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So let's pretend he's a first-time Democratic candidate for a change

The Washington Post is just toying with our hopes today with a political analysis column contending Republicans are worried about a "green wave" of political contributions going to Democrats, especially first-time candidates challenging Republicans in the House. We're certainly ready to believe there are a lot of enthusiastic people giving money to Dems, but we also want to repeat Indiana Solo's admonition to an excited young Luke Skypilot after shooting down his first enemy space-ship: "That's very nice, young man, but don't you go getting a big head, you hear me?" However much money Democrats have coming in, they all need to run as if Ted Cruz were two steps behind them, insisting they sit down and listen to his impersonation of characters from "The Simpsons."

Columnist Paul Kane says a lot of Democratic House candidates are doing pretty darn well in the last stretch, and that has some Republican operatives worried:


In terms of television and radio advertising, Democratic candidates are expecting to spend almost $50 million more than their Republican counterparts in about 70 top House races, according to a spreadsheet of ad reservations across the country.

That spreadsheet, known as the "competitive summary" by insiders, was maintained by Republican operatives and provided to The Washington Post by GOP strategists.

Kane's sources asked for anonymity, he said, to "discuss their growing fear that Democratic candidates will overwhelm Republicans in the home stretch of the midterm elections," which we assume could either be true or a ploy to get Democrats feeling complacent in the final weeks of the campaign. Darn right we're paranoid. But he adds that other sources from both parties confirmed the general funding trends, too, so hooray for Dems having campaign cash, then.

The biggish deal about a lot of individual campaigns being fairly flush -- or better than that -- is that while outside funders like party committees and super-PACs can throw lots of money into races -- and the Republican mega giga teradonors are spending like crazy -- campaigns get more bang for their Ameros when it comes to ad buys, because they can buy TV time much more cheaply than super PACs and party committees. Also too, as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesperson Meredith Kelly says, candidates' own ads can be "more effective at introducing candidates, carrying the positive message, and rebutting attacks directly to camera." Or as Kane explains,

That is a polite way of another well-understood fact: Political consultants put in far more effort to produce quality ads for the candidates, as opposed to the often cookie-cutter ads they produce for super PACs.

Jeez, you mean those Paul Ryan super-PAC ads with the ominous music, the solemn narrators, and the generic scripts are tired and repetitive? But they're so good at implying Democrats love (brown) terrorists and (brown) welfare recipients!

There are lots and lots of examples in the piece about Dems who are getting surprising amounts of money, and for a change, even the DCCC is spending more money on local ads this fall -- $63.5 million -- than the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has reserved $46.8 million in ad buys. In some close races, that means the NRCC isn't even throwing money at GOP incumbents, too bad, so sad. The DCCC is also bringing in a lot more small-money donations than the NRCC, because Democrats are really, really pissed off this year. Their donations may even be downright uncivil in some cases.

So hooray! Dems may very well have, as one Republican operative put it, a "green wave" working to their advantage this fall. That's very nice!

It's also no substitute for organizing, canvassing, phone banking and get out the vote efforts. Dems having money is great, but they still have to run like Rand Paul wanted to come sit down next to them and explain his own special thoughts about the Federal Reserve.

[WaPo]

Yr Wonkette could use a little "green wave" of our own, if you know what we mean and we think you do. NO NOT WEED, SEND US MONEY!

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We know a few things about Donald Trump for 100% certain.

One is that his brain is broken. There are a million examples, but here's one, from this afternoon:

MICHAEL. FLYNN. PLEADED. GUILTY. TO. LYING. TO. THE. FBI!

A judge is not "looking into that situation," you fucking moron!

OK let us not get distracted, as that is not the point of this post.

Another thing we know about Donald Trump is that he sniffs A LOT. During all the debates, he sniffed. During lots of his Hitler rally speeches, he sniffs. When he's on foreign soil, he sniffs. When he's hunkered athwart his golden toilet Makin' Twitters, we assume he sniffs.

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My idiot brother used to get that face during rants

Kentucky's Extra-Crispy wingnut governor Matt Bevin sure knows how to pick a fight. A few years back, during his failed bid to primary Mitch "Top Turtle" McConnell, Bevin explained how "chicken boxing" was a benign pastime that even the founding fathers enjoyed, and also a great big states' rights issue. Once in office, he was, predictably, a reliable supporter of stupid ideas, like spending a lot of money to ramp up a "work requirements" bureaucracy to make sure fewer people received Medicaid, thus spending more but claiming he'd "saved" money. He also claimed this year that striking teachers probably caused an invisible wave of child rape and death, because kids weren't in school. No, of course there wasn't any such result, but hey, it's OK, Bevin eventually not-pologized.

Bevin's other specialty is trying to drum up a good culture-war panic, like that time in 2016 when he predicted there'd be bloodshed if Hillary Clinton were elected, because sane governors predict civil war all the time. That desire to warn of impending calamity seems to be behind Bevin's latest idiocy, a Twitter rant yesterday in response to national investigative nonprofit ProPublica's decision to partner with the Louisville Courier-Journal for coverage of state government. So it only makes sense Bevin would lose his shit over the fact that one of the many sources of funding for ProPublica is George Soros's Open Society Foundation. How dare those monsters bring their radical leftist "reporting" to the Commonwealth of Kentucky!

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