Detroit Debates, Night One: Democrats Face their Fears

Round 2 of the regular season for the Democratic presidential nomination kicked off Tuesday.  Ten candidates, who were randomly chosen (and better selected than NBC), took the stage this night in Detroit.  The other half, including presumptive former Vice President Joe Biden, will do so on Wednesday.  Candidates did their best to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, with questions from CNN moderators more designed to generate clicks, views, likes, and retweets than actual substance.  A host of issues were addressed, but the theme of this night was fear.

Big Trouble for Big Tech as DOJ announces Antitrust Review

After a good deal of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday it was opening a broad and sweeping antitrust review of some of Big Tech’s biggest firms.  While the department didn’t mention any names, the Wall Street Journal reported it was acting on “new Washington threats” from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.  It is the boldest action yet against the Silicon Valley giants, and comes off the heels of a rocky week on Capitol Hill.  The announcement is sure to attract praise from the likes of both Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)— for different reasons.

Second Quarter Fundraising Separates Democratic Contenders and Pretenders

Following the first debates last month, polling for the Democratic presidential contenders coalesced around five main candidates.  Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg put some distance between themselves and the rest of the two-dozen strong field.  Monday was Disclosure Day for the field, and sure enough, Biden, Bernie, Buttigieg, Warren, and Harris came out on top of the money race.  Money talks, of course.  Not always on its own, but often in echoes.  With debate requirements tightening in the fall, the second quarter numbers offer the best picture yet as to who will go the furthest and who might be going home the soonest.

Is Elizabeth Warren Taking the Leading in California?

The big prize for Democrats is California and many people thought Sen. Kamala Harris would be favored, especially after her strong debate performance. If not Harris, than possibly former Vice President Joe Biden or even Sen. Bernie Sanders who had good showing in the 2016 primary election, in the State of California. However, the latest poll had Sen. Elizabeth Warren in first place, Harris in second by only a very thin margin, with Biden now down to third. If Harris can’t secure her home state in the Primary, her chances of success are thin.

Are the Ladies Jumping to the Front of the Line? A Simple View of the 4 Democratic Leaders

Former Vice President Joe Biden former (D) is down but not out. He needs to find a working message. He is always being attacked and focusing solely on Trump is not working. He has failed to draw big rally crowds or a mass following. He holds the best pathway to the nomination but he is loosing steam even faster than most people believed he would. At the presidential scale, he is a poor candidate but a very likable guy. It appears he hardly ever controls or leads the conversation and often seems to be rambling.

The Democratic Field: Ladies Up, Biden Down, Hickenlooper Out?

While it would be foolish to extrapolate an entire football season after week one, it can often be revealing as to which teams are moving in which directions.  The first debates of the 2019-20 presidential primary season must’ve had quite an effect on the pollsters, donors, activists, and staffs.  The playoffs may not start until next year, but there has already been considerable movement in each area— and at least one semi-major candidate is ready to push the panic button.

Nationalize Healthcare? Sanders, Warren, & Harris (3 of the Top 4 Democrats) Say Yes

According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, the leaders for Demoractic Presidential nomination are (first place) former Vice President Joe Biden (D), (second place) Sen. Bernie Sander (D), (third place) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), and (forth place) Sen. Kamala Harris. Three of the top four Democratic candidates are planing on nationalizing our health care system according their latest debate answers.

Dem Debate Night 1: Selling Voters What They Don’t Want

It was derided as the kids’ table debate, and it’s safe to say Wednesday night’s opening act lived down to the hype.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and nine challengers in single digits took the stage in Miami for NBC’s first Democratic debate of the 2019-20 presidential campaign.  Emphasizing their similarities, few stood out positively from the field.  The first group of ten (with ten more coming Thursday night) debated health care, immigration, foreign policy, and how to run against an unpopular president when things are going well.

Sanders’ Speech Muddies the Waters on Socialism

For someone who speaks so often, and so fondly, of “democratic socialism,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems to have no idea what it is.  On Wednesday, the two-time independent candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination delivered a “major speech,” entitled “How Democratic Socialism Is the Only Way to Defeat Oligarchy and Authoritarianism.”  It was the second time he has attempted to describe this utopian society entirely free from want.  And, just as in 2015, he left all but his most dedicated Berners wanting.

Biden vs Warren: Polls/Pathway? Biden. Crowd Size? Warren.

Source: Realclearpolitics.com

Polls: Biden

On polls, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) has about a 20 point lead over Sen Elizabeth Warren (D). Remember polls are not very accurate if the people being polled don’t trust the poll takers. With that said Biden has the clear advantage. Studies say that if the poll recipient believes there is evidence of a biases or polarity to their own personal belief or to what they are personally representing, they will not be completed forthright.

Democratic Debate Bubble Watch: Who’s In and Out

Spirituality guru, self-help author, and one-time congressional candidate, Marianne Williamson, qualified for a spot in the first series of Democratic debates on Thursday. A friend of Oprah Winfrey, Williamson’s previous experience in electoral politics was in 2014, when she finished fourth in California’s jungle primary, for the congressional seat currently occupied by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

Elizabeth Warren Goes to War Against Fox News for Inviting Her to a Televised Town Hall

If Trump can call CNN, MSNBC, and others news outlets fake news, Elizabeth Warren Senator (D) now demonstrated she could be on the same warpath calling Fox News a Hate-for-profit Racket.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that she rejected an invitation from Fox News to participate in a town hall with the network. She denounced Fox News as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

Who Will Be in the Next Democratic Cabinet?

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announced his run for the presidency on Tuesday. He did so without the endorsement of Montana’s Democratic Senator, Jon Tester, and while struggling to name an accomplishment he was most proud of in his six years as governor. Democrats had hoped he would run against Montana’s other Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT), and are reportedly still pleading with him to change his mind.

Gov. Bullock is now the 22nd candidate to announce a run for the Democratic pennant, with more possibly on the way. Not all of them can be the nominee, and with several potential candidates currently polling at 0%, it’s questionable how many of them really want to be.

It’s Complicated: Facebook’s Relationship With Civil Society

Facebook made headlines Thursday, banning several media personalities from their social media platforms, calling them “dangerous.”  That is, multiple media outlets reported the bans before they actually took place.  Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan, Paul Joseph Watson, and Infowars creator Alex Jones still had control of their Facebook and Instagram accounts several hours after their bans were reported by the press.

Infowars’ status as a proscribed entity seems particularly unique.  In a move usually reserved for terrorist organizations, all official and unofficial pages and content has been removed.  Infowars content posted by ordinary users will be removed.  Repeat violators of this policy will themselves be banned.

Is Elizabeth Warren Making a Presidential Move?

Our article on April 27 had Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) on April 27 fifth among Democratic primary candidates at 6.3%. Today the Real Clear Politics Poll has her in third place at 8.8%.  It appears she flipped places with Senator Kamala Harris (D) who was in 3rd who is now polling in 5th during the same time frame.

Warren, out of the vast number of candidates running for president in 2020, has the most ideas and is the most policy driven–such as breaking up Big Tech and protecting public lands. She appears to be the Democratic Party’s  “academia candidate.”