The theme for today turns out to be a worsening war betwixt progressives vs. establishment Democratic Party interests. The rift is apparent not only across the nation but also in Kansas City.
Locally, this town confronts the same issues that plague Dems:
- Progressives are the loudest and most active voices in local politics. They move social media and street level organizing much more effectively than their counterparts.
- Unions and corporate special interests have all the money and they're not backing radical progressives. A certain level of professionalism is required to garner support from the party's top levels. OLDER, more socially conservative establishment leaders aren't giving away big bucks away to the street level protesting political underclass.
- The African-American voting bloc is NOT on board with progressive, radical LGBT and immigration initiatives and, rightfully, demand more representation among the party's leadership.
Meanwhile, Prez Trump has intimidated the establishment GOP into submission and essentially he's their biggest and best star who has far more public support than any other right-wing American leader or voting bloc.
And so, here's a roundup of the debate links we're checking tonight . . .
Dems Are All White
January's debate stage, much like this year's slate of Oscar nominees, is going to be very, very white. In fact, it will be the first debate without a single person of color onstage.
Grumpy Old Men Argue
The final Democratic presidential debate before the pivotal Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses quickly erupted Tuesday night, as Bernie Sanders directly challenged former Vice President Joe Biden's initial support for the Iraq War, which he called "the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country."
Lady Question Looms
How We Lost the Right to Move Freely Is This the Worst Sports Tweet Ever? Identity-Based Coalitions Aren't Lining Up for Democrats in 2020 Trump Says He "Saved" Obamacare's Protections for Preexisting Conditions Welcome to Day 4,742 of "Can a woman win the election," coming to you daily, it feels like, since Hillary Clinton announced her first candidacy on Jan.
Bloomberg Monopolizes Break
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three Democratic presidential primary candidates who didn't qualify for Tuesday's nomination debate will still get their messages out even though they won't be on stage at the primetime showdown. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is running a commercial on national cable TV on CNN, the network that's televising the debate, as well as on MSNBC.
Progressive Pix Exposed
It's the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses next month, and the leading candidates are getting a chance to speak directly to those who will be casting a vote.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gets a big endorsement from Dave Chappelle. The legendary comedian will stump for Yang with performances in South Carolina. No word on whether Chappelle has a Yang impersonation but in this clip, you'll see Chappelle is no stranger to political impersonations.
Prez Trump Counterpoint
President Trump is holding a campaign rally on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage for their seventh primary debate and the night before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially transmits articles of impeachment to the Senate. Trump is expected to take the stage around 8:00 pm.
AFTERMATH: SENATORS WARREN VS. BERNIE!!!
The final Democratic presidential debate before primary voting gets underway began with a sharp focus on wars in the Middle East and trade, but wasn't long before a dispute between progressive frontrunners brough an uncomfortable debate back to the fore: Can a woman run for president and win? Sen.
Hopefully, more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!