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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Baked In The Cake

With the narrow losses in GA-06 and SC-05 last night, there is the inevitable hand-wringing and self-flagellation that typifies liberal politics. And inevitably, someone will try and tie this back to Sanders v. Clinton, because that's helpful.  Josh Marshall points out - as many others have - that all these special elections are taking place on Republican-favored turf.  The fact that they are so close SHOULD unnerve the GOP.  If Democrats ride a 10 point wave in 2018, they will flip the House.  Not by flipping GA-06, but by flipping districts in CA, NY, VA and FL.

The arguments about messaging or which policy proposals mostly miss the point.  Democrats always run on better policies.  Look at the American Shitburger Bill currently winding its way in secret through the Senate.  You want good policy outcomes?  Elect Democrats.

And yet, people don't elect Democrats.

The lesson from last night and last November is that Republicans vote for Republicans.  That's how we wound up with Trump.  Republicans voted for him, even if they didn't "like" him.

Democrats will win once Republicans are embarrassed to admit they are Republicans.  You have to make the party radioactive.  Trump is certainly helping, and if they pass the American Shitburger Bill, that will help, too.

It's not about your message.  It's not about your policies.  It's about how many voters support your party.

Also, fuck you, Jill Stein.

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