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Is the DEGOP seriously not running statewide?

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Is the DEGOP seriously not running statewide?

I realize that the Presidential race is sucking up all of the oxygen, but there is an eerie quiet upon the land. It really seems that the DEGOP is taking a pass on this election, and as a result, the Dems have decided to keep it quiet. Aside from a random Bonini highway sign, I […]

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My Bet Is That Trump Will Go “There”

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My Bet Is That Trump Will Go “There”

In fact, he already has: “Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie o’donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her. I was going to say something […]

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Open Thread for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Open Thread for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Donald Trump “beleaguered after an erratic performance in Monday’s debate — with viewership as high as 100 million — retreated to his Fox News and Twitter cocoon. There, he took potshots at debate moderator Lester Holt and cited unscientific Internet surveys to prove he’d outperformed Hillary Clinton. And his advisers hinted that he might consider skipping the next showdown between the candidates, set for Oct. 9 in St. Louis,” Politico reports.

“It was a scarcely concealed defensive posture from the Trump camp, which found itself defending Trump against accusations of sexism (even as he redoubled his criticism of a former Miss Universe he had previously called ‘Miss Piggy,’ saying on Tuesday she had gained ‘a massive amount of weight’). His surrogates, too, joined the pile-on against Holt, describing “hostile” questioning about his position on the Iraq War, his role in the birther controversy and his refusal to release his tax returns.”

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Daily Delawhere — September 28, 2016

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Small town America

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Fox News viewers split on whether or not Trump “won” last night

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Fox News viewers split on whether or not Trump “won” last night

Reporting on the results of online polls..? How “Fox News” can continue to call itself “news” is beyond me. Online polls declare Trump debate winner, despite media consensus for Clinton Published September 27, 2016 FoxNews.com If polls only included media pundits, Hillary Clinton would have won Monday’s debate by a landslide, but online surveys had […]

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Look at their faces

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This was when a panicked Trump, realizing that he was destroyed by a woman who is five times smarter than him, went into the spin room to continue talking about this racist birther lie. Look at the face of his wife. Look at the faces of his staffer on the left.

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My thoughts On Last Night’s… Debate?

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My thoughts On Last Night’s… Debate?

Let me start by saying, if Hillary had behaved and said the things Trump said and did last night this election would be over. There would be no spin. It would be done. Talk about double standards. Hats off to her. She did an amazing job. Yep, amazing. She kept her cool and played him like a fiddle. That was no easy task. Don’t believe me? Then you should try debating an unhinged liar who constantly interrupts and interjects like a three year old who missed their nap – one who has no qualms about saying anything. How do you even prepare for that? In every other Presidential debate the candidates prepared by knowing each others policy positions and then pointed out why their policies were better. Trump has no policies.

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Open Thread for Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Open Thread for Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Andrew Sullivan:

What can one say? I was afraid that Trump’s charisma and stage presence and salesmanship might outshine Hillary Clinton’s usually tepid and wonkish instincts. I feared that the facts wouldn’t matter; that a debate would not take place. And it is to Clinton’s great credit that she prepared, and he didn’t, and that she let him hang himself.

His utter lack of preparation; his doubling down on transparent lies; his foreign-policy recklessness; his racial animosity; his clear discomfort with the kind of exchange of views that is integral to liberal democracy; his instinctual belligerence — all these suggest someone who has long lived in a deferential bubble that has become filled with his own reality.

Clinton was not great at times; her language was occasionally stilted; she missed some obvious moments to go in for the kill; but she was solid and reassuring and composed. I started tonight believing she needed a game-changer to alter the trajectory of this race. I may, of course, be wrong, trapped in my own confirmation bias and bubble — but I thought she did just that.

I’ve been a nervous wreck these past two weeks; my nerves are calmed now.

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GOP First, USA Second

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GOP First, USA Second

There is no way Charlie Copeland listened to the jibberish gushing out of Trump’s mouth last night and concluded that Trump should be President. By all accounts, Copeland is reasonably intelligent, so there is simply no way he came to that conclusion. But his statement makes it clear that Charlie Copeland is ready and willing to lie in order to be a good party man. His first loyalty is to the GOP. And that is a shame, because as a citizen, his first and highest loyalty should be to the country.

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Daily Delawhere — September 27, 2016

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Delaware Fisherman

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Presidential Debate Open Thread

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Presidential Debate Open Thread

Have at it. I have no idea what’s going to happen tonight.

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Open Thread for Monday, September 26, 2016

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Open Thread for Monday, September 26, 2016

Josh Marshall on the state of the polling race:

First, let’s compare the 2012 and 2016 races. Obviously, we have the full race data set for 2012 while more than a month of 2016 is still to happen. Still the comparison is instructive. I’ve filtered each chart to begin in May. [Click through to TPM at the link above to see the charts].

A few things immediately jump out. First, the 2012 race is much more stable than the 2016 race. This is likely do to having four candidates, two fairly unliked candidates and a race that is at least to some degree upsetting recent voting patterns. Second, Clinton has maintained a lead at all times. The lead ranges from very small (less than a single percentage point) to fairly substantial (high single digits). (It is important to note that statistically speaking, when you are talking about an average of many polls, a lead of perhaps two percentage points is not a virtual tie.) This captures the key factors in the race. It is close by historical standards but not closer than 2012, judged by the leader’s margin. Indeed, over the course of the period we’re looking at the 2016 margin has usually been higher than 2012’s, sometimes substantially higher.

