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Coronavirus Infections Surging In Every Swing State


Coronavirus Infections Surging In Every Swing State
October 30, 2020 at 8:34 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Coronavirus cases are surging in every competitive state before Election Day, offering irrefutable evidence against President Trump’s closing argument that the pandemic is nearly over and restrictions are no longer necessary,” the Washington Post reports.

“In the 13 states deemed competitive by the Cook Political Report, the weekly average of new cases reported daily has jumped 45 percent over the past two weeks.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 30, 2020, 08:47 AM (0 replies)

Polls show Trump is losing ground where the coronavirus is surging

Polls show Trump is losing ground where the coronavirus is surging
Will the latest Covid-19 wave seal Trump’s fate in the election?
By Julia Belluz@juliaoftoronto Oct 29, 2020, 2:30pm EDT

The third — and largest — coronavirus wave is hitting the US just in time for the presidential election, with surges in key Midwestern swing states. Numerous polls suggest voters may be taking their pandemic pain and panic with them to the ballot boxes in these places: President Donald Trump isn’t just down in national polls — he’s faring especially poorly in battlegrounds where infection rates are spiking.

Over the last two weeks, the coronavirus case count in Wisconsin — where Trump won by a single percentage point in 2016 — has jumped 36 percent, to an average of 4,200 new infections per day. And that’s just among the people who’ve been diagnosed. The test positivity rate in the state is a staggering 28 percent, according to Covidexitstrategy.org, and health officials have already had to transform the state fair park into a field hospital to manage the crush of new patients.

The situation is nearly as worrisome in Michigan: Cases there have risen 73 percent in the last two weeks, to 2,600 per day, while the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital has more than doubled since the end of September. It’s another swing state, which Trump won by an even tinier margin — of 0.3 — in 2016.

In these places, and the states around them, the majority of voters apparently prefer Biden. That has mostly been the state of things for some time, but is perhaps even clearer as Election Day approaches. “Biden is doing well everywhere — but his leads are even more solid in places where the coronavirus is hitting the hardest,” said Mike Greenfield, the chief executive officer of Change Research, who has been tracking the impact of the pandemic on voter decision-making.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 30, 2020, 08:29 AM (6 replies)

She's a Justice for now, but we can impeach Amy Coney Barrett -- if the Democrats are brave

Throw in Thomas and Kavanaugh while you're at it...

She’s a Justice for now, but we can impeach Amy Coney Barrett — if the Democrats are brave
This isn’t the end of the fight. But if Barrett does what we all fear and uses her position to stop a fair election, Democrats are going to have to be more forceful than they were during her confirmation hearings
Alexander Heffner
New York
1 day ago

Democrats’ failure to persuade the public and Republicans to suspend the nomination of now Justice Amy Coney Barrett has the potential to erode American democracy for generations.

On countless questions of constitutionality, life and death, and law and order, the Court’s 6-3 majority will enforce the preferences of an extreme minority. A tyranny of the minority will fundamentally alter the American Republic, diminish the rights of the majority, and pervert any remaining equal justice under the law.

Longtime Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein has provided the best advice to the Democratic Party at this juncture: “If Amy Coney Barrett goes on the Court and immediately votes for PA voter suppression, she should quickly be impeached. Trump asked her openly to act to tilt the scales of the election.”

If Barrett does indeed rule against the rights of voters in the days leading up to or during vote-counting — refusing to recuse herself from decisions that would clearly amount to a quid pro quo for Trump’s re-election — Ornstein’s suggestion is precisely the required hardball Dems need to play to delegitimize the extremist justice and preserve democracy.

By voting against the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and interfering in state’s electoral practices, Barrett’s rank duplicity will be unmistakable — as will the fraud of her purported conviction in federalism and state’s rights.

This is when Democrats need to pounce on her ethically and legally dubious approach — to serve the interests of the Republican Party rather than uphold the law — and make the argument they were right about not seating her. Any public support for the nominee-turned-justice will crumble. And while there will not be a 2-3 majority to convict in the Senate, Pelosi and House Democrats can swiftly impeach her.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Oct 28, 2020, 11:22 AM (41 replies)

Democrats see signs of hidden Biden voters flipping from GOP


Democrats see signs of hidden Biden voters flipping from GOP
By Amie Parnes - 10/28/20 06:00 AM EDT

Call them the secret Biden voters.

