3 November Will Just Be The Start

The US election is on 3 November, but it looks like that’s just going to be the start of it.

Hillary Clinton has said that Joe Biden should not concede, under any circumstances. So Biden’s going to contest the result, even if it’s a landslide for Trump. There are already hundreds of lawyers getting ready to contest it. So it’ll go all the way up to the Supreme Court. Nine justices in the Supreme Court will decide the matter.

Except that right now there are only eight. And they could split easily four-four. There’s a new justice = Amy Coney Barrett – in process of being approved by the Senate, but they’re being pretty damn slow about it. Maybe she won’t be approved before 3 November.

There’s going to be tremendous pressure on these eight or nine people. It’ll be nothing like they ever knew in their lives before. And we’ll all know their names.

    • John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, …
    • Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, …
    • Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, …
    • Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice, …
    • Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, …
    • Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, …
    • Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice, …
    • Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice,

This is where it’s going. Either they’ll vote Donald Trump into office again, or it apparently will default to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Which is why there are moves afoot to remove her.

So 3 November will just be the start of a long legal wrangle, as bitter and divisive as anything during the campaign.

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7 Responses to 3 November Will Just Be The Start

  1. Joe L. says:

    Oh, yes, Frank. November 3 is only the beginning of the shit-show that is about to unfold here. I expect the election results to be drawn out over weeks, if not months, and more riots and looting to erupt in the interim. It all feels very orchestrated, due to the the push for states to allow mail-in ballots under the pretense of COVID-19.

    Having grown up in Illinois, I was accustomed to voting in-person at a local polling place. When I moved to Washington a few years ago, I was a bit shocked to learn that Washington did away with in-person voting in 2012, and all voting here is now by mail-in ballot only (one of only a handful of states to have done so). One could argue that a state like Washington should have their shit together when it comes to mail-in ballots, because they’ve been doing it for 8 years (I haven’t lived here long enough to have formed an opinion), but now pretty much every state is being forced to handle high-volume mail-in ballots for the very first time, coincidentally during one of the most divisive elections in recent history. This seems to be purposefully designed to become a debacle, crafted to be dragged out for an extended period of time for maximum effect. I, for one, am not looking forward to the next few months. I hope I’m terribly wrong.

    • Emily says:

      I’m not looking forward to it either.

      At least we can still vote in-person in my state. I will be doing that as I am suspicious of the mass mail-in voting. I know how competent government agencies are here and can only imagine how masterfully they will handle the mail-in voting.

  2. Dirk says:

    One of the hallmarks of the Trump era has been his penchant for pushing fringe characters peddling dubious stories into the center ring of our political circus. In the past he has been an effective ringmaster. Whether it’s retweeting conspiracy theorists (that guy who recently alleged Osama bin Laden was still alive), elevating people who believe drinking water is tainted with Prozac that is causing shrimp to commit suicide (Alex Jones), or putting fringe GOP operatives banished from presidential politics on the payroll (Roger Stone), Trump has often delighted — and benefited politically — from turning the sideshow into the main show.

    Throughout the election, Trump and his campaign have made targeting Biden, who turns 78 shortly after Election Day and would be the oldest sitting president if elected, as mentally inept and merely a feeble puppet of the “radical left.”

    Trump has relentlessly attacked Biden as mentally “shot,” mocked his memory, and used campaign gaffes to paint the former vice president to be in mental decline — efforts that have turned off some older voters.

    Trump, 74, is only three years younger than Biden.

    “With my age, of course I get insulted,” said Olive Norwell, 93, when asked about the president targeting Biden’s age and mental health. Norwell, an independent who’s voting for Biden from Vero Beach, Florida, a ruby red area along the eastern shore, added, “but [Trump] himself is 74 — he’s not that far behind.”

    Days after testing positive for coronavirus, and with polls showing his support among older Americans slipping, Trump released a video targeting seniors that looked to reassure them the pandemic was under control. The president called seniors “my favorite people in the world,” even casting himself as one.

    Just hours later, though, the president posted an edited photo mocking Biden by depicting him in what appears to be a nursing home, sitting in a wheelchair, with the “P” in the former vice president’s campaign logo crossed out to read, “Biden for Resident.”

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