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  1. George H.W. Bush was president when I first became interested in politics and was somebody who I really admired, so his death brings quite a bit of sadness for me. I know that this isn’t going to be popular, but I thought that the American people made a horrendous mistake in 1992 when they rejected Bush’s bid for a second term and chose Bill Clinton. That said, I recognize that Bush was far from perfect. Nor was he even the individual whom I wish were elected president in 1998; that distinction actually goes to Bob Dole. What’s interesting is that had Michael Dukakis defeated GHWB
  2. It’s impossible to predict with 100% certainty what will happen to the GOP if the Trump presidency implodes. Perhaps a Democrat wins in 2020 but a major recession or some other crisis then occurs which results in the GOP rebounding by 2024. However, even though the GOP quickly rebounded after Watergate and GWB’s disastrous second term, I think that a similar type of rebound is unlikely to happen if the Trump presidency implodes because the GOP is much more “locked in” with Trump than it ever was with Nixon or Bush. Much more likely, IMO, is that the GOP either (1) spends a very lon
  3. Alphanguy, I believe that the election heads to the House if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, and that each state's delegation has one vote. Also, I believe that the newly elected House (i.e., the House that is elected in the 2020 election) would have the power to cast the votes for president. In regards to how each House member would vote, I would guess that 95+% of them would support his or her party's nominee, since supporting the independent candidate would be suicidal for any House member other than a Democrat representing a solidly red district or a Republican repres
  4. Alphanguy, I would be very surprised if Ojeda got the Democratic nomination. However, I've been wrong before in my predictions, and the fact that the 2020 Democratic field is likely to be very large increases the odds for longshot candidates like Ojeda. Regarding the whole Bernie/Hillary feud, I hold opinions that are going to be unpopular with those who are die-hard supporters of either of them. I think that Bernie would have done even worse than Hillary in the general election, for all the reasons that DramatistDreamer mentioned. (I know that polls showed Bernie handily defeating
  5. Which TV show--past or present--has undergone a decline which saddens you the most? It certainly could be a daytime soap, but it doesn't have to be. For me, The Price Is Right's decline has been the saddest to observe. While the format of the show is still the same (six one-bid rounds, six pricing games, two Showcase Showdowns, and the Showcase round), the feel of the show is entirely different from when Bob Barker was host. Certainly, Drew Carey is a lackluster emcee, but he's improved from the terrible performance that was evident during his first few years. The lion's share of t
  6. Alphanguy, I agree that Ojeda would make a very formidable general election candidate, but he unfortunately has zero chance of winning the nomination. And there would likely be a revolt at the Democratic Convention if Kasich were ever named as a VP selection. 2020 probably represents the best chance in a very long time for an independent candidate to challenge the two-party duopoly. If Kasich wants to have any chance of making an impact, he should skip the GOP Primary (since the Republican base despises him) and go the independent route. However, I very much like your idea of a mod
  7. Here's the first episode of The "New" Price Is Right: Of course, Bob Barker served as host of Truth or Consequences for many years before hosting TPIR. Here's Bob Barker's first episode of Truth or Consequences: Interestingly, the first commercial in the above clip is for a series of shows that were part of NBC's weekday morning lineup. One of those shows was none other than the original version of TPIR, hosted by Bill Cullen. I wish that more of T or C were available on You Tube, but here are some of the other clips that I
  8. Sorry for the belated response, as I was unable to have the time to reply until now. I know that the right-wing talking point about Robert Byrd is now a tired old trope, but resonated with me prior to the Trump Era. I certainly believe that dinosaurs like Byrd and Hollings would not be tolerated in today's Democratic Party, and I give the Democrats credit for criticizing several of their old icons after a re-examination of their racist histories. (The most obvious example of this is how Woodrow Wilson is pretty much universally despised by liberals. Not too long ago, his racist vie
  9. Jane, I'm in full agreement with you that more conservatives opposed to Trump need to publicly acknowledge the factors that caused the party to devolve into its current state. That doesn't mean retroactively agreeing with Democratic policy positions, but it does mean recognizing that the GOP has had a long history of appealing to white resentment voters. I can't speak for anybody else, but there were several reasons why I was able to justify staying in the GOP prior to the Trump Era in spite of the history of appealing to white resentment. First, there was the obvious fact that I agreed (and s
  10. Jane, I can't vouch for every single representative that Trump called out by name, but Costello has been sincere in his opposition to Trump's corruption and divisive rhetoric. (I realize that he's supported policies that Trump advocated, but that's simply because most of those policies are little different from those that would have been proposed by a generic Republican POTUS. The fact that he supports these policies doesn't make his personal revulsion to Trump any less genuine.) FYI, Costello's anti-Trump stance isn't something that he just made public this past week: https://www.
