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In Ten Days I'll Find Out What Country I Live In 
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By the power vested in me through the States of Insolence, Indolence, Ignorance, Ignominy, Illiteracy, Incompetence, Ineptitude,
Inability, Inadequacy, Ineptness, and Inebriation; along with a ringing endorsement from no one of consequence, I declare the Official Countdown to the
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Anticipating, and welcoming, a Democratic takeover of the House, I fervently hope that the Democrats can resist overplaying their hand. It will be time for them to model for the country how our system of government should work. Use the power of oversight and investigation wisely and non-vindictively. Don't re-litigate Kavanaugh. Don't force Trump to release tax returns unless with a specific reason. Don't try to impeach Trump unless Mueller provides cause or Trump does something clearly impeachable in the future. Use some restraint.



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No clue what's going to happen. Red wave? Blue wave? Purple wave?Dunno.
What worries me is fistfights, and worse, breaking out at voting sites. People are not happy.

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"This may be the most important election in the history of the universe"

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ant wrote:
"This may be the most important election in the history of the universe"

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Oh, a comedy fan! Here's a joke for you.

How many Trumps does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

5

1 To call maintenance. 1 To tell maintenance to paint the lightbulb gold. 1 To make sure the maintenance worker isn't an illegal alien. 1 To declare bankruptcy so they don't have to pay maintenance. And 1 to blame Hillary and Obama for the failed bulb.


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Polls are open in Jersey...

Bundle up, Republicans — winter is here.

Layers, dress in layers.


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Good-bye, Leonard Lance (R) NJ 7th.

Hello, Tom Malinowski (D) NJ 7th.


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All gloating aside, I really think we all dodged a bullet with this one. Republicans are saved from the seeming inexorable pressure to give up integrity, since it is clear that major portions of the electorate are not willing to go tribal. (Although Missouri's and to some extent Tennessee's Senate race and the governor's races in Georgia and Florida limit that relief. As usual, the South is determined to be peculiar, in its own peculiar way. If anyone is not sure what I mean by peculiar, consider the history of the use of the word in America.) Investigations can be treated as inquiries into fact again, as fact now has a power base within the American government.

In case the message was not clear to Democrats, it is not enough to be against injustice (especially with evangelicals focusing on abortion as their version of the justice issue). Opposing injustice will generally be something you do out of the surplus in your life, not as a way to gain power, and that's probably as it should be. Since we believe power should be used for the common good, that sets an agenda. So far the signalling is that the priorities will be clean government, hearings on the environment, and health care. That's an agenda that a politician can stand behind with self-respect, and I hope they go to the trouble to explain their thinking.



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All gloating aside, I really think we all dodged a bullet with this one. Republicans are saved from the seeming inexorable pressure to give up integrity, since it is clear that major portions of the electorate are not willing to go tribal.


Major portions of the electorate are no match for the blizzard of subpoenas about to bury Trump & Co. C'mon, they're politicians. Do you really think there won't be a battle of the subpoenas? All 3 branches of government are going to wipe out vast acreages of forested land for the paper. I have nowhere near the faith in them you have.

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In case the message was not clear to Democrats, it is not enough to be against injustice (especially with evangelicals focusing on abortion as their version of the justice issue). Opposing injustice will generally be something you do out of the surplus in your life, not as a way to gain power, and that's probably as it should be. Since we believe power should be used for the common good, that sets an agenda. So far the signalling is that the priorities will be clean government, hearings on the environment, and health care. That's an agenda that a politician can stand behind with self-respect, and I hope they go to the trouble to explain their thinking.


Hope you're right. But seems to me it's going to get really ugly in the Halls of Congress.


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Major portions of the electorate are no match for the blizzard of subpoenas about to bury Trump & Co. C'mon, they're politicians. Do you really think there won't be a battle of the subpoenas? All 3 branches of government are going to wipe out vast acreages of forested land for the paper. I have nowhere near the faith in them you have.
I think if it weren't perceived as uselessly provocative, the Dems would impeach our Dear Leader. He has clearly earned it. I expect the possibility of emoluments violation will lead to demanding his tax returns, but I doubt if they can catch him at money laundering or quid pro quo using that. It will take Mueller, and some "knowledgeable informants" like the ones who helped the NY Times show all the cheating his Dad did on gift taxes.

There have been plenty of the regular types of subpoenas already for things like abuse of public funds by minions, and voter suppression. I expect that will grow also. Blizzard? Not so sure.

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So far the signalling is that the priorities will be clean government, hearings on the environment, and health care. That's an agenda that a politician can stand behind with self-respect, and I hope they go to the trouble to explain their thinking.

Hope you're right. But seems to me it's going to get really ugly in the Halls of Congress.
Uglier than the Devin Nunes show? Things are always ugly in the Halls of Congress since Newtie came to town. Dems have won on gay rights and won on health care. They can afford to concentrate on playing it straight. And they have a certain responsibility in that field, since the more global warming is seen as a partisan issue, the easier it is for the Koch Brothers to stall any action against it. When the facts are on your side, argue the facts.



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Dems lost two Senate seats, and a few more possible, despite 56.8% of votes cast for Senator candidates, compared to Republican 41.5% Welcome to the new political landscape. When young people realize what those 40% are doing to their future, they may view their elders like we (the Boomers) viewed our racist elders. Inexcusable.



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So far the signalling is that the priorities will be clean government, hearings on the environment, and health care. That's an agenda that a politician can stand behind with self-respect, and I hope they go to the trouble to explain their thinking.


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Uglier than the Devin Nunes show? Things are always ugly in the Halls of Congress since Newtie came to town. Dems have won on gay rights and won on health care. They can afford to concentrate on playing it straight. And they have a certain responsibility in that field, since the more global warming is seen as a partisan issue, the easier it is for the Koch Brothers to stall any action against it. When the facts are on your side, argue the facts.


The old-fashioned facts or the new alternative facts? The problem with facts is they expose harsh realities. Lies are easier to believe. 7,000 refugees marching together toward our border where they plan to apply for asylum is troublesome, true. Need to build a tent city for them and feed them, tend their wounds and illnesses. But eventually the State Dept and Immigration will sort them out and the overwhelming majority will be bused back to Central America which will discourage others from a pointless thousand mile walk.

How did this turn into a threat to our national security and our way of life? People over on Fox are convinced we're being invaded. It's not sane.

The foremost superpower in the world can't secure its border against unarmed civilian men, women and children? That's irrational. But repeat the word "invasion" enough times coupled with imaginary "MS13 gang members" and we get thousands of active duty troops headed south while the Chairman of the JCOS outright says active duty troops will not be allowed to come into contact with the refugees.

Why would he say something like that? Because it's illegal to deploy active duty troops to control civilians and anyone with any sense knows that.

Fear-mongering, the race card, xenophobia. And what's to come may be scarier than what has passed
The U.S. government packed up and entered the Twilight Zone.


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