23 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-30-20

  1. I’ve noticed this trend. Our local papers have done this, Yahoo, USA Today, Vice, MSN, and numerous others. They all use a similar excuse. But this close to an election it reeks of censorship, especially since they’re actively censoring content now too on their platforms. Yahoo says it’s temporary, and I’m sure it will be, right up until about Nov. 4th. It’s like they don’t want people refuting their stories or
    rebuffing them in the comments. Dissent will no longer be tolerated.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/07/more-comment-sections-bite-the-dust/

    “Inside Higher Ed provides pretty thorough and good coverage of, ahem, higher ed. I don’t visit it daily, generally when there’s some issue that pops up. I have found their comment section to be relatively sane, *relatively* being the key word.

    So I was surprised when I just noticed that Inside Higher Ed shut down its comment sections as of July 1, 2020:”

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    “Yahoo also recently announced that it was temporarily closing comments on news articles.

    Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback to help us enhance the experience.”

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  2. Hack alert!

    Exactly the kind of behavior you’d expect from a Soros bought and paid for lackey.

    https://www.kmov.com/news/attorney-for-mark-patricia-mccloskey-file-motion-to-disqualify-gardner-her-office-from-pursuing-case/article_deba13e0-d1aa-11ea-a2a0-2f56fb382d57.html

    “Attorney for Mark & Patricia McCloskey files motion to disqualify Gardner, her office from pursuing case”

    “In a court filing, Joel Schwartz claims Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner should not be allowed to prosecute their case because of statements made by her campaign regarding the incident. The McCloskeys were charged by Gardner’s office after they were seen pointing guns outside their home in the Central West End last month.

    According to Wednesday’s court filing, in one email, sent out before charges were filed, Gardner’s campaign literature read: “You might be familiar with the story of the couple who brandished guns during a peaceful protest outside of their mansion” and “…President Trump and the Governor are fighting for the two who pointed guns at peaceful citizens…” The literature contained links to donate to her re-election campaign.

    The filing also states campaign literature was sent after the charges, again referencing the McCloskeys’ case and links to donate.

    Gardner and attorney Mary Pat Carl are facing off in the Democratic primary Tuesday. The winner is the presumptive circuit attorney for the next four years.

    The McCloskeys’ attorneys state the campaign emails show Gardner has personal interest in the outcome of the case.

    “Here, a reasonable person with access to all the facts would find that there was at least the appearance of impropriety, in that Ms. Gardner’s decision may have been affected by her personal, political, financial, and professional interests, and that her neutrality, judgement, and ability to administer the law in an objective manner may have been compromised,” the filing wrote.”

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    Dems just love them some prosecutorial misconduct.

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  3. Another win for Judicial Watch. 🙂

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    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-releases/mccabe-texts/

    “Judicial Watch announced today the FBI will finally begin processing Andrew McCabe text message for release after a federal court rejected the FBI’s request to dismiss a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on behalf of Jeffrey A. Danik, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, for emails and text messages of former-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (Jeffrey A. Danik v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01792). Mr. Danik filed his first request for the records in 2016.

    After years of suggesting that text messages are not subject to FOIA, the FBI told the court in a recent filingthat it has located 150 text messages and 5,696 emails but will not have a schedule to release the records until August 28, 2020. “

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  4. If they had any decency left, they’d be embarrassed.

    But……

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/07/democrats-make-mockery-of-barr-hearing/

    “Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’”

    “Barr brings out the worst in them, which is saying something.

    If it’s a “hearing,” Bill Barr asked with an irked tongue in cheek, “aren’t I the one who’s supposed to be heard?”

    His frustration was more than justified. Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) and the other Democrats who control the House demanded for months that Barr come to a “hearing” and “testify.” But of course, it wasn’t anything like an actual hearing, and they didn’t want him to testify — as in actually answer questions. The session was a coveted election-year opportunity for Democrats to berate the attorney general of the United States in five-minute installments, accusing Barr of corruption, perjury, violating his oath, betraying the Constitution — at one point, even of killing thousands of COVID-19 victims (apparently, by being attorney general during a pandemic).

