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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:30 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 31 October 2017 - 09:18 AM, said:



This assumes that the supposedly moderate Republicans are not voting for Democrats already because Democratic policies are too far left.

That hypothesis runs smack into the polling data, which shows that policies well left of the current Democratic platform poll net favorably even among self-identified Republicans. Racing after the right end of the Overton window, time and again, does nothing to buy Republican votes and loses left-Democratic turnout. The discovery that, given low American voter turnout, you are better off pumping turnout of your own voters rather than trying to flip the supposed center is possibly the greatest strategic invention of the modern Republican Party.

Yet Democrats refuse to learn from it.

It’s The Hill. Washington insiders are always sure Faux-centrist triangulation is the sure-fire winner.

Shorter - the winner should take the positions I like.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:10 PM

Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is out. No, no, no. I mean he's not seeking reelection.
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:13 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 31 October 2017 - 09:30 AM, said:

It’s The Hill. Washington insiders are always sure Faux-centrist triangulation is the sure-fire winner.

Shorter - the winner should take the positions I like.

Not so sure this holds up. Clinton soundly won the primary against the "far lefty" Sanders and got more votes in the general than anyone else in history save Obama. Yes, most of her positions were very liberal, but there was the perception that she was much more centrist than Sanders. In fact if you pointed out how liberal her positions were many still throw the "establishment Democrat" insult back at you. The main thing is that Dems need to stop running from their successes. Gore ran from Pres. Clinton's successes and lost. Grimes ran from Obama's successes in her bid against McConnell (least popular politician in US,) even with the immense popularity of KYnect (Kentucky's Obamacare) and lost to the turtle.
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:50 PM

Republican senators' approval ratings are plummeting

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McConnell grew even more unpopular with his constituents during the third quarter of this year, sinking 15 points below his already dismal ratings.

Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:26 AM

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McConnell grew even more unpopular with his constituents during the third quarter of this year, sinking 15 points below his already dismal ratings.

Gee, maybe promising the return of coal jobs for years and then saying "well, they're not REEEAAALLLY coming back right after the election can do that. Stack on his failure to repeal and replace Obamacare (no, not just repeal but also provide the better, cheaper "conservative alternative"), provide middle class tax cuts (they see who's getting the money), no Obama to attack and blame everything on, and his general floundering around like he has no solutions (because he actually has no solutions) and you don't exactly have a recipe for popularity.
" '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 01 November 2017 - 03:31 PM

View PostLFC, on 01 November 2017 - 11:26 AM, said:

. Stack on his failure to repeal and replace Obamacare (no, not just repeal but also provide the better, cheaper "conservative alternative"),.. no Obama to attack and blame everything on, and his general floundering around like he has no solutions (because he actually has no solutions) and you don't exactly have a recipe for popularity.

Didn't he get a "special" Obamacare law passed providing insurance to 20K+ miners ? (Thus assuring him at least 20K votes.)
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 03:41 PM

View Postandydp, on 01 November 2017 - 03:31 PM, said:

Didn't he get a "special" Obamacare law passed providing insurance to 20K+ miners ? (Thus assuring him at least 20K votes.)

Just looked it up. It was a special deal for retired miners to prop up their lifetime health insurance that was falling apart as mining companies went bankrupt. On the surface that sounds nice but apparently there are multiple other groups of retirees with equally strong claims that they did nothing for so yeah, sounds like a Mitch McConnell special.
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Posted 04 November 2017 - 06:04 PM

2020, not midterms, but... https://www.nbcdfw.c...-455016723.html
Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 05:04 PM

View PostAnBr, on 04 November 2017 - 06:04 PM, said:

2020, not midterms, but... https://www.nbcdfw.c...-455016723.html

OK, Chris, put down the bong...
I said, Put Down the Bong! (and quit playing coy, Joe)

In all seriousness, 1) Biden's window opened and closed already. Had Beau not died when he did, 2016 would have been very interesting. 2) Matthews is engaging in the same "throwback" mindset of DWS et al. circa 2015/16. Simply being an "old, known name" isn't automatically a recipe for success; depending on the amount of baggage (earned or otherwise), it might actually be a detriment.
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:22 PM

Jeff Flake's view on what it takes to run as a Republican today. Welcome to the new Republican normal.

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President Donald Trump accused Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) of giving up his reelection for the U.S. Senate because he couldn’t win. In an interview with ABC’s “The View,” Flake admitted Trump is actually correct.

