There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob

— Herodotus

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Having just scanned the various websites I look at each day a common theme is evident.  Many sites have individual pages for opinions. Others are total opinion sites. What I saw in common in the opinion pieces was each demanding that their issues should outrage Americans and make that their top issue.

Two years ago it would have been possible to prioritize outrageous issues.  There was not an outrageous act every twenty minutes from a senile, old man with serious DSM 5 matching symptoms.  Even if he was saying things, it was with minimal impact as he was not in power.  Now, we are having a serious issue trying to keep track of and stay outraged at everything.

Today the horrible person causes direct and indirect results when he says or uses social media to express his hate of one thing or another.  He has no education in anything that makes humans human, so his proclamations are almost always incorrect or inane.

What we Dems have at the moment are so many horrendous issues from the guy that we cannot unite around only one.

Do we go after the outrage de jour? Or, put together a top ten list? Or, focus on one issue that is a top polling issue and forget the misogynist, racist old fool?

His action, or act, is to throw dirty diapers at the wall.  Nothing more.  Come January 3, 2019 I hope at least one chamber of the Congress will bring some level of control on the executive branch.  I think the Dems can do it if they spend the last two weeks focused on one issue such as health care finance and the opponent in the race.

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Hurricane Politics

Michael Hits Florida Republicans Hardest

Politico: “…one Republican familiar with the affected counties said the party is bracing for a net loss of 20,000 votes that [Gov. Rick] Scott or Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis would otherwise receive.”

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“Days after the storm hit, it became clear that its damage was largely limited to one media market, Panama City, and affected Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties. The counties of Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla in the Tallahassee media market were also affected, but not as badly.

Together, the 11 affected counties have 465,000 of the state’s 13 million active registered voters. In 2016, they voted overall for President Trump over Hillary Clinton by 9 percentage points, or by 32,181 votes. Trump’s winning margin statewide: 112,911.”

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Fighter jets worth billions left in harm’s wayUSA Today

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Up is down and Lies are “rhetorical hyperbole”

By PatD, a Trail Mix Contributor

Our enemies are friends and our friends are our enemies. War is peace. What climate change?

Washington Post: A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from adult-film actress Stormy Daniels that claimed President Trump defamed her when he suggested she had lied about being threatened to keep quiet about their alleged relationship.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles ruled that Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment as the kind of “rhetorical hyperbole” normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States.” He ordered Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, to pay Trump’s legal fees.
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Otero, who was appointed to the court by President George W. Bush, had indicated during a late-September hearing that he was skeptical of Daniels’s claim on free-speech grounds. He said Monday that Daniels has presented herself as Trump’s “political adversary” in public and in court filings and that Trump has the right to respond to her claims.

“If this Court were to prevent Mr. Trump from engaging in this type of ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ against a political adversary, it would significantly hamper the office of the President,” Otero wrote.

“Any strongly-worded response by a president to another politician or public figure could constitute an action for defamation. This would deprive this country of the ‘discourse’ common to the political process,” he wrote.

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Blue Wave Quantified

And here’s where it will take a massive blue wave to make a difference — the Senate.

  • Democrats have 26 seats up, only 4 are in play
  • GOP has just 9 seats up, 4 are in play

It’s all about the turn out model … As polls in these races come out over the next few weeks how much will pollsters factor in turnout of traditional non-voters who now seem energized? Underestimation will skew results toward Republicans, which might be correct, if these voters don’t show up after all.

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