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The campaign of former Woman of Color Elizabeth Warren, just like the Buttigieg campaign, is being held hostage by its verklempt Women of Color staffers. From Politico:

Women of color bolt Warren’s Nevada campaign in frustration
“Complaints, comments, advice, and grievances were met with an earnest shake of the head and progressive buzzwords, but not much else.”

By ALEX THOMPSON

02/06/2020 03:29 PM EST

A half-dozen women of color have departed Elizabeth Warren’s Nevada campaign in the run-up to the state’s caucuses with complaints of a toxic work environment in which minorities felt tokenized and senior leadership was at loggerheads.

The six staffers have left the roughly 70-person Nevada team since November, during a critical stretch of the race. Three of them said they felt marginalized by the campaign, a situation they said didn’t change or worsened after they took their concerns to their superiors or to human resources staff.

“During the time I was employed with Nevada for Warren, there was definitely something wrong with the culture,” said Megan Lewis, a field organizer who joined the campaign in May and departed in December. “I filed a complaint with HR, but the follow-up I received left me feeling as though I needed to make myself smaller or change who I was to fit into the office culture.”

Another recently departed staffer, also a field organizer, granted anonymity because she feared reprisal, echoed that sentiment. “I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it,” she said in an interview. …

She said she felt compelled to speak out because she believed the campaign’s internal systems failed and needed to be fixed. Too often, Lewis said, such problems are ignored or swept under the rug because people fear damaging the larger cause.

“Every election will always be the most important election of our lifetimes,” Lewis said. “Organizing culture needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any election. I hope this starts a conversation that helps facilitate personal reflection about ways we can change campaign culture.”

 
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  1. Anon7 says:

    This article appears to provide a picture of Megan Lewis, and some specifics about her.

    Megan Lewis began as an activist for her local Black Lives Matter chapter and has been involved in organizing since 2015. In 2016 she knocked on more than 7,000 doors for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. Lewis continued her involvement in her community by volunteering for the NAACP, working for NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada…

    https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-invest-across-nevada-with-first-ever-caucus-organizers

  2. Anon[544] • Disclaimer says:

    Am seeing a potential here for professional dirty tricksters hired by the establishment to sabatoge political campaigns in primaries: hire minorities to volunteer for campaigns of rivals, and pay them to quit citing harassment or discrimination before Super Tuesday on the Friday newscycle, not giving targeted candidate enough time to refute.

    Hillary would never……..

    • Replies: @anon
    , @SunBakedSuburb
  3. “I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it.”

    Translation: “As a loud and aggressive Black Woman…”

    • Agree: Some Guy, Bill Jones
    • LOL: jim jones
    • Replies: @Bostonvegas
    , @Anonymous
  4. Anon7 says:

    “Organizing culture needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any election.”

    Are you awoke yet? Maybe I can help. First, I’ll put in some blanks:

    “_______ needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any _____.”

    Now, I’ll fill them in!

    Military culture needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any war.”

    Every business organization needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any profitable enterprise.”

    Government agencies need to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any provision of services to citizens.”

    Now, you try!

  5. I lived in Henderson NV for two years in the oughts. There’s no shortage of angry loud black women, as they’re all union connected to the service industry.

    The legislature (biennial) is corrupt. I’ve witnessed pay to play more than once. I was writing mechanic’s lien laws pushed through a state senator who accepted bribes, including government contracts.

    Every political system has a bribery scheme.

    Pochahontas will never be president. Her token “schvarztes” left the plantation that is the Democratic party.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  6. “like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it”

    And you most likely were. This is what happens when hires are based only on skin tone and gonads. This is the problem going forward in all things America. We are sacrificing our future to make people feel better. No longer can the “best person for the job get that job” (that is actually a microaggression) because of this woke culture and in so doing “quality” is going to suffer, there is no if and or buts about it……..any company that hires based only on skin tone and gender will fail.

    When I have a procedure done at the local hospital i’ll make sure POC are well represented in the operating room ……. said no one ever.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  7. OT, a little, but…..

    I know that politics is show biz for ugly people, but Liz Warren abuses the privilege.

  8. @Change that Matters

    One outta three aint bad…thats exactly why you were brought in.

  9. Three of them said they felt marginalized by the campaign, a situation they said didn’t change or worsened after they took their concerns to their superiors or to human resources staff.

    Wow. They felt under-appreciated and HR failed to make it all better. This is an atrocity, indeed.

    The only thing funnier than the lameness of these complaints is Warren’s response. She reflexively throws her own campaign staff, and the whole United States of America, under the bus in order to placate this handful of malcontented negresses. A real profile in courage.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @vhrm
    , @fish
  10. Warren’s tendency to pander is notable even for a Democrat candidate, and that’s really saying something. So it’s poetic justice if her pets bite her. But if Klobuchar is gone by next week, how much of her support goes to Warren (and/or vice versa)? Where will Biden’s black supporters go? Do they stay home? Does he even have any other supporters at this point?

