September 8th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #597

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  1. Woah!!

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  2. linda4298 says:

    https://www.wral.com/trump-adviser-suggests-cruz-isn-t-likable-enough-to-be-re-elected/17829485/ this is not good news. NATIONAL NEWS
    Trump Officials See Weaknesses in the Midterms
    Posted 30 minutes ago
    Updated 28 minutes ago

    FILE — Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s budget director, at the White House in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. At a closed-door meeting in New York, Mulvaney acknowledged the possibility that Republicans could lose midterm elections in races where they had nominated candidates who are not seen as “likable” enough, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Al Drago/The New York Times)
    By Alexander Burns and Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times

    NEW YORK — A pair of top Republicans acknowledged in a private meeting Saturday that the party was battling serious vulnerabilities in the midterm elections, including what one described as widespread “hate” for President Donald Trump, and raised the prospect that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas could lose his bid for re-election because he is not seen as “likable” enough.

    The two Republican leaders, Mick Mulvaney, the federal budget director, and Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, assured party officials and donors at a closed-door event in New York City that the right would ultimately turn back a purported “blue wave” in November. Mulvaney also questioned whether Democrats could marshal support from outside the left, criticizing them as a party defined solely by opposition to Trump.

    But Mulvaney and McDaniel also offered an unusually raw assessment of their own party’s strengths and weaknesses in the midterm elections. They pointed to the burning energy among Democratic voters and the dozens of open House seats, where Republican incumbents decided not to seek re-election, as fearsome obstacles to retaining control of Congress. And Mulvaney suggested Republicans would fare better if they could “subtract” the president’s divisive persona from voters’ minds, and stress instead that the country is in a “pretty good” condition.

    “You may hate the president, and there’s a lot of people who do, but they certainly like the way the country is going,” Mulvaney said, adding of voters: “If you figure out a way to subtract from that equation how they feel about the president, the numbers go up dramatically.”

    Their comments were captured in an audio recording obtained by The New York Times from a person who attended the party meeting.

    Even as Mulvaney conceded that Trump’s personal unpopularity was a problem for the party, he predicted it would not ultimately be a decisive factor for most voters. He also alluded to Cruz, without mentioning his name, as a lawmaker who might lack the charm to win a contested race this year.

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    • Trent Telenko says:

      Chaff and countermeasures. Ignore it.

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    • So the resis-ants are still up to their dirty tricks?
      Won’t help.

      #redwave is real. Patriots are red hot motivated. Cruz will win.

      I’ve been wondering what Mick Mulvaney has been up lately.
      God bless this man!

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    • iswhatitis says:

      FTA: “Their comments were captured in an audio recording obtained by The New York Times from a person who attended the party meeting.”

      I don’t see any links to that audio. Anyone else? Maybe I missed it, but without that claimed audio it’s just an anonymous hearsay hit-piece.

      Anyone see the audio links?

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      • Dutchman says:

        Yeah, sounds like an anonymous source, to me. Without hearing the tape, not only no way to know if there WAS a meeting at all, what was really said at the meeting, and so whether the NYT’s is accurately telling what’s on the alleged tape.

        And, if their version was accurate, why wouldn’t they release the tape?

        Not that I trust mitts kid, as far as I can throw my truck.

        More desperate attempts to sew division and despondency? Won’t work.

        Whistling past the graveyard, or more like past the ash heap of History, where their place is already reserved.

        Silly libertards, winning is for adults!

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      • linda4298 says:

        In the article they said Ted Cruz is not like, and commenting on Potus , but I had a conversation with my son, and I said but look at all the good things going on, and he said come on you know people vote on emotion, he voted for Trump. So in essence if someone turns you off, even if they do a good job, that’s a reason not to vote for them, You can look at Obama’s wins, most people hated his policies, didn’t matter, voted for him anyway.

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      • Boston Bean says:

        This sounds a lot like the “person who captured an audio recording” of Romney talking about the 47% of the electorate who take government checks and would never vote Republican. Perhaps the recording was taken by the “high-level official” who wrote the anonymous NY Slymes op-ed?

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    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I don’t understand this. The ‘Republicans’ that I know, that randomly I meet (like the cable guy today)…ya know all the R’s that voted for DJT…they aren’t mentioning “the President’s divisive persona”. “Personal unpopularity” ????
      What a crock. He’s the one and only reason I voted R and the only reason I’ll vote R in any election coming up.