“I felt that I could not run the kind of race I would need to run to be competitive,” Flake told the women. “I could not speak out as I am now and as I have been over the past several months. There is no way you can compete in a Republican primary, particularly in a state like Arizona, if you don’t agree with the president’s position or condone his behavior.”

Co-host Joy Behar noted that as it stood, Flake had an 18 percent approval rating among voters in the race. She wondered if he had a chance of winning if he would have stayed.

“If I could have run the kind of race I’m used to running, if I could tell the truth,” he said, claiming he would have run. Behar asked if he couldn’t win behind honest about who he is and what he thinks. “No, you can’t win a primary right now if you stand up and say ‘This is not right. This is not normal. Especially in Arizona and other places now.”

In recent months, Flake expressed regret for not coming out against racist philosophies like birtherism in the GOP. When he made the announcement he would no longer run, it was during a floor speech to the U.S. Senate.

“We must dedicate ourselves to making had sure that this does not become normal,” he told his fellow senators. “We have fooled ourselves long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner. A return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now we all know better than that.”

He echoed that same sentiment to “The View” women, saying it isn’t normal to have a president that behaves the way Trump does.

“It is not normal to have a president come out like he did on Friday and try to direct the FBI and federal agencies to go out after former political opponents,” Flake said. “That’s not normal and we shouldn’t condone it.”


That's just ducky, Jeff. While you're at it tell us how you view the House "investigations" of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Or the endless "investigations" of Bill Clinton? Or the impeachment of a sitting President over a sleazy but completely legal affair? Republicans aren't on the verge of some leap to a "new normal". They're simply moving a little bit further in the same direction they have been for decades.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:19 PM

Bernie Sanders Group Encouraging Dems to Vote Republican

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“The June, 2017 meeting in Chicago of the second Bernie Sanders ‘People’s Summit’ contained the usual amount of accusations of “Bernie would have won” and conspiracy theories that the extreme left is known for. But the temperature in this meeting had a different tone. Instead of just blind and unwavering support for Sanders, the 4,000 attendees began making plans to take over the Democratic Party.

As per the Mother Jones article: ‘Over three days at the sprawling McCormick Center, they huddled in small groups to discuss best practices for organizing, lessons learned from 2016, and how to prevent, er, Bernout. The sessions ranged from trainings on nonviolent resistance (attendees were sequestered in a breakout room where they took turns role-playing as protesters and police) to PowerPoint presentations on neoliberalism and the emerging possibility of “utopia.’”

Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:28 PM

Looks like it's Northam.

https://www.cnbc.com...f-virginia.html
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:20 PM

Romney as I recall did not say Russia would become
A geopolitical adversary ,but rather they were or is.
there is a difference . Don't believe he knew a thing
but was reaching into the fifties.this man is a liar and turncoat!

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:18 PM

Democrat Phil Murphy wins governor's race in NJ. With Sen. Bob Menendez in trouble, this is a very good thing.

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Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno ( R ) on Tuesday for the governorship in New Jersey. Murphy’s victory was expected, as New Jersey is a heavily blue state. Murphy, who served in a senior role at the Democratic National Committee and was previously a Goldman Sachs executive, will succeed Republican Chris Christie. The race comes as one of the state’s senators, Bob Menendez (D), is on trial on corruption charges. If Menendez is forced out of office, Murphy would choose his replacement.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:20 PM

View PostHockeyDon, on 07 November 2017 - 08:28 PM, said:

Looks like it's Northam.

And by a rather safe margin at that. So much for 3 point polls going into the race.

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Northam, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, led former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie by 53 percent to 45 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting shortly after 9 p.m. EST. The Associated Press called the race shortly after 8 p.m.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:29 PM

Dems will pick up 12-14 seats in the House of Delegates (they were hoping for 10), narrowly missing re-taking that chamber. Massive turnout. The turnout for the last governor race (2013) was 43%. This felt much bigger.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:45 PM

14 is the minimum pickup (they won that many already). Several are simply too close to call and will revolve around absentee and provisional ballots. I'd say it is better than even money they take the HoD but we won't know for a few days. According to twitter, it's the biggest pickup in VA since 1899.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:57 PM

I was relieved to see the big turnout. The weather was crappy. Rainy and cold.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:57 PM

View Postindy, on 07 November 2017 - 10:45 PM, said:

According to twitter, it's the biggest pickup in VA since 1899.

Trump wants to know how many of them are 8s or better. :P
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 12:31 AM

View PostLFC, on 07 November 2017 - 10:57 PM, said:

Trump wants to know how many of them are 8s or better. :P

One of them is transsexual.
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