#BTBC, Vol. 1: “Handling the #MuellerReport–Build A Bridge And Get Over It”

Welcome to “Behind The Blue Curtain”, Volume 1. #BTBC is an unsafe space where I send cold, hard, unadulterated messaging guidance and advice to Democratic voters, operatives, professionals, candidates, and elected officials.

Without further ado let’s go!

With regards to the Mueller Report, first and foremost Democrats need to focus on behaving completely different from our friends on the Republican side: follow evidence, accept facts, and move forward.

If you truly care about our party and our Republic you will not behave like the President and his sycophants who have attacked the character and integrity of Robert Mueller and are still typing “WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI?” in all quotes.

Second point here, not every book, movie, play, or diet ends the way we want it to. As patriotic people of principle, based on what we know about the Mueller Report at this point, it doesn’t have the climatic, dramatic Matlock moment that points the irrefutable finger of certain conviction at the President.

While no impeachment may be disappointing, the best thing I can advise you? Build a bridge and get over it!

Keep in mind that the Special Counsel was never designed to uncover wrongdoing or result in impeachment, but to come in as an independent third party, ask questions, follow the evidence, and seek indictment when appropriate; in that regard the Special Counsel’s investigation has been extraordinarily successful.

Third point of reference: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been perhaps our best messenger prior to the release of the report, stating at a presser just two weeks ago,

Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

So, what do you say?

That’s simple: talk about our values and our priorities. Democrats are notoriously bad at speaking in bumper stickers no matter how many times we are confronted with data urging us in that direction.

So, where to go from here in terms of messaging? Most often we need to consider what the other side will say and how our comments contrast to theirs and highlight the differences in our values and ethics as Democrats.

The Republicans and collaborators will spike the football like they won the Superbowl. They will parrot the President calling this a “hoax”, a “witch hunt”, and a “waste of tax dollars”. Our messaging needs to counter that in a very commonsense way.

Here are five important points to express online, offline, on the record, over the bar stool next to you, and in the very vibes you put out to the world:

1) It is shameful that we needed a Special Counsel to begin with. In the next election we have the chance to elect a President who will make us proud as a country and reset the standard for ethics and public discourse.

2) The overwhelming majority of people giving their hot takes haven’t even read the report. The first question out of your mouth/thumbs should be, “Have you read the report?” It was perhaps the most effective Republican argument against voting for Obamacare and will be an effective argument here. If they haven’t read the report there hot take is invalid.

3) The Special Counsel did his job very well: he asked questions, followed the evidence, and earned indictments when appropriate. Thirty-four people and 3 companies were either indicted, convicted, or pled guilty. Furthermore, there will likely be many more brought down as investigations continue through third-parties and House investigations.

4) The Mueller Report doesn’t change anything. It may have not determined that the President colluded with Russia or committed high crimes and misdemeanors, but it did not absolve him from being the most prolific liar in the history of 1600 Pennsylvania, lowering public discourse to an embarrassing level, destroying our standing globally, destabilizing global markets, and adding more to our national debt in 2 years than his predecessor did in 8 years.

5) This is far from over. Information gleaned from this investigation will inform dozens or House investigations that will get to the bottom of Jared Kushner’s security clearance and his off the official record communications with global leaders that may have enriched him, whether or not the emoluments clause was violated, and if Donald Trump violated dozens of federal laws by lying about his financial position in order to obtain billions in loans.

The bottom line for Democrats is this: get over your disappointment and get refocused on 2020. The President is out of step with a majority of Americans on gun safety, income inequality, health care, equality, the deficit and debt, and basic human decency.

We’ve got a lot of work to do. Let’s go.

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Trump SOTU Word Count

The number of times a word was used precedes the word.