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      • linda4298 says:

        I agree, but some of the Trump voters were never Hillary voters, Trump is not on the ballott, will those never Hillary’s in Pa, Wisc.Mi. Mn, come out to vote Rep. We have Brian Fitzpatrick, who never stands with Trump, he is a rep. can’t stand him, but will vote to try to keep Pa. red., an awful lot of Trump voters, don’t like fitzpatrick, that emotion thing again, hopefully they will do the right thing, Pa. sucks.

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        • Tseg says:

          I am not aware aware of a single person who has mention “I voted for DJT but am now having second thoughts.” Period.

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        • oldschool says:

          agree linda. i know many in my corner of PA who voted for Trump because they were anti HRC. They are NOT MAGA, complain about Trump’s tweets and “personality”, believe our side is engaged in conspiracy theories, and also believe zero started the economy rolling and Trump had minimal effect was just there when the wheel came around. I have talked to them until I’m blue in the face. Cannot count on their midterm votes. PA is blue with a few spasms of red. It does suck.

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        • Blind no longer says:

          Actually linda, there are some people like my sister, who voted for PDJT, but was really a Cruz supporter. She had serious doubts about how he would govern, thought he wouldn’t be as conservative as she wanted. She is now a DIE HARD Trump supporter and says he’s even greater than Reagan. She said she never dreamed she could say that about another President! So POTUS is frankly building supporters, who were doubtful in the beginning!

          Cruz is going to beat Mr. Flag Hater..no worries..it’s all a Left psy op with the media. People have caught on to the game, of sowing doubt!

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        • Boston Bean says:

          For the same reason, I’ll hold my nose and vote for RINO Charlie Baker in Massachusetts.

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        • Molly Pitcher says:

          The Never Hillary voters might still be in the game since she’s still walking free. LOL, a tiny bright spot that her/their justice is taking so long

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    • lurker2 says:

      This is the new Democrat tactic. Passing along secret info that la resistance has caputered showing discord in the White House. I pay no mind. We went through so much gaslighting in 2015-2016 and Trump ended up winning big.

      Texas: do what you need to do to re-elect Cruz.

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    • icthematrix says:

      If you plan to have a truly private meeting, it may be a good idea to collect all cell phones at admission. It may also be a good idea to have someone speaking from within the administration that doesn’t make such harsh comments relative to our President/his boss (IF this is indeed a true quote from the traitor who shared a recording with the NY Slimes). Unfortunately I do not doubt there was a recording made and shared. Would love to know if the agency has any equipment that can interfere with electronic recording capabilities in an area? If so it should be deployed for future private meetings.

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    • Lulu says:

      This is reporting on a meeting that happened in January – so not relevant. Cruz is up by almost ten – so right there it is off.

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      If you are having a real strategy meeting….you would center in on the biggest roadblocks or challenges and worst case scenerios. If they weren’t centering in on areas of the most challenge or difficulty….then they weren’t serious about winning the elections.

      The only demographic I know of where Trump has a problem is highly educated women. He has gained with blacks and Hispanics. He polls better than Obama did at this point in his term. His own party gives him high favorable rating. I don’t know how independents will ultimately vote. They are wishy washy.

      At the end of the day though….

      If Trump was really unliked by the general population as the article indicates then he wouldn’t be so popular on the general election campaign trail.

      I can’t think of a single politician running that hasn’t been ecstatic for Trump to come to his/her state and campaign for them…..not even in blue states. To me that’s a key indicator.

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    • Angry Dumbo says:

      Jan. 19, 2018? Can we really predict anything this far out?

      I’m no Cruz fan, but really how likable is the turtle?

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    • agentcommonsense says:

      OMG I just copied the same Mulvaney article and came here to post it because it really bothered me that Mick would say something like this . I was going to ask everyone if they thought this was fake news. .. I don’t know I wish I didn’t read it because we will never know for sure and now I will probably have the cat slant eye on Mick from now on.. He was one of my favorites, I hope he comes out and denies it because it is not good not good at all. Really it is a betrayal. POTOS is loved by so many

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    • daughnworks247 says:

      What? January 19, 2018?
      Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth?
      So, I guess when PDJT announced he was heading to TEXAS and looking for the biggest stadium he could find…… all the crap about “Repubs worried about Toxic Ted went away.
      PDJT will be magnanimous and carry Ted over the finish line. We understand the politics.

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    • piper567 says:

      linda, Dateline: January 19, 2018.
      Things were a little different in January.

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    • Proud American from Texas says:

      I read a comment somewhere that made a strong case for Cruz winning. Greg Abbott is leading in the poll for governor over the lesbian Dallas County Sheriff by about 15 points. People who plan to vote for Abbott aren’t likely to turn around and vote for Cruz’s even more radical opponent.

