The Democratic Primary Is Now a Race to See Who Can Go Totally Broke First

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Tuesday, a day for the true cry heads out there.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • It looks like a bunch of the Democratic primary candidates are burning through their campaign funds and might go broke. Bring on the culling, but please protect and defend John Delaney. [Politico]
  • Attorney General William Barr will not bring federal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner by placing him in a chokehold. Five years after Garner’s death, Pantaleo is still employed by the New York Police Department. [CNN]
  • Betsy DeVos is under investigation for using her personal email to conduct official business. I won’t do the “but her emails” thing here because I respect you too much and know you’re better than that. [Politico]
  • Ted Cruz has regrets! [The Plain Dealer]
  • State violence and a campaign of organized terror against immigrant families, brought to you by Palantir. [WNYC]
  • Human suffering profiteers get the fuck out. [Washington Post]
  • Cardi B and Daddy Bernie Everlasting:
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DISCUSSION

mortal-dictata
Mortal Dictata

So there are rumours in the press we’re probably heading to yet another election in the autumn, an early General Election, as the Tories believe it’ll be the best time to attack Labour if they get BoJo in due to the “Boris Factor” on typically “don’t follow politics” types who think he’s a top bloke, a hopeful pro-Brexit resurgence for the Tories to regain voters who fled to BP, and Labour being seen as weak and shifty.

The sad truth is that it could possibly work. Autumn is conference season, with the Labour one in particular setting up to be a nightmare (there’s now an open “Socialists for Europe” group led by Starmer, McDonnell, and others formerly Corbyn loyalists, or who would at least be respectfully quiet, now openly speaking out against the Leader’s Brexit position) that’ll take a long time to unite from, while Tories are already lining up to kiss BoJo’s behind before their contest is over, including Gove who quite famously said in 2016 that he’s not capable of uniting or leading the country.

Combined with a tentative but growing “Remain Alliance” currently being built between the LibDems, Greens, and regional parties taking masses of Labour votes in urban areas as the “principled rebel” sheen continues to fade from the now four years in office Leader of the Opposition it could provide enough of an avenue for victory to take the risk, hoping that some piece-meal domestic policies taped round a Brexit-oriented message could win in 2019 what they couldn’t in 2017.