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Republicans Falling Like Ashes To The Ground

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Couple this with Bob Corker's announcement that he is considering retirement and it looks bad for the GOP.

 

"Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) is leaving Congress at the end of his term, he announced Monday morning, making him the third swing-district House Republican to declare his retirement in the past week alone.

Trott’s decision to leave is the latest sign that House Republicans are bracing for a brutal 2018 election — one that some of them aren’t so eager to face. And it opens up a competitive seat Democrats hope they can capture in a wave election.

President Trump won Trott’s suburban Detroit seat by 50% to 45%, about the same margin Mitt Romney carried it in 2008. But President Obama won it in 2008, and Democrats were already looking at Trott as a potential 2018 target.

 
 

“I have decided not to seek reelection in 2018. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector,” Trott said in a statement.

Trott is already the fourth Republican from a competitive district to announce he’ll retire this year, and the third in just a week. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) announced earlier this year that she was done with Congress, and last week moderate Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) announced their retirements as well.

Republican strategists are bracing for more retirements in tough swing districts. Members tend to announce retirement plans either in early September, after they return from the August recess, or after the winter holidays after they have time to spend at home with their families.

“The [National Republican Congressional Committee] is looking forward to keeping his seat red in 2018. We will not let his hard work go to waste, and are confident this seat will remain under Republican control,” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers (R-OH) said in a statement.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called his retirement “a tell-tale sign that running for re-election in Paul Ryan’s do-nothing Congress would have been an uphill climb not worth the effort” in a statement that promised to target the district next fall.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rep-dave-trott-announces-retirement-third-swing-district-republican-this-week

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1 hour ago, badlatitude said:

 

“I have decided not to seek reelection in 2018. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector,” Trott said in a statement.

 

Translation: "I can make a hell of a lot more money and not have to deal with Trump if I return to the private sector. Sucks to be you."

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10 minutes ago, Raz'r said:

Translation: "I can make a hell of a lot more money and not have to deal with Trump if I return to the private sector. Sucks to be you."

Yep, I'm getting out while the getting is good.

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It's hard for these folks to run without being helped by Mr. Trump's Super Beautiful Terrific coat tails like they will in 2020 

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3 minutes ago, Sol Rosenberg said:

It's hard for these folks to run without being helped by Mr. Trump's Super Beautiful Terrific coat tails like they will in 2020 

Donors are drying up. Why toss good money after bad?

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If the Repubs were so scared of loosing maybe they could do something to convince the voters that they deserve to be reelected. Oh sorry, that was a sane comment from outside of Washington.

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One guy considers retirement and you guys translate that into massive defection.

WH=GOP, Senate=GOP, House=GOP majority of state Governors=GOP, majority of city Mayors=GOP.

If that's losing, how are the Dems doing?

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2 minutes ago, Movable Ballast said:

One guy considers retirement and you guys translate that into massive defection.

WH=GOP, Senate=GOP, House=GOP majority of state Governors=GOP, majority of city Mayors=GOP.

If that's losing, how are the Dems doing?

Ask Nancy and Chuck.

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9 minutes ago, Movable Ballast said:

One guy considers retirement and you guys translate that into massive defection.

WH=GOP, Senate=GOP, House=GOP majority of state Governors=GOP, majority of city Mayors=GOP.

If that's losing, how are the Dems doing?

Americans are getting a good look at what it feels like to have Republicans in full control of the federal government. I'm not so sure they like what they're seeing. 

Ironically, what you consider a win could well be the undoing of your Party. 

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3 minutes ago, Sean said:

Americans are getting a good look at what it feels like to have Republicans in full control of the federal government. I'm not so sure they like what they're seeing. 

Ironically, what you consider a win could well be the undoing of your Party. 

Who are these Americans?

GDP up 2.3%

4.3% unemployment

3% uptick in U.S manufacturing

What not to like?

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29 minutes ago, Movable Ballast said:

One guy considers retirement and you guys translate that into massive defection.

WH=GOP, Senate=GOP, House=GOP majority of state Governors=GOP, majority of city Mayors=GOP.

If that's losing, how are the Dems doing?

Losing.

The entire USA is losing.

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11 minutes ago, Movable Ballast said:

Who are these Americans?

GDP up 2.3%

4.3% unemployment

3% uptick in U.S manufacturing

What not to like?

And it's all due to Trump and all that legislation he's gotten passed.

He got more done in his first week than Obama did in two terms.

