Three news items:
I’ve said many times that I’m writing my last essay about elections. It’s become almost a joke, since every week’s essay is “the last,” and there’s always one more essay I need to write. Well, this is (finally!) the last electoral essay.
JoJo, admit it. You're done. Or as my friends might say: put a fork in it. One only needs to see Mika Brzensinski's obvious contempt for and disgust with Joseph Biden, Jr. He's done. All over now. When a DNC front pager puts out the tough questions for the presumptive nominee, you know the dam is breaking. I think Mika really believes that women should be believed. She believed Christine B. Ford and now she believes Tara Reade. How's that for the first break in the wall of silence?
Thursday we could go to the Common Dreams website and read this piece by Norman Solomon:
Some say preventing the re-election of Trump isn't important. That amounts to ignoring political reality, an evasion with potentially vast consequences.
“If they’d wanted to win, they wouldn’t have run Hillary Clinton.”
--my mom, 2016
I'm seeing this as a trickle now but it looks like it's going to be a flood soon. Here's the narrative. I'm reading this a lot on Facebook, usually in response to whenever someone brings up that they're not voting for Joe Biden. The narrative says: "You better vote for Joe Biden in November otherwise Donald Trump will become a dictator."
I'm seeing a lot of high-pressure pitches out there. We must get rid of Trump, so a vote for a Green Party candidate or a non-vote helps Trump. Saying anything bad about Joe Biden, including some things about Joe Biden's past, helps Trump.
Nobody is voting for Joe Biden.
Folks, back in 2010 I wrote a diary titled "Sales Ethics and the Democratic Campaign '10." In that old diary, I suggested that the Democratic Party campaign for that year, perhaps the biggest-losing Democratic Party campaign in history, was based on the Elmer Fudd Theory of Electoral Victory. Here's the strategy, by the Strategic Master himself: