TLDR Not campaigning for re-election. Campaigning against impeachment.

I haven’t written in a while.  I’ve been working, watching, absorbing events, with a growing sense of trepidation coupled with a dissociative internet disorder where, on my days off, I argue pointlessly into the void, drink too much, bitch about the dishes I didn’t make and go to bed dreaming about houses I don’t live in and realities I didn’t create.

But, this is the life I have.

On Saturday, August 12, I drove home from work in the morning listening to the events unfold in Charlottesville.  I had followed the previous night’s events on breaks, knowing men with Tiki torches chanting slogans had surrounded a church, and that there was a rally the next day.  Listening to the events unfold, I knew it was going to be bad.  I knew someone was going to die.  I went home, took a shower, went to bed, and found out about Heather Heyer on a break.  Someone posted the last thing from her Facebook page, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

So now you’re thinking there is this stupid woman weekday evening quarterbacking about recent events, probably trying to capitalize on them, probably completely unaffected by the reasons or ramifications for said events, sitting thousands of miles away in a comfortable house with a comfortable life worrying about bills and dogs or cats and kids and school or oil changes.  Maybe you are right.  I just completed TCAR (Trauma Care After Resuscitation), two days of intensive training regarding how we nurses care for patients like those who were mowed down in Charlottesville.

After that, and after watching how my “President” dealt with the events in the following days, I do not have much to say.  It has been said before, better, by people who know more than I do, but something bears repeating.  The person currently leading the country is not crazy, and not stupid.  He might be a strategic genius.

I have seen people wondering why in the midst of such chaos he continues to campaign.  What is with these rallies?  Why is he running for President when he is already President?  Why doesn’t he just govern? Because he is playing a different kind of game.  These rallies are not him campaigning for his re-election.  He is solidifying his base.  Take a look:

Trump rally on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona:  The 2018 United States Senate election in Arizona will take place on November 6, 2018.  Current Senator up for re-election:  Jeff Flake (R)* – an outspoken opponent.  He is being primaried by Kelli Ward (R), among others (Jeff DeWit (R),  Robert Graham (R), Nicholas Tutora (R)), but she was at the rallyAlso running against him are Deedra Abboud (D), Randy Friese (D), Jim Moss (D), Chris Russell (D), Kyrsten Sinema (D), Greg Stanton (D), and Doug Marks (Libt). Who is going to win this mess? Look at who supports him, and who was at the rally.

Trump rally on Thursday, August 3, 2017, Huntington, West Virgina:  The 2018 United States Senate election in West Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018.  Current Senator up for re-election:  Joe Manchin (D)*.  He is being primaried by Deedra Abboud (D), Randy Friese (D), Jim Moss (D), Chris Russell (D),  Kyrsten Sinema (D), and Greg Stanton (D)Who is going to win in this mess?  Probably one of these (look up who supports him and was at the rally): Bo Copley (R), Scott Ernst (R), Evan Jenkins (R),  Patrick Morrisey (R), Jack Newbrough (R), John Raese (R).

Trump rally on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Youngstown, Ohio: The 2018 United States Senate election in Ohio will take place on November 6, 2018.  Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is running for re-election to a third term.  Running against him are Mike Gibbons (R),  Josh Mandel (R), and J.D. Vance (R) (look up who supports him and was at the rally).

Trump rally on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  A general election will be held in the U.S. state of Iowa on November 6, 2018.  All of Iowa’s executive officers will be up for election as well as all four of Iowa’s seats in the United States House of Representatives, 25 (half) of the seats in the Iowa Senate, and all 100 seats in the Iowa House of Representatives.  The US senators from Iowa are Chuck Grassley (R)* (safe until  2022)  and Joni Ernst (R)* (safe until 2020).  But look who is in District 4:
Steve King (R)*.  Running against him are Leann Jacobsen (D), Ryan Meyers (D), and Jim Scholten (D).

Trump rally on Saturday, April 29, 2017, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The 2018 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania will take place on November 6, 2018.  The Current U.S. Senator up for re-election: Bob Casey Jr. (D)*. He is being primaried by Brian Kelly (D) and Ray Uhric (D)Who will win this election? Look up who supports him and was at the rally (there is a hint here):
Paul Addis (R), Cynthia Ayers (R), Lou Barletta (R), Jeff Bartos (R)Jim Christiana (R), Paul DeLong (R), Bobby Lawrence (R),  – Businessman & Trump Campaign Activist, Rick Saccone (R), Andrew Shecktor (R), Dale Kerns (Libertarian).

Trump rally on Monday, March 20, 2017, Louisville, Kentucky: The Current US senators are Mitch McConnell (R)* safe until 2020 and Rand Paul (R)* safe until 2022.  But look at District 4: Thomas Massie (R)*.  Running against him are Sayre Christian O’Cull (D) and Joshua Neace (Amer Solidarity)This was my outlier, until I noticed that McConnell is in the doghouse with the current administration.

Trump rally on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Nashville, Tennessee: The current US Senator up for re-election is Bob Corker (R)* an outspoken opponent.  He is being primaried by Tim Burchett (R), Larry Crim (R), Andy Holt (R),and  Andy Ogles (R).  Who will win? Look up who supports him and who was at the rally.  The lone Dem is James Mackler. Lamar Alexander (R)* is safe until 2020.

Trump rally on Saturday, February 18, 2017, Melbourne, Florida: The current US senator is Bill Nelson (D)*. He is being primaried by Tamika Lyles (D). Running against him are Augustus Invictus (R), Lateresa Jones (R), Dr. Joe Smith (R), Joe Wendt (Libertarian), Edward Janowski (NPA) and Marcia Thorne (NPA).  Who will win? Look up who supports him and who was at the rally. Marco Rubio (R)* is safe until 2022.

I have said this a lot, but for some unfathomable reason it bears repeating:

We are at the precipice of losing everything we value about this troubled nation.  Everything we stand for, everything we have held dear since the Declaration of Independence was written, is at risk of slipping through our fingers.  We are an imperfect nation, with many sins and grievances to account for, but at no time in our history, save 1860, have we been challenged in this way to bring our nation back from the edge of tyranny.  This moment, this time, this effort, will determine our future as a nation.

This is when we have to take a stand. TLDR, Trump is not campaigning for his re-election.  He is campaigning against impeachment.  This is not isolated, and we are not winning.  Messaging matters, details matter, strategy matters.  When you run ten different Democratic candidates against the Republican incumbent, you will lose.  Pick one.  Quit infighting.

 

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