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Aug. 5 Open Thread: A Wave That Could Reach Russia

Filed in National, Open Thread by on August 5, 2018 3 Comments

Maybe “blue wave” is the wrong way to think about the midterms because, as the Cook Political Report reminds us, the momentum builds every day Trump remains unpopular. Races are being moved toward Democrats not because of what Democrats are doing, but because of what Republicans are failing to do. Did left-wing Hillary haters put […]

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Aug. 3 Open Thread: Just Ignore Trump’s Tweets. That’s What His Wranglers Do

Filed in National, Open Thread by on August 3, 2018 6 Comments

Remember when Donald Trump said he was pulling out of the G7 meeting agreement? Apparently neither does he, which is just how his wranglers want it. The have a long-standing habit of failing to follow through on nonsense Trump says, and unless someone reminds him later, there’s rarely any follow-through on Trump’s part. That’s probably […]

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Aug. 2 Open Thread: Liberals Are Not Popular, But Liberal Ideas Are

Filed in Delaware, International, National, Open Thread by on August 2, 2018 2 Comments

When people say, “I worry that voters will be scared of a leftist agenda,” they’re really saying, “I’m scared of a leftist agenda.” Polling demonstrates this over and over again — people label themselves conservative but approve of all sorts of programs that are unabashedly liberal. Here’s another one that shows surprising strength even for […]

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Aug. 1 Open Thread: Head to Head, Biden 7 Up on Trump

Filed in National by on August 1, 2018 16 Comments

In news that’s certain to pique the interest of a certain former vice president, polling shows Joe Biden thumping Trump 44-37 in a head-to-head matchup. On the other hand, while 80% of Democrats picked Biden over Trump, 87% of them chose a generic Democrat, meaning 7% of the Democrats polled wouldn’t go for Joe. Trade […]

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July 31 Open Thread: Democrats Have a Billionaire Sugar Daddy

Filed in National by on July 31, 2018 6 Comments

To hear the conservative unwashed tell it, George Soros is the sugar daddy for everything from Nazis to Commies to — worst of all — Democrats. In reality, the party has its own super-donor to rival the GOP’s Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the Mercer family. You probably have heard of Tom Steyer as the […]

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July 30 Open Thread: Even the NRA Says Florida Sheriff Botched ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 30, 2018 5 Comments

The Florida sheriff who refused to arrest Delaware native Michael Drejka for shooting an unarmed black man in a convenience store parking lot misapplied the law in the case, according to both the NRA and the Florida lawmaker who authored the state law. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan is toast, but he still thinks he can […]

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July 29 Open Thread: Democrats Tell Leftists, ‘Don’t Wreck the Party, That’s Our Job’

Filed in National by on July 29, 2018 20 Comments

Inside-the-beltway pundits see Democrats all over the political spectrum winning elections and write that the intra-party warfare is overblown. Those outside the beltway have a clearer view: The neo-liberal “moderates” will give up power when leftists wrest it from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s wrinkled, arthritic hands. Here’s a political cartoon to illustrate the point. […]

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July 28 Open Thread: Facebook Nosedives, and There Is Much Rejoicing

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 28, 2018 5 Comments

Nothing typifies modern “journalism” better than this attempt to answer the rhetorical question, “Why are people glad that Facebook stock belly-flopped?” If we’re going to answer that, how about, “Because it turns out a guy who can write computer code might not have any other useful skills for running a gigantic corporation in an ethical […]

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White People Are Snowflakes

Filed in National by on July 27, 2018 2 Comments

David Roberts, a writer at Vox, came across a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute that contained a telling question and answer. The question was whether the increasing demographic diversity was good or bad for the country. As Roberts notes, [T]he question is not about illegal immigrants, or even immigrants at all; it’s not […]

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July 27 Open Thread: Cleanup in Aisle Trump

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 27, 2018 13 Comments

Trumpworld’s seams haven’t come apart, but they’re getting looser now that Trump Co.’s CFO has been subpoenaed. Mike Pompeo and John Bolton apparently see their job the same way their predecessors did: Damage control and toxic cleanup. How did the Europeans talk Trump off the trade-war ledge? Apparently by using colorful cue cards to walk […]

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July 26 Open Thread: Media Falls for Yet Another GOP Stunt

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 26, 2018 0 Comments

Media fecklessness has been on full display since yesterday as outlets fell over each other to breathlessly report that the Freedom Caucus moved to impeach Rod Rosenstein. Very few of them bothered to point out that it’s a mostly symbolic effort with no chance of succeeding, or that it was done mostly to get Jim […]

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Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Killer a Native of Delaware

Filed in National by on July 25, 2018 6 Comments

This account by Florida TV station WFLA affirms that Michael Drejka, the armed dickhead who gunned down a black man for pushing him in a convenience store parking lot, is indeed from Delaware. He’s been in Florida for the past 12 or 13 years, and proved himself a racist hothead several times. One patron of […]

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July 25 Open Thread: The Same Letters That Spell ‘Coward’ Also Spell ‘A Crowd.’

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 25, 2018 2 Comments

Do Republican senators like tariffs? No! What will they do about them? Nothing! A number of Republicans who support America’s idea of “free trade” have questioned Trump’s call for $12 billion in relief for farmers who are going to be hurt by retaliatory tariffs. Will they act? Please. Remember, until more than 30 members agreed […]

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