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Obama Campaign Manager: “Bernie Can’t Win in 2020”

Former Deputy Chief of Staff and 2012 Obama campaign manager Jim Messina doesn’t think Bernie can beat Trump in 2020. During an interview on ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Messina said the Vermont socialist senator would likely be one of the “final two or three candidates” thanks to some Democratic National Committee rules changes, but that would not be enough because Bernie cannot mobilize the moderates needed to win the election. “The three Democrats who have won the presidency in my lifetime-Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama-have been able to do both.” Messina is absolutely correct, but we’re really going to enjoy watching Bernie make the hard sell of socialism to those who aren’t buying it.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Appearing on the Wednesday episode of ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, former deputy chief of staff and 2012 campaign manager for President Barack Obama, Jim Messina, stated that he doesn’t believe Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) can beat Trump in 2020.

Messina first noted that Sanders would likely be one of the “final two or three candidates” in the Democratic primaries due in part to his team, which, “over the last four years, in delegate meeting after delegate meeting, and DNC meeting after DNC meeting … got the rules changed in a way that really, really helps [Sanders].”

When host Jonathan Karl asked what it would mean for the Democrats to nominate Bernie Sanders, Messina spoke about the internal struggle currently roiling the candidates, which has to do with the direction in which to take the party.

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Leftist “Shadowy” Dark Money Rigging Elections

Millions of dollars from the seemingly limitless left-wing organizations and individuals are pouring in for the common cause of defeating President Trump in 2020. According to a report: “Together, these groups form an interlocking network of ‘dark money’ pop-up groups and other fiscally sponsored projects, all afloat in a half-billion-dollar ocean of cash.” The “hydra-like” network raked in $1.6 billion between 2013 and 2017 to promote a left-wing agenda. Worse, if the four “sister” groups were tallied as one, it would be the 22nd largest public charity in America, higher even than the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Clinton Foundation. We might even say there is a vast left-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against Donald Trump since the day he announced for president…which might sound a bit familiar Hillary was unavailable for comment on this story.

Here’s more from Fox News…

An expansive network of “shadowy” dark money donors has grown to rival the influence of the conservative Koch network — pumping millions into left-wing causes ranging from health care to climate change to abortion — all while flying well under the radar of public scrutiny, according to an explosive new report obtained by Fox News.

The report, by conservative watchdog Capital Research Center, describes a band of nonprofits operating under the banner of Washington-based philanthropy company Arabella Advisors. Those “pop up groups” are housed in four Arabella-controlled “sister” nonprofits, according to the report: the New Venture Fund, Sixteen Thirty Fund, Hopewell Fund and Windward Fund.

“Together, these groups form an interlocking network of ‘dark money’ pop-up groups and other fiscally sponsored projects, all afloat in a half-billion-dollar ocean of cash,” the report says. “The real puppeteer, though, is Arabella Advisors, which has managed to largely conceal its role in coordinating so much of the professional Left’s infrastructure under a mask of ‘philanthropy.’”

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Beto Start Over?

Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 campaign is showing signs of flailing about as much as his arms. The failed Senate candidate shot off from the fund-raising starting line raking in a cool $6.1 million in a day but has since been bested by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is not actually a candidate…yet. What’s more is that Beto appears to be high-centered among the now 18-strong gaggle of Democrats vying to oust Trump. Even more ominous may be the signs that Beto is failing miserably in the Midwest, as he veers further Left in his rhetoric with newcomer Mayor Pete Buttigieg the newest recipient of the media’s drooling. All in all, Beto could likely become just another political obituary in the cemetery of heir apparents that never got past Iowa. Time will tell.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Beto O’Rourke’s campaign to be president started out well enough, but things haven’t exactly taken off as expected for the former Member of Congress and once-failed Senate candidate from Texas.

O’Rourke’s fundraising began with a bang; the candidate, who had never before launched a national campaign, raised $6.1 million in under 24 hours, besting a previous record set by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). But unlike Sanders, O’Rourke’s numbers haven’t gone up since he announced his interest in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and according to Politico, he’s mired in the middle of the pack, competing against only second-string candidates.

Sanders is “far ahead” in both polling and fundraising (though he’s still running several points behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn’t even entered the race yet), and O’Rourke is now trailing South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who quickly supplanted O’Rourke as the young upstart Democratic “golden child,” raising an impressive $7 million in just a few days on the stump, and drawing much larger crowds and much more media attention.

