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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.

The gulf between the Democrats and the Trump administration is wide and getting wider. In the final days of the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama said that “We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” His agenda was to become the anti-Reagan. He wanted to shift the United States from being a capitalist nation to being a socialist nation that forced people to do things they didn’t want to do.

Obama’s campaign slogan was “Hope & Change.” His agenda wasn’t popular, though he was personally popular. President Trump wasn’t that popular initially, though people are warming up to him. President Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.” Along the campaign trail, his following grew while he developed other complementary slogans.

At his rally yesterday, President Trump told the crowd that he didn’t think that much of the saying “Drain the Swamp.” His opinion changed at the next rally, when people spontaneously started chanting “Drain the Swamp.” President Trump’s followers especially love him because they believe that he’ll always have their back. President Trump hasn’t finished building the wall but his supporters have seen that he’s put in a good faith effort to build it. President Trump hasn’t repealed and replaced Obamacare but that’s because John McCain sabotaged that effort.

The Democrats aren’t good at listening. The people didn’t want to fundamentally transform the United States of America:

They liked Reagan’s shining city on a hill:

That’s been updated by making America great again:

Newt Gingrich is right in saying this:

All the Democratic candidates represent an elite left-wing cultural view that believes America is a bad country of ignorant “deplorables.” They all believe their mission is to use government to profoundly change America – even if it is against the wishes of many millions of Americans. At the same time, this radical Democratic Party proved Wednesday night that it has no coherent policy for creating jobs, solving problems or defending America.

Like Obama, this year’s Democrats have launched a nationwide apology tour. Here’s Bloomberg saying he wouldn’t run:

Here’s what he said :

It’s just not gonna happen on a national level for someone like me starting where I am (PAUSE) unless I was willing to change all my views and go on what CNN called an apology tour. Joe Biden went out and apologized for being male, over 50, white.

After saying that, he changed his core beliefs, then started apologizing. While mayor, though, he didn’t regret stop, question and frisk. He appealed the judge’s ruling banning that technique. Bloomberg is the personification of today’s Democratic Party. It’s apparent that he isn’t tied to any principles. Bernie is the personification of the other part of the Democratic Party. He thinks that the USA needs to be fundamentally transformed at a time when we’re prospering, wages are rising and consumer confidence is skyrocketing.

With the Democrats’ nomination process underway, pundits across the nation have handicapped the state of the race ad nauseum. According to the experts, there are multiple lanes in the Democratic Party. Initially, there was a socialist wing, a moderate wing and a Joe Biden wing. Initially, it was thought that Bernie would share the socialist wing with Elizabeth Warren. That changed when Bernie suffered a heart attack in early October. Shortly thereafter, it was thought that he’d end his campaign.

When Bernie returned, he quickly regained momentum. That eventually pushed Elizabeth Warren into a different lane, sometimes known as the Uniter lane. Under this theory, Sen. Warren would unite the Bernie wing and the moderate wing. It didn’t make sense but that’s the Warren campaign’s spin. When Bloomberg and Steyer jumped into the race, that created a ‘Billionaires Lane.’

Ultimately, though, the only lane that matters is the Republican lane. President Trump fills that lane by himself. President Trump’s personality wipes out the sun. This afternoon, when President Trump held a rally in Las Vegas, he brought up the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team to honor them because Saturday is the 40th anniversary of the day the US defeated the then-Soviet Union hockey team:

The Democrats’ biggest problem is that President Trump is the guy who sucks all the media oxygen out of the room. His policies are working fantastically. Illegal immigration is getting more under control with each month. The economy is the best it’s been in terms of wage growth and unemployment rate since Clinton. In terms of GDP growth, the only presidents who’ve done better recently are Clinton and Reagan. The Democrats’ presidential candidates are mediocre at best. It’s irrelevant whether Democrats run Bernie or Bloomberg.

Bloomberg has been exposed as a billionaire attempting to buy the White House. He’s apologized for keeping NYC streets safe. He’s said exceptionally racist things. He’s exposed as a sexist, too.

Bernie is a socialist millionaire who wants to confiscate successful people’s wealth. He honeymooned in the Soviet Union when it was still the Soviet Union. He’s said that breadlines are good:

One’s nutty (Bernie). The other’s arrogant (Bloomberg). Let’s see which Democrat gets to get drubbed. PS- Pass the popcorn.

Larry Jacobs thinks that Amy Klobuchar has reached her prove it point in the race. After a strong debate performance in New Hampshire, she translated that into a mini-fundraising windfall. Then she finished a strong third place there.

