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Who Does America Really Want In 2016?

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Clinton Warren

A few days ago, Huffington Post reported that Hillary Clinton was on the unofficial campaign trial and in her speeches she was sounding more and more like Massachusetts Democratic Senator, Elizabeth Warren.

Today, CNN is reporting that Veep Joe Biden gave a speech on Friday in South Carolina where he was channeling the words and themes of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

When you think of it, the two announced "unannounced" Democratic candidates for the highest office in America are Clinton and Biden. Yet where are they getting their talking points? Hmm, Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Why not cut out the middle man, or woman?

Think about it. Who really is the voice of the Democratic party for 2016? It could be Clinton or Biden. But are they really just Charlie McCarthys and EW is Edgar Bergen? More and more it's becoming quite clear that the Clinton baggage of the trumped up Benghazi campaign are meant to embarrass her and turn off voters over a Hillary C run in 2016.

And let's face it. Much of her allure is not strictly her experience. Forget being First Lady. It's a ceremonial position. If it wasn't, it would be an elected or appointed position. Her years of being a Senator and being Secretary of State are very important, valuable experience. So she's got that hands down. But she comes, sadly with a lot of baggage. And now the upcoming Benghazi hearings will tarnish her very stellar reputation more -- even if everything she did was  by the book, according to Hoyle.

What really sets her aside from all of the potential Republicans running for the top office is that she herself is a woman. Go poo-poo that all you want, but it's true. And if you are honest with yourself and realize that, consider this-- so is Elizabeth Warren. No one, not even Clinton, knows more about big business, Wall Street and all of the consumer rip-offs that the public faces daily. No one. Clinton's not even on the same page. She's too often rubbing shoulders with big money. She's, as they say, "beholden.'"

That puts a bit more focus on Joe Biden should Hillary falter. And let's face it. Joe's more often the punch line to a joke than a serious contender to lead this country. He's a good man, but we need a great leader. And Joe's two specialties before he was elected Veep were putting his foot in his mouth and  foreign relations. Right now, even with Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Iran and other hotbed spots around the world, the US citizenry is more interested in what's happening here with our economy - jobs, minimum wage, income inequality, unemployment benefits, and equal pay.

Where else should we be looking if those are the biggest issues? There's really only one answer. And she's available -- just not pushing. Even when asked point blank, she's got the standard answer down -- she's not looking for the Presidency but rather what she can do as a senator.

Why settle for second best, Clinton and Biden? Why not go to the horse's mouth -- Warren. Both Clinton and Biden are trying to channel her and her thoughts. Why not just get the real thing, the real McCoy? Perhaps it's time for a few more Democrats to start thinking about a draft Warren movement while there's still time. We could do a lot worse and I'm not sure Clinton or Biden would be any better for America, nor any more electable.

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Young voters now much more solidly Democratic than prior generations

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The more important question is, how do we get young voters to the polls to actually, you know, vote?

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Gallup:

Young adults -- those between the ages of 18 and 29 -- have typically aligned themselves with the Democratic Party, but they have become substantially more likely to do so since 2006. [...]

Recent decades have brought significant shifts in Americans' political allegiances, in the short term and the long term. While young adults have generally been more likely to align themselves with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, they are now much more solidly Democratic than prior generations of young adults.

To a large extent, this reflects the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. population, particularly among the youngest generations of Americans. And that growing diversity creates challenges for the Republican Party, given nonwhites' consistent and strong support for the Democratic Party.

Here's an idea, Republicans: If you want to attract the youth vote, try kicking bigots, racists, misogynists, birthers, and other loons out of your party. Then support immigration, public education, Obamacare, women's rights, voting rights, and civil rights. And instead of redistricting in order to win votes, earn them.

In other words, begin to open what's left of your minds and turn that fake outreach effort into reality.

What am I nuts? Look who I'm talking to here.

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WI GOP State Senator not "willing to defend them anymore... There is no massive voter fraud."

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Per The Cap Times, WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz was on on The Devil’s Advocates radio show discussing voter suppression, specifically bills that cut back on early voting. Schultz's own party, the party o' dirty tricks, has been doing whatever it can to make voting harder, because when turnout is high, it usually translates into Democratic wins.

