Is Warren really the front runner for the D-nomination?

Yes, it is true that Warren has surged in the polls..but front runner? Uh..she will probably do well in Iowa and New Hampshire but in terms of national polls: not so fast.

And politically, she is the 6’th least popular senator per constituent approval (via Morning Consult)

Yes, she DOES have some passionate support, especially among educated people. She does have detailed plans on how to implement policies, which are probably sound ..on policy grounds.

But that is not what gets someone elected nor is it what motivates Congress to go along with said plans.

We tend to decide on, well, either emotions or empirical reasoning that takes place in our subconscious ..and then rationalize our choices.

Example: I found myself drawn toward Amy Klobuchar and Corey Booker. Why? My guess: in Booker’s case, he inspired confidence in me for reasons I didn’t quite understand at first. Then I found out: yes, he played football at Stanford…I was reacting to the “team captain” aspect of him. Klobuchar: perhaps she reminded me of my favorite demanding coaches, military officers and graduate school mentors who pushed you.


Uh, no..that is EXACTLY how it works..and in Warren’s case, my fear is that it will work against her in the general election.

My guess: many see Warren and Hillary Clinton as two tough, brilliant, outspoken women who will just take it to those intellectually dull arrogant MANSPLAINERS! That they are indeed different and somewhat on the opposite ends of the D party..well, that is a small detail
(yes, I knew someone who liked both Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton..because both were spunky women)

I think that this gets it right:

Yep. And as someone else pointed out:

I know..the D plans are mostly sound and work in other countries. But it sure APPEARS that we are for: “taking from the high achievers and giving to the chronic underachievers” and that just does not sell well. Yes, I KNOW it isn’t that. But it comes across that way, and …well, our message stinks. Just wagging your finger and calling your opponents heartless racists, sexists and misogynists isn’t going to work.

Explaining why ALL of us benefit might (e. g. more money at the bottom of the economy means more customers for hard working business owners..)

Order of exercises matters

Yesterday: yoga, 5K on the treadmill (30:46; from 20 minutes on I moved from 6.7 to 7.2 mph), 2 mile walk outside.
Today: weights; varied the order a bit: pull ups (5 sets of 10), rotator cuff, goblet squats: 6 x 25, 45, 65 (decent depth), one set of 6 with 45 lb. bar (regular squat); I lean over too much.
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (legal, but weak), 5 x 160 pause (pause for a second on the chest; hips down)
hex dead: 6 x 175, 1 x 230 (head not right for rep 2), 3 x 235 (a struggle)
decline: 5 x 170 (shoulders were torched)
military; 10 x 45, failed at 50 seated, failed at 45 standing; right arm wouldn’t go up
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
military: 10 x 45 (pushed pressed to get the dumbbell up the first time), 10 x 180 machine
plank (2:30)

I was whipped afterward; I underestimated the stress on the shoulders during the dead lift. And I still used my back too much even though I used the hex bar.

Coming back to presses didn’t work out that well…or at least I was limited.