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18 minutes ago, Movable Ballast said:

The polls said Hillary would win in a landslide... So put whatever faith you in the "polls" in the appropriate context...

No. They didn't. On the night they were saying that despite a lead in the national polls (which was borne out in the votes), it was a toss-up in must-win states she needed to cinch victory (which was borne out in the votes). When deciding what to put your faith in, it's generally considered appropriate to know a little about what you're speaking of.

And even if one ignores that, polls of what people think are better indicators than "whatever Movable Ballast just pulled out of his ass today". So still going to consider them more credible than your rusted on loyalty ;)

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2 minutes ago, Bent Sailor said:

No. They didn't. On the night they were saying that despite a lead in the national polls (which was borne out in the votes), it was a toss-up in must-win states she needed to cinch victory (which was borne out in the votes). When deciding what to put your faith in, it's generally considered appropriate to know a little about what you're speaking of.

And even if one ignores that, polls of what people think are better indicators than "whatever Movable Ballast just pulled out of his ass today". So still going to consider them more credible than your rusted on loyalty ;)

No YOU predicted that Hillary would win in a landslide, just like you predicted that Turnbul would lose the last election. Knowing fuck all about what you are talking about is your life.

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33 minutes ago, Bent Sailor said:

Those expressing their preference to people asking them the question whether they'd vote Democrat or Republican. For example: Poll: Dems lead Republicans by 16 points on generic House ballot.

Gotta love those polls cupcake. Any early predictions about the next general election? It is like asking a groundhog when winter will end - except the ground hog gets it right sometimes.

Shorten's popularity down in new poll

'Last week's Newspoll showed Mr Turnbull had gained his biggest personal lead over Mr Shorten - 46-29 per cent - as preferred prime minister.

That poll also showed the Coalition inching back ground with voters'

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2017/09/11/shorten-s-popularity-down-in-new-poll.html

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1 hour ago, Sean said:

Americans are getting a good look at what it feels like to have Republicans in full control of the federal government. I'm not so sure they like what they're seeing. 

Ironically, what you consider a win could well be the undoing of your Party. 

It's pretty common actually. wasn't too long ago that the Dems were in that position. And like the repubs today, they overstepped.

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Maybe all the republicans are just tired of winning?

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2 hours ago, bhyde said:

Ask Nancy and Chuck.

Or, you could ask the other two guys who were there with Nancy, Chuck, and President Trump. I know who they are, but the President never even mentioned them. Kinda like they weren't really there. 

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1 minute ago, Spatial Ed said:

Maybe all the republicans are just tired of winning?

Well, we WERE promised we'd get tired of it. 

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47 minutes ago, Spatial Ed said:

Maybe all the republicans are just tired of winning?

To be honest,Im loving the winning

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1 minute ago, Moderate said:

To be honest,Im loving the winning

How are your socks feeling?

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Just now, Spatial Ed said:

How are your socks feeling?

They are resting peacefully in the drawer

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Oh my, there was so much knitting last winter.

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30 minutes ago, Spatial Ed said:

How are your socks feeling?

Hell, Specious, just fuckin out me and be done with the BS.

BTW, have you ever sailed on more than a pond.?

38,000 posts , lets see how big your balls are....

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7 hours ago, badlatitude said:

Donors are drying up. Why toss good money after bad?

You have said that before.  When in reality it's completely wrong. 

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/08/18/democrats-lag-far-behind-gop-in-2018-fundraising-despite-turmoil/23151816/

Despite the turmoil that Republicans have faced over the past several months, some observers are speculating that the Democrats may still be at a disadvantage in the 2018 midterm elections due to significant gaps in fundraising. 

According to The Hill, the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, raised $38.2 million during the first six months of 2017 which is slightly more than half the amount the $75.4 million their Republican counterparts brought in. 

The report adds, “as of June 30, the RNC has almost $45 million in the bank, while the DNC has just under $7.5 million, along with $3 million in debt.”

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Even more bad news for the Dems  it's not just the 2:1 margin it's who is donating 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/10/the-democratic-partys-looming-fundraising-crisis-215474

During that same six-month time span, the RNC raised $33 million in small contributions—money from people who donate $200 or less over an election cycle—while that same class of donors gave the DNC just $21 million.

