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I think this illustrates why it isn't optional, the filibuster absolutely must go.

Senate Democrats' largely symbolic bid to cut off the Trump administration's support for a Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare failed as expected Thursday, but several Republicans facing tough reelections crossed party lines to back the measure.

Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, who are trying to reassure voters about their defense of insurance protections for preexisting conditions, backed the Democrats' measure. Another Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who opposed Obamacare repeal efforts three years ago, also supported the bill.

But the bill fell 51-43, short of the 60 votes needed to advance.


https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/01/vulnerable-republicans-obamacare-424585

Even with 5 Republicans breaking ranks (because they are scared shitless) it is still 9 votes short of the cloture vote. This was largely symbolic and about protecting existing ACA not any expansion, not a public option, not any other more progressive legislation. Any more progressive will have zero support from the other side and may result in a few Democratic defections.

If the Democrats take the Senate but the cloture vote rule (filibuster) remains intact then zero absolutely zero progressive legislation will pass the Senate. There just aren't 60 Senators who will vote in favor of progressive legislation.

A day after refusing to condemn white supremacists, Trump aims a xenophobic attack at Ilhan Omar.

A day after he refused to condemn white supremacists at the first presidential debate, President Trump unleashed a xenophobic attack on Representative Ilhan Omar at a rally in Minnesota Wednesday night, accusing her of telling us meaning his overwhelmingly white audience how to run our country.


https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/10/01/us/trump-vs-biden#trump-ilhan-omar

I really wish the GOP congressmen and Fox commentators could stop pretending Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacists is an accident. Stop being "confused". Everyone knows exactly why he won't do it.

America's CEOs say Trump failed on coronavirus -- and they're backing Biden

Source: CNN

New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump says he deserves an "A+" for his handling of the pandemic. Corporate America says he deserves a failing grade.

Fifty-five percent of CEOs and other business leaders give Trump an "F" for his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll conducted by the Yale School of Management. Another 12% say Trump deserves a "D."
Just 6% of the attendees at Yale's Chief Executive Leadership Institute CEO Caucus award Trump an "A" for his handling of Covid-19.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/29/business/ceos-endorse-joe-biden/index.html



Trump is a failure at everything. People in power can't even pretend his isn't a failure anymore.

Wow. I only have one thing to say. "Will you shut up man?"

No seriously I need this on a t-shirt, mug, bumper sticker, and yard sign. Come on Biden swag team lets make it happen. My credit card is standing by.

Success excuses a lot of sin

Which is why the line of attack that Trump is a broke failure cuts deep.

Yeah it may not convince braindead Trumpers but Dump can't win with just them. Some of the recent weakly attached Biden supporters (the reason why Biden is slowly rising in the polls) can latch onto Dump being a failure as a reason to be more secure in their support of Biden. At this point Biden just needs to hold the vote share and avoid anyone flip flopping back to Dump.

A constant reminder between now and election day on just how much of a failure Dump is will tend to suppress his base's turnout. Many of them have already decided against mail in voting. So why should they stand out in lines on election day to vote for a complete loser and failure? I am not saying it is going to cut it by 50% or even 10% but elections are won and lost on the margin. Could 1% feel stupid, even though they will never admit it to anyone, and simply not vote for a failure. I think so.

So I think Trump being a failure is even more powerful than Trump being a cheat. Nobody respects a failure and a loser.


https://twitter.com/PalmerReport/status/1310344453446565888

I told you all along that Trump was flat broke. Just because hes been living on a line of credit doesnt mean hes not broke. Trumps net worth is deeply negative, and therefore less than yours or mine. Hes not a billionaire, a millionaire, or a thousandaire. His ass is broke.

I hope to see lots of cartoons, jokes, and memes about how broke Trump is.

The more the better. Trump is so egotistical and vain just about anything gets under his thin skin but this is the one that will hurt him the most.

Come on creative types flood the airwaves, twitter feeds, meme generators, and newspaper political cartoon pages. Everywhere Trump and Trump supporters looks there should be a reminder of how he is the failure in chief.

Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform

Source: Raw Story

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.

I dont believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose, Feinstein argued.

It is not often used, its often less used now than when I first came, and I think its part of the Senate that differentiates itself, Feinstein falsely claimed.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/09/outrage-against-dianne-feinstein-as-potential-judiciary-chair-comes-out-against-senate-reform/

Dump talking about Biden said "I've done more in 47 months than he's done in 47 years" ...

.. well yeah if we are talking about more catastrophic damage to our country and people that is a very true statement.

Good job for honesty Dump.

Ginsburg's passing really broke my wife.

She was crying last night. Ginsburg really was her hero. I want to make a donation in Ginsburg's memory to the senate seats most likely to flip. Any suggestions? Progressives, women, or minority candidates would be a bonus but I am a pragmatic guy would prefer seats which are winnable.

UPDATE:
Based on suggestions I am going to donate to
Harrison
Gideon
Bullock
Greenfield

in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in order to try and turn the Senate blue and protect her legacy.
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