The Anti-Bern

You may have missed this little item because of all of the attention we’ve been paying to the Coronavirus situation over the past few weeks. But it appears that the Democrat primary is already over. Yeah…I know…there are still more than half of the delegates still out there, and yes, it’s still possible (though not plausible) that Bernie Sanders can somehow steal the nomination away from Joe Biden.

But it ain’t going to happen.

That’s because the fix against Sanders is in. For the second time in just four years, Bernie is feeling what it’s like to be an outsider. Last time around, Hillary Clinton enlisted the help of Little Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Donna Brazile to cheat her way to the nomination that Bernie probably should have won. This time around, the whole country, well, the whole country other than the Bernie Bros have decided that enough is enough.

The latest indication of that is that Joe Biden has said, “No more debates. I’m done debating!” Now, Sleepy Joe isn’t done with doing YouTube videos, which he was doing every day for a while, giving HIS Coronavirus update. This consisted of hand waving to his camera crew when the teleprompter didn’t work right, gaffes, calling himself a professor after leaving the US Senate, and many other self-inflicted mistakes.

But is it really over? That’s the real question. Sanders maintains he’s trying to help guide the country through this COVID-19 mess. And while Biden is content to be at home in Delaware and make his own videos (which are quite humorous if you haven’t seen them yet), the world seems to have moved on from the Democrat’s primary.

Well, almost. Another player at this late date is emerging, and I’ve blogged about it early this past week. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo is actually getting traction as a last-minute contender as people start to rally around him to try to bring him to the race. So far, he’s declined to discuss getting in the race, but the convention is still a few months off. And, based on the rules I’ve been reading, if Biden doesn’t get to 1,991 delegates, even if it’s because the primaries were canceled, it’s anybody’s ballgame.

It’s just a matter of time before we find out if Cuomo, who has done a very credible job in leading his state through the largest Coronavirus outbreak in the nation, is actually interested in running for President. If he is, he could actually give Donald Trump a run for his money. He’s well-spoken, comes across credible on camera, and doesn’t make many mistakes and gaffes. Whether he would fall prey to Trump’s attacks or not would have to wait to be seen.

But in the aftermath of Coronavirus, it would appear, to this observer anyway, that Bernie Sanders’ chances to do anything but scream and point at a podium from this point on, are pretty much over…whether he likes it or not!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

President Cuomo?

Well, in the midst of the Democrat presidential primary, where it seems as if Democrats are being forced to choose between a stumbling, bumbling guy that can’t put two sentences together without trying to get into a fight or challenge someone to a pushup contest, and an avowed socialist, there is someone else starting to emerge.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Who would have thunk it? Here we had two idiots from New York in New York City Mayor, Bill di Blasio, and billionaire former mayor, Michael Bloomberg making fools of themselves before dropping out of the race, and we were looking in the wrong city! We should have been looking at Albany, not NYC! At least, that’s what’s starting to emerge!!!

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, publicly anyway, aren’t worried…but privately, they have to be wondering. And it’s all because of COVID-19. See, Cuomo has been doing daily updates on the virus in the state of New York, and it’s been picked up nationally by pretty much every cable news network. And the fact that it’s the hardest hit state in the union, Cuomo has been leading the states’ fight to get more aid from the federal government…and he’s been coming up with the best ideas, so far.

Well, that and while people like Washington Governor, Jay Inslee have been bashing the administration’s federal efforts, and California Governor, Gavin Newsome has only recently decided that you get more flies with honey than vinegar, Cuomo has been working with the feds all along… proving that he can work across the aisle. When it appeared that he didn’t have hospital room for everyone that’s going to be infected, he asked the feds to send up the Corps of Engineers to build more makeshift hospitals. And they are doing that. He’s coming up with actually, pretty good ideas.

So, this begs the question, is he interested in running for the presidency? I mean, his father never ran for president, but Mario looked at the VP nomination closely. He opted to stay put in New York and earned the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson”. Is Andrew the same way?

If he isn’t, there are a LOT of Democrats that would probably back him, and flee both Biden and Sanders. In fact, the daily briefings have gotten so good for Cuomo, Mike Pence and his team, and President Trump, that Joe Biden announced last week that he was going to start having daily briefings. Frankly, I don’t know what Biden can say that can’t be said by “official” Washington and Albany, but hey…have at it Joe! We miss not having your gaffes out there on a daily basis! Maybe Joe should challenge Coronavirus to a push up contest, or call it a “Lying, dog-faced pony soldier”. That’ll do it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Assessing Sanders

Bernie Sanders got shellacked again last night. Joe Biden swept the three states that held primaries yesterday. Ohio and Louisiana have decided to postpone theirs until later in the year due to the Conronavirus, but Joe Biden took Illinois, Arizona, and Florida pretty handedly and now has over 1,100 of the 1,991 delegates that he needs to get the nomination.