  11. While it's great that there will finally be a chamber of Congress that will investigate Trump, one unfortunate aspect of Tuesday's elections is that the House GOP caucus is even Trumpier than before, since the relative few GOP House members who weren't a part of Cult 45 either retired or got defeated. I didn't see anybody talk about this, but in his post-election press conference, Trump was practically gleeful that certain House Republicans were defeated and mentioned several by name: https://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/11/trump_blasts_gop_candidates_who_lost_mia_love_
  12. Carl, I agree that the reason why McSally isn't acting hysterical and making up all sorts of bogus accusations (like Rick Scott is currently doing) is most likely because she is hoping to be appointed to the McCain seat should Kyl decide to leave. And in the event that Kyl chooses to serve for another two years, McSally very much wants to run in 2020 (for the remainder of McCain's term), and looking like a sore loser would pretty much kill any hope she has of becoming a U.S. Senator. On a different topic, there are definitely a lot of people who would disagree with my theory that A
  13. If I lived in AZ, I wouldn't have been able to vote for McSally simply because (1) she cozied up to Trump too much and (2) few instances would actually merit me voting for a Republican member of Congress so long as Trump as POTUS. (I would only have voted for a Republican Congressional candidate this cycle if the Democratic candidate were corrupt--e.g., Bob Menendez--or if the Republican candidate had a long track record of criticizing Trump.) That said, there's no way I could have ever voted for Sinema either. Her background is incredibly disturbing and is full of associations with far-left
  14. I've got a couple of unrelated thoughts: *I will gladly vote Democratic in my House race. (I live in a district that currently has a GOP member of Congress but is favored to be a Democratic pickup.) I would like to be able to vote Democratic in the Senate race, but I just cannot do it (and will most likely vote Republican). If Bob Menendez loses, the ultimate blame does not rest with independents and anti-Trump conservatives. Rather, the ultimate blame lies with the NJ Democratic Party (and the national Democratic Party, to a lesser extent) for making the morally reprehensible and
  15. From Monday, June 27, 1983 through Thursday, June 30, 1983, TPIR conducted a salute to CBS's soaps, with an episode devoted to each of them. Here's the 6/27/83 episode that saluted ATWT: The 6/28/83 episode that saluted GL: The 6/29/83 episode that saluted Y&R: And the 6/30/83 episode that saluted Capitol:
  16. It really baffles me why so many NeverTrumpers like Nikki Haley. During the primaries, she was very critical of Trump, and she could have shown true leadership by refusing to have anything to do with him. Instead, she frequently came to his defense over the past two years. It's important for me to add that I don't begrudge anybody for joining Trump's Cabinet if their primary motivation was to curb Trump's worst instincts for the good of the country. In fact, I think that American people owe a big debt of gratitude to individuals who joined the Cabinet for that reason. To give you s
  17. Jane, thank you so much for your kind words. Regarding Maine, I should have been clearer in stating that I also think it is not a Republican state. The point that I meant to convey was that (based on recent election results) it seems to be trending to the GOP. Because of this rightward trend, Maine can no longer be seen as the liberal stronghold that it was perceived to be even as recently as five or so years ago. Rather, I consider Maine to be a state that's only slightly more Democratic than the country as a whole. Digging a little deeper, while Maine as a whole is a
  18. I Am A Swede, thank you so much! Juliajms, it's really commendable for you to have said this. Back in the 1990s, I thought that the GOP supported Clinton's impeachment because they honestly cared about morals and character. But Trump's rise shows that Republicans (save for a few exceptions) really don't care about these matters. Instead, their desire for impeachment was motivated by politics. DramatistDreamer, I think that part of Bernie's problem with reaching minorities was because he had little experience dealing with them during his many decades
