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Sure is weird seeing the media talk like real reporters for the last few weeks -- it makes me think that Biden's time is up and they'll be replacing him sooner rather than later. The tricky question is -- how do you time it in a way that denies democratic voters the right to choose the candidate? And how do you justify passing up Harris for somebody like Gavin Newsom?

On the other side, nobody's coming close to Trump. He'll be the nominee unless he's in jail -- and maybe even then.

Oh, and the Democrats pretending you're stupid and Hunter was only selling "the illusion" of access has got to be one of the most offensive things out there. Yet that's clearly the talking point that went out today.

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Aug 1, 2023·edited Aug 1, 2023

The MSM are not loyal to Biden. If Biden were Team R, they'd be on him and his many failings like rabid dogs.

The MSM are loyal to Team D, as Team D is the class consciousness of the PMC made manifest.

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I often wonder if the media is the PR arm of the Democrats, or if the Democrats are the political arm of the media. (This could perhaps more accurately be stated by replacing "Democrats" with "uniparty".)

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Aug 1, 2023·edited Aug 1, 2023

The media and the Dem Party are both wings of the plutocracy, the former is the propaganda wing and the latter is the puppet wing, who are ventriloquized to preserve the illusion of "democracy".

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Not wrong.

I think 2024 is going to be explosive, like potentially violent, insurrection type explosive.

If Trump loses and there is a WHIFF of the vote being rigged, there will be massive, gun toting violence. I am sure of it.

If Trump wins, the left will lose its freaking mind and I think they will try to overturn the election on some legal pretext that either prevents him from taking office or removes him immediately. The screams from CA to NY will be ear piercing. Just as the media said that normal rules do not apply in the case of Trump, the rest of the elites power bases will do the same. Again, that will lead to insurrection type things.

I'm gonna bet that many people will start stocking up on ammo this fall and that the government will start trying to clamp down again on ammo sales.

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If Trump is the GOP nominee and appears likely to win, it won't surprise me if we hear threats from the leftists loyal to the Dems declaring they'll riot, just as they threatened in 2020.

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You may see the next Sirhan Sirhan well before that

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The Dems are not backed by anything closely resembling a MAGA-like constituency. Who will be rioting for the Democrats? The few hundred graduate students identifying as Antifa?

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They will kill trump before they let that happen. (Trump, and anyone else that gets in the way of the demented puppet, Biden. That includes RFK,jr of course. Hence, no secret service protection…)

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I think you meant 2016 when they did make protests.

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Maybe start with baby steps. If the left riots and burns down cities, we will accept that. However, we will not again reimburse the rioters for inconveniencing their attempts to burn and loot through government-sponsored restitutions.

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What leftists?

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'Republican pundits' were saying last year "I wish Trump would die."

It will be a raucous year.

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Dems are NOT 'left' they are centrists!

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They will probably burn down the Democratic cities like they did in 2020. Unfortunately, I live in one of them.

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not a threat, its a promise.

It actually swings votes from those who would rather keep the piece with an inadequate man or woman at the helm versus the chaos the left threatens to unleash

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Mr. Lemon, I have to respectfully disagree with the gun toting violence. I live in the South where everyone I know owns several types of firearms for hunting and defense. There isn’t the slightest inclination to use those weapons in violence. Will never happen. Most people just want to be left alone and live their lives. Now, if the government starts coming to homes and picking fights, that’s another story.

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Well sir,

I live in a similar setting in Central VA. Small, wealthy town. Horse country.

This is not where it will start. It will start in the working class suburbs. It will start as protests with t he intention of being peaceful.

Then, and very likely goaded by the media and opposition politicians, pressure will build.

There will be counter protests and that will lead to clashes. Fists, bottles that kind of thing to start.

Then, the other side will push back. There will be one major, intolerable incident that then sets off a swath of violence.

The rhetoric will escalate that if the other side is allowed to "get away with it" we have an existential threat to democracy and to decent people. Either side could say that.

Once the threat is existential and is perceived as a direct threat to individuals, all bets are off.

Our media and out politicians are NOT built to deescalate and we live in a time where neither party, neither side, is willing to let the other win. There is already, even now, a seething among the activists of both sides. That can easily spread. There is only one potential outcome when two sides see the other as an existential threat and the process that got the other power is illegitimate.

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You say most people just want to be left alone and live their lives. But the trouble is the government is already coming to homes and picking fights. Toilets, lightbulbs, gas stoves, thermostats, water heaters, faucets, cars, etc. etc. The left's climate change religion, for example, empowers them to come into all our homes and we have just rolled over and let them do it. They're not storming in with guns blazing; instead they have crept their way in, regulation by regulation, no end in sight. They are not leaving us alone. Just like they've done with lightbulbs, they want to choose what kind of cars we can drive and before you know it, no more gas powered cars just like there are no more incandescent lightbulbs.