30 will
29 American
21 States
21 years
21 one
20 new
19 must
18 United
17 Americans
17 country
17 can
15 America
14 Congress
13 tonight
13 border
13 now
12 decades
12 women
12 never
12 also
12 last
11 time
11 come
10 America’s
10 illegal
10 jobs
10 year
10 work
9 people
9 Nation
8 Administration
8 make
8 just
8 ever
8 Now
8 ago
7 legislation
7 together
7 almost
7 world
7 fight
7 pass
7 know
6 President
6 historic
6 citizens
6 progress
6 southern
6 parties
6 Tonight
6 working
6 asking
6 family
6 choose
6 prison
6 brave
6 trade
6 first
6 made
6 wall
6 home
5 immigration
5 political
5 soldiers
5 confront
5 economic
5 children
5 century
5 million
5 economy
5 whether
5 another
5 freedom
5 Herman
5 heroes
5 joined
5 living
5 Joshua
5 defend
5 secure
5 agenda
5 Grace
5 still
5 First
5 since
5 young
5 class
5 place
5 drugs
5 face
5 drug
5 next
5 life
5 men
5 God
5 put
5 two
4 infrastructure
4 traffickers
4 beautiful
4 including
4 criminal
4 Alice’s
4 history
4 leaders
4 billion
4 evening
4 barrier
4 protect
4 Matthew
4 always
4 months
4 unfair
4 passed
4 cities
4 fellow
4 reduce
4 three
4 reach
4 build
4 right
4 child
4 death
4 lives
4 stand
4 exact
4 China
4 great
4 walls
4 Elvin
4 areas
4 back
4 part
4 deal
4 keep
4 law
4 Act
4 war
4 ask
4 get
4 end
3 Afghanistan
3 incredible
3 immigrants
3 crossings
3 greatness
3 agreement
3 dangerous
3 thousands
3 patients
3 powerful
3 politics
3 families
3 Nation’s
3 Together
3 reached
3 proudly
3 nuclear
3 getting
3 nations
3 justice
3 Special
3 finally
3 winning
3 courage
3 workers
3 cancer
3 Middle
3 regime
3 future
3 thanks
3 budget
3 behind
3 crisis
3 troops
3 better
3 safety
3 others
3 Gerald
3 chance
3 failed
3 defeat
3 united
3 killed
3 nearly
3 moment
3 entire
3 create
3 within
3 whose
3 NAFTA
3 Judah
3 began
3 Agent
3 weeks
3 story
3 Alice
3 human
3 state
3 month
3 going
3 peace
3 every
3 girls
3 ports
3 Today
3 D-Day
3 power
3 price
3 done
3 East
3 seen
3 many
3 fall
3 able
3 love
3 Last
3 four
3 Step
3 laws
3 came
3 Just
3 gang
3 June
3 good
3 tax
3 set
3 old
3 far
3 One
3 pay
3 sex
3 ICE
3 New
2 African-American
2 investigations
2 concentration
2 breakthroughs
2 unprecedented
2 manufacturing
2 extraordinary
2 prescription
2 negotiations
2 intellectual
2 Unemployment
2 opportunity
2 enforcement
2 non-violent
2 Republicans
2 politicians
2 cooperation
2 communities
2 life-saving
2 regulations
2 healthcare
2 sentencing
2 challenges
2 government
2 recognized
2 officially
2 Pittsburgh
2 industries
2 everywhere
2 developing
2 commitment
2 impossible
2 resistance
2 astronauts
2 considered
2 compromise
2 interests
2 different
2 advantage
2 Hernandez
2 hospitals
2 community
2 completed
2 sentenced
2 countless
2 important
2 Democrats
2 socialist
2 potential
2 Wibberley
2 negotiate
2 wonderful
2 countries
2 treatment
2 companies
2 childhood
2 announced
2 virtually
2 innocent
2 murdered
2 survived
2 Sergeant
2 Zeitchik
2 followed
2 millions
2 includes
2 security
2 approach
2 presence
2 narrowly
2 survivor
2 remember
2 property
2 policies
2 priority
2 mother’s
2 birthday
2 watching
2 anywhere
2 promised
2 nominees
2 military
