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AAPI lawyer and long-suffering Chargers fan. Always enthusiastic about federal judges, Peloton, and @potus/@vp. Political nihilism is not insight.
1 Oct
@CriticalThotPhD and everyone else has been enjoying #SquidGames. I am a huge fan of Korean thriller cinema (not so much the television dramas but I think that's about to change.) So here's a primer on some essential viewing if you're Korean curious:

Oldboy (2003)
@CriticalThotPhD I Saw the Devil (2010)
@CriticalThotPhD Memories of Murder (2003)
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1 Oct
Two more weeks until I'm here, in the South of France!!! Image
That’s just some model from Google, I dont know who it is
I'm headed to Marseille, Nice, and either Antibes or Saint-Tropez. Haven't decided yet.
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16 Sep
Five GOP incumbents have already retired, with the possibility of three more to follow. One of the incumbents running for re-election doesn't want to run any more.

Meanwhile, Dems only have one incumbent to worry about. So where are all the Republicans in Retreat articles?
This is a crippling political asymmetry that is further borne out by failures of the @NRSC to recruit top tier candidates for races in NH, NV, AZ, and GA.

@ChrisSununu might not run, @AdamLaxalt is incompetent, and @HerschelWalker? Really?
@NRSC @ChrisSununu @AdamLaxalt @HerschelWalker If RoJo retires, who does Wisconsin GOP call on to run for his seat? @ScottWalker? Seriously? How is this incompetence not bigger news?
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16 Sep
National Democrats would be foolish to read much into the:

(1) GA Senate runoff;
(2) WI Superintendent special;
(3) OC Supervisor District 2 special
(4) NM-1 Special;
(5) NH House District 7 Hillsborough special
(6) CA gubernatorial recall

By James Hohmann
Considering Raphael Warnock is up for re-election next year, can we start reading into what winning statewide in Georgia means, James?

nytimes.com/2021/01/06/us/…
What does a statewide win in an off-year in Wisconsin say about Wisconsin Democrats and @RonJohnsonWI's position as the new Dean Heller?

madison.com/wsj/news/local…
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16 Sep
Welcome to all my new followers. My feed is mostly:

-Promoting the interests of Biden-Harris admin,
-Keeping folks apprised of the progress on federal judges and SCOTUS in general,
-Fundraising for Dem Senate candidates,
-Hot takes on California politics
I used to drag people a lot more when it was still primary season.

Last night was the most comprehensive dragging I've done of the punditry in a long time. Glad you all enjoyed it, and I hope it gives you a sense of how little I think of political journalists.
One thing you should know is that I am very stubborn and opinionated. Some call it conviction. For example, at no point did I waver from my position that Gavin would win by double digits.

This puts me in conflict with people who want to Doomtweet every time anything happens.
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15 Sep
On behalf of all California Democrats who have been trying to keep everyone calm about the Recall Election aka waste of taxpayer money, consider this my "Cleaning out Bookmarks" thread of pettiness:
#NoOnRecall won by double digits this evening because California Democrats ignored this "advice" offered by a gambling and probability election pundit who is based out of NYC.

Listening to Blue Checks can be hazardous to your election prospects.

Turnout in the early voting period of this election exceeded all turnout in the 2014 midterms, and hit the 40% benchmark before election day. We are on pace to shatter all turnout records in an off-off year election in the middle of September.

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14 Sep
This might be the first time in NFL history where at least one team in every division has a Black QB as the starter.

Except for the NFC North, until @justnfields takes over permanently for Andy Dalton.
@justnfields NFC West and East have TWO Black starting QBs (@K1 is the best QB in the NFL not named Tom Brady, don't quote me)
@justnfields @K1 Jameis in the NFC South. Justin Fields in the NFC North. Both need to be named starters, but that's where things are heading.
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14 Sep
Good morning. It is #ElectionDay in California. Here are the final early vote numbers before the polls open for the #NoOnRecall election. We had a final surge of more than 415K votes after @POTUS' rally.

Dems: 4.5M (+176K)
GOP: 2.2M (+141K)
Indies: 1.9M (+97K)
@POTUS Nearly 40% turnout in just the early vote. I have no idea what the E-Day returns will be, but this shit will be called moments after the polls close.
Needless to say, rumors of Democratic disengagement in off-year elections by the punditry were completely, utterly wrong.
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13 Sep
Do Floridians and Texans always have this weird jealousy about California outclassing them in every measurable metric? Because I wasn’t aware of it until just now.
Like, sorry we create the arts and music you enjoy, have a larger economy, better higher ed, superior climate, and more job opportunities. Is this because our Democratic leaders also look like movie stars?
Add up Texas and Florida’s combined GDP and it’s still less than California’s.

They only exceed us in population if you add them together 🤣
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13 Sep
Tied with my alma mater UCSB but the difference is you won’t die of coronavirus if you attend
Anyway, Santa Barbara > all
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12 Sep
Some of you are disrespecting Justice Stephen Breyer a little too much because he refuses to say when he will retire. Read between the lines. He says he's not going to die on the Court - that means he intends to retire with @POTUS picking his successor.
@POTUS His likely successor, Kentanji Brown Jackson, has been on the D.C. Circuit for less than three months. Elevating her now opens her up to attacks on her experience, the same way Dems attacked (foolishly, imo) Justice ACB's experience.
@POTUS Justice Breyer is 83. Yes, he's old. He's also never had cancer like RBG did.