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    • Kenji says:

      Google … NOT an American Co. they need to relocate and reincorporate in Beijing.

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      • daughnworks247 says:

        Levi Strauss closed their last American plant in 2003. They’re no longer American at all. They’re purposely misleading the American people with a bogus ‘gun confiscation’ virtue signaling event to appear empathetic, when they’re really worried about their slave labor supply chain….. and the fact that their party is OVER on trade policy.
        Thank you President Trump.

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  3. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  4. kinthenorthwest says:

    No one but two misspellings…On a poster board in front of hundreds. maybe he should pay his staff better…
    Dem Senator’s ‘Protest’ At Kavanaugh Hearing Featured Embarrassing Spelling Errors
    Whitehouse used a huge board to argue against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, but it featured two embarrassing misspellings.
    https://conservativedailypost.com/dem-senators-protest-at-kavanaugh-hearing-featured-embarrassing-spelling-errors/

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      • Thereby validating our VSG Lion’s claims of obstructionism.

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      • America First says:

        This is the next salvo in their desperate bid to slow down Kavanaugh’s confirmation and his taking a seat on the SC at the beginning of the new term.

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      • 7delta says:

        Well, gee whiz, do they really want to go down that road? Lied to Congress? Sotomayer? Kagan? Clapper? Comey? Hillary? BILL? Internal Revenue lady whatsherhame? Zuckerberg? Dorsey? I could go on… What a can of worms.

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      • NC PATRIOT says:

        He told them VERY EARLY and in public—as Sec. to President, MANY pieces of email and paper passed across his desk, en route elsewhere, that he had NO involvement in doing anything with.

        That pretty much covers him on anything that was cc’d to him but addressed to someone else. (If he was asked did you have involvement with —xxxxxxx and he said NO)
        So not a lie. If it was not a lie in his Circuit Court hearings it is not a lie now.

        I wonder if WH counsel will answer for him? I wonder how honest Merrick Garland is. He and Judge K are colleagues on the same DC court, aren’t they? Merrick G. should see this as a blatant gotcha attempt.

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    • Molly Pitcher says:

      They used the Al Sharpton dictionary.

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  5. DanO64 says:

    Have you seen those Bait Bike and Bait Purse prank videos on YouTube? I think the 4th FISA was a Bait FISA. Just say N.

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  6. From 15 May 2107 … still true.

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  7. kea says:

    Judge Orders Florida Election Officials to Offer Ballots Printed in Spanish!!!!

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/08/judge-orders-florida-election-officials-offer-ballots-printed-spanish/

    WHY!!!! Learn English
    I am sick of catering to them!!!

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  8. Nice. Today. Uplifting.

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  9. Bigbadmike says:

    Sean Connery playing Robin in Robin and Marian speaking to Sir Rafluf: “I know your kind. I’ve been battling you all my life. The Law won’t touch you, and there is no crime you will be punished for.”. Sound familiar?

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  10. Norway gets it right.

    The labour minister has raised alarm bells after a report has revealed that migrants account for half of the welfare beneficiaries in Norway.

    Migrants in Norway have become a strain on the country’s generous welfare system with individuals from migrant backgrounds making up half of the welfare recipients in the country.

    A report from the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research released last year also revealed that the longer migrants were in Norway, the more likely they were to be dependent on state handouts and less likely to be employed.

    https://www.thewashingtonpundit.com/blank-1/NorwayDeportsRefugees

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  11. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  12. O’press

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  13. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  14. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  16. Carrie says:

    So now Mifsud is suddenly presumed dead???

    How incredibly convenient for the Clinton cabal and the Stefan Halper/ Alexander Downer /Mifsud trifecta!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6147261/Link-Trump-campaign-Russia-2016-election-missing-dead.html

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  17. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  18. kinthenorthwest says:

    As I said in my tweet anyone does not want a US Flag at campaign should not win, much less should not be even running for an American Senate Seat.

    Cruz Challenger Doesn’t Want to Be Seen With THIS
    09/07/2018 American Action News AAN Staff
    Ted Cruz’s far-left challenger, Beto O’Rourke, has countless harebrained – even dangerous – ideas he thinks are good. We can now add stripping a VFW hall of American flags to that list.
    http://thehollywoodconservative.us/articles/cruz-challenger-doesn-t-want-to-be-seen-with-this

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  19. phoenixRising says:

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    • Carrie says:

      That’s a hoot! 😂 It’s always interesting to go to NYC- it’s the twilight zone when it comes to politics. I bet this had people dropping dead like flies on the street 😁

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  20. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Police Officer’s Widow Slams Nike in Open Letter: ‘You’ve Got this One Wrong’
    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/09/08/police-officers-widow-slams-nike-in-open-letter-youve-got-this-one-wrong/

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  21. rf121 says:

    Interesting thread about NYT op ed. Posted by Rex.

