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  1. Jeez, get over yourself. There was no "sound...

    Jeez, get over yourself. There was no "sound repudiation" of Trump, he got 46% of the vote. Even if you think he should have lost, that's more than the % of many other Western leaders. His popularity...
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    I'd say things have changed pretty dramatically....

    I'd say things have changed pretty dramatically. Practically everyone feels like they should be able to throw their hat into the ring for President. It's a clown car. There's a lot changes because...
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    GIGO, since the prediction markets are crap. Yang...

    GIGO, since the prediction markets are crap. Yang and Mayor Peter doing well has gotta be an "internet" thing. Apparently Mayor Pete is getting steam, and maybe the debates will carry him through,...
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    Unfortunately these people are only quiet because...

    Unfortunately these people are only quiet because political calculations make it convenient, and they still think the Fed was making the wrong moves back in 2010/2011: their new thing, at least in...
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    To me it seems like you are way more interested...

    To me it seems like you are way more interested in implementing center-left policy than you are in actually stabilizing the foundations of the republic. So, let's be clear here. You are a center-left...
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    Sure, let's get rid of the Electoral College. Any...

    Sure, let's get rid of the Electoral College. Any President who can't get a majority of the vote shouldn't be President. If it's undecided, it gets thrown to the House as a contingent election.
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    Hopefully someone runs against Trump, and only...

    Hopefully someone runs against Trump, and only one person against Trump. Last thing the GOP needs is another three-ring circus in the primaries. I'd say Kasich or Romney are the best positioned at...
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    I pretty strongly disagree with this. Most of...

    I pretty strongly disagree with this. Most of what the federal government is national defense, redistribution, and income security. Most state governments spend tons of money on public education and...
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    A handful of men out of how many elected...

    A handful of men out of how many elected officials? It's not easy to become a popular politician at a nation-wide level. You're talking an exceedingly small sample size of Americans who can possibly...
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    I obviously don't speak for anyone besides...

    I obviously don't speak for anyone besides myself, but Warren doesn't come off as egg-headed to me. She comes across as an angry, spiteful grandmother who likes to lecture you and makes you have a...
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    Uhhhhhh......

    Uhhhhhh...
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/polls-say-romney-has-likability-gap/2012/07/28/gJQAE6uKGX_story.html?utm_term=.fdb7cd61bb3f


    Biden comes across as more likable than Pelosi or...
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    Most of the front-runners are all conservative...

    Most of the front-runners are all conservative bugbears, which is essentially the position you get yourself into when you start running for President in 2017 (or earlier, in the case of Warren)....
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    Trump's wrong, but it's not clear to me who I...

    Trump's wrong, but it's not clear to me who I should be rooting for if I am not a Cold War American. Afghanistan would be better off if the Soviets had somehow "won" and created a shithole state like...
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    The Soviet intervention of Afghanistan was...

    The Soviet intervention of Afghanistan was totally reasonable (from the perspective of non-Cold War, non-great power politics, so don't take a US view on this) and basically in the same ballpark as...
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    Pretty sure most of my hair will be gray by the...

    Pretty sure most of my hair will be gray by the end of the year. At this point I expect this "trade war" to continue spiraling out of control. Would not be surprised to see full-blown Constiutional...
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    I know this is the bachelor's cuisine thread, but...

    I know this is the bachelor's cuisine thread, but do you eat anything that's green?????

    We ended up getting a new stove/oven. The last one had some gas leaks in the lines that fed to the actual...
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    You don't find the argument persuasive because...

    You don't find the argument persuasive because you think the infrastructure spending is useful. Here, I'll recast for a center-left audience:


    Here, I'll recast for a far left audience


    Pick...
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    "Danger to democracy" rhetoric should be reserved...

    "Danger to democracy" rhetoric should be reserved for things that are actually a threat to democracy, not elected officials changing laws in accordance with how the law is structured. The existence...
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    Impeachment only takes a simple majority vote in...

    Impeachment only takes a simple majority vote in the House. Depending on how severe the crime is, I could totally see the Senate voting for conviction, regardless of partisan lean. It just depends on...
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    The Executive Branch has usually claimed a...

    The Executive Branch has usually claimed a sitting President cannot be indicted on criminal charges. Trump will likely be impeached, but it'd have to be really bad for a conviction in the Senate. But...
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