  19. I Am A Swede, DramatistDreamer, and Carl, thank you so much for your kind words. Carl, I'm really glad that you enjoyed my # 1 Billboard hits thread, and I would like to revive it someday. Regarding the voting behavior of Latinos, one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 election was that Trump received a slightly higher percentage of the Latino vote than did Romney. (I was honestly expecting Trump to receive less than 20% of the Latino vote.) To me, this fact suggests that there's a ceiling on Democratic support among Latinos. I know that there's a spirited debate in the Democrati
  20. This isn't meant to upset anyone, but I just wanted to share some thoughts about the current political situation. I apologize if anybody is offended by what I have to say. I'm someone who was a lifelong Republican before the Trump Era. Though I find Trump to be an utterly racist, corrupt, and despicable human being, I'm more disgusted over (1) how GOP establishment politicians (who should know better) have enabled him and (2) how most of the GOP base has devolved into a cult that is blindly devoted to Trump. (This is a bit off-topic, but many members of the Trump cult either were v
  21. From a Democratic perspective, Neil Gorsuch is probably the best choice one could hope for from a Republican POTUS. And as you correctly mentioned, confirming him will not change the composition of the SCOTUS. I do think that Democrats are making a mistake by protesting as much as they have been; it would have been wiser to have saved their firepower for a nominee who will change the composition of the SCOTUS. And I get that the Democratic base is upset about what happened with Merrick Garland. But there is no hypocrisy coming from me; in fact, I really wanted the GOP Senate to con
  22. It's been a while since I looked at the ratings history, but if memory serves me correctly, ATWT's ratings took a sizable dip in the mid-90s but then really rebounded during the early part of the Goutman Era. Even if Marland was still writing for ATWT (and still producing high quality material), I'm not sure that its ratings in the early-2000s would have been any better. I have long felt that ATWT's cancellation was a much bigger blow to the soap genre than was the cancellation of GL. That because unlike GL (or AW for that matter), ATWT didn't spend the entirety of its last decade
  23. If Doug Marland hadn't died so young (and remained with ATWT), I'm curious as to what you folks think would have ultimately happened with the show. In particular, do you think that ATWT would have lasted beyond 2010? I honestly don't think that ATWT would have lasted any longer than it did (though its quality may very well have been much better post-1993). There are numerous reasons why I feel this way: *Many excellent writers experience a decline in the quality of their work. More likely than not, the quality of Marland's ATWT (post-1993) would have declined.
  24. I'm an anti-Trump conservative whose is appalled by the direction the GOP has taken. I deeply opposed the Obama presidency and I can't stand the Clintons, and truly feel like a political orphan at the moment (especially as the Democrats have drifted further and further to the left). This past November, I wrote in John Kasich's name as a protest vote. I used to post here quite often, but I took a long break from this forum because I felt that there were some people who were very rude to me simply because I held differing political views than just about everyone else here. (What was
  25. I would never in a million years expect liberals here to think that the GOP was right all along. I will give you credit for at least admitting that Obama holds responsibility for the country's malaise. This is honestly the first time that I have read such a harsh criticism of him on your part. Yes, you have criticized him for not being liberal enough, but all people in the MSNBC wing of the party seem to do that, only to sing his praises and be his biggest cheerleaders whenever he needs his base the most. (Obama's already been our most liberal president since LBJ, and I have little doubt that
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