Morning Rant - Special Guest Ranter [Weasel]

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There is an important lesson to be taken from the recent Virginia elections, and that is supporting the party and voting harder doesn't always get you anywhere. Said another way, you can't get elected if you're not on the goddamn ballot. I hate to say it, but the GOP in Virginia deserved every inch of what they received on November 5th. The Democrats poured time, money and effort into retaking the Virginia legislature and they did it. The days leading up to the election saw Democrat volunteers canvassing neighborhoods without a single Republican in sight. In fact, the Republicans couldn't even be bothered to field candidates in a quarter of the races. You read that correctly. For 23 of 100 House and 10 of 40 Senate seats, the incumbent Democrat ran unopposed by a Republican. The results weren't a surprise or an upset but rather a foregone conclusion. On election day, my local GOP website featured images of individuals heroically engaged in the opposition of new bike lanes rather than substantive core issues, and outside the polling place Republican campaign workers chatted amongst themselves rather than engaging arriving voters. Way to inspire the base, people. Are you trying to lose? Is the #NeverTrump ideology so deeply ingrained that you're willing to simply sacrifice the Commonwealth? Apparantly so.

Why am I ranting about this when it's already old news? Am I still angry and bitter at the outcome? Of course I am. But I'm really pissed because the Republicans didn't even try to win which is inexcusable, unforgivable and an outright betrayal of the people. They didn't show up for the damn fight. Elections have consequences which we are all going to see soon enough. Democrats may fight dirty, but they do fight and they fight to win. I'm not certain what the Republicans are doing, but they have clearly ceded Virginia to the opposition. I hope you are better served, but I'm afraid the problem is systemic and exists at all levels of local, state and national politics. Take Virginia as a warning.

We're not voting our way out of this.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:00 AM




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Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:00 AM (8D42x)

2
Yo, Epstein sighting!

Posted by: George Stephanopoulos is an Unbiased Urinalist! Now You Tell One! at November 12, 2019 11:01 AM (pNxlR)

3 and the weasel is right.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:01 AM (8D42x)

4 not first

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:02 AM (q80AH)

5 Willowed, but too much cleverness to be abandoned:

372 366 Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, 48, is expected to formally announce her campaign at her Baltimore home Tuesday morning, news outlets reported. Congressman Elijah Cummings died last month at age 68.

**********

So we get to witness the second Cummings?
Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:00 AM (m45I2)

What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Baltimore to be crowned?
Posted by: Insomniac at November 12, 2019 11:01 AM (NWiLs)

Posted by: Insomniac at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (NWiLs)

6 We're not voting our way out of this.

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Finally, we have the high ground.

Posted by: SH at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (sX1BW)

7 Undocumented guest monkey?

Posted by: Roland THTG at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (88+cf)

8 Love the old typewriter.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (Ejm1K)

9 I read an article about the changed demographics in Va. the other day.....I fear it may be lost.

Posted by: BignJames at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (X/Pw5)

10
It's Northeastern GOPe Wasting Disease, working its way south and west.

Posted by: George Stephanopoulos is an Unbiased Urinalist! Now You Tell One! at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (pNxlR)

11 Just one monkey with one typewriter? We'll be lucky to get a Biden stump speech.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (NWiLs)

12 The elections last week do not give me warm fuzzies about next November.

I believe the same dynamics are in play that were there for the midterms last year.

Suburban Moms hate Trump. Nothing is going to change that.

I say Trump has a snowball's chance in hell to get re-elected.. IF.. if the Dems can find someone who, at the very least, people can hold noses for while voting.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (so+oy)

13 aww weasel has a cute simian identity

Posted by: vmom starting to feel not well damn you winter virii at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (G546f)

14 Unfortunately Republicans have a tendency to cede the state and local level to the Dems as if it's their right. That leads to California and, alas, the degeneration of my beloved Commonwealth. I once considered retiring in Blacksburg or Christiansburg but that's off the list.

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (RD7QR)

15 Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp, undercover at the WaPo.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes - the Housekeeper at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (IttZ7)

16 7 Undocumented guest monkey?
Posted by: Roland THTG at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (88+cf)

he's typing up his documents right now, see

Posted by: vmom starting to feel not well damn you winter virii at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (G546f)

17 Is that J. Fred Muggs?

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (so+oy)

18 These are the times that try men's souls.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (Q5ALd)

19 You read that correctly. For 23 of 100 House and 10 of 40 Senate seats, the incumbent Democrat ran unopposed by a Republican

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I don't want to run for podunk local office because I am reluctant to have girlfriends from college happen upon my name and tell about that one time at the Chukker from 20 years ago.

THEY will actively engage in advertising for swingers orgies on cruise ships next month and then blame us when their photos are passed around.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (a7+mS)

20 Undocumented guest monkey?
Posted by: Roland THTG at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (88+cf)

he's typing up his documents right now, see
Posted by: vmom starting to feel not well damn you winter virii at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (G546f)


Don't upset him or he'll rip your face off.

Posted by: DR.WTF at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (aS1PU)

21 Suburban Moms hate Trump. Nothing is going to change that.

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Depends on the suburb.

There are other suburbs than northern Virginia - which is what the journalists think of when they say suburban moms.

Posted by: SH at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (sX1BW)

22 "Are you trying to lose? Is the #NeverTrump ideology so deeply ingrained that you're willing to simply sacrifice the Commonwealth? Apparantly so."


I'll do you one better, apparently, there were 40k more vote for the GOP than dems which means that in a pure democracy we'd have won. Which means IF WE HAD RUN CANDIDATES our odds of winning SOME of those seats was better than 0.

so now we get to deal with Governor Blackface, lt. gov rape'em, and AG Blackface II, electric boogaloo, taking away guns, making abortion available AFTER birth, skyrocketing taxes, medicare for all instead of our own insurance, and free everything plus sanctuary status for illegal aliens...

*spit

*types*
*deletes*

VA GOPe did exactly what they want.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (8D42x)

23 Undocumented guest monkey?
Posted by: Roland THTG at November 12, 2019 11:03 AM (88+cf)

he's typing up his documents right now, see
Posted by: vmom starting to feel not well damn you winter virii at November 12, 2019 11:05 AM (G546f)

First page of Taming of the Shrew

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (Q5ALd)

24 Undocumented guest monkey?

You never know, he may have been the one infinite monkey who recreated the works of Shakespeare.

Posted by: t-bird at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (xSo9G)

25 Been living in Massachusetts since 2000. Yeah, it's a deep blue state, no doubt about it. One year (2004), we actually had something like 125 legislative candidates (about 100 for the 160 member house and the rest for the 40 member Senate). It's the only thing I think Rmoney did right during his 4-year stint as governor.

Problem was, they got pantsed on election day. Why? Because Jean Francois Kerry (D-Saigon) was on the top of the ballot against Chimpy McBushitler and all the proggies in the Commonwealth wanted to "send a message".

Don't think we've once had anywhere close to 100 combined house/senate candidates since then. Yeah, explain to me the value of voting for a GOP legislator when they're going to be outnumbered 9:1 once they get to Boston. And let's face it, these are Charlie Baker "Republicans", for the most part.

Still, that dynamic will not change so long as the GOP allows a veto-proof majority of Democrats to run unopposed every election.

Posted by: DocJ at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (DU2N9)

26 aww weasel has a cute simian identity
Posted by: vmom starting to feel not well damn you winter virii

........

Get your flu shot, everyone!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:06 AM (so+oy)

27 As someone who lives in Virginia, I'm still aghast at why the RPV couldn't even bother to run someone, anyone in those races.

Posted by: Blanco at November 12, 2019 11:07 AM (Ay9RF)

28 "The GOP -- A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of The Democrat Party."

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at November 12, 2019 11:07 AM (E+OcO)

29 We're not voting our way out of this.

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Correct.

Time to form a separation committee with a 1 year deadline.


It's that or suppression and violence like most have never seen.

Posted by: Ha at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (jKqaK)

30 First page of Taming of the Shrew
Posted by: Easy Andy Paine



Show the Pimp Hand.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (s2OJe)

31 BREAKING: Ronna Romney McDaniel Still Employed

Posted by: Galil at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (Pzzpr)

32 corgis called by the way

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (8D42x)

33 I pretty much came to the conclusion that the "republicans" haven't been on our side since Pappy Bush. The GOP is every bit as infiltrated as your average college. Until our mindset changes and we use the same playbook the lefties are, the kayfabe will continue.

Posted by: clutch cargo at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (Z1ykJ)

34 hola chamucos y chamucas

Posted by: Jasper Moore at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (B+t5k)

35 The NeverTrumps are basically trying to do the political equivalent of "tank the season" to get rid of Trump and rebuild the team.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (KUaJL)

36 Wait, let me understand this: Do you mean to tell me the Virginia GOP intended to lose 23 of 100 seats and intended to lose 10 of 40 Senate seats?


Astounding. Why be in business with a goal of failing?

Posted by: Zombie John McVain, Build The Dang Fence!! at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (NVYyb)

37 >>29
We're not voting our way out of this.

Ammo up.

Posted by: Galil at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (Pzzpr)

38
I read an article about the changed demographics in Va. the other day.....I fear it may be lost.
Posted by: BignJames at November 12, 2019 11:04 AM (X/Pw5)

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In our current environment (and for some time) once a state goes solid blue, it isn't coming back. Some states, like mine are demographically changed in a way that it can't be retrieved. But even where it isn't, the national Dem political machine will keep everything in order through fraud and general corruption of institutions.

And the GOP is 100% on board with that, because they are traitors.

Once the barbarians are through the gate, they aren't leaving.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (AzW6q)

39 Same thing in Bucks County, PA. Dems ran unopposed all over the place, and they took the County Leadership for the first time in decades.

Amazing.

Posted by: RobM1981 at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (zCTLh)

40 We're not voting our way out of this.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:00 AM

That's a Texas sized 10-4.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (lPXYt)

41 VA GOP is controlled by the Bush (now NeverTrump) wing of the party. They wanted the state legislature to go blue to support the "impeachment is what people want" narrative.

Posted by: Venus at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (lZaEn)

42 Suburban Moms hate Trump. Nothing is going to change that.

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Depends on the suburb.

There are other suburbs than northern Virginia - which is what the journalists think of when they say suburban moms.
Posted by: SH
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Wrong.. it's a national phenomenon..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (so+oy)

43 You're right, Weasel.

I will also add that the Republicans could use a sugar daddy, like the Democrats' Soros or Tom Steyer. Soros poured tons of money into our state elections and got quite a bang for his buck.

And furthermore, I can understand people not wanting to run for office as a Republican here. Who wants their family harassed and their life ruined? The Dems here are dirty.

My last observation is that people complain here all the time on our local NextDoor site. But, I guarantee you they go to these elections, take the Dem sample ballot that's handed out, and vote strictly according to that, never having looked up anything about the candidates.

Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (aXucN)

44 I read the content, but there appears to be a missing link.

Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (m45I2)

45 Are you trying to lose? Is the #NeverTrump ideology so deeply ingrained that you're willing to simply sacrifice the Commonwealth?
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That's deepstate ground zero. The Republican Party there is Rino's mostly. So yes, they are trying to lose. And no they aren't sacrificing the commonwealth, because the uniparty is still in control.

Posted by: Its a dessert topping AND a coup! at November 12, 2019 11:10 AM (MEMEk)

46 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge at November 12, 2019 11:10 AM (Zz0t1)

47 44 I read the content, but there appears to be a missing link.
Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (m45I2)

Don't chimp out, dude.

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (RD7QR)

48 We're not voting GOP our way out of it. Hopefully Trump will have a new party up and running in his second term.

Posted by: Ched R Chze at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (t+r9v)

49 Demographic change turned Virginia Blue. Better let that one marinate.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (lPXYt)

50 It's as if the GOPe doesn't actually want to win enough power to be held accountable to the rank and file, but rather just enough power to have the leverage to get what they want for themselves.

Posted by: davidt at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (l3+k2)

51 hell, one of the state reps up by DC said, actually fucking said he wants to make VA the cali of the east, and no one looked at that and figured out that we needed an add against him.

Or the bloody fucking peado who WENT TO FUCKING JAIL FOR IT, who was elected because no one knew until AFTER the election.

the VA GOPe, they don't want to rule, they want to be the last ones eaten.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (8D42x)

52 They didn't try to win with Cuccinelli and he could have easily won. I guess they tried with Gillespie but as usual, it was not enough. This last time showed a party in disarray. Sure there are lots of libs there now but no way the VA GOP leadership is in the top 45 in America. There is a special level of ineptitude when you cant take on Northam et al.

I saw a VA Republican suggested voting ballot. It looked like a surrender document.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (n13/j)

53 Well that's GOP-e in a nutshell.

The only really good Republicans are the ones who aren't scared to be total assholes part of the time, like Cruz and Gohmert. It's probably something about Texas that makes it easier for someone to get elected here, even if they're a total asshole, as long as they're right. I get the impression that much of the country just wants someone who's "nice" even if they're wrong.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (Kpl3J)

54 I'm going to apply Occam's Razor and concede that the reason for these loses is just that the Left are now in the overwhelming majority.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (Q5ALd)

55 Across the river from VA, in D.C., currently six 9 black-robed demi-gods (in their own minds), who are hearing arguments today about whether or not Trump can shut down the executive-order DACA program that Obama publicly admitted on dozens of occasions was he was not authorized by the constitution to enact.

