US Mid-Term Forum 2018

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  1. mh

    A little something for everyone in the mid term results.

    Not how the media framed it.

  2. Muddy

    stackja
    #2859082, posted on November 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    Will MSM survive much longer?

    Here in the Shallow Napalm Rabbithole of Venezstraya, yes. There are still legions of cementedtothechair rigourmortises whose only interaction with the world beyond their shell-fungus is TheirABC. They are completely unaware of any contrasting narrative, therefore what they absorb is ‘the gospel.’

  3. Boambee John

    Not how the media framed it.

    Surprise! Did you really expect anything different?

  4. Rafe

    Trump wins big!
    Lefty loons in the House!
    Rope to hang themselves.
    He will play them like a fiddle!

  5. Infidel Tiger

    Julie Bishop will look like Nancy in a few years.

  6. jupes

    How did Nancy Pelosi ever get to be the leader of the Dems?

    Serious question.

  7. RobK

    ABC s Planet America actually said Trump is much empowered after the vote. Surprise.

  8. Harken Now

    Hark! “This is an amazing result”

    FFS, as Lucifer would say, but not my pure lips: must people here always create their own reality? The Pres you cultists swoon over lost the popular vote at the election, then told the planet that this election was to be a vote of confidence in him, and the result for his party?:

    Republicans carried the national House popular vote by 1 percentage point in 2016, and based on The Upshot model, they look likely to lose by about 7 percentage points in 2018. That 8-point shift would be nearly as large as the 9-point shift toward Republicans that happened in 2010 and the largest shift toward the Democrats since 1948.

    This at a time of full employment?

    Scores of people here were predicting an increase in Republican seats: now it is a hidden victory?

    Meanwhile, I hear from the guardian angels that your prognosticator in chief Mr Kates is being kept away from sharp objects while he composes his update on how it is all the fault of “damaged women” who don’t know what’s good for them. Many here have already made it clear you actually agree with him: ironic given this community is way, way over-represented with badly damaged men.

    THIS IS YOUR WARNING: get a grip on reality, peeps.

  9. Roger

    ABC s Planet America actually said Trump is much empowered after the vote. Surprise.

    They do have the occasional worthwhile insight.

    Unlike Harken Now.

  10. Muddy

    What if Trump decides not run in 2020?

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Trump not running in 2020 is plausible.

    Particularly if the family fortune and Ivanka are under threat.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    On track for a 55 seat GOP senate.

    Incredible. Cocaine Mitch gets it done.

  13. vlad

    Muddy
    #2859102, posted on November 7, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    What if Trump decides not run in 2020?

    What if the sun doesn’t rise tomorrow?

    I’d say if he doesn’t run in 2020 it’s because he died in office – God forbid.

  14. mh

    Over 500 comments on this thread.

    So much interest in US politics, and all because of The Don.

  15. Infidel Tiger

    How did Nancy Pelosi ever get to be the leader of the Dems?

    Serious question.

    Powerful California family. Money. No gag reflex.

  16. vlad

    I’m looking forward to Trump’s 2020 vision.

  17. Nick

    Trump still has potential Supreme Court appointments still to make. THAT will influence the US long after that squalid bat Pelosi, is fertilizer.

  18. Boambee John

    Roger

    Unlike Harken Now.

    That’s Barken Mad, thank you.

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    The question of nuking Guam still needs to be settled.

    Not necessary. Climate change will make Guam tip over and sink.

    Yep the guy is still a Dem Congressman. Dunno how he went in this election but since he got 75% of the vote in 2016 it’s likely he romped home, Guam or no Guam.

  20. None

    Magnificent result for Trump increasing your numbers in the senate in a midterm is pretty ok, I say.
    As for the Blue Wave it seems it was blue rinse and somewhat dead. Very much like Pelosi.

  21. PoliticoNT

    RobK & Roger – so Planet America has at least an audience of two.

  22. Myrddin Seren

    Question asked:

    Tom Bevan @TomBevanRCP

    So every Dem Senator in a competitive race who voted against Kavanaugh lost (Donnelly, Heitkamp, McCaskill, and almost certainly Nelson),

    and the one who voted for Kavanaugh survived (Manchin).

    Coincidence?

  23. John Constantine

    The chicoms own guam,the marinaras and micronesia now, so let them sort it out.

