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Republicans see 'grim' Senate map and edge away from Trump

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By LAURIE KELLMAN and ALAN FRAM

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Hopefully this is too little too late. We need to rid the government of the spineless cancer that is the GOP so the government will start working for Main Street instead of Wall Street.

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Cliché coming up:

Rats fleeing a sinking ship (and most of them really are rats).

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Collins, Gardner, McSally and likely Tillis are goners. There are by my count 7 others in RED states (Alaska, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, S. Carolina and both seats in Georgia) that are toss-ups. With the exception of Iowa, none of these Senators would win by less than 15 if not for their supplication to a narcissistic sociopath (Kansas is an open seat.

Trump taking ownership for scuttling stimulus talks will do nothing to help them.

This election is trending towards a down-ballot wipeout and it’s no less than they deserve.

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And so it begins - the dawning realisation that Trump is going. No, we can't write him off yet, but the usual suspects will be along with their predictions of a Trump landslide (I hope someone is keeping a record).

Unfortunately the landslide has slid out of view.

Bye bye, Trump.

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Look for the 'elite' to pump more dark money (some from 'abroad') in support of Trump and his fellow Republicans up for election.

The 'elite' supporting Trump have had it better during his reign than probably any time since the late 19th century, the days of the robber barons.

Trump has been the best politician for predatory capitalists who've seen their fortunes and power increase while he's in office.

But because of the failing Trump economy, millions of Americans are out of work with no job prospects, millions are standing in line in food banks which are unable to handle the demand.

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No sympathy for the Republicans anymore. Good luck recovering from the legacy of having had the worst President in US history and having supported him.

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As a former South Carolinian, I couldn't be happier to see Lindsey Graham squirm and hopefully get skewered.

When he came to the Senate, I thought "he's a little more conservative than I like, but he's relatively independent, and he reaches across the aisle. And he's principled."

Then, after John McCain's death, Graham transformed. He went from a guy who literally called Trump a xenophobic, racist bigot (correctly) to the slimiest toady Trump could find. In Graham's eyes over the past 4 years, Trump could do no wrong. Racist statements? No problem. Lies? Not in Lindsey's eyes. Betrayal of the country? Yeah-but...

Lindsey Graham has, over the past 4 years, betrayed EVERYTHING he ever stood for. His word means nothing, his honor is shot, and it's clear he's become nothing but a flip-flopping butt kisser. And so, he needs to be shown the friggin' door.

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So now they see the writing on the wall and make whatever moves they can to try and save their own skins.

They should have been distancing themselves from Trump years ago, when the unmistakeable evidence of his psychopathic aversion to any form of truth or personal responsibility became evident to all but the deaf, dumb and blind. But of course even now this move has nothing to do with ethics, and everything to do with politics.

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Lindsey Graham has, over the past 4 years, betrayed EVERYTHING he ever stood for. His word means nothing, his honor is shot, and it's clear he's become nothing but a flip-flopping butt kisser. And so, he needs to be shown the friggin' door.

I used to feel the same way about Mr. Graham. He opposed "enhanced interrogations" when that was a politically dangerous thing for a Republican to do but he was Air Force JAG and it seemed he had some honor back then. But as you mentioned, when John McCain passed it seems Mr. Graham buried his spine in Mr. McCain's grave. Now Mr. Graham has his head so far up the Roosters backside he'll get whiplash trying to pull his head back out and you'll hear the pop all he way from DC to Columbia SC. Then again you have to have some sort of a back bone to get a whiplash so maybe he is safe.

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The 'elite' supporting Trump have had it better during his reign than probably any time since the late 19th century, the days of the robber barons.

Eh, I think if you talk to business people they will mostly all express a fondness for the economy under the Clinton Administration. Those were pretty good times for just about everyone. The national budget even ran small surpluses in 1999 and 2000.

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Study the history of the Republican Party in California, and especially their conduct during the Governorship of Pete Wilson and his support of Proposition of 187, including the now infamous "And they keep coming" TV advertisements. Pete Wilson and Prop 187 combined with the annual Republican refusal to pass a budget leading to yearly state government shutdowns so alienated Californian's that the state has not a single Republican holds a state wide office today and there are Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the State Legislature. People in the state just grew tired of the budget games and because just about everyone works with, lives next door too, does business with, hires or are themselves either immigrants or the children of immigrants in California, most Californians were rightfully disgusted by obvious racial animus behind the Republican lies about the nature of immigrants. I think Donald Trump and his freak show may do to the Republicans on a national level what Pete Wilson and Prop 187 did in California. Time will tell of course.

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If the saying "put your money where your mouth is" is an indicator of the people's feelings, then the GOP and trump are doomed. However, also remember, "be wary of strangers bearing gifts." Putin is watching very carefully and has a lot at stake in this election so don't put it past trump to call on big daddy for help if he hasn't already.

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Eh, I think if you talk to business people they will mostly all express a fondness for the economy under the Clinton Administration. Those were pretty good times for just about everyone. The national budget even ran small surpluses in 1999 and 2000.