I hope that Gorsuch or Thomas or somebody puts in their opinion the fact that "constitutional scholar" Obama repeatedly admitted in public that the president lacks the constitutional authority to unilaterally grant amnesty from immigration laws to huge classes of illegal aliens -- and yet went ahead and did it anyway with DACA, because he thought that it would gain him an electoral advantage.

I also hope that it's not a dissenting opinion that that point goes into.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at November 12, 2019 11:12 AM (k4dH2)

56 This is exactly why we need Trump.

The RNC is a worthless piece of shit. With the reelection of Trump, hopefully we'll be able to gain full control of the RNC, filling the top slots with Trump-loyal people and reorganizing for the sole purpose of WINNING.

Purge the trash.

Make American Great Again.

Posted by: jwest at November 12, 2019 11:12 AM (U6f/q)

57 The ruling class is just smarter than you and should be allowed to control you by any means necessary. Allowing liberals to win means they can come swooping in later and make you THINK you're getting conservative representation, but you're NOT because THEY DON'T CARE.

Posted by: Sponge at November 12, 2019 11:12 AM (Zz0t1)

58 The NeverTrumps are basically trying to do the political equivalent of "tank the season" to get rid of Trump and rebuild the team.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously



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Starring Mitt Romney as Ryan Leaf

Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (m45I2)

59 I read the content, but there appears to be a missing link.
Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (m45I2)


The Missing Link was an underappreciated wrestler.

Posted by: Sponge at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (Zz0t1)

60 Suburban Moms hate Trump. Nothing is going to change that.

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Suburban moms aren't worried about actual suburbs. They're worried about what their "friends" on Facebook 1200 miles away think about them.

Because that's what matters now to at least 30% of the population.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (a7+mS)

61 Willowed, but too much cleverness to be abandoned:

372 366 Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, 48, is expected to formally announce her campaign at her Baltimore home Tuesday morning, news outlets reported. Congressman Elijah Cummings died last month at age 68.

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So we get to witness the second Cummings?
Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:00 AM (m45I2)

What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Baltimore to be crowned?
Posted by: Insomniac at November 12, 2019 11:01 AM (NWiLs)
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That's a winner right there. Shut it down.

Posted by: Simplemind at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (6c085)

62 The Dems and their deep pocket allies focused a ton of money and activists on VA.


Now that it's a safe deep blue state, they will move those assets to other states.


GA, AZ, NC...

Once one of those states is gone it's all over.

Posted by: Ha at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (jKqaK)

63 44 I read the content, but there appears to be a missing link.
Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (m45I2)

He's out questing to defeat Ganon

Posted by: Insomniac at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (NWiLs)

64 Or the bloody fucking peado who WENT TO FUCKING JAIL FOR IT, who was elected because no one knew until AFTER the election.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (8D42x)
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I only heard about it after the election (nowhere near where I live, so no surprise) but I bet the people down there knew. It might have had more impact if the girl hadn't married him and had three children with him (still married). Might.

Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (aXucN)

65 40 We're not voting our way out of this.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:00 AM

That's a Texas sized 10-4.
Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (lPXYt)

Pressure is building. The status quo is untenable. What can't go on forever never does.

I can't say for certain what the future holds, only that the present cannot endure.

Posted by: Cato, Media Delenda Est at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (J+mig)

66
Weasel you are way out of line.

Per the prevailing attitude we are to wait until Trump is impeached and/or unelected THEN the indictments will come and .....fuck-all will come of them , IF they come.

The only time that matters is NOW. Counting on tomorrow with the DemCommies is certain loss of--everything.

Limbaugh said it best--we are in a race. Either Barr/Durham deliver pronto or Schiff sure as hell will.

Posted by: Voter theater. at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (91mOV)

67 I'm interested in the relationship between the national RNC and the state committees.

These were state races. Does the RNC get involved at all or do they have to defer to the state level committees?

Does the RNC help fund the state committees at all?

Can the RNC dictate how state committees are staffed and run? Can they dictate strategy?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (q80AH)

68 Hiya

Posted by: JT at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (arJlL)

69 Well said, Weasel.

Been saying for a while that we're not voting our way out of this.

Posted by: SMH at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (RU4sa)

70 44
I read the content, but there appears to be a missing link.

is that not lancelot link?

Posted by: Anachronda at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (sGtp+)

71 Same thing in Bucks County, PA. Dems ran unopposed
all over the place, and they took the County Leadership for the first
time in decades.



Posted by: RobM1981 at November 12, 2019 11:09 AM (zCTLh)


Bucks County has been voting Democrat (narrowly, but consistently) at the national level for quite some time. Last time Bucks voted for a GOP Presidential candidate? Pappy Bush, in 1988.

Posted by: DocJ at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (DU2N9)

72 The NeverTrumps are basically trying to do the political equivalent of "tank the season" to get rid of Trump and rebuild the team.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (KUaJL)

one of the fucking fucks that did an after action here said the GOP needed to go FURTHER AWAY from PDJT in an effort to broaden their appeal.

i just can't even.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (8D42x)

73 No, we are not voting are way out of this. The VA map will be redrawn in the Dems favor and that will be that. The VA GOP made no effort and are a malignant joke. I suspect they are perfectly fine with that. Uni-party indeed.

Posted by: Puddlglum, a new Soviet Virginian! at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (tKWP3)

74 What does the GOP even stand for? Most believe they owe slave-like laborers to the CoC so that we can have cheap roofs and nice lawns. The other believe is some free trade liberalism that really does not exist when the trade is drugs, human chattel, and manipulated by currency fraud.

The idea the Americans deserve first shot at jobs, bettering the lives, or even welfare is not believed by over 50% of the the current GOP (and 0% of the Dems).

Posted by: rhennigantx at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (JFO2v)

75 "Suburban Moms hate Trump. Nothing is going to change that."

And I don't fucking care.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 12, 2019 11:14 AM (6XIQF)

76 I say Trump has a snowball's chance in hell to get re-elected.. IF.. if the Dems can find someone who, at the very least, people can hold noses for while voting.
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Right.

I'm sure the wine moms will gleefully ditch their insurance and luxury goods so they can feel better not having Trump in office.

If a wine mom loves one thing besides wine, it's bitching. And Trump allows them to bitch and stay wealthy.

Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (LQtHg)

77 The Conservative Case for Letting Dems Run Unopposed!

Posted by: Guy Smiley at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (1XNk8)

78 "I will also add that the Republicans could use a sugar daddy, like the Democrats' Soros or Tom Steyer. Soros poured tons of money into our state elections and got quite a bang for his buck."

Well, we don't have one, and no point holding our breath til one turns up. Just as well - all of the big money men, even so-called "conservatives", want Open Borders because it's good for profits. (ie the Koch Brothers) So, funding has to be done the old fashioned way.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (Kpl3J)

79 We're not voting our way out of this.

And to judge by Oakland County, Michigan, we're not going to be doing anything.

Steiner will come before anybody actually takes up arms.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (Ki5SV)

80 Starring Mitt Romney as Ryan Leaf
=================


Now, there's an apt image

Posted by: Zombie John McVain, Build The Dang Fence!! at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (NVYyb)

81 Astounding. Why be in business with a goal of failing?
Posted by: Zombie John McVain, Build The Dang Fence!! at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (NVYyb)

Give us a minute...

Posted by: The New Bond movie at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (h4eZh)

82 I hope that Gorsuch or Thomas or somebody puts in their opinion the fact that "constitutional scholar" Obama repeatedly admitted in public that the president lacks the constitutional authority to unilaterally grant amnesty from immigration laws to huge classes of illegal aliens -- and yet went ahead and did it anyway with DACA, because he thought that it would gain him an electoral advantage.

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Roberts is writing this opinion no doubt. The only question is which side.

I suspect he will find a way to "split the baby" in that he will vote with the conservative block, but it will be so watered down and have no effect, that it will basically be a victory for the liberal block.

Voting with the liberal block would probably be better in the long run?

Posted by: SH at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (sX1BW)

83 I get the impression that much of the country just wants someone who's "nice" even if they're wrong.
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ahem

*coughdistaffcough*

Posted by: the view demographic - so nice at November 12, 2019 11:15 AM (6c085)

84 Have you ever heard Ben Shapiro encourage his audience to join the local GOP and get candidates to run for office? Or does his speaking tour revolve around how colleges and You Tube are mean to him?

Say what you want about Cenk and The Young Turks but after 2016 they decided to do the footwork and get people like AOC elected.

Posted by: lowandslow at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (4thlk)

85 Bill Bolling (sp is off but who cares about that guy) was the old VA Lt Gov who was going to run but Ken Cuccinelli ran instead..

Bolling went on several shows about not voting or anything like that.. Definitely didn't endorse Ken (if he did, it was late in the game where it didn't matter). And he's about as squishy as they get.

It's not the far right wing that's killing the GOP. It's the center.

Posted by: Blanco at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (Ay9RF)

86 Virginnie's results made me think that the GOPe wants the Dims to control the House thru 2024 should Trump win next year.

That way nothing he does is "permanent" since it's all executive orders and can be reversed without any votes at all.

Just like the massive Retirement Surrender in 2018. A Rope-a-Dope that keep Trump boxed in with impeachment threats and do-nothingism.

Posted by: naturalfake at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (kauXV)

87 Astounding. Why be in business with a goal of failing?
Posted by: Zombie John McVain, Build The Dang Fence!! at November 12, 2019 11:08 AM (NVYyb)

Prestige and insider trading without any of the responsibility to the voters.

Posted by: Cato, Media Delenda Est at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (J+mig)

88 Republicans don't run if the polling tells them it is pointless.

They know well ahead of time if voters in a particular district will even consider a GOP candidate.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (so+oy)

89 I am shocked that the Virginia GOP abandoned their state. I thought CA GOP was the only state party that is hiding under the desk! And the last two times, they barely got a guy on the ballot for governor, thanks to the jungle primary. Meg Whitman and John Cox, two people who can barely make a speech, were doomed candidates. Did the Dems pay the party to do this??

What is wrong with these people? Isn't the triumph of Trump's winning and his successful term proof enough that if you get out and fight you can win?

Posted by: PJ at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (qlTN9)

90 Also, it is not just state offices. The Dems and hard left are gunning hard for school boards, everything out there really. The R's didn't even make a recco for school boards and most local offices. They were as limp as possible.

If the VA GOP were a football team it is the off season now and time to rebuild. Clean house and start over.

And it is not just the leadership, it is the voters as well. They did not come out. It works both ways and in the end it is up to the leadership to convince them I guess. But damn. People will give up rights and normal schools just so they don't have to vote. sad.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (n13/j)

91 Hiya Weasel !

Hiya Bluebell !

Posted by: JT at November 12, 2019 11:17 AM (arJlL)

92 Demographic change turned Virginia Blue. Better let that one marinate.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (lPXYt)

the fuck it did. the GOP got 40,000 MORE votes than the dems did.

that's not demographics. that some gerrymandered districts by judges in the last 2 years, the GOP NOT running candidates in 25% of the races, and lack luster support in MANY that they did.

fuck, I saw about 3 to 1 dem lies on TV vs GOP campaign ads. AND THEY WERE ALL THE SAME FUCKING TALKING POINTS!!!!!

if the gop had tried EVEN A FUCKING LITTLE they might have held at least 1 house.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:17 AM (8D42x)

93 All immigration needs to stop. All illegals and DACA all must go back. Anchor babies must go back. We will lose our nation forever if this doesn't happen yesterday.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:17 AM (lPXYt)

94 88 Republicans don't run if the polling tells them it is pointless.

They know well ahead of time if voters in a particular district will even consider a GOP candidate.
Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (so+oy)

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You still send sacrificial lambs out there.

You never know what's going to happen, and the best poll is the election itself.

Hell, just funding the filing requirements for the few dozen seats would have cost the state party a few thousand dollars.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:17 AM (q80AH)

95 "Suburban Moms hate Trump. Nothing is going to change that."

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hoors and sloots

Its hoors and sloots all the way down.

Posted by: Cosmo ologist at November 12, 2019 11:17 AM (lAfck)

96 The GOP are busy homeowners. Democrats are the Homeowners association President and board members.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (Q5ALd)

97 Now that it's a safe deep blue state, they will move those assets to other states.

GA, AZ, NC...

Once one of those states is gone it's all over.
Posted by: Ha at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (jKqaK)

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GA is lost already.

Posted by: G. Gnome at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (al6UK)

98 Which Moron here goes or used to go by "VA GOP sucks"?

I feel like this result was predictable.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (KUaJL)

99 Starring Mitt Romney as Ryan Leaf
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I'm one of one that actually thought Ryan Leaf was going to be better than "never won anything" "happy feet" Peyton Manning.

Posted by: Sponge at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (Zz0t1)

100 *waves to bluebell*

Posted by: SMH at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (RU4sa)

101 98 Which Moron here goes or used to go by "VA GOP sucks"?

I feel like this result was predictable.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (KUaJL)

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Witchdoktor

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (q80AH)

102 Suburban pussyhead moms hate Trump, not all of them are pussyheads.

The GOP gave Virginia to the donks, to some extent., they were telling the voters " give us cheap labor. or we're not going to bother" At the end of the day it's the donors ' portfolios that matter...and the graft. Their kids don't get grafty jobs without cheap labor and no tariffs

Posted by: CN at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (U7k5w)

103 @charliekirk11

Wow:

A new complaint filed to the ICIG alleges that the "whistleblower" may be violating federal law after receiving over a quarter MILLION dollars from mostly anonymous donations

Could they be coming from foreign sources?

