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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    In other news, the Republican Governor of Vermont became the first statewide official to back Trump primary challenger William Weld.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...-trump-1331312

    These are small steps but it's been a while since we've explicitly had anything like this. No statewide officeholder backed challengers to Clinton, W or Obama. I don't know if Pat Buchanan had any governors or senators endorse him, and he got 38 percent in New Hampshire.
    Looks like Vermont has changed governors since I was living next door. I remember the last guy - the one who looked like he wanted to extract gelfling essence for immortality.
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    Why worry? The election is still a year and a half away. Plenty of time for candidates, including Uncle Joe to rise and fall in the polls. It’s far too early to take any numbers seriously. By the by, not every Democrat obsesses over stuff like slavery reparations, something I’ve always found to be borderline idiotic and a waste of time, and I agree with Biden’s stance on combatting racism. Someone has to appeal to voters who are moderate like I am, aren’t rabid one way or the other, and, so far, Joe is doing just that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    One of my English teachers regarded that as pretty close to a documentary.

    And must admit own gut feeling is that it’s closer to truth than any subsequent FBI “clearance”.
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    Sanders' gun votes are again a potential liability among Democratic base

    WASHINGTON — Sandy Phillips, who lost her 24-year-old daughter, Jessi, in the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado seven years ago, can’t forgive Sen. Bernie Sanders, now a top-tier candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

    Sanders, in the House at the time, supported a 2005 law backed by the National Rifle Association granting gun manufacturers broad legal protections and was one of 59 Democrats to vote for the legislation in the GOP-led House. Sanders and Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio are the only Democratic presidential candidates to have voted for that bill, which Phillips said nearly bankrupted her family.

    Phillips says she called Sanders during the 2016 presidential primary campaign when he was competing against Hillary Clinton, asking for an explanation of his vote.

    “He was like ‘I’d love to talk to you about this, but I’m really busy,’” Phillips told NBC News, describing him as “extremely dismissive and arrogant.”

    In early 2016, days before the Iowa caucuses, Sanders, a Vermont independent, announced he would co-sponsor a repeal of the law as he faced criticism over his position. Weeks later, he contradicted himself, saying gun crime victims should not be able to sue — only to reverse course again days later during a debate by saying, “They have the right to sue.”
    Phillips’ story reveals a potential political liability for Sanders, who has at times backed the NRA’s agenda over his decadeslong congressional career. In addition to his support for legislation limiting lawsuits on gun-makers, Sanders also voted against a 1993 bill that would have established national background checks.

    He now faces a large, diverse primary field and an activist party base empowered by a youth-driven demand for new gun safety measures — seen in the student-led demonstrations after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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    Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening

    WASHINGTON — President Trump singled him out for praise even while attacking other members of the Supreme Court. The White House nominated people close to him to important judicial posts. And members of the Trump family forged personal connections.

    Their goal was to assure Justice Anthony M. Kennedy that his judicial legacy would be in good hands should he step down at the end of the court’s term this week, as he was rumored to be considering. Allies of the White House were more blunt, warning the 81-year-old justice that time was of the essence. There was no telling, they said, what would happen if Democrats gained control of the Senate after the November elections and had the power to block the president’s choice as his successor.

    There were no direct efforts to pressure or lobby Justice Kennedy to announce his resignation on Wednesday, and it was hardly the first time a president had done his best to create a court opening. “In the past half-century, presidents have repeatedly been dying to take advantage of timely vacancies,” said Laura Kalman, a historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    But in subtle and not so subtle ways, the White House waged a quiet campaign to ensure that Mr. Trump had a second opportunity in his administration’s first 18 months to fulfill one of his most important campaign promises to his conservative followers — that he would change the complexion and direction of the Supreme Court.
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    In 2015, as well as 2016, and 2017, that "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published profiles of Mark Reed, who on three occasions has failed to get elected to U.S. Congress to represent California’s 30th Congressional District, having gone down in defeat to Rep. Mark Sherman all three times. And we don’t mean he lost, as much as got crushed. Reed, for whatever reason in his debate against Sherman, tried attacking him and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of not being supportive enough of Israel, which is amazing in that both not only have records that show they are supportive of Israel, but they’re also both coincidentally Jewish, to boot. Reed has a website loaded with misleading information about the Affordable Care Act, his opposition to same-sex marriage, as well as climate change denial. Perhaps the best reason to not elect him to office is his long police record featuring two arrests for narcotics possession. His 2016 campaign website featured an inspirational quote from Founding Father John Adams regarding debt, that is not, in fact, something that Adams has ever actually been recorded saying. And while Reed failed in his fourth attempt at getting elected to Congress in 2018. We don’t know when he’s finally going to take a hint.



    It was one year ago today that “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who prior to winning that office in the 2014 elections, was a member of the Texas state legislature for over a decade. And while there’s no shortage of Texas Republicans for CSGOPOTD to have profiled through the past few years, Ken Paxton earned our notice not just for the usual Fundamentalism you see from members of the Lone Star State GOP, but for the fact that while he was tasked with enforcing the law in Texas, he was simultaneously fighting an extended legal battle while being accused of committing securities fraud. But that’s really not all, as Paxton’s alleged illegal activity and all his chicanery to avoid ever going to go to trial for it until after the 2018 elections, if at all, (the indictments for white collar crime are almost three years old now) have cost a small fortune in legal fees. Legal fees which were paid for by campaign donors of Paxton, so he’s had to report “gifts” he’s received totaling over $84,000 to keep himself out of court. Again, this is the guy responsible with the law being enforced in Texas. Although, his interest in what the law actually is seems hyper-focused on partisan politics, as Paxton has encouraged state officials to ignore the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, chastised school districts for respecting the gender identity of students trying to use the bathroom, and Paxton sent a “cease and desist” letter to Texas public schools for busing students eligible to vote to the polls, which has been encouraged previously in Texas since the Civil Rights movement passed over half a century ago. It seems Paxton is terrified of the thought of young people having access to our democracy.

