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Open Thread for January 9, 2017…Run Hillary….Run….’Third time’s the Charm’….

I wouldn’t be able to vote for her…I don’t live in NYC….

But I’d join the rest of America in being happy…

And like the NY Times piece below?

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Boy could she have fun messing with President Trump’s program….

Hillary Clinton as New York City Mayor?

Imagine the fun:

City building inspectors start to show up daily at Trump Tower, where they find a wobbly beam here, a missing smoke detector there, outdated wiring all over the place. City health inspectors fan out through Trump’s hotels, writing citations for clogged drains in the kitchens and expired milk in the minibars.

The potholes near his properties go unfilled. Those neighborhoods are the last to be plowed. There’s a problem with the flow of water to his Bronx golf course, whose greens are suddenly brown. And the Russian Consulate keeps experiencing power failures. It’s the darnedest thing. Clinton vows to look into it, just as soon as she returns from the Hamptons.

She makes Alec Baldwin her cultural affairs commissioner, Alicia Machado the head of the city’s office of food policy. She invites the Rockettes to perform at every official city event. Without any hand-wringing, all of them accept.

And she’s the belle of the international ball. When foreign dignitaries cycle through the United Nations, they make sure to drop by City Hall, especially because she was once the country’s secretary of state. She winds up meeting with some of them more often than Trump does. He handles this as any grown-up in a position of extraordinary responsibility would, with crack-of-dawn tweets about what a lumpy loser Angela Merkel is and where he places her on a scale of 1 to Melania.

“Sad!” he fumes, but Clinton couldn’t be happier. His hometown is her fief. She’s the boss of him whenever he’s in the Big Apple, and he’s in the Big Apple a whole lot…..

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Note…

The word is she won’t and if she lost….Whew????

But a WIN would be a hell of a rebound….

And would get rid the idea that she doesn’t take any risk…

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Open Thread for Jan.3rd 2017…Add NY Gov Andrew Cuomo to 2020 Democratic Presidential list…

The Democratic New York State Governor was pushed aside for Hillary Clinton’s second run for President….

Andrew Cuomo, whose Dad, Mario, passed up a run for President, is only59 years old now….

He’s be 63 November 2020….

He worked for Bill Clinton’s HUD Depratment and was the NEw York State Attorrney General….

He’s got Kids from a marriage to a Kenndy and is currently living with TV personality Sandra Lee….

Why do I say count him in for 2020?

The below picture tells it all…..

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Cuomo just announced a Bernie Sandesrs favorite…

Free College tuition for young New Yorkers…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seized on a potent issue that energized younger Democrats during the presidential race, pledging on Tuesday to cover tuition costs at state colleges for hundreds of thousands of middle-and low-income New Yorkers.

Under the governor’s plan, college students who have been accepted to a state or city university in New York — including two-year community colleges — would be eligible, provided they or their family earn $125,000 or less a year.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democratic centrist thought to have presidential ambitions, has tracked left on a series of issues during his second term, championing a higher minimum wage and paid family leave, though he continues to face criticism from some progressive groups over sometimes working closely with Senate Republicans….

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(Cuomo legalized Same-Sex Marriage in New York and toughtened Gun Control in the state)

Stay tuned for more…..

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Open Thread for December 10, 2016…The Democratic Patry Future…

It’s been more than a month since election day 2016…..

There are people I talk to even now that tell me they are ‘afraid and scared’ about America’s future….

There are those who I speak to who are happy with the election results…

The ones scared cannot understand what happened and are concerned about what Donald Trump had been feeding to the voters who voted for him….

The voters who DID vote for him WHERE scared…But NOT any longer….

Trump supporters voted partly for him because Donald Trump said to the them?

“I will make America Great again’…….

Of course we ALL know that America IS the most powerful country on the planet…..

But those Trump voters?

They keep telling people that ask if THEY thought things where OK….

They didn’t…..

There are a million reasons why Trump is going to the White House and Hillary Clinton is retired from politics….

But lets get something straight…..

Hillary Clinton BEAT Donald Trump…..

In any sense of the contest she WON….

She has OVER 2.5 MILLION MORE votes than Trump….

