, I'm still figuring out these new hands" presidential-kickoff video, in which his upper limbs appeared to be subject to mad random yanks by an angry puppeteer, was merely the latest odd detail in the saga of Weirdo O'Rourke.  It was even weirder than Elizabeth Warren's "Greetings fellow earthlings, I too enjoy fermented malt beverages!" video.  Robert/Beto is a man so apart from other human beings that he recently thought nothing of ditching his wife and three kids so he could drive around the country, alone, accosting unsuspecting dentists to help him apply Novocaine to his aching soul.  He might be the first person ever to run for the White House on a platform of asking the nation to help him figure out who he is.  The source of the angst is evident:  Beto is a brainless rich kid who yearned to be cool and wasn't very good at it.  He flunked out of punk.  He failed as a fiction writer.  He belly-flopped as an alternative-newspaper publisher.  And he's so clueless that his apartment was once robbed while he was sitting in it.

Beto the Buffoon.  During his online announcement speech, O'Rourke warned that the United States faces "maximum peril," but the nation remains the "the last great hope of Earth."  At a speech in Iowa, O'Rourke warned that "not to be dramatic, but literally, the future of the world depends on us right now."  In other words, if Americans do not elect Beto as their next President, the world may self-destruct.  Clearly, this candidate is a total clown.

Beto O'Rourke apologizes for jokes about wife, says he has benefited from 'white privilege'.  Beto O'Rourke said Friday night that he had been wrong for joking at several events in his first two days campaigning in Iowa that his wife has been raising their three children "sometimes with my help."  The former congressman from Texas, who launched his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, addressed the remarks during a recording of the podcast Political Party LIVE! in Cedar Rapids.  The comments triggered complaints from Democratic operatives and activists, many of them women, that female candidates could never similarly joke about their roles raising their children.

Beto is the poor man's Obama — Dems can do better.  [Scroll down]  Surprisingly, the personification of coming from a privileged family hasn't hurt the candidate.  To an astonishing degree, Beto taps into the inner workings of the Democratic base even more than intersectional candidates like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.  He is an aimless product of privilege with a short resume and the added benefit of his wife's millions.  He can skateboard, he can play guitar, he can make being unemployed look like an adventure.  He can call in favors to get away with Aggravated DWI and fleeing the scene.  For aspiring white trust funders just dropping off the keys at the Austin U-haul station, Beto speaks to them — for them — in a profound and shallow way.

Dr. Drew says 'something's not right' with Beto O'Rourke.  Beto O'Rourke's announcement he's running for president may have captured the hearts and minds of many Democrats who believe he can beat President Trump in 2020, but as far as TV's Dr. Drew Pinsky is concerned, "something's not right" with the former congressman.  "I thought that was Tony Robbins," Pinsky, a board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist, said on the "Brian Kilmeade Show" in response to audio of O'Rourke's presidential announcement video.  "I'm just saying, there's something gonna go down there.  I can feel it coming.  I don't know what it is... There's something not right," Pinsky said.

America Deserves Much Beto than O'Rourke.  Funded with mega-millions from outsiders, O'Rourke's entire U.S. Senate campaign was built upon deceiving voters.  For example:  While claiming to be pro-Second Amendment, great deceiver O'Rourke voted against every piece of pro-gun legislation that came to his desk.  To deceive voters into believing he is a regular guy, millionaire O'Rourke posted video of himself in a laundromat doing laundry.  O'Rourke came disturbingly close to scamming Texans into electing him over Ted Cruz.  In his elect-me-or-we're-all-gonna-die presidential campaign announcement, O'Rourke claimed there are crises in our economy, democracy, and climate.  O'Rourke urgently warned Americans that we are in a "moment of peril."  What on Earth is O'Rourke talking about?

Watch Beto O'Rourke destroy Joe Biden's presidential run.  Beto is the new rock star on the left.  He cannot stake a moderate position, as he has already supported the usual extreme positions that most of his opponents have previously enumerated.  But his most ardent followers are younger and highly motivated to change the world.  Already pundits are arguing that he is moderate.  If that is so, which it is not unless his opponent is Bernie Sanders, he is likely to take votes and polling numbers from Biden.  So far, Uncle Joe presents the most reasonable option to fend off Trump's attack on socialism.  But at 76 and clearly without any energy in his last few speeches, he lacks the support of the media, which have chosen Beto.

Backstory: How Reuters uncovered Beto O'Rourke's teenage hacking days.  Reuters reporter Joseph Menn exclusively revealed on Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager.

Betomania: Media in a lovesick swoon over Dems' 2020 contender.  Betomania is a lot like Beatlemania — except instead of teenage girls in the 1960s, journalists are now the ones swooning for their star.  If the Beatles were around today to sing about media infatuation with newly announced Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, their song would be titled "They love him, yeah, yeah, yeah."  O'Rourke is a skateboarding mix of rock 'n' roll (he was in a punk band named Foss), lefty politics, dictatorial ambition and media adoration.  Wrap it up in a hip social media package with a logo ripped off from Whataburger Spicy Ketchup (I'm not joking) and, voila, you have the perfect creation.

Beto Says He'll End Federal Death Penalty.  [Robert] O'Rourke's announcement of his views on the death penalty came just hours after he first announced his bid for the White House, Fox News reported.  En route to another appearance, O'Rourke called in to Radio Iowa, where he was asked about California Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D.) recent decision to issue a moratorium on the death penalty in his own state.  "As president, would you suspend capital punishment at the federal level?" O'Rourke's interviewer asked.  "I would.  It's not an equitable, fair, just system right now — the guarantees and safeguards against wrongful prosecution, the disproportionate number of people of color who comprise our criminal justice system," O'Rourke said in response.

O'Rourke calls America's capitalist economy 'racist'.  Beto O'Rourke said Friday [3/15/2019] that America's capitalist economy is "racist," while he praised a proposal to give infants so-called baby bonds to address systemic inequalities.  Responding to a question at a meet-and-greet in Iowa about whether he is a socialist, O'Rourke reiterated that "I consider myself a capitalist" and said capitalism is necessary to meet myriad "historic challenges" facing the country.

O'Rourke: 'Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt' That Trump Attempted to Collude and Obstruct.  During an interview broadcast on Friday's "CBS This Morning," 2020 presidential candidate former Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) stated that it is "beyond the shadow of a doubt" that President Trump at least attempted to collude and to obstruct justice, but that the election is "perhaps... the best way for us to resolve these outstanding questions."

Number Eleven:  Robert Francis O'Rourke Announces Presidential Bid.  Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke has reversed his prior position and has announced his intent to run for the 2020 Presidential Race.  His entrance narrows the lane currently occupied Bernie Sanders and is likely to fracture the college crowd.  O'Rourke has no experience as an executive; failed in an election run against Senator Ted Cruz; and is generally goofy, lacking any seriousness in disposition.

Go Beto!.  The Democrats have a remarkable number of bad presidential candidates, but I think my favorite might be Beto O'Rourke.  His campaign is off to, shall we say, a rocky start.

Special Report:  Beto O'Rourke's secret membership in a legendary hacking group.  One thing you didn't know:  While a teenager, O'Rourke acknowledged in an exclusive interview, he belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history.  Members of the hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, have protected his secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability.  Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O'Rourke as one of their own.

Beto Admits Membership In Notorious "Hacktivist" Programming Group.  "An ex-hacker running for national office would have been unimaginable just a few years ago," Reuters' Joseph Menn writes this morning.  Thanks to Robert "Beto" O'Rourke and his shadowy past in "hactivist" circles, that moment has been thrust upon us.  In an interview with Menn, O'Rourke admits to his membership in a notorious hacking collective known as the Cult of the Dead Cow, which created hacking tools targeting Microsoft Windows as well as engaged in political activism through their hacking.  At least for now, everyone seems interested in downplaying O'Rourke's contributions to the CDC collective.

Reporter Asks Pelosi What Beto O'Rourke Has Accomplished.  She Can't Answer.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struggled to name a single accomplishment that former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) had while he was in the House of Representatives when she was asked by a reporter on Thursday [3/14/2019] during a press conference.  "Beto O'Rourke announced today that he is running for president," NBC News' Kasie Hunt said.  "What in your view was Beto O'Rourke's signature accomplishment as a member of the House?"  "Beto brought vitality to Congress... when he came, he came as a real champion for the environment," Pelosi responded.  "He got a great deal of support from the environmental community in his district, he won a primary on that subject."

Senate Loser Beto O'Rourke Now Claims He Was Born to Be President.  When rich kid, legend-in-his-own mind Beto O'Rourke swiped Hillary Clinton's born-to-be-president mantra, using the concept as his own, he cut voting masses an unintended break, by, in effect, setting off soon to be Democrat Cannibalism.  The roomful of Democrat presidential hopefuls will soon be voraciously eating their own.  While he may have tried to go for a collegial look in his sweater when announcing his run for the 2020 presidency, Senators Liz Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and others will be bound to see him as a silver-spoon, "WHITE MAN OF PRIVILEGE"!

Beto O'Rourke is no moderate Democrat — he's now part of the extreme left.  After failed Democratic Senate candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke joined the presidential fracas this week, many in the media began parroting the talking point that he is a moderate, citing his Texas roots and reasonable-sounding persona. [...] But sensing how far left the Democratic base has moved, Beto is now embracing the Green New Deal.  In January he declared he is "supportive of the concept" of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., plan.  By February, he doubled down and called the Green New Deal the "best proposal" he has seen, adding he is "really excited" by the plan to socialize our economy and decimate our energy industry.

Flashback: That Time Beto Said He Wouldn't Run in 2020 Because His Family 'Could Not Survive' It.  Democrats seem to enjoy "falling in love" with politicians, and Beto will make a strong play for many liberals' hearts. [...] He's much more progressive than he may seem at first blush, masking his ideology with aspirational, unity-themed rhetoric, which may sound familiar.  On the other hand, his "cool" persona is marred by comical try-hardism, his background as a privileged white male may hurt him among identity-obsessed partisans (many people are likely willing to overlook his DWI arrest and attempt to flee the scene), and it's not as if he's amassed a stellar list of legislative accomplishments.

Former Hillary Aide Not Happy That Beto Is Getting the Media Treatment Her Boss Deserved.  Former Hillary Clinton campaign aide Jess McIntosh is happy for Beto O'Rourke and his 2020 plans.  She just wishes her former boss would have received the same positive media treatment that he's now enjoying.  She sounded off on the "double standard" during an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow on Thursday [3/14/2019].  In Thursday's glowing Vanity Fair cover story about O'Rourke, the former Texas state senator said he was "born" to run and that he had to follow his calling, despite how it might affect his kids.

'Not one woman got that kind of coverage': Beto backlash begins.  The breathless, sweeps-like cable television coverage that greeted the former Texas congressman's first campaign events stunned and frustrated many Democratic operatives — particularly women — who viewed it as an example of the double standard at work in the historically diverse presidential field.  To them, O'Rourke, a white, male candidate had already been ordained the next sensation, his entry into the race greased by live television shots and O'Rourke-centric panels.  And that was after the national press swarmed him in El Paso during a recent Donald Trump appearance there, after O'Rourke graced the latest Vanity Fair cover, and after Oprah Winfrey, who had her choice of accomplished women candidates to feature on her program, instead zeroed in on the white guy from Texas.

Beto on Vanity Fair cover
Has Phony Betomania Already Bitten the Dust?  In retrospect, the biggest surprise was that Beto O'Rourke did not announce his long-expected (though recently denied) presidential candidacy last week in his native habitat of South by Southwest, while he was promoting an HBO documentary about his stirring failure to unseat one of the most reviled incumbents in American politics.  But then, the former El Paso congressman, whose occasionally moody Gen X uplift has almost completely overshadowed his unusual political path and heterodox policy beliefs, probably knew he was about to get the full Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz cover treatment:  [Photo]


Beto O'Rourke Confirms He's Running For President.  Beto O'Rourke says he's running for president.  The former Texas congressman confirmed to El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM that he's tossing his hat in the ring for 2020.  "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents," O'Rourke said in a text to the NBC affiliate.  "It's a big part of why I'm running.  This city is the best example of this country at its best."

Left Mocks Beto's 'Messiah-Esque' 'Born' to Run Remarks: 'Peak White Male Privilege'.  Left-wing activists and liberal journalists were quick to mock former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) on Wednesday evening [3/13/2019] after he told Vanity Fair that he was "born" to run for president.  O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "You can probably tell that I want to run... I do.  I think I'd be good at it."

Donald Trump Mocks Beto O'Rourke Hand Movement: 'Is He Crazy?'.  President Donald Trump mocked Beto O'Rourke's presidential run announcement Thursday, suggesting that the 2020 candidate might be crazy.  The president appeared to be commenting on O'Rourke's video released Thursday morning announcing his decision to run for president in 2020.

Beto 2020 Has No Reason to Exist.  Beto O'Rourke is finally ready to end the suspense.  The former Texas congressman is expected to formally kick off his presidential campaign Thursday, one day after tipping his hand to a local TV station in Texas.  "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents," O'Rourke told KTSM El Paso via text.  "It's a big part of why I'm running."  His apparent confirmation came on the heels of a new Vanity Fair cover story — complete with glossy photo shoot — in which he told the magazine that he wanted to run.  "I want to be in it," he said, after describing our current political moment as an existential fight.  "Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment."

Beto O'Rourke's 'privilege' may be hurting candidate with women, column says.  [Robert F.] O'Rourke is already facing criticism over the way he tried to raise his profile across the country, which included less talk about policies and more about publishing odd diary entries, visiting college campuses and listening to Metallica.  "Imagine, they say, if Beto were Betsy," Lisa Lerer, a reporter, wrote in The New York Times.  "What would the reception have been if a female candidate left her three small children home and spent several weeks traveling the country, posting stream-of-consciousness diary entries?  Or if she chose to forgo a Senate race that would provide a greater opportunity for victory?"

Beto O'Rourke drops f-bombs, snaps at staff, stresses out in revealing new documentary.  After a period of self-imposed exile, the former Democratic congressman returned to center stage Saturday as he ramps up for a potential 2020 presidential bid, appearing at South by Southwest for the premiere of a new documentary about his failed Senate campaign against Ted Cruz.  It's been 10 days since O'Rourke said publicly that he's made a decision about his political future, but he told reporters on Saturday [3/9/2019] that he wanted to reveal "it the right way and tell everyone at the same time."

Blacks and the Democrats.  The ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans regarding the southern border is another clear example of how Democrats protect their power at the expense of the black community.  Republicans are in favor of strong border security, which in addition to saving lives protects the economic stability of minorities.  Democrats not only object to guarding against an increase in the flow of low-wage illegal workers which would economically destroy minority communities in the U.S. by bringing down wages, but have even suggested dismantling already existing boundaries, as was proposed by Beto O'Rourke, a rising star in the Democratic party./p>

Beto's Sky-High Expectations.  If, as expected, Beto O'Rourke enters the presidential race in the coming weeks, the former three-term Texas congressman will arguably face the highest expectations of any Democratic candidate in the 2020 lot.  His fate will likely be determined if he can meet the sky-high bar quickly and sufficiently.  "Beto's a real wild card," says Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for America.  "He has the potential to be a dark horse that surprises everybody.  He also has the potential to be a flash in the pan."

Beto O'Rourke heads to a Metallica concert after making 2020 decision.  Beto O'Rourke is running ... to Metallica's El Paso concert, apparently.  O'Rourke was spotted at the Texas show on Thursday night [2/28/2019], according to journalist Ivan Pierre Aguirre, who posted pictures of the former congressman looking extremely out of place drowned in a sea of Metallica T-shirts.

Four reasons Beto shouldn't run for president, and four reasons he should.  Beto O'Rourke is closing in on making a decision about whether he'll run for president.  For weeks, O'Rourke has said he could make his decision as soon as the end of the month.  With just days left in February and at least 10 Democratic contenders having already jumped into the race, the El Paso Democrat has told reporters that a decision is near.  "I'm trying to figure out how I can best serve this country, where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America, so yeah, I'm thinking through that, and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency, it may involve something else," O'Rourke said in El Paso last week.

Beto Tries to Trick Hispanics Into Thinking He's One of Them.  As he ponders his 2020 plans, voters and media people need to get it right.  He's a political chimichanga — an American invention that just seems Mexican.

Beto O'Rourke Is a Democrat Media Chia Pet.  As Robert O'Rourke, whom I refer to as The Beto, tests the 2020 presidential waters, an obvious question has been glaringly absent in the DMIC (Democrat Media Industrial Complex)'s fawning coverage of The Beto: if the majority of Texans didn't want his policies, as evidenced by his loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate election, why does he think the majority of Americans in the majority of states would?  After he announced his candidacy against Cruz, The Beto channeled his inner Ramones, eliciting a gaggle of groupie journalists.  Recall when ABC News reporter Paula Faris oglingly called The Beto a "rock star" — not once, but twice!  Faris, of course, didn't call the incumbent senator whom The Beto was challenging a rock star.

Trump builds, Beto destroys.  President Donald Trump said yes to the budget bill to keep open government, but then bypassed Congress and declared a national emergency to free up funding to build his long-promised border wall.  And on the other side of town, Beto O'Rourke — Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke — says let's go ahead and rip 'em all down.  The campaign lines for 2020 and beyond couldn't be any clearer.

Beto: 'Racism' and 'Hatred' Define Trump Presidency.  Former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) said on Friday evening in Wisconsin that "hatred" and "racism" have defined Donald Trump's presidency.  Speaking to political science students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, O'Rourke told the Badgers that President Trump came to the border in El Paso, Texas, this week to "stoke the anxiety and the paranoia and the fear and the hatred and the racism that has defined his campaigns and his presidency."

Beto O'Rourke is being a hypocrite about the border wall.  Donald Trump has a lot of things going for him, a sense of humor, a willingness to say whatever is on his mind, but his best asset is his ability to turn his opponents into absolute idiots.  There used to be something called the Monster Raving Loony Party in Britain, and that's what the Democrats are beginning to sound like.  No, this isn't about AOC and the Green New Deal.  It's about Beto.  Robert Francis O'Rourke, the great Democratic hope who lost the Texas Senate race in 2018, but somehow didn't descend into oblivion.  Right now, he thinks he has the wind at his back with Trump's campaign for a border wall.  If Trump wants to erect a new wall, Beto wants to tear down the existing one.

In El Paso, Beto O'Rourke Makes It Easy For Trump To Target 'Extreme' Democrats.  It was altogether fitting that President Trump's rally Monday night in El Paso was something of a circus.  After all, it was the first official campaign event of his 2020 reelection bid.  The rally had all the trappings of any other Trump rally:  itinerant Trump vendors hawking their wares outside the venue, supporters decked out in MAGA gear who traveled from several states away, a handful of angry protesters who managed to sneak signs into the stadium and disrupt things for a minute or two.

Beto O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' supports destroying existing walls on southern border.  Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke said Thursday that he would "absolutely" support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico, in a full-throated embrace of open-borders rhetoric that has left conservatives wondering where other potential 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls stand on the issue.  O'Rourke's comments came as the House and Senate passed a compromise spending bill that would partially fund President Trump's proposed border wall, to the tune of $1.4 billion.  Trump, who had been pressing for billions more, has vowed to declare a national state of emergency to fund the remainder of the project.

Beto's Chances.  One purported top contender for the Democrats' presidential nomination so far has stayed on the sidelines:  former Representative Robert Francis O'Rourke of Texas, better known as "Beto" O'Rourke.  A rising star in the Democratic Party, even after his unsuccessful attempt to win Ted Cruz's Senate seat last year, he has been the subject of numerous media puff pieces, and liberals are going gaga over him the same way they did over Barack Obama in 2008.  O'Rourke is a polarizing figure.  To some, he is an optimistic, clean-cut, inspirational politician at a dark and foreboding time.  To others, he is a living embodiment of the "how do you do, fellow kids?" meme; a 46-year old man trying a bit too hard to seem cool and appeal to youngsters, skateboarding onto stage and live-streaming his dental appointment on Instagram.  Though they laugh and roll their eyes as him, Republicans should not underestimate O'Rourke.

Beto O'Rourke Holds Protest Against Barrier for Our Southern Border — While Being Protected by a Fence.  Robert "Beto" O'Rourke held a protest on Monday against protecting America with a barrier at our southern border — while being protected himself by really tall fences.  O'Rourke, the former congressman from El Paso who had unsuccessfully attempted to unseat Senator Ted Cruz, held the protest in response to President Donald Trump holding a campaign rally nearby in support of a border wall.

Beto Was 'Robert O'Rourke' in High School, Won Award for 'Imaginative Poetry'.  The high school yearbooks of former Texas congressman Robert Francis O'Rourke make no mention of him as "Beto," the nickname he says "just stuck" with him ever since he was growing up.  The yearbooks from his time at the Woodberry Forest School, an all-boys Virginia boarding school O'Rourke attended after leaving his local high school in El Paso, Texas, refer to O'Rourke as either "Rob" or "Robert," the names he also went by while in college and while trying to find himself in New York City after graduating.

Beto O'Rourke tells Oprah he will make 2020 announcement by 'end of this month'.  Beto O'Rourke told Oprah on Tuesday that he will make his decision about whether he will run for president in 2020 "by the end of this month."  During an interview with Winfrey in New York City, the Texas politician, whose grassroots Senate campaign against Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm election attracted national coverage due to his success in a predominantly red state, said that he has "been thinking about running for president," but remained vague on specifics.  When Winfrey asked "When are you going to know the answer?" O'Rourke answered:  "The serious answer is really soon.  Before the end of this month."

Democrats who say there is no threat of terrorists crossing our border are delusional.  [Scroll down]  Rising Democratic superstar Beto O'Rourke, for example, slammed the president's "rhetoric" on illegal immigration last year, arguing that there is simply no connection between terrorism and the southern border.  "[Z]ero, precisely zero, terrorists, terrorist groups, or terror plots have ever been connected with the U.S.-Mexico border to do harm to people within the United States," Beto said during a campaign event.  Sadly, O'Rourke is not alone in his delusions.

There's No Way Beto O'Rourke Can Duplicate Obama's Success.  A new Washington Post interview of Beto O'Rourke, whom many Democrats would like to see run for president, leaves the impression that he is an empty shirt.  He is probably counting on it.  On issue after issue, O'Rourke — who just lost a Senate campaign — seems determined to avoid being pinned down.  Regarding immigration, he has been very critical of President Trump's proposed border wall, but when asked what America should do about visa overstays, his answer is, "I don't know."  According to former Democratic representative Luis Gutierrez, immigration was not a big issue for O'Rourke, even though he hails from El Paso and represented a majority-Hispanic district along the Texas-Mexico border.

Beto O'Rourke Is Our Postmodern Nostradamus.  Nostradamus, too, was ridiculed in his day, as Beto is mocked in his.  Both men's writings appear abstruse to the unenlightened eyes who cannot (or is it will not?) dare to glean the world-redeeming prognostications which are so patently evident to we, the enlightened.  Yet there is a difference.  Nostradamus' crystalline quatrains predict what will happen; Beto's rambunctious prose prognosticates what will come to pass — if we allow it.  Together.

As Beto O'Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style.  Mr. O'Rourke's very presence as a would-be presidential contender for 2020 is an issue of heated debate within the party.  He is a prolific fund-raiser who proved he can energize younger voters, and some early polls place him third behind Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders, well ahead of many more decorated politicians.  But he is also a relatively inexperienced lawmaker who lost his Senate race against Ted Cruz.

Preseason is over for Beto O'Rourke.  Beto O'Rourke:  Welcome to the National Football League.  As a potential top-tier presidential candidate, O'Rourke has arrived at a much tougher level of competition, and he had better raise his game quickly.  To continue the metaphor, he is like a No. 1 draft pick, and everyone is looking to see if he's worth it.  The nation's best and toughest reporters have his number and want nothing more than to take his measure and knock him down.  Now that he is under a whole new burden of proof, he is going to have a more thoughtful positions on national issues than the one O'Rourke gave The Post's Jenna Johnson, published in an article on Tuesday.

O'Rourke's Close with Guy Who Says Police Are Terrorists, US Is Nazi Germany.  The Daily Caller [DCNF] revealed that Beto O'Rourke has a very close relationship to a nut job radio host and author.  The man is far more fringe than the much-vilified Alex Jones.  But YouTube keeps him on their platform.  He's okay because he's a left-wing fringe guy.  Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Ted Cruz's opponent in the Texas senatorial race, has long been an ally of an off-the-charts radical radio host advocating for drug legalization.  He frequently compares the U.S. to Nazi Germany.

Beto's excellent adventure drips with white male privilege.  O'Rourke, 46, we are told, is "Obama, but white," because of his fundraising prowess — he raised nearly $80 million in his loss to Sen. Ted Cruz.  He skateboards!  He listens!  He connects on the internet!  And Jack Kerouac-style, he roams around, jobless (does he not need a job?) to find himself and figure out if he wants to lead the free world.  This is a luxury no woman or even minority in politics could ever have.  But O'Rourke, tall, handsome, white and male, has this latitude, to be and do anything.  His privilege even allows him to turn a loss to the most despised candidate of the cycle into a launching pad for a White House run.

Beto bombs bigly in long interview with the Washington Post.  When a CNN anchor warns that "it's a fine line to walk between being a blank canvas and an empty vessel," a pretty-boy, Kennedyesque empty-suit progressive candidate, already recognizable by his first name alone, is in trouble.  Beto looks like a beta, if we are to judge by the Washington Post's account of his "lengthy" interview with Post writer Jenna Johnson.  The title gives away the verdict:  "Beto O'Rourke's immigration plan:  No wall but no specifics."  The lead paragraphs are no kinder.

Beto's Constitutional Folly.  This is a variation on a theme I've heard countless times on the left — often in response to arguments over originalism and (more recently) in response to anger at the very structure of our government itself.  Why shackle ourselves to the wisdom of the distant past?  How could the Founders have foreseen the challenges of the present?  It's worth taking these questions seriously.  After all, the Constitution isn't the Bible.  It's not the holy and inspired Word of God, and if its terms and structure are hurting our Republic, they can and should be amended.  But I'd submit that, when one examines the United States and considers the failings that render our politics so dysfunctional, we in fact do have 18th-century answers to our 21st-century challenges and that many of our dysfunctions are the result of abandoning the Constitution, not of embracing it.  We've failed because we've refused to be managed by the "principles that were set down 230-plus years ago."

Beto O'Rourke Questions 'Principles' of Constitution: 'Does This Still Work?'.  Former Congressman and potential 2020 Democratic nominee Beto O'Rourke questioned the "principles" of the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday, arguing that its usefulness is the "question of the moment.  In an interview with The Washington Post, O'Rourke was asked if he believes the U.S. is capable of "dramatically [changing] its approach to a whole host of issues" or whether he holds a "dismal suspicion that the country is now incapable of implementing sweeping change."

Beto O'Rourke questions relevance of Constitution, principles 'set down 230-plus years ago'.  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke recently questioned the modern-day relevance of the U.S. Constitution and whether the country should still be governed by "the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago." [...] "Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships ... and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?" Mr. O'Rourke reportedly asked.

Beto O'Rourke mocked after offering few answers in wide-ranging policy interview.  Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke faced across-the-board criticism on Tuesday [1/15/2019] after an unflattering interview in The Washington Post portrayed him as equivocal and unsure on a variety of substantive policy issues.  O'Rourke, 46, is widely considered a possible 2020 presidential contender, after falling only a few percentage points shy of dethroning incumbent Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections.  But his relative lack of experience and expertise has emerged as a central objection to his prospective candidacy.

