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Joe Biden has a Pennsylvania problem and it isn’t going away. Blue Collar Joe disappeared when he promised to stop fracking. He can’t run from that because he’s threatened that multiple times.

He’s trying his best to thread the needle. Biden wants to win over Bernie voters, many of whom are environmental activists, while he holds onto his Blue Collar Joe image. Joe’s problem is that he’s lost that Blue Collar Joe image because he’s been an enthusiastic partner with President Obama in shutting down the fossil fuel industry. Once you’ve gone over to the dark side, there’s really no returning. People might forgive but they won’t forget.

They won’t forget because this isn’t just a job to them. This is their family, their community, their lives.

Jeff Nobers, executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, estimates there are 30,000 people in the region directly employed by the shale industry “and at least 75,000 more jobs downstream. There is no other way to say this other than this industry is [a] major economic driver in our state.”

Nobers said the Builders Guild covers the 33 counties of western Pennsylvania. “Between the trade unions and the contractors, you’re in the neighborhood of 60,000 people that are either members of unions or they work for contractors or in their offices and so forth,” he said of his organization.

That’s before factoring in these men and women’s families and relatives. I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. If Democrats don’t flip all of these ‘blue firewall’ states back to blue, there’s no path to victory. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan represent 46 electoral votes. In 2016, President Trump won with 306 electoral votes. That means that he’d get re-elected by simply picking off Wisconsin again. Trump is currently leading there.

He also does not understand why Biden would want to possibly alienate voters of all stripes. “Not just the Democratic Party but the Republican Party and independents,” said Nobers.
Nobers adds these are not just blue-collar jobs, “These are chemists, geologists, people in computer science and technology, as well as electrical, environmental, and chemical engineers, accountants, human resources, and so forth.”
“You also have the security guy at the front desk. It’s not just the people that work right out there in the field. It’s tens of thousands of people in the industry, quite frankly. From the fella working on the pipeline all the way up to the CEO,” he said.

During the Democrats’ Sunday night presidential debate, Bernie Sanders twisted Joe Biden into killing Biden’s presidential hopes. Sanders started by saying “I’m talking about stopping fracking as soon as we possibly can and telling the fossil fuel industry they’re going to stop destroying the planet. Your heart is in the right place but it doesn’t take on the fossil fuel industry.”

Sleepy Joe couldn’t let that stand so he replied “No new fracking and, BTW, on the Recovery Act, I was able to make sure we invested $90,000,000,000 in making sure we brought down the price of solar and wind that is lower the price of coal.” That drew this response from the Twitterverse:


If anyone knows the politics of Appalachia better than Salena Zito, I wouldn’t know who it’d be. I don’t think that person exists. Reading through Ms. Zito’s articles quickly informs people that she travels extensively through what I’d nickname Blue Collar America. She doesn’t just know the area. It’s apparent that it’s part of who she is.

The article continues, saying “Biden’s official climate plan posted on his website does not commit to a fracking ban and allows for the potential of using fossil fuels in the near term while pledging that the United States will reach net-zero emissions by 2050.” I wonder how Sleepy Joe gets around that one.

The truth is that Joe is just a typical sleepy-headed dishonest politician. It’s quite possible that he’ll tell the next gathering of miners that he’d be their best friend in DC, not knowing that video of tonight’s debate exists. In 2004, this two-faced act became nicknamed “Tom Daschle Disease.” Sen. Daschle was the Democrats’ leader in the Senate at the time. In 2005, Sen. Daschle was a year into involuntary retirement.

President Trump based his campaign on connecting with these communities. That’s why he’s nicknamed the “Blue Collar Billionaire.”

At the start of this video, a young lady questioned Bernie Sanders about Joe Biden’s mental health:

Bernie responded by saying “I’m not going to go at that level and attacking…Joe and I have…Look, that’s something for people to decide. All I can say is that Joe and I have very significant political differences and I’m not going to be making any personal attacks on Joe. That’s not what I do.” At that point, the audience applauded spontaneously.

What a total wimp Bernie is. Joe Biden is having major cognitive disturbances. Everyone has noticed them. There’s even a video out by Bill Whittle that says “I’m Joe Biden and I forgot this message.” The video lasts 20+ minutes:

If Sen. Sanders won’t highlight Biden’s mental acuity issues, then he’s a wimp who is selectively tough guy. Back when I was getting started as an activist, we used to talk about a presidential candidate passing the Commander-in-Chief Test. Joe Biden can’t pass anything except the slobbering-old-grandpa-in=the-nursing-home test at this point.

