Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bruce Poliquin Protects Trump-- Not The Residents Of Maine's 2nd District


I've been holding this little clip for the appropriate moment. Trumpanzee's insane tweet yesterday is certainly the appropriate moment, wouldn't you say? Is he a standup comedian? Did Melania grab his cell and decide to make a fool of him? We'll never know. But he does seem to be setting the scene and making excuses in advance for Kremlin interference, once again, on behalf of the supine Republican Party. Who will believe him? The same linear thinkers who take all his silliness at face value.

This is actual disinformation from the fake president

ME-02 is just the kind of district Trump would tell the Russians to steal. It's "reasonable" that Trump rubber stamp Bruce Poliquin could be reelected there. Not likely, but reasonable. It's more likely that progressive populist Jared Golden will win... unless Putin steals it. This is from yesterday's Bangor Daily News. Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine, points out that "Trump’s chaotic presidency, full of corrupt swamp creatures and beset by investigations, threatens to block out attention to congressional and state campaigns, but it also makes them even more important." She uses a different picture of Trump and point to make the point than the one we did up top, but described it as "haunting, showing Trump and Putin walking to their Helsinki press conference after two hours alone. Trump, usually blustery, looks beaten down and subservient, as Putin looks confident, even cocky." Describes DWT's better than the Bangor Daily News'.
At their joint appearance, Trump threw out bizarre claims about Democrats’ computer servers (which are cloud-based and were copied by the FBI). He called Russia interrogating a top U.S. diplomat and other Americans an “interesting idea.” Trump took Putin’s word over multiple American intelligence agencies’ regarding the cyber warfare Putin oversaw to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Trump.

  Since then Trump has changed positions multiple times on whether Russia is responsible. One day he says he meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would” and another he’s tweeting it’s all a big hoax.

We’re in midst of developing scandal involving a Russian spy, Mariia Butina, who wormed her way into American conservative groups, including the NRA, yet the Trump administration just repealed requirements that the group disclose its donors.

Meanwhile, nearly three dozen people have been indicted so far as part of the Mueller investigation and one trial starts next week.

Rather than fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities, House Republicans show no interest in accountability. As a tape of a 2016 internal meeting revealed, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan replied, “No leaks... This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

Recently House Republicans voted unanimously against increasing funds for states to protect elections.

The continuing support for Trump among a shrinking Republican base makes it exceedingly unlikely that elected Republicans will hold Trump accountable. Congressional Republicans haven’t even passed anything on the horrific immigrant family separation policy.

This makes Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, which national prognosticators consider a toss-up race, nationally important.

As David Wasserman of the respected Cook Political Report put it, “[Bruce] Poliquin won’t be easy to beat” but Jared Golden “is the type of Democrat who could take advantage of a favorable national environment.” Besides having a strong base, Golden can “contrast himself as a ‘Marine who runs into fire’ against an incumbent who ‘ducks into bathrooms’ when asked which way he’ll vote on repealing the ACA.”

According to Wasserman, there’s an obvious “biggest hurdle” for Golden: the much greater amount of money Poliquin has in the bank.

Goal ThermometerIndeed, Poliquin has the financial advantage right now. He’s outraised Golden and had $2.7 million cash on hand as of the end of June, compared to less than $360,000 in Golden’s coffers.

While Poliquin has more money and he has financial help from lots of different groups, some are not all that liked. Is having the bankers association run ads for Poliquin (along with huge donations from the financial sector) such a positive for the public? What about Poliquin getting an award from a Koch brothers’ funded group that supports privatizing Social Security and Medicare (which would produce a windfall for the financial sector but leave seniors less secure) and repealing the Affordable Care Act?

Moreover, the details behind the campaign accounts suggest Poliquin is dependent on big pocket donors over grassroots givers.

Over 53 percent of Poliquin’s funds come from Political Action Committees and only 1 percent is from people giving under $200.

Perhaps the most stunning financial figure is that, despite having raised so much more than Golden, Poliquin raised less from people giving under $200-- just $32,000-- compared to the $307,000 Golden raised in donations under $200.

Golden refuses funds from corporate PACs but his donors may be able to give a bit more or volunteer on the campaign, while Poliquin’s big donors and PACs face limits in their direct giving. In today’s political world, a viral Golden ad could level the financial playing field.

Meanwhile, people are unhappy with the direction of the country. After the Trump tax law passed with Poliquin’s vote, workers’ wages have fallen. And with other problems swirling, including the upheaval in the White House, the advantages big money brings may only go so far.

Coincidentally, yesterday's Bangor Daily News broke a story about Poliquin bragging about winning an award for his efforts to privatize Social Security, but forgetting to mention that the award was from the Koch brothers.

Golden: "It’s time we elect new leadership that’s focused on protecting our social safety net-- not dismantling it. As I've said from the beginning of this campaign, elect me to replace Bruce Poliquin in November and I will protect our seniors’ Social Security... Poliquin is touting the award to showcase his commitment to senior citizens, but his actions in Congress speak otherwise. He voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and voted to slash spending on the program. During his first run for Congress, Bruce was open about his desires to at least partially privatize Social Security, and to raise the Social Security retirement age. Medicare and Social Security are promises made to our seniors in return for a life of hard work. I believe we need to make these programs more efficient and accessible, and increase benefits so that more seniors have the opportunity for comfortable, secure retirements... I promise to uphold and defend the rights of seniors in Congress. Chip in today to help my campaign bring fresh, responsible leadership to Maine’s Second District."

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At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this as Republicans worry that the "democrats" Blue Wave could prove to be real, and that efforts to undermine the "democrats" can't be trusted with so many Progressives entering races and inspiring more voters to cast ballots. The only viable strategy to counter that possibility would be to weaken or destroy confidence that the votes were honest and counted accurately.

Seeing as the GOP benefitted from shady electoral activities in every national election in this century, the pearls being clutched by that Party over this issue are likely as plastic as they are.

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The title is a big DUH!!

There are zero Nazi party electeds in congress who represent their constituents. ZERO!

They all represent either themselves in their quest for relevance in the coming reich or the reich itself. Party/Power uber alles!

ryan uses the noun 'family' the same way that Joseph Bonano and John Gotti did.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger edmondo said...

Nice illustration to go with the story. It's nice to see that progressives can be just as big homophobes as the Christian right. There really isn't much difference between the two is there except the team colors?


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