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The major way Trump benefits from the RBG replacement fight

The leading story is now a contentious, high stakes, high publicity issue that has nothing to do with COVID.

Anything that distracts any swing state Republican leaning people who are frustrated with his incompetence and mendacity is probably a plus for him.

Hopefully, the naked Supreme Court power grab will be an additional PR negative for him and there will be 4 R Senators who care enough about their own political futures and place in history to stop it.

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsberg

A truly top tier role model. An exemplary woman, an exemplary human with a truly meaningful and important lifetime of work.

There are nothing but the ultimate positives to say about her, but damn I wish she could have lasted 3 more months. Mitch McConnell won't even blink at the hypocrisy of holding hearings on a replacement. One year was too close to an election for Merrick Garland, but 5 weeks before or even after a lost election will be just fine.

Bill Maher on the blue wall of silence...

Bill Maher on Tara Reade

Stimulus checks delayed because Trump orders Treasury Dept. to print his name on them

From the Department of Utterly Predictable Headlines. No President's signature has EVER appeared on an IRS payout check before.


Bill Maher - Worst Responder

Could Sherrod Brown or another non-primary candidate become the nominee in a brokered convention?

Nate Silver is currently ranking "no winner" as the most likely outcome of the primaries. If this happens, do you think it's possible that the convention delegates could select someone who didn't run in the primaries?

I think the last time this happened was in 1968, when Bobby Kennedy was shot and the convention settled on Hubert Humphrey. Do you think something like this is a possibility in 2020? Would it necessarily be a bad thing?

If he gets the nomination, should Joe Biden pledge to serve a single term in his acceptance speech?

I believe the only person to have ever done this was Teddy Roosevelt when running for re-election in 1904 (his 1st elected term, since he became President when McKinley was shot). TR won re-election in a landslide.

My thought is that it could play really well if Biden did this, especially if nothing about it leaked out and it was a surprise during his convention acceptance speech. He could say that he was going to focus for 4 years on re-establishing American institutions and foreign alliances in the wake of Trump and not on political considerations of getting re-elected. It could help alleviate concerns about his age if he made clear that he was only going to serve for one 4 year term.

I realize that lame ducks often have less political leverage, so there's that, but in terms of getting elected, I think it would be a positive. The public would have a clear choice between 4 more years of Trump or a 4 year single term of Biden. If it was a surprise announcement at the convention, it would get massive coverage and give him a huge bounce.

Are they pre-empting impeachment hearing coverage to cover the Cali school shooting?

Or are the impeachment hearings on a break now? Obviously, a school shooting event is horrible, but those events are unfortunately, not infrequent, and they don't have many facts to give about the shooting at this time.

The 22nd Amendment sucks - A 3rd term of Obama shouldn't be prohibited

I understand the idea of not wanting a President to gain too much power through incumbency. I get why 4 terms of FDR led Congress to create the 2 term limit. Although, I think it worked out very well that FDR was around to cope with both the depression and WWII.

But, IMO, the 22nd Amendment should only prohibit someone from serving 3 CONSECUTIVE TERMS. If someone who is young enough takes a term off and then, having seen their work, the public decides they want them back, that shouldn't be banned. Winston Churchill was voted out of office after WWII, but then elected again later.

It's stupid to eliminate someone with that level of job experience, where the voters know exactly what they're getting. People think there was a precedent set by George Washington that two terms should be the norm because he chose not to run for a 3rd. But, Washington might not have done that on principle. He died two years after he left office; he likely didn't feel physically up to a third term.

If Barack Obama was a candidate in the primaries now, he'd probably be polling at 70%. He would obliterate Trump in a general election. And, it's not like being a 2 term former President necessarily makes you a strong candidate. George W. Bush was so unpopular that he didn't even attend the Republican convention in 2012.
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