Oprah, who gave Obama the nod in 2008, to interview Beto O'Rourke ahead of his 2020 decision.  Oprah Winfrey might give former Rep. Beto O'Rourke a familiar boost.  The entrepreneur and media personality is set to interview the potential 2020 candidate one-on-one next month live as part of her "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square."  Winfrey's support once kickstarted the presidential ambitions of another junior Democratic legislator:  Barack Obama.

Beto O'Rourke Mocked for Instagramming Trip to Dentist.  Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke disgusted and confused commentators on both sides of the aisle by posting video to social media of his trip to the dentist.  The move from O'Rourke, often floated as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, comes on the heels of other Democratic stars using social media to speak about politics in a relaxed setting.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D., N.Y.) live-streamed herself making macaroni and cheese in November, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) filmed herself drinking a beer at home on New Year's Eve to mixed reviews.  But the consensus on Twitter was that O'Rourke went too far in filming an Instagram Live video during his dental cleaning Thursday [1/10/2019], complete with a view of his gaping maw.

Beto O'Rourke and his magic border beans.  Beto O'Rourke — or, as he was born, Robert Francis O'Rourke — tweeted out a video response to President Donald Trump's border wall speech that in essence said this:  There's nothing to see here, folks.  Go home to your families, eat and be merry.  The borders are safe, safe, safe.  And then he clapped his hands, spun three times and threw down some magic beans and voila, the borders were indeed safe.  Just like that.  Seriously, this is the guy the Democrats are mulling over for the White House in 2020?

Eyes roll and heads slam to desks when 'Beto' posts his dental cleaning.  What's next, colonoscopy?!  Democrats have apparently discovered the joys of reality TV with yet another live video feed documenting their oh-so-exciting lives.  Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke took his Instagram followers along for a trip to his dentist for a cleaning on Thursday [1/10/2019], following the awkward trend of Democrats live-streaming their lives.

'Draft Beto' effort builds momentum.  Beto O'Rourke is getting a significant lift in the early nominating states of South Carolina and Nevada, with operatives in both states joining an effort to draft O'Rourke into the presidential campaign.  Boyd Brown, a former South Carolina lawmaker and former Democratic National Committee member, told POLITICO on Monday that he will become national senior adviser to a Draft Beto campaign.

Beto's Latest Attempt at Staying Relevant:  Reviving the Confederacy Conundrum.  Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is calling for the removal of a controversial Confederate plaque that hangs in the Texas state capital. [...] Lawmakers in Texas have continually debated whether or not the plaque should stay up.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state legislature, the State Preservation Board, the Texas Historical Commission or the Capitol curator all have the authority to remove the plaque, Dallas News reported.

Beto O'Rourke seeks help after ICE leaves 200 migrants at El Paso bus station.  U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke — a potential candidate in the 2020 presidential election — is calling for donations and help after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped off at least 200 migrants at the El Paso, Texas, bus station.

The Editor says...
Congressman O'Rourke was elected to represent American citizens.  His efforts on behalf of intrusive disease-laden freeloaders are misguided, at best.  In other words, every minute he spends working on the behalf of illegal aliens is another minute he's neglecting his job.  Worse than that, he may be unwittingly un-doing the work of other government officials if he is helping previously-deported aliens re-enter this country.

Inside Bernie-world's war on Beto O'Rourke.  Forces loyal to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are waging an increasingly public war against Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the new darling of Democratic activists, as the two men weigh whether to seek the party's presidential nomination in 2020.  The main line of attack against O'Rourke is that he isn't progressive enough — that he's been too close to Republicans in Congress, too close to corporate donors and not willing enough to use his star power to help fellow Democrats — and it is being pushed almost exclusively by Sanders supporters online and in print.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Wage War on Beto O'Rourke.  Neither Sanders nor O'Rourke has officially declared presidential candidacy, but the games are already afoot.  According to a report by NBC, Sanders supporters are already putting the heat O'Rourke, attempting to paint him as a less than committed ideologue.  Sanders, a self-described socialist, was the clear left-winger in the 2016 election, but in the two years since Trump was elected, Democrats have wholly abandoned any guise of centrism in a race to prove who is the truest, most leftist progressive.

Why are Democrats trying to annihilate an O'Rourke campaign before it has even started?  If you blinked, you might have missed it.  Somewhere between Election Day and your 500th gulp of holiday-party red wine, Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke went from being the new darling of the left to its leading bête noire.  Not much of substance actually changed in that time, of course.  O'Rourke inspired many, but still lost his Senate race, and he's now winding down his time in the House.  What has changed is that O'Rourke, having built an $80 million grassroots political movement from scratch, is now seen as one of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.  The polls bear this out:  A recent Des Moines Register survey of Iowa placed him third among possible Democratic candidates, behind known commodities Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Beto Busted for Fossil Fuel Hypocrisy.  It turns out that Democratic heartthrob Robert Francis O'Rourke, in addition to deceptively insinuating that he is of Hispanic descent, has been less than honest about his commitment to saving the Earth from the menace of fossil fuels.  He signed a "No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge" produced by a coalition of environmental activists promising to refuse "any contributions over $200 from the PACs, executives, or front groups of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal."  As it happens, however, O'Rourke accepted $492K in such contributions during 2018.

O'Rourke Removed From 'No Fossil Fuel Money' Pledge Following Report of Donations From Oil, Gas Execs.  Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D., Texas) has been removed from a list of candidates who pledged to reject fossil fuel donations over $200 after it was revealed he took multiple contributions from oil and gas executives.  Oil Change USA, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., removed O'Rourke's name from a list of those who signed the pledge, according to Sludge.  The pledge dictates a politician and their campaign "adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs, executives, or front groups of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal."  Sludge reported earlier this month that O'Rourke received $430,000 from individuals in the oil and gas industries.  The report was later updated to note that "the O'Rourke campaign had not returned 29 'large donations' of over $200 from oil and gas executives," according to the most recent campaign finance report.

When it comes to the border, 'Beto' doubles down on dumb.  Just when you think politics cannot get any stupider in this country, in skateboards Robert Francis O'Rourke.  That would be the same Robert Francis O'Rourke of privileged upbringing and expensive boarding school pedigree who today goes by "Beto" because it sounds Hispanic now that he has decided to get into electoral politics.  Whatever happened to all the outrage over "cultural appropriation"?

Team Biden Wonders:  Should We Make Beto His Running Mate?  No, this is an age thing.  Biden is older than time, O'Rourke looks even younger than his 46 years.  The thinking goes that pairing Uncle Joe with a next-gen VP who's in his prime will lend some vitality to the ticket and blunt any perception among younger voters that Biden is "old news."  I dunno, though. [...] Who wants to roll the dice on President Beto if 78-year-old Joe Biden doesn't survive his term?

Activist Democrats question whether Beto O'Rourke is one of them.  The left is where the energy is in today's Democratic Party.  Nearly half of Democratic voters describe themselves as liberal, up 17 percentage points from a decade ago, according to Pew Research Center. [...] The problem with O'Rourke, various Democratic activists say, is that he didn't support bills they consider to be crucial to the progressive platform and he was a member of the centrist, fiscally conservative New Democrat Coalition.

Who is Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke?  Robert Francis O'Rourke was born into an Irish Catholic family on September 26, 1972, in El Paso, Texas.  From an early age, he was called "Beto," a common nickname for Mexicans named Roberto.  His father, Pat Francis O'Rourke (d. 2001), served as both a County Commissioner and County Judge in El Paso, a political associate of former Texas Governor Mark White, and the state chairman of Jesse Jackson's 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns.  In May 1995, Beto O'Rourke was arrested for attempted burglary on the University of Texas-El Paso campus, but the charges were dropped nine months later.  After graduating from Columbia University in 1995 with a BA in English Literature, O'Rourke worked for several Internet Service Providers and then returned to El Paso, where in 1998 he founded the Stanton Street Technology Group (SSTG), a web and software company which he headed for the next 14 years.  His mother, Melissa O'Rourke, who once served as a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board member, was a shareholder in SSTG.

Stop comparing Beto O'Rourke's potential 2020 presidential bid to Barack Obama's in 2008.  As outgoing Rep. Beto O'Rourke flirts with a 2020 Democratic presidential bid, his already soaring stock among the media has been surging even higher, and he is even drawing comparisons to former President Barack Obama, who was a relatively inexperienced national politician before he captured the presidency in 2008.  But such comparisons are unwarranted.  O'Rourke, D-Texas, who was the most profiled candidate of the 2018 election cycle, quickly drew media buzz about a 2020 presidential run after losing his Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.  A poll of the race from the liberal MoveOn showed O'Rourke narrowly edging out progressive icon Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a field with lots of possible candidates but no clear front-runner.  It's "Betomania," declares ABC News.  CNN, meanwhile, has already declared him the second-ranking Democratic presidential hopeful, behind only Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

The Real Beto O'Rourke.  As a child living in El Paso, O'Rourke was given the nickname "Beto," which is a common Hispanic moniker for Roberto, in order to delineate between him and his maternal grandfather, Robert Williams.  When O'Rourke attended Columbia in New York he used "Rob," but his father, then El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke, suggested that he once again use "Beto" to increase his chance of winning political office in the heavily Hispanic city of El Paso, which Robert readily agreed to do.  He graduated from Columbia in 1995, and later that month was arrested for burglary at UTEP (the University of Texas El Paso) along with two others.

So much for all that "grass roots" support...
Mysterious Anti-Ted Cruz Super PAC Revealed To Be Funded By National Democratic Group.  A super PAC that spent millions attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz during the midterm election was revealed Thursday [12/6/2018] to be funded almost entirely by Washington, D.C., Democrats.  The Texas Forever PAC, which spent $2.3 million on last-minute anti-Cruz attack ads, was funded by the Senate Majority PAC except for $10,000, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings in December.  The Senate Majority PAC has strong ties to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fundraises to help Democrats win control of the Senate.  Texas Forever was created less than a month before the November election and after the last deadline to report donors prior to Election Day.  Because it launched so close to the election, Texas Forever was able to sidestep revealing where the funds came from until a month after voting concluded, a strategy that has been more frequently utilized with super PACs this election cycle, reported Politico.

If the Dems want to lose in 2020, Beto O'Rourke is the perfect candidate.  Beto O'Rourke, with widespread backing, is considering running for president in 2020.  If Democrats want to lose, he absolutely should.  Nothing has been learned from Hillary Clinton, the two-time heiress apparent who, in 2016, had the support of nearly every mainstream media outlet, who entered the final stretch of her last race with a $449 million war chest (compared with Trump's $163 million), who led in nearly every national poll, and who was roundly depicted as the rational adult tolerating a villainous bozo.  Just as Hillary has taken that humiliating defeat as a sign to mull yet a third run, O'Rourke has taken his loss to Ted Cruz — the most loathed senator in modern American history, once called "Lucifer in the flesh" by then-House Speaker John Boehner — as a sign that he, a 46-year-old three-term congressman with a thin record, is the one to defeat Trump.

When Beto Met Barry.  The Washington Post reports that Beto O'Rourke, who is weighing whether to mount a 2020 presidential bid, met recently with Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. The meeting reportedly took place on November 16.  According to the Post, some former Obama aides have encouraged O'Rourke to run for president.  They see him as capable of the kind of campaign that caught fire in the 2008 presidential election.  Some Republicans are, or pretend to be, dismissive of O'Rourke as a credible challenger to President Trump.  They cite his recent defeat at the hands of Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race.  But O'Rourke ran a strong race against Cruz, losing by less than 3 points in strongly Republican state.  It's true that O'Rourke was buoyed by an enormous influx of money.  But it's also true that he likely would be similarly buoyed if he runs for president.

Beto O'Rourke seen as a top contender in 2020: poll.  Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) is considered one of the top Democratic contenders for the White House in 2020 even among more well-known potential hopefuls, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill.  Former Vice President Joe Biden is the most popular Democrat in the potential 2020 primary, with 28 percent of Democratic and independent voters saying they'd most likely vote for him, according to the poll released on Monday [12/3/2018].

Calling O'Rourke.  One of the more mystifying outcomes of the recent midterms, particularly as the nation reflects on the full life and multifarious accomplishments of George H.W. Bush, has been the elevation of Robert Francis O'Rourke to the top tier of potential presidential contenders.  In response to a recent Morning Consult poll, registered Democrats ranked the losing Senate candidate among their top three preferences for the party's 2020 nomination.  They favored "Beto" over Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown, et al.  The only two potential candidates who ranked higher than the Texas congressman were septuagenarians Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Beto O'Rourke would have a chance against Trump in 2020.  Unsurprisingly, the curiosity and clamor surrounding O'Rourke have little to do with his limited track record and much to do with his Obama-like qualities.  There are few truly viable candidates who would pose a legitimate threat to the man who beat Hillary Clinton.  If Democrats learned anything before and during former President Barack Obama's eight years in office, it's that election success on a national scale is more about personality than policy.

Just like Obama, Democrats are falling for the idea of Beto 2020.  If you thought Betomania was over when the Democratic congressman lost his Senate bid to incumbent Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, you'd better think again.  Beto has gone nationwide.  With praise coming in from everyone from Beyoncé to former President Barack Obama and the Texas representative hinting at a possible run at the White House in 2020, Beto O'Rourke has become the cause célèbre among Democratic donors and activists around the country — and looks to shake up what already promises to be a crowded field of Democrats challenging President Trump.

Beto O'Rourke changes his mind:  He's not ruling out 2020 anymore.  Beto O'Rourke said Monday that he is no longer ruling out a run for president in 2020, a reversal that thrilled his legion of loyal supporters while clouding an already-crowded Democratic primary field.  "Running for Senate, I was 100 percent focused on our campaign, winning that race and then serving the next six years in the United States Senate," the Texas congressman told reporters after a town hall forum here.  "Now that that is no longer possible, you know, we're thinking through a number of things."

