53 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-16-18

  1. Yep. He went there.

    Dems will call it mudslinging, but he speaks the truth.


    “New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is being called out as a “hypocrite” in an ad released by his Republican opponent Bob Hugin for believing Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault accuser even though Menendez faced allegations of sexual relations with minors.

    The ad comes as Menendez was one of the first senators to publicly say he believed Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of high school-era sexual assault. After an FBI investigation could not find corroborating evidence of the claims, Menendez said “if that’s an investigation, it’s a bullsh*t investigation.”

    However, years prior, a Department of Justice investigation against Menendez turned up with “corroborating evidence” that Menendez and a South Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, used underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. An FBI investigation, however, did not find corroborating evidence on this specific claim.

    In the ad released Monday, Hugin calls out Menendez for his hypocrisy in relation to the two issues, asking Menendez about the underage girls who accused him of sexual misconduct and why their voices do not deserve to be heard.

    The ad also mentions that it was former President Barack Obama’s DOJ who had evidence that Menendez was allegedly traveling to the Dominican Republic for several years to engage in sexual activity with minors.”


  2. Tossed. And she has to pay Trump’s legal fees. 🙂

    Never-Trumpers and creepy porn lawyers hardest hit by the news.


  3. Wave?

    Or wave goodbye…….


    “The key to voter enthusiasm in this midterm cycle may be the same as it is in real estate: Location, location, location. ABC News’ Rick Klein takes a look at the current generic-ballot polling from the latest Washington Post/ABC partnership and notes that the double-digit Democratic lead would normally spell curtains for the GOP. However, Klein points out that almost all of it comes in districts well in hand for Democrats — and that the battleground looks far different:

    If this was a national referendum on President Donald Trump, he’d be set for a thumping, or a shellacking, or whatever word a president not named Trump might select in conceding defeat.

    But it isn’t. Therein lies the core of Democrats’ concerns with 22 days to go, as they worry that a whole lot of their midterm enthusiasm will wind up wasted in places they don’t need the extra votes. …

    Nationwide, Trump has a 41 percent approval rating, and Democrats have a 53-42 percent edge in the generic ballot for the House. But inside the 66 districts that are tossups, or only leaning toward one party or the other — the majority makers, or breakers — that lead evaporates into a 46-47 Democrats v. Republicans race.

    It’s a similar dynamic — driven by Democratic strength in cities, and weaknesses in rural areas — that is driving House and Senate forecasts in opposite directions, amid a campaign close set to be dominated by the president.

    It could be even worse than that from the Democratic perspective. The WaPo/ABC generic ballot result is on the outer edge of the aggregation at RCP, where Democrats have a 7.3-point lead. It’s probably too much to call it an outlier, as Reuters and CNN both give Democrats similar leads, but most other recent polls put the difference in single digits. Rasmussen calls it a solid tie and IBD/TIPP has it at D+2, but most of the polls are in the D+6 -to- D+8 range.

    Even going by the WaPo/ABC poll’s numbers, the results from the 66 battleground districts would tend to make it difficult for Democrats to win control of the House. They need a 23-seat flip, which means they’d have to win 45 of those seats in an aggregate R+1 environment. The redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts makes that easier, perhaps lowering the number of other seats to flip to 18 or so. But that still means they’d need to win 42 out of 66 seats in an environment that slightly favors Republicans. It’s not impossible, but it’s not the way I’d bet.”

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  4. Project Veritas is at it again.


    “Senator McCaskill on Tape: “Of course!” She Would Vote Yes on Gun Bans”

    Campaign Staff Says: McCaskill supports “a semi-automatic rifle ban“

    McCaskill is Quiet on Gun Views “because she has a bunch of Republican voters,” Secretly Supports Gun Control Group

    Staff: Wait Until After Election to Bring up Trump Impeachment; to Voters: “Get over it”

    “People just can’t know” McCaskill and Obama “essentially have the same views on everything.”

    ““People just can’t know that.”

    According to Mills, Senator McCaskill conceals her support of Moms Demand Action, a gun control group, and other similar organizations because they would “…hurt her ability to get elected.”

