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Dems can win the election or the character contest or both. They can't lose.

Only those who don't vote against Republicans lose.

Many Republicanism followers are more motivated when they are in the wrong than in the right.

After the first Dubya, Republican George W. Bush, many followers of Republicanism weren't ashamed for what they had put the country through. They didn't say to themselves, "Look what Dubya did. Maybe I should think about a few things." Instead, they got angry.

As I've mentioned before, one of the key ways you can tell an asshole from a better person is that when the better person does something wrong, they feel bad and want to make up for it. The asshole, on the other hand, gets angry, wants to hide and explain away what they did, and blames others. The really, really assholish ones are angriest at those who were in the right. The feeling of being wrong and that someone else is in the right is among the worst feelings for those who make mistakes and are afflicted with an asshole attitude. It is a terrible way to be, because it leads to anger spirals where anger induces more error and error induces more anger.

Because of this dynamic, the wrongness of Trump and the Republicans really can backfire and bring yet more wrong into power. Elections are not won by those in the right; they are won by those who vote. And many, many followers of Republicanism who are in the wrong will be highly motivated to hide and deny their wrongness by voting in the midterms.

(This is nothing new, by the way. This feeling of resentment of others as a response to one's own mistakes is one of the main currents of Republicanism. It's one of the key things that separates Republicanism from a healthy conservatism, in fact.)

Looks like the massacre was set off by Trump's migrant/caravan hysteria.

Wapo has this to say:

Messages posted by the (latest dirtball's) account under his name, recovered before it was deactivated, included white supremacist symbols and anti-Semitic messaging. Recent postings specifically focused on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, known as HIAS, which is one of nine organizations that works with the federal government to resettle refugees in American communities.

“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in,” reads a posting on the account that appears to have been published just before the shooting Saturday morning.

And Jennifer Rubin says,

The Pittsburgh gunman reportedly focused his ire on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), accusing it of funding the Central American caravan of refugees, which he dubbed “invaders.” Recently, Trump supporters and Fox News programming, following the president’s lead, have obsessed with escalating hysteria over the caravan — which is hundreds of miles from our southern border — and Trumpites have even claimed it is funded by Soros, whose name figures prominently in their conspiratorial rhetoric.

That's two loons Trump, Fox News, and the Republican candidates who enable Trump by bowing to him are responsible for pushing over the edge.

Are CCW, AR-15, militia-joiner, Trump-rallier types more likely to have a screw loose?

If you feed the bears and they later attack campers...

... It's your fault. It's not just Trump by the way. Rising antisemitism is one of the cases where the Republican Party, followers of Republicanism, and Trump are all due blame.

To get the country back to normal, all Republicans must be voted against.

Not just the Dem and progressive leaners. Everyone needs to vote against all Republicans in all elections this midterm. It's the only way to recover America's dignity and honor.

It is particularly incumbent on Republicans and other followers of Republicanism to vote against all Republicans to make up for what they have done. They've now given us two Dubyas. This second one, the big mouth, little man is stinking up the whole country. The first got us in an unnecessary war and crashed the economy.

Big mouth little man and his Republican party obedient are screwing the pooch again.

There go the 2018 stock market gains. If you have been contributing to a 401(k), the little feller and his toadies have cost you money. All of your contributions this year are worth less than what you put into them. (And this is late October, by the way.)

Little Donnie is really pissing off the Dem majority.

Just saying. I was reading Machiavelli a few weeks ago. It's not good to taunt, belittle, and lie about your adversary. It's really dumb. Please keep it up, little Donnie!

Has Trump made agnostics and atheists electable?

That would be a great service to the country. Trump isn't a churchgoer and (best I can tell from googling) never has been. He occasionally invokes the word "God," but that doesn't mean much coming from a guy who lies with every other breath. He's clearly not afraid of lightning bolts or nose enlargement effects. He worships money, is fairly constantly unkind to others, routinely broke his marriage vows, cheats others in business...

If an avowed atheist ran against Trump in 2020, it would be essentially impossible for Trump's supporters to take a position against the atheist on the basis of religion. Trump may have opened the door. And that's fine with me.

In fact, Trump's service is two-fold. He makes it possible for those who profess agnosticism or atheism to run, and he also exposes those of his supporters who profess belief as less than fully committed to it. We could all do with a little less fake faith in politics. Trump, a demagogue's demagogue may have (counterintuitively) rid the country of one of its worst vulnerabilities to demagoguery, fake Christianity. If someone will vote for Trump, an atheist/agnostic in all but lip service, that person is telling us we've gotten past the churchgoer requirement. We've gotten past politicians manipulating people by thumping a Bible they don't really believe in.

That's a good thing even though its inception (the Trump presidency) is not.

Republican wealthy produce Trumps and Dubyas. Dem wealthy, Roosevelts and Kennedys.

What's wrong with the Republican wealthy?

Saudi wealthy produce "Prince" MBS and Osama Bin Laden.

Putin is a first generation self-made criminal capo de tutti capi. I wonder what his kids are going to be like.
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