Friday, July 19, 2019
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Our ‘county benchmarks’ will help you follow along with—and make sense of—election night returns

Suppose you’re settling in for a nice evening of watching election returns, and upon checking the very early results, you find that your preferred candidate is suddenly trailing by double digits, despite the pre-election...
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Make No Mistake, Steve Bannon Is Hiding Because He’s Taking The Brunt Of Moore...

The GOP is hopping mad today about the result of the Alabama election, thought mere days ago to be a sure fire thing. One thing the pundits all have in common is that they know who is to blame — Steve Bannon. Steven Law, the head of the McConnell...
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Trump ‘re-election’ campaign blows past $1 million in legal bills since January

Whether Donald Trump will attempt to run for a second "presidential" term in 2020 is an open question. True, his re-election campaign launched almost immediately after he moved into the White House, ...
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House Intelligence Committee will ship all Russia testimony to Robert Mueller

Under the leadership of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee interviewed people regarding Donald Trump’s ties to Russia—though they studiously ignored interviews with 26 witnesses requested by Democrats. However, the contents of many of...

The murder that could change US history

Keep an eye on this. The US Senate is preparing to hold a vote on actually taking concrete action against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over Kreepy Kushners newest kash kow, Inglorious MBS, over the murder of journalist and permanent US resident Jamal Khashoggi. besides the importance of this country taking a strong moral stand over the state sponsored murder of an innocent journalist, it could end up having longer term implications for domestic US politics. For once, the devil isn’t in the details, it’s in the concept, and the process itself. The proposed sanctions range from pulling material support for the Saudi’s war in Yemen all the way to pulling air refueling support for the Saudi aircraft that are taking target practice on school buses. Personally, I prefer all-of-the-above, but that’s just me. The problem is not whether or not the GOP dominated House follows the Senate’s expected lead, but in the fact that the vote may end up being largely ceremonial, since I find it unlikely that either McConnell or Ryan could cobble together a veto proof majority, and Trump would be almost certain to veto the bill if it reached his desk. But here’s the important thing, this is a crack in the Trump foundation. If the Senate passes this bill, it is drawing a line in the sand, there are things Trump can do that are so morally repugnant that even his faithful sycophants in the Senate can’t follow him, lest they all grow beards since they can’t look themselves in the mirror in the morning to shave. If this bill passes, it would also be at least a small drop on the open sore our international allies are nursing, showing that there is at least some measure of moral judgement left in the US political process. If the measure passes, this won’t be the first time that his congress has chosen to disregard the wishes of Glorious Bleater. Remember that both the GOP dominated House, as well as the Senate, passed increased sanctions on Russia when Trump was trying to ease them, and they passed the measure with a veto proof majority. And drag their heels as they might, congress held Trump’s feet to the fire, forcing the Treasury department to implement the sanctions. This is where the stand the Senate is taking on the senseless murder of Jamal Khashoggi could impact US domestic politics in the future. The US Senate is supposed to be Donald Trump’s bulwark against impeachment. The introduction of the “naughty bits” from the Friday filings into the political bloodstream has knocked some Republicans for a loop. Suddenly, you’re not just hearing “I don’t pay attention to his tweets” anymore, or “That’s just the President being Trump.” As I wrote a few days ago, you’re starting to hear GOP lawmakers, off the record, begin to anonymously draw some lines in the sand as to what would be a bridge too far in Trump’s crimes. To borrow from an old catholic ditty, “In order to keep your faith intact, make sure it stays unsullied by fact.” And these days, there appears to be some preliminary sullying going on in the GOP caucus. The face of the GOP majority in the Senate is going to change on January 3rd. True, the GOP picked up two […]

Vowing Not to ‘Demonize’ the Rich, Biden Tells Billionaires ‘Nothing Would Fundamentally Change’ If...

Don't worry, billionaires: your standard of living won't change under a Joe Biden administration. That's the message the Democratic frontrunner delivered to donors Tuesday as he continued a fundraising trip in New York that saw...

John Kasich is a horses *ss. But a perfect example of the GOP’s mindset.

Poor John Kasich, he just blew his cover. He likes to come off as this calm, steady, measured, serious kind of blowhard. He was an early and frequent critic of Trump, and of the Republicans that enabled his nonsense. He has portrayed himself as “the adult in the room.” A true man of the people. […]
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Who Is Obama’s True Heir, Beto Or Biden?

