Kamala Harris Drops Out – Who should be next? | 2020 Election | QT Politics

As the crowded democratic primary race for
the 2020 election rages on, voters appear to be coalescing around a narrowing field
of realistic choices. The tier 1 choices at the moment appear to
be Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg. These four candidates are the top four in
the national polls, each with more than 10% support, according to the rcp averages, and
each has their own advantages. Joe Biden has probably the best name recognition
in the field, and is polling in first nation-wide. Bernie Sanders has raised the most money from
supporters, and has the greatest number of donors. Elizabeth Warren is the only candidate to
have, although briefly, surpassed Biden in the national polls, leads in her home state
of Massachusetts, and remains in second in Nevada, South Carolina, and California. Pete Buttigieg is currently surging nation-wide,
and leads in both Iowa and New Hampshire. It would difficult for any candidate not already
in the top four to break through at this stage of the game, but that doesn’t mean that everyone
else in the race should pack their bags. Andrew Yang, for instance, has shown remarkable
progress for a political outsider, and the longer he fights on, the more seriously mainstream
democrats are to take his central issues: data rights, automation, and universal basic
income. While there are good reasons to cast a cynical
eye on Bloomberg’s run, his financial power is formidable to say the least. Deval Patrick, too, just joined the race—and
while I doubt his experience at Mitt Romney’s vulture capitalist firm, Bain Capital, will
do much to earn him a place in the hearts of democratic voters—it may be a tad too
early to totally dismiss him out of hand. With a number of candidates recently dropping
out, Wayne Messam, Joe Sestak, Steve Bullock, and Kamala Harris, it seems reasonable to
ask… Who should be next? Tom Steyer has managed to make it onto the
debate stage twice, now, passing the polling and fundraising thresholds set by the DNC. For most, his appearances have been somewhat
overwhelming. But if he’s doing so bad in the debates, you
may ask, how has he managed to do well enough in the polls, and in fundraising, to make
it onto the debate stage at all? Well, unlike most of the candidates, Steyer’s
campaign is astoundingly self-funded. While most candidates release ads, in part,
to fill their campaign’s coffers, Steyer is losing astronomical amounts of money with
every ad buy. According to CNN, by October 10th, he had
spent over 30 million dollars on ads across televison and social media. As a result, he raised a paultry 2 million
dollars from less than 160,000 unique donors. Meaning, for every dollar he spends in ads,
he takes in less than 7 cents. Not exactly a promising return on investment. A businessman should know better. But, of course, Steyer’s goal is not to get
his message out there so that the people will help fund his campaign. His goal is to directly earn support from
uncommitted or uninformed voters through ads purchased from his own pocket book. His wager is, essentially, that he can buy
his way into the White House. This graph from 538 shows the ad spending
of different campaigns. Steyer’s ads are represented in green. As you can see, while Steyer remains a relatively
minor candidate in polling and fundraising, he is outspending his primary rivals many
times over. At the current count, Steyer has already spent
a whopping 46 million dollars. That’s a massive figure, but no suprise, given
Steyer is a billionaire, and in 2016 was the second-biggest Democratic donor in the presidential
race. Now, if we extend the graph just slightly,
to today, we see the big problem for Steyer. There’s another Billionaire in the race, one
with even more money than Steyer, who actually topped the charts as the number one biggest
Democratic donor in the 2016 race. Michael Bloomberg, in the last week of November,
and in December so far, is putting his resources at work, outspending even Steyer, many times
over. He’s already spent $31 million. If Steyer’s strategy is to just use his money
to outspend everyone else in the field, Bloomberg seems to be the only guy who can out do him. He’s quite simply got more money to burn. On top of that, Bloomberg’s spending is more
likely to drive his standings in the polls and with donors. He may be quite unpopular amongst Democrats,
but at least Bloomberg has experience beyond funding campaigns. He’s got actual executive experience, having
served as the Mayor of New York. Not exactly sufficient experience for most
Presidential hopefulls, but it is more than Steyer, and more than Pete Buttigieg, who
is currently showing strong promise in the National and Early State polls. Without original policy ideas, strong debate
chops, or experience in politics, he’s got virtually zero chance of catching fire as
a candidate organically. His only advantage has been his ability to
self-fund his campaign. Bloomberg’s entry in the race totally eliminates
that advantage. Not only should Steyer drop out, he should
do so ASAP, because unlike with most democratic candidates, it’s his own money he’s wasting. From the ultimate political insider, to the
ultimate outsider, Marianne Williamson should also drop out of the race. Williamson has said that she’s going to stay
in the race until the money dries up. Bless her heart. I love the orb mother, but it’s hard to imagine
that her campaign has any reason left to exist at this point. Early on, Williamson was able to get onto
the debate stage, and bring up her issues. At times, she even had reasonably good performances. She can even take partial credit for the fact
that one of her top issues, reparations, became a topic of conversation in the debates—enough
so that even Pete Buttigieg, who enjoys very little support from the Black community—would
attempt to win over black voters with his Douglass Plan. Despite having no experience in politics,
Williamson managed to make a bit of a mark. She should be proud of what she’s done, and
hang her hat on it. Now, there’s very little else she can do. Polling at .4 percent in the RCP averages,
she has no hope of returning to the debate stage, or gaining more attention in the mainstream
media, as the field narrows in on more serious prospects. Like Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet is
no longer likely to gain any real attention in the mainstream media, or make it on stage
for future debates. Despite his past debate appearances, he’s
failed to make his mark, and is currently polling at .8% in the RCP averages. He was also one of the lowest-fundraising
candidates in the 3rd quarter, but for some reason he’s pledged to stay in the race, at
least until New Hampshire. There’s no reason for him to do that. As Colorado’s senior US Senator, he’s got
bigger fish to fry than a campaign going no where slowly. John Delaney’s reasons to drop out are so
numerous that a small wonder he even remembers what it was like to be on the campaign trail. Sure, unlike Bennet, he’s got little else
going on in his political career, having concluded his work in the House of Representatives in
January. But like Bennet and Williamson, his appearances
in the early Democratic debates gained him little traction. He is currently polling at just .6 percent
in the RCP averages: that’s 25% less than Bennett—although with numbers this small,
his total support is well within the margin of error for most polls. Delaney’s run is also comparable to Steyer,
as before Steyer came around, Delaney was the self-funded candidate. Delaney’s campaign is actually one of the
better funded ones—with over 27 million dollars. All but 3 million of that, however, came from
his own bank account. If Steyer should drop out, now that a bigger
self-funded campaign has entered the contest, it’s astounding that Delaney hasn’t caught
on that he’s wasting his money. Having launched his campaign all the way back
in July of 2017, Delaney has been in this race for literal years longer than the major
candidates. The only benefit to his enduring efforts would
be a Guinness World Record for longest-lived campaign failure. Although a far more plausible candidate than
anyone I have mentioned so far, Amy Klobuchar might seriously consider dropping out as well. When it comes to fundraising, she’s raised
about the same amount as Beto O’Rourke, who has already left the race. Polling-wise, she’s in 8th place, with 2.4%
in the RCP averages—not exactly remarkable for an experienced US Senator. And all of this is after two debates where
she clearly performed significantly better than she had previously done. If Klobuchar was going to surge into serious
contention, she would’ve done so already. The real trouble with Klobuchar is that she
offers very little not already offered by a higher-polling candidate. You want an experienced politician with moderate
ideology? You’ve got that with Joe Biden, the leader
in the national polls. Are you a moderate who thinks Biden’s better
days are behind him? Well, in fourth place, and surging in the
early states, you’ve got Pete Buttigieg—who clearly represents a new generation of moderate
dems, far more convincingly than Klobuchar. Do you not care about ideology, and are instead
focused on gender?, you want a woman president? Well, your best bet in that case would be
Elizabeth Warren. She’s in third place nationally, and in the
first two states. Booker, too, is showing weak numbers in the
polls, even after the 5th Democratic Debate, where he delivered what was probably his best
performance in the primary race so far. He’s polled at just 1 or 2 percent since then,
retaining an overall rcp average of just 1.8%. In terms of fundraising, he’s raised about
18 and a half million, and spend 14, meaning he’s not saving up much cash on hand for an
ad blitz in the offing. Booker has a ton of charisma, and solid experience,
but it appears that voters just aren’t buying what he’s selling. To paraphrase an expression Booker used in
a dazzling debate moment, he’s selling the Kool Aid but nobody wants the flavor. Julian Castro’s campaign has shown a number
of signs of impending doom. He’s begun to struggle to make the thresholds
required to make the debates, and as I’ve previously reported, he’s shutting down what
ought to be major campaign operations in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Sure, the official line is that this is to
focus on other critical states, like Iowa (where he his polling in 12th place), Nevada
(where he is polling in 10th place) and his native Texas (where he is polling in 7th place)… But with less than a million dollars cash
on hand, and declining presence in the press, it’s hard to see his prospects as anything
other than a wild long shot. The reality is that, despite being a recurrently
forceful presence on the debate stage, Castro was essentially put in a no-win situation
after his infamous clash with Joe Biden. After asking Biden “did you forget what
you said two minutes ago?”–and repeating that line of attack—the mainstream press
repeatedly reported the encounter as Castro making a distasteful swipe at Biden’s age. In my opinion, Castro was correct in calling
Biden out, and I broke that down in my analysis of the debate at the time. But I would go on to predict that Castro would
suffer in the polls, and that in the next debate, he’d be between a rock and a hard
place: he would have to chose to double down on his aggressive debate style—one of his
only advantages in the primary race—or bend to media pressure, and soften his approach. Castro seemed to do the latter. As a result, his last appearance on a debate
stage was unremarkable, and the low-polling candidate was lost in the shuffle. It may seem a little mean spirited to suggest
that many of the long shot campaigns should end soon, but as the primaries and caucuses
draw nearer, pruning the crowded field may be extremely useful for democratic voters. Crowded debates tend to translate into little
substance, as minor candidates attempt to make their mark with attacks on the major
players, who themselves benefit most by conveying as little meaning as possible—in order to
avoid rocking the boat. With numerous candidates, it also becomes
next to impossible for working Americans to sufficiently research each of their available
options. In this way, dropping out of the race is not
just the right thing to do in terms of time, and energy, and resources for a variety of
candidates—it is also the right thing to do, morally, for Democratic voters, and the
American people. For that reason, I will end this video honouring
the departed campaigns of the patriots who have respected the voters enough to remove
themselves from the race. But of the fifteen candidates still taking
up valuable air time, I ask, how many are wasting everybody’s time? How many are continuing on out of sheer vanity,
stubbornness, and fantasy?, and how many actually have a message worth listening to? And of those, how many really deserve serious
consideration? The Democratic Party has not always opted
for the best choice when it comes to presidential nominees. It may be time for the long shots to step
aside, so that the voters can inform themselves about the realistic options, and decide… Who should be next?