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"...another story." Is you against the USS Ronald Reagan's fighter jets, ground troops, and Hellfire missiles.

I hope you have a lot of ammo for that 30.06.

Oh, I almost forgot.

Don't kill any of our kids in the military.

Won't get you a lot of support.

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Aug 1, 2023·edited Aug 1, 2023

He will not be allowed to win, even if he could win over anyone outside of his loyal critical mass of MAGA Repubs (remember most normies are sick of hearing about him and most urbanites and suburbanites loathe him).

The media will paint him as Hitler 2.0 (this time w the volume cranked up to 11) and the Dems have so much $$ they will drive every swing state voter to the polls and then let them keep the limo.

Also, in the next 14 mos thousands of MAGAs will move on to that great Golden Corral in the sky while many more thousands will turn 18 and be excited to join the Resistance™ against the Orange (white) Man.

Trump had 2016, it's been all downhill since then....

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The NYT/Siena Poll just out seems to think that Trump's huge poll numbers cross all demographics - young/old/rural/urban. We have long months to go, of course, but I wouldn't bet the farm just yet that 18 year olds will join the resistance against the Orange Man. And when are we going to stop calling him Orange anything. I think we should call Biden "Once Hair Plugged But now Balding Man." just to be fair. .

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The problem is not as facile as what the Dems do to Trump. The problem WE have is that the Dems are no longer Democrats and the Republicans are no longer themselves either, in numerous ways. Just watching the congressional hearings, the banality and viciousness of certain members, villifying stalwart citizens purely for selfish and Partisan purpose has been sickening. Our Republic is in its weakest moment in many decades. Additionally, to see an imperfect but very reasonable patriot like Robert F Kennedy, Jr. being ignored, or destroyed by the machine should make us really fearful for where we as a nation are, and are headed. Trump was a litmus test, a warning. The political machine, largely in lockstep (Goosestep) with the nefarious MSM, their total lack of authenticity and resultant lack of TRUTH in news circulation, has led us to this nadir. Eliminating Trump is only marginally better than reelecting him. Biden’s presidency is a disaster, superseding Trump in its awfulness. Regular people/workers have suffered far more because of it than they did under Trump. The Dems have abandoned free speech and this the vast majority of US Citizens. That RFK, Jr. is portrayed as extreme is clear evidence of that. No single candidate can be 100% correct or without fault. The Dems are destroying the Republic and sadly the Republicans are a relatively weak opposition. We shall see. However, the candidates who are out of lockstep with the Uniparty are the ones who could possibly restore sanity for this Nation. If only they are allowed... now it's up to the great American public to see through all the BS and vote for authenticity and truth.

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I am not sure this is the place to post this reply, but ---.

Reading through the comments, seeing "names" that haven't been engaged here before, and reading about how the poster fears gun violence. It strikes me as sort of like dropping indictments on a Tuesday afternoon. May be --- gratuitous.

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Except a ton of us that voted in 2020 just lived through Biden being worse than Trump. I could afford to go out in Trump time. Trump wasn't trying to start a nuclear war. Everyone focuses on Trump, but it's the Democrats and Biden presiding over this miserable country and bragging about it.

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"If Trump loses and there is a WHIFF of the vote being rigged..."

There's already more than a whiff they're going to rig the vote. What else are we to make of, among other indicators, the ongoing march of anti-narrative censorship, two former WH staffers now employed by MSNBC and declaring on air that Biden is the party leader and there will be no primary, and someone who is barely alive being allowed to remain in office--with or without the, you know, indescribable levels of corruption?

There is also a very strong chance Trump will win. I do not see him losing a legitimate election unless the landscape drastically changes, because the quality of his life and persona are not going to drop one micron further because they really can't. The entire game is trying to lock him up. They'll put him in jail and pass an ad hoc law saying he can't be elected.

Maybe the election won't even happen, between actual chaos and the media's drumbeat about same.

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A law saying Trump cannot be elected is the formal legal abdication of the government’s monopoly on violence.

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Oh, you mean like a dementia patient supposedly receiving 81 million votes? Come on, man.

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We may as well get it over with. This has all been brewing for some time.

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I do not think you are wrong about its building.

I had REALLY hoped that DeSantis would win the nomination.

He would beat Biden and as much as the left would still nash its teeth, as much as the deep state would be irritated, the reaction would be nothing like what it will be when Trump wins, and Trump will win, come in looking for pay back and everyone, on both sides, will know it. Panic will set in at places like the FBI, CIA, DOJ, the DNC, the IRS and the State Department. That is when things will get crazy.

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Ha. You made me laugh.

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Don't overestimate the right's willingness to turn big talk on the internet into action on the streets. If nothing else they have jobs and families to support, the lack of which is why lefties go from talking mad shit on the internet to throwing bricks through windows as fast as someone can say "progressive DA". In spite of all efforts The Elite haven't managed to deprive conservatives of their jobs, families and futures to the extent that they have nothing left to lose and are willing to go for broke. Not yet anyway.

