A Guest Post from Coaling Forest

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Apropos of Trump’s suggestion of election delay, Clarence Darrow, writing from deep within Coaling Forest, explains it all in this here guest post.

He knows he is in for an ass whuppin’. His people have told him as much.

His reptile essence is hunting for an escape. Cancelling the election is the natural response for him and his ilk.

He may have sense enough to know that even his asswipes in the Senate won’t go along with that. (Even they, I believe, badly want this episode over so they can slink back to their old more comfortable ways.)

Upon an impending defeat or, less likely, after one, he will quit and take his band of prehensile tail dragging fans with him—thereby sealing the vault of the GOP grave.  

These are some possible other signs to watch for:

    • he will replace Pence with Haley and scapegoat Pence for the virus fuckup;
    • he will not attend any of the debates (of this I’m quite sure), and
    • he will abandon his adopted party at the worst possible time for it to try a recovery in time for November.  

Look what he’s up to in Kansas with Kobach and McConnell.  

In fact, his vitriol toward the GOP will be worse that his venom toward the Dems.

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The Cake Appears to be Baked

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A new national poll, released today, asks this question:

Which of these statements describes you best? [I support President Trump, and there’s almost nothing that could change that/ I support President Trump right now, but I’m open to changing my mind if things change later/ I neither support or oppose President Trump/ I oppose President Trump right now, but I’m open to changing my mind if things change later/ I oppose President Trump, and there’s almost nothing that could change that/ Unsure]

and gets these answers:

Support Trump, won’t change 34%
Support Trump, could change later 8%
Neither support nor oppose Trump 2%
Oppose Trump, could change later 3%
Oppose Trump, won’t change 53%
Unsure 1%

So, almost everybody, even the lip readers, has an opinion on Trump.

A decisive majority of the country has made up its mind to vote against Trump.

And 42 percent of the country support Trump, but a fifth of those folks say they could see changing their minds.

Some of Us are Turning a Little Bitter

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Just heard from an old friend. Responding to my death by stupidity post, my friend allowed as how it is unfortunate that Louie Gohmert didn’t manage to get on the plane with Trump, and attend the Texas virusfests yesterday, because “Gohmert could have had such a ‘positive’ influence.”

As I said, some of us are turning a little bitter.

Among those apparently reaching the end of their tether is Margaret Sullivan, media colmunist for the Washington Post, who just wrote This was the week America lost the war on misinformation:

Some new research, out just this morning from Pew, tells us in painstaking numerical form exactly what’s going on, and it’s not pretty: Americans who rely on social media as their pathway to news are more ignorant and more misinformed than those who come to news through print, a news app on their phones or network TV.

And that group is growing.

I will leave it to Ms. Sullivan and the Pew Research people to speak about any general trend toward willful ignorance. As to the specific question of wearing face masks, the data seem to indicate that the message is getting through, except to a diminishing hard core. Typical is a Wall Street Journal article yesterday reporting that “only” (my term) “11% of American voters say they rarely or never wear a face mask.”

Of course, the diminishing hard core are not randomly distributed throughout the country, but are concentrated in rural areas and in the South. They are destined to greatly prolong the pandemic misery.

Keep Calm

Call Batman

Politico, Trump floats delaying 2020 election

Jim Swift, Where Does Joe Biden Go to Get His Apology? The right mocked Biden for correctly predicting Trump might seek to delay the election.

Washington Post, McConnell and other top Republican officials rebuff Trump suggestion to delay the Nov. 3 election:

President Trump drew immediate rebukes from Republicans and Democrats alike on Thursday after floating the prospect of delaying the November election and claiming without evidence that widespread mail balloting would be a “catastrophic disaster” leading to fraudulent results.

The suggestion represented Trump’s latest, and most dramatic, attempt to undermine public faith in U.S. elections, which have grown more regular as polls have shown his political fortunes declining. The president has attacked mail voting nearly 70 times since late March in interviews, remarks and tweets, including at least 17 times this month, according to a tally by The Washington Post.

Thursday’s tweet came on the heels of a devastating report showing that the economy shrank nearly 10 percent from April through June, the largest quarterly decline since the government began publishing such data 70 years ago.

Senior Republicans, who often refuse to weigh in on President Trump’s controversial tweets, overwhelmingly rejected his idea Thursday that the election be postponed because of the risk of fraud.

“Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a television interview with WNKY of Bowling Green, Ky. “We’ll find a way to do that again this Nov. 3.”

