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FNC has called the Nevada Caucuses. It wasn’t close. Bernie Sanders is running away with the delegates and the raw vote totals. He’s almost tripling Joe Biden in both delegates to the Nevada Democrat State Convention and raw vote totals. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Amy Klobuchar left Nevada and flew home to Minneapolis to speak at a rally. At the rally, Sen. “Klobuchar told her supporters at a rally in her native Minneapolis that she had once again ‘exceeded expectations’ in the race for the Democratic nomination as she tried to polish what entrance polling and initial results appear to indicate will be a finish outside the top tier in Nevada.”

That’s outright BS. Sen. Klobuchar finished in the low single digits percentage-wise, just ahead of some candidate named “undecided.” At the rally, Sen. Klobuchar said “I always note that a lot of people didn’t even think that I would still be standing at this point. They didn’t think I’d make it through that speech in the snow. They didn’t think I’d make it to the debate floor. But time and time again, because of all of you and because of the people around this country that want something different than the guy in the White House, we have won.”

Saying that finishing in the microscopic single-digits rates as exceeds expectations says that Sen. Klobuchar’s expectations were virtually nonexistent. Sen. Klobuchar’s schedule for tomorrow includes “rallies in North Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas and South Carolina.” She’ll be on the debate stage in South Carolina Tuesday night, then participate in South Carolina’s First-in-the-South Primary on Saturday.

The latest polling there shows Sen. Klobuchar finishing sixth:

After today’s finish, it’s difficult picturing Sen. Klobuchar making it past South Carolina. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Bernie is looking like a juggernaut. While it’s too early to say he’s the nominee, it isn’t too early to say that he’s the prohibitive frontrunner. Bernie leads in California by double-digits and barely trails Biden in Texas. If someone doesn’t win some states on Super Tuesday, then this race is essentially over. Doing well isn’t enough. At this point, moral victories won’t cut it. Finishing better than expectations is fine in Iowa and New Hampshire. To win the nomination, the candidate must win states, especially the biggest delegate-rich states.

That narrows things down to Bernie, perhaps Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg and Steyer. After that, it’s unrealistic.

If this article sends any message, it’s that Sen. Klobuchar has written off Nevada’s caucuses. This isn’t surprising, considering the fact that she turned in her worst debate performance at the worst possible time. Getting into a food fight with Pete Buttigieg made both look petulant.

The fact that Sen. Klobuchar is campaigning in Colorado, a Super Tuesday state, 2 days before the Nevada Caucuses isn’t a sign of strength. It’s proof that she’s giving up on Nevada. Caucuses take organization, something that Sen. Klobuchar doesn’t have. In New Hampshire, she had a great debate. That catapulted her to a strong third place finish. Her fundraising picked up after that debate, too.

According to RealClearPolitics averages, Sen. Klobuchar hasn’t shown any Klomentum:

The truth is that Sen. Klobuchar’s campaign is essentially dead. After Nevada’s caucuses is South Carolina’s first-in-the-South Primary. She isn’t doing well there, either:

I suspect that South Carolina will be the end of the road for Sen. Klobuchar. Based on this polling from California, I’m betting that Sen. Klobuchar’s fundraising will dry up totally before California:

California is an expensive media state so she wouldn’t be competitive there. If she’s a team player, she’ll drop out after South Carolina. In this video, Klobuchar and Buttigieg both flame out:

Both candidates came across poorly, though I thought Buttigieg came across as a snot-nosed little punk. I thought Klobuchar lost her composure but Buttigieg came across as thoroughly unlikable.

Bernie Sanders’ Democrat presidential campaign just won a major endorsement ahead of the Nevada Caucus, the South Carolina Primary and Super Tuesday’s slate of events. According to the article, “Mijente, a grass-roots organization that mobilizes Latinx and Chicanx voters, decided to make its first-ever presidential endorsement in response to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies targeting Latinos. The endorsement adds to the growing collection of progressive groups coalescing around the Vermont senator, after earlier expectations they would be divided between him and Elizabeth Warren.”

Politico reports that “Marisa Franco, director and cofounder of Mijente, said the group’s members picked Sanders after a lengthy process that included sit-downs with multiple candidates. In January, its members voted on four options: endorsing Sanders, Warren, both of them, or no endorsement at all. In the end, 70 percent of its members voted to endorse Sanders.

