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2019-04-15 10:00:12 PM  
Why should i care about The Hill's reporting on any democratic candidate? Please remind me.

/small d intentional
 
2019-04-15 10:02:57 PM  
I have also decided to run for president and hereby demand an article be written about me post haste!
 
2019-04-15 10:03:39 PM  
He represents the next district over from me, so yeah I've heard of him.
 
2019-04-15 10:03:57 PM  
Why should someone's notoriety or frequency of People Magazine covers be a salient point for justifying a presidential run?
Seems like that's what created our current clusterfark, eh?
 
2019-04-15 10:04:10 PM  
Up until the first few primaries/caucuses, any rando with a moderately active social media page can run for President. Let him annoy some Iowans until January, the 3-4 obvious winners will pull ahead over time.

As long as he doesn't actively crap on the eventual nominee, go for it. Beating Donald is more important than showing off one's political peacock plumage.
 
2019-04-15 10:04:46 PM  

Boo_Guy: I have also decided to run for president and hereby demand an article be written about me post haste!


You're so behind the curve, i declared my candidacy and the associated go fund me at least 24 hours ago!
 
2019-04-15 10:12:04 PM  
OMG who the hell cares?
 
2019-04-15 10:14:09 PM  
He's pretty funny on Twitter.
 
2019-04-15 10:14:19 PM  
It could be Inanimate Carbon Rod and it would still be a better candidate and a better human than any living right winger.
 
2019-04-15 10:17:12 PM  
I know him, he's on Rachel three times a week.

Not a bad dude though.
 
2019-04-15 10:20:16 PM  

Tannhauser: I know him, he's on Rachel three times a week.

Not a bad dude though.


Somehow i doubt the sincerity of your comment.
 
2019-04-15 10:20:44 PM  
I have heard of him, and he would be an over 9000% improvement.

By the by, anyone know when cryosleep is going to be a reality? They need to test it on Earth before using it in space, think anyone's doing an 18 month trial starting soon?
 
2019-04-15 10:22:27 PM  
How have people not heard of Eric Swalwell?

He's been giving Peesident Trump shiat for 2 years and he's endorse by NORML!

I'd vote for him.
 
2019-04-15 10:25:23 PM  
Oh good.
 
2019-04-15 10:28:18 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Up until the first few primaries/caucuses, any rando with a moderately active social media page can run for President. Let him annoy some Iowans until January, the 3-4 obvious winners will pull ahead over time.

As long as he doesn't actively crap on the eventual nominee, go for it. Beating Donald is more important than showing off one's political peacock plumage.


I nominate Krang T. Nelson for president!
 
2019-04-15 10:28:49 PM  

Purple_Urkle: How have people not heard of Eric Swalwell?

He's been giving Peesident Trump shiat for 2 years and he's endorse by NORML!

I'd vote for him.


Some people wear ignorance as a badge of honor.
 
2019-04-15 10:30:32 PM  
If you're a regular on the fark politics tab, and you don't know who Eric Swalwell is, you might be a moron.
 
2019-04-15 10:32:41 PM  
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2019-04-15 10:39:33 PM  

The Lurker at Your Threshold: Oh good.


Yes, that was sarcasm.
 
2019-04-15 10:40:58 PM  

Scruffynerf: If you're a regular on the fark politics tab, and you don't know who Eric Swalwell is, you might be a moron.


If you're a regular on the fark politics tab, you might be a moron.


Fixed
 
2019-04-15 10:41:54 PM  

Boo_Guy: I have also decided to run for president and hereby demand an article be written about me post haste!


Boo_Guy formally launched his campaign for the presidency Monday in his hometown of Fark.com, according to CNN.

Boo_Guy, who has made his push for stricter gun control a central theme of his run, identified the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., as a formative moment, according to the network.

"A year ago, hope died at Parkland," Boo_Guy said. "But, in a uniquely American way, owing to the courage and strength of children, hope was reborn at Parkland. Hope has been reborn here in America too. That's why I started my campaign at Parkland. I pledged to that community what I pledge to you - I will be the first campaign to make ending gun violence the top priority in my campaign."

In his remarks, Boo_Guy laid out specific agenda items, including a ban and buyback program for assault weapons and universal background checks for all gun purchases.

He also became the latest candidate in the crowded Democratic field to vow not to accept donations from corporate political action committees.

"This is not a campaign that will be beholden to special interests. We will accept no corporate PAC money and we're not going to be driven by the polls," he said, according to CNN.
 
2019-04-15 10:43:06 PM  
I'm sorry, Mr Swalwell. You're a good guy and I agree with a lot of your positions. But... Mayor Pete
 
2019-04-15 10:51:38 PM  

TheDarkSaintOfGin: Boo_Guy: I have also decided to run for president and hereby demand an article be written about me post haste!