No one should be profiting off this HOAX

More about this here:

@RoscoeBDavis1

So with about 30 seconds of research we find out that Whistleblower Aid is actually a company called "Values United"

And who founded Values United.....drum roll please

Mark Zaid

https://tinyurl.com/ye6z43tb

Posted by: Tami at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (cF8AT)

104 Hiya JT - want to move to Virginia and help us get back on track?

Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (aXucN)

105 Who the fuck thinks anyone from Chicago knows shit about politics outside their cesspit?

If this site is officially going Eeyore, it's worthless AND lost the major point of Trump's presidency.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (6XIQF)

106 >>They know well ahead of time if voters in a particular district will even consider a GOP candidate.

Are you saying they shouldn't have ran someone against noted sex offender Joe Morrissey?

Posted by: Blanco at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (Ay9RF)

107 64 Or the bloody fucking peado who WENT TO FUCKING JAIL FOR IT, who was elected because no one knew until AFTER the election.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (8D42x)
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I only heard about it after the election (nowhere near where I live, so no surprise) but I bet the people down there knew. It might have had more impact if the girl hadn't married him and had three children with him (still married). Might.
Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (aXucN)

Well...it is Virginia after all.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (NWiLs)

108 Hi SMH!

Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (aXucN)

109 Righteous rant, weasel! Huzzah!

Posted by: Count de Monet at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (q1Pj5)

110 97: Immigration and blue state relocation changes the voting quickly.

Posted by: CN at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (U7k5w)

111 There is a special level of ineptitude when you cant take on Northam et al.

I saw a VA Republican suggested voting ballot. It looked like a surrender document.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (n13/j)


Since I avoid social media and the MSM this might have happened, but as far as I know, the feckless VA GOP did not run ONE ad asking the simple fundamental question:
"Do you want to elect the party that has NO trouble with a lying governor so corrupt he cannot remember if he ever wore blackface in college and so evil he can calmly discuss the "exact" medical protocol for post birth abortion in public based on his experience as a pediatrician?"

There are other similar questions that COULD have been raised like local police ICE cooperation, day of birth abortion, credible rape accusation againist a sitting LT GOV, etc.

Crickets!

Unopposed Democrats, not a problem, etc.

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (BiNEL)

112 19 of 30 Contested seats went to the repubs in the Senate. the VA gopE threw this away. How much $$$ did they get in return?

Posted by: All about the benjamins at November 12, 2019 11:20 AM (vqIkG)

113 It's not the far right wing that's killing the GOP. It's the center.
Posted by: Blanco at November 12, 2019 11:16 AM (Ay9RF)

Our political language is backwards.

The Bush / NeverTrump wing are the far right. They fight for class privilege, and are fairly close to a feudal aristocracy in outlook. Under the original French definition, they are right-wing to a T. Monarchists. Unreformed Tories.

The Tea Party is a return to enlightenment republicanism. It's a left-wing movement by the same definitions, but economically right by modern definitions.

We are the center, they are the fair right. Adjust, and use it. There's nothing centrist about wanting to get into every Middle Eastern war, after all...

Posted by: Cato, Media Delenda Est at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (J+mig)

114 Who the fuck thinks anyone from Chicago knows shit about politics outside their cesspit?

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(Looks around at all the new neighbors from places like Chicago who are turning NC blue)

Oh, they know how politics works.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (a7+mS)

115 The voting issue is similar in Philly and its suburbs. Philly is irreparably broken, but its suburbs are quickly turning blue. Pretty soon you won't be able to call Pennsylvania a swing state. It'll be as blue as New York.

It's why I'm heading south on five years and never coming back.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (bkUtD)

116 Yes, they have been giving it away for years. The GOP is worse than dog shit.

Posted by: nip at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (Izot6)

117 80% of white people with degrees voted in 2016

60% of non college white crackers voted

Trump has a lot of room to grow. Not to mention picking up 5-10 points with black folks.

Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (LQtHg)

118 California R's abandoned the field too.

Posted by: torabora at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (Y274z)

119
If this site is officially going Eeyore, it's worthless AND lost the major point of Trump's presidency.
Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (6XIQF)

The sites not going "Eeyore" - I think the point is that Trump and his brand of politics is the only source we can trust to be on our side. The Republican Party and the GOP-e are quite separate from Trump, and in Virginia they have showed themselves to be completely worthless.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (Kpl3J)

120 This is depressing AF

Posted by: zeera BMGG - Books Make Great Gifts! at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (cCEFD)

121 I'm beginning to get what might have been the same feeling that the Indians had when the pale faces started to arrive in number.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (cqNba)

122 >>Starring Mitt Romney as Ryan Leaf


Speaking if which, learned this morning during the report that former MA Governor Duval Patrick, who is considering entering the presidential race, is a managing partner at. . . Bain Capital. And BFFs with Obama, who wants him to run.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (bDqIh)

123 Yo!

Posted by: Yo! at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (1XAal)

124 >>>Oh, they know how politics works.


Yep, and when Texas goes blue we'll never win another presidential election.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:22 AM (bkUtD)

125 122 >>Starring Mitt Romney as Ryan Leaf


Speaking if which, learned this morning during the report that former MA Governor Duval Patrick, who is considering entering the presidential race, is a managing partner at. . . Bain Capital. And BFFs with Obama, who wants him to run.
Posted by: Lizzy at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (bDqIh)

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You know, since Trump is such a sure loser, it sure is weird that Democrats think there's still room in the Democratic primary for more candidates.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:22 AM (q80AH)

126 As a suburban mom, I'm really getting tired about blaming the women for the hate. I have never voted democrat, ever. And none of my friends do either. To be fair, if these wives' husbands weren't failing at being real men, giving their wives permission to tell them what to think and do "or else", it wouldn't be this way.

A fish stinks at its head.

Posted by: overit at November 12, 2019 11:22 AM (sI15f)

127 If only we had more of your hard earned money we could run these counter ads in all the questionable districts. Dig deep conservative family.

Posted by: Ronna Romney at November 12, 2019 11:22 AM (Pzzpr)

128 93But we have to repair the world, even if we lose everything in the.process, right?

Posted by: Tikkun Olam idiot at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (U7k5w)

129 Who the fuck thinks anyone from Chicago knows shit about politics outside their cesspit?

If this site is officially going Eeyore, it's worthless AND lost the major point of Trump's presidency.
Posted by: Rob Crawford
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But.. all the folks here from New York and New Jersey are all political experts? Is that what you're saying, asshole?

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (so+oy)

130 I'm beginning to get what might have been the same feeling that the Indians had when the pale faces started to arrive in number.
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I am absolutely not eating Hillary!'s heart.

Posted by: Brave, but not that brave at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (hjulR)

131
Farts!
Otter farts !

Posted by: Yo! at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (1XAal)

132 Why is the DOJ waiting for an IG report? Have you ever, in the entire history of American law enforcement heard of any LEA, much less the top LEA in the nation, surrendering an investigation to another agency, with no turf battle. Much less to an agency that has NO POWER TO ACT, just report?

Posted by: Uriah Heep at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (Fxgkp)

133 It's why I'm heading south on five years and never coming back.
Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:21 AM (bkUtD)

'thass right you're not from Texas,
Texas want's you anyway!

Posted by: Lyle Lovett at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (Kpl3J)

134
Now it is snowing in northern DE and SE PA.

Posted by: George Stephanopoulos is an Unbiased Urinalist! Now You Tell One! at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (pNxlR)

135 The GOP are busy homeowners. Democrats are the Homeowners association President and board members.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:18 AM (Q5ALd)


And the GOP Establishment is well paid staff on that HOA with sweet no-show jobs!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (BiNEL)

136 Trump was elected THREE YEARS AGO & we STILL don't have a SINGLE INDICTMENT of those who effectively disenfranchised us.

Horowitz is a deep state actor. Why is Barr waiting on the deep State? The DOJ is the top LEA in the Country with power to ACT, NOT THE IG.

Posted by: Uriah Heep at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (Fxgkp)

137 The point about "running candidates everywhere" is not only that you never know what may happen, but you keep the Democrats from pooling money and, just as importantly, people from districts where their candidate is running unopposed.

When you're in a tough fight in your district but your neighboring district has someone running unopposed it's truly amazing how many resources and how much cash manages to make it's way back into your district. How many close races, run by Democrats in VA in 2019, were the benefactors of money and people coming from Donk Unopposed districts?

Posted by: DocJ at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (DU2N9)

138 If this site is officially going Eeyore, it's worthless AND lost the major point of Trump's presidency.
Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (6XIQF)

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This site has always had its Eeyore moments. Rebound incoming. Just wait. They never last long.

Posted by: G. Gnome at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (al6UK)

139 As somebody who lives in VA, I'm furious at the crap efforts of the GOPe in VA. Now I and my family (and millions of others) will get to live with the results of having a commonwealth government that has gone full retard.

Thanks a pantload, GOP!

Posted by: TimW42 at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (yrVvD)

140 From outer NOVA. Can confirm.

I received HUNDREDS of YouTube ads from the local Dems for months before the Election. It took me several minutes of internet searching to even find the name of the Republican running against him, and I never saw one single pamphlet, canvasser, or even a sign for him.

For reference, my federal district had a Republican congressperson as recently as 2018.

Posted by: Deplorable Astartes at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (DXTEG)

141 Here's something I've been mulling over:

Most people are conflict averse. We generally don't want to rock the boat and have anything too drastic happen. So when one side is very passionate and loud about something, and the other is quiet and meek about it, the middle people who don't care much or have thought about it personally will go with whichever group is louder. Because if they take a stand against that loud group, they'll be yelled at and there will be a conflict, but if they side in the other direction, there won't be that conflict.

For a long time, the Democrats were the much "pushier" party. The Republicans would roll over and as a result, things edge towards the left, because individuals felt little in the way of personal and social repercussions if they went that way.

Trump is just as loud and forceful as the Dems, but he's about the only one on the right that is. Republicans need to be *more* like Trump, not less.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (KUaJL)

142 127: Bitch does no oppo research on pedos? I suspect the fund raising peeps just took their cut and said FU

Posted by: CN at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (U7k5w)

143 Roberts is writing this opinion no doubt. The only question is which side.

Its a tax!
It's a floor wax and a sandwich spread!

Posted by: Judge (Dred) Roberts at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (88+cf)

144 Yep, and when Texas goes blue we'll never win another presidential election.
Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:22 AM (bkUtD)

If.

Posted by: Cato, Media Delenda Est at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (J+mig)

145 >>>'thass right you're not from Texas,
Texas want's you anyway!



I'd be bringing five conservatives with me, so at least we'd try to stem the blue tide.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (bkUtD)

146 FIGHT!

Posted by: Guy Who Yells Fight at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (LQtHg)

147 138
This site has always had its Eeyore moments. Rebound incoming. Just wait. They never last long.
Posted by: G. Gnome at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (al6UK)

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I guess he wasn't around the first Monday of November in 2016.

Ace was talking about becoming a progressive.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (q80AH)

148 An OT question: is there video out there of anyone who was on the Ukraine call that said has publicly said that Trump did nothing wrong?

I just had an argument with a friend who has said NO ONE has defended Trump and that he needs to be impeached right now.


For the record, I also mentioned what Biden admitted to doing, but that was dismissed because Biden "was only vice president, not president."

Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (Wmf3G)

149 >>>If.



Yes, if. Build that wall Mr. President.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (bkUtD)

150 Much less to an agency that has NO POWER TO ACT, just report?

Posted by: Uriah Heep at November 12, 2019 11:23 AM (Fxgkp)


First time any one has actually thought about the respective charters and separation of powers thing!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (BiNEL)

151 92 Demographic change turned Virginia Blue. Better let that one marinate.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (lPXYt)

the fuck it did. the GOP got 40,000 MORE votes than the dems did.

that's not demographics. that some gerrymandered districts by judges in the last 2 years, the GOP NOT running candidates in 25% of the races, and lack luster support in MANY that they did.

fuck, I saw about 3 to 1 dem lies on TV vs GOP campaign ads. AND THEY WERE ALL THE SAME FUCKING TALKING POINTS!!!!!

if the gop had tried EVEN A FUCKING LITTLE they might have held at least 1 house.
Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:17 AM (8D42x)

The Republican Party has thrown in the towel to the demographic change. That's why so many are retiring, and it's also why they aren't running new candidates. The Left is playing identity politics and winning. They opening brag about replacing them majority. Wait until the 2020 census comes out.
What more proof do you need? Mass graves?

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (lPXYt)

152 I only heard about it after the election (nowhere near where I live, so no surprise) but I bet the people down there knew. It might have had more impact if the girl hadn't married him and had three children with him (still married). Might.


Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (aXucN)

I can't remember where he's from, but i didn't hear anything in the tidewater about it either.

you'd think between the top gov apparatus and this dude, you could make a CRUSHING case against democrats in VA, but nope, would be the nice thing to do.

hell, i don't think the VA gop spent half what the donks did, and it shows.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (8D42x)

153 148 An OT question: is there video out there of anyone who was on the Ukraine call that said has publicly said that Trump did nothing wrong?

I just had an argument with a friend who has said NO ONE has defended Trump and that he needs to be impeached right now.


For the record, I also mentioned what Biden admitted to doing, but that was dismissed because Biden "was only vice president, not president."
Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (Wmf3G)

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Well, there's Vindman's testimony who said that the transcript was accurate.

