Suburban trees, suburban speed

I don’t have the highest opinion of the national committees (DCCC, DSCC, etc.), but they do one thing well: carpet bomb competitive districts with simplistic mass-produced ads in the six weeks before an election. Normally, that may not accomplish much, but this year, I think it will in many districts. Why? The tax bill raises taxes for many people in suburban New York, California, New Jersey, and even Texas, because of the cap on the SALT deduction. It’s pretty fucking easy to run a lot of ads telling upper middle-class people that their Republican representative just raised their taxes.

A lot of you have brought up raising money for candidates in some of these very districts. I think it makes more sense to just give the money to the DCCC and let them take it from there, since they will surely spend most of their money on these districts.

So let’s raise some money for the DCCC. I’ll tell you upfront I’m giving them $50 a month myself.

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Out in the West Texas town of El Paso

I read one of those articles suggested in the comments about Beto O’Rourke. He really sounds like an exciting candidate. And here’s a good article about turning Texas blue.

Look, between now and 2020, I’m going to be running a lot of positive articles about young, upcoming potential Democratic stars. We will have plenty of time to decide they are all worthless sell-outs later.

Let’s raise a little more money for Beto O’Rourke in the meantime.

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Late Night Whiplash Open Thread: Follow the Dirty Sexy Money?

I’m sure at least one person in the Trump camp repeated the old mantra: You don’t pay a [professional] for the sex; you pay her to go away afterwards. But campaign professional Dana Houle raises a question —

Maybe they should’ve remembered another venerable mantra: It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.

I believe the children are our future

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Balloon Juice Nowhere to Hide Fun. We went over 30K on it a coupe days ago. We’ve now raised about 15K total since the New Year. So, as promised, a baby picture. He’s flashing gang signs, as you can see.

I may move to a different online fundraising site as ActBlue is making itself increasingly difficult to use. In the meantime, I thought it would be a good time to raise some money for a young rising Democrat, Beto O’Rourke. Republicans do a much better job of promoting their own, turning them into “rock stars” and that kind of crap. I’ve been following Beto O’Rourke on social media and I think he might be special. Texas Senate is a tough one but let’s get behind him.

Update. ActBlue thermometers just aren’t working AT ALL right now, so I’ll try again later.

Update update. Finally working.

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Open Thread: Running His Mouth, Over A Cliff

Who’s up for a GoFundMe page?…


But, to be serious: Dana Houle, former & future campaign professional, has been pointing out for some time that Trump is not the one tapping out at least some of “his” tweets — certainly not the ones that use proper capitalization and sentence structure:

Sure, Lord Smallgloves no doubt could be brought to agree with whatever the current ‘John Barron’ or ‘Meredith McGiver’ are sending out under his name, but getting his scripters’ names on the public record would, IMO, be an important step towards ending the pretense that the ugly, racist, conspiratorial blasts are just ‘he’s senile so impulsive, he’s not used to politics’ rather than ‘This is your modern Republican party, folks’!

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Snippits

So much news, you’ll get tired of all the news!

Apart from preparing the Throw the Bums Out, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Open Thread: Maybe He’s Gonna Ask the Gnomes of Zurich for Asylum?

More likely, he just wants the real machers, the global Big Swinging Dicks, to finally acknowledge that he, Donald John Trump, is king of the world!!!

And, of course, that is not gonna happen. The tweetstorm tantrums should be epic, though.

President Trump will address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this month, the White House said Tuesday, a startling decision that will bring the unorthodox U.S. leader face to face with global elites who have been Trump’s fierce critics and frequent foils.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will use the forum to talk about his “America First” worldview. Trump has described the approach as the sensible prioritizing of American interests over those of other nations. His critics inside the United States and abroad call it a retreat from an American global leadership based on democratic principles…

She said details of the president’s attendance at the Jan. 23-to-26 gathering are being worked out, and it is not yet clear whether he will hold separate meetings with world leaders there. He does not expect to visit any other countries apart from Switzerland, Sanders said…

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the Davos meeting in 2017, a first for a Chinese leader. Xi’s speech was praised as statesmanlike and a counterpoint to Trump’s criticism of international bodies and collective decision-making. Sanders said Xi’s attendance last year was not a factor in Trump’s decision to attend now.

Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn was a frequent Davos attendee when he was a Wall Street banker. He skipped the gathering last year. Sanders said the delegation accompanying Trump is still a work in progress, but that some administration figures would be at the gathering for longer than Trump will stay. Cohn is likely to be among them.

“What the heck is Trump doing at Davos?” said MIT economist David Autor, who has been to Davos many times and is on several panels this year discussing his work on the impact of robots and trade on jobs. “Trump made fun of Davos. This is exactly the crowd he doesn’t want to talk to.”…