WaPo: The US House Is In Play Thanks To Trump

The Washington Post reports:

It’s one of the most controversial things to say on Capitol Hill, sparking looks of shock and disbelief: The House majority is in play this fall. For almost five years, ever since state legislatures and commissions finished drawing the new congressional districts for this decade, the Republican stranglehold on the House has been taken for granted because of the precise targeting that fortified GOP-held swing seats to seemingly withstand the toughest political climate.

Even leading Democrats, just two months ago at their annual issues retreat in Baltimore, declined to predict anything close to winning the 30 seats they need in November to reclaim the majority. Then Republicans started voting in their presidential primary, with Donald Trump taking a commanding lead.

By last week, as House Democrats showcased several dozen top recruits on Capitol Hill and at K Street fundraisers, the tone had finally begun to shift. Trump has become so unpopular among key constituencies, including the growing suburbs that are home to several dozen Republican members, that some independent analysts, political strategists and a few Democrats say that anything might be possible come Election Day.

  • Frostbite

    Thanks Obama!

    Your liberal policies made the right-wing even more extreme and scared off folk with a lick of common sense.

    • Todd20036

      Actually, so did the color of his skin.

      • Mark

        Perhaps that more than policies.

    • Jafafa Hots

      liberal policies?

      • Frostbite

        Hey, a hell of a lot more liberal than we would have had with the GOP.

        • Bill_Perdue

          Obama is to the right of Nixon. “The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.” he told Noticias Univision 23, a Miami based Spanish language station.

          http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/obama-considered-moderate-republican-1980s/story?id=17973080

          Thanks for nothing, Obama.

          • Frostbite

            Yes, and it isn’t 1970 any more.

          • Bill_Perdue

            Correct. Obama started or continued more wars and busted more unions.

  • Gustav2

    What? Why the change? Donald is only acting like the Teavangelicals who were elected starting in 2010!

    • Todd20036

      Yeah, what I blame the establishment for is that they thought they could use the tea baggers to win in 2014 then discard them.

  • OK, he *has* to be helping the Democrats. I, for one, cannot see any other reason.

    • glass

      I agree. This is the “live” version of The Art of the Deal. The deal is to magnify how horrid the GOP is and get the opposition out and voting for a mostly sane party (dems).
      I think Trump is trolling on professional level!

      • MamaKath

        That’s what I’ve been hoping his end game was for the beginning and he’ll quit while calling out his followers on Twitter laughing at everyone who bought his bullshit.

        • Prank’d (remember that show?) on a national level. bravo.

          • Todd20036

            There is a new one called “Walk the Prank” starting on Disney, run by kids.

      • Roy Biv

        Yeah, and it’s supported by Trump’s past.

        When HRC attended his wedding. When Trump donated to HRC’s 2008 campaign. When Trump the billionaire probably had a lot of private phone calls to his NY senator, HRC. When for the majority of his life, he’s ingratiated himself with Hollywood liberals, cameoing in such hits as Home Alone, lived and breathed in “New York values,” and even now, on the campaign trail, he’s been an effective attacker against Bush’s wars from the GOP side.

        Not only is he trolling to give Dems Congress, he’s trolling to destroy theo GOP completely by forcing them to realign their supposed key ideologies.

    • BobSF_94117

      He wants to go down in history as the ultimate political spoiler. It’s a goal, I suppose…

  • Sam_Handwich

    too early to speculate…or maybe too late to achieve? i’ve recently read that Dems have failed to recruit candidates in many districts that have the potential to flip.

    • Gustav2

      They will pick up a few seats, maybe enough to make the Freedom Caucus irrelevant and compromise necessary.

      • Chucktech

        Let’s hope to gawd we can at least do that.

    • BearEyes

      the 50 state strategy that could have primed the pump to have democrats ready for high office.

  • mjcc1987

    As much as I would like to believe it, I don’t see that happening.

    • Todd20036

      Me neither, but then again, an awful lot of older school GOPers contend they will stay home if Drumpf is the nominee.

  • Michael Rush
  • Stubenville

    Atta boy, Donald! Mission accomplished.

  • Prion

  • Prion

    ..,

    • kaydenpat

      Love all of your cartoons! Can’t stop laughing.

      • DoALittleShuffle

        Anybody with the artistic ability to draw should do a cartoon picturing this:

        A picture of Trump with a romping/salivating Lewandowski on a dog leash.

