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Say it 1000 times. Say it EVERY time you refer to him in writing or verbally with ANYONE. One thing progressives need to learn to do is CLEAR, SHORT, STRONG, SIMPLE messaging.

Well, leave it to the Orange Headed Shit Bag to just dig himself in even DEEPER. HAHAHAHAH!!

He is OBVIOUSLY LYING over the "wouldn't" vs. "would" thing. Just re-watch the tape. The fucker knew just what he was saying.

He continued to insist that "many others" besides Russia were involved.

He continued to blame Obama and attack Clinton.

His is a lying piece of narcissistic SHIT who must be LOCKED UP!!

Trump STILL saying that "others" besides Russia were involved. What a piece of SHIT!

Did you hear that?

Also, continuing his whine about "no collusion" and continuing to blame Obama and attack Clinton. This was WORSE than what he did the other day with Putin.




No long speeches. No long boring explanations. ONE SIMPLE CLEAR MESSAGE.

People like Strzok and Avenatti are SO WONDERFULLY REFRESHING! Just GREAT!!

ONE reason the Dem Party lost 1000 legislative seats and every level of government and every federal branch of government is because for FAR too long FAR too many Dems have been jelly spined WEAKLINGS.

Weakness is political DEATH. Lack of clear and compelling messaging is political DEATH.

It is time for the Dem Party to re-grow its BALLS! (And I mean that metaphorically of course as I know MANY women with more BALLS than many men. I count Maxine Waters among them and Elizabeth Warren.)

Today Strzok SLAMMED those GOP ASSHOLES and so does Avenatti. Just beautiful. Enough of the pathetic weakness. Body slam these disgusting corrupt scumbag GOP assholes!

*** Also, credit to Dems on the committee who put on THEIR balls for this one and punched the GOP SCUMBAGS pretty damn hard. Good! More more more!

Kavanaugh will most likely be confirmed. It's what happens when you fail to WIN ELECTIONS.

Don't like Trump? Win elections.

Don't like a radical right wing stacked Supreme Court? Win elections.

Don't like the radical right wing controlling every level of government? Win elections.

I'm a lifelong Democrat and have burned enough shoe leather working on campaigns to sink a battleship and have burned holes in my pockets donating. But the party has run SHITTY campaigns, plain and simple, over the last several cycles. We lost every branch and level of government. 1000 state legislative seats. Why? No message. No clarity. No strength. No good leadership.

I will say it has been better in VA and NJ in 2017, with state ballot measures, and in state level special elections. But we can't just be anti-Trump going into the fall elections. Yes, beating the shit out of that foul barrel of monkey spunk polluting the White House is PART of it, but we also need a clear simple compelling affirmative message, to speak clear and strong, to be STRONG in general, and to run on an agenda that starts and ends with GOOD HIGH PAYING JOBS FOR EVERYONE EVERYWHERE and GOOD AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE EVERYWHERE. Most people DO NOT vote on abstractions. They want something tangible for their vote, and that means the middle class American dream of a good job with good wages, healthcare security, good education and training, a decent home, a good vehicle, a vacation every year, and secure retirement. Tell people very clearly how we will make sure they have these things, and we win.

And learn the hell how to frame a message. Start by NOT saying "conservative." God I HATE that. Call them "radical right wing." That party is NOT "conservative." It is radical!

Not happy about the Supreme Court? Thank those who didn't vote or voted 3rd party.

Elections have consequences. People were told, and told, and told, and told what would happen if this rotten thing now polluting the White House got into office. Sure, Clinton didn't run the best possible campaign and there was Russian interference and the Comey letter. Still, we had an obvious monster running for President of the U.S. and we had Clinton, a well qualified and sane candidate. And still MILLIONS voted for Johnson and Stein, and millions more who voted for Obama didn't even vote at all.

Elections have consequences folks. Elections have consequences.

So, the most important thing now is to get very active for the midterm elections and vote out as many Republicans as possible at every level of government. CRUSH that party at the voting booth. That's what we have to do. Simple as that.

In Maine in 2016 we passed a referendum initiative for Ranked Choice Instant Runoff Voting (RCV). The establishment in the legislature (overwhelmingly the Republicans) attacked it along with several other of our progressive referendums. They even passed a disgusting bill to essentially repeal it (again, mostly done by the Republicans but with a few Democratic establishment enablers). So what did we do? In the middle of a freezing winter last winter we gathered 80,000 signatures and put it back on the ballot freezing the repeal bill so we could use RCV in the June 12th primaries which we did with great success and we killed the repeal bill and voted to keep RCV in place. Political action works folks. Do it. I have been right in the thick of it and will be again in the fall elections making calls, knocking on doors, and making small donations. Get involved and bring people with you.

ALL the lessons of the Trump debacle and more:

* There were many reasons Trump was elected. One thing is that people just wanted change and saw Clinton as the establishment status quo. Certainly much more qualified than the idiot Trump, but that is one very important fundamental thing.

* Hillary ran a B campaign instead of an A campaign. Should have campaigned in WI, MI, northern ME, etc. Also, lackluster delivery and not strong enough on the economy and other bread and butter issues. (She did talk about these, just not forcefully enough.)

* Even if Hillary was not the greatest candidate on the trail, there was NO excuse for staying home or voting third party. NONE. People who did that OWN this f-ing mess as much as anyone. The stakes were obvious and monumental. Those who didn't vote for Hillary are now suffering the consequences and have ZERO right to bitch about it. Next time, vote and vote CORRECTLY.

* Of course Russian interference and the Comey letter played a large role in this mess. What unjust SHIT that was.