2 thriving
2 standard
2 possible
2 expected
2 slavery
2 rebuild
2 Victory
2 support
2 control
2 parents
2 Heather
2 Madison
2 stormed
2 members
2 society
2 friends
2 destiny
2 welcome
2 legally
2 Members
2 missile
2 Judah’s
2 beaches
2 Officer
2 Timothy
2 include
2 imposed
2 product
2 chamber
2 deliver
2 cheered
2 holding
2 achieve
2 gallery
2 created
2 promise
2 culture
2 science
2 growing
2 pursue
2 happen
2 system
2 memory
2 Sharon
2 please
2 aliens
2 across
2 person
2 became
2 forces
2 fought
2 allies
2 Russia
2 unborn
2 Treaty
2 Dachau
2 helped
2 matter
2 toward
2 attack
2 Matson
2 dreams
2 tariff
2 ensure
2 choice
2 recent
2 prices
2 agents
2 number
2 taking
2 lowest
2 vision
2 middle
2 strong
2 Senate
2 office
2 energy
2 access
2 MS-13
2 voted
2 crime
2 entry
2 Debra
2 gates
2 heard
2 built
2 start
2 issue
2 moral
2 bring
2 Great
2 World
2 lower
2 Syria
2 begun
2 train
2 Bless
2 seven
2 blame
2 Diego
2 proud
2 eager
2 major
2 image
2 tears
2 share
2 birth
2 dream
2 faith
2 farms
2 earth
2 moved
2 rapid
2 ended
2 miles
2 today
2 later
2 large
2 thing
2 added
2 space
2 York
2 long
2 fair
2 sell
2 lost
2 says
2 safe
2 told
2 pain
2 shot
2 open
2 knew
2 save
2 need
2 show
2 push
2 days
2 left
2 join
2 bill
2 fund
2 used
2 meet
2 free
2 Iraq
2 ISIS
2 hour
2 NATO
2 Cole
2 camp
2 Iran
2 evil
2 born
2 case
2 real
2 Many
2 Paso
2 eyes
2 baby
2 womb
2 AIDS
2 boom
2 give
2 flag
2 like
2 wars
2 took
2 stop
2 pace
2 sky
2 age
2 War
2 saw
2 Kim
2 USS
2 yet
2 Tom
2 San
2 HIV
2 way
2 net
2 day
2 cut
2 try
1 great-grandchildren
1 great‑granddaughter
1 Intermediate-Range
1 disproportionately
1 U.S.-Mexico-Canada
1 counter-terrorism
1 Hispanic-American
1 state-of-the-art
1 Jewish-Americans
1 Administration’s
1 representatives
1 Government-wide
1 Accountability
1 groundbreaking
1 Asian-American
1 Constitutional
1 administration
1 opportunities
1 Concentration
1 anti-Semitism
1 anniversaries
1 compassionate
1 investigation
1 international
1 grandchildren
1 granddaughter
1 relationship
1 out-innovate
1 independence
1 once-distant
1 capabilities
1 side-by-side
1 achievements
1 dictatorship
1 bloodthirsty
1 constructive
1 anti-semitic
1 overburdened
1 prostitution
1 civilization
1 unemployment
1 disabilities
1 Pennsylvania
1 pre-existing
1 unacceptable
1 transparency
1 humanitarian
1 potentially
1 importantly
1 withdrawing
1 discredited
1 inspiration
1 Immediately
1 10-year-old
1 fundamental
1 generations
1 legislators
1 magnificent
1 imagination
1 inheritance
1 differences
1 destruction
1 retribution
1 accelerated
1 illustrates
1 transformed
1 disparities
1 underscores
1 nominations
1 astonishing
1 adversaries
1 law-abiding
1 catastrophe
1 empowerment
1 experienced
1 freeloading
1 investments
1 agriculture
1 trafficking
1 burglarized
1 Enforcement
1 commonsense
1 see-through
1 competition
1 legitimate
1 wealthiest
1 principled
1 controlled
1 prosperous
1 Venezuelan
1 domination
1 nationwide
1 remarkable
1 Scientific
1 Children’s
1 repeatedly
1 Everything
1 coalitions
1 California
1 remembered
1 tragically
1 terrorists
1 disastrous
1 decisively
1 settlement
1 strengthen
1 Eisenhower
