Saturday, November 7, 2020

2 more months

Like most who read this, I'm happy that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. It seemed inevitable the last 2 days, but it seems certain now. trump will probably not conced, ever.

 A couple sobering things.....trump got 70 million votes, around 5-6 million than in 2016. He increased his supporters by millions. The 'blue wave' was barely a ripple, democrats lost votes in the House, and the Senate is at very best a maybe. I think the vote margin for Biden, as big as it probably will turn out to be was more of a 'against trump' than a 'for Biden'.

 What will happen in 2024 if the republicans run someone who will carry out the same policies as trump, anti-environment, pro big business, tax cuts for business and the rich, but is more palatable than trump? For instance, a Romney who carries out trump's legacy of de-legitimizing federal government, anti-women's rights, etc? trump minus the crazy. What then?

 The democratic party needs to take a serious look at it's premises, at why a large percentage of the Hispanic vote they were sure of didn't happen, why there are so many divisions within the party. I fear that if Pence had been at the top of the ticket things wouldn't be so rosy for us now. Biden has a huge, superhuman task ahead.....the pandemic, a divided country that seems to want to be divided, infrastructure both for the country and a badly damaged federal government. Facing millions and millions who will hate him no matter what he does. I expect the if the Senate remains in the gop camp, the only thing he'll be able to do is executive orders, and the Senate will simply sit on their hands for 4 year.

 On that cheery note, let's be happy that trump will be gone soon, and he doesn't try to burn down the country before he goes.

12 comments:

  1. It's a beginning, Mike. A good one. Unity, peace and the health to enjoy it --what a radical Democratic idea.

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    1. Your optimism inspires me, Geo. Kind of. Well, no, but hell, it's 2020.

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  2. The Trump vote, especially among minorities was startling. It should make for a good sociological study for years to come.

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    1. I foresee many doctoral thesis being written on this.

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  3. I think a lot of Trump's votes came because he is crazy and stupid. So many of his supporters have been quoted as saying he's just like them, like their idea of an ordinary person. I guess they live in crazy bigoted places, but it is really striking. Maybe the answer is to improve the education system but I daresay it would take more than that. I'm glad to hear you haven't succumbed to the virus - stay well.

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    1. I think a lot of trumps votes came from long-standing racists and bigots, who finally found a national candidate who they thought validated their extreme, horrid views. They are out there in numbers
      we never imagined. 40% of americans are racist and bigots, and want a strongman, nazi dictator at head of the 'US'....

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  4. I'm thrilled Rump is out, of course. But I think we (Dems) need to start focusing on how to help and appeal to the working poor. They've been disenfranchised and their angry. The South used to be solidly Democratic when it was more a a working person's party. We can keep our liberal social platform and also help and value the people who need help.

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  5. The Dixiecrats that controlled the dem party when is was 'solidly democratic' were solidly segregationist.

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  6. An article I read recently said McConnell faces a number of tough Senate races for Republicans in two years. But the Democrats should have done better in this year's Senate elections so who knows. And we still have hope of winning two more Senate seats from Georgia, which would make it 50-50 with Kamala in the driver's seat to break ties.

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    1. Yeah, I think even getting one of those Georgia seats is a long shot, but hey...here's hoping.

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    2. If Democrats turn out like they just did, I think Warnock can beat Loeffler. Not so sure about the other one. And I should have said above "...Kamala in the driver's seat to break Moscow Mitch's heart!"

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