The First Day of Candidate Filing – 2020

From the Missouri Secretary of State:

UNOFFICIAL Candidate Filing List
2020 Primary Election
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Ballot Placement: First day filers (2/25/2020) selected a number by random drawing to determine their placement on the primary ballot. After the first day, all candidates are placed on the ballot in order of their filing.
All Candidates and parties are listed in ballot order.
(Name, Mailing Address and Date/Time Filed as of 2/26/2020 6:03:03 a.m.)

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

A sampling:

Governor

Republican
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Raleigh Ritter 4476 FIVE MILE RD SENECA MO 64865 185 2/25/2020 12:09 p.m.
Mike Parson 1458 E 464 RD BOLIVAR MO 65613 348 2/25/2020 10:44 a.m.
James W. (Jim) Neely PO BOX 343 CAMERON MO 64429 477 2/25/2020 1:09 p.m.

Democratic
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Nicole Galloway 505 W STEWART RD COLUMBIA MO 65203 646 2/25/2020 11:14 a.m.
Jimmie Matthews 5935 LILLIAN AVE ST LOUIS MO 63136 861 2/25/2020 9:49 a.m.
Antoin Johnson 12200 BARCELONA AVE ST LOUIS MO 63138 989 2/25/2020 9:09 a.m.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D).

Uh, where’s Eric Greitens (r)?

Attorney General

Republican
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Eric Schmitt POST BOX 220722 KIRKWOOD MO 63122 502 2/25/2020 10:58 a.m.

Democratic
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Rich Finneran PO BOX 592 ST LOUIS MO 63188 200 2/25/2020 12:29 p.m.
Elad Gross 5653 SOUTHWEST AVE ST LOUIS MO 63139 220 2/25/2020 8:32 a.m.

Elad Gross (D) [2020 file photo].

Jill Schupp (D) [2016 file photo].

U.S. Representative – District 2

Republican
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Ann Wagner 313 ST ANDREWS CT BALLWIN MO 63011 677 2/25/2020 8:11 a.m.

Democratic
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Jill Schupp 418 N MOSLEY RD ST LOUIS MO 63141 553 2/25/2020 8:21 a.m.

Libertarian
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Martin Schulte 15579 CLAYTON RD BALLWIN MO 63011 414 2/25/2020 1:10 p.m.

Lindsey Simmons (D) [2020 file photo].

U.S. Representative – District 4

Republican
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Neal Gist PO BOX 1130 LAURIE MO 65038 857 2/25/2020 9:25 a.m.

Democratic
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Lindsey Simmons PO BOX 413 HALLSVILLE MO 65255 840 2/25/2020 9:39 a.m.

Libertarian
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Robert E Smith 818 N MAIN ST NEVADA MO 64772 250 2/25/2020 3:43 p.m.

Where’s Vicky (r)?

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) [2017 file photo].

U.S. Representative – District 5

Republican
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Clay Chastain 421 LEE ST. BEDFORD VA 24523 43 2/25/2020 10:51 a.m.

Democratic
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Emanuel Cleaver II 8217 E GREGORY BLVD KANSAS CITY MO 64133 518 2/25/2020 8:23 a.m.
Maite Salazar 4228 MONTGALL AVE KANSAS CITY MO 64130 785 2/25/2020 1:42 p.m.

Kathy Ellis (D) [2020 file photo].

U.S. Representative – District 8

Republican
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Jason Smith PO BOX 1324 CAPE GIRARDEAU MO 63702 427 2/25/2020 8:18 a.m.

Democratic
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Kathy Ellis 208 BARRINGTON PL FESTUS MO 63028 73 2/25/2020 10:02 a.m.

The last day for candidate filing is March 31, 2020.

What access to $50,000,000,000.00 or $60,000,000,000.00 gets you

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The Missouri presidential preference primary will take place on Tuesday, March 10th, a week after “Super” Tuesday. Here in west central Missouri we’ve received our first piece of campaign mail.

Slick.

“…He’ll be president for the entire country…” Uh, that’s how it used to work.

It is a Democratic Party primary. But, since voters in Missouri don’t register by party, any voter can pull a Democratic Party primary ballot.

So much for the Donald’s leading economic indicator…

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Jason Kander (D) [2016 file photo]

Yesterday evening:

Jason Kander @JasonKander
The President trying to prevent the stock market from contracting coronavirus is the natural extension of believing corporations are people.
6:56 PM · Feb 24, 2020

The people haven’t been doing so well for the past two days.