    “At the core of the race are the candidates’ opposing views about foreign investment that has torn apart the island since the Chinese development company, ETG, and then-Governor Sebastian Anefal signed a Cooperative Investment Agreement with the State in 2011 “to develop the State of Yap into a world renowned tourism destination, to realize the commercial interest of ETG, to further the economy of the State of Yap, and to increase local employment as well as the welfare of the local community in the State of Yap in general.”

    ETG began signing landowners to 99-year land leases since property cannot be owned by foreigners. Some landowners signed the leases thinking they would receive a lump sum of upwards of $250,000, only to find out later that it would be paid over the 99-year period. Monthly payments amounted to around $150. And, according to the law, land leases could be automatically renewed by the lessee for another 99 years. Several generations of families would not be allowed access to the land that had been occupied by their ancestors for a thousand years or more. ”

    https://www.pacificislandtimes.com/single-post/2018/10/30/Chinese-investment-key-to-hot-Yap-electoral-contest?fb_comment_id=2142274022455185_2142478129101441

    Comrade Maaaaaates.

    What is the difference between Yap and yarragrad?.

    To the chicoms?.

  24. None

    If you want to know how pelosi survives recall the images of Trump signing his very first orders as president surrounded by politicians including pelosi. As he signed each piece of paper with a different pen she would lean over and grab the pen. These are generally given out as souvenirs but she was making sure she was going to get her little spoils for her minions. Like a seagull fighting over a chip. Then you need to recall that she has only ever worked as a politician who get paid pittance in the US and yet she is a multi multi millionaire. When you understand those two facts you understand why Pelosi survives. Probably one of the most disgusting and corrupt women that ever graced a parliament anywhere in the world anytime in history.

  25. None

    Myrddin Seren

    #2859118, posted on November 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Karma for lunch, baby.

  26. RobK

    PNT,
    RobK & Roger – so Planet America has at least an audience of two.

    Only occasionally.

  27. C.L.

    Julie Bishop will look like Nancy in a few years.

    She’ll improve, you mean?

  28. Leigh Lowe

    Myrddin Seren

    #2859118, posted on November 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Question asked:

    Tom Bevan @TomBevanRCP

    So every Dem Senator in a competitive race who voted against Kavanaugh lost (Donnelly, Heitkamp, McCaskill, and almost certainly Nelson),

    and the one who voted for Kavanaugh survived (Manchin).

    Coincidence?

    Yes.
    It seems they have voted for a counter-balance in the House, but have handed Trump a mandate to shape the Supreme Court by appointing black letter Constitutional types like Kavanaugh.
    And that will be a generational legacy.

  29. Leigh Lowe

    Nick at 8:58.
    Yes.
    That is the yuuuuge prize.
    With a comfortable Senate majority and the Kavanaugh hold-outs getting smashed, the next appointment will be a slam-dunk.

  30. candy

    She’ll improve, you mean?

    Ms Bishop looked very nice at the Cup. A pretty dress, conservative but flattering in style and no dumb dangly accessories. And her fiancé or partner, was wearing a conservative suit which looked quite neat and an actual ironed shirt. I wondered if she is still dreaming of being PM and looking the part?

  31. candy

    get a grip on reality, peeps.

    Well, if it means if a general election was now that the Repugs would win, I would say they are heartened and know the lay of the land in regard to voters.

    They have a hard time appealing to young confident educated women (not the lesser educated unemployed girls who are now finding employment and lifting from poverty), trouble appealing to trans and gay groups, but what can they do about that, these groups will always vote Dem.

  32. Myrddin Seren

    amy [email protected]

    ( National Editor – Cook Political Report )

    It is the “choose your own narrative” election.

    D’s win House (by looks like a pretty big margin)

    R’s on track to pad their SEN majority by 3-4.

    D’s win Govs in KS, MI, but fall short in OH and FL ( meh to Amy on ‘FL’ – must be a typo ) .

    Where Trump stumped, R’s won (FL, MO, IN)

    Trump was toxic in suburbs.

    Saw an echo of the latter point elsewhere:

    How the Suburbs Will Swing the Midterm Election

    The suburban districts where Republicans are endangered are also richer and better-educated than the suburban areas where Republicans are safe.