“Though I am Gone, I Urge You to Answer the Highest Calling of Your Heart and Stand Up for What You Truly Believe”

John Lewis’s last message:

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

Louis Gohmert is Infected, Herman Cain is Dead

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CNN, Louie Gohmert, who’s refused to wear a mak, tests positive for Covid-19

Washington Post, Herman Cain, former Republican presidential hopeful, has died of coronavirus, his website says

As you will remember, he made a point of attending Trump’s Tulsa virusfest and defying the disease.

Cause, meet effect.

The coroner ruled it was death by stupidity.

Sharing is Caring

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Mitzie shares a comment on three-martini lunches.

Three Martini Lunch

Adam Smith shares the photos of heads of governments that have been LEAST successful in curbing the pandemic.

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Mitzie shares some observations on Democrats and Republicans.

Dems and Reublicans

Adam shares the photos of government heads who have been MOST successful with the pandemic.

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The Witch Doctor, Redux

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Charlie Sykes writes (in my inbox),

The Demon Sperm Phase of the Trump Presidency

Unfortunately, we’re not making any of this up.

Here’s the headline in the Daily Beast“Trump Doubles Down on Demon Sperm Doc.”  And it’s almost enough to make one nostalgic for the simpler times when we just talked about bleach enemas and getting UV rays inside the body.

The President of the United States doubled down on his support of a doctors “summit” peddling the debunked COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine—just as social media companies crack down on the viral coronavirus disinformation that came out of the event.

The president was especially enthusiastic about Dr. Stella Immanuel, “who claimed that the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine was a “cure” for COVID-19 and that masks aren’t necessary.”  She has some bizarre ideas about alien DNA and demon sex.

She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.

She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. And, despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on Monday, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by “reptilians” and other aliens.

Lest you think this description of Dr. Immanuel’s work is unfair, she publicly thanked the Beast yesterday. ““The Daily Beast did a great job summarizing our deliverance ministry and exposing incubus and succubus. Thank you daily beast. If you need deliverance from these spirits. Contact us,” she tweeted.

On Tuesday, Trump called her “very impressive.”

So here we are, in the midst of a pandemic that has cost 150,000 American lives and the President has decided to take a detour into the seedier precincts of CRAZY TOWN. And millions of Americans might take it seriously. This is called a Doom Loop. And it is coming from the president of the United States.

An aside: if you met someone randomly who was peddling these kinds of crackpot notions, you would (1) try to talk sense into them, (2) avoid them, and  (3) make sure that they didn’t get near your kids.

The Witch Doctor

Oh, And Then There’s the Part About Illness Caused by Having Sex with Demons

From the—I kid you not—official White House transcript of last evening’s “briefing”:

Q    Mr. President, the woman that you said is a great doctor in that video that you retweeted last night said masks don’t work and there is a cure for COVID-19, both of which health experts say is not true.  She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens, and that they’re trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, maybe it’s a saying, maybe it’s not.

Q    So what’s the logic in retweeting that?

THE PRESIDENT:  But I can — I can tell you this: She was on air, along with many other doctors.  They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine, and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that, from where she came —

Q    It’s misinformation.

THE PRESIDENT:  — I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients.  And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.

Q    But she said masks don’t work.  And last week, you said masks —

Yeah, go ahead.  Paula.

Q   Last week —

THE PRESIDENT:  Go ahead.

Q    Well, real quick.  Last week, you said masks —

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.

END

If My Grandmother Had Wheels: The Future of the Republican Party

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A.B. Stoddard, Trump Torched the GOP. A Business Leader Could Rebuild It.

Righty-ho. And if my grandmother had wheels, she could ride on the railroad track.

The author does point out, correctly, that all of the Republican empty suits pressing their candidacy for 2024 are trying to inherit the Trump base.

Bret Stephens, What Will a Post-Trump G.O.P. Look Like?

The New York Times hired Mr. Stephens away from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, to add a voice from the right to its editorial page. After yesterday’s column, I am not at all sure they got their money’s worth.

Stephens imagines what will happen if Trump and the Republicans suffer a decisive loss in November. (I skip over the part where he hypothesizes a Trump victory or a narrow loss.) In the case of a humiliating Trump defeat, he writes,

The infighting will begin the moment Florida, North Carolina or any other must-win state for Trump is called for Joe Biden. It will pit two main camps against each other. On the right, it will be the What Were We Thinking? side of the party. On the further right, the Trump Didn’t Go Far Enough side. Think of it as a cage match between Marco Rubio and Tucker Carlson for the soul of the G.O.P.

