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Bernie Sanders appeared on the Breakfast Club and Charlamagne, as irritating as ever, kept grilling him on his thoughts on literal cash reparations for descendants of slaves, which Bernie Sanders obviously did not commit to because it's ridiculous as an actual policy proposal (not in terms of principle but political and logistical feasibility). Bernie spoke of how other policies (criminal justice reform, investing in low income communities, etc) will achieve the aim of reparations better. Charlamagne and some portion of the black community weren't happy with his answer. Charlamagne doesn't realize the damage he might have done to Sanders reputation when it comes to race, despite him being probably the black community's best hope when it comes to serious candidates. 

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22 hours ago, -W.A.R- said:

It over for Bernie, guys. He said a word close to a slur 33 years ago.

 

Sounds like a word people who learned English in the Soviet Union would say.

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4 hours ago, Padme said:

Well, Beto makes is official. He is running. How many candidates so far?

16 so far, but half of them are lightweights who will drop out. 

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“Beto 2020: Better Things”

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/beto-orourke-2020-campaign-president-why.html

That's the problem with running down the middle: voters don't really know what you want.  Nobody wants to be the status quo candidate because everyone thinks the status quo sucks (despite the fact that things could be a whole lot worse).  

Say what you want about people like Trump, Sanders, and Warren, but at least they have policy proposals with strong branding appeal to their candidacies.  It's one of the things that dragged Clinton.  What did she actually stand for?

Conversely, the problem with such grandiose platforms is that you're kind of doomed to failure should you become President.  Trump ran on reversing the tides of globalism and free trade.  How's that going?  Building a wall?  Will need a huge lift from the courts to make his emergency declaration stick since a legislative path is never going to happen.  A President Sanders isn't going to be able to turn America in Norway; President Warren is unlikely to break up big tech and return income taxes back to what they were in the 1960s.  

There's a disconnect between presidential elections and American politics.  Americans think they're electing an emperor when really they're just electing another bureaucrat (save for foreign policy).  Nothing substantial will happen unless the country faces and survives an existential threat.  I think that's the most important question the Democrats should be asking voters: who do you want captaining the ship when icebergs are ahead?  Trump has been lucky so far in that America (save for Puerto Rico) has avoided any serious threat in the last 3 years.  But does anyone seriously think this is the guy who should be in charge should America face a real mortal threat?  Run on that Democrats.  

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