Glenn Beck: The guy who got Specter out


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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America and we're strangely proud of that. Hello, America. My name is Glenn Beck. I'm glad that you're here. There's a ton to do yet today. I want to get right to Pat Toomey. He is a Republican for Senate in Pennsylvania. He's the guy that had a 21 point lead in the polls that scared Arlen Specter and Arlen went... (crying). And he's with us now. Mr. Toomey, how are you, sir?

TOOMEY: I'm doing great, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: I'm doing good. It's good to have you on the program.

TOOMEY: Well, thank you.

GLENN: So Arlen Specter, a guy who I never voted for even though I lived in Pennsylvania, nor would I vote for because the guy was never a Republican. He was only a guy who just wanted to win elections and do what he wanted.

TOOMEY: Right.

GLENN: You see this as a good thing, getting away from the Arlen Specters of the Republican Party?

TOOMEY: Well, you know, Glenn, I think we ought to be a party that has a wide range of opinions and that's a perfectly healthy situation, but Arlen Specter never agreed with us on anything. The fundamental idea it seems to me that unites Republicans is belief in the freedom of the individual and limiting the power of government, and Arlen Specter has always been about growing government as long as he's got the opportunity to exercise control, as long as it enhances his power, he's been for more government and less freedom. That just, I don't see a home in the Republican Party for someone who takes that approach.

GLENN: Okay. May I just I hope you don't regret this interview here because I'm not a Republican. I am more and more of a libertarian because I'm sick to death of the Republicans because of what you just said. What you just said is so true but unfortunately there has been too many people that have made their homes and have given us progressive or progressive light as our choices. We have got to offer, whether it's in the Republicans, the Democrats, a third party, I don't care but America is hungry for meat and potatoes, and those meat and potatoes are maximum liberties and minimum government and I haven't seen that in the Republican Party. George Bush didn't offer that.

TOOMEY: No, he didn't. Glenn, you are absolutely right and I think that's why Republicans were thrown out of power. And I repeat, I was in office when I saw this happening. I saw my Republican colleagues voting to grow government. They were just, many of them were just all too happy to capitulate to Bill Clinton and then under George Bush, the absence of a single veto, the explosion of earmarks, the creation of new entitlements, the farm bill. I mean, the list just goes on and on. And I cast a lot of lonely votes because I just thought it was all wrong. I think you're right. I think we've got to stand for something, but I'm hoping that the Republican Party by which I don't refer to the grassroots of people of America, they haven't changed.

GLENN: No.

TOOMEY: But the elected Republicans, I'm hoping to beginning they will figure this out.

GLENN: Everybody is saying the Republican Party, should it move left, should it move right and I contend it should restore itself where the average person is. The average person is not they are falling in line with Barack Obama because they like him. They like him as a person. But if you look at his ratings on the policies, they do not like those policies. So you need to reconnect with the mainstream of America, which doesn't say let's nationalize banks, let's nationalize industries.

TOOMEY: Right.

GLENN: But your party went and gave I mean, look, Senator Santorum is a friend of mine, went he went and he endorsed Senator Specter the last time. I mean, and that

TOOMEY: He did, yeah.

GLENN: I think that hurt Senator Santorum.

TOOMEY: I think that hurt him and I agree completely that people across Pennsylvania and I suspect across the country, they like President Obama as an individual, they see him as a charismatic, attractive, charming, persuasive guy. They are not sold on these policies. And if you look at it, I mean, Senator Specter was in lockstep there with all the bailouts, with the massive spending, the unprecedented debt, with the erosion of our freedoms, and he woke up one morning and realized, I can't get reelected in the Republican Party, which shows you that the rank and file Republicans still believe in the idea of limited government and personal freedom.

GLENN: Do you believe, Pat, that there is a that the party has connected to the people? I think the people understand it. I think, you know, these I've seen Republicans say they have got to distance themselves from people like me and they have to distance themselves from tea parties and et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. No, they don't. That is that really is the beginning of, those are the brave people that are standing up right now.

TOOMEY: That's right, yeah.

GLENN: Most people, they don't do those kinds of things.

TOOMEY: That's exactly right.

GLENN: But they are thinking those things.

