A great read from naked capitalism.

The New York Times Dual Endorsement of Klobuchar and Warren: This Ain’t It, Chief

Just a taste:

NYT: Good news, then, that Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a standard-bearer for the Democratic left.[1]
[1] A “standard bearer” that is number two in the national polls and raised four million dollars in two days after Sanders stabbed her in the back and accused her of sexism. Oh, wait…

NYT: Senator Warren is a gifted storyteller [1]. She speaks elegantly of how the economic system is rigged against all but the wealthiest Americans, and of “our chance to rewrite the rules of power in our country,” as she put it in a speech last month. In her hands, that story has the passion of a convert, a longtime Republican from Oklahoma and a middle-class family, whose work studying economic realities left her increasingly worried about the future of the country. The word “rigged” feels less bombastic than rooted in an informed assessment of what the nation needs to do to reassert its historic ideals like fairness, generosity and equality.

[1] No kidding. I’ve linked to this Michael Moore podcast before, but it’s really worth a listen: “The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren.

Please go and give yourself a good chuckle. Or heartburn.
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Pricknick's picture

NYT: Few men have given more of their time and experience to the conduct of the public’s business than Joe Biden. The former vice president commands the greatest fluency[1] on foreign policy and is a figure of great warmth and empathy. He’s prone to verbal stumbles, yes, but social media has also made every gaffe a crisis when it clearly is not.[2]

[1] Biden, “fluent”? Really? No mention of Biden’s Iraq vote? Really?

[2] Fair, but odd that the Times only recognizes this for Biden, and erases its own role in amplifying social media.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

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Nonsense. There is exactly one candidate who supports #MedicareForAll with no mealy-mouthed equivocations or Rube Goldberg bait-and-switch “transition” plans designed to stall out at the public option.

But it’s sloppy and dumb to throw a candidate who’s “capitalist to my bones” (Warren) and a candidate who’s a democratic socialist (Sanders) into the same “radical” bucket.

Don’t worry. Warren already made her radical bones by caving on it. She didn’t mention #MedicareForAll once in her last debate.

We’ve gone through all this before. Biden, Warren, and Sanders are all of a certain age. Cheney might as well have been walking around with a blood-bag. Eisenhower governed after a stroke. FDR governed from a wheelchair. This is not an argument that can be made in good faith. And you can bet if Warren’s policies were swapped into Sander’s body (and vice versa), the Times wouldn’t even raise this concern.

Below is a establishment talking point that the NYT just had to throw in.

That system, through existing public-private programs like Medicare Advantage, has shown it is not nearly as flawed as she insists, and it is even lauded by health economists who now advocate a single-payer system.

NYT: Ms. Warren has the power and conviction and credibility to make the case — especially given her past as a Republican

- This is delusional. Warren’s going to play clips from her Federalist Society speeches to win Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio? Really?

Oddly, no mention of Biden’s bankruptcy bill, crime bill, or cuts to social security which anybody who’s been paying attention knows.

Yeah imagine not telling everyone who was waiting for the endorsement about how bad Biden screwed us. Still carrying water for the elite eh?

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@snoopydawg
You think alike.

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@snoopydawg

That system, through existing public-private programs like Medicare Advantage, has shown it is not nearly as flawed as she insists, and it is even lauded by health economists who now advocate a single-payer system.

If those health economists think so highly of a hybrid public-private model, why are they advocating for single payer?

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Bernie 2020: Hey, you didn't think this would be easy, did you?

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@Not Henry Kissinger

It's privatized Medicare and costs more and doesn't cover as much from what I've understood from what Molly and others have written here. Guess I need to reread the whole part in full to see what they meant.

I love the way she tore apart the Times rationale. BTW there are a lot of people defending Amy and trashing anyone who says mean things about her. I have been having fun responding to lots of tweets tonight.

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@snoopydawg
Limited choice of doctors, must be in their "group". Long waiting times. Denial of treatment with no recourse. HMO's suck!

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Tulsi Gabbard 2020 !

@The Voice In the Wilderness
deductables and never ending billing continuations
that are driving me to the poorhouse.
Max out-of-pocket expenses is another crock of shite.
To get any decent health repairs, we have to go
"out of system" which means the 80% they pay shrinks
down to a handkerchief sized sneeze.
If anyone thinks the insurance industry is helping us
with healthcare, get sick and see what you get.
It's a legislated scam.

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

@QMS
No co-pays but the other disadvantages that I mentioned.

Sickens me that the MSM now speaks of Part C as the normal Medicare ignoring traditional Medicare plus a Medigap policy.

In keep seeing this commercial (United ?) that goes "If you have Medicare and Medicaid, you are eligible for Dual Complete". If you have both Medicare and Medicaid why the Hell do you need anything else? There are no deductibles or co-pays except a nominal dollar per prescription (just to make sure you stay sick if you don;t even have one dollar).

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Tulsi Gabbard 2020 !

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This is one of the most heinous bills Biden got passed. He is also the author of the patriot act as well as many other bills that hurt the working class for the benefit of the parasite class.

Article and transcript

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@snoopydawg

since Brokaw actually did journalism. Actually, he's still doing journalism. All of them are. Because America hasn't changed. Not since 2008, not since 1978.

It's always been horrible/great.

That is the one thing that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have in common. They each acknowledge the fact that America has changed, in some ways changed immensely, over the past 40 years.

Their ideas of which changes are good and which are bad are completely different of course, and, in some cases, less than accurate (if Trump and his followers think that black people or white liberals are running the country, they've got another think coming). But this is the dividing line between Bernie and Trump, on the one hand, and the rest of them (Tulsi excepted, though she is less good on domestic policy).

Corporate legacy media wants people to believe that nothing changed between 1978 and 2016 except two wonderful things:

Most of America ceased to be bigots (that's why LGBT people can get married and Barack Obama can be President). We just have to clean up the residue. All those nasty Republican people out in the sticks.

We all started walking around with mobile digital devices. Just as wonderful, in its way, as a black president. Don't ever suggest that older tech might have had some good points. Guardians of the Galaxy did that, and look what happened to that movie franchise.

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
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Amy Klobuchar???

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Gëzuar!!
from a reasonably stable genius.

Bob In Portland's picture

"She speaks elegantly of how the economic system is rigged against all but the wealthiest Americans..."

In any of her lovely, elegant stories did she share how she helped Dow Corning in their fight against the people in that class action re. her doing the heavy lifting for the corporatists?

Did the Times editorial go into Klobuchar not prosecuting cops shooting black men without her prosecuting any of the cops?

Just asking for a friend.

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