I Hate Election Years

I have been looking for news on the turnout in New Hampshire but not finding it. And the FiveThirtyEight final forecast for New Hampshire is confusing and, I suspect, two or three days behind trends. This is a dynamic election; I suspect people are changing their minds by the minute. The only interesting news is that Joe Biden isn’t waiting around for results and has moved on to South Carolina.already. His internal poll numbers must be worse than the public polls.

So this just happened:

Two career prosecutors who handled the case against Roger Stone, a confidant of President Trump, resigned their posts Tuesday after the Justice Department signaled it planned to reduce their sentencing recommendation for the commander-in-chief’s friend.

Jonathan Kravis, one of the prosecutors, wrote in a court filing he had resigned as an assistant U.S. attorney, leaving government entirely. Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, a former member of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team, said he was formally quitting his special assignment to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute Stone, though a spokeswoman said he will remain an assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore. Neither provided a reason for their decisions.

The resignations come just hours after a senior Justice Department official told reporters that the agency’s leadership had been “shocked” by the seven-to-nine-year penalty prosecutors, including Zelinsky, asked a judge to impose on Stone and intended to ask for a lesser penalty.

Another day, another example of corruption in the Trump Administration. It never ends.

There’s an audio clip of Mike Bloomberg saying nasty, racist things making the rounds. This could stop his momentum (fingers crossed).

Trump held a rally in New Hampshire last night just to keep Democrats from moving around. See Ratfu–ery in NH: Trump Camp Hoped Secret Service Lockdown Would Screw Dems.

If you read nothing else today, see Dana Milkbank:

Recall his [Trump’s] repeated promises not to “touch” Social Security and Medicare? Even as the elderly population swells, his budget calls for removing half a trillion dollars of funding from the Medicare program over 10 years, including $135 billion from Medicare prescription drugs, and tens of billions from the Social Security program.

Do read the whole thing.




5 thoughts on “I Hate Election Years

  1. I'm with you, maha.

    It's only the first primary – after the first caucus – and I'm already sick to death of this election.  And there's almost 9 months to go…

    All the angst, fear, hope, hysteria!  OY!  ENOUGH!!!

    If I didn't have a tricky ticker already…  JAAAAAAAYZOOS!  tRUMP just might be the death of me.  😉

    Just kiddin'! (I hope).

    On the Roger Stone sentence, and Barr's bowing to his master's Twitter whines, maybe instead of 7 to 9 years, we stone Stone?

    And Bill Barr needs to be disBARRed!  ASAP!

    Like I wrote last week, all of this election angst may be fer nothin'.  Even if he loses, I don't think tRUMP will step down no matter how much he loses by in the public vote or Electoral College.

    He wants to be a dictator.

    Do the Republican Senators have the guts to try to stop him?

    I don't think so. 

    They had their chance to stop him just a short while ago, and didn't even try.  One conservative radio talk show host called Congressman Devin Nunes an "emasculated pissant."  Sadly, that also describes every Republican Senator except for Ol' Mitt.

    So, does anyone think the Republican Senators will have the guts to stop tRUMP?!?

    "Emasculated pissants" aren't known for their guts. 

    Or balls, obviously.

  2. I'm sure Trump doesn't know or care what's in that budget. Like every Republican administration, Trump is just the sales guy, the front-man. The conservative apparatchiks who are ideologues and who could care less about anybody except the 1% put the budget together, and Trump (or whoever the front man is) sells it to the public. Every Republican administration is like this. Our only salvation is that they don't control all three branches of government. Thank you, God.

    I'm glad to read that Yang and Bennett dropped out tonight. Yang had good ideas, but there are simply too many candidates and he had zero experience. I'm hoping that sleepy Joe – who is waiting for South Carolina – will be this year's Jeb! and wash out soon thereafter. I've seen his numbers trending down (yes!!), just as Mayor Pete's and Bloomberg's numbers are rocketing up.

    It's difficult to know which candidate the Republicans would like better: sleepy Joe or an admitted 79 year old socialist who's but one (more) heart attack away from the grave. Sanders refuses to release his medical records, probably for good reason. Were Sanders to win, we would hear no end of ads demonizing socialism, for which the right has an enormous library, over many decades. It would be George McGovern all over again, raised to the next power. All of this, while admitting the fact that if every young person got out and voted, it would probably put Sanders over the top, despite the swift boating.

    It took a year, but Trump has installed competent henchmen like Barr. The rot progresses with each day.




  3. With time the mud settles and the water becomes clear.  A news story easily missed, with  all the ongoing distractions, involved Mitt Romney.  His break on impeachment conviction was quite the fissure, with twitter sniping and hate barrage from the mainly SCREAM media.  CPAC could not assure his safety at the convention all of a sudden, and fellow Utah politicians ready to turn him into bus fodder.  That script is gone.  It got the Pelosi style rip after closed door meetings involving I would presume some big wagons forming a tight circle around the Mitt.  I am sure a few rookie Utah politicians got quite a lesson in power politics they will not soon forget.  Those rookies will just have to work that one through over a big one at the malt shop.  

  4. Amy Klobuchar's third place finish is encouraging. She would make a good alternative to both Buttigieg and Bloomberg for moderates. Sensible and positive could be what they're looking for to oppose Trump's indecency and bombast.



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