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Sen. Martha McSally made history on Tuesday: Worst. Campaign. Ever

Sen. Martha McSally made history on Tuesday: Worst. Campaign. Ever
Opinion: Sen. Martha McSally approached the election with the finesse of a Gatling gun – attack attack attack. Rarely, if ever, did she try to appeal to moderate women.

Laurie Roberts
Arizona Republic

Sen. Martha McSally made Arizona history on Tuesday.

Worst. Campaign. Ever.

From the beginning, red flags have been waving wildly, fairly flapping in McSally’s face.

Poll after poll warned that the appointed senator was about to earn the distinction of becoming the first Arizona Republican to lose not one but two Senate seats to Democrats.

And on Tuesday, voters sent her off to the political boneyard.

Here’s why.

Red Flag 1: Mini-me Trump is a bad look

Conventional wisdom suggested McSally would not win this year if she ran the same campaign she ran in 2018, when moderate suburban women sent Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate.

So naturally, McSally ran the same campaign and moderate suburban women sent Democrat Mark Kelly to the Senate. ...............(more)


How Trump and Falwell Jr. became evangelicals' "golden calves" despite obvious moral transgressions

How Trump and Falwell Jr. became evangelicals' "golden calves" despite obvious moral transgressions
In the Falwell dynasty and the Trump presidency, many Christians found representatives who promised worldly power

NOVEMBER 7, 2020 8:30PM

(Salon) Late Thursday night, a video began circulating on Twitter of a small crowd of women in bright red MAGA hats kneeling outside the Clark County Election Department, rocking back and forth with arms lifted in furtive prayer. "We give our hearts to you in the name of Jesus," one of them can be heard saying. The rest called out individual prayers that Donald Trump would narrow the gap between him and Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the state. In the end, their prayers were not answered.

The jokes wrote themselves. "Ma'am, please stop, we have separation of church and state here," one Twitter user wrote, while another posted, "Me when I get to Chick-fil-A, but then realize it's a Sunday." It's funny; in my sleep-deprived state, the speculation that God sent those women to voicemail made me laugh out loud. But as someone who was raised in the church, the image was also heartbreaking (there's no other word for it, really) in a way that is difficult to fully express.

How, after all that has transpired over the last four years — children kept in cages, the consistent dehumanization of marginalized communities, disparaging veterans and POWs, credible allegations of sexual assault, the blatant lies, the Stormy Daniels hush money — can someone who calls themselves a Christian support that man? It's a question that I've been asked, and think about, a lot.


Trump's followers don't care about the president using tear gas and riot police to disperse protestors in Lafayette Square so he could pose in front of St. John's Church, clumsily brandishing the Bible as a prop, so long as he promises them preferential treatment, often at the expense of people of color and immigrants. As Michael Gerson put it in his 2018 cover story for the Atlantic, evangelicals now regard themselves, "hysterically and with self-pity, as an oppressed minority that requires a strongman to rescue it. This is how Trump has invited evangelicals to view themselves. He has treated evangelicalism as an interest group in need of protection and preferences." .............(more)


Reversing the Southern Strategy: Even small victories are a sign of huge progress

(Salon) Democrats were hoping for a massive repudiation of the Republican Party under Trump, and a chance to strike out in a far more progressive direction. What they got instead was a much more muted victory that took days to unfold, and is limited to the presidency — at least for now.

But amid the immediate disappointment of Election Night and the exuberance that followed Joe Biden's eventual victory, the situation in the South stood out: the difference between the polling averages and the initial returns in Southern states like North Carolina and Georgia was about three points, compared to seven or more in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. Well before Biden inched into the lead in Georgia, and before it was clear that both Senate races there would require runoff elections, there was cause for hope in that region, foretold in a tweet from Angie Maxwell, co-author of "The Long Southern Strategy"

The Long Southern Strategy was a top-down effort to turn the South red that took 4 decades. Turning it blue will take a grassroots bottom-up effort over several cycles. What you see now in TX, GA, & NC is years of blood, sweat, and organizing.


