Why the Dems Are Doomed. Unless…

I just received this tweet from the Democratic party:

  • Elect a Democrat to the White House.
  • Elect Democrats to the Senate.
  • Elect Democrats to the House.
  • Elect Democrats statewide.
  • Elect Democrats to state legislatures.
  • Elect Democrats to local office.
  • Elect Democrats everywhere.

Wow. I’m just so… so… underwhelmed. Compare this to just one of the GOP’s many tweets from the same day:

While Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Bernie Sanders all parroted Russian talking points by calling the Soleimani strike an “assassination,” Speaker Pelosi said the strike was “disproportionate.”

Seriously, Nancy?

And, while the Dems tweeted once, the GOP sent multiple messages. All far more motivating than the lone tweet from their rivals.

Who’s appealing to emotions? Who’s naming names? Who’s winning the Twitter Wars?

Republicans. Republicans. Republicans.

But here’s the crazy part: The Dems have far more ammunition. They just don’t use it.

Here’s how the Blues can finally turn the social media tide… and win in 2020.

Step 1: Stop Being Shy

The GOP tweets constantly. The Dems? Maybe every few days. If we’re lucky.

Which message do you think gets more traction: The one you hear over and over, day after day… or the one you hear once or twice per month.

Bingo! Unchallenged lies from the GOP get a lot more traction, because they’re repeated a lot more. And – yes – I said, “Lies.” Because many of the GOP’s messages are demonstrably false. But nobody’s out there challenging them. So, their “alternative facts” become the truth for uninformed voters.

The Dems have to get out and challenge the GOP narrative. And there’s plenty of ammo. Here are just a few points…

  • Mueller’s team found 10 instances where Trump likely obstructed justice.
  • Trump’s golf outings have alreadycost taxpayers about $120 million. According to Forbes magazine, Trump’s golf outings could cost taxpayers up to $340 million. That’s equal to his presidential salary… for 106 years!
  • Trump and his allies had at least 140contacts with Russian officials – or with WikiLeaks – during the 2016 campaign and during the transition period.

Instead of pointing out these atrocities – and many others – the Dems tweet, “Vote for us. Elect us. Yeah!”

Is it any wonder the minority keeps winning?

Step 2: Start Working Together

If there’s one thing Democrats are good at, it’s tearing each other down.

We saw the start of it with the Republican primaries in 2016. But Trump’s opponents quickly fell in line when his nomination was certain.

Here’s what Ted Cruz said about Trump during the primaries: “We need a commander in chief, not a Twitterer-in-chief. … I don’t know anyone who would be comfortable with someone who behaves this way having his finger on the button. I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning, and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.”

Lindsey Graham said, “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”

Today, both these men are ardent Trump supporters. Because, when the GOP circles the wagons, they circle the wagons.

Compare that to the Bernie Sanders supporters who voted for Trump… because their man didn’t get the nomination.

Yes, the national party screwed up. But do we want to punish ourselves? Apparently – for some Dems – the answer was, “Yes.” Somehow, they thought a Trump presidency would be better than having Hillary in the White House.

How has that worked out, guys?

I’m not saying we should condone internal issues. But don’t lose sight of the big picture over them. Helping elect the antithesis of all your beliefs is not the way to correct an internal party problem.

Identify the problem, expose it, and work to correct it. But don’t help hand the presidency to your worst nightmare and think that will fix it.

Step 3: Get Active

I’ve said this before – and I’ll probably say it again. For crying out loud, Dems, start using the social media opportunities Obama pioneered.

For every post I see from the Dems, I’m bombarded by 10 or 20 from the GOP. And that doesn’t count the posts from Trump’s reelection team… and the many other GOP groups flooding the Twitterverse with posts.

It’s as if the GOP learned the lessons taught by the Obama campaigns… but the Dems didn’t. And all of America is worse off for it.

Right now, I’d have to say the Dems’ online team is massively overpaid. Because they’re not doing squat. They’re putting out one or two bland posts for every 50 or 60 emotional appeals the GOP’s team produces.