These aren’t gaffes. They’re happening daily. Here’s another incident:

If Bernie wants to be president, he can’t be this wimpy. If he won’t take people on about the big things, then he isn’t a legitimate presidential candidate. Imagine that spineless idiot negotiating with Iran, Russia, China or North Korea. That’s a frightening thought.

Saying that Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday exceeded expectations is understatement. As I write this, Biden has won Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Bernie has won California, Colorado, Utah and Vermont. At this point, Maine remains too close to call.

At this point, Biden leads Bernie in delegates by 88 delegates. To be precise, Biden leads Bernie in delegates by a 390-312 margin. Thus far tonight, Biden had won 341 delegates to Bernie’s 257.

In other Super Tuesday news, the AP is reporting that “Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg will reassess on Wednesday whether he should stay in the race after getting disappointing results in Super Tuesday primaries despite spending more than a half billion dollars on his campaign. A person close to the Bloomberg campaign confirmed the deliberations. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity.”

Elizabeth Warren had a disappointing night, too:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was poised to place third in Massachusetts’ Democratic primary, a blow to the liberal lawmaker’s presidential candidacy in a state that sent her to the U.S. Senate twice. The Associated Press declared Joe Biden the winner Tuesday evening, with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont trailing in second place with about 62% of the vote reported.

She’s essentially crippled. Finishing second in your home state is bad enough. Finishing third is terrible. This race isn’t over yet, though. Joe Biden still has some glaring weaknesses, which this video does a nice job of highlighting:

The expectation is that Bloomberg and Warren will drop out before the next set of primaries. Also worth noting: Biden supposedly only spent $11,000 in winning Massachusetts. He pulled a Hillary in Minnesota (0 visits) and still won. Apparently, the Democrat Establishment had more to do with Biden winning than Biden had to do with his winning. MSNBC reported on-air that Obama got the word out that Joe was the Establishment’s candidate. Since he allegedly put the word out, Klobuchar and Buttigieg dropped out and the Establishment fell into line. This wasn’t just a win for the Establishment. This represents the best shot at saving Pelosi’s gavel. Jonathan Karl kinda lets the secret out with this tweet:


Joe Biden is still a deeply flawed candidate. No amount of endorsements will hide his flaws. Does anyone seriously think that a guy who hasn’t won a single primary in 3 presidential campaigns finally wins a primary, then wins 9 primaries a week later without visiting some of the states and while spending $11,000 in another state? Anyone that thinks that isn’t mentally fit for office.

Is Joe Biden poised to surprise Bernie Sanders in a couple of big Super Tuesday states? Based on RealClearPolitics aggregation of polling in Texas and North Carolina, the answer is yes. I’m not predicting the outcome of those states’ primaries but I’m seeing some late changes in the polling. Let’s start with the Texas polling:

If Biden can pull off the upset in Texas, something that’s still very much in doubt, that changes everything delegate-wise. Even if Biden and Bloomberg don’t win but have strong showings, those are delegates that Bernie very much wants and needs. Then there’s North Carolina:

Notice the margin in the final polling. It looks like an outlier but I’m not certain of that. Remember Biden’s wide margin of victory in South Carolina. Biden doubled up Bernie’s support so I’m totally willing to accept this as legitimate. If it’s a wipeout in North Carolina and if Biden and Bloomberg grab a bunch of delegates in Texas, that mitigates a large portion of the California damage from Bernie.

Yesterday, Bernie Sanders reported that he’d “raised $46.5 million, which I wrote about here.” That’s quite a haul. That being said, the Trump/RNC digital fundraising for February was pretty extraordinary, too:

The fundraising numbers for February are in, and the RNC and Trump campaign saw their largest digital fundraising hauls since 2016. According to the Daily Caller: Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised upwards of $86 million in February, making it the largest digital fundraising monthly haul since 2016.

Additionally, the joint Trump/RNC account has $195,000,000 Cash-on-Hand. Then there’s this:

Republicans raised more than $3 million per day for the entire month. The campaign has raised more than $600 million since the start of 2019 and currently has more than $225 million cash on hand. According to Monday’s announcement, the campaign has gathered more than 4 million voter contacts this cycle in conjunction with the RNC and authorized joint fundraising committees.