    MILLS: “But she doesn’t openly go out and support groups like ‘Mom’s Demand Action’ or just like other groups that are related to that. Because that could hurt, her ability to get elected. Because people like see that and they’re like well I don’t want to support her even though they stand for the same policies…”

    MILLS: “She’s worked out stuff with Mom’s Demand Action to make sure that she can support their goals without supporting the organization openly. And you know, Mom’s Demand Action does the exact same thing. Like a lot of our volunteers are actually from there. She’s really good about strategy and making sure she has a goal and can get there.”

    Nicolas Starost, another individual who works on Senator McCaskill’s campaign, explains how President Obama won’t campaign for Senator McCaskill in Missouri despite their similar views on politics. Starost says this is because Senator McCaskill needs to distance herself from the Democratic party to appeal to more voters:

    STAROST: “Because of how like, cause he’s a very liberal candidate. And like… Claire distancing herself from the party is gonna help her win more votes than it will saying like: “Oh here’s Obama, the former President of the United States, to now speak on my behalf.” Which is unfortunate because I love Obama to pieces, and I’d love to see him come here.”

    JOURNALIST: “And they essentially have the same views on everything?”

    STAROST: “Yeah. People just can’t know that.””

    Yeah, we can’t have voters knowing the truth, right?

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  5. And also on that note….

    Shhhhhhhh…. it’s a secret.


    “One of the most prestigious and richest progressive think-tanks is urging Democrats in competitive races to hide their real intentions from voters. In a remarkable move, the Center for American Progress is telling Democrats running for office to avoid (“spend as little time as possible” on) discussing immigration – because the issue works for Republicans, not Democrats. Let me translate: deceive voters about what you plan to accomplish if they hand you power.

    The Center for American Progress is the think-tank founded by John Podesta and lavishly funded by the radical billionaires who pose as saviors of the poor while pushing policies that enrich themselves and close the doors of opportunity to the underclass. CAP carries a lot of clout among Dems.

    I credit the New York Times for obtaining a copy of the four-page memo that CAP circulated among Dems running for office and explaining what’s in it. Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes:

    Democrats, the strategists who prepared the memo advised, could neutralize the attacks if they responded head-on. But they should spend “as little time as possible” talking about immigration itself, and instead pivot to more fruitful issues for Democrats like health care and taxation.

    The strategists worry that Republicans’ foreboding immigration message is far more personal to most voters than the more modulated position of Democrats, whose push to protect the young immigrants [sic] known as Dreamers and to ensure humane treatment of undocumented people [sic] does not, in many cases, affect voters themselves.

    “It is very difficult to win on immigration with vulnerable voters in the states Trump carried in 2016,” the strategy memo said, arguing that “even the most draconian of Republican policies,” such as family separation and threats to deport the Dreamers – undocumented immigrants [sic] who were brought to the United States as children – failed to sway most of them.

    Other Democrats in close races need no advice from CAP to know that they’d better stay mum about raising taxes. “

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  6. Poor Mittens. 🙄

    Always on the losing side.


    “In a telling sign that the “NeverTrump” faction of Republicans has become a joke among voters, if not among pundits, Mitt Romney, former GOP nominee for president and current nominee for senator in Utah, claimed that the label does not belong before his name. ABC News reports:

    Mitt Romney came to Arizona to help out a fellow Senate hopeful and he ended up getting in a jam himself.

    The former presidential candidate and governor headlined a rally for Rep. Martha McSally on Friday in Gilbert, Arizona, to help boost her campaign to fill the Senate seat being left open by Sen. Jeff Flake’s departure, but comments Romney made after the event have drawn some criticism.

    When Romney was asked what happened with his efforts to stop Donald Trump from becoming president in 2016, Romney denied being a leader in the so-called “never Trump” movement.

    “I don’t think that was the case,” Romney said.

    “President Trump was not the person I wanted to become the nominee of our party, but he’s president now. The policies he’s promoted have been pretty effective. And I support a lot of those policies. When there’s a place where I disagree, I point that out,” he said.