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Last three words. Not yet anyway. Um I seem to remember something about a virus. And a vaccine.

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Add to that the “plan” from Pritzker’s campaign manager to take over when Biden can’t finish the second term. Harris is squarely placed elsewhere out of govt in a very well paying job and Biden assigns Newsom to VP. He usurps Biden becomes Prez and JB is assigned VP. Seriously....this is what the campaign manager has told her family!

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When Biden can't finish his SECOND term! Hilarious! But as an Illinois resident, I suggest that JB get that BMI down if he wants to do all that power lifting three years from now. And that campaign manager? Her family is so connected to know the plan for America. So two white guys are going to move aside Kammie? So funny. If that happens ---- it just can't.

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That's how we'll deal with the coming chaos: Buy plenty of ammo! We'll shoot our way to freedom!

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Great Idea! How did that work out on January 6? The protests became an “insurrection’ and people who entered the capital were hunted down by the FBI and given severe sentences. Next time let’s protest with guns and see who has more of them—the government or private citizens. Get real.

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The left has already lost its mind to such an extent it's hard to imagine it going much farther, but I'll certainly take your word that it's possible!

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Yes. I read the comments on the WAPO because I am interested what people think. Certainly has put me off Dems. Smugness is manifest.

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No room for the Republicans in your syllogism?

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sure throw em in!

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And the R's are not part of the plutocracy?

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That is the most succinct way I've come across to summarize what is arguably the underlying truth as to the relationship between most commercial media outlets, the Democratic party and the people who are really running the show. Well put.

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No, I think the media is in the pocket of the deep state. They are the ones really running the show; presidential elections, covid, covid policy, climate change, etc all of which enriches them. I just wonder where they think they'll go come the revolution!

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It's one big stroke fest. And I mean that using both definitions of 'stroke'.

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Billy Squire, still relevant🤣🤡🌎

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The MSM could make their peace with a sufficiently corporate member of Team R (e.g. Romney!), however their loyalty lies with Team D as the party of the PMC.

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Exactly. Or like when McCain would "bravely" break from his party to vote for something the Ds wanted. (Probably more bombs, knowing McCain)

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Yes, McCain never met a war he didn't like. Appalling but not surprising that the Dems worship him as they do.

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That, and an airplane he couldn't crash.

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Aug 1, 2023·edited Aug 1, 2023

He might have had a shot if he hadn't picked Palin. That was a deal breaker for many of my on-the-fence friends.

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There wasn't a Republican alive that was beating Obama in '08 after 8 years of Bush. McCain was just a uniparty sacrifice.

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He was hopelessly behind, and Palin was a hail Mary. Cooked up, by the way, by Steve Schmidt, McCain's then-campaign manager, and during Trump's years, a frequent guest on MSNBC. When Schmidt starts in on Trump, I think "this is from the fucker who gave the world Palin??"

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I would not have voted for McCain anyway, but I would not have gone out of my way to vote for Obama had the 'R's not picked a woman who had strong ties to a dominionist cult.

I follow such subjects and I find the ways that religious camels try to get their noses under the tent to be interesting and scary. Any one else remember those 'Family' prayer breakfasts that were all the rage in DC back in the oughts? And it is not the R's alone. 3 out of 4 of the shortlist for female VP in '20 were connected to cults. One was a scientologist, another had connections to NOI, and another (Tulsi) was the political chosen of the Jagad Guru cult. I was relieved when we got cackling Kamala. She's a corrupt POS, but she isn't finding ways to get her guru or fellow travellers into government.

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Wasn't all that long ago when mainstream Republicans were ritually vilified. They're scared now and would welcome a Mitt Romney - maybe not with open arms - but he would get mildly decent press, yet hardly the fawning press he'd get with a D after his name.

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God help me, how are Matt readers hoping for Mitt Romney? A Uniparty extrodinaire!!

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Before 2016, the MSM could afford to vilify the Team R mainstream, because the only realistic choices before the voters were between two corporate imperialist muppets, Team D Tweedledee and Team R Tweedledum.

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Neither. The media is the PR arm of the deep state/intel agencies, and the Democrat Party is its political arm.

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The answer to your question would be "both."

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They both are Quisling courtiers of the ruling classes. You know, the ones that don't exist.

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Uni-party presumes that there no opposition.

That is incorrect. There is a lot of vocal opposition. The question is whether the powers that have accrued to the Democrats due to the liberal bias seen in the District of Columbia and its environs which reflects itself in the largest direct and indirect employer in that region...out to about 60 mile (reasonable maximum commuting distance).

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So goddamn Orwellian to hear the status-quo Republicrats referred to as, "the Left."

Cornel West is the only national figure currently on, "the Left."

