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Will Bernie break our hearts?

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In the video grab above, Bernie Sanders leaves a Las Vegas hospital yesterday after what first was reported on Tuesday as “chest discomfort” during a campaign event and then later was confirmed to have been a heart attack. This bad news came after it was reported that Bernie had raised more money than did any other Democratic presidential candidate in the third quarter. Bernie’s campaign says that he is doing well and that he intends to participate in the next primary debate, which will be on October 15.

News of the apparent heart attack that Bernie Sanders had on Tuesday while campaigning his heart out in Nevada predictably raised the question of his age (he is 78 years old now, and if elected, would enter the Oval Office at age 79, making him the oldest president we’ve had).

Two stents were placed in one of Bernie’s coronary arteries, he was released from the hospital yesterday, and his campaign says that he intends to participate in the October 15 debate in Ohio.

Will this sink Bernie?

I don’t think so. It gives those who weren’t supporting him anyway a(nother) “reason” to justify their self-defeating snubbing of the most consistently progressive presidential candidate that we have, but those of us who steadfastly have stood by Bernie will continue to do so.

As long as Bernie does well in his public appearances and has no more significant medical incidents, I expect this to blow over. It’s early October, after all, and the first voting isn’t until February 3, when the Iowa caucuses take place — and this is the United States of Amnesia.

And I think it’s fair to ask the question if it’s OK to stigmatize someone for having had a medical event after which one can, with medical attention, live normally and capably for many years. I know that if I had a heart attack but most likely still had several decent years of life left, I wouldn’t want to be written off.

Good news for Bernie from this past week is that in the third fundraising quarter of this year, he raised more money than did any other Democratic presidential contender — $25.3 million.

Close behind him was Elizabeth Warren, with $24.6 million, and poor Uncle Joe Biden raised only $15.2 million — he was eclipsed even by Boy Scout Pete Buttigieg, who raised $19.1 million. (Unlike Bernie and Warren, the center-right Buttigieg [like Biden] takes contributions from Big Money, though, so don’t take that fundraising figure as grassroots support for him that doesn’t actually exist.)

If fundraising is a measure of excitement for your campaign — and I think that it is for those few who, like Bernie, don’t take money from corporations and lobbyists and other power players — then Biden should be shitting his Depends. (Ah, c’mon; I had to go there…)

On that note, Biden continues to drop in the polls. Right now his nationwide polling average is around 27 percent, and Warren is nipping at his heels, with an average of almost 24 percent.

Bernie is at third place, with 16 percent, and after Bernie, at a rather distant fourth place, is Buttigieg, with around 6 percent. (Poor charisma-free Kamala Harris, who yet has to make a compelling case as to why she should be president, is at fifth place, with around only 5 percent.)

As I’ve noted about a million times before, I expect Biden to tank, as he did when he ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008, and, as long as Bernie’s health holds up, I expect 2020 to be a race between Bernie and Warren.

It can’t be a direct comparison to the 2016 Bernie-vs.-Billary race, because while Billary only “found” progressivism rather late in the game during the 2016 cycle, this time around, from the get-go, Warren deftly has mimicked Bernie’s progressive angle while at the same time not pissing off the Democratic Party establishment hacks.

Warren, it seems to me, has a very good chance of winning this thing (the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, I mean).

Unfortunately, Warren also has a good chance of losing in November 2020 — I still believe that Warren’s No. 1 weakness is that she so easily can be painted by the Repugnicans as just another clueless, weak egghead from Massachusetts, as was Michael Dukakis in 1988 and John Kerry in 2004.

Perhaps only the increasingly obvious and absolutely undeniable mega-corruption of the unelected Pussygrabber regime (including a copious amount of treason) can overcome this “swiftboating” tactic that has worked pretty well for the Repugnicans in the past.

P.S. With his hectic campaign schedule and his famously impassioned speeches, one might wonder why it took this long for Bernie to have a heart attack. Just sayin’…

I’m thinking that Bernie might want to slow down. He has, I think, built up enough political capital that he can relax just a little, at least for a little while.

Biden should tank, so Bernie probably doesn’t have to worry about Biden, and Team Bernie should, I think, emphasize the fact that he was an avowed progressive decades before Elizabeth Warren, who was a Repugnican as late as the 1990s, decided to join the club.

It’s a fair criticism — it is true, and it is, to me, anyway, at least a bit concerning.

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New House Repugnican majority set to get President Obama re-elected

An editorial cartoon conflating Repugnican U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa with the late Repugnican U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy is apropros to the wingnutty hell, replete with partisan witch hunts, that the Repugnicans now in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives woefully incorrectly believe that the majority of Americans want right now.