The Snob Party.  [Scroll down]  The people to whom Democrats condescend express similar feelings about Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, who are lionized for standing up to that condescension.  Which brings us back to Señor O'Rourke, the most oleaginous, condescending, and sanctimonious man in American politics at the moment.  He talks a good man-of-the-people game, as most progressives do, but who he is, is who progressives are and who they want to be:  a rich white liberal with political power, from a family of rich white liberals with political power.  He has the prep-school diploma and the Ivy League imprimatur, too.  As one does.

Liberals' infantile Beto fantasy.  I have offended some liberals in the past by referring to Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke as a "failson."  I understand now why this might have come across as dismissive of his totally awesome campaign to skateboard his way into a Senate seat.  So in the future I will be more measured in my language.  Beto is not a "failson."  He is, in fact, the successful son-in-law of a billionaire real estate developer whose low-key contempt for barrio grandmas puts him squarely within the mainstream of the Democratic Party.  His seemingly inevitable attempt to secure his party's presidential nomination in 2020 will be only slightly more embarrassing to himself and his delusional followers than his recent loss to the most loathed senator in the United States.

Here's what you might not know about Beto O'Rourke — but should.  Glenn [Beck] briefly introduced Beto's rise through the ranks of legislature, from El Paso City Council member in 2004 to the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th Congressional District in 2013.  "During Beto's five years in Congress, he's been the primary sponsor of countess bills — assuming you can't count to two, cause it was only two," joked Glenn.

Beto O'Rourke's National Celebrity Was His Undoing.  In the past year, the Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke has been compared endlessly to the great charismatic stars of the Democratic Party.  He was Kennedyesque!  He was the next Obama!  With his boyish grin, rhythmic speech, and unabashedly left-leaning platform, the Democratic former representative was not just the state's best hope for going blue:  According to political strategists across the country, he is among the party's most promising presidential contenders in 2020.

Trevor Loudon Releases Mini-Doc on Senate Candidate Beto O'Rourke.  This week, Trevor Loudon exposes the radical ties of Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke.  While Beto presents himself as a candidate willing to work with all Texans, his hard-left policies reflect his many socialist allies.

Why did nobody mention that Beto O'Rourke's wife is a billionaire heiress?  Young Beto O'Rourke casts himself as the 'anti-Trump'. But his father-in-law, it turns out, is a billionaire property developer with a contentious relationship with non-white residents — not unlike the President.  Beto's more the proto-Jared Kushner.  The New York Times today [10/29/2018] revealed the highly interesting news that friend-of-the-little-guy Beto married well.  Very well.  His wife is not only the daughter of William D. Sanders, aka the Warren Buffet of real estate, Cockburn can reveal she is the only daughter.  Sanders's portfolio is valued at about $20 billion.

Nearly a dozen Beto O'Rourke profiles, and almost none mention his crony capitalist background.  Rep. Beto O'Rourke's, D-Texas, 1998 drunken driving accident isn't the only thing his media profilers have ignored.  The New York Times did a fine job this week detailing the Democratic Senate candidate's shady history of political backscratching, including a real-estate deal he championed when he served on the El Paso City Council that would've benefited his billionaire father-in-law, developer William D. Sanders.

O'Rourke Campaign Exposed in Undercover Video for Assisting Honduran Migrants: 'Nobody Needs to Know'.  A Project Veritas video released Thursday night [11/1/2018] shows Beto O'Rourke campaign staffers discussing how they can illegally use campaign resources to purchase supplies and assist in the transportation of Honduran migrants.  [Video clip]  Dominic Chacon, a Field Manager for the O'Rourke campaign in El Paso, Texas, expressed his concern in getting supplies to the caravan migrants.

Poll: Texas women won't propel Beto O'Rourke to victory.  The speculation about how women will vote has been prominent in Texas, especially now that Rep. Beto O'Rourke's challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election has shaken assumptions about the security of the Republican Party's monopoly.  Much of this discussion has focused on potential unrest among suburban women and whether the moderate Republicans among them will question their partisan leanings.  Don't count on it.  The most recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll offers little evidence to support expectations of significant partisan shifts among women.  A well-documented partisan gender gap is already a political fact of life:  More women identify as Democrats compared with men.  But beyond that, O'Rourke does not look to benefit from a new tidal wave of female support.

Ted Cruz Calls for Journalists to Ask Beto O'Rourke Two Questions.  Sen. Cruz appeared to be referencing a video, released Thursday [11/1/2018] by James O'Keefe's guerrilla journalism organization, Project Veritas.  In that video, an undercover operative obtained footage appearing to show members of O'Rourke's campaign staff alluding to campaign resources that were being used to assist migrants as they approach the Texas border.

Flashback: Hispanic Caucus Refuses Bobby 'Beto' O'Rourke Membership Because He Lacks Hispanic Heritage.  Back in July 2013 Rep. Bobby "Beto" O'Rourke tried to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the House of Representatives.  But the Hispanic Caucus refused to let him join saying he lacked Hispanic heritage.

Google Employees Second Largest Donors to Beto O'Rourke Campaign.  Big Tech company employees are pouring money into Democratic candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke's senate campaign in an attempt to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), with employees from Google parent company Alphabet listed as the second largest donating force.  According to CNBC, employees at Google parent company Alphabet were the second largest contributor to O'Rourke's campaign overall, and came first on the list of Big Tech contributors, with Alphabet employees donating $157,189.  Overall, Alphabet was only beaten in donations to O'Rourke's campaign by employees of the University of Texas, who donated $296,123.

Can Beto O'Rourke Name One Thing He's Done For Hispanic Voters?  What on earth made anyone thing Beto could win?  What could possibly have changed between the ill-fated Wendy Davis gubernatorial run and this one?  Apparently, Donald Trump and the Hispanic vote were going to make all the difference.  At least, that's apparently what national Democrats thought.  So, a ton of money has poured into the race, and Beto currently has nothing to show for it, other than maybe a 2020 or 2024 national platform.

As Jed Clampett would say, "There's somethin' wrong with that boy."
The Real Beto O'Rourke.  I recently attended an indoor Beto O'Rourke rally in Corpus Christi, Texas in the Richardson Auditorium on the Del Mar College campus.  Arriving 45 minutes late (after meeting for 15 minutes with fawning press backstage), he was introduced by Congressman Joe Kennedy.  O'Rourke bizarrely rolled onto the stage on a skateboard (he had done this in an earlier rally in Brownsville) and spoke for 30 minutes.  O'Rourke called for essentially open borders and free health care.  He attacked Trump along with his senatorial election opponent, incumbent Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but there was no mention of his previous statement approving of disrespect for the flag, which Cruz and others had pounced on.  O'Rourke appeared awkward and thin and was constantly flailing his hands and arms.  I noticed something rather unsettling.  I was only sitting ten feet away from O'Rourke.  The temperature outside was a near perfect 78 degrees, and the hall itself, which is kept at 72 degrees, seemed chilly.  The stage lights are 20 feet above the stage.  But just minutes into O'Rourke's speech, sweat began to pour down his face and spread across the front of his shirt.

Unhappy about getting texts from O'Rourke's campaign?  There's a lawsuit for that.  At least one Texan is not happy about receiving text messages about Beto O'Rourke's run for U.S. Senate.  A class action lawsuit filed against the Beto for Texas campaign claims the organization sent text messages to Texans without obtaining their permission, violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  The suit, filed Friday [10/19/2018] in the Northern District of Texas Court, names Collin County resident Sameer Syeed as a plaintiff on behalf of all Texans that the O'Rourke campaign sent texts to Texans without obtaining permission.

The Embarrassing Spectacle of Betomania.  Attention, journalists of America:  Time is running out!  You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke!  It is here that we must face the difficult truth:  Barring a GOP-related disaster of some sort, O'Rourke — he of that ineffable "cool factor" and "special sauce," at least according to easily impressed columnists at the Washington Post — is likely to lose big.  According to the latest polls, Senator Ted Cruz leads him by anywhere between seven and nine points.  Tuesday's [10/16/2018] debate between the two, meanwhile, was so mismatched that O'Rourke's best moment might have involved a random deer-in-the-headlights story in which he described how he "got to meet this blind squirrel who is slowly regaining its sight."

Beto O'Rourke's Mother, Who He Says Is A 'Lifelong Republican,' Donated To Obama, Voted In 15 Of 17 Democratic Primaries.  Rep. Robert "Beto" O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat running against Sen. Texas Cruz in this November's election, has a curious relationship with the truth.  Take what the congressman said in a September debate with Cruz about a drunk driving accident he had in 1998.  "I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense, and I will not try to provide one," O'Rourke said.  O'Rourke, then 26, reportedly hit a truck traveling the same direction, jumped over a median strip — then did, indeed, try to flee, according to a witness who saw the whole thing.

Beto is as Phony as Barack.  In 2008, the national news media swooned over the prospect of an African American President of the United States.  The Democratic Party's presidential nominee was freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).  He was treated to kid glove treatment by the media.  There were no hard questions and no real examination of his background.  He vaulted into the Oval Office on the shoulders of an adoring press.  He spouted the slogan "Hope and Change" and the media, Hollywood and millions of poorly informed American voters swooned.  After ten long years, the Democratic Party has found a new Barack Obama.  He is not one of the 20+ potential presidential candidates in 2020 race.  Instead, he is Robert "Beto" O'Rourke, a three-term U.S. congressman from El Paso, who happens to be a U.S. Senate candidate in the second most populous state in the nation, Texas.

Thread breaks down money wasted per Beto O'Rourke vote and the Left flips out.  Robert O'Rourke lost last night even though he raised more money than any other person who has ever run for the Senate.  Hollywood dumped millions of dollars into his campaign hoping to beat Cruz ... and Bob still lost.

Beto O'Rourke's Marxist Support Network Exposed.  Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke doesn't like to be called a socialist.  Why then, does he employ several Marxists on his campaign?  Why does Beto hang around with Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) supporters and other radicals?  DSA, despite its name, is a Marxist/communist organization.

The Media's Love Affair With Beto O'Rourke Is Irresponsible.  Despite my best efforts, I know exactly what Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's post-punk indie band from the mid-'90s sounds like (not as bad as you'd think!).  At the same time, I don't know much about Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is 38 years old (meaning, around eight years younger than "rising star" Beto), the attorney general of Missouri, and the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.  In fact, Hawley's name recognition outside of his state is probably negligible.

Beto O'Rourke Just Showed Everyone How To Lose An Election In Texas.  There are two ways to guarantee you'll lose a statewide election in Texas:  campaign for abortion or campaign against guns.  Texas Democrats accomplished the first in 2014, when Wendy Davis lost the governor's race to Greg Abbott by 20 points.  Now they're determined to do the second.  Beto O'Rourke, the photogenic Democratic congressman from El Paso hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, declared at a SXSW event Monday that there's no reason an AR-15 should be sold to a civilian.  According to Politico's Michael Calderone, O'Rourke, who's not shy about swearing on the campaign trail, added, "I have no idea how that polls and I [don't care] what the NRA thinks about it."

Beto O'Rourke's Campaign Requests VFW Hall Take Down American Flags Before His Rally There.  Ted Cruz's Challenger, Beto O'Rourke has made a name for himself by saying that he can think of "nothing more American" than kneeling during the National Anthem.  We can now add stripping American flags from a VFW hall to things he thinks are good.  According to the Examiner, O'Rourke's campaign had rented out a Veteran of Foreign Affairs Hall for a campaign rally in Navasota, TX, and requested that the VFW Post 4006 Commander Carl Dry take down the American flags in his building ahead of the event.

Beto O'Rourke says 'nothing more American' than NFL anthem protests.  Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has jumped into the NFL national-anthem fray by defending players taking a knee during the ceremony, saying he could think of "nothing more American."  In a response going viral on social media, the Democrat seeking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, compared the NFL kneelers to civil-rights icons like Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders during a campaign appearance last week in Houston.

Ted Cruz slaps down Beto O'Rourke over his support of national anthem protests!  The TedNado took aim at Beto O'Rourke like he was shooting at liberal fish in a barrel after Robert Francis (his real name) supported the national anthem protesters. [...] I just don't understand why Robert Francis O'Rourke thinks that being for the protest will help him in Texas.  Either way, liberals are pouring money into this race because they hate the TedNado so much.  I can't wait to enjoy their disappointment when he trounces Robert Francis.

The cult of Beto.  There is no way Robert Francis O'Rourke, alias "Beto," a.k.a. the no-doubt gleaming future of the Democratic Party is as delusional about his prospects for success as his followers.  That would be impossible.  The Texas congressman is your average 46-year-old liberal failson politico, the grandson of a secretary of the Navy, the son of a judge, a hanger-on in his party who graduated from playing in an amazingly bad hardcore punk band to a seat on the El Paso City Council.  After that, he challenged Rep. Silvestre Reyes, an eight-term Democratic incumbent and chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, with the help of outside cash and despite endorsements from both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.  The two issues of crucial importance to reviving the fortunes of the working class on which O'Rourke fought his campaign were support for same-sex marriage and drug legalization, both of which Reyes, a Catholic, opposed.

Julia Salazar

Controversial Socialist Julia Salazar wins Brooklyn state Senate primary.  Despite a mountain of political baggage, an upstart Brooklyn Socialist toppled an entrenched incumbent in a closely-watched state Senate race dominated by headlines about truth and integrity.  Julia Salazar, 27, rode the progressive wave, toppling long-term state Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan in a district that includes swaths of Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Cypress Hills.

Forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Julia Salazar is the hero that the socialist moment deserves.  Just when you thought the story of Julia Salazar, a DSA Socialist candidate who was already enmeshed in a dozen scandals can't get any crazier, it gets much crazier.  To recap, Salazar lied about being Jewish, she lied about being an immigrant, and she lied about growing up poor.  The media billed her as the "Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez".  Cortez and Cynthia Nixon backed her.  Oh boy did they mess up.  The anti-Israel activist with hate groups such as If Not Now, was not Jewish.  She was born in Miami, despite claiming to be an immigrant.  And lived in a mansion, despite claiming to be poor.

