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1/ @TheRickWilson is absolutely right that Rs have been successful winning elections.

But like the guy born on 3rd base thinking he hit a homer he left out some pertinent details.
2/ Since Nixon Rs has embraced and committed to Pat Buchanan's vision of using wedge issues for electoral gain,

"Such gambits, he added, could "cut the Democratic Party and country in half; my view is that we would have far the larger half."

3/ There is no wound in our national psyche that Rs won't exploit for gain - reproductive rights, God, Guns, Gays, etc.
4/ Rs are all in for voter disenfranchisement and suppression (VoterID, limited voting capacity / broken equipment in "certain" polling locations, legislation to protect from non-existent thread of "illegal" voting, etc.)

Look at GA 2018.
5/ (Ds weren't under a 30 year "ballot security" decree ending in 2016).
6/ There is no line which won't be crossed for victory. Such as attacking Vietnam war hero to help guy who partied in the TX National Guard. #SwiftBoat.
7/ Or smear a decorated triple-amputee veteran with propaganda linking him to bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

8/ Weaponizing politics to take down Bill? #AllIn

Convincing ~1/2 America the other half are evil? Cool beans! #DemonRats

9/ It helps to have setup an entire #AlternativeFacts ecosystem. This pressures mainstream media to focus on reporting (He said, she said) instead of journalism which is helpful to pump propaganda by the fire hose.

10/ Rs have an entire media ecosystem designed to keep the R voter *scared* out of their Fing mind and to *hate* Ds so they will continue to vote R.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
11/ Rs will take money from and work with *anyone* for electoral gain (re-affirmed just a few weeks ago).

12/ But Ds have their own faults.

Compared to Rs who can be counted to fall in line for #unity Ds are a mess of independent cats.

Getting Ds to agree on *anything* is *excruciating*. Look at our primaries! 😳😱🙀

And we've got purity voters. 😞
13/ *Many* of us have been frustrated since the 90s that Ds who do manage to get elected bring water toys to firefights. 🤔🤬

And wrt risk planning for dirty tricks and how to respond *way* too naive and doe-eyed. 🦌
14/ Leslie Knopps when we need cage fighters.

It. Is. Frustrating. AF. to be a long time Democratic voter. Believe me. We feel your pain. 😞

Yet we persist. ✊
15/ Net: It's always been harder being a D campaign mgr than a R campaign mgr.

Which is why wins, or even close losses (#Beto), are so energizing.
16/ In the entire history of the world I don't think any group has said, "You're right, we're idiots" when another group shouted at and insulted them so odds pretty high Ds will nominate Ds for their various races and not Lite-Rs / DINOs.
17/ It makes sense that Rs will tell Ds to nominate DINOs because that's who they know to elect in the ecosystem that is American politics late 20th / early 21st century.

But we want to elect Ds, not DINOs, while recognizing that we're doing it in an ecosystem which favors Rs.
18/ Given that reality and given that we know Rs will work with Rs *again* to smear *any* opponent how can @TheRickWilson and other #NeverTrumpers cross over and use their skill sets to help the Ds we have and not the DINOs they want us to have be prepared for politics as war?
19/ This is actual Information Warfare.

RU attacked us in 2016 and continues to attack us.

Rs at minimum benefit and in many cases appear to be complicit.

When will we get woke to *that* and act accordingly instead of going down rabbit holes of distraction?
20/ When people feel powerless they tend to engage in avoidant behavior.

I think at some level we all understand Rs are again working with Rs to complete the coup and feel powerless so we deflect to things we think we can control.
21/ We regain our power when we speak out loud the things which scare us.

So let's talk about Rs betraying the country instead of whatever shiny distraction du jour and stay on that until we take back our country.
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