        With “Trump” over the picture of Donald and “Pet” over the picture of Lewandowski… 🙂

        Haven’t seen much mention of Lewandowski drunk dialing female reporters (as I read in one article) and engaging in inappropriate dialogue as I read in one article —>

        Report: Trump’s Top Aide, Corey Lewandowski, Drunk-Dials Female Reporters

        http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/report-trump-aide-drunk-dials-female-reporters.html

        In addition, I wondered why some reporter from the major networks didn’t ask Trump what the difference is between drug users and drug pushers vs. women getting abortions and doctors providing them if they were illegal when he flip-flopped.

        A case could certainly be made that many drug users are the victims of previous circumstances (family environment/etc).

        I thought the republicans abhorred people which they say “play the victim card”?

        PS: just read a few minutes ago, how Trump said in the last day or so that his billionaire friends should be exempt from his immigration stances. 🙂

  • Prion

    .,.

    • BearEyes

      rig is the word.

      • Todd20036

        I thought “Grease” was the word, or maybe “Bird”

        • jmax

          Mum.

        • delk

          Johannesburg?

  • Prion

    .,,

    • Todd20036

      Cruz gets some credit, too

  • Texndoc

    Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham
    November 10, 2016
    “Folks, next time we need to run a CONSERVATIVE!”

    • kaydenpat

      David Duke will be available in 2020.

      • Corsair Tact

        Will she even be alive then?

    • Gustav2

      They are likely to get Cruz and then you can say that didn’t work either.

  • A week late on the news, WaPo.

  • Sam_Handwich

    This is interesting….from the FORMER director of a Trump SUperPAC:

    Stephanie Cegielski, a strategist and communications specialist, says she was brought in to run the Make America Great Again Super PAC last summer, but ultimately came to realize what everyone who hasn’t fallen under the Trump spell
    could sniff from the very beginning: Trump is wholly unprepared to be president and is only out for himself.

    ” I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t
    even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of
    all. He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to
    the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver’s seat, and
    nothing else matters. The Donald does not fail. The Donald does not
    have any weakness. The Donald is his own biggest enemy.

    “What was once Trump’s desire to rank second place to send a message to
    America and to increase his power as a businessman has nightmarishly
    morphed into a charade that is poised to do irreparable damage to this
    country if we do not stop this campaign in its tracks … He doesn’t want
    the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have
    run the White House.”

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/03/28/trump_super_pac_director_stephanie_cegielski_writes_letter_on_why_she_s.html

    • Gustav2

      With most of the Republican candidates only there to increase their ‘name ID’ this was a business decision, then he started to win. Oops.

    • Dinz6315

      She must have sat through the speech that launched his campaign, about the rapist Mexicans. Apparently she was down with that one.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I read her entire post. On the one hand, she’s right and I believe her. On the other hand, I wanted to throttle her for “not getting it” sooner. She was really naive, self absorbed, and greedy to have been a part of it at the beginning.

    • boatboy_srq

      The one trouble with Cegielski’s rant is this:

      And if you are one of the disaffected voters — one of the silent majority like me — who wanted a candidate who could be your voice, I want to speak directly to you as one of his biggest advocates and supporters.

      He is not that voice. He is not your voice. He is only Trump’s voice.

      She assumes that this condition – that Trump speaks only for Trump – is in any way a disincentive to support him, especially for the FundiEvangelical Prosperity Gospel types who view Trump as their Prodigal Entrepreneur.

      • BobSF_94117

        An odd thing for her to say. He is the voice of those issues. That’s not the problem for people like her. The problem is he’s unprepared to deliver on those issues.

      • Ernest Endevor

        And yet she managed to work for him.

    • olandp

      That is what I have been saying all along. He has been swept away by his ego. The great justice in all of this is that he has actually damaged his brand, possibly beyond repair.

  • ian

    Wishful thinking, but one, or rather all of us must try. Do Dems even have potential candidates to run in these gerrymandered districts?

    • kaydenpat

      Good question.

  • kaydenpat

    If our side comes out in November, it can be done. Thanks Trump!

    • Blake Jordan

      That depends heavily on Sanders’ fans…

      Hopefully all this talk of Clinton being worse than Trump, and that they will not bother voting if Sanders does not get the democratic nomination… is just irrational primary talk and they will wake up to sanity by November.

      • sigh. don’t you people ever listen to yourselves? not HRC supporters, i mean automatically anti-Bernie hater types. like you seem to be.

        HRC will win or lose on her own merits. if she is to carry the election that can be the only way. Bernie’s “fans” will mostly vote for her, in overwhelming numbers. i know b/c i am one and i work with them daily.

        people really have to get off their asses and work their village. then you’ll truly understand what political support your candidate has. you won’t find this information from generalizations in internet comments that lack all proof or support, from repeat commenters who seem more concerned with putting down a fellow democrat on the interwebs, than working the GOTV. maybe when they replace DWS you could apply for her job? pissing off other democrats is something she knows well.