 

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FEC Complaint: AOC Ran “Subsidy Scheme”

A new Federal Election Commission complaint alleges that socialist darling Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Saikat Chakrabarti, her campaign manager, ran a “subsidy scheme” in violation of campaign finance laws to fund her campaign for Congress. The complaint, obtained by Fox News, alleges that Chakrabarti’s group Brand New Congress LLC undercharged clients, such as Ocasio-Cortez. It could afford to do so because, in turn, it was subsidizing its losses with PAC money from Justice Democrats PAC and Brand New Congress PAC. If true, this is highly illegal and could lead to jail time. We expect more than a few centrist Democrats are quietly wringing their hands at the opportunity to rid themselves of this stain on their party. All the more reason we hope AOC beats the charges; she’s the best gift to conservatives since, well, Hillary.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her campaign manager ran a “subsidy scheme,” according to a new Federal Election Commission complaint that alleges they abused campaign finance laws.

The complaint, filed Wednesday, claims Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, her campaign manager, used PAC money funneled through an LLC to “subsidize cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value.”

The complaint, obtained by Fox News, alleges Chakrabarti’s group Brand New Congress LLC, which took on Ocasio-Cortez on as a client, was charging clients under market value and subsidizing losses with PAC money; therefore, providing candidates who signed on to the LLC with illegal campaign contributions.

 

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Senate Dems Launch Attack on Electoral College

Already under fire in nearly a dozen states across America, the Electoral College is now under attack by a group of Senate Democrats who want to abolish it just in time for 2020. At least one of the Left’s presidential candidates is already championing the measure. Democratic candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (CA) defended her support, arguing: “The Electoral College has distorted the outcome of elections and disenfranchised millions of voters, and I think that’s wrong.” If successful, abolishing the Electoral College would turn America’s presidential election into a mob rule popularity contest run by large cities and the most populated states in the U.S., such as New York and California. A similar measure has already been introduced in the House by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN). Leave it to Leftist Democrats to undermine the framers’ wisdom and let the outcome of presidential elections be determined by mass hysteria. Memo to the left: Athens is calling; they want their instrument of self-destruction back.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A group of Democratic senators on Tuesday introduced a measure to do away with the Electoral College, picking up on a talking point that has caught fire in the 2020 Democratic presidential field.

The measure serves as companion legislation to one put forward in the House by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and counts one presidential candidate — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — among its co-sponsors. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California and Brian Schatz of Hawaii also sponsored the resolution.

The Electoral College has been the focus of renewed Democratic criticism in the wake of President Trump’s 2016 win. While he defeated Hillary Clinton in the electoral vote, he lost the popular vote by 2.9 million ballots.

“Before the 2000 election, I introduced a bipartisan resolution to amend the Constitution and create a system of direct election for presidents,” Durbin said in a statement.

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2020 Dems Change the Subject

Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are not following the mainstream media’s delusional doubling down on the Russia collusion conspiracy in the wake of the Mueller report but rather are attempting to avoid the dumpster fire altogether. Minnesota Senator Amy Kobluchar steered clear of any drama with a simple tweet for transparency, opining, “The entire Mueller report must be made public.” She then shifted to a safer topic: gun control. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey did more or less the same thing, tweeting, “The American public deserves the full report and findings from the Mueller investigation immediately-not just the in-house summary from a Trump administration official.” Then at a BET town hall, Booker chose to focus on sentencing reform as opposed to the Mueller report. Senator Kamala Harris (CA) made a similar call for transparency before calling for federal subsidies for teachers. This should be viewed as a tip of the hand: Democrats don’t want to be held to the standard of inquisition to which they held our president. So the GOP should oblige that pre-Mueller report standard and wonder aloud, “What did Obama know, and when did he know it?”

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The Democrats’ 2020 presidential candidates are downplaying and distancing themselves from the Mueller report as fast as they can tweet.

“The entire Mueller report must be made public,” said a no-risk tweet from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who declined to make any risky claims about coverups or impeachment promises. Her next tweet changed the subject to gun rights, asking, “How many more children will be hurt by gun violence — directly or indirectly — before we listen to their voices, take action and pass sensible gun safety legislation?”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker adopted the same low-risk approach:

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Warren Targets the Electoral College for Takedown

In the wake of Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) is throwing her support behind Left wing agenda to abolish the Electoral College system. According to The Hill, Warren told attendees at a Mississippi town hall on Monday that “every vote matters.” She couched it in terms of candidates ignoring such states as California and Mississippi and focusing on the battleground states, such as Florida, Texas, and Virginia. Similar pushes to abolish the system put into place by our Founding Fathers to prevent mob rule have also been attacked by socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has already called for a “reassessment” of the Electoral College. Memo to the Left: we’re not fooled by your faux populism. No Electoral College means the most populous states (mostly blue) decide the president; smaller states (largely rural red) get the shaft. Thanks but no thanks.

