And though it’s a part of the Lone Star State

I love this ad ripping Ted Cruz for claiming he’s “Texas tough” when he’s really a cuck:

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41 replies
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    Elizabelle says:

    Great ad. I also think someone who cannot twig the moral of “Green Eggs and Ham” does not belong in the Senate.

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    Immanentize says:

    As people have noted — the best part of the ad is the ending : “Teeeedd.”

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    Immanentize says:

    As people have noted — the best part of the ad is the ending : “Teeeedd.”

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    Kraux Pas says:

    @Immanentize: Still makes me laugh my ass off.

    Figuratively, of course, I wish it were literally that easy.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Cannot believe Ted is donating an hour of free national TV to Beto.

    And Jackie Rosen has to win. Hopes of Flipping the Senate are slim without her.

    Harley Rouda – running to defeat Comrade Rohrabacher – has sent us a 3rd batch of names. 300 “Undecideds”. Which means you can’t right “R U Kidding Me you can’t make up your mind about the Putin Puppet?!?” But you can help persuade some folks to save healthcare and the Environment.

    Also, we’re getting nice pics of people’s PostCards. They’re on Twitter. And while you’re there, please follow. Every re-tweet could bring in another PostCard Writer.

    Thanks to Doug and you all!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Oh, so he’s an actor. Very good actor. I didn’t think any normal human being could speak so incisively and with such quick changes of emotion.

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    H.E.Wolf says:

    Thank you Doug!

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    Marcopolo says:

    A little OT but did I miss the Hurricane Michael thread or is the blog just hurricaned out after Florence?

    Also too, just finished 60 GOtV postcards to young MO voters. I am really hoping to hell that all the prodding, the Parkland kids, Taylor Swift, etc… leads to increased 18-29 yr old turnout levels but my experience says believe it when you see it.

    Finally, good morning everyone.

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    tobie says:

    @MazeDancer: Are you targeting any Senate races? I guess that would be tough but the dividends could be great.

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    C. Isaac says:

    I have election day off from work so I can go down to the polls and then watch the news freely from home all day.

    I will be proudly dropping a ballot for Beto. Between him and Wendy Davis for gov a couple years ago, these are easily the best Dem candidates we’ve seen down here in a while. I’m hoping he can reverse Wendy’s results, though.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Speaking of Texans who tell the truth:

    Lynzy Lab, who wrote and performed that wonderful “Scary time for guys” video is a dance lecturer at Texas State University. (They don’t identify which campus.)

    WaPost story on her.

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    MazeDancer says:


    Senate races are well-funded. And suffer from the malarkey gospel that “message control at all times” must be maintained. And that a hand-written, personal, heart-felt PostCard is “off-brand”.

    While research shows they work.

    And all that “branded” stuff gets tossed unread.

    Which is a long-winded, semi-ranty kind of way to say, they blew me off. And I realized along the way, get a Dem to the polls, all the races benefit.

    So, Flip the House! And the Senate comes along for the ride.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Throwing this in here to fan the flames: first Supreme Court group portrait with Brett Kavanaugh.

    ETA: Hope this goes through. Impossibly long Google link (only one I could find).

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    Immanentize says:

    @Steeplejack: use bitly?

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    chopper says:


    ted isn’t. i’m willing to bet money that, after spending some time preparing for it, cruz will decide “at the last minute” to come to the debate, thinking that beto will have prepared instead for a town hall without him. because he’s just that kind of asshole.

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    David Evans says:

    Love the ad, but not totally happy with your use of the word “cuck”. For me it’s part of the vocabulary of toxic masculinity. “Wimp” would do as well.

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    Steeplejack says:


    No, it’s not that. I got the picture in an e-mail but couldn’t find it on line. Took a shot on the Google link from the “background info” about the image, but I guess it’s just an internal Google link for the e-mail. I’ll keep looking.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @David Evans:

    I’ve offered that view in a thread a few weeks ago; a couple other folks signed on. Different strokes…

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    Immanentize says:

    @chopper: The CW is the person winning doesn’t debate. I think Ted saying he isn’t going to debate is a sign of his campaign’s belief he is ahead and would only damage his chances in such a forum. But this ad above nicely sets up the Ted is a carpetbagging scaredy-cat meme

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    VOR says:

    Because his legal name isn’t “Ted”, it is Rafael Edward.

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    tokyokie says:


    Lynzy Lab, who wrote and performed that wonderful “Scary time for guys” video is a dance lecturer at Texas State University. (They don’t identify which campus.)

    Texas State University is the school formerly known as Southwest Texas State. I think its only campus is in San Marcos, which is more or less midway between Austin and San Antonio on Interstate 35.

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    tobie says:

    @MazeDancer: Thanks for the explanation. I’ll check out if you have any House races in states to support where the Senate race is neck and neck.