This isn’t insignificant. It’s big news right before the Nevada Caucuses, where Hispanics comprise a significant portion of the voters. If Bernie does well with Hispanics in Nevada, that gives him momentum with that bloc of voters going into Super Tuesday. The biggest prizes on Super Tuesday are California, with 416 delegates, Texas, with 228 delegates, and Florida, with 219 delegates:

Super Tuesday might be a major determining factor for the Democrat nomination, with a total of 1,345 delegates to the Democrat National Convention being up for grabs that night. Democrats require 1,991 delegates to win their nomination.

If Bernie wins Nevada, that means he will have won the popular vote in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. With that type of momentum from the first 3 states, the rest of the states set up nicely for Sen. Sanders. The other thing that’s helping Bernie is the fact that he’s got enough cash to compete with Bloomberg. He can’t match Bloomberg dollar-for-dollar but he doesn’t need to. After all of the opposition research that’s come out against Bloomberg in the past week, Bernie is in a strong position to capitalize on the situation.

Tonight’s debate will play a larger-than-usual role in shaping the race. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bernie captures a strong victory in Nevada on Saturday. It isn’t the delegates that are most important; it’s about maintaining the momentum. If Bernie wins and Buttigieg finishes second, that essentially eliminates the Biden, Warren and Klobuchar campaigns.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Democrats’ presidential candidates are competing with each other in their race to Battleground State irrelevancy. Whether it’s Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren wanting to kill fossil fuels, or Mike Bloomberg insisting that farming is simple, city slicker Democrats apparently think that they can win the White House without winning midwestern battleground states.

While this won’t hurt Democrats with primary voters, it’ll sting the Democrats’ nominee in the general election, especially if Mike Bloomberg is the nominee. Picture the reaction Bloomberg would get across the Midwest when this video goes viral:


This is Bloomberg’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ moment. That video can be deployed in multiple settings. First, it can be used to show he’s simply hostile to farmers. Next, it can be used to show that he really isn’t interested in uniting the country. Third, it can be used to ask how many other things he’ll have to apologize for. He’s already apologized for Stop-Question-and-Frisk.

The truth is that Mr. Bloomberg has said some rather heartless things. When he talked about throwing minorities up against the wall, he was either in his late 60s or early 70s. Shouldn’t he have known the ramifications of his statements? It isn’t like he was a reckless teenager when he said that.

Sen. Warren’s policies aren’t that appealing and she lies about virtually everything. At a time when people crave authenticity, she’s a phony. This weekend, Amy Klobuchar started flip-flopping while pandering for vote. How will that work? Joe Biden has been disparaging people while calling them disgusting names. He’s told them to vote for other candidates, too. Based on Iowa and New Hampshire, they’ve taken his instructions to heart.

Then there’s Bernie. He wants to eliminate private health care at a time when Democrats can’t even do simple math at their caucuses. Democrats still haven’t finished recanvassing the Iowa Caucuses results, which was 2 weeks ago. They want us to think that they’re proficient at figuring out complexities in the health care laws? I don’t think so.

Bernie will have difficulty defending President Trump’s attacks. Bernie wants to keep his money but he wants other millionaires to pay their fair share. Bernie’s policies will cripple this booming economy. How popular will that be with voters? Hint: The answer to that question rhymes with ‘it won’t.’

If anything is true about St. Amy of Hennepin County, aka Amy Klobuchar, it’s that she’s economically illiterate. St. Amy’s issues page is filled with liberal gobbledygook. St. Amy’s plan for the economy is titled “Shared prosperity and economic justice.”

On the page, is says “Too many people aren’t sharing in our country’s economic prosperity. Shared prosperity is about ensuring all families have a fair shot in today’s economy, and Amy believes that this means investing in quality child care, overhauling our country’s housing policy, raising the minimum wage, providing paid family leave, supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as helping Americans save for retirement. She will also cut child poverty in half in a decade and end it in a generation with policies based on a report from the National Academies of Sciences. Read more about Amy’s child care and paid family leave policy here.”

Following the “helping Americans save for retirement link leads you to an article with a title of “Democrats want to force businesses to contribute to retirement plans and they’ll pay for it by raising taxes on the wealthy.” Apparently, St. Amy is a Obama Democrat in terms of economic philosophy. Taxing companies to pay for counterproductive policies isn’t foolish. It’s stupid. It’s the basis of socialism.

