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I took yesterday off to go to Ikea because when the going gets tough, the tough start hacking those new nifty Ringblomma Roman shades. Hmmm, can I hang them with Velcro tape…?

Another Fall of Civilizations podcast dropped this morning. This one is on the Han Dynasty. For 2 hours and 24 glorious minutes, Paul M.M. Cooper, one of the hottest voices in the podcast solar system, is transporting me to terra-cotta ruins against a turquoise sky. I keep rewinding to the place where he says the Himalayas “cahst a rainshahdow on the Tibetan plain”. I can’t wait until he gets to the Fall of the American Experiment where “fruit vendors under tattered and sun faded canvas awnings array like sentinels before the steps to the deserted DC Metro. Where once was the percussion of wing tipped feet, now is the susurration of wind stirred leaves of seedling trees emerging from the broken concrete, the music of nature reclaiming its own…”. To die for.

I’m planning to make chicken rice casserole with broccolli for dinner tonight. You’re welcome to join me but I’m not into Mukbang.

In other words, it is possible and recommended to take a break from this annoying primary season. It will still be there when you get back. Some of us don’t get to vote until April, which for this swing state, seems really late. But we’ll see. “Despair is for those who know the end of the story beyond all doubt. We do not.”

One thing is for sure. I will take the fall off from canvassing this year if Bernie wins the nomination. I’m sure his jihadis can handle it without any help from me.

Then I can start thinking about painting my bedroom and making that upholstered headboard I’ve always wanted.

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Bernie wouldn’t be so attractive to millennials and Liz Warren wouldn’t be struggling if Obama had actually passed an affordable healthcare act, fixed the student debt crises, and announced to the world that the FBI was investigating Trump for accepting help from the Russians.

Bad 2008 decisions have dire consequences.

Signed,

The Old Coalition

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  1. Bad 2008 decisions have dire consequences.

    AMEN… the bad decisions have just kept on giving. My favorite being trying to imagine a President Hillary Clinton, refusing to reveal Russian meddling on behalf of tRump to ensure his victory over Barack Obama

  2. It may indeed be necessary for me to completely absent myself from all of this, if Trump wins again. Not that I would not vote or care, but I can skip all of the news, all of the television, all of the articles, because why would I want to immerse myself in any of that for four awful political years?

    But right now, we are probably ten days away from actually getting to the point where the dies are cast, where we have Sanders vs. Trump, and then Trump destroying him with ads. Sometimes I imagine such ads; the music of the Beatles” “Revolution,” “But when you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao/You’re not going to make it with anyone anyhow,” playing over pictures of Sanders in Cuba, statements he made about Castro and Ortega and other Communists..But the Republicans can do all of that for themselves; all the clips the media is showing this morning of Sanders rallies, adulating crowds cheering his bellowing, “Sanders is surging” headlines, will be replaced by those. And there will be nothing we can do about it, we warned them, but they didn’t care, and won’t after they lose, they’ll start yelling about AOC for 2024, and getting a new Speaker. It’s the way of the Radical Left.

    However, there is still some chance to stop this self-generated momentum, but it has to be before Super Tuesday. If Sanders sweeps most of those, no one will dare to stop him. I will say for the last time, that Warren’s gleeful attacks on Bloomberg and company NDAs was an immense boost to Sanders, as it damaged someone who could have made a big showing in those primaries. But Democrats are never very good at thinking strategically, they’ve got their virtuousness to wave around. So Bloomberg is tailing off, BIden might possibly win South Carolina, but there’s nobody else strong enough to make a major dent–unless they all stay in and keep Sanders’ delegates below 40%, but they can’t and won’t. Steyer made the debate tomorrow, and he was a Sanders supporter in 2016, so we’ll see a mix of egotism and Bloomberg attacks from him, as his final hurrah in the race. The irony is that the necessary criticism of Sanders’ past, all the things which would have sunk any other Democrat, will not hurt him with his cult, but will cost him millions of otherwise winnable votes in the general election, and will lose any chance we had to win the Senate, and likely cost us the House, too, some more “eff yous” to the country from the Sanders supporters, gleefully lighting the whole place on fire before they scurry back to their video games, “What a fun time we had, and we sure showed those Democrats.”