Political observers say there is a group of voters that has emerged in this cycle: Republicans who have never supported a Democratic candidate — not for the city council, Congress or president — who suddenly find themselves set to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

And they don’t want anyone to know it.

In 2016, some strategists concluded that a number of voters were secretly voting for Donald Trump but were not getting picked up by pollsters.

This year, strategists are wondering about Biden voters in red states and counties who are not waving signs and are keeping their views relatively quiet, but who could help the former vice president not only win states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, but also other states Democrats lost to Trump in 2016, such as Iowa, North Carolina and Georgia, where the vice president visited on Tuesday.

“There is a lot of evidence that they do exist and they’re everywhere,” one Biden ally said.


The Florida Republican who spoke anonymously to The Hill also feels “pushed into a corner” by Trump.

“I never ever thought I’d support a Democrat. It’s not who I am,” the Republican said. “But this was the only option.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Oct 28, 2020, 07:40 AM (30 replies)

Democrats Crushing House Republicans on Airwaves


Democrats Crushing House Republicans on Airwaves
October 27, 2020 at 3:46 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Politico: “In the most competitive 94 districts, Democrats have booked over $177 million in ads since Sept. 1, while their GOP opponents have booked $93 million.”

“Republican outside groups have partly made up the difference, but the party is still bracing for a string of defeats next month.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 27, 2020, 06:36 PM (1 replies)

Things we have to look forward to, per Jennifer Rubin...

Posted by sister on FB...

Yes please, Jennifer Rubin.

"If polling is accurate and former vice president Joe Biden wins handily next week, we can look forward to some very big changes: competent Cabinet officials, coherent policy initiatives, respect for the Constitution, a foreign policy that favors democracies rather than brutal dictatorships and depoliticization of the Justice Department, to name just a few.

But apart from concrete policy, we can also look forward to a host of things that we once took for granted:
White House news releases without typos, weird punctuation and other glaring errors.

Official documents that read like official documents in tone and that come out by email or hard copy, as opposed to tweets.

The absence of childish name-calling, insults, racist remarks, gaffes characterized as “jokes” and singling out of individual companies simply because they failed to boost the president’s ego.

A White House press shop that earns the presumption of trustworthiness until proven otherwise and — at worst — relies on “I don’t know” or vague evasion rather than outright lies.

News conferences in which the president does not personally insult members of the media, exclude them for writing things he does not like or dub them “the enemy of the people.”

Presidential interviews with respected news figures, not sycophantic media personalities.

A normal presidential schedule in which hours of TV time are not built in.

No more Stalinesque Cabinet meetings in which officials try to top one another in fawning over the president.

A president who communicates directly with the leaders of the House and Senate.

An administration that knows climate change is real and that more intense forest fires don’t result merely from insufficient sweeping of the forest floor.

An engaged first lady who takes up important public causes with tangible results.

An administration without relatives working in the White House.

A president who does not make money from funneling attention and revenue to his holdings.

No judicial nominee who is rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association.

An administration in which “Infrastructure Week” is about infrastructure.

A president who can comfort the nation in times of tragedy
A president who does not use the military as props.

Our Democracy in Peril: A series on the damage Trump has caused — and the danger he would pose in a second term

A president who has some basic grasp of American history, including racial injustice.

A president whose advisers are not overwhelmingly White men.

No presidential awards for political hacks, contributors and toxic media figures.

A president who never utters the phrases “red state” or “blue city.”

A White House counsel’s office that at least tries to get it right by providing advice in accord with the Constitution and statutes and polices unethical conduct.

An administration that favors easy access to voting.

Policy pronouncements issued only after consideration by relevant experts and departments.

A president who does not celebrate police brutality or excuse war crimes.

A president who does not embarrass us on the world stage.

A president who knows that there are no NATO “dues” and consumers pay for tariffs.

A president who understands the benefits of forward deployments and alliances.

