Dems To Target 100+ US House Seats In Midterms

NBC News reports:

House Democrats are stepping on the gas, with plans to target over 100 Republican-held congressional districts in the November midterm elections. At House Democrats’ annual conference Thursday, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is expected to tell colleagues the committee is expanding the battleground to include 101 Republicans — the largest in a decade, a Democratic source familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The seven new targets push Democrats even deeper into Republican territory in South Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas. And they include the Ohio seat held by the man charged with defending the GOP’s majority, National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio. (Republicans are also targeting Lujan.)

The DCCC’s own polling of key districts has been more promising than national trends, showing President Donald Trump underwater not just in the 23 GOP-held districts Clinton won, but also in the more than 60 districts Trump won, and the 11 where retirements have left the seat open.

Dems need to flip at least 24 seats to win back the House.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Expect even more payolas from large companies over the course of this year to keep the plebs happy with status quo.

    • boatboy_srq

      Carrier and Walmart have already begun downsizing/offshoring the jobs Lord Dampnut was supposed to save, and the trend is not changing. The moment for payola to make a difference is passing rapidly.

      • Mike C

        Poor Republicans don’t vote their wallet, they vote their bigotry.

      • Butch

        Just over the state line in Wisconsin, Kimberly Clark is laying off 5,500 and Harley Davidson is closing a plant and moving it to Thailand and both publicly (in press releases) blamed the actions on the new GOP tax law. Neither company is exactly a left-leaning outfit.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Hello, DCCC? Your campaign material is here, on a silver platter.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          HD jobs in KC, MO too.

          • Butch

            The company is headquartered in Milwaukee; that’s why I was saying it was relevant to Wisconsin.

        • boatboy_srq

          Wait. A Koch industry is blaming its layoffs on the same tax bill the Kochs both wanted and welcomed?

  • MikeBx2

    “shellacking”

    • teeveedub

      There’s gonna need to be a new word. I don’t think “shellacking” will be strong enough.

      • Pollos Hermanos

        We’re going to juice an orange.

        • Cipher

          Comb Trump’s GOP over.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        excoriation?

        • teeveedub

          Perhaps we need to disembowel the Republican party.

  • People4Humanity

    Off-topic: Trump “University” settlement affirmed in Appeals Court:

    https://twitter.com/4evernevertrump/status/961282399706406912

    • The_Wretched

      Any other admin, this would have been a scandal.

      • Todd20036

        It still is, just not with his base

      • thatotherjean

        So many things this president does should be giant, honking scandals. But they come at us so fast that we can’t take them all in. We’re suffering from scandal fatigue, to the point of “Oh, he finally has to pay up? Has the parade thing been settled yet? How’s Puerto Rico doing? Has Trump imposed those sanctions on Russia yet? ” A presidential scandal? It must be a day ending in y.

    • Frostbite

      Can he pardon himself? Asking for a friend. 🤪

      • Boreal

        No, state charges, not Federal.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        The President’s can pardon crimes, but I don’t think there’s anything in the Constitution about pardoning debts — his own or anyone else’s.

        • Unless he’s sentenced to debtors’ prison… wait what century is it again?

      • Tulle Christensen

        If he can pardon himself is an open question. what he cannot do is make it so he does not have to pay civil judgements

      • Tulle Christensen

        Tell your friend to get his company to declare bankruptcy then he will only have to pay pennies on the dollar of the judgement

        That is how you reduce a civil judgement, you will still have to shell out a little though

      • thatotherjean

        Only for Federal crimes. For crimes committed at the State level, no.

    • David Walker

      Now comes the fun part: trying to collect the $25 million. “Will you take a check?”

  • Here’s hoping. I’ve become an official Democratic Party donor in the hopes of helping with this.

    • Boreal

      Make sure to call the DNC regularly. I call them every day now.

