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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:09 pm

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Ex-Republican Leader Quits GOP Over Trump: Party Traded Ronald Reagan for President Who 'Surrendered to Putin'

Chris Gagin’s resignation last month as Belmont County Republican Party Chairman in Ohio came as a shock to many. But the ex-GOP leader said in a Tuesday USA Today op-ed that the Republican Party needs more people like himself because the Ronald Reagan party of “moral clarity” and “the unwavering demand for truth” has traded it all in for Donald Trump, a man who "surrendered to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin."

"I saw my fellow Republicans, the heirs to Ronald Reagan’s conservative revolution, repudiating the very foundational and aspirational principles he used to truly 'Make America Great Again' in the 1980s," Gagin wrote, claiming Republicans have largely "abandoned their principles" and lost their Reagan-like traits in the Trump-era of politics.

"You need me, and people like me. Proud conservatives. Proud Reagan Republicans," Gagin said. “Even more so, President Trump and Congressional Republicans need people like me to survive both the midterms and in 2020. The electoral math is that simple.”


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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:58 pm

The Deplorable Choir is not rattled at all. Except for the rattling in their heads. Who paid for this trash? And you know Donald would lap it up.




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Trump: I 'destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me

President Trump bragged about his prowess in defeating the Republicans who oppose him, saying at an Ohio rally that he "destroys" the careers of GOP politicians who dare defy him.

"How do you get 100 percent of anything? We always have somebody who says 'I don't like Trump, I don't like our president, he destroyed my career,' " Trump said.

"I only destroy their career because they said bad things about me and you fight back and they go down the tubes and that's OK," he added.

Trump didn't name names, but he's on a winning streak in GOP primaries, as candidates he's backed have repeatedly defeated those he sided against.


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Post by much ado » Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:36 pm

Addie wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:31 pm
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Trump: I 'destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me
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That's the way Donald! Destroy the Republican Party!

You can do it!!



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Post by Orlylicious » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:46 am

He's lost over $11 million this cycle, biggest loser :P

‘I know he’s frustrated’: GOP megadonor on staggering losing streak
Richard Uihlein, one of the top donors of 2018, has dropped tens of millions of dollars only to watch most of his picks go down.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/ ... tes-784146



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Post by much ado » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:26 pm

much ado wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:36 pm
Addie wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:31 pm
The Hill
Trump: I 'destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me
:snippity:
That's the way Donald! Destroy the Republican Party!

You can do it!!
First you get the rest of the Republican Party to join you in the toilet.

Then you reach up with your right hand.

Pull the lever...

FLUSH!!!

Goodbye cruel world!!



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Post by Gregg » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:34 pm

Honestly, by the 2022 midterms, being a Republican candidate is not gonna be much more popular than being a child molester. When the stupid wears off, a lot of people are going to be held to book for the last 2 years.


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Post by Mikedunford » Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:23 pm

If.


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Associated Press: Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans


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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:48 pm

Ya think? :lol:
‘A new cherry put on top’: Trump scandal fallout hangs over midterms
‘Payoffs and porn stars and affairs and indictments and all this stuff doesn’t Make America Great Again in the suburbs,’ said one Republican consultant.
By NATASHA KORECKI and JAMES ARKIN 08/23/2018 05:10 AM EDT

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Yet several Republican consultants expressed fear that the weight and severity of the legal cases against Trump’s former campaign manager and personal attorney, coupled with the constant drumbeat of negative stories and scandals, had the potential to turn off key constituencies — especially suburban women — and threatened to curb overall GOP voter enthusiasm in the fall.

“There’s only so much of this sh-- show a soccer mom wants to hear about and explain to her kids,” said one top Republican consultant representing House Republican candidates on both coasts. “Payoffs and porn stars and affairs and indictments and all this stuff doesn’t make America great again in the suburbs.”

Another Republican strategist involved in Midwestern races echoed that sentiment, speaking to the gaping gender gap confronting Trump and Republicans that surfaced in the polls long before this week: “Suburban women aren’t going to put up with this sh--.”

Strategists in both parties didn’t expect a clear picture until new polling and focus groups had been conducted to see whether voters would respond differently than they have to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation and other scandals over the past 18 months.