    Lately I’m getting the feeling that the pundits and not a few of the grassroots are pulling for Bloomberg to swoop in and save the Party from its various self-inflicted wounds. Is this reasonable to expect?

    Doesn’t Bloomberg have #metoo issues? He was somewhat notorious back in the day. You may say he’s bought them all off–he certainly can afford it–but even signed nondisclosure agreements can be abrogated when Wokeness comes to call.

    But while I like the fantasy of women speaking up in September and October when Mike’s been nominated, what woman would dare be the cause of Donald’s re-election? That would require courage, or a death wish.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @danand
    , @Seneca44
  11. black sea says:

    “Every election will always be the most important election of our lifetimes,” Lewis said. “Organizing culture needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any election. I hope this starts a conversation that helps facilitate personal reflection about ways we can change campaign culture.”

    The first sentence is logically incoherent. Every _____ cannot be the most important _____ . This is simply flawed thought or misuse of language, but to a certain type of person, it seems profound.

    The second sentence suggests that “our well-being” — I assume she means the well-being of campaign workers of color — is more important than the outcome of any election. So, the chief consequence of any election is how the people of color working on the campaign feel about themselves vis a vis the intellectual or emotional atmosphere of the campaign.

    Therefore campaign culture needs to change, in order to enhance campaign workers’ (of color) feelings of well-being.

    If this woman feels that she was being treated as a token, she is right to do so. She was a token. Her statement indicates that she believes wholeheartedly that her feelings of self-worth should take precedence over the electoral outcome of any campaign. I’m confident that her repeated assertions along these lines were politely tolerated among those who privately considered her to be an idiot taking up space and time that could have been better employed in other ways.

    This is an interesting facet of the progressive dilemma.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Bill Jones
    , @RudyM
  12. @Hypnotoad666

    They felt under-appreciated and HR failed to make it all better. This is an atrocity, indeed.

    These people have no idea. No idea. They have never worked in a competitive environment, where actual excellence is the goal and actual profit a metric.

    In the offices where I worked, we never had an HR department (thank god) and if you wanted to be “appreciated” you actually had to distinguish yourself through hard work, long hours, and especially through innovation. You had to come up with not good but great ideas and then you had to implement them. And you had to navigate your way through colleagues trying to do the same.

    You couldn’t even explain to these people how progress is achieved in any field. You might as well speak Ancient Greek to them. They’re convinced that they are more important than achievement, or progress. They may be right.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Cloudbuster
  13. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:

    Not surprised that these black women don’t realize they’re there to serve the candidate, not themselves.

    It’s hard to trying to communicate this to fundamentally selfish, self-centered, and greedy people who are just there to angle for a government job if their candidate wins.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  14. My initial reaction to this catastrophic turn of events is “So sad, too bad.” People are just too damned sensitive these days. Plus I have no emotional energy for folks who are just realizing they’ve been hired so someone can check off a box on the diversity list. They helped create this nonsense, they can live with it.

    • Agree: Smithsonian_6
  15. There are black Megans? Who’d have guessed?

    Here’s a black Becky– Rebecca Walker, the original Third Wave feminist, and daughter of the evil Alice:

    How my mother’s fanatical views tore us apart

    Alice Walker on motherhood and estrangement from her only child

    • Thanks: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  16. Is this just whining? Or is it that Liz is a wretched boss, like Amy Klobuchar? I’m willing to entertain the latter possibility.

    If Trump treated his people this bad, we’d never hear the end of it.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Desiderius
  17. Anon[119] • Disclaimer says:
    @black sea

    Not that I really want to defend this whiner of color, but what she is saying is that people are telling her to shut up because her gripes are trivial in the face of the critical task of getting rid of Trump, but that’s what they always say, that the upcoming election is always framed as D-Day, so if she bought that logic she’d never be able to complain and fix the structural racism of Democratic political campaigns.

    • Agree: Erik L
  18. vhrm says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Didn’t i read that all these people got unionized? Where’s the union on this?

  19. anon[295] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Is this just whining? Or is it that Liz is a wretched boss, like Amy Klobuchar? I’m willing to entertain the latter possibility.

    Attitudes flow from the top down. Field offices are likely to reflect the mindset of central offices. This is axiomatic in any hierarchy.

    From viewing vids of Warren speaking it is very possible she’s a lecturing “schoolmarm” type with a goodly supply of fake compassion she can turn on when needed. After all, she did spend years in academia, a place where it’s almost required to learn how to fake sincerity.

    On the other hand, anyone active in (Only) Black Lives Matter is going to have an abundance of attitude and a very thin skin; it would be almost impossible not to offend such a person.

