In 2016 we struggled to understand the significance of the Russian operation even as it unfolded in front of us.

This time its the President's illegal use of federal resources/monies and cheating to win.

Media/commentators need to wise up here. *Thread*
Here's a good thread from Professor @davekarpf which speaks to the current challenge facing the media.

As it was in 2016, Trump's primary strategy for "winning" in 2020 is cheating, and it needs to be covered that way. Can't be fooled again.

Here's how an experienced political reporter, @RalstonReports, tried to explain the political insanity Trump brought to Nevada over the past few days.

Trump's breaking of rules/norms/laws, his lying WAS THE MAIN STORY, and remains so nationally.

The failure of the media to create a construct to acknowledge and regularly report on Trump's cheating, and broader illiberalism, is itself part of the national crisis.

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19 Sep
A lot to be angry about today, but McConnell not allowing a few days for the nation to honor and mourn #RBG without making it all about politics and division, chief among them for me.

Another sign of how far GOP has fallen into illiberal, "win at all costs" politics.
I just made a contribution to @JoeBiden. You should too. Let's make this a big day for the campaign.

Make plans today, focus. Lock down your vote plan. Settle on your volunteering strategy. Give to the IA, ME, NC, SC Senate races. Stay positive, keep doing the work.
No reason to believe McConnell jamming another SCOTUS pick helps the GOP. It didn't help in 2018, and the corrupt Impeachment process hurt GOP Senate candidates.

A lot will depend on how radical the pick is. Do we think suburbanites want the end of Roe v Wade, ACA, more guns?
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18 Sep
Been writing a lot of late abt all the ways the President is cheating to win the 2020 election. It's become perhaps the central strategy for him to stay in power this year.

Here's some background:

Let's review new developments in this space this week.
Will @USPS do what the federal judge ordered it to last night? Huge new development in the President's effort to degrade mail capacity, discourage voting in the election.…
By acknowledging the gravity of the threats of Russia/white supremacists, FBI Director Wray challenged the fictional world Trump/Barr have been conjuring, a set of lies which has been the justification for their relentless cheating, lawlessness.

Read 6 tweets
17 Sep
As someone who has a bit of experience working in the Hispanic vote space, I've been intrigued by the stories about Biden struggling a bit with Hispanics.

To be honest I was skeptical given Trump's record, but let's take a look. (Short thread).
First, the heavily Mexican-American parts of the US have seen a huge swing towards Dems since Trump took over the GOP. In '18 Ds had big Congressional wins in SW, West. CO, NM no longer targeted states, NV holding, AZ leaning D, TX in play. Big change.…
Next, Dems had one of their best showings with Hispanics in the modern era in 2018, winning by 40 points in the House races, 69-29. HRC won them by 38 points in 2016, 66-28.

Dems also had their best showing with young people in the modern era in 2018.…
Read 20 tweets
16 Sep
If Kayne is running for President, why isn’t he, ah, like, running a campaign?

Because maybe he isn’t running for President. Maybe he’s building a fraudulent media, viral vehicle to attack @joebiden and help the President.
Efforts Trump/allies have made in building a viral, organic propaganda network - an entire alternative information ecosystem - is staggering.

What makes this different from previous eras is ability of millions of regular people to amplify, participate.

I worry the media, even Dem leaders, don't really yet understand how differently Trump is playing the game this time. Massive cheating, use of fake/manipulated media, flooding the zone w/viral organic content. It may be wrong, bad but it's happening.

Read 6 tweets
15 Sep
"During the 2004 campaign, legendary ad man Lionel Sosa was leading Hispanic strategy for George W. Bush, and Maria Cardona was spearheading NDN's $6 million Hispanic Project, an effort that sought to target specific segments of the Latino community"…
Any story that looking at the Hispanic vote needs to differentiate between Cubans/Puerto Ricans in Florida from the heavily Mexican-American Southwest/West; and decide whether it's an Hispanic problem or a late deciding, disinterested youth problem.
In 2018 there was a divergence in the Hispanic vote. Dems gained ground nationally but lost ground in Florida.

There is something going on Florida we need to better understand.

Biden's strength in AZ, CO, NV, TX suggest Mexican-Americans are holding.…
Read 6 tweets
14 Sep
The President is cheating in this election at a scale never seen before in American history.

It's akin to Russia's operation vs Clinton in 2016 - its massive, impactful and for most part the main stream media is pretending it isn't happening.

Good stuff here fr @ThePlumLineGS.
Here's my recent take on the President's cheating. It's a good complement to what Greg lays out in his piece.

If the Trump's campaign is truly cash-strapped, we should expect his attempts to illicitly use govt resources to aide his campaign to expand.
“The scale of Trump’s conversion of the federal government into an arm of his political campaign is truly remarkable,” Mr. Bauer said. “It is appalling and raises a host of questions of both the trashing of norms and the skirting and violating of rules.”…
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