It’s campaign season again, and the candidates are out for your money — but you might have noticed that, despite the millions they got in 2020, nothing much has changed. This is because the difference between the Democrats and Republicans basically boils down to which color necktie the president wears. They’re all funded by Big Oil, Big Sugar, Big Pharma, Really Big Healthcare, and Enormous Insurance, so that’s not really a surprise; what’s shocking is that you still give them a dime. With all the corporate juice they’re getting, you need the money more.(more…)
F&L 2020: It’s Not Over
It’s not over yet, people.
No, not the Presidential race, though to be sure we’re still working through some of the process. Instead, let us consider the Senate: presently deadlocked at 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, with a probable two seats up for runoff elections in Georgia.
Republicans don’t seem to have quite realized yet that the Democrats are probably going to win both seats.(more…)
Fear and Loathing: Handicapping 2020
It’s coming down to the wire, and there’s a ton of nervousness out there about who will win the election. Yes, Uncle Joe has a serious lead in the polls, but The Donald has been shown to be making gains among the undecideds — and we must remember that Clinton too led in the polls in 2016.
After all is said and done, it’s not the popular vote that will decide the election, nor should it be. It’s the Electoral College.(more…)
Why We Don’t Have COVID Relief
The Senate has adjourned for their pre-election break following marathon sessions to confirm a new Supreme Court justice. This makes it highly unlikely that we’ll see more stimulus checks before Election Day.
But for once the blame doesn’t actually belong to the Senate, despite how bad this looks. They don’t have anything to vote on.(more…)
F&L 2020: But I Don’t Wanna!
“But why would you vote third party? Don’t you realize that Trump is an existential threat? It’s not like the Greens will win anyway.”
I’ve heard this dozens of times and in many different ways, but the message is always the same. Substitute Biden for Trump and Libertarian for Green and it still works — though I more often hear words like “disaster” and “horrific” from my conservative friends.(more…)
F&L: And Then There Were Two… Uh, Three
It’s official. The race is down to three candidates: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and… oh, yes, Tulsi Gabbard.
With Warren’s announcement this morning, the last of the minor candidacies has ended. We won’t see eight people on the stage in the Arizona debate; we’ll see two. Not three, mind; The Party has been (more…)
F&L: Wednesday The Sun Rose Clear
Yesterday, Democratic voters in fourteen states and American Samoa participated in our quadrennial contest, where we choose the contender for the upcoming presidential race. People flocked to the polls in overwhelming numbers, in many cases swamping the facilities and staff to register their selection.
Common wisdom has it that the winner on Super Tuesday will (more…)
F&L: What To Watch In South Carolina
This may seem like a minor state contest, but in the greater scheme of things it’s vital. The entire D.N.C. conceit of identitarian politics is being tested today, and we’ll get to watch in real time. (more…)
Fear and Loathing: The Tenth Debate / 2 A.M. Thoughts
Stuck In The Middle With You, by Stealers Wheel
Usually I find these things to be, if not informative, then at least excellent entertainment. This was not. This was pro wrestling gone horribly off-script.
As I watched, gorge rising, I could not help but think to myself: Where is Jed Bartlet to save us from these… these mediocrities?! Of them all, only Sanders and Warren (more…)
Fear & Loathing: Yes, Nevada Is A Caucus
What you need to know going into today: Nevada is a caucus state, but different from Iowa. Every state is different, of course, but Nevada is very different. And I’m not just talking about the prostitution laws, although that does hit politicians very close to home; no, they do everything differently here in the Sagebrush State.
To begin with, it’s a closed caucus; only registered party members can vote. Which would matter (more…)
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