23 August 2016

Why I Want Trump to Lose in a Landslide

By now even most Trumpsters have paused for a moment to wonder what the Gee Oh Pee will look like if/when Trump loses.  WaPo's recent musings on the topic touch on the idea that Trumpism -or some similar alt/right movement- might even be here to stay...

Trump's Kids are Cashing In on His Campaign,
BIG Time...

Republican Donald Trump has so far paid $7.7 million in campaign contributions to his own companies and children, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission, and as the campaign transitions to the general election those payments are increasing

In May, they totaled at least $1.1 million—nearly 20 percent of all campaign spending that month—and in July, another $800,000 came into the Trump brood...

19 August 2016

GOP’s Chances Of Holding the Senate
Now Following Trump Downhill...

Donald Trump’s post-conventions polling slump seems to be having an effect on the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate candidates. We thought this might happen: There’s been an increasingly strong relationship between how a state votes for president and how it votes for Senate over the past few election cycles. And, indeed, Trump’s tumble has coincided with worsening GOP numbers in key states. It may cost the party the Senate... 

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The Polls Aren’t Skewed: Trump Really Is Losing Badly

We’ve reached that stage of the campaign. The back-to-school commercials are on the air, and the 'unskewing' of polls has begun — the quadrennial exercise in which partisans simply adjust the polls to get results more to their liking, usually with a thin sheen of math-y words to make it all sound like rigorous analysis instead of magical thinking... 

16 August 2016

And Now For The Recrimination Primaries...

Charlie Sykes @ RightWisconsin
As Donald Trump sinks in the polls, we have entered a few phase of this endless, depressing campaign: The Recrimination Primary

Having spent much of the last year fluffing the Orange Duce, his most enthusiastic boosters evidently feel the chill wind of a November blowout.
And they need someone, other than themselves, to blame for the
debacle to come. 

Naturally, they would have us believe that this is all the doing of #NeverTrump saboteurs, even though the polls would suggest a collapse across the ideological, demographic, electoral landscape...

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15 August 2016

Manafort Handed $12.7M in Secret Payments by
Putin Ally to Change to GOP platform on Ukraine

On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President
Viktor F. Yanukovych.

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials...