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Opinion: Goodbye Political Spin, Hello Blatant Lies



      President Trump is leading Republicans in telling flat-out lies about stances on health insurance. CreditT.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times
      In the past, Americans could expect a great deal of political spin from our politicians, FOX Entertainment and Hate Radio, but as we get closer to the midterm elections, that has changed; now we just get flat-out lies from the lesser president, his Republican Congress, and candidates who are campaigning for positions in our government.

      Yeah, they've been lying for awhile, but there used to be some semblance of subtlety that no longer seems to exist. Republicans no longer just deceive - they just blatantly lie; about anything and everything.

      Currently the lies are coming hot and heavy about health care. Their most desperate lies seem tailored to make people believe that although they were frothing at the mouth to delete or at least damage the Affordable Health Care Act, and although they did manage to beat holes in it and raise health care costs, they are expecting the American people to believe that they are about their heath care and are working to provide quality health care to all Americans at affordable cost. Yeah - right. Having our government make health care available to every citizen of the USA is not a Republican dream - it is a Republican nightmare.

      Ever since Medicare became away of life for Seniors, Republicans have despised it, and now they have hopes of ruining it. No easy task since recipients of Medicare love it, and people in our country look forward to being able to have it when they reach the designated age. So what are Republicans doing about that? They are lying about it.

      Even though they pretend that they value American's health, and want to defend Medicare, they have made consistent attacks against our healthcare system - particularly Medicare, and their plan now is to cut Medicare, so that they can fund their tax cuts for the 1 - 10%..

      Paul Krugman gives us his opinion about that in the following op-ed from the Ny Times.
      Do you remember political spin? Politicians used to deceive voters by describing their policies in misleading ways. For example, the Bush administration was prone to things like claiming that tax breaks for the wealthy were really all about helping seniors — because extremely rich Americans tend to be quite old.

      But Republicans no longer bother with deceptive presentations of facts. Instead, they just flat-out lie.

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      What do they lie about? Lots of things, from crowd sizes to immigrant crime, from steel plants to the Supreme Court. But right now the most intense, coordinated effort at deception involves health care — an issue where Republicans are lying nonstop about both their own position and that of Democrats.

      The true Republican position on health care has been clear and consistent for decades: The party hates, just hates, the idea of government action to make essential health care available to all citizens, regardless of income or medical history.

      This hatred very much includes hatred of Medicare. Way back in 1961, Ronald Reagan warned that enacting Medicare would destroy American freedom. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think that happened. Newt Gingrich shut down the government in an attempt to force Bill Clinton to slash Medicare funding. Paul Ryan proposed ending Medicare as we know it and replacing it with inadequate vouchers to be applied to the purchase of private insurance.

      And the hatred obviously extends to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans don’t just hate the subsidies that help people buy insurance; they also hate the regulations that prevent insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. Indeed, 20 Republican state attorneys general filed a lawsuit trying to eliminate protection for pre-existing conditions, and the Trump administration has declined to oppose the suit, in effect endorsing it.

      So if you’re a voter who cares about health care, it shouldn’t be hard to figure out where the parties stand. If you believe that Medicare is a bad thing and the government shouldn’t protect people with pre-existing conditions, vote Republican. If you want to defend Medicare and ensure coverage even for those who have health problems, vote Democrat.

      But Republicans have a problem here: The policies they hate, and Democrats love, are extremely popular. Medicare has overwhelming support. So does protection for pre-existing conditions, which is even supported by a large majority of Republicans.

      Now, you might imagine that Republicans would respond to the manifest unpopularity of their health care position by, you know, actually changing their position. But that would be hopelessly old-fashioned. As I said, what they’ve chosen to do instead is lie, insisting that black is white and up is down.

      Thus Josh Hawley, as Missouri’s attorney general, is part of that lawsuit against Obamacare’s regulation of insurers; but in his campaign for the Senate, he’s posing as a defender of Americans with pre-existing conditions. Dean Heller, running for re-election to the Senate in Nevada, voted for a bill that would have destroyed Obamacare, including all protection for pre-existing conditions; but he’s misrepresenting himself just like Hawley is.

      Dean Heller with Mitch McConnell
      And they aren’t just lying about their own position. They’re also lying about their opponents’. Incredibly, Republicans have spent the years since passage of the A.C.A. accusing Democrats of wanting to destroy Medicare.

      All of which brings me to a remarkable op-ed article on health care in USA Today, which was published under Donald Trump’s name this week. (If he actually wrote it, I’ll eat my hairpiece — although, to be fair, it was rambling and incoherent, suggesting he may have played some role in its composition.)

      Part of the article claimed that the Trump administration is defending health insurance for Americans with pre-existing conditions, when the reality is that it has tried to destroy that coverage. But mostly it was an attack on proposals for “Medicare for all,” a slogan that refers to a variety of proposals, from universal single-payer to some form of public option.

      And what did “Trump” say Democrats would do? Why, that they would “eviscerate” the current Medicare program. Oh, and that they would turn America into Venezuela. Because that’s what has happened to countries that really do have single-payer, like Canada and Denmark.

      Why do Republicans think they can get away with such blatant lies? Partly it’s because they expect their Fox-watching followers to believe anything they’re told.

      But it’s also because they can still count on enablers in the mainstream news media. After all, why did USA Today approve this piece? Letting Trump express his opinion is one thing; giving him a platform for blatant lies is another. And as fact-checker Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post put it, “Almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.” Even the president of the United States isn’t entitled to his own facts.

      So will the G.O.P.’s Big Lie on health care work? We’ll find out in a few weeks.


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      "Saudi Will Respond To Any Action With A Bigger One"


          We know Trump doesn't want to lose the $100s of bns in arms deals with the Saudis, how empty his threats sound.

          "The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats or attempts to undermine it whether through threats to impose economic sanctions or the use of political pressure.

          "The kingdom also affirms that it will respond to any action with a bigger one. The Saudi economy has vital and influential roles for the global economy."


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              Well, the Kanye West thing happened. Remember when he said, “George Bush hates black people.” Now he was at the White House, praising someone who actually does hate black people.

              People seem to think West is some kind of musical genius, which is something I wouldn’t know because I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anything he has recorded. But there is one thing I

              feel comfortable saying, when it comes to politics he should stick to music. For the moment I will agree he is good at what he does. Also, the fact he is a supporter of Trump is indeed his choice. After all, there is a contingent of African-Americans who are in the Trump camp. One cannot fault them as they are entitled to their political views. I suppose that is where West falls.

              My issue with West and others of his ilk, they provide Trump with cover to say, “I’m not a racist, because, Kayne West supports me.” While I’m at it the same goes for Maurice Woodside who shows up Trump’s rallies with his Blacks For Trump for sign behind Trump in full view of the cameras giving a false impression, there is a large contingent of black Trump supporters. There has been some interesting reporting on Mr. Woodside which the following links point out. [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/23/the-strange-story-of-that-blacks-for-trump-guy-standing-behind-potus-at-his-phoenix-rally/?utm_term=.27dfd41b5dde

              http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/10/the-blacks-for-trump-guy-is-a-former-cult-member.html?gtm=top ]

              However, Kayne West is indicative of a bigger problem. The laziness of the people when it comes to paying attention to issues that impact them. Instead of taking time to read, research and inquire, far too many people are willing to accept someone like Trump because their favorite talk show host, TV personality, movie star, or flavor of the moment pop/rap music star supports a particular candidate. Too many people want to be told who to vote for, instead of doing the necessary work of educating themselves on the issues and where candidates stand on them.

              Kayne West may believe Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread, those of us who are indeed paying attention, know Trump is nothing but a Con Artist. And he sure as hell doesn’t have the interest of the American people at heart.

              I found West’s appearance in the Oval Office clownish, disrespectful of the office, and sycophantic on his part. I don’t care how many MAGA hats he wears or that he thinks it gives him superpowers. What I do care about is a nonsensical ten-minute rant, will be mistaken, as something all African-Americans agree with, and as I said earlier, provided cover for Trump to keep saying he’s not a racist because Kayne West thinks he’s great.

              Kayne West is being used by Trump, he either doesn’t know it or doesn’t care. His oleaginous behavior is turning him into a Trump lickspittle.


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                  Well now, I wonder how she will explain this away?

                  Nobody quits for the hell of it........including her.........LOL

                  It appears she is just as corrupt as the rest of the trash in dotards swamp.