But the way things go in choosing a President in America you have to win numbers generated by state’s…..

That she lost….

Even there though?

NOT by much…..

The number of votes is thought to be around 100,000 now….

But that number could drop to around 70,000 voters….

That is from a total of more than  127 million votes….

So…

Hillary Clinton actually didn’t do so bad OVERALL….

 

The problem for Democrats is Clinton lost states that Barack Obama carried….Some by less than 10,000 votes…..

All this brings us to Democrats on the whole…

 

Since barack Obama assumed the Presidency Democrats have been losing ground across the country….

And in two years in the 2018 election things cold get even worst….

Democrats have a larger numbers of House and Senate seats to defend than Republicans…..

Right now the left wing of the party wants the party people in Congress to NOT work with incoming President Trump….

But THAT isn’t the problem one might think….

Democrats have been LOSING because they have stopped listening to the people America is leaving behind in the 21st Century....

In the Rust Belt states that Hillary Clinton lost?

Donald Trump dropped in to talk MORE than Clinton…..

Trump isn’t gonna keep most of the promises he made to these people….

But he listened to them….

Democrats come across as NOT interested in some of America’s workers…Be they predominately white, or hispanic or even black….

The party , and the next Presidential candidate must seek votes in the Rust Belt Midwest ANDa a Southwest which most people do NOT  know came is stronger for Clinton  in some places than some of Obama states Clinton lost…..

The key to Democrats is to start reaching out to those who voted for Obama but left Clinton….

Granted that Hillary Clinton did NOT appeal to a good many Obama voters because she was NOT a good campaigner and the Republicans HAD been running against Obama for six years and she embraced him…..

But Democrats have been losing in state and local races also….

They will NOT get ahead by turning MORE the left which helps them in the coastal states only….

They must find a way to engage the others in the Middle of the country North and South who feel like they are being shuttered out of the American Dream for new comers……

I know this simplistic and there are other factors like race and fear of changing social norms…..

But dealing with even THOSE topics need to be addressed…..

A failure to reach back will only continue the governing of America by a minority supported voter group that IS growing smaller everyday ….

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Open Thread for Dec. 1, 2016…Insurance Companies to get help in Obamacre redo….

Anybody surprised with this?

Republicans will ‘Repeal’ Obamacare, which is actaully the Affordable Healthcare Law….

But it will take a few years ….

Something tells me that Republicans are gonna make sure that Insurance companies make MORE money in the redo….

Sounds like a Hand out Bailout to me….

One Republican lobbyist said that in discussions about a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement, insurers are “painting a picture of the market that isn’t very pretty and Republican staffers are getting the picture.”

“They want to pump money back in to the insurers without appearing like they’re giving them a handout or bailing them out,” the lobbyist added.

A second lobbyist said Republican staff is discussing the effects of actually getting into law a repeal bill similar to the one passed last year through the fast-track process known as reconciliation. That measure would have taken out the core of ObamaCare on a two-year delay.

The lobbyist said Republicans are discussing: “What’s the impact on the 2018 plan year for that, and if it’s as bad as some people say, what are our options to mitigate the impact without looking like we’re bailing out the health insurance industry?”

Asked about the talks with insurers, a Republican House Ways and Means Committee aide said: “We’re talking with all stakeholders and discussing the best next steps as we work to reform this broken health care system.”

It is unclear what specific policies could end up being enacted. A starting point is programs similar to ObamaCare’s risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridors.

Those programs help guard insurers against losses by shifting money from insurers faring better financially to those faring worse.

Republicans, though, long denounced those programs as “bailouts” of insurers.

A more likely option could be to get the Trump administration’s Health and Human Services Department to make regulatory changes favorable to insurers….

Iowa insurance commissioner Nick Gerhart, a Republican, sounded concerns about repealing the law without a replacement earlier this month.

“If the new Congress passes a bill to repeal all of the ACA, I hope that a replacement for the ACA is stapled to that bill,” he wrote. “An immediate repeal would lead to devastating consequences in the disruption of people’s care, and create even more uncertainty for millions of Americans.”

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Open Thread for November 26, 2016… Early 2020 Democratic Presidential prospects?

Yea It’s early…..

