September 9, 2018

Who knew Mango Mussolini and Ted Cruz were unlikeable and their gross inhumanity might actually cost them in the midterms? Well, some of us have hopes, but it's extra fun to know someone secretly recorded top Republican Mick Mulvaney saying it in a private meeting.

The New York Times reported they obtained the tape from someone who attended the closed-door meeting in New York, wherein Mulvaney met with top Republican officials and donors. He fretted about how much better their chances would be of retaining power in Congress if only their leader wasn't such a douchecanoe. That assessment also extended to certain Senate candidates who were incumbents and who represent Texas. Okay, that should be singular.

From the NYT article:

“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, O.K.?” Mr. Mulvaney said. “I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”

Mr. Mulvaney reminded his audience of the party’s shocking defeat in a special election for the Senate in Alabama last year, and seemed to imply that Mr. Trump remained bewildered by the victory of Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat, over Roy S. Moore, the former chief judge of the Alabama Supreme Court accused of child sex abuse in the final weeks of the race.

Let's do a little deep breathing to ward off the incredulity and upset that comes from knowing Republicans still (and ever) consider Roy Moore's defeat "shocking." Just to allow room for enjoying the fact that they are really sweating now, and understanding that perhaps their demonic priorities have a chance of coming back to haunt them.

Don't get too smug, though. Mulvaney and Ronna McDaniel (RNC Chairwoman) comforted their audience with assurances that they're rich, and rich people usually win. She's not wrong about that.

She framed the election as an asymmetrical contest — Republican organizing prowess and financial supremacy versus raw Democratic energy — and mocked the Democratic National Committee for its precarious finances.

The Democratic National Committee raised $116 million through the end of July, compared with $227 million raised by the Republicans.

“It does cost, right now, more money to engage our voters, to get them knowledge of the election,” Ms. McDaniel said. “They have their energy. We have our infrastructure.”

Judging from the energy Dems are bringing to the Kavanaugh fight, though, and how we rose up to save the ACA, and how well the womenz are doing in their races, among many, many other factors, Republicans absolutely should be concerned about their infrastructure.

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