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No matter what… Hillary gets the delegates!

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(My new American Thinker post)

Do the Democrats think that we are this stupid? I guess so! You win a caucus by coin flips, get blown out in a primary but you are on your way to win the nomination.

It reminds me of watching the Mexico 1988 presidential results with friends and business colleagues. It was very intense and the ruling party was losing all over the country. Suddenly the computers broke down at the Electoral Commission. A few hours later, the computers came back on and the ruling party won a majority of the vote!  

According to news reports, Hillary Clinton leads Senator Sanders in the delegate count:

In the battle for primary votes, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight battle.

But you wouldn’t know it to look at the superdelegates. In the unseen battle for these party insiders, Clinton has an overwhelming lead. Of the 712 Democratic superdelegates, 449 (or about 63 percent) currently support Clinton, according to the latest Associated Press survey of superdelegates. Only 19 support Sanders. (AP did not reach 62 superdelegates, and 182 remained uncommitted or undecided.)

It’s stuff like this, as well as Sanders’ refusal to talk about the emails, that makes me wonder just how serious he is about winning.

First, how does he explain to his supporters? They lose 6 coin flips in Iowa and then win 60-40% in New Hampshire but have little to show for it. Why isn’t Senator “everything is rigged” Sanders screaming about this!   

Second, what does this say about the Clinton campaign? It tells me that they bought every insurance policy under the sun to protect her from any repeat of 2008.  

There is something smelly about a nomination process that is so stacked for one candidate. In fact, it is so one-sided that we shouldn’t call it a nomination but rather a de facto coronation Broadway play with a full cast of characters: the Queen in waiting, her court jester husband speaking to empty seats plus a bunch of 65-something feminists who have not had this much fun since Helen Reddy sang “I am woman hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore…”

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February 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

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Did they say that about Obamacare at the debate?

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(My new American Thinker post)

The post-football Democrat debate came and went, and we can say a couple of things:

1) National security did not come up until the second half of the questions.  We can blame this on the moderators or the party leadership.  Maybe the party wanted to get to the pandering before reality.  Either way, it’s hard to see how our next president is going to spend more time on guns than ISIS.

2) Hillary Clinton is good on her feet.  I hope that the GOP remembers that.  She may be dishonest, but she can charm the 47% who will vote for her no matter what.  Her knowledge of details means that the GOP candidate had better study up.  She is also going to go after the black vote by supporting Obama all the way!

Nevertheless, the most interesting part is what they said about Obamacare, as Paul Mirengoff commented:

Sanders wants universal health care coverage and points out that Obamacare leaves 29 million Americans uninsured. 

Clinton says that universal coverage is her goal too, but doesn’t want another contentious debate, and thus prefers to make Obamacare better. 

So ObamaCare left 29 million uninsured?  How did that happen?  

Sanders also made a reference to the many underinsured, along with a reference to the high deductibles and co-pay amounts in the plans.

I just hope that the GOP candidate reminds Hillary or Bernie in the debates that Obamacare fell short and turned out to be rather expensive.  In other words, it didn’t work!

And that we have a better plan to replace it with!    

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January 19, 2016 at 7:00 am

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The Democrat crackup has been coming for some time

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(My new American Thinker post)

The Sanders-Clinton story is hitting a lot of people between the eyes, specially so many in the media obsessed with GOP divisions.   We are not denying problems on our side of the aisle. However, it’s about time for the media to check out what’s going on the left side of the street.

In other words, the cracking you hear from the Democrats is very genuine.

The Democrat started in the 1990s when the Clinton presidency threw so many liberals under the bus to survive politically.   

The crack was really evident on Election Day 2000 when 4 million liberals voted for Nader and very likely made the Bush victory possible.   

What if Gore had won in 2000? The crackup would have hit the party like a nuclear attack. A Gore victory, and the very likely possibility that he would have invaded Iraq after 9/11, would have put Nader back in the race in 2004. My guess is that Nader 2004 would have gotten more than 4 million votes and turn Gore into a one-term president. Last, but not least, the 2004 Democrat Convention would have made Chicago 1968 look orderly.   

The crackup was delayed by the Bush presidency and the Iraq War, the same one that most Democrats supported.  
In 2008, Obama came out of nowhere to give the anti-war wing a voice and something to get excited about.  

My point is that the Bush victories and the Iraq War brought the Democrats together. It gave them a Bush to hate and something to agree with.

