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    off the top of my head -- Kaine, Ryan, Palin...

    off the top of my head -- Kaine, Ryan, Palin (especially Palin), Cheney -- all acted as political attack dogs for their principal.

    maybe not picked to BE an attack dog (Palin and Cheney...
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    isn't that precisely what a VP is for?

    isn't that precisely what a VP is for?
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    BF, I used to have hope for this but I...

    BF,



    I used to have hope for this but I really don't think so anymore.

    even if Trump is defeated in an enormous landslide, there's no real opposing pole in the GOP that can capitalize on...
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    you know, I thought that Palin was about as...

    you know, I thought that Palin was about as incoherent as they come -- and then along came our current President.
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    DOR, not quite; she's definitely on the...

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    not quite; she's definitely on the more liberal side of the Democratic spectrum.

    but, the fact that so many Sanderistas hate her tends to obfuscate that.

    in any case, I'm glad she...
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    absolutely none. there's some grumbling...

    absolutely none.

    there's some grumbling within the rest of the elite but nothing severe enough for an outright challenge. no real potential challenger to rally around either.
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    the issue is not post-1978, the issue is...

    the issue is not post-1978, the issue is post-2013.

    IE the world could, and did, live with Jiang Zemin's China and Hu Jintao's China.

    Xi Jinping has completely changed the calculus-- not just...
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    GVChamp, most people will blame the...

    GVChamp,



    most people will blame the incumbent President and the holders of the legislative majorities for failings...which is why Dems got it in the neck in 2010, and then in 2014. (and of...
  9. the alternative is to reform the police-- whether...

    the alternative is to reform the police-- whether through defunding or alternative methods -- so that the police aren't shooting down civilians willy-nilly.

    ""jUsT cOmPlY wItH ThE ofFiCeR's...
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    there is a considerable amount of evidence for...

    there is a considerable amount of evidence for this, -even taking Trump out of the equation-.
    ...
  11. that specific phrase in US politics is often used...

    that specific phrase in US politics is often used by people to justify police shootings, no matter how egregious.
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    no, -some- 2010s GOP voters are not as racist as...

    no, -some- 2010s GOP voters are not as racist as 1980s Democratic voters.

    the big but, though, is that the GOP base is racist as all get out. the anti-immigration types-- and that's the true base...
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    GVChamp, you're talking about...

    GVChamp,



    you're talking about -Republicans-.

    IE, the cold war era Republicans, the country-club, Club for Growth sort, disdained populism: "we're a republic, not a democracy", over and...
  14. https://www.businessinsider.com/kushner-covid-19-p...

    https://www.businessinsider.com/kushner-covid-19-plan-maybe-axed-for-political-reasons-report-2020-7

    Kushner's coronavirus team shied away from a national strategy, believing that the virus was...
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    really, this tweet, in the last year of the...

    really, this tweet, in the last year of the administration, was the one that persuaded the Federalist author that Trump has authoritarian tendencies?

    that everything he did beforehand was just...
  16. connected to the reference of "info warfare" on...

    connected to the reference of "info warfare" on the other thread, literally minutes after the numbers were released, Trump issued his tweet calling for a delay of the Presidential election.
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/opinion/trump-2...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/opinion/trump-2020.html

    What Will a Post-Trump G.O.P. Look Like?
    And consider, what will it take for the Republican Party to begin to heal itself?

    Bret...
  18. that's not even the worst: ...

    that's not even the worst:

    https://thehill.com/policy/finance/509210-kudlow-gop-plan-will-include-increased-business-deductions-for-meals-and

    Senate Republicans' proposed coronavirus package...
  19. so, looks like the GOP Senate is in low-key civil...

    so, looks like the GOP Senate is in low-key civil war about the next round of COVID assistance.

    which is absolutely awesome, because now Nancy Pelosi has an -even stronger- whip hand.

    Mitch...
  20. meanwhile, next door: Kentucky orders bars to...

    meanwhile, next door:

    Kentucky orders bars to close, restaurants to reduce indoor capacity
    BY NATHANIEL WEIXEL - 07/27/20 05:37 PM EDT


    All bars in Kentucky will be shut down for the next two...
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