Wednesday, November 25, 2020
A Thought, and a Concern
What frightens me is we are witnessing what happens when a bunch of stupid and incompetent people attempt a coup. What happens 4 years from now, when the Republicans nominate another authoritarian (and they will) who isn't stupid and incompetent?
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
....alerts us to what we should be aware of.
Saturday, November 07, 2020
An Interesting Idea:
What if Biden offers a few Republican senators, in the interest of bipartisanship, from states with Democratic governors minor cabinet posts or ambassadorships? Especially those not seeking reelection? Send Pat Toomey to Ireland, offer Richard Burr Director of National Intelligence? Then the governors of those states get to appoint Democratic politicians to those posts until the next election cycle, giving the Senate to the Democrats and sidelining Moscow Mitch for at least two years.
Thank You Voters!
Our long national nightmare is coming to a conclusion.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
I'll Type S...L....O....W....L.....Y For the Maganuts
In 2019, the Pennsylvania legislature, both houses of which are controlled by Republicans, passed a law modifying the Commonwealth's election rules to allow "no excuse" absentee, or mail-in voting. This legislation was passed by both chambers, each controlled by Republicans. It was signed into law by a Democratic governor in October of 2019, months before anyone knew there was a pandemic coming. Since then, voting by mail is a perfectly legal way to vote in Pennsylvania. It does take longer to count those votes, because signatures require validation, envelopes have to be opened, ballots have to be flattened, stacked and fed into the tallying machines. This takes time. If more Democrats availed themselves of this new way of doing things, its not the fault of "the system." Its not some nefarious plot. Counting legally cast votes isn't "cheating." Its just counting.
I'll add that if you're concerned about how long this is taking, those same legislators refused to allow elections officials to tally mailed votes as they arrived, forcing them to start counting over a million mailed ballots on Tuesday. Also, provisional votes, of which there are tens of thousands, cannot be legally examined and counted until tomorrow.
Monday, November 02, 2020
If I May Make A Point...
There is no legal or Constitutional requirement that a winner be announced by midnight There is no legal or Constitutional justification to stop counting votes at 12:01am. We generally never know who the winner is until the wee hours of the next day, and on occasion, haven't known for weeks afterwards. Any attempt by a campaign to stop counting legally cast votes is voter suppression, plain and simple.