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                  Malcolm Nance: "Multiple Teams" On Trump Campaign Sought Foreign Help


                      Malcolm Nance: "Multiple Teams"

                      On Trump Campaign Sought Foreign Help

                      They wanted something more - specific - than Clinton's e-mails

                      By Ray Cunneff

                      October 9, 2018

                      Cybersecurity expert Malcolm Nance appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday to dissect the new report* that former Donald Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates sought proposals from an Israeli company to manipulate social media during the 2016 election season.

                      Gates is now reportedly cooperating fully with the Mueller investigation into Trump's Russia connections and possible conspiracy to subvert the 2016 U.S. elections. Gates did not accept the pitch, but what later transpired on social media strongly resembles what was proposed. And on election day, the Israeli company received a $2 million check from Trump backer (and now immunized witness) George Nader.

                      "If you look at the timeline, this conversation took place in March 2016. This is just about the exact same time that the Democratic National Committee was discovering that their servers had been hacked into, that George Papadopoulos was out meeting with suspected members of Russian intelligence, and the rumor that Hillary Clinton’s emails were in the possession of the Kremlin, were being floated all around at this time.”

                      “What’s interesting is Trump had already had Cambridge Analytica for over a year, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon were on the board of the company, already carrying out these operations. Which means there was something more — specific — they wanted and this side group was out to try to help them acquire that information.”

                      “Another key point to this is, Robert Mueller went to Israeli with Israeli authorities and they tore Psy-Group apart. They interviewed everybody, went there, seized computers and documents.”

                      “This group is a black hole in the story of which we can only learn more and see whether they were actually tied to Moscow in some way or just an independent operation that Trump funded.”

                      *The latest report by The New York Times that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign sought proposals from an Israeli private intelligence firm to create fake online personas to manipulate U.S. citizens could increase the legal liability facing Donald Trump, Jr.

                      Malcolm Nance is the author of the 2018 book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy. His book The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Electionwas published in September 2016, just before the election.

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                      Lies Get Bigger, Smears Uglier In GOP Attack Ads


                          NOTE: The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has been running a series of attack ads against Democratic candidates in close races across the country. The ads almost unfailingly portrayed Democrats as dangerous, unpatriotic and outside the mainstream.

                          The super PAC has raised more than $100 million and, with control of the House up for grabs in November, the group's wall-to-wall ad strategy uniformly takes a kernel of accurate information and spins it into a "not one of us" dog whistle.

                          RVC 10-9-2018

                          House Republicans distort and

                          dissemble in slashing TV ads

                          In one spot, a former CIA operative is accused of harboring

                          terrorist sympathies. In others, military vets are said

                          to be anti-American.

                          David Zalubowski/AP photo

                          Republicans allied with Rep. Mike Coffman (pictured) claimed his opponent,

                          Democrat Jason Crow, had neglected veterans. Crow is a veteran and had won

                          a “lawyer of the year” award for his veterans advocacy. Veterans protested

                          the claim at Coffman‘s office.




                          Democratic House candidate Jason Crow received a Bronze Star for heroism in Iraq and a “lawyer of the year” award for his veterans advocacy. But according to his GOP adversaries, he has “neglected” Colorado veterans.

                          Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger spent nearly a decade fighting terrorists as an undercover CIA officer. But to hear Republicans tell it, she harbors terrorist sympathies.

                          Attacks ads have always been a staple of campaign season. But Republicans have twisted facts in some ads to an extraordinary degree as they fight to save their House majority, weaving narratives about Democratic candidates that are misleading at best — or blatantly false at worst.

                          In several ads, military vets — who count as some of Democrats' best recruits to defeat sitting Republicans this year — have had their patriotism called into question. One spot insinuates that Spanberger, who is challenging Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), has ties to extremists because she taught at a Saudi Arabia-funded Muslim school that two infamous terrorists once attended. The CIA not only knew about the job, but also later hired Spanberger and employed her for eight years.

                          Democrats say the spots, aired mostly by the outside GOP super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund and the National Republican Congressional Committee, smack of desperation. In some cases, local Republicans, religious leaders and newspaper editorial boards have denounced the attacks.

                          “In Augusta, Golden voted to let welfare recipients use your tax dollars to buy tattoos, tobacco, alcohol, even lottery tickets.”

