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READER POLLS: Will Republicans hold the HOUSE and SENATE?

READER POLLS: Will Republicans hold the HOUSE and SENATE?

November 6: If Dems win the House, expect impeachment. If Dems take the Senate, no more Trump judges.

November 6 is election day, and there is a lot at stake. If Dems win the House, expect impeachment and endless investigations of Trump. If Dems take the Senate, no more Trump judges and a once-in-a-generation to salvage the federal judiciary will be lost.

Fuzzy has the rundown, ANALYSIS: Will Republicans hold the House and Senate?


Poll open until Midnight (Pacific Time) on Monday night, October 29. (If polls don’t open, make sure you enable javascript)




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bonus question: how many riots will there be when the Demonrats don’t win, and where the biggest ones be?

    DrewCWSJ in reply to redc1c4. | October 27, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    That’s an easy one – Portland Oregon

      MajorWood in reply to DrewCWSJ. | October 28, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      I can see that, literally.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to DrewCWSJ. | October 28, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      As long as they are burning and destroying their own neighborhoods, let them.

        Gremlin1974 in reply to JusticeDelivered. | October 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm

        Yea, then they will expect your taxes to pay to rebuilt it.

          MajorWood in reply to Gremlin1974. | October 28, 2018 at 6:09 pm

          Portland has some interesting races. There is a possibility that we might even end up with a Republican governor. But my favorite is the local NAACP director (yes, we have black people in Portland, but not as many as BLM yard placards) who is running for city council and I basically see her as a Sharpton-lite candidate who will get in solely by white guilt. Can a person used to shaking down “the man” adapt to being “the man?” We shall see.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Gremlin1974. | October 30, 2018 at 1:39 pm

          Stopping our tax dollars from going to ghettos needs to be a priority. Look at the outcome, it is the equivalent of trying to make a cesspool look and smell better. All you can do with a cesspool is build higher berms around it.

          When they get into full wall production, we should start surrounding ghettos with walls, making them gated communities with just one ingress and egress point. That would protect surrounding communities and make it much easier to arrest bad apples.

      ronsnyder in reply to DrewCWSJ. | October 29, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Couldn’t happen to a more deserving city.

      It will be like a mini Mt. St. Helens. Ok, not quite that bad but heads will explode.

    Colonel Travis in reply to redc1c4. | October 28, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Voted early, straight (R).
    The (D) party belongs on its own, new circle of Dante hell.

    HamiltonNJ in reply to redc1c4. | October 28, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Oh the tantrums! The tantrums will be tremendous!

    Elzorro in reply to redc1c4. | October 29, 2018 at 7:49 am

    When R’s win both house and senate I hope Trump tweets a Big Thank You to the leftist media. Their hysterical fanatical reporting got out the R vote.

People have got to stop and realize that the mid-terms are just as important as POTUS years are.

Clinton, Bush, Obama. All their plans came to a screeching halt when their parties lost either the House and/or the Senate.

Holding the House and the Senate is as important as holding the White House. If you voted for Trump you should be voting in the midterms to help Trump. If you vot4ed against Trump than you should be voting to stop him. Either way you should be voting.

It will be disastrous if the Democrats get the House back. It will be two years of nothing but screeching about Trump and investigating him for everything. Meanwhile nothing will get done.

I don’t think the GOP will lose the Senate. There are simply too many Democrats running for reelection versus the GOP.

    tom_swift in reply to Blueshot. | October 27, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    It will be two years of nothing but screeching about Trump and investigating him for everything. Meanwhile nothing will get done.

    But that’s what we get even when the GOP controls both.

    Elzorro in reply to Blueshot. | October 28, 2018 at 2:21 am

    The only democrat enthusiasm is in the MSM reporting.

      Close The Fed in reply to Elzorro. | October 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Elzorro, they are also having amazing enthusiasm in fundraising, although why they have more $ than votes is odd. I guess bill and Melinda gates, George soros and Barbra Streisand can get the help to vote, but that’s all.

        ConradCA in reply to Close The Fed. | October 28, 2018 at 1:02 pm

        It’s because Tyrant Obama the Liar gave $750 million to Progressive Fascist front groups.

          To be specific, the American leftist groups see their government funding drying up and blowing away. They *have* to burn their nest eggs to get any kind of income stream back, particularly since Russia’s pocketbook is closed, China is more interested in building it’s influence around it’s borders, and most Socialist countries are likewise making that sucking sound that you get at the bottom of a malt. The Senate is a lost cause for them, and if they fall short of the House by a few votes, they’ll go positively *bananas*

          I’m getting extra popcorn to enjoy the show.

