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Are D governors in PA, MI, WI, NC helping to keep Trump's approval numbers down in those states?

This might be obvious. Residents in those states have the opportunity to see Democratic policies, values and leadership in action from the top. Such contrast to Trump. Will homefield advantage by Democrat governors make a difference this November?

I believe all of the governships might have been Republicans in 2016 when Trump won all of those states.

Portland: What if Trump/Barr/Wolf own it and double down?

This operation totally fits Trump's "law and order" narrative. Big red meat to the base. We (Democrats/liberals) starting raising heck about the shadowy force and now this opens a national platform for them (Republicans/conservatives) to dominate messaging.

Trump or Barr could always say "Liberal anarchists were overtaking Portland. We had to do something. Our show of prescence will remain in Portland and I'll do the same in any city that I see that has the same problem." Totally own it and don't apologize for their tactics, twisting themselves in pretzels with legal justification.

Right on cue. Republicans now falling over themselves to look engaged on COVID-19.

They see the polls (sad that THAT was the impetus for action). COVID-19 response by Republicans has been a disaster and most on the political spectrum know it and are laying blame at their feet. R governors and senators now have motivation to address and advocate closures, testing, masks, social distancing, etc. after first villfying those measures in black-and-white terms as an assault on the economy and personal freedom.

Oh, they'll put on a show for the bare minimum while infections and deaths continue to rise (I'm looking at you Ducey, Abbott, DeSantis, Kemp, McConnell), but they'll stop short of anything meanginful to halt the spread and aid in the long road to recovery. Just saving thier assess for this election cycle.

So Bountygate is out in the open

Let's hope reputable media sources and elected leaders won't let go of what happened in the past (who knew what, when?).

But, starting this minute, can we also start grilling the Trump administartion and Republicans about what they plan to do in retaliation? Now that we all know, what actions can we inflict on Putin? That needs to penetrate the public discussion as well.

You know Trump wants to just ride this out and introduce some outrage du jour to deflect. I suspect this breaking news on Friday may have been partially the reason he did not go to New Jersey. And BTW, NO mention of this on Friday's NBC Nightly News and it was buried deep into the broadcast of ABC's World News Tonight as a "blurb" on Saturday evening. I don't watch a lot of cable news where this may be getting more play, but I get a feeling this just isn't getting traction in overall mass media.

This Hunter Biden thing.

Don't give up ANYTHING to the Republicans? Fight tooth-and-nail and tell them to go pound sand and see ya in court? Give them a taste of their own medicine?


Go into the belly of the beast and show you have nothing to hide? Look bored as hell going through the motions and let the whole affair reveal a brazen political hit?

Whichever route, Republicans will twist themselves in knots to "prove" something.

I'm conflicted as I see both approaches.

What say you?

Stanley from The Office ripping Trump a new one


Here in the U.S., blue states will innovate and lead our way out of this pandemic.

The Californias, New Yorks and Washington states will craft the grounbreaking solutions to diagnose, confine, treat, educate, and rehabilitate.

Red states will be laggards, quietly adopting similar actions after a lot of kicking and screaming.

Oh, and fuck Jared Kushner. That asshole doesn't have an original thought in his head. Its so obvious he's desperate to be viewed as a "disruptor" like the Silicon Valley bros he wishes to emulate and be part of. All talk and branding. No action. Ever.

Another pattern I've noticed about Republicans during this crisis

No coping skills and a searing resentment that their freedom is limited. Sheltering in place drives them mad. In our on-demand society, the very thought that they have to apply some restraint and sacrifice is making them unbearable to talk to or be around. Perhaps Iím generalizing, but I feel the Republicans in my life are about to crack faster from quarantining than the Democrats.

What about schools?

so, with Trump declaring we need to get things back open to juice the economy, what about kids in schools? Will we see districts in red states send children back? What about parents who have to go to work and kids still at home? Has any of this been addressed?

So, Trump, Abbott (TX) and DeSantis (FL) forming unholy alliance, huh?

To hell with shelter-in-place. Let it run its course.

Wow. Just wow.

Iím sure other red state governors falling in line now.
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