Here’s more from The Hill…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday called for abolishing the Electoral College and moving to a national popular vote for presidential elections.

Warren, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said during a CNN town hall in Mississippi that her view “is that every vote matters.”

“And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” she added.

Warren added that she wanted to push the message in Mississippi because, during a general election, “candidates don’t come to places like Mississippi” or other non-swing states.”

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History is on President Trump’s Side

History is working for President Donald Trump ahead of his 2020 reelection bid, and it centers on making the economy work again for flyover country and overall public satisfaction with life as “pretty good and getting better.” Despite the polar politicking by the MSM, President Trump’s “Mexico will pay for it” is akin to Bush’s “no new taxes,” and when the rubber meets the road in 2020, voters actually can say they’re better off than they were four years ago.

Here’s more from American Greatness…

Each week, as the thundering host of Democratic seekers of their party’s 2020 presidential nomination scramble for attention and try to outflank their rivals to the left, that party rolls out a new policy proposal that lurches further away from where the solid center of American politics has always resided. The most transformative presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, to adapt a sports metaphor, moved center-field, 10 yards to the left under Roosevelt, and 10 yards to the right under Reagan, but always between the 30-yard lines.

In the five elections between 1876 and 1892, the popular vote was always very close, and the Democrats actually led four times, losing in 1880 by only 2,000 votes out of 9 million cast (James A. Garfield defeated Winfield S. Hancock). Even so, their candidate was only victorious twice; both times with Grover Cleveland.The Republicans ran as the party of Lincoln and Grant and victory in the Civil War, and kept expanding veterans’ pensions more widely among their families. The Democrats prevented the emancipated slaves from voting in the South, states they won en bloc, while they rounded up immigrant and working-class votes with their political machines in the great cities of the North and Midwest.

 

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Wealthy Socialist Sanders not Walking the Walk

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) finds no apparent hypocrisy in the fact that he wants to blast America’s wealthy (“income inequality!”) and give their money to the poor, while he owns three houses and makes millions of dollars. Far from the grassroots economic populist that he pretends to be, The Bern in 2016 bought a $575,000 lakefront house in Vermont in addition to his row house in Washington, D.C. and yet another home in Burlington, Vermont. This is the same man who tweeted in 2017: “How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can’t have it all.” According to a Fox News report, Bernie has also earned more than $1 million annually in recent years, which is chump change compared with most Senate Democrats. In a word: typical.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., entered the 2020 presidential race this week promising to transform America with a left-wing vision of economic and environmental justice. But the self-described democratic socialist’s high-end income, multiple houses and fondness for air travel have already opened him up to criticism that his lifestyle doesn’t always match the rhetoric.

Sanders has pitched himself as a grassroots economic populist, focusing on income inequality and higher taxes for the rich.

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Democrats Reject “Moderate” Label

Democrats vying for the 2020 ticket are afraid of being labeled “moderate.” Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) told Rachel Maddow, “I think [voters] should see me as a progressive because I believe in progress, and I have worked towards progress my whole life.” Then there’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). She’s hopping on Beto’s bandwagon not only to oppose President Trump’s efforts to build a border wall but also to tear down existing sections of it! In an election where being a “centrist” may be key to winning “flyover country,” the Left’s contenders don’t seem to care much. With the Democrats tacking hard to the Left, they’re leaving the center wide open for Trump to cultivate. Let the circus begin.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is highlighting her work bridging the political divide as she embarks on a 2020 presidential campaign – just don’t call her a “moderate.”

The day after the Minnesota Democrat declared her candidacy, she pushed back against the label, telling Rachel Maddow, “I think [voters] should see me as a progressive because I believe in progress and I have worked towards progress my whole life.”

The senator then touted a litany of “progressive” accomplishments during her years in Washington and at the state level.

The response underscored how even those candidates considered within the party’s center-left are reluctant to be seen as somehow ignoring the wishes of the – vocal and influential – liberal base. The label “moderate” is scorned, avoided as a potentially fatal term in a primary campaign stacked with left-wing heavyweights like Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who speak glowingly of big-government policies like the Green New Deal. Most recently, populist firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday launched his second straight bid for the Democratic nomination.

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