Just for neatness sake I'll try to reply to everything in this one post.
- First, never look to The Young Turks for anything. Cenk is a piece of shit and they are nothing but a propaganda outlet for Bernie... and, given Cenk's past, I'm not sure that's not just to ensure Democrats don't
win. Anything you see from Young Turks, whether you like it or dislike it, you better research, because they're notorious for dishonesty.
That said, Mayor Pete does have problems that'll need to be faced. He's the one I'd like most to see as President because he's the smartest person running, but, just because I'd like him the most doesn't mean he's ideal. He has a big problem attracting the African-American vote, and that's a big factor and I'm not sure he can get around it. The Bernie coalition is already being herded into hating
him, mostly because he's proving to be a threat to Bernie's ascendancy.
As much as I bag on the right (and oh man, they do
deserve all the slamming I give them, and more -- they're fucking idiots
), the left's got a lot of easily-herded morons, too. Dems have a bad tendency to be susceptible to just hating
whoever isn't their preferred candidate, and a lot of 'em take orders almost as well as their counterparts on the right. Right now Mayor Pete is being groomed as the big-bad-boogeyman and I'm hearing the far-left morons claim "I'll never vote for him, blah-blah-blah." That's just fucking stupid.
Anybody you meet who says "I'll never vote for _______________" when that person's running against Trump? Punch that person in the face. I fucking hate Bernie's ass, I think he'd be a terrible
president and would ruin the Democrats' reputation for decades if he got a chance to get in there and fail as spectacularly as he would... but I'd still
vote for him over Trump, no hesitation, no question, because nobody
is as bad as what's in there now.
So do not play the "I won't vote for _________" game and don't tolerate anyone who does. That's idiocy and that's what got us Trump the last time.
- Tulsi Gabbard's got no traction at all. I'm not sure why anybody's still even thinking about her. Unless she pulls a Jill Stein and tries to run independently, just out of her own vanity, she isn't a factor in anything. The only people really looking at her are the Joe Rogan crowd who want to re-elect Trump and would like to make her some kind of spoiler. I highly doubt that's gonna happen. She's not big enough to reach boogeyman status, so I wouldn't waste time considering her, at least at this point.
- Warren does have her own problems (as does every candidate running), but I don't count her as unviable as Bernie, for the simple reason that she does
have plans. Even though it's basically the same platform as Bernie, things are a little different when you have a wonk who's able to articulate how these things might be accomplished. Bernie had none
of that. Bernie is a See'N'Say who repeats the same things over and over, and when pressed on how it'll be done he gives you some vague "blah-blah-noun-verb-REVOLUTION!
" horseshit that was already past its sell-by date in 1967. His "plans" are "millions of young people will march on Washington and demand it!" And that's already been tried and it didn't do a goddamn thing except occasionally make the left look silly and un-serious (the drum-circles at Occupy Wall Street -- once you've got some doofus pounding on a PVC bucket thinking he's "changing" anything, you're done), or they were well-meant but ineffective (have we changed gun laws yet? Nope). That's not a "plan," that's just a group activity to make people feel like they're "doing something." To change things, you're going to have to build consensus and make real laws. Bernie has ZERO
-- zuh-ee-ROW -- track record of managing to do that. Warren, at least, understands how things work and has the potential to get somewhere with it. Bernie just finger-wags and has an old-man-tantrum if you question him.
Bernie is in this because he's a vain old hippie and this is the first time in his life anybody's actually given him attention, and he can't get enough of it. He, honestly, isn't that far removed from Trump in the narcissism department. He's not as malignant as Trump, he means well, but he's full of the same horseshit. 85% of what he says is just the leftie version of "Mexico will pay for it." And, like I've said before, a lot of his plans aren't a whole lot different than Alan Ginsburg claiming he'd chant and levitate the Pentagon.
Warren has many of the same ideas... but she has a lot more skills and understanding of how things work and the limitations she's facing. So, no, I don't count her out completely. I think she'd be a lot harder sell than somebody more toward the middle... but, I'm not against her, either. She does have ideas, and ideas are good. And she's better at selling them. Bernie doesn't have much appeal to thinking people... he's all emotion. Free this, free that, and don't we all hate billionaires and want revenge on 'em? That's not a way to run anything. Eventually, you need plans.
Warren understands that and that's why she's not futile. Although she does face a lot of that same anti-socialist headwind.
But, one thing to remember, team-sports-conservatives are gonna call anybody
the Democrats nominate a "socialist." They called Obama that, and anybody who knows anything about "socialism" has to laugh their ass off at that. (I've also heard some Republicans try to claim, in more recent years, that Obama was actually "conservative" because they try to explain all the success he had... really, conservatives can't make up their minds about much, not even about what they believe. All they know is they want everything good to be to their credit, and everything bad to be the other side's blame. They're children.)
So, we'll get called "socialist" regardless... but, it's a lot easier to convince the middle that that's hogwash if the candidate running doesn't do things like praise Castro... which Bernie has done. And Warren hasn't.
Anyway, I've got no front-runner at this time, I'm waiting to see how things play out and not letting myself get caught up in the "I hate so-and-so" game (other than hating Bernie, but that ain't a game, and I've got justifications for that). I'll happily back whoever we put out there. And I'm not anti-Warren... but, ignoring that she is going to have some electability problems is unwise and unrealistic. But, the same goes for Biden or Buttigeig. They've all got some things they're going to have to get around.
And Trump -- other than to his cultists, who are brainwashed to the bone -- has more things-to-get-around than anybody.
I really don't see how any intelligent, decent human being can even consider
that scumbag again. You have to be in deep denial about the realities of the world to even entertain the thought.