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Tue Feb 16, 2016, 01:42 PM

All Bets Are Off For The 2016 Elections.....

The American People have had a low opinion of Congress and though the Dems score a little higher than the Repugs - The People are finally getting the message that they have been had by both Parties.

This 2016 election will be transformational. The People know they have the opportunity to put the Bush's & the Clinton's behind them for good. So I don't think either Jeb or Hillary will make it to the finals. Unless TPTB pull some strings and make the 'presumptive nominees' the party candidates. If that happens - you will see the lowest voter turnout ever. It will take the wind out of the sails of the millennials and just reconfirm their beliefs that their vote, their lives - don't count.

The Repugs reaction to Scalia's passing and the nomination and approval of a replacement SC judge - was a knee jerk reaction. It is typical partisan politics which The People are sick of. In my opinion it puts the Repugs down ticket candidates in great peril. This decision on the part of the Party leaders - I believe will swing the balance of the Senate back to the Dems.

Trump and Bernie will be the party candidates - and that will make the 2016 election historic in the fact that you will see the biggest voter turnout ever for a General Election.

In my opinion for the down party candidates it will be 'every man/woman for themselves'. The Repug party is going to sit on its Senator's to support the party line and not support an Obama nominee for SCOTUS. That will cause a lot of consternation to those Senator's in tight races - trying to save their jobs in the blue and highly contested states.

The Dem party sitting on their people to support Hillary - will cause a lot of consternation on its people running for election or re-election as well. If these candidates are smart - they too will do their own thing in order to save their jobs.

Bottom line - The People are fed up. They are looking to this election to turn the tide and throw out the Establishment. That is why this election will be transformational and hopefully change the climate in D.C. to one of more cooperation - to do what is right for the country and the People and not succumb to the whims of the 1%.

This is going to be an 'enough is enough' election.

Let the chips fall where they may.

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global1 Feb 2016 OP
MineralMan Feb 2016 #1
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MineralMan Feb 2016 #3
bulloney Feb 2016 #4

Response to global1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 16, 2016, 01:45 PM

1. We can't "let the chips fall as they may."

That is simply not an option. All of us need to make sure the Republicans don't gain control of all three branches of federal government. If we fail in that, we lose in ways we cannot even anticipate.

Let the Republicans stay home. Let's get the Democrats out to the polls. That's how we win in the long run.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 16, 2016, 01:58 PM

2. Correct. Getting the people to vote is paramount.

Obviously I think that is more likely with Sanders than HRC.

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Response to mikehiggins (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 16, 2016, 02:00 PM

3. If that's the case, we're likely to lose.

I'm hopeful that once we have a nominee, we will be able to heal wounds from the primary race and join together. Hopeful. I think we must do that.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 16, 2016, 02:16 PM

4. The reason Trump's numbers remain strong despite what the establishment thinks or says

is because the establishment lives in a bubble. The establishment controls who is allowed to attend these debates and they give the responses the establishment likes to hear. In addition the enabling media's (another product of the establishment) shoddy surveying methods just feed the false security the establishment wants to hear. When reality sets in, and things don't go as planned, the establishment gets all flustered and paralyzed and they think throwing more money on the situation will make it better.

This whole scenario is the only thing I support on Trump's candidacy. He's turning the status quo on its head. The establishment has no clue on how mainstream Americans are managing to survive and establishment's past practices of throwing out red herrings to take us off the scent of real issues have not been as effective in this campaign season. Sanders is tapping into that vein as well, but from another angle.

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