  • Boreal

    Vote blue. There are no perfect candidates.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqVIM00XEAACn4d.jpg

    • Todd20036

      and every time they vote for some worthless 3rd party

    • I remember, last spring when the Iranian presidential election was happening. They had an Iranian fellow on NPR who said that, while one of the candidates wasn’t as liberal as he’d have liked, he’d still support him, because he was better than the alternative.

      • Boreal

        It is always a choice between the lesser of two evils. That’s where the third party candidates were totally wrong. They thought getting trump would bring about their revolution but instead we ended up with a fascist govt.

        • Tread

          The sheer naive idiocy of the whole “people’s revolution” voters astounded me.

          • Boreal

            It’s a ‘people’s revolution’ alright. The people are getting a revolutionary dismantling of the Federal Government so the rich don’t have to answer to anyone, pay taxes or obey the law.

          • Publius

            ^This.

            What’s striking to me (and unsurprising) is these “revolutionaries” are, for the most part, least likely to be negatively affected by this administration. In other words, they can afford a Trump presidency — people of color, poor people, and others cannot.

          • Tread

            Yep. More than likely they are rich, latte liberals, safe in their luxury sedans and gated neighborhoods.

        • I prefer to think of it as the better of two humans. None of us is perfect. If that’s the measure then there’s no point. I think we’ve gotten to a kind of politics on the left where no one can ever be good enough. If the alternative is between an imperfect but mostly good person and a terrible person, how is that even a question. You pick the best of the candidates and if that doesn’t work out then there’s another election in 2, 4 or 6 years. I don’t know what is wrong with some people.

          • marshlc

            If the choice is between a bad person who would be willing to make deals, and a terrible person, you vote for the bad person. And then, while waiting for the next election, work so your choice is not so terrible next time. Hell, maybe run yourself.

          • One of them is going to win anyway. You may as well way in. Opting out doesn’t make you a morally superior person. “They’re all terrible” is a cop-out. I hear it often. What I really here is “I’m too lazy to read about the candidates and make an informed decision.”

          • Ninja0980

            Or that I’m willing to hurt others if I don’t get my own way.

          • Cipher

            So much focus on personality, so little on policy.

          • Tulle Christensen

            I mostly agree. But your claim. “None of us is prefect”, just means you have not met me

            FYI: Yes I did the error on purpose

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, I learned that the hard way back in 2010 in my district.

        • thatotherjean

          The 1991 election for governor in Louisiana is a perfect example of this. Edwin Edwards, far from squeaky clean, faced David Duke, the former KKK Grand Wizard. One (not by the campaign, but highly popular) bumper sticker read “Vote for the crook; it’s important.” Another read “Vote for the Lizard not the Wizard.” Edwin Edwards won handily.

        • Dramphooey
        • Dramphooey

          Agreed mostly but not with the Democrats being the lesser of two evils. They are not an evil. That’s fauxgressive propaganda.

        • Gerry Fisher

          Both are not necessarily “evil.”

          • Boreal

            The lesser evil refers to the purists who want a perfect candidate that reflects ALL of their views and will not vote without one.

    • Todd20036

      VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHOM!!!

      Grammar Nazis Unite!

      • joe ho

        Depends how you interpret the elliptical construction. Vote blue no matter who the candidate is. That would make the nominative who correct.

        • Michael White

          you guys are SO sexy when you discuss grammatical possibilities.

          • GayOldLady

            For a little they could make me feel self conscious about my grammar and punctuation, but so far they’ve been kind to me an given me a pass. 🙂

          • Boreal

            When I’m online, particularly if it is via my phone, I don’t worry about grammatical errors. Hell, I can barely see the keyboard without glasses.

          • GayOldLady

            Sometimes I get online with my cell, but it’s really tough to enjoy the comments from a cell phone and it’s terrible on the eyes.

          • alc2018

            sexyist dropping the SO in all caps, just because…well ya know

        • You are correct.

          • joe ho

            And I’m pretty sure that’s how most people interpret the ellipsis.

      • Randolph Finder

        I actually disagree. If I lived in a district which was the flip of Illinois 3 (i.e. the only Democrat running in the primary was a neo-nazi and thus assured to get on the ballot in November) I would have no problem leaving that blank.

