Moderates

Pure propaganda with more Big Lies for the Big Liar. The Trumpian alternative universe is touted in Elise Stefanik’s opening speech as the new GOP Conference Chair. LOL about “the far left, radical socialist policies of President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” In comparison with Liz Cheney, she’s an...

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  • May 14, 2021

Anand Giridharadas wrote a piece for The Atlantic asserting that Biden has been moving leftward.  This may only be a short term impression only because the GOP is trying to find its way after the previous guy is gone and before he may be indicted. The real problem lies with...

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  • April 16, 2021

Is US progressive politics, especially in cultural issues, incapable of attracting majority support. Not so much in terms of the usual self-fulfilling marginalization, but there are absolute limits to the mutability of moderate ideologies in  order to build working majorities. In these conditions, it seems almost certain that tit-for-tat will...

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  • April 3, 2021

That is one line that jumped out at me from this Washington Post opinion piece by Jennifer Rubin that describe Joe Biden as “Distinguished ol of the week” while pointing out that “No progress was possible without Biden”. I  am taking time from planning, writing tests, and grading papers for...

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  • March 14, 2021

Darn those class commitments, aligning us to our political choices in a democracy, made worse by all those folks who knew they were in that Gilded Age. “If the future of the Democratic Party is in the rich suburbs, the future of American politics is another long Gilded Age.” Matt...

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  • February 28, 2021

These past Dispatches were obviously a Trump-era commentary.  Maybe I need to to come up with a new name. But since the Biden presidency is only weeks old, I thought I would continue this for a bit.  So, in the spirit of a new beautiful day, below are some interesting rea...

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  • February 1, 2021

Republicans are intimidated by the size of Joe Biden’s bills. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and a group of likeminded milquetoasts are balking at the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Democrats appear determined to pass through budget reconciliation. Seems they’ve either noticed the giant deficit Donald Trump amassed both pre- and...

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  • January 31, 2021

From CNN: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the House's article of impeachment will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, triggering the start of the Senate's impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. “I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered...

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  • January 22, 2021

In 1984, George Orwell used the line “two plus two equals 5 . . . or sometimes 3. . . .” as one of his ways to show the effectiveness of Nazi propaganda and at the same time its disconnect from reality. We are seeing the equivalent of that disconnect...

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  • December 13, 2020

As each day passes, Trump adds to an already impressive body of evidence arguing that he should be considered the worst president in U.S. history.  But, taking a dispassionate, long view, there are a small number of surprisingly strong contenders for this title.  This history call is depressingly closer than it...

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  • December 6, 2020

A former member of U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R. ME) staff released a very compelling op-ed piece in the Press Herald where she talks about how she was date raped by her boyfriend and another man. She explains how getting her job working Collins helped her cope and move on...

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  • October 30, 2020

“Increase in cases is accelerating with no signs of abating. Hospitalizations already increasing. Reasonable conclusion – deaths too will follow.” If Trump wins and continues his dissonant herd immunity ‘policy’, over 100,000 excess deaths will occur in addition to the Trump Death Clock. x View this post on Instagram Don't...

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  • October 30, 2020

Some very good news out of Kansas courtesy of Dr. Barbara Bollier’s (D. KS) internal polling: x #KSsen:Bollier (D) 46% (+1)Marshall (R) 45%Buckley (L) 4%@GBAOStrategies/@BarbaraBollier (D) Internal Poll, LV, 10/25-27https://t.co/ESgRxzXfvt— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 28, 2020 To: Interested Parties From: GBAO Date: October 28, 2020 RE: Recent Polling in Kansas...

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  • October 28, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Arizona courtesy of OH Predictive Insights: In the state’s other race with national consequences, former astronaut Mark Kelly maintains his advantage over incumbent Sen. Martha McSally. Half (50%) of Arizona voters prefer Kelly while 45% prefer McSally. One of the unique aspects of...

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  • October 27, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Georgia courtesy of CBS News’ latest poll: The Georgia Senate race is nearly tied now, with Republican Senator David Perdue ahead of Democrat Jon Ossoff by just one point. Ossoff has shored up support with Democrats and liberals since September, but he's also...

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  • October 25, 2020

I don’t know if any of these polls have any scientific basis, but it does look like Biden held his own, at first glance. x BREAKING: Based on our snap poll of 772 likely voters who watched tonight's debate, 52% say Joe Biden won the debate overall. 39% say Donald...

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  • October 23, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Colorado: Democrat John Hickenlooper leads Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner by 9 percentage points as Colorado voters get ready to receive their ballots in the mail, according to a new poll released Thursday by Colorado Politics and 9News. The survey, conducted online Oct. 1-6...