    Tom Servo in reply to Blueshot. | October 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

    News in my local paper here in Texas – early voting period lasts for 2 weeks. Only 5 days in, and early voter turnout totals in our county are already higher than for any other election ever held. Looks like turnout on both sides is going to be massive.

      MattMusson in reply to Tom Servo. | October 29, 2018 at 10:01 am

      I asked a professional Politico writer if high Early Voting totals were a barometer of Enthusiasm or just Convenience.

      She said Convenience. But, I am not sure she isn’t fooling herself.

    To be fair, W’s (President George W. Bush) FIRST loss of the Senate wasn’t his fault. ‘Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords caused that (and he should have been HOUNDED by the GOP FOREVER for it, although it appears that he has been largely left unscathed). His Bribery by Dirty Harry Reid and Betrayal of the Republican Party should live in infamy. That Democrat control of the Senate lasted for 18 Months until the next midterms where Jim Talent won the Special election from Missouri, and stonewalled the Republicans from being able to move the agenda in even the limited ways that the 50/50 split would have allowed.

    MajorWood in reply to Blueshot. | October 28, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I disagree a bit. The economy did well during the Clinton impeachment because they were all too distracted to mess with things that were working. If left alone, the economy does well. It only goes bad when non-economic force come into play, read, government.

    JoAnne in reply to Blueshot. | October 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I think they are MORE important.

Sorry Professor, I would have to enable too many scripts from unknown sites to participate in this poll. So I’ll just say Yes and Yes.

    Walker Evans in reply to snopercod. | October 27, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Add my name to this!

    amatuerwrangler in reply to snopercod. | October 27, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Mine, as well.

    tom_swift in reply to snopercod. | October 29, 2018 at 1:41 am

    The browsers I regularly use don’t have enough controls to turn on (or off) whatever makes polls visible here.

    I have to open something with notoriously poor security features in order to see anything. Any Microsoft browser should do.

      DINORightMarie in reply to tom_swift. | October 30, 2018 at 1:35 am

      (Psssst. tom_swift…. It’s the AdBlocker. But shhhhhhh…….. Don’t say that too loudly; the Professor and some of his staff here insist it’s “turning on Java” that makes the polls display. Little tech secret: you can’t run anything on a browser without Java enabled, or “turned on.” But saying that makes them a bit testy for some reason; I think it’s because their IT guru said it’s so. I told the Prof. in a post of my tests and results; he actually replied to me saying, in essence, I didn’t know what I was talking about. So here is what I do to vote: I either use my iPhone (ads don’t block the page loading there) or I turn off AdBlocker, vote, then turn it back on again so the rest of the page loads. But don’t tell anyone. It’s very hush-hush. Give it a try it and see……)

      I found Legal Insurrection about 5 days after the Professor started posting, desperate for voices of reason in the wilderness of Obama-mania. Loved it then, and love it now. Best website on the Internet!!

        tom_swift in reply to DINORightMarie. | October 30, 2018 at 2:44 am

        Give it a try it and see

        That used to work, so it was the first thing I tried. Nada. Tried it on another computer, same thing. So by then I was sufficiently pissed off to roll out the big guns, stupid ol’ Microsoft and its bag of security holes. That worked. After which I closed that wretched browser again, and left it that way.

        Incidentally, LI was my motivation to start using ad blockers in the first place. The center of the page used to fill up with clickbait trash accompanied by photos which were just plain barfalicious. Well, screw that. I found that quality of life is much enhanced with AdBlocker.

    Unknown3rdParty in reply to snopercod. | October 29, 2018 at 7:59 am


JustShootMeNow | October 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I’m hoping Trump comes out and tells his base to get up off their asses and vote, they came out of the woodwork last time, hoping for a repeat

After this week I think all bets are off.

Best case scenario is a Democrat House and Republican Senate. Two full years of the leftist loons showing their totalitarian a$$es in the House, while Trump gets his judges, and maybe one or two SC justices. And then Trump would cruise to re-election based on independent voters’ absolute horror at the Democrats’ antics.

    inspectorudy in reply to cgray451. | October 28, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Why would that be “Best case scenario”?

      cgray451 in reply to inspectorudy. | October 28, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      One or two more Supreme Court justices and a Trump re-election being the best case scenario is self explanatory. The seven down votes are baffling. People on this site are rather strange, it appears.

        tom_swift in reply to cgray451. | October 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        The seven down votes are baffling.