The thing that I look at most closely is the number of voter contacts. I’m also paying attention to the size of the Trump rallies. According to Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, 96.6% of the people who attend a Trump rally wind up voting for him. Additionally, Parscale said that if a person who attends a Trump rally and who makes a contribution, the chances of that voter returning and voting for Trump jumps to 98.4%.

Finally, Republicans are holding voter registration drives at these events. They break things down into categories. For instance, they track what percentage of new voter registrations are from people who haven’t voted recently. I don’t have the number of people who fit that category but it’s a significant percentage of the new registrations.

Still, with so much riding on this election, Republicans must work hard through election day. Bernie’s voters are supermotivated and we can’t afford to get complacent.

Amy Klobuchar had a no-good, downright terrible weekend this past weekend. Saturday night, she finished ahead of only Tulsi Gabbard in South Carolina’s First-in-the-South Primary. In that primary, she got only 3% of the vote, well behind Joe Biden’s 48%:

After that disappointing finish, she returned to Minnesota with the hopes of rallying her supporters. Instead, #BlackLivesMatters protesters took over the stage right before the event and never relinquished control. After negotiations broke off, the event was cancelled:

Family members of Myon Burrell, a Minnesota teenager who was sentenced to life in prison under then-County Attorney Klobuchar for murder, along with protesters affiliated with the Racial Justice Network, Minneapolis NAACP and others took the stage in Burrell’s honor chanting “Free Myon” and “Black Lives Matter.” CNN has reached out to Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney who was one of the organizers of the protest, for comment. A recently published Associated Press investigation into Burrell’s case labeled his conviction “flawed,” causing some of the same groups present to call for Klobuchar to suspend her campaign.

The image on Sunday was striking. At one point, Klobuchar supporters holding “Amy for America” signs stood on chairs directly across from stage shouting “Amy, Amy,” to shout down the protesters while they responded with “Black Lives Matter” chants. After a brief pause, a majority of crowd joined in the effort to drown out protesters that worked for a brief amount of time, but eventually, the cancellation was announced.

“Ladies and gentleman, thank you very much for coming tonight and for your patience,” the announcer said. “We’re sorry to say that tonight’s event has been canceled. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please remember to vote on Tuesday.”

#BlackLivesMatter-Minneapolis isn’t alone in calling for Sen. Klobuchar to suspend her campaign. Earlier in the weekend, Sen. Klobuchar tried putting the best spin possible after her disappointing finish:

On Saturday, Klobuchar finished a distant sixth in the South Carolina Democratic Primary, winning a pathetic three percent of the vote. The Minnesota senator only managed to beat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who seemingly fell off the face of the earth after failing to qualify for the last five Democratic debates. But as Klobuchar sees it, she’s still in “the top five vote-getters in the early four primaries and caucuses.” The senator made her delusions known during an interview with a local NBC News affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday.

It isn’t likely that Sen. Klobuchar will win many delegates in Super Tuesday voting. It should be noted, though, that she’s leading in home state Minnesota. That lead might not last, though, because Sen. Sanders is flying into Minnesota for a Monday night rally. If Sen. Klobuchar doesn’t do well, the campaign will have a difficult decision to make.

What’s clear is that Bernie’s agenda should be rejected entirely. Despite his protestations, Bernie isn’t a Democrat Socialist. He’s a Marxist through and through. He isn’t just proposing socialist ideas, though that’s part of Bernie’s schtick. Bernie’s plan is to radically transform the USA into the former USSR. How do I know? Because he’s given us tons of hints as to who he is.

He honeymooned in the former Soviet Union. He thinks that Fidel Castro was a philanthropist because he started a literacy program. (I’m being sarcastic about that.) Bernie’s Democrats want to eliminate private wealth, then give it to the government. Bernie’s Democrats, starting with AOC + 3, want to determine how much money people are supposed to have. It’s amazing that Bernie’s ok with some people getting rich (think of himself) but thinking that others being wealthy is the nastiest type of greed imaginable.

Bernie wants to implement the Green New Deal. The GND won’t save the planet but it’s exactly what Putin wants. That’s because it tightens Russia’s grip on Europe by cutting off reliable supplies of natural gas to former Eastern Bloc nations and into Europe. Why doesn’t Bernie understand that Putin loves a timid US?