    These are the people our liberals want to put in charge of us. Not in charge of them, of course, just us.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  20. Lot says:
    @Mr McKenna

    “ Lately I’m getting the feeling that the pundits and not a few of the grassroots are pulling for Bloomberg to swoop in and save the Party from its various self-inflicted wounds. Is this reasonable to expect?”

    Bloomberg has been in second place in betting markets since Iowa Monday. So yes.

    “ Doesn’t Bloomberg have #metoo issues? ”

    So what? Is Trump better for metoo voters? I don’t think there are that many of them. 2,000 seems like a lot of people when you’re getting twitter cancel-mobbed, but not in actual elections.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  21. @anon

    These are the people our liberals want to put in charge of us. Not in charge of them, of course, just us.

    I agree with your entire comment, except for the misuse of the word “liberal”. These authoritarians are anything but.

    Oh, and “our” is debatable as well.

  22. … a toxic work environment in which minorities felt tokenized and senior leadership was at loggerheads.

    “Who da f–k you callin’ a loggahead?! What logga mean? Nappy?”

    • LOL: MBlanc46
  23. EdwardM says:

    I needed to make myself smaller or change who I was to fit into the office culture.

    Oh, the humanity! You mean that an employee has to fit into an organization (an organization that exists, by definition, to leverage the persona of the candidate) instead of the other way around? She has to adapt to serve the needs of her employer?? She is “smaller” than the campaign as a whole?!?!

    Talk about millennial entitlement in a nutshell.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  24. @Reg Cæsar

    Truly heartening to see cynical, sanctimonious, über-woke progressives (but I repeat myself), whose own children rebel and rebuke their tired propaganda. There may be hope after all.

  25. @Lot

    Of course, it also leaves a convenient opening for…..

    BTW. When confronted with the text string “scary hill” Google responds with thousands of variations on “scary hillbilly”. When you add an “a” to search “scary hilla” Google comes up with [drum roll] nothing.

    Granted, this surprises no one here, and we’re not supposed to be using G anymore, but it’s always fun (and often instructive) to display their antics.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  26. SafeNow says:


    Those campaign workers thought they were at Yale…Tell me, what you would like? The real world is not Yale. (Someone once quipped that Hillary mistook the U.S. for the Oberlin campus.) In the actual world, you get hired, and you get promoted, but you accept having perfunctory duties, and you still get watched, even at those. That’s the deal. Keeps the peace.

  27. El Dato says:

    a toxic work environment in which minorities felt tokenized

    Some kind of wokeizm, shurely?

    Tokenization

    Tokenization, when applied to data security, is the process of substituting a sensitive data element with a non-sensitive equivalent, referred to as a token, that has no extrinsic or exploitable meaning or value.

    Yeah, I would be angry too if I were tokenized. Especially with senior leadership “at loggerheads”.

  28. “During the time I was employed with Nevada for Warren, there was definitely something wrong with the culture,” said Megan Lewis, a field organizer who joined the campaign in May and departed in December. “I filed a complaint with HR, but the follow-up I received left me feeling as though I needed to make myself smaller or change who I was to fit into the office culture.”

    An HR department? In a political campaign? Fielding and investigating petty personnel complaints like a community college or a midlevel corporation ? In a political environment where every day is a struggle to make it to the next day?

    Apparently Megan’s motivation in supporting a political candidate is to be the most Megan that Megan can be and not to sacrifice any Megan-ness to a greater cause for the success of her party or the good of her nation or its posterity.

    It is no coincidence that the first two letters of “identity” are “id”.

    It’s amusing to watch these campaigns imploding on their own contradictory principles and from conflicts between their fringe coalitions – see Pete Bootygig’s internal campaign struggles – https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/480323-buttigieg-campaign-sent-questionnaire-to-staffers-of-color-asking-about

  29. El Dato says:
    @Mr McKenna

    I know that situation, but there is a thin line between working hard and being exploited by a completely clueless and insulting bossman. When do you say “healthy competition” and when “fuck this asshole”?

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  30. JimB says:

    Let me guess. The low energy WOC campaign workers wanted to show up at 9:30 am, leave at 4:00 pm, telecommute two days a week, and be paid as much as everyone else. In a competitive campaign environment, I can imagine a bunch of frantic, ideologically committed whites and Asians rudely stepping over the deadwood to grab the ringing telephones.

    • Replies: @bigdicknick
  31. Steve – off topic (but maybe not really off topic)

    These discussions of the decline of American competence over the last 50 years are probably right up your alley.

    Interesting essay by Claire Belinski –

    https://claireberlinski.substack.com/p/incompetence-and-doomsday?r=1nd8v&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=twitter

    And the main essay she discusses

    https://tnsr.org/2019/09/to-regain-policy-competence-the-software-of-american-public-problem-solving/

    Neither author explicitly addresses affirmative action or moves to address “equality in the workplace” but it is not too hard to draw the dots.