        Not at all. This sentence—

        Best case scenario is a Democrat House and Republican Senate

        —is downright bizarre.

        Best case scenario is, obviously, that all the Democrats “fall on their swords” when they’re humiliated next week.

          MajorWood in reply to tom_swift. | October 29, 2018 at 11:31 am

          I read it as “most likely scenario,” or, “the best we can hope for.” While I prefer a one party conservative control over a one party liberal control, I also recognize that conservatives will also get corrupt and lazy with power, and that isn’t good either. A two-party system with an equal mix is probably the healthiest, as long as the honest elements in each keep the other side in check. Most of our RINOs are little better than their dem counterparts. That is why Trump has been such a relief, because he doesn’t play the games of either corrupt institution.

        DieJustAsHappy in reply to cgray451. | October 28, 2018 at 6:41 pm

        I usually don’t volunteer for campaigns, preferring to be paid instead. However, I’ll make an exception. If it’s votes that’s a concern, you might re-think calling people on this site strange.

        Barry in reply to cgray451. | October 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm

        “The seven down votes are baffling. People on this site are rather strange, it appears.”

        You didn’t explain it very well, people disagree with you that the dams taking the house is a best case, so they downvote you rather than commenting. Don’t take it personal.

        It would have been better to have said that your opinion is the dams will win the house and the R’s hold the senate. It’s certainly not the best case. Massive D commie suicides would be the best case.

          cgray451 in reply to Barry. | October 28, 2018 at 10:29 pm

          My comment was perfectly understandable by anyone with even average intelligence. I assumed this site attracted people with significantly better critical thinking skills than those who frequent sites like I was obviously mistaken.

          Actually, cgray451, many people of average intelligence, like myself, did wonder why your “best case scenario” was not the actual best case scenario (i.e. the GOP keeps both Houses of Congress; super best, unicorn-dream scenario is that Trump gets supermajorities in both Houses of Congress). In other words, you seem to measure our critical thinking skills against what you already believe is the “best case scenario.” If we agree, we must have superior critical thinking skills, but if we don’t, we are clearly not nearly as intelligent as you imagined. This, I think, says a great deal more about you than it does about us.

          Immolate in reply to Barry. | October 29, 2018 at 10:18 am

          First Rule of Holes, cgray451, First Rule of Holes.

        inspectorudy in reply to cgray451. | October 29, 2018 at 12:14 am

        Perhaps you are not familiar with the meaning of “Best”. That generally means that all things considered that what one would like to happen happens. Most of us on this site with below average intelligence consider the best outcome to be the GOP keeps the House and the Senate. How does the Dems winning the house equal the best?

    rdmdawg in reply to cgray451. | October 29, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I’ve never bought in to the notion of ‘Let the nuts win for a bit, show everyone how awful they are.’ It never works like that, people don’t seem to learn this way. My evidence is Detroit, and many other places where the fools will vote themselves into economic oblivion.

Senate: 55 GOP
House: 223 GOP

The Senate is easy to guess because all the polls say the Republicans will retain their majority rule (who doesn’t believe the polls, eh?)

The House is harder to judge with Democratic enclaves that are impenetrable fortress where Jesus Christ himself couldn’t get elected if running on the Republican ticket.

All those small districts crammed into major metropolitan cities where it’s impossible to judge unless your job is within a very small political circle.

But my Magic 8 Ball, Ouija Board and Tarot Cards all are pointing more and more to a GOP house.

As they say in Chicago, “Vote early and vote often.”

I predict the Rs will hold both.

I also predict the D’rats will continue to dominate both houses with their outrageous antics and totalitarian agenda.

The failure of the R’s to do anything at all about pervasive voter fraud when they had as good a chance as ever is not a good portent for government of the people, by the people, or for the people.

The election of 1876 was a good example of how to do it in extremis—not an ideal example, but far better than abject surrender.

DieJustAsHappy | October 27, 2018 at 10:49 pm

I think the GOP will hold the Senate, even gain a seat or two. As for the House, I think it’s up for grabs. Who knows what incidents, major or minor, will take place between now and Nov. 6 that will allow the media to continue their anti-Trump and GOP drumming. This feeds into the fact that many people are fickle and subject to last-minute manipulation by the media. And, who knows what sort of dirty tricks are underway by the Democrats to fudge the votes.