    And gender factors in, too. “It’s usually the suburban, college-educated white women in those districts that are putting them in play,” said Leah Askarinam, an analyst with Inside Elections.

    On the issues, she said, many of these voters might be moderate Republicans, but “they cannot tolerate the Republican Party under President Trump: the tweets, the chaos, the language.”

    Clearly a lot more number-crunching needs to be done.

    But a trend of upper-middleclass, college-educated, partnered ( for the time being ) suburban women of a mostly pale complexion voting against the GoP because the tone of the POTUS is ‘icky’ is more worrisome than California turning in to Hispanofornia.

    The colleges are ever-more filling with exactly these women, who may well be expected to vote this way in larger numbers in future.

    Time will tell. But the demographics will eventually rule.

  33. Nick

    Nick at 8:58.
    Yes.
    That is the yuuuuge prize.
    With a comfortable Senate majority and the Kavanaugh hold-outs getting smashed, the next appointment will be a slam-dunk.

    Yep LL, when the Left have finished their braying, the penny will drop when Trump next picks his next SC judge. Hasta la vista suckers.

  34. Boambee John

    ETG began signing landowners to 99-year land leases since property cannot be owned by foreigners. Some landowners signed the leases thinking they would receive a lump sum of upwards of $250,000, only to find out later that it would be paid over the 99-year period. Monthly payments amounted to around $150. And, according to the law, land leases could be automatically renewed by the lessee for another 99 years. Several generations of families would not be allowed access to the land that had been occupied by their ancestors for a thousand years or more. ”

    Could be interesting times when native title holders in Victoriastan sign up to “great deals” with Mao Tse Andrew’s new BFF cronies, then discover that they have been royally screwed.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    But a trend of upper-middleclass, college-educated, partnered ( for the time being ) suburban women of a mostly pale complexion voting against the GoP because the tone of the POTUS is ‘icky’ is more worrisome than California turning in to Hispanofornia.

    Forget the wall.

    We must ban basic bitches from voting.

  36. mh

    Beyoncé and Celebrity All Stars Come Up Short for Beto O’Rourke

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2018/11/06/beyonce-celebrity-all-stars-come-up-short-for-beto-orourke/

    And then there is Taylor Swift

    😄

  37. cohenite

    But a trend of upper-middleclass, college-educated, partnered ( for the time being ) suburban women of a mostly pale complexion voting against the GoP because the tone of the POTUS is ‘icky’ is more worrisome than California turning in to Hispanofornia.

    The colleges are ever-more filling with exactly these women, who may well be expected to vote this way in larger numbers in future.

    Yeah, the psychology is weird, or maybe just what you get from the emancipated female who wants her cake and to eat it too. I know a female PhD in science, very smart, tough, can be talked to logically, but hates Abbott because he’s not fucking nice.

  38. mh

    I just realised Taylor Swift is in Brisbane at the moment (or last night)

    Stay out of politics Tay Tay

    😂

  39. Myrddin Seren

    And further to the above:

    Scott Walker loses the Governor’s mansion in Wisconsin

    …voters in Wisconsin turned the page on one of the nation’s best-known and most polarizing governors.

    They did so by a very small margin, when a late tally of absentee ballots from Milwaukee County put the race out of reach for Walker.

    Surprise !

    Turnout in Wisconsin was remarkable across the state: more than 2.6 million people voted, far more than in any past midterm, more than in the 2012 recall election, and equal to roughly 59 percent of the state’s voting-age population.

    That is more than the turnout rate that many states achieved in the 2016 presidential race.

    Exit polls showed Walker lost ground with at least two key groups of voters compared with his 2014 re-election victory. One was independents. Walker had won independents in each of his three statewide victories, including the recall, by margins ranging from 9 to 14 points. But in the 2018 exit poll, he was trailing among independents by 7 points.

    A second group was college graduates. Walker won voters with college degrees by 1 point in 2014, according to the exit poll that year. He was losing them by 13 points this year.

    Walker was winning men and losing women by high single digits, according to the exit poll — which is a smaller gender gap than in 2014 when Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke.

    Walker won the great majority of the state’s counties. But his margins were smaller this time in the suburban base counties outside Milwaukee, such as Waukesha.