And unless a mircle happens with the recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania ?

The White House will be occupied by one Donald Trump if he doesn’t quit or get kicked out…..

So?

I’m asking….

Who would the Democrats be looking to early to run for the Presidedncy in 2020?

Here’s some people  floated by others….

Bernie Sanders. Just after Trump was elected, the self-described “democratic socialist” from Vermont was asked if he’d run in 2020. “We’ll take one thing at a time,” he responded. “But I’m not ruling out anything.” Sanders’ unlikely 2016 surge won him national recognition and popularity across party lines, especially with young voters. But Bernie will be 79 in 2020, older than any major party nominee in America’s history. This obviously presents concern; though at 70, Donald Trump is already older than any other President beginning his first term.

Elizabeth Warren. The progressive populist has so far denied interest in running, but she has a sizable following and a definite lane — which would open up significantly if Sanders chose to sit out. Many fear the Democrats would be unlikely to nominate another female candidate following the misogyny that led to Clinton’s defeat, though the Massachusetts Senator could be the best choice to override that.

Cory Booker. Here’s a reality TV star who’s actually highly qualified to run for President. Booker’s time as mayor of Newark, NJ was chronicled on the Sundance Channel series Brick City and — to make him even more viable as a 21st century candidate — he’s especially adept at social media. He hasn’t been vocal about a Presidential run, but that could be because of his current duties, serving in the U.S. Senate.

Sherrod Brown. Representing the swing state of Ohio, this Senator could likely make a study campaign run, albeit without the name recognition of those just mentioned. His name floated around as a possible Vice President choice for Hillary Clinton this summer.

Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Senator filled Hillary Clinton’s seat when she was named to Barack Obama’s cabinet. Her name recognition is growing, often around her activism to raise awareness of sexual violence on campuses.

Julian Castro. The Obama Cabinet member comes with a compelling American dream narrative and serious comparisons to the man who appointed him. He was raised in a low-income San Antonio neighborhood by a single mother, only to become mayor of his hometown by his mid 30s, and later, like Obama before him, enjoyed a breakthrough moment by giving the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic convention….

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The Hill adds ….

Amy Klobuchar

One of Clinton’s more vocal congressional supporters, the Minnesota senator’s name is a regular in future presidential speculation too.

Like President Obama, she’s a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and has spearheaded work to curb sexual assault in the military along with Gillibrand and others. She’s very popular in her home state and has a background in law enforcement as a county prosecutor.

Along with Gillibrand and Warren, Klobuchar, 56, is part of the group of women who could attempt to succeed where Clinton fell short in breaking the presidency’s glass ceiling.

Al Franken

A less common pick, the former Saturday Night Live cast member could be an interesting foil to the reality show superstar turned President Elect.

Franken, 65, has sought to ditch the “funny man” reputation since he arrived in the Senate, but has started to open up a bit more recently as he stumped for Clinton and bashed Trump.

Some are buying into the early speculation, with the “Draft Al Franken 2020” super-PAC registered on Wednesday.

Martin O’Malley

O’Malley served as the odd man out during the Democratic primary, taken far more seriously than Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb but unable to get past the low single-digits in the polls.

But many Democrats saw O’Malley’s bid as a low-risk test drive for a future candidacy, as the 53-year-old former Maryland Governor staked out a number of progressive positions and sought to position himself with one foot in either camp of the party.

He’s now angling for a post atop the DNC, which could put him at the center of the effort to reshape the party.

Kamala Harris

The newly-minted incoming senator for California has drawn comparisons to the rise of another young, black Democrat—Barack Obama.

A presidential bid would be on an ambitious timeline for the 52-year-old Harris, who would be just a few years into her first term in the Senate as the body’s first Indian-American senator (her mother is Indian and her father is Jamaican). But she has drawn praise for her progressive tenure as the state’s Attorney General and had the field almost entirely cleared for her 2016 Senate bid….

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Open Thread for November 17, 2016…The Media needs to stop crying about Trump access…

Lately ALL we see in the media is crying about how they can’t go EVERYWHERE Donald Trump goes….

REALLY?

Who Gives a SHIT?

Donald Trump was their poster guy for being entertainingly different….

