Ticket splitting in 2020? In 2016 I suggested that watching the Senate races would be more constructive than monitoring the Presidential polls and that ticket splitting wouldn't feature. Thus, I put FL and NC into the Trump column. NH was too close to call. The WI Senate polls totally tripped me up. And then I made the boneheaded (split-ticket) projection in PA – HRC and Toomey.
This is the 200th issue of the WW. We've covered lots of ground in the last four years...traveled around the world a bit, worked in the garden and on the farm, maximized our health with good diet and life style, learned to avoid COVID-19, studied environmentally sound structures and alternative energy options, but the purpose and origin of this column has been to ferret out the weeks news and try to make some sense out of what has happened each week. In creating this series, I've found all news is bias by its nature. Which stories you cover, the sources you cite, the way the stories are integrated all reflect the compiler's perspective. I hope you've found some useful information in these pieces over the years. I know most weeks are a fire hose flow of links, but the WW is meant to be a menu of stories to select from...like a Sunday newspaper. That's one reason I usually try to include a comic or two. As a kid that was my favorite part of the paper. So join in as we ramble through this week's news and views.
Let me get straight to the point.
Before Biden is crowned, we MUST ask the following questions.
Although I will vote for Biden (holding my nose,) I do not think he has a chance to win. The last several weeks have made it very clear that the Democrats must win the White House, as well as the Senate. I am certain that Biden won’t get us there.
I say it is a very good thing, indeed, that Bernie Sanders speaks his truth about Socialism. now. That he tells Americans how they've been asset stripped by deregulation, by greedy corporations chasing cheap labor in Asia, by tax cuts for the rich that never create good jobs, and by the crushing costs of unnecessary wars that create fabulous wealth for the war profiteers — while leaving them with the entire bill. He's expectedly to boldly explain to the nation what Socialism means, and give the American people some time to think about how much their lives could improve in a nation that puts the well-being of the People first.
Happy New Year, Everyone!
So, this is the year that people will either join the presidential fray or not. What do things look like so far?
Elizabeth Warren--announced last week she is forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run.
Beto O'Rourke--has variously said he will not run as well as he is keeping his options open.
Headline in today's The Hill: Sanders: "Clinton Will Play Vital Role In Future Of The Democratic Party."