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Mon Jul 2, 2018, 05:47 AM

A bad week for Democrats gives rise to a big problem: Outrage could become an obstacle in midterms

Growing liberal agitation over a pivotal Supreme Court retirement and a simmering crisis about immigrant child separation have left Democratic leaders scrambling to keep the political outrage they’d counted on to fuel midterm election wins from becoming a liability for the party.

Internal party debates have broken into public view over maintaining civility and the usefulness of liberal slogans like “abolish ICE,” which some Republicans have embraced to argue falsely that Democrats oppose immigration enforcement. At the same time, liberal activists have begun to argue for more radical measures to counter President Trump, who they assert presents an immediate threat to the republic.

The conflict comes after several weeks that have highlighted the consequence of Trump’s 2016 election and his continued political strength. As he promised during the campaign, Trump is changing the country in profound ways, including through harsh immigration enforcement measures. With the retirement announcement last week from Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Trump also has an opportunity this fall to remake the ideological balance of the court.

Democrats have had only limited options for fighting back, and many in the party are resigned to the confirmation of a new justice who could vote to undo key liberal victories, including abortion rights and legal protections that allow people with preexisting conditions to afford health insurance.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-bad-week-for-democrats-gives-rise-to-a-big-problem-outrage-could-become-an-obstacle-in-midterms/2018/07/01/98e31da0-7d40-11e8-bb6b-c1cb691f1402_story.html

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Reply A bad week for Democrats gives rise to a big problem: Outrage could become an obstacle in midterms (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jul 2018 OP
empedocles Jul 2018 #1
Demsrule86 Jul 2018 #2
Freethinker65 Jul 2018 #5
lame54 Jul 2018 #13
Hortensis Jul 2018 #3
brush Jul 2018 #7
rockfordfile Jul 2018 #4
samnsara Jul 2018 #6
Hortensis Jul 2018 #8
Wounded Bear Jul 2018 #9
Blue_Tires Jul 2018 #11
emulatorloo Jul 2018 #10
eleny Jul 2018 #12

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 06:14 AM

1. "ABOLISH ICE'

is just bad political advertising, as trump immediately recognized and used against the Democrats - successfully. News cycle got somewhat distracted from 'the separated children', to the Democrat 'litmus test 'abolish ICE'. It pairs up well with rw lies of 'DEMOCRATS WANT OPEN BORDERS'.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 06:19 AM

2. I think ICE should never have been created. It is extra-judicial...but reforming ICE is something

many can agree with. People who write this shit seem to think we are appealing to the GOP hardliners...not the case. There is a blue wave coming because of Trump...his trade, tariffs, Immigration policies-many different reasons. He is throwing people out of his 'tent' on a daily basis. And after seeing jailed babies...don't think because a few in a party want to get rid of ICE, it will affect anything.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 06:48 AM

5. Agree. Abolish ICE is as bad as abolish ACA (Obamacare)

We need Immigration and Custom Enforcement, our current President is willfully misusing it by changing the priorities and procedures to instill fear, score political points, and please his xenophobic base. The legislature needs define ICE so that a President cannot abuse it. Simply saying to abolish ICE, with having nothing in its place, is like proposing to abolish the ACA - it will have devastating effects.




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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 02:57 PM

13. if it wasn't that it would be something else...

we don't hand them anything - they have a bottomless bag of tricks

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 06:23 AM

3. This author is shifting "outrage" away from the children,

from what SCOTUS could become and instead to restyle what outrage itself is, from the righteous anger needed to rally to battle to a defeating weakness.

Or trying to.

Outrage is how good people react to evil threats and deeds.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 08:35 AM

7. What does your first sentence mean?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 06:46 AM

4. Americans see trump as un-American

Americans see trump as a liar and a crook. That piece reads like something Alex Jones would write.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 07:58 AM

6. there will be more things trump does to keep outrage up forever

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Response to samnsara (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 10:02 AM

8. For sure. Let's hope some big ones before November 6.

After, we'll either be able to block or limit most of them. Or not.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 10:04 AM

9. Funny how Tea Party racists are allowed to be outraged...

but when liberals are outraged, it is somehow a bad thing.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 02:44 PM

11. We're not allowed to mention that, sadly...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 02:39 PM

10. "DEMOCRATS IN Disarray!" Article number 3,9999999,000000,000000,00021

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 02:48 PM

12. The right wing turns to the Karl Rove rule ...

... Always turn your adversary's strength into a liability.

Dems have to stop nail biting and embrace their outrage. We have righteousness on our side.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and then some when you imagine the purged votes. Hand wringing and doubting ourselves is out of the question for me.

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