What happened?- by Amanda S. Green


What happened?- by Amanda S. Green

That’s the question so many of us have been asking since last week’s election totals began rolling in. It is a question we’ll continue to debate over the next two years. We need to look at the close races as well as the races we should have won. What went wrong? Then, in those races we shouldn’t have won but did, why?

Let’s get one of the reasons out of the way right now. The first is that we saw a standard mid-term response to the party in office. Historically, the party in power loses ground during mid-term elections. So we should have anticipated at least some of the shift we saw. “In midterms since 1862, the president’s party has averaged losses of about 32 seats in the House and more than two seats in the Senate,” according to Mary Jordan in this post for Politifact.

Part of the reason for this is because fewer people, often far fewer, vote in mid-term elections than in presidential election years. Another part is the “X-Factor”, X being whoever the president is. We saw it during the Obama administration and we are seeing it now. It is especially prevalent when you have a president who actually does something, whether it be good or bad. With Obama, we had it with Obamacare and some of his other policies. With Trump, we have it with his economic policies and with his personality. That “X-Factor” tends to motivate folks to the polls, as it did this time.

There might have been a record number of voters for a mid-term election in a number of areas around the country, but those voters were not conservatives or libertarians in all too many instances. Too many sat back and rested on the wave of votes that brought Trump into office. The liberals, on the other hand, used Trump as the motivator to get the votes out (legal and not).

But there are things we, as conservatives and libertarians, need to be aware of and watch out for in the future. One of the reasons the Democrats managed to get so many folks to the polls (and I mean living, breathing folks and not the dead and buried) is because they put forth candidates that enticed younger voters. They beat the gun control drum as well. They talked about issues young voters, without any real life experience thought sounded “awesome” but never talked about how they’d pay for those issues. Because so many of our youth hasn’t figured out politicians lie, they bought it hook, line and sinker.

How else do you explain someone like Occasional-Cortex—sorry, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—winning not only her primary but the election? Here is a young socialist bitching and moaning now because she can’t afford an apartment in DC until she gets her first congressional paycheck in three months. Where is all the affordable housing? We have to take steps to make it more affordable for the pols to live. Whine, bitch and whine some more.

The younger set is eating it up. Why? Because they aren’t looking at the fact that Occasional-Cortex quit her bartending job a year ago to go on the campaign trail. How did she live during that time? Oops, let me rephrase that. She lived on other people’s money, just as she plans to now.

I don’t know about you, but she is the perfect example of what we need to vote out of office and keep as far away from any political office, or classroom, as possible.

Then we had Beto O’Rourke. As a Texan, I can only thank God he wasn’t elected and it was a damned close thing. Beto came out as an everyman. He wore jeans and rolled his sleeves up. He wore ball caps. He rode skateboards. He was the “young” candidate, the voice of our youth.

Except, he is only one year younger than Ted Cruz. But to look at them, to listen to them, you’d think there was at least a decade difference in their ages.

The Republicans fell down on the job—hell, let’s be honest. They were asleep at the wheel—where Beto was concerned. They didn’t bring out his history, criminal and otherwise. They let him be this generation’s JFK, exactly what the DNC wanted. And it came too damn close to working.

Instead of reminding folks, especially those in El Paso where Beto started, that he married into money and, as a city councilman, voted on issues that at least seemed to benefit his real estate developer father-in-law, they let him be the boy child. The Republicans forgot history, specifically the 1960 Presidential election.

Now, I’ll admit there were other issues with Cruz. He doesn’t come across as warm and fuzzy, far from it. That might play well against most candidates, but not against someone like O’Rourke. He needed to loosen up some.

But let’s not forget the real issue: voter fraud. There is fraud in every election. But it appears to be at a record high this year. One Georgia county had twice as many votes cast as they have registered to vote. Yesterday, while at a concert, I received a news push from our local ABC affiliate that almost half the provisional votes in Fulton County would need to be tossed out. There were hundreds of duplicate votes. There were votes cast by people who didn’t live in the county and then there were votes by those not eligible to vote.

And people wonder why we need Voter ID laws.

There are some who want to count votes by those who are not only NOT citizens of this country but who are here illegally.

Yeah, there’s a problem and we need to deal with it. Not only do we need to apply the law, to its fullest extent, to those who vote illegally, we need to do so to those who facilitate them in doing so. [Hanged, cut down before death and their entrails burned before their eyes? –SAH asks eagerly.]

If the Republicans are smart, they will take a long, hard look at what happened in this election and be prepared for much the same in two years. They will learn from campaigns like Beto O’Rourke’s. They will encourage the liberals to put Pelosi back in as Speaker of the House. She is one of our most effective weapons because she is so disliked, not only by conservatives and libertarians but by many in her own party. Let Maxine Waters keep running her mouth. She’s another one who will, eventually, do her party more harm than good.

But we need to take a page out of the other side’s playbook. We need to quit being the nice guy. While I don’t encourage public displays like what we’ve seen at Tucker Carlson’s home or at the country club with his daughter, we do need to stay in the face of the Dims who have been voted into office. Every time Occasional-Cortex opens her mouth, we need to point and laugh. She really can’t help herself. She provides such good comedic fodder.

We also need to keep an eye out on those candidates like Beto who lost but who were so clearly being groomed for bigger and better by the Dims. [I am sure that includes Occasional Cortex, sadly. –SAH] Whether they continue to tout their golden boy in the future is something we will only have to wait to see. If we’re lucky, they will tell him to go back home and figure out what he did wrong. At the same time, they will run someone like HRC or Biden for president. Both wouldn’t argue if offered the nomination.

The Democrats made the play for the young vote and, for the most part, got it. Again, much as they did in 1960 with JFK. While what they do in 2020 is important, it isn’t the most important. That falls directly at the feet of the Republican Party. They can’t wait to respond to the DNC, as they pretty much did this election. They have to get out in front now. Analyze and plan, learn and implement.

If not, heaven help us all.

(I will be back the end of the week with the regular book review/commentary. No, I’m not going to do Michelle Obama’s book. You guys don’t buy me enough booze for that. Also, apologies for the break in posts but family obligations had to take precedence for a while. – ASG)

259 thoughts on “What happened?- by Amanda S. Green

  1. My grandfather used to say that LBJ (Lyndon Bains Johnson) was so crooked he had to screw on his socks. But even his supporters only found enough votes for him to win, not the massively over done 110% registered voter turn out we’re seeing now. There’s graft and honest graft, as they used to say in Chicago, and this isn’t even close to honest graft.

    No, I’m not defending the crooks, any of them, but at least in the 1870s-1960s they still had a sense of proportion and enough shame to want a fig leaf, most of the time.

    1. During that time they still thought of themselves as “Americans”, and were merely after money and power mostly for it’s own sake.

      Now they don’t think of themselves as Americans, they want money and power in order to make you live the way they want.

        1. Yeah, sorry, dealing with multiple 1000 line bash scripts that generate other bash scripts and SQL code written by people as myopic as most of our senators.