    Especially at the beginning of the hearing, Barr easily parried the hostile questions — soliloquies with question-marks at the end. He picked apart their misstatements and disingenuous premises, and answered with aplomb. Democrats thus dropped the threadbare pretense that this was a hearing. In the main, the rest of the afternoon was devoted to raging, mock-anguished perorations about how Trump is a dictator and how Barr is helping him destroy our democracy.

    These were punctuated by the occasional petulant demand that Barr answer “yes or no” a question that was either loaded or incoherent. When Barr would begin to answer, there would be foot-stomping, indignant, “I’m reclaiming my time” interruptions, claims that there was no question pending (usually after a question had just been posed), and then more Democrat filibustering about how the American people could clearly see that Barr was afraid to answer their questions . . . that they wouldn’t let him answer.

    It was an embarrassing spectacle.”

    Some days, it just feels like we’re doomed. Today is one of those days. And not simply because this should have been an important oversight hearing featuring an important witness — one whom a serious committee would have wanted both to hear out and to challenge. It is, after all, the nature of the Justice Department’s work that there are many tough judgment calls; no one gets them all right.

    What happened on Capitol Hill Tuesday was a debacle to despair over because Democrats do not act this way because they are preternaturally rude. They act this way because their voters expect and demand that they act this way.

    It is not hard to understand, even if it is hard to accept. Democrats do not merely disagree with Donald Trump. They abhor him. Their supporters and media friends so loathe him that each “hearing,” each issue, becomes a contest of who can be the most indecorous and contemptuous. Who among us can spew the most bile?”

    Barr brings out the worst in them, which is saying something. He is learned and quick, he is prepared, and he doesn’t get rattled. Unlike many government officials, he thrives in the give-and-take of civil discourse.

    So then we obviously must not permit civil discourse.”

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  5. Such loyal and noble conservatives they are……

    Oh wait, no, just more traitors…..

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/07/29/former-bush-staffers-join-democrats-turn-texas-blue/

    “Former Bush Staffers Join With Democrats To Turn Texas Blue”

    “The State of Texas is not on the list of battleground states at Real Clear Politics but Democrats in Texas and in Washington, D.C. are fighting as though it is. On Tuesday a new hashtag popped up as trending on Twitter – #TrumpKilledTexas. The message is that the bad Orange Man has blood on his hands.

    It’s the kind of hyperbole we’ve seen throughout Trump’s presidency but this one is a fundraising effort by Democrats disguised as a hashtag campaign. Down deep, they know that Trump will win Texas in November but until then they are continuing to lay the ground for future Democrat wins. The battle truly began back in 2013 with a group called Battleground Texas. At the time, Texas Republicans didn’t pay much attention though some conservative voters (such as myself) did take note and spoke up about the group. In my case, I wrote about it, including about the time I attended Battleground Texas’s initial organizational meeting in Houston. But, Texas Republicans were complacent after years of successful election victories, most notably in statewide elections. Republicans currently control a trifecta in Texas – when one party controls the three vital centers of state political power—the office of the governor, the state House, and the state Senate.

    Democrats have made inroads in Texas, that is undeniable. In 2018, Democrats saw a lot of victories but still not at the state level. My own congressional district went Democrat for the first time ever. Democrats were more fired up to get out and vote than Republicans. So, the national Democrats and state Democrats are going all-in during this presidential election year. The group behind today’s hashtag works in conjunction with ActBlue.”

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    “While the race between Trump and Biden goes back and forth and is very close right now according to the latest polls, the race between Senator John Cornyn and his Democrat opponent is not close. The last poll reported at Real Clear Politics, one from Quinnipiac, shows a nine-point lead for Cornyn. Trump’s job from now until the election is to keep Texas Republicans enthusiastic about going to vote, not just for him but to vote for Republicans in down-ballot races. The end of straight-ticket voting goes into effect this election year.

