“Forever is composed of nows.”
(D) Joe Biden*
(R) Donald Trump
(D) Diana DeGette*
(D) Joe Neguse*
(R) Lauren Boebert*
(D) Adam Frisch
(R) Ken Buck*
(R) Doug Lamborn*
(D) Jason Crow*
(D) Brittany Pettersen
(D) Yadira Caraveo
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What Makes Fascism Fascist? John Ganz
Interesting article; worth a read. Here's the concluding paragraph.
That is a good article. It's nice to read something about fascism and current politics that is more academic and doesn't just use the word "fascist" as an insult.
This is what I've noticed in the past few (6-10) years:
For all the conservatives who want "small government" they welcomed fascists who believe all the "elites" are corrupt and hopeless. For all the right-wing Christians who just wanted Roe v Wade overturned, they welcomed antisemites and militant Christian fundamentalists.
Not all Republicans are Nazis or Klan members but they've done plenty to help those folks feel welcome as Republicans and they don't appear to want to do anything about it.
Dems Have a Plan for a More Moneyball Approach to Campaigns
Details on the "moneyball" approach get spelled out in the article
So, a few nuances. The article is describing
* state House seats. I didn't do the math for the three states the group worked in, but in PA, each district had an average of 64,052 residents. . PA-129, one of the races talked about had 19,085 general election votes, and the winner (with this program) got 11,101.
* determined to be "battleground" districts. PA-129 didn't have an incumbent — the long-time Republican incumbent did not run. The re-drawn district moved east, taking in more of Reading and losing rural ground west of Reading.
* it is $25,000 ADDITIONAL money for one purpose — no details on how much these campaigns actually raised overall. Looking elsewhere, PA-129 had a candidate report of
Outspending an opponent 2.26 to 1 can certainly make a difference.
What I like about this is:
So many campaigns seem to run on "tons of TV" at the end because that's the way it's always been done.
Yeah, for example spending less than $25,000 the DCCC could have done some elementary opposition research on the NY-3 George Santos race and won the seat for the Dems.
But, no. Doesn't anyone here know how to play this game?
former Rep. Steve Israel (who was in Congress from Long Island) wrote an article in The Atlantic blaming Republicans, Democrats, and the media. However, he acknowledges the DCCC provided a basic oppo research brief & the Democratic incumbent tried to use it — but it got no traction because everyone assumed the Democrats would win in a district that voted for Biden by 8.5 points and had been won against the same R candidate in 2020.
Even AFTER the revelation of Santos being "Jew – ish" and an announcement he would not be welcomed back by several local Jewish Republican groups on Long Island, the Republicans were wringing their hands and NOT calling for a resignation because "he'll vote the right way" and something like 'he'll be even more attentive to our grass roots positions.
More nails in the coffins of "public service" and "character matters."
True to U.S. strategic culture, American politics has a bias for air power (ads) over boots on the ground (staff). In both cases, it's rarely about the efficacy, as much as the commissions and kickbacks.
I wish Arena luck in challenging that culture, just as I wish we'd stop wasting millions on "strategic bombers."
You mean Tim Gill's strategy & tactics?
System date and time check.
That didn't work.
So we're testing again.
And now the time is right!
Nope. It says AM and PM instead of 24-hour clock.
And will they be ignoring the leap second?
Hey Alva – is Max Miller in charge of your time clock? If you’re a pilot or someone who regularly works on Zulu time this is pretty funny…
Today's top post: Suggested Priorities for the Biden Administration
Things seem to going swimmingly over at $tsla …
Ruble rousing in Russia.
A story I’ve been following is that Russian consumers can’t withdraw cash from banks, and they’re angry about it. One cause: Most imports are paid for in US dollars, or Chinese yuan, but ruble value in relation to these currencies is crashing.
Another cause: Putin is trying to finance a war on play money, and it isn’t working. He’s selling cheap gas to whomever will buy it, but the ruble continues to reduce in value
Professor Skiba( originally from Ukraine) now with U of Wyoming gives a pretty clear explanation of causes and effects of Russia’s economic Ruination.