HERE IT COMES- 8 days to the election!

MARC SHORT, the VP’s chief of staff and a longtime fixture of MIKE PENCE’S inner circle, was diagnosed with the virus. MARTY OBST, a Pence political adviser, also has the virus. As do three other PENCE world figures, according to NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN.

REMEMBER, PENCE is the head of the White House Covid task force. And his staff is now in the eye of an outbreak.

Why Trump’s latest conspiracy theory can’t stick

“On Saturday at a North Carolina rally, he claimed the media would no longer report on the pandemic after Election Day,” Alexis Benveniste writes. “He implied that news organizations are trying to drum up fear about the pandemic” to get Biden elected. This is a conspiracy theory, full stop. “But facts are facts: Cases are rising sharply and the American public is increasingly at odds with the president’s views on the coronavirus…”

Wolf Blitzer tweeted: “I just checked. While the U.S. and South Korea had their first Covid-19 cases and deaths in February, more than 225,000 Americans have died from the virus since then. South Korea, a country of 55 million, has had fewer than 500 deaths. They controlled the virus. The U.S. didn’t.” (Twitter)

And just as Our Fake President is touting his victory over the virus, reality hits, Read about it HERE.

Short Ribs and Random Thoughts, Oct 25th 2020

Oliver Darcy writes: “Trump claimed that the full video of the interview revealed ‘bias, hatred, and rudeness’ from Stahl. But the footage revealed no such thing. The interview began with Stahl asking Trump if he was ‘ready for tough questions.’ Trump said that he only wanted Stahl to be ‘fair.’ Stahl asked again, ‘But you’re OK with some tough questions?’ Trump answered, ‘No, I’m not.’ An unusually honest remark by Trump! From there, Trump spent much of the interview accusing Stahl of being biased and ‘negative’ with her questioning…”

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https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/23/hunter-biden-wins-the-debate-431558?nname=playbook&nid=0000014f-1646-d88f-a1cf-5f46b7bd0000&nrid=0000014e-f0fb-dd93-ad7f-f8ff29160002&nlid=630318

And a heartwarming story from LA- right HERE.

And here’s something ELSE to worry about right HERE.

And despite all the hand-wringing about the future of Silicon Valley, Chinese investors are snapping up property quickly, Read about it HERE.

HANG IN THERE! ONLY TEN DAYS TO THE ELECTION!!!

LIKE A BROKEN RECORD

From the WAPO; A PERFECT CALL, PART II … ERIC BOLLING in a town hall with President DONALD TRUMP for Sinclair TV: BOLLING: “With Covid, is there anything that you think you could have done differently? If you had a mulligan or a do-over on one aspect of the way you handled it, what would it be?” TRUMP: “Not much. Look, it’s all over the world. You have a lot of great leaders, a lot of smart people. It’s all over the world. It came out of China. China should have stopped it.”

Bill McKibben from the New Yorker: he Republican-controlled Senate, by any measure, is acting dishonorably as it moves to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the high court: having previously declared that Presidents in their last year in office should not be able to nominate a new Justice, it reversed this “McConnell rule” when it served them to do so. The Trump years have been so ugly that this hypocrisy doesn’t stand out as sharply as it should, but it is an ignoble thing to have done and, in Barrett’s case, to have gone along with.

The Big Pharma story right HERE.

From POLITICO: THIS IS KIND OF INTERESTING TO WATCH. STAHL asks TRUMP at the top if he’s ready for tough questions, and TRUMP says, “I’m not looking for that.” The back and forth seems relatively calm. He seems to have been set off by STAHL observing the crowds at TRUMP’S rallies have gotten smaller. TRUMP: “No, these are much bigger than I ever had. You’re so negative, you’re so negative. These are the biggest rallies we’ve ever had. You just come in here with that negative attitude.”

HAVE FUN TONIGHT!

AND SO IT GOES, Oct 21, 2020

Charlotte Alter on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources:” The president “attacks everybody but he saves his most personal attacks for women and particularly for women journalists…”

The state of things: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace said Monday during a reporter’s live shot from Trump’s Arizona rally: “I would hand out ‘Nicolle Wallace sucks’ masks if some of those people behind you would wear them…” (Twitter)

Jeff Bridges on Monday revealed that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Bridges said he has “a great team of doctors, and the prognosis is good.” He said he’d start treatment and keep everyone updated on his recovery. “I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends,” Bridges wrote. “Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Sacha Baron Cohen explained how he crashed Mike Pence’s speech dressed as Trump…

And from the WAPO:

Sam Elliott narrates a stirring new ad for Biden

Biden continues to purchase ad time during national sporting events. Here’s the 60-second spot he ran during the World Series Tuesday night, with narration by the acclaimed actor Sam Elliott. The closing line: “Joe Biden doesn’t need everyone in this country to always agree, just to agree we all love this country, and go from there.”

Why isn’t the Hunter Biden story landing?” Philip Bump asked. “Why aren’t Trump’s arguments having more effect? Because the 2016 campaign and every year since have inoculated the public against Trump’s tactics.” Here’s his full piece…

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

From POLITICO- BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and East Bay native John Fogerty on Friday demanded that the president’s reelection campaign stop playing the 1969 antiwar anthem “Fortunate Son” at rallies.

“I wrote this song because, as a veteran, I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political or financial privilege,” Fogerty wrote on Twitter. “I also wrote about wealthy people not paying their fair share of taxes. Mr. Trump is a prime example of both of these issues.” (The song was apparently played at Sunday’s Carson City, Nev. rally anyway, per Vox’s Aaron Rupar.)

Meanwhile, after the “Beach Boys“ — or at least the touring incarnation of the band, with vocals supplied by Mike Love — agreed to perform at Trump’s Sunday fundraiser in Newport Beach, original Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson and guitarist Al Jardine were quick to publicly distance themselves from the gig, as Variety’s Chris Willman reported.