You can study the numbers and take away many different conclusions.

Two I came up with: (1) Beto O’Rourke is pretty much dead in the water; (2) de Blasio was never in the water to begin with.

Beto’s net favorability rating is about as bad as Trump’s, and that’s worse than it sounds, because Trump at least has 38% of the country who knows him and approves of him. Beto, on the other hand, is largely unknown to the general public, and those that do know him don’t really care for him! To put it bluntly, he is at the Mendoza line, which for politicians is the Hickenlooper line.

There is nothing positive to say about de Blasio. He is almost universally despised. How the hell could he have studied his chances and decided to run?

Favorability among those who have an opinion:

Biden 56% (49 positive – 39 negative)
Buttigieg 55% (23-19)
Harris 47% (27-30)
Sanders 46% (41-48)
Kloubuchar 46% (16-19)
Warren 44% (32-41)
Booker 43% (23-31)
Trump 40% (38-57)
Gillibrand 40% (17-26)
Hickenlooper 38% (8-13)
O’Rourke 38% (20-32)
de Blasio 15% (8-45)

NOTE: Given the poll’s margin of error, Cory Booker is more or less in the same boat as O’Rourke.

“This August at the Prospect Park Music Pagoda, Torn Out will present its fourth au naturel production: an anthology called Mere Flesh and Blood. The show will include scenes from all three of the group’s previous offerings, as well as excerpts from other works, including Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III.”

Richard III?

“Some pants, some pants! My kingdom for some pants!”

Justice Department willing to hand over counterintelligence if Schiff backs off ‘enforcement action’

Now this is where the Dems need to start playing from the Republican playbook. First, they should make the deal and agree not to hold Barr in contempt for his failure to testify, if they get the materials they seek. Then, after they get the materials, they should subpoena Barr again, because he’ll have to explain why many things were redacted, and why his summary was misleading. It will be even more embarrassing for him to explain why certain things were redacted after they are known, so he will of course refuse to testify again. Then they hold him in contempt for the second refusal, thus honoring their part of the deal on the first refusal.

Now THAT is the art of the deal.

“On May 16, the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium issued an opinion that will make it possible to imprison parents who enforce a vegan diet on their children.”

“Children can follow a vegan diet if it’s accompanied by medical supervision, regular blood tests, and vitamin supplements, Belgian pediatricians concluded. However, parents who don’t follow through on the additional requirements risk two years in prison, fines, and the possibility that their children will be removed from their homes if the kids do have associated health issues.”