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🗳 Donald Trump's suburban horror show
« Reply #1230 on: July 25, 2020, 06:36:14 AM »
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/25/trumps-suburban-nightmare-376823

Donald Trump's suburban horror show

If current numbers hold, the Republican Party will suffer its worst defeat in the suburbs in decades — with implications reaching far beyond November.

President Donald Trump’s damage in the suburbs has come primarily, as it has elsewhere, from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

By DAVID SIDERS

07/24/2020 06:58 PM EDT


Donald Trump says Joe Biden wants to abolish the suburbs. But polls show a different truth: The suburbs want to abolish Donald Trump.

If current numbers hold, the Republican Party will suffer its worst defeat in the suburbs in decades — with implications reaching far beyond November.

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It was in the suburbs two years ago that Democrats built their House majority, ripping through Republican-held territory across the country, from Minnesota and Texas to Georgia, Virginia and Illinois.

It would be bad enough for the GOP if that had been a temporary setback. But with the prospect of a second straight collapse in the suburbs this year, it is beginning to look like a wholesale retreat.

“We can’t give up more ground in the suburbs nationally without having a real problem for our party,” said Charles Hellwig, a former chair of the Republican Party in Wake County, N.C., describing a landscape in which “every year, every month, every day, we get a little bluer.”

It is the same story in suburbs everywhere. In a Fox News poll last weekend, Trump was trailing Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by 11 percentage points in the suburbs. An ABC News/Washington Post poll had Trump down 9 percentage points there — larger margins in the suburbs than exit polls have recorded since the 1980s, when Republicans were winning there by double digits.

That polling reflects a dramatic swing from 2016, when Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the suburbs by 4 percentage points. Trump’s erosion in the suburbs is a major reason the electoral map this year has expanded for Democrats in recent weeks — with Trump in danger not only of losing, but of taking the Senate down with him. And demographic shifts are only becoming more favorable to Democrats. The suburbs are rapidly growing, and by 2018, according to Pew, people of color made up nearly a third of suburban population.

“The movement of suburban voters, particularly educated women and millennials being so progressive in their politics, increased voting participating among Latinos, African Americans,” said Bill Carrick, a Democratic strategist who managed Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt’s 1988 presidential campaign. “That all contributes to this geography: Suddenly, we’ve got Georgia and Texas and Florida and Arizona, Iowa. There’s a lot of places in play.”
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Trump’s damage in the suburbs has come primarily, as it has elsewhere, from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But Trump’s response to the George Floyd protests also appears to have hurt him in the suburbs — his militant reaction crashing into an electorate that is less white and insular than it was half a century ago, when Richard Nixon made “law and order” rhetoric work.

Trump's intervention in Portland, Ore., has drawn more people into the streets, not fewer — including clashes between not only the Trump administration and antifa, but a “wall of moms.”

Comparing new voter registration in 17 states from immediately before the Floyd protests began to the week after, the Democratic data firm TargetSmart found that young people and people of color were registering at higher rates than before — with years to cast ballots for Democrats still ahead of them.

In Ohio, voters under 25 accounted for 34 percent of new registrants in the first week of June, up from about 23 percent the previous week, said Tom Bonier, TargetSmart's CEO. He saw similar trends in North Carolina, and even in heavily Republican states like Missouri and Oklahoma.

“Literally every state you’re seeing these increases, which is not something we saw in 2018,” Bonier said. “It’s interesting to see how the demonstrations in cities around the country are playing. … Suburban voters seem to be more sympathetic to those demonstrations than they ever have been in the past.”

When Americans were asked in the ABC News/Washington Post poll who they trusted more to handle issues surrounding crime and safety, they preferred Biden to Trump 50 percent to 41 percent.

Ed Bruley, chair of the Democratic Party in Michigan's working-class suburbs of Macomb County, said even compared with four or five years ago, voters in his county have become more sensitive to issues of racial justice, in large part because of the proliferation of video, such as Floyd’s death.

