Thursday Open Thread

“I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth.”

–Hunter S. Thompson

33 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. coloradosane says:

    "Good morning!

    We are so grateful for the continued support and outreach over this past week. I wanted to share with you our expectations over the next 36 hours as all the remaining votes are counted.

    Last night at midnight was the final opportunity for any voter who submitted a ballot that had a mistake (usually, this is a signature that did not match the voter records) to text a picture of their ID and "cure" their ballot so that it counted. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers helping us reach as many voters as possible in this situation.

    Today, 26 of the 27 counties in Colorado's third congressional district will do a final count of all remaining ballots they have left. We know one county, Otero, is counting tomorrow. These counts are then officially submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State. Once all counties report their final numbers, we will have the final vote count for this election.

    As counties submit their final numbers, which we expect them to begin doing mid-day today, the media may start naming a winner in this race. We will continue waiting for every valid vote to be counted before jumping to conclusions, which will happen after midday on Friday. I have said from the start that if we win, it will be by a little bit at the very end, and here we are!

    Additionally, if the vote difference between Lauren Boebert and us is less than 0.5% of the leading candidate, around 810 votes, we will need to immediately prepare for an official recount administered by the Colorado Secretary of State. We will share more information about how that will work if we find ourselves in that situation come Friday.

    We are continuing to raise funds to support the ballot cure process and ensure that all votes count. In addition, we have started a recount fund to prepare for the costly legal process of a recount should it occur (Congresswoman Boebert is already raising dollars into her own recount fund as well). With the recount, we can also accept additional contributions of up to $2,900 from all previous maxed supporters and new donors. Visit to contribute. Please contact Erin Flores, our Finance Director, directly at or (303) 565-9502 with any questions.

    Given all the moving parts, we do not expect to make any formal comments, via press release or press conferences, until this evening at the earliest. We are fully aware of the weight and support of the race results for not only our district, and state, but the nation. As many of you know, I have been in DC since Sunday (with Katy & Felix) as part of the New Member Orientation, run by a bipartisan House committee. As happens every election, there are a handful of us here from both parties that are in undeclared races. I can also vouch that the very highest level of people in DC are fully aware of how close this race is, how well we ran a campaign (again, thanks to all of you), and how important our win will be to the country.

    We greatly appreciate your ongoing support throughout this journey.

    – Adam & Family"

    • DavidThi808 says:


      First off thanks for the update and best wishes that in the cures you pulled ahead.

      Second, out of curiosity, what is the legal cost to you in a recount? Don't you just wait as the state recounts the votes?

      Again, best to you and your family. And realize that regardless of the outcome, you ran an amazing race.

      • Old Time Dem says:

        I don’t think the candidates are charged for the recount, but they will want to be represented by attorneys during the recount.

        Unless you’re a Republican, in which case you need lawyers to file frivolous suits, dream up seditious schemes, and, if necessary, pound on the doors of the Secretary of State’s office. 

  2. Dano says:

    The first update has come in from Huerfano County. The needle moved by 4 votes in Adam’s direction. Only 1118 to go.

  3. unnamed says:

    So, in the lone piece of good news for Colorado Republicans, Republican Mark VanDriel has won the CU Regent race for Congressional District 8. 


    This is the lone competitive race at the state level in Colorado that a Republican has won.

    CO-03 doesn't count, since that took everyone by surprise.

  4. Powerful Pear says:

    Well well well. The Republicans have finally pried the hammer from Pelosi's cold, dead hands. Only the PolCats will look at a loss as a win. 

    Get ready for the investigations; payback is hell and we have much to pay back.

    • unnamed says:

      And it only took a week plus to figure it out.

      And, of course it's all about payback.  Because you are perpetual victims who have no substantive policy positions, no new ideas, and no plans to deal with anything, including all the shit you whined about on this blog.


    • Old Time Dem says:

      The Republicans have finally pried the hammer from Pelosi's cold, dead hands

      Is it too late for you to be aborted, you scumbag?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Lulz. Go outdoors and shake your fist at the blue sky, Pfrüit! (and don’t forget to sign up for Fattie Donnie from Queens latest vanity/grifting project)

    • spaceman2021 says:

      You're a sick person, PP. 

    • Wow. I don't suppose you could be a bit less sensitive with your "hammer" phrasing…

      We're used to Republicans running petty vendetta investigations; it's a key feature of any Republican majority. I'm sure we'll also be looking at a credit rating downgrade next June when the debt ceiling comes up again, too. You'll all be doing yourselves such a favor for the 2024 election cycle while we're looking to our next generation of actual leadership.

