Bernie Sanders is Here to Help Re-Elect Donald Trump

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Bernie Sanders has a very low opinion of the Democratic Party and he will continue to make this known well into the 2020 presidential election cycle:

An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse.

A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that neither age nor interest from a glut of progressive presidential prospects would dissuade him from undertaking a second shot at the presidency. And as Sanders’ brain trust gathered for a retreat in Vermont over the weekend, some spoke openly about a 2020 White House bid as if it was almost a foregone conclusion.

There’s a lot of money to be made from dividing the left and helping Trump get re-elected. I’ll bet the checks are already flowing into his campaign. Would you believe that Jeff Weaver is back on board as well?

“This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press, highlighting the senator’s proven ability to generate massive fundraising through small-dollar donations and his ready-made network of staff and volunteers.

Weaver added: “It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs again, in terms of the size of the operation.”

Amid the enthusiasm — and there was plenty in Burlington as the Sanders Institute convened his celebrity supporters, former campaign staff and progressive policy leaders — there were also signs of cracks in Sanders’ political base. His loyalists are sizing up a prospective 2020 Democratic field likely to feature a collection of ambitious liberal leaders — and not the establishment-minded Hillary Clinton.

Instead, a new generation of outspoken Democrats such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris are expected to seek the Democratic nomination. All three have embraced Sanders’ call for “Medicare for All” and a $15 minimum wage, among other policy priorities he helped bring into the Democratic mainstream in the Trump era.

So, despite the fact that the Democratic Party ran on healthcare in 2018 and won at least 40 seats in the House, it’s still not “progressive” enough for Sanders and his supporters. Despite the fact that we had a slate of great candidates who lost because of systemic voter suppression, it’s still not good enough. And, despite the fact that we’re running against a criminal enterprise dressed up in the false legitimacy of the presidency, there’s no desire to shut off the grifting so we can take back the country.

The Democratic National Committee, and the party as a whole, had better wake up to the threat Sanders poses. He is operating on two fronts—one, he wants to denigrate the party and reduce it to where it was after Reagan and Bush and, two, he wants to fundraise like crazy so that he can starve it of funds. This is an existential threat to not only Democrats but also to democracy in America.

There will always be an insurrection from the left against the Democratic Party. Smart people know this, and they know how to prepare for the primary season ahead. Anyone who enters the race and fails to have a plan to deal with Bernie and his supporters is committing political malpractice.

I don’t know if he really wants things to get so bad that Americans blindly turn to overt socialism or if he just wants to obtain some form of payback for what he perceives to be a number of slights. I do know this—ignore what Sanders is doing at your peril.

George Herbert Walker Bush 1924-2018

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Everyone is lauding the classy, dignified manner in which George H. W. Bush surrendered the presidency on January 20, 1993. What they should remember is how Bush pardoned people on his way out the door because that’s exactly what Trump is going to do unless he is removed from office.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 -- Six years after the arms-for-hostages scandal began to cast a shadow that would darken two Administrations, President Bush today granted full pardons to six former officials in Ronald Reagan's Administration, including former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger.

Mr. Weinberger was scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 5 on charges that he lied to Congress about his knowledge of the arms sales to Iran and efforts by other countries to help underwrite the Nicaraguan rebels, a case that was expected to focus on Mr. Weinberger's private notes that contain references to Mr. Bush's endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran.

In one remaining facet of the inquiry, the independent prosecutor, Lawrence E. Walsh, plans to review a 1986 campaign diary kept by Mr. Bush. Mr. Walsh has characterized the President's failure to turn over the diary until now as misconduct.

Decapitated Walsh Efforts

But in a single stroke, Mr. Bush swept away one conviction, three guilty pleas and two pending cases, virtually decapitating what was left of Mr. Walsh's effort, which began in 1986. Mr. Bush's decision was announced by the White House in a printed statement after the President left for Camp David, where he will spend the Christmas holiday.

Mr. Walsh bitterly condemned the President's action, charging that 'the Iran-contra cover-up, which has continued for more than six years, has now been completed.'

Mr. Walsh directed his heaviest fire at Mr. Bush over the pardon of Mr. Weinberger, whose trial would have given the prosecutor a last chance to explore the role in the affair of senior Reagan officials, including Mr. Bush's actions as Vice President.

'Evidence of Conspiracy'

Mr. Walsh hinted that Mr. Bush's pardon of Mr. Weinberger and the President's own role in the affair could be related. For the first time, he charged that Mr. Weinberger's notes about the secret decision to sell arms to Iran, a central piece of evidence in the case against the former Pentagon chief, included 'evidence of a conspiracy among the highest ranking Reagan Administration officials to lie to Congress and the American public.'

The prosecutor charged that Mr. Weinberger's efforts to hide his notes may have 'forestalled impeachment proceedings against President Reagan' and formed part of a pattern of 'deception and obstruction.' On Dec. 11, Mr. Walsh said he discovered 'misconduct' in Mr. Bush's failure to turn over what the prosecutor said were the President's own 'highly relevant contemporaneous notes, despite repeated requests for such documents.'

The notes, in the form of a campaign diary that Mr. Bush compiled after the elections in November 1986, are in the process of being turned over to Mr. Walsh, who said, 'In light of President Bush's own misconduct, we are gravely concerned about his decision to pardon others who lied to Congress and obstructed official investigations.'

In an interview on the 'McNeil-Lehrer Newshour' tonight, Mr. Walsh said for the first time that Mr. Bush was a subject of his investigation. The term 'subject,' as it has been used by Mr. Walsh's prosecutors, is broadly defined as someone involved in events under scrutiny, but who falls short of being a target, or a person likely to be charged with a crime. In the inquiry into the entire Iran-contra affair, a number of Government officials have been identified as subjects who were never charged with wrongdoing.

The lawlessness of the Trump Regime was made possible by the hundred-plus convicted felons who served in the Reagan Administration and the way Bush left office. Yeah, yeah—rest in peace. Many, many untold thousands and thousands of people are dead in Central America because of what Bush and his ilk got away with.

Politically Unacceptable No Matter What

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What the hell is this?

One idea considered for the proposed Trump Tower in Moscow was to offer Russian President Vladimir Putin the penthouse, according to Felix Sater, who was working on the project with Michael Cohen.

Sater, a Russian-born onetime business associate of Trump's, described the concept as a "marketing ploy" and explained that the idea was to try to enhance the value and attraction for buyers by having Putin in the building.

BuzzFeed, which first reported on the plan, reported that Cohen, who was then-candidate Donald Trump's attorney, had discussed the idea with a representative of Putin's press secretary, citing two law enforcement sources. The penthouse was planned to be valued at $50 million but gifted to Putin, BuzzFeed reported.

I realize we have moved well past the idea that you could expect any self-identifying Republican in this country to express even a minuscule amount of outrage over something that Trump has done, but, wow.

From a distant, overhead perspective, how in the hell is this politically viable and acceptable to any American citizen, regardless of their party affiliation? You would have to be completely naive and willfully obtuse not to see how this is so far outside the realm of normal behavior. I guess you would have to already by a sick, damaged individual with no self-awareness to think this was fine.

Only a Republican - only Trump - could get away with this.

Good grief.