What Now?! – February 3, 2020

A new CBS News poll in Iowa finds Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden even in first-choice support at 25% each, Pete Buttigieg very close behind at 21%, and Elizabeth Warren at 16%, also in position to accrue some national delegates.

Amy Klobuchar is at 5%, and all other candidates are under 5%.

The final Emerson College/7 News Iowa poll finds Bernie Sanders with a solid lead going into Monday’s caucus with 28%, followed by Joe Biden follows with 21%, Pete Buttigieg at 15%, Elizabeth Warren at 14%, and Amy Klobuchar at 11%.

“Rival campaigns are sounding the alarm that Bernie Sanders could be planning to claim victory on Monday night — before the caucuses are concluded,” Politico reports.

“It’s a move, they say, that could have a significant effect on the outcome.”

“Sanders and his team have made clear their intention to tout the results of the first round of caucus voting Monday, even though the Iowa Democratic Party stresses that the only number that matters is the final delegate count.”

Jonathan Swan: “President Trump often says he’s the smartest person in the room on virtually every topic. Now, after taking several risks on what he privately calls ‘big shit’ and avoiding catastrophe, Trump and his entire inner circle convey supreme self-confidence, bordering on a sense of invincibility.”

“Three years into Trump’s presidency, their view is the naysayers are always wrong. They point to Iran, impeachment, Middle East peace. Every day, Trump grows more confident in his gut and less deterrable. Over the last month, 10 senior administration officials have described this sentiment to me. Most of them share it.”

“Top advisers to Joe Biden sought to temper expectations for his performance in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, projecting a close result and insisting that any outcome won’t doom the former vice president’s campaign,” Bloomberg reports.

“Biden’s team has long played down the importance of Iowa to its strategy, arguing that contests later in February in Nevada and South Carolina, followed quickly by Super Tuesday on March 3, are critical to demonstrate that a candidate is capable of defeating President Trump.”

President Trump was asked by Fox News what he thinks of Michael Bloomberg.

His response: “Very little. I just think of little. You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. OK. It’s OK. There’s nothing wrong. You can be short. Why should he get a box to stand on. He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled? Does that mean everyone else gets a box?”

It was unclear what Trump was referencing in regards to Bloomberg requesting a box to stand on during an upcoming Democratic debate.

The Bloomberg campaign responded to NBC News: “The president is lying. He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan.”

Former Secretary of State John Kerry — one of Joe Biden’s highest-profile endorsers — was overheard Sunday on the phone at a Des Moines hotel explaining what he would have to do to enter the presidential race amid “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party — down whole,” NBC News reports.

Kerry was overheard saying “maybe I’m fucking deluding myself here” and explaining that in order to run, he’d have to step down from the board of Bank of America and give up his ability to make paid speeches.

Kerry added that donors like venture capitalist Doug Hickey would have to “raise a couple of million,” adding that such donors “now have the reality of Bernie.”

Yes, John, you are deluding yourself. Your time is over.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds a majority of voters — 52% — say they believe Trump abused the power of his office by asking a foreign government to investigate a political opponent to influence the upcoming election, compared with 41% who disagree.

And another majority of voters — 53% — believe the president obstructed Congress by not cooperating with the impeachment investigation and by directing government employees not to comply with subpoenas. Just 37% say he did not obstruct Congress.

The expected Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa poll was canceled.

“Nothing is more important to the Register and its polling partners than the integrity of the Iowa Poll. Today, a respondent raised an issue with the way the survey was administered, which could have compromised the results of the poll. It appears a candidate’s name was omitted in at least one interview in which the respondent was asked to name their preferred candidate.”

“While this appears to be isolated to one surveyor, we cannot confirm that with certainty. Therefore, the partners made the difficult decision to not to move forward with releasing the Iowa Poll.”

New York Times: “A reconstruction of the crucial seven weeks between the appearance of the first symptoms in early December and the government’s decision to lock down the city… points to decisions that delayed a concerted public health offensive.”

“In those weeks, the authorities silenced doctors and others for raising red flags. They played down the dangers to the public, leaving the city’s 11 million residents unaware they should protect themselves. They closed a food market where the virus was believed to have started, but didn’t broadly curb the wildlife trade…”

“It is now a global health emergency. It has triggered travel restrictions around the world, shaken financial markets and created perhaps the greatest challenge yet for China’s leader, Xi Jinping. The crisis could upend Mr. Xi’s agenda for months or longer, even undermining his vision of a political system that offers security and growth in return for submission to iron-fisted authoritarianism.”

“Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has done 50 town halls in the last five weeks statewide and he’s visited 25 of the 31 counties that went from Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016 — but aides say he doesn’t have to win the caucuses to become the nominee,” Axios reports.

Said senior advisor Michael Halle: “In the first four states — but especially in Iowa and New Hampshire — we need to demonstrate that we are viable for Super Tuesday and for the larger primary.”

“The Iowa caucuses could feature an attack of the ‘zombie’ candidates,” the AP reports.

“As some Democrats prepare for Monday’s contest, they say they’re planning to side with candidates who have been out of the race for weeks, even months. By caucusing for Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, voters say they want to establish a record that those who bowed out early did indeed have supporters.”

“Such tactics reflect the unique and complicated nature of the caucuses.”

“Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan on Saturday that would raise an estimated $5 trillion in new tax revenue from high earners and corporations, a proposal that would almost certainly raise his personal tax bill but is less aggressive than those from his most liberal rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination,” the New York Times reports.

