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

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If McCain Can't Vote and Collins Is Opposed, Isn't It Over?

No matter what bill McConnell puts up, it seems to be over already? Right? Max is 49 GOP votes?

Sobering findings from brand new PPP poll

That finding is in keeping with the general attitude of Trump voters toward the Russia story which is 'don't know, don't care':

-72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be 'fake news,' only 14% disagree.

-Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.

-Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.

-Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they're not sure one way or the other.

-Just 13% of Trump voters believe that members of Trump's campaign team did work with the Russians to help his campaign, to 81% who say they didn't. On a related note only 9% believe that either Donald Trump Jr. or Jared Kushner engaged in illegal activity to help Trump get elected, to 77% who say Kushner didn't and 79% who say Trump Jr. didn't.

BTRTN: Pardon Me!

Though Donald Trump, Jr., appears to be mired in what might be called MoronGate, BTRTN presents a chilling explanation of why the Trumpeteers don't seem to be too worried about it. Read about it in "Pardon Me! (And me! Me, too! Don't forget me!):
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/07/pardon-me-and-me-me-too-dont-forget-me.html

"The news that Donald Trump, Jr. recorded a mile-long email trail documenting his salivating eagerness to collude with the Russian government should not have come as a shock. Profoundly stupid as this appeared, it was still and all the act of a man whose most consequential life accomplishment to date has been emerging intact from the birthing canal, enabling him to coast his ensuing 39 years on a name that represents the pinnacle of taste to all those who possess no taste. This man makes one think that DNA is actually an acronym for Does Not Achieve. Of all the hypotheses as to why the younger Trump placed the smoking gun to his own temple, the one with that singular ring of truth is that he is an idiot. People say he is dumber than a box of hammers, but then again, hammers do not post wildly incriminating email trails on their Twitter feeds.

Trump proceeded to offer a most unlikely defense for having taken a meeting with a Russian government emissary that was essentially characterized as an opportunity for collusion: he willingly tweeted absolute proof of his intent to collude, but appeared angry and disappointed that there wasn’t anything worth colluding about. I went to that branch with every intention of robbing the bank, he seems to be saying, but when I demanded the money, they didn’t have much, so I left. How much more innocent can I get?"

BTRTN: Pardon Me!

Though Donald Trump, Jr., appears to be mired in what might be called MoronGate, BTRTN presents a chilling explanation of why the Trumpeteers don't seem to be too worried about it. Read about it in "Pardon Me! (And me! Me, too! Don't forget me!):
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/07/pardon-me-and-me-me-too-dont-forget-me.html

Trump's "Strongly Disapprove" Hits a New High - Rasmussen!

Rasmussen is the notoriously conservative-biased poll. Their daily tracking has Trump at 48%strongly disapprove, the highest yet. (Total disapprove at 56%). Up 6 points in the last week. Was at 36% at Inaugural.

BTRTN June 2017 Month in Review: The Dirge

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/07/btrtn-june-2017-month-in-review-dirge.html

"Here is what passed for “wins” this month for the White House: abandoning 194 other nations in the Paris Accords, joining only two others in rejecting them (one of whom because the Accords did not go far enough, in their view); the Supreme Court’s decision to lift parts of the notorious travel ban, until the case is heard this fall; and Trump not blowing the message after a gunman badly wounded House Whip Steve Scalise at a GOP baseball practice. That…is….it.

We are well past the novelty of an unconventional president, well past the point when a “New Trump” (like the many “New Nixons”) might have emerged, well past any thoughts of Trump translating his victory into a legislative record the GOP could be proud of (however hideous it might be). We have settled into this miserable march, replete with senseless tweets, personal vendettas, classless insults, a stalled agenda, sycophantic Cabinet meetings, titillating statements (e.g., White House Tapes) that are later withdrawn, discrediting Robert Mueller, self-proclaimed P.R. plays like “Infrastructure Week” and “Energy Week” that are trampled in the message game by Trump himself, no foreign policy and an increasingly exhausted and frustrated America."

BTRTN June 2017 Month in Review: The Dirge

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/07/btrtn-june-2017-month-in-review-dirge.html

"Here is what passed for “wins” this month for the White House: abandoning 194 other nations in the Paris Accords, joining only two others in rejecting them (one of whom because the Accords did not go far enough, in their view); the Supreme Court’s decision to lift parts of the notorious travel ban, until the case is heard this fall; and Trump not blowing the message after a gunman badly wounded House Whip Steve Scalise at a GOP baseball practice. That…is….it.

We are well past the novelty of an unconventional president, well past the point when a “New Trump” (like the many “New Nixons”) might have emerged, well past any thoughts of Trump translating his victory into a legislative record the GOP could be proud of (however hideous it might be). We have settled into this miserable march, replete with senseless tweets, personal vendettas, classless insults, a stalled agenda, sycophantic Cabinet meetings, titillating statements (e.g., White House Tapes) that are later withdrawn, discrediting Robert Mueller, self-proclaimed P.R. plays like “Infrastructure Week” and “Energy Week” that are trampled in the message game by Trump himself, no foreign policy and an increasingly exhausted and frustrated America."

On Hamilton, Madison, the Origin of the Two Parties, Ted Kennedy and the GOP Health Care Bill

Reflecting on 1790 and 2017, and the failure of the GOP:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/06/on-hamilton-madison-origin-of-two.html

On Hamilton, Madison, the Origin of the Two Parties, Ted Kennedy and the GOP Health Care Bill

Reflecting on 1790 and 2017, and the failure of the GOP:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/06/on-hamilton-madison-origin-of-two.html

On Hamilton, Madison, the Origin of the Two Parties, Ted Kennedy and the GOP Health Care Bill

Reflecting on 1790 and 2017, and the failure of the GOP:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/06/on-hamilton-madison-origin-of-two.html

"Hamilton was unhappy because his intellectual partner, James Madison, had just launched a broadside attack on Hamilton’s report, a critique that dumbfounded Hamilton. Just two years before, the pair had written 80 of the 85 Federalist Papers that were so instrumental in securing passage of the Constitution, thereby replacing the Articles and setting our nation on its unified course. Madison was the strongest voice in Congress, and his blessing, which Hamilton took for granted, was crucial to passing Hamilton’s plan. But Madison, it turned out, was wary of a strong, centralized government, and he knew the assumption of states’ debts would irrevocably establish the federal government’s preeminence over the states.

And so began the battle still being waged in Washington, DC, today over the power of the federal government. Hamilton and Madison would become arch-enemies, Hamilton (and President Washington) favoring – to put it mildly -- a strong, centralized government, while Madison (joined by the new Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson), fearing the same, and favoring states’ rights instead. The party names have changed since the time of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, but the Dems and the GOP carry on the debate.

It is hard to find an issue that better exemplifies the two underlying party philosophies than the health care insurance debate. The Dems believe in a strong role for the federal government, expressed through Obamacare, which sought to subsidize health insurance for the previously uninsured through an expansion of Medicaid, paid for by taxing the wealthy, and requiring a commitment of all Americans to enroll in health insurance program, the so-called mandate. The GOP considers Obamacare to be yet another massive federal entitlement program, and for years argued for its repeal and a return to a market-driven system, with no “forced choices” such as the mandate. Once in power, however, Trump realized that simply “repealing” the now-popular Obamacare would leave him and the GOP open to huge criticism, and thus announced a goal to “replace” it as well."
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