Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Most Popular Senator: Bernie; Least: McConnell

Along with President Donald Trump's declining support across the country, approval ratings for nearly all senators went down in their home states during the third quarter. The period overlapped with several unsuccessful Republican-led attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to Morning Consult's latest Senator Approval Rankings -- compiled from a poll of 255,120 registered voters in 50 states from July 1 to Sept. 30 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is yet again America's least popular senator. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains America's most popular senator.

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Let's ignore this. We prefer to keep losing elections.

-The DNC

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-01 07:42 PM

The key to winning elections isn't inspiring masses of voters by fighting against the elites, it's taking donations from banks and corporations and hoping no one notices! It's been working great so far!

-The DNC

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-01 07:47 PM

Speak, your point would be better if Bernie ran as a Democrat, which he refuses to do.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-11-01 08:03 PM

A year of Russian propaganda is still having effects I see.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-01 08:09 PM

Speaks... singing my song.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-01 08:21 PM

- if Bernie ran as a Democrat

They already rejected granpappy diaperass. booted his commie crew too.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-01 08:25 PM

Speak, your point would be better if Bernie ran as a Democrat, which he refuses to do.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer

Yeah he doesn't run as a democrat because then he'd have to spend all his time on the phone begging for money from the same corrupt elites they do.

If the DNC became an actual party for liberals, and not corporate puppets in liberal clothes, bernie would probably sign right up.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-01 08:33 PM

Lively discussion on "On Point" on NPR this evening. Go to the site and find "Democrats divided over future of party." My takeaway, from what I heard in the car driving home from work, was that Dems would be more likely to inspire new voters and create a majority with a clearly stated, progressive platform, rather than trying to win over the wishy-washy middle with bland, unfocused centrism. It's not enough simply to oppose Trump, defensible though that might be. www.wbur.org

And yes, Mitch McConnell is, unfortunately, my senator.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-01 10:08 PM

If the DNC became an actual party for liberals, and not corporate puppets in liberal clothes, bernie would probably sign right up.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-01 08:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'll become a sexy starlette before that happens.

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-01 10:56 PM

#9 Send your headshots to Harvey.

#10 | Posted by squinch at 2017-11-01 11:42 PM

Bernie Sanders Sits Out a Tight Race in Virginia After His Candidate Falls Short

www.thedailybeast.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-01 11:59 PM

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-1

Yes it is always nice to see what the Web site that has Chelsea Clinton sitting on its board, the DailyBeast has to say about Bernie Sanders

#12 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-11-02 12:25 AM

Morning Joe: Bernie Sanders Group Will Not Endorse Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor

www.youtube.com

Virginia Governor's Race Isn't Just About the Candidates

Bernie Sanders and Steve Bannon aren't running, but they're shadow-campaigning.

www.bloomberg.com

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 01:31 AM

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2

First off whats not backing him is the organization Our Revolution, for what ever reason Our Revolution decided not to back Ralph Northmam

Bernie Sanders founded the Group Our Revelation but he does not control it.

Keith Ellison just had a fund raiser for Ralph Northmam he is part of the Bernie Sanders group left in the DNC that has not been kicked out.

#14 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-11-02 02:58 AM

"Yeah he doesn't run as a democrat because then he'd have to spend all his time on the phone begging for money from the same corrupt elites they do." - #7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-01 08:33 PM

Running as a Democrat Senator Sanders would have to spend all his time raising money in order to be reelected in Vermont?

But he wouldn't have to do that running as an independent in Vermont?

You might want to rethink your "logic" there.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-02 11:43 AM

Running as a Democrat Senator Sanders would have to spend all his time raising money in order to be reelected in Vermont?

But he wouldn't have to do that running as an independent in Vermont?

You might want to rethink your "logic" there.

#15 | Posted by Hans

That's the reality of the current DNC - they make their politicians beg for money from the party from rich donors, to the point where this becomes their main activity, time wise.

He does not have to do that as an (I) from vermont.

His record, his intergrity, his refusal to sell out to corporate money and big donor is all he needs - it makes regular americans more than happy to fund his campaigns becuase they are so desperate to have someone they can really beleive will fight for them. ALL the dems could have the same fundraising success if they had the courage to do what's right.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 01:24 PM

*FOR the party

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 01:24 PM

#8 depends on what policy planks they focus on.

Identity politics? Say hello to four more years of DOTUS Trump.

Economic policies aimed towards revitalizing the middle class and improving livelihoods? They'll have a shot.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-02 03:33 PM

www.cnn.com

"Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile, in newly released excerpts of her forthcoming book, alleges that an unethical agreement was signed between Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the DNC to keep the party financially afloat. "

Gosh I guess Brazille is just a misogynist too huh?