            1. Hides under cat & jealous dog who decided they need attention NOW.

              To repeat TRX “I don’t have to do that anymore la-la-la-la….”

              Full disclosure 40 years ago, never thought I’d ever say that, thought the old geezers’ were nuts for being glad they were getting out … uhhh, sorry, guys, really sorry. To the point that my work passwords were 20160131IamDONE & 20160131OutofHere … Hey IT insisted on alpha with upper & lower characters, & numeric, > 10 count, passwords…

          1. Uggh I feel for you B’livion. Days of dealing with unnecessarily complex Java code for which you could feed my cat a Java for idiots book and he’d puke up better… C code that you’d think had been fed through an obsfuscator and has 1200 line (I kid you not) routines with nary a comment. One pundit quipped that if Carpenters built houses like programmers write code the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization. Somedays I fear they were right. I’m not Catholic but there are days I think we programmers could use a Patron Saint to pray for us…

            1. There aren’t any patron saints for historians, either, interestingly enough. Some of my grad-school cohort wondered if that meant we were beyond hope, since even St. Jude was too busy for us. *wry grin*

            2. Wouldn’t Saint Jerome, AKA the informal saint of bloggers (along with Gabriel) fit?

              Antisocial, has a thankless job translating stuff so it works for everyone….

              1. Actually, there has already been a programmer saint.

                He programmed Jacquard looms until he burned out on constantly thinking of new designs and programming tricks, and then he went into the priesthood and did a little bit of everything: writer, underground publisher, builder, bishop, etc.

                St. Anthony Claret, October 24. It doesn’t need to be official to be obviously true!

          2. Aieeeeeeee! I know just enough about computer programs and code o know that that’s a prime reason to run and hide under the bed.

          3. I can sympathize. Sunday I had to rollback an upgrade that had reached 99% complete when the last necessary SQL script for the upgrade dragged on past the third hour and endangered completing within the outage window. Today I had to spend a couple hours analyzing the script my colleague had written and replacing it with something vastly more efficient that should in worst case take 30 minutes. When a good outage window finally opens up again. *sigh*

      1. They hadn’t accepted that Republicans were TOTALLY EVIL and that the “Ends Justify the Means” of defeating them. Now anything goes, as hard as possible.

          1. There do seem to be some signs that is changing. There are a few Republicans that seem to be relishing a chance to step up and poke progressives. I just hope they have really good security details. I wouldn’t put anything past the Left at this point.

    2. Oh yeah. I remember those LBJ days (I was a kid, but my Dad was a true OK Democrat and would vote straight ticket, no matter what. But even he had to hold his nose to vote for Johnson.)

    3. Back in the Gilded Age it wasn’t that politicians possessed more shame than our present version, it was that the Media were less overtly corrupt. Or rather, they were less monolithic; there was partisan Press on both sides, aking it much harder for the echo chamber to control the discussion.

      1. One of the most effective lies the Left ever sold the Americanmpeople is the myth of ‘unbased media’. There has never been any such thing. Furthermore, they backed up the lie with the tall tale that once upon a time, most cities supported two or more profitable newspapers, and so those papers could each support a Party and theremwas balance.


        H. L. Mencken makes it clear in his autobiographical works that in most cities theremwas ONE paper that made a profit. It supported the Party in power locally,mgot the government printing contracts thereby, and was solvent. A second paper usually existed. It supported the opposition, and was in turn funded by an opposition hopeful.

        I have been reading Conservatives whining about Media Bias since the 1970’s, and most of that time I have been screaming at them “So buy some newspapers and TV stations, you friggin morons!”

        1. There has never been any such thing.

          And, they sold that lie about “unbiased media” about the time they really gained near-monopolies (within TV, at any rate). Imagine that. And, of course, about the time that journalism schools started, with someone propagandizing them that they were the great saviors of the common people.

    4. That’s because without wholesale fraud, the Dems lose. Big-time. Retail-scale fraud is no longer enough.

  2. “If the Republicans are smart, they will take a long, hard look at what happened in this election and be prepared for much the same in two years”
    Aye, that’s the rub. Needing the Stupid Party to do the smart thing. They don’t get that name from their base for no reason.

    1. I know, but we have to hope.

      And here in TX, on the local level, it really is the stupid party. In one county, the “real” conservatives have been trying to remove a party official not because of his politics but because of his religion. A good conservative isn’t a good conservative if they are also non-Christian. Save me from idiots.

    2. While the GOP is at it, they should also take a look at what happened during the Kavanaugh hearings, because slander and outright mob violence on the very floor(s) of the legislature will be the status quo for at least the next two years. Or at least until the Democrats get somebody killed.

      1. My hunch is that the public revulsion over the Kavanaugh business is the primary reason we didn’t lose the Senate along with the House.

        1. There’s data to back up your hunch. Just as the inflection point in the public polling during the 2016 Presidential election was very clearly the “basket of deplorables” statement by the Dowager Empress, the inflection in the polling for the 2018 Senate campaigns was the Kavanaugh hearings. Cruz was trending further and further back until the hearings, but afterward, he was solidly ahead (if by a small amount). The other Senate races showed the same thing. The Kavanaugh hearings were a disaster for the Dems.

          So what are the Dems in the House planning after they get control in January? Yep, lots and lots of hearings.

          The maxim “Never interrupt your opponent when they are making a mistake” is attributed to Napoleon, I believe.

      2. They need to look at something else…their fight for Kavanaugh led to a well-above-average performance in the Senate races.

        1. I think that over the years any intellectual superiority the Left might have had has vanished. They are no longer just the evil party, they are now the stupid and evil party.

          I’ve seen some things that have suggested that the voter fraud issue was much wider than just a few states. Now, I know that particular statement plays into my personal bias. Mostly because I still find it hard to believe that enough people want Democrat insanity of high taxes, gun control, a flood of illegals, and going back to a stagnant economy.

          Their antics should do a lot to bring voter fraud to attention on the National scale and give Trump a very nice cudgel to beat them with if they drag their feet on making sure there can’t be any fraud. They’d have been better off taking some losses this cycle and saving the fraud for the next election.

            1. Tsk. That ain’t the way ter do it!

              The Tragedy of Our Electoral Commons
              By Sarah Hoyt
              Every conservative and libertarian who has any education at all has heard of The Tragedy of the Commons. It’s even been co-opted by the left to claim that climate is suffering a tragedy of the commons, and we must act right now. (Act now. Double the oppression. Be the first on your block to have a jackboot on your face!) But then again, what precisely doesn’t the left co-opt to serve their ruthless drive for total power? They’d even co-opt (two) Mom(s) and (fat-free) apple pie if they thought that would help them. They’ve even tried to claim patriotism. (Because open borders are the best way to be a patriot. Or something.)

              And yet, the left is enacting a tragedy of the commons right here, in our polity, and doesn’t see how and why it’s happening.