Exactly, there was a well run economy back then that everyone benefited from, rather than for a tiny elite.

The subsequent administration concentrated wealth in the hands of a few and left an economy that exploded just at the end of the second term which left the elite being bailed out by the ordinary folk.

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The moment Trump said no fiscal deal until after the election, it pushed some of their support base back.

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Stand back and stand by, Republicans.

Ha. The truth is, Republicans don't really like their leader but they don't care about the racism, his misogyny, his unhinged tweets, or any of his bullying and mob ideals. They mostly support a lot of his ideals. Such hypocrites.

They know he will lose, so time to cut him loose and disassociate themselves from him. And now here will come more lies as to how they never liked or actually supported Trump, etc., etc.

Republican's are such tools.

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It's too late! The last days of the Republican Senate loom ahead and Republicans are now beginning to panic and will soon be seen running round like headless chickens as Trump's "Ship of Fools" heads rudderless for the election suckhole. Come November 3 schadenfreude à la carte with champagne will be on the menu for millions while the good folks from Mitch's backwoods fiefdom can at long last tuck into a plate of Kentucky Fried Turtle.

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What a bunch of malarkey.

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Americans have had it with the Democrats' BS. The Republicans are going to keep the Senate and the White House and take back the House.

Looking foward to the destruction of Kamala Harris by VP Pence in 30 min.

Trump-Pence 2020 landslide!

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The moment Trump said no fiscal deal until after the election, it pushed some of their support base back

Not just that but the way he said it; "when I win there will be a .........bla, bla,bla" Left unstated is "if I lose you get nuthin' "

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Americans have had it with the Democrats' BS. The Republicans are going to keep the Senate and the White House and take back the House.

Yeah! How dare the democrats try to help the average American, it’s total BS!!! We know Americans haves had enough of the democrats by the fact that republicans are running scared a few weeks before the election.

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My worry is what kind of mischief a lame duck Congress, particularly the Senate, might attempt. We have seen lame duck sessions in some state legislatures where control of governorships and legislatures were going to change when the new people were sworn in resort to all kinds of legislative nonsense to sabotage the incoming administration.

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The GOP has fanatically rallied to Trump's banner, and now they can politically die beneath it. They made their choice, and now is the hour of consequences.

You think that's bad -- you should read what the New England Journal of Medicine has to say about Trump administration.

"Prestigious Medical Journal calls for US leadership to be voted out over COVID-19 failure"; CNN; October 7, 2020

"'Anyone else who recklessly squandered lives and money this way would be suffering legal consequences. Our leaders have largely claimed immunity for their actions. But this election gives us the power to render judgment,' the editorial says."

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/07/health/nejm-editorial-political-leadership-bn/index.html

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The only sad thing I see is that the turtle will still be clinging onto power. Do Kentucky folks really enjoy being at the bottom of the pile?

And what is it about Lindsey Graham and ants in her pants?

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Yeah Avenger, read that. First time the NEMJ has ever ventured into electoral politics

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This is the reckoning - the reckoning for the GOP to its capitulation to Trumpism...

They let him inside their party and he corrupted it from within...

They'll be a minority party for decades...

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Americans have had it with the Democrats' BS. The Republicans are going to keep the Senate and the White House and take back the House.

Looking foward to the destruction of Kamala Harris by VP Pence in 30 min.

Trump-Pence 2020 landslide!

But you said this just 2 days ago:

The latest NBC/WSJ poll has Biden up 14 points over Trump. And this is before Kamala Harris crushes Pence at the debate Wednesday. Trump is toast!

Which one would you say is a bunch of malarkey?

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it's a 'run for it!' for the individual GOP Congressmembers. They don't want to be lackeys for or to be associated with the ill mannered antichrist failure Donald. He has ruined the party's reputation for decades and they know it. They're all out on their own now because he's an embarrassment and nobody wants to be around him.

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Americans have had it with the Democrats' BS. The Republicans are going to keep the Senate and the White House and take back the House.

Mass delusion...

Looking forward to the destruction of Kamala Harris by VP Pence in 30 min.

Didn't happen...you can't defend the indefensible...like a bio-terror attack...

Trump-Pence 2020 landslide!

You are going to be so crushed...I almost feel sorry for you...

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Interestingly all the riots suddenly stopped.

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Hopefully that worm Sen. Lindsey Graham will lose his seat. He waffles, squirms & lies all the time.

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Hopefully mincing Lindsay will be booted from the closet.

Vote all the Trump sycophants out.

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Interestingly all the riots suddenly stopped

The agitators were told to stand by.

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It really won't matter that much if the GOP loses the Senate because we'll have the courts, so it's still the biggest victory overall, that is why Barrett needs to be confirmed to keep Democrats in check and if the Dems take the Senate, they will lose it again 2 years later just like they did in 2014, they will run the economy down so fast, just let the people see for themselves and then as in 2014 that Dems are just not good at governing.

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