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Vidal's Journal
Vidal's Journal
November 30, 2017

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon for President in 2020

I love Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon.

He is the most progressive and outspoken of all the Democrats in the Senate, in my opinion.

Better than Bernie or Elizabeth.

He seems to be the most forceful speaker on many issues I agree with.

He is a fresh new face.

I don't think he has done any sexual harassing either.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon for President in 2020.

He is the top Democrat on the Finance Committee. Here's what he said about the tax bill:

“The Senate is 20 hours of debate away from a broken promise of truly historic proportions,” he said on Wednesday. This year, he said, was supposed to be when “the working people of America regained a powerful voice in Washington.”

“Instead of a strong voice, what they got instead was a big con job,” Mr. Wyden said. “If this Republican tax bill passes, Washington is going to reach into the pockets of working Americans and cut a big check to multinational corporations, to tax cheats and to the politically powerful and well-connected.”


November 25, 2017

Trump Legal Questions

1. Can Trump be compelled by Mueller to testify under oath?

2. If he lies under oath can Trump be charged with perjury?

November 24, 2017

How Dem insiders rank the 2020 contenders

Source: The Hill

BY AMIE PARNES - 11/24/17 06:00 AM EST

Democrats predict that as many as 30 candidates will compete in their party’s presidential primary in 2020. And while it’s still too early to say who might come out on top, buzz is building around some potential candidates, even as other hopefuls fade to the background.
A year after a devastating 2016 defeat, Democrats are craving new faces with fresh ideas. Yet many of their leading contenders for the White House in 2020 are politicians who have been around for decades. There’s also no clear standout in the potential field. “You have a bunch of Celine Dions but there’s no Beatles,” said Phil Singer, a Democratic strategist who served as press secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run.

The fortunes of potential candidates can change quickly. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), for example, was regarded just a few weeks ago as a potential dark horse candidate in 2020, but that changed instantly when sexual misconduct charges surfaced against him.
The Hill interviewed nearly a dozen prominent Democrats to find out who has captured the party’s attention in recent months and who has fallen out of favor. Here’s how they see the field stacking up right now:

1. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) - Advisers to the senator are telegraphing that Sanders is eying a 2020 run — and his network is already ready to go, with supporters convinced that he was the candidate who would have beaten President Trump in 2016. “His people have never gone away,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “And he has a loyal core following out there that will be with him come hell or high water.” Also working in Sanders’s favor, Bannon said, is the leftward shift of the Democratic Party. “The Sanders wing is becoming the dominant wing of the party,” he said. Still, strategists note that Sanders would be 79 in 2020, which could work against him at a time when Democrats are hungry for change.

2. Joe Biden -- The former vice president’s book tour has kept him in the spotlight at a time when Democrats are nostalgic for the Obama years. While playing it coy about his 2020 plans, Biden has consistently been talking about Democratic values and how the party can win back frustrated blue-collar workers who voted for Trump. “He’s the perfect antidote to Trump,” said former Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). “And he has broad appeal in areas of the country we have to win.” Added Singer: “He probably has the best voice at this stage of the game.” With sexual harassment back in the headlines however, Biden has faced new criticism recently for his treatment of Anita Hill, an attorney who accused her then-boss Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during hearings in 1991.
Hill told the Washington Post this week that Biden has yet to take “ownership” for how she was treated during the hearings; at the time, Biden was the Senate Judiciary chairman. Biden apologized recently, but Hill said it wasn’t enough. If he chooses to run, Biden will also have to contend with his age. He’ll be 77 in 2020.

November 23, 2017

No Matter What Al Franken or Bill Clinton Did, Roy Moore is Still a Perv and a Bigot

Someone explain to me why or how what Franken or Clinton did has ANY bearing on the Alabama Senate race and whether or not Roy Moore is qualified to be a U.S. Senator.

He is a perv and a bigot no matter what anybody else did.

Don't you agree?

November 21, 2017

Elizabeth May Be 'The One' -- What Do You Think?

I love the way Senator Warren is standing up to Trump.

She has more integrity than anyone else.

We need her to fight for consumers against Wall Street.

We need her to stand up for women and minorities and the sick and disabled and ALL the people of this country.

PLUS: She doesn't have any sexual misconduct allegations hiding in her closet that could come out during a campaign and sink her candidacy.

What do you think?

Elizabeth Warren For President, 2020

"‘Give It Up’: Elizabeth Warren Tells Trump His Racist ‘Pocahontas’ Attacks Won’t Shut Her Up"


November 16, 2017

Trump is the only elected official who should resign (article link)

He has over 12 allegations of sexual misconduct, as laid out in his very own Wikipedia article on the topic.

"Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations"



Do you agree Trump should resign because of sexual misconduct?

November 16, 2017

What's Going On With the Virginia House of Delegates?

How many seats did Democrats pick up?
Did they get to 50/50?

Haven't heard anything for a while.

November 15, 2017

Your thoughts please: Will Trump get Moore to drop out?

Trump is back in Washington today and many of his "Establishment" "friends" want him to pressure Moore to "do the right thing" for the Republican Party.

Will Trump do it? Will Moore listen to him?

What do you think?

I don't think it will happen.

November 15, 2017

No Biden

Sorry, but I think Biden is too old to run for president in 2020.

(I'm old too so I know what I'm talking about.)

Plus, he has been a tool for the evil credit card industry. Most credit card companies are based in Delaware, and he represented them for decades as Senator from Delaware.

Can't we pass the torch to a new generation of Democratic leaders?

November 9, 2017

The G.O.P. Should Be Scared by Virginia

"Just when we needed a sign that his America is not all of America, Virginia came to the rescue and gave us a vivid one. And I guarantee you that the Republicans up for re-election in 2018 saw it, shuddered and will spend the next weeks and months trying to figure out just how much trouble their party is in and precisely how to repair it. Democrats are exceedingly familiar with that feeling.

After special elections in Georgia, Montana and South Carolina failed to provide them with much hope that the anti-Trump forces were welling and that Americans who’d voted for him were seized by buyer’s remorse, the returns in Virginia suggested that Trump antipathy is indeed real and that it is definitely animating.

Does it mean that Democrats can wrest one chamber of Congress from Republican control in 2018? Impossible to say. Politically speaking, there are eons between now and then, and the Virginia governor’s race had facets all its own. But there are reasons for Republicans to be very afraid.

Republicans should also worry that they’ve oversold themselves on the moderate-progressive divide in the Democratic Party and how severely Democrats would be hobbled by it. In the days leading up to Tuesday, a book by Donna Brazile, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, reignited the enmity between Clinton’s backers and supporters of Bernie Sanders, and that became one of several reasons to wonder if progressives would fail to turn out for Northam, a milquetoast moderate. In the end, enough of them did, not just to guarantee his victory but to jeopardize Virginia Republicans’ 66-to-34 majority in the state’s House of Delegates. On Wednesday morning, unofficial returns showed that Democrats would pick up at least 14 seats, and they could, after recounts, even wind up with control of the House.

“If the Virginia results showed anything, it’s that ideological purity isn’t necessary to win in the Age of Trump,” said Lis Smith, a Democratic operative.


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