The Democratic Socialists of America Have an Anti-Semitism Problem.  [Julia] Salazar's rant had appeared on a racist site whose creator had complained that his publication had been banned from DailyKos because of "my repeated insistence on talking about the large Jewish presence in the American establishment and the importance of Jewish money in the political process" and one of whose editors had declared, "I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, but I can understand why some are."  In reality, Salazar had been baptized as a Catholic, her uncle was a Jesuit priest, and her brother made it clear that no one in the family was Jewish.  The Jewish part of her past was as fake as the rest.  And it was this biography that the Democratic Socialists of America candidate was running on.  The DSA had been hoping to turn Salazar into the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with the support of radical lefties like Cortez, Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout by playing up her imaginary biography.

Dem Socialist Candidate's Brother and Mother Say She's Lied About Her Upbringing.  The brother and mother of a New York City democratic socialist candidate went on the record to dispute many of the biographical claims she has made throughout the campaign.  A Tablet profile last week first revealed that state Senate candidate Julia Salazar, a progressive darling depicting herself as a Jewish immigrant, was actually born in the United States and ran several Christian organizations in college.  One of the sources negating Salazar's claims was her own brother Alex Salazar, who told Tablet that they were both born in Miami and their father was not Jewish.

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg is neck-and-neck with Joe Biden in New Hampshire poll.  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden are essentially tied in a new 2020 New Hampshire poll.  A survey released by the University of New Hampshire on Monday has Buttigieg in third place behind Biden, earning 15 percent of the vote to Biden's 18 percent.  That's a smaller gap than the poll's margin of error.  In first place is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who earned 30 percent of the vote.  Buttigieg has jumped up 13 percentage points since February, at which point he had launched a 2020 exploratory committee fairly recently.

Prompted by a question from an obvious astroturf audience plant:
Pete Buttigieg:  Gun Control 'Compatible with the Second Amendment'.  Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg used a question and answer session during an Iowa speech to claim numerous gun controls he supports are "completely compatible with the Second Amendment." [...] He also used the Obama-era moniker of "weapons of war" to describe certain commonly owned semiautomatic rifles and said, "There are some weapons that don't belong in our neighborhoods in peacetime in America."

The Editor says...
Well, Pete, that's the funny thing about "peacetime in America."  It's hard to tell exactly when peacetime will end, and when it does, it won't be easy to go retrieve your guns from outside "our neighborhoods."  There has never been an armed invasion of this country largely because there are guns in almost every house!  It's called preparedness.

Mayor Pete and the Crackup of Christianity.  "Mayor Pete" is proudly gay and living happily with his husband.  He says God made him the way he is, and he is living the life God intended for him. [...] [W]hat Buttigieg is saying is that either God changes his moral law to conform to the changing behavior of mankind or that, for 2,000 years, Christian preaching and practice toward homosexuals has been bigoted, injurious and morally indefensible.  If Pete is right, since the time of Christ, Christians have ostracized and persecuted gays simply for being and behaving as God intended.  And if that is true, what is the defense of Christianity?

Pete Buttigieg Is Wrong about Homosexuality.  Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the media, and academia are all fouled up about what perversion is!  Since the mayor is an admitted homosexual, with a "husband," no less, he obviously feels he must justify his choice of walking in the dark world of perversion.  And make no mistake:  homosexuality is perversion.  If not, then all religions and denominations down through the ages have been wrong.  A serious person will not try to overturn civilization's morals, manners, and mores of thousands of years without much thoughtful consideration.  Evidently, Pete cannot be trusted to make decisions since he chose a degrading, dangerous, even deadly lifestyle.

Pete Buttigieg:  Just another climate alarmist extraordinaire.  Mayor Pete — as Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential hopeful from the city of South Bend, Indiana, has been affectionately dubbed by his fawning following in the media — called out climate change as the "greatest security issue of our time" during his recent announcement speech.  And if we don't fix it, we'll all die.  He's yet the latest from the left to use climate change for political advantage by claiming the same.

Buttigieg-run South Bend features poverty and workers trekking down the road for good jobs.  At just 37, Pete Buttigieg doesn't have much of a record to run on.  He's never held a federal office or won a statewide election, nor is it likely that he could in a conservative state like Indiana.  Outside of his inspirational rhetoric, there's one thing Buttigieg is proud of:  his record as mayor of South Bend.  Yet for a presidential candidate who touted how he "cut the unemployment in half" and helped revitalize a Midwestern city, not all residents are feeling the results of the city's supposed revitalization.

Mayor Pete Will Make You Bake the Cake.  Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg's public calls for pluralism do not apply to religious small business owners.  South Bend Mayor Buttigieg has made his Episcopalian faith and tolerance a centerpiece of his campaign, but the policies he champions would force religious small business owners to participate in ceremonies they find objectionable under penalty of law.  Buttigieg, who is married to a man, will keynote the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner.  The nation's largest LGBT lobbying group credited his support for the Equality Act for the invitation.  "Buttigieg is an outspoken advocate of the Equality Act — critically important, bipartisan legislation that would finally provide clear protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people across the country," HRC said in a Tuesday [4/16/2019] release.

Secret tapes linger over Buttigieg's meteoric rise.  Pete Buttigieg's meteoric rise as a presidential candidate is putting a spotlight on his years as mayor of South Bend, Ind., including his demotion of an African-American police chief.  An Indiana judge will rule soon on whether to release five cassette tapes of secretly recorded conversations between South Bend police officers that led to the 2012 demotion of Police Chief Darryl Boykins, the city's first ever black police chief.

Mayor Pete and the Crackup of Christianity.  "Mayor Pete" is proudly gay and living happily with his husband.  He says God made him the way he is, and he is living the life God intended for him.  Raising the same-sex marriage issue himself, the mayor defiantly taunted Mike Pence: [...] Yet, Mayor Pete's assertion — that God made him gay, and God intended that he live his life this way, and that this life is moral and good — is another milestone on the road to a new America.  For what Buttigieg is saying is that either God changes his moral law to conform to the changing behavior of mankind or that, for 2,000 years, Christian preaching and practice toward homosexuals has been bigoted, injurious and morally indefensible.

The Left's New Teflon Candidate.  Pete Buttigieg is gay.  The Democrats can't help themselves at this point when it comes to leveraging novelty, glass ceiling benchmarks in politics.  First women, first black, first whatever.  It's like drug addiction.  Once you go down that road, you need more.  It never stops.  Pretty soon it's like Tourette's Syndrome.  The Democrats can only run now with First Candidates.  Perhaps we should now call them the Party of Firsters.  The ironic beauty here is that these are all superficial reasons to vote for anyone and have zero to do with any actual policies or any real fiber.  Democrats don't care.  It's all they have left.

The Vigilante From South Bend.  Pete Buttigieg is the latest star to emerge from Democrats' 2020 pack, which is no surprise since he exhibits all the tropes we have come to associate with this party in the era of its Trump derangement.  On the evidence just of his attacks on Vice President Mike Pence, Buttigieg is a shameless liar, a calculating character assassin and an anti-religious/anti-free speech bigot, motivated by a virulent hatred of his political opponents, especially those who have been good to him like Pence.  Buttigieg's chosen target is one of the most decent human beings in politics, who was supportive of Buttegieg both before he revealed he was gay and after.  Indeed, when Buttigieg made his public announcement, Pence, then governor of Indiana went out of his way to praise his achievements as mayor — a bit of political hyperbole since Buttigieg's city, South Bend, is a violence-ridden mess.  Yet, even after Buttigieg's outrageous attacks, Pence has not had an unkind word to say about him.

Pete Buttigieg Officially Launches White House Campaign.  Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of youthful generation ready to reshape the country.

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Most Americans don't want the country to be reshaped.  They want the country to return to normal, and then they want the federal government to leave them alone.  Normal is the state we were in at some point in the past, depending on your perspective, probably either 1950, 1960, or 1980.  But certainly long before Barack H. Obama's caustic and corrosive influence on the economy and the culture.  Before hanging chads, transvestites in women's restrooms, open borders, activist judges, crazy people roaming the streets, legalized pot, strip searches at the airport, 1.6-gallon toilets, gun-free zones, red light cameras, etc.

Progressive 'Christian' Hypocrites.  Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of the many Democrats running for President, keeps trying to play a Christian on television, and it's been going badly for him. [...] As much as Buttigieg makes a valid critique on the President's behavior and some evangelicals excusing that behavior, Buttigieg wants to reject the inconvenient parts of faith he does not like.  He is a gay man who got married; he does not think homosexuality is a sin despite express statements in scripture.  And he thinks abortion is a moral issue.  He would, he says, avoid governing using his morality.  Buttigieg is trying to have it both ways and, in reality, is showing he is no better a Christian than Trump.

Truly Awful People.  [Scroll down]  Then there's "Mayor Pete," Democratic 2020 hopeful and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg.  The least interesting and least important part of who he is as a candidate is that he's gay, but it's the only thing that differentiates him from the rest of the Democratic field. [...] But Buttigieg is using his sexual orientation to paint himself as a victim of the VP's "bigotry," because Pence is a devout Christian.  The only problem is Mike Pence has never said a negative word about the man.  But facts don't matter when you're desperate for attention.  Buttigieg, while claiming to be a Christian himself, spent the week criticizing the faith of the vice president.

Why is Buttigieg a Democrat then?  Mike Pence was governor of Indiana in 2015 when Democrat Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend came out of the closet as gay amid a controversy over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows Christian businesses to act on their beliefs even if the subject is homosexuality.  Buttigieg attacked Pence.  The governor turned the other cheek when asked about the attack.  Pence said, "I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard.  We have a great working relationship.  I see him as a dedicated public servant, and a patriot."  Four years later, though, the gay mayor still attacks Pence and his religion.  Buttigieg's holier-than-thou act is silly.

It Turns Out Erick Erickson Was Right About Buttigieg and Bestiality.  Buttigieg is foolishly suggesting that "since Jesus didn't say anything about 21st century dilation and extraction baby killing, we should be more silent about it too."  That's flatly absurd and he deserves to be intellectually embarrassed and spiritually ashamed to utter such a justification.  And it seems apparent to any thinking person that is precisely why Erickson exposed him as he did.  Erickson's premise was simple: replace the issue of abortion with another morally questionable practice.  "Since Jesus didn't say anything about men having sex with animals, He must have been cool with it."  It's a ridiculous proposition and completely untenable logic.  But it's exactly the illogic that Buttigieg had voiced to justify his cowardly capitulation to the abortion cult.

Buttigieg to Pence:  If you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is with my creator.  Pete Buttigieg got a hero's welcome as he took the stage Sunday [4/7/2019] at a fundraising brunch for a group that supports LGBTQ candidates.  The improbable presidential campaign of the previously little-known, openly-gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been generating significant buzz, positive headlines, and large crowds in important primary states like New Hampshire.

Can't Any Democrat Here Play This Game?  [Scroll down]  Some of us, apparently, are much more interested in the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind.  Pete Buttigieg is winning the coveted media primary, as journalists gush over his youth, his Harvard credentials, his husband, and his language abilities.  He answers questions in Norwegian.  Elect this man!  The other day an acquaintance of mine, a reporter for a major newspaper, got caught up in a reverie about the mayor's dogs.  They are, I'm told, SO cute.  The geniuses narrating our lives can't figure out where Buttigieg came from.  Do they read bylines other than their own?  The press has been chirping about this boy wonder since a 2016 Frank Bruni column.  Now Buttigieg has risen in the polls.  He had a solid first quarter for someone without a national profile.  The media reputation machine — it builds them up and tears them down — is humming along nicely.

Mayor Buttigieg Runs for President While His City Bleeds.  In the last few days, even as the media was gushing over Buttigieg's presidential ambitions, two Indiana University South Bend players were injured in a shooting on Notre Dame Avenue, a blind date ended in a shooting, and yet another shooting added to the bloody toll in the real South Bend.  Those are quite a few shootings for a city of barely 100,000 people.  But South Bend is a violent place.  While Chicago is notorious for its murder rate, in 2015, Buttigieg's South Bend actually topped Chicago's 16.4 homicides per 100,000 people with a homicide rate of 16.79 per 100,000 people.

Buttigieg Pushes Wealth Tax: 'People in This Country Are Not Paying Their Fair Share'.  Monday [4/1/2019] on MSNBC's "The Last Word," 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg supported the idea of a wealth tax, arguing that "some people" were not paying their "fair share."

Buttigieg questions Trump's belief in God.  White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg raised doubts about President Trump's belief in God during an interview published Wednesday [4/3/2019].  The South Bend, Indiana, mayor discussed Mr. Trump's faith during a recent conversation with USA Today.  "I'm reluctant to comment on another person's faith, but I would say it is hard to look at this president's actions and believe that they're the actions of somebody who believes in God," Mr. Buttigieg told the newspaper.  "I just don't understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as he is and be prepared to humble yourself before God.

Democrat Pete Buttigieg May Be Too White And Not Gay Enough But He Still Likes Killing Babies.  In case you missed it, the mayor of South Bend, IN, is running for president.  What would make any mayor of a third-tier Mid-West city think he can be president?  Well, in the age of identity politics, Buttigieg is a veteran (reserve Naval Intelligence) and he's gay.  This is supposed to mean that veterans and gays or gay veterans will reflexively vote for him.  That is supposed to be a good thing.  However, some have raised questions.

Pete Buttigieg's father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto.  The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who spoke fondly of the Communist Manifesto and dedicated a significant portion of his academic career to the work of Italian Communist Party founder Antonio Gramsci, an associate of Vladimir Lenin.  Joseph Buttigieg, who died in January at the age of 71, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s from Malta and in 1980 joined the University of Notre Dame faculty, where he taught modern European literature and literary theory.  He supported an updated version of Marxism that jettisoned some of Marx and Engel's more doctrinaire theories, though he was undoubtedly Marxist.

