People that you've never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows -- US Politics September 2020

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Only 30 days this month for the Big Guy to figure out a way to invoke The Munsters!

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 13:27 (three weeks ago) link

just read the headline "Don’t Just Focus on Election Day. Treat All of October as Election Month."
can I please be put into a coma

rob, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 13:52 (three weeks ago) link

SCOOP: Trump campaign official Jason Miller was paid $20,000 a month for “podcast & radio” work with Bannon’s nonprofit currently under investigation, according to court documents. He was ducking child support at the time. Me @Salon https://t.co/uBT8oXBE5d

— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) September 1, 2020

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 13:58 (three weeks ago) link

Jason Miller resembles the offspring that would result if John Travolta achieved congress with a beaver

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

lmao I read that then looked at the picture

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 14:45 (three weeks ago) link

saturday night beaver

syphilitic wolf prose errata (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 14:49 (three weeks ago) link

loool, lock thread. It can only go downhill from that.

Orson Well Yeah (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

Seriously, just start over.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

Really wanna hear more about the planes full of thugs in black with all kinds of gear.

nashwan, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

I think I've heard enough about that to believe it's true.

Anyway.

While one should always be alert to the possibility of systematic polling errors in either direction, this (alleging that polls are biased by 5-6 points against Trump because of shy Trump voters) is completely insane.https://t.co/ESIk22qjZl pic.twitter.com/AcWwaWojD9

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 1, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:13 (three weeks ago) link

here's a potential discussion topic to kick off what's sure to be a very normal and quiet month of September, 2020.

josh marshall has been bringing up the issue of how the biden administration will (or will not) hold the trump administration accountable for what happened. he thinks that 1) the scale of corruption is so huge, we need an audit. not in the form of house investigations or trials or litigation, but just an accounting of what has happened. and 2) if we don't plan for this audit now, during these months, it won't happen.

june 30: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/biden-should-commit-to-and-trump-should-be-warned-the-cover-ups-end-in-january
july 22: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/folks-the-executive-branch-needs-an-audit
september 1: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/accountability-should-be-on-the-ballot-now

here's a bit from today:

But the issue is less plans – there are a lot of ways to go about it. The issue is the will, laying the groundwork now and doing some planning in advance. As I’ve noted many times now, the mix of reconstruction, on-going catastrophe and politics will be so overwhelming in a possible new Biden administration that this kind of accounting and audit will almost certainly fall by the wayside if there isn’t a clear plan and set of commitments going in. Yet I see little concrete evidence of it two months out from the election. I have actually thought of putting together some basic, general text to use for getting commitments from members of Congress and political leaders, even though that’s a bit outside my comfort zone at this point in the site’s history and my role in it.

Some think that planning in advance is either bad karma (you’ll jinx it) or shows a certain presumptuous: focus on winning. Don’t get ahead of yourselves. But this seems wrongheaded on a few fronts. It is part of the accountability. You say what you plan to do in advance, just as you do with more traditional public policy. Most specifically, the public should know that accountability for corruption is on the ballot. Restoring constitutional government is on the ballot.

But what are we talking about? I would say a firm commitment to institute an orderly review of public corruption and law breaking under the previous administration using first and foremost the records of the government of the United States. This isn’t all that’s required. Far from it. But a new administration will inherit the books, as it were, the records of the US government. Yes, there is likely to be some document destruction and some things will have gone intentionally unrecorded. But governments are records producing machines. It’s simply not possible not to create a fairly ample record. There are no privilege issues by definition because the holder of the relevant privileges is the current leader of the executive branch. That’s where to start.

anyway, what do you all think? if/when we get to a biden presidency in jan 21, what do you want his administration to do re: the trump nightmare?