                          Attack ad on Jared Golden, Democratic House candidate in Maine's 2nd District

                          The aggressive tactics highlight a party grappling to save its majority. Many of the Democrats who've come under attack have short or nonexistent records in political office, leaving Republicans to pick over their personal lives for any scraps to use against them.

                          “Republicans are having a heck of a time right now, and they’re just looking to attack anywhere they think they might be able to.... throwing whatever they have at the wall to see what sticks,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) told reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast last week, calling the attacks “smears.”

                          Targets of the ads have called for them to be taken down, and spent time and resources trying to rebut the claims. Republicans involved in making the ads say that's exactly their intention: to keep Democrats on the defensive.

                          They also argue that Democrats would be doing the same thing if the roles were reversed.

                          "The mere fact that Democrats are complaining about CLF ads speaks to the effectiveness of the ads and the degree to which it’s taken Democratic candidates in key races off their message," CLF spokeswoman Courtney Alexander said.

                          Democrats argue that the charges have backfired and helped Democratic candidates raise money and gain ground on their Republican rivals. Spanberger is now in a dead heat with Brat, according to a Sept. 24 internal poll, and she raised more money after the "terrorist" ad launched than she did during the entire first quarter of 2017. Among likely voters, she's up 5 points, her campaign says.

                          But Republicans say their "Terror High" ad actually helped reverse Brat's fortunes: They say he now has a narrow lead after being tied with Spanberger in August, according to their polling.

                          “The rich and powerful think they can get away with anything, and Gil Cisneros is no different. A Democratic State Assembly candidate accused Cisneros of misconduct, saying Cisneros sexually harassed her when he inappropriately invited himself to her hotel room and demanded sex in exchange for supporting her campaign. It’s wrong. It’s disgusting. Gil Cisneros, have you no shame?”

                          Attack ad on Gil Cisneros, Democratic House candidate in California's 39th District

                          Both parties, of course, always spend heavily on opposition research to sniff out their opponents’ weaknesses and flash them before voters. But it’s one thing to highlight flaws in a candidate’s record, as Republicans have done with Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce’s drunken driving arrest. It’s another to connect dots that aren’t there.

                          CLF’s recent attack on Ohio Democrat Aftab Pureval, for example, accuses the Indian-Tibetan, first-generation American of aiding his former employer in making “millions” by “helping Libyans reduce payments owed to families of Americans killed by Libyan terrorism.”

                          But Pureval wasn’t working for the Washington law firm that reached the restitution agreement when it was initially struck. When he did join the firm, Pureval worked on anti-trust litigation, not payments to the families of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie terrorist attack.

                          Not mentioned in the ad was the fact that former President George W. Bush backed the settlement negotiation with Libya — and that Rep. Steve Chabot, Pureval’s GOP opponent, did not object when it was approved in the House.

                          “Pureval’s lobbying firm made millions helping Libya reduce payments owed to families of Americans killed by Libyan terrorism. Selling out Americans? Aftab Pureval can’t be trusted.”

                          Attack ad on Aftab Pureval, Democratic House candidate in Ohio's 1st District

                          Local media called the attack "misleading." And members of one American family who lost their father in the Libyan attack were so outraged by the video that they reached out to donate to Pureval’s campaign.

                          “My response to the CLF ad involved words that are best not repeated here,” Scott Rosen wrote in a letter to Pureval’s campaign. He was 5 years old when his father, Saul Mark Rosen, was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, leaving his mom to raise two children. “The attempt to connect you to the murder of my father was utterly beyond the pale."

                          CLF says the ad has helped Chabot stretch his lead over Pureval, according to its internal polling.

                          But the group hasn't seen the same results in other races — particularly in Colorado, where many Republicans believe Rep. Mike Coffman is going to lose. There, CLF portrayed Crow as a willing bystander to the massive Veterans Affairs Department backlog scandal. (The group recently pulled its ads from the district.)

                          Crow sat on the local department’s board from 2009 to 2014, and Republicans have highlighted his absence from more than a dozen board meetings to say he’s at fault.

                          “While veterans suffered from the VA scandal, Crow didn’t show up for work,” one ad said. “Jason Crow neglected Colorado veterans.”