Buttigieg surges to third place in new Iowa poll.  South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) surged into third place in a poll of the Iowa caucus released Sunday [3/24/2019].  Eleven percent of likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers surveyed by Emerson Polling said they would pick Buttigieg to be their 2020 presidential nominee.  Overall, Buttigieg placed third behind Former Vice President Joe Biden, at 25 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 24 percent.

Brzezinski: Republicans Are Telling Me They Will Support Buttigieg.  During Thursday's [3/21/2019] MSNBC broadcast of "Morning Joe," co-host Mika Brzezinski discussed 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's chances.  Brzezinski said after having Buttigieg on the show, a handful of Republicans told her he had their support.

Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know About Pete Buttigieg.  [#12]  In the mayoral race, Buttigieg faced a state representative, a county councilman, and two lesser-known competitors; the local party deemed him too young and discouraged his interest in the race.  Buttigieg saw his name as an advantage:  "An unpronounceable, ethnically ambiguous name is practically an asset in northern Indiana politics.  Depending upon their own background, people could assume it was Hungarian, Polish, Serbian, Czech, or Belgian — all of which carried their own tribal loyalties in the area."  Buttigieg won a majority in the five-way race.

Scarborough compares Buttigieg to Obama.  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday [3/20/2019] compared likely 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg to former President Barack Obama.  Scarborough tweeted that he and his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, have been "overwhelmed" by the response from viewers to Buttigieg's appearance on "Morning Joe."

2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg: 'My Face Is the Message'.  "What's the message of your campaign?" MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski asked Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday morning [3/20/2019].  Buttigieg, like many other Democrats running for president, wants to change the Supreme Court and abolish the Electoral College, among other liberal policy positions.  But Buttigieg's answer had nothing to do with policy, it had to do with his physiognomy.

Pete Buttigieg, longshot 2020 Dem, calls for packing SCOTUS, scrapping Electoral College.  Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Friday highlighted his push to add justices to the Supreme Court and scrap the Electoral College in presidential elections, as he campaigned in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.  The South Bend, Indiana mayor, who launched a presidential exploratory committee in January, said the 2020 election should not be about President Trump, [...]

The Mayors of the Worst Cities in America are Running for President.  Newark is the most dangerous city in New Jersey, Tallahassee is the most dangerous city in Florida, and South Bend is the most dangerous city in Indiana.  But instead of fixing their failed cities, the current mayor of South Bend, and the former mayors of Newark and Tallahassee want to run for president.  Mayor Peter Buttigieg has announced that he's forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 run.  Media reports have focused on the possibility that he might become America's first gay millennial president, instead of on the fact that he's headed a city since 2011 which has double the national and statewide violent crime rates.  And a city where Hispanic poverty rates are 10% higher than the national average, African-American households have double the poverty rate, and Asian-American incomes are halved.  South Bend was recently rated one of the "worst cities" to live in.  The unemployment rates are higher than average, the property values are lower, and even the water quality is below average.  Gushing media reports about the gay millennial mayor, a Harvard grad and a Rhodes scholar, overlook South Bend's poverty rate of 24.7% and that 45% of households are living near the poverty level.

First Openly Gay 'Married' Man Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Exploratory Cmte.  Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is openly gay and "married" to another man, announced on Jan. 23 that he has launched a presidential exploratory committee to determine whether he will run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.  Buttigieg, pronounced "boot-a-judge," is an Afghan war veteran (Naval intelligence officer), a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar.  He was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015.

Gay is the New Black:  The Buttigieg Candidacy.  We need to talk about Pete Buttigieg and why his candidacy for president in the age of identity politics is negatively disruptive — though this certainly doesn't mean he shouldn't run.  He's the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the first openly gay candidate to run for president.  It's not a comfortable discussion.  I'll be called a homophobe for having it.  But it's necessary, so let's dive right in.  The politics of the Democratic Party is driven by an ideology that pits one group against another.  Blacks against whites.  Gays against straights.  Women against men.  Political agendas and views are often put in that frame.  We saw the consequences of this during Barack Obama's reign as the first black president.  If you criticized him, you were called a racist.  Almost all statements and judgments regarding his policies and performance were filtered through the lens of identity politics.

First Openly Gay 'Married' Man Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Exploratory Cmte.  Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is openly gay and "married" to another man, announced on Jan. 23 that he has launched a presidential exploratory committee to determine whether he will run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.  Buttigieg, pronounced "boot-a-judge," is an Afghan war veteran (Naval intelligence officer), a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar.  He was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015.

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti gives up control of firm after being accused of hiding millions: report.  Michael Avenatti agreed Wednesday [2/13/2019] to give up financial control of his law firm to settle a dispute with a former partner who claimed the celebrity lawyer hid millions in order to fund his lavish lifestyle and avoid having to pay a $10 million judgment.  Jason Frank, a former partner at Eagan Avenatti, accused Avenatti in a court filing of spending extravagantly:  $13,000 in rent for his Los Angeles apartment; a $3,640 payment on his Ferrari; $150,000 for his coffee company; $53,600 on his ex-wife; and $232,875 for his auto racing team, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Michael Avenatti Lived the High Life While Owing Millions to IRS.  On the Fourth of July, Michael Avenatti suited up for a CNN interview and floated his name as a contender against President Trump in 2020.  Asked why he'd be qualified, Avenatti told anchor Jim Sciutto, "Because I have three things that this president lacks, Jim — brains, heart and courage.  And I think I have those in spades compared to this president."  Scuitto then told Avenatti he'd face scrutiny over his finances, including his former law firm's then-unpaid $2.4 million bill to the IRS.

Michael Avenatti is the new Beto O'Rourke.  Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke is going to lose his bid this November to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, taking with him the recent avalanche of glowing media profiles that have cluttered the pages of so many newspapers and magazines.  But luckily for those who are thirsting hard for puff-pieces profiling supposed anti-President Trump saviors, another character is stepping up to fill the void that will undoubtedly be left behind when O'Rourke loses to Cruz.  Enter celebrity porn lawyer Michael Avenatti, the latest target of the press' urge to write overly long, overly friendly profiles on supposed political stars.  "Michael Avenatti's Past Won't Stop Him From Running in 2020," reads the headline to a Time magazine profile slated for its November issue.

Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum [is] Heavily Bankrolled by 'Black Political Power' Group Complaining Too Many 'White Men' Hold Office.  One of the primary donors central to funding Andrew Gillum's recent meteoric rise is The Collective, a little-known but increasingly influential political organization seeking to build a "black political power" movement while complaining that there are too many "white men" holding public office.  The organization runs a "Black Campaign School" where The Collective's co-founder says they train people on how to build a political movement in America's "heightened, almost racist environment."  He charged that this environment has spiraled into "white supremacy" under the tenure of President Trump.

Who Is Andrew Gillum?  The two leading individual donors to Gillum's 2018 campaign have been George Soros and another left-wing billionaire, Tom Steyer.  Scarcely two weeks ago, Soros, who already had contributed $1 million to Gillum's Forward Florida political committee, announced that he was giving $250,000 more.  And Steyer, who had previously funneled $500,000 to Forward Florida, pledged another $300,000.  "I'm obviously deeply appreciative of Mr. Soros, as well as Mr. Steyer, both men who I've known them for some time," said Gillum.  The most recent Soros/Steyer donations coincided with a $3.5 million get-out-the-vote effort by a coalition of pro-Gillum leftist organizations.  In addition to his political activities, Gillum also serves as a Board of Directors member with the New World Foundation, a far-left entity that was once chaired by none other than Hillary Clinton.

Corruption probe looms over Democrat's historic campaign for Florida governor.  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's surprise victory in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida was fueled in part by a compelling personal biography:  The son of a school bus driver and construction worker, he was the first of his parents' seven children to graduate from high school and go to college.  At age 23, he became the youngest city commissioner the Florida capital had ever seen.  "Between my mother and father, they are the best examples of hard work that I know to this day," Gillum said Tuesday night, after support from progressives vaulted him over older and better funded primary opponents.  A less savory narrative threatens to collide with that heartening origin tale.

Florida Democratic Gov. Candidate Does Gymnastics Trying To Avoid Admitting He Plans To Raise Taxes.  Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum shot onto the national stage when he achieved an upset victory in the Democratic primary last Tuesday.  On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, he talked policy with guest host Dana Bash — and appeared to have a difficult time admitting that his healthcare plan would involve a tax hike for at least some Florida residents.

I'll bet he is.
Andrew Gillum 'deeply appreciative' of billionaires Soros, Steyer in race for Florida governor.  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on Sunday thanked billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer for helping him score his upset win in last week's Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary.  "I'll tell you, I'm obviously deeply appreciative of Mr. Soros, as well as Mr. Steyer, both men whom I've known for some time," Mr. Gillum said on NBC's "Meet the Press."  The Democratic megadonors and their associated groups directed millions to the campaign of Mr. Gillum, who edged out former Rep. Gwen Graham in the crowded Democratic primary.  He faces Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis in the November election.

FL Dem gov nominee Gillum:  Abolish ICE, create government-run healthcare.  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination in the state's gubernatorial race Tuesday [8/28/2018], putting him one step closer to achieving his dreams of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and installing a government-run healthcare program.  Gillum appeared on CNN Wednesday morning to talk about his upset victory over former Democratic congresswoman and party favorite Gwen Graham, and his plans for the general election in November, when he squares off against Trump-backed Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum shocks Democratic rivals, wins nomination for governor.  Democrat Andrew Gillum rode a surge of liberal support from young people and African Americans to a stunning primary victory Tuesday [8/28/2018] and the historic opportunity to be the first black governor in Florida's history.  With 94 percent of the votes counted, Gillum had an unofficial 3 percentage point lead over his closest rival, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham.  Gillum overwhelmed Graham in Miami-Dade and Broward, the state's two largest Democratic counties, by more than a 2-to-1 margin, in the highest turnout for a midterm primary election in Florida history.

Flashback to 2006: Biden said about Delaware, "My state was a slave state".  Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor in Florida, is being attacked by the left and their allies in the media about a comment he made about his liberal Democrat opponent, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gilliam, whose political stances include abolishing ICE and "Medicare for all," which is a euphemism for socialized medicine.  Today DeSantis said that Florida voters shouldn't "monkey this up."  Because Gillum is an African American libs are claiming that his remark is racist.

Andrew Gillum's Comments On Law Enforcement Are 'Disgusting' And A 'Disgrace,' Says Florida County Sheriff.  Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey called out Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, Andrew Gillum, on "Fox & Friends Saturday" for his "disgusting" comments about law enforcement.  "Andrew Gillum has no idea what it takes to serve as a law enforcement officer," Ivey said.  "As such his comments about law enforcement officers and those that wear our badge, they're a disgrace.  They're disgusting."  Gillum appeared on the "Pod Save America" podcast Wednesday" and said "At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, they have already had to go too far."

Democrat Andrew Gillum Billed FBI Undercover Agent $4,386 For Fundraiser, Never Disclosed In Finance Reports.  The Andrew Gillum campaign continues to implode, now with reports that he failed to disclose $4,386 of an "in kind contribution" made by an undercover FBI agent who had been investigating the campaign.  Campaign finance laws require all candidates to report all campaign contributions and expenditures to be listed with the state disclosure portal.  While there's usually a 30 day window to file these reports, the FBI agent's contribution is from 2016.

Andrew Gillum:  When police reach for a weapon, they've already had to go too far.  I don't like him, particularly his habit of using race to deflect from legitimate questions about his ethical behavior, but this smells to me more like a banal point that came out awkwardly than some batty suggestion that any use of a weapon by a cop is illegitimate.  Not even progressives believe that.  I think?  Ideological orthodoxy changes quickly in politics nowadays, and they're pretty far gone on some subjects.  One night a few months ago I went to sleep and when I woke up "abolish ICE" was their talking point du jour.

Gillum: Police Are Going 'Too Far' if They Pull Out Gun, Baton, Taser in Line of Duty.  Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee in Florida's gubernatorial race, said Wednesday [10/31/2018] that police are going "too far" if they have to pull out a gun, baton, or taser when approaching a potential suspect.

Andrew Gillum and the Mystery of 311 East Jennings Street.  The building was bought with funding from the Northwest Florida Black Business Investment Corporation, a tax-exempt group that provides investment funding.  Two of the investment corporation directors, Harold Knowles and Keith Bowers, are part of a group that in July received $281,000 in community development money for exclusive rights to a development project in the city.  All told, it's a morass of addresses, interconnections, swaps and deals raising questions about Gillum's alliances — questions that will not be answered before Tuesday's vote.

Andrew Gillum Campaign Uses Derogatory and Racial Slurs To Describe Florida Voters.  This is a little bit more than alarming.  Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's staff is recorded on video making stunning racial and derogatory epithets toward Florida residents/voters.  This is terrible; Florida deserves better.

DeSantis calls for Gillum to be impeached as Tallahassee mayor.  Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis says perhaps his Democratic opponent should be impeached as Tallahassee mayor over ethics questions.

Andrew Gillum Fought U.S. 'Genocide,' 'Colonialism' Through 2017 as Youth Director of Extremist Org.  Florida gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum served as the director of a radical youth training organization whose mission was to challenge U.S. "predatory capitalism," abolish the prison system, fight a "spiritual resistance" battle against "Christian hegemony," redefine the meaning of "borders" while aiding "undocumented" aliens, and enact the "collective liberation" of "communities of color" amid what it described as the scourge of "white supremacy."  Gillum's group accused the U.S. of being a "colonialist" power perpetrating "structural violence" and "continued genocide."  It claimed conservatives in the U.S. judicial system were "justifying white supremacist policing practices."

