14 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… Another candidate has withdrawn, Kirsten Gillibrand… The ten candidates that qualified had their 3rd debate of the 2020 cycle. It was notable by the rather solid performances from most candidates, with the exception of Julian Castro, who received negative criticism for a comment about Vice President Biden’s memory…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Wayne Messam – Mayor, Florida – 45 (Last 20: Unranked)

19.  Joe Sestak – Former Congressman, Pennsylvania– 67 (Last 20: #20)

18.  John Delaney – Former Congressman, Maryland – 56 (Last 20: #19)

17.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #18)

16.  Marianne Williamson– Entrepreneur/Author , California– 67 (Last 20: 17)

15.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 46 (Last 20: #15)

14.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado– 54 (Last 20: #16)

13.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #14)

12.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #13)

11.  Tom Steyer – Businessman, California – 62 (Last 20: #12)

10.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator, Minnesota – 59 (Last 20: #10)

9.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 45 (Last 20: #8)

8.   Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: #7)

7.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #9)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #4)

3.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 78 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 70 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

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13 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… Three additional candidates, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee and Seth Moulton, have withdrawn from the race… A tenth and likely final candidate, Amy Klobuchar, has qualified for the third Democratic Debate in two weeks… A surprising poll has come out recently with a surging Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in a statistical dead heat with the front runner, Joe Biden…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Joe Sestak – Former Congressman, Pennsylvania– 67 (Last 20: Unranked)

19.  John Delaney – Former Congressman, Maryland – 56 (Last 20: Unranked)

18.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #17)

17.  Marianne Williamson– Entrepreneur/Author , California– 66 (Last 20: 16)

16.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado– 54 (Last 20: #20)

15.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #15)

14.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #14)

13.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #12)

12.  Tom Steyer – Businessman, California – 62 (Last 20: #19)

11.  Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #10)

10.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #11)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #9)

8.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #8)

7.   Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: #7)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #3)

3.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #4)

2.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

12 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… The Second Democratic Debate took place in Michigan over a two-day event… While top tier candidates like Biden, Harris Buttigeig and Sanders had middling performances, candidates like Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang made the most of their opportunities…  Beto O’Rourke and Tim Ryan were placed in an unfortunate spotlight due to mass shootings in places from which they served…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

 

20.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado– 54 (Last 20: #Unranked)

19.  Tom Steyer – Businessman, California – 62 (Last 20: #18)

18.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #15)

17.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #12)

16.  Marianne Williamson– Entrepreneur/Author , California– 66 (Last 20: #Unranked)

15.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #17)

14.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #16)

13.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #10)

12.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #13)

11.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #11)

10.  Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #8)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #9)

8.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #7)

7.   Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 14)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #4)

3.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #2)

2.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

The Case of the Prospective Progressive Presidential Prosecutor

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In the Summer of 1983, deputies of the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at the home of Douglas and Peggy Ryan. They were found, along with their 10-year old daughter and a neighbor’s 11-year old son, horribly butchered and their bodies mutilated in one of the worst crimes scenes ever witnessed in the Chino Hills history. Area drifter and felon, Kevin Cooper was arrested for the murders, tried and sentenced to death.

Kamala Harris had just finished her Sophomore year at Howard University on the other side of the country.

Of course, we’ve come to know the rest of her story since then. After graduating, she returned to California, started working as an Assistant District Attorney in Alameda County and eventually becoming the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. It was here that she gained statewide and even national attention for some bold political statements that she used to propel her for a run for California’s Attorney General, which lead her to the U.S. Senate and now, of course, she is a candidate for President of the United States of America.

However, it is the calamitous case of Kevin Cooper that has been indelibly linked to that of Senator Harris. Earlier this week, during the second round of Democratic Debates, second of the 2020 cycle, fellow candidate and Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard waylaid the Senator with an accusation that, as Attorney General, she blocked evidence that would have lead to Cooper’s exoneration. Which sound pretty bad… if it were actually completely accurate. It wasn’t. What is true is that after twenty years of appeals, Cooper was granted a fairly literal last minute stay of execution in 2004. And in 2010, he filed a clemency petition, not with the Attorney General, but with then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was the Governor who actually then left the application to the discretion of his replacement, Jerry Brown(who coincidentally, was Schwarzenegger’s Attorney General). The truth of the matter is that Brown’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris had very little to do with Cooper’s clemency application. She certainly was not in position to block evidence. Her only involvement in the application was to encourage the governor to allow for DNA testing that could clear him. Again, she encouraged the Governor, not the Attorney General, Xavier Becerra. You see, it is not his job. Nor was it hers. In California, the governor has the sole authority to grant clemency. But based on a single word in a unquoted and unsupported opinion piece, Tulsi Gabbard blamed Kamala Harris for something she really had very little control over, if any at all.

