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I think sys has Beto-brain.

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There's nothing in the Constitution that says the Supreme Court shall be compromised of 9 Justices. In fact, the Court as-formed had 6 Justices.

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Is this Pete's thing?

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It isn't so much that he is ideologically "impure" it is that I think there is some evidence his position on the same issues have changed significantly over time. This is a challenge for Kirsten Gillibrand too. What can you be counted on for and who is your true constituency?  The fact that he never talks about what he actually would like to accomplish compounds this issue.

yeah.  there are definitely issues on which his position has changed significantly.  but there are others where people sort of accuse him of having changed where it's really more just he pragmatically voted for something or other because he supported half of the bill or some crap like that.

he talks about what he would like to accomplish constantly.  i honestly don't know what to make of people saying crap like that.  it's like, buttigieg proposes some crap like changing how we select supreme court justices, which would require a constitutional amendment and hence is obviously outside the realm of something that could actually happen between 2020 and 2028 and people love it.  beto, at every event he's been to since declaring, has talked about supporting medicare for america, which is an actual bill in the house that possibly (although it is unlikely) could be pushed through in some form in the next eight years and people accuse him of not having any policies.

i mean on some level i get it.  i basically have no idea what, if anything, buttigieg supports other than the supreme court thing.  but that's because i haven't developed enough of a curiosity to find out.  i don't equate me not caring enough to look to him not having positions.

just go back and look at the roll out of Harris, Inslee, Warren, hell even Booker.  They all came out with very specific, 3-5 top line agenda items and most of them have a very identifiable "signature" issue, I know these off the top of my head.
Harris- $500/month&Medicare4All
Inslee- Environment- Green New Deal?
Warren- Medicare4All/Toughen Consumer Protection Bureau/Break Up Big Banks
Booker- Baby Bonds

What is Beto's issue?  I'm not saying he is the only candidate with this problem, but it is a problem for him.

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It isn't so much that he is ideologically "impure" it is that I think there is some evidence his position on the same issues have changed significantly over time. This is a challenge for Kirsten Gillibrand too. What can you be counted on for and who is your true constituency?  The fact that he never talks about what he actually would like to accomplish compounds this issue.

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https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/summary?cid=N00033540


what does "top contributors" mean here?  Is this like the thing where a bunch of oil & gas employees gave him money but not actually the companies themselves?

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Thanks. Honestly, trying to track down a place that shows his positions is pretty scatter shot.  His congressional record is a real mixed bag.  The New Democrats liking him so much and some of his votes on health care, consumer protections and environment. It isn't a big record anyway, but I just don't trust him. He is now saying that he "looks to Barbara Lee" for foreign policy leadership but he is reliable AIPAC vote, even though J Street gave him some money in the Cruz Senate race and it was a minor issue. 

I just legitimately don't know what to make of a lot of what I read.

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Beto needs to take much stronger policy positions, frankly any policy positions really, or he's going to be chewed up to the point where it'll do damage to his future political aspirations. They'll bully him on the debate stage this summer. Pete is a real bad look for Beto, he's a young relatable white dude but he's coming out of the gate strongly with policy positions and not skateboarding photo ops.


he has policy positions.  the criticism that he doesn't is pure laziness.  what position do you want to know about?  i can tell you what it is.

Free College? Child Care/Pre-K? Medicare 4 All? Reparations? Foreign Policy?

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KK, post your candidate!


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Who do I want to win?

Yes, also post whatever other things you think I was asking.


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just whenever. it's not like we're irl friends or anything.

Sorry, been interacting with our country's fantastic health care system. Bronchitis for sonofkk no. 1.

I honestly have not gone super in depth on candidate policy platforms yet.  Most candidates, other than Bernie, don't even have much beyond vague statements and the only candidate that has a comprehensive platform is Andrew Yang (who now is going to debate Ben Shapiro on circumcision?) and his platform is some good concepts (UBI, Free College) sprinkled in with half-baked tech-bro garbage
(Automatic Sunsetting of all laws???, Self-driving vehicles, "Create Department of Attention Economy", create an app to encourage volunteering, outlaw circumcision??).

I think Bernie is the most committed on stuff that will matter to me--Pro-Family, Pro-Education policies:
Medicare 4 ALL, free college (my kids probably won't qualify, but will increase enrollments at schools like K-State),
child care/early childhood education (my kids will be too old, but it is a really meaningful policy that will make a big difference)
Climate change (my grandkids are going to be War Boys)

I also think Bernie will be the best on foreign policy because he has so few pressure points. Are the Israeli's really going to call him anti-Semitic? Do you think he cares if he gets called a commie by the generals when he closes some bases or tries to rein in spending on the military? We could use with a lot less empire and Bernie seems the most committed to that idea.