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How to Buy an Election (1960)

>>This episode is
brought to you by NordVPN.>>Head on over to Nordvpn.com/rogue that’s R-O-G-U-E and use promocode “rogue” at check out you’ll get 66% off for two years. That’s a lot of years,
that’s more than one year.>>Less than three, but more than one.>>Well, okay.>>It’s a substantial amount of years.>>Hello Dr. Science.>>Sorry, math is kind of my thing. [laughs]>>I mean but even then
it’s really only like they just take over the government. I mean that’s the thing there is no elections,
there’s no such thing as a functioning democracy
in science fiction because everything is
either so future automated that like it’s Star Trek, we have a computer that
decides whose the best thing and where everything is going to go. Or it’s awful dystopian and
there’s a God King ruler.>>The lottery.>>I would hate to say it but my prequels example might be–>>The prequels have a
functioning democracy. No matter what anybody tells you. George Lucas put a functioning democracy in science fiction.>>[Electronic Voice] Buying
an election historically.>>But you’ve read the
Gentlemen Bastard series right?>>I’ve read one of them, yeah. I read the first book.>>The second one’s even better, third one’s even better. But there’s one book where
a bunch of powerful wizards don’t want to fight each
other because they’re all armed with nuclear hands basically and that’ll escalate too quickly so instead they pick a very
small city council meeting and they say our team has these guys. Your team has these guys. Here’s an unlimited budget, the two of you fight and
whoever wins the most city council seats that’s the faction that’s going to win. And what I loved about it is I didn’t know anything about the politics of either side it was a hung up on any of this stuff because when you talk
about political graft and underhanded techniques
it’s very tempting to think about my tribe, their tribe but I want you to imagine a space wizard shows up, teleports us
to a far distant time and we have one job and
that’s to win an election which is why we’re
going to buy an election with Justin Robert Young of the Politics, Politics,
Politics podcast.>>Tell me more about
wizards with nuclear hands because that’s amazing.
>>Yeah>>It might as well be
dude, they’re so powerful.>>When you think about buying an election you have to understand where
you’re going to buy it.>>This is America. Can I do this at like a CVS, or a?>>[laughs] Sure, at this
point it would be much better if there were an app for
which we could just pay with–>>I’m going to assume that we’re talking about like in past times.>>We are, we are, we are so, so for this example
we’re going to talk about is the party machine system that very much dominated American politics for pretty much all of American politics up until the late ’60s. In fact, you can make the argument and many have that the first candidate to make it out of the
Republican or Democratic party that wasn’t either blessed by the party or blessed by the special interest that dominates the party be it
donors or organized labor or something like that was Jimmy Carter.>>So wait you’re saying–>>That’s dude’s still alive right now.>>So you’re saying this
is how long back this goes.>>This is all of it.>>Everybody before Jimmy Carter was somebody who was
elected by a bunch of cigar smoking dudes in a back room,
>>Yes.>>Who all agreed this
is going to be the guy and he is going to win.>>Tammany Halled right, I mean even after that was disassembled–>>Okay, okay, I don’t
even know what that means, what is Tammany Hall? Start there, start there.>>So Tammany Hall is
probably the most famous of the political machines. It came up through New York and effectively understood that as Irish immigrants came into New York they had a block, votes
that they could own totally and so once they understood
that they could swing elections by just making sure that
everybody in their community voted a certain way they started putting a price tag on what it would cost to make sure that everyone of
the Irish people in New York voted a certain way.>>This is when in history are we talking?>>Tammany Hall lasts from the late 1800s and Boss Tweed is a name
that kind of goes around>>He was the kingpin.
>>But he is the most famous leader.
>>Yeah, always after them Duke boys.>>Exactly, that lasts
well into the 1950s. So this is the epicenter
of political graft is Tammany Hall in New York City.>>So what does that look like on a boots on the ground basis? Like you spend, you have money and you have voting blocks that you know you can engage in identity politics is what we call it nowadays.
>>Yeah.>>Where it’s like you are Irish, you are in this district therefore you are going to vote for whoever and we’re going to spend the money to make sure that you get there.>>Well they were doing things like, people would come in fresh off the boat and they said you know
what, we’re going to register you to vote right now. We are this party and so
hey we’re all friends right? So you’re with us, you’re with us now, right off the boat.>>So the way that we think
of identity politics now or any kind of demographic politics is you go to a bunch
of like minded people, you bring issues for
which will motivate them and they go out to the polls.>>So does this mean like
private previous to 1960s like it didn’t really matter
what your personal ideas or ethics were it was more just a tribal like you’re on the blue
team or the red team or the green team or the purple team?>>This is probably the biggest thing that I hope everybody kind of understands is that the idea of our two major parties here in America having hard
core ideological values is very much a modern construct.>>Like within the last 40 years.>>Within the last 40 years, prior to that, it was so diffuse. You had conservative democrats,
you had liberal democrats. You had conservative republicans, you had liberal republicans. Barry Goldwater who basically
made the Republican party an ideologically conservative
organization effectively and Nelson Rockefeller
somebody that was so popular as a New York City fixture
he was like carried off by people in Spanish Harlem because he spoke the
language, they existed at the exact same time. They were both figures. It’s not until mass media really congeals everything into one glaring message that we start to have the
democrats mean a certain thing and the republicans
mean a certain thing.>>This is remarkable
because the very idea of being in one tribe or the other and yet having ideas contrary
to the official doctrine of you are in our clubhouse
and you will believe these things, I guess
in my entire lifetime I’ve grown up with that.>>It’s more like sports
teams it sounds like.>>So, it is.
>>Yeah, right?>>I understand Tammany
Hall only marginally more than I do the politics
of sports teams so–>>Sure, so here, this is why
you have national politics is because you had Tammany Halls and certain other political machines, maybe not as powerful or as
corrupt as Tammany Hall was, but they’re all over the country. So if you’re going to
elect a national candidate, who do you go to? All these local machines
that are already plugged in and to get back to your point. This isn’t just identity politics because once you have a group, you got to make sure you keep the group. So-
>>Oh because they’re going to be seduced by the
other side at all times. It’s like hey man.