Last election saw the creation of nicknames “Hill Bots” and “Bernie Bros.” In the run up to 2020, we now have Beto Phobes and Beto Philes, added to our vocabulary. The Phobes don’t like Beto, calling him “The One” or “another One” and “magical manchild.”Beto used to be a skateboarding punk rocker with the internet handle, “Psychedelic Warlord,” after all. This distresses some. The Philes on the other hand, speak softly, but carry a big checkbook. Biden raised $6.1Mil in the first 24 hours after announcing his candidacy, besting even Bernie Sanders, who raised an impressive $5.9Mil. This solidified Beto’s position as a serious contender. So, now we have two white male centrists, Beto and Biden in the race, and which is Obama’s true heir? Vanity Fair: You could say that Biden has many of Beto’s centrist vulnerabilities along with extra liabilities: a longer record, less wokeness fluency, and a tendency, in the words of Barack Obama, “to say something stupid.” On the last of these points, Biden told a crowd over the weekend that he had “the most progressive record of anybody running for”—stopping abruptly to change that to “anybody who would run.” If Biden is looking to play the sphinx and then wow the field by jumping in late, slips like that don’t help. One is reminded of the Far Side cartoon of an alien visitor falling down the stairs on the way to greet mankind. “So much for instilling them with a sense of awe,” reads the caption. For all of Biden’s flaws, though, he’s still in a stronger position than Beto, because he represents a larger share of Democrats and consequently is leading every poll. That is to say, he appeals to those who love Barack Obama, hate Donald Trump, and pay scant attention to news about politics. That may not be the reader of an article like this, but it’s people we all know. Beto, by contrast, would appeal to a smaller part of Obama’s coalition: those who pay close attention to politics but not policy and loved Obama for his manner and style. This isn’t meaningless. Many Americans felt proud to have Obama representing their country to the world. The head of state sets a tone, and we feel it fast when that tone becomes appalling. But it tends to recede as a priority in the face of other problems. So you have centrism with a record, Biden, or centrism without a record, Beto, as Vanity Fair put it. Beto won points recently when tearing into Trump’s absurd contention that El Paso, Texas, was more secure after the building of a fence. O’Rourke shot that down, by establishing that crime in El Paso actually diminished before the fence was built and rose after it. “We are not safe because of walls but in spite of walls,”he said. That is a statement of unity, and unity was the central plank in Obama’s platform, back in the day. So maybe Beto is Obama’s natural heir? A lot of the objection to Biden is his age. Maybe, in the primaries due course, Beto can sway more of the voters who love Obama, hate Trump, and don’t follow politics — because, at the end of the day, that is the block of voters that’s going to deliver the election or not. This […]

House Republican Chris Collins: ‘This has been a great week’ for Trump!

Let's check in with House Republicans to see if Donald Trump's Bud Light Lime Hold My Beer And Watch This Worst Week Ever, Poochie Plus One Edition is making any of them rethink their unwavering support for a barely functioning idiot manchild with a...

In terms of demographics, “Things, they are a’changing.” and in the Democrats favor.

When it came to the recent midterm elections, the Democrats benefited mightily from  what is commonly referred to as “low intensity voters.” These are voters who normally don’t bother to turn out for the midterm elections, or often even Presidential races for that matter. Groups like you voters, independent voters, and minority voters. Especially Hispanics. Hispanics were motivated, and that motivation turned into actual votes, which helped to decide several critical House districts.Referring to Mexicans as “rapists,” and calling Honduran asylum seekers an “infestation” probably didn’t help Trump’s cause much when it came to Latino veter participation. And according to an article today in The Hill, this trend is only going to continue, and will most likely benefit the Democrats greatly. According to the report; “It is a very significant advantage for the Democrats going forward because the Latino population is growing,” Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.” “If it’s 69, 70 percent Democratic, that’s definitely a plus for the Dems,” she continued. The key thing to note in that statement is that the Latino population is a growing population demographic, at a time when the white population of the US is stagnant, if not shrinking. And if the demographic shift continues, then each emerging Latino vote that turns Democratic, the GOP is going to have to find an offsetting vote from the current pool, since the white vote, especially the older white vote that tends to favor Republicans, isn’t growing. Trump himself seems to be blissfully unaware of this pending disaster, which I think can be directly attributed to his mindset. After all, when Trump thinks in terms of Latinos, he thinks about it with a 70 year old mindset, you can catch that in his public utterances. When Trump speaks about Latinos, he speaks in terms of Mexican drug runners, or disdainfully about migrant farm workers. In other words, brown people who can’t vote. But the report is no speaking of legal visa card holders, or even green card permanent residents. It is speaking of US citizens of Latin descent, who have the right to vote, and exercised it. But even more important than Trump’s perception of Latinos is the Latinos perceptions of Trump, and the GOP in general. Look at it this way. If you like Jackie Chan movies, and he comes out with one movie that you don’t like, you’re likely to write it off as a one time flop, and go to see the next Jackie Chan movie. But if your first trip to a Jackie Chan movie is a flop, how likely are you to go to the next Jackie Chan movie that comes out? Trump and the GOP put out a bomb of a movie for Latino voters, and they won’t forget it, not for a long time. And they’ll likely tell their friends. But there was another important takeaway from the report in The Hill. This demographic is unlikely to suddenly stop growing, and as with most things numeric, the effect tends to compile, kind of like the interest you earned on the principle in your 401k plan rolling over, and earning interest itself. According to the report; Sixty-nine percent of Latinos voted for Democratic candidates this month, while 29 percent cast votes for Republicans, according […]

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