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Old 02-05-2016, 06:21 PM   #886
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This thread desperately needs Uncle Joe to jump in.

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Old 02-05-2016, 06:21 PM   #887
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That is absolute nonsense about gay people. She has by far the strongest support of any candidate from the gay community. Are they all just being duped? I don't think so.
Well, they are being duped since Clinton didn't come out in favor of gay marriage until it was about to be legalized nationwide...plenty on the left have supported it for years and even decades. Once the public polling finally reached above 50% in favor of same sex marriage, that's when Clinton decided it would be beneficial to come out in support.
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Your posts underscore the fundamental circularity of the political spectrum for me.
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Well, this is kind of a big deal...latest Quinnipiac poll has Sanders behind Clinton by only 6 points...they began conducting that poll before the Iowa caucus.



The last national poll from that same firm? December 21st with Clinton holding a 31 point advantage.



Again, I have to ask why so may people think Bernie's chances are improbable when he continues to close the gap with Clinton. If he could gain 25 points on her in about a month, then what's 6 more by Super Tuesday a month from now?

I think he excites young voters, but will they come out?
Some Dems will just stay home because they know 90% of his platform is impossible and his age scares them.

But I think the biggest factor against him is the other side, last time they had a huge turnout against someone they framed as a socialist, what will they do when he actually is?

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Progressives don't vote for the Iraq War.

Progressives don't wait to support gay rights and the blocking of the Tar Sands pipeline and TPP until it's politically popular to do so.

Progressives don't say they support universal health care without trying to obtain universal health care.

Progressives aren't war hawks.

Progressives don't call themselves moderates if they're in a swing state or queue up a fake Southern accent if they're in the lower half of the country.

Progressives don't say they're anti-Citizens United, yet have a Super PAC.

Progressives don't say they'll reform Wall Street without immediately attempting to break up the banks.


People don't consider Clinton authentic because of her constantly fluctuating opinions on the issues to whatever suits her. She has never actually been a liberal candidate in the slightest. Nor can we really trust her to deliver on progressive policies when her husband signed NAFTA, the repeal of Glass-Steagall and drastically cut welfare.

Finally, her "liberal group" endorsements are mostly hot air. Planned Parenthood for example. That was a top-down endorsement from the leader of PP who happens to have worked for the Clintons in the 90s and whose daughter is working on the Clinton campaign. If you investigate further as a lot of left-leaning sites did, you'll find that most of the organizations that have endorsed Clinton have come from the top-down rather than a vote and they're almost always headed by someone with extremely close Clinton connections.

Clinton's core support system happens to be people voting out of name recognition and/or fear that Bernie is unelectable. That's it. Most of them are old, uninformed and scared that one of these Republican clowns could actually win (no chance). There is nothing that any true liberal gets out of a Clinton Presidency that Sanders couldn't do better. And again, she will NOT get shit done either with a Republican congress. Unless of course she plans to sign conservative legislation like her husband did in the second half of his Presidency.

This is probably true, but I guess the question is does one go with pragmatism and get things done or idealism and get very little done?

Does the libertarian keep voting libertarian knowing they're giving their vote to the other side, or do they compromise and vote for the one closest to their ideals that may have a chance?


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Are you missing something here Irvine? Or just messing with LN7?

I think he's been hitting the nail on the head about my view on women the whole time. Simply put, I'm not a fan.
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You won't get anything done with pragmatism in this case. Clinton will have a Republican House, so she won't be able to pass leftist legislation. It's that simple and it's the same problem Obama has faced throughout his Presidency...

So, if you're screwed either way, why not have Bernie in there who will take things further to the left in terms of executive orders, court appointments, etc? Makes sense to me.

Also, Sanders' plan to have millions marching in the streets demanding, say, a minimum wage increase is at least an attempt to try and persuade Republican legislators. Clinton will just throw up her hands, blame the GOP and then move on to accomplishing nothing.

And, again, I don't trust Clinton to not sell out the social welfare net just to say she accomplished something in her Presidency...Bill did this with welfare reform and I can just imagine the Wall Street funded Mrs. Clinton deciding to agree with Republicans to raise the age for Social Security, for example.

And then there's foreign policy...Clinton voted for the Iraq War. 'Nuff said.

And again, Clinton voted for the Iraq War. It burned her eight years ago and I hope it burns her again. Thousands of American lives lost with plenty of Democrats voting for the catastrophe because it was the politically opportunistic thing to do at the time. Nothing can ever erase that disregard for morality.



Also, the article I was referring to earlier was in error. In fact, that Quinnipiac poll actually has Sanders down by only 2 points according to both the poll itself and everywhere else it's been plastered (news articles, FiveThirtyEight, etc.)...that truly is remarkable and it also shows that the general public really doesn't start paying attention until the primaries are actually under way.
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I think he's been hitting the nail on the head about my view on women the whole time. Simply put, I'm not a fan.


You know, you can always disagree with me on anything, including whatever tone or assumptions you think are implicit in my posts. I think I'm fairly reasonable to debate with. No need to be evasive.

To my knowledge, you've never come out on this forum, nor do you draw from personal experience as a source for your political stances (as I do).
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Also, that same touted Quinnipiac poll had more national matchups...

Sanders beats Trump by 10 points, Ted Cruz by four and ties Marco Rubio.

Clinton beats Trump by 5 points, ties Ted Cruz and loses to Rubio by 7 points.


And net favorability nationwide? Trump is at negative 25, Clinton at negative 17 while Sanders and Rubio have positive points at 9 and 14 respectively. I really think Rubio as the nominee is someone to worry about and there is an off-chance that Latinos flock to his cause which could really tip the balance.


It's just like 2008 all over again where Clinton tried to say she was more electable yet every poll showed Obama doing better in head-to-head matchups. Sanders absolutely kills with independents who don't belong to either party (they made up a huge share of his Iowa "tie" and are making up a huge chunk of his NH polling support). People trust the guy and that matters a lot.
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A question, what do Hillary fans/supporters make of her admiration for Henry Kissinger?

(Even if I was even mildly sympathetic to Hillary, that would have been more than enough for me to oppose her.)
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You know, you can always disagree with me on anything, including whatever tone or assumptions you think are implicit in my posts. I think I'm fairly reasonable to debate with. No need to be evasive.

To my knowledge, you've never come out on this forum, nor do you draw from personal experience as a source for your political stances (as I do).
If I am aware of it, I think you just haven't paid close enough attention.
I only venture into the dedicated thread when there's some big news/discussion like the Indiana stuff last year and I've known for quite some time.
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Clinton loses to Rubio by 7 points.


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More and more I get the sense that this is where we're heading.
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I guess I missed it.

Though I don't know how relevant to the discussion at hand it actually is. Gays can disagree on the credibility of the "evolution" of democrats on LGBT issues. It seems that the issue was more with me and whatever my perceived posting style is rather than with HRC.

Perhaps it's because I do feel like I'm a solo voice in here that my posts come off more sweeping than intended.

That also doesn't make me incorrect.
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Perhaps it's because I do feel like I'm a solo voice in here that my posts come off more sweeping than intended.

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I think that was his main point, not necessarily who was right or wrong.

Anyway lets get back to discussing how punchable Ted Cruz' face is.
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I think that was his main point, not necessarily who was right or wrong.



Anyway lets get back to discussing how punchable Ted Cruz' face is.


Gay or not, my small disagreements still stand.

I also think that characterizing my posts as speaking for all gay people, everywhere, is entirely unfair.
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