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47312. winstonsmith - 9/19/2020 2:10:40 AM


Well, in a more caring world Murkowski, Romney and Collins would all come out and say that itís too much and they just wonít confirm a justice until after the election. Murkowski has already stated this. So we need two more to block?

47313. vonKreedon - 9/19/2020 2:35:39 AM

I think we need a total of four or else Pence breaks the tie.


47314. winstonsmith - 9/19/2020 2:45:03 AM

Ah, yeah VK, you are correct. That will be harder.

47315. Ms. No - 9/22/2020 12:25:43 AM

Mark Kelly could win the special election before Nov. 3 taking a vote from the GOP and giving it to the Dems.

McSally's pronouncement implies that Kelly's got the edge on her and she's doubling down on her bootlicking credentials for her career post-Senate.

47316. vonKreedon - 9/22/2020 8:33:36 PM

There's also the crowded special election in Georgia, currently held by Loeffler. It's so crowded it's likely to not be settled until a follow-up runoff on Jan. 5th.

For either of these to matter, the vote would have to happen later than the end of November.

47317. winstonsmith - 9/30/2020 10:27:08 PM

Well, the debate was painful to watch but served to chalk up more lost news cycles for Donnie. Tick, tick, tick. I really do think it is a hour by hour, day by day messaging war to keep Trump from gaining momentum. He will be a huge problem after the election no matter what, but if he loses, he will no longer be able to directly wield the levers of power.

47318. vonKreedon - 10/1/2020 1:33:53 AM

While painful, I thought the debate went well for Biden. I'd have preferred Biden to interrupt less, particularly early in the debate, but he got better at allowing the contrast. He was, IMO, appropriately dismissive of Trump. Any lingering doubts/hopes of Biden's mental health should be put to rest, but they won't.

47319. vonKreedon - 10/8/2020 5:54:04 AM

Good debate for Kamala. The main thing she needed was to appear Presidential; to be someone the electorate could see being successful in the Oval Office. She did that very well. She was more disciplined that Biden on adhering to the rules in contrast to her opponent. Pence's constant ignoring of the women on stage with him was, IMO, telling. Kamala was badass at times and that's a good look on her.

47320. winstonsmith - 10/8/2020 7:50:49 AM

Agreed. I thought she did well.

47321. Ms. No - 10/7/2021 11:12:53 PM

What's everyone's take on Harris at this point? I've been avoiding the news quite a bit over the last year, so I don't have an opinion informed by anything other than what I knew before and the fact that I haven't seen or heard much from/about her. (not that I'm faulting her, only to mention that I'm just out of the loop.)

I remember having fantasies of Biden serving two years and two months and then retiring and turning the office over to Harris who could then run and win her own two terms.

Ah, pipe dreams!

47322. vonKreedon - 10/8/2021 7:13:55 PM

I'm afraid that the Dems don't have a good and obvious candidate for 2024. Biden will be too old to be viable, and Kamala just isn't a good campaigner. Also, the Dems are almost certain to lose both the House and Senate in the coming mid-terms, if the GOP doesn't win then it looks really bad for them in the '24 election even without a Dem incumbent.

47323. Ms. No - 10/11/2021 5:55:59 PM

Good lord, that's depressing.

But good to see you, Cos!

47324. vonKreedon - 10/12/2021 3:49:33 PM

Good to be seen!

47325. alistairConnor - 2/27/2022 6:31:29 PM

So, what are the likely influences of the Ukraine war on US politics?

A week or so ago, one of my working theories about Putin's deranged behaviour is that he believed his own rhetoric about only negotiating with Biden (being locked in the Cold War, the only important players, in his head, are he and Biden), and that Biden was weak, and could be manipulated.
Or just that, having had success in manipulating US elections, he wanted to project the meme of Putin strong, Biden weak, to help the Trump party to win the midterms by a landslide, paving the way for the return of the Don. Which would be, obviously, a huge win for Putin.

All of that turns to dust post-invasion, of course. Putin is obsessed only with the Big Picture, and his place in history.

But the effects on US politics are unpredictable for me, partly because I'm too lazy to keep up these days.

I think Biden, and the US intelligence industry, should get credit for accurately predicting Putin's move, and above all, for going public with it.
Of course, nobody (outside the US?) believed them, but still...

47326. Ms. No - 3/3/2022 12:49:08 AM

I had to explain the whole thing to my seniors this week and found myself wondering just how biased my information is. I mean, I've thought Putin was a dangerous thug with world-domination dreams for years, so I'm not the most objective person on this one.

And hearing about those to meat-puppets showing their asses at the State of the Union Address and that Manchin has finally decided that he'll openly sit with the Republicans rather than sucking their toes from across the aisle....it's all just depressing as shit.

One of my students is reading The Handmaid's Tale for the first time. It's freaking her out daily and she ran up to me this morning asking "Ms. O, what would you do if this started happening for real?"

And I was at a loss because I feel like we are already on the path and what exactly HAVE I done other than March and shoot my mouth off?

I mean, do I start keeping money in a mattress and planning my escape? Or just buy a bunch of guns and plan to go out in a blaze of glory?


47327. Ms. No - 3/3/2022 12:49:43 AM

two, not to

47328. Ms. No - 3/3/2022 12:55:11 AM

I suppose my virulent dislike for Putin is countered by the fact that I've been pointing out the massive anti-communist bias in our textbook all year.

Not that I'm pro-Communism, I just think it's ridiculous to be so afraid of something that you have to lie about it.

47329. arkymalarky - 3/12/2022 6:10:04 AM

The fact that trump had told people he was going to abandon nato when he was re elected just reminded me: early in my career a student came in to a final exam with a cheat sheet. I saw it and for the final kids could take their test and leave and he sat till after all the kids were gone because I never gave him an opportunity to use it, and when the last kid left he just pulled it out and started looking at it. I just picked it up and gave him a 0 and that was that. To me that's how Putin did. With trump gone Biden was obviously not going to give him any quarter to do something on his watch, so he really had no other option but to invade. He's 70 years old and if he wants to get his lifelong dream accomplished he'd better hurry up. And of course now his fate and place in history is sealed and he won't achieve his goal.

47330. vonKreedon - 3/21/2022 3:50:49 AM

Ms. No said, " I mean, I've thought Putin was a dangerous thug with world-domination dreams for years, so I'm not the most objective person on this one." I disagree, that's a very objective view of Putin.

47331. Ms. No - 3/26/2022 11:03:30 PM

Thanks, Cos! -- always nice to be validated!

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