“Trump likes to say that it was a great landslide (it wasn’t), that winning the electoral college is very difficult for Republicans (it isn’t) and that his overwhelming defeat in the popular vote was the result of voter fraud, mostly by undocumented immigrants (it wasn’t). While that historic election will undoubtedly provide fodder for political arguments for the next quarter-century at least, I’m more interested in whether or not the Trump circus and general Republican dysfunction has derailed those long-term trends Brownstein identified.” MORE
“The National Rifle Association has long been one of the most influential lobbying groups in the United States, not only in helping elect pro-gun candidates but also in preventing any common sense gun legislation from getting through Congress.
But, as Sen. Chris Murphy said on Wednesday, the Democratic wave on Tuesday – particularly in Virginia – proves that progressive candidates can win by standing up against the NRA and for sensible gun policies.” MORE
“Whether the subject is a nitwitted stare down with North Korea, a despicable health care proposal, an allegiance to White Supremacy or a political rally that espouses incomprehensible hate and anger, Donald Trump voters are bereft of common sense and free will in discussing his faults and failures. Their sickness is a stain on America, and it must be eradicated.” MORE
“President Donald Trump blasted the media, criticized members of Congress and suggested he’d shut down the government to build a border wall during a frenzied, 77-minute campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night that left some commentators wondering about his fitness for office.” MORE