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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
       
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
       
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
       
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
       
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
       
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
       
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
       
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
       
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
       
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
       
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
       
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
       
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
       
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
       
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
       
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
       
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
       
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
       
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
       
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
       
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
       
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
       
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 
       
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Election 2018 Thread (Blue Wave in Progress)

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https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-democrats-wave-could-turn-into-a-flood/

 

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A new CNN survey released this week showed Democrats leading Republicans by an astounding 56 percent to 38 percent on the generic congressional ballot. That’s an 18 percentage point lead among registered voters — a record-breaking result. No other survey taken in November or December in the year before a midterm has found the majority party in the House down by that much since at least the 1938 cycle (as far back as I have data).

And while the CNN poll is a bit of an outlier, the Democratic advantage in the FiveThirtyEight generic ballot aggregate is up to about 12 points, 49.6 percent to 37.4 percent. That average, like the CNN poll, also shows Republicans in worse shape right now than any other majority party at this point in the midterm cycle1 since at least the 1938 election.

 

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Just now, Predicto said:

 

 

So, taking gerrymandering into account, we can expect the GOP to retain a House majority of about 25-30 seats.  :( 

 

Youre such a wet blanket. :)

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I wish they would concentrate on what Trump and the Republicans have done to our country this year. Tell people what this destruction means for We the People.

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I would prefer that Dempcrats not impeach Trump unless Mueller just absolutely nails him to the wall and the Senate would realistically oust him. Trump is going to deliver them the House in 18, then the Senate and White House in 2020. LET HIM. 

 

I dont think the Dems can get the Senate in 18, the map is just too bad for them. In 2020 however, the it looks like 22 R seats will be up versus only 11 Dem seats. 

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5 hours ago, LadySkinsFan said:

I wish they would concentrate on what Trump and the Republicans have done to our country this year. Tell people what this destruction means for We the People.

 

Strongly agree with you.  For lots of reasons.  

 

1)  "We must demand that all Dems commit to impeachment, before the election" is terrible politics.  Frankly "we promise to stop the attempts to smear the FBI into shutting down an investigation, and let's see what the investigation finds, and then decide" is a much better look.  

 

2)  I suspect that very few voters are going to trek to the poils and pull the D lever because the D's promised to impeach Trump.  Frankly, I'd bet that a good chunk of voters are sick of the smears and such, already.  

 

3)  And, making the election about "what has the government done, since the R's took over full control?" is a much better political message.  It makes it a lot tougher for the GOP to distance themselves from Trump.  It makes the debate about what the GOP (all of them, not just Trump) have actually done.  

 

It makes the Dems a party that's associated with debating issues, rather than about pursuing political vengeance or power.  

 

It also creates a message that can still be used, if something happens to Trump.  

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Exactly Larry.  I don't want to hear one word about impeachment. Make him a one termer like Bush 41. 

 

Stuff going to hit the fan vis a vis the safety net for Trump's base. We need to make Republicans pay for their cruelty and the transfer of wealth upwards.

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Impeachment isn't even worth considering unless an investigation concludes Trump committed an impeachment-worthy offense.  Until then, a call for impeachment is frivolous.  If an investigation concludes that Trump committed such an offense, then impeachment must be pursued and the effort must be bipartisan.  The political calculus for Democrats has to take a back seat to the critical enforcement of laws for the Presidency because not doing so undermines our Democracy.

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6 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

Impeachment isn't even worth considering unless an investigation concludes Trump committed an impeachment-worthy offense.  Until then, a call for impeachment is frivolous.  If an investigation concludes that Trump committed such an offense, then impeachment must be pursued and the effort must be bipartisan.  The political calculus for Democrats has to take a back seat to the critical enforcement of laws for the Presidency because not doing so undermines our Democracy.

 

Your last sentence should also apply to Republicans, but I don't think anyone actually believes that they would do the right thing.

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2 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

 

Your last sentence should also apply to Republicans, but I don't think anyone actually believes that they would do the right thing.

 

Agreed.  Unfortunately.  However, I think there might be enough patriotic Republicans left in Congress to do the right thing in the face of such a serious threat to the country.  But I could be dead wrong, they've given us plenty of reason to doubt their patriotism as a collective group.