“With the videos nowadays,” he said, “everyone can now have an emotional experience about this. It’s no longer academic.”

Former Republican Rep. Ryan Costello, who represented the Philadelphia suburbs, said in the Floyd protests, “There was an opportunity in the riots and defund police-type stuff."

However, he said, "I just think these things happen so fast that ultimately Trump becomes the story again.” The president would have fared better, he said, if the focus had remained on “what the left is doing,” not Trump, who he said “has deteriorated in the suburbs.”

Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Trump's reelection effort, said polls that show Trump struggling in the suburbs oversample Democrats or undersample Republicans — and that in the campaign’s own polling, Trump “remains strong” in a race in which the Trump campaign is only beginning to define Biden.

Several Republican Party officials said in recent days that they suspect Murtaugh is right. In North Carolina, Hellwig said he expects Trump’s public safety appeals will ultimately resonate with suburban voters, inviting them to associate Democrats with “the worst things that are happening across the country in terms of the violence and the protests becoming riots.”
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🗳 Republicans flat-out reject Trump’s suggestion to delay election
« Reply #1231 on: July 30, 2020, 01:10:17 PM »
Currently not a real popular idea with anybody.

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Republicans flat-out reject Trump’s suggestion to delay election

The president’s tweet stems from his long-running allegations, without evidence, that mail-in voting is unreliable and riddled with fraud.

Voting stations are set up in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center for voters to cast their ballot in the Kentucky primary in Louisville, Ky. on June 23. | Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

By ANDREW DESIDERIO

07/30/2020 12:31 PM EDT

Updated: 07/30/2020 02:42 PM EDT


President Donald Trump on Thursday faced resounding, near-universal opposition from Republicans to his suggestion that the November election should be delayed due to unsubstantiated claims of mail-in voter fraud.

Trump does not have the power to unilaterally push back the date of the Nov. 3 election; only Congress holds that authority under the Constitution. Lawmakers from both parties on Thursday said they oppose delaying the election, and many Republicans in particular have touted the merits of voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“He can suggest whatever he wants. The law is what it is. We’re going to have an election that’s legitimate, it’s going to be credible, it’s going to be the same as we’ve always done it,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters.

In bipartisan public reports, the Senate Intelligence Committee has emphasized that American officials, including the president, should not seek to undermine faith in U.S. elections, arguing that such statements aid malign efforts by foreign countries to meddle in campaigns.

“I wish he hadn’t said that. But it’s not going to change,” Rubio added. “We’re going to have an election in November. And people should have confidence in it.”
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who is in the line of succession for the presidency as the president pro tempore of the Senate, dismissed Trump’s tweet as just the opinion of one person, noting that it would take an act of Congress to change the date of a federal election.

“It doesn’t matter what one individual in this country says,” Grassley said. “We still are a country based on the rule of law. And we must follow the law until either the Constitution is changed or until the law is changed.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) similarly said he opposes pushing back the date of the election. “No way should we ever not hold an election on the day that we have it,” McCarthy told reporters.

The president’s tweet stems from his long-running allegations, without evidence, that mail-in voting is unreliable and riddled with fraud. It also comes as he is trailing significantly in the polls to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who predicted in April that Trump would seek to push back the date of the election.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

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Several House Republicans responded to Trump’s suggestion unprompted.

“Moving Election Day would seriously jeopardize the legitimacy of the election,” Rep. Dusty Johnson, a conservative House Republican from South Dakota, wrote on Twitter. “Federal, state and local officials need to continue to work hard to ensure that Americans can vote safely, whether by voting early or on November 3.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an occasional Trump critic, wrote: “Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress. And I will oppose any attempts to delay the #2020Election.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to respond to reporters’ questions about Trump’s tweet, but he reportedly told WNKY in Kentucky that the election is set in stone.

Democrats said the president’s suggestion represented further evidence of his desire to undermine trust in U.S. institutions, and they panned it as a distraction from Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’s always trying to divert attention from his overwhelming failure on Covid,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a brief interview. “And it’s not going to happen.”