    See post above. College-educated, well-off, probably with a hubbie/partner ( for now ), women could not face the other women in their social circle admitting they had voted for the Trump party. He is icky and coarse.

    Maybe just a straw in the wind, but could be a big problem.

  40. Muddy

    If I was President Trump, I’d be using 2020 as a lever against any Republicans who don’t support him 100%.
    Without Trump, the Republicans have …?

    If he can’t get anything done in the next two years, I don’t know why he’d stick around.
    “Yeah, been there, done you. Now get outta my limo, skank.”

  41. rickw

    Can we replace western women with hot asian chicks quicker than they can replace us with middle easterners?

    There’s a whole new race under construction based on Hot Asian Chicks and Caucasian Blokes.

  42. Fat Tony

    rickw
    #2859158, posted on November 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm
    Can we replace western women with hot asian chicks quicker than they can replace us with middle easterners?

    There’s a whole new race under construction based on Hot Asian Chicks and Caucasian Blokes.

    Their offspring, that I’ve seen, tend to have the finest (best-looking) features of both races.

  43. Entropy

    Are they lactose tolerant?

  44. feelthebern

    by appointing black letter Constitutional types like Kavanaugh.

    Kavanaugh is Bush loving, DC swampie.
    He didn’t deserve what he went through, but he will be a major disappoint.

    Gorsuch & Roberts are the only two decent justices at the moment.
    More of them.

  45. Infidel Tiger

    Don’t forget Clarence Thomas.

  46. feelthebern

    Clarence Thomas is a good reason why SCOTUS should have mandatory retirement once you reach a certain age.
    Just like that old bag who won’t die.
    The court is for the living, not the dead.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    Clarence is in his prime.

  48. JC

    vr

    Fuck me. I never got to this part about Beta’s father in law. I hope he despises his son in law and believes his daughter made a yuge mistake.

    20 bill is a shit load of money.

    Sanders was raised in El Paso, Texas, the son of an advertising agency owner. In 1964, Sanders graduated from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 1968, he founded the real estate firm LaSalle Partners, in El Paso, Texas, and years later he partnered with real estate tycoon, Ron Blankenship and founded, the Security Capital Group (1990) and Verde Realty. Among existing companies that evolved from holdings once associated with Sanders are: ProLogis, Archstone-Smith Trust (a real estate investment trust), CarrAmerica Realty and Storage USA. In 1999, LaSalle Partners merged with Jones Lang Wooton to form Jones Lang LaSalle.

    He served as Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).[3] In 1999, he received Cornell’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

    Bloomberg estimated Sanders’ wealth at $20 billion and called him “the Warren Buffett of real estate.”
    Personal Life

    Sanders’ daughter, Amy Hoover Sanders, is the wife of Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-TX, of Texas’s 16th congressional district and candidate for the United States Senate election in Texas, 2018.

    You know, I kept reading how Cruz is disliked in Texas but I don’t understand why. Sure the talking in tongues during the presidential campaign was really freaking off-putting, but not down there 🙂

  49. Leigh Lowe

    Kavanaugh is Bush loving, DC swampie.
    He didn’t deserve what he went through, but he will be a major disappoint.

    He does not use UN conventions or Disney comics to guide him.
    He uses that “little book”.
    The Constitution.
    That will never disappoint me.

  50. feelthebern

    Cruz could find a cure for cancer but will always been known for his Zodiac killings.

  51. feelthebern

    Leigh, I never thought you’d be a swampie lover.

  52. feelthebern

    Kavanaugh is a DC RINO.
    He will disappoint you.
    Just like when a lady takes off a wonder bra.

  53. Mark A

    I’m surprised at the number of posts.

    Everything went as predicted, only slightly better than expected for the Don with the senate.
    There was only one midterm reversal that went against the norm, after 911.
    Exceptional situation, circle your wagons against the common foe, sort of thing.

  54. feelthebern

    Simply amazing how few seats the DNC won back.
    They are a mess.

  55. Infidel Tiger

    I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about Beto in the next few years.

  56. JC

    Hold that thought. Forbes reckons Beto’s pa in law is not worth anywhere near that amount of money. He’s a pauper at US$500 million.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2018/11/04/is-beto-orourkes-wife-really-a-billionaire-heiress-not-likely/#79b4dffa387f

  57. Fat Tony

    JC
    #2859185, posted on November 7, 2018 at 11:34 pm
    Hold that thought. Forbes reckons Beto’s pa in law is not worth anywhere near that amount of money. He’s a pauper at US$500 million.

