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TURBULENCE: Biden Senior Strategist and Ad Maker Leaves Campaign

The self-admitted “gaffe machine” is having a rough week.

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Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. lost a key senior strategist this week amid a tumultuous stretch for the 2020 presidential hopeful.

“Mark Putnam, a high-profile Democratic strategist and producer of television ads, confirmed in a brief phone call that he had recently left Mr. Biden’s campaign,” according to The New York Times. 

Wednesday, Biden drew the ire of several Democratic Party presidential contenders, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over comments praising segregationist senators with whom he worked early in his career.

Putnam’s departure is apparently unconnected to the Biden’s latest gaffe.

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“I wish the vice president well,” he reportedly said.

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Putnam played an instrumental role in the 2008 and 2012 elections of former president Barack H. Obama, among others. According to his firm’s website:

A veteran of eight U.S. presidential campaigns, Mark was one of the lead media makers for President Barack Obama in both his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. In all, Mark has been a lead strategist and created national television advertising for six presidential campaigns, served as chief speechwriter for two presidential campaigns and has been a lead strategist and ad maker on campaigns at every level in 48 states.

Big League Politics reported on Biden’s tough week Wednesday:

As the 2020 Democratic Party primary heats up, one candidate took a swipe at former vice president Joe Biden, currently the party’s leading candidate.

“I have, um, a great deal of respect, uh for vice president Biden,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said to a gaggle of reporters. “He’s done very good work and he’s served our country in a very noble way. But to coddle the reputation of segregationists – of people who, if they had their way I would literally not be standing here as a member of the United States Senate – is, uh, it’s misinformed and it’s wrong.”

Earlier Wednesday, Biden praised late Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), known as two of the Senate’s most ardent segregationists, with whom Biden worked early in his political career.

“Let’s be very clear,” Harris continued. “The Senators that [Biden] is speaking of with such adoration are individuals who made and built their reputations on segregation.”


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New York Young Republicans Call for Order After Chaos at the Capitol

Order Must be Restored

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On January 6, 2020 the New York Young Republican Club issued a statement calling for an instant restoration of law and order after protests  escalated at the United States Capitol.

The protests were originally in support of President Donald Trump and his efforts to challenge the results of an election marked by massive irregularities. Several protesters pushed the envelope by breaking into the Capitol and interrupting the Senate and House of Representatives proceedings. 

The Republican organization issued the following statement on the incident:

The New York Young Republican Club consistently condemned lawlessness and disorder throughout 2020 perpetrated by Radical Left BLM and Antifa activists. We called out the Fake News Media and Democrat politicians who inculcated a culture of acceptance for “mostly peaceful protestors” who violated private property rights and destroyed livelihoods.

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Today, what we see at the United States Capitol the result of American elites permitting general malaise to foment tangible destruction. We unequivocally condemn the interruption of Senate and House of Representatives proceedings. Anyone who breached the Capitol should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because destruction and vandalism of property cannot be permitted by any actor.

We are the party of Law and Order, and we expect citizens all to operate in accordance with these standards.

U.S. policymakers will have to take a long hard look in the mirror. The lack of leadership has created a vicious cycle of radicalization that is increasingly getting out of control. Such developments could put America’s political system on the ropes if not addressed properly. 

On the Republican side, there must be a clean break during the 2022 primaries, where the overwhelming majority of incumbents should face nationalist challengers. The current leadership has clearly failed and must be replaced.

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