    Good for him, admitting that Trump has been “pretty effective.” As far as denying being a NeverTrump goes, it flies in the face of a lot of evidence. For one thing, he refused to vote for his party’s nominee in 2016, instead writing in his wife’s name. That’s better than voting for Hillary, as George Will urged, but it does nothing to stop the malign Clinton machine from winning the White House.”

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  7. Trump is delivering on Reagan’s vision. 🙂

    You’re welcome! 🙂


    “For those on the left and right who were certain that Donald Trump’s presidency meant the end of global free trade… think again. Though Trump’s critics have dismissed the significance of the new Mexico and Canada trade deal (USMCA), it’s hard to deny it’s a welcome advance for the economy of the entire continent. The pact will extend for years a (mostly) tariff-free North America trade zone. This was Ronald Reagan’s vision nearly four decades ago — and that legacy will now live on for hopefully many years to come.

    Here’s just one example of the importance of this agreement. In the area of energy production, the integration of our economies and the freer flow of energy investment capital across our southern and northern borders means more pipelines, more LNG terminals, more oil refineries, and more exploration. North America is now poised to be the new Middle East for energy production for the next fifty years with all the related economic advantages that confers on our region.

    One of the most favorable outcomes of the new trade pact is the provision that locks in 10 years of patent protections for new pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. While some critics are portraying this as a sell-out to the big drug companies, the opposite is true. Patent protections for drugs invented in America reduce costs for American consumers by forcing foreign countries to help pay for the research costs (about $1 billion for each new drug brought to market) and stop free riding on our innovation.

    As University of Chicago professor Tomas J. Philipson puts it in a 2018 study on the drug industry:“There is no free lunch. If neither Americans nor foreigners pay for the R&D to develop new drugs, then soon nobody will receive new treatments.”

    “Opponents of the new trade agreement on the left and right have nitpicked about certain hard-to-defend features of the plan — such as foolish wage requirements for Mexican auto workers. But this misses the bigger point. USMCA means that free trade is alive and well across the borders of North America.

    Congratulations to Donald Trump and his trade team for delivering an agreement that will promote prosperity across all three nations.”


  8. 538 is likely to be as correct as they were last time they predicted an election. Many Trump voters are very quiet. Even I don’t have a yard sign or bumper sticker, and I’m not constantly tooting the horn for him to others. But people want to know their president doesn’t think them stupid for wanting their country to be healthy and independent. And they want their representatives to know that too. I’m starting to smell a small ‘red wave’. ;–)


  9. Fortunately, even as Trump made it socially unacceptable to be a sexual predator, he is making it intellectually unacceptable to be a protectionist.


  10. I think Sasse could beat both Trump and Warren running as a third party candidate.


  11. Ignorance has been costing us to lose American manufacturing for decades.

    A third party run by Sasse would almost certainly elect Warren. Never-Trump Republicans are not going to be able to elect a president on their own. Even Trumpers could not elect him without the help of a few sane working Democrats due to widespread TDS among NTers. There are not enough elitist Democrats and Republicans to elect Sasse.


  12. HRW,

    Or perhaps there’s more to the story that the Capt. and his wife aren’t telling. That seems much more plausible.


  13. The NY Times favorite leaker is likely heading off to jail.

    Too bad the same can’t be said about the reporter prostituting herself out for the story.


    “A former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee has pleaded guilty to one count of giving a false statement to FBI agents looking into leaks of national security information to several reporters, including one at the New York Times he dated, the Justice Department announced Monday.

    James A. Wolfe, 58, was in charge of maintaining all classified information coming from the executive branch to the Senate panel. He served as the panel’s security director for 29 years.

    “Did you make a false statement to the FBI?” D.C. district court judge Ketanji B. Jackson asked Wolfe in court on Monday. Wolfe had been scheduled to appear for a routine status hearing, before prosecutors announced that “substantial” negotiations had produced a guilty plea.

    “I did, your honor,” Wolfe responded.

    Wolfe lied to the FBI in December 2017 about contacts he had with three reporters, according to a statement of offense released Monday as part of his guilty plea. He also allegedly lied about giving two reporters non-public information about committee matters. His guilty plea on Monday to one count means that the other two counts against him will be dismissed.”