    The Biden campaign hopes that for the first time in 20 years, a Democrat presidential nominee will win the senior vote. The campaign is launching an ad blitz this week directed at voters age 65 and up in seven crucial general election battleground states. The subject of the ads is Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The ads will run during daytime television hours when seniors are watching, as well as a Spanish-language version of the commercial that will run in Arizona and Florida.

    Helping Joe Biden in his campaign are some former staffers of George W. Bush. After Bush’s refusal to vote for Trump as the Republican nominee in 2016, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that some of his former staffers are following his lead. This, I will tell you, is not playing well in Texas. Since the 2016 election, I have had many Republicans in Texas tell me that, essentially, the Bush family is dead to them. It’s not just because they voted for Trump, it is mostly because any Republican voter in Texas can tell you that every election with a Bush on the ticket brought out demands from the Bush family that Republicans have to be loyal. Loyal to the party and then the family very publicly did not do as they asked of others for many years. Jeb Bush was never going to be the party’s nominee in 2016 yet instead of accepting his defeat in the GOP primary, they were sore losers.

    A Houston woman is among those organizing a group called “43 Alumni for Biden”. Imagine that – alleged Republicans helping a Democrat be elected as president. Joe Biden offers absolutely nothing to Republicans as far as policy and personal judgment goes, yet, here we are. “I don’t know if this is a one-time thing,” she said. “But I know if I vote for Joe Biden, especially in Texas, it could get Trump removed from office, which is the ultimate goal.” Her husband and other family members are reported to be Trump supporters. Apparently, “hundreds of former Bush administration officials “disappointed by the damage done to our nation by Donald Trump’s presidency,” are joining the group.”

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  6. Reality…. it’s a thing….

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/07/president_trumps_handling_of_the_virus_was_not_a_failure.html

    “Do facts matter anymore? Has such intense and unabashed hatred of President Donald Trump caused Democrat leaders to lose any semblance of sanity and let slip all grasp of reality, or are they fully aware of their mendacity, to promulgate a false political narrative about the president’s handling of the virus in order to fool the American people into voting Trump out of office in November?

    On June 30th, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed Trump’s handling of the virus to be a complete failure at a press conference: “Safety is first, and people have families at home that they have to go home to, and they don’t want to carry somebody else’s virus there… We are at a place now that we don’t have to be. This is a president who doesn’t want to wear a mask, who again called the virus a hoax… science says, wear a mask, test, trace, keep your distance. The president doesn’t support any of that. He has events that are counter to that…this is a matter of life and death, and this administration has failed miserably.”

    It certainly is curious that Pelosi, who was not wearing a mask as she made those comments, would claim to care about safety and social distancing, considering that on June 3, she went out and joined Black Lives Matter protestors on Capitol Hill for a photo-op that was too important to pass up. That was after her famous rendezvous in San Francisco’s Chinatown on February 29th, where she showed her displeasure with Trump’s China travel ban that prevented people from coming into the U.S. from the place where the virus originated.”

    “Let’s review the facts of Trump’s supposed “failure.”

    On January 29th Trump announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force, which first began meeting on January 27th.

    On January 31, President Trump took the bold and crucial step of banning travel from China, at a time when there were only six known coronavirus cases in the U.S. Dr. Fauci praised the travel ban, saying, “What we’re doing now with the other travel restrictions — so you block infections from coming in.”

    On March 13th Trump declared a nationwide emergency, which increased federal support under the “Stafford Act,” and put HHS in charge as the lead federal agency for the COVID-19 pandemic response. He also directed FEMA to assist state, and local governments by building field hospitals, setting up mobile testing sites, procuring PPE, and allocating 350 million dollars to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for construction of alternate care facilities in New York.

