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Does the Mueller report matter?
O.K., I’m being slightly provocative here. Of course it matters — for American democracy, for the Trump administration, and definitely for the 34 people Robert S. Mueller III indicted along the way.
The fact that the president did not collude with Russians to pervert our democratic process is an outcome every American should cheer. And the White House is certainly right to be overjoyed: This is a victory for President Trump, lifting the fog of a special counsel investigation that had blanketed his presidency.
But I would like to humbly submit that early reports of its influence on Mr. Trump’s re-election strength — or weakness — have been vastly overstated.
I spent Saturday on the New Hampshire seacoast talking to Democrats about the Mueller investigation — a topic that did not come up at campaign events over the weekend, amid questions about health care, school shootings and climate change. When I asked voters why, the answer was almost always the same: Regardless of what the report said, they were sure Mr. Trump had done something wrong.
Here’s how Jim Sullivan, a 72-year-old retiree, put it, after listening to Senator Amy Klobuchar at a town-hall meeting: ”I’d like to ask if she would support jail time for him.”
Most Americans have already made up their minds about the president; it’s hard to see this report ushering a massive shift in public opinion. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 5 percent of registered voters said they had no opinion about the president. A whopping 77 percent expressed strong opinions, on either side.
In our hyperpartisan political world, the idea that the outcome of the special counsel investigation would dramatically reset dynamic of the 2020 race never felt particularly realistic.
Are some Democrats deflated by the findings? Sure. But as Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear a few weeks ago, impeachment under a Republican-controlled Senate was always a liberal pipe dream. Voters seem to recognize that: Polling by CNN last week showed that Democratic support for impeachment proceedings has fallen since the midterms. This report won’t significantly deflate their enthusiasm for defeating Mr. Trump.
Are conservative Republicans bolstered by the findings? Of course. They see it as a vindication of an argument they’ve been making for months: Mr. Trump is the victim of a “witch hunt.” Attorney General William P. Barr’s positive interpretation of Mr. Mueller’s report will energize Mr. Trump’s base — but we are still 20 months from Election Day. A lot can, and likely will, happen with these findings in the next 588 days.
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____________________The Soapbox: Electoral College
This is The Soapbox, a forum for you to share your thoughts with us and your fellow On Politics readers. In today’s edition, readers sound off the movement to end the Electoral College.
A large majority of responses were in support of ending the Electoral College, including this one from Gary Allen of Maryland:
The presidential election should be based on the national popular vote. The House is gerrymandered, the Senate represents states regardless of population, the Supreme Court is appointed. At least one element of government ought to be based on “one citizen one vote.”
A few readers wrote in to defend the Electoral College. Here’s a note we got from Edna Lampke:
Only several states would decide the elections otherwise! Then the majority of America would stop voting altogether. Very unfair.
Margaret Dickerson of Texas said a popular vote would make her feel like her vote actually counted:
I support abolishing the Electoral College. I am a liberal Democrat and I live deep in the heart of Texas. Therefore my presidential vote literally doesn’t count. All votes should count.
Sara Bhakti of Washington State wondered whether there was a third option:
In a high school civics class, we were taught that the Electoral College protected the influence of states with smaller populations from the “tyranny of the majority.” That reasoning is compelling to progressive liberal me. I wonder what a truly fair system would look like — perhaps instant runoff voting?
And finally, Ed Siebel of California reminded us that this debate is not exactly novel in the world of politics:
In 1955-56, the topic in the NFL (you knew that’s the National Forensic League?) considered by high school debate teams was: “Resolved: the Electoral College should be abolished.” I ‘spect this has been considered in detail for some time prior to that, as well.