>>Or they get bored. Or there’s other things that are going on so you got to make sure– and when you’re selling something you have to deliver it so you do things like register people right off the boat. You do things like make sure you’re maybe paying people in certain
areas to come out there. You pay precinct captains to make sure that the ballot box is
billed a certain way.>>What does that look like? Like do you even hide that behind– It’s like hey man, I know it’s a workday and you’re going to
have to take the day off I want to compensate you for your day off so you can do your civic
duty and make sure to– Here’s $50, hope you vote for our team.>>Sometimes, other times
a little bit more blatant.>>BRIAN: Oh okay.
>>You know there is, there is the phrase in Chicago. The Chicago Machine used to say that if a vote is stolen in Chicago, it stays stolen because
they were going to– and really, also this
is just for one side. Often times, you have two parties, you have two competing machines.>>BRIAN: Right.
>>Just like your example earlier, they’re going to do everything they possibly can and so they would say like all right, well we’re pretty short down state, they’re stealing three votes per person so we’re just going to make sure we>>BRIAN: Preemptively
>>just keep it fair and steal four votes in our area.>>And this is where we get
stuff like dead people voting?>>Absolutely
>>And impersonation, I was reading about they would contact like the district leaders in the city and say okay you handle all of your guys and make sure they vote this way. You handle everybody in your district and make sure that they vote this way.>>District captains, county captains, these are the people, these are the actual boots on the ground. If you’re looking for the hatchet men that are getting the money and are really doing the dirty work, these are the people that
have blood on their hands.>>And at this point,
we’re looking at like maybe one leader and a gang
of seven or eight people, a literal street team, a literal gang
>>JUSTIN: Yes, yes.>>that go around knocking door to door like hey lady it’s time, you’re like, uhhh I think it’s time.>>JUSTIN: Yeah.
>>You’re going to go vote.>>You would even have
like a guy showing up at the polls scraggly tough looking, really threatening guy. What’s your name?
Jones Full name?
John Jones Reverend John Jones of the
First Reformed Dutch Church? Who the [beep] else am I going to be? [laughs]
Go ahead sir.>>Yes sir, go head sir.>>True story actually.>>I got two friends with me, old testament and new testament. [laughs]
Let me go vote!>>I lead with fire and brimstone and then I bring salvation.>>You just turned it
into a wrestling match. [laugh] I like it.>>So I want to bring you guys
to a very specific example. All right, it’s 1960, this
is the Democratic primary because we already had Richard Nixon on the Republican side
that was the vice president and he was going to be their nominee.>>And by the way, was
not at a big convention, was not really up for much debate, the dudes with the cigars all said, “Well our boy Nixon here”>>Effectively, yeah, yeah
>>Okay.>>That’s something that
kind of have traveled on where it’s like if there’s
a two term president and there’s a vice president that isn’t a total problematic issue then he’s going to be the
person and that’s that. John F. Kennedy is at this point a young senator that is
looked at as a lightweight, too Catholic, i.e. Catholic at all.>>JASON: Yeah gasp.>>And very well capitalized. He is coming from a very rich family. He is running against Hubert Humphrey who is looked at as an ideologically pure liberal democrat who has
just lost in Wisconsin. So now, JFK’s got momentum and he’s, Hubert Humphrey is out of money and they are going to
have one final battle in West Virginia.>>BRIAN: How far into the
primary are we at this point?>>JUSTIN: This is the
second primary vote.>>BRIAN: Oh wow!
>>Now also, another thing that happens in 1960, there were nine states
that voted for primaries and six of them were beauty contests. They had no binding delegates at all that came with them,
in fact, at that point, this is how much of a smokey
back room politics were. The most effective way
to run for president was to not run for president, to actively say I’m not
running for president. I know there’s a lot of
people who are asking me but I’m not, please people, I’m not.>>And then you do the John Cena thing. Everybody’s sitting their bickering and all of a sudden you kick in the door. [imitating John Cena] Rabado
[laughs] Effectively yeah, you would
wait til the convention and then you would have,
everybody would kill each other. The primaries were a death trap, because you would just
walk in, spend money that you didn’t need to
spend, snipe at each other, destroy each other, the
convention would happen. Nobody would be happy about anything and then his name is John Cena. You would walk in and they’d be like, finally an adult’s here, let’s
vote for him for president.>>So that was all very
orchestrated it sounds like.>>100%
>>They knew exactly how all of these things were going to converge and then they say, okay, now
we put our superhero in there.>>And so in this 1960s
a fascinating election because you have those
wolves out in the wilderness, specifically two Adlai Stevenson and LBJ.>>Oh yeah, so in that
case, what you’re describing both JFK and Hubert Humphreys are doing the exact wrong thing. They’re actually playing the game, actually debating in public and you’re waiting for
somebody like an LBJ to kick in the door and show up.>>Exactly but those
wolves in the wilderness need both of them to fail. They need them to tear
each other apart and show that they are unelectable. If you go through the primaries, and this is what JFK realized, if you go through the primaries
and you have momentum, and you succeed, and you
defeat all of your enemies then you have momentum
going into the convention and it’ll be harder for people
to knock you down there.>>So was he the first to
really figure that out.>>Effectively, the
campaign that we know today, running in the primaries,
JFK was the first candidate to have a private plane. JFK was the first candidate
to have a media strategy, the tape machine had
literally just been invented. He owned one, he was the
first major candidate to own one, recorded
everyone of his speeches, reviewed it for his own purposes to see what he was doing wrong and then edited big speeches–
>>Put it up on Soundcloud.>>Effectively, no, no, no [laugh]
he did, he did he would edit them down
into various broadcast effective lengths and then
send them to news stations in states where he wanted
those messages to resonate. This was not done at all.>>I think a lot of this must
be attributed to the fact that he was just handsome and they were like,
we’ve got this rockstar. Let’s change the rules because he’s–>>Yeah speaking of which,
is there any that do– and I know we’re jumping forward here but this story is always that Nixon and JFK in their first
debate everybody who listened to the radio version said that Nixon won. Everybody that watched
the television version said that JFK won, because
of course he presented and Nixon looked sweaty but his ideas sounded good on the radio. Is there anything to that
or is that apocryphal?>>Yes and no, I think it’s overblown. The fun fact is everybody always says it’s because JFK used
makeup and Nixon didn’t. It’s actually the opposite–
>>That Nixon’s face was made of silly putty.
[laughs]>>Yes, JFK had just
come off of a vacation. He was suntanned, he
looked good on television. Nixon was coming out of the hospital because he had an injury that he was in the hospital for weeks.>>His butt was hanging
out, he’s still in the– [laughs]>>Yeah, so he looks gaunt, it’s funny you said silly putty, because they have this cake make up that is like horror style
melting off his face [laughs] as he’s doing the debate so it looks like he’s sweating but that’s only because
the cameras are so bad. If the cameras were better it would look like his face was deteriorating as the–>>He was like intentionally
trying to look like Emperor Palpatine.
>>JUSTIN: Yeah>>I’m sorry, I have a question. What the [beep] is happening,
[laughs] over here?>>No but seriously, your face it just like for reals.>>Do we need a doctor?
>>As a rebuttal your face. Here’s what we need to
understand for this example. West Virginia’s a very protestant state, they don’t like Catholics. So this is a gigantic
test for Kennedy because they both have to win,
either Humphreys wins and shows that JFK is
fallible and now maybe he can continue the primaries
or go to the convention and make something or at
least horse trade his power a little bit more effectively. JFK has to win or else
all these other people that are deliberately
sitting out of the primaries will jump on him as soon as
they smell blood in the water. So now they both have to do it and here’s how you do it in West Virginia, one of the most, at the time, notoriously corrupt states in the Union. There were out and out prices per vote specifically in, what we’re
going to focus on is Charleston, the area of Charleston
which has several counties that are very, very, very
much up on the market. And so there was a
bidding war that started as is reported at around
$2 to $3 per vote.>>So this is a case where
like your neighborhood gets together, it’s like a hey neighborhood of Sunset Valley over here. There are 300 of us, the
current price is $2 to $3 a vote, that’s a thousand
dollars that we can have. Do we want to go with these
guys or the other guys?>>Sure, except–>>JASON: It was that organized?>>Except imagine everything you just said except none of the
money goes anywhere else it just only goes to the machine.>>It only just goes, okay.>>Yeah, so yes, it was that organized. Again, this is what politics was local machines that got people out to vote and made sure for, I’m sure altruistically for the benefit of everybody.
