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  1. Philip H
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    And there it is. The GOP has declared war on the US. Will any one notice?Report

    • Pinky in reply to Philip H
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      There I was a few weeks ago defending you when someone said you’re not a legitimate citizen because I know you’re sensitive to accusations of treason.Report

      • Chip Daniels in reply to Pinky
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        Baseless accusations, actual guilt, it’s all the same innit?Report

      • Philip H in reply to Pinky
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        So then what do you call an official statement by an arm of a national political party that the current president is acting, and republicans must vote to defeat fraud – which didn’t occur in any measurable way in the election these people are considering unconstitutional?Report

  2. Greg In Ak
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    Sounds bad but CRT!!!!!! Must be liberals fault. At least it’s not a rapist abuser ex gov putting out commercials about hunting people who disagree with his politics.Report

  3. Saul Degraw
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    Let the resentments fly!!!Report

  4. Chip Daniels
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    This is the choice the American citizens have. One insurrectionist faction devoted to enforcing its minority view on the rest of us, versus a centrist party representing the majority.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Chip Daniels
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      Yeah but gas is over 5-6 dollars a gallon and everyone is really upset about inflation, continuing supply chain issues, and the possibility of a deep recession. /sarc tag.

      I do think this is uncharted territory for midterms. On the one hand, a lot of things indicate that it could be a GOP wave this year beyond the decades-long thermostatic electorate effect which existed during saner times. However, a lot of GOP politicians could very well Aiken themsleves to defeat. The election is going to be decided based on whether people are angrier about inflation and supply-chain issues, and the new society emerging post-COVID (with ongoing debates re WFH and other issues) or are they more concerned about theocracy coming to their neighborhood.Report

      • Chip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw
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        “Uncharted territory” seems about right, or at least territory not seen in living memory.

        About the closest I can think of would be the mob and lawless actions to overturn Reconstruction.Report

      • Michael Cain in reply to Saul Degraw
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        MISO, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator that manages the power grid for several states from Louisiana to Minnesota, has warned some of those that there may be rolling blackouts this summer due to insufficient electricity supply. You think people are mad about $5 per gallon gasoline? Wait until they start getting rolling blackouts during the 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm peak demand period for electricity.Report

        • Saul Degraw in reply to Michael Cain
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          The everything is breaking down election. Most of the states in MISO do not have many Democrats generally except Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota.Report

          • Chris in reply to Saul Degraw
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            Love to live in a country in which we get to choose between two parties: the party that can’t do anything to fix anything, and the party that can’t do anything to fix anything and are proto-fascists.Report

            • Saul Degraw in reply to Chris
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              The Democrats are a bit stymied by being the not-Republican party. On the one hand this is a lot of people. On the other hand, it is a fractious coalition of groups and it is not clear how much interaction occurs between various groups. Yet each group assumes it is the true base. This is why Garcia and Wiley voters were surprised at Eric Adams eeking up a victory in the NYC Mayoral election.

              That being said, if the U.S. were parliamentary, we would almost certainly see Elizabeth Warren, AOC, Manchin, and Sinema in the same coalition behind Prime Minister Joe Biden. There would just be some more spoils to go around.Report

              • Chris in reply to Saul Degraw
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                Regardless of whether I buy this explanation, it still means the Democrats are the do-nothing party, and show no signs of becoming a do-something party, and not only will their do-nothingness have electoral consequences, but it will in fact inevitably result in the proto-fascism of the opposition party becoming more and more popular.Report

              • Chip Daniels in reply to Chris
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                I reject the “do nothing” charge.
                I live in California, where one party actually does fix things. The Democrats here actually do a good job of running the machinery of government.

                All the hysterical charges people level at cities like San Francisco are the same or worse in Republican-run jurisdictions.Report

              • Saul Degraw in reply to Chris
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                I also dispute your notion that Democrats are doing nothing. I don’t like Manchin but I don’t see how anyone further left replaces him in the Senate. State level Democratic parties are stepping forward to protect LBGT rights, abortion access, and working on gun control, and climate change. A lot of supply-side issues are beyond their power, authority, and control.

                They are still a lot better than people who write fanfic about East Germany and don’t seem capable of understanding that we don’t have fully automated luxury space gay communism because we don’t have an infinite amount of Star Trek replicators that never break down and can make anything.Report

      • Dark Matter in reply to Saul Degraw
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        Yeah but gas is over 5-6 dollars a gallon and everyone is really upset about inflation, continuing supply chain issues, and the possibility of a deep recession.

        If you need to run on the other team being Na.zis because you simply can’t run on your own competence, then don’t expect to win.

        If the claim is “this time we’re serious!”, well everyone has heard that dozens of times.Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to Chip Daniels
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      A majority that is not uniformly distributed geographically, and a historical political structure that says such distributions matter.Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Chip Daniels
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      Cue people saying they can’t vote for the Dummycrats because they are the crap team because reasons. A lot of White Americans see the Republican Party as off their rockers but can’t bring themselves to vote for the Democratic Party because reasons.Report

      • Philip H in reply to LeeEsq
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        Agreed. The rankling anger at our state’s Republican leaders is showing almost constantly in local media, but none of them will vote for a democrat. It would be funny if it wasn’t so damn tragic.Report

        • Saul Degraw in reply to Philip H
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          But Democrats want to allow abortion and ask that minorities including LBGT people be treated equally plus they want you to consider driving less. Not liking local politicians is an age old game but they keep on getting elected or replaced by people who are often substantially similar/worse over the things that make people angry. White southerners vote on social politics a lot and they are often perfect examples of be willing to suffer if the people they hate suffer more. No amount of writing in Jacobin or whereever will change this.

          Meanwhile, Jacobin apparently likes penning love letters to East Germany because they are dumb.Report

  5. Dark Matter
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    No one actually objects to “election integrity.” We’re in religion or mental illness territory to think it’s a problem.

    Happy path for fixing this is we all declare that we’re for “election integrity” and we all move forward.

    So… we’re on the happy path?Report

  6. Saul Degraw
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    Meanwhile in Missouri, Eric Greitens arms himself with a shotgun in an advertisement and encourages RINO hunting.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/20/us/politics/in-ad-shotgun-toting-greitens-asks-voters-to-go-rino-hunting.htmlReport

  7. Michael Siegel
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    They also endorse a state electoral college where each senate district will cast one vote for state offices. This effectively would mean that, in Texas, rural white voters would have three times the votes of urban voters.Report

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