    On March 15th, the president, in coordination with Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, and other task force members, issued guidelines for the country to follow, under the President’s “15 Days To Slow The Spread,” This later became, Thirty Days To Slow The Spread.”

    On April 2, Trump authorized the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of ventilators and N-95 respirators.

    On April 16th, he issued guidelines for reopening America.

    Fifty-seven major disaster declarations were declared in all fifty states, five territories, Washington D.C. and one tribe, and 6.5 billion dollars in funding was allocated in emergency protective measures.

    199 airbridge flight missions occurred, to expedite critical medical supplies from overseas.

    As of June 5th, 13.9 million face shields, 148.9 million surgical masks, 5.2 million coveralls, 1 billion gloves, 205.6 million cloth masks, 93 million N95 respirators, and 37.6 million gowns were delivered to all fifty states, and two U.S. Navy hospital ships arrived in New York City and Los Angeles.

    On May 15th Trump initiated Operation Warp Speed, to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

    So while the media, Pelosi, Biden and other Democrats falsely vilified the president’s handling of the plague that came from China, and told us to “follow the science,” by proclaiming that the virus can distinguish between anti-lockdown protestors, churchgoers, or hair salon owners who want to safely reopen their businesses, but not for “defund the police” protestors, arsonists, looters, vandals and anarchists who destroy property, topple statues, burn courthouses and churches, terrorize civilians, overrun city streets with autonomous zones, and clash with law enforcement officers, one wonders what any of them would have done differently if they had been commander in chief.”

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  7. Awwww…… 🙂

    Sad faces everyone….. 🙂

    The Day the Revolution Died…..

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/byron-yorks-daily-memo-the-revolution-devours-itself-in-portland

    “THE REVOLUTION DEVOURS ITSELF IN PORTLAND.

    Remember the Wall of Moms? In just two weeks, the group of women supporting rioters attacking the federal courthouse in Portland have received fawning attention in many media reports. “Activist moms are everywhere,” said the New York Times. “They sing lullabies. They link arm-in-arm, forming a human barricade between protesters and federal agents. Some wear respirators, gas masks and helmets. Some hand out sunflowers.”

    The Times reported that Wall of Moms groups are forming around the country. Seattle, Oakland, Aurora, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Chicago, and more. It’s a truly national movement! But then, a hint of trouble: “The Wall of Moms groups consist of predominantly white women who have garnered a swell of attention that Black mothers protesting in Portland for months did not receive, participants and organizers said in interviews.”

    Now, it looks like a racial divide is destroying the original Wall of Moms in Portland. The Oregonian has published a new story, “Portland’s Wall of Moms crumbles amid online allegations by former partner, Don’t Shoot PDX.” The paper reported that members of a black-led group, Don’t Shoot Portland, which has existed for six years and is affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, have accused the leaders of Wall of Moms of “anti-Blackness.”

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    Trouble was brewing last week, the Oregonian reported, when Wall of Moms announced on Friday “that its white leadership had rescinded their positions to allow women of color to be in charge.” But that wasn’t enough. On Wednesday, Don’t Shoot Portland took a very big shot at the Wall of Moms, charging that the group is only interested in driving federal law enforcement out of Portland and perpetuating itself — not in supporting black causes.

    “The lies are finally clear and we are sad but ultimately not surprised that anti-Blackness showed its ugly face with Wall of Moms,” Don’t Shoot Portland wrote in an Instagram post. “This all came to light over the last 24 hours. We began having safety concerns within the group because Black women started saying they were not protected by WOM leadership.””

    “Don’t Shoot Portland was particularly angry that Beverly Barnum, the white founder of Wall of Moms, has filed papers with the state of Oregon to register Wall of Moms as a business — a 501(c)(3) charity organization that is capable of receiving tax-free contributions. The president of the new organization would be — you guessed it — Beverly Barnum. Barnum acted in secret, Don’t Shoot Portland charged, “and without the knowledge of the Black leadership WOM was claiming to implement.” Don’t Shoot Portland even helpfully provided links to Barnum’s filings.”