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The MSM are loyal to the Intel Community, and the Intel Community is part of the permanent government in DC. Their "leadership" and their policies have been so disastrously poor and unpopular and their methods so transparently heavy-handed that they have lost the public's confidence. Unfortunately, they're not going to give up power voluntarily.

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This is the truest truth. Sure there are liberals on air who will parrot liberal messaging.

But the messaging is signed, sealed and delivered by the alphabets. At this point MSM and the messaging apps are intelligence operations.

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I doubt that the alphabets write the scripts. They don't need to do so. The average frustrated MSM flack knows full well what will and what won't get his bosses' approval.

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Operation Mockingbird never really ended.

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The number of ex-CIA personnel infesting the MSM and Big Tech have rendered Operation Mockingbird totally unnecessary.

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It was a resounding success. But success brings problems just as surely as failure. In this case it put the most ruthless and corrupt in power. They are not intelligent, completely lack political acumen (they don't need it), and are tone deaf as far as the public is concerned.

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I believe they do write the scripts. Ever see any of those montages of the identical MSM reactions to various events on Tucker Carlson or YouTube? It's creepy.

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Maybe. But groupthink is a thing. Noam Chomsky's epic takedown of Andrew Marr comes prominently to mind. "I'm not saying that you're self-censoring....but if you believed anything else, you wouldn't be where you are today."

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They are indeed Team D, although lukewarm (read: resigned) to Kamala Harris in the same way grandma was keen on giving the kids enema's! They loathe RFK, Jr, and Gavin "Ain't havin' it" Newsom has to get Jim Clyburn's blessing, and needs to see KH's polls in the shitter' before he gives it.

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Gavin will kiss anything he has to to get the nomination. That's part of what makes him so scarey.

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You are right, of course. As things stand, Kamala is the 'heir apparent' to Biden, and that scares Democrats. Elsewhere I have opined that should Biden drop out tomorrow, Newsom will not declare his candidacy, until or unless, Jim Clyburn announces that Kamala Harris can't win. He knows defeating her in the primaries absolutely kills his chances of ever being president. For better or worse, KH gets every opportunity, and the full support of the party (and fawning media). She may well fail to develop the 'gravitas' that she so badly lacks, but she can't be primaried by a 'serious' Democrat.

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Y'all ascribe too much clout to Clyburn. In the highly unlikely event that Biden even drops out of the race, for whatever reason, there is no way in hell that Kamala Harris wins the nomination, or could win the nomination, with or without Kingmaker (not) Clyburn's blessing. Rather, you'd witness a conga line of second-stringers flooding the Democratic zone.

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You understand, I am quite sure, that black voters comprise a hugely significant voting percentage in many states. (See my attachment!) Gavin Newsom, as a white male, defeating Kamala Harris in the primaries seriously undermines their enthusiasm for his candidacy. Please recall that Hillary Clinton still received 92% of the black vote, but those who were not enthusiastic and stayed home, in effect elected DJT. Can you imagine how those voters would react if Newsom defeated 'a sistah'?

https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/black-population-by-state

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I suspect that if somehow Team D nominated RFK Jr., but Team R nominated a corporate imperialist muppet, you would see a mass defection to Team R.

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They fear RFK, Jr. more than they fear Trump.

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"Gavin "Ain't havin' it" Newsom has to get Jim Clyburn's blessing, and needs to see KH's polls in the shitter' before he gives it."

I thought her polls were already in the shitter? If she was "popular" (say 505 since that's as good as it gets), then she'd be president, since Biden would be pulled. But, she's not, and she isn't. But, I am often wrong, even if seldom in doubt

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True enough. But all of the "usual suspects" are still 'ridin' with Biden' and her numbers are usually just about 2% less than his. Keep in mind, David, that an appallingly high number of voters have no idea who she is, and....(Jesus knows I'm sorry for saying this!), a high % of them will vote Dem automatically, so when you add the "ignorant" vote to 38% she gets from being black, Asian-ish, a Democrat, promoted by the press, and a woman - she becomes more than slightly viable. I don't need to tell what happens if Joe B drops out (as expected), and Gavin throws his hat in the ring to challenge her with Jim Clyburn still in her corner. It would rend the fabric of Dem party forever! (Which I can only pray for!)

Similar to you, I am often wrong and rarely in doubt!

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They are loyal to him though. Although "loyal" may not be the right word. I still can't understand for the life of me why they had to shove Biden down everyone's throat in 2000 when they had a slate of younger, arguably viable candidates for the primary. Why did it have to be Biden or else? Biden wasn't even on the campaign trail.

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Excuse my ignorance, but what is a PMC?

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Professional Managerial Class. You know, all the rich houses that have "This house believes....." sign on their front lawn, but they know no black friends, would never donate to help the poor and actually hate their neighbors,, unlike what the sign says.

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Aged Yuppies.