Most of this stuff is happening behind closed doors, so there's no video.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (q80AH)

154 136: The only one they want to indict IS Trump. The deep states protect their money

Posted by: CN at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (U7k5w)

155 132 Why is the DOJ waiting for an IG report? Have you ever, in the entire history of American law enforcement heard of any LEA, much less the top LEA in the nation, surrendering an investigation to another agency, with no turf battle. Much less to an agency that has NO POWER TO ACT, just report?"

What makes you think DOJ is waiting? They're not. That's what Durham is doing. Unlike the Dem's, who announce prosecutions and then start trying to find evidence, Durham is doing it the old fashioned way; getting all the evidence laid out and nailed down before announcing charges.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (Kpl3J)

156 Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (6XIQF)

Cruz barely beat Beto. It's not eyoring about the reality of today's electorate. Houston is about to re-elect a confirmed corrupt mayor who is on the downlow. The GOP candidate in the run off is a plaintiff attorney crook himself who I held my nose and voted for. I don't know what we can do to convince the LIV . They have to suffer the consequences before they change and sometimes not even then.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (Q5ALd)

157 The guest ranter has a calm demeanor.

Posted by: parker at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (kO3Bf)

158 137 The point about "running candidates everywhere" is not only that you never know what may happen, but you keep the Democrats from pooling money and, just as importantly, people from districts where their candidate is running unopposed.

When you're in a tough fight in your district but your neighboring district has someone running unopposed it's truly amazing how many resources and how much cash manages to make it's way back into your district. How many close races, run by Democrats in VA in 2019, were the benefactors of money and people coming from Donk Unopposed districts?
Posted by: DocJ at November 12, 2019 11:24 AM (DU2N9)

There's ramifications to this in future elections too.

If you don't bother setting up the infrastructure in these places to field candidates, you have fewer teams of people working on getting people elected. That's fewer people who know how to do the job of managing campaigns.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (KUaJL)

159 Is it an Eeyore moment if it is complaining about the GOPe? Simply pointing out that, in a "battleground state" like VA, the state GOP fielded about 1/3 of the candidates they should have is just stating facts.

Posted by: Nick in Tallahassee at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (wGbBR)

160 Getting promoted twats from Mark Warner saying AG Barr needs to go. Stupid twatter.

Posted by: jhawk90 at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (Xvo1a)

161 >>>Unlike the Dem's, who announce prosecutions and then start trying to find evidence, Durham is doing it the old fashioned way; getting all the evidence laid out and nailed down before announcing charges.



It's like when we get calls asking if we have a warrant out for them. Answer is always no. Why give them a head start to flee the state.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (bkUtD)

162 Have you ever though that the GOPe has thrown in with the Dems based on current and future demographic change to keep money and positions of power?

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (lPXYt)

163 "If only we had more of your hard earned money we could run these counter ads in all the questionable districts."



That's actually why I don't give money to the GOP. They use it to fund the media that hates me.

Posted by: lowandslow at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (4thlk)

164 156 Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 12, 2019 11:19 AM (6XIQF)

Cruz barely beat Beto. It's not eyoring about the reality of today's electorate. Houston is about to re-elect a confirmed corrupt mayor who is on the downlow. The GOP candidate in the run off is a plaintiff attorney crook himself who I held my nose and voted for. I don't know what we can do to convince the LIV . They have to suffer the consequences before they change and sometimes not even then.
Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (Q5ALd)

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How easily did Abbott win re-election on the same ballot?

Really easily. 55.8-42.5.

I think the tales of Texas turning blue are overstated. Not invalid, just overstated.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (q80AH)

165 >>A new complaint filed to the ICIG alleges that the "whistleblower" may
be violating federal law after receiving over a quarter MILLION dollars
from mostly anonymous donations



Could they be coming from foreign sources?
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Wow, indeed!

Posted by: Lizzy at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (bDqIh)

166 155: We heard this about Huber...jack shit happened.

Posted by: CN at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (U7k5w)

167 What will we call the state that secedes from Virginia? Middle Virginia? Normal Virginia? Sane Virginia?

Posted by: windbag at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (UdxnN)

168 Well, there's Vindman's testimony who said that the transcript was accurate.

Most of this stuff is happening behind closed doors, so there's no video.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (q80AH)

There's also the statements of the 4 translators on the call, who state the transcripts accuracy. Of course no video of them either, and there shouldn't be. They hold sensitive jobs, and shouldn't be put on camera as part of some dog and pony show.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (Kpl3J)

169 It seems as though the Virginia GOP is the most cucked of all the State parties. Not even bothering to field candidates is a new frontier in cuckoldry.

Posted by: Surfperch at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (tVQUs)

170 Its the same in my state of MO, the GOP is nothing but a good ole boys/girls organization that really believes in nothing but keeping themselves and their families in positions to suckle from the government teet. It might look healthy due to largely rural voting but a well organized Democrat push, with plenty of fraud from KC and St Louis, could sweep the state.

Posted by: Drew in MO at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (cGlgB)

171 Since we're past 100 -

I watched a lousy movie last night - 2017s Gangster Land, about the rise and fall of both Al Capone (played by Mel Gibson's son Milo) and his henchman, "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (Sean Faris).

Awful. Just awful. Cheap costumes, lousy sets, bad dialogue. Even the main title was a musical ripoff of The Untouchables. And don't get me started on the dialogue or the filming itself.

I had one out-loud laugh during the whole thing. There was actually - actually - a scene showing a housewife turning on a radio, from which a Walter Winchell-esque voice barked, "Chicago gangland erupts in violence!" which immediately cut to a view of two cars, each loaded with gangsters, careening down the road side by side shooting at each other!

It was apparently so bad that IMDB says it grossed the grand total of $5,124.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (Ki5SV)

172 171
It was apparently so bad that IMDB says it grossed the grand total of $5,124.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (Ki5SV)

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Shoulda done what I did.

Watch The Apartment.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:29 AM (q80AH)

173 Of course, what else does one expect from Bill Kristol's Home State?

Posted by: Surfperch at November 12, 2019 11:29 AM (tVQUs)

174 >>>It was apparently so bad that IMDB says it grossed the grand total of $5,124.


Probably better then Rise of Skywalker, though.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at November 12, 2019 11:29 AM (bkUtD)

175 >>You know, since Trump is such a sure loser, it sure is weird that
Democrats think there's still room in the Democratic primary for more
candidates.


Think it was phrased as "he's considering a run since none of the current candidates have the momentum to win."

"momentum"???

Posted by: Lizzy at November 12, 2019 11:30 AM (bDqIh)

176 Watched an hour or so of the Maltese Falcon last night.

I dunno. I found myself drifting.

Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2019 11:30 AM (LQtHg)

177 Yep, and when Texas goes blue we'll never win another presidential election.

And that day is closer than anyone in the TX GOP will admit. I wish he weren't but Steyn is right: demographics is destiny.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at November 12, 2019 11:30 AM (qc+VF)

178 hell, i don't think the VA gop spent half what the donks did, and it shows.
Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:26 AM (8D42x)
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I want to say the guy was Richmond area, maybe Henrico?

And honestly, I doubt the VA GOP had anywhere near the money the Dems did. Not making an excuse, just stating what I believe to be a fact. Do you give money to the VA GOP? I sure don't. I give to individual candidates, and frankly, my track record stinks.

Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:30 AM (aXucN)

179 OT: Whistleblower complaint filed against whistleblower:

https://fxn.ws/32EV7kl

Heh. Charles Ortel pointed out the charity, GoFundMe, and Compass Rose fraud this weekend.

Posted by: t-bird at November 12, 2019 11:31 AM (jyVW0)

180 This is not the hill to campaign on.

Posted by: Republicucks at November 12, 2019 11:31 AM (2Mnv1)

181 How easily did Abbott win re-election on the same ballot?

Really easily. 55.8-42.5.

I think the tales of Texas turning blue are overstated. Not invalid, just overstated.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (q80AH)

Cruz is unpopular with a lot of the NeverTrump types and Low Information Republicans.

He underperformed. Some people left that spot blank, and some saboteurs even voted for Beto to try to get rid of him.

Posted by: Cato, Media Delenda Est at November 12, 2019 11:31 AM (J+mig)

182 The GOP will not show up for the impeachment fight either. They'll complain about fairness and due process, but their defense of Trump will be anemic.

Posted by: McCool at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (lWCRE)

183 Hilz' heart looks like licorice. Might taste like it.

Posted by: klaftern at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (RuIsu)

184 And that day is closer than anyone in the TX GOP will admit. I wish he weren't but Steyn is right: demographics is destiny.
Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at November 12, 2019 11:30 AM (qc+VF)
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The big eye-opener for me was when Cruz almost lost to freakin' Beto. I was horrified.

Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (aXucN)

185 To all the Texas morons: This post is relevant to our sitting senator John McCornyn. Mr. McCornyn is actively supporting Mike Lee's S386 that will flood the country with foreign tech workers.

A call to his Houston office reveals the field offices will not discuss pending votes. The fellow said they are not able to maintain their service to the 28 million Texans Mr. Cornyn serves AND keep up with his current positions on current issues. They gave me his DC number which is not taking calls other than accepting voicemail.

Acquaint yourselves with Dwayne Stovall.

Posted by: DanMan at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (XTiHL)

186 What will we call the state that secedes from Virginia? Middle Virginia? Normal Virginia? Sane Virginia?

How about Rest Virginia?

Posted by: t-bird at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (jyVW0)

187 Speaking if which, learned this morning during the report that former MA Governor Duval Patrick, who is considering entering the presidential race, is a managing partner at. . . Bain Capital. And BFFs with Obama, who wants him to run.

Deval has no chance.

He's making noise to angle for a cabinet slot or, at most, a VP slot. I will die of sexual exhaustion before he becomes the Dem nominee.

And if, by some miracle, he ended up on the stage next to Teh Donald? Deval Patrick is the asshole who said 9/11 was caused by "a failure of understanding." Trump would shove that so far down Cadillac DeVal's throat it would pop out his squeakhole.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (Ki5SV)

188 Really easily. 55.8-42.5.

I think the tales of Texas turning blue are overstated. Not invalid, just overstated.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (q80AH)

I agree - and John Cornyn is going to turn in the same kind of numbers as Abbott did, no matter who the Dem's run. It pains some conservatives to hear it, but Cornyn is more popular in Texas than Cruz, because he's "nicer".

Beto had a magnificent publicity machine, backed up by his father in law's billions. He managed to make himself a pop phenomena, an amazing achievement. Funny that Beto didn't realize that something like that could only last for a few months, and like any fad, once it burned out it was gone forever. Beto is the Chia Pet of Politics.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (Kpl3J)

189 POOF!

Aw, that's sort of sad that user "No" is banned. He's putting on an act, after all. He admitted it a couple of months ago.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (a7+mS)

190
I read an article about the changed demographics in Va. the other day.....I fear it may be lost.>>
Creeping cancer of NoVa has metastasized along 95, 64 and 81. Little hope now if GOP is not going to contest races. Maybe if Trump moves enough swamp critters out of DC.

Posted by: FrodoB at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (yKnQb)

191 I live in the VA county that just elected bird-Flipper the bicycle woman to county board.

Or board flipped too, to 6-3 D from an R majority.

My district saw some of the greatest growth in the county (because we have most of the unbuilt land zoned for housing), and a big fat chunk of it was caricature wine mom families.

Our R supe was re-elected with over 60% of the district vote.

It isn't because he's a RINO or a squish, its because he takes the job seriously and works the hell out of it--he's a young guy who is on top of his contacts, and personally responds quickly, courteously, efficiently (and bluntly when needed) to every constituent concern.

The Ds who live here and voted for him respect him even if they don't always agree with his positions (which he always explains and defends), and this is now the third time a sizeable majority of district residents has placed him in office.

The local and state committees have the same problems on both the NeverTrump pro-GOPe side, AND the Purer Than Thou base side: arrogance, sanctimony, and proud renunciation of any aspect of working together for a larger common goal.

Both sides are the only sides that are correct, the other side is not wrong but evil, and both spend more time fighting each other than fighting Ds, then proudly, loudly, and obnoxiously sitting on their hands when the "wrong" candidate ends up on the ballot, and pleasurably moaning "told ya so" if they lose.

We draw blood from one another every year on a damn nominating process, then take the results to court or better yet, stage protest conventions and canvasses when a local jurisdiction votes "wrong" in committee on that selection process.

The Ds often don't have to do any oppo research, they just have to read social media and take notes while the Rs are screaming at each other.

It is mostly the proximity to DC, IMO (and I was born in Dc and grew up in NoVA when it had actual farms), and neither D nor R are immune, nor suburban OR "rural" fed workers (who drive 50 miles to their job on K St or the Hill while the au pair takes little Sydney to pony club after day school): to compete in this environment, you need competence in a skill set, AND the go to compete with it.

Thus most people here have a strong Dunning Kruger going on, because their ego leads them to believe they are good and smart about everything, better than anyone else even, because they can do whatever it may be that they do well enough to pull down 7 figures doing it.

And that is true whether they are Never Trump, or Pure Conservative.

Until we stop the circular bloodletting and renunciatory refusal to engage in anything that isn't my way (and only my way) or the highway, VA will continue to be blue

Posted by: barbarausa at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (W7IZQ)

192 Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (q80AH)

I don't think it will turn blue anytime soon though it was blue as recently as 1994. It's trending that way though.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (Q5ALd)

193 There's also the statements of the 4 translators on the call, who
state the transcripts accuracy. Of course no video of them either, and
there shouldn't be. They hold sensitive jobs, and shouldn't be put on
camera as part of some dog and pony show.




