Don’t worry. The field will be winnowed down soon.
Don’t open that if you don’t want an educated and healthy population!
I could not recite the names of all of these candidates if I ever had to. It has gotten beyond silly. Let’s hope some of these people start dropping away soon. No, I don’t have any in mind, partly because of the conditions I stated in my first sentence.
It’s good to have choices. Limiting the number of those choices…bad, very bad.
The problem with this many candidates is the lengths many of them will have to go to to get noticed. There’s only so much funding to go around and it’s starting to line up behind the more viable candidates. Hopefully the field will be down to a reasonable number soon. Otherwise some of these nitwits will be promising us a million bucks each and the ability to fly like Superman.
Do not, under any circumstances, open the ’Con alternative without a hazmat suit.
The sad part is that Ariail most likely believes the nonsense he gets from Limbaugh and foxnews personalities.
It looks like the can got relabeled from 2016. Hopefully the results will be different.
Several are obviously doing Senate runs early, getting the name out in Red states while nobody else is speaking. Others are just getting the name out for publicity or for polling tests. Name has to be known before a serious run at the POTUS spot.
Much of this is a game. There are actually about five candidates.
Short on material, are we?
Don’t you guys support ANY progressive ideas…Republican starts with the same letter as regressive….long live the R…!
The length some will go to.. for a brief moment in front of a camera…
Any Democrat is better than the turd in the White House!!!
Only socialist tax cuts for billionaires are allowed under republican rule.
Free Stuff. I have a problem with the word ´stuff´. Education, Transportation, and Healthcare are human rights, not stuff.
@OldCoal and @martens, I agree. This is about positioning the party as much as it is people running themselves up the flagpole, so to speak.
We’re already seeing some polarization taking place, I think:
1. The “leftists” – the people I think of as actual liberals, and none of them are “socialists” offering “free stuff” — that’s just ignorant on Ariail’s part: Warren, Harris, Sanders. Pretty much all in the FDR/New Deal tradition, with incremental progressive movement. A subsection of them are pushing hard on voters’ rights
2. The “young white guy” – Beto, Mayor Pete, and their ilk: socially liberal, but very (too) willing to compromise — I suspect this is old politics in a new package for the most part, and they’d be willing to go along with the powers that be or cave to the GOP hard-liners. (Mayor Pete reminds me of a gay Romney, if you look at his history.) As white guys, they’re “safer” candidates, but have a veneer of progressivism. “Hey, I know he bulldozed people’s homes who got screwed over by mortgage companies, but look, he’s gay!”
3. The old Democrats: Joe “I’m the adult in the race” Biden. Entitled old-party hacks, centrist Republicans in Democratic clothing (remembering that Obama’s positions weren’t far from George H. W. Bush). Relative to current positioning, Joe is precisely where Jeb Bush was at this time in 2015, and I wouldn’t weep to see him get hammered in Iowa and New Hampshire, but he probably won’t.
…any one of which would be infinitely better than the dotard.
Ariail is supposed to be a centrist. I guess he decided to show his true colors.
I suppose the Republicans crowd in ’12 was better, Bob. After all, look at what floated to the top.
Socialism = benefits for the middle class
green new deal = lowering pollution to help our environment
higher taxes = for billionaires who pay little or nothing
open borders = no more killing children in cages
medicare for all = healthcare as a right
free stuff = a society that respects more than CEOs and Corporations getting free stuff
Identity politics = equality
Sounds good to me, just don’t let the whiny conservative write your label for you.
“Socialism”— like the government paying farmers who can’t sell their produce because of tariffs imposed by the government?
“Simplism” to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, and error is Ariail’s sole forte. His sole goal is to feed the fire, not contain it, much less extinguish it. That’s not objective journalism; that’s provocative disinformation intended to obscure the truth. Shame on him.
At least none of them is running under the slogan of “and we’ll make Mexico pay for it!”.
It’s just the FREEDOM of choice. Is that no longer allowed?
As the toddler in chief throws a temper tantrum today saying there will be no infrastructure improvements until ALL investigations are stopped. I’ll take anyone in your can of sardines Mr. Ariail over this idiot.
“Platitudes”??!! From where I sit, Publican rhetoric consists of nothing but platitudes. Well, also straw men.
Ariail should be willing to give up his “free stuff” – don’t drive on public roads, don’t call the police or fire department, pay for your own water outside of municipal sources, don’t accept any public education, don’t go to the library, etc.
Education, healthcare, food, housing need to be supported. Amazing that the alleged “family values” “Christians” care more for the rich than the poor, the opposite of what Jesus would do.
The ingredients list would never pass the FDA test, even as it’s now being run. Not one Democrat (nor Bernie) advocates “open borders”. And of course, “Socialism” is an entirely different beast from “Communism” on one side and “Democratic Socialism” on the other. I agree that the rest of it’s fairly on point:
Green New Deal: Yup. We want to have a discussion about how to cope with the current state of denial about climate change. It’s not a policy, it’s a talking point.
Higher taxes: Yup: On the excessively rich. And on corporations that currently pay little or no tax… or even get credits against taxes that exceed the amount they might have paid.
Medicare for All: Only a GOPist can imagine that not providing health care for citizens is a good thing. We’re the last of the “advanced” nations to adopt such an idea and our health outcomes show that contrary to what the GOP (and health corporations) trumpet, we are not doing it right!
Free Stuff: Well, no. But stuff we want from the taxes we pay as opposed to stuff that just makes the excessively rich even more excessive. Things like the insane (literally) amount of military spending. How about, instead, we see to it that no US citizen graduates from college with more debt than 1/4 the full price of a house in the community where they went to school. And make the interest be no more than the annual amount of inflation.
Identity politics: Yup. Politics based on the people who actually live here. I fail to see how this is in any way a bad thing. Seriously. Are you a white, male, assterisk? Vote for GOPist candidate. Are you hispanic? Vote for someone who speaks your language. Totally OK.
The Republicans have been playing the “white, male (only, not women) identity” card for years. It’s time we REALLY called them on it, our politicians talking around it.
Wow, an awful lot of work for a rock stupid message.
The real scare, and danger, is that Republicans started with 16 jerks, and we ended up with the worst of ‘em. Of course, Dems still have to reach a lot deeper in the barrel to find anything as slimy and corrupt as Bonespurs.
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