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:14 (three weeks ago) link

an audit is the best you can expect I think

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:15 (three weeks ago) link

1) the scale of corruption is so huge, we need an audit. not in the form of house investigations or trials or litigation, but just an accounting of what has happened. and 2) if we don't plan for this audit now, during these months, it won't happen.

i should say, that's my own (really brief) summary of what he thinks, and it's not complete. for example, marshall doesn't say that there should NOT be trials and litigation, etc, just that at bare minimum we need a commitment from biden and democratic leadership to audit the trump administration's activities in the first place

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

trying to reduce multiposts on the same topic in the 9th month of 2020, sorry, but one more thought. i think this bolded part is really important:

Some think that planning in advance is either bad karma (you’ll jinx it) or shows a certain presumptuous: focus on winning. Don’t get ahead of yourselves. But this seems wrongheaded on a few fronts. It is part of the accountability. You say what you plan to do in advance, just as you do with more traditional public policy. Most specifically, the public should know that accountability for corruption is on the ballot. Restoring constitutional government is on the ballot.

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:17 (three weeks ago) link

The Obama administration's disinterest to Bush corruption hurt him more than he thought. If Both Sides do it, then you vote for the Outsider.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:17 (three weeks ago) link

Also:

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s support has eroded among key groups of voters who backed him in 2016 — a major reason why he continues to trail former Vice President Joe Biden and a prime motivator for the president’s reelection strategy of emphasizing violent disorder in the nation’s cities.

Trump’s decline among parts of his 2016 base is a chief finding so far from the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, which tracked voter preferences daily four years ago and is doing so again this year. Overall, Trump has lost support from about 9% of voters who backed him in 2016, the poll finds.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-09-01/trump-slipped-among-key-groups-backed-him-2016

The poll shows no major shift in the race during the last two weeks, belying much speculation that the back-to-back national political conventions and violence in Portland, Ore., and Kenosha, Wis., might have changed what has been an unusually stable contest.

During the Democratic convention, Biden gained 2 percentage points and Trump lost 2 points; Trump then regained some of that ground during his convention, a week-by-week comparison of the poll’s tracking shows.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:19 (three weeks ago) link

An audit and/or investigations obviously need to happen, AND they need to pass or tighten up a lot of laws to make clear that the shit Trump's gotten away with in terms of mining the office for financial gain is really and truly illegal (because clearly we can't rely on the emoluments clause).

But I sort of doubt much of that happens, especially not if the Senate doesn't flip. There will be a lot of tut-tutters warning that focusing on Trump will make the Democrats look vindictive and just rile up the right.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:20 (three weeks ago) link

I know this gets brought up every week but the fact that people legitimately believe this man is a strong and capable leader is baffling to me, how are all his voters not extremely embarrassed by this

It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate - FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020

(fwiw I don't think anyone is actually reporting he had a bunch of strokes)

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:21 (three weeks ago) link

He sounds like a newspaper comments section in the form of a garbage bag filled with rotten mayo

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:22 (three weeks ago) link

Meanwhile, a local Republican office-holder on my Facebook feed is posting the thing about how antifa.com takes you straight to Biden's campaign page, and she clearly does not understand that this is an internet prank. (Nor do the people commenting on it.) Oh Boomers.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:23 (three weeks ago) link

anyway, what do you all think? if/when we get to a biden presidency in jan 21, what do you want his administration to do re: the trump nightmare?

I think a huge difference is that unlike past former presidents, Trump will not go gently into retirement. He will propel himself right back into the public eye, as a businessman, as a TV star, as an obnoxious asshole at every turn. Except that he will do it as a heavy scrutinized citizen, which is to say, he (and his family) will doubtless commit more crimes but likely get caught this time as it happens, and be at the mercy of courts everywhere without a Get Out of Jail Free card. So yeah, it would be nice to get an accounting of all the shit he did in office, but primarily to ensure new laws, rules and stopgaps to make sure it doesn't happen again. As for his own criminality and malfeasance, Trump Inc. will have nowhere to turn and few allies to turn to.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:41 (three weeks ago) link

yeah I'm curious how the GOP treats him after his term is over. I mean they don't *really* like him do they?

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:46 (three weeks ago) link

Meanwhile, a local Republican office-holder on my Facebook feed is posting the thing about how antifa.com takes you straight to Biden's campaign page, and she clearly does not understand that this is an internet prank. (Nor do the people commenting on it.) Oh Boomers.

unless someone intervened, shit like this would get all the way to some senate investigation led by chuck grassley, trying to figure out whether it's true that people can own websites, and asking the tough questions, like what is a website and how does it change?