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Two incomes, no kids.

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Otherwise known as DINKS.

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People with email jobs.

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I think in this context it’s Professional Managerial Class, a loose strata of educated technocrats/culture shapers. MSM is, of course, short for Minnesota State Media, the most dastardly disinfo agents working today.

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Don't be daft. The news is loyal to ratings and for now that still means acting aghast at Trump.

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So that's why Hunter Biden and his crack smokin, hooker chasin, sister screwin hijinks are dominating the news cycle?

Oh wait...

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His hijinks are a distraction from the real issue, which is Joe's influence peddling to foreign actors.

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If Trump's spawn were alleged to have done half of what Young Hunter is shown to have done (following frantic MSM denials), it would front page news every day for months.

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How does their interest in Hunter's antics support your assertion that the news is loyal to Team D?

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The news hasn't given Hunter's activities nearly as much attention as Trump, and downplayed them when they could.

Even though Hunter's shenanigans are much more lurid.

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They don't care about ratings any more. The news organizations are (indirectly) state-subsidized and little more than propaganda outlets.

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Private Military Company, says my dictionary. Clearly not the Pan-Mass Challenge.

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Professional Managerial Class

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Lol how do you justify Harris or Newsom period? Newsom is some Dick Tracey villain and Harris could play the new woke Joker.

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Harris was so bad that she bombed in the D primary AND BLAMED RACISM!

I bet Biden (or his handlers) regret the day he said his VP would be a woman of color.

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Couldn't they have grabbed some random woman waiting for her bus, coached her to recite talking points, and run that random?

She would have polled better than HRC.

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You see how well that worked out for press secretary.......

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Good point. Back to the drawing board.

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You and the kitty are on a roll.

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Candace Owens!

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Harris loves buses! Yellow school buses, in particular.

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That she ended up Veep just shows you what a throw-away line the charge of "racism" is to these people. Would any person with morals let anybody call them racist and then advance their career? They just look at it as the cost of doing business.

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"It was a debate!"

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Can't wait to see Grandpa and Kammie on the debate stages this next time. (Crystal ball emoji) Maybe not happening.

The Magic Eight Ball does predict another Trump indictment. Whenever another Biden crap storm drops. Coincidence?

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I made the same joke in the first draft of my upcoming article.

Then this happened.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/trump-indicted-on-jan-6-charges-5413496

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"Racist" Joe ended up as their nominee.

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She never even made it to the primaries.

Wasn't she just the debt he owed to Clyburn? I don't think he really wanted her at all. Especially after she blindsided him in the debate.

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Maybe she was Michelle's choice, not Dr. Jill's.

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How could they do that? They don’t even know what a woman is.

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Biden had little choice in veep nominee. Harris had the overwhelming support of nearly all major donors who wanted Harris to be candidate - the not so small problem of Harris' total lack of electoral appeal was deemed irrelevant. Finally some of their hacks saw the light 'n said no she couldn't win a bar raffle so Biden was drafted to lead her not the other way around.

Then we saw the unedifying sight of sellout afrikan amerikan political hacks like John Lewis who carved a career for himself on the disputable grounds that he copped a baton at Selma whilst actual y'know committed marchers had been beaten to within an inch of their lives, getting arm-twisted (wallet twisted more likely) into announcing that the 'black vote' was behind Biden. Despite african-americans like most people had widely diverse views on the man who invented mass incarceration.

Now that the money-men acknowledge that harris is electorally unsatisfactory I doubt she will make the veep nomination in 2024. Perhaps that is the way Biden will get the nomination, by drafting newsome or another dollar dim to support him as veep nominee.

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They should have chosen Susan Rice, or the other Rice, Condoleeza. At least those two are loyal establishment types with proven records. Harris is a wild card.

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He narrowed his field by making that public. But no one ever said he had brains.

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I'm thinking that she's not a patsy like senile Joe. If she takes power there will be a purge in the West Wing. I'll bet the intrigue is thick and the knives are out already.

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Newsom could pick up the phone in the morning and have a billion dollars deposited in his campaign account from his backers, esp in Big Tech.

If they gave Mr Magoo at least $500 million, Emperor Gavin could easily double that.

That is real power.

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And that's what should scare everyone: Big Tech willing to back Newsom. Even after the Twitter and Facebook file revelations, I could already see Big Tech manipulation warming up if Newsom becomes the nominee.

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Probably not more than 10% of Americans know anything about the Twitter Files, there has been a very successful media blackout against them.

Newsom has his good looks, smarmy charisma, the ability and willingness to say and do anything if it will benefit him politically, the "California world's 5th biggest economy" schtick, plus a Rolodex most people would give a limb for.

He just needs to find a way around Kamala, then he will be a very formidable candidate.

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That's such a terrifying thought. Newsom turned into one of the world's biggest proponents of Covid health fascism and lockdowns. We would be doomed if he were president; he makes Justin Trudeau look like a vendor at Porcfest.