        • Blake Jordan

          I am not anti-Bernie, it is a chunk of his fans that are the issue.

          Younger voters are key to democratic wins, unfortunately apathy runs high in them, and this “Hillary is evil” sentiment (which is completely insane) is just the excuse they need not bother showing up in November to vote.

          • Bill_Perdue

            HRH HRC is a tool of the rich, a mad dog warmonger and an avowed racist. That’s as evil as being a Republican and all the ‘lesser evil’ rants in the wold won’t fool very many people.

          • this is that goal post moving thing i see all the time. first it’s ‘Bernie and His Fan’s fault,’ and now it’s ‘the young,’ as if most people involved in politics actually know anything about younger voters and potential voters.

            they are not stupid. really. they know as much or more as people at this blog about what matters, what is happening. notice most people here are rather old. this is true of many similar political sites. i hear a lot of retirees and people who are established and comfortable bitching about how if what they want doesn’t happen, it’s the fault of (fill in favorite Bernie-leaning demographic).

            here’s a truth. many people here were voters when RayGun was elected. many younger people were not even alive. if you want to start throwing around blame, we can. all i’m saying is that it’s unhelpful. the goal is new voters, right? regardless of age, race, whatever? well, stop being so insulting of them, if they have a different choice than you. it’s their right.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Sanders, to his credit, has exposed HRH HRC as a tool of the rich. Some, easily fooled, may vote for her but tens of millions more will bolt the DP and move left.

  • Butch

    Maybe he’s just showing the GOP for what it was all along? But we still need to get rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz if we’re going to make any progress.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think it’s telling that while both Dem presidential candidates have their partisans, nobody is speaking up to say that DWS is any good.

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        • Hank

          Flagged, Flagged, Flagged!!! Find a site, where people are too dumb to know a “Con”, when they see one!!! You might want to try a “right wing” site and sucker them!!!

    • Gerry Fisher

      YES, please…

    • crewman

      I’ve seen her name on here a couple times but missed some critical news cycles on DWS or something. Can someone explain what the antipathy towards her is about?

      • Sure! Short version: she barely qualifies as a Democrat, is firmly in the pocket of moneylenders (currently trying to undercut the CFPB’s rules against payday lenders), and basically tried to coronate Hillary by scheduling so few debates and making Bernie’s campaign harder (and I say this as a Hillary supporter).

        http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a37542/dnc-chairperson/
        https://rewire.news/article/2016/01/07/debbie-wasserman-schultz-blames-voters-failures-democratic-party/
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/29/dems-say-party-chair-blocked-iran-resolution-at-dnc-meeting/
        http://wonkette.com/599267/everyones-being-a-dick-to-elizabeth-warren

        • Reality.Bites

          For Bernie and his followers, of all people, to complain about someone “barely qualifying as a Democrat.”

          • Did you read the part where I said I was a Hillary supporter?

          • unsavedheathen

            For. Christ’s. Sake. Give. It. A. Rest.

        • Oh, and she’s never faced a primary challenger and has only faced contested elections twice.

        • Butch

          Also recently endorsed the GOP congressional representatives in Florida, which is a pretty odd thing for the head of the DNC to do.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          In other words she’s a hot mess…..

        • Robincho

          Jes’ axin’ — You mention payday lenders, and I’m wondering what else a company called Quicken Loans could be all about, if not that. Whatever QL does, it does it well enough to finance a fucking convention center/arena…

          • Quicken Loans is actually a mortgage lender, but their products are…strange.

          • Robincho

            I realize these leviathan structures can be named for anyone or anything able to pungle up the required amount of cash. But isn’t it delicious that the rethugz would choose to gather under a roof named for a company whose modus operandi brought on the Financial Crisis of 2008? Such visionaries, those rethugz…

          • Corsair Tact

            I was going to get a mortgage through them in 2004 and decided to go through a local broker I knew and it was almost impossible to get them off my back. I know they got slapped for that tactic and are supposed to have changed their ways but I would never deal with them ever again.

      • oikos

        Corporate schill.