>>Sure.>>But this is what it looked like. This was not weird. This is just what politics was, so–>>And that’s why they
were able to operate like that out in the open because no one really called them out and said hey, this is
corrupt and this is a mockery of what actual democracy should be. No one knew any different.>>Yeah, it sounds like
that concept wasn’t even a thought that anyone would have.>>There was but what are
you going to do about it? There’s a million things that
we look at in our modern world and we’re like hey that’s screwed up. It’s a gigantic system
that we can’t touch.>>So what did JFK do in
Charleston, West Virginia?>>Paid a lot of money [laughs]. In fact, Humphreys thought he had one of the counties bought. He was again, super-cash strapped. There’s actually I’m
trying to get the footage or the audio, he was so cash
strapped Hubert Humphreys, he wound up writing a $750 check out of his personal bank
account to get TV time and his wife was next to him and was reportedly furious because it came out of their
daughter’s wedding fund that was happening the next month.>>Oh wow!
[laughs]>>That money went to, and
this is the amazing thing, a telethon without a tele– it was effectively a twitch livestream of people being able to call in but he was so cash
strapped he couldn’t afford a call screener so there
was just a live to air 30 minute block where
West Virginian voters were able to call Hubert Humphreys and just say whatever they wanted.>>Oh my God!>>Including reportedly an
old woman from the mountains who just kept yelling “get, get, get!” [laughs]>>Don’t ever change West Virginia.>>Apparently, Humphreys even
as cash strapped as he was knew that this was a pay to play state, tried to buy one of the counties, got out bid and had his
money returned to him in a satchel in a men’s room.>>Wow.
>>Like this is, when we talk about buying something that’s what we’re talking about.>>BRIAN: Sure, sure, well–
>>Did they set in like the pee next to the urinal, like the halo of urine
>>Like from one stall–>>and Hubert was just like oh th, oooh!>>No, they actually took a [beep] in it to show him that he was number
two in more than one way. [laughs]>>So I guess is the lesson just to have the money and buy the votes?>>The lesson is to have
the money and buy the votes. In fact, in Charleston, West Virginia there was one county that
was rumored to get up to $10 per vote.>>BRIAN: Wow
>>JASON: Back in the ’60s!>>Back in the ’60s, that is $2 to $3 per vote in West Virginia, right? And then what that actually buys you is you are on that captain
slate of preferred voting people which is effectively marching orders and also the people that
are running the polls are affiliated with the party with the machine so
they just remind people, like, oh, I think you got this wrong you accidentally didn’t
check what was on our slate so why don’t you go back
and just do it again. And they make sure that
the votes are there.>>And I assume there’s
some kind of ecosystem where it’s like if somebody
could not effectively deliver the votes that they’re
promised that they very quickly weren’t captain anymore.>>It’s done, like this is not, there’s not any ghosts in the machine. This is a machine for a reason.>>Everyone has their part to play.>>The vote gets delivered, that’s that. $2 to $3 in 1960, today
is $25.50 per vote. According to the census, in
Charleston, West Virginia, 86,000 residents that are there.>>Holy Cow.>>If it got as high as
ten, that is $85 a vote in that one county for
which the bidding war got so high
>>Adjusted for inflation.>>That it landed, adjusted for inflation in 2018 dollars, $85 per vote. So let’s be conservative
and say that 21,500 people, that is a quarter of
Charleston, West Virginia is up for sale, right? That means that even then
it was $85,000 to buy those votes in 1960. In today’s dollars, that is just over a half million dollars.>>West Virginia, not a big place.>>West Virginia.
>>Yeah, but I guess, at that moment that matters a lot because one of the
parties is buying momentum the other one is trying
to stay in the game.>>Yes, and
>>JASON: Uh oh.>>Remember when I told you
that there were only nine states that had primaries and that
only three of them had delegates and six of them were
popularity contestants? This was–
>>JASON: Was West Virginia a popularity contest?
>>A popularity contest.>>Wait, for nothing but,
but for how good it looks?>>Yes
>>That’s crazy.>>It’s just publicity essentially.>>Literally just to demonstrate to the smokey back room people, again this is 1960,
this is not after 1968, you are still dealing with
the smokey back room people. This was just a public workout to show that JFK was
fit enough to be elected President of the United States.>>I mean I’d hate to say
it in such crass terms but it sounds to me
like you’re just saying straight up JFK just bought an election.>>And then there’s
also lots of accusations with from what I understand
some substantive evidence behind it that some of that money probably came from the mob.>>Oh, is that a thing?>>Uh, there’s a whole nother thing. We can do a whole nother episode on this. It’s actually the other way around. In the general election,
Kennedy versus Nixon there are two states that if
they were to go the other way and they were very, very close, that would have changed the election and by any available metrics there were some level of
voting tampering happening. One was in Illinois and the other,>>Texas!
>>great state of Texas.>>Right on! I mean wait, why am I cheering?>>Yeah, what?>>We’re remembered, oh
geez, what am I doing? It really puts it in perspective, just how much, I assume,
better things have gotten compared to those days.>>There’s no doubt that right now writ large, we are having
the most free elections that we have ever had
in American democracy. When we talk about, oh
they’re buying the election. Generally, we’re talking
about super packs, we’re talking about buying>>BRIAN: Advertisements.
>>Advertisements, and stuff like that, so it’s like.>>Well, isn’t that really
just the smokey back room dressed up under a different
name and different rules?>>I mean I’m sure, there’s
some amount of that still happening but at least
not on the open market with a rate sheet. Hello, welcome to Travis County well what will you be having?>>Yeah, I think that’s a– no matter what we can always do better and it’s good, it’s a sign
of a healthy democracy that we ID these things
that we feel are unfair but no a super pack buying a bunch of ads and making sure that they have
a well-funded headquarters>>A different thing.>>Is not the same as
saying, I’m going to spend $3 per vote to make sure
that a corrupt machine puts people into the ballot box.>>It’s influencing
but it’s not as direct.>>Yes.
>>Okay, so where could people hear more stories exactly like this one?>>You can find my podcast at
politicspoliticspolitics.com and you can find me on
Twitter at JustinRYoung and also you can get my
free political newsletter five days a week at
freepoliticalnewsletter.com It’s a little bit of history but mostly more modern politics.>>It’s mostly what they
don’t want you to know now these are well established facts the vatican was trying to
suppress this information–>>Well you know, there’s
a big Kabal going on as you we know in Chicoms, Hanna Barbara–>>Bring me pictures of Spiderman.>>I swear to God, I want
this to be nothing but that this is what the
political newsletter is.>>Here’s what do ahead, we just redo the whole episode, welcome to the Modern Rogue, I’m in due platform
literally everywhere else I’ve used navi-technology
to beam into the–>>Navi technology
>>Navi technology!>>I’ve now used an Oakland
hipster as my avatar. I’m taking over. We’re taking over the Modern Rung.>>You ever make one of
those alternate accounts so you can be pretend to be someone else?>>What, no, never [stammers] no, what are you talking about? What did you find?>>Well, I, somebody named Mason Jurphy was throwing shade at crocheters at /r/crocheting and he seemed really upset.>>They got to know,
I’m in there shaking– Mason Jurphy’s in there shaking things up [laughs]
in the crochet world.>>So it seems to me like if you laugh–>>You all are on notice. [laughs]>>I almost thought it was
you, but you know what? I checked all the IP addresses
and it turns out because–>>What did it say?>>He’s from Iceland.>>He is not from Austin.>>Can’t be you.
>>It’s not me at all.>>Also I’m betting that
all of his weather reports are not related to Austin, Texas. I’m betting that there are movies he’s probably watching
because Mason Jurphy who most certainly is
not you lives in Iceland.>>Nobody knows who or where he is, he’s an enigma, a mystery. You’ll never find him, you
or the crochet assassins they’re sending after him.>>The crochet assassins?>>Yeah, he’s in the wind, he’s a ghost. You know why? NordVPN
>>Wow, that sounds unrelated.>>I’m guessing, I’m just guessing.>>Sounds to me like you want
to have a separate conversation about the fact that NordVPN makes it possible for you to be anywhere on the planet, for you to
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way that I can slip about like a ninja across the internet, or the way Mason Jurphy
does, I mean not me. I don’t have any sort of secrecy
or alter-egos or anything.>>Hold on, hold on I’m
beginning to suspect a thing how do you even know abut Mason Jurphy?>>Is that good, we good,
we good with the thing?>>You did it, you made
me acknowledge something that truly was unique
about that whole franchise.>>Hats off to a real one.>>Elections, there’s a neat trick. [laughs]>>BRIAN: Flipping. [laughs]>>Now that’s representative democracy.

