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My blog: http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/

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BTRTN: The Rise and Fall of American Demagogues...Understanding Donald Trump, His Appeal and Future

"Donald Trump is the prototypical demagogue, as any student of political history can attest. Trump has preyed on those who feel threatened by “the Other” since his first foray into the political arena, as the champion of the Obama birther movement. His presidential run and first-term have been littered with such demagoguery, from the “Mexican rapist” charges that launched the campaign, through the “both sides” Charlottesville refrain, and on to the recent vile attacks on “The Squad” and Elijah Cummings, with countless other thunderous, baseless, fear-mongering claims along the way.

His message is that minorities, in particular immigrants, are dangerous and threatening: at worst, criminals, and at least, job-seeking freeloaders who are crowding out opportunities for White America. It is hardly surprising, though shocking, that Trump’s relentless messaging has inspired the white-supremacist based domestic terrorism that has grown dramatically in the last several years, reaching its apotheosis (we can only hope) in El Paso. Trump has provided the motive; the NRA and GOP has provided the means by enabling our gun-saturated culture; all the perpetrator has to solve for is opportunity; the mighty troika of criminal acts now neatly and tragically packaged with a tidy bow.

Demagogues are not new in American politics. They emerge in times of great stress and enrapture a percentage of the electorate craving attention, by presenting a stark, threatening worldview in a blunt, crude and charismatic style. They have little regard for facts and deliver a wildly inflated, apocalyptic message designed to incite fear -- and establish the demagogue as the savior from the threat of the Other."
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/08/btrtn-rise-and-fall-of-american.html

More on Mueller for those of you who think he performed so superbly

From today's episode of NBC's "Meet the Press":

Chuck Todd: "Was there any part of director Mueller's testimony you found unsatisfying?"
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee: "You know, look, I, I wish that he had testified in more narrative fashion, that the words didn't need to be coaxed from him as much as they did."

Flashback: As Alayna foreshadowed in last week's Sneak, House Democrats desperately wanted Mueller to deliver a TV performance that would convince the American public of the urgent need to impeach Donald Trump.

The former special counsel didn't quite live up to their expectations. As Troy Patterson wrote for the New Yorker: "You can put Mueller on television, but, apparently, you can't quite make him do television."

Mueller Was Not Up to the Task -- Not Close

For those of you who think Mueller did a fine job, from the Washington Post:

The WashPost's Matt Zapotosky and Rachael Bade report:

"After Mueller’s halting, sometimes confused testimony, ... some lawmakers are privately wondering ... whether they were right to force him to testify."
"During a break, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) ... warned lawmakers on the second panel to slow down, shorten their questions and speak louder so Mueller could follow better."
Some told the Post they had no choice. "We didn’t invite Robert De Niro to testify. We invited Robert Mueller, and he is a straight shooter who stuck to the report," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), referring to "Saturday Night Live" portrayal of Mueller.

Another House Democrat said: "It was a painful reminder that age catches up to all of us."

BTRTN 2020 Vision: Biden and Bernie Set the Pace in the Polls, and Define the Ideological Spectrum

BTRTN gives a fulsome election update, complete with all the numbers:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/03/btrtn-2020-vision-biden-and-bernie-set.html

BTRTN: Part 5: The Jeremy Lin Saga Continues: First Hawked and Then "En-Raptored"

The latest installment on the incredible saga of NBA star Jeremy Lin...
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/02/btrtn-part-5-jeremy-lin-saga-continues.html

"Lin, on the other hand, caught fire. His November was, statistically at least, his best month since Linsanity, albeit in fewer minutes. For the 14 games in November Lin shot at an otherworldly 58%, a pace usually reserved for centers who play close to the rim. And at the three-point line, he connected at a Steph-like rate of 48%. His touch was simply astonishing for a player who had missed over a year and a half due to injuries, and was just weeks into his return.

Lin looked good, but he also looked different. He was still attacking the hoop at roughly the same rate as ever, but the headlong drives were rare. Instead, he developed a new signature move, off the middle pick and roll, essentially coming off the screen, cutting off his own defender, essentially carrying him on his back as he edged down the lane, and invariably either stopping for a short, deadly jumper in the key, or drawing a foul from the frustrated defender behind him..."

BTRTN: Part 5: The Jeremy Lin Saga Continues: First Hawked and Then "En-Raptored"

The latest installment on the incredible saga of NBA star Jeremy Lin...
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/02/btrtn-part-5-jeremy-lin-saga-continues.html

"Lin, on the other hand, caught fire. His November was, statistically at least, his best month since Linsanity, albeit in fewer minutes. For the 14 games in November Lin shot at an otherworldly 58%, a pace usually reserved for centers who play close to the rim. And at the three-point line, he connected at a Steph-like rate of 48%. His touch was simply astonishing for a player who had missed over a year and a half due to injuries, and was just weeks into his return.