    I could handle living in that sort of poverty stricken-state

  58. JC

    I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about Beto in the next few years.

    Read the piece in Forbes. Beta comes out looking like a two faced little prick over the eminent domain issue.

    You know, if you’re freaking rich and the government pushes eminent domain against you to run you out of your property so as to sell it to a rich fuck who’s able to push the right buttons, you can see why socialism has its attractions at times.
    Eminent domain like civil forfeiture is truly fucking evil.

  59. JC

    Fats , in my book rich these days means you have to be worth at least $US3 billion anything less and you’re really just part of the 99%. You’re struggling.

  60. Fisky

    Delighted to see moderate Steve King from Iowa win re-election!

  61. Oh come on

    The general public already thought Pelosi was a San Francisco liberal. That is baked into the pie.

    Fact is that she is on the relative right wing of today’s Democrat party, and that is a lonely place to be. She has two courses of action to choose from. She can attempt to drag the party and its rabid base back into the not-insane centre left. That’s a really, really hard task. Or she can go with the base and what’s bubbling up into her caucus from that base. That is definitely the path of least resistance. What will she choose?

    The problem is that the Democrat base, as it stands, is a tiny minority of the country, and a highly, highly unattractive one. Attempts to mainstream it are going to end disastrously, because is it wide-eyed crazy. Ocasio-Cortez is a perfect representation of the new Democrat base. Pelosi can either fight against it, or become it.

    Speaker Pelosi has to choose between the unstoppable force and the unmovable object.

  62. mh

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accuses ICE of ‘Human Rights Violations’ in Victory Speech

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/06/ocasio-cortez-accuses-ice-of-human-rights-abuses/

    Off to a good start 😄

  63. Oh come on

    Delighted to see moderate Steve King from Iowa win re-election!

    LOL did he? Hahahahahahaha so much for all the handwringing over the votes of suburban women living in the affluent suburbs of Des Moines and their supposed Trump hatred!

  64. Infidel Tiger

    Affluent whites are destroying America. Leftist filth.

    No more tax cuts. Only punitive measures against whitey can save America’s soul.

  65. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    33s
    If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!

  66. Infidel Tiger

    Good to see some minimum wage laws being supported at the ballot today.

    Corporatist filth need to pay up.

  67. Should be noted that King is the only remaining Republican Congressman from the state of Iowa. They have four Reps, two flipped blue.

  68. JC

    Possibly true, Artie.

    If the US had majority vote it would be fucked, which is why the senate not only held firm, but the GOP got more senators. The house went left because the majority of the population is left these days.

    2020 is going to be problematic for Trump because the rust belt has gone left and the 90,000 lucky votes came from that region.

    The punters also don’t seem to care much about economic growth these days. There are more important issues, like keeping abortion, identity politics and hating whitey.

    It’s a sick place.

  69. JC

    Cut it out Monster. We’ve had enough of your lesbianic babbling for the day. Shoo off.

  70. mh

    Monty, your estimate of Dems flipping house seats was a fair call.

    Didn’t reach those levels, but not bad.

  71. Oh come on

    m0nty, stop trying to paint this as a massive Trump repudiation. It isn’t anything of the kind. It’s a fairly pedestrian result overall that indicates anything that would surprise any sensible commentator from either side of the aisle.

    Specifically, I’m very glad a few characters lost and their opponents won. OTOH, there hasn’t been any major disappointments thus far.

  72. Infidel Tiger

    Monty the Senate result must be very febrile for you.

    Could end up being 56-44 all going well.

  73. Oh come on

    It’s a fairly pedestrian result overall that indicates anything

    overall that doesn’t indicate anything

  74. Oh come on

    Florida I was concerned about. That was a huge GOP gamble that could have easily ended disastrously. It may still, but is looking like it won’t.

  75. Cpt Seahawks

    this is a chaotic situation, and when the going gets weird, the weird go pro.

  76. mh

    I’d say Soros didn’t have a good day.

    Soros pumped millions into Gillum’s campaign, and spent big on Beto.