 

Impeachment of a sitting President is so grave a measure that it needs to be an apolitical matter of law enforcement.  But it never is and it never will be with a President like Trump.  He's an autocrat with a very large cult of personality and a powerful propaganda network supporting him and he has slaughtered every sacred cow in our political and institutional life in order to weaponize the issue for his personal gain.  And his base does not care about consistency or truth or Democracy.  For them, supporting Trump is a matter of existential survival for White Supremacy in this country.

 

Kicking all of that **** out of power is going to be harrowing.  There will be constitutional crises and there will be politically motivated violence.  The country is perhaps an even bigger powder keg than it was in 1968 and 1972.  If Democrats win a majority in Congress, I think it's going to be much easier for both Congressional Democrats and Republicans to sweep findings from the Mueller investigation under the rug and wait out Trump's term unless they involve very serious and explicit charges.  If they do, then I think there will be enough Republicans to go with the Democrats on impeachment to keep from tearing the country apart.

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Since the Republicans voted lockstep in the Senate and majority of them in the House for their tax scam bill, I don't have much hope that they will do the right thing, ever. In my eyes, they are all compromised.

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3 hours ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

Agreed.  Unfortunately.  However, I think there might be enough patriotic Republicans left in Congress to do the right thing in the face of such a serious threat to the country.  But I could be dead wrong, they've given us plenty of reason to doubt their patriotism as a collective group.

 

 

Everything ive seen for the last few decades says that the Rs in congress might impeach Trump. But if they do, it won't be because their patriotism overrode their party loyalty. It will be because they decided that impeachment will be better for the party than not doing so. 

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7 hours ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

 

Kicking all of that **** out of power is going to be harrowing.  There will be constitutional crises and there will be politically motivated violence.  The country is perhaps an even bigger powder keg than it was in 1968 and 1972.

 

I don't see it.

Though the wheels could come off. :evil:

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3 hours ago, twa said:

 

I don't see it.

Though the wheels could come off. :evil:

 

Fortunately, the GOP is doing their damnedest to give the car insurance, the AAA membership, the spare tire, the jack, and the cell phone to the top 1%.  So that when the wheel comes off, we'll be really, totally, screwed.  

 

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6 hours ago, Larry said:

 

Fortunately, the GOP is doing their damnedest to give the car insurance, the AAA membership, the spare tire, the jack, and the cell phone to the top 1%.  So that when the wheel comes off, we'll be really, totally, screwed.  

 

 

If they are doing a 100 mph do those things matter?

 

 

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17 hours ago, Larry said:

 

Fortunately, the GOP is doing their damnedest to give the car insurance, the AAA membership, the spare tire, the jack, and the cell phone to the top 1%.  So that when the wheel comes off, we'll be really, totally, screwed.  

 

 

9 hours ago, twa said:

 

If they are doing a 100 mph do those things matter?

 

 

 

. . . and trying to justify their intentionally making the nation more dangerous by making vague references somewhere else.  

 

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At this point, without a smoking gun or something so egregious (firing Mueller would be a step in that direction) the only thing impeachment talk is going to do is drive away the fence-riders who are embarrassed by Trump more than anything and would considering voting against his best interests. 

 

I want the mid-terms to be about the destruction his policies will create.  Most of what he has either passed or signed into law is incredibly unpopular, so that is where the focus should be.  Tell people this is only the beginning if the GOP retains control of the House & Senate.  Tell the people if they want Trump gone in 2020, then 2018 is the first huge sign that it will happen.

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While the thought of a nationwide Dem campaign that consists entirely of "The GOP has been in sole control of the government for two years. And this is what they've done, with the power you gave them." absolutely has an appeal, to me, I see drawbacks, too. 

 

A big part of it is that it's a campaign based on running against a pile of legislation that won't have harmed the country yet

 

The folks who are running this conspiracy to harm the country know that their actions will harm the country. They just figure that they can blame somebody else for it. If there's a delay between the passage, and the harm. So, they're designing their bills so that they don't take effect right away. 

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They bad things will hit them in 2019 when their deductions are taken away, and they gave to pay for the bits in their paychecks in 2018.

 

It will affect 2020. 

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7 minutes ago, LadySkinsFan said:

They bad things will hit them in 2019 when their deductions are taken away, and they gave to pay for the bits in their paychecks in 2018.

 

It will affect 2020. 

 

Which they will blame on the Democrats, for not extending the temporary tax cuts.  

 

Just like they've done, successfully, for the last two decades.  

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