Tuesday Open Thread

“If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?”

–Khalil Gibran

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  1. Republican 36 says:

    Congressman Polis has contacted people regarding a possible run for governor next year.

    • Andrew Carnegie says:

      That would be fun and open up two seats in Congress.

      I guess both have figured out they are going to be in the minority for the rest of their lives.  Time for a new gig.

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        I recall Newt once proclaiming a new permanent majority. That proved to be a fickle wet dream. I will hand it to your side, your gerrymandering has given you an upper hand. That, and the EC, have given you the ability to defy democracy.  Enjoy your time in the saddle. 

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Newt also famously proclaimed that the 1998 mid-term election would be all about Bill, Monica and the infamous blow job.

          Defying the laws of political gravity (i.e., the party in the White House always loses seats in the 6th year of a president's term), the Dems picked up five House seats, lost no Senate seats, Clinton was impeached but kept his job, and Newt was forced to resign and ultimately replaced by a Republican kiddie-diddler.


      • JohnInDenver says:

        The usual "second thoughts" of voters wanting to have a partisan balance to the White House, Trump job approval at 41% (today's Gallup tracking), AC —

        Congress approval at extreme lows, Congress managing to antagonize BOTH the liberals appalled at policy proposals and the conservatives who were expecting competence in accomplishing the stated goals, and an unpopular President (41% approve, 52% disapprove in today's Gallup tracking poll).

        More Democrats running and more energized opposition voting.

        That addition brings a substantial challenge to the Republican majorities in the legislature (majorities that already shrank in 2016).

        If last year's Kansas elections are any guide, there are likely to be moderate Republicans primarying the incumbents and succeeding. "Swing" in special elections has been 15-18% towards the Democrats. So I doubt "being in the minority for the rest of their lives" is top of the list for either Perlmutter or Polis.

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        To take KornJolio's supposition to its logical end…

        Wait, never mind.  That won't work this time. 

        Maybe they're all tiring of the 'swamp'?  The one that isn't being drained?

        Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018

        The Utah Republican, long seen as a rising star in both national and Utah GOP politics, wrote on Facebook that he had made “a personal decision to return to the private sector” when his term in the U.S. House of Representatives expires in January 2019.

        First elected to the House in 2008, Mr. Chaffetz has indicated he could be interested in a run for Utah governor in 2020. Gov. Gary Herbert has been in office since 2009, but is not term-limited and could run again. In his statement announcing his decision not to seek re-election, Mr. Chaffetz acknowledged that he may run for office again “but not in 2018.”

    • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

      Surprised by that.  Why would Polis run?  Don't seem him offering anything different from the current field as a candidate.  Don't know why he'd want to be governor and not just do something that's not holding office, if he's tired of the House.

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Stinks he does, this Trump.

    Stay upwind my friends.

  3. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Looks like this president is going to enjoy himself playing golf and enriching his empire….


     the president's main foreign-policy departures from Obama are (1) offending a bunch of foreign leaders, and (2) launching one airstrike against Assad. This looks more like "nothing" than "neocon" to me.




    Looks like the rednecks that put this fool in office are getting fucked again…nothing but empty promises from a flag bearer that lays down the flag as soon as it gets tough…

    The only thing he will fight for is himself.

  4. SamCat says:

    It's simple.  All he has to do is figure out how to build the wall out of coal. wink

  5. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    That's genius, SamCat! It'll work great until the people on the other side put a match to it. 

  6. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Jon Ossof is looking good in Georgia. With 32% reporting, he's beating the closest Republican candidate 54% to 18%.

    • Andrew Carnegie says:

      He is looking great.

      He spent $8 million of out of state money in a primary and now has a run off in a few months.

      Even if he wins the run off he will lose in the next general.  Such is the lot in life of running to fill a seat of someone appointed to the cabinet in a district where the majority is of the other party.

      He ran 1.5% ahead of Hillary in the district and spent about ten times as much as the lady he will be running against. Seems like the left is pretty desperate if this is a major victory.

  7. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    I can tell that this election worries you greatly. Just like your president is worried. If Ossof wins 50%+ he doesn't have to have a runoff. Stoopid Hooper's ran too many candidates.

  8. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    He's still way out front with 50.3%.

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