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:48 (three weeks ago) link

But their voters do!

xpost

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:48 (three weeks ago) link

The Obama administration's disinterest to Bush corruption hurt him more than he thought. If Both Sides do it, then you vote for the Outsider.

imo it hurt The Democratic Brand, not O himself, but otherwise otm

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:49 (three weeks ago) link

There's a few toads like Matt Gaetz that seem similar enough to Trump that I believe actually like him. For the most part he's the devil's bargain they've signed to achieve their nefarious ends.

Orson Well Yeah (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:50 (three weeks ago) link

whatever happened to gaetz's cuban teenage "son"?

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:52 (three weeks ago) link

He pulled off the mask to reveal he's really Falwell's catamite.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:54 (three weeks ago) link

the important thing is that matt gaetz can't say racist things, on account of it being impossible due to his racist son. and actually, YOU'RE the racist

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:54 (three weeks ago) link

sorry, second "racist" was supposed to be "cuban". i don't know if his son is racist, but he probably is

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:55 (three weeks ago) link

Even if GOP dicks want to appease their own base (what an apt term), there's not much they can do to protect Trump out of office. Citizen Trump and his family are sitting ducks, and they know it.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 15:58 (three weeks ago) link

remember when we would've all been shocked at "your favorite President, me"?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 16:16 (three weeks ago) link

sad in a Ms Piggy accent

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n0HkwWpjR8

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 16:21 (three weeks ago) link

at bare minimum we need a commitment from biden and democratic leadership to audit the trump administration's activities in the first place

this doesn't sound like the kind of bipartisan healing that the DNC promised us

erratic wolf angular guitarist (sic), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:15 (three weeks ago) link

biden promised light, not darkness, so an audit fits in well with that imagery

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:18 (three weeks ago) link

president did not have a series of mini-strokes tells story about imaginary antifa super soldiers on a plane with his imaginary friend https://t.co/trCi3ntN0J

— kilgore trout, non mini-stroke haver (@KT_So_It_Goes) September 1, 2020

"Rioters, looters, a guy fucking an alligator...in short:

MONEY PLANE!"

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:18 (three weeks ago) link

I've seen a lot of Con Air jokes.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:19 (three weeks ago) link

anyway, what do you all think? if/when we get to a biden presidency in jan 21, what do you want his administration to do re: the trump nightmare?

― The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:14 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

this platform was the best argument for putting warren on the ticket:

https://medium.com/@teamwarren/restoring-integrity-and-competence-to-government-after-trump-1fda0e1cc4c5

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:19 (three weeks ago) link

re: "i did not have a series of strokes", seems like trump's people should remind him what happens when you ask people "don't think of an elephant".

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:21 (three weeks ago) link

thanks for that warren link, caek. i hope biden is amenable to her plan, and it's heartening that so much of it seems like it can be accomplished, if the will is there.

even with her plan, though, so much of it seems to ride on this aspect:

-*Establish a Justice Department Task Force to investigate corruption during the Trump administration and to hold government officials accountable for illegal activity.
Donald Trump has run the most corrupt administration in history. He was impeached for withholding foreign aid in an effort to try to benefit his re-election campaign. He has enriched himself and his business through the power of his office. And there are public reports of potentially illegal corruption in every corner of his administration. If we are to move forward to restore public confidence in government and deter future wrongdoing, we cannot simply sweep this corruption under the rug in a new administration. That’s why I will direct the Justice Department to establish a task force to investigate violations by Trump administration officials of federal bribery laws, insider trading laws, and other anti-corruption and public integrity laws, and give that task force independent authority to pursue any substantiated criminal and civil violations. I have also committed to establishing a task force to investigate accusations of serious violations by immigration officials during the Trump era.

it's going to take a lot of political will (or integrity, or courage?) to do this properly.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

The choice of AG is going to be pretty crucial. You have to start with an assumption that Republicans/QAnoners will see any and every effort to investigate the Trumps as further evidence of the Justice Department's ongoing conspiracy against him. Need somebody smart enough to work the politics of it and resilient enough to take the heat. Not sure that person exists.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:52 (three weeks ago) link

I hear Robert Mueller might be available to investigate the Trump administration's wrongdoing.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:56 (three weeks ago) link

warren should be AG (if she's done running for president, because i assume being AG in the present climate is not a good electoral career move)

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, she's got enough DGAF to do it and to tell Biden to back off if he tries to rein her in. Also why he might not choose her, of course. (This may just be fantasy football, but at least it's fun to think about.)