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  22. phoenixRising says:

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    • Blind no longer says:

      Cool!

      Like

    • treehouseron says:

      Wow. That’s pretty amazing. I remember the night he got shot and the President and Melania went to see him. The President kept saying he’s in really bad shape. Now not only is he all healed up, he’s on a hunting trip in the mud with the President’s son without a care in the world.

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  23. For Eyes says:

    I need help. Serious help.

    My wife, who is intensely conservative but who has followed the details of this mess only on an on / off again basis, has suddenly become fixated with Q. I am now subjected to hours of her telling me of the latest she has read or watched in youtube.

    It is all utter nonsense.

    My head is about to explode.

    Does anyone know of some intervention group? Some 12 step program I can get her committed to?

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    • RedBallExpress says:

      I don’t drink but your best bet is a 12 pack of beer. For you.

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    • Karen says:

      Smart wife, she’s a keeper.
      In time you will realize this to be true.

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    • Maybe get her to follow Praying Medic.
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSio3E7kYvPeHKhfuYZWriA

      He has a calm and sensible demeanor and is a bit of an outlier in #qanon circles because of that. His decodes explain some important aspects of why even the Q posts can’t be taken literally which I think helps the literal thinkers shake loose from pushing stuff on others.

      Hope you work it out soon.
      Wishing you the best

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    • soozword says:

      Count your blessings, at least she isn’t an Antifa member!

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    • lida rose says:

      I am a Q outlier. I’ve followed some, would love it to be legit, but have serious reservations. My husband is almost completely all in with Q. I can relate to your situation.

      My advice is to have her research more and see that Q himself has specifically posted
      “Do not push those not ready”
      “Do not isolate yourself within your family”
      Those come from fairly recent posts (2-3 weeks)
      (Those are probably not exact quotes, but very close)

      That helped my husband back off a bit, we still discuss, but more briefly and out of the weeds.

      Hope that helps. Best wishes

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    • MAGADJT says:

      Re: The Mulvaney comments. If I recall, he was somewhat of a never-Trumper before the election. I remember people agonizing over the fact that Trump would add him to his staff. He is a South Carolina Republican, and we all know how those can be. These comments were in January at a closed door meeting; it could be that he was playing to the crowd, and there were some in there that were the type that like to worry over Trump’s tweeting, and he was just speaking to them in their language. Mulvaney has proven to me that he is full on MAGA at this point.

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    • lida rose says:

      Here’s hoping your pinot noir kicked in.
      You asked for “serious help”
      And then you only respond to who tells you to drink beer, and ignore every other advice offered.

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  24. treehouseron says:

    Ignore this article about Mulvaney that Drudge is promoting. Mick is solid as hell, they’re taking what he said out of context (admittedly) and may be misquoting him anyways.

    It’s an old trick, the things they’re quoting him as saying are things he was prompted to say. Not his ideas, his response to quesitons containing those ideas.

    So for instance if I say

    “Some of my voters think Barack Obama did a good job, why should they vote for Trump?”

    Someone’s answer might be

    “Well, even if Barack Obama did a great job, and they don’t like President Trump, they should consider his economic record”

    Or whatever, it looks like I’m saying Obama did a great job but I’m not. I’m just repeating what they asked.

    Fake News gonna Fake News people.

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    • Blind no longer says:

      I have zero doubts about Mick’s loyalty to PDJT! Mick is MAGA! The left wants us to turn into a circular firing squad. Nice Saul Alinskys tactics they are using now.
      Read Alinskys tactics…the Left and Fake News Media are deploying multiple tactics at once now. They are desperate, the polls must look really bad for the Dems!

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      • treehouseron says:

        And look at the ones they attack. The EFFECTIVE ones!

        They’re attacking Mick because he’s awesome. they’ve attacked Stephen Miller RELENTLESSLY because he’s the voice behind Trump’s speeches that are so effective. They’re attacking Wilbur Ross because he’s so consequential to them. it goes on and on and on.

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    • piper567 says:

      Dateline of the article was January 19, 2018.
      Lots has changed since then.

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  25. bessie2003 says:

    Just saw this interview of the Unabomer profiler discussing the NYT op-ed so thought to share.

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