    Haha

  77. Prediction review:

    I think the shift of the Republicans to being a rural party working the natural and man-made gerrymanders for all they are worth accelerates greatly tomorrow. This will mean they get thumped in the House with a raft of losses in the suburbs as they get deserted by white middle-class women, but pick up multiple Senate seats in smaller states like Montana, and maybe even pinch New Jersey.

    Tick, though the crook Menendez held onto NJ.

    O’Rourke to come up well short in Texas.

    Tick, though he gave it a good shot and got closer than I thought.

    The Democrats need to win 23 more seats in the House to get the majority, I think they blow past that and go beyond 40. Not that it’s going to matter much who gets the majority really, because not much legislation is going to be passed regardless.

    Currently around 35 from what I can gather; 26 definite, three almost definite, six leaning Dem. But there are another nine leaning GOP with margins under 2%, so maybe it will get to 40 when late votes come in. Technically a cross, but only written in pencil at this stage and not too far off.

    One of the major headlines is going to be electoral irregularities in Republican-controlled swing states, like what Brian Kemp is doing in Georgia to suppress the black vote and the GOP is doing to disenfranchise Native Americans in North Dakota. That kind of bastardry works, it’s condoned by Trump’s SCOTUS, and it’s going to turn elections tomorrow.

    Tick. I hope the Democrat House committees set up inquiries into blokes like Kemp.

  78. mh

    IT, which Senate seat gives you the 56?

  79. Infidel Tiger

    55 sorry.

    54 is a lock.

  80. Oh come on

    De Santis is in but if Rick Scott loses that will leave a bad taste. However, it’s looking as though Nelson’s out. De Santis vacates a FL HoR district to take the gov’s mansion while Scott vacates the gov’s mansion to steal a Senate seat – man, that is a slick, slick manoeuvre.

    If they pull it off, and it’s looking like they will, it’s been executed by strong Trump allies in a purple state that Trump needs to hold to be re-elected. Electoral college bean counters can recalibrate the maths on that.

  81. Oh come on

    Your prediction is banal, m0nty. Utterly banal.

  82. Infidel Tiger

    Rick Scott won’t lose.

  83. It’s a fairly pedestrian result overall that doesn’t indicate anything

    The Republicans lost by seven points. Their strategy has been to deliberately become the party that loses the popular vote and instead try to maximise their exploitation of antediluvian features in the electoral system which favour the South for sepia-toned reasons that became irrelevant more than a century ago.

    It didn’t work in the House, because they lost the majority. It didn’t work in governor’s races, where the GOP lost seven seats. It only “worked” in the Senate because the contestable seats that were up for re-election were almost all held by Democrats, by pure luck. That won’t be the case in 2020.

    If they run the same campaign schtick in two years, they will get a beating the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Dukakis did do cacas.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    Popular vote?

    What’s that?

  85. Oh come on

    One of the major headlines is going to be electoral irregularities in Republican-controlled swing states, like what Brian Kemp is doing in Georgia to suppress the black vote

    Kemp was the AG of Georgia, and yes I believe he did remove from the voting rolls bunch of dead people, people that no longer lived in Georgia and people who were ineligible to vote in the Georgia election for a number of legitimate reasons – so yes, he did “suppress” the illegal voters that Democrat candidates frequently rely upon to get over the line.

  86. C.L.

    Fact is that she is on the relative right wing of today’s Democrat party, and that is a lonely place to be. She has two courses of action to choose from. She can attempt to drag the party and its rabid base back into the not-insane centre left. That’s a really, really hard task. Or she can go with the base and what’s bubbling up into her caucus from that base. That is definitely the path of least resistance. What will she choose?

    There is no such thing as the “not-insane centre left.”

  87. mh

    ….As Tom Bevan of RealClearPolitics noted, almost all of the Democrat Senators in competitive races who voted against Kavanaugh lost on Tuesday, while the one who voted for Kavanaugh — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — won.

    Notably, Trump focused his energies on the Senate, campaigning in key states in the closing weeks of the election. He found it more difficult to help House candidates, many of whom kept their distance from him in suburban areas — perhaps a strategic mistake on their part, since candidates who chose to embrace the president tended to win.

    The only years in which the president’s party has gained net seats in Congress in midterm elections since 1906 have been in 1934 (during the New Deal), 1998 (during the Clinton impeachment), and 2002 (after the 9/11 attacks).

