America fact of the day

by on October 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm in Current Affairs, Political Science | Permalink

The influx of cash from Trump’s base is helping the GOP amass a major advantage as the parties prepare to battle for control of Congress in the 2018 elections, with the Republican National Committee pulling in nearly twice as much money overall as its Democratic counterpart this year.

That is from Matea Gold at WaPo.

1 rayward October 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

39% of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing; but that 39% is unleashed.

2 DJF October 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm

What percentage of Americans either don’t answer polls or give random answers?

3 Dick the Butcher October 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm

April 2017 poll: Only 28% of Americans think Democrats are “in touch” with the concerns of most Americans. Do you remember 2014? In 2014, the “in touch” number was 48%, that was a very bad year for Democrats.

4 y81 October 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

How can you say that? The single most important issue in Tylerland is transgender sensitivity, and the Democrats win that one hands down.

5 Dick the Butcher October 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Colbert, Hillary, Kimmel, NFL kneelers, ingrate San Juan mayors, Harvey Weinstein, et al are doing fabulous.

During Obama’s fantastic (for the GOP) horrid eight years, Democrats suffered huge losses in state legislatures, state houses and congressional seats. Since Obama became president, the Democrats lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

It’s becoming stressful to deal with all the winning.

6 The other jim October 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

You left out book tours saying that Russian Facebook ads decided the election, and also blaming Trump for the weather.

But now there’s a “new” avenue for the Dems: Nuking gun rights for the red states, while openly stating that they want everyone in them to die.

I encourage the Dems to triple-down on all of the above, for as long as it takes to prevail.

7 Just Another MR Commentor October 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm

The Democrats have no real grassroots base. It’s just a party of some Hedge Fund guys, SV guys, and Hollywood guys.

8 Anonymous October 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

This is a little old, but is it the trend you really want?

9 TMC October 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

More recently, Trump wins every band over $50k. Top band is >$250k

10 Stuart October 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm
11 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm

So that’s what America has become: a country increasily divided between complacent Eloi and unruly Morlocks. Is that what American leaders expected when they mentioned those self-evident truths “that that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”.
Somehow, I do not think so.

12 So Much For Subtlety October 7, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Or to put that 538 article another way, the pro-Soviet Baby Boomer Vietnam-era protestors now control American higher education and have turned it into an Indoctrination Factory producing people who hate America.

The more that the “educated” get in the news, the better for Trump.

13 TMC October 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm
14 Robert October 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm

..and the party of serial sexual predators like Weinstein, whose apparent mauling of nasty woman Ashley Judd went unreported by Ashley cause Ms. hypocrite didn’t want to damage her career. The women’s march against Trump is filled with leftist hypocrites like Judd, not to mention Hilliary. Being a sexual predator is ok so long as you are a Bill Clinton Dem.

15 Boonton October 7, 2017 at 8:17 pm

So Judd is a hypocrite because of what? Who was she supposed to ‘report’ Weinstein too? “Sexual harassment” is not a criminal offense but can become a civil torte. Judd has an obligation to sue every learing ogre she ever encountered in her life?

Perhaps your blather would be relevant if Weinstein was the Democratic party nominee, and if the White House wasn’t currently occupied by a sexual predator.

16 So Much For Subtlety October 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

She is a hypocrite because despite being a victim of powerful Democratic party figures, she chooses to blame Republicans. She did not march against Bill Clinton.

Weinstein was worse than a Democratic party nominee. He was a close personal friend, an influencer, a fund raiser for half a dozen Democratic Presidential candidates and innumerable Democrat office holders.

While Trump, of course, is not a sexual predator. But Bill Clinton was.

17 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 8:24 pm

So that’s what America has become: Democrats and Republicans hurling insultings at each other while their country collapses the way Rome did.

18 Boonton October 8, 2017 at 7:33 am

She is a hypocrite because despite being a victim of powerful Democratic party figures, she chooses to blame Republicans…

Yawn, this comes right after a powerful pro-life Republican Rep announces he is retiring after it came out he pressured his mistress to seek an abortion for a pregnancy scare. Weinstein is not a Democratic party official, he is a person whose donated money to Democrats…sort of like Donald Trump. He is also a pig, but hardly the first pig in the world. You might recall not too long ago the other black Republican who ran for President, Herman Cain, was caught doing the same thing.

