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I don't remember when I first heard some US press person preening over their unique peaceful transfer of power, but it took quite a bit longer for me to learn that their special trick was that one party kept blatantly stealing the election, while the other concedes. A dynamic that started at least with Nixon. I'm not confident that it'll change now.


Though I'm also not sure if the GOP is really trying to steal the election or just going through the motions. Of course Donny can't lose and it has to be fraud, but if I'm the turtle in charge of the GOP I'd take the senate, supreme court and someone to blame for mishandling the pandemic and depression over another four years.
by generic on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 11:32:17 AM EST
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If one can find a way to blame outside forces, one can avoid any self-reflection.

For Democrats in 2016 it was RussiaRussiaRussia! bullshit. If, by any chance, Trump still pulls out a victory, I wonder who the Dems are gonna blame this time around?

There has been already some voices saying that achieving neck-to-neck victory against a person like Trump during a mismanaged pandemic and a record unemployment is not good enough -- so maybe, just maybe, Democrats may take a long look at the mirror. But I doubt.

I also doubt that without public health care and paid sick leave, even Jesus H. Christ himself couldn't do much to prevent the pandemic running it's course.

by pelgus on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 12:00:45 PM EST
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McConnell Says Congress Should Pass Economic Relief Bill This Year WSJ Updated Nov. 4, 2020 4:00 pm ET
Senate majority leader says he supports aid to schools, hospitals and small businesses, but not a more sweeping Democratic proposal

WASHINGTON--Congress should pass a new economic-relief package this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, as prospects for Democrats' multitrillion-dollar stimulus bill faded along with their chances for full control of the government.

Lawmakers have been deadlocked for months over further aid, with Republicans insisting on liability protections for businesses and Democrats seeking aid for state and local governments. With the outcome of Tuesday's elections still in doubt, Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) signaled that he would try to move this year, with President Trump assured of still being in office for at least that time.

"We need another rescue package," Mr. McConnell said in Kentucky. "Hopefully the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. We need to do it, and I think we need to do it before the end of the year."


For what it is worth.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 03:55:10 PM EST
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