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Old 08-12-2018, 03:01 AM
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I used to say that. And in fact I see value in "institutional memory," or at least the patience gained by experience.

But "never going to happen"? I don't know about that. At one point surely people felt a two-term limit on the presidency was never going to happen. But it did, in response to unique circumstances, but even in the face of the hugely popular record of FDR. Many people felt (and still do) that he was the 3rd greatest president we've had, and yet two-thirds went and passed the 22nd Amendment.

Likewise the abuse of incumbency has just been outrageous, and the reaction has made term limits a campaign plank for aspiring incumbents such as Rick Scott, running here in Florida for the Senate. Elect a few people like that, and you never know.
If you can't vote them out, how are you going to get them to vote themselves out?

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If you can't vote them out, how are you going to get them to vote themselves out?

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A really good question.

Now a counter question. The verse "I will bless those who bless you." was and is ignored by many fairly or greater observant Jewish Ds such as Schumer. They thought and presumably still think that it doesn't apply to Trump moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. A decent facsimile of the Lord's increasing rebuke and chastisement has made itself felt in the Blue Wall. I don't see any attempt towalk back anything to see what happens, why is that?
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Don't get me started on Mayor Bloomberg's third term.
Travesty! My councilman was one of the few who voted against it.

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Yep, Democratic donors are flooding the coffers of individual candidates, far out-raising Republicans in that area.

On the other hand, the Party coffers are almost the reverse. The GOP has maybe twice the dough the Dems have.

To me that shows the ongoing insurgency among the activist Democrats. The Old Democrats are being left behind, and in fact have less power (through directing money) than they are accustomed to.

I don't know some important particulars, though. Were the "socialist" candidates, endorsed by Ocasio Cortez for example, the major recipients of the Donor contributions?

If so, it's worth noting they had a bad night. Socialism doesn't sell in JesusLand the way it does in her home NY district.

Other "take-aways" from yesterday, as I see it:
  • Democrats again out-performed, particularly in the O'Connor/Balderson contest in Ohio;
  • O'Connor, though, ran as a moderate, Conor Lamb type, not a socialist;
  • Trump's endorsement continues to make a big difference in GOP circles;
  • Both the Balderson race and the Kobach race in Kansas are too close to call with certainty yet. I bet Balderson wins, and Kobach loses.
  • Both Parties have plenty to mull over going forward.
Well, I'm wrong on Kris Kobach, although I believe it's because his opponent decided against going for a recount.

Trump Ally Kris Kobach Wins Primary For Kansas Governor, As GOP Incumbent Concedes

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a staunch ally of President Trump, has won the state's razor-thin Republican primary for governor after incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded on Tuesday night.

"This election is probably the closest in America, but the numbers are just not there unless we were to go to extraordinary measures," Colyer said.

Colyer's decision comes a week after the bitter contest between the two concluded. According to the Kansas City Star, Kobach was leading Colyer by only 345 votes after 85 of the state's 105 counties counted their provisional ballots. After Johnson County, the state's largest, counted its ballots and failed to narrow the gap, Colyer decided to concede.

The governor said he wouldn't challenge the result in court nor ask for a recount, and that he had called to congratulate Kobach and underscore he's committed to keeping the seat in GOP hands.
Trump's endorsement, again, may have pushed Kobach into the win column—he'll certainly say so—but Johnson county? That surprised me, and no doubt Colver, too. But declining the recount is a good thing here.

Meanwhile, Kobach has a long history in the state (and in these forums). Establishment Republicans definitely leaned to Colver. And Democrats have some hope for November:
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With the polarizing Kobach at the top of the ticket, Democrats now see even more of a chance to flip the governor's mansion, or at least hope that the GOP nominee could be a drag further down the ballot, where several congressional seats are within reach for the party.
Perhaps that's their best angle going forward.
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