Yeah, that's the problem. If there is no video, my friend (who now may be my former friend) will not believe it. He just goes to "Trump bribed them" or "they have to say that or lose their jobs." Or some other excuse.

Sigh. It's sad losing a friend, but there you go. People believe what they want to believe.

Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (Wmf3G)

194 Weasel,
I agree completely with your assessment and anger. I don't say more for Ace's sake. But this is behind some of my comments on the Sunday evening thread.

Of no importance: I really like the typewriter in the photo.

Commentary to come next Sunday but I am becoming a fan of the 41 magnum.

Posted by: JTB at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (bmdz3)

195 Back when my son was playing baseball I happened to run into a retired Fairfax Public School teacher at a ballgame. He told me he was a history teacher. I replied that I loved taking Virginia history and especially the 7th grad text that was used to teach it. He quickly responded that they had gotten rid of that book. It was noticeable that this history book offended him personally for some reason. I then asked him where he was from. He answered, Brooklyn. Enough said. Virginia is once again being reconstructed by our betters.

Posted by: Puddin Head Parliment at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (yRAFu)

196 I have enough en-bloc clips to extricate myself if voting isn't enough.

Much rather vote, though.

Posted by: irongrampa at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (KATBx)

197 What will we call the state that secedes from Virginia? Middle Virginia? Normal Virginia? Sane Virginia?

How about Rest Virginia?
Posted by: t-bird


Less West Virginia?

Posted by: rickb223 at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (s2OJe)

198 POOF!

Dang, Kurt, too.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (a7+mS)

199 An OT question: is there video out there of anyone who was on the Ukraine call that said has publicly said that Trump did nothing wrong?

I just had an argument with a friend who has said NO ONE has defended Trump and that he needs to be impeached right now.


For the record, I also mentioned what Biden admitted to doing, but that was dismissed because Biden "was only vice president, not president."
Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (Wmf3G)

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Well, there's Vindman's testimony who said that the transcript was accurate.

Most of this stuff is happening behind closed doors, so there's no video.
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The sad reality is that most of these people have no real interest in the facts, because they've invested emotionally in the narrative that Trump is the source of their discontent. They are unhappy and they let the TV news tell them why. Mind you the TV news always tells them its Trumps fault. Having their delusions reinforced several times a day, make cognitive therapy unlikely to succeed.

They aren't where they are because of facts. Now if you could tell them a story about how they've been victimized by a shadowy third party and Trump is just a convenient distraction --you might reach a small percentage. (Because that narrative doesn't cause them self reflection it merely redirects them to a new villain.) Most of them are lost, however.

Posted by: The French Revolution start with the King, and work your way down at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (ykKPc)

200 Acquaint yourselves with Dwayne Stovall.

Posted by: DanMan at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (XTiHL)


Anybody but Cornyn.

Posted by: Count de Monet at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (q1Pj5)

201 169 It seems as though the Virginia GOP is the most cucked of all the State parties. Not even bothering to field candidates is a new frontier in cuckoldry.
Posted by: Surfperch at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (tVQUs

They and their families cant be viewed, publicly smeared as racist, sexist, transphobic, anti Semitic Neo Nazis now can they? I'm being serious because being a state rep doesn't pay that much to have your life and family's lives destroyed.

Look at the example made of Trump and his family.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (lPXYt)

202 181 How easily did Abbott win re-election on the same ballot?

Really easily. 55.8-42.5.

I think the tales of Texas turning blue are overstated. Not invalid, just overstated.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (q80AH)

Cruz is unpopular with a lot of the NeverTrump types and Low Information Republicans.

He underperformed. Some people left that spot blank, and some saboteurs even voted for Beto to try to get rid of him.
Posted by: Cato, Media Delenda Est at November 12, 2019 11:31 AM (J+mig)

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Yeah, that result ends up overselling the TX GOP's weakness because their most high profile race was close. But it wasn't close because the TX GOP is weakening it was close because Cruz himself isn't that popular and Beto had a big money infusion from out of state that carried him much further than he otherwise would have gone.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (q80AH)

203 "'momentum'???"

If you put them on that rocket sled from Mythbusters, that would give them some momentum.

Posted by: Chris M at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (eAZVt)

204 It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times..

Posted by: Grump928(C) at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (QQ+il)

205 cruz almost lost because cruz wanted to loose. Abbot mopped the floor with his opponent.

Posted by: eff ralph-i-el at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (vqIkG)

206 What will we call the state that secedes from Virginia? Middle Virginia? Normal Virginia? Sane Virginia?

Posted by: windbag at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (UdxnN)

Real Virginia

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (n13/j)

207 I'm not certain what the Republicans are doing, but they have clearly ceded Virginia to the opposition.

----

Ceding territory is what the right is best at.

"Hey, let's walk away from teaching jobs, journalism, entertainment fields, and academia. That'll show 'em! It'll be like a boycott!"

So after 80 or so years of that strategy, it's just become a permanent behavioral pattern.

Posted by: RKae at November 12, 2019 11:36 AM (DQebX)

208 188 Beto had a magnificent publicity machine, backed up by his father in law's billions. He managed to make himself a pop phenomena, an amazing achievement. Funny that Beto didn't realize that something like that could only last for a few months, and like any fad, once it burned out it was gone forever. Beto is the Chia Pet of Politics.
Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (Kpl3J)

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He was a big fish in a little pond, but once he got into the ocean he got swallowed up.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:36 AM (q80AH)

209 The Republican Party has thrown in the towel to the demographic change. That's why so many are retiring, and it's also why they aren't running new candidates. The Left is playing identity politics and winning. They opening brag about replacing them majority. Wait until the 2020 census comes out.
What more proof do you need? Mass graves?

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:25 AM (lPXYt)

Ah, I seem to have misunderstood your point. I thought you were saying that the demographics were the cause of the loss, not that the gop has generally giving up on anything less than sure thing races.

i think the pure numbers in VA show that the demographics aren't against us yet, we got more pure votes. and that was with lackluster support and advertising. imagine what would happen with an energized push. i think we'd at least split the legislature.

but our fuck nuggets here in VA couldn't organize a piss up in a brewery, much less a successful election.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:36 AM (8D42x)

210 Only way to beat the demographic trends it to start indiscriminately fornicating and not accepting the consequences.

I just might be the man for that job.

Posted by: sniffybigtoe at November 12, 2019 11:36 AM (1ISKN)

211 Unlike the Dem's, who announce prosecutions and then start trying to find evidence, Durham is doing it the old fashioned way; getting all the evidence laid out and nailed down before announcing charges.

Which will be announced on January 1, 2024.

When we will be told that there was "no evident intent" to commit treason.

And the bastards walk free.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:36 AM (Ki5SV)

212 I agree - and John Cornyn is going to turn in the same kind of numbers as Abbott did, no matter who the Dem's run.


That hurts. Talk about a RINO that needs to go...

Posted by: rickb223 at November 12, 2019 11:37 AM (s2OJe)

213 The sad reality is that most of these people have no real interest in
the facts, because they've invested emotionally in the narrative that
Trump is the source of their discontent. They are unhappy and they let
the TV news tell them why. Mind you the TV news always tells them its
Trumps fault. Having their delusions reinforced several times a day,
make cognitive therapy unlikely to succeed.



Yep. Earlier in my conversation, I told my friend that he needs to turn off the news. He is being agonized by "impeachment." He told me that. I tried telling him that his life would not change if Trump is in office or not.


Sigh. Talking to leftists is like talking to a wall.

Also... the MSM is against him, so it's not like you can get any accurate links online, only stuff from people like Rush or Hannity and that's dismissed as "biased."

Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:37 AM (Wmf3G)

214 192 Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:27 AM (q80AH)

I don't think it will turn blue anytime soon though it was blue as recently as 1994. It's trending that way though.
Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (Q5ALd)

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There's trending, which means that it could happen in a generation, and "Oh my God! We're all going to lose Texas next election!"

Yeah, we could end up losing Texas, but the idea that national politics will still be effectively the same in 20 years is kinda silly. We seem to be in a seismic shift right now.

Yes, the TX GOP should do what it can to solidify and further enhance its appeal within the state, but that doesn't mean that those of us outside of the state need to spend any time really worrying that much about it right now. There are other things to worry about that seem to be a bit more pressing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (q80AH)

215 Ryan Leaf: second in Heisman trophy voting
Mitt Romney: second in 2012 Presidential voting

Ryan Leaf: Millions of dollars in salary
Mitt Romney: Millionaire

Ryan Leaf: Played for four different NFL teams
MittRromney: Played forboth political parties

Ryan Leaf: Posts anonymously on websites as BEN ROTHLISBURGER
Mitt Romney: Posts anonymously on Twitter as Pierre Delicto

Ryan Leaf: Who?
Mitt Romney: Who the Hell?

Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (m45I2)

216 My Gov., Brian Kemp, not Tank, is doing amazing work on helping Georgians get around Obamacare, by opening markets, etc. to lower costs and give people more and better choices. Even my prog fish wrap is impressed.

But the die-hard socialists are not pleased.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (ptqGC)

217 cruz almost lost because cruz wanted to loose. Abbot mopped the floor with his opponent.
Posted by: eff ralph-i-el at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (vqIkG)

He didn't have a serious opponent which is mainly due to his success as governor. If Texas fails to continue on this path , anything can happen.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (Q5ALd)

218 I'm in NJ. Moved here 7 years ago. Registered as a Republican. I have *never* received one piece of mail or an email from the Republican party in this state about anything. Not a presidential, Senate, House, or local race. Nothing. Same thing when I lived in MD. The Republican party doesn't even try to engage their own voters, let alone convert any new ones.

Meanwhile, my lib relatives are inundated with emails/mail from the Dem party about every topic under the sun.

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (COzlW)

219 Yeah, that's the problem. If there is no video, my friend (who now may be my former friend) will not believe it. He just goes to "Trump bribed them" or "they have to say that or lose their jobs." Or some other excuse.

Sigh. It's sad losing a friend, but there you go. People believe what they want to believe.
Posted by: shibumi
...........

There's no video because Schiff held the interviews behind closed doors.. that was the whole point.

That is what you should be pointing out to your "friend".

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (so+oy)

220 Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (q80AH)

Said by someone who doesn't live in Texas.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (Q5ALd)

221 Texas could realistically be blue by 2022-2024.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (lPXYt)

222 Beto had a magnificent publicity machine, backed up
by his father in law's billions. He managed to make himself a pop
phenomena, an amazing achievement. Funny that Beto didn't realize that
something like that could only last for a few months, and like any fad,
once it burned out it was gone forever. Beto is the Chia Pet of
Politics.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:32 AM (Kpl3J)

The Texans who fell for it should be embarrassed as his schtick seems only regional He could probably be major for life in Austin though.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (n13/j)

223 220 Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:38 AM (q80AH)

Said by someone who doesn't live in Texas.
Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (Q5ALd)

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Ok, boomer.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (q80AH)

224 Ohio is no longer a swing state. It's solidly red.

VA is solidly blue.

I don't think GA or TX will go blue in the next few cycles but I'm sure there will be offsets.

Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (LQtHg)

225 Back in Bush times I lived in DC and had a Bush Bumper sticker on my car. No one defaced it but I was in a gas station somewhere south of DC and a guy came up to me to tell me he had never seen anyone with DC plates with a Bush sticker. I'm special that way. Too bad I didn't realize I should have had a Perot sticker.

Posted by: Puddin Head Parliment at November 12, 2019 11:41 AM (yRAFu)

226 And honestly, I doubt the VA GOP had anywhere near the money the Dems did. Not making an excuse, just stating what I believe to be a fact. Do you give money to the VA GOP? I sure don't. I give to individual candidates, and frankly, my track record stinks.


Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:30 AM (aXucN)

if your track record is that bad, you should give to the dems. might be a kiss of death..

*preps to dodge shank*

and no, i don't give to the VA GOP either. they've done a decent job of convinving me they don't want my dirty conservative money.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:41 AM (8D42x)

227 224 Ohio is no longer a swing state. It's solidly red.

VA is solidly blue.

I don't think GA or TX will go blue in the next few cycles but I'm sure there will be offsets.
Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (LQtHg)

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GA's secretary of state, and now governor, has taken vote integrity seriously. I think GA's danger of going blue is lower now than it was a couple of years ago.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:41 AM (q80AH)

228 "'momentum'???"

If you put them on that rocket sled from Mythbusters, that would give them some momentum.
Posted by: Chris M at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (eAZVt)


I love those episodes. The surprised look of awe on the Mythbusters' faces as the rocket sleds haul ass by is priceless.

Posted by: DR.WTF at November 12, 2019 11:41 AM (aS1PU)

229 Probably most Virginia Republican officials not-so-secretly agree with the Democrats, despise the rest of the US, and have joined the #Resistance by now.
More involvement and enthusiasm brought about by Trump may be the last thing they want.

Posted by: PG at November 12, 2019 11:41 AM (iqCkn)

230 Colorado is no longer purple. It's not even blue. Under the daring leadership of openly gay governor Jared Polis it's now rainbow!

Posted by: Muldoon at November 12, 2019 11:42 AM (m45I2)

231 >>And if, by some miracle, he ended up on the stage next to Teh Donald? Deval Patrick is the asshole who said 9/11 was caused by "a failure of understanding." Trump would shove that so far down Cadillac DeVal's throat it would pop out his squeakhole.


