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Name: Joe Otterbein
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Hometown: DelMarVa & PA (heading to PNW soon!)
Home country: United States
Current location: York County, PA
Member since: Sun Oct 28, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Scenes from Bernie's dispirited would-be victory party

Politico

His revolution was not televised from Iowa on Monday night.

By HOLLY OTTERBEIN

02/04/2020 09:53 PM EST

ABOARD BERNIE SANDERS’ CHARTER PLANE TO NEW HAMPSHIRE — The political revolution was put on hold.

When Bernie Sanders’ campaign was preparing for a potential win in the first 2020 contest Monday, his aides and allies envisioned him giving a primetime victory speech, raising millions of dollars from small-dollar donors amid their ecstatic high, and savoring proving so many elites wrong at a party at the Holiday Inn.

Instead, Sanders and his senior aides found themselves working to reassure demoralized and shaken staffers and volunteers on Tuesday.

In a last-minute all-staff call around noon, Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, told aides that the Iowa Democratic Party had been incompetent and the delayed results were frustrating. But, he said, it was critical to appreciate what had just happened despite receiving the most negative news coverage of any 2020 campaign.

With 62 percent of precincts counted, initial results released Tuesday showed Sanders and Pete Buttigieg in a close race for first place, and Sanders aides think there is a good chance they will win in the end.

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more great reporting at link

It would be easy if we Just Count the Vote

No need for complicated ways of coming up with "winners" based on caucus results and the allotted "delegates" at a convention. It would be much more transparent if the states pick their nominees the way we do in the General Election.

Of course this still leaves the chance we will be denied again in General Election because of the archaic, and racist, Electoral College.

But what would be better way for Democrats to show democratic leadership on the General Election than to rid ourselves of caucuses and convention delegates and instead, we Just Count the Vote?

The states could still be allowed to vote on the present schedule, along with the normal primary election procedures for other races in those states.

The winner of each state would be clear and limit the ability for repubs to play dirty tricks.

Then we could use the time and money saved by eliminating the conventions, to beat whatever evil creature the repubs may appoint as their el duce for the election.

Because be it Trump or another evil one, we need to defeat them.
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 09:07 PM (1 replies)

Judging from just Mayor Pete's great speech tonight, I think I know who won...

...BERNIE!!!!!
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 02:29 AM (4 replies)

Who the hell f...ed it up tonight is the only damn...

...question!
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 01:40 AM (3 replies)

Watching Pete early this Morning, I'm liking the idea of...

Bernie and Pete!

Well. I know I'm no biggy, but it sounds to me that the winner is...

...BERNIE!!!!!

BERNIE! Also, just....

BERNIE

(ntn) !!!!!!!

MSNBC: IDP "holding results for quality control"...

...WTF!!!!!

CNN just now: DNC checking Iowa results for "quality control". ??? Or as my kids might say....

...WTF?????

How a smear against Bernie Sanders shows the right-wing strategy to foment chaos in the Democratic p

alternet

Written by Amanda Marcotte / Salon

Late last Thursday, I noticed the name “George Wallace” — that nightmarish icon of the 1960s pro-segregation movement, a man so vile he hid his wife’s cancer from her so he could exploit her politically — was trending on Twitter. Wallace died more than two decades ago, so I thought was it odd. As Twitter wants you to do, clicked. The situation was wild — people (and likely bots) were making outraged claims that Sen. Bernie Sanders had “praised” Wallace as being “sensitive” in 1972, when Sanders was running for governor of Vermont as an open socialist.

I was immediately skeptical, as Wallace was a notorious villain at the time and Sanders had spent the early ’60s helping organize desegregation campaigns. Sure enough, a cursory search showed that the accusation came from the Washington Examiner, a right-wing website owned by conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz.

Of course the full context of the quote soon came out, courtesy of CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: Sanders had said that Wallace “advocates some outrageous approaches to our problems, but at least he is sensitive to what people feel they need.” Sanders was not remotely a fan: He compared Wallace to Hitler and argued that Wallace’s racism was appealing to his followers who were experiencing “rebellion, frustration, economic instability”.

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more at link
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Mon Feb 3, 2020, 09:10 PM (0 replies)
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