        • Andymac3

          And who are these Democratic neo-nazis that you hypothesise?

          • Randolph Finder

            Generally followers of Lyndon LaRouche. If I lived in Utah in 2012, the only Democrat to run against Orrin Hatch was a Lyndon LaRouche follower, I’d vote for Orrin Hatch. (Fortunately, neither Scott Howell and Pete Ashdown weren’t LaRouchies.)

    • joe ho

      –or cast protest votes.

    • cleos_mom

      Ditto if they vote third party or write someone in; however sanctified a bovine either choice might involve.

    • FAEN

      But her emails 🙄.

      Anyone else having issues today? Typing feels like it’s freezing/going in slow motion. Very frustrating.

      • Boreal

        No, not today but many days I have major disqus issues.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup and as you said, if you don’t vote, you are in fact voting for every racist, sexist, homophobic policy Republicans put into action.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I reflected on 2010 and felt a twinge of pain. That was a big one.

      • JCF

        I freely confess that I was WAY too invested in my SF Giants FINALLY winning the World Series that year (Woo Hoo!), to pay much of a damn to the elections (although being in California, the good guys *mostly* won that year. Though I should have been focussed on flipping my Congressman…which DID happen, but in 2012).

  • if we had real, fair elections? meh. 100 is lowballing. if we had aggressive, fact-based, critical campaign strategy? it’s not like the repukes haven’t given the left a bible’s worth of scandal, horror and ad-worthy soundbites. if we had a leadership that was willing to fund local progressives, instead of fighting them and replacing them with carpetbagging Third Way appeasers? wow, would people turn out for those. if the party spent money on canvassing and organizing and supporting the groups most energized right now, youth and minority groups whose common theme is “Enough!” well, that would be the actual revolution.

    let’s not get started about the national dems unwillingness to fight gerrymandering, the only reason there are more than five rethugs left in any house anywhere.

    but let’s see how the policy of ignoring Howard Dean 20 years ago, when the republic might have been saved, works this time. meh, a lot of advisors and campaign bunnies will get richer, so there’s that.

    • The_Wretched

      ^this

  • Sam_Handwich
    • RLK2

      Let’s start with Pennsylvania coming up in March! This is an extremely important race to win for the Democrats and flip a red district. GOTV for Democrat Conor Lamb!

  • BearEyes

    Good. Target all 50 states and their statehouses.

    • Tread

      That would mean having a built up Democratic Party groundswell. You aren’t going to get that with Tom Perez kowtowing to Bernie Sanders and the Sandernistas.

      • The_Wretched

        lol

        Perez is a ‘centrist’. End of story. The problem in DEM GOTV is lack of a positive progressive message from the party that will give 40% of the base a reason to show up. “Gee, we pass the ultralow bar of being better than Trump” isn’t compelling.

        • Dramphooey

          If you don’t show up you’re not the base. I am beyond tired of this nonsense about a base that doesn’t show up at elections. If you don’t show up you’re not a base of any damned thing.

          • The_Wretched

            Then the national dem base is much smaller than it should be were they to actually be progressive.

          • unsavedheathen

            Exactly. Poll after poll shows that the majority supports progressive goals… universal healthcare, free post-secondary education, gun control…. If the party aggressively put forth a truly progressive agenda, basically their platform pre-1990, they would control Congress and the WH.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Why only 100? In VA delegates races, candidates ran in every single district.Even if not going to win, running against an entrenched, well funded incumbent forces them to spend money in their district, and not be able to fund other candidates in other districts, or fund them less.

    • Boreal

      They should target every seat regardless.

      • Taylor Bixler

        Yeah, that is what I said. That is not what the DCCC said however.

        • Boreal

          The DCCC has never fully supported candidates up and down the ticket. That’s why I delete their emails and send them zero $$

          • Tread

            They’re milquetoast DINOs. If you want to know why we don’t have a backbone, you only need to look at their tepid response to the latest advertising about how Democrats are being “disrespectful” and “disloyal” to Trump during his SOTU.

