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I would agree with a lot of this if I felt Democrats were going to win the House and Senate as well (as they did in 2008).  However if they fail to flip the House (as I expect) she will be unable to pass any meaningful legislation and perhaps not even a budget - meaning government shut-downs are almost inevitable.  She will thus preside over a largely grid-locked administration unable to respond effectively if a new economic crisis occurs.  She will then (v. unfairly) become typecast as an incompetent and ineffectual leader and not a role model for anyone.

This had the potential to become a wave election and then Comey happened and killed her (and Democratic) momentum.  Thus unless there has been a last minute shift I expect gridlocked administration and little to enthuse anyone.  If government is seen not to work it is those who believe government shouldn't work who win - and that is basically a continuation of the Reagan revolution where government is seen as THE problem, and not a solution to anything.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 12:51:58 AM EST
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Passing meaningful legislation is indeed helpful for domestic power, but much less important for wielding power for the US's international constituency, which is largely determined, except for a few powerful lobbies with legislative support in the US -- such as Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia (and Canada even) -- through the prerogatives of the diplomatic and defense policy bureaucracy alone, along with an always accommodating legislative and bureaucratic lobby for the budgets of the many elements of US "foreign" (i.e., global governance) policy. Since much of foreign policy is couched in military and intelligence discourse -- even aid and support for human rights --it gets passed even by hostile conservatives and is likely to continue under Clinton as with every other president since since Harry "I am Cyrus" Truman.
by santiago on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 03:26:00 AM EST
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Good to see you again, Santiago.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 04:27:17 AM EST
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Again, passing foreign policy appropriations wouldn't be a problem if the neo-conservatives (of whatever stripe) were basically still in power.  But Trump is not a neo-conservative, and might well cut across neo-conservative plans, particularly if they cost money.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 04:11:21 PM EST
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If government is seen not to work it is those who believe government shouldn't work who win ...

The Federal US Govt. tried to take on the rich/powerful on behalf of the rest of us. The rich/powerful said, "Enough of that shit". So the role of the Feds is now to feed the military/industrial complex and keep the meager Social Security checks flowing ... the wealthy would love to get their claws on that pot of goodies. So ... hopefully ... the Federal Govt. will eventually die, Social Security will be taken over by the states along with the duties of the EPA, voting rights, etc. In any state run by Repubs ... the people are screwed, deservedly so. You don't step on the cockroaches in your kitchen, what happens? Venereal diseases ... don't feel so good? So let the motherfucking Repubs control things and you get what you deserve. And all of these places are so proud to own guns and what do they do with them? Nothing!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 06:12:27 AM EST
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Tuesday morning ... 4 a.m. ... watching Washington Journal, political call-in. So much fun!!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 12:20:28 PM EST
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OH MY FUCKING GOD !!!

8:15 P.M. CA time. Just got up from a nap and MSNBC is talking like TRUMP WILL WIN !!!

Holy fuck, I might just get my wish! Kiss your useless ass goodbye, US Empire. The HUN is at the gate to sack you.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 04:21:52 AM EST
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And Fox is loving (!!!) it.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 04:28:38 AM EST
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Now I know why I came to this fucking planet in 1952. This is the tipping event for the planet. Kiss your biosphere goodbye, apes. You never should have been allowed to dominate the planet. So keep breeding, keeping sedating yourself with alcohol!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 04:36:33 AM EST
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Yeah, goodbye Nanny State!

Goodbye, Nanny Planet!

Nice played, Deep Universe!

by das monde on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 05:31:04 AM EST
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Time to go to bed. Tomorrow will be HI - LARRY - OUS ! Glad I live in the country of California. The rest of the US Empire is screwed !!  And Trump has the nuclear codes ... and the entire Pentagon ... and the FBI/CIA/NSA.  Kiss it, people.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 06:02:36 AM EST
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