Does this mean Clinton more likely to win than Trump? Yes. Does this mean it’s close? Yes. Can you just assume Clinton will win and not worry about it? No. Should you channel your anxiety into self-doubt, recrimination and drama? Please don’t. Pretty much everything else seems like a matter of semantics.

My own hunch is that that line separating the two candidates is likely more durable than some suspect. But that’s just my own hunch.

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Daily Delawhere for Monday, September 26, 2016

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Open Thread for Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Open Thread for Sunday, September 25, 2016


Josh Marshal
l on the debate:

For Trump, the bigger problem in a debate setting is the nature of two person debates versus as many as ten on the stage at once. Answers in multi-person debates tend to be short and pointed. Time is in very short supply. Generally you have to fight to get in on a question. There can be back and forth and candidates are sometimes pressed on a given point. But that isn’t the norm. Time is scarce and you can generally just hang back on a question you don’t want to address.

Two person debates have very different dynamics. I think the bigger liability for Trump is what we saw in the national security forum hosted a few weeks ago by NBC News. [....] [There, on a question regarding ISIS,] Trump has very little idea what he’s talking about and when pressed on a clear contradiction he starts making up new nonsense to avoid addressing the question. As I said at the time: I think this exchange is pretty obvious for people in a way that transcends politics and ideology. Trump is the kid telling the teacher the dog ate his homework. Then the teacher points out he has no dog. But he’s not going to apologize or come clean. He’s just going to keep talking.

Trump is extremely ignorant when it comes to public policy. George W. Bush had a pretty limited handle on public policy issues too. But either he or his campaign staff (likely both) had some awareness of this fact and kept his answers general and brief. Trump has no such self-awareness and generally just makes things up on the fly. That’s seldom gone over well in non-Fox contexts – not just because he’s ignorant but because it’s usually pretty obvious he’s just making things up.

I do think it’s possible he’ll be goaded into saying something offensive or unhinged. For instance, I think it would be highly advisable for Clinton to confront Trump on birtherism – to press the point that he needs to provide some explanation and apology for why he spread this lie for six years. He’s shown very little indication that he has a good answer to that question. Questions like that, shaming questions, tend to set him off.

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Daily Delawhere for Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Wilmington’s Fallen

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Firefighter Christopher Leach, 41, (left), 1994 Graduate of Salesianum High School, killed in the line of duty today in the Canby Park fire. Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51, (right) also killed in the line of duty in the same fire.

Rest in peace, heros.

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R. I. P. Stanley ‘Buckwheat Zydeco’ Dural

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R. I. P. Stanley ‘Buckwheat Zydeco’ Dural

One of America’s greatest musical ambassadors has died.  Stanley Dural, who helped propel zydeco into the public consciousness, has passed at the age of 68.  He once told me that his goal was to pass this great Creole music (do not call it ‘Cajun’) down from generation to generation.  And, with his family-friendly shows, he, along with his band known collectively as Buckwheat Zydeco, accomplished just that.

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Open Thread for Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Open Thread for Saturday, September 24, 2016

“U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president,” Yahoo News reports.

“The activities of Trump adviser Carter Page, who has extensive business interests in Russia, have been discussed with senior members of Congress during recent briefings about suspected efforts by Moscow to influence the presidential election.”

Meanwhile, “Russian intelligence agencies are trying to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, the top Democrats on the intelligence committee said,” according to NBC News.

“The lawmakers, part of the so-called ‘Gang of 8,’ members of Congress who are briefed on nearly all the nation’s intelligence secrets, went much further than President Barack Obama has been willing in engaging the question of Russian hacking into American political organizations.”

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The Weekly Addresses

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Daily Delawhere for Saturday, September 24, 2016

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This is from our regular reader, commenter and friend, Mouse. Beautiful shot!

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Creepy spinless sellout, Ted Cruz, to support Trump

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Creepy spinless sellout, Ted Cruz, to support Trump

I’m actually surprised. I thought Cruz was positioning himself as the phoenix that would rise out the ashes of the Trump incinerated GOP. Cruz no doubt thinks that either a) Trump is going to win, or b) Trump is going to lose but emerge as the GOP shot caller after the election. Sen. Ted Cruz […]

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The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die

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The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die

Don Peterson gets my vote for Progressive Hero of the Year. It took a lot of guts to challenge the execrable Pete Schwartzkopf. And from his letter to the Cape Gazette, I’m gratified that Don is going to keep working to make sure the voices of the Progressive 14th RD are going to be heard […]

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Driver charged with assaulting Middletown officer after traffic stop

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Driver charged with assaulting Middletown officer after traffic stop

Let’s face it. The Guy is white, so he is allowed to assault a police officer at a traffic stop and not get summarily executed. The Middletown Police Department reported that two officers were pushed and one suffered head injuries after a traffic stop this morning on U.S. Route 301 north of Broad Street. At […]

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Open Thread for Friday, September 23, 2016

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Open Thread for Friday, September 23, 2016

Mark Cuban, who has savaged Donald Trump by suggesting the GOP nominee is not really a billionaire, was given a front row seat in next week’s first presidential debate by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, CNN reports.

“Cuban has tried to publicly shame Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, regularly slamming the Republican nominee for not releasing his taxes. The attacks have been particularly effective, given Cuban’s status as a fellow billionaire and his public persona as a similarly brash businessman.”

More on how Hillary is preparing for the debate, and tons of new poll numbers inside!

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Daily Delawhere for Friday, September 23, 2016

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