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Wazzup With The Democratic Primary Field?

There’s no such thing as too much bacon   My favorite saying Well, I guess we all should have seen it coming. The only thing better than having a Democratic primary ballot that looks like the Cleveland white pages is having one that looks like the Los Angeles white pages. The Democratic field wouldn’t be complete without a managing partner of Mitt Romney’s vulture capitalist mob, and who better to replace an arrogant, know-it-all New York pseudo billionaire, than an arrogant, know-it-all New York actual billionaire? The only thing that’s missing is the guy who walks behind the circus elephants with a broom and a shovel. I know that it seems strange that considering the fact that we started with a field of 25 candidates running around like kindergartners in a sandbox, that we’re still getting hats thrown into the ring at this point. I mean, fashionably late is one thing, but this is just ridiculous! But believe it or not, there actually is a reason, at least partially grounded in reality for these late arrivals to the concert, and I think I know what it is. In the weeks immediately following the 2018 midterm elections, Democratic  Presidential exploratory committees started popping up all over like dandelions in April. Formal announcements started dribbling in shortly afterwards, and just after New Years, candidates started pestering the denizens of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, before they even had their Christmas trees at the bottom of the driveways. Some of the candidates have damn near set up transient residency in some of those places. As we have edged within the 90 day mark to the first of the early caucus and primary states, state specific polling has begun to come in more frequently, and it’s largely what you would expect. The field has broken down into tiers, and the polling is all over the map, with a new leader every week, and often several candidates within the margin of error. All of this is normal, and to be expected, but when I look at the polling, there is one thing that sticks out to me as being highly unusual. In both Iowa, as well as New Hampshire, while most primary voters have latched on to a preferred candidate, well over 60% of primary voters in both states have indicated that they could likely change their minds before they actually cast a ballot. To me, this is highly unusual, simply because these poor people have been inundated by unwarranted intrusions from these candidates for something like 10 months now. Many prospective voters likely have candidate staff members on speed dial for any questions they may have. They have campaign rhetoric dribbling out of their ear holes. You’re all voters, you tell me. How do you pick a candidate? For most people, there’s a natural culling out process. There are some that you just don’t like personally, or policy wise, and they fall by the wayside quickly. The you start listening to the others. Maybe you go to their website, and check out their positions and policies, maybe you go to a rally or two, quite possibly for more than one candidate, and through the process of elimination you make your decision. Pretty straightforward. But ask yourself my dear friends, exactly what finalizes your decision in picking a candidate? After all, when you pay attention, as I’m sure […]
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti May Run For President, First Time A Mayor Has Run...

New York City Mayor John Lindsey was quite the character back in the day. Lindsey was Republican from the time he was involved in Youth For Eisenhower back in the early 50’s and he met his wife at a Bush wedding. Despite these roots, he gave it all up in 1971, and registered with the Democratic Party and ran for president. Lindsay said, “In a sense, this step recognizes the failure of 20 years in progressive Republican politics. In another sense, it represents the renewed decision to fight for new national leadership.” “Progressive Republican politics” is the oxymoron of this or any other century, make a note of it. Be that as it may, Lindsay did quite well as a born again Democrat or renegade Republican, take your pick. He ran on the premise that being Mayor of New York City was like being in charge of a small country. His tag line was, “He is fresh and everyone else is tired.” Taking up a similar mantle and considering a run for the Democratic nomination is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  The Atlantic: Garcetti would try to sell voters on his cosmopolitan, sunny-California vision of the future, and frame himself as a Barack Obama–esque figure who represents America’s identity as a nation of immigrants. Half-Jewish and half-Mexican (the Mexican side of his family goes back to Italy), Garcetti is a fluent Spanish speaker, a Rhodes scholar, and a Navy intelligence reservist. He loves making political jabs rooted in word play, such as “There are two Americas: Washington and the rest of us.” Or there’s the one he tried out while campaigning in the midterms, describing how Donald Trump practices the politics of division and subtraction, but how he likes the politics of addition and multiplication. The core of his argument for running, though, would be his experience as mayor. He’s already road tested his case that Los Angeles is bigger and more complicated than most states, with more people from more places doing more things, creating more problems and, conversely, more solutions. He’d come to the White House, the argument goes, with a view of government not as part of an abstract partisan debate, but as something that actually has an impact on people’s lives day to day. […] “Anybody who’s done the job—that’s the wrong question. This is like a mini country,” the mayor told me in an interview. Standing by his car, he was headed to his next event after a groundbreaking ceremony for a new housing project in the Sun Valley neighborhood, part of the citywide response to its homelessness crisis. Garcetti argued that given Los Angeles’s size, getting from one end of the city to the other can be like traveling between disparate states. “It takes me as long as a flight, probably,” he said. Garcetti’s not the only mayor who seems to be harkening to the shade of John Lindsey. Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana is purportly considering a run. He announced recently that he would not be running for reelection and it was speculated that that might be because he was contemplating a presidential run. Then there’s former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who did a total Lindsey and converted to the Democratic party a few months ago. The majority of Democrats were underwhelmed and words like “carpetbagger” rang through the […]
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