29 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-10-22

  1. Ya think?

    “Election results should be known election night”


    “Political season used to end the evening of Election Day or perhaps very early the next morning. People voted. Officials counted the ballots. Everyone learned what happened within a few hours. That was a good thing. It limited opportunities for fraud, such as election officials finding ballots after the fact. It also puts everyone on the same page when it comes to results. Given social media and the plethora of news sources, that’s especially important.

    But quick results are rarer these days. The Review-Journal decided not delay print deadlines for Nevada this election. The reason was simple. It’s unlikely the delay would allow the paper to publish meaningful results.

    It’s worse around the country. “Why midterms ‘election night’ will be more like ‘election week,’” ABC News reported Tuesday. America put a man on the moon more than five decades ago. Now, officials need days, instead of hours, to count votes. At least you can’t blame this on the disastrous math education provided by Nevada’s public schools. The culprit is the expansion of mail ballots.

    Nevada now sends a mail ballot to every registered voter. The law provides that officials can count a ballot received after Election Day. Those ballots must be postmarked before or on Election Day and received by this Saturday. Worse, if a ballot is received by Friday and has a postmark where the date “cannot be determined,” it’s counted.

    Nevada does do some things right. It allows county election officials to process and count ballots before Election Day. Nevada waits to release tabulations until the last person in line has voted. That’s annoying, but there’s a good reason for it. You don’t want to discourage voters because results from another part of the state make them believe a major race is over.

    Universal mail ballots are a mistake. They’re ripe for fraud and voter intimidation. Signature verification is a joke, too. But if Nevada is going to have them, the state should require ballots to be received by Election Day or that ballots be postmarked by the end of early voting.

    At least Nevada keeps counting ballots and releasing information. Clackamas County, Oregon’s third-biggest, said it will release results just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Its next update will come at Wednesday at 6 p.m. Pennsylvania officials have warned that it’ll take days to determine the winner of close races. They can’t process and count mail ballots until Election Day. Michigan officials have also warned of delays because of a surge in absentee voters.

    This makes election officials look incompetent. In places such as Maricopa County, Arizona, they don’t need any help.

    If someone wanted to erode civic trust, delays like this would be a pretty good place to start. Even if there isn’t fraud, the information vacuum will often be filled with conspiracy theories.”

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  2. Victor Davis Hanson answers a good question.

    “What, if anything, did the midterms tell us about the country — other than underwhelming Republicans could still take the House and Senate?”


    “During the COVID-19 lockdowns, American elections radically changed to mail-in and early voting. They did so in a wild variety of state-by-state ways. Add ranked voting and a required majority margin to the mess and the result is that once cherished Election Day balloting becomes increasingly irrelevant.

    Election Night also no longer exists. Returns are not counted for days. It is intolerable for a modern democracy to wait and wait for all sorts of different ballots both cast and counted under radically different and sometimes dubious conditions.

    The Democrats — with overwhelming media and money advantages — have mastered these arts of massive and unprecedented early, mail-in, and absentee voting. Old-fashioned Republicans count on riling up their voters to show up on Election Day. But it is far easier to finesse and control the mail-in ballots than to “get out the vote.”

    The country is divided in more ways than ever. America’s interior just gets redder and the bicoastal corridors bluer.

    Exceptional Republican gubernatorial or senatorial candidates like Lee Zeldin, Tudor Dixon, and Tiffany Smiley in blue states like New York, Michigan, or Washington cannot win upsets against even so-so Democratic incumbents — even during a supposedly bad election cycle for Democrats, laboring under a president with a 40 percent approval rating.

    Similarly, media-spawned leftist heartthrobs like Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams can burn through hundreds of millions of dollars. But they still cannot unseat workmanlike Republican incumbents in Texas and Georgia.

    Out-of-state immigration has only solidified these red-blue brand polarizations.

    Over the last decade, millions of conservatives have fled California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to Florida and Texas.

    The former states got bluer as New York governors like Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul said good riddance to fleeing conservatives — who were welcomed as refugees to red “free states.”

    As voters self-select residences on ideological grounds and the deleterious effect of blue-states’ governance, the country is gravitating into two antithetical nations. Americans vote not so much for individual personalities as blocs of incompatible parties, causes, and ideologies.

    Debates count for little anymore, especially after the disastrous performance of winners Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman and Hochul.

    Democrats often limited or avoided them altogether. And the Republican charging and complaining that they did so meant little at all.

    Democrats still voted for Democratic candidates, regardless of Fetterman’s clear cognitive inability to serve in the Senate and despite President Joe Biden’s failures, harm to the middle class, and unpopularity.

    Most Republicans are similar party loyalists, but not quite to the same degree — at least if some feared supporting a hardcore Trump-endorsed candidate might give them grief among family and friends.

    Winning or losing means revving up party bases, not running as much on a variety of issues. Biden’s vicious attacks on conservatives as semi-fascists and un-American worked. When he recklessly warned that democracy’s death was synonymous with Democrats losing, he further inflamed his base.

