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MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary:Actually, I just reviewed my journal. On 4/25/19 I was told that we were never to pursue Andrew for an interview on our show (along with several others). The list of candidates was dictated, but the reasons for allowing them or not were not explained.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lljWHxQf6K0

Yang isn't an establishment corporatist democrat. Best to smother him than giving him airtime because that was a mistake that was made in 2016 by giving Trump a ton of coverage propelling to the GOP nomination.

A return to business as usual might not a successful path forward. We shall see. Blinken & Yellen picked by the president-elect. So may be comforted by the same old hands at the wheel. Me? Not so much.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/23/biden-taps-blin...
Blinken served as deputy national security adviser and deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration and, as the Washington Post reported Sunday, "has been described as having a centrist view of the world" and "has also supported interventionist positions."

"He once broke with Biden and supported military action in Libya, for example," the Post noted, referring to the Obama White House's catastrophic decision to join with NATO to bomb that country, an armed intervention that helped unleash a violent civil war that is still ongoing.

When it came to Syria policy under Obama, Blinken is also reported to have supported more aggressive military measures against the government of President Bashar al-Assad and more recently has indicated that the Biden administration would opt for leaving U.S. troops in the war-torn country.


A return to the Perpetual War foreign policy of the last 20 years?
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You betray your position by your use of the Repugnican/Limbaugh "democrat" as an adjective.

CNC
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https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/476107-white-house-hop...
Yang appears on MSNBC, ending boycott
BY OWEN DAUGHERTY - 12/28/19 07:36 AM EST
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has ended his self-imposed boycott of MSNBC by appearing on the network for an interview with anchor Chris Hayes.

Yang’s appearance on "All In with Chris Hayes" on Friday night marked his first on the network after he said he would not appear on MSNBC until it apologized "on-air" for its coverage of his campaign.

“Chris, and other MSNBC journalists, have reached out to me and the team in the past days,” Yang tweeted Friday. “I decided that I’d prefer to speak to as many Americans as possible - our message is too important.”
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Works for both Yang & MSNBC & establishment elites that control the media.
MSNBC helped smother Yang's 2020 run aiding establishment candidates.
Yang is young & is looking forward to a future run & wants the media exposure.
Establishment elites hope to subvert Yang to embrace the existing political system that is controlled by global corporations & billionaires. New movements are either crushed or subverted. A key example is the crushing of "teaparty" representatives by existing political system. The existing system is based on money. Money for re-election & campaigning. Money that is provided by lobbyists. Money that dries up for upstarts that challenge the existing system.
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I guess it depends on whether you want a democrat that can't get elected, or if you want one that can. I'm pretty happy the establishment, centrist, corporate democrat won. Better than another 4 yrs of the cheeto.

That's just reality.
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I agree.

Keep in mind the swath of RED in the most recent electoral map. Those people didn't think Biden was too not-progressive. Giving them a more progressive candidate would just firm-up the redness of those areas.

It's all about the moderates; the people who will vote either way depending on the candidate. Give them an Elizabeth Warren (who would have been fantastic as POTUS), and they will tend to go the other way (Trump, Bush, Rubio, etc). You can't scare the moderates away, and I think Trump to some extent did exactly that. Biden being milquetoast was to his benefit, and ours (i.e. either Biden, or four more years of Trump).

Most of America is not as progressive as we might want it to be. AOC could never win an election for POTUS, for example. I did vote for Bernie in 2016, but I'm not sure if he could have carried enough moderates to win the election. He did energize a LOT of people, and he was perceived (like Trump) as an "outsider", but in hindsight I don't know if he could have won the whole thing. At least not in this decade. Maybe in 20 years a Bernie-like candidate could win, but not today.
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I guess it depends on whether you want a democrat that can't get elected, or if you want one that can. I'm pretty happy the establishment, centrist, corporate democrat won. Better than another 4 yrs of the cheeto.

That's just reality.


I do not believe it as cut & dried as that.