    (Breitbart)

  88. JC

    Fatboy

    In a decent electorate, the D’rats would be a rump of a political party when you have animals like maxine waters, Sheila Jackson and beebie eyes from the bronx. Pelosi looks downright conservative in that rat house of a political party now.

  89. C.L.

    Obama lost 63 seats in 2010.
    He was the biggest mid-term loser since 1938.

  90. C.L.

    There is nothing funnier in American politics than Beaten O’Rourke’s resume.
    His business experience was being a live-in nanny.

  91. Oh come on

    You are a dummy, m0nty. You have no idea how the US electoral system works.

    The vast, vast majority of HoR seats were never in play – are never in play. Any significant popular repudiation of Trump will be felt ten years down the track, not in 2020. Republicans are still benefiting from the massive state gains they made in 2010, when they seized control of so many redistricting committees.

  92. classical_hero

    It seems that mOnty believes that once a person is on the electoral roll that they must stay forever.

  93. Oh come on

    There is no such thing as the “not-insane centre left.”

    Good point. Let’s say insane and more insane.

  94. JC

    Yes, the Kenyan lost a large number of seats and we’re told the midterms aren’t good for the presidential party in the first midterms. There’s one big difference though. This year the D’rats ran as unapologetic socialists and the place where the popular vote is most sensitive – the House – they won.

    Maybe it’s true, demographics means almost everything.

  95. Republicans are still benefiting from the massive state gains they made in 2010, when they seized control of so many redistricting committees.

    America, home of democracy!

    At least you admit it.

  96. JC

    Oh come on
    #2859229, posted on November 8, 2018 at 12:50 am

    There is no such thing as the “not-insane centre left.”

    Good point. Let’s say insane and more insane.

    And the insane won the House. Think about that.

  97. Infidel Tiger

    Donald J. Trump
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    In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!
    9:31 PM · Nov 7, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone

    Relentless.

  98. Infidel Tiger

    Not a democracy, dummy.

    Democracy is a stupid Greek thing that failed miserably.

  99. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
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    19m
    In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!

    Trump knows she’s not well. He’s good.

  100. Oh come on

    Look, no one is pretending that the GOP loss of the HoR is a good thing. It isn’t part of 4D chess that Trump incorporated into his grand MAGA strategy at some point in the 70s. Pelosi with the gavel causes complications.

    Point is – it is not an unexpected result. Conventional wisdom said the Dems would take the HoR while the GOP would keep the Senate. That’s what has happened.

    And the gubernatorial results restore some semblance of equilibrium after Obama ensured his re-election at the vast cost of Dems in state houses and governors’ mansions. Post-Obama, the GOP is now somewhat less overwhelmingly dominant in state political races. Again, unsurprising.

  101. Oh come on

    Republicans are still benefiting from the massive state gains they made in 2010, when they seized control of so many redistricting committees.

    America, home of democracy!

    Yes, that’s right, you dumb shit. When I said “they seized control”, I didn’t mean they ran in with machine guns and took over these committees. No, they were voted on to these committees, just like their predecessors were.

    You can argue the wisdom of making redistricting a partisan matter, but it actually *is* a democratic process in the US whilst it isn’t in a country like Australia.

    You’re such a low energy loser, m0nty. Get a fucking clue.

  102. Oh come on

    I mean, m0nts. Your talking points are just so witless, banal, unimaginative. You simply aren’t that bright.

  103. calli

    A heavy, impenetrable fog lies over Nawlins.

    A metaphor?

  104. calli

    Lots of talk this morning about the proposition involving Fantasy Gaming energising the yoof vote turnout.

    The “m0nty factor”?

  105. Fisky

    LOL

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    In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!

  106. calli

    Oh, for want of a comma!

  107. Old School Conservative

    A meta for m0nty.

  108. Oh come on

    Lots of talk this morning about the proposition involving Fantasy Gaming energising the yoof vote turnout.

    Yuk yuk

    No idea about m0nty’s fantasy football business model – his customers sound like weirdos to me, still, good luck to him if there’s a market for that – but Gamergate was an unmitigated disaster for leftist attempts to impose their groupthink values on an inherently freewheeling bunch of people.