And a lot of you seem to forget that he saved Obamacare just last term and Roe v. Wade as recently as 2016. Have some goddamn respect.
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11 Sep
Hong Kong is a great city with fascinating history and unique culture due to its status as a major port and melting pot.

That authoritarian Han Chinese ethnostate known as the PRC can never capture its joyeux de vivre with their bland copy pasted mega cities
My ideal foreign policy is developing closer ties with nations near China that are undergoing rapid population growth, like India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

They lose their economic leverage when American companies outsource somewhere cheaper.
Then send a couple of Carrier Strike Groups on a leisurely sail through the Taiwan Strait.
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10 Mar
We all have to remember that the union is still the nerve center of the whole thing. The violent socialists who threatened their families can be marginalized. They already have to replace the entire staff
The mass resignations and looting of the treasury were planned in advanced, I've been told. Which means they might have nominal control of the brand in the state, but the operational power remains in the hands of the state party leaders. Reid, Sisolak, Cortez-Masto and the like
If we start from the presumption that these people are idiots and incapable of governance (as seen in their running of the SF School Board), then a little infighting among their ranks may be sufficient to open some juicy feuds
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9 Mar
Questions the press will ask Joe at his first solo:

"Are you going to kill your dog?"

"Should Governor Cuomo resign?"

"Where is Hunter Biden?"

"Why do you hate bipartisanship?"

"Why are you travelling to your house in Delaware when the CDC says ppl shouldn't travel?"
"Should Gavin Newsom be recalled?"

"What are you doing about the caravans at the border?"

"Do you regret nominating Neera Tanden to be OMB Director?"

"Would you have voted to impeach President Trump?"

"Are you controlled by teachers' unions?"
You get the fucking idea. Give these jackals the bare minimum and let them spin their wheels.
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9 Mar
Californians have already been moving en masse to Salt Lake City, Missoula, and Boise. These three states have been experiencing massive population growth because of California expats. Give us a decade and we’ll have them purple.
It’s a mix of people from all over the political spectrum, but remember that even the ones that are California GOP are relatively moderate compared to say, Southern Republicans.

The Dems and indies still outnumber them though, that’s just the nature of California’s population.
California GOP accept that climate change is real and are largely apathetic about social issues. Been that way since the days of @Schwarzenegger
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8 Mar
Feels like I missed out on a lot of lore that came out in the 90s when I wasn’t allowed to watch anything other than cartoons
I’m reading Twitter with a glossary and the British order of succession right now
Thing is, I understand the racism part just fine, it sounds like what @VP had to endure during the primary. It’s just that the references to all the characters’ shady behaviors going back decades is hard to grasp without looking it up.
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7 Mar
Ok here's the definitive list of Flippable statewide seats for the 2022 midterms, with "Flippable" defined as any seat in a state Joe Biden won, or came within 1-2 points of winning:

PA-SEN
NC-SEN
WI-SEN

1/3
AZ GOV
MD GOV
GA GOV (Kemp getting primaried makes this a tossup)

AZ AG
GA AG

NV SEC STATE
GA SEC STATE (See Kemp)
AZ TREASURER

2/3
MI HOUSE
MN SENATE
AZ HOUSE
AZ SENATE
NH SENATE

3/3

Things are still fluid, but I don't expect this list to change much.
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7 Mar
There are only five, at most six Senate seats that can be flipped. Don’t waste your money.
Paring it down, I'd say the main priorities for FLIPPING are:

PA-SEN
NC-SEN
WI-SEN

AZ GOV
AZ AG
AZ SEC STATE
AZ TREASURER

MD GOV
NV SEC STATE
Luxury flipping targets:

FL-SEN
FL GOV
FL AG

GA GOV
GA AG
GA SEC STATE

OH-SEN
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2 Jan
Herman Cain is probably the highest profile Republican to die from COVID-19, but this thing is ravaging the GOP from top to bottom. So here's a compilation of electeds who have perished because of their recklessness:

cnn.com/2020/07/30/pol…
Luke Letlow, Congressman elect for LA-5:

washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/12…
Jerry Relph, state Senator, MN-SD21:

startribune.com/minnesota-stat…
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1 Jan
REMINDER: This charlatan knows nothing about the federal appellate bench. You can tell he's bullshitting because he uses the phrase "very fine." Nobody describes federal judges this way except laymen trying to sound smart.
"Why I'm Giving Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Brett Kavanaugh, and Bill Barr The Benefit of the Doubt" ImageImage
I’m just so petty. @SenBlumenthal clerked for an appellate and a SCOTUS judge, and served as US Attorney for Connecticut (remember the DOJ? The place you pretend like you work at?), and CT Attorney General.

Neither Cruz nor Hawley have that resume. You’re a joke.
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10 Nov 20
Imagine if you will, a highly overrated MOC catching the blame for every close defeat suffered in the House after @WhipClyburn put it out there that "Defund the Police" injured the party.

Imagine being that MOC as one by one, your moderate colleagues openly call you out
Imagine having your FEC receipts investigated, only to discover you dropped poisonous ads in regions of the country you have no business being in, like Texas and Florida.

Imagine how pissed your colleagues would be at you once the narrative set in slowly, day by day.
Imagine throwing a tantrum on Twitter and running to the @nytimes, proving to your colleagues you cannot be trusted.

Imagine whining about "hostile work environment" as a result of the bridges you burned.

Now imagine @SpeakerPelosi and @WhipClyburn had enough. Image
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