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It may seem ridiculous that Democrats could legitimately win Georgia and compete in South Carolina and Mississippi, but it’s worth noting that while these states tend to be unwinnable normally, they wind up being a lot closer than you might think. Obama got 44% in each in 2012. Ordinarily getting the rest of the way is pretty much impossible for a Democrat (high ceilings compared to Wyoming, but firm ceilings nonetheless), but if a couple percent of their population happen to be college-educated Republicans who cannot stand Trump, you never know. And Georgia and North Carolina, long at the cusp of battleground status, look to be legitimately in play.

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I don’t really have much interest in relitigating the record of Henry Kissinger–even his defenders can’t really deny that he enabled any number of military coups, civilian deaths as well as the odd genocide, they just defend him in convoluted ways that I usually cannot follow–but you really do have to ask yourself what precisely is the human rights content of liberal hawkishness/”humanitarian” intervention if its main standard-bearer so intently desires to connect herself to 20th Century America’s greatest opponent of human rights in foreign policy. I mean, you can certainly argue Truman was worse because of the bomb, and obviously the buck stopped with Nixon on what Kissinger did, but nevertheless. You read this and you realize that maybe Clinton is the one who truly will bring down the Washington power structure by simply applying their worst, most closely held ideas without restraint or wisdom.

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I don’t 100% agree with all the analysis here (the comparison of likes to dislikes begs for a baseline comparison), but it makes a pretty strong case that garbage corporation Sony hoodwinked feminists and progressives into turning a middling-at-best remake of a not-as-good-as-you-remember ’80s movie into a culture war battle on purpose just to sell tickets. You might say it’s our Passion Of The Christ. I think we just got played.

Enjoy all those sequels, people!

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I don’t really see the upside to all this “rigged election” business. For one thing, saying it so far back in the polls and so early in the election looks weak and desperate rather than strong and commanding. The most likely impact is that it depresses Republican turnout, since why would you bother to vote if you think it won’t matter? And sure, to the extent that it helps turn America into a chaotic, ungovernable mess, it fits into their overall objectives, but only to a point as they want to still be able to govern it. Too much chaos and it might just convince people to abandon the current Constitution that heavily advantages their cause by making change so damn hard.

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The irony is that Antonio Sabato, Jr.* is probably actually going to see his career improve as a result of lying about the president’s religion and acting like he’s some sort of martyr of the Christian Right even though, as Sean O’Neal notes, his career dried up about fifteen years ago and two weeks is quite a short period of time to organize a blacklist. But of course he’ll easily find work in the burgeoning Christian film industry, for which this whole thing was probably just an audition all along. Look for him to star in the next film in the God’s Not Dead franchise. He’ll be among the top five most loathsome humans in it for sure.

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Now that Trump is getting dominated in the polls and seemingly entering a tailspin with no way out, I have to admit that I’m afraid he’s going to have a heart attack or something and they’ll stick Rubio in.

Then again, there’s no particular reason to think that Rubio could rein in what Trump has created. He is a useless glamour boy.

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Not all that surprising that the Trump denouncers so far have been former Republican candidates, staffers and officeholders (and also, to be fair, Republican Congressman Charlie Dent, who has shown some political courage in the past). They’re certainly getting media attention that they wouldn’t otherwise get–the only other way Meg Whitman could get this much attention would be to waste another $150 million running for office again. Not that I doubt their sincerity but ultimately the likes of Gordon Humphrey don’t matter much outside their home states, at best. But the state of the media is such that they can have a moment now, which is fine, I suppose.

My guess is that there won’t be too many current, elected, running-for-reelection Republicans who do this. Certainly not Paul Ryan or anyone like that. Admittedly, standing pat and remaining diffident toward Trump isn’t a great option, and if the poll numbers continue to worsen (possible!) and Trump refuses to let up with his shtick (very likely!), this is essentially death by a thousand cuts, driven by the questionable notion that downballot races can be neatly disentangled from national factors. In other words, the Republicans’ strategy is running the Democrats’ failed 2010 and 2014 midterm strategy. Think about that. The irony: you think they of all people would understand the pitfalls of that. On the other hand, top Republicans actually cutting Trump loose could have all sorts of ramifications: conservative media gabbers blaming them for torpedoing Trump (untrue but undeniably truthy), Trump retaliating by instructing his supporters not to vote for these folks, and a general impression of their opportunism that could weaken any potential gains to be made from dumping Trump. Seems like the very definition of the no-win scenario. If I had to choose, the latter choice–just ripping off the band-aid, come what may–would be my choice. Sure, it’s too late to seem principled, but at least it’s easier to live with yourself. But it’s higher risk, and I’d bet on “just hoping to be saved by events somehow” and eating a small daily ration of Trump shit as the ultimate choice there.

Regardless of what happens, I bet that Paul Ryan will still be regarded by the press as a sober, serious, responsible statesman by the mainstream media should Trump lose. If you think that’s crazy, remember that giving the world Sarah Palin did nothing to John McCain’s standing with those people. And they’ll need “moderate” and “rational” Republicans more than ever after a Trump loss.

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