    • Chris Baker

      That’s what I have been thinking. People keep saying “Trump is destroying the Republican party”. No, he’s just bringing out the Republican base’s true feelings and thoughts. It’s not like he’s bringing some new group of people into the Republican party. They were there all along. The Republican party is a patchwork of rich people, corporate types, southern (ex-democrat) racists, the religious right, etc.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        The RNC is a party of racists, gun-sexuals, disgruntled blue collar workers, and religious wackos who are being artfully manipulated by very wealthy people who have everything to gain by the former groups’ ignorance and support.
        The ultra rich in this country are obscenely wealthy. The USA’s wealth disparity compares to places like saudi arabia, russia, china, dubai.
        There is no patriotism in the ultra wealthy in america. Only manipulation of the masses to get even richer

        • thesunnysideofthestreet

          “The RNC is a party of racists, gun-sexuals, disgruntled blue collar workers, and religious wackos…”

          Who all still think trickle down economics actually works and that they’re going to be part of the 1% any day now.

        • Chris Baker

          I guess I don’t really understand the need/desire to be ultra wealthy. If I live for 40 more years, and spent $10m a year, that’s only $400 million dollars. (Yeah, I don’t have heirs to leave it to, but if I did, they didn’t earn it, and would just waste it, so why would I leave it to them?). So I can’t even imagine why I would need or want $1 billion. I really would love to give it away to causes that are important to me.

          So this need to hoard wealth baffles me. (not that i don’t have some envy). And they say the ‘earned’ it. Well, I think some people made good business decisions at a good time and a lot it was luck. (Facebook v. MySpace, Windows OS v. whatever, Walmart v. Kmart, etc.) and some people fell into it (all the Walton kids with their Walmart stock,etc.).

          • unsavedheathen

            Feeling a little apocalyptic this morning after having read a NYT piece on accelerated GCC, but one explanation for the desire for great wealth is evolutionary. Naturally, we desire our progeny to be successful and for our genes to be passed on to future generations. A billion dollars would ensure one’s children and grandchildren could afford the high walls, private water supply and weaponry that seemingly will be necessary for assured survival toward the end of this century.

      • Jason Lin

        I could comment on how I agree, but I’ll let this much smarter man do so.

        • Joe knows who I am.

          You mess with fire…

        • Corsair Tact

          He’s wrong in one fact. This started with Nixon, accelerated with Reagan, hit its stride with Bush 41, and has run amok ever since.

      • Corsair Tact

        I believe he is a walking, talking American id.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      DWS is a disaster. Bring back Howard Dean!!

      • BlueberriesForMe

        The power of TV – I initially read “Dancing with The Stars”.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Gustav2

      Trump viewed unfavorably by 51% of white men?

      If that continues they will blow up Cleveland to save “The Village.”

      • oh, please don’t say that. you’re joking, but we live here and it should not surprise you how worried we are. we don’t live near downtown, but you can already feel the slow creep of more and more LEO types, everywhere.

        you know a lot of nutbags are republicans and some of them are going to be here. don’t give them ideas, please.

        • Gustav2
          • i thought you were talking about Digby’s Village. heh. but yeah, the term works either way.

            i’m just so afraid the cops are going to be shooting people from Ohio City to Mt. Pleasant, places that have nothing and no one to do with the convention. they like to shoot people here, poor people esp. the convention is giving them an excuse for a city-wide “crackdown,” and you know what that means to them.

          • Gustav2

            The cops will just throw people into Collision Bend

        • Hank

          Let us hope, that it does not turn into the 1968 Democratic Convention!!

          http://www.history.com/topics/1960s/videos/violence-batters-1968-democratic-convention

          • Robincho

            I think Cleveland ’16 is gonna make Chicago ”68 look like a Lemonade Social…

          • Stubenville

            Yea, it certainly has that potential, especially if Mousse-o-lini (Trump) fails to get the nomination.

      • chuckrod

        Naw, I just hope the ground opens & swallows the whole damn convention center, ala “Poltergeist”

        • Gustav2

          On the Cleveland Indians burial ground?

    • CPT_Doom

      Those numbers look promising.

    • Todd20036

      The only surprise I see there is that a (bare) majority of white men don’t like him.

    • Blake Mason

      Just because they view him unfavorably, doesn’t mean they will not hold their noses while voting republican.

      • David L. Caster

        You got that right.

      • FAEN

        White men probably will but I can’t see any other group voting for Trump en masse.

      • juanjo54

        Actually the polls have shown that 48% of REPUBLICAN women and 70% of all women have responded that they despise Trump and could not see themselves voting for him. Over all 30% of the republicans say they would not vote for him according to Quinnipac.

      • Steven B

        It could mean that with GOP women.

    • crewman

      NPR said this morning that even among Republican women, 49% had an unfavorable view of him. That’s pretty shocking.

