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Trump claims Biden and swine flu still killing people

I posted Friday during Trump’s Rose Garden farce that Trump had deflected the question about why he dismantled the pandemic team to claim that the swine flu, with Biden heading the task force, had caused 14,000 deaths. At the time, there was a 17 hour old Trump tweet that said Biden’s mismanagement had caused the death of 12,000.
He just put up a tweet this afternoon that says 17,000 died of the swine flu.
How many more will Trump’s time machine kill in the coming days?

btw, swine flu actually killed about 12,400.

Obama and Biden still killing people

Trump just said that the swine flu killed 14,000 people. On his Twitter feed, 17 hours ago, he said it had killed 12,000.

Can we impeach Obama so he will stop the massacre?

Trump voters were successful

If there was a theme to the reasons people had for voting Trump, it was a desire to fundamentally reshape American society.

I sit here today, with no baseball or basketball as a diversion, scared to go to a movie or concert, and worried because all of the stores have been out of toilet paper for a week.

Hey, MAGAts, you did it. Congrats.

First time I've seen Trumpers stop and "think"

Had two conversations today with people I’ve known a while who are among the smarter people I know who are Trump fans (for one it’s all about his 401(k) and taxes, for the other it’s her fanatical homophobia since her husband left her for a guy).
I asked them both, if this virus really goes wild and gets even more deadly, and they quit reporting the number of cases and start reporting deaths, perhaps a thousand a day in the US, who would you rather have in charge of the government: Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, or Donald Trump.
I was surprised that neither would insist that Trump would be the better choice.

I think Sanders will surprise people tomorrow in SC

This is based on years of working campaigns here and conversations with Democrats all over the state.
Perhaps the strongest reason, and a significant factor in my final decision earlier this week to vote for Sanders, has to do with my kids.

I have three grown children, all married and ranging in age from 23 to 39. One intends to vote for Buttigieg, one for Warren and four for Sanders. They all say that a majority of their contemporaries who are Democrats are supporting Sanders. For the record, we are a white, middle class family that has been in SC for three generations, and there's not a Republican in the immediate family.

The strongest age demographic for Democrats are young voters. They are natural supporters of Democrats, but they are also not likely to show up to vote unless they are motivated. When we have candidates that can appeal to this group and to minorities we outvote the shrinking pool of angry old white folks that put Trump in the White House.

I hope to bid a farewell to

Mr Steyer, Mr Bloomberg and Ms Gabbard in about 36 hours.

Tulsi, you can go ahead and audition for your FOX reader job. Tom and Mike, please keep spending the big bucks to go after the Orange Menace.

"How likely are you to vote for President Trump?"

When my daughter received this automated call, her response was, “I would rather be a Chinese doorknob licker.”

Two SC voters make a decision - finally

Two months ago I had a Biden sticker on my car, and my wife had a Warren sticker. While I initially selected Biden as my DU preference, I have struggled with deciding who I would vote for when February 29 finally arrived.
My wife and I are both active in SC Democratic affairs, so we typically wait until the final debate before the primary to make our final decision, since by then we would have attended several events and met with or at least attended an event involving most of the candidates. As of this week we have both decided to support Bernie Sanders.
For anyone interested, we have two basic reasons:

1- For the past decade or so we have agreed with more of Sanders positions and basic ideology than any other candidate, but had never voted for him because of the "electability" issue. This was one factor in our active support for Hillary in 2016, and it kept leading us to Biden and/or Warren this time.
We now believe that Sanders is probably the candidate best poised to beat Trump. This is a result of talking to other Democrats from around the state, and from one poll (perhaps insignificant, I can't vouch for its methodology) that I came across a few weeks back. When asked whether Sanders could beat Trump, more than 60% said No. When these same people were asked who they intended to vote for, it came out 47-43 Sanders. More moderate candidates and their supporters, and the Trump/Russia efforts, would all naturally want to feed into this "Bernie can't win" narrative and establish it as a foregone conclusion.

2- I have three grown children, all married and ranging in age from 23 to 39. One intends to vote for Buttigieg, one for Warren and four for Sanders. They all say that most of their contemporaries who are Democrats are supporting Sanders. For the record, we are a white, middle class family that has been in SC for three generations, but are strong Democrats, probably because of my career in government service and work for the State Party.
Two core constituencies of the Democratic party are minority voters and young voters. These two groups are among the strongest natural supporters of Democrats, but they are also two groups that may not show up to vote unless they are motivated. When we have candidates that can appeal to these groups we outvote the shrinking pool of angry old white folks that put Trump in the White House.

So, my DU preference at the bottom of the page has gone from Biden to Warren to Klobuchar, with a couple of Undecideds mixed in. Today it turned to Sanders, and that is who we will proudly vote for this Saturday.

How/why is Tulsi still at 1% in the DU poll?

I've seen zero support for her, and there are only two entries in her forum - one is now listing Sanders as their preferred candidate and the other has posting privileges revoked.
I would have to think that some people checked her as a favorite some time back and don't hang out here anymore. I don't think she will drop out, even though she also polls at near zero in the general population, because her candidate status gets her the occasional interview on FOX or other outlets.

So, any Tulsi supporters out there?

A few observations about the South Carolina primary

I’ve been involved in SC Dem politics since the 70s. This is the first primary since 1992 where I haven’t been actively engaged with a candidate's primary campaign, but I have attended debates, gone to events for several candidates, and frequently speak to other Dem activists around the state.
A few observations:
This is by far the most confused and rapidly changing landscape I have ever seen. Even the 2004 campaign to stop W wasn’t this focused on “who can beat the GOP?” rather than “who is my favorite?”
Had the election been held the Saturday before Iowa, Biden would have won a majority over 50%. I think he would still ride out a first place finish today, but his trajectory is heading down quickly.
The wildcard in the race is Tom Steyer. I get 5-8 mailings from him every week, and my mail carrier says she has never seen a volume of mail like the volume he is paying for to blanket SC.
I had been surprised at how many enthusiastic supporters Yang had while he was in the race, and no one can figure out where they will end up. Many of his folks may be sitting this one out.
Bloomberg is definitely on the rise; his national TV ads are as pervasive as Steyer’s, but he is not on the ballot. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a notable write-in vote, maybe as high as 5%.
Sanders has the most loyal and unwavering base, but if he wins it will be a split decision like Iowa and NH, not a clear victory.
Klobuchar on the rise, Warren running out of steam. More of a reaction to the outcomes and coverage of the two contests so far rather than their policies.

While I have Klobuchar as my DU choice, I have had Biden twice and Warren twice as my favorite. I would vote for her today; in two weeks who knows?
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