Melanie Zanona and Max Cohen contributed to this story.
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🗳 Can Trump Delay The 2020 Election?
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Re: Election Errata
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Can Trump delay the election?



How many stamps does Putin have to put on his ballot when he mails it in?
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🗳 The ‘Never Republican’ crowd just wants to burn everything down
« Reply #1234 on: July 31, 2020, 05:27:33 PM »
Wow!  George Will goes Anti-Repgnant!

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The ‘Never Republican’ crowd just wants to burn everything down

By Rich Lowry

July 30, 2020 | 7:51pm

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’Burn it down” is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment. A cadre of GOP opponents of President Trump is nonetheless calling for a purifying fire to sweep through the Republican Party in the fall, taking down not just Trump but as many party officeholders as possible.

Only this bloodletting will teach the party the hard lesson it needs to learn and mete out the punishment it deserves for accommodating Trump over the past four years. As a Soviet commissar once put it, “We must execute not only the guilty. Execution of the innocent will impress the masses even more.”

These Never Trumpers, as my colleague Ramesh Ponnuru puts it, are becoming Never Republicans. Their ranks run from the estimable columnist George Will, to Charlie Sykes of the anti-Trump Web site The Bulwark, to the operatives of the Lincoln Project.

Their hoped-for GOP electoral apocalypse doesn’t make sense on its own terms, and their advocacy for one bears all the hallmarks of this perfervid time in our politics — it, too, is rageful and extreme, but satisfyingly emotive.

Let’s stipulate that Republicans have often excused or looked past the inexcusable during Trump’s presidency, and almost every GOP senator has a dimmer view of Trump than he or she will let on publicly. GOP officeholders have been especially loath to speak of the character defects that blight his presidency.

All of this deserves to be called out, but should the party of Lincoln be leveled?

The Never Republicans refuse to account for the practical calculations of practical politicians hoping, in difficult circumstances, to achieve practical results.

Was Mitch McConnell supposed to say after Trump’s election, “I can’t work with him,” and, to borrow a phrase, burn down any chance of achieving anything constructive during a rare instance of unified GOP control of Washington?

McConnell obviously bites his tongue about the president all the time, but his main project has been working with the White House to confirm judges to the bench who are thoroughly committed to faithfully interpreting our laws and Constitution and will be doing their jobs long after Trump is a distant memory.

Even if you think McConnell should have played it differently, what would defeating him and ­every other Senate Republican ­accomplish?

Back in the Tea Party era, purists insisted on nominating in 2010 the flagrantly unelectable Christine O’Donnell to stick it to the Republican establishment good and hard. Sure enough, she lost to Democrat Chris Coons, who is well on his way to a stress-free 30-year career in the Senate.
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If Susan Collins loses her Senate seat in Maine this year in a burn-it-all-down conflagration, it will play out the same way. Put aside that she is hardly a Trumpist. If she goes down to defeat, Republicans are never winning her seat back. And it doesn’t matter who the next Republican president is — one of the moderates that some Never Republicans favor or Don Jr. — the Democratic senator from Maine will be there to oppose whatever he or she is doing.

What the Never Republicans are hoping for is not just a repudiation of Trump. They want the least resistance to the most progressive president of our lifetimes to give him the greatest possible running room on abortion, conscience rights, health care, judges, climate, immigration, transgender policy, policing, gun rights, campaign finance, taxes, spending and, surely, things we can’t even think of yet.

This is a high cost to pay, not just for the Republican Party, but for the country — at least that’s what you think if you are a conservative who believes progressives are deeply wrong on all these questions.

It isn’t even guaranteed that the posited purifying loss will purify. There will never be a Donald Trump again, but it’s entirely conceivable that a post-Trump party will be more Trumpist, i.e., more populist, than before. Regardless, even after a landslide, the Republican Party will be made up of the same voters and officeholders who steadfastly supported Trump.