                          Crow’s campaign said his wife was either on bed rest due to pregnancy complications or that they’d had a new baby at the time of the missed meetings.

                          Backlash was swift. Local veterans who know Crow showed up at Coffman's office to protest. Crow’s campaign highlighted the thousands of pro-bono hours he’d dedicated to helping veterans with substance abuse issues, as well as the “lawyer of the year” award he received in 2010 from the Denver Bar Association for his veterans advocacy.

                          “Politicians Andrew Cuomo and Anthony Brindisi made a big promise: $585 million of our tax dollars would turn upstate New York into a tech hub. But fraud and corruption killed their deal and wasted our money. … Andrew Cuomo. Anthony Brindisi. Lost money. Lost jobs.”

                          Attack ad on Anthony Brindisi, Democratic House candidate in New York's 22nd District

                          In Spanberger's case, CLF ran a commercial calling attention to her onetime position as a substitute teacher at the Saudi school. Spanberger never worked with the two would-be terrorists, having left the school before it came under congressional scrutiny. She later received a top-secret clearance with the CIA.

                          “So dangerous, even Chuck Schumer called for the school to be shut down,” the ad nonetheless warns. “But Abigail Spanberger cashed her paychecks like nothing was wrong.”

                          Some Republican candidates have launched similar attacks impugning the motives or patriotism of their opponents. West Virginia Republican candidate Carol Miller ran a clip of her Democratic rival, Richard Ojeda, saying “the United States of America is not the greatest country.” One vet in the spot accuses Ojeda, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, of “stepping on the graves of every dead soldier.”

                          What Ojeda actually said is that U.S. isn't the greatest country because homelessness is rampant, the health care system is lacking and the opioid epidemic has been allowed to fester. Ojeda issued his own ad in response, talking about the names of fallen soldiers tattooed on his back.

                          “My military record and my love of country has come under fire … by Carol Miller,” an angry Ojeda said in the video filmed before a veterans memorial. “How dare she! A millionaire, who has enjoyed a life of privilege under the very freedoms that I have fought for.”

                          In New York, Republicans have accused Democratic hopeful Antonio Delgado of “attacking our democracy” because the former rapper once sang about finding peace in the Middle East. In the years-old antiwar jam, Delgado, who went on to graduate from Harvard Law School and become a Rhodes scholar, says “God bless America, God bless Iraq, God bless us all.”

                          “You’ve heard Antonio Delgado’s extreme and offensive raps. Now, Delgado admits he’d bring the same ideals to Congress, saying: ‘Listen to the content of the lyrics. My mission is clear.’ ... Profanity. Misogyny. Disturbingly radical. ... Attacking our democracy. Mocking our values. Delgado’s mission is clear. He can’t be our voice in Congress.”

                          Attack ad on Antonio Delgado, Democratic House candidate in New York's 19th District

                          But an NRCC ad highlights only the “God bless Iraq” line. Delgado is running against vulnerable GOP Rep. John Faso.

                          The party has also hit Delgado for being a “big city rapper” and not “like us,” depicting the lawyer wearing a dark hoodie and playing his old rap songs that reference sex and drugs and use of the N-word.

                          Nearly 20 local clergy members denounced the attacks for their racial undertones; Delgado is African-American. A local radio station said it recently pulled an ad sponsored by CLF for its “inaccuracy.” (CLF disputes that the ad was removed, arguing that PAC officials took it down of their own accord.) Even the district’s former Republican congressman, Chris Gibson, has expressed discomfort.

                          “Shame on you!” the religious leaders wrote to Faso, asking him to denounce the ads, which he has not done. “This tactic should be called out for what it is, a thinly veiled, racist attack for the purpose of insinuating fear in the voters in our district.”

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                          The Pinocchio Test (Washington Post Fact Checker)

                          Even by modern mudslinging standards, these ads by the Congressional Leadership Fund stand out for their dark tone and their strained relationship with the facts.

                          These attack ads are grossly misleading. We give them a cumulative rating of Four Pinocchios.

                          Four Pinocchios

                          Attack ad quotes (bold text) added by Ray Cunneff

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                          McConnell Calls For Investigation Of Ford Letter Leaker


                              McConnell Calls For Investigation

                              Of Ford Letter Leaker

                              Who leaked the story? Will McConnell reveal the answer?

