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Only Bernie and Biden, No Tulsi, at Next Dem Debate Under DNC’s New Qualification Rules

Only Bernie and Biden, No Tulsi, at Next Dem Debate Under DNC’s New Qualification Rules

DNC qualification rules don’t say “only Bernie and Biden,” but the threshold of delegates used eliminates Tulsi Gabbard and any other candidate other than Bernie and Biden.

After Super Tuesday, Tulsi Gabbard appeared to qualify for the next Democratic debate in Phoenix, Arizona. Unsurprisingly, the DNC changed the rules to keep her out of it. Now the event will feature only Sanders and Biden.

For all the Democrats’ talk about diversity, it has come down to two old white guys.

Zach Montellaro writes at Politico:

DNC sets up Biden vs. Bernie clash in next debate

After months of crowded Democratic presidential debates featuring up to 12 people on stage at once, this month’s showdown in Phoenix will almost certainly include just two candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

In order to qualify for the March 15 debate on CNN and Univision, candidates need to have earned at least 20 percent of the pledged delegates awarded as of that date, the Democratic National Committee announced Friday.

That’s a mark that both Biden and Sanders easily clear, according to the latest delegate tally after Super Tuesday. As of Friday afternoon, Biden had earned 48 percent of delegates awarded thus far, while Sanders had 41 percent.

The question now is whether or not Bernie Sanders will bring the fight to Joe Biden. For his part, I think Biden will go after Sanders relentlessly. He now believes he has the entire Democrat establishment behind him, and he’s right. If Bernie really wants this, he’s got to show it by going after Biden.

Yet somehow, this feels more and more like 2016 all over again:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has given some thought to the new dynamic in the Democratic primary.

He writes at FOX News:

The Biden-Sanders dilemma the Democratic Party now faces

Now, the race is down to Biden and Sanders, with the Democratic National Committee preparing to change its debate eligibility rules to keep Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, off the debate stage. Standing with two old white guys, she could maybe make an appealing contrast and represent a last stand for diversity – but not with the Democratic establishment that hates her firmly in control.

Biden and Sanders find themselves with real dilemmas, but the dilemmas are different for each candidate.

In Biden’s case, he is already looking ahead to the general election against President Trump. A major selling point in the flood of endorsements is the belief among establishment Democrats that Sanders is simply too far to the left. So, one challenge for Biden will be to communicate that he is more reasonable…

Meanwhile, Sanders has his own dilemma.

If he wants to become the Democratic nominee, he has to take Biden down. This means speeches, advertising, and debate performances that are harshly critical of Biden and expose his many weaknesses. Biden is potentially susceptible to attacks on his family making money overseas, or his past positions to a whole series of issues which now run afoul of left-wing canon.

Either way, it should be an entertaining debate.

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Reality is setting in for the Democrats although it’s still limited.
They now realize that by trying to appear fair and evenhanded, they almost let Bernie take over and steer the ship straight towards the iceberg.
Now their only job is to finish off the the old geezer and Tulsi doesn’t have the vocal following to cause much of a problem.
Their problem will reestablish itself once Biden gets the crown and undergoes a little more scrutiny. They will realize he isn’t that much better of a candidate and they have run out of options.
Will Hillary or someone else then get the call from the bullpen?

Democrat DNC hates women.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Taxpayer. | March 7, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Read more than one autobiography of women who came of age – politically active Democrats in the 1960s.

    They mentioned that the men dominated – and the women were relegated to the kitchen making meals and preparing coffee.

    Only intersectional young cis-women of color who are military reservists.

    Of course maybe Hillary was…

    They keep lowering the glass ceiling.

    dunce1239 in reply to Taxpayer. | March 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Their hate is not limited to women. Hyper hate is reserved for republicans though.

Oh… the mysogeny. Tsk, tsk,tsk. What a shame.

DNC is afraid of Tulsi. Not that she would win the nomination, but that she would so thoroughly shred Mr. Free Shit and Mr. Can’t Remember Shit that they would be even more damaged goods going into the general.

    DSHornet in reply to CDR D. | March 7, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Echo the fear of Tulsi. That’s something the R’s need to keep pounding on.

