Krystal Ball

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Krystal Marie Ball (born November 24, 1981) is an American journalist, politician, and host on The Hill's news program, Rising with the Hill's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti. Ball was regarded as a former MSNBC pundit. She is also a businesswoman, was a certified public accountant, and a co-host on MSNBC's afternoon news/talk show The Cycle for the duration of the show's run from June 2012 to July 2015. She was also the Democratic Party nominee for Congress in Virginia's 1st District in the 2010 election.


What really scares the pro-plutocrats on both sides of the political aisle about...Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and other democratic socialists is that they have... an actual vision — the simple idea that it’s up to government to intervene and equalize the playing field between the capital that owns the politicians, the system and the rewards, and the general public toiling to provide those rewards Krystal Ball
  • While the ruling class may be good at foreclosing on middle class homes, giving closed door speeches to Goldman Sachs, and profiting off of climate catastrophe, they're not always so great at figuring out this whole politics thing. Their ego and undying faith in their own brilliance will never allow them to see what is so patently obvious to all of us: no one outside of your tiny enclave wants you. And your candidacies will only enable and inflame the exact populist movement you are so desperate to quash. Prepare to see many more billionaire tears in the days to come.  
  • Obama legacy is a big fault line in this debate and Biden is sooooo cranky about it. #DemDebate2020
  • Kamala isn’t just having some moments tonight. She IS the moment. Wow.
  • Oh my god. Biden meltdown. He is so offended that anyone dare question him. I am reminded that @cenkuygur predicted earlier today that Biden would be exposed... Holy sh... Kamala just obliterated Biden.
  • You get the feeling Biden feels like he should be above having to jockey for time with these other people. #DemocraticDebate
  • To state it simply: Sanders is a revolutionary and Warren is a reformer... Warren has been unequivocal that she is a capitalist and believes in markets. She identifies this as the most significant ideological split between her and Sanders.
  • Sanders’ message of political revolution lands with a thud among those who are comfortable. Warren, Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and “not sure” all outperform Sanders among those earning more than $100,000... It makes sense, though, that those who have struggled the most under our system would be the most receptive to revolutionary change. Why maintain the rules of the current order when those rules have made your life a struggle?
  • The one overlap between Sanders and Warren is their relative appeal to young people. This stands in contrast to Biden, for whom the greatest predictor of support is age. The older you are, the more likely you are to be ridin’ with Biden. This suggests that the progressive tussle between Warren and Sanders is about more than a competition for Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) endorsement; it’s really about the future of the party... Already, progressives are setting the pace for new and popular policy ideas. Reformer, or revolutionary? The policies may be similar, but the results could be dramatically different.
  • This is totally true. Secular Talk: "Literally every question so far has been framed from a right-wing perspective." #DemDebate
  • Interesting nugget here as well. @tparsi had been informed by a Hill staffer in touch with the Pentagon that military strikes were imminent. Apparently everyone thought these strikes were really happening right up until the last moment. @esaagar ...
    • Twitter Post, (24 June 2019)
  • @tparsi also warns that any military strike could easily lead to full blown conflict. "The Idea that there’s such a thing as a limited strike on Iran is frankly preposterous." ...
  • NEW: Interview with Head of the National Iranian American Council @tparsi . He told us it would be "political suicide" for any Iranian politician to meet with Trump as long as Bolton/Pompeo are around. @esaagar ... #rising #sanctions #Iran #iranwar
  • only thought to ask about how many people would die 10 minutes before the strike??? That’s a rather important piece of info to nearly overlook.
  • The right doesn’t dislike @AOC because she's ineffective. They despise her precisely because she communicates boldly, passionately and in a Twitter-native manner. When AOC talks, Republicans know they are losing.
  • Not sure this is relevant for anything at all but here are the Dem debate candidates by presidential Twitter followers.

1. Sanders 9.32 mill
2. Booker 4.26
3. Biden 3.6
4. Harris 2.71
5. Warren 2.65
6. Williamson 2.62 ...
19. Delaney 22K
20. Ryan 21K

    • Twitter Post, (20 June 2019)
  • If you want to understand why something is happening in America, follow the money. Never lose sight of the fact that many people stand to make a lot of money from war. #NoWarWithIran … #rising
    • Twitter Post, (20 June 2019)
  • Stop the handwringing about @aoc and concentration camps. First of all, she's right. Second of all, she has single-handedly forced a debate about the barbaric and inhumane treatment of migrants at our Southern Border. She is smart, moral and correct.
    • Twitter Post, (19 June 2019)
  • ...Polls show 70 percent of Americans support Medicare-for-all, 74 percent support a wealth tax such as the one proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate finds comfortable majority support. But … socialism! Surely not...
  • Trump would have us believe that these are our only two choices: We can either have smash-and-grab capitalism, where so many hands in the cookie jar has resulted in so many government scandals, and where the top 1 percent have more wealth than the bottom 90 percent, or we can have what’s happening in Venezuela, where the economy has collapsed and humanitarian and political crises have ensued...
  • Trump’s dig on socialism means he’s scared, Ocasio-Cortez said after his speech. What really scares the pro-plutocrats on both sides of the political aisle about her, Sanders and other democratic socialists is that they have become messengers for a compelling message with an actual vision — the simple idea that it’s up to government to intervene and equalize the playing field between the capital that owns the politicians, the system and the rewards, and the general public toiling to provide those rewards.
  • Everybody deserves to live a life of dignity, with their bare-minimum needs met in... “the richest society in history of the world.” It’s an idea whose time has come...

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