Dems, it’s time to tell your online team it’s time to put up… or get fired. They’re not doing you any favors. In fact, they don’t seem to be doing anythingfor you. If I didn’t know better – and I don’t – I’d think they were working for the opposition.

Let’s face it: The Dems are doomed. Unless they finally face reality. Which means calling out Trump’s abuses… supporting their most promising candidates… and working together.

2020 is winnable. But only if we finally face the opposition with a unified face. Otherwise, we can count on another 4 years of Trump.

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“Trump Golf Count,” TrumpGolfCount.com. Jan 7, 2020.

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Let’s Hope We Can Last ‘Til November

Politics have always caused friction. But 2020 is shaping up as the knock-down, drag-out battle of our lives. Take the “racist” video of Joe Biden just released by the Right.

In it, we hear Biden run down African and Asian culture. Except we don’t. We hear a couple dozen words, taken out of context. Thirteen minutes of context. In fact, we don’t even get the whole second sentence.

But the usual suspects jumped all over Biden, and the video clip spread across social media like wildfire. The truth is, Biden didn’t say anything bad about Asian of African culture. He was criticizing the culture handed down through English common law.

Expect to see lots more of these distortions in the coming months. Along with more efforts to suppress Democratic votes. Take the new voting law in Texas, for example.

They Can’t Win if They Can’t Vote

Hillary won the 2016 popular vote by nearly 3 million. The Right doesn’t want a repeat. Especially in states that may be in play this time around.

In Texas, a new law bans “temporary” polling places that aren’t open during 100% of early voting. That may sound innocent enough. After all, it’s giving all voters equal opportunities to vote, right?

Sort of. But here’s the thing: Many districts are strapped for cash. They can’t afford to open all polling places all the time. So, they have to close down these temporary polling places. Which tend to be at colleges, elderly housing, and other locations that – Surprise! Surprise! – lean Democratic.

The real result of these shut-downs won’t be equal voting opportunities for all… but the denial of voting rights to groups that tend to lean leftward.

It’s just another example of the Right’s program of voter suppression. After all, the Left can’t win if its voters can’t vote.

And while the Right is suppressing the vote on the Left, they’re revving up their base. Take their boss’s constant refrain as an example…

Meet “The Do-Nothing Democrats”

How many times have you heard President Trump call his opponents “the do-nothing Democrats”? Dozens… scores? To hear Trump and his allies tell it, the Dems have focused on nothing but impeachment since Trump “won” the election.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy quoted the Right-leaning WA Times on this topic. According to McCarthy and the Times, House Dems have issued more subpoenas than they have passed bills.

 

The Times claims only 46 House bills became law in 2019… while the Dems issued 56 subpoenas. Can you believe it?

No; you can’t. The House passed a whopping 298 bills during 2019’s legislative session. Most of those bills were blocked from coming before the Senate by Majority Leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell. In other words, House Dems got a lot of work done. But the GOP scuttled all that hard work in the Senate.

No matter how hard the House works to serve voters, they’re only one-third of the equation. The Senate has to pass the same/similar bill… and then the president must sign the resolved bill to make it law.

The House did it’s third of the job. But Trump and his allies in the Senate kept these bills from becoming law. The Times article was extremely misleading… McCarthy knew it… but he pushed the lie for political gain.

And speaking of “do-nothing…”

Where’s That Wall… the Obamacare Repeal… Etc.?

Here’s an interesting fact for you: From 2016 to 2018, Republicans controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House. So where were all the accomplishments Trump promised in his first 100 days?

With the entire Congress behind him, Trump didn’t manage to build a single inch of new Wall in those two years. To date, his administration has only managed to replace some aging sections of existing wall. And the concrete he promised us was abandoned long ago.

He didn’t replace “Obamacare,” either. In fact, the GOP still doesn’t have a coherent healthcare policy. And it’s been almost a decade since the Affordable Care Act was first passed. In 10 years, Trump’s party has only managed to chip away at the edges of the act.