    Wouldn’t it be amusing to hear Trump say Lieawatha was right on only one thing, that being misogyny? The pretzels in the local shopping mall wouldn’t be as twisted as the Dimocrat apologists.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | March 7, 2020 at 10:44 am

The Democrat War on Women continues.

I guess constantly moving the goal posts is part of their nature, just like a ‘living’ Constitution, creating sanctuary cities to not have to follow laws they don’t like, or abolishment of the Electoral College.

    Follow the link to an article I mentioned below.

    If Biden or Bernie — whichever one is the eventual nominee — picks a woman as his running mate and then gets elected, that woman will probably become President before he finishes his first term.

    So the Dems would get their “first woman President” without the bother of having to get her elected to the office. The old white man is just a reassuring figurehead to help ease us into the revolution.

    Same goes, mutatis mutandis, for VP’s of any other stripe. Voters need to scrutinize the VP candidate carefully, including a close look at the organizations he or she represents and from which he or she is getting funded. Because that’s who we’ll really be electing if we vote for the figurehead at the head of the ticket.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to OwenKellogg-Engineer. | March 7, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    “Constantly moving the goals post” (like in a Monty Python sketch)…..

    I can see it now, the DNC will nominate a “female” identifying transgender as their candidate…..

    Yeah, that will fix all their problems!

Tulsi cannot be in that debate because anyone watching who hasn’t been paying close attention will be like, “Where did she come from and why haven’t I seen her before?” They can’t have that.

An for all the Democrat talk about Democracy, it always comes down to their “elites” picking winners and losers.
You can bet everything you own, Biden will get the questions in advance.

    MajorWood in reply to Exiliado. | March 7, 2020 at 11:28 am

    But getting and remembering are two very different things.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MajorWood. | March 7, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Biden: “I’ll take Diversity for $500 Alex.”

      Alex: “Divers, assorted, and mixed up.”

      Biden: “What you see on this stage with Bernie and Me.”

The DNC certainly knows how to play Calvin-ball. Change the rules before every debate.

What the Central Committee wants, the Central Committee gets. Plus the Super Delegates outrank the regular delegates at the convention. The facade of the Democrat Party drips with irony. The mainstream of the Party may dislike Bernie but the veneer is coming unglued and the mainstream is just as “soviet” as Bernie if not more so. It is all a matter of “transparency”.

    alaskabob: Plus the Super Delegates outrank the regular delegates at the convention.

    In the Democratic Party, there are 3,979 pledged delegates and 771 automatic “super” delegates. Super-delegates do not even vote on the first ballot.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 7, 2020 at 11:33 am

Who would guess that the Democrats are the party of straight white males after all?!?

    You left out “old.”

    Age 60-69 = geezer/gezelle. Age 70-79 = codgers/codgettes. Age 80+ = coots/cootees. They are both official codgers.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to DSHornet. | March 7, 2020 at 11:52 am

      Hey! (Brandishing my cane)! You be NICE about codgers! Trump is a codger! Legal Insurrection’s resident grizzly is a codger!

      Now, get off my lawn!

        Some codgers are more healthy and mentally sharp than others. I think Trump, despite problems with his weight, is in better shape than either Biden or Bernie, in both aspects.

        … and I can’t speak to your health, Griz, but your mind strikes me as quite nimble.

        Me, I’m still a geezer, barely. Time marches on.

          notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CorkyAgain. | March 7, 2020 at 2:54 pm

          Some real physicians (not the PhD ones like Biden’s wife)
          state that being somewhat overweight, is healthier than being losing much weight once past about 70 or so.

        I’ll transition from geezer to codger later this year. Already have a spare shillelagh!

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to DSHornet. | March 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Elitist and Entitled too…….

We can see how this all seems to be shaping up. What’s really hard is to feature what the 2024 landscape will look like.

This is the last hurrah for this set of clowns. Who will be on center stage 4 years from now? Yikes.

This is on both sides. Who is after Trump? Who has that kind of charisma? Who has those kind of cojones? I like Pence, but I don’t think he’s it.

    rayc in reply to maxmillion. | March 7, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas has the cojones, a little thin on personality. No one has Trump’s charisma. Once in a lifetime. Everyone falls short in that department.