If the Never Republicans want a party untainted by these people, there is one available, and if they get their wish, it will be at the ­zenith of its power next year.
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🗳 Trump attempts to sow doubt over Election Day
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So far, the strategy is not working too well.  ::)

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2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Trump Slides, Biden Advantage Expands Over 270 Votes


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It's hard to believe that the hole President Trump dug for himself could get deeper, but it has.

A record and widening majority of Americans disapprove of the job he's doing when it comes to handling the coronavirus pandemic; he gets poor scores on race relations; he's seen a suburban erosion despite efforts to win over suburban voters with fear; and all that has led to a worsened outlook for Trump against Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

As a result, in the past month and a half, the latest NPR analysis of the Electoral College has several states shifting in Biden's favor, and he now has a 297-170 advantage over Trump with exactly three months to go until Election Day.

Here are our changes:

    Colorado from lean Democratic to likely Democratic
    Florida from toss-up to lean Democratic
    New Hampshire from toss-up to lean Democratic
    Nevada from toss-up to lean Democratic
    Pennsylvania from toss-up to lean Democratic
    Georgia from lean Republican to toss-up

(Read more about our methodology and see the previous map here.)

If all of the states leaning in Biden's direction currently wind up going his way this fall, he would secure more than enough electoral votes to win the presidency.
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With Trump at what seems to be his lowest point politically, it would make sense that, if the election were held today, Biden would have the advantage, but Biden's advantage in November may not be as solid as the total electoral votes show in this map.

Consider, for example, if Biden were to lose Florida, his total would drop to 268 votes, two short of the majority needed.

The Trump campaign believes its strength is being understated in polls, and polls have shown that, even in places Biden is ahead, voters think Trump will do better than surveys currently show.
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The Biden campaign also expects the race to tighten, especially if Trump is seen to be doing even marginally better in handling the coronavirus as the fall approaches.

But right now, in order for the president to win reelection, he is going to have to win all of the current toss-ups and make inroads in places that are leaning Biden's direction. That's not unheard of. Trump did the same thing in 2016.

NPR's latest analysis of the Electoral College map shows a continued shift in former Vice President Joe Biden's favor over President Trump.
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Colorado (9 electoral votes, lean Democratic to likely Democratic): This state has moved more sharply in Biden's direction as the coronavirus has become full-blown nationally. Biden's polling advantage has increased 12 percentage points, giving him an average lead of 53% to 39%.

Florida (29, toss-up to lean Democratic): This was the biggest and most difficult move to make given Florida's history of being one of the closest states in recent presidential elections, as well as going against the Democratic wave in 2018 by electing a Republican governor and senator. But it's just hard to ignore that Biden has gone from a 49% to 48% polling advantage in early February to 50% to 44%, with some reputable surveys showing Biden with a double-digit lead. This is one state we expect to snap back to toss-up, but right now it's leaning in Biden's direction.

New Hampshire (4, toss-up to lean Democratic): Even though this was the closest state in 2016 by raw votes, Hillary Clinton won it. Democrats have had success here up and down the ballot, and Biden now leads the state by 10 points on average. There hasn't been much polling in New Hampshire, so we will continue to watch if it tightens, but the best example of movement came from the University of New Hampshire poll. In May, Biden was up narrowly, 46% to 44%. In mid-July, his lead ballooned to 53% to 40%.
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Nevada (6, toss-up to lean Democratic): While Nevada was close in 2016, Biden's advantage has remained steady, Democrats have had a lot of success there in recent elections, and they have a battle-tested ground game.

Pennsylvania (20, toss-up to lean Democratic): It's a similar story to Florida in terms of polling. Biden had a narrow 48% to 45% lead in an average of the polls at the end of February. Now, Biden is ahead 50% to 43%. Being at 50% in so many places is significant. This also had been a traditionally Democratic state, Biden's campaign is headquartered there, and he's been campaigning there in person. Again, this is one that could move back to toss-up, but for now, it's leaning toward the Democratic candidate.