4:01 pm: Dow drops 3%, bringing 2-day point loss to 1,910

Major averages slid on Tuesday, accelerating Monday’s sharp losses. The Dow fell 879 points, or 3.15%, the S&P 500 dropped 3.03% and the Nasdaq fell 2.77%. The U.S. 10-year treasury yield fell to its lowest level on record as the growing number of coronavirus cases outside of China continued to roil the markets, and investors[.]

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Now what?

Rep. Jason Smith (r): talk, talk, talk

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Chutzpah, too.

Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
For our community, access to care isn’t just a talking point – it’s a matter of life or death. Last week, I continued my fight for rural healthcare and met with Director Carroll of the @ONDCP and @GovParsonMO for a roundtable in Cape Girardeau.
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9:49 AM · Feb 24, 2020

Hypocrisy, they think it’s a good look.

The replies, as always, are priceless:

You have devoted your entire career, both in the Missouri General Assembly and in the Congress, to blocking healthcare for working people in your District. Besides the health effects, your actions have resulted in closed hospitals in your District.

you’ve been active in preventing access.

You want to protect folks with pre-existing conditions — but at a higher price for them. Currently the ACA which you oppose makes it illegal to consider pre-existing conditions in pricing. So you want to repeal the ACA to change that? Why? Keep your filthy hands off the ACA.

How about helping Missouri expand Medicaid to save rural hospitals. It was Gingrich’s and Heritage’s plan. Time to stop being stupid because of Obama. He’s done. You can try thinking with you own brain now. 36 states accept our federal expanded Medicaid dollars. And Gov. Pence.

You voted to kill my insurance.
#shuttheFupyouliar

Yes Jason, it can be life or death, but your voting record tells a different story than this talking point.

Oh please. You voted to take away healthcare from Missourians

Um… @RepJasonSmith voted against ACA – the exact opposite of which you are telling people today. What’s up with that?

Medicaid expansion would automatically cover 200,000 more Missouri residents and save us $100 million! The feds cover 90% of the cost. [….]

At this point you’re just punking us.

Getting scared, bro? Remember when you celebrated voting to repeal the ACA with no replacement? Yeah, I do. Y’all brought beer in to celebrate. You’ve been fighting to TAKE AWAY healthcare, you lying PoS.

Three down. Fifty-four or so to go.

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Primaries and caucuses that is.

Over the years on the social media platforms I use I restrict who and what I follow to the point that I know the vast majority of people who I encounter (read) to a few degrees of separation and/or I am fairly certain they’re real people.

And, I post on Show Me Progress. When someone comments here it is held until I approve it. Since I hold the keys to the shop I see all of the background information not available to the casual user, which includes the posting IP address and the commenter’s e-mail address. Again, I can ascertain if a comment comes from a real person with a fair degree of certainty.

In 2016 (see below) I wrote about the disaster that was the Missouri State Democratic Convention. That drew interactions and comments from Bernie Sanders supporters that ranged from polite condescension to outright hostility. Nothing, really, about party unity.

Now in 2020, at this point in the presidential nominee selection process after the Nevada debate and the question about having a plurality of delegates, not a majority, posed by NBC’s Chuck Todd (I know, he’s useless), I started seeing posted material from Bernie Sanders supporters, contrary to the DNC 2020 rules which all the candidates and their campaigns know, that the candidate with a plurality (if no one has a majority on the first ballot) should feel entitled to the nomination on the second ballot.

The last multiple ballot nomination at a Democratic convention took place in 1952.

Back to 2020. In my comments on various discussions about the issue I have pointed out that if no candidate achieve 50% + 1 on the first ballot, that’s what the subsequent ballots are for (and those ballots include “uncommitted” PLEO delegates).

Nothing has changed from 2016. In these various venues I have encountered self-identified Bernie Sanders supporters who have responded with comments, again, that range from polite condescension to outright hostility. One accused me of possessing a “broken centrist brain.” Heh.

There was one prominent exception. One. This person wrote, after I invited them to read my 2016 account and the subsequent comments on Show Me Progress: “…thanks to the link to your report on the state convention in 2016. I don’t dispute anything in it. You did a good job of reporting. I will say that I have put considerable effort into figuring out what to do with the ‘car we caught’ that day…”

So, here we are, four years later, in two caucuses and one primary out of 57, and very few people have learned any lessons from 2016.