In short, Tulsi Gabbard was grossly misinformed.

But she didn’t stop there. She also accused Harris of putting 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations, again something she had no control over, and then laughing about it. What’s actually laughable is the suggestion that a state’s Attorney General is remotely involved in the prosecution of street level drug offenses. But when you put it in context that, as D.A., she routinely declined 3rd strike offenses that were in the vain of such drug offenses, to save multiple persons from serving mandated life sentences under California’s 3-Strike Laws, it’s even more asinine. Gabbard went on to accuse Harris of keeping in place bail system that impacts poor people in the worst way, which is literally the complete opposite of what Harris has been working on during her time in the Senate, reforming our national Cash Bail System to stop victimizing and criminalizing poor people.

In short, Tulsi Gabbard is also lying to you.

The problem is, Tulsi Gabbard could hardly be blamed for blatant lies that she tells. She, along with surrogates from other candidates, bloggers, and other assorted internet trolls have cobbled together various tales of Kamala Harris’ prosecutorial days insisting on telling the story that despite her claims of being a “progressive prosecutor” that she is not just pro police and law enforcement, but also zealously dedicated to throwing black and brown people in jail throughout her career. And these stories have persisted since she first announced her candidacy in January.

Most notably among these detractors has been law professor and criminal defendant advocate, Lara Bazelon, who wrote the authoritative opinion piece critical of Harris’ time as a District Attorney and Attorney General, saying that Harris “fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions”, with Cooper’s case being chief among those she cited. Other than that being a breathtaking overstatement of epic magnitudes, Bazelon gives other cases of convictions that were all tried well before Harris even held office and had little influence in. She made Harris to be the main culprit in many of these cases where her or her office was if anything a side note. As example, her two main criticisms extend from Harris’ Truancy Program that she piloted and a case of a lab technician that was found tampering with evidence. Those who do not know would say Kamala Harris cheated the system to purposely keep innocent men and women incarcerated. The reality is that the lab tech, which wasn’t even her lab tech, was dismissed and Harris personally tossed the nearly 1,000 cases that she had worked on, which included those being investigated, those on trial and those that were incarcerated. In other words, the exact opposite of what she’s accused of. Likewise, those who do not know would say Kamala Harris wanted to jail parents of kids who skipped school. The reality of it was that it was an initiative based on an actual analysis of incarcerated persons, that found the one thing they all had in common was a path that started by skipping and dropping out of school. Bazelon did not mention that not only did it work, but the initiative went out their way to work with parents and guardians to give them all possible resources to help their kids stay in school and away from influences that could lead them to the system. That and it was as criminally scary as Obamacare’s Individual Mandate, which isn’t at all what you’re told it is. You were lied to then. You’re being lied to now.

In all, Gabbard, Bazelon and other agenda driven critics have cherry-picked individual instances, often with incomplete or inaccurate information, which is used to castigate Harris’ entire career as a prosecutor, Attorney General and U.S. Senator. Not to mention, it has given cause for the uninformed to blame her for doing her job and being a prosecutor. Nevermind it being a her job to actually punish those who do victimize society and harm others, something that acutally commands the justice of a lawful society we all want(which she was very good at). But the narrative being presented is that it isn’t possible for her to be both black and to be in law enforcement. If you are to believe that then you are forced to also believe that in order to be black you also have to be anti-law enforcement, as if to suggest that the circumstance of being black means we are pro-crime. The idea of it is just so insanely stupid that it can’t be taken seriously. If this is your main criticism of Kamala Harris then perhaps your actual criticism should be with your own self.

If you’re not a fan, you’re not a fan. if you prefer other candidates, that’s your choice. But if you truly want to take a handful of out of context instances, combine it with poor fact checking and conflating circumstances and use it to judge her entire career, just realize that you are not holding someone accountable for their record.

You are purposely lying.