You're so behind the curve, i declared my candidacy and the associated go fund me at least 24 hours ago!


Well now I have to rethink things, I might have to drop out.
 
2019-04-15 10:56:00 PM  
Kitchen Sink / Toaster 2020
 
2019-04-15 10:56:56 PM  

Lochsteppe: Boo_Guy: I have also decided to run for president and hereby demand an article be written about me post haste!

Boo_Guy formally launched his campaign for the presidency Monday in his hometown of Fark.com, according to CNN.

Boo_Guy, who has made his push for stricter gun control a central theme of his run, identified the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., as a formative moment, according to the network.

"A year ago, hope died at Parkland," Boo_Guy said. "But, in a uniquely American way, owing to the courage and strength of children, hope was reborn at Parkland. Hope has been reborn here in America too. That's why I started my campaign at Parkland. I pledged to that community what I pledge to you - I will be the first campaign to make ending gun violence the top priority in my campaign."

In his remarks, Boo_Guy laid out specific agenda items, including a ban and buyback program for assault weapons and universal background checks for all gun purchases.

He also became the latest candidate in the crowded Democratic field to vow not to accept donations from corporate political action committees.

"This is not a campaign that will be beholden to special interests. We will accept no corporate PAC money and we're not going to be driven by the polls," he said, according to CNN.


This all sounds vaguely familiar yet I don't think I've actually said any of these things. They did get my home town right though so I suppose it's all on the up and up.
 
2019-04-15 11:01:09 PM  
I've decided to run on the Strippers, Monster Trucks, Guns and Explosions platform.
 
2019-04-15 11:04:47 PM  

Lochsteppe: Boo_Guy: I have also decided to run for president and hereby demand an article be written about me post haste!

Boo_Guy formally launched his campaign for the presidency Monday in his hometown of Fark.com, according to CNN.

Boo_Guy, who has made his push for stricter gun control a central theme of his run, identified the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., as a formative moment, according to the network.

"A year ago, hope died at Parkland," Boo_Guy said. "But, in a uniquely American way, owing to the courage and strength of children, hope was reborn at Parkland. Hope has been reborn here in America too. That's why I started my campaign at Parkland. I pledged to that community what I pledge to you - I will be the first campaign to make ending gun violence the top priority in my campaign."

In his remarks, Boo_Guy laid out specific agenda items, including a ban and buyback program for assault weapons and universal background checks for all gun purchases.

He also became the latest candidate in the crowded Democratic field to vow not to accept donations from corporate political action committees.

"This is not a campaign that will be beholden to special interests. We will accept no corporate PAC money and we're not going to be driven by the polls," he said, according to CNN.


I'm withholding my judgement until the video of him jumping out from behind trees to scare people inevitably surfaces.
 
2019-04-15 11:35:36 PM  

Tannhauser: I know him, he's on Rachel three times a week.


Does her wife know?
 
2019-04-16 12:28:13 AM  
Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.
 
2019-04-16 01:28:52 AM  

the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.


You sound concerned.
 
2019-04-16 02:12:17 AM  

damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.


I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.
 
2019-04-16 02:13:35 AM  

Soup4Bonnie: [img.fark.net image 850x1109]


Swalwell is just about the only sitting congressman with a (D) next to his name who frequently appears on Fox News. Sounds to me like he's trying to appeal to Republicans. I hope his efforts change some hearts and minds.
 
2019-04-16 02:40:41 AM  

the money is in the banana stand: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.

I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.


Might want to look at your History.  Open Seat or opposition Presidential primaries are almost ALWAYS like this.  Crowded field; first couple of debates shake a few out; Iowa & NH shake more out.  Super Tuesday usually knocks it down to 2 at most.  THAT'S when shiat gets serious.  We had enough unity even in 2016 to beat Trump, if Hillary had run an even remotely competent campaign.  Instead, it was fueled by hubris & entitlement, and she took key states & voting blocs for granted, actively alienating progressives with the Kaine pick, and STILL she won the popular vote.
It's not going to take a "unified banner": it's going to take a competent candidate.
 
2019-04-16 02:48:19 AM  

the money is in the banana stand: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.

I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.


Large fields in the lead up to the first primaries is the norm.  That Clinton's opposition consisted of just two former republicans who dropped out before Iowa, and Sanders, was an anomaly.

Hell the first culling isn't even going to take that long.  There's only 8? candidates that meet the necessary criteria for invitation to the debates that are being held in June.
 