I have no confidence that enough people will do so in time so that we can save ourselves.

Senator Kamala Harris (D) [2019 file photo].

Vice President Joe Biden (D) [2013 file photo].

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) [2019 file photo].

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro (D) [2013 file photo].

Former Congressman John Delaney (D) [2019 file photo].

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) [2019 file photo].

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) [2019 file photo].

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) [2019 file photo].

Marianne Williamson (D) [2019 file photo].

Congressman Seth Moulton (D) [2019 file photo].

Senator Bernie Sanders [2016 file photo].

Congressman Tim Ryan (D) [2019 file photo].

Senator Cory Booker (D) [2019 file photo]

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) [2019 file photo].

Three down. Fifty-four or so to go. Still.

Old media is ready to wrap up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

I suppose in the 2020 November General Election I could attempt to write in “Jill Stein,” just for the irony of it.

Previously:

Your $27.00 won’t get you into heaven anymore (June 19, 2016)

And we shall know them by their whiny, poorly written, rhetorically deficient, bullshit press releases (August 13, 2018)

A text from Bernie 2020 (December 18, 2019)

Nevertheless, she persisted (February 20, 2020)

You know, your candidate is kind of okay, but too many of his true believers are real assholes (February 20, 2020)

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (r): Rule of Law, meh…

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“…I don’t care what the Supreme Court says…”

Voter suppression.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (r) [2019 file photo].

Last night, in Springfield.

With promise to revive voter ID, Ashcroft announces 2020 re-election bid
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Ashcroft’s vow comes a month after the Missouri Supreme Court struck down the law, which required people with non-photo IDs such election cards or bank statements to swear they were who they said they were before voting.

The court said the scheme was “misleading,” “contradictory” and unconstitutional.

But Ashcroft hasn’t given up.

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“I don’t care what the Supreme Court says,” he said. “You all should make the decision, the people of the state.”

It’s not clear it will work. High court judges considered an idea similar to what the bill proposes and called it “nonsensical” last month.

[….]

Such respect for the rule of law. It runs in the family.

Previously:

Finally, documentation of voter impersonation fraud in Missouri. Zero. (August 12, 2012)

Secretary of State Jason Kander (D): with Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC on voter ID (February 9, 2014)

Jay Ashcroft’s (r) voter photo ID tour – Warrensburg – June 16, 2017 (June 16, 2017)

Campaign Finance: The $64,000.00 question

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For the plane, or not?

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the PAC propping up Governor Mike Parson (r):

C180490 02/20/2020 Uniting Missouri PAC MO MAJORITY PAC PO BOX 651 PERRYVILLE MO 63775 2/20/2020 $64,000.00

[emphasis added]

Mike Parson (r) [2016 file photo].

Previously:

Nice Super Bowl LIV seats you got there (February 3, 2020)

Because there are never any direct commercial flights between Kansas City or St. Louis and Miami? (February 3, 2020)

The plane! The plane! (February 12, 2020)

Gov. Mike Parson (r): a complaint to the Missouri Ethics Commission about those plane flights (February 20, 2020)

Gov. Mike Parson (r): a complaint to the Missouri Ethics Commission about those plane flights

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“…It is nearly impossible for an individual to fly on a plane without being advised of the flight ahead of time…”

$15,497.55 worth of plane flight(s) for the Super Bowl. And others?

We asked the complainant (and the attorney) for a copy of the document. They sent it to us.

The complaint to the Missouri Ethics Commission, filed yesterday:

2020.02.19 MEC Official Complaint – Mike Parson [pdf]

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Governor Mike Parson, Parson for Missouri (the Governor’s official campaign committee), and Uniting Missouri PAC (a political action committee supporting the Governor’s election bid) appear to be engaged in on-going violations of Missouri campaign finance law related to the use of private airplanes. Uniting Missouri is supposed to be a political action committee, independent from the “consent, coordination or control” of its expenditures by Mike Parson. But the public statements of Uniting Missouri PAC’s officers and Parson for Missouri officials show that candidate Parson is in fact consenting to, coordinating, and/or controlling expenditures by the PAC for private plane travel.