          • It’s probably better to just send money directly to candidates.

          • Well it depends. If you send money to state parties, for instance, they tend to do a lot with coordinated, which goes towards all democrats in your state… as long as your state party is organized and not corrupt that is.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            “It’s probably better to just send money directly to candidates.”

            As someone who has worked in national Dem politics for over three decades, I would upvote this a thousand times if I could.

          • Bad Tom

            One reason why they have money limitations.

          • Boreal

            They would have more money if they inspired more of us to contribute to them.

          • Bad Tom

            Negative feedback loop.

          • Ninja0980

            Same here.

      • Tread

        No one should be left without an opponent. All the way down to the local dog catcher (I hate that euphemism, btw).

        • Judas Peckerwood

          I always just go with “school board”, because that’s a local office that really does matter.

    • narutomania

      Good point! I also think that it helps to show that we have people everywhere, not just in the big cities. And we offer real people with good ideas to counter the idiotic prejudices and single-minded policies of the GOP.

      It also gives extra Hope to people who live in “red areas”.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Theyre “targeting” 100 specific seats. The title is misleading. This doesnt mean we arent running many more than 100 candidates across the country.

      • The_Wretched

        Targeting means if you’re not on the list, the party is not going to help you out. Good luck, cheerio and all that.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Im pretty sure the DNC budget is a fraction of the GOP budget….
          we dont have Coch and mercer and adelson money at 100 million a pop to throw around

    • Kruhn

      They’re targeting, as in providing money and resources. That doesn’t mean that candidates in the remaining R seats.

  • TexasBoy

    You know my Mom and my grandparents always voted Republican, I don’t know much about my father, since he died when I was young, but it safe to assume he was also a Republican voter, as he was conservative ex-Military. I’ve even voted Republican a few times (Gerald Ford anyone). But I firmly believe that in voting Democrat (split ticket in some local elections) for the last 35+ years, I am voting for the very same basic core principles they voted for…it is the GOP that has abandoned those principles, not me.

    • If Ford were in any way typical of modern Republicans I would probably be a swing voter. But he’d be considered center left today. (Especially later pro-gay positions and his wife’s fundraising for AIDS charities.) I did vote for Mike Bloomberg once when I lived in NYC, but that’s the only Republican I’ve voted for in 30 years.

  • CharlestonDave

    About damn time.

  • HZ81

    Run them into the ocean.

  • This is the Future. those of you with money who post here better fucking support it, or you are all just hypocrites. https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/02/could-abdul-el-sayed-be-the-real-deal


    Abdul El-Sayed
    is running to be the Governor of Michigan, and he is so accomplished
    that he sets off every one of my alarm bells. He is a 33-year-old former
    college athlete. He is a Rhodes Scholar with a PhD in Public Health and
    an MD from Columbia, who has authored over 100 academic articles. He
    has been on a “40 Under 40” list. As the child of immigrants, with an impressive speaking presence, El-Sayed has quickly been compared to Barack Obama (even by
    former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau). Worse
    [the article writer is using this ironically], he talks about healing
    divides, a politics of hope, etc. He is charismatic and handsome, with a
    wholesome, all-American family, and you should never trust charismatic
    handsome people with wholesome, all-American families.

    they are out there. don’t buy into the line that says only old rich white people can lead the Democratic Party. support them.

    • Well, here’s the shocking thing: he
      actually seems to have a bold and substantive progressive agenda. He’s
      got plans and they’re… really very good. Have a look at the “issues”
      section of his website. El-Sayed lays out 20 core issues, and then goes
      into more detail on some specific subject areas. #1 on the list is
      inequality. This is a good start: one of the most serious failings of
      the Democratic Party up until now has been a lack of commitment to
      taking inequality seriously. El-Sayed puts it front and center. #2?
      Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He’s fully on board with the
      Fight For 15, and not just as a second thought, but as a basic, core
      issue, the way it should be.