              And yes, that tragedy is our fault too, the fault of everyone who doesn’t push back and smack the left on the snout. But it is more so the tragedy of everyone who hasn’t done it long before we were born. Not that we can do anything about that. Not that they could imagine how blatant and crazy the left would get. The question now is how we stop that train before the buckets of blood station, and it starts with knowing where we are and looking it unflinchingly in the eye.

              First, let me start at the beginning of my reasoning. …

            2. One of these days I really need to figure out why I never see your PJM articles on the front page. Thanks for the link!

    3. If the Republicans are smart …

      [Snort!] That’s like starting a sentence “If hippos dance ballet …”

      1. Yep RES that is a clear counter factual, like what would have happened if Charles Martel Lost? Of course somehow the democrats aren’t much better, they’re just better at getting people to believe their lies…

    4. The Democrat-lite members of the Republican party need the vote fraud to salve their consciences.
      After all, if the opposition isn’t fated to win, selling out to them is a lot harder to lie to yourself about.

      As it stands, they can talk about issues (but never in a fashion that makes the inevitable rulers seem extreme!) and congratulate themselves for doing what honor demanded in supporting a lost cause.
      And close races “miraculously” won only be Democrats really only support their considered judgment about the arrow of history, doesn’t it? Best to just throw the Bubbas some more soma, and grease the slope, really.

  3. > How else do you explain someone like Occasional-Cortex—sorry, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—winning not only her primary but the election?

    In her case, it looks like the GOP’s doing. They picked an Old White Guy of no particular qualities to run against her, didn’t do due diligence to look at his history, #metooed their own candidate, turned him loose with no oversight of campaign funds, and basically did all they could to make him unappetizing to the electorate.

    [gathered from various online news reports; validity unknown]

    Meanwhile, it looks like the Party of Crazy Women is trying its best to distance itself from her. Because she’s not the kind of crazy they’re pushing at the moment, and she’s too stupid to STFU.

    1. Oh, that’s true. Which is why the RNC, as well as the state committees, need to look long and hard at who they are putting up.

      As for the party of Crazy Women, they may be distancing themselves from her but they are prepping for Hillary 4.0 according to the WSJ.

        1. Actually, I hope she does run again — so she can be soundly beaten again. I really don’t think she’s electable, so she would be a better choice than someone who might actually be able to draw enough votes (genuine or fraudulent) to win.

            1. I’m nowhere near feeling sorry for the twunt. Every failure she suffers she earned twice over.

              But I’m thinking that if Pelosi is named Speaker,mthat will be a sign that the Democrats don’t have the balls to put Shrillary out to pasture either.

        2. Her Shrillness as the 2020 season of THE WALKING DEAD? I may be over sanguine, but I think that would be the best news possible for the Republicans.

          And I have to kinda wonder if the reason the Republicans didn’t more effectively oppose Little Miss Socialist Nitwit in New York misght be a long term strategy. Unelected, she’s a minor sideshow. Elected, she can be a front-and-center major embarrassment. And the odds were against a Republican getting that seat, even if he could raise the dead by laying on of hands.

      1. I’m withholding my joy pending a formal announcement, but I’ll do the Happy Dance if Hillary runs again.

        They can call it the “Why Quit When You’re Losing?” campaign…

        1. Or as an old hunting buddy of my father’s was fond of saying “Quit while you’re behind, before you get further behind!”

          But in HRHC’s case, please, do keep going! The nation is counting on you [to be the Summer Blockbuster Comedy Hit of 2020]!

      2. The WSJ article is interesting, even with the political slant to it. They keep calling it Hillary 4.0 but talking about how it is Hillary coming full circle back to what she was in the 90’s. My point, when talking with it with a friend earlier today was that it simply shows that she is the ultimate politician–she changes her stripes so often that no one, not even her, knows what she stands for any longer. The only constant is that she stands for herself. The issue? Whatever she thinks is expedient.

              1. Of all words to associate with Her Royal Clintoness, “charm” seems among the five least likely — ahead of integrity and honesty, but very few others.

        1. Astute observation by Ramesh Ponnuru which gets to the heart of Dem vision:

          Hillary Again?
          What Penn and Stein never grapple with are the possibilities a) that someone running as the fourth version of herself might thereby be showing that she is untrustworthy and lacks a core and b) that voters might not be willing to grant her another ideological makeover. These seem like glaring oversights given that their whole case is structured by the “4.0” idea.

      3. I would rather not see another Hillary run. My reasoning being that she gets just a tiny bit closer each time, and even a blind squirrel will find a nut eventually.

        Let’s face it. I have friends who STILL LOVE them some Hillary. Even with all the BS and everything. IF Hillary were able to re-invent herself (again) she might just hit on something that works and pull off a win. Frankly, it wouldn’t be all that hard to re-cast herself as something more in line with what the younger voters want, and the Democrats have a little experience with the younger message now, so they might just manage.

        On the other side though, she pretty much already tried this for her 2016 bid, and missed the mark hilariously. Did that road trip van have shag carpet in the back? Did it have a dragon painted on the side? or was I just “feelin the 60s” when I saw it? Hillary would have to fast-forward at least 50 more years to target kids today.

        Hmm… funny thought. Hillary on a skateboard… She’d probably break a hip.

        1. Hillary 2020 will go a very long away to sundering the Democrat Party. They have no insufficiency of ambitious politicians who’ve felt thwarted by Clinton ambition for several decades now. The playing out of resentments that would be exposed in the event of Hillary 4.0 would create a national popcorn shortage.

        2. My real concern with a Clinton run? Who would her VP be? With the speculation about her health–and the complete silence from her about it–I doubt she could survive the campaign trail and first term. So who would be the eventual president? Folks often forget about that.

          1. My best guess, some nobody that she felt safe from. She’d send them off on a four-year-long foreign goodwill tour, like happened to a couple of other unwanted VPs…

          2. Yup if I weren’t a good baptist I’d take odds that she doesn’t make it to the 2020 Democrat convention. There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with her (And I don’t mean just morally or intellectually). Coughing constantly, collapses, falls, weakness. It’s like she’s the picture of Dorian Gray Not Dorian…

          3. Occasional Cortex? Young, cute, popular, seems stupid enough to not be a threat so Hill might not feel threatened by her (unless the stupidity is actually hiding somebody wily with a pretty long range plan – might still backfire on her even so)?

            1. Okay, who will write that murder mystery, btw? An old female politician finally gets the presidency she has been going for for decades, croaks a year or so into her term. Turn out to be a murder. The VP is a young female rising star. Nobody thinks she would have been intelligent enough to plan and execute the locked room mystery type of murder, but slowly our hero starts to find clues…

        3. IF Hillary were able to re-invent herself (again) she might just hit on something that works

          Hillary 2020: This Time We’ve Got Her Right!

          Trump could buy the rights and repurpose those old Rocky & Bullwinkle “Watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat” skits for campaign ads.