But Democrats expected, if nothing else, to see their ongoing “culture of corruption” messaging amplified by the Manafort and Cohen developments — as well as the recent indictments handed down against GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, a leading congressional supporter of Trump, and GOP Rep. Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to back Trump’s then-improbable presidential bid.
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Post by Dan1100 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:01 pm

One of his friends at Faux News is turning on him.

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/cavuto-rips ... oral-bust/
What the president is saying, is we are all making gravy, so why stop the train? Well, I don’t know,” Cavuto continued on. “Maybe, because the train could be resting on shaky tracks. Or the conductor of that train has said and done some shaky things or at least said some inconsistent things.”

He then continued on:

All I’m saying is you don’t prevent a constitutional crisis by threatening a financial one. Mr. President, you — your actions and words create that crisis or make people think you’re hiding the crisis, like when you say you knew nothing about payments to a stripper and a former Playboy model until you did, then explain your former lawyer Michael Cohen made those decisions until we heard on tape that you did. Just like you said you nothing about a Trump Tower meeting back in June 2016 that included your son, Donald Trump Jr., and some Russian officials. Then clarified that that meeting really wasn’t about dirt on Hillary Clinton., then it was about Russian adoptions. Then, clarified yet again that nothing came of the meeting of what you knew nothing, so there’s nothing to see here, move on. But you see, that’s the problem here. We can’t move on. Lots of stuff like that keeps popping up here.

Then after rattling off a laundry list of Trump’s inconsistent statements and lies, Cavuto then concluded: “I know you’ll call this fake, but the implications of what you’re doing, Mr. President, are very real. You are so darned focused on promoting a financial boom that you fail to see that you are the one creating this moral bust.”


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Post by Slim Cognito » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:29 pm

Orlylicious wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:48 pm
Ya think? :lol:
‘A new cherry put on top’: Trump scandal fallout hangs over midterms
‘Payoffs and porn stars and affairs and indictments and all this stuff doesn’t Make America Great Again in the suburbs,’ said one Republican consultant.
By NATASHA KORECKI and JAMES ARKIN 08/23/2018 05:10 AM EDT

***
I read that as, "Payoffs and porn stars and affairs, oh my!"


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:17 pm

Vanity Fair
Bracing for an Electoral Waterloo, the G.O.P. Starts Cutting Dead Weight

Some corners of the G.O.P. may be blinded by Donald Trump’s hopeful forecast for a “red wave” as the midterms approach, but the nightmare facing the party is quite real. With the most polarizing president in history leading the charge, Republicans are facing a likely Democratic takeover, with polls finding that voters favor a generic Democrat by an average of 8 points—enough, according to historical trends, to flip the House back into Nancy Pelosi’s hands. Though Republicans have managed to hold several seats in special elections, the general election has presented the G.O.P. with two problems: first, an unprecedented surge in Democratic turnout, and second, a spate of lackluster (or even overtly bad) candidates. They’ve already encountered this phenomenon in the form of national embarrassment Roy Moore in Alabama, as well as in Pennsylvania, where Rick Saccone lost in part thanks to sheer apathy. Meanwhile, some of their worst candidates—such as Duncan Hunter, a sitting Republican congressman facing multiple charges of campaign-finance fraud—can no longer be taken off the ballot.

Even without a slate of exceptionally unimpressive contenders, House Republicans face a brutally simple calculus: of the 48 seats that are considered competitive, 41 are held by Republicans, and only 7 are held by Democrats. Republicans will lose their majority if Democrats flip more than 23. Moreover, the national party’s resources are not unlimited. Politico reports that the G.O.P. has thus begun to streamline its efforts—or, less politely, to purge itself of deadweight, almost-certain-to-lose candidates in order to fund surer bets. “At this point in the cycle with a field this large, difficult choices will have to be made,” Brian Walsh, who oversees the pro-Trump America First Action super PAC, told Politico. “Such is the world we live in now.”