      For progressive leftists, the list
      just gets better as it goes on: El-Sayed, a physician and public health
      professor, lists single-payer healthcare as Agenda Item #3. What’s more,
      he wants to do it at the state level,
      and he thinks he can succeed where Vermont couldn’t. #4: Closing the
      gender pay gap. #5: “Never accept a dime of corporate money.” He wants
      free college, infrastructure programs, universal pre-K, the full
      legalization of marijuana, net neutrality, a comprehensive approach to
      tackling the opioid crisis, and new clean water policies. Encouragingly,
      he says he wants to “end the profit motive in public education.”
      (Education is often an area where you can tell whether someone is a
      genuine leftist or just an opportunistic centrist making leftist noises.
      Leftists are uncompromisingly committed to keeping profit out of public
      education, while centrists just issue a lot of uplifting wind about
      empowering parents and educators.)

      what is not to like? srsly. if you don’t like him just because he likes to associate himself with gasp, That Man’s message? you are the problem, not us.

      • The_Wretched

        ooh!

    • safari

      Grethen Whitmer is supposed to be the democratic blessed candidate.

      • Butch

        The Upper Peninsula, where I live, can be something of a news desert, but as I read it, the problem isn’t with El-Sayed’s views but with his residency under state law. He’s registered as a voter in New York and didn’t change it, which may disqualify him.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Thank you! This is what I want to see – actual success, as opposed to just successful accumulation of money.

  • There were 40 districts in 2016 in which Hillary won but a Republican holds the Congressional seat. In most of those Democrats didn’t even run a (serious) candidate. Not only does crap like that hurt us in the House, but in off year elections when there’s no serious challenger it hurts everyone down ballot. People who didn’t show up to vote for governor or senator (because why bother) also didn’t vote for other down-ticket races. Those races matter as we are seeing with all the gerrymandering and other voter suppression efforts only possible because Republicans took over half the states while Democrats were still doing a victory dance after the 2008 election. Huge mistake. We can’t repeat it ever again. Every election matters from President to city council.

    • Michael White

      When in areas is as gerrymanders as IN-2 it is almost impossible to get good candidates to run. This year we have about 5 running in the primary. One Mel Hall who helped found the Press Ganey (healthcare surveys and data collection/analysis) company will clean the palin endorsed teabagger whore who represents us now. He has a PhD and knows healthcare better than most. He will clean her clock if we can get her to debate. But, the bitch has not shown her face in public in almost 2 years now.

      • I guarantee you there won’t be any general election debate then. My district is gerrymandered as well. Our Congressman gets butthurt and defensive at town halls when anyone asks him a question. He just wants people to show up and kiss his ass (which is why the meetings are on short notice, outside the largest towns in the district and only publicized on conservative websites). He has already said he won’t debate any challengers (in the primary or the general).

        • Michael White

          Just like here, The santorum that works for her will not even respond to my emails. I have asked repeatedly for an answer to my question: Can you point out one thing she has voted for that makes my life as a middle class American better?

        • Tread

          If the elected representatives aren’t going to show up to their town halls, that’s when these candidates need to step in. Oh, Representative Jackhole doesn’t want to hold a town hall? Then Candidate Soandso needs to use that event to announce that he’s having his own. People want to elect people they can feel they have a connection to. The fact that Republicans have been avoiding their town halls for two years now is fresh ground for candidates to step forward and fill the void.

      • Tread

        At that point, you don’t wait for her to show up. You go on the offensive and start cleaning her clock anyway.

    • Ninja0980

      Our biggest failures have always been at the local and state level.
      We don’t have candidates to run in many areas because our state parties have been wiped out.
      Can’t run good candidates if you don’t have anyone to run.

  • Boreal

    Just called both the DCCC and the DNC. Voicemail on both lines, no one manning the phones. That should alarm us all.

  • safari
    • Tread

      Ooooohhhhhhh. Yeah, that’s another notch in the belt of sexually-repressed gay man.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Their pets are the one redeeming quality of the Pences.

