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How the 2020 election can evolve into disaster.

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    While endorsing Mr. Biden, B. Sanders needs some actual tough talk to his base. Way too many are still planning to write in BS in November for the principal of it. Who did Biden lose to ? Bernie Sanders and his stubborn followers. That would be sad. Specifically tell them to vote for change.
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    Yes the situation isn't quite as bad as 2016 where many Sanders supports hated Hillary with a passion. Still Bernie has his rabid base of supporters much like Trump has his rabid base of supporters. And when hate for the establishment is a part of that base, it is hard for them to hold their noses and vote for Biden.

    Sanders has preached "revolution" as a part of his 2016 and 2020 campaigns and that revolution is directed at the so called "establishment". Some cannot see revolution happening as long as the centrists keep compromising. His "Our Revolution" website with his picture on it endorses only far left progressive candidates. It has not yet endorsed Biden for president.

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    We may dismay at the fact that McConnell has ignored 275 bi-partisan bills passed by the House, and we may cringe at the fact that Trump will likely get another conservative judge confirmed, but here's the good new:

    Trump and most of the Republican Party are rapidly going down a rabbit hole.

    Washington insiders have long considered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to be a shameless and cynical operator. But the Kentucky Republican’s actions over the past four years have so radicalized the Supreme Court selection process that Democrats will surely respond to McConnell’s extreme partisanship once back in power. During Trump’s presidency, “the world’s greatest deliberative body” has been reduced to a crude vote-counting chamber; this new legislative reality means Democrats would need only 50 senators and one president to pack the Supreme Court in 2021. Expect that to happen, since McConnell’s callous response to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will speed the GOP toward a permanent minority status.

    To be fair, the Republican Party’s future was already grim; White resentment doesn’t mix well with revolutionary demographic change. And the appointment of yet another Trump justice before the election will only further alienate Republicans from women, suburban voters and independents.

    Democrats always seem predisposed to assume the worst, but they should look more closely at the dynamics of this Supreme Court fight. The GOP’s brutish moves will end in defeat for Trump, McConnell and the Republican Party’s most endangered senators.

    The collateral damage caused by Trump and McConnell’s strategic misstep will contribute to the president’s defeat and a Democratic majority in the Senate next year. The long-term impact on cases involving health-care coverage and abortion rights will likely be muted by the Democratic Senate’s response to McConnell’s brinkmanship. The Kentucky senator’s guiding principle of “might makes right” will soon be turned against him, and all his hard work destroying political norms in the U.S. Senate will be for naught.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-and-mcconnell-are-speeding-the-gop-to-permanent-minority-status/2020/09/24/6d63dd30-fe95-11ea-9ceb-061d646d9c67_story.html

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    Don't underestimate what Trump and his "loyal" cronies still can do. McConnell certainly won't budge and appoint an super religious dumb bitch as he has done before. The Kavanaugh "circus" all over again. Tuesday will be an day we rather forget, if Biden falls asleep half way during the face to face "circus". So I wonder if everything is as rosy as portrayed in Arizona's "thread".
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    If you were writing a novel, it would be impossible to come up with a story line that is stranger than what we have seen so far in 2020. However, there IS a bizarre situation that would be POSSIBLE, even if its not probable

    We would all love to see Trump removed from office, but (deep down) we really don't anything awful to happen to the guy.

    Consider this, though. What would happen if Trump DIED before the election?

    As crazy as it may seem, something similar actually happened once in our history.

    It's an awkward but reasonable inquiry. The peaceful, orderly transfer of power is a defining trait of a working democracy, but the death of a candidate could throw a wrench in that process. It's happened once before in the United States in 1872.

    That's when Horace Greeley joined a group of Republican dissenters who were against then-president Ulysses S. Grant's reelection, and formed the Liberal Republican Party. The party nominated Greeley for president.

    Greeley gained more than 40 percent of the popular vote, but before the Electoral College met, Greeley died. Three electors pledged their votes for him anyway; other electors cast their Greeley votes for minor candidates instead. When the ballots went to Congress, lawmakers passed a measure declaring the Greeley votes invalid and certified the win for Grant. In the end, Grant was reelected with 286 electoral votes.

    So what this means is the repercussions of a candidate's death depend primarily on when it occurs. And at some stages in the election process, it's not really clear what would happen.

    If a candidate dies before the general election but after they've secured their party's nomination, it's a relatively simple fix: The deceased candidate's party picks a replacement (who may or may not be the vice presidential candidate from the ticket), and that replacement is on the ballot on Election Day. Both the Republican and the Democratic parties have rules about how their parties would fill the vacancy.

    If a candidate dies after the general election, it gets more complicated.

    But what if the president-elect dies — meaning the winning presidential candidate dies after the election but before the inauguration on Jan. 20?

    The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that if the president-elect dies, the rules of succession apply, and the vice-president-elect becomes the president-elect. Unfortunately, it's not clear when in the process a winning candidate becomes president-elect.

    The winning candidate definitely assumes the title president-elect after Jan. 6, when Congress officially counts the Electoral College votes and declares a winner. But a winning presidential candidate has never died before being inaugurated, so Congress has never had to define president-elect.

    https://people.howstuffworks.com/what-happens-presidential-candidate-dies.htm

    When I was selling cars, I actually sold a car to a dead woman, so it should not surprise you to learn that there ARE politicians who got elected despite the fact that they were dead.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/10/01/five-people-have-won-election-to-congress-despite-being-dead/

    Trump is already dead (at least politically) , but he is still breathing (for now).

    If he died before the election, it's POSSIBLE (but not guaranteed) that Mike Pence would be the candidate. If that happened, buckle your seat belts, because the ride might get a little rough.