Now that he’s about to get the gig he didn’t even think he probably really wanted?

He don’t need the media anymore….

The guy used the Media masterfully for attention for the past year…

Now it’s the media that is feeling left out?

Now Donald Trump is following in guess who’s footsteps?

HILLARY CLINTON…..

Media  editors?

Get used to this….

Some people wanted change ….

They ARE gonna get it….

From a guy who see’s ‘Transparency’ as something OTHER people do….

Not him….

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Open Thread for November 11, 2016….Wait and See….

Shock….. Anger…..Disbelief …Democrats

Elation….Republicans

As I wrote a couple of days ago….

It’s gonna be a shit show …..

People out in the streets…..

Democrats trying to rerun their Primary Race….

Donald Trump making up with the GOP establishment….

Chris Christie out of the Transition….

Pollsters scratching their heads….

Stock market back up….

Democrats in government brushing off their resumes

Did Hispanic’s/Latino’s actually vote for Trump above the Romeny level?

Hillary Clinton getting MORE vote’s than Trump….

Calls for the electoral college to go from DEMOCRATS?

Obamacare …

Immigration ….

Some people laying bets on how long Donald Trump can escape being impeached….

America United?

America of the 21st Century?

Wait and See….

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2016 PDog Election Day 2nd Open Thread

A Much Closer Vote that anyone called EXCEPT for Nate Silver….

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Open Thread for November 6, 2016…VOTE….

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The 2016 Presidential Election is a a scant few days away….

GOOD….

It’s about time….

Enough of the guessing….

Enough of the Bull Shit

Enough of the Emails…

Enough of the polling….

Enough of the predictions….

It’s time for the REAL DEAL….

People have to go out, if they haven’t ALREADY and cast their vote for who they want to lead the country, their state and local government….

Go out and VOTE!…..

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Open Thread for November 1, 2016…Early Democratic Turn Out…..

I have been saying this FOREVER….

Bracak Obama was viewed MORE favorable than Hillary Clinton who has a history and is admittly qualified to BE President….

But that same history works against her also….

Democrats need to make sure that people actually come out and VOTE….Not just answer pollsters questions…..Early voting numbers are mixed and…..

Democrats can ill afford to let up on getting their voters to COME TO THE POLLS and VOTE….

…from Daily Kos…..

With one week to go until Election Day, the statistics from Monday’s early vote were, on balance, a disappointment for Democrats. It consisted of the best day of the in-person early vote period thus far for the Republicans in Nevada and also showed a (narrow) bounceback for Republicans in Florida as they continued to offset narrow in-person gains for the Democrats with larger leads among returned mail-in ballots.

Much of the online discussion of early voting this week, however, seems to be revolving around the demographic makeup of those that have participated in the process thus far. A couple of studies released over the past couple of days indicate a potentially worrisome (for Democrats, at least) dive in the participation of African-American voters in early voting. So, the questions now appear to be twofold: 1) Are the studies indicating flagging black turnout accurate? and 2) Does this necessarily portend trouble for the Democratic ticket?

FLORIDA

One of the places where the turnout performance (or lack thereof) is a big issue is Florida, where an explosive report was published on Monday by University of Florida Prof. Daniel Smith. Smith argued that African-American proportion of the early in-person vote (with eight days left in the election) has plummeted from 25 percent of the total early vote down to 15 percent of the early vote. A rising proportion of Latino votes relative to 2012 has offset that somewhat, but the white share of the in-person early vote has risen from 60 to 64 percent, according to Smith….

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NORTH CAROLINA

On the other hand, the racial voting patterns in North Carolina are growing a little more difficult to explain. Last week, it was clear that white voters were overperforming their 2012 numbers in early voting, and African-American voters were underperforming their 2012 numbers. But the early lag in African-American in-person early voting had at least one simple potential explanation: the huge decrease in availability of early voting centers, particularly in areas with a high proportion of African-American voters.

However, with nearly 1.9 million votes tallied (according to the VoteTracker project of the conservative Civitas Insitute), there are some very troubling signs. Despite a number of “Souls to the Polls” events over the past weekend, the African-American share of the early vote in North Carolina has barely moved. As of this morning, black voters have made up 22.5 percent of the early vote. By contrast, in 2012, black voters comprised just over 27 percent of the early vote….

