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The posts in play...

Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders, Round Two
The Happiest Sadist: Phèdre and Kushiel’s Dart
Failure Propagates Upward For Democratic Party
Wednesday Writs: Betamax and Kramer Was Right About the Mail Rewind Edition
Impeachment Day One: Pack a Lunch, Gonna Be Here a While
Wednesday Writs for 3/13
Love in an Elevator: Joe Biden Hijacks the New York Times Editorial Board Reveal
State Hate: The Fifty State Smackdown
Clare Briggs
Waiting For The Girl
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Clare Briggs
There’s a Creeper In Every Office
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The comments...

+ This one was especially effective, but it's also become a constant on the left: Bernie Bros, Brocialists, "Dude-bros", "finance bros", "tech bros", etc. You start [. . .]
Avatarveronica d in reply to DensityDuck
+ That's a fair point. Allow me to explain. Recently Lee complained that everyone he dated was "status seeking." I can believe that. There are a lot [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw

There is that connection between fascism and cynicism where the people themselves eventually accept their powerlessness and forget any dream of a just society.

AvatarPhilip H
+ If the Establishment Wing wants a Democrat in the White House they will need to suck it up. Their neoliberal economic policies are partly [. . .]
AvatarBrandon Berg
+ It could be her being bitter about 2016. Or it could just be that she, quite reasonably, sees Sanders and his toxic ideology and cult [. . .]

Whoever came up with "Bernie Bros" will have a job in political campaigning for the rest of their life, because that was amazingly effective.

+ [L1] It's been interesting watching the Court jump back and forth trying to close the can of worms it opened by declaring in Betamax that [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H in reply to Douglas Hayden
+ More so then Republicans, Democrats have concentrated on the White House almost exclusively since Clinton. They have no bench depth in governorships, and in fact [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H in reply to George Turner
+ Among things auguring for Trump's failure in the general election and thus the electoral college: The continued collapse of the coal industry The continued slow death of [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H in reply to George Turner

funny but C Span's ran just fine the whole time. I suspect there was untoward trolling in the comments . . .

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So this happened, and the term "pettifogging" came up so there is that...

AvatarGeorge Turner
+ Quite a few metrics predict that Trump will do far better in the electoral college this time around. Among the many problems plaguing Democrats is the [. . .]
AvatarSaul Degraw in reply to Chip Daniels
+ In a charitable way, I think it is another manifestation of the shock you mentioned above, so many people are in utter disbelieve that tens [. . .]
AvatarLeeEsq in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Ana and the schlubby guy that gets the hot girl are usually purposefully blank to allow the readers or viewers to see themselves in their [. . .]
AvatarLeeEsq in reply to Ozzzy!
+ For all my frustration, I do note that people with great sex lives often have that and only that. A few weeks ago, I intended [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner
+ Youtube was shutting down the live feeds, even the one from Judicial Watch, saying they violate "community standards". So whatever was happening must have [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels
+ I think your point about how people practice similar things with different motivations is a good insight. Although most fantasy novels are based on premises which [. . .]
AvatarOzzzy! in reply to LeeEsq
+ I would lay even money on the idea that every person on this post is unhappy with their sex life. Give you 2:1 even. There [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to veronica d
+ and yet here you are telling LeeEsq that he doesn't fuck because his standards are too high, which is a rather transactional way to describe [. . .]
AvatarOzzzy! in reply to Jaybird
+ It probably won't move votes, but it does give a snippet view into the non-online people who like Joe Biden, like, alot. That is a [. . .]
AvatarLeeEsq in reply to veronica d
+ I expect not to hear their preening constantly and not being called to support their cosmology, otherwise I’m an evil bad person, while also being [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Douglas Hayden
+ How many of our presidents, I wonder, were elected by narrow margins, after having been selected in a contested convention where they narrowly beat challengers? JFK [. . .]
AvatarDouglas Hayden
+ "In 2016, the depth of the GOP field represented the party’s strength. In 2020, the depth of the Dem field represents the party’s weakness." In 2016, [. . .]
+ In this very thread, I talked about how Biden struck me as likely to win the election, were he to go up against Trump. But, when [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jesse
+ Why should they have to beat Trump when they were going to remove him by impeachment? That effort quickly turned into such a sham [. . .]
AvatarJesse in reply to Jaybird
+ Considering you turn every political post into a Socratic argument about How the Democrats Will Never WIn Again Because Donald Trump Narrowly Won Three Midwestern [. . .]
+ Im the North, we hate the South. The South pays no attention to us, so I have no idea who they hate in general. At the [. . .]
+ Lee, Saul... I want you guys to know that you can email me these stories at and I will post them to Ten Second [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to LeeEsq
+ In response to both you and Saul- We don't all live in the same America. At any point in American history, there was some group of people [. . .]
+ Meanwhile, in real actual American fascism, ICE deports an Iranian student with a valid F-1 visa to attend Northeastern University, despite an order not to [. . .]
AvatarPinky in reply to Saul Degraw
+ There is a value in being able to craft an opposing argument. I don't know why Jaybird does it, but I can't be mad [. . .]
AvatarOzzzy! in reply to Saul Degraw

Do you think we are in a dictatorship?

Not sure the rest of your commentary here is much more than nested hypotheticals.

+ That's the conclusion I reached too. It's easy for me to imagine someone doing the former. It's difficult for me to imagine someone doing the latter. (It's also [. . .]
AvatarOzzzy! in reply to Jaybird

Since this is an applicable question, I find it Prevelant to see 1, Less prevelant to see 2.

+ I think the issue that you stumbled upon is that Trump’s supporters or apologists incorrectly see themselves as the victims. This would be a stronger statement [. . .]
+ As counter-counter-arguments go, "you have a moral obligation to not make that counter-argument" is not a particularly strong one. But, hey, maybe it'll work out in [. . .]
AvatarCJColucci in reply to Jaybird

English, please. Preferably somewhat on point.

AvatarSaul Degraw in reply to Chip Daniels
+ I think the issue that you stumbled upon is that Trump’s supporters or apologists incorrectly see themselves as the victims. Jaybird seems to have sympathy [. . .]
+ So the question is: why are we not a dictatorship yet? There are a handful of ways to answer your question but here are a [. . .]
AvatarSaul Degraw in reply to Jaybird
+ There is a difference whether an argument can be made and whether an argument can be made in good faith. There is an issue of [. . .]
+ Well, at that point in the hypothetical, I hope it'd have been demonstrated that maybe "Look at how evil even our hypothetical examples of Trump [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Jaybird
+ Jaybird, explaining how an accused amoral scumbag might not see himself that way is defending an accused amoral scumbag, and the only people who would [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Thankfully no Democrat would ever make fun of Trump's "small hands". Never. You realize that if the reporter was a Fox News regular, Democrats on [. . .]
AvatarCJColucci in reply to Jaybird
+ So if there is video evidence that he uses the phrase "spic and span" frequently and then pointedly uses it in referring to a [. . .]
+ Are you seeing things from the viewpoint of that reporter, or that reporter’s loved ones? I can easily see things from the perspective of the reporter [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ That reminds me of a tale of two UK basketball coaches. Coach Billy Gillespie, who lasted all of two horrible years, often lost embarrassingly. [. . .]