Tiger Beat on the Potomac leads their morning email thingie with an accurate summary of the political state of play this Labor Day Weekend (they left out the Trump-Virus itself, not sure why, but of course it is the context for a lot of what ails us [see what I did there?!]):
AS SUMMER FADES, with Labor Day marking the traditional onset of the general election, back-to-school season and autumn, it’s worth asking: Do any of the assumptions about how this is supposed to work still hold?
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS are working from home, forced to juggle Zoom calls with the office while essentially homeschooling their children. And those are just the parents who have the luxury of working remotely: For vast swaths of the country, the economic crisis has meant a daily battle to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.
A PROTEST MOVEMENT that began over police brutality and systemic racism is struggling to gain traction on its core goals, with reform efforts stalling and frustration sometimes boiling over on the streets. Armed groups are provoking dangerous confrontations while frazzled and embattled police look on helplessly. Rioters and looters are taking advantage of the chaos.
OUR VOTING SYSTEM has come under attack from a president who sows doubts about voting by mail and claims, without evidence, that his opponents are trying to steal the election. Democrats seem frozen: Do they reassure Americans that their votes will count, or sound the alarm over what they see as a fiasco in the making?There’s a very real possibility that roughly half the country will reject the November results as illegitimate.
THE TRUTH IS that few of us have any idea what the next few months will hold. Will the virus, which is still killing hundreds of Americans every day, come roaring back? Will the government identify a vaccine by Election Day, and would that change any votes? Can we even trust the polls when it’s hard to say who a “likely voter” is during a pandemic? When will our lives go back to normal?
I take some exception to the notion that Democrats seem frozen.
Republicans are strangely convinced that the election is rigged against The Russian Usurper, and Democrats actually have hard proof that the Republicans ARE already stealing it, between the eff’ery in Georgia and the dismantling of the USPS; Lord Damp Nut hisself instructing his doomsday cult followers to vote twice is felonious, but no one is arresting him.
We have no idea what the exciting conclusion of the 2020 Goat Rodeo is going to be, but I don’t think that there is any doubt that close to half the country is going to doubt it one way or the other. The only thing I can hope for is that such an overwhelming majority throws the bums out up and down the ticket that it cannot be disputed as anything other than a mandate, but I think that is unlikely: Prznint Stupid’s base is amazingly resilient; they don’t even seem to care about suckers and losers.
Putin won in 2016 and installed a chaos agent; this will not end without chaos.