      • Jafafa Hots

        Anyone can win primaries and even the general and be disliked by a majority, because only half of eligible voters actually vote.

      • Snarkaholic

        Because their Bible commands them to keep their legs open and their mouths shut.

      • NancyP

        This isn’t so surprising. The latest statement on prosecuting women who have abortions will really stir up the soccer moms against him. Suburban and rural married moms are prone to “well, MY abortion was a special medical necessity – unmarried teen is just a slut and needs to be punished”. (The typical woman over 22 or 23 years old seeking an abortion is a married woman with children already). The women may or may not be pious, but they surely have a precise knowledge of what the family budget will or wont cover and how another baby affects that.

      • ColdCountry

        People lie to pollsters. Also, women tend to be peacemakers, in the home especially. A good number of them try to keep peace among the children, with the husband and with the neighbors, no matter the cost to themselves. And keeping peace in a male dominated society means that you sometimes gain the skill of lying convincingly. I know a number of women who agree with their husbands on politics and then vote the opposite.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Only 68% of women??? Why the hell isn’t that number higher????

      • Jenni

        That was my thought. I was like- I need to have a sit down convo with that other 32%. My single question to them? “Are you fucking kidding me??”

  • DaddyRay

    It may be less likely to flip the House but we can certainly give it our best shot and at least reclaim some territory

    Here is a list of Competitive Districts – check if you are in a Toss Up or Likely District to see if you can make a difference

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2016#Competitive_districts

    • Reality.Bites

      Gerrymandering really isn’t an issue in Canada but I can tell you this: In the last two elections two parties won dozens of seats they didn’t think they had a prayer of winning thanks to deep dislike of the Conversative Party.

      In 2011, the New Democratic Party went from 36 seats to 103. And in the 2015 election the Liberals went from 36 seats to 184.

      Many of these seats were in places where they had virtually no local organization, no “get out the vote” program to get voters to the polls, no local campaign and first-time candidates who were pretty much considered placeholders, like the woman who went from barista to MP.

      It’s a different country and a different process, but never underestimate the power of coattails, both negative and positive.

      • DaddyRay

        Exactly – showing up to the primaries is important as well not only to select the best option to challenge the GOP but also to send a message that the Republicans are in trouble. I went with Brad Schneider in my district for his clear support for LGBT positions and he won the primary. I think he has a good shot

      • boatboy_srq

        The trouble in the US is that the GOTea persists, not because its members dislike Democrats, but because they detest government itself. If they don’t care for their legislators the next alternative for them is not the Dem on the ticket but “none of the above” – with the fervent hope that if their guy doesn’t get in that the position would not be filled at all. In the US, GOTea unpopularity won’t automatically translate to increased support for the other. It means good news for Dems, but opposition voters staying home or abstaining from one or more contests is less good news than if more voters could be persuaded to vote the other side of the ticket.

  • Herald

    Maybe Luckovich is onto something.

  • Corsair Tact

    O/T: Republican to bring impeachment charges against Alabama Governor. Charges include moral turpitude, which is very delicious. Likely to pass.

    http://m.wtvm.com/wtvm/db_390585/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=c94qwIaE

    • TuuxKabin

      Yeah, was reading that. It’s not pretty when the fans turn on the diva.

      • Corsair Tact

        Just ask Madge!

        • TuuxKabin

          Wouldn’t ask Madge nada.

          Bette MIdler said it to the audience when we ‘groaned’ at one of her jokes.

          • Corsair Tact

            I bow to your wisdom.

          • TuuxKabin

            With a sweeping motion of your hat? I’d be flattened, I mean flattered.

            BTW. Which Madge? The Madonna one, not the Gallagher one, correct? Still sleepy.

          • Corsair Tact

            The pseudo Brit with the Mommie Dearest issues.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ah. First laugh of the morning, pre coffee no less. Tah. Let’s see if we get beat up for dis’in’ the pseudo Brit. Some may think it’s Milo Staininhispantsopolis.

    • djcoastermark

      Yummy, just as delish as my mimosa, berries and bagels brunch this morning

    • BobSF_94117

      Delish as it might be, I suspect the primary goal is to impeach and replace him quickly so that his GOP replacement can run more successfully in November. Pity the Dems will go along with it.

      Also, getting tossed out of office by impeachment for an affair is not a positive development.

      • Chucktech

        Remember, impeachment doesn’t throw anybody out. “Impeachment” means being indicted by, in the US Congress, the House of Reps, it’s the Senate who then must weigh the charges. I’m guessing Alabama works the same way. And if Southern efficiency is alive and well in Alabama, this delightful little train wreck ought to reach a crescendo right around November…

        • Corsair Tact

          It is different in Alabama in that only a majority of each chamber needs to agree. It appears that the numbers are in place in both for this to happen.

