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armanidog
armanidog

Why has there been so little public polling in the Georgia statewide races? I saw the one from September 6 from AJC/UGA which had Abrams and Kemp tied. Nothing on the SOS between Barrow/Raffensperger.
I saw the internal poll from Abrams’s campaign.
I looked at Real Clear Politics and Five Thirty Eight. Nothing on the governor or SOS races in the past 3 weeks.
They have some governor races from other states.
I’m surprised since it is a tight race.

Caroline
Caroline

I have wondered the same thing.

Benevolus
Benevolus

What happens today and tomorrow in DC might have a significant effect on any upcoming poll.

armanidog
armanidog

“What happens today and tomorrow in DC might have a significant effect on any upcoming poll.” From the Gallup vault: “WASHINGTON, D.C. — In October 1991, the U.S. Senate was preparing to vote on the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of conservative judge Clarence Thomas when news reports of lawyer Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Thomas broke. From the outset, Thomas denied the accusations and never wavered in asserting that he did not harass Hill, sexually or otherwise. Thomas and many of his supporters claimed that Hill, who had worked for Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education and the… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

The oddest thing about that is that Thomas was confirmed by a Dem Senate. Days of old, I suppose. You’d think under those circumstances only a centrist could be confirmed.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

You mean there’s something happening? Other than millions of dollars burned by libs on a p/r campaign to destroy a man. Guilt by accusation, no presumption of innocence for the accused. Case closed, nothing to see here.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Well looks like it is good for the Repubs. Looks like America is starting to get fed up with the circus parade the dems keep coming up with. Republicans polling higher now than Demoncrats. Republican favorability at 45%, Democrats at 44% https://news.gallup.com/poll/242906/republican-party-favorability-highest-seven-years.aspx

Ellynn
Ellynn

Noway cited that on Tuesday.

armanidog
armanidog

$31 to fill up my Honda CRV yesterday, $2.61.9/gal. for regular. “While gasoline prices typically drop following peak summer demand season, they have not fallen as fast as expected, said Jeanette Casselano, spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association. The national price average was at $2.867 a gallon as of Wednesday, its highest seasonally since 2014, according to AAA.. Fuel prices have risen due to a surge in crude oil prices. U.S. crude futures have gained in part because of U.S. sanctions affecting Iran’s petroleum sector, which have already cut into that nation’s exports, according to market participants… The sanctions are… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Speaking from a prosecutorial lens, I don’t think the GOP Senators thought through the idea to have a prosecutor ask questions. Stopping/starting in five minute intervals makes it difficult for Ms. Mitchell to build a rhythm, probe details, or develop through lines in the testimony.
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There’s a reason examinations in depositions and trials don’t alternate back and forth every five minutes.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I don’t think Ms. Mitchell’s style is ideal, either, but that would depend on the directions given to her by the committee.
And I also sense that while Ms. Mitchell is trying to dig into details to challenge credibility, she is also deeply empathetic, and is subtly supporting her credibility.

So, I wonder if anyone now doubts the allegation. Anyone reasonable, that is.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ms. Mitchell is doing an awful job and has been spending more time probing when and how Dr. Ford came forward than questioning the events of the evening in question. This is not going well.

armanidog
armanidog

Her strategy may be to question the motive of the accuser rather than inflating the importance of the event.
This is a political “trial” and she is probably playing up the political aspect.
Tiptoe around the crime and jump on the motive.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The problem with that is that Democrats are actually asking her questions that strengthen her testimony. Her line about how she distinctly remembers their laughter and how its seered into her memory is powerful.
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Plus, asking questions on why she took a polygraph only opens the door for Democrats to question why Kavanaugh wouldn’t take one (btw, Kavanaugh has ruled that employers can use polygraph results to disqualify job candidates or terminate employees)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Seems the Republicans fired Mitchell mid-hearing once she started Kavanaugh actual questions and are going all-in on the “indignant outrage” approach.

Caroline
Caroline

The Republicans are making Kavanaugh look guilty as all heck. If they were doing this to “clear his name” they failed miserably.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It’s rather damning that Kavanaugh can’t withstand the same level of prosecutorial questioning Ford was able to.

chefdavid
chefdavid

On Deals appointments. What is the diversity in the State on Lawyers not the whole population. I think it is a bad story anyways. You want the best of the best for those jobs not just because they are black or female.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ve got a couple thoughts on this: 1) While the judges on our Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are smart and accomplished jurists, by no means are they the “best of the best.” . 2) This is something Justice Sotomayor has talked about the value of diverse experiences among our judiciary. You aren’t appointing them because they’re female or because they’re black, you’re appointing them because they provide a different set of experiences that give a more well-rounded appreciation of the facts of a case. I think it helps contextualize cases when you’ve got people on the bench whose… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

I can agree with that.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Meanwhile… the Dutch stopped a terrorist attack, we (the country) are suing Elon Musk, “Outlander” season 4 will premiere at SCAD on Sunday, October 28th, the mousers for 10 Downing Street and White Hall got into a fight under a car (Team Larry), the EPA is dissolving the Office of Science Advisors, home sales fell in August, and the Da Bears. Still. Suck.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“There are only two things I can’t stand in this world: People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures, and the Dutch.”

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Finally, a troll-free MR’s.

I don’t necessarily agree with the methods but it did have to happen. It got out of control and he didn’t want to listen to reason so I imagine real life got involved.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Huh? For the most part I’ve just been doing a selective high level flyover of the MRs.

Caroline
Caroline

What happened? I completely missed it.