And with that loss, Sanders says he is going to take the next several weeks and assess his campaign. I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at his campaign and see how well he could do if he was elected. So, I went back and did a little research regarding what he has done since he was in the Senate.

Bernie Sanders has been in the Senate since 2007. During that 13 year period, he has introduced a total of 357 bills. Of those, 190 were sent to committee for consideration. 178 were absolutely dismissed by the committees and 12 were sent to the floor for consideration. 1 failed in the Senate, and 6 were passed by the Senate. Three were passed by both the Senate and House and sent to the President for his signature.

The bills that passed were, according to http://www.congress.gov, and note…one of those bills was done while he was in the House of Representatives.

S.893 Introduced 5/8/13. The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013 which became law in November 2013

S.885 Introduced 5/7/13. A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the “Thaddeus Stevens Post Office” became law in November 2014.

H.R.5245 Introduced 4/27/06. To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Marble Street in Fair Haven, Vermont, as the “Matthew Lyon Post Office Building” became law in August 2006.

That means that in 13 years in the United States Senate, Bernie Sanders passed a Cost of Living Adjustment for Veterans, and asked for two post offices to be renamed for different people.

In his campaign for the presidency, Sanders is asking that we expand Social Security, expand Medicare, erase all college debt for students with loans, make all college education at state run colleges free, agree to the Green New Deal, raise your taxes, rejoin the Paris Accord, tackle climate change, and give free healthcare for all.

Based on Bernie’s record for getting stuff passed…I’d say he doesn’t have a ghost of a chance of getting any of it through. His bills have been passed at less than one percent of the time the entire time he’s been in Washington, and that’s with two of the three bills just naming post offices after someone. Are you telling me that somehow he’s found the magic bullet to get things passed by Congress to tackle everything there?

There’s a real clear reason why Bernie Sanders is now down some 300 delegates and is fading fast in his bid for the presidency. It’s because while he talks a good game, it appears he is all show and no action.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden Steps In It (Again)

You almost (I said ALMOST) have to feel sorry for Joe Biden. He’s run for president a total of three times now. This time has been the most successful, but it’s not been an easy ride for the former Senator from Delaware and Vice President under Bobo Obama.

Think back if you will. Back in 1988 was Joe’s first foray into national politics. He got into the race in June of 1987, and was gone three months later in September. The reason? He was hit with plagiarism charges, and said his past mistakes were too great to continue. The party ended up choosing one of the worst all-time candidates in Michael “I can drive a tank” Dukakis. He ended up getting shellacked by George HW Bush.

Then in 2008, Joe decided to run again. This time he made it to the first voting! He finished fifth in Iowa, and bowed out the day after. Bobo Obama became the candidate and selected Joe as his running mate.

Well, this time around hasn’t been any easier for Joe. He’s been mocked as being too “sleepy”. He’s had gaffes at every turn. His mental capacity and condition have been questioned, and his campaign until South Carolina was called dead in the water. Since then, the Democrats realized that they’d rather have someone like Biden run against Donald Trump than Bernie Sanders, who seems to be a Democrat only when he wants to run for president. No one really likes him in the Democrat hierarchy. And the DNC will do anything to obviously make sure he doesn’t get the nomination. Just look at the lengths Little Debbie Wasserman-Schultz went to when Hillary was running, and what Tom Perez has done this time around, getting Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Michael Bloomberg all to drop out.

Ah, you would think that with the nomination in hand, or close to it, Biden would be happy and things would be smooth sailing? Not so fast! He had to cancel several campaign events due to the Coronavirus, so he decided to hold a “virtual town hall” in Illinois this past week. It didn’t go well. There were snafu’s all over the place. And the town hall which was supposed to go an hour, lasted all of five minutes. Joe took one call, and basically rambled on for about three minutes with the answer (about paying people in the Amazon rain forest $20 billion to stop clearing it), before apologizing to everyone for the “bad connections”, and the rest of the town hall went dark.

Biden’s campaign has been a joke. And as he and Bernie Sanders (and don’t forget Tulsi Gabbard who’s still in this thing!) get set for another round of primaries on Tuesday, they are all wondering how this will play out with nobody being able to travel around the country and stump.

In the end, does it really matter who runs against Donald Trump? Joe is certainly the safer choice, and may be able to get a few of the “suburban, white, educated women” back on board that went to Trump four years ago. But overall, neither Biden or Sanders has full command of the Democrat party. They are going to have to cut in to a mountain of independents that went for Trump last time out. I doubt at this point in time that’s going to happen!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Can Biden Go The Distance?