  14. Blowback.


    “Former Trump campaign associate Carter Page filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the Democratic National Committee and its law firm, which commissioned the infamous Steele dossier.

    Page filed the suit in federal court in Oklahoma against the DNC, the law firm, Perkins Coie, and two of its partners, Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann.

    Perkins Coie, which also represented the Hillary Clinton campaign, is the firm that hired Fusion GPS, the opposition researcher that investigated Donald Trump’s links to Russia.

    Elias was Perkins Coie’s main contact to Fusion GPS, which was founded by three former Wall Street Journal reporters.”


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  16. Oh my…..



  17. Aj

    Perhaps you’re right. There might be more to the story. Just like there more to the story of Van Jones kick the Republicans story. As in he might have used it as a metaphor as FOX viewers may have learned except for some nice editing. As for Project Veritas….nobody takes them seriously


  18. I don’t see Warren as the Dem candidate. After the Kavanugh debacle, Harris looks better and Booker looks even worse. Harris and Sanders look the best so far.


  19. And now a word from your President:


  20. What a great time it is to be an English teacher, or an Economics professor, or an elementary school spelling teacher!


  21. “As for Project Veritas….nobody takes them seriously”

    Sure, because why would anyone take video evidence of them saying exactly what PV says they’re saying seriously? All the video is available, unedited if you prefer, as always with PV.


  22. And yeah, Horseface was a bit much, but he nailed it on the 3rd rate lawyer part..

    I can see why he would want to lash out after his treatment by these 2, but name calling won’t help, because that’s all Ricky and company will focus on. Why give them ammo?


  23. Clamping down on activist judges.


    “Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday lit into federal judges for what he called a dramatic uptick in “outrageous” decisions threatening to interfere with the separation of powers by exposing internal White House deliberations.

    In a fiery speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, Sessions warned that “once we go down this road in American government, there is no turning back.” He vowed to take “these discovery fights to the Supreme Court in emergency postures. … We intend to fight this, and we intend to win.”

    Sessions specifically singled out New York district court judge Jesse M. Furman, who ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could be questioned in an ongoing lawsuit concerning the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

    Furman’s decision, Sessions said, contradicts longstanding statutory provisions that protect certain executive branch discussions from disclosure, in order to encourage free and open deliberations by executive branch officials. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including several liberal states, are arguing in part that the White House added the citizenship question for political reasons.

    The judge wants “to hold a trial over the inner workings of a Cabinet secretary’s mind,” and inappropriately allow inquiry into the motivations for the Trump administration’s decisions, Sessions said.

    Furman’s order, which was upheld by a New York federal appellate court, has been stayed by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The full Supreme Court is expected to decide the issue soon.

    The pending court challenges against the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question, legal experts tell Fox News, face an uphill battle not only because conservatives now command a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, but also because traditionally it’s been the White House’s prerogative to decide whether to inquire about citizenship on the census.”


  24. HRW and Ricky,

    So tell me, and be honest. Which is more newsworthy?

    A. A story about a sitting Senator outing numerous victims of abuse who didn’t want to be outed?

    B. Or Trump calling some porn star a “Horseface” and not using proper punctuation?

    You know the answer is A, and yet Horseface is where you and the media’s focus is. Why it’s almost like you guys have an agenda. 🙄


    “In her zeal to use the #MeToo movement against her Republican opponent, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-ND) campaign placed an ad purporting to be from victims of sexual assault calling out challenger Kevin Cramer for being insensitive.

    But several of the women named in the ad say they did not consent to having their name used in this manner, and at least one says she isn’t even a victim.

    The ad, which ran in several North Dakota newspapers including the Bismarck Tribune and the Wahpeton Daily News, was framed as an “open letter” to Rep. Cramer, criticizing his comments that the #MeToo movement was “a movement toward victimization.”

    “We are here to let you know that we have all suffered from domestic violence, sexual assault, or rape – and that yes, we expect somebody to believe us when we say it,” the letter states. A disclaimer that this was paid for by the Heitkamp for Senate campaign is featured at the bottom of the letter.

