AND SO IT GOES, Oct 19, 2020

From POLITICO: “Just weeks from Election Day, President Donald Trump is saying the quiet part out loud about his own campaign. The president is crisscrossing the country with a packed schedule, flying to some states he won handily in 2016, to deliver a final pitch for a second term — and making no secret of his own shaky standing. ‘Could you imagine if I lose?’ Trump said Friday evening at a campaign rally in Macon, Ga. ‘My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say, “I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.” I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.’



President Trump spent the weekend hurling innuendo at Joe Biden. In his imagination, the contested New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s emails is “the second biggest political scandal in our history!” The exclamation mark is Trump’s, not mine.
 
Almost every day the sitting president is saying and doing things to try to delegitimize this election. His latest lie is that Biden’s entire candidacy is illegitimate — that the frontrunner in the race shouldn’t be allowed to run or take office. Trump is claiming it’s “impossible” for “Joe to ever assume the office” and asking aloud, “how is Biden now allowed to run?”

SORRY FOR THE SPACING!!


SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Oct 18 2020

“The CHAOS President” Remember when Jeb Bush said Trump would be a “Chaos” President? Well, he was right, wasn’t he? Trump declared he wouldn’t spend YOUR taxpayers’ money on wildfire fighting in California then reversed himself within a few hours. Jeb was right!

Sen David Perdue, he of chicken wealth, has served in the US Senate beside Kamala Harris for THREE YEARS still pretends not to know her name. Must be a slow learner. Read it HERE.

Dr Anthony Fauci will appear on Sixty Minutes tonight.

Rupert Murdoch is telling associates privately that he believes Biden will win in a landslide, The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Cartwright reported Thursday. According to Cartwright, Murdoch believes that Trump has grossly mishandled the coronavirus pandemic. When Cartwright emailed Murdoch for comment, the mogul replied right away (!) and said, “No comment except I’ve never called Trump an idiot.” The “idiot” reference is in regards to a 2018 passage from “Fire & Fury.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Pete Wilson was the architect of some of the most inhumane, anti-Latino laws ever enacted in California. Under his leadership, our state banned affirmative action and bilingual education, and blocked undocumented immigrants from accessing healthcare, education and other social services. Even in retirement, he continues to inflict wounds on the Latino community by endorsing Trump for his ‘very good judgment.’” — Prop. 16 adviser Cecilia Cabello on the removal of the statue of the former San Diego mayor and governor from a downtown San Diego plaza this week, after Wilson endorsed Trump for president.


 FROM THE WAPO: More than 63,500 new cases were reported in the United States on Thursday, the highest number since July. “Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have higher caseloads than in mid-September,” Joel Achenbach and Jacqueline Dupree report. “During the past week, at least 20 states have set record seven-day averages for infections, and a dozen have hit record hospitalization rates. … The cumulative number of cases in the United States since the start of the pandemic is likely to surpass 8 million on Friday.” . He downplayed the severity of his own illness, just as he publicly downplayed the lethality of the virus in the spring. Questioned by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, the president declined to say whether he had taken a coronavirus test on the day of the first presidential debate, as required by the rules.   Quote of the day “Possibly I did,” Trump said. “Possibly I didn’t.”

AXIOS’ JONATHAN SWAN finds the TRUMP campaign is close to writing off Minnesota and Wisconsin — “Trump’s advisers brace for loss, point fingers”: “Three senior Trump advisers who recently talked to campaign manager Bill Stepien walked away believing he thinks they will lose. … The Trump campaign is filled with internal blaming and pre-spinning of a potential loss, accelerating a dire mood that’s driven by a daily barrage of bleak headlines, campaign and White House officials tell me. …
“Stepien tells [colleagues] the ‘easy part’ is winning Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Iowa and Maine’s second congressional district. From there, the first pathway, and the one he views as most likely, is for Trump to win Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. His second pathway would be for Trump to win Arizona, North Carolina and Michigan. And pathway three — the one Stepien views as least likely of the options — does not include Arizona but involves Trump winning North Carolina, Michigan and Nevada.”


THE ELECTION IS NEXT TUESDAY! Thank God.



 

 

   

And So It Goes, Oct 15, 2020

AOC just turned s 31. Happy Birthday!

And the fastest-growing town in the Bay Area is- MILPITAS! Yes!

From Ryan Lizza:

Trump is pretending it’s 2016 again,” Ryan Lizza wrote Tuesday night, and he’s “lost the populist message that won him an unlikely victory.”

This doesn’t mean Trump support is boring or irrelevant. I think voters’ choices should constantly be getting more attention. It’s “the Trump show” that seems to be fading. Reporters are picking up on a whiff of desperation at the rallies… As sensed in Trump’s comment in Johnstown on Tuesday night: “Suburban women, will you please like me?” He went on to say .”Please. Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?”

Here’s an ugly link- but it works! Sorry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/barr-unmasking-review-no-charges/2020/10/13/0f63fd2e-0d67-11eb-8074-0e943a91bf08_story.html

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, October 11, 2020

From the WAPO: . the GOP’s darling for The Supreme Court has job training as a “handmaid”. Read about it HERE.

And the CNN post-debate poll showed Harris winning the debate, 66 to 38 percent. Susan Page won for worst moderator ever.

TRUMP twice called Sen. KAMALA HARRIS (D-Calif.) a “monster” on Fox Biz.

From Brian Stelter: The “appearance” of accessibility

President Trump hasn’t been visible to the WH press corps since he flew from Walter Reed hospital to the White House on Monday. But Trump has “appeared” accessible through a steady stream of crazed tweets, White House photos, propagandistic Twitter videos, and phone calls to Fox News. On Friday night, he appeared on camera for an interview for the first time, with Fox’s Dr. Marc Siegel, during “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Carlson disclosed that the White House, not Fox, controlled the president’s camera, owing to the unique circumstances.

Indeed this has been a most unusual week — but “appearing” accessible has been a technique of Trump’s throughout his four years in office. His calls to Fox sycophants are one of the signatures of his presidency. He knows he’s not going to be challenged in those formats, but he seems available. Trump IS challenged at press conferences and Q&A’s, but he lies his way through those. So again he benefits from the “appearance” of accessibility, fielding questions from the reporters he casts as his enemies, without actually providing access to accurate info. None of this excuses politicians like Joe Biden who are objectively less accessible than Trump, but the context and cynicism of Trump’s media performances is important to note…

Someone just reminded me that Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine from the plague,. And what have YOU done lately??

The town seems to be agog over the fact that Deo’s Sandwich shop is closing or closed. I tried to eat there once, but failed . When I walked in, the place was empty except for one staff person on the phone. .She noticed me but never gave me a greeting or acknowledgement or “Be with you shortly”. Nothing. She was rapt in a conversation about her checking account and couldn’t find the time to say “Be right with you”. I actually waited ten minutes as an experiment. Then I walked out. Some months later, someone brought me a sandwich from Deo’s. It was okay.

We had company at the house the past few days and discovered you CAN eat well even elegantly- during a pandemic;. We ate in at the AA, which was as wonderful as ever. Yes, we wore our masks. We got takeout from the Golden Harvest (chicken fried steak and my cousin had a burrito what looked good. Their biscuits are great and heat up well two days later, if you don’t finish them. We had lunch at Gill’s and sat outside on a beautiful day, Finally we had lunch at Brick & Fire, where the standouts included the mushroom cobbler, the panzanella chicken salad, plus Chris ordered a pastrami reuben which he love. I don’t thick they know how to make bad food.

HAVE YOU VOTED YET? An overwhelming defeat of Trump won’t necessarily get rid of him but it would go a long way. VOTE NOW!