    What will we see from the others? Who has enough credentials and clout to make the attacks on Sanders stick? Probably no one now, but we can hope. This should have been done much earlier, but no one did it, except Bloomberg at the last debate, but we do not want to hear from him, because NDAs, and he is a billionaire, and we can’t have that. Actually, this all started taking effect after the 2016 election, and everyone was too depressed, and the DNC was so desperate to pacify Sanders people, that they put everything in place to get us to this terrible point: a belligerent and doctrinaire Socialist who has never accomplished one thing in 30+ years in office, and who is unelectable nationally, against a mad and sick tyrant. Eff them all, but they got us where we are. And of course, 2008 went in the wrong direction, but they had to have Obama; and they got him, and we lost a thousand seats all over the country, and could not even appoint the swing seat to the Supreme Court when it was open. And now we’re waiting for Obama to “weigh in,” to tell us that we must all get behind Sanders. Had he weighed in earlier, and told Democrats not to do so, it might have actually helped, but he would have lost some of his cachet.

    Right now, we are down to hoping that Biden wins South Carolina, Bloomberg and Biden can combine for at least 45% of the vote in Super Tuesday states, and the non-Sanders other can chip in 20% or so; Warren can win MA, and Klobuchar can win MN, and so the message is muted, and Sanders does not have anything close to a majority. Following that, Bloomberg will win Florida (he would win the general election there, too, the only one who would, thus virtually guaranteeing us the Presidency; but yes, I know, NDA and stop and frisk) and New York, Sanders will win most of the rest, though. Then it would be down to enough bravery to deny him the first ballot win, and for the superdelegates to stand up and deny him the nomination. But that would take an awful lot of bravery, and of course we will be warned that if we do that, the Sanders people will rebel and vote for Trump, or stay home, as many of them eagerly did last time, thus putting us here, and so now we have to do what they say. For better or worse, the next week is absolutely crucial.

    • It may indeed be necessary for me to completely absent myself from all of this, if Trump wins again. Not that I would not vote or care, but I can skip all of the news, all of the television, all of the articles, because why would I want to immerse myself in any of that for four awful political years?

      Buck up, William. We may have our disagreements (and who knows, you may end up liking President Sanders midway through his term), but if the worst happens this will still not be the worst the country has been through. Here’s a little inspiration to get you through, Deo nolente, an additional Trump term:

      THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

      – Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776

      When that was written, Washington had been defeated in every single engagement with British forces, losing Long Island and New York City in the process. He had suffered heavy losses and was on the run from overwhelming British forces under General Howe. It seemed a virtual certainty that he and all the members of the Continental Congress would be drawn and quartered and their heads would be decorating Tower Bridge by spring.

      • Propertius, I do appreciate the sentiments.. I wasn’t there then, but we had people who read books, know history, studied philosophy, believed in rationality and the scientific process. Not all of them, of course, but the ones who wrote things like “Common Sense” and the Constitution. There are very few such people in America now, and almost all of them have no power, as the things the Founders feared: religion invading the political process; the rise of extreme factionalism, tyrants and slavish followers; and a general corruption and dishonesty have taken over.

        There is always hope, but there is far more chance of an American dystopia, then utopia. The Religious, anti-intellectual Right has to somehow be uprooted, and as far as I am concerned, the nihilistic parts of the Left, or those on that side who are at heart just as tyrannical as the Right, have to also be stopped. Right now, it looks like we have got the worst of both. I know that you are intelligent, and well read, and not a cultish supporter of anyone. Butt Sanders’ goal to destroy the Democratic Party is not feasible or workable. I hold him substantially responsible for putting us in this position. Three days before the election, he decided to tell everyone that he did not think that most of the supporters of Trump were motivated by racism or hatred. Why would he say that? To give his supporters his imprimatur to vote for Trump, or simply not vote?

        Obviously, I do not think Sanders would win, unless there were some horrible epidemic or crisis which no one wishes for. The Russians don’t think he can win, based on writings there. The Republicans don’t think he can, that is why they are both supporting him for now. Most of the Democrats in Congress don’t think so, either. They could all be wrong, some suggest that because people were wrong about Trump,, they would be here. But that was being wrong about a person running in a party which has billions of dollars, control of the social media and the radio and TV media, took Russian help, and had a renegade part of the FBI on its side. Democrats have none of that. All they can try to do is save some of the Congressional seats. Sanders has done nothing in the last four years to help Congressional candidates or officeholders, he has no interest in them, unless they are as doctrinaire as he is. So it will be every person for himself or herself. He is not Washington at Valley Forge. I can’t think of a good historical analogy for Sanders, but one will probably come to me before the election is over. And if he wins, I wish him the best, he is better than Trump. But I’m pretty sure he will not, and that he’ll drag the entire party down with him., or maybe somehow he’ll win, and they’ll lose, rendering him utterly powerless except to inveigh and threaten like King Lear.

