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Bill Clinton's Shameful Crime Politics: Watch Matt Welch Talk to Al Sharpton Sunday at 8 a.m. ET

MSNBC's PoliticsNation will feature some blunt talk about New York politics

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How has Hillary Clinton managed to dominate the black vote without having to eat too much crow about her active support for Bill Clinton's now-reviled crime policies and politics from the 1990s? That's the question the Rev. Al Sharpton puts to me tomorrow after 8 a.m. ET on MSNBC's PoliticsNation. Tune in to watch that, plus my political-panel contributions about the upcoming primaries in New York.

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  1. Matt, how many showers did you have to take before they’d let you back in the office?

    1. Fact: Matt is the only Reason employee who regularly showers.

      1. I could believe that… but I’d bet Suderman is a regular bather.

        1. He’s a master bather.

          1. *slow claps*


  2. Watch Matt Welch Talk to Al Sharpton Sunday at 8 a.m. ET

    … someone make sure to record this for the lulz, as well as the limitless overdubbing potential

    1. Remy should remix it.

    2. Five bucks says Sharpton introduces him by saying “Matt, I hope you brought your jelly for our Sunday morning breakfast show. ‘Cause you can’t have breakfast toast without Welch’s Jelly!”

      That Sharpton, he’s got a million of ’em.

  3. How has Hillary Clinton managed to dominate the black vote without having to eat too much crow about her active support for Bill Clinton’s now-reviled crime policies and politics from the 1990s?

    I imagine Al expects the answer to be “Because all the Republicans are racist, and Bernie is an old, angry, white man!”

    1. Bernie may have somehow managed to peel off the clueless white college kid vote but that doesn’t change the overall dynamics of the Democrat machine.

  4. The Teflon Snuke managed to dominate the black vote by having the compliance of a wilful media flush all of this down the memory hole.

    No need to increase MSNBC viewership to know that.

    1. It’s not only that… they don’t care. No matter what, they are team players above and beyond everything.

      1. *willful

        Dammit. I’m four screwdrivers deep at this point.

        And true, they are team players to the bitter end. But let’s be honest, Since the Colonial Era blatantly partisan newspapers have been the norm. It just reaches a larger portion of the voting public than ever before. All news media of cource, not print journalism.

        1. Ah, nevermind. You were not referring to the media in your comment. Alcohol amd reading comprehension don’t always go hand and hand. 😉

          1. Neither does spelling, apparently.

            Go to sleep, TH.

  5. The left only wants to empty the prisons of criminals so they can put their political enemies in there.

    1. Can’t decide if this deserves derisive tin foil hat response, or a joke about drug users being political enemies…

    2. People on the left don’t think anyone except businessmen and bankers are ever guilty and no one else should ever go to jail.

      Until they get mugged, of course, and then they move to the right.

  6. Also –

    I did a quick google of “Al Sharpton Endorsement” and it turns out he played coy with both the Dem candidates for all of Feb & March.

    They’ve been constantly, actively appealing to him since then and there’s like 100 stories about his apparent intentional hesitation to do so.

    I mean, I understand the purpose from his perspective. He’s had both of them dancing and groveling for him all this week, and he’s gotten feature articles written about his political clout in Vanity Fair, etc. He’s making hay while the sun shines (*on black politics)

    has he still not endorsed anyone? i can’t tell. I’d think if he fails to before the coming primary, i’d think he’d be burning his own political capital

    it actually almost makes me want to watch this show

    1. He’s ready to sink the libertarian moment by endorsing Gary Johnson and scaring off all the white voters.

      1. That would be a rare public service for Rev Al, although GayJay is quite capable of scaring off voters of all races on his own.

        1. Yes, siv, we all know you hate the johnson.

    2. “…They’ve been constantly, actively appealing to him since then…”

      Appealing to Sharpton for an endorsement?
      Hey, I got a pig in the back yard who is ‘way more intelligent and trustworthy than that piece of shit.
      Did he ever apologize for supporting that liar Brawley? Has he ever paid his taxes?

      1. Fuck an apology, why has he never been sent to prison?

      2. That was horrible, but he’s done worse.

    3. Much as people talk about the GOP being racist, here we have the Democratic frontrunners falling over each other to get an endorsement from Black David Duke.

      Seriously, why is Sharpton not universally despised? I really don’t get it. After that old Jew lost his basketball team for some comment about his mistress screwing black guys, the things Al Sharpton has said and done should induce people to riot outside his house.

      1. Plenty of black folks I know have a low opinion of Sharpton. Crackas are probably afraid to criticize him because of white guilt and not wanting to appear racist, or because they’re just on the same team. People who know him personally probably fear blackmail.

  7. How has Hillary Clinton managed to dominate the black vote without having to eat too much crow about her active support for Bill Clinton’s now-reviled crime policies and politics from the 1990s?

    Who else are they gonna vote for?

    1. Trump, Trump, Trump…. !?

  8. Also Hillary is pushing for a $15 minimum. What a minute I thought Cytotoxic (along with plenty of other Never Trumpers), Gillespie and Welch informed me that Hillary is a secret libertarian?

    1. Better that the economy crash than That Uncouth Man enforce immigration law!!

    2. Winston|4.17.16 @ 12:37AM|#
      “…What a minute I thought Cytotoxic (along with plenty of other Never Trumpers), Gillespie and Welch informed me that Hillary is a secret libertarian?”