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挂牌彩图香港挂牌彩图“【岂】【止】【是】【丢】【人】，【简】【直】【就】【是】【丢】【人】【妈】【妈】【给】【丢】【人】【开】【门】，【丢】【人】【到】【家】【了】！” 【宋】【怀】【义】【一】【边】【跑】，【一】【边】【哭】【着】【自】【言】【自】【语】，【暗】【暗】【发】【誓】【以】【后】【再】【也】【不】【会】【为】【了】【一】【个】【女】【子】【而】【做】【这】【种】【蠢】【事】【了】，【哪】【怕】【那】【个】【女】【子】【比】【天】【仙】【还】【美】【都】【不】【会】，【自】【己】【的】【小】【命】【永】【远】【是】【最】【要】【紧】【的】。 【孙】【夕】【媛】【见】【李】【墨】【一】【脚】【踢】【走】【了】【宋】【怀】【义】，【心】【中】【居】【然】【升】【起】【了】【一】【丝】【羡】【慕】。【她】【往】【常】【可】【是】【高】【高】【在】【上】【的】
【公】【会】【开】【始】【开】【荒】【黑】【翼】【之】【巢】【了】，【我】【们】【现】【在】【连】【奈】【法】【利】【安】【的】【面】【都】【见】【不】【到】。 【但】【是】【这】【并】【不】【妨】【碍】【我】【们】【对】【于】【他】【的】【妹】【妹】【黑】【龙】【公】【主】【奥】【妮】【克】【希】【亚】【进】【行】【每】【周】【一】【次】【的】【例】【行】【拜】【访】。 【今】【晚】【的】40【人】【团】【是】【去】【刷】T2【头】【的】，【可】【能】【是】【玩】【德】【鲁】【伊】【的】【人】【少】【了】【些】，【我】【已】【经】【带】【上】【了】T2【头】，【但】【是】【景】【彦】【还】【在】【用】T1，【我】【们】【寄】【希】【望】【于】【今】【天】【能】【出】【盗】【贼】【的】T2。 【走】【在】【幽】
【江】【栓】【柱】【一】【番】【解】【释】【打】【消】【了】【杨】【钿】【妹】【的】【大】【部】【分】【质】【疑】，【甚】【至】【还】【开】【始】【反】【思】【自】【己】。 【但】【无】【论】【怎】【么】【想】【都】【不】【觉】【的】【自】【己】【那】【么】【对】【三】【妮】【有】【什】【么】【错】，【哪】【怕】【有】【错】【也】【是】【三】【妮】【的】【错】。 【世】【上】【无】【不】【是】【的】【父】【母】，【三】【妮】【还】【能】【真】【的】【怨】【恨】【她】【这】【个】【亲】【娘】？ 【总】【之】，【只】【要】【不】【是】【妖】【孽】【一】【切】【好】【说】。 【就】【像】【当】【家】【的】【说】【的】【那】【样】，【妖】【孽】【还】【能】【真】【的】【憋】【在】【她】【家】？【那】【刘】【地】【主】【家】【不】【是】【更】
【完】【结】 （【实】【在】【不】【好】【意】【思】，【初】【次】【写】【作】，【经】【验】【不】【足】，【掌】【控】【的】【不】【是】【很】【好】。）挂牌彩图香港挂牌彩图【赵】【当】【阳】，【本】【名】【旭】，【和】【现】【实】【里】【某】【位】【演】【义】【传】【奇】【有】【着】【相】【似】【的】【经】【历】，【都】【因】【一】【个】【名】【为】【当】【阳】【的】【地】【方】【而】【名】【扬】【天】【下】。 【十】【年】【前】，【刚】【到】【而】【立】【之】【年】【的】【赵】【旭】【终】【于】【有】【机】【会】【独】【立】【带】【领】【镖】【队】。 【那】【一】【日】，【他】【白】【马】【银】【枪】，【带】【领】【镖】【队】【路】【过】【当】【阳】【镇】，【被】【一】【伙】【超】【过】【百】【人】【的】【山】【匪】【拦】【住】【去】【路】。 【这】【一】【百】【多】【人】，【各】【个】【精】【神】【抖】【擞】，【不】【乏】【江】【湖】【好】【手】，【更】【有】【不】【少】【数】【得】【上】【名】
【肖】【沐】【不】【以】【为】【然】，【平】【静】【道】：“【合】【作】，【也】【应】【该】【建】【立】【在】【实】【力】【相】【差】【不】【大】【的】【基】【础】【上】。【实】【力】【相】【差】【太】【大】，【杜】【先】【生】【真】【以】【为】【能】【合】【作】【的】【下】【去】【吗】？” 【杜】【匡】【脸】【色】【连】【变】【数】【遍】，“【肖】【先】【生】【说】【的】【也】【有】【道】【理】，【既】【然】【这】【样】，【我】【愿】【冒】【险】【一】【试】，【希】【望】【肖】【先】【生】【手】【下】【留】【情】。” 【肖】【沐】【和】【气】【道】：“【杜】【先】【生】【不】【必】【忧】【虑】，【我】【说】【的】【衡】【量】【实】【力】，【只】【需】【要】【碰】【撞】【一】【下】【气】【息】【就】【可】【以】【了】
【一】【个】【小】【时】【后】，【霍】【普】【离】【开】【了】【赛】【克】【的】【工】【坊】。 【这】【一】【次】【他】【与】【赛】【克】【缔】【结】【的】【契】【约】【内】【容】【与】【上】【一】【次】【大】【体】【一】【样】，【不】【同】【之】【处】【在】【于】【赛】【克】【承】【诺】【将】【完】【整】【的】【秘】【法】【给】【他】，【而】【他】【也】【受】【到】【契】【约】【限】【制】，【不】【得】【在】【奥】【术】【帝】【国】【境】【内】【发】【展】【任】【何】【提】【供】【信】【仰】【的】【组】【织】。 【当】【然】，【完】【整】【的】【秘】【法】【需】【要】【霍】【普】【和】【赛】【克】【一】【同】【前】【往】【荒】【芜】【大】【陆】【后】【才】【能】【获】【得】，【在】【此】【之】【前】，【他】【只】【能】【借】【用】【赛】【克】【给】【他】