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Road to the White House: The Winnowing

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KLOBUCHAR: THE MIDWESTERN ALTERNATIVE

Amy Klobuchar wants to be the moderate alternative to Joe Biden. She has a lot to offer the electorate. She has a reputation of being honest and trustworthy but I find her argument against Medicare for All increasingly disingenuous. She pointed out that on page eight of Bernie's "damn bill" it states that private insurance as we know it would cease to exist. This is a Republican talking point and it is deliberately misleading. Of course it would cease to exist. It would be rendered unnecessary. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that supplementary insurance would still be available under Medicare for All just as it is available now under Medicare. I don't need to go out on a limb to say that Americans are not in love with their private insurance companies. They're despicable institutions dedicated to denying needed services and boosting profits.

Maybe this is why her campaign has failed to gain more traction. As Joe Biden has faltered, Klobuchar is the next logical choice. But thus far those votes are going where the energy is: Warren and Sanders. Maybe that's because neither she nor Biden are willing to tell the stone cold truth: They don't want to lose support of the insurance industry the very same industry that wrote Obamacare to protect their own interests.

Klobuchar seemed to back away from Biden's Republican talking point shared by mainstream media that we can't pay for universal healthcare or alternatively that it will raise taxes. Whether you call it taxes, fees, co-pays or whatever, the fact is it will cost significantly less because we will no longer be paying for insurance company profits.

THE TEXANS: BETO & JULIAN

The Texans took different paths in the third debate. Both engaged in a desperate maneuver to climb the ladder of viability. Julian Castro took a shot old Joe and missed. That his greater point is correct does not matter. If your going after the frontrunner especially one that is sentimentally beloved by old school Democrats you'd better make sure you're standing on solid ground. Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said "two minutes ago." Biden looked flustered but Castro got his facts wrong.

Beto O'Rourke stood apart from the lower tier crowd by boldly asserting that he would confiscate weapons of war from private citizens. While every old school Democrat shivered in his or her shoes at the proposal, Beto rose above. The real reason Democrats fail to take control of this country is that they bow down every time they should stand strong. They take their political advice from Republican strategists. The people have come along faster than the Democrats imagine. Beto may survive to the next round because he took a stand. Those who fail to stand up will surely peel away.

In the end, O'Rourke and Castro are vying to challenge Republicans John Cornyn in the coming election and Ted Cruz six years down the road. The first to drop out of the presidential race stakes claim to oppose Cornyn.

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Jack Random is the author of The Jazzman Chronicles and the founder of Crow Dog Press. His novels include Wasichu: The Killing Spirit, Number Nine: The Adventures of Jake Jones and Ruby Daulton, Ghost Dance Insurrection and A Patriot Dirge in (more...)
 

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