"Sanders had the option to raise money for the DNC and state parties but decided not to do it because it would have been politically difficult for the candidate to slam the DNC in public while raising money for them in private. Sanders had largely eschewed fundraisers, too."

That's why people trust sanders - he earns it.
And it's why no one trusts hillary - she earned it.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 05:14 PM

"in newly released excerpts of her forthcoming book"

Oh, that's why she's coming out with story now.

"Sanders had the option to raise money for the DNC and state parties but decided not to do it because it would have been politically difficult for the candidate to slam the DNC in public while raising money for them in private. Sanders had largely eschewed fundraisers, too."

That's why people trust sanders - he earns it.
And it's why no one trusts hillary - she earned it."

I get why people don't trust Hillary (and Bill). I don't get why they trust Bernie. If he hated the DNC so much, he shouldn't have run as a Democrat, but he knew he couldn't do that. He needed to use the DNC and the Democratic party to give his campaign visibility. He didn't care about the Democratic party, never contributed to it in anyway, but he wanted to use their platform to give himself the chance to compete he wouldn't have had otherwise. In that way, he didn't earn the trust of a lot of Democrats. Bernie "eschewed fundraisers," but then he got mad at people who had them. It seems to me Bernie wanted to be the beneficiary of those fundraisers and the Democratic party brand name while at the same time dissing both.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 05:31 PM

#20 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Spoken like a true Belieber.

#21 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-02 05:39 PM

I get why people don't trust Hillary (and Bill). I don't get why they trust Bernie. If he hated the DNC so much, he shouldn't have run as a Democrat, but he knew he couldn't do that. He needed to use the DNC and the Democratic party to give his campaign visibility. He didn't care about the Democratic party, never contributed to it in anyway

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Are you kidding? He showed them the path to the future. He showed them what happens when you abandon corporate donors and bankers and fight for the average american - you get enthusiasm in return, and enthusiasm is the key to winning elections, not donor money.

It's not his fault they're too stupid and corrupt to follow his lead.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 06:07 PM

"you get enthusiasm in return, and enthusiasm is the key to winning elections, not donor money."

I still think Bernie, like Trump, ran on a Santa Clause platform, i.e., whatever you want for Christmas you can have: free healthcare, free college, etc. Who wouldn't be enthusiastic about that? I hope the Democratic party follows him, but I also hope they reign in some of his excessive promises. Universal healthcare but not free universal healthcare. Something more like Medicare-for-All with low/reasonable/manageable deductibles, co-pays, premiums etc. I like the idea of free universal healthcare he proposed, but I don't think it is likely to pass, and if it did, it wouldn't be sustainable. I know, I know--promise the stars and hope for the moon. It's just that overpromising has it's drawbacks. For example, promising "you can keep your doctor" didn't turn out so well of Obamacare.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 07:47 PM

- ran on a Santa Clause platform

As opposed to the private corporate speech, private gated mansion party platform.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-02 07:51 PM

I still think Bernie, like Trump, ran on a Santa Clause platform, i.e., whatever you want for Christmas you can have: free healthcare, free college, etc. Who wouldn't be enthusiastic about that? I hope the Democratic party follows him, but I also hope they reign in some of his excessive promises.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Why? Trump WON with excessive promises. Why can republicans make them, while democrats have to be realistic?

People know a politician can't do EVERYTHING, but they want a clear vision of the direction you want to go.

"Be realistic" LOST in 2016. Stop saying we should try it again.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 08:19 PM

"Stop saying we should try it again."

Excuse me, but I can say whatever I want. You can disagree with me and explain why, but you don't get to tell me what I can and cannot say. Thanks.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 08:21 PM

Excuse me, but I can say whatever I want. You can disagree with me and explain why, but you don't get to tell me what I can and cannot say. Thanks.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Sure you can. YOu can refuse to learn the obvious lesson smacking you in the face, and continue to lose and get smacked in the face. The problem is, until you learn, the rest of us have to suffer along with you. So please hurry it up.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 08:26 PM

#27 Sorry, Speaks, I don't listen to people who insult me as you are doing.

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 08:31 PM

#27 Sorry, Speaks, I don't listen to people who insult me as you are doing.

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Can you point to the insult in that post?

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 08:32 PM

#29

There is no insult per se, but it's an incredibly condescending post.

Save that kind of stuff for me. Gal is a classy woman and she deserves better.

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-02 08:37 PM

Trump WON with excessive promises.

Mostly because he had no hope of winning and actually have to come though on them.

