Several years ago, the Democrats realized something: in many states they held a decided registration lead, but they were still losing elections. For some reason, they couldn’t turn out their base. Perhaps it was culture, perhaps it was work, perhaps it was a welfare mentality of some of their voters.
So they came up with an ingenious method of boosting their turnout: expand the voting “day” to weeks! This was especially good for African-American communities, where churches held a service, had a pot-luck lunch, then buses showed up to tote people to the polls (which were conveniently open on Sunday).
A pattern developed: Republicans (except for Iowa for some reason) tended to dominate absentee mail-in voting; then when “early voting” (meaning “early walk-in voting”) commenced, Democrats would rapidly catch up and even lead. This was especially true in Florida and Ohio.
Then election day was for all the marbles. Mitt Romney won Florida on election day, but lost the “walk-in early voting/absentee” phase. Trump minimized the Democrats’ advantage in early voting and took Florida.
As more states adopted “early voting,” one would think a built-in Democrat advantage would hand them elections.
Not so fast.
The biggest impact of “early voting” has been to dilute and even nullify the effect of “October surprises.” After all, you can only “surprise” those people who haven’t voted early. As the number of early voters has increased (Florida will be close to 60% voting early this cycle), a “surprise” is wasted.
On the other side of the coin—and this really is a “surprise”—this cycle the Republicans (apparently entirely due to Trump) have figured out how to fight. In senate races Arizona, in Tennessee, in Missouri, and in numerous other races, Republicans with the help of James O’Keefe’s videos have sprung surprise after surprise on the Democrats. The latest is in Ohio, where Jim Renacci unleashed assault charges by unnamed women (Kavanaugh, anyone?) against Sherrod Brown.
(See, Democrats, Republicans can play that game too. They just haven’t til now).
The result has been that once close races in Missouri and Tennessee have opened up, and I expect the Arizona and Ohio races to follow. And don’t be “surprised” if a few more bombs trickle out.
So just as the “nuclear option” in the Senate backfired on Democrats, their latest election rigging ploy now has become a tool for Republicans to win elections. Ain’t life grand?
TROLLED: Pelosi For Prison Banner Flown Over Her San Francisco District
It calls for Pelosi to be locked up for her “crimes against America.”
Liberals in San Francisco were immediately triggered Thursday morning by the sight of an impossible-to-miss 25-foot by 80-foot “Pelosi for Prison” banner flying in the spy upon the left-wing stronghold.
Her lawlessness, ignorance and corruption have gone on for too long!
— DeAnna for Congress🇺🇸vs Nancy (@DeAnna4Congress) February 6, 2020
The banner, paid for by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Republican opponent, DeAnna Lorraine, directs those who see it to a petition, located at PelosiForPrison.co, which calls for Pelosi to be jailed for her “crimes against America.” With the banner coming just a day after President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Pelosi-driven impeachment hearings, it is a sign that some conservatives are moving off of the defensive, and instead focusing on offensive attacks against left-wing figures like Pelosi.
Speaking with Big League Politics, Lorraine states that the banner was a part of her plan to expose Pelosi’s record while in the Congress, along with her “egregious crimes against America.”
“I am running for Congress to clean out the corruption that is Nancy Pelosi. Instead of caring for the people of
San Francisco and advancing their issues on a national scale, she spends her time conducting asinine
impeachments and investigations that amount to absolutely nothing” said DeAnna. “It’s past time we start
hitting her hard on her record of poor leadership and egregious crimes against America, and I look very much
forward to retiring her in November.”
This banner definitely gets that message across, and surely has Nancy Pelosi shaking with rage.
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