Wednesday Open Thread | Poll: Dem within two points of GOP incumbent in Nevada Senate race

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) holds a slim but statistically insignificant lead over Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in the Nevada Senate race with a month left until Election Day, a poll released Tuesday found.

An NBC News/Marist poll shows Heller leading 46-44 percent among likely voters. The difference falls within the poll’s margin of error of 5.5 points. Heller is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection next month.

The poll found that independents favor Heller, 42-39 percent. The incumbent is also the preferred candidate among likely male voters by a 16-point margin.

Rosen holds an 11-point advantage among likely female voters.

Democrats also hold a narrow enthusiasm edge among likely voters, the poll found. Eighty-nine percent of likely Democratic voters view this year’s midterms as “very important,” compared to 82 percent of likely Republican voters who say the same.

In addition, 51 percent of likely voters said they will cast their vote to send a message for more Democrats to serve as a check on President Trump, while 39 percent said their vote will serve as a call for Republicans to advance the president’s agenda.

While the poll was conducted days before Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, it found that 38 percent of likely voters are more likely to support a candidate who voted for Kavanaugh, while 41 percent said they are less likely to do so.

Another 18 percent said the issue does not matter to their vote.

Heller was among the 50 senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh last Saturday.

The NBC/Marist poll surveyed 574 likely voters from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.

Trump has backed Heller and visited Nevada last month to stump for the incumbent and to attack Rosen, whom he has labeled “Wacky Jacky.”

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election forecaster, rates the Nevada race as a “toss-up.”

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Tuesday Open Thread | Joy Reid Warns The High-Fiving GOP: More Evidence And Allegations Against Kavanaugh Are Coming

While Republicans take a victory lap over the confirmation of an accused sexual predator that the majority of the country doesn’t support, Joy Reid warned them that evidence against Brett Kavanaugh could jeopardize his position on the United States Supreme Court.

From the thousands of unreleased documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush administration to the possibility of more accusers coming forward, the new Supreme Court justice is still not out of the woods.

In other words, it’ll take more than a sham FBI investigation to keep the truth under wraps

“We really do not have a road map for how to handle the prospect of a Supreme Court justice with so many outstanding complaints or potential complaints against him,” Reid said on Monday.

Joy Reid explained why we are in “uncharted territory” when it comes to Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court seat:

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Monday Open Thread | Susan Collins stabs women in the back

Susan Collins ignored Americans — and the residents of Maine — to support Brett Kavanaugh, despite his record of hostility against women and their rights.

Sen. Susan Collins joined her fellow Republicans — and rejected the pleas of her Maine constituents, particularly women — to announce she would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Protesters in the gallery of the Senate pleaded with Collins to “vote no,” but she turned her back on them and millions of Americans.

“I will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh,” she said Friday after an extremely long speech.

Collins paid lip service to what she called the “compelling” testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who described in excruciating detail how Kavanaugh tried to rape her, but ultimately, Collins dismissed those allegations and sided with Kavanaugh and the rest of the Republican Party.

With the announcement of her support for Kavanaugh, Collins, despite her repeated claim to support reproductive rights, is casting a vote that will surely undo those protections.

For Collins, the protests didn’t matter. The groundswell of opposition across the country and in her home state fell on deaf ears.

From early in the process, Collins lashed out at critics who said support of Kavanaugh undermined her supposedly moderate stance. Despite the serious underlying issues, she remained dismissive throughout the entire proceedings.

Newspapers in her home state said Kavanaugh was unfit for the court, but she simply did not care.

HOW INSULTING

Instead of listening, Collins did what conservative ideologues like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, and others wanted her to do. They backed Kavanaugh to the hilt, praising him even as details of his alleged hostility surfaced.

Even after former justice John Paul Stevens said Kavanaugh’s vitriolic appearance before the Senate had disqualified him in his eyes, Collins was undeterred.

Trump smeared Ford at a campaign rally, and Collins said she was “appalled”… and then she backed Kavanaugh anyway.

After it all, Collins turned her back on women, on Maine, and on America.

She sided with Brett Kavanaugh and has forever added his legacy to hers.

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Sunday Open Thread

Have a Blessed Sunday, Everyone.

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Saturday Open Thread

Why we can’t have NICE THINGS….

Hat tip: Eliihaas

RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA! Always FOLLOW THE Money$$$$$

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Friday Open Thread

TGIF, Everyone!

ICYMI

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Thursday Open Thread: Michelle Obama On Donald Trump’s Comments: ‘Enough Is Enough’

Hat tip & from Eliihaas-THANK YOU!

And our First Lady, Michelle Obama:

Wow, fam! Just watched this again and it’s even more powerful and more relevant than ever… And takes on what’s happening with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford … Kavanaugh and the treasonous buffoon.

“…as citizens who think that our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency…
This is not something that we can ignore. It’s not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad season.This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women..

And to make matters worse, it now seems very clear that this isn’t an isolated incident. It’s one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life… The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman.

We thought all of that was ancient history, didn’t we?

..this is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to – Democrat, Republican, independent – no woman deserves to be treated this way..
…this isn’t about politics. It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong.
What message are our little girls hearing about who they should look like, how they should act? What lessons are they learning about their value as professionals, as human beings, about their dreams and aspirations?
And how is this affecting men and boys in this country? Because I can tell you that the men in my life do not talk about women like this. And I know that my family is not unusual. And to dismiss this as everyday locker-room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.

The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this.. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being demeaned and disrespected. And like us, these men are worried about the impact this is having on our boys who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man.
Because let’s be very clear: strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.

…if we let Hillary’s opponent win this election, then we are sending a clear message to our kids that everything they’re seeing and hearing is perfectly OK… We’re telling our sons that it’s OK to humiliate women. We’re telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. We’re telling all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country. Is that what we want for our children?

And remember, we won’t just be setting a bad example for our kids, but for our entire world. Because for so long, America has been a model for countries across the globe, pushing them to educate their girls, insisting that they give more rights to their women. But if we have a president who routinely degrades women, who brags about sexually assaulting women, then how can we maintain our moral authority in the world? How can we continue to be a beacon of freedom and justice and human dignity?

…the choice you make November 8 could determine whether we have a president who treats people with respect – or not.

On November 8, we can show our children that here in America, we reject hatred and fear – and in difficult times, we don’t discard our highest ideals. No, we rise up to meet them. We rise up to perfect our union.
Hope is important for our young people. And we deserve a president who can see those truths in us – a president who can bring us together and bring out the very best in us…”

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