The State of Play

Tiger Beat on the Potomac’s morning email thingie sums up where we stand pretty neatly (and they don’t even mention the USPS eff’ery):

THESE DAYS ARE DIZZYING, so you’d be forgiven for not being able to keep track of all the developments in our body politic. Yes, there are some good things going on — JARED KUSHNER, who we’ve ribbed for some time, has even won over TOM FRIEDMAN with his Middle East dealmaking tactics. But there are also some sordid and oh-so-Washington developments worth reviewing. In a bygone era, any one of these incidents would spark days of coverage. Now, each is but a blip.

— WITH A PANDEMIC coursing through America, Congress is home for the month, and won’t return until mid-September. With an election 81 DAYS away, congressional leaders left town without coming to a deal with the White House on a stimulus relief bill that could help ease the pain of struggling Americans. It seems exceedingly unlikely a deal will come together before Sept. 30 — if at all.

— THE PRESIDENT suggested he thought Sen. KAMALA HARRIS (D-Calif.) might be ineligible to be VP — reprising a racist conspiracy theory he used against BARACK OBAMA. HARRIS was born in Oakland, Calif. Some of his advisers cringed. It seemed desperate. L.A. Times: “Baseless birther attack on Kamala Harris shows how Trump is struggling to define her”

— THE PRESIDENT used these terms to describe women Thursday: He said Rep. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-N.Y.) “yaps”; he called HARRIS a “madwoman”; and he assailed MSNBC host MIKA BRZEZINSKI as the “ditzy airhead wife” of Joe Scarborough.More from Quint Forgey on Trump’s attacks

— THE PRESIDENT will break with all norms and accept the Republican Party’s nomination on the White House lawn, he told the N.Y. Post. Oh — and he also said he’ll try to win New York, which he lost by 22 points in 2016. THE COVER of the N.Y. POST is a photo of DONALD TRUMP in front of a portrait of ABE LINCOLN with this: “‘NEW YORK IS IN PLAY’” … Dems would love TRUMPto spend money there.

— MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE — a QAnon supporter who is likely to come to Congress in November with full support from House Majority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY and the GOP leadership — suggested in a recently found video that MS-13 were hitmen for OBAMA and killed SETH RICH, a DNC employee who was murdered in 2016 in what police have said was a random armed robbery attempt. She was also a 9/11 truther, although she walked that back Thursday.

— MICHAEL COHEN, the president’s former attorney who was recently in prison, published excerpts from his book “Disloyal.” NYT’S ANNIE KARNI:“‘I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man,’ Mr. Cohen writes, claiming he has gained from those experiences a singular understanding of the president. …

“‘I STIFFED contractors on his behalf, ripped off his business partners, lied to his wife Melania to hide his sexual infidelities, and bullied and screamed at anyone who threatened Trump’s path to power,’ he writes.”

WE DON’T PRETEND TO KNOW what any of this means. But it doesn’t speak well of the state of American politics in 2020.

Meanwhile, Axios decided to poll Americans about voting by mail

An Axios-SurveyMonkey poll finds that 80% of conservative Republicans plan to vote in person, compared with just 33% of liberal Democrats, Axios White House editor Margaret Talev writes.

  • Seven in 10 Republicans surveyed say mail-in voting is less likely to produce fair and accurate results, while Democrats say on balance they believe it will make the results slightly more fair and accurate.

Why it matters: As President Trump seeks to delegitimize absentee voting and politicize the Postal Service, the findings in this national survey document the potential for wide mistrust.

  • SurveyMonkey chief research officer Jon Cohen says: “For Republicans, the lack of trust in the system has shot up.”

Prznint Stupid is going to throw out ballots because he knows that he is losing the election; and while he is trying to fix the election, he has ruled out trying to fix the pandemic.

The NYTimes says the real U.S. coronavirus death toll has almost certainly surpassed 200,000 by now.

Almost a million people filed for unemployment this past week, a bad headline number that masks the worse news that over 15 million workers filed for continued unemployment claims.

Sure, Biff, if you ignore the tens of millions of jobs you destroyed, you’ve created millions of jobs.

And so our conclusion is: We’re totally eff’ed in the dark.

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5 Responses to The State of Play

  1. . She was also a 9/11 truther,

    Because OF COURSE she was….morons of a feather and so on.


  2. spotthedog says:

    The fact that Pence can spout a stream of bullshit like that and not get struck by lightning I take as proof there is no god.

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  3. sos says:

    *JARED KUSHNER, who we’ve ribbed for some time, has even won over TOM FRIEDMAN with his Middle East dealmaking tactics. *

    What? He give him a taxi ride?


  4. roket says:

    Did the fair and balanced ‘reporter’ ask about the unemployment rate? Or is it all sunshine and roses (during a pandemic) for these experts at bearing false witness?


  5. Pretzelogic in Philly, PA says:

    This is a purely distilled example of why I have despised TBotP from their beginning, and always will.

    As they themselves candidly acknowledge in their final graf, there’s no point in bothering with the preceding grafs since “WE DON’T PRETEND TO KNOW what any of this means.”

    As usual that’s because (in the interest of covering up the depravity of the Greed Over People RICO) they’re too busy PRETENDING NOT to know what any of this means.

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