-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Control of the Senate is important and all, but I think everyone's missing the possibly even more important follow up.
The governorships are where presidents, good presidents, good leaders come from.
Not from the house. Not from the Senate. No the cabinet. The governorships.
Senate and House offices are legislative positions with legislative experience to be had. Important yes, but not the experience and skills it takes to be a good president. A leader.
This comes from being a The Governor. A good Governor. And multiple states in dire straights have been turned around by Republican Governors in recent years, each potentially poised to run, a good run, in 2016 or 2020.
Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.” A Doctor called to a radio show & said: "That's the definition of a stool sample"
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama January 2008
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
1) they front a bunch of hullabaloo nutjob policies that make them look bad then get shot down with a veto, OR
2) They do some compromising with dems to get anything done that would be good enough not to get vetoed.
**** the filibuster. Let the people decide.
I've discussed this in other threads but a Republican majority goes a couple of possible ways...
The Republicans refuse to seek to gain any democratic support and pass full on 100% conservative legislation, that gets filibustered by the Democrats and nothing ever really happens for two years.
-----> Results: Republicans possibly take a hit at being too ideological and the country once again gets fed up with the party in control of congress
The Republicans seek to gain some democratic support in the senate, but small numbers, while still pushing primarily core conservative ideas. They still largely get filibustered by Democrats, or vetoed the few times they get enough to hit 60, and nothing ever really happens for two years.
-----> Results: The Republicans shed the "party of no" label with it applying to Democrats more due to the "recency effect" of things. Nothing really happens, but this allows a lot of the things (like Obamacare) that were issues this year to still be issues 2 years later because the filibustering Democratic senate kept them from doing anything despite garnering some democratic support.
The Republicans completely go jelly spend and massively compromise, largely pushing Democratic desired legislation but trying to do it in a "conservative" way. Some things gain democratic support and pass, other stuff gets filibustered by not going "center" enough.
-----> Results: The republican base gets disgusted at the republicans in congress, causing low turnout from the base during the 2016 elections. Meanwhile democrats are invigorated to go out and get try to take things back because congress isn't going "Far enough" and they see it as feasible to get control back
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.