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  • October 9, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the state’s next elections. He will serve...

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  • October 4, 2020

Yes, this is wrong on so many levels to nominate a judge before RBG is warm in her resting place.    I said in another comment if Jane Fonda had been nominated or anyone left of her, I would still be against a nomination this close to a presidential election....

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  • September 26, 2020

The Kansas Reflector wrote an op-ed to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts asking them to suspend  U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Representative, Dr. Roger Marshall’s (R. KS) medical license for constantly campaigning without a mask: As many in your profession have said repeatedly, masks are one of the simplest...

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  • September 23, 2020

I have the utmost respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and was beyond distraught at the news of her death yesterday. Nonetheless, the election is 44 days away and is the most consequential one ever for the soul of America. RBG would not want us to avoid thinking about how to...

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  • September 20, 2020

We need a more hinged POTUS, as Trump is now mongering actual violence rather than fear from the White House. Scorched earth on the path to the bunker is continuing. Trump is all about escalating the white retaliation begun 12 years ago. x .@realDonaldTrump is despicable. His entire campaign is...

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  • September 12, 2020

We’re now past the point in 2016 where PBO got derailed by McConnell on election interference from Russia. We can see why Trump has undermined trust in intel agencies We can now see why Trump spent a lot of time discrediting Peter Strozk Today featured more desperate tweets x NEW:...

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  • September 12, 2020

Some good news today out of Minnesota courtesy of SurveyUSA’s latest poll: x MINNESOTABiden 49% (+9)Trump 40%.#MNsen:Smith (D-inc) 47% (+11)Lewis (R) 36%@surveyusa, LV, 9/4-7— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) September 9, 2020 DFL incumbent United States Senator Tina Smith was appointed to her position when Al Franken resigned. Though Smith is not...

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  • September 10, 2020

Some more good news today out of North Carolina courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll: As North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis faces former state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) in a tough re-election race, polling shows the Republican incumbent underperforming President Donald Trump’s standing in the battleground state, indicating a missing...

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  • August 24, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT): x YouTube Video Below is Bernie's speech from last night's Democratic National Convention. Our great nation is now living in an unprecedented moment. We are facing the worst public health crisis in 100 years and the...

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  • August 18, 2020

Here’s some good news today out of Kansas: x Election Twitter’s crowdfunded KANSAS poll results SurveyUSA/Election Twitter (8/5-8/9)MoE +/- 3.3% ________ KS-SEN Marshall  46 (+2)Bollier  44 Presidential race Trump  48 (+7)Biden  41 Trump approval Approve  50 (+2)Disapprove  48— Jack Vaughan (@theJackVaughan) August 12, 2020 Here are some interesting factors: *...

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  • August 12, 2020

More news out of Georgia today. First, the main Senate Race: Georgia Senate GE:David Perdue (R-inc) 44% (+3)Jon Ossoff (D) 41%@surveyusa/@11AliveNews, LV, 8/6-8https://t.co/4Je6G768GC #GAsen — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 11, 2020 Here are some points on this race: * Among voters who strongly disapprove of GA Governor Brian Kemp’s response...

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  • August 11, 2020

This is the second time she’s done this: x YouTube Video The camera pans across pictures of a woman in the hospital before Whitney from Queen Creek begins telling viewers about her rare blood disorder that requires monthly chemotherapy. In the 30-second ad that began airing last week, Whitney says...

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  • July 16, 2020

From The New York Times: As Representative Doug Collins went booth to booth at a recent Republican jamboree in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County, he was a hero, not an insurgent. No one knocked him for splitting the party with his bid against the state’s junior senator, Kelly Loeffler, who is...

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  • July 9, 2020

Suprisingly, the 2020 Kentucky Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate was probably the major driver for the higher than expected voter turnout (initial estimate of 32% voter participation statewide).  Yes, I know that is still a terrible number for any democracy, but the usual voter turnout in Kentucky is around 20%...

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  • June 24, 2020

There are now 119,000 deaths to date and 2.2 million cases of COVID-19 in the US. Trump will likely blame the virus superspread event in Tulsa on protesters, as the media frames can be written in the most arcane ways: “they pulled off my mask”, “they coughed on me”, as...

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  • June 19, 2020
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Here’s the latest news courtesy of Qunnipiac University’s latest poll: If the election for president were being held today, former Vice President Joe Biden would receive 49percent of the vote and President Donald Trump would receive 41 percent, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of registered voters released...