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    jonas says:

    Is that actually playing on tv stations in TX markets? Or is it just an online project that hipsters already in Beto’s likely voter demographic will see and laugh along with? It seems so many “clever” political ads these days are just direct-to-YouTube/Twitter efforts and don’t ever reach the crabby old Fox News viewers who should be seeing it.

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    ruemara says:

    Your postcard link is busted. I signed up at Postcard for Patriots(?) but I have no idea what i’m supposed to do with the link they sent me. You gotta be a whole lot clearer about what I’m supposed to do. If I say send me 100 names, then send me 100 names. Don’t send a link back to the candidates page. That’s very confusing and you shouldn’t be confusing in October before an election.

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    jonas says:

    @Immanentize: The race is very close, and Cruz’s to lose, so that may be part of it. But I also think Cruz knows he’s not as telegenic as Beto and a more laid-back, “town hall” forum is not a good look for his douche-baggy smugness. He likes the old college-style debates where he gets to throw “zingers” and answer questions with a bunch of hyperbole, misdirection, and lies.

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    jeert says:

    This ad – yea, playing in TX markets – is by Richard Linklater, native son.

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    geg6 says:

    Doobies! I was just singing this song on the way to work today!

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    Another Scott says:

    @Steeplejack: Adam posted that picture here a couple of times a few days ago. It’s great. :-)


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    Another Scott says:


    Gonna throw some final cash at a few of Virginia US House races as well –


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    MazeDancer says:


    So very sorry. You are the first person who has experienced any confusion. And the last person I would want to confuse.

    no idea what i’m supposed to do with the link they sent me.

    We don’t send links.

    I, personally, transfer the number of names asked for from the various voter files to InDesign, make a PDF, and attach in reply to each email.

    I’m not sure if I even got your email. Have only gotten a few asking for 100. Just went over all those emails and everyone seems happy.

    We tried to outline step-by-step, how to write, what to say, what to do on the web site.

    Please forgive any unintended confusion. Are you sure the link thing didn’t come from another site?

    And would you please send a request again. Just click on my nym, then scroll down to “Get Names” or “Contact” Fill in the form, your names will be arriving as fast as I can send them.

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    Chris Johnson says:

    @David Evans: I noticed that too. Just a friendly nudge, ‘k? That is more or less a wingnut concept and the only meaning it has is kind of tainted. Not awesome.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Another Scott:

    And Elaine Luria. Who is down:

    We got addresses to write PostCards for all of them


    Lizzie Fletcher in Texas

    Her campaign wants people to send written, stamped PostCards to their HQ and they’ll address and mail. Click on my nym, scroll to Contact, send form, I’ll send you the HQ address and some talking points they sent along for guidance.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @MazeDancer: Do you have any addresses for Heidi Heitkamp? Really want to do some for her, and could begin on them tomorrow. Let me know. Thanks!

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    Another Scott says:

    @MazeDancer: There’s no linky in your ‘nym at the moment.



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    ruemara says:

    @MazeDancer: Ok. I guess I just need the link in your nym.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Aha. Almost like Trump family values. The limo company owner (who’s also a sketchy FBI informant) may well be in Pakistan, but his son has now been arrested. Los Angeles Times:

    The operator of a limousine company involved in a rural New York crash that killed 20 people was arrested Wednesday, state police said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the charges were related to the deadly wreck.

    Nauman Hussain was taken into custody following a traffic stop on a highway near Albany, the New York State Police said in a brief news release.

    No further details were released on the charges. A phone call to Hussain’s lawyer was not immediately returned.

    Hussain was the day-to-day operator of Prestige Limousine, and the son of the company’s owner.

    …. The driver’s widow said her husband had expressed concerns about the company’s vehicles.

    Kim Lisinicchia told CBS in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that there were several times she heard her husband, Scott Lisinicchia, state: “I’m not going to drive this, like this. You need to get me another car.” But then “he trusted in what the limo company said, that the cars were all right.”

    “He was in excellent health. He was an excellent driver. For over 20-plus years he drove a tractor-trailer,” Kim Lisinicchia said.

    “I feel for these victims,” she said. “I am in no way trying to make it seem like it’s about me or my husband. I just want my husband to be vindicated. I have to stand for him, ’cause nobody else will.”

    20 years driving a tractor-trailer? He was probably a pretty good and attentive driver. Sounding more and more like vehicle failure.

    … State Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Morrissey said a sticker was placed on the vehicle after the September inspection declaring it “unserviceable.” He said Kindlon’s assertion that the code violations had been corrected and the vehicle cleared for service was “categorically false.”
    Even if the repairs were made, the limo would have needed to be re-inspected and the owner would need approval again to transport passengers, a state transportation department spokesman said.

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    MazeDancer says:


    No, don’t have any Senate. Just BJ House Candidates.

    But think I’ll try sending her campaign an email. Can’t hurt to ask.

    p.s. You still want the Abigail Spanberger addresses? Have been holding them back.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Another Scott:


    Guess the check box thing didn’t hold.

    Will try again.

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