      4. Suits me. Hillary Clinton was a deeply flawed candidate, so much so that even Trump could beat her. (Unlike some people, I never considered Trump the pick of the 2016 crop. I’d have preferred Rick Perry.) Against PRESIDENT Trump, with four years’ record of competent governance? It’ll be called as soon as the polls close in California. Short night.

    2. The Idaho Reps and Dems tried that, too, with the governor’s office, but Idaho is too Republican for it to work. Jordan was cute, young, personable, groomed for the job by her Tribe since probably elementary school, and lost to . . . you know, he’s so unmemorable I can’t even come up with his name right now. Need more coffee. Boomer white guy.

      If Jordan moves to a more D-friendly state, keep an eye on her. We’ve had D governors not all that long ago, Andrus, when I was a kid, so I can see why they thought she could pull it off, but she didn’t, even though Medicaid expansion passed.

      Little. Brad Little is the new governor.

      1. Believe me I’m glad that the the rest of the state has more sense than my county.

        Still, most of the races were pretty close here. Makes me wonder what would have happened if the Republicans had bothered to campaign.

    3. Um…the district she is in is relentlessly Democratic. And the guy she beat in the Democratic primary was still on the ballot, because New York is one of the few–perhaps the only–states that allow fusion tickets, meaning that you can appear as the candidate of more than one party.

      If the guy she beat in the Democratic primary had wanted to, he could have given her a run for the money, but the Republican candidate in that district would have had a hard time winning against a tackling dummy.

    4. Ocasio-Cortez’s district historically gives Democrats an 84% vote, and the primary has long been considered the de-facto elections but it is impossible for Republicans to carry that district.

      1. In that case, it was impossible because they didn’t even make a token effort. Still cost them the same, plus the added stigma of being associated with the idiot they put on the ticket.

        “In order to win, you first have to play…”

        1. It is virtually impossible to get a decent candidate to run knowing the expense that will be incurred and the remoteness of the chance. The district was gerrymandered to be heavily Democratic and Republicans who are seriously interested in winning a House seat make sure they move to districts where they have a better chance.

          1. Not to mention the damn near certainty that you, your family members, friends, and business associates will be the victims of harassment and assault, with no protection from either official law enforcement or the Republican Party, whether you win or lose.

            At least in TX you can shoot back.

    5. I believe it’s also a district that is overwhelmingly Democrat, so it’s a case that the odds of a Democrat loosing are almost non-existant, no matter who runs.

      And this was the district of the one of the most powerful Democrat leaders in the house, nobody expected him to loose the primary, so whoever ran would be up against a very strong Democrat in an overwhelmingly Democrat district.

      So when they ended up with someone without a clue winning the Democrat primary, it was too late to find a good candidate to run against her.

      I guarantee that in 2020, there will be a lot of competition (probably from both Republicans and Democrats in the primary)

  4. My goodness, if they followed the rule of law for voting they might fall into a bad habit and do it with illegal medical monopolies, fourth amendment rights, and creative accounting in banks. Chaos would ensue. They want the laws to be ignored that will still benefit them with the next shift to the other party in power. They simply are looking to their next turn at looting. It won’t end until it goes down in flames.

    1. Hmmm… Maybe Cortez-O’Rourke? I think she’s the one I’d rather see at the top of that ticket if we HAD to endure such a thing. I think SHE actually believes in the stuff she’s spewing.

      If Obama damaged the Democrat party in his 8 years, I can only imagine the horrific deprivation on the Democrats that she could inflict from the oval office.

      1. Balanced against the ‘horrific deprivation’ she could inflict on the Nation from the oval office . . .

        1. THIS! Never assume a candidate is so awful that s/he can’t win. I think a number of Republicans thought the same thing about Obama…

              1. I was a kid, but my recollection is (from what I heard adults say at the time) that Reagan wasn’t popular with a subset of Republicans. And he hadn’t really started campaigning yet.

                Then, instead of talking AT the people, Reagan started a conversation WITH people. He admitted that sometimes government is the problem. I know at 9 years old, I was sucked in, and was actually upset when Reagan was shot. He was MY President, but sadly I was never old enough to actually vote for him.

                Since then, I’ve become a cynical voter. Choices are usually between a megalomaniac liar… or something worse. And NONE of them are much of a fit for my views. Not that you can really ever sus-out what their real views are, you only get what they (lie) say on the campaign trail.

                1. Reagan was HATED by the GOP Establishment. The Good Little Loser-Boys from the Ivy League snob schools despised that son of a working-class family who had gone on to become a union president and Governor of California. Not Our Sort, Dear.

                  1. And if they’d embraced him, we would be so better off.


                    The Political Class of this country are as despicable as the Political Class of England in the run up to the First World War. Republicans only slightly less so than Democrats. The difference between the Parties being that some Republican candidates don’t belong to the Political Class, and some are even resisting the blandishments of the Established Fools to join.

            1. Do you mean fraud happens in 75% of the election cycles, fraud in 75% of the individual races, or that 75% of the votes are fraudulent, or something else entirely?

              1. Based on my poll watching stint, it’s quite possible it’s the rare precinct in which fraud DOESN’T happen at all. The cities are probably mostly fake votes. And I’d say in ALL election cycles.

                1. Thanks for clarifying. I don’t know if I agree with your conclusion that the votes from the cities are mostly fake votes, but I suspect there are a lot of fake votes in cities.

                    1. I think a lot of cities really do lean Democratic – the last few presidential elections you could tell if you were in Cincinnati or one of the outlying municipalities just by checking the ratio of political allegiances in the yard signs. But it seems like they also serve as mines for illegitimate Democratic votes, well in excess of actual . When some urban precincts are popping up with 120% turnout, or the even crazier cases of more votes cast than residents in the precinct, it is clear that fraud on a large scale is the likely cause.

                      Thankfully we don’t seem to have much of that here in Ohio. Instead we’ve just had to put up with a few too many Republican squishes like John Kasich and George Voinovich, and a Republican senatorial campaign that you’d need a microscope to find evidence.

                    2. Sigh. Yard signs. Sean, I’ve lived in cities my whole life, until two years ago. You don’t put yard signs up, if you support republicans, because the assholes will vandalize your house and hurt your outdoor pets.
                      Yes, there is SOME demographic advantage, because it’s where colleges and for that matter welfare recipients live. BUT it is also the place where most fraud occurs and where people are most afraid to speak up, so…

                    3. Speaking of college kids, I wonder how many out-of-state students double dip by voting absentee in their home states and also in person in the state where they go to school. If voting officials are having trouble (or refusing to) keep matters straight in-state, how much more of a headache would it be to keep things on the up-and-up interstationally?

                    4. well, considering a certain party that can’t be named unofficially regularly tells college students they can do so…

              1. In 2016, Pat Caddell (Carter’s campaign manager in 1976) mentioned that the Democrats routinely figured on a 2-4% Margin of Fraud. Kindly note that a 3% margin would have delivered two Senate seats and probably two dozen House seats to the Republicans.