  32. @El Dato

    Agreed, and often it’s a matter of the corporate culture in a given establishment, not to mention the norms in a particular field. As opposed to a particular boss, I mean, though that can obviously make a big difference.

    Many (most?) of us have had to make tough decisions along these lines, and it seems to me that it’s just the nature of the beast. How would our decisions have been any easier or clearer if we were leaning on a crutch of identity politics?

    • Replies: @vhrm
  33. danand says:
    @Mr McKenna

    “Lately I’m getting the feeling that the pundits and not a few of the grassroots are pulling for Bloomberg to swoop in and save the Party from its various self-inflicted wounds. Is this reasonable to expect?”

    Mr. McKenna, I’m seeing/hearing a lot of that too. And Bloomberg has just let loose his with his Obama “endorsement” adds. These latest TV spots starting running after the Iowa Caucus made clear that poor ‘ol Joe is toast, clearing the way for Obama to make his endorsement official.

    But Bloomberg is going to need some assistance, no way he can get half of the electorate to cast a ballet for him. As I wrote in another thread:

    “I think Romney is simply setting the stage for a “coup” against Trump’s reelection.

    Romney may run 3rd party for President 2020. Of course the objective will not be to actually become the next president: it will be to take out Trump, and make possible a Bloomberg (oligarchs unite, keep your enemies close) victory.

    No way Bloomberg could get enough outright delegates to win a “two man” contest. I would guess Romney will hold off announcement as long as possible to ensure maximum chaos, and minimize opportunity to effectively mount a recovery/correction. Doesn’t even need to make all the state ballots to achieve a “victory”.

    No real cost to Romney, as he would likely be able to remain a Utah Senator, even as an independent, free to carry on in the“John McCain” maverick style from there on out.”

    “Doesn’t Bloomberg have #metoo issues?”

    Yes he does, makes it all the better for Mitt to run as the “moral” candidate.

  34. Let me guess, these are loud, obnoxious females of color who were told to keep their voices down and act civilized and professional.

    • Agree: Malcolm X-Lax
  35. OT: A woman, but not of color.

    Happy 108th birthday, Roberta McCain!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberta_McCain

    She’s no celebrity, but she has been something of a minor public figure at times, especially during her late son’s campaign in 2008. I can’t think of anybody else similarly moderately well-known to the public having lived to such an advanced age. Kirk Douglas was 103, as is Olivia de Havilland, but there’s a huge difference between even 103 and 108.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  36. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @PiltdownMan

    Imagine living to see the passing of an 85 year old daughter, as she did last fall.

  37. Some say the plan of the Usual Suspects was to import tons of 3rd world folks and radicalize at least some gays, Blacks and women. Then use them as an army to finally put White Men in their place.

    Problem is, life is hard when you have an army full of touchy 3rd worlders, gays, Blacks and women.

    • Replies: @bigdicknick
  38. El Dato says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    From the Claire Belinski, the usual dismal result of IT both run by cheap want-it-all know-nothing tech fetishists and staffed by webmonkeys who barely know what a program is and who can’t into sane requirements engineering, staged software rollout, written manuals, testing or project management.

    … the app had to be downloaded by bypassing a phone’s security settings,

    That’s not how this works you idiots.

    a complicated process for anyone unfamiliar with the intricacies of mobile operating systems, and especially hard for many of the older, less tech-savvy caucus chairs in Iowa.

    Give them locked-down laptops with the app pre-installed then, you cheap “bring your own device” morons. You could even use a standard web browser instead of an “app” that you can’t write.

    The app also had to be installed using two-factor authentication and PIN passcodes. The information was included on worksheets given to volunteers at the Iowa precincts tallying the votes, but it added another layer of complication that appeared to hinder people.

    Teach the people. Meet a month earlier and explain, test, explain again. Then run a BIG TEST.

    In the end, only one-quarter of the 1,700 precinct chairs successfully downloaded and installed the app, according to a Democratic consultant who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid losing work. Many who resorted to calling in the results found that there were too few operators to handle the calls.

    Complete failure.

    Some also took pictures of the worksheets they had been given — the PINs fully visible — and tweeted them out in frustration. Had the app worked, the information might have given trolls or hackers a chance to download the program and tamper with it.

    This is not how hacking works but “What saved us from trolls was that the app didn’t work” must be a new low. Dodged a bullet there.

    Relevant, Uncle Bob on the healthcare website disaster:

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  39. @danand

    That is a shocking possibility, which hadn’t occurred to me. I’m not even sure we should talk about it, but then of course it’s already occurred to Mitt. And I sure wouldn’t put it past him. He has little to lose at this point and can become the Compleat Republican for the Ruling Class, just as McCain was. If he isn’t already. Ugh.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  40. @Anon7

    You really are creating Mad Libs!