      • Corsair Tact

        That’s not the only charge. It’s like Clinton: it’s not the affair, it’s the cover up.

        • BobSF_94117

          There was no investigation for him, was there?

          • Corsair Tact

            This editorial has a good history and explains the nuances better than I can: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/03/whats_gov_bentleys_next_move_a.html

          • BobSF_94117

            It still sounds like no investigation has begun. But it’s hard to discern what’s going on when the editorial includes confusing stuff like:

            There’s no mechanism in Alabama designed to oust him. And the ones that exist are toothless or time-consuming.

    • McSwagg

      Moral turpitude: that was the contract clause that conservatives used in previous eras to fire LGBT teachers with no recourse. Karma is delicious!!!

  • Republicans have created a real problem for themselves. In many red states they even though their lead among voters is about 60/40 or 55/45, they gerrymandered the state putting as many Democrats as possible into one district leaving the rest of the state with small but significant majorities. Since Democrats are less likely to vote than Republicans and that in some of these Congressional districts the Democrats hardly bother running a candidate (if they do it’s just a name on the ballot and not a real campaign), they coast to victory. But should Democrats show up and Republicans not, some of the leads in these “safe” districts are not sufficient to withstand that kind of wave election.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The Dems still need to put up a good candidate though. I really wish there was a chairperson who was better at taking advantage of this.

      • I moved to my present residence in 2012. That year it was pathetic. I researched all the candidates. (I’m not going to vote for people just because of party anyway. That’s a factor, but I will read their positions on issues and any other info.) Since there were no Democrats running for most things I did vote for a few third party people but because some of those were real nutjobs I often just left a section blank. There really ought to be some choice for every office. 🙁

  • Sam_Handwich
    • TuuxKabin

      Then let’s go with that, shoo you in and call the whole thing off.

    • Gustav2

      I laughed at Mark Haperin and John Heileman’s puzzlement yesterday over a poll showing in a head to head match for governor of Ohio, Sanders handily beats Kasich.

      They have no idea what is coming.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I would like to point out that it’s NOT just putting a Dem in the White House and other places but also making sure there is pressure put so they don’t get lazy or start drifting rightward.

    1. make sure the minimum wage goes up, especially in regards to wait people (a lot of restaurants don’t make up the way they should or have tips be shared by people behind the scenes so the waiter doesn’t get the entire tip)
    2. do something about crazy price hikes of medicine that have been established for decades like the medicine used for euthanasia that’s doubled for absolutely no goddamn reason
    3 Keep pushing for single payer
    4. While it doesn’t affect me, as a developed country, it’s still a SHAME we don’t have paid maternal leave.
    5. I know many people mocks Bernie’s focus on Wall Street but seriously, READ The Big Short. I couldn’t finish it because I’d get completely appalled every few pages by the utter stupidity, greed and fraud committed by people who frosted turds and sold them as cake only to crash the whole damn system.
    6. Please, no more ground troops in wars demanded by “allies” for THEIR convenience and not our need
    7. Shift money to the military to things we actually need.
    8. Actually reform the immigration problem.
    9. Citizens United
    10. So many others.

    Remember it’s the issues that matter.

    • TuuxKabin

      exactimundorama.

    • boatboy_srq

      RELATED: did you catch Maddow last night? Both Clinton and Sanders were on. Sanders’ perspective on political coattails for downballot races was very telling. If your laundry list is as long as you suggest, it’s worth keeping in mind that it will take a cooperative Congress to achieve a lot of that – and as of now Sanders doesn’t seem interested in assisting with that.

      http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-differences-emerge-between-clinton-and-sanders

    • /feminist minirant

      it DOES affect you! even if you’re childless, hate those little brats, and steal candy from them every chance you get. b/c those little angels become your neighbors, coworkers, even bosses, not to mention elected officials with power over your life.

      pay your taxes. support good schools. vote for people who will bring us true Family Leave, for all parents. feed and nurture the poorer children in your area.

      or, watch a mess of them come storming down your nursing home in about 30 years, for the medicine and clean water there, in an environmental meltdown of biblical proportions. that they blame *you* for. they’ll have gunz.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    So, In a way, Donald Trump might ACTUALLY be making America great again.