Lin looked good, but he also looked different. He was still attacking the hoop at roughly the same rate as ever, but the headlong drives were rare. Instead, he developed a new signature move, off the middle pick and roll, essentially coming off the screen, cutting off his own defender, essentially carrying him on his back as he edged down the lane, and invariably either stopping for a short, deadly jumper in the key, or drawing a foul from the frustrated defender behind him..."

BTRTN: Part 5: The Jeremy Lin Saga Continues: First Hawked and Then "En-Raptored"

The latest installment on the incredible saga of NBA star Jeremy Lin...
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/02/btrtn-part-5-jeremy-lin-saga-continues.html

"Lin, on the other hand, caught fire. His November was, statistically at least, his best month since Linsanity, albeit in fewer minutes. For the 14 games in November Lin shot at an otherworldly 58%, a pace usually reserved for centers who play close to the rim. And at the three-point line, he connected at a Steph-like rate of 48%. His touch was simply astonishing for a player who had missed over a year and a half due to injuries, and was just weeks into his return.

Lin looked good, but he also looked different. He was still attacking the hoop at roughly the same rate as ever, but the headlong drives were rare. Instead, he developed a new signature move, off the middle pick and roll, essentially coming off the screen, cutting off his own defender, essentially carrying him on his back as he edged down the lane, and invariably either stopping for a short, deadly jumper in the key, or drawing a foul from the frustrated defender behind him..."

BTRTN 2020 Vision: The Senators Have Arrived, Next Come the "B's"

Latest edition of the monthly feature providing a detailed update on the 2020 Election, including all the "numbers":
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/02/btrtn-2020-vision-senators-have-arrived.html

"The 2020 campaign ramped up considerably in the last month, as the Democratic field nearly doubled from six to eleven, and the GOP field did double from one to two. And it is entirely possible that both fields could double again in the coming months.

For the Democrats, the key end-date for entering the fray is probably May 31. The national debate schedule has been announced; the first one will be held in June (those early debates will actually be held on pairs of nights to accommodate the anticipated large field). No Democrat will want to miss that opportunity. But realistically, with nearly a dozen candidates traipsing through Iowa and New Hampshire (and South Carolina) already, only Joe Biden can really afford to wait too much longer than, say, March 31 to get in the game.

On the GOP side, the calculus for “primarying” Trump is more complicated with respect to timing, as the only likely trigger is the Mueller report. If it is utterly damning, it could tempt several big names to challenge Trump, and that could be true even if the Dems decide against initiating an impeachment process..."

BTRTN 2020 Vision: The Senators Have Arrived, Next Come the "B's"

Latest edition of the monthly feature providing a detailed update on the 2020 Election, including all the "numbers":
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/02/btrtn-2020-vision-senators-have-arrived.html

"The 2020 campaign ramped up considerably in the last month, as the Democratic field nearly doubled from six to eleven, and the GOP field did double from one to two. And it is entirely possible that both fields could double again in the coming months.

For the Democrats, the key end-date for entering the fray is probably May 31. The national debate schedule has been announced; the first one will be held in June (those early debates will actually be held on pairs of nights to accommodate the anticipated large field). No Democrat will want to miss that opportunity. But realistically, with nearly a dozen candidates traipsing through Iowa and New Hampshire (and South Carolina) already, only Joe Biden can really afford to wait too much longer than, say, March 31 to get in the game.

On the GOP side, the calculus for “primarying” Trump is more complicated with respect to timing, as the only likely trigger is the Mueller report. If it is utterly damning, it could tempt several big names to challenge Trump, and that could be true even if the Dems decide against initiating an impeachment process..."

BTRTN 2020 Vision: The Senators Have Arrived, Next Come the "B's"

Next edition of the monthly feature providing a detailed update on the 2020 Election, including all the "numbers":
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/02/btrtn-2020-vision-senators-have-arrived.html

"The 2020 campaign ramped up considerably in the last month, as the Democratic field nearly doubled from six to eleven, and the GOP field did double from one to two. And it is entirely possible that both fields could double again in the coming months.

For the Democrats, the key end-date for entering the fray is probably May 31. The national debate schedule has been announced; the first one will be held in June (those early debates will actually be held on pairs of nights to accommodate the anticipated large field). No Democrat will want to miss that opportunity. But realistically, with nearly a dozen candidates traipsing through Iowa and New Hampshire (and South Carolina) already, only Joe Biden can really afford to wait too much longer than, say, March 31 to get in the game.

On the GOP side, the calculus for “primarying” Trump is more complicated with respect to timing, as the only likely trigger is the Mueller report. If it is utterly damning, it could tempt several big names to challenge Trump, and that could be true even if the Dems decide against initiating an impeachment process..."

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