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Dems Giving Down-ticket GOP a Free Pass. This Must Change!

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The Republicans have begun to shift their strategy to protecting their down ballot candidates and incumbents from their Republican Party nominee.

Will the Democrats change their current strategy of concentrating on Trump and not attacking the Republican Party, hoping to gain some disgruntled votes?

Today, this is their strategy-allowing all other GOP candidates essentially to go their merry obstructionist way by ignoring them.

The GOP is very appreciative of this decision.

Is it a wise decision to make a Faustian deal to leave the GOP alone in order to try and secure the presidency, and have the same crowd, with a few changes, still in congress and across the country?

This is debatable, but what is clear is that it IS the current strategy of the Dems, with all their candidates lockstep on this issue. The reason, apparently, is because the Dems believe by NOT attacking the GOP, they will attract the "good" Republican voters who do not like Trump. They believe by not criticizing the GOP, the "moderate", women, and some independent voters will maybe vote this one time for the Dem presidential candidate. I disagree with the policy for the following reasons:

1) All Republicans will vote for all OTHER Republicans on any ballot!

2) On most issues, Trump is a "normal" Republican. Aside from Trump's near daily rants, his views are pretty much the same as the Party's, with the exception of trade. The other sixteen who lost to him, and all GOP candidates, mostly share and agree with his views on social and justice issues, climate change, abortion, religious tolerance, Obamacare, voter ID laws, voting reforms, Benghazi, the environment, taxation, immigration, Supreme Court (!!), guns, NRA, and racial and political questions. There basically is no difference between him and the GOP, except that he is continuing to insult other Republicans. Incidentally, he IS the REPUBLICAN PARTY nominee.

3) There are no "moderate" or "good" Republican officeholders or candidates. They are all in step with party policies, for the benefit of themselves or their corporate sponsors. Have any of them done anything outside of the party talking points? No. They all have chosen party over country since 2008. The differences are temperamental and personal, not ideological. THEY ARE REPUBLICANS and MUST BE DEFEATED.

4) To give all downstream Republicans an intentional pass is simply wrong. These are the folks that do the gerrymandering, resulting in a GOP congress. These are the candidates passing voter restrictions-supervisors, mayors, governors, all other elected officials. The Republicans must be associated with Trump EVERY TIME HIS NAME IS USED. Being silent by design, the Dems are permitting the folks that are screwing them to keep their seats and bring in new GOP clones.

Expose the GOP for who they are, what they stand for, what they have done, and what they have not done for the citizens of our country the last eight years.

Will the potential Republican voters, be so offended by hearing the truth about the Republicans that they will not vote for the Dems?

This is a weak strategy and decision, the cost and benefits upside down, and in line with the GOP interests still controlling the media message, and the Dems being too frightened to expose them for who they are. Have been. And, will be.

Who benefits from this? The GOP is in a win/win situation, they lose and blame the guy. They win, well, they win

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