If Warren or Sanders had been nominated, I might have voted for them. The nation would have greatly benefited from Medicare 4 All & the wealth tax. Whom both might have helped the working class.
Biden- a return to business as usual & Perpetual War foreign policy* & maintaining the ACA with private insurers.
So as usual I voted for a third party as a protest vote. "Hey guys I'm still out there. Do you have any candidates whom are not with the seal of approval from the establishment elite?"

* The Blinken appointment is a guy who was wrong on Iraq, Libya & Syria.
Then there is the Cedric Richmond West Wing appointment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedric_Richmond
Cedric Levan Richmond (born September 13, 1973)[2] is an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has been the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district since 2011. His district includes most of New Orleans.
On November 17, 2020, Richmond announced he would leave Congress in January 2021 to serve as Senior Advisor to the President and director of the Office of Public Liaison.[
Richmond's campaign received almost $113,000 from the oil and gas sector, which donated more than any other sector to his campaign.

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063718759
In their fight against a huge petrochemical plant, Louisiana's "Cancer Alley" activists say somebody major has been missing — their congressman, Rep. Cedric Richmond.

The Formosa Plastics Group project, permitted to annually emit as much pollution as 2.6 million cars, has galvanized local Black activists and environmental justice leaders such as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and the Rev. William Barber, who traveled from out of state to visit the affected communities.

But locals say they couldn't get Richmond (D) to show up or even get him on the phone.


Business as usual in the DC Swamp.
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Yang isn't an establishment corporatist democrat. Best to smother him than giving him airtime because that was a mistake that was made in 2016 by giving Trump a ton of coverage propelling to the GOP nomination.

Trump wasn’t “given” airtime, he took it because he produced boffo ratings for the news networks. People were naturally curious and tuned in in droves. The unfortunate side effect of our ratings based commercial television system.

He also spoke to a sadly large portion of the electorate with his race bating, xenophobic language, and that’s why he won.

A return to business as usual might not a successful path forward. We shall see. Blinken & Yellen picked by the president-elect. So may be comforted by the same old hands at the wheel. Me? Not so much.

You need look only at the Florida results, where Republicans picked off a significant portion of the Latino vote by bombarding the populace with messages of “he’s/she’s a socialist.” People don’t want radical, indeed, exactly what they voted for was a return to normalcy.

There are things that can be done within that framework, and recall, with Republicans still in control of the Senate (a situation I expect to continue even after the runoff election in Georgia and *even if Dems win there*) you need Republican votes to get anything done. Putting a serious progressive with radical policies in place only gives the Republicans fodder for 2022 and a sure bet to gum up the works for the next two/four/eight years.
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He also spoke to a sadly large portion of the electorate with his race bating, xenophobic language, and that’s why he won.

You need look only at the Florida results, where Republicans picked off a significant portion of the Latino vote by bombarding the populace with messages of “he’s/she’s a socialist.”


While some of the Trump vote is from White racists. In 2016 & 2020 he received many vote from the working class whom has been negatively impacted for the past 30 years by both political parties & globalization of trade resulting in increased income inequality.
David Autor, MIT economist lays it out in a short 3 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4otroKOb3b8

Many of Florida's Hispanic vote is Cuban with family experience of Castro. They vote for the political party most likely not willing to open relations with Cuba.
But Trump did much better with the nonwhite vote in 2020*. and they can't be racist. So I guess they will be labelled stupid. I dunno, I don't believe all the almost 74 million votes Trump received received is from racist, stupid folks. Of course, when the accusation is made folks react emotionally and wish to give the middle finger to the accusers. Social media & the cancel culture is making the polarization within the US & worldwide much worse. When opposing views are deplatformed and people canned for "improper" speech or viewpoints**; those actions are not conducive to bringing people together.
I forsee more conflict moving forward making the turbulent 1960's look mild in comparison. Which the establishment elites in both political parties will utilize to distract the voter from the fact there is bipartisan support on the government for interests of global international corporations billionaire with an occasion sop to the mob. The stimulus last summer is a prime example where most of the funds flowed to corporations while the mob received their measly $1200.



*https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/upshot/election-polling-r...
**https://www.lowellsun.com/2020/07/12/turmoil-in-uml-nursing-...
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