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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 5:04 am 
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That piece is one guy's idea and he's welcome to have it, but a Democrat won in Alabama. A transwoman won in Virginia. The ground level reality in many places seems to be that people don't really like this administration and the shitty direction they see the country going in and are willing to give someone else a shot.


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That piece is one guy's idea and he's welcome to have it, but a Democrat won in Alabama. A transwoman won in Virginia. The ground level reality in many places seems to be that people don't really like this administration and the shitty direction they see the country going in and are willing to give someone else a shot.

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Strat wrote:
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That piece is one guy's idea and he's welcome to have it, but a Democrat won in Alabama. A transwoman won in Virginia. The ground level reality in many places seems to be that people don't really like this administration and the shitty direction they see the country going in and are willing to give someone else a shot.

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Yup. It's a long time until November.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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Entered my voting place at 10 AM on the dot, and left at 10:04 AM. I wish all voting places were as easy as mine is, especially if voting by mail is not an option.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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I've never waited longer than 5 minutes to vote. Even in presidential years.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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Our primaries aren't until September. Lincoln Chafee is thinking about running again. Someone hold me.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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WaPo: Senate leader cancels part of August recess, forcing vulnerable Democrats to stay in D.C. instead of campaigning for reelection


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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Partisan Politics 100

But doesn't that also hurt vulnerable red team players?

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Bi_3 wrote:
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But doesn't that also hurt vulnerable red team players?

Yeah, probably it does.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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Republicans will still have the majority in both chambers after midterms. Book it.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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We're at the campaign party tonight for our congressional candidate. She's currently leading by about 2k votes with 44% percent reporting. My wife wants to stay until the end...and then it's an hour drive home.

And tomorrow is the first ice cream day of the season.

Pray for me.


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just informed we only have the event space until 1130pm, woo-hoo!


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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tragabigzanda wrote:
We're at the campaign party tonight for our congressional candidate. She's currently leading by about 2k votes with 44% percent reporting. My wife wants to stay until the end...and then it's an hour drive home.

And tomorrow is the first ice cream day of the season.

Pray for me.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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yeah, she won by a tiny margin, about 2k votes! that's why we love MT politics, though: my wife and i knocked doors a couple weekends, did some phone banking, organized a fundraising event, wrote a couple letters to the editor, and dang it, we feel like we actually had an impact in our rural state.

Her win wasn't announced until 4am, and we've been checking out phones all night. Back to bed now.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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tragabigzanda wrote:
Bi_3 wrote:
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Partisan Politics 100

But doesn't that also hurt vulnerable red team players?

Yeah, probably it does.

There are only 2 Republican senators up for re-election in tenuous states. Many of the 24 Democrats facing re-election are in battleground states.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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WaPo OpEd:

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Remember when Republicans were going to make their tax cut the centerpiece of their strategy for the midterm elections? That plan is no longer operative. The new plan: Bet that President Trump’s race-baiting attacks on Democrats for coddling immigrant gang members, and on football players protesting systemic racism, energize the GOP and Trumpist base just enough to enable Republicans to hold on.

There are multiple reasons why this may get much, much worse, in effect producing a midterm election that is to no small degree a referendum on Trump’s racism and authoritarianism.

Democrats appear to have avoided getting locked out of any House races in California. They also flipped a state Senate district in Missouri in a landslide, swinging it by more than 20 points, suggesting that maybe the tightening generic House ballot*, while certainly a cause for worry, isn’t the only metric that matters.


* Today’s Quinnipiac poll actually shows the generic ballot lean increasing again, to +7 D, but generic ballots are a fool’s errand IMO

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Meanwhile, this morning, the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker reports that Republicans are increasingly planning to rely on Trump’s culture-war attacks — particularly those involving MS-13 and football players kneeling during the national anthem — to goose the base in the midterms:

Trump’s habit of ignoring the economic message preferred by House and Senate Republicans in favor of the culture war tropes that propelled him to the White House is increasingly seen as an asset.

There are multiple reasons why this may intensify. Republicans have already shown that they don’t think messaging on the tax cut works, having cycled out of it during their loss in Pennsylvania’s 18th District. Trump himself appears persuaded that the race baiting of kneeling football players will work: Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Trump plans to periodically “revive” these attacks, because he believes doing so “revs up his political base.”

Meanwhile, various circumstances may bring immigration to the fore. Centrist House Republicans are pushing a discharge petition to force a vote to protect the “dreamers,” and GOP leaders are trying to find a compromise that Trump might sign — protecting the dreamers, plus cuts to legal immigration — to avert that outcome. It’s unlikely that Republicans will find this compromise, and if the discharge strategy does force a House vote protecting the dreamers, Trump will insist that Senate Republicans block it. Whatever is to be in this debate, as it comes to a head, Trump’s demagoguery about immigrants will veer headlong into his usual modes of xenophobia and hate.

It’s possible more young people will try to cross the border in the warming weather, which we already know triggers Trump — and more news may emerge about children getting separated from their parents, thanks to Trump’s “zero tolerance” border policies — further polarizing the country on these issues. On these things, GOP candidates may echo Trump to energize his voters.


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As Ron Brownstein reported for the Atlantic, Republicans are basically betting their majorities on the idea that such racial and cultural provocations will boost turnout just enough among aging, blue-collar and rural white voters unhappy with the evolution of the country to enable them to prevail.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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I believe that as of now they are a single signature away on that immigration petition. I would expect party pressure on anyone tempted to sign it to be astronomical, but...

...if it does find another signee and then the party or president shuts it down, that will be a huge, public train wreck on a very popular issue

...even if it falls short by one signature, that one empty signature can be a great weapon in the Democrat messaging toolkit. “They only needed one brave soul,” etc. So expect Democrats to completely miss that chance and sound like they’re scared to say anything too specific instead. :?

...I have no idea how a DACA deal that lowers legal immigration figures and refuses to address policy separating families plays out. I wouldn’t be surprised if the increasing attention on that last part makes the rest of it run sort of like the tax cuts did in the face of health care and White House drama....as an overshadowed and quickly forgotten story.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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so identity politics then. cool.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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My wife and I just got a nice note of thanks from Kathleen Williams's campaign for our efforts in Big Sky. 147 votes in our tiny precinct might not seem like a lot, but with six contenders and her besting Heenan by 4193 votes in our county, plus the "Women For Williams" event my wife organized in Bozeman (same county, different/larger precinct) bringing in significant donations, we are feeling very much like an integral part of a winning team today.

Again, I love politics in MT. Even when it's shitty, our voices always count.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Midterms
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Politics is small towns and rural areas can be a lot more personal.

I grew up in a county of roughly 6,000 people. It was not uncommon for people to win elections by fewer than 25-50 votes.


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