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Maskless Monday

Three items to ruminate about today.

First up, there are widespread complaints that Biden’s VP pick process is taking too long or has been upturned by Ed Rendell or in general is all worng.

Let’s think about this for a second because it doesn’t seem all that off to me even if Ed Rendell sticking his unwanted sexist foot in his mouth is supremely irritating.

As election years go, this is one for the record books. The time is definitely out of joint. Who knows what will be considered a good or bad move when the dust settles.

That being said, if I were Joe Biden, I’d want to continue to keep a low profile. After all, Republicans bugged out of town on Friday just as the coronavirus stimulus was expiring and they hadn’t done much to address the second bill that Pelosi sent them MONTHS ago. Instead, they fought amongst themselves over whether to include write offs for three martini lunches. I’m sure there was a more ideological bent to their discussions. Many of them just hate the idea that the hired help has to be paid a living wage in the first place. That $600 extra was undeserved. It disincentivized people from working.

There are incentives to non-productive behavior all over the upper wage earning crowd when it comes to investment banking. It gets a lot of people very very rich. Why stop the scrutiny at the level of the unemployed retail cashier?? I swear, when Republicans learn from history, they go all the way back to Richard II.

Nevertheless, Republicans who rode to office with Trump aren’t the brightest bulbs in the pack. They don’t seem capable of working through the implications of removing money from a consumer society in a shock and awe manner to goose people back to work at possibly non-existent jobs in on the verge of relocking down states.

Not to worry. Trump has decided those babies in Congress can’t get the job done so he’s going to start throwing his unilateral bulk around.

That should go well.

See? If you were Biden, why would you want to distract attention from that with a VP pick? Once the pick is announced, SOMEONE isn’t going to be happy. If it’s Kamala, her enormous fan base on Twitter will be ecstatic, cluelessly stomping on the hearts and minds of every other candidate’s constituency. God, I thought Bernie Bros were obnoxious. It’s nothing compared to the Harris contingent.

If it’s the more sensible choice for January 2021 in Warren, there will be gnashing off teeth over BLM not being recognized.

(Disclaimer: I’m a Warren promoter because 1.) I’m focused on what’s left in the treasury in January and 2.) Warren has studied the two income problem to death. She’s seen the root causes of our present dilemma better than anyone. BLM will become a distant echo of a happier time if we’re forced into soul crushing austerity. I’m sorry but I don’t think this is Kamala’s forte but it is Warren’s.)

Anyway, with the Republicans in Disarray headlines finally getting rolled out, Biden would have to be nuts to announce a VP one second before he has to. The minute he announces, the Trump campaign will spring into action, roll out oppo research, seed a bunch of ridiculous stories into QANON and Fox, and produce a bunch of stupid nicknames that his base will eject from their mouths on cue, bypassing all brain function. That last knee jerk response cycle will be cringeworthy for those of us who have to witness it and trust me, I’m getting sick of being nice about it. There will be no cheek turning this election season.

In essence, Trump will start running against Biden’s VP candidate. Misogyny will tear its ugly head. Racism will be non-stop. The base will be energized. Are you kidding me?? You think they are ever going to vote for that monster by the time the Trump assholes get their narratives started? By the time they’re done, even the VP’s mother wouldn’t want to be associated.

You think that wouldn’t happen this year? I don’t know. There are some supremely disoriented people out there and Trump is their guy. God only knows why but it might be that the whole coronavirus thing is just overwhelming them. Like this “lady” in the video below. If this is mental illness, there are an awful lot of them crawling out of the woodwork lately. Go ahead, try to reason with her about Susan Rice or Gretchen Whitmer. Does she look like she is receptive to a calm rational conversation?

Trump brings out the best in people, doesn’t he? Or he brings something out of them. Something that’s deep and dark and nasty. Some of us just don’t have that in us. I find it shocking that so many other people do. Where does that come from??

Anyway, I was cleaning out my screenshots on Saturday and found something that anyone contemplating not voting for Biden should take to heart;

That sums it up in a nutshell.

I do have to get this in here: no one should be working around unhinged strangers without a mask. Mask up, gentlemen.


Kevin is losing it too:

So, are these people losing it because everything they believed in the last 4 years is turning out to not be true? Is is because all that winning has left them with a sense of entitlement even as the rug gets pulled out from beneath them?

Speculation? Comments? Insight? It’s happening too often to be accidental.