Why Midterm Elections Are So Important | Government Explained

Well it’s that time again. Midterms are here. But no need to freak out. Midterm elections–not exams. But with so many government officials up for re-election you may need to do some cramming. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help. You remember that we recently had a
presidential election, right? They happen every four years because presidents serve four-year terms, as do governors. But the people we elect to the two
chambers of the US Congress– the House of Representatives and the Senate– have different term lengths. Senators serve a six-year term, and Representatives for two years, as written Article 1 of the US Constitution. During a presidential election year, which is always even–like 2012, 2016, 2020… you get the picture!– lots of people are running for different elected positions besides just the presidential candidates. These races are for state offices like
governor and lieutenant governor, as well as national and state legislators– you know the branch of government
that makes the laws. At the national level, every member of the US House of Representatives– sometimes just called the House– runs for re-election every two years. And these elections fall on even-numbered years. Because congressional senators terms are six years, just about a third of senators are
up for reelection every even-numbered year. Georgia has 16 members of Congress:
two senators and 14 representatives. Elections with the highest voter turnout
tend to be during presidential elections. This is because the president and his
running mate are the only positions elected nationwide, so they tend to get a lot of attention. When an election takes place outside of a presidential election year, it’s called an off-year election. If that election occurs in the middle of a
presidential term, it’s called a midterm. And without a president up for election during a midterm, fewer people come out to vote. So in the middle of a president’s term we have an election where a lot of people are running, but less of the population votes. And even though there isn’t a president on the
ballot, these elections are very important. Here’s why: You see oftentimes during midterm elections, voters choose who to vote for
based on whether or not they like the current president and his administration. This is sometimes called a referendum on the president’s agenda. And candidates sometimes choose to align with or distance themselves from the president
based on how they think their voters will feel toward the current administration. So here’s the important part about midterms: Because so many officials are up for reelection in the middle of a president’s term, control of the US Congress can swing
from one party to the other. To help make sense of this, let’s take a closer look at how control of a legislative body works. The party in power is referred to as the majority because it has more than 50 percent of the seats. The party not in power is the minority–and you guessed right–it has less than 50 percent. Just like when you vote for something
with your friends or in class, Congress largely operates on majority rule. This means the group with the greater
number gets to make the decisions. So let’s say that during the
first two years of a president’s term, the majority party that controls
Congress is not the same as the president’s. It can sometimes feel like
trying to be the captain of a ship and nobody wants to row in your direction. Pretty frustrating stuff. But if during the midterm elections, the president’s
party takes control of Congress, the president will have a much easier time
getting legislation passed, and maybe a better chance of getting
reelected in two years. The opposite scenario could happen too. Let’s say this time after the midterms, control of Congress flips from the
president’s party to the opposite party. This makes it really hard for the president to pass legislation he promised during his campaign. And the president might even be in
jeopardy of not getting reelected. So in the end, midterms have a huge impact on Congress and the President of the United States. They can make passing legislation a lot
easier or much harder. So now you know why everyone’s making a big deal about the midterms– or at least the midterm elections. If there are other topics you want to learn more about let us know in the comment section, and don’t forget to give this video a like and subscribe to our channel for more great explainers!

Immersion – Hitman in Real Life | Rooster Teeth

In stealth games, characters can often grab a disguise in order to blend in seamlessly with crowds. Take “Hitman” for example, where players often conceal their identity, In order to take out high profile targets. Come on. Just wearing a disguise to assassinate someone in the middle of a massive crowd would be MUCH more difficult in real life. …Or would it~? [Loud static] [Epic intro music] [Soft spy music] Welcome to Season 4 of Immersion™. Today, we’ve come out to our Rooster Teeth ‘Ballroom Simulator’ To run one of our biggest experiments, ever. We’re gonna be testing to see whether or not A Hitman could use a simple disguise to stealthily navigate a crowded room, and take out a specific target. AND- To help us run our experiment today, Two of our fan favorite lab rats, Michael and Gavin. Gavin: Hey yo!
Michael: Heeeyyyy! Burnie: Hey, welcome back, guys! Well, Gavin, I felt like you had to do this one because you’re so synonymous with the franchise. The fans all know that you play
this game and play it well. Do you feel pressure to do well here today? Gavin: Yes! I mean, on paper, this should be my game. Burnie: Should be! Michael, do you have experience playing Hitman games as well? Michael: Oh yeah. I’m pretty, uh, experienced. I’ve dabbled in the, uh, in the bald head. Burnie: Yeah?
Michael: Yeah. Burnie: Well, to add to the pressure, we’re gonna be filling this room with over 200 RTX attendees. Gavin: It’s a lot.
Burnie: You’re gonna have to navigate through ’em. Here’s how the experiment is gonna work. You are going to infiltrate a political fundraiser for congressman Mike Hawk. Your mission is to assassinate the target and exit the ballroom without being caught. If your target leaves the event before you’re able to carry out your mission, you lose. If you’re able to kill the congressman and exit the ballroom, you win. But, be aware. If the target goes down, security is gonna start pulling the
masks off of all the guests. If you’re unmasked, you lose. While the target is giving the speech, you can decide how to make your approach. Will you disguise yourself as one of his avid supporters and using a poison sticker take him out face to face? Perhaps, you will dress as a waiter and covertly poison his drink at the VIP table upstairs. Or will you disguise yourself as one of his trusted security guards, and eliminate the target as he takes a private phone call. Gavin: Right. Bollocks, though. Because everyone in this room will recognize our faces. Burnie: Ah. Okay. Well, that’s why everyone in the room will be dressed in the same shirt and they will have a different colored masquerade mask. Now, to give you an advantage, we’ve also given you a selection of wigs, hats, coats, even different shoes so you can customise your look. Just to keep you guys motivated, we have armed all the security guards with one of these. (taser crackling) Michael: Why?! Every time!
Gavin: …every time… Michael: In the show, you just… stun gun.
Burnie: They’re great. Gavin: When was the last Immersion episode without one of them? Gavin: Pacman?
Michael: What you got, look down. Burnie: What? Alright, let’s do the experiment. (spy music) Political assistant: Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Thank you so much for joining us for
this momentous fundraiser. So without further ado, the moment
you’ve all been waiting for, I present to you, Mike Hawk! (crowd cheers) Burnie: Okay, the lab rats will be entering through the second floor elevator. Their first opportunity to take down the target will be downstairs as soon as
the congressman finishes his speech. There are 5 security guards surrounding the perimeter. 2 downstairs, 2 upstairs, and a
bodyguard who follows Mike Hawk. Like our lab rats, all the guards in today’s experiment are Rooster Teeth employees. So they can definitely recognize Michael and Gavin. But, the guards have no idea which of our past lab rats will be running our course today. The guards will not act unless they recognize the lab rats and they see them
performing suspicious activity. If they do, they will begin removing everybody’s masks. Alright! Michael is entering the fundraiser from the second floor elevator. Let’s see how he does. (Mike Hawk speech in background) Michael: Jesus Christ! There’s a lot of people in there. Fucking neeeerrrrves. Burnie: Michael begins already armed
with the poison sticker. If he places this on anyone’s skin, the target will instantly be poisoned. (crowd cheers) Michael: Yeah! Mike Hawk!
God, he looks like a douchebag. Michael: Waiter’s only… Oh, it’s back here. Oh yes! Waiter’s outfit! Oh, poison. Fuck yes.
Ohohoho, this guy’s getting poisoned. Mike Hawk: With my skills, as a master debater. Michael: What the fuck? Is this guy just talking about his dick the whole time?
Mike Hawk: I’m here today, to rally for Mike Hawk. Mike Hawk: God bless you all, and God bless America!
(crowd cheers) Burnie: Michael is taking way too long to put on his waiter’s outfit. Mike Hawk is already
done with his speech. Michael: Yeah, no shit. 4 minutes is
not enough time at all. Guard Tyler: Copy that. The congressman is making his way towards the stairs. Burnie: Alright, Michael better hurry up and get upstairs if he wants to poison that drink in time. Burnie: Wow! Okay, Adam did not recognize Michael. Guard Kyle: Changing positions. Michael: Security only, eh? Okay, interesting. It’s gotta work shit. Assistant: Alright.