* Today, the Dem establishment needs to get in tune and get in touch. The rank and file on our side is rightfully ANGRY and the establishment needs to acknowledge and echo that anger and frustration. Yes, the MOST important thing we need to do is organize to win elections and this time with a strong CLEAR message on the issues. And we need our candidates and political leaders to speak LOUD and with GUTS. In fact on JOBS, HEALTHCARE, COLLEGE COSTS, WAGES, POLITICAL POPULISM, etc. we CAN both energize our base AND win back some of the Trump voters who switched from Obama to Trump on the bread and butter issues. (No, we won't win them all back, but we can win some back.) We also broaden our base on these issues when spoken forcefully with conviction.

* We SHOULD be out there demonstrating, and civilly but strongly confronting the right wing slimebags who work for Trump, Trump himself, and all right wing slimebag asshats in person, social media, and all the rest. NO MORE MR. or MRS. Nice Guy and Nice Gal. Where the hell has that gotten us? Oh, it's fine for THEM to call Obama a communist Muslim from Kenya, and fine for the TeaPublicans to shout and scream at us including their racist shit, and fine for the idiot Trump to threaten violence and be a racist, and fine for them to implement their rotten policies, etc. etc. but it is not ok for our side to fight back on issues like children being seperated from parents? Why do WE always have to the "better person"? It has gotten us NOWHERE. It is time SHOUT DOWN these rotten right wing fuckwads! I am not talking about hurting anyone, but to confront a TrumpHumper in a restaurant and chant SHAME SHAME SHAME is GOOD! MORE MORE MORE!! And go to rallies, and organize, and VOTE and take ten people with you. We want our leaders and candidates to be TOUGH and FIRED UP. In other words, GROW SOME DAMN BALLS AND FIGHT!

Want to make LePage and the Maine GOP leaders cry in their soup? Then vote YES ON QUESTION-1.

Sadly, LePage and the Maine GOP have turned Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Runoff Voting) into a partisan issue. It really is not a partisan issue as it was first introduced in Maine back in 2001 when no one outside Marden's knew LePage. In 2007 when Baldacci was governor five Republicans joined five Democrats to sponsor a bill to implement Ranked Choice Voting in Maine. Also, the Maine GOP uses a very similar runoff system to elect its own officers. However, it is what it is and they now think the status quo benefits them politically so they have been blocking Ranked Choice Voting and campaigning against it. They have typically been spreading a lot of lies and misinformation about this issue.

So if you want to make them cry in their soup on this and send them a strong message that we aren't putting up with them blocking ANY of our referendums, then VOTE YES ON QUESTION-1 which is the People's Veto to protect Ranked Choice Voting. ***Don't be confused by the language of the question. Just VOTE YES on it. (And if you have an absentee ballot please vote YES ON ONE.) (*** The Maine GOP has been blocking all recent referendums including Medicaid Expansion which passed with 59% of the vote just last November, and they have been attacking the referendum process in general.)

The question is asking us if we want to reject (or veto) the law passed narrowly last fall that delayed and effectively repealed Ranked Choice Voting. So YES we want to reject that delay-and-repeal law. ** Hundreds of us, including me, volunteered to stand out in the freezing cold last winter gathering signatures to get this on the ballot.

Also, please spread the word on this. If you can please write letters to the editor, send out Facebook and Twitter messages, send emails, spread it by word of mouth, etc. to VOTE YES ON ONE for the People's Veto to protect Ranked Choice Voting it is much appreciated.

There are also bumper stickers and yard signs available, and phonebanking is being done. If you would like lawn sign(s) and bumper sticker(s) and/or can help with phonebanking, even from home at your own convenience, email Field Organizer Cormac Manning at [email protected].

Maine GOP federal suit against RCV is a bullshit SCAM. Please help win YES ON ONE in June.

So now the Maine GOP thinks it is a like a single person and that its party rules can override state law. They have asked for a federal court injunction against the Secretary of State for using RCV in THEIR primary election in June now that at their convention they decided at this last minute to change their rules to insist that plurality voting be their primary system. This is such a load of SHIT on so many levels. It is a bullshit SHAM as they continue to try to attack Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). I don't think it will fly. Here is why:

First, RCV for the primaries in June is state law, period, as just affirmed by the State Supreme Court. I don't see their party rules overriding this state law, which was passed by referendum with a good many votes from Republicans as well a D's, I's, and Greens.

The Sec. of State is charged by the constitution and by statute with running elections, with the help of the local governments, and these elections are paid for with state funds. Does anyone really think the Maine GOP is going to pay for their own primary? And also, if courts say a party can have their own system as long as they pay for it, then are they going to want to design the ballot, determine how counting is done, etc. etc.? That could be next if they are going to be paying for it. Does that mean new laws, changes to the state constitution, etc.?

Next, their lawsuit says their federal civil rights under the federal constitution are being violated if they can't choose their own method of nominating their candidates. But a political party is not a person. And as long as it is a fair system that applies to everyone equally, then I don't see them having a federal rights case.

Next, federal courts have said that RCV is legal. One case comes out of San Francisco when their RCV law was challenged. Both the district and appellate federal courts said RCV was federally constitutional in that case. Granted, that was a general election and not a primary, but we do know that RCV is federally legal and is in fact used in a number of states at different levels along with traditional runoff voting methods.

If you really want to sock it to the Maine GOP and shut them the hell up, VOTE YES ON ONE IN JUNE AND TAKE FIVE FRIENDS WITH YOU. Also please help the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting with phone banks starting very soon, signs, donations, letters to the editor, etc. Winning YES ON ONE in June means sending a strong message that RCV will be law, period, and to stop messing the ALL of our referendums.

** Also, in 2007 Five Republicans co-sponsored an RCV bill. So this partisanship about RCV is just a load of sheer bullshit.
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