OHIO

Here the evidence is a little more mixed, but still disconcerting. Earlier today, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections estimated that their turnout for this election (an estimate based, in part, on early voter participation) will amount to 62 percent of registered voters. That is considerably lower than 2012, when turnout was 70 percent of registered voters. Given that (a) this is a 30 percent African-American county in a state that is only 12 percent African American, and (b) this is a county that went Democratic by a 69-30 margin in 2012, this would seem to be very bad news.

The offsetting good news, as we relayed in yesterday’s update, is that the two large Democratic vote sinks in the state (Cuyahoga and Columbus’ Franklin County) had both seen a distinct uptick in early voting performance over the weekend, putting them closer to their 2012 early vote shares, though still lagging….

FINAL THOUGHTS

Some of these numbers definitely should raise a healthy level of concern, but there is an important data point that might mitigate some potential trouble spots we’re seeing. A weekend review of polling data by Ipsos/Reuters suggests that Hillary Clinton is doing quite well among early voters in Texas, Arizona, and Ohio, and leading the overall national early vote by 15 points. We can readily explain Clinton doing well in Texas and Arizona (hint: Latino vote!), but Ohio’s story, demographically, has been that the early vote seemed to play right into Trump’s hands….

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Open Thread for October 27, 2016…Fighting the Democrats…

Donald J. Trump is NOT gonna be the next President….

Even Trump KNOWS this….

All the talk from the Media that the Republican Party is gonna fall apart in a political street fight is simply noise…

They will survive …

The thing that is messed up is the comments from the Republican US House Representative from Utah , who like his loser Presidential candidate, is threatening to continue  trying to beat down the winner of the 2016 Presidential election….

To win that election ?

Millions of American’s will mnake a choice…

In my mind it’s all right to NOT be happy with the election results…

But this thing of DELIBERATELY try to derail the wishes of the MAJORITY of American voters is wrong and UN-American…

Representative Jason Chafffetz needs to find other things to do besides trying to run his own crusade to nullify the wishes of the Majority of Americans’s wishes who will be electing the first Woman President…

The last Republican House that did this is fighting for his political life in California…

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Open Thread for October 22, 2016…Reince Preibus WAS Right….

After  the 2012 loss of Mitt Romney to Barack Obama the Republican party took it upon itself to find out why….

Reince Preibus , the Republican party boss proudly announced the results after the report came out….

That WAS then….

Ted Cruz started his campaign NOT following the studies suggestions…..

Donald Trump threw the book away….

These days Preibus is trying to keep HIS party in one piece while Trump   NOT follow  his advice puts Trump’s adopted party in conflict….

Preibus WAS Right…..

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And he’s suffering because his voters choose Trump with  the hate and fear Preibus’s party have used to hold on those people in their grip….

America is about to get a 3rd term of Democratic Presidency and could very well have a fourth….Which would mean 16 years of Democratic President’s….

The Republican’s still have a say in Congress…

But the White House continues to escape them….

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Open Thread for October 15, 2016…Now Trump blames the the polls?

Except for the LA Tines/USC Tracking  poll?

Donald Trump is DOWN in ALL the National Polls…

They do NOT fit HIS idea of reality….

In the state polling?

He’s close in several states a Republican should own…

Because they aren’t ‘nice ‘ to him he’s of course attacking them….

First on the LATimes Tracking poll and the rest of the field…

Julie Mason on POTUS Radio  had Anna Greenberg, a woman pollster who has won awards for her work on her show talking about the state of the Presidential race polling right now….She points out something that SHOULD be mentioned…

Real Clear Politics, a place WE feature here

(And is quoted by EVERYONE in politics right now as gospel in numbers)
Leans RIGHT….
Part the reason they INCLUDE the LATIMES/USC Tracking
Poll which is plainly and outlier…

She advises that the higher margins in 538 and the Upshot are because they factor out polls like the LATIMES/USC Tracking poll which pull down Clinton’s average….

