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Pennsylvania takeaways: GOP reaches for the panic button

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What's this? Yet another democrat flipping a seat away from the idiot conservatives. It's no wonder conservatives keep losing seats with their idiot president and idiotic ideas. Kuddos! ROFL. Oh my.

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Not a reason to panic, one seat doesn’t mean a tidal wave or that the Democrats will take the House entirely. If they had taken Texas, that would have been an antenna jerker. The party in power always loses seats in the midterms, but a complete takeover.? I wouldn’t put too much stock into it.

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Yeah, if they would have won Texas, we should be concerned. Never mind Alabama and a district Trump won by 20 percentage points because I need to feel good.

. . .

Ignorance has a way of exposing itself.

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It wasn't enough to pull out a clear win.

It's obvious the "star" power isn't there and after a little more than a year of having Trump as president, only the die hard fanatics are still clinging to the belief that he can change things. He can't and his entourage can not either.

DEMOCRATS ARE HOT

Bit of an over exaggeration I would say, more like a slap to the head against Trump and the Republicans than a vote "for" the Dem's.

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Yet another democrat flipping a seat away from the idiot conservatives.

Tommy, I suggest you check out Lamb's resume and platform.

He is a conservative (pro-guns, anti-abortion, critical of the Democratic Party's leadership, policies and direction).

In other words the Dems fielded the perfect Rep candidate. Pretty sneaky, but it worked.

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In other words the Dems fielded the perfect Rep candidate. Pretty sneaky, but it worked.

I see you got the talking point from Paul Ryan.

Lamb respects Roe v Wade. He is pro-firearm, but not all democrats are anti-firearm. Questioning the leadership and direction of the party are healthy. Republicans, however, simply try to follow Trump's pinball-like movements.

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He is a conservative (pro-guns, anti-abortion, critical of the Democratic Party's leadership, policies and direction).

Just goes to show how extreme the Republican party has become - candidates who may have traditionally been Republican cannot even stomach the idea of dealing with the extremists, and are instead going with the Democrats.

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Lamb respects Roe v Wade. He is pro-firearm, but not all democrats are anti-firearm.

Well, at least we don’t have to worry about the 2nd amendment EVER going away.

Questioning the leadership and direction of the party are healthy. Republicans, however, simply try to follow Trump's pinball-like movements.

No, the Democrats are the Party believe in obstruction and then when you ask them, going into November what are your policy stances? The first thing you get is.....and then a....

Good to know.

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With the possible exception of die-hard Trump supporters, some GOP pols may be affected by the lights shown on Trump’s erratic behavior, on his ties to Russia, on his ties to criminal activities and organizations, on the allegations of sexual perversion and abuse, on his continuing demands to be treated like a royal and have the taxpayers pay for his country club, golf playing lifestyle, on his flip-floppery, on his nepotism, among others, and in cockroach fashion scurry away from having any association with Space Cadet Bonespurs.

If Republican pols will either continue to support Trump or cockroach away from him, that’s a pretty sad statement on the caliber of people attracted to the GOP.

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No, the Democrats are the Party believe in obstruction

Right! Quick learners the Democratic party - of course they had 8 years of observations from which to base their tactics.

when you ask them, going into November what are your policy stances? The first thing you get is.....and then a....

The Democratic party doesn't need policies for this upcoming election. They are not the party in power. All they need to do for this election is to say 'we're not Trump', and laugh all the way to the voting booths.

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Tommy Jones: this is the kind of complacency that got DT in the WH. Calm down.

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With the possible exception of die-hard Trump supporters, some GOP pols may be affected by the lights shown on Trump’s erratic behavior, on his ties to Russia, on his ties to criminal activities and organizations,

Yes, liberals keep droning on about it and nothing else.....really.

*on the allegations of sexual perversion and abuse, on his continuing demands to be treated like a royal and have the taxpayers pay for his country club, golf playing lifestyle, on his flip-floppery, on his nepotism, among others, and in cockroach fashion scurry away from having any association with Space Cadet Bonespurs.*

Ok, so besides name calling which is the extent of the Democrat power base, what else do they have?

*If Republican pols will either continue to support Trump or cockroach away from him, that’s a pretty sad statement on the caliber of people attracted to the GOP.*

Lol, I doubt it very much. The Dems get all hot and tingly because of a possible win in a State that normally overall votes blue. Now had they taken Texas, that would have been some serious news, change most of the heaviest Red States, we can talk, but just getting one toy from a Cracker Jack box and thinking it’s a landslide is way, way too early to tell.

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Looks like the people have spoken.

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Hopefully we'll see a change of government soon and this clown car of an administration will come to an end

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This democrat is more “Republican”than John McCain is. Pro-life, pro-military, not anti gun, straight white male, doesn’t hate Trump but anti-Pelosi. Doesn’t prove much and if he turns into a “democrat” in his voting, he will be voted out.

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Yes please have your only policy be “we aren’t trump”. Please have Hillary keep speaking in public and insulting large groups of voters. These are winning atrategies!

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his democrat is more “Republican”than John McCain is.

I think it's hard for extremists, those who need to see the world simplified and reduced to opposing poles, who can only see the world in zeroes or ones, black or white, Republican or Democrat, to understand the notion of 'spectrum'.

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Republicans lose in a stronghold of ignorance and suddenly the democrat is more republican than the republican he defeated. Brilliant.

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Liberals once again celebrating a tie game in spring training after losing the World Series.

As Tommy might say; ROFL

and by the way, Lamb is pro gun and pro life. If more Democrats were like him, they might stop losing so much!

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I can tell you that there is a good reason why the areas between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are called "Pennsyltucky". There's not a lot of critical thinking going on there but instead, a lot of reactionary outcry.

Republicans and Paul Ryan in particular, please take note: Your slick, lying ads about the tax cut (#GOPTaxScam)--which adds massively to the deficit and will be paid for by cuts to our social safety net--are NOT playing out here in the flyover.

All the money in the world won't sell that lie.

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The Republicans must be soiling themselves as the fight back continues. The people are rising up against a corrupt party owned by the NRA and the Kremlin.

America, I salute you.