I’d like to give the edge to the GOP, but my gut tells me not so. But, then, it told the election was over and Hillary won. So, I went to bed thinking as much, only to discover in the morning that Trump had won and my gut was having the vapours the night before.

I predict that whoever wins the majority will still block immigration reform and a border wall.

Republicans will do 10 percent better than the polls and much better that the enemedia predicts.

Yes and yes. Liberals have been campaigning for 2 years and ratings for the MSM, NFL, Oscars, etc., all say that the people are more than tired of it. I’m confident law-abiding patriotic Americans will carry that through to the ballot-box and excoriate Democrats on 11/6.

Do people REALLY truly want Democrats anywhere near the levers of power?

These idiots SHOULD have done enough these last 2 years to guarantee they not be allowed any where near power EVER!

Their only saving grace is the media being in their back pockets otherwise HAD there been some home at reporting going on these democrat clowns would be consigned to the bookshelf for ever!!

    PersonofInterests in reply to mailman. | October 28, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Let the incremental loss of all power from 2009 until 2017 provide the best clue that the answer has been and likely continues to be a resounding “NO”!!!

What is the Vegas odds right now?

    Disco Stu_ in reply to MarkSmith. | October 29, 2018 at 8:14 am

    At the event-wagering site the $-prediction prices favor Democrat control at about 65%.

    I have $10 still riding on the Republicans, wagered at bigger-longshot odds some weeks ago.

caseoftheblues | October 28, 2018 at 7:23 am

MrE has a good point….some of the more accurate “polls” have already given us results of what’s going on in American hearts and minds….record low ratings for Oscars, AMAs, People’s Choice Awards, NFL, The Conners, massive Trump rallies, people booing and walking out of comedy shows, GOP candidates competitive in districts they shouldn’t even be a blip in, #walkaway…..what’s going on isn’t just not being picked up on and measured it is being deliberately ignored. There is a reason for the hysteria on the left we see everyday reflected in the faces of their media and it isn’t just ” normal” leftist lunacy

    “….what’s going on isn’t just not being picked up on and measured it is being deliberately ignored.”

    Why, one could even say the pollsters are *wait for it….* missing the ELEPHANT in the Room, right?

    I’ll be in, all week, folks! Try the veal.

I wonder how much of the current market volatility stems from election uncertainty. It has become more and more evident that should the Democrats win the House that they will push hard for investigations into everyone associated with Trump, Trump himself, and so many other conservatives with the result being a Stalinesque witch hunt where everyone is investigated in an effort to find a crime, any crime. The result of this would be a completely dysfunctional government (worse than what happened during Obama’s reign) where nothing productive would occur and our government would effectively be paralyzed. The market fears this so the Democrats winning the House would result in a market crash. SO, how much of the near record market volatility we are seeing every day is due to the oncoming recession and how much is due to election fears? Who knows.

    murkyv in reply to Cleetus. | October 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    The market fears this so the Democrats winning the House would result in a market crash.

    Which is precisely what the Democrats are hoping for

    I wonder how much of the current market volatility stems from election uncertainty.

    All of it.

    While earnings have been soft, a LOT of individuals are taking money off the table rather than let it run. That removal of supports is DIRECTLY tied to the likelihood that the House becomes a Democrat controlled cesspool, and either stops any additional reforms, or otherwise starts making trouble via spending bills requiring the Senate Republicans to go along with some Tax Increases or otherwise damaging the wealth that can be invested for economic purposes.

    Expect that if the House is lost that you’ll see 1800 – 2500 points come out of the Dow Jones within 21 days, and another 1000 – 1250 points after that within another 3 weeks after that as the money-managers take everything they can stomach out of the market due to expected economic damage from the Democrat Controlled House.

I couldn’t even begin to predict what will happen. But I can say with some certainty that this will be a YUGE one.

I sure would like to see the GOP keep both houses.
Reason #1: So DJT can continue making America great again.
Reason #2 (more perverse): So I can watch the other side completely melt down. I think the only way to stamp out this leftist nonsense is to quash it at the ballot box. If the GOP keeps BOTH houses, it will represent a total repudiation of the Dems leftist message.

Since they have no other agenda—Øbama proved that with his useless economic and diplomatic policies—they will have to hit the reset button. And while that leftist agenda is rebooting, Trump’s policies will show themselves to be RIGHT for this country at this time.