I like Warren, I just think she is probably less good on each individual issue, has less of a movement behind her to advance the policy agenda.

Now, I honestly think that Bernie's agenda would be suffocated by McConnell and would stall out.  But he would put the choices in stark relief and beat a drum that would give the American people a clear choice about what is actually going on.  I can't say whether that would get the job done (I don't think it would in the short term), but it would clearly advance the ball. We went from a weak voiced defense of Obamacare under Hillary to now demanding Medicare 4 All in 4 years. So who knows?

I am interested in Boot-edge-edge, I don't think I've heard enough about his actual policies other than he is a "good guy" and very bright.

I think the rest of the bunch are all likely to massively disappoint in terms of even bothering to pushing for any reforms.

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buttigieg is transitioning into a real candidate.



fundraising is important, but it isn't the only thing. just ask Jeb Bush.

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KK, post your candidate!


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Who do I want to win?

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I'd view a candidate much more positively if they had a bunch of their team lined up early in the process.  It's impossible for a president to be informed on all the stuff a president has to be involved with.  Rather than them faking it, I'd rather the whole crew be running for election as a unit so I could evaluate the actual people who'd be doing crap.

They do this in Britain, called the shadow cabinet.  I wish we did it too.

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abrams should not accept that offer, should it come.  she can win the nomination herself, or remain available as an option to other candidates that might win it.  tying herself to biden might help biden, but it doesn't help her.

Where do you get this idea?

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: kelly stewart stories
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:15:43 AM »
MESSAGE TO ALL THE HATERS:

Kelly Stewart is on CBS Sports HQ telling us how to fade the public on our brackets!

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Kansas State Basketball / Re: Claws’s Legacy
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:12:43 AM »
I don't really care that much, but imo there is no way he should have his jersey retired.  Barry I guess I will listen to arguments about.

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$6.1 million.  Beto owned me.

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People are looking at his big donor list on ActBlue and how he can leverage that in to big fundraisng numbers and forgetting the fact that a bunch of people wanted him to beat TED rough ridin' CRUZ IN TEXAS FOR A SENATE SEAT! NONE OF THOSE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT HIM ANY MORE!

obviously that's true.  but having a list is better than not.  and dems are throwing money everywhere this year.  hickenlooper and inslee raised over a million each, iirc.

yeah so did klobuchar. who cares?

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Who TF is giving Beto any cash? Who does he appeal to over some other candidate?


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People are looking at his big donor list on ActBlue and how he can leverage that in to big fundraisng numbers and forgetting the fact that a bunch of people wanted him to beat TED rough ridin' CRUZ IN TEXAS FOR A SENATE SEAT! NONE OF THOSE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT HIM ANY MORE!

sys' weird idea that losing a senate/governor race in a red state is a good launch point for a dem presidential campaign is going to be the funniest part of 2020 election.

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1st was that his numbers were poor, 2nd was that his number was middling good, but worse than bernie's 24 hr numbers so he was going to wait and report a 72 or 96 hr number that beat bernie's 24 hr number, 3rd was that he's just weird and his senate campaign was weird and apparently also refused to comment on numbers and then released huge numbers in FEC filings.

i'm back to half-believing #2, but more based on some money guy's theory of how to squeeze the most money out of donors than as a pr thing.  i'm on beto's fundraising list.  i got like 4 emails and a text asking for money on day 1.  nothing on days 2 & 3 and now have gotten one email begging for money today.

There is no rough ridin' way Beto is raising $6 million his first week.

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'Cats need to step up the Nov & Dec 2019 portion of next season's schedule.  This season's portion was relatively lame and hurt when viewed by national analysts.

let's wait until 2022 or 2023 to step up our schedule, because we are going to be kind of sucky next year.

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With Biden in, I think Bernie cruises.

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Kansas State Basketball / Re: B12 Tournament Thead
« on: March 17, 2019, 03:05:31 PM »
Any idea who the lady was behind cat bench that got lots of face time during time outs on scoreboard?  She was awesome.

Tom

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Chris Lowery's wife was the one that was dancing to the end of Wabash Cannonball.

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they're going to be released eventually, in some form.  if they were really bad, i think the move to would be to get it out of the way quickly.  and i don't think the idea that the numbers were really bad fits the available information.

i've been curious about this since it became an issue and i've cycled through various hypotheses, none of which has convinced me for more than a couple of hours.  so, i'm just kinda waiting to see when it comes out.

What are your other hypotheses?

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:surprised:
lmao

i'm almost positive that the reason they haven't released the fundraising numbers yet is not that they were very poor.  we'll see, though.

Yes, it is very common for campaigns to not immediately release fundraising numbers when they look great.

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