                1. Caddell’s info is usually very good. He was the one who before the 2012 election raised the fact that Obama was holding secret talks with Iran and sending Valerie Jarrett over to do so, which resulted in disastrous “give Iran nukes deal”.

                  1. The Dems don’t have to cheat by a whole lot to steal a lot of seats. That 3% margin of fraud determined the outcome in AZ and MT. Although I suspect the margins of fraud have been increasing, I would bet on 4-5% at this point.

                    1. I’m willing to believe it was 2 to 3% in the seventies. It’s more like 10% in the GOOD districts today. For instance, in CO? Boulder will find all the votes the dems need. No matter how many.

    2. She will still be too young, as she won’t be 35. If anyone from New York besides the dowager empress runs, it will be Cuomo.

      1. No problemo. They’d just whip up a suitable birth certificate with the necessary age. They’d claim the first one was “a mistake” and totally not her fault, and what woman wouldn’t want to knock off a decade or so, anyway?

        1. When I have an inner progressive, I usually drink lots of water and eat some fermented cabbage, and it passes.

            1. NO! Put the kimchee down and step away!!!

              Naa.. just kidding. If you like it, you like it. Just don’t take offence if I can’t sit next to you while you eat it. Hmm… actually, I’ve only encountered kimchee once, and absolutely couldn’t get past the smell, but I freely admit I’m ignorant and maybe there is more than one kind of kimchee? I’m not UN-willing to try again. I just don’t think I’ll like it on the basis of my first encounter.

              1. Well, then – sauerkraut? And I’m not a fan of the super-hot kimchee either, but the wife of one of my co-workers in the South Pacific was Korean and introduced me gently.

                1. LOL! No… I can’t deal with sauerkraut either.

                  I openly admit that I am a food-wimp. I like pickles (both sweet and dill) and pickle relish as long as it’s relatively mild. However, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything else that is pickled that I like.

                  I’m also not a big fan of peppers. I like bell peppers and cook with them. I’ll even eat them raw on occasion. But if a pepper falls anywhere north of that on the scoville I don’t usually go there. I have thought about figuring out how to cook with hotter peppers for the flavor, if I can keep the heat down to a dull roar. Haven’t figured that out yet though. People who eat the really hot peppers for fun totally mystify me.

                  I have wondered if body chemistry might have something to do with the pepper thing. I’ve had friends who eat really hot peppers without a problem, then I merely TOUCH the damn thing and it looks like I burned myself on a hot pan.

                  1. I’m with you on the peppers. My sister can sit and munch on pickled jalapenos as if they were candy. Not this kid. I LOVE cooking with Bell peppers for the flavor. The jalapenos & such, not so much. When making, forex, salsa I have to use just a thin ring or two (unseeded) to give it the required ‘zip’. A jalapeno pepper can last me for months residing in the freezer and only brought out on ‘special occasions’. One mildly hotter pepper that I do like is the pasilla, but they seem difficult to find in stores here in MN and can be tricky. Ancho/poblano chilis are another milder alternative

                  2. . I have thought about figuring out how to cook with hotter peppers for the flavor, if I can keep the heat down to a dull roar.

                    Science to the rescue!

                    Look in the canned veggie isle for “tamed(tm) jalapeno peppers.” Mine are from Mezzetta, who seems to have a lock on them…not sure, though.



                    I, too, don’t understand the appeal of food that hurts. The skin thing is biological, though, and not entirely tied to disliking hot– the Princess loves salsa that is too hot for my taste, but a drip lands on her skin and it does, indeed, look like she was burnt. For even MILD stuff.

  5. 1. The dems turned out enough of their base. Some of the closer ones (ga, fl) were naked racial appeal, others blowback.

    2. Media still has power to drive narrative. Bury the good news and highlight the bad.

    3. You had a contingent ofsuburban soccer moms that were swayed by pleas for the chillun, for the teachers, or against that mean Mr. Trump.

    4. In a number of cases the dems managed again to run blue dogs who promised to be independent and bipartisan and who will be rubber stamps in office.

  6. Much as predicted, haven’t heard a lot from or about the refugee migrant invader caravan(s) in the last week . . .

    1. Not saying it’s not happening, just that it’s not 24/7 front page above the fold anymore. Funny, that. I s’poze, as noted here earlier, if a pregnant ‘migrant’ woman gets shot at the border the flames will get fanned again.

    2. A TV interview with one of the men in the caravan was being discussed in the comments of the Overnight Open Thread over at Ace’s blog last night. I got there late, so I missed the initial discussion. But apparently the man was showing off wounds that he claimed were from bullets, and telling the interviewer (from ABC, I think…) that if he were sent back to Honduras that they might as well send a coffin along with him.

        1. Not saying it’s different than Chicago. Pointing out that the caravan has, unfortunately, not gone away.

  7. In my district, the Dem candidate was not at all set up to appeal to young people. Every ad I heard tried to make out that she was for smaller budgets and against Medicaid for all and had a good background in national security etc etc… traits you’d think would be from the GOP candidate.

        1. Those libs in conservative clothing will have actual records to defend in 2020 and will find, like the Blue Dogs of old, that the party has demanded votes that go against their campaign promises intimations.

          1. The Blue Dogs have been dead since Bill Clinton took control of the state Democratic Parties during his first year as President.

            I recall my friends who were active in the Democratic party being aghast.
            And the immediate “reinvention” of all the Dem pols I knew of was very instructive.

            1. The last Blue Dog was put down by the Obama Administration when they required his vote to impose government managed “health care.”

              1. Chet Edwards was one reason I stopped sending dues to the NRA. The only time you could count on him voting as his area wanted was when the Dems knew they had enough votes to not need his, and a few times stuff he voted against (in committee or previous congresses) got his vote when SanFranNan needed it or else

        2. Still implies some degree of sense to go for the “here’s how I can be a good representative for what you believe” strategy as opposed to the “you’re all pond scum not even worth scraping off my shoes, vote for me if you ever want the slightest chance of being considered acceptable.”

    1. Some good points made here:

      Why Republicans lost the ‘pre-existing conditions’ war
      For this week’s elections, Democrats spent considerable resources attacking Republicans for trying to tamper with Affordable Care Act rules that require insurers to cover preexisting conditions. Now that voters have handed Democrats control of the House, ObamaCare supporters claim the election confirms what nearly every public opinion poll finds: The ACA’s preexisting-conditions provisions are popular with voters.

      Don’t believe it. Truth is, the supposed popularity of the ACA’s preexisting-conditions provisions is — and always has been — a myth.

      Polls and attack ads that claim the provisions are popular are based on a fantasy version of these rules that assumes they have no costs. Responsible polls that incorporate the rules’ known side effects consistently find voters oppose them.


       If voters are told these rules lead to higher taxes — which they do — support falls to 51 percent, and opposition climbs to 44 percent.

       If told they drive up premiums — and they do — support falls to 49 percent, and opposition rises to 47 percent, a statistical dead heat.