It’s no longer a question of whether or not Joe Biden has the money or the Big Mo to go the distance in the marathon known as the Democrat Nomination Primary. It’s now a question of does he have a) the stamina, and b) the mental capacity to finish the race?

The party came to Joe’s rescue before Super Tuesday, after Jim Clyburn endorsed him just prior to the South Carolina primary. And after Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out, it meant the Biden was the only real candidate left that was considered a moderate. I say “real candidate” because I really don’t think anyone in the Democrat party ever thought of Michael Bloomberg as a “real candidate”, much like the Republicans probably didn’t look at Donald Trump as a “real candidate” four years ago. Bloomberg was an after thought.

So, it’s Biden and Sanders for the nomination. Does this sound vaguely familiar to four years ago, when Marty O’Malley dropped out of the race and slinked back to Maryland leaving Bernie and Hillary to battle it out? And had the Democrat National Committee (read that as Little Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) and Donna Brazile not come to her rescue, Hillary probably would have lost out to Bernie is a totally fair primary. Same thing with Joe this year. Had it not been for Tom Perez making sure the path was clear for the former veep, Bernie would have swept Super Tuesday, and gone on to the nomination.

Just look at what’s been happening since. Joe Biden (and Amy Klobuchar) drew about 300 people in Detroit at a rally. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders spoke on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, and there were an estimated 15,000 people there. This is 2016 all over again!

As far as stamina goes, I think Joe is slowing down. His speeches are becoming rambling diatribes, and he’s screwing up with more and more gaffes. He recently said that “we need to re-elect Donald Trump”. That was so out of left field that the White House sent it out as a Tweet. Of course, Twitter immediately said that the video had been “manipulated”. And the White House shot back that it hadn’t. Joe doesn’t look all that healthy (and compare that to four years ago with Hillary getting helped into a van!). He also has been gaffe prone, asking people to vote on Super Thursday, declaring that he was running for the US Senate, confusing his wife and his sister on Super Tuesday in California. It’s a really interesting turn…and one has to wonder who is going to be his vice presidential pick. That’s going to sway a LOT of Democrats, because it’s pretty evident that Joe Biden isn’t going to make it in the White House pressure cooker called the Oval Office for four years.

I really wonder whether Biden has the stuff to make it. And I’m not alone. Pundits, columnists, reporters, and mainstream Democrats are wondering whether or not Sleepy Joe has the ability to go the distance in this fight. And you can bet that if the pundits on the left are asking the question, the folks over at the DNC have already been talking about it. And yet, they continue to throw the nomination Biden’s way, regardless what the Bernie crowds think.

Somehow, the more we get down this nomination path, with all of the changes Democrats made to make sure that 2016 didn’t happen again, we’re looking at the same race all over again!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Bernie IS Right On One Thing

I think Bernie Sanders is totally, 100% right on one thing, and I think it’s probably the only thing I would agree with him on.

The Democrat party is out to take him out again.

Let’s look at what happened in detail, shall we? Going into the South Carolina Primary, you have Joe Biden’s campaign on life support at best. Most said he was dead…me included. Then he gets an endorsement from House Majority Whip, Jim Clyiburn. Clyburn happens to be probably the most influential politician in the state of South Carolina…at least with Democrats. And when he comes out and endorses Joe Biden the day before the primary, it carries a lot of weight. And it worked.

Biden wins South Carolina by huge numbers. All of a sudden, with three days until Super Tuesday, Sleepy Joe receives CPR. And then Mayor Pete Buttigieg drops out of the race and throws his support to Biden. This was a guy that technically won the Iowa Caucus! And then you’ve got Amy Klobuchar change her mind on a dime, and say she’s dropping out of the race, and guess who she’s endorsing? Yup…Uncle Joe! That leaves Bernie, Joe, Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, and Tulsi Gabbard still in the running. What in the world is going on?

Well, the establishment of the Democrat party knows what’s coming up. If Bernie Sanders does well on Super Tuesday, he could vault himself into the position of not only being a front-runner, but uncatchable. So, you can bet that all weekend long, the phone lines were buzzing between Tom Perez, the DNC chair, and Buttigieg’s and Klobuchar’s campaigns. I’m sure it was explained to them that Sanders couldn’t beat Trump anywhere, and that Dems would lose big time if he gets the nod. So, they wanted those two to coalesce around Joe. And that’s what happened.

Was the fix in?