  • gaylib

    This is off topic, but can you guys go freep this poll about NC’s HB 2? Maybe Joe can help 🙂 http://wncn.com/2016/03/31/equality-rights-groups-to-deliver-letter-to-mccrory-from-ceos-demanding-repeal-of-hb2/

    • boatboy_srq

      YIKES! 12 total votes so far…

      • ScottinPhilly

        77 votes – heavily in our favor.

    • djcoastermark

      just did my civic duty and freeped (?) Its now up to 38 votes that it is a bad deal.

    • TrollopeReader

      gee, Pat. You have 3 votes in your favor ….Equality has 195 votes. Hmmm…and you say you have “facts” on your side?

  • it’s hard for me to get excited about this. a) it’s the often wrong WaPo 2) sigh, more trump related sort-of-“news” and iii) i get depressed when i think of all those years ago, working for Dean, and that 50 something something idea he wanted the DCL and Superhero Dems to adopt. they didn’t.

    i guess Murka is finally waking up to the fact that almost none of us didn’t lose somebody in WWII, for some reason. Even the Kidz Today, barely old enough to know what voting is, play internet games about how fascism works. Bottom line is that everybody’s family ends up having at least one or two people shipped off to the ovens. maybe the thought of preznit rump and a congress full of teatards is finally sinking in. honestly, i have my doubts. the sad thing is, i count on DWS and the rest of the BigDems to do all the wrong things in the next few months, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, again.

    • canoebum

      They should kick Debbie to the curb and get Howard Dean back in there. He knew what he was doing. Sorry to say, she’s a disaster.

      • Octavio

        No fucking shit. I just sent in my “official” Democrat Party survey asking what issues are of concern with a long note that kicking Debbie to the curb is my highest priority as a Democrat.

  • BobSF_94117

    “the precise targeting that fortified GOP-held swing seats”

    I see the WaPo, under new management, is allergic to the word “gerrymandering”.

    • Jimmie Z

      … otherwise known as “How to steal an election.”

      Edit: graph below produced under “OLD WaPo”

  • Bill_Perdue

    Trump is the Yeltsin of the American ruling class and signals the demise of their empire. The chickens are coming home to roost.

    Trump is destroying the RP and BSs candidacy will do the same to the DP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsV5-Hv-7U

    • fuow

      Well, the non-voters and the ‘vote my conscience’ voters sure gave us Shrub back in 2000. Sigh.
      Would Bernie be that awful for you?

      • Bill_Perdue

        This is the only BS I like:

        “It would be hypocritical of me to run as a Democrat because of the things I have said about the party. …“Why should we work within the Democratic Party if we don’t agree with anything the Democratic Party says?” – Socialist Scholars Conference in New York City, April 1990. http://www.keywiki.org/Socialist_Scholars_Conference_1990

        “The Democratic Party ideologically bankrupt, they have no ideology. Their ideology is opportunism.” – Interview with Vermont Affairs magazine, 1986 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/8/15/1409803/-Introducing-Bernie-Sanders-the-Hypocrite

        “The Democratic and Republican parties are tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum, they both adhere to an ideology of greed and vulgarity.” – Op-ed in the New York Times, January 1989. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/8/15/1409803/-Introducing-Bernie-Sanders-the-Hypocrite

        “The quotes and other information are from the Politico article: Can Bernie Sanders Win the Love of a Party He Scorns?” http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/bernie-sanders-2016-democrats-121181

      • Reality.Bites

        There is no democratic (small-d) politician anywhere in the world that Bill would support for more than a month after taking office as part of the ruling party.

        He does not believe in democracy. He believes in what he calls rule of the workers, but actually is a small group of people who’ve never done any work in their lives.

        As you know, as any reasonable person knows, all politicians must compromise. And none of the groups in society are going away. Not the LGBT. Not the Fundies. And not the 1% either. Bill is not open to any compromise on any issue, ever. If he were a representative in his chosen government he’s be expelled. And if he were a president, he’d be removed in a coup.

  • medaka

    Tiny hands or giant head? You decide!

  • Alan43

    Thanks Drumpf!

  • Clungeflaps

    Good, this means I can ignore all the hillbots that are trying to guilt trip everyone into voting for her. If we have a dem House and Senate, Trump wont be able to do anything.

    • fuow

      Nobody is trying to guiltrip you into voting FOR Hillary.
      Those of us who believe Trump and/or 卐Cruz卐 pose a greater threat than anyone else to the freedom of gay men simply want you to vote AGAINST them.
      As to Hillary, I support her because she has the best chance. I’d prefer Warren or Sanders. You go with what you’ve got, not what you want in the end, though, because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.

