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  1. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I think fewer and fewer people are able (or willing) to defend Trump. They were around a year ago, but most Trump defenders left. Your "favourite" poster was given numerous opportunities to post without resorting to personal attacks. Unfortunately they chose to act like a 5 year old bully, so they were given the boot.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    No. The accusations over sexual harassment and assault relating to Clinton were before Clinton became President. The affair with Lewinski was consensual and legal, though highly inappropriate. I've long held the view that Clinton should have resigned as President due to his unscrupulous behaviour.
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  4. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Elections are not just about convincing people that you're the right candidate but also motivating them to vote. Having Madonna or Katy Parry perform at a DNC event is more about ginning up supporter enthusiasm. I don't think Sean Penn is going to convince anyone of anything, but that's kind of besides the point. The reality is that people love celebrities when they agree with their politics and hate them when they don't. The same people who bitch about George Clooney and Jimmy Fallon shoving their liberal views down peoples throats are the same people who will quote and adore the few conservative celebrities who share their views.
  5. US Politics/Elections Thread

    And Trump lives in a gold tower in mid-town Manhattan. They didn't seem to have any issue "relating" to him.
  6. US Politics/Elections Thread

    True, probably not. However, there's an element of focus that's currently on sexual harassment that wasn't present even during the 2016 election. An awakening, or perhaps reckoning, is occurring with respect to this issue. Trump's previous comments came somewhat out of left field and weren't tethered to any kind of momentum or part of the present zeitgeist. We're now seeing powerful men from every industry all over the country lose such positions of power. Hopefully Trump's comments on Gillibrand, who has made sexual harassment one of her core issues, are given a bit more consideration and reflection in light of the amount of attention this issue is currently receiving. Trump won 2016 because of 78k votes spread over three states. While I don't think this really changes anything dramatically, hopefully it helps move the needle just enough come 2020. But it's Alabama....
  7. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Turnout prior to the Moore allegations surfacing was expected to be around 18 percent. Most special elections to fill a suddenly open seat generally produce low turnouts, so this isn't much of a comment on Alabama as American voters in general. Keep in mind that Americans vote generally more often than most other developed nations for federal legislators. It's important to consider voter fatigue is more likely in America than in other countries. I disagree that Democrats have a problem motivating and inspiring people. Those weren't problems in 2008 and 2012. If you look at American electoral history, both parties have a hard time motivating its supporters after holding the White House for two successive terms. Moreover, if you don't think Dems are motivated with Trump in the White House I'm not sure how else to convince you. I would agree that Democrats could be a bit less elite/Hollywood focused, but it would be a mistake to rid themselves of such support. American politics is about coalition building. There's room for coastal and entertainment elites inside the party along with everyone else. It's likely more of an issue of marketing and branding. George Clooney did a good job of making it clear that most "hollywood elites" are from middle America and know what's like to struggle. If Republican and Trump supporters can elect a guy who sits on a gold toilet, is the problem really with Hollywood actors espousing liberal perspectives? Clinton certain had a problem with messaging, but I would disagree that Democrats only focus on issues that keep their base happy. From healthcare to education to social safety nets to progressive taxation to universal political representation, Democrats focus on issues that appeal to a large swath of Americans. Almost every poll indicates that most Americans agree with Democratic positions more than those of Republicans. The problem isn't necessarily with policy and issues; too often American politics is decided less by who is more competent and has the platform for the country but the personality of nominee and tribe they belong to. The 2016 election was essentially a manifestation of this dynamic writ large.
  8. US Politics/Elections Thread

    USA Today, the most bland, sanguine and sanitized national news publication in the US - threw down the gauntlet yesterday: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/12/trump-lows-ever-hit-rock-bottom-editorials-debates/945947001/ "A president who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes." Pretty despicable thing to say by Trump. As usual, he puts the offence on others for reading into what he says despite the fact that it's obviously what he meant. He did it with Megan Kelly (blood coming out of her whatever), Serge Kovaleski and others.
  9. Small little people who live empty little lives who find cheap thrills on ruining other people's day. How shit does someone's life have to be to get off on this stuff? Pathetic.
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Yeah, I don't see it happening either, but I would never have predicted Alabama voting for a Democrat for the Senate in 2017. Far more likely is a Democratic wave in the 2020 elections, with the Democrats retaking the House, Senate, and White House. 2020 is pivotal as it's a census year, so the winner of the year, especially in state legislatures, will determine which party draws the maps. In the end, I don't think it really matters all that much (with notable exception to judicial appointment approvals) whether the Democrats retake the House or Senate in 2018. Republicans largely can't pass anything substantial on their own and often need Democrat support to help keep the lights on and raise the debt ceiling. Democrats will still have tremendous leverage through 2020 due to the strong divisions within the Republican ranks.
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  13. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Do you? He said may, not definitely will. And yes, while a difficult and unlikely one, last night's win does help Democrats path at retaking the Senate in 2018: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/12/16766892/alabama-senate-election-2017-doug-jones-wins
  14. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Yeah, I decided to leave out that rather startling context since it'a so absurd it's unfathomable. Regardless, a Democrat winning in Alabama is something I don't think a soul in the world would have predicted six months ago.
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