First, is there a capitalist alive that thinks that taking capital away from a company is wise? When the government steals money from productive companies (it’s the company’s money, after all), then gives that money to someone who isn’t productive, how does that strengthen the economy and provide jobs? Hint: It doesn’t.

Jobs aren’t created unless capital is created. Further, companies and labor are mobile. Sen. Klobuchar apparently didn’t learn that. When the Obama corporate tax hikes went into effect, companies left for Mexico, China, South Korea, Vietnam and other nations. When President Trump cut the corporate and individual tax rates, companies returned, then started investing in labor, plants and equipment. Workers were hired. New equipment was purchased and installed. Training for employees was required, which made employees more valuable. Employees got bonuses, better benefits (including retirement accounts) and higher wages without raising taxes.

We’ve seen how high taxes cripples the economy. It’s called Obamanomics. We’ve seen economic growth, wages, job creation accelerate since the implementation of President Trump’s policies. Millions of people say that they’re in better financial shape today than they were 3 years ago. President Trump’s approval rating on the economy is 63%. People are confident that they’ll be better off a year from now than they are today.

Klobuchar wants to tear down the most productive economy of my lifetime and replace it with the most foolish economic policies of the past 50 years. Imagine what would happen if the Fed didn’t keep interest rates virtually at 0% during the Obama administration. Imagine what the GDP would be right now if Jerome Powell had kept interest rates low instead of raising them.

On the day voting happens in Vermont, we still don’t have the final vote totals from Iowa. That’s because the Sanders campaign and Buttigieg campaign have each asked for partial recanvasses of the results. At this rate, we might have Iowa’s totals verified before the Convention in Milwaukee. I’m not betting the ranch on that but it might happen.

With that crisis still unresolved, Democrats are facing a somewhat similar crisis in Nevada:

Frustrated. Concerned. Nervous. Those are some of the words aides are using to describe the mood within some of the top Democratic presidential campaigns in Nevada with only five days until early voting is set to begin for the state’s first in the West presidential caucus and still no details on how exactly it’s supposed to work.
Campaigns here in the Silver State have been told that the Nevada State Democratic Party won’t be using the same app and vendor that were in part responsible for bungling the results of Iowa’s caucus last week, that the party won’t be using any app at all, and that what the party does plan to use is best described as a “tool” or “calculator.” Beyond that, aides aren’t really sure what’s in store for the state’s Feb. 22 Democratic caucus.

Have Democrats run anything beyond a lemonade stand? Here in Minnesota, examples of DFL competence in running things are rarities. MNLARS will (hopefully) be a distant memory soon after being a nightmare for 2+ years. MNsure was a disaster for a year. The Minnesota Human Services fiascoes happened over a period of years before being discovered. People remember the disaster that Healthcare.gov was.

“It’s a little bit of a damper for our volunteers who are more hesitant to step up and say, ‘Yes, I will confirm I will be precinct leadership on Feb. 22,’ when they don’t feel entirely certain about what’s going to happen,” one aide said. “Never mind the campaign, but with four days until early voting begins, the people who are going to participate feel like they need to have a credible explanation of how the early voting and caucus process are going to work.”

Here we go again? Only a Democrat could turn simple arithmetic into this convoluted mess. This isn’t how this should work. The only top-tier Democrats who’ve run anything are Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg. Everyone else is a senator. They talk for a living.

Both mayors are far outside the mainstream on the issues, which is why few people outside the Democratic Party take either of them seriously. Meanwhile, the nation keeps humming along under President Trump’s leadership. He’s actually run something and holds mainstream views. The economy is strong. We’re safer than we were under President Obama. Emergencies are handled efficiently.

That’s quite the contrast from the Party that can’t even do basic math, aka the Democrats. Bernie hasn’t run anything. Ditto with Biden, Klobuchar, Warren or what’s his name that still hasn’t dropped out (Michael Bennet).

Things are running well. People are making money. Income inequality is shrinking. People’s 401(k)s are getting healthier. If it isn’t broke, don’t tinker with it. That’s what Democrats did with the Iowa Caucuses. How’d that turn out? This is how that worked:

The KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) still works best. I’m a huge fan of trailing edge technology. I love things that work and that have worked for years. There’s nothing wrong with the Iowa Caucuses that a little uncomplicating can’t fix.

