Category: Democrats

Experts Fire Warning Shots Across Democrats’ Bow

The New York Times on July 19 published an article by an expert on electoral dynamics that has alarming implications for Democrat in the 2020 elections. After an extensive review of recent polling data and voting patterns, the author, Nate Cohn, concluded:

Trump has “a distinct chance to win re-election while losing the popular vote by more than he did in 2016, when he lost it by 2.1 percentage points.” It is even possible, Cohn says, that Trump could win while losing the national vote by as much as five percentage points.

In the article, Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign, Cohn says that Trump’s advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016.

“That persistent edge leaves him closer to re-election than one would think based on national polls, and it might blunt any electoral cost of actions like his recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.”

Cohn’s conclusions gained added credibility when they were echoed the next day by Rich Thau in an interview with the CNN TV newscaster, Smerconish. Thau is an expert on public opinion and messaging, and has conducted groundbreaking research in public policy, financial communications, insurance, trial consulting, and infomercials.

Thau discussed the results of his extensive research of swing voters, those who are not single-mindedly committed to one party or ideology.  He has conducted focus group interviews with swing voters all across the country. Thau’s main message:

Swing voters support Trump’s hardline immigration policies far more than is generally recognized. It is not simply the Republican base that rallies behind Trump.

Smerconish showed a clip of Michigan swing voters in one of the focus groups. They were people who had voted for Obama and then Trump.

  • There was strong sentiment in favor of Trump’s immigration stand and against letting “too many” immigrants into the country at one time.
  • Many of the voters wanted to build a wall, send people back.
  • They think that giving people food and shelter only encourages more people to come here, and the only thing standing between them and those migrants coming to their communities is Donald Trump.

Thau said it might be counterintuitive, but Trump benefitted politically from having all those migrants massed at the border.

Smerconish asked Thau if the Michigan swing voters were unique among the voters Thau had interviewed across the country. Thau said they were not unique at all. They are people who think Americans are not being put first. Among the Obama-Trump voters, more of them are now in the Trump camp rather than Obama’s.

Smerconish then quoted from Cohn’s NYT article: “The president’s views on immigration play to…pivotal Obama-Trump voters.” Smerconish noted that Cohn stated there is an argument to be made that Trump might lose the popular vote by 5 million and still win the Electoral College “because of the issues you (Thau) are discerning and uncovering in your focus groups.”

Thau replied: Yes. Because people like the president stylistically. They like what he is saying and arguing for. Specifically on the immigration issue. Thau noted that these same people had also liked Obama’s style. “Some people like Coke and Pepsi at the same time.”

Smerconish than put up his survey question. “True or False: This week, politically speaking, was a disaster for President Trump.” He asked Thau for his answer.

Thau replied “It’s false. Among the voters who matter most, the swing voters in the upper Midwest, this was a great week, because the president reinforced what he is doing to protect them.”

No Difference Between Democrats & Republicans? U Got to be Kidding

I have no doubt that many liberals and Democrats, including well-educated ones, are misinformed about Republicans and conservatives—and vice-versa. But let’s keep focused on the practical, every day consequences of how the two sides think and act.

Republicans are avidly supporting a racist, xenophobic, misogynist, anti-intellectual agenda. In fact, since Trump became president, the more extremist, demagogic, and unyielding Trump becomes in pursuing his extremist agenda, the more vociferously Republicans support him.

Trump tells baldfaced lies about Obama’s birthplace and about the degree of criminality among Hispanic immigrants, refers to the migrants as “animals,” and demeans the military service of John McCain, and Republicans scream their approval–and Republicans and Democrats are all the same?

If what Trump and the Republicans are doing is so noble and good, why do they have to constantly lie about it to defend it? Plus, name me the Democratic equivalent of someone who has:

  • Made over 10,000 false or misleading statements as President
  • Mocked a handicapped person
  • Locked up children in concentration camps
  • Praised neo-Nazi demonstrators chanting “Jews will not replace us”
  • Run a political campaign overtly supporting racism, xenophobia, and white nationalism
  • Used fear-mongering and race-baiting to support that campaign
  • Incited his followers to violence
  • Bragged about sexually assaulting women
  • Impugned the integrity of a respected judge on the basis of his ethnic origin.
  • Called various women bimbo, dog, ugly, of low intelligence, and “Miss Piggy”
  • Approved Howard Stern’s calling Ivanka “a piece of a–“
  • Belittled a Gold Star American mother
  • Praised the murderous thugs Putin and Kim Jong Un
  • Called foreign countries “s—holes”
  • Supported torture
Democrats and Republicans mirror image each other? What horse manure.

