Monday, October 25, 2021

The General Election Post - Monday Morning Edition

My cup, or rather my digital bin, runneth over. Where to start? It seems like the Glenn Youngkin vs. Terry McAuliffe fight for the Virginia governorship is drawing the most attention. At Front Page, Thomas Swell lays out the High Stakes in Virginia. National Journal claims Democrats overplaying the Trump card in Virginia governor’s race. It's the only card in their deck. Althouse quotes Obama — stumping for McAuliffe — asserts that Republicans are not trying to win with ideas. Not his ideas, anyway. Also, "You can believe him, because he's done it before" — Obama's pitch for McAuliffe. "It's an anti-change argument from a rhetorician who built his career on the abstraction "change."" BizPac, From Breitbart Barack Obama Calls Outcry over Loudoun County Rape Coverup ‘Phony, Trumped-Up Culture War’ It would probably be different if it was his girls getting raped in the high school bathroom by chicks with dicks.   Filthy rich Obama mocks Glenn Youngkin for being a ‘wealthy person’ in stump speech, plays ‘insurrection’ card. But Youngkin made his in business, Obama made his influence pedaling. 

At Fox, Mary Vought: Virginia's Terry McAuliffe puts special interests between parents and their children, "As governor of Virginia McAuliffe turned his back on special needs parents." At Da Fed, Jordan Davidson finds Loudoun County Schools Institutionalized Critical Race Theory Despite Public Opposition The Wa Free Bee sees the Virginia Dems’ Lax School Crime Bill Under Fire Amid Rape Scandal, "Law excusing school officials from reporting crimes becomes political liability ahead of elections." Richmond. Times Dispatch hears Youngkin calls for police in all Virginia schools, tapping into heated school issues to close his campaign, and it's making Democrats very nervous. 

“Something has happened in the last few weeks among suburban women,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, which has conducted polling in the race for months.

“The poll confirms that Youngkin’s strategy is working. And that McAuliffe was unwise to blow it off, to think that suburban women who have tended in recent elections to vote for Democrats would continue to do that, couldn’t be moved off that track,” Murray said.

Fox calls out McAuliffe for the "Big Lie",  McAuliffe claims Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, furthering what some call her 'Big Lie', "McAuliffe accused Brian Kemp of having 'disenfranchised' 1.4 million voters despite reviews finding this accusation false", also, Youngkin campaign slams McAuliffe in new video ad for shrugging off Northam's blackface photo, "Blackface photo 'a dumb mistake 40 years ago,' McAuliffe said in 2019." So, should it have been career ending or not? Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media calls Stacey Abrams  the Worst Fake Governor in America.

Which is a decent lead in to the issue of whether the GRU FBI needs to be investigating parents for rowdy behavior at schoolboard meetings (no, they don't). As we saw over the weekend, National School Board Walks Back Letter Comparing Parents To ‘Domestic Terrorists’ After Bombshell Emails Exposed White House Collaboration (Da Caller),  Wa Free Bee, ‘No Justification’: School Board Association Retracts Letter Likening Parents to Domestic Terrorists, and NR, National School Boards Association Apologizes for Letter Comparing Parents to Terrorists. But will this cause Merrick Garland to publicly retract his siccing of FBI agents on parents? Don't hold your breath. NYPo, It’s the White House siccing the FBI on parents who question CRT nonsense. John Green at Am Think thinks The DOJ Targets Domestic Terrorists -- AKA Angry Americans. Clarice at Am Think calls it The Teachers Union's Fumbled Play, but you have to also give plenty of blame to the White House. JTN finds out that the School boards group that equated parental activism with 'domestic terrorism' owes IRS $20 million. I'm sure the Biden IRS will get right on that. From Da Wire, Josh Hawley Demands Merrick Garland Resign: ‘Dangerous Abuse Of Authority,’ “Merrick Garland mobilized the FBI to intimidate parents without legal basis.”

Some actual 2020 Election material surfaced too. From JTN, Demand for forensic audits of 2020 election in all 50 states rapidly gaining support, "Originally signed by 41 state legislators from 15 states, open letter prompted by Maricopa County voting review has now been signed by 150 from 38 states. Sundance at CTH sees Questions Surfacing in 2020 Election Lawsuit About Who Exactly Was Controlling the Election Systems, Contractors or Government, citing Emerald Robinson at substack, The U.S. Government & The Third-Party Vendor Are One. Rebecca Behrends at Am Think discourses on Election Fraud Investigation Hesitancy in Michigan "Don't turn on the lights 'cause I don't want to see! Chuck DeVore at Da Fed explains How Texas Protected Its Vote From Getting ‘Rigged’ In 2020, which leads to a discussion of  Biden’s Unlawful Plan to Federalize Elections (Am Spec), "It’s not only unsettling, but unconstitutional." But Da Wire assures us Dems’ Push For Fed Control Of All Elections Is Going Nowhere, but I'm not assured. 

Kate Scanlon at WaEx thinks New Hampshire polls signal tight 2022 Senate race. Dougie Schoen atop Da Hill claims to know What Democrats need to do to avoid self-destruction. Don't tell them! "We do need a limited and focused amount of government that delivers targeted, practical economic and social policies." What a novel idea!

At Da Wire, Top Senator Pushes Manchin To Switch Parties: ‘No Reason Why He Belongs With The Party Of Inflation’. I wouldn't call Kennedy a "top" Senator, but he certainly is the funniest (not a high bar). 

Andrew Kerr at Da Caller reports Democratic Fundraising Powerhouse ActBlue Amassed Nearly $150 Million From Small Donors With Misleading Sales Pitch, Documents Show. How quickly things move from a cause, to a business and then a scam.

  • ActBlue accumulated a cash hoard of at least $172.8 million by the end of 2020 while simultaneously claiming it does not profit from the 3.95% processing fee it charges to politicians that fundraise with the platform.
  • ActBlue’s nonprofit processing arm has reported paying income taxes on its profits every year since 2013, IRS records show.
  • From 2013 through 2020, ActBlue’s PAC raked in $147.7 million in “tips” from small-dollar Democratic donors, Federal Election Commission records show.
  • Multiple election law attorneys said ActBlue’s fundraising tactics raise serious legal concerns.

Mary Papenfuss (God, I love that name) whines at Da Beast that Coding Org Seeks 'Legal Counsel' After Trump Social Media Venture Appears To Violate Terms, "A software project dedicated to community ownership and public accessibility slams into Donald Trump's "Truth Social" media efforts." At NYPo, Facebook employees tried to suppress conservative news outlets, report shows. Thanks, Capt. Obvious. Taylor Millard at Haut Hair warns Blumethal's regulation theatrics towards Facebook mean nothing. Democrats have no intention of doing anything about that.

for those on the right and left who dream regulation or forced break up suddenly fixes every ill with social media. Give me a break. The federal government’s trust-busting abilities are as effective as its skills in the wars on drugs, poverty, and terrorism.

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