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…


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.

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?”



“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.”