June Democratic Watch Party

Event: Democratic Watch Party
Topic: Documentary on Dark Money, the influence of untraceable corporate money
on  our elections
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Private home near the intersection of Canton Hwy and
Jamerson Rd,  Woodstock, GA 30188. 1 block into Cherokee  County
POC: Carolyn Hadaway, 678-687-7753, chadaway.volun@gmail.com 

Please RSVP and include names, phone #s, and addresses. Bring finger food if you like.

Democrats’ Misguided Treatment of the Mueller Report

Are Democrats in 2020 going to again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory—or at a minimum lower their margin of victory?
We raise this question because of our unhappiness in how the Democrats have reacted to the Mueller report. Democrats had awaited its release with great anticipation, expecting it to deliver a heavy if not knock-out blow to Trump. Maybe even uncover an explicit crime that would provide the basis for impeachment.
Four weeks later, Trump’s approval rating has improved, and the report’s scathing indictment of Trump’s malfeasance, corruption, and incompetence has become obscured by endless Democratic palaver about the level of the report’s redactions and whether Attorney General William Barr committed perjury in his testimony to Congress should be held in contempt.
The Trump Administration is arrogantly resisting al Congressional attempts to elicit further testimony from Administration officials—with impunity.
The Democrats cannot even get Robert Mueller to come and testify.
Democrats, in short, instead of using the Mueller report as a platform to launch a powerful assault on Trump, are losing the attention and the patience of the American people.
But just as IndieDems was about to deliver its opinion, Walter Dellinger, Professor Emeritus of Law at Duke University and former head of the White House Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996, wrote a commentary expressing our outlook better than we could: “Democrats’ obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crimes.” Excerpts:
  • House Democrats labeling the Mueller report as “inconclusive,” he says, is tepid and erroneous.
  • “They have not only allowed the president falsely to claim vindication but also left the public without a clear understanding of just how damning the report is.”
  • “The more I review the report, the more absurd and misleading the we-need-to-know-more response seems to be.”
  • “This report makes the unquestionable case that the president regularly and audaciously violated his oath and committed the most serious high crimes and misdemeanors” and also betrayed the president’s office.
Dellinger concludes: Instead of focusing focus on process, such as requesting redacted material, Democrats should be shouting from the rooftops that the available evidence is more than enough to prove Trump is unfit for office and deserves severe condemnation and sanction.
IndieDems heartily agrees.

Tomlinson Running for U.S. Senate Seat

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has announced she is running to be the Democratic nominee in 2020 for the United States Senate seat held by Republican incumbent David Perdue.  Here is her brief resume and request for support:

I have spent my entire career breaking barriers – I was the first female partner at my law firm, where I specialized in complex litigation, and I became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Columbus, Georgia. I have six times been named to the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and I hold a National Security Secret Clearance from the Department of Defense due to my roles as Public Safety Director and the Head of Homeland Security for the second largest city in the State of Georgia.

I’m an eighth generation Georgian with roots all across this state. Throughout my career, first as an attorney and then as Mayor of Columbus, I’ve been willing to take on bullies and stand up for justice. And, if you send me to Washington, that’s exactly what I intend to do for the people of Georgia.

I want to ask you to join me in this fight as one of my very first supporters by making your most generous contribution of the maximum amount of $5,600 TODAY. Can I count on you?

To make this contribution, you can find the link HERE.
You can learn more about my campaign HERE.

If you would prefer to give via check, please make it out to Teresa Tomlinson for Senate and mail to:

Teresa Tomlinson for Senate
Post Master Box 263
2525 Auburn Ave.
Columbus, GA 31906

Thank you so much for your support. I can’t wait to keep you posted on what is to come!

No Impeachment for Now

I understand where the Democrats and commentators who say the Mueller findings require Trump’s immediate impeachment are coming from. But I remain on the “ no impeachment now” side, for this reason: let the House committees proceed with their hearings. In particular, let Mueller testify. I firmly believe that calm Congressional testimony and questions will harden the case against Trump. After the hearings, Democrats could put before the House a resolution condemning Trump’s acts with all the charges that would be brought in a formal impeachment proposal. More spotlight on the charlatan.