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  8. Head.

    Desk.

    Stupid.

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  9. Committee hearings have a certain routine or even ritual . All Congressmen use them to make grandstanding statements in hopes they trend on social media or make the local news back home — Rep Jordan demonstrates the bipartisan nature of grandstanding. When facing opposition congressmen, the witness will try to run the clock by giving long winded answers often patronizing. To prevent this, a congressperson will prepare ahead of time with prefaces to questions so they control the context and then ask questions that require very few words to answers. By asking a series of these questions you can then hope to lead the witness to a place they don’t want to go. Watching the Barr testimony, I noticed he frequently interrupted the congressperson to change the context or question the premise. Now when the committee chair is held by an opposition rep as it is in the house, the simple request to reclaim time makes Barr’s attempts to waste time moot. Barr has a strategy and so do the Democrats and its a game to determine who creates the best moments that make the news. Obviously in this day and age, you can chop up all the “reclaim my time” to make it sound ridiculous but that’s not what was happening. Btw, committee hearings are child’s play compared to Question Period in a parliamentary democracy.

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  10. Yikes

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/swift-backlash-after-trump-suggests-delaying-election

    ~ “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump said. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

    The backlash came from both sides of the aisle.

    … “President Trump is raising valid concerns about the risks of jury-rigging a universal vote-by-mail system,” Snead said. “Absentee voting options should be available for voters, but requesting an absentee ballot is not the same thing as an all-mail election, and the dysfunction of the pandemic primaries shows that to be unwise and ripe for abuse. Automatically mailing ballots to all registrations—even those that are wrong or outdated—is wasteful and creates unnecessary risks for fraud.”

    Snead said, however, that Trump “cannot unilaterally delay a federal election, though that does not appear to be what was suggested. Americans will be going to the polls on November 3—that is clear.”

    A change to the date of the election would require legislation to be passed by Congress, which is almost certain not to happen. The Constitution states that “Congress may determine” when the presidential election happens, “which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.” ~

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  11. Comment sections have been slowly phasing out for years or limited to subscribers with real names. Its really not worth the time and effort to police all the keyboard warriors out there. Not censorship, just a money decision.

    Texas is a battleground state — right now its tied. In the end I think it will go to Trump but the Democrats will make him work for it. This forces the Trump campaign to play defense and shift funds from the Rust Belt. And he has very little margins for error in the Rust Belt, he needs every single vote in Michigan that he had in 2016 and probably a few more.

    Trump failed on the corno virus; some of the governors share the blame but people look to the president to lead and he failed. This failure is reflected in the polls. The US has the highest infection rate in the OECD and its death rate continues to climb, just passing France the other day. Its the failure which has made the polls in Texas a virtual tie for president despite the Corynn doing much better.

    Trump looks to be panicking — floating the idea of delaying the vote until its safe and secure — but kids can go back to school without delay.

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  12. It wouldn’t altogether surprise me in these times.

    ~ Among Donald Trump’s problems in his long, hot and mostly housebound summer is that he has lost his once unparalleled gift for changing the story. He still can stir outrage, but even among his supporters he no longer has much capacity to surprise. “Every hero,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson a century before the president was born, “becomes a bore at last.”

    But here is a way Trump could demonstrate that an old master still knows how to tear up the script and leave the audience gasping. It is late but not too late to pull an LBJ. ~

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  13. From the Politico piece:

    ~ But even if one doesn’t really think Trump will drop out of the race—as a proselytizer of the theory I acknowledge it is a stretch—it is worth examining the reasons he just might, as a way of illuminating the bleakness of his situation with just over three months to go before the general election.

