“Conor Lamb, a Democrat and former Marine, scored a razor-thin but extraordinary upset in a special House election in southwestern Pennsylvania after a few thousand absentee ballots cemented a Democratic victory in the heart of President Trump’s Rust Belt base.
The Republican candidate, Rick Saccone, may still contest the outcome. But Mr. Lamb’s 627-vote lead Wednesday afternoon appeared insurmountable, given that the four counties in Pennsylvania’s 18th district have about 500 provisional, military and other absentee ballots left to count, election officials said.
That slim margin — out of almost 230,000 ballots cast in a district that Mr. Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016 — nonetheless upended the political landscape ahead of November’s midterm elections. It also emboldened Democrats to run maverick campaigns even in deep-red areas where Republicans remain bedeviled by Mr. Trump’s unpopularity.”
David Lindsay Jr. Hamden, CT Pending Approval at NYT
I stopped supporting Nancy Pelosi when she recently shut down the government to try and force a DACA deal on the country that it didn’t value as much as other concerns. She showed an out of touchness, that suggests she needs to retire. Please look at the op-ed research by David Leonhardt in the last three months. He points to facts that we ignore at our peril. 69% of the people who vote regularly are white. They don’t mostly put DACA ahead of many other issues. I agree with Leonhardt and others who argue, that the resistance, which is mostly Democrats and Independents, should focus on wooing people who voted for Obama in his last election, but then voted for Trump, and another large group, who voted for Obama, but did not bother to vote in the last election. Pelosi doesn’t get any of this, so Im giving money directly to candidates instead of the the Democratic Party, until better leadership is found.
We also need new laws to force Facebook and Youtube and other social media to prevent fake news from fake people, from domestic or foreign sources. All advertising should be from an identified source.
David Lindsay Jr. is the author of “The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth-century Vietnam,” and blogs at TheTaySonRebellion.com and InconvenientNews.wordpress.com