    Shortly after the ad ran, women who say they were named as signers began posting on Facebook that the campaign did not have their permission to publish their information. (Note: The Daily Wire will not post their names since that would be no different than what Heitkamp has done.)

    One woman posted in a Facebook group for Bismarck, ND, news that not only did she not give permission for her name to be used by the campaign, but that she doesn’t support Heitkamp and is not even a domestic abuse survivor.

    “This was posted in the Bismarck Tribune,” The woman says in her post, which contained a photo of the ad. “A lot of these people listed, including me, did not give anyone permission for our names to be posted. I don’t even support Heidi Heitkamp and I am not a domestic abuse survivor. Should this even be legal?? Using people’s names as part of your campaign??””


  25. Hey, I’ve got some Indian in me (more than Warren too)……..

    Maybe I need a casino too…. 🙂


    “Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday that he is taking a DNA test to prove that he is more Native American than Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.”

    “I’m going to take a DNA test,” Graham said. “I’ve been told that my grandmother was part Cherokee … it may just be all talk, but you’re going to find out in a couple of weeks.”

    “I’m taking it and the results are gonna be revealed here,” he said. “This is my Trump moment, this is reality TV.”

    Graham said he believes he can surpass Warren, who is somewhere between 0.09 and 1.5 percent Native American. President Donald Trump once told Warren that he would donate one million dollars to her favorite charity if she proved that she is Native American.

    “Will you ask for a million dollars from the president too?” Fox’s Brian Kilmeade asked Graham.

    “No, I want a casino and a million bucks,” Graham replied.”


  26. @ 7:30 No one outside of North Dakota knows or cares about A. Probably few people in North Dakota care.

    When an idiotic and trashy President engages in a Twitter war with one of his porn star ex-mistresses, that is news in the era of Trump.

    When he calls her “Horseface” on Twitter, that is typical Trump behavior and gets major coverage. Imagine the response of Fox if Obama had a porn star mistress and referred to her as “Horseface”.

    When the moron accidentally calls himself “a total con” because of his illiteracy, that is the funniest news since Trump announced that he and the North Korean Kim had “fallen in love”.


  27. Poor Ricky…

    Record high optimism.


    “Don’t expect a big Democratic wave this fall, a new CNBC poll says

    The poll of 800 Americans across the country, with a margin of error of 3.5 percent, found a six-point Democratic lead on the question of who voters will choose in the November congressional elections.

    The 42 percent to 36 percent margin is not far from what pollsters would expect given the greater percentage of Democratic registered voters.

    Working in the Republicans’ favor is not only record-high optimism about the economy but also about the stock market and near-record high optimism about wage growth.”

    “With economic optimism soaring in the country, will Democrats be able to sweep to power in either house of Congress or will buoyant sentiment help Republicans keep hold of their Congressional majorities?

    The latest CNBC All-America Economic Survey offers mixed signals, but leans against a wave Democratic election like that those that swept Republicans to power in 2010 and 2014.”


  28. Cal Thomas gets it.

    Why indeed….


    “Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections?

    Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the Trump administration, beginning with the obvious one, the economy: “They include 173 major wins, such as adding more than 4 million jobs, and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsize importance, such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members.”

    They also include two justices now on the U.S. Supreme Court and 82 other federal judges confirmed to lower courts.

    As the White House has touted, unemployment in all demographics is the lowest it has been since 1969. Despite a recent blip in the stock market, portfolios have grown fatter since Donald Trump became president. An analysis in The Wall Street Journal predicts economic growth is likely to continue “for years.”

    Other positives include updated trade deals with Mexico and Canada that will produce benefits for American manufacturers and workers far more than the old NAFTA deal ever did.

    Consumer confidence reached an 18-year high in September, according to Lynn Franco, director of Economic Indicators at the Conference Board, which conducts the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.”


  29. Simpson might have clammed up, but Baker is singing.

    He took the 5th because he knows he has criminal liability for his actions.

    Mueller might as well close up shop now. The charade is coming to an end.


    “Republicans, like North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, fired back.

    “You can’t just invoke the fifth in order to avoid questions before Congress,” Meadows said.