1 protection
1 well‑being
1 obligation
1 tremendous
1 revolution
1 modern-day
1 unfairness
1 population
1 first-time
1 bipartisan
1 Government
1 ridiculous
1 liberation
1 confirming
1 redemption
1 productive
1 Republican
1 structural
1 initiative
1 campaigned
1 calamitous
1 conditions
1 protecting
1 rebuilding
1 investment
1 Reciprocal
1 individual
1 immigrated
1 critically
1 colleagues
1 revitalize
1 eliminated
1 reductions
1 understand
1 completely
1 identified
1 benefitted
1 resurgence
1 assistance
1 businesses
1 Peninsula
1 diplomacy
1 unlimited
1 Jerusalem
1 candidate
1 neglected
1 brutality
1 Venezuela
1 socialism
1 radiation
1 therapies
1 eliminate
1 condition
1 diagnosed
1 something
1 apologize
1 advancing
1 Lawmakers
1 cherishes
1 basically
1 late-term
1 divisions
1 communism
1 momentous
1 discovery
1 unrivaled
1 railroads
1 lawmakers
1 brightest
1 re-ignite
1 neighbors
1 represent
1 Wisconsin
1 victories
1 transcend
1 thrilling
1 remembers
1 pointless
1 boundless
1 unmatched
1 territory
1 sanctions
1 solutions
1 synagogue
1 screeched
1 Holocaust
1 threatens
1 viciously
1 Synagogue
1 vengeance
1 liberated
1 respected
1 increased
1 migration
1 Meanwhile
1 organized
1 financial
1 onslaught
1 yesterday
1 unleashed
1 streaming
1 Smugglers
1 assaulted
1 Tolerance
1 recognize
1 redefined
1 injustice
1 reminding
1 inspiring
1 terminate
1 rejection
1 Gentlemen
1 celebrate
1 committed
1 qualified
1 offenders
1 Tennessee
1 following
1 heartache
1 receiving
1 practices
1 Therefore
1 launching
1 adventure
1 improving
1 stalemate
1 targeting
1 reversing
1 paramount
1 necessity
1 insurance
1 expanding
1 Agreement
1 Hampshire
1 shattered
1 crumbling
1 amendment
1 Dominican
1 Obamacare
1 unpopular
1 convicted
1 Companies
1 residents
1 extremely
1 continues
1 workforce
1 detection
1 loopholes
1 smuggling
1 strategic
1 February
1 Chairman
1 outspend
1 continue
1 hostages
1 theories
1 trillion
1 fighting
1 election
1 launched
1 coercion
1 contrast
1 research
1 critical
1 epidemic
1 gathered
1 Hospital
1 Research
1 Millions
1 unfairly
1 increase
1 everyone
1 spending
1 National
1 Security
1 Military
1 build-up
1 violated
1 problems
1 displays
1 chilling
1 Governor
1 Virginia
1 reaffirm
1 stronger
1 abortion
1 prohibit
1 solution
1 republic
1 highways
1 equality
1 honoring
1 Herman’s
1 Normandy
1 liberate
1 hurtling
1 rekindle
1 patriots
1 Kentucky
1 volcanic
1 squander
1 journeys
1 exciting
1 Eighteen
1 attacked
1 acquires
1 withdrew
1 toughest
1 warriors
1 remnants
1 conflict
1 Suddenly
1 decision
1 massacre
1 grateful
1 prisoner
1 appeared
1 venomous
1 genocide
1 gridlock
1 devotion
1 caravans
1 protects
1 depleted
1 shooting
1 operates
1 producer
1 fentanyl
1 platform
1 removing
1 sexually
1 exporter
1 business
1 commuted
1 sentence
1 minister
1 mistreat
1 veterans
1 sweeping
1 offender
1 laughing
1 Inspired
1 national
1 released
1 mentored
1 partisan
1 ruthless
1 homeland
1 offenses
1 reformed
1 believes
1 re-enter
1 horrible
1 travesty
1 allowing
1 billions
1 recorded
1 Democrat
1 Treasury
1 Michigan
1 recently
1 Thursday
1 stealing
1 all-time
1 fairness
1 disclose
