Saturday, July 11, 2015
ELECTION 2016 - THE DEMOCRATS - SANDERS, DEBATES ETC.
1.) Apparently, Bernie Sanders is doubling down on his prior position that NATO should be expanded right up to the Russian border which puts him to the right of many Democrats. This is a guy who used to have the Russian flag on his wall when he was Mayor of Burlington. A socialist neocon is the strangest of beings. Backs up what I have always believed about Sanders. He's a phony who will say what he needs to say to get elected (like most other politicians! ) Also he has a terrible record on gun control. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/05/bernie_sanders_on_guns_vermont_independent_voted_against_gun_control_for.html He's starting to remind me of Brother Theodore from the David Letterman Show.
2.) Everyone's talking about the Republican Party debates and they should be great entertainment if nothing else but I have a question....When are the Democratic Party debates? They have scheduled the locations of the first two (Iowa and New Hampshire) but no debate dates yet. It's not a coronation for Hillary - The voters should get as many debates as possible. Also I'd like to see a debate between all the third party nominees. Larry King did this a few times on his show in the past. A multi-party system created by campaign reform (money restrictions, public financing, term limits etc.) is the only way American can fix itself short of violent revolution.
3.) Speaking of debates, Hillary Clinton needs to be careful. Her performance in the 2008 primary debates were definitely a contributing factor to losing the nomination to President Obama. She came across as angry, bitter, tired, and worst of all entitled, a feeling of entitlement to the Democratic nomination. The true ugly spirit of Hillary Clinton is always in danger of revealing itself like here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWoHV0w051s
4.) James Webb's full throated defense of the confederate flag and his ass kissing to Israel have the effect of discontinuing my interest in him as a candidate. Who is he appealing to with positions like that? Certainly not Democrats.
5.) I still think Martin O'Malley would be a weak general election candidate but one attack I've heard of him recently I don't think is quite fair. Yes, O'Malley did subscribe to some of the Broken Indows policing methods endorsed by Rudy Guiliani but Baltimore is very different from New York in that a much larger number of police are African-American in Baltimore. Thererfore it becomes a bit more like community policing and a bit less like racial profiling although a violation for civil liberties.