    Biden also goaded young people to vote by temporarily lowering gas prices through draining the strategic petroleum reserve, offering amnesty for marijuana offenses, and canceling half a trillion dollars of student loan debt. He told young women that they would die without unlimited abortions. And most of that mud stuck.

    In contrast, Republicans wrongly assumed all voters, red and blue, sensibly cared most about spiking inflation, unaffordable food and fuel, an open border, and a disastrous foreign policy.”

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  3. See the problem?

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  4. Clowns always have clown takes. 🙂

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  5. Yes, thank you for making other people pay the bill we ran up for our useless degree.

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  6. I keep telling you, I’m surrounded by idiots.

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  7. Apparently….

    “Maybe America hasn’t suffered enough yet”


    “It’s late as I write this, though not late enough to know how things will turn out. But there are things we can safely say just after midnight Eastern time on Tuesday as the vote counts roll in and the races get called.

    One of them is that for all the anger we’ve seen evidence of from Republican and independent voters, it seems pretty clear that channeling it into positive action is something beyond the reach of the GOP’s leadership and political class.

    Is that a failure of that leadership? Well, yes. It is. And we’ll spend weeks and months analyzing the fact that what was supposed to be a red wave election was more like a sea spray that might be just enough to take majorities in the House and Senate by the tiniest margins … or perhaps not even that. And we’ll be analyzing it within the context of the opportunity the GOP had in 2022 — and the party simply blew it.

    This should have been a massive wave election. Given the low job approval ratings of the sitting president in his first midterm election, and given the favorable generic congressional ballot numbers, this should have been a plus-five wave in the Senate and a plus-30 wave, or bigger, in the House. It also should have resounded down to statehouses, and yet the GOP turns out, apparently, not to have been able to beat abysmal Democrat gubernatorial candidates like Katie Hobbs, Kathy Hochul, and Gretchen Whitmer.

    There are so many utterly horrid Democrats who will remain in office after this election that it should be offensive to average Americans. It’s tempting to fall into the trap of believing there must be wholesale corruption in American elections, but the problem with going there is that there must be proof before it’s actionable.

    Until some is presented, we’ll have to deal with something very unpleasant. Namely, here’s the truth that we on the Right are going to have to accept: the American electorate in 2022 is awful.

    And the axiom about the cycle that involves weak men and tough times is a real thing, and we are in the worst quadrant of that cycle.

    We are still in the time in which weak men make tough times. We have not gotten to the point where tough times make tough men.

    But get ready because those tough times will do their work. Perhaps for quite a long while.

    Somehow, the Democrats and their pals in the legacy media managed to convince a large swath of Americans that we’re not in a recession. Four in five Americans are unsatisfied with the economy, a large majority seem to be furious about gas prices, people say crime is out of control, and yet barely half of the country — if that — are motivated to unload the horrid leadership that caused those issues.

    Look at the state New York is in, and yet the voters there overwhelmingly chose to retain Hochul?

    But gas prices will skyrocket thanks to the Biden administration’s running out of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The true shortage of both crude oil and refined petroleum products will soon become unmistakable.

    And it’s going to be a cold winter in America, and a rough time coming.

    You only think it’s rough now. You have no idea how bad things can get. When the diesel fuel runs out and the trucks don’t move, and the shelves go empty, and the layoffs come, perhaps you’ll think of 2022 as the good times.

    The responsibility of the American public was to deliver an utter rebuke to the Left and the Democrat Party that the Left runs, and the 2022 election was not a rebuke.

    How you can perform so manifestly awfully in running a country like the United States of America over the past two years and not suffer a rebuke from the American public is mystifying. But the Democrats will perform even more manifestly awfully over the next two years.”

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  8. NH Gov. Sununu:


    ~ Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) said Wednesday on FNC’s “Your World” that there was no red wave because voters feared former President Donald Trump and the candidates he endorsed were extremists.

    Sununu said, “There was clearly no red wave. I’m not going to predict what comes out of President Biden’s mouth because I don’t think anybody, even he, can predict that at times. But clearly, America stood up and said, look, inflation is important, but we don’t think the Republicans that wanted to go to Washington are the short-term fix for that right now. More than anything, America said we know we have to fix policy, but we’re going to fix extremism first. That’s the message I took. Not that Republicans were successful, but by and large, the most extreme republicans got voted out.”

    He added, “I don’t think the former president did many candidates any favors. It’s not just him. I think there were other individuals. Lindsey Graham talking about abortion, nationalizing an abortion ban weeks before the election did no one any help. The discussion on Social Security and Medicare out of Washington that made people scared on that issue did nobody any help. The fact that, you know, there was a message out of D.C. that kept talking about getting rid of Pelosi and payback. That’s not what people want to see right now. They want to see people that will deliver results. So by and large, the messaging wasn’t where it needed to be, and the quality of the candidate, the quality of the individual that has to connect with the voter, that really does matter to folks at the end of the day.”