Hoo boy, what a jerk Deval is. Explains why he's friends with TFG.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 12, 2019 11:42 AM (bDqIh)

232 http://bit.ly/2NJMf8V
*******
Prager U Video: Kanye West Declares the Republican Party Freed the Slaves | Frontpagemag

Posted by: Deep State is in Deep Shit at November 12, 2019 11:42 AM (BqBId)

233 198 POOF!

Dang, Kurt, too.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:34 AM (a7+mS)

It's too bad because this is ESL Kurt, who is eminently mockworthy. I guess I'll have to work now.

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 12, 2019 11:42 AM (RD7QR)

234 There were so many Dems running for Houston City Council slots that most of those races will have a runoff election. Very few Republicans had their hat in the ring.

Posted by: Count de Monet at November 12, 2019 11:42 AM (q1Pj5)

235 Creeping cancer of NoVa has metastasized along 95, 64 and 81. Little hope now if GOP is not going to contest races. Maybe if Trump moves enough swamp critters out of DC.

Posted by: FrodoB at November 12, 2019 11:33 AM (yKnQb)

I met lots of folks in Winchester area that worked in the swamp....1.5 hr. commute...no problem.

Posted by: BignJames at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (X/Pw5)

236 Which will be announced on January 1, 2024.

When we will be told that there was "no evident intent" to commit treason.

And the bastards walk free.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:36 AM (Ki5SV)

-

My money is still on "The results would be too damaging to the nation if they are made public, so we will seal them up for 50 years."

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (a7+mS)

237 There's no video because Schiff held the interviews behind closed doors.. that was the whole point.



That is what you should be pointing out to your "friend".


Good point. I will.

Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (Wmf3G)

238 Colorado is no longer purple. It's not even blue. Under the daring
leadership of openly gay governor Jared Polis it's now rainbow!

Oh.
Joy.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy does whatever his television tells him at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (HaL55)

239 My Gov., Brian Kemp, not Tank, is doing amazing work on helping Georgians get around Obamacare, by opening markets, etc. to lower costs and give people more and better choices. Even my prog fish wrap is impressed.

But the die-hard socialists are not pleased.
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Because Govt Run Health care is where the control is at. They can sign you up for a death panel lickity split if you don't donate. remember how the secretary of health had the Obama care waiver authority for organizations/businesses and simultaneously was the head of DNC fund raising? Coincidence I think not.

Posted by: There are no coincidences at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (xVT/W)

240 TJM, since you're going through his films, have you ever read Ed Sikov's On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder? I recommend it.

https://tinyurl.com/ydon7jbk

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (Ki5SV)

241 Those "natural conservatives" invading from south of the border have many many children. Non Mormons and non Catholics are probably averaging 1, if that.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (lPXYt)

242 The guest ranter has a calm demeanor.
Posted by: parker
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I've learned that Weasel's comments tend to be couched in substance, rather than emotion. When the latter manifests itself, it is with good cause.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (Qwtw1)

243 GA's secretary of state, and now governor, has taken vote integrity seriously. I think GA's danger of going blue is lower now than it was a couple of years ago.
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Agreed. I live in GA but haven't followed local politics closely.

My sense was that GA would flip blue soon but that's changed.

I think NC is a better target for the Dems.

Posted by: MJ at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (LQtHg)

244 Ok, boomer.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:40 AM (q80AH)

Whatever corky.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (Q5ALd)

245 240 TJM, since you're going through his films, have you ever read Ed Sikov's On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder? I recommend it.

https://tinyurl.com/ydon7jbk
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:43 AM (Ki5SV)

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I have not, but I look forward to it.

Thanks for the recommendation!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (q80AH)

246 It's funny because I'm a Romney and seem to be unfireable even after losing the Congress and VA.

Posted by: Ronna Romney at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (Pzzpr)

247 SCOTUS arguments on DACA. Reading the tea leaves, there seems to be a consensus the court is leaning towards letting Trump cancel DACA.

We'll see.

Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (G0vdT)

248 Addendum: I'll admit I could be wrong about the time period, though. Or if it's ever released.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:45 AM (a7+mS)

249 205 cruz almost lost because cruz wanted to loose. Abbot mopped the floor with his opponent.
Posted by: eff ralph-i-el at November 12, 2019 11:35 AM (vqIkG)

Greg Abbot's wife, Cecilia, is of hispanic heritage (grandchild of immigrants) who campaigned for him extensively in Spanish Language markets. She's been Principle in several Roman Catholic schools, and she has close ties to the RC Church as well.

Between the two of them, they know how to campaign and win easily among Texas voters, and they are not threatened at all by an increasing hispanic vote. Other would be Republican office holders should take note.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:45 AM (Kpl3J)

250 Colorado is no longer purple. It's not even blue. Under the daring leadership of openly gay governor Jared Polis it's now rainbow!

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In Seattle, we have rainbow crosswalks.

I thought they should have celebrated gay pride by painting the highway brown.

Posted by: RKae at November 12, 2019 11:45 AM (DQebX)

251 Another point you should bring up with your liberal friend: If investigating a politician for corruption is wrong because they are going to be in an election, how will that not lead to nothing by corrupt politicians as far as the eye can see?

Posted by: sniffybigtoe at November 12, 2019 11:46 AM (xfb67)

252 "Which will be announced on January 1, 2024.
When we will be told that there was "no evident intent" to commit treason"



Which sadly could happen. Look at Michael Avenatti, he was indicted in March, has there even been a trail date set?

Posted by: lowandslow at November 12, 2019 11:46 AM (4thlk)

253 Last newsletter I got from Colorado GOP was about the steps they're taking to ensure Russia doesnt meddle in our elections next time. I cancelled the newsletter after that.

Posted by: MEAT POLES at November 12, 2019 11:46 AM (/QleJ)

254 GA's secretary of state, and now governor, has taken vote integrity seriously. I think GA's danger of going blue is lower now than it was a couple of years ago.

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Add an S in front of "lower."

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Have you seen Michelle Obama's Bring Back Our Epstein? at November 12, 2019 11:46 AM (a7+mS)

255 Colorado has gone to plaid. No way I waste a second worrying about that place. They chose their own fate. Hickenlooper for life I say.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:47 AM (n13/j)

256 And if Trump cuts a deal for DACA with the Dems like he said, how many millions is that immediately added to the voter roles? He said he would cut a deal with the Dems if the ruling favors DACA.

This is so effing insane.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:47 AM (lPXYt)

257 There were so many Dems running for Houston City Council slots that most of those races will have a runoff election. Very few Republicans had their hat in the ring.
Posted by: Count de Monet


Wonder if the voters in those districts voting dem had anything to do with it? Trying to challenge a Shiela Jackson Lee or an Eddie Bernice Johnson in their district is a fool's folly.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 12, 2019 11:47 AM (s2OJe)

258 4 Or the bloody fucking peado who WENT TO FUCKING JAIL FOR IT, who was elected because no one knew until AFTER the election.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (8D42x)
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I only heard about it after the election (nowhere near where I live, so no surprise) but I bet the people down there knew. It might have had more impact if the girl hadn't married him and had three children with him (still married). Might.
Posted by: bluebell at November 12, 2019 11:13 AM (aXucN)

Well...it is Virginia after all.
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Virginia is for (child) lovers!

Posted by: Bicentennialguy at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (3Qu5L)

259 Acquaint yourselves with Dwayne Stovall.

OK, I just did. Because of a comment on a blog. Why haven't I heard of him before now? He'll have my vote, of course. I'll vote for a tree stump over Cornyn in the primary for all the good it will do.

Posted by: Bob the Bilderberg at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (qc+VF)

260 My money is still on "The results would be too damaging to the nation Progressives and their anti-American "movement" if
they are made public, so we will seal them up for 50 years."


FIFY

A law that's unenforced when there's clear evidence that it's been broken is no law. I'ma talking about treason.

Tell me that Vindaloo's asshole lawyer, the one who tweeted that "the coup has begun" right after PDT took office, isn't guilty. I mean, you could, but what else is it?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy does whatever his television tells him at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (HaL55)

261 >>SCOTUS arguments on DACA. Reading the tea leaves, there seems to be a consensus the court is leaning towards letting Trump cancel DACA.


It was a borderline illegal act by a lawless executive.

Not really much of a case.

Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (AIGhm)

262 "Those "natural conservatives" invading from south of the border"
Damned mess-ee-can are yanqui locusts too!

Posted by: u no hoo at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (vqIkG)

263 256 And if Trump cuts a deal for DACA with the Dems like he said, how many millions is that immediately added to the voter roles? He said he would cut a deal with the Dems if the ruling favors DACA.

This is so effing insane.
Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:47 AM (lPXYt)

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What deal?

What are the specifics?

Does Trump seem like the guy who would just give everything to Democrats?

Are Democrats looking like a party that will give Trump anything?

It's an empty promise because Trump knows Democrats will spit in his face. He'll be able to use that to campaign on. "Democrats won't even work with me when I offer them what they want!"

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (q80AH)

264 Virginia is now solid blue. My husband calls our hometown of Ashburn "India Town". A lot of moneyed Indians bought McMansions here and they tend to vote democrat. It's sad because Ashburn used to be solid GOP. Mark Levin (he's in the same electoral district) predicted years ago that Virginia will turn blue and he is proven right.

We will be selling our home and might move to Texas. I hope Texas doesn't turn blue also.

Posted by: Oggi at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (Bk5Q+)

265 Like a lot of old, used up retirees, I'll often leave the TV set on for "background". I like Criminal Minds reruns and I like it where the villain gives off the "creepy vibe". This is the story of known furry and doll collector, Adam Schiff. That little pencil necked creep should have an exclusion zone enforced from any playground, school, or any used car lot with a panel van for sale.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (C1Lsn)

266 There were so many Dems running for Houston City Council slots that most of those races will have a runoff election. Very few Republicans had their hat in the ring.

Posted by: Count de Monet





Wonder if the voters in those districts voting dem had anything to
do with it? Trying to challenge a Shiela Jackson Lee or an Eddie Bernice
Johnson in their district is a fool's folly.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 12, 2019 11:47 AM (s2OJe)
They keep showing Urban Cowboy on cable. What a time capsule. That Houston is as ancient as Mesopotamia.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (n13/j)

267 Trump: release the IG report to the public immediately!

Low level DOJ employee in Cleveland: No

AG Barr: aww shit, we tried.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (UB/j7)

268 DACA was an executive memo. It wasn't even an EO.

SCOTUS will side with the people who we're entered into agreements with the Govt under DACA, but side with Trump on his being able to cancel it for the future.

Posted by: sniffybigtoe at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (xfb67)

269 From the sidebar: Yes Cindy, your dead husband was up to his eyeballs in subterfuge against this President and God knows what else with foreign countries. Please do enjoy your millions and STFU.

Posted by: Cheri at November 12, 2019 11:49 AM (oiNtH)

270 261 >>SCOTUS arguments on DACA. Reading the tea leaves, there seems to be a consensus the court is leaning towards letting Trump cancel DACA.


It was a borderline illegal act by a lawless executive.

Not really much of a case.
Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (AIGhm)

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"ORANGE MAN BAD!"
-Sotomayor's dissent, in its entirety

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:49 AM (q80AH)

271 247 SCOTUS arguments on DACA. Reading the tea leaves, there seems to be a consensus the court is leaning towards letting Trump cancel DACA.

We'll see.
Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:44 AM (G0vdT)

If they want to set a precedent that Executive Orders are binding for even succeeding Presidents, then Donny Two Scoops has a pen and some big ideas they might not like.

Posted by: Bilwis, Devourer of Low Glycemic Souls at November 12, 2019 11:49 AM (jp0Bv)

272 It was a borderline illegal act by a lawless executive.

Not really much of a case.
Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (AIGhm)
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Yet, it will be a 5-4 decision.

Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:50 AM (G0vdT)

273 Trump will trade the DACA "Children" for an end to Chain Migration.

Which, is something we would have to argue about for a bit.

Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:50 AM (AIGhm)

274

Yes Virginia there is a Republican Party..........


where, hiding in tha hollers,when ya see one share yer Meth and kick their ass.

Posted by: saf at November 12, 2019 11:50 AM (5IHGB)

275 >>Yet, it will be a 5-4 decision.


I am sure the Wise Latina will have a cogent argument as to why the DACA Kids are Our Future.

Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (AIGhm)

276 272 It was a borderline illegal act by a lawless executive.

Not really much of a case.
Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (AIGhm)
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Yet, it will be a 5-4 decision.
Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:50 AM (G0vdT)

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I can honestly believe it would go 7-2.

I could easily imagine Kagan siding with Trump, and I can even imagine Breyer doing it too.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (q80AH)

277 240 TJM, since you're going through his films, have you ever read Ed Sikov's On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder? I recommend it.

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I love "Sunset Boulevard," and I appreciate Wilder's talent...

...but I do think he was a dissolute scumbag intent on dragging civilization into the dirt. When his mask slips, it's very disconcerting.

"The Major and the Minor" is rather unsettling, and "Kiss Me, Stupid" is a disgusting polemic against marriage and a gruesome celebration of adultery. Probably one of the worst movies it's ever been my displeasure to watch.

Posted by: RKae at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (DQebX)

278 Trump will trade the DACA "Children" for an end to Chain Migration.
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If we get that AND an end to birthright citizenship, I will swallow that jagged little pill. Very begrudgingly, but still....

Posted by: Bicentennialguy at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (3Qu5L)

279 And if Trump cuts a deal for DACA with the Dems like he said, how many millions is that immediately added to the voter roles? He said he would cut a deal with the Dems if the ruling favors DACA.