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 18:05 (three weeks ago) link

Sadly, Bob Barr's career won't suffer a bit for his having been Trump's footstool. He'll be living in a mansion, smoking fat cigars and raking in money until he dies. Or is sent to prison.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 18:05 (three weeks ago) link

I misread that as "fartstool," and even though I don't know what that would be, it seemed right.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 18:10 (three weeks ago) link

Btw I'll be honest, I don't see the point of questioning Asshole's physical health. If he's too unhealthy to be president then maybe he'll die, which is good. Mental health is more of a concern, especially considering the point where he started from.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 18:19 (three weeks ago) link

I barely have time to READ this stuff - how does this notoriously lazy man have time to DO it?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:51 (two days ago) link

he delegates

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:51 (two days ago) link

Just a meme, posted without comment, no relevance to current US society...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EitZdGpXcAIZYLe.jpg

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:20 (two days ago) link

My older daughter is volunteering as poll worker, she totally pursued that on her own. Very proud.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:23 (two days ago) link

Or the Russian bounties on American troops that Trump has known about for months and months
is trump secretly the real head of antifa

get a mop and a bucket for this Well Argued Prose (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:25 (two days ago) link

Or the Russian bounties on American troops that Trump has known about for months and months... "Look! A condor in a wet suit, right over there!"


Tedra Cobb, running against Elise Stefanik in upstate NY, is running ads focusing exclusively on the Russian bounty thing. And her ads run constantly; I haven’t seen a single Stefanik ad.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:36 (two days ago) link

Stefanik is infuriating; what are her chances for re-election?

akm, Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:39 (two days ago) link

looking forward to the Oppo Dump follies next month

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:44 (two days ago) link

more like Opprobrium Dumps

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:45 (two days ago) link

Today in math:

Trump, on AIDS research status, in his 4th year as president:

"When I first started they said it would take 10 years, now it's down to just 6 years," which "nobody" predicted.

— Craig Harrington (@Craigipedia) September 24, 2020

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:52 (two days ago) link

Trumpcare is the Healthcare Plan of the Future.. and always will be.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:57 (two days ago) link

Sen. Booker on Justice Ginsburg replacement: “I think Democrats are gonna continue to appeal to the sense of honor that when someone gives their word, as Lindsey Graham did, that they can’t just break it.”https://t.co/UVX4WBpeeB

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 24, 2020

i got a homogenic björk wine farmer permabanned (voodoo chili), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:58 (two days ago) link

i got nothing

i got a homogenic björk wine farmer permabanned (voodoo chili), Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:58 (two days ago) link

like the episode of The State where a criminal is told by the warden that there's no way out of the prison except for the open door at the gate but that this "open door" is off limits and being shocked when he escapes

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:00 (two days ago) link

now, i'm just going to take a catnap over hee-ya, and just remember - we like to consider this open gate "off limits"

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:06 (two days ago) link

Trump is kinda like Yogi Berra if he looked like Yogi Bear.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:07 (two days ago) link

Stefanik is infuriating; what are her chances for re-election?


Sadly, she’s been polling consistently ahead of Cobb.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:09 (two days ago) link

The filthy traitors at Fox News are stabbing the Glorious Leader in the back again:

New Fox polls:

NEVADA
Biden: 52%
Trump: 41%

OHIO
Biden: 50%
Trump: 45%

PENNSYLVANIA
Biden: 51%
Trump: 44%

In each state, voters prefer Biden to Trump on SCOTUS.https://t.co/oLy9VUQAQF

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 24, 2020

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:14 (two days ago) link

"The GOP's sense of decency"??

Paging General Eisenhower, please pick up the white phone.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:15 (two days ago) link

lindsey graham, we knew you as a man of honor

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:16 (two days ago) link

they prefer Biden to Trump on SCOTUS?

