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Where are the comments about midterm elections? Happy with the outcome or not, what happened with the “wave“?
OK, I will be the first one to start, after all what they (powers from shadow) did to Trump administration and basically not allowing them to govern (not just mine opinion) this was Trump victory.
Can I have an opinion, but preferably from Americans, please?!
November 7th, 2018 at 6:34 pm
Wog Boy: Have a number of US friends – have avoided asking them what they think – most households are split….(just as Brexit has split families here)…..but given the air is so hot and sticky here in the UK re. the closing battle cries UK vs. EU /IN/OUT/???? my attention is selfishly fully on our own muddle.
November 7th, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Personally, I am Eurosceptic, EU has been ran by one and a half country (puppet states filling the numbers), but I don’t live in Europe anymore nor I intend to, but it looks to me that pro Eu people in UK will be calling for referendums until they get results they want, one referendum is not enough, if British people agree with that than good luck with the understanding of “democracy”.
You can always try to emigrate to Australia:) though you would have more chances to succeed in that if you are illegal immigrant then coming fro GB. Try declaring in your application that you have been persecuted by English;)
November 7th, 2018 at 7:31 pm
Wog Boy: I voted to leave EU even though my politic leanings (SNP/Scotland)voted to stay by a large majority.
PS: It wouldn’t be a lie to state I’ve been persecuted by the English – - at my own dinner party, I was told by an illiterate English female (who accompanied a friend of my husband) that I couldn’t possibly be properly educated or come from a respected family with my “working class” Scottish accent.
November 8th, 2018 at 5:54 am
Andy may not be at the same level as the Big 3, but he does serve an important role in men’s tennis. He is by far and away the 4th best player in tennis and he serves as an important buffer. As that buffer, he beats and weeds out the New Gen and other wannabes so that they don’t get a chance to pull the upset against the Big 3. So in a way, the Big 3 benefit from Murray so they’ll be happy when he comes back.
November 8th, 2018 at 9:13 pm
WogB – The objective look was that the Republicans took a huge pounding in the House and in governors seats – reflecting the work of the “Deep State”, 2 to 1 spending gap from Dem tech billionairs and the gratitude the Wall Street crowd had the Democrats saved from jail time in Obama’s years following the fiscal collapse thet cost the US 5 trillion, constant media support of their party of affiliation (for 90-92% liberal Democrats), and Trump & Co not touting the great Republican=led economy upswing, choosing to hype “illegal caravans” which was polarizing, instead.
The most important election outcome though was the Senate. Republicans expanded their control. It is the Senate, not House, that controls who is appointed by Trump, who is voted to be impeached. Trump can still get his Supreme Court picks in, more are to follow if only Thomas’s replacement given his high likelihood of resigning to ensure he is replaced by a staunch originalist (a group that believe the Constitution is what written and no more “creative license” to claim unwritten “evolvement from what was written 230 years back”.
And Trump cannot be impeached by trial in the Senate, unless he does some really bad criminal stuff, because Republicans won’t stand for Schumer trying to do to Trump what he tried doing to Kavanaugh.
THat’s your takeaway. Republicans did get hammered in the house and governor elections, and various committees will launch new investigations, but can’t impeach anyone with the Senate roadblock. 4 Sumpreme Court justices may be gone – 3 on age & health (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, homas to allow a conservative strict cnstructualist (originalist) to take his seat.
November 9th, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Thanks for taking time and coming back with detailed explanation, I wasn’t sure how American system operates since Australian is Westminster system, which is different.
Reading some analysis after elections and now yours, it’s fair to say that Americans didn’t rebuked Trump as some expected.
According to political analysts, results of the elections were nothing out of ordinary comparing with last 21 midterm elections where the party of an incumbent President has lost on average 30 seats at midtetm election.
The only two out of ordinary elections were 1994 and 2010 which we can classify as tsunami against incumbent parties and yet both Presidents won second term in the office after such disastrous midterm elections (Clinton and Obama).
