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    Jellyfish Pelosi's Endorsement of Howdy Doody Backfires, Helps Ed Markey

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    Wow, no love for Clinton or Pelosi in that video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post

    "The era of the platitude and the cliche is over. It is over." ::

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    "They keep running as if the Trump campaign never happened. Here you have this guy who came along and broke every single political rule and he won. What does that tell you? The political rules are garbage. They're not true." Good observation.

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    To an outsider it's a strange system they have in Massachusetts.

    They elect two senators, 6.7 million people get one and the Kennedy family get the other one.
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    If this little prick actually had any of his ancestors political gifts, that might not be so bad. I'm no fan of dynasty politics, but at least the previous Kennedys were one of the better dynasties. Joey & his cousin Patrick are more like Clintons than Kennedys. As of this morning, Markey still had a decent lead, so hopefully this will all work out for the best.

    The other race in Massachusetts is just as fucked up.... you have a sitting congressman (and total corporatist) being challenged by a younger progressive and the incumbent has slandered him in all sorts of ways. The challenger happens to be gay, so the establishment has attempted to create some sort of scandal about him being a college professor and dating his students or whatever. As if that were even illegal, since college students are all of legal consenting age.



    So I'll be watching TYT's coverage tonight to see how both these primaries turn out.

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    Welp, looks like Markey for the win.


    Ed Markey beats Joe Kennedy in Senate primary
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/09/...y-joe-kennedy/

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    Yeah, good to see that the corporatists couldn't cheat a decent guy out of the Senate this time. Unfortunately the House race I mentioned above did not turn out as well. Last time I checked, the corporatist incumbent Neal was leading 60/40.

    Congrats to Markey though... and a big fuck you to Jellyfish Pelosi and the others who tried to stab him in the back

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    "The era of the platitude and the cliche is over. It is over." I still think that's funny.

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    Kennedy seemed to be standing on a single issue platform of 'I'm a Kennedy so you have to vote for me'.

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    That's exactly what it was. And pretty much the same reason Pelosi gave for endorsing him.

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    Didn't Markey have to suddenly become this amazing progressive to win, though? -minus the platitudes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkmonkey View Post
    Didn't Markey have to suddenly become this amazing progressive to win, though? -minus the platitudes.
    Markey's past record isn't exactly on the level of Bernie Sanders, this is true. But he's evolved with the times, and the political realities which makes things such as the Green New Deal & Medicare for All absolutely necessary. Hell, I wish my two allegedly "Democratic" senators were capable of some personal growth like that. Let alone that guy who the party tells us is our Savior from the Orange Menace.

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    Someone from the Corleone organization died whenever there was an orange.

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    How the Green New Deal Saved a Senator’s Career

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    Opinion | How the Green New Deal Saved a Senator’s Career
    There are lessons here for Joe Biden.
    By Michelle Goldberg




    Senator Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who recently warded off a primary challenge from a Kennedy scion, probably saved his career by authoring the Green New Deal resolution with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York last year.

    When Representative Joe Kennedy, a rising star in the House, entered the Senate race, it looked as if Markey would lose. No Kennedy had ever lost an election in Massachusetts. Markey, who won his seat in a 2013 special election, wasn’t disliked, but he wasn’t particularly well known. A poll last August showed Kennedy ahead by 17 points. In April, The Boston Globe reported that hindered by coronavirus, Markey might have trouble collecting enough signatures to even get on the ballot.

    As Politico wrote recently, the consensus in Massachusetts political circles was that “Kennedy would be so formidable that Markey ought to retire to avoid an embarrassing defeat.”

    But the young environmentalists of the Sunrise Movement — who’ve championed the Green New Deal more than any other organization — made saving Markey a major political priority.

    “Markey was the most prominent figure on the Green New Deal aside from A.O.C.,” said Varshini Prakash, the Sunrise Movement’s executive director. “If he goes down in a Democratic primary, immediately the story that gets spun out of that is, ‘The Green New Deal is a losing political proposition.’”

    So Sunrise members, in concert with other young progressives, embarked on one of the most successful branding exercises in recent political history, turning a fairly establishment 74-year-old into a youth culture icon. Prakash recalled the thinking of Sunrise’s political team: “We can help make Ed Markey into this figure on the left, this lovable, quirky older guy who kind of has some of the similar characteristics of somebody like Bernie.”

    The success of this endeavor demonstrates both Sunrise’s growing political power and its pragmatism. In truth, Markey isn’t much like Bernie Sanders at all. He’s a liberal and a longtime leader on climate, but he’s neither an outsider nor a purist; as a member of the House, he voted for the Iraq war and NAFTA. His work on the Green New Deal, however, overshadowed all that.

    Markey’s reinvention maddened the Kennedy camp. “This goes to show you that the left doesn’t do their homework and they’re easily won over by bright shiny objects,” a Kennedy-aligned source told Politico.

    Such grousing misses the point. In boosting Markey, Sunrise sent a message to Democrats, especially those in blue states. You don’t need an impeccable record — if you champion the Green New Deal, the movement will have your back. And that support can be priceless.

    Members of Sunrise did normal campaign stuff for Markey, including, said Prakash, making some 200,000 phone calls. More important, though, was the imaginative energy the movement brought to the race. It helped create an adoring social media following, the so-called Markeyverse, where the senator’s signature green bomber jacket and Nike high-tops were treated as style icons.

    Sunrise, Markey told me, “knows how to reach people online. And then get them to take action offline.” He called their work “political alchemy.”

    The group was behind one of the best campaign ads in years, an arresting spot with a Martin Scorsese vibe that cast Markey as a working-class hero for revolutionary times. It ended with the senator addressing the camera: “With all due respect, it’s time to start asking what your country can do for you.” The line was a brilliant — and risky — deflation of the Kennedy mythos, and a statement about a new generation’s political expectations.

    Such disrespect for the Kennedy legacy reportedly irritated Nancy Pelosi, influencing her decision to endorse Kennedy. But Sunrise’s backing for Markey seems to have mattered more. In a primary with the highest turnout the state has seen since 1992, Markey won by more than 10 points. An Emerson College/WHDH poll released a few days before the election found him winning voters under 30 by 40 points.

    “I just would urge other politicians to get on board, and take the same incredible adventure,” Markey said. “Take that trip that I just took.”

    I hope Joe Biden listens. Young voters favor him over Trump by large margins, but their lack of enthusiasm could dampen turnout. Foregrounding Biden’s climate proposals might help motivate them.

    “The best thing that Joe Biden could do would be to speak in clear, exciting visionary terms about exactly what he plans to do to tackle the climate crisis, racial inequality and economic inequality,” said Prakash.

    During the primary, Sunrise gave Biden’s climate plan an F. But once he’d won, the Biden and Sanders campaigns formed joint task forces to come up with policies that the party could unify around. Prakash was part of the climate task force. Its plan, while short of the Green New Deal, is still the most ambitious any Democratic nominee has ever adopted.

    “We see it as a core priority for the next two months to help Joe Biden get elected,” said Prakash. Sunrise can’t just manufacture Markey-style excitement, which depended on Markey’s policy commitments. But if Biden gives Sunrise organizers something to work with, they’ve shown what valuable allies they can be.

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