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  • June 18, 2020

Ouch: Wallace Lightsey, a Greenville attorney, is a self-described “moderate Republican” who has given money over the years to members of both parties. That includes $9,500 to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican incumbent up for reelection this November. But this year, Lightsey is doing something different: he’s donating to...

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  • May 22, 2020

David Atkins attacks a “marxist” strawman in a Washington Monthly article, because moderates need to rationalize their reactionary acts. The after-action reports for 2020 should instead address the need to reconcile party unity even as it demonizes their respective biases. For example, “running against the Democratic party” was only a trope for those...

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  • April 14, 2020

In case you missed this, Fox News has a new poll out: Former Vice President Joe Biden bests President Donald Trump by nine points in a 2020 ballot test, in the first Fox News Poll since Biden became the de facto Democratic nominee. In a head-to-head presidential matchup, Biden is...

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  • March 28, 2020

Apparently, this guy has known all along that Donald Trump is, as he calls him, “deranged” — but he voted for the ocher abomination in 2016 anyway. He reasoned that Trump’s derangement might lessen as the gravity of his office became more apparent. As we all know, the opposite happened. And...

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  • March 10, 2020

FiveThirtyEight went there and attacked “party elites” today as the reason for the “inevitable” loss of Warren. It doesn’t make anyone feel better, except that whoever those “party elites” are, they have made the Democratic party do some very stupid things in its history. As we’ve seen, becoming the party elite...

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  • March 6, 2020

I’m playing pundit here, with all the risks that implies, but I think Joe Biden will win enough delegates to have a majority going into the convention, and that he will be the nominee. For one thing, the governor of Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer, has just endorsed him ahead of next...

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  • March 5, 2020

The Nation endorses Sanders, if only because of the coalescing of so-called moderates around Joe Biden. #BlueNoMatterWho not because Ivanka Trump has finally registered as a Republican, but if only because Sanders broke up Public Enemy. GOTV if only because some MSM (still) believe that “liberals pinned their hopes on...

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  • March 2, 2020

This will have an impact as well as I think Pete is not far behind on his endorsement.    The endorsements will be coming fast and furious I predict.    The ground game is about to change with these past candidates coming in to endorse.    I am all for...

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  • March 2, 2020

There have been lots of messages from the Democratic candidates running for the presidential nomination on winning political strategies.  Now that some votes are being cast, we are seeing what Joy Reid has called “proof of concept” with regards to those messages or strategies.  Or I should say, we are...

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  • March 1, 2020

Charles P. Pierce from Esquire made it clear today who he was voting for: In 2016, I decided to make it a custom here at the shebeen to reveal the candidate for whom I voted in the Democratic primary election because a) I think it’s right to be transparent about...

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  • February 25, 2020

Republicans up and down the ballot are already casting their Democratic rivals as socialist puppets who would remake the economy in Sanders’ collectivist vision. The play is straightforward: President Donald Trump has repelled college-educated suburban voters since he took office; Republicans want to win them back by arguing the alternative...

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  • February 23, 2020

I think there will be certain things that are predictable for tomorrow night’s Democratic presidential debate.   You know you suck as a moderator when you get panned by both Democrats and Fox “News.”  And I am talking about Bothsiderist Chuck Todd.  Seriously, I don’t normally pay any attention to Fox, but...

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  • February 19, 2020

I’ve been in San Francisco for the three day weekend so playing a little catch-up today. I received a few e-mails in support of Progressive Jessica Cisneros (D. TX-28) in her bid to unseat Blue Dog Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D. TX-28). The first is from former San Antonio Mayor,...

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  • February 18, 2020

Darn that reactionary uncertainty being the dominant feature of moderates’ ideology. Despite MSM’s spinning about Sanders and Buttigieg, FiveThirtyEight claims that no momentum was had from the first two primary campaign events. Three days after the New Hampshire primary, we are finally getting some polls that reflect the new state of...

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  • February 16, 2020

Not having listened to a random taxi driver, Thomas Friedman comes out for the anti-Bernie ‘radical middle’, because money talks at least for six months. As Larry Diamond, editor of The Journal of Democracy, pointed out to me, several studies he’s been publishing show that the best way to defeat illiberal populism...

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  • February 14, 2020

Some big news out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati will not seek re-election, he told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. “After 20 years, I always like to say, it’s good to go out and go out on top,” Mr. Scarnati said. Mr. Scarnati, 58, a...

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  • February 13, 2020

So many different games of the middling sort. From Nikki Haley invoking “liberal socialist” to what ever counts as appeals to “moderates”. Moderates’ fear of extremism and controversy will get more complicated as 2016 will get revisited by the prospect of a contested convention. Salt’s granularity gets more complex rather...

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  • February 12, 2020
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