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Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:27 AM

View PostLFC, on 20 September 2019 - 08:53 AM, said:

Schadenfreude Alert: Imagine that Trump gets wiped out in 2020.

Now imagine (at a wild guess, near even money) that he refuses to accept the results of the election and resists leaving office.

What then? Put up or shut up for the hard core wingnuts.
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Posted 20 September 2019 - 01:09 PM

What exactly does 'refusing to leave office mean', in practical terms? He orders the military to barricade the oval office? I mean, I see this statement a lot starting with Bush, then Obama, and now Trump and I have yet to understand how it works. He would need an assist from outside the civilian government, either the military or the judiciary. In which case, it's really a coup, so why not call it that?

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 03:11 PM

Nate has an interesting article on swing voters.. Bottom line, I am still baffled.
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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:46 AM

Now Alaska's Republicans have canceled their primary to protect Trump.

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Alaska’s Republican chapter is now the sixth state GOP to either change its primary rules to help Trump, (Michigan), or do away with its primaries or caucuses altogether (South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas).

Iowa and New Hampshire’s Republican parties, on the other hand, have said they will not cancel their presidential nomination processes.

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Trump campaign doesn't feel good about Michigan.

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President Donald Trump’s campaign is pessimistic about the his chances in Michigan, a state in which a very narrow victory propelled him to victory.

According to Politico, team Trump is acutely aware that he only won the state by less than a point in 2016, and expects Democratic turnout and enthusiasm to be higher this time around.

Though they haven’t given up on the state, dispatching Vice President Mike Pence frequently and installing a permanent staff, they are turning their hopes to Minnesota and New Hampshire where they think they have a better chance.

Even without Michigan, Trump could win with the other states he got last time. However, that would make states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, far from a mortal lock for the President, completely indispensable.

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 11:19 AM

Nosferatu, the former mayor of NYC, is up to his squirrely, corrupt little neck in the Ukraine mess. Here he is throwing out allegations against Hunter Biden. I suspect they're about as well sourced as some of his other Trumpian claims, i.e. they're flat out lies. This gives us a pretty good idea of what the Trump campaign will look like. It's going to be non-stop screeching about this and that from now until the election. He has no positive case he can make for himslef so this is all he's got left.

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Rudy Giuliani, the attorney for President Trump at the center of the blossoming scandal surrounding Trump and a phone call with the Ukrainian president, disparaged former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Monday and promised more dirt on the Biden family this week.

During an interview with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo on Monday morning, Giuliani referred to Biden’s son Hunter Biden as “drug challenged” before floating that he had more news on the Biden family that he intended to release in the coming days.

“There’s a lot more evidence I’m going to put out. I put one out for today, money laundering. I’ve got a bigger one for tomorrow and the day after,” he said.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 06:34 AM

The bar is being raised to get in on the November Democratic debates. It's time to start narrowing the field.

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The Democratic National Committee on Monday announced new rules requiring higher polling numbers and fundraising minimums to participate in November’s presidential primary debate.

While candidates needed to reach only 2 percent support in four DNC-approved polls to be invited on the debate stage in September and October, now candidates must reach 3 percent in four polls or 5 percent in two single-state polls in the early primary states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada).

The number of required unique donors has also increased from 130,000 to 165,000.

The November debate follows the debates on October 15 and 16 in Ohio.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 06:58 AM

View Postindy, on 20 September 2019 - 01:09 PM, said:

What exactly does 'refusing to leave office mean', in practical terms? He orders the military to barricade the oval office? I mean, I see this statement a lot starting with Bush, then Obama, and now Trump and I have yet to understand how it works. He would need an assist from outside the civilian government, either the military or the judiciary. In which case, it's really a coup, so why not call it that?

Manifestly Donald John Trump, regardless of his legendary urban warrior skills that put Rambo to shame, is not going to stand off the invasion of the White House Movers for very long.