And how about that massive tax cut for the Middle Class. Oh, you haven’t seen it? That’s because it was never included in Trump’s tax package.

According to the Congressional Research Service, neither growth nor wages have benefitted from Trump’s tax plan. But the rich have.

The plan – which Trump supporters said would pay for itself – has fallen 95% short. Yup. Trump’s tax cuts have only generated a 5% payback. Which means the national debt will skyrocket. But don’t worry. Thanks to the new tax laws, big corporations and the rich won’t have to cover the shortfall. That will be left to the working stiffs.

 

Things haven’t gone according to plan. So…

Where Is Trump as All These Plans Fall Apart?

Our Commander in Chief spent one of every five days in 2019 at his golf properties.

That’s right. The man who wouldn’t have time to play golf essentially fiddled while Rome burned. We face a nuclear crisis with North Korea… out of control climate changes… healthcare costs most Americans can’t afford… college debt that threatens to sink a generation… and so many more challenges.

But Trump golfs every fifth day. Even worse, he golfs at his own properties… ensuring your tax dollars fill his coffers. While the national debt spirals ever upward.

Now he wants a second term. Really?

We tried the maverick thing. And it turned out exactly as Progressives predicted: We’re in the worst financial mess our nation has faced since the Great Depression. Sure, the stock market is doing great. But most Americans aren’t invested in the stock market. And their wages have stagnated.

Our foreign service is a shambles. We’re seeing health and ecological protections disappear. Heck – to please his trophy-hunting sons – Trump has even eased restrictions on importing animal parts from hunting endangered species!

And the assault shows no signs of slowing.

Which is why we must hold out. Why we have to help everyone we can register to vote. And help them get to the polls. Or submit a valid absentee ballot.

I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again: We’re facing our Democracy’s last gasp. We can save this noble experiment at the ballot box. But only if we marshal all our forces against those who would make our nation an oligarchy.

We just need to hold out until November.

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The Real Meaning of “POTUS”

“@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic.”

  • Donald Trump, Aug 15, 2011

Donald Trump never had a problem criticizing President Obama’s golf schedule. In fact, he posted 27 tweets about Obama golfing before the 2016 election.

For example, in 2016, he tweeted, “While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!”

And in Dec 2014, he wrote, “Obama has admitted that he spends his mornings watching @ESPN. Then he plays golf, fundraises & grants amnesty to illegals.”

Another Trump tweet from 2014 reads, “We pay for Obama’s travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.”

Clearly, this is a man who believes the Commander-in-Chief has no business playing golf. The same man who cancelled a trip to Poland because of Hurricane Dorian… and spent the next two days playing golf.

Um… Commit hypocrisy much?

POTUS = Putter of the United States

As we’ve noted before, sources suggest Trump has spent about 20% of his days in office golfing. This from a candidate who said, “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”

Yet he’s found plenty of time to play golf. More than once a week.

Even worse, when Trump plays golf, it costs. And costs big. An Air Force report from 2017 said one of Trump’s golf trips to Mar-a-Lago cost $142,380 per hour for the use of Air Force One.

Then add in millions of dollars for overnight stays for his entourage and security detail… plus the golf carts the Secret Service has to rent, etc. Considering most of these golfing holidays take place at Trump properties… this is a windfall for the president’s company.

So, the Putter of the United States – the guy who would have no time to play golf – is getting rich off America’s taxpayers.

Politifact reports Trump golfed 50% more by mid-2018 than Obama had during the same period of his first term. And Trump hasn’t slowed down any since then, either.

NBC News found Trump visited one of his golf properties on 150 days during his first year in office. That’s more than 40% of that year… spent at – if not on – one of his own golf courses.

This might have been forgivable… except Trump constantly criticized Obama for golfing. And claimed he wouldn’t have time to golf, if elected.

Yet he’s golfed one out of every five days he’s been in office. Including in times of national emergency… like Hurricane Dorian.

The Right was quick to side with Trump against Obama’s “golf habit.” Where are their voices now that Trump has eclipsed his own anti-Obama standard?

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