This is so effing insane.
Posted by: squirrelly dan
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registered DACA people is about 700,000.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:52 AM (so+oy)

280 If they want to set a precedent that Executive Orders are binding for even succeeding Presidents, then Donny Two Scoops has a pen and some big ideas they might not like.
Posted by: Bilwis, Devourer of Low Glycemic Souls at November 12, 2019 11:49 AM (jp0Bv)

No, but you see, if Trump breaks THIS SPECIFIC EO, it represents a BREACH OF TRUST and DECREASES our ESTEEM IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY. None of Trump's EOs would do that, so they're fair game to break.

Or something.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 12, 2019 11:52 AM (KUaJL)

281 268 DACA was an executive memo. It wasn't even an EO.

SCOTUS will side with the people who we're entered into agreements with the Govt under DACA, but side with Trump on his being able to cancel it for the future.
Posted by: sniffybigtoe at November 12, 2019 11:48 AM (xfb67)
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That would be a dangerous precedent as well. Imagine what a POTUS could do with that.

Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:52 AM (G0vdT)

282 "Demographics is Destiny" is the old meme ... certainly one aspect of the Virginia loss is the immigration influence. But I'm not sure what percent of legal immigrants from a third world were involved in the R losses. Certainly if we go back 30 to 50 years of open immigration, and count all the anchor babies, the numbers would be more apparent, as viewed by proxy of the "Hispanic" vote.


The GOP (non-establishment wing) can and must win the Hispanic vote over time, and as Trump attempts to do .. win more of the black vote. But there are enough white votes for the next 5-10 years to win ... especially against the dysfunctional commie Dems. America First, One Nation under God ... that is still a winner.


We may not vote our way out of this, but we could maybe prosecute our way out ... if only #2weeks would sometime soon result in the aggressive indictments, full blown prosecution of every coup member, which we as a nation deserve. The Run silent Run Deep approach is good, if we are really in that position ... but we lose ground every day that we the left set the Narrative across their MSM platforms.

Posted by: illiniwek at November 12, 2019 11:53 AM (Cus5s)

283 >>SCOTUS will side with the people who we're entered into agreements with the Govt under DACA, but side with Trump on his being able to cancel it for the future.


We'll Cut the Baby in Half!

Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:53 AM (AIGhm)

284 Let's see...one million DACA people would mean at least two million dollars in donations. WE SUPPORT DACA PEOPLE!

Posted by: Ronna Romney at November 12, 2019 11:53 AM (Pzzpr)

285 234 There were so many Dems running for Houston City Council slots that most of those races will have a runoff election. Very few Republicans had their hat in the ring.
Posted by: Count de Monet at November 12, 2019 11:42 AM (q1Pj5)

The big problem with Houston proper is that most of it is now mexican, black, or vietnamese. If you look at demographics, it will say "White, 58%" but split more realistically, Houston
is
Anglo, about 30%
Hispanic, about 28.5%
Black, about 23%
Asian, about 7%
other nationalities make up the balance.

So Houston is clearly a majority/minority city now. Unless Anglo's can find a way to team up with Hispanics, none of their candidates can ever clear more than 35% at best.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:54 AM (Kpl3J)

286 Trump will trade the DACA "Children" for an end to Chain Migration.

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If we get that AND an end to birthright citizenship, I will swallow that jagged little pill. Very begrudgingly, but still....


Howzabout we stiffen our spine and just end Chain Migration and tell the Progs to pound sand?


That's what they do to us. It's way past time for some payback.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy does whatever his television tells him at November 12, 2019 11:54 AM (HaL55)

287 277
"The Major and the Minor" is rather unsettling, and "Kiss Me, Stupid" is a disgusting polemic against marriage and a gruesome celebration of adultery. Probably one of the worst movies it's ever been my displeasure to watch.

Posted by: RKae at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (DQebX)

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I haven't seen Kiss Me, Stupid yet, but I have seen The Major and the Minor, and yeah, its comedic premise leads to some weird moments that the movie just kind of glides over in the interest of not turning off the audience.

The titular major suddenly seeing the titular minor as a woman for the first time at the very end of the movie and immediately embracing her as a lover is...odd.

Based on that, I wouldn't call that intentionally trying to destroy civilization or anything, just trying to square a narrative and comedic circle that couldn't work once you really thought about it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:54 AM (q80AH)

288 Under the daring
leadership of openly gay governor Jared Polis it's now rainbow!


Style guide suggestion: "Jared Penis".

Posted by: Ian S. at November 12, 2019 11:54 AM (ZGrMX)

289 http://bit.ly/2CE5BWA
*******
Report: Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Wants to Buy an NFL Team
*******
OH JOY !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Deep State is in Deep Shit at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (BqBId)

290 ^^ Joncelli "I one thought of retiring to Blacksburg or
Christainburg"....

Jesus that raciss....................

Posted by: saf at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (5IHGB)

291 Remind me again why we haven't long since fired the GOP for incompetence and/or malfeasance?
Please note, if we'd done it nine years ago like we should have, the replacement would likely be in full swing by now.
Definition of madness. "This time for sure they'll do the job!"

Posted by: Brother Cavil
Your ad here! 1-800-MORON-AD
at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (Rvlwi)

292 The GOP has no identity; no core. There really is no set of policies or ideals that define the GOP. This makes it super easy, barely an inconvenience, for the Democrats to step in and define the GOP as a bunch of old white supremacists.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (O7MnT)

293 Howzabout we stiffen our spine and just end Chain Migration and tell the Progs to pound sand?


That's what they do to us. It's way past time for some payback.
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That's my overwhelming preference, but experience tells me that never happens. Even if it does, Hawaiian Judge will have something to say about it.

Posted by: Bicentennialguy at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (3Qu5L)

294 What would compel someone to enter an election they know they will lose, expose them to being repeatedly smeared and conduct a campaign which will be totally ignored by the media?

Posted by: creeper at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (fE1wp)

295 The GOP has no identity; no core. There really is no
set of policies or ideals that define the GOP. This makes it super
easy, barely an inconvenience, for the Democrats to step in and define
the GOP as a bunch of old white supremacists.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (O7MnT)


Old white supremacists are tight!

Posted by: clutch cargo at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (Z1ykJ)

296 >>Report: Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Wants to Buy an NFL Team

The Seattle Gheys ?

Posted by: Ronna Romney at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (Pzzpr)

297 Virginia? What about California and Illinois?

Posted by: Inogame at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (1TU21)

298 294 What would compel someone to enter an election they know they will lose, expose them to being repeatedly smeared and conduct a campaign which will be totally ignored by the media?
Posted by: creeper at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (fE1wp)

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How much attention is big media paying attention to individual state house races?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (q80AH)

299 So the SC is allowing the suits against Remington to continue. Didn't see that coming,

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (Q5ALd)

300 Howzabout we stiffen our spine and just end Chain Migration and tell the Progs to pound sand?


That's what they do to us. It's way past time for some payback.
Posted by: BackwardsBoy
.......

You see a path to passing that in yer crystal ball there, do ya?

You got 60 votes in the Senate to do that?

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (so+oy)

301 OT: Feel good video. Antifa kicks biker for Trump. Hilarity ensues

https://tinyurl.com/yjlvutro

Posted by: Cheri at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (oiNtH)

302 Counterpoint: The districts that went unchallenged were so far gone that it would have been a waste of money to pursue them. Dems played in more seats because they had about $10 million more than the GOP thanks to Soros, Bills, and Bloomberg.
I am now a RINO-NeverTrumper-Soyboy-Cuck, and I denounce myself to the highest possible degree.
Thank you for coming to my Ted talk.

Posted by: Virginia Hillbilly at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (B2kqQ)

303 Report: Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Wants to Buy an NFL Team

He'll buy the Redskins, then officially change the name.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (O7MnT)

304 It was a borderline illegal act by a lawless executive.

Not really much of a case.


why bring up what Roberts did for Obamacare?

Posted by: DanMan at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (XTiHL)

305 300 You see a path to passing that in yer crystal ball there, do ya?

You got 60 votes in the Senate to do that?
Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (so+oy)

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How about Nancy bringing that bill to a floor vote in the House?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (q80AH)

306
Trump: release the IG report to the public immediately!



Low level DOJ employee in Cleveland: No



AG Barr: aww shit, we tried.




Yep.

Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (Wmf3G)

307 .

Posted by: Galil at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (Pzzpr)

308 278 Trump will trade the DACA "Children" for an end to Chain Migration.
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If we get that AND an end to birthright citizenship, I will swallow that jagged little pill. Very begrudgingly, but still....
Posted by: Bicentennialguy at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (3Qu5L)

DACA children, many to most aren't children any longer, have family's that are large and would get citizenship. How many millions do you think would automatically be legal voters if that happened. Now factor in those in highchool and middle school who are considered DACA.

Here is an idea. Train 500k or more unemployed heathy citizens to guard the border and begin the roundups and deportations with no hearing. Stop giving foreign countries welfare and aid to subsidize the training and salaries. Fuck optics. We are talking about the survival of a our country as we know it. We need to take care of our own first and foremost.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (lPXYt)

309 Yeah, that's the problem. If there is no video, my friend (who now may be my former friend) will not believe it. He just goes to "Trump bribed them" or "they have to say that or lose their jobs." Or some other excuse.
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Academe and the media (the latter derived from the former) have so psychologically damaged the public that they can no longer think clearly.

If I bring to a Liberal's attention the patently corrupt/illegal activities of Democrats, their instinctive response has something to do with Trump.

When I point out that they seem unable to objectively analyze said facts, i.e., consider them on their face, they are puzzled. I often ask them if they can consider any Democrat corruption without 'Trump!' entering their heads. Not unusually, the reply will be, "But Trump...blah, blah".

I recall the same frustration when criticizing Obama's economic policy. There was always the hint that one would only do so because one was a 'Racist'.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 12, 2019 11:58 AM (Qwtw1)

310 I love "Sunset Boulevard," and I appreciate Wilder's talent...

...but I do think he was a dissolute scumbag intent on dragging civilization into the dirt. When his mask slips, it's very disconcerting.

"The Major and the Minor" is rather unsettling, and "Kiss Me, Stupid" is a disgusting polemic against marriage and a gruesome celebration of adultery. Probably one of the worst movies it's ever been my displeasure to watch.

Posted by: RKae at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (DQebX)


Don't ever watch Buddy Buddy, then.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:58 AM (Ki5SV)

311 Nood politics.

Posted by: Someguy at November 12, 2019 11:58 AM (Zm+LZ)

312 Trump will trade the DACA "Children" for an end to Chain Migration.



And Chain Migration will be quietly re-started under the next dem president.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 12, 2019 11:58 AM (s2OJe)

313 Not to fear, I'm sure this is all part of the amazeballs plan Romeny's niece has to cede ground only to take it back better and strongerer.


Also the GOP's message is going to be awesome going into 2020, "vote for us, we're not going to do anything of substance other than knife the President in the back but at least we're not crazy like that other party."



Also there are 20 announced GOP retirements in for 2020, which brings the number of retired GOP to 20 in the house, and 60 for the last two cycles.


Donk retirements?

Four.


The Republican party is not a serious political party.


And nothing Trump does can make them one.

Posted by: Huxley's Eye Glass Emporium at November 12, 2019 11:58 AM (JLrCS)

314 Here is an idea. Train 500k or more unemployed heathy citizens to guard the border and begin the roundups and deportations with no hearing. Stop giving foreign countries welfare and aid to subsidize the training and salaries. Fuck optics. We are talking about the survival of a our country as we know it. We need to take care of our own first and foremost.
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Like I said, this is my preference, but it doesn't happen in the real world. And if it does, Hawaiian Judge gets agitated. And no one is interested in reining in these fucking judges.

Posted by: Bicentennialguy at November 12, 2019 11:59 AM (3Qu5L)

315 286 Trump will trade the DACA "Children" for an end to Chain Migration.
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He may want to but the Dem's will make no deal. None.

They need illegal immigration. They're going to dare Trump to cancel DACA and deport them.

Dem's don't give a damn about DACA recipients. They're political pawns who are only useful to Dem's if they're suffering.

They'll try Trump in the court of public opinion.

Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:59 AM (G0vdT)

316 Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:54 AM (Kpl3J)


Tom we previously lost Harris county to the Dems also. That was the canary in the coal mine.

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:59 AM (Q5ALd)

317 Nood politics.
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Why, that hardly seems possible.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 12, 2019 12:00 PM (Qwtw1)

318 What would compel someone to enter an election they know they will lose, expose them to being repeatedly smeared and conduct a campaign which will be totally ignored by the media?
Posted by: creeper at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (fE1wp)

i don't know, maybe they're not winning every race, but don't you think, just MAYBE that 2 of those 23 house races, or 1 or 2 of those 10 senate races could have been won, one way or another?

as someone said above, lack of a challenger enabled all that money to go to a tight contested race. and there were some VERY tight races.

maybe if some of that democrat money stayed in it's own district because of a challenge, that 2 canvassers don't recruit JUST enough voters.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 12:00 PM (8D42x)

319 What I found humorous about the Harris County / City of Houston election results was the overvotes from absentee ballots. Early and election day voting is done by e-slate so overvotes are nigh impossible.

But absentee ballots are on paper. So in a race for a Houston City Council seat, with a dozen or so candidates and instructions to "Vote For One," a non-zero number of voters marked their ballots FOR multiple candidates.

The numbers who did so were far too small to affect the election outcome. But here's objective proof that paper ballots are not, in fact, superior to electronic ballots.