On a national scale, the lesson to be learned is that Democrats don’t run things. It isn’t part of their DNA. Bill Clinton is the lone exception. Berniecrats think that he’s too conservative. I guess they didn’t like the prosperity.

This week’s events have produced a multitude of winners and some distinct losers. Let’s start with the losers.

Mitt Romney- Mitt Romney sided with Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi when he voted to convict President Trump on Impeachment Article 1. Mitt’s constituents in Utah want him censured.
Nancy Pelosi- In a planned attack, Pelosi ripped up her personal copy of President Trump’s SOTU Address. In ripping up her copy, Pelosi played into President Trump’s hand by looking like a petulant school child. Here’s the scene:

Iowa Democratic Party- We’re almost a week removed from the Iowa Caucuses and we still don’t know who won the Caucuses. The chairman of the party apologized on Tuesday. The chairman of the DNC called for a recanvas of the results. That’s the personification of humiliation.
Biden, Klobuchar and Warren- This trio is essentially a trio of zombie candidates. Biden isn’t attracting any positive attention. What he’s missing in positive attention, he’s making up for in negative attention. According to her allies, Klobuchar keeps gaining ground on the leaders. Unfortunately, she finished in 5th place in Iowa and looks likely to repeat that performance in New Hampshire. Back-to-back 5th place finishes will seal Sen. Klobuchar’s fate. Warren finished third in Iowa, which is decent enough but she’s got race relations problems. Stick a fork in her. She’s finished.

Winners
Mitch McConnell- Despite what CNN, MSDNC and the Washington Post say, he’s the true DC master tactician. Pelosi isn’t the master tactician.
Devin Nunes- The Democrats’ impeachment trial showed that Devin Nunes got virtually everything right on the FBI scandal and with FISA abuse. Everything he got right, Schiff got wrong. Literally.
Iain Lanphier and Charles McGee- Iain was mentioned in President Trump’s State of the Union Address this way:

Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, “Most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world.”

President Trump then told the rest of the story:

But sitting behind Iain tonight is his greatest hero of them all, Charles McGee, who was born in Cleveland Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee airman, the first black fighter pilots and he also happens to be Ian’s great grandfather. On December 7th Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you sir.

That’s what I call a history lesson!
Jenaya Davis- “The next step forward and building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students 18 States have created school choice in the form of opportunity scholarships. The programs are so popular that tens of thousands of students remain on a waiting list. One of those students is Jenaya Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia, Jenaya. Jenaya’s mom Stephanie is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future, but last year that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children. Jenaya and Stephanie are in the gallery. Stephanie, thank you so much for being here with your beautiful daughter. Thank you very much. But Jenaya I have some good news for you because I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announced tonight that an opportunity scholarship has become available. It’s going to you and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice. Now I call on Congress to give one million American children the same opportunity, Jenaya has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act because no parents should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.”

President Trump reminded the politicians in the House chamber what it’s all about when he said “Members of Congress we must never forget that the only victories that matter in Washington are victories that deliver for the American people.”

Delivering for the American people has become President Trump’s legacy. That’s what makes him this week’s biggest winner. Despite all of the unrighteous fights he’s had to fight, despite all of the criticism he’s taken, despite the lies that’ve gotten told about him (Think Adam Schiff’s parody), President Trump kept his eyes on what’s important. He’s rebuilt the military. He’s killed the nastiest of terrorists. He’s built the strongest economy. He’s put young people like Iain and Jenaya first.

That’s the definition of a winner. He isn’t perfect but his priorities are fantastic.

Finally, there’s some results from Iowa. Whether they’re accurate is still in question. Last night, when it became clear that the Iowa Democratic Party’s app wouldn’t work, the Klobuchar, Biden, Buttigieg, Warren and Yang campaigns delivered rah-rah speeches to fire up their supporters even though they didn’t have any results.

Later, the Sanders campaign “took it on itself to release numbers it collected from nearly 40 percent of precincts, tabulated by its campaign organizers. The Sanders campaign reports it received 29.7 percent of the vote, closely followed by former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 24.6 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in at 21.2 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden in fourth at 12.4 percent. Sanders put those numbers out shortly after Buttigieg finished his own, seemingly triumphant speech in Iowa. The party said it would release official results Tuesday.”

Relying on a campaign’s campaign figures isn’t the smartest thing. Campaigns have been known to cherry-pick information that most favors them and omit the information that isn’t flattering to them. Still, it’s the closest thing to actual data that we’ve seen thus far.

