Friday, April 19, 2019
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Republicans now grasping the reality of ‘You broke it, you buy it’ when it...

A Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll from last month illustrates a very basic problem for Republicans now that Donald Trump has decided to burn the Affordable Care Act down: It's still far more popular with...

Numbers Don’t Lie, But I Think Trump Is About To Wish That They Did.

Last night on The Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed one William Weld, who just announced that he is going to be mounting a Republican party primary challenge to Donald Trump in 2020. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he was Gary Johnson’s running mate on the Libertarian party ticket in 2016. O’Donnell was almost giddy in his set up for the interview when he explained how having a primary challenger is almost a fatal would for a sitting President. No primary challenger in the modern era has toppled a sitting President, but they fatally weaken them in the process. McCarthy, followed by Robert Kennedy jumped in against Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and Johnson dropped out rather than face the bruising process. Hubert Humphrey, the eventual nominee, lost to Nixon. In 1976, Ronald Reagan ran a primary challenge against incumbent Gerald Ford. Ford narrowly won the primary on the floor, but lost to Jimmy Carter in the general election. And in 1992, Pat Robertson challenged George HW Bush in the primary unsuccessfully, but Bush went on to lose to Bill Clinton. In the interview, Weld, a former two term GOP Governor of Massachusetts, came across as a potentially very serious candidate. He even has a battle plan, noting that California will barely let Air Force One land, making it ripe territory for Weld. He also mentioned Massachusetts, where he was Governor, as well as Wisconsin and Michigan, places Trump barely squeaked out as fertile ground. O’Donnell cited the results of a very recent national poll of registered Republican voters, which showed that at this early date, Weld was already running higher in the poll than Trump did in a similar poll in 2015. Here are the results of the poll he showed last night. 54% said that they would definitely vote for Trump, while another 20% said that they were leaning towards Trump, but could be swayed to vote for Weld. 8% said that they were firmly planning to vote for Weld. The 8% that plan to vote for Weld isn’t what immediately caught my eye, and made me sit up straight on the sofa, and it shouldn’t be what worries Trump and the RNC either. What I caught is much more subtle than that. The fact that an incumbent President, less than 3 years into his first time only has 54% of strong support in a primary is a little odd. But what should be alarming to Trump and his minions is that even if you give him all 20% of the voters who say that they could be swung, that still only takes him to 74%. This is a potentially crushing blow for Trump if true. Since day one, Trump ran exclusively for his rabid base. He has continued to do so up to this day, eschewing any effort that past Presidents have made to moderate himself to expand his electorate for his reelection. Trump lives and dies, both mentally and politically by his base. Polls over the last 2 years have been stubbornly consistent, showing Trump with anywhere from an 84-88% approval rating among Republicans, while he scuba dives with everybody else. Trump’s optimum popularity rating of 74% in this poll is 10-14 points from his established average among GOP voters. I would like to see […]

So Nancy Pelosi has mastered the art of twitter

The Donald apparently had a fit of jeaolus rage tonight after 60 minutes did a piece on the Speaker… https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1117585367358738433 so Madame Speaker was left with no choice but to acknowledge her audience: https://twitter.com/TeamPelosi/status/1117594161245577221 and Nancy’s twitter following...
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Fox crowd roars in approval as Bernie explains how M4A is more stable than...

Bernie held a town hall on Fox News today. The Fox anchors didn’t seem to understand what they were getting themselves into when they asked about Medicare For All. https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1117926775772856325  
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LMFAO, republican congressman admits they are stupid to pick on AOC because “she is...

Yea, he said it and here is the video. https://youtube.com/watch?v=G8aogAyPv5A Rep. James Comer (R-KY) is warning his fellow Republicans against “picking on” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), calling the decision to do so a “mistake.” snip She is smart,...
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McConnell’s 2020 strategy: Ignore the orange elephant in the room and fearmonger on ‘socialism’

Mitch McConnell has a plan for keeping the Senate majority in the 2020 election: Pretend Donald Trump doesn't exist and scare old people. The hope is to win back the suburbs and be the...

Trump Asks After Bernie’s Cheered By Fox Audience ‘What’s Wrong With Fox News?’

This was only a matter of time. Apparently, the Adderall is kicking in and Trump went bonkers when Bernie Sanders was cheered on Fox News, of all places, when he spoke in favor of Medicare for All. So, here’s the retaliation from the Child in Chief. I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019 Is Trump predicting the imminent demise of Messrs. Sanders and Biden? Or stating an intent to slay them himself? He’s clearly trying to sound like the Marshall waiting for the gunslinger to show up at noon on Main Street, but he doesn’t sound powerful, merely stupid. So, what is this now, the 2019 equivalent of the “second amendment people” crack? Threats against a former vice president and a sitting senator, by the incumbent?  All the cultural nerve endings that still carry a residual sense of what protocol and decency in Washington used to be, have just wiggled their follicles and collapsed, once more, as the mind recoils in horror, realizing this is the New Normal. Yes, this isn’t just an awful dream, it is actually taking place (although I like to fantasize that there is some alternate reality where Hillary is in the White House and business as usual takes place.) The reaction was what you would expect. "May God Rest His Soul": a phrase used to show respect when speaking about someone who is dead. WTF is wrong with you, #Trump? — Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) April 17, 2019 This is clearly what drove him insane. Bernie cleaning his clock in a Fox News poll. How surreal. The Fox News poll was posted on Twitter by vlogger Kyle Kulinski, who also posted this He’s legitimately terrified of Bernie and I’m extremely here for it pic.twitter.com/FBppFGzWEJ — Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) April 17, 2019 Now, if you didn’t catch the nuance in this tweet, what it means is that “Bernie only got cheered because he ‘stuffed’ the audience with supporters. Why wasn’t the audience stacked with my dummies?” And what is with Fox News, indeed? What was with Brutus, when he showed up on the steps of the capital when his buddy Julius Caesar was taking a stroll that day? Cast your mind back to the mystery meeting that none other than Mitch McConnell and Rupert Murdoch had in McConnell’s senate chambers several months back, after hours. Makes you wonder what was discussed, doesn’t it? My prediction? Both McConnell and Murdoch will still be standing, when they can’t use Trump anymore for their purposes. I don’t know when it will be, but I’m quite sure that it is what will be, when the time is right. Maybe Trump is already getting a clue about his impending irrelevance.  
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Why Pete Buttigieg’s Candidacy Is So Darn Refreshing

First off Mayor Pete Buttigieg is not currently even my first choice or second choice for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Also, when I first found out some Mayor wanted to be President, I said,...
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Republicans literally have no legislative agenda to run on in 2020 and McConnell knows...

When was the last time you heard Senate Republicans float a single legislative idea intended to help the American people? And no, Donald Trump's border wall doesn't count because, while it might satisfy his racist...
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Tax season rolls on as more Americans find themselves victims of Republican tax hike

Tax season is in its last week, which means stories of Americans getting absolutely screwed by the new Republican tax law continue. It is the Republican man to cap tax deductions for state and...

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