Mike Hawk: God, I hate this things.
Assistant: I know, I’m so sorry, sir. Michael: Shit, here comes the guy just fine. Let me just put that in your drink…hohoho…
making you drink so many… Assistant: Can I get a drink for Mike Hawk? Michael: Don’t say nothing…yadatata… Michael: Oh no!
Guest: I’m so sorry, can I help you clean up? Michael: Naw, I’m good. It’s alright. Burnie: (laugh) Did he just spill the drinks? He just wasted all the poison. Assistant: Thank you.
Mike Hawk: Oh, thank you. Guest: Sorry.
Michael: Hey, accidents happen. Michael, under breath: Fucking piece of shit. Alright, new plan. Time to head to the security office. Guard Tyler: Making my way to the congressman now. Michael: It’s fucking go time soon. This bitch is gonna die. Burnie: Whoa! That was really close. I really wanted Tyler to spot him. Guard Tyler: Securing the VIP area. Burnie: Well, that was obvious. Looks like Michael was recognized by a fan. Michael: Alright, I’m going into the security room. Burnie: Yup. Michael blew his cover. The fan has reported the suspicious activity. Guard Jon: I’ll check it out. Guard Jon: Michael’s spotted near the security office. Michael: Oh sweet. A knife! I’m gonna stab him so hard! This is the real test. How does 47 change so fast? Guard Kyle: What are you doing in here? Michael: Oh, I was uhh…just straightening my shirt. Guard Kyle: I got Michael.
Michael: Hey, wait! No! Stop! (dramatic fail sound effect) Burnie: Well, obviously the guards won that round. (elevator ding)
Let’s see if Gavin can do any better. Is that Gavin? If his wig doesn’t give him away, his nose definitely will. (crowd cheer) Mike Hawk: Well, folks, for years I’ve thought long and hard about that question. And I’m here to tell you that Mike Hawk
stands firmly for all of you! (crowd cheer) Gavin: Is Jon the best they could’ve
come up with for a security guy? Guard Jon: I’m not sure, I think I saw Gavin. Be on the look out for him. Guard Adam: Copy that. Burnie: Looks like the guards may have spotted Gavin. He better be careful. Mike Hawk: …to rally for Mike Hawk! God bless you all and God bless America! Burnie: Well, the congressman is finishing his speech. And Gavin still hasn’t made a move. His run may end even quicker than Michael’s.
(Gavin whistling) (crowd chanting “Mike Hawk”) Gavin: Just gotta go in with confidence, is all you need. Just a walk in like you belong in it. That’s it. Mike Hawk: Hey, thank you. It’s gonna be a big rally. I really appreciate it. Of course, I’m ready. Gavin: Alright. Good to go, let’s get some bevs. This one’s for me. Waiters are allowed to drink, I think. So we’re good. Let’s get some more fodder, shall we? That cheese is all for me. Thank you very much.
Just take the whole bloody thing. Assistant: No more handshakes. Gavin: Oh shit! Someone’s behind me. Burnie: Wow! Gavin is cutting it close! Gavin: Cheeeese. Burnie: Why is Gavin not masking his British accent? That’s not very stealthy. Gavin: Okay, I’m going for it. There you go! One for you. I feel like that was obvious. Feel like I just did that in plain sight. Mike Hawk: Oh yeah. (stuffing his face) Ah this is wonderful. Guest: Cheers to you, sir. Burnie: Unbelievable. Gavin is pulling a
hell of a comeback. But he better be careful because as soon as the congressman goes down, the security guards are gonna start
pulling off people’s masks. (Mike Hawk choking)
Assistant: Sir! Sir, are you okay?! Sir!
(crowd surprised) Assistant: 911, I need an ambulance.
Guard Jon: We’ve a code red.
Congressman is on the ground. Guard Kyle: Masks off, up against the wall. Gavin: Potential commotion in here. Adam: Everyone stop, hang on. Sir?
I need you to stop and take off your mask. Gavin: Uhhh, you want some champagne? Guard Adam: Stop what you’re doing and take off your mask. Gavin: Alright, gimme a second. Guard Adam: Gavin! Stop! You’ve been caught! Burnie: (laughs) Oh he’s gonna get tased! Gavin: (screaming) OH SHIT! (dramatic fail sound) Gavin: I DID IT! IT WAS ME! (elevator ding)
Burnie: Okay! Seems like Michael and Gavin can’t slip past the guards while working alone. Let’s see how they do when working together. Assistant: Mike Hawk! (crowd cheers) Michael: To politics!
(drink glasses clink) Burnie: Why are they being so obvious? Michael: Alright, I’m gonna scope out- Oh shit. We’ve got a guy standing right at the security office. Let’s just mingle til he clears out. Gavin: Yup. You want double fist? Michael: Yeahyeahyeah. This looks normal. Just get shitfaced.
Gavin: Yeah. Burnie: Dear lord! Gavin, slow down. Michael whispering: Oh, he’s touching his ring,
he’s going to leave. Guard Kyle: Changing positions. Michael: I’m going in, boi. Watch my back. Gavin: That’s how you champagne, boi. Mike Hawk: For years, I’ve thought long and hard about that question, and I’m here to tell you… Michael: I’m good to go and
I’m not getting caught this time. My boi’s got my back! Burnie: Uh oh. Jon is taking
his post outside the security office. Michael: Dude, this vest is nice.
I should- I should actually steal this. Guard Jon: Moving to the second position.
Guard Kyle: Copy that. Guard Kyle: Circulating second floor. Michael: Buttoning suit, getting dressed. Just like my mommy taught me. What the fuck?! Where’s Gavin? Holy crap. There’s a guard.
(suspense music) Fuck! That was close. I’m gonna murder Gavin! Where the hell is he?! Burnie: Yeah, where’s Gavin? Is he downstairs? Doesn’t appear to be in the waiter’s room. Is he still upstairs? Oh! There he is talking to Michael. Michael: I got the knife.
We can just get him on the way out. Gavin: Okay, how about this? How about this? We’ll wait for them
to be over there, right? Michael: Don’t point.
Gavin: He’s having drinks, right? Gavin: I’ll take out his bodyguard. You take out him. We’ll come down. We’ll shank Ellis on the way out. Guard Adam: Nice to see you, congressman. Gavin: Well, let’s mingle. Shall we?
Michael: Let’s mingle. Yeah. Gavin: Augh man! All the booze is gone. Did you see that? Guard Jon: I think I spotted Michael. I’m not sure. Guard Kyle: I know it’s Gavin. I saw him. Burnie: Guards are confused because they don’t know that both lab rats are inside. Gavin: We should probably pretend
that we don’t know each other. Michael: No, that’s fine. We don’t. Sir? Back off, sir. Gavin: Sorry. Sorry, I just…trying to make friends. Kinda socially awkward at these. Michael: Full of shit. Here he comes, here he comes. Where’s that idiot? Where’s that little idiot? Target’s approaching, target is approaching. Gavin: Oh! Guard Tyler: Well, whoever it is, they’ve gotta be close. Guard Tyler: Be on the lookout for
any suspicious activity. Mike Hawk: Hang on. I- I gotta get a drink here. Assistant: Can I get a drink for Mike Hawk, please?
Burnie: Looks like Gavin is going to use the poison sticker. Let’s see what he does with it. Assistant: He needs a drink.
Mike Hawk: You know, look, I saw a good sick on the road. Take out a few of these drinks, I’d have problems that way. Gavin: Hey. Thanks for doing all the work you do. Burnie: How in the world did Gavin get away with that? Guard Jon: Tyler’s down. I need backup. Guard Jon: Get out of my way. Michael: Ugh *stabstabstabstab* Burnie: I think one stab would’ve sufficed. We should get Michael a therapist. Guard Kyle: What’s going on? Did you see who did that? Michael: What’s going on?
Gavin: That guy there looks suspicious. Michael: Dude, I went all over him. Guard Adam: What’s going on? All guards check in. Guard Jon: It’s Michael and Gavin.
They’ve took down the congressman. Michael: I’m gonna go take out Adam, you keep walking. Guard Adam: Take off your masks. Everyone take off your masks. Michael: I’ve seen a suspicious individual around here. Guard Adam: Huh? Oh! Augh… Michael: There’s a guard sick back there.