    The dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele and commissioned by Fusion GPS, was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through law firm Perkins Coie. It included salacious and unverified allegations about Trump’s visit to Russia before he was president and has become a central focus as lawmakers investigate the origins of the Russia investigation.

    Simpson’s refusal to testify comes as other key figures connected to the dossier have been called to testify on Capitol Hill this week, as the House investigation into Justice Department actions during the 2016 campaign comes to a head.

    A deposition is also scheduled for Thursday with James A. Baker, the FBI’s former top lawyer. Baker, who had a close working relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, left the bureau earlier this year.

    Earlier this month, Baker testified about the genesis of the bureau’s Russia investigation, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News. He also testified that Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann gave him documents pertaining to the Russia probe, suggesting another connection between the early stages of the FBI’s Russia probe and those working with the DNC and the Clinton campaign, the sources said.

    House Republicans have also scheduled a deposition for Friday with Nellie Ohr, a Russia researcher for Simpson’s company. Ohr is married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official who has also testified about his contact with Simpson during the campaign.”


  30. Poor Trumpkins and poor Republicans! They thought that the Kavanaugh backlash might change the direction of the House elections. My son was right. It all happened too early. Trump fell in love with Kim, humiliated himself of 60 Minutes, appears clueless on the Saudi murder mystery and is now fighting with Stormy Daniels and his own former lawyer who was supposed to keep her quiet. Paul Ryan is feeling very good about his decision to retire.



  31. Bad news: A huge percentage of American Christians are profoundly ignorant or heretical. Good news: Millennials are sharper and more orthodox than the rest.


  32. I don’t think the Trump tweet is more important, its just funny. I know laughing at illiterate adults is bad form but there should an exception in this case.

    The lady from North Dakota did blow it just like Feinstein did. Democrats are lousy politicians.


  33. It matters not if the full video is available. The first viewing leaves the impression just like the creative editing FOX did on Jones.


  34. Well, yes. And no.

    Pretty much like most other generations.


    … more than half of millennials (53%) now agree that the Bible “contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not literally true,” continuing a trend up from 46 percent in 2016 and 44 percent in 2014.

    More millennials are also now viewing God as “unconcerned with my day-to-day decisions”: 36 percent agreed in 2018, up from 30 percent in 2016 and 21 percent in 2014.

    Ligonier’s survey found that millennials have grown a bit more conservative on abortion as a sin (57% agreed in 2018 vs. 50% in 2016) and on sex outside of marriage as a sin (54% agreed in 2018 vs. 47% in 2016). However, about half believe that the Bible’s condemnation of homosexual behavior is outdated (51%) and that gender identity is a choice (46%).


  35. Sasse challenges the High Priest of The Trump Cult to a debate.


  36. Why do the Republicans insist on acting like Sally Field. “We’re winning we’re really winning” The child like euphoria is amusing but in reality there’s nothing to be excited about.
    For example; The new NAFTA isn’t significantly different than the old version. Mexico made a wage concession and Canada gave way on .5% of the milk market but the dispute mechanism ( which favours Canada) is still there and the corporate protections which generally penalized Cdn govts has been removed. No real win for anyone just minor adjustments. Probably not worth the expense of negotiations and the uncertainty in the market.


  37. HRW, Economically literate Republicans know that it is just a con. They know that there were very minor changes to NAFTA, which Trump called the “worst trade deal ever”. The really sharp ones know that some of those minor changes will make North American car manufacturers less competitive in the global marketplace. However, Trumpkins are cultists. They will believe anything Trump tells them to believe. They think he has a “great relationship” with Kim. They think he turned the economy around. They think Obama put “tapps” on his phone.


  38. @9:11 Speaking of which, I have one very conservative friend who insists that Congressional Republicans should have passed draconian cuts to domestic spending in 2017. He believes Trump would have signed anything placed on his desk without having any understanding of what he was signing and then would have been forced to try to convince his white welfare state supporters that this was good for them. It was probably worth a try.


  39. So someone else is thinking about a third party candidate.

    As noted this morning, third party success would be much easier if Warren were to be the Democratic nominee. Unfortunately, I think HRW is right and it is unlikely that they will pick her.


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