He did win, but has no hope of coming though. Hence the great unraveling.

#31 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-02 08:42 PM

"There is no insult per se, but it's an incredibly condescending post."

Correctomundo. The insult is implied: I, Speaks, know the obvious truth, and you, Gal, are too stupid to see it despite the fact that it is smacking you in the face. Oh, and btw, your stupidity is causing the rest of us to suffer.

Geez Louise, if only I had such power. I would could actually be dangerous.

PS JJ, you can be a sweetheart when you want to be, but I won't tell anyone. ;-)

#32 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 08:44 PM

but I won't tell anyone. ;-)

#32 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

I appreciate that. :-)

#33 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-02 08:47 PM

#31 I posted a link earlier to GOP Congressman Peter King talking about how his constituents who are Trump voters feel about the GOP tax plan. He said, "They feel betrayed."

#34 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 08:49 PM

PS JJ, you can be a sweetheart when you want to be, but I won't tell anyone. ;-)

#32 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

I'm actually almost always a sweetheart. Except when I'm dealing with climate change deniers, trump supporters, or democrats who refuse to fix or even admit to the obvious glaring problem with their party. Those 3 groups are so destructive to so many people that they deserve no sweetness from me.

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 08:50 PM

#35 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

You're at your absolute best when trying to deal with Shawn. What happened to that guy, anyway?

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-02 08:51 PM

#27 Speaks, of course, you can say whatever you want to me (that's not bannable). This is the Retort after all. I just reserve the right to decide whether to listen to you or not.

#37 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 08:53 PM

You're at your absolute best when trying to deal with Shawn. What happened to that guy, anyway?

Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-02 08:51 PM | Reply

Wiped clean off of the Retort.

#38 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-02 08:55 PM

Wiped clean off of the Retort.

#38 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Really?

Rcade must have thought he was obfuscating too much.

#39 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-02 09:14 PM

Really?

Rcade must have thought he was obfuscating too much.

Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-02 09:14 PM | Reply

Yep his blog redirects to the front page.

#40 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-02 09:16 PM

You're at your absolute best when trying to deal with Shawn. What happened to that guy, anyway?

#36 | Posted by JeffJ

He's been replaced by a few other idiots parroting the same ridiculous fallacy about how there's "NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PARTIES. NONE."

Sadly, some of them are sanders supporters.

#41 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 09:30 PM

#27 Speaks, of course, you can say whatever you want to me (that's not bannable). This is the Retort after all. I just reserve the right to decide whether to listen to you or not.

#37 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

I don't care if you listen to me. I just want you to listen to the electorate.

The latest democrat corporate puppet couldnt beat donald the ----- grabber trump. What is the electorate trying to tell you?

#42 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-02 09:31 PM

I don't vote according to what the electorate dictates and neither to you. If you did, according to your theory, you would have voted for Trump.

#43 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 09:34 PM

"I'm actually almost always a sweetheart."

Okay, I'll take your word for it. BTW, I'm not the enemy. Most Hilary supporters aren't. We're just ordinary Americans, to use Bernie's phrase.

#44 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 09:41 PM

"NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PARTIES. NONE."

Like no difference between a Catholic and a Protestant. Just different ways of worshipping the same god.

#45 | Posted by Ray at 2017-11-02 09:42 PM

#44 You may think we are stupid, uniformed, gullible, delusional and so on, but most of us aren't evil.

#46 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 09:51 PM

#46 And most of us didn't take the positions we took with malicious intent but rather hoping for the best.

#47 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-02 10:20 PM

#46 And most of us didn't take the positions we took with malicious intent but rather hoping for the best.

#47 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

That's fine. But at least learn from your mistake or you'll have to repeat it.
The american voters rejected a corporate puppet on the dems side. They demanded populism.

Are you going to support another corporate puppet democrat in 2020?

#48 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-03 01:22 PM

#48 Since I don't judge these things the same way you do, I might from your perspective.

#49 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-03 01:27 PM

#48 Since I don't judge these things the same way you do, I might from your perspective.

#49 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

And that's why republicans are kicking dem's asses. Repubs are listening to their base.

Dems must just love losing.

#50 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-03 01:49 PM

The only hope for liberals is a strong independent liberal party.

Let the Dem's own the center since they've abandoned the left.

We don't need their corporate money, or warhawk contacts.

#51 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-03 02:01 PM

The only hope for liberals is a strong independent liberal party.

Let the Dem's own the center since they've abandoned the left.

We don't need their corporate money, or warhawk contacts.

#51 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Sure split the dems in half. That's a NEW way to keep losing.

#52 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-03 02:09 PM

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