The question is what happens when he declares the election null and void to the world and refuse, while unquestionably still in power, to cooperate with the transfer of power including insisting that he still commands the Departments of Justice and Defense. Do the Faithful among the Righteous Right stand with him or desert him?
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Posted 24 September 2019 - 07:18 AM

We might as well throw in all the dirty tricks since they're key to Republicans running for office. We've been discussing how Trumpian utter nutter Rudy Giuliani has not only been skipping hand in hand with Trump down collusion road and headed towards Ukraine. And of course the storie they're telling are nothing but lies.

The next attack on Hunter Biden, which appears to make no more sense than the last one, has to do with China. Once again Giuliani is gleefully lying with that creepy grin on his face, not even slowing down after getting busted in the last lie. And he's in cahoots with several luminaries of the right-wing smear machine, all of them overwhelmingly reality challenged. There is literally no reason not to dismiss anything they say as lies without even looking at it. Unfortunately the media will cover it like it's potentially something real because, ya' know, both sides and all that.

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The president’s personal attorney has convinced more Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into his client. But Rudy Giuliani is already hinting at a new front in his questionable offensive against former Vice President Joe Biden’s son. And it’s a charge that Trump allies outside the White House have been pursuing for months.

A group of conservative activists closely aligned with the president—including former White House adviser Steve Bannon, conservative author Peter Schweizer, and anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney—are trying to spread dirt on Hunter Biden’s work in China. Their efforts have come as almost all of the national political attention is focused on Giuliani’s and President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating alleged corruption involving the former VP’s son, who formerly sat on the board of an energy company in the country.

Giuliani himself has barely concealed his desire to see a second line of attack opened on the younger Biden over his involvement in an investment fund called Rosemont Seneca, which Biden ran with Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry. In his protracted interview last week with CNN host Chris Cuomo, Trump’s attorney said the word “China” more than a dozen times to draw attention to the matter. Giuliani and Trump have also talked about China as a liability for Biden and his son in recent conversations, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

Reached for comment on Monday afternoon, Giuliani said he couldn’t comment on his private conversation with President Trump, “except to say I’ve done nothing on China but repeat what others have reported but it really looks bad.”

“It’s arguably worse than Ukraine,” he added for good measure.

I have to admit that when he's right, he's right. This is potentially arguably worse than Ukraine. He and his boss got busted lying and coercing the president of a foreign government to attack their political opponent with lies so that's a pretty high bar, but the fact that they have so little time for the truth that they're perfectly willing to lie again might be argued to be worse. Sometimes it's just so hard to properly ranks levels of sleaziness. They of course have nothing but innuendo as they ignore inconvenient gaps that make their accusation nonsensical and desperately try to correlate things with zero evidence that they actually correlate.

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Schweizer’s 2018 book, Secret Empires, sought to tie Rosemont’s investment activity to Vice President Biden’s senior government position. Giuliani has spotlighted a $1.5 billion private equity deal between Rosemont and the Bank of China in his allegations of corruption. That figure came directly from Schweizer, who reported that a Rosemont entity secured a $1.5 billion deal with the bank a couple weeks after Hunter Biden traveled to Beijing with his father aboard Air Force Two in 2013.

On both fronts—Ukraine and China—Biden’s presidential campaign insists the attacks are scurrilous. In a memo to reporters on Monday, a campaign spokesman called the corruption allegations at the heart of the charge “a roundly debunked conspiracy theory” that “Trump and Giuliani have tried to manipulate the media into repeating.” Schweizer’s reporting laid out a conspicuous timeline, but didn’t establish any actual connection between the Bidens’ trip to China and Rosemont’s Bank of China-backed venture. Hunter Biden wasn’t even a Rosemont equity owner while his father served as vice president, according to his attorneys, and he has said that he conducted no business while on that 2013 trip.


Oh, yeah. The Mercers are backing Schweizer. Like the Kochs they are happy to rape the people of America for every last penny they can take and the best way to keep doing that is to buy one political party and make them do your bidding.