1 delivers
1 bringing
1 ensuring
1 Republic
1 killings
1 sadistic
1 assaults
1 CONGRESS
1 eighties
1 Sharon’s
1 officers
1 response
1 greatest
1 promises
1 people’s
1 deployed
1 concrete
1 proposal
1 physical
1 Vietnam
1 remains
1 Perhaps
1 perhaps
1 Nuclear
1 stopped
1 elected
1 opinion
1 testing
1 capital
1 realism
1 Embassy
1 pledged
1 endless
1 wounded
1 condemn
1 interim
1 poverty
1 despair
1 complex
1 resolve
1 liberty
1 alarmed
1 founded
1 example
1 rallied
1 doctors
1 cancers
1 newborn
1 greater
1 Melania
1 Joining
1 advance
1 brought
1 patient
1 secured
1 defense
1 treated
1 entered
1 Defense
1 Missile
1 moments
1 fastest
1 feeling
1 started
1 delight
1 passage
1 execute
1 dignity
1 triumph
1 prevail
1 survive
1 fascism
1 Capitol
1 landing
1 fragile
1 recalls
1 English
1 Channel
1 beneath
1 uplifts
1 loyalty
1 tallest
1 conquer
1 unknown
1 forward
1 declare
1 Arizona
1 deserts
1 defined
1 biggest
1 sailors
1 embrace
1 revenge
1 honored
1 weapons
1 corrupt
1 world’s
1 leading
1 sponsor
1 radical
1 bravery
1 killers
1 destroy
1 Speaker
1 urgency
1 Taliban
1 arrived
1 Kaufman
1 soldier
1 forever
1 chasing
1 surgery
1 gunfire
1 results
1 efforts
1 majesty
1 mission
1 Wealthy
1 schools
1 reduced
1 vibrant
1 borders
1 ordered
1 Mexican
1 General
1 prepare
1 miracle
1 rockets
1 lawless
1 custody
1 cocaine
1 foreign
1 migrant
1 exploit
1 journey
1 natural
1 smuggle
1 foolish
1 tyranny
1 Private
1 waiting
1 hugging
1 kissing
1 reforms
1 Johnson
1 already
1 Believe
1 strides
1 planted
1 studies
1 inmates
1 putting
1 coyotes
1 cartels
1 Crusade
1 dealers
1 related
1 wrongly
1 stories
1 closely
1 Charles
1 selling
1 dollars
1 tariffs
1 Chinese
1 respect
1 blunder
1 Another
1 deficit
1 chronic
1 focused
1 massive
1 chapter
1 serving
1 success
1 quality
1 amazing
1 Indiana
1 quarter
1 largest
1 Already
1 hottest
1 decline
1 require
1 problem
1 cutting
1 replace
1 stamped
1 mandate
1 penalty
1 rescued
1 scourge
1 endured
1 Bissell
1 Debra’s
1 numbers
1 arrests
1 charged
1 bravely
1 request
1 violent
1 percent
1 exactly
1 doubled
1 highest
1 closing
1 ranches
1 abolish
1 richer
1 adding
1 Forces
1 launch
1 Korean
1 reason
1 opened
1 Israel
1 deeper
1 bigger
1 square
1 Maduro
1 turned
1 nation
1 abject
1 Guaido
1 rarely
1 poster
1 faster
1 anyone
1 lifted
1 raised
1 Nearly
1 nurses
1 parent
1 mother
1 collar
1 school
1 needed
1 donate
1 stamps
1 infant
1 agreed
1 letter
1 treaty
1 System
1 rising
1 babies
1 ripped
1 stated
1 battle
1 rights
1 empire
1 Second
1 exists
1 wounds
1 cattle
1 UNITED
1 rolled
1 rescue
1 Almost
1 seated
1 honors
1 shores
1 sights
1 summit
1 search
1 bridge
1 trials
1 hearts
1 golden
1 Hawaii
1 Seaman
1 terror
1 reject
1 bloody
1 friend
1 Afghan
1 groups
1 escape
1 unlock
1 common
1 STATES
1 second
1 braced
1 father
1 spread
1 hatred
1 occurs
1 poison
1 chants
1 Jewish
1 ignore
1 killer
1 Friday
1 divide
1 enrich
1 donors
1 guards
1 trucks
1 Dwight
1 little
1 remove
1 called
1 double
1 threat
1 social
1 member
1 policy
1 heroin
1 savage
1 subway
1 modern
1 gotten
1 suffer
1 lethal
1 remedy
1 beyond
1 impact
1 served
1 crying
1 salute
1 opioid