      • Clungeflaps

        wrong, all of the hillbots are trying to guilt trip everyone into voting for her. she’s a moderate repub, so I’m not voting for her.

        • Corsair Tact

          All??? ALL????!!! A.L.L.?????????

          • Get Real

            Clungeflaps ALWAYS uses the language of extremes…

          • Clungeflaps

            yes, every single one.

          • Corsair Tact

            Oh my. That’s quite a lot. Well, you must be very busy.

    • Reality.Bites

      I think it’s pretty fair to say that neither candidate wants your support. They’ll take your vote, of course, but if Bernie knew about you he’d fervently hope you’d shut the fuck up. Or better yet, from his point of view, start supporting Hillary as vocally as you support him.

  • Just Sayin’

    O/T Nate Silver compiled the hard cold facts regarding what Sanders has to do in order to win and if he deviates from any of the targets, it is really over folks. This is near impossible tight rope to walk. Missing any of these margins is curtains. For example, he needs to win the Wyoming caucus by +57 and Wisconsin by +16. Gonna take a miracle.

    http://www.salon.com/2016/03/31/bernies_miracle_path_to_victory_nate_silver_crunches_the_numbers_on_a_sanders_win_partner/

    • fuow

      He’s not going to win Wyoming by that amount. I don’t vote in that state, but because we own land there and I’m active in the party right on one of the borders, I know the folks who actually caucus pretty well.
      His supporters are very strong and very firm (quite a few actually mean it when they say they’d rather see
      卐Cruz卐 than Hillary), but there just aren’t enough to pull it off.

      • Just Sayin’

        The above chart is the only one to watch from now on when someone says that Bernie Sanders is going to be the nominee. He cannot meet the Wyoming target then the other targets margins have the be stronger which makes the likelihood of a miracle just that much harder. Hit ’em with facts!

        • Clungeflaps

          Except they aren’t facts, they are rather credulous opinions from Nate Silver.

          • Just Sayin’

            Math and science are NOT based on opinions. If he doesn’t reach the targets, he will not get the delegates to win.

          • Corsair Tact

            If I have two apples and you have two apples and you win all my apples in the apple primary, you will have four apples. This is not my opinion.

        • Jimmie Z

          Unless Hillz gets indicted …

    • Clungeflaps

      All of his predictions will probably be wrong, just like Michigan and Trump, and then he’ll backpedal and say it was a fluke, and then you naive people will still treat him like the oracle of delphi, when he’s really just a fraud.

      • Just Sayin’

        This is math – plain and simple. If he doesn’t hit these targets, then he will not have enough delegates to win the nomination.

  • fuow

    The only way it might possibly be in play would be for young women and gay men to get off their smug asses and actually bother to vote in number.
    As that has never happened, not even in California in 2008, I rather doubt it. There’s just too little comprehension of how quickly things can go south for free women and gay men amongst those two groups.

  • JT

    Trump’s abortion comments are having a snowball effect.

  • Jimmie Z

    Big head?
    … or …
    Small hands?

    I’m going with, “Yes.”

  • Octavio

    At a recent “Meet Joe Heck” meet and greet speech here in Hendereson the place was overrun with Democrats (me included) who kept asking him questions about LGBT issues, abortion, and women’s rights that he wasn’t prepared to answer. It was fun. The few Republicans in Nevada who currently play at being adults in the US House and Senate are definitely at risk of no longer being in Washington in the near future. 🙂

  • It is possible but would take quite a Democratic popular vote victory margin due to the 5% built – in Republican advantage in the house due to intentional Gerrymandering. . The Republicans got 52% of the congressional vote in 2014 but ended up with 57% of the seats in the House. It is hard to beat incumbents – a “mainstream” Republican may be able to hold a seat even if that district votes Democratic for President. It is going to take a Democratic landslide of over 15% to put the House in play. It is possible. The last time this happened was in 1984 with Reagan over Mondale.

  • billbear1961

    To the glorious possibility!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nJPUD57L7c

  • SFBruce

    Clinton or Sanders in the White House, and a Democrats in control in Congress would be a beautiful think.

  • James

    The whole world is hoping for this. The non-fascist parts of it, anyway.

  • JCF
    • billbear1961

      O JUSTICE, hear our ardent prayers!

  • Michael

    Be careful. Trump doesn’t have the nomination yet (even though I hope he gets it, because it would help us defeat other Republicans). Trump had a near melt down yesterday over the pro-choice issue and if he continues to do that, he may self-destruct before the Convention. He’s so toxic now, I’ve even stopped posting negative comments about him. Let the Republicans deal with that problem and if they don’t, Hillary will win the election.