This isn’t just about money. Small-dollar donors are an important measure of how much grass-roots enthusiasm a campaign or organization has. They are the supporters who will show up to knock on doors, make phone calls and get out the vote. And since they don’t donate enough to reach campaigns’ individual contribution limits, you can return to ask them for money time and again—which frees campaigns from continually being on the hunt for new, deep-pocketed donors who can max out. The lack of their support threatens to prevent major gains by the party in 2018 and beyond.

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7 minutes ago, TMSAIL said:

Even more bad news for the Dems  it's not just the 2:1 margin it's who is donating 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/10/the-democratic-partys-looming-fundraising-crisis-215474

During that same six-month time span, the RNC raised $33 million in small contributions—money from people who donate $200 or less over an election cycle—while that same class of donors gave the DNC just $21 million.

This isn’t just about money. Small-dollar donors are an important measure of how much grass-roots enthusiasm a campaign or organization has. They are the supporters who will show up to knock on doors, make phone calls and get out the vote. And since they don’t donate enough to reach campaigns’ individual contribution limits, you can return to ask them for money time and again—which frees campaigns from continually being on the hunt for new, deep-pocketed donors who can max out. The lack of their support threatens to prevent major gains by the party in 2018 and beyond.

I gather then that you are hoping for a Hail Mary in 2018? Maybe Democrats aren't pulling in money because donors know they won't need it. This has the earmarks of a bloody slaughter and seeing Republicans hit the exit is pretty telling.

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Saved for posterity.

2 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

I gather then that you are hoping for a Hail Mary in 2018? Maybe Democrats aren't pulling in money because donors know they won't need it. This has the earmarks of a bloody slaughter and seeing Republicans hit the exit is pretty telling.

 

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4 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

I gather then that you are hoping for a Hail Mary in 2018? Maybe Democrats aren't pulling in money because donors know they won't need it. This has the earmarks of a bloody slaughter and seeing Republicans hit the exit is pretty telling.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if the house flips.  But if it does it will not because the GOP donor money dryed up as you claimed.  And if the Dems don't win you can always blame it on the Koch brothers and Gerrymandering.  

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1 minute ago, TMSAIL said:

I wouldn't be surprised at all if the house flips.  But if it does it will not because the GOP money dryed up as you claimed.  And if the Dems don't win you can always blame it on the Koch brothers and Gerrymandering.  

I have a feeling the gerrymandering problem will be addressed by then. I don't think the GOP will have a lack of funding, I think the Democrats are going into this thinking it will be a walk and as an experienced watcher of politics, I wouldn't recommend that approach.

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What we are seeing is the purging of the non-believers. Before long, loyalty to Trump will be the litmus test for those in The Party. You'll be able to go through the whole caucus and not find a single person who can identify the last time they thought that The Pride of the GOP did something wrong. 

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8 hours ago, Moderate said:

Hell, Specious, just fuckin out me and be done with the BS.

BTW, have you ever sailed on more than a pond.?

38,000 posts , lets see how big your balls are....

Too funny.  If we summed up the post counts of all your socks, it would far exceed mine.  So why the socks?  Chicken?

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8 hours ago, Moderate said:

Hell, Specious, just fuckin out me and be done with the BS.

BTW, have you ever sailed on more than a pond.?

38,000 posts , lets see how big your balls are....

You outed yourself every time you posted that Latitude 38 link. All anyone has to do is do a search for you posting Latitude 38 and they get directed to your 15 minutes of fame in a number of different posts.

 

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How'd those special elections in New Hampshire and Oklahoma go?  You know, the ones for the seats that have recently been held by the GOP. 

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15 hours ago, Sol Rosenberg said:

You outed yourself every time you posted that Latitude 38 link. All anyone has to do is do a search for you posting Latitude 38 and they get directed to your 15 minutes of fame in a number of different posts.

 

I think the Cat's got his tongue 

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17 hours ago, Sol Rosenberg said:

You outed yourself every time you posted that Latitude 38 link. All anyone has to do is do a search for you posting Latitude 38 and they get directed to your 15 minutes of fame in a number of different posts.

 

Thanks for that. It's always good to put a face to the name of a neo-nazi shit bag. 

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Not that he's a Republican, but Slate is reporting WH lawyers recommended Kushner resign after it became apparent he had met 4 times with Russians during the campaign and reported no contacts to the FBI. A letter explaining his resignation touched on how the politics had become so toxic that he had become a drain upon the president's agenda. 

In a stunning development, Sarah "Huckster" Huckabee "I can't believe I share my name with Bernie" Sanders said this is fake news. It was not immediately apparent if her nose was growing at the time.

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