Georgia (16, lean Republican to toss-up): If you had to bet, this one probably still tips in Trump's direction on Election Day, but for months the polls have been tight, tight, tight. Republicans have continued to win statewide office after statewide office, but the demographic trends continue to move in Democrats' favor.
Other states and factors to watch:

Maine, 2nd Congressional District: Biden's lead has expanded in Maine overall, but in Maine's 2nd Congressional District, where Trump won in 2016, a Colby poll had Biden ahead only 45% to 42%.

North Carolina: It also remains in the toss-up category. Biden has a narrow polling advantage, but an NBC/Marist poll raised eyebrows last week when it showed Biden with a 7-point lead and over the 50% threshold: 51% to 44%. We'll watch to see whether that's the beginning of a trend or an outlier.

Ohio: There's an argument for putting Ohio in the toss-up category, strictly based on the closeness of polling. But this is a state Trump should win based on demographic and voting trends. If Ohio is really close on election night, it likely means a sizable Biden victory overall. The Biden campaign started spending on TV ads in Ohio for the first time last week.
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🗳 Senate Republicans Face Uphill Fight To Hold Majority
« Reply #1237 on: August 05, 2020, 09:52:03 AM »
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/05/898572803/senate-republicans-face-uphill-fight-to-hold-majority

Senate Republicans Face Uphill Fight To Hold Majority

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach lost the Senate GOP primary on Tuesday, delivering a victory of sorts for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy to hold on to his majority this November.

The McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund invested $2.1 million in the primary to boost the winner, Rep. Roger Marshall, who GOP strategists believe has the best shot to hold the seat for Republicans in a race against Democratic nominee and state Sen. Barbara Bollier.

Kobach was a controversial and divisive candidate who boasted strong allegiance to President Trump. Republicans believed that if he won the nomination they risked losing a seat to Democrats in a state that hasn't sent one to the Senate since 1932. Democrats agreed, and allied super PACs invested in the race to try to boost Kobach's chances.

"The first skirmish to stop [Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer's brazen Senate power grab was fought tonight in Kansas," said SLF President Steven Law, a McConnell ally.

However, one GOP strategist told NPR that while Marshall is much more likely to hold the seat, it's still not a lock in this environment. "We have work to do, and it's going to take some investment," the strategist said.
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The fact that Republicans are being forced to divert time and resources to a traditionally reliably red state like Kansas is reflective of the difficult political climate the party faces up and down the ticket this year. A Democratic takeover is possible, but the path is not a straight shot.

McConnell currently has a 53-47 seat majority (45 Democrats, with two independents who caucus with the Democrats), which means Democrats need to net gain four seats outright, or net gain three seats and the White House because the vice president is the tiebreaker in a 50-50 Senate. Of the 10 most competitive Senate races, Republicans have only one likely prospect for a pickup in Alabama; the remaining nine seats are GOP-held, and the party's candidates are down or tied in the polls across the board.

Republican strategists told NPR they are most likely to lose in Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, where the Republican incumbents are trailing in public and internal polling. Democrats' fourth pickup opportunity gets trickier after that, which is why Republicans' eyes are on Kansas — it makes that path a lot clearer if Democrats can make it competitive.

Four GOP strategists told NPR they believe Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who has the most defined brand of any GOP incumbent running, is best positioned to outperform Trump and win, even if he loses. A Collins defeat would almost certainly mean the GOP majority is lost.

Trump's poor national standing is also playing into races in states he reliably won in 2016 — Iowa and Montana. "In both states, the president's weakness is a factor," said one strategist. Democrats are boosted by a strong candidate in Montana, where incumbent Gov. Steve Bullock is challenging GOP Sen. Steve Daines. Like most governors, Bullock has seen his approval ratings rise during the pandemic while Trump's have fallen. There is little polling out of Iowa, but what exists suggests Sen. Joni Ernst is facing a competitive race against well-funded Democrat Theresa Greenfield. Democratic victories aren't impossible, but complicated by the fact that fewer voters split their tickets. In 2016, every Senate race tracked with who won the presidential vote. Chances for Democratic pickups in these states may rely on how well Joe Biden performs at the top of the ticket in two states Trump won comfortably.
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The most political intrigue of 2020 may be Georgia, a once reliably conservative state that has been shifting toward Democrats fueled in part by demographic change. Both GOP senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, are running for reelection. Loeffler is in a special election that is likely to roll into a runoff in January, a potentially nightmare electoral scenario for both parties if control of the Senate comes down to this one race in early 2021. "If Trump is losing Georgia, it's a huge blue wave," said one strategist.

