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Monday, May 27, 2019

Pierwalker Log: May 27, 2019

Writing start: 9:48 A.M.
Finish: 3:37 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 800
Edited (est.): 7300
Tasks

1. Failure: 400 new words
Notes: I'm trying to pace myself and not write too much too soon. Difficult to do when you get to an ending you know all about and want to get down.

2. Book Three Melody: Off till 6/3

3. Angel: Book Three: Read-through of chapter two

4. Random Chance Book Two: Off till 6/10

5. Port Story: Off

6. Hidden Bookmarks: 400 new words
Notes: This might be a short chapter, less than 2K words. We'll see.

7. Rumpel: Read-through of chapter four

8. Zelena (Secondary Edit One): First secondary edit of part four
Notes: The writing in this is pretty damn good!

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: One of the nice things about forcing myself to produce this presidential horse race each week is it also forces me to do some research on the candidates. Most of the stuff I find, like most of the Internet in general, is total crap. Sometimes, however, I find something helpful about a candidate, and it changes my mind about him or her.

Such has it been for Cory Booker. As much as I like his anti-gun proposals, candidates who take cash from PACS, corporations, lobbyists, and Wall Street, no matter how appealing they may be otherwise, will never win this horse race. There simply is no chance for them too. Booker may be the biggest taker when it comes to Wall Street, in fact. The article linked is five years old, so things may have changed since then. Regardless, the first link points to troublesome behavior, and so he has dropped significantly since last week in my standings.

Here are those standings.

1. Elizabeth Warren
2. Kamala Harris
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3. Jay Inslee
4. Amy Klobuchar
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5. Beto O'Rourke / Pete Buttigieg
6. Kirsten Gillibrand / Julian Castro
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7.Cory Booker
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8. Bernie Sanders
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9. All the other candidates, and everyone else who isn't even running, save for:
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10. Uncle Joe "Give 'Em A Pinch" Biden

Biden's centrism, as I have noted many times now, is downright dangerous and even immoral in this day and age. He's got cash IVs mainlining from every nasty corporation, PAC, lobbyist, and slimeball he can find. He will slow walk the Green New Deal. He will slow walk gun legislation. He will slow walk lobbyist reform. He will slow walk if not completely ignore Net Neutrality. He will try to "work with" a political party that has completely lost its moral compass and has no desire now but to impose a Christian totalitarian theocracy upon all of us. I'd love to say I'm being hyperbolic here, but I'm not.

Sanders is limping along, as he always does. He needs to change his diapers and do more to reach outside his frothing, moronic followers.

Booker is fading very fast, excellent gun-legislation proposals and all. God knows with all the special interest cash just how fast he'll abandon those proposals once he gets into the Oval Office. I'll give it two and a third seconds.

Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. I had such high hopes for O'Rourke. He's been a major disappointment thus far. As for Castro, he needs to abandon his search for centrism. There's something perverse about the political center; always has been. If Democrats think that's the way to win the White House, then we're completely screwed. Fortunately, not all of the candidates feel that way.

Inslee and Klobuchar are very far from perfect. They are, admittedly, enjoying their great positions in this horse race as much from me not knowing who they are, only hearing things as time passes, as from any policy ideas I do know about. Klobuchar needs to firmly address charges that she's a bully; and she and Inslee need better PR. Much, much better.

Holding at number two is Kamala Harris. The more I read about her, the more I like her. She's no shit, this one. She's got a bulldog's temperament, understands clearly what is at stake, seems to have a firm moral grounding on pretty much every issue, is engaging and inspiring, and works very hard to get her message out.

You've got my respect, girl.

Holding at number one is Elizabeth Warren, who is impressing more and more people. I've sung her praises every week so far: she came out of the gates on fire, and has yet to show any signs whatsoever of letting go of her grip on the top spot. That she and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hang out and respect one another is a big deal. Politics is all about perception, and AOC is The Big Star in Washington right now. Warren knows this better than anyone. These spots may be contrived, but not the respect these women clearly have for one another. It's obvious, and it's very inspiring and heartening.

I'll update this horse race next week. See you then!



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