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:18 (two days ago) link

Maybe Trump will peacefully stand down if we allow him to remain President of Mar-a-Lagoo.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:18 (two days ago) link

nonsense, that's a fox news poll. you can't trust socialist fox news

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:18 (two days ago) link

They should bury him in Mar-a-Lago, preferably tomorrow.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:20 (two days ago) link

I'll let him be the President of Polyps

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:20 (two days ago) link

More pleasant news:

President Donald Trump is on the defensive in three red states he carried in 2016, narrowly trailing Joe Biden in Iowa and battling to stay ahead of him in Georgia and Texas, as Trump continues to face a wall of opposition from women that has also endangered his party’s control of the Senate, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College...

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:22 (two days ago) link

in the "or at least that's what i heard" department,

The U.S. Attorney’s office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a bizarre press release Thursday announcing that it was in the midst of an inquiry into “potential issues” with military ballots cast in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

The fact that feds were looking into the issue — which was described by the DOJ as a “small number of military ballots” that “were discarded” — wasn’t necessarily surprising, former Justice Department officials told TPM.

But publicizing the pending inquiry while selectively releasing details of what it found so far raised the question: Why was the U.S. Attorney’s office running afoul of DOJ policy regarding the announcements of such investigations?

Gerry Hebert, a former DOJ official who for several years worked in its voting section, said in an email that Thursday’s press release was “inconsistent with DOJ handbook for prosecuting election cases, which generally discourage public statements by DOJ re: ongoing investigations.”

A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney David Freed’s office told TPM the office had no further comment outside of the statement.

“DOJ policy provides that the government should not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation,” Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney under President Obama, told TPM in an email. “There is an exception where necessary to assure the public. The question here is whether the prosecutor is seeking to assure or alarm the public.”

The weirdest detail of all was that, in its initial press release, the DOJ said it had identified only some of the voters who had cast the ballots in question, but “[a]ll nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.”

Within a few hours the press release was taken down and a revised press release issued to clarify that of “the nine ballots that were discarded and then recovered, 7 were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.”

“Two of the discarded ballots had been resealed inside their appropriate envelopes by Luzerne elections staff prior to recovery by the FBI and the contents of those 2 ballots are unknown,” the revised press release said.

But the clarification came after a prominent Trump campaign official tweeted sensationally that “100% of” the ballots “were cast for President Trump” and that “Democrats are trying to steal the election.”

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:23 (two days ago) link

As far as October surprises, if they had anything meaningful on Biden it would have been leaked months ago... with Bannon out of the picture, there is no strategy.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:25 (two days ago) link

Whose turn is it to slap some sense into Cory Booker?

shout-out to his family (DJP), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:29 (two days ago) link

Probably Moe.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:32 (two days ago) link

The wait to cast a ballot Thursday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, Ill., north of Chicago, was as long as two and half hours as the first day of early voting kicked off in the state. The first voter showed up at 8 a.m. — an hour before the doors opened — and by midafternoon, at least 300 people had filed through, according to Lake County Clerk Robin O’Connor. The turnout was so unexpected that O’Connor said she plans to add a fourth voting machine Friday to accommodate the demand.

People stood six feet apart inside the modern annex, checking their phones or waiting quietly. “They’re courteous, they’re being polite, they’re following the rules, it’s beautiful. It’s truly beautiful,” O’Connor said.

Socorro Herrera, 36, came out on the first day because, she said, “I wanted to make sure I set an example for people.”

“I checked in on Facebook. I am wearing my sticker. I told my 18-year-old to vote,” she said. “We are all busy, but you can vote too. I want my young kids to know this is important — we all lead busy lives. It’s a privilege, it really is.”

Michael Barr, 54, said he waited in line for two hours and 45 minutes to vote, even though he was only able to pay for two hours of parking at a city meter. “I don’t trust mail-in voting,” Barr said. “We already don’t get regular mail, like bills, on time. There’s no way to trust the mail system to vote.”

Toby Wong, 68, said she voted early because as an immigrant from Canada, “I take my voting rights seriously.”

“I wasn’t going to let fear about the coronavirus stop me,” Wong added. “I am going to make sure my vote counts.”

The county has also seen a huge demand for vote-by-mail ballots: more than 126,000 have been sent out so far to voters, quadruple the number of people who voted by mail in the 2016 general election. O’Connor said she expects to receive “well over 100,000 back” through the mail or via dropboxes located both inside and outside the courthouse.