I’ll vote the Republican ticket of course, and I’m also sending some $$ in different directions where they might make a difference. You shoul do that too.

I have always voted for the person who seemed most qualified (or the lesser evil), regardless of party affiliation but the Dems this year are so outright scary that I will be voting straight Republican. That meams, of course, that I will be voting for some clinkers but there is very little real choice; questionable beats obvious evil every time.

    DieJustAsHappy in reply to Walker Evans. | October 28, 2018 at 8:56 am

    With regard to national races, I’ve consoled myself in a couple of ways when it comes to questionable candidates. One is to prefer “Clinkers” than “Clunkers.” The other is that if
    any of them reach D.C. there will be congressional leadership to deal with them. So, maybe they will turn out to be not so bad after all.

    My dilemma in 2016 was in no way could I vote for Hillary. Yet, I wanted a better reason to vote for Trump than he wasn’t her. Wanting one that I could, likewise, share with others, I settled on I thought he would make the sort of decisions that were in the best interests of America. I believed it then and gladly see if confirmed since.

      tom_swift in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | October 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Yet, I wanted a better reason to vote for Trump than he wasn’t her.

      You are much too fussy.

      Vote for the candidate who isn’t the worst. That’s both the only reasonable course, and the very best that you can do.

        DieJustAsHappy in reply to tom_swift. | October 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm

        Nah. With just the one vote, at least in my neck of the woods, I am particular about who get it and why.

          inspectorudy in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | October 29, 2018 at 12:25 am

          Think of your precious one vote as a tin can that you are using to bail out a sinking ship that you and your friends are on. But you feel important and want a bigger can so you throw away the small one that you had. But a bigger can is not available. Is not bailing with your small can going to help save the ship? Wouldn’t it be smarter to use something to bail with rather than nothing? Don’t let the can become more important than the ship!

          DieJustAsHappy in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | October 29, 2018 at 5:17 am

          “precious one vote” – Yes, indeed, to me it is. While this hasn’t always been the case I got over that quite some time ago. Now, when I drive by my polling place, something I do just about every day, I look forward in anticipation to the signs saying “Vote Here” going up in the front yard (Yes, front yard, as the polling place is in a neighbor’s house). It, also, brings mixed emotions, especially lately.

          In addition to taking the right to vote for granted, I also took the gift of life for granted. No more. As each year has gone by, it brings with reminders that any day my time may come, what with pain I never had and a growing list of surgeries. And, as my birthday is near election, it’s another reminder time does not have a stop.

          So, come election day, if I’m still among the upright and able to do so, I’ll be thrilled, yes thrilled, to walk into a rickety ole’ voting booth that someone made and is years old (I’ve often how many votes have been cast therein). And, make my considered marks on a paper ballot.
          They give me an “I Voted” sticker on which I’ll write the year. And, I’ll reflect that this nobody has helped to put a precious stone on the crown of Liberty. AIn’t this America just grand!

        Disco Stu_ in reply to tom_swift. | October 29, 2018 at 8:06 pm

        Here in New York State my 2016 vote for U.S. President was not going to make any difference at all, being me up against 1000-or-so unionized government employees. So was proud and pleased to write in my dear wife. For which she was surprised and very grateful, an unexpected honor.

      Robert Anson Heinlein is known for saying there’s always a reason to vote against one of the candidates. So vote.

I haven’t followed it closely enough to give actual numbers, but Dems already know the Republicans will keep the House and Senate.

They have stopped talking about the “blue wave” yet they only need win one extra seat in either house for the media to trumpet it as that. Their alibi has been established and it is that the vulnerable Dems were not progressive enough and Trump fans are stooopid, racist, haters.

The R’s sweep the close races and pull off at least 2 shockers – WV – MI – NJ – RI – being the “shock” states. So they pick up ND – MO – IN – FL – MT – and protect NV – TN – AZ. Gives them 56 seats plus the “shock” wins so 58 seats which I think would be a lifetime high for me.

The House they hang on to by 1 or 2 seats. Libs and the media are stunned again. And again they make no attempt to understand the country they live in.

    jakee308 in reply to Northwoods. | October 29, 2018 at 8:10 am

    It’s the ppl they don’t understand. They think since they surround themselves with liberals that the rest of the country is also.

    With the media to enforce/create the bubble they have little occasion to meet the facts.