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Bannon and Schweizer are longtime collaborators; the latter is a senior contributor to Breitbart News, the website that Bannon led before joining the Trump White House in 2017. Bannon also previously sat on the board of Schweizer’s nonprofit group, the Government Accountability Institute. That group is chaired by Rebekah Mercer, who also led Cambridge Analytica, the controversial pro-Trump data firm where Bannon previous served as a vice president. Her Mercer Family Foundation provided nearly two-thirds of all contributions to GAI from 2013 through 2017, according to annual tax filings.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 07:23 AM

The Clinton campaign folks are warning Biden and the other candidates about the tidal wave of lies, smears, and propaganda coming their way since Republicans are no longer capable of running on real issues and competence in governing. And the real problem is that the MSM dutifully reports on every one of these first and maybe corrects things later. There isn't a single outlet that's collecting up all the past lies, bundling them with the current lies, and calling out the right-wing media as, oooooh I don't know, maybe FAKE NEWS!

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As a result, they are sounding the alarm, urging Biden’s campaign to be extremely careful with how they handle the fallout, arguing that missteps will be twisted and exploited sometimes before a cohesive pushback strategy can be crafted. And, they warn, it’s not just Biden’s problem to tackle.

“I think the other candidates should all recognize that it may be Joe Biden in the barrel today but it could just as easily be them tomorrow if Trump decides any of them emerge as the Democratic nominee,” said Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton’s press secretary in 2016. “It is a problem that needs to be tended to by the party as a whole. It is not a Joe Biden problem. It is a party problem.”

Karen Finney, a political consultant and former spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, said the Biden campaign has done a good job calling attention to Team Trump’s tactic of creating a false equivalence between Joe and Hunter Biden and what Trump reportedly said during a phone call with the Ukrainian president. But she warned that the onslaught was just starting. “Everybody get ready, because this is what 2020 is going to be like every day,” Finney said.

The fears expressed by multiple Clinton veterans underscore the difficult task at hand for Biden, the current frontrunner in the Democratic primary. Going after Trump for encouraging or even pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate allegations of corruption involving Hunter Biden may seem like the only move at hand, but it runs the risk of elevating the attacks on his son even further.

“The key piece of advice is to never repeat the negative,” said Zac Petkanas, a former senior adviser to Clinton who ran her 2016 campaign’s rapid response effort. “Never accept the premise of the question. The only thing the Biden campaign should say about the substance of the attack is that it has been debunked.”

For now, the former vice president’s team sees no other choice than to rebut the president and his team head-on.

“This is a situation where there is no question about whether us reacting to it gives it more oxygen,” said Anita Dunn, an adviser to the Biden campaign. “When the president, his personal of lawyer, the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of state, and every other person they can find is out there raising the issue, when the president decides to tweet or talk to the press, he is elevating the issue regardless of whatever we are doing. The question then becomes: What is the most effective way to combat it?”

“We will be direct, call it out for what it is, be aggressive, and won’t back down,” Dunn added. “I hope the media has taken some lessons from 2016 on this too, because the media tries to play by a set of rules and Trump knows what those rules are, and uses them to his advantage because he doesn’t play by any rules.”

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 10:13 AM

I just posted the upthread DB link (#989) over on the whistleblower thread. This definitely bears watching. Again, as in the case of Ukraine, what are the facts? What did Hunter Biden actually do for these positions? Gonna have to be very careful about that.
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Posted 24 September 2019 - 11:18 AM

I always thought the hope of Texas going blue one day relatively soon was pretty pie in the sky. It turns out that the youth vote is increasing in Texas and the Dems are pushing to increase it even more. Maybe that's what has Republicans scared. Expect them to figure out some way to suppress the youth vote.

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Texas has one of the worst voter participation rates — and youth voter turnout is particularly dire. But some see “a lot of potential” as one in three Texas voters are expected to be younger than 30 by 2022.

The next presidential election may be more than a year away, but groups working to get young people in the state civically engaged have been beefing up their operations for a while now.

One of those groups, MOVE Texas, has experienced a massive growth in staff, organizers and investments.

“Our budget has increased something near 900% in the past two years,” said Charlie Bonner, MOVE’s communications manager. “We are really seeing people start to invest in Texas in a way they never have before.”

Texas has one of the youngest populations in the country. In fact, only Utah, Alaska and the District of Columbia have younger populations – and not by much. It’s projected that by 2022, one in three voters in Texas will be under 30.

