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Trump re-election committee tells Ind. Senate hopeful to take down yard signs with false endorsement

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has demanded that Rep. Todd Rokita take down yard signs it says give the false impression the president endorsed the Indiana Republican’s Senate bid, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

The rebuke came after two volunteers who led Trump’s bare-bones 2016 campaign in Vice President Mike Pence’s home state endorsed Rokita during an Indianapolis news conference last week.

The Rokita signs, which have gone up since that event, proclaim in large white letters “Endorsed by Trump/Pence,” with smaller letters below adding “2016 Indiana Team Leaders.”

Rokita spokesman Nathan Brand refused to say if the campaign will comply with the Trump campaign’s request.


Looks like Trump is afraid to endorse a candidate they think might not win.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Fri Apr 20, 2018, 03:15 PM (0 replies)

Well, I bet Hannity is going to lead in ratings tonight.

Everybody on both sides of the aisle are going to want to see how he responds to this.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Mon Apr 16, 2018, 03:12 PM (3 replies)

I think this poll accurately shows what Trump's base is.


I think 32 percent is probably his soft base. 25 percent would be his hard base.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Fri Apr 13, 2018, 06:37 PM (4 replies)


I am confident the United States will still be the United States in two years.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Thu Apr 12, 2018, 01:18 PM (1 replies)

Michael Cohen today: "I'd rather jump out of a building than turn on Donald Trump."

Not exactly words that scream innocence from Trump's personal lawyer.


Posted by bearsfootball516 | Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:43 PM (131 replies)

NYT: Republicans seize on impeachment for edge in 2018 midterms

WASHINGTON — As Republican leaders scramble to stave off a Democratic wave or at least mitigate their party’s losses in November, a strategy is emerging on the right for how to energize conservatives and drive a wedge between the anti-Trump left and moderate voters: warn that Democrats will immediately move to impeach President Trump if they capture the House.

What began last year as blaring political hyperbole on the right — the stuff of bold-lettered direct mail fund-raising pitches from little-known groups warning of a looming American “coup” — is now steadily drifting into the main currents of the 2018 message for Republicans.

The appeals have become a surefire way for candidates to raise small contributions from grass-roots conservatives who are devoted to Mr. Trump, veteran Republican fund-raisers say. But party strategists also believe that floating the possibility of impeachment can also act as a sort of scared-straight motivational tool for turnout. Last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas used his re-election kickoff rally to introduce a video featuring a faux news anchor reading would-be headlines were conservatives not to vote in November.


And when Representative Steve Stivers of Ohio, the chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, convened about two dozen party strategists in February for a private dinner at a French bistro here, the attendees were surprised when he raised an issue not included in his formal PowerPoint presentation: the threat of impeachment against Mr. Trump, which he said fired up the party base.


I've seen this become a hotly contested issue here at DU. Some believe that Trump's actions warrant impeachment no matter what, should be done as soon as Democrats have the advantage in the House again, and failure to do so would be missed opportunity to make it known that nobody, including the President of the United States, is above the law.

On the other hand, this article highlights the opposing viewpoint, that the threat of impeachment would fire up the Republican base to vote in 2018 when current special elections are showing severely depressed Republican turnout, especially when it's fairly unlikely impeachment would be followed up with a conviction in the Senate.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Sun Apr 8, 2018, 10:55 AM (6 replies)

"I'll be so busy working in Washington, I won't have time to leave!"

Posted by bearsfootball516 | Thu Apr 5, 2018, 05:16 PM (4 replies)

Trump probably only signed the bill so he can leave this weekend.

He's clearly pissed about signing it, but he signed it anyway. The March for our Lives is happening tomorrow and is surrounding the White House. He knew that if the government shut down, he'd get raked over the coals for flying to Mar-A-Lago with everything shut down, so he did it just so that he can get away.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Fri Mar 23, 2018, 02:04 PM (6 replies)

WaPo: "Flake warns Trump of impeachment remedy if Mueller probe is halted"

Sen. Jeff Flake, one of President Trump’s most prominent Senate critics, told The Washington Post in an interview Tuesday that he would support impeachment proceedings against Trump if the president ends special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election “without cause.”

“We’re begging him: ‘Don’t go down this road. Don’t create a constitutional crisis. Don’t force the Congress to take the only remedy that Congress can take,’ ” said Flake (R-Ariz.). “To remind the president of that is the best way to keep him from going down that road. To fire Mueller without cause, I don’t know if there is any other remedy left to the legislative branch.”

Flake compared any possible effort by Trump in the coming weeks to end the Mueller probe to President Richard Nixon’s infamous 1973 firing of the special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.

Posted by bearsfootball516 | Tue Mar 20, 2018, 06:41 PM (5 replies)

One final lesson tonight: Nothing is more important than GOTV

Over 200,000 votes cast. Lamb is going to win by literally a few hundred votes.

Write postcards. Knock on doors. Donate. Even $10 is enough. Bring a friend to vote.

Conor Lamb was a fantastic candidate with a fantastic GOTV campaign, and it looks like it put him over the edge.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:46 AM (1 replies)
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