                              By Ray Cunneff

                              October 8, 2018

                              Someone leaked the story of a then-anonymous letter about an accusation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh to The New Yorker, which in turn forced Dianne Feinstein to break confidentiality and acknowledge its existence, and eventually "outed" Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

                              Mitch McConnell has launched an investigation into the identity of the leaker, but may not like what he finds.

                              In mid-September, I posted a 'thought-experiment' that was dismissed by some as a wild conspiracy theory, that a GOP political dirty trickster had leaked the story as a distraction from Kavanaugh's having been caught by document and video evidence lying to Congress, preferring a "culture wars" fight they believed they could win. And by most accounts have won. The theory doesn't look quite so wild anymore...


                              "The anonymous accusation of sexual assault from over 30 years ago puts Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in a quandary since they can't simply dismiss it - they can't NOT refer it to the FBI for investigation.

                              But at the same time, they may not wish to distract from their other legitimate issues with Kavanaugh, like lying under oath to Congress, over an unsubstantiated 'cold case' high school accusation - which may help explain why Feinstein didn't act on it immediately.

                              But it also makes me very suspicious."

                              (Read full article)



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                              Manchin Faces Firestorm At Home Following Kavanaugh Vote


                                  The Democrats need to cut their ties with Manchin. Right now before the election and let voters know that we do not recognize Manchin as a Democrat. What this man just did with his vote for confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is contrary to Democrat Party beliefs. Yes, Manchin is a Democrat in a Deep Red State but is he really a Democrat? In a word, no. This vote for Kavanaugh will have dreadful consequences not only for the people he is supposed to represent but for the Country as well. Manchin's vote for Kavanaugh just gave the Republicans control of the Supreme Court. Now Trump and his Republican enablers own the Presidency, House, Senate and the Supreme Court. We, the people, are so f*cked now thanks to Manchin selling out to Trump and the Republicans.

                                  And to those people who will say, no, keep supporting Manchin because he is a Democrat. Again no, he is not and most of all, screw this support the Party bullsh*t. You are not supporting the Party by electing someone like Manchin who isn't the least interested in supporting the Party. To those Democrats in W.V. I say, do not cast a vote for that Senate seat. Let the Party know you will not support those who go against the Party agenda and collude with the opposition. Seriously, let the Republicans have that seat if Manchin is going to vote as one as one of them. Manchin turned his back on the Democrats and on women and needs to pay the price. Democrats need to turn their back on Manchin.


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                                  Opinion: WHITE WOMEN, COME GET YOUR PEOPLE

                                      Senator Susan Collins of Maine walking to the Senate floor on Friday. Her support of Brett Kavanaugh helped elevate him to the Supreme Court. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images.


                                      White women helped elect Trump. Fifty three percent of them voted for him in the last Presidential election. Black women knew better. The "gender gap" seems to be more of a "color line" when we look at statistics, since it is women of color who show up for the country's Democratic candidates.

                                      But, white women have a chance to redeem themselves in the midterms and the 2020 Presidential Election. Will they? Will they stop supporting the Patriarchy long enough to help put our country back on the track of moving forward with democratic goals? Will we see America's feminists make a difference this time?

                                      What goads white women into voting for misogynistic candidates? How do they reconcile voting for those who show their sexism in words, behavior and policy with other women's quests for equal rights? Why do they turn from solidarity and seemingly vote against themselves? What is it that makes them reject their own gender and vote against their having equal rights. Why do they vote for those who do NOT have their best interests in mind? Some of us wonder why there seems to be a 53% problem in American feminism.

                                      The following opinion talks about these questions; looks at white privilege, gender traitors, and what that means to the author and to some of us who share many of her thoughts and feelings.


                                      Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Friday. She broke with her fellow Republicans and did not support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. CreditJ. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press


                                      By Alexis Grenell

                                      After a confirmation process where women all but slit their wrists, letting their stories of sexual trauma run like rivers of blood through the Capitol, the Senate still voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With the exception of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all the women in the Republican conference caved, including Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who held out until the bitter end.

                                      These women are gender traitors, to borrow a term from the dystopian TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They’ve made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job. The women who support them show up at the Capitol wearing “Women for Kavanaugh” T-shirts, but also probably tell their daughters to put on less revealing clothes when they go out.