So if they are to use these results as an indicator for the next Presidential election, well, incumbent President hasn’t been rebuked by American people, that’s for sure.
Latest independent indicators says that American economy is booming under Trump administration and they obviously (quietly) agree with his immigration policy, right? If that’s correct then that is what matters for the average American voters.
On the day of your midterm elections I was with about 20 American tourists in Sydney, doing sightseeing, they were using my mobile phone to check results, around 4pm Sydney time the results came in and the person who was checking on my phone said “we lost Congress but did well in Senat” obviously Republican and obviously not disappointed with results, after you explained it make sense why he wasn’t disappointed.
Now, profile of American tourists we are working with is generally older white Americans and they love to talk about politics, their opinion too is that that America economically is doing better under republican administration. I’ll leave it to you and others to agree or disagree, but it comes out of the mouth of Americans so I guess they know what they are talking about.
Last but not least, I read that Hillary Clinton hasn’t gave up on idea running again for President, I really wish she does it, that would be the final nail in the coffin of the evil witch.
November 9th, 2018 at 10:06 pm
Straight from my New York friend, as a bit of “balance”: It wasn’t what I wanted but it did show the Orange Horror that he is vulnerable.
As for Clinton standing for election, as OH is almost bound to be re-elected, good luck with that one. Can’t see her getting much support from the Democrats either.
November 10th, 2018 at 6:03 am
The most dangerous, evil and cunning person today in the world who is destabilising and hate Trump, half of the Europe (particularly Eastern Europe) and rest of the world is George Soros and his sons.
Where ever they turn up in Eastern Europe we have blood and tears, not without a reason he is nicknamed The King of Eastern Europe.
The only two leaders who had the balls to stand up against him and dark forces behind him are Trump and particulary Viktor Orban, who kicked him and his so-called “open university” out of Hungary, the real leader who puts interest of his country and nation first, that’s why is he demonise in the majority of the EU countries.
If we only have more leaders like Viktor Orban, that includes my old country and it’s servant regime.
November 10th, 2018 at 8:12 pm
Just WOW! Go Alexandria! Alexandria for President!
November 11th, 2018 at 3:26 am
Ronn: “the Big 3 benefit from Murray”
You worry me – because I can’t ignore the thread of truth trickling thru your comment.
November 11th, 2018 at 6:49 am
Big stinkfest a-brewing. Julien Benneteau did an interview for French TV that Australia News and SI ran with, and players are reacting to – Julien “Of course Roger gets special treatment at the AO. Look, they scheduled 12 of his 14 matches at night so Rog wouldn’t broil like the rest of us in the sun and he needs the break at his age if they give it to him.”
Djokovic was asked about what Julien and then others were saying after his Isner match, said it’s true, but Federer deserved it. (other sports have had their special rules, Ronaldo can’t foul someone else, Manchester United gets the calls, there were Michael Jordan rules, Kobe can’t foul rules, Lance and Serena drug testing rules, you don’t touch Steve Curry but the wind you create disturbs his 3-pointer it’s a foul rule…)
Djokovic to news.com.au – “Asked for his thoughts after his round-robin victory over American John Isner at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, Djokovic said Federer had earned the right for special treatment.
“In the end of the day, in a way he deserves the special treatment because he’s six-time champion of Australian Open and arguably the best player ever,” Djokovic told reporters.
“If he doesn’t have it, who is going to have it? People want to see him play on the centre court, and they want to see him play in showtime, the best hours, which is 7:30 at night in Rod Laver Arena.
“I understand Julien’s point because sometimes it does seem that maybe certain players get more favoured year after year in certain tournaments. On the other side, you have to understand that Federer is a driving force of tennis in terms of revenue, in terms of attention.”
Isner also asked, said he’d be fine if they gave Novak and Rafa special treatment as well….”“If anything, maybe they should get more special treatment because those guys, the top players, have made other players below them a lot of money,” the American said after his 6-4 6-3 defeat.