We will never really know. My hunch is, yes…the fix was in. How do you go from life support to the front-runner in three days with no organization, no money, and a bumbling candidate that thinks the Super Tuesday vote is going to take place on Thursday? You have to realize that neither Buttigieg, nor Klobuchar have a ghost of a chance to win, and that all they are doing is taking votes from a guy that has been around a LONG time, and probably deserves to be the candidate. I want you to think of Bob Dole, John McCain, or Mitt Romney on the Republican side. Same thing.

The big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that four years ago, it was the same thing going on in the GOP. They let it ride. Trump became the nominee, and won. The GOP let it play out. The Democrats want to put the fix in so that Bernie Sanders, who isn’t viewed as a Democrat doesn’t get the nod, and yes, they were scared he would.

Then come Wednesday, Michael Bloomberg…the guy that threw upwards of $800 million by the time you counted his paid staff, and ads, and everything else…just to get 50 delegates (a cost of $16,000,000 per delegate). He says on Tuesday night he’s “in it to win it”. On Wednesday, he drops out. AND he endorses Joe Biden. No funny business going on there, huh Mr. Mayor?

Bernie Sanders is right. Unless and until the Socialist Party of the United States gets to be a major party, Sanders will never be the nominee for president. As far as the Democrat establishment is concerned, he’s an after-thought and won’t be counted on to win anything.

So, it will be Donald Trump against Joe Biden this fall. What do you think the outcome of that will be? Who do you think comes across better? Who has the more energy? Who draws crowds (Biden’s “victory” crowd Tuesday night was estimated to be about 250)? Meanwhile, Trump was drawing 30,000. And who do you think is going to be the better debater? I think you know the answer to that one!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Coronavirus Takes Toll On Billionaires

Bernie Sanders campaign may be in trouble because of the Coronavirus. The socialist’s ideas of taxing billionaires into oblivion are going to be severely challenged if the stock market continues to have the same type of week as it did last week.

Here, according to Bloomberg, are what some of the country’s richest folks lost last week: Jeff Bezos from Amazon watched as $11.9 billion went down the tubes. Microsoft’s Bill Gates said goodbye to $10 billion. Bernard Arnault from Christian Dior lost $9.1 billion. Tesla & SpaceX’s, Elon Musk dropped $9 billion, and Warren Buffet from Berkshire Hathaway and a million other companies lost about $8.8 billion. Notice anybody who’s name did not show up on what I just read? What about Michael Bloomberg? Interesting to note that the list came from Bloomberg News, and yet, the boss’ name was conspicuously absent from the list, even though he was reportedly worth $56 billion going into the week!

The problem with taxing the rich is that something that is so out of control with all of humanity, something like this virus, can cause panic and fear, and throw the whole “stick it to the wealthy” mentality right out the window. And frankly, it should. I’ve never in my life felt that someone that made that kind of money should be punished because they went above and beyond.

Look, people that are worth billions did it on their own. They went out and created something that everyone wanted, and they exploited their creation. What the hell is wrong with that? On the other hand, these liberals want you to believe that everybody should share in their wealth because they transport their goods on roads that taxes paid for…or they are protected by police and fire departments that taxes pay for. And there’s nothing in the world stopping anyone from finding the next BIG thing, and going after it and creating their own billion! While I don’t agree with anything Tom Steyer or Michael Bloomberg say about politics, I certainly don’t chastise them at all for making the money they make. And if someone can convince someone else to pay them millions of dollars a year for acting, or playing a sport, or running a business, God bless ’em. They deserve that money.

Likewise, I’ve never been a fan of the minimum wage. Let me be as polite as I know how to be with this part. If you’re working at a burger joint and you’re 45 years old and have three kids, a wife, a mortgage and a car payment, you’ve made a bad choice somewhere in your life. Frankly, you aren’t guaranteed a “living wage”. You have to go out and make that living wage for yourself. And I can’t tell you what that should be. Some folks feel Michael Bloomberg is making a living wage. For his lifestyle he probably is. Others feel that $15 an hour is a “living wage”. I don’t know how much “living” you can do on $600 a week…but that’s up to the individual.

And why should a government tell you what the minimum you can make is, or what the maximum you can make is? Does that make any sense? It’s like me telling the government what they can and can’t spend my tax dollars on. How do you think that’s going to work?

The rich do indeed get richer in this country. They get richer because they understand what got them rich in the first place, and the poor don’t understand. Lou Holtz, the great football coach once said, that we all make choices in life. And it’s those choices that have brought us to where we are. If you make good choices, good things happen to you. If you screw around in school and don’t learn anything, and can’t do anything but make burgers and fries, you probably aren’t going to be living in a 30,000 square foot mansion. You have made a poor choice. But it IS your choice. You can’t blame someone who’s rich, and you can’t get the choice erased by the government, regardless what Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to believe!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!