So Joe Biden has won the election, but Democrats fell short of hopes and expectations, most notably in the Senate. But you're from the South, and the trajectory of Democratic fortunes looks different from that perspective. Before the election, you tweeted about what it would take to turn the South blue and begin to reverse the "Long Southern Strategy." Do you still feel hopeful and determined?

I do! And I'm not saying that in some kind of Pollyanna way. I have to tell you, when you live down here in these deep red states and you study this as your specialty, to hear that the polls are closing in North Carolina and Georgia and Texas and it's too close to call — It's not just immediately red — I don't think people realize how hard that is to pull off in a pandemic, with the levels of voter suppression we've had and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act. It's pretty remarkable.

Texas is moving blue, and I think North Carolina and Georgia are there. What you're going to see in North Carolina is some split ticketing — because that is often what happens when a state is flipping, for a couple of cycles. People are like, "I kind of like this Democratic governor, but I don't know nationally." They feel like somehow they're right in the middle and they're kind of balancing. ...........(more)


Florida man arrested after meltdown because there was no lettuce for his Checkers sandwich

Lettuce calm you down, sir.

A Florida man was arrested this week after allegedly suffering a lettuce-related meltdown, The Smoking Gun reported Friday.

Henry Arce-Cabellero, 49, has been hit with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct in an establishment as well as resisting an officer without violence, for the incident late Wednesday when he hit the windows of a Tampa Bay-area Checkers restaurant.

A criminal complaint notes that the man was “yelling and screaming” at employees — who then had “fear for their safety” — because, as authorities say, “he was upset that the store had no more lettuce for their sandwiches.” ...........(more)


Wrecking ball: the damage Trump could do while still president until January

(Guardian UK) Some of the mayhem that will follow Donald Trump losing the presidential election is already known. The US exited the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday regardless. The coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed almost a quarter of a million lives in America will worsen. Trump has hinted he will attempt to fire Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert in infectious diseases.

But Trump’s defeat also sets the clock ticking on 11 weeks that some analysts believe could be the most dangerous period in US history, the time before the 20 January inauguration of Joe Biden during which a vengeful president can wreak havoc if he choses to do so.

“If Trump loses power he’ll spend his last 90 days wrecking the United States like a malicious child with a sledgehammer in a china shop,” said Malcolm Nance, a veteran intelligence analyst and political author, speaking before the result of the election was known.

“We’re likely to see the greatest political temper tantrum in history. He may decide he wants to go out with a bang, he may decide he will not accept the election result. Who knows what a cornered autocrat will do?” ................(more)




Kamala's speech is rather awesome.

Behind the bluster, Trump was beatable and Biden was the man to do it

Behind the bluster, Trump was beatable and Biden was the man to do it
Richard Wolffe

Biden won by a margin similar to Obama and Bill Clinton, which should bury the myth of Trump as some sort of electoral genius

(Guardian UK) It is time, after all these many hours of anxious vote counting, to revise the snap judgments that constitute The Political Lessons of the 2020 Election.

Among the many mirages of the last four years, few seemed so lifelike and so tangible as the notion that Donald Trump might just be on to something.

It was repeated so loudly, so many times, by so many people, that it was surely plausible. Trump appeared to understand something about the people that the rest of the political class could never fathom. His populism was such a force of nature that nothing – not his impeachment, not his abuse of migrant children, not his disregard for a pandemic – would get in the way.

In the immediate hours after the polls closed on Tuesday, that storyline was turbocharged because the instant result didn’t match Democratic expectations.

But when you lose a presidential election by around four points and maybe 5m votes, you have definitively lost the debate about connecting with voters. ............(more)


Big Mad respect to Jen O'Malley Dillon, Biden's campaign manager......

..... vultures were circling this campaign early on, but they pressed on. Then they had to deal with running a virtual campaign during a pandemic.


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