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#21 LFC

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Posted 18 February 2021 - 04:27 PM

View PostBact PhD, on 18 February 2021 - 04:12 PM, said:

Don’t know if this is necessarily a good thing—“DeMinimis” is also up for re-election in 2022. If he runs afoul of Dolt 45 between now and the qualifying deadline, it would not surprise me in the least if she throws her hat in that race.

And such a stylish hat it is! (This was literally the first image that came up when I searched for "ivanka trump hat meme." I love the internet.)

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Posted 18 February 2021 - 04:44 PM

Her opinion of herself is too sublime to accept being 1 in a 100. She needs to be 1 in 350 million. Otherwise it's no fun -_-

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 01:48 PM

View PostLFC, on 16 February 2021 - 02:13 PM, said:

Former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) is already angling to get his seat back...maybe.

Aaaaaaand he's out.

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Former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) will not challenge Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in 2022 after all, he said in a new statement.

“I am confident that whoever wins the Republican primary next year will defeat the Democratic candidate in the general election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen,” he said.

Perdue filed as a candidate for the race a week ago, but said at the time that he was still weighing his options. He lost reelection to Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) in the January runoff, and was considering challenging Warnock for the state’s other seat next year. Warnock, who toppled former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the same runoff cycle, is currently finishing the end of the retired Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-GA) term.

Warnock shrugged at the Perdue news. “I am prepared to defeat whatever Republican they come up with,” he told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 01:54 PM

View PostLFC, on 23 February 2021 - 01:48 PM, said:

Maybe he wants a run at Ossoff in 2026. Georgia will have more time to perfect voter suppression techniques by then.

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 08:08 PM

View PostLFC, on 23 February 2021 - 01:48 PM, said:

Perdue knows he's not nearly MAGA enough. The base voters want MTG!!!
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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:44 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 23 February 2021 - 08:08 PM, said:

Perdue knows he's not nearly MAGA enough. The debased voters want MTG!!!

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 01:16 PM

Trump has shifted from the heavy lift and low profit of a new political party to the light lift and high profit of a new PAC. Welcome to MAGA PAC. Now it just remains to be seen how much of a factor it is in the 2022 Republican primaries and how much it's just a funnel for cash into Trump's pockets. No matter what it will likely act as a sponge for campaign donations which automatically hurts Republican candidates, even if they are MAGAts.

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On Sunday, Donald Trump’s fundraising machine charged back to life after its January lull, blitzing fans with emails and texts on the heels of the ex-president’s CPAC keynote address, urging them to “donate” to “SAVE AMERICA!” It worked, netting Trump and his team more than $3 million off of that speech, according to an adviser, bringing the committee’s on-hand total north of $80 million.

That cash was divvied up between three political committees tied to the former commander-in-chief, two of them formed just days before he riled up the CPAC crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The new setup indicates that Trump is bent on raking in cash like someone who is mounting a run—or who wants to pressure anyone who thinks they can take him on.

Over the weekend, Trump’s team converted his old campaign into a PAC and added a new joint fundraising committee to the mix, an overhaul designed to crush the revolt he faces from a small faction of elected Republicans tired of lugging the baggage that accompanies an alliance with the broadly unpopular former president.

Trump ditched his official candidate committee in favor of a nonconnected committee—a fundraising vehicle not tied to a candidate, party, or corporate interest—called MAGA PAC. It’s a move that will enable him to accept more money from individual contributors over a longer period of time. He can also carry on his tradition of self-enrichment, tapping the new PAC as a personal slush fund, including for hanging legal debts incurred as an officeholder and candidate.

Additionally, unlike a super PAC setup, this allows Trump to directly fund candidates of his choosing—a key part of his post-presidency ploy to retain the loyalty of politicians who might be tempted to move on from the MAGA era.

The moves also signal an opportunity to wall off dissenters from influential megadonors, specifically with the introduction of the new joint fundraising committee, Save America (also the name of his leadership PAC), which can accept high-dollar checks. Two people familiar with the new political and fundraising operation say that Trump himself views it as yet another way to maintain his hold on the GOP, and to keep candidates and potential endorsees or primary challengers subordinated to the MAGA ethos.

Those sources added that Trump plans to continue his fundraising partnership with the Republican National Committee, but has at the front of his mind the fact that he will likely clash with other Republican leaders and political influencers over certain candidates and races in the future. That potential dissonance means it is vital for Trump, allies say, to continue to build his own massive war chest as “leverage,” as Trump has described it.

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 02:03 PM

All I can this doing is to 1) siphon off cash, 2) turn away potential POGers. This means that it will turn off many of the megadonors who won't want to bet on a losing horse. So quite a bit less cash going to the candidates themselves. Who will likely lose the general, as the rump POG deserts them. I just cannot see it being near as close next time around.
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Posted 03 March 2021 - 03:13 PM

View PostTraveler, on 03 March 2021 - 02:03 PM, said:

I just cannot see it being near as close next time around.

If the Dems can stick mostly to the issues of most concern to 70% of the country they should do well. If they expend too much political capital on like transgender rights and immigration it will hurt them. It's not that both of those aren't worthwhile, just that with the limited capital they have it's important for them to work more on things like COVID, minimum wage, healthcare, family leave, etc. More quietly Biden will undo many of the harmful environmental policies that Trump and his industry swamp created.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 06:49 PM

View PostLFC, on 03 March 2021 - 03:13 PM, said:

If the Dems can stick mostly to the issues of most concern to 70% of the country they should do well. If they expend too much political capital on like transgender rights and immigration it will hurt them. It's not that both of those aren't worthwhile, just that with the limited capital they have it's important for them to work more on things like COVID, minimum wage, healthcare, family leave, etc. More quietly Biden will undo many of the harmful environmental policies that Trump and his industry swamp created.

This is one if the main things that the ultra libs seem to never grasp; political capital. Getting things done, especially those things that are less politically popular requires political capital, which is a finite supply. It requires give and take, sometimes arm twisting. There is only so much of it that you can expend at any given point. You have to be judicious in how you spend it and know when you are just wasting it. It requires building consensus and coalitions. Sometimes you can bully others to go where you want them to go (a la LBJ in passing the Civil Rights Act) but usually not. Timing and reading the table is essential.
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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 07:21 PM

Of course, TX Gov Timmie is in it to win it in '22. No serious GOPer challenge. Smart money is still on him and his huge cash, but we do have some Democrats that have been quietly hanging out, doing their jobs and building a coalition. Smart pols are analyzing the 2020 Presidential race, and understanding where the opportunities lie. If Beto can ever get out of his own way, there's plenty of smart money that would back him- among others. Even though this god forsaken state will never shed it's conservative roots, there is a real shot for anybody with balls to challenge this failure of a human and government. Stay tuned, y'all!
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