I wrote here that Klomentum has disappeared. She had a disappointing debate performance Wednesday. The RCP average of polls shows her in sixth place for the Democrat presidential nomination. There’s no momentum and she’s campaigning in Colorado 2 days before the Nevada Caucuses. Those aren’t the signs of a confident candidate.

At this point, St. Amy’s campaign is just about finished. Prof. Jacobs, political science professor and department head at the University of Minnesota, notes “This is a state where the DFL, the base of the DFL, are probably more progressive than Amy Klobuchar. So I think there’s a real risk that she’ll lose Minnesota. Amy Klobuchar cannot be everywhere at the same time.” About Super Tuesday, Jacobs said “She’s going to need a good showing. We’re getting very close to the ‘prove it’ point.”

I question whether Sen. Klobuchar will still be in the race by Super Tuesday. She’s in 6th place in Nevada the day before that state’s caucuses:

She’s in 6th place in South Carolina, too:

After that campaigning gets expensive in California, Texas, North Carolina, etc. People are hinting that, at this point, she’s really running for VP but I question that. How appealing is she to Bernie or Bloomberg, the 2 likely ‘finalists’ for the Democrat presidential nomination?

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.’

Apparently, with Democrats, once just isn’t enough. Having totally screwed up Iowa’s caucuses, Democrats aren’t satisfied. According to PJ Media’s reporting, Nevada Democrats are intent on taking the fun out of dysfunctional:

In interviews, three caucus volunteers described serious concerns about rushed preparations for the Feb. 22 election, including insufficient training for a newly-adopted electronic vote-tally system and confusing instructions on how to administer the caucuses. There are also unanswered questions about the security of Internet connections at some 2,000 precinct sites that will transmit results to a central “war room” set up by the Nevada Democratic Party.

What could possibly go wrong? Here’s what might go wrong:

Some volunteers who will help run caucuses at precinct locations said they have not been trained on iPads that the party purchased to enter and transmit vote counts. Party officials scrambled to streamline their vote reporting system, settling on Google forms accessible through a saved link on the iPads, after scrapping a pair of apps they’d been planning to use until a similar app caused the fiasco in Iowa two weeks ago.

The Democrats’ problem isn’t the caucuses. The Democrats’ problem is that they don’t run things. Democrats don’t fix things, either. Democrats aren’t skilled problem-solvers. The Democratic Party was stronger when they had lots of governors. Bill Clinton was a governor who ran things. Barack Obama was a professor, then a senator. He didn’t run things. He just talked a lot. President Clinton made life better for people. President Obama didn’t make life better for people.

Bloomberg has run things but he’s cozied up to the nastiest people on earth. He’s done his best to ignore the Chinese leadership’s corruption. He’s even said that “Xi Jinping isn’t a dictator.” Seriously, he said that:

Bloomberg isn’t an idiot. He just plays one on TV when he’s trying to pander to the Chinese. Bloomberg is just a globalist who will sell out his nation so he can keep China open for business. His business. He’s President Trump’s opposite. President Trump stood up to China. Then he got them to cave on forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft. What about Bloomberg? He didn’t care how many Americans he had to sell out. He just cared about profits.

How will Bernie’s Bros take that? Bloomberg didn’t just sell us out. He’s attempting to buy the White House so he can sell us out. I’m not ok with that. I’m totally not ok with that. It’s ok to make profits. It isn’t ok to sell out this incredible nation.

Back to Nevada, though. Democrats have had 3+ weeks to put a system in place. They still haven’t put that fool-proof system together. I don’t know if they ever will. These Democrats are the ‘Gang who can’t think straight.’ Bill Clinton at least kept the trains running on time. Obama didn’t care if there were trains that ran. Bernie doesn’t care about anything except stealing everyone’s private health care. Trusting him with running our nation’s health care is as stupid as trusting an arsonist to put out a fire.

Tom Perez is likely a better DNC Chairman than Keith Ellison would’ve been. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t been terrible. Thus far, Perez has been terrible at fundraising, corrupt at following the rules for the Democrats’ debates. For Democrat troublemakers like Tulsi Gabbard and Corey Booker, the rules are etched in stone. They can’t be changed. Period. For Democrat saviors like Mike Bloomberg, the debate rules are written in quicksand. They’re as meaningful as President Obama’s red lines in Syria.

