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Gehringer_2 last won the day on December 16 2018

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    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    LOL - as has been pointed out repeatedly already, Trump wouldn't even take what he wanted when it was offered to him. A president less thoroughly compromised than Trump has some claim on national policy, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh certainly do not.
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    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    I would say at the end of the day, the Congressional GOP, who talk such a big line on the Constitution, are abrogating their Constitutional responsibility to be the 1st branch of government. And any legislature that would rather give over it's authority to the executive rather than legislate is undermining the very fabric of the Constitution in a way I'm sure the founders would have found inconceivable.
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    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    Compromise isn't the issue on this topic. It's supposed to be representative government. If the Congressional Reps give into a president whose policy does not represent the will of the country just because he holds his breath and stamps his feet, on an issue where the Congress should be the primary decision maker to begin with (the purse), then that is no democracy - you have a petty tyranny and a Potemkin legislature. But even that is not the real issue. The real governing issue is in the Senate. The system is supposed to be that a Congress at odds with a President that does not have public support for his policy will override his veto, which is almost surely what would happen if the Senate would do its Constitutional duty and vote the budget bills. Trump only has the power here that McConnell is giving him, and it's a rump Senate at that which is almost certainly going to be voted out in 2020, and more certainly by each day this goes on.
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    POTUS Impeachment Watch

    Pretty much sounds like someone has been briefed and is using that information to build a foundation for future use.
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    Potential Democratic Candidates for 2020

    this x 1000. There just are not many Howard Baker Republicans left. It looked like there were because the GOP appeal to the mad white guy had stayed pretty much on the low-down from Nixon till Trump. Trump went for those voters on the straight line and basically cut out the middleman, and it turns out they were 80% of the national GOP vote. I don't see any way back to the old GOP. It took 50 yrs of evangelical fervor and dog whistles to build that alliance between corporate political interests and cultural reactionaries, it's not going away anytime soon.
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    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    LOL - Trip to Middle East - State of the Union message. I wonder which is a bigger deal?
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    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    I agree. Mitt's objection to Trump is purely one of personal ethics and public style. He is on board 100% with the GOP 1%er policies. His history at Bain, his paternalist religious convictions - with the single exception of being a religious freedom advocate because of his membership in a non-main stream religion his is all in on the Trump political agenda.
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    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    yes this is true. The league protests the ball is the same because they haven't changed the standard. The problem is the standard is much too wide. All that had to happen was the manufacturer being in spec but just a bit more uniform away from the lower end and that is all it would take. In fact all it would have taken was for the production variance to go down which you would expect to happen as production technique inevitably improved. Just removing the deadest balls from the overall distribution would increase the HR rate with no change in spec or average COR.
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    POTUS Impeachment Watch

    I think things have turned in that regard somewhat. When he and Hills debated the first time, his polling dropped like a rock, but when he had the stage to himself his popularity recovered. In general that had been the trend early in his presidency. Single events that put him in a bad light would push down his numbers but then as he had a change to hold the stage himself, he would recover. That ability to recover seems to be fading. For instance he got zero from the Oval office address.
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    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Yeah - I don't think it is position in the standings, it's how many games back at a given point in the season. In a larger division 3rd might mean a team was in the race most of the season, in a 4 team div not so much.
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    2018-2019 In Season Moves and Rumors

    good point. For that matter, even if he is Charles V2.0, would Barkley be as effective in today's game? I suppose the main thing I wonder about Zion though is that as thick as he is, how long will he be able to maintain that jump? Of course I've wondered the same thing about Drummond and he hasn't lost his jump yet.
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    Political Pot-pourri

    Last Nov the two incumbent Rs didn't run and two new Dems took their seats - which is why they had the votes to dump Engler easy.
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    Today's Tiger birthdays

    I also thought I had heard that after Castillo was cut as a 3B he tried a comeback as a pitcher - he did have a cannon from 3b-- but I don't see any record that he ever got into a game even in the minors as a pitcher.
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    POTUS Impeachment Watch

    Moved? HeII, they've packed them up and launched them into an orbit around the Sun somewhere past Pluto.