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Interesting read:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/debunking-republicans-post-pennsylvania-spin.html?

Note that Slate is a left leaning publication.

Gives me hope that a moderate can still win elections in the US.

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BlacklabelToday  08:25 am JST

This democrat is more “Republican”than John McCain is. Pro-life, pro-military, not anti gun, straight white male, 

It shows how twisted the Republican platform has become when they think just being a straight, white male is a reflection of political ideology.

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I'm beginning to wonder if somebody won't run a primary against Trump at the next presidential election. That he's a liability is becoming clear to just about everybody.

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Also from the far-left leaning Slate

“smug”liberals are much to blame for the current political division

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/is-liberal-smugness-to-blame-for-our-political-climate.html

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The only major legislation passed during Trump's first year was their atrocious tax bill (all the rest has been the very same executive actions the Repubs raked Obama over the coals for). However, they found the more they talked about their tax law, the faster Lamb's popularity rose.

Other GOP candidates will notice. All they have to run on now is their typical cultural issues like guns, abortion, religion (and guns) in schools, and immigration - all points on which the majority of Americans disagree.

They will have to go mean. They have no ideas, just angry shouts. This is, as Pennsylvania voters noted, growing stale.

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Gives me hope that a moderate can still win elections in the US.

It will have to do for now. I'm hoping that something more radical will come and sweep away the Dem/Repub hegemony so America can humbly wind its neck in.

For now, the Republicans need to be taught a lesson in Pennsylvania. And eventually, maybe the Senate?

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Yesterday Lamb was a Chuck and Nancy ultra-liberal thug who was planning on confiscating everyone’s guns and forcing women to have abortions. Today he’s more of a Republican than the guy the republicans actually supported. Give your collective heads a shake!

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Dems screeching all year they need to run more women, people of color, anti gun and LGBT candidates. Then celebrate when a straight white male who is pro gun and more likely to vote with trump than McCain has, wins by 100s of votes.

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It will have to do for now. I'm hoping that something more radical will come and sweep away the Dem/Repub hegemony so America can humbly wind its neck in.

That’s happening now.

For now, the Republicans need to be taught a lesson in Pennsylvania. And eventually, maybe the Senate?

Probalby not, The Dems tried it in the largest Republican State and got shoved to the ground.

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Wonder how chuck schumer feels about this as he recently voted against a white guy getting confirmed by saying there already “too many whites”.

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Other GOP candidates will notice. All they have to run on now is their typical cultural issues like guns, abortion, religion (and guns) in schools, and immigration - all points on which the majority of Americans disagree.

actually, Americans are more in favor of current gun laws

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-americans-are-pro-gun-pro-gun-control-180953591/

They are more likely to be pro-life

http://www.weeklystandard.com/gallup-more-americans-are-pro-life-than-pro-choice/article/738558

and in favor of tougher immigration laws.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-09-03/americans-in-poll-increasingly-want-tough-border-control

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Dems are conveniently ignoring that this candidate was the least anti trump candidate so far and most of his positions align with Republicans.

He promised he won’t follow Nancy Pelosi so we will see. If he does, he gets voted right back out I’m sure. It’s one seat of 435, his impact will be minimal.

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Republicans SHOULD be afraid. They've been lead by the nose, like an old, beaten, oxen, down many wrong paths.

Democrats are just a less-bad choice for many voters.

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This democrat is more “Republican”than John McCain is. Pro-life, pro-military, not anti gun, straight white male, doesn’t hate Trump but anti-Pelosi.

He's pro-life personally, but is for keeping choice legal. Most Dems are pro-military, just anti needless wars. Many Dems are pro-gun, but much more pro sensible restrictions than NRA-bought Repubs. Straight white males are still accepted among the party. He said he'd work with Trump, doesn't mean he likes him. He said Pelosi's time has passed, that just means Dems need new blood. He has a point.

You seem to hate Dems without fully understanding what they're about.

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Republicans SHOULD be afraid.

Why?

They've been lead by the nose, like an old, beaten, oxen, down many wrong paths. 

Which translates to, he’s teeing off liberals, that’s a good sign.

Democrats are just a less-bad choice for many voters.

I would vehemently disagree. Still having heartburn and acid reflux from the last 8 years.

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Conservative Dem winning against conservative GOP.

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I listen to most of the speech Trump made. That guy is so full of himself who loves himself more than anyone else could ever. Tried to claim credit for so much but never really happened. Guess he will regret he didn't order a Big Mac takeaway instead.

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Trump loses another unloseable election. The people are no longer being duped by this clown.

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Btw, Trump is cleaning highly paid White House stuffs now. VA executives and generals who are not in Pakistan but enjoying Okinawa and Iwakuni or Disneyland. Probably he will get. rid of Americans working on Okinawa bases.

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Liberals once again celebrating a tie game in spring training after losing the World Series. 

There is an old sporting expression which says you are only as good as your last game.

You are talking about the past, and seeing as you’ve read more than anyone alive about history, you should be aware that focusing on the here and now in politics is more important. A British Prime Minister once remarked that a week is a long time in politics. Worth bearing in mind.

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Blacklabel, Lamb is a pro-union, pro-Obamacare Democrat who opposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare and supports a woman's right to choose regarding abortion. He doesn’t support Pelosi for speaker of the House, but that's probably a good thing for the Dems. Sure, he doesn't support new gun legislation, but that doesn't mean he will oppose putting some spine into existing legislation (unlike the spineless Repubs in Congress).

It's better to get someone who supports 70% of the 100% of the pie you want rather than someone who will hurl that pie in your face with venom.

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Why should republicans be afraid? Trump. Average Republicans hate that man was elected. There is a small, vocal, group of Trump likers left still yelling. Everyone else thinks the man is crazy, dangerous, shouldn't be allowed to be President due to many, many, personality disorders.

I also gag monthly as I pay my health insurance bill, which is more than my mortgage - caused by Democrats, yet, not repealed by the party I voted for in 2016. That was the primary reason I voted Republican. Also voted in a Rep House Member last year for my district, hoping she would help repeal the ACA. I'll have to take a job at a corporation to pay for health care in 2019 if the costs continue to rise.