Posted by: Count de Monet at November 12, 2019 12:00 PM (q1Pj5)

320 298 294 What would compel someone to enter an election they know they will lose, expose them to being repeatedly smeared and conduct a campaign which will be totally ignored by the media?
Posted by: creeper at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (fE1wp)

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How much attention is big media paying attention to individual state house races?
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (q80AH)

If you run for city council now you and your family get the Trump treatment and nobody will stand up for you.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 12:00 PM (gCAC6)

321 I had one out-loud laugh during the whole thing. There was actually - actually - a scene showing a housewife turning on a radio, from which a Walter Winchell-esque voice barked, "Chicago gangland erupts in violence!" which immediately cut to a view of two cars, each loaded with gangsters, careening down the road side by side shooting at each other!

It was apparently so bad that IMDB says it grossed the grand total of $5,124.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 12, 2019 11:28 AM (Ki5SV)

Lemme guess: she turned on the radio, and the program began to play immediately, no 20-second warmup period for the tubes?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 12, 2019 12:00 PM (/sgva)

322 Nood politics.
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If it's Nancy Pelosi, I ain't going to look.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 12, 2019 12:00 PM (Qwtw1)

323 "The Major and the Minor" is rather unsettling, and "Kiss Me, Stupid" is a disgusting polemic against marriage and a gruesome celebration of adultery. Probably one of the worst movies it's ever been my displeasure to watch.

Posted by: RKae at November 12, 2019 11:51 AM (DQebX)

I don't think of those so negatively, they were in fitting with the mores of the times they were made. Also, while I don't think "Kiss me, Stupid" is particularly good, that plot is about the same one as used in comic opera for the last 200 years. (Cosi fan tutte, frex)

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 12:01 PM (Kpl3J)

324 The GOP has no identity; no core. There really is no
set of policies or ideals that define the GOP. This makes it super
easy, barely an inconvenience, for the Democrats to step in and define
the GOP as a bunch of old white supremacists.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 12, 2019 11:55 AM (O7MnT)

A radio talker said something that stuck with me the other day. This is a paraphrase but it could be right on. "If your kid graduates high school wanting to vote for AOC, it is because you didn't make an effort to vote in the school board elections".
This all comes down to local and state elections but most people don't understand that. There is a reason turnout doubles in presidential years. It is as if we are all voting for the prom king and them forget it for four years. But on so many issue that really hit home, like 2a rights and your kids education, it is the local races that really matter. The hard left knows this and has been doing something about it for years .

The last time the GOP had a real plan was the Contract with America in 1994. They did win with the focused message. It didn't last as these things rarely do.

Posted by: Quint at November 12, 2019 12:01 PM (n13/j)

325 Are you trying to lose?

Short answer: Yes.

The GOPe is taking a dive in 2020. Just wait and see.

Posted by: rickl at November 12, 2019 12:01 PM (7vvoJ)

326 283 >>SCOTUS will side with the people who we're entered into agreements with the Govt under DACA, but side with Trump on his being able to cancel it for the future.
________________

Obama gov't: We'll agree not to prosecute you "dreamy" illegal aliens for your illegal entry, or for your years of not filing or paying taxes, your identity theft, etc. We also agree not to deport you, to give you green cards, to give you access to various taxpayer-supported welfare programs, to give you taxpayer-subsidized tuition in our colleges, etc.

"Dreamy" illegal aliens: And we agree to accept all that.


Yes, it definitely would not be fair to overturn an agreement like this one!

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at November 12, 2019 12:01 PM (k4dH2)

327 He may want to but the Dem's will make no deal. None.

They need illegal immigration. They're going to dare Trump to cancel DACA and deport them.

Dem's don't give a damn about DACA recipients. They're political pawns who are only useful to Dem's if they're suffering.

They'll try Trump in the court of public opinion.
Posted by: WisRich at November 12, 2019 11:59 AM (G0vdT)

If he deports him, he wins public opinion. He ran and won on immigration and deportation.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 12:02 PM (gCAC6)

328 the SC is allowing the suits against Remington to continue. Didn't see that coming,

Posted by: Easy Andy Paine at November 12, 2019 11:57 AM (Q5ALd)

maybe so they can kill it from the top bench?

i know, i joke to much.

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 12:03 PM (8D42x)

329 Or the bloody fucking peado who WENT TO FUCKING JAIL FOR IT, who was elected because no one knew until AFTER the election.



the VA GOPe, they don't want to rule, they want to be the last ones eaten.





Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (8D42x)

SturmToddler... if you are talking about Morrissey, EVERYONE knew about his history with his now wife. When I say everyone, I mean all his voters and every politician in the state. He was expelled from the GA over it and served a very short jail sentence for a misdemeanor conviction on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Thing is, literally no one cares for the same reason that marrying the girl used to be an absolute defense against charges of statutory rape. I do not like Morrissey's politics but Petersburg and its environs knew who they were getting when they chose him in the primaries (he was not the incumbent) and they knew who they were getting when they voted for him in the general election.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at November 12, 2019 12:03 PM (nAiE/)

330 We'll Cut the Baby in Half!
Posted by: garrett at November 12, 2019 11:53 AM (AIGhm)


After keeping it comfortable

Posted by: Governor Blackface, VA at November 12, 2019 12:03 PM (Bz+Gi)

331
If he deports him, he wins public opinion. He ran and won on immigration and deportation.

Posted by: squirrelly dan at November 12, 2019 12:02 PM (gCAC6)

This.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at November 12, 2019 12:04 PM (nAiE/)

332 Posted by: Tom Servo at November 12, 2019 11:54 AM (Kpl3J)

I lived a pretty good life in my hometown. I left because SW Houston is Central America del Norte. Two generations of open borders does have an impact. It was 1992 that Sam Nuchia as police chief declared asking for legal status of law breakers to be verbotten. That directive is still in force.

HPD General Order 500-5 dated 6/25/1992.

Posted by: DanMan at November 12, 2019 12:06 PM (XTiHL)

333 Or the bloody fucking peado who WENT TO FUCKING JAIL FOR IT, who was elected because no one knew until AFTER the election.



the VA GOPe, they don't want to rule, they want to be the last ones eaten.





Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 11:11 AM (8D42x)

SturmToddler... if you are talking about Morrissey, EVERYONE knew about his history with his now wife. When I say everyone, I mean all his voters and every politician in the state. He was expelled from the GA over it and served a very short jail sentence for a misdemeanor conviction on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Thing is, literally no one cares for the same reason that marrying the girl used to be an absolute defense against charges of statutory rape. I do not like Morrissey's politics but Petersburg and its environs knew who they were getting when they chose him in the primaries (he was not the incumbent) and they knew who they were getting when they voted for him in the general election.


Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at November 12, 2019 12:03 PM (nAiE/)

Thanks for that. I wasn't aware it was quite so well known.

but i wonder if it could have mattered to the rest of the state.

imagine the #metoo adds the GOP could have run if they tie him and the LT GOV together. add in the abortion on demand even post birth, and it might have helped in a couple OTHER races.

idk.

just pissed off to see us do so little.

and for that fuck gov blackface to immediately start talk about gun confiscation and bans...

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 12, 2019 12:08 PM (8D42x)

334 296 >>Report: Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Wants to Buy an NFL Team

The Seattle Gheys ?
Posted by: Ronna Romney at November 12, 2019 11:56 AM (Pzzpr)

The Washington Bureaucrats, whose mascot will be Deep State Dave and his briefcase of pain.

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 12, 2019 12:10 PM (RD7QR)

335 I don't believe it! Kamala Harris goes down!

POLL: Kamala Harris slips to 1% in NH...

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at November 12, 2019 12:18 PM (+y/Ru)

336 I see quite a lot of folks (here and elsewhere) simply giving up and more or less resigned to either blue oppression or to a new civil war. Part of that is because I suspect that the average age of the commenters is about 29 which of course means that they are unaware of historical vicissitudes in politics. Add in black pillers that do nothing but doom doom doom posts which is rather self defeating. They obviously did not read the Little Train that Could in their youth.

I posted a rather lengthy rant that folks can look up if they wish. But, if you do not want oppression or you do not want a civil war where no one is safe then do not expect anyone to come and save your bacon.

Read up on How to Take Back your Government (by Robert A. Heinlein) which more or less is a primer to citizen centered politics at the local level. Put down the games, the movies, the art, etc. as time wasters that they are if you truly believe that our republic is in danger.

The first rule of politics is that the votes are in the precincts and a helluva lot of folks are not voting. To get them to do so, ask them personally, not through robocalls etc. To find them, go to where the people are.

If no candidates for your party are running, then step up and do it yourself. Run for city council, run for that state rep seat, etc. Done right, minor offices can be won by low cost methods of campaigning.

We always seem to call out the global warming folks that if they believed what they were saying, then they are sure not acting as if it is true.

WE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM FOLKS. Far too many people express doom doom doom but are apparently unwilling to do anything about it.

People whine about the media, then start up a blog dealing with local issues. People whine about no candidates, then become one or work to recruit one from friends and family. People whine about massive amounts of money being spent, so what, Hillary outspent Trump considerably, while money is useful--remember ultimately the transference of money to votes is not necessarily efficient. The most efficient campaigns rely on word of mouth. People whine about GopE, then join and work your way up via the local offices--those that control votes have power. The only way you can do anything in politics is to join with others and forget the purity tests--accept that the absolute is the enemy of the good and go to win. Do not become a "beautiful loser" as Bill Kristol demonstrates in real time the disadvantages of that.

For you folks stuck with a terminal state party, found a new one like the Dems did in MN and affiliate with the state party-aka like the DFL.

I suspect that if someone revived the old Reform party in CA, they might do quite well not being associated with the old decaying CA-GOP. Blanket primaries serve a lot of mischief to do that sort of thing. Do what Farange did in Brexit, where good Reps are running, stay out of race but engage in other areas. New York has their second line option, and so forth.

To win, first take over the precincts, then take over the local offices, then take over the local state offices, then the U.S. House, and statewide offices. Offer an alternative, allow candidates to appeal to local interests, don't try to nationalize, homogenize, etc. Remember that big business is not your friend--they want the uniparty for obviously corrupt reasons, similarly government as an institution is not your friend, thus, treat them as you would as someone with a grudge against you and keep your guard up.

If you are in a GOP controlled area, then put the pressure on your officials and don't set back watching the termites undermine the foundation. Take back your local and state parties which means engagement with the system.

Decline, civil war, government oppression, these are all ultimately the sum total of individual's actions. The obverse is true as well.
After action reports with nothing done to change things, is simply fuel on the fire for inaction. And you have to keep doing them--which is where conservatives often fall short--they fight one big battle and then go off to do their private lives expecting the system to maintain itself. Like most things in life, what is worthwhile does not come without a struggle and that struggle, just like maintaining an old house, is necessary to keep the roof on and the structure from collapsing.

Posted by: whig at November 12, 2019 12:23 PM (MItID)

337 Want a good laugh? Visit the VA GOP website.

Posted by: Joe Bar at November 12, 2019 12:57 PM (IpwN/)

338 "We're not voting our way out of this."
Then why worry about voting? If we're not voting our way out of this, then voting doesn't matter even one iota. The focus should be on whatever way(s) gets us out of this.

Posted by: FaCubeItches at November 12, 2019 01:00 PM (rznWS)

339 There is NO EXCUSE for failing to run a candidate in a world full of FREE social media that any savvy candidate can use to their advantage.

The RNC is worthless and stupid.

Posted by: Chris W at November 12, 2019 01:39 PM (HPcI7)

340 Fantastic piece. Thanks for writing and bringing this up!

Posted by: Draki at November 12, 2019 03:19 PM (Fvogs)

341 Beto was there, but the there wasn't.

Posted by: klaftern at November 12, 2019 05:25 PM (RuIsu)

342 I was GOP chairman in a very red county in a semi-rural area of a fast-growing western state during the 2008 campaign. I was in my mid-50s at the time, and was often the youngest person at our monthly meetings. Our membership, such as it was, was far more interested in bitching about taxes than about actually doing some ground work--making calls, and knocking on doors. I see nothing has changed in the intervening years, and the once mighty Virginia GOP is a shadow of its 80s self. As all us old farts dies off, the Republican party will die also.

Posted by: austere religious scholar at November 12, 2019 06:20 PM (WusEB)

343 How about you recognize that in at least SOME of those races, they ran unopposed because of court-imposed gerrymandering that happened in such a way as to minimize Republican response to it?

It wasn't ALL the GOP's fault. It was also in large part the fault of activists in black robes. Give credit/blame where it's due, Weasel.

Posted by: GWB at November 12, 2019 06:34 PM (xY/CR)

344 Seriously? What happens when republican canvassers go out in public to campaign?"Violence"I worry when I get mail from the "The republican party!" it may lead to being targeted.

Posted by: obsidian at November 13, 2019 02:07 PM (7+yqP)

345 The Republican party has long hated their constituents, at first on a class basis but lately on a cultural/racial basis as well. They got stuck with the uncool white kids, I'm afraid. Embarrassing at all those parties among celebrities, journalists, and their alleged political opponents. That's why they go around all the time quacking about how they really don't care about the browning of America - they really don't care. They don't care about the consequences, the destruction of their supposed ideology and their party. The destruction of Constitutional freedoms. The destruction of the nation. THEY HATE THEIR CONSTITUENTS and are angry that they have to grovel for their votes.

Posted by: jb at November 13, 2019 04:00 PM (jxKD5)

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