Governor Parson flew on planes paid for by, or reported as a contribution by, a third party to a PAC. He could not have done so without some level of “cooperation” or “coordination” with the PAC. As the Commission recently said in MEC v. Greitens, expenditures “done in cooperation with” a candidate are in-kind contributions.2 Just as Greitens for Missouri violated Missouri law by coordinating expenditures with a PAC, Parson for Missouri has violated Missouri law by failing to report coordinated expenditures for flights as in-kind contributions. Along the way, Uniting Missouri PAC violated other requirements that the flights be reported timely. Finally, these flights exceeded the contribution limits for contributions to candidates. Intentionally evading those limits is a misdemeanor.
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A. THE WASHINGTON DC FLIGHT
According to these public reports, the December 11, 2019 flight to Washington D.C. was on a plane belonging to Rick DeStefane, a longtime donor to Parson.4 This flight occurred after an appearance by Parson at a fundraiser for Uniting Missouri PAC. “Hancock said Uniting Missouri is covering the cost of the flight because the trip followed its St. Louis fundraiser.” Given that Parson lives in Missouri, not Washington D.C., it is not clear why travel out of state away from a fundraiser would be related to fundraising. Although Hancock claims the trip was related to fundraising, “the governor’s office said…that Parson and Willard were in Washington, D.C., to attend ‘an official event on a public policy matter hosted by the White House’.”5 But, Governor Parson’s trip to Washington, D.C. was not official business, rather it was likely campaign related. Parson even promoted it on his campaign social media account. Exhibit A. Regardless of the true purpose for the trip, there is no doubt that the flight was an expenditure on the part of Uniting Missouri PAC. This flight has never been reported as either an expenditure by Uniting Missouri PAC or an in-kind contribution to the PAC by DeStefane.6 Exhibit B. Nor has Parson for Missouri reported this flight as a contribution to the campaign.

B. THE SUPER BOWL FLIGHT
Parson’s February 2, 2020 trip to the Super Bowl on a plane provided by Uniting Missouri PAC, while also purportedly official business, directly benefitted his campaign. While the Governor’s office put out an official statement that his attendance at the Super Bowl was in his official capacity, Uniting Missouri PAC chairman John Hancock stated otherwise. “John Hancock said the use of the plane is legal because Parson raised money while in Florida for the game.” Press reports do not clarify for whom Governor Parson raised the money. The 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, Florida between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers was played on February 2, 2020. Uniting Missouri PAC reported a $15,497.55 in kind contribution from TM Aviation LLC nine days later, on February 11, 2020. Exhibit C. The report does not make clear that the in-kind contribution was the flight to the Super Bowl.

C. MISCELLANEOUS FLIGHTS
In addition to the 2019 DC and Super Bowl Flights, Uniting Missouri PAC has paid “more than $37,000 to Branson Aircraft LLC for expenses listed as ‘travel for fundraisers’.” 1° Exhibit D. Given Hancock’s statements that Uniting Missouri provides the Governor’s fundraising travel, this likely includes private air travel by Governor Parson. None of these flights are reported as in kind contributions to the Parson candidate committee.
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However, in this case, Parson’s use of private aircraft arranged by Uniting Missouri PAC is an in-kind contribution to Parson for Missouri. “If a candidate is advised of the proposed expenditure ahead of time, it might be construed to be an expenditure made either with the cooperation or implied consent of that candidate.” It is nearly impossible for an individual to fly on a plane without being advised of the flight ahead of time.

Parson must have requested Uniting Missouri PAC arrange and pay for the use of the aircraft, and cooperated and consented to getting on the plane. At a minimum, Parson gave “express or implied consent” as contemplated by MEC Opinion 96.06.135. Therefore, Mike Parson, Parson for Missouri, and Uniting Missouri PAC unlawfully coordinated these airplane flights. Unless Parson was in control of or at least consented to expenditures by Uniting Missouri PAC, he would not be able to take these flights because, for example, he would not have known when or where to show up or where the flight was going.
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In addition, Uniting Missouri PAC may have acted as a pass-through organization for donations from individuals and LLCs to Parson for Missouri. When a flight is reported as an in kind contribution, it should be an in-kind contribution from the owner of the airplane, not Uniting Missouri PAC. That in-kind contribution counts against Missouri’s campaign contribution limits. In every instance listed above, the cost of the flight either alone or in combination with other donations from those individuals or LLCs far exceeds the $2600 donation limit set for in the Missouri Constitution.
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Any contribution above $5000 must be reported within 48 hours of receipt. The 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, Florida between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers was played on February 2, 2020. Uniting Missouri PAC reported a $15,497.55 in-kind contribution from TM Aviation LLC nine days later, on February 11, 2020. This is over 200 hours after the Super Bowl occurred. Either the in-kind is for the Super Bowl flight and should have been reported as made on February 2, 2020 when Governor Parson took a private plane to the Super Bowl (and reported within 48 hours of that flight) or the Super Bowl flight was not reported at all and the February 11, 2020 in-kind is for a different flight. Either scenario is a violation of campaign finance law.
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Claire McCaskill (D) must be having a laugh or two right now.