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    Nice piece! Of course Trump will die sometime, but who cares!! Anyway because of our shitty laws if things happen in ways as you describe, then the real fun starts, since we've got now all kind of "corrupt" SOB's in it. May be McConnell appoints himself to be President or Jordan, Wow that would be fun!!

    Looking at the total picture right now, it does not look good at all. Yes this country is in turmoil due to its own stupidity. When I came here in 1986 things still looked promising; but I observed due to my contract work that a lot of things were corrupt because of the lobbying system and greedy "capitalism"; this is now catching up with this country.

    So I fear that the "track" on which this country is on now, only will get worse if no one does something to correct the "system" (not just piecemeal). If not, the ship will sink further and will break up. Amen

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    I don't see any way that Trump can avoid losing in a landslide.

    Just this week, we learned about his taxes, the debate INCREASED Biden's chances of winning, Trump caught the virus, but is leaving the hospital too soon to fight the disease, nearly everyone in his inner circle has now caught the virus, CNN Business just reported that 4,000,000 jobs have PERMANENTLY disappeared, and the endorsements for Biden are starting to roll in.

    The Washington Post endorsed Biden last week. On Saturday, the Des Moines Register added their endorsement:

    " Joe Biden should be the next president of the United States. He is the right person at the right time to restore decency in public life. He will take seriously the challenges facing this country.

    The next president must work to bring Americans together for a common purpose: taking care of one another and striving to make this country as great as it can be.

    Vice President Joe Biden has proven he is capable of doing that.

    Donald Trump has proven he is not.

    The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Biden for the presidency of the United States."

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/2020/10/03/des-moines-register-endorses-experienced-respectful-leader-joe-biden/3581278001/

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    Dutch Wrote:

    Nice piece! Of course Trump will die sometime, but who cares!! Anyway because of our shitty laws if things happen in ways as you describe, then the real fun starts, since we've got now all kind of "corrupt" SOB's in it. May be McConnell appoints himself to be President or Jordan, Wow that would be fun!!

    Looking at the total picture right now, it does not look good at all. Yes this country is in turmoil due to its own stupidity. When I came here in 1986 things still looked promising; but I observed due to my contract work that a lot of things were corrupt because of the lobbying system and greedy "capitalism"; this is now catching up with this country.

    So I fear that the "track" on which this country is on now, only will get worse if no one does something to correct the "system" (not just piecemeal). If not, the ship will sink further and will break up. Amen

    Here's my prediction.

    Two weeks from today, on October 20, Trump's condition will be WORSE than it is now. For some reason, I have a feeling that Trump could actually die before Halloween, giving a whole new meaning to the term "October surprise".

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    To give you some idea of how important Arizona will be in this year's election, both Biden and Harris will be here on Thursday. Mike Pence will ALSO be in the state on the same day.

    Vice President Mike Pence was at the super-spreader event at the White House Rose Garden when President Donald Trump presented Amy Coney Barrett as his chosen successor for the Supreme Court seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    The largely maskless event featured a lot of glad-handing, hugging and defiance of social distancing, from which at least 14 people have since been diagnosed with COVID-19, including the president and first lady.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for someone who comes into contact with a person who tests positive for the virus are clear and simple:

    "You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19".

    Pence shouldn’t be in Arizona Thursday. He should still be quarantined in Washington, D.C.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2020/10/05/vice-president-mike-pence-should-quarantine-not-visiting-arizona/3619318001/

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    Yes an wild prediction; I hope you got it right. However he gets the best "care" there is regardless of his condition. They still fear this Hitler. The other side of the medal is as with Jones in Guyana, that he may (if he dies) be elevated to an "saint" by his braindead followers. And they may be go to the streets with there guns to still defend his "Hitler cult". So we are not out of the woods at all. This country first has to fix its government structure; if not, the same will happen over and over again. If no one will be able to re-educate his "cult", then the turmoil stays.

    Thus my message is "educate the people" and restructure our laws and give any President an "operating manual" as part of the "law" which he has to abide to. Furthermore the word "loyalty" should be scrapped in hiring/governing and be penalized if used. ( You just can't appoint someone as President without digging deep in such person's past as was ommited now; also it should be "law" to provide the tax returns and "law" for the "emoluments" clauses.)

    Of course our Constitution should be reviewed and adapted to the times; not with case laws but make it an "living document" with clarity in the area's where things are not "defined" such as "gun" laws and "impeachment" process without bribery and "loyalty". There is plenty to fix, but I'm afraid things will muddle on and on, because of the brain dead zillion lawyers who don't want to loose their jobs. Amen

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    When you step back and survey the last two years of U.S. politics, one of the biggest story lines that comes into view is this: One after another, a whole string of deeply corrupt schemes that President Trump has hatched to smooth his reelection hopes have crashed and burned.

    In all these cases, Trump has either blown up the schemes himself or compounded the damage they did to him when they self-destructed. In some cases he did both.

    Meanwhile, Trump has also managed to wreck numerous opportunities that he could have easily turned to his political advantage if he had reacted to them in a non-depraved manner. Instead, he sought to pervert or corrupt them in ways that ended up backfiring.

    When you view these things in one place, the true scale of Trump’s commitment to winning the election through corrupt means becomes a lot more striking. And, since many of them are doing great damage to the country, his sheer destructiveness also comes into much sharper relief.

    Let’s take these in reverse chronological order.

    Trump’s vaccine scheme implodes.

    Trump blows up stimulus lifeline.

    Trump wrecks public goodwill toward himself.

    Amy Coney Barrett implicated in coronavirus event

    Efforts to corrupt vote-by-mail backfire

    Trump’s “law and order” agitprop tanks.

    “Hunterghazi” flops.

    Which brings us to … impeachment.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/07/trumps-corrupt-schemes-save-himself-keep-blowing-up-his-face/