      If informed that they worsen the quality of care, such as by reducing access to tests and treatments for some patients — and they do — public support flips: Overall support falls to 44 percent, with 51 percent opposed. Driving that reversal is a nearly 30-point drop in support among Democrats alone.


        1. Half the Dem ads in Ohio seemed to be on that subject, yet most Rep candidates who actually went out there and actively campaigned still largely won slim to respectable absolute majorities (one state exec position won with merely 49+%) against the Dem candidates.

  8. > If the Republicans are smart, they will take a long, hard look at what
    > happened in this election and be prepared for much the same in
    > two years

    You’re assuming that the GOPe wants to be in charge, instead of the loyal opposition.

    They get more money and less blame when they are out of power.

      1. My father used to day “Wish in one hand, poop in the other and see which one fills up first”. You could substitute Hope for Wish in that sentence and it would still be true.

        We still have WAY too many of the McCain generation in the senate–folks who agreed in *principle* with the Socialists that the Government was the best place to organize the country, they just differed *slightly* on how much and who for.

  9. Whether they continue to tout their golden boy in the future is something we will only have to wait to see. If we’re lucky, they will tell him to go back home and figure out what he did wrong.

    The problem is that “what he did wrong” is what they like about him. If O’Rourke had made the slightest concession to the fact that he was running in one of the reddest of red states, he might be Senator O’Rourke at this point. You know, maybe say a few things he didn’t mean about how he was a strong supporter of the second amendment, and how he was personally against abortion but how its sometimes a tricky decision and outlawing it would cause all kinds of problems but on the other hand maybe Planned Parenthood didn’t need to be raking in the Federal dough for selling dismembered babies…you know the drill. But if he had said all of those things, of course, he wouldn’t be the Golden Boy.

  10. In midterms since 1862, the president’s party has averaged losses of about 32 seats in the House and more than two seats in the Senate,

    While generally true, this statement badly commingles unlike things.

    In recent memory we have seen at least four midterm elections which were unlike the others. The 1974 midterm expressed the nation’s reaction to Watergate. In 1982 the first Reagan midterm was a response to the steps taken break the stagflation which afflicted the economy. In 1994 and 2010 the midterms were repudiations of presidential attempts to engineer large-scale restructuring of America’s health care systems. In each case the Congressional losses reflected responses to presidential hubris, a rejection of over-reach.

    I suspect that there were reasons for the 1862 midterm losses beyond ordinary dissatisfaction with politics as usual.

    Averaging these midterm results with the more ordinary ones inflates the number of seats changing parties in a “normal” midterm and gives a false understanding of the results, rather like saying a batter who hits a home run and strikes out three times has effected the same result as one who hits a single in each of four plate appearances.

    This reduction to “average” — actually, the mean rather than the modes or median — is a classic instance of using statistics to obfuscate rather than clarify.

      1. 1994 was a direct repudiation of the first Clinton two years, HillaryCare, the AWB, and all the other jam-it-down-their-throat legislation that Clinton and the Dem House and Senate could gin up.

        Do not forget that Tom Foley, Speaker of the House of Representatives and third in line of succession to the Presidency, lost his re-election bid in his “safe” House seat from WA in 1994. The 1994 election was a massive earthquake of an election, passing control of the House to the R side for the first time since 1954.

        Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America leveraged the counter-Clinton discontent to nationalize the 1994 election. The R side won 54 seats

        The 1994 midterm election results are one reason I contend that the 1992 election was shifted from where it would have ended up by the Ross Perot personal vendetta against the Bush family. That shift built up too much opposition to Clinton, and the pendulum swing back was just immense.

        And that is what the Dems wanted to do this time around. They failed.

        The R side should now concentrate on the wobbly Dems in the House. Depending on the final counts they only need a handful to vote softly to hang up the crazy stuff. The problem is the Dems whip with an iron hand, so it will be difficult, but if the Dems do overreach on their many, many, many hearings, expect things to crumble for them on House votes well before the 2020 campaign season kicks off.

    1. ” In 1982 the first Reagan midterm was a response to the steps taken break the stagflation which afflicted the economy. … In each case the Congressional losses reflected responses to presidential hubris, a rejection of over-reach.”

      Ah, no. In 1982 the Republicans lost 18 seats, of which half were lost in California thanks to the redistricting plan created by the Democratic House Whip, Phil Burton, which was a nakedly partisan gerrymander–I observe this not as a matter of opinion but because Burton himself bragged about it!

      1982 was the first year that tract-level census data was available and Burton used it to create a very efficient redistricting for the Democrats. Nowadays of course this is old hat but in those days it was brand new.

      But as to the effect of breaking stagflation, in 1982 we had endured much of the pain for no apparent gain. Had Reagan followed the advice of the usual suspects he might have caved in and we would not have had twenty years of strong, non-inflationary economic growth.

      If you want to call that “hubris” or “over-reach” you have a very different definition of those terms than I do.

      1. If you want to call that ‘hubris’ or ‘over-reach’ you have a very different definition of those terms than I do.

        In context I would have thought it clear that those terms referred to perceived “hubris” or “over-reach” but I’ve no objection limiting that usage simply to the Clinton and Obama imperiums.

        Nixon, in Watergate, was simply guilty of acting as if he possessed the same rights in the presidency as any Democrat had exercised.

      2. thanks to the redistricting plan created by the Democratic House Whip, Phil Burton, which was a nakedly partisan gerrymander

        Just to be clear, Democrats have always objected to partisan gerrymanders, except when they benefited from them.

  11. >> “How else do you explain someone like Occasional-Cortex… Whine, bitch and whine some more.”

    Hey, at least her acceptance speech was funny:

    1. How else do you explain someone like … winning not only her primary but the election?

      Winning the primary was merely a matter of getting out her voters in a small turn-out primary, with her entrenched entitled incumbent asleep at the switch. It happens every election cycle.

      As for the general election, that district was configured so that whoever ran on the D side of the ballot was going to win. See also: Minnesota’s Fifth District, where Ilhan Omar succeeded Keith “Muhamed” Ellison.

      Put another way, winning the presidential nomination is the hard part; once you’ve done that you’re only an opposition blunder away from winning the presidency.

      See: Rotten Burroughs

      1. It’s the hard part unless, like HRC, the party decides you are the anointed one and stacks the odds in your favor. Let’s not forget what they did with super delegates.

        1. There was no such decision.
          Bill Clinton castrated the state level Democratic parties, and set himself up to own the national Democratic Party.
          The entire apparatus is staffed with Clintonista apparatchiks. To cement control further, the DNC then signed over control of its finances to his designated consiglieres.

          There’s a reason Barry started Organizing For America rather than simply taking the President’s traditional role of head of his political party, with all of the infrastructure already in place.

          I don’t think Hillary’s current posturing means she’s going to run. (I’m sure she’s vindictive enough to want to do so, but Bill is much more savvy, and is setting things up for Chelsea.)
          I think Clinton Inc. is simply making it very clear that there is a ring that will need to be kissed, and possibly a contact signed in blood.