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Post by NMgirl » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:04 pm

Addie wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:17 pm
Vanity Fair
Bracing for an Electoral Waterloo, the G.O.P. Starts Cutting Dead Weight

Some corners of the G.O.P. may be blinded by Donald Trump’s hopeful forecast for a “red wave” as the midterms approach, but the nightmare facing the party is quite real. With the most polarizing president in history leading the charge, Republicans are facing a likely Democratic takeover, with polls finding that voters favor a generic Democrat by an average of 8 points—enough, according to historical trends, to flip the House back into Nancy Pelosi’s hands. Though Republicans have managed to hold several seats in special elections, the general election has presented the G.O.P. with two problems: first, an unprecedented surge in Democratic turnout, and second, a spate of lackluster (or even overtly bad) candidates. They’ve already encountered this phenomenon in the form of national embarrassment Roy Moore in Alabama, as well as in Pennsylvania, where Rick Saccone lost in part thanks to sheer apathy. Meanwhile, some of their worst candidates—such as Duncan Hunter, a sitting Republican congressman facing multiple charges of campaign-finance fraud—can no longer be taken off the ballot.
:snippity:
Not to rain on Vanity Fair's exuberantly Democratic parade, but Duncan Hunter, even after being indicted, even after making those outrageous statements to the press about his wife, even after dissing the Navy, even after it was revealed that he bought golf clothes and claimed it as "golf balls" for "wounded warriors," is still ahead in the polls by a comfortable margin.[*] That may change, but let's not underestimate the lockstep Republican voters who are willing to hold their noses and vote a straight Rethug ballot no matter what the cost, either to them or the country. This is not limited to Duncan Hunter constituents; it's all over red Murika.

[*]http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... -lead.html


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Post by Somerset » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:20 pm

NMgirl wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:04 pm

Not to rain on Vanity Fair's exuberantly Democratic parade, but Duncan Hunter, even after being indicted, even after making those outrageous statements to the press about his wife, even after dissing the Navy, even after it was revealed that he bought golf clothes and claimed it as "golf balls" for "wounded warriors," is still ahead in the polls by a comfortable margin.[*] That may change, but let's not underestimate the lockstep Republican voters who are willing to hold their noses and vote a straight Rethug ballot no matter what the cost, either to them or the country. This is not limited to Duncan Hunter constituents; it's all over red Murika.

[*]http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... -lead.html
True, but if you follow the San Diego Union Tribune's coverage, you'll see that while he's still OK right now, his lead is slipping and he doesn't have all that much support. East County has slowly been turning less red as housing prices in the coastal areas have skyrocketed and folks from the tech and biotech companies have started moving out east. There is a very real chance that young Hunter could lose this election.



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Panic mode? Detached from reality?




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Post by Slim Cognito » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:07 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Panic mode? Detached from reality?

We had a plan to degrade Trump? Too late.


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Post by Dan1100 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:12 pm

Slim Cognito wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:07 pm
RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Panic mode? Detached from reality?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fuBO7fU5oM
We had a plan to degrade Trump? Too late.
Being degraded costs extra, but not as much extra as getting peed on.


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:56 am

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High stakes as 2-month sprint to Election Day begins ...

Republicans have spent the primary season anxiously watching suburban voters, particularly women, peel away because of their disdain for Trump. The shift seems likely to cost the party in several key congressional races. Still, party leaders are optimistic that Republicans can keep control of the Senate, which could help insulate Trump from a raft of Democratic investigations.

History is not on Trump's side. The president's party typically suffers big losses in the first midterm election after taking office. And despite a strong economy, Republicans must also contend with the president's sagging approval rating and the constant swirl of controversy hanging over the White House, including special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Despite those headwinds, Trump is betting on himself this fall. He's thrust himself into the center of the campaign and believes he can ramp up turnout among his ardent supporters and offset a wave of Democratic enthusiasm. Aides say he'll spend much of the fall holding rallies in swing states.

"The great unknown is whether the president can mobilize his base to meet the enthusiasm gap that is clearly presented at this point," said Josh Holmes, a longtime adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Because the middle won't be there for Republicans."

Indeed, Trump's turbulent summer appears to have put many moderates and independents out of reach for Republican candidates, according to GOP officials. One internal GOP poll obtained by The Associated Press showed Trump's approval rating among independents in congressional battleground districts dropped 10 points between June and August.


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McClatchy: ‘Anger is a great motivator.’ A guide to the GOP’s biggest 2018 fears


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Addie wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:56 am
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"The great unknown is whether the president can mobilize his base to meet the enthusiasm gap that is clearly presented at this point," said Josh Holmes, a longtime adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Because the middle won't be there for Republicans."
It's almost all middle, by now.*

The trick will be whether the Dems can move enough of them. I'm optimistic but by no means confident.

*Has polarization done us a favor, in this one way? Is there a vast "middle" that is now more swayed by actual ideas than by dogmatic loyalty? I think that would be a good thing.



