Election 2020 Open Thread: Rapinoe for President!

But seriously, folks:

In addition to having a slight edge over Trump already, Rapinoe has a lot more room for growth. The voters who are undecided in the Rapinoe/Trump head to head voted for Hillary Clinton by 58 points and just 8% of them approve of the job Trump is doing to 82% who disapprove. They’re likely undecided either because they’re not familiar with Rapinoe or aren’t sure about her as a Presidential candidate, but given their past voting history and feelings about Trump, it seems unlikely they’ll end up in his camp.

Rapinoe may be an unlikely Presidential candidate but her numbers still speak to a broader truth about Trump’s standing- the fact that he polls in the low 40s against any Democrat he gets tested against shows that electability concerns are overrated and Democrats should feel comfortable voting for the candidates they like the best, not just the ones they think have the best chance of beating Trump.

That being said…

Too, also:

Grant us Democrats this: We strive to be fair (and to learn from our mistakes). There’s worse faults!

38 replies
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    Spanky says:

    Pino’s numbers would go way up if she promised to use those soccer cleats to kick drumpf in the junk.

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    Spanky says:

    I can see him in the debates now, saying that while he is a fabulous athlete, he has also been a big athletic supporter.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Perhaps Ms. Rapinoe can head up a new cabinet level post called “Department of providing kicks in the junk to everyone that needs them”.

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    The Dangerman says:

    …those soccer cleats to kick drumpf in the junk.

    Sounds too, ya know, illegal.

    Now, if she accepts a visit to the White House (none is coming, but roll with me here) and she rockets a ball into his balls, well, mistakes happen.

    Did we ever get a correct spelling from a couple threads ago if the correct spelling is “ass hole” or “asshole”?

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    Gvg says:

    I know we are joking, but no more presidential candidates with no prior political experience. Ms Rapinoe has worked hard to be an expert soccer player. I want a President that has worked hard on knowing American law and government and foreign policy, and has held other offices and proven good at government.

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    Spanky says:

    @Gvg: Spoilsport.

    Or is it spoil sport?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Lovely photo.

    What is the significance of #19?

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    plato says:

    Expect the puppet to parrot the puppeteer.

    Wind turbines kill (birds).

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    Immanentize says:

    I think you mean little athletic supporter. Mushroom like even.

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    Immanentize says:

    20 19!

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    plato says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: It refers to 2019 WC win?

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    randy khan says:

    The poll itself is funny, but the analysis actually makes an important serious point about Trump’s ceiling versus the ceilings other candidates might have.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Immanentize: @plato:

    Ah, okay, got it. I assumed the photo was several years ago.

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    Peale says:

    @Gvg: Too late. Casey Spooner is running for president. Although I don’t think he has a party. He may be the DJ at some house party, though.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Immanentize: @plato: they already sent him a jersey? Oh, that’s hilarious.

    You know who’s rage-fixating on that picture tonight? after the hometown that hates him gave them a ticker tape parade?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    At my first glance at the post’s title I couldn’t place Rapinoe (no, I don’t follow sports). I had moment of panic mixed in with the feeling of my stomach sinking: not another one! No more candidates please!

    Anyway, it’s good to be reminded what a weak candidate Trump is as he tries to get re-elected. A hopeful note to end my day on.

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    Dan B says:

    @Spanky: I believe he’s Schrodinger’s athletic supporter: the biggest and littlest at the same time.

    There’s also the athletic versus slob option as well.

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    plato says:

    Ask members of the Washington diplomatic corps about the cables that Sir Kim Darroch wrote to London describing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump admin, and their response is uniform: We wrote the same stuff."Yes, yes, everyone does." https://t.co/JTFffSCeyA— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 11, 2019

    Everyone with two brain cells to rub together can see what a shitshow this has been from day one.

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    patrick II says:

    Alex Acosta says he stepped into the Epstein investigation because the local attorney general was going to drop the case.
    It is more likely Alex Acosta was called in because the local attorney general wasn’t going to drop the case.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    DemCast @ DemCastUSA
    Republicans are leading in voter registration in the 2020 swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania.

    They are also showing net gains in states with 2019 governor races- Kentucky and Louisiana.

    It’s time to register to vote!

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    sdhays says:

    @patrick II: I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I think the local Florida prosecutor could be just as corrupt or even just more intimidated.

    It doesn’t matter. It’s pretty clear that Acosta and his prosecutors didn’t and don’t give a shit about the victims.

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    Redshift says:

    @plato: Yeah, weird how people who are pro-fossil fuels suddenly develop a great love for birds…

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    Duane says:

    @The Dangerman: Obviously it’s asshole you nitwit.
    Or is it nit wit? ;-)

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    patrick II says:


    “more likely” does not equal “necessarily”

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    Kattails says:

    @The Dangerman: Merriam-Webster has it as one word, asshole, second definition is (usually vulgar) a stupid, annoying, or detestable person. Glad to help.
    @Gvg: Yup, that’s what I voted for last time. Totally agree. I have this weird thing about being able to sleep at night and not having my elected officials giving me the jim-jams on a daily basis.

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    Lyrebird says:

    @sdhays: Agreed on the last part.

    As to the first part, in this case, apparently the former Palm Beach County State Attorney says, “eat a bag..” no he said:

    If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State’s case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted. Instead Mr. Acosta brokered a secret plea deal…

    The above link goes to Shimon Prokupecz’ tweet, which I only saw thanks to Popehat.

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    Kattails says:

    @plato: Wow. When have we ever seen the DT with a genuine grin that actually reaches his eyes and is not malevolent?

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    Mo MacArbie says:

    Marvel has it as the Amazing Ass-hole.

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    Cacti says:

    Glad they got rid of the show of hands questions, since some candidates couldn’t resist raising it for some really stupid stuff/electoral gifts to the GOP.

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    jl says:

    Rapinoe’s in!! I can hardly wait for the penalty kick tie-breaker in an upcoming debate.

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    sdhays says:

    @Lyrebird: After what we’ve seen from the NYC DA, I’m not ready to believe anyone involved in this is clean, but it’s abundantly clear that concern over the Palm Beach DA’s ability to obtain a conviction was not the reason Acosta took over the case.

    Or, as patrick II said, maybe it was.

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    James E Powell says:

    @patrick II:

    Is that local attorney general still alive? Perhaps we ought to get him or her talking under oath.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I blame Pelosi. Or Hillary. Or Obama. Have I covered all of the episodes of “What Democrats Did To Disappoint Me Today”?

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