Somewhat off-topic, but I want to point readers of this blog to an article that provides an enlightening perspective on this election:

In a way, this is enormously beneficial to Tulsi. Think about it for a bit. She’s a young female minority Dem who is moderately popular. The Dems will be running an old geezer with health issues, so the VP pick had better not be an old geezer with health issues.

*IF* she got up on stage with the two geezers, it’s fairly certain that she would say things that would end any possibility of her being picked as VP. Even one good soundbite would get run over and over during the election.

So it may be premature, but I’m starting to think it will be Biden/Gabbard 2020, with a few select peeps from the DNC running over to her campaign to say “Shh!! Don’t criticize anybody for a month or two, and look surprised when the announcement is made.”

    stevewhitemd in reply to georgfelis. | March 7, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Gabbard will not be the VP nominee for either Biden or Sanders. She’s a little too willing to go off the reservation. Plus the Dems can correctly point to her < 1% showing in the votes so far and say that she just isn't that popular.

    Let's face it — the only reason LI commenters like her is that we can use her as a sharp stick to jab the Democrats in the eye. It's not like any of us would actually vote for her.

    No, Tulsi's best bet is to figure out how to become senator or governor of Hawaii, and then figure out how to run for president in 2024 or 2028 with the benefit of that experience. After all, being the VP nominee on a losing ticket doesn't help anyone — ask Kaine, Ryan, etc.

      moonmoth in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 7, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Let’s face it — the only reason LI commenters like her is that we can use her as a sharp stick to jab the Democrats in the eye.

      We’re not “using her”. We’re using the Democrats’ goalpost-moving to show that the “woke” crowd, who preach that “diversity” must prevail even in elementary-school bathrooms, are perfectly happy to keep it off their debate stage.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Well at least they’ll always have “DIVERSITY!”

Lucifer Morningstar | March 7, 2020 at 1:43 pm

So I wonder, now that the democratic leadership has winnowed the candidates down to two old. cis white men (not a woman or minority in sight), is Pelosi going to hold a press conference and make grand pronouncements about the “element of misogyny” in the democratic leadership like she did when Warren finally dropped out of the race? Or will she simply keep quiet like the hypocrite she truly is. I’m going for the hypocrite choice. But let’s wait and see.

In 2012, Romney just needed to attack Obama and he would still be president now. He was not willing to do what he needed to do. Trump did what he needed to do in order to fend of Clinton. Even with all her faults, there was not another person in America that could have beaten her.
Back then, Bernie wasn’t willing to do what he needed to do in order to beat the Hilldabeast. Let’s see if he’s ready this time around. Biden is an easy target. Bernie just has to pick up his weapon. The difference now? This is Bernie’s last chance. He has nothing to lose.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to DanJ1. | March 7, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This year and in 2016, it is my belief the DEMS where “using” Bernie as a Piped Piper – thinking that after Bernie was/is shuttled out of the way, that his supporters would still vote for the DNC Erected One.

    May not work this year though……

In this day and age, Tulsi could still participate in the debate by livestream commentary and rebuttal on her Youtube channel. In terms of mic time, she could answer every question and rebut every answer.

To the casual observer, the Democratic race for the party nomination seemed to get a “rewrite” the weekend before “Super Tuesday”.
It’s as if George Soros, Barack Obama or God read the entire field “the riot act” over the weekend, the Red Sea parted, and they all went to their new marks.

The Democrat Party is not a public entity.
It’s their party. They do as they see fit.
To have a voice, you must be a party member, not just a Democrat.
Active party member.
You won’t be seeing any elections for the DNC.

It just occurred to me that Biden has said pretty much the same thing himself, giving the game away with his “I’m an old man…” comment.

Let’s not get enamored with Tulsi. She’s quite the Socialist and has been critical enough of Israel to win praise from David Duke. Yes, she disavowed it, but it tells you about where her views are.

You really do NOT want to encourage her candidacy.

They know they wouldn’t be able to keep Gropin’ Joe from wandering over and sniffing her