          1. Ah, but is Her Shrillness of a mind to listen to Bill?

            And since her best chance of winning the general election would be a sympathy vote if Bill were assassinated, in Bill’s place I would be looking for a deep hole to hide in.

  12. In 2016 the left were complacent. Hillary had a lock on the election against that buffoon Trump, so fraud was at best a pro forma effort.
    But Trump and the Republicans stole what was rightfully theirs, and two years later the anger still seethes in their hearts.
    Against all that fury all the conservatives had was the many good results of Trump’s policies, all his efforts to fix the damage caused by Obama and his war against so many aspects of American life.
    And of course the reaction to the Kavanaugh hearing, an egregious and blatant attempt to destroy a good man’s reputation. But hey, it worked with Roy Moore, and the left is all about what worked in the past. Speaking of which, anyone else notice a very strong resemblance between Antifa and the KKK?

    1. What resemblence? I mean, once you dismiss the way they behave, try to intimidate everybody, make use of corrupt local authority to keep from being prosecuted, and wear coverings on their (revolting) faces.

      A Socialist is a Communist is a Fascist is a Nazi.

  13. Not only do we need to apply the law, to its fullest extent, to those who vote illegally, we need to do so to those who facilitate them in doing so. [Hanged, cut down before death and their entrails burned before their eyes? –SAH asks eagerly.]

    Think of the Environmental Impact statements!

      1. Composting their entrails before their eyes (perhaps in a worm bin?) seems a bit time-consuming and complicated, but I’m sure there’s a rabid vegan somewhere willing to put in the effort.

    1. Naah. Composting. The environmental impact would likely be favorable (even counting in the entrails; plenty of plants need a bit of ash).

    2. I’m just happy with the first bit in Sarah’s comment. And, just think – a use for all those hemp plants being grown in CA!

  14. What amazes me is how these ‘late’ votes come in for Democrats, never Republicans… Re Florida (again) and Arizona…

    1. Because the Donks know how to get it done right. Submit the fakes first, and pull the real ones out for the recount while destroying the fakes. The number of local news stories about election supervisors who get busted for destroying ballots without authorization is eye-popping. But. for some weird inexplicable reason, these stories never get picked up in the major outlets.

  15. So if you haven’t heard. Stan Lee, Creator or co-creator or most of Marvel’s heroes and/or teams, died today. Sure, he was a lefty pal of the Clintons, but it was from his writing i learned important lessons about using your abilities, not abusing power, tolerance of those different from me, and being willing to stand up for myself and others. Excelsior!

    1. Being an ‘ally’ didn’t save old Stan from the SJW treatment: someone should have warned him they always eat their own.

      He’s barely cold and some SJWs are already celebrating: after a nurse went me too on him and how he dared oppose changing the race/sexual orientation of his characters branded him a part of the patriarchy, just another obstacle standing in the way of the glorious progressive future.

      Kill the past.

      Kill the past.

      Kill the past.

      1. A friend of mine referred to him as a “rich white guy.” I gently mentioned that though it might not be that way here and now, on the East Coast in the bulk of his life, Jewish was definitely not considered “white.”

        They’re young enough to be truly stunned at the fact that kids in the 80s were all convinced we were going to die in nuclear winter. I don’t know if this is going to sink in.

        1. Not me! I was aware of the USSR, of course, and that it was very evil, but I never felt in personal danger because of it.

  16. Side interest: a recent talk by Vladimir Posner that discusses America-Russia relations, media, and elections:

    [I remember his “Daily Talk” on Radio Moscow, lo those many decades ago…]

  17. In an odd book called “Crooked,” there’s a zombie queen who is completely powerless yet all the other politicos dare not kill her. Reminds me of someone.

  18. From some things I’m reading, It looks like the numbers are such that it would take some MASSIVE (further) voter fraud for the Florida Gov and Senate race to flip to the Democrat. Doesn’t mean it can’t happen, just means it doesn’t sound quite as hopeless as I had worried. So hopefully, by Thursday sometime (perhaps Friday) we can put the 2018 election to be here in Florida.

    Now, the Republicans hold both the Florida state Senate and House, and the governorship. After the cluster-EF that Broward and Palm counties have made of counting the vote, particularly the ignoring of Florida election law by the election boards of both counties. What’s the chance that we’ll get some election reform down here in Florida? Maybe add some TEETH to the election laws WRT transparency (allowing/disallowing of watchers), the meeting of deadlines, and required reporting. Those election boards broke the law in all these regards, and will most likely suffer absolutely NO consequences for it. I find that wrong.

        1. Grrrrrrrrrr…………

          Maricopa Board Expressed Concern to Fontes Over ‘Emergency Voting’ Centers
          McSally concedes as actions of Maricopa County recorder endure scrutiny
          PHOENIX, Ariz.—The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors emailed County Recorder Adrian Fontes on the Monday before Election Day, expressing concern over the emergency voting centers Fontes established, according to the document that was obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.

          Shortly before 6 p.m. local time Monday evening, the Associated Press called the Arizona senate race for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over Republican Martha McSally.

          As the election count for the closely contested seat progressed after November 6, Democrat Recorder Fontes and the actions of his office endured heightened scrutiny. Of particular concern were the “emergency voting” centers opened by Fontes that would operate the Saturday and Monday before Election Day.

          Emergency voting centers are allowable by law, but both sides are debating what should count as an emergency, or if some emergency voting centers are “de facto” extensions of early voting.

          After the controversy first gained traction on the weekend preceding Election Day, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Chucri sent an email to Fontes, and copied the county attorney on the email as well.

          “Due to recent inquiries, I am formally asking you to place aside all ballots cast at emergency voting sites after early voting ended on Friday, November 2, 2018, until your legal authority to open emergency sites has been clarified,” Chucri wrote in the email.

          “By legal authority, I am looking to the Arizona Revised Statutes or the Secretary of State’s election procedure manual. To be clear, this is about the integrity of the election; it is not the fault of the voters who may have utilized this option.”

          Chucri told the Washington Free Beacon that no person on the board ever received any response from Fontes. …

          1. They need to be investigated, charged and persecuted to the full extent of the law.
            I want them hanged, cut down while still living, and their entrails burned before their eyes. Which frankly is the TRADITIONAL treatment for treason.

            1. Entrail burning is still an environmental problem; can’t we compromise?

              How about they be drawn and quartered?

              Using a quartet of Galápagos tortoises in lieu of horses?

    1. Well if youbelievery Andrian the British columnist from Zdnet.com, Lucky was fired for stealing 500 million $ worth of intellectual property. I laughed. How does someone steal that much and nobody notices?
      Guess zdnet is a big tech shill.