I have NEVER voted for a democrat, but Republicans haven't displayed they have the same values I do recently, in the most important issues which impact my family.

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A British Prime Minister once remarked that a week is a long time in politics. Worth bearing in mind.

Indeed. Thats why I'm heartened by the fact President Trump will be President, and Republicans will control the House and Senate next week, and the next, and the next.....

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If Democrats get back to their traditional position of protecting middle class, working Americans they can easily win again. By the way that politician in the photo looks like a Ken doll.

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@Laguna agree with everything you said. Its my point that this doesnt mean that "Democrats" are winning anything. This one guy seems trustworthy (military vet) enough that some Republicans chose to vote for him and his 70% Democrat views.

Bunch of Dems running around like his win means that all the types of candidates that Schumer and Pelosi are planning on running will win in Republican held areas too. It doesnt.

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I listen to most of the speech Trump made. That guy is so full of himself who loves himself more than anyone else could ever.

That’s bad? Why?

Tried to claim credit for so much but never really happened. Guess he will regret he didn't order a Big Mac takeaway instead.

What? What’s a takeaway?

Lamb is a pro-union, pro-Obamacare Democrat who opposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare and supports a woman's right to choose regarding abortion.

Bad news.

He doesn’t support Pelosi for speaker of the House, but that's probably a good thing for the Dems. Sure, he doesn't support new gun legislation, but that doesn't mean he will oppose putting some spine into existing legislation (unlike the spineless Repubs in Congress).

Ok, so what’s the message for infrastructure and helping rebuild the middle-class? What about keeping taxes low?

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Blacklabel: agree with everything you said. Its my point that this doesnt mean that "Democrats" are winning anything. This one guy seems trustworthy (military vet) enough that some Republicans chose to vote for him and his 70% Democrat views.

A better takeaway for you would be that Democrats come in all stripes. You spend too much time arguining with a caricature that was invented by right wingers and not enough time reading what we actually write.

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A better takeaway for you would be that Democrats come in all stripes.

Yeah? Well so do conservatives, remember that.

You spend too much time arguining with a caricature that was invented by right wingers and not enough time reading what we actually write.

Actually, it’s the other way around, flip your analysis.

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Next democratic development.  Michelle Obama for President.  Like Dynasty.

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The money Japan pays for letting US stays in bases is large but part is paid to American laborers. Then he received complaining. that is not done by Trump.. Base laboror bragged he owns many guns as if USA encourage illegal activity in Japan. He might get rid of base laborers rapidly.

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Trump won by 20% in 2016, but Lamb was only expected to get a 17% swing solely based on Trump's low approval and dissatisfaction with the extremism of the GoP. Of course, his political family background and positions aligning with voters helped push him over the top.

That 17% will bite the GoP in other contests that will not be as long a shot.

Lamb outperformed those expectations. He shouldn't have won in an area that Obama once dumbly characterized as obtaining solace in guns and religion.

That those projections panned out points to a hard time for the GoP to retain power in the House come mid-terms. Paint your wagon whatever color you want, there are hard times coming for the GoP.

The GoP and Trump should be very fearful, but Trump is too stupid for that though.

Time for Trump to tweet about Saccone being a loser, never supported him, the race didn't matter, he was a coffee boy.... SAD

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and a better takeaway for you is the only Dems that win are the ones who dont do identity politics, distance themselves from Obama/Hillary/Pelosi, arent too tough on guns, keep religion to themselves. dont support illegal aliens over citizens, have no comment on LGBT and who dont actively attack Trump.

Im fine with those type of Dems.

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remember your Dem guy Doug Jones in Alabama? He votes with Trump 60% of the time. I anticipate if this new guy wants to keep his job, he will do the same.

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Blacklabel

Im fine with those type of Dems.

Do you mean like the democrats who you think are merely poodles for their republican masters? Having a strong opposition is good for the people, the country and democracy. Helps to keep some kind of balance in order. Unfortunately the American political system is based on a two party one.

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Blacklabel

You don't mention the republican congress members who are opposed to Trump? Guess you would think they are poodles for their democrat masters?

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Viking68: That those projections panned out points to a hard time for the GoP to retain power in the House come mid-terms. Paint your wagon whatever color you want, there are hard times coming for the GoP.

And not much of a future given the demographics.

What worries me is that instead of moderating their positions and growing their base, they are resorting to voter suppression, hyper-gerrymandering, embracing conspiracy, bringing white supremacists into the fold, etc. I don't think they have any problem breaking the system even more to keep their majority power with minority support.

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theFu, I'm sorry to hear that. ACA subsidies are limited to those under 400% of the poverty line, which leaves a broad swath of population too wealthy for subsidies but not wealthy enough to comfortably afford insurance. Dems would like to fix this but don't control the agenda and, being in the minority, worry about the monkey business Repubs would wreak if the law were opened up again. The good thing is that the ACA works well for most people (except for those in your situation), and its popularity is well above 50%.

Black, I dislike extremists from either side; it seems, though (and statistics back this up), that, following the Tea Party and Trump, there are far more extremists on the right than on the left. To a certain extent, liberals are tolerant of diverging opinion; for conservatives, though, its unforgivable apostasy.

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The idiot conservatives sure are trying their hardest to spin this as some sort of win for them. The headline was clearly spot on as we are watching conservatives jump on the panic button. Too funny.

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Indeed. Thats why I'm heartened by the fact President Trump will be President, and Republicans will control the House and Senate next week, and the next, and the next.....

And the next, and the next, right up until November, with any luck.

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Well, at least we don’t have to worry about the 2nd amendment EVER going away. nobody every stated that was going to happen, just the banning of high powered fully and semi automatic weapons, Americans can still purchase handguns rifles. Australia has similar laws about semi/fully auto weapons and they havent had a massacre in over 20yrs

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Remember your Dem guy Doug Jones in Alabama? He votes with Trump 60% of the time.

Is that so? I was not aware that there has been any Trump-backed legislation up for a House vote since Jones joined, much less enough to give it a 60 percentage (that would require at least three pieces; Vote Smart says "We do not have any Key Votes for this candidate"). Can you give me an example? Or three?