  3. Joe Cannon addressing a Talibern troll:

    “Like most idiot progressives, you fail to understand that most people do not think like you. You’re the opposite of a paranoid: You go around with the delusion that people LIKE you.” 😆

  4. I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Bernie. Let the new coalition carry him, let the jihadis who voted for Jill Stein carry him, let the sexist college bros who complain about Hillary carry him.

    Bernie’s campaign is like revenge of the nerds, but instead of the nerds making things fair for everyone they just want to prove they too can objectify women and get the babe.

    • That’s a pretty interesting comment, seeing as more women voted for Bernie in the Nevada caucus than any other candidate (including either of the women).

      • Caucuses are worthless, favoring fanatics, and those lucky enough to be idle and yet not poor.

    • I’m sorry, have you seen Revenge of the Nerds?

  5. If Bernie wins the primary I hope you will phone bank/ canvass for whichever Democratic senatorial candidate you like in a swing state! At least that’s what I will do. Good insurance in case Bernie blows up, we need take McConnell out of the Majority Leader seat.

    • I don’t think either of my senators are running this year. But West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio are close by…

    • I’ll support any and all down ticket dems. But think about a place like Kentucky – with the right person at the top of the ticket we could elect Amy McGrath and be done with the nightmare that is Moscow Mitch. If those voters see Bernie Sanders at the top of the ticket they won’t vote for her and are going to see the Democratic Party as extremists.

      • Exactly. We could actually win the Senate with someone else on top, and it is a tragedy that all these good candidates are going to lose if Sanders is the nominee. Coincidentally or not, it is what Trump and McConnell and Putin most want. All this buildup to this year’s election, 40 seats in the House from mostly moderate Democratic newcomers, and we are now going to be cheated again by this idiocy? And I would say that for the most part, the Sanders supporters will not work for or support any Senate candidates who are not Bernites, and we saw how rarely he supports anyone, and the ones that he does, all lose. Florida Democrats are running away from him, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, so impressive every time I have seen her, said that she was absolutely opposed to Sanders’ statements about Castro. The media hasn’t covered this, and they should. This is not just “some anti-Sanders Democrats,” these are people holding seats in Congress, who not only oppose Sanders, but know that they will either lose their seat, or be part of a House minority again, with McCarthy or maybe Jordan being the Speaker.

        With Sanders, Democrats will lose Florida by the biggest margin since 1988. Florida is absolutely winnable with a few others, but not even competitive with Sanders. And if Florida is out, and if Sanders cannot win all of VA, PA, MI, WI, and not lose any of the other Hillary states, we lose. Since I don’t think he will win WI, or probably VA, we’ve lost before we’ve started. Again, the media says nothing about this, they are so excited about him winning the Nevada caucus, to not see the forest for the trees, or not care. And the Sanders supporters are so deluded that they don’t even understand, just like they kept thinking that losing all the primaries to Hillary meant that there was rigging–because in their fantasy, Sanders always wins unless he is cheated. Their armor against any of this is that they don’t care if the Democrats are a minority party, do not care if the Republicans win, do not care about anything but their cult and the transitory thrill they will have if Bernie wins the nomination, even if he will be routed in the general election. “Rigged!”

        • Let me ask you a straight-up question, William: why are you a Democrat (assuming you are – this is, after all, the internet)? What do you believe? What positive accomplishments are you expecting from a Democratic presidency? “Not Trump” is an insufficient answer to that question. Just putting a check mark in the win column for “Team D” is not enough. What do you want to do?

          • Actually, getting a traitor to the USA out of the White House is a sufficient answer.

            “Go Team D!” is a sufficient answer when the only alternative is the Treason Party.

          • First, I want to win the election; without that, the rest is wishful thinking. Past that, I would like to win with someone who can actually do something, which means we have to have House and Senate, because the way things go now, the Senate just sits on all the House bills. Executive Orders? The stacked Supreme Court will find the significant ones unconstitutional. So we need someone who can pull in people downticket. I thought that going in, we had a fine chance there, but with the wrong person on top, we do not at all.

            As far as issues, climate change is crucial. Most of our candidates want to do something about it, but again, the Senate will block the bills–unless we have someone who can work with them, maybe trade a climate bill for something else the Rs, want, we do not love, but we can live with. Clinton did some of that, and some hated him for it, but things got done. We also need someone in office who can deal effectively with world leaders. China has to brought into helping the planet, they are the biggest polluter. America above all will not do enough in such matters. Things do not happen just because we want them to.

            Guns are a big concern, something must be done. Again, as some do not want to understand, you have to have a bill get through the Senate. If they block it, there is no bill to sign. I do not know why this is not the biggest subject in any debate, how to win the Senate. Otherwise, we are just idly putting out wish lists to get elected, that have no chance of every coming to pass.

