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The GOP is Losing Ground in the 2020 Election
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:57:24 PM »
The Democrats seem to be doing a better job of reaching out and raising funds from their voters than the Republicans:

Title: "‘A 5-alarm fire’: GOP desperate to match Dems’ online ATM"

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/12/republicans-fundraising-donations-2020-983243

Extract: "Democrats, who’ve come to see ActBlue as the secret weapon that powered their House takeover, express skepticism that Republicans will succeed in creating a rival."

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Title: "Democrats find their answer to the Koch brothers"

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/30/democrats-midterms-money-donors-small-853856

Extract: "“For a number of years, Democrats searched for our answer to the Koch brothers and find our own billionaire,” said Jesse Ferguson, a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer and Democratic consultant. “In reality, it’s a 67-year-old grandmother on a fixed income who’s donating $25 every month to candidates.”"

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Title: "ActBlue"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ActBlue

Extract: "ActBlue is independent of the Democratic Party itself and does not endorse individual candidates.[2] The organization is open to Democratic campaigns, candidates, committees, and progressive 501(c)4 organizations. Groups that use ActBlue pay a 3.95% credit card processing fee."
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Re: The GOP is Losing Ground in the 2020 Election
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 07:26:51 PM »
When the Democrats take control of the House in January 2019, it will then likely become feasible for them to not only expose Russia's linked to Trump but also to many key Republican Congress members:

Title: "Hidden Motives behind Key GOP Leaders’ Cooperation with Trump & Russia: An Evidence-based Examination of Irrational Behaviors & the Republican Congress Members Who Exhibit Them"

https://medium.com/@leannewattphd/hidden-motives-behind-key-gop-leaders-cooperation-with-trump-russia-an-evidence-based-bdd5694b7c3b

Extract: "Putin knew just where to strike the U.S., crippling us on a post-modern battlefield. Not only did he defeat the Democrats during the 2016 election, but he may be currently threatening the “winners” of the election, attempting to elicit their voluntary or involuntary cooperation…

But another danger, lurking beneath the Donald Trump horror show, is the Republican-led Congress and its failure to place appropriate checks on our nation’s executive branch.

The knowledge that Robert Mueller’s investigative “walls” are closing in on Trump, his family, and his inner circle should embolden GOP leaders to avoid any association with Trump. Therefore, we would expect rational Republican House and Senate members to steer clear of any interference with the Russia investigation, given the strong evidence that Trump, and many in his orbit, are compromised by Russia and that some have also committed crimes. But this reasonable expectation is far from the reality of what is happening.

The next logical step is to question whether the GOP’s seemingly self-destructive behavior stems from non-policy concerns that have yet to be discovered. This line of thinking naturally leads us to one glaring vulnerability within the Republican party that may shed some light on their conduct. Although former Republican National Conference (RNC) chairman, Reince Priebus, repeatedly denied that the RNC emails were violated, it has been established by the FBI that the Russians successfully hacked the RNC’s emails, possibly exposing weaknesses within the Republican leadership. In fact, it appears that the Russians now possess approximately ten years’ worth of GOP emails, through 2015, when SmarTech, an email and web-hosting firm, stopped hosting the Republican Party’s email accounts. (Tom Del Beccaro, the ex-chairman of the California Republican Party, reported to The Smoking Gun that SmarTech has “admitted being hacked.”) Andy Greenberg, a cyber security and “hacker culture” expert at Wired Magazine, identifies a possible underlying link to a non-policy agenda in his astute observation: “What’s still not clear, of course, is what the RNC’s stolen emails might contain. But the group would be wise to review its older servers for potential scandals. The election may have passed without an RNC leak, but Russia’s intelligence agencies could still be holding onto a few secrets of America’s ruling party.”

It would be naïve to ignore that Vladimir Putin likes to leverage “secrets.” If the Russians discovered any hidden scandals within the Republican hacked emails, then this is exactly what Putin would attempt to do.

And while Putin has achieved the ultimate Soviet goal of controlling an American president — a “useful idiot” — he may also have achieved something far more dangerous: If key Republican Congress members are hiding their Kremlin-linked finances or are being threatened for some other reason, making it difficult to fulfill their Constitutional duty to provide oversight of the executive branch, then Putin has made a mockery of the democratic system we cherish and has set us on a collision course with authoritarianism."
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Re: The GOP is Losing Ground in the 2020 Election
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2018, 07:37:31 PM »
The Democrats have discovered a new formula for winning in the Deep South:

Title: "Democrats Discover New Path to Beating Trump in Deep South"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-12/democrats-discover-new-path-to-beating-trump-in-deep-south?srnd=premium

Extract: "Voting shifts boost African-American candidates in region"
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Re: The GOP is Losing Ground in the 2020 Election
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 08:54:08 PM »
Oh dear. Two more years of this thread...

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Re: The GOP is Losing Ground in the 2020 Election
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2018, 09:07:25 PM »
Oh dear. Two more years of this thread...
And think of all the other threads it will spawn - the entire ASIF submerged.
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Re: The GOP is Losing Ground in the 2020 Election
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2018, 09:16:50 PM »
You're right. As always I'm late to the realisation party.

Just like I won't allow any links to climate risk denier websites, I'm not going to allow any more clickbait to political theatre and lawyer bullshit. That stuff is great for ratings, indirectly propping up Trump, and keeping froth at the mouth, but it's destroying the United States of America and the rest of the world.

People can discuss politics if they want, but I'm done with anything that isn't related to policy and vision and ideas, in other words, things that bring Trump down and help the US go forward again at the same time.

This won't be easy to moderate, which is why I have put this decision off for so long. So, please, bear with me.

Edit: I've opened a special thread for political theatre.
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