Still the Least Insane Democrat Running for President


I disagree with Rep. Gabbard on a great many issues, but at least she seems to have thought through most of her policies—and she’s willing to stand up to the Progressive mob when she disagrees with them.

UPDATE—Over at Instapundit Prof. Reynolds observes that “Trump’s okay with this, as it will divide the country between the crazy, and the non-crazy, in his favor.”

Running for Second Place


T. A. Frank has a piece over at Vanity Fair titled VEEPSTAKES 2020: WHICH DEMOCRATS ARE SECRETLY RUNNING FOR SECOND PLACE?. He concludes that Bernie Sanders is not enough of a team player to take the number two spot. He also notes that the press hates Tulsi Gabbard, so she’s probably too controversial to be selected as the Veep candidate. The rest of the pack seem to be keeping the Veep option open.

Warren might be a safe choice if Bernie wins the top spot. Harris would be good playing the tough cop role in contrast to the top nominee’s good cop. Booker could balance a ticket for Biden. Frank sees the others as lack seasoning, as too weird, or … here’s the best line in the piece—

Some politicians are empty suits, but Beto O’Rourke avoids the problem by dressing casual.

Read the whole thing.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


A pro-abortion candidate for the Democrat’s presidential nomination tweeted this—Of course, dead babies can no longer be mistreated, but still …

BTW, when Harris was a prosecutor in California, she did nothing to change that state’s legal procedures which separate the children of detained parents from those parents.

An Unintended Consequence


Hillary Clinton carried Colorado during the 2016 election, but when the state’s electors met to vote, one of them refused to vote for her. The Colorado Secretary of State replaced that elector with one who would vote for Clinton. The original elector sued the Secretary of State, claiming that his removal was illegal and that the State could not bind him to vote in a particular way. Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the elector’s favor.

One consequence of a state’s inability to bind electors to vote a particular way is that the states who are members of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact cannot legally require their electors to cast their votes in any particular way.

The Democrats’ plan to sabotage the Electoral College may have been stopped by the action of a Democrat elector.

Success Is Not An Option


Paul Mirengoff has a post over at PowerLine about why Kamala Harris is dropping in the polls. Among the reasons he suggest is her record as a prosecutor in California.

Her main problems, though, stem from her time as a prosecutor. I think they are symptomatic of problems that Democrats will have running for president if they were actually in charge of something governmental.

There was a time when running something governmental, as opposed to being a legislator, appeared to be an advantage in a presidential run. State Houses were a fertile ground for successful presidential candidates.

But that was before the Democratic Party turned sharply to the left. Now, the things one must do as an elected state official, such as prosecuting criminals, are likely to upset the left.

Congresscritters can promise pie in the sky with ice cream by and by, vote for the Right Causes, never actually deliver (Bernie as a total of three bills passed into law) all that free stuff (Bernie as a total of three bills passed into law)—and still stay in the good graces of the Democrat base.

With Harris stuck at 5 percent, along with Pete Buttigieg who governs a city, the three poll leaders are Senators or former Senators. I don’t count Biden’s vice presidential days as running anything. Nor should Sanders’s time as mayor of Burlington, Vermont 30 years ago count for much. (As for Hillary Clinton, the most recent Democratic nominee, her Senate time caused fewer woes than her time running the State Department).

Read the whole thing.

I believe Mirengoff is correct. We should expect the Democrats to nominate a candidate without a record of successfully making things happen in the Real World but with plenty of politically correct legislative votes.

El Paso and Dayton … and Chicago


The past weekend had a rather high body count.

Here are some facts about may not be extensively covered by the Main Stream Media—

All three cities are run by Democrats. El Paso has a Republican mayor, but almost every other state or local politician representing the City of El Paso or El Paso County is a Democrat. Mayors Nan Whaley (Dayton) and Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) are Democrats.

The Dayton shooter was a fan of Bernie and Fauxcahontas. And a gun control advocate.

The flow of victims from the multiple shootings in Chicago was so great that one hospital’s emergency room was overwhelmed and was forced to stop accepting patients.