Politico reports that big money Democrat donors have stopped pouring money into Florida, and this indicates in their opinion, that Florida is no longer seen as a potential win for Democrat candidates. They go on to claim that this is a potential disaster in the making for Democrat hopes in 2024. There is another possibility that I think is being overlooked:
What if the billionaires have stopped donating money because they know that the key to winning elections is no longer to be found in throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into advertising only to still see a possibility of losing? What if ten million could be spent hacking election systems and machines to guarantee a win instead? Wouldn’t that be more cost effective?
If there is anything that we learned from the 2020 election, it was to prove that elections could be rigged. After all, they did it in the open, bragged about it, then Time Magazine even did an article admitting to their part in it. We know that they will do it again. We know that there has been shenanigans in elections for decades. The only question remains: Can and will they do it again?
The election next month will be the test. We are less than a week and a half from finding out if we still live in a Republic where the democratic process chooses our representatives, or if we are living in a country ruled by oligarch fascisti. All of the polls, all of the data, and even history are pointing to a major landslide to the right in this election.
History usually marks a loss for the sitting president‘s party.
The only presidents to preside over negative income growth by the midterms — Eisenhower in 1954 and 1958, and Nixon in 1974 — did quite poorly. Even Obama in 2010 and Clinton in 1994, with their historic midterm losses, saw some income growth, though it was notably weak.
Five38 is projecting an 81 percent chance that the Republicans will win the house, with a 52 percent chance of the Democrats claiming the Senate. For governors: In the southeast, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas are all electing governors, and in every one of those states there is a greater than 90 percent chance that the Republican will win.
The economy is in a shambles. The President is extremely unpopular with a 53 percent disapproval rating.
Watch each of those races closely. If a pile of them go the other way, start looking for fuckery. Even if the Republicans DO win, don’t expect much to change. One thing that the Republicans have proven time and again is that, once they get in power, they never know what to do with it, and wind up wasting capital on useless gestures that accomplish nothing.
Rob · October 28, 2022 at 9:14 am
They know what they’re doing. Both political parties are wings of the same vulture, created to give us the illusion of choice. There is very little real difference in their actions. Both parties are selling out this country. A politician’s main goal is political power and reelection. They care not a single wit about any of us.
Steve S6 · October 28, 2022 at 10:00 am
You, and many others certainly do, sound like 2020 was the first rigged election. Not by long shot. Probably been cheating since Athens (the city state, not TN, though that’s certainly a more recent example).
Exile1981 · October 28, 2022 at 12:09 pm
It would be more interesting to see how many elections are not rigged.
Bear Claw · October 28, 2022 at 1:55 pm
“The only question remains: Can and will they do it again?”
They have been doing it for years and again the fix is in so they are saving their fiat.
Toastrider · October 28, 2022 at 5:32 pm
Disagree. The money is getting rerouted into races that should be ‘gimmes’ for the Dems but are now in grave danger of being lost, like New York.
Don’t assume they’re omnipotent and omniscient. They’re not.
SiG · October 29, 2022 at 10:45 am
Something I’ve talked about until I’m blue in the face is that every election cycle we get bombarded about giving money to candidates and the parties, but if we pay attention we learn that the candidate with less money wins a large portion of the time.
They’re independent variables, but everyone assumes the candidate who buys the most air time will win. It’s simply not true.
Look at the manatee – Stacy Abrams in Georgia. She has become a multimillionaire from campaign contributions over the last four years. Last I saw, Kemp was favored to win re-election by around 10 points.
Bud · October 30, 2022 at 1:37 pm
I’m something of a professional pole worker….
Thanks, I’ll be here all week!
There have always been mistakes, shenanigans (“Farva!”), and outright corruption in politics with the only difference being the level of commitment to good or evil.
At this point the gloves are off because that overused phrase “existential threat” actually applies.
The only way forward for what has become the institutional core of self-serving western civ versus the progression of individual freedoms for the greatest number within the cultural basis is one side overcoming the other.
One side clings tightly to what can continue to be taken for themselves while the other genuinely wishes to move towards that which is better for the mostest.
Every aspect of life is a sliding scale between those polar opposites.
To participate with less than a full commitment is to commit to losing and both sides are literally in a (un)holy war so there it is.
Ideally the “good guys” share a vision that sees more people more freely able to live life with those around them on the other side.
Less overall autonomy.
Unless you’re on the other side in which case, DIAFBFYTW.
Jonesy · October 31, 2022 at 11:27 am
I’ve always thought there was electioneering going on, especially in close races. Maybe dems cheat and can pick up the seat when the % needed is in the single digits. What 2020 did was expose their efforts because they had to come up with a large number of votes to make a difference….enough that they had trouble hiding it. I think the key from now on is that we have to vote en masses every time. Overwhelm their ability to cheat.
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