19 Moo cow October 7, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Oy vey.

20 Borjigid October 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

A number of women have accused Trump of sexual harassment, and we’ve all heard the tape of Trump bragging about his habit of sexually harassing women.

And the Republican party seems . . . broadly OK with that. Not that they’re eager to endorse his behavior, but its certainly no reason not to vote for him.

Yet here Robert is to tell us that its actually the Democrats who are the party of sexual predators. Good luck getting that one to stick.

21 Boonton October 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Yea, ok, people oppose the Democratic Party and gorge themselves on Fox News all day because they care about sexual harassment.

22 Just Another MR Commentor October 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Shut up

23 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

No, I won’t. It is a shame how everything about America is about money. Americans have reified greed, have made an idol out of it, have decided that greed is good.

24 Morgan October 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

All of my wisdom comes from villains in films.

American films.

25 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm

“All of my wisdom comes from villains in films”.

Then, you are a sick person. Do you believe the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force?!
What happens toma country where everyone behaves like a movie villain?!

26 Harun October 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Hillary spent more than Trump. That should Cheer you up.

27 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm

A little, thanks. But I wonder, American politics being so money-intensive, can he rule without striking corrupt dealings with malefactors of great wealth? Will they have a bigger saying in the next legislature?!

28 Mark Thorson October 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm

She was pissing away money on knocking on doors, making phone calls, and sending junk mail. So 20th century. He was tweeting and making outrageous statements that owned the news cycle until next week when he’d make another outrageous statement. Doesn’t take much money to do that. When there was any coverage of Hillary, it was about the e-mails. Thank you John Podesta, Donna Brazile, and Huma Abedin.

29 Anonymous October 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

The question is whether this is a new steady state, or an inoculation for the future.

If people say “crazy talk leads to” .. potato’s reality below, they may not like the crazy talk quite so much.

30 TMC October 7, 2017 at 4:57 pm

How about Thanks Hillary. She wanted her own email server and Podesta’s emails’ content – Hillary’s nasty tricks, that did her in.

And if she had only bothered to visit Wisconsin….

31 Robert October 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Hilliary drank more than Trump……which is why she kept stumbling and was frequently incoherent.

32 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Probably. Alcohol destroys man’s and woman’s, I presume) body, mind and soul.

33 chuck martel October 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Each Vote In 2016 Election Cost $13.16
According to these people, Mrs. Bill Clinton and her allies spent $1.2 billion on her failed attempt at winning the presidency and Mr. Donald J. Trump and his supporters spent $600 million to garner the most electoral votes. This site says that the total number of votes cast in the election were 136,737,920. That means that in aggregate each vote cost $13.16. The individual cost would be slightly larger in view of the small amount spent by fringe candidates like Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, whose votes are included in the total.

Of course the individuals voting didn’t receive the money. It was spent on television time, marketing, polls, signage, newspaper ads, etc. A quadrennial Keynesian fiscal stimulus that goes right to the bottom line of the media, since they don’t need to pay the actors.

34 A Truth Seeker October 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm

“Each Vote In 2016 Election Cost $13.16.”
I have $13.16 (and more).

35 Paul October 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Democrats are divided right down the middle. Hillary hasn’t been any help, to put it mildly.

Every day is a new gaffe from Trump, but my colleague put it nicely, he said Trump is like a guy with a laser pointer getting a cat to keep trying to catch the red dot.

36 Anonymous October 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm
37 Potato October 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

That or he’s a senile old man who reacts to new stimuli by tweeting word salad reactions. It’s not gaffes. It’s just incompetence. And not benign “if only the Csar knew!” incompetence.

It’s aggressively stupid incompetence which seems to prohibit any normal functioning of the executive branch. Which is even harder given that all of the civil servants and the 4th estate are literally committed to bringing the administration down. It’s as if someone read The Prince and embarked upon a Quixotic crusade to do the opposite. Burn bridges, shout your strategy through a megaphone, ensure that every stakeholder literally hates you, and go to war with the gatekeepers of information.

38 Mark Thorson October 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Or an incredibly shrewd man. How would we know the difference? By the results. Won U.S. Presidential election seems like a big result.

39 Anonymous October 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

This is verging on seriously horrible. Just stop the weak deflections. Just stop, and get on the right side of this. If this idiot is not contained, how high the death toll?

CNN: Trump on North Korea: ‘Only one thing will work’

40 Ray Lopez October 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Much as I tend to agree with you at times Anonymous (if you’re the same anonymous I remember), on this issue you’re quite wrong. The best thing Trump can do is to nuke North Korea, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. The alternative is far worse: Kim comes down with an incurable disease and wants to go out like the Qin emperor in Xi’an, with millions of people in Tokyo, LA and even Beijing joining him, as an eternal mark in history. Going out with a bang, setting back Western civilization by a couple of generations. And yes the Asians are that bat shite crazy, I know, I live there much of the year. They will not even blink an eye. Different mentality than the US ‘honesty is the best policy’ and ‘no animals were harmed’ mentality. Sadly, like Trump said, I doubt most Americans see it this way, even though such pacifists as B. Russell, who went to jail during WWI rather than fight, also advocated a first strike against the USSR when it was believed they had just one atomic bomb after WWII. Later, it was believed (apparently an overestimate) they had many atomic bombs so the first-strike rationale, which is sound, was dropped and conventional Cold War started. But the USSR was ruled by many, a politburo, after Stalin died, not one maniac like Kim.

41 Anonymous October 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Fever dreams do not make good policy, whoever tells them.

42 catter October 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Apt, except that the cat knows the dot isn’t a real mouse.

43 Mark Thorson October 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Agreed, but for some crazy reason the cat doesn’t care. Something to do with ratings, I suppose. You can sell what you wish to sell, or you can sell what sells.

44 catter October 7, 2017 at 6:07 pm

I meant the actual feline. Some of the metaphorical dot chasers seem to think the mouse is real.

45 So Much For Subtlety October 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Gaffe? You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

But, yeah, whatever. In that case, the Democrats have been exposed as incoherent American-hating hysterics by the random meanderings of a low-IQ New York Billionaire.

You know, if I were you, I would stick to the Evil Mastermind story. It is one thing to be defeated by Lex Luthor, it is another to be defeated by Gomer Pyle.

46 Al October 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm

Thank you, that was great.

47 AI October 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

That’s what I say after Lloyd Blankfeind lets me suck his dick.

48 Meets October 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

My theory is people are unmotivated by the identity politics and tax/spend/regulate platforms of the Democrats.

Most people aren’t racist and like using Uber.

Trump, while terrible, is still supported by libertarians and many on the center.

49 Robert October 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

‘unmotivated’ or or put off

50 Borjigid October 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm

There are like 3 libertarians and 6 people who use Uber regularly.

I exaggerate of course, but I don’t think that you’re on the right track. Most peoples concerns lie elsewhere.

51 P Burgos October 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Who knows why, but the left does seem to be relatively unmotivated by this version of the Democratic Party. So far hatred of Trump doesn’t seem to be a solid platform on which to get people to vote, donate, and organize for the Democratic Party.

52 bellisaurius October 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Didn’t bernie lead on this measure too?

53 Andre October 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

How far does this money really go when so much is siphoned off for his kids defense funds, or holding events at Trump properties? Plus another 5 Million down the tubes from McConnell’s funds just on the Alabama race. There are a lot of incumbents with a lot of primary challengers on their (crazy) right that have to be defended.

54 So Much For Subtlety October 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

You mean like Hillary used her “charity” to pay for daughter’s wedding? And perhaps even her education?

Somehow I think that is projection, not a credible outcome.

55 Cock Piss Partridge October 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Polish that knob bro. That’s what you’re good at!!!

56 AI October 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm


57 edgar October 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Just incumbent establishment hacks shaking the trees early. Wouldn’t be surprised to see all this money spent in the primaries. Every single incumbent Republican will face a strong primary challenge. Every single incumbent should be tossed out on their ear and replaced by someone capable of working with others in order to get something accomplished. You want to see fund raising? Just wait to the primary challngers get going.

58 Dick the Butcher October 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Maybe the Democrat party funds are lagging because its big money baggers like Harvey Weinstein need the money to pay sexual harassment lawsuits.

Being a democrat money bagger means never having to say your sorry.

Or, maybe like Kurt Schlichter wrote in June 2017. “Look Democrats, you’re doing great. After a half year of Trump and several special election moral victories – which are the best kind of victories – America is digging your vibe. Everyone loves the Democrats and their can-do message of opposition to Trump, entitlement to our money, resistance to Trump, demands for even more of our money, and dog-whistlin’ about murdering Trump and anyone else who doesn’t hate Trump or want to give Democrats our money.”

Or, maybe the money given demokrats will dry up because it’s needed it to pay for the pill.

Wait until Trump stops paying for abortions.

59 MattW October 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm

The article specifically mentions that it’s small donations, and that’s why this will help for 2018, not that the party has more money but that there are many individuals who are interested enough to donate and probably willing to talk about it with marginal and less interested potential voters which for mid terms I think will be a bigger deal.

I’m not so sure this is good though, Trump will want to align himself with winners and to it me seems likely they’ll generally be establishment republicans, the party trying to reassert control over the MAGA insurgency. We’ll see though.

60 Art Deco October 7, 2017 at 7:16 pm

The problem the Democratic Party faces is that they’re so gruesomely repulsive that they manage to sink in public esteem more rapidly that the Republican Donorist Party of Failure Theatre. It’s quite a tour-de-force to be this bad.

And the odium goes all the way down: Did you catch this:

The sheer gratuitiousness of this (defended by school district employees and PTA lickspittles in the comment box) is what hits you. And who is on the school board: seven perfectly ordinary suburban professional-managerial types of the sort that keep the Democratic Party and PBS in business. Several lawyers, a lapsed school psychologist, a schoolteacher, a tech entrepreneur, and a woman who used to work in the advertising business. Officious, pretentious, destructive is the default state of what Glenn Reynolds calls “the administrative class”.

61 Al October 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

That was a great link, thanks.

Not exactly sure what we can do about this trend, however. It is quite entrenched.

62 Engineer October 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Homeschool your kids. Vote no on school taxes. Vote for the less insane candidates for school board.

63 Anonymous October 8, 2017 at 11:29 am
64 aMichael October 7, 2017 at 11:21 pm

The irony is that the man causing the surge in donations is also the one who’s win taught us that money doesn’t really affect electoral outcomes in salient elections. It could be a signal for candidate quality, but Trump’s primary win also taught us that wasn’t a good predictor for winning either.

65 chuck martel October 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm

Each vote in the 2016 US presidential election cost $13.16.

66 Careless October 8, 2017 at 12:20 am

As economists continually marvel, votes are incredibly cheap compared with the rewards people claim to believe they confer

67 The other jim October 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm

No, votes are incredibly cheap when you represent what the people actually freaking want.

Dems don’t want to hear it, but most people vote for free.

68 Larry Siegel October 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm

I know, right? My human capital is worth several million dollars, even at my advanced age of 63. To get me to vote against my interest, causing my human capital to decrease by, say, 25%, is worth about a million bucks. Anyone interested?

69 prior_test3 October 8, 2017 at 2:57 am

So, Roy Moore – will he be getting a lot of that Republican money after the Republican leadership spent millions trying to ensure he did not win the nomination?

Like many things in the age of Trump, money does not seem to play the role it used to in American political success.

Facebook, however, particularly with the unpaid liking/linking/forwarding of information presenting the appearance of massive public support to people mainly existing in the bubbles of their own creation, is an extremely powerful factor.

70 JC October 8, 2017 at 3:57 am

This is literally the exact position the Democrats were in during the fall of 2005.

Wanna refresh my memory on how 2006 turned out for the Dems?


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