Taking a look at what happened last week, I figure there’s a few things we need to realize.
In a large swath of America, the voters swung Right. In fact, if we get a House majority (probably 80/20 we do) it will be on the backs of some pretty Blue districts falling our way. To be sure, a bit of America swung Left, as well, especially in the most crucial States and districts (we lost Pennsylvania because the Obama-Trump voters abandoned Oz…I guess Fetterman’s blue-collar lie about himself worked – plus people apparently were sympathetic to him staying in the race after his stroke: never underestimate the Stupid Factor in Democratic governance). But, overall, there was a shift to the Right. We will win the overall popular vote for the House, and at a margin which in the past would have normally netted us about 30 seats.
We didn’t get that net 30 House gain because we were simply out-hustled. Sure: the Democrats definitely cheated as much as they could to make sure, but the bottom line is that we had no plan, apparently no inkling, of what to do about early voting. In this, primary blame lies with the GOP Leadership. It is their job to know and they didn’t. We were blindsided by a well laid plan by Democrats to gather ballots from marginal voters. Remember, when it comes to voting, it doesn’t matter how stupid the voter is – a vote is a vote. And if you find it distasteful that Democrats combed the nursing homes and dregs of the welfare-dependent for votes then I suggest you just grow the heck up. It is what it is. We need a plan to match it – we need our people heading out to our most feckless voters and getting them to cast an early ballot. If we have to stand over them and help them fill it out, so be it. If we want to win, it will have to be done.
We must, now, really start to understand how Democrats view politics. It isn’t an incidental thing to them: it is their life. Not talking about the cheeto-munching bum they caged a vote from: I’m talking about the elected officials and Party activists. Ever since the Democrat party was founded, they have felt that the only safety for the United States is Democrats in power. To them, there is no legitimate way for a Democrat to lose an election. And the follow up to this is that there is no action which is illegitimate if it gets a Democrat to victory. What I’m saying is that they take this stuff seriously and if we want to beat them, we’ll have to do the same. There is no “country over party”. It is all party, all the time. We must have the mindset that if we don’t win, America is doomed. We are starting to get that but not nearly enough: there is infighting already between Team Trump and Team DeSantis. This is the sort of thing you hardly ever see on the Democrat side – they don’t knife their own.
This is a game then that I refuse to play. It will simply become “who can cheat better” and you know what, life is just too short. Besides, everything in this world is temporary, and nothing in this world is worth losing moral integrity over. God is King. The establishment political class and their legions of mouth breathers are not worth our time or trouble.
If Kari Lake wins and reforms AZ voting processes, then I may vote again. If not, I will never cast another ballot.
I’ll have to call you wrong on that – we have to get the power in order to change things. If this is how you get power, then that is what you do. We’re not like them – we won’t manufacture votes where there aren’t any. But we must go rake up every vote we can.
True we need the power but it has to change to voter Id no exceptions and All results counted day of, no exceptions. If ballots are returned late, tough shit.
“We didn’t get that net 30 House gain because we were simply out-hustled.”
You fared poorly because you ran bad candidates. And I suspect another bad candidate, Herschel Walker, will fare poorly as well.
And you ran bad candidates largely because of Donald Trump, continuing the pain he has caused Republicans since 2016.
Well, so did you – we’re likely to get a House majority because we whacked a bunch of Democrats in heavily Democrat districts in NY.
It really is a mixed bag election. The country, as a whole, shifted Right but where it mattered most, it shifted Left and thus kept a bare Democrat Senate majority. This is mostly a tactical problem for the GOP heading into 2024 – and why I said we were out-hustled. The Democrat program for early voting and the post-vote grind was first rate. It got CCM over the hump on both counts – a month before the elections, Democrats discovered she was going to lose, so they swung into action in a very well-oiled plan to boost her and smear Laxalt…that got it back to even. Post-election, they had the plan in place to “cure” ballots in Nevada. As I said, perfectly legal: but there were nearly as many spoiled GOP ballots which could have been “cured” but the GOP simply had no plan to do any such thing. What little bit was done happened far too late and ineffectually. There’s your Senate majority – on the backs of union goons “curing” ballots. Clever job! We need to duplicate it on our side.
That is some really sharp objective analysis Forty. You must’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that
If Herschel Walker had been running against a good candidate one might criticize his qualifications. But he has been running against a corrupt, incompetent totally unqualified candidate, so in that race he is clearly the better choice.
But he presents yet another opportunity for Identity Politics to control the minds of voters, who obediently vote against Donald Trump.
The same thing is true In Pennsylvania. There is no reason to think of Oz as a bad candidate—he’s smart, he has succeeded in several different arenas, he is articulate and is a problem solver. The idea that he is a worse candidate than Uncle Fester (or the alter ego living in that hump on his neck) is simply insane. Even before the brain damage of his stroke, Fetterman was a terrible choice for the people of Pennsylvania.
It is a typical distortion of reality to demonize a man and then blame him for being so thoroughly demonized that he has become, to some, a liability. But we see it here, with the sneering that it is Trump’s fault for “causing pain” to Republicans—as if the nonstop full-tilt juggernaut of anti-Trump rhetoric from the Left has had nothing at all to do with it.
I have to say, this particular tirade is soaked in irony more than most.
Is that what you learned in junior college?
Go ahead and say it. Then you can pretend it makes sense