    … The Trump-drops-out scenario hinges on the assumption that Trump is less concerned with wielding the levers of government than he is preserving his role as disrupter at large in American politics over the next decade. The latter might be much easier to maintain if he avoids being tattooed as loser in November—especially if the margin is larger than could be attributed, even by his most conspiracy-minded supporters, to media bias or vote-counting manipulation by Democrats.~

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  14. And …

    ~ But Trump surely must wonder—on the question that matters most to him—whether he was right before and is stuck in the wrong place now. For decades, Trump has fashioned a leadership persona around the mystique of success and strength and indomitability. He has long acted as if he believes that mystique is highly perishable. That’s why he never apologizes or says he was wrong. Once one is exposed as having erred, or even having normal human doubt about the path ahead, perceptions change irreversibly from strength to weakness.

    People who recoil at Trump’s boasting, bullying, and bombast generally know much more than he does about how conventional presidents act. But Trump surely knows much more than the critics do about how to manage the Trump persona. The pictures of Trump a few weeks ago after the weakly attended Tulsa rally—his tie undone, his face twisted in a dispirited scowl—suggest he knows that once his aura of success is punctured it will be difficult to recover. When was the last time Trump seemed to be really enjoying himself in the presidency? ~

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  15. The corona virus was a game changer politically. All the right wing populists leaders did poorly — problem solving using the levers of gov’t in a multi disciplinary approach is not a populist approach. Right wing populists like to be the Leader or at least the appearance thereof. There’s an emphasis on social cohesion – history, tradition, law and order, etc and a reliance on the corporate world to take care of the rest. Obviously not the best way to take care of a pandemic. And its no accident that the countries who did best were led by women mostly left of center (Merkel the only right of center leader). They stressed the need for gov’t rules with health and welfare coming first.

    Trump needed to allow science and the experts play a larger role. Let them take responsibility and take some of the credit. However, his personality is such that he needed to be seen as the leader — “the war time president”. And unlike failed businesses, he can’t declare bankruptcy and start over but as the article suggests he can resign and move onto a different project with out being perceived as a total failure.

    The picture of him after the Tulsa rally is when many Democrats starting to feel better about their chances. He made a major error in opening earlier than the nation felt comfortable and as it turned out was appropriate.

    Herman Cain passed away today of Covid 19. He tested positive for covid one week after attending the Tulsa rally. This may be a mere coincidence but its still makes people wonder. He had recovered from cancer and he would have been ill prepared to handle covid.

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  16. Keep dreaming ladies. 🙂

    You do realize this late in a race you’d never get a replacement on the ballot for either party in most states, right?

    It’s Trump or Biden, an easy choice if you use politics and not personality to decide. But you already know this.

    And Michelle, at least 40% of the country disagree with you, and are happy to re-elect Trump. Pence will have his chance, in 4 years.

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  17. And personally, I don’t make my vote contingent on what Democrats want. I could care less what they want. They are the anti-us, so no thanks. I think maybe you’ve spent too much time being brow beaten into submission out there in Cali. 🙂

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  18. And he suggested changing the date if, IF, mail in is the only other option, as it’s been shown to be too open to fraud. This would make sense,

    But I know, I know….. Orange Man Bad, so everyone is required by law to assume the worst…..

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  19. I don’t think he has any intention nor do I think he has the power to change the election date. However, I do think he, the administration and some of his supporters/enablers are trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election which right now looks to easily defeat him.

    As Trump, Barr and many others can attest to mail in balloting does work. Some states even use mail in ballot as the prime means of voting hence it really shouldn’t be a problem. And if you wish to cast an absentee ballot, mail in ballot is an option. If most of a state requests a mail in ballot because they have no desire to stand in line then it should be possible. (From what I understand, a few states actually require proof you will be absent but most do not and will offer a mail in ballot). Past elections have shown that mail in ballots are roughly 50-50 between the two parties so it shouldn’t favor one side unless one party actively tries to suppress in person voting and thus doesn’t want mail in ballots to circumvent voter suppression.

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