Now on Trump’s efforts to deny the reality of the rest of the polling BESIDE’S the LATimes Tracking poll…

With Hillary Clinton extending her lead nationwide and in key battleground states, the Trump campaign is toying with what might be called “poll denialism,” giving his supporters license to dismiss the discouraging data.

At the same time, Trump is continuing to tout unscientific online surveys that say he prevailed at last Sunday’s town hall debate.
On Friday afternoon he said he “absolutely destroyed” Clinton, citing “every online poll, even Time magazine,” a news outlet that is “not exactly in love with me.”

A Time magazine spokeswoman confirmed that Time’s web site did not conduct a “who won?” survey after the debate. (Its most recent scientific poll was conducted in late September.)

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign and its allies are latching onto one of the few scientific polls that show him with almost as much as support as Clinton. “IT’S THISCLOSE,” The Drudge Report claimed Friday, linking to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times tracking poll.
By the Times’ own admission, “the poll often is out of sync with other voter surveys because it uses different methodology.”
On “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, Pence claimed that “these polls have been all over the map.”

Political analysts dispute that…..

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Open Thread for October 12, 2016….Donald Trump is in Deep Trouble….

…twitter….

Ezra Klein
‏@ezraklein
Trump’s plan to beat Hillary Clinton:

– Attack Bill Clinton
– Attack Paul Ryan
– Sue the New York Times

See the problem?

David Boardman ‏@dlboardman 
David Boardman Retweeted Scott Bixby
Eight. https://www.google.com/amp/www.king5.com/amp/news/local/miss-washington-2013-says-donald-trump-groped-her/334981243?client=safari …

Scott Bixby @scottbix
SEVEN ALLEGATIONS against Trump today:
– Buzzfeed News
– New York Times
– Guardian…

The Boston Globe ‏@BostonGlobe

Donald Trump “just came strolling” into dressing rooms, pageant contestants allege http://bos.gl/81ACN3D

Christopher Hayes
‏@chrislhayes
Anyone feel like we’re in one of those free-fall rides? Or, like, a bad dream where you’re in an elevator that fails?

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Open Thread for October 9, 2016…Trump supporters ARE Trump supporters…

While more and  elected Republican Politicians jump ship on the Trump campaign?…

(They NEVER liked him anyways )

Politico has released a ‘snap-poll’ that reports that 74% of Republican voters think that their party should CONTINUE to support Trump….39% think Trump should drop out of the race for President a month out from election day….

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This is a continuation of the quandary Donald Trump has put his adopted party in this year….

While the elected officials will have to deal with all sorts of things AFTER Trump loses….

Republican voters are continuing to show their distaste for President Obama and Hillary Clinton so much that ANYTHING Trump does or says will NOT stop them from supporting him….

The problem for Trump is this isn’t the GOP Primaries anymore….

A wave of Republican officials abandoned Donald Trump on Saturday, but, at least for now, rank-and-file Republicans are standing by the party’s presidential candidate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after audio was unearthed Friday that had the GOP nominee crudely bragging about groping women and trying to lure a married woman into an affair.
Overall, fewer than four-in-10 voters — 39 percent — think Trump should end his presidential campaign, while only slightly more voters, 45 percent, think he should not drop out.
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But voters are largely viewing Trump’s comments through their own partisan lens: 70 percent of Democrats say Trump should end his campaign, but just 12 percent of Republicans — and 13 percent of female Republicans — agree.

As of now, GOP voters largely want the party to stand behind Trump. Nearly three-quarters of Republican voters, 74 percent, surveyed on Saturday said party officials should continue to support Trump. Only 13 percent think the party shouldn’t back him.

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Open Thread for October 5, 2016…Trump doesn’t have enough white guys…

What works in the Republican Primary does NOT get it in the General Election….

……“Donald Trump’s strategy in this campaign has been fairly clear from the beginning: Drive up Republican support among white voters in order to compensate for the GOP’s shrinking share among the growing nonwhite portion of the electorate. And Trump has succeeded in overperforming among a certain slice of white voters, those without a college degree.”

“But overall, the strategy isn’t working. Trump has a smaller lead among white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012, and Trump’s margin seems to be falling from where it was when the general election began.”….

Harry Enten @ Five Thirty Eight….

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