Both sides will recognize that Trump was a uniquely incompetent executive who — as in his business dealings — always proved his own worst enemy, always squandered his luck, never learned from his mistakes, never grew in office. Both sides will want to wash their hands of the soon-to-be-former president, his obnoxious relatives, their intellectual vacuity and their self-dealing ways. And both will have to tread carefully around a wounded and bitter man who, like a minefield laid for some long-ago war, still has the power to kill anyone who missteps.

That’s where agreement ends. The What Were We Thinking? Republicans will want to hurry the party back to some version of what it was when Paul Ryan was its star. They’ll want to pretend that Trump never happened. They will organize a task force composed of former party worthies to write an election post-mortem, akin to what then-G.O.P. chair Reince Priebus did after 2012, emphasizing the need to repair relations with minorities, women and younger voters. They’ll talk up the virtues of Republicans as reformers and problem-solvers, not Know-Nothings and culture warriors.

The Didn’t Go Far Enough camp will make the opposite case. They’ll note that Trump never built the wall, never got U.S. troops out of the Middle East, never drained the swamp of Beltway corruption, ended NAFTA in name only, did Wall Street’s bidding at Main Street’s expense, and “owned the libs” on Twitter while losing the broader battle of ideas. This camp will seek a new champion: Trump plus a brain.

These are two deeply unattractive versions of the party of Lincoln, one feckless, the other fanatical. Even so, all who care about the health of American democracy should hold their noses and hope the feckless side prevails.

A Fatal Flaw in the Analysis

Why in the world does Stephens imagine that “both sides will recognize that Trump was a uniquely incompetent”? Does he think Trump and his family will just disappear? Does he think the Trump cultists will suddenly deprogram themselves in a poof of magical pixie dust?

What in the world is he thinking?

On the Road Again? or, Dog Bites Man, Dog Bites Man Again, Man Bites Dog, and There is Hell to Pay

A couple of months ago, some ad agencies decided that what the country needed was a lot of chirpy commercials about reopening. Not happening.

Washington Post, One question still dogs Trump: Why not try harder to solve the coronavirus crisis?

[B]oth allies and opponents agree he has failed at the one task that could help him achieve all of his goals — confronting the pandemic with a clear strategy and consistent leadership.

Trump’s shortcomings have perplexed even some of his most loyal allies, who increasingly have wondered why the president has not at least pantomimed a sense of command over the crisis or conveyed compassion for the millions of Americans impacted by it.

People close to Trump, many speaking anonymously to share candid discussions and impressions, say the president’s inability to wholly address the crisis is due to his almost pathological unwillingness to admit error; a positive feedback loop of overly rosy assessments and data from advisers and Fox News; and a penchant for magical thinking that prevented him from fully engaging with the pandemic.

Greg Sargent, How Fox News may be destroying Trump’s reelection hopes

Associated Press, AP-NORC poll: Us course at record low, Trump sinks on virus

Dog Bites Man

Trump is a nutjob.

Dog Bites Man Again

Trump’s approval on handlng the pandemic is sinking like a stone.

Man Bites Dog

Thirty-two percent of our fellow Americans are still living in a dream world of denial. and whackadoodle conspiracy theories. They aren’t wearing masks and they aren’t taking other precautions.

These folks are, of course, unevenly distributed around the landscape. In the South, there are vast hordes of them.

I Gaze Into My Crystal Ball and See Hell

Until somebody whom they trust takes these people, shakes them by the throat, and tells them to stop acting like idiots, they are going to keep on acting like idiots and the virus is gong to keep on spreading out of control.

It is Politically Motivated and Dishonest to Quote Senator Cotton Verbatim

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TPM, Cotton’s Office Denies He Believes Slavery Was A ‘Necessary Evil’ After Backlash Over Remark:

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.” …

Backlash ensued upon the publication of Cotton’s interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Sunday, which included the creator of the Times’ 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Cotton’s office denied to TPM in a statement on Sunday that the Arkansas senator believes that slavery was a “necessary evil.”

“As his quote makes clear, that view was held by some founding fathers,” Cotton press secretary James Arnold told TPM. “Reporting to the contrary is politically motivated and dishonest.”

I trust you join me in being shocked, stunned, and deeply saddened by the mendacity of the mainstream press. To what depths of depravity will they not sink? Just how looooow can they goooooo?

My Old Friend John

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In case you were wondering, Edmund Pettus was a general in the Confederate Army, and, according to one historian, “followed with conspicuous bravery every forlorn hope which the Confederacy offered.” After the Civil War, he resumed his law practice, while serving as Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan—a position he leveraged to get himself elected to the United States Senate in 1897.

The bridge was built and named in his “honor” in 1940.