It’s 2016 and the chickens have finally come to roost, to borrow a popular phrase from a recent election. Yes, the chickens are flying back and aiming for Hillary Clinton, as Kimberly Stroessel wrote this weekend:

These movements and activists (who also embrace the gun debate, and the women’s-rights debate, and socialized health-care debate) are now the beating heart of the Democratic Party. And they are rallying around Mr. Sanders. MoveOn.org has endorsed Bernie. The liberal Nation magazine has endorsed him. Bill McKibben, the head of 350.org, has endorsed him. Jodie Evans, the co-founder of the antiwar group Codepink has endorsed him. Celebrity activists likeSusan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo are feeling the Bern.

Mrs. Clinton keeps insisting that she’s not “nervous at all” about the nomination. She should be. True, Mrs. Clinton has a powerful organization and strengths, and she is lurching left to capture these new progressive voters. But the blunt reality is that the Democratic Party, of which the Clintons have long been the titular heads, isn’t really their party any more.

We don’t know for sure what the Democrats will look like in six months. Hillary Clinton may get nominated by super delegates who will force her on the party. However, it’s hard to see how she picks up the pieces that started to break up when her husband was president.

Which party is cracking up? My money is on the Democrats cracking up between an active left wing and a shrinking moderate base. It’s hard to see how you put these groups on the same side to live happily ever after.
 

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January 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

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The week in review with Bill Katz, editor of Urgent Agenda

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January 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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December 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm

The week in review with Bill Katz,the editor of Urgent Agenda.

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December 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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November 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Thank God that Texas A&M was playing on the other channel

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(My new American Thinker post)

The bad news is that the Democrats had a debate. The good news is that there was a lot to flip to on the other channels, from the Aggies to the Mavericks to a John Wayne movie. I don’t recall using the remote so much in my whole life!

Once again, the world saw what the modern Democrat party looks like:

1) a nice old man who still thinks that the Woodstock soundtrack is topping the charts. Mr Sanders is a New England gentleman but it’s hard to see how any taxpayer can take his rhetoric seriously;

2) a woman named Clinton who changes positions so often that she may soon tells us that she really didn’t vote for Obama after all; and,
3) the former mayor of Baltimore, a man who is probably setting himself up for 2020.   What else could he be doing in the 2016 debate?

We got pretty much what we expected: Everything is Bush’s fault and I hate the Iraq War. The moderators tried to ask questions about the mess in the world but the candidates just avoided them.

Who cares about foreign policy in the modern Democrat party anyway?

On domestic policy, we got the long list of promises that the rich will pay for.

At one point, Senator Sanders said that we are the only nation that does not guarantee health care for all. Isn’t that what ObamaCare was supposed to be about? Was I living in a different planet for the last 7 years?

On gun control, they cited this poll and that poll. However, they couldn’t answer the question about President Obama failing to get Senate Democrat majorities to do a thing about gun control.

As with immigration reform, the Democrats love to talk about this and that but then never deliver when they have the votes.

On foreign policy, Mrs Clinton took a shot at President Obama’s containment comment but did not explain how she would defeat ISIS.

They’re all talking about forming a coalition. However, the only coalition that I remember is the one that President Bush put together to invade Iraq. What coalition have President Obama and Secretary Kerry put together?

It was so boring that even CBS News stopped the debate early:

CBS brought in the second Democratic debate seven minutes under time, giving Iowa Democrats the chance to catch the end of the No. 5-ranked Hawkeyes’ game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The candidates began their closing statements with more than 10 minutes to go until the scheduled 11 p.m. conclusion, with Bernie Sanders finishing his at 9:52 p.m. local time. Moderator John Dickerson cut to a commercial break, returning with final thoughts from the panel and a teaser for the next debate on CBS for the Republicans on Feb. 13 in South Carolina.

Overall, it was a waste of time, specially since Mrs Clinton has it all wrapped up anyway. Clinton has the super delegates, or her insurance policy that no 2016 Obama spoils the nomination that she’s entitled to!

It’s hard to believe that this is the party that once nominated FDR, Truman, JFK and LBJ.

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November 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.

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November 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Saturday’s Democrat debate: The Twilight Zone

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I will post something about the Democrat debate later……the Democrats are nothing but a pathetic version of a leftist European party……….they won’t fight terrorists but will defend abortion at any time……their entire economic policy is to tax whatever income you make………..

this applies perfectly:

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”

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November 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

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