Governor Mike Parson (r) and Missouri First Lady Teresa Parson [2018 file photo].

Previously:

Nice Super Bowl LIV seats you got there (February 3, 2020)

Because there are never any direct commercial flights between Kansas City or St. Louis and Miami? (February 3, 2020)

The plane! The plane! (February 12, 2020)

Missouri Ethics Commission – it ain’t chicken feed (February 13, 2020)

Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2020)

You know, your candidate is kind of okay, but too many of his true believers are real assholes

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While we’re at it, NBC’s Chuck Todd is a useless tool.

Senator Bernie Sanders (D) [2016 file photo].

In 2016, at the Missouri State Democratic Convention the four elected positions on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) went to supporters of Bernie Sanders.

In the period since 2016 the DNC revised the 2020 party presidential caucus/primary/convention process to exclude so-called “Super delegates” (Uncommitted Party Leader Elected Official) on the first presidential nominating ballot at the national convention. These PLEO delegates would/can vote if no candidate for the nomination receives 50% + 1 on the first ballot. In addition, as what has always been the case, committed delegates are only bound on the first ballot. After that they can vote for anyone.

The last time a Democratic National Convention went to a subsequent ballot for the nomination of the party’s presidential candidate was 1952.

In 2004, in part of the process in Missouri to elect committed PLEO delegates (by the state party committee), I was asked, in passing, of my interest in running for one of those allocated delegate spots by a representative of a candidate I did not support or vote for in the Missouri primary. I declined. If I had managed to get elected as a delegate I would have been committed to that candidate on the first ballot. If there were any subsequent ballots, in this hypothetical situation, I would have most definitely voted for another candidate.

One of the rules of the delegate selection process is that all candidates have the right of approval for any individual running for one of their national delegate spots. In Missouri these are allocated by formula based on the outcome of the presidential preference primary vote.

In 2016, at the state Democratic Party Convention, 88 individuals filed for eight at-large Hillary national delegate slots. Hillary’s campaign did not strike any individuals from that list. The eight delegate slots were filled by the vote of the Hillary caucus. At the same convention 21 individuals were listed as vying for seven nation delegate slots allocated to Bernie Sanders. I was curious about the disparity. I later learned that over 100 individuals had filed the paper work to run, but the Bernie Sanders national campaign struck most of those individuals from their approved list, without apparently notifying them of the how and why. This upset a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters at the state convention. So much so that there was a motion from the floor to open nominations for national delegate slots from the floor.

Why would a national campaign piss off so many of their supporters? It wasn’t until last night that I finally understood a possible explanation for the underlying why.

In 2016, if, for some reason, the 2016 convention went to a second ballot (brokered), the Bernie Sanders campaign only wanted true believers in their delegate slots. A true believer be more likely to stick with their candidate over multiple ballots, after being released from that first ballot commitment.

Last night NBCs Chuck Todd asked a process question of all of the candidates. If one candidate had a plurality and not 50% + 1, should they be entitled to be the nominee. All of the candidates, but one, replied no, there’s a process in the rules to deal with the selection of a nominee in that situation. The lone dissent: Bernie Sanders.

The irony here is that Bernie Sanders supporters on the DNC (including the four elected from Missouri in 2016) ostensibly voted to approve the caucus/primary/convention rules for 2020, which also removed the vote of uncommitted PLEO delegates on the first ballot.

There is no rule that allows for a plurality of delegates to select the party’s nominee. None.