    Salena Zito was a shock for them if they read her. So many lies by the media. That is something that must change and soon.

I think the Dems are so desperate for a win that they have a Kavanaugh like surprise coming just before the election. Unfortunately for them many R’s have voted early and will not be affected by any such move. As with the Kavanaugh hearing, the Dems are “All in” on this election knowing that if they fail this time 2020 will be even worse and their hope for a socialist/Demorat government will be lost forever.

I’m counting on the same dummy’s asking the same type questions for the same pollsters and continuing to screw the pooch!

thalesofmiletus | October 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm

GOP will hold the Senate.
GOP will hold the House.
RBG will die in January.

Jeez, that’s a tough one. Hmmm, let me see. Don’t help me now… Oh, hell yes they’re going to hold both houses; BIG TIME! And the Gimmecrats are going to go batshit crazy and start burning things in Shiteattle, Gross Angeles, and Porkland!

Because most people now have unlisted cell phone numbers, the standard survey methods are no longer valid. The polling industry has not solved that problem. The results are no longer representative of likely voters.

The bi-factional ruling party will crack down even harder if dems lose big. Expect more non-left sites to be blocked or deplatformed, expect the government agencies to use their power to stop the right, expect more violence both from their patsies and from various government agencies, and expect the media/entertainment to go nuts.

Judges will be throwing injunctions at every Trump decision, leftist cities will further their open revolt. This is the beginning of a revolution. The ‘resistance’ is illegally obstructing the will of the people. Every single part of the establishment is controlled by the resistance. We have one chance to stop them.

Do you doubt the moment they take power that they will not crack down like they never had before. Already the FBI, IRS, CIA are in open revolt. They openly tell congress and president to f-off. Next democratic president will cement everything they’ve pushed for.

    Well said. The problem for them Dems right now is that their relationship with America is like a failed marriage. At some point, when one spouse has been nagging, running up the credit cards and sleeping around, the responsible partner just wants out. Once the switch flips, all of the old tricks that used to work, such as anger, crying, pleading, (or even being nice) fail to have an impact, no matter how much their friends on the View or MSNBC snipe and scold.

    Violence is all they have left now. They are at the point where they are openly advertising for a hit man.

    This is an important election.

in several key races, look for the dems to lose big–by margins surprising even to the most optimistic republicans

believe also, that the dems can sense it–small wonder their escalating hysteria/panic

typical bullies–when faced by serious opposition, they fold

hope some among them still possess even a mote of common sense–when they lose, if they bring their bs into the streets they are going to get the hell beat out of them

they defy the authority of government officials, law enforcement, the courts, our election process, even the constitution with their sjw/entitled mischief–they may have an opportunity for a close encounter with brute force and, if so happens, they’re in for an education

    MajorWood in reply to texansamurai. | October 28, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    For all of the news that Portland gets, nearly all of the events have taken place in a 4 x 5 block area of downtown along the river. If the protests spread out and cross the river, it will get ugly fast, as the only thing protecting antifa are the po-po, and the further they get from SE 3rd, the worse their odds of survival. Even with the po-po present, the Proud Boys delivered it to them quickly and surely. In an encounter on a level playing field, antifa would be better off buying powerball tickets. We have passed the point of the PDX officials not doing their jobs, and the next step up is calling on the State to restore order. With Kate (stole the job from Kitzaber) Brown as Gov, there is no chance that would happen, so why bother even asking. But an (R) in the Governor’s chair could change those rules right quick, first in limiting access of antifa to Portland in the first place since most are not from Portland, and second in having an LEO presence not under control of the local socialists in place. It might not get to the point of CSNY having to pen another song, but then again, the antifa will likely be shown to be slow learners, and a single trial might not be enough to get the point across.

I got my weary a$$ into the local GOP HQ for the get-out-the-vote effort. This is a first, for me.

I’ve made some calls and driven around some high-school canvassers. They knock on the doors of registered Repubs who are signed up for mail-in ballots and have not yet turned the ballots in. Word is that the Repubs are doing well for early votes, and that the Repubs are running full days on the effort, while the Dems are running 1/2 days. I’m in Darryl Issa’s old district, so I think it’s up for grabs.

There are not many signs out, in part because much of this area is in homeowners’ associations. However, this is California, and most homeowners are likely concerned about vandalism. I know I am.