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Just like the political connections other Presidents enjoyed, so what’s your point?

Defending political connections whilst lambasting the establishment. Very consistent.

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Start flipping Red States in record numbers, I’ll be impressed. dont need record numbers just a couple, when congress is balanced or in favor of the Dems, Trumps is basically neutered.

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Is that so? I was not aware that there has been any Trump-backed legislation up for a House vote since Jones joined, much less enough to give it a 60 percentage (that would require at least three pieces; Vote Smart says "We do not have any Key Votes for this candidate"). Can you give me an example? Or three?

Laguna, you know how allergic to facts conservatives are. Be nice and let them feel good after yet another loss.

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when congress is balanced or in favor of the Dems, Trumps is basically neutered.

Trump neuters himself on a daily basis.

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2018 may be the Year of the Dog, but it is also THE YEAR OF THE FLIP! Keep 'em flipping!

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mukashiyokatta, it's Year of the Blue Dog.

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Trump should fire a few more appointees and then appoint more current members of the House and Senate, so Dems can keep flipping those seats. Of course,those moral conservatives could also help the Dems by continuing to engage in sexual abuse so they are forced to resign.

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More idiots trying to spin this as a conservative win. It's good for a laugh.

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Lamb seems like a Republican or Republican Lite, etc... is all so stupid. The 2-party domination of the political system is killing the USA. Why is it necessary to be Republican or Democrat? Why not vote for good candidates that fit your district's culture and will represent you above all else? Same goes for President. If the House and Senate was filled with non-partisan, intelligent and accountable representatives then we might actually experience progress.

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More idiots trying to spin this as a conservative win. It's good for a laugh.

I’d call it more like a washout breaking even.

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I think Trump is a one off president due to a strong overreaction to the negative effects of globalization which all presidents, even as far back as Clinton, ignored.

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Indeed. Thats why I'm heartened by the fact President Trump will be President, and Republicans will control the House and Senate next week, and the next, and the next.....

As you know, Harold Wilson’s comment about a week being a long time in politics was describing how quickly things can change. The comings and goings at the swamp/circus/ White House certainly reflects that.

Ome of the few constants seems to be Trump’s approval rating which is still in the toilet.

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Democrats have flipped just under 40 state legislative seats since Dumpster Fire took office.

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Why not vote for good candidates that fit your district's culture and will represent you above all else? 

Pennsylvania did exactly this. But liberals cant help themselves to try to say it means Dems are winning! everything is flipping! its a referendum on Trump! etc.

A seemingly decent candidate who leans toward a lot of Republican positions won the vote of the people of that area as a "Democrat". Great for him! But it doesnt mean that Trump has been rejected or that this will happen everywhere or any of this other nonsense.

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But it doesnt mean that Trump has been rejected or that this will happen everywhere or any of this other nonsense.

Trump's approval rating coupled with the Dems flipping seats left, right, and center does mean Trump has been rejected. It doesn't mean it will happen everywhere, but it's a good sign that it may.

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One of the few constants seems to be Trump’s approval rating which is still in the toilet.

45% strengthening economy, not bad, not bad at all, keep it coming Mr. President.

Democrats have flipped just under 40 state legislative seats since Dumpster Fire took office.

Democrats had 8 years to reform the tax code and didn’t. So you think if the Democrats take control, they would roll back the Trump tax cuts? If so, just give them all a razor blade.

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What does the tax reform have to do with democrats flipping so many seats?

Answer: Absolutely nothing.

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Unfortunately the American political system is based on a two party one.

Aye and there's little difference between the two parties. Until the grassroots parties start making gains, the American system remains stale.

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Trump's approval is higher than when he got elected.

40 state legislative seats? you lost 1000 so its makes sense that some would come back.

Still 32 Republican-controlled legislatures and only 14 Democratic-controlled legislatures with 4 that are split. Majority of Republican governors too.

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40 state legislative seats? you lost 1000 so its makes sense that some would come back.

You may want to check into that 1000 number. Bass let it slip that that has been since the Reconstruction Era.

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What tax reform has to do with flipping seats is that the Pelosi Dems plan on running on the platform of raising taxes back to their previous levels or higher if elected.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanellis/2018/03/09/democrats-release-tax-hike-plan/#405b434f7b9e

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What tax reform has to do with flipping seats is that the Pelosi Dems plan on running on the platform of raising taxes back to their previous levels or higher if elected.

Try in the context of Bass' comment.

The 1,000 seat figure has been since Obamacare.

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Sorry, I was wrong, it was 1030 during the Obama presidency.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4063898/As-Obama-accomplished-policy-goals-party-floundered.html

What the Democrats don't want you to know: Party lost more than 1,030 seats in state legislatures, governor's mansions and Congress during Barack Obama's presidency

Man, facts just are killing you guys today. Step your game up.

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One of the few constants seems to be Trump’s approval rating which is still in the toilet.

45%

According to whom? I hope you haven’t cherry-picked a poll with a number you like.

Trump's approval is higher than when he got elected.

According to whom? I hope you haven’t cherry-picked a poll with a number you like.

Anyway, can’t you cherry-pick a poll showing decent approval ratings for Trump? Not one?

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Oh now you are talking "context"? Im talking facts, proven by numbers. So the 1000 HAS been under Obama, not since the "reconstruction"?

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What does the tax reform have to do with democrats flipping so many seats? 

Everything. Because if they were in power, they would squander the opportunity just like they do every single time by trying to radicalize and introduce new gender politics and social issues and talk how important social....I mean, regulations and taxation are for the greater good.

You may want to check into that 1000 number. Bass let it slip that that has been since the Reconstruction Era.

I did.

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Trump's approval is higher than when he got elected.

Trump's approval rating was about 45% when he was elected; it's about 38% now. His disapproval rating was about 47% when he was elected; it's about 57% now. (Gallup) And this is before all the kuso hits the senpuki. A backlog of scandal combined with all the ways Trump will likely screw up now that he's unleashed don't portend well for the GOP.

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trying to radicalize and introduce new gender politics and social issues and talk how important social....I mean, regulations and taxation are for the greater good.

By those arguments, why have government?