“The proposal includes a repeal of President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts for high earners, along with a new 5 percent ‘surcharge’ on incomes above $5 million per year. It would raise capital gains taxes for Americans earning more than $1 million a year and maintain a limit on federal deductions of state and local tax payments set under the 2017 law, which some Democrats have pushed to eliminate.”

Wall Street Journal: “Bloomberg’s tax policies would place him in the middle of the pack of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.”

As the Senate impeachment trial goes into its third week, support for removing President Trump from office remains steady, with 50% of voters registering approval for his conviction despite his all-but-certain acquittal, according to the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll.

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27 comments on “What Now?! – February 3, 2020

  1. ok, who took down Delaware Liberal? …. i know there’s some rivalry, but tisk tisk.
    FREE JASON 2020!

    • Luckily, it’s a technical glitch. (bad plugin caused a lot of database activity). Working on getting it re-activated now.

    • Delaware Dem

      I wish I was that knowledgeable about hacking to be responsible for the downfall of DL. LOL. LG is on it.

  2. There is this – Former VP Biden tells @TODAYShow the impeachment proceedings against President Trump haven’t “shaken my faith” with regards to working with Republicans.

    • Not surprised, Joe lives in a 40 year old dream world where the Republicans are still rational.

    • If Joe wins, he’ll probably tap Lindsay Graham for Attorney General as a show of good faith towards his besties on the Right.

  3. From the Maybe There Is a God desk: Rush Limbaugh announces he has advanced lung cancer.

    • You are Satan

      • Oh, not hardly. If I were Satan I would have cashed in his fat ass years ago. Yours too.

        • I thought you were an atheist. How can you acknowledge the existence of Satan, if there is no God?

          • You’re a slow one, aren’t you? “Acknowledge the existence” of an imaginary being? Why don’t you crawl back into your sewer?

            • I’m slow? You acknowledged the existence of Satan and even said you would and I quote “cashed in his fat ass” years ago. Alby, time has passed you by. Without vitriol, you are the vapid, shriveled scrotum of a once passable food critic. Sorry it is isn’t working for you lately.

              • You posited a Satan. Read again carefully. I said “if I were Satan.” That is not an acknowledgement.

                Without brains, Buster, you’ll always be a dumb, shit-stained conservative. Hope you’re happy that way.

                • Bravo. You are an intellectual marvel.

                  • And you’re a turd. What’s your point?

                    • Ahh. The last gasp of a lost argument. Calling me a turd, but never intelligently countering my points. Alby, I love messing with you because it is so easy. Gets boring sometimes because you are slow to respond. I’m guessing a combination of the medication, feeding your fat face and general lethargy. Maybe get on an exercise routine and diet plan? I doubt it. You will always be a load that has a huge mouth and little else.

                    • What kind of pathetic turd goes online looking for arguments to “win”? Wait, never mind, you’ve already told us.

                      You made no points to counter. You called me Satan. That’s a point? It’s a lame insult.

                      Takes a lot of courage to make anonymous insults. So you’re a cowardly turd. Now go beat your wife, or your meat, or whatever it is you beat when you’re bored.

                      Conservatives. Because there is no hell, they want to create one here.

                    • Now, back to that piece of shit El Rushbo. This was the best news I’ve heard in months, maybe years. I hope he suffers as much as he caused so many others to suffer.

                      Oh, and you too, Buster. But I hope your balls fall off first.

      • Here’s your dumbass hero talking about how he should get a medal for smoking. Justice sucks for conservatives.

        • Since you blocked me from responding to the preceding thread, I’ll try here. You offer nothing. I called you Satan because any human being that wishes for another person to suffer is a despicable human being. Sure you hate Rush and don’t agree with his opinions, but what kind of monster wishes ill on others. People like you who have no moral compass or compassion for anything that does not promote the Leftist agenda that has failed so many people. I think you need to seek therapy. The evil that is in your head is frightening.

          • I didn’t cause this suffering. He cause it himself; he was a heavy cigar smoker.

            So I’m a despicable human being. Why didn’t you just say so up front? I would have agreed with you. That really doesn’t change anything, does it? That fat fuck is still going to suffer and die, and I for one am thrilled by it. I would prefer he die by choking on his own vomit, but oh well.

            But you’re wrong about the capital-L “leftist” agenda — the conservative agenda is the people-killer.

            And I would say that a guy who likes to trigger me is the one who probably needs the therapy. Triggering me is the least challenging thing you’ll do all day, and I say that because you seem like someone who faces a challenge putting on his socks.

          • Oh, also, too — Limbaugh told his listeners to smoke like him. So who’s the one who did the harm here? Me, because I’m glad a piece of shit like Limbaugh is reaping what he sowed, or him, telling people to ignore the experts because he’s such a “rebel”?

            The fact that people like you believe in God and think they’re moral is all the proof I need no such being exists.

            • How do you get up in the morning? I’m serious.

              • I don’t. I get up in the afternoon.

                Why all the questions? If you want to have a conversation, you’ve chosen an odd way to go about it.

                Let’s get this straight: You know who I am, and have made reference to my history, but you stay in anonymity yourself.

                How does a coward like you fail to see what a coward you are?

                • The getting up was a general question. I will pray for you. You are a lost soul that has to be in a lot of pain.

                  • Only from the gout. Thanks for the prayers, though.

                    I am anything but lost. Check out that beam in your own eye, brother.

  4. A Wilmingtonian

    Illegal towing signs and illegal towing in the City of Wilmington?

    Add to this the ongoing parking meter fiascos and we see Wilmington can’t provide fairness or order to its parking systems. When do they figure out that all of the development they are trying to do is undermined by a parking system that is completely incoherent?

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