A threat to democracy
Eventually, playing catch-up will no longer be an option. There may come a tragedy where the electorate has voted to avoid that tipping point with no manner to have that vote tabulated. I can't fathom that as the framers' original intent.
I really want the in-person voting on Tuesday to lean so hard for Biden and downballot Democrats that this entire scheme hilariously backfires on Trump and the GOP. Every gut instinct I have tells me this will backfire on them, and their push for this will only solidify Biden’s win and a massive downballot blue tsunami. It won’t even be close enough for Trump to challenge in court, and that’s before the absentee ballots are counted.
This is not 2000. That election was close enough to warrant a recount and an argument for court intervention. Trump isn’t even running ads in Florida anymore. They can’t even afford polling. So, either he is completely clueless about what’s really happening on the ground, or he thinks DeSantis will stop vote counts in Florida and declare him the winner. My gut says he’s clueless and this is just more of his bloviating nonsense and drama.
But it for sure is dependent on the media not getting sucked into it. I am cautiously optimistic they won’t, especially now that Fox “News” has a Covid outbreak, which will put a huge crimp in their disinformation Election Night plans..
The only way a minority party, in terms of membership, can keep power is to cheat. We're going to see voter suppression like never before. The Supreme Court will be in the tank for Trump, that much seems clear know with Kavanaugh and Barrett. Potentially up to 80 million votes will could be discounted if Trump gets his way. The Republicans may not be counting on much of a protest but I believe there will be a backlash the likes this country has never seen if they pull off this coup. The fact the administration is pushing this winner on election night strategy is simply because they know they are losing large in the mail-in vote. The media better push back hard otherwise we are in for at least four more years of this and full on autocracy.
My Tuesday night plans include a couple of fingers of bourbon, maybe a zzzquil and a quiet, dark bedroom.
trump could lose on Tuesday, but he won't win on Tuesday. Florida, I believe, starts counting its absentee/mail-in ballots before Tuesday so we could know who wins Florida before the end of the night. If it's Biden, trump loses. If it's trump, Biden can still win.
Good thing trump spent last night chasing after that one Nebraska EC vote instead of working to keep Florida a toss up.
It'll be interesting to see, and it may depend on who's running the election night coverage. If it's the DC-based members of the political media brothel there--the chief chucktodd of them all, madam--they'll fold. CNN probably will, since Jeff Zucker is too gamey even for that brothel. But beyond that, I actually think they'll behave well.
What drives me nuts is the idea that the populace demands an immediate outcome. the SCOTUS used a version of that in justifying their stopping of the Florida recounts. At the time, there were polls that showed the "Murcan Peepul" were perfectly happy to wait until all the votes were counted. They should be this time, too. Simple facts and history counter the argument that there is any need for an immediate declaration. It figures that Trump the reality star confuses TV tradition with political and legal reality.
I live in Dallas and I have never seen Texas so energized about an election. I love politics so I love all things elections, but this is something completely unexpected to me. No matter where I go, I ask "Have you voted?" if they say no, which very few have said, I ask them immediately if they are ready to get to the polls early on Tuesday. One person out of probably 100 I have asked has said, "no" because he is afraid due to COVID. My only response was "I am so sorry that his lack of leadership has stolen your vote. " I truly felt it and meant it. 1 diagnosis a second in this country is unforgivable and I hope no one in the media allows it to go unsaid.