Gavin: Don’t mind if I do. Gavin: Don’t mind if I don’t. Guard Mariel: Adam is down. I need backup. Burnie: Wow! They made it! I honestly can’t believe it! (victory music) Burnie: Now Gavin, you play a ton of Hitman. How did this compare to actually playing the game? Gavin: Pretty good! That was pretty immersed. I was like, really planning my routes. You don’t wanna blow it. Cuz you know. The load times. Burnie: Right.
Gavin: To restart. It’s a nightmare. Burnie: Alright. Well, I think on the second run, you guys did a better job. How did you guys think you did? Michael: A plus. Plus!
Burnie: A plus. Burnie: I gotta say I agree. I think you guys did fantastic on the second run. We wanna thank all of our RTX attendees. I think the real winner for today is friendship. Michael: Awwww, yeah!
Burnie: Teamwork. You guys working together
Gavin: That’s us. Michael: Teamwork!
Burnie: Teamwork! Burnie: Is that the poison? Michael: Yeah, you’re dead.
Gavin: Yeah. Michael: You’re dead. Gavin: See the way. Burnie: If you wanna see other Rooster Teeth employees playing Hitman in real life, sign up to become a First member on RoosterTeeth.com (outro music)

The REAL Reason Kamala Harris Dropped Out

>>Kamala Harris has dropped out of the presidential
race. She was not doing well in the polls. She was expecting to drop out at some point
but it was shocking that she did so as soon as she did. Now we’re gonna go through her campaign, what
she pretended to support in the beginning, what she actually ended up supporting in the
end. And then we’ll share our theories as to why
she’s decided to drop out, but I do wanna read from her official statement on this,
which she posted on Medium. 11 months ago at the launch of our campaign
in Oakland I told you all I am not perfect. But I will always speak with decency and moral
clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. I will speak the truth. And that’s what I have tried to do every day
of this campaign. So here’s the truth today. I have taken stock and looked at this from
every angle and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my
life. My campaign for president simply does not
have the financial resources we need to continue. She continues to write, I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become
harder and harder to raise money we need to compete. So that’s her official statement, before we
rewind and take a look at how she conducted her campaign, do you wanna jump in Cenk?>>Yeah, so I think that she’s being honest
and acknowledging that she’s financially strapped and that’s one of the issues, but that’s only
half the equation. The other half of the equation also has to
do with donors. And this is the part that’s not spoken about. So when a real contender drops out relatively
early, and that is what’s happening here, Kamala Harris has always been a real contender. And she was top five when she dropped out. Now you might say, hey, five doesn’t sound
that close to one. But remember, at different times there’s been
27 candidates in this race and with her exit, there still remains 15. So she was always in the top tier and she
was in the top tier now. She’s dropping out a couple of months before
the voting begins, so that is definitely surprising. So, what happened? Well, as happened on the Republican side was
Scott Walker back in 2016 and other potential top tier contender that dropped out very early. Usually what happens is that the donors call
you and go, it’s not gonna be you. It’s gonna be someone else that we support. So you need to get out now because you’re
taking away points from the other person we’re supporting. So, I believe that is part of what happened
here. And so do I have inside information about
that from the Harris’ campaign? I wanna be very clear, no, I do not. This is my knowledge of politics and my experience
and expertise gained over a quarter of a century. Telling you guys that usually there are conversations
like this also within Democratic Party. Now remember, Bernie’s a second place in Iowa,
New Hampshire, Nevada and nationally. So, we have to coales the moderates centrist
corporate Democrats behind one candidate. And Kamala turns out it’s not gonna be you. Now a lot of people thought it was gonna be
her, including me. I though she was going to be the establishment
candidate, but as it turned out she wasn’t. And so now there is an attempt by the Democratic
Party machine slash the donor class to take out the other moderates, so they could focus
their energy on likely Buttigieg.>>So do you think there’s a possibility that
one of the front runners obviously not Bernie Sanders, but one of the other front runners,
maybe struck a deal with her as a potential VP pick?>>Yeah, look, anything is possible, but I’d
be surprised by that cuz there’s too many front runners for her to actively and accurately
guess as to who’s going to win. So
>>Or Attorney General, which is apparently trending right now as we speak on social media.>>Yeah, but who would she have made the deal
with Biden or Buttigieg not gonna be Klobuchar, not gonna be Bloomberg. It’s not gonna be Warren or Sanders, so I
just don’t see it. Maybe I’m wrong about that. It’s not that I would say, that is unethical
and they would make that kind of deal. No, no, no, let’s not be naive. It’s just that I don’t know who would offer
that deal. And who she would think would be credible
enough to accept it from. No, I think she really legitimately ran outta
money. And when the numbers came out at the end of
December for the next quarter, she was going to be very low on that list. And she wanna drop out before that embarrassing
moment and probably got a couple of calls from power brokers in the Democratic Party
saying, look it would be helpful if you would exit so we can all get behind one person.>>So Politico reported that apparently there
was a super PAC who that had cleared a million dollars in TV ads in Iowa to boost her struggling
campaign. So they were about to start that campaign,
I’m sorry that ad campaign and then right before they were about to do so this was announced
and they decided to pull it.>>So it was like there was some money and
some support by by donors>>No, she’s always had the most support by
the Democratic establishment when this whole race began. Buttigieg rose late and even the Democratic
donors were surprised at how long Biden has stayed at the top. So they always thought that Kamala would be
the person that would rise up and take on the progressive wing of the party. But that did not materialize in the way that
she had hoped for and that they had hoped for. So when I talk about the forces within the
Democratic Party, yeah, the Super PACs are definitely integral to that. So when somebody’s thinking of putting in
a million dollars or more either for you or for another candidate, will they have a voice
at the table? Yes, yes, they will. So to say that they won’t is incredibly naive
and purposely ignores the elephant in the room, the major force in today’s American
politics, which is the donor money, which rules almost everything.>>So let’s talk a little bit about why her
campaign started out pretty strong and then ended up struggling, okay? Because her messaging in my opinion and I’m
gonna provide evidence that really bears this out was unclear, was wishy washy. She did start out attempting to appear as
though her positions on policies were incredibly progressive. In fact, here’s a mash up that kind of gives
you a sense of that.>>Hey, guys, you know what, America does
not wanna witness a food fight. They wanna know how we’re going to put food
on their table.>>This president walks around talking about
and flaunting his great economy, right? My great economy, my great economy. You ask him, how you’re measuring this greatness
of this economy of yours? And he talks about stock market, well, that’s
fine if you own stocks. So many families in America do not. You ask them how are you measuring the greatness
in this economy of yours? And they point to the job numbers and the
unemployment numbers. Well, you have people in America are working,
they’re working two and three jobs. So when we talk about jobs, let’s be really
clear in our America, no one should have to work more than one job to have a roof over
their head and food on the table.>>So, she really focusing on economic issues
there. Issues that progressives have really brought
front and center when it comes to this election. And then things started to change when it
came to her support for medicare for all. And we’ll get to that in just a second, but
do you wanna jump in?>>Yeah, so she had the right lane, which
now Buttigieg occupies if you’re an establishment candidate. What was that lane? To be brazenly pro-corporate conservative
Democrat? No, that’s the lane of for example, John Delaney,
Michael Bennett, Amy Klobuchar, and that’s a lane that’s headed nowhere. That’s a cul de sac. So that is not the correct lane, the correct
lane politically, if you’re an establishment candidate was pretend that you’re a progressive,
but tell donors and reporters behind the scenes, I’m not really don’t worry
>>And she did that,>>Yeah, she absolutely did do that. But then she lost her nerve and she panicked
and then publicly said, no,no, no, I’m not a progressive. I’m turning against Medicare for all, I’m
turning against all these proposals. She had him, she had Biden, she landed a couple
of really strong punches against Biden on the political debate, I said that she won
that debate. Everybody says she won that debate, but I’m
just telling you as a progressive, I thought she wanted even though I don’t totally agree
with their policies. So she had the right lane, but my best guess
again is donors pulled her aside and was like, no Kamala, we’re not doing Medicare for all. I don’t even like you talking about it, so
go in the other direction. So now Buttigieg has taken that lane and it
has given him success, pretend to be a progressive, but in fact turn around and give the donors
everything they want.>>So I wanna help reinforce the point that
you just made cuz you’re absolutely right. She did have some strong moments in debates
when it came to hitting back at Biden and Buttigieg. I’m sorry, Biden on busing, I mean, so let’s
go to that video. Again, this is during one of the Democratic
debates, Kamala Harris is confronting Joe Biden on busing.>>It was hurtful to hear you talk about the
reputations of two United States senators who built their reputation and career on the
segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also work
with them to oppose busing. And there was a little girl in California,
who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school