Julián Castro

Democratic Proposal:  Hey, Let's Eliminate Criminal Penalties for Illegal Immigration — and End Most Detentions.  Democrats used to tell us that of course they were against illegal immigration; the relevant policy question, they said, was how to humanely and fairly treat the millions of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who have been living inside the United States for years.  They at least made a show out of getting tough on border security, in exchange for other 'reforms' — and they recoiled with indignation when Republicans accused them of supporting "open borders."  Which brings us to today's rollout of an immigration plan from Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, a former Obama cabinet secretary who's widely considered to be a Vice Presidential short-lister, and whose brother is likely to challenge John Cornyn in next year's Texas Senate race.

Castro says he supports financial reparations for African-Americans — separating himself from other Dems.  The issue of reparations for African-Americans has come front and center among the nascent Democratic presidential field, with candidates supporting ideas on everything from free college tuitions to handing out checks for the family members of former slaves.  Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, said on Sunday that he was not ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — in a move that separates him from his fellow Democratic challengers.

Dem Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Favors 'Reparations' For Slavery, Though He's Unsure How To Go About It.  On Sunday, democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper.  During the segment, Tapper spoke with Castro about the issue of reparations for descendants of slavery:  "This is also dividing Democrats on the trail.  You've said that there needs to be some kind of reparations to descendants of slaves to compensate for years of slavery and discrimination against African Americans in this country."

Why is the Hispanic Caucus ignoring Julián Castro?  Julián Castro is the lone Latino candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field.  He's uniquely positioned to capture the support of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has more members than ever and more clout.  Yet so far, he's come up dry.  Just one of the 38-member group has publicly endorsed Castro's bid since his campaign announcement last month — his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who chairs the CHC and also serves as chairman of Julián's campaign.

Former Obama Cabinet Member Julián Castro Announces 2020 Presidential Bid.  Former United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro formally announced his presidential campaign on Saturday at an event in Texas.  [Video clip]

Julian Castro:  I'm running for president.  Julian Castro, the former Obama administration housing secretary and ex-mayor of San Antonio, Texas, is officially running for president.  Castro, 44, the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and son of an outspoken Chicana activist, made his announcement on Saturday [1/12/2019] at San Antonio's Plaza Guadalupe, a historic outdoor amphitheater close to his childhood haunts.

Bill de Blasio

Delusional de Blasio actually thinks he should be president.  It's been astonishing to watch Bill de Blasio still prancing on the national stage, to hear his delusional musings on a 2020 presidential run and of his announced trip this Friday to the key primary state of New Hampshire, all while he remains unwilling to acknowledge this truth:  For most of us, New York City under his mayoralty has become aggressively unlivable.  It's the same defiance we're treated to on his weekly WNYC "Ask the Mayor" segments, exchanges that even the smart, affable host Brian Lehrer can't always salvage.  Callers who dare to challenge de Blasio are almost always told the same thing:  They are surely well-meaning, just woefully misinformed.  De Blasio is painfully verbose and always right.  Even if you are living the very dreaded experience you are calling about — you're wrong.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Cynthia Nixon

Game over.
Cuomo cruises past Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday [9/13/2018], thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.

Cynthia Nixon self-identifies as 'queer,' not lesbian.  Actress Cynthia Nixon has been routinely described as trying to become the state's first lesbian governor.  But Nixon actually doesn't self-identify as a lesbian.  She considers herself queer, campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said.

Cynthia Nixon might have one trick left up her sleeve.  In three weeks more, Cynthia Nixon will be put out of her misery. [...] Or maybe she's about to get a shot in the arm that will reshape the race.  I believe there is a good chance the New York Times will endorse Nixon.  If so, she would get instant credibility among city and state liberals, many of whom still regard the Gray Lady as a secular Bible.  That could give Nixon a chance to seize the momentum before the Sept. 13 vote.

Cynthia Nixon sounds confused by her own 'universal rent control' plan.  Cynthia Nixon may be an accomplished actress, but she apparently has a big problem handling material that's not included in her script.  In Brooklyn on Thursday [8/16/2018], the gubernatorial candidate and her running-mate, City Councilman Jumaane Williams, tried to tout "universal rent control," a pet proposal of their party's rising socialist wing.  But when reporters asked just what that policy means and how it would be enacted, the pair found themselves in over their heads trying to explain.

Cynthia Nixon Thinks You're Totally Underestimating Her 40 Points In The Hole Campaign.  There are precisely 45 days left until the exciting conclusion to the New York State Democratic Party primary race for governor.  Going by the adoring coverage being offered in local media around the state, you'd think that Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the fight of his political life, attempting to stave off the populist challenge of newly minted Democratic Socialist and former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon.  Of course, as we've covered here on multiple occasions, the polls don't really portray any sort of tight race at all.  But who are you going to believe... a bunch of bean counters at Real Clear Politics or your own lying eyes?  Nixon was out on the stump again this weekend warning everyone that they are underestimating her and this campaign could catch fire in the public imagination any day now.

Cynthia Nixon announces she's a 'democratic socialist'.  Cynthia Nixon on Tuesday proudly proclaimed herself a democratic socialist.  The actress-turned-candidate for governor explicitly embraced the democratic socialist label for the first time in a statement provided to Politico.  "Yes.  Some more establishment, corporate Democrats get very scared by this term but if democratic socialism means that you believe health care, housing, education and the things we need to thrive should be a basic right not a privilege then count me in," Nixon said in the statement.

Liberals: Radical, Crazy, and Getting Worse.  Liberal candidate for New York Governor Cynthia Nixon (former star of "Sex and the City") just went a step further into crazy land.  She said, "I can think of no better description than to call ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) a terrorist organization."  Well at least it's all now out into the open.  Liberals support illegal alien criminals and think ICE agents who protect our border, protect us from terrorism, and save women and children from kidnappers, rapists and murderers are "terrorists."  Good luck in the midterms with radical, insane views like this.

7 Examples from the Last Two Weeks That Show How Dangerous and Insane Liberals Have Become.  [#7]  New York Mayoral Candidate Cynthia Nixon Calls for Us to Get Rid of ICE.  A woman running for mayor of New York City called for ICE to be disbanded.  In other words, Nixon believes our borders should be wide open to drug dealers, illegal aliens, terrorists, pedophiles, murderers and anybody else who wanders across our border.  The idea that our borders should be completely unguarded is now a SERIOUS IDEA on the Left.  It may not be THE position of the Democratic Party YET, but it's worth noting Nixon is not alone.

Cynthia Nixon ignites outrage for saying marijuana could be 'form of reparations' in black neighborhoods.  Cynthia Nixon took heat Monday from black leaders over her comments that creating a legalized pot industry in New York could serve as a form of reparations in black communities.  Nixon on Saturday told Forbes magazine "now that cannabis is exploding as an industry, we have to make sure that those communities that have been harmed and devastated by marijuana arrests get the first shot at this industry."


Jay Inslee

2020 Democrat:  We have to de-carbonize our economy for Climate Change!.  Democrats running for president have never been as radical as they are now with the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all.  The latest radical comments come from Washington State's governor who is running for president.  He claims we have to de-carbonize our economy in the next several decades, which he says amounts to a MASSIVE re-industrialization of America.

Inslee: Humanity Down to 'One Chance at Survival' Because of Climate Change.  Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee said humanity is down to one last "chance at survival" because of climate change.  Campaigning in New Hampshire, the single-issue Democrat called for a "full-scale, full-throated" response to combating the weather.  "We have exactly one chance left to defeat climate change — and that's during the next administration," Inslee said during a living room stop in Bedford, N.H., over the weekend, the Guardian reported.

Jay Inslee announces climate-focused 2020 presidential run.  Does he stand a chance?  The Democratic governor will campaign in Iowa and Nevada next week.  He has signaled that he does not intend to give up his current job, leaving open the option of seeking re-election to a third term if the White House bid flops.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces 2020 presidential bid.  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced his Democratic presidential bid on Friday [3/1/2019], making him the first governor to enter an already-crowded field of senators and other hopefuls battling to challenge President Trump in 2020.  Inslee, 68, a former congressman representing the Seattle district, officially announced his decision in a video and at an event in Seattle.  "It is time for our nation to set a new priority," he told supporters at a solar panel business Friday afternoon [3/1/2019].  "This is truly our moment.  It is our moment to solve America's most daunting challenge and make it the first, foremost and paramount duty of the United States... to defeat climate change."

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Vote for Inslee, because only he can stop the weather from changing!

Promising To Tackle Climate Change, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Joins 2020 Race.  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is joining the growing Democratic primary field, making climate change a top issue as he vies to challenge President Trump next year.  "We're the first generation to feel the sting of climate change.  And we're the last who can do something about it," Inslee says in his announcement video.  "We went to the moon and created technologies that have changed the world.  Our country's next mission must be to rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time — defeating climate change."


John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper Ducked Responsibility Regarding Police Beating, Says Victim's Father.  The father of a victim in a police brutality case from Denver 10 years ago is again calling out John Hickenlooper, alleging that while mayor, Hickenlooper dodged requests for meetings from the family and provided no leadership on the matter, but briefly used it toward his own political ends during his first run for governor in 2010.

Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?  I wish I could say that the worst thing about John Hickenlooper's CNN town hall on Wednesday night [3/20/2019] was the part where he talked about watching Deep Throat with his mom. [...] Possibly even more cringe-inducing, though, was Hickenlooper's response to a question about whether he would consider selecting a woman as his running mate.  "Of course," he told Dana Bash.  Fair enough.  What else is there to say?  But for some reason he felt compelled to go on.  "I'll ask you another question.  How come we're not asking, more often, the women, 'Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?'"  Did you hear that, Governor?  That was the sound of a hundred thousand American woman groaning simultaneously.

John Hickenlooper:  Call Me Anything, Just Don't Call Me A Capitalist.  Former Colorado Governor and current 2020 Democratic presidential nomination candidate John Hickenlooper wants you to know he's NOT a capitalist.  Democrats have now pointed their guns at capitalists.  They regard capitalism as shameful and consider the pursuit of profit as somehow crass.  We saw AOC characterize capitalism as 'irredeemable' in her remarks at the SXSW festival.  You can call a Democrat almost anything else, just don't call them a capitalist.

John Hickenlooper, former Colorado governor, jumps into 2020 race.  Touting that he's proven he can bring people together "to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver," former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday morning launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.  "I'm running for president because we need dreamers in Washington but we also need to get things done," Hickenlooper said in a video announcing his White House campaign[.]


Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang and the Normies.  Given that there are approximately 11 million candidates for the Democratic nomination, you could be forgiven for not having heard of Yang.  He is currently polling at one percent; 59 percent of those polled have never heard of him.  He has never held high office, his only claim to political fame being brief recognition by the Obama White House.  But Yang's quixotic run has attracted attention, and a few supporters, for its far-out message.  He believes that 21st-century automation is going to lead to mass technological unemployment, which will bring social disaster.  That is, unless, we implement Yang's proposed "freedom dividend":  a $1,000-per-month payout to every American ages 18 to 64, which will provide a "universal basic income" to all.

Telling the Truth About Andrew Yang is Hate Speech on Facebook.  It is hard to say why Facebook said my recent video about Andrew Yang was "hate speech."  It could have been the fact that Yang, a dark-horse contender for the Democrat presidential nomination, gave a speech at Harvard where he predicted that within ten years, roving gangs of Caucasian youths would be roaming the streets of America, attacking Asian people because white people were jealous of their professional success.

Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?  Why are Democrats so weird?  Only a few days after his long-shot candidacy had begun to attract some interest from the mainstream press, Andrew Yang came out strongly against circumcision, surely one of the most pressing political and social issues of our time.  He even doubled down on this by agreeing on Thursday [3/21/2019] to debate right-wing Wunderkind Ben Shapiro on the subject.

The 5 Big Problems with Andrew Yang's $1000-a-Month Universal Basic Income Proposal.  [#1] We can't afford it.  The federal government took in $3.4 trillion in taxes last year and ran a $985 billion deficit on top of that, which is in addition to the nearly $22 trillion debt.  Now consider that Andrew Yang's proposal would probably cost more than $2.8 trillion.  Yes, a value-added tax (VAT) along with cutting social programs would pay for some of that, but all?  Highly unlikely.  In fact, by some estimates, Yang's proposal is coming up $1.2 trillion PER YEAR short of paying for the whole thing.  It's sort of like someone who can't pay for a mansion on his current income who decides that the solution to that problem is adding a second mansion.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang's 8 Most Bizarre Policy Proposals.  The backbone of Yang's platform is a Universal Basic Income, or what he calls the "Freedom Dividend."  Yang says he wants the government to give $1,000 every month to every American over the age of 18.  He outlines the policy in his book, "The War on Normal People," arguing UBI is the most "direct and concrete way" for the government to improve American lives.  UBI is hardly a new policy idea, but Yang believes giving people money is especially needed now to combat the growing number of jobs lost to robots and automation.

SF meets Andrew Yang, a presidential candidate who's attracting support from Millennials.  The unlikely presidential run of Andrew Yang, who is proposing a $1,000-a-month "freedom dividend" to every adult in America, rolled Friday into San Francisco, where some 3,000 supporters listened to the New York tech entrepreneur warn about how artificial intelligence and robotics are taking jobs.  The 44-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrants who met each other at UC Berkeley has already surpassed expectations — virtually nonexistent when he got into the race — by inspiring enough donations to qualify for the Democratic primary debate in June.


Eric Swalwell

Swalwell: You'll Sell Me Your Gun, or You'll Go to Jail.  Representative Eric Swalwell, a hard-leftist from California, has about as much chance of winning the Democratic nomination for president as Bill Weld has of winning the GOP nomination.  Be that it as it may, Swalwell's proposal to jail Americans who refuse to surrender legally purchased and owned firearms to a federal gun Gestapo not only demonstrates how the Left has moved the Overton Window in the gun-control debate, but also how Democrats have given in to the totalitarian impulse.  Outright gun confiscation is something only the craziest Democrat would have suggested 30 years ago, and the suggestion certainly would not have come from one who wished to be considered a serious contender for the presidency.

