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USA Politics (redux)
« on: November 10, 2020, 02:09:34 PM »
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2020, 03:51:16 PM »
The scary data point this morning is that 70% of Republicans have swallowed Trump's completely unsubstantiated agitprop that he cannot have lost this fair and free election.
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2020, 04:00:10 PM »
The scary data point this morning is that 70% of Republicans have swallowed Trump's completely unsubstantiated agitprop that he cannot have lost this fair and free election.

Yes. Though I don't officially "follow" him on Twitter (most of his 88.9M followers are bots, anyway), I encourage anyone who hasn't seen his Twitter feed to take a look, especially since he has insisted on governing by Twitter, which is absurd. I think any public figure, including him, should be on Twitter. But not to discuss policy, or wail like a 5-year-old (no offense to 5-year-olds), or create fake drama where there is no need. And now, it's just getting embarrassing.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

Meanwhile, I've ordered one of these t-shirts. This story is going to be comedic gold for years.

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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2020, 04:29:25 PM »
Bruce: how do you personally rate Trump's chances of ratfucking his way into a second term?

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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2020, 04:34:20 PM »
Bruce: how do you personally rate Trump's chances of ratfucking his way into a second term?

I don't consider myself the best gauge, but so far, all of his legal efforts have been dismissed. That said, I'm concerned by today's departure of some top Department of Defense officials:

https://twitter.com/renato_mariotti/status/1326263924027748352?s=20

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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2020, 04:35:43 PM »
Trump's chances of ratfucking his way into a second term?

Zero.
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2020, 04:46:56 PM »
Yes. Though I don't officially "follow" him on Twitter (most of his 88.9M followers are bots, anyway), I encourage anyone who hasn't seen his Twitter feed to take a look, especially since he has insisted on governing by Twitter, which is absurd. I think any public figure, including him, should be on Twitter. But not to discuss policy, or wail like a 5-year-old (no offense to 5-year-olds), or create fake drama where there is no need. And now, it's just getting embarrassing.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

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https://shopclass.threadless.com/designs/four-seasons-total-landscaping/?fbclid=IwAR101yPaOr2q9sDnxL6plqyRiKffMrPu6ziwZI2ZKhkC-QbdqUXvvfC6AWM#

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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2020, 04:54:22 PM »
Come get your legal advice and your lawn & garden supplies between the crematorium and the adult appliance boutique.  Come for the mulch, stay for the French ticklers!

It's going to provide comedians, writers, and filmmakers with comedy for years. Exhibit A: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAyh2xPrFvo&fbclid

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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2020, 04:56:42 PM »
Zero.

Not zero. you're forgetting the disgrace of the GOP Senators roundly acquitting him.  They're still busily enabling his destructive tantrum.
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2020, 05:11:53 PM »
Opinion polls are what they are. All the same I had expected Biden to win the election with a somewhat larger margin. But Trump got rather many votes. Are we sure, that some of the orange swindlers votes weren't the result of fraud?
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2020, 05:23:27 PM »
Opinion polls are what they are. All the same I had expected Biden to win the election with a somewhat larger margin. But Trump got rather many votes. Are we sure, that some of the orange swindlers votes weren't the result of fraud?

Despite the tendentious amplification by the right-wing disinformation ecosystem, voter fraud is extremely rare.
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2020, 05:37:23 PM »
It's going to provide comedians, writers, and filmmakers with comedy for years. Exhibit A: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAyh2xPrFvo&fbclid

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Exhibit B:
https://twitter.com/nanglish/status/1325242917519233024

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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2020, 06:13:41 PM »
Exhibit B:
https://twitter.com/nanglish/status/1325242917519233024

Yes, very good -- I retweeted that myself.  ;D

I propose a simple check to determine if your post meets this criteria: would you say this, and in this way, at dinner with your boss?

Good barometer. Or as one friend said, "Don't post anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of The New York Times."

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2020, 06:19:03 PM »
I propose a simple check to determine if your post meets this criteria: would you say this, and in this way, at dinner with your boss?

Good, plain sense.
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2020, 06:48:25 PM »
Except we're often in a power relationship with our bosses that means we can't speak our minds no matter how politely.

Re the bad polling: I heard someone criticizing them point out that while one can talk of the "shy" Trump voter skewing the figures they were also well out in some uncontroversial downticket races where shyness could barely have been a factor.
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2020, 07:10:10 PM »
Joe pulled it off.  No surprise.  The surprising thing is just how poorly Dems did overall.  They were boosted by a pandemic and a depression, and yet they lost seats in the House, and Republicans look set to hold a Senate majority.  So much for packing the court, impeaching Trump's SCOTUS picks, a green new deal, etc.  From a long term perspective, Trump's gains with minorities point a way forward from Republicans later in the decade and in the 2030s.  Dems have to come up with a better game plan. 

And then there's the 2020 census and how it will shape the mid-terms.

But before that, I gotta see cabinet picks.  The big three plus the head of the NSC matter, while all else is fluff.  As long as Samantha Power doesn't get a seat at the table, it will be acceptable.  I'm thinking we could see a female DOD chief (Flournoy) and Treasury chief (Brainard).  Safe enough picks. 
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Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2020, 08:05:12 PM »
Trump advisers privately express pessimism about heading off Biden’s win = None of them has the backbone to tell the man-baby the truth.
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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2020, 08:25:39 PM »
I honestly don’t see Trump conceding and he’ll probably end up being evicted from the White House. He’ll never admit defeat even though by large he simply doesn’t have the electoral college votes. He can contest Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania all he wants, there hasn’t been any hard evidence that voter fraud has occurred and even if this ends up at the Supreme Court, they’ll throw it out, because it’s not just one or two states he’s contesting, but many of them. Many believe this to be another 2000 election, but it’s not. It’s quite evident that Trump lost. Some news commentator mentioned that the mail-in ballot is a Republican’s worst enemy, I would say no, a Republican’s worst enemy is supporting this cretin we currently have in office. I can guarantee you that if the shoe was on the foot and Biden lost, this wouldn’t be happening, because we have to remember that Biden isn’t a stable genius like Trump.
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