Bernie’s policies will make the U.S. poorer. Any policy based on the principle that the government does things better than the private sector is foolish. Trusting the government to provide consistent competence is like betting on the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series once a decade. Let’s get serious. One thing that is serious is the money he’s raising:

“The senator’s multi-generational, multiracial working class coalition keeps fueling his campaign for transformational change a few bucks at a time,” Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. He said that, of the more than 2 million donations received this month, more than 1.4 million were from voters in Super Tuesday states.

Let’s return to Bernie’s agenda. Getting rid of fossil fuels strengthens Putin and cripples the US economy. Why should we decide to impose such an unnecessary penalty on families? That’s downright foolish.

With Super Tuesday literally just days away, the question that all of the pundits are asking is whether Joe Biden will get a bounce from his victory Saturday night. A quick scan of the RCP average of polls for Super Tuesday primaries shows Bernie Sanders with leads in most of the states, including delegate-rich Texas and California. Sen. Sanders also leads in Virginia and Massachusetts. The RCP average shows Sen. Sanders running away with Colorado and Utah.

If things go well for Sanders on Tuesday night, he’ll be in a dominant position to win the Democrats’ presidential nomination. That’s what I’m expecting. Further, I’m expecting Biden to do just well enough to continue but not well enough to contend. I expect Klobuchar, Warren and Buttigieg to drop out of the race, with Klobuchar having the best shot at doing well enough to stay in the race.

California will send a harsh signal to the Democrats. Here’s why:

There’s an outside possibility that Sanders will be the only candidate who will win California delegates. If that’s what happens, Sanders will be virtually unstoppable. Sanders also leads in Texas:

This doesn’t sound like the type of performance Biden and the Democrats’ Establishment needs. If things go according to the RCP average in each of these states, Bernie will be the prohibitive favorite to be the Democrats’ nominee. After that, expect to hear about lots of article with ideas on how to steal the nomination from Bernie.

While Joe Biden will win South Carolina’s First-in-the-South Primary, things look bleak for him after that. Things look worse for Mini-Mike and Elizabeth Warren. That’s because Berniementum is gaining strength. Bernie leads by a wide margin in California, leads comfortably in Texas and leads narrowly in Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts.

The key word in that paragraph is leads. If Bernie gets three-fourths of California’s 415 delegates, he’ll become the odds-on-favorite to win the nomination. If he wins with a solid margin in Texas, that strengthens his position. Defeating Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar in their home states, which seems likely at this point, would virtually eliminate their path to the nomination. Think of it like Hillary after the networks called Wisconsin for President Trump. At that point, pundits started talking about Hillary’s path to victory after spending most of the night wondering what Trump’s path to victory would look like. Check out this polling from RCP’s page:

After Bernie wraps up the nomination, expect President Trump to hit him with a barrage of ads from which Bernie will never recover from. Make no mistake about this. Bernie is a dead man walking. Check this out:

The Nevada Caucus has come and gone, but the debate leading to it had some rather worrisome tidbits if you’re a worker in the Rust Belt. The Democrats just hate you. That’s all we can gather from their agenda, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If he isn’t bellowing about health care, it’s climate change. We’re less than a decade away from all of us dying from global warming, according to the Vermont senator. So, that means we have to act now. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast—now! We’re all going to die…unless we do exactly what the Democrats want on this issue, which is typical. And in doing so, Sanders, like his former rival Hillary Clinton, may have had his own coal miner moment. You might remember from 2016 that the former first lady and two-time presidential loser promised to put a lot of coal miners out of business if elected president.

Bernie must win back Hillary’s ‘blue firewall’ states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan while holding onto the states that Hillary won. Winning back Pennsylvania and Michigan while losing Wisconsin puts Trump right at 270 electoral votes. Killing fracking and mining kills those states’ economies, which means Bernie loses those states and his shot at the White House.

There’s no question whether President Trump will hit Bernie on this issue. In 2016, he told those voters that he considered them the forgotten men but that he’d promise to never forget them while he was president. President Trump has kept that promise.

People wonder what happens if the Coronavirus will hurt President Trump. It might if they don’t handle things properly. If the NIH and CDC respond quickly and the various agencies handle things properly, then people will realize that this was just something that was beyond President Trump’s ability to control. If President Trump and VP Pence make the right decisions administratively, they’ll benefit from those right decisions.

It isn’t like people will suddenly say ‘I’m abandoning President Trump’s policies. He’s just too prosperous.’