  • FAEN

    Good! We should always make the GONP fight for every seat in every election. Back to the Howard Dean model-about fucking time!

    • I love Howard Dean and I was in total agreement with him at the time, but it’s not like his was a revolutionary or even original idea. It’s just common sense. That’s why it’s so bizarre that they rejected it. Raise more money and spend it everywhere. It’s the 21st century. TV ads buy you nothing. Smart use of social media isn’t that expensive, but it does take some creativity and know-how.

      • Tread

        It’s why you see the Nazis succeeding. They masterfully used Reddit and 4chan to reach out to all of those little-dicked, sexually frustrated, sexually repressed men to recruit into their ranks.

        • In the book Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
          author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz shows that there has been no increase in traffic to neo-nazi and white supremacist websites either during or after the election. There is no upswing in the number of people with those views. It’s just that they are louder and bolder now. Their movement is not growing. It only looks like it is because the mainstream media suddenly started paying attention to them.

          • they didn’t “suddenly” start to pay attention to them. they were told to by their billionaire masters, so they could get the tax cut law passed. everything after that is just gravy to them.

          • Tread

            They don’t have to go to those websites. The websites came to them.

          • The_Wretched

            Exactly. the R (-publicans, -ussians) used microtargeting of the racists and got them to go vote. They didn’t magically increase the % racist in the US.

  • David Walker

    How joyous would it be if, assuming he’s still “president,” Cadet Bone Spurs gave his rousing 2019 State of the Union address and nobody stood and few applauded. Must put that on my wish list.

    • i’m sort of loving “Cadet Bone Spurs.” she was great to coin that one.

      • Sen Duckworth has achieved diva status lately. it seems like almost every day she says something quotable and brilliant. She’s like someone 20 years older because she’s lived through a lot already and isn’t afraid of traitors and overgrown children.

      • David Walker

        Indeed. I was getting a little tired of “fucking moron.” This hits him even more specifically.

        • She’s a decorated veteran. No one is in a better position to criticize him for weaseling out of serving. I can only imagine going through what she already has. What has she got to be afraid of after all that. She’s not afraid. If I were a Republican I’d be scared of her because she is not afraid of them. It’s what we’ve been needing and like every classic hero(ine) here she comes just a the right time. Bold, brave and kicking ass.

  • The_Wretched

    Target every seat. Just giving up (even in losing battles) isn’t how you win. At a minimum, run some asymmetric warfare to force (R) to spend on ‘safe’ seats.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Anyone who thinks they are about to give up power is in for a shock.

    Who knows what they have planned, but it will be either be by a thousand cuts, or a massive electoral beheading.
    They are above nothing to retain power.
    Be ready.

    • GayOldLady

      I agree. I was just thinking about all the lies and conspiracy theories they’ve put out trying to save Trump and all of the lies they put out to destroy Hillary. I hope the younger Dems/Liberals/Progressive & Independents don’t fall into the same trap they fell into last time by joining in on the villainization of our candidates.

    • DavidAZ

      Just by coincidence, will Herr Trumpf’s military ‘parade’ be held in early November? Asking for a friend.

    • unsavedheathen

      I’m expecting a well-timed 9/11 or maybe a Gulf of Tonkin. One or the other.

  • narutomania

    I bring up the topic of voting and elections and staying WELL informed with my university students at least once a week. I do this in various ways in all of my classes, from the beginning levels to the intermediate levels to the advanced levels.

    While I cannot specifically endorse or speak against any particular candidate (or sitting elected official), I can talk about the issues, in particular the importance of funding for EDUCATION as well as a president’s ability to affect legal decisions for decades to come by stacking the courts with judges who clearly have biases in their personality (either in terms of race or religion or even just in terms of money).

    I hope I am raising their awareness and helping them to become better citizens.

    • I don’t think it’s our job to tell our students what to think. We teach them how and encourage them to explore and question. What comes of that is on them. I think that most of them will vote the way I do but if I’m wrong, well that’s democracy. Not being engaged or accepting things without question is not.