TOOMEY: Exactly. For every person who's willing and able really to take the time and actually go down to a tea party and wave a sign, there are hundreds, if not thousands of people who share the sentiment but for whatever reason they can't or they won't go out and actually go to a rally. I think

GLENN: So explain to me, explain to me who you think the average American is. Forget about party. What is the average American thinking right now?

TOOMEY: I think the average American is thinking I've got to get up every day and I've got to go to work, I've got to be productive in order to take care of myself and my family, and I am alarmed that the federal government is going to saddle me with obligations and debts and commitments that they've got no right imposing on me and frankly I probably can't afford. I think that's going through the minds of a lot of average Americans.

GLENN: The average American also will say this, and help me answer this: Well, but they tell us if we don't do this, then the whole thing falls apart. I don't want the whole thing to fall apart. What should we do? Nothing is not an answer.

TOOMEY: Yeah, but the average American understands that part of what got us into this mess is too much borrowing and spending and it's pretty hard for the average American to understand how massive increases in borrowing and spending is going to get us out of a problem that was caused by borrowing and spending.

GLENN: What would you be doing with GM right now and Chrysler?

TOOMEY: I think the federal government needs to let GM work out its deal with its bondholders and if they can't do that outside of bankruptcy, they have got to go into bankruptcy. You know, we've got to remember bankruptcy is not a death sentence and it is the longstanding appropriate mechanism for dealing with failed companies. It's an opportunity to salvage whatever assets work, but that's for the bondholders to work out and frankly they are going to have to take a hit and it shouldn't be the taxpayers' problem because the taxpayers didn't cause this.

GLENN: When you lost to Arlen Specter in the primary, you actually endorsed Arlen Specter afterwards, did you not?

TOOMEY: I did, yeah.

GLENN: Why?

TOOMEY: I did that because I thought at the time with a relatively narrow Republican control, we ought to I was very concerned that his opponent, Joe Hoeffel, was an extreme leftwing Democrat and would be even worse than Arlen Specter. So I thought

GLENN: If you had to do it all over again, would you do it? And if not, why?

TOOMEY: Well

GLENN: And if so, why?

TOOMEY: Yeah. You know, I haven't given that much thought, Glenn. If I had to do it over again, I think it would be pretty hard to do it after seeing the way he really betrayed all of the principles that I believe in, that I stand for and then even abandoned the party that had supported him for 30 years. I think it would be pretty hard to endorse him again.

GLENN: Then when you endorsed him, the Republicans were like, okay, Pat, all right, good boy. But then he went off to the Club For Growth and hacked them all off again.

TOOMEY: Yeah. Well, there are some people that were pretty annoyed with the Club For Growth. We've got an awful lot of people that love what we do, Glenn. We think that the Republicans ought to stand for limited government and economic freedom. And we support those who do and the Club For Growth has opposed those that don't. We just think, you know, just because you have an R after your name doesn't somehow entitle you to stay in office. You actually should stand for something.

GLENN: Are you concerned at all about the amount of Republicans that are looking I mean, I think the reason why John McCain lost is because he was progressive light. His understanding, he thinks Teddy Roosevelt was the greatest president to ever live. Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive.

TOOMEY: Right.

GLENN: That believed in taking wealth away from people and capping wealth in the country. Are you concerned at all about the number of people, that there is no real freedom choice between the two? It's what you said about, who was it, maybe Arlen Specter where you were saying that, you know, people just want bigger government and their control of that big government, they're okay. Are you concerned about the number of Republicans that or the lack of people in Washington that see and understand constitutional freedom the way our founders did?

TOOMEY: Well, yes, certainly it was actually one of my biggest surprises. I guess maybe an example of my naivety when I first got elected to congress. I was a small business guy and I discovered just how few people really cared about abiding by the Constitution, respecting the freedoms guaranteed by it. But I have to say I think there's been progress. I thought it was big progress when every single House Republican voted against that awful stimulus bill. I think that was substantial. I see

GLENN: But how many of them would have how many would have done that if George Bush would have proposed the exact same thing?

TOOMEY: Well, this is a good question and we'll never know the answer, Glenn. I'd like to think a lot of them. At least they all voted against it this time. We've got to say that for them. And I also would point out, there are some guys who are absolutely true believers who are gaining influence and prominence, guys like Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn and in the house Mike Pinson, Jeb Hensarling. I'm encouraged by some of the individuals and some of what I think is a growing realization that the party has to get back to the fundamental ideas that, well, gave it a majority and gave Ronald Reagan his success.