Here’s a hypothetical situation. Candidate A has 35% of the delegates, candidate B has 30% of the delegates, and candidate C has 21% of the delegates. No one gets to 50% + 1 on the first ballot. Candidate B and C and their delegates come together – one will be the presidential nominee, one will be the vice presidential nominee. On the second ballot they get 51% of the vote. That’s how a subsequent ballot can select the party’s nominee.

After Chuck Todd’s admittedly stupid process question and Bernie Sanders’ dissenting opinion there were discussions on social media, with some Berniebros going on about the unfairness of it all. With the same temperament as the responses from 2016. Think about that for second. Their revolution’s representatives to the DNC ostensibly voted for those rules. Now, somehow, they’re unfair. They feel entitled enough to want to replace their rules midstream with some nonexistent plurality rule. Because.

I like Bernie Sanders. I find his ideas compelling, though he’s not my first choice. I find myself listening to him and appreciating his voice. And then I encounter a significant (not all) number of his supporters, too many, who are serious assholes. [Fuck you if you start in with me, “what about?”] And then I remember 2016 all over again.

Previously:

Your $27.00 won’t get you into heaven anymore (June 19, 2016)

A text from Bernie 2020 (December 18, 2019)

Nevertheless, she persisted (February 20, 2020)

Nevertheless, she persisted

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There was a Democratic Party presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas, Nevada last night. Who won?:

1. Elizabeth Warren

She’s the one.

@markos “What Warren is doing to Bloomberg? Imagine her doing it to Trump.”

@JoyAnnReid “Elizabeth Warren came to this debate with a clear plan and Bloomberg in her sights and she is executing that plan with authority, and side-swiping her rivals onstage too. It’s honestly not even close. #DebDebate”

@laurenthehough “The thing about @ewarren is she knows, now matter how dead the monster looks, you fucking kill him again.”

@CharlesPPierce “That Warren answer on foreclosure was a serious bit of leadership.”

@tonymess “The invisible one is winning. @ewarren”

@AoDespair “And this, good people, is why Warren Is my first choice. Progressive politics and a taste for the jugular in a political contest that will only get uglier as we march to November. I want her coming off the top rope with a folding chair on Donald Trump.”

@curtismharris “Elizabeth Warren is channeling an inner fury that only comes from grading papers that have no thesis statement.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) [2019 file photo]

2. Joe Biden

Joe’s a nice guy. I like Joe.

Vice President Joe Biden (D) [2014 file photo].

3. Bernie Sanders

@JRubinBlogger “maybe it is Buttigieg or Klobuchar but Bernie’s yelling old man routine is quite noticeably irritating tonight”

If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.

@EricHolthaus “Bernie Sanders: “Mike Bloomberg owns more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans. That’s wrong. That’s immoral.””

@Johngcole “Bernie is right. You don’t earn a billion dollars. You take it.”

Senator Bernie Sanders (D) [2016 file photo].

4. Amy Klobuchar

@kenklippenstein “buttigieg vs. klobuchar was so much repressed midwestern rage I thought they were gonna open a black hole”

@RachelEPotucek “”Are you saying I’m dumb?” @amyklobuchar calling out @PeteButtigieg’s tone is everything”

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) [2019 file photo]

5. Pete Buttigieg

@Will_Bunch “Never find someone who hates you the way Amy Klobuchar hates Pete Buttigieg”

@MBersin “Translation: “The two most Jewish candidates on this stage.””

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) [2019 file photo].

78. Mike Bloomberg

It was like watching a mink coat get clubbed.

@CharlesPPierce “I am stunned at how really bad Bloomberg is at this.”

@justinbaragona “Bloomberg brought a wallet to a gun fight tonight”

@andizeisler “Listen, some pundits may say that it was unsporting for Elizabeth Warren to kick off this debate by ripping Mike Bloomberg’s arms off and using them to punch him in the dick, but i respectfully disagree”

@MEPFuller “Michael Bloomberg is paying hundreds of millions of dollars to do this to himself.This is what we call a “self-own.””

3,256. Chuck Todd

Useless. The pundit class’ conventional wisdom is going to kill us all.

@CharlesPPierce “Chuck ends with an idiotic horse race question.”

@MBersin “The invisibility hand of Chuck Todd strikes again. What a useless tool. #DemDebate”

@Wolfiesmom “I just yelled, ‘Oh my God shut up Chuck Todd’ out loud in my hotel room by myself if you’re wondering how I’m feeling about the #DemDebate”