  • thatotherjean

    Finally! It’s well past time that we gave Republicans a run for their money. As the lottery commercials around here say, “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

  • 1980Gardener

    Smart move. They need to take advantage of this opportunity.

  • alc2018
    • Tread

      Can you fuck off with your trolling?

      • alc2018

        ??

        • Steven B

          I don’t know what Treads problem is. I happen to like cat drawings.

  • safari

    O/T: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/372805-gop-fiscal-hawks-revolt-against-senate-budget-deal?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

    It’s a “Christmas tree on steroids,” lamented one of the Freedom Caucus leaders, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.).

    That’s an interesting way to describe the bipartisan budget deal. I’m not sure what it means.

    • Boreal

      I think it means the teatards will oppose it so Ryan will need dems on board to pass anything.

      • billbear1961

        On Political Wire, they say he’ll need at least 90 Democrats.

        • Boreal

          They have leverage. Will they use it?

          • billbear1961

            Your guess is as good as mine!

    • safari

      Evidently the deadline for shutdown is tonight. There isn’t an appetite for one except for Donald is my understanding.

    • Andymac3

      Rep Dave Brat, another coward congressman who refuses to hold town hall meetings with his constituents. He’s an entitled asshole, I do hope he loses his seat with a large margin.

    • billbear1961

      I think it means he considers it way too generous.

    • Cuberly Deux

      That he’s so miserly he doesn’t hand out presents @ x-mas?

  • Andymac3

    In a two party system, why do seats go unchallenged by one party? It makes no sense.

    • safari

      Resources are finite.

      • Andymac3

        But apathy and ignorance are rampant. A seat running unopposed is not democracy. Dems should be contesting every seat, it encourages participation, now and future, the internet allows for bare bones campaigns to spread the word at a fraction of the cost of previous years campaigns. If you never take part, you never win.

        • Rillion

          A party still needs to find someone that wants to run in a lopsided district. Of course you can make it super easy for anyone to step forward and run in the primary at little or no cost, but then you run the danger of getting fringe candidates that are PR nightmares for the party in these basically unwinnable districts, like the literal nazi running unopposed for the Republican nomination in an extremely Democratic leaning district in Chicago. There is a very good argument to be made that tje R’s would be better off with no candidate in that district than with a nazi as their candidate.

        • -M-

          I don’t think they’re only running in those 101 races, those are just the ones they’re putting the most effort into because they have the best chances of paying off.

          • Andymac3

            Sure, that’s a given, but there are still seats that Dems are not contesting and there shouldn’t be.

  • greenmanTN

    I got my new voter registration card in the mail last week. For reasons too long and boring to go into, my house number has changed. it used to be 98 but now it’s 22. So now my drivers license has the old address but the voter registration card has the new. So I have to go to the DMV to get a new license, despite the fact that it isn’t anywhere close to being expired, because there is no fucking way I’m not voting in the next election.

    If you don’t vote in the next election I will be perfectly pleasant to you as always, but please know I secretly hate you. 😉

    • AmeriCanadian

      We are now living in times where every frickin’ i and t must be dotted and crossed. I know it’s a pain but you need to do this.

    • billbear1961

      You shouldn’t be secretive about it.

      Descend on them like a destroying storm!

    • Rillion

      Yikes, what a hassle. Here in NV I was able to change my dmv address and get a new license all by mail (also updated address on car registration on the same mail in form). Total cost was $4.75. Why some states make it difficult to just update information should be a scandal.

      • Lars Littlefield

        You’re just lucky you didn’t have to renew in person, which you do every eight years. Or that you didn’t need to register a new car. The line outside of the DMV in Henderson is at least 2 hours of standing outside just to give them your phone number so they can send a text message regarding what time you need to return for an actual appointment.

        • Rillion

          Walk in line is crazy at the Reno DMV but they allow appointments and its super easy and pretty quick with an appointment. Had to switch my drivers license and two car registrations from CA to NV last year. Tried once without an appointment and sad fuck this, got an appointment for 2 days later, took less than an hour total to do it all.