  109. Oh come on

    Before 2018 mid-terms: HoR sent a bunch of partisan bills to the Senate which died because they weren’t filibuster-proof.

    After 2018 mid-terms: HoR will send a bunch of partisan bills to the Senate which will die because they aren’t filibuster-proof.

    Prediction for HoR: a whole bunch of wheel-spinning Wussia and Wussia-lite anti-Trump investigative committees that at best will go nowhere, but will more likely be damaging for the Dems

    Prediction for Senate: will confirm a crapload of judicial nominations, particularly the one that results from the resignation of ‘notorious RBG’, prompted by the inevitable failure of her spinal column, which will have her looking up at her own butt from between her knees when she finally awakens

  110. Oh come on

    Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. Man is she looking rough.

  111. Oh come on

    Listen to her. Skip to the 1min mark. Wow. Just wow.

    This person is a SCOTUS justice? Alarming.

  112. JC

    OCO

    If you look closely in the vid you can see the ventriloquist wires coming down to her arms and head. The black background is attempt to hide them.

    She’s dead an has been dead for years.

    The lesbian owes me several steak lunches.

  113. Jannie

    Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. Man is she looking rough.

    I thought that was Steven Hawking.

  114. Oh come on

    What is fucking bizarre is the left’s attempt to paint this woman as some kind of superhero. Even a physical superhero. Some Buzzfeed doofus checked in on her workout regimen a few months ago – one claim that stuck out for me was that she does ‘proper’ push-ups. Seriously? The woman can’t even hold her head up.

  115. mh

    OCO, a movie doco was released this year – RBG

    Hence all the silliness.

  116. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. Man is she looking rough.

    This poor woman is seriously ill. Didn’t she have pancreatic cancer and was declared ‘cured’?
    Same thing happened a year ago to my nephew, whose funeral was last week.

    When the cancer secondaries start to arise the body begins to collapse inwards, diminish and eventually turn to skin and bones. Ruth Bader-Ginsburg is currently struggling, as my nephew did, and he was much younger. This poor soul should be left in peace to recollect her memoir and tell it to a ghost writer. People should not even begin to pretend that she is a contributor to the current SCOTUS. It is thoroughly demeaning for them and for her.

  117. mh

    JC
    #2859230, posted on November 8, 2018 at 12:50 am
    Yes, the Kenyan lost a large number of seats and we’re told the midterms aren’t good for the presidential party in the first midterms. There’s one big difference though. This year the D’rats ran as unapologetic socialists and the place where the popular vote is most sensitive – the House – they won….

    Let’s keep in mind the forces working against a Trump-led GOP and for the Democrats. Studies show the media is 94 percent negative in their coverage of Trump, and the Dem spending on the mid terms was incredible, thanks to globalist money from Soros, Steyer, etc.

  118. candy

    That poor lady is nearly dead. The Dems. must have got her out of the nursing home in an ambulance to get her there.

  119. You can argue the wisdom of making redistricting a partisan matter

    Yes, yes I can.

    It is not a healthy democratic process when one side uses the temporary opportunity of holding elected office to institute outrageous gerrymanders to prevent them being voted out when they lose the mandate of the people.

  120. Speedbox

    RBG appears to be very unwell or at best, she has reached an age where she should be enjoying (as best she can) her twilight. For goodness sake, the womans’ 85 years old. I know appointment to SCOTUS is for life but she doesn’t have to take it literally.

  121. Democrat House gains now up to a net 37, as per 538.

  122. JC

    Monster, they have a 12 or 13 seat majority in the house, which is basically crumbs. Unfortunately for you, the House is the weakest link in the American government apparatus. During peacetime, the real power of the US government rests with the executive and the senate. If you want to be really cynical, the most powerful institution is possibly the DOJ because it can ruin people’s lives. It’s now firmly under the control of the chief executive. The GOP was all excited when it took the House and Senate from the D’rats in 2010, but without the presidency it could could do shit all. No one gives a toss about interminable hearings, you fathead. They’re boring and people see them as just political grandstanding.

    Stop getting all excited because the only thing that will happen is that you will end up hugely disappointed and your skin rashes will worsen.

    STFU and do you believe in climate change?

  123. classical_hero

    It appears that the Democrats are trying to steal the election in Arizona and Florida.

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