1 pilots
1 Locker
1 Reilly
1 action
1 Joseph
1 deeply
1 Irving
1 reform
1 proven
1 urgent
1 behalf
1 Apollo
1 Aldrin
1 Allied
1 ending
1 Europe
1 jumped
1 harmed
1 highly
1 worked
1 abroad
1 levels
1 change
1 giving
1 wealth
1 making
1 result
1 single
1 option
1 foster
1 vastly
1 global
1 hoping
1 charge
1 places
1 govern
1 become
1 wanted
1 crimes
1 Thanks
1 horror
1 Nevada
1 coming
1 lawful
1 forget
1 tenure
1 estate
1 credit
1 filled
1 safest
1 Simply
1 enable
1 pledge
1 boldly
1 simple
1 proper
1 demand
1 North
1 Korea
1 yield
1 based
1 spent
1 given
1 badly
1 South
1 quest
1 noble
1 renew
1 calls
1 adopt
1 Chemo
1 leave
1 twice
1 force
1 safer
1 might
1 brain
1 Eline
1 Every
1 asked
1 begin
1 final
1 ready
1 fully
1 limit
1 Wages
1 allow
1 truth
1 terms
1 leaps
1 giant
1 cause
1 craft
1 civil
1 blood
1 Think
1 think
1 proof
1 tanks
1 skies
1 early
1 hours
1 rocky
1 bonds
1 glory
1 light
1 among
1 Thank
1 night
1 souls
1 break
1 alive
1 green
1 Maine
1 peaks
1 woods
1 snowy
1 await
1 ahead
1 Craig
1 acted
1 doubt
1 alike
1 speed
1 valor
1 costs
1 focus
1 least
1 troop
1 talks
1 avert
1 camps
1 Madam
1 Samet
1 forge
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1 cried
1 creed
1 voice
1 times
1 raced
1 pride
1 Legal
1 saved
1 wages
1 Union
1 State
1 rules
1 buses
1 order
1 speak
1 march
1 alone
1 taken
1 fatal
1 Angel
1 taxes
1 flood
1 north
1 pawns
1 cruel
1 party
1 Human
1 cross
1 seize
1 exist
1 Class
1 greet
1 stuck
1 plant
1 shape
1 thank
1 Staff
1 Bible
1 clerk
1 gives
1 goods
1 known
1 theft
1 clear
1 often
1 wrong
1 takes
1 USMCA
1 tried
1 unite
1 words
1 Trade
1 eight
1 leads
1 alien
1 cures
1 short
1 Texas
1 rates
1 truly
1 plans
1 smart
1 steel
1 small
1 Much
1 Jong
1 bold
1 true
1 Lady
1 Vice
1 Juan
1 stay
1 hung
1 read
1 else
1 bond
1 paid
1 help
1 plan
1 food
1 fast
1 Jude
1 girl
1 blue
1 said
1 holy
1 fact
1 upon
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1 heal
1 grow
1 hole
1 dark
1 hell
1 star
1 link
1 defy
1 hope
1 fate
1 Look
1 dare
1 Camp
1 Navy
1 warm
1 grip
1 Nazi
1 81st
1 halt
1 trip
1 vile
1 12th
1 Life
1 Tree
1 SWAT
1 want
1 ways
1 mass
1 20th
1 duty
1 mark
1 meth
1 puts
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1 Dads
1 City
1 Year
1 gain
1 Tens
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1 wide
1 envy
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1 rest
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1 Bill
1 Farm
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1 moon
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1 lead
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1 Ohio
1 vote
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1 edge
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1 half
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1 rate
1 bars
1 sure
1 Reno
1 Also
1 step
1 city
1 high
1 tell
1 core
1 sent
1 vast
1 past
1 room
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1 INF
1 Day
1 let
1 Let
1 car
1 red
1 son
1 vow
1 foe
1 joy
1 oil
1 use
1 gas
1 act
1 big
1 sea
1 era
1 met
1 low
1 lay
1 USA
1 dad
1 boy
1 ill
1 job
1 see
1 Law
1 got

