With Trump at top of ticket, is the GOP House now vulnerable?

(AP)

(AP)

 

U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas is one of the most hardcore conservative Republicans in Congress. At times, he can make U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa and former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia seem almost mainstream.

But Gohmert is worried about Donald Trump:

“I had no fear of losing the House until I saw this weekend the commercial against Sen. John Boozman in Arkansas” he told Fox Business Network. “They run quote after quote from Donald Trump’s mouth. This is a dangerous time.”

This is the ad in question:

If Trump’s statements don’t bother you, I’m not sure I’d take much solace in that fact. For one thing, they represent just a smattering of what is available. More importantly, the ad isn’t directed at you in the first place. It’s targeted at women and other voters who might react differently than you would.

In a new CNN poll, for example, Hillary Clinton has a 13-point lead over Trump. But among women, her lead is 26 points. Sixty-four percent of women, including 29 percent of GOP women, say they have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

This is the type of ad that Republicans had a hard time running against Trump, in part because it wouldn’t find as much traction with the GOP base. But with a general-election audience, that changes, and its capacity to shift opinion among that narrow band of swing voters who decide the outcome might be enormous.

I suspect that you’re going to see a lot more like it in the months to come.

You know … like this one?

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Steve Keeble
Steve Keeble

There a bunch of pusses get rid of them all

DawgWhistle
DawgWhistle

GAll this 'on the other hand' crap you hear - right after they talk about Trump's negatives - about Hillary's. People gave to appreciate that Hill's negatives have been based on 'the big llie'. Yes there has been a 'vast right wing conspiracy' on her case for decades and I suppose a number have fallen for it.

lvg
lvg

"On Monday, Gallup showed his [Obama] approval rating to be at 52 percent, and it's hovered near there for months.

He just beat Ronald Reagan, who had a 49 percent approval rating at this point in his presidency in 1988.


George W. Bush had a 28 percent approval rating in 2008, and Bill Clinton's rating was at 57 percent in 2000.

Obama is also viewed more favorably than any of the current presidential candidates"

From AOL today


If Hillary wins it will be due to Obama

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@lvg


Thank you for your post.  I must say, however, that, imo, if Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency, it will be because of the total campaign that she, herself, will have run, including gaining the authentic support of President Barack Obama.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

For those who have believed the propaganda against Hillary, please let me state this.


For 8 years, people have gone back and forth, even on this blog, regarding the value of President Barack Obama to our nation, which shows the fickleness of the human mind.


To the contrary, I have never once veered in my high estimation of Barack Obama's vision and implementation of that vision for our nation and world, and I believe that my stable insight of him has proven not only steady but valid, in time.


Now, many of you are veering back and forth about Hillary Clinton's value to our nation and world.  I have tried to think of the best way, I can come up with, to convince you to see her past the eyes of the small-minded and blind.  Well, it came to me this morning.


Since most of you - now - have finally acknowledged the value Barack Obama has been to our nation, ask yourselves WHY this President would have placed this woman in a position of such influence and power as his Secretary of State, and WHY he continues to give her all the support that he can, at this point in the election, to be the President to follow him.  Could it be that Barack Obama also sees past the superficial and looks straight to the heart, mind, and competence of others, including Hillary Clinton?

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@MaryElizabethSings Joe Biden didn't want to run and he wanted to keep his friends close and his enemies closer.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

After and exhaustive search, your Heathen has located The Donald's running mate:

Ms. Hillary Martinez, a 36 year old black Muslim woman from California.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Not me.

She is smokin' hot.

I'd watch her walk, stand, sit, whatever anytime.

lvg
lvg

@DownInAlbany Nothing like Trump's comments about Rosie,Carli and Megyn Kelly.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

This.

https://shar.es/1eJq0B

Every matriarchal-fornicating word of it. 

Just a taste below, but Read The Whole Thing.

Trump is gonna be doing everything possible to throw a wrench into the Democratic election train engine. He will likely pick a woman as a running mate to stave off criticism of his sexism, thinking that it'll trick some women into abandoning Clinton (who, let's face it, whether we like it or not, is almost certainly going to be the Democratic nominee). He has to be hit hard and continuously, not with milquetoast policy disputes, but with barrages of deeply personal insults that put him on the defensive. Keep him on the ropes constantly because if there's one thing this [fornicator] has proven is that he can throw a punch.

Punch first, Democrats. Or you'll [fornicate] it up for all of us. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex 

So let me get this straight. All that RP is concerned about is ensuring a down the line Democratic victory in the fall? No attempt at analysis of where the two parties actually stand, both in the eyes of the people and according to their own standards, heading into this extraordinary election?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko @Visual_Cortex

We have between now and November to keep a megalomaniac trust-fund brat who has never served in ANY public function from ascending to the highest elected position on the planet.

That is a crisis that needs addressing above all others. Period.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko 

Lol. It's always the same. 

How convenient how the Democratic Party, as always, finds itself completely off the hook for its role in creating this mess. 

The madness is that you merely perpetuate the problem.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko Or a megalomaniac Wellesley brat who has never had a real job in her life from ascending to the highest elected position on the planet.  Unfortunately, there seems to be no solution to this crisis as both parties have lost their minds.

omark
omark

Governor Deal, you have been a pleasant surprise to me. Thank you for vetoing that stupid campus carry law. Next spring, take the general assembly for a vacation to Panama City. Take a good look around. Ask yourself if you really think those drunken idiots would be better off if they were packing heat. Then again maybe the only cure for a bad moron with a cluster bomb, is a good moron with a cluster bomb.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Peachs @omark Or he recognized that college students are basically idiots and cannot be trusted with anything that goes boom.

Peachs
Peachs

@omark I think Deal is seeing a more liberal wind blowing in the next election, and also the tar and feather, McCrory, is getting, for his stubborn stupidity..

omark
omark


Governor Deal, you have been a pleasant surprise to me. Thank you for vetoing that stupid campus carry law. Next spring, take the general assembly for a vacation to Panama City. Take a good look around. Ask yourself if you really think those drunken idiots would be better off if they were packing heat. Then again maybe the only cure for a bad moron with a cluster bomb, is a good moron with a cluster bomb.

Peachs
Peachs

@InTheMiddle2 @omark That is a real problem in the country, death by knives, right on point, with the conversation..

Peachs
Peachs

@InTheMiddle2 @omark the people in California would love to have fought that those terrorist, with their numbers, and his and her only having knives!

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@omark Of course the very next day a student was stabbed to death on a Georgia campus. Yes, getting killed by a knife is way more better.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Peachs @InTheMiddle2 @omark If only we could convince criminals to stop breaking the law. Making guns illegal to carry only impacts those that obey the law, not the ones committing the crimes. 

Peachs
Peachs

I lose a lot of bets, in horse racing, when my horse stumbles out of the gate, by the other, slower, 20 horses, and never recovers. 


You have some nag, wearing the roses, being paraded in the winner's circles, because his rider was a little dirtier than mine, and played the stumbles to his advantage. 


Trump wears the roses, the stinking roses. 


This, next, race won't have horses stumbling from the gate, just two of them, and the voters are not," born again", or the rest of the white race humanity, it is the real America.  I just pray the real America votes. 


The reason they don't vote is, because they are getting leftovers no matter who wins, it doesn't really matter if you are poor, or now middle class.  Doesn't matter if you are a woman, or even white anymore, just if you are rich or poor, and that is what establishment politics does not understand, nor the press for that matter, since the poor don't help their ratings. 

Peachs
Peachs

"Journalists’ mistakes piled up as they played down the rise of Mr. Trump as a serious candidate and emphasized his entertainment value." NY Times


The American Press is like Ronald Reagan's, "never speak poorly of the Republican Party", about their brethren in the press. 


I think we have passed that point on both the GOP ,and the press, who refuses to admit they are more entertainment than professional or ethical anymore. 


NBC News last night gave a large part of it live broadcast to Trump, in his office, unapologetic.  Explain why we got rid of Brian Williams?  

Starik
Starik

@Peachs It's not just the press and the Republicans. It's all about ratings, not news and what's happening in the real world.  We get Prince, and Ferguson, and blacklivesmatters, and Stone Mountain, Confederate flags, Treyvon Martin, college kids killed in accidents ad nauseam.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

PaulinNH

Convinced that the country’s ongoing demographic shifts will bring victory for years to come, the party establishment acts like its candidates need do nothing differently"///

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Isn't that kind of the underlying ideology of the Bookman blog distilled? 

As the Democratic Party establishment considers how to proceed with this almost unbelievable stroke of good luck, what sets up is almost a sort of a perfect storm of hubris where they will almost certainly draw all the wrong conclusions.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@PaulinNH


Thomas Frank, the author of the article in the link you shared, above, from "The Guardian" has it backwards.  These are his words from that article:

__________________________

"Seven years have passed now since the last recession officially ended, and yet the country’s fury has scarcely cooled. To this day we remain angry at Wall Street; we rage against career politicians; and we are incandescent that the economic system seems to have been permanently 'rigged' against working people. . . .That they (Democrats) seem to want to do all these things anyway tells us everything we need to know about who they really are: a party of the high-achieving professional class that is always looking for a way to dismiss the economic concerns of ordinary people."

____________________________


The cause of America's financial collapse in 2008 was not because of the Democratic Party's failure but because of the greed and self-orientation of ideologues within the Republican Party's leadership for the past 45 years.  Their ideological greed and selfishness, as seen in trickle down economics and tax cuts for the rich, finally came to a boil in 2008 and because of that financial crash, Americans, in large numbers, are still seething.


They are seething because the American people know, now, that have been bamboozled for the past 4 decades. Let us get our facts straight, however.  It has not been the Democratic Party that has bamboozled them.  It has been the Republican Party.  And, that deviousness has precipitated the destruction of the GOP.  Karma.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DebbieDoRight @PaulinNH

"She's 'talking down' to them, instead of addressing their concerns. She's sounding like their grandmother. . ."

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


With friends like you, Debbie (toward Hillary), who needs enemies?


We had better all be taking Donald Trump with much more seriousness than some of us are presently doing.  Hillary is not a perfect person, but then who is?  However, she is an exceptional woman for those who have eyes to see.  We should all be proud to have this woman as our President.  The contrast between her and Trump could not be more different.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@foo2u She only talks down to people she feels are beneath her, which is everybody.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@PaulinNH - She'd better wake up and go after the 'younguns'; before she loses them and this election.  She's "talking down" to them, instead of addressing their concerns. She's sounding like their grandmother, whom they love, but whom they usually ignore.  #WAKE UP Hillary!!!

foo2u
foo2u

She "talks down" to everyone.

She lacks that charm gene that slick willy and Obama, and yes... W had...

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@InTheMiddle2 @foo2u That's why she feels the laws don't apply to her, only to the little people.  Let them eat cake.