      Winston, you are constantly mislead by those voices in your head. And you’re a PITA about it also; take your fantasies elsewhere, please.

      1. Is Stalin or Hitler the more libertarian? That’s the one I’m voting for!

    1. Well, what does he say? I’m not reading that. Krugman I’ll endure, but not his lackey Yglesias.

      1. Shorter Sadbeard: Debt is awesome

        emphasis added for extra derpitude

        Right now in the United States, just like in other stable rich countries, interest rates on government debt are incredibly low due to massive investor demand for government debt.

        The responsibility of the government is to help make the economy function smoothly by ensuring that there is adequate supply of debt to meet this massive demand. Ideally, one would use this debt to finance spending on something useful, like great transportation projects or high-quality preschool programs or removing toxic lead from American cities. But if you think there’s nothing useful the government can or should spend money on, then it could at least do American households a favor by collecting less tax revenue.

      2. Nevermind that the overall purported point of the article which was to supposedly debunk the per capita national debt of $43K. Matty says don’t worry about it because only the rich people will be paying that money. Poor folks have less capital so they don’t owe as much.

        It’s economics for retards.

    2. He actually said, “Economically Literate”.

      To describe *himself*

      1. Given that his core audience seems to like patronizing idiots that speak down to them, he’s probably not going to catch any flak for it.

  9. Watch MSNBC or eat a mouth full of glass? This is actually an easy choice.

    *Smashes beer bottle on counter*

    1. Why not have it both ways? Cin Cin.

      1. Because if I’m going to hurt that much, I’m going to do it to myself. 🙂

    1. NEEDS MORE SAUDI

  10. Sharpton fellators, assemble!
    *barf*

    1. The Rev interviewed two Heffalumps (Steele) and simply bashed the RNC. No news there.

  11. “If Trump want in the race, we’d be talking about Hillarys record negatives.”

    Nice.

  12. “How has Hillary Clinton managed to dominate the black vote without having to eat too much crow about her active support for Bill Clinton’s now-reviled crime policies and politics from the 1990s?”

    Which black people are we talking about? The ones who want penalties reduced, or the ones who *supported* those “anti-crime” policies from the 1990s and still support them today?

    Reason has covered this – many black people *cheered* “tough on crime” policies.

  13. Resist we much!

    1. We will, much, about that, be, committed.

  14. Sadly, I missed the historic Welch/Sharpton Debate. What was the highlight? Whose shirt/tie clashed harder?

  15. Yeaahhhhhhh right

    The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK.

    Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past.

    But it would take a collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-scalar effort to get there, he warns. And that effort must learn from the trials and tribulations from previous energy systems and technology transitions.

    Each of these cases has in common strong government intervention coupled with shifts in consumer behaviour, often driven by incentives and pressure from stakeholders.

    Professor Sovacool says: “The mainstream view of energy transitions as long, protracted affairs, often taking decades or centuries to occur, is not always supported by the evidence.

    “Moving to a new, cleaner energy system would require significant shifts in technology, political regulations, tariffs and pricing regimes, and the behaviour of users and adopters.

    “Left to evolve by itself ? as it has largely been in the past ? this can indeed take many decades. A lot of stars have to align all at once.

    1. this is one of the ‘highest ranked’ comments =

      antialias_physorg

      4.4 / 5 (14) Apr 15, 2016


      “”If political regulations, tariffs and pricing regimes are needed to shift energy use, they will make us poorer and less prosperous, “”

      Try thinking ahead a bit. You know what will happen when the climate change damages hit? They will have to be mitigated. With taxes. Every year more of them because the damages will only increase in severity.

      So it’s your choice:
      1) invest a little now and then reap the benefits (energy from renewables is cheaper in the long run because you save on a lot of ancillaries: from financing “wars for oil” to having to combat terrorism (because of those “wars for oil”) to a cleaner environment (less healthcare costs) to food security (again less costs))

      OR

      2) spend an ever increasing amount every year until you run out of money

      As they say: An ounce of prevention…

      The people who are for a changeover want to SAVE you money and KEEP you prosperous. That’s what you don’t get.

      Of course, the whole thing about how “Taxes in the US wont change emissions in China/India/Brazil/Russia, etc” is conveniently ignored.

      1. Of course, the whole thing about how “Taxes in the US wont change emissions in China/India/Brazil/Russia, etc” is conveniently ignored.

        That’s when we invade those countries and force them to stop burning fossil fuels. War for Oil turns into a War for Climate Justice.

    2. “The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK.”

      True, but the cost in human lives and misery will be immense.

      Fuck this guy!

  16. In case the combination of Yglacias and Sharpton has you merely depressed this morning….

    …This should top-off your “Why We’re Doomed”-Sunday-Morning-Reading

    Stop Arguing People! Trump and Sanders are BOTH Correct That We Need to End Free Trade

    1. Hey, broken clock and all, this isn’t a bad idea:

      One initiative, suggested by Dean Baker, director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, would remove barriers that protect the inflated earnings of doctors, dentists and lawyers. If trained doctors and dentists from abroad were allowed to practice in the United States, he estimates savings… blah blah

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