  41. @Anon7

    “_______ needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any _____.”

    Allowing mass immigration and open borders needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any supposed short-term economic growth at any cost.

    Black ghetto culture needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any false cries of racism.

    • Replies: @Anon7
  42. black sea says:
    @danand

    Yes he does, makes it all the better for Mitt to run as the “moral” candidate.

    In a 12-minute interview with Chris Douglas, Mitt Romney explains his reasons for voting to convict Trump. In this no-doubt edited interview, he makes reference six times to God, his belief in God, his oath before God, etc.

    • Replies: @Neuday
    , @Inquiring Mind
  43. @danand

    That hypo of Mitt as a third party candidates makes sense. He won’t face re election to the Senate until 2024….but allowing Bloomberg to win destroys the Romney brand and perhaps he has one non-dorky son who may want to hold elective office.
    A Romney candidacy would likely beget a left wing alternative to Bloomberg candidacy. Even Michael Moore , say if Sanders declines to run as an independent , could offset the advantage that Romney confers on Bloomberg. Such a run though breaks up the coalition of the fringes tenuous coalition.

    The oligarchs who finance the Dem party have done well by Trump who has done little for his base. Do they despise Trump so much as to allow an independent candidate who breaks up their longstanding coalition ? If there is not that much at stake with Trump then I don’t think too many oligarchs will back Romney …. fascinating game theory scenario

  44. Interesting variation on the “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” problem. In this case, it sounds like all the Indians in the campaign want to be chiefs, and the chief wants to be an Indian.

    • LOL: res, Harry Baldwin
  45. e says:
    @danand

    LOL. Trump is not going to lose votes to Romney. There are people who didn’t vote for Trump last time who will this time; and, those who voted for Trump last time will do so this time.

  46. @Anon7

    She’d be advised not to knock on my door if she doesn’t want to feel smaller.

  47. Most of you have probably already seen this, but if you haven’t…enjoy. Note what Warren does when she spots a camera at :07 seconds.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  48. former Woman of Color Elizabeth Warren

    Right, “former”.

    Now,

    Elizabeth “Karen” Warren.

  49. @petit bourgeois

    Oh, I am pretty confident they have not left the Democratic Party.

  50. @Mr McKenna

    In the offices where I worked, we never had an HR department

    You have either been out of the workforce for decades or only worked for very small businesses.

    • Agree: Autochthon
  51. @Anon7

    Starfleet needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any Prime Directive.

  52. “Three of them said they felt marginalized by the campaign, a situation they said didn’t change or worsened after they took their concerns to their superiors or to human resources staff.”

    So presumably these 6 peeps o’ co had a tantrum because their contributions to campaign strategy likely revolved around issues that had more to do with their own victimization fantasies than actually helping Big Liz War Chief get elected.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  53. Stories like this, which are legion, make me appreciate — at least from a relatively uninformed distance — separatists like Malcom X. Every day we read whiny articles about discrimination, underappreciation and so forth. It has been over 160 years since the end of the Civil War, but charges of racism are as common today as at any time in our history. So, what do I conclude? Blacks like Ta-Nehisi Coates are right, basically, at least in saying they aren’t considered equal by white people. But then they all dodge the implications of their observation. If whites will never treat blacks the way blacks want, why don’t the blacks leave? After all, there are 50 or so black-majority countries in Africa. Or why don’t the blacks pick a few states and call on all their “brothers” and “sisters” to move in with them there? The obvious reason is that blacks are dependent; they hate their dependency and the obvious (even if usually unspoken) disdain of white people, but they lack the courage to set out on their own and be satisfied with the results of that. So, like young adolescents, they remain, and they whine, whine, whine!

  54. Jake says:

    The logic of revolution is always more revolution. The average white Lefty will go along with the Numinous Negroes and other non-white sacred cows demanding even their heads, because they know that to oppose such is the beginning of overturning the revolution. And that they will not do.

    Arthur Koestler shows that in fiction very well.

  55. @EdwardM

    No, you’re taking things too figuratively, Ed. She meant that she needed to make herself a coupla’ dozen pounds smaller, in order to fit through the organization’s doorways, which are only the standard 36″ wide.

    Steve Martin explains:

    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
  56. Seneca44 says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Bloomberg has great ads bought and paid for by his billions, but his #metoo issues as well as his “stop and frisk” every minority above 92nd Street will not serve him well in the general election. As a race realist, even I had problems with the “stop and frisk” policy of Giuliani and Bloomberg, but they were definitely effective in getting NYC’s crime rate down. It won’t be hard for the RNC to find a few POC’s who felt unfairly stopped and frisked to make anti-Bloomberg ads.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  57. @JimB

    campaigns have a lot of smart people working at them. the smartest white and asian staffers at a random field office are likely much smarter than the smartest black staffers (on average.)