“It is like the Tiger Woods effect in golf. So that is how you can look at a guy like Roger. He is men’s tennis in my opinion. He deserves everything and more that he’s ever had.”
Noted tennis authority Chrisford1 said – “It happens in many sports where the biggest star is cosseted. It’s not scandalous if no one says anything about how people like Curry and Jordan and Messi getting it in other sports. Or Tiger moved up to play in the morning if rain is forecast in the afternoon at Tiger’s initial scheduled tee time.
But in tennis it adds another nuance to GOAT by Slamcount arguments. Favortism is a factor, just like differing levels in the intensity of competition various stars have faced the last 20 years. Or back when Connors, Mac, Borg, and Lendl were all around fighting each other. More competition = less wins. Simple math. Andy Murray got screwed by it. And for many years, there was a 70% chance it would be Novak and Rafa in the same semi, Fed would get #4 – which improved Fed’s odds after Rafa and Novak beat each other up. “
November 13th, 2018 at 1:50 am
Isn’t Benneteau Rog’s age? Perhaps he wanted “special treatment.” Might be a bit late now as I think he’s retired.
November 13th, 2018 at 2:00 am
J-Kath “Ronn: “the Big 3 benefit from Murray”
You worry me – because I can’t ignore the thread of truth trickling thru your comment”
Agree. It’s true. Andy with his speed and defense skills often neutralized a power player that could give Rafa trouble, but Rafa could handle Andy, knew Andy was a good matchup for him. Same with Fed, who owned Andy at Slam Finals.
Djokovic and Fed benefited from David Ferrer, Hot Sauce taking out players like Tsonga in his heyday…beating up Rafa – but Ferrer and Verdasco rarely bothered Fed and Novak. Tomas Berdych and Monfils were great for Djokovic….they, especially Tomas, cleared the decks for Novak and he always beat those two.
November 13th, 2018 at 2:03 am
Calling AM :) Off topic because, although it’s tennis can’t see where to put it, did you see Radwanska has retired? :0
Discussion about venue of WTF largely irrelevant as in 2 years time it’s set to move, and London has to bid like everywhere else.
November 15th, 2018 at 6:02 am
AM to M over!AM to M!…Yoohoo!….I’m here Boss!….Yeah about Aga M!Urgh!…I will miss her very much!…I like her so much M!…Like Angie,she’s also one of those players who really have nice attitude on court…I’ve never seen her showed a bad behavior towards her opponents,rarely complained to umpire about anything…she’s really a down to earth gal…We didn’t see this coming right?
I mean,heck!…Venus still playing even at 37!..And got various of injuries too all her career life…
About WTF…i honestly like London M!…I wish it could stay there forever…
November 15th, 2018 at 8:32 am
Isner ends the season as the No. 1 American for the sixth time in the past seven years. Only Jimmy Connors (9), Andy Roddick (8), John McEnroe (7) and Pete Sampras (7) have finished more years as the No. 1 American in the ATP Rankings.
How my country has fallen in mens’s tennis!
November 16th, 2018 at 7:55 pm
CF1…Islam really is a Religion of Peace…What is wrong tho is when some of it’s followers let their hatred,anger & revenge took hold of their heart & mind & lashed out to an innocent non muslim….
If they not been so blinded by it,and if they follow what Prophet Muhammad told them to do…And if they feared what Allah promises in Al Quran if they kill even one innocent non muslim…all those killing by suicide bombing is not going to happen at all…But yeah…heart full with hatred & anger can be easily swayed by the devil if we’re not strong enough…
November 18th, 2018 at 9:24 pm
CF1: Same with Christianity, used for good and bad, war and peace etc. It’s all down to interpretation.
November 19th, 2018 at 1:52 am
M!….I suddenly have the urge to give u this!
Love u M!…Have a guuuuuuudddd evening & nite!
November 19th, 2018 at 11:11 am
AM darling, you are soooo sweet xxxxxxxxx
November 19th, 2018 at 12:47 pm
Hehehehe…..Thank u Boss!!
November 19th, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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