So of course, rather than fighting for victories in the good old fashioned, all-American, patriotic, apple pie honest way, Republicans resort to cheating, because they know they'd never win by approaching elections, you know, fairly.

Democracy, schmemocracy. Endlessly long, discouraging lines rule!

This isn't the first time WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz has bucked his own party. See: GOP State Sen. Dale Schultz Slams Walker, Calls Union-Busting "Classic Overreach". Now he's expressing his disdain and distaste for the way they're obstructing Wisconsinites from voting.

Schultz:

“I began this session thinking that there was some lack of faith in our voting process and we maybe needed to address it. But I have come to the conclusion that this is far less noble...

"We are not encouraging voting, we are not making voting easier in any way shape or form by these bills...

"I don't see how you can claim to be improving things by actually reducing hours... but maybe this is Never Never Land, who knows?

"It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud.

"The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at our voting sites and trying to suppress the vote...

“I am not willing to defend them [his colleagues] anymore. I’m just not and I’m embarrassed by this...

"[Voter suppression is] plain wrong...

"It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail of for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.”

And that concludes another episode of "Republicans eating their own."

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The GOP's Women's Offensive Offensive (NSFW)

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War on Women

So the GOP feels that they need help connecting with women. They're not alone. So do women -- and in a very big way.

HuffPo:

A majority of Americans -- especially female ones -- think the Republican Party is out of touch with women, according to a poll released Friday by CNN/ORC.

Fifty-five percent of Americans, including 59 percent of women, say the GOP generally does not understand the problems and concerns of women.

That amazing set of numbers should send off some alarm bells. You bet. The RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, has heard them, loud and clear. He's been organizing sensitivity training for his 92% male GOP national office holders -- of course this is all voluntary. It's only if they need it. And if you ask any Republican in either house of congress, they don't need it. They already are sensitive to women's issues. Funny how the Republican track record doesn't quite reflect that though. 

Can't you tell? Maybe looking at this chart will prove that point -- not!

Total Senate
100 (53D, 45R, 2I)
Women
20 (16D, 4R)
Total House
435 (201D, 234R)
Women
 78 (59D, 19R), plus 3 (3D) Delegates

The Democrats have three times more female representatives in the House and four times as many in the Senate. If women are more than half the total US population, isn't it clear there's a political disconnect between parties?

Here are some of the reasons women voters are staying away from the misogynistparty. The GOP has stopped the Paycheck Fairness Act which would mandate that women and men doing the same job and with the same seniority get paid the same amount.

The GOP has pushed through a bill that makes it a fire-able offence to inquire or discuss one's pay rate at work. In other words, they don't want workers to know what their equals are getting so they can report underpayments or make inquiries about their remuneration.

Oh, and how about the GOP "inserting" themselves between female patients and their doctors, forcing transvaginal ultrasounds, unnecessary procedures relating to abortion, and closing down or making access to abortion clinics nearly impossible in those states that still have any?

Let's not forget that the Republicans in the House are against raising the minimum wage. That's actually another gender issue as women are 47% more likely to hold a job that pays minimum wage than men according to The Week.com.

Did I forget the voting restrictions they're instituting in Republican-led states now requiring two forms of ID? Most women in this country change their last names to their husband's when they marry. Many times this results in a birth certificate with one last name, and a driver's license with another. Because of this discrepancy, despite having been allowed to vote for 20 or 30 years at the same polling site, women must now file a conditional ballot -- oftentimes not even counted after the polls close. Don't believe me? Ask Wendy Davis, a high profile, sitting Texas state senator who had to file a provisional ballot and face a possible recall to the polls two days later to prove she's really who she says she is.

The GOP has a funny way to entice female voters. It's like spousal abuse. They beat the shit out of them, treat them worse than dogs, then threaten to retaliate against them if they don't follow their orders. The fact that they have any female constituency in the Elephant Party is quite amazing. When you have to offer sensitivity lessons to your elected membership, you're definitely admitting you're doing something wrong.

Look at what the GOP's other majordomo has to say about the connection gap between his party and women:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in December that his fellow Republicans were making progress, but that "there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican conference. And some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be."

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