  58. @Peter Akuleyev

    Neither author explicitly addresses affirmative action or moves to address “equality in the workplace” but it is not too hard to draw the dots.

    No, it’s not, but you have to “draw the dots” rather than “connect the dots” because neither Berlinski nor Zelikow will draw them for you.

    In fact, their articles seem like massive misdirections of attention away from what the underlying problem actually is.

  59. @El Dato

    From the Claire Belinski, the usual dismal result of IT both run by cheap want-it-all know-nothing tech fetishists…

    The usual suspects have actually twisted this into the Narrative. They are saying, “Oh, the state-level Dems had inadequate funding, they couldn’t pay for a better effort, what do you expect?”

    So, us rubes are supposed to vote for a candidate supported by people who can’t count, can’t add, and can’t manage a simple budget?

    No thanks!

  60. @Anon7

    looks like a lot of the white filter was used on her photo imo

    • Agree: bomag
  61. @RichardTaylor

    The Usual Suspects will ultimately find themselves in hot water.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  62. @interesting

    When selecting a hand surgeon recently, among the questions were: do they meet any criteria for preference because of political correctness or connectedness?

    (Just as a little side-note my Firefox? spellchecker has no entry for “connectedness” but does for “disconnectedness”. Thus we’re set up for whinging about the evil of not having a quality that doesn’t exist.)

  63. Mr. Anon says:

    “Every election will always be the most important election of our lifetimes,” Lewis said. “Organizing culture needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any election.”

    That was some inadvertant honesty. For professional political campaigners and political consultants (more appropriately termed “parasites”), what’s important is not electing candidate X or Y, but rather maintaining the income stream that flows from their racket.

  64. I gottta echo sentiments of a Mr. Welk above regarding an HR department running a political campaign staff it’s totally nutzo! Now, we all know why it’s done – any time you put people on a payroll, you’re gonna have professional whiners and grifters who are ready, willing, and knowledgeable of taking bogus complaints about a “hostile working environment” to the state or federal EEOC for a quick, fat payday, rather than do the job they were hired to do. They can always find a shake-down artist … ooops! “law firm” … to do the heavy lifting in return for a cut of the action; it’s a well-established cottage industry by now. Any court or arbitrator who would grant a judgement or settlement to the employee of a political campaign, however, is out of touch with reality. The candidate has a short-term political objective; the organization doesn’t exist to provide a career path for anyone.

  65. @black sea

    “This is an interesting facet of the progressive dilemma.”

    It’s Sanity’s Alinsky riposte:

    “the fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2012/04/13/12-ways-to-use-saul-alinskys-rules-for-radicals-against-liberals-n917872

    Sorry for the murky cite (site).

  66. Anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    The most likely explanation? Bloomberg or Peter flashed some cash at them, with the stipulation that they make a public stink prior to their exits.

  67. Leo D says:

    “I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it,”

    And…you would be correct…

  68. Leo D says:

    I’m guessing that one of the problems with these campaigns is that they are relatively transient. They are not large enough, or established enough, to ‘hide’ the ‘vibrant and diverse’. I mean, there IS actual work to do.

    Most large established corporations dilute their vibrant diversity in ‘diversity’, ‘outreach’, or HR departments…

  69. Mr. Anon says:
    @danand

    An interesting possibility. I wouldn’t put it past Romney (who apparently is a prima donna) to try it. But I don’t think it will work. Even a lot of Mormons are probably sick of Romney by this point.

  70. Going by her hairstyle should her indian name be Speaks With Managers?

  71. @Malcolm X-Lax

    It was just a few seconds too late, but nice job nonetheless. See this kind of move, called ghost-setting, I believe, passed down aurally from her Comanche ancestors, is like tracking the white man for hundreds of miles across the high plains. It’s not something the white man can just get from a book or youtube video.

    • LOL: Malcolm X-Lax
  72. Lugash says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Neither author explicitly addresses affirmative action or moves to address “equality in the workplace” but it is not too hard to draw the dots.

    While affirmative action and ‘equality’ are culprits, I think culture has changed as well. Focus on metrics and measurements that don’t tell the real/who story, underestimating risk, letting grifters and psycopaths control things they shouldn’t, treating people as disposable assets has all had a role.

  73. MrLiberty says:

    And if you are white and work around lots of blacks, with black management, the toxic environment is generally even worse.

  74. Neuday says:
    @black sea

    Romney’s not a Christian, but if I were a Christian politician and prayed for God’s guidance on a political decision and found His guidance aligned with Schiff, Nadler and Pelosi I would not trust my ability to discern His will on that topic. It’s no secret that Romney and Trump are political rivals and probably personal enemies. Romney invoking the Mormon God as his political fig leaf is pretty weak sauce. Perhaps Romney’s is the god of political aggrandizement.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  75. Anon7 says:
    @Lockean Proviso

    Oh, I see what you did there.