What is a new gender politics? Fear mongering about giving some transvestite rights, otherwise known as human rights.

No government survives without taxation. The question is whether the tax system is balanced, fair and promotes a better society.

Taxing a working secretary at a higher rate than a private equity fund manager making millions is not fair in any sense of the measure. The current GoP tax just makes the class divisions created by Bush even worse.

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Trump's approval rating was about 45% when he was elected; it's about 38% now

Wrong. Its at about 54% as of today.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

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Woops! that should read 47%, but still about where Obama was, if not better at the same time in his 1st term

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Oh now you are talking "context"? Im talking facts, proven by numbers. So the 1000 HAS been under Obama, not since the "reconstruction"?

Ummm . . . Read my 12:57 post.

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Woops! that should read 47%, but still about where Obama was, if not better at the same time in his 1st term

If you only look at the outlier poll.

Wait. I thought you guys didn't do polls.

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Woops! that should read 47%, but still about where Obama was, if not better at the same time in his 1st term

‘Whoops’, difficult these number things.

The very badly-presented and badly-worded link shows an average of about 40% as far as I can make out.

You cherry-picked the number from a poll you like.

It’s not an impressive way to argue a point. It’s very poor form.

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Jimizo- everyone knows Rasmussen is one of the most reputable firms out there. Unbiased.

47% is accurate

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Jimizo- everyone knows Rasmussen is one of the most reputable firms out there. Unbiased.

Oh, I see. One of the most reputable firms. What are the other reputable firms and what numbers do they show?

I’m just interested in accuracy. I remember you quoting Gallup numbers in a poll on another topic.

Is Gallup reputable?

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Is Gallup reputable?

They consistantly have President Trump's approval rating below other firms, so yes, its possibly biased. Most media are.

And Jimizo, keep in mind Trump's approval rating is right about where Barry's was in his 1st term despite an unprecedented daily assault by the MSM.

I find that very revealing.

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Wrong. Its at about 54% as of today.

Ha ha! Clamenza, you misread that poll - 54% is his UNPOPULARITY rating.

Of course, these types of measurements can change on a dime (Bush suddenly became immensely popular after 9/11; at this time in his presidency, his popularity was around 70%. Note: That didn't last.) What I've been emphasizing is what is it that GOPers can run FOR? They've already cut taxes, and the trillions that's added to the debt means they really can't cut any more. All they've got is character assassination, negative campaigning on steroids. I just ran across this quote Saccone made at campaign rally on election eve:

They say the other side is energized. Let me tell you, they’re energized for hate for our president. They have a hatred for our president. I’ve talked to so many of these on the left, and they have a hatred for our president. And I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country. I’ll tell you some more — my wife and I saw it again today: They have a hatred for God. It’s amazing. You see it when I’m talking to them. It’s disturbing to me.

Clearly, Saccone had run out of ideas. Attack was all that remained. Sadly, that is the point where many GOP house campaigns will pick up: attack. Some will buy it, but by and large, America is a positive country. It's one thing to desire change; it's quite another to support those who can only hurl spittle-lipped insults.

(It is true that many hate Trump, though. I don't hate him myself; I just feel the deepest of contempt.)

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I’d call it more like a washout breaking even. only requires breaking even in congress, and Trumps signature policies are neutered. hand out the tissues , theres a lot of sweaty conservative brows that need wiping. LOL

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Woops!

Trump fans screwing the facts up again. Woops!

Scroll down your link a bit further. How does Donny compare to Bush and Obama. Woops!

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@Clamenza

You didn’t answer my question. Which other firms are reputable and unbiased in your view and what numbers do they show for Trump?

I see Gallup has now been moved into the untrustworthy column due to their Trump numbers. Any others we shouldn’t trust from now on?

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They consistantly have President Trump's approval rating below other firms, so yes, its possibly biased. Most media are. so its bias when Trumps ratings are low , but reputable when Trumps ratings are high. thats the very definition of "cherry picking" LOL, heres an idea , let take all the largest polls, remove the lowest and highest ratings, add the remainder together and take an average, this is the best way to remove bias.

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Yup, and I humbly and immediately corrected the number to 47%.

So while you enjoy that, I’ll enjoy the fact they are President Trump’s rating, not President Hillary!

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@clamenza yes you did misread the poll but hey dont worry its not your fault and its definatly not surprising at all ive noticed compreshension is not one of your strong points.You know they do have adult reading classes there is no need to feel ashamed my mentaly disable cousin went there now he is reading and comprehending just fine now.

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heres an idea , let take all the largest polls, remove the lowest and highest ratings, add the remainder together and take an average, this is the best way to remove bias.

I’ve been trying that line here for a long time but the Trump supporters keep picking the highest number they can find and dismissing the rest as biased. The idea of going with the average isn’t foolproof but it makes a bit more sense than the approach they take.

I hope Clamenza is going to tell us which other firms are reputable. Other Trump supporters don’t bother with that.

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Ahhhh, wassamatter Northerlife?

Still angry Trump is your President? Cmon!

its been over a year!

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Still angry Trump is your President? Cmon!

Our president?

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Jimizo - As was proven in polls before President Trump's election, ordinary Americans were not honest in their answers because the subject of President Trump has been made so un-PC.

Thats why when I see 47% approval rating, I see it as the extreme floor of much higher numbers.

Wild economic success and taming Kim Jung Un tend to have that effect...

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Still angry Trump is your President? Cmon!

Our president?

The leader of the free world is your President whether you like it or not.

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Wild economic success and taming Kim Jung Un 

Wishful thinking. Hasn't happened yet or effects are not clear.

Economy: Interest rates are going to be a problem soon.

Kim Jung Un: (1) counting SK's chickens, (2) that haven't hatched yet. If he is tamed, Trump has been of little help.

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The world is certainly not free and Trump is not, nor ever will be my "leader".

No PotUS has or ever will be, come to think of it.

People should move beyond the absolutes of leading and following, that way true freedom lies.

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@Clamenza

Very nice.

So what about the other reputable firms I can check to get a more accurate number? Just give me one. I’m not asking for much. I know Gallup is now untrustworthy and I wonder when it became so but I can make a decent guess.