  19. I think another big concern is that there are establishment/country club Republicans who would rather see Trump lose no matter how radical the Democrat is in 2020, rather than see him win election, because they don’t like him as a person. Even if one thinks he is not a good person as a person, if there is to be any hope of limiting government more, draining the swamp, and punching pack against he Communazi/Democratic Party, it is, to one of the Deadpool marketing lines (I think it was used in marketing IIRC) is that if they think he personally is a scumbag, then “he’s not the hero we want, but the scumbag we need”. We need someone willing to get a nastyt and dirty as the Democrats will (just look at what they did to those who acted “gentlemanly like GWB and Romney).

      1. This is why some people I know voted for McMuffin instead of Trump, because Trump is a lot ruder and meaner, and McMuffin is nicer, so voting for a nicer person lets them virtue signal that they are nice people too (as they try to position so they’ll get eaten last….)

        1. I am a nice person; that’s why I want a miserable SOB representing me in the political arena, so that I can continue being a nice person.

          They wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

        2. I very nearly voted for McMullin. Did not vote for Trump or Clinton, because I thought Trump was a Democrat.

            1. Yes and no.

              Trump had previously supported Democrats, and I don’t take even current behavior as conclusive evidence of a true change of heart. An anti-Nazi voter would want some evidence of a break from the NSDAP before voting for, say, Heinrich Mueller, even if he was running against someone terrible, right? Definitely wasn’t paranoid enough with regard to McMullin.

              The model of homosexuality you seem to believe in is one the socialists were pushing some iterations of their party truth back. The model you seem to have on when mass murder is an appropriate tool of foreign policy is definitely one they have pushed. Of course, there are domestic sources of similar foreign policy opinions in the US that predate modern socialism. It makes sense that you acculturated ‘back East’.

                1. Back East. Like I said. North Carolina has been built up and a long way from the frontier for many generations.

                    1. I understand that Back East also applies to coastal cities bordering the Atlantic in the South.

                      Yes, the people of Appalachia in the South did not have the cultural effects of long term living in a big city that had been safe from indian raids for generations. I understand that pretty much the same Appalachia/big city divide existed/exists in the North also.

                      What reason do you have for thinking that historical usage in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, etc… defined Back East as only and exclusively New England?

                    2. because from Virginia south isn’t the same thing as the coastal states from Maryland north. That area would more likely be called “tha south”.

          1. I still think Trump is a Democrat.

            He’s just not, you know, whatever the Democrats are *today*, which seems to be reflexively polarized against anything that Republicans are for, and now in an epic display of doubling down, against anything that Trump is for including Mom and Apple Pie. It’s not even hyperbole to joke that they’d be against a cure for cancer if he discovered it. After all, they *did* officially oppose the Right to Try if you were dying.

            1. … they *did* officially oppose the Right to Try if you were dying

              Which is odd when you consider their advocacy for Assisted Suicide, even when unasked for.

  20. The thing that gives me hope is that the Progressive Establishment Democrat Rat Bastards STILL haven’t adjusted to Trump fighting back. I would love to see him maneuver the Democrats into a position where they can either oppose an investigation into vote supression, vote tampering, and vote fraud OR watch an investigation they have little control over run amok.


    One can dream.

    Maybe he doesn’t have anything more in mind than running in 2020 on a ticket of “Remember how much I accomplished before the bastards took the house and wasted two years investigating bullshit? Give me four more years, the House and the Senate and watch the fur fly!”

  21. Beto … married into money
    That sounds like he didn’t make it on his own. You know, like that other guy, the one who was born rich… can’t recall his name…. You know, the one the Dems griped about so much in 2016……..

        1. Heh. And heh.
          (Though I’m talking about the one the Dems griped about being rich. You know, the bad man with that hair.)

          1. Has there been a Republican presidential candidate since Nixon about whom the Democrats haven’t griped about his being rich?

            Whatever Dems gripe about regarding a candidate you can be sure that the only real objection they have is to the R after his name.

  22. we do need to stay in the face of the Dims who have been voted into office
    We also need to stay in the face of those who put the Dems in office – like certain Supervisors Of Election, and such. We need to not let the heat off of them because the election is finally (maybe, some day) over.

    But, honestly, I expect the Republican establishment to go right back to being “nice” because “it’s how we play the game” – as if there were no existential threat to the very Republic, to the American way of life, and to all our freedoms.

  23. Sigh. Part of me feels bad about trashing Ocasio-Cortez: she just so cute.

    Dumb as a bag of rocks and I wouldn’t trust her to make a sandwich without supervision, much less vote on anything, but she’s cute.

    1. She is the epitome of why the houses of Congress were given authority to not seat someone.
      “Look, [whatever district/state] you literally elected someone too dumb to be a politician. You’re going to have to try again if you want to be represented.”

      Of course, if they really did that, Congress many years couldn’t generate a quorum. (That’s not necessarily a bad thing.)

    2. Hey! She’s a trained mixologist, merging the job demands of chemist, entertainer, psychologist and accountant!

      Don’t be mocking bartenders!

  24. Another factor to consider: The “Youth Vote” of today is immeasurably more ignorant and brainwashed than it was in 1960. At least back then people had a sense of what the 3 branches of government were and how they operated. Now? Not so much. So the blithering nonsense of an Occasional-Cortex makes a lot of sense to those with the “new and improved” college education of 2018.

      1. I’m trying to stay optimistic, but it’s not easy. I really fear the world my 14-year old is going to inherit.

  25. Is there any reason that republicans can’t vote for Pelosi for speaker? There’s actually no requirement that the speaker even be a member of congress, let alone a member of a particular party, it’s just that the minority party cannot muster the 50%+1 votes needed

  26. More on the pepper dude:
    The TAM Jalapeño

    Creating a mild jalapeño pepper was written off as a crazy idea when it was first proposed in the late 1970s — but the appeal of such a pepper to food industry leaders was huge, as it could help expand the customer base for both growers and producers of Mexican and Cajun foods. Benigno “Ben” Villalon, with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, soon produced that pepper in 1981: the TAM Mild Jalapeño went on revolutionize the salsa industry. The mild pepper not only helped salsa producers create milder salsas with broader appeal, but it was also good for stuffing and slicing for nachos and pizza topping.

    Villalon, also known as “Dr. Pepper,” continued his work as a pepper breeder and plant pathology professor until his retirement in 1996. Now professor emeritus, Villalon and Kevin Crosby, now an associate professor of horticultural sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who was the head of the pepper-breeding program at the Texas Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, developed the TAM Mild Jalapeño II in 2002. This pepper matures almost a week earlier than its predecessor and is also resistant to four common pepper viruses.

    Other pepper varieties created by Villalon and Crosby (some which also bear a Texas A&M connection in their names) include the Tambel-2, Hidalgo Serrano, TAM Mild Chile-2, Rio Grande Gold, TAM Veracruz, TAM Mild Habanero, TAM Dulcito Sweet Jalapeño , TAM Tropic Bell, and TAM Valley Hot Cayenne, and TAM Ben Villalon Chile, products that emphasize disease resistance, stress tolerance, earliness and longer shelf life.

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