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Post by p0rtia » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:50 am

Allow me to jump in before the good Suranis does so to state that by historical, universal measurements, the "middle" in the US is so far to the right it's sickening.


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WaPo - Dana Milbank
Republicans are tripping on Trump’s coattails — bigly

President Trump is getting his wish: It’s all about him.

The election, that is.

New evidence indicates that the midterm elections in seven weeks will be the clearest referendum on a president in at least 80 years.

But while it may delight the narcissistic president that the 2018 midterms are entirely about him, this is precisely what his fellow Republicans were hoping to avoid. With Trump’s support at historic lows — 60 percent overall disapprove of his performance, including 59 percent of independents — Republicans scrambling to hold the House and Senate have been struggling in vain to make the election about other issues: tax cuts, Democrats’ personal foibles — anything to avoid the election being about Trump.

This has failed, bigly.

Midterm elections have generally come to be seen as the electorate’s reaction to a presidency. But this one is on a whole different level. “In no previous election,” Gary Jacobson, a University of California political scientist who crunched the numbers, tells me, “has the linkage between opinions of the president and how people are likely to vote been as strong as this time.” Jacobson’s research goes back to the 1930s, before which there was no polling and therefore no ability to compare.


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New York Times
Money Talks. Will the G.O.P. Listen?

Seth Klarman was once the biggest donor to the Republican Party in New England. This year he’s giving some $20 million to Democrats. ...


The 61-year-old, who has $30 billion under management at Baupost Group and is estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.5 billion, is compared regularly with Warren Buffett. Paul Singer, one of the most influential hedge fund managers in the country, told me that if he was going to invest in any fund other than the one he himself manages, “the only one would be Seth’s.” Used copies of a book about investing that Mr. Klarman wrote in 1991 go for more than $650 on Amazon.

“I’m kind of a loner,” Mr. Klarman said last week in his 17th-floor office close to the Boston Common. “One of the reasons I’m willing to come out of my shell and talk to you is because I think democracy is at stake. And maybe I’ll be able to convince some other people of that. And get them to support Democrats in 2018.”

Not two years ago, Mr. Klarman, a registered independent, was the biggest donor to the Republican Party in New England. According to The Boston Globe, during the Obama administration, Mr. Klarman gave more than $7 million to the party. If you look at his Federal Election Commission filings for 2016, you will find $100,000 to the Hillary Action Fund, but mostly a long list of donations to names like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and the Republican National Committee. ...

The F.E.C. filings that will come out on Sept. 20 will show that Mr. Klarman is now giving almost exclusively Democrats — and donating far more money than he ever has.

Mr. Klarman shared an early copy with me. So far this cycle he’s ponied up $4.9 million. He has given to 150 or so candidates, including Joe Kennedy, Conor Lamb, Beto O’Rourke and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as dozens of lower-profile candidates. Liberal super PACs aimed at helping the Democrats take back the Senate and the House received $1 million and $2 million, respectively. It’s quite a list for someone who says, “I’m not a Democrat.”

For Mr. Klarman, the logic is plain: “We need to turn the House and Senate as a check on Donald Trump and his runaway presidency.”


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Associated Press
Grim warnings for White House, Republicans ahead of election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prognosis for President Donald Trump and his party was grim.

In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the election wouldn't be the improving economy or the steady increase in job creation. It would be how voters feel about Trump. And the majority of the electorate, including a sizable percentage of Republican-leaning voters, doesn't feel good about the president, according to a presentation from pollster Neil Newhouse that spanned dozens of pages.

Newhouse's briefing came amid a darkening mood among Republican officials as the November election nears. Party leaders were already worried that a surge in enthusiasm among Democrats and disdain for Trump by moderate Republicans would put the House out of reach. But some Republicans now fear their Senate majority is also in peril — a scenario that was unthinkable a few months ago given the favorable Senate map for the GOP.

"For Republican candidates to win in swing states, they need all of the voters who support President Trump, plus a chunk of those who do not," said Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster. "That is threading a very narrow strategic needle."

Operatives in both parties say Republicans still have the edge in the fight for control of the Senate. But GOP officials are increasingly worried that nominees in conservative-leaning states like Missouri and Indiana are underperforming, while races in Tennessee and Texas that should be slam-dunks for Republicans are close.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raised an alarm last week, warning that each of the competitive Senate races would be "like a knife fight in an alley."


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