Democrat Presidential Candidates: sortof

The Democrat Party has sorta-kinda turned itself into fodder for every comedian. With 21 ‘major’ candidates, there are an additional 200 candidates who have filed appropriate FEC paperwork declaring their candidacy, and five who are still sitting on the fence. There are so many candidates the DNC isn’t exactly sure how to conduct debates.   All Democrats candidates have fiercely stated they will not attend a debate hosted by Fox News, and currently CNN and NBC are the ticketed sponsors.

Surprise!

In order to qualify for the debate there are two threshold criteria: 1.   Attain a minimum of 1% approval based on three approved official polls, and 2.   A candidate must receive donations from a minimum of 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

In addition, private sponsors are hosting ‘forums’ in which only select candidates will debate. For example, Texas University is hosting “She The People” to discuss issues affecting women of color. The agenda includes Corey Booker, Julian Castro, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, Beto, Sanders and Warren.   Thus, one woman of color is included in a debate about women of color.

Castro, Klobuchar and Warren are invited to attend all scheduled Forums.

To date the Democrat polls indicate that Biden is leading with 34%, Sanders 26%, Buttigieg and Harris each hold 9%, Booker and Warren at 5%, Beto 4% and Bullock 1%.

In that it would appear that the race is between Biden and Bernie and the rest are fudgemutton. Rumors are already rampant that the DNC is doing what it does best – deleting Bernie.   Ed Rendell, Chairman of the DNC is an avid Biden supporter who has also commented positively about Amy Klobuchar, leaving an opening for her to potentially be called in as a Biden VP.

Klobuchar, a lawyer, a feminist, accused of unprecedented rage by her office wherein staffers claim she utilizes fear, anger and shame to administrate, with a 36% staff turnover rate – is likely to be seen as a bit over the top. And like nearly all politicians, in 2015 she published her memoire.

Some of her endorsements are rather interesting including; Palestinian Rights, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and various unions.

Both Klobuchar and Biden met in February with Hillary, purportedly to gain insight into campaigning and mud-slinging.   In addition, her campaign financing includes Soros’ son Alex.   As of 12/31/18, she had raised $5.2 million with top contributors from her former law firm Dorsey and Whitney, Delta Airlines, Cargill, and Walt Disney as well as $3 million left over from her Senate campaign. Still her financing is significantly less than her competitors. However given the sheer number of candidates, financing is likely to dry up quickly until the field is cleaned. Roughly $60 million has been handed out so far with Gillibrand and Booker also sitting on Senate campaign financing that could be transferred to the presidential run – or not.

While the media tends to liken a candidates campaign financing with their ‘win’, history has shown this false narrative to fail. Hillary spent nearly twice as much as Trump – and lost. The senate race between Beto and Cruz was one of the priciest campaigns ever and yet Beto lost after raising significantly more money, more than twice Cruz.

Klobuchar seems more hillaryesque than the other dutiful Clintonite, Kamala Harris. When seen together, Harris seems to become a wall-flower by comparison.   Both are attorneys, both have a history of prosecuting and sentencing a disproportionate number of blacks, and both have the filter of a bull in a china shop.

If Biden were to debate either of these candidates, the cabal would surely order a stand-down to allow Biden to shine despite his unsavvy economic and political knowledge base. Brash and bullyish, they could easily make mincemeat of him. Unless ordered not to.   It will be easy to recognize given their lawyerly talents.

Rubio – Was The GOP Debate Rigged?

While the headlines of bloggers evaluate the news that Rubio’s Campaign Press Secretary is the daughter of Fox News VP, Bill Sammon, the crafter of the GOP debate questions, they seem to have missed a point.

While Fox News had a direct conflict of interest – so did Rubio!

With Brooke Sammons tweeting extensively about Rubio’s purported ‘win’ at the debates, and Cruz making the statement that he was being unfairly and unequally attacked by the questions posed to him – Rubio skated. In fact Christie even stated that the questions seemed to be unfairly targeting Cruz while Rubio seemed overly cocky, his answers potentially rehearsed. When responses are too clean, too sharp, too rehearsed, the hairs on my back begin to prickle…

Could Sammon have given the questions to his daughter, Brooke Sammon, so that Rubio could craft answers before the debate?

Definitely a possibility. Sammon has a history and it isn’t all good.

To add fire to the furnace, apparently, the pollster, Frank Luntz, who was asked to air results of the debate immediately afterward is also connected to Rubio. Luntz was hired by Rubio in 2012 to write “100 Innovative Idea’s for Florida’s Future”. Luntz tweeted and tallied and splurged in his raving reviews of Rubio while cashing in on the frenzy. While these relationships should be revealed for their conflict of interest, they weren’t and the silence didn’t just run through Fox News – it ran through Marco Rubio. And that does not bode well for an honest, God driven, man of integrity.

While Fox News purports to be unbiased, this is a rather disingenuous move with one motive – bump up Rubio in the ratings, and attack Cruz and Trump. If it is discovered that Rubio had access to the debate questions beforehand, that could mean the end of his campaign. But the ideal of unbiased is a rock laden road for Sammon who has been caught directing the opinion of his journalists on a number of occasions.

While it is not a media crime to be biased, most stations openly admit their view, others allude to it, and still others are bought out. But Fox’s claim puts each and every journalist into the limelight as they lose credibility with the knowledge that Sammon tells them what to say, what to think, what opinion to have, and who will win in an ‘unbiased format’. It’s like rigging a football game.

Could Rubio and Sammon find themselves in a legal pickle?

There are laws regarding “Ethics” under the US Office of Government Ethics Statute 18 USC; 201 – 209 which detail the code of conduct of all government employees. Conflict of Interest laws require ‘full disclosure’ – Rubio did not comply with that directive.

In addition, Florida has enacted very strict Ethics Laws with respect to past and present government employees and those running for public office. The purpose of these laws is to uphold faith and trust by the People in a government that is not beyond reproach. When that truth is violated, there are consequences in place.

While as a result of Sammon, Fox News may lose viewers, Rubio stands to lose his very core – his integrity as a Presidential candidate.