    Instead of becoming awoke, you’ve gone aslap.*

    *trademark

  76. njguy73 says:
    @Anon7

    Your being alive needs to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any breathing you might do.

  77. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:

    This stupid black woman does not understand a political campaign is not a normal middle-class desk job. A campaign is war, and you work war hours. You are expected to do absolutely everything that’s necessary, work long hours, and bust your butt.

    This black chick expected a job where she can spend long hours talking to her girlfriends on the phone and wasting time like blacks do in government jobs, and offending clients to feed their fat egos. She’s amazed and offended she has to work hard and provide actual service and be nice.

    It’s comparable to the shock blacks undergo when they go to college and have to study hard intellectual topics. They’re not up to it.

  78. RudyM says:
    @black sea

    The first sentence is logically incoherent. Every _____ cannot be the most important _____ . This is simply flawed thought or misuse of language, but to a certain type of person, it seems profound.

    I think her point is that every election will always get called the most important election ever. That then gets used as an excuse to put aside the sort of issues she is raising. But since there is never an election that does not get labeled as the most important ever, that is no excuse to ignore those issues.

    I’m not particularly supporting her, but I think you are being overly literal here. She is not presenting a philosophy paper.

  79. Thea says:

    How much of this is them noticing her campaign isn’t a winner and wanting to jump ship? If she’d done well in Iowa, maybe they would have stayed.

    Likely her campaign bent over backwards to appease them.

  80. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Change that Matters

    WOC will always bite you in the ass long run, and the work suffers.

  81. I think verklempt more aptly characterizes Liz Warren, than her staffers (who I’d describe as broygez).

    Just a friendly tip to improve your chances of acceptance at Hillcrest Country Club.

  82. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:

    Some of this may be positioning. Warren’s not doing well enough to get the nomination. The blacks may be hoping to jump onto the campaigns of the front runner. The Black Lives Matter organization may not have anyone on Pete’s or Bernie’s campaigns, and they have ordered their field people to make an attempt to crack those campaigns, or else no patronage jobs are coming their way after the election.

  83. fish says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Looks like someone just earned her “Coalition of the Fringes” Red Card!

    Warren: The Racism And Oppression On My Campaign Is Kinda America’s Fault, You Know

    If she had only been say 1/512th Cherokee she might have been able to empathize with these poor women, slaving away in the Warren 2020 campaign sweatshop!

    Maybe the progressives are right and white women really are the problem!

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/02/07/warren-racism-oppression-campaign-kinda-americas-fault-know/

    I only hope hope there is enough money in the campaign fund after all that private jet travel to allow Liz to raise her consciousness over dinner!

    https://nypost.com/2020/02/04/white-women-paying-2-5k-for-a-dinner-to-learn-how-theyre-racist/

  84. @Mr McKenna

    I don’t see why he’d do any better than that other Utahan who ran as a spoiler in 2016. It’s not like anyone has a particular affinity for Romney the man. The 50 million votes or whatever he got in 2012 were votes from people who just wanted to vote for the Republican — whoever he was.

    • Replies: @JimB
  85. One of the reasons the Tea Party scared the shit out of so many liberals was precisely because they had gotten half of the equation right. IMHO, it was mild at best. But even the thought of cutting money off for various left side of the bell curve types is existential whereas people comfortably on the right are less inconvenienced by paying higher taxes. Single mother / feminist, low IQ, vibrant types who need their government checks, AA jobs and the like are far more aware of the relationship and so they over reacted knowing what the right was playing with even if they didn’t.

    But the main thing is that the TP was not explicitly linked to race. Like a binary weapon, when you combine money and race you have a much more volatile and lethal compound. I can remember watching Rachel Maddow ridiculing videos of Tea Party rallies laughing with her head lolling around talking about how white the crowds where and that only white people were upset. She never connected the last two dots that they are the only ones who are paying the lions share of the taxes. Same for Hannity and Fox. They would scan the crowds in hope of finding a plan PT member just to show how egalitarian there are.

  86. J.Ross says:
    @Anon

    What would the reaction be to a white brat with a lacrosse … instrument on his shoulder, just down from a New England prep school to collate and alphabetize files for the work experience, speaking half as bad as this? The thing is, that kid would get pulled into a spare room and spoken to, and he would then straighten out. This woman doesn’t know she’s wrong, nobody will tell her (because nobody is allowed to), and now she’s illustrating the worst case scenario of why hierarchy exists.

  87. @Reg Cæsar

    AWFLs are the last White Supremacists.

    These Black women may well have a legit beef.

  88. RonaldB says:

    The criteria have shifted. We now not only have to hire unqualified minorities for display as highly-paid staff in made-up positions of importance. We have to pretend that they add actual value, or they become triggered and depressed.