Barack Obama has been a disappointing president, hardly delivering upon his much-hyped promises of “hope” and “change,” yet the Repugnican assbites in the U.S. House of Representatives — most of them stupid, conservative white males, of course — are on course to ensure Obama a second term by comparison to their brazen rapaciousness that is out of step with the wishes of the majority of the nation’s voters.

The House Repugnicans’ first partisan stunt is to hold a vote on the repeal of Obama’s signature health-care reform — an attempt that will only waste the House’s time and energy since it will fail, since the still-Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate most likely won’t allow such a repeal and since Obama most likely would veto any such attempt anyway.

Blue-eyed devil Repugnican Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, who today replaced outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, is widely believed to be an alcoholic (the crying kind).

This excerpt from a fundraising e-mail that I received today under Boehner’s signature and titled “Your New Majority” (I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list…) makes the House Repugnicans’ propagandistic game plan rather clear:

With Republicans taking their oath to support and defend the Constitution, the House of Representatives will become the outpost in Washington for the American people and their desire for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government. The President’s agenda may still be the agenda of Washington, but beginning this year, the agenda of the House will be the agenda of the American people. The people’s priorities will be our priorities.

Right. The Repugnicans plan to destroy what’s left of the social safety net and deliver even more to the corporateers and the war profiteers, yet they stand for “the American people.” And, of course, they are trying to redefine the U.S. Constitution back to the days in which only rich white heterosexual “Christian” men had full rights of American citizenship. (After all, U.S. Supreme Court “justice” Antonin Scalia says that the Constitution doesn’t protect women and non-heterosexuals from unequal, discriminatory treatment.)

As if that weren’t enough, the power-drunk Repugnican Rep. Darrell Issa — who, I am ashamed, is from my great home state of California, and who was instrumental in further wrecking the state of California by financing the 2003 gubernatorial recall election that brought the state Arnold Schwarzenegger (the uber-ambitious Issa himself was going to run in the recall election but stepped aside once Schwarzenegger joined the fray) — as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, promises to be another Joseph McCarthy, publicly prejudicially labeling his intended targets as “corrupt” before a single fucking hearing has been held.

This is not what the majority of Americans want right now, a bunch of stupid white male swine in the House of Representatives attacking not the nation’s problems, such as its joblessness and poverty, but attacking the administration of the president who received more votes than any other presidential candidate in U.S. history, and who received a higher percentage of the popular vote than George W. Bush did in 2000 or in 2004. Nor do Americans wish to see the Repugnicans in the House do even more for their corporate cronies and even less for the American people, and that’s all that we can expect from this bunch of Repugnicans.

But fine; let the stupid white men of the House of Reps have their little orgy of selfish, partisan power-mongering. The American voters expect them to be fixing the nation’s problems, not focusing on petty partisan payback.

Come November 2012, the do-nothing Repugnican Party will pay the heavy price at the ballot box.

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Nutmeg breaks self-financing record

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Former EBay Inc Chief Executive and California ...

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Repugnican Nutmeg Whitman (pictured above in Los Angeles yesterday), who apparently is trying to make up for that pony that she never got for Christmas, thus far has sunk almost $120 million of her own funds into her campaign for California’s governorship, breaking the previous self-campaign-financing record by around $10 million. 

Billionaire bitch Megalomaniac Whitman, who never has held elected office before, in her quest to be the next governor of California, the nation’s most populous state, has broken the U.S. record for self-campaign financing that previously was held by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City.

Bloomberg had held the record — $109 million for his 2009 mayoral campaign, according to the Los Angeles Times — until Nutmeg gave herself a money shot of another $15 million this week, pushing her to $119 million of her own funds to her gubernatorial campaign thus far, according to the Times.

Wow. What kind of egomaniac spends that kind of money on the chance of winning office?

Think of what good that much money could do for people — but instead, Nutmeg is blowing it on the gubernatorial lottery.

The Sacramento Bee’s website notes that “Whitman has said she will spend whatever it takes to win, and predicted ultimately putting in up to $150 million into her campaign.”

Megalomaniac Whitman sorely needs to lose on November 2, not only because her rehashed, pro-corporate Repugnican agenda is the last thing that the struggling state of California needs, but because the voters of California need to send the billionaires a loud and clear message:

We! Cannot! Be! Bought!

If you are interesting in donating to Jerry Brown’s campaign for governor of California, you can click here to do so.

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