MSDNC’s Ari Melber, perhaps the only anchor at that network with a spine, didn’t hesitate in criticizing the DNC:

After pointing out Perez’s explanation of the donor rule last year, which was to empower “grassroots” movements for more unknown candidates, and his defense of the debate rules after they were criticized by former 2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J, Melber asked his viewers if it’s “fair” for the DNC to change the rules “in the middle of the game.”

“No,” Melber answered the question. “It’s not fair to change the rules in the middle. That would be true if it was the government changing the voting laws in the middle or either political party or any political party in the middle of a primary. And I think that’s obvious from a position of fairness.”

This isn’t surprising. Few Democrats have the character required to be people of integrity. People my age remember J.C. Watts’ definition of character from the 1996 Republican National Convention from San Diego. That’s when he said that “Character is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”

Tom Perez falls far short of that definition. He hasn’t done the right thing even when the whole world is watching. This is what happens when a political party wants the voters but doesn’t want those voters’ agenda. It’s obvious that the DNC wants Bernie’s voters but they don’t want Bernie’s socialist agenda, at least not in the in-your-face way that Bernie preaches to his choir. They don’t have a problem with his agenda once the election is over. They just don’t want to admit it in public before the election.

If Tom Perez thinks that Bloomberg is the DNC’s savior, he’s a blithering idiot. I’m betting that Perez giving special privileges to Bloomberg will motivate Bernie’s voters in ways that Bernie alone couldn’t do. The only transparency left within the DNC is the transparency being shown that they’re frightened of Bernie being at the top of their ticket.

This isn’t the way to build a party. It’s the way to piss off tons of potential voters. The thing that Democrats need to learn is that this isn’t a nation in need of radical transformation. It’s a nation in need of people of integrity. I won’t insult people by saying that Republicans are a bottomless pit of integrity. I’ll say that there’s more people of integrity in the GOP than there are in the Democratic Party by far. The other thing that President Trump is teaching the GOP is that he’s teaching them how to make rallies fun again. He’s teaching the GOP how to make rallies productive again, too.

The article finishes strongly:

Melber then posed the same fairness question to Perez and pointed out the chairman’s conflicting stances on the debate rules. “We are living through a time when our democracy is being tested. No party is immune from scrutiny and vetting for fairness. And as for Democratic Party Chairman Perez, the question is simple: Is it fair and transparent to change the rules midstream? No. Just ask Tom Perez,” Melber concluded before playing a clip of the chairman in January saying, “We made the rules, they were very transparent, they’re very inclusive, and we can’t change the rules midstream because there’s a candidate I wish were on but didn’t make the debate stage.”

Matt Vespa’s article is the worst news Bernie Sanders has received in quite some time. Inside his article is this tidbit of information:

Nevada’s powerful Culinary Workers Union will not endorse in the presidential primary, while criticizing Bernie Sanders’ signature Medicare for All proposal, according to three sources with knowledge of the decision. In declining to pick a candidate, but sharply criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ signature policy position, Medicare for All, the union created an opening for Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, two moderate Democrats with little demonstrated support in the state.

That’s truly throwing Bernie under the bus. Taking direct aim at Bernie’s signature issue isn’t what he’d like to hear. The question is whether this issue will sink him in other states. This suggests it will:

In Pennsylvania, some top union leaders were also adamant that they would tell their people to stay home or vote for Trump should Sanders or Warren become the 2020 Democratic nominee. In the Keystone State, Sanders’ commitment to a universal ban on fracking, which will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs in the must-win state, is just a bridge too far.

LFR has frequently said that the Democrats’ opposition to fracking and fossil fuels is their Achilles heel. That’s the thing that puts Democrats in God’s little acre: just east of the rock, just west of the hard place. Some issues have multiple solutions. Energy is a binary choice. If you oppose fossil fuels, you’re the enemy. Period.

This is predictable. Bernie truly believes in Medicare-for-All. What he can’t do anything about is the fact that unions have often negotiated for Cadillac plans, which aren’t taxed, while settling for lower wages. Meanwhile, Bernie is on the wrong side of the fossil fuels issue. Dan Crenshaw and Kevin McCarthy are offering a better way forward:

Congressmen including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, and Dan Crenshaw, of Texas, are pitching the legislation as a common sense alternative to Democrats’ calls for limiting the use of fossil fuels. “There’s this false choice between doing nothing and over regulating,” Crenshaw said. “That would do nothing, because the United States is only 15 percent of emissions.”

International corporations like Exxon-Mobil and Chevron favor a carbon tax, likely because that’s a competition-killer. That doesn’t do anything to fix what’s wrong. Expect union rank-and-file to agree with Republicans on this issue.

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.