            I’ve voted in all the elections, worked for candidates in a few, always Democrats. There is no other choice in a two party system but to elect Democrats. People who try to run against “the party establishment” are doing much more harm than good, no matter how liberating it may seem for the moment. McGovern didn’t run against the establishment, bu the effect of him and Carter was to set the party back 30 years, to give us Reagan and all that went with that.

  6. LUCIFER/CTHULHU 2020!

    Why settle for the lesser evil? 😈

  7. Bernie wouldn’t be so attractive to millennials and Liz Warren wouldn’t be struggling if Obama had actually passed an affordable healthcare act, fixed the student debt crises, and announced to the world that the FBI was investigating Trump for accepting help from the Russians.

    Of course not, because Hillary would have been cruising to an easy reelection victory this fall with comfortable majorities in both Houses of Congress. Warren would be her Secretary of the Treasury or Fed Chair. Bernie would probably have retired to the lake house, since he would have gotten everything he’s fighting for now. And Obama, of course, would be remembered as the Second Coming of FDR. They might have pushed through a special Act of Congress to get his face put on the currency even though he’s still alive.

    Trump would be plotting the revival of The Apprentice, set in the penitentiary.

    • Yep, Obama, like everyone else who mattered, got caught napping by Putin’s Virtual Pearl Harbor. He thought there was no need to risk his Kumbaya reputation by fighting Moscow Mitch, because Hillary was “going to win anyway”.

      Just like FDR, like nearly everyone else who mattered, got caught napping by the Literal Pearl Harbor. (Those “FDR let it happen” conspiracy theories are nonsense.)

      Nice one, Vlad.

      But, Vlad–do you remember what happened to the country which pulled the original, literal Pearl Harbor?

      WE CUT THEIR SAMURAI BALLS OFF.

      Now they make cars, electronics, and cute schoolgirl cartoons for us.

      • I meant to remove that “nearly” in the second section.

        TurdPress sucks goat mucus.

  8. Since my comment went into moderation for some reason, I will write it in much shorter form, in case it is released!

    Before the Nevada debate, Sanders went to MSNBC President Phil Griffin to complain about allegedly biased coverage against him. I think that this is what is responsible for MSNBC’s current almost fawning coverage of Sanders from the likes of Ari Melber. Trump did this, the Republicans have done it for decades. Try to intimidate the news media, complain ceaselessly about bias. The networks cave, because they don’t want to lose access, or the complainers’ viewership. Hillary never complained about the networks, she is an adult. Sanders is much like Trump, he wants to win via any means,and if part of that is contesting every result, claiming rigging any time he loses, complaining about the network coverage, that is what he will do. Our news media is happy to acquiesce. Few oases left for democracy and the dissemination of truth.

  9. Is Bloomberg going to engage in the heroic suicide mission to go all-out against Sanders, use the long dormant opposition research? It will result in Sanders going against Bloomberg, you said this and that, while the other candidates get to stay above the fray and gain, while Bloomberg may have sacrificed his chance to win the nomination. What some people may not realize is that Bloomberg’s major purpose is to get Trump out of office; and he believes that Sanders will not only lose to him, but lose the Congress, too. As someone who would like to see Bloomberg win, I think that spending all of his debate time attacking Sanders is not going to help Bloomberg very much, but no one else appears capable of or interested in doing it. And he and we should know that if he doesn’t do it now, it will likely be too late, past Super Tuesday.

    • Yes, the oppo dump appears to be happening daily. We had Bernie’s praise of communists on Sunday. Today Bloomberg’s campaign brought up his old writings about rape and toddlers touching genitalia. It’s really too gross to get into but now it’s out there.

  10. Okay, here is my fairly brief rundown of debate impressions last night. It is funny; ever single “pundit” who weights in seems to always favor the person whom they supported before the debate. I guess it is hard to be completely analytical about such things, and that would include me.

    Biden was “the winner,” but by default. Just being forceful, and saying things loudly, and almost threateningly,was not too impressive, it was almost disconcerting. But as they like to say, “he did what he needed to do.” He may now win South Carolina, and be the only contender against Sanders, which is not an appealing thought either way, because I don’t think either would beat Trump, though Biden has a better chance, and would help downticket.

