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 on: Today at 11:49:17 am 
Started by TN volunteer - Last post by Castro
In D-->R confidence order:

DE: Safe D
OR: Safe D
WA: Likely D
MT: Lean D
NH: Lean D
VT: Lean D
NC: Lean D
MO: Toss-Up
IN: Lean R
WV: Lean R
ND: Safe R
UT: Safe R

 on: Today at 11:48:48 am 
Started by Senator Cris - Last post by pppolitics
Why do all of these predictions have West Virginia for Trump?

West Virginia is Trump's best state in the country.

 on: Today at 11:47:50 am 
Started by Mr. Morden - Last post by Da-Jon
Cruz last stand and he's not gonna win.

Sanders should be winning and hes not.

 on: Today at 11:47:10 am 
Started by Sbane - Last post by darthpi
Interesting to see that many who have the biggest problem with Donald Trump saying something like "all Mexican's are criminals", these are the same people who have no problem saying "all Republicans are racist". News flash: both statements are indefensible, and downright dumb.

Who exactly has said that "all republicans are racist"? A majority are voting for a racist candidate though.

Well, you tell me: what does it mean for a party to be racist? Does it mean that anyone who registers as a Republican is a racist? Does it mean that anyone who votes for a Republican is a racist? Please clarify what is meant by the question...

Well political scientists have traditionally considered a "political party" to be composed of three components: (1) the party in the electorate (the voters), (2) the party in government (the party's elected officials), and (3) the party as an organization (the officials making up the national committee, the officials of the various state party organizations, your precinct chairs, etc.).  So "the Republican party" is definitely more than the collection of voters who identify as or vote Republican. 

With that understanding, I do not read this question as "Are a majority of Republicans racists?" and I don't think any reasonable person in this thread has read it that way either. I read the question as something to the effect of "Do the actions of the Republican party apparatus , taken as a whole, tend to constitute a driving force of racism in our country?" 

For what it's worth, I don't think a majority of people identifying as Republicans in the country are racists. That being said, it is clear that there are a troubling number of racists in the Republican party. What is even more alarming though is that none of the "leaders" of the Republican party seem at all interested in doing anything to rectify that situation. Republican party elites tend to at best tacitly condone the racist elements of their party and at worst push policies intentionally designed to stoke racial tensions in order to bolster electoral success. That's racist.

To put it another way:

 on: Today at 11:46:03 am 
Started by Battenberg - Last post by Phony Moderate
Conservative candidate for Mayor of London.

HP for running a dogwhistle islamophobic campaign.

The Tories and the Lib Dems seem to get away with bigotry more than Labour and UKIP do; more Tory MPs voted against gay marriage than for it, yet random UKIP council candidates have received more attention than them for posting anti-gay marriage drunken comments online at 4 in the morning. The Lib Dems had no issue with re-selecting an openly anti-Semitic MP last year yet there was no media narrative about an anti-Semitic problem in the Lib Dems.

 on: Today at 11:44:06 am 
Started by RogueBeaver - Last post by Senator-elect Smith (Labor-MA)
I agree. This supermajority fever dream is not happening, especially if Trump's polling doesn't get better.

 on: Today at 11:44:00 am 
Started by Frodo - Last post by Grand Wizard Lizard of the Klan
Well, at least when they were leaving the parliament they cleaned up all the mess they made. Nice protesters : )

 on: Today at 11:43:28 am 
Started by Figueira - Last post by darthpi
I agree, the GOP should rally around the one candidate who doesn't have a record of far-right extremist governance.

At this point I would even commend them if they rallied around Cruz. I don't agree with Cruz on basically any major issues, but at least he would be capable of handling the duties of the presidency.

I believe the single most important responsibility of a political party is to nominate candidates for president who can actually do the job if elected. I have seen nothing to suggest that Donald Trump meets that criterion. If the Republicans nominate Trump and thus fail at that most basic of functions, then that should disqualify them from being taken seriously as a governing party for a very long time.

And to take that to its logical conclusion, if Trump is somehow elected in November, then we no longer deserve to be taken seriously as a country.

Trump does own and mange a billion dollar company and many other endovers.   Cruz has done no such things other than of course shut down the government by grandstanding.

I highlighted the above quote because it is true, but rarely stated.

I believe that if he weren't "Donald Trump", and we merely listed the qualifications of Trump, and the other candidates, most folks would see Trump as either the most qualified to be President, or one of the most qualified to be President, of the lot running.  Clinton and Kasich would be up there, but who else would be?  Maybe Jeb, Graham, but who else?  Maybe Fiorina, but she's not at Trump's level.

Most of the folks running have resumes that would qualify them for a Cabinet Secretary's job.  Cruz, Rubio, Santorum, Sanders, Huckabee, etc. are really that way.  They don't strike folks as being eminently successful.  Trump's a guy that showed he could make it without the cocoon of the Beltway.  What makes folks think, honestly, that a lot of these folks, and Ted Cruz, in particular, are going to be successful Chief Executives?

It's not the resume issue. It's that any time Trump has been asked any question about policy he just responds with phrases like "winning" "fantastic" and "good management". He doesn't take what he's doing seriously. That is an enormous problem for me, and should be for everyone else.

Say what you will about Hillary, Bernie, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, or any of the others, but they understand that the presidency is a difficult job, and that you can't just wing it.

 on: Today at 11:42:29 am 
Started by Senator Cris - Last post by IDS Ex-Speaker Ben Kenobi
February 22, 2016

With Trump at 40 and Rubio/Carson still in the race. Interesting, but useless.

 on: Today at 11:41:48 am 
Started by SillyAmerican - Last post by King
didn't know pete was still alive.

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