  • billbear1961
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Gorgeous. Any day with Bach is a wonderful day, indeed.

      Note: Per the description, the performance was in the lovely town of Utrecht, a major education hub, where it happened to be 93 degrees. And people still loved the music, paper fans and all in that very small church with a lovely organ.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Paul Ryan is lying about DACA again. The GOP wants a solution…..yeah, right.

    • matrem

      A final solution is technically a solution.

  • JWC

    This “BLUE SWELL” is most encouraging but I would caution not to be over confident You did that once before do not do it again

    • -M-

      Yes. We have to make it happen. Not just hope for it.

  • BeaverTales

    Dems need to flip at least 24 seats to win back the House.

    I don’t trust the DNC to not fuck this up again, like they did in every election since 2010… the RNC has a full-time chairman, but the DNC always hires part timers like Lujan who have to juggle their responsibilities to constituents as a congressman with both fundraising and palace intrigue as party apparatchiks..

    It just goes to show that you can’t fix stupid, and the DNC’s legendary fuckups are the reason Dump won in the first place. Running the DNC needs to stop being an afterthought for the popular congresscritters of the moment, or a “shiny” on some idiot’s resume. Good luck banditos, but I don’t care anymore…I’ll be living in another country by then.

    • Lars Littlefield

      God forbid you should get involved locally in the DNC and work for change.

      • BeaverTales

        Did that, got ignored, got the t-shirt….they were happy to take my money, and like my last boyfriend they can fucking have it as long as they stay out of my fucking life. I am going to take care of my health and sanity, not suck up to clueless dumbasses who think their shit doesn’t stink

    • Kruhn

      The RCCC and the RSCC are also chaired by a member of the body.

      • BeaverTales

        Reince Priebus was never in Congress. Neither was Ronna Romney, Howard Dean or Michael Steele. All got their political pedigrees in State Politics before becoming Chair..

        • Kruhn

          That’s the RNC . The NRSC (I misused the wrong acronym) is chaired by Senator Corey Gardner of Colorado and the NRCC Chairman (again, I used the wrong acronym) is Congressman Steve Stivers of Ohio. You’re confusing the NRC with the legislative campaign committees.

          • BeaverTales

            Well, I was talking about the DNC and RNC in the original post. Please see my original post. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tom Perez were the elected chairpersons and both were sitting members of congress who chose to do both jobs….chose to do both jobs poorly, as it seems.

  • Lars Littlefield

    We’ve been working hard by paying visits to everyone we know and don’t know making certain they are registered to vote, especially those folks in the area who even remotely look Navajo. We have arranged to have meetings with little groups of Goshutes and Paiutes who everyone forgets about. The biggest push right now is to have a voting station put up on the small Goshute reservation south of the county seat. The white mormons currently in office and the bitchy old lady with giant red hair who pretends to be the registrar (she’s rarely in the office) are mighty angry that we think Native Americans stuck on a reservation without transportation should not have to drive sixteen miles into town just to vote.

    • SoCalGal20

      That’s great! There’s a lawsuit about this very thing in North Dakota right now. There’s no polling stations on a reservation and they filed suit.

      • Lars Littlefield

        What can I say? White invaders . . you can’t live with them and they arrest you if you kill them. (BTW I’m as pale as a winter moon, but our neighbors (mostly Navajo) think I’m very funny when I say that.)

  • JCF

    [Just being silly]

    “Rep. Ben Ray Lujan”

    Does anyone else read that as Rep. Ray Ban Lujan? 😎

    https://www.framesdirect.com/product_elarge_images/rayban-sun-rb2140f-901-52-angle.jpg

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    Let’s hope that the Democratic Party at least has a semi-credible name, even with no money, on the ballot in all 435 Congressional districts.

    Every American voter deserves a choice. Thank you.

  • Terry

    It would be great to get some progressive Democrats through Primaries so we can get things like Universal healthcare, $15/hr wage tied to inflation and public financing of federal elections