      Let's face it, the job of Republican Speaker has been a shit show ever since Paul Ryan reluctantly took the gavel from Boehner.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      If the investigations were into something that would benefit the US citizens, it might be worthwhile. 

      Doing a purely partisan hack job on Hunter Biden, while neglecting the scions and in-laws & hangers-on of DJ Trump, will not lead to legislation to improve the political climate.  I'm not certain how the political theater will play — but if Benghazi is any relevant precedent, I think it will cause further damage to the approval and trust of Congress.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Oh the threats.  We're all so scared like about the BIG RED WAVE (not).

      If Pear's House investigators are as good at finding evidence about Hunter working for a foreign government as they were at finding out who stole the 2020 election, he'll never see the inside of a courthouse.  It'll all be performance politics and no results.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Notice how there is no boasting about curbing inflation or bringing down the price of gas.  This one is going to bite them big after two years of wasting taxpayer money on fluff (Republican) concerns.

  5. westslope says:

    PP, I for one will thoroughly enjoy My Kevin,’’ flail away in the speaker’s chair if he gets that far. Pelosi kept her crazies on board and their mouths mostly shut as she got things through the House that absolutely needed to pass. My Kevin’’ will be lucky to stay upright.


  6. ParkHill says:

    Culture Wars that didn't Age Well. From MahaBlog

    I still remember, dimly, James Buchanan’s “culture war” speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention. Which was, wow, 30 years ago. I watched it because I had the flu or something like it and didn’t feel well enough to get off the sofa to change the channel. I must not have had a remote for that teevee. So there I was, feeling sick and stuck listening to Buchanan say stuff like this —

    "The agenda that Clinton & Clinton would impose on America – abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units – that’s change, all right. But it is not the kind of change America needs. It is not the kind of change America wants. And it is not the kind of change we can abide in a nation that we still call God’s country."

    After the 2004 midterms, Karl Rove was saying stuff like this —

    "President Bush’s chief political adviser, Karl Rove, said Tuesday that opposition to gay marriage was one of the most powerful forces in American politics today and that politicians ignored it at their peril.

    “This is an issue on which there is a broad consensus,” Mr. Rove said, discussing a presidential election that took place as voters in 11 states backed constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriages.

    “In all 11 states, it won by considerable margins,” Mr. Rove said, adding, “People do not like the idea or the concept of marriage as being a union between a man and a woman being uprooted and overturned by a few activist judges or a couple of activist local officials.”"

    Gay rights was one of Karl’s favorite wedge issues back then. He liked to get referendums regarding gay marriage on ballots to drive conservatives to the polls, and while they were there they’d also vote for Republicans.

    The GOP is feeling snake bit by the abortion issue, or at least it should. The hard core forced childbirth crowd doesn’t see it that way, yet.

    "Some leaders and commentators who want to restrict abortion rights say they see no convincing reason to moderate their goals in the wake of the midterms.

    Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, has been working to push back on what she calls a “facile narrative” that abortion rights were a winning issue for Democrats. In a Fox News op-ed she published on Monday, Dannenfelser argued that Republican candidates who went on the offense on abortion, and challenged their opponents’ “pro-abortion extremism” prevailed, citing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, North Carolina Senator-elect Ted Budd, and Ohio Senator-elect J.D. Vance. She contrasted them with Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Adam Laxalt in Nevada, who she said “buried their heads in the sand” on abortion. (Laxalt ran an ad this fall stressing that abortion rights are protected under Nevada law, and Oz mostly focused on how the federal government shouldn’t be involved.)"

    My sense of things is that GOP candidates, especially incumbents, in deep red states were not penalized by being anti-gay rights and anti-abortion. But in the purple states it cost the GOP dearly, and of course in blue states it’s a nonstarter. Laxalt and Oz probably would have lost by bigger margins had they more aggressively pushed the forced childbirth position. And this is one reason why Ron DeSantis is not a viable national candidate for the White House, IMO.

  7. There actually is some daylight between Ken Buck and his fellow Republican Congressional delegates. Thanks to Rep. Buck for co-sponsoring the Speak Out Act, and shame on Boebert and Lamborn for voting against it.

  8. notaskinnycook says:

    Poor Governor! He's been bitten by the bug again. He's not sick, but he tested positive.

  9. MichaelBowman says:

    It was a stellar election cycle for Arizona:

    A Rare Win in the Fight Against Dark Money

    Voters from both parties in all fifteen counties of the polarized state of Arizona came together and overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that will require large anonymous “dark money” political donors to reveal their identities.

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