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Twilight Zone: Republicans Won’t Let Media into Capitol, Reporters Wait for Them at the Subway

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

I was just watching MSNBC and was floored when Kasey Hunt casually mentioned this as if it's the most natural thing in the world for reporters to be 'not allowed in the Capitol.' https://twitter.com/BearmanShannon/status/877896696507777025 Gee, let's just hope to catch them as they come out to catch the subway. Just recently there was a very good piece by Phillip Rucker of the Washington Post on the creeping authoritarianism of both the Trump WH and the GOP. And clearly, Mitch McConnell is second to nobody in his contempt for democracy. Greg Sargent: "IN TRUMP ERA, SECRECY IS...

The Senate GOP Version of Trumpcare: Deeper Cuts but Phased in More Slowly

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

We knew it was bad-after all, rather than talk about it the Republicans would rather body slam reporters-but this is probably even worse than imagined: https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/877687124979589121 No wonder Mitch McConnell won't let anyone see it. "At 11 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, the Senate will release its long-awaited health care plan. But the Washington Post obtained a draft version of the bill before its release. Here's what the Senate plan would do: • Repeal all taxes instituted by the Affordable Care Act, particularly on the wealthy • Reduce Medicaid funding...

Despite DHS Assurances the Votes Were not Changed There Has Been no Audit of the Results

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

The first question the GOP House wanted to ask Jeh Johnson-former Secretary of DHS-about was whether Russian hacking actually effected the voting results themselves. This is their way of trying to argue for his legitimacy. It's based on a flawed premise, to be sure. Even if actual voting totals were not altered, this doesn't mean the election wasn't compromised. Honestly, the Comey letter itself delegitimizes the result as per Nate Silver it swung the election and the FBI Director isn't supposed to decide the...

No Mike Bloomberg, Russia Chose Trump, and We Face a Legitimacy Crisis

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

Bloomberg is kidding himself if he thinks we're going  to listen to him here: "Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said America should "get behind" President Trump because "the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not," during an appearance on ABC's "The View." http://abcnews.go.com/US/bloomberg-america-trump-public-spoken/story?id=48185506 It's not clear that America did choose Trump. That's the problem-there is a fundamental legitimacy crisis at the heart of the Trump Presidency. When you factor in 1. The Comey letter 2. Russian...

In 5 Special Elections Dems Have Outperformed Districts ‘Partisan Makeup’ by an Average of 8 Points

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

We touched on this point yesterday, but it deserves a lot of emphasis as some are pushing the panic button. Some are opportunistically trying to use the disappointment of the loss on-yep, Nancy Pelosi. What else is new? These folks already had it in for her, however, And what is her culpability here? Because Handel mentioned her name a lot. "Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi in House leadership elections held after the November election, said that even talented candidates cannot overcome “the toxicity of the national Democratic brand.” “It makes it a...

Sen Mark Warner Calls Out DHS for Withholding Details on State Election Hack

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

  Some bombshell testimony this morning before the House Intelligence Committee: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/877548811962503169 A question that begs: why did we hear so little about this? https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/877544245686669312 That's Obama-always Mr. Post Partisanship to a fault. https://twitter.com/KenDilanianNBC/status/877539287029436417 To be sure, if Obama should ask himself if he could have done more, Mitch McConnell should truly be ashamed of himself-but of course, has no sense of shame. He had refused to join with Obama in...

Why Despite Ossoff’s Loss Dems are in Fact on Track to Flip the House in 2018

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

As I argued in my last post, it's probably true that expectations in GA 6 had gotten too high. It's still a pretty red district. http://lastmenandovermen.com/2017/06/21/jon-ossoffs-concession-speech-just-beginning-something-bigger/ And this is why it's not as bad as it seems. https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/877504087402700801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Flastmenandovermen.com%2F2017%2F06%2F21%2Fjon-ossoffs-concession-speech-just-beginning-something-bigger%2F There's the rub. The MSM and GOP will try to spin it as 'Aha, the Democrats can't win anywhere' but these...

Jon Ossoff’s Concession Speech: This is Just the Beginning of Something Bigger

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

In my first two posts of this morning I first looked at the fact that whatever last night was about, it was in no way a vindication of either Trump or the GOP agenda. http://lastmenandovermen.com/2017/06/21/last-night-wasnt-vindication-trump-thats-hell-red/ In the next post I argued that we must not buy into faux GOP attacks. You must never take them as offered in good faith. After all, if they were really outraged over Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, they would not be calling Donald Trump 'Mr. President' now. Sure it was genuine which explains why they call a serial sexual assault...

At Least 21 Congressional Reps are Registered to Vote Outside Their Districts

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

Some seem to think the reason Ossoff lost is because of the faux outrage over him living two blocks outside of his district. This I find aggravating as they are giving the GOP attacks much too much credit. They act like the faux outrage over this was genuine. Sure, it's as genuine as when they impeached Bill Clinton for sex with an intern-led by Newt Gingrich who was: having sex with an intern who in his case would become his wife. Sure it was genuine which explains why they call a serial sexual assault artist their President today. The GOP remains the party of Nixon. Nixon won his...

Last Night Wasn’t Vindication for Trump but That’s How He’ll Read it

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Mike Sax No Comments

It's disappointing but it's just one election. That's politics-you win some, you lose some. I did myself wonder the last few days if expectations weren't too high. For a long time you'd hear warnings that you can't read too much into special elections. But now some are reading everything into them. But though Trump and the GOP will claim vindication it's hard to see how or why: "President Trump’s hopes of steadying his presidency and his agenda on Capitol Hill were given a lift Tuesday when a Republican won a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs." "Republican...

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