Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 11

Good morning! Today is the last day for Georgians to register to vote in the general election. I assume that if you are reading this site, your registration is up to date – but as Facebook and Twitter and even Instacart are reminding us to register (I am registered, Instacart!), so shall it be.

 

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I generally support lowering barriers to trade, but it’s not unrelentingly good. I think it unquestionable trade has undermined working class wages in the US (the flip side being extreme poverty worldwide has hugely decreased). And its benefits, like many across the economy, are increasingly concentrated in a smaller and smaller group.

Noway2016
Noway2016

It seems that all the guys restrooms already have the changing stations. Didn’t know it was a law.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Let’s see, Jake Tapper, Donna Brazile now that paragon of neutrality, John Harwood all on the Hillary Express! Sigh… And nothing from Bernie? Kinda disappointed. But I guess he’s been gelded.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And giving y’all your due, Trump’s most likely done. Any idea, and I’m asking both sides here, who’s likely the strong Repub candidate to challenge her in 2020? And do Trump’s issues survive him?

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

My two cents on 2020: Landslide R victory: John Kasich or Charlie Baker. Fiscally conservative, socially moderate or liberal that are in line with majority of Americans. Moves R party in the correct direction for the party’s long-term survival. Center-right moderates run the party again. Toss-Ups: Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse/Tom Cotton. Republican party hits the reset button and picks younger candidates who are able to sell harder right policies with a fresh face. Tough sell on the middle but maybe some independents flip on her and give the White House to Republicans. Party at least has some pragmatic… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

All of the usual suspects will run again I would think. Cruz, Rubio and Pence will probably be talked about early and often. I like Pence, but he may be damaged goods after being attached to Trump. Cruz has been running for president since he was 20 so he will have another go. He will be terrible and I doubt he can beat Hillary. Rubio may be one of the better options. The GOP has to get away from feeding the fires of anger and focus on a positive message about what they will do if in charge. Building walls… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

So the Deplorables are just going to tuck tail and assimilate? I don’t think so. They came *that close* this time, so next time will be better. All they need is another charismatic charla leader to inspire them. I’m thinking Howard Stern. Somebody with a big enough ego that even losing won’t affect them. We’re way beyond Limbaugh or Hannity. Those guys are weak. If Hunter Thompson was still around he might be viable, except it will have to be someone with so much money that they can annoy everyone and not care. They’ll always have a golden parachute waiting.… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I can dream. I’m hoping that the anger and stupidity that has given us Trump is like a fever. It just has to run its course and you have to just get it out of your system. You can’t fix stupid, but you may be able to fight stupid better next go around.

rickday
rickday

I’d support Stern.

But that is just me.

Bart
Bart

First, there is a month left in an election that literally changes daily. So while I agree Trump has an uphill battle, I wouldn’t call it a done deal just yet.

2020 – Who cares, Hillary will have destroyed earth by then.

edatlanta
edatlanta

You are literally the worst prognosticator in GAPol/PP history.

Ellynn
Ellynn

He has yet to reach the Harry level yet…

Will Durant
Will Durant

+1

edatlanta
edatlanta

You missed the GOPeach days, too.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Harry needs to come back! Konop, too!

Bart
Bart

It was a joke ed, get a grip.

xdog
xdog

Bart, I knew you were joking right off since you didn’t claim that she would rend the fabric of space-time.

As far as the next big thing goes, y’all are mentioning anyone with a pulse. You might wait to see if your future party includes anyone except white nationalists, unless of course that’s your party of choice.

Bart
Bart

2nd term xdog.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Glad you clarified. I thought you might be a Flight-93 er.

Will Durant
Will Durant

UK bookies are giving 2 to 11 odds for Hillary. 4 to 1 against Trump. Nate Silver has it at 85% to 15% for Hillary (335 to 203 Electoral votes). I rarely would say this a month out but it’s ovah. Republicans only glimmer of hope is that as a norm pantsuits have short coattails.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

(This meant to be a reply to Noway2016) It’s not over until it’s over. Trump’s base will survive him, plus Trump will be the beneficiary of a nice cottage industry a al Palin. Trump has been overrated as a CEO since his 1995 losses. A large part of his wealth since then is that of a salesman/promoter, a result of his debtors at that time deciding he was worth more alive than dead, i.e. the celebrity Trump name on or associated with developments and his promotion, and no particular real estate prowess, being the thing of value. Remember the Trump… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Interesting. What I see happening is a real concerted effort to ruin him personally and financially when this is over. The mainstream and whatever that means will try and black ball him whenever possible.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well he is already poisoning the water by claiming the elections that hasn’t happened yet is rigged. You just know that he will lash out at everyone and everything for as long as his attention span lets him because losing can’t possibly be his own fault.

So yeah, a lot of people he has insulted (and will insult) will shun him.

But maybe if he thinks Jeb! was behind getting that video out there he will learn the lesson not to burn his bridges.

Nahhh.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

What other American has lowered political discourse in the country so low in such little time?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Hi Everyone! The cats and I are back. I have power, (no cable or internet – will be days) no damage besides the terrible smell I am hoping the 6 boxes of baking soda will remove from my freezer soon, and a lost wind chime I could not reach to take down (it came with my condo – and good rids to the damn noisy thing). If you are looking for ideas to help with efforts down here, we have about a dozen neighborhoods in the “lower middle class” classification that will not have power until tomorrow or later. Many… Read more »

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Glad you didnt have much in the way of loss. My parents fared well. Lost a fence and a car but not much else. No flooding thankfully.

Man the response to this disaster just makes my heart swell. Neighbors helping neighbors. Its just awesome. I hope it lasts past the disaster.

Ellynn
Ellynn
augusta52
augusta52

Jack, your talk about a “landslide victory” for Kasich or Baker in 2020 is a bit on the optimistic side when you consider that since 1992, 18 states (and DC), with a combined 242 electoral votes, have voted Democratic for president each time, including 3 states that are well out of the reach of a Republican candidate—California (55 electoral votes), Illinois (20) and New York (29). And by 2020, the minority percentage of the electorate will likely be higher. It may be the new definition of a Republican landslide is 270 electoral votes—even 300 seems out of reach these days.… Read more »

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Very true. I guess I was just trying to put a fire under the Republican party’s behind to get closer to pragmatic reality (Kasich or Baker) versus obstructionist self-promoters like Ted Cruz. You are PP/Georgiapol electoral version of Nate Silver so I’d never disagree with your take on the college votes.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Trump declares war on GOP, says ‘the shackles have been taken off’– Washington Post

I guess when you are this deep in the hole you may as well just dig deeper. I’m beginning to believe the conspiracy theory I posited on the old site last year. Trump has to be a Clinton plant that succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. Either that or we are all trapped in an absurdist comedy worthy of Pirandello.

augusta52
augusta52

But Jack, I do agree with your basic premise—this country ain’t gonna elect a Bible-thumper (e.g., Cruz, Santorum, Huckabee) as president. No way. We could say the beginning of the Republican Electoral College crackup was in 1988, which might be surprising…as in the year Bush won 40 states in defeating Michael Dukakis. But his relatively easy (7-million vote margin) win was pumped up by Dixie (the 11 states of the Old Confederacy)—-Bush won 58% in Dixie but only 52% in the rest of the country, and several of the big states he won–California, Illinois and Pennsylvania—were by slim margins (3… Read more »