    Bloomberg did pretty well. He is not a great debater, but he handled himself with dignity, did not yell, or complain at the time he had, as some did. As usual, since he seems to be the punching bag at these debates, some focus on a slip where he almost said “bought” Too many people think that slips are all Freudian slips, but the y are not, witness Biden’s gaffes. He may well have been going to say “bought ads” or “bought coverage” I doubt that he or anyone else could buy a Democratt’s election in other states, not with all the money that Koch and Adelson poured int. . Money helps, though. If he could actually buy the election for Democrats this time, I’d be all for it, but he can’t, and he didn’t intend to imply it. I still think he has the best chance to beat Trump, but I think he has dropped to a perhaps non-viable third spot, although people should realize that it will take two opponents to get enough delegates to perhaps stop Sanders. All this, “we need everyone else to drop out but one (Biden) is foolish, he cannot get more delegates than Sanders in primaries. Only Bloomberg staying in, too, might do that.

    Sanders finally got criticized, and of course did not handle it well. But it won’t lose his current support,and remember that many of these have already voted in primaries, a boost for him. One of the candidates scrupulously avoided criticism of him, and indeed went out of her way to praise him, which helped Sanders, as it was intended to do. There is much more opposition research out there against him, and I wonder if we’ll see it. He is still the most likely to get the nomination.

    Buttigieg did his best, went after Sanders, and made the key point about electability. He and Sanders yelling at each other for two minutes, was both a high and low point. Buttigieg can ultimately be irritating, but I suppose all of them can be, over time, it’s like a show that runs over and over.

    Klobuchar is always good, but sadly enough, sort of gets ignored. Why that is, is hard to know, not just because she’s a woman, perhaps because most people, including media, do not want to hear bout actual issues, they want sound bites.

    Steyer was a waste of time and space in this debate.

    Warren I saved for last. I know many here like her a great deal. I will just say that her absolute insistence on spending all of her time attacking Bloomberg, even completely pivoting on a question about something else to attack him some more was very disconcerting. I have actually never seen anything like that in a debate. She is like a Eumenides, pursuing Bloomberg relentlessly. I can only guess that Sanders and she made a pact long ago that Sanders will pick her for VP, and that she is working for him, not herself now. I personally found it very jarring, as if she were playing an assigned role in a play.

    Bottom line, Sanders is still the most likely nominee, Biden the most likely to be the opposition. Not an appealing prospect at all, at what should actually be an early juncture. Biden should win SC, although Republicans will try to swing it to Sanders. On Super Tuesday, Biden will wins some, Sanders will win more. Everyone else will likely drop out except for possibly Bloomberg, whom people will demand to exit, so as to help Biden. But head to head, there are too many primaries where Sanders would beat Biden straight up, including CA and NY, to make this a winning strategy for the “moderates’ in the party. Money will force the withdrawal of the others, which is a shame, though Warren can swing her actual support to Sanders, and keep helping him.

    • I did not see the first few minutes, but likely did not miss much. I largely agree with your synopsis. I was just very sad to see how well Klobuchar did yet it was all for naught. They have almost entirely erased her from the post-debate antics, for what it is worth. I have read somewhere that we should each support a tactical foil for sanders in each state, despite our personal preferences. In other words, support whoever has the best chance of racking up either a win or a lot of delegates in each race according to their perceived chances to do so, taking into consideration demographics and momentum, I suppose. I am personally hoping that Klobuchar stays in until the end, whereby people will be so sick of everyone else, she will win in a brokered convention by default, sharing her tater tots hot dish with all who will partake.

      • lililam I had thought that Klobuchar had a chance in a brokered convention, as acceptable to more people. But I think that there will be tremendous pressure to avoid a brokered convention, which we have not had since 1952. My worry is that Biden wins SC, Sanders wins most of the Super Tuesday states; a bunch of people call for everyone else to drop out, even Bloomberg. If he does, Sanders will simply win a majority, or very close to it, because in a two-person race a plurality is a majority. If he’s anywhere close to 50%, there will be a massive push for Biden to concede to Sanders.

        The only way to stop Sanders, who despite his major issues, still has the cult which will get him at least 30% everywhere, is for as many people to stay in as possible. But money is not going to allow that. A two-person race is almost a sure Sanders victory. The people on TV who suggest otherwise, are either wrong, or just want Sanders. I totally agree about tactical voting: People should vote for Amy in Minnesota, Biden where he is running stronger than Bloomberg, and the converse. I’d say, vote for Warren in Massachusetts, but all her delegates are going to Sanders. It is frustrating that Sanders’ strength is really overrated, but the way this is all set up, could make his nomination inevitable just because of optics and the incessant Bro demands.

        Incidentally, my little foray to the fruit market this morning surprised me, in that, without politicking at all, I found five Bloomberg voters, including a woman who said that just about everyone in her building was voting for him. Based on Twitter, I would have thought that no one was voting for him, but Twitter is about 12% of the voting public. Based on my completely minimal poll, Bloomberg might do better than expected here.

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