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Trump SOTU WordCloud

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BREAKING: Trump SOTU Excerpts

As released to WH press pool.

The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People.

In the 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, and redefined the middle class standard of living for the entire world to see. Now, we must step boldly and bravely into the next chapter of this Great American Adventure, and we must create a new standard of living for the 21st century.

Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.

Over the last two years, my administration has moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of BOTH parties over many decades.

We have unleashed a revolution in American Energy – the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world.

After 24 months of rapid progress, our economy is the envy of the world, our military is the most powerful on earth, and America is winning each and every day.

Last year, I heard through friends the story of Alice Johnson. I was deeply moved. In 1997, Alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first-time non-violent drug offender. Over the next two decades, she became a prison minister, inspiring others to choose a better path… Alice’s story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing – and the need to remedy this injustice.

We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens.

No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s WORKING CLASS and America’s POLITICAL CLASS than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.

All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before…

To build on our incredible economic success, one priority is paramount: reversing decades of calamitous trade policies.

Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure.

It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place. This is wrong, unfair, and together we can stop it.

We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom…

As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars.

We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants Death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish People

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The Case For Nancy Pelosi

Since 2006 she’s raised $1.5 BILLION for the DCCC, is the only woman to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and in partnership with DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan just led House Democrats back to the majority.

No one in the Democratic House caucus can match up to what current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offers and it is imperative that caucus members enthusiastically support her re-election as Speaker of the House.

Leader Pelosi is the only Californian to ever serve as Speaker. She would be the seventh Speaker to serve non-consecutive terms since the position was created in 1789, and only the second Speaker to serve non-consecutive terms on the past 100 years (the last being my fellow Texan Sam Rayburn who served as Speaker three different times).

After Democrats lost the majority in 2010 I penned a lengthy memo that was particularly critical of the then-Speaker’s management of the House, identified missed opportunities, and outlined a path forward that greatly reduced Pelosi’s role as the face of the caucus. Her staff cautioned against presenting her with the memo, but when she read it in front of a roomful of colleagues she largely agreed with my thoughts.

Rather than rejecting criticism and justifying, Pelosi embraced thoughtful critique and embraced some suggestions that were critical of her performance.

Unlike many politicians, Pelosi doesn’t have an ego. She wants those around her to be successful because she knows their success will feed her success, and that is a very valuable leadership trait.

Based on her experience of having fought her way into the majority, lost that majority, and then fought her way back, I believe that Leader Pelosi will manage our majority in such a way that we influence policy in a meaningful way, allow more transparency and liberalize the amendment and debate process, give newer/younger members more opportunities in leadership, and create an opportunity to sustain this majority for several cycles to come.

In the final analysis Democrats are faced with the daunting prospect pushing back against a battle-tested Republican Senate Majority and a Republican White House devoid of any adherence to normal standards of decency.

We absolutely must put our best players on the field and there is no argument present that Nancy Pelosi is anything in no less than the best prepared and best equipped player on our team.

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Killing Us Softly With His Utter Incompetence and Arrogance

The President cancelling the Korean Summit is a massive, huge, terrible mistake.

Kim Jong-Un (Jong-Un Kim, in Korean) is the same despot today that he was 3 weeks ago. Let’s not accept the false premise that offensive language, harsh, rhetoric, or anything else detailed this effort. Hell, just on the garbage Trump has tweeted, Kim should have never agreed to a meeting.

Unfortunately, that begs the question: was this ever even real from Kim’s side? Maybe, maybe not.

Kim’s actions at the DMZ recently certainly gave me cause for hope, as those small, symbolic actions are very meaningful in that culture.

We must consider the possibility that Kim is smarter than the average bear. It is entirely possible–if not probable–that Kim sought out dischord.

Koreans are very nationalistic, and that isn’t limited by a border (as we witnessed during the most recent Winter Olypmics). Kim making big moves at the DMZ and offering cooperation actually helps him tremendously if his goal is to unite the Peninsula (at least in spirit), making it more difficult to accomplish our goals there.

