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Equally significant is the background of many of the Democratic candidates who won Republican seats. A large number are drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus. The World Socialist Web Site has described them as "CIA Democrats."

Winning seats (as of this writing) were at least nine such candidates, including two former CIA operatives, Abigail Spanberger in Virginia and Elissa Slotkin in Michigan; former military officers Max Rose in New York, Mikie Sherill in New Jersey, Chrissy Houlahan and Connor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria in Virginia, and Jason Crow in Colorado; and former State Department official Tom Malinowski in New Jersey, with several other races still to be decided.

These candidates will bring into the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives the direct influence of the military-intelligence apparatus, ensuring that one of the main areas of activity in the next Congress will be Democratic Party pressure for an even more aggressive foreign policy towards Russia, Syria, Iran and other targets of American imperialism.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 08:31:11 PM EST
I don't understand why spies and soliders are in any way fit for public office. Would you vote for a murderer? Then why vote for someone whose job is literally to murder for the state?
by IdiotSavant on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 01:33:57 AM EST
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Americans love everything military.  You have to see ordinary folks running around in camouflage garb and driving black humvees to get the feel of it.  As for torture and murder, sure they're bad, but who can think about that for more than five minutes?  Just doesn't signify.  Can't stick in the brain.  

By the way, these military-industrial-complex candidates are the Democrats' answer to their genetic inability to commit to policies that might in some way benefit the public.  Once Bill Clinton turned the Democrats into the party of wealthy corporate donors back in the 1990s there was no looking back.  Selling hope  but reneging on the change.  (Thanks, Obama, for that bit of clarity.)  For three decades the Dems have run on fooling the rubes.  It still works, but only in the coastal cities.  The country-side is too destitute to even care.  A reargard action in every sense of the word.

Yes, the Republicans can screw up:  Think Scott in Wisconsin--with his Foxconn deal that was just too clumsy.  (Maybe if Foxconn had included the suicide nets?)  But Wisconsin never should have been Repub in the first place.  

Trump will win in 2020 unless the Democrats run Tulsi Gabbard (:D will never happen).  

You have to understand:  What follows Trump will be worse.

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 06:11:52 AM EST
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