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Tapping my foot and glued to my wrist watch waiting impatiently for any sign of life from the GOP.

Has anyone seen or heard from them? Will Mitt or Susan or any warm body show up?

I'm watching. I'm emotionally supporting Biden. I'm watching trumplethinskin digging himself

a hole.
I’m watching Biden speak directly to me, and the American people. Biden is most affective.

"If You Care About the Court, Don't Talk About It" ... is this a good strategy?

Personally, I’m so conflicted about what the Dems “should” do, “could do” that I am in a perpetual state of distress. Opinions?

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Why? Fixating on the Court organizes the electorate along two fronts of a culture war, and forces people to make stark ideological choices. Instead of focusing voters on the president’s failure to control COVID-19 or the consequent economic collapse, the culture war makes voters think only of their deepest tribal identities. To put it differently: Americans who define themselves as “pro-life” or as socially conservative might consider voting for Joe Biden if the issue at stake is the botched pandemic response. If the issue is conservative judges versus liberal judges, then they may stick with the Republicans.

Given the quirks of the American electoral system, these undecided voters matter, even more than the fired-up, well-organized inhabitants of liberal enclaves. The Democratic base may now be making record donations to Democratic campaigns, but if money was the only thing that mattered, Jeb Bush would be president. On its own, the Democratic base can’t determine the outcome of presidential elections, let alone the Senate majority. These contests are settled in a small number of states by a tiny number of independents and disillusioned partisans, the kinds of voters who used to be “Reagan Democrats,” but who now might become “Biden Republicans.” And they may well be spooked by the prospect of “liberal judges,” a phrase designed to evoke lawlessness, degeneracy, and disorder.

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/09/dont-make-the-election-about-the-court/616417/?fbclid=IwAR3MkrwqCuomrAbPn0mymEkIYGESuuBXL_ZjAr4ymtDsfQUfDker_HrZb3o

"We could have done more"....

A long sad, detailed article from the Atlantic reporting on an interview with Andrew Weissman discussing his new book “Where The Law Ends.”

Weissman, was one of Robert Mueller’s top deputies.


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And Mueller? He was incapable of navigating the world remade by Trump. He conducted himself with scrupulous integrity and allowed his team to be intimidated by people who had no scruples at all. His deep aversion to publicity silenced him when the public badly needed clarity about the special counsel’s dense, ambiguous, at times unreadable report. His sense of fairness surrendered the facts of presidential criminality to an administration that was at war with facts. He trusted his friend Barr to play it straight, not realizing that Barr had gone crooked. He left the job of holding the president accountable to a Congress that had shown itself to be Trump’s willing accomplice. He wanted, above all, to warn the American people about foreign subversion of our democracy, while the greater subversion gathered force here at home.

In our interview, I asked Weissmann if Mueller had let the American people down. “Absolutely, yep,” Weissmann said, before quickly adding: “I wouldn’t phrase it as just Mueller. I would say ‘the office.’ There are a lot of things we did well, and a lot of things we could have done better, to be diplomatic about it.”

And the investigation—was it a historic missed opportunity?

Weissmann’s reply was terse. “That’s fair.”

With the end of the Special Counsel’s Office, the one real check on Trump’s unfettered power was gone, until the next election. Now it’s upon us, and the president remains free to repeat what worked for him in the last one.


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/09/andrew-weissmann-mueller-book-where-law-ends/616395/




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