11 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list… Kamala Harris and Joe Biden has continued to spar as the polling between the top candidates of Biden, Harris, Warren and Sanders tighten… Joe Biden has finally apologized for his promotion of state’s rights and segregationist… Beto O’Rourke owned up to his family’s having owned slaves. And as the field has been set for the second Democratic Debate… the first candidate, Eric Swalwell has dropped out, while a 26th candidate, Tom Steyer has announced… Seth Moulton has received the biggest endorsement so far, in proportion to his polling, from General Stanley McCrystal.

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

 

20.  Seth Moulton – Congressman, Massachusetts – 40 (Last 20: #Unranked)

19.  John Delaney – Former Congressman, Maryland – 56 (Last 20: #15)

18.  Tom Steyer – Businessman, California – 62 (Last 20: Unranked)

17.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #18)

16.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #20)

15.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #17)

14.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 13)

13.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #16)

12.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #12)

11.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #11)

10.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #10)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #9)

8.   Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #8)

7.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #7)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #4)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

10 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list … Elizabeth Warren continued to surge ahead and Buttigeig has faced some harsh criticism from back home… Joe Biden has caught criticism for comments he made in regards to segregationalist with sharp response to Cory Booker who has spoken out against him… And of course the first Democratic Debate event of the 2020 Presidential cycle has just finished with a few candidates smashing expectations and energizing their campaigns, while some are left questioning the strength of their campaign… And the field has given me a margin of error or 5 with the entrance of Joe Sestak as the 25th announced candidate.

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #17)

19.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado – 54 (Last 20: #19)

18.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #14)

17.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #11)

16.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #15)

15.  John Delaney – Former Congressman, Maryland – 56 (Last 20: Unranked)

14.  Eric Swalwell – Congressman, California – 38 (Last 20: #18)

13.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 12)

12.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #16)

11.  Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #8)

10.  Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #9)

9.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #6)

8.   Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #13)

7.   Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #10)

6.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #7)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #5)

4.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #2)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #4)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)

9 to the Power of 20

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20 Days Ago…

I’ve continued the Power Ranking of the 20 Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Democratic Primary to be concluded on its 20th iteration the day of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Since the last list … Successive polls have been released with Joe Biden firmly in the lead, which also includes a comfortable lead in Iowa polls as well… Vice President Biden has also faced serious criticism for his support of the Hyde Amendment… The roster for the first two Democratic Debates has been set, twenty candidates over two different days… Several candidates have released proposals, in preparation of the first debate later this month… Candidates have all made their position clear on the impeachment of the President, extending from Robert Mueller’s first public statement…

Reminder, this is a “power ranking” and not a list of my favorites in the order I’d like them. But taking in the news cycle over the last 20 days and other pertinent data, this ranking is just a snapshot of where I think the candidates are and where the voters are in their likelihood to select them as the Democratic Nominee for the 2020 Presidential Race.

So don’t be mad at me. Tell your candidate to get better.

So without further adieu…

20.  Seth Moulton – Congressman, Massachusetts – 40 (Last 20: 17)

19.  Michael Bennet – Senator, Colorado – 54 (Last 20: #20)

18.  Eric Swalwell – Congressman, California – 38 (Last 20: #15)

17.  Steve Bullock – Governor, Montana – 53 (Last 20: #16)

16.  Bill De Blasio – Mayor, New York – 58 (Last 20: #18)

15.  Tulsi Gabbard – Congresswoman, Hawaii – 38 (Last 20: #19)

14.  Tim Ryan – Congressman, Ohio – 45 (Last 20: #11)

13.  Kirsten Gillibrand – Senator, New York – 52 (Last 20: #9)

12.  Andrew Yang – Entrepreneur, New York – 44 (Last 20: 14)

11.  John Hickenlooper – Former Governor, Colorado – 67 (Last 20: #12)

10.  Julian Castro – Former HUD Secretary, Texas – 44 (Last 20: #13)

9.   Jay Inslee – Governor, Washington – 68 (Last 20: #10)

8.   Amy Klobuchar – Senator Minnesota – 58 (Last 20: #7)

7.   Cory Booker – Senator, New Jersey – 50 (Last 20: #8)

6.   Beto O’Rourke – Former Congressman, Texas – 46 (Last 20: #6)

5.   Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, Indiana – 37 (Last 20: #4)

4.   Kamala Harris – Senator, California – 54 (Last 20: #5)

3.   Elizabeth Warren – Senator, Massachusetts – 69 (Last 20: #3)

2.   Bernie Sanders – Senator, Vermont – 77 (Last 20: #2)

1.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President, Delaware – 76 (Last 20: #1)