Broadly, GOP strategists are cleareyed about their party's prospects this November. "This isn't hard. Right now Trump is losing and the Senate is leaning towards Democrats," said one. Another said the challenge for Trump and the GOP is that the things that could benefit their prospects — such as an economic upturn or a vaccine for COVID-19 — are out of their control. "The dynamics that could cause him to win reelection may be out of his hands," said another strategist. "He's now at the mercy of outside factors." And likely so is the Senate majority.
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🗳 Republicans have to let Donald Trump lose if they want victory
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Republicans have to let Donald Trump lose if they want victory
By Michael Starr Hopkins, opinion contributor — 08/07/20 10:00 AM EDT

 
Watching Republicans walk off a proverbial cliff is stunning and stupefying at the same time. It is stunning because of their inability to appreciate the future ramifications of their current victories. It is also stupefying because of the national shifts that could transform the party for the worse. There is no real plan from Republicans in Congress, other than to distract from the scandals and dismiss the cries from inside their political house.

The lore of Donald Trump may be that of a survivor who broke every rule imaginable while avoiding removal. But to a majority of voters, he is an uninformed, unprepared, and unsteady leader in the midst of a historic crisis. Republicans in Congress are finally starting to say publicly what many have said privately to me for years. “He is a sinking ship that is going to take the whole crew down if we do nothing about it.”

Yet Republicans in Congress continue to do nothing about it. Symbolic gestures such as wearing masks despite erratic actions from the president or pushing back on his calls to delay an election that few people think he can win come by every so often. However, the courage and criticism that many expected in the wake of terrible numbers have failed to surface in any substantial fashion within the party.

Instead, after record unemployment, atrocious death totals, and the kind of behavior reserved for Saturday morning cartoon characters, Republicans have stunningly and stupefyingly decided to stick with the president in a decision that voters will not forgive or forget. Make no mistake, voters are angry. More than 160,000 families will be without a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, or a friend this Labor Day. As a result of the failed White House response to the coronavirus, an estimated 200,000 families will set one less plate out at Thanksgiving. This was an absolutely avoidable tragedy.

While the White House would like Republicans to believe otherwise, this election is not 2016. As some forecasters noted, Joe Biden is polling better than Hillary Clinton did at her peak. There is no magic rabbit for Trump to pull out of his oversize suit and change his political fortunes. The president and the party he calls home are headed toward a decisive defeat. Republicans are so desperate they enlisted a celebrity in the midst of a mental breakdown to drain votes from Biden.

Rather than admit that they overplayed their hand and allowed the cultish character of Trump to take hold of the party, Republicans use diversionary tactics that are destined to further turn away suburban women and minority voters, the very people who handed Democrats control of the House of Representatives two years ago.

The 2018 midterm election was not an outlier. It was a warning to the party of Abraham Lincoln. The country is not better off than it was when Trump won. It has become much worse. Racial divisions are widening, the economy is cratering, and faith in institutions is at an all time low. If the president wanted America to resemble Russia, he succeeded in his mission. For the life of me, I do not understand why Republicans have allowed this to happen, especially those in the Senate who face an election every six years.

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If Republicans want to win, they must first lose. It is the only way to shake the stench of the last four years. Manifesting unyielding loyalty to a man whose loyalty is so selfish is nothing short of political malpractice. Much like the response to the coronavirus, things did not have to become this bad for the party. Voters could have forgiven Republicans for their craven power grab. What they will not forgive and never forget is the doubling down on such behavior to back the president at all costs.

