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Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Stephen Fox, who commented on the article by Lauren Windsor, "2020: Battle of the Billionaires".

Very interesting and incisive analysis, quite commendable and judiciously skeptical.

I only take issue with one of your conclusions, regarding Steve Schmidt, former campaign manager for McCain, when you wrote as follows:

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“Schmidt left the Republican Party earlier this year over his disdain for Trump, but what Democrat hires former Republicans as campaign advisers? Schmidt’s hiring doesn’t exactly augur significant overtures to the progressive wing of the party, and for Democrats to win against Trump, the nominee must motivate the base.”

A recent poll just in the past few day put Biden, Bernie, and Beto on top, and that says a lot about Beto’s integrity to have risen to that level of esteem among Democrat voters.

I really disagree, because I have read a lot about Schmidt, watched him in action on MSNBC, and find that he has real integrity in his motives and his insights, i.e., WHY he left the party. Trump has driven and will continue to drive many of them out, and Democrats ought to be smart enough to accept them at face value.

Personally, I would like to see a hard fought battle for that nomination. I think Beto has a better chance of beating Senator Cornyn, although Cruz was hated and Cornyn respected. A recent poll just in the past few day put Biden, Bernie, and Beto on top, and that says a lot about Beto’s integrity to have risen to that level of esteem among Democrat voters. It will prove to have been TEXAS’ LOSS, and not so much the loss of Beto O’Rourke.

I want to thank the Los Angeles Progressive for having published my articles over the past two years, and especially that one on how small town newspapers could have made the difference in the Texas Senate race. Beto didn’t take my advice about asking his supporters to write letters to the editor, and maybe my concepts are antiquated. I still believe a concentrated effort to win the Battle of the Editorial pages across America could win a very large number of races at all levels, in 2020.

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