Also, you seem to be changing your argument from biased polls to the coyness of the American people when answering questions on Trump. Are they less coy when answering questions from Rasmussen?

All very confusing and very evasive. It’s not how honest discussions should be conducted.

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As was proven in polls before President Trump's election, ordinary Americans were not honest in their answers because the subject of President Trump has been made so un-PC.

They weren't honest? News to me! What did the polls say? They generally gave Clinton a lead of 2-4%. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/election-update-clinton-gains-and-the-polls-magically-converge/

What were the election results? Hillary won the popular vote by 2.1%- right on the money. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016

That's why I see you don't have a clue what you are talking about.

Please keep pretending. How many staunchly GOP seats/states can Dems take? Can't wait.

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The leader of the free world is your President whether you like it or not.

He's not in my chain of command. Just another blow hard signing things.

A real leader requires the ability to lead by example.

I don't want my children to learn the examples being set by Trump. I'm surprised conservatives want their children to learn from him. Grab them by the p... Stormy Daniels... Russian sympathizer.... Hate.... Lies.... Greed.... Fraud....

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Jimizo - in my humble opinion Rasmussen is most accurate. What say you?

And please don’t lecture me on how to discuss something. In your opinion, anyone who doesn’t blindly follow your narrow viewpoints are called “confusing and evasive “.

ill remind you that smug liberals elected Donald Trump.

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The world is certainly not free and Trump is not, nor ever will be my "leader".

Ironic then, that you alone are probably responsible for delivering Michigan during the last election with your rhetoric.

Cheers!

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Jimizo - in my humble opinion Rasmussen is most accurate. What say you?

I want to know what other firms you see as accurate. I’ve asked you many times. It’s a simple question which you are evading.

Evasive.

I wonder what your argument is. You talked about biased polls and then started talking about coy Americans not admitting they like Trump to pollsters. Is it a case that the public feel more relaxed about admitting to liking Trump to the unbiased Rasmussen? I don’t know whether biased polls is the argument or coyness is the argument.

Confusing.

I’m not asking you to follow my narrow viewpoint.

I’m asking you to stop being evasive. Please name the firms.

I’m also asking you to clear up the confusion about polls.

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RCP average for Trump today is 41%. The RCP average for Obama in 2014- 42.5% (2nd year 2nd term). Even 1st term 2nd year was only 46.9.

trump was sworn into office with an approval rate of 40%, even from biased CBS news. So his approval is on the rise and not far from Obama.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-donald-trumps-pre-inauguration-approval-rating-at-record-low/

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bass4funk: "Not a reason to panic, one seat doesn’t mean a tidal wave..."

You've said the same thing for the last four MAJOR losses. The excuses and denial never stop.

clamenza: "And please don’t lecture me on how to discuss something. In your opinion, anyone who doesn’t blindly follow your narrow viewpoints are called “confusing and evasive “."

Says the person who blindly follows Trump.

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I’m also asking you to clear up the confusion about polls.

Good lord, you still don't understand??

Ok, lets try this from another angle, shall we?

Considering the disaster of polling firms in the election, what polling firms do believe to be the gold standard?

Oy vey....

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RCP average for Trump today is 41%. The RCP average for Obama in 2014- 42.5% (2nd year 2nd term). Even 1st term 2nd year was only 46.9.

trump was sworn into office with an approval rate of 40%, even from biased CBS news. So his approval is on the rise and not far from Obama.

You started by using the RCP average to show Trump’s approval rate at 41%. You then used a CBS poll to show Trump’s approval rate at 40% at his inauguration, when the RCP average, which you started with, showed 43% at his inauguration.

Sneaky.

Trump’s approval rating has fallen since his inauguration according to the RCP average. It’s a bit dodgy and disingenuous to mix and match polls to prove a point.

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It’s a bit dodgy and disingenuous to mix and match polls to prove a point.

That's not dodgy, that is outright fraud.

Or as they are called now by Trump supporters, alternative facts.

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This is all that matters anyway:

A series of 10 state polls for Axios by SurveyMonkey finds that President Trump isn't a drag on the Republican brand in key Senate races, despite his historically high national disapproval ratings.

Trump’s approval is higher than Democratic senators up for reelection in six of the states (Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia).

Trump's approval is higher than his national approval rating in all 10 states.

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Which fact is incorrect in what I posted? Those are the numbers from each poll and I am sorry you are not getting my point when I used those in the way I did to try to explain something to you. So never mind.

That's not dodgy, that is outright fraud.

Or as they are called now by Trump supporters, alternative facts.

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By those arguments, why have government?

What is a new gender politics? Fear mongering about giving some transvestite rights, otherwise known as human rights.

No, it’s just the left makes these issues front and center and who can use a bathroom, who can’t and saving a tiny fish is more important than the farmers that provide food for us. Priorities mean nothing to the left except social justice and nothing more.

No government survives without taxation. The question is whether the tax system is balanced, fair and promotes a better society.

Under the Democrats it’s never balanced, NEVER. Why are businesses coming back and people happy to see bigger pay checks, please let the Dems try and tell millions of people Trump is wrong on this, you guys would get laughed out of town.

Taxing a working secretary at a higher rate than a private equity fund manager making millions is not fair in any sense of the measure.

No, it’s not and having government workers making higher salaries in the public sector over the private sector is far worse.

The current GoP tax just makes the class divisions created by Bush even worse.

Yeah, millions don’t think so, but good luck selling that in November. Lol

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You've said the same thing for the last four MAJOR losses.

Because they weren’t really losses. You guys didn’t turn a Red State. Do that and then you accomplished, I mean, the people eligible to vote in the US have accomplished something.

The excuses and denial never stop. 

You are right and yet the left continue on.....

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A series of 10 state polls for Axios by SurveyMonkey finds that President Trump isn't a drag on the Republican brand in key Senate races, despite his historically high national disapproval ratings.

Surveymonkey? I'm convinced. Sooo reliable. ;)

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No, it’s not and having government workers making higher salaries in the public sector over the private sector is far worse.

Alternative facts again?

The current GoP tax just makes the class divisions created by Bush even worse.

Yeah, millions don’t think so, but good luck selling that in November. Lol

Millions haven't got a clue about tax policy or how it and the US regulatory environment is creating a European style class system . . . in the U.S.!!!

We won that war hundreds of years ago, but the GoP got a taste for power and wealth and out Americans.

it’s just the left makes these issues front and center

Equal rights should be front and center as it is key to the identity of the country. We fought that battle too in its many forms. But bigots are resurging with support from the bigot in chief.

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Because they weren’t really losses. You guys didn’t turn a Red State. Do that and then you accomplished, I mean, the people eligible to vote in the US have accomplished something.

It's not about turning states, its about turning seats in congress.

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You are right and yet the left continue on.....

Yes, with facts to refute the idiot right.

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Under the Democrats it’s never balanced, 

Its not now under Republicans, is it?

people happy to see bigger pay checks

Wages are increasing? https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wage-growth

Because they weren’t really losses.

So they were, what, wins? :D

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All very confusing and very evasive. It’s not how honest discussions should be conducted.

Well put.

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Yep 40 seats down, 990 seats to go just to get back to where you were. Good luck running all the identity politics candidates you have lined up.

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This:

And the 8 years of restorative justice did nothing, but give us a sluggish economy with taxes through the roof.

is a completely irrelevant response to this:

Millions haven't got a clue about tax policy or how it and the US regulatory environment is creating a European style class system . . . in the U.S.!!!

Nice.

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bass4funk: "Because they weren’t really losses. You guys didn’t turn a Red State."

So... The Alabama Senate seat was not Blue for the last... what... 30 years? You sound like Paul Ryan an Co. who said this guy was a Democratic heathen a week ago and are now saying "He basically won because he's a Republican" today, while the Republican who had to resign did so because he tried to force a woman to have an abortion after he knocked her up in his love affair, but Ryan and Co. were saying Lamb was was for abortion and immoral. Haha. You also remind me of the evangelicals who suddenly don't care one wit for the lord, the bible, or the religion at all when it comes to Trump's "indiscretions".

"No, ironically."

Do you know what "ironic" means? If you say you are "ironically" not using alternative facts, it means you usually do and this time is incongruent with what we all expect. The only problem is that you ARE in fact using alternative facts again, so it's not ironic that people called you out on it and are correct.

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Yep 40 seats down, 990 seats to go just to get back to where you were. Good luck running all the identity politics candidates you have lined up.

Thanks. We'll take all the support we can get.

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Its not now under Republicans, is it?

The economy and Stock market says so.

Wages are increasing? https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wage-growth

Even Al Jazeera agrees. Wow!

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/apple-coming-home-tax-break-helps-create-jobs-180118113228110.html

So they were, what, wins? :D

Democrats winning in their own States that they would normally win is not a win. Take out a Red State, you got a win.

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Democrats winning in their own States that they would normally win is not a win. Take out a Red State, you got a win

Which happens after enough seats are flipped. Kuddos! Good lord. ROFL. Protein shake time.

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Which happens after enough seats are flipped.

But they haven’t keep the sail up, you might find some wind. ROFL.

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But bigots are resurging with support from the bigot in chief.

More please! This gave us Wisconsin in November '16

Yes, with facts to refute the idiot right.

Cheers Tommy! I figure that kind o language gave us North Carolina!

Keep it comin'!

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This gave us Wisconsin in November '16

I figure that kind o language gave us North Carolina!

Are you American?

I'm not but I'm still curious as to why the rise of bigotry in the US is a source of comfort for some.

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Cause it’s “made up” bigotry to push partisan political policies.

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Cause it’s “made up” bigotry to push partisan political policies.

Pocahantas taunts, anto-Mexican rhetoric, travel bans on innocent Muslim peoples, mocking disabled folk, trying to kick LGBT people out of the armed forces, calling NFL players "sons of bitches" etc isn't made up.

The GOP under Trump is a disgrace. Voters won't stand for such naked bigotry forever.

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None of which are actual “bigotry”, it’s just called that now for political points. Just like “Nazis” aren’t actually Nazis and what is called racism now isn’t. All of these horrible things are diluted with this nonsensical approach.

Pocahontas taunts, anto-Mexican rhetoric, travel bans on innocent Muslim peoples, mocking disabled folk, trying to kick LGBT people out of the armed forces, calling NFL players "sons of bitches" etc isn't made up.

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So 2016 has a rise in hate crimes? Who was President that year again?

Plus nearky every “high profile” hate crime was later found to be fake.

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President Trump is somehow responsible for hate crimes from Jan 2016 yet still has nothing to do with the economy in March 2018. Thanks for both, Obama!

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These don't seem made up:

Google, Wiki (which anyone can edit) Yes, solid analysis. Lol

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President Trump is somehow responsible for hate crimes from Jan 2016 yet still has nothing to do with the economy in March 2018. Thanks for both, Obama!

Funny how the left overlook the hate crimes from the last 8 years, now all of a sudden they are up in arms. Amazing.

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So there WAS such a thing as hate crime pre Trump getting elected? Wow. Someone was killed by a gun before too? Wouldn’t know that to read this site.

Then a guy doesn’t believe in God despite an entire book of evidence that has existed over 2000 years written by many people out of devotion.

but same guy believes every word of a memo written by one ex spy last year for money proves “muh Russia“

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So who would be responsible for these “hate crimes” during the period of 2008-2016? (Hint: the person who committed them or the president at that time?)

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Pennsylvania takeaways: GOP reaches for the panic button -- headline

Panic button? Lamb wound up claiming victory by 500 votes where the pollsters predicted he'd win in a 5-7 percentage point blowout. The true takeaway is the pollsters got another election wrong.

As for Lamb, let's see, he is:

Ex Military

Pro-Fracking

Pro-Life

Anti-Pelosi

Pro-NRA

Pro-President Trump Tariff

Pro-Tax Cut

Now let's see if this guy lied through his teeth to get elected. If he is all of these, he is a better elected official than some of the useless GOP uniparty tools who currently stink up the congressional chamber. . . . .

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Front page of Fox News is about how Hillary will sink the Democrats' chances in the midterms and Democrats should be afraid. Odd how that happens.

Kind of like how Uranium One or the Clinton Foundation ends up on the front page when Trump does something dumb. Or how they happened to focus on some nobody Democrat running for Congress in the middle of nowhere having an affair.....right when the Story Daniels saga was unfolding.

It's like the editors say, "Let's take the our negative news and find a false equivalent on the left and make that today's major story."

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As for Lamb, let's see, he is:

A Democrat.

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Republicans are set up for a shellacking similar to what happened to Dems in the 2010 and 2014 midterms. Trump better hope he can keep the Senate. Maxine Waters and the rest of Farrakhan’s people in the US Congress are itching for a coup.

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Maxine Waters and the rest of Farrakhan’s people in the US Congress are itching for a coup.

It's not a coup, it's called the democratic process. The majority of American's are trying to vote out the GOP to show resistance to Trump's idiocy and hopefully get him out of office as well. But keep up the ol' rhetoric though, just shows you for who you are.

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One of the funnier things about this, aside from watching posters on here scramble and do anything they can to deflect and talk about Hillary and/or Obama, is how Trump once again claims he called the candidate he DID NOT ENDORSE as the winner, before he endorsed his opponent! hahahaha. He did the same in Alabama, claiming after the loss that he knew the Dem candidate would win. Next he'll be saying it wasn't actually him in the media endorsing Saccone.

Classic denial. And of course, we know he had the biggest inauguration turnout, too! :)

"This marks the second consecutive special election in which Trump struggled to push his preferred candidate over the finish line. Only this time, unlike Alabama's recent Senate election, he can't blame a candidate saddled with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct."

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Dems still face a major hurdle with the sheer number of their seats up for grabs vs. Republicans. To get a majority they will have to not only gain seats but protect their own.

Democrats also need to craft a unified message, something that has been lacking. These early races are good playbooks to study, but a lot of work needs to be done. We need to define our path and counter the made up caricature created by the right wing bubble.

Any kind of voter interest helps Democrats. The bigger the election turnout, the better the Democrats do. Trump will help that.

Look for Republicans to counter with attempts to reduce polling places and hours, reduce voter registration windows, eliminate same day registration, eliminate vote collection, eliminate "get out and vote" campaigns, etc, pretty much anything to make it more difficult to register/vote in ways Democrats typically do. These are the laws they tack on to their voter fraud measures when no one is watching, and they have nothing to do with fraud. It's just a straight up attempt to make voting more difficult and they are betting it will hurt more Democrats than Republicans.

So that's the stage as I see it. Democrats need a message and will need a very, very large number of victories to get the majority back. Republicans will need much fewer to retain their majority. Democrats will have to be on their toes to challenge Republican efforts to suppress voter turnout.

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The trial of Manafort stasrts in September. What comes out before the election will cause much disgust and regurgitation in the Decent Folk, exposed to the slime of fast money, sleazy sex, and treason in the executive Branch.

We may have the chance to cleanse ourselves of conservatism.

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It is interesting to see the rationalizations of the conservatives now that they begin to realize it is the beginning of the end for them.

Trump had to admit some sanctions on Russia today for the UK poisonings. He seems to be worried how far Putin will let him go with them.

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another thing about rasmussen's polling, they have a far lower "no opinion" number than anyone else checking trump's approval ....check the link below to see

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html

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We may have the chance to cleanse ourselves of conservatism.

Effective and thoughtful conservatism is a good thing. It is the current ideals of the GOP's (and their lacky's) "conservatism" needs to be done away with.

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Every election, I look for and find some websites to help me determine which way to vote and to prioritize what is most important issues to me and my family.

Usually I'm about 65% libertarian (which only works for local elections) or 65% republican and 35% democratic for national elections.

In general, I want smaller govt that doesn't interfere with my life. Individual rights, over states rights, over federal rights. What do they say? "All politics is local." Sadly, the huge PACs are trying to change that where they disagree with local politics.

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This district was “gerrymandered” by the republicans so no Democrat could possibly win the seat.

A court ruled that the gerrymandering was so aggregious that the district must be completely dissolved before the next election.

And yet, a Democrat won in a district where no Democrat could possibly win.

That pretty much tells me that there is going to be a hard turn in the Congress coming up. Stormy Daniels will open the floodgates to other accusers and Trump will likely be gone before his term is up.

I predict he’ll resign. He’ll say that he won and can now use infamy to make more money.

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The economy and Stock market says so. and none of Trumps policies have been implemented to support the economy , so its hardly all of Trumps making , majority of economist agree.

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it is amusing watching the socialist Democrat media attempting to fabricate some sort of momentum for Democrats. sorry but winning a district in a Democrat state is not anything. Trump won because he was the people sticking it in the eye of these parasite politicians, he didn't win because he is Republican. so giddy the left might be but there is no blue wave of votes which will out demo crate in control. 8 long miserable years of Democrat recession, the punishing costs, if the Democrats Obamacare are not going away from memory, mix that with it's the economy, stupid, there is no way the people will change horses in the middle if a high growth economy, 4% unemployment and high consumer confidence. the voters have not forgotten democrats completely ignore flyover country, the millions who live between the border of San Francisco and new York city

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sorry but winning a district in a Democrat state is not anything.

Not generally. But winning a district that a year and a half ago went Republican by 20%, a district that will stop existing next year because the courts determined that gerrymandering that district had ensured a democrat could never win, well that's not just something, it's a HUGE something. Just think of the degree of anger people must have against Trump and the Republicans, that the vote would swing 20% the opposite direction in a district that is EXTREMELY Republican.

Finally Republicans are waking up to the idea that the new Republican party does not represent their interests. While it's nice that they went Democratic, it's too bad they don't actually have a party that represents them, and have to choose between the Democrats and the extremist Republican party.

Republicans are trying to put spin on this, but there isn't really any spin that can hide the fact that they lost bad. Really bad. Really, really, really bad.

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The GOP still has gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, Russian trolls, Twitter bots and Cambridge Analytica on their side - don't count your chickens before they're eggs.

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He is more like a Republican then he is a Democrat! That is a big reason for him winning plus the Republican candidate was a very poor choice !

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