    Sununu added, “The most major candidates he backed had trouble overcoming, not just him. It wasn’t just about former President Trump, but overcoming that image that brand that tended to really scare people. I’m surprised by it. I thought inflation was the key issue, and folks were going to look to them to solve it. It’s a key issue, but they didn’t think those folks would solve it, and the fear of that extremism overwhelmed them. That surprised me, to be sure. I didn’t predict the results. I thought we were going to have a red wave. So it was more like a red ripple. It should have been stronger than it was.” ~

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  9. And we should take the liberal NT RINO’s take why exactly?

    I love how the establishment types keep losing and its always Trumps fault.

    News flash, he doesn’t run these losing elections. The RNC, McConnell and graham’s PACs do.

    But keep blaming Trump, that’s working so well. 🙄


  10. All Trump can do is endorse and campaign for folks.

    If R voters don’t like him, hey don’t listen.

    But they did, because they do, and that’s what RINO NTers hate most.

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  11. Meanwhile, why the establishment Rs clutch their pearls….

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  12. Hmmmmm…

    How can we blame Trump for this?

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  13. https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-is-the-gops-biggest-loser-midterm-elections-senate-house-congress-republicans-11668034869?st=xby5p61xignnk0z&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

    Seems to be over.

    Trump Is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser
    He has now flopped in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
    By The Editorial Board

    ~ … Since his unlikely victory in 2016 against the widely disliked Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump has a perfect record of electoral defeat. The GOP was pounded in the 2018 midterms owing to his low approval rating. Mr. Trump himself lost in 2020. He then sabotaged Georgia’s 2021 runoffs by blaming party leaders for not somehow overturning his defeat. That gave Democrats control of the Senate, letting President Biden pump up inflation with a $1.9 trillion Covid bill, appoint a liberal Supreme Court Justice, and pass a $700 billion climate spending hash.

    Now Mr. Trump has botched the 2022 elections, and it could hand Democrats the Senate for two more years. Mr. Trump had policy successes as President, including tax cuts and deregulation, but he has led Republicans into one political fiasco after another.

    “We’re going to win so much,” Mr. Trump once said, “that you’re going to get sick and tired of winning.” Maybe by now Republicans are sick and tired of losing. ~


  14. Election results should be known as soon as possible; not necessarily that night. Outside of the US, western democracies usually have the results by the end of the night. However, the ballot is simple in proportional representation countries you just vote for the party and you’re done. In other first past the post countries you vote for one person and you’re done. American ballots are far more complicated. Americans vote for everything. Its not third world voting systems its American exceptionalism

    You can quicken the pace by counting votes prior to election day without announcing results. You can allow the voter to simply press a ticket vote without going through the whole ballot. In the end, a close race is a good sign and a slow careful count is also a sign of a healthy democracy.

    Hanson’s analysis is weird. I don’t see a lot of red and blue states. The 51-49 split in several races indicates a purple state and not polarization.

    DeSantis won the Cuban vote not the Latino vote. People who don’t understand the difference shouldn’t analyze elections.

    The Spectator article is amusing. I read similar ones on the left side of the internet. Its the same premise; How can half the country be so stupid? But in this case Republicans might want to listen to Sununu. There appeared to be a sense of entitlement – its the mid terms, Biden is unpopular, inflation is over the top, etc – therefore people should vote Republicans. Yet Republicans never explained why people should.

    Meanwhile, $15 an hour sold in Nebraska, legal marijuana in Missouri and abortion ban was turned down in Kentucky. Even Republican states like the Democratic platform. Instead of debating who to investigate and how to impeach Biden, maybe the Republicans could convince Americans they had the right ideas into the future.


  15. And the infighting begins.


    Donald Trump trashes Ron DeSantis as ‘average Republican Governor’

    ~ Former President Donald Trump has removed all ambiguity about his feelings about Ron DeSantis.

    In a searing statement from Trump’s Save America PAC, Trump unleashed on DeSantis as just an “average Republican Governor” propped up by Fox News and related properties.

    “NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations … ”

    … DeSantis has not engaged an increasingly vexed and vocal Trump, despite having a rapid response operation at the ready. Thursday’s statement was the latest shot in a series of Trumpian blasts of the Governor.

    Trump took to Truth Social to diminish DeSantis’ accomplishment Wednesday.

    “Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?”

    Trump derided DeSantis on NewsNation and Fox News in reports that ran Election Day. He recycled his claim that he carried DeSantis to the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 and threatened to spill secrets about the Governor should DeSantis run in 2024.

    “He was not going to be able to even be a factor in the race. And as soon as I endorsed him, within moments, the race was over,” Trump said. “I got him the nomination. He didn’t get it. I got it, because the minute I made that endorsement, he got it.”

    “Then he ran, and he wasn’t supposed to be able to win,” Trump said, describing the Governor’s race against Democrat Andrew Gillum. “I did two rallies, we had 52,000 people each one and he won. I thought that he could have been more gracious. But that’s up to him.”

    “I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife,” Trump added, per Fox News. ~


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