“When Trump Came to Town”..(Dawn Buckingham R-Senate District 24 Hopeful was there with the TX Politicians who are Republican Trump Supporters…well, she was one of three)

When Trump Came To Town

By: Gene

Yesterday the orange guy spent 6 or 8 hours in Austin appearing at three events. The first was the taping of a Fox News town hall event with Sean Hannity. Fox will broadcast this over two nights. If you’re interested (I’m not) you can probably get dates and times on the Fox website. There was room on the stage for the usual hangers on who want to be seen with the Republican #1. Was Governor Greg Abbott there? Nope (he said he had a Dr. appointment). Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick? Nope (even though he was in Austin at the time). Atty Gen Ken Paxton? Another no. When Ken Paxton doesn’t want to be seen with you… you’re toxic!

So who were the hangers on who in effect were announcing “I’m with this guy.”? Well, there were apparently three of them… shameless Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, a state rep from Lockhart and the (apparently also shameless) R candidate for our State Senate Dist. 24 seat, Dawn Buckingham! Dawn Buckingham and the orange guy… what a pair.

The second event was a fundraiser, closed to the press with a base ticket price of $2,700. $25,000 to $100,000 givers got a 15 minute photo op/face-to-face. Since this event was closed to the press there wouldn’t be any of those embarrassing photos that might link one with an undesirable so these Rs sneaked out of the closet… US Rep Lamar Smith, US Rep John Carter, former State Comptroller Susan Combs and “gosh, I was just too busy to attend the town hall” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

How about our Republican US Rep Roger Williams? His/our district includes a large chunk of Austin, surely he’d be there. Uh, negative on that.

Williams was in Gatesville a few days ago where, according the the Gatesville Messenger, he addressed a group of “local business and government leaders.” I’ll pirate a copy of the story and send it to you but Williams spewed the same old junk and those hand-picked “business and government leaders” probably ate it with a spoon.

The A-S didn’t have much interesting to say (mostly a few nonsensical statements from attendees) about the 3rd event, a standard Trump rally.
While running errands around town yesterday and listening to KLBJ-AM, an Austin station, they discussed the rally and said “people were coming from as far as Gatesville.” Everything in Gatesville looked pretty normal to me- no evidence of a mass exodus.

Democratically,
Gene

A letter….

Friends,

I do not know about you , but aren’t we all glad that this year’s political season is almost over. We are not too far from the general election and I just wanted to remind people to exercise their constitutional right to vote. I know that many of us find it easy to complain about the politicians we have in office and it is easy to get caught up in the fault’s that each of them may or may not have. I do realize that we are all sick and tired of the ads and the phone calls and the emails. (I am totally over the emails.) But, this is the political process and what it has evolved into in today’s modern times. Yes, I am sure that many people do not agree with my point of view. I might not see things the way that you see them either. But, at the end of the day we are trying to achieve the same goal. We are trying to do what is best for the country that we both love and at the end of the day. After the dust clears and the election is over. We are all Americans and we are still the United States and we must not forget that we live in the GREATEST nation on earth. Regardless of what you have been told America is still great in my eyes. Because we still have men and women who are willing to die so that I may live in a free country. We still have veterans living like both of my grandfathers who fought during World War II and have stories about how America along with a few other countries defeated one of the worst enemies the world has ever known. We still today have the cities and the small towns that make up the great melting pot we call America. Let us never forget that our founding fathers were immigrants who took the chance and went up against the King of England to fight for a dream a vision they had of a free land where we all are created equal. Regardless, if you are black, white, brown, red or blue we all are Americans. We need to remember that yes our country is faced with enemies around the world and sometimes the enemies are in our very backyards. But, we as Americans should never turn our backs on each other because of our differences in beliefs. Instead, we should embrace the simple fact that we have the freedom to have our own beliefs and voice our opinions. So, regardless if you are voting for Trump or Clinton or writing in Mickey Mouse for President of the United States this November in the voting booth. I ask you to take the time and take part in the process that so many people so many years ago fought and died for so that we may have this simple, but powerful right.

Mis amigos hispanos satisfacer si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre cómo o dónde se encuentre a votar . O desea registrarse para votar, puede ponerse en contacto conmigo en cualquier momento . Usted también tiene el derecho legal de voto y sus derechos sean protegidos . Habrá gente de habla hispana en las urnas en el condado de Comanche y habrá materiales en español para que pueda votar tu voz también cuenta! ¡Estoy con usted!

Much Love,

 

Dawson

Donald Trump’s poll numbers collapse as general election looms ( Re-Post by: Benjy Sarlin)

The bottom is dropping out for Donald Trump.

While Trump was never popular outside of his loyal slice of GOP voters, a raft of new polls show his national position hitting new lows, including with groups that are supposed to form his base.