A president who does not encourage Chinese detention camps or defend the human rights record of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un."
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 27, 2020, 05:06 PM (25 replies)

Trump Pulls Florida Ads as Cash-Poor Campaign Enters Final Week

Election 2020
Trump Pulls Florida Ads as Cash-Poor Campaign Enters Final Week
By Gregory Korte
and Mario Parker
October 27, 2020, 2:26 PM EDT

President Donald Trump’s campaign has all but pulled its advertising out of Florida, as it stakes its relatively small bank account on the industrial northern states that carried him to victory in 2016.

Since the beginning of the fall campaign on Labor Day, Trump has cut $24 million from his national ad budget, while former Vice President Joe Biden has added $197 million. Biden has outspent Trump three-to-one over that time.

Trump is now placing his final bet on just four battleground states: Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Polls show he’s down in all those states but Ohio, where it’s effectively even.

The president still has $350,275 budgeted to spend on ads in Florida through Election Day, but has canceled $5.5 million in the final two weeks of the campaign, according to data compiled from ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

The Trump campaign says its organizational strength in Florida will carry it into Trump’s column on Election Night as Republicans get more in-person voters to the polls.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 27, 2020, 04:56 PM (4 replies)

Amy Coney Barrett's first decision as a justice was a wrong one


Amy Coney Barrett's first decision as a justice was a wrong one
Barrett didn't have to participate in a prime-time political spectacle at the White House, just eight days before Election Day. But she did.
Oct. 27, 2020, 8:00 AM EDT
By Steve Benen


Last night, the former reality-show personality turned the dial to 11, hosting a prime-time spectacle at the White House. It was, for all intents and purposes, a campaign celebration, held for the cameras, just eight days before Election Day.

The merriment had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer: Barrett stood in the spotlight, on a White House balcony in front of the presidential seal, alongside Trump who beamed with pride before an applauding audience, which included Republican senators who spent last week pretending they have no idea how the far-right ideologue will rule on cases of lasting import.

Barrett was then ceremonially sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas -- arguably the high court's most reactionary conservative -- as if to drive home the point that the right had taken over the judiciary.

Barrett had a choice. She does not serve at the pleasure of the president. The Supreme Court's newest member could've told the White House, "No, I'm not comfortable with this. I'm not a trophy to be shown off during a re-election campaign." On the show last night, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) described the event as "the latest episode of the Trump reality-TV show, 'Re-Election Theater.'"

And therein lies the point: Barrett's first decision as a confirmed Supreme Court justice was to agree to participate in this political spectacle. She knew about the electoral context; she knew this prime-time program would give the appearance of a political victory party; and she chose to do this anyway.

CNN's Jake Tapper heard from a Republican consultant last night who said in reference to the White House show, "If I'm [Amy Coney Barrett], I don't go to this." The consultant added that it "looks bad."

Her apparent indifference to the damage all of this does to her credibility and the legitimacy of her institution speaks volumes about Barrett and the indefensible process that concluded with such a brazenly political coda.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 27, 2020, 04:02 PM (44 replies)

Trump Slams Fox News for Showing Obama Speech


Trump Slams Fox News for Showing Obama Speech
October 27, 2020 at 3:09 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“President Trump bashed Fox News repeatedly on Tuesday, agitated that the network was airing a campaign speech from former President Obama,” The Hill reports.

Said Trump: “I only saw he was on Fox. And Fox puts him on all the time, and they put sleepy Joe on all the time. What they should do is they should show the picture of sleepy Joe yesterday when he rushed to Pennsylvania because he saw that I had 25,000 people at each event.”

He added: “Fox, Fox is very disappointing… This would not have happened with Roger Ailes, I can tell you that.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 27, 2020, 03:17 PM (13 replies)

Drop Everything And Watch: #FightForHer



Drop Everything And Watch: #FightForHer
By Frances Langum

Filmmaker, activist, and Founder of http://TrueUSA.org and MOYO Media Lab Devin Hermanson has made a terrific video about women voters and Republican misogyny. It's a must-watch.

True USA:

Girls see how Trump and his enablers treat women. And they're watching to see what we'll do about it.

Let's choose leaders who will encourage girls to pursue their dreams, slay dragons, and lead countries! Let's choose leaders like Kamala Harris, RBG, and Joe Biden.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Oct 26, 2020, 07:39 PM (6 replies)
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