Walking themselves off a cliff is one thing. Walking the country off a cliff is another. Pain in this election for gain in the future is the only strategy that allows Republicans to come out of this era with their party standing. It will not be pretty, but it is absolutely necessary. Anything else is stunning and stupefying at the same time.

Michael Starr Hopkins is the founder of Northern Starr Strategies and the host of “The Starr Report” podcast. Follow his updates @TheOnlyHonest.
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Re: Donald lame Duck?
« Reply #1239 on: August 07, 2020, 08:50:06 PM »
The criticisms are valid, and didn't even include the lost trade war, but don't really matter to plenty of others. That's because while donald has the status of Satan to some, hes a saint and saviour to many others. He will spend a few more trillion to keep the checks flowing, so I'm placing a bet for 4 more years, the odds are good right now
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« Reply #1240 on: August 08, 2020, 09:54:14 AM »
He is a saint and savior to many others. He will spend a few more trillion to keep the checks flowing, so I'm placing a bet for 4 more years, the odds are good right now.



Vote Trump and Die

Biden??  Don't vote for the sleeper before you meet the grim reaper.

Saint Trump who turned the country into a dump.

It really sucks that you are right but the false security of his orange lizard glow will beguile the nation once again.  I'd fight for Biden if he was not Biden but Biden is Biden so I can't.

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This should seal up the Minority and Wimmen votes.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/11/joe-biden-vp-pick-sen-kamala-harris.html

Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential running mate, making her the first Black woman on a major ticket
Published Tue, Aug 11 20204:15 PM EDTUpdated 14 Min Ago
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    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate.
    Widely considered a moderate Democrat, Harris will be the first Black woman to join a major party ticket.
    The announcement caps off a monthslong process that saw nearly a dozen prospective running mates vetted by the Biden campaign.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris of California to join him on the Democratic ticket, fulfilling his pledge to select a female running mate and making Harris the first Black woman ever to appear on a major party ticket.

His campaign announced the pick Tuesday afternoon through its website.

Biden’s selection of Harris, 55, lends racial diversity, gender parity and generational breadth to his campaign. It also represents a strategic decision by the 77-year-old former vice president to keep his ticket firmly within the more moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” tweeted Biden, referring to his late son, Beau Biden. “I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

The selection came despite a monthslong pressure campaign from leftist factions that wanted Biden to pick a progressive star such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and in the final few weeks of the search, concerted lobbying by prominent Democrats on behalf of Rep. Karen Bass of California and former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Harris said in her own tweet shortly after Biden’s decision, “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Former President Barack Obama complimented his vice president’s choice. “Joe Biden nailed this decision,” Obama said in a statement. “By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.”

Following the announcement, Rice complimented Harris in a statement, calling her “a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail.” Bass did the same, saying in a tweet that Harris’ “tenacious pursuit of justice and relentless advocacy for the people is what is needed right now.”

Harris has a uniquely American biography: Her mother was a widely respected breast cancer researcher who immigrated to the United States from India in the 1960s. Her father, Donald Harris, is an eminent economist who spent much of his career at Stanford University. Also an immigrant, Harris moved to the United States from Jamaica around the time his future wife came from India.

A first-term senator who served as California’s attorney general from 2010-16, Harris has drawn on her personal and professional experience to emerge as a leader in the Senate on racial justice issues.

“We’ve all watched her hold the Trump administration accountable for its corruption, stand up to a Justice Department that’s run amok, and be a powerful voice against their extreme nominations,” said Biden in his announcement Tuesday, touting her experience in the Senate.

“She’s been a leader on criminal justice and marriage equality. And she has focused like a laser on the racial disparities as a result of the coronavirus,” Biden said.
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A member of the Judiciary Committee, Harris in 2018 co-sponsored the first-ever bill to make lynching a federal crime. The bill passed the Senate and the House overwhelmingly, but a final version was blocked by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Harris was also a co-author this spring of Democrats’ broader police reform legislation, drafted in response to the national uprising that followed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by Minneapolis police in May, and the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black EMT, at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.