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Not to mention the mess he has made of California. Open air drug markets and other excellent policy choices must have cost the state billions. People are afraid to visit San Francisco.

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Exactly... and Big Tech manipulation continues, as we've seen with Google/YouTube. Just look at what continues to happen to RFK Jr.

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Gawdallmitey, I'm reading the comments and thinking, sheeeit things are getting weird.

PS, anybody concluded that Vp Cacklegiggler is chewing too many California gummies?

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Yeah....in a lot of instances you might suspect she is flying high on SOMETHING.

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So is this how we are resigned to exercising the sacred franchise now, forever? Whoever can get the most in the coffers to run and win is the President??? It makes paupers of us all and removes the slice of liberty we are endowed with vis a vis the federal government: the consent of the governed. Is it really the consent of the donors that vests the elected wit power? Is that OK?

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NO and to my mind it is NOT Democracy.

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What he doesn't have is the stupidity involved in directly taking on KH and expecting black voters to accept him when he takes 'the sistah" down!

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I read an article the other day that commented the Biden scandal is too big to fail, because the media can't allow it to break out at a serious level. To do so would only acknowledge that the media themselves have failed by effectively covering it up for so long through refusing to investigate it or ask hard questions along the way. There's truth to it.

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They'll find a way -- it's not like there's logic behind anything they're reporting right now, anyway.

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Don't underestimate the media's willingness and abilities to gaslight themselves out pf whatever fallout comes from anything that happens. There is a curious combination of

Sargent Schulz and a web press that gets out of control.

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It's pretty amazing the intense daily scrutiny Biden's scandal is getting on the many non-MSM outlets these days. But over on the MSM it's crickets and if that's all you watch or read, you could be totally ignorant of the scandals.

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It makes sense when you think of all the people involved in the alphabet agencies who said the laptop was Russian disinformation. And all the people in the DOJ right to the top. They have been pretending that Biden is not senile since he was in the basement recovering from major plastic surgery and running for President.

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And what scandal might that be, large or small?

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Memory-holed like everything else Matt writes about. IRS visit anyone?

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The switch will be done at the convention, if the old man makes it that far.

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If they don't do it before that, they're finished.

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If Biden makes it all the way to the convention they'll strap him to a dollie and wheel him around for the rest of the campaign if they have to.

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...like they did the first time, hauling him up from the basement for a few moments in his garden to prove he was alive.

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They could wheel him around in a casket and he'd still get votes.

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I think the “save face” way out is for Biden to do the Nixon/ Ford thing, especially as an impeachment inquiry is pending. (When you hear the “no evidence” mantra, it means the theory of the case has not been made clear, that H’s assignment was to sell the family name in exchange for the Chairman’s influence. “Where’s the money?” Laundered through 20 shell companies. Of course the VP is not mentioning business on a call. (What business??? How’s the weather over there?) The purpose of the calls was to show the parties that yes, Hunter has immediate access to the VP of the US, his Dad. We can make a deal with him and trust him to get what we need for a price. I would bow out respectfully and replace Harris.

Biden, the bell tolls for thee.

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Imprisonment is no obstacle. Eugene Debs ran for president from prison in 1920.

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Indeed he did---nearly a million votes cast and 3.4% of the final tally. And a socialist at that. He clocked in at 6% in 1916 when it was clear (to many) that Wilson was headed to war. Unsurprisingly, still the electoral record for a socialist.

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And President Warren Harding invited Debs to the White House and they talk with each other for almost an hour. Debs with very pleased with the discussion.

Tomorrow (August 2) is the 100th anniversary of the death of President Harding. He is often targeted by the left-wing historians, but lately a number of books have come out presenting him properly as a good President. He responded to the crimes and scandals of senior officials by firing them as soon as he found out. He had many great accomplishments, especially overcoming the huge problems left by Wilson. The economy recovered. He was one of the most anti-racist of all our Presidents (read his speech in Bermingham, Alabama, the center of the deep south!), had an excellent foreign policy, and founded the OMB and GAO. Etc.

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"Gamalielese”

H.L. Mencken, 1921

"...But when it comes to the style of a great man’s discourse, I can speak with a great deal less prejudice, and maybe with somewhat more competence, for I have earned most of my livelihood for twenty years past by translating the bad English of a multitude of authors into measurably better English."

Thus qualified professionally, I rise to pay my small tribute to Dr. Harding. Setting aside a college professor or two and half a dozen dipsomaniacal newspaper reporters, he takes the first place in my Valhalla of literati. That is to say, he writes the worst English I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.

It drags itself out of the dark abysm (I was about to write abscess!) of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash."

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Not sure that anyone in the Democratic Party would be able to stop Newsome from getting the nomination if Biden drops out...or even if he merely stumbles enough to give someone other than Biden a shot.