A collection of recent surveys by Real Clear Politics finds, on average, 30 percent of respondents hold a favorable view of Trump versus 63 percent who hold a negative one. Those numbers are roughly parallel to former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings during his final months in office, which set the stage for President Barack Obama’s landslide victory.

America’s widespread loathing for Trump puts further pressure on Republican delegates to deny him the nomination in July if he falls short of a majority, a move that would set off an ugly civil war — but one that some in the party believe would be necessary to stave off generational damage.

Trump’s worsening position comes after a tumultuous period in which he has faced widespread criticism within his party over his violent rhetoric and, more recently, his attack on Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz. The news has not improved much in recent days, which featured the arrest of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandoski and Trump’s flip flop over “punishment” for women who terminate their pregnancy.

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton leads Trump by double digits in at least six national polls in March, even as her own favorability ratings appear weak. Using 2008 as a reference point again, Obama’s popular vote margin against Sen. John McCain was just more than 7 percent.

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan election forecaster affiliated with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, handicapped the general election based on the latest numbers and the results were not pretty for the GOP. According to their best guess, Democrats would begin a race against Trump with states totaling 347 electoral votes already solidly in their camp or leaning that way. They need 270 to win.

Joe: The past few days have been bad for Trump

Top Democratic strategists have warned that Trump could be a tougher out than he appears. His campaign has emphasized its strength with blue collar white voters, and some Clinton allies and labor officials have expressed concern that Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin might flip under the right circumstances.

Recent polls, however, strongly undermine the idea Trump has the kind of popularity needed to make that approach work. A Washington Post/ABC News poll early this month found a majority of non-college whites (52 percent) and white men (51 percent) disapproved of Trump — a shocking find given their importance to his coalition.

There are red flags at the state level as well. A Marquette University poll of Wisconsin voters this week found 70 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump. Clinton led Trump by 10 points, despite only tying Sen. Ted Cruz in the same poll.

Trump’s numbers are horrific among black and Hispanic voters — two groups that the RNC argued the party needed to aggressively court in its autopsy of the 2012 election. Some Republican strategists have argued, however, that the GOP could still squeak by in 2016 by improving their margins with white votersalone.

That second option looks a lot harder, however, the more Trump exacerbates his already weak position with women.

The Post/ABC News survey found three-quarters of women held an unfavorable view of Trump — and that was before his Lewandoski was charged with battery against a female reporter and Trump proposed “some form of punishment” for women who terminate a pregnancy should abortion be outlawed. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll the same month found 70 percent of women nationally held an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

For a worst case scenario, look no further than former Senate candidate Todd Akin who won just 39 percent of the total vote in red-leaning Missouri in 2012 after claiming women rarely get pregnant from“legitimate rape.”

Trump’s remarks on abortion Wednesday infuriated Republicans and pro-life activists who have spent years trying to train candidates to avoid inflammatory rhetoric and positions around the issue. Trumpwalked back his comments the same day, but his frequent blow-ups are heightening fears within the GOP that Republicans down the ballot will spend the entire election reacting to his stumbles.

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For the first time this cycle, some analysts are suggesting the Republican House majority — commonly thought to be impregnable until at least 2022 thanks to GOP-friendly maps — could come into play if Trump’s numbers were to hold and the party fractured over his candidacy. As for the Senate, Democrats started the year on offense thanks to an outsize number of vulnerable GOP seats and it’s hard to imagine the majority not changing hands in a crushing Trump defeat.

Adding to Republican woes, Obama’s approval rating has been perking up and is now consistently in positive territory for the first time since early in his second term. With unemployment at less than 5 percent, gas prices low, and the economy growing at a steady pace, the environment looks more favorable for Democrats than might have been expected even a few months ago.

There’s still a decent chance Trump will not be the nominee. He’s unlikely to win a contested convention thanks to his weak support among party leaders and a complicated set of delegate rules that make it hard for him to pack the room with loyal supporters.

Such a move would come with its own downsides, however. Trump has predicted “riots” from his supporters if he loses, and it seems highly likely he would direct his voters to not support the Republican nominee in November. That would likely do fatal damage to someone like Cruz, whose path to victory is difficult enough without Trump undermining him.

This would normally be the point in an article where all the caveats are listed: It’s early, maybe Trump can improve his standing with voters, perhaps he can heal rifts within the GOP by November, etc.

Unlike past candidates, however, Trump is almost universally well known at this point and respondents to polls indicate strong feelings about his candidacy. He’s also yet to weather any attacks from the left, whereDemocrats are preparing a massive campaign to drag him down in ways that his Republican rivals cannot. Unless something big changes, Trump could cross a point of no return well before the Republican convention takes place.