every day. And that little girl was me.>>Yeah, I think that was her strongest performance
in the debates. And honestly after that she did become even
more wishy washy on Medicare for All.>>Yeah
>>She did waffle on a lot of these policy issues that progressives care about and look,
the mistake that candidates are making. This isn’t just about Kamala Harris, this
is about a number of candidates who keep pretending as though they have progressive policy stances. They think progressives are stupid, they think
progressives aren’t paying attention. We’re paying close attention to everything
these candidates say, both on the campaign trail and on the debate stage. And so they can raise their hand and claim
that they’re in favor of doing away with private insurers. They can pretend like they support Medicare
for all. But the devil’s in the details and I think
over and over again we have seen candidate suffer when they waffle on Medicare for all. When they say one thing on the debate stages,
say something completely different behind the scene.>>With notable exception of Pete Buttigieg
because the media refuses to criticize him under any and all circumstances.>>But here is the thing, like Pete Buttigieg
I don’t think he has ever really pretended to support Medicare for all>>No he did, in 2018, he boldly said he was
for Medicare for all, when it was polling well and he thought he was gonna to pretend
to be a progressive. The media will not criticize him under penalty
of law and I say that in relationship to Kamala Harris cuz they did criticize her from time
to time on her waffling, on her raising of her hands but then putting it down after the
debates. So when they noticed that she was doing those
things they would criticize her. When she attacked Biden a lot of the press
criticized her for being too hard on Biden. And that got her waffling and then eventually
she went back to being supportive of Biden, and so that, got into her head a little bit. So I give that as a comparison to Buttigieg
because Buttigieg never gets criticized for anything, anything at all. So he gets a free ride. And so I don’t know that it’s racial or it’s,
gender related. I really, really don’t know that. But I think it’s fair for people to ask why
is there even among two candidates that are incredibly similar. They’re the same exact campus not a progressive
versus establishment. So that doesn’t explain it between Buttigieg
and Kamala Harris, they’re nearly identical. But the press was middling on Kamala Harris
to tough and total free ride for Buttigieg, back then and today on the same exact flip
flops. But I do wanna go back to Senator Harris’
issues here. She said, that girl was me, talking about
the busing, in the clip that we showed you. Biden is unbelievable, and you might have
seen the very end there, when she says that girl was me. Biden goes you didn’t see that coming? It’s unbelievable.>>He’s.>>I know what you’re talking about, but that
was kinda cut.>>That was kinda quick, but she had shirts
made out after the debate that they handed out, said that girl was me. What are you doing? That’s why Maya Rudolph started making fun
of her and saying it live because she’s pre-planning, the tweets, the social media reaction, the
merchandising, based on a line she rehearsed before the debate and they have pre-produced. No, then you look totally inauthentic. You had a great line, leave it be, leave it
be. And then in fact don’t even be, keep on going,
why did you back peddle on Biden? You had him, and you weren’t competing against
Warren or Sanders, you’re competing as Biden to be the established candidate. You should have never let the press and the
donors get into your head about don’t criticize Biden, he might eventually be out guy. Who cares, you’re running against him, you
were right about all of those, you should have gone after him on the bankruptcy bill. On giving away the taxes, even Michael Bennet
went after him for making Bush’s tax curse permanent. So there were so many things to go after there,
but her number one problem wasn’t that she made those initial attacks that’s when she
rose. There’s no question about that. When she was saying she was progressive and
she was attacking Biden, that’s when she rose up to the top three. When she was wishy washy, back pedaled, admitted
she wasn’t a progressive and stopped attacking Biden, she slid all the way back down. Then there is no question about their chronology. So now the mainstream media might try to deceive
you with a false talking points about why she might have got in the wrong direction. But the timeline is crystal clear.>>I wanna actually look at the timeline because
we have a chart from Real Clear Politics, that compares all the different candidates. And where they stood, depending on the month,
and if you can see Harris is orange. So the orange line represents Kamala Harris
and you see her spike in July, and then after that she starts to dip considerably, right? And then in April when she started experiencing
her first dip and Warren started experiencing a little bit of a surge. And remember, that was when Warren started
to really push this notion that she’s a strong progressive. She’s gonna hold Wall Street accountable at
that time, she claimed that she was a strong supporter of Medicare for all. And so I think that the media, the mainstream
media has an incentive to stay away from the true narrative, what’s really going on. What voters really want because they wanna,
they wanna keep their tax cuts. Let’s keep it real.>>Yeah, guys, put that chart back up because
I wanna show you two things about that. So, Kamala Harris goes up right after that
debate performance that we showed you guys. So you see the orange spiking up and then
you see it go down, when you start to see it go down is when she changed her stance
on Medicare for all. No ands, ifs, or buts. You see Warren in the brown, so she catches
Biden who’s in green, and then she starts to head down. That is where she changed her stance on Medicare
for all and started talking about a public option as a transition, etc. I defy anyone to show me otherwise. So those are absolutely clear, you wanna know
why? It’s not that complicated, Democratic primary
voters New York Times just did a poll on this. 81% of them want Medicare for all, where’s
the hard part? So, but the mainstream media will tell you
no, the voters don’t want Medicare for all. It’s unpopular, hey Kamala and Warren make
sure you are against Medicare for all. How’s that working out for you? And to be fair to Elizabeth Warren, she’s
not against Medicare for all, but that two tiered idea of going with a public option
first disaster, and that’s what’s tanking her numbers. So at the end of the day, when I look at all
that, I think, all right, you try to win all the field big donors, and get behind Biden
or Buttigieg, but I’ll take my chances. If it turns out Sanders is the one true progressive
that’s left, I like those odds a lot.

Bernie Sanders – “THAT’S Extremism!”

I was shown something yesterday. Apparently,
the Wisconsin Republican party has welcomed me into the state with a billboard. The billboard indicated that I was an extremist. So, let me just say a few words to my friends
in the Republican party about extremism. When you deny the right of workers to come
together in collective bargaining, that’s extremism! When you tell a woman that she cannot control
her own body, that’s extremism! When you think a woman is a child and can’t
purchase a contraceptive, that is extremism! When you give tax breaks to billionaires and
refuse to raise the minimum wage, that’s extremism!

The Fragility of Good Government

it’s an enormous and very rare privilege to have lived in the days of good government across nations and centuries few people have ever done so by a rare bit of of luck certain groups in a few corners of the globe tasted decades of this remarkable anomalous blessing they might foolishly especially if they traveled little seldom read history books or had a very high estimation of their own populations they might even have started to assume it was a natural or god-given norm yet the default state of almost all nations is quite other it is authoritarianism bullying demagoguery corruption monopoly racial segregation and state-sponsored aggression and murder we will not now it seems be living in dramatically unusual times it was the years before that will be remembered as unusual a daring bet against the facts of our nature we are sliding into a new age of darkness we are reverting to a mean civilization was always simply an unlikely concept those who are afraid are typically reassured by optimism all will eventually be well the kindly tell them but we need stiffer darker council we should explore not what might ideally happen which leaves us oscillating painfully between hope and despair but what will happen if the worst comes to pass we need to make ourselves entirely at home with catastrophe looking at it squarely in the eye so it’s not to keep catching glimpses of it here and there and so taking fright and you every time we stand to see that whatever comes to pass will in a desperately reduced and pitiful form still be survivable a home could be built among the ruins there might be some sort of life to be led despite everything nothing is ever properly unbearable not least because we always retain access to the best escape route the stoic philosophers of ancient Rome those poor souls agitated beyond compare by the antics of their hysterical thin-skinned murderous Emperor’s would known to calm themselves down by holding up their veins to the light and calling out freedom knowing it could if it came to that all be over in minutes we shouldn’t be surprised by our fellow citizens this is what the human animal is really like very sweet at points from close up usually generous two small children and the elderly hard-working but highly prone to delusion tribal offended by strangers an inclined to rational analysis and with a fondness for slaughter and reckless messianic plans the elite routinely derided as out-of-touch and not so on the basis of forgetting how much milk or the rent costs rather on the basis of forgetting have dark and broken human nature really is there’s a natural longing to do something quickly and angrily there’s an equal longing to give up and hide the Council of quietism neither feels quite right neither endurance nor explosion the only true avenue is to commit ourselves to years of careful adroit plotting to bring about a renewal of that now ever more implausible dream a land governed for a little while longer by a spirit as fragile as crystal of wisdom and tolerance