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Like on so many issues the Republican party moves further and further away from what Independents and Democrats want for this country. <sarcasm>Good thing the Electoral College/Senator distributions codified into the constitution and ridiculously high levels of gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement they push through will keep them in power. to prevent the other 2/3rds of us from moving forward with positive change.</sarcasm> Sigh. #uspol #politics https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/24/poll-views-gun-laws-after-atlanta-boulder-show-even-deeper-divide/6963810002/
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I actually am seeing it dimishing fairly quickly. As demographics shift, the white, christian nationalist coalition is clawing with everything it has to hang on to less and less power. Maybe that's my own cognitive bias, hard to say, but the signs all seem to be pointing that way.




When watching the president volunteer that he *didn't* have mini-strokes after no one said he did, my brain instantly went to this Judge Judy self-own clip. So now we know it was mini-strokes and we absolutely should learn more about it. #politics #uspol youtube.com/watch?v=o7SuaI…
I'm less worried about possible mini-strokes than the continuous mini-racisms and mini-despotisms he displays.
We are very much at a tipping point. Whether we tip over into full blown authoritarianism or pull back to some sense of normal healthy government remains to be seen.


From a fire hose of lies and distortions, mostly beyond the typical thing you'd expect at conventions, are these several nuggets. It's a shame they couldn't do them all but no one is going to read a book sized tome for each night. #uspol washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…


Survived the first night! Mostly 3 sigma bad bullshit. A couple of normal partisan speeches. Mostly death carnage and Democrats want to turn us into Venezuela and let scary brown people destroy the suburbs (but we funded HBCU's!). The two things on real matters that Trump should get credit for are opportunity zones (although efficacy remains to be seen) and bringing Republicans along on criminal justice reform after 15 years of preventing it when Democrats tried to make a go of it. Pretty much everything else with any factual basis was at best "I take care of my kids" bragging about just doing what president's do and bromides about middle class support (healthcare, wages, safe jobs, etc) that Republicans work consistently against either explicitly or implicitly. #politics #uspol
Thank you for taking that gut punch for all of us!
I think opportunity zones are probably a bit like TIF districts. . . TIF districts were a gimmick. . .many studies have been done on them and show a negative impact on the communities that use them over-all #uspol


"For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends, no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves. Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe: 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever.” --Barack Obama, 2020 DNC Speech #uspol #politics

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The right is very concerned about Harris's sexual morals from back in the day. That's pretty par for the course from these people. It's especially ironic this year with serial adulterer, sexual assault bragger (grab em by the pussy), and Miss Universe peeping tom (among other things) #politics #uspol https://www.joemygod.com/2020/08/limbaugh-calls-kamala-harris-hoe-and-mattress/


I just heard of the center-left "Third Way" think tank thanks to @TheEconomist Checks and Balances podcast episode with @ThirdWayMattB . Looks interesting. Hive mind thoughts on the organization? #uspol #politics thirdway.org

That about sums it up.


I figured out why Newsweek went into the trash. This is a response "note" they wrote about that crap birtherism editorial yesterday. See it's all honest debate...or something...cosigned by the global editor at large and the editor of the opinion section, Josh Hammer. Who is Josh Hammer? He is among other things Editor-at-Large of The Daily Wire, which is essentially Breitbart lite. So Yeah the Newsweek opinion page is taken over by Breitbart essentially. The top of their opinion section reflect that too. Bye bye Newsweek until you can get some actual reasonable people running your pages. #uspol

It was an Obama thing where conservatives for eight years insisted he really wasn't born in America therefore not eligible to become president. In the US it's a requirement for being eligible to hold the office of president. That's why in 2008 Obama had to release his birth certificate, but that wasn't sufficient because it wasn't the "long form birth certificate" and it just went down hill from there...



I case the Kanye thing wasn't sketchy enough...phony signatures, misleading people signing it, Trump lawyers being involved in the whole thing with the rationalization that it's not a conflict of interest if Kayne's effort is really just to help get Trump elected. Sketchy... #politics #uspol https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/07/group-accuses-lawyer-working-trump-and-west-campaigns-simultaneously/3318242001/


Introspection is difficult when you have to look at being part of the reason why a disaster unfolded. The first step is admitted you have a problem. Stuart Stevens does this on this Lincoln Project podcast. He lays it all out and what he sees as the potential future (PS it's not good). It's a great exploration of Republican history, Republican psyche, and how Trump is the ultimate conclusion to decades of cynical posturing and a winning at all costs mindset. #politics #uspol https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/it-was-all-lie-stuart-stevens-on-how-republican-party/id1514968525?i=1000487069964


...and while the Trumpist Republican courting of white grievance in the most racist campaign since George Wallace is disgusting, it is their courting of Qanon conspiracy theorist nutbags that is downright disturbing. #politics #uspol https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-trump-campaign-came-to-court-qanon-the-online-conspiracy-movement-identified-by-the-fbi-as-a-violent-threat/2020/08/01/dd0ea9b4-d1d4-11ea-9038-af089b63ac21_story.html


"Whenever I tell my Republican friends that I think racial animosity is the root of Trump’s appeal, the inevitable and often angry rejoinder is, “Are you saying that 63 million Americans are racists?” What I try to point out to them is that you don’t have to consider yourself a racist (and, of course, most racists don’t consider themselves racists) but you do have to be willing to accept that having a racist president is less important than something else you are getting from that president...I’m a seventh generation Mississippian who has worked on winning Republican races for governor and Senate across the South, and I’ve never seen Trump’s level of direct racist appeal work." #politics #uspol https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/08/02/republicans-embrace-trump-racism-give-up-on-black-voters-column/5559249002/
He tagets the deep feelings of frustrated people. Thanks to social networks he feels the looser's belly
It sure seemed like 63 million racists when Obama was elected president.


Just a reminder that the models showing Sanders winning against Trumpl had youth vs. everyone else turn out at a record high level *and* that would have to come while there is record turn out in other demographics as well. That makes getting to that record differential even harder. The record high youth turn out in absolute terms hasn't materialized in any of the primaries yet and the differential is in worse shape because the record turn out is happening still in the other age demographics. #politics #uspol #election2020 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/03/04/super-tuesday-bernie-sanders-youth-votes-fell-short-compared-2016/4947795002/

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Democracy is doomed to disappoint. Once you accept that, it’s not so bad.
@Brad Koehn ☑️ “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”― Winston S. Churchill