By the time all the above is done, the 2020 elections will be only months away. Deciding Trump’s fate at the polls is the best way to get rid of him while undermining Republicans’ ability to fuel a backlash with claims of a Democratic coup. Unbelievable as it may seem, impeachment would strengthen Trump’s electoral prospects.

Democratic Policies Have Always Reflected Christian Values

Media pundits are in full throttle trying to deal with the novel fact that some Democratic candidates are talking the language of faith in their messages. In IndieDems opinion, some are not getting it quite right. A prime example was a recent Washington Post column by Elizabeth Bruenig.  She included this statement:

“The crux of the (right-wing evangelical) alliance is opposition to abortion and liberal views on sexuality — but the religious left has no such unified identity, in part because it has no such unanimously agreed-on priorities.”

Here is IndieDems comment:

I take serious exception with Ms. Bruenig’s statement that the religious left has no unanimously agreed on priorities. The religious left, and the Democratic Party, agree unanimously on policies that are the most perfect expression of Jesus’ Golden Rule human beings have ever devised: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

Those bedrock examples of compassion and concern for your fellow man—regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin—are the guiding lights of American progressives and liberals. Each of them was put in place in the face of bellicose Republican opposition. Today’s Republicans are more united than ever in wanting to destroy them. Their elimination is in Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget.

Republicans, in short, continue their decades-long assault on Jesus’ Golden Rule. They have simply added to that a war against God’s 10 Commandments, by supporting a President who lives every minute in wanton contempt of the Commandments against adultery and bearing false witness. After two years of flagrant corruption, you can add contempt for “thou shalt not steal.”

The Republicans who do all of this and proclaim themselves to be Christians are, in my opinion, committing outright blasphemy. They certainly display the hypocrisy Jesus condemned when he stated that it’s the ones who make the most of praying in public who are the biggest hypocrites:

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men… But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6

Democrats Appealing to Religion: What’s Up for Christianity?

The media are paying increasing attention to the Democratic presidential candidates who are using the language of religion as a key part of their message. (See Pete Buttigieg shows how to campaign on values in the age of Trump).   The reports focus predominantly on South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose numbers are rising in the polls. In my opinion, some of the media are misrepresenting what Buttigieg is saying by presenting it mainly as a question of his fidelity to the Christian religion. But in reality, he has put it in the more general context of his faith and his interpretation of the true meaning of Christian doctrines. That is something that increasing numbers of Americans identify with.

The fact that more and more Americans do not claim membership in any Christian denomination does not at all mean they have abandoned their religious longings. It simply means they no longer believe that organized religion adequately reflects their religious longings—in fact, are antithetical to them. Christian churches help bring about their own demise by proclaiming that Christianity required being anti-abortion and/or anti-gay. Mankind took a mighty step away from that Dark Ages mentality when individuals said, if that’s the choice, to hell with your religion.

The same way previous generations rejected the idea that Christianity required the Inquisition, burning witches at the stake, supporting slavery, and supporting segregation. The Republicans—and especially evangelicals—who still live with that medieval mentality are reaping what they sowed. His Truth continues to march on, putting militant anti-abortion and anti-gay rights stands on the dust bin of history. And we can thank God for that.

By, By Biden

I’m a Democrat, I admire and respect Joe Biden, and I know this:
I don’t want to spend the next 19 months debating the Anita Hill hearings of a generation ago.
I don’t want to spend the next 19 months debating the rightness or wrongness of every man-handling move Biden made toward some female.

We have much more important matters a Presidential campaign needs to focus on. Like the total debacle of the Trump administration, and the grave damage it has wreaked domestically and abroad. Like immigration, infrastructure, the spiraling deficit the Republicans have bequeathed us, health care, and the Republican assault on Social Seurity, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

I also know this: Biden’s attempts to explain and apologize for his behavior has missed the mark. But Biden fell off my list of potential Democratic presidential candidates with his cringing attempts to milk humor out of the situation. That move showed me he still just does not get it and carries too much baggage to assume the role.

It’s not whether his past behavior can or cannot be defended. We just do not need the baggage of having to defend it—not with a plethora of worthy candidates without the baggage. Their time has come. Joe’s time has passed. We need him as our elder statesman, not as presidential candidate.

–Tom Barksdale