I look for “Vote “YES” on Prop 6″ signs, which is repeal of the new gasoline tax. I haven’t seen a “NO” sign, yet, although I’ve heard the radio ads. It could be a good year for Repubs, but it is hard to tell, because the people who are willing to talk casually are rabidly anti-Trump.

Here in CNY haven’t seen a single Facebook or other internet ad for Chele Chiavacci Farley, the R-C-Reform Party candidate for senate. I honestly don’t know if the Republican candidate is a man or a woman with a name like that. So my vore will be cast against the hypocrite Gillibrand since the other candidate is a complete unknown.

The House I’ll vote for Katko, reluctantly.

Governor? Molinaro hasn’t got a chance. Again- not one single social media or other internet ad has popped up for him. Just yard signs as I travel along. But I see more yard signs for Larry Sharpe, the libertarian candidate. And a half dozen or so Facebook friends, including one elected official, have put up posts supporting him, and some have been to his public events. I think I’ll vote for him to help the Libertarian Party gain a spot on the ballot for the next 4 years, automatic in NY with 5% of the vote in the gubernatorial race. That will make NY politics more interesting. I do like NY’s cross endorsement, prohibited in other states. All the Republicans I vote for I’ll be voting for using the Conservative line. I’ll vote for the one Conservative running for county coroner, and flip a coin for one of the other 2 candidates. I have no idea why we elect coroners….

    MajorWood in reply to gospace. | October 29, 2018 at 11:51 am

    >> I have no idea why we elect coroners. <<

    Back in the late 80's a buddy of mine was being punished by his boss, who assigned him the task of county medical examiner. In response, my buddy decided to do the unthinkable, he started to fill out death certificates accurately and honestly. Suddenly, the death rate due to AIDs skyrocketed, because before they had been listed as everything but. Ditto for drug overdoes, alcoholism, and the ever controversial suicide. No longer was it "what failed," but now also "why" it failed. The coroner is in a position to control public opinion by biasing the facts in a particular direction. Cause of death is as subject to manipulation as unemployment and crime rates, depending on who is in office. It shouldn't be, but it is.

Who hasn’t gagged looking at that photo of Paul Boehner?

    He has always been a smug smarmy $^_+^%$. He was forced on us and we are glad to see the back of him. He knows he has to leave because he’s worn out what little welcome he had.

    I’m for Jim Jordan but will be glad of any sane and less liberal Representative for Speaker.

Pretty sure the Senate is safe and there may be an even larger majority which will stop the prima donnas Collins and Murkowski holding the Senate hostage over a close vote.

That needs to stop.

As to the House. Who Knows? We can only hope that it remains in GOP hands. Even with a GOP Senate a Dem House can get up to a lot of mischief that this nation cannot afford at this time.

They do not deserve power until they clean their hands of violence and lies and dirty tricks.

I don’t see an buttons to click for the poll, but I think we’ll end up with 54-56 Senate seats and a slim majority in the House. So yes to both.

What I expect is for us to gain at least 2 seats in the Senate and to barely hold the house.

I also expect the Dems to challenge any close races and if they take the house they will Crow like they had their Blue Wave.

Hey, here is some fun news! Huffington is running a story that the voting machines in Texas are swicthing votes. Setting up their alibi early as we already know would not running with that if they thought they Beto could win.

Gotta have some explanation why Beto gets completely stomped after being “neck and neck” all this time.

It is vital that Republicans, Christians and Blexits get out the Republican vote to give President Trump his needed majority so he can continue to MAGA. We have a rare gift of an extremely gifted and talented leader and we need to support him all we can so he can do what he can do best which is lead and MAGA.

Republicans will hold both House and Senate and add seats to both by such broad margins it will be completely demoralizing to the left, a very real lesson, that they experience life-altering shock that leaves them dumbfounded, confused, dismayed, and introspective such that they reassess their values, reformulate their premises, consider abandoning politics permanently as to far beyond their comprehension and shut the fuck up forever.


    Walker Evans in reply to bour3. | October 30, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Democrats introspective? If that starts to happen, which does not at this time seem likely, they just may start supporting Trump!

I won’t make any prognostications here, because I’m usually wrong. I can only wonder at the propensity of the electorate to vote against what would seem to be their own best interests, as in 1996 and 2012. I was sure that even the flawed challengers those years would prevail, but no. Too many people decided to stay home, given the choice between the squishy and the evil.

It will not matter. If they do it will guarantee Trump is reelected. it is all so corruptway.