“Usually by the first day, we never have this kind of volume. We didn’t expect so many people,” said Chief Deputy County Clerk Todd Govain. “This year is very different.”
Statewide, more than 1.8 million Illinois voters had requested mail ballots by Wednesday, according to the state board of elections. In the 2016 election, 370,000 votes were cast by mail in Illinois — a record at the time, and one that is expected to be easily broken this year.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:38 (two days ago) link

A pro-Cornyn Super PAC is using a photo of my tattoos to make me seem "radical." That's pretty funny to me.

You think I'm ashamed of them? They cover my shrapnel wounds from when my helicopter was shot down. They're a mark of my service to our country. I'm damn proud of them. pic.twitter.com/HrqX68ZzKa

— MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) September 24, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:40 (two days ago) link

who wants to get a tattoo of Trump insulting gold star families

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:49 (two days ago) link

Can't wait to vote for MJ Hegar

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 24 September 2020 23:25 (two days ago) link

that Trump 10 years/6 years thing is maybe the best recent example of something that, 20-30 years ago, would have been late-show joke fodder for a month. like dan quayle and "potatoe," or those little books of "bush-isms" from the pre-9/11 GWB presidency. look at this laughably doltish remark! and currently the president has one of those at least once a day, but (a) the nature of the internet now is by the time any professional were to muster a joke about any of them, i'd be preemptively sick and bored of it aka Covfefe syndrome; and (b) i'm in no mood to find any of it funny unless you count a mouth frozen in a stunned rictus for six months as laughter.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 25 September 2020 02:11 (yesterday) link

a mouth frozen in a stunned rictus for six months

...is the new "a boot stamping on a human face forever."

Erm...

"-Bob Marley"

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 25 September 2020 02:14 (yesterday) link

xp i thought something similar earlier today. the thing with quayle and potatoe is that at least he was phonetically pretty close, and also it was about the spelling of goddamn potato. the 10/6 thing is a step or two dumber but also a revealingly empty boast about AIDS research at the same time. it feels like a new level of rot

Karl Malone, Friday, 25 September 2020 02:27 (yesterday) link

"The rot is coming from inside the house!"

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 25 September 2020 02:51 (yesterday) link

the 6 years/10 years thing is barely a story because everyone already knows Trump is a dipshit.
similarly, Obama talking about 57 states was barely a story because no one really thought he was stupid.
Quayle seemed kind of dim, and video of him incorrectly correcting elementary school kids confirmed that.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 25 September 2020 15:25 (yesterday) link

and yet inexplicably he got potato wrong because the cue card he was looking at had it spelled wrong, so who completed THAT card, and who is dumb enough to let a cue card shame them into spelling potato wrong.

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Friday, 25 September 2020 15:26 (yesterday) link

A funny joke, ha ha:

POLL: Which member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would you prefer to run the interim government after the December 2020 military coup?

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 25, 2020

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 25 September 2020 20:15 (yesterday) link

you should probably not even talk about the concept of joking for a while

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Friday, 25 September 2020 20:34 (yesterday) link

Yeah, not funny

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 25 September 2020 23:30 (yesterday) link

Why in god's name do we want to "save the Senate"? It's an anti-democratic abomination. There's so much dumb going around. https://t.co/5sGI3hYCe4

— Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) September 25, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:21 (one hour ago) link

The wording of Klein's tweet isn't great, but the actual article is better.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:24 (one hour ago) link

It is not a bad article - but Klein remains remarkably credulous. "Democrats are now considering reforms that are, from the standpoint of democratic governance, overdue, but that were, from the standpoint of Senate traditions and mores, unthinkable: eliminating the filibuster, adding DC and Puerto Rico as states, even changing the composition of the Supreme Court." - none of that is happening.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:36 (fifty-six minutes ago) link

I would give eliminating the filibuster pretty decent odds of happening, statehood less so.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:38 (fifty-four minutes ago) link

how is adding more states unthinkable? we've clearly done it at least 37 times

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:44 (forty-nine minutes ago) link

statehood already passed the house iirc

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:44 (forty-eight minutes ago) link

eliminating the filibuster is going to be required to pass even a budget

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:45 (forty-seven minutes ago) link


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