Newsome is one of those slick, slimy politicians that has publicly bought into the far left of the farthest left, but in reality, believes in the old-fashioned sleaze that undergirds retail politics. The difference between Newsome and Mitt Romney is that Newsome might succeed in stealing the election. The administrative state is Newsome's plate of oysters replete with pearls to adorn his Hollywood-worthy neck. There isn't a power that he won't try to arrogate to himself.

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Newsome isn't far left. He's hardcore Neoliberal, which is center-right. He'll rule for the oligarchs, not the workers.

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Selling access and selling "the illusion" of access is still influence peddling, and if Joe got on phone calls with prospective paying customers, Joe is guilty of conspiracy to commit the same crime that Hunter is beginning.

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And if Joe got paid, that's bribery.

And if Hunter used threats as in this from Newsweek...

We obtained a July 30th, 2017, WhatsApp message from Hunter Biden to Henry Zhao, where Hunter Biden wrote: 'I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father,'" read the testimony.

...that's extortion.

And together...

That's racketeering.

This slow unraveling will dwarf Watergate.

And Trump?

He'll just frame the picture of how fucking corrupt the "elites" in this country are.

Both sides of the Uniparty, The PMC, Wall St...

ALL OF THEM.

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IF Joe got paid????

IF Hunter used threats?????

Come on man.

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Hunter didn't pay Joe...We have it in Hunter's words that Joe DEMANDS 25% of Hunter's earnings as his regular due.

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Merrick Garland, our oh-so-apolitical Attorney General and FBI Director with the blow-dried quaff, Christopher Wray will find some way of indicting Donald Trump for Joe, Hunter's, and, Potato Joe's pseudo-Dr.-Jill's receipt of the foreign cash flowing to the Biden Crime Family's web of interlocking LLCs and LPCs.

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Is this conspiracy theory manufacture-ready? Or is it still in the concept phase? Advice? I'd find a way to work in some Chinese Mafia to jazz it up a bit with a little of that 'ol Orient Express murder mystery thing.

Hunter with his laptop at train depot in Ürümqi, provincial capital of Xinjiang, skulking impatiently on the platform, awaiting the arrival of an unnamed Triad crime lord from Guangdong. Or is he there to meet a doubt agent working for the Uyghurs...or is it the MSS? Recommend test marketing the thing in Des Moines and Kokomo, IN.

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Jesus, dude.

That much make believe faith in a corrupt politician deserves to be recognized as a religion.

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We face the unprecedented possibility of having BOTH candidates under indictment on Election Day.

We MUST NOT pass up this opportunity.

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This is the country that bought, “He smoked marijuana, but didn’t inhale.” If that worked, then, “He talked to Hunter’s business partners but never talked to them about business,” is probably going to work.

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LOL i'm actually working on an article about all this stuff for later today, and this is one of my memes: (sorry for the crazy substack link)

https://substackcdn.com/image/fetch/w_1456,c_limit,f_webp,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fsubstack-post-media.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F820ebc62-554d-4893-b67f-6679b508cda2_1230x934.jpeg

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Enjoyed that. Thanks.

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Maybe try, I smoked, but wait, where am I

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Or maybe, "My son smoked the crack, but we never talked about the business.."

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Stealing the meme

Forgive me

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That's what it's there for!

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Depends on what the meaning of is, is.

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Shockingly, the NY Times,in an article downplaying Archer's testimony actually allowed comments that said Biden is corrupt, even a couple by me. Their censors usually go out of their way to prevent such comments.

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Yeaaah...they know.

Joe is done.

What's the back up plan?

Haha Heehee...

They ain't got one.

RFKjr will never be allowed and Newsome is a weak Hail Mary pass broken up by scores of videos of CA cities and their crime/homelessness...

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Their plan is, as always, maximization of cash flow. Winning elections is secondary.

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That certainly isn't on accident.

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I agree with you but I can't help wondering who made the decision that Biden is expendable. I doubt it was anyone at the WaPo, CNN, or the NY Times. It was probably someone in one of the intelligence agencies. They've liked having Biden because he's too impaired to actually try to run anything. He just signs what they tell him to sign.

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Interesting how Russia is run by its intelligence agencies, just like here. Is that some sort of evolutionary trait of oversized countries?

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For sure. What comes out of the places you named is handed down from far above, they're just tasked with making it sound good.

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Nicely put. It looks like they may have hoisted themselves with their own petard, and I might as well enjoy the show.

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Aw c'mon! The media are NOT talking like real reporters. They don't know how to do that. They're universally as dumb as VP Dimwit.

At the very least, I'm hoping that Biden is impeached and CONVICTED just so I can watch the imbeciles try to figure out WTF happened.

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Nah. If the coverup can't contain the damage he'll resign, as did Richard Nixon.