GLENN: Orrin Hatch said I don't think there's anybody in the world I'm quoting I don't think there's anybody in the world who believes Toomey can get elected in Pennsylvania. He was asked if the party would back you. He said, quote, I don't think so.

TOOMEY: Well, you know, that's funny. I spoke with Senator Hatch just yesterday and Senator Hatch said I've been a very close friend of Arlen's for a long time and I shouldn't have said that. I don't think he believes that's true. He did actually correct himself shortly thereafter and, of course, the chairman of the state committee of Pennsylvania as well as the chairman of the national Senate committee, they realize I can be elected, I can win in Pennsylvania. You know, Glenn, I was elected three times to a Democrat leaning House seat, and I never lost that seat. So I can win statewide in Pennsylvania with a message about limiting the power of government, defending the freedom of individuals, limiting this huge lurch to the left that this administration is attempting. I'm very confident I can win.

GLENN: You left congress in 2002 because you gave a campaign promise that you would only stay for three terms.

TOOMEY: Yeah, 2004.

GLENN: Serve three terms and then you left. Was it 4?

TOOMEY: 2004.

GLENN: And then you left because you said you would only serve those terms and you did.

TOOMEY: Right.

GLENN: Okay. May I ask you, I mean, I have a great deal of respect for Orrin Hatch. I think he is a real statesman. I think he is a good man, but I have to tell you I think the thinking like Orrin Hatch is the real problem in the Republican Party, and I say this with reservation because I like him so much. He is a nice, good gentleman that you just don't see gentlemen in Washington very much anymore. But with that being said, he is also the kind of guy who I mean just recently said about Tim Geithner that, you know, he needed to vote for Tim Geithner because he was the guy to get the job done, when Tim Geithner was clearly somebody who is, you know, a little shady in his income tax practices, to say the least. Do you believe that it is time for a or do you think one is coming for a restoration? Barack Obama said last night that he is remaking America. That scares me because I don't want it remade. I want it restored.

TOOMEY: Yeah. Well

GLENN: Do you think a restoration is coming or a remaking is coming?

TOOMEY: Well, I think this administration is trying to transform America into essentially a European style welfare state. I think I don't think they really believe in American exceptionalism. I don't think they believe that the highest political priority ought to be personal freedom. I think they have got a very aggressive effort underway to remake America. Yeah, no, I'm in the camp that we need to restore the freedoms that made us the greatest nation in the history of the world. This is the fundamental battle that's going to take place in Washington. This is why I'm running, Glenn, because the fact is Arlen Specter is more than happy to advance this agenda. In fact, he told President Obama, "I support your agenda, I'm a loyal Democrat," and frankly I think we need some serious opposition to that agenda.

GLENN: How's your fundraising going?

TOOMEY: Well, it started off somewhere between excellent and outstanding and then Senator Specter did his little switcheroo and it just went through the roof. We're having trouble keeping track and keeping up with not keeping track but just keeping up with

GLENN: I was going to say that's really not a good thing, you might want

TOOMEY: No, keeping track, Glenn. But just keeping up, keeping up. Hey, ToomeyforSenate.com. I'd love to have your listeners help us bass this is a battle to restore our freedoms against a very dangerous onslaught.

GLENN: Let me ask you this because I just did a rant on Chris Dodd. He's oh, I've got 30 seconds? I just did a rant on Chris Dodd. He's getting I think a half a million dollars now in fundraising money from out of the state and, like, $4,000 in state.

TOOMEY: Right.

GLENN: What role do out of state people play? I mean, I think that makes you not a slave to the people that you're supposed to represent in Pennsylvania.

TOOMEY: Well, my I'm getting contributions all over Pennsylvania. I imagine that's where most of the money's coming from, but certainly there are a lot of contributions coming in from outside of Pennsylvania. And Glenn, my view on this is everybody has every right to want to support a candidate they believe in, and it might be if you are from Massachusetts and you believe in limited government and personal freedom, well, you're out of luck, you know? But you can help a candidate

GLENN: Well, yes.

TOOMEY: But you can help a candidate in Pennsylvania who will st ill have the same number of votes in the U.S. Senate and so I welcome that support from anywhere in the country.

GLENN: Okay. Pat Toomey, thank you very much, we'll talk again. Thank you very much.

TOOMEY: Thank you.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.