If Sanders’ numbers are relatively accurate, Biden and Klobuchar have a reason to worry. Biden had Iowa to himself, with the exception of Buttigieg. If he had a real message, he would’ve put the state away and coasted to victory. He didn’t win with 12.4% of the vote. It was smart for Sen. Klobuchar to make her speech but reality will catch up if she doesn’t get a message fast.

This morning, President Trump weighed in via twitter:


This tweet looks totally foolish at this point:


No results 14 hours after the Caucuses started is transparency? Who knew that they’d lowered the bar that far? Is that like invisible transparency?

Last week, Sen. Klobuchar shared the co-endorsement of the NYTimes with Elizabeth Warren. Later, she won the endorsement of the Quad Cities newspaper in northeast Iowa. Unfortunately for Sen. Klobuchar’s campaign, Sen. Klobuchar didn’t win the endorsement of the only newspaper in Iowa that matters. Instead, Elizabeth Warren won the endorsement of the Des Moines Register.

In their editorial explaining their decision, DMR’s editorial board wrote “The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times. The senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts is not the radical some perceive her to be. She was a registered Republican until 1996. She is a capitalist. ‘I love what markets can do,’ she said. ‘They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity.'”

That’s gotta sting for St. Amy. She’s been running in the Democrats’ moderate lane, where she’s thought she was competing with Joe Biden. Along comes DMR’s editorial board, who says that Elizabeth Warren is the best candidate in the race. Sen. Klobuchar, aka St. Amy of Hennepin County or St. Amy for short, must’ve been blindsided with that headline. This doesn’t help, either:

Warren doesn’t measure the health of the economy by looking at the stock market or an unemployment rate that doesn’t count the longtime jobless or chronically underemployed. She measures it by how working families are doing. Many are not doing well, and Warren seeks major reforms to help them.

A qualification: Some of her ideas for “big, structural change” go too far. This board could not endorse the wholesale overhaul of corporate governance or cumulative levels of taxation she proposes. While the board has long supported single-payer health insurance, it believes a gradual transition is the more realistic approach. But Warren is pushing in the right direction.

It’s difficult to picture Sen. Warren as a moderate, especially after this dispute:

Elizabeth Warren isn’t a moderate. Neither is St. Amy. Joe Biden thinks that we should eliminate fossil fuels so that we’re once again dependent on Middle East oil, especially from Iran. Further, each of those candidates want the US to return to the JCPOA. What part of those policy positions sounds moderate to you?

Finally, it’s thrilling thinking that Sen. Klobuchar will soon be able to spend more time focusing on her day job as Minnesota’s senior senator. Then again, it’s a little frightening thinking of her returning to being Minnesota’s senior senator.

It’s time for Republicans, starting with me, to admit that Susan Collins is a legitimate Senate moderate. This article verifies what I’d already suspected of Sen. Collins. While I disagree with her on a number of issues, I can’t help but respect the fact that she thinks things through.

The thing that first got me rethinking Sen. Collins was the Kavanaugh Hearings. As a result of those hearing, Republicans were forced to take a firm position. That’s what Sen. Collins did. The tide had already started to turn as a result of President Trump refusing to pull Kavanaugh’s appointment. He insisted on fighting for Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Republicans remember that that’s when Lindsey Graham went from being a total squish to being a fighter in a single speech. Every Republican remembers this speech:

Later in the confirmation process, Sen. Collins delivered this riveting speech from the Senate floor:

Disagree with Sen. Collins’ policy positions if you like. I certainly have. What I appreciate, though, is the research that she does. Look at the research that she did for this speech. There’s a ton of details and tons of information that you only get after doing due diligence.

Compare Sen. Collins’ positions with Amy Klobuchar’s positions. The differences between the 2 ‘moderates’ is stark. Sen. Collins voted for the tax cuts that have this economy humming. Sen. Klobuchar voted against them. Sen. Collins confirmed Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch. Sen. Klobuchar voted against these highly-qualified justices.

Kevin Cramer, the freshman senator from North Dakota summed things up perfectly:

Susan always does what’s best for her constituents, and then she explains it really well. I’m sure it didn’t hurt her any; I’m sure it helped her. She’s a very courageous Republican.

Thanks to her loyalty to her constituents and Mitch McConnell, Sen. McConnell will have her back this November. I expect her to win re-election in a tight race.