Impeachments only go to trial if there is a certainty of failure (the 1868 Johnson impeachment being a freak exception. It failed but it wasn't a certainty.)

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You're on the right track. My guess is that Old Demented Joe will pardon Crackhead Hunter. Then he'll admit his sudden diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and end his re-election campaign in some nauseating speech, probably with "Dr." Jill standing by his side. (At this point the media will declare Biden "a great American" and a "patriot."

Gavin Newsom will announce his campaign and VP Dimwit will announce that she's homesick for California--and will run to replace Newsom, which is the only exit strategy that will allow her to save face.

How's THAT for political machinations?

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I'm no political strategist, but it's possible the MSDNC could pass off Newsom (with a different VP pick than Harris) as a "fresh start"—perhaps packaging Harris into a cabinet role. For example: not to be flippant, but does the Secretary of State even do anything anymore other than read off MIC press releases?

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I've predicted she''ll end up on SCOTUS. She may even be better than his last nominee.

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Dear Lord. God help us of that moron ends up on SCOTUS

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Does Harris know what a woman is?

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That's no longer required

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Not a bad bet.

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Good one. That’s how Lincoln got rid of Chase…

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That would make sense, as she came to political office through the lawyer's rathole. It would be somewhat face-saving for her, as a SCOTUS appointment is not only for life, but the ultimate achievement for a legal professional. However the R's would flip out on her nomination.

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But she is a dingbat…

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Judging from observing Harris the past 3 years, I seriously question how she managed to graduate from law school.

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That will certainly be the play. "Biden was the problem but now he's gone."

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I think Gavin is cosplaying the on-deck frontrunner, but has anyone polled on a potential b-team? Murmurs sound like a lot Dems want Whitmer. And for the ID Dem crowd - another white guy?

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Sounds like a pretty thin bench.

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I totally agree, but i'm not a Dem. Toss in Pete, Amy, , Gina, Schiff who seems to think he's destined, ugh. I'd consider Ro Khanna for a minute maybe.

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It is a very weak bench. Nightmare scenario: Schiff+Stacey Plaskett

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As much as Whitmer wants it, unfortunately for her she's not "diverse" enough for today's Dems.

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More diverse than Gavin. Tossup with Pete.

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My 2 cents on the Democrats strategy for November 2024:

1 - Biden gets scooped up in the Hunter fiasco and the corporate media turns on him completely. This is probably looked at by the DNC as a HUGE negative no matter who they try to bring in to fill the vacuum. Chances are they can't win the White House if this happens.

2 - Biden somehow passes away peacefully in his sleep some months before Nov 2024. All the talking heads for the DNC come out and support bringing in Newsome b/c he has more experience as a political leader or some other such nonsense.

Option 2 is much much better for the DNC keeping the White House. They get all the pomp and sympathy of global leaders, the corporate media fawning all over themselves about his wonderful service for the past 50 years, a state funeral and national time of grieving and so on.

This would pull all the left leaning moderate & independent voters who would probably have stayed home in November rather than vote for Biden to step up and deliver the sympathy vote to the new democrat candidate.

I'm probably just crazy but don't say you didn't hear it here.......

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That's good. Biden just has to hold out until after the convention to block all other candidates. Then the DNC can freely choose his replacement, unhampered by voters.

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Gavin Newsom??? the ultimate nanny state democrat powered by the rich who shut down schools for an eternity without any remorse of the damage he did to the children of California. Sadly, I would rather see Trump (who I do not like either) than newsom since I've watched and lived with him in San Francisco, which is now a dumpster fire thanks to the work of Harris and Newsom. Way past time for a 3rd party

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I did not vote for Trump in 2016. I did not vote for Trump in 2020. (I did not vote for HRC or for Halfwit Joe, either) but I can recognize a witch hunt when I see one.

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I didn’t vote for trump in either election as well. Next time however, I will vote for anyone who isn’t a democrat, no matter whom. If it’s trump, I may hurl on the voting machine, but I’ll cast that vote for the orange man. The democrats have lost me forever. The last three years have been the worst of my life, and I suspect many others feel the same.

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I will vote for anyone against the empire and the stupid wars, anyone who puts a shiv in the corrupt system.

Same as I did in 2016 and 2020. Same as I did before that.

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RON PAUL 2024!!!!!!!!

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I'd do it in a heartbeat. I'd vote again for Dr. Paul, and I am not a libertarian.

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Greatest President we never had. I often think of how different the world would be had the peace-loving, Constitution-abiding Dr. Paul been elected in 2008 instead of the war-criminal Obama.

98% of blacks voted for Obama - racist collectivists. GOP advanced Romney and now these assholes wanna act like I should be their ally? F-them. GOP loves complaining about spending when they’re not in power.

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I’m registering Dem and voting RFK Jr. despite having a few serious qualms with him (unlike Dr. Paul - basically agree on everything with The Good Doctor).

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