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Trump disgusts the Republican governor of Massachusetts.

What he said.

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New poll. Not sure how reliable this is but it looks similar to other polls I’ve seen except in magnitude. The trend is going against Trump. The race is pulling away.

I’m going to guess that every move Trump and the Republicans have made in the week since RBG died has been working against them. They are so out of step with voters in every conceivable way that it’s hard to understand what they think they’re going to gain from this. Sure, they might set back women’s rights, they may finally get rid of the ACA and leave cancer patients without any protections, they may get the court to strip working people of any abilities to make their lives better. But an awful lot of them are going to lose their seats and I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be painful.

That’s where we are. With every week, every day, every hour, almost minute to minute, the Republican power grab and obstructions to voting are enraging suburbanites, women, working people who have been sidelined by Covid, old people, young people (a lot of millennials are going to work the polls this year).

No one with any lick of sense wants to relive 2020 and it’s catastrophic response to Covid. That’s what we get with Trump. Only a fool would repeat this disaster expecting a different outcome.

So keep at it, Republicans. The more you throw at us, the more alternate plans we make to get our votes in waaaaaay ahead of time. We are going to vote so hard.

Every time a Republican enrages, a new Biden voter engages.

Remember the Wisconsin primary this year? That’s what’s going to happen.

And how did that turn out?

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Charlie Baker in that video above says that mail in balloting has been with us forever. That might be true. We’ve called it absentee balloting but the ability to vote that way has been extended to include anyone who is high risk who doesn’t want to risk exposure to Covid in the basement of the Methodist church.

But ok, some people insist on not evolving and want to be originalists. They want to go back to the way people used to vote in 1787.

Back then, many states required that white males who owned property were the only ones eligible to vote. Not only did you need to own property, your property size had to meet minimum requirements. That had the effect of excluding most white men in Connecticut.

In Pennsylvania, the property restriction was relaxed so more white men were eligible but they had to be up to date on their taxes. That’s because this good Quaker state and home of the City of Brotherly Love did not want poor people or unemployed people or lazy people to vote. Their inability or antipathy to paying taxes was thought to make them bad citizens. (That would exclude most white republican and libertarian men these days. Hmmm…) Remember, this was before we had an intentionally created African American inner city underclass.

Yep, back then, white guys who lost their jobs or just didn’t make enough money were excluded from voting. They lost their franchise.

The effect of all these laws was that something like 6% of the population was eligible to vote at the beginning. The laws favored rich, white guys with lots of land and the poorly paid white guys working in new industries and as indentured servants or apprentices were excluded.

Plus, you had to vote with a paper ballot. None of that voting machine stuff. Find a polling place, if you can prove you paid enough in taxes, and submit your paper ballot.

Then, at some point in December, your electors would saddle up their horses and travel for days and weeks to the electoral college to cast their votes for you but only the rich guys among you. It had to be done in person because we had no way of transmitting the results by electronically. No telegraphs, telephones, internet, TV, radio. Oh, I guess they could have sent the results by mail since we deliberately added the postal service to the Constitution. (That’s US Postal SERVICE, not US Postal Company INC)

If you think Trump can’t abide by waiting three days after Election Day to get the definitive vote count in Pennsylvania in 2020, imagine the shrieking and kicking and empurplling of his face that would go on if he had to wait more than a month for all the electors to mosey into town.

Yeah, let’s go back to that. I mean, if we really think that the old way of doing things 244 ago was so great and should never be changed.

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  1. Governor Baker isn’t the only Republican disgusted with the current GOP (h/t Driftglass):

  2. Those are cheering polls, and I like Peter Hart, as I used to see him interviewed, but his polls do tend to lean Democratic, just like some others lean Republican. Based on those polls, Biden is in very good shape, but some other polls have him losing in Florida by a point or two, up in Pennsylvania by four points. So it s hard to know where we are, but it was nice to see those Hart polls, because we are in a do or die situation, any way one wants to perceive that.

    It is so important for Biden to win big, because 1) it would make it far harder for Trump to get the Supreme Court to overturn the result; 2) it would make it more likely that we could take the Senate, which is imperative, because otherwise McConnell will block everything, including Supreme Court nominees; 3) we might be able to limit the power of the Supreme Court radical right majority, put in place by a distinct minority of the country. A Biden win by 4-5 points puts all of that in jeopardy, as ridiculous and unfair as that would be. The absolutely contemptible hypocrisy of a party which orated about how wrong it would be for a President to select a nominee in June of an election year, and then turn around and pick someone a week after a revered liberal Justice passed away in late September of an election year, is more than enough to wish that every single Republican running for any position, is defeated for the next fifty years. I would wish that Biden would not deal with any of them, but he will think that he should. They are not our friends, they are not the loyal opposition, they are a pack of greedy, contemptuous, phonies and liars. If you played in a poker game with people who you learned were cheating in every way possible, and had taken most of your money,would you shake hands after the game and sit down with them again next week? They’ve already stolen money from you which you will never get back.

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