The reality is that Trump should have never even agreed to meet with Kim. Access to POTUS has immense value and the allocation of that access reflects our values. The reason prior Presidents didnt meet with Kim or his father was because they were withholding something of tremendous value in order to elicit a desired behavior. Even sending Pompeo was far more than the dictator deserved. Far more.

Now, Kim can promote on his domestic propaganda how HE spurned us, thereby strengthening his position by reinforcing his narrative. We effectively have him a win…a big win.

Beyond that, we really should consider just how juvenile and ill-planned this entire thing was.

The Koreans were already making progress on their own, therefore, U.S. involvement was far too premature. We should have let them figure out some details and build up some momentum before jumping in.

This sad, insecure, little man we have in the White House is so desperate for validation and praise that he rushed to judgement, prematurely spiked the football, and even had a challenge coin made on which they referred to Kim by his preferred moniker, “Supreme Leader”. This ridiculous move (both the coin and the moniker) further elevated Kim and actually created the easily avoided opportunity for disruption by even invoking imagery and language.

We had a real chance to reach a “Separate Peace” on the Korean Peninsula and effectively neutralize the most significant military threat to the Western Hemisphere. Instead we have more animosity, more conflict, and created less incentive for Kim to play nice.

I have honestly tried to acknowledge when this President has been effective, but I must state here unequivocally that this is a colossal failure that threatens our very existence.

Although there are literally dozens of unfortunate events over the course of this presidency that I could classify as damaging to our democracy, decency, and mankind, this event may be judged to be the worst.

Our President allowed his ample vanity to rush a process, only to have the fragility of that ego completely wreck a potentially positive outcome.

So, there’s that.

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Upgrade Your Early Vote Strategy

You think early voting is the prelude to the main event: election day.

Someone else thinks early voting means “every day is election day”.

You’re both right…and wrong.

It’s time to upgrade your early vote strategy.

In the early days of early voting in Texas it was viewed as more of an after thought with the lion’s share of a campaign’s efforts reserved for election day itself.

As voters became more familiar and comfortable with the concept of early voting they began participating in the early vote period at a higher rate. This led to campaigns shifting more effort and resources to the early voting period.

Often I find myself consulting on campaigns that are stuck in one camp or another, and trying to talk campaign managers into thinking about early voting in an entirely new way. This results in a few hours of explanation followed by the high probability that they just do what they’ve always done anyway.

In football they say you must execute three phases: offense, defense, and special teams. My old pal Crash Davis said about baseball, “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.

So, why is your campaign only focusing on one phase?

The reality is that every campaign is (or should be) about three phases: identification of likely voters, persuasion of undecided voters, and turnout of likely voters who support your candidate.

Different campaign managers have different processes they are comfortable with to identify (aka “ID”) a universe of likely voters. Some prefer phones while others rely on door-to-door canvassing.

For this discussion the ID process is immaterial to the broader point, but the end result is that your campaign should end up with four lists at the conclusion of the ID phase: likely voters who say they will support your candidate, likely voters who say they will not support your candidate, likely voters who say they are undecided, and likely voters who refused to answer or were unable to be contacted.

At this point you have a clear direction for who needs to move to your persuasion phase: likely voters who say they are undecided, and likely voters who refused to answer or were unable to be contacted.

You also have your first installment of likely voters for your turnout phase: likely voters who say they will support your candidate.

So, early voting begins. Your campaign manager says, “time to switch to turnout mode”, your field director says, “we must ID more voters, your paid communications consultants say, “now we double down on persuasion”. Whose counsel do you heed? The answer is “All Of The Above”.

Each day of early voting is election day…and the day before election day…and two days before election day, etc.

It is imperative for any campaign to run on all three parallel tracks simultaneously: ID, persuade, turnout.

As you diminish your pool of positive voters through your turnout phase you must replenish the pool utilizing the ID and persuasion phases.

At the conclusion of early voting you can ditch the ID phase and fall back hard on your persuasion and turnout phases, but not one day before that.

Don’t let your campaign get trapped in the dogmatic thought process of your campaign manager. Upgrade your early vote strategy by following through on all three phases until your campaign crosses the finish line.

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