(The Daily Beast) Nearly two years of organizing, marching, candidate recruitment and unprecedented fundraising has led the Democratic party to a critical moment. On Tuesday, it can either reassert itself politically or fall short, prompting an utter and complete psychological meltdown. Most in the party believe that the path they will go down will be the former; that they will gain a majority in the … Continue reading What if Democrats lose today?
(The Daily Beast) Thousands of would-be voters at risk of being disenfranchised by ultra-strict registration rules. A draconian ID law that could keep Native Americans from the polls en masse. New measures targeting voting by college students. A Hispanic-majority city that moved its lone polling place out of town. As the 2018 campaign nears its end, experts who track voter suppression say this is the worst it’s … Continue reading If the Republicans Win Tuesday, the Reason Will Be Simple: They Cheated
By Christopher Ingraham via The Washington Post – Senior staffers in congressional offices hold highly inaccurate assumptions about what voters in their districts actually want when it comes to policy. They tend to believe that voters support much more conservative policies than they actually do. And this stunning misperception can largely be explained by the disproportionate attention lawmakers and their aides lavish on donors and … Continue reading Congress Really is Out of Touch — Falsely Believing the Country is Ultra Conservative by Listening to Big Money Donors Over Constituents.
(CNN’s Chris Cillizza) Campaign politics tends to be a lowest-common-denominator business. If something works — no matter how loathsome or even untrue — then it gets used. The end always justifies the means — and the end is always and only winning. And yet, even by that incredibly low bar, what some right-wing pundits have done in the wake of 10 mail pipe bombs being sent … Continue reading The disgusting lie of the “false flag” pushed by some prominent conservatives
(via NY Magazine) A pernicious force was hollowing out American democracy. It had neutered Congress, and lobotomized the electorate. Lawmakers had become incapable of taking action on many of the day’s most pressing issues — and voters incapable of holding their representatives accountable for their incapacity. The connection between an American’s substantive beliefs, and her decisions in the ballot booth, was razor-thin and ever-fraying. If … Continue reading Tribalism Isn’t Our Democracy’s Main Problem. The Conservative Movement Is.
By Christopher Mathias and Nick Robins-Early – Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) visited Austria in August and gave an extensive interview to a far-right publication there in which he spelled out, in clearer and more shocking terms than he ever has before, his white nationalist worldview. The eight-term congressman, up for re-election next month, talked to Caroline Sommerfeld of the Austrian far-right propaganda site Unzensuriert … Continue reading Embracing White Power; the New GOP Identity.
(WaPo) RICHMOND — Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) compared the struggles of jailed drug addicts to the heat he’s taking in his tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger. “You think you’re having a hard time — I got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me,” Brat told inmates at the Chesterfield County jail on Wednesday. “How do you think I’m feeling? Nothing’s easy. For anybody. You think I’m … Continue reading Republican lawmaker to inmates: “You think you’re having a hard time?”