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Nov 10, 2023·edited Nov 10, 2023

It's clear that the Democrats are in serious trouble nationally. We have a cipher VP and a semi-vegetable president. There's no younger generation deep bench of credible candidate material. Yet it doesn't consistently translate into Republican strength at the state and local level, as witness this past Tuesday's results that simply repeat what happened in 2022. Abortion in particular, and the fringe crazies in general (as with the gun cult), are impossible stumbling blocks to getting a Republican majority, which requires locking up much of the suburban vote. It's like in Israel: a political culture held hostage by fringe forces most people hate. Haley and DeSantis seem aware of the problem and the gap between their convictions and those of the voters -- Reagan got this as well -- none of the other candidates really gets it.

And MAGA-fication in general is a problem. It repels more people than it attracts. It's a larger number minus a smaller number, a net loser for the Republicans.

Not that I don't wish the Asian-American candidates well. Maybe they can stimulate a return of the moderate or liberal Republican tradition or at least an awareness of the difference between personal convictions and what the voters are ready to give a mandate for.

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With all of the foreign money pouring into these schools, they don’t really care if a few billionaires stop giving. We need to stop sending our children to these schools.

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Nov 7, 2023·edited Nov 7, 2023

As a student of post WW1 history and the rise of fascism in Germany it's amazing to me how much left leading historians have been wrong. The German people were rightly defined as highly educated and Weimar Republic was by most accounts catered to a very liberal progressive society. In trying to explain the rise of the NAZIS, most liberal historians claimed the German people were somehow dupped by a charismatic leader and NAZIS propaganda. Recent events have showed nothing of the kind. First antisemitism was rampant in Austria/Germany (especially with the influx of Eastern European Jewish refugees) and propaganda always pretty much fails unless it is telling the people what they want to hear. It turns out like today, Universities are havens for liberal progressives who have no problem with being antisemitic racists and genocidal. The fact is there is literally no difference between the antisemitism in the Weimar Republic and the aspiring NAZIS in today's Universities in the so called free world in 2023. Turns out it's not white supremacy we have to fear but neo NAZIS cultural elitist who still dehumanize those they disagree with and endeavor to extinguish. We are literally living through the waning days of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the NAZIS party and no one seems to notice.

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Yeah, we can put insider trading on the list. My thoughts were more along the lines of if the pay is shit, maybe they would look elsewhere. The district were I live has had a Dingle representative for 90 some years.

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Congratulations! Well-deserved!

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Since when do we give a shit about hedge fund billionaire assholes' opinions?

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Pretty sure the dems are going to dump Biden in favor of a more electable candidate. Probably that idiot running the state of Californian into the ditch. When Politico starts ragging on poor Joe, it's a sign the dems are slowing getting ready replace him.

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Stopping assaults of Jews and Asians is considered "MAGA". I guess I am under the mistaken impression that the government and law enforcement are responsible for public safety

If enforcing laws and keeping people safe is "MAGA" I am all for it

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I love the euphemism “abortion protections”. Killing children in the womb.

Somehow seems almost as demonic as what Hamas did to babies both born and in the womb

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I wonder how much the Democrat's banana republic style lawfare is playing into the increased support for Trump? If they can't manage to get him off the ballot, seems to me they will be-at least in part-responsible for Trump's 2nd term as POTUS.

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Hurrah for Julia Steinberg on WBUR interview!

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The Ohio Amendment that's on the ballot tomorrow does a lot more than enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio constitution. It is so vaguely worded that is also enshrines a right to puberty blockers for children with or without their parents' consent.

Take a look: https://seethelanguage.com

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Which is why we're voting No.

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I’m very skeptical that this new wave can gain traction in NYC. The Democratic political machine is too strong.

Last year Susan Lee ran for city council in District 1, Manhattan’s oldest district, with a majority Asian population, on a conservative platform, but lost resoundingly to Chris Marte, a mediocre police-defunding progressive with no new ideas.

The problem is the younger generation which has been so thoroughly brainwashed to see racism everywhere. Young Asian-Americans are terrified of being the model minority; they’re desperate to be allied with people of color and unwilling to champion their own cause.

Until young voters can stop being afraid of offending anyone, stop being cowed by reigning orthodoxy and stand up for their own interests, I’m afraid it’s a lost cause.

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Axelrod? Until we hear "I shill for scum" from him, who gives tuppence?

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I like that word, but it always kinda reminds me of leftover meat loaf.

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Probably the ocean between us; meat loaf isn't terribly big over here, so that went whoosh! Sorry.

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Tupperware

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We have that. I have that. Very handy. Still don't get it, unless you've left it at the back of the fridge until whatever was in it crawls out?

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If you're going to start with equating anti-Israel sentiment to antisemitism, no honest thinking person can take you seriously.

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I would agree. Basically they make everyone that critics Israel out to be an anti-Semite. It’s not serious. You can be critical of how the country has been ran and not be a terrorist.

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Okay, which one of those best describes Hamas? Hezbollah? IRGC? Well, it seems they all want Israel gone, AND, all Jews dead. So at least in the case of Israel's enemies, those two things are exactly the same thing.

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When the Hamas terrorist bragged to his dad that he "killed 10 Jews," he used the word "Jews" to describe the people he had killed. He did not say he had "killed 10 Israelis". When people celebrate Hamas's slaughter, they are celebrating the killing of Jews. Period.

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^^These guys think that everyone who disagrees with them is a member of Hamas.

You can't reason with that level of crazy. They are as incorrigible as the terrorists.

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Oakland, California needs to be added to the list of cities examined here, esp Oakland Chinatown. And fwiw when defund police measures were first proposed at NYC City Council it was the People of Color coalition of Reps who sot it down because their neighborhoods need the services. That was the year NYC Chinatown and surrounding area Council Rep went conservative.

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