“There is a lot of potential there,” said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. “Young folks don’t tend to register, don’t tend to vote at the same rates that older folks do.”

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 11:41 AM

Warren continues to perform compared to Sanders. For the first time the results Politico/Morning Consult poll puts her over Sanders.

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has narrowly taken second place in a new, just-released Politico/Morning Consult nation-wide poll of more than 17,000 registered voters. Warren beat Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the first time in this specific poll. Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his first place position.

But as always, there’s a lot more news below the headlines.

“Since mid-April, Warren has picked up 13 points of first-choice support while Biden has gained 2 points and Sanders has lost 5 points,” Morning Consult’s Eli Yokley reports. “The poll shows ample room for Warren’s support to grow among women and voters ages 18 to 29.”

Black voters still widely support the former vice president.

“40% of black voters back Biden compared with 11% who back Warren, but 29% have yet to form an opinion” of Senator Warren.

Bottom line, Joe Biden takes 32%, Elizabeth Warren takes 20%, and Bernie Sanders takes 19%.


The Real Clear Politics poll averages currently have Biden sticking around 30%, Warren at 19.2% and Sanders at 16.3%. Warren has been consistently ahead with a mostly widening gap since mid-September. Interestingly Buttigieg is ever so slightly outperforming Harris as they rattle around 6%. The individual polls at 538 show Warren and Sanders pretty close but with Warren looking a little better.
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Posted 25 September 2019 - 09:21 AM

Warren is closing the gap with a few good polls this morning. RCP now has Biden's edge at less than 9 with a noticeable uptrend. Sanders seems to be treading water.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 10:42 AM

View Postindy, on 25 September 2019 - 09:21 AM, said:

Sanders seems to be treading water.

Between what I've read elsewhere and the opinions I've read here at TRS I think that is to be expected. He's a niche product that wouldn't even be sitting where he is now if he hadn't run against a very unpopular (maybe uninspiring is a better description) candidate in 2016. When you look across the registered Dems (i.e. the only people who can vote in the primaries ... at least in most states) Bernie just isn't going to cut it. For those who lean more towards his policies but don't really think he's the right candidate I suspect Warren looks like the better choice.
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Posted 26 September 2019 - 11:48 AM

Harris's bullshit attack on Biden gave her a little boost. She's been slipping ever since and seems to be unable to gain traction among Democrats. At this point she doesn't seem to have made much of a case for herself and desperately needs to find a way to stand out and be unique. She won't get that by just attacking other candidates.

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The senator’s campaign had a fantastic Week 1. The crowds, the money, and the momentum all aligned following her January launch. Six months later, the first Democratic debate in June—where Harris landed a powerful blow against Biden—only helped crystallize a star on the rise.

But since that moment her campaign has struggled to replicate those initial boosts. A series of national and early state polls released in recent days provide a grim glimpse into the California Democrat’s current standing, plummeting in some cases to low single digits and leaving Democrats to question what a plausible path forward would look like.

Interviews with more than 10 Democratic operatives and activists with deep ties to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina reveal a series of missteps in Harris’ presidential campaign: not showing up enough in some places, and in others failing to knock Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) off track.

And then there are the messaging issues.

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“Warren is the clearest example of a candidate who is prosecuting a worldview. Biden is prosecuting the case ‘I’m the guy who can win.’ And Kamala is, what?”
— National Democratic strategist

Several Democrats interviewed said they still weren’t quite sure who or what Harris was all about.

“Warren is the clearest example of a candidate who is prosecuting a worldview,” one national Democratic strategist said, referencing Harris’ often-repeated line that she is best equipped to “prosecute the case” against Trump. “Biden is prosecuting the case ‘I’m the guy who can win,’” the strategist went on. “And Kamala is, what?”

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 03:19 PM

Warren is now outperforming Sanders consistently. At 538 she leads in every poll conducted for inside the period of 9/21-26, most by only a point or two but still leading every single one.

In RCP's poll averages she's up 4% over Sanders who has remained stuck around 16-17% since August 1. I think he's hit his ceiling, and hard. Biden just keeps rattling around between 27-30+%, standing at 28.4% right now. Looking at it Warren's increase may be coming a bit from Joe and a bit from Harris. I don't think she's taking too many Sanders supporters ... yet.

As the sub-5% crowd finally starts dropping off it will be interesting to see who benefits. And when Harris and Buttigieg finally drop out that could cause a real shift. I really don't think those interested in Harris or Buttigieg are going to run to Sanders.
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Posted 30 September 2019 - 09:38 AM

Biden seems to be content to allow the impeachment hearings take care of the heavy lifting of attacking Trump's criminal behavior, corruption, and all around unfitness to hold the office of ... well, just about any office. Trump's pathetic tweets help too. Biden's strategy is to campaign on the basic issues that so many Americans are worried about. Makes sense. There's nothing he can add to the coverage of Trump so just about everything that comes out of his mouth now should focus on the basics.

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Ever since the steady stream of Ukrainian revelations broke into public consciousness, Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has been trying to figure out how to handle the bombardment without getting bogged down.

According to the Washington Post, the plan so far is to employ a tactic used to great effect by Democrats in the 2018 midterms: ignore President Donald Trump and focus on the bread-and-butter issues voters care most about.

The Biden campaign is also hoping that juxtaposing the former Vice President as statesmanlike and above the fray will make the bombastic and pugilistic Trump seem even smaller by comparison.

By sticking to issues like health care, Biden ensures that he can keep focusing on his primary run, instead of having to take on the other Democrats and Trump at the same time.

" '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 30 September 2019 - 10:33 AM

View PostLFC, on 24 September 2019 - 11:18 AM, said:

I always thought the hope of Texas going blue one day relatively soon was pretty pie in the sky. It turns out that the youth vote is increasing in Texas and the Dems are pushing to increase it even more. Maybe that's what has Republicans scared. Expect them to figure out some way to suppress the youth vote.

With all due respect, my posts on this subject have been littered with that- young and highly educated migration- for quite some time. ;)

It's been an easier/sexier story to talk about the "brown-out". Nah. These kids don't give one whit about the BS that Texas politicians try to push. And if you want a bit of a reason for all the "not gunna run agains", it's because they have no answers to them. Big in numbers and just getting bigger. Sure-Austin. Holy Grail of tech stuff. Put that in a bowl and then bring in Dallas and Houston and San Antonio.

No longer can a pol blow a dog whistle- they're too smart and also concerned about other things than the absolute need to get into our public bathrooms, racism, our wombs, and other right wing plots that have always worked before.

I have learned not to dismiss these "kids". I talked to them all the time. Surprise- they are as freaked out about health care/Medicare
etc. as older folks. They are as worried as any, about the costs of caring for their parents as they age. I actually cheer what can be seen as self-serving. Hell yess! Many of these folks have been watching their mothers and fathers take care of their parents. And at least in Texas, that's very, very expensive
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Posted 30 September 2019 - 10:48 AM

Cory Booker looks to be holding on by his fingernails. He sounds like he tapped this well of desperation to get a desperately needed infusion of cash but how many times can he do that? Per RCP's poll averages he's running behind Yang (3.3%), O'Rourke (2.5%), and Castro (1.7%) at just 1.5%. Harris continues her soft slide coming in at 4.7%, the first time she's come in under 5%.

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Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign announced Monday that it had crossed a self-imposed $1.7 million threshold Sunday night in order to keep him in the 2020 race. The campaign had issued an urgent memo more than a week ago alleging that if they didn’t raise that money, the New Jersey Democrat would have been unable to sustain and build his campaign for the long haul. Now it appears that the gambit has paid off. “Thanks to this outpouring of support, we see a viable path forward to continue growing a winning campaign,” Booker said in a statement Monday. “I’m staying in this race—and I’m in it to win. But this won’t be the last mountain we have to climb on our way to the nomination—we have a lot more money to raise to continue being competitive with the better-funded campaigns in this race. I’ll be asking more of my supporters as we move forward in this campaign together.”

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