  89. JimB says:
    @International Jew

    I don’t see why he’d do any better than that other Utahan who ran as a spoiler in 2016.

    Romney didn’t actually hurt the presidents position, and he delivers reliably on votes for judges. The path of least resistance is not to make a big deal out of this. There are lots of nonentity senators on both sides of the aisle who go along to get along most of the time.

  90. Not Raul says:

    Tom Elliot: Sen. @ewarren blames America’s “legacy” of “racism and oppression” for her campaign staff creating a “toxic work environment” for their minority staff

    * * *

    As a person of color, Warren doesn’t have agency.

    • Replies: @vhrm
  91. … former Woman of Color Elizabeth Warren ….

    Which one? Green?

  92. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    >Hillary would never……..

    This is the Warren campaign.

    Establishment Dems are more or less split into Obama faction and Clinton faction.

    It’s Team Obama that has longstanding beef with Warren (due to her recalcitrance during his administration). Team Clinton hates Bernie.

  93. @black sea

    Mitt has become . . . Jimmy Carter!

  94. @Anon

    “a potential here for professional dirty tricksters”

    Hire black lady mercenaries to infect white Dem campaigns with the black lady virus (BLV).

  95. @Mr McKenna

    Eventually, we all get the face we deserve.

    • LOL: HammerJack
  96. vhrm says:
    @Mr McKenna

    All that is true, and who knows what factors were actually dominant in this particular case, but your use of “crutch” is interesting.

    These people have grown up in an environment and a Party that tells them constantly that there’s racism everywhere and it’s the main issue and dynamic in America.

    They’ve probably never encountered any sort of HBD or race realism in their lives except maybe as “those Nazis over there”, let alone looked into the arguments.

    So to them it’s probably a true belief. Why wouldn’t they assume it’s an explanation for their experience?

  97. bomag says:
    @Anon7

    The laws of nature need to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any coherence of the universe.

  98. @Achmed E. Newman

    I can remember when I was around 12 or 13 listening to his “Lets Get Small” record over and over again.

  99. vhrm says:
    @Not Raul

    As a person of color, Warren doesn’t have agency.

    … but she does have a Bureau.

    (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Financial_Protection_Bureau)

  100. @MikeatMikedotMike

    No, it’s because she’s losing.

  101. @Anon7

    The high prices of our hair care products need to change because the fact is our well-being is more important than any nappiness.

    • Replies: @Anon7
  102. Anon7 says:
    @Jim bob Lassiter

    House Democrats Propose Black Hair Care Subsidy

    Nancy “Becky” Pelosi, uncomfortable that black people might actually want to have jobs and that Donald Trump has done more to make this possible than any president including Saint Obama, has proposed a subsidy for hair-straightening products.

    “Free conks!” exclaimed the House Speaker, brushing back her naturally straight hair from the parchment-like skin covering her ancient cranium. “For decades, African-American women have suffered under what is essentially a Black Hair Tax, owing to the need to radically condition Black Women hair into an approximation of White Women hair.”

    “Now, with our proposed Black Hair Care Subsidy. the playing field will finally be level. Remember what Martin Luther King said – “Straight at last, straight at last, thank God Almighty, our hair is straight at last!””

    • Thanks: Mr McKenna
    • LOL: fish
  103. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Neuday

    Romney’s not a Christian,

    You mean he’s not a fundie? He’s a Mormon, and they get upset when they are accused of not being Christians.

    • Replies: @donvonburg
  104. Thirdeye says:
    @Anon7

    Given that BLM engaged in the biggest racial shakedown of white liberals in recent memory, should it be any surprise that a BLMer hired by a white liberal campaign organization would do a shakedown of that organization? But apparently even Wokie Warren’s campaign has a limit to what they’re willing to concede to placate a racial shakedown.

  105. @Anonymous

    I will concede that Mormonism is part of Christendom but a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who believes in the official catechism of the LDS Church as written does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as a savior from individual sin. They do not believe in the Trinity and teach that Jesus, that conventional Christians consider the person of the Son in the triune God, is the brother of Lucifer, who in the Bible is a created being, as opposed to the Son who is ever-existing.

    Lucifer was the most beautiful and powerful of created beings, and is very, very smart. But he’s going to hell. Before Lucifer was, Christ is.

    I’ll be the first to say that the LDS Church has done many good earthly works-they put a lot of other churches on more solid doctrinal grounds to shame-and that many Mormons are extremely good people. I admire the organization in a lot of ways. But it has no saving power.

    The Book of Mormon is mediocre fiction and the Mormon temple system is to Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite temples as Jayne Mansfield was to Marilyn Monroe, or a Krystle hamburger stand to a White Castle, a not terribly good copy. And Mormon leadership has always had all the faults of Rome, but worse. In practice, it prizes appearance of propriety over real integrity. Neither can ever admit that it was wrong.

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