                                      They’re more sympathetic to Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who actually shooed away a crowd of women and told them to “grow up.” Or Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, whose response to a woman telling him she was raped was: “I’m sorry. Call the cops.”

                                      These are the kind of women who think that being falsely accused of rape is almost as bad as being raped. The kind of women who agree with President Trump that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America,” which he said during a news conference on Tuesday.

                                      But the people who scare me the most are the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men, because my stupid uterus still holds out some insane hope of solidarity.

                                      We’re talking about white women. The same 53 percent who put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status in 2016 by voting to uphold a system that values only their whiteness, just as they have for decades. White women have broken for Democratic presidential candidates only twice: in the 1964 and 1996 elections, according to an analysis by Jane Junn, a political scientist at the University of Southern California.

                                      Women of color, and specifically black women, make the margin of difference for Democrats. The voting patterns of white women and white men mirror each other much more closely, and they tend to cast their ballots for Republicans. The gender gap in politics is really a color line.

                                      That’s because white women benefit from patriarchy by trading on their whiteness to monopolize resources for mutual gain. In return they’re placed on a pedestal to be “cherished and revered,” as Speaker Paul D. Ryan has said about women, but all the while denied basic rights.

                                      KellyAnne Conway

                                      This elevated position over women of color comes at a cost, though. Consider what Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the president, said at a dinner last year for New York’s Conservative Party. She suggestedthat higher birthrates are “how I think we fight these demographic wars moving forward.” The war, of course, is with non-white people. So it seems that white women are expected to support the patriarchy by marrying within their racial group, reproducing whiteness and even minimizing violence against their own bodies.

                                      Recently, Ms. Conway even weaponized her own alleged sexual assault in service to her boss by discouraging women from feeling empathy with Christine Blasey Ford or anger at Judge Kavanaugh.

                                      Ms. Conway knows that a woman who steps out of line may be ridiculed by the president himself. President Trump mocked Dr. Blaseyin front of a cheering crowd on Tuesday evening. Betray the patriarchy and your whiteness won’t save you.

                                      The pedestal is a superior, if precarious, place. For white women, it’s apparently better than being “stronger together,” with the 94 percent of black women and 86 percent of Latinas who voted for Hillary Clinton.

                                      During the 2016 presidential election, did white women really vote with their whiteness in mind? Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, a political scientist at U.C.L.A., recently measured the effect of racial identity on white women’s willingness to support Trump in 2016 and found a positive and statistically significant relationship. So white women who voted for him did so to prop up their whiteness.

                                      In the study, white women who agreed that “many women interpret innocent remarks or acts as sexist” were 17 percent more likely to vote for a Republican candidate. They were also likely to agree that “blacks should work their way up without special favors.” To be sure, women of color aren’t inherently less sexist or even without their own racial biases. But unlike white women, they can’t use race privilege to their advantage.

                                      This blood pact between white men and white women is at issue in the November midterms. President Trump knows it, and at that Tuesday news conference, he signaled to white women to hold the line: “The people that have complained to me about it the most about what’s happening are women. Women are very angry,” he said. “I have men that don’t like it, but I have women that are incensed at what’s going on.”


                                      Campaign 2016 TrumpA woman attends a rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump,
                                      I’m sure he does “have” them; game girls will defend their privilege to the death.

                                      But apparently that doesn’t include Ms. Murkowski anymore. Maybe it’s because she comes from a state with the nation’s highest rate of sexual violence, with a sexual assault rate three times the national average, where prosecutors just let a man evade jail time after he kidnapped a native Alaskan woman and strangled her unconscious, then masturbated over her body. Maybe.

                                      Meanwhile, Senator Collins subjected us to a slow funeral dirge about due process and some other nonsense I couldn’t even hear through my rage headache as she announced on Friday she would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Her mostly male colleagues applauded her.

                                      The question for white women in November is: Which one of these two women are you?

                                      I fear we already know the answer.


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                                          AND HIS GOP STOOGES

                                          The Republican push to confirm noted perjurer and accused sexual offender Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, come hell or high water, highlights how crucial it is to wrestle control of our government from the GOP.

                                          We have no real checks and balances in a government where Trump's cruelty is routinely rubber stamped by a GOP-controlled Congress.

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