Eric Swalwell Doesn't Like It When You Criticize His Impossible Gun Control Scheme.  This week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), the latest Democrat to jump into their already-jammed clown car of presidential candidates, launched his campaign with a proposal to "ban and buy back every single assault weapon in this nation," bragging he was the "only candidate" who was "bold" enough to suggest it.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, Who Threatened to Nuke Gun Owners, Is Running for President, on Gun Control.  On Monday [4/8/2019], Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) announced he's running for president — on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.  Swalwell is a former prosecutor born in Iowa and best known for his obsession with the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and his threat to use nuclear weapons against Americans who refuse to turn over their "assault weapons."  Swalwell seems to be focusing his campaign on the issue of gun confiscation.  In his campaign launch video, the 38-year-old Swalwell speaks with a gun shop owner, and then he utters this statement:  "Most Americans believe that to be free of gun violence, we should take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people."  Yet Swalwell himself has endorsed using the most dangerous weapons — nuclear weapons.

The Editor says...
There is no such thing as gun violence.  Guns themselves are not violent, any more than a rope, a knife, a candlestick or a lead pipe is violent.

Eric Swalwell's New Campaign Slogan Ruthlessly Mocked On Twitter.  Less than an hour after tweeting his presidential bid announcement Monday evening [4/8/2019], Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell used another tweet to share with America what appeared to be his new campaign slogan.  "Are you ready America?" Swalwell tweeted.  "Let's go big, be bold, and do good!"

The Man Who Said the Government Can Nuke Gun Owners is Running for President.  Congressman Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, will reportedly announce next week he is entering the 2020 race for the presidency. [...] Swalwell plans to run on a platform of gun control, which based on his previous comments, means confiscation.

Swalwell running for White House on gun control: report.  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) will reportedly announce next week that he is running for president in 2020 and will center his campaign around gun control.  The Atlantic reported Thursday [4/4/2019] that Swalwell will announce his plans during an appearance on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," where he will be joined by Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  Swalwell, who is hosting a town hall on gun control next week in Florida, did not confirm his plans to The Atlantic, but said he thinks gun control should be a top issue in 2020.


Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams Under Investigation By State Ethics Commission.  The Georgia state ethics commission will subpoena bank records from Stacey Abrams' 2018 gubernatorial campaign and several other groups that raised money to help her candidacy.  David Emadi, a former Douglas County prosecutor who became director of the state ethics commission Monday, announced on Thursday [4/11/2019] that he will soon subpoena Abrams' gubernatorial campaign, various political action committees and special interest groups that supported her failed campaign, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

New Georgia ethics chief says he will subpoena Abrams campaign records.  The new director of the state ethics commission plans to subpoena bank records from the campaign of 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and groups that raised money to help her in last year's nationally watched race.  Former Douglas County prosecutor David Emadi, who started his new job Monday [4/8/2019], also said his office will soon decide whether to prosecute the campaigns of Atlanta mayoral candidates.

Preparing for 2020 in Our So-called 'Democracy'.  With the ongoing invasion by Central American caravans, the problem of illegals being on voter rolls can only get worse.  But Stacey Abrams thinks that illegals should be allowed to vote.  Maybe it's appropriate that we have banana republic election systems since we're being invaded by banana republics

As Democrats struggle to find 'who can sell this slop' to voters, here comes Stacey Abrams.  Rather amazingly, Democrats are promoting the addition of yet another candidate to their crowded subway car of potential presidential candidates — this time, failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. [...] It's weird stuff, given that Abrams holds views identical to those of the rest of the Democrats — socialism of an extreme sort.  She's not being put there on the strength of her ideas.  Based on her Georgia campaign website and other sources, Abrams favors gun control, Medicaid expansion, post-birth abortion, environmental "justice," the green agenda, open borders, letting criminals out of jail, redefining marriage, raising the minimum wage, tax hikes, etc. — the whole cookie-cutter agenda of the radical left that has taken over the Democratic Party.  In this regard, Abrams offers nothing new — just the same stale stuff the rest of them are selling as Venezuela fries away in the background from those very ideas put into action.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams Claims She Won Her Election.  She Lost By Nearly 55,000 Votes.  Failed Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams falsely claimed on Wednesday that she won the race for governor last year against Republican Brian Kemp.  "We had this little election back in 2018," Abrams said while speaking at the National Action Network.  "And despite the final tally and the inauguration and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have very affirmative statement to make:  We won."  Kemp beat Abrams by 54,723 votes.


Others / everybody

Rep. Seth Moulton becomes the 19th Democratic candidate for president.  Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts congressman known for prioritizing veterans issues and for an unsuccessful push to unseat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, declared his bid for the White House on Monday [4/22/2019].  In announcing his candidacy, Moulton becomes the 19th Democrat in the race.

A Reckoning Is in Store for Democrats.  Cory Booker, perhaps the most compulsively verbose candidate since Hubert Humphrey (who was a good deal more thoughtful and entertaining), is apparently full of goodwill, but very inadequate.  Kamala Harris seems to have the makings of a good candidate, but she is already tangled up in the runaway leftward nonsense of open borders, socialized medicine, high taxes, and the Green terror.  Beto O'Rourke, as foreseen, after a brief flurry, has skateboarded off the dock and been abandoned by the media as an arm-flapping airhead.  Elizabeth Warren is everyone's nightmare of a severe, humorless kindergarten teacher, and she will not recover from her masquerade as a native Indian.  Amy Klobuchar is sensible and seems likeable but has no pizzazz and hasn't made inroads so far with radical normalcy, though its time could come.

Socialists and strongmen.  The chaos increases every day.  Migrant caravans, which carry diseases and conceal criminals, are one aspect of this.  Identity politics, with its insistence that only a group member can understand and represent the group, pits different groups against each other.  Some groups practice violence, and the local politicians let this unlawful behavior happen and don't arrest or try to prosecute anyone.  It all produces the effect that the government is not in control, and (clutching pearls) "something must be done."  The Democrats will produce a socialist candidate in moderate's clothing as the savior of the republic.  Do not believe them.

Calvinball Is the Only Game Democrats Play.  People hoping to become the Democrat nominee for president in 2020 have recently floated suggestions for dismantling both the Electoral College and the Supreme Court as we know it.  These ideas are in addition to the urgency with which many of them also tell the rest of us to be both deeply suspicious of parenthood and greener than Kermit the Frog, in the vain hope that those things might help to forestall climate change.  But if progressive policies are as self-evidently worth pursuing as leftists assume they are, then why do those same people keep moving the political goalposts?  Why, for example, did the Speaker of the House endorse a proposal to lower the federal voting age to 16? It's as though the only game in town were Calvinball, minus the innocence of the original version.

Democrats in 2020: Unelectable Nonentities.  It is uproariously entertaining to see the scurryings of the innumerable host of Democratic presidential candidates in what is already more of a lottery than a quest for the nomination of a great party to the world's greatest office.  The Gadarene stampede to (and over) the edge of the abyss of all who advocate open borders, 70 percent income taxes, the green terror, socialized medicine, legalized infanticide, reparations to native and African-Americans, packing the Supreme Court, and vacation of the Electoral College, has finally elicited, in a Churchillian expression, a tiny mouse of dissent.

2020 Democrats Rely on Google Translate to Court Latino Voters.  Democratic presidential candidates appear to be relying on Google translate to bolster their outreach efforts to Latino voters.  The Spanish-language portion of each candidates website has "striking similarities" to "Google's translation service," according to an analysis by Politico.  The candidates appear to be using Google to translate the copy on their sites from English-to-Spanish and posting "with only minor cleanup."  The end result is that websites are riddled with "awkward phrases," incorrect idioms, and generally poor grammar.

For Peace in America, We Must Return to the Rule of Law.  The Left has simply become evil.  That is not to say all registered Democrats or Democrat politicians are necessarily evil, but the national-level leadership of the party and their primary backers represent a genuinely evil, oppressive, authoritarian, and — not coincidentally — anti-Semitic program (under the thin veneer of vicious, rabid anti-Zionism).  They either represent this mindset outright (e.g., vice DNC chairman Keith Ellison, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, etc.) or are unwilling to summon the elemental courage to oppose these trends effectively in their own party (e.g., Pelosi, Schumer).

Forum With Presidential Candidates Begins With Chant From Fugitive Cop-Killer, Assata Shakur.  A Monday [4/1/2019] forum in Washington D.C. that featured a number of Democratic presidential candidates began with the opening speaker leading a chant that originated from a fugitive cop-killer.  Jamal R. Watkins, the vice president of civic engagement at the NAACP, led off the "We The People Summit" by reciting a call-and-repeat chant from Assata Shakur.  "It is our duty to fight for our freedom.  It is our duty to win.  We must love each other and support each other.  We have nothing to lose but our chains," Watkins said, referencing Karl Marx while the crowd repeated each sentence, according to Mediaite.

Here's why Beto, Biden and Bernie are peaking.  Much has been written about the supposed frontrunners for the Democratic nomination for president:  Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas).  For the past several months, the first two have been comfortably leading the pack in national, Iowa and New Hampshire polls, while O'Rourke has been at or near the front of the remaining group.  There has been an unmistakable (and highly mistaken) air of inevitability surrounding these three.  But the calculus that has gone into their decisions — or in Biden's case, the expected decision — to enter this increasingly crowded field is laden with landmines that likely will doom each of their candidacies.

Dems Go Third Party.  The candidates attracting the most attention look to me like third-party candidates, the sort who run against "mainstream" politicians only to vanish from sight and memory.  The difference is that, this time, one of these characters may well win the nomination.  Most of the traditional policy themes of the Dems — tax the rich, bail out the poor, provide free health care for all, keep America away from our traditional allies in order to embrace "progressive" regimes, and so forth — have long since failed the test of time.  History has proven them wrong.  So what do these crazy candidates do?  Two things:  first, they cultivate a remarkable ignorance of history.  Second, unable and unwilling to rethink their doctrines, they double and triple down, taking the failed policies of the recent past to their illogical conclusion, ending up with the advocacy of positions so extreme that only a fringe movement or third party could seriously advance them.

For Such a Time as This.  Marianne Williamson was in the pulpit at Bethel A.M.E. Church Sunday morning [3/24/2019], [...] However, the woman in the pulpit, who has been called Oprah Winfrey's "spiritual guru," had not come to the South Carolina lowlands as an author promoting her books, but rather as a candidate for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.

Also posted under The one-sided separation of church and state.

Ilhan Omar Played With Phone, Laughed During House's Denouncement Prompted By Her Anti-Semitism.  Every now and then, an issue arises in politics and just sits.  And sits.  And I wonder why it won't go away.  Such a thing is Ilhan Omar's relentless anti-Semitism.  She just won't let the ruckus subside.  While sitting in the back of the room as the House voted on a measure to reprimand her anti-Semitic remarks recently, she played on her phone and laughed.  The resolution didn't mention her by name, but it was written to condemn her recent comments.

The Democratic Presidential Contenders' Demeaning View of Americans.  Each Democratic presidential contender emits a foul odor of arrogance and superiority.  They believe they are our betters, extremely qualified to dictate how we should think and live our lives.  Contrary to Sen. Harris' presidential announcement speech, she and her fellow Democrats seek to remove our power by repealing our constitutional rights and block us from acquiring wealth.  We are far better, much smarter, and much stronger than Democratic presidential contenders think we are.

The Perfect Democrat nominee.  Democrats have as many presidential candidates running in 2020 as there blackbirds baked in a pie.  Each has qualities that would make the perfect candidate for the party.  They need someone with the White House experience of Joe Biden.  Someone with the youthfulness of Bernie Sanders.  Someone with the intelligence of Cory Booker.  Someone with 1/1,024th of the authenticity of Elizabeth Warren.  Someone who treats her staff as well as Amy Klobuchar does.  Someone who made it on her own, as independent of any man as Kamala Harris is.  Someone who is as in tune with the Me Too movement as Kirsten Gillibrand is.  Put those together, and you will have the perfect Democrat nominee.

None of this is normal.  The Earth didn't stand still when Colorado ex-Gov. John Hickenlooper announced last week he is running for president.  Nor will Joe Biden's entry make the race more exciting.  He's a likable person but that's not what the Democratic resistance is looking for.  They're resisting Trump.  They want a candidate who's sure to defeat him.

Sherrod Brown Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race; Only Democrat Candidate Not to Back 'Medicare for All' and 'Green New Deal'.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Thursday [3/7/2019], barely five weeks after taking the first early steps toward a campaign.  Brown released a statement indicating that he had decided not to run for president after conducting a tour of several key early primary states, which he had billed as his "Dignity of Work" tour.

Mark Cuban on Making a Presidential Run: 'If Circumstances Were Right I Would'.  Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban has not ruled out a presidential run in 2020.  "It really would take the exact right set of circumstances," Cuban told the New York Daily News.  "I haven't decided anything yet.  We'll see what happens.  It all comes down to how things play out.  It's not something I feel like I have to do," Cuban explained.

Why I'm for Bernie in the Democratic Primaries.  Another Democrat — Colorado governor John Hickenlooper — has thrown his/her hat in the ring for that party's presidential nomination.  That makes fourteen — count 'em fourteen — candidates. [...] Quondam frontrunner Joe Biden hasn't even officially decided yet.  Hickenlooper's pretty much a national cipher.  Perhaps he should announce his own Green New Deal — The Rocky Mountain Tree-Hugger Special or some such.  The specter of twenty or so potential nominees sitting on a stage debating each other over how to save the world from an agreed-upon imminent climate Armageddon, when not a single one of them is a scientist or likely would pass an upper-level physics or chemistry course, is amusing in a black comic sort of way.



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