    But Paxton is threatened by a great many things, and will flat out make things up to feign outrage over, like the time he accused a Texas school district of creating a “Muslim-only prayer room, which was in no way a part of reality. Or it could be just that Ken doesn’t see that well out of his droopy eye, or something.

    Maybe none of this should come as much of a surprise, because when you look at Paxton’s career in the Texas state legislature, there were signs he was a fanatic, like when he co-sponsored HB 3678, a bill aimed at allowing students greater expression of their religious beliefs in public schools, like say, when a teacher dared to mention that evolution is a thing. He also co-sponsored SB 14, a bill to suppress the vote in Texas via stricter Voter ID laws, voted for bills that attempted to nullify federal firearm regulations, co-sponsored legislation that would enact the failure of a conservative policy of drug testing welfare recipients, voted against HB 950, which would have guaranteed equal pay for women in Texas, and was a co-sponsor ofTexas’ HB 2 law, which was aimed at closing down all the abortion clinics in the state by creating stricter requirements for them.

    In spite of all the indictments that have held against him for years now, as well as his long track record of extremist lunacy, Ken Paxton decided not to bow out of the 2018 elections, and only narrowly won re-election, barely cracking the 50% threshhold. His trial for securities fraud has yet to begin, and his wife, Angela Paxton, is now a Texas State Senator trying to draft legislation that would exempt her husband from facing jail time for the crimes he’s committed (really). He has taken his second term in office to do such effective things such as launch an investigation into the city of San Antonio for refusing to open a Chik-Fil-A in their airport because of the company’s history of anti-LGBTQ activities, because Paxton feels they may have rejected the chicken franchise due to “religious discrimination. (Remember Texas, he’s spending taxpayer dollars on that investigation.)
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    I'd say it's a liability only to Sanders if he continues supporting the NRA which is a serious nonstarter to Democrat voters.

    I'm surprised Trump is being quiet about his wanting to veer SCOTUS hard right since being subtle isn't his strong suit.

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    Trump Threatens ‘Official End Of Iran’ If It Wants To Fight

    The president’s warning comes amid escalating tensions between the two nations. The Leader of the Free World openly threatened another nation, and cowardly Republicans in Congress looked the other way. Fucking shameful!

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    Trump Says Fox News Is Moving To ‘Losing’ Side By Covering Democrats

    The president claimed the outlet was making the wrong move by giving airtime to his opponents. To be honest, I wonder why Faux News did that too. I mean, it's not like they're "fair and balanced', that much is common knowledge.

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    Chick-fil-A Executive Calls Supporting Anti-LGBTQ Organizations A ‘Higher Calling’

    The fast-food company has continued to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ groups despite backlash. I used to enjoy dining at Chick-fil-a, but not anymore. Their homophobic policies are nothing short of repugnant.

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    Wave Of Protests Planned For Tuesday Over State Abortion Bans

    The Women’s March, Planned Parenthood and other groups are staging nationwide actions against the new “heartbeat” laws and Alabama’s abortion ban.

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    Navy Submarine Sailors Kept ‘Rape’ Lists Of Female Colleagues, Military Probe Finds

    One woman told investigators the lists made “her question all males on the boat.” As a Navy veteran (1976-1996), this disgusts me no end.
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    Conspiracy theory: The GOP thinks he'll back Roe when the multiple challenges come before the Court, they have to get him out and replace him with another hack to ensure the vote goes their way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCAll View Post
    Conspiracy theory: The GOP thinks he'll back Roe when the multiple challenges come before the Court, they have to get him out and replace him with another hack to ensure the vote goes their way.
    Short of Kennedy suddenly croaking in the middle of the night like Antonin Scalia, or some scandal popping up from out of left field that forces him to step down, I seriously doubt the GOP would have time to replace him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Short of Kennedy suddenly croaking in the middle of the night like Antonin Scalia, or some scandal popping up from out of left field that forces him to step down, I seriously doubt the GOP would have time to replace him.
    The article is an year old. It's about a political effort that worked (Trump & company convincing Kennedy to retire so they could put in Kavanaugh.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    The article is an year old. It's about a political effort that worked (Trump & company convincing Kennedy to retire so they could put in Kavanaugh.)
    Well I feel like a dork, I got Kennedy mixed up with Roberts. Oops.

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    He's ahead now because of name recognition, but what's he got to offer middle of the road voters who care about the issues? He's been almost dismissive of people who ask him about policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    He's ahead now because of name recognition, but what's he got to offer middle of the road voters who care about the issues? He's been almost dismissive of people who ask him about policy.
    I saw it said best on twitter: Biden is running the campaign that people accused Hillary of running.

    That said, do not underestimate the general fondness people have for Biden. It's a really potent weapon.

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    There are a lot of Dem voters whose #1 priority is beating Trump. All the other issues are secondary. If they think Biden has the best chance in the General, especially in the States that were stolen from Hillary like WI and MI, they will vote for Biden in the primaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    There are a lot of Dem voters whose #1 priority is beating Trump. All the other issues are secondary. If they think Biden has the best chance in the General, especially in the States that were stolen from Hillary like WI and MI, they will vote for Biden in the primaries.
    But those people already hate Trump and have from the start. What's Biden going to say to the people who are looking at the employment numbers and how Trump is "getting tough" with China and support the trade wars? How's he going to beat Trump if won't offer those people some sort of alternative that's going to improve their lives?

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