At least 64 former Obama staffers are running for office this year.

By | 2018-05-28T12:24:35+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Yes, we can, again.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Dozens of former Obama administration officials are running for office this year, largely in opposition to President Trump and his policies, NBC News reported Sunday.

At least 64 former Obama staffers are running for federal, state or local office this year, according to the network, which cited numbers obtained from the Obama Alumni Association.

The group said it expects that number to rise as more Obama alums contact it about their bids. Some states also have yet to hold primaries, giving more former staffers the chance to announce campaigns.

At least 28 of those Obama officials are running for the House of Representatives, according to NBC News, which said five have won their primaries so far and one has lost.

Many of the candidates told the network that Trump and his administration motivated them to run for office.

Well, we need as many good Democrats as we can get in 2018, and anybody who worked closely with Obama will likely have the kinds of priorities, intelligence, and political experience to make an excellent candidate. 

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7 Comments

  1. anonymous May 28, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

    “Nathan’s experience is emblematic of a growing concern on the left: For a movement that wants to reach young people, low-income workers and people of color, progressive organizations and candidates don’t offer many paid opportunities.

    “This is why we see attrition in the movement,” said Maggie Thompson, executive director of Generation Progress, the youth arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress (which pays its interns, incidentally).” A 2017 study found that between 2008 and 2014, conservative donors gave three times more to millennial outreach groups than liberal donors. Much of that funding, Thompson says, went to things like paid fellowships, travel stipends and study grants ― creating the feeder system that will guide young people into actual jobs with political campaigns and think tanks.

    ““Americans for Prosperity is organized at the local, state and national level. ““The Republicans are building an army, while the Democrats are still paying you in ‘making the world a better place,’” Experience Doesn’t Pay the Bills, found that more than half of Republican senators offered paid internships, compared to fewer than a third of Democratic senators. In the House it was even worse: Twice as many Republicans as Democrats paid their interns.” “The Charles Koch Institute has an “associates program” that places young professionals in conservative think tanks and pays an average of $41,000 per year. The Leadership Institute, a conservative youth organization, offers interns free accommodation, free food, an $825-per-month stipend and a $200 “book allowance.””

    ““It’s hard to steer the ship of progressive donors,” “All of the folks participating in the Democracy Alliance have their own favorite issues and strategies. They come in with a set of organizations they’re enthusiastic about. In the Koch network, you’re signing up to support the Kochs’ agenda.” “Conservatives are looking to reinforce existing power structures, where we’re looking to change them,” “They have a strong funding edge, but they’re still losing the MORAL fight in the long run. Millennials are progressive.”

    ““Eventually, I got to work for Barack Obama,” “But what it took at the beginning was an $1,800 stipend and an old car.””

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/right-wing-millennial-machine_us_5b049aebe4b07c4ea102e0c3

  2. Anonymous May 28, 2018 at 7:31 am - Reply

    OT SIGINT? “Here we have yet another Trumpian shell game-cum-deception.” ” The counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump was kicked off by not one, not two, but multiple SIGINT reports which set off alarm bells inside our Intelligence Community. This has been publicly known” ” Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the U.S.” In other words, Western intelligence agencies that were eavesdropping on the Kremlin and its spies—not Trump or any of his retinue—heard numerous conversations about Trump and his secret Russian connections. As I’ve told you previously, senior Kremlin officials got very chatty about Trump beginning in late 2014, on the heels of his infamous Moscow trip” s. In response to urgent FBI requests for more information, NSA rose to the occasion, and by the time that Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination in mid-July 2016, “We knew we had a Russian agent on our hands,”
    ““The Kremlin talked about Trump like he was their boy, and their comments weren’t always flattering.” The NSA official stated that those above-top-secret reports left no doubt that the Russians were subverting our democracy in 2016—and that Team Trump was a witting participant in the Kremlin’s criminal conspiracy: “Trump and his kids knew what they were doing, and who they were doing it with,””Clapper isn’t likely to blab about high-grade SIGINT anytime soon, particularly when it implicates the president in espionage and worse.”

    https://observer.com/2018/05/what-did-the-fbi-do-in-2016-about-russian-connections-to-donald-trump/

    ‘Over the weekend, “executive time” has birthed batches of presidential rage-tweets about the alleged “Spygate,” complete with Trump’s trademark unusual capitalizations and quotations. “With Spies, or ‘Informants’ as the Democrats like to call them because it sounds less sinister (but it’s not), all over my campaign, even from a very early date, why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or ‘Justice’ contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?”
    the president asked on Saturday, adding that “This whole Russia Probe is Rigged.”’

    “” Schiff stated, > “This is just … a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat.””

  3. Anonymous May 28, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    In the construction world, there is a well known adage that is followed: Measure twice, cut once. President Obama thought things through without jumping.
    Was he always right? No, but he had the welfare of all of us and this country in mind. HOW I miss him. The same cannot be said of what we have now.

  4. anonymous May 28, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/fox-news-pundits-debate-whether-hillary-clinton-go-jail-trumps-russia-scandal/

    ““Well, if it’s really a big threat and we want to stop them from meddling in our elections, why is it that during a three-year time span the Obama administration really didn’t do much to stop this from happening,” “Fox News believes Clinton colluded with Russia MORE than Trump did.”

  5. Anonymous May 28, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/school-bans-gay-valedictorian-speaking-claims-graduation-speech-inconsistent-catholic-values/

    “Bales’ speech is in part a tribute to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who went on to literally change America this year after a gunman shot and killed 17 people on their campus in February.

    “’The young people will win,’””

    https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/05/24/pope-doesnt-want-practicing-gays-in-seminaries-reports-say/

    “Pope Francis on Monday said that men with “deeply rooted” homosexual tendencies, or who “practice homosexual acts,” shouldn’t be allowed into the seminary.
    A report by Vatican Insider says Francis told the Italian prelates: “These tendencies, when they are ‘deeply rooted,’ and the practice of homosexual acts, can compromise the life of the seminary beyond that of the young man himself and his eventual future priesthood.””

  6. Anonymous May 28, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    And I’ll bet you that the true White House staff (maids,.butlers,chefs, janitorial) miss the Obamas, too.
    After eight years of them, they now have THIS,

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