Yet Harris, like Biden himself, is considered a moderate Democrat and a pragmatic lawmaker rather than an ideologue. This could complicate incumbent President Donald Trump’s effort to portray Biden as a tool of the “radical left.”

Already on Tuesday there were signs that the Trump campaign has yet to decide how to attack Harris. In a written response to Biden’s announcement, a Trump campaign spokeswoman accused Harris of being both too progressive and not progressive enough, saying Harris attempted to “bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists” yet also claiming her selection was proof that Biden would pursue “the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”

In reality, Harris has repeatedly teamed with Republican colleagues to draft legislation during her three years in the Senate.

This includes working on an election security bill with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., the anti-lynching bill with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and a workplace harassment prevention bill with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Harris has even won plaudits from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staunch Trump ally — albeit one whose personal friendship with Biden goes back some 30 years.

Speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt about Harris in May, Graham said, “I think she’s the leading candidate [for Biden’s running mate]. I know her. I didn’t like what she did in the Kavanaugh [Supreme Court confirmation] hearings by any stretch of the imagination. But she’s hard-nosed. She’s smart. She’s tough.”

The announcement comes after a four-month selection process that saw at least a dozen prominent women vetted for the position.

The vice presidential selection committee was headed by former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, one of Biden’s oldest friends. Other members included Biden campaign co-chair Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles; Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, who represents Biden’s home state of Delaware in the House, and Cynthia Hogan, who served as counsel to Biden in the Senate and later in the Obama administration.

Throughout the process, insiders say, Biden’s top priority has always been to select a vice president he can trust, someone with whom Biden can have the same deep personal relationship he had with President Barack Obama during his eight years as vice president.

Biden’s strategy for choosing a running mate has evolved over the past few months as his lead over Trump in national polls and battleground states has increased.

During the late winter and spring, when Biden was still locked in a primary battle against Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., many on his campaign team saw the vice presidential pick primarily as a chance for Biden to name a progressive who could help him unite the establishment arm of the Democratic Party with its left flank.

But as Biden’s lead over Trump grew in the late spring and summer, progressive Democrats coalesced around him.

By early July, instead of needing a vice presidential candidate who could help galvanize support on the left, Biden’s advisors had come to believe he merely needed one who would “do no harm” to his strong standing in the polls.
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« Reply #1242 on: August 12, 2020, 10:34:48 AM »
Kamala is a half Jamaican and half India intellectual. She does not look black, her father does not loo black, Stanford Univeriisty professor of economics. She puts blacks in jail. Hindus are the highest earning ethnic group in the US.

I hope she picks a Chinese VP in 2024. 

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« Reply #1243 on: August 12, 2020, 05:15:22 PM »
Kamala is a half Jamaican and half India intellectual. She does not look black, her father does not loo black, Stanford Univeriisty professor of economics. She puts blacks in jail. Hindus are the highest earning ethnic group in the US.

I hope she picks a Chinese VP in 2024.

Correct, she appears to be 1/4 capital B Black. That wouldn't have stopped the kids in the school she talked about getting bussed to in the debate with Biden, calling her small b black. I had no idea what all that applause was about initially, I thought she was talking about being in a restaurant or bar and someone clearing a table reserved for Blacks and showing her to it, (bussing tables).

 Being mixed coloured could be harder in some ways than being Black, with no real belonging. We will see in the election if Blacks lay claim to her and you can guarantee her parents spoke English at home, so would be completely on the outside listening to her mother's side and Indian community prattling away in a foreign language. 


 
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« Reply #1244 on: August 12, 2020, 06:19:21 PM »
you can guarantee her parents spoke English at home, so would be completely on the outside listening to her mother's side and Indian community prattling away in a foreign language.

If her parents were bi-lingual, so was she.  You learn languages quickly from about age 5 to age 8.  I learned Portuguese in a matter of months, my mother never learned to speak it at all.  You do gorget though if you don't keep using the language.

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