2019-04-16 03:17:20 AM  

damonm: the money is in the banana stand: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.

I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.

Might want to look at your History.  Open Seat or opposition Presidential primaries are almost ALWAYS like this.  Crowded field; first couple of debates shake a few out; Iowa & NH shake more out.  Super Tuesday usually knocks it down to 2 at most.  THAT'S when shiat gets serious.  We had enough unity even in 2016 to beat Trump, if Hillary had run an even remotely competent campaign.  Instead, it was fueled by hubris & entitlement, and she took key states & voting blocs for granted, actively alienating progressives with the Kaine pick, and STILL she won the popular vote.
It's not going to take a "unified banner": it's going to take a competent candidate.


If by "hubris and entitlement" you mean that none of us imagined that a successful lawyer, senator and former secretary of state who also happened to be a former first lady could possibly lose to a reality show con-man... then you are right.
 
2019-04-16 03:25:56 AM  

the money is in the banana stand: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.

I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.


Don't worry. Remember what the Republican primaries were like before Trump got the nomination?

...ok, never mind, you should be worried.

/where's Oprah when we need her?
//probably would not vote for Oprah
///unless she was the democratic candidate in the general.  Will need to be some major changes in the Republican Party before I vote for an R candidate.
 
2019-04-16 04:51:30 AM  

wingedkat: the money is in the banana stand: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.

I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.

Don't worry. Remember what the Republican primaries were like before Trump got the nomination?

...ok, never mind, you should be worried.

/where's Oprah when we need her?
//probably would not vote for Oprah
///unless she was the democratic candidate in the general.  Will need to be some major changes in the Republican Party before I vote for an R candidate.


^ This is precisely my point. I fear that there will be so much fragmentation that as we move along the engine starts to lose steam as the Party vote is so divided. As candidates drop off, so to will voters.
 
2019-04-16 11:07:36 AM  
I wonder if he's related to the Sheriff Swalwell my county had growing up.  He was great!. By great I mean a great source of stories.   One of my brothers friends had GTO.  He was out on a blacktop doing 100+ and saw the Sheriff's car as he went by.  So instead of stopping he floored it for about 5 miles turned off on another road then down a gravel road and backed into a farmers filed outlet. Got out of his car and sat on his hood.  The sheriff drove up and down the road 4 times before he noticed him.  Got out, walked over to him and decked him.   Got back into his squad car and drove away. He was a little freaked because 5 min after he shut the car off the headers were still glowing. He noticed because that's were his face was after the cop knocked him off the hood of his car. I'd call the story BS except for some of the other stories about him some of which made it to news papers.  He was a real a-hole.
 
2019-04-16 11:10:12 AM  

wingedkat: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: damonm: the money is in the banana stand: Saturation and fragmentation will contribute to a loss against Trump. There are just too many candidates with different agendas to make a solid run at it which is sad. With the bickering and in-fighting between which candidate is more progressive, deserves it more, or is the most outspoken, it will create a backlash with many voters dejected, uninspired, and feeling disenfranchised by their own Party. I am surprised this lesson has not already been learned.

You sound concerned.

I very much am. In order to defeat Trump, it is going to require everyone uniting under one banner. Instead, what I have seen emerging is tribalism at its finest, with little camps popping up.

Might want to look at your History.  Open Seat or opposition Presidential primaries are almost ALWAYS like this.  Crowded field; first couple of debates shake a few out; Iowa & NH shake more out.  Super Tuesday usually knocks it down to 2 at most.  THAT'S when shiat gets serious.  We had enough unity even in 2016 to beat Trump, if Hillary had run an even remotely competent campaign.  Instead, it was fueled by hubris & entitlement, and she took key states & voting blocs for granted, actively alienating progressives with the Kaine pick, and STILL she won the popular vote.
It's not going to take a "unified banner": it's going to take a competent candidate.

If by "hubris and entitlement" you mean that none of us imagined that a successful lawyer, senator and former secretary of state who also happened to be a former first lady could possibly lose to a reality show con-man... then you are right.


No, by "hubris and entitlement", I mean alienating half your base (with the Kaine pick), ignoring or all but ignoring key democratic battleground states (WI, MI, and PA, anyone?) and concentrating your energy on wooing red states (AZ comes to mind immediately) that wouldn't vote for you on a bet because NO WAY do any of those states go Trump...
 
2019-04-16 11:46:29 AM  
No one has heard of me either, and I even have as much political experience as Cheeto face did(none).

I think it is time I got in on this.  I think the US is ready for some random farker.  #DrainTheWhiteHouse
 
2019-04-16 03:54:08 PM  
I can see it now! Republicans demonising President Swallow
 
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