Category Archives: Election

Delusions of Autocracy

President Donald Trump‘s campaign is demanding CNN retract and apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The demand, coming in the form of a cease and desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker that contained numerous incorrect and misleading claims, was immediately rejected by the network.

“We stand by our poll,” said Matt Dornic, a CNN spokesman.

Vote By Mail!

Did you know that Donald Trump votes by mail? You’d be forgiven if you didn’t, especially if you’ve read any of his error-ridden tweets or watched his unhinged briefings trashing the practice.

Vice President Mike Pence also votes by mail. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has voted by mail for the last 15 years. Other senior members of the Trump administration, like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, cast their ballots by mail, too.

Yet, for weeks, Trump has used the White House podium to denigrate the very practice he’s been taking advantage of, and he’s deployed his Republican cronies to spread mail in voting conspiracies to the public.

He’s called voting by mail “corrupt” while the Republican National Committee sent mailers to conservative voters in Pennsylvania urging them to send in their mail-in ballot and saying that “voting by mail is an easy, convenient and secure way to cast your ballot.” And those mailers were sent the same week that RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel penned an op-ed pushing the widely discredited claim that mail-in voting is akin to ballot harvesting. Even this weekend he went so far as to call for ballots cast by mail to be thrown out after California implemented mail-in voting statewide last week.

Well yeah. It’s The Law.

Fact Checker Checker

This is Trump, speaking at one of his rallies recently:

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’, ‘Oh, nothing, nothing.’ They have no clue, they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since he got in. It’s all turning, they lost. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And this is their new hoax. But you know we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country and because of the fact that we went early, we went early, we could have had a lot more than that.”

What do you think he is referring to when he says “And this is their new hoax” ? Sure, it’s a bit of a meander to get there, but he’s saying “Coronavirus” is “their new hoax”, right?

This was too hard for the Washington Post “fact checker”, though.

I bet she slept through the class where they taught about ellipses and how they can be used to trim parenthetical clauses in spoken English, so as to make the meaning clearer.

Who read “fake news” before 2016 US election

Science, bitches.

Overall, almost half of the people participating visited at least one article from a website on that list during the study period. But those articles accounted for only 6 percent of all news stories read. These numbers weren’t evenly distributed across the political spectrum, though. About 57 percent of Trump supporters in the group visited an untrustworthy site at least once, amounting to about 11 percent of total news consumption. For the Clinton supporters in the group, it was 28 percent of people visiting at least one article, for 1 percent of their total news consumption.

And drilling deeper into the data, a relatively small group of people is responsible for most of the visits to untrustworthy sites. The researchers categorized people by the ideological slant of their “news diet,” from those whose reading is dominated by liberal sites to those who only read conservative sites. The 20 percent of people farthest to the conservative end of the spectrum accounted for almost two-thirds of the untrustworthy articles read.

Strategery

Dear Democrats,

If you want to win and you are not already the leader, you have to go after the leader, not the person in third or fourth place.

If you are holding back on attacking Sanders because you think you’ll need his supporters later, please note that you will never get his supporters if you continue to let him lead, no matter how gentle you are to him. While he is in the race, his supporters are his.

If you hold Sanders to plurality wins, you will never get the lead. And you will never get his supporters.

If you don’t want to go after Sanders, you should drop out immediately because all you’re doing is splitting the non-Sanders vote – for example 2016.

Thanks!

Too Much Meh

Early voting for the NC primary starts today.

Sadly, I have no idea who I’m going to vote for because nobody is really grabbing me and there are so many to choose from.

I guess I have to wait a couple weeks and hope things get clearer.

Always Be Campaigning

It’s a touch ironic that the GOP defense of Trump is to make everything about Joe Biden; they’re implementing Trump’s campaign strategy during a trial about Trump’s same campaign strategy.

B.A.N.A.N.A.S.

New rules that will be implemented for the Feb. 3 contest could give presidential candidates an unprecedented opportunity to spin the results. In previous years, the Iowa Democratic Party reported just one number: the number of state delegates won by each candidate. For the first time, the party will this year report two other numbers — who had the most votes at the beginning and at the end of the night.

This shit is bananas.