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  1. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    This is nuts. I think it's safe to say that an unstable, dishonest, egomaniacal bigot with no political experience is going to be a worse president than someone who is not. I'm just crazy that way.
  2. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    It seems to me that the events that strongly resonate best with voters are 1) fairly simple; and 2) relevant. Hinckley's release meets the first criterion, I grant, but I think it fails on the second. Hinckley's crime was committed so long ago that anyone under 40 doesn't even remember it, as they were pre-schoolers at the time. Maybe it's naive to think that a significant percentage of persuadable voters won't cast ballots based on the release (after a 35-year sentence) of an unsuccessful assassin whose release can be in no way tied to Hillary Clinton and was supported by Reagan's own son. If so, I'll bet on that naivete, thanks.
  3. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    Why would it be a negative? Hillary Clinton didn't order his release, nor did she appoint the judge who did so. If asked, she can say, "I wouldn't have done that."
  4. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    I'm on board with this. Google those press conferences in which Larry Speakes makes fun of gay people and AIDS. That kind of cruelty either comes from the top or is permitted by the top, and that was Reagan. He didn't have to be an advocate for gay rights, but he didn't have to make fun of us as an entire generation was wiped out by AIDS. So I will see Kalbear's "fuck him" and raise him a "in the eye socket."
  5. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    The library is open, and DanteGabriel is doing the reading! I am anticipating a bounce as well, although I doubt that the convention and the speeches therein will affect anybody but Democrats. That's OK; I think the primary purpose of these events is as big infomercials, reminding Democrats of their affiliation and getting them behind the nominee. In that, I suspect the DNC will succeed. Sure, a few Bernie people acted like jerks early on, but I think that's already fading from memory in the face of great speeches by Biden, Obama (both Barack and Michelle), and others. Speaking of polls, the state-by-state polls still show Clinton narrowly leading where she needs to lead--Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Colorado--and these were taken during Trump's convention bounce. Hopefully, by next week Clinton's own bounce will have happened and she'll have more comfortable margins.
  6. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    Clinton has been accused of such rampant dishonesty that I think we should all just assume that any position she takes on anything, ever, is a lie. If she says the sky is blue we'd better go to a window and check.
  7. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    Agreed. It's been a rough few days, but let's not start preparing for a Trump presidency yet. Obama had some rough days back in '08, and in the summer McCain's numbers matched his, for awhile. Steady on, Democrats.
  8. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    As Maithanet said, it's still early. I expect Clinton will get a post-convention bounce as well, and that may change the numbers. Also, ther eis evidence that July-August polling isn't very accurate.
  9. Nitpicking: The Next Generation

    This week on Nitpicking: The Next Generation, when faced with concepts like disability, communication, isolation and the differences between us, the Enterprise crew stand around and fail at doing nothing.
  10. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    It's true; in fact, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was really just a patsy. She wore the crown, but I controlled everything from the shadows. Fools, all of you Democrats! 'Twas I who made certain that Elizabeth Warren never declared for president, and who forced Joe Biden to back away from running. I purged voter rolls, bought off the media and did all that was necessary to ensure that Bernie Sanders' candidacy would fail. You've unmasked me today, Harakiri, but never think you've won. When Hillary Clinton sits in the Oval Office you'll pay. You'll all pay!
  11. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    Hmm...I thought he was still an independent. Well, that doesn't change much in my book anyway. Sanders, a newly registered Democrat, wanted to run against a candidate who'd been a Democrat for decades, and was running with the tacit endorsement of the president. Sanders knows well who in this circumstance is going to get DNC support. Is it problematic that the DNC might have been behind the candidate who garnered the most party support? Again, not in my book. What else was that organization supposed to do?
  12. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    I assume you meant he was running as a Democrat, but he wasn't. Sanders was an independent running in the Democratic primary. If he'd wanted to be a Democrat he could have done so. In any case, there's no evidence that anything the DNC influenced the race in a way that changed the result. So the "bullshit" really didn't take anything from Sanders he wasn't going to lose anyhow.
  13. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    We'll see what happens in November, although I don't know why you think that makes a difference. As to your second point, the job of the DNC is to elect Democrats. Sanders was not a Democrat, so how is there an ethical violation here?
  14. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    Yeah, I don't get how anyone running in the Democratic primary who is not a Democrat complaining that the DNC isn't sufficiently fair to him. And even if the DNC put a thumb on the scales, did it change the outcome? Would Sanders have racked up another 300 delegates? Has this made a difference?