The Midterms Are Basically the Hunger Games for Republican Incumbents

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It’s the freakin’ weekend! And it’s a long one too, oh yeah!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Republicans... it’s time to campaign in your home state... for your life! As many as 45 House Republicans could lose their seats in the upcoming midterm election, and incumbents—especially those who have run shitty campaigns—are starting to feel the walls closing in on them. Party leaders have been running around and oh, you know, just casually asking their colleagues “So who do you think is worth saving?” [Politico]
  • Similarly, Jeff Sessions’ job may also be in peril after November, Trump warns. [Politico]
  • The U.S. isn’t done negotiating with Canada on the new NAFTA agreement—and neither side will budge—even though Trump wants to pass it off to Congress today. [Politico]
  • A Trump policy that targets greencard-holders could lead to the deportation of thousands of Vietnamese immigrants. [Washington Post]
  • The government continues to drag its feet reuniting children immigrants with their families; only 14 more were reunited this week, bringing the total of family reunifications to 1,937. There are still hundreds of children in government custody waiting to see their families again. [CNN]
  • Kanye 2024? Probably not. (Thank god!) [The Hill]
  • The Hyatt Hotel refuses to back down from housing and offering discounts to an anti-Muslim hate group conference. [ThinkProgress]
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theghostofjimmadison
The Ghost of James Madison's Rage Boner

As many as 45 House Republicans could lose their seats in the upcoming midterm election

This is true! It’s also true, believe it or not, that GOP turnout could surge, and that combined with already-underway voter suppression and disenfranchisement could save them a narrow majority. There’s also a better-than-even chance the GOP picks up a Senate seat or two.

If the GOP holds on to Congress, one thing is certain: Trump will take this as a mandate and clean house at the DOJ. Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller will be gone, and Mueller’s investigation